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->'''Cyclops:''' Here, Jean, allow me to cut you a piece of cake in my own way. ''(uses EyeBeams to cut a slice of cake)''\\
'''Jean:''' Why, thank you, Cyclops, but that's a bit like using an elephant gun to kill a house fly.
-->-- ''Comicbook/XMen'' # 4

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Awesomeness put to mundane use. Just let loose your [[{{Kiai}} roar of power]] and... cook. Or play video games. Or something. Hey, sometimes WithGreatPowerComesGreatPerks.

When you really get down to it, this is actually quite sensible--it's not like superheroes and superheroines are saving the world/fighting for their lives 24/7, [[PowerIncontinence and in most cases, it's not like they can simply "shut off" their powers]]. If it's more convenient, then why ''not'' make your life a little simpler? Call it "[[WaxOnWaxOff practice]]" if you have to justify it (or just ask them "[[MundaneMadeAwesome What do you mean, it's not awesome?]]").

Failure to see possible uses other than this one is a form of MisappliedPhlebotinum. Overpowered characters with a job description like this become SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids. Characters who are outright [[AGodAmI omnipotent]] who fall to this trope are {{All Powerful Bystander}}s.
MartialArtsAndCrafts is a subset of this trope, for when martial arts abilities are used for reasons other than fighting. Also an opposite of sorts to CutLexLuthorACheck, InverseLawOfUtilityAndLethality, ReedRichardsIsUseless and UselessSuperpowers. If this is applied to killing someone (such as, say, a gigantic nuke against a feeble human), it may become ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill.

Diametric opposite to JustThinkOfThePotential. For an adult variation, see PowerPerversionPotential. For a sister trope which takes this UpToEleven, see BoxingLessonsForSuperman. When done with wishes and boons, this might be a MundaneWish. If the mundane utility would make for a career in its own right, then JustForFun/TheseLookLikeJobsForTheSuperman.

Also compare UtilityMagic, for when the primary purpose of something which is awesome (magic, in this case) is something mundane, and UtilityWeapon, for when something is designed to function as both a weapon and a tool. Compare PricelessPaperweight, which is using a priceless or important item for a mundane task.



* MundaneUtility/AnimeAndManga
* MundaneUtility/ComicBooks
* MundaneUtility/ComicStrips
* MundaneUtility/FanWorks
* MundaneUtility/{{Film}}
* MundaneUtility/{{Literature}}
* MundaneUtility/LiveActionTV
* MundaneUtility/{{Music}}
* MundaneUtility/{{Radio}}
* MundaneUtility/StandUpComedy
* MundaneUtility/TabletopGames
* MundaneUtility/VideoGames
* MundaneUtility/WebComics
* MundaneUtility/WebOriginal
* MundaneUtility/WesternAnimation
* MundaneUtility/{{Other}}
* MundaneUtility/RealLife