Steve Blance: The only evil deed here is to my house. Who are you two?
Thunderbolt: Pow! I'm Thunderbolt!
Lightning: Zap! And I'm Lightning! We come from the comic book pages!
: Oh, out-of-towners.
The complete mesh of fantastic and realistic elements into a universe nonetheless treated as mundane for the most part. It is not ruled by suspension of disbelief
since the fantastic elements are presented in a logical fashion
; the audience does not demand a plausible explanation.
For a purely artistic standpoint, the Mundane Fantastic is a major reason why a show might be animated instead of done live
. On the other end of the spectrum, there's the idea that if a cartoon is to be taken seriously it has to be
serious and played straight. A Mundane Fantastic show may Jump the Shark
if a new writer comes on board and decides that all the fantastic elements have to be explained to death.
In many cases, this attitude is justified
as more "realistic". In our world, hackers or pilots may be "more noteworthy than usual", but most of us don't feel compelled to talk about them all the time or give detailed explanations of them
at the drop of a hat. So the people who know their world has two or three wizards in every town would likely consider this normal too. Not that everyone knows the difference anyway
uses this very
frequently, which probably contributes to the perception of 'inherent strangeness
' for that visual medium.
If the fantastic elements are seldom (if at all) made explicit but strongly indicated, it's Magic Realism
. Isolated fantastic elements are typically considered Unusually Uninteresting Sights
See also City of Weirdos
, Fantastic Comedy
and World of Weirdness
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Anime and Manga
- Hayao Miyazaki, and Studio Ghibli in general do this a lot.
- In Ponyo, Lisa's only reaction to discovering a young girl out at sea and her son swearing this girl is the goldfish he had earlier is saying "The world is a mysterious place". For that matter, when Ponyo was a "goldfish" she more or less resembled a toddler head on a dress, not a fish, but nobody took notice of that either.
- In Howl's Moving Castle nobody is at all surprised at all the magic and wizardry going around. In fact, the warring nations enlist their magical inhabitants to fight for them.
- Does anyone in Kikis Delivery Service ever wonder what was up with real-life witches? No, they mainly expressed wonder and amazement, not shock.
- The humans in Princess Mononoke do not fear nature and spirits with dumbfound awe, in fact they are trying their best to actively destroy both.
- Nobody seems to find it odd that Porco Rosso's main character was turned into a pig. That one could be because maybe he didn't really, and it's just a reflection of his own self-loathing.
- In Loveless all virgins have cat ears and a tail until they lose said virginity. No one considers this weird, and it doesn't really have much to do with the main story, which is about a secret world of True Name spell battles.
- Haruhi Suzumiya: despite all of the things which are spoiled by just being on this page, the narrative focuses mostly on the S.O.S. members' normal lives.
- Gargoyle of the Yoshinagas has it in full. Alchemy has a strong presence in the universe, but the lives of the people of the town it's set in take precedence over it in the story.
- Karin: She's a vampire! And it's a... love story?
- Hakobune Hakusho: A young girl who enrolls in a school full of youkai (ahem) and makes friendships with the students there. The entire rest of the series deals with everything you'd find in a normal school, to the point where the ninja club asks its recruits to gather information and spy on others.
- ARIA: A drama about some girls' life as a gondola worker on a Venice replica... In a far future where Mars becomes a water planet after an excavation mentioned in the backstory.
- Another manga example: Neko Kissa. Omigod it has a werewolf and a vampire and a cat-demon and a skeleton and a dragoness and a giant and they're the main cast and here's a picture of them.
- Tentai Senshi Sunred. The world is straight out of sentai shows — evil organizations, monsters running loose, masked heroes of justice. Except all of them are just going about their daily lives with people not caring about whether someone has more arms than they ought to.
- Spice and Wolf: He is a travelling merchant, she is a 700-year-old shapeshifter wolf harvest goddess, together they … trade goods with other people. And trade the currency market. They even spend a whole episode, episode 7 (out of only 13), doing nothing but standing around, talking about the precious metals contents in the coinage minted by the various medieval kingdoms of the area and the political and market forces that drive up and down their values relative to each other.
- My Lovely Ghost Kana is about a young man moving in a haunted house, which is haunted by the ghost of a young girl. Within a few pages, they're a couple. The reader is then presented with such exquisite scenes as the girl touching beer to cool it, entering a wall when they have a fight, entering a UFO catcher to assist her boyfriend with the catch and so forth.
- Patlabor: It's a cop show with giant robots.
- Kamichu!'s main character is most definitely a goddess. She is worshipped and given full honors wherever she goes and even visits the realm of the gods for official god-functions. However, she has a relatively normal school life for most of the series (even a romance!) and her transition to divinity has remarkably little impact on the rest of the townspeople.
- Love Hina is an Unwanted Harem Romantic Comedy series about a manager of a girl's dorm studying to get into Tokyo University. This doesn't stop flying turtles, Ki Attacks, Humongous Mecha, and Magical Girls from showing up.
- Hyper Police is about a Cat Girl and her kitsune partner (previously werewolf). They Fight Crime in a Fantasy Kitchen Sink city while competing with a Mega Corp. for bounties...and it's a situation comedy.
- There are a few instances in the Dragon Ball series when it's shown that the general public isn't as desensitized to superhuman powers as our heroes. Krillin doesn't understand why bystanders freak out when he falls out of the sky during the Androids Saga.
- Murasakiirono Qualia is a science-fiction series that uses the Multiverse and Copenhagen theories as a focal point on how the protagonist can traverse these multiverses and try to Set Right What Once Went Wrong. Using the multiverse theory and its infinite possibility, she realizes that it's not impossible to think that there is a parallel universe where magic exists. Indeed there is one and she can now use it, no questions asked.
- Horndog, set on a Funny Animal planet, the comic has both Fantastic elements like zombies and aliens, but also more serious subject matter, particularly in the main storyline's deconstruction of open relationships, racism and interracial relationships, to start; as a result of this combination of storylines, Mundane Fantastic applies.
- Scott Pilgrim. The setting is a Video Game version of Toronto, and is the trope is in full swing. Examples Include;
- Most superhero comics are like this to some degree or another. Sure, if a new alien race or magic being shows up, people will pay attention, but Skrulls and the like are treated as just a part of life.
- ANAL Skrulls. Though they did give Earth quite the shock there.
- One Superman comic lampshaded this hilariously when a cabbie yells at someone in front of him about traffic. The person says Supes is fighting a monster. The cabbie retorts that that happens every day.
- Garth Ennis tends to touch on this with his DC stuff. Mainly it's 'Yes, that monster crossing the street is weird but at least he isn't eating people like popcorn. Count your blessings'.
- Top 10 is a Police Procedural in a city where everyone from bums to schoolkids, tycoons to hookers has a superpower, or is an alien, a god, a cyborg, an enhanced animal or some other kind of superhero/villain, and they're all just getting on with their lives.
- Cherry Comics: Alien abduction, vampires, post-apocalyptic societies... no biggie.
- Poking fun at this trope is more or less the entire point of This is the Life: A Tale of a Human in Equestria. The titular character is constantly freaked out by everything around him which some ponies make fun of because of how he overreacts.
Self-Insert: Just today I went to the library to return a book. I spent an hour there, hanging out with a baby dragon who is the assistant to a unicorn who is the protégé of a princess who is thousands of years old, who receives letters from that protégé through the baby dragon’s magical breath.
Lyra: Okay, and I had fried oats for breakfast. What's your point?
- Everything having to do with the Muppets. In all of the films (and all the TV Shows and TV specials), the fact that the main characters are all a bunch of sentient puppets rarely plays into the reactions of the human cast members (and if it does, it's usually treated as "a little odd" at the most, never "oh my god these 3 feet tall felt monstrosities are all walking around and singing").
- It became extra ridiculous when they hosted an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
- Played with in Muppets from Space, where Gonzo is captured by a secret government agency because they think he's an alien (he is). This is done by a guy whose assistant is a talking bear.
- Roxanne Ritchi has been kidnapped by Megamind and rescued by Metro Man so many times that the whole thing bores her to death. Then Titan kidnaps her and there's no Metro Man to save her. Now she's scared.
- Ted is a sapient, talking stuffed teddy bear. He was national news and a celebrity when young John Bennett's wish magically bestowed sentience upon his toy, but the movie takes place nearly thirty years later, after the novelty has worn off, so he hardly attracts any attention when he goes out in public.
- Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality universe is a successful blending of Discworld-like magic elements and modern science, to the point at which people aren't fazed by the Incarnation of Death materialising to take their loved ones to the great beyond - unless he turns his attention to them. At one point, Chronos (the Incarnation of Time) causes the entire world to run backwards for several hours - the general public are aware that this is happening, but they treat it as more of a temporary inconvenience than anything out of the ordinary.
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell features a magician who is able to raise the dead and trick the entire French navy into hiding at port yet turns any conversation about magic into an extremely dull history lesson. Government and military officials complain that magic is just as full of setbacks and disappointments as any other field. At times it reaches Magic Realism focusing on the two title magicians' daily life rather than on their magical powers.
- Naomi Novik's Temeraire series is pretty much historical fiction in the Napoleonic era … except there are dragons. They are mostly bred by the military for use as flying war vessels.
- In most of Europe, civilians tend to panic at the sight of dragons and generally regard them as dangerous warbeasts barely kept in check by their handlers. However in China dragons serve as everything from shopkeepers and public transport to high ranking civil servants, and no humans react to one sleeping by the road save to wake it when traffic is being blocked.
- Strugatsky Brothers — all books. You want to travel somewhere very quickly? Find the nearest phone booth... er, Null-T cabin, enter the destination phone number... er, cabin address, press "Go" — that's all you need to know. Mostly because they deeply despised Expospeak (see the quote). Roadside Picnic has rather "humans can get used to anything, even really weird crap" point, but the end result is exactly the same.
- Lonely Werewolf Girl ducks into these plot threads half the time. In between politicking between the high clans of werewolves and the plotting of the queen of the fire elementals, you've got college students trying to get cable, a businesswoman trying to get her layabout musician cousins to actually do something, and an overworked sorceress and fashion designer trying to come up with suitable styles for said queen of the fire elementals.
- The Wayside School books have a lot of weird things going on, like dead rats that show up in raincoats posed as school children. Amusingly enough, the final chapter of the first book features the characters learning about an ordinary school and they find that to be strange.
- Robin McKinley's Sunshine has a lot of this. Sunshine lives on an alternate-reality Earth where vampires, were-animals of all sorts, demons, sorcerers, etc. are simply a fact of life, and in some cases, valued members of society.
- The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries play with this. The existence of vampires is known but other magical creatures like shapeshifters are still in hiding.
- While Toad is the only animal in The Wind in the Willows who has extensive contact with humans none of them seem surprised at his being a bipedal, talking, clothes wearing toad.
- In ''The Grimnoir Chronicles" by Larry Correia the existance of Actives, magic wielding mutants, is well known and many of them have jobs appropriate to their powers. Heavies, for instance, Active who control gravity often work anywhere that requires heavy lifting.
- The Krim Pyramid books have ordinary people snatched from their early 21st century lives into the worlds of Greek and Egyptian myth.
Live Action TV
- No Heroics: This is the main idea behind this sitcom.
- An Irish children's show called Roy is about the life of Roy O'Brien, a two-dimensional cartoon boy with all the powers of a cartoon, living in the real world of Ballyfermot, Dublin.
- The Adventures of Pete & Pete happens to take place in an average suburb which hosts a superhero, ecstasy-inducing slushies, hands driers that can suck people up, an International Adult Conspiracy, and football-obsessed aliens. Oh, and all those weird things you suspected were true, took too seriously, thought were unfair or confused the heck out of you as a kid? Totally Serious Business. No one bats an eye at any of it.
- Sesame Street. Humans interacting with monsters on a regular basis, as well as an eight foot talking bird, whose best friend is a talking woolly mammoth. Hell, Grouches have their own culture based on an Opposite Day mentality.
- The series finale of Angel has the Senior Partners send Los Angeles to hell. In After The Fall the people become used to it and even after the Reset Button they still remember and are not surprised by seeing anything supernatural.
- Mr. Young: Dang can move around at super speed, defy gravity, and be in multiple places at once, Mrs. Byrne is older than the Sun, Adam has created a sentient robot, a machine that can slow down time and discovered the Fountain of Youth, and the characters have encountered various monsters ranging from human-sized chickens, rats, and cockroaches to a corporation of Cyclopes. Despite this, it still mostly appears to be set in a crapsack version of reality.
- Most comic strips exhibit this to a small degree when you realize how many of them are basically stuck in some kind of time warp where the characters never age.
- Both the comic and animated versions incorporate fantastic elements which don't really seem to faze the characters, such as the never-seen but apparently TARDIS-like interior of Snoopy's doghouse — or Snoopy's sapience, for that matter. In an ironic twist, everyone found it less bizarre that Snoopy was playing on Charlie Brown's baseball team than that Peppermint Patty thought he was just a weird kid with a big nose. (At one point in the comic strip, Marcie finally spells out that Snoopy is a dog, and Patty suffers a Heroic BSOD, spending the next strip repeating "A beagle?!" over and over again.)
- There's also the kite eating tree.
- One story arc involved Charlie Brown's baseball-related... uh, hallucinations leading to his short-lived triumph as "Mr. Sack"
- Get Fuzzy is set in a world where dogs, cats, and various other pets are not quite as intelligent as humans. Occasionally the strip actually addresses this.
- In the same vein as the above, dogs can converse with humans in Pooch Cafe, and it's no big deal.
- Dilbert is the King of Mundane Fantastic newspaper comic worlds. Talking animals that run corporations (sadistically, of course), or even the U.N. for a short time, various semi-human personifications of office inhabitant types (from a moth-man attracted by meetings to a parasitic consultant that burrowed through the Pointy-Haired Boss to get to his wallet to an evil Youthful Executive who was killed and possessed), a garbage man who invents time travel and species-changing rays because he hates to see it done wrong, and dinosaurs hiding behind couches instead of going extinct. And nobody bats an eye while the world remains roughly the same as ours, for a given value of "same". According to Adams himself, people keep writing to him to tell him how realistic the strip is. He figures it's because it's impossible to exaggerate selfishness so much it's unrealistic.
- Avenue Q operates by the same principle as The Muppets. There's nothing in the slightest weird about puppets walking around with apparently invisible operators, and interacting with humans, though the spin-off show, Avenue Jew, took it a bit further. "Monster" (as in "cookie monster") is considered a race in the Avenue Q universe.
- The Sims. Between the three games and all their expansions, there's genies, Plant-Sim hybrids, werewolves, various assorted undead, android-things, Bigfoot, levitation, teleportation, Sim-eating plants, alien abductions, half-alien Sims, magic powers, meteors falling from space, time machines, those bloody splines reticulating all over the place, and so on.
- And, of course, there is you.
- SimCity is a pretty regular world by our standards... except for UFOs, metallic monsters, buildings can be "plopped" into existence, and then it probably has everything that the Sims has in it as well.
- In the original Zoo Tycoon, use of the right Easter Egg can let you purchase and display unicorns, mermaids, Loch Ness monsters, bigfeet and yeti alongside your mundane animals.
- Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan and Elite Beat Agents have some pretty far out situations alongside the awesomely mundane ones. A werewolf trying to score a date! A salaryman trying to save his daughter by growing 50 feet tall! A Renaissance artist who's not-quite Leonardo da Vinci romancing a look-alike of the Mona Lisa! A washed-up baseball player who makes his comeback by fighting a lava golem! And nobody finds any problem with an elderly Momotaro turning Oni Island into an amusement park.
- While the battles and monsters in Chroma Squad are all part of the Show Within a Show you're producing, your actors can include things like a sapient robot, a talking beaver, and a space alien.
- Da Capo II, unlike its predecessor, has robots being openly acknowledged, but no one is really that surprised at their existence or interested. There is, however, a degree of racism against them because the story doesn't take place that far into our future.
- In Dra Koi dragons capable of destroying cities show up about once a year. The populace doesn't really care.
- The Ace Attorney series primarily focuses on courtroom drama and antics. It also heavily features a family of spirit channelers. The fact that Phoenix's assistant is regularly possessed by the spirit of her older sister, causing her to grow at least a foot and gain a spontaneous boob job also never seems to faze anyone. One person mentions it in passing as if it were no more interesting than the character's voice changing.
- Groovy Kinda Eleanor invented the Discombobulationotron, which can open up a (literal) doorway into another universe. Larry and Phyl Sampson investigated the Plateau that Time Misplaced (with dinosaurs), The Underwater Aliens, and helped build The Great Saharan Monorail. There's a maybe Venusian Cat Girl running loose, and regular humans date Neanderthals. Edison lighthouse shares her apartment with a small, six-legged creature that she named Robespierre. All without as much as a raised eyebrow.
- Questionable Content is a good example: they have sentient robots, minor superheroes, a main character was raised on a space station and at one point The Singularity happens and yet it's brushed off by nearly everyone.
- One should also remember Law of Conservation of Normality, though this only seems to crop up when the webcomic starts up being mundane, and then takes a turn for the weird.
- Pessimistic Sense Of Inadequacy has magic as normal, but normally weak, with magic users registered, people crossing over from other worlds, strange characters, characters who know they're characters, ancient artifacts, etc, all in a world with malls, shopping, just an "ordinary day" (name of a story arc), etc.
- Pv P is another good example, with Skull the Troll being treated as any other character in what is supposedly an office drama about a gaming magazine. His super-intelligent cat may or may not also count.
- So Damn Bright is a comedy about a group of cynical college drop outs. So far, so normal. The catch is, one of the characters is a fairy. As in, she has visible fairy wings growing out of her back. Fairies are entrenched enough in the culture that there are Red Scare-era educational films about their biology, and a dating service asks right after sexual preference whether someone would be comfortable with a fae/"anthro" partner. Several other fairies have also been spotted in the background doing a number of mundane activities such as drinking in a bar.
- Shortpacked! still has the alien invasion backstory from It's Walky! firmly intact, but most of the time it's just semi-real tales out of retail with the weirdness just out of frame. Except for the talking car working in the stockroom. He doesn't fit out of the frame.
- It's specifically mentioned that most of the Shortpacked employees have no idea about the alien invasion a few years back; Robin doesn't want to spoil their little mundane fantasy world and Mike isn't talking for some reason. Again, Ultra-Car gets a free pass.
- An infamous senator working at a toy store (Robin) tends to raise a few eyebrows.
- The one thing in all this madness that doesn't apply to this trope is Reagan, resurrected and working at the titular toy store. Everyone is very aware of how mad it is, and occasionally they have to work at keeping it a secret.
- Daisy Owl has anthropomorphic bears and owls (among others) living in normal society, wizards that need to listen to death metal to cast spells, baby factories and professional uncooperative service at the DMV. Everyone seems fine with this.
- MegaTokyo has perfect AIs used as dating sim accessories, and a not-so-secret organization that deals with rogue magical girls and Godzilla... Nobody really notices that as strange. Though it seems most people don't notice weird stuff like giant robots and zombie hordes, so it might be part of the Weirdness Censor
- Friendly Hostility had this in spades: The Fridge Demon? Worked as a nurse. The Crawling Chaos? Picked up floozies in bars. Satanists? Just your wacky, sex-crazed uncle.
- Woo Hoo contains a large number of absurd, magical elements (atomic burgers, cave-dwelling mutant creatures, fictional creatures, superheroes, etc.), but is rooted in realistic problems of friendship and relationships in the big city.
- Terrifying Monsters is mostly about extraordinary beings doing mundane things.
- Real Life Comics, though it can be pretty tame, deals with this in the form of the character Tony. He's an evil genius who's conquered the world (and, subsequently, gave it back); he built a WarMech, a time machine, and a portal generator (mostly out of gum and old computer parts); and he spends some time as the Black Pants Samurai. How do Greg and the other characters handle this? "Meh. Business as usual."
- In Flying Man And Friends, cookies grow on trees, Camembert cheese can crafted from scratch in mere seconds, stuffed toys come equipped with airplane wings and rockets - and no one seems to notice that these things aren't ordinary.
- Scary Go Round featured a pleasant town somewhere in England that happened to be home to (or drew in) devil-worshippers, Mad Scientists, ghosts, zombies, sentient robots and the like, while the characters included an inventor who made a time machine from a teapot, a sexy spy and a sometime-journalist prone to temporary bouts of gruesome death. Its successor Bad Machinery continues in the same vein (and the same location). No-one seems to bat an eyelid at having a robot in the school.
- Skin Deep is like this half the time with it's plot of "mythical creatures living secret from humanity." The characters that grew up in mythical society act as if there is nothing out of the ordinary about a town populated by mythical creatures, while humans understandably have troubles getting past that fact.
- Agatha in Girl Genius once was rightfully chastised for being surprised at something as relatively normal as a talking cat.
- One line, which illustrates a lot:
: Amazing! [...] These
are no ordinary subterranean
- Sequential Art documents the everyday lives of a group of housemates. Said housemates include a normal guy, a cat girl, a squirrel girl, and an anthropomorphic penguin. We see in a flashback that said cat girl and a bunny girl attended school with normal kids, and both girls have regular jobs that involve a lot of interaction with the public. Another cat girl is a published author. No one finds any of that the least bit strange.
- The FAN aims for this setting. So far, it had a rampaging robot, a witch teaching chemistry and brewing a highly potent healing elixir in a cauldron, a shape shifting Imp, and casual talks of magic and telepathy, all part of everyday life. When the Bobby and his crew all develop magical powers, the most surprising part isn't the magic itself, but the fact that they apparently came out of nowhere.
- In El Goonish Shive, this is how Elliot and Ellen's parents react to all the weirdness happening around them. They get only a few practical concerns.
- Copper has a very large tendency to tell all its stories like this, though mostly it seems to be an excuse to draw fantastic settings.
- In Voodoo Walrus this is a common theme. Cars regularly enter a setting by falling right out of the sky, explosions are often comprised of cats, and a talking cactus was once responsible for driving a Hummer/pirate ship hybrid vehicle.
- Said cactus also went by the name Captain Thud and was single-handedly responsible for blowing up the entirety of Wichita.
- The Snail Factory has an entire cast of bizarre creatures and even inanimate objects, but these are usually more or less treated as normal employees.
- Housepets! has the standard talking animals that no one bats an eyelash at, but it's also well-known that dolphins are telepathic and it doesn't take much for people to believe that individual dogs and cats have more powerful abilities.
- Fruit Incest contains several of these. Among the things that nobody is ever surprised by include giant robots, talking dolls and animals, Santa Claus and Christmas magic, and even a parallel world made entirely out of food that's just treated like any other foreign country.
- The Dragon Doctors is entirely based around this, as it's about four magical doctors who treat bizarre ailments. A lot of the things we might consider odd are commonplace (such as voluntary transformation services) but everything's still presented as logically and internally consistent as possible.
- Homestuck is a great offender. It is perfectly normal that everyone stores their things in a Hyperspace Arsenal that can only be accessed in weird ways, item cards have captcha codes that serve strange purposes, and everyone can only use one particular kind of weapon unless they obtain additional equipment slots. The proper response when encountering your loved one is to engage in a brutal but bloodless battle, and a program that can remodel your room over an Internet connection is met with no surprise at all. Rose is also rather unfazed by gaining actual magic powers. And Dave takes everything in stride.
- Meadowhawk, aside from the main characters being dragons in a modern world that they share peacefully with humans. The second comic has Tater talking about this wondrous forest glen he just found filled with pixies and unicorns, and Drizzle just pulls up its Facebook page.
- The world of Stubble Trouble features both furries and humans, as well as the occasional dinosaur, superhero or villain, magic user, demon, and cryptozoological creature. No one seems to mind.
- The people on That Guy with the Glasses normally live in mundane settings. There are still things like satanic teddy bears, magic guns, and appearances by characters from the things in which they review.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd. Technically, he's just a grouchy guy who plays awful videogames and reviews them, but also: all his light guns happen to function like real weapons, his consoles and game cartridges had been possessed on more than one occasion by evil forces, he knows the reason the game graphics glitch is a little gremlin that fears Q-tips, characters from his videogames appear in his home, there's a musician living behind his couch for no apparent reason, he's able to summon a robotic version of Jesus, and the list goes on and on...
- Many characters in Jon Buck's Paradise setting go on with their normal lives as though nothing had happened after changing into funny animals with minor alterations to their routines to compensate for animal parts; subverted in that they do this simply because of the Weirdness Censor in place that would out them as "Changed" IF they reacted too much to their transformation.
- The Notting Cove series is about a One-Gender Race of fairies that can use magic. Their lives are perfectly mundane. The only one who seems surprised is the foreigner.
- The titular town of Welcome to Night Vale is just a typical, small sleepy city. Well, it would be, if it wasn't controlled by a totalitarian government, inhabited by creatures such as five-headed dragons and Hooded Spectres, or if the fatality rate wasn't through the roof. The inhabitants treat this all as perfectly normal since, for them, it is.
- In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy no one seems to think twice about Billy and Mandy having The Grim Reaper as their constant companion or Irwin's mother being a literal mummy, etc.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: it's in a world where imaginary friends are real, as in any creature that children imagine springs into existence. Despite this, the world is largely the same as our own, and most of the plots are quite mundane, if odd.
- Total Drama:
- It's supposed to be a parody of reality shows, but there are things that wouldn't exist in the real world: animals that are clearly too intelligent/have superpowers, a living Sasquatch-like monster, and just lots of challenges which only cartoon characters could possibly survive. Chris has also demonstrated having some weird technology to run the show, such as a remote-controlled hail cloud and possibly some method of controlling the weather.
- The Area 51 episode was particularly weird about this—yeah, they've seen some weird stuff before, but at no point does anyone seem the least bit surprised that this challenge involves finding alien artifacts or act surprised when real, living aliens show up and attack them.
- The world of Kim Possible has a subculture of Easily Forgiven supervillain with Mad Scientists knocking out robot armies or gene-mashed creatures in a day and trying to take over or destroy the world, superheroes, monsters, kids launching spacecraft in the backyard and juvenile crimefighters skipping school to Save The World as a hobby, but seems to take it all in its stride.
- This appears to be the entire purpose of Ugly Americans, where demons, zombies and much weirder creatures like in New York as if they were just typical minorities.
- The Venture Bros. goes beyond "mundane" to the point of being vaguely bleak. While Dr. Venture's life is filled with murders dressed like butterflies, dog-Hitler-clones, and exotic death traps, it's all treated by the cast as standard and tiresome. In spite of all the enormous scientific leaps apparently made in the show's universe, the world at large doesn't seem any more futuristic then our own save for the occasional bad guy in a flying car. This might be the point- the creators say that the theme of the show is failure, and single out the fact that in the 60s, science was going to usher in a utopia that still has yet to arrive. Several arcs involve the 'Guild', which keep the mad scientists and the regular adventurers from being too much of a bother on every day society. Their main weapon is murder and they're damn good at it.
- My Gym Partner's A Monkey: The protagonist is a human who attends a school for Talking Zoo Animals due to a clerical error. No one seems to find this strange.
- This is the defining characteristic of Regular Show. 100 ties in rock paper scissors summons an Eldritch Abomination, microwaving clocks sends you to an alternate dimension, getting prank-called transports you to the 1980s, and nobody ever thinks anything of it.
- Rocko's Modern Life, where the things you see on an acid trip are normal.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic does this well and has a lot of fun with it. Two ridiculously overpowered wizards are dueling? Cool, let's go watch! Did that pony just use Toon Physics to pass through a solid wall? Yeah, she's just being Pinkie Pie. A minotaur is giving a self-help seminar? Is it Tuesday already? Yet things like a bunny stampede, a zebra (Initially), and running out of cider terrify the ponies. They also see manually clearing out winter and changing it to spring to be a normal and fun yearly tradition, yet the Everfree Forest scares the life out of them because clouds move on their own and nature operates without the help of the ponies.
- Goof Troop, which aside from the staunchly-denied purely aesthetic species of the characters, is a perfectly ordinary sitcom about families and friends... until it starts bringing in the fantastic elements such as sapient horns, an evil magic hat that is capable of hexing people, ghosts, a real imaginary friend from outer space, fire-breathing dinosaurs, trucks and bullets with faces, two Muck Monsters, multiple Bigfoots, Frankenstein's Monster, a zombie, and a character turning into a fly. None of this is ever explained and the characters just roll with it. It's to the point where the episode with the evil magic hat was primarily an Acquired Situational Narcissism Feud Episode, the horns were about dealing with a traumatic experience the antagonist went through, the fire-breathing dinosaur could have as easily been a real wild animal, the zombie was just a Funny Background Event, etc.
- Thomas the Tank Engine is set in a world where, somehow, vehicles are alive. That this is strange has been commented on exactly once, in the Fanon Discontinuity movie Thomas And The Magic Railroad.
- The Amazing World of Gumball is about a talking, bipedal blue cat and his adopted brother, a goldfish who grew legs and can breathe air. His father and sister are talking, bipedal pink rabbits. He goes to a school where the principal is a talking furry slug with glasses, the guidance counsellor is made of cotton candy, and the only other teacher is a primate whose actual species seems to vary and has been around since the Stone Age. His crush is a peanut with legs, arms, antlers, and holes where her eyes and mouth are supposed to be. The school bully is a Tyrannosaurus rex in the... some time between the '50s and the present. Other students include an anthropomorphic bear made of paper, a telepathic flying eyeball, a girl who was born a ghost (no one knows how exactly that works), a psychotic cloud, a spider who was originally a video game character, a talking flower who can walk despite not having legs, a creature resembling a female Minotaur, a bipedal sauropod, a Cartoon Creature who looks like a sentient chin with a face and arms, and a purple-furred giant whose mother is a witch, a giant talking ice cream cone, and a balloon who is in love with a cactus. Nearly every adult in Elmore is a Cartoon Creature of some form or another, with the exception of Santa Claus. If Richard gets a job, the Universe will be destroyed. Every single thing in Elmore is sentient and can come to life at any moment. Nobody finds any of this particularly strange.
- Spliced is set on an island full of mutant Mix-and-Match Critters made by a Mad Scientist, where the only non-mutant is a talking human-sized platypus. That's weird enough to qualify on its own, but it just gets weirder and weirder, but is still all treated as unsettling at worst, never actually weird or fantastic. Lying down in one spot makes you turn into a tree? Cool! The growth on your back is actually a sentient entity tasked with defending the Universe from evil? Who knew? Stomping your feet while shouting can create or destroy black holes, alter the laws of gravity, cause hurricanes and natural disasters, and create living beings out of nowhere? Well what else would it do? Each of your udders is conscious and possesses their own superpower? You mean you didn't know? In fact, pretty much the only things they do find strange are human technologies like bowling balls and walkie-talkies.
- Celebrity Deathmatch is generally Like Reality Unless Noted, but this doesn't stop Medusa, Bigfoot, Nessie, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, etc. from fighting alongside Real Life celebrities. Even the real celebrities are still often given genuine supernatural attributes, for instance Michael Jackson is a shapeshifter, Melissa Joan Hart and Alyssa Milano are genuine witches, Beyonce is a cyborg, and so forth, to say nothing of the various celebrities brought back to life via time travel. Even fights between non-paranormal characters can still sometimes take place in fantastical settings, like John Cusack and John Malkovich fighting shrunken down in someone else's brain, or Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves fighting inside The Matrix.