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Mundane Utility
Super Strength and Super Stretching: Great for fighting crime. Even better for housecleaning.

Cyclops: Here, Jean, allow me to cut you a piece of cake in my own way. (uses Eye Beams 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.
X-Men # 4.

Awesomeness put to mundane use. Just let loose your roar of power and... cook. Or play video games. Or something.

If you think about it, this is actually rather sensible. Even super heroes and heroines aren't going to be fighting for their lives every single minute of every day, and in most cases the powers won't shut off. If it's more convenient, then why not make your life a little simpler? Call it "practice" if you have to justify it (or just ask them "What do you mean, it's not awesome?").

Failure to see possible uses other than this one is a form of Misapplied Phlebotinum. Overpowered characters with a job description like this become Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids. Characters who are outright omnipotent who fall to this trope are All Powerful Bystanders. Martial Arts and Crafts is a subset of this trope, for when martial arts abilities are used for reasons other than fighting. Also an opposite of sorts to Cut Lex Luthor a Check, Inverse Law of Utility and Lethality, Reed Richards Is Useless and Useless Superpowers. If this is applied to killing someone (such as, say, a gigantic nuke against a feeble human), it may become There Is No Kill Like Overkill.

Diametric opposite to Just Think of the Potential. For an adult variation, see Power Perversion Potential. For a sister trope which takes this Up to Eleven, see Boxing Lessons for Superman. When done with wishes and boons, this might be a Mundane Wish. If the mundane utility would make for a career in its own right, then These Look Like Jobs For The Superman.

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


Examples:


Mundane SolutionMundanity TropesMundane Wish
My Significance Sense Is TinglingUrban Fantasy TropesSafety In Muggles
Mock MealImprovised IndexPower Perversion Potential
Mundane SolutionPt/Índice de TraduçãoNeologism
Multi-Ethnic NameSpeculative Fiction TropesMurderous Mannequin
Complaining About Rescues They Don't LikeImageSource/Animated FilmsOlder Hero vs. Younger Villain
Merlin SicknessMagic and PowersMusical Assassin

alternative title(s): Mundane Utilities
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