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Quotes: Mundane Utility
"I find it a little insulting that the two of you decided to create an entire army of look-alike robots to replace G.U.N. while we were being used as babysitters!"
Metal Sonic, Two Evil Scientists

Leonard: Why are you smashing a flash-frozen banana?
Leslie: Because I have a bowl of Cheerios and I couldn't find a knife.

Kiva: Oh, let me put all the processing power of this technological marvel to work adding up your change!
Jamie: That's the spirit!
Megas XLR, "All I Wanted Was A Slushie"

Aperture Science Engineer: man-sized ad hoc quantum tunnel through physical space with possible applications as a shower curtain
Portal

I don't know what's funnier. That goofy look on Superboy's face, or the fact that the best use Martha Kent can think of to do with her super powers is house keeping...
Superdickery

You have a time machine and you use it for ... watching television?
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Bobbi Anderson: It's like inventing a perpetual motion machine so your little kid won't pester you any more about changing the batteries in his toy car!
Stephen King, The Tommyknockers

Vivian: Huh. How'd you do that?
Ice Man: Do what?
Vivian: Make that ice floe.
Ice Man: Oh! I can generate intense cold for like ice beams and stuff.
Vivian: Oooooooh...
Ice Man: Yep!
(Ice Man freezes a corner of the pool)
Vivian: Must come in very handy around the house!
Ice Man: Our AC bill is really low during the summer.
Leela: Wow. Superpowers! I'll be able to pack my day with twice as many humdrum activities!
Futurama, "Less Than Hero"

"The fact that I was a necromancer made it pretty funny, though; I pictured the farmer's wife standing at the kitchen window, watching me chase moles out of the vegetable garden by summoning shadow-demons from the stygian pit to curse their very souls and then turning to her husband and going: "He does know we've got a spade he can use, right?""

"Now, if you ask me, a real human brain mapped into a computer would be more like Max Headroom, using his newfound power to play music videos, yammer on about golf, and probably watch every porn flick on the Internet at once. Oh wait, I'm thinking of myself."
Topless Robot on Transcendence

Maiza: I've never heard of a demon using its powers so frivolously.
Ronnie: I enjoy breaking the mold.
Baccano!! 1933 - The Slash

New York City alternated between delighting her with its massive buildings, multi-colored, flashing billboards, the beauty of seeing so many different skin colors and languages blending together, and then disgusting her with how completely filthy the city could be.
A huge sheet of dirty water splashed toward her, but she directed it away with the flick of a wrist. Being a nymph had some perks. Her affinity with water had matured from the time she’d been bound to a single fresh water spring in an ancient Grecian forest.
Rock Hard and Wet, a supernatural romance novel

"Ordinarily, I'd light my cigar with a match! But do I need a match now? Certainly not! Not if I have super-powers!"
Jonathan Kent, Adventure Comics #289

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