I'd say not so much. Wanting to be normal ("I wish I didn't have superpowers! I hate having them!") is very different from wanting to appear normal ("I hope no one discovers that I have superpowers. I really like having them, but everyone knowing about them would make things weird.")
Would anyone who hated having superpowers NOT disguise the fact that they have superpowers?
I'm not suggesting a parent/child relationship, but a previous post mentioned Hellboy getting his horns sawn off to look more normal. It doesn't sound like Hellboy WANTS to be abnormal.
Well, some people CAN'T disguise the fact they have superpowers, either because of Power Incontinence or some telltale sign they can't hide (for example, if you're the Thing, you can't exactly do much to make yourself look more normal). And I'm sure there are some people on I Just Want to Be Normal who don't want superpowers but don't do anything to hide them, perhaps because it never occurs to them, or perhaps they hate the experience of having superpowers but like the celebrity or don't care what other people think.
Because they AREN'T the same. Wanting to be rid of your powers altogether is not necessarily the same as simply wanting to hide them from other people. You can want to hide your powers without wanting to be rid of them.
Plus, there are examples of people who wish they didn't have powers, but don't necessarily hide them. Those that believe in Comes Great Responsibility, for example. They may not want said responsibility, but they still feel the need to face it.
They're related, sure, but not the same.
I'm pretty sure crazysamaritan wasn't arguing that they were the same, only related. He asked whether anyone who hated having superpowers wouldn't hide them, and I gave examples of situations where that would be the case.
My problem was that I don't see Morgan Wick's arguments applying to what I am saying. They are good arguments for the distinction between tropes, but not for being unrelated. (My opinion. Morgan would naturally disagree.)
I feel the Thing is an excellent example of this trope, wearing a Coat, Hat, Mask (without the mask), to disguise himself, even if they don't do much to disguise him.
That could explain why I felt you were talking past me. Instead of going off on a tangent, I'm sticking with my core argument. I'm using small details to show the argument, rather than replace it with another argument.
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