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* ''VideoGame/MaxAnAutisticJourney'': While furious at himself, Max exclaims that he hates his autistic brain and wishes he didn't have autism. The King of Monsters (his ImaginaryFriend and conscience of sorts) talks Max out of it, assuring him that autism is not a bad thing and that it gives him special gifts that he should be proud of.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse'': Before he even gets his powers, Miles Morales wants to be a regular teenager and not have to deal with the academic and social challenges presented by his prestigious new school, Brooklyn Visions Academy. After the fateful spider bite, he freaks out and tries to [[ImplausibleDeniability persuade himself]] that this is just puberty. His character arc in the film is about him learning to live with the uncertainty by stepping out of his comfort zone and taking a leap of faith.

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* In ''WebComic/YokokasQuest'', Mao wants to be rid of his curse. As indicated by Copycat and Fahrin, this would mean losing his cat-like features and sharper instincts.


* Kairi Niko in the KnightsOfTheOldRepublic fic ''Destiny's Pawn'' is an amnesiac bookworm with skills she can't explain and really didn't ''want'' to know where she learned them. She flat-out asked the Masters if they could "shut off" her Force sensitivity, and only agreed to her conscription into the Jedi because there wasn't another option. Given her druthers, she's just quit and become a translator, but seeing as she's the ex-Dark Lord...

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* Kairi Niko in the KnightsOfTheOldRepublic ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' fic ''Destiny's Pawn'' is an amnesiac bookworm with skills she can't explain and really didn't ''want'' to know where she learned them. She flat-out asked the Masters if they could "shut off" her Force sensitivity, and only agreed to her conscription into the Jedi because there wasn't another option. Given her druthers, she's just quit and become a translator, but seeing as she's the ex-Dark Lord...

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* ''Film/WhereHandsTouch'': This is Leyna's desire, and Kerstin also wants it for her. Of course, it's impossible under the Nazis for that to happen.


* In the ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' universe, this is one of Harry's defining characteristics. He'd really, ''really'' love to have a normal life. Sadly, being the Boy Who Lived, son of an Avenger, second in line to the throne of Asgard, and the [[TheChosenOne keystone]] to Doctor Strange's plan to prepare Earth for the coming of Thanos, all means that that is unlikely to happen.

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* In the ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' universe, this is one of Harry's defining characteristics. He'd really, ''really'' love to have a normal life.life (in this case, defined as one where he doesn't have grand responsibilities or anyone expecting him to save the world). Sadly, being the Boy Who Lived, son of an Avenger, second in line to the throne of Asgard, and the [[TheChosenOne keystone]] to Doctor Strange's plan to prepare Earth for the coming of Thanos, all means that that is unlikely to happen. Complicating things is the fact that this desire for relative normality clashes with the fact that he's something of an adrenaline junkie - a large part of him ''enjoys'' being InHarmsWay.


* Used and subverted in Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''. Because Hercules' strength often causes accidents, Hercules is shunned by the community, even though he just wants to fit in. This desire fades after he becomes a hero and puts his strength to good use. Late in the movie, Hades forces him to give up his powers to save the life of his love interest. After being drained, Hades pins Herc to the ground by throwing a barbell at him and stands over him taunting,

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* Used and subverted in Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''. Because Hercules' strength often causes accidents, Hercules is shunned by the community, even though he just wants to fit in. This desire fades after he becomes a hero and puts his strength to good use. Late in the movie, Hades forces him to give up his powers to save the life of his love interest. After being Herc is drained, Hades pins Herc him to the ground by throwing a barbell at him and stands over him taunting, him, taunting:

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** The story begins with this being Starfire’s ultimate desire, which is the reason she starts a modeling career. Robin shares her dream, which is why he decides to retire from hero work and proposes to her.
** Once Wonder Girl finds out she’s pregnant, she asks Speedy (who isn't the biological father) to have a normal life with her. He agrees.


* Inverted with Tails in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. Tails is a young fox with two tails instead of one, which got him bullied by other people for it. Rather than wishing he was a normal fox, Tails shrugs it off and accepts who he is and he actually uses his tails to fly and to propel him really fast when he runs.

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* Inverted with Tails in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. Tails is a young fox with two tails instead of one, which got him bullied by other people for it. Rather than wishing he was a normal fox, Tails shrugs it off and accepts who he is and he actually uses his tails to fly and to propel him really fast when he runs.


-->''"Yeah but everyone is in love with me! Like Snape and Loopin took a video of me naked. [[RonTheDeathEater Hargrid]] says he's in love with me. [[CanonSue Vampire]] likes me and now even Snaketail is in love with me! [[WishFulfillment I just wanna be with you ok Draco!]] Why couldn't [[{{God}} Satan]] have made me less beautiful?... Im [[InformedAbility good at too many things]]! [[IJustWantToBeNormal WHY CAN'T I JUST BE NORMAL?]] [[{{Wangst}} IT'S A FUCKING CURSE!]]"''
* ''FanFic/MyLittleAvengers'': [[TheHero Big Macintosh]] spends a good portion of the story regretting ever finding Mjolnir and becoming Thor, but eventually comes to turns with it. [[spoiler: This contributes to his HeroicBSOD when [[BigBad Loki]] steals Thor's powers from him, and after he gets them back, it's shown that he's fully embraced his role.]]

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-->''"Yeah but everyone is in love with me! Like Snape and Loopin took a video of me naked. [[RonTheDeathEater Hargrid]] says he's in love with me. [[CanonSue Vampire]] likes me and now even Snaketail is in love with me! [[WishFulfillment I just wanna be with you ok Draco!]] Why couldn't [[{{God}} Satan]] have made me less beautiful?... Im I'm [[InformedAbility good at too many things]]! [[IJustWantToBeNormal WHY CAN'T I JUST BE NORMAL?]] [[{{Wangst}} IT'S A FUCKING CURSE!]]"''
* ''FanFic/MyLittleAvengers'': [[TheHero Big Macintosh]] spends a good portion of the story regretting ever finding Mjolnir and becoming Thor, Thor but eventually comes to turns terms with it. [[spoiler: This contributes to his HeroicBSOD when [[BigBad Loki]] steals Thor's powers from him, and after he gets them back, it's shown that he's fully embraced his role.]]



** It happens to Brynjolf as well, as their adventures take them to disturbing revelations [[spoiler: like Mercer's betrayal and the reveal that he's Bryn's father, but he's also the descendant of Tiber Septim, and the Grand Dragon Priest Zoklitinhaar and how the latters spirit is encased in his body.]] he just wants to do his part as second-in-command.

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** It happens to Brynjolf as well, as their adventures take them to disturbing revelations [[spoiler: like Mercer's betrayal and the reveal that he's Bryn's father, but he's also the descendant of Tiber Septim, and the Grand Dragon Priest Zoklitinhaar and how the latters latter's spirit is encased in his body.]] he just wants to do his part as second-in-command.



* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', Izuku is horrified by his growing array of ComboPlatterPowers after he nearly killed Katsuki Bakugou, whom he considered his best friend, when they got into a fight as kids. This piles on top of his angst over being an alien on a planet that hates aliens. Because of this, he swears off his dream of becoming a superhero until the day he meets All Might.

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* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', Izuku is horrified by his growing array of ComboPlatterPowers after he nearly killed Katsuki Bakugou, Bakugou -- whom he considered his best friend, friend -- when they got into a fight as kids. This piles on top of his angst over being an alien on a planet that hates aliens. Because of this, he swears off his dream of becoming a superhero until the day he meets All Might.



** Jean-Paul Beaubier, one of Harry's friends, a mutant speedster - and from the finale of the first book, [[spoiler: this world's version of the Flash]] - who makes it very clear that he prefers ''not'' to get involved in fighting (though when he does get involved, he demonstrates just how terrifying an utterly ruthless speedster can be), and in the sequel somewhat wistfully discusses this trope, wishing he was just a normal mutant, or even a normal human.

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** Jean-Paul Beaubier, one of Harry's friends, a mutant speedster - and from the finale of the first book, [[spoiler: this world's version of the Flash]] - who makes it very clear that he prefers ''not'' to get involved in fighting (though when he does get involved, he demonstrates just how terrifying an utterly ruthless speedster can be), and in the sequel somewhat wistfully discusses this trope, wishing he was just a normal mutant, mutant or even a normal human.



* In the beginning of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Elsa does her best to conceal her powers, thinking they are nothing but a curse. However, after she accidentally reveals them in front of the entire kingdom and runs away, she embraces them, and is never happier than when she is using them to create.

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* In At the beginning of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Elsa does her best to conceal her powers, thinking they are nothing but a curse. However, after she accidentally reveals them in front of the entire kingdom and runs away, she embraces them, them and is never happier than when she is using them to create.



* Creator/MattDamon's character in ''Film/{{Hereafter}}'' is a psychic whose ability to communicate with people's dead relatives is [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead more of a curse than a gift]]. He refuses to exploit it for money and prefers a life of a blue-collar factory worker.

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* Creator/MattDamon's character in ''Film/{{Hereafter}}'' is a psychic whose ability to communicate with people's dead relatives is [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead more of a curse than a gift]]. He refuses to exploit it for money and prefers a the life of a blue-collar factory worker.



-->'''Jack''': I just want to be a good cop! Instead I keep getting caught up in these crazy adventures!

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-->'''Jack''': I just want to be a good cop! Instead Instead, I keep getting caught up in these crazy adventures!



* In ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', Miki Saegusa, resident psychic of the Heisei ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films, notes that her psychic powers have been fading away lately, which worries her. Meru Ozawa, in contrast, says that she can't wait for her own powers to fade away, since it means she would be able to start a family as a normal person. Miki's reaction to Meru's response seems to indicate that she agrees with her colleague's sentiments more than she had realized.
* Leonardo from ''Film/TheWayHeLooks'' gets fed up with the special treatment he gets for being blind, specially from his mother.

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* In ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', Miki Saegusa, resident psychic of the Heisei ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films, notes that her psychic powers have been fading away lately, which worries her. Meru Ozawa, in contrast, says that she can't wait for her own powers to fade away, away since it means she would be able to start a family as a normal person. Miki's reaction to Meru's response seems to indicate that she agrees with her colleague's sentiments more than she had realized.
* Leonardo from ''Film/TheWayHeLooks'' gets fed up with the special treatment he gets for being blind, specially especially from his mother.



* This trope is OlderThanFeudalism, appearing in ''Literature/TheBible'' with the first two chapters of the Book of Jonah. After being selected by God to go to the city of Nineveh to prophesy against it "for their great wickedness is come up before me", Jonah did ''not'' want this responsibility, and tried to flee by going to the city of Jaffa and then sailing to Tarshish (which was in the opposite direction from Nineveh). When a storm threatened to sink the ship, the sailors suspect that Jonah is the cause, and he admits it. They toss him overboard, which causes the sea to calm, but Jonah's life is saved when he is swallowed by a "big fish" who carries him to land after three days. During that time, Jonah prays to God, and decides to accept the task given to him.

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* This trope is OlderThanFeudalism, appearing in ''Literature/TheBible'' with the first two chapters of the Book of Jonah. After being selected by God to go to the city of Nineveh to prophesy against it "for their great wickedness is come up before me", Jonah did ''not'' want this responsibility, and tried to flee by going to the city of Jaffa and then sailing to Tarshish (which was in the opposite direction from Nineveh). When a storm threatened to sink the ship, the sailors suspect that Jonah is the cause, and he admits it. They toss him overboard, which causes the sea to calm, but Jonah's life is saved when he is swallowed by a "big fish" who carries him to land after three days. During that time, Jonah prays to God, God and decides to accept the task given to him.



* Siberys from ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' is an experiment created with strong [[MindOverMatter telekinetic powers]]. He agrees to be the test subject for a bioweapon that permanently disables the [[PsychicPowers powers]] of psi-experiments because he doesn't want his powers any more.

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* Siberys from ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' is an experiment created with strong [[MindOverMatter telekinetic powers]]. He agrees to be the test subject for a bioweapon that permanently disables the [[PsychicPowers powers]] of psi-experiments because he doesn't want his powers any more.anymore.



** Much like Jenna, Katheryn's power turned her from a regular human into a sentient mass of ink. She can't speak, and has to struggle even to move. She implores Finn to find a cure for their superpowers as soon as he can.
** Zia's power is {{telepathy}}, allowing her to read minds up to fifteen miles away. Except she can't turn it off, and is frequently overwhelmed with people's private thoughts that she doesn't want to hear. She wants to go back to normal- in one BadFuture, [[DePower she gets her wish]].

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** Much like Jenna, Katheryn's power turned her from a regular human into a sentient mass of ink. She can't speak, speak and has to struggle even to move. She implores Finn to find a cure for their superpowers as soon as he can.
** Zia's power is {{telepathy}}, allowing her to read minds up to fifteen miles away. Except she can't turn it off, off and is frequently overwhelmed with people's private thoughts that she doesn't want to hear. She wants to go back to normal- in one BadFuture, [[DePower she gets her wish]].



* The [[RealPersonFic character of Prince Harry]] in ''Theatre/KingCharlesIII'', after he's dated commoner and outspoken Republican Jess for several months. [[note]]The play premiered in 2014, [[OutdatedByCanon before Harry would go on to date and wed Meghan Markle]] [[/note]]. The characterization of Harry leans towards the DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife, and he begins to express the opinion that he might finally find happiness and fulfillment if he settles down and leads an average life. Towards the middle of the second act [[spoiler: Harry goes so far as to ask Prince Charles to remove his titles and demote him to the status of a commoner. But Harry changes his mind after Prince Charles is forced to abdicate and William is to be crowned instead, and decides he'll remain with his family and support the institution of monarchy]].

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* The [[RealPersonFic character of Prince Harry]] in ''Theatre/KingCharlesIII'', ''Theatre/KingCharlesIII'' after he's he has dated commoner and outspoken Republican Jess for several months. [[note]]The play premiered in 2014, [[OutdatedByCanon before Harry would go on to date and wed Meghan Markle]] [[/note]]. The characterization of Harry leans towards the DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife, and he begins to express the opinion that he might finally find happiness and fulfillment if he settles down and leads an average life. Towards the middle of the second act [[spoiler: Harry goes so far as to ask Prince Charles to remove his titles and demote him to the status of a commoner. But Harry changes his mind after Prince Charles is forced to abdicate and William is to be crowned instead, instead and decides he'll remain with his family and support the institution of monarchy]].



* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'': Chiho comes from a long line of {{ninja}}, dating many generations back and, as the only child of [[BadassFamily the Masuda Clan]], she's next in line for succession... except she doesn't want it. She'd rather live her life as a normal highschool girl. So she runs away to join the VG Tournament, in hopes of winning the prize money to fund her new life.

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* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'': Chiho comes from a long line of {{ninja}}, dating many generations back and, as the only child of [[BadassFamily the Masuda Clan]], she's next in line for succession... except she doesn't want it. She'd rather live her life as a normal highschool high school girl. So she runs away to join the VG Tournament, in hopes of winning the prize money to fund her new life.



* Shinjiro Aragaki in ''VideoGame/Persona3'' would like nothing better than to be rid of his Persona - with good reason, since [[spoiler:he once lost control of it during a mission, causing the death of an innocent woman and orphaning her eight-year-old son]]. He stubbornly rejects Akihiko's efforts to bring him back into the fight, and goes so far as to [[spoiler:poison himself with Persona-suppressing drugs]]. In the female protagonist's route in the PSP version of the game, he all but says the trope name word for word during his Social Link.

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* Shinjiro Aragaki in ''VideoGame/Persona3'' would like nothing better than to be rid of his Persona - with good reason, since [[spoiler:he once lost control of it during a mission, causing the death of an innocent woman and orphaning her eight-year-old son]]. He stubbornly rejects Akihiko's efforts to bring him back into the fight, fight and goes so far as to [[spoiler:poison himself with Persona-suppressing drugs]]. In the female protagonist's route in the PSP version of the game, he all but says the trope name word for word during his Social Link.



* Hikari from ''VideoGame/PersonaQ2NewCinemaLabyrinth'' has constantly wanted to become "normal" because being different from other people [[spoiler: is what got her into being humilliated by her primary school teacher, isolated by her secondary school friends and her film director profession rejected by her relatives]] in the first place. Aside that [[spoiler:while "becoming normal" in this instance supposedly means fulfilling society's expectations such as studying in a regular university or finding a regular and less risky occupation, it likely isn't for Hikari. In fact, by becoming "normal," she probably meant shutting herself off from reality and other people forever, so she wouldn't have any personality to begin with.]]

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* Hikari from ''VideoGame/PersonaQ2NewCinemaLabyrinth'' has constantly wanted to become "normal" because being different from other people [[spoiler: is what got her into being humilliated humiliated by her primary school teacher, isolated by her secondary school friends and her film director profession rejected by her relatives]] in the first place. Aside that [[spoiler:while "becoming normal" in this instance supposedly means fulfilling society's expectations such as studying in a regular university or finding a regular and less risky occupation, it likely isn't for Hikari. In fact, by becoming "normal," she probably meant shutting herself off from reality and other people forever, so she wouldn't have any personality to begin with.]]



* Jarod Shadowsong, a night elf from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''. In the novel ''Literature/TheWarOfTheAncients'', he is a simple guard from the city of Suramar who gets wrapped up with major lore characters in the fight against the [[LegionsOfHell Burning Legion]]. When the general of the night elven army dies, Jarod is given the job of commanding the army comprising of night elves, [[ALoadOfBull tauren]], [[BearyFunny furbolgs]], [[LivingStatue Earthen]], and ''demigods''. He knows the job has to be filled, but wants nothing more than to go back to just being a faceless guard. After the war, Jarod vanished instead of taking up the offer of being co-leader of his people. He would reappear in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Cataclysm'' when Mount Hyjal was threatened by Ragnaros, this time much more willing to take command after his [[TenMinuteRetirement Ten-Thousand Year Retirement]].

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* Jarod Shadowsong, a night elf from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''. In the novel ''Literature/TheWarOfTheAncients'', he is a simple guard from the city of Suramar who gets wrapped up with major lore characters in the fight against the [[LegionsOfHell Burning Legion]]. When the general of the night elven army dies, Jarod is given the job of commanding the army comprising of night elves, [[ALoadOfBull tauren]], [[BearyFunny furbolgs]], [[LivingStatue Earthen]], and ''demigods''. He knows the job has to be filled, filled but wants nothing more than to go back to just being a faceless guard. After the war, Jarod vanished instead of taking up the offer of being co-leader of his people. He would reappear in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Cataclysm'' when Mount Hyjal was threatened by Ragnaros, this time much more willing to take command after his [[TenMinuteRetirement Ten-Thousand Year Retirement]].



* Recently-turned vampire John Turner in ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'' really wants to go back to be human, or at least try to just live as normal a life as possible as a taxi driver. Unfortunately for him, everyone keeps either trying to pressure him into doing heroics for them, or trying to kill him for what he is. There was also an incident when he was human where he tried to give up being an ace street racer after the races started getting too deadly and dangerous for his tastes, but the people he raced for tried threatening him into continuing anyway.

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* Recently-turned vampire John Turner in ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'' really wants to go back to be human, or at least try to just live as normal a life as possible as a taxi driver. Unfortunately for him, everyone keeps either trying to pressure him into doing heroics for them, them or trying to kill him for what he is. There was also an incident when he was human where he tried to give up being an ace street racer after the races started getting too deadly and dangerous for his tastes, but the people he raced for tried threatening him into continuing anyway.



* Zoe is like this a bit in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. She just wants to graduate from college and get a good job, while all her friends are more interested in summoning demons, exploring [[AnotherDimension other dimensions]], building [[HumongousMecha giant robots]], fighting vampires, or conocting various [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]]. It doesn't help that, while the other characters can cast spells, build MadScientist style inventions, or kill demons with a swing of their sword, Zoe's "power" is turning into a camel whenever someone says "shupid" (which her friends do whenever they're feeling a bit vengeful).

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* Zoe is like this a bit in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. She just wants to graduate from college and get a good job, while all her friends are more interested in summoning demons, exploring [[AnotherDimension other dimensions]], building [[HumongousMecha giant robots]], fighting vampires, or conocting concocting various [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]].{{Zany Scheme}}s. It doesn't help that, while the other characters can cast spells, build MadScientist style inventions, or kill demons with a swing of their sword, Zoe's "power" is turning into a camel whenever someone says "shupid" (which her friends do whenever they're feeling a bit vengeful).



** Interestingly, Emily is actually enjoying her new life more than her old one, and is beginning to disagree with Ash's desire to return to the way things were.

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** Interestingly, Emily is actually enjoying her new life more than her old one, one and is beginning to disagree with Ash's desire to return to the way things were.



* ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' provides quite a few interesting spins. Aylia wants to be a wizard, which is normal in her world, but is sent to college instead. Nicole wants to have a happy average life, but winds up getting quote "Three Wierdo Roommates!" unquote. [[spoiler:Alexis just wants to live as a human instead of having wings.]] Everybody else is apparently fine with being abnormal.

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* ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' provides quite a few interesting spins. Aylia wants to be a wizard, which is normal in her world, world but is sent to college instead. Nicole wants to have a happy average life, life but winds up getting quote "Three Wierdo Weirdo Roommates!" unquote. [[spoiler:Alexis just wants to live as a human instead of having wings.]] Everybody else is apparently fine with being abnormal.



* In ''Webcomic/WhenSheWasBad'', Amber Price is declared to be TheChosenOne by an order of mysterious caped figures and given superpowers, but initally wants no part of it. This stands in sharp contrast to her counterpart, VillainProtagonist Gail Swanson, who upon accidentally receiving some of Amber's power jumps into her new life as a supervillain with gusto.

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* In ''Webcomic/WhenSheWasBad'', Amber Price is declared to be TheChosenOne by an order of mysterious caped figures and given superpowers, but initally initially wants no part of it. This stands in sharp contrast to her counterpart, VillainProtagonist Gail Swanson, who upon accidentally receiving some of Amber's power jumps into her new life as a supervillain with gusto.



* Amusingly deconstructed in ''WebComic/{{minus}}''. Several kids talk about this sort of plot, and all agree it's the best way to go... right up until the local RealityWarper floats by on a cloud. At that point we're reminded that they're kids.
* One of the main conflicts in ''Webcomic/HowToBeAWerewolf'' is that Malaya is afraid of her power after [[MyGreatestFailure injuring her brother]] out of jealousy as a child, to the extent that she becomes TheShutIn. Elias's goal, and the point of the story, is for her to embrace her powers and her werewolf side so that she can live life outside her incredibly small comfort zone.

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* Amusingly deconstructed in ''WebComic/{{minus}}''. Several kids talk about this sort of plot, and all agree it's the best way to go... right up until the local RealityWarper floats by on a cloud. At that point point, we're reminded that they're kids.
* One of the main conflicts in ''Webcomic/HowToBeAWerewolf'' is that Malaya is afraid of her power after [[MyGreatestFailure injuring her brother]] out of jealousy as a child, to the extent that she becomes TheShutIn. Elias's goal, goal and the point of the story, story is for her to embrace her powers and her werewolf side so that she can live life outside her incredibly small comfort zone.






* None of the protagonists in the web fiction serial ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'' want their super powers. Of course, that doesn't stop some of them *coughRobcough* from enjoying them.

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* None of the protagonists in the web fiction serial ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'' want their super powers.superpowers. Of course, that doesn't stop some of them *coughRobcough* from enjoying them.



* Many of the characters in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse enjoy their abilities, but some, especially those whose mutations have turned them into hideous freaks, or made it impossible to live without life support, certain wish they were normal. Of the main characters, the intersexed Ayla Goodkind is actively researching ways to change back to a normal-looking male, and Chou Lee is still angsting about her transformation, and the tasks the Tao requires her to perform.

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* Many of the characters in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse enjoy their abilities, but some, some,= -- especially those whose mutations have turned them into hideous freaks, freaks or made it impossible to live without life support, certain support -- certainly wish they were normal. Of the main characters, the intersexed Ayla Goodkind is actively researching ways to change back to a normal-looking male, and Chou Lee is still angsting about her transformation, and the tasks the Tao requires her to perform.



* In ''WebVideo/ThePlatoonOfPowerSquadron'', Virginia is so opposed to the idea of having powers, she tries to get a friend to come up with a cure not only for herself, but for her to slip into the drinks of her other super-powered friends. Jonas isn't very eager to use his powers either, saying that Donald's whole "Fate gave us these powers for a reason so we have to experiment with them and save everyone and be heroes!!!" mentality rubbed off on him to the point where he lost control over them enough to use them in his sleep.

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* In ''WebVideo/ThePlatoonOfPowerSquadron'', Virginia is so opposed to the idea of having powers, she tries to get a friend to come up with a cure not only for herself, herself but for her to slip into the drinks of her other super-powered friends. Jonas isn't very eager to use his powers either, saying that Donald's whole "Fate gave us these powers for a reason so we have to experiment with them and save everyone and be heroes!!!" mentality rubbed off on him to the point where he lost control over them enough to use them in his sleep.



* A main plot point of the 80's ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon was the kids wanting to leave their new sword-and-sorcery life behind and return to the normal world.

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* A main plot point of the 80's '80s ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon was the kids wanting to leave their new sword-and-sorcery life behind and return to the normal world.



** Juke, who has a boombox for a head, can only speak (and write) in beatboxing because his arms are too short to reach the speech switch behind his head. He's been trying to tell that to everyone for a year. In "the Night", Juke dreams he can finally speak, but now everyone else speaks in music.

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** Juke, who has a boombox for a head, can only speak (and write) in beatboxing because his arms are too short to reach the speech switch behind his head. He's been trying to tell that to everyone for a year. In "the "The Night", Juke dreams he can finally speak, but now everyone else speaks in music.



** In the episode "The Night", Hector's dream reveals he hates being a giant, and he's so happy to be normal-sized, enabling him to roam freely without destroy the neighborhood, to hug people without hospitalizing them, to take the bus, to sit in the classroom like everyone else, to buy clothes, to use a toilet instead of a volcano and to have a girlfriend. It's so good a dream that he doesn't want to wake up. Unfortunately, he's a [[{{Sleepwalking}} sleepwalker]].

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** In the episode "The Night", Hector's dream reveals he hates being a giant, and he's so happy to be normal-sized, enabling him to roam freely without destroy destroying the neighborhood, to hug people without hospitalizing them, to take the bus, to sit in the classroom like everyone else, to buy clothes, to use a toilet instead of a volcano and to have a girlfriend. It's so good a dream that he doesn't want to wake up. Unfortunately, he's a [[{{Sleepwalking}} sleepwalker]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' Jackie would love nothing more than to go back to his life as a quiet and unassuming archaelogist rather than his current life as a secret agent who routinely defends the world from demons and what not.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' Jackie would love nothing more than to go back to his life as a quiet and unassuming archaelogist archaeologist rather than his current life as a secret agent who routinely defends the world from demons and what not.



* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', though Rex enjoys fighting, and helping people, he's not a fan of the life he has to lead when he's not on missions, which seems to consist of training and waiting around. He sneaks out often. [[spoiler: Leading the higher ups to hire a kid to be his friend.]]
* This is how ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' ends. After spending the whole episode trying to convince The Schoolgirl / [[spoiler: Terra]] that she is the Terra he thought he knew, she delivers what can be considered the saddest line in the series. "[[ImNotAHeroIm I'm not a hero. I'm not out to save the world. I'm just a girl with a geometry test next period and I haven't studied.]]" As later revealed in the ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'' comics, [[spoiler: this is one of the few cases where BroughtDownToNormal not only is permanent, but regarded as a change for the better, even by Terra's own ''brother.'' ]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', though Rex enjoys fighting, and helping people, he's not a fan of the life he has to lead when he's not on missions, which seems to consist of training and waiting around. He sneaks out often. [[spoiler: Leading the higher ups higher-ups to hire a kid to be his friend.]]
* This is how ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' ends. After spending the whole episode trying to convince The Schoolgirl / [[spoiler: Terra]] that she is the Terra he thought he knew, she delivers what can be considered the saddest line in the series. "[[ImNotAHeroIm I'm not a hero. I'm not out to save the world. I'm just a girl with a geometry test next period and I haven't studied.]]" As later revealed in the ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'' comics, [[spoiler: this is one of the few cases where BroughtDownToNormal not only is permanent, permanent but regarded as a change for the better, even by Terra's own ''brother.'' ]]



* The Cutie Mark Crusaders of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' suffer a bizarre mix of this and IJustWantToBeSpecial. They all want to have the Cutie Mark that every pony have in their flanks and that they themselves hadn't gotten yet. Problem is, a Cutie Mark ''only'' appears in a pony after they realize what his or her ''unique'' talent really are, so the poor fillies are DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife just to fit with everypony else. [[spoiler: They finally get their wish in Season 5 when they realize their special talent is helping others find and understand ''their'' special talents.]]

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* The Cutie Mark Crusaders of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' suffer a bizarre mix of this and IJustWantToBeSpecial. They all want to have the Cutie Mark that every pony have has in their flanks and that they themselves hadn't gotten yet. Problem is, a Cutie Mark ''only'' appears in a pony after they realize what his or her ''unique'' talent really are, is, so the poor fillies are DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife just to fit with everypony else. [[spoiler: They finally get their wish in Season 5 when they realize their special talent is helping others find and understand ''their'' special talents.]]


* ''Fanfic/AFinelyHonedBlade'': Taylor does ''not'' want to be a cape, and actively despises her powers. Even after Bakuda forces her to accept them, she's not exactly happy about having to [[spoiler:ascribe to cape traditions like hiding her face after taking over the ABB and going after Coil, though she relents when Lisa points out the practical value of a helmet]].

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* ''Fanfic/AFinelyHonedBlade'': Taylor [[Literature/{{Worm}} Taylor]] does ''not'' want to be a cape, and actively despises her powers. Even after Bakuda forces her to accept them, she's not exactly happy about having to [[spoiler:ascribe to cape traditions like hiding her face after taking over the ABB and going after Coil, though she relents when Lisa points out the practical value of a helmet]].

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** Jean-Paul Beaubier, one of Harry's friends, a mutant speedster - and from the finale of the first book, [[spoiler: this world's version of the Flash]] - who makes it very clear that he prefers ''not'' to get involved in fighting (though when he does get involved, he demonstrates just how terrifying an utterly ruthless speedster can be), and in the sequel somewhat wistfully discusses this trope, wishing he was just a normal mutant, or even a normal human.

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* ''Fanfic/AFinelyHonedBlade'': Taylor does ''not'' want to be a cape, and actively despises her powers. Even after Bakuda forces her to accept them, she's not exactly happy about having to [[spoiler:ascribe to cape traditions like hiding her face after taking over the ABB and going after Coil, though she relents when Lisa points out the practical value of a helmet]].


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