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  • In both Trigun and Cowboy Bebop, flamethrowers are repurposed as the world's most dangerous (and wasteful) cigarette lighters. The latter also has it used to broil (well, burn) meat.
    • Also in Trigun, a machine gun was once used to light a cigarette.
    • Cowboy Bebop also proves that Kill Sats can be repurposed to draw doodles.
  • In Ah! My Goddess, Belldandy used her magic to renovate a run-down Buddhist temple and make it suitable for habitation, giving her, Keiichi, and her sisters a plausible reason for "Friends" Rent Control.
  • Esdeath of Akame ga Kill! developed and honed the ability to use her freezing powers to literally freeze time and space, stopping all motion everywhere for one reason. So her Love Interest, the main character Tatsumi, who she has a Villainous Crush on wouldn't be able to run away from her anymore.
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  • Assassination Classroom: Koro-Sensei uses his wide library of powers mostly for these. Mach 20 speed is used to get some Chinese food from China itself and some ice from the North Pole, his insane Flash Step capabilities get abused a lot to both taunt his students and assist them, his solid Speed Echoes get used by leaving one of them per student to help them out individually before an exam, his regenerative powers let him offer his students the chance to take potshots at his tentacles for morale purposes, among others.
  • It turns out that Attack on Titan's 3D Maneuver Gear, intended for reaching the weak points of man-eating giants, is also very useful for washing windows.
    • After unsuccessfully trying to use his ability of transforming into a Titan, Eren drops a teaspoon. As he reaches out for it, he unintentionally transforms his hand into a Titan one, which picks it up. His colleague concludes that in order to use his ability, he must have a clear goal in mind.
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  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, it's established that America has super strength. However, the only times we see this are when he's a kid and he swings a full grown buffalo over his head, and later when he drags a full sized SUV with ease in order to ask if he could borrow it.
  • Rather than using his phenomenal cosmic powers for anything especially useful ("Do you want me to die of boredom?"), Baccano!'s Ronnie Schiatto tends to employ his omniscience and omnipotence for absurdly minor tasks such as saving himself the price of a train ticket or correcting the FBI's spelling errors.
  • Basquash! rides the line between this and Serious Business with the sport of Bigfoot Basketball, which is what happens when you decide to play basketball with giant mecha.
  • In episode 9 of Beyond the Boundary Mirai uses her blood manipulation powers to pick a lock. In the same episode Izumi uses her force field power to create a series of small box shaped force fields along a dark path at night to use the glow from the force fields to illuminate the path.
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  • Eve from Black Cat turns her fingers into eating utensils when she needs to eat. She also made handpuppets when she got bored.
  • Bleach:
    • In an omake 6th Squad Captain Byakuya Kuchiki jokes that he uses his Senbon Zakura, an attack known to reduce opponents to a status where their bodies can't be identified as human, in order to give himself a haircut.
    • Another character, Ishida Uryuu, appears to use hyper-speed for sewing and handicrafts.
    • Post-timeskip, Ichigo uses his advanced combat skills, speed, strength, and reflexes (though not his actual superpowers) developed due to war to beat up common thugs and dominate sports... for money.
    • In a filler episode, Hitsugaya uses his shikai ability, a humongous ice dragon known to freeze anything within its vicinity, to make ice on their visit to the beach (at the request of Ichigo for Ill Boy Ukitake who'd almost passed out from heat stroke).
    • In another omake Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto used his sword Ryūjin Jakka - the most powerful Zanpakutō in all of Soul Society - to heat up ovens, stay warm and bake sweet potatoes. Shunsui Kyōraku speculated that Ryūjin Jakka resented being used for such purposes, allowing Muramasa to take control of it.
    • In the Epilogue, Orihime uses her spirit abilities to keep an eye on her son, Kazui, whenever he wanders off.
  • In chapter 12 of Bloody Cross Tsukimiya uses her blood manipulation powers to make darts out of her blood to throw at a dart board.
  • The setting of Blue Exorcist has supernatural forces and beings used for practical, everyday purposes. One such example is the Contracts of Morinath, curses in which the target is forbidden to speak of certain things, or else the demon will emerge and punish the target. If this sounds like a non-disclosure agreement, that's exactly what most Contracts of Morinath are used for, placed on workers in organizations to prevent trade secrets and secret projects from leaking out to their competitors.
  • Most of the cards in Cardcaptor Sakura are either very versatile or designed specifically for combat. However there is also The Flower which Sakura uses to make bouquets, The Bubble which is used for washing, and The Sweet which makes things taste sweet.
    • This actually gets lampshaded in-story, as The Bubble was created by Clow Reed for that specific use. More exactly, to give Kerberos (a huge winged feline in his unsealed form) his daily bath without working out too much.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Misaka Mikoto, level 5 Electromaster... Usually uses her power of electricity to get free drinks from a vending machine.
    • Kuroko uses her teleportation to perv on Mikoto.
    • In one 4koma, Accelerator uses his power of vectors to speed up a conveyor belt sushi. Also, he has been seen using his abilities to block soundwaves whenever he wishes not to be bothered.
  • In A Certain Scientific Railgun:
    • The cast wants to make curry but don't have any kind of heater. So they have Misaka cook the food with her electricity.
    • Kinuho Wannai can use her water control to clean the swimming pool. It is hinted that she and her partner Maaya Awatsuki, who can control buoyancy, use their abilities to swim faster.
    • Shizuri Mugino, who can generate Meltdowner energy that disintegrates anything it touches, can conjure up a tiny ball of it to light her path.
  • Charlotte:
    • Joujirou is occasionally seen using his Super Speed to do things like... get food from the cafeteria without waiting in line.
    • Misa also uses her pyrokinesis to light a grill at one point.
  • In The Circumstances Leading to Waltraute's Marriage, Waltraute, Frigg, and Freyja use The Gjallarhorn, the horn that blows to signal Ragnarok, like a telescope. Heimdallr is appalled, but he can't do anything about it.
  • The Absurdly Powerful Student Council in Code Geass pulls out an old prototype Humongous Mecha to...make the World's Largest Pizza. Considering how their school festivals are called the "most open events in Area 11", where the native population, who are heavily discriminated against by the ruling Britannians, can enjoy the festival as equals, and how Student Council President Milly Ashford has a habit of declaring school festivals to relieve stress for the students after major political issues like assassinations and terrorist attacks, using the old Knightmare to make Comfort Food could be seen as a pretty powerful symbol for peace.
    • In one of the side novels, Lelouch recalls that his mother once used a mech to fend off other imperial consorts who were picking on her children. Lucky for those nobles, Knightmare Frames weren't as advanced back then.
  • In Codename: Sailor V, the prequel to Sailor Moon, Minako's pen and mirror show the truth. Minako uses said pen on all her tests to churn out expert essays on things she knows absolutely nothing about. Needless to say, her Guardian Cat Artemis is livid.
    • This pops up in its sister series, Sailor Moon. Usagi tends to use the disguise pen for mundane things, such as turning into an adult to sneak into a bar or a camera woman to sneak onto a boat, much to Luna's horror. Strangely, each time she uses it for something mundane it ends up being someplace she needs to get into to stop the baddies, though it's possible she's used it off screen without this happening.
  • Chaika of Coffin Princess Chaika uses her magic rifle to heat a bathtub and cook a chunk of meat. Well, technically she made the chunk of meat explode, but she was trying to cook it.
  • Allen of D.Gray-Man uses his left hand, imbued with a weapon capable of wiping evil from the earth possibly granted directly by God...to cheat at cards.
  • In Darker Than Black, Hei's first onscreen use of his Shock and Awe powers are for the sake of fixing his landlady's TV under the guise of Percussive Maintenance.
    • Another guy used telekinetic Razor Floss to open his boss's beer bottle from across the room, and there's a child Contractor in the interquel manga series who used her teleportation ability to collect junk and build a secret hideout.
  • Delicious in Dungeon:
    • What's the best thing to do when you encounter a fire-spewing trap? Use it's fuel and flame, perfect for deep frying! Find a guillotine trap? It's great for cutting up the meat of large monsters!
    • Golems are creatures made of earth moved by magic to protect certain parts of the dungeon. They're also great places to plant vegetables, especially since they can take care of themselves.
    • Senshi's cooking pot was originally a shield made of adamant. Having no need for a shield and being more interested in cooking, Senshi uses his shield as a pot instead. He takes advantage of the adamant's heat spreading properties for the mundane task of cooking good meals. Not to mention his cooking knife made of mithril.
      • He used his axe as a spit to roast the Basilisk with.
    • Marcille gets petrified by a cockatrice at one point. While her team tries to find a way to cure her, they use her as a pickle press.
  • Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z has a house cleaning episode in which the girls (at least one or two of them) use their magical transformations to get the job done in a hurry.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Zenitsu’s superhuman sense of hearing came in very handy during the undercover investigation in the Red Light District arc, as he disguised as a cross-dressed courtesan didn’t quite have the looks to pass himself as a beautiful woman but could still entertain guests with his Shamisen playing skills, his super hearing could make him be fully capable of playing any song he had heard just once, as the sounds are perfectly ingrained in his memory.
  • Digimon Xros Wars involves using Digimon attacks...for cooking!
  • Dragon Ball:
    • The Dragon Balls themselves, at least early on. Except for Emperor Pilaf, who wants to Take Over the World, the others wanted the balls and their powers for completely silly things; Oolong wanted some panties (which he got), Bulma wanted a "super-cute boyfriend", (originally it was a lifetime supply of strawberries) and Yamcha wanted them to get rid of his fear of girls. (Bulma & Yamcha later helped each other with their respective wishes, at least, until a certain Saiyan prince came along).
    • Master Roshi seems to possess several fantastical items, many of which he doesn't even realize. One was the Bashousen, a magical fan that could summon wind and rain, which Chi Chi wanted to put out the flames of Frypan Mountain. It turned out he unwittingly used the magical artifact as a coaster only to throw it out when it became dirty.
    • Earlier in the series Master Roshi had Goku and Krillin put their great strength and speed to use by doing construction work and delivering milk.
    • In Z, Yamcha used his super powers to become a major league baseball player. Not that they were really useful for anything else by that point of the series anyway.
    • Ki, not only good for blasting enemies into dust, but also good for lighting fires, warming food, and being a replacement flashlight.
    • A minor example is seen in the 7th Dragon Ball Z Movie, "Super Android 13". Goku and Gohan are seen shopping with Chi chi and Goku is seen carrying enough boxes of merchandise and clothes that would crush a man.
  • Celty from Durarara!! has the ability to manipulate shadow and give it physical form. Her most common display of her powers? Using them to type faster.
    • She also uses the said powers for practical, but still fairly mundane purposes, such as creating a shadow-helmet for her passengers, in the rare times she takes any. Considerate and safe.
    • Shinra stopped her from using her shadow powers to prepare food, though.
    • In one of the novels, Shinra is restrained for several hours after accidentally getting caught in one of Celty's shadow webs. He managed to pass the time by thinking of ways that they could use said webs for S&M.
  • The Elder Sister-like One ("An Elder Sister"): The Lovecraftian-horror Chiyo can use her tentacles in many ways: forming hair, clothes, or unstoppably sharp knives, even for killing an infestation of black-magic rats.
  • Eyeshield 21:
    • Sena once used his special move, the Devil Bat Ghost, to steal a letter a girl had sent to him from a teasing friend. It was even remarked as "the world's number one useless way to use a technique."
    • Another time this happened was when Kurita wanted to give his teammates a bone-crushing hug after several days of training alone, and Hiruma put a big roll of bubble-wrap in his path. He hugged the bubble wrap instead, and popped every single bubble. Suzuna's response: "Completely useless, that kind of training."
    • Hiruma himself uses his throwing accuracy to set off explosives and generally harass people.
    • And then there was the All-Star Uselessly Badass...pillow fight.
  • Canti in FLCL: He (it?) is the sole character capable of defeating all of the Humongous Mecha that come out of Naota's head. What does Canti do when not fighting giant robots? Laundry. Moving boxes. Cooking. Buying groceries (and porno mags for Shigekuni...). Or, if there's no housework to be done, why not just fly with the birds?
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Erza can use her Requip magic to instantly change her outfit, in addition to summoning various magic armors, swords, spears, etc. Though, she needs to bring a huge stack of luggage bags with her when the team goes out on an adventure/job request.
      • The luggage bags are actually bags of cooking materials.
    • Also, Natsu can use his fire abilities to cook food and dry clothes.
    • Lucy gets more Mundane Utility out of some of her spirits, such as haircuts from Cancer and clothes from Virgo, than she does combat. Plue seems to entirely exist for her to hold and cuddle.
  • At the start of Fate/stay night, Shirou uses his powers to see patterns to sense where broken appliances need fixing. But then, at that point he doesn't know how to do anything else.
    • Rin's first order to Archer after he's summoned? "Clean up this mess". The next morning, the first thing Archer does is make tea. Damn good tea according to Rin, but still...
    • Its prequel, Fate/Zero, reveals that Gilgamesh not only uses his Gate of Babylon as a storage for all the Noble Phantasm prototypes, he also keeps a first-rate wine cellar.
    • Meanwhile, Fate/hollow ataraxia has Lancer using Gae Bolg in his job as a florist.
  • Carnival Phantasm, being a Type Moon parody series that includes skits involving the aforementioned Fate/stay night, throws in a few examples:
    • Saber works at a cafe to help out and make money to buy Shirou a birthday present. While there, her B rank Charisma comes into play, meaning that while she's an awful waitress, the customers and staff worship her and do whatever she says.
    • Caster's crafting of a good-luck charm for Soichirou. It gives him actual, incredible luck. Justified as Caster's Crafting skill is exceptional (Rank A), even though (like Saber's Rank A in Riding outside of Fate/Zero) it never comes into play in the original stories. Also given to Assassin during the race for the grail, to help his driving.
      • She also employs her Crafting skill to assemble and paint garage kits of Saber, resulting in a room-sized Stalker Shrine. She's even got an airbrush, a compressor and a respirator mask.
      • Unrelated to her A Crafting Skill, she uses her Rule Breaker (a magical dagger) as her wallet's keychain.
    • Rider using her A+ rank in Riding to accelerate a pedal bike to faster than a racing motorcycle.
    • Caren using her Shroud of Magdalene to sort male and female chicks apart. Normally it's used to bind men until they are attacked.
  • In Freezing, Pandoras typically use the Volt Texture technique to materialize their uniforms and weapons. They can also use it to instantly repair their outfits when they are damaged and even conjure clothes like gym outfits onto themselves so they don't have to waste time changing. Rana didn't know about this aspect of Volt Texture at first and instantly says it is quite convenient when she is taught how to do it. Pandoras also use their Super Strength and Super Speed for activities like soccer.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Ed and Al may use alchemy for saving Adventure Towns and fighting homunculi, but they can also use it to repair broken household items. Of course, this is probably why most people become alchemists. This is how alchemy is introduced in the Pilot, with Al fixing a radio he broke by accident.
    • Ed and Al's teacher, Izumi, however, frowns upon such uses, as when some of the neighborhood children bring her a broken toy to fix with her alchemy, she proceeds to just fix it the old-fashioned way instead while explaining that alchemy should only be used for things that can't be done with your own hands.
    • In the movie, a disgruntled physicist rants that alchemists have made his occupation worthless.
    • At least once Havoc has asked Mustang to use his flame alchemy to light up a cigarette.
  • The Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid OVA has Mao researching Arm Slave operation patterns with the objective of making them capable of performing complex maneuvers while unmanned... by programming two M9s to dance tango. And it actually works - until during a spin the leading M9 accidentally lets go of its partner's hand, sending said partner flying into a wall.
  • Fushigi Yuugi:
    • Tasuki's asked to burn some hairs with his fire powers, so he goes into his usual warm-up pose before tossing a tiny flame. Later, despite his protests that his fire-spewing steel fan is a weapon and not merely a handy device to ward off the cold, he can be seen in the background, lightly fanning Nuriko after the latter complains about the cold.
    • Tatara has Green Thumb powers, which he can use to grow Combat Tentacles... or flowers.
    • Mitsukake's Senshi power is healing, and he uses it in his work as a doctor. The drawback is that he can only use his skills one time a day, or he'll die.
  • In Galaxy Fraulein Yuna, Yuna uses her superpowerful battlesuit to make sunnyside up eggs, by the heat of atmospheric re-entry!
    "If I'd known you wanted to use the most powerful combat unit in the Universe to cook eggs, I might not have let you!" El-Line.
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, when you discover you can travel through time what do you use this awesome power for? Making sure your sister doesn't eat your pudding. The actual owner of the time-jumping device says that he was relieved that she found it and not someone else, because he knew she would use it on frivolous things and not to severely muck up the timeline.
  • Girls und Panzer: Team Anglerfish once used their Panzer IV battle tank's main cannon as an alarm clock because it was the only way to wake up Mako.
  • The Arista gems in Gundam Build Fighters are solid masses of particles that are shown to be capable of limited matter generation, energy generation, facilitating mental communication, and even cross-dimensional transportation. The world at large mostly uses these particles to make plastic models move around and fight each other. This becomes a minor plot point with Nils Neilson, a Teen Genius who wonders why the technology isn't being explored for more practical uses.
  • Gundam SEED DELTA Astray introduces the Gundam Astray Out Frame, whose pilot Jess Rabble uses it for photojournalism. Using a Humongous Mecha for journalism on its own is enough, but what really pushes it into this territory is that it was built off of the abandoned frame of the ZAFT prototype X12A, making it the sibling to the Freedom, Justice, and Providence from Gundam SEED proper; in other words, it's one of the most advanced combat machines in existence.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, Yuki is able to manipulate the fabric of reality. What do they use it for? Cheating at baseball. Admittedly, they are doing this to try and save the world. Through baseball. Yes, really. Another time she used her ability was during the track meet, where she annihilated the competition in the 4x400m relay. Haruhi doesn't question how Yuki can move in a blink of an eye.
  • In Heartcatch Pretty Cure, Erika transforms into Cure Marine so that she can use her monster-cleansing powers... to clean her room. Her fairy partner Coffret is furious.
  • High School D×D:
    • Issei's Dress Break technique can be used to peel potatoes instantly.
    • Issei's first training camp reveals this is how newly-reincarnated devils are taught basic magic. After learning the fundamentals, Issei and Asia are left to cook dinner, and told to use magic for everything they can.
    • Akeno uses her frighteningly powerful magic to conjure a torrent of water and quickly refill the school's swimming pool. In fact, most devil magic that's not a unique ability or Sacred Gear appears to be basic utility spells (heating, freezing, ect.) ratcheted up to lethal levels.
    • Issei later gains the skill Penetrate, which allows him to imbue an attack with the ability to completely ignore any barrier, overriding the normal laws of magic so it out-prioritizes "unbreakable" barriers. He immediately applies this power to his own eyes so he can see through girls' shirts.
    • Divine Dividing's basic form is a pair of wings that function as radiators to dump any excess power stolen with the ability that the host's body can't handle. This also makes them a cheap-as-free source of flight.
  • Mion, of Higurashi: When They Cry, is a yakuza heiress who's extremely wealthy. We see her using this money for two things: making a reward for the winner of a gaming competition and getting pizzas for her friends when they stay out late. (She offers to buy her disowned sister, Shion, furniture at one point, but Shion turns her down.)
  • Most characters within Hunter × Hunter find at least one boringly mundane thing to use their Nen-related talents on (take Killua and Gon: antique wheelers and dealers with absolutely no experience, but plenty of Nen-sight to bridge the talent-spotting knowledge gap!). But, the king of the trope in the whole series has to be Hisoka — he can make it both very mundane, yet incredibly plot-relevant at the same time. He makes a point of downplaying a lot of what his Bungee Gum and various rubber techniques can do even in battle... until he wallops his poor opponent with it... so it's justified by him mostly emphasising mundane (yet still very creative) things outside it, too — from hoiking things like dodgeballs in the middle distance towards or away from him (or in any other direction), to hiding stuff in plain sight (several times), to band-aiding up in a hurry (several times), using it to pen haiku (yup), shoving patterns on his skin (and, you wondered how he puts makeup on miles away from a mirror and table), creating either silly or plain shapes that move as part of a private joke or just to play games (technically, the cards he can use to play tricks on or kill people with are either Nen-infused or Nen-produced all the time — making even his more "innocent" card tricks, cons and distractions something else)... loads of stuff. All of which become either very deadly or dead necessary when others least expect it.
  • One of the omake yonkoma in the Inazuma Eleven Special manga has Endou using his God Hand technique to smack a fly, and again in a game of Rock–Paper–Scissors to throw a really big "Paper".
  • One InuYasha episode involved our heroes using all their awesome power to clean house, do the laundry, and go on a booze run. Miroku's Wind Tunnel does not actually get applied to vacuum-cleaner duty, but Kagome was considering it. A bit heartless if you consider that it will consume him if he overuses it.
    • Also made more hilarious when considering the fact that there are actual vacuum cleaners called Wind Tunnel.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • In Part 3, Jotaro confines himself to a prison cell out of fear of what his Stand can do (he doesn't understand it yet). While in it, he uses his Stand to pick things up for him to make it more comfortable, like beer and a radio. Ever-increasingly terrifying the other prisoners.
    • Part 4 includes a couple of Stands that are primarily utility: Pearl Jam (allows the body to undo its maladies with ingested food much more rapidly than normal; not a birth or Arrow Stand, but just awakened by Tonio's culinary zeal), and Cinderella (alters someone's features in a sort of psychic cosmetic surgery, and amplifies that someone's luck in the process).
    • Part 4 also has Josuke befriend someone with shapeshifting powers claiming to be an alien. One of the first things he does after that is use his newfound friend's powers to cheat at gambling.
    • Josuke friend, Okuyasu Nijimura, has the fearsome power to erase anything his stand touches from existence. Apparently, he sometimes uses it to wipe his ass.
    • Shigeki's Stand, Harvest, manifests and a lot of tiny, bee-like critters. He has them scramble around town, Invisible to Normals, and gather discarded coins, and later coupons and lottery tickets.
    • Part 6 has Pucci and his stand Whitesnake, with the ability to materialize Stands into disks, that he can then put into or take out of a person. It turns out this also extends to music disks too, as we see him putting a classical music CD into an unconscious Guccio, turning him into a human loudspeaker.
    • Part 7: Steel Balls and Spin are fearsome weapons used by Naples' Royal Guard. Men of the Zeppeli household, however, use them together with the Golden Ratio in their work as surgeons and executioners. Once Johnny learns how to use Golden Ratio together with his stand power he can not only do more damage in battle, he also uses it to grate cheese and brush his teeth.
  • Tohru from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid uses her ability to fire massive Wave Motion Guns to keep the laundry dry by dispersing rain clouds. She also uses her Perception Filter power to sneak into Kobayashi's workplace and watch her work without anyone (Kobayashi included) noticing her presence... and then uses her invisibility to trip Kobayashi's boss several times in a row for abusing his authority to harass Kobayashi, foist his own workload on her, and viciously reprimand her for the most trivial of mistakes.
    • Deconstructed when she tries to cook food using her fire breath and predictably ends up burning it to a crisp. She didn't use the stove because "it lacks firepower."
    • While trying to come up with a proposal to improve labor conditions at work, Elma used clairvoyance to memorize all her coworkers' schedules and keep everything within the established budget.
  • Like all swords, the Zantetsuken of Lupin III was created for the purpose of killing (Or in the hands of a talented swordsman like Goemon, causing a quick, clean and painless death). Goemon instead uses it to cut other weapons, armor, objects, and even clothes. However, he is always the first to express his distaste of cutting a "worthless object" when he does so.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Suggested by Vita in one of the Sound Stages of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's when Shamal forgot to heat the water of their bath. Alas, Signum was quite vehemently against the idea of using her Laevantein as an impromptu water heater. Hayate suggests doing the same with the Book of Darkness' magic, but they agree that if they can't control it, they'll start a fire. (Given the type of spells Hayate uses later in the story, it's fairly obvious that this wouldn't have worked.)
    • In a Sound Stage of the Original Series, Nanoha (with Yuuno's help) uses Starlight Breaker as fireworks on the anniversary of Fate's joining with her familiar Arf.
    • One episode of StrikerS had Verossa use a pocket dimension so he could transport a cake without getting his suit dirty.
  • V1046-R MAHORO and other characters from Mahoromatic stop being combat robots yet they still use their powers to cook, clean and search for ecchi (to trash it) because "Ecchi na no wa ikenai to omoimasu" (roughly "I think that dirty thoughts are bad").
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has several examples of this, the most notable being Kaede's introduction. She reveals that she's a Ninja by summoning a bunch of clones to make the search for food go faster and using her throwing knives to catch fish.
    • Later on, she does the classic "Ninja-Quick-Change" bit to switch to her school uniform and get a student discount at the theater. Unfortunately the fact that she is six foot tall and rather well endowed for a 15 year old caused the ticket seller to dismiss her efforts as 'cosplay'.
    • Haruna uses her artifact to create multiple copies of herself so she can finish her doujinshi before the deadline.
    • Heck, Negi uses this almost continuously early on, he constantly infuses himself with magic so he can keep up with the girls as they sprint to school. It's more obvious after he temporarily seals his powers which makes him totally unathletic. He also tried to help Asuna do her paper route faster by giving her a lift on his flying staff, but it didn't quite work out, as her latent Anti-Magic ability screwed it up.
    • The whole Library Island arc took place because the Baka Rangers wanted to find a magic book that increases the intelligence of whoever is holding it...so they could pass their finals without having to study.
    • Then there was the time that Chisame used her Artifact to make herself the #1 Internet Idol.
  • Mai Tokiha of Mai-Otome uses her ability to create flaming rings to...cook. Meanwhile, the robot warrior Miyu doubles as a spiffy eggbeater.
    • Which was a Shout-Out to Mai Hi ME's Cooking Duel episode, where Miyu whipped up eggs in less than two seconds, much to Mai and Shiho's surprise.
    • Not to mention the ending scene of Mai Hi ME has Akira using her awesome Ninja skills to slice an apple.
  • The Mazinkaiser Beach Episode, where Kouji and Sayaka bring their 'bots to the beach. Sayaka even takes hers swimming, and doubles up on an Armor-Piercing Slap by face-planting the most powerful robot on the planet halfway into the ocean floor. With its legs sticking out.
  • Mei Company involves a Cleanup Crew who use their abilities for this. Super strength to clear rubble, water control to clean things, and fire control to incinerate trash.
  • My Lovely Ghost Kana is at one point seen chilling a beer in her cleavage.
  • My Monster Secret: Akane stole Karen's halo to mess with her... and promptly discovered that she could use it as a lightbulb in the student council room. 20 years later, Karen still hasn't figured out where her halo went.
  • One of the hallmarks of Naruto filler is the characters turning their fantastic ninja powers to boring everyday tasks — Naruto using his absurdly powerful Rasengan jutsu to mix noodles or power a boat, for example.
    • In canon, there's the Byakugan's potential to cheat at card games.
    • Also see D-rank missions, which consist almost entirely of this trope. To put it simply, kids that are trained with years of ninjutsu put their skills to... finding a lost cat.
    • In the Forest of Death, Naruto jumps into the river with Shadow Clone Jutsu, and forces several fish to the surface. Sasuke tosses kunai at them, and starts a fire with Fire Ball Jutsu.
      • And before that, in the written exam Sasuke used his Sharingan to cheat on the Chunin Exams written test while Neji used his Byakugan, and nearly everyone else used some variation of their skills.
    • In Shippuden, Naruto's Shadow Clone Jutsu is an inversion. It was originally created to help the user train, study, or spy, since everything they learn is instantly learned by their creator. Naruto was able to use them in straight up fights due to his abundance of chakra.
    • Deidara frequently uses his explosive clay creatures as transport.
    • Naruto's Super Mode which calls on the uncorrupted Ninetails chakra is used as a flashlight, which is then properly lampshaded.
    • In the Sunny-Side Battle! OVA, Itachi decides to make Sasuke the perfect sunny-side up eggs. After repeated failures, he gets frustrated and breaks out the mangekyo sharingan... things just get more surreal from there.
    • In the sequel series, Chouji's daughter uses her clan's Dangerous Forbidden Technique (which turns fat into chakra) to slim down.
  • In Night Wizard, Eris uses her Lunar Robe to carry her lunch.
  • Season 3 of Ojamajo Doremi (Mo~tto) had the girls baking goods on the side.
  • Magical Girl Ureshiko from Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo likes to use her powers for various tasks. Among other things, she uses them to start a troublesome vacuum cleaner. It doesn't go quite so well. Later she stops an ice cream from falling to the ground.
  • Shizuku from Omamori Himari is a water-demon, capable of extensive control over water. In her first appearances, she uses her abilities to perform nigh-undetectable espionage (since she can 'blend in' to any amount of water), create a torrential downpour from previously-clear skies, summon powerful whirlpools, and create spikes of ice for combat. Her enormous strength, and the titular Cat Girl's fear of water, meant that she was able to overpower the protagonists easily. If Yuuto's charisma hadn't made her think twice, she could've ended the entire series in the second episode. In her next appearance, she's using her water-control to cook, clean, and do the laundry with inhuman speed and skill to impress Yuuto.
    • Amusingly, it seems fairly likely that this Mundane Utility causes Himari more pain and consternation than any of her whirlpools or jagged ice-spike attacks.
  • One Piece,
    • Zoro vigorously complains about using his swords to drop a heated rock into a soup pot. At one point he also uses santoryuu (three-sword style, with one in his mouth) to clean the floor with three mops. Robin uses her extra limbs to read more easily and carry pieces of Island Cloud out while digging a hole in Skypiea, Luffy's rubber powers allow him to eat more by stretching his stomach, Ace lights Sanji's cigarette, Magellan's favorite food is poison, and Wapol's cover story shows he made a living by using his powers to turn trash into toys and selling them, becoming a millionaire in the process.
    • Flashbacks also show Robin using multiple limbs to do things like wash dishes before the World Government got on her case.
    • Invoked with the Clima Tact, a Weather-Control Machine built for Nami by Usopp. On top of the far more useful weather control aspects, Usopp also packed it full of useless gimmicks to be used for party tricks, and the manual even describes the more useful aspects in a party trick context.
  • In One-Punch Man, Genos at one point uses his Hand Blast power (which can effortlessly destroy a building) to dry dishes.
  • In the 12th episode of Pandora Hearts, Gilbert - AKA 'Raven', one of the most powerful members of the monster-hunting organization Pandora - removes one of his white gloves and touches the forehead of his master, Oz Bezarius, to unseal the terrible demon hiding within him, empowering Alice - a young, amnesiac girl - with the terrifying strength of the monstrous 'B-Rabbit', a 10-foot tall black rabit with a Sinister Scythe and a mouthful of razor-sharp fangs... in order to enable her to win at armwrestling, since his favorite hat is the stakes.
    "Hey... Gil..."
    "No matter what, I had to get my hat back!"
  • Stocking in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt can turn her stockings into katanas. She uses it in one episode to help her make a sandwich.
  • Essentially the point of Patlabor. It's a Real Robot show where Humongous Mecha are more commonly used for heavy industrial work (e.g. construction and demolitions) than in military applications.
  • Pokémon:
    • There is Meowth's Running Gag of Imagine Spots of trying to impress Team Rocket's boss, Giovanni. In these fantasies, the best "use" Meowth can come up with with their prey-for-the-week would be, well...as one of many examples (or else it will take all day to list them all), Meowth once imagined a Bagon, known for its hard head, to be used for breaking coconuts open.
    • Brock's Croagunk is an impressive fighter, all right; not that it was involved in many battles. Its Signature Move Poison Jab saw more use as a way for Croagunk to stop Brock from hitting on girls.
    • Tracey, on the other hand, had Pokémon that are better suited for his hobby as a watcher (Venonat and Marill, who are sensitive to sight and sound, respectively).
    • In Get Along, Little Pokémon, we have a guy who use his pack of Magnemite as a power supply for nearby cities and his Jolteon as their watchdog.
    • Pokémon are frequently seen being used for non-combat related purposes, thanks to their variety of skills. In one of the earliest episodes in the series, we see a Pokémon Center running on a Pikachu-powered generator. Not to mention that every Pokémon center has Chanseys on the staff, whose Healing Shiv powers make them perfect nurses.
    • One episode featured a Zorua that used her illusionary powers to masquerade as a human actress in a movie her Trainer was filming.
    • Apparantly Froakie's Frubbles and Piplup's Bubble Beam can double as shampoo and styling gel.
  • In Promare, Governor Foresight's Humongous Mecha has a disintegration beam, an incredibly destructive punch that can split the ground open, and large-scale freezing powers. Foresight claims their intended purpose is for terraforming other planets—the disintegration beam was designed to turn mountains into arable farmland, the ground-splitting punch was to find underground sources of water, and the freezing was to defend against solar phenomena and volcanic activity, expressing disappointment that he has to expend energy to use them for mere battling.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kyouko uses her magic to enhance a pair of binoculars so she can spy on Sayaka. Either that, or she just wanted to change their appearance to this, it's a bit unclear.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Saffron, The Phoenix King, is given unbelievable fire- and light-emitting powers because he's supposed to function as his subjects' "power plant," providing them with heat and light so they can carry on with their everyday lives (while he perches quietly on his throne.) Unfortunately, the latest incarnation is quite the Spoiled Brat, and interrupting his maturation process resulted in a psychotic personality with zero control over his powers and is all too happy to use them destructively.
      • Possibly lampshaded, in that Ranma points out, after hearing about this, that the Phoenix People could just get ordinary heating and lighting installed, what with their considerable wealth and bevy of magical eggs that reduce people to mindlessly obedient slaves. Then again, he could have simply been venting, due to believing that his chance at a cure was being threatened with destruction over something so mundane.
    • In general the show provide the inversion of this trope with mundane abilities used also for martial arts.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • Kenshin has been seen using the sharp edge of his one-of-a-kind reverse-blade sword to cut firewood on occasion.
    • This trope is also subverted when he goes looking for the heir of the sword's maker: he uses one of the man's kitchen knives to slice up a daikon in the most Mundane Made Awesome way possible, and then reveals that he was testing the blade.
    • In the anime Kenshin at one point finds himself attending a fancy dinner party. Rather than use his nigh-unbeatable swordplay in battle, he picks up a knife and performs the: Hiten Mitsurugui Rui - Steak style- to cut up a steak.
  • An episode of Ryuusei no Rockman entitled "Rockman Delivery Service" is pretty much that. Subaru mistakenly receives a giant pile of packages in the mail and uses his Rockman powers to set it all right.
    • Also, in the second video game to the series Geo/Subaru uses his powers to open a locked door from the other side.
  • Sgt. Frog: Keroro sometimes elicits Keronian technology to complete his chores. A non-technological example would be Koyuki whipping out her ninja moves to do perfectly normal things, like Bunshin no Jutsu at the fashion store to try on five outfits at once. And the crescent end of the Lucifer Spear is revealed to be... a key for unlocking Moa's gigantic diary.
  • In Shakugan no Shana, Shana says that she hardly ever bothers with bathing or changing clothes because Alastor's flames can instantly cleanse her body and clothes without any harm to her. However, when Yuji's mother draws her a bath, she finds that bathing the old fashioned way is more enjoyable. Similarly, Margery has Marchosias cure her hangover with his powers. At one point, Marchosias refuses to cure her hangover to teach her to stop using him as an excuse to get drunk.
  • Ryu from Shaman King at one point uses his Over Soul to form a giant thumb to hitchhike with.
  • In Shina Dark, a mage uses an ice-based attack spell to conjure a giant pointy ice shard...so it can be chipped apart to make sno-cones. He even complains afterward, "It's not like I studied magic for something like this, you know..."
  • Slayers:
    • In the first movie, Lina uses fire magic to light a campfire. Also, in the first series she heats a pool of water with a fireball so she can have a bath. This backfires, though, when her traveling companions hear the blast, think she's under attack, and come running to her rescue only to find her completely naked. Lina, being Lina, reacts as expected and they get a fireball in the face for their trouble.
    • Lina uses magic like this a lot – a special spell to catch more fish, for instance (which she warns the reader not to use because it's so effective that if too many people do it too often all of the world's fish will go the way of the dinosaur).
  • The princess in Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle is a master of taking powerful weapons, sacred artifacts, and even an ancient book of incredibly powerful magic and using it all to just try and make her room perfect for sleeping.
  • In Super Dimension Fortress Macross a soldier once lit a Zentraedi's giant cigarette with a Valkyrie's gunpod.
    • The penultimate episode had the Macross being used as the world's biggest Christmas tree. Read that again: a spaceship Humongous Mecha decorated with Christmas lights.
  • In one Tenchi Muyo chapter, Ryoko uses her energy blasts to fry fish. The fish is destroyed by a third party before anyone can see if this simple form of cooking gets around her normal Lethal Chef tendencies (though it would be lethal to anyone standing too close to the fish being cooked).
  • In To Love-Ru, Yami and Mea demonstrate that, yup, Voluntary Shapeshifting can make cooking and cleaning pretty cool.
    • Lala is gifted with alien technology and is constantly making gadgets which give little concepts like conservation of energy and mass the middle finger. The gadgets she makes are mundane things like a hairpin for instant clothes, or a bottomless soap dispenser. (Incidentally, the biggest reason she hadn't been allowed to revolutionize Earth technology is due to her habit of cutting corners in QA, only for the gadget to go wrong in the most perverted way imaginable.)
  • Tongari Booshi no Atorie: Magic items are used in a daily manner; they are part of the sanitary system of witches houses, used to gather water, etc. In chapter 8, Qifrey actually tells Coco to practice by using magic to bake a potato.
  • Toriko introduces the Melk knife, which is capable of cutting mountains in half. It is mainly used for cooking. Since this whole series revolves around food, that doesn't qualify by itself, but Komatsu has been seen using it to julienne cabbage and cut the poison out of fish, which definitely doesn't require that sharp a knife.
  • Loran does this a fair bit in ∀ Gundam, he's used the Turn A to do clothes washing, and to help out on a farm. For reference the Turn A can fully regenerate itself and its pilot, while its' most powerful attack spans a distance of 600 million miles, destroying any advanced technology on the way.
    • This is referenced in Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden when he and Milia use their mecha to wash everyone's laundry. Then Kouji comes and tries to use the Mazinger's Breast Fire to dry them, which ends up burning some of them.
  • The main girls of When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace mainly use their respective powers for mundane things, like rewinding time to heal scratches, since there aren't any supervillains to fight.
  • Zettai Karen Children
    • In a supplemental 4-panel strip, Mio, who has an ability to create a Portal Door wherever she wants, shows how she often uses her ability to teleport her arms and face behind her head so that she can fix the back side of her hairdo.
    • Also shown when Minamoto is getting Kaoru to help him cook, and she's cutting onions with Psychokinesis so her eyes don't water. Discussed when they discover that Kaoru is actually in good physical shape, despite being a Psychokinetic, and therefor not really needing to exercise much in daily life.
  • In Zone of the Enders: Dolores, i, Dolores and James spend time Locked in a Base in a Snowstorm with an enemy pilot they shot down. Honest to a fault, they decide to pay for the power and resources used during their time there with a necklace worn by the pilot. Dolores decides she should get a job to pay the pilot back for the pendant. Incidentally, Dolores is a Humongous Mecha. She's a sweetie.
  • In Yu Yu Hakusho, Minoru "Doctor" Kamiya uses his powers to give himself plastic surgery and then work in a clinic.
  • After 300 years of accidental level grinding, Azusa of I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level discovers she now has access to ice magic so powerful it can flash freeze a small spring, and the river it is fed from. After that, she mostly uses it to preserve her food without modern refrigeration technology.
  • In the season four premiere of the anime adaptation of My Hero Academia, we see a short clip of Denki Kaminari using his Quirk to charge everyone's phones.

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