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Basic Trope: The hero wants to have a normal life instead of being granted with responsibility.

  • Straight: Hiro uses his superpowers to save lives, but longs to have a normal life.
  • Exaggerated: Hiro uses his superpowers to save lives and destroy ultra-powerful beings, but wishes he was anything but a superhero.
  • Downplayed: Hiro is usually happy with his powers, but when being a hero is at its hardest, he dreams of a normal life.
  • Justified:
    • Hiro hasn't been able to function his life as a human being for quite a while.
    • Being a hero takes a heavy toll on Hiro (i.e., he had to lose some of his friends along the way as well as do things that the citizens will hate him for).
    • Hiro is used to being an ordinary person.
    • Hiro isn't used to social situations.
    • Hiro was given superpowers against his will by a secret organization or the Powers That Be who forced him into heroism.
  • Inverted: Hiro is a normal human being and wants to be a superhero.
  • Subverted: Hiro actually gets to be normal...and finds that he'd rather be special.
  • Double Subverted: Can't Stay Normal
  • Parodied: Hiro is very obviously Cursed with Awesome, and absolutely everyone gives him crap for wanting to be normal.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Hiro claims he wants to be normal, though gladly exclaims joy in being a hero when he helps people in non-dangerous events. When his life is endangered, his claims of wanting to be normal intensify, yet whenever he does lose his powers he quickly wants them back to help people. However after a particularly bad day he decides being a hero at all is too much, though is convinced the world still needs heroes by a child he once rescued.
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    • Hiro wants to be normal, sure, but normal for his species is superpowered by anyone else's standards.
  • Averted: Hiro doesn't wish that his life was normal.
  • Enforced: The writer wants to make a point on how the life of a superhero isn't fun.
  • Lampshaded: "You wish you were a human being instead of a hero, don't you?"
  • Invoked: Hiro deliberately focuses on the downsides of his power, wanting to avoid becoming Drunk with Power
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz picks up on Hiro's desire to be normal, and ends up convincing him to quit being a superhero. Cue world domination.
  • Defied:
    • Hiro doesn't long for normality and proudly continues serving for the greater good.
    • Hiro tries to look on the bright side of his job as a hero.
  • Discussed: "Oh, don't give me that 'self-loathing-for-not-being-a-weakling-human' crap. "
  • Conversed: "A lot of heros these days want to be anything but. And with writers these days, who can blame them?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Hiro desperately wishes to be normal... and so he does just that, abandoning all the people who depended on him for safety.
    • Alternatively, Hiro does become normal and finds that he has trouble adjusting to civilian life, leading to a lot of angst.
    • Hiro is chewed out for being unappreciative of how special he is and for taking his superpowers for granted.
  • Reconstructed:
    • However Hiro never wanted to be a hero in the first place due to being forced into the role, and after the initial abandonment nobody really blames him due to realizing it was very stressful for him.
    • Noticing that Hiro's performance is going down, they realize he is a person and thus support him if he wants to take a break. Alternately, Hiro learns to appreciate his superpowers while trying to have a sense of normality in his life.
  • Played For Drama: A guardian angel arrives to show Hiro what he would be like living as a normal person: he gets up every day, works a job he hates, comes home to a family who does nothing but complain, constantly worrying about bills, rinse and repeat. The guardian angel then asks Hiro if this is the life he wants to lead.

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