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Basic Trope: One or more characters who are obsessed with normality and think everything normal is good, while everything abnormal is bad.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob are a married couple who live in a house with a white picket fence and a neat lawn that has no decorations or noteworthy aspects to think of with their three children: Charlie, Diana, and baby Edwin, and a dog named Fido. They also are obsessed with "normalcy" and always take Charlie or Diana to a therapist and Fido to the vet when one of them does something even remotely strange. They also hate the Quirky Household of neighbours who live opposite them.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice and Bob go so far as to kill (or attempt to kill/consider killing) people who are even remotely abnormal.
    • Even Fido and baby Edwin are obsessively normal.
  • Downplayed: They let a few abnormalities start, but disapprove of anything too goofy.
  • Justified:
    • Both of them were raised like this.
    • They have a fear of abnormality.
    • They have had a pretty bad experience regarding abnormality. It's a bit harder to accept quirky and friendly rednecks living next door after (barely) surviving a remake of The Hills Have Eyes.
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob hate normality and try to be as abnormal as possible.
  • Subverted: Alice yells at Diana for wanting an iguana for a pet as "Normal People don't keep iguanas as pets", but it turns out that she was possessed, .
  • Double Subverted: When she's not possessed, she's still as obsessed with normalcy, she just doesn't yell.
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  • Parodied: The "obsessively normal" man has gone to such funny lengths as changing his name to "Mr. Smith", wear gray all the time, and talk in a non-threatening fashion that makes even the natives of the Bad Future of Demolition Man sound like a Cluster F-Bomb.
  • Zigzagged: Alice and Bob sometimes are obsessed with being normal and sometimes they don't mind abnormality.
  • Averted: Nobody is obsessively normal.
  • Enforced: Alice and Bob: The Series has the titular couple, which during several seasons has stopped being an example of The Everyman and are full of crazy quirks because they embraced their neighbors'. Executive Meddling wants a Foil for them, a Logical Latecomer that hates their guts, so why not have him be one that wants to remain "normal" even if that means waving a shotgun in Alice and Bob's faces while screaming that he doesn't wants anything to do with the Zany Scheme of the week?
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  • Lampshaded:
    Charlie: "Normalcy doesn't really exist, so how can Mom and Dad be so obsessed with it"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob try to raise Charlie, Diana and Edwin to be obsessively normal too.
  • Exploited: Evulz wants Alice and Bob dead... so he sells them that house over on the Stepford Suburbia where the last owners were massacred by some guy (who was never caught) that apparently (from the bloody Room Full of Crazy he left behind) absolutely hated them leaving the little flag on the mailbox half-raised.
  • Defied: Alice and Bob refuse to obsess over normality.
  • Discussed:
    One of the Quirky Neighbours: "The neighbours are so obsessed with being normal, but what is normal?"
  • Conversed: "Why do those characters try so hard to be normal?"
  • Implied: Bob is seen giving the quirky neighbours the stink eye for no obvious reason other than they are acting funny.
  • Deconstructed: Charlie and Diana's creativity is stifled.
  • Reconstructed: They are determinators and still keep their creativity regardless of what their parents say.
  • Played for Laughs: A sitcom about a rivalry between Alice and Bob and the quirky neighbours, with Charlie and Diana sometimes being on one side, sometimes on another, and sometimes not taking sides. Of course, Fido is a dog and Edwin is too young, so they don't take sides, but sometimes Alice and Bob act as if they do (i.e. "Even Fido knows normal people are not like that")
  • Played for Drama:
    • The children don't want to be normal, but the parents do, making them a Dysfunctional Family.
    • The Fantasy-Forbidding Father of the Kids' Wilderness Epic hears that his child survived being lost in the woods for a week (and learnt some valuable life lessons) because of benevolent elves and gets his hands on a shotgun, because how dare they get close to his child and fill his head with nonsense (even if they are the only reason the kid survived and it's stuff like "next time leave a note telling where are you going to go")? The third act then involves the kid trying to prevent Humans Are the Real Monsters from becoming manifest.
  • Played for Horror: Alice and Bob murder people because they don't like whatever quirks these other people have. That is Serial Killer or Spree Killer crap, and not "normal" by any means of the imagination.

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