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It's over. I knew he wouldn't accept me. I should've kept it hidden. That was the best option. Now he'll never talk to me again. I won't get to see that smile anymore......Why...was I born like this? What did I do to deserve this? Ahh...just once...just for one day...I wanted to be a normal girl...
Kuroe Akaishi, Kaiju Girl Caramelise

"I'm Luluco. Ogikubo, an abnormal town that's the only one of it's kind on Earth, a Space Immigration Zone where humans and aliens live together, is where I live with my dad as a completely normal middle school student. But to be honest, I hate this weird town. I want to live a normal life, like people in other towns do."

Kira: My name is Yoshikage Kira. I'm 33 years old. My house is in the northeast section of Morioh, where all the villas are, and I am not married. I work as an employee for the Kame Yu department stores, and I get home every day by 8 PM at the latest. I don't smoke, but I occasionally drink. I'm in bed by 11 PM, and make sure I get eight hours of sleep, no matter what. After having a glass of warm milk and doing about twenty minutes of stretches before going to bed, I usually have no problems sleeping until morning. Just like a baby, I wake up without any fatigue or stress in the morning. I was told there were no issues at my last check-up.
Shigechi: Wh-What are you talking about?!
Kira: I'm trying to explain that I'm a person who wishes to live a very quiet life. I take care not to trouble myself with any enemies, like winning and losing, that would cause me to lose sleep at night. That is how I deal with society, and I know that is what brings me happiness. Althought, if I were to fight... I wouldn't lose to anyone.

"It was only a small wish. Everyday life where nothing happens, each day gently continuing into the next."
Shamal, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Episode 6 opening narration

Who- Who am I? No! I don't want to fight anymore! I want to be an ordinary girl! AN ORDINARY GIRL! NO!!!!!
Usagi, Sailor Moon. First episode of the R season.

    Comic Books 
Superman: Still thinking about giving up your Supergirl identity, Kara?
Supergirl: I don't know, cousin Kal-El — Maybe! This life of a super-heroine takes up too much of my time... sets me apart from everybody else! I want an ordinary life — with a husband and children some day — free to do what I choose!
Superman vol 1 #282

Which brings us to the home of Mister Miracle and his wife, Big Barda. Former residents of Apokolips. They are trying to achieve something that resembles a normal life.

I-Ching: You would renounce your strength... speed... invulnerability? You wish to remain an ordinary mortal?
Superman: That's exactly what I wish! I've had a taste of the glory of being normal! To win through determination... courage... to be no more than myself — and no less! For years I've been dreaming of working and living as a plain man — without the responsibilities... the loneliness... of Superman!
I-Ching: Your attitude is understandable! But I beg you to reconsider... one does not choose responsibility! It is often thrust upon one! To refuse it is to commit the worst act of cowardice! Look around you... See a world burdened with misery... with untold agonies — a world which has need of you — as you were!
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    Fan Works 
Supergirl: Sorry, I wasn’t trying to put anyone down by comparison. I know what it’s like, believe me. I didn’t always have powers.
Buffy: Neither did I. Sometimes I think I’d like to be back there.
Supergirl: That makes two of us.

But I'm... oh, Sheol, I'm so tired of all this stuff. Fight after fight after fight. We save the universe, we kill Mordru, we kill Satan Girl, we come back, and here somebody throws Darkseid in our face again. Can't there ever be an end to it? [...] Well, it's gonna have to start coming somewhere else before long. I'm tired of this. I wasn't born to be a, a super-heroine. I just wanted to be a normal girl from Argo, and, and get a good job and a good man and settle down...

    Film — Animated 
Normal? What do you know about "normal"? What does anyone in this family know about "normal"? We act normal, Mom; I want to be normal! The only normal one is Jack-Jack, and he's not even toilet-trained!
Violet Parr, The Incredibles

    Film — Live-Action 
Peter: I didn't think I was gonna have to save the world this summer. I know that makes me sound like a jerk, but...I had this plan with this girl that I really like, and now it's all ruined.
Mysterio: You're not a jerk for wanting to have a normal life, kid.

"The rest of us only pretend to be perfect, and have to settle for being human. He tries to be human, and has to settle for being perfect."
Will Tasker, Slipstream

    Literature 
"Extraordinary people are outcasts... They're shunned. They're called names. They're hated and feared and misunderstood."
Melissa Edgley, Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light

I must keep on fighting to keep the Cosmic Balance
For Chaos, for Law, but in my dreams
I just want to be free
Free of all cosmic designs
Free of all sorrow and fears
Free of the Stealer of Souls, but
I am the Bearer of the Black Sword, Lord Elric

Frodo Baggins: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf the Grey: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.

"But now she almost wished she were human. Which was ridiculous. Who wants to be normal when they can be special?"

    Live-Action TV 
"Professor Willowbrook thinks that I'm Naman. Jor-El wants me to be some sort of Kryptonian warrior. I just want to be Clark Kent."
Clark Kent, Smallville, "Talisman"

"I didn't dive in after Lex's car! It hit me at 60 miles an hour. Does that sound normal to you? I'd give anything to be normal."
Clark Kent, Smallville, "Pilot"

"I just want to be alone and quiet in a room with a chair and a fireplace and a tea cozy. I don't even know what a tea cozy is, but I want one."
Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Giles: Buffy, if The Master rises...
Buffy: I don't care! I don't care. Giles, I'm 16 years old, I don't wanna die.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Prophecy Girl"

Malcolm: Don't you ever get sick of being a Krelboyne? Of people thinking you're some kind of freak?
Stevie: You are...what you are. Accept it.
Malcolm: Not without a fight!
Malcolm in the Middle, "Kreylboyne Picnic"

I don't belong. Dangerous, like you. Can't be controlled, can't be trusted. Everyone can just go on without me and not have to worry. People could be what they wanted to be... could be with the people they wanted.... could live simple, no secrets. (...) I'll be fine. I'll be your bounty, Jubal Early, and I'll just fade away....

Who said you're not important? I've travelled to all sorts of places, done things you couldn't even imagine. But you two... street corner, two in the morning, getting a taxi home. I've never had a life like that.
The Ninth Doctor to a married couple, Doctor Who, "Father's Day"
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    Music 
I took her to a supermarket,
I don't know why, but I had to start it somewhere,
So it started there.
I said pretend you've got no money,
She just laughed and said,
"Oh you're so funny."
I said "yeah?
Well I can't see anyone else smiling in here.
Are you sure you want to live like common people,
You want to see whatever common people see,
You want to sleep with common people,
You want to sleep with common people,
Like me?"
But she didn't understand,
She just smiled and held my hand.
Rent a flat above a shop,
Cut your hair and get a job.
Smoke some fags and play some pool,
Pretend you never went to school.
But still you'll never get it right,
Cos when you're laid in bed at night,
Watching roaches climb the wall,
If you call your Dad he could stop it all.
Pulp, "Common People"

    Video Games 
"All I want is to be a good Starfleet officer. For every Klingon who wants to worship me, there is another who wants to kill me. It makes it hard to have anything resembling a normal life."
Lieutenant Miral Paris regarding her status as the Kuvah'Magh, Star Trek Online

"I didn't ask to be different! I just wanna go out and have friends and be like other girls my age!"
Jodie Holmes, Beyond: Two Souls

    Web Animation 
"I don't want to be the bee's knees, okay! I don't want to be any kind of knees! I just want to be a normal girl with normal knees!"
Ruby Rose, RWBY

    Webcomics 
"I've been keeping my hairy side at bay for 20 years. It's this thing that sits in my chest... like a low-grade panic attack I live with every day. I guess I was hoping for an option that wasn't just 'Knowledge is Power.'"

    Western Animation 
Dean: Why... Why can't I just have a normal life!
Dr. Venture: I had that dream once too.

I just want to go home and be all normal!
Zim, Invader Zim

"I'm just a guy with a boomerang. I didn't ask for all this flying and magic..."

Katara: Why didn't you tell us you were the Avatar?
Aang: Because... I never wanted to be.

"Maybe I should just tell Zoey the truth. I mean, she's chill. She can handle multiple personalities right? She won't just think I'm some freak-ish weirdo right? Right?!"

"Aw, come on. Is there some law against me having a normal day?"

Steven: I wish I could have grown up in a house like that!
Greg: No, you don't.
Steven: Maybe your parents weren't so bad! Maybe they gave you curfews and chaperones and meatloaf for a reason!
Greg: Steven, you don't know what they were like.
Steven: They can't be worse than Mom's family! I went halfway across the galaxy for them, and this was right here?!
Greg: Steven, I couldn't do anything growing up! Everything I liked or wore or wanted was always wrong! Trust me, you're better off than I was.
Steven: (starts turning pink) I can't believe I never realized you're... you're just like Mom!
Greg: You grew up with actual freedom.
Steven: I grew up in a van! I never went to school! I've never been to the doctor until two days ago!
Greg: Steven, you're a Gem! You're not like other kids!
Steven: I could have done all of that stuff! My problem isn't that I'm a Gem! My problem is I'm a UNIVERSE!
Steven Universe: Future, "Mr. Universe"
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