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27th Mar '17 8:18:19 PM Fuyumoto
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* Hōgan in ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]''
--> '''Hōgan:''' Though my eyes don't reflect, my heart feels.
23rd Mar '17 12:45:40 AM Menarker
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They hold their staff (or other WeaponOfChoice) like they know what they're doing, but since they're completely without sight surely they aren't that dangerous, right? Wrong. The Blind Weaponmaster is one of the most deadly adversaries a character can face. In possession of [[DisabilitySuperpower supernatural senses born from blindness]] or just BadassNormal enough to compensate for their loss with other natural senses, the Blind Weaponmaster will surprise any overconfident character and make a hero push their skill to its limits. Their weapon of choice is stereotypically a staff, but other blunt weapons have been used as well. Blades are rare but not unheard of.

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They hold their staff (or other WeaponOfChoice) like they know what they're doing, but since they're completely without sight surely they aren't that dangerous, right? Wrong. The Blind Weaponmaster is one of the most deadly adversaries a character can face. In possession of [[DisabilitySuperpower supernatural senses born from blindness]] or just BadassNormal enough to compensate for their loss with other natural senses, the Blind Weaponmaster will surprise any overconfident character and make a hero push their skill to its limits. A BlindWeaponmaster may invoke YourEyesCanDeceiveYou by fighting in a visibly challenging location such as fog or total darkness which would even out the drawback or even reverse it on their opponent instead. Their weapon of choice is stereotypically a staff, but other blunt weapons have been used as well. Blades are rare but not unheard of.



A subtrope of HandicappedBadass. See also YourEyesCanDeceiveYou for a normally-sighted character having to fight without the use of their eyes. A BlindWeaponmaster might even invoke YourEyesCanDeceiveYou by fighting in a visibly challenging location such as fog or total darkness which would put the drawback on the opponent instead.

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A subtrope of HandicappedBadass. See also the aforementioned YourEyesCanDeceiveYou for when a normally-sighted character having to fight without the use of their eyes. A BlindWeaponmaster might even invoke YourEyesCanDeceiveYou by fighting in a visibly challenging location such as fog or total darkness which would put the drawback on the opponent instead.
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23rd Mar '17 12:44:15 AM Menarker
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A subtrope of HandicappedBadass. See also YourEyesCanDeceiveYou for a normally-sighted character having to fight without the use of their eyes.

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A subtrope of HandicappedBadass. See also YourEyesCanDeceiveYou for a normally-sighted character having to fight without the use of their eyes.
eyes. A BlindWeaponmaster might even invoke YourEyesCanDeceiveYou by fighting in a visibly challenging location such as fog or total darkness which would put the drawback on the opponent instead.
12th Mar '17 2:23:51 PM chicagomel
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* ''Literature/StarWarsLegends'' had the Miraluka. They appeared human, but living on a planet with infrared light had left them blind. They could use the Force to sense and 'see', but were otherwise blind and usually wore dark glasses or a blindfold. Inquisitor Jerec was one notable character. Originally he was a blind human, but was retconned to being Miraluka.

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* ''Literature/StarWarsLegends'' had the Miraluka. They appeared human, but living on a planet with infrared light had left them blind. They could use the Force to sense and 'see', but were otherwise blind and usually wore dark glasses or a blindfold. Inquisitor Jerec was one notable character. Originally character who fits this trope. A Jedi turned Dark Jedi, he was referenced first as a blind human, but was retconned to being Miraluka.Miraluka. There were a few Miraluka Jedi, but they also had their own Force tradition.
12th Mar '17 2:22:33 PM chicagomel
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* ''Literature/StarWarsLegends'' had the Miraluka. They appeared human, but living on a planet with infrared light had left them blind. They could use the Force to sense and 'see', but were otherwise blind and usually wore dark glasses or a blindfold. Inquisitor Jerec was one notable character. Originally he was a blind human, but was retconned to being Miraluka.
1st Mar '17 4:17:58 PM AthenaBlue
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-->-- '''Luke Skywalker''', immediately after being blinded, ''Vader's Quest''.

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-->-- '''Luke Skywalker''', immediately after being temporarily blinded, ''Vader's Quest''.



* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', [[spoiler: Kishou Arima]] turns out to be a downplayed version of this trope. Glaucoma has robbed him of the sight in his right eye, and his left is beginning to fail as well....but he manages to conceal this from all but the most observant enemies. Other than a slowing in his movements and a slight favoring of that side when fighting, he seems to have compensated enough to remain a nigh-unstoppable killing machine.



* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', [[spoiler: Kishou Arima]] turns out to be a downplayed version of this trope. Glaucoma has robbed him of the sight in his right eye, and his left is beginning to fail as well....but he manages to conceal this from all but the most observant enemies. Other than a slowing in his movements and a slight favoring of that side when fighting, he seems to have compensated enough to remain a nigh-unstoppable killing machine.



* King Snake, in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' family of comics, was blinded by gunfire at an early age, but became one of the best martial artists in the 'verse in spite of it. He's so good that on one occasion where his sight was restored, it actually threw him off his game enough that Tim Drake's Robin could hold his own against him.



* Zato Ino, "The Blind Swordspig", in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', can "see" things thanks to his sense of smell.

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* Zato Ino, "The The Blind Swordspig", in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', Master from Creator/MarvelComics' ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' series.
* Best Tiger from ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' is a subversion...he
can "see" things thanks see perfectly well, but chooses to his sense fight blindfolded because that's the only way combat is any kind of smell.challenge to him.



* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** In ''Vader's Quest'', Luke is [[TemporaryBlindness blinded, temporarily]], but that doesn't slow him down, at least at first - a dozen or so people immediately try to kill him, and he beats them all without killing any of them. It's only later, when he's not fighting, that he has trouble.
** A variant in the Expanded Universe are the Miraluka species who, at best, have vestigial eye sockets. Their "sight" is entirely Force-based. They're usually pacifists, but if you see [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords one]] [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic packing]] [[VideoGame/JediKnight a lightsaber]], you're better off running the other direction.
* Zato Ino, "The Blind Swordspig", in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', can "see" things thanks to his sense of smell.



* In ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Vader's Quest]]'', Luke is [[TemporaryBlindness blinded, temporarily]], but that doesn't slow him down, at least at first - a dozen or so people immediately try to kill him, and he beats them all without killing any of them. It's only later, when he's not fighting, that he has trouble.
** A variant in the Expanded Universe are the Miraluka species who, at best, have vestigial eye sockets. Their "sight" is entirely Force-based. They're usually pacifists, but if you see [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords one]] [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic packing]] [[VideoGame/JediKnight a lightsaber]], you're better off running the other direction.
* King Snake, in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' family of comics, was blinded by gunfire at an early age, but became one of the best martial artists in the 'verse in spite of it. He's so good that on one occasion where his sight was restored, it actually threw him off his game enough that Tim Drake's Robin could hold his own against him.
* The Blind Master from Creator/MarvelComics ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' series.



* Best Tiger from ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' is a subversion...he can see perfectly well, but chooses to fight blindfolded because that's the only way combat is any kind of challenge to him.



* Ray Charles in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''. Fires a couple of warning shots at a would-be guitar thief.
* Rutger Hauer's character in ''Film/BlindFury'' is a blind modern day swordsman who manages to singlehandedly destroy a crime syndicate. It's essentially a Western take off on ''Zatoichi''.



* Ichi from ''Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}''.

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* Ichi from ''Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}''. Being blind himself Matt Murdock in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' uses this trope through out this movie, though he technically cheats by using echolocation to see.
* Parodied in ''Film/DinnerForSchmucks'', where one of the eponymous "schmucks" fancies himself a blind MasterSwordsman. He isn't.
* The titular ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine,'' who's also an ImprobableWeaponUser.
* [[spoiler:Sheldon Sands]] in the last third of ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico''.



* Ray Charles in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''. Fires a couple of warning shots at a would-be guitar thief.
* Rutger Hauer's character in ''Film/BlindFury'' is a blind modern day swordsman who manages to singlehandedly destroy a crime syndicate. It's essentially a Western take off on ''Zatoichi''.
* The titular ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine,'' who's also an ImprobableWeaponUser.
* Parodied in ''Film/DinnerForSchmucks'', where one of the eponymous "schmucks" fancies himself a blind MasterSwordsman. He isn't.
* [[spoiler:Sheldon Sands]] in the last third of ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico''.
* Being blind himself Matt Murdock in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' uses this trope through out this movie, though he technically cheats by using echolocation to see.

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* Ray Charles in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''. Fires a couple of warning shots at a would-be guitar thief.
* Rutger Hauer's character in ''Film/BlindFury'' is a blind modern day swordsman who manages to singlehandedly destroy a crime syndicate. It's essentially a Western take off on ''Zatoichi''.
* The titular ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine,'' who's also an ImprobableWeaponUser.
* Parodied in ''Film/DinnerForSchmucks'', where one
''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RogueOne'': Former Guardian of the eponymous "schmucks" fancies himself Whills Chirrut Îmwe is blind, but takes down stormtroopers five at a blind MasterSwordsman. He isn't.
* [[spoiler:Sheldon Sands]] in
time with his staff. How?
-->''"I'm one with
the last third of ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico''.
* Being blind himself Matt Murdock in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' uses this trope through out this movie, though he technically cheats by using echolocation to see.
Force, and the Force is with me."''



* ''Film/RogueOne:'' Former Jedi Temple guardian Chirrut Îmwe is blind, but takes down stormtroopers five at a time with his staff. How?
-->''"I'm one with the Force, and the Force is with me."''

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* ''Film/RogueOne:'' Former Jedi Temple guardian Chirrut Îmwe is blind, but takes down stormtroopers five at a time with his staff. How?
-->''"I'm one with the Force, and the Force is with me."''
Ichi from ''Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}''.



* See No Evil in ''LightNovel/ALullabySinister.'' His eyes are closed shut by rusty cables but he somehow manages to maneuver through the halls of the Surrogate School with little difficulty as he slaughters his way through students. Furthermore, trigger him by making the slightest noise and he will make a beeline straight towards you.



* See No Evil in ''LightNovel/ALullabySinister.'' His eyes are closed shut by rusty cables but he somehow manages to maneuver through the halls of the Surrogate School with little difficulty as he slaughters his way through students. Furthermore, trigger him by making the slightest noise and he will make a beeline straight towards you.



* Blind assassin girl on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' "Blind Faith". She made herself blind living in a cave, but her infrared ability will still let her kick your ass.



* Blind assassin girl on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' "Blind Faith". She made herself blind living in a cave, but her infrared ability will still let her kick your ass.
* Subverted by an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' where Worf blindfolds a martial arts student as part of a test and tells her to anticipate his attacks. He kicks her ass until she quits, saying that the test is unfair. Worf admits ''of course'' you'll lose a fight if you're blind. [[SecretTestOfCharacter The real test was getting the nerve to say that to his face.]]



* Subverted by an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' where Worf blindfolds a martial arts student as part of a test and tells her to anticipate his attacks. He kicks her ass until she quits, saying that the test is unfair. Worf admits ''of course'' you'll lose a fight if you're blind. [[SecretTestOfCharacter The real test was getting the nerve to say that to his face.]]



* The Pinball Wizard from The Who's rock opera Tommy was a deaf dumb and blind kid who was the champion pin baller.

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* The Pinball Wizard from The Who's Music/TheWho's rock opera Tommy ''Tommy'' was a deaf dumb and blind kid who was the champion pin baller.



* Haborym, from ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''.
* Kenshi from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''. However he makes up for it by using telekinesis to manipulate objects he can't physically see (including his sword).
* Voldo from the ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul]]'' series is a blind man who wields a pair of katars with great skill.
* Visas Marr from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII''; since the Miraluka are all blind but "see" with the Force, any Miraluka could be this. Also, Kreia has let her eyes "atrophy from dis-use", using [[SentientCosmicForce The Force]] to see instead. This does not limit her combat abilities.
* Riku spends the majority of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' (and an uncertain amount of time between ''Chain of Memories'' and II) wearing a blindfold. He wore it for so long, he ''forgot he was wearing it!''
* The Asura subclass of the Slayer from ''DungeonFighterOnline''. Purchases powerful SwordBeam spells by selling his eyes to a demon parasite in his left arm.

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* Haborym, Sirhan Dogen from ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''.
* Kenshi from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''. However he makes up for it by using telekinesis to manipulate objects he can't physically see (including his sword).
* Voldo from the ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul]]'' series
VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth is a blind man who wields a pair of katars [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]]. It helps when you've [[RightHandAttackDog trained your seeing-eye dog to kill for you]], but he is also quite deadly with great skill.
a knife.
* Visas Marr from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII''; since the Miraluka are all blind but "see" Adkin Chambers in ''Videogame/{{Arcanum}}'', despite having had his [[EyeScream eyes cut out]] by [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Garrick Stout]] after losing a duel with him, remains a competent martial artist and the Force, any Miraluka could be this. Also, Kreia has let her eyes "atrophy from dis-use", using [[SentientCosmicForce The Force]] to see instead. This does not limit her combat abilities.
* Riku spends the majority of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' (and an uncertain amount of time between ''Chain of Memories''
continent's foremost expert on dodging and II) wearing a blindfold. He wore it for so long, he ''forgot he was wearing it!''
* The Asura subclass of the Slayer from ''DungeonFighterOnline''. Purchases powerful SwordBeam spells by selling his eyes to a demon parasite in his left arm.
defensive techniques.



* Xiao Long from ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge''.
* Master Rahm Kota in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', once he snaps himself out of his HeroicBSOD enough to rouse himself from his drunken stupor, that is. He shows this more in the sequel.



* Adkin Chambers in ''Videogame/{{Arcanum}}'', despite having had his [[EyeScream eyes cut out]] by [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Garrick Stout]] after losing a duel with him, remains a competent martial artist and the continent's foremost expert on dodging and defensive techniques.
* Demon Hunters in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise, the most notable of which is Illidan (seen in the page picture), don't just wear blindfolds - their eyes are ''burned away by demonic energy'', and they use AuraVision instead. In the expansion pack ''Legion'', they are set to become a playable hero class.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Hunter]] from ''VideoGame/ZenoClash'' is a crack shot with a sniper rifle and explosive squirrels. Later, when you fight him in hand-to-hand combat, he starts the fight [[IAmNotLeftHanded literally holding one hand behind his back]]. When he gets bored of that and starts using both hands, the fight turns into a HopelessBossFight.

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* Adkin Chambers in ''Videogame/{{Arcanum}}'', despite having had The Asura subclass of the Slayer from ''DungeonFighterOnline''. Purchases powerful SwordBeam spells by selling his [[EyeScream eyes cut out]] by [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Garrick Stout]] after losing to a duel with him, remains a competent martial artist and the continent's foremost expert on dodging and defensive techniques.
* Demon Hunters
demon parasite in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise, the most notable of which is Illidan (seen in the page picture), don't just wear blindfolds - their eyes are ''burned away by demonic energy'', and they use AuraVision instead. In the expansion pack ''Legion'', they are set to become a playable hero class.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Hunter]] from ''VideoGame/ZenoClash'' is a crack shot with a sniper rifle and explosive squirrels. Later, when you fight him in hand-to-hand combat, he starts the fight [[IAmNotLeftHanded literally holding one hand behind
his back]]. When he gets bored of that and starts using both hands, the fight turns into a HopelessBossFight.left arm.



* Sirhan Dogen from VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth is a blind [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]]. It helps when you've [[RightHandAttackDog trained your seeing-eye dog to kill for you]], but he is also quite deadly with a knife.

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* Sirhan Dogen Riku spends the majority of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' (and an uncertain amount of time between ''Chain of Memories'' and II) wearing a blindfold. He wore it for so long, he ''forgot he was wearing it!''
* Xiao Long
from VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth is a blind [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]]. It helps when you've [[RightHandAttackDog trained your seeing-eye dog to kill ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge''.
* Kenshi from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''. However he makes up
for you]], but it by using telekinesis to manipulate objects he is also quite deadly with a knife.can't physically see (including his sword).


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* Voldo from the ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul]]'' series is a blind man who wields a pair of katars with great skill.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Visas Marr from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII''; since the Miraluka are all blind but "see" with the Force, any Miraluka could be this. Also, Kreia has let her eyes "atrophy from disuse", using [[SentientCosmicForce the Force]] to see instead. This does not limit her combat abilities.
** Master Rahm Kota in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', once he snaps himself out of his HeroicBSOD enough to rouse himself from his drunken stupor, that is. He shows this more in the sequel.
* Haborym, from ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''.
* Demon Hunters in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise, the most notable of which is Illidan (seen in the page picture), don't just wear blindfolds - their eyes are ''burned away by demonic energy'', and they use AuraVision instead. In the expansion pack ''Legion'', they are set to become a playable hero class.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Hunter]] from ''VideoGame/ZenoClash'' is a crack shot with a sniper rifle and explosive squirrels. Later, when you fight him in hand-to-hand combat, he starts the fight [[IAmNotLeftHanded literally holding one hand behind his back]]. When he gets bored of that and starts using both hands, the fight turns into a HopelessBossFight.
7th Feb '17 3:16:02 PM AthenaBlue
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** In the [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E20TwilightOfTheApprentice second season finale]], [[spoiler:Kanan gets blinded by Darth Maul. He proceeds to hand Maul's ass to him in a lightsaber duel and [[DisneyVillainDeath casually toss him off a tall building]].]]

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** In the [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E20TwilightOfTheApprentice [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E19TwilightOfTheApprentice second season finale]], [[spoiler:Kanan gets blinded by Darth Maul. He proceeds to hand Maul's ass to him in a lightsaber duel and [[DisneyVillainDeath casually toss him off a tall building]].]]
7th Feb '17 3:15:18 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In the second season finale, [[spoiler:Kanan gets blinded by Darth Maul. He proceeds to hand Maul's ass to him in a lightsaber duel and [[DisneyVillainDeath casually toss him off a tall building]].]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** Inquisitor [[TheBrute the Fifth Brother]] is implied to be this, as he looks like he has cataracts. WordOfGod confirmed it.
**
In the [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E20TwilightOfTheApprentice second season finale, finale]], [[spoiler:Kanan gets blinded by Darth Maul. He proceeds to hand Maul's ass to him in a lightsaber duel and [[DisneyVillainDeath casually toss him off a tall building]].]]
9th Jan '17 5:21:14 PM TheWanderer
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* ''WebComic/NoNeedForBushido'' has Ryoku, a blind swordsman, (he's essentially an evil version of Daredevil, if Daredevil was a samurai assassin) and and Cho, a blind martial arts master who claims to be guided by the Tao and may be the best fighter in the series despite being a first class CloudCuckoolander. The unlikeliness of there being more than one man like this is parodied at one point, when Ken, one of the main characters, is knocked out, and while he's unconscious Ryoku kidnaps Ina. When he comes to Ken is told that "the blind fighter guy" took Ina, and immediately turns on Cho and demands to know why Cho betrayed them. When told that it wasn't Cho but someone else, Ken is completely dumbfounded at learning that there are (at least) ''two'' such "blind fighter guys" in the country.

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* ''WebComic/NoNeedForBushido'' has Ryoku, a blind swordsman, (he's essentially an evil version of Daredevil, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, if Daredevil was a samurai assassin) and and Cho, a blind martial arts master with a preference for using a SimpleStaff who claims to be guided by the Tao itself and may be the best fighter in the series despite being not only blind but also a first class CloudCuckoolander. The unlikeliness of there being more than one man like this is parodied at one point, when Ken, one of the main characters, is knocked out, and while he's unconscious Ryoku kidnaps Ina. When he comes to Ken is told that "the blind fighter guy" took Ina, and immediately turns on Cho and demands to know why Cho betrayed them. When told that it wasn't Cho but someone else, Ken is completely dumbfounded at learning that there are (at least) ''two'' such "blind fighter guys" in the country.
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* ''Film/RogueOne:'' Former Jedi Temple guardian Chirrut Îmwe is blind, but takes down stormtroopers five at a time with his staff. How?
-->''"I'm one with the Force, and the Force is with me."''
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