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26th Nov '16 8:15:40 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''ComicBook/SheHulk'', Mallory Book uses the fact that she was left in a wheelchair as a result of one of She-Hulk's fights to justify making her day job as difficult as possible by taking on supervillains as clients, which prevents She-Hulk from representing most of her superhero friends.
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* In the 1990 Paul Hogan comedy ''AlmostAnAngel'', the film's hero, Terry Dean, is in a bar when he encounters Steve Garner (Elias Koteas), a wheelchair bound {{Jerkass}} who is using his disability as an excuse to push other people around. Dean calls Garner out on his behavior with a veiled hint that if Garner doesn't stop being such a jerk, Dean will beat the crap out of him. The other bar patrons object, pointing out that you can't fight a guy in a wheelchair. So Terry Dean pulls up a chair, puts it within Garner's arms-reach, and sits down in it. He then raises his fists, saying that the fight will now be fair.

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* In the 1990 Paul Hogan comedy ''AlmostAnAngel'', ''Film/AlmostAnAngel'', the film's hero, Terry Dean, is in a bar when he encounters Steve Garner (Elias Koteas), a wheelchair bound {{Jerkass}} who is using his disability as an excuse to push other people around. Dean calls Garner out on his behavior with a veiled hint that if Garner doesn't stop being such a jerk, Dean will beat the crap out of him. The other bar patrons object, pointing out that you can't fight a guy in a wheelchair. So Terry Dean pulls up a chair, puts it within Garner's arms-reach, and sits down in it. He then raises his fists, saying that the fight will now be fair.



* Hinted at with Melvin Udall (Creator/JackNicholson) in ''AsGoodAsItGets''. While he doesn't claim that his SuperOCD causes him to bully people with his endless pestering about how they don't live up to his (ridiculously high) standards, it's likely he has a self-serving inferiority complex that assumes that [[EnforcedTrope this trope will be enforced anyway]] because people will feel sorry for him and let his "mistakes" slide. Indeed, he is [[InnocentlyInsensitive genuinely shocked when people angrily call him out for saying offensive things]].

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* Hinted at with Melvin Udall (Creator/JackNicholson) in ''AsGoodAsItGets''.''Film/AsGoodAsItGets''. While he doesn't claim that his SuperOCD causes him to bully people with his endless pestering about how they don't live up to his (ridiculously high) standards, it's likely he has a self-serving inferiority complex that assumes that [[EnforcedTrope this trope will be enforced anyway]] because people will feel sorry for him and let his "mistakes" slide. Indeed, he is [[InnocentlyInsensitive genuinely shocked when people angrily call him out for saying offensive things]].



* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' sees a Wayne Enterprises named Wallace Keefe, who lost his legs due to the events of ''Film/ManOfSteel''[='=]s climax--and becoming embittered towards both Superman and Bruce Wayne refusing disability pay from Wayne Enterprises, sending hate mail to Wayne (even saying that Wayne let his family die--despite Keefe's family being alive and well, having left him), and defacing a stature of Superman by tagging it with the words "False God".

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* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' sees a Wayne Enterprises named Wallace Keefe, who lost his legs due to the events of ''Film/ManOfSteel''[='=]s climax--and becoming embittered towards both Superman and Bruce Wayne Wayne, refusing disability pay from Wayne Enterprises, sending hate mail to Wayne (even saying that Wayne let his family die--despite die - despite Keefe's family being alive and well, having left him), and defacing a stature of Superman by tagging it with the words "False God".



* {{Averted}} with most of the disabled and/or IllGirl characters in the ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' series, but one exception is Naomi Elton in ''Trials for the Chalet School''. She is disabled as a result of a car accident, needing a cane to walk, and has what Elinor M Brent-Dyer calls a 'warped personality', using her disability as an excuse to be awkward and abrasive. Of course, she gets better.
* The title character of Maurice Level's short story "The Cripple" lost the use of his hands in an accident with a grain-thresher, and receives regular compensation from a farmer who suspects him of faking the disability. On his way home after receiving a payment, he sees a girl drowning but is unable to grab her hand to save her. The end of the story reveals that [[spoiler: he is indeed faking his disability, and let her drown to avoid giving himself away.]]

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* {{Averted}} with most of the disabled and/or IllGirl characters in the ''Literature/ChaletSchool'' series, but one exception is Naomi Elton in ''Trials for the Chalet School''. She is disabled as a result of a car accident, needing a cane to walk, and has what Elinor M M. Brent-Dyer calls a 'warped personality', using her disability as an excuse to be awkward and abrasive. Of course, she gets better.
* The title character of Maurice Level's short story "The Cripple" lost the use of his hands in an accident with a grain-thresher, and receives regular compensation from a farmer who suspects him of faking the disability. On his way home after receiving a payment, he sees a girl drowning but is unable to grab her hand to save her. The end of the story reveals that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he is indeed faking his disability, and let her drown to avoid giving himself away.]]



* In ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'', Lizbeth Salander allows the Swedish government to classify her as disabled well into her twenties because it allows her to get away with less professional conduct and her legal guardian protects her from most of the annoyances that being falsely classified would bring. This backfires terribly after her legal guardian suffers a stroke and his replacement exploits her disabled status in order to force her into sex in exchange for access to her own money.



** It comes with some serious {{deconstruction}} though; although Dr. House justifies his jerkassery with his injured leg, he was a {{jerkass}} well before that. In one episode, Wilson argues against diagnosing House with Asperger Syndrome because he'd just use it as an excuse to be an even ''bigger'' jerk (though his jerkassery often brings some humorous moments).

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** It comes with some serious {{deconstruction}} though; although Dr. House justifies his jerkassery with his injured leg, he was a {{jerkass}} well before that. In one episode, Wilson argues against diagnosing House with Asperger Asperger's Syndrome because he'd just use it as an excuse to be an even ''bigger'' jerk (though his jerkassery often brings some humorous moments).



* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' episode "Silencer" has most of the hearing-impaired people featured act like this. While the one hearing-impaired person has [[FreudianExcuse an excuse]] for acting that way [[spoiler: his hearing sister who was supposed to take care of him ran off to live her own life and fearing that his girlfriend, who was getting a cochlear implant, would do the same, he kills her doctor]], another felt her deaf newborn niece was "born right" and one DesignatedHero of the school was a very antagonistic, embittered asshole who even went as far as to shoot a (hearing) woman who dared to speak with the detectives.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' episode "Silencer" has most of the hearing-impaired people featured act like this. While the one hearing-impaired person has [[FreudianExcuse an excuse]] for acting that way [[spoiler: his ([[spoiler:his hearing sister who was supposed to take care of him ran off to live her own life and fearing that his girlfriend, who was getting a cochlear implant, would do the same, he kills her doctor]], doctor]]), another felt her deaf newborn niece was "born right" and one DesignatedHero of the school was a very antagonistic, embittered asshole who even went as far as to shoot a (hearing) woman who dared to speak with the detectives.detectives.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' sees Jones and Garcia forced to take a cancer patient on a ride-along. Said cancer patient insults Jones and Garcia, cheerfully discusses how his hobby of raping the female patients in his ward, and manages to convince Jones to let him hold his sidearm... and then fires it into a crowd.
21st Nov '16 4:11:34 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' sees a Wayne Enterprises named Wallace Keefe, who lost his legs due to the events of ''Film/ManOfSteel''[='=]s climax--and becoming embittered towards both Superman and Bruce Wayne refusing disability pay from Wayne Enterprises, sending hate mail to Wayne (even saying that Wayne let his family die--despite Keefe's family being alive and well, having left him), and defacing a stature of Superman by tagging it with the words "False God".
16th Nov '16 12:46:17 AM Aubren
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->''"I have self-diagnosed Aspergers so I can pretty much say whatever I want. I'm so much better than you. Sorry, Aspergers."''

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->''"I have self-diagnosed Aspergers Asperger's so I can pretty much say whatever I want. I'm so much better than you. Sorry, Aspergers.Asperger's."''
6th Nov '16 10:07:09 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' played a "lost ending" to ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' where the townsfolk formed a mob to wreak revenge on Mr. Potter-when they find out he doesn't really need his wheelchair they get furious and really lay into him.

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' played a "lost ending" to ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' where the townsfolk formed a mob to wreak revenge on Mr. Potter-when they find out he doesn't really need his wheelchair they get furious and really lay into him.
2nd Oct '16 7:46:53 PM nombretomado
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* Dr. Romano of ''{{ER}}'' was always a jerk, but claimed he grabbed various nurses due to a malfunction of his prosthetic arm.

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* Dr. Romano of ''{{ER}}'' ''Series/{{ER}}'' was always a jerk, but claimed he grabbed various nurses due to a malfunction of his prosthetic arm.
5th Aug '16 11:44:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* According to ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', this is called "[[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2832#comic Assburger's Syndrome]]".

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* According to ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', this is called "[[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2832#comic Assburger's Syndrome]]".
8th Jul '16 9:13:42 AM Daethalion
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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Film/Waiting'' by an elder gentleman who gets into a discussion with Monty and the new hire about how much he enjoys being a senior because it means he can do outrageous things like FlippingTheBird at a group of schoolchildren, and as long as he smiles while doing it people assume he has Alzheimer's. Then he mentions sometimes a person will slap him and he'll realize he was flipping someone off without realizing it, so maybe he actually ''does'' have Alzheimer's.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Film/Waiting'' ''Film/{{Waiting}}'' by an elder gentleman who gets into a discussion with Monty and the new hire about how much he enjoys being a senior because it means he can do outrageous things like FlippingTheBird at a group of schoolchildren, and as long as he smiles while doing it people assume he has Alzheimer's. Then he mentions sometimes a person will slap him and he'll realize he was flipping someone off without realizing noticing he was doing it, so maybe he actually ''does'' have Alzheimer's.
8th Jul '16 9:09:16 AM Daethalion
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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Film/Waiting'' by an elder gentleman who gets into a discussion with Monty and the new hire about how much he enjoys being a senior because it means he can do outrageous things like FlippingTheBird at a group of schoolchildren, and as long as he smiles while doing it people assume he has Alzheimer's. Then he mentions sometimes a person will slap him and he'll realize he was flipping someone off without realizing it, so maybe he actually ''does'' have Alzheimer's.
17th Jun '16 5:40:37 PM Tightwire
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** In a later episode, Chris goes on a date with a girl with Down Syndrome, who ends up being incredibly abusive to him. Finally fed up with the abuse, Chris calls her out on her behavior, but she refuses to change her ways and breaks up with him.
** Inverted with Joe, who is paralyzed from the waist down but generally outgoing and friendly. In one episode where Joe regains the ability to walk, NOT being disabled makes Joe shun his friends and his wife in favor of a set of new friends. It isn't until Joe gets crippled again that he is brought back down to humble levels.

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** In a later episode, Chris goes on a date with a girl with Down Syndrome, who ends up being incredibly abusive to him. treating him pretty awfully. Finally fed up with the abuse, Chris calls her out on her behavior, but she refuses to change her ways and breaks up comments that he thought people with him.
learning disorders were different and nicer than other people, but now realises that they can be just as mean and selfish as everybody else, and they break up.
** Inverted with Joe, who is paralyzed from the waist down but generally outgoing and friendly. In one episode where Joe regains the ability to walk, NOT being disabled makes Joe shun his friends and his wife in favor favour of a set of new friends. It isn't until Joe gets crippled again that he is brought back down to humble levels.
3rd May '16 9:19:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dwight in the second ''ScaryMovie'' takes DontYouDarePityMe to such an extent that it crosses into this (albeit PlayedForLaughs).

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* Dwight in the second ''ScaryMovie'' ''Film/ScaryMovie2'' takes DontYouDarePityMe to such an extent that it crosses into this (albeit PlayedForLaughs).
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