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21st Jul '17 4:16:13 AM razorrozar7
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* Referenced in [[Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree]]: when Roland enters Detta Walker's head, she screams, causing a nearby security guard to catch her in the act of shoplifting. He goes to apprehend her, but notes that it's going to be a "shit bust" because it's "hard to convince a jury that cripples can also be slime".

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* Referenced in [[Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree]]: ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree'': when Roland enters Detta Walker's head, she screams, causing a nearby security guard to catch her in the act of shoplifting. He goes to apprehend her, but notes that it's going to be a "shit bust" because it's "hard to convince a jury that cripples can also be slime".
21st Jul '17 4:15:27 AM razorrozar7
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* Referenced in [[Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree]]: when Roland enters Detta Walker's head, she screams, causing a nearby security guard to catch her in the act of shoplifting. He goes to apprehend her, but notes that it's going to be a "shit bust" because it's "hard to convince a jury that cripples can also be slime".
6th Jul '17 11:53:00 AM JJHIL325
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', Penny dates a disabled boy, Johnny, who seems angelic at first, but turns out to be a rude prick who uses his disability to get his way.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', ValentinesDay episode, Penny dates a disabled boy, Johnny, a wheelchair-bound boy, who seems angelic at first, but turns out to be a rude prick who uses his disability to get his way.way. When Penny finally tells him off for his behavior and breaks up with him, her parents tell her that they're proud of her for standing up for herself and their family.
20th Jun '17 9:47:57 AM fearlessnikki
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* The title character of ''Film/RoryOSheaWasHere'' is in a wheelchair and frequently tries to pick fights or break the law, knowing he won't be penalised because of his disability. This is one of many things he's called out on later in the film.
27th Apr '17 10:00:03 PM Troperinik
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Eric Cartman once claimed to have [[HollywoodTourettes Tourettes]] so that he could get away with making racial slurs and insulting people. This is only assisted by the self-righteousness of a Tourettes' spokesman, who interprets every suspicion about Cartman as malicious bullying. He's eventually HoistByHisOwnPetard, though, as [[spoiler: his ability to self-censor disappears, meaning his outbursts reveal some ''very'' embarrassing things about himself]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Eric Cartman once claimed to have [[HollywoodTourettes Tourettes]] so that he could get away with making racial slurs and insulting people. This is only assisted by the self-righteousness of a Tourettes' spokesman, who interprets every suspicion about Cartman as malicious bullying. He's eventually HoistByHisOwnPetard, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hoisted by his own petard]], though, as [[spoiler: his ability to self-censor disappears, meaning his outbursts reveal some ''very'' embarrassing things about himself]].
19th Mar '17 1:42:48 PM Vir
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}". When the titular character finds out he has cancer he takes advantage of everyone's good nature (such as taking his valet's holiday and convincing Lana to sleep with him again). Once he's indulged, Archer changes his tune and tries being nicer to all the people he knows, even claiming that he probably deserved cancer after being such a dick his whole life.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}".''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. When the titular character finds out he has cancer he takes advantage of everyone's good nature (such as taking his valet's holiday and convincing Lana to sleep with him again). Once he's indulged, Archer changes his tune and tries being nicer to all the people he knows, even claiming that he probably deserved cancer after being such a dick his whole life.
2nd Feb '17 3:26:44 PM Arcana4th
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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' averts this completely with Doctor Temperance Brennan's clear case of Asperger's Syndrome. She has little grasp of social cues, general etiquette and people's emotions, but if anyone points out that her actions or her words may have caused offense, she is immediately apologetic. At first, Booth doesn't seem to understand that she genuinely doesn't understand some of the basics of social interaction. However, her best friend Angela is always ready to interpret for her and her colleagues are aware of the problems she has. In later seasons, Booth begins to be able to translate between herself and strangers like the local law enforcement. She does seem to be getting better at it as she spends more time interacting with strangers and talking to a therapist.

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' averts ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** Averts
this completely with Doctor Temperance Brennan's clear case of Asperger's Syndrome. She has little grasp of social cues, general etiquette and people's emotions, but if anyone points out that her actions or her words may have caused offense, she is immediately apologetic. At first, Booth doesn't seem to understand that she genuinely doesn't understand some of the basics of social interaction. However, her best friend Angela is always ready to interpret for her and her colleagues are aware of the problems she has. In later seasons, Booth begins to be able to translate between herself and strangers like the local law enforcement. She does seem to be getting better at it as she spends more time interacting with strangers and talking to a therapist.


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** Averted again, by season 11, [[spoiler:Hodgins]] ends up in a wheelchair. He is a jerk to everyone, specially, [[spoiler:his wife, Angela]], making sure to tell everyone he is paralyzed and angry, freely being a jerk even to his boss. Several time Brennan and Cam have to put him back in line. It's not until he threatens a divorce and has a big fight with his wife, that the two finally start working in their issues. At no point, however, anyone excuses his jackassery due to his disability.
28th Jan '17 8:30:02 PM Saveelich
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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".

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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 abandoned him), and defacing a stature the statue of Superman by tagging it with the words "False God".
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".
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