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27th Nov '17 1:01:15 PM justthereforthecode
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* Cheerfully {{averted|Trope}} (possibly even defied) in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'': Rin has no arms, but can even paint with her dextrous feet; Emi has no legs, but runs track using prosthesis; Shizune is deaf-mute, but serves as an effective and ruthless StudentCouncilPresident (with a TranslatorBuddy). Indeed most of their real problems are only partially informed by their disabilities, for example Shizune is extremely extroverted and eager to interfere in other peoples lives because her inability to speak makes her isolated and easy to ignore, but also [[spoiler:due to the influence of her over combative father.]]\\\

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* Cheerfully {{averted|Trope}} (possibly even defied) in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'': Rin has no arms, but can even paint arms and paints with her dextrous feet; Emi has no legs, but legs and runs track using prosthesis; Shizune is deaf-mute, but deaf-mute and serves as an effective and ruthless StudentCouncilPresident (with a TranslatorBuddy). Indeed most of their real problems are only partially informed by their disabilities, for example Shizune is extremely extroverted and eager to interfere in other peoples lives because her inability to speak makes her isolated and easy to ignore, but also [[spoiler:due to the influence of her over combative father.]]\\\
26th Nov '17 3:49:30 PM Pichu-kun
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* Brightheart from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' was mawled by a dog before she could become a warrior. This left her with a scarred face, one missing eye, and heavy emotional trauma. Despite the others suggesting she retire early, Brightheart refuses to [[CareerEndingInjury abandon her desire]] to be a warrior and learns how to fight despite her partial blindness.
14th Nov '17 9:26:29 PM Pichu-kun
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* Subverted with Music/EvelynEvelyn. They're ConjoinedTwins with deeply traumatic pasts but are self-taught musicians who want to be popular.

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* Subverted with Music/EvelynEvelyn. They're ConjoinedTwins with deeply traumatic pasts but they are also self-taught musicians who just want to be popular.



** An [[WholeEpisodeFlashback earlier episode that flashes back to]] Buster being daignosed with asthma has all his friends start dusting things off for him, to the point where he skips out on a trip to the nurses office for his inhaler and pretends he's cured so they don't worry about it anymore. After that backfires on him, Buster decided to explain how asthma works to his class as part of his school project so they aren't so scared of it, and they begin to treat him like normal again.

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** An [[WholeEpisodeFlashback earlier episode that flashes back to]] Buster being daignosed diagnosed with asthma has all his friends start dusting things off for him, to the point where he skips out on a trip to the nurses office for his inhaler and pretends he's cured so they don't worry about it anymore. After that backfires on him, Buster decided to explain how asthma works to his class as part of his school project so they aren't so scared of it, and they begin to treat him like normal again.
14th Nov '17 9:21:17 PM Pichu-kun
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* Sometimes it seems as though Nunnaly from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' feels this way. She ''is'' the one with the disability (she can't walk or open her eyes), and prefers for the entire first season to have Lelouch take care of her, even though they're ''both'' teenagers (she gets better about this and finally starts acting on her own in season 2). In Episode 21 of R2, Lelouch says that Nunnally kept smiling because, disabled as she was, it was the only way she knew how to show her gratitude to him. This is very decisively zig-zagged in the final episodes. On one hand, [[spoiler:Nunnally ruthlessly, though regretfully, used [=WMDs=] against her brother's forces]]. On the other hand, everything about her in the final episode -- from her [[spoiler:confrontation with Lelouch]] to her outfit in the final scene -- suggests helplessness and even objectification.

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* Sometimes it seems as though Nunnaly Nunnally from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' feels this way. She ''is'' the one with the disability (she can't walk or open her eyes), and prefers for the entire first season to have Lelouch take care of her, even though they're ''both'' teenagers (she gets better about this and finally starts acting on her own in season 2). In Episode 21 of R2, Lelouch says that Nunnally kept smiling because, disabled as she was, it was the only way she knew how to show her gratitude to him. This is very decisively zig-zagged in the final episodes. On one hand, [[spoiler:Nunnally ruthlessly, though regretfully, used [=WMDs=] against her brother's forces]]. On the other hand, everything about her in the final episode -- from her [[spoiler:confrontation with Lelouch]] to her outfit in the final scene -- suggests helplessness and even objectification.



* People generally have this opinion about a blind Satsuki in ''Feel'', however, she is anything but (aside from needing some help crossing the streets at times), as she's demonstrated. Along that line, like the MarleeMatlin example below, people also assumed she was deaf because she doesn't speak (we do hear her thoughts and ruminations on some matters being expressed internally). As to be expected, she has expressed annoyance at this concept.
** A particular case in point about this occurs in chapter four, as Ragyou notes that Satsuki is prone to wandering off, leaving her to be criticized and being called irresponsible by other parents when the latter does, as they believe she is helpless and shouldn't be left without supervision. Like her daughter, Ragyou has expressed annoyance particularly at this trope and, not just this trope, the hypocrisy of the other parents related to this.

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* People generally have this opinion about a blind Satsuki in ''Feel'', however, she is anything but (aside from needing some help crossing the streets at times), as she's demonstrated. Along that line, like the MarleeMatlin example below, people also assumed she was deaf because she doesn't speak (we do hear her thoughts and ruminations on some matters being expressed internally). As to be expected, she has expressed annoyance at this concept.
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concept. A particular case in point about this occurs in chapter four, as Ragyou notes that Satsuki is prone to wandering off, leaving her to be criticized and being called irresponsible by other parents when the latter does, as they believe she is helpless and shouldn't be left without supervision. Like her daughter, Ragyou has expressed annoyance particularly at this trope and, not just this trope, the hypocrisy of the other parents related to this.


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* In the 1918 film ''Film/StellaMaris'', the titular Stella was born paralyzed. Her wealthy guardians decided to coddle her and keep her sheltered from the outside war. Stella didn't know of murder, starvation, or war until adulthood when she [[ThrowingOffTheDisability had a surgery so that she could walk]].
15th Sep '17 4:28:26 PM Kitsune1
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-->'''Tummi:''' But look, your an involent, incapable, helpless...

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-->'''Tummi:''' But look, your you're an involent, incapable, helpless...
13th Sep '17 10:32:04 AM Gamermaster
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* Averted in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. Hayate is paraplegic and wheelchair bound, but it's never really treated as being important outside of [[spoiler:being a sign that the [[ArtifactOfDeath Book of Darkness]] is slowly killing her]]. In fact, no one outside of her doctors or family even mention her condition. It helps that she's depicted as an incredibly competent homemaker [[WiseBeyondTheirYears despite being nine years old]].

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* Averted in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. Hayate is paraplegic and wheelchair bound, but it's never really treated as being important outside of [[spoiler:being a sign that the [[ArtifactOfDeath Book of Darkness]] is slowly killing her]]. In fact, no one outside of her doctors or family even mention her condition.mentions it. It helps that she's depicted as an incredibly competent homemaker [[WiseBeyondTheirYears despite being nine years old]].
13th Sep '17 10:31:42 AM Gamermaster
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* Averted in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. Hayate is paraplegic and wheelchair bound, but it's never really treated as being important outside of [[spoiler:being a sign that the [[ArtifactOfDeath Book of Darkness]] is slowly killing her]]. In fact, no one outside of her doctors or family even mention her condition. It helps that she's depicted as an incredibly competent homemaker [[WiseBeyondTheirYears despite being nine years old]].
8th Sep '17 12:01:05 PM tyrekecorrea
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' has a three-legged dog. Clifford and T-Bone assume the dog needs a lot of help and Cleo believes the dog has, as she put it, "some kind of leg-losing disease" and if they came into contact with him, they too would get it. At the end of the episode, the dog calls them all out on this, explaining that while he appreciates their help (and sometimes ''does'' need it), he can do a lot of things himself and assures Cleo he is not at all ill as she thinks.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' has a three-legged dog. Clifford and T-Bone assume the dog needs a lot of help and Cleo believes the dog has, as she put it, "some kind of leg-losing disease" and if they came into contact with him, they too would get it. At the end of the episode, the dog calls them all out on this, explaining that while he appreciates their help (and sometimes ''does'' need it), he can do a lot of things himself and himself,and assures Cleo he is not at all ill as she thinks.thinks.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/LittleBill'', the titular character's friend Monty, who has cerebral palsy, joins his class at school. Little Bill tries to help Monty with everything without being asked, and ultimately pushes him away. Little Bill begins to see sense after getting the same kind of treatment at home.
8th Aug '17 7:57:42 AM xelldx
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* This is also why Toph's parents in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' kept her so sheltered that even her ''existence'' was a secret. Why, their helpless little blind girl would obviously perish if allowed to leave the house for even a moment! When she proved to them that she is ''more'' than capable of handling herself, their reaction was to declare that she had been given ''too much'' freedom and will now be monitored 24/7. This kind of upbringing presented a whole new set of problems for Toph later in her life in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.

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* This is also why Toph's parents in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' kept her so sheltered that even her ''existence'' was a secret. Why, their helpless little blind girl would obviously perish if allowed to leave the house for even a moment! When she proved to them that she is ''more'' than capable of handling herself, their reaction was to declare that she had been given ''too much'' freedom and will now be monitored 24/7. This kind of upbringing presented a whole new set of problems for Toph later on in her life in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' in terms of relationships.
28th Jul '17 1:03:11 PM ironballs16
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** Aside from this, there have been a number of court cases over the years involving the sexual activity of a handicapped person with a healthy one, with the healthy being accused of, essentially, statutory rape. One particular case had [[https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/06/12/professor-accused-raping-disabled-man-sees-her-convictions-overturned a college professor be convicted of raping a man who was mute with cerebral palsy]] - only for evidence that had been excluded in her first trial, in which the man had answered 43 out of 45 multiple-choice questions correctly, to be permitted, resulting in her conviction getting overturned.

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** Aside from this, there have been a number of court cases over the years involving the sexual activity of a handicapped person with a healthy one, with the healthy being accused of, essentially, statutory rape. One particular case had [[https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/06/12/professor-accused-raping-disabled-man-sees-her-convictions-overturned a college professor be convicted of raping a man who was mute with cerebral palsy]] - only for evidence that had been excluded in her first trial, in which the man had answered 43 out of 45 multiple-choice questions correctly, Suffice to be permitted, resulting in her conviction getting overturned.say, [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil this]] is a ''very'' [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment hotly-debated topic]].
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