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7th May '16 2:13:16 PM JJHIL325
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* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Arthur}}'' episode "Prunella Sees the Light", Prunella invites her blind friend Marina over for a [[Franchise/HarryPotter Henry Skreever]] sleepover. However, she worries that Marina may not see the decoration in her room or may get injured because she is blind. Marina doesn't like the special treatment Prunella is giving her, and Prunella learns to treat Marina just like any other friend, although we also see the tricks and methods that Marina uses in her own house, but here they are ''her'' methods and ''her'' choices.
* 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, he can do things himself and assuring Cleo he is not at all ill as she thinks.

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* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Arthur}}'' episode "Prunella Sees the Light", Prunella invites her blind friend Marina over for a [[Franchise/HarryPotter Henry Skreever]] sleepover. However, she worries that Marina may not see the decoration in her room or may get injured because she is blind. Marina doesn't like the special treatment Prunella is giving her, and fortunately Prunella learns to treat Marina just like any other friend, although we friend. We also get see the tricks and methods that Marina uses in her own house, but here they are ''her'' methods and ''her'' choices.
** An [[WholeEpisodeFlashback earlier episode that flashes back to]] everybody finding out that Buster has 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 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, teaching everybody a lesson.
* 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, help (and sometimes ''does'' need it), he can do a lot of things himself and assuring assures Cleo he is not at all ill as she thinks.
2nd Apr '16 8:02:42 AM Minni128
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** 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 the hypocrisy of the other parents.

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** 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 and, not just this trope, the hypocrisy of the other parents.parents related to this.
1st Apr '16 7:15:05 PM Minni128
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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. Likewise, this is averted in a wheelchair-bound Mako's case.

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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. Likewise, concept.
**A particular case in point about
this occurs in chapter four, as Ragyou notes that Satsuki is averted in a wheelchair-bound Mako's case.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 the hypocrisy of the other parents.
1st Apr '16 6:49:10 PM Minni128
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** 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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** Very decisively zig-zagged in the final episodes. On one hand, [[spoiler:Nunnally ruthlessly, though regretfully, used WMDs [=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.

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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.
concept. Likewise, this is averted in a wheelchair-bound Mako's case.
23rd Feb '16 5:07:11 AM Yinyang107
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** Very decisively zig-zagged in the final episodes. On one hand, Nunnally ruthlessly, though regretfully, used WMDs against her brother's forces. On the other hand, everything about her in the final episode -- from her confrontation with Lelouch to her outfit in the final scene -- suggests helplessness and even objectification.

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** Very decisively zig-zagged in the final episodes. On one hand, Nunnally [[spoiler:Nunnally ruthlessly, though regretfully, used WMDs against her brother's forces. forces]]. On the other hand, everything about her in the final episode -- from her confrontation [[spoiler:confrontation with Lelouch Lelouch]] to her outfit in the final scene -- suggests helplessness and even objectification.



* For most of the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, [[BadassAbnormal Tavi]] cannot [[ElementalPowers furycraft]], an ability everyone else in the world possesses. Even though he is extremely intelligent and otherwise normal, he was treated as disabled and almost helpless when growing up, because of this lack. He eventually turns that to his advantage during his short but eventful career as a spy, a profession where being underestimated is usually beneficial. [[spoiler: Especially when he ''does'' get the hang of furycrafting later on.]]

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* For most of In the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, [[BadassAbnormal Tavi]] cannot [[ElementalPowers furycraft]], an ability everyone else in the world possesses. Even though he is extremely intelligent and otherwise normal, he was treated as disabled and almost helpless when growing up, because of this lack. He eventually turns that to his advantage during his short but eventful career as a spy, a profession where being underestimated is usually beneficial. [[spoiler: Especially when he ''does'' get the hang of furycrafting later on.]]
25th Nov '15 2:14:41 AM Gwyddone
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* In ''Literature/DeadWest'', the Merry Company seems to share this belief when it comes to the Porcelain Doctor. The young doctor only has a very bad limp, and has to use a cane and sometimes Gervas' help to get around, but since he also looks eerily fragile, the Merry Company treats him like a baby. This annoys the hell out of the Porcelain Doctor, since he is perfectly capable of taking care of himself, thankyouverymuch. Gervas manages to avert this trope when they are alone, but since he has to play a role of a devoted lover for the othes, he sometimes engages in this kind of behaviour. [[Spoiler: Gervas himself hates this attitude, since he knows exactly how much of a HandicappedBadass his friend is, but occasionly, when the doctor is sick, he cannot help himself, courtesy of the Devil's Veil. Which looks very weird, when he helps feeding his friend, just so the others won't do it.]]

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* In ''Literature/DeadWest'', the Merry Company seems to share this belief when it comes to the Porcelain Doctor. The young doctor only has a very bad limp, and has to use a cane and sometimes Gervas' help to get around, but since he also looks eerily fragile, the Merry Company treats him like a baby. This annoys the hell out of the Porcelain Doctor, since he is perfectly capable of taking care of himself, thankyouverymuch. Gervas manages to avert this trope when they are alone, but since he has to play a role of a devoted lover for the othes, he sometimes engages in this kind of behaviour. [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Gervas himself hates this attitude, since he knows exactly how much of a HandicappedBadass his friend is, but occasionly, when the doctor is sick, he cannot help himself, courtesy of the Devil's Veil. Which looks very weird, when he helps feeding his friend, just so the others won't do it.]]
25th Nov '15 2:13:22 AM Gwyddone
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* In ''Literature/DeadWest'', the Merry Company seems to share this belief when it comes to the Porcelain Doctor. The young doctor only has a very bad limp, and has to use a cane and sometimes Gervas' help to get around, but since he also looks eerily fragile, the Merry Company treats him like a baby. This annoys the hell out of the Porcelain Doctor, since he is perfectly capable of taking care of himself, thankyouverymuch. Gervas manages to avert this trope when they are alone, but since he has to play a role of a devoted lover for the othes, he sometimes engages in this kind of behaviour. [[Spoiler: Gervas himself hates this attitude, since he knows exactly how much of a HandicappedBadass his friend is, but occasionly, when the doctor is sick, he cannot help himself, courtesy of the Devil's Veil. Which looks very weird, when he helps feeding his friend, just so the others won't do it.]]
23rd Nov '15 5:20:00 PM Jbadder
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* Webcomic/TheSchetchPad averts this for the most part. One of the few exceptions is a double subversion: he apparently has trouble with right-side driving.

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* Webcomic/TheSchetchPad averts this for the most part. One of the few exceptions is a double subversion: he apparently has trouble with [[http://schetch.net/wp/?comic=2014-10-01-2 right-side driving.driving]].
22nd Nov '15 5:03:28 PM Jbadder
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* Webcomic/TheSchetchPad averts this for the most part. One of the few exceptions is a double subversion: he apparently has trouble with right-side driving.
21st Nov '15 8:21:14 AM nombretomado
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* Cutter John of BloomCounty played with this trope from his wheelchair, which was sometimes a hindrance (forgetting the parking brakes on a hill, refusing to be helped up when he's knocked backwards) but was also often used as the "Starchair Enterpoop" by the nerdier meadow-dwellers who never thought of Cutter as anything other than their awesome Captain. He has a harder time convincing people he's not a ShellShockedVeteran from Vietnam.

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* Cutter John of BloomCounty ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' played with this trope from his wheelchair, which was sometimes a hindrance (forgetting the parking brakes on a hill, refusing to be helped up when he's knocked backwards) but was also often used as the "Starchair Enterpoop" by the nerdier meadow-dwellers who never thought of Cutter as anything other than their awesome Captain. He has a harder time convincing people he's not a ShellShockedVeteran from Vietnam.
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