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24th May '17 7:20:28 AM TheNerfGuy
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* ''Literature/ADeadlyPresence'': One of the main heroes of this book is crippled man-eating black leopard. The leopards can survive very serious wounds and even hunt after suffering them.
19th May '17 10:29:22 PM Gamermaster
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** One of the reasons why the fandom ate up the concept of Cinque in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. Enemy LittleMissBadass? Nice, but we've seen lots of that in previous seasons. Enemy LittleMissBadass who lost an eye in battle and doesn't let that little problem keep her out of the front lines? EnsembleDarkHorse.

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** One of the reasons why the fandom ate up the concept of Cinque in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. Enemy LittleMissBadass? Nice, but we've seen lots of that in previous seasons. Enemy LittleMissBadass who lost an eye in battle and doesn't let that little problem keep her out of the front lines? EnsembleDarkHorse.EnsembleDarkhorse.
19th May '17 9:35:32 AM Neromenian
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* ''Literature/ADeadlyPresence'': One of the main heroes of this book is crippled man-eating black leopard. The leopards can survive very serious wounds and even hunt after suffering them.
18th May '17 4:19:29 PM rjd1922
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* Barbara Gordon -- the first {{Comicbook/Batgirl}} -- gets [[Comicbook/TheKillingJoke shot through the spine and paralyzed]]. Instead of retiring, she becomes an information broker under the name Oracle, pictured above, and becomes the greatest source of info in Franchise/TheDCU, leader of the Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey, member of the JLA, the hero who can pick up hundreds of millions from a supervillain's secret account and employ them somewhere else, the one who can ''break the Internet should she so wish''. When a number of the Titans were once discussing who actually ran the JLA, and are suggesting a variety of names from Superman to Batman, Arsenal's four-year-old daughter immediately responded ''"[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Owacle]]."'' While she mostly does non-action work as befitting her position, she has proved to be a capable fighter even in a wheelchair. She also beat the shit out of Spy Smasher from her wheelchair when the latter threatens to take over her operation. The fact that after ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2011}} she regained her ability to walk]] (though was still paralyzed for three years) has caused a BrokenBase within the fandom.

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* Barbara Gordon -- the first {{Comicbook/Batgirl}} -- gets [[Comicbook/TheKillingJoke shot through the spine and paralyzed]]. Instead of retiring, she becomes an information broker InformationBroker under the name Oracle, pictured above, and becomes the greatest source of info in Franchise/TheDCU, leader of the Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey, member of the JLA, the hero who can pick up hundreds of millions from a supervillain's secret account and employ them somewhere else, the one who can ''break the Internet should she so wish''. When a number of the Titans were once discussing who actually ran the JLA, and are suggesting a variety of names from Superman to Batman, Arsenal's four-year-old daughter immediately responded ''"[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Owacle]]."'' While she mostly does non-action work as befitting her position, she has proved to be a capable fighter even in a wheelchair. She also beat the shit out of Spy Smasher from her wheelchair when the latter threatens to take over her operation. The fact that after ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2011}} she regained her ability to walk]] (though was still paralyzed for three years) has caused a BrokenBase within the fandom.
17th May '17 8:47:26 PM AthenaBlue
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This trope is often seen in RealLife among people who don't accept the DreamCrushingHandicap as the final word. Of course, not everyone in wants to follow this trope and be "{{inspirational|lyDisadvantaged}}." Instead, they'd rather [[IJustWantToBeNormal go about their lives]], maybe with (God forbid) a few ''accommodations''. On the bright side, at least it isn't [[DontYouDarePityMe vomit-inducing pity]].

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This trope is often seen in RealLife among people who don't accept the DreamCrushingHandicap as the final word. Of course, not everyone in wants to follow this trope and be "{{inspirational|lyDisadvantaged}}." "{{inspirational|lyDisadvantaged}}". Instead, they'd rather [[IJustWantToBeNormal go about their lives]], maybe with (God forbid) a few ''accommodations''. On the bright side, at least it isn't [[DontYouDarePityMe vomit-inducing pity]].
17th May '17 12:49:03 AM marcoasalazarm
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** One of the team's challenges was to create a better off-road motorized wheelchair than the ones commercially available, and then do a navigation race against a team of former British Army soldiers that used the commercially available chairs to get to the top of a mountain. Through a variety of issues (including the fact that the team's wheelchairs were AwesomeButImpractical), the soldiers won.
16th May '17 11:10:02 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}'', starring Raymond Burr as a chief of detectives in a wheelchair, was a piker.
** The series received a [[ShortRunners short-lived]] {{remake}}, ''Series/{{Ironside 2013}}'', with Blair Underwood as a {{Race Lift}}ed version of the original character.
* ''Series/{{Longstreet}}'': Mike Longstreet was ''blind'' and studied ''martial arts'' with Creator/BruceLee. ''Bruce friggin' Lee.''
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tate_%28TV_series%29 Tate]] (starring David [=McLean=] aka [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlboro_Man The Marlboro Man]]) was a travelling gunfighter and bounty hunter who had lost the use of his left arm during the Civil War.
* Throughout ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]''
*** Captain Picard. It is revealed in "Tapestry" that a hot-headed younger Picard got into a bar fight and got stabbed in the chest, requiring an artificial heart to be put in. It worked reasonably well until he was shot during a riot. It takes on greater significance because the audience learns the fight, as well as Picard losing his original heart, is what ultimately led to him becoming a galaxy-class badass.
*** Lt. Commander Geordi [=LaForge=], "a man with unique vision".
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''
*** General Martok is the classic example of a Handicapped Badass. He loses an eye from several successive no-holds-barred fights with Jem'Haddar, then carries on the war and eventually heads the Klingon Empire with only ONE EYE because "I DO NOT WANT AN OCULAR IMPLANT!"
*** Melora Pazlar is a Starfleet officer who, although not disabled as such, was from a low-gravity world and used a wheelchair and braces because the gravity on the station was too high for her. The treatment that Dr. Bashir developed for her didn't solve the problem, but they ''did'' make her partially ''phaser-proof'', and she went on to turn down the gravity at a crucial moment and whip the bad guy's ass.
* Dr. Gregory Series/{{House}} has 1.5 legs because he lost the muscle from one due to sickness. It didn't dilute his MO of 'break into patient's houses' at all.

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* ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}'', starring Raymond Burr as a chief of detectives in a wheelchair, was a piker.
** The series received a [[ShortRunners short-lived]] {{remake}}, ''Series/{{Ironside 2013}}'', with Blair Underwood as a {{Race Lift}}ed version of the original character.
* ''Series/{{Longstreet}}'': Mike Longstreet was ''blind'' and studied ''martial arts'' with Creator/BruceLee. ''Bruce friggin' Lee.''
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tate_%28TV_series%29 Tate]] (starring David [=McLean=] aka [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlboro_Man The Marlboro Man]]) was a travelling gunfighter and bounty hunter who had lost the use of his left arm during the Civil War.
* Throughout ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]''
*** Captain Picard. It is revealed in "Tapestry" that a hot-headed younger Picard got into a bar fight and got stabbed in the chest, requiring an artificial
Jack Bauer has chronic (often torture-induced) heart problems throughout ''Series/TwentyFour'', and continues to be put in. It worked reasonably well until he was shot during a riot. It takes on greater significance because the audience learns the fight, kick ass in spite of having been clinically dead ''twice'' as well as Picard losing his original heart, is what ultimately led to a result.
* Agent Sousa of ''Series/AgentCarter''. A leg injury in WWII crippled him, forcing
him becoming a galaxy-class badass.
*** Lt. Commander Geordi [=LaForge=], "a man
to walk with unique vision".
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''
*** General Martok
a crutch. However he is the classic example of still a Handicapped Badass. He loses an eye from several successive no-holds-barred fights with Jem'Haddar, then carries on the war dangerously smart SSR agent, and eventually heads the Klingon Empire with only ONE EYE because "I DO NOT WANT AN OCULAR IMPLANT!"
*** Melora Pazlar is a Starfleet officer who, although not disabled as such, was from a low-gravity world and used a wheelchair and braces because the gravity on the station was too high for her. The treatment that Dr. Bashir developed for her didn't solve the problem, but they ''did'' make her partially ''phaser-proof'', and she went on to turn down the gravity at a crucial moment and whip the bad guy's ass.
* Dr. Gregory Series/{{House}} has 1.5 legs because he lost the muscle from one due to sickness. It didn't dilute
can still hold his MO of 'break into patient's houses' at all. own in a fight.



* {{Inverted|Trope}} and played with on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. The BaldOfAwesome is revealed to have been paralyzed in the past, then revealed that his paralyzed self was weak and sad, then revealed that he was a sad little creature even before he was paralyzed. Then reveled that he was using the IdiotBall all through the seasons even after he was healed.

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* {{Inverted|Trope}} Llud the Silver-Handed from ''Series/ArthurOfTheBritons''. A one-handed warlord and played with on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. The BaldOfAwesome is revealed to have been paralyzed Arthur's adoptive father, the "Silver-Handed" epithet comes from his (non-functional) silver prosthesis.
* Col. Tigh
in the past, 2000s ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has [[spoiler:his eye plucked out]] between the second and third seasons, and if anything becomes ''more'' badass as a result.
** There's also [[spoiler:Samuel Anders]], who takes a bullet to the brain and survives and is
then revealed [[spoiler:hooked up directly to the ''Galactica'''s central computer]], essentially becoming ''Galactica'' itself for the final few episodes of the show.
** Lt. Felix Gaeta, who [[spoiler:loses a leg and shortly thereafter starts a full-scale, devastating mutiny against his CO]].
* ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'': Barbara Gordon, formerly ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, was shot by the Joker prior to the start of the series, leaving her a paraplegic. Normally she stays at the hideout as Oracle, but she's still quite capable of defending herself with gadgetry and collapsible batons.
* Richard Harrow from ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', who suffered a horrific facial injury in World War I
that cost him an eye and damaged his paralyzed self was weak and sad, then revealed nerves so that he was eating and drinking is very difficult. But he's still a sad little creature even before he was paralyzed. Then reveled that he was using the IdiotBall all through the seasons even after he was healed.very skilled sniper.



* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' movie ''Continuum'' Daniel Jackson loses his leg. Still doesn't stop him from busting caps in the Go'auld.
** Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell shattered his leg in the battle against Anubis. He still has pins holding his leg together. He is also a ColonelBadass.
* Little known fact about Michael Knight. In the pilot, Detective Michael Long is shot in the face by a traitorous bitch. The only thing that saves him is a metal plate in his cranium from a war injury suffered ostensibly in Vietnam. The reconstructive surgery results in him becoming the ''Series/KnightRider''.
* During the intro to the second season of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Cameron suffers damage to her leg that limits her to a slow, unsteady limp. Naturally, while she is limping, Cameron becomes an order of magnitude more terrifying as she hunts the Connors.
* Col. Tigh in the 2000s ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has [[spoiler: his eye plucked out]] between the second and third seasons, and if anything becomes ''more'' badass as a result.
** There's also [[spoiler: Samuel Anders]], who takes a bullet to the brain and survives and is then [[spoiler: hooked up directly to the ''Galactica'''s central computer]], essentially becoming ''Galactica'' itself for the final few episodes of the show.
** Lt. Felix Gaeta, who [[spoiler: loses a leg and shortly thereafter starts a full-scale, devastating mutiny against his CO]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has Davros, an OmnicidalManiac who only has one (mechanical) eye and the use of one hand. Despite this, he and his Daleks are two of the most feared monsters in the show. Think Stephen Hawking aged several hundred years. Later on, he gets the one working hand shot off...and replaces it with a prosthetic that SHOOTS FRICKIN' LIGHTNING BOLTS.

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* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' movie ''Continuum'' Daniel Jackson loses his leg. Still doesn't stop him from busting caps T-Bag in the Go'auld.
** Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell shattered his leg in the battle against Anubis.
''Series/BreakoutKings'' episode "The Bag Man". He still has pins holding his leg together. He is also stabs a ColonelBadass.
* Little known fact about Michael Knight. In the pilot, Detective Michael Long is shot in the face by a traitorous bitch. The only thing that saves him is a metal plate in his cranium from a war injury suffered ostensibly in Vietnam. The reconstructive surgery results in him becoming the ''Series/KnightRider''.
* During the intro
guard to the second season of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Cameron suffers damage to her leg that limits her to a slow, unsteady limp. Naturally, while she is limping, Cameron becomes an order of magnitude more terrifying as she hunts the Connors.
* Col. Tigh in the 2000s ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has [[spoiler: his eye plucked out]] between the second and third seasons, and if anything becomes ''more'' badass as a result.
** There's also [[spoiler: Samuel Anders]], who takes a bullet to the brain and survives and is then [[spoiler: hooked up directly to the ''Galactica'''s central computer]], essentially becoming ''Galactica'' itself for the final few episodes of the show.
** Lt. Felix Gaeta, who [[spoiler: loses a leg and shortly thereafter starts a full-scale, devastating mutiny against his CO]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has Davros, an OmnicidalManiac who only has one (mechanical) eye and the use of one hand. Despite this, he and his Daleks are two of the most feared monsters in the show. Think Stephen Hawking aged several hundred years. Later on, he gets the one working hand shot off...and replaces it
death with a his prosthetic hand and then proceeds to go an a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* Robert Morehouse of ''Series/{{Copper}}'' lost his leg after a battle in the Civil War. Aside from being a GuileHero who can play Tammany Hall like a fiddle, at the end of the series he leads a manhunt to find John Wilkes Booth, and despite his missing leg and 1860s prosthetic he manages to be quite good at it. However, it takes its toll on him, and the chafing from the prosthetic causes him immense and crippling pain.
* Auggie Anderson of ''Series/CovertAffairs''. Went blind on a special ops mission, learned Braille in two years, is ''head of tech ops'' at the CIA, and [[Awesome/CovertAffairs kicked the collective asses of two members of the Russian mob on a moving train]], ''while {{shirtless|Scene}}.'' He probably still has nanobots in his body from his [[Series/{{Jake20}} days at the NSA]].
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has Doc Robbins. He has two prosthetic legs and walks with the aid of a crutch, but if he catches you in his morgue and you don't have a right to be there, he ''will'' attack you, usually ''with'' his crutch and anything else
that SHOOTS FRICKIN' LIGHTNING BOLTS.comes to hand. And if the odds are fair, he'll probably win.
* In an episode of ''Series/DarkAngel'', Logan struggles with an assailant and hauls them both to the ground. Logan then declares, "The thing about wheelchairs: they build upper-body strength" before beating the guy.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':



** Orcini in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E6RevelationOfTheDaleks Revelation of the Daleks]]".
** The Menoptra freed from the Crater of Needles in ''The Web Planet'' had had their wings cut off when enslaved. They could still kick Zarbi ovipositor.

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** Orcini in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E6RevelationOfTheDaleks Revelation Davros, an OmnicidalManiac who only has one (mechanical) eye and the use of one hand. Despite this, he and his Daleks are two of the Daleks]]".
most feared monsters in the show. Think Stephen Hawking aged several hundred years. Later on, he gets the one working hand shot off... and replaces it with a prosthetic that SHOOTS FRICKIN' LIGHTNING BOLTS.
** The Menoptra Menoptera freed from the Crater of Needles in ''The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet "The Web Planet'' Planet"]] had had their wings cut off when enslaved. They could still kick Zarbi ovipositor.ovipositor.
** Orcini in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E6RevelationOfTheDaleks "Revelation of the Daleks"]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E5Oxygen "Oxygen"]], [[spoiler:the Doctor gets [[TemporaryBlindness blinded]] after having to give Bill his helmet during a spacewalk. He still saves the day with minimal help.]]
* Dr. Kerry Weaver in ''Series/{{ER}}''. She walks with the aid of a crutch for the majority of the series, but is in no way impeded in helping her fellow doctors in emergency situations. In one episode, she assists in the arrest of a schizophrenic patient who had killed Med student Lucy Knight and seriously injured Dr. John Carter, by tripping him with her crutch. A few episodes after this, she uses the crutch to beat her way through a crowd of brawling High School footballers to help Malucci, who had been knocked unconscious in the chaos. Later, in season 8, she leaps into a crashed ambulance, surrounded by fallen power lines, in a storm, to deliver an injured pregnant woman's baby.
** Also, she's everybody's boss for a significant chunk of the series.
* Scorpius from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. The jury-rigged hybrid product of a cruel MarsNeedsWomen project that used two species which were almost completely incompatible, he's in constant pain and almost constantly on the point of dying from heatstroke, depending on a ClingyCostume cooling system that includes a heat sink '''running through his skull into his cranial cavity'''. But as long as [[AchillesHeel his endothermic heat-absorbing rods get changed regularly]] he's a GeniusBruiser who can both beat the crap out of people and [[TheChessmaster outplot anyone in the universe]].



* Jack Bauer has chronic (often torture-induced) heart problems throughout ''Series/TwentyFour'', and continues to kick ass in spite of having been clinically dead ''twice'' as a result.
* After Omar breaks his leg jumping from a window in ''Series/TheWire'', he proceeds to kick five kinds of ass all over Baltimore. On one leg.
* In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Stevie from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' becomes a true avatar of this trope in the episode wherein Reese deliberately picks a fight with him as an easy opponent, only for Stevie to show up for the brawl in a FREAKIN' HOMEMADE EXOSKELETON and pound the tar out of him...

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* Jack Bauer has chronic (often torture-induced) heart problems throughout ''Series/TwentyFour'', ''Series/FreakOut'', the short-lived British disabled lifestyle show, was presented by the short-armed martial artist [[http://matfraser.co.uk Mat Fraser]] and continues to kick ass in spite of having been clinically dead ''twice'' as a result.
* After Omar breaks his leg jumping from a window in ''Series/TheWire'', he proceeds to kick five kinds of ass all over Baltimore. On
featured amputee stunt men, one leg.
* In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Stevie from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' becomes a true avatar of this trope in
who worked on Film/{{Predator2}} for the scenes where the Predator lost an arm. Another episode wherein Reese deliberately picks a fight with him as an easy opponent, only for Stevie to show up for followed disabled hunters, but subverted the brawl trope since, as Mat put it, it wasn't about independence as much as interdependence. Properly paired, two disabled hunters could hunt as well as any able bodied hunter.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Tyrion's stature certainly counts as a handicap
in a FREAKIN' HOMEMADE EXOSKELETON world were it's mandatory for men to be big, strong and pound the tar dangerous fighters. If his ability to talk, bargain or weasel himself out of him...dangerous situations doesn't make him badass enough, his final discovery of [[KneeCapping a useful fighting style for anyone under five feet]] certainly makes him so. That and talking a bunch of disheartened city guards into making a foray out of a city under siege.
** Although Bran can't walk, he's become quite a powerful warg and later on the second Three-Eyed-Raven.
* Oswald Cobblepot of ''Series/{{Gotham}}''. Having his legs broken early in the series has made him walk like, well, a Penguin. He is still, however, an incredibly ruthless and cold blooded killer.



* ''[[Series/{{Highlander}} Highlander's]]'' Joe Dawson has no legs and can kick your ass all day long. His cane is made to stand up to swordstrokes.
* Auggie Anderson of ''Series/CovertAffairs''. Went blind on a special ops mission, learned Braille in two years, is ''head of tech ops'' at the CIA, and [[Awesome/CovertAffairs kicked the collective asses of two members of the Russian mob on a moving train]], ''while {{shirtless|Scene}}.'' He probably still has nanobots in his body from his [[Series/{{Jake20}} days at the NSA]].
* Billy Baxter, blinded during the war in Bosnia and ''still'' faster round the ''Series/TopGear'' test track than two of the fully sighted celebs. He also holds the blind solo motorbike land speed record.
* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': [[ColonelBadass Lieutenant Colonel TC McQueen]]. He's not crippled in the sense that he lacks full control of his body, but because due to injuries in the opening days of the Chig War, he has an electronic implant in his brain that acts as his Inner Ear. If it is exposed to High-G maneuvers, it will explode, inducing a stroke. So when an alien [[AcePilot fighter ace]] shows up in his [[AceCustom nigh-invincible prototype fighter]] and starts tearing entire squadrons apart, [=McQueen=] has the implant removed, and learns to walk, run, do pushups and chinups, and fly a high-performance space fighter... ''all without a sense of balance''. [[spoiler: He fights the Chig ace one-on-one, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kicks his ass after a lengthy and pitched battle]].]]
* Llud the Silver-Handed from ''Series/ArthurOfTheBritons''. A one-handed warlord and Arthur's adoptive father, the 'Silver-Handed' epithet comes from his (non-functional) silver prosthesis.
* Richard Harrow from ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', who suffered a horrific facial injury in World War I that cost him an eye and damaged his nerves so that eating and drinking is very difficult. But he's still a very skilled sniper.

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* ''[[Series/{{Highlander}} Highlander's]]'' ''Series/{{Highlander}}''[='s=] Joe Dawson has no legs and can kick your ass all day long. His cane is made to stand up to swordstrokes.
* Auggie Anderson of ''Series/CovertAffairs''. Went blind on a special ops mission, learned Braille in two years, is ''head of tech ops'' at Dr. Gregory Series/{{House}} has 1.5 legs because he lost the CIA, and [[Awesome/CovertAffairs kicked the collective asses muscle from one due to sickness. It didn't dilute his MO of two members 'break into patient's houses' at all.
* ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}'', starring Raymond Burr as a chief of detectives in a wheelchair, was a piker.
** The series received a [[ShortRunners short-lived]] {{remake}}, ''Series/{{Ironside 2013}}'', with Blair Underwood as a {{Race Lift}}ed version
of the Russian mob on original character.
* In his second appearance in ''Series/JonathanCreek'', Gideon Pryke is in
a moving train]], ''while {{shirtless|Scene}}.'' He probably still has nanobots wheelchair and can only move one finger, due to being hit by a sniper. With a voice-activated computer and a few other tricks built into the chair, he continues to be a brilliant and badass no-nonsense detective.
* Little known fact about Michael Knight. In the pilot, Detective Michael Long is shot in the face by a traitorous bitch. The only thing that saves him is a metal plate
in his body cranium from his [[Series/{{Jake20}} days at a war injury suffered ostensibly in Vietnam. The reconstructive surgery results in him becoming the NSA]].
''Series/KnightRider''.
* Billy Baxter, blinded during the war in Bosnia ''Series/{{Longstreet}}'': Mike Longstreet was ''blind'' and ''still'' faster round the ''Series/TopGear'' test track than two of the fully sighted celebs. He also holds the blind solo motorbike land speed record.
studied ''martial arts'' with Creator/BruceLee. ''Bruce friggin' Lee.''
* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': [[ColonelBadass Lieutenant Colonel TC McQueen]]. He's not crippled {{Inverted|Trope}} and played with on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. The BaldOfAwesome is revealed to have been paralyzed in the sense past, then revealed that his paralyzed self was weak and sad, then revealed that he lacks full control was a sad little creature even before he was paralyzed. Then reveled that he was using the IdiotBall all through the seasons even after he was healed.
* In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Stevie from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' becomes a true avatar
of his body, but because due to injuries this trope in the opening days of episode wherein Reese deliberately picks a fight with him as an easy opponent, only for Stevie to show up for the Chig War, he has an electronic implant brawl in his brain that acts as his Inner Ear. If it is exposed to High-G maneuvers, it will explode, inducing a stroke. So when an alien [[AcePilot fighter ace]] shows up in his [[AceCustom nigh-invincible prototype fighter]] FREAKIN' HOMEMADE EXOSKELETON and starts tearing entire squadrons apart, [=McQueen=] has pound the implant removed, tar out of him...
* In ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', the one-legged girl's boyfriend, despite missing both legs
and learns to walk, run, do pushups and chinups, and fly a high-performance space fighter... ''all without a sense of balance''. [[spoiler: He fights the Chig ace one-on-one, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome an arm, [[CurbstompBattle brutally kicks his ass after a lengthy and pitched battle]].Earl's ass.]]
* Llud ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Mr. Gold walks with a limp as a result of a [[spoiler:self-inflicted injury]] during the Silver-Handed Ogre Wars. Doesn't stop him from ''Series/ArthurOfTheBritons''. A one-handed warlord intimidating and Arthur's adoptive father, manipulating everyone in town, as well as [[CaneFu delivering beatings with his cane]]. Also, {{Hook|Hand}}.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Finch walks with a limp [[spoiler: due to a metal spine graft caused by an explosion which killed his best friend]] and while not being a badass fighting wise, he is a master hacker, BadassBookworm and is willing to put himself in life-threatening situations to save his friends, in one case [[ToThePain threatening an assassin with death by electrocution to get him to back down]]. Also, Reese uses a wheelchair or crutches for one episode after being shot by
the 'Silver-Handed' epithet comes CIA. It doesn't stop him from taking down the villain-of-the-week.
* In ''Series/{{Powers}}'', both Triphammer and
his (non-functional) silver prosthesis.
successor, Martinez, are amputees. Bonus points for Martinez being a veteran.
* Richard Harrow Anthony Ryan Auld from ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', who suffered a horrific facial injury ''Series/ProjectRunway'''s 9th season qualifies in World War I that cost him an eye despite being color blind he managed to become a fan favorite for his season and damaged his nerves so that eating and drinking is very difficult. But eventually win the second All Stars season. Especially since he's still a very skilled sniper.''fashion designer'' and color blindness would usually be thought of as a huge disadvantage.



* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has Doc Robbins. He has two prosthetic legs and walks with the aid of a crutch, but if he catches you in his morgue and you don't have a right to be there, he ''will'' attack you, usually ''with'' his crutch and anything else that comes to hand. And if the odds are fair, he'll probably win.
* In an episode of ''Series/DarkAngel'', Logan struggles with an assailant and hauls them both to the ground. Logan then declares, "The thing about wheelchairs: they build upper-body strength" before beating the guy.
* Scorpius from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. The jury-rigged hybrid product of a cruel MarsNeedsWomen project that used two species which were almost completely incompatible, he's in constant pain and almost constantly on the point of dying from heatstroke, depending on a ClingyCostume cooling system that includes a heat sink '''running through his skull into his cranial cavity'''. But as long as [[AchillesHeel his endothermic heat-absorbing rods get changed regularly]] he's a GeniusBruiser who can both beat the crap out of people and [[TheChessmaster outplot anyone in the universe]].
* Alex Krycek from ''Series/TheXFiles''. Gets his [[AnArmAndALeg arm sawed off]] after escaping a Russian gulag, but it doesn't slow him down much. [[spoiler:It does eventually get him killed, though, as he can't hold a gun with his prosthesis.]]
* In ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', the one-legged girl's boyfriend, despite missing both legs and an arm, [[CurbstompBattle brutally kicks Earl's ass.]]

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': [[ColonelBadass Lieutenant Colonel TC McQueen]]. He's not crippled in the sense that he lacks full control of his body, but because due to injuries in the opening days of the Chig War, he has Doc Robbins. He has two prosthetic legs and walks with the aid of a crutch, but if he catches you an electronic implant in his morgue and you don't have a right to be there, he ''will'' attack you, usually ''with'' his crutch and anything else brain that comes acts as his Inner Ear. If it is exposed to hand. And if High-G maneuvers, it will explode, inducing a stroke. So when an alien [[AcePilot fighter ace]] shows up in his [[AceCustom nigh-invincible prototype fighter]] and starts tearing entire squadrons apart, [=McQueen=] has the odds are fair, he'll probably win.
* In an episode of ''Series/DarkAngel'', Logan struggles with an assailant
implant removed, and hauls them both learns to walk, run, do pushups and chin-ups, and fly a high-performance space fighter... ''all without a sense of balance''. [[spoiler: He fights the ground. Logan then declares, "The thing about wheelchairs: they build upper-body strength" before beating the guy.
* Scorpius from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. The jury-rigged hybrid product of a cruel MarsNeedsWomen project that used two species which were almost completely incompatible, he's in constant pain
Chig ace one-on-one, and almost constantly on the point of dying from heatstroke, depending on a ClingyCostume cooling system that includes a heat sink '''running through [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kicks his skull into his cranial cavity'''. But as long as [[AchillesHeel his endothermic heat-absorbing rods get changed regularly]] he's a GeniusBruiser who can both beat the crap out of people and [[TheChessmaster outplot anyone in the universe]].
* Alex Krycek from ''Series/TheXFiles''. Gets his [[AnArmAndALeg arm sawed off]]
ass after escaping a Russian gulag, but it doesn't slow him down much. [[spoiler:It does eventually get him killed, though, as he can't hold a gun with his prosthesis.lengthy and pitched battle]].]]
* In ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', the one-legged girl's boyfriend, despite missing both legs ''Series/StargateSG1'' movie ''Continuum'' Daniel Jackson loses his leg. Still doesn't stop him from busting caps in the Goa'uld.
** Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell shattered his leg in the battle against Anubis. He still has pins holding his leg together. He is also a ColonelBadass.
* Throughout ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]''
*** Captain Picard. It is revealed in "Tapestry" that a hot-headed younger Picard got into a bar fight
and got stabbed in the chest, requiring an arm, [[CurbstompBattle brutally kicks Earl's ass.]]artificial heart to be put in. It worked reasonably well until he was shot during a riot. It takes on greater significance because the audience learns the fight, as well as Picard losing his original heart, is what ultimately led to him becoming a galaxy-class badass.
*** Lt. Commander Geordi [=LaForge=], "a man with unique vision".
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''
*** General Martok is the classic example of a Handicapped Badass. He loses an eye from several successive no-holds-barred fights with Jem'Haddar, then carries on the war and eventually heads the Klingon Empire with only ONE EYE because "I DO NOT WANT AN OCULAR IMPLANT!"
*** Melora Pazlar is a Starfleet officer who, although not disabled as such, was from a low-gravity world and used a wheelchair and braces because the gravity on the station was too high for her. The treatment that Dr. Bashir developed for her didn't solve the problem, but they ''did'' make her partially ''phaser-proof'', and she went on to turn down the gravity at a crucial moment and whip the bad guy's ass.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Bobby, after he gets injured and is unable to walk. He [[RetiredBadass retires from hunting]], but fights when he has to.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tate_%28TV_series%29 Tate]]'' (starring David [=McLean=] aka [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlboro_Man The Marlboro Man]]) was a travelling gunfighter and bounty hunter who had lost the use of his left arm during the Civil War.
* During the intro to the second season of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Cameron suffers damage to her leg that limits her to a slow, unsteady limp. Naturally, while she is limping, Cameron becomes an order of magnitude more terrifying as she hunts the Connors.
* Billy Baxter, blinded during the war in Bosnia and ''still'' faster round the ''Series/TopGear'' test track than two of the fully sighted celebs. He also holds the blind solo motorbike land speed record.
* Wilson Wilson in ''Series/{{Utopia}}'' has just been [[EyeScream blinded]] at the hands of a [[ColdBloodedTorture cold-blooded]] TortureTechnician. When the torturer returns from a fag break, Wilson has managed to free himself and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard shoots him with his own pistol]] whilst completely unable to see. He's later sporting an EyepatchOfPower.
* The mercenary Ham Tyler (played by Michael Ironside) in ''[[Series/{{V 1983}} V: The Final Battle]]'' was originally written as wheelchair-bound. In his introduction scene, he was to knock Mike Donovan flat on his back.



* The mercenary Ham Tyler (played by Michael Ironside) in ''[[Series/{{V 1983}} V: The Final Battle]]'' was originally written as wheelchair-bound. In his introduction scene, he was to knock Mike Donovan flat on his back.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Finch walks with a limp [[spoiler: due to a metal spine graft caused by an explosion which killed his best friend]] and while not being a badass fighting wise, he is a master hacker, BadassBookworm and is willing to put himself in life-threatening situations to save his friends, in one case [[ToThePain threatening an assassin with death by electrocution to get him to back down]]. Also, Reese uses a wheelchair or crutches for one episode after being shot by the CIA. It doesn't stop him from taking down the villain-of-the-week.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Tyrion's stature certainly counts as a handicap in a world were it's mandatory for men to be big, strong and dangerous fighters. If his ability to talk, bargain or weasel himself out of dangerous situations doesn't make him badass enough, his final discovery of [[KneeCapping a useful fighting style for anyone under five feet]] certainly makes him so. That and talking a bunch of disheartened city guards into making a foray out of a city under siege.
** Although Bran can't walk he's become quite a powerful warg and later on the second Three-Eyed-Raven.
* T-Bag in the ''Series/BreakoutKings'' episode "The Bag Man". He stabs a guard to death with his prosthetic hand and then proceeds to go an a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* Anthony Ryan Auld from ''Series/ProjectRunway'''s 9th season qualifies in that despite being color blind he managed to become a fan favorite for his season and eventually win the second All Stars season. Especially since he's a ''fashion designer'' and color blindness would usually be thought of as a huge disadvantage.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Mr. Gold walks with a limp as a result of a [[spoiler:self-inflicted injury]] during the Ogre Wars. Doesn't stop him from intimidating and manipulating everyone in town, as well as [[CaneFu delivering beatings with his cane]]. Also, {{Hook|Hand}}.
* In his second appearance in ''Series/JonathanCreek'', Gideon Pryke is in a wheelchair and can only move one finger, due to being hit by a sniper. With a voice-activated computer and a few other tricks built into the chair, he continues to be a brilliant and badass no-nonsense detective.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Bobby, after he gets injured and is unable to walk. He [[RetiredBadass retires from hunting]], but fights when he has to.
* Dr. Kerry Weaver in ''E.R''. She walks with the aid of a crutch for the majority of the series, but is in no way impeded in helping her fellow Doctors in emergency situations. In one episode, she assists in the arrest of a schizophrenic patient who had killed Med student Lucy Knight and seriously injured Dr. John Carter, by tripping him with her crutch. A few episodes after this, she uses the crutch to beat her way through a crowd of brawling High School footballers to help Malucci, who had been knocked unconscious in the chaos. Later, in season 8, she leaps into a crashed ambulance, surrounded by fallen by powerlines, in a storm, to deliver an injured pregnant woman's baby.
** Also, she's every body's boss for a significant chunk of the series.
* Wilson Wilson in ''Series/{{Utopia}}'' has just been [[EyeScream blinded]] at the hands of a [[ColdBloodedTorture cold-blooded]] TortureTechnician. When the torturer returns from a fag break, Wilson has managed to free himself and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard shoots him with his own pistol]] whilst completely unable to see. He's later sporting an EyepatchOfPower.
* Robert Morehouse of ''Series/{{Copper}}'' lost his leg after a battle in the Civil War. Aside from being a GuileHero who can play Tammany Hall like a fiddle, at the end of the series he leads a manhunt to find John Wilkes Booth, and despite his missing leg and 1860s prosthetic he manages to be quite good at it. However, it takes its toll on him, and the chafing from the prosthetic causes him immense and crippling pain.
* Oswald Cobblepott of ''Series/{{Gotham}}''. Having his legs broken early in the series has made him walk like, well, a Penguin. He is still, however, an incredibly ruthless and cold blooded killer.
* Agent Sousa of ''Series/AgentCarter''. A leg injury in WWII crippled him, forcing him to walk with a crutch. However he is still a dangerously smart SSR agent, and can still hold his own in a fight.

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* The mercenary Ham Tyler (played by Michael Ironside) in ''[[Series/{{V 1983}} V: The Final Battle]]'' was originally written as wheelchair-bound. In After Omar breaks his introduction scene, he was to knock Mike Donovan flat on his back.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Finch walks with a limp [[spoiler: due to a metal spine graft caused by an explosion which killed his best friend]] and while not being a badass fighting wise, he is a master hacker, BadassBookworm and is willing to put himself in life-threatening situations to save his friends, in one case [[ToThePain threatening an assassin with death by electrocution to get him to back down]]. Also, Reese uses a wheelchair or crutches for one episode after being shot by the CIA. It doesn't stop him
leg jumping from taking down the villain-of-the-week.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Tyrion's stature certainly counts as
a handicap window in a world were it's mandatory for men to be big, strong and dangerous fighters. If his ability to talk, bargain or weasel himself out of dangerous situations doesn't make him badass enough, his final discovery of [[KneeCapping a useful fighting style for anyone under five feet]] certainly makes him so. That and talking a bunch of disheartened city guards into making a foray out of a city under siege.
** Although Bran can't walk he's become quite a powerful warg and later on the second Three-Eyed-Raven.
* T-Bag in the ''Series/BreakoutKings'' episode "The Bag Man". He stabs a guard to death with his prosthetic hand and then
''Series/TheWire'', he proceeds to go an a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* Anthony Ryan Auld from ''Series/ProjectRunway'''s 9th season qualifies in that despite being color blind he managed to become a fan favorite for his season and eventually win the second All Stars season. Especially since he's a ''fashion designer'' and color blindness would usually be thought
kick five kinds of as a huge disadvantage.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Mr. Gold walks with a limp as a result of a [[spoiler:self-inflicted injury]] during the Ogre Wars. Doesn't stop him from intimidating and manipulating everyone in town, as well as [[CaneFu delivering beatings with his cane]]. Also, {{Hook|Hand}}.
* In his second appearance in ''Series/JonathanCreek'', Gideon Pryke is in a wheelchair and can only move
ass all over Baltimore. On one finger, due to being hit by a sniper. With a voice-activated computer and a few other tricks built into the chair, he continues to be a brilliant and badass no-nonsense detective.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Bobby, after he gets injured and is unable to walk. He [[RetiredBadass retires from hunting]], but fights when he has to.
* Dr. Kerry Weaver in ''E.R''. She walks with the aid of a crutch for the majority of the series, but is in no way impeded in helping her fellow Doctors in emergency situations. In one episode, she assists in the arrest of a schizophrenic patient who had killed Med student Lucy Knight and seriously injured Dr. John Carter, by tripping him with her crutch. A few episodes after this, she uses the crutch to beat her way through a crowd of brawling High School footballers to help Malucci, who had been knocked unconscious in the chaos. Later, in season 8, she leaps into a crashed ambulance, surrounded by fallen by powerlines, in a storm, to deliver an injured pregnant woman's baby.
** Also, she's every body's boss for a significant chunk of the series.
* Wilson Wilson in ''Series/{{Utopia}}'' has just been [[EyeScream blinded]] at the hands of a [[ColdBloodedTorture cold-blooded]] TortureTechnician. When the torturer returns from a fag break, Wilson has managed to free himself and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard shoots him with his own pistol]] whilst completely unable to see. He's later sporting an EyepatchOfPower.
* Robert Morehouse of ''Series/{{Copper}}'' lost his leg after a battle in the Civil War. Aside from being a GuileHero who can play Tammany Hall like a fiddle, at the end of the series he leads a manhunt to find John Wilkes Booth, and despite his missing leg and 1860s prosthetic he manages to be quite good at it. However, it takes its toll on him, and the chafing from the prosthetic causes him immense and crippling pain.
* Oswald Cobblepott of ''Series/{{Gotham}}''. Having his legs broken early in the series has made him walk like, well, a Penguin. He is still, however, an incredibly ruthless and cold blooded killer.
* Agent Sousa of ''Series/AgentCarter''. A leg injury in WWII crippled him, forcing him to walk with a crutch. However he is still a dangerously smart SSR agent, and can still hold his own in a fight.
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* ''Series/FreakOut'', the short-lived British disabled lifestyle show, was presented by the short-armed martial artist [[http://matfraser.co.uk Mat Fraser]] and featured amputee stunt men, one who worked on Film/{{Predator2}} for the scenes where the Predator lost an arm. Another episode followed disabled hunters, but subverted the trope since, as Mat put it, it wasn't about independence as much as interdependence. Properly paired, two disabled hunters could hunt as well as any able bodied hunter.
* In ''Series/{{Powers}}'', both Triphammer and his successor, Martinez, are amputees. Bonus points for Martinez being a veteran.
* ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'': Barbara Gordon, formerly ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, was shot by the Joker prior to the start of the series, leaving her a paraplegic. Normally she stays at the hideout as Oracle, but she's still quite capable of defending herself with gadgetry and collapsible batons.

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* ''Series/FreakOut'', the short-lived British disabled lifestyle show, was presented by the short-armed martial artist [[http://matfraser.co.uk Mat Fraser]] and featured amputee stunt men, one who worked on Film/{{Predator2}} for the scenes where the Predator lost an arm. Another episode followed disabled hunters, Alex Krycek from ''Series/TheXFiles''. Gets his [[AnArmAndALeg arm sawed off]] after escaping a Russian gulag, but subverted the trope since, it doesn't slow him down much. [[spoiler:It does eventually get him killed, though, as Mat put it, it wasn't about independence as much as interdependence. Properly paired, two disabled hunters could hunt as well as any able bodied hunter.
* In ''Series/{{Powers}}'', both Triphammer and his successor, Martinez, are amputees. Bonus points for Martinez being
he can't hold a veteran.
* ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'': Barbara Gordon, formerly ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, was shot by the Joker prior to the start of the series, leaving her a paraplegic. Normally she stays at the hideout as Oracle, but she's still quite capable of defending herself
gun with gadgetry and collapsible batons.his prosthesis.]]



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* Former ChampCar and Formula 1 driver Alessandro Zanardi lost both of his legs in 2003 as the result of a terrifying accident at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Despite such a life-changing injury, he returned to compete in motorsports, winning multiple races in the World Touring Car Championship for BMW before switching to para-cycling, winning four gold medals at the Paralympics in 2012 and 2016. Then, just to prove he had not unlearned anything from his previous profession, he proceeded to return to motorsport, winning the final race of the 2016 Italian GT Championship.[[/folder]]

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* Former ChampCar and Formula 1 driver Alessandro Zanardi lost both of his legs in 2003 as the result of a terrifying accident at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Despite such a life-changing injury, he returned to compete in motorsports, winning multiple races in the World Touring Car Championship for BMW before switching to para-cycling, winning four gold medals at the Paralympics in 2012 and 2016. Then, just to prove he had not unlearned anything from his previous profession, he proceeded to return to motorsport, winning the final race of the 2016 Italian GT Championship.Championship.
* Another motorsports badass would be Frédéric Sausset, a quadruple amputee[[note]]he had both of his leg amputated at the knee, along with his left arm at the elbow and his right hand, following a bacterial infection[[/note]] who competed in a modified LMP2 at the 2016 UsefulNotes/TwentyFourHoursOfLeMans.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Billy Quizboy and Phantom Limb are subversions. Billy Quizboy loses a hand and an eye, then get ''dragged'' into badassness unwillingly. Phantom Limb, villainous example, was born with misformed limbs, but doesn't get seriously badass until an experiment to give him normal sized limbs goes awry and he ends up with invisible, and deadly, arms and legs..

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Billy Quizboy and Phantom Limb are subversions. Billy Quizboy loses a hand and an eye, then get ''dragged'' into badassness unwillingly. Phantom Limb, villainous example, was born with misformed limbs, but doesn't get seriously badass until an experiment to give him normal sized limbs goes awry and he ends up with invisible, and deadly, arms and legs..legs.



* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', the Scotsman has only one leg, having lost the other sometime in the past. It's hardly a problem for him; he simply replaced it with a peg-leg that's ''also a machine-gun'', making him even ''more'' of a badass.

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** His right hand man, Hattori Tatsu, is a [[BlindWeaponmaster blind swordsman]] who is skilled enough to hold his own against ''seven'' opponents (all of whom are skilled fighters) with little hassle. But he still has one weakness: ''he can't see''. The Turtles use Casey Jones' explosive pucks to hide where Karai is going to be so she can set up a head strike. With out his hearing he's completely powerless as she can't tell where his opponents will strike next and leave his skills to be completely useless.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', the Scotsman has only one leg, having lost the other sometime in the past. It's hardly a problem for him; he simply replaced it with a peg-leg that's ''also a machine-gun'', making him even ''more'' of a badass. In season five, he's missing an eye and he's too old to stand so he's stuck in a wheelchair. It doesn't stop him from trying to attack Aku's fortress [[spoiler:and sacrificing himself for his army of daughters]].
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* Caul Shivers from ''TheFirstLaw'' really comes into his own as a badass ''after'' losing his eye to ColdBloodedTorture.
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