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15th Feb '17 2:59:04 PM margdean56
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* UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt is considered by many to be one of the greatest American Presidents, and an incredible leader who was able maneuver the country and keep up their morale during the dark years of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. He also had polio, which crippled the use of his legs. Did that stop him? Of course not! To reassure the nation, he kept appearances that he was either not sick or constantly recovering. He refused to use his wheelchair in public (enough that only two photos of him in it exist), gave all his speeches standing, used leg braces and his sons to lean on when he needed to walk, and had the first car modified with hand controls before automatic transmissions existed. FDR must have inherited a ton of [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt his cousin's]] badassery.

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* UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt is considered by many to be one of the greatest American Presidents, and an incredible leader who was able to maneuver the country and keep up their morale during the dark years of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. He also had polio, which crippled the use of his legs. Did that stop him? Of course not! To reassure the nation, he kept up appearances that he was either not sick or constantly recovering. He refused to use his wheelchair in public (enough that only two photos of him in it exist), gave all his speeches standing, used leg braces and his sons to lean on when he needed to walk, and had the first car modified with hand controls before automatic transmissions existed. FDR must have inherited a ton of [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt his cousin's]] badassery.



** The great Chinese navigator Zheng He was a eunuch - and yet he had more figurative balls than most people with literal balls could ever hope to have. Also counts as a CelibateHero.
** Several centuries later in England, Horatio Nelson lost an arm and was blind in one eye - and outmaneuvered UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte ''twice'', netting himself a DyingMomentOfAwesome during the last time.

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** The great Chinese navigator Zheng He was a eunuch - -- and yet he had more figurative balls than most people with literal balls could ever hope to have. Also counts as a CelibateHero.
** Several centuries later in England, Horatio Nelson lost an arm and was blind in one eye - -- and outmaneuvered UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte ''twice'', netting himself a DyingMomentOfAwesome during the last time.



* UsefulNotes/IndyCar driver Will Power revealed in his autobiography that he's color blind-which doesn't seem that big a disability until you remember he's a ''race car driver'', where color plays a major role (lights, flags, etc.) Despite that, he's an accomplished driver with one title and several wins under his belt.

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* UsefulNotes/IndyCar driver Will Power revealed in his autobiography that he's color blind-which blind--which doesn't seem that big a disability until you remember he's a ''race car driver'', where color plays a major role (lights, flags, etc.) Despite that, he's an accomplished driver with one title and several wins under his belt.
15th Feb '17 2:48:59 PM margdean56
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-->"That old deaf dumb and blind kid, sure plays a mean pinball."

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-->"That old deaf dumb and blind kid, sure plays a mean pinball."



* Nuada, king of the tuatha de daanan in Myth/CelticMythology was a major badass before and after losing his arm (which also meant losing his right as king, since no handicapped man may rule the tuatha). He later got it replaced by an arm of lifelike silver by Dian Cecht.

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* Nuada, king of the tuatha de daanan danaan in Myth/CelticMythology was a major badass before and after losing his arm (which also meant losing his right as king, since no handicapped man may rule the tuatha). He later got it replaced by an arm of lifelike silver by Dian Cecht.
15th Feb '17 2:45:10 PM margdean56
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* Colonel Lomax in the Literature/MatthewHawkwood novels. Pinned under a dead horse and caught in a grass fire, the left side of Lomax's was badly burned; crippling his left arm and destroying his left eye. Still badass enough that he is the first person Hawkwood approaches when he needs allies to storm a BadGuyBar.

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* Colonel Lomax in the Literature/MatthewHawkwood novels. Pinned under a dead horse and caught in a grass fire, the left side of Lomax's body was badly burned; crippling his left arm and destroying his left eye. Still badass enough that he is the first person Hawkwood approaches when he needs allies to storm a BadGuyBar.



** From the same series, The Limper takes this trope UpToEleven. While initially handicapped [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as his name suggests]], he just gets more and more damaged as the series continues, without ever really slowing down. At his first appearance, he walks with a pronounced limp and his face is described as "ruined." In the second book, Croaker injures him to the point that would have killed a normal man, including severing his right arm and planting a seed of evil on his body. The third book reveals that the Lady had to hurt him even more to pry said seed out of him; his injuries aren't detailed, but he is described as a "wreck of humanity" and is bolted to a magical construct that allows him to float a few feet off the ground as he would otherwise be immobile. At the end of this book, he is beheaded and his remaining body parts burned--only for his severed head to return in ''The Silver Spike'' and go on a campaign of terror the likes of which haven't before been seen in the series. At the climax of ''The Silver Spike,'' he is referred to as the most powerful single being still in the North and regarded as a threat to the entire city of Orr--despite having lost his army and approaching the city with nothing but his prosthetic body. Even so, he is a match for the no less than five other wizards and is only narrowly defeated.

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** From the same series, The Limper takes this trope UpToEleven. While initially handicapped [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as his name suggests]], he just gets more and more damaged as the series continues, without ever really slowing down. At his first appearance, he walks with a pronounced limp and his face is described as "ruined." In the second book, Croaker injures him to the point that would have killed a normal man, including severing his right arm and planting a seed of evil on his body. The third book reveals that the Lady had to hurt him even more to pry said seed out of him; his injuries aren't detailed, but he is described as a "wreck of humanity" and is bolted to a magical construct that allows him to float a few feet off the ground as he would otherwise be immobile. At the end of this book, he is beheaded and his remaining body parts burned--only for his severed head to return in ''The Silver Spike'' and go on a campaign of terror the likes of which haven't before been seen in the series. At the climax of ''The Silver Spike,'' he is referred to as the most powerful single being still in the North and regarded as a threat to the entire city of Orr--despite having lost his army and approaching the city with nothing but his prosthetic body. Even so, he is a match for the no less fewer than five other wizards and is only narrowly defeated.



* Waxahachie Smith, hero of a series of novels from Creator/JTEdson, is a gunslinger who had his trigger fingers amputated by vengeful foes. He had to work out to wield guns without being able to physically pull a trigger.
* In ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', one of the longest lasting characters was Lady Cregga Rose Eyes. She was a Badger Lord who became blind during a battle and was sidelined to being the babysitter of the Dibbuns. However, threaten the Dibbuns or her Abbey, and she'll still beat some ass. With the help of a young otter, she even fired a longbow from one of the top levels of the abbey and nailed a vermin who was dressed in the leader's armor who was extremely far away.

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* Waxahachie Smith, hero of a series of novels from Creator/JTEdson, is a gunslinger who had his trigger fingers amputated by vengeful foes. He had to work out how to wield guns without being able to physically pull a trigger.
* In ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', one of the longest lasting characters was Lady Cregga Rose Eyes. She was a Badger Lord who became blind during a battle and was sidelined to being the babysitter of the Dibbuns. However, threaten the Dibbuns or her Abbey, and she'll still beat some ass. With the help of a young otter, she even fired a longbow from one of the top levels of the abbey and nailed a vermin who was dressed in the leader's armor who was extremely far away.



[[spoiler:They organize a royal masquerade in which the king and his ministers frighten the guests while disguised as chained orangutans, wearing costumes made of tar and flax. Hop-Frog catches the "orangutans" by hooking their chains to another chain dangling from the ceiling. Then he holds a torch to their face to "examine" them and sets their costumes on fire, burning them to death in front of the guests. After killing the king, Hop-Frog and Trippetta disappear and presumably escape to their homelands.]]

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[[spoiler:They organize a royal masquerade in which the king and his ministers frighten the guests while disguised as chained orangutans, wearing costumes made of tar and flax. Hop-Frog catches the "orangutans" by hooking their chains to another chain dangling from the ceiling. Then he holds a torch to their face faces to "examine" them and sets their costumes on fire, burning them to death in front of the guests. After killing the king, Hop-Frog and Trippetta disappear and presumably escape to their homelands.]]



** Then there's Kinnit, a blood-thirsty pirate who took down half a dozen assassin's by himself. He later lost a leg and stopped carrying a sword, but still managed to make a leap on one leg that many men couldn't make with two. Oh, and he became king.

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** Then there's Kinnit, a blood-thirsty pirate who took down half a dozen assassin's assassins by himself. He later lost a leg and stopped carrying a sword, but still managed to make a leap on one leg that many men couldn't make with two. Oh, and he became king.



* ''Literature/TheSagaOfGrettirTheStrong'' has Grettir's great-grandfather Onund Treefoot, a Norwegian viking who lost one of his leg in a battle with King Harald Finehair. He replaced it with a peg leg and continued a successful career as a warrior and seafarer.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' has [[spoiler:Peeta Mellark]] who spends two thirds of the trilogy with a prosthetic left leg. [[spoiler:He's notably less badass in the second book but still he manages to fight pretty good in the arena and kills Brutus in an OffScreenMomentOfAwesome. In the third book he's somewhere in-between his badass levels of the first and second book.]]

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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfGrettirTheStrong'' has Grettir's great-grandfather Onund Treefoot, a Norwegian viking who lost one of his leg legs in a battle with King Harald Finehair. He replaced it with a peg leg and continued a successful career as a warrior and seafarer.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' has [[spoiler:Peeta Mellark]] who spends two thirds of the trilogy with a prosthetic left leg. [[spoiler:He's notably less badass in the second book but still he manages to fight pretty good well in the arena and kills Brutus in an OffScreenMomentOfAwesome. In the third book he's somewhere in-between his badass levels of the first and second book.]]



* ''{{Literature/Suspicion}}'' by Friedrich Dürrenmatt: [[NoNameGiven The Dwarf]] is not quite 80 centimeter (31.496 inches) tall and seems to suffer from some sort of mental retardation. He is also a strong and deadly assassin. Inspector Bärlach who is dying from terminal cancer [[IJustWantToBeBadAss also has traces of it]].

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* ''{{Literature/Suspicion}}'' by Friedrich Dürrenmatt: [[NoNameGiven The Dwarf]] is not quite 80 centimeter centimeters (31.496 inches) tall and seems to suffer from some sort of mental retardation. He is also a strong and deadly assassin. Inspector Bärlach who is dying from terminal cancer [[IJustWantToBeBadAss also has traces of it]].



* In ''[[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015BWS9J0?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0 The Antagonists]]'' the main character, Minnie, is in a wheelchair, suffers chronic pain, can't lift more than five pounds, and doesn't have any superpowers to off-set her disability. That doesn't stop her from kicking ass by using her environment against her opponents, exploiting the fact that her opponents will be underestimating her, relying on brains over brawn, being stubborn as hell, being able to pretty much ignore pain since she's usually experienced worse, and so on.

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* In ''[[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015BWS9J0?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0 The Antagonists]]'' the main character, Minnie, is in a wheelchair, suffers chronic pain, can't lift more than five pounds, and doesn't have any superpowers to off-set offset her disability. That doesn't stop her from kicking ass by using her environment against her opponents, exploiting the fact that her opponents will be underestimating her, relying on brains over brawn, being stubborn as hell, being able to pretty much ignore pain since she's usually experienced worse, and so on.
15th Feb '17 2:35:48 PM margdean56
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* Gateman from Creator/AndrewVachss's Burke books uses a wheelchair, but enough of a crack shot that other cons respect him.

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* Gateman from Creator/AndrewVachss's Burke books uses a wheelchair, but is enough of a crack shot that other cons respect him.
15th Feb '17 2:32:58 PM margdean56
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* The Nazgûl in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' have so poor vision during daylight they are nearly blind (under the noon sun they are truly blind) and have to rely on their horses for guidance and have a magic-induced fear of naturally running water. This doesn't stop them from being the most feared warriors in Middle-Earth and having far better '''night'''vision than mortals.

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* The Nazgûl in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' have so such poor vision during daylight they are nearly blind (under the noon sun they are truly blind) and have to rely on their horses for guidance guidance, and have a magic-induced fear of naturally running water. This doesn't stop them from being the most feared warriors in Middle-Earth and having far better '''night'''vision than mortals.



* Yang Guo in ''[[{{Wuxia}} Return Of The Condor Heroes]]''. His right arm got chopped-off, but he still manage to master on wielding a {{BFS}} with his remaining left arm and develop a very powerful [[KiManipulation Ki Attacks]].

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* Yang Guo in ''[[{{Wuxia}} Return Of The Condor Heroes]]''. His right arm got chopped-off, chopped off, but he still manage managed to master on wielding a {{BFS}} with his remaining left arm and develop a very powerful [[KiManipulation Ki Attacks]].
15th Feb '17 2:23:26 PM margdean56
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* Captain Bor'Aq Sharaq in ''[[ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian Savage Sword of Conan]]'' is one such case where becoming handicapped only made him ''more dangerous'': at first he was just a pirate who had his sword hand chopped off in a duel with Conan and later lost his right eye in prison. Then he managed to escape and had a smith create a metallic arm for him with detachable blades that he would have used to pursue his hated foe. He is one of the most recurring villains of that comic due to his persistence and hatred for the barbarian allowing him to live stuff that any other person would have perished from such as [[DraggedOffToHell been thrown into a demonic dimension]] and [[LikeABadassOutOfHell managing to claw its way out!]]

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* Captain Bor'Aq Sharaq in ''[[ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian Savage Sword of Conan]]'' is one such case where becoming handicapped only made him ''more dangerous'': at first he was just a pirate who had his sword hand chopped off in a duel with Conan and later lost his right eye in prison. Then he managed to escape and had a smith create a metallic arm for him with detachable blades that he would have used could use to pursue his hated foe. He is one of the most recurring villains of that comic due to comic, since his persistence and hatred for the barbarian allowing allow him to live through stuff that any other person would have perished from such from--such as [[DraggedOffToHell been being thrown into a demonic dimension]] and [[LikeABadassOutOfHell managing to claw its his way out!]]
15th Feb '17 2:19:11 PM margdean56
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* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} have often fought while blinded (as in the Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'' storyline) or otherwise crippled. And they still managed to kick butts.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} have often fought while blinded (as in the Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'' ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'' storyline) or otherwise crippled. And they still managed to kick butts.
4th Feb '17 8:05:58 AM StarSword
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* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII'', losing an eye, hand, or leg only reduces characters' ''personal'' combat skill, which just affects the outcomes of duels and tournaments. They can still be superb battlefield commanders.
26th Jan '17 3:02:58 PM Frem3
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* [[AloofBigBrother Sesshoumaru]] from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is missing one arm for most of the story. This does not make him any less of a badass. In his case, he was just so powerful to begin with that having one arm less simply isn't enough to bring him down to the level of almost anyone else. He actually ends up admitting that losing his arm helped make him even stronger than before.

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* [[AloofBigBrother Sesshoumaru]] Sesshomaru]] from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is missing one arm for most of the story. This does not make him any less of a badass. In his case, he was just so powerful to begin with that having one arm less simply isn't enough to bring him down to the level of almost anyone else. He actually ends up admitting that losing his arm helped make him even stronger than before.
26th Jan '17 12:09:29 AM ILikeRobots
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** [[TheAllAmericanBoy Ninten]], the main protagonist of of ''Videogame/EarthBoundBeginnings,'' is asthmatic, but that doesn't stop him from [[CombatMedic kicking around all manner of monsters, aliens,]] and [[AnimateInanimateObject malevolent animated objects alike]] with nothing but a [[BatterUp baseball bat]]. However, the vehicular enemies can expel exhaust that causes him to have asthma attacks, which renders him unable to act. The purchasable asthma spray can alleviate this condition.
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