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3rd May '16 6:25:48 PM Lokoron
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* ''Literature/HollowPlaces'' has Austin. Despite missing an arm, being blind in one eye, and having a body covered in scars, he manages to save several lives and take down a serial killer. He had a bit of help by way of a partner and an anomaly which allows him to go wherever he wants, but what he accomplishes is still impressive given his handicaps.
30th Apr '16 12:45:32 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** Several centuries later in England, Horatio Nelson lost an arm and was blind in one eye - and outmaneuvered UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte ''twice''.

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** Several centuries later in England, Horatio Nelson lost an arm and was blind in one eye - and outmaneuvered UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte ''twice''.''twice'', netting himself a DyingMomentOfAwesome during the last time.


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* The manga author [[Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro Shigeru Mizuki]] lost his dominant arm in WorldWarTwo, but eventually learned to draw with his other hand. [[CoolOldGuy He]] not only lived to age 93, but popularized {{Youkai}} manga (which even profoundly [[BigNameFan influenced]] Creator/OsamuTezuka) and wrote at least two stories that criticized ImperialJapan's war crimes.
29th Apr '16 4:58:08 PM AsForMyHandle
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Handicapped? Perhaps…Disabled? Far from it!

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Handicapped? Perhaps…Disabled? Perhaps... Disabled? Far from it!
28th Apr '16 9:45:49 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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For the sake of story, a restrained dose of AppliedPhlebotinum is allowed to explain or aid the character's ability to overcome the handicap. This technological or otherwise nonstandard aid cannot completely cure or nullify the effects of the injury, though -- that would kill the point of the character triumphing over the handicap. Thus, ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' wouldn't count. On the other hand, if the helping device has drawbacks that constantly remind the character of their issue, that's cool. For example, in ''Franchise/StarWars'', DarthWiki/DarthVader's life support suit enables him to kick ass despite his extensive and debilitating injuries, but it's clunky and outdated by the standards of TheVerse, and he can't survive without it. Oh, and Lord Vader still has to endure the constant pain of his old injuries ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking along with]] [[VaderBreath the incessant sound of that pesky respirator]]).

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For the sake of story, a restrained dose of AppliedPhlebotinum is allowed to explain or aid the character's ability to overcome the handicap. This technological or otherwise nonstandard aid cannot completely cure or nullify the effects of the injury, though -- that would kill the point of the character triumphing over the handicap. Thus, ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' wouldn't count. On the other hand, if the helping device has drawbacks that constantly remind the character of their issue, that's cool. For example, in ''Franchise/StarWars'', DarthWiki/DarthVader's life support suit enables him to kick ass despite his extensive and debilitating injuries, but it's clunky and outdated by the standards of TheVerse, and he TheVerse. Vader can't survive without it. Oh, it, and Lord Vader he still has to endure the constant pain of his old injuries ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking along with]] [[VaderBreath the incessant sound of that pesky respirator]]).
28th Apr '16 9:44:40 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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For the sake of story, a restrained dose of AppliedPhlebotinum is allowed to explain or aid the character's ability to overcome the handicap. This technological or otherwise un-standard aid cannot completely cure or nullify the effects of the injury, that would kill the point of the character triumphing over the handicap. Thus, ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' wouldn't count. On the other hand, if the device that helps the character has drawbacks to using it that constantly reminds the character of their issue, that's cool--e.g. a blind character gets a robotic eye that gives him X-Ray vision, but it won't work in broad daylight.

Some writers will go for extra points by showing how an injury unlocked the character's true potential by causing them to discover some heretofore unrealized skill or ability or learning a new one. A TrainingMontage might be in order to show how the character learned to overcome the handicap. If a person has powers ''because'' they are disabled, then that's DisabilitySuperpower. The DeafComposer may go through a similar process regarding their chosen craft.

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For the sake of story, a restrained dose of AppliedPhlebotinum is allowed to explain or aid the character's ability to overcome the handicap. This technological or otherwise un-standard nonstandard aid cannot completely cure or nullify the effects of the injury, though -- that would kill the point of the character triumphing over the handicap. Thus, ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' wouldn't count. On the other hand, if the helping device that helps the character has drawbacks to using it that constantly reminds remind the character of their issue, that's cool--e.g. a blind character gets a robotic eye cool. For example, in ''Franchise/StarWars'', DarthWiki/DarthVader's life support suit enables him to kick ass despite his extensive and debilitating injuries, but it's clunky and outdated by the standards of TheVerse, and he can't survive without it. Oh, and Lord Vader still has to endure the constant pain of his old injuries ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking along with]] [[VaderBreath the incessant sound of that gives him X-Ray vision, but it won't work in broad daylight.

pesky respirator]]).

Some writers will go for extra points by showing how an injury unlocked the character's true potential by causing them to discover some heretofore unrealized skill or ability or learning a new one. A TrainingMontage might be in order to show how the character learned to overcome the handicap. If a person has powers ''because'' they are disabled, then that's a DisabilitySuperpower. The DeafComposer may go through a similar process regarding their chosen craft.



[[DressedToPlunder Commonly seen]] among fictional {{pirate}}s, via a SeadogPegLeg, HookHand, and/or EyepatchOfPower. These attributes seem to be cases of FollowTheLeader; the peg leg originated with Long John Silver of ''Literature/TreasureIsland,''[[note]]although in the book he had a crutch, not a peg[[/note]], the HookHand with Captain Hook of ''Literature/PeterPan'', and the eyepatch…well, that might have come from RealLife Arab pirate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahmah_ibn_Jabir_al-Jalahimah Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah]], but it might also come from something that has nothing to do with disabilities. Some people have speculated that sailors wore eyepatches to keep one eye in the dark, so when they went into the darkness below deck, they'd have one eye accustomed to the darkness, and they'd just switch the patch to the other eye.

This trope may overlap with EvilCripple in the case of a villainous Handicapped Badass. Specific subtropes include BlindWeaponmaster, BlindSeer, and DeafComposer. The BlindBlackGuy usually fits this Trope (and is usually based at least partially on RayCharles or StevieWonder).

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This trope is [[DressedToPlunder Commonly commonly seen]] among fictional {{pirate}}s, via a SeadogPegLeg, HookHand, and/or EyepatchOfPower. {{pirate}}s. These attributes seem to be cases of FollowTheLeader; FollowTheLeader: the peg leg SeadogPegLeg originated with Long John Silver of ''Literature/TreasureIsland,''[[note]]although ''Literature/TreasureIsland''[[note]]although in the book he had a crutch, not a peg[[/note]], the HookHand with Captain Hook of ''Literature/PeterPan'', and the eyepatch…well, EyepatchOfPower…well, that might have come from RealLife Arab pirate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahmah_ibn_Jabir_al-Jalahimah Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah]], but it might also come from something that has nothing to do with disabilities. Some people have speculated that sailors wore eyepatches to keep one eye in the dark, so when they went into the darkness below deck, they'd have one eye accustomed to the darkness, and they'd just switch the patch to the other eye.

This trope may overlap with EvilCripple in the case of a villainous Handicapped Badass. Specific subtropes include BlindWeaponmaster, BlindSeer, and DeafComposer. The BlindBlackGuy usually fits this Trope trope (and is usually based at least partially on RayCharles Music/RayCharles or StevieWonder).
Music/StevieWonder). In the case of a villainous Handicapped Badass, like the aforementioned Vader, Silver, and Hook, this trope will also overlap with EvilCripple.



This trope is often seen in RealLife among people who don't accept the DreamCrushingHandicap as the final word. Of course, not everyone in RealLife 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 RealLife 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]].
28th Apr '16 9:23:23 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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This trope is TruthInTelevision because it is what happens when people don't accept the DreamCrushingHandicap as an answer. However, not everyone in RealLife 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 TruthInTelevision because it is what happens when often seen in RealLife among people who don't accept the DreamCrushingHandicap as an answer. However, the final word. Of course, not everyone in RealLife wants to follow this trope and be "{{inspirational|lyDisadvantaged}}." Instead 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]].
28th Apr '16 9:21:33 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Mental challenges count as well. Old age doesn't (although it often overlaps with this trope), as that's already covered by tropes like BadassGrandpa, NeverMessWithGranny, OldMaster.

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Mental challenges count as well. Old age doesn't (although it often overlaps with this trope), as that's already covered by tropes like BadassGrandpa, NeverMessWithGranny, and OldMaster.
28th Apr '16 9:21:03 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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This trope is TruthInTelevision because it is what happens when people don't accept the DreamCrushingHandicap as an answer. However, not everyone in RealLife 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 TruthInTelevision because it is what happens when people don't accept the DreamCrushingHandicap as an answer. However, not everyone in RealLife 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]].
28th Apr '16 9:20:24 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Handicapped? Perhaps… Disabled? Far from it!

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Handicapped? Perhaps… Disabled? Perhaps…Disabled? Far from it!



[[DressedToPlunder Commonly seen]] among fictionl {{pirate}}s, via a SeadogPegLeg, HookHand, and/or EyepatchOfPower. These attributes seem to be cases of FollowTheLeader; the peg leg originated with Long John Silver of ''Literature/TreasureIsland,''[[note]]although in the book he had a crutch, not a peg,[[/note]] the HookHand with Captain Hook of ''Literature/PeterPan'', and the eyepatch… well, that might have come from RealLife Arab pirate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahmah_ibn_Jabir_al-Jalahimah Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah]], but it might also come from something that has nothing to do with disabilities. Some people have speculated that sailors wore eyepatches to keep one eye in the dark, so when they went into the darkness below deck, they'd have one eye accustomed to the darkness, and they'd just switch the patch to the other eye.

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[[DressedToPlunder Commonly seen]] among fictionl fictional {{pirate}}s, via a SeadogPegLeg, HookHand, and/or EyepatchOfPower. These attributes seem to be cases of FollowTheLeader; the peg leg originated with Long John Silver of ''Literature/TreasureIsland,''[[note]]although in the book he had a crutch, not a peg,[[/note]] peg[[/note]], the HookHand with Captain Hook of ''Literature/PeterPan'', and the eyepatch… well, eyepatch…well, that might have come from RealLife Arab pirate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahmah_ibn_Jabir_al-Jalahimah Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah]], but it might also come from something that has nothing to do with disabilities. Some people have speculated that sailors wore eyepatches to keep one eye in the dark, so when they went into the darkness below deck, they'd have one eye accustomed to the darkness, and they'd just switch the patch to the other eye.
28th Apr '16 9:19:49 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Mental challenges count as well. Old age doesn't as that's already covered by BadassGrandpa, NeverMessWithGranny, OldMaster, and similar tropes. Though there are good rates of overlap.

[[DressedToPlunder Commonly seen]] among {{pirate}}s via a SeadogPegLeg, HookHand, and/or EyepatchOfPower. These attributes seem to be cases of FollowTheLeader; the peg leg originated with Long John Silver of ''Literature/TreasureIsland,''[[note]]although in the book he had a crutch, not a peg,[[/note]] the HookHand with Captain Hook of ''Literature/PeterPan'', and the eyepatch… well, that might have come from RealLife Arab pirate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahmah_ibn_Jabir_al-Jalahimah Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah]], but it might also come from something that has nothing to do with disabilities. Some people have speculated that sailors wore eyepatches to keep one eye in the dark, so when they went into the darkness below deck, they'd have one eye accustomed to the darkness, and they'd just switch the patch to the other eye.

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Mental challenges count as well. Old age doesn't (although it often overlaps with this trope), as that's already covered by tropes like BadassGrandpa, NeverMessWithGranny, OldMaster, and similar tropes. Though there are good rates of overlap.

OldMaster.

[[DressedToPlunder Commonly seen]] among {{pirate}}s fictionl {{pirate}}s, via a SeadogPegLeg, HookHand, and/or EyepatchOfPower. These attributes seem to be cases of FollowTheLeader; the peg leg originated with Long John Silver of ''Literature/TreasureIsland,''[[note]]although in the book he had a crutch, not a peg,[[/note]] the HookHand with Captain Hook of ''Literature/PeterPan'', and the eyepatch… well, that might have come from RealLife Arab pirate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahmah_ibn_Jabir_al-Jalahimah Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah]], but it might also come from something that has nothing to do with disabilities. Some people have speculated that sailors wore eyepatches to keep one eye in the dark, so when they went into the darkness below deck, they'd have one eye accustomed to the darkness, and they'd just switch the patch to the other eye.
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