History Main / HandicappedBadAss

21st Jul '17 12:47:11 AM DrySoul
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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 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 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]].
pity]]. Compare PregnantBadass.
7th Jul '17 8:13:52 AM JJHIL325
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* Bethany Hamilton in ''Film/SoulSurfer'', based on the true story of the young surfing star who lost her arm in a shark attack.

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* Bethany Hamilton in ''Film/SoulSurfer'', based on the true story of the young surfing star who lost her left arm in a shark attack.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethany_Hamilton Bethany Hamilton]] lost an arm in a shark attack at age 13 while surfing, went back to surfing with one arm, published a book about her experiences, which was then turned into [[Film/SoulSurfer a movie]]. Later, after marrying her husband Adam Dirks, they both competed in the [[Characters/TheAmazingRace25 25th season of The Amazing Race]] where she was shown to be just as capable as her fellow contestants with two arms. They finished 3rd in the race, not due to any physical limitation, but due to a very difficult FinalExamFinale Roadblock.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethany_Hamilton Bethany Hamilton]] lost an her left arm in a shark attack at age 13 while surfing, went back to surfing with one arm, published a book about her experiences, which was then turned into [[Film/SoulSurfer a movie]]. Later, after marrying her husband Adam Dirks, they both competed in the [[Characters/TheAmazingRace25 25th season of The Amazing Race]] where she was shown to be just as capable as her fellow contestants with two arms. They finished 3rd in the race, not due to any physical limitation, but due to a very difficult FinalExamFinale Roadblock.
29th Jun '17 11:21:37 AM redandready45
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* ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'': [[spoiler: George Wallace, of all people. He uses his own paralysis into a sign that he understands the troubles of the common man, and shakes off his segregationist. He is even able to goad Spiro Agnew into insulting his paralysis. All of which help him become president in 1976. Unfortunately, the stress of the presidency takes a huge toll on his already fragile health, and his decides not to seek the presidency. However, in the sequel he quickly recovers his health, becomes a powerful opponent of the tyranny of Donald Rumsfeld and returns to the governorship of Alabama]].

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* ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'': [[spoiler: George Wallace, of all people. He uses turns his own paralysis into a sign that he understands the troubles of the common man, and shakes off his segregationist. segregationist past. He is even able to goad Spiro Agnew into insulting his paralysis.paralysis to make an impassioned plea. All of which help him become president in 1976. Unfortunately, the stress of the presidency [[{{Deconstruction}} takes a huge toll on his already fragile health, health]], and his decides not to seek the presidency. re-election. However, in the sequel he quickly eventually recovers his health, becomes a powerful opponent of the tyranny of Donald Rumsfeld and returns to the governorship of Alabama]].
26th Jun '17 9:06:53 PM SpocktorWho
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Bobby, after he gets injured and is unable to walk. He [[RetiredBadass retires from hunting]], but fights when he has to.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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Bobby, after he gets injured and is unable to walk. He [[RetiredBadass retires from hunting]], but fights when he has to.to.
** Castiel is this as of season 10, as he's lost [[spoiler:his ability to fly due to his wings being broken, seemingly irreparably.]]
** A season 11 episode features a hearing-impaired hunter named Eileen. Doesn't stop her from kicking monster ass.
22nd Jun '17 9:16:16 PM DrPsyche
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* {{Series/Fargo}}: A recurring element in the series is the [[ThoseTwoBadGuys pair of quirky henchmen]] and of all of them, season 1's Mr. Wrench is probably the most dangerous. He's a deaf hitman (played by the also deaf Russel Harvard) who nearly kills the BigBad of the first season and much later tears through the villains from season 3 including that season's quirky henchman pair.

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* {{Series/Fargo}}: ''{{Series/Fargo}}'': A recurring element in the series is the [[ThoseTwoBadGuys pair of quirky henchmen]] and of all of them, season 1's Mr. Wrench is probably the most dangerous. He's a deaf hitman (played by the also deaf Russel Harvard) who nearly kills the BigBad of the first season and much later tears through the villains from season 3 including that season's quirky henchman pair.
22nd Jun '17 9:15:47 PM DrPsyche
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* {{Series/Fargo}}: A recurring element in the series is the [[ThoseTwoBadGuys pair of quirky henchmen]] and of all of them, season 1's Mr. Wrench is probably the most dangerous. He's a deaf hitman (played by the also deaf Russel Harvard) who nearly kills the BigBad of the first season and much later tears through the villains from season 3 including that season's quirky henchman pair.
22nd Jun '17 6:40:15 AM gb00393
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** The Greatjon is still one of Robb's best soldiers despite losing two fingers.
11th Jun '17 11:37:43 AM nombretomado
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* Parodied in ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Scientists have discovered cures for everything and doctors are out of a job - but everyone finds this universal perfect health rather boring. Then they realise that "nothing turned, say, a slightly talented composer into a towering genius faster than the problem of approaching [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven deafness]]". So the medical profession is resurrected to provide artificial injuries, diseases and disabilities to boost people's performance - "you always overcompensate for your disabilities."

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* Parodied in ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Scientists have discovered cures for everything and doctors are out of a job - but everyone finds this universal perfect health rather boring. Then they realise that "nothing turned, say, a slightly talented composer into a towering genius faster than the problem of approaching [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven deafness]]". So the medical profession is resurrected to provide artificial injuries, diseases and disabilities to boost people's performance - "you always overcompensate for your disabilities."



* Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven wrote his Eighth Symphony when his hearing ability was greatly reduced, and the Ninth Symphony after becoming completely deaf.

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* Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven Music/LudwigVanBeethoven wrote his Eighth Symphony when his hearing ability was greatly reduced, and the Ninth Symphony after becoming completely deaf.
7th Jun '17 6:25:53 PM LordDynasmon
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*** According to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the Other Wiki]], left handed people can develop ambidexterity much more easily then right handed people. When you think about it, it isn't all that unbelievable.

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*** According to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the Other Wiki]], left handed people can develop ambidexterity much more easily then than right handed people. When you think about it, it isn't all that unbelievable.



** [[spoiler: Gold Roger. The Pirate King himself]] suffered from a painful and terminal illness for four years prior to his death. [[spoiler: These were the years in which he made his final journey, conquered the grand-line and become the Pirate King]]

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** [[spoiler: Gold Roger. The Pirate King himself]] suffered from a painful and terminal illness for four years prior to his death. [[spoiler: These were the years in which he made his final journey, conquered the grand-line and become became the Pirate King]]
7th Jun '17 6:22:49 PM LordDynasmon
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** [[spoiler: Roy]] is something of a DoubleSubversion. While he's unquestionably one of the series' premier badasses, his [[spoiler:loss of eyesight to [[JerkassGods Truth]]]] comes so suddenly that he hasn't gotten a chance to figure out how to work around it, which is a '''''bad thing''''' when it's the FinalBattle and one of the heaviest hitters just became TheLoad. However, he quickly gets around it by [[spoiler:having [[MeaningfulName Hawkeye]], who had been almost fatally injured a while ago (via a slit throat and heavy blood loss) and couldn't take direct part in the fight, correct and direct his aim]]. Furthermore, his encounter with the Truth still means that he can also perform alchemy without the need of a cicle like Izumi and the Elric Brothers, allowing him to form large protective barriers from the ground quickly. His [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003]] counterpart counts as well. [[spoiler:In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'' Roy is blind in one eye, as at the end of the series he [[EyeScream lost a eye]] while batting Frank Archer, but is as badass as ever. If anything the EyepatchOfPower makes him seem cooler]].

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** [[spoiler: Roy]] is something of a DoubleSubversion. While he's unquestionably one of the series' premier badasses, his [[spoiler:loss of eyesight to [[JerkassGods Truth]]]] comes so suddenly that he hasn't gotten a chance to figure out how to work around it, which is a '''''bad thing''''' when it's the FinalBattle and one of the heaviest hitters just became TheLoad. However, he quickly gets around it by [[spoiler:having [[MeaningfulName Hawkeye]], who had been almost fatally injured a while ago (via a slit throat and heavy blood loss) and couldn't take direct part in the fight, correct and direct his aim]]. Furthermore, his encounter with the Truth still means that he can also perform alchemy without the need of a cicle circle like Izumi and the Elric Brothers, allowing him to form large protective barriers from the ground quickly. His [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003]] counterpart counts as well. [[spoiler:In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'' Roy is blind in one eye, as at the end of the series he [[EyeScream lost a eye]] while batting Frank Archer, but is as badass as ever. If anything the EyepatchOfPower makes him seem cooler]].



** King Bradley is blind in his left eye but is still reputed as a very dangerous fighter. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he's not really blind but has to hide his eye because it marks him as a Homonculus, one of the series' antagonists. When fighting particularly skilled opponents, who usually try to get to him through the blind spot on his left side, he tends to take the eyepatch off.]]
*** That being said, he does [[spoiler:lose his Homonculus eye]] and suffers enough injuries that he's half-dead. Despite this, he's still able to fight evenly with [[spoiler:Scar]], who's probably the second-best fighter in the whole series.

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** King Bradley is blind in his left eye but is still reputed as a very dangerous fighter. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he's not really blind but has to hide his eye because it marks him as a Homonculus, Homunculus, one of the series' antagonists. When fighting particularly skilled opponents, who usually try to get to him through the blind spot on his left side, he tends to take the eyepatch off.]]
*** That being said, he does [[spoiler:lose his Homonculus Homunculus eye]] and suffers enough injuries that he's half-dead. Despite this, he's still able to fight evenly with [[spoiler:Scar]], who's probably the second-best fighter in the whole series.
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