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18th Apr '17 2:00:16 PM Temmere
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* ''Gunfight in Abilene'': Grant Evers has a wooden right arm, which we learn was caused by a childhood accident involving his old friend Cal Wayne. Cal feels guilty about this, and tries to help Grant whenever he can, since Grant by his own admission can't fight. But then we see Grant practicing with left-handed firing in his basement and exhibiting ImprobableAimingSkills, and it seems obvious that things will eventually lead to violence between the two men. [[spoiler:But then it's {{subverted}} when Grant has a falling out with his brutal enforcer, Joe Slade. Grant has his gun out and pointed in Slade's direction, but Slade still draws and shoots him down before Grant can take aim, revealing that he's the true BigBad.]]
11th Apr '17 11:16:51 AM gb00393
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* ''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.

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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.siege.
** Although Bran can't walk he's become quite a powerful warg and later on the second Three-Eyed-Raven.
28th Mar '17 6:21:56 AM luxrays
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** [[spoiler: Erwin Smith]] is bitten by a Titan, and loses their arm just below the shoulder. Even so, they ''still'' manage to effectively use their [[BuildingSwing 3D Maneuver Gear]] and pull off a truly epic BigDamnHeroes moment, wounding the enemy and rescuing Eren in the process. Though bedridden for over a week to recover, they continue to be a serious player off the battlefield by [[spoiler: setting in motion and leading a plan to overthrow the government]].

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** [[spoiler: Erwin Smith]] is bitten by a Titan, and loses their his arm just below the shoulder. Even so, they he ''still'' manage to effectively use their [[BuildingSwing 3D Maneuver Gear]] and pull off a truly epic BigDamnHeroes moment, wounding the enemy and rescuing Eren in the process. Though bedridden for over a week to recover, they continue he continues to be a serious player off the battlefield by [[spoiler: setting in motion and leading a plan to overthrow the government]].
25th Mar '17 12:51:39 PM OlmoJV
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* The ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' fic ''FanFic/TheVow'' has the canonical examples, but a special mention goes to the example created in the epilogue: [[spoiler: while Shen [[SparedByTheAdaptation survives his downfall]], he's trashed by a wreck-filled stream and right after that, he walks for weeks with an injured leg. This renders him unable to ever regain his former physical prowess fully, but he copes by training himself to fight with a new style that takes into account his new physical limitations]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' fic ''FanFic/TheVow'' has the canonical examples, but a special mention goes to the example created in the epilogue: [[spoiler: while Shen [[SparedByTheAdaptation survives his downfall]], he's [[spoiler:[[SparedByTheAdaptation Lord Shen]]]] is trashed by a wreck-filled stream and right after that, he walks for weeks with an injured leg. This renders him unable to ever regain his former physical prowess fully, but he copes by training himself to fight with a new style that takes into account his new physical limitations]].limitations.
15th Mar '17 4:02:44 PM Doug86
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* Another Warhammer40k book, ''RedemptionCorps'', seems to love this trope: Major Zane Mortensen suffered burns to every part of his body crippling his nervous system so he can't feel anything who leads a squad of implied sues. Inquisitor Herrenvolk is a weak old man who has to be carried everywhere... and can impose psychic control on anyone within the star system. The Lord Commissar is so crippled that he has to live in an oxygen tent... and shouts down a captain on his own starship to hold them in a deadly, guided meteor shower. Cadet-Commissar Krieg has his most badass moments shortly after having his right arm surgically re-attached, making it useless.

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* Another Warhammer40k ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' book, ''RedemptionCorps'', ''Literature/RedemptionCorps'', seems to love this trope: Major Zane Mortensen suffered burns to every part of his body crippling his nervous system so he can't feel anything who leads a squad of implied sues. Inquisitor Herrenvolk is a weak old man who has to be carried everywhere... and can impose psychic control on anyone within the star system. The Lord Commissar is so crippled that he has to live in an oxygen tent... and shouts down a captain on his own starship to hold them in a deadly, guided meteor shower. Cadet-Commissar Krieg has his most badass moments shortly after having his right arm surgically re-attached, making it useless.
4th Mar '17 6:16:52 AM MacedonianKing
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* The Bride is temporarily paralyzed from the waste down after waking up from her coma, but that didn't stop her from killing two rapists within the first hour of waking up.
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.
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