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13th Jan '18 5:02:42 AM XFllo
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* Downplayed in the "I Funny" books with protagonist [[DisabledSnarker Jamie Grimm]]. While he's considered an inspiration by the hospital that got him up to wheelchair-bound from total bodycast, it's because of his optimism, not being handicapped. Jamie has also gone on record repeatedly as intending to get the use of his legs back if procedures to do so become available and when media tries to paint him as this trope, he gets annoyed and even suffers a HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath over it at one point (and it doesn't help that since the reason that he's in his chair is a car accident that killed his parents and [[DeadLittleSister beloved little sister Jenny]], this is just salting the wounds the tragedy left and that he spends most of the series dealing with, [[StepfordSmiler as much as he skips over the topic to get back to jokes]]). That said, he does enjoy being an inspiration to other handicapped kids though he prefers it when it's of the "I won't let my limitations prevent me from being the best me I can" variety (a healthy way of looking at it).

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* Downplayed in the "I Funny" books with protagonist [[DisabledSnarker Jamie Grimm]]. While he's considered an inspiration by the hospital that got him up to wheelchair-bound from total bodycast, it's because of his optimism, not being handicapped. Jamie has also gone on record repeatedly as intending to get the use of his legs back if procedures to do so become available and when media tries to paint him as this trope, he gets annoyed and even suffers a HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath over it at one point (and it doesn't help that since the reason that he's in his chair is a car accident that killed his parents and [[DeadLittleSister beloved little sister Jenny]], Jenny, this is just salting the wounds the tragedy left and that he spends most of the series dealing with, [[StepfordSmiler as much as he skips over the topic to get back to jokes]]). That said, he does enjoy being an inspiration to other handicapped kids though he prefers it when it's of the "I won't let my limitations prevent me from being the best me I can" variety (a healthy way of looking at it).
7th Jan '18 4:11:37 AM Fireblood
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* Defied by Creator/JacquelineWilson in ''Katy'', a modern re-writing of ''Literature/WhatKatyDid''. Wilson has stated that she is concerned about the messages children get from the original book's use of the trope.

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* Defied by Creator/JacquelineWilson in ''Katy'', ''{{Literature/Katy}}'', a modern re-writing of ''Literature/WhatKatyDid''. Wilson has stated that she is concerned about the messages children get from the original book's use of the trope.
7th Jan '18 2:38:08 AM Fireblood
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* Subverted, and then some, by a scenario on ''Series/WhatWouldYouDo'' in [[FourthWallMailSlot an episode based on viewer ideas]]. A wheelchair-using woman, who had sent the idea in, played herself in a supermarket as an actress not only went up to here and gushingly lampshaded the trope, she went on to patronizingly do things for her that she was clearly capable of doing for herself, even wheeling her around at one point. All were things the woman said had actually happened to her. Most of [[TheMark the passersby]] reacted by telling the actress to calm down and back off.

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* Subverted, and then some, by a scenario on ''Series/WhatWouldYouDo'' in [[FourthWallMailSlot an episode based on viewer ideas]]. A wheelchair-using woman, who had sent the idea in, played herself in a supermarket as an actress not only went up to here her and gushingly lampshaded the trope, she went on to patronizingly do things for her that she was clearly capable of doing for herself, even wheeling her around at one point. All were things the woman said had actually happened to her. Most of [[TheMark the passersby]] reacted by telling the actress to calm down and back off.
7th Jan '18 2:25:57 AM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'' has a in-universe example. One of the reasons Dengel is looked upon so favorably by humans is that he became a powerful mage despite possessing a magical disorder called Low Mana Inhibition, which makes controlling mana substantially harder. Thus, he is the "super crip". Eric, who knows him to be an arrogant jerkass, is not at all inspired.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'' has a an in-universe example. One of the reasons Dengel is looked upon so favorably by humans is that he became a powerful mage despite possessing a magical disorder called Low Mana Inhibition, which makes controlling mana substantially harder. Thus, he is the "super crip". Eric, who knows him to be an arrogant jerkass, is not at all inspired.
7th Jan '18 2:19:09 AM Fireblood
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* A rather blatant example of "Type C" can be seen in a Colorado made short film ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCQUktSyCL8 Menschen]]'' that has been making rounds on the festival circuit. It deals with a group of runaway Nazis in the last days of World War II who come across a sickly sweet boy with Down Syndrome who is just so precocious and adorable, he redeems their evil genocidal hearts and makes them see the error of their ways through the power of love. What makes this even more obnoxious is that the filmmakers [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3D2VXgGZ6c unknowingly repeated a joke]] from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad,'' but under the pretense of making a serious historical drama.

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* A rather blatant example of "Type C" can be seen in a Colorado made short film ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCQUktSyCL8 Menschen]]'' that has been making rounds on the festival circuit. It deals with a group of runaway Nazis in the last days of World War II who come across a sickly sweet boy with Down Syndrome who is just so precocious and adorable, he redeems their evil genocidal hearts and makes them see the error of their ways through the power of love. What makes this even more obnoxious is that the filmmakers [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3D2VXgGZ6c unknowingly repeated a joke]] from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad,'' but under the pretense of them making a serious historical drama.drama. Real Nazis would more likely have killed the boy, as people with Down Syndrome were among those they targeted for involuntary "euthanasia" in the Aktion T4 program.
7th Jan '18 2:14:43 AM Fireblood
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* Surprisingly averted in ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'' Charles' brother David is deaf, but also happens to be a quite normal person with a fondness for sexual humor. The only things he does which can be described as being "inspirational" is giving his brother an occasional TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.

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* Surprisingly averted in ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'' ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''. Charles' brother David is deaf, but also happens to be a quite normal person with a fondness for sexual humor. The only things he does which can be described as being "inspirational" is giving his brother an occasional TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
28th Dec '17 2:16:23 PM nombretomado
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* Surprisingly averted in ''FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'' Charles' brother David is deaf, but also happens to be a quite normal person with a fondness for sexual humor. The only things he does which can be described as being "inspirational" is giving his brother an occasional TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.

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* Surprisingly averted in ''FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'' ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'' Charles' brother David is deaf, but also happens to be a quite normal person with a fondness for sexual humor. The only things he does which can be described as being "inspirational" is giving his brother an occasional TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
27th Dec '17 12:00:51 PM MyTrashSonJoshLyman
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* Averted with ''Series/TheWestWing'''s Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin), a polling genius who just happens to be deaf and use an interpreter (named Kenny). The characters never go out of their way to avoid mentioning the fact - it just is and has no effect on her ability to do her job or her interactions with the main cast. One suspects Matlin herself had a great deal to do with this portrayal, as she is deaf in real life. It also provided one of the funniest moments in ''West Wing'' history:
-->'''Joey (through Kenny)''': Joshua Lyman, you have the cutest little butt in professional politics.\\
'''Josh''': Kenny, that really better have been her talking.

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* Averted Wonderfully averted with ''Series/TheWestWing'''s Joey Lucas (Marlee Matlin), a polling genius who just happens to be deaf and use an interpreter (named Kenny). The characters never go out of their way to avoid mentioning the fact - it just is is, and it has no effect on her ability to do her job job, or her interactions with the main cast. One suspects Matlin herself had a great deal to do with this portrayal, as she is deaf in real life. It also provided one of the funniest moments in ''West Wing'' history:
-->'''Joey (through Kenny)''': Kenny):''' Joshua Lyman, you have the cutest little butt in professional politics.\\
'''Josh''':
politics.
-->'''Josh (without missing a beat):'''
Kenny, really, that really better have been her talking.
22nd Dec '17 2:43:56 PM Malady
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* Avoided by RuneWriters. A main character, Tareth, is deaf, but while her deafness affects events, it is not the focus of the story or even of Tareth's character arc. She can speak (with a "deaf accent") and read lips before the story begins, but often avoids contact outside of her small circle of friends and family. She steps up to help a friend when he suffers a magical mishap.

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* Avoided by RuneWriters.Webcomic/{{Runewriters}}. A main character, Tareth, is deaf, but while her deafness affects events, it is not the focus of the story or even of Tareth's character arc. She can speak (with a "deaf accent") and read lips before the story begins, but often avoids contact outside of her small circle of friends and family. She steps up to help a friend when he suffers a magical mishap.
17th Dec '17 7:52:50 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* Downplayed in the "I Funny" books with protagonist [[DisabledSnarker Jamie Grimm]]. While he's considered an inspiration by the hospital that got him up to wheelchair-bound from total bodycast, it's because of his optimism, not being handicapped. Jamie has also gone on record repeatedly as intending to get the use of his legs back if procedures to do so become available and when media tries to paint him as this trope, he gets annoyed and even suffers a HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath over it at one point (and it doesn't help that since the reason that he's in his chair is a car accident that killed his parents [[DeadLittleSister beloved little sister Jenny]], this is just salting the wounds the tragedy left and that he spends most of the series dealing with, [[StepfordSmiler as much as he skips over the topic to get back to jokes]]). That said, he does enjoy being an inspiration to other handicapped kids though he prefers it when it's of the "I won't let my limitations prevent me from being the best me I can" variety (a healthy way of looking at it).

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* Downplayed in the "I Funny" books with protagonist [[DisabledSnarker Jamie Grimm]]. While he's considered an inspiration by the hospital that got him up to wheelchair-bound from total bodycast, it's because of his optimism, not being handicapped. Jamie has also gone on record repeatedly as intending to get the use of his legs back if procedures to do so become available and when media tries to paint him as this trope, he gets annoyed and even suffers a HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath over it at one point (and it doesn't help that since the reason that he's in his chair is a car accident that killed his parents and [[DeadLittleSister beloved little sister Jenny]], this is just salting the wounds the tragedy left and that he spends most of the series dealing with, [[StepfordSmiler as much as he skips over the topic to get back to jokes]]). That said, he does enjoy being an inspiration to other handicapped kids though he prefers it when it's of the "I won't let my limitations prevent me from being the best me I can" variety (a healthy way of looking at it).
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