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30th Mar '17 5:52:21 AM Divra
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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 deadpan, 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'' Charles' brother David is deaf, but also happens to be a quite normal person with a fondness for deadpan, sexual humor. The only things he does which can be described as being "inspirational" is giving his brother an occasional TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
11th Mar '17 2:52:01 PM nombretomado
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** Made worse by the RealitySubtext of MichaelJFox 's battle with Parkinson's.

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** Made worse by the RealitySubtext of MichaelJFox Creator/MichaelJFox 's battle with Parkinson's.
9th Mar '17 4:48:35 PM vifetoile
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See also IdiotSavant, TheRainman, WaifProphet, and WhoopiEpiphanySpeech. DreamCrushingHandicap is essentially the inversion of this trope. Also somewhat related to LittlestCancerPatient. Can result in {{Glurge}} if handled poorly. Compare GracefulInTheirElement.

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See also IdiotSavant, TheRainman, WaifProphet, and WhoopiEpiphanySpeech. DreamCrushingHandicap is essentially the inversion of this trope. Also somewhat related to LittlestCancerPatient. Can result in {{Glurge}} if handled poorly. Compare GracefulInTheirElement.GracefulInTheirElement, contrast EvilCripple.
28th Feb '17 3:50:42 PM infernape612
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* ''Film/{{Mask}}'' avoids most of the pitfalls associated with this trope, given that Rocky doesn't suffer from his condition even though it is killing him. In fact, it is rather spectacularly lampshaded in an early scene, when an idiot schoolmaster doesn't exactly realise that Rocky is ''not'' "special needs"

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* ''Film/{{Mask}}'' avoids most of the pitfalls associated with this trope, given that Rocky doesn't suffer from his condition even though it is killing him. In fact, it is rather spectacularly lampshaded in an early scene, when an idiot schoolmaster doesn't exactly realise that Rocky is ''not'' "special needs"needs".



* Corky, a kid with Down Syndrome who goes to high school, from ''Series/LifeGoesOn' in the beginning of the series. This changes in later seasons when despite being a good person he is not the perfect little angel others hoped him to be because *gasp* he is human. (The actor himself, Chris Burke, has the syndrome).

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* Corky, a kid with Down Syndrome who goes to high school, from ''Series/LifeGoesOn' ''Series/LifeGoesOn'' in the beginning of the series. This changes in later seasons when despite being a good person he is not the perfect little angel others hoped him to be because *gasp* he is human. (The actor himself, Chris Burke, has the syndrome).
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26th Feb '17 12:02:36 PM nombretomado
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* This is parodied on ''TheInbetweeners'' with Alistair. Alistair was a JerkAss before he had a kidney transplant and ended up in a wheelchair, and is still one after. However everyone except the main gang treats him like a wonderful person, even holding a fundraiser for him.

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* This is parodied on ''TheInbetweeners'' ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' with Alistair. Alistair was a JerkAss before he had a kidney transplant and ended up in a wheelchair, and is still one after. However everyone except the main gang treats him like a wonderful person, even holding a fundraiser for him.
14th Feb '17 10:39:45 PM tsstevens
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* Since one of the {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s of [[MemeticBystander Derpy Hooves]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is that she's severely mentally retarded,[[note]]which was eventually declared non-canon; she's merely TheDitz[[/note]] she becomes this a ''lot''. Dialed UpToEleven [[MamaBear whenever her daughter is involved]].

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* Since one of the {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s of [[MemeticBystander Derpy Hooves]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is that she's severely mentally retarded,[[note]]which handicapped,[[note]]which was eventually declared non-canon; she's merely TheDitz[[/note]] she becomes this a ''lot''. Dialed UpToEleven [[MamaBear whenever her daughter is involved]].



* Averted in ''Film/SlingBlade''. Karl is mentally retarded and the film focuses predominantly on how difficult everyday life is for him, displaying no ''RainMan''-esque abilities save for a knack for mechanics. He has just been released from an institution after murdering his mother and her lover when he was twelve and finds it almost impossible to adjust to life outside. Karl's early hardships are also deeply horrific (his younger brother was stillborn and his father forced him to bury the body), but never played for inspiration or a source of glurge.

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* Averted in ''Film/SlingBlade''. Karl is mentally retarded handicapped and the film focuses predominantly on how difficult everyday life is for him, displaying no ''RainMan''-esque abilities save for a knack for mechanics. He has just been released from an institution after murdering his mother and her lover when he was twelve and finds it almost impossible to adjust to life outside. Karl's early hardships are also deeply horrific (his younger brother was stillborn and his father forced him to bury the body), but never played for inspiration or a source of glurge.



* The radio form of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' played with this by featuring a device that simulated this effect. Since all forms of diseases, death and discomfort had been effectively removed from the most advanced parts of the galaxy, people started to realize the importance of this trope, and so anybody out to become famous in the galaxy took to wearing a watch-like device that would simulate the challenges of being deaf/blind/retarded/crippled/chased by assassins without the inconvenience of actually ''being'' disabled.

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* The radio form of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' played with this by featuring a device that simulated this effect. Since all forms of diseases, death and discomfort had been effectively removed from the most advanced parts of the galaxy, people started to realize the importance of this trope, and so anybody out to become famous in the galaxy took to wearing a watch-like device that would simulate the challenges of being deaf/blind/retarded/crippled/chased deaf/blind/handicapped/crippled/chased by assassins without the inconvenience of actually ''being'' disabled.
29th Jan '17 1:02:00 PM Sollers
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* ''The Blue Rose'' by Gerda Klein. The main character, Jenny, is pure, raw, unfiltered Types A and C, complete with [[KidsAreCruel kids who make fun of her]] for having a developmental disability. The author hammers in Jenny's specialness with a generous helping of {{Glurge}} on the side.
24th Jan '17 9:00:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* Heather Kuzmich was a 21-year-old college student when she went on ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel''. On her application, she listed her Asperger's, which she had been diagnosed with at fifteen, only under "medical disabilities". She was put on the show and, much to her befuddlement, portrayed as Inspirationally Disadvantaged. And the other models became AllOfTheOtherReindeer thanks to ManipulativeEditing.

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Heather Kuzmich was a 21-year-old college student when she went on ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel''.the show. On her application, she listed her Asperger's, which she had been diagnosed with at fifteen, only under "medical disabilities". She was put on the show and, much to her befuddlement, portrayed as Inspirationally Disadvantaged. And the other models became AllOfTheOtherReindeer thanks to ManipulativeEditing.
12th Nov '16 5:46:13 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* The PBS series ''Arthur'' does a pretty good job of averting this. It has featured at least two characters with disabilities; Marina Datillo is blind and Lydia Fox uses a wheelchair. Both girls are given talents and hobbies outside disability, but none of these are treated like a DisabilitySuperpower. The characters make jokes about their disabilities (ex.: Marina says she can't read super-fast because "[she'd] get blisters.") In general, they are portrayed as normal kids with both good traits and flaws.
** Recent seasons have given us Carl Gold, a boy with Asperger's Syndrome who's a good friend of George Lundgren. Although George sometimes has to act as Carl's "interpreter," explaining what he needs and why, Carl is a three-dimensional character.
24th Oct '16 9:15:26 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Pistorius Oscar Pistorius]], double amputee and Olympic-grade sprinter, ''was'' one of the great RealLife human interest stories of the 2012 UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. Unfortunately, in February 2013 he was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend. ''TheOnion'' article [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/report-world-now-down-to-5-stories-that-are-inspir,31303 "World Now Down To 5 Stories That Are Inspirational"]] was written in its wake, as well as the photo caption [[BlackComedy "Double Amputee Proves He Is Capable Of Anything"]].

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Pistorius Oscar Pistorius]], double amputee and Olympic-grade sprinter, ''was'' one of the great RealLife human interest stories of the 2012 UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. Unfortunately, in February 2013 he was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend. ''TheOnion'' ''The Onion'' article [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/report-world-now-down-to-5-stories-that-are-inspir,31303 "World Now Down To 5 Stories That Are Inspirational"]] was written in its wake, as well as the photo caption [[BlackComedy "Double Amputee Proves He Is Capable Of Anything"]].
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