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16th Oct '17 4:23:32 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* Avoided with Garrett of ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'', paralyzed from birth, but is the jock of the group. Not only does he enjoy sports (character profiles stated he is one of the best wheelchair basketball players in the Buorghs), but he often does things like getting across the city by holding on to the bumper of a bus, and ''jumping off a building with a parachute''. Given these activities, the writers could be accused of trying just a bit too hard to show that his disability didn't limit him, but he was still praised for his portrayal. He's also willing to [[ICantFeelMyLegs crack jokes about his condition]], and the one time he shows any offense is when he thinks Egon is patronizing him by telling him to stay back (He wasn't, Egon was just having a mid-life crisis and trying to take a more active role in the group).

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* Avoided with Garrett of ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'', paralyzed from birth, but is the jock of the group. Not only does he enjoy sports (character profiles stated he is one of the best wheelchair basketball players in the Buorghs), but he often does things like getting across the city by holding on to the bumper of a bus, and ''jumping off a building with a parachute''. Given these activities, the writers could be accused of trying just a bit too hard to show that his disability didn't limit him, but he was still praised for his portrayal. He's also willing to [[ICantFeelMyLegs crack jokes about his condition]], and the one time he shows any offense is when he thinks Egon is patronizing him by telling him to stay back (He wasn't, Egon was just having a mid-life crisis and trying to take a more active role in the group). Heck; in the first episode, his reaction to Eduardo blatantly mocking his handicap is a "NeverHeardThatOneBefore" eye roll and nothing else.
25th Sep '17 9:48:38 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/TheImitationGame'' applies this heavily to real life wartime code breaker Alan Turing - who was reportedly ''not'' like this in real life (a notable scene is where he's shown to be SarcasmBlind; the real Turing was described as quite witty and charming by people who knew him). One of the film's main criticisms came from focusing on this and [[ButNotTooGay downplaying his homosexuality]] to the point that it was almost an InformedAttribute.


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* ''Series/USAHigh'' had Jackson falling for a blind girl in a VerySpecialEpisode. It gets subverted when the girl's blindness is rather incidental to the main conflict - Jackson being afraid of commitment - and the girl only assumes his break-up with her is because of her blindness.
25th Aug '17 12:14:00 AM Pamina
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* Creator/DustinHoffman's autistic savant character Raymond in ''Film/RainMan'' is a quintessential example. The film's use of this trope as {{Oscar Bait}} combined with its pop culture infiltration, which has spread the stereotype that all people with autism are [[TheRainMan genius savants]] - makes its legacy controversial.

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* Creator/DustinHoffman's autistic savant character Raymond in ''Film/RainMan'' is a quintessential example. The film's use of this trope as {{Oscar Bait}} combined with its pop culture infiltration, which has spread the stereotype that all people with autism are [[TheRainMan genius savants]] - makes its legacy controversial.
25th Aug '17 12:13:29 AM Pamina
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* Creator/DustinHoffman's autistic savant character Raymond in ''Film/RainMan'' is a quintessential example. The film's use of this trope as {{Oscar Bait}} combined with its pop culture infiltration, which has spread the stereotype that all people with autism are [[TheRainMan genius savants]] - makes its legacy controversial.



* Creator/DustinHoffman's autistic savant character Raymond in ''Film/RainMan'' is a quintessential example. The film's use of this trope as {{Oscar Bait}} combined with its pop culture infiltration, which has spread the stereotype that all people with autism are [[TheRainMan genius savants]] - makes its legacy controversial.

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* Creator/DustinHoffman's autistic savant character Raymond in ''Film/RainMan'' is a quintessential example. The film's use of this trope as {{Oscar Bait}} combined with its pop culture infiltration, which has spread the stereotype that all people with autism are [[TheRainMan genius savants]] - makes its legacy controversial.
25th Aug '17 12:12:28 AM Pamina
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* Creator/DustinHoffman's autistic savant character Raymond in ''Film/RainMan'' is a quintessential example. The film's use of this trope as {{Oscar Bait}} combined with its pop culture infiltration, which has spread the stereotype that all people with autism are [[TheRainMan genius savants]] - makes its legacy controversial.
25th Aug '17 12:03:24 AM Pamina
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* In ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'', Isaac [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] this after he becomes blind by jokingly saying, "come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could."

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* In ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'', Isaac [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] this after he becomes blind by jokingly saying, "come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could." Even though all three of the teenage leads are disadvantaged Isaac with his blindness, Hazel and Augustus [[spoiler: with their terminal cancer]] they're all pointedly portrayed as fully human, flawed, normal, and not "inspirational."


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* Kevin, a.k.a. "Freak" in ''Literature/FreakTheMighty'', a preteen {{Genius Cripple}} and witty {{Disabled Snarker}} who [[spoiler: eventually suffers {{Death By Newbery Medal}}.]]. Averted with Max, the mentally disabled protagonist whom he inspires.
21st Jun '17 1:00:21 AM SJMistery
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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, contrast EvilCripple.

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See also IdiotSavant, TheRainman, WaifProphet, DeafComposer and WhoopiEpiphanySpeech. DreamCrushingHandicap is essentially the inversion of this trope. Also somewhat related to LittlestCancerPatient. Can result in {{Glurge}} if handled poorly. Compare GracefulInTheirElement, contrast EvilCripple.
18th Jun '17 2:04:37 AM Tightwire
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** Barbara Gordon a.k.a. ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}.'' She was crippled after an attack by the Joker, and instead of giving up her career as a superhero, she became the BadassBookworm / GeniusCripple Oracle and did more good from a wheelchair and a computer than she ever could have done on the streets. A rare example of such a character being almost universally positively received, to the point where Babs regaining the use of her legs in the post New 52 {{Retcon}} led to quite the backlash.

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** Barbara Gordon a.k.a. ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}.'' She was crippled after an attack by the Joker, and instead of giving up her career as a superhero, she became the BadassBookworm / GeniusCripple Oracle and did more good from a wheelchair and a computer than she ever could have done on the streets. A rare example of such a character being almost universally positively received, to the point where Babs regaining the use of her legs in the post New 52 {{Retcon}} led to quite the backlash. Ironically her abilities as some kind of info-genius never came up until she lost the ability to walk and they rapidly declined once she regained her legs again, leading to the question, 'Would Batman have given a rat's ass if she wasn't a genius?'.
17th Jun '17 2:18:08 AM JackG
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* Lampshaded in the first episode of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', when Echo's programmed personality is a hostage negotiation specialist. Topher explains that her [[SmartPeopleWearGlasses glasses aren't to make her look smarter]]; her implanted personality is short-sighted and her intellect comes from the drive to overcome such imperfections.
15th Jun '17 5:42:39 PM Anddrix
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* Unintentional example happened with the advertising for the Swedish market [=ICA=]. In the commercials a trainee joined with Downs Syndrome. However the trainee was portrayed as both Sly and GenreSavvy, instantly recognizing the local ButtMonkey and taking advantage of his boss' subconscious prejudice against trainee's. This made him surprisingly popular among viewers but also had a [[TropesAreNotBad rather positive side effect]]. All of a sudden, people with Downs Syndrome had a lot easier getting job.

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* Unintentional example happened with the advertising for the Swedish market [=ICA=]. In the commercials a trainee joined with Downs Syndrome. However the trainee was portrayed as both Sly and GenreSavvy, clever, instantly recognizing the local ButtMonkey and taking advantage of his boss' subconscious prejudice against trainee's. This made him surprisingly popular among viewers but also had a [[TropesAreNotBad rather positive side effect]]. All of a sudden, people with Downs Syndrome had a lot easier getting job.
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