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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.
30th May '17 6:19:23 PM nombretomado
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* Spoofed with WeirdAlYankovic's "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung", who he routinely visits to receive advice from, getting only the sound of the iron lung as a reply.

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* Spoofed with WeirdAlYankovic's Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung", who he routinely visits to receive advice from, getting only the sound of the iron lung as a reply.
4th May '17 2:05:29 PM immblueversion
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* Generally averted with Scootaloo from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Though originally designed as a Pegasus who simply hadn't learned how to fly yet, she is heavily suggested in season 4 to suffer from a disability that keeps her from achieving flight above a slight hover. However, this means that [[FridgeBrilliance Scootaloo has gone through three seasons without facing any grief from anyone over her physical disadvantages]], and the only teasing she ever gets for it is done to psych her out of an already impressive stage performance she and her friends put together.

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* Generally averted with Scootaloo from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Though originally designed conceived as a Pegasus pegasus who simply hadn't learned how to fly yet, she is heavily suggested all but stated in season 4 to suffer from a disability that keeps her from achieving flight above a slight hover.flight. However, this means that [[FridgeBrilliance Scootaloo has gone through three seasons without facing any grief from anyone over her physical disadvantages]], and the only teasing she ever gets for it is done to psych her out of an already impressive stage performance she and her friends put together.
4th May '17 2:02:14 PM immblueversion
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* Generally averted with Scootaloo from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Though originally designed as a Pegasus who simply hadn't learned how to fly yet, she is heavily suggested in season 4 to suffer from a disability that keeps her from achieving flight above a slight hover. However, this means that [[FridgeBrilliance Scootaloo has gone through three seasons without facing any grief from anyone over her physical disadvantages]], and the only teasing she ever gets for it is done to psyche her out of an already impressive stage performance she and her friends put together.

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* Generally averted with Scootaloo from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Though originally designed as a Pegasus who simply hadn't learned how to fly yet, she is heavily suggested in season 4 to suffer from a disability that keeps her from achieving flight above a slight hover. However, this means that [[FridgeBrilliance Scootaloo has gone through three seasons without facing any grief from anyone over her physical disadvantages]], and the only teasing she ever gets for it is done to psyche psych her out of an already impressive stage performance she and her friends put together.
29th Apr '17 9:35:40 PM karstovich2
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* Averted in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' with Tyrion Lannister (Creator/PeterDinklage). He has been born with a hereditary bone condition leading to dwarfism. Despite his family's high status and immense wealth he is often mocked as "half-man" and "imp". He himself is very aware of this: "All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes." (Tyrion has a following in the fandom, because he is one of the funniest, most interesting, and probably most moral characters on the show, and because Peter Dinklage's performance is fantastic, but his being a dwarf has little to do with any of this.)

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* Averted in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' with Tyrion Lannister (Creator/PeterDinklage). He has been born with a hereditary bone condition leading to dwarfism. Despite his family's high status and immense wealth he is often mocked as "half-man" and "imp". He himself is very aware of this: "All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes." (Tyrion has a following in the fandom, because he is one of the funniest, most interesting, and probably most moral characters on the show, and because Peter Dinklage's performance is fantastic, but his being a dwarf has little to do with any of this.this except to the extent that the discrimination informs the character's worldview and interactions with other characters.)
29th Apr '17 9:33:42 PM karstovich2
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* Averted in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). He has been born with a hereditary bone condition leading to dwarfism. Despite his family's high status and immense wealth he is often mocked as "half-man" and "imp". He himself is very aware of this: "All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes."

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* Averted in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).(Creator/PeterDinklage). He has been born with a hereditary bone condition leading to dwarfism. Despite his family's high status and immense wealth he is often mocked as "half-man" and "imp". He himself is very aware of this: "All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes."" (Tyrion has a following in the fandom, because he is one of the funniest, most interesting, and probably most moral characters on the show, and because Peter Dinklage's performance is fantastic, but his being a dwarf has little to do with any of this.)
10th Apr '17 1:24:43 PM nombretomado
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* Tom from ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' is portrayed rather realistically as a young adult with Down Syndrome. Some of his family and friends will patronize him sometimes (which is, unfortunately the truth for many people with developmental disabilities) but they usually treat him just the same as anyone else. He gets in just as much trouble as his sister when he screws up, and gets equal praise when he does well.

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* Tom from ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' is portrayed rather realistically as a young adult with Down Syndrome. Some of his family and friends will patronize him sometimes (which is, unfortunately the truth for many people with developmental disabilities) but they usually treat him just the same as anyone else. He gets in just as much trouble as his sister when he screws up, and gets equal praise when he does well.
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