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22nd Sep '16 4:34:48 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* J.J.'s new school has this reaction to him in ''Series/{{Speechless}}''. His entrance is applauded the moment he enters his class, simply because he's disabled. Then he's immediately nominated for class president by his homeroom ''before they even meet him''. When pressed further, the teacher just gives out meaningless platitudes about how brave J.J. is instead of saying it outright.
7th May '16 4:46:04 PM butterflygrrl
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A lot of the time, especially in the SitCom, the Inspirationally Disadvantaged person's reserves of strength are applied to doing some perfectly ordinary task such as competing in the school talent show, graduating, or going on a date. It's only elevated to the heights of heroism because the person doing it is "differently abled". In some cases, the character turns out to have a special talent or skill that no other character can beat, sometimes implicitly [[CursedWithAwesome "making up" for the disability]], sometimes bordering on DisabilitySuperpower.


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A lot of the time, especially in the SitCom, the Inspirationally Disadvantaged person's reserves of strength are applied to doing some perfectly ordinary task such as competing in the school talent show, graduating, or going on a date. It's only elevated to the heights of heroism because the person doing it is "differently abled". In some cases, the character turns out to have a special talent or skill that no other character can beat, sometimes implicitly [[CursedWithAwesome "making up" for the disability]], sometimes bordering on DisabilitySuperpower.\n\n



Disparagingly known as the "super-crip" by disabled people, these are characters with disabilities shown as going above and beyond the level of even non-disabled people in spite of their disabilities. This [[TheCSIEffect has led to the belief]] that a wheelchair user ''should'' be training for the Paralympics or a GeniusCripple, the mentally handicapped and blind should be practicing to be famous artists, and that having clinical depression should turn you into an awesome writer.

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Disparagingly known as the "super-crip" by disabled people, these are characters with disabilities shown as going above and beyond the level of even non-disabled people in spite of their disabilities. This [[TheCSIEffect has led to the belief]] that a wheelchair user ''should'' be training for the Paralympics or a GeniusCripple, the mentally handicapped and blind should be practicing to be famous artists, and that having clinical depression should turn you into an awesome writer.
writer. In some cases, the character turns out to have a special talent or skill that no other character can beat, sometimes implicitly [[CursedWithAwesome "making up" for the disability]], sometimes bordering on DisabilitySuperpower.
23rd Apr '16 10:04:10 AM e-mlodik
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* A rather blatant example of "Type C" can be seen in a Colorado made short film ''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 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 ''Menschen'' ''[[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 joke]] from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad,'' but under the pretense of making a serious historical drama.
21st Mar '16 5:51:22 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.
7th Mar '16 1:15:37 AM matteste
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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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15th Feb '16 6:47:26 PM sampacm
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* ''VideoGame/CaptainNovolin'', the diabetic superhero, is a Type A; although there's something a bit ironic about a diabetic superhero being the only person in the world capable of defending the Earth from a bunch of aliens taking the form of cookies, doughnuts, cans of soda, and other sugary junk foods, with nothing but his courage, and his odd JumpPhysics.
14th Dec '15 4:01:04 PM pepsimax
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** They fared slightly better years later with contestant (and eventual winner) Creator/NyleDiMarco, whose deafness was treated with a surprising amount of respect from Tyra and the editors. Cynics could accuse Tyra of handing him the win ''because'' he's deaf, but it just so happened that he was one of the strongest models of his season and simply deserved it.
14th Nov '15 11:17:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/IAmSam'' is about a mentally challenged single dad fighting the state for custody of his daughter. Unfortunately, RogerEbert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20020125/REVIEWS/201250303/1023 was just one of the critics who thought]] the movie represented a bad case of StrawmanHasAPoint when it came to portraying Sam as in the right.

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* ''Film/IAmSam'' is about a mentally challenged single dad fighting the state for custody of his daughter. Unfortunately, RogerEbert Creator/RogerEbert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20020125/REVIEWS/201250303/1023 was just one of the critics who thought]] the movie represented a bad case of StrawmanHasAPoint when it came to portraying Sam as in the right.
14th Nov '15 5:48:22 PM nombretomado
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* The Megan Adams (blind book editor) character from ''TheRockfordFiles''.

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* The Megan Adams (blind book editor) character from ''TheRockfordFiles''.''Series/TheRockfordFiles''.
16th Oct '15 7:41:13 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 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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