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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"]].
5th Oct '16 1:14:31 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Youtube comedy show ''MyGimpyLife'' called out Type A big time in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYTnldzk9nc&list=PL8DFDC12B1B8CFC85&index=4 Episode 3: Inspirational]]. The main character Teal (who's in a wheelchair) bombs an audition of TheVaginaMonologues and knows it, but is applauded and called "inspirational" by the members of the company putting it on, all of whom are African American. Eventually Teal gets sick of it and calls out the company, saying it's as if she had complemented them for being articulate or said that they could pass for white. They, of course, are [[HypocriticalHumor massively offended]]

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* The Youtube comedy show ''MyGimpyLife'' called out Type A big time in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYTnldzk9nc&list=PL8DFDC12B1B8CFC85&index=4 Episode 3: Inspirational]]. The main character Teal (who's in a wheelchair) bombs an audition of TheVaginaMonologues Theatre/TheVaginaMonologues and knows it, but is applauded and called "inspirational" by the members of the company putting it on, all of whom are African American. Eventually Teal gets sick of it and calls out the company, saying it's as if she had complemented them for being articulate or said that they could pass for white. They, of course, are [[HypocriticalHumor massively offended]]
4th Oct '16 5:43:42 PM SgtFrog1
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** In Season 25, there's Bethany, who lost an arm in a shark attack. However, she manages to avert this trope, as she and her partner Adam actually do pretty damn good, finishing in third place.
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.
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