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16th Feb '17 8:58:18 AM lipranzer
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* On an episode of ''Series/TheWire'', Omar is able to get into a Barksdale stash house by pretending to be an old man in a wheelchair (with one of his crew pretending to be a nurse).
14th Feb '17 11:40:10 PM tsstevens
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* Zip the Pinhead, who was an early 20th century sideshow performer known for his oddly shaped head and supposed mental retardation, has also become suspect of "faking his handicap". According to an interview with his sister, Zip's last words to her were: "Well, we fooled 'em for a long time, didn't we?"

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* Zip the Pinhead, who was an early 20th century sideshow performer known for his oddly shaped head and supposed mental retardation, disability, has also become suspect of "faking his handicap". According to an interview with his sister, Zip's last words to her were: "Well, we fooled 'em for a long time, didn't we?"
14th Feb '17 11:39:44 PM tsstevens
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* The brother of one of the main characters of ''Film/BitterLake'' gets mentioned twice: Once in the movie and once on the movie's website. Both times he's alluded to as being mentally disabled. Then he actually appears at the end, and it turns out he's actually not retarded in the slightest; his brother just always said he was on account of everyone in this movie is a giant, gaping asshole, and everyone else ever just automatically believed it.

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* The brother of one of the main characters of ''Film/BitterLake'' gets mentioned twice: Once in the movie and once on the movie's website. Both times he's alluded to as being mentally disabled. Then he actually appears at the end, and it turns out he's actually not retarded handicapped in the slightest; his brother just always said he was on account of everyone in this movie is a giant, gaping asshole, and everyone else ever just automatically believed it.



* ''Series/ColdCase'': The killer in "Metamorphosis" suffers from cerebral gigantism and uses the fact that people expect him to be mentally retarded to conceal his true intelligence.

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* ''Series/ColdCase'': The killer in "Metamorphosis" suffers from cerebral gigantism and uses the fact that people expect him to be mentally retarded challenged to conceal his true intelligence.



* Played for laughs in ''Series/LittleBritain'' with Lou and Andy, Lou being a bumbling social worker helping Andy, who uses a wheelchair and is possibly mentally retarded. However, Lou always manages to turn his back, at which point Andy gets up from his chair and does something amusing and dramatically ironic.

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* Played for laughs in ''Series/LittleBritain'' with Lou and Andy, Lou being a bumbling social worker helping Andy, who uses a wheelchair and is possibly mentally retarded.disabled. However, Lou always manages to turn his back, at which point Andy gets up from his chair and does something amusing and dramatically ironic.
5th Jan '17 9:22:57 PM FuzzyBoots
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* ''Film/GoodNeighbors'': Spencer is apparently wheelchair-bound. Halfway through the film, it's revealed that he can walk just fine, and enjoys escaping the apartment to enjoy the night-life. He might also be the film's serial killer, although it's never made clear.
7th Dec '16 2:13:19 PM dotheroar
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' episode "Love Me, Love My Mouse", Jerry fakes being defenseless to make Toots care for him.
4th Dec '16 3:00:06 PM LondonKdS
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* In ''Literature/{{Railsea}}'' by Creator/ChinaMieville, [[spoiler:Captain Naphi has disguised her uninjured arm as a prosthetic to replace a missing one. It's the subject of an UnroboticReveal. This was because her culture expects anyone in her social role to have lost a body part.]]
4th Dec '16 2:55:47 PM LondonKdS
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* Jean-François in ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'', although the exact motivation for doing so is a trifle hazy.

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* Jean-François in ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'', although the exact motivation for doing so is a trifle hazy.pretends to have only one arm, but has actually bound his fully-functional arm to his torso, because it was disfigured due to events related to his evil plot that would have been awkward to explain.
27th Nov '16 3:33:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Colonel Dijon of ''TheColonelsBequest'' was apparently wounded and rendered unable to walk during the Spanish-American War. You can see him stand and/or walk under his own power at two separate points in the game.

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* Colonel Dijon of ''TheColonelsBequest'' ''VideoGame/TheColonelsBequest'' was apparently wounded and rendered unable to walk during the Spanish-American War. You can see him stand and/or walk under his own power at two separate points in the game.
25th Nov '16 11:51:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* One ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode had Phoebe taking advantage of Helga's niceness when she broke a leg and kept the cast even after it healed.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
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One ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode had Phoebe taking advantage of Helga's niceness when she broke a leg and kept the cast even after it healed.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Bart pretending to be blind so he and Homer can pull off confidence tricks.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Bart pretending to be blind so he and Homer can pull off confidence tricks.
25th Nov '16 11:49:52 AM Morgenthaler
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** Libra Dohko: an old man of more than 250 years old that walks using a stick (and that's actually an {{expy}} of StarWars Yoda), can be even more {{badass}} than any of the younger Saints. Not to mention that he actually hides his young shape intact, shelled inside his old body, ready to use if becomes necessary

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** Libra Dohko: an old man of more than 250 years old that walks using a stick (and that's actually an {{expy}} of StarWars Yoda), can be even more {{badass}} badass than any of the younger Saints. Not to mention that he actually hides his young shape intact, shelled inside his old body, ready to use if becomes necessary
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