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20th Nov '17 2:40:28 AM LondonKdS
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* In ''ComicBook/MarshalLaw'', [[spoiler:Marshal Law's original MissionControl Danny Mallon, supposedly paraplegic due to injuries received in an earthquake, is actually faking the disability to avoid revealing that he has superpowers, and is the Sleepman, the serial killer Law pursues throughout the initial miniseries.]]
12th Oct '17 10:18:29 PM JackG
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* According to legend (but not historical accuracy), Sixtus V entered the Vatican's electoral chamber on crutches, feigning infirmity so he'd be elected as an interim, short-term Pope.
17th Sep '17 7:21:26 AM jormis29
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* ''Radio/NewAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes'': In "The Case of the Baconian Cipher", Holmes realises the man pretending to be his wheelchair-bound uncle is a fake when he notices fresh dirt on the soles of his shoes.

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* ''Radio/NewAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes'': ''Radio/TheNewAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes'': In "The Case of the Baconian Cipher", Holmes realises the man pretending to be his wheelchair-bound uncle is a fake when he notices fresh dirt on the soles of his shoes.
17th Sep '17 7:13:27 AM jormis29
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* ''The New Adventures of SherlockHolmes'': In "The Case of the Baconian Cipher", Holmes realises the man pretending to be his wheelchair-bound uncle is a fake when he notices fresh dirt on the soles of his shoes.

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* ''The New Adventures of SherlockHolmes'': ''Radio/NewAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes'': In "The Case of the Baconian Cipher", Holmes realises the man pretending to be his wheelchair-bound uncle is a fake when he notices fresh dirt on the soles of his shoes.
13th Sep '17 7:32:22 PM rjd1922
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* Monaca Towa from ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls'' is revealed to be this at the end of the game (her RoomFullOfCrazy is [[SpottingTheThread only reachable by ladder]]). She ''did'' have her legs broken by her [[AbusiveParents abusive father and brother]] in the past, but acted as though she'd lost complete use of them to [[TheFakeCutie make herself seem harmless and more easily manipulate others]]. [[spoiler:It's likely she was crippled for real when the bottom half of her body is crushed under a pile of rubble at the end, and she's in a wheelchair again in ''Anime/DanganRonpa3''.]]

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* Monaca Towa from ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls'' is revealed to be this at the end of the game (her RoomFullOfCrazy is [[SpottingTheThread only reachable by ladder]]). She ''did'' have her legs broken by her [[AbusiveParents abusive father and brother]] in the past, but acted as though she'd lost complete use of them to [[TheFakeCutie make herself seem harmless and more easily manipulate others]]. [[spoiler:It's likely she was crippled for real when the bottom half of her body is crushed under a pile of rubble at the end, and she's in a wheelchair again in ''Anime/DanganRonpa3''.]]
2nd Sep '17 6:31:28 PM Trooper924
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** Also subverted [[https://notalwaysright.com/an-eye-for-an-eyepatch/21867 here]] when a customer assumes an employee is wearing an eye patch as fashion statement and finds out the hard way that it isn't when she forcefully removes it.

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** Also subverted [[https://notalwaysright.com/an-eye-for-an-eyepatch/21867 here]] when a customer assumes an employee is wearing an eye patch as a fashion statement and finds out the hard way that it isn't when she forcefully removes it.
28th Jul '17 4:14:25 PM DaibhidC
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[[folder: Music]]
* The traditional folk song "[[https://mainlynorfolk.info/steeleye.span/songs/thebeggar.html The Beggar]]", as recorded by Music/SteeleyeSpan:
-->Sometimes we call at a rich man's hall,\\
To beg for bread and beer.\\
Sometimes we're lame, sometimes we're blind,\\
Sometimes too deaf to hear.
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24th Jul '17 5:29:04 PM rjd1922
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* Monaka from ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls'' is revealed to be this at the end of the game (her RoomFullOfCrazy is [[SpottingTheThread only reachable by ladder]]). She ''did'' have her legs broken by her [[AbusiveParents abusive father and brother]] in the past, but acted as though she'd lost complete use of them to [[TheFakeCutie make herself seem harmless and more easily manipulate others]].

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* Monaka Monaca Towa from ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls'' is revealed to be this at the end of the game (her RoomFullOfCrazy is [[SpottingTheThread only reachable by ladder]]). She ''did'' have her legs broken by her [[AbusiveParents abusive father and brother]] in the past, but acted as though she'd lost complete use of them to [[TheFakeCutie make herself seem harmless and more easily manipulate others]]. [[spoiler:It's likely she was crippled for real when the bottom half of her body is crushed under a pile of rubble at the end, and she's in a wheelchair again in ''Anime/DanganRonpa3''.]]
31st May '17 8:52:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Similarly, WinstonChurchill would obfuscate deafness to irritate or bring off fellow politicians and aides with whom he did not agree.

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* Similarly, WinstonChurchill UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill would obfuscate deafness to irritate or bring off fellow politicians and aides with whom he did not agree.
10th May '17 9:30:36 PM JoeMerl
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* Likewise Princess Alice of Battenberg, late mother-in-law to UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen. She really ''was'' deaf, but could read lips. During World War II, she lived in Greece, hiding a Jewish family from the Nazis...despite her house being literally yards away from Gestapo headquarters. She was brought in for questioning several times, but pretended that she couldn't understand anything they asked her.
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