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28th Jul '17 4:14:25 PM DaibhidC
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* 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.
2nd May '17 12:51:57 AM darkemyst
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* In ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Red Robin]]'', someone was onto the fact that Tim Drake is the title character, so he engineered a fake shooting at a very public event and used crutches in his civilian identity for months.

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* In ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Red Robin]]'', someone [[spoiler: Vicky Vale]] was onto the fact that Tim Drake is was the title character, character along with the rest of the Batfamily's identities with the understanding that they are all interconnected, so he engineered a fake shooting an assassination attempt he knew was coming to be at a very public event and used crutches in his civilian identity for months.months, with the plan being to spend a year realistically and publicly recovering from the shooting.
6th Mar '17 4:51:19 PM NightShade96
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* [[ObfuscatingDisability/LiveActionFilms Films ó Live-Action]]
* ObfuscatingDisability/{{Literature}}
* ObfuscatingDisability/LiveActionTV
* ObfuscatingDisability/WesternAnimation
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* Jason Bateman's character in ''Film/TheEx''. The character needed to use a wheelchair temporarily, and continued to use it years later to gain sympathy from others. The wheelchair allowed him to be a huge {{Jerkass}} without people calling him out on it, guaranteed his job security, and made it easier for him to pick up girls.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels''.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. After the Dude and Walter find out the "Big" Lebowski stole the money, [[TheMillstone Walter]] assumes he's also faking his disability. He's not.
* Also turned up in ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary''.
* This basically applies to Kevin Spacey's character in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''. He doesn't just pretend to be a spineless loser, but even his limp is fake.
* Sampson Simpson in ''Film/HalfBaked''.
* Willy Wonka's introduction in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''. As Wonka walks out limping with a cane, he suddenly stops...tumbles forward...and does a somersault. Gene Wilder wanted to do this so that [[EstablishingCharacterMoment neither the audience nor the characters could completely trust Wonka]].
* An elderly Chinese stage magician in ''Film/ThePrestige'' is shown doing this. Borden deduces that the magician is pretending to have frail and stiff legs even off stage for the sole purpose of a trick where he makes a fish bowl appear: he carries the bowl between his legs but since the audience thinks he's a cripple, they don't consider the obvious.[[note]]The Chinese magician was actually a real historical figure, who indeed was recorded having done this very thing. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chung_Ling_Soo He wasn't even Chinese!]][[/note]] This inspires one of the main characters to do something similar. [[spoiler:Not that "being only a single person and not twins" is a disability per se. Also inverted in that the secret twin brothers need to be identical in every way. When one loses a few fingers in a sabotaged stage trick, his brother has to amputate his own fingers as well, so the actual disability is not obfuscating.]]
* [[PhonyVeteran "Four-Leaf" Tayback]] in ''Film/TropicThunder''.
* Jean-François in ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'', 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.
* Mei in ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers''.
* In ''Film/AVeryLongEngagement'', Mathilde, who has a lame foot due to polio, pretends to be wheelchair-bound in order to play on her uncle's heartstrings and get him to help her investigating her boyfriend's disappearance.
* This occurs in one of the plots to ''Film/NewYorkILoveYou''. It was an actress practicing her disabled character around the outside all along.
* The villain in the grade-Z ''Film/JamesBond'' knock-off ''Film/AManCalledDagger'' is another one who spends most the flick in a wheelchair because.. he feels like it, evidently.
* Jack Teller (Edward Norton) in ''Film/TheScore'' pretends to be mentally disabled, although the viewer is in on the scam from the start.
* In ''Film/QuestOfTheDeltaKnights'', Tee pretends to be a mute while a slave.
* Creator/BillyWilder's ''Film/TheFortuneCookie'' has Jack Lemmon as a TV cameraman who's accidentally tackled during a football game. His AmbulanceChaser brother-in-law, played by Walter Matthau, convinces him to feign paralysis of the legs in order to collect a huge insurance indemnity.
* Creator/RonPerlman's version of the deformed, mentally disabled hunchback Salvatore in ''Film/TheNameOfTheRose'' is smarter than he seems.
* Haghi, the leader of the spy ring in Creator/FritzLang's ''Spies''.
* Yoda in ''Franchise/StarWars''. Don't piss him off. He will PWN you.
** According to the [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], Palpatine uses a cane in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' for this very reason.
** One should never underestimate any old or crippled Jedi. One common power is the ability to reinforce and empower the body, which means even the most battleworn Jedi can fight like they were young... for a short time at least.
* The eponymous villain in ''Film/TheAlphabetKiller'' fakes being wheelchair-bound to remove any suspicion that he might be the killer.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/TheRinger''. The Johnny Knoxville character, hoping to win big, fakes being mentally handicapped to compete in the Special Olympics. The other athletes see through him ''immediately'', but help him keep up the facade, because they're hoping he can defeat JerkJock frontrunner Jimmy.
* Huey in ''Film/NickOfTime'' pretends to be a deaf shoeshiner (complete with a sign identifying him as handicapped), allowing him to listen to Smith and Watson talk about the assassination plot. While Huey really is disabled, his disability is that he's an ''amputee''.
* In ''Film/PetesDragon1977'', Doc Terminus, a quack doctor, comes to the town of Passamaquoddy. Unfortunately for him, the townspeople are well aware of his previous quackery and are getting ready to run him out of town. He gets them to believe him by performing fake miracle healings. They are performed on his assistant, Hoagy, in different disguises; he pretends to need a pair of crutches, Doc Terminus gives him a tonic and Hoagy [[ThrowingOffTheDisability immediately throws off the crutches and dances in front of the onlookers]]. He also pretends to be a deaf old woman.
* 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 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.
* In ''Film/TheGoodShepherd'', one woman is pretending to be deaf since she needed some way to use a recording device without being obvious, so she masks it as a hearing aid. She gets found out when the main character calls to her from behind, and she reacts.
* The film version of ''Literature/TheManWithTheGoldenArm'' has the protagonist's emotionally-needy wife pretending to be wheelchair-bound from a car accident some years before. (In Nelson Algren's original novel, by contrast, her disability is implied to be psychosomatic rather than deliberately faked.)
* Sodnom from ''Film/APearlInTheForest'', a film set in 1937 UsefulNotes/{{Mongolia}} during Stalin's tyranny, is the village idiot, constantly grinning and acting stupidly. TheReveal is that he's faking it, as a surival tactic to survive the murderous purges and oppression.
* Dr. Meinheimer's double in ''Film/TheNakedGun 2½''.
* A rare mental disability example with Doofy, the killer in the first ''Film/ScaryMovie''.
* In ''Film/TheUnknown'', Alonzo the Armless is a fugitive who masquerades as an armless knife thrower in a circus by strapping his arms to his torso.
* Played with in the Kirk Douglas/Michael J. Fox film ''Film/{{Greedy}}''. Douglas' character feigns feebleness to see which of his Jerkass family really cares for him. In the final scene, after being wheelchair bound for the whole movie, he gets up and walks away.
** Notably, he was faking two disabilities: he was pretending to suffer from dementia ''and'' he was pretending to be wheelchair bound.
* The villain in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' serial ''Film/{{Batman and Robin|Serial}}'' is an old man in a wheelchair who can secretly walk. He can't walk very well or very fast, though, at least not without regular electric treatments. His servant who wheels him from place to place doesn't seem to be in on it.
* Christopher Reeve starred in a TV movie called ''Film/AboveSuspicion''. His character faked having his legs disabled so he could murder his wife while standing so he would be ... [[TitleDrop well]].
** Six days after the film premiered, [[HarsherInHindsight .... well, .... um]].
* In ''Film/WakingNedDevine'', it turns out Lizzie can walk just fine without the scooter.
* Played with in ''Film/HouseOfWax1953''. Jarrod (Vincent Price's character) is caught in a fire and appears to come out of it wheelchair bound and with his sculptor's hands disfigured, but with his face unscathed. Later on, its revealed that he's the perfectly mobile but horribly facially scarred man that has been causing mayhem throughout the film.
* ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'': Randle, who pretends to be insane, but just does this to avoid serving a long prison sentence. And [[spoiler: Chief who supposedly never spoke a word in years, but turns out to have been faking his muteness all this time too.]]
* ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'':
** In the opening, Mr. Goodkat pretends to be confined to a wheelchair to enact a KansasCityShuffle on a passenger in an airport, distracting him so he won't anticipate Goodkat getting out of his chair and break his neck.
** Slevin's ataraxia (inability to experience worry in appropriate situations). It's unclear if Slevin actually has ataraxia [[spoiler: or if he's just not worried because everything is actually going according to plan.]] Or both.
* ''Film/SmokinAces2AssassinsBall'': A wheelchair-bound FBI desk agent who's due to retire is informed that he's become the target of a death contract. He's then quickly moved to a secure location that the agency can use to lure in and dispatch possible assassins. After the deaths of a whole bunch of people it's revealed at the end that the guy in the wheelchair was a dirty cop who masterminded terrorist attacks during his career, and loses the wheelchair to escape on foot.
* ''Film/DrNo'': The three blind mice, assassins working for Dr. No who pretend to be blind.
* The heroine of ''Film/SleepingWithTheEnemy'' is supposedly hydrophobic, due to almost drowning when she was a child. So her abusive husband has no reason to doubt that she drowned after falling overboard during a late night sailing trip. It turns out she'd secretly been taking swimming lessons and seized the opportunity to escape from him.
* ''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.

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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Jason Bateman's character in ''Film/TheEx''. The character needed to There have been a few angles over the years where a supposedly injured wrestler, standing nearby with crutches, will suddenly run into the ring and use the crutches to attack the person he's feuding with. Sometimes, it will be a wrestler returning from a lengthy absence due to an actual injury.
** This was done in an utterly tasteless manner by Wrestling/{{WCW}} when Buff Bagwell used
a wheelchair temporarily, after a major spinal injury. Bagwell called the man who injured him, Rick Steiner, to the ring and continued forgave him in a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming...only to use it years later to gain sympathy rise from others. The the wheelchair allowed him and betray Steiner immediately afterward, turning this into ''yet another'' [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] angle.
** {{Wrestling/ECW}}'s "[[Wrestling/JimFullington Sandman]] gets blinded" angle. The Sandman was apparently blinded in a match with Wrestling/TommyDreamer, and
to be help sell the angle, stayed at home for a huge {{Jerkass}} without people calling him month, never having contact with another human being apart from his wife - his commitment to the angle was phenomenal. Then, he came to the arena to announce his retirement, and when he got to the ring, ripped the bandages off and beat the living crap out on it, guaranteed his job security, and made it easier for him to pick up girls.of Tommy Dreamer.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/DirtyRottenScoundrels''.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. After
Doink the Dude and Walter find out the "Big" Lebowski stole the money, [[TheMillstone Walter]] assumes he's also faking Clown earned his disability. He's not.
* Also turned up in ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary''.
* This basically applies
first major feud when he faked an arm injury to Kevin Spacey's character in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''. He doesn't just pretend to be a spineless loser, but even his limp is fake.
* Sampson Simpson in ''Film/HalfBaked''.
* Willy Wonka's introduction in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''. As Wonka walks out limping with a cane, he suddenly stops...tumbles forward...and does a somersault. Gene Wilder wanted to do this so that [[EstablishingCharacterMoment neither the audience nor the characters could completely trust Wonka]].
* An elderly Chinese stage magician in ''Film/ThePrestige'' is shown doing this. Borden deduces that the magician is pretending to have frail and stiff legs even off stage for the sole purpose of a trick where he makes a fish bowl appear: he carries the bowl between his legs but since the audience thinks he's a cripple, they don't consider the obvious.[[note]]The Chinese magician was actually a real historical figure,
gain sympathy from Crush, who indeed was recorded having done this very thing. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chung_Ling_Soo He wasn't even Chinese!]][[/note]] This inspires one of the main characters to do something similar. [[spoiler:Not that "being only a single person and not twins" is a disability per se. Also inverted in that the secret twin brothers need to be identical in every way. When one loses a few fingers in a sabotaged stage trick, his brother has to amputate his own fingers as well, so the actual disability is not obfuscating.]]
* [[PhonyVeteran "Four-Leaf" Tayback]] in ''Film/TropicThunder''.
* Jean-François in ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'', 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
had been awkward to explain.
* Mei in ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers''.
* In ''Film/AVeryLongEngagement'', Mathilde, who has a lame foot due to polio, pretends to be wheelchair-bound in order to play on her uncle's heartstrings and get him to help her investigating her boyfriend's disappearance.
* This occurs in one of the plots to ''Film/NewYorkILoveYou''. It was an actress practicing her disabled character around the outside all along.
* The villain in the grade-Z ''Film/JamesBond'' knock-off ''Film/AManCalledDagger'' is another one who spends most the flick in a wheelchair because.. he feels like it, evidently.
* Jack Teller (Edward Norton) in ''Film/TheScore'' pretends to be mentally disabled, although the viewer is in on the scam from the start.
* In ''Film/QuestOfTheDeltaKnights'', Tee pretends to be a mute while a slave.
* Creator/BillyWilder's ''Film/TheFortuneCookie'' has Jack Lemmon as a TV cameraman who's accidentally tackled during a football game. His AmbulanceChaser brother-in-law, played by Walter Matthau, convinces him to feign paralysis of the legs in order to collect a huge insurance indemnity.
* Creator/RonPerlman's version of the deformed, mentally disabled hunchback Salvatore in ''Film/TheNameOfTheRose'' is smarter than he seems.
* Haghi, the leader of the spy ring in Creator/FritzLang's ''Spies''.
* Yoda in ''Franchise/StarWars''. Don't piss him off. He will PWN you.
** According to the [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], Palpatine uses a cane in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' for this very reason.
** One should never underestimate any old or crippled Jedi. One common power is the ability to reinforce and empower the body, which means even the most battleworn Jedi can fight like they were young... for a short time at least.
* The eponymous villain in ''Film/TheAlphabetKiller'' fakes being wheelchair-bound to remove any suspicion that he might be the killer.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/TheRinger''. The Johnny Knoxville character, hoping to win big, fakes being mentally handicapped to compete in the Special Olympics. The other athletes see through him ''immediately'', but help him keep up the facade, because they're hoping he can defeat JerkJock frontrunner Jimmy.
* Huey in ''Film/NickOfTime'' pretends to be a deaf shoeshiner (complete with a sign identifying him as handicapped), allowing him to listen to Smith and Watson talk
speaking out about the assassination plot. While Huey really is disabled, his disability is clown's recent string of practical jokes and that he's an ''amputee''.
* In ''Film/PetesDragon1977'', Doc Terminus, a quack doctor, comes
they might hurt someone if he isn't careful. Crush agreed to the town of Passamaquoddy. Unfortunately for him, the townspeople are well aware of his previous quackery and are getting ready to run him out of town. He gets them to believe him by performing fake miracle healings. They are performed on his assistant, Hoagy, in different disguises; let Doink alone ... until he pretends to need a pair of crutches, Doc Terminus gives him a tonic and Hoagy [[ThrowingOffTheDisability immediately throws off the crutches and dances in front of the onlookers]]. He also pretends to be a deaf old woman.
* 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
realized (after waking up at the end, and it turns out he's actually not handicapped in the slightest; his brother just always said hospital) that he was on account of everyone in this movie is suckered into a giant, gaping asshole, and everyone else ever just automatically believed it.
* In ''Film/TheGoodShepherd'', one woman is pretending to be deaf since she needed some way to use a recording device without being obvious, so she masks it as a hearing aid. She gets found out when the main character calls to her from behind, and she reacts.
* The film version of ''Literature/TheManWithTheGoldenArm'' has the protagonist's emotionally-needy wife pretending to be wheelchair-bound from a car accident some years before. (In Nelson Algren's original novel, by contrast, her disability is implied to be psychosomatic rather than deliberately faked.)
* Sodnom from ''Film/APearlInTheForest'', a film set in 1937 UsefulNotes/{{Mongolia}} during Stalin's tyranny, is the village idiot, constantly grinning and acting stupidly. TheReveal is that he's faking it, as a surival tactic to survive the murderous purges and oppression.
* Dr. Meinheimer's double in ''Film/TheNakedGun 2½''.
* A rare mental disability example
severe beating with Doofy, a fake prosthetic arm, leading Crush to vow bloody revenge.
* An infamous Brother Love show saw him play
the killer in the first ''Film/ScaryMovie''.
* In ''Film/TheUnknown'', Alonzo the Armless is a fugitive who masquerades as an armless knife thrower in a circus by strapping his arms to his torso.
* Played with in the Kirk Douglas/Michael J. Fox film ''Film/{{Greedy}}''. Douglas' character feigns feebleness to see which of his Jerkass family really cares for him. In the final scene, after being wheelchair bound for the whole movie, he gets up and walks away.
** Notably, he was faking two disabilities: he was pretending to suffer from dementia ''and'' he was pretending to be wheelchair bound.
* The villain in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' serial ''Film/{{Batman and Robin|Serial}}'' is an old man in a wheelchair who can secretly walk. He can't walk very well or very fast, though, at least not without regular electric treatments. His servant who wheels him from place to place doesn't seem to be in on it.
* Christopher Reeve starred in a TV movie called ''Film/AboveSuspicion''. His character faked having his legs disabled so he could murder his wife while standing so he would be ... [[TitleDrop well]].
** Six days after the film premiered, [[HarsherInHindsight .... well, .... um]].
* In ''Film/WakingNedDevine'', it turns out Lizzie can walk just fine without the scooter.
* Played with in ''Film/HouseOfWax1953''. Jarrod (Vincent Price's character) is caught in a fire and appears to come out of it wheelchair bound and with his sculptor's hands disfigured, but with his face unscathed. Later on, its revealed that he's the perfectly mobile but horribly facially scarred man that has been causing mayhem throughout the film.
* ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'': Randle, who pretends to be insane, but just does this to avoid serving a long prison sentence. And [[spoiler: Chief who supposedly never spoke a word in years, but turns out to have been faking his muteness all this time too.]]
* ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'':
** In the opening, Mr. Goodkat pretends to be confined to a wheelchair to enact a KansasCityShuffle on a passenger in an airport, distracting him so he won't anticipate Goodkat getting out of his chair and break his neck.
** Slevin's ataraxia (inability to experience worry in appropriate situations). It's unclear if Slevin actually has ataraxia [[spoiler: or if he's just not worried because everything is actually going according to plan.]] Or both.
* ''Film/SmokinAces2AssassinsBall'': A wheelchair-bound FBI desk agent who's due to retire is informed that he's become the target
part of a death contract. He's then quickly moved charlatan, hiring an actor to a secure location that the agency can use to lure in and dispatch possible assassins. After the deaths of a whole bunch of people it's revealed at the end that the guy in the wheelchair was a dirty cop who masterminded terrorist attacks during his career, and loses the wheelchair to escape on foot.
* ''Film/DrNo'': The three blind mice, assassins working for Dr. No who
pretend to be blind.
* The heroine of ''Film/SleepingWithTheEnemy'' is supposedly hydrophobic, due to almost drowning when she
he was a child. So her abusive husband has no reason to doubt that she drowned after falling overboard during a late night sailing trip. It turns out she'd secretly been taking swimming lessons blind and seized the opportunity lame, before ordering him to escape from him.
* ''Film/GoodNeighbors'': Spencer is apparently wheelchair-bound. Halfway through the film, it's revealed that he can
see and 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.on command.



[[folder:Literature]]
* Deliberately invoked in ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'': the real thief made sandals out of cement-filled garden gloves to make it look like the guy in the chair had walked on his hands.
** Another case had a fake blind guy as the culprit.
* The recruiter in the novel of ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' deliberately left his prosthetics off when working to scare away gutless applicants. [[DisabledCharacterDisabledActor In the film, the actor cast in the role of the recruiter is a genuine double amputee]].
* In ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'', the main villain Ledroptha Curtain travels in a souped-up wheelchair, so it comes as quite a shock to the protagonists when, during the climax, he unstraps himself from the wheelchair and lunges for them. He has no problems walking, but actually uses the wheelchair (as well as goggles) to hide the fact that he has narcolepsy. He uses the same trick to great effect again in the second book in the series, ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'', this time to fool the police.
* Lisl in the ''Literature/YoungBond'' novel ''Literature/ByRoyalCommand'' pretends to be incapacitated by drugs and needing a wheelchair while she waits for an opportunity to escape her captors.
* Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/HerculePoirot'' series.
** In ''Curtain: Poirot's Last Case'', Creator/AgathaChristie's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin last novel]] starring the Belgian detective, the aged Poirot pretends to be wheelchair-bound, but is in fact still able to walk.
** In ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'', a major suspect is ruled out because he had just been shot in the foot a few minutes before the murder and in no way could have limped all the way from the clinic to the murder scene and back in the time he was left unwatched. In fact, he faked being shot, rushed off to kill the victim and ran back, then shot his own foot for real to keep up the ruse.
* In two points of the Franchise/XWingSeries, Wedge Antilles disguises himself as Colonel Roat, an Imperial pilot who was badly wounded and given clumsy, poorly-functioning [[ArtificialArm prosthetics]]. Imperials are biased against cyborgs, generally thinking that only someone very clumsy or unlucky can be injured so badly as to need cybernetics, and so no one managed to connect him to the second most famous Rebel pilot.
* In later ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' books, the heroine consistently suspects that an enemy warlord is using this. Not without reason, as they live in a society where nobles and criminals alike regularly hide their magical abilities and feign weakness to appear less dangerous (she herself had done this in the previous book). Ultimately subverted though, as the warlord in question really is paraplegic.
* The killer in Creator/JohnDicksonCarr's Literature/DrGideonFell novel ''The Problem of the Wire Cage'' uses his recent car accident, and its attendant injuries, to pull off a murder he seemingly couldn't have physically committed. Unfortunately, circumstances turn it into a murder NO ONE could've committed.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "A Witch Shall Live", Salome tossed the head of a murdered man to a deaf beggar -- who proves to be Valerius, who heard that the true queen is prisoner there.
* Although he has ''significant'' mental problems, Bromden in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' is not "deaf and dumb." He got so used to people disregarding him that he gave up trying to communicate with them, and finds that being considered a deaf-mute has the advantage that staff are careless about what they discuss when he's around. He throws off the charade partway through the book and - aside from [=McMurphy=] - none of the patients notice because they never paid much attention to him in the first place.
* Claudius exaggerated his stutter, limp and general clumsiness in ''Literature/IClaudius''. This ''barely'' kept him alive when he had to work for TheCaligula.
* In the romance novel ''A Proper Taming'', Lady Doncaster is crippled when she falls from a horse. She takes advantage of this to get companions and hopefully find one her son will marry. She also made a full recovery a full year before the story takes place.
* Chiron from the ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' series. We first see him as Mr. Brunner, Percy's [[SuperWheelchair wheelchair-bound]] Latin teacher. Turns out he's a [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaur]], and the wheelchair is a HammerspaceHideaway for his horse legs.
* Creator/StephenKing seems to like this one in his later works:
** Norman Daniels in ''Literature/RoseMadder''. While hunting for his runaway wife, he shaves his head and pretends to be a paraplegic, to avoid being recognized by the (many) people on the lookout for him.
** Brady Hartsfield in ''Literature/MrMercedes'' borrows the Daniels technique to get into a boy-band concert without attracting the suspicion that would normally attach to a man showing up solo at an event whose primary audience is tween-age girls. [[spoiler:He plans to blow up the venue, but is stopped in time and earns a real disability, in the form of brain injury, in the process.]]
* The tactic of a famous magician (Ching Ling Foo) in ''Film/ThePrestige'' that inspired Borden and is used as a literary device to describe his methods without actually revealing them.
-->'''Borden's Memoir:''' My deception rules my life, informs every decision I make, regulates my every movement... everything in this account represents the shuffling walk of a fit man.
* In Creator/MercedesLackey's Free Bards novel ''[[Literature/BardicVoices The Robin and the Kestrel]],'' the church of the city that the heroes are visiting uses this, among other techniques, in order to enact "miraculous healings."
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** "P-p-p-poor s-s-stuttering Professor Quirrell!"
** Barty Crouch Jr., who was impersonating the genuinely one-eyed and one-legged Mad-Eye Moody. But since he was using the Polyjuice Potion, which actually gave him Moody's body, he didn't have a real eye or leg when he was Moody.
* In ''The Lawmen of Rockabye County'' by Creator/JTEdson, escaped felon 'Crazy Doc' Christopher wears a prosthetic hand over his still functional right hand.
* In the Literature/NancyDrew book ''Captive Witness'', the plot centers around a plan to rescue 10 children from then-Communist Hungary. The ringleaders of the rescue mission are an elderly professor and his wheelchair bound nephew. It's soon revealed that the young man is not paralyzed and that the rescue plans were hidden in the seat of his chair, knowing that customs officials would not search it.
* In the ''Literature/AlexCross'' novel ''London Bridges'', Geoffrey Shafer uses a wheelchair he does not need as part of his disguise.
* In ''Literature/MichaelStrogoff [[spoiler:the titular character acts as if he was effectively blinded by the Tartars until he appears in front of the Grand-Duke]].
* A mild version in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books after ''Discworld/MenAtArms''. Vetinari walks with a cane because he was shot with the Gonne in that book, but he may not need it as much as he appears to. Being Vetinari, he's found the advantage in people thinking he's weaker than he actually is.
* ''{{Discworld/SmallGods}}'': [[BigBad Vorbis]] pulls an absolutely chilling example of this as he and Brutha are almost out of the desert.
* ''Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct'': While the Deaf Man wears a hearing aid, it's suggested on various occasions (including by the Deaf Man himself, in ''The Heckler'') that it may just be a prop.
* ''Literature/AlexRider'': The main character has been kidnapped and several agencies are looking for him. The bad guys need to get him through an airport without arousing suspicion. How do they do it? They drug him to make him look like a disabled person, they note that no one looks twice at a disabled person, working this to their advantage.
* After the destruction of his eidetic memory chip and medical retirement from [[SecretPolice ImpSec]] in ''Literature/{{Memory}}'', Simon Illyan makes a point of playing up the damage done to his mind when it seems useful or convenient. His short-to-medium-term memory is spotty enough that the [=PDA/voice recorder/GPS unit=] he wears on his belt is anything but a prop, but by every other cognitive measure he remains solidly in the 'dangerously brilliant' area.
* ''Literature/JoePickett'': In ''Endangered'', Nate pretends to be in a coma until an opportunity to escape presents itself.
* 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.]]

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* Deliberately invoked in ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'': the real thief made sandals out of cement-filled garden gloves to make it look like the guy in the chair had walked on his hands.
** Another case had a fake blind guy as the culprit.
* The recruiter in the novel of ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' deliberately left his prosthetics off when working to scare away gutless applicants. [[DisabledCharacterDisabledActor In the film, the actor cast in the role of the recruiter is a genuine double amputee]].
* In ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'', the main villain Ledroptha Curtain travels in a souped-up wheelchair, so it comes as quite a shock to the protagonists when, during the climax, he unstraps himself from the wheelchair and lunges for them. He has no problems walking, but actually uses the wheelchair (as well as goggles) to hide the fact that he has narcolepsy. He uses the same trick to great effect again in the second book in the series,
''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'', this time to fool the police.
* Lisl in the ''Literature/YoungBond'' novel ''Literature/ByRoyalCommand'' pretends to be incapacitated by drugs and needing a wheelchair while she waits for an opportunity to escape her captors.
* Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/HerculePoirot'' series.
**
New Adventures of SherlockHolmes'': In ''Curtain: Poirot's Last Case'', Creator/AgathaChristie's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin last novel]] starring the Belgian detective, the aged Poirot pretends to be wheelchair-bound, but is in fact still able to walk.
** In ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'', a major suspect is ruled out because he had just been shot in the foot a few minutes before the murder and in no way could have limped all the way from the clinic to the murder scene and back in the time he was left unwatched. In fact, he faked being shot, rushed off to kill the victim and ran back, then shot his own foot for real to keep up the ruse.
* In two points
"The Case of the Franchise/XWingSeries, Wedge Antilles disguises himself as Colonel Roat, an Imperial pilot who was badly wounded and given clumsy, poorly-functioning [[ArtificialArm prosthetics]]. Imperials are biased against cyborgs, generally thinking that only someone very clumsy or unlucky can be injured so badly as to need cybernetics, and so no one managed to connect him to Baconian Cipher", Holmes realises the second most famous Rebel pilot.
* In later ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' books, the heroine consistently suspects that an enemy warlord is using this. Not without reason, as they live in a society where nobles and criminals alike regularly hide their magical abilities and feign weakness to appear less dangerous (she herself had done this in the previous book). Ultimately subverted though, as the warlord in question really is paraplegic.
* The killer in Creator/JohnDicksonCarr's Literature/DrGideonFell novel ''The Problem of the Wire Cage'' uses his recent car accident, and its attendant injuries, to pull off a murder he seemingly couldn't have physically committed. Unfortunately, circumstances turn it into a murder NO ONE could've committed.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "A Witch Shall Live", Salome tossed the head of a murdered
man to a deaf beggar -- who proves pretending to be Valerius, who heard that the true queen is prisoner there.
* Although he has ''significant'' mental problems, Bromden in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' is not "deaf and dumb." He got so used to people disregarding him that he gave up trying to communicate with them, and finds that being considered a deaf-mute has the advantage that staff are careless about what they discuss when he's around. He throws off the charade partway through the book and - aside from [=McMurphy=] - none of the patients notice because they never paid much attention to him in the first place.
* Claudius exaggerated
his stutter, limp and general clumsiness in ''Literature/IClaudius''. This ''barely'' kept him alive wheelchair-bound uncle is a fake when he had to work for TheCaligula.
* In the romance novel ''A Proper Taming'', Lady Doncaster is crippled when she falls from a horse. She takes advantage of this to get companions and hopefully find one her son will marry. She also made a full recovery a full year before the story takes place.
* Chiron from the ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' series. We first see him as Mr. Brunner, Percy's [[SuperWheelchair wheelchair-bound]] Latin teacher. Turns out he's a [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaur]], and the wheelchair is a HammerspaceHideaway for his horse legs.
* Creator/StephenKing seems to like this one in his later works:
** Norman Daniels in ''Literature/RoseMadder''. While hunting for his runaway wife, he shaves his head and pretends to be a paraplegic, to avoid being recognized by the (many) people
notices fresh dirt on the lookout for him.
** Brady Hartsfield in ''Literature/MrMercedes'' borrows the Daniels technique to get into a boy-band concert without attracting the suspicion that would normally attach to a man showing up solo at an event whose primary audience is tween-age girls. [[spoiler:He plans to blow up the venue, but is stopped in time
soles of his shoes.
* ''Radio/TrollCops'': The Nefarious
and earns a real disability, in the form of brain injury, in the process.]]
* The tactic of a famous magician (Ching Ling Foo) in ''Film/ThePrestige'' that inspired Borden and is used as a literary device to describe his methods without actually revealing them.
-->'''Borden's Memoir:''' My deception rules my life, informs every decision I make, regulates my every movement... everything in this account represents the shuffling walk of a fit man.
* In Creator/MercedesLackey's Free Bards novel ''[[Literature/BardicVoices The Robin and the Kestrel]],'' the church of the city that the heroes are visiting
Notorious Mr. Pupa uses this, among other techniques, in order to enact "miraculous healings."
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** "P-p-p-poor s-s-stuttering Professor Quirrell!"
** Barty Crouch Jr., who was impersonating the genuinely one-eyed and one-legged Mad-Eye Moody. But since he was using the Polyjuice Potion, which actually gave him Moody's body, he didn't have a real eye or leg when he was Moody.
* In ''The Lawmen of Rockabye County'' by Creator/JTEdson, escaped felon 'Crazy Doc' Christopher wears a prosthetic hand over his still functional right hand.
* In the Literature/NancyDrew book ''Captive Witness'', the plot centers around a plan to rescue 10 children from then-Communist Hungary. The ringleaders of the rescue mission are an elderly professor and
his wheelchair bound nephew. It's soon revealed that the young man is not paralyzed and that the rescue plans were hidden in the seat of to lull his chair, knowing that customs officials would not search it.
* In the ''Literature/AlexCross'' novel ''London Bridges'', Geoffrey Shafer uses
foes into a wheelchair he does not need as part false sense of his disguise.
* In ''Literature/MichaelStrogoff [[spoiler:the titular character acts as if he was effectively blinded by the Tartars until he appears in front of the Grand-Duke]].
* A mild version in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books after ''Discworld/MenAtArms''. Vetinari walks with a cane because he was shot with the Gonne in that book, but he may not need it as much as he appears to. Being Vetinari, he's found the advantage in people thinking he's weaker than he actually is.
* ''{{Discworld/SmallGods}}'': [[BigBad Vorbis]] pulls an absolutely chilling example of this as he and Brutha are almost out of the desert.
* ''Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct'': While the Deaf Man wears a hearing aid, it's suggested on various occasions (including by the Deaf Man himself, in ''The Heckler'') that it may just be a prop.
* ''Literature/AlexRider'': The main character has been kidnapped and several agencies are looking for him. The bad guys need to get him through an airport without arousing suspicion. How do they do it? They drug him to make him look like a disabled person, they note that no one looks twice at a disabled person, working this to their advantage.
* After the destruction of his eidetic memory chip and medical retirement from [[SecretPolice ImpSec]] in ''Literature/{{Memory}}'', Simon Illyan makes a point of playing up the damage done to his mind when it seems useful or convenient. His short-to-medium-term memory is spotty enough that the [=PDA/voice recorder/GPS unit=] he wears
security, before escaping on his belt is anything but a prop, but by every other cognitive measure he remains solidly in the 'dangerously brilliant' area.
* ''Literature/JoePickett'': In ''Endangered'', Nate pretends to be in a coma until an opportunity to escape presents itself.
* 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.]]
fully functional robotic legs.



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* Lori & Bolo tried this at the beginning of Season 6 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' to get help at airports. Luckily, they dropped it quickly.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' the demon sorcerer Cyvus Vail appeared reliant on a complex intravenous drip, physically vulnerable and weak. However when under genuine attack his IV was broken and he ignored it, he shrugged off being hurled twice into a wall, and gutted his opponent with a [[KukrisAreKool kukri]].
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' subverts the trope quite humorously. A female attorney who can actually see claims to be blind in order to get the sympathy of her jurors; the Bluths try to expose her fake disability, but fail spectacularly because (only) on the day that they decided to prove she was not blind, she actually WAS temporarily blind due to an accident. She regained her sight in full the following day.
** It's even more wibbly woobly when you add the fact that Michael doesn't realize she's (faking) blind at first.
* An episode of ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' had a plot where a man claimed to have received a neck injury in a minor car accident with Mrs. Brady. Mr. Brady proved the man was lying by dropping his briefcase a desk, startling him and causing him to turn his head.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:'' In the last four episodes of season 2, Spike is only pretending to still need his wheelchair.
* Happened in an episode of ''Series/{{Cadfael}}'', when the cripple had hidden his disability-less-ness from everyone including his ''sister'', then tries to collect money after he is "healed" by touching a reliquary. He is revealed when he runs away, sans crutches.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In "Under the Gun", one of their suspects is an aging ex-con who needs a walker to get around...until he has to get away, at which point he ditches the walker and makes a run for it.
** In "What Lies Beneath...", a blind priest is revealed not to be blind when he runs away from Castle and Alexis. He later admits that he faked the blindness so he would be given his choice of parishes.
* ''Series/CharliesAngels'' ("Angels in Springtime")
* ''Series/ColdCase'': The killer in "Metamorphosis" suffers from cerebral gigantism and uses the fact that people expect him to be mentally challenged to conceal his true intelligence.
* In ''Series/{{Copper}}'', Corcoran uses his badly broken leg as a great alibi. No matter what his superiors might suspect, people are not going to believe that someone in his condition could [[spoiler: travel across town, climb up to a second story window, kill two people and then get back to Five Points without anyone noticing him]].
* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "The Two Mrs. Grissoms", a student pretends to be deaf in order to get a scholarship. And he and his partner in the deception end committing murder in order to keep the secret.
* Once used by Logan on ''Series/DarkAngel''. He's a real paraplegic [[ItMakesSenseInContext most of the time]], but an easily hidden exoskeleton allows him to walk.
* Happened in ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'', probably more than once, usually discovered by Dick Van Dyke's character.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Colonel is in a wheelchair in the episode "The Unicorn and The Wasp". He is hosting a party where, among other things, Agatha Christie is a guest and there is a murder at the house. When Agatha goes through the summation to identify the killer, she looks at the Colonel [[spoiler:and the Colonel reveals he has been faking it because he was scared his wife would leave him. All Agatha was going to say is he was innocent and had no idea he was faking it]].
** In the serial "The Rescue", Bennett pretends to have been crippled in the spaceship crash, allowing him to murder the other crew members while disguised as the monster Koquillion.
* In the Mexican soap opera ''Series/EnNombreDelAmor'', Carlota the head villainess pretends to be paralyzed in order to not go to prison after trying to murder her niece Paloma. Doctors cannot figure out what is wrong with her. The audience may even be fooled. Carlota tries to bribe a nurse in order to get assistance in leaving the hospital- but the nurse refuses. Carlota then hits the nurse with a bottle and steals her scrubs and mask, then places the unconscious nurse on the bed and flees the hospital without incident.
* ''Series/FatherBrown'': The killer in "The Shadow of the Scaffold". Father Brown discovers this when he realises that they could not have seen they claimed to have witnessed unless they were standing up.
* Dr. Harrison Wells in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' claims to have been injured during the [[FreakLabAccident S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion]], and become paralysed from the waist down as a result. Nine months after the accident, he's shown to be riding around in a wheelchair. Except the end of the pilot episode shows that he needs neither his wheelchair nor his glasses. His reasons for faking the disability are eventually revealed to be twofold: 1) to avoid suspicion of being [[spoiler:the Reverse-Flash]], and 2) to use the wheelchair as storage for [[spoiler:the battery he uses to fuel his super speed]].
* In the ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode ''Wheels of Fortune'', Lilith's conman brother Blaine turns up in a wheelchair, claiming to have found God, and Frasier spends the entire episode attempting to prove he's a charlatan, making himself look worse and worse in the process. In the final scene, he's proven right, [[KarmaHoudini but Blaine gets away]].
* ''Series/FunkySquad'' ("Diamonds Are a Cat's Best Friend")
* Grand Maester Pycelle on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' feigns being a doddering, feeble old yes-man in order to out-maneuver his political enemies. It's an elaborately calculated act that involves pretending to have a hunched back, a chronic respiratory ailment of some sort, rheumatism, dementia, and a general lack of energy. Only once has he dropped the act, when he was certain no one was looking. The second time it happens is in a deleted scene where BigBad Tywin Lannister calls him out on it and he reveals himself to be a physically formidable man whose real speaking voice is [[EvilSoundsDeep a deep commanding baritone]]. Tywin openly asks if he's the only person who can "see through this performance" and Pycelle admits even he's surprised it works so well.
** He also drops the act while doing some EvilGloating over Tyrion's injuries and fall from power at the end of Season 2.
* Used in the two-part ''Series/GetSmart'' episode "Ship of Spies". It involves a wheelchair-bound water polo player.
** ''Get Smart'' also featured Leadside, a villain in a wheelchair. He pulls off an impressive infiltration because while he is incapable of walking or standing up, the act of running is still within his power.
* Tina's stutter in early episodes of ''Series/{{Glee}}''. She reveals to Artie she was doing it to seem more unique but the wheelchair-bound Artie slams her for mocking people with real disabilities like himself.
* ''Series/TheGoodWife'': Though he is legitimately disabled, Louis Canning ([[DisabledCharacterDisabledActor played by]] MichaelJFox) habitually plays up his disability to gain sympathy with the judges and juries he faces in court, much to Alicia's annoyance.
* A variation: in a flashback in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Barney pretends ''Ted'' is deaf to make him appear sympathetic to a woman. Little does he know that both that both the woman and Ted know sign language (while Barney does not), and Ted simply tells her, in sign language, that Barney is lying and to give him a fake phone number.
* The ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' episode "Picture Perfect" has an art forger who is pretending to have suffered a stroke to avoid having to stand trial for forgery.
* Roy ends up doing this on one episode of ''Series/TheITCrowd'' to avoid getting in trouble for using the disabled bathroom stall.
* In the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Yesterday's Heroes"; retired navy diver Artemus Sullivan (played by Creator/ErnestBorgnine) is avenging the death of his grandson by a drug dealer. When meeting Harm & Mac at first, Sullivan pretends to be in a senile vegetable state of mind.
* ''Series/JonathanCreek'': In "The Problem at Gallows Gate", a friend of Adam's is a famous blind blues musician. However, he actually had an operation several years earlier which restored his sight. He maintains the pretence of being blind because people respect blind blues musicians, and because it allows him to spy on women and "accidentally" grope them.
* {{Downplayed|Trope}} on ''Series/{{Justified}}'': Johny Crowder really is disabled. He was shot in the gut with a shotgun and it did major damage to his body. He spends most of his time in a wheelchair and people tend to assume that he is a paraplegic. In fact he can walk on his own but it is painful and tires him out. When two men come to kill him they are surprised to find that he just walked out the back door and left his wheelchair behind.
* Elliot's brother Donnie from ''Series/JustShootMe'' pretended to be mentally disabled for most of his life in order to avoid responsibility. Jack blows it for him when his profound ignorance of how the office's pneumatic tube works becomes a RantInducingSlight to Donnie.
* In several episodes of ''LawAndOrder'' and its spinoffs;
** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' had a Stephen Hawking {{expy}} who still had more mobility than he let on.
** Another episode had a man who stole a woman's identity and pretended to be deaf to excuse not being able to speak.
** An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' had a woman who had long since made a full recovery from an accident keeping her wheelchair and making herself sick for the sympathy and to control her husband, who she was framing for a couple murders - it's revealed when he shoves her wheelchair into a pool. Just to double up on the trope, she may have been faking the Munchausen's Syndrome as a defense.
* The obscure TV movie ''Series/{{Lifepod}}'' featured a killer who faked being blind. The game was up when someone thought to simply shine a light into his eyes.
* 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 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.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Nellie Olson faked paralysis after falling off a horse so her parents would give her presents and Laura would be her slave out of guilt.
* One episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' centered on a slacker whom Superman saved from an explosion; the slacker faked nerve damage to a broken arm to sue Superman for injuries he supposedly sustained while being rescued. When Superman prevented another bomb from taking out the courtroom, the slacker attempted to play up his "injuries" again, only for his put-upon girlfriend to blow the whistle on his charade, moments before dumping him.
* A ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode has Radar apparently hitting an elderly Korean villager with a jeep. When the uninjured man demands $50 not to report Radar to the [=MPs=], a visiting officer susses out that he's a well-known con man known as "Whiplash Hwang".
** In the episode where Hawkeye is temporarily blinded when he tried to fix the nurses' heater, even though he can't see them, some of the nurses still want him out of the tent as they change. Later, when he over-emphasizes that, due to a relapse, they can go ahead and take off their clothes while he's there, one of them tosses a cup at him, which he catches. Busted!!
* On ''Series/TheMentalist'' Jane knew the PerpOfTheWeek was the guy in the wheelchair because Jane checked his shoes; they were scuffed (but for the record, this is total BS; a wheelchair user's shoes get just as scuffed as everybody else's, believe it or not). Jane is apparently very GenreSavvy about this.
--> '''Patrick Jane:''' Whenever I meet someone in a wheelchair I check the bottoms of their shoes. The bottoms of your shoes were scuffed. I've been checking shoes for years. This is the first time it's ever paid off. First time. That's gratifying, man. Very, very gratifying.
** In another episode the killer was pretending to be mentally disabled. The killer came up with this dodge when caught stealing a car at 18, and kept it going because it rendered him effectively invisible. Jane says the guy went too far by showing up at a funeral wearing a death metal t-shirt (even a mentally disabled person would have enough realization not to wear a skull in front of a grieving family).
* There's one ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' episode where a guy who is always seen in a wheelchair is in fact revealed to be able to walk (when no one's around, possibly collecting disability benefits). However, the scene is a !red!herring, as he is neither the killer nor a victim.
* Regularly done in ''Series/MissionImpossible'' as part of a mission. For example, in "A Game of Chess", Rollin pretends to be a deaf chessmaster, so he can receive moves from a chess computer offstage. He soon gets discovered by the mark, but that's part of the plan.
* An early ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode has Monk realize that the assassin is not really a cripple because his shoes are heavily scuffed, something that would not happen to a man who had to use a wheelchair all the time (again, not actually true - see above). This revelation does not come in time and the assassin manages to get away.
** "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus" - an unliked ringmaster is shot and killed by a masked acrobat at a restaurant. Monk immediately suspects the victim's ex-wife, Natasha Lovara, but Natasha had broken her leg in a fall from a trapeze weeks ago. Monk initially assumes that this trope was in play and Natasha faking her injury, especially when he finds out that as a Romany Gypsy, she doesn't believe in doctors and had set the bone herself. However, a quick trip to the hospital reveals that her leg was indeed "smashed." Monk eventually realizes that the doctor's evidence confirmed that her leg was broken but not when she'd broken it. She had faked the injury from the initial fall, then after the shooting, had an elephant crush her foot so that the X-rays the police demanded would show a broken leg.
** Mentioned in season one episode "Dale the Whale." Dale, a massively overweight crime boss, is accused of killing a judge against him, but he's so fat he can't get out of bed. He quickly disproves any theories that he is faking his weight by lifting his bedsheets to them. [[NauseaFuel Sharona even vomits.]] {{Played straight}} by the ending. The judge was killed by a thin man in a fat suit who knew that suspicion would fall upon the boss, who could not be proven guilty.
** Another early Monk episode has a perpetrator who is supposedly blind. Cue the streaker.
*** The woman who was pretending to be blind actually ''was'' blind since a drunk driver hit her as a child, killing her parents. She [[ThrowingOffTheDisability regains her sight when she slips in a store]] and pretends she's still blind, so that she can shoot the man and then have the cops rule her out as a suspect.
** A TieInNovel subplot in ''Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop'' (an insta-solve file that is only mentioned in one page) involves something with a man smuggling secrets from a helicopter company factory to a rival by using his wheelchair to remove documents.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "When Thieves Fall Out", one of the suspects is in a wheelchair following a car accident. It turns out he is faking paralysis to scam an insurance payout. Jessica becomes suspicious when she a footprint of a man's shoe in his size outside his home, and tricks him into revealing himself.
* In one episode of ''Series/MurdochMysteries'', the killer turned out to be someone who pretended to be a stroke victim so he would avoid suspicion.
* ''Series/NewTricks'': The killer of the week in "Magic Majestic" has pretended to need a wheelchair for his entire adult life, referencing RealLife magician Chung Ling Soo. This allows him to escape from custody at the end of the episode.
* A ''Series/NightGallery'' episode had a con man faking being crippled to collect a fat settlement visiting a shrine in Mexico with reputed miraculous healing powers visited by sick and infirm pilgrims - he intends to get "cured" and walk out scot-free in front of an insurance investigator. As he saunters out, a miracle ''does'' occur - he's miraculously stricken blind.
* Used in the reveal of the ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' episode "Double Sin".
* In a season 2 episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies'', there's a brief flashback to Emerson Cod's childhood. His mother faked putting him in danger to expose a man who had made fraudulent insurance claims. She pushed a stroller with a baby doll in it down a flight of stairs- the allegedly wheelchair-bound man with a neck brace and a broken arm ran from his wheelchair to catch the baby with both hands.
* Happens several times on ''Series/QuantumLeap''
** Sam leaped into a blind piano player and had to pretend he was blind. The mother of the leapee's girlfriend caught him, though, and thought the character was really pretending; but when he was tested by her later, he ''was'' blind, temporarily, due to a camera flashbulb.
** He also leaped into the body of a legless Vietnam vet. To one "unfortunate" [[NurseRatched sadistic orderly]], Sam looked like he was floating above the ground when he got up and walked. Naturally, no one believed the orderly's claims as he was fired.
* An episode of ''Series/TheRiches'' has Dahlia seeing a little kid in a wheelchair with a bald head, holding a sign claiming to be a cancer victim at a fair. He's surrounded by local women who gladly donate money and wish the kid good luck. When they leave, Dahlia (a con artist herself) tells the kid he's doing a good job but he needs to shave his head more often and gives tips on how to look more sickly. The two share a knowing wink and smile before heading their separate ways.
* The "Lost Ending" to ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' as seen on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' showed Mr. Potter was faking.
* Used by Guy Caballero, the owner of the TV station, "for respect" in ''Series/{{SCTV}}''.
* Happens a few times on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** In "The Butter Shave", George has to walk with a cane due to the injuries he received in "The Summer of George". He goes to a job interview and the cane makes his new employer think he's disabled. George is about to clear things up when the guy mentions that George would be getting a private bathroom because of his disability. George then fakes being disabled to keep the bathroom as well as getting a number of other perks, like [[DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery having a secretary]] ''[[DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery carry him]]'' [[DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery to his office]].
** In "The Jimmy", Kramer does this by accident when he meets a man who is organizing a charity dinner for the mentally challenged. He ends up as a guest of honor because the Novocaine he was injected with at the dentist made him slur his speech, and he's wearing strangely shaped training shoes, so the man thinks he's a shining example of a mentally challenged person able to live on their own.
** In "The Lip-Reader", Elaine fakes being deaf so that she doesn't have to make conversation with the driver of the car service. It doesn't work for very long. To quote Elaine, "he caught me hearing".
* Lionel Luthor of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' uses this. In the beginning of Season 2, a life-saving surgery left him temporarily blind. [[ThrowingOffTheDisability He eventually regained his sight]], but neglected to mention it and faked being blind for a few more weeks because people let their guard down around someone they thought couldn't see. Street-wise Lucas Luthor, however, sees through the ruse immediately upon first meeting him; Lionel pours himself some water and doesn't put his finger inside the glass to know when it's full. Lucas tests his theory later by signing "BITE ME" on an important contract instead of his name, and when Lionel can't hide his reaction, Lucas forcibly throws a billiards ball at his head. Lionel reflexively dodges and is fully exposed.
** In the episode "Precipice," Lana is attacked by a drunken frat boy, and Clark "injures" him by throwing him into a cop car. The frat boy sues Clark for one million dollars, but it turns out his severe neck injury is total bullshit, and Lana calls him out on it, forcing him to drop the lawsuit.
* In ''Series/SoLittleTime'', Riley goes to school in a wheelchair to get the attention of a paraplegic whom she has a crush on.
* In season 5 of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', Clay suffers a gunshot wound to the chest that damages his lungs and gets him put on an oxygen tank. Midway through the season it is revealed that he has completely healed and in perfect health, but he continues to wear the tank and pretend to be weak and frail.
* Subverted in a ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' episode: an old lady sues Louie for hitting her with his cab, and he learns that she's a scam artist with a history of phony lawsuits. When he tries to "prove" his innocence in court by pushing the wheelchair-bound woman out the door and toward a staircase in the assumption that she'll jump off, he discovers that in this particular case she wasn't faking it.
* In ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'', Ricky's dad, Ray, pretends to be in a wheelchair to receive disability money. He only gets out of the chair when he's around Ricky or close friends. In season five he's finally caught and sent to jail.
* The TV movie ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120498/ What The Deaf Man Heard]]'' is this trope in spades. A child whose mother was murdered sits in a small town diner waiting for his mother who will never arrive. The townsfolk think he's deaf and mute since he just sits there and doesn't react to anyone (based on his mother's last words to him, "Not one more word out of you"). For twenty years he decides to maintain this charade, because everyone drops their guard around him, so by the end of the movie, when he reveals that he can hear and speak, he's got plenty to talk about.
* Happens in one episode of ''Series/WhodunnitUK''. When the host called on the real murderer to please stand up, one of the policemen dropped his notebook. The man in a wheelchair next to him stood up and handed it back to him.
* The villain of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode "The Night of the Brain" starts out in steam-powered wheelchair, but it is then revealed that he uses it because he he believes that literally every ounce of a person's energy should be devoted to thinking.
* 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).
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': "The Amazing Maleeni." When a stage magician who made his head rotate 360 degrees as part of his act turns up decapitated, Mulder and Scully quickly believe his bank manager brother could have been his double-but the bank manager proves that couldn't be the case, as he lost both his legs in a car accident. That is, until later, when Mulder tumbles him out of the wheelchair; he's got both legs, because ''he'' was the stage magician and was pulling off an illusion.

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* Lori & Bolo tried this at the beginning of Season 6 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' to get help at airports. Luckily, they dropped it quickly.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' the demon sorcerer Cyvus Vail appeared reliant on a complex intravenous drip, physically vulnerable and weak. However
Used as early as ''Theatre/HenryVI'' part two, when under genuine attack his IV was broken and he ignored it, he shrugged off being hurled twice into a wall, and gutted his opponent with a [[KukrisAreKool kukri]].
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' subverts the trope quite humorously. A female attorney who can actually see claims to be blind in order to get the sympathy of her jurors; the Bluths try to expose her fake disability, but fail spectacularly because (only) on the day
Gloucester proves that they decided to prove she was not blind, she actually WAS temporarily blind due to an accident. She regained her sight in full the following day.
** It's even more wibbly woobly when you add the fact that Michael doesn't realize she's (faking) blind at first.
* An episode of ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' had a plot where
a man claimed to have received a neck injury in a minor car accident with Mrs. Brady. Mr. Brady proved the man was lying by dropping his briefcase a desk, startling him and causing him to turn his head.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:'' In the last four episodes of season 2, Spike is only pretending to still need his wheelchair.
* Happened in an episode of ''Series/{{Cadfael}}'', when the cripple had hidden his disability-less-ness from everyone including his ''sister'', then tries to collect money after he is "healed" by touching a reliquary. He is revealed when he runs away, sans crutches.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** In "Under the Gun", one of their suspects is an aging ex-con
who needs a walker to get around...until he has to get away, at which point he ditches the walker and makes a run for it.
** In "What Lies Beneath...", a blind priest is revealed not to be blind when he runs away from Castle and Alexis. He later admits that he faked the blindness so he would be given his choice of parishes.
* ''Series/CharliesAngels'' ("Angels in Springtime")
* ''Series/ColdCase'': The killer in "Metamorphosis" suffers from cerebral gigantism and uses the fact that people expect him to be mentally challenged to conceal his true intelligence.
* In ''Series/{{Copper}}'', Corcoran uses his badly broken leg as a great alibi. No matter what his superiors might suspect, people are not going to believe that someone in his condition could [[spoiler: travel across town, climb up to a second story window, kill two people and then get back to Five Points without anyone noticing him]].
* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "The Two Mrs. Grissoms", a student pretends to be deaf in order to get a scholarship. And he and his partner in the deception end committing murder in order to keep the secret.
* Once used by Logan on ''Series/DarkAngel''. He's a real paraplegic [[ItMakesSenseInContext most of the time]], but an easily hidden exoskeleton allows him to walk.
* Happened in ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'', probably more than once, usually discovered by Dick Van Dyke's character.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Colonel is in a wheelchair in the episode "The Unicorn and The Wasp". He is hosting a party where, among other things, Agatha Christie is a guest and there is a murder at the house. When Agatha goes through the summation to identify the killer, she looks at the Colonel [[spoiler:and the Colonel reveals he has been faking it because he was scared his wife would leave him. All Agatha was going to say is he was innocent and had no idea he was faking it]].
** In the serial "The Rescue", Bennett pretends to have been crippled in the spaceship crash, allowing him to murder the other crew members while disguised as the monster Koquillion.
* In the Mexican soap opera ''Series/EnNombreDelAmor'', Carlota the head villainess pretends to be paralyzed in order to not go to prison after trying to murder her niece Paloma. Doctors cannot figure out what is wrong with her. The audience may even be fooled. Carlota tries to bribe a nurse in order to get assistance in leaving the hospital- but the nurse refuses. Carlota then hits the nurse with a bottle and steals her scrubs and mask, then places the unconscious nurse on the bed and flees the hospital without incident.
* ''Series/FatherBrown'': The killer in "The Shadow of the Scaffold". Father Brown discovers this when he realises that they could not have seen they claimed to have witnessed unless they were standing up.
* Dr. Harrison Wells in ''Series/TheFlash2014''
claims to have been injured during divinely cured of blindness is a charlatan.
* Some stage versions of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' place Judge Lawrence Wargrave in a wheelchair, leading to a dramatic reveal of
the [[FreakLabAccident S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion]], and become paralysed from the waist down as murderer.
* Used in ''Theatre/WeMustKillToni'' by
a result. Nine months after the accident, he's shown to be riding around character in a wheelchair. Except the end of the pilot episode shows that Although he needs neither is injured, he exaggerated his wheelchair nor his glasses. His reasons for faking the disability are eventually revealed to be twofold: 1) to avoid suspicion of being [[spoiler:the Reverse-Flash]], and 2) to use the wheelchair as storage for [[spoiler:the battery he uses to fuel his super speed]].
* In the ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode ''Wheels of Fortune'', Lilith's conman brother Blaine turns up in a wheelchair, claiming to have found God, and Frasier spends the entire episode attempting to prove he's a charlatan, making himself look worse and worse in the process. In the final scene, he's proven right, [[KarmaHoudini but Blaine gets away]].
* ''Series/FunkySquad'' ("Diamonds Are a Cat's Best Friend")
* Grand Maester Pycelle on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' feigns being a doddering, feeble old yes-man in order to out-maneuver his political enemies. It's an elaborately calculated act that involves pretending to have a hunched back, a chronic respiratory ailment of some sort, rheumatism, dementia, and a general lack of energy. Only once has he dropped the act, when he was certain no one was looking. The second time it happens is in a deleted scene where BigBad Tywin Lannister calls him out on it and he reveals himself to be a physically formidable man whose real speaking voice is [[EvilSoundsDeep a deep commanding baritone]]. Tywin openly asks if he's the only person who can "see through this performance" and Pycelle admits even he's surprised it works so well.
** He also drops the act while doing some EvilGloating over Tyrion's
injuries and fall from power at the end of Season 2.
can walk a few steps.
* Used in the two-part ''Series/GetSmart'' episode "Ship of Spies". It involves a wheelchair-bound water polo player.
** ''Get Smart'' also featured Leadside, a villain in a wheelchair. He pulls off an impressive infiltration because while he is incapable of walking or standing up, the act of running is still within his power.
* Tina's stutter in early episodes of ''Series/{{Glee}}''. She reveals to Artie she was doing it to seem more unique but the wheelchair-bound Artie slams her for mocking people with real disabilities like himself.
* ''Series/TheGoodWife'': Though he is legitimately disabled, Louis Canning ([[DisabledCharacterDisabledActor played by]] MichaelJFox) habitually plays up his disability to gain sympathy with the judges and juries he faces in court, much to Alicia's annoyance.
* A variation: in a flashback in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Barney pretends ''Ted'' is deaf to make him appear sympathetic to a woman. Little does he know that both that both the woman and Ted know sign language (while Barney does not), and Ted simply tells her, in sign language, that Barney is lying and to give him a fake phone number.
*
In ''Theatre/AccidentalDeathOfAnAnarchist'', The ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' episode "Picture Perfect" has Maniac wears an art forger who is pretending to have suffered a stroke to avoid eyepatch despite having to stand trial for forgery.
* Roy ends up doing this on one episode of ''Series/TheITCrowd'' to avoid getting in trouble for using the disabled bathroom stall.
* In the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Yesterday's Heroes"; retired navy diver Artemus Sullivan (played by Creator/ErnestBorgnine) is avenging the death of his grandson by a drug dealer. When meeting Harm & Mac at first, Sullivan
two functioning eyes. He pretends to be in lose a senile vegetable state of mind.
* ''Series/JonathanCreek'': In "The Problem at Gallows Gate",
GlassEye as a friend of Adam's is a famous blind blues musician. However, he actually had an operation distraction several years earlier which restored his sight. He maintains the pretence of being blind because people respect blind blues musicians, and because it allows him to spy on women and "accidentally" grope them.
* {{Downplayed|Trope}} on ''Series/{{Justified}}'': Johny Crowder really is disabled. He was shot in the gut with a shotgun and it did major damage to his body. He spends most of his time in a wheelchair and people tend to assume that he is a paraplegic. In fact he can walk on his own but it is painful and tires him out. When two men come to kill him they are surprised to find that he just walked out the back door and left his wheelchair behind.
* Elliot's brother Donnie from ''Series/JustShootMe'' pretended to be mentally disabled for most of his life in order to avoid responsibility. Jack blows it for him when his profound ignorance of how the office's pneumatic tube works becomes a RantInducingSlight to Donnie.
times.
* In several episodes of ''LawAndOrder'' and its spinoffs;
** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' had a Stephen Hawking {{expy}} who still had more mobility than he let on.
** Another episode had a man who stole a woman's identity and pretended to be deaf to excuse not being able to speak.
** An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' had a woman who had long since made a full recovery from an accident keeping her wheelchair and making herself sick for the sympathy and to control her husband, who she was framing for a couple murders - it's revealed when he shoves her wheelchair into a pool. Just to double up on the trope, she may have been faking the Munchausen's Syndrome as a defense.
* The obscure TV movie ''Series/{{Lifepod}}'' featured a killer who faked being blind. The game was up when someone thought to simply shine a light into
''Theatre/TheManWhoCameToDinner'', Whiteside's doctor pronounces his eyes.
* 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 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.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Nellie Olson faked paralysis after falling off a horse so her parents would give her presents and Laura would be her slave out of guilt.
* One episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' centered on a slacker whom Superman saved from an explosion; the slacker faked nerve damage to a broken arm to sue Superman for
injuries he supposedly sustained while being rescued. When Superman prevented another bomb from taking out the courtroom, the slacker attempted to play up his "injuries" again, only for his put-upon girlfriend to blow the whistle on his charade, moments before dumping him.
* A ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode has Radar apparently hitting an elderly Korean villager with a jeep. When the uninjured man demands $50 not to report Radar to the [=MPs=], a visiting officer susses out that he's a well-known con man known as "Whiplash Hwang".
** In the episode where Hawkeye is temporarily blinded when he tried to fix the nurses' heater, even though he can't see them, some of the nurses still want him out of the tent as they change. Later, when he over-emphasizes that, due to a relapse, they can go ahead and take off their clothes while he's there, one of them tosses a cup at him, which he catches. Busted!!
* On ''Series/TheMentalist'' Jane knew the PerpOfTheWeek was the guy in the wheelchair because Jane checked his shoes; they were scuffed (but for the record, this is total BS; a wheelchair user's shoes get just as scuffed as everybody else's, believe it or not). Jane is apparently very GenreSavvy about this.
--> '''Patrick Jane:''' Whenever I meet someone in a wheelchair I check the bottoms of their shoes. The bottoms of your shoes were scuffed. I've been checking shoes for years. This is the first time it's ever paid off. First time. That's gratifying, man. Very, very gratifying.
** In another episode the killer was pretending to be mentally disabled. The killer came up with this dodge when caught stealing a car at 18, and kept it going because it rendered him effectively invisible. Jane says the guy went too far by showing up at a funeral wearing a death metal t-shirt (even a mentally disabled person would have enough realization not to wear a skull in front of a grieving family).
* There's one ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' episode where a guy who is always seen in a wheelchair is in fact revealed to be able to walk (when no one's around, possibly collecting disability benefits). However, the scene is a !red!herring, as he is neither the killer nor a victim.
* Regularly done in ''Series/MissionImpossible'' as part of a mission. For example, in "A Game of Chess", Rollin pretends to be a deaf chessmaster, so he can receive moves from a chess computer offstage. He soon gets discovered by the mark, but that's part of the plan.
* An early ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode has Monk realize that the assassin is not really a cripple because his shoes are heavily scuffed, something that would not happen to a man who had to use a wheelchair all the time (again, not actually true - see above). This revelation does not come in time and the assassin manages to get away.
** "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus" - an unliked ringmaster is shot and killed by a masked acrobat at a restaurant. Monk immediately suspects the victim's ex-wife, Natasha Lovara, but Natasha had broken her leg in a fall from a trapeze weeks ago. Monk initially assumes that this trope was in play and Natasha faking her injury, especially when he finds out that as a Romany Gypsy, she doesn't believe in doctors and had set the bone herself. However, a quick trip to the hospital reveals that her leg was indeed "smashed." Monk eventually realizes that the doctor's evidence confirmed that her leg was broken but not when she'd broken it. She had faked the injury from the initial fall, then after the shooting, had an elephant crush her foot so that the X-rays the police demanded would show a broken leg.
** Mentioned in season one episode "Dale the Whale." Dale, a massively overweight crime boss, is accused of killing a judge against him, but he's so fat he can't get out of bed. He quickly disproves any theories that he is faking his weight by lifting his bedsheets to them. [[NauseaFuel Sharona even vomits.]] {{Played straight}} by the ending. The judge was killed by a thin man in a fat suit who knew that suspicion would fall upon the boss, who could not be proven guilty.
** Another early Monk episode has a perpetrator who is supposedly blind. Cue the streaker.
*** The woman who was pretending to be blind actually ''was'' blind since a drunk driver hit her as a child, killing her parents. She [[ThrowingOffTheDisability regains her sight when she slips in a store]] and pretends she's still blind, so that she can shoot the man and then have the cops rule her out as a suspect.
** A TieInNovel subplot in ''Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop'' (an insta-solve file that is only mentioned in one page) involves something with a man smuggling secrets from a helicopter company factory to a rival by using his wheelchair to remove documents.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "When Thieves Fall Out", one of the suspects is in a wheelchair following a car accident. It turns out he is faking paralysis to scam an insurance payout. Jessica becomes suspicious when she a footprint of a man's shoe in his size outside his home, and tricks him into revealing himself.
* In one episode of ''Series/MurdochMysteries'', the killer turned out to be someone who pretended to be a stroke victim so he would avoid suspicion.
* ''Series/NewTricks'': The killer of the week in "Magic Majestic" has pretended to need a wheelchair for his entire adult life, referencing RealLife magician Chung Ling Soo. This allows him to escape from custody at the end of the episode.
* A ''Series/NightGallery'' episode had a con man faking being crippled to collect a fat settlement visiting a shrine in Mexico with reputed miraculous healing powers visited by sick and infirm pilgrims - he intends to get "cured" and walk out scot-free in front of an insurance investigator. As he saunters out, a miracle ''does'' occur - he's miraculously stricken blind.
* Used in the reveal of the ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' episode "Double Sin".
* In a season 2 episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies'', there's a brief flashback to Emerson Cod's childhood. His mother faked putting him in danger to expose a man who had made fraudulent insurance claims. She pushed a stroller with a baby doll in it down a flight of stairs- the allegedly wheelchair-bound man with a neck brace and a broken arm ran from his wheelchair to catch the baby with both hands.
* Happens several times on ''Series/QuantumLeap''
** Sam leaped into a blind piano player and had to pretend he was blind. The mother of the leapee's girlfriend caught him, though, and thought the character was really pretending; but when he was tested by her later, he ''was'' blind, temporarily, due to a camera flashbulb.
** He also leaped into the body of a legless Vietnam vet. To one "unfortunate" [[NurseRatched sadistic orderly]], Sam looked like he was floating above the ground when he got up and walked. Naturally, no one believed the orderly's claims as he was fired.
* An episode of ''Series/TheRiches'' has Dahlia seeing a little kid in a wheelchair with a bald head, holding a sign claiming to be a cancer victim at a fair. He's surrounded by local women who gladly donate money and wish the kid good luck. When they leave, Dahlia (a con artist herself) tells the kid he's doing a good job but he needs to shave his head more often and gives tips on how to look more sickly. The two share a knowing wink and smile before heading their separate ways.
* The "Lost Ending" to ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' as seen on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' showed Mr. Potter was faking.
* Used by Guy Caballero, the owner of the TV station, "for respect" in ''Series/{{SCTV}}''.
* Happens a few times on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** In "The Butter Shave", George has to walk with a cane due to the injuries he received in "The Summer of George". He goes to a job interview and the cane makes his new employer think he's disabled. George is about to clear things up when the guy mentions that George would be getting a private bathroom because of his disability. George then fakes being disabled to keep the bathroom as well as getting a number of other perks, like [[DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery having a secretary]] ''[[DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery carry him]]'' [[DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery to his office]].
** In "The Jimmy", Kramer does this by accident when he meets a man who is organizing a charity dinner for the mentally challenged. He ends up as a guest of honor because the Novocaine he was injected with at the dentist made him slur his speech, and he's wearing strangely shaped training shoes, so the man thinks he's a shining example of a mentally challenged person able to live on their own.
** In "The Lip-Reader", Elaine fakes being deaf so that she doesn't have to make conversation with the driver of the car service. It doesn't work for very long. To quote Elaine, "he caught me hearing".
* Lionel Luthor of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' uses this. In the beginning of Season 2, a life-saving surgery left him temporarily blind. [[ThrowingOffTheDisability He eventually regained his sight]], but neglected to mention it and faked being blind for a few more weeks because people let their guard down around someone they thought couldn't see. Street-wise Lucas Luthor, however, sees through the ruse immediately upon first meeting him; Lionel pours himself some water and doesn't put his finger inside the glass to know when it's full. Lucas tests his theory later by signing "BITE ME" on an important contract instead of his name, and when Lionel can't hide his reaction, Lucas forcibly throws a billiards ball at his head. Lionel reflexively dodges and is
fully exposed.
** In the episode "Precipice," Lana is attacked by a drunken frat boy, and Clark "injures" him by throwing him into a cop car. The frat boy sues Clark for one million dollars, but it turns out his severe neck injury is total bullshit, and Lana calls him out on it, forcing him to drop the lawsuit.
* In ''Series/SoLittleTime'', Riley goes to school in a wheelchair to get the attention of a paraplegic whom she has a crush on.
* In season 5 of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', Clay suffers a gunshot wound to the chest that damages his lungs and gets him put on an oxygen tank. Midway through the season it is revealed that he has completely
healed and in perfect health, but he continues to wear the tank and pretend to be weak and frail.
* Subverted in a ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' episode: an old lady sues Louie for hitting her with his cab, and he learns that she's a scam artist with a history of phony lawsuits. When he tries to "prove" his innocence in court by pushing the wheelchair-bound woman out the door and toward a staircase in the assumption that she'll jump off, he discovers that in this particular case she wasn't faking it.
* In ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'', Ricky's dad, Ray, pretends to be in a wheelchair to receive disability money. He only gets out of the chair when he's around Ricky or close friends. In season five he's finally caught and sent to jail.
* The TV movie ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120498/ What The Deaf Man Heard]]'' is this trope in spades. A child whose mother was murdered sits in a small town diner waiting for his mother who will never arrive. The townsfolk think he's deaf and mute since he just sits there and doesn't react to anyone (based on his mother's last words to him, "Not one more word out of you"). For twenty years he decides to maintain this charade, because everyone drops their guard around him, so
by the end of the movie, when first act, but he reveals that he can hear and speak, he's got plenty to talk about.
* Happens in one episode of ''Series/WhodunnitUK''. When the host called
insists on the real murderer to please stand up, one of the policemen dropped keeping his notebook. The man recovery a secret so he won't have to leave town. So he stays in a his wheelchair next to him stood up and handed it back to him.
* The villain of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode "The Night of the Brain" starts out in steam-powered wheelchair, but it is then revealed that he uses it because he he believes that literally every ounce of
for a person's energy should be devoted to thinking.
* 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).
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': "The Amazing Maleeni." When a stage magician who made his head rotate 360 degrees as part of his act turns up decapitated, Mulder and Scully quickly believe his bank manager brother could have been his double-but the bank manager proves that couldn't be the case, as he lost both his legs in a car accident. That is, until later, when Mulder tumbles him out of the wheelchair; he's got both legs, because ''he'' was the stage magician and was pulling off an illusion.
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* There have been a few angles over the years where a supposedly injured wrestler, standing nearby with crutches, will suddenly run into the ring and use the crutches to attack the person he's feuding with. Sometimes, it will be a wrestler returning from a lengthy absence due to an actual injury.
** This was done in an utterly tasteless manner by Wrestling/{{WCW}} when Buff Bagwell used a wheelchair after a major spinal injury. Bagwell called the man who injured him, Rick Steiner, to the ring and forgave him in a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming...only to rise from the wheelchair and betray Steiner immediately afterward, turning this into ''yet another'' [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] angle.
** {{Wrestling/ECW}}'s "[[Wrestling/JimFullington Sandman]] gets blinded" angle. The Sandman was apparently blinded in a match with Wrestling/TommyDreamer, and to help sell the angle, stayed at home for a month, never having contact with another human being apart from his wife - his commitment to the angle was phenomenal. Then, he came to the arena to announce his retirement, and when he got to the ring, ripped the bandages off and beat the living crap out of Tommy Dreamer.
* Doink the Clown earned his first major feud when he faked an arm injury to gain sympathy from Crush, who had been speaking out about the clown's recent string of practical jokes and that they might hurt someone if he isn't careful. Crush agreed to let Doink alone ... until he realized (after waking up at the hospital) that he was suckered into a severe beating with a fake prosthetic arm, leading Crush to vow bloody revenge.
* An infamous Brother Love show saw him play the part of a charlatan, hiring an actor to pretend he was blind and lame, before ordering him to see and walk on command.

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* There ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'''s Quercus Alba. Ironically, faking his need to walk with a cane has given him an actual bad back. (''You'' try walking stooped over for that long!)
** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Machi Tobaye is not actually blind, but Lamiroir, who is thought to be sighted, is.
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', [[spoiler:Armie Buff actually ''was'' disabled for a time following a fire that claimed her mother's life and left her crippled, but she regained the use of her legs a few months prior to the events of the game. She stayed in her wheelchair because she was too scared to go outside, having developed an overwhelming fear of fire. Thanks to Apollo and Athena, she gains the courage to stand on her own two feet again]].
* Peter Stillman in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' who faked his disability to avoid facing the families of the victims of a bomb he was unable to defuse. By claiming to
have been a few angles over the years where a supposedly seriously injured wrestler, standing nearby with crutches, will suddenly run into the ring and use the crutches to attack the person himself, he's feuding with. Sometimes, it will be a wrestler returning from a lengthy absence due to an actual injury.
** This was done
seen as another victim, not the guy who fucked up.
* Belger, the final boss
in an utterly tasteless manner by Wrestling/{{WCW}} when Buff Bagwell used ''VideoGame/FinalFight'', is in a wheelchair after a major spinal injury. Bagwell called at the man who injured him, Rick Steiner, fight's start. He does this to lure his victims into a false sense of security before he shoots them with his crossbow. (It also makes it easier to use Jessica as a HumanShield.) Partway through the ring and forgave him in a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming...only to rise from fight, the player smashes his wheelchair and betray Steiner immediately afterward, turning this into ''yet another'' [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] angle.
** {{Wrestling/ECW}}'s "[[Wrestling/JimFullington Sandman]] gets blinded" angle. The Sandman
Belger continues the fight on foot.
* Colonel Dijon of ''VideoGame/TheColonelsBequest''
was apparently blinded 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.
* Possibly with Swain in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''; as a joke, his /dance has him check to make sure no-one's watching before tossing his cane away and dancing, and alt skin that makes him the Noxxian high general has no limp.
* Played for laughs in the non-canon after-credits end to ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2''. Woods, who is
in a match with Wrestling/TommyDreamer, and to help sell wheelchair because his knees were shot out during the angle, stayed at home for a month, never having contact with another human being apart story line, jumps up out of the chair when M. Shadow asks if he's ready to rock. Menendez (the [[BigBad guy]] who shot Woods' legs) asks, shocked, "What the fuck?" Woods' response? "Oh, that shit? Nah, I'm just fuckin' lazy."
* Gehrman, the First Hunter,
from his wife - his commitment to ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' is a one-legged old man who mostly comes off as senile and spends most of the angle was phenomenal. Then, he came to game in a wheelchair. Then comes the arena to announce his retirement, and end when he got offers you a chance to leave the ring, ripped dream. If you refuse, [[LightningBruiser you'll soon learn that the bandages off and beat the living crap out loss of Tommy Dreamer.
* Doink the Clown earned
his first major feud when he faked an arm injury to gain sympathy leg is no impediment]].
* Monaka
from Crush, who had been speaking out about the clown's recent string of practical jokes and that they might hurt someone if he isn't careful. Crush agreed ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls'' is revealed to let Doink alone ... until he realized (after waking up be this at the hospital) that he was suckered into a severe beating with a fake prosthetic arm, leading Crush to vow bloody revenge.
* An infamous Brother Love show saw him play
end of the part of a charlatan, hiring an actor to pretend he was blind game (her RoomFullOfCrazy is [[SpottingTheThread only reachable by ladder]]). She ''did'' have her legs broken by her [[AbusiveParents abusive father and lame, before ordering him brother]] in the past, but acted as though she'd lost complete use of them to see [[TheFakeCutie make herself seem harmless and walk on command.more easily manipulate others]].



[[folder:Radio]]
* ''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.
* ''Radio/TrollCops'': The Nefarious and Notorious Mr. Pupa uses his wheelchair to lull his foes into a false sense of security, before escaping on his fully functional robotic legs.

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[[folder:Radio]]
[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''The New Adventures of SherlockHolmes'': In "The Case of ''Franchise/{{Bionicle 2015}}'''s online animations, the Baconian Cipher", Holmes realises Protector of Fire appears as a hunched, robe-wearing elder walking with a stick. When he decides it's time to start Tahu's training, he throws off his robe, straightens up, and reveals that his "hump" was in reality a shoulder-mounted [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] tucked under the man pretending to be his wheelchair-bound uncle is a fake when he notices fresh dirt on the soles of his shoes.
* ''Radio/TrollCops'': The Nefarious and Notorious Mr. Pupa uses his wheelchair to lull his foes into a false sense of security, before escaping on his fully functional robotic legs.
robe.



[[folder:Theater]]
* Used as early as ''Theatre/HenryVI'' part two, when Gloucester proves that a man who claims to have been divinely cured of blindness is a charlatan.
* Some stage versions of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' place Judge Lawrence Wargrave in a wheelchair, leading to a dramatic reveal of the murderer.
* Used in ''Theatre/WeMustKillToni'' by a character in a wheelchair. Although he is injured, he exaggerated his injuries and can walk a few steps.
* In ''Theatre/AccidentalDeathOfAnAnarchist'', The Maniac wears an eyepatch despite having two functioning eyes. He pretends to lose a GlassEye as a distraction several times.
* In ''Theatre/TheManWhoCameToDinner'', Whiteside's doctor pronounces his injuries fully healed by the end of the first act, but he insists on keeping his recovery a secret so he won't have to leave town. So he stays in his wheelchair for a while longer.

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[[folder:Theater]]
[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Used as early as ''Theatre/HenryVI'' part two, when Gloucester proves that a man who claims Rachel from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' was supposedly paraplegic after Ho stabbed her in the back and Yu Han Sung prevented any treatment to have been divinely cured of blindness is a charlatan.
* Some stage versions of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''
stop Baam from climbing the tower. Then she stands up and pushes Baam down the "The Wineglass", the lake their test takes place Judge Lawrence Wargrave in a wheelchair, leading to a dramatic reveal in. This is only the beginning of the murderer.
* Used in ''Theatre/WeMustKillToni'' by a character in a wheelchair. Although he is injured, he exaggerated his injuries and can walk a few steps.
* In ''Theatre/AccidentalDeathOfAnAnarchist'', The Maniac wears an eyepatch despite having two functioning eyes. He pretends to lose a GlassEye as a distraction several times.
* In ''Theatre/TheManWhoCameToDinner'', Whiteside's doctor pronounces his injuries fully healed by the end of the first act, but he insists on keeping his recovery a secret so he won't have to leave town. So he stays in his wheelchair for a while longer.
WhamEpisode.



[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'''s Quercus Alba. Ironically, faking his need to walk with a cane has given him an actual bad back. (''You'' try walking stooped over for that long!)
** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Machi Tobaye is not actually blind, but Lamiroir, who is thought to be sighted, is.
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', [[spoiler:Armie Buff actually ''was'' disabled for a time following a fire that claimed her mother's life and left her crippled, but she regained the use of her legs a few months prior to the events of the game. She stayed in her wheelchair because she was too scared to go outside, having developed an overwhelming fear of fire. Thanks to Apollo and Athena, she gains the courage to stand on her own two feet again]].
* Peter Stillman in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' who faked his disability to avoid facing the families of the victims of a bomb he was unable to defuse. By claiming to have been seriously injured himself, he's seen as another victim, not the guy who fucked up.
* Belger, the final boss in ''VideoGame/FinalFight'', is in a wheelchair at the fight's start. He does this to lure his victims into a false sense of security before he shoots them with his crossbow. (It also makes it easier to use Jessica as a HumanShield.) Partway through the fight, the player smashes his wheelchair and Belger continues the fight on foot.
* Colonel Dijon of ''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.
* Possibly with Swain in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''; as a joke, his /dance has him check to make sure no-one's watching before tossing his cane away and dancing, and alt skin that makes him the Noxxian high general has no limp.
* Played for laughs in the non-canon after-credits end to ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2''. Woods, who is in a wheelchair because his knees were shot out during the story line, jumps up out of the chair when M. Shadow asks if he's ready to rock. Menendez (the [[BigBad guy]] who shot Woods' legs) asks, shocked, "What the fuck?" Woods' response? "Oh, that shit? Nah, I'm just fuckin' lazy."
* Gehrman, the First Hunter, from ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' is a one-legged old man who mostly comes off as senile and spends most of the game in a wheelchair. Then comes the end when he offers you a chance to leave the dream. If you refuse, [[LightningBruiser you'll soon learn that the loss of his leg is no impediment]].
* 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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[[folder:Video Games]]
[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'''s Quercus Alba. Ironically, faking
In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode, "Bowser Junior's Broken Leg", Bowser Junior [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin breaks his need to walk with a cane has given him an actual bad back. (''You'' try walking stooped over for that long!)
** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Machi Tobaye is not actually blind, but Lamiroir, who is thought to be sighted, is.
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', [[spoiler:Armie Buff actually ''was'' disabled for a time following a fire that claimed her mother's life and left her crippled, but she regained the use of her legs a few months prior to the events of the game. She stayed in her wheelchair because she was too scared to go outside, having developed an overwhelming fear of fire. Thanks to Apollo and Athena, she gains the courage to stand on her own two feet again]].
* Peter Stillman in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' who faked his disability to avoid facing the families of the victims of a bomb he was unable to defuse. By claiming to have been seriously injured himself, he's seen as another victim, not the guy who fucked up.
* Belger, the final boss in ''VideoGame/FinalFight'', is in a wheelchair at the fight's start. He does this to lure his victims into a false sense of security before he shoots them with his crossbow. (It also makes it easier to use Jessica as a HumanShield.) Partway through the fight, the player smashes his wheelchair and Belger continues the fight on foot.
* Colonel Dijon of ''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.
* Possibly with Swain in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''; as a joke, his /dance has him check to make sure no-one's watching before tossing his cane away and dancing, and alt skin that makes him the Noxxian high general has no limp.
* Played for laughs in the non-canon after-credits end to ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2''. Woods, who is in a wheelchair because his knees were shot out during the story line, jumps up out of the chair when M. Shadow asks if he's ready to rock. Menendez (the [[BigBad guy]] who shot Woods' legs) asks, shocked, "What the fuck?" Woods' response? "Oh, that shit? Nah, I'm just fuckin' lazy."
* Gehrman, the First Hunter, from ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' is a one-legged old man who mostly comes off as senile
leg]] and spends most of the game three weeks in a wheelchair. Then comes the end when bed waiting for it to heal, with Chef Pee Pee bringing him whatever he offers you a chance to leave the dream. If you refuse, [[LightningBruiser you'll soon learn that the loss of wants. After it heals, he pretends his leg is no impediment]].
* Monaka
still broken to continue to get free stuff from ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls'' is revealed Chef Pee Pee, despite a warning not to be this from the Brooklyn Guy. This comes back to bite him two weeks later, when [[ShowWithinAShow Doofy the Dragon]] hosts a meet and greet at the end of mall, which Junior wants to go to. After Junior admits to Chef Pee Pee that he's been lying about his leg for 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]].last two weeks, [[TheDogBitesBack Chef Pee Pee beats him up]], [[HereWeGoAgain breaking his other leg]].



[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle 2015}}'''s online animations, the Protector of Fire appears as a hunched, robe-wearing elder walking with a stick. When he decides it's time to start Tahu's training, he throws off his robe, straightens up, and reveals that his "hump" was in reality a shoulder-mounted [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] tucked under the robe.

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[[folder:Web Animation]]
[[folder:Real Life]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle 2015}}'''s online animations, Juliette Gordon Low, the Protector founder of Fire appears as Girl Scouts, was completely deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other. She would play it up to get what she wanted by forcing people to repeat themselves until they said what she wanted to hear. Considering the barriers women had to face in 1912, this was probably a hunched, robe-wearing elder walking huge asset in the early days of the organization.
* Similarly, WinstonChurchill would obfuscate deafness to irritate or bring off fellow politicians and aides
with a stick. When whom he decides it's time did not agree.
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'':
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/should-be-throne-out/12155 This]] woman on Website/NotAlwaysRight, preferring
to start Tahu's training, he throws off his robe, straightens up, and reveals order an usher to remove a cinema seat (something they point out they cannot do as they are bolted to the floor) rather than get out of her chair or use one of the designated handicapped seats in the theater, even though she shows herself soon after to be entirely capable of that level of movement despite her earlier claims.
--->'''Me:''' I thought you couldnít get out of your chair?\\
'''Customer:''' I can, but I donít want to!
** Subverted [[http://notalwaysright.com/making-a-spectacle-of-herself/28379 here]]: the customer decided the barista (who usually wears contacts but was wearing glasses that day) was [[PurelyAestheticGlasses wearing fake glasses to be "cool"]] or something.
** 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.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/not-always-right-on-so-many-levels/921 This]] customer, who, when she doesn't get her way after throwing a (rather racist) tantrum, ''throws'' down her crutches and stomps out the front door.
* At the 2000 UsefulNotes/ParalympicGames, the Spanish team got dragged into a scandal for allegedly winning 5 gold medals with non-disabled athletes, primarily [[MoneyDearBoy to get bigger sponsorship deals]]. Of most prominent note was the Spanish intellectually disabled basketball team, who was caught ObfuscatingStupidity and got stripped of their gold medals. Only two of their twelve members ended up being eligible, intellectually disabled athletes.
* Zip the Pinhead, who was an early 20th century sideshow performer known for
his "hump" oddly shaped head and supposed mental 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?"
* American comedian Harpo Marx of the Creator/MarxBrothers fame played a mute character on stage, in his films and kept this image alive during public appearances. Though the general public never knew it and to this day you'll find a lot of people unsure about it, Harpo could in fact speak. Still, so far there's only one audio recording of his voice available.
* An obscure inter-war American blues singer called Ben Covington had his nickname changed from [[BlindMusician Blind Ben Covington]] to Bogus Ben Covington after it
was in reality a shoulder-mounted [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] tucked under discovered that he was faking the robe.blindness.
* Website/{{Twitch}} gamer Angel Hamilton (better known as [=ZilianOP=]) notoriously stood up from his wheelchair during a ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' webcast.
* Israeli musician Haim "Zino" Zinovich was a [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly fusion rock]] musician who spent much of the '90s making music without much recognition in his country, and he disappeared without a trace at decade's end. In 2000, however, a new singer named "Hasaruf", the Burned Man, surfaced on the nation's music scene. He was a former Israeli soldier who suffered third degree burns across his entire body and was put into a wheelchair. He got prime-time news coverage all across the national media, and revealed himself to be Zinovich. The Israeli audience that was once indifferent to him were left in awe at his brilliant marketing gimmick, and ran out to buy his CD, which became one of the best selling in the nation's history. Afterwards, Zino and his friend Tomer "Tommy" Bilan started to get Hollywood deals, getting their music in media like Series/TheSopranos.



[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Rachel from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' was supposedly paraplegic after Ho stabbed her in the back and Yu Han Sung prevented any treatment to stop Baam from climbing the tower. Then she stands up and pushes Baam down the "The Wineglass", the lake their test takes place in. This is only the beginning of the WhamEpisode.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode, "Bowser Junior's Broken Leg", Bowser Junior [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin breaks his leg]] and spends three weeks in bed waiting for it to heal, with Chef Pee Pee bringing him whatever he wants. After it heals, he pretends his leg is still broken to continue to get free stuff from Chef Pee Pee, despite a warning not to from the Brooklyn Guy. This comes back to bite him two weeks later, when [[ShowWithinAShow Doofy the Dragon]] hosts a meet and greet at the mall, which Junior wants to go to. After Junior admits to Chef Pee Pee that he's been lying about his leg for the last two weeks, [[TheDogBitesBack Chef Pee Pee beats him up]], [[HereWeGoAgain breaking his other leg]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' had an exciting chase sequence when a wheelchair-bound suspect got up and ran unexpectedly. She claimed without much remorse that she never told anyone that she NEEDED the wheelchair, she just preferred it (having two fake leg casts helped). Unfortunately, she had spent so long in it that she didn't get very far.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
** One episode had Phoebe taking advantage of Helga's niceness when she broke a leg and kept the cast even after it healed.
** There's also the episode when a prank from Arnold left Helga temporarily blind, and she decides to keep up the charade so a guilt-ridden Arnold would stay at her side and help her at anything (obviously, she secretly ''did'' enjoy having him all for herself too).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** One episode has Bart pretending to be blind so he and Homer can pull off confidence tricks.
** On another one, Bart had gone temporarily deaf as a result of a flu vaccine. When Marge is trying to explain this to principal Skinner, he [[MistakenForAnImpostor claims that he has heard it before]], and proceeds to pull photos of Bart with several fake disabilities.
--->'''Skinner:''' And my personal favorite: pregnant Bart!
** In another, Homer goes into the Springfield Retirement Home and starts using a wheelchair as an excuse to slack off.
** In "Little Big Mom", Marge gets injured and lands in the hospital. But since she doesn't have to do housework for the first time in her life, she fakes it after she's healed.
** In "Bart Gets Hit by a Car", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mr. Burns hits Bart with his car]], and Lionel Hutz calls in Dr. Nick for a "second opinion" on Bart's minor injuries. Everyone played along, except for Marge:
---> '''Marge''': He seemed a lot more concerned about wrapping Bart in bandages than in making him feel better.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' had Dale fake a broken toe to get out of doing work, and get spoiled by Gadget. Later in the episode, Dale saved the day, breaking his toe for real, and got his comeuppance when he had to miss a party because of it.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode, "Angelica Breaks A Leg" has Angelica pretending to break her leg by shoving a bowling ball down the stairs in an attempt to garner tons of attention from Stu and Didi. Thanks to [[Series/DoogieHowserMD a very young doctor]], [[FileMixUp her X-rays are mixed up with those of a]] ''[[FileMixUp football player's]]'', leading him to believe that Angelica's leg really is broken. The doctor does realize his mistake later, but not before Stu very nearly has a major breakdown. [[LaserGuidedKarma Karma soon catches up with Angelica]] when her mom really does break her leg at the end of the episode. Unfortunately for Antonio Peaches, the football player whose X-ray was mixed up with Angelica's, [[BodyHorror the doctor found out his leg was actually broken a little too late]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' has one where Nermal fakes that he broke his leg to get sympathy from Jon. Every time Garfield and Odie try to prove he's faking, they get in trouble with Jon. At the end where they unravel Nermal's foot, Jon believes Nermal's injury was healed. To make matters worse, Garfield and Odie were actually injured, but instead of getting rightful sympathy, they were put in full body casts and not able to eat anything while Nermal gets the last laugh. The whole episode was one large KarmaHoudini.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In the episode "Up the Down Steroid", Cartman fakes being mentally challenged in order to enter the Special Olympics and win the $1,000 prize. During the actual events, it becomes apparent that he spent more time on his efforts to appear disabled than actually training for the Special Olympics, as he's beaten in every competition by people with actual disabilities, although he's still given a consolation prize for never giving up despite his repeated humiliations. In the end, Jimmy outs Cartman as a cheater, then realizes that he cheated too with his use of steroids. After Jimmy apologizes publicly, Cartman claims that [[BlatantLies he only faked his disability to teach Jimmy a lesson on steroid abuse]].
** In "Bloody Mary" Randy starts to use a wheelchair, but it's more because of hypochondria--he heard that his alcoholism is "a disease" and began to look and act the part.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' episode "Love Me, Love My Mouse", Jerry fakes being defenseless to make Toots care for him.
* Even though Toph from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is actually blind, thanks to her DisabilitySuperpower she is a good deal more aware of her surroundings than her sighted friends. She pretended on more than one occasion to be helpless because of her blindness, in order to get what she wanted from someone. So much so that for most of her life, her parents believed she would never master Earthbending... While she was secretly the all-time champion of the Earth Kingdom analogue to ProfessionalWrestling.
** Toph's parents always treated her like she was incapable of doing anything; she just learned to play it up since people underestimated her anyways because of her blindness.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Bill was told by a doctor that he had diabetes that would take his legs away within a year, so in order to prepare, he started making all his movements in a wheelchair and seems to have forgotten he could actually still use his legs until he was drunk in a bar and stood up, shocking and majorly pissing off the wheelchair-bound basketball players he had befriended.
* Nigel, the CardCarryingVillain cockatoo of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' takes advantage of this: at first he looks just as an old and sick bird being treated at a birds rehabilitation and research centre in Rio de Janeiro. Later, after taking active part in Blue and Jewel kidnapping, he shows himself as really is: a very dangerous [[PsychoForHire sadistic janitor with cannibalistic tendencies]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'': In "Beer Walk", after Donna broke her leg, Cleveland had to do all of her chores. However, since Donna finally has her husband do some work, she fakes her injury after she's healed. It took a BatmanGambit to snap her out of it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': In "Nursemaid Taz", Digeri Dingo fakes having a broken leg in order to get the Tasmanian Devils to wait on him hand and foot. [[HilarityEnsues Digeri really didn't think this one through.]]
* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'', by the villain of the day, Avalanche Anderson, to prevent anyone from knowing that he was behind the Snow Creature.
* In the 1933 WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} "Old King Cole" the three blind mice smell cheese and look at it from behind their glasses.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' [[spoiler:ComicBook/NormanOsborn fakes an injury as the Green Goblin, then twists his own son's ankle to frame him for the crimes]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, was completely deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other. She would play it up to get what she wanted by forcing people to repeat themselves until they said what she wanted to hear. Considering the barriers women had to face in 1912, this was probably a huge asset in the early days of the organization.
* Similarly, WinstonChurchill would obfuscate deafness to irritate or bring off fellow politicians and aides with whom he did not agree.
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'':
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/should-be-throne-out/12155 This]] woman on Website/NotAlwaysRight, preferring to order an usher to remove a cinema seat (something they point out they cannot do as they are bolted to the floor) rather than get out of her chair or use one of the designated handicapped seats in the theater, even though she shows herself soon after to be entirely capable of that level of movement despite her earlier claims.
--->'''Me:''' I thought you couldnít get out of your chair?\\
'''Customer:''' I can, but I donít want to!
** Subverted [[http://notalwaysright.com/making-a-spectacle-of-herself/28379 here]]: the customer decided the barista (who usually wears contacts but was wearing glasses that day) was [[PurelyAestheticGlasses wearing fake glasses to be "cool"]] or something.
** 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.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/not-always-right-on-so-many-levels/921 This]] customer, who, when she doesn't get her way after throwing a (rather racist) tantrum, ''throws'' down her crutches and stomps out the front door.
* At the 2000 UsefulNotes/ParalympicGames, the Spanish team got dragged into a scandal for allegedly winning 5 gold medals with non-disabled athletes, primarily [[MoneyDearBoy to get bigger sponsorship deals]]. Of most prominent note was the Spanish intellectually disabled basketball team, who was caught ObfuscatingStupidity and got stripped of their gold medals. Only two of their twelve members ended up being eligible, intellectually disabled athletes.
* Zip the Pinhead, who was an early 20th century sideshow performer known for his oddly shaped head and supposed mental 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?"
* American comedian Harpo Marx of the Creator/MarxBrothers fame played a mute character on stage, in his films and kept this image alive during public appearances. Though the general public never knew it and to this day you'll find a lot of people unsure about it, Harpo could in fact speak. Still, so far there's only one audio recording of his voice available.
* An obscure inter-war American blues singer called Ben Covington had his nickname changed from [[BlindMusician Blind Ben Covington]] to Bogus Ben Covington after it was discovered that he was faking the blindness.
* Website/{{Twitch}} gamer Angel Hamilton (better known as [=ZilianOP=]) notoriously stood up from his wheelchair during a ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' webcast.
* Israeli musician Haim "Zino" Zinovich was a [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly fusion rock]] musician who spent much of the '90s making music without much recognition in his country, and he disappeared without a trace at decade's end. In 2000, however, a new singer named "Hasaruf", the Burned Man, surfaced on the nation's music scene. He was a former Israeli soldier who suffered third degree burns across his entire body and was put into a wheelchair. He got prime-time news coverage all across the national media, and revealed himself to be Zinovich. The Israeli audience that was once indifferent to him were left in awe at his brilliant marketing gimmick, and ran out to buy his CD, which became one of the best selling in the nation's history. Afterwards, Zino and his friend Tomer "Tommy" Bilan started to get Hollywood deals, getting their music in media like Series/TheSopranos.
[[/folder]]
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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).
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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?"
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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.
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