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Your studly, womanizing main man is walking down the school hall, and eyes a gorgeous woman he's never seen before. When he tries to start putting his moves on her, he finds out something.

She's blind.

Or deaf, or has a prosthetic leg, or something like that. But don't worry, she'll still probably fall for you anyways.

The Disabled Love Interest is a (usually [[GirlOfTheWeek temporary]]) LoveInterest, most often InspirationallyDisabled. She'll overcome her challenges in the end, and have a steamy kiss while she's at it. Homework question: Why is she usually only temporary? UnfortunateImplications indeed.

Still, TropesAreTools. [[TropesAreNotBad This can be done well]], if the love interest isn't played off as InspirationallyDisabled but as a normal person with human thoughts and feelings, and if it offers [[CharacterDevelopment character growth and maturity]].

See Also: BlindAndTheBeast, IllGirl, HandicappedBadass and TheFlorenceNightingaleEffect / BandageBabe. A downplayed version of the trope is a SpeechImpededLoveInterest.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Bikko from ''RomanticFool'' [[VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo used to be]] the premier Disabled Love Interest on Website/FourChan.
* Cheza in ''Anime/WolfsRain'' is very pretty. She's also blind, and weak-bodied, but that never seems to trouble her. Of course, being not quite human she doesn't have any romantic interests, except for Kiba and he's a ''wolf''.
* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'': Kagura was initially only trying to get Sesshomaru to kill Naraku for her and free her, but eventually fell in love with him somewhere along the line. Sesshomaru spends most of the story with a missing left arm but he's so powerful, his disability barely hinders him (in fact, he eventually admits it's made him stronger than he used to be). Part of why Kagura falls for him is precisely because he's so powerful even despite the disability. Sesshomaru is [[ImpliedLoveInterest implied]] to have feelings for Kagura as well.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Sayaka's crush and childhood friend Kyosuke Kamijou got into an accident (which included the loss of mobility in his hand as well as difficulty to walk) and is bedridden because of it. Of course, due to Sayaka having access to a wish-granting entity, he doesn't stay disabled for long. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he does not end up as her boyfriend after her wish, which, combined with several other factors, leads to her becoming a witch.]]
* Edward Elric for Winry in the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' manga and ''Brotherhood'' anime (less so in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist first series]] where he's [[ImpliedLoveInterest more vaguely a love interest]] to both Winry and Rose). Edward is the DisabledBadass protagonist who has an automail arm and leg, after losing them trying to revive his recently deceased mother.
* [[AcePilot Ayase]] from ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' is the ThirdOptionLoveInterest for [[TheHero Shu]] [[spoiler:and also his only surviving love interest by the end of the last episode]]. She's also wheelchair-bound, but that doesn't keep her from being a highly valuable asset for the protagonists.
** On the other hand, [[spoiler: Shu himself loses his right arm in episode 17 and his eyesight in episode 22.]]
* Averted in ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose''. Marie Mueller is a cute girl in a wheelchair and clearly she likes [[spoiler: male lead Lundi]], but it's just as clear that she'd ''never'' stand a chance against [[spoiler: his canon girlfriend Jeudi]].
* In season 3 of ''Anime/SonicX'', there have been some hints [[TimeSkip six years later]] between Chris Thorndyke and his childhood friend in a wheelchair, Helen.
* In ''Manga/GetBackers'', there has been some ShipTease between Shido Fuyuki and his blind companion, Madoka Otowa.
* Played with in a ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' case. It features a blind, beautiful [[TheOjou and very rich]] woman named Kurumi Shudou... but instead of merely waiting around, she hires Kogoro to find [[ChildhoodFriendRomance the boy she once loved]], one that has a scar on his body. [[spoiler: Even more inverted when it turns out Kurumi ''already'' knew who the man was... her very [[UndyingLoyalty devoted]] and [[GreaterNeedThanMine humble]] [[SubordinateExcuse butler]], Taisuke Honya, so this was a BatmanGambit from Kurumi to make him come forward and let their shared feelings being known.]]
* Jun Misugi from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' had a [[HeartTrauma heart disease]], and he is ''[[ShipTease very]]'' [[ShipTease strongly hinted]] to have [[ChildhoodFriendRomance a relationship]] with his CuteSportsClubManager, Yayoi Aoba. When they were in elementary school, she even asked her their common friend [[TheHero Tsubasa]] if he could let Misugi win the match - it was the semi-final match in the tournament. (Which got Misugi [[BerserkButton REALLY]] [[DontYouDarePityMe angry]] for a while). Misugi eventually recovered by getting proper treatment, limiting his share of exercise until he was more or less healthy, and ultimately he returned to his soccer career - though he still has to deal with some handicaps (specifically, [[GlassCannon he has extremely limited stamina and can't play more than one half of a whole game]])
* [[GodEmperor Sankt Kaiser]] [[HandicappedBadass Olivie Sagebrecht]] of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' is revealed to have lost both arms at an early age and uses a pair of medieval ArtificialLimbs in their place. This didn't stop [[WarriorPrince Hegemon Claus Ingvalt]] from falling in love with her, even after he first laid eyes on her without her aforementioned ArtificialLimbs.
* Shouko Nishimiya of ''Manga/ASilentVoice'', who goes through a lot of misfortune because of her deafness, especially from bullies in her elementary school years. However, later in life, she becomes a potential love interest for one of her former tormentors, Shouya Ishida, [[TheAtoner who wants to make up for everything he's done to her]].
* Togo from ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero'' is wheelchair bound due to [[spoiler:injuries related to having previously been a [[MagicalGirlWarrior Hero]] and having lost the memories.]] She is the closest thing Yuna has to a love interest, being [[WordOfGay canonically]] in love with her and having high levels of [[ShipTease romantic subtext]] between the two. [[spoiler:Togo eventually recovers the use of her legs in the finale, along with everyone else's MagicalGirl related injuries healing.]]
* Miyako's crush Takaaki from ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' is a boy she met as a little girl. Due to an illness he is a wheelchair bound [[IllGirl Ill Boy]] stuck in a hospital.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm's]] blind girlfriend, Alicia Masters.
* [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]], who is blind, falls in love with a deaf woman, who in reality is a superheroine named "Echo"
** Matt Murdock also falls in love with an average blind woman, Milla Donovan.
* Barbara Gordon (formerly ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} and Oracle), from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' and ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'', is wheelchair-bound, but [[BadassBookworm she can still]] [[HandicappedBadass kick your ass]]. She is one of the main love interests to Dick Grayson, the first Robin and currently ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}. After the Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}} a CosmicRetcon makes sure she's back on her feet. However, in the new continuity she was wheelchair bound for at least three years, and her status as a Disabled Love Interest is hardwired in her character, as almost everything reminding her of her past handicap (getting a gun pointed to her belly, seeing a wheelchair lift...) acts as a TraumaButton for her post-traumatic stress disorder. Babs herself attained one of these of her own now in Ricky, an ex-gang member who lost a leg in a robbery gone bad and chose to get out of the crime business.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'''s Rillfisher went deaf, but that may have been after she and Treestump became an item. (Her deafness contributed to her death, because she couldn't hear the breaking branch that fell on her.)
* One of Jughead Jones's love interests in the early 1990s ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' was Anita Chavita, a paraplegic with genius-level intellect. She looked as good as your average Archie girl, but was stuck in a wheelchair.
* Josie Beller, a.k.a. Circuit-Breaker, from Marvel's Generation One ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' comic, was definitely [[HotScientist good-looking]], and, given how {{Stripperiffic}} her cybernetic PowerArmor was, she knew it. Bear in mind that she was also a [[VanHelsingHateCrimes vengeful]], [[KnightTemplar obsessed]] badass.
* From ''ComicBook/CreatureTech'', Katie. She's blind in one eye and has a withered hand. Dr. Ong falls in love with her, and feels terrible for having mocked her back when they were in school together. Ong himself gets an alien symbiote attached to him [[CursedWithAwesome which he considers very disfiguring]]. At the end of the story, Ong gets access to a HealingPotion, but only enough for a single person, and he pointedly gives it to Katie rather than using it himself.
* Cassandra Craft, the blind girlfriend of ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger.
* Subverted in ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' with the wheelchair-bound Lori Lemaris, whom Clark fell for in college. Turned out that she sat in a wheelchair with a blanket over her lap to hide the fact that [[spoiler: she was a mermaid]].
* Spider-Man dated Anna-Maria Marconi, a woman with dwarfism. [[spoiler: This was when Doctor Octopus's mind was in Peter Parker's body]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/CafeLiegeois'' Anna falls for a blind woman named Elsa that she [[MeetCute meets at a cafe]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' blind [[HandicappedBadass Toph]] ended the series without any LoveInterest. Fans will have none of this; she's [[FanPreferredCouple usually]] paired with [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Sokka]], whom she's implied to have a crush on, though [[PinkBoyBlueGirl Aang]] is also popular.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* Francis from ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' bonds with a pretty female cat named Felcity who is blind. [[spoiler:She gets beheaded minutes after being introduced.]] Francis later meets another cat but according to the books it was a noncommittal sex filled fling.
* Another male example is the Garrett from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', who is blind and certainly "pretty" enough to become [[ActionGirl Kayley's]] love interest [[spoiler: and marry her in the end.]] This is actually a rare example of this trope done well, as he [[spoiler: isn't magically cured of his disability by the end of the movie,]] as so often happens, and doesn't define himself by his blindness:
-->'''Kayley''': Why won't you look at me when I'm talking to you? ...Oh. Oh, I didn't realize you were...
-->'''Garrett''': What? Tall? Rugged? Handsome?
-->'''Kayley''': ...Blind.
-->'''Garrett''': Oh yeah, I always forget that one.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'': One of Barbarella's sex partners is the blind (and initially flightless) angel Pygar, who's also her most enduring ally.
* Madeleine Stowe in ''Film/{{Blink}}'' is blind. Before Aidan Quinn is assigned to her case, he sees her on stage playing the violin. Hoping to catch her eye, he strips down to his underwear while dancing to her music; he is put out when she doesn't even notice him. Another character tells Stowe's character about it later, saying that he was a "big showoff." Her response: "How big?"
* Subverted in ''Film/ShallowHal''. Hal is BlessedWithSuck ([[AnAesop or maybe]] CursedWithAwesome) and sees women as attractive based on their "inner beauty". As a result the disability part is hidden (particularly in the case of disfigurements) and the "hottie" part an illusion.
* In ''Literature/{{Crash}}'' (the one by David Cronenberg), a woman with leg braces and pretty bad scars on her legs fascinates a number of men ([[EvenTheGirlsWantHer and one woman]]) in a sexually fetishistic way.
* In ''Film/{{Mask}}'', Rocky Dennis falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. This is an interesting subversion because ''he'' is the InspirationallyDisabled one, not her.
* ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'' from the Creator/{{Troma}} trash movies has a hot girlfriend who's blind. Very convenient since he's monster-like ugly. See also BlindAndTheBeast.
* In ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'', Gord meets a wheelchair-bound nurse named Betty while at the hospital impersonating a doctor. She turns out to have a somewhat unsettling obsession with fellatio, and dreams of building a rocket-powered wheelchair.
* Creator/CharlieChaplin falls in love with a blind woman in ''Film/CityLights''.
* Marlee Matlin in ''Children of a Lesser God''; see Theater, below.
* ''Film/AtFirstSight'' features a rare male example in Val Kilmer's blind character.
* ''Film/APatchOfBlue'': Selena Darcy is a blind love interest for Gordon.
* In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', it's hinted that [[spoiler:Charles briefly had a romance with Moira after his spinal cord injury, but he is forced to end their relationship to protect himself and his students from the CIA]].
* ''Film/HeWasAQuietMan'': Venessa becomes one for Maconel after she loses the use of her legs as a result of the office shooting and is confined to a wheelchair, in part because he feels guilty first that he didn't save her from being shot and later [[spoiler:that he couldn't finish the job]].
* Inverted in ''Theatre/TheLightInThePiazza''. Clara has a childish mentality due to ChildhoodBrainDamage. While in Italy with her mother she falls for a man. Clara's mother has difficulties telling Fabrizio and his family about her daughters disability in fear that they will reject her. [[spoiler:It works out in the end and the two get married]].
* ''Film/LuckyStar'': Tim and Mary have a MeetCute before UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, but their romance doesn't really get underway until Tim comes home from the war--in a wheelchair.
* In ''Film/NightSong'', Dan is a BlindMusician who Cathy falls for and wants him to start composing again.
* ''Film/StellaMaris'': Stella is in love with John. She's been bedbound and paralyzed her entire life. Halfway through the film [[ThrowingOffTheDisability she is able to walk]] thanks to surgery.

* Ian Stott of Cherie Priest's ''Bloodshot'' fulfills this trope. He's a handsome, charming, urbane vampire who was [[spoiler:blinded by government experiments.]]
* As a teenager, the protagonist of ''The Shadow of the Wind'' falls in love with an older woman who is blind.
* In ''Literature/ThingsNotSeen'' by Andrew Clemens, Bobby falls in love with a blind girl.
* In ''Hornet's Sting'' by Creator/{{Derek Robinson}}, Major Cleve-Cutler falls in love with a beautiful woman who happens to have lost a leg (we never find out how).
* In the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels, deaf sniper Nessa is repeatedly referred to as attractive or downright beautiful.
* Dea in ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs'' is a beautiful and virtuous blind girl, and the primary love interest of the protagonist.
* Amy a.k.a. Cucumber from ''Literature/{{John Dies at the End}}'' is missing a hand, which the protagonist Dave interestingly enough doesn't discover until midway through the novel.
* Theodora "Teddy" Carella, the hot wife of Detective Steve Carella, in the ''Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct'' novels by Ed [=McBain=].
* Jeffrey Deaver's LincolnRhymes series features the titular crime scene investigator who also happens to be a quadriplegic. He ends up dating his FairCop partner Sachs.
* [[spoiler:Peeta]] from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' becomes this to [[spoiler:Katniss]] after losing a leg in the arena. Averted in the film adaptation, where he gets to keep his leg for practical reasons.
* [[spoiler:Thorgil, Jack's]] love interest in ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls'', becomes this after she quite literally [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu breaks her hand punching out Satan]].
* In ''Literature/RedDragon'' (and [[Film/RedDragon both]] of the [[Film/ManHunter movies]] based on it), Francis Dolarhyde is infatuated with a woman at work who is blind. She happens to mention she always wanted to "see" (by touching) a Bengal tiger. Dolarhyde knows about a nearby zoo where a tiger is having some dental work, requiring it to be sedated. He takes her along, she really touches the tiger quite closely, noticing everything about it, whereupon she is so happy by what he has done, that she goes home with him and screws his brains out. She is clearly blind, but she's got no problem doing vigorous woman-on-top-sex with the essentially clueless Dolarhyde. Sadly, she doesn't realize he's a SerialKiller.
** She's also lusted after by one of her other coworkers. As much of a jerk as the guy is, we never once get the impression that he's pursuing her to satisfy some kink or fetish of his, nor out of pity. He's just a typical horndog chasing after a pretty girl.
** Also has aspects of BlindAndTheBeast, as Dolarhyde's cleft lip and abusive upbringing have convinced him he's a hideous freak. He's had enough reconstructive surgery and is in good enough shape that most women he knows actually find him quite attractive, but he doesn't realize that.
* Emily Alexander in ''Literature/HonorHarrington''. Although the disablement was after her marriage, it fits this trope because her husband never stopped loving her. [[spoiler: Not even [[ItMakesSenseInContext when they marry someone else]].]]
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': Not a full-blown LoveInterest, but there's some mutual flirting between [[CasanovaWannabe Marco]] and Collette, one of the disabled teenagers who make up the [[MauveShirt Auxiliary Animorphs]].
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Cloudtail fell for Brightheart before she was maimed but didn't begin courting her until after the incident. Brightheart was mawled by a dog, which left her with serious facial scarring and only one eye.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Matt of ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' dated a deaf girl off and on for several seasons, even learning sign language for her.
* There was a beautiful blind girl in an episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'', too. Subverted though, as at the end of the episode, the blind girl touches Kenneth's face for the first time and brushes him off immediately.
-->'''Tracy:''' Yeah, well... you're not so good looking yourself!\\
'''Jennifer:''' No, I'm pretty sure I'm hot.
* There was an episode of ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' where Zach pursued a girl in a wheelchair. Instead of it being an obstacle, though, he goes out of his way to be good about it, and even organized a wheelchair basketball game. [[CondescendingCompassion Turns out]] she ''hated'' having all the attention cast on her, and wanted to be treated like anyone else.
* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Michael dates a blind lawyer for a short while (possibly a ShoutOut to ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}''). This was [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] as she was fully capable of sight (except when some incident left her temporarily blind); she just acted like that to play with the emotions of the jury.
* One episode of ''Series/HappyDays'' has Fonzie falling for a GirlOfTheWeek and, when he does his usual "finger snap girl-attention-grabbing gesture", finding it doesn't work. He worries that he's lost his mojo for a few seconds until Richie realizes that the girl in question is deaf.
* Another male version, Artie from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is in a wheelchair and dated DumbBlonde Brittany for a while.
** Becky is this for her boyfriend in Season 6. Everyone else thinks it's weird or creepy, but he doesn't care about her disability.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Dr. Bashir falls for GirlOfTheWeek [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Melora_Pazlar Melora Pazlar]], who, having been raised on a low gravity planet, cannot walk in normal gravity.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' features Chandler dating a girl with a prosthetic leg, and having to come to terms with it. Eventually, he realises that it's not a relevant flaw... and she [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup dumps him for having a third nipple]].
--> "[[RunningGag It's... it's more of a nubbin...]]"
** Before the series began, Joey also dated the same girl (whose name was Ginger.) He tried to keep Chandler away from her because he was afraid she would recognize him (their relationship ended badly: they went to a cabin, the fire in the hearth died down, Joey went to throw another log on the fire and didn't realize she had a wooden leg...)
* On ''Series/TheWestWing,'' Josh has a crush on the deaf pollster Joey Lucas. She seems to reciprocate his feelings to some degree (or at the very least, she enjoys flirting with him just for the fun of it), but she ultimately doesn't pursue a relationship, because she's savvy enough to realize that Josh's assistant, Donna, is in love with him.
* Daphne Millbrooke on ''{{Series/Heroes}}'' has a degenerative condition which prevents her from walking, but her powers override it and give her SuperSpeed. When an eclipse takes those powers back, she becomes weak again, but this does not dissuade Matt.
** And had the show received a fifth season, the deaf character of Emma would have become Peter's love interest.
* ''Series/DarkAngel'' had Logan / ''Eyes Only'', a hunky dude in a wheelchair, as [[SuperSoldier Max's]] love interest.
* Bennett Halverson on ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''. It's Creator/SummerGlau with her arm in a sling, and she's [[PairTheSmartOnes just as smart as]] [[ReluctantMadScientist Topher]].
-->'''Topher''': Imagine Creator/JohnCassavetes in ''The Fury'' as a hot chick.
-->'''Topher!Victor''': Which you know I often have!
* Deconstructed in the ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' episode "Denise Handicapped", where Larry continues dating a pretty woman in a wheelchair to gain popularity and sympathy from his friends.
* In an episode of ''Series/StupidStupidMan'', Nick dated a hot blind girl and seemed to have genuine feelings for her. However, he ended up dumping her because he couldn't get past the fact that she would never be able to appreciate exactly how gorgeous he was.
* On an episode of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', Carrie is temporarily blind after bad laser eye surgery. Her husband Doug tries to console her by saying her blindness makes her more approachable.
--> "Like Marlee Matlin! She's very hot but the deaf thing makes you think 'Hmm, I can get her!'"
* Auggie on ''Series/{{Covert Affairs}}''. Blind and very handsome. Also has better romantic chemistry with Piper Perabo's character than either of the intended male romantic leads.
* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E21WasteEm Waste 'Em!]]", Face starts putting the moves on Lisa, only to realize that she's blind. This makes him a little hesitant to kiss her, but once she points out that blind people kiss too [[HandsomeLech it doesn't stop him]].
* One of the most famous roles by Chilean actor Bastian Bodenhoffer is a rather atypical version of this, the blind book seller Leo from the SoapOpera ''Te conte''. Leo is remarkably cheerful and HotBlooded for the trope, sort of a HandsomeLech as well, very popular with women (specially the female leads, [[{{Tsundere}} Gianna/Shanna]] and [[TheOjou Sabrina]]) and [[spoiler: he wasn't born blind - he lost his sight in an accident when he was a teenager. By the end of the story he goes through the archetypical operation that may restore his sight... and it actually ''fails'', thus Leo is blinded forever.]]
* The ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus: Blood And Sand]]'' episode "The Thing In The Pit" features a brief but memorable appearance[[note]]ironically, many didn't notice her missing hand because they were distracted by the realistic-looking prosthetic penis she's wearing[[/note]] by this (Warning--{{NSFW}})[[http://i53.tinypic.com/zoi45s.jpg]] extra with one hand.
* ''Series/SwitchedAtBirth'' has several deaf characters, all of whom are quite attractive- Daphne, Emmett, Emmett's mother.
* In ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' the "supercouple" Kayla and Steve used to have both of its members like that. Steve was (and, to date, is) still half-blind, wearing an EyepatchOfPower, and Kayla, after a (then) unknown assailant gets her into a gas explosion, loses her voice and hearing due to an odd combination of physical and psychological damage. After Kayla wakes up, Steve starts to woo her more eagerly, until they eventually elope. However, [[UnexplainedRecovery shortly before the marriage, Kayla gets a nigh-impossible recovery, regaining both voice and hearing]].
** Steve himself later gets a prosthetic to fix at least the cosmetic part of his handicap, but he's forced to return to his badass eyepatch.
** While Kayla's recovery is suspiciously complete, even after a whole story-arc as a DisabledLoveInterest, her knowledge of sign language isn't forgotten. Instead, becomes a plot point in every other occasion where the cast is meant to interact with deaf individuals.
* Seems disabled characters are a normal occurrence in SoapOpera fiction, as ''Camila'' in ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0220251/ Nano]]'', the protagonist main love interest, is (psychosmatically) deaf and mute. Coupled than acually Manuel, the titular ''Nano'' is already married, and spends most of the story unaware than Camila is non other than his long lost ChildhoodFriendRomance, and [[spoiler: she regains her voice and hearing in the end, when Manuel divorces his nagging wife to hook up with her]], makes of Camila a thinly veiled expy of Disney/TheLittleMermaid
* Again, an entire storyline in ''Series/GuidingLight'' revolves about ''Beth'' being declared legally dead, while she was just mute, amnesiac and out of town, living a romance with her saviour. Elsewhere on the show, Amish MarySue[=/=]EveryonesBabySister Abby was deaf (as was her actress, Amy Ecklund), but quickly became the love interest of one of the show's legacy characters shortly after she was introduced.
* ''Series/PortCharles'': Paralyzed Matt successfully courted nurse Grace and fellow doctor Ellen.
* Raj, in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''; he's, by himself, a selective mute unable to vocally communicate with the opposite sex, a thing women tend to find cute and endearing. However, his friends try to set him up with a stunningly beautiful deaf-mute girl, on the account that, being deaf, she wouldn't notice, or care for, Raj's handicap. She [[spoiler: ends dumping him the same, as she was just interested in Raj's money]].
* One episode of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' had Jim meeting an attractive blind psychologist. While she was technically only a temporary love interest, she does show up again in a later episode. Jim still held a flame for her, but she was engaged to another man.
* Judy, of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' is the love interest of Louie, the despicable manager. She's also blind. One episode featured her having an operation to restore her sight and Louie's fear that she'll leave him once she sees what he really looks like. [[spoiler:She doesn't]].
* ''Series/{{The Mentalist}}'' has Rosalind, who was a lover of the elusive [[BigBad Red John]]. Turns out she is blind and therefore cannot identify what he looks like and most likely the main reason he hasn't killed her.
* ''Series/SueThomasFBEye'': Sue is deaf and there's certainly an attraction between her and Jack (which [[EveryoneCanSeeIt everyone can see]]), not to mention all the men she's dated over the course of the series. The show featured many deaf characters prominently, so whenever they paired up with someone, they became this, as well.
* Played with in a sketch from ''Series/MrShow'' in which [[CockFight two men argue]] over their [[LoveTriangle shared love interest]], a blind woman. Subverted when she reveals she isn't really blind; double subverted when one of the men reveals that [[MindScrew he really]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny IS blind]].
* In ''Series/DeadLikeMe'', George has a [[GirlOfTheWeek one-episode flirtation]] with a schizophrenic boy who can see gravelings.
* The rather infamous Mexican SoapOpera ''Series/MariaLaDelBarrio'' has Alicia aka "la maldita lisiada" (Spanish for "the fucking cripple"), the cute girl in a wheelchair who captures the attention of [[FormerTeenageRebel Nandito]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D_vyMDKFjs and gets]] [[MemeticMutation memetically yelled at]] by [[BigBad So]][[EvilIsHammy ra]][[MrsRobinson ya]].
* ''Series/NipTuck'': At one point [[TheCasanova Christian Troy]] dated a blind woman. He was initially intrigued by her because she couldn't simply judge him by his appearance, and was wondering at the time if women saw anything more in him than his looks and status.
* In the Australian show ''Series/CopShop'', Constable Tony Benjamin fell in love with his sergeant's paraplegic daughter Claire. This was no temporary love interest, however, as they eventually married and had children, remaining together for the rest of the run.
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'':
** Sherlock falls for an autistic woman named Fiona. Sherlock himself is [[AmbiguousDisorder ambiguously on the spectrum]] but it hasn't been confirmed.
** Thomas tries to date a woman however she pushes him away. He originally thinks it's related to his work, however it turns out she's scared because she has been diagnosed with [=MS=] and worries how it will affect him. The episode ends with an open ending that they will continue dating.
* One ''Series/ColdCase'' episode focused on a love quadrangle between the victim, two of the suspects, and a woman in a wheelchair. [[spoiler: The killer turned out to be the one she married; he had [[MurderTheHypotenuse murdered the hypotenuse]]]].
* The Chilean SoapOpera ''La chica del bastón'' (''The girl with the walking stick'') offers an inversion: the one with the disability ''is the protagonist and female lead'', rather than the love interest. The titular "girl with the walking stick", Claudia, is a LonelyRichKid who was both severely injured ''and'' left with TraumaInducedAmnesia after a car accident, which also [[ParentalAbandonment killed her parents]]; now under the care of her greedy and bitter OldMaid aunt, she [[HikikoMori locks herself in her room]] and refuses to see anyone, so her young doctor and LoveInterest must first "defeat" her reluctance to get an adequate treatment.
* At the end of season 11 of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', [=McGee=] starts a relationship with a hot [=DoD=] analyst named Delilah. At the beginning of season 12 she loses the use of her legs in a terrorist attack. As of the end of season 14, they're married and expecting.
* Creator/PeterDinklage played one of [[Creator/TinaFey Liz Lemon's]] [[GirlOfTheWeek guys of the week]] on ''Series/ThirtyRock''.

* The music video to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_ILDFp5DGA Hello]] by Music/LionelRichie has a TeacherStudentRomance between a blind woman and a music teacher. The teacher [[StalkerWithACrush spends the video stalking and lurking around]] but the ending implies a mutual attraction.
* At the beginning of Bush's video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fpHtotLZAU "Letting the Cables Sleep"]], we see Gavin having some sort of melancholy-tinged meeting with a woman in a vacant apartment. They wind up having (implied) sex, then going their separate ways. At the end of the video, they meet on the street and it turns out the woman is deaf, communicating in sign-language. The whole song is about a need for communication.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Leo in ''{{ComicStrip/Doonesbury}}'' is a wounded Iraq War vet; he was introduced as a serving soldier in B.D's unit, the strip covered his wounding and recovery, and he and Alex later became love interests.
* Denise Russo in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', who is blind. It's not often brought up, but making fun of her blindness is a BerserkButton for Peter. The temporary aspect is averted; they've apparently been at it for years, although Denise [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome has not been seen for a while despite not breaking up with Peter]].
* Luis Fuerte in ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'' uses a wheelchair. He unintentionally wins the hearts of two women who had boyfriends, and it's been stated that he's quite the looker. [[spoiler: He ends up with Jenny because she alone [[IgnoreTheDisability ignored the disability]].]]

* The live musical version of ''Theatre/TheToxicAvenger'' also includes the blind girlfriend.
* Mark Medoff's ''Children of a Lesser God'' involves a romance between a teacher at a school for the deaf and a female former student (now custodian) at the facility. Deaf actress Marlee Matlin played the latter in the 1986 film adaptation, becoming the first deaf actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress.
* In Len Jenkin's ''Margo Veil: AN Entertainment'', Mortmain The Magician falls in love with Ruta, a blind girl.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** The series gives us a male example: Joker, the DeadpanSnarker ace pilot with brittle bone disease who is [=EDI=]'s love interest.
** Another male example, one of the potential love interests for a female player character is Thane, who has a lung disease somewhat similar to Cystic Fibrosis which is slowly killing him.
* At some point in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' [[spoiler:Milla]] becomes unable to walk for a period of time, and has to be carried by [[spoiler:Jude]], ride a horse, go into a wheelchair, or just outright crawl.
* In ''VideoGame/WildArms2'', Billy Pilder is in a wheelchair ''and'' has severe head trauma, but Brad Evans still loves him. [[spoiler:At the end of the game, Brad settles down in T'Bok with Billy, taking care of him.]]
* Calvina, the female protagonist of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'' lost the use of her arms in battle prior to the events of the game and gets a tortured romantic subplot with the HumanAlien knight who was responsible for crippling her.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the archer Noire suffers of anemia and tends to get tired much faster than the others. She can be this either to the second generation guys or to a Male Avatar.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', both Saizo (in the Hoshido side) and Niles (in the Nohr one) were subjected to EyeScream for different and very messy reasons. Each can be this to a Female Avatar ([[BiTheWay and a male one]], regarding Niles) and to most of the first generation women in their respective armies.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo'': Renji's love interest, Shindou Chihiro, is missing her left eye in addition to her inability to [[spoiler: form new long-term memories.]] She lost both her eye [[spoiler: and her memories]] when she was hit by a car years ago.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'': Being a romance-based VisualNovel set in a school for students who require regular medical care or educational accommodations as a result of disabilities, all five of Hisao's potential love interests fall under this trope. Shizune Hakamichi is deafmute, Lilly Satou is blind since birth, Hanako Ikezawa has burn scars over much of her body, Emi Ibarazaki's legs were amputated just below the knees, and Rin Tezuka has stumps for arms. From the girls' perspective, ''Hisao'' counts as this as well; he has [[HeartTrauma cardiac arrythmia]]. The girls from the April's Fools joke, Rika (heart illness) and Saki (ataxia) would've counted as well.
* In the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' DatingSim ''Lost Colors'', the FacelessProtagonist Rai can romance several of the girls in the cast. One of them is [[DisabledHottie Disabled Cutie]] Nunnally Lamperouge, who is wheelchair-bound ''and'' blind. [[KnightTemplarBigBrother And has a super over protective older brother]], too.
* Kotori of ''VisualNovel/IfMyHeartHadWings'' is in a wheelchair.
* An in-development SpiritualSuccessor to ''Katawa Shoujo'', ''VisualNovel/MissingStars'', is set in a school for teenagers with psychiatric disorders. The protagonist himself counts as disabled as well, as he goes to the school.
* Riki, the narcoleptic protagonist of ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', inverts this since he's an example from the perspective of the heroines in his harem, as no one else from the main cast besides Riki has a disability.

* ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'' has Melody, a young deaf woman, in a relationship with Chris, another supporting character.
* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' has a few examples.
** Vriska is missing an eye and has a robotic arm (though she later regains her eye and arm when she attains god-tier power). Tavros, who she has a crush on, is paraplegic (though he later regains the ability to walk, after receiving robotic legs).
** Terezi's a borderline case. She's blind, but she has [[TheNoseKnows super-developed senses of smell and taste]] which, as far as she's concerned, [[DisabilitySuperpower more than make up for her lost sight]]. Her boyfriend just wishes she'd stop trying to lick his face.
** Spades Slick is missing an eye and an arm, and Snowman still has the hots for him. Granted, she's the one who poked out Spade's eye and ripped off his arm in the first place.
** [[spoiler:Mituna]] has an [[AmbiguousDisorder ambiguous brain injury]] and is frequently incoherent, confused, flipping between personalities, etc. Despite all this, he and [[spoiler:Latula, who incidentally lost the ability to smell]] have been together for "eons".
** AmicableExes example: [[spoiler: Kurloz Makara accidentally deafened his then-girlfriend Meulin Leijon and was so horrified he ''chewed off his tongue and sewed his mouth shut'' (at least that's the reason his friends assume). They eventually broke up but remain close friends.]]
* Mia from ''Webcomic/UnintentionallyPretentious'' is blind, and is [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=124 usually]] [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=71 played]] [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=129 straight]].
* Mike, of ''Webcomic/SexyLosers'' has a blind girlfriend. It's generally played for laughs, as he met her while helping the blind because they wouldn't realize that he had no pants on and was constantly masturbating around them.
* KoreanWebToon ''Webcomic/CantSeeCantHearButLove'' has two disabled love interests, a manhwa artist who went blind and his deaf-mute wife; they are in turn the objects of desire for his ''{{tsundere}}'' assistant and her group home's RoyalBrat president, respectively.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://allieinarden.tumblr.com/post/121267473649/ive-noticed-this-revisionist-greek-myth-is-common This]] Website/{{Tumblr}} post [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation speculates]] whether the relationship between [[LoveGoddess Aphrodite]] and [[GeniusCripple Hephaestus]] in Myth/ClassicalMythology may have been more than just an ArrangedMarriage.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Joe Swanson is a man's man, from the waist up anyway. Greased-up Deaf Guy? Not so much.
** One episode has Chris wanting to date Ellen, a girl with Down Syndrome and succeeding in this endeavor, but losing interest after it turns out that she's not so nice as he expected all people with Down Syndrome to be.
** Brian once dated a blind girl. Who hated dogs. She didn't know ''he'' was a dog.
* Male example in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Dean's erstwhile LoveInterest Triana gets together with Raven, a {{Goth}} who walks with crutches and looks like [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen]].
* Shannon in ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'' has a prosthetic leg and BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill. It doesn't seem to bother her aside from the fact it made the title robot her AbhorrentAdmirer .
* [[ZigzaggingTrope Zigzagged]] in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', where Jake reveals he learnt to read braille from his ''ex''-girlfriend. [[SubvertedTrope She wasn't blind, however]]. [[RuleOfCool She just though it was cool]].
** Losing his arm (twice!) hasn't made [[spoiler:[[KidHero Finn]]]] any less of a ChickMagnet.
* When Danse from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' [[SingleEpisodeHandicap breaks her leg]] she befriends a blind man while in rehabilitation. He was blinded at age three after an accident. She falls for him, though [[GirlOfTheWeek he doesn't appear afterwards]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' had Penny briefly date a secret admirer who used a wheelchair. She ditched him soon after realizing he was actually a mean-spirited jerk who used his disability to take advantage of people's emotions.