"[[CharacterTitle Harrison Bergeron]]" is a dystopian sci-fi short story by KurtVonnegut, first published in October 1961. It is usually seen as a darkly satirical critique of forced egalitarianism, but it can also be interpreted as a StealthParody of the above, since ''both'' the forced egalitarianism ''and'' the {{Ubermensch}} who fights against it are depicted as completely over-the-top.

"The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else." The U.S. Constitution has been amended to allow the Handicapper General to physically handicap anyone with an advantage. The story centers on George and Hazel Bergeron and their fourteen-year-old son Harrison, who has been imprisoned because he constantly outgrows his handicaps. It begins with George and Hazel watching television when breaking news announces that Harrison has escaped from prison, followed by Harrison bursting into the TV studio. He is revealed as being not just above-average, but outright superhuman. Among other things, he can fly.

In many ways the book is an expansion of scenes from Vonnegut's earlier work ''Literature/TheSirensOfTitan'', where the theme of enforced equality was introduced; however, ''Harrison Bergeron'' takes a far more dystopian view of the concept.

There is also a 1995 made-for-TV movie based on the story, starring Sean Astin as Harrison. The movie follows his childhood and the consequences of a love affair with an illegally handicap-free woman.

A 25-minute long film based on the story, ''2081'', premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in May 2009. The film was released on DVD on January 25, 2010.
!!This story displays the following tropes:

* AdaptationExpansion: One scene from an earlier novel into a short story, then the short story into a movie.
* BoomerangBigot: The handicapper general, against badasses
* BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage: In the film version, the government chooses spouses for people in order to increase the odds for breeding average children.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: if you are average.
* CrapsackWorld: if you are not - and neither Harrison nor Philippa were.
* {{Deconstruction}}: This is a United States where everyone is equal. A little ''too'' equal.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Harrison dies, his parents forget about him almost instantly, and nothing about their world changes.]] But the movie, at least, implies that this may not last.
* DumbBlonde: Hazel has perfectly average intelligence and doesn't need any mental handicaps, which translates to this.
* DystopianEdict: Everyone must be equal.
* GeniusBruiser: Harrison, supposedly.
* IndividualityIsIllegal
* InformedAbility: Harrison is supposed to be a genius. But what he actually ''does'' isn't smart at all: he breaks into a TV studio, declares himself to be Emperor, picks a dancer to be his empress and dances with her [[spoiler:until the Handicapper General arrives and shoots them both.]] Though the psychological damage of imprisonment could have had an impact.
* KarmaHoudini: The Handicapper General kills Harrison and makes sure StatusQuoIsGod.
* ParodySue: Harrison, who "tore the straps of his handicap harness like wet tissue paper, tore straps guaranteed to support five thousand pounds."
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: The driving force of the work.
* RevealingCoverUp: The handicaps used are both visible and proportional to a person's abilities, which ironically makes exceptional people ''more'' obvious.
-->She must have been extraordinarily beautiful, because the mask she wore was hideous. And it was easy to see that she was the strongest and most graceful of all the dancers, for her handicap bags were as big as those worn by two-hundred pound men.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: The Handicapper General isn't subject to handicaps like the rest of the population, [[spoiler:as she shoots Harrison with perfect aim]].
* ShootTheShaggyDog [[spoiler: It turns out, Harrison [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim isn't bulletproof]]. And the government inadvertently wipes his death from his parent's memories.]]
** [[spoiler: And everybody else's memories. However inadvertent, it's still a favorable outcome which the government would no doubt support.]]
* TheSocialDarwinist: Inverted. The government arranges marriages in order to make it more likely for people to have average children.
* StealthParody: In certain circles, the book has been interpreted as a grossly over-the-top satire of ''Literature/{{Anthem}}'' and similar collectivist dystopias (and the individualist heroes that transcend them), or of Cold War-era American conceptions of egalitarian social goals. Used to support this is the argument that the society depicted in the story is a [[MarySuetopia Straw Dystopia]] based on flagrant misunderstandings of the goals of socialism. Vonnegut himself is not known to have publicly taken this position; as both a socialist and a noted anti-authoritarian, however, his politics could support either interpretation.
* StepfordSmiler: Most of the civils.
* StupidFuturePeople: Another deliberate dystopia example. Intellectuals are repressed for the simple reason that having some people smarter makes everyone else feel inferior.
* TallPoppySyndrome: Deconstructed.
* TechnologyLevels: The movie version.
* {{Thoughtcrime}}: Thinking is outlawed in these parts.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Harrison, before he finally takes off his handicaps.
* YouCanSayThatAgain: At the end, where Hazel could tell that one was a doozy.