->''"ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'s 'power' is that he's not ''quite'' blind."''
--> -- '''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica''', [[http://mightygodking.com/index.php/i-dont-need-your-civil-war/ I Don't Need Your Civil War]]

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[[caption-width-right:250:[[LivingLieDetector Not to mention she can feel your vital signs too.]]]]

A character is born with or acquires some handicap that prevents him from functioning normally. However, due to [[SuperHeroOrigin phlebotinum exposure]] or [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower training]], never mind DisabilityImmunity, he develops something that not only makes up for what's missing, but goes beyond it.

Blindness seems to be a popular one for this. Indeed, the entire trope seems to be based around the idea that blind people's other senses [[SuperSenses become more acute]] to compensate. [[TruthInTelevision This does happen]] in real life but to a far weaker degree than the trope, simply because blind people get more exercise with paying close attention to their other senses, and the brain is capable of re-purposing unused spaces in the sensory and motor cortices. Some studies have indicated that people born deaf have better peripheral vision, as well. In Greek mythology Tiresias is an old blind man, but also an oracle, so he can see different things.

A [[DeconstructedTrope realistic twist]] is for the power to have {{Logical Weakness}}es, depending on [[MagicAIsMagicA the limitations of what the character uses to compensate for their disability]]. In less realistic examples, Disability Superpowers are so powerful that they negate the original disability entirely and/or so prevalent that no disabled people in the world are actually disabled. When PlayedForDrama, the character will still face SenseLossSadness over their disability despite any compensating. If lacking one or more familiar sensory modes in favor of something more exotic is the norm for a species, rather than an anomaly or the result of injury, that's BizarreAlienSenses.


* ArtificialLimbs
** ArtificialLimbsAreStronger
* BlindSeer
* BlindfoldedVision
* BlindMusician
* BlindWeaponMaster
* DeafComposer
* DisabilityImmunity
* DisabilityNegatingSuperpower
* FeelNoPain
* GeniusCripple
* HandicappedBadass
* IdiotSavant
* InsanityImmunity
* MadOracle
* NeurodiversityIsSupernatural
* TheRainman
* ReadingLips
* SuperSenses
* SuperWheelChair
* WeCanRebuildHim

Can be a specific form of CursedWithAwesome. Relates to GoodProstheticEvilProsthetic and UselessWithoutPowers. Compare with the more mundane InspirationallyDisadvantaged. Those with BlindfoldedVision {{invoke|dTrope}} this trope.


* Barq's root beer had a series of "Barq's has bite" commercials. One of them had a blind person parody the trope by faking a panicked "super taste" reaction to the root beer.

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Shishio was covered in oil and set on fire. He did not die, but the fire destroyed all the sweat glands in his skin, meaning his body heat is constantly above normal. This apparently acts as a fuel to give him more strength, but also leads to his own demise from SpontaneousHumanCombustion.
** Usui was blinded by Shishio and learned how to see with his ears and spiritual senses.
* ''Manga/{{Shigurui}}'' The two protagonists. Irako Seigen, a blind Samurai, and Fujiki Gennosuke, a one-armed Samurai.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Tousen's blindness grants him immunity to the BigBad's special power. As a result, Aizen made Tousen an ally so he wouldn't need to use his power to control him.
*** When Tousen later gains a Hollow form that has functional eyes, he ends up being dealt a mortal wound by his former Lieutenant, Shuhei...who notes that Tousen would've "seen" the sneak attack coming a mile away if he were still blind.
** And then there's Wonderweiss, who is [[spoiler: the only Arrancar that's been modified by the Hogyouku. In exchange for his mind and emotions, he became powerful enough to trash a Vizard and extinguish Head Captain Yamamoto's zanpakutou's flames.]]
** Taking the crown though is [[spoiler:[[AGodAmI Yhwach]], who was born blind, deaf, mute and paralyzed. However, he had the ability to impart pieces of his soul to those who touched him, healing them. When they died, these fragments would return to him, along with the sum of the soul healed by it, letting him grow and develop by [[TheAssimilator absorbing the souls of those who touch him]]. He later developed the ability to imprint particular abilities onto people's souls, setting them up to return to him even more powerful.]]
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': It's no secret (except to those LockedOutOfTheLoop) that life sucks as a Norma: you can't use or interact with mana, a special kind of information/energy/etc. power, and to rub it in, you're forced into a PenalColony and used as CannonFodder against dragons from another dimension. Later on the inability to use mana out to be a blessing: Embryo, the BigBad and creator of the whole system in place, can remotely control any mana user anywhere like a puppet and communicate through them. While the Norma and dragon users have been able to break Embryo's control and rebel against Embryo and for their own destinies, the Mana users are largely unable to think for themselves as a result, and once [[TheMagicGoesAway the mana system is cut off by Embryo]], they begin flailing around in panic.
* Mr. Fujisawa in ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' has Superman levels of overall physical ability but his powers only work only when he's sober. Considering the character is a raging drunk, he considers this a grave disability, but he's willing to endure being sober as the situation demands.
** It is eventually revealed in the second OVA of the 1st continuity that he becomes even more powerful when he doesn't smoke as well. His full power level is reached in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when, finally fully free of the effects of either liquor and/or cigarettes for the first time since arriving in Rostaria, he singlehandedly defeats the entire Bugrom army, even after they have already combined into a Godzilla-size superbugrom.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', had [[spoiler: Galatea blind herself, allowing her to conceal her silver eyes and go into hiding. This increases her already impressive ability to sense Yoki ([[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]]) energy from great distances to near untold levels.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'', after Chikuma Koshirou ([[TheDragon Dragon]] to Yakushiji Tenzen) becomes blinded to protect [[BodyguardCrush his lady of liege Oboro]], he soon learns to compensate his lack of sight by using his senses of hearing and touch as replacement. Too bad [[spoiler: he gets killed when FemmeFatale Kagerou and MasterOfDisguise Saemon use that to their advantage and fool him, with Saemon imitating Akeginu's voice to distract him and Kagerou using that to kill Koushirou with her KissOfDeath.]]
** Muroga Hyouma, Gennosuke's mentor and uncle, has been already doing that for years. Since his powers are permanently activated through his eyes, he must keep them perpetually closed, but his hearing is so acute after so long that it's impossible to try ganging up on him. [[spoiler: On the other hand, it took a ''blind'' fighter like Koshirou to defeat him, since Hyouma's tricks didn't work on him.]]
** Hyouma and Koshirou are ''nothing'' compared to Jimushi Juubei. He has no arms and legs, but can slither on his belly as fast as any other ninja can run. He wields a dagger with his long tongue, and this attack is so fast and deadly that no opponent has ever lived to tell the tale when Juubei unleashed it.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The Taijutsu specialist Rock Lee, who can't do any of the normal "jutsu" techniques (some unspecified flaw in his chakra network renders him physically incapable of performing any Ninjutsu or Genjutsu), but is so good at Taijutsu (martial arts), he's able to best the uber-talented Sasuke early in the series. His determination is practically a superpower in and of itself.
*** Qualified by dint of several long and painful rehab sessions after injuries, but as a baseline he has all regular human capabilities, which in a 'verse where most have superpowers makes you a BadassNormal.
*** Lee's biggest compensation for his lack of the usual ninja abilities is that he trained himself to be [[SuperSpeed very, very fast]]. In his aforementioned defeat of Sasuke, Lee mocked him for relying on his [[MagicalEye Sharingan]], saying that it didn't matter if his eyes could follow his movements if his body was too slow to keep up.
** Kakashi would also qualify for this -- [[spoiler:his left eye was replaced almost immediately after losing it, but]] now he's stuck with one eye, except for emergencies (since the Sharingan cannot be turned off).
* Yin from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is blind, but through her observer apparitions she's able to see, as long as both she and what she's observing is close to water. There appears to be little, if any, limit to the range of these apparitions.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Yomi, [[spoiler:after he was blinded by his old thieving partner Yoko Kurama]], has grown two more sets of ears, which allow him to sense things a long distance away.
* The character Sasaki Kojiro in Takehiko Inoue's ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' is born deaf. A character muses on the possibility that only being able to listen his "interior voice" is what gives Kojiro his remarkable ability in swordsmanship. Kojiro also develops a preternatural ability to sense people sneaking up behind him, much to the surprise of many a would-be attacker.
** ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'''s Sasaki Kojirou is ''very'' different from the basis for the manga (Eiji Yoshikawa's ''Musashi'') in that he's deaf, with multiple character interactions and fights riding on this. Two separate characters even theorize that his swordsmanship has improved ''because'' of his deafness: one hypothesizing that his eyesight improved to compensate, while another thought that without sound to distract him he could better listen to his own body which already knew the techniques. Subverted by Kanemaki Jisai, who tried to dissuade him from a life of swordsmanship by repeatedly taking advantage of Kojirou's deafness to defeat him multiple times over the years.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'': Nana's new prosthetic limbs turn out to be even more useful than her original natural ones. After all, a diclonius becomes that much more dangerous when she can [[RocketPunch throw her own arms at you.]]
** She also becomes mostly immune to Lucy's most devastating attacks. You can't rip off a detachable limb.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'''s main character Guts loses an arm in the Eclipse, but it is replaced by a metal hand with a cannon in it.
* Erza from ''Manga/FairyTail'' loses an eye to torture as a child. We never get to see the damage thankfully, since it scares her closest friend who just proved that, in spite of this flashback being ''before'' he [[BrainwashedAndCrazy lost it]], he was perfectly capable of murder. She gets a fake eye in its place which makes her completely immune to illusion magic and lessens the effects of another [[TakenForGranite spell that requires eye contact]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Edward's automail arm saves his life a lot, and he transmutes it into various blades for fighting. While fans want Al to regain his body, many ''don't'' want Edward to regain his limbs.
** Al. Being a giant, hollow suit of armor probably allowed him to survive some of the things he's been through, no matter how much he wants his body back. Losing their arm/leg/organs/entire body is the reason why Ed, Izumi and eventually Al are able to transmute without a circle.
*** Later on, another major character, [[spoiler: Roy Mustang, is forced through the Gate (he doesn't commit human transmutation]] and can then transmute without a circle, and [[spoiler: becomes blind and seemingly downgraded into TheLoad. But his]] alchemy apparently becomes ''bounds'' more powerful. [[spoiler: He]] just needs someone else to help out [[spoiler: with his aim]] now.
*** Roy doesn't actually become more powerful, per se, but loses the ability to limit his alchemy [[spoiler: because he needs to be able to see what he's doing in order to limit the power of the blasts. Riza, who is helping him aim, tells him not to worry about it since the target is the BigBad.]]
** In the end, [[spoiler:Ed got his arm back essentially by accident, and he kept his leg, so clearly he doesn't entirely disagree that having them isn't such a bad thing]]. Many have speculated that the reason Ed always talked about "getting our bodi''es'' back" was so Al would feel like he wasn't alone, rather than because he truly wanted his human limbs back.
*** This is even lampshaded by Winry who states that she doesn't want Ed to get his limbs back because she notices just how useful the automail is to Ed (and by extension her, since she's his mechanic).
* There is a trio of these in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'': One in a SuperWheelchair, one missing an arm but can create invisible limbs made of energy, and one who lost his legs but carries kinetically-charged tops and can [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spin like one too]]. The three of them are friends and bully fighters without superpowers.
** Later on, there is Shoot, a man who lost his left arm. To compensate for this, he has the ability to conjure up a swarm of floating hands, usually used to rapidly punch opponents with, and can also cause other people to lose their limbs.
* Helen of ''Manga/HelenESP'' is blind, deaf, and mute, but possesses some amount of PsychicPowers, such as communicating telepathically with dogs, most notably her CanineCompanion and best friend, Victor.
* ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'': A planet is encountered where the inhabitants use telepathy to exclusively communicate.This ability mysteriously developed after the villain faction of the series "harvested" the people's vocal cords. There is no explanation for why the muted folk didn't didn't develop something practical, like sign language. There is just the implication that it has to do with their strong spirituality that may have a connection to the other enigmas driving the story.
* The assasin N'Doul from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'' is blind, but he has mastered his hearing ability and developed a stand that can accurately dispatch his target for a long range. He turns out to be a very effective magical sniper of sort.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', [[spoiler:Souther]] has a birth defect that causes his heart to be on the opposite side of his body (which is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dextrocardia a real condition]]). As a result, his {{Pressure Point}}s are the inverse of where they would be on anyone else, making him immune to Hokuto Shinken's attacks that target them.
* A recurring trait among quirk users in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia.''
** Izuku Midorya's [[spoiler:inherited]] quirk is "One For All" is a quirk designed to stock-pile power, granting his super strength unmatched by all other quirk users. The [[PowerAtAPrice catch]] to having this power is that due to his lack of skill and a frail body, whatever body part he uses this power with is broken instantly, requiring Recovery Girl's regretting (but also stamina draining) kiss to heal him. Because Recovery Girl’s power simply speeds up the healing process and not grants regeneration, Izuku's continued use of his quirk through his hands would eventually make him lose all function in his hands. To compensate, he uses his feet when using his quirk (having learned more control over his powers).
** Denki Kaminari's quirk "Electrification" allows him to generate and conduct electricity. Over exceeding his wattage limit on the other hand short circuits his brain, leaving him brainless for an hour.
* Possibly Akira in ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'', who deliberately destroyed his sight in order to match up with "born fighters".
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' has a downplayed example in Mey-Rin. By her own admission, she is terribly, ''terribly'' far-sighted, to the point of [[MakingASpectacleOfYourself Making a Spectacle of Herself]] with a pair of ''large'', '''round''' glasses. As a maid in a manor with narrow halls and a lot of statues, she's a [[CuteClumsyGirl total klutz]] who can't set a table without breaking a thousand pieces of fine china. As a sniper, she doesn't need a scope to shoot you down from ''across Phantomhive property''.
-->'''Sebastian''', ''chapter 5'': Word has it that the public adores silly maids, but I do not think I will ever understand it.\\
'''Peter''', ''chapter 33'': No way I can get close like this! 'Ow many are there? ...One!? Just one!?

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, was hit in the face by a [[ILoveNuclearPower radioactive canister]] and went blind. His other senses [[SuperSenses became super-powerful]], and he acquired a "radar sense" that let him "see" objects, much like echolocation. (Creator/FrankMiller's influential run took him closer to this trope, partially explaining the radar sense as a CharlesAtlasSuperpower resulting from training with his enhanced senses.) He can also read normal books by feeling the ink, because his touch is so sensitive.
** Interestingly, late in Miller's run, Daredevil's mentor tells him that EVERY human has the potential to experience sense the way he does, it's just an ability that's become dormant. The radiation didn't give him his powers, it just unlocked them. Sadly, Stick is killed soon afterward, and this plot point was never brought up again.
*** Even more interestingly, there ''are'' real-life blind people who have learned to use echolocation to find their way around, with nothing more than superbly trained hearing.
** Matt gets in serious trouble when he encounters an assassin who had the same powerset as him [[spoiler:sans blindness.]]
** Mark Waid's run on the character played around with the limitations of his "vision." While his sense can allow him to perceive shapes around him, it's still nearly impossible for him to perceive color or other visual details (for instance, someone holding up a tablet with the image of the Jester's public identity, he can make out the shape of the tablet, but can't see what's on the screen.) In another issue, while pursuing the Mole Man into Subterrania, he moves through what he perceives to be an empty tunnel. The first panel shows his surroundings through the eyes of his Radar Sense. The next panel shows what his surroundings as normal where the bumpy looking walls are actually hundreds of gigantic creatures remaining perfectly still, watching Matt pass. Thankfully none of them attacked him.
* Daredevil's FemmeFatale ex-girlfriend (he's had quite a few of those) Echo is deaf but possesses perfect photographic memory (whether or not she's a mutant has never been made clear). She has gone on to be an effective entertainer and member of the Avengers. Her condition is played more realistically than DD, however. She relies entirely on visual cues and is at a disadvantage if she can't see her opponent. She also has trouble speaking to heroes like ComicBook/IronMan or ComicBook/SpiderMan, whose costumes cover their mouths, making their lips unreadable.
* The Creator/DCComics villain Count Vertigo has Ménière's disease that constantly disorients him and confuses his senses, and that requires him to wear a device that sets his senses right, but is specifically made so that he can project that confusion onto others.
* Similarly, [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Ager]] Dr. Mid-Nite from Franchise/TheDCU was blinded by a grenade. However, when he took the bandages off in total darkness, he could see perfectly.
* When introduced in ''ComicBook/GenerationX'', the mutant Chamber had actually lost his entire lower jaw and part of his chest as a result of his powers' explosive manifestation. However, the same powers seem to remove his need to eat or breathe, and he can "talk" telepathically.
** Didn't go so well for him after Decimation occurred...
* The original ComicBook/IronMan armor was, in a sense, a glorified pacemaker, designed to counteract a potentially fatal heart injury. As long as you're going to be wearing a humanoid life support capsule, it might as well be [[SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids superhumanly strong and armed to the teeth]], right?
** In [[Film/IronMan the movie]] it was only the power source that kept him alive and the suit was something he made later. By ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' he considers it as much a part of himself as his heart.
** The ComicBook/IronMan of ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, on the other hand, wears his suit for much the same reason Mr. Sensitive below does: his sense of touch is so powerful he lives in constant agony even with it on.
* Cliff Steele, in the ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' comics, gains his powers from the fact that he's [[BrainInAJar just a brain]] [[WeCanRebuildHim installed in a robot body]]. Later versions of ''Doom Patrol'' played up this "super disability" concept and included Crazy Jane, whose 64 [[SplitPersonality multiple personalities]] [[SuperpowerLottery each have a unique superpower]], and Dorothy, whose [[YourMindMakesItReal overactive imagination]] conjures up creatures from her subconscious. Averted by the Doom Patrol's Chief, who is paralyzed from the waist down. And that's it. The entire Comicbook/DoomPatrol is made up of people whose powers don't make up for their disabilities at all.
** Well, there is Beast Boy, who got his {{animorphism}} powers from a disease that also made him immune to all other diseases; but that's a fairly recent development.
* ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} of the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' had all his limbs and half his face burned off in a lab accident, and [[WeCanRebuildHim replaced]] with aesthetically unpleasing yet superhuman prosthetics.
* Pied Piper, [[HeelFaceTurn an enemy and later friend]] of ''ComicBook/TheFlash''. He was born deaf, but his rich family had a scientist (the same guy who made the Metal Men) implant a cybernetic hearing aid in his head. It worked a little ''too'' well, as his hearing became so sensitive that he was able to design sonic weapons that could control the minds and actions of others, but won't affect him.
** This was later explained as him being able to somehow channel the Anti-Life Equation thorough his pipe, but [[ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis given where this came from....]]
* In ''Comicbook/XMen'', ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} must always wear a special visor or pair of glasses to contain his [[{{Eyebeams}} optic blasts]]. When these devices are removed, he keeps his eyes shut, rendering him blind. Due to an important instance of this, he has since learned how to fight blind by using his hearing to pinpoint opponents and simply always scrutinizing his surroundings to know the lay of the land. One side story shows that he also counts his steps and memorizes which way he turns so that he can retrace his path and find his eyewear.
** Even with the visor/glasses, he's still colorblind, only able to see in shades of red. It's possible he shouldn't be able to pilot an aircraft such as the Blackbird, but there are custom control panels that have indicators based on number of lights, rather than color. Presumably, the Blackbird has one of them.
** Bonus points for the reason he can't control his optic blasts: at a young age he was in an accident and suffered severe head trauma, but fortunately there wasn't any damage to any "important" parts of the brain. This was ''before'' he developed the ability to obliterate everything in sight... Sadly, this actually plausible explanation (a rare sight in comic books) has been [[{{Retcon}} re-explained]] or [[{{Retgone}} outright removed]] several times, with many writers defaulting to "he just can't control it because that's how it is."
* His abilities don't come from being unable to see, but it's worth mentioning Rot Lop Fan, a Comicbook/GreenLantern from a species that never evolved sight at all (and thus no conception of color or light... or lanterns, for that matter). His Green Lantern Oath goes:
-->In loudest din or hush profound
-->My ears catch evil's slightest sound
-->Let those who toll out evil's knell
-->Beware my power, the F-Sharp Bell!
* The character Mr. Sensitive/the Orphan from the ''ComicBook/XForce'' and ''ComicBook/XStatix'' comics had an interesting variation on this: ''all'' of his senses were enhanced, to the degree that he had to wear a special suit to block out most of what he felt, or else he'd go nuts from the sensory overload; he can't even take a normal shower and has to use a specially made misting nozzle. He could hear people's heartbeats through walls, but even a light breeze on his exposed skin could cause him incredible pain. At one point, his powers were even used against him: a villain (who knew about his powers) tortured him simply by making a shallow cut on his skin with a Swiss army knife. The pain from this relatively minor wound almost caused him to black out.
** He once had a fight with Iron Man wherein they both lost their armor. The battle then became a test to see whose disability was worse, Iron Man's weak heart or Mr. Sensitive's hypersensitivity. Mr. Sensitive won, but just barely.
* During the series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', ComicBook/AdamStrange lost his eyes in a freak teleportation accident. However, he quickly compensated by connecting his ship's sensor array to his visual cortex, allowing him sight as long as he was piloting.
* Ever since an incident with a villain using sound-based mind control and one of his own ultrasonic arrowheads, ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} from ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' needs a hearing aid. This doesn't come up often, but occasionally it protects him against the subtler sonic attacks as a plot point. (Perhaps less plausibly, once he's also shown unmasking an android as such by, apparently, turning his hearing aid all the way up and ''hearing'' the imposter's internal mechanisms.)
** The reason it doesn't turn up any more is because his hearing was restored after ComicBook/HeroesReborn.
** Though in ''ComicBook/OldManLogan'', Hawkeye is blind... yet still manages to be the world's greatest archer simply by listening more.
* Many wheelchair-bound people have PsychicPowers or their [[SuperWheelchair wheelchair]] is a CoolCar[=/=]PoweredArmor hybrid. The uber-example is Charles Xavier aka Professor X, a man contained in a wheelchair who is also one of the most powerful telepaths in the whole Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
* Nävis, heroine of the French comic ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'' (a.k.a. ''Wake'') is one of the few sentient beings in the universe with no telepathic abilities. The upside is that her mind can't be read or controlled, which makes her a valuable agent.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** In the ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' comics from Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}, there was a perfect example of this in Circuit Breaker. All but one hand paralyzed, and she used the hand to build herself an outer skinsuit to transmit the neural signals. Oh, and also let her fly and barbecue Transformers as an act of revenge, on top of it. And looks very much like a [[MostCommonSuperPower quite revealing]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} tinfoil bikini]] as well.
** Megatron, in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', briefly had his body turned into a living space-bridge, an event that riddled his internal mechanisms with miniature portals. This physically weakens and pains him, and makes him difficult to repair, but it also makes him a difficult opponent in a fistfight; hit him in the wrong spot and [[PortalCut you'll find your hand on another planet.]]
* [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], was raised in a modified language deprivation experiment, the intent being for her brain to orient itself to interpreting body movement as a first language. As a result she's functionally illiterate and barely able to communicate verbally. However, as a trade-off, she's able to accurately predict the thought process of an opponent based on subtle body language and predict their strategies and individual moves before they make them.
* Barbara Gordon had some skill with criminology and computers when she was Batgirl, but [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke when the Joker put her in a wheelchair]] [[ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey she focused on her detective and computer skills and became the world's foremost hacker/information gatherer.]] Somewhat justified in that, not being Batgirl anymore, she had more time to focus and plenty of motivation.
* Shroud. Blind, but with mystic vision.
* Mindf**k from ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' also is a BlindSeer. [[spoiler: Mind████'s brother tried to invoke this intentionally, when he did things described simply as horrifying to his sibling. More specifically, he cut out her eyes and tongue, so she has to piggyback on another person's senses to see and taste things.]]
* A ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comic story revolved around a skeptical blind girl who did not believe in Superman's abilities and dismissed all his demonstrations of them as tricks. At one point he showed off his super-hearing by reciting the conversation going on in the next room. This didn't impress her, because she herself was able to hear it; Superman noted that blind people often develop an acute sense of hearing, and surmised that the girl had done so without being aware of it.
* Bruce Wayne/Batman in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. By the time of ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' Bruce has taken so many beatings his body has essentially said "so long" and given up, and he needs an exoskeleton to be able to ''stand up''. Of course, it wasn't a ''huge'' step to cover the exoskeleton in armor and add enough gadgets to go full Iron Man.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'', Conrad van Helsing is blind but has a psychic vision that can warn him about evil and his hearing is good enough for him to aim a gun with.
* ''ComicBook/KickAss'''s high pain threshold is due to nerve damage.
* Bunnie Rabbot from ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' has this in a reverse perspective. She isn't seen anywhere without the roboticized and weaponized limbs that, according to the setting, [[CursedWithAwesome cause her to not be "flesh and blood"]]. She gets so used to having super power she ends up totally helpless when she is accidentally "healed" by [[EvilSorcerer Naugus]].

* In ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'', there is Auggie, who was born blind, but through experimenting, is capable of seeing Mist, no matter how small the concentration. It doesn't fully substitute for proper sight though.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fic ''Towards the Light'', after being blinded by his uncle, Harry discovered that he could sense the presence and nature of magic - which was no good for dealing with non-magic objects, animals or people.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11754852/7/Naruto-and-the-Overpowered-Academy-Three Naruto and the Overpowered Academy Three]]'', Rock Lee is perfectly suited for sneaking past enemy ninja because he has so little chakra, anyone relying on chakra sensing (including trained sensors) mistakes him for a small animal like a rat.
* With his quirk, Izuku from ''Fanfic/WaitingIsWorthIt'' is able to float around without needing his wheelchair. Thankfully, he has the proper permit so that he could do this in public without getting arrested due to quirk regulations.

* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', the blind character Whistler overhears his own name spoken in conversational tones -- thirty feet away, on the other side of thick plate glass. Later he listens through a powerful microphone aimed at a distant building, and deduces what rooms are which behind sealed windows -- even identifying one as an emergency exit ("I can hear the emergency floodlight batteries recharging"). He also deduces what road Creator/RobertRedford's character was driven on, while tied up in the trunk, based solely on what he heard. The character is based on a RealLife hacker who could actually communicate with modems at low speeds ''sans device'' due to his ability to recognize and replicate the signals.
** Also, Whistler is the one who figures out that a certain black box on a desk is important. The others (who could see it) quickly discarded it as just an answering machine. This case is not completely DisabilitySuperpower (The important clue is in the audio) but partly "only seeing people can be fooled by the optical illusion".
* In ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico'' Agent Sands becomes a badass blind gunfighter after getting his eyes gouged out by the sick Dr. Guevara. He'd only been blinded for about half an hour, and had to have a kid assist him in taking on several of the cartel by telling him where to shoot. But his final shootout had him taking down two guys all by himself, using sound in order to pinpoint their location and kill them.
* Near the end of ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' [[spoiler: Neo is blinded by Bane, a human who has been taken over by Neo's rival Agent Smith. However he still manages to overpower and kill him due to his powers as [[TheChosenOne the One]]: he can see data and machinery as glowing yellow light. This appears to also include humans who have been possessed by programs. It also happens only in the real world; while in the Matrix, Neo's body still posses normal eyes and vision]].
* ''Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}'', the blind masseur from the eponymous Japanese film series, who possesses a skill with a sword equal to the greatest samurai.
** In his first film, he tosses a candle into the air and slices it vertically, from a sitting position, in a single ''iaido'' draw.
** In the more recent Beat Takeshi version, Zatoichi defeats a sword-bearing {{mook}} by slicing between his hands. The mook is left standing with two portions of a useless (and worthless) sword. His rival in plans to strike him down by exploiting the usual way Zatoichi draws his sword, but Zatoichi hears him change his stance and adjusts his grip accordingly.
** Zato-Ino of ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo, a blind pig who uses his nose to compensate.
** Yet another Zatoichi ShoutOut comes from Zato-One (ichi = one) from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. He was blinded when he [[DemonicPossession accepted a demon]] named Eddie. As a trade-off, he is now extremely powerful and can control shadows. It's never explained how exactly Zato sees, though ostensibly Eddie sees for him.
* ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}'': Harold "Blind" Pew, is keen-sensed sightless informant who also conceals a deadly surprise in his walking stick. (Harold is a parody of and a ShoutOut to ''Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}''.)
* In ''Film/BlindFury'', Rutger Hauer plays a blind Vietnam vet who is a ShoutOut to Zatoichi. After getting blinded by a grenade, he stumbles across a Vietnamese tribe that, for some reason, decides to teach him how to use his other senses to become a master with a {{katana|sAreJustBetter}}. Years later, he returns to America with a sword hidden in his walking stick and uses his moves to protect a bratty kid from drug dealers.
* A number of films have featured blind protagonists who turn the tables on murderous villains by dousing all the lights; they still aren't superpowered, but the blind folks gain an advantage because they're ''used'' to not being able to see their surroundings and, since it usually happens in their own homes, they know their surroundings vastly better.
** In ''Theatre/WaitUntilDark'', [[spoiler: the main character forgets to smash the light in the fridge. D'oh!]]
** Also, this trope was inverted in ''A Maiden's Grave'' by JeffryDeaver, in a scene where the villain gets the drop on a deaf character by turning out the lights.
* ''Film/TheLookout'' has the protagonist rendered psychologically scarred and has trouble remembering things. Not too much of a superpower, but he uses a technique that he learned from his blind friend of "Start from the end" which enables him to plan which eliminates the BigBad and TheDragon. Though, this is more to the point that the aforementioned villains fail to recognize the protagonist as a true threat.
* Parodied by the blind character Blinkin in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''. In one scene he snatches an arrow right out of the air, remarking "'Eard it comin' a mile away" to the shocked Merry Men. Immediately afterwards, Robin compliments him, to which he responds "Who said that?"
** An earlier scene has him standing in a lookout tower. Robin asks what he's doing up there, and he replies, "Guessing? I ''guess'' nobody's coming?"
** The Prince's men are very lucky Blinkin is blind. After all, look what he did to that ''wood pillar''; if he could see, he'd probably have liberated England by himself.
* In ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers '', the blind Mei is capable of insane and technically physically impossible combat feats despite her disability. [[spoiler:Except... not really. It's all a ruse -- she's impersonating the old revolutionary leader's blind daughter, who doesn't know martial arts -- and she actually ''can'' see.]]
* Not quite a superpower, but the title character of ''Film/RookieOfTheYear'' breaks his arm, and it heals in such a way as to make him a super-fast baseball pitcher.
** Truth in television, for very rare cases. Mordecai Brown pretty much destroyed his hand through several accidents, and became a baseball pitcher afterwards. His new hand allowed him to throw a devastating curve ball.
* Ray Charles in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' is apparently a crack shot with a pistol and uses this ability to scare off shoplifters who try and take advantage of his blindness.
* [[spoiler:Leonard, the amnesiac]] from the 2000 film ''Film/{{Memento}}'' is described by another character as the perfect assassin - since [[spoiler:he can't remember ever having killed anyone, he doesn't act like his targets expect an assassin to act and feels no guilt afterwards. His partner keeps setting him up to kill people and they never see him coming.]]
* In ''Thunderpants'', Patrick has the disability of excessive farting. It is later discovered however that this can be used to power a rocket into space because his twin stomachs resemble the rocket's engine.
* ''Franchise/RoboCop''. Most of his damaged body is replaced by cybernetics, even parts that didn't need to be removed. This leaves him incredibly strong and ImmuneToBullets, if slow.
* In the Thai movie ''Film/{{Chocolate}}'', the main character is autistic, with the attendant social difficulties and learning disabilities. However, this enables her to naturally [[AwesomenessByAnalysis absorb martial arts from]] Creator/BruceLee and Tony Jaa movies on television. She then progresses through the entire movie, beating up trained fighters and men twice her size. The only warrior who challenges her has ''Tourette syndrome'', which allows him to make unusual moves, but she's able to adopt his style as well and defeat him.
* The title character in ''The Boy Who Could Fly'' uses the Power of Autism to... well, the title says it all. ''Really.''
* Jimmy in ''Film/TheWizard'' is stricken with grief over the death of his twin sister, but his mental state also grants him amazing abilities with video games.
* ''Film/RainMan'' features Dustin Hoffman's autistic character having amazing calculation skills, being able to count a scattering of spilled toothpicks at a glance.
** The autistic Simon Lynch in ''Film/MercuryRising'' is able to crack a government code that was secretly published in one of his puzzle books by the creators to see if anyone can crack it.
* The Muppet version of Blind Pew in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' parodies this trope; Pew is a comically handicapped blind man for the majority of his scenes, but when Billy Bones cocks a pistol to shoot him, Pew flies across the room directly at him and knocks it out of his hands. (After the plot has been sufficiently advanced, he's back to tripping over chairs and walking into walls. Maybe it's an act? Or just the RuleOfFunny.)
* The titular superhero of ''Film/KickAss'', due to getting, well, his ass kicked and hit by a car on his first attempt at heroics, leaving him with severely damaged nerve endings, giving him an increased tolerance to pain.
* Indirectly invoked in ''Film/{{Darkman}}'': After Peyton Westlake is horribly burned all over his body, the doctors cut off his sense of touch to block the constant pain. The side-effect is that his body ends up overproducing adrenaline, and the adrenal overload makes him [[SuperStrength super-strong]], hyper-agile, [[MadeOfIron impervious to pain]] ... and prone to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity unstable mood swings]].
* In ''Film/{{Blindness}}'', by being an ordinary blind man prior to the outbreak of contagious blindness, The Accountant is fully capable of functioning normally, and so he quickly gains the upper hand over everyone else in the facility.
* In ''Film/TheBookOfEli,'' [[spoiler:Eli is revealed to be blind, though his amazing ability to kick ass is implied to be divine favor.]]
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Vanellope is at first thought to be a glitch, but this gives her the ability to FlashStep across short distances when she gains control over it near the end of the movie.
* The Quasi-Dead from ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' take this trope to its logical conclusion. As the name suggests, they are practically dead. This near-death state, however, gives them amazing psychic powers.
* In ''Bollywood/MyNameIsKhan'', the titular character is [[TheRainman an autistic savant]] with a [[MrFixIt talent for fixing things]] that borders on MachineEmpathy. [[ChekhovsSkill This comes in handy many times throughout the film.]]
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', Gazelle's had both feet amputated (why is never stated), but compensates with weaponized prosthetics that make her kicks deadly.
* ''Film/RogueOne'': Chirrut is blind, but his connection to the Force lets him be a martial artist and dead shot despite this.
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'': Besides River Tam, who has {{telepathy}} amplified by brain surgery at the hands of Alliance scientists that also left her with a form of schizophrenia, [[spoiler:at the climax Malcolm Reynolds turns out to be immune to the Operative's PressurePoint paralysis because of an old injury: the nerve cluster the Operative targets was destroyed by shrapnel during the Unification War.]]

* Enchantress Hiresha from ''Literature/LadyofGems'' is one of the most accomplished enchantresses in the Lands of Loam not despite her uncontrollable sleeping but because of it.
* Astrid's little brother, Little Pete, in ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' is autistic. He's also the most powerful person in the FAYZ, other than maybe [[spoiler: the Gaiaphage]]. He has the ability to make things appear out of thin air, teleport him and Astrid to anywhere he wants, and [[spoiler: he caused the FAYZ]].
* Montolio in R.A. Salvatore's ''[[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Sojourn]]'' is a blind ranger who is sufficiently badass at hand-to-hand combat to scare off a whole dungeon's worth of [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcs]]. His familiarity with his surroundings helps, though.
** He also uses his owl to target his enemies with his bow. The owl flies over an enemy's head and hoots, and he shoots just under where he heard it.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''
** The Miraluka are a race of beings who evolved the ability to "see" through the Force, but at the same time lost use of their eyes, then lost their eyes entirely. Kreia from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' displays a similar ability, which the main character of that game can learn.
** A character in the ExpandedUniverse, a Wookiee named Ralrra, has a "speech impediment" -- which removes enough of his "accent" for Leia to understand him perfectly. Therefore he has a job in the Kashyyyk embassy, as his speech impediment makes him easier for aliens to understand.
** [[Literature/NewJediOrder The Yuuzhan Vong]] were cut off from the Force when their sentient homeworld was destroyed by their constant warfare. This caused them so much pain that they came up with a CombatSadomasochist culture to cope. Being cut off from the Force also meant that the Vong couldn't be directly affected by Force powers, giving them a huge advantage against Force-wielders.
* In ''Literature/GenerationDead'', arguably every single zombie in the entire book falls under this trope, since they're not only [[OnlyMostlyDead legally dead]], but get seemingly superhuman strength, endurance, speed and toughness; all while not needing to eat, sleep or drink and being practically unkillable without being either set on fire or bashed in the head... but on the other hand? ''Most of their organs no longer function''; they can't heal themselves if injured; and their brain is generally much slower-functioning, to the point where they're almost all slow-moving klutzes even if they were dancers or athletes before they died, and a previously brilliant teen gets stuffed into remedial classes. Then there's also the thing where they tend to have all or most senses (taste, touch, you name it) dulled, assuming they work at all. NotQuiteDead? You betcha! Better off? Er... good question.
* Literature/{{Discworld}}
** At least witches are described to have developed some combination of blindness or deafness due to old age but use their magic to compensate - Miss Treason from ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}''' sees and hears through her animal companions, and Desiderata Hollow from ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' has trained her second sight to work in the present.
** In ''Discworld/SmallGods,'' the blind philosopher Didactylos says that the whole "blind people's other senses are superhuman" thing was made up by sighted people so they can feel better. [[HypocriticalHumor While deducing that Brutha is upset from the noise his clothes make...]]
* Zephyr the oracle from ''Literature/{{Silverwing}}'' is albino and, due to his old age, also blind, and so has developed a sense of hearing so acute he can hear the echos of anything, anywhere. He can also see into the future and past using his ears (or something).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** Creator/DanAbnett's Inquisitor Gideon Literature/{{Ravenor}}, main character of the eponymous series of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels. A Chaos-engineered disaster during an Imperial triumphal procession nearly killed him and left his body entirely broken, confining him permanently to a mobile life support chamber. On the other hand, it gave him considerable time to further develop his innate PsychicPowers. The life-support pod is fitted with armour comparable to that of a ''Leman Russ Main Battle Tank'', contains powerful psychic amplifiers (partially accounting for Ravenor's power increase), and has mounted upon it ''two'' fully automatic, rocket-propelled grenade launchers loaded with daemon-killing DepletedPhlebotinumShells.
** Colonel 'Iron-hand' Straken, who has a much stronger replacement arm thanks to the original being bitten off by a Miral Land Shark
** Commissar Yarrick, bionic eye with a laser built in, robot arm made from the very Ork Battle Klaw that removed the original.
** Lord Militant Commander Drang, whose replacement bionic eye lets him spot an enemy warship up to half a light-year away
** Astropaths get a power boost from hooking their soul to the God-Emperor, at the cost of serious damage to (if not the destruction of) their eyes and optic nerves
** Dreadnoughts are HumongousMecha piloted by crippled Astartes heroes, for whom they also act as life-support machines (much like Ravenor, in fact)
* Peter Reidinger I of the ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Talents]]'' series (specifically the ''Pegasus'' sub-series), who becomes paralyzed from the neck down in adolescence due to a wall collapsing on top of him. However, it is soon discovered that he is the most powerful psychic Talent in the world: he proves so adept at telekinesis that he actually ''fakes normal movement'' by levitating his body (it's not perfect: he has a difficult time making complex movements with his fingers, and occasionally forgets to keep his feet on the ground).
* The title character in ''A Wizard Alone'', the sixth Literature/YoungWizards book, is [[spoiler:an autistic kid who happens to be one of the "Pillars of Creation", through which a lot of positive energy is dumped into the universe]]. By the end, [[spoiler:he's no longer autistic, but he's still a Pillar]].
* Rowan from ''Literature/LordsOfTheSky'' is physically blind, but can still see her surroundings due to her innate magic abilities. Not only is she an accomplished sorceress, but [[spoiler:she's also a Dragon Master, meaning she has a very special affinity to Dragons]].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Bran Stark gets crippled from a fall and lapses into a coma. When he awakens, he gains [[spoiler:prophetic "green dreams" and the ability to consciously take control of living things. These abilities qualify him to become a powerful sorcerer called a greenseer]].
** In ''A Dance with Dragons'' [[spoiler: Arya learns to see through the eyes of a cat to compensate for having been blinded by the priests of the Many Faced God. It's implied that this is a latent power in all the Stark children just waiting for some trigger to be expressed. Ironically, the purpose of the blindness was to force her to develop the disability superpower of heightened senses. Using the supernatural shortcut might have caused her to miss out on some of that training]].
* Ng in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' lost all of his limbs in Viet Nam and has the ultimate CoolCar of a wheelchair: a heavily-customized and heavily-armed airport firetruck. Given the heavily-commercialized nature of the world, he can get anything he needs via drive-thru. Not only is he permanently jacked into TheMetaverse, where his DigitalAvatar has limbs, but his body is suspended in a gel that gives him force feedback, making him the only known character in the story to be able to actually ''feel'' massages given to his DigitalAvatar.
* In Jose Saramago's ''Literature/{{Blindness}}'', all of humanity becomes blind with the exception of one person. People who were previously blind are accustomed to their condition, and have enough of an advantage that at least one becomes a gang leader of sorts.
* Dinah Bellman from Creator/StephenKing's novella ''The Langoliers'' is a young blind girl that displays a grab-bag of psychic powers and enhanced senses. In the [[Film/TheLangoliers tv movie]], she is able to see Craig Toomey's paranoid delusion by looking at him, communicate telepathically, seems to have a degree of precognition, acts as a human lie detector and [[HellIsThatNoise hears the approaching]] [[EldritchAbomination monsters]] with her superhuman hearing. Furthermore, in the film's climax [[spoiler:she begins to astral project to Craig Toomey and apparently alters his paranoid delusions to show him exactly what he wanted to see.]]
* In ''Dr. Bloodmoney'' by Creator/PhilipKDick, Hoppy Harrington was born without limbs, but has powerful telekinetic abilities.
* The whole idea behind the half-bloods having ADHD and dyslexia in ''Literature/{{Percy Jackson|AndTheOlympians}}''.
* Invoked in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. When the team decides to increase their numbers they specifically choose disabled teens. Since no Yeerk would infest a disabled body when plenty of healthy ones are available it guarantees that disabled teens are safe to give the morphing ability to. A few get better thanks to morphing, but most stay disabled while human.
* ''Literature/WorldWarZ'':
** An old gardener who'd been blinded in the bombing of Nagasaki during World War II becomes a zombie-killing Franchise/{{Zatoichi}} reference, using precise study and memorization of the landscape and his hearing to track the zombies by their moans, and his gardening spade to kill them.
** Another interview has a man in an ordinary wheelchair man taking up zombie defence patrols-- crawling zombies trying to attack him from behind get the chair instead of his legs.
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' character Gilbert Gilgamesh Hamilton (Gil the Arm) develops a telekinetic replacement arm when his original is lost in an asteroid mining accident. It's very weak (barely able to lift a full shot glass in Earth gravity) and due to Gil's lack of imagination is restricted to the range of the original... however, he manages to keep it when the meat arm is finally [[{{Organlegging}} replaced]], it has its own sense of touch which can feel ''inside'' things (including people), and he can reach through a videophone screen in two ways -- to touch the electronics inside, or to touch the person on the other end of the call...
* Jayfeather from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is born blind, but learns he has the ability to read minds. As well, he can creep into dreams, in which he gains perfect vision.
* An unusual example is seen in ''Literature/MyNameIsRed''. [[spoiler:The artists often go blind due to overwork, but sometimes welcome this, as it allows them to draw from an idealized memory instead of a world they think is growing ever more corrupt]].
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series has Mad-Eye Moody, who lost his eye and got a magical replacement that allows him to see in all directions and through solid objects. Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew, who lost his hand and got a magical, super-strong silver prosthetic hand, may also count.
* ''Literature/ProfessorMmaasLecture'' is about termites, who are almost completely blind--not that they need sight inside their mound. They all have a very acute sense of smell which gives them an equivalent of sight. Their language even reflects this ("unforesmelled"), and their "disguises" and "masks" involve solely altering one's smell.
* Thomas from ''Literature/TheBadPlace'' has Down Syndrome but possesses mysterious telepathic powers.
* Jack [=McClure=] from the series of the same name by Eric Van Lustbader is severely dyslexic, but has an excellent sense of space and a photographic memory, not to mention the ability to learn foreign languages extremely quickly. He uses these abilities to become a top agent in the ATF before eventually becoming a trusted adviser to the President. Despite this he still has all the difficulty reading associated with dyslexia and needs help deciphering a map.
* Glen Cook's ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series has IKnowYourTrueName in full effect. Any wizard can be instantly and permanently stripped of his powers by someone invoking his True Name. As a result, one of the requirements of a wizard rising to significant power is a willingness to ruthlessly destroy anyone who knows his True Name, including friends and family (lest they be tortured into revealing it to a rival). The only powerful wizard in the series who isn't an EvilSorceror was born under unusual circumstances and was never given a real name, only a temporary nickname that stuck far longer than intended. He complains about his lack of a real name in the final book, apparently unaware of the unique status it gives him.
* An inversion happens in ''Literature/ToughMagic'', where the main character successfully becomes a skilled and powerful wizard, despite being unable to easily cast spells. The inversion part comes from the fact that it doesn't happen because overcoming his handicap makes him better than he'd otherwise be; but rather, he becomes a strong wizard ''despite'' being handicapped.
* Istvan in ''Literature/DeadSpaceCatalyst'' has heard voices all his life, sees patterns everywhere, can get violent if approached in the wrong way, and does not sync with reality very well. While this normally causes problems for him, when he comes in contact with the [[ArtifactOfDoom Red Marker]] (which causes people to hear voices, draw patterns on everything, get violence, and go crazy), he is able to communicate it with it to some degree.
* Inverted in ''Literature/VampireAcademy'': Rose has the ability to see through Lissa's eyes, but doing so makes her blind to what is going on around her.
* In the Literature/RachelPengNovels (which take place in the ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed'' universe), Rachel goes blind after staring at the sun for two days straight. (She was... not in a good mental place.) However, she discovers that the implant that allows her to talk to machines ''also'' allows her to perceive electromagnetic waves, giving her the ability to "see" not just frequencies of visible light, but a massive array of other types of radiation as well, meaning she can see through walls just fine. Oh, and she can also see emotions. Somehow.
* Many mages in ''Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu''. Severity of the disability tends to be [[PowerAtAPrice proportional to mage's power]].
* In T.A. Barron's series ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin'', Merlin is blinded in the first book, but then develops "second sight," which seems to be a kind of magical version that doesn't use his physical eyes. It also means that he can occasionally see things that normal sight cannot.
* Fairies in ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' cannot [[SuperDrowningSkills swim]] due to their wings. Rani sacrificed her wings and thus is the only fairy able to.
* ''Literature/NeuroTribes'', a book about the history and present of the autism spectrum and the people in it, points out that numerous autism researchers, including Hans Asperger himself, came to the conclusion that autism was a mixture of disability and intelligence that were directly connected.
* Rehhaile from [[Literature/{{Kane}} "Cold Light"]] was ripped out of her dying mother's womb when ThePlague struck her homeland Demornte. As a result she is blind but she can get into other peoples' minds to see through her eyes. In addition, she can see their feelings and emotions and sometimes she can even influence them. The problem is, very few people survived the plague and they are all depressed and despondent, so there's nothing interesting in their minds.
* In ''Literature/TheLegendOfSunKnight'', [[spoiler: Grisia]] loses his eyesight [[spoiler: as a consequence of raising the dead]]. He makes up for it by honing his elemental-detection skills, which let him see through walls and detect things all around him. It has the drawbacks of making him unable to see color, preventing him from making aesthetic judgements such as whether someone is beautiful or whether a disguise is adequate, and reverting him to helpless blindness whenever he is unable to use his powers.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Bran begins having prophetic dreams and entering the mind of his direwolf after being crippled.
** The time Arya spent blind has really made her a deadly fighter in darkness. When wounded and pursued by the Waif, who otherwise would have no trouble killing her, Arya gains the advantage needed to defeat and kill her by luring her into a tunnel and destroying the candles illuminating it with Needle.
** Jojen Reed. Apparently, having repeated visions causes seizures. In the books, Jojen does not suffer seizures, but his knowledge of the future has caused him to have a weary, depressive demeanor.
* Hawkeye in ''Series/{{MASH}}'' temporarily received a boost to his other senses -- including hearing that rivalled Radar's ability to detect incoming helicopters -- when he was blinded by an exploding heater. It has been suggested that Radar's super-hearing is a compensation for his incredibly poor eyesight but it's a weak precognitive ability. He's also been known to comply with requests before they're made and answer questions before they're asked. (Some of which could be guessed by experience, some not). Hence his [[MeaningfulName nickname]].
* Master Po (and to a lesser extent Serenity Johnson) from ''Series/KungFu''.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Isaac's clairvoyance-painting seems (at first) to only work when he's high on heroin. Later, though, he learns to do it without the drugs.
** There's also Niki Sanders whose power appears to be "being insane". Oh, and superstrong. Technically, yes, but in nicer terms she would be a dissociative identity disorder sufferer with a superhuman alter-ego, not unlike The Hulk, Thorn or Typhoid Mary. She is, however, able to use the super-strength on the "Niki" side now that she's learning to control "Jessica". [[spoiler: Unfortunately, there's more than just Niki and Jessica in there.]]
** Played straight with fourth season character Emma, who is deaf and has the ability to see sound as bright waves of light. Her ability becomes an important part of the season's arc.
** Daphne is an odd variant. Normally, she has cerebral palsy, but her SuperSpeed overcomes it.
* River Tam from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' (and its follow-up movie, ''Serenity'') winds up with eerie PsychicPowers - mind-reading abilities that apparently extend from emotions to actual thoughts (both of which were shown surprisingly clearly in the episode "Objects in Space") - and some surprising WaifFu abilities, which combined with her "extraordinary grace" (ostensibly from [[DanceBattler years of studying dance]]), essentially turn her into a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot psychic ninja ballerina]]. At one point she picks up a gun as if it's a toy, closes her eyes, fires three shots, and kills three bad guys. All of which would be awful nice, if they didn't almost all seem to result from brutal experiments that ''cut out a chunk of her brain'' (leaving her unable to filter her own emotions), and left her [[AxCrazy psychotic]].
* Geordi [=LaForge=] of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was born blind, but given synaptic implants that allow a device he wears to translate large portions of the EM spectrum into visual impressions, allowing him at various points to detect by sight things which normally require scanners or tricorders to detect. These impressions are often cited as not being sufficiently "real" when the writers want to play up the disability aspect, though they certainly don't seem to be lacking in detail. In one episode the audience and his crewmates even get to see a visual-frequency representation of what he sees, and it's a psychedelic jumble of colors and lights. No wonder he gets a headache. Geordi's vision has also been subject to the occasional PhlebotinumBreakdown or DroppedGlasses moment. The later movies acknowledged that ScienceMarchesOn by giving him bionic eyes.
** [[DefiedTrope Defied]] when Counselor Troi loses her empathic powers. She attempts to leave Starfleet on the grounds that she is now disabled. Picard tries to convince her otherwise, invoking this trope. Troi answers that there is no scientific evidence that losing one sense strengthens others and that the myth was likely created by non-disabled people in order to make themselves feel more comfortable around the disabled.
* The show ''Series/{{MANTIS}}'' had the main character create an [[PoweredArmor exoskeleton]] so that he could walk again. It just happened the prototype suit was entirely bulletproof. Which he didn't find out until after being shot in the first episode.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', "Blind Date", Angel comes up against one of the most skilled human assassins he has encountered, and she happens to be blind. She blinded herself, then learned to see outside the spectrum of normal human sight--effectively seeing the move you make before you make it. However, he can actually move faster than her; he overcomes her by moving in lightning-fast-spurts; if he doesn't move, she can't see him, because vampires don't breathe or have a heartbeat.
* The character played by Creator/MichaelJFox in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has such encyclopedic medical knowledge because his OCD lead him to reading the medical books over and over again.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' was [[TemporaryBlindness blinded for one episode]], but considering who we're talking about here, she picked up a staff and went right on with the ass-kicking. She even managed to catch her chakram based solely on hearing, ''millimeters'' from an ally's face.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'''s title character has, among other mental problems, a serious case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - which allows him to perceive details of crime scenes and other clues, making him a champion sleuth.
** In an episode when he was blinded, he also realized that it solved a lot of his OCD related phobias, since he couldn't see the chaos around himself, plus his tendency to put everything back at the same place and count his steps, gave him a great head start compared to other blind people.
* Parodied in a sketch in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' where Hugh Laurie reveals to Stephen Fry that his deafness has caused him to develop his eyesight, whilst his blindness has caused his hearing to improve to compensate. "So in other words, you can hear and see perfectly?". "Yes, that's right"
* ''Series/{{UFO}}'' ("The Man Who Came Back"). A blind man senses that there's something wrong with a SHADO operative who's had his personality removed and is being [[PuppeteerParasite remote-operated by the aliens]].
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In "Whisper", Clark is temporarily blinded by his own heat vision bouncing off Kryptonite. Luckily, his super-hearing develops at the same time to compensate.
** Lex Luthor was left permently bald at nine, but gained an enhanced immune system, that saves him from death more than once.
** In another episode, an artist whose hand was crippled develops [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]] to compensate for the loss.
* Comically subverted in the "Blind Kung-Fu Master" {{sketch|Comedy}}es from ''Series/{{MADtv}}''. The title character of the sketch is blind, but his years of martial arts training do ''absolutely nothing'' to compensate. HilarityEnsues.
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/FatherTed'' when Ted confronts a person who he thought had been throwing paper balls at his head, only to find that the man is blind.
-->'''Ted''': (''extremely embarrassed'') Right, well, I suppose your other senses make up for it. I hear that with blind people there other senses become more alert, heh heh, so to speak, I suppose you can smell things from ten miles away and hear things before they happen, heh heheh.
-->'''Blind Priest''': No.
-->'''Ted''': No sixth sense of any kind? Or I suppose in your case it would be a ''fifth'' sense, seeing as you've only got the four. Unless you've got another one missing that I don't know about? How's your sense of touch? (''begins slapping at the man's arms and shoulder and laughing'')
-->'''Blind Priest''': Could you go away now please?
* An episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' has Natalia, wearing a hearing aid as the result of an injury suffered earlier in the season, discovered a device being used by jewelry store robbers to screw up the security camera system when it caused painfully loud static in said hearing aid.
* ''Series/GuidingLight'' did something similar when deaf Abby decided to have a cochlear implant (coinciding with the actress' RealLife decision to do the same). Her heightened sense of hearing allowed her to hear the ticking of an explosive device that had been planted and she was able to warn everyone before it went off.
* In an episode of ''Series/PainkillerJane'', one of the team member's former partner was paralyzed from neck down after an accident. He then becomes a "neuro" with telekinesis. He then goes on a rampage, killing all his former team members who he blames for his condition. He is killed at the end of the episode, which is probably more merciful than "chipping" him and turning him back into a helpless quadriplegic.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', "See No Evil": Abigail Breslin (''LittleMissSunshine'') plays a blind child with brilliant pianism ability. She also has such a good ear for pitch that you could replace the sonar computer on a ''Los Angeles'' class submarine with her. She and her mother get kidnapped. The girl gets released. Guess how the mother is found...
* An episode of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' has Nick blinded by a fly-like Wesen. He suddenly realizes that his hearing has been turned UpToEleven. Not only can he hear the MonsterOfTheWeek's buzzing (which no one else can), but he can also clearly hear whispered conversations in another room and both sides of a phone call. After stumbling a bit, he confronts the Wesen and ends up handily beating him, despite still being blind. After his eyesight is restored, he resolves to practice fighting blindfolded with [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Monroe]] throwing various fruits and vegetables in the air, and Nick attempting to hit them with a stick. Nick doesn't miss once. Later, Nick is temporarily zombified by the puffer fish-like Baron Samedi. After coming to his senses, he finds out that his metabolism control is much greater than before (e.g. he can go for a vigorous jog and not evne break a sweat).
* This is how powers work in ''Series/{{Alphas}}''. Every person with a power is actually someone with some type of birth defect, from relatively tame ones like Bill's SuperStrength (which also gives him anger issues), to Gary's ability to see into the electromagnetic spectrum (which also makes him autistic). Therefore, not only does every Alpha have a specific "[[PowerAtAPrice downside]]" related to their power, it's also not uncommon to see random background Alphas who are blind, paralyzed, or otherwise crippled and disabled in ways not related to their ability. In fact, one of the earliest conflicts is a group of Alphas fighting to keep medicine that would cure birth defects off the shelves. They see it as a direct attack on their kind, but it's not clear if the company making the medicine even knew Alphas existed.
* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Crackers Don't Matter", the Moya crew are exposed to a type of light that's driving them insane. Crichton is less affected because, as a human, he has weaker eyesight than the others.
-->'''Crichton:''' [[HumanityIsSuperior Humans are SUPERIOR!]]
* Parodied in ''Series/ThirtyRock'' by the show ''[[ShowWithinAShow Who Nose?]]'' about a detective who is constantly underestimated for his lack of smell.
* Kirsten of ''Series/{{Stitchers}}'' has temporal dysplasia, a neurological condition that prevents her from experiencing the passage of time and seemingly limits her ability to experience emotions. These impairments make her a prime candidate for the Stitchers program, which allows her consciousness to be inserted into a deceased person's memories.
* In ''Series/TheGoodDoctor'', Shaun's UsefulNotes/{{Autism}} grants him several benefits over neurotypical surgeons. He can spot a millisecond of altered heart activity so subtle that not even the monitors can pick up. He can project a VeinOVision on a patient and judge the best vein/artery to use at a glance. He can also, perhaps most impressively of all, recall any page of every single medical textbook he has ever read, automatically conjuring up the relevant information for the situation and allowing him to make technically perfect medical decisions.

* At the age of 17, Tony Iommi lost two fingertips in an accident while working at a sheet-metal factory. Having been encouraged by his boss not to give up his side job as guitarist in a pub band, he had to tune down his guitar strings in order not to hurt his cut-off fingertips even more. Thus, the signature sound of Music/BlackSabbath (and HeavyMetal) was born.
* Music/TheWho's Pinball Wizard, Music/{{Tommy}}, is a "deaf, dumb and blind kid...(who) sure plays a mean pinball." He can feel the table's features, and plays by sense of smell.
** His pinball ability is also attributed to the fact that he "ain't got no distractions, can't hear no buzzers and bells." Also because he "can't see no lights a flashin'." His lack of sight and hearing actually helps him stay focused, apparently.
** Justified because Tommy has psychogenic deafness and blindness, so he can actually see and hear but doesn't realize he can. People with these conditions have the same automatic reactions as a sighted or hearing person, so if they didn't think about what they were doing, they could play pinball. Still pretty impressive, though.
* Music/DefLeppard's '''drummer''' Rick Allen has only one arm. That's right, the man who plays the instrument requiring the most coordination and skill, does it and rocks the house with one arm. His most amazing drumming is done ''with his feet!''
* Music/DjangoReinhardt lost the use of two of his fingers in a caravan fire, and still went on to be one of the most fluid and dexterous guitarists of all time.
* "Music/ScatmanJohn" Larkin "[turned his] biggest problem into [his] biggest asset" by channeling his stuttering into a fusion of scat singing and dance music. His most famous song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eht9W25tDZo The Scatman]]" enforces this trope by singing that you should ''never'' let disabilities hold you back:
--> Everybody stutters one way or the other
--> So check out my message to you
--> As a matter of fact, don't let nothin' hold you back
--> If the Scatman can do it, brother, so can you
* Music/StevieWonder and Music/RayCharles, anyone?
* Andrea Bocelli. Despite losing his sight in a soccer accident as a young boy, he went on to become one of the greatest tenors of his time. He also has a law degree, and regularly engages in such pursuits as horseback-riding and sky-diving. Now ''that's'' impressive.
* Music/LudwigVanBeethoven composed many of his best works ''after'' going deaf.
* Obscure CountryMusic singer Billy Hoffman learned to play guitar at an early age to gain dexterity after he was born with underdeveloped hands. He also learned how to sing despite being 97% deaf.
* Indonesian virtuoso guitarist, Yana Mulyana, is born with imperfect hands. This does not, in any way, impede with his amazing ability to play guitar. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm7O86mGyFU for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lqbr4xN6To yourself]].
* A boy castrated before puberty will sustain a beautiful, ethereal soprano singing voice called ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin castrato]]''. Castrato singers have been documented since the days of the Byzantine Empire, but they really hit it big in Enlightenment-era Italian opera. Eventually, people realized that maiming a kid just so he could sing pretty was kind of a [[StealthPun dick]] move, but Italy only banned the practice after unification in 1861. The Vatican only stopped hiring new castrati in 1878, and they still had a few of them ticking around from before the ban; they stopped using castrati altogether in 1903. If you're wondering what castrati sounded like, the last Sistine castrato singer ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandro_Moreschi Alessandro Moreschi]]) actually did audio recordings; you can find 'em on Website/YouTube. Modern castrato voices can be found in men who for whatever reason never hit puberty; these men include [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Scott Jimmy Scott]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radu_Marian Radu Marian]], and [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Maniaci Michael Maniaci]] (all of whom can also be found on Website/YouTube). Hell, according to [[http://phys.org/news/2011-03-michael-jackson-chemically-castrated-child.html this]] theory (also [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19552_5-insane-celebrity-conspiracy-theories-that-make-sense.html detailed]] by the good folks at Website/{{Cracked}}), Music/MichaelJackson kept his high voice throughout his life due to an anti-acne treatment that prevented him from hitting puberty.
* One of the most famous violinists, Niccolò Paganini, is said to have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marfan_syndrome Marfan syndrome]], a genetic disorder of connective tissue. Despite the many negatives this syndrome provides, the carrier is gifted with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachnodactyly exceptionally long, flexible fingers]]. It is possible that the Russian composer [[Music/SergeiRachmaninoff Sergei Rachmaninoff]] had the same disorder. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKKlhYF53w He, too, had pretty damn big hands]].

[[folder: Tabletop RPG]]
* In the fourth edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the "blind" keyword actually has nothing but benefits. Blind creatures are immune to gaze attacks, and every blind creature in the game has "blindsight," which works exactly like sight except that it's black and white, functions in total darkness, and has a somewhat more limited range.
** Blinding a player character still confers drawbacks, but even a character who's been blinded ''and'' deafened can still pinpoint enemies with Perception checks if their skill is high enough. I guess they smell them.
* {{Role Playing Game}}s where players build characters on a point system that assigns negative point values for physical disadvantages (effectively freeing up extra points to buy additional abilities) invite the use (and abuse) of this trope.
** ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'', for instance. The "Blindness" disadvantage (just as an example), while giving characters a distinct penalty to combat skills, makes it less than that suffered by people who have been suddenly blinded (thus, a person with Blindness has an advantage over a sighted person when the lights go out). No specific bonus to other senses is given. It is, however, stressed that vision-based abilities are ''not available'' to someone with this disability (yes, some people ''do'' need to be told).
** TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Supers notes that you can give Blindness and Microscopic Vision to a hero who can ''only'' see tiny nearby things, playing this straighter.
** ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' notes the trend and devotes a paragraph to explaining that, for example, if a character takes Blindness as a flaw and Tremorsense as a super-ability, they shouldn't get any points for the Blindness flaw since it's covered, only possibly a Hero Point for a Complication should their Tremorsense get removed or nullified. Common sense, really...
*** A concept introduced in ''Champions: The Super Roleplaying Game'' (aka the TabletopGame/HeroSystem) two decades before M & M came into existence. The rules for Disadvantages note that you can't get any points for a disadvantage that is directly negated by a special ability (gamemaster judgment calls may be required -- for instance, sonar vision doesn't truly "negate" blindness because you can't read, see colors, etc).
*** M&M actually makes it a minor flaw, rather than no flaw. You still get a bonus for it, but it's only one character point - which affords, approximately, jack shit. This is because with blindness and tremorsense you can't legally drive, for example. Deafness and telepathy will let you have communications, but if you're attacked by a robot in a dark room you're hosed. That kind of thing.
** ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'''s Defect system is ripe for the abuse of this trope; all of the "impairment" defects are Major ones, and can give back enough points to buy up abilities that render the impairments moot in addition to game-breakingly powerful secondary attributes. That does assume that you're okay with playing a flying, psychic paraplegic.
* The Oracle class in ''Tabletopgame/{{Pathfinder}}'' includes this in its game mechanics. All oracles are cursed in some mildly disabling way, but gain extra abilities related to the area of their curse - for instance, oracles with clouded vision lose the ability to see more than sixty feet away, but gain the ability to see in the dark and sense invisible creatures.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Pariahs are emotionless and soulless, which means they never find love or happiness, but they are [[AntiMagic immune to magic and demonic possession]].
** Not immune to magic as so much as they suppress around them. Though they are immune to demonic possession because they have no souls. They also have the disability of being attractive targets for conversion into a kind of elite necron fighter or an elite Imperial assassin.
** The tau also have similar if less extreme characteristics. Which has lead to some interesting EpilepticTrees.
** Orks also are highly resistant to demonic possession, partly because they have unbreakable will power, and partly because of how stupid they are. Most demons who try to possess them find themselves stuck in an idiot mind, resulting in Orks that talk to themselves a lot.
* In Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, the equip spell Flint is an annoying equip spell that weakens the host monster and prevents it from attacking. However, the monster Flint Lock is designed to be immune completely to the negative effects of Flint, and even benefits from extra powers while equipped with Flint, such as being indestructible by battle. Cherry on top, it can even manipulate Flint to contaminate other monsters, or relieve a monster from it to use its protection. This double counts as CripplingTheCompetition and DisabilityImmunity.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Wu Zi Mu from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' embodies this to the point where he's a respected street racer, good enough to aim and fire a submachinegun and ''beat CJ at video games'', all despite his complete blindness. There are limits to his abilities. His henchmen manipulate some of his pastimes (like golf) so that he wins. When they are not around, he is not always infallible, such as in this exchange during the 'You've Had Your Chips' mission: he's playing blackjack with CJ. Going for a five-card hand ...
-->'''CJ''': What'cha got?
-->'''Wu Zi Mu''': How would I know? You tell me.
-->'''CJ''': Not good. You got ... uh, 47.
-->'''Wu Zi Mu''': Damn it! You're bad luck! When I play with my men, I always win!
** Later on...
--->'''Mook''': Boss! Take a look at these two chips.
--->'''Wu Zi Mu''': One's a fake.
--->'''CJ''': That's amazing, you didn't even touch them.
--->'''Wu Zi Mu''': I took a guess. Why else would he come in with two chips and sound so worried? You take a look.
** His henchman also notes that he's profoundly lucky, which may be why he's in the situation that he's in; whether that's referring to his ability to not die in the amazingly dangerous things he sets his mind to doing, or his ability to endear himself to practically everyone around him, is up for debate.
*** One of the early missions you have with him involves helping him wipe out a rival gang in an alley, which starts off with him feeling around for a loose cobble as a landmark to get to the right alley, and then he runs [[{{Adorkable}} adorkably]] face first into a wall. [[BewareTheNiceOnes And then he whips out a machine gun, loudly declaring that their blood will flow like wine.]] Depending [[AIIsACrapshoot on how the AI is doing that day]], there's a more than decent chance he's not going to need CJ's help for that section.
* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III and IV'', troglodytes are eyeless--and therefore are immune to any form of blinding.
** One troglodyte warlock, Geon, is blind but has the ability to 'see' magic and read the minds of enemy spellcasters. In game-mechanics terms, this gives him a bonus to his Eagle Eye skill, making it easier for him to learn new spells.
* The {{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' plays rather brutally with this trope, by means of the Star Knight/Taekwon Master class. Their skill, 'Demon of the Sun, Moon, and Stars' (or 'Solar, Lunar, and Stellar Shadow'), grants its owner a + 30% bonus to Attack Speed - this bonus is insanely large. In exchange? ''The character's sight''. This isn't like the 'Blind' status effect, where a character takes a hit to their accuracy - accuracy is just fine. However the player's screen becomes black the moment this skill is learned, with a lighted area surrounding their character. As the skill is levelled up, and the attack speed bonus moves closer to + 30%, the lighted area shrinks, until at level 10 and + 30% ASPD, the tiles immediately surrounding a character can ''just be made out''. These effects are permanent and utterly irrevocable.
* In ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'', Alma's incredible mental powers came at a rather nasty cost: extreme sensitivity to negative emotions, particularly those relating to her father, which often resulted her being rendered catatonic with empathic terror when he was angry. On top of that, she suffered hallucinations, debilitating nightmares, and the occasional bout of pyrokinesis, as well as inadvertently [[MindRape mindraping]] anyone who spent too much time around her.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PsiOpsTheMindgateConspiracy Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy]]'' Jov Leonov was blinded during childhood by an accident. However, in exchange for his sight he ended up with formidable MindControl powers that he used in a successful career as a KGB agent, and then as the Movement's Master of MindControl and the man behind the Meat Puppet project.
* ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' has Bentley in a wheelchair (due to the events of ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves''). Being a genius, he tricks out the wheelchair quite well. He still has moments of envy, but apparently has settled with the fact he's in the chair. A rocket-assisted, explosive-armed, tranquilizer-dart-firing wheelchair. Which proceeds to get ''even cooler'' in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', with [[MultiArmedAndDangerous extra robot hands]] to help him do his business.
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}''
** Harman Smith, leader of Smith Syndicate, is an old man in a wheelchair who wields a high-powered rifle [[spoiler: and may be some kind of god]]...
** Con, a blind teenage boy who can still fire GunsAkimbo and [[BlindSeer has great perception]].
* Though not actually a disability, Regal Bryant of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' learned to fight with his feet extremely well after his oath to keep his hands bound.
** In comparison to his normal combat skills, this is a massive disability. The only time he uses his hands he easily blasts through a wall using a HandBlast. The difficulty of using his weapon of choice is also shown in his DifficultButAwesome gameplay. His attacks are difficult to pick up, but when mastered he is the second strongest character, being able to chain devastating (and stylish) combos, and is one of the few characters capable of healing.
* Koishi Komeiji from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series ended up sealing away her ability to read minds due to the fear it inspired in other people. This left her with the ability to read and manipulate people's subconscious, a much more powerful ability that places her as the extra stage boss, compared to her stage 4 boss sister.
* In ''Videogame/{{Warcraft}} 3'', Demon Hunters blind themselves to better see demons. They have their eyes burnt out, then the eyesockets are used to contain the essence of a demon, which gives them more power and abilities, such as the ability to better see magic in their surroundings, which includes demons. The demon's essence they seal in their eyesockets look like color tinted flames, so they often wear blindfolds over their eyes to keep from creeping out those around them.
%%* Law in ''VideoGame/FreedomForce''.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', the members of the ritualist profession blind themselves to better sense spirits. (Hence their hats) One character (Aeson) even was born blind, and became a ritualist for partially this reason. This is either making themselves blind, or wearing a hat that covers their eyes so they can be deprived of senses. Two ritualist [=NPCs=] (Togo and Yijo Tahn) actually don't wear hats covering their eyes.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' it is entirely possible to create something with no eyes. Funnily enough, this only barely effects your ability to actually see (the top third of the screen is blacked out and the rest is monotone) and gives you a few extra evolution points to boot.
* Visas Marr and the miraluka in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe. Kreia, ironically enough, does roughly the exact same thing, "seeing with the Force." In her case she did it backwards, relying on the ability so much that her eyes atrophied.
* All the orcs from ''VideoGame/OrcAttackFlatulentRebellion'' were cursed with uncontrollable gas after their land was polluted by the humans. It wasn't long before they decided to [[{{Fartillery}} use their gas against the humans]].
* In ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', despite that Haborym was blinded for his crimes (Which actually weren't his fault!), he's potentially one of the best swordmasters in the game, and he still has the highest dexterity of all characters.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' plays this fairly straight. Pokémon with the Guts, Tangled Feet, Steadfast, and other similar abilities all gain boosts to their stats when affected by a special condition or effect (Burn, Frozen, Poisoned, Paralyzed, Confused, Flinching). Likewise, the stat-cutting downside of Burn (attack) and Paralysis (speed) are ignored for the stat being raised. On top of ''that'', it's not a direct "boost" like Swords Dance, meaning that their stats can still go up. Now THAT is a superpower!
** The attack Facade doubles in power if the user is afflicted with a status condition. It's the signature attack of [[ThatOneBoss Norman]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire''.
** The ability Hustle reduces Accuracy and increases Attack. In the case of Deino and Zweilous, it represents their blindness and mad ferocity. A Deino with Hustle-boosted Outrage can be unstoppable in the un-evolved tiers of the metagame.
** Shedinja is an interesting example. It's the only Pokémon in the entire series with a fixed stat that doesn't change no matter what you do -- an HP stat of 1. This means that literally any damage of any kind will instantly knock it out, even if it's level 100 against a level 1 Pidgey. However, to make up for this, its unique Wonder Guard ability makes it completely immune to any attack that doesn't have a type advantage against it. Competitive players sometimes lose to it because they have nothing that can pierce its Wonder Guard.
** The ability Klutz makes the user incapable of receiving any in-battle effects from held items outside of Mega Stones and Z-Crystals. This includes both positive and negative effects, allowing them to use an otherwise self-harming item such as a Flame Orb or Iron Ball in combination with Trick or Switcheroo to use it against their opponent (they could also pair it with Fling, before ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' made Klutz users incapable of using it).
* ''VideoGame/Mother3'': Duster walks with a limp due to having a clubbed foot, but he is ''very'' good at [[ArmedLegs swinging it around]].
* Check the "Comic Book" section's part on Daredevil, then apply the same to Kenshi from ''Franchise/MortalKombat: [[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'', as he was also blinded and improved his other senses as a result. Interestingly, the games ''Deadly Alliance'', ''Deception'', and ''Armageddon'' use this to defy GameplayAndStorySegregation, as Sonya and Kira's Kiss of Death moves won't affect him (sadly, he's just as vulnerable as anyone else in ''9'').
* Adam Jensen in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' is seriously injured in the prologue. His employer takes this opportunity to augment Adam above and beyond what was needed to save his life (he probably didn't really need the prototype ball-bearing bomb implanted in his chest for one thing), essentially turning him into a cyborg SuperSoldier.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has Bedman, an IllBoy who is stuck in a nigh-perpetual coma and as such he remains bedridden all the time... so, what's the catch? Well, while asleep he has the ability [[DreamWeaver to enter and leave the world of his dreams at will]], letting him both summon nightmarish creatures from them or [[MindRape take his enemies into nightmarish worlds of his own creation to get rid of them]]. The fact that the bed he's confined to also doubles as a MiniMecha doesn't hurt.
* [[HandicappedBadass Vitruvius]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie [[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame Videogame]]'' has the "Blind Courage" ability, which lets him navigate treacherously narrow and unsafe ledges above certain death that no other character is brave enough to do, simply because he's blind and ''can't see the danger''. Like everything this is gleefully {{lampshade|Hanging}}d:
--> '''Vitruvius:''' (While walking a ledge above flames) I'll just walk this perfectly safe ledge. It's not like I'm above a wall of flames or anything like that.\\
'''Batman:''' Does anyone else think he can actually see?
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Submachine}}'' series, Murtaugh apparently[[note]]according to the notes he's left; we never actually see any other characters[[/note]] lost his arm in an accident, but found out he had a "karma arm" which allows him to open portals.

[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* Emi in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' runs track and hardly appears to miss her feet - in fact, her synthetic legs actually give her an advantage due to their shape and composition! Meanwhile, it is repeatedly stated and shown that the blind Lilly has an insanely good sense of hearing (she mentions listening on people whispering in the next room over, although the walls are thin) and the deaf Shizune is a master strategist since she doesn't let outside influences distract her.
** [[ShrinkingViolet Hanako]], on the other hand, averts this. She has severe emotional scarring to go along with the burn scars covering most of the right half of her body, being painfully, painfully shy towards anyone except [[BlindAndTheBeast Lilly]].
* ''VisualNovel/EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo'' has Chihiro, whose inability to keep her memories of the day, forced her to develop her ability to precisely convey her feelings through words, making her a great writer. Other characters even used the blind-hearing analogy for it.
** She also has a tendency to lie to herself in her diary.
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s "Bad Boys Love" route, Anghel Higure has powerful hallucinations. Virtually ''everything'' seems to be of gravest importance to him. He once becomes hysterical because he can't decide which New Years charm to buy and then is profoundly grateful when the protagonist takes the "Burden of Decision" from him (just picks out a traffic safety amulet and buys it for him). He screams and writhes around when his real name is used and has great difficulty using normal terms for a lot of things. But his insane hallucinations also cause him to notice (and exaggerate, in warped fantasy metaphors) threats and plot points sooner than anybirdy else. Once the others get him to use "the names of the ignorant many" for things, he's an ''excellent'' lookout and able to figure out how to beat TheDragon and find the BigBad, when no one else had had an idea.
** During the second game it's seen once again that he has trouble functioning in the real world. He can't tell when he's being exploited even though he's blacking out every time he meets with somebirdie. However, when a DeathRay is fired he's able to [[spoiler: suck his willing friends along into a delusion that they are all {{Magical Girl}}s, which lets them ''use those magic powers'']] first in defense, then in attack.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' codifies this in canon with the [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Light Children]], who are born with just a little more or less soul than normal, but weren't born to Celeste parents. Since they often go undetected and lack the training that Celeste children receive for their extrasensory powers, this usually leads to them being diagnosed with various mental illnesses instead as these same extrasensory powers are often mistaken for hallucinations and other bad behavior. The most common power is resistance to the Celeste's CompellingVoice but they can develop other abilities. For instance Daisy is autistic and can teleport short distances. While White Noise is schizophrenic (supposedly) but shows no special traits other than seemingly complete immunity to Tone, possibly because he joined that universe's ChurchOfHappyology seeking a cure [[spoiler: but he did father said Church's so-called messiah, who now wants to destroy that scam of a religion.]]
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Ysengrin was given magical, wooden PoweredArmor by Coyote, which gave him [[ShapeshifterWeapon powerful shapeshifting arms,]] [[GreenThumb control over plants,]] and let him walk bipedal. But due to a mistake by Coyote, the armor is not only arthritic, but Ysengrin's over-reliance on it has ravaged his body to the point where he can barely walk and eat without it. It's strongly implied that this is driving him insane.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Bibliography}}'', Pages of the Occular Codex give up regular eyesight in return for their magical eyesight. It could be disputed whether this really is a disability, though.
* One pair of recurring antagonists in ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' includes "Resonance Ben", who traded in his eyes for ThePowerOfRock and advanced echolocation. Their first defeat was turned into a total loss by this - due to a loud noise, Ben's ears were ringing, rendering him unable to either make out what his partner was saying ''or'' defend himself, forcing said partner to just grab him and run.
** The author's accompanying comment: "There are a lot of heroes and villains with disabilities, and sometimes people seem to forget that they are still disabilities."
** There's also the hilarious time when Ben captured a Solar and tied him to a chair in the dark, trying (and mostly succeeding) to invoke NothingIsScarier...except Misho is one of the Chosen of the Sun, and summoning light is only slightly more trouble for him than reflexively knowing the current position of the sun in the sky (IE: so easy he barely has to think it). This reveals Ben in his boxers, laughing maniacally since he didn't notice.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' Hannelore has such severe OCD that she was virtually incapable of human contact and held major hygiene issues that stifled her social life, up until a short while ago in the comic (she's still dealing with the hygiene a little bit). She also loves to count and became a skilled drummer [[InstantExpert hours after she first began playing]] because drumming to her is "counting with your whole body." She's made a career out of [[TheRainman being able and willing to count anything.]]
* {{Webcomic/Schlock|Mercenary}} comes from a species which is, without the aid of eyes that grow on trees, blind. His own senses are VERY acute, once identifying a man's dietary habits just by [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-06-04 smelling him]].
* Parodied in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=495 this]] Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal: Being quadriplegic but still able to move like an able-bodied person is not a very impressive superpower.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'', [[spoiler: Mecha Maid is [[http://www.spinnyverse.com/2010/11/05/11052010 completely paralysed]] due to ALS. To get around this, she built and uses a robotic suit that amplifies her nerves and allows for her to move normally, but only for use as a superhero. It is revealed later that she uses parts of her suit while in civilian clothing because even breathing is becoming increasingly difficult for her.]]
* Kili of ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'' has a magical disability; her ability to see spirits is so strong that were it not for her [[PowerLimiter tattoos]] she'd go insane, and ''did'' go insane as a child, complete with [[LockedIntoStrangeness hair going white.]] Growing up, Kili was able to hone this ability to become a powerful shaman.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': After Terezi Pyrope was blinded, her guardian dragon taught her [[TheNoseKnows to smell and taste colors]]. Her increased field of view and detection of minute details makes her a sharper investigator, and she's not bad with her canes, either. Terezi actually prefers her current condition over being able to see--because she's embraced her blindness, her dream self can't see either, in contrast with other disabled trolls (namely [[WheelchairWoobie Tavros]] and [[EyeScream Vris]][[ArtificialLimbs ka]]), whose dream selves lack their physical disabilities.
** [[spoiler: When she gradually loses her powers after being healed, Terezi alchemizes a red ScarfOfAsskicking to [[BlindfoldedVision replace the damage]] and get them back.]]
** Parodied with her Ancestor, Latula, who lost her sense of smell and apparently approximates it through other senses. Karkat questions how not being able to smell even counts as a disability.
* [[TheDon Mobster Kingpin]] in ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' draws his special abilities from ''diabetes''. He can only be harmed when his blood sugar is high, and he can summon the ghost of [[MemeticMutation Wilford Brimley]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0860.html the Holy Word deafens all the evil people on the opposing team, and Belkar. This leaves Belkar immune to suggestion.]]
'''Roy:''' It's not a bug, it's a feature.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', one of the main characters, [[BlowYouAway Taffe]] [[MakeMeWannaShout Torbern]] is [[spoiler: deaf. People don't know because she uses her power to amplify sounds.]] She uses it [[CombatPragmatist to her advantage]] twice [[WizardDuel against Gincoi]].
* In ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'', Riku's original gimmick was that he was so depressed it gave him an emo-powered SuperMode. He's later revealed to be [[spoiler: a Time Lord with a regeneration impairment, meaning he keeps his face when he regenerates and [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap apparently can do so indefinitely]]]].
* ''Webcomic/PvP'' mocked the concept in [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2005/04/25/mon-apr-25 this strip]].
* Queen Kit Darling of ''Webcomic/PoppyOPossum'' was born under a Lucky Star giving her the ability to see matter interacting on an atomic level. This makes her an incredibly talented chemist and alchemist, but the ability overrides her natural sight and PowerIncontinence keeps her from turning it off at will, which has rendered her functionally blind from roughly the age of four. The exception to this are opossums, who are AntiMagic incarnate and thus the only things Kit can see clearly.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' has mentioned a few:
** "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_18624_5-people-who-turned-awful-disabilities-into-superpowers.html 5 People Who Turned Awful Disabilities Into Superpowers]]" mentions Douglas Bader and Dustin Carter among others.
** One of Jorden Weir's [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20653_5-people-whose-major-disabilities-only-made-them-stronger.html 5 People Whose Major Disabilities Only Made Them Stronger]] is a mixed martial artist missing half of one forearm, making him a lot harder to grab.
** Another article focuses on [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19588_7-physical-mutations-that-helped-famous-careers.html 7 Physical Mutations That Helped Famous Careers]].
* The Literature/WhateleyUniverse is loaded with examples and subversions among the mutants at Whateley Academy:
** She-Bot was born without limbs but developed an uncanny natural ability to interface with machinery that allowed her to use cybernetic limbs of her own devising.
** Jericho, another deviser, went blind but developed 360-degree psychic vision instead. But since he doesn't actually perceive light he can only distinguish the shapes of objects, has no color vision and can't read print or video displays. It also doesn't penetrate solid objects so he can't see through windows.
** Subverted by a bunch of other students whose "superpowers" are effectively disabilities either because they can't turn them off (like Screech, whose voice can burn steel or melt glass) or because of a lack of RequiredSecondaryPowers, like Frostbite who generates cold but isn't immune to it.
* From the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Echo, a mutant superheroine who can control and generate sound, is also blind. It doesn't worry her much, because she uses the ambient sound around her as a type of sonar.
** Erich Welchell, the Diabolical Mastermind known as Brainchild from the same setting, is paraplegic and uses a wheelchair. He is also a powerful telekinetic who can fly... so screw the damned wheelchair.
* Skitter in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' briefly goes through this after a bomb leaves her blind. She can still sense her surroundings with her bugs but runs into the problem of not being able to see facial expressions or computer screens. A more permanent example is Genesis, who uses a wheelchair.
* Razikale of ''Roleplay/ToRule'' was born without wings. In return, he had larger magic reserves.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', in which Huey wisely assumes that the blind Stinkmeaner was able to beat down Granddad thanks to super-human senses. He then {{train|ingFromHell}}s Granddad on [[YourEyesCanDeceiveYou how to combat such an opponent]], with one exercise involving watching old ''Zatoichi'' movies. It isn't until the rematch is well under way that Huey comes to realize that while Stinkmeaner had heightened senses, they were far from superhuman and he had just gotten lucky the first time. Before Huey can relay this to Granddad, Stinkmeaner's already lying dead on the ground.
* Thanks to Fry from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' having an *ahem* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} 'special']] mind, he is immune to all psi attacks. Anybody can be an idiot, but not everybody is his own grandfather...
* Toph from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', as mentioned in the trope description. She's a great Earthbender, both because of natural talent and because she's blind: She learned how to earthbend, and how to sense her surroundings by registering vibrations in earth, from the giant badgermoles she played with when she was young. She's so skilled with it that she can even act as a LivingLieDetector by monitoring their pulse like a polygraph. She says that Earthbending is her way of "seeing" the world.
** In an unusual take, this power isn't limited to her and it doesn't require blindness, as she eventually taught it to the fully sight-capable Aang. [[spoiler: It proved a decisive factor in helping beat Ozai.]] Her daughter Lin in the SequelSeries also uses vibration sensing in her role as a police chief, and there are 'truth seers' who have learned her ability to act as a LivingLieDetector. Mostly, she's so good and inventive because she's using her Earthbending 24/7; even one who practices hours a day has nothing on someone who's never ''not'' doing so. It's definitely not one of the usual InspirationallyDisabled cases where being blind is magic.
** Her power [[RunningGag frequently]] makes her friends forget she's blind.
--->'''Toph (on being shown a wanted poster with her face on it):''' It ''sounds'' like a sheet of paper but I guess you're referring to what's ''on'' the sheet of paper.\\
''Later, when Katara learns about the poster''\\
'''Katara:''' What's this?\\
'''Toph:''' ''I don't know!'' I mean, seriously, what's with you people?! I'm blind!
** Hilariously, it is revealed in "The Ember Island Players" that the Fire Nation attributes her sight to echolocation[[note]]which is in fact how many real life blind people get a sense of their surroundings[[/note]]. The fact that Toph is also loud and [[DeadpanSnarker rather mouthy]] probably helped to contribute such a notion. While everyone else is complaining or angsting about their representation, [[TheBigGuy Toph loves hers]].
---> '''Actor portraying Toph''': HOAAAAAAAARGH!!!! ({{beat}}) There. I just got a pretty good look at you.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', we have the Red Lotus [[MakingASplash waterbender]] Ming-Hua. Though she has no arms (according to WordOfGod, it's a birth defect), she has the ability to create [[ArtificialLimbs arms/tendrils made out of water]] with her bending, which she can control pretty much psychically. And she [[IAmNotLeftHanded she isn't limited to two, either]]. She was put in a TailorMadePrison designed just for her for a ''reason'', she's one of the most dangerous benders alive. And, just like, Toph, her powerful abilities have an AchillesHeel: [[spoiler:As dangerous as her water limbs are, connecting them to herself leaves her vulnerable to an electrical current]].
* [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged Felix]] from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', who thanks to his CoolChair added with a collection of AllUpToYou, CompressedVice, AnAesop became the most competent hero of two episodes.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy", Zim invents a machine that lets him substitute anything he wants (in this case, a toy pig) for any single object in the past. He uses this not to screw up the world history, but instead to mess up Dib's life out of petty revenge. As the episode goes on, Dib gets gradually more and more disabled by the injuries sustained by piggies being inserted into important points in his life, until he's dead. Until his MadScientist dad puts him in a life-sustaining, amazingly powerful robot suit, and he shows up on Zim's doorstep to tear his place apart. To Zim's horror, the more rubber piggies Zim throws into the machine, the more heavily-armed Dib becomes, presumably because Dib's father becomes increasingly worried about his son's well-being and installs more weaponry onto the robot suit.
* Phantom Limb from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' was born with withered arms and legs. A laboratory accident replaced these with fully-developed but invisible ones, with which he can kill by touch.
** Subverted however with the Impossible family, a parody of the Comicbook/FantasticFour. Other than the Reed Richards {{expy}}, they got the sucky aspects of the Four's superpowers without any of the benefits. Sally has to concentrate at all times or else her skin (and only her skin) will turn invisible, Cody bursts into flames whenever he is exposed to oxygen (and feels the same way any of us would if we were on fire), and Ned is a walking callus.
* When Peter opens a fast food restaurant in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and institutes a No Legs No Service policy, Joe and an army of paraplegics join together and form a robot called Crippletron that destroys it.
* Resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mort in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is proven in the episode "Sting Operation" to be too stupid to feel pain.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', DW was temporarily blinded by Megavolt. Despite briefly believing that his crimefighting career was over, he bounced back in perfect "LetsGetDangerous" fashion when Megavolt threatened Gosalyn and Launchpad, beating his opponent handily by allowing his other senses to compensate for his lost sight.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Daolong Wong rendered Jackie mute, Jade deaf and Tohru blind. Uncle suggested improving the other senses to make up for the lost ones and mentioned, as an example, that he started improving his hearing when his sight became less than perfect, only to be told his hearing wasn't all that either.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** After the events of the episode "The Price," Owen's left hand has been turned to stone in the shape of a clenched fist; naturally, a fist made of stone hurts more than a fist made of flesh and blood. Xanatos even remarks that he's "making good use of his handicap."
** Another time, after the entire city had been turned to stone by a spell broadcasted over television, the Manhattan clan met with a blind man who had been unaffected. Turns out you need to both see and hear Earth Magic for it to have an effect on you.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', OneSceneWonder the blind {{Catfolk}} soldier Lynx-O displays these, when he [[TheNoseKnows detects the scent]] of an invading {{Lizard|folk}} army that's out of sight of his fellow sentries.
* In episode "Reksio terapeuta" ("Reksio the Therapist") of Polish animated series ''Animation/{{Reksio}}'', a cockerel using a toy car as a wheelchair develops strong wings (from pushing it) and learns to fly. He saves his brother from a hawk.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E7SocietyOfTheBlindEye Society of the Blind Eye]]", Old Man [=McGucket's=] insanity from repeated exposure to his memory eraser gun make him immune to it when Blind Ivan tries to use it on him.


[[folder: Real Life]]
* There are three general categories of real-life disability "superpowers". The first category consists of people who lack some ability, and as a result, hone some other ability either to make up for it, or simply because they have nothing better to do. These sorts of abilities are [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower accessible to everyone who spends enough time working at it]]. The second category is a physical defect which in some ways can be an advantage, such as gigantism giving the advantage of extreme height in some sports (despite the health problems it causes), or not "wasting" blood on things you don't need (like legs in pilots; without legs, blood has less space to rush into during high-g maneuvers; a similar principle is used in flight suit design to prevent blood from rushing out of the head). The third category is when something artificial actually provides some advantages over the natural version (for example, some runners get a small advantage from artificial legs that can be modified specifically for running, some wheelchair users can go further distances given navigable territory than pedestrians on foot before tiring, and men without natural external sex organs who find that prostheses and toys actually provide ''more'' pleasure for lovers/flexibility and variation.)
* Mental disorders are frequently believed (though opinions vary) to provide some benefit to sufferers, whether increased creativity or awareness. There is quite a bit of debate over where disability ends and normal neurodiversity begins.
* On a cellular level, nearly all the genes of so-called "super-bugs" that make them resistant to antibiotics are actually defects that tend to make them inefficient and less competitive outside an otherwise sterile hospital environment; for instance, loss of certain apertures that pump nutrients through the cell membrane also render a bacterium incapable of pumping the antibiotic that would kill it through those apertures, making it immune, yet also render it incapable of ingesting much nourishment. Research into various ways of "crowding out" these resistant strains of malevolent bacteria with other more benevolent bacteria is beginning to show some promise. But since most such resistance is carried on plasmids, which bacteria can rid themselves of at any time, calling it a 'disability' may be inappropriate - more of a temporary trade-off.
* Believe it or not, castration can produce some positive effects. In addition to the vocal abilities mentioned in the Music section above, castrated men tend to live longer (since testosterone can weaken the immune system and increase risk of heart disease), grow taller (if castrated before they stop growing), and not go bald (if castrated before they start losing their hair).
* Color blind people were once highly sought after in the military as camouflage is built around perception of normal people but sticks out like a sore thumb to people with colorblindness.