These people can kick your ass even without any legs.
"He knows my every move yet he cannot see. As my mind fights to make sense of the impossible he has turned my advantage into a liability."
How can you possibly
make an undeniably Badass
character even more badass? Easy; make him lose an eye
, or have her get paralyzed from the waist down, or give them some disease from which there is no cure. Finally... do NOT use the Reset Button
to remove it
. "What?!", you say. "My character must stay
injured/handicapped?" Simply, yes.
In Real Life
, we know how hard it is to accomplish Badass
feats in perfect health and condition, so anybody that does it with a handicap instantly earns our respect. Imagine how much more awesome that shoot-out is going to be when the audience finds out The Hero
... is blind. Imagine the buzz your character will get when they win the judo competition with just one good leg. If done right, a handicapped character even doing something mundane can become an Awesome Moment
Handicapped? Perhaps... Disabled? Far from it!
It is important that your character's conquest of their physical challenge make sense; not properly explaining their ability to continue to function, let alone on the badass level, will result in audience confusion, or worse, your character becoming a Sympathetic Sue
For the sake of story, a restrained dose of Applied Phlebotinum
is allowed to explain or aid the character's ability to overcome the handicap. This technological or otherwise un-standard aid cannot completely cure or nullify the effects of the injury, that would kill the point of the character triumphing over the handicap. Thus, The Six Million Dollar Man
wouldn't count. On the other hand, if the device that helps the character has drawbacks to using it that constantly reminds the character of their issue, that's cool - e.g. a blind character gets a robotic eye that gives him X-Ray vision, but it won't work in broad daylight...
Some writers will go for extra points by showing how an injury unlocked the character's true potential by causing them to discover some heretofore unrealized skill or ability or learning a new one. A Training Montage
might be in order to show how the character learned to overcome the handicap. If a person has powers because
they are disabled, then that's Disability Superpower
. The Deaf Composer
may go through a similar process regarding their chosen craft.
Mental challenges count as well. Old age doesn't as that's already covered by Badass Grandpa
, Never Mess with Granny
, Old Master
, and similar tropes.
are portrayed this way, with peg legs, hook hands
, and eyepatches of power
. These attributes seem to be cases of Follow the Leader
; the peg leg originated with Long John Silver of Treasure Islandnote
, the Hook Hand
with Captain Hook of Peter Pan
, and the eyepatch...well, that might have come from Real Life
Arab pirate Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah
, but it might also come from something that has nothing to do with disabilities. Some people have speculated that sailors wore eyepatches to keep one eye in the dark, so when they went into the darkness below deck, they'd have one eye accustomed to the darkness, and they'd just switch the patch to the other eye.
This trope may overlap with Evil Cripple
in the case of a villainous Handicapped Badass. Specific subtropes include Blind Weaponmaster
, Blind Seer
, and Deaf Composer
. The Blind Black Guy
usually fits this Trope (and is usually based at least partially on Ray Charles
or Stevie Wonder
Often introduced for Positive Discrimination
, especially when the character is either blind or in a wheelchair.
This trope is Truth in Television
because it is what happens when people don't accept Sorry, Billy, but You Just Don't Have Legs
as an answer. However, not everyone in Real Life
wants to follow this trope and be "inspirational
". Instead they'd rather go about their lives
, maybe with(God forbid) a few accommodations
. On the bright side, at least it isn't vomit-inducing pity
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Anime and Manga
- Sora Takeuchi of Air Gear can run as well as many other AT users in the series, if not better. In a wheelchair. He's just that awesome.
- Subverted, in Break Blade's case. While not necessarily the character itself that was handicapped, Girge defeated an elite troop of five with a golem that has lost its left foot and arm. It still gave other characters an awe, though.
- Briareos from Appleseed had such extensive cybernetic surgery that he looks more like a robot than a human. He's often worried about become more machine than human, but so far his wife doesn't seem to care.
- It's hard to think of Briareos as being remotely handicapped in his cyborg body. He's at least seven feet tall, and bulging with synthetic muscle everywhere at Mr.Universe proportions.
- The body model, Hecatonchire, is named after mythical giants with 100 arms and heads. His significantly advanced hacking capabilities and add-on flight armor with two extra arms make the name fit pretty well.
- Played with in Basilisk. Hyouma Muroga from the Kouga Manjidani is a mighty swordsman and mentor as well as a foil to both his leader Danjou and his nephew/adoptive son Gennosuke - but either due to eyesight problems (original novel) or being Blessed with Suck due to Power Incontinence (anime and manga), he can't use his eyes, linked to his special powers. He still remains a really powerful fighter and excellent strategist.
- Played straight, though, with Koushirou Chikuma from the Iga Tsubagakure. Ironically, he is the one who defeats and kills Hyouma, since he was already blinded when they fought... and Hyouma's doujutsu powers do NOT work on a blind opponent.
- Also, Gennosuke himself spends about half the story as one, thanks to the Seven Days Ointment that forces his eyes sealed
- Jubei Jimushi, who has no limbs but can still use his extra-long tongue to either handle his pipe or use a small sword. He's the one who kills Tenzen for the first time, after all. Too bad Tenzen's power is coming back from the dead...
- Berserk: Guts cuts his own arm off, in a desperate attempt to save Casca from being raped by Griffith, but it is later replaced by a metal version (that has a built in cannon). Not long after losing the arm he loses his right eye. Also, besides the attached/built-in weapons and a magnet in the palm for holding his BFS the thing is just a regular prosthetic (fore)arm.
- Killy from Blame spends a majority of the manga in peak condition, but by the final chapter, had lost a leg and the sight in his right eye. This forces him to replace his leg with a piece of scrap metal, earning him the affectionate nickname "Pirate Killy". This doesn't slow him down in the least.
- Despite being blind, Tousen was Captain of the 9th Division, has incredible spiritual power, and gave Blood Knight Kenpachi a hard time. His blindness is also one of the causes for his friendship with Sajin Komamura, as he was unable to see Komamura's face, making him the first person to befriend Komamura instead of treating him like an outcast. In a poetic justice: Tousen's eventual defeat came because his Hollow-form could see. It's later implied when Ichigo is temporarily blinded to teach him how to detect reiatsu that being blind allows for an almost sixth "sight" to develop as an alternative.
- Ukitake, aka Captain Tuberculosis, was afflicted in early childhood with an incurable lung disease (the fandom speculates it's tuberculosis but the manga never clarifies). It's sometimes used as a plot device to ensure he can't function at certain times when other characters need to shine and he stays confined to a sickbed on a frequent basis, but he still became not only a captain but one of the longest-serving captains of them all.
- Yamamoto sacrifices his left arm in an attempt to blow up Aizen. Although it was possible for him to have the missing arm replaced by Orihime's power, he refuses and remains one-armed ever after. His killer notes that for this very reason, Yamamoto lacked the strength to be a true threat to the Vandenreich.
- Kukaku Shiba, the one-armed woman (changed to her wearing a prosthetic in the anime) who constantly beats up her little brother, terrifies the entire main cast, and makes a nice Dynamic Entry in the first confrontation with Aizen!
- Rosette Christopher from Chrono Crusade. A generous estimate gives her life expectancy to be no greater than thirty, but god damn if she isn't going to spend those years being as Hot-Blooded as possible.
- Chrono also applies to a degree, as his abilities have been severely stunted and he's reliant on Rosette to use them even temporarily.
- While his primary role in Corsair is that of an extreme woobie, there is still a certain badassness about Canale, perhaps best exemplified by his effortless victory in a duel with another pirate, despite the fact that he's blind.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- Most of Father's Sacrifices, since they all gave up part of their bodies when passing through the Gate. (Hohenheim is the exception, as the transmutation he performed was the creation of a Philosopher's Stone, not an attempt to revive someone from the dead.)
- Ed and Al. Ed is missing a leg and arm, and Al is missing his whole body (he can interact with the physical world because his soul is bonded to a suit of armor).
- Izumi Curtis. Missing her entire uterus and a portion of her intestine detracts in no way from the sheer aura of asskicking that woman emanates.
- Roy is something of a Double Subversion. While he's unquestionably one of the series' premier badasses, his loss of eyesight to Truth comes so suddenly that he hasn't gotten a chance to figure out how to work around it, which is a bad thing when it's the Final Battle and one of the heaviest hitters just became The Load. However, he quickly gets around it by having Hawkeye, who had been almost fatally injured a while ago (via a slit throat and heavy blood loss) and couldn't take direct part in the fight, correct and direct his aim. His 2003 counterpart counts as well. In Fullmetal Alchemist The Conqueror Of Shamballa Roy is blind in one eye, as at the end of the series he lost a eye while batting Frank Archer, but is as badass as ever. If anything the Eyepatch of Power makes him seem cooler.
- Jean Havoc is paralyzed from the waist down after a confrontation with Lust. He's considered a non-entity by the military afterward, which he exploits to provide Mustang's group with backup and weapons during the battle for Central. A picture during the closing montage shows he's learning how to walk again.
- King Bradley is blind in his left eye but is still reputed as a very dangerous fighter. Subverted in that he's not really blind but has to hide his eye because it marks him as a Homonculus, one of the series' antagonists. When fighting particularly skilled opponents, who usually try to get to him through the blind spot on his left side, he tends to take the eyepatch off.
- That being said, he does lose his Homonculus eye and suffers enough injuries that he's half-dead. Despite this, he's still able to fight evenly with Scar, who's probably the second-best fighter in the whole series.
- Lan Fan loses her arm, then comes back six months later to kick ass with an automail arm- the shortest recovery time shown in the series. She's so fresh off her rehabilitation that she nearly wrenches the prosthetic out of her socket fighting, but that doesn't stop her from saving most of the cast.
- Paninya has both legs replaced with automail, but is able to outrun and outmaneuver both Ed and Al, to the point where Ed asks if she's an acrobat. She also packs a knife and gun in her prosthetics and she knows how to use them. Plus the mini cannon that's mounted in one of her knees. Yes, an actual cannon that can fire baseball-sized cannonballs.
- Buccaneer, what with his crazy-awesome automail arm.
- Ga-Rei -Zero- Ayame Jinguuji, with an awesome wheelchair and minigun prosthetic leg.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny. Andrew Waldfeld has a prosthetic leg and arm, and is missing an eye, but doesn't stop him from taking down perfectly healthy Coordinator assassins. Kinda helps his prosthetic hand doubles as a shotgun, though.
- Not to downgrade Andrew's actions, but Gundam includes other Badass which get a lot more action. G Gundam has Master Asia who is not only of considerable age but also seems to suffer from Incurable Cough of Death and still kicks lots of ass. Gundam 00's resident stupid, sexy Lockon loses an eye at the end of season one but can still have his Crowning Moment of Awesome. Or rather a whole episode of them.
- And then you can look at some of the franchises minor characters for bouts of badassness. Gundam 0083 has Kelly Layzner, a one-armed former Zeon pilot who retooled a Val Varo to accommodate his limitations so that he could possibly fight for Zeon again, but Cima Garahau snubbed him and the mobile armor was to go to one of her subordinates. He takes it to fight Kou in the Full Vernian, and we get a sad fight between friends.
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam also has Kyral Mekirel, who was blinded 8 years prior to the series yet is a master swordsman and assassin, and easily in the top 10 of the surviving Gundam Fighters.
- Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam: Ghost has Curtis Rothkonote , who is a blind Ace Pilot. He is able to do this because #1. he's a Newtype and #2. his cockpit is specially-designed to convert visual data into audio.
- Skull Heart and V Gundam Side Story feature a handicapped Humongous Mecha. The "Gump" Gundam is the heavily modded Double Zeta Gundam with a pegleg and broken parts. By U.C. 130s, The Double Zeta is very outdated comparing to other Mook machines, and moreover it is piloted by a 60-year-old man. Doesn't stop it from being badass.
- Captain Pip Bernadette of Hellsing may have lost an eye, but he fights like a demon.
- Ryuuto Asamiya, a.k.a. Odin from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, is rendered wheelchair-bound after his fight with the titular protagonist, yet is shown to be still capable of an impressive level of combat despite this. Also Takeda Ikki, a boxer whose left arm was unusable in a fight before fighting Kenichi. After the fight, Kenichi's Jujutsu master Akisame is able to repair the damage and give Takeda full use of his arm again. Akisame's "rival" and Takeda's boxing master, James Shiba lost both an eye and the use of his leg fighting Yami, but is still considered one of the more powerful master-class fighters in the series. It's eventually subverted in the case of Ryuuto, who turns out to have been merely pretending to be crippled.
- Kinnikuman has Terryman, who took a bullet to the leg for the title character and decides to retire to his ranch in depression, before Kinikkuman manages to get him back in the ring. A few chapters later, however, his false leg is revealed- sending him back into depression as his fans disown him; however, we meet another Handicapped Badass- a young kid in a wheelchair, who also uses a false leg and finds inspiration in Terryman. When Terryman's own leg is stolen by Kinkotsuman, the kid grabs onto his hero's leg and holds on, despite being attacked by the evil Choujin. This gives new hope to Terryman, who gets even stronger in future chapters. There's also Warsman, who has a mechanical body that frequently malfunctions, especially if a fight begins to drag out for too long.
- Lyrical Nanoha
- Monster: Roberto's right arm and hand are crippled after being shot by Tenma. It's strong enough to choke you so hard that your tongue pokes out, but not strong enough to actually kill you. His left, on the other hand...
- Zelik Lindemann in Mother Keeper, despite having lost his eye, ear and arm on his right side, he's still the strongest man in the slums and no one wants to get on his bad side. Even without a prosthetic arm, he's near unbeatable and could punch a cyborg to death.
- Early in the series, Red-Haired Shanks of One Piece loses an arm to a sea monster. He goes on to become one of the four most dangerous pirates in the world. Outside of the other three, nobody screws with him.
- It's mentioned that, previous to losing his arm, he'd regularly sparred with the best swordsman in the world, Dracule "Hawkeye" Mihawk, who defeats Zoro without trying and nearly kills him.
- The first chapter shows Shanks doing a couple of things of things primarily with his left hand (holding booze, eating.) He also wears his sword on the right hip, which would imply that he was left-handed. Word of God states that losing his left arm hasn't diminished his fighting ability at all. That makes no sense at all, but it's still freaking awesome.
- According to the Other Wiki, left handed people can develop ambidexterity much more easily then right handed people. When you think about it, it isn't all that unbelievable.
- While he may not be missing an arm or a leg, or even his eyesight, Whitebeard definitely qualifies, as he manages to wipe the floor with several high-ranking Marines at once, shrugging off any wound on his person, after having been hooked on life support equipment for at least a few years.
- He single-handedly defeated Blackbeard in one-on-one combat. With half his face. And slowly dying. Blackbeard had to bring his crew to gang up and shoot and stab him until they ran out of bullets to finally kill him. It wasn't even an immediate death. And to top all that, he Died Standing Up.
- Gold Roger. The Pirate King himself suffered from a painful and terminal illness for four years prior to his death. These were the years in which he made his final journey, conquered the grand-line and become the Pirate King
- Post Time Skip, we also have Zoro, who has lost an eye.
- There's also Crocodile, who's missing a hand. His hook more than makes up for it.
- Sanji's mentor and father-figure, "Red-Leg" Zeff. He lost his leg, his main means of fighting, in an effort to save young Sanji, and though he retired from piracy to start a restaurant, and based on what we see in the Baratie arc, while he's slowed down a little, he's still capable of doing massive damage with his feet, peg leg and all.
- There's also Admiral Fujitora. He may be blind, but because of his gravity-based powers, you don't want to fuck with him.
- That's not even getting into the movie characters, like Shiki, who has swords for legs, and Z, who lost an arm (Which he later replaced by a huge, powerful mechanical arm) and is heavily weakened by old age, but more than capable of ripping his enemies a new one.
- Sara from Samurai Champloo, who despite (or possibly because of) being blind, is easily one of the most powerful warriors in the series, easily capable of defeating the already insanely skilled and Badass protagonists in a one on one duel.
- Dragon Shiryu, later Cygnus Hyoga and Kraken Isaac in Saint Seiya. Subverted with Virgo Shaka, who like Kenpachi purposely handicaps himself (in his case, by closing his eyes despite not being blind)
- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle:
- Kurogane is missing his left arm. He cut it off himself to save Fai's life because he's just that much of a badass. He does get a cybernetic replacement, but it's an imperfect fit that causes him pain and falls apart during the final battle.
- Tsubasa also has Clone Syaoran, who's blind in one eye (his right) and still manages to fell demons, misbehaving aristocrats and Mooks by the dozen almost every time he comes up against them. He just kicks them harder to make up for having a blind side, and for the lack of depth perception from his missing eye. It's also mentioned that he took up his fighting style, which involves quite a bit of spinning, to compensate for his blind side.
- Fai loses his left eye because C!Syaoran eats it, Kurogane turns him into a vampire and then, after the aforementioned "Arm-Hacking" incident he sacrifices the last of his magic for Kurogane's artificial arm. This makes him into a one-eyed vampire who hacks and slices his way through henchmen as if they were butter.
- YuYu Hakusho has King Yomi, who was blinded by an assassin hundreds of years ago sent by his former partner, Yoko Kurama, as punishment for being a Leeroy Jenkins. To counteract this, he grew four extra ears to allow him to "hear" his surroundings. Despite his blindness, he manages to grow in power from A to S Class, take over a third of the Makai, curbstomp his cloned son Shura in a fight, and defeat Yusuke during the hero's final fight in the series—credit to Yusuke, though, his fight drained Yomi's Badass tank, causing him to lose in the next round.
- The most impressive of all his feats? He manages to force Kurama into an alliance with him, by having one demon threaten to sabotage his parents' honeymoon flight, and having another demon keep track of his beloved stepbrother, all the while flaunting his superior firepower to make sure Kurama doesn't simply try to kill either demon threatening his family or Yomi himself. Magnificent Bastard, indeed.
- Like his game counterpart, Wally of Pokémon Special probably suffers from a severe case of asthma. That doesn't stop him from riding a bike all the way to the top of Sky Pillar (with its collapsing floors) while fending off the powerful wild Pokémon that keep jumping him so that he can battle with Norman at the top and finally wake up Rayquaza. Him having a respirator suit certainly helped, and actually allows him to safely breathe in Rayquaza's ozone-filled room.
- Until Death Do Us Part has Mamoru. Yes, he has shades that counter his blindness by showing him a wireframe model of what's in front of him, can even give him a 3D map of his surrounding and project bullet paths and such, but those get often neutralised somehow, leaving him, well, blind. It barely affects him, if at all, because he fights by sensing killing intent anyway.
- Takehiko Inoue's Vagabond has a few of these. Ito who lost three fingers from his right hand leaving only his ring finger and pinky and still manages to floor Musashi with a palm strike (without even drawing his sword!). Kojiro Sasaki who was born deaf and main rival of Musashi. Sasaki's first teacher Kanemaki Jisai lost the ability to use his right arm after getting it injured in a fight and still keeps going. Master Fudo a guy who fought Kojiro was covered in scars and in his fight with Kojiro he lost his right arm and he thought it was "less distracting". Musashi himself qualifies as he fought at one point with only one eye and in another, on one leg.
- In addition, Inoue's Real is also full of these, being a manga about wheelchair basketball.
- In Blade of the Immortal, Blood Knight/Determinator Shira lost his right hand. What does he do? Scrapes the flesh from his bones, then sharpens the bones in order to use them as weapons. Later, he loses his other hand and his left eye and still wants more.
- In the Golden Wind arc of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Polnareff uses a wheelchair. This doesn't actually make him any weaker, in large part because his Stand doesn't need legs. (And if someone knocks the chair over, his Stand helps him right it.)
- Later on, Johnny, the JoJo of Part 7, has the same problem, even moreso given the time period it takes place in. This doesn't stop him from kicking ass, as well as participating in a country spanning horse race.
- Joseph Joestar to a somewhat lesser extent in Part 3, as one of his hands is mechanical.
- Shuh from Fist of the North Star is the second deadliest master of the Nanto Seiken style next to Souther himself, despite having clawed out his own eyes.
- Falco, the successor of the Gento Kōken style, amputated one of his legs in order to spare his village Raoh's wrath. Ever since then, Falco has fought using a prosthetic leg and he still gives Kenshiro a good fight.
- Sesshoumaru from InuYasha is missing one arm for most of the story. This does not make him any less of a Badass. In his case, he was just so powerful to begin with that having one arm less simply isn't enough to bring him down to the level of almost anyone else. He actually ends up admitting that losing his arm helped make him even stronger than before.
- Hyakkimaru from Dororo is notable in that his eyes, nose, ears and all of his limbs are prosthetics, and yet he still manages to be a Badass. It helps that he has Psychic Powers which he uses to compensate for his missing parts, and that his prosthetic arms are where he keeps his swords.
- A Certain Magical Index has Accelerator, as Awaki learns the hard way.
- In the Queen's Blade Rebellion battle-books and the 6th OVA, Tomoe qualifies, being blinded by a curse. In her case she was handicapped in a deliberate attempt to curtail her badassery, though it didn't work that well.
- Psy Kaina of Heroman, possessor of Spike Spiegel's hair on crack. Having an ambiguous but incredibly painful leg injury doesn't stop him from riding a motorized skateboard or whaling away on a weaponized guitar to fight off the aliens.
- The Goddess Vulcan from The World God Only Knows may be blind, have bad hearing and unable to walk. But her ability to control objects and move them with her mind more than compensates for this.
- In Rosario + Vampire Season II, Hokuto makes his reappearance in a wheelchair and still manages to curb stomp Tsukune.
- The martial artist and leader of the Kyosen Ryuu Sakon Daimaru from Gamaran. He's an insanely powerful warrior, capable of killing a man with nothing but his fingers and incredibly fast. Sadly, the horrible Training from Hell planned by his ambitious Jerk Ass brother destroyed his rationality and made him a sort of mentally retarded kid.
- Gildarts from Fairy Tail. The man lost an arm, a leg, and a few internal organs to a Black Dragon and he's still one of Fairy Tail's strongest members.
- In Tsukigasa, Kuroe has no trouble killing a pair of robbers even though he only has one arm.
- Edelhi Bootsvorz from Future GPX Cyber Formula. Losing his left arm and eye in a crash during a test drive, he gained a mechanical arm and eye in order to continue his racing career and eventually became a seasoned racer. Later in the series, he gains another replacement arm and eye, which are more advanced and natural-looking.
- Nagato nuked a village and he was in a wheelchair. Kimmimaro took Gaara and Rock Lee to the limit despite suffering from Incurable Cough of Death.
- Subverted with Kakashi, who wears his headband over his left eye, creating a blind spot. Unfortunately for anyone who ever thought it was a handicap, said headband was actually hiding one of his strongest weapons. Twelve year-old him might count though, as his ruined left eye had yet to be replaced when he and Obito actually managed to temporarily incapacitate the Iwa Jounin who was attacking them.
- A, the current Raikage, lost his left (and dominant) arm after attacking an-Amaterasu-shrouded Sasuke, yet hasn't been slightly slowed down by the loss.
- Itachi, by the time of his battle with Sasuke, was suffering from Incurable Cough of Death that would've killed him long ago if he didn't take drugs to stay alive longer, and had gone near blind from overusing his Mangekyo Sharingan; and he still bested Sasuke (despite that he was deliberately trying to lose in addition to all these above).
- Ace Pilot Shinomiya Ayase from Guilty Crown.
- Her introduction sums it up rather nicely: the protagonist is told that Ayase would be his combat trainer before he sees her, and is somewhat confused to see a girl in a wheelchair, being a bit lost as for how to act around her. When she drops something, he awkwardly offers to help the poor cripple pick it up, and she smiles shyly and agrees... then when he comes near her she flips around like a ragdoll using only her arms for what is a wheelchair bound judo throw. "Don't underestimate me", indeed.
- Chichiri from Fushigi Yuugi. He lost an eye in a past incident that cost him his best friend... but he's still quite the Badass Kung-Fu Wizard, no da!
- We don't know for certain whether it's a permanent disability yet, but going by the trailer for the third part of Rebuild of Evangelion, being unable to see out of one eye doesn't appear to have seriously inconvenienced Asuka.
- Rurouni Kenshin: After surviving an assassination attempt that rendered him unable to produce sweat, Shishio must avoid being in any fight for more than fifteen minutes in a row. That he never needed to go beyond these limits against anyone other than Kenshin and that Kenshin needed help to make the fight last this long cements the Badass part.
- Pandora Hearts has Xerxes Break, an one-eyed swordsman. Prone to bouts of Blood from the Mouth, and quite open about the fact that he is dying, he's the king of the Curb-Stomp Battle. Even going almost completely blind barely slows him down for a moment.
- And now Gilbert, after he cuts off his own left arm. Cue Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Gangsta stars Nicolas Brown, an Ax-Crazy Twilight mercenary-for-hire with a 100% success rate for jobs. He has also been deaf since childhood. BADASS.
- Code Geass has Li Xingke, who, in a world filled with Memetic Badass, still manages to stand out. His intellect matches Lelouch/Zero's, his military skill and speed match Suzaku's and his diplomatic skill is that of an emperor. He just has one problem, an Incurable Cough of Death. His final fate is unknown he is seen coughing and struggling during the final battle and is not in the Team Shot, but his Knightmare is seen in one of closing shots.
- Black Joke has the Ax-Crazy paraplegic Italian mafioso Runover, who pursues people with a wheelchair doubling as an armed supercar. Don't think he's helpless without it either...
- Attack on Titan sees several characters perform feats of badassery even when suffering what turn out to be Game-Breaking Injuries, but one character truly embodies this trope. Erwin Smith is bitten by a Titan, and loses their arm just below the shoulder. Even so, they still manage to effectively use their 3D Maneuver Gear and pull off a truly epic Big Damn Heroes moment, wounding the enemy and rescuing Eren in the process. Though bedridden for over a week to recover, they continue to be a serious player off the battlefield by setting in motion and leading a plan to overthrow the government.
- An anime-only example: Fan-Favorite Levi shows up in the finale to rescue Eren in a Big Damn Heroes moment, after breaking his ankle in the previous battle. It's considered a poorly-written case of Fanservice, as he had explicitly stated his injury prohibited him from participating in the battle and during his heroics, his injury is ignored.
- Jun Misugi of Captain Tsubasa has a heart problem and is forbid to play soccer. He insists to play, and despite his health, he is one of the best players of Japan, at least until his illness catches up to him and forces him to bail out.
- Sailor Moon:
- Hotaru Tomoe is a small, sickly little girl who can't so much as play too long outside without having seizures, but once awakened as Sailor Saturn she becomes the most powerful of the Sailor Soldiers with the ability to basically turn herself into a bomb and destroy an entire planet even though doing so costs her her life.
- In the Manga, Hotaru's even more severely handicapped most of her body has been replaced with machines when her father turned her into a cyborg to save her life. Haruka Tenoh (Sailor Uranus) even states that even if the outer Senshi don't kill her she will probably die soon regardless.
- In the proposed Toon Makers Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury was shown to be in a wheelchair in her civilian form and flying super chair in her Sailor form. Luckily, however the show was never greenlit and the idea was scrapped.
- Kill la Kill:
- Sanageyama, who blinds himself after losing a match by relying on his eyes too much, which gives his other senses a massive boost when coupled with his Blade Regalia mkII, to the point where he unleashes a Curb-Stomp Battle on Ryuko. When he dons the final form of his Blade Regalia in episode 23, he reveals that he's no longer blind and proceeds to kick more ass.
- Nui the French faux-affable cutie, who lost an eye to a giant pair of scissors. And then loses her arms. She gets pissed off because she can't regenerate sewing skills, and proceeds to open a can of whoop-ass with her augmented replacement arms.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! R, one of the Card Professors that opposed Yugi was Maico Kato, a grandmotherly old woman in a wheelchair, whose skill was rather potent.
- Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de aru:
- Togo had an accident before beginning middle school that left her paralyzed. When she and her friends are shown to become Magical Girl's she considers herself The Load and angsts, thinking she can't help due to her disability. When her best friend is in lethal danger she transforms and is shown to be quite good with guns. Her legs aren't "fixed" when she transforms, instead her costume has ribbon appendages she uses to get around.
- All the girls get hit with this, except for Karin. Fu is the most traditional as she becomes partially blind while Yuuna and Itsuki have "invisible disablities". By the middle of the anime not only is Tougo paralyzed but she's deaf in one ear as well.
- Sonoko is supposedly one of these but her fight is never seen. She's bedbound and covered in bandages but is the most powerful Hero due to having over twenty faeries.
- In the final episode Yuuna becomes one, having lost the ability to use her legs but still fighting. Karin even more so, as in the previous episode she was fighting as a One-Man Army despite being unable to use an arm and a leg and in the final episode she goes Hero and even Mankai when she's blind-deaf.
- Rurouni Kenshin's portrayal of Souji Okita. He battled Kenshin to an equal-draw even as he was literally coughing bloody chunks of his lungs out; had Okita been in perfect health, neither he nor Saitou would have been his match.
- Reading all the INCREDIBLE exploits of Rukth 'Kilkar, it's almost easy to forget that he's effortlessly slaughtering hundreds of Brutes with only one eye. Later, his compatriot Zerat 'Omdolo loses his left eye as well, though as Zerat is a sniper instead of a close-combat specialist like Rukth, this is a bigger deal.
- Cassandra Cain in "Settling Accounts". Despite a spinal cord injury that leaves her paralyzed from the neck down, she manages to face down her psychotic father alone and defeat him thanks to a spring-loaded, poison-tipped dagger she had someone tape to her paralyzed arm. A subversion of Disabled Means Helpless. Her injury leaves her unable to even feed herself, but she remains anything but helpless.
- In The Lord of the Rings AU The Captain and the King, Boromir is blinded within the first chapter. This fic and its sequel have him riding into battle, blowing up an army of Orcs, wounding and killing his various assassins...and so on.
- In Child Of The Storm, The Winter Soldier lost his left arm a long time ago. He's still quite possibly the scariest man in the universe.
- Lucius Malfoy walks with a stick thanks to Nick Fury, a few bullets and a lot of napalm. He's an A-Grade Magnificent Bastard, however.
- Nick Fury lost his eye to Lucius Malfoy - while giving him his own handicap. This does not stop him being incredibly badass and a competent Magnificent Bastard in his own right.
- Tony Stark. His arc reactor does not slow him down. At all.
- In a once-popular and now-dead Sailor Moon epic, Sailor Orion was blind in her civilian life but was still pretty awesome. In fact, "handicapped" otaku senshi were all the rage in the early OOs.
- Ferdinand in What About Witch Queen? loses his right hand to a cannonball, which doesn't stop him from surviving in icy cold water in the middle of the storm, finding a small cave where he can hide and climbing out of the water - all before he finds something he can stop bleeding with. Later, he deals with two men attacking him with little problem.
- DC Nation has Oracle as a major player. But the Original Character Green Shield was terminally ill when she played Professor Guinea Pig on herself. While it arrested her illness and gave her enhanced durability, she's in constant pain as a result of the damage the disease already did. There's also Green Lantern Travis Grey, who is not only blind but has a specific kind of brain damage that short-circuited his fear response. He relies on his ring for a form of radar, and his inability to process fear normally makes him immune to some of the usual tricks used against Green Lanterns. On the down side, that inability also makes it hard to relate to his teammates.
- Zuko in the Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic Scarlet and Black. The idea is that he was blinded in the Agni Kai against his father, and now gets around using firebender-style Toph-O-Vision to the extent that no one on his ship besides Iroh even knows that he's blind.
- Nick in Two Step was blinded in his left eye before the start of the fic, when he saved Coach from a Witch while they were fleeing across the bridge. Though this handicap is handled quite realistically, it does nothing to impair his ability to kick ass and take names.
- In Winter War, Lt. Iba has a bad knee and needs to use a cane, but he's still capable in battle and manages to kill Rubadon, although he does need to use Functional Magic to make up for decreased mobility. There's also Kensei, who helps defend Karakura from Mayuri and Szayel's invasion despite having lost his leg from the knee down; Soi Fong, who lost her right arm as in canon but then spent months learning to fight with her left; and the canonical examples of Ukitake and Kuukaku.
- In Transformers fanfic Are You There Primus? It's Me, Starscream, despite her blindness the OC Hotwire is still perfectly capable of inventing devastating weapons. The writer explicitly mentions wanting to steer away from the 'Daredevil' version of badass blindness, and Hotwire is not more proficient in weapons than she would have been otherwise - but she can still land a solid hit.
- The Warmistress of Equestria: Justicar Echo is one of the best fighters in the Night Guard, and also happens to be completely blind.
- In Friendship Is Showtime, Nito lost his wing at some point in the past. This does not stop him from kicking flank as Kamen Rider Beast.
- In Search Of F, Shou was born with weak wings and even a short flight leaves him winded, thus explaining why he primarily gets around with Machine HardBoilder instead of his wings. This does not stop him from kicking flank, both on his own or as half of Double.
- Bad Future Crusaders:
- Apple Bloom has a notable limp in one of her forelegs, but can still fight as good as anyone.
- Scootaloo is half-blind and has a broken wing, but can give Apple Bloom and Silver Spoon a run for their money.
- Dinky is also half-blind, but is also one of the most powerful unicorns alive.
- Babs was removed from active duty in the Royal Guard after a permanent lung injury. She doesn't let it slow her down.
- In the Harmony's Warriors series, a side story reveals that Pinkie Pie (a spy in this universe) was left permanently deaf during a mission in Istanbull. Fortunately for her, Twilight was able to create a set of advanced hearing aids to synthesize hearing for her. And she doesn't let this disability slow her down at all.
- In The Rise Of Darth Vulcan, a group of young remedial class pegasi with serious deformities were able to destroy a rogue tornado that was about to wreck their town. It did end up biting THEM hard though, forcing in them into the service of Darth Vulcan, who won't underestimate their abilities.
Film - Animated
- Gobber from How to Train Your Dragon only has one leg and one arm. As a Viking, he is very badass. Toothless only has half a tail but is still badass and at the end, Hiccup becomes one.
- Viper in the Kung Fu Panda franchise was, according to Secrets of the Furious Five, born without fangs and learned kung fu to make up for it. She also lacks limbs, but this doesn't really count as a handicap, what with her being a snake.
- Finding Nemo had a few of these, including the title character with his underdeveloped fin. There's also Dory who suffers short-term memory loss and Gill, the leader of the tank gang who, like Nemo, has a permanently injured fin. If you count Marlin's crippling fear of the ocean (not undeserved), then he counts as well.
- Garrett (another one?) from Quest for Camelot. He's blind like Toph up there, but he "makes Daredevil look like an eight-year-old gymnast."
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Quasimodo near the end of the film.
- In Disney/Pixar's Brave, Merida's father, King Fergus, loses a leg in a fight against a bear and has it replaced with a wooden peg leg.
- The Book of Life:
- Despite having lost an eye, an arm, and a leg, Skeleton Jorge, is not slowed down by these infirmities, nor does it diminish how awesome a swordsman he is.
- Joaquin's eye gets damaged in the climax, resulting in him wearing a an eyepatch.
- In Mulan, Mulan's father Fa Zhou demonstrates perfect sword form and his mind is still sharp even in his advanced age. Unfortunately, his age, bad leg, and implied heart problems make him incapable of fighting for more than about a minute, which was why Mulan chose to take his place in the army.
Film - Live Action
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Amilyn continues serving Lothos despite the loss of his arm.
- Charlie from Land of the Dead. Half his face is burned off, he has only one eye, and he essentially has the mind of a very young child (He calls fireworks 'sky flowers', for example). He also has insane Improbable Aiming Skills and scores a direct hit with every single shot he ever takes in the film... with a peep-sight rifle.
- Zatoichi, the blind swordsman, who travels from town to town as a common masseur but keeps a sword hidden in his cane just in case. He slashes through hundreds of victims (including the wings off of flies) in 26 films and a TV series.
- In The Matrix Revolutions, Neo becomes one when Smith in Bane's body blinds Neo in the real world.
- Blind Fury is an American remake of film 17 of the Zatoichi series. It stars Rutger Hauer as an American soldier who gets blinded by an explosion during The Vietnam War. With the help of some friendly locals (shown via Training Montage) he learns to kick all kinds of ass while blind, then returns to America as a traveling swordsman.
- Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump remains a rough and tumble guy even after getting his legs blown off.
- Men of Honor, in which the real life Carl Brashear, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr., not only becomes the Navy's first Black Master Diver; he does it after he loses his leg in an accident at sea. In that climactic scene he has to walk 12 steps in Standard Diving Dress. The badassness takes on new levels when you realize that the suit weighed 200lbs on land.
- Col. Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman can drive, tango, and choke people who piss him off... blind.
- John J. Macready, played by Spencer Tracy, who could've been the trope namer. Featured in Bad Day at Black Rock.
- The Terminator reached maximum badassability when he had to rip off his own arm.
- In Star Wars:
- Darth Vader, who manages to be an almost invincible Big Bad despite missing both hands, one entire arm, and both legs, the entire remainder of his body covered in horrible burns, and having to wear a life support suit at all times. Episode III implies that, had he not been so injured, his Force abilities would have surpassed even the Emperor's; as it is, he's still strong enough to defeat him after getting his ass kicked by his own son.
- Luke himself qualifies: it's after being defeated by Vader in their first duel and losing a hand that he takes a level in badass and becomes the awesome Jedi we know.
- General Grievous uses his cyborg body to fight several Jedi at the same time. After getting his chest crushed by Mace Windu just before the start of the third film, however, he's more of a genuine handicapped badass and puts up only a moderate fight against Obi-Wan.
- Han Solo gets his moment at the beginning of Return of the Jedi. Shooting a tentacle? Big deal. Shooting a tentacle while blind? Awesome.
- The character in the Chop Socky movie who undertakes the titular Iron Fist Treatment kicks ass using Kung Fu with only one arm.
- Lord Blakeney from Master and Commander. One-armed and commanding a ship during an epic sea-battle... and his voice hasn't even broken.
- Chinese films seem to have a thing for martial arts masters with disabilities.
- The eponymous heroes from the kung fu movies One-Armed Swordsman and One-Armed Boxer are all about this trope. In One-Armed Boxer vs. Flying Guillotine, the Master of the Flying Guillotine is a blind man who uses his exceptional hearing. He goes on a killing spree hunting down one-armed men, several of whom are martial artists.
- Crippled Avengers features a blind man with super-hearing, a deaf-mute with incredible eyesight, an armless man with deadly steel prosthetic arms, a legless man with iron legs and a severely mentally handicapped fighter who is nearly invincible.
- Not really a handicap, though Your Mileage May Vary: Chinese folklore and literature and film feature many eunuchs who achieve nearly-superhuman powers. Most notable is Pai Mei from Executioners from Shaolin, Clan of the White Lotus, and Kill Bill Volume 2.
- In Kill Bill, Elle Driver is an excellent swordswoman despite having only one eye.
- Ash from the Evil Dead movies becomes a Badass when he cut off his own demon-possessed hand with a chainsaw, then mounts the chainsaw to the stump and uses it to saw off a shotgun for his other hand.
- Used in the 70's Kung Fu flick The Crippled Masters. Lee Ho has no arms, Tang has no legs, together They Fight Crime.
- John Creasy, played by Denzel Washington in Man on Fire will simply not let a few bullet holes and massive internal bleeding stop him from opening a holy can of whoop-ass on a slew of corrupt Mexican officials who have killed a little girl he was guarding.
- The grandfather in the Spy Kids trilogy. He was played by Ricardo Montalbán, who really was a wheelchair user in his latter years.
- In Darkman, the eponymous character is also a burn victim, who's lost his sense of touch as a result of the operation that keeps him from living in agony. His nemesis, Durant, has henchman with a wooden leg that hides a machinegun.
- In The Book of Eli it is revealed at the end of the movie that the title character was blind.
- Snake Plissken may have but one eye, but in no way does that impair his status as a legendary Badass. Also, in both movies, he winds up limping due to an injured leg, but not even that slows him down.
- Code of the Dragon: Badass fighting cripple. He doesn't even need the wheelchair. Why talk about it when you can witness it?
- It's better than that. The fighting Black cripple is Henry Smalls. He isn't crippled, he has NO legs. He is a kendo master, fourth-degree black belt, and a skilled practitioner of over 20 martial arts. I'd love to see somebody try to rob him in real life, the ass-kicking would be EPIC.
- Jake Sully in Avatar still manages to be his own subtle kind of badass even though he is paraplegic and thus needs a wheelchair. Sure, he has a fully mobile Na'vi body and he changes to this body permanently at the end of the film, killing his old one, but his human body is never cured of its condition.
- Sparky from Steel is crippled in a training accident, but makes up for it by loading her wheelchair with projectile weapons that she can fire while spinning the chair.
- The Transformers film series:
- Bumblebee is The Speechless, due to Megatron ripping out his vocal processors prior to the film. But that doesn't stop him from protecting and coming to Sam and Mikaela's rescue on many instances, killing Ravage and Rampage in the second movie and probably having the most fighting scenes next to Optimus Prime.
- Jetfire. Run-down due to lack of energon, his landing gear turns into a cane. Doesn't stop him from kicking serious tailpipe, and opening space bridges at will, though he's too rusty with that to use it like Teleport Spam.
- In the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie Captain Barbossa has a peg leg, but is just as badass as ever. Ragetti holds his own through a number of intense battles in the series, and is missing an eye.
- Vriess in Alien: Resurrection: Strapped into his wheelchair, gets caught alone with his weapon not ready by a Xenomorph directly above him (and notices it only because it drips corrosive saliva on his leg) and STILL manages to kill it and get away with only a few minor chemical burns.
- Bethany Hamilton in Soul Surfer.
- Bane has been reimagined as this for The Dark Knight Rises, wearing a mask which constantly provides him anesthetic gas to overcome the pain from a bad injury obtained during his backstory. The gas itself also qualifies as a major handicap, as it is knockout gas.
- Mad Max: the title character has his leg crippled at the end of the first film, and he wears a medical brace in The Road Warrior. It doesn't stop him from being the most badass survivor of the post-apocalypse.
- Murderball: most of the main characters, since it's about quadriplegic rugby players.
- Blind Justice is a western where Armand Assante plays a blind gunslinger. He is a Civil War veteran, who was blinded when he was thought dead and tossed into a mass grave. Quicklime was spread over the corpses, which damaged his eyes.
- In When Worlds Collide, one of the financiers who supplied the money to build the escape ship, stops an attempted mutiny by shooting the mutineer with a handgun concealed in his manual wheelchair.
- Cherry from Grindhouse becomes a Badass when several zombies tear off her leg, then mounts a modified M4 Carbine with a M203 grenade launcher attachment to the stump and uses it to kill zombies.
- The Tales from the Crypt movie Demon Knight has one character lose her arm early in the film. She continues on shooting demons and blowing stuff up, regardless.
- Azog in The Hobbit had his arm cut off by Thorin in the Battle of Azanulbizar. He would later be seen with a metallic hook directly shoved into his stump with a spike and is utterly terrifying as he hunts down Thorin and Company. His and Thorin's rematch ended with Azog easily thrashing Thorin.
- Subverted in House of Flying Daggers: Mei is extremely skilled in fighting and martial arts, but she was only pretending to be blind.
- Dai Bando the blind ex-boxer in How Green Was My Valley.
- In Master of the Flying Guillotine, the hero is the One-Armed Boxer, while the villain is a blind old man.
- Hauptmann Hermann Musk from the German film Stalingrad, who is first seen affixing his prosthetic arm before leading his platoon to assault a heavily guarded factory.
- Javier Bardem's character in Pedro Almodovar's Live Flesh.
- John J. Macreedy from Bad Day at Black Rock
- Luz from Machete. She gets one eye shot out midway through the film and spends the rest of it sporting an Eyepatch of Power. In Machete Kills, Luz gets her other eye shot out, making her completely blind.
- Charles Xavier from the X-Men movies is confined to a wheelchair, although as X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: The Last Stand show, he is able to walk on his own, but it comes at the loss of his powers.
- In the opening scene of Sharknado 2: The Second One, April gets her left hand bitten off when a Sharknado hits the plane she and Fin were in. When the hospital she is recovering at gets hit later, she's well enough to help a young girl patient get to shelter and then drive a fire truck to reunite with Fin. The climax sees her tie a buzzsaw to her stump to chop up the sharks that are attacking him.
- Misery In the climax, Paul delivers a glorious beatdown on Annie Wilkes, a deranged Serial Killer. By this point his legs are broke, his ankles have shattered, and he has been shot in the shoulder.
Live Action TV
- Ironside (Raymond Burr in a wheelchair, 1967-1975) was a piker.
- Mike Longstreet was blind and studied martial arts with Bruce Lee. Bruce friggin' Lee.
- Tate (starring David McLean aka The Marlboro Man) was a travelling gunfighter and bounty hunter who had lost the use of his left arm during the Civil War.
- Throughout Star Trek:
- The Next Generation
- Captain Picard. It is revealed in "Tapestry" that a hot-headed Picard got into a bar fight and got stabbed in the chest, requiring an artificial heart to be put in. It worked reasonably well until he was shot during a riot. It takes on greater significance because the audience learns the fight, as well as Picard losing his original heart, is what ultimately led to him becoming a galaxy-class Badass.
- Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge, "a man with unique vision".
- Deep Space Nine
- General Martok is the classic example of a Handicapped Badass. He loses an eye from several successive no-holds-barred fights with Jem'Haddar, then carries on the war and eventually heads the Klingon Empire with only ONE EYE because "I DO NOT WANT AN OCULAR IMPLANT!"
- Melora Pazlar is a Starfleet officer who, although not disabled as such, was from a low-gravity world and used a wheelchair and braces because the gravity on the station was too high for her. The treatment that Dr. Bashir developed for her didn't solve the problem, but they did make her partially phaser-proof, and she went on to turn down the gravity at a crucial moment and whip the bad guy's ass.
- Dr. Gregory House has 1.5 legs because he lost the muscle from one due to sickness. It didn't dilute his MO of 'break into patient's houses' at all.
- Wesley Windham-Price in Angel used a wheelchair temporarily at one point. It's a good thing he was handy with a shotgun. In a vision of an alternate reality, Wesley was badass despite the loss of an arm.
- Inverted and played with on LOST. The Bald of Awesome is revealed to have been paralyzed in the past, then revealed that his paralyzed self was weak and sad, then revealed that he was a sad little creature even before he was paralyzed. Then reveled that he was using the Idiot Ball all through the seasons even after he was healed.
- In Breaking Bad, the protagonist's Reign of Badass began with his diagnosis of terminal cancer.
- In the Stargate SG-1 movie Continuum Daniel Jackson loses his leg. Still doesn't stop him from busting caps in the Go'auld.
- Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell shattered his leg in the battle against Anubis. He still has pins holding his leg together. He is also a Colonel Badass.
- Little known fact about Michael Knight. In the pilot, Detective Michael Long is shot in the face by a traitorous bitch. The only thing that saves him is a metal plate in his cranium from a war injury suffered ostensibly in Vietnam. The reconstructive surgery results in him becoming the Knight Rider.
- During the intro to the second season of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Cameron suffers damage to her leg that limits her to a slow, unsteady limp. Naturally, while she is limping, Cameron becomes an order of magnitude more terrifying as she hunts the Connors.
- Col. Tigh in the 2000s Battlestar Galactica has his eye plucked out between the second and third seasons, and if anything becomes more badass as a result.
- There's also Samuel Anders, who takes a bullet to the brain and survives and is then hooked up directly to the Galactica's central computer, essentially becoming Galactica itself for the final few episodes of the show.
- Lt. Felix Gaeta, who loses a leg and shortly thereafter starts a full-scale, devastating mutiny against his CO.
- Doctor Who has Davros, an Omnicidal Maniac who only has one eye and the use of one hand. Despite this, he and his Daleks are two of the most feared monsters in the show. Think Stephen Hawking aged several hundred years.
- Davros only has a working eye because it's prosthetic. Later on, he gets the one working hand shot off...and replaces it with a prosthetic that SHOOTS FRICKIN' LIGHTNING BOLTS.
- The First Doctor had to walk with a cane, and was just as badass as any of his future regenerations.
- Orcini in "Revelation of the Daleks".
- The Menoptra freed from the Crater of Needles in The Web Planet had had their wings cut off when enslaved. They could still kick Zarbi ovipositor.
- In Firefly, the Alliance's brutal and unethical mental enhancement and training exercises leave River Tam with a case of borderline psychosis. It's unclear if she's a stone cold badass because of this or in spite of it.
- Jack Bauer has chronic (often torture-induced) heart problems throughout 24, and continues to kick ass in spite of having been clinically dead twice as a result.
- After Omar breaks his leg jumping from a window in The Wire, he proceeds to kick five kinds of ass all over Baltimore. On one leg.
- In a Crowning Moment of Awesome, Stevie from Malcolm in the Middle becomes a true avatar of this trope in the episode wherein Reese deliberately picks a fight with him as an easy opponent, only for Stevie to show up for the brawl in a FREAKIN' HOMEMADE EXOSKELETON and pound the tar out of him...
- An episode of Hawaii Five-O called "Hookman" featured a deadly sniper with hooks for hands. The guy who played the sniper is a Real Life Handicapped Badass, private investigator J.J. Armes.
- Highlander's Joe Dawson has no legs and can kick your ass all day long. His cane is made to stand up to swordstrokes.
- Auggie Anderson of Covert Affairs. Went blind on a special ops mission, learned Braille in two years, is head of tech ops at the CIA, and kicked the collective asses of two members of the Russian mob on a moving train, while shirtless. He probably still has nanobots in his body from his days at the NSA.
- Billy Baxter, blinded during the war in Bosnia and still faster round the Top Gear test track than two of the fully sighted celebs. He also holds the blind solo motorbike land speed record.
- Space: Above and Beyond: Lieutenant Colonel TC McQueen. He's not crippled in the sense that he lacks full control of his body, but because due to injuries in the opening days of the Chig War, he has an electronic implant in his brain that acts as his Inner Ear. If it is exposed to High-G maneuvers, it will explode, inducing a stroke. So when an alien fighter ace shows up in his nigh-invincible prototype fighter and starts tearing entire squadrons apart, McQueen has the implant removed, and learns to walk, run, do pushups and chinups, and fly a high-performance space fighter... all without a sense of balance. He fights the Chig ace one-on-one, and kicks his ass after a lengthy and pitched battle.
- Llud the Silver-Handed from Arthur of the Britons. A one-handed warlord and Arthur's adoptive father, the 'Silver-Handed' epithet comes from his (non-functional) silver prosthesis.
- Richard Harrow from Boardwalk Empire, who suffered a horrific facial injury in World War I that cost him an eye and damaged his nerves so that eating and drinking is very difficult. But he's still a very skilled sniper.
- Lex Luthor in Season 8 of Smallville. Left crippled after the previous season's finale, he is quadriplegic, and forced to breathe via a respirator. He still has Clark, Oliver, and all their friends quaking in their boots at the mention of his name, even though he's the one on life support. Appearing for only one episode, he uses his Chessmaster abilities to do more damage in that one than most villains do in a season. In addition to that one episode, Lex spent most of the season as The Man Behind the Man to Tess, further reinforcing his Chessmaster status.
- CSI has Doc Robbins. He has two prosthetic legs and walks with the aid of a crutch, but if he catches you in his morgue and you don't have a right to be there, he will attack you, usually with his crutch and anything else that comes to hand. And if the odds are fair, he'll probably win.
- In an episode of Dark Angel, Logan struggles with an assailant and hauls them both to the ground. Logan then declares, "The thing about wheelchairs: they build upper-body strength" before beating the guy.
- Scorpius from Farscape. The jury-rigged hybrid product of a cruel Mars Needs Women project that used two species which were almost completely incompatible, he's in constant pain and almost constantly on the point of dying from heatstroke, depending on a Clingy Costume cooling system that includes a heat sink running through his skull into his cranial cavity. But as long as his endothermic heat-absorbing rods get changed regularly he's a Genius Bruiser who can both beat the crap out of people and outplot anyone in the universe.
- Alex Krycek from The X-Files. Gets his arm sawed off after escaping a Russian gulag, but it doesn't slow him down much. It does eventually get him killed, though, as he can't hold a gun with his prosthesis.
- In My Name Is Earl, the one-legged girl's boyfriend, despite missing both legs and an arm, brutally kicks Earl's ass.
- Norton Drake is in a wheelchair, and can STILL beat your ass down with a big stick. And he'll cheat to make sure of it.
- The mercenary Ham Tyler (played by Michael Ironside) in V: The Final Battle was originally written as wheelchair-bound. In his introduction scene, he was to knock Mike Donovan flat on his back.
- Person of Interest: Finch walks with a limp due to a metal spine graft caused by an explosion which killed his best friend and while not being a badass fighting wise, he is a master hacker, Badass Bookworm and is willing to put himself in life-threatening situations to save his friends. Also, Reese uses a wheelchair or crutches for one episode after being shot by the CIA. It doesn't stop him from taking down the villain-of-the-week.
- Game of Thrones: Tyrion's stature certainly counts as a handicap in a world were it's mandatory for men to be big, strong and dangerous fighters. If his ability to talk, bargain or weasel himself out of dangerous situations doesn't make him badass enough, his final discovery of a useful fighting style for anyone under five feet certainly makes him so. That and talking a bunch of disheartened city guards into making a foray out of a city under siege.
- T-Bag in the Breakout Kings episode "The Bag Man". He stabs a guard to death with his prosthetic hand and then proceeds to go an a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Anthony Ryan Auld from Project Runway's 9th season qualifies in that despite being color blind he managed to become a fan favorite for his season and eventually win the second All Stars season. Especially since he's a fashion designer and color blindness would usually be thought of as a huge disadvantage.
- Once Upon a Time: Mr. Gold walks with a limp as a result of a self-inflicted injury during the Ogre Wars. Doesn't stop him from intimidating and manipulating everyone in town, as well as delivering beatings with his cane. Also, Hook.
- In his second appearance in Jonathan Creek, Gideon Pryke is in a wheelchair and can only move one finger, due to being hit by a sniper. With a voice-activated computer and a few other tricks built into the chair, he continues to be a brilliant and badass no-nonsense detective.
- Supernatural: Bobby, after he gets injured and is unable to walk. He retires from hunting, but fights when he has to.
- Dr. Kerry Weaver in E.R. She walks with the aid of a crutch for the majority of the series, but is in no way impeded in helping her fellow Doctors in emergency situations. In one episode, she assists in the arrest of a schizophrenic patient who had killed Med student Lucy Knight and seriously injured Dr. John Carter, by tripping him with her crutch. A few episodes after this, she uses the crutch to beat her way through a crowd of brawling High School footballers to help Malucci, who had been knocked unconscious in the chaos. Later, in season 8, she leaps into a crashed ambulance, surrounded by fallen by powerlines, in a storm, to deliver an injured pregnant woman's baby.
- Also, she's every body's boss for a significant chunk of the series.
- Wilson Wilson in Utopia has just been blinded at the hands of a cold-blooded Torture Technician. When the torturer returns from a fag break, Wilson has managed to free himself and shoots him with his own pistol whilst completely unable to see. He's later sporting an Eyepatch of Power.
- Robert Morehouse of Copper lost his leg after a battle in the Civil War. Aside from being a Guile Hero who can play Tammany Hall like a fiddle, at the end of the series he leads a manhunt to find John Wilkes Booth, and despite his missing leg and 1860's prosthetic he manages to be quite good at it. However, it takes its toll on him, and the chafing from the prosthetic causes him immense and crippling pain.
- Oswald Cobblepott of Gotham. Having his legs broken early in the series has made him walk like, well, a Penguin. He is still, however, an incredibly ruthless and cold blooded killer.
- Agent Sousa of Agent Carter. A leg injury in WWII crippled him, forcing him to walk with a crutch. However he is still a dangerously smart SSR agent, and can still hold his own in a fight.
- Norse Mythology:
- Odin has one eye — and sees everything. He traded away the other one, and the recipient can now see everything too.
- Tyr sacrificed his dominant right hand and remained the deadliest swordsman in Norse mythology.
- In some versions Heimdall is this as well. He made the same trade as Odin, except he gave up an ear. He's the sole watchman of Asgard, with sight second only to Odin, and unmatched hearing in his remaining ear. And at Ragnarok he fights Loki to the death.
- Osiris from Egyptian Mythology is dead and his penis has been eaten by a crocodile. This doesn't stop him from being one of the strongest gods, or from siring a son.
- Samson, blinded and shaven of his magic hair, brings down a temple on the heads of his enemies.
- In Welsh legends about King Arthur (possibly the oldest stratum of the Arthurian legend) Bedwyr, better known as Sir Bedivere, is one-handed, but wields a spear to great effect.
- Nuada, king of the tuatha de daanan in Celtic Mythology was a major badass before and after losing his arm (which also meant losing his right as king, since no handicapped man may rule the tuatha). He later got it replaced by an arm of lifelike silver by Dian Cecht.
- The Fomorians, some of which only had one arm, one leg, and one eye.
- Hephaestus, god of the forge from Classical Mythology, was crippled when Zeus or Hera (Depending on the Writer) hurled him off Olympus as a child (again, the reason for this varies depending the writer). He is also a mechanical genius, and he's created super-gadgets and Humongous Mecha. He also built two clockwork maidens out of gold and silver to help him walk, due to his handicap.
- The Aztec deity Tezcatlipoca got his left foot bitten off by an Eldritch Abomination of a crocodile while he and Quetzalcoatl were creating the world. It didn't slow him down in the slightest.
- Dr. Plain from Dick Tracy was one of the most ruthless (and frighteningly sane) murderers Tracy ever fought, despite missing an arm.
- Parodied in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Scientists have discovered cures for everything and doctors are out of a job - but everyone finds this universal perfect health rather boring. Then they realise that "nothing turned, say, a slightly talented composer into a towering genius faster than the problem of approaching deafness". So the medical profession is resurrected to provide artificial injuries, diseases and disabilities to boost people's performance - "you always overcompensate for your disabilities."
- From Dino Attack RPG, a number of characters continue to fight on the front lines despite their handicaps.
- Greybeard has a Hook Hand in place of his left hand, and became half-blind after his right eye was horribly scarred. Taken a step further in the alternate ending December 21, 2010, in which he was also missing his right leg.
- After becoming paralyzed from the waist down, Rex was forced to remain in a wheelchair for the remainder of the war.
- Hotwire lost his left leg and had to make do with a mere peg leg.
- While Shannon Grimton might not be on the battlefield like Rex or Hotwire, her Super Wheelchair comes with lasers, rocket launchers, and More Dakka so she could easily defend herself against Mutant Dinos.
- The Werewolf: The Forsaken splatbook "Tribes of the Moon" talks about the legend of a Blood Talon called Boneless Harald, who was born with deformed legs. After his first change, he bulked up his arms, got a huge sword, and rode into battle on a litter. Whenever the guys carrying it got killed, he wolfed out and dragged himself around by his arms, ripping chunks out with his teeth.
- Richard (the one who would become Richard III), in Henry VI part 3. He's got a humpback, a weak arm, and one leg's shorter than the other, but he is frankly amazing in battle, and he matches Young Clifford blow for blow when they duel.
- The old man in Cirque du Soleil's Varekai, in a moment of Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, manages to fight off multiple assailants. With his crutches. In the entire fight sequence, his crippled feet never even touch the ground.
- The eponymous hero from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Götz von Berlichingen was a German knight who had lost his right hand, and had it replaced by an iron prosthetic which allowed him to fight with a sword. The play also features Franz von Sickingen, another knight and an ally of Götz (in the play, his brother-in-law) who had only one leg.
- Milla Maxwell from Tales of Xillia. Some ways into the game, she has an explosive strapped to her ankle that will detonate if she crosses a barrier in an enemy stronghold. When she sees King Nachtigal gloating about how he's going to serve his country by enslaving all others, not only does she cross the barrier before the ankle bracelet explodes, she actually shocks him into getting a brief bit of damage. The incident costs Milla the use of her legs. Not that it slows her down much. At one point, when Jude and her handmaid Ivar are slugging it out over who's going to save her, she has enough of their posturing, and starts trying to crawl towards a ship.
- The Garradores in Resident Evil 4 have their eyes sewed shut. And can nevertheless always know where Leon is by following his footsteps or his smell. Add to that sets of 2-feet long steel claws and a homicidal parasite dwelling in their bodies and you have quite the badass.
- Baiken from Guilty Gear is a Badass one-armed, one-eyed swordswoman. Zato-1 is an obvious reference to Zatoichi. "One" in Japanese is "ichi."
- Kat in Halo: Reach has lost her left arm, but her robotic replacement arm works so well that she's still in active service in an elite unit and the teams expert on fixing broken electronic equipment, even though she's right handed. It does look pretty ghastly though, but nobody ever comments on it. Maybe they are too scared to risk it.
- Metal Gear:
- Big Boss lost an eye, but never lost a trace of his badassness. He becomes even cooler as an old man.
- Old Snake. The power suit doesn't really make him super human, so much as gives him just enough of a muscle assist to stay in the game. Physically Snake's in his 70's despite being 42, and after the first act he starts having seizures due to his older generation nano machines. And in the third act, half his face is burnt off. And he still keeps fighting, no matter how many obstacles he must face, or how many friends try to talk him out of it.
- In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Raiden is more artificial than organic, to the point that he runs completely on synthetic white android blood. This does not slow him down at all, but his real Handicapped Badass moment comes, when he has to come to Snake's rescue after having lost both of his arms. Again, with hand-like cyborg feet, this doesn't slow him down at all.
- Ace Attorney:
- Wheelchair-bound Acro. Badass enough to nearly get away with murder.
- Godot, who, despite having to spend, it seems, half his life getting medical checks and being blind without his visor (even with it, he can't see the color red on a white background) still manages to retrain as a prosecutor mere weeks after getting out of a nearly-lethal coma, then form an elaborate plan to defeat a murder attempt partially carried out by the dead. Then, despite the fact that he should be too much of an emotional wreck to do so after taking a sword-slash to the face before killing his dead lover's mother and spending a night on a snowy mountain top, manages to comfort his victim's terrified young niece, then prosecute the subsequent murder case and, well... generally be Godot.
- One case has Phoenix serve as defense attorney on a trial while suffering from amnesia from a blow to the head and having no idea what's even going on.
- Xiahou Dun from Dynasty Warriors would also count: after being shot in the eye with an arrow, he plucked it out (arrow and eye) and proceeded to eat his own eyeball in plain view of enemy soldiers. Badass. Dun, minus one eye, tracked down the poor sod who had fired the arrow and killed him.
- Kenshi from Mortal Kombat is a swordsman who was blinded, thanks to an evil trick by the sorcerer Shang Tsung. However, this hasn't stopped him unleashing many fatalities on his opponents.
- Oro, the one-armed Badass Grandpa from Street Fighter III. The one-armed thing is deliberate - his other arm is hidden behind the knot in his shirt. He's never met anyone who deserves both arms. Equally, Cody fights handcuffed and therefore with a handicap. But that doesn't mean he can't take them off if he wanted to.
- Pox from the first Destroy All Humans!, and in the sequels after he gets destroyed and gets his consciousness stored in a HoloPox Unit.
- Alexander Cayne in Hitman Blood Money. Despite needing a wheelchair, having severe burns in his face and possibly being partially paralyzed, he is tough, heads an assassin agency and is surprisingly hard to fight and kill in the final mission.
- Bentley in the Sly Cooper series mixes this with Genius Cripple, becoming a better fighter than before after he became wheelchair-bound by building a bunch of stuff onto his wheelchair.
- Duster of Mother 3, who combines this with Badass Normal. He has a leg injury that gives him a serious limp, but not only can he keep up with the others, he's actually the fastest character in the game who can counter enemy ambushes and attacks by kicking.
- Kenny Kawaguchi can, in a wheelchair, kick a football farther than most NFL players.
- Both Date Masamune and Chosokabe Motochika from Sengoku Basara are missing an eye, but it doesn't stop them kicking copious amounts of ass, and while Masamune is acknowledged as having a blind spot, Motochika doesn't seem to care.
- The Demoman from Team Fortress 2. He's a one-eyed black Scotsman and despite his lack of a functioning liver and depth perception, he still rocks.
- The Demoman comes from a Badass Family of mercenary explosives experts. All of his ancestors with his job, according to his mother, have been entirely blind by age 30. His missing eye is Fridge Brilliance as well, since one of the Demoman's assets is his ability to attack outside his field of vision.
- The Demoman's family seal bears the following motto: In Regionem Caecorum Rex Est Luscus. It means In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
- Ever since the meet the pyro video has come out, we finally know the pyro's mental handicap. His mind is filled with laughter, candies and rainbows. Even though he thinks he's spreading joy to the world, he is actually mercilessly slaughtering his enemies.
- Lampshaded with the rainblower weapon for the pyro: ""Your friends note will squeal with delight note when you cover them with sparkling rainbows note
- Birdie, the leader of the Turnbull AC's skinhead gang in the video-game adaptation of The Warriors. He uses a wheelchair and can only defend himself by using a gun - and his followers are STILL intimidated by him. ("Why don't you use your goddamn good legs of yours and FETCH ME A FUCKING SIX-PACK!")
- Malik from Assassin's Creed I. He loses an arm early on and yet later leads only four fellow assassins against a small army. Successfully. With him fighting in the front.
- The small army was composed of fellow assassins who were Brainwashed and Crazy at the time. So, Malik takes on a small army of men who have received the exact same training that he has, and he still kicks their asses. And considering that he preceded the asskicking of said army with a Big Damn Heroes moment by saving Altaďr, that entire part of the game serves as a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Malik.
- Assassin's Creed:
- All assassins up until Altaďr redesigns the hidden blade are all missing a finger, but they're still very good at their job.
- Although not actually in-game, the short cinematic 'Embers' has Ezio kicking as much ass as ever, even as an old, sick man.
- Jeff "Joker" Moreau, the pilot of Mass Effect's Cool Starship Normandy, makes a point of how all his flight awards and commendations were not charity for his suffering from Vrolik's Syndrome, which makes his bones so brittle that he cannot walk without assistance. Good thing he doesn't need to walk for his job, then, and he lives up to his boast that he is "the best damn helmsman in the Alliance fleet", piloting the Normandy as swiftly and easily as if she were an X-Wing fighter. He ends up firing the shot that takes out Eldritch Abomination Sovereign in the first game's finale. As if his badass-ness wasn't already established in the first game despite his brittle bones: When Shepard and the Squad are evacuating from the final mission back to the Normandy, who should we see at the ship's door unloading a machine gun on the enemies following them?
- Louis in The Passing for Left 4 Dead 2. His legs are injured, so he can't run and gun to give cover like Zoey and Francis can. So what does he do? He mans the Heavy Machine Gun.
- Star Ocean: Crutch character he may be; Ashley is 50-60 years old and has only one good arm (crippled in the original, but in the remake it was outright "forcibly amputated") yet he can still keep up with the rest of the party and go head to head with some of the nastiest monsters Planet Roak has to offer.
- After accidentally killing his wife in a magically induced rage, Greil of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance cut the tendons in his dominant hand to ensure he'd never wield a sword again. Well even with his skills hampered, he's still a total badass with his humongous axe, with one villain even stating that "he fights like a demon!"
- Like Greil, Regal Bryant of Tales of Symphonia, formerly a martial artist of tremendous strength and skill, was forced to kill his girlfriend and swore he would never take another life with his own hands. Later, someone else convinced him to treat the oath more literally and fight with his feet instead. Naturally, he's still one of the most powerful combatants in the game, and on top of that he happens to be a culinary genius, a philanthropist, and the President of one of the most powerful corporations in the world.
- In Dwarf Fortress, thanks to the combat system, anyone can become this including yourself in Adventure Mode and your dwarves in Fortress Mode. All you need is a crutch and enough time to grind crutch walking and you are back up fighting against the best of them, or you can just crawl around and slay megabeasts, although it will be difficult because of your reduced speed.
- Kiling Meehilbis "of the Ghosts" in Mitsumete Knight is not only an Handicapped Badass due to his blindness, he's also a Badass Grandpa; yet he's the Number Two of the enemy mercenary brigade Valpha-Valaharian, a master strategist, and a powerful foe in battle using a Sinister Scythe. Badass indeed!
- World of Warcraft:
- Farseer Nobundo is not a draenei shaman; as a former vindicator who narrowly survived a Self-Sacrifice Scheme and went through several sorts of hell after the fact, he is the draenei shaman. That said, he's also a gimpy, arthritic Krokul.
- The blind shaman Drek'thar commands Frostwolf forces against the Stormpike dwarves in Alterac Valley, and is a pretty tough boss. He's a major Horde figure both in lore and in game, and he only becomes more awesome in Warlords of Draenor, where he buries a whole contingent of Iron Horde soldiers in a landslide.
- The entire Shattered Hand clan fits the bill, who have all cut off one of their own hands and replaced them with a blade. Their leader, Kargath Bladefist, is quite possibly the most feared orc of them all.
- Zul'jin, the leader of the Amani trolls until Cataclysm, was captured by his enemies the high elves, and tortured horrifically. They put out one of his eyes, and to escape, he cut off his own arm. Doesn't stop him from being one of the more difficult bosses in Burning Crusade.
- Lor'themar Theron lost one of his eyes in battle against the Scourge during the Third War. Kilrogg Deadeye, meanwhile, followed the traditions of his clan and put out one of his eyes to be granted a vision of his own death.
- Harman Smith of Killer7. A wheelchair bound old man who will destroy nearly anyone with the anti-materiel rifle he possesses on the back of his wheelchair. Con Smith as well, he's a skilled gunfighter despite being completely blind.
- Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors has Snake. Although blind, his other senses are so good that you wouldn't even notice this unless he told you. He even mentions that if you tried to attack him, it would be unlikely that you would win. He manages to hold back Ace after being shot 6 times in the "Safe" ending.
- Wu Zi Mu (aka "Woozie") from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a Triad boss who doesn't hesitate to go in guns blazing against gangs that try to muscle in on his turf and also loves to race cars. He's also blind.
- Revealed to be a subversion: his Triad subordinates like to rig the casino games he plays with them, and he thinks CJ must be very lucky to be able to beat him at things like blackjack. But he does have instances where his "incredible luck", as the Triads call it, allows him to beat CJ at video games and drive a sports car in an illegal rural-road street race without wrecking. He's also the best shot in the game, next to CJ himself.
- Grand Theft Auto V has Lester Crest, who suffers from an unidentified wasting disease that makes it painful for him to walk, and he uses a cane (or when at home, a wheelchair) to get around. He's also a criminal mastermind whose bad side is a dangerous place to be, as LifeInvader CEO Jay Norris found out when Lester blew his head to bits on live TV via a rigged prototype smartphone. And during the "Obvious" version of the final heist, he even leans out of a helicopter with a rocket launcher and blows up other attacking helis.
- Hobyrim from Tactics Ogre kills 2 ninjas in his first scene. He is also blind. Katanas Are Just Better indeed.
- Iji's Asha only has one arm. This doesn't stop him from being a good fighter at all. Being able to teleport like crazy helps.
- This is the reason Patchouli Knowledge of Touhou is both an Ill Girl and a Badass Bookworm. She suffers from asthma and anemia, not at all helped by spending more than a century in her library, and is so frail it is much easier for her to float everywhere instead of walking, but that won't stop her from unleashing Beam Spams that are impressive even by Gensoukyou standards.
- Voldo from the Soul Series. After spending years taking care of his dead master Vercci's treasures in a cave, his eyesight is irreparably damaged, but he's still one of the most infamous characters in the game.
- Quite a few people from Final Fantasy VII. Red XIII is missing an eye. Barret is missing an arm (as is Dyne). Everyone else is mentally unstable.
- Zaird from Gungnir is paraplegic. He is also the final boss, and deserves the status.
- GSD from Dungeon Fighter Online is a blind, retired swordsman, but an insanely capable one. You get one Escort Mission with him, but his level is so far above all of the enemies in the tower you have to travel through that you'll feel like the one who's being escorted.
- Shinobu in the No More Heroes series, after losing her hand to Travis post-ranking fight.
- Morrighan in the MMORPG Mabinogi is in fact, blind... This does not stop her from fulfilling her job as the Goddess of War and Vengeance at all.
- T.K. in Borderlands. He's blind and missing a leg, yet he's able to sit around outside his house and enjoy the fresh air despite the Skags, Raks and Bandits around him. Unfortunately, he's not very good against Psychos, which is where the poor bastard meets his end.
- Dunban in Xenoblade Chronicles injured his right arm in a battle that took place a year before the game's story began. Regardless, he springs right back into action for the purpose of protecting his hometown and friends when the need arises, and does a really good job at it. He manages to completely cripple that arm in doing so, but he just comes right back using his left arm for sword-work. He also doesn't have any issues climbing up cliffs with only his left arm.
- The Blind Ones race in Turok 2 includes deadly-accurate crossbow snipers.
- Swain's backstory in League of Legends had him hobble into a clinic with his leg broken to the point of exposed bone. He didn't flinch or even wince as the bone was pulled back into place, he refused magical treatment for it when there was nothing they could do otherwise, and requested a spare crutch before hobbling out of the clinic. He joined the military despite a limp that requires him to use a cane to this day, rose through the ranks, and is presently High General which ultimately makes him the leader of Noxus. And if that wasn't enough the man transforms into a giant raven monster in combat.
- Lee Sin burned himself in an act of protest against occupation of his homeland, Ionia. Afterwards, he was left blind. So, he re-trained himself as a martial artist. He aims his jumping kicks by the reverberations of the sonic booms he produces when he punches.
- Ragna from BlazBlue is a handicapped badass whose arm is an Eldritch Abomination because he lost his real one when Terumi, while possessing his brother Jin, cut it off. In Continuum Shift he loses his other arm while freeing Noel from mind control and gets it replaced with an arm made of Lambda-11's components.
- The same thing can be said for Zorne Sepperin of RosenkreuzStilette. A major difference is that what happened that caused her to gain her metal gauntlet in place of her arm seems to be a mystery (though Fanon suggests that she lost it in an accident, and one source even states that her arm got caught in a belt). While it was somewhat subverted in the first game due to her being a Butt Monkey there, she got her own badass part when she took her own level in badass in Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel.
- Asura from Asura's Wrath occasionally loses his arms after getting beat down enough or fights with such anger his arms will physically break off. Despite weakening greatly as far as offensive power is concerned, he doesn't slow down at all.
- The final boss in Final Fight is an old man... who races around in a wheelchair shooting the twin rocket launchers he strapped to it!
- Lucky from Whacked! is a rabbit that has no feet, but he is a very intimidating character in the game. This includes Van Tastic, who is actually the devil.
- Wally from Pokemon Ruby And Sapphire has an unspecified breathing problem (probably asthma) that's kept him homebound for most of his life. When he finally gets a Pokemon, it's a Ralts with no attacking moves. Somehow, he raises it, catches five other Pokemon, and makes it all the way to Victory Road unassisted.
- Calvina Coulange from Super Robot Wars Judgment suffered severe nerve damage to her arms when the Abusive Precursors known as the Furies attacked the Moon base she was stationed at, but she's just as capable a pilot as she ever was once she gets her hands on an alien mech with a brainwave interface. Uh, figuratively speaking.
- Heidern from The King of Fighters. His right eye was torn out by Rugal, and has since obtained an Eyepatch of Power, but like Sagat, it didn't stop him from kicking massive amounts of badass.
- In the manga G by Ryo Takamisaki, Kyo Kusanagi almost has his eyes ripped out by Benimaru, who was under More Than Mind Control by Goenitz and after that incident, Kyo has to keep his eyes shut at all times, but it doesn't diminish his badassness at all.
- Knight Artorias of Dark Souls severely broke his arm before the events that lead to your meeting. This simply means that he could not use his great shield and has to wield his greatsword one-handed (it's not even his good hand either) Does this stop him from somersaulting halfway across the arena to slam that sword into your head over and over again? Nope.
- The Abramovici Twins from Batman: Arkham City. Despite both of them lacking an arm, they are the toughest enemies in the game, except for TITAN Henchmen (Titan is a special drug that turns the user into a massive, hulking beast) and bosses.
- Kingdom of Loathing's Armory and Leggery is run by a man with no arms or legs, but during Zombie Slayer runs, he manages to impregnably fortify his shop against the Zombie Apocalypse.
- Guild Wars Nightfall has the Sunspear leader Kormir blinded by a demon early in the campaign. Despite being unable to fight from that point on, she remains an important guiding force for the battle against Abaddon and later becomes a goddess via Heroic Sacrifice.
- Guild Wars 2 has Taimi, an Ill Girl Asuran who can barely walk due to crippling pain. To compensate for this, she modified a fully combat-capable golem chassis to carry her around and which she can pilot during battles.
- MOBA game Strife features Claudessa, a warrior who lost her arm slaying a dragon, Silvertongue. She took the dragon's claw as a weapon, and uses a shield in place of her missing arm. Fittingly enough for this trope, she is arguably the most powerful hero available to play.
- A similar example to Ed is Mosa Zuberi from 2Masters. Mosa is missing both arms, and almost lost his two legs. He can also take it off at will.
- Dream Catcher has a blind ninja/assassin.
- Victor Vasko in Lackadaisy lost an eye in a labor dispute and was kneecapped by his ex-partner, leaving him with one knee that bends a little bit. Victor is still about 250 pounds of Slavic badass, and took out a squad of well-armed gunmen before taking a load of Double-Ought buckshot in the side. He survived.
- Last Res0rt has Daisy Archanis with a robotic leg. There's plenty of nifty stuff to do with it... assuming she can keep her balance.
- As in the original mythology, mentioned above, the Arthur, King of Time and Space incarnation(s) of Sir Bedevere lost a hand during the Roman War. In the Space Arc his prosthetic enables him to jack directly into the Excalibur communications console. Largely for the sake of a pun about hand signals.
- Terezi of Homestuck is blind, but more than makes up for it with her skill at both manipulating other characters and beating up Imps in the Medium with her cane. She sees through taste and smell.
- Vriska Serket is half blind and has a robotic replacement arm for a good part of the story. She was the one responsible for blinding the aforementioned Terezi, and she did so with her psychic powers in the immediate aftermath of the explosion that handicapped her, while she was still bleeding from her eye and stump.
- Similarly, Vriska's ancestor lost an eye and an arm when she was captured by Terezi's ancestor, but she still escaped from her trial and killed the monstrous judge, even snarking that it was good that Redglare took her arm because it prevented her fight with the judge from being a boring curb-stomp.
- Tavros, who is wheelchair-ridden, not only gets a rocket chair but can also commune with animals and underlings.
- Lord English has a peg leg.
- Parodied with Terezi's alternate history counterpart, Totally Radical Large Ham Latula, who has no sense of smell. Characters alternate between being impressed by her courage in living life to the full even when it can't be smelled, and loudly proclaiming that having no sense of smell isn't anywhere near as disabling enough to qualify one for this trope.
- Because of the kernelsprite prototyping, Jack loses his left arm when he takes the Black Queen's ring. It doesn't stop him from being a scarily effective Omnicidal Maniac. Also applies to PM, after she takes the White Queen's ring.
- Sollux gets blinded partway into the story. He doesn't mind so much though, since that injury also left him unable to hear the voices of the soon-to-be-dead, which he finds to be a huge relief. Besides which, he knows Terezi gets by just fine with her blindness, and hopes to learn from her how to sense the world the way she does.
- Marilyn from Spinnerette, who can barely even speak, much less move, without her Mecha-Maid power armor.
- Daisy from Absent Minded Theater has one arm, no legs, and is one of the most badass characters in the comic. Her mute cousin Ted is pretty cool, too.
- Nin Wah from Commander Kitty may have a cyborg arm 90% of the time, but even without it, she can beat down dozens of goons four times her size!
- In Redd, the heroine beats up monsters despite being born without any arms. She uses nanotechnology to psychically move robotic hands.
- In The Order of the Stick, Durkon's mother is missing one arm in a flashback scene. She can still pull off hanging onto someone about to fall off a cliff.
- Then there's Redcloak, who only became more dangerous and focused after the paladin O-Chul gouged out his eye. In the goblin's own words: "what I have lost in depth perception, I have gained in perspective."
- Muh Phoenix: Subverted with Daredevil. During most fights he just hits thin air.
- Zhor from Drowtales manages this despite first being in the form of a spider (It Makes Sense in Context) and then after getting his original elven body back manages to tackle Kalki whilst in a wheelchair and unable to walk in order to protect his daughter, who Kalki had just brutally crippled. And said daughter, Ariel, proves this is genetic when mere minutes after losing her arm in that confrontation not only nearly wins against Kalki despite the pain and blood loss but succeeds in stealing her arm as payback.
- Peter from Bad Moon Rising is first seen hanging from a sewer pipe lobbing a Molotov cocktail at some waterlogged vampires. Peter was born without legs, and forgoes use of his wheelchair when not doing activities that require it, like playing Murderball.
- Venom, member of the rival guild Axis of Anarchy in The Guild. Total badass.
- Happy Tree Friends: The Mole has been depicted as one in "Mole in the City".
- Cortez from The Leet World is the best shooter in the house, despite being near-blind. Instead, he uses his acute hearing to track targets, and was the only housemate able to land a hit when a HAXed-up Ahmad went into Flash Step mode.
- Blind inventor Jericho of the Whateley Universe. He once stopped two power armor-clad mercenary assassins. When he was without his armor.
- Kludge is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair. It hasn't stopped her from being on a super-team at Whateley Academy. And she's a front-liner.
- Stephen Hawking and, in a way, Darth Vader, in Epic Rap Battles of History. Which makes it rather fitting that they wind up working together.
- Doki may be crippled with cerebral palsy but she'll make you look like this and, for a bonus, a decent while before that, she stopped a girl wielding an army of the undead and seemed to be pretty bent on killing her and that was for harming her sister.
- Subverted with the Invalid Commandos in Ball Grill Police. Like The Cavalry, they arrive from the woods to aid the policemen against Uncle Sam, but are unable to do anything, as they are, well, invalids.
- Some historians claim that Aesop suffered from two birth defects, and was a dwarf and a hunchback. Still, his name is pretty much synonymous with "fables", and despite his disabilities, he was never known to have complained.
- As said above, Captain Okita Souji of The Shinsengumi was the most fearsome Master Swordsman serving under the Tokugawa Shogunate, even as he was coughing bloody chunks of his lungs out and dying from turbuculosis.
- Anthony Robles, the college wrestling champ born with one leg. Get this, he was so good that some fans claimed his disability is an ADVANTAGE against his able-bodied opponents, which may make his story an example of Disability Superpower.
- Garrett Holeve, aspiring mixed martial-arts fighter with Down's Syndrome. He wants beat the crap out of Chris Brown "because he beats women." It's not clear due to his disability that he'll ever get a UFC contract like he wants, but he's badass either way.
- Michelle Akers was one of the centerpieces of the US women's national soccer team in the 1990s, with perhaps her greatest accolade coming when Pelé named her as one of only two women[[note]]the other being her longtime teammate Mia Hamm on his list of the top 125 living players. She did this despite numerous concussions, more than a dozen knee surgeries, a broken cheekbone... and, to top it all off, chronic fatigue syndrome.
- High schooler Nico Calabria loves playing soccer and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro when he was 13, not letting minor details like being born with one leg stop him.
- Another sporting example: Arvydas Sabonis, a Hall of Fame basketball center who had a long and immensely successful career with a couple of European clubs, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the USSR and Lithuania national teams, qualified late in his career. When the Blazers were preparing to sign him in 1995, the team doctor told the general manager that Sabonis' leg X-rays would qualify him for a handicapped parking space. He wound up playing seven seasons in Portland... and when he returned to Lithuania for one last playing season, he was MVP of the Euroleague.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt is considered by many to be one of the greatest American Presidents, and an incredible leader who was able maneuver the country and keep up their morale during the dark years of World War II. He also had polio, which crippled the use of his legs. Did that stop him? Of course not! To reassure the nation, he kept appearances that he was either not sick or constantly recovering. He refused to use his wheelchair in public (enough that only two photos of him in it exist), gave all his speeches standing, used leg braces and his sons to lean on when he needed to walk, and had the first car modified with hand controls before automatic transmissions existed. FDR must have inherited a ton of his cousin's badassery.
- Theodore Roosevelt himself was essentially an Ill Boy for his entire life, not to mention becoming blind in one eye (through a boxing match) and getting shot in the chest. Those didn't stop him...at all.
- Another presidential example: John F. Kennedy suffered from Addison's disease and chronic problems with his lower back. He also commanded patrol torpedo boats in the Pacific Theater, once towing a badly-injured crewman through the water to a nearby island after his PT-109 was rammed and sunk. By gripping a strap from the injured man's life jacket with his teeth. And after the sinking had exacerbated his own back problem. And then got back in the water and hauled the man along again, to get to a second island where rescue awaited.
- This guy helping to stop a robbery.
- Among Cracked's 5 People Whose Major Disabilities Only Made Them Stronger are a legless mountain climber, one handed martial arts champion, and a blind pilot.
- Douglas Bader. A World War II airman who lost both his legs and went back into service as soon as he was physically capable. He was captured in 1941, and the Nazis had to take his prosthetics away to stop him from repeatedly trying to escape. Even that didn't stop him trying.
- Alexey Maresyev, another WW2 fighter pilot. Shot down beyond enemy lines in 1942, got both feet injured, spent 18 days walking and crawling through winter forest with hardly any food.note Partisans found him and called a rescue airplane. His legs were amputated below knees because of gangrene, but he learned to use prosthetics and came back to service in summer 1943, just in time for a major air battle at Kursk. Retired in 1946. The story was the basis of a novel, a film and an opera.
- At least according to legend, there's Genseric, fifth-century king of the Vandals. Apparently, a fall he took in his youth left him lame in one leg, leaving him unable to ride a horse. Undeterred, he simply focused the Vandals' military conquests on maritime affairs. End result: The Vandal Kingdom ruling Carthage.
- Captain Carlos Dardano of TACA Flight 110 who landed his crippled 737 on a levee in New Orleans despite missing an eye after a combat injury.
- The Paralympic Games are basically one big celebration of this trope.
- Stephen Hawking suffers from a severe, horribly progressed case of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He is almost completely paralyzed, and can only use his cheek muscles to control the movements of his wheelchair and voice synthesizer. Despite this, he is as upbeat and optimistic as it gets. He's also one of the brightest and most intelligent scientists on the planet.
- Missouri resident and USAToday sportswriter Eddie Timanus is a handicapped smartass. He made history on Jeopardy not only as the first blind contestant on the show, but the first blind contestant to become a five-time undefeated champion. (At the time, five times was the limit.) There were a few changes made to accommodate Timanus: the first was that he received a card with the category names printed in Braille before each round, and a Braille keyboard to type out his name on the podium's computer and his response and wager for Final Jeopardy. There were also no video-based clues during his appearances. Later, he appeared in the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions and then the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades tournament, and was also a lifeline on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. In one appearance on Jeopardy, host Alex Trebek asked him about how he was mentioned in Trivial Pursuit, and he half-jokingly replied, "Well, the problem is, nobody wants to play Trivial Pursuit with me anymore."
- Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, suffered from narcolepsy as the result of a severe head injury sustained when she was young. She would have fits, or just fall asleep and be unable to be woken up. The narcoleptic fits would sometimes strike in the middle of an escape. And there was nothing that the rest of the party could do except move to a presumably-safe location and hope that Tubman would wake up soon. Clearly, she never let this stop her.
- Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his Eighth Symphony when his hearing ability was greatly reduced, and the Ninth Symphony after becoming completely deaf.
- Pope John Paul II had horrible health late in life; he suffered from Parkinson's disease, terrible osteoarthrosis (that led to a broken femur and dislocated shoulder, requiring him to walk with a cane), poor hearing, and on top of it, survived the attack of a would-be assassin in 1981 that required a colostomy (which he insisted they reverse with a second surgery, as he didn't want to "live more dead than alive"). Despite it all, he was more active than most other popes in history. He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, beatified more people and canonized more saints than all popes in the past five centuries combined, and at the time of his death, he had named most of the College of Cardinals, consecrated or co-consecrated a large number of the world's bishops, and ordained many priests. He is also credited by many by being instrumental to the fall of Communism.
- Richard III according to recent finds had severe scoliosis yet was known as one of England's foremost warriors, and was the last English king to die in battle.
- Canada has three famous such people in the 1980s who performed marathons that were thought impossible with their handicaps.
- Terry Fox attempted to run across the country on an artificial leg to raise funds for cancer research. Although he had to stop about midway due to his cancer spreading to his lungs, Fox became one of the great Canadian heroes.
- Another amputee, Steve Fonyo, decided to repeat the feat and eventually was hailed as a hero himself after he passed Fox's stopping point and made it all the way to the Pacific coast.
- Finally, there is Rick Hansen, a personal friend of Fox and paraplegic athlete who went for an around-the-world marathon tour in his wheelchair and was an international hero by the time he returned to Canada.
- George Orwell constantly suffered from frequent chest infections which became TB. Didn't stop him from not only being one of the most powerful writers in the English language, but from serving in the British Imperial Police and fighting in the Spanish Civil War, where he survived a shot in the neck.
- May have been the case with Viking raider Ivar the Boneless. His nickname has been interpreted in multiple ways—some believe he was lame in the legs, others say he had no legs, and there's even a theory that he had brittle bone disease. If any of these was the case, they didn't stop him from earning a reputation as one of the most brutal chieftains of his era, and he was renowned as both a leader and a berserker.
- Jan Zizka, Czech national hero, and Hussite rebel, lost an eye early in his career. He later lost the sight in his other eye, and was forced to campaign blind. He's one of the few military leaders in history to have never lost a battle, and his battlewagons were the precursors to the modern concept of the tank.
- Timur the Lame, better known to the west as Tamerlane, was an Uzbek Khan of Turkish and Mongol descent, and a bonafide megalomaniac ("As there is only one God in Heaven, so there should be only one ruler on Earth."). His armies overran the Chagatai Khanate and the Il-Khanate, making him the master of Central Asia, and in the process, earning himself a reputation as a real life Evil Overlord (seventeen million people are calculated to have died in his wars). At the time of his death he was planning an invasion of China, and one of his great-grandsons would go onto found the Mughal dynasy in India. As his nickname would indicate, he was lame in the legs, a fact which didn't stop him from becoming the most feared man in Asia.
- Jay J. Armes A-list private investigator, and possible escapee from a Rated M for Manly story by a gifted but overcaffinated twelve year old. Having lost his hands in a childhood accident with a railroad torpedonote , young Julian Armas found himself having to relearn how to live life with simple hook-pincer prosthetics. Like any good comic book character escaped into reality, he of course grew up to do a stint in Hollywood, become an extremely successful top-notch private investigator, pilot helicopters, and develop numerous Swiss Army Appendage attachments for his limbs. And yes, this includes more than one gun hand. He was launched into brief international fame in the 1970's when he landed his first high profile case, tracking down Marlon Brando's son- who turned out to have been sent to Mexico with a band of hippies by his mother in a staged kidnapping and hidden in a cave, nearly resulting in the boy's death from pneumonia. In the years since, Armes has developed his one man buisness into a large investigation firm, investigated international crimes, and generally been an omnidiciplinary badass. Armes was inducted into the Investigator's Hall Of Fame in 1998, was one of the National Association Of Investigative Specialists's Top Ten Investigators of the century for the 1900s, and may have provided inspiration for a somewhat well known cartoon character by the name of Inspector Gadget.
- Bethany Hamilton lost an arm in a shark attack at age 13 while surfing, went back to surfing with one arm, published a book about her experiences, which was then turned into a movie. Later, after marrying her husband Adam Dirks, they both competed in the 25th season of The Amazing Race where she was shown to be just as capable as her fellow contestants with two arms. They finished 3rd in the race, not due to any physical limitation, but due to a very difficult Final Exam Finale Roadblock.
- A non-human example would be this adult male Asian Elephant, This individual has disproportionate dwarfism, resulting in having a normal sized head and body, but short stubby legs. If it were any other wild animal, this condition would be a death sentence. Despite that, not only is it managing to survive in the wild, it actually takes on other male elephants for mating rights and wins. It uses its unusual size to its advantage since he can just charge ahead into rivals, while the rivals have to awkwardly stoop to do the same.