Handy Shortcoming

There's this character in a show named Bob who is a little different from everyone else. Maybe his personality is a bit quirky, or perhaps he's abnormally short compared to everyone else, or maybe he has a third arm. The other characters wouldn't mention it (or maybe they will), but one episode there comes a time where Bob gets annoyed or embarrassed at his differences. Luckily though, 10 episode minutes later it just so happens that the cast gets themselves stuck in a situation where said difference comes in useful and only someone with said difference actually is able to solve their predicament. Ooh, how convenient.

This trope comes up either for a bit of character development for Bob, or as an Aesop of sorts towards the audience where the lesson is "Be Yourself" or "Don't be ashamed if you're not like everyone else".

Compare Bunny-Ears Lawyer and "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome. See also Disability Immunity, Disability Superpower, Heart Is an Awesome Power. Sister trope to This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In One Piece, Usopp's pessimism means that he isn't affected by Perona's Negative Hollows, which send everyone else into a Corner of Woe. He even manages to make the ghosts themselves depressed.

Comic Books
  • Astérix: Cacofonix the village bard's legendarily off-key singing (occasionally causing it to rain indoors) means he's often attacked as soon as he opens his mouth, but there are several occasions when he's weaponized.
    • Asterix and the Normans: The Normans don't know what fear is and are looking for someone to teach them (they hear it gives men wings and want to acquire this power). At the end of the story, in recognition for his role he's seated at the village feast while Fulliautomatix is the one tied up.
    • The Mansions of the Gods: To persuade the Romans to desert the Mansions, the Gauls rent an apartment for Cacofonix, telling him that this way, he'll be allowed to practive his singing without the Gauls telling him to shut up, not to mention he'll be surrounded by the refined and cultured Romans. The Romans clear out the next day.
    • In Asterix and the Magic Carpet, an Indian fakir comes to the village after hearing rumors of a man who can cause rain by singing, and takes Cacofonix, Asterix and Obelix back with him to solve the drought of the Ganges.

Literature
  • Good Omens: When trying to prevent a computer from starting World War III by launching nukes, Anathema hits on the idea of using Newton's uncanny ability to destroy any electronics he touches by trying to improve them. He looks at the computer, start moving things around so they'll work better, and before long the day is saved.

Live-Action TV

Western Animation
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Everyone made fun of Rudolph for his 'condition' but on Christmas it was his red nose that saved it.
  • Garfield and Friends: One "U.S. Acres" segment had Sheldon upset that he wasn't as tall as everyone else, but then all the characters get stuck in a silo and the only way to get out is through a tiny hole which only Sheldon fits through.
  • "Irrational Treasures" from Gravity Falls features Mabel ashamed at her silliness, but when she and Dipper get caught up in a conspiracy said silliness helps them solve the case.
  • American Dad!, "CIAPOW": Director Bullock believes humans are flawed and machines can do a better job. Later though, when the guys have to escape prison their flaws (as Stan puts it) is what saves them.

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