Playing With / Blind Seer

Basic Trope: Someone who can't see physically, but has a supernatural level of precognition.
  • Straight: Bob lost his sight in a strange accident when he was a child, and after the accident he developed clairvoyance, allowing him to see what was going to happen before it happened.
  • Exaggerated: Bob and all of his relatives have been blind since birth, and they're all The Omniscient.
  • Downplayed: Bob needs glasses, and gets a vague sense that something is going to happen before a tragedy.
  • Justified: Physical sight is a powerful enough sense to cut off or at least distract people from the sixth sense that all people are born with. By losing the ability to see normally, they can reactivate their sixth sense.
  • Inverted: Charlie has amazing sight, putting eagles to shame, but has no precognition whatsoever in a world where everybody else has at least some.
  • Subverted: Bob is blind, and a seer. But you later learn that Bob isn't really blind; his manager just decided that Bob should pretend he is, so that psychic powers are considered more credible by possible customers.
  • Double Subverted: But Bob gets very sick and although he survives, he loses his sight. He remains a seer, and perhaps even gets more talented.
  • Parodied: Bob loses his sight and is suddenly mobbed by people asking him to tell their fortunes.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is apparently blind, and he looks like he can see the future. But then it's proven to just be pure luck, and he really can't. Only he actually does have the ability to see the future, but hasn't trained himself to control it. And then he proves to be not really blind, but was just wearing those sunglasses to protect his extremely light-sensitive eyes. But the loss of his sunglasses then leads to the sunlight burning his eyes, rendering him actually blind, which causes him to seemingly lose his power temporarily because the emotions associated with the loss of his sight prevent him from focusing on the future in any way, but once he comes to terms with it he gets the ability back and it's stronger than ever.
  • Averted: Bob's blindness doesn't give him supernatural powers.
    • Bob can see.
  • Enforced: The studio executives want to include a blind character in the show for inclusiveness purposes, but since it's a supernaturally-charged setting, a blind character without at least some superpowers would just be a liability. So the writers give the blind guy precognition and make him Mission Control.
  • Lampshaded: "I'm sorry to hear that your dad's gone blind. Maybe he's one of those guys who can tell you what numbers will win the lottery next week, though, now!"
  • Invoked: Bob intentionally sets himself up for an industrial accident, thinking it will give him the ability to see the future.
  • Exploited: Bob's boss Malcolm, who is also his uncle and The Dragon to Don, the CEO of the Mega Corp. that they work for, sets Bob up for a horrible accident that destroys his eyes in order to try to gain control of the precognitive powers that he thinks Bob will gain.
  • Defied: Alice sabotages the accident to kill Bob to make sure that Bob doesn't gain powers for Don and Malcolm to use to take over the world
  • Discussed: "So... Your dad just went blind?" "Yeah, but he hasn't seen the future yet."
  • Conversed: "You just know they're going to compensate for blinding him by giving him Psychic Powers."
  • Deconstructed: Bob can see the future now, which makes him a target. Do you know what an executive or the Viscount would pay for a slave that can see the future? Besides, he's blind now, and the ability to see the future isn't going to help against a team of slave traders. Or against a sudden swerve of a car driven by The Alcoholic, who runs him over.
  • Reconstructed: ...except that slavery is illegal in this world, and Bob has a seeing-eye dog who pulls him out of they car's way, meaning he can be blind and still live a relatively full life.

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