Playing With: Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery

Basic Trope: A disabled person acts like a Jerk Ass, potentially using their own disability as an excuse, averting the belief that disabled people are nicer.
  • Straight: Bob is really mean to Alice, but she never says anything because he is in a wheelchair.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob regularly throws things at people and when they complain, he points to his wheelchair and scowls at them.
    • Bob is an Evil Cripple.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is really a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who is also in a wheelchair.
    • Bob although not being open jerk, is quiet, surly, and bitter towards everyone.
    • Bob goes through wild mood swings where he alternates between nice and mean. Once he switches medication, he is more mellow but can get in a bad mood at times.
  • Justified: Bob is in a great deal of pain due to his condition and that usually puts him in a bad mood.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is a real sweetheart who is adored by everyone and doesn't let his condition get him down.
    • Most non-disabled characters in the work are mean.
  • Subverted:
    • Claire tells Alice that Bob is a jerk. However, when Alice meets him, he seems nice enough.
    • Bob was only acting like dick because he was injured and became bitter towards everyone.
  • Double Subverted:
    • This is because he wanted to go on a date with Alice. When she politely rejects his sexual advances, he shows his true colors and acts like a jerk.
    • Bob was already a jerk even before he got disabled, after which he he became an ever bigger jerk.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob is a normal guy. His condition has nothing to do with his personality.
  • Enforced: The executives want to subvert the idea of all handicapped people being sweet and innocent.
  • Lampshaded: "Y'know, sometimes I think Bob acts that way because everyone feels sorry for him for being in a wheelchair."
  • Invoked: Bob wants to see how far his jerk ass behavior will go as a social experiment.
  • Exploited: A Bad Boss hires Bob as the assistant manager of the office because Bob is just as mean as he is and has no problems enforcing the boss' orders. As a bonus point, no one will talk back to him because he's in a wheelchair.
  • Defied: Bob softens his image and tries to act like a nicer person because he does not want to invoke this trope.
  • Discussed: "Just because you're in a wheelchair doesn't mean you can get away acting like a jerk!"
  • Conversed: "This show is discriminatory! I have a friend who uses a wheelchair, and he's the nicest, sweetest person I know."
  • Implied: Alice talks about her boss Bob and how mean he is. She finishes her rant by say, "And one of these days, I'll deck him... or at least I would if it wasn't for the wheelchair."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Because of his asshole attitude, Alice gives a What the Hell, Hero? speech to Bob one day, and everyone agrees. Bob didn't take it well...
    • Alice confronts Bob about his behavior and he feels awful about it.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Bob's Comedic Sociopathy antics include stealing lunch right in front of his co-workers, saying perverted things, and purposefully running over peoples' feet with his wheelchair and pretending it was an accident. He actually chuckles to himself when they don't stop him.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Bob acts this way because as a disabled person, he feels helpless and does not know how to channel his frustration and anxiety in a constructive manner.
    • Because of Bob's attitude, nobody wanted anything to do with him. One day, Bob falls off his chair but nobody comes to help him because of his attitude.

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