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Playing With: Disability Superpower
Basic Trope: Someone has a disability and a superpower that counters the effect of the disability
  • Straight: Bob is blind but has bat-like sonar.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is blind, paraplegic, and mute, but has the superpowers of Telekinesis, Telepathy and ESP, making up for them.
    • Everyone that is disabled has a superpower that counters the disability.
  • Downplayed: Bob isn't the only one with a bat sonar, but because of his blindness his is the most effective.
  • Justified:
    • Bob has a sonar and is blind as a bat, because of a genetic experiment that gave him both traits
    • Bob lives in a world where anyone can train psychic powers, naturally blind people will train to have "see with the mind" power due to sheer necessity.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob has a superpower that counters several disabilities, except blindness, his only disability.
    • Bob has a superpower which enhances something he's talented at, but doesn't help his blindness at all.
    • Bob is Blessed with Suck, and his superpower makes him effectively blind for the purposes of normal interaction with the world.
  • Subverted: While the sonar allows Bob to "see" in the dark, there is a book with important information that he needs to read, if he only could "hear" colors.
  • Double Subverted: ...luckly, Bob has a cellphone with a camera and a friend that helps him anytime.
  • Parodied: Bob thinks he has sonar, but he is just a average blind person with trained hearing. While he tries to stop evil, he often trips or runs head first in obstacles.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's sonar is helpful for general purpose tasks, but is useless during high action fights, driving, swimming, and the like.
  • Averted:
    • Bob is blind, and doesn't have compensating superpowers.
    • Bob has 20/20 vision and a radar sense.
  • Enforced: "We need a disabled person, you know for the demographics, but he can't be useless: this is a action show." "I know! Lets make him blind and give him bat sonar!"
  • Lampshaded: "So... you are blind person who can see? That's convenient..."
  • Invoked: "Can't you just pull some Daredevil crap and help us out here?"
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "No, I do not have super-sonar. I just have the fireball-shooting powers."
  • Discussed: "So, with the sonar, does this mean you still collect disability benefits?"
  • Conversed: "Hey, Bob? What do you think about your sonar power directly compensating for you being blind?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Even with his superpower, Bob has a much harder time than average folk.
    • Alternative: Bob is told that he isn't a example to blind/disabled people, because he isn't truly disabled.
  • Reconstructed: ...While life is still more difficult for him, Bob still saves the day.

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