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Playing With: Single-Episode Handicap
Basic Trope: Protagonists are struck by a short-lived disability forcing them to rely on other skills for the duration of the episode. The disability is cured by the next episode.
  • Straight: Bob temporarily becomes blind, forcing him to avoid dangerous situations until his sight returns.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The entire group of adventurers becomes blind, deaf and quadriplegic for an entire plot arc.
    • Bob's temporary disability actually makes his goal easier; for example, if he's deaf, he would not be distracted by noises.
  • Downplayed: Bob's normally 20/20 vision is slightly impaired for half of the episode.
  • Justified: Bob's disability simply does not stop him from his goal, and it heals naturally given appropriate medical care, such as mobility impairment due to a leg fracture.
  • Inverted: Bob is normally blind, but regains his vision for one episode as the result of a genetic experiment.
  • Subverted: Bob is blinded, but immediately puts on a special pair of "Electronic Eye(TM)" goggles, which allow him to continue to see normally.
  • Double Subverted: The electronic eyes leave him vulnerable to the Monster of the Week, who can control what he sees through them.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob gets a papercut and the horrific pain makes it hard for him to do anything with his hands.
    • Bob has to do without the use of his brain for one episode.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is a Handicapped Badass whose disability is temporarily cured, causing him to lose his Disability Superpower.
  • Averted: No one acquires a temporary disability.
  • Enforced: Bob's actor has to rest his eyes after being injured in an accident and they're behind schedule for that season. They're forced to write the injury into the plot so they can finish filming on time.
  • Lampshaded: "You do realize you're blind, right, Bob?" "Yes, I realize, but I'm going to defeat Alice anyway. Where there's a will, there's a way."
  • Invoked:
    • Alice attempts to make Bob less of a threat to her Evil Plan by blinding him with a flash bomb, deafening him with a loud explosion, or otherwise putting him "out of commission" as a hero.
    • Alice the Evil waits for Bob to be injured by happenstance before putting her Evil Plan into effect rather than doing it herself.
  • Exploited: Charlie the prankster trips Bob while he's blind.
  • Defied: Bob knows that fighting Alice while blind would be risky, and waits for his vision to return.
  • Discussed: "I could defeat Alice with my eyes closed." "In that case, you wouldn't mind if I blinded you."
  • Conversed: "That's Bob, all right! He goes blind, and it doesn't stop him from his goal."
  • Implied: In the background of a scene, Bob is seen with dark glasses and a white cane. He does not appear anywhere else in the episode.
  • Deconstructed: Bob's blindness makes his goal much more difficult.
  • Reconstructed: Luckily for him, Bob has a friend who helps him out in his time of need.
  • Played For Laughs: Because he's blind, Bob walks straight past Alice's Schmuck Bait traps.

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