Main Disability Super Power Discussion

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04:10:03 PM Aug 6th 2013
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Alright, I'm cutting MOST of the real-life section. The definition of this trope is for when a disability leads to a MAJOR benefit for a disabled person. I realize the description says that some examples have the superpower not completely cover for the disability, but that means that, say, the blindness disability superpowers only partially allowing the spacial awareness that sight does WHILE ALSO providing additional benefits. The Toph one is actually a good example- while it doesn't work on things not touching ground- something sight could do- it also allows for some things, like 360 degree awareness, that sight doesn't.

The Real Life section is full of people both downplaying the effects of many mental illnesses and making claims (of variable veracity) of exaggerated benefit. Even if every single one of them is true, the plus/minus column doesn't really come close to balancing and therefore isn't this trope. Also, the Real Life section has bloated to the point where its like orders of magnitude longer than any other and that's crazy.

EDIT: Also, come on. We don't need to list every impressive accomplishment done by a disabled person as a "disablity superpower"
06:35:13 AM Jun 13th 2012
Removed this from the Cyborg, Teen Titans entry:

  • He's just following in the prosthetic-footsteps of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. Who in turn were preceded by Robotman (there was even a Golden Age Robotman predating the Doom Patrol's Cliff Steele). The idea of a brain in a robot body was a Pulp Sci-Fi staple, making this Older Than Television.
  • You can call out Nick Chopper, the Tin Woodman in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He got his current body because a witch cursed his ax to keep chopping off limbs. Each time he lost a limb, he replaced it with one made out of tin until there was nothing remaining of his original body.

Due to being irrelevant to the example.
03:52:43 PM Mar 14th 2011
Removed the following non-example:

  • Joker from Mass Effect has Vrolik's Syndrome, which gives him brittle bones—his leg bones are pretty much hollow. Despite that, he is the best pilot in the galaxy, bar none... and he's never one to hesitate to remind you of that!

Joker's disability is not why he's a good pilot.
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