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+ {{Autism}}


* TheRainMan: Autism (and occasionally similar neurologies/learning disabilities) cause superpowers.



* SuperWheelChair: Someone needs a wheelchair, but the wheelchair has cool stuff attached (lasers, a rocket pack, etc).

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* SuperWheelChair: SuperWheelchair: Someone needs a wheelchair, but the wheelchair has cool stuff attached (lasers, a rocket pack, etc).



* WheelChairAntics: Comedy that comes from a character using a wheelchair.

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* WheelChairAntics: WheelchairAntics: Comedy that comes from a character using a wheelchair.

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* BlindPeopleWearSunglasses: Sunglasses used a visual shorthand for blindness.

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* PhysicalTherapyPlot: A character becomes disable after severe injuries and begins taking physical therapy to become mobile again.


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* AutismInMedia: A character is autistic (there's a bit of controversy over whether autism is a disability, but it's here just to be safe).

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* AutismInMedia: A character is Works of fiction about autistic (there's a bit of controversy over whether people and autism is a disability, but it's here just to be safe).spectrum disorders.


Tropes about how disability is portrayed in fiction.

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Tropes about how disability is mental and physical disabilities are portrayed in fiction.


* KeepingTheHandicap: A character voluntarily chooses to live with a disability or impediment, even if they could feasibly remove it.

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* KeepingTheHandicap: A character voluntarily chooses to live with a disability or impediment, even if they could feasibly remove get rid of it.



* WheelChairAntics: Comedy that comes from a character needing a wheelchair.

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* WheelChairAntics: Comedy that comes from a character needing using a wheelchair.


* AutismInMedia: A character is autistic (there's a bit of controversy over whether autism is a disability, but [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment here's not the place to discuss it]].)

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* AutismInMedia: A character is autistic (there's a bit of controversy over whether autism is a disability, but [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment here's not the place it's here just to discuss it]].)be safe).


* AutismInMedia: A character is autistic (there's a bit of controversy over whether autism is a disability, but [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment here's not the place to discuss it]].)

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* AutismInMedia: A character is autistic (there's a bit of controversy over whether autism is a disability, but [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment here's not the place to discuss it]].)

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* CuteMute: A character incapable of speech is portrayed as adorable and innocent.


* AbandonTheDisabled

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* AbandonTheDisabledAbandonTheDisabled: A disabled child's caretaker(s) abandon(s) them.



* AmbiguousDisorder

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* AmbiguousDisorderAmbiguousDisorder: It seems like a character might have a learning disability.



* ArmCannon

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* ArmCannonArmCannon: A prosthetic arm that doubles as a gun.



* AutismInMedia

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* AutismInMediaAutismInMedia: A character is autistic (there's a bit of controversy over whether autism is a disability, but [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment here's not the place to discuss it]].)



* BlindMusician

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* BlindMusicianBlindMusician: A professional musician who is blind.



* CareerEndingInjury
* ColorBlindConfusion

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* CareerEndingInjury
CareerEndingInjury: An injury or illness that causes disability and forces the afflicted to give up their job/ambition.
* ColorBlindConfusionColorBlindConfusion: A character has problems because they're colour-blind.



* CripplingTheCompetition

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* CripplingTheCompetitionCripplingTheCompetition: Injuring one's opponent to cheat.



* DeafComposer
* DepravedDwarf
* DisabilityAlibi

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* DeafComposer
DeafComposer: Someone enjoys doing something related to a sense they don't have (e.g. a literal deaf composer, or a blind painter).
* DepravedDwarf
DepravedDwarf: A villain, usually a guy, with dwarfism.
* DisabilityAlibiDisabilityAlibi: Someone is disabled, so they couldn't have committed the crime.



* DisabledDeity

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* DisabledDeityDisabledDeity: A divine being with some sort of disability.



* DisabledLoveInterest

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* DisabledLoveInterestDisabledLoveInterest: The (usually [[TemporaryLoveInterest temporary]]) love interest of a main character, who's disabled and usually a woman.



* DisabledSnarker
* DismembermentIsCheap
* DreamCrushingHandicap

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* DisabledSnarker
DisabledSnarker: A disabled character with a [[DeadpanSnarker smart mouth]] that's linked to their disability somehow.
* DismembermentIsCheap
DismembermentIsCheap: Characters are able to regrow lost limbs or get prostheses that work perfectly.
* DreamCrushingHandicapDreamCrushingHandicap: Someone wants to do something, but can't because of a disability they have.



* FictionalDisability
* FlippingHelpless
* ForgotTheDisability
* TheFreakshow

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* FictionalDisability
FictionalDisability: A disability that doesn't exist in real life.
* FlippingHelpless
FlippingHelpless: Someone cannot get up after being flipped on their back.
* ForgotTheDisability
ForgotTheDisability: Someone forgets that their friend is disabled.
* TheFreakshowTheFreakshow: A circus sideshow that involves people with strange disabilities, along with regular circus peformers.



* GlassEye
* GoodProstheticEvilProsthetic

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* GlassEye
GlassEye: A character with a glass or wooden eye.
* GoodProstheticEvilProstheticGoodProstheticEvilProsthetic: Heroic amputees have realistic prostheses, but villainous amputees have bulky, showy prostheses.



* HandyHelper
* HidingTheHandicap
* HollywoodAutism
* HollywoodTourettes: The stereotype that people who have Tourettes Syndrome have a habit of constantly swearing for no reason.
* HookHand
* ICantFeelMyLegs
* IgnoreTheDisability

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* HandyHelper
HandyHelper: A character helps a disabled person by acting as the body part that is absent or doesn't work.
* HidingTheHandicap
HidingTheHandicap: Someone tries to pretend they're not disabled.
* HollywoodAutism
HollywoodAutism: Autistic people are all white, male, quiet or talkative, nerdy, stoic, heartless, and severely disabled.
* HollywoodTourettes: The stereotype that people who have Tourettes Tourette's Syndrome have a habit of constantly swearing for no reason.
* HookHand
HookHand: A character has a missing hand and replaces it with a hook or similar.
* ICantFeelMyLegs
ICantFeelMyLegs: If someone's legs go numb, they're in serious danger.
* IgnoreTheDisabilityIgnoreTheDisability: A disabled character is coming, and other characters are told to ignore, and/or avoid mentioning, their disability to avoid offending them.



* LIsForDyslexia
* LegCannon
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal
* LoonWithAHeartOfGold
* MadOracle
* MentalHandicapMoralDeficiency
* MentalHealthRecoveryArc
* NeurodiversityIsSupernatural

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* LIsForDyslexia
LIsForDyslexia: Different portrayals of dyslexia.
* LegCannon
LegCannon: Someone's prosthetic leg is, or contains, a gun.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal
LittlePeopleAreSurreal: A character with dwarfism who appears in a surreal work and/or behaves in a surreal way.
* LoonWithAHeartOfGold
LoonWithAHeartOfGold: Someone is kind and also either insane or very eccentric.
* MadOracle
MadOracle: Someone who can predict the future, but is also insane.
* MentalHandicapMoralDeficiency
MentalHandicapMoralDeficiency: Someone has an intellectual disability and is evil.
* MentalHealthRecoveryArc
MentalHealthRecoveryArc: A mentally ill person tries to get better.
* NeurodiversityIsSupernaturalNeurodiversityIsSupernatural: Someone is autistic, schizophrenic, etc because of something supernatural.



* OrganDodge
* PlugNPlayProsthetics
* ProphetEyes

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* OrganDodge
OrganDodge: A character survives an injury because the organ that would've been there wasn't.
* PlugNPlayProsthetics
PlugNPlayProsthetics: Putting on a prosthetic is effortless.
* ProphetEyesProphetEyes: Psychics with cataracts.



* TheRainMan
* ReflectionlessUselessEyes

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* TheRainMan
TheRainMan: Autism (and occasionally similar neurologies/learning disabilities) cause superpowers.
* ReflectionlessUselessEyesReflectionlessUselessEyes: Eyes that don't reflect light, and usually mean that the person has limited sight or is even blind.



* ShrunkenOrgan
* SingleEpisodeHandicap
* SpeechImpededLoveInterest

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* ShrunkenOrgan
ShrunkenOrgan: The reason why someone behaves inappropriately is because they have an organ (usually their heart or brain) that is tiny.
* SingleEpisodeHandicap
SingleEpisodeHandicap: A character spends an episode disabled.
* SpeechImpededLoveInterestSpeechImpededLoveInterest: Somebody's love interest can't talk perfectly.



* SuperWheelChair
* SuperpowerDisability
* SwissArmyAppendage
* SymbolicMutilation

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* SuperWheelChair
SuperWheelChair: Someone needs a wheelchair, but the wheelchair has cool stuff attached (lasers, a rocket pack, etc).
* SuperpowerDisability
SuperpowerDisability: A character's superpower gives them a disability.
* SwissArmyAppendage
SwissArmyAppendage: A character has several different prostheses with different uses.
* SymbolicMutilationSymbolicMutilation: A character is rendered disabled in a symbolic way.



* ThrowingOffTheDisability
* WheelChairAntics
* WheelchairWoobie

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* ThrowingOffTheDisability
ThrowingOffTheDisability: Somebody suddenly loses their disability.
* WheelChairAntics
WheelChairAntics: Comedy that comes from a character needing a wheelchair.
* WheelchairWoobieWheelchairWoobie: You're [[TheWoobie supposed to pity]] this character because they use a wheelchair, crutches, or similar.

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* AlbinosAreFreaks: Characters are ostracised for their albinism.


* TheRainman

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* TheRainmanTheRainMan

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