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* ''FanFic/RoarOfTheLION'': Leon's younger sister, Terra. When they were children, they were attacked by a Grimm, and she suffered horrific injuries to her legs. While they were rescued by a Huntress, Terra's leg injuries were so serious that she may never walk again, and she currently lives at the physically disabled ward at Vale General Hospital, undergoing weekly check-ups and taking constant painkillers to soothe the chronic pain. Despite this, Terra remains chipper and optimistic for the future. When he sees her, [[spoiler:[[TheSociopath Mercury]] actually feels sorry for her enough that he [[PetTheDog makes powered leg braces for her and gives them to her in secret]].]]


* Both lampshaded and averted in TheSimpsons episode "Stealing First Base", when Nelson Muntz befriends Kevin, a blind boy. Upon noticing Kevin's disability, Nelson becomes extremely protective of him and threatens to "destroy" anyone trying to mess with him, to which Kevin answers that one messes with him. Then Nelson tells Kevin that he's not a freak, and when Kevin answers that he doesn't think of himself as a freak, a very touched Nelson exclaims, "So BRAVE!".

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* Both lampshaded and averted in TheSimpsons WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons episode "Stealing First Base", when Nelson Muntz befriends Kevin, a blind boy. Upon noticing Kevin's disability, Nelson becomes extremely protective of him and threatens to "destroy" anyone trying to mess with him, to which Kevin answers that one messes with him. Then Nelson tells Kevin that he's not a freak, and when Kevin answers that he doesn't think of himself as a freak, a very touched Nelson exclaims, "So BRAVE!".


* ''Film/TropicThunder'' mocks this trope with the OscarBait FilmWithinAFilm ''Simple Jack'', which provides the trope image. It wound up backfiring on its star, Tugg Speedman, and it came to be viewed as one of the worst films of all time (though it's [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff inexplicably popular among Golden Triangle drug lords]]). Kirk Lazarus attributes the film's failure to the fact that the character was portrayed as ''too'' mentally disabled (or, in his parlance, Tugg "went full r*tard" in his performance) and lacking the "inspirational" part of this trope, citing ''Film/IAmSam'' as an example. As a result, Tugg's performance [[UnfortunateImplications was just plain insulting and uncomfortable to watch]].

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* ''Film/TropicThunder'' mocks this trope with the OscarBait FilmWithinAFilm ''Simple Jack'', which provides the trope image. It wound up backfiring on its star, Tugg Speedman, and it came to be viewed as one of the worst films of all time (though it's [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff inexplicably popular among Golden Triangle drug lords]]). Kirk Lazarus attributes the film's failure to the fact that the character was portrayed as ''too'' mentally disabled (or, in his parlance, Tugg "went full r*tard" retard" in his performance) and lacking the "inspirational" part of this trope, citing ''Film/IAmSam'' as an example. As a result, Tugg's performance [[UnfortunateImplications was just plain insulting and uncomfortable to watch]].


* Since one of the {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s of [[MemeticBystander Derpy Hooves]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is that she's severely mentally handicapped,[[note]]which was eventually declared non-canon; she's merely TheDitz[[/note]] she becomes this a ''lot''. Dialed UpToEleven [[MamaBear whenever her daughter is involved]].

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* Since one of the {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s of [[MemeticBystander Derpy Hooves]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is that she's severely mentally handicapped,[[note]]which was eventually declared non-canon; she's merely TheDitz[[/note]] she becomes this a ''lot''. Dialed UpToEleven [[MamaBear whenever her daughter is involved]]. One example includes ''Fanfic/{{Bubbles}}''.


* Both lampshaded and averted in TheSimpsons episode "Stealing First Base", when Nelson Muntz befriends Kevin, a blind boy. Upon noticing Kevin's disability, Nelson becomes extremely protective of him and menaces anyone "trying to mess with him", to which Kevin answers that one messes with him. Then Nelson tells Kevin that he's not a freak, and when Kevin answers that he doesn't think of himself as a freak, a very touched Nelson exclaims, "So BRAVE!".

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* Both lampshaded and averted in TheSimpsons episode "Stealing First Base", when Nelson Muntz befriends Kevin, a blind boy. Upon noticing Kevin's disability, Nelson becomes extremely protective of him and menaces threatens to "destroy" anyone "trying trying to mess with him", him, to which Kevin answers that one messes with him. Then Nelson tells Kevin that he's not a freak, and when Kevin answers that he doesn't think of himself as a freak, a very touched Nelson exclaims, "So BRAVE!".


** Both lampshaded and averted in TheSimpsons episode "Stealing First Base", when Nelson Muntz befriends Kevin, a blind boy. Upon noticing Kevin's disability, Nelson becomes extremely protective of him and menaces anyone "trying to mess with him", to which Kevin answers that one messes with him. Then Nelson tells Kevin that he's not a freak, and when Kevin answers that he doesn't think of himself as a freak, a very touched Nelson exclaims, "So BRAVE!".

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** * Both lampshaded and averted in TheSimpsons episode "Stealing First Base", when Nelson Muntz befriends Kevin, a blind boy. Upon noticing Kevin's disability, Nelson becomes extremely protective of him and menaces anyone "trying to mess with him", to which Kevin answers that one messes with him. Then Nelson tells Kevin that he's not a freak, and when Kevin answers that he doesn't think of himself as a freak, a very touched Nelson exclaims, "So BRAVE!".


** Both lampshaded and averted in TheSimpsons episode "Stealing First Base", when Nelson Muntz befriends Kevin, a blind boy. Upon noticing Kevin's disability, Nelson becomes extremely protective of him and menaces anyone "trying to mess with him", to which Kevin answers that one messes with him. Then Nelson tells Kevin that he's not a freak, and when Kevin answers that he doesn't think of himself as a freak, a very touched Nelson exclaims, "So BRAVE!".



** Both Lampshaded and averted in TheSimpsons episode "Stealing First Base", when Nelson Muntz befriends Kevin, a blind boy. Upon noticing Kevin's disability, Nelson becomes extremely protective of him and menaces anyone "trying to mess with him", to which Kevin answers that one messes with him. Then Nelson tells Kevin that he's not a freak, and when Kevin answers that he doesn't think of himself as a freak, a very touched Nelson exclaims, "So BRAVE!".

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** Both Lampshaded and averted in TheSimpsons episode "Stealing First Base", when Nelson Muntz befriends Kevin, a blind boy. Upon noticing Kevin's disability, Nelson becomes extremely protective of him and menaces anyone "trying to mess with him", to which Kevin answers that one messes with him. Then Nelson tells Kevin that he's not a freak, and when Kevin answers that he doesn't think of himself as a freak, a very touched Nelson exclaims, "So BRAVE!".




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** Both Lampshaded and averted in TheSimpsons episode "Stealing First Base", when Nelson Muntz befriends Kevin, a blind boy. Upon noticing Kevin's disability, Nelson becomes extremely protective of him and menaces anyone "trying to mess with him", to which Kevin answers that one messes with him. Then Nelson tells Kevin that he's not a freak, and when Kevin answers that he doesn't think of himself as a freak, a very touched Nelson exclaims, "So BRAVE!".


* In ''Film/MasterAndCommander'', there's this [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming beautiful moment]] where this gets invoked. Poor little [[PluckyMiddie Midshipman Blakeney]] has to have his arm amputated after it gets riddled with shot. [[TheCaptain Captain Aubrey]] visits Blakeney resting in his hammock after his surgery. The two share some very typically British StiffUpperLip dialogue and Aubrey recommends a book to the boy; an account of the Battle of the Nile, with several fine illustrations. Aubrey departs and leaves Blakeney to skim through the book, which opens with an illustration of the famous [[MemeticBadass Lord Nelson]], also missing an arm. It's quite obvious that Aubrey offered the book to the young lad intentionally to inspire him, and true enough, [[BadassAdorable little Blakeney rises up to the challenge]].

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* In ''Film/MasterAndCommander'', there's this [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming beautiful moment]] moment where this gets invoked. Poor little [[PluckyMiddie Midshipman Blakeney]] has to have his arm amputated after it gets riddled with shot. [[TheCaptain Captain Aubrey]] visits Blakeney resting in his hammock after his surgery. The two share some very typically British StiffUpperLip dialogue and Aubrey recommends a book to the boy; an account of the Battle of the Nile, with several fine illustrations. Aubrey departs and leaves Blakeney to skim through the book, which opens with an illustration of the famous [[MemeticBadass Lord Nelson]], also missing an arm. It's quite obvious that Aubrey offered the book to the young lad intentionally to inspire him, and true enough, [[BadassAdorable little Blakeney rises up to the challenge]].


-->''"A black dude who plays a slave that gets his ass whipped gets the nomination, a white guy who plays an idiot gets the Oscar. That's what I need, I need to play a r*tarded slave, then I'll get the Oscar."''

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-->''"A black dude who plays a slave that gets his ass whipped gets the nomination, a white guy who plays an idiot gets the Oscar. That's what I need, I need to play a r*tarded retarded slave, then I'll get the Oscar."''



* ''Film/TheTheoryOfEverything'' naturally has Creator/StephenHawking shown this way, as he overcomes his body getting weaker and weaker from ALS. But it also deconstructs this trope. While Stephen's mind remains brilliant, he is shown as a flawed human being while his body deteriorates. He makes references to sex like a normal man would, sneaks beer into church to drink it with Jonathan, gets frustrated as he loses motor control, and [[spoiler: eventually leaves his wife Jane despite her years of faithfulness and being TheCaretaker.]]

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* ''Film/TheTheoryOfEverything'' naturally has Creator/StephenHawking shown this way, as he overcomes his body getting weaker and weaker from ALS. But it also deconstructs this trope. While Stephen's mind remains brilliant, he is shown as a flawed human being while his body deteriorates. He makes references to sex like a normal man would, sneaks beer into church to drink it with Jonathan, gets frustrated as he loses motor control, and [[spoiler: eventually [[spoiler:eventually leaves his wife Jane despite her years of faithfulness and being TheCaretaker.]]]]
* Mostly averted in ''Film/MargaritaWithAStraw'', where Laila's struggles are much the same as any foreign college student away from home, just with cerebral palsy added to complicate things.



* Many stories in the ''Literature/ChickenSoupForTheSoul'' are stories written by disabled people about living with their disabilities or by nondisabled people about disabled people they know. Either way, readers are meant to find some "inspirational" value in the disability element.

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* Many stories in the ''Literature/ChickenSoupForTheSoul'' are stories written by disabled people about living with their disabilities or by nondisabled non-disabled people about disabled people they know. Either way, readers are meant to find some "inspirational" value in the disability element.


* Jimmy and Timmy have been used to both lampshade and subvert this trope on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.

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* Jimmy and Timmy have been used to both lampshade and subvert this trope on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Generally averted with the other kids, who treat both just like they would any other friends or classmates.


* Averted in ''Film/SlingBlade''. Karl has an intellectual disability and the film focuses predominantly on how difficult everyday life is for him, displaying no ''RainMan''-esque abilities save for a knack for mechanics. He has just been released from an institution after murdering his mother and her lover when he was twelve and finds it almost impossible to adjust to life outside. Karl's early hardships are also deeply horrific (his younger brother was stillborn and his father forced him to bury the body), but never played for inspiration or a source of glurge.

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* Averted in ''Film/SlingBlade''. Karl has an intellectual disability and the film focuses predominantly on how difficult everyday life is for him, displaying no ''RainMan''-esque ''Film/RainMan''-esque abilities save for a knack for mechanics. He has just been released from an institution after murdering his mother and her lover when he was twelve and finds it almost impossible to adjust to life outside. Karl's early hardships are also deeply horrific (his younger brother was stillborn and his father forced him to bury the body), but never played for inspiration or a source of glurge.


* ''Touched by an Angel'' and its spinoff series ''Promised Land'' featured a few. Of note is Chris Burke, an actor with Down Syndrome who appeared on both shows. In ''Promised Land,'' he's a regular guy named Bob, but in ''Touched by an Angel,'' he's an angel named Taylor. This isn't necessarily meant as patronizing, but comes across that way. Other disabilities covered on both shows include autism, Asperger's Syndrome (though this is not specifically identified), and cerebral palsy.
* Subverted in the ''Seinfeld'' episode, "The Jimmy" when Kramer, who's still under the effects of Novocaine (he's slurring his words and drooling a bit) and still wearing Jimmy's strange training shoes, is mistaken for a mentally-challenged adult by an executive of a benefit for "Able Mentally-Challenged Adults" and invited to the event.

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* ''Touched by an Angel'' ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'' and its spinoff series ''Promised Land'' featured a few. Of note is Chris Burke, an actor with Down Syndrome who appeared on both shows. In ''Promised Land,'' he's a regular guy named Bob, but in ''Touched by an Angel,'' he's an angel named Taylor. This isn't necessarily meant as patronizing, but comes across that way. Other disabilities covered on both shows include autism, Asperger's Syndrome (though this is not specifically identified), and cerebral palsy.
* Subverted in the ''Seinfeld'' ''{{Series/Seinfeld}}'' episode, "The Jimmy" when Kramer, who's still under the effects of Novocaine (he's slurring his words and drooling a bit) and still wearing Jimmy's strange training shoes, is mistaken for a mentally-challenged adult by an executive of a benefit for "Able Mentally-Challenged Adults" and invited to the event.event. Kramer, completely oblivious, goes along with this.



** Averted in the infamous "Extra Large Medium", in which Chris' infatuation with his Down Syndrome classmate rapidly dwindles as she spends the entire date being a rotten, demanding bitch. UsefulNotes/SarahPalin infamously criticized the portrayal, which provoked a response from the actress (who herself has the condition), expressing the opinion that Sarah was no less trying to invoke this trope by shilling Palin's relationship with her own child with a disability for political gain.

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** Averted in the infamous "Extra Large Medium", in which Chris' infatuation with his Down Syndrome classmate rapidly dwindles as she spends the entire date being a rotten, demanding bitch. UsefulNotes/SarahPalin infamously criticized the portrayal, which provoked a response from the actress (who herself has the condition), expressing the opinion that Sarah was no less trying to invoke this trope by shilling Palin's relationship with her own Down Syndrome child with a disability for political gain.



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' has Clifford, T-Bone, and Cleo meeting K.C., a dog who's missing a leg. T-Bone and Cleo are afraid of him at first and fear that if they touch him they will lose a leg, and Clifford is worried that he can't play as well as they can. K.C. eventually tells them that they won't lose their legs and proves that he can play as well as a four legged dog.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' has Clifford, T-Bone, and Cleo meeting K.C., a dog who's missing a leg. T-Bone and Cleo are afraid of him at first and fear that if they touch him they will lose a leg, and Clifford is worried that he can't play as well as they can. K.C. eventually tells them that they won't lose their legs and proves that he can play as well as a four legged four-legged dog.



* Invoked in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. Peggy starts making sculptures out of discarded propane tanks, which draws the eye of an art dealer. However, at her first exhibition she learns that the guy has been portraying her as an idiot savant hillbilly[[note]]The exhibition is even titled "I Ain't Got No Book-Learnin'".[[/note]] Needless to say, she's not happy, and even less so is Hank, but her spirits get lifted at the end of the episode when a few people express honest love of her "pro-bots".

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* Invoked in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. Peggy starts making sculptures out of discarded propane tanks, which draws the eye of an art dealer. However, at her first exhibition she learns that the guy has been portraying her as an idiot savant hillbilly[[note]]The hillbilly.[[note]]The exhibition is even titled "I Ain't Got No Book-Learnin'".[[/note]] Needless to say, she's not happy, and even less so is Hank, but her spirits get lifted at the end of the episode when a few people express honest love of her "pro-bots".


* ''Film/BeingThere'' (and the SeeminglyProfoundFool character type in general) was actually an '''aversion''' of this, and now can be seen as a subversion of straight examples such as ''Film/ForrestGump''. Chance Has an intellectual disability and is forced out on the streets when the master of his household dies. He rises to great heights and inspires others - but not because of any of his own qualities. Instead, he happens to encounter powerful people who ''think'' he's extremely intelligent, and interpret his concrete statements as metaphors. He's a sweet fellow but has no great inner reserves of strength or wisdom. He's just very lucky.

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* ''Film/BeingThere'' (and the SeeminglyProfoundFool character type in general) was actually an '''aversion''' of this, and now can be seen as a subversion of straight examples such as ''Film/ForrestGump''. Chance Has has an intellectual disability and is forced out on the streets when the master of his household dies. He rises to great heights and inspires others - but not because of any of his own qualities. Instead, he happens to encounter powerful people who ''think'' he's extremely intelligent, and interpret his concrete statements as metaphors. He's a sweet fellow but has no great inner reserves of strength or wisdom. He's just very lucky.



* ''Film/TheWizard'' concerns a young, implicitly Autistic boy who turns out to have a talent for beating arcade games. The FamilyUnfriendlyAesop comes along when his older brother decides to use this skill to gain money -- and everyone he meets encourages him to do so.
* Speaking of Autism and Fred Savage, there's a little [[{{Narm}} Glurge-heavy]] brain tulip from the mid-80's entitled ''Film/TheBoyWhoCouldFly'' (reviewed [[http://madnessmonster.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/boy-who-could-fly-review/ here]], and it is about an Autistic boy who is so TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth that he can... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]]

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* ''Film/TheWizard'' concerns a young, implicitly Autistic autistic boy who turns out to have a talent for beating arcade games. The FamilyUnfriendlyAesop comes along when his older brother decides to use this skill to gain money -- and everyone he meets encourages him to do so.
* Speaking of Autism autism and Fred Savage, there's a little [[{{Narm}} Glurge-heavy]] brain tulip from the mid-80's entitled ''Film/TheBoyWhoCouldFly'' (reviewed [[http://madnessmonster.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/boy-who-could-fly-review/ here]], and it is about an Autistic autistic boy who is so TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth that he can... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]]



* Averted in ''Film/SlingBlade''. Karl has an intellectual disabled and the film focuses predominantly on how difficult everyday life is for him, displaying no ''RainMan''-esque abilities save for a knack for mechanics. He has just been released from an institution after murdering his mother and her lover when he was twelve and finds it almost impossible to adjust to life outside. Karl's early hardships are also deeply horrific (his younger brother was stillborn and his father forced him to bury the body), but never played for inspiration or a source of glurge.

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* Averted in ''Film/SlingBlade''. Karl has an intellectual disabled disability and the film focuses predominantly on how difficult everyday life is for him, displaying no ''RainMan''-esque abilities save for a knack for mechanics. He has just been released from an institution after murdering his mother and her lover when he was twelve and finds it almost impossible to adjust to life outside. Karl's early hardships are also deeply horrific (his younger brother was stillborn and his father forced him to bury the body), but never played for inspiration or a source of glurge.


* Unintentional example happened with the advertising for the Swedish market [=ICA=]. In the commercials a trainee joined with Downs Syndrome. However the trainee was portrayed as both Sly and clever, instantly recognizing the local ButtMonkey and taking advantage of his boss' subconscious prejudice against trainee's. This made him surprisingly popular among viewers but also had a [[TropesAreNotBad rather positive side effect]]. All of a sudden, people with Downs Syndrome had a lot easier getting job.

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* Unintentional An unintentional example happened with the advertising for the Swedish market [=ICA=]. In the commercials a trainee joined with Downs Syndrome. However the trainee was portrayed as both Sly sly and clever, instantly recognizing the local ButtMonkey and taking advantage of his boss' subconscious prejudice against trainee's.trainees. This made him surprisingly popular among viewers but also had a [[TropesAreNotBad rather positive side effect]]. All of a sudden, people with Downs Syndrome had a lot easier getting job.jobs.

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