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  • Persona EG: Fan character Button Mash is portrayed as mentally disabled while most works have him being at least average intelligence. Vinyl Scratch also ends up going blind over the course of the story.
  • There Was Once an Avenger from Krypton series:
    • Julie ends up losing her arm when she and Ben were confronted by Sixsix.
    • Bardock was paralyzed from the waist down prior to leaving Planet Vegeta.
  • Ars Goetia: Byleth's glasses are a permanent part of her wardrobe, implying that she has some kind of vision problem.


  • Junpei in Airlocked loses an arm during the second round and has it replaced with a robotic one. (An Original Character also loses an eye and later becomes a Cyborg.) As well, all the characters develop moderate to severe PTSD over their experience in the Deadly Game.

DC Animated Universe

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba


  • Wolf in the Streets, Sardine in the Sheets: Valvatorez goes from a Vegetarian Vampire to a human with a liver condition. His refusal to drink blood is translated to refusing to take 'unnecessary' blood transfusions, preferring to manage his condition through other means out of a belief that getting transfusions would take those resources away from others who need them more.

Disney Animated Canon


  • In the fanfic Café Liégeois, Elsa was born blind. However, she lacks the depression and anxiety of canon Elsa.
  • An Arm and a Leg revolves around Elsa and Anna both being injured at the end of Frozen. Elsa becomes paralyzed from the waist down and Anna loses her right arm.

Harry Potter

The Legend of Zelda

  • Link in Blind Courage is mute. No canon version of Link has been mute.
  • In Hyrule Castle High, Link's sister Aryll is autistic. In The Wind Waker she doesn't seem to be.
  • Their Bond: Both Link and Zelda have largely untreated mental illness, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, from their years as Child Soldiers.
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  • In fact, many fan works have taken the fact that Link never has dialogue and run with it, taking the idea of him as mute seriously (though it isn't canon - enough characters respond as if he's said something and there's no sign of communication ever being a barrier for him. Wind Waker Link is the most "talkative," with an instance or two of a Dialogue Tree consisting of much more than a yes-or-no response as well as one of his sound clips having actual words, specifically, "come on!") The explanation can vary.

The Loud House

  • My Sister Leni:
    • The fic portrays Leni as being on the autistic spectrum rather then merely being just a Dumb Blonde as in canon.
    • Lisa is also later revealed to be autistic.

Lucky Star

  • In the Lucky Star comic Lonely Kagamin, Konata inherited her mother's mysterious illness and she is also depressed.

Miraculous Ladybug

  • Several different stories see Marinette disabled in some manner. Examples include:

My Hero Academia

  • The plot of Waiting is worth it is about Izuku manifesting a quirk after becoming crippled and ending up in a wheelchair. It is also mentioned that Shota Aizawa was partially blind in his youth while Hizashi Yamada had hearing difficulties. Disabilities due to one's own quirk seem to be more common that one thinks, with UA having a program to helping their students with these problems.
  • In canon, Izuku Midoriya is perfectly healthy, just Quirkless. In If I Only Had A Heart, Izuku Midoriya is missing an eye and an arm on top of suffering from a damaged spine after a villain attack wrecked a shop he was visiting. Luckily for him, he also got a heaping dose of Adaptational Intelligence, using his knack for inventing to help remove his disabilities over time through mechanical implants of his own design, though they don't always work quite as anticipated.
  • Izuku in My Name's Deku, It Means Business is partially mute due to Bakugo apparently setting off his explosions while strangling him, leaving Izuku's vocal chords damaged.
  • Bakugou is left mute following Izuku's suicide in #14.

My Little Pony

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • Octavia in the fanfic Claro de Luna is mute and communicates though sign language. She was a voiceless extra in her scenes in season 1, but later episodes revealed that she could speak.
  • Sunset's Recovery Arc depicts Sunset Shimmer having manic periods and periods of depression (though no disorder is mentioned in-series).


  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines:
    • Anabel is unable to talk, due to losing her voice after her parents died in a car accident. Somewhat subverted by the fact that she has developed telepathy to communicate with people.
    • In canon it's never explained why Erika is a Sleepyhead who falls asleep so often (even mid-sentence). It might be a disorder or it might be related to her grass-type Pokémon. In Reset Bloodlines she is explicitly narcoleptic.
  • Only Flowers Fall is a Pokémon Sun and Moon oneshot where Lillie has Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of her abusive mother.
  • Celadon's New Blossom:
    • Erika's sleepyhead trait from the games is explained by her being narcoleptic.
    • More emphasis is put on Sabrina's Split Personality being a psychological issue than in canon.
  • Gym Leader Wiki:
    • It's implied that Lt. Surge suffers from PTSD due to his military experience.
    • Erika is narcoleptic, explaining why she's such a sleepyhead.
    • At age ten, Will was blinded in his left eye due to an Onix attack. This is why he covers that eye.

The Powerpuff Girls

  • In The Powerpuff Girls Re Imagined, Professor Utonium is seeing a therapist for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. This isn't in the original Powerpuff Girls canon. His mental illness plays a huge role in the Powerpuff Girl's and Mojo Jojo's origin stories.


  • Roman Torchwick of RWBY was an experienced fighter. Torchwick in Vale's Underground suffered an injury to his knee that renders him unable to fight and he now needs the assistance of his cane to walk.
  • In Going Down Swinging, Neo is mute because she's missing her tongue. In RWBY canon, Neo doesn't speak and it's vague why she doesn't speak.
  • Downplayed in RWBY fic re:Bound (RWBY). Neo's muteness comes from her tongue having been cut out. In canon she's mute, but she has her tongue.
  • The reason why Yang hates Panthers so much in Pawprints is that her sister Ruby was mauled by one and left wheelchair bound. In RWBY canon, Ruby has no such injury.
  • React Watch Believe Yikes: Ruby has Multiple Personality Disorder. Played for laughs due to how radically different it makes her interactions with the cast.
  • RWBY: Scars:
    • While she has a scar around her left eye, Weiss can see just fine. Scars's depiction of Weiss has the event that led to the scar also affect her sight in that eye, rendering it slightly near-sighted. The Weiss from Scars also suffers from mental health issues, including multiple suicide attempts and Self-Harm (said scar around her eye in Scars being the result of Weiss cutting herself rather being a Dueling Scar as in canon), something the Weiss of canon doesn't.
    • Ren is shown to be suffering from PTSD related to his Dark and Troubled Past.
    • Weiss's mother is schizophrenic, with her alcoholism partly being self-medication.
    • Whitley Schnee is depicted with Antisocial Personality Disorder.
    • Coco Adel is shown suffering from PTSD and leg pains due to an injury.
    • Downplayed with both Fox and Neo, as Scars has them as respectively blind and mute before it was confirmed that these respective conditions were canon as well.

Sonic the Hedgehog


  • After being saved from her kidnappers after the story in Splatoon 2, Callie suffers no apparent issue and is back to her normal Genki Girl self. In the fanfic Her Fractured Spirit she's clearly traumatized (even if she tries to play it off) and has PTSD.

Steven Universe

  • In the fan series Connieswap, Steven needs hearing aids.

Super Mario Bros.

  • In Not a Monster, Bowser's son Lemmy is described as having an intellectual disability.

Tales of Zestiria

  • In Love Feels Like Home, Sorey and Muse are autistic, whereas in the original game there's no indications that they are.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)

  • The Chronicles of Karai Getting Her Shit Together:
    • Downplayed in Leo's case. While in his coma, Donatello believes that Leo might never walk again, and when he wakes up he is unable to move or feel his legs and is forced to rely on wheelchair and Karai to get around. When given time to heal (more-so than in canon) and doses of Donatello's experimental medicine, he eventually regains feeling in his feet and is able to walk again.
    • When the turtles face off the Creep in-canon, they survive it virtually unscathed. Here, the experience leaves Raphael missing an eye. While his brothers are off-put by it, Casey and Raph think it makes him look cool.

Warrior Cats

Yuki Yuna is a Hero

  • Endings: The Hero Club learns to live with their disabilities rather than their body's being fixed (or as shown in the second season, recreated) by Shinju-sama.

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