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Basic Trope: Someone has a disability and a superpower that counters the effect of the disability.

  • Straight: Bob is blind but has bat-like sonar.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is blind, paraplegic, and mute, but has the superpowers of telekinesis, telepathy and ESP to compensate for his disabilities.
    • Every disabled character has a superpower that counters the disability.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob isn't the only one with a bat sonar, but because of his blindness, his is the most effective.
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    • Bob's sonar is helpful for general purpose tasks, but is useless during high action fights, driving, swimming, and the like.
    • Bob has an enhanced sense of hearing, which makes life easier for him but does not fully compensate for his blindness.
  • Justified:
    • Bob has a sonar and is blind as a bat, because of a genetic experiment that gave him both traits.
    • Bob lives in a world where anyone can train psychic powers. Naturally, blind people will train to "see with the mind" due to sheer necessity.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob has a superpower which enhances something he's talented at, but doesn't help his blindness at all.
    • Bob is Blessed with Suck, and his superpower makes him effectively blind for the purposes of normal interaction with the world.
  • Subverted: While the sonar allows Bob to "see" in the dark, there is a book with important information that he needs to read. If he only could "hear" colors.
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  • Double Subverted: Luckily, Bob has a cellphone with a camera and a friend that helps him anytime.
  • Parodied: Bob thinks he has sonar, but he is just an average blind person with trained hearing. While he tries to stop evil, he often trips or runs head first in obstacles.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Bob is blind, and doesn't have compensating superpowers.
    • Bob has 20/20 vision and a radar sense.
  • Enforced: "We need a disabled person for the demographics, but he can't be useless." "I know! Let's make him blind and give him bat sonar!"
  • Lampshaded:
    • "So... you are blind person who can see? That's convenient..."
    • "So, with the sonar, does this mean you still collect disability benefits?"
    • "Hey, Bob? What do you think about your sonar power directly compensating for you being blind?"
  • Invoked: Bob undergoes a genetic experiment to gain his sonar.
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  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob is blind, and is permanently worse off than anyone who has sight, and in no way gains any benefits or superpowers from his blindness.
  • Discussed:
    • "No, I do not have super-sonar. I just have the fireball-shooting powers."
    • "Can't you just pull some Daredevil crap and help us out here?"
  • Conversed: "Bob is blind, isn't he? Why is he so confident in his movements?" "Didn't you see the last episode? He has sonar."
  • Implied: Bob is blind, but apparently functions as if he were sighted.
  • Deconstructed: Even with his superpower, Bob has a much harder time than average folk.
  • Reconstructed: While life is still more difficult for him, Bob still saves the day.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob's sonar doesn't help him much; he sometimes trips.
  • Played For Drama: Bob is told that he isn't a example to blind/disabled people, because he isn't truly disabled.

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