6 Handicapped Characters Who Were Actually Handicapable

Wednesday, April 11 by Joseph Gibson

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The media is regrettably a little lacking in depictions of "handicapable" individuals. People who, despite a physical handicap, are able to get out there and get things done. There are some of them, though, and here are six of the best handicapable movie characters. Don't you dare hold open a door for any of these people!

Gwynplaine, "The Man Who Laughs"

 

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Conrad Veidt in "The Man Who Laughs" has an unusual handicap in the form of a permanent and ghastly smile carved into his face. It causes him a great deal of psychological torment, and he prefers to keep the lower half of his face hidden from view. But his injury doesn't stop him from being a romantic hero, who swordfights and swashbuckles almost as well as Douglas Fairbanks.

Snake Plissken, "Escape from New York"

 

We never find out how Snake got his famous eyepatch so it's possible he just wears it because it looks cool. More likely is the possibility that he lost his eye in some kind of incredible badassery like robbing an armored plane in mid-air or something. After all, there's got to be some reason that all the characters in the movie thought he was dead.

Professor X, "X-Men"

 

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One of the most famous handicapped characters in fiction, Professor X has enough going on in the upper half of his body (namely his brain) to have to worry much about the lower half. Sure, he can't move his legs, but he can control minds, read thoughts, astral project – who wouldn't give up the ability to jog for some of those sweet superpowers?

Luke Skywalker, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi"

 

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Luke loses his hand in a lightsaber fight with Darth Vader, but you don't see him letting it get to him. Sure, he has the advantage of living in a highly technologically advanced society, so he gets an awesome robot hand replacement without much trouble. Still, though, it probably feels really weird (no masturbation jokes here, this is a classy operation going on).

Forrest Gump, "Forrest Gump"

 

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Harvey Dent, "The Dark Knight"

 

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OK, so the explosion that claimed half of Harvey Dent's face also drove him insane. But at least he doesn't sit at home in his apartment feeling sorry for himself! He takes a proactive approach to his problem, murdering the gangsters and corrupt cops who he blames for disfiguring him and killing his girlfriend. So nice to see someone take action in the face of adversity, isn't it?