Interesting bookrage, though the asilems thing is very true, what's worse is that it was assumed blind people could not appreciate "the light of God" so were more morally backwards and so needed "useful work"
Actually the history of blindness in Britain and america is pretty appauling, despite some notable counter examples such as John Milton.
In terms of characters though its interesting what you say about blind people never ending up with anyone romantically since I've noticed that as well.
I will say the 1998 Quest for camelot film, plot summary here was a pretty terrible semi disney knockoff, but did at least have a blind character who actually got the girl in the end, and was at least moderately competent rather than being a super awesome ninja, I particularly liked the first scene where he met up with spunky generic heroin girl Kaly, where she'd fallen into the river and got tangled in his fishing net, and he was at the bank pulling up his net and worrying that there might be something caught in it while she thought he was beint intensively rude for not noticing she was stuck in the middle of the river then was quite embarrassed to find out he literally hadn't seen her .
I'll also say the filme at least gave a partially realistic of Garrett's ninja fighting abilities given that he had a rather impressive guide bird who would fly at someone and then cheap showing him where to aim his sword, ---- though how he'd actually block anything goodness knows .
As far as blind villains go I also admit I rather did like Usui in Ruroni Kenshin, because that was one incident where a super human blind character's super human abilities actually worked against him and just made him quite pathetic.
usui is a swordsman who was blinded in a fight with big evil badguy Shishio. He joined shishio's special bodyguards, the jupon gatina (which I'm probably horribly missspelling, it means the ten sowrds), on the condition that he was allowed to try and kill shishio at any time he wanted, however he never actually does this.
he has super human hearing, which he calls "eye of the heart" basically just uses to show off, hearing people's heartbeats and assassinating them in the dark with a single sword thrust, however when he actually has to fight someone head on, he uses a huge tortus shell shield that he holds in front of his opponent's face and then stabs at them with a spear from around the shield so they don't know where to block.
what is amusing is he comes up against the police officer Sait Hajime who proceeds to absolutely destroy! him since Sait basically is focused on one thing, slay! evil! immediately! so isn't intimidated at all by any of Usui's tricks, he just goes for straight forward slayage! chops Usui's spear in half and then stabs him and proceeds to taunt him mercilessly for not actually knowing anything about people if he really thought he could intimidate someone as dedicated as Sait with all his psychological enhanced hearing mallarchy, since blind or not, Usui had to go .
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