Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D/ABC/2013+ (Aphasia)
Leopold “Leo” Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), member of the Science Tech division of S.H.I.E.L.D., a Homeland Security agency designed to battle terrorism and the sinister agents of HYDRA. Injured in the line of duty, Leo suffered from Aphasia, caused by a lack of oxygen to his brain.
Born in Scotland on Wednesday, August 19, 1987, agent Fisk is a genius engineer/scientist who attended the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy of Science and Technology in 2004 with bio-chem expert Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) who became his best friend and partner when they were hired to work for S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Sci-Tech division. They were recruited to Agent Coulson’s team and worked with them on all of their missions.
During the “HYDRA Uprising,” Fitz and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents searched for clairvoyant John Garret, the head of the Centipede Project. During the mission, Leo learned that his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) was actually a sleeper agent for HYDRA.
When Ward found Fitz and Simmons hiding in a medical pod, instead of killing them (per his order from Garrett), he gave them a chance to live by jettisoning the pod which sank to the ocean floor. Fortunately, they escaped to the surface, (there was only one oxygen mask, and Fitz gave it to Simmons) but Fitz spent a long period of time without oxygen which damaged his brain. Consequently, he fell into a coma.
When he awoke, Leo showed signs of aphasia, a language disorder that makes it difficult to communicate/remembering specific words or names. He now had a lowered speech rate and stumbled with words, especially when he gets agitated. He uses simple phrases rather than the long words he used to use. He also leaves his sentences hanging as he moves on to his next thought.
During his recovery, Leo exhibited signs of amnesia, personality regression, memory loss and hallucinations. As for his hallucinations, Leo talked to Jemma Simmons, his (no longer present) lab partner, for whom he held a strong romantic interest.
Fitz also lost the ability to understand metaphors, allegories and simple day-to-day phrases. For example when he hears someone say, “Guys, drop everything” he replies, “No, this is worth a fortune. I’m not going to drop it.” Another time, when he hears a comment about an impending dire situation (“Storm’s coming.”) Fitz responds, “No, weather’s fine, actually. There’s not a cloud in the sky, I checked.”
“Simmons is not real. I….I knew that. But I needed her, and she….she left. And everybody treats me like…like….like I’m broken. Like I can’t help…But I’m still….smart! I am! It’s just…hard, sometimes. And now Simmons is back, really back, and she’s trying to be nice and treat me the…the….the same. But I know I’ve changed. I know I’m….different. And I can’t go back. I have new friends now. Mack….Mack helps me get the words right. He is patient and…and…and tells me I’m doing a good job. He understands.” – Leo Fisk
Fisk had a long road to recovery, but he slowly began to regain much of what he lost before his accident. He also learned that his friend, Jemma Simmons was alive and they soon became a couple.
Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), lawyer who was blinded as a youth by a chemical spill. The freak accident enhanced Matt’s other senses giving him super-human abilities.
As an adult, Murdock practices law in New York City, by day, but, by night, he is a vigilante known as Daredevil (“The Man With No Fear”) who battles crime in Hell’s Kitchen section of the city.
Franklin “Foggy” Nelson (Elden Henson) is Murdock’s close friend and law partner. District Attorney Blake Tower (Stephen Rider) provides Daredevil with information to find and capture criminals.
Daredevil strives to rid the city of crime, especially, the criminal empire run by mob boss Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), aka “Kingpin” who is assisted by his dastardly right hand man, James Wesley (Toby Leonard Moore).
Frank Castle (John Bernthal), a former policeman turned vigilante known as the Punisher, also roams the streets of Hell’s Kitchen seeking out criminals to crush. Frank believes that Daredevil is not hard enough on crime. As Frank said, “You hit ’em and they get back up, I hit ’em and they stay down.”
Frank Castle: I gotta say, sometimes… sometimes I think you really just might be the Devil.
Daredevil: Sometimes I think I might be, too.
Elektra Natchios (Élodie Yung), a mysterious and psychopathic woman from Murdock’s past tracked him down. He was puzzled as to how she found him because he wears a mask. To which, Electra replied, “Well, you can’t mask that ass. I’d know it anywhere.”
Note: In flashback sequences, actor Skylar Gaertner plays a young Matt Murdock.
The Daredevil character made guest appearances on the Saturday morning cartoon series SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS/NBC/1981-1983.
Daredevil was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett. The character first appeared in Daredevil comic #1 (April 1964).
BIRDS OF PREY/WB/2002-03 (Wheelchair/Injured Spine)
Barbara Gordon (Dina Meyer), a.k.a. the crime fighter Batgirl who is now relegated to a wheelchair after being shot in the spine by the nefarious criminal known as the Joker. Barbara is the daughter of New Gotham City’s Police Commissioner, James Gordon.
After the battle with the Joker that subsequently killed the female criminal known as Catwoman, Barbara Gordon became the guardian of Helena Kyle, the secret daughter of Selina Kyle, aka “Catwoman” and Bruce Wayne, aka “the caped crusader Batman” who mysteriously disappeared after Catwoman’s death.
Helena inherited her cat-like abilities from her mother. She is also the heir to the Wayne Estate and served by Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s faithful butler.
Now, by day, Barbara Gordon works as a computer science teacher in New Gotham High, and, by night, she becomes Oracle, the leader of a high-tech crime fighting group that consists of Helena Kyle (Ashley Scott), aka The Huntress,” and Dinah Redmond (Rachel Skarsten), aka “Canary” who is a telepath and psychic. Dinah is the daughter Carolyn Lance, a legendary superhero known as the Black Canary (Lori Loughlin).
“Don’t let the wheelchair fool you. I can still kick your ass.” – Oracle
Together, this dynamic trio – based in a New Gotham Clocktower – fight crime as the “Birds of Prey”with the assistance of Detective Jesse Reese (Shemar Moore), a police officer who battles a criminal element with super abilities known as Metahumans. Detective Reese is the son of mob boss, Al Hawk (Mitch Pileggi) who killed the Black Canary, Dinah’s mother.
THE TICK/FOX/2001-02 (Little People)
Tiny Man (Kevin Thompson), a small superhero who lived in “The City.” He wanted to join the League of Superheroes, but they declined him membership. The reason? …He was not tiny enough.
Tiny Man wore a green costume with a circular chest plate and silver shoulder pads. His character appeared on episode No. 6 “The Big Leagues” (aired 12-21-2001).
See also: In Living Color (2)
IN LIVING COLOR/FOX/1990-94 (Little Person)
(Debbie Lee Carrington) The Tiny Avenger, a dwarfish blonde woman who occasionally assisted Clark Bent (Damon Wayans), a black mail room worker for the Daily Glove newspaper. Clark’s alter ego was Handi-Man, a physically challenged superhero with gnarled hands who fought the likes of Doctor Naughty (Jim Carrey).
The Tiny Avenger appeared on three episodes of the weekly comedy series.
Note: Standing 3′ 10″ tall, Deborah “Debbie” Lee Carrington was born December 14, 1959 in San Jose, California. She is an actress and stuntwoman. Her TV credits included: Doreen “Mini-Mimi” on four episodes of THE DREW CAREY SHOW (1999-2000); an Ewok in the Star Wars TV Movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985); and Little Bigfoot on HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS (1987). Her film credits included: Thumbelina, a resident of the planet Mars in the sci-fi film Total Recall (1990); and an Ewok in the Star Wars films Return of the Jedi (1983) The Ewok Adventure (1984).
IN LIVING COLOR/FOX/1990-94 (Cerebral Palsy)
Clark Bent (Damon Wayans/costar), a black mailroom male who worked for the Daily Glove newspaper whose alter ego was Handi-Man, a physically challenged superhero with gnarled hands who fought the likes of Doctor Naughty (Jim Carrey), who hated the handicapped because he once received a ticket for parking in a handicapped spot.
Handi-man wore a white cap and a handicap-blue costume with a wheelchair logo on his chest. He was occasionally assisted by a dwarfish blonde person called the Tiny Avenger.
After vanquishing the bad guys Handi-man said “Never underestimate the powers of the handicapped.”