How often in any film, tv show, or cartoon do you find a fully formed three dimensional character with a disability? I can think of House, Monk, Nemo, Artie on Glee, Dr. Robbins on CSI .....ok, there are actually quite a few! and now Toph Bei Fong in Avatar: The Last Airbender!
Toph has some of the best lines in the series, mostly centered around situations where the other characters "forget" she is blind. I've been searching for a good web page of Toph quotes but haven't found one yet. Without going back to watch every episode for perfect transcriptions here are a few favorites:
::everyone is searching for the spirit library::
Toph: I see it!
everyone else: what? where?
Toph: No, that's what it will sound like when one of you spots it! ::waves her hand in front of her face to indicate blindness::
::Toph brings Katara and Aang underground to sneak them to another place::
Aang: It's completely dark, I can't see!
Toph: OH NO! what a nightmare!
Sokka: Toph, what's this? ::waves a sheet of paper in front of her::
Toph: It sounds like a piece of paper, but I guess you're referring to what's on the paper?
I especially love the OH NO! what a nightmare! quote because it reminds me that while a sighted person may be disoriented or freaked if they suddenly lost their sight, for Toph it's just the way life is. What makes being blind tough for her is the insensitvity she has to deal with from characters who aren't blind.