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20th Jul '16 10:54:01 AM narm00
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* Randy from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', despite multiple characters claiming he isn't handicapped or disabled, just "slow" and "simple". It was eventually implied that his behavior is the result of brain damage incurred when he once inexplicably stopped breathing long enough for his parents to assume he had actually died. At one point, Earl tells Randy "The doctor did say that you were borderline artistic". (Earl isn't very bright either)

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* Randy from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', despite multiple characters claiming he isn't handicapped or disabled, just "slow" and "simple". It was eventually implied that his behavior is the result of brain damage incurred when he once inexplicably stopped breathing long enough for his parents to assume he had actually died. At one point, Earl tells Randy "The doctor did say that you were borderline artistic". artistic" (Earl isn't very bright either)either).



** The final [[Creator/TomBaker Fourth Doctor]] story, "Logopolis", ups this to extreme levels when he starts being paranoid, unfeeling, scary, and rude towards his (grantled, mostly new) friends and thinking peculiarly even by his own standards. It seems like depression, but could also be a {{Deconstruction}} of the Fourth Doctor's more famous comical generic-'madness', or Time Lord old age instability.

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** The final [[Creator/TomBaker Fourth Doctor]] story, "Logopolis", ups this to extreme levels when he starts being paranoid, unfeeling, scary, and rude towards his (grantled, (granted, mostly new) friends and thinking peculiarly even by his own standards. It seems like depression, but could also be a {{Deconstruction}} of the Fourth Doctor's more famous comical generic-'madness', or Time Lord old age instability.



** Obviously, Young Bruce Wayne is not in the best headspace after watching his parents get killed right in front of him, but there's something else going on with him that's distinct from the trauma. He demonstrates hyper-awareness and has some obsessive-compulsive tendencies, he has difficulty relating to and socializing with children his own age, and his speech patterns are overly formal and precise, bordering on unnatural-sounding. And we viewers know that these tendencies are only going to deepen as he gets older and resolves to put them to use.

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** Obviously, Young young Bruce Wayne is not in the best headspace after watching his parents get killed right in front of him, but there's something else going on with him that's distinct from the trauma. He demonstrates hyper-awareness and has some obsessive-compulsive tendencies, he has difficulty relating to and socializing with children his own age, and his speech patterns are overly formal and precise, bordering on unnatural-sounding. And we viewers know that these tendencies are only going to deepen as he gets older and resolves to put them to use.
19th Jul '16 9:26:37 PM C2
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* Ice Bear from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' rarely speaks, refers to himself in [[ThirdPersonPerson the third person]], has an axe for a {{Security Blanket}}, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking is never referred to by his name by any of the other characters]]. He's also a very skilled cook, knows a few different languages, and likes to tinker with electronics.

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* Ice Bear from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' rarely speaks, speaks (and didn't talk at all as a cub), refers to himself in [[ThirdPersonPerson the third person]], has an axe for a {{Security Blanket}}, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking is never referred to by his name by any of the other characters]]. He's also a very skilled cook, knows a few different languages, and likes to tinker with electronics.
17th Jul '16 4:07:42 PM vorpalgirl
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* ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' never has a diagnosis for any of the individuals in the asylum any more than the book does. Partly for this reason, at least one Psychology teacher has used the film as a classroom exercise in ''both'' learning to pick out symptoms that would "ping" for various disorders (for example, the impulsive behavior of the film version's POV character could easily be chalked up to what we now call Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) ''and'' to show how complex and nuanced mental health diagnosis can actually be, including the [[ScienceMarchesOn evolving understanding of the human mind and brain since the time of the film's setting]] and how one cannot always judge another person's "sanity" very easily; he made a point of mentioning that not only was the protagonist's gambit [[NiceJobBreakingItHero itself a backfire]] since he really ''did'' have serious psychological issues, [[TheFilmOfTheBook in the book version]], the POV character is actually the "mute" Native American character...who is completely lucid despite ''choosing'' not to speak for the majority of the story, and was likely in the institution in the first place due to racism. [[spoiler: When he kills his freshly-lobotomized friend at the end of the film, it's even clear that he believes it's a MercyKill to set his spirit free, rather than any kind of actual psychotic break]]
15th Jul '16 7:34:00 AM Katsuhagi
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* ''Literature/JoePickett'': Wyatt, the youngest of the Scarlett brothers in ''In Plain Sight'', is generally regarded as 'odd' and 'not quite right' without any specific diagnosis being offered. There's also recurring character Nate, whose strange behavior and almost pathological need to live outside society is generally not commented on by people who know him but is definitely odd.

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* ''Literature/JoePickett'': Wyatt, the youngest of the Scarlett brothers in ''In Plain Sight'', is generally regarded as 'odd' and 'not quite right' without any specific diagnosis being offered. There's also recurring character Nate, whose strange behavior and almost pathological need to live outside society is generally not commented on by people who know him but is definitely odd.out of the ordinary.
14th Jul '16 5:47:19 PM Katsuhagi
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** Jake was raised in almost complete isolation on a deserted island by his grandmother and shows poor social skills that make him nearly oblivious to the feelings of others to the point it comes off as this, especially his tendency to ramble on about his issues without regard for the feelings of the person he's talking to, which actually causes Jane to destroy her computer out of frustration after he ''yet again'' [[ObliviousToLove fails to realize she has feelings for him]]. It's also implied that his AlternateUniverse self Grandpa Harley (who seems to have had a normal enough upbringing, even though his stepmother was actually [[spoiler:an alien empress]]) was similarly odd.

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** Jake was raised in almost complete isolation on a deserted island by his grandmother and shows poor social skills that make him nearly oblivious to the feelings of others to the point it comes off as this, especially his tendency to ramble on about his issues without regard for the feelings of the person he's talking to, which actually causes Jane to destroy her computer out of frustration after he ''yet again'' [[ObliviousToLove fails to realize she has feelings for him]].him]] and causes his boyfriend to break up with him. It's also implied that his AlternateUniverse self Grandpa Harley (who seems to have had a normal enough upbringing, even though his stepmother was actually [[spoiler:an alien empress]]) was similarly odd.
14th Jul '16 5:44:49 PM Katsuhagi
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** Jake, who was raised in almost complete isolation on a deserted island by his grandmother, has extremely poor social skills and is nearly oblivious to the feelings of others, especially his tendency to ramble on about his issues without regard for the feelings of the person he's talking to that it comes off as this. It's also implied that his AlternateUniverse self Grandpa Harley (who seems to have had a normal enough upbringing, even though his stepmother was actually [[spoiler:an alien empress]]) was similarly odd.

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** Jake, who Jake was raised in almost complete isolation on a deserted island by his grandmother, has extremely grandmother and shows poor social skills and is that make him nearly oblivious to the feelings of others, others to the point it comes off as this, especially his tendency to ramble on about his issues without regard for the feelings of the person he's talking to, which actually causes Jane to that it comes off as this.destroy her computer out of frustration after he ''yet again'' [[ObliviousToLove fails to realize she has feelings for him]]. It's also implied that his AlternateUniverse self Grandpa Harley (who seems to have had a normal enough upbringing, even though his stepmother was actually [[spoiler:an alien empress]]) was similarly odd.
14th Jul '16 5:42:08 PM Katsuhagi
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** Jake, who was raised in almost complete isolation on a deserted island by his grandmother, has such poor social skills and is so oblivious to the feelings of others, including a tendency to ramble on about his issues without regard for the feelings of the person he's talking to. It's also implied that his AlternateUniverse self Grandpa Harley (who seems to have had a normal enough upbringing, even though his stepmother was actually [[spoiler:an alien empress]]) was similarly odd.

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** Jake, who was raised in almost complete isolation on a deserted island by his grandmother, has such extremely poor social skills and is so nearly oblivious to the feelings of others, including a especially his tendency to ramble on about his issues without regard for the feelings of the person he's talking to.to that it comes off as this. It's also implied that his AlternateUniverse self Grandpa Harley (who seems to have had a normal enough upbringing, even though his stepmother was actually [[spoiler:an alien empress]]) was similarly odd.
14th Jul '16 5:39:00 PM Katsuhagi
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* In ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' Brick Tamland is a seriously odd guy, especially in [[Film/Anchorman2TheLegendContinues the second film]] where his BunnyEarsLawyer qualities get taken UpToEleven and it's clear he can barely function in society. He's also identified as having an I.Q. of 48, but a lot of his behavior suggests other disorders on top of that. In the second film he meets an equally strange woman and they end up getting married.
7th Jul '16 3:02:50 PM Pichu-kun
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* Yuki from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is an [[GenkiGirl eccentric]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who acts [[KiddieKid much younger]] than her actual age. She is [[UnreliableNarrator delusional]] and is oblivious of the ZombieApocalypse due to RepressedMemories, [[spoiler:until being forced to kill a zombie snaps her out of her hallucinations]]. Miki thinks she has Multiple Personality Disorder however her symptoms don't fit. Even prior to the zombie outbreak she was shown to have been bullied by the other girls due to her personality and looks (she wears a cat-earred NiceHat and has a kiddie looking backpack).

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* Yuki from ''Manga/SchoolLive'' is an [[GenkiGirl eccentric]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who acts [[KiddieKid much younger]] than her actual age. She is [[UnreliableNarrator [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness delusional]] and is oblivious of the ZombieApocalypse due to RepressedMemories, [[spoiler:until being forced to kill a zombie snaps her out of her hallucinations]]. Miki thinks she has Multiple Personality Disorder however her symptoms don't fit. Even prior to the zombie outbreak she was shown to have been bullied by the other girls due to her personality and looks (she wears a cat-earred NiceHat and has a kiddie looking backpack).



* In ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'', Anna is frequently noted to act oddly for a child or focus on strange things. The book starts with her acting incredibly detached from other people, enjoying spending time alone, limiting interactions with the family she lives with, and sending postcards to her guardian that are only a few sentences long. She views the world as being a circle with people on the "inside" and on the "outside", believing herself to be on the outside and separate from everyone else. At one point, she goes into a fury over an insult which everyone, even the narrator, considers to be silly. She also doesn't seem to have many friends, but the people she does meet and bond with (Marnie [[spoiler:and, later, the family that moves into her house]]) she's able to form very close ties to. Some of her behavior can be attributed to her [[spoiler:fearing that her foster mother is only keeping her for the money]], but her reaction to that still comes across as unusual for an upset child.



* In ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'', Anna is frequently noted to act oddly for a child or focus on strange things. The book starts with her acting incredibly detached from other people, enjoying spending time alone, limiting interactions with the family she lives with, and sending postcards to her guardian that are only a few sentences long. She views the world as being a circle with people on the "inside" and on the "outside", believing herself to be on the outside and separate from everyone else. At one point, she goes into a fury over an insult which everyone, even the narrator, considers to be silly. She also doesn't seem to have many friends, but the people she does meet and bond with (Marnie [[spoiler:and, later, the family that moves into her house]]) she's able to form very close ties to. Some of her behavior can be attributed to her [[spoiler:fearing that her foster mother is only keeping her for the money]], but her reaction to that still comes across as unusual for an upset child.



** Rena from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is suggested to have a mental illness even ignoring [[spoiler:the [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]] everyone in her town has.]] She can be violent and have mood swings, though some of it is related to the aforementioned problem, some of her violence is understandable, and others times it's the case of another character being an UnreliableNarrator.

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** Rena from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is suggested to have a mental illness even ignoring [[spoiler:the [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]] everyone in her town has.]] She can be violent and have has mood swings, though some of it is them are related to the aforementioned problem, some of her violence is understandable, and others times it's the case of another character being an UnreliableNarrator.



* Draggle from the original ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' series shows signs of many disorders, and by default of her family life, StockholmSyndrome. Also, her voice in "The End of Flutter Valley" indicates, erm, slowness due to {{Flanderization}} messing with her intelligence.

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* Draggle from the original ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' series shows signs of many disorders, and by default of her family life, StockholmSyndrome. Also, her voice in "The End of Flutter Valley" indicates, erm, slowness due to {{Flanderization}} messing with her intelligence.
2nd Jul '16 12:38:37 PM nombretomado
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* Kapura from the ''[[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} Mata Nui Online Game]]'' is a weird, eccentric Ta-Matoran whose manner of speech sounds like deliberately awkwardly worded philosophizing, often repeats himself, and sounds as if he's unable to articulate his thoughts in a way that doesn't make them come off as random. While other Ta-Matoran do their work, he's out practicing the art of "walking quick by moving slow" ([[GassHole and farting]]) in a creepy, dead forest. He doesn't stop practicing even when conversing with the player, and casually asks if you're [[BigBad the Makuta]] or not. He's slow (except when performing his technique), deliberate and unnervingly calm among all the hot-headed, fiery Ta-Matoran. Kopeke from the same game also shows signs of this trope, being coldly antisocial, [[TheQuietOne quiet]] and emotionless in his rare moments of talking, doing his work with robotic precision.

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* Kapura from the ''[[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Bionicle}} Mata Nui Online Game]]'' is a weird, eccentric Ta-Matoran whose manner of speech sounds like deliberately awkwardly worded philosophizing, often repeats himself, and sounds as if he's unable to articulate his thoughts in a way that doesn't make them come off as random. While other Ta-Matoran do their work, he's out practicing the art of "walking quick by moving slow" ([[GassHole and farting]]) in a creepy, dead forest. He doesn't stop practicing even when conversing with the player, and casually asks if you're [[BigBad the Makuta]] or not. He's slow (except when performing his technique), deliberate and unnervingly calm among all the hot-headed, fiery Ta-Matoran. Kopeke from the same game also shows signs of this trope, being coldly antisocial, [[TheQuietOne quiet]] and emotionless in his rare moments of talking, doing his work with robotic precision.
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