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* Yutaka from ''Shounen Note'' is a highly emotional boy who has sensory issues. Vladmir also has sensitivity to sounds.

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* Yutaka from ''Shounen Note'' ''Manga/ShounenNote'' is a highly emotional boy who has sensory issues. Vladmir also has sensitivity to sounds.
1st May '16 4:54:54 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Jirarudan/Lawrence III from ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}''. He's an art collector of a ridiculously high magnitude who seems to have learned social skills entirely by rote, has a narrow and fixed attention span, wears a long coat with an undershirt to tropical islands in the middle of summer, has almost no change in facial expression or vocal intonation despite living by his passions, seems to have difficulty recognizing cues from others, and takes everything, including the legend and Misty screaming at him, only by the words presented without considering tone or alternate meaning.

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* Jirarudan/Lawrence III from ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}''. He's an art collector of a ridiculously high magnitude who seems to have learned social skills entirely by rote, has a narrow and fixed attention span, wears a long coat with an undershirt to tropical islands in the middle of summer, has almost no change in facial expression or vocal intonation despite living by his passions, seems to have difficulty recognizing cues from others, and takes everything, including the legend and Misty screaming at him, only by the words presented without considering tone or alternate meaning.



** Akito shows similar behavior. Intense co-dependency towards the other Zodiacs (to the point of having a complete breakdown at the thought of any of them leaving) just the tip of the iceberg. Akito has also been known to physically and mentally assault anyone who threatens what [[spoiler:she]] considers to be the happy little world the Zodiac all live in. [[spoiler:She]] has no friends outside of the Zodiac, and even those relationships are awkward and strained. While more than a little of this is likely the result of Akito's abuse at the hands of Ren, it's also hinted that Akito inherited some sort of mental instability from Ren and/or Akira.

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** Akito shows similar behavior. Intense co-dependency towards the other Zodiacs (to the point of having a complete breakdown at the thought of any of them leaving) just the tip of the iceberg. Akito has also been known to physically and mentally assault anyone who threatens what [[spoiler:she]] considers to be the happy little world the Zodiac all live in. [[spoiler:She]] has no friends outside of the Zodiac, and even those relationships are awkward and strained. While more than a little of this is likely the result of Akito's abuse at the hands of Ren, it's also hinted that Akito inherited some sort of mental instability from Ren and/or Akira.



* In ''Anime/{{Free}}'', if it weren't entirely PlayedForLaughs Haruka's obsession with water and swimming, to the point that he once attempts to dive into ''a fish tank'' after stripping down to his swimsuit in a pet store, would almost certainly result in someone trying to diagnose him with a disorder. He's also extremely socially awkward, rarely emotes at a normal level, and is very blunt when interacting with others, which isolates him from most of his peers. While he gradually improves his social skills over time at the beginning of the series he's almost entirely dependent on his friend [[CloudcuckooLandersMinder Makoto]], who makes sure he actually goes to school and communicates for him.

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* In ''Anime/{{Free}}'', if it weren't entirely PlayedForLaughs Haruka's obsession with water and swimming, to the point that he once attempts to dive into ''a fish tank'' after stripping down to his swimsuit in a pet store, would almost certainly result in someone trying to diagnose him with a disorder. He's also extremely socially awkward, rarely emotes at a normal level, and is very blunt when interacting with others, which isolates him from most of his peers. While he gradually improves his social skills over time at the beginning of the series he's almost entirely dependent on his friend [[CloudcuckooLandersMinder Makoto]], who makes sure he actually goes to school and communicates for him.



** Sawa Nakamura is manipulative, constantly lying, has no regard for social conduct or other people's property, prone to violent and profane outbursts, and pretty much can only express herself via anger. At most, her classmates just treat her as that weird girl who sits in the back of the room. Her family, even though they worry about her, just leaves her to her own devices.

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** Sawa Nakamura is manipulative, constantly lying, has no regard for social conduct or other people's property, prone to violent and profane outbursts, and pretty much can only express herself via anger. At most, her classmates just treat her as that weird girl who sits in the back of the room. Her family, even though they worry about her, just leaves her to her own devices.



* In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', Black is ''so'' focused on his goals that he needs his Munna to literally ''eat his dreams'' in order to focus on the task at hand. Attempts to do so without clearing his mind causes him to overload his brain and faint. He does eventually get a little better whenever White is concerned, but it still takes a lot of considerable effort. Black also has NoSocialSkills as a result of being so focused; he isn't inherently a JerkAss, but often he honestly just doesn't notice how his actions can inconvenience or hurt others.

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* In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', Black is ''so'' focused on his goals that he needs his Munna to literally ''eat his dreams'' in order to focus on the task at hand. Attempts to do so without clearing his mind causes him to overload his brain and faint. He does eventually get a little better whenever White is concerned, but it still takes a lot of considerable effort. Black also has NoSocialSkills as a result of being so focused; he isn't inherently a JerkAss, but often he honestly just doesn't notice how his actions can inconvenience or hurt others.



* Claire Stanfield from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. There's definitely something off about him, though it's hard to pinpoint exactly ''what''. He's [[HairTriggerTemper prone to violence]] but follows a set of rules [[BlueAndOrangeMorality so completely alien]] to the average person that he can't really be called "good" or "evil", and can be totally affable and calm, even while brutally murdering someone. He's even said that he believes the world to be an illusion and everyone to be a dream of his own making, which is often attributed to sociopaths, and thinks of himself as completely invincible (which might even be ''true'', thanks to AchievementsInIgnorance).

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* Claire Stanfield from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. There's definitely something off about him, though it's hard to pinpoint exactly ''what''. He's [[HairTriggerTemper prone to violence]] but follows a set of rules [[BlueAndOrangeMorality so completely alien]] to the average person that he can't really be called "good" or "evil", and can be totally affable and calm, even while brutally murdering someone. He's even said that he believes the world to be an illusion and everyone to be a dream of his own making, which is often attributed to sociopaths, and thinks of himself as completely invincible (which might even be ''true'', thanks to AchievementsInIgnorance).



** Nico is shown to have issues dealing with stress, loss, and rejection. In the first story arc, she mentions having "this thing with stress and eating". Later, after [[spoiler:Karolina leaves to marry Xavin]], Nico sits in her bedroom, with a pile of her clothes scattered around her. She later notes that she has a tendency to throw herself at "the nearest warm body" when she's upset or confused (kissing Chase after a near-death experience, even though he's dating Gert, reacting to [[spoiler:Gert's death]] by sleeping with Victor, etc.) Of course, all of the characters act in different ways to cope with the stress of growing up as the children of supervillains, but Nico is the only one who feels her behavior is unacceptable.

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** Nico is shown to have issues dealing with stress, loss, and rejection. In the first story arc, she mentions having "this thing with stress and eating". Later, after [[spoiler:Karolina leaves to marry Xavin]], Nico sits in her bedroom, with a pile of her clothes scattered around her. She later notes that she has a tendency to throw herself at "the nearest warm body" when she's upset or confused (kissing Chase after a near-death experience, even though he's dating Gert, reacting to [[spoiler:Gert's death]] by sleeping with Victor, etc.) Of course, all All of the characters act in different ways to cope with the stress of growing up as the children of supervillains, but Nico is the only one who feels her behavior is unacceptable.



* Ashburn from ''Film/TheHeat'' probably has something, given how LiteralMinded and obsessive she is. Might be due to the fact that she was a foster kid and by implication wasn't well socialized growing up.

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* Ashburn from ''Film/TheHeat'' probably has something, given how LiteralMinded and obsessive she is. Might be due to the fact that because she was a foster kid and by implication wasn't well socialized growing up.



%%* In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', the Rev. Mr. Collins appears to be a spot-on depiction of someone with Asperger's Syndrome. Of course, it's impossible that this was Jane Austen's intention, as the book was [[UnbuiltTrope written in 1813]], more than half a century before Freud. His main purpose in the novel is to suggest that even for a woman in 1813, there are worse things than spinsterhood. It may be simply an interesting coincidence, or it may be that the character is based on a real person.

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%%* In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', the Rev. Mr. Collins appears to be a spot-on depiction of someone with Asperger's Syndrome. Of course, it's It's impossible that this was Jane Austen's intention, as the book was [[UnbuiltTrope written in 1813]], more than half a century before Freud. His main purpose in the novel is to suggest that even for a woman in 1813, there are worse things than spinsterhood. It may be simply an interesting coincidence, or it may be that the character is based on a real person.



* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': Detective Robert Goren; it's suggested he simply never learned proper social skills growing up because his entire family suffered from one mental illness or another. Goren is what happens when the genetic dice are loaded to roll Snake-Eyes and come up Lucky 7 anyway.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': Detective Robert Goren; it's suggested he simply never learned proper social skills growing up because his entire family suffered from one mental illness or another. Goren is what happens when the genetic dice are loaded to roll Snake-Eyes and come up Lucky 7 anyway.



* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Abed is incredibly fascinated with films and television and is a bit obsessed with projecting their tropes onto real life. He has a strange, somewhat sterile demeanor, doesn't seem to know (or even when corrected, care about) how to go about certain social situations, and is face-blind. He also becomes highly distressed whenever anyone tries to tamper with his life as he's familiar with it (such as messing with the engine of his Dreamatorium or moving clocks an hour back). Whenever he's about to have a meltdown he lets out a high-pitched whine. Lampshaded on numerous occasions, either by the story (in "[[Recap/CommunityS2E14AdvancedDungeonsAndDragons Advanced Dungeons and Dragons]]" he is referred to as "Abed The Undiagnosable"), other characters and even himself (in the pilot he [[InfallibleNarrator rattles off everything he knows about Britta from their one conversation]] including that she has a brother who "works with children with a disorder I might want to look up"). During the MusicalEpisode, in one of the songs he sings, "On the spectrum? None of your business.", apparently to the audience.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Abed is incredibly fascinated with films and television and is a bit obsessed with projecting their tropes onto real life. He has a strange, somewhat sterile demeanor, doesn't seem to know (or even when corrected, care about) how to go about certain social situations, and is face-blind. He also becomes highly distressed whenever anyone tries to tamper with his life as he's familiar with it (such as messing with the engine of his Dreamatorium or moving clocks an hour back). Whenever he's about to have a meltdown he lets out a high-pitched whine. Lampshaded on numerous occasions, either by the story (in "[[Recap/CommunityS2E14AdvancedDungeonsAndDragons Advanced Dungeons and Dragons]]" he is referred to as "Abed The Undiagnosable"), other characters and even himself (in the pilot he [[InfallibleNarrator rattles off everything he knows about Britta from their one conversation]] including that she has a brother who "works with children with a disorder I might want to look up"). During the MusicalEpisode, in one of the songs he sings, "On the spectrum? None of your business.", apparently to the audience.



%% Reid from ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is, according to his actor, played as autistic, something that's never been confirmed. The only time that the possibility did get a mention in the show is when a villain described Reid as having autistic leanings, but this was part of an extremely inaccurate BreakingSpeech delivered to this entire team. Reid's issues may, however, stem more from his [[DarkAndTroubledPast difficult childhood]] and equally difficult job.

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%% Reid from ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is, according to his actor, played as autistic, something that's never been confirmed. The only time that the possibility did get a mention in the show is when a villain described Reid as having autistic leanings, but this was part of an extremely inaccurate BreakingSpeech delivered to this entire team. Reid's issues may, however, stem more from his [[DarkAndTroubledPast difficult childhood]] and equally difficult job.



* Bernard Black of ''Series/BlackBooks''. Very socially awkward and uncomfortable with changes in an extremely repetitive routine. Also has an extreme LackOfEmpathy, enjoys the suffering of others, and honestly doesn't seem to understand that having his book shop sell books and make money is a ''good'' thing (he's infuriated when Manny sells his entire stock, because it would mean a minute long phone call to his supplier). Also TheAlcoholic, which probably exacerbates things. When Manny leaves, he is so unable to take care of himself that it nearly kills him.

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* Bernard Black of ''Series/BlackBooks''. Very socially awkward and uncomfortable with changes in an extremely repetitive routine. Also has an extreme LackOfEmpathy, enjoys the suffering of others, and honestly doesn't seem to understand that having his book shop sell books and make money is a ''good'' thing (he's infuriated when Manny sells his entire stock, because it would mean a minute long phone call to his supplier). Also TheAlcoholic, which probably exacerbates things. When Manny leaves, he is so unable to take care of himself that it nearly kills him.



* Jerry, Elaine and George of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. Complete LackOfEmpathy, constant selfishness, unthinking cruelty, continual rejection of any maturity or adult responsibility, and meticulous adherence to a (often fabricated) social code not because they care about others but because it is expected of them. Surprisingly, Kramer is rarely presented as anything other than a regular person who just has a lot of quirks and a wild imagination, while the other three are basically sociopaths PlayedForLaughs.

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* Jerry, Elaine and George of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. Complete LackOfEmpathy, constant selfishness, unthinking cruelty, continual rejection of any maturity or adult responsibility, and meticulous adherence to a (often fabricated) social code not because they care about others but because it is expected of them. Surprisingly, Kramer is rarely presented as anything other than a regular person who just has a lot of quirks and a wild imagination, while the other three are basically sociopaths PlayedForLaughs.



** In "Masquerade," Finch seems to have a panic attack while taking the dog out for a walk, but it's not confirmed what exactly caused this. Seeing how this happened after Root kidnapped him, it's entirely possible that the trauma of the ordeal may have affected Finch substantially.

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** In "Masquerade," Finch seems to have a panic attack while taking the dog out for a walk, but it's not confirmed what exactly caused this. Seeing how this happened after Root kidnapped him, it's entirely possible that the trauma of the ordeal may have affected Finch substantially.



** Joffrey, a product of incest himself, displays a disturbing fondness for violence. At times he even seems to be ''sexually aroused'' by it. He shows no signs of empathy whatsoever, is extremely impulsive (ordering an entire crowd of peasants slaughtered because someone threw a cow pie at him), and derives joy from inflicting random cruelty on others. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what's wrong with him, but whatever it is it's bad.

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** Joffrey, a product of incest himself, displays a disturbing fondness for violence. At times he even seems to be ''sexually aroused'' by it. He shows no signs of empathy whatsoever, is extremely impulsive (ordering an entire a crowd of peasants slaughtered because someone threw a cow pie at him), and derives joy from inflicting random cruelty on others. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what's wrong with him, but whatever it is it's bad.



** It should be noted that by the end of the series, Merlin has pretty much ceased caring about anything that's not Arthur, to the point of wild mood swings, irrational and irritable behavior, and selling out his entire people. Many have called his behavior obsessive.

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** It should be noted that by By the end of the series, Merlin has pretty much ceased caring about anything that's not Arthur, to the point of wild mood swings, irrational and irritable behavior, and selling out his entire people. Many have called his behavior obsessive.



** Sammy Maudlin has a repetitive CharacterTic (slapping his knee), frequently repeats words and phrases, appears to laugh and/or applaud when he isn't entirely sure how to react to something, and fails to realize when he's said something rude.

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** Sammy Maudlin has a repetitive CharacterTic (slapping his knee), frequently repeats words and phrases, appears to laugh and/or applaud when he isn't entirely sure how to react to something, and fails to realize when he's said something rude.



* ''Series/SecondChance2016'': Until Otto was nine years old, he never spoke to anyone except his sister, and even then only in a language he invented called Twinspeak. While he has improved significantly since then, he still avoids speaking to anyone but Mary and [[ArtificialIntelligence Arthur]], and part of the reason Mary is willing to go so far to fight her cancer is because she knows he'll shut down completely without her.

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* ''Series/SecondChance2016'': Until Otto was nine years old, he never spoke to anyone except his sister, and even then only in a language he invented called Twinspeak. While he has improved significantly since then, he still avoids speaking to anyone but Mary and [[ArtificialIntelligence Arthur]], and part of the reason Mary is willing to go so far to fight her cancer is because she knows he'll shut down completely without her.



* Handsome Jack from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' is shown to be very emotionally unstable and impulsive to the point of buying a horse made entirely of diamonds because he's rich, he's suffered physical abuse at the hands of his grandmother, he seems to genuinely believe he is the hero of the story, and nearly everyone he's worked with has either died or betrayed him.
* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao'': Ambrosia has a SugarAndIcePersonality, coupled with dramatic {{Tsundere}} moments, and occasionally has rather dramatic depressive episodes. You'd probably say she's bipolar, except her down periods are more flat, like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizoid schizoid]]. She also has serious fears that she doesn't exist, and that she's hallucinating the entire game events. Add a few AxeCrazy episodes, and you get a very strange picture. It's clear what the cause is though, [[spoiler: her real parents had to give her away because she was [[note]] God's kid[[/note]], her adoptive parents died, and people she hired to help with her inheritance used her money and left her on the street. She has basically no trust in people until Nevras comes along]].

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* Handsome Jack from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' is shown to be very emotionally unstable and impulsive to the point of buying a horse made entirely of diamonds because he's rich, he's suffered physical abuse at the hands of his grandmother, he seems to genuinely believe he is the hero of the story, and nearly everyone he's worked with has either died or betrayed him.
* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao'': Ambrosia has a SugarAndIcePersonality, coupled with dramatic {{Tsundere}} moments, and occasionally has rather dramatic depressive episodes. You'd probably say she's bipolar, except her down periods are more flat, like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizoid schizoid]]. She also has serious fears that she doesn't exist, and that she's hallucinating the entire game events. Add a few AxeCrazy episodes, and you get a very strange picture. It's clear what the cause is though, [[spoiler: her real parents had to give her away because she was [[note]] God's kid[[/note]], her adoptive parents died, and people she hired to help with her inheritance used her money and left her on the street. She has basically no trust in people until Nevras comes along]].



** Kosuzu Motoori, the star of ''[[Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery Forbidden Scrollery]]'', is lovingly obsessed with her books and pretty much nothing else, brushing off concerns of the dangers of [[TomeOfEldritchLore youma books]] because of how interesting they are, and while she doesn't actively shun other humans she's rather awkward and avoidant around them most of the time. Her only real friend is a [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wise Beyond Her Years]] {{Reincarnation}}, and they get along swimmingly.

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** Kosuzu Motoori, the star of ''[[Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery Forbidden Scrollery]]'', is lovingly obsessed with her books and pretty much nothing else, brushing off concerns of the dangers of [[TomeOfEldritchLore youma books]] because of how interesting they are, and while she doesn't actively shun other humans she's rather awkward and avoidant around them most of the time. Her only real friend is a [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wise Beyond Her Years]] {{Reincarnation}}, and they get along swimmingly.



** Erika Furudo, introduced later in the series, definitely comes off as this because of her obsessive behavior and egomania. It says something when the Ushiromiyas, who themselves are a major case of DysfunctionJunction, pretty much immediately notice something's off about her and she quickly wears out her welcome.

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** Erika Furudo, introduced later in the series, definitely comes off as this because of her obsessive behavior and egomania. It says something when the Ushiromiyas, who themselves are a major case of DysfunctionJunction, pretty much immediately notice something's off about her and she quickly wears out her welcome.
1st May '16 4:48:12 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Cat Valentine, the red-haired GenkiGirl from ''{{Victorious}}'' goes a little beyond normal {{CloudCuckooLander}}-ness and sometimes acts strangely eccentric. Sometimes she even knows what she is saying and is a bit ditzy.

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* Cat Valentine, the red-haired GenkiGirl from ''{{Victorious}}'' ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' goes a little beyond normal {{CloudCuckooLander}}-ness and sometimes acts strangely eccentric. Sometimes she even knows what she is saying and is a bit ditzy.
1st May '16 4:10:10 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* ''Something'' is clearly wrong with Jon Moxley (aka Dean Ambrose, former WWE US Champion and former member of Wrestling/TheShield) but precisely what that something might be is unknowable. Aside from being violent and angry, which could be attributed to his traumatic childhood, Moxley also exhibits paranoia, hears "voices" occasionally, and swings wildly between despair and begging his opponents to "put him out of his misery" to being a ranting near-psychotic with a God complex. Perhaps the closest diagnosis would be Borderline personality disorder, but Moxley doesn't fit well into any diagnostic criteria.

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* ''Something'' is clearly wrong with Jon Moxley (aka Dean Ambrose, former WWE US Champion and former member of Wrestling/TheShield) but precisely what that something might be is unknowable. Aside from being violent and angry, which could be attributed to his traumatic childhood, Moxley also exhibits paranoia, hears "voices" occasionally, and swings wildly between despair and begging his opponents to "put him out of his misery" to being a ranting near-psychotic with a God complex. Perhaps the closest diagnosis would be Borderline personality disorder, but Moxley doesn't fit well into any diagnostic criteria.



* Handsome Jack from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' is shown to be very emotionally unstable and impulsive to the point of buying a horse made entirely of diamonds because he's rich, he's suffered physical abuse at the hands of his grandmother, he seems to genuinely believe he is the hero of the story, and nearly everyone he's worked with has either died or betrayed him; all of these are signs of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder Borderline Personality Disorder]].

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* Handsome Jack from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' is shown to be very emotionally unstable and impulsive to the point of buying a horse made entirely of diamonds because he's rich, he's suffered physical abuse at the hands of his grandmother, he seems to genuinely believe he is the hero of the story, and nearly everyone he's worked with has either died or betrayed him; all of these are signs of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder Borderline Personality Disorder]].him.
1st May '16 3:27:22 PM PixelKnight
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* Handsome Jack from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' is shown to be very emotionally unstable and impulsive to the point of buying a horse made entirely of diamonds because he's rich, he's suffered physical abuse at the hands of his grandmother, he seems to genuinely believe he is the hero of the story, and nearly everyone he's worked with has either died or betrayed him; all of these are signs of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder Borderline Personality Disorder]].
1st May '16 1:35:00 AM maxwellsilver
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* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' as portrayed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Later depictions of the character can differ, but the original stories make it fairly clear that it's not just that Holmes is incredibly smart -- his brain works in a different way from most people. He's got a hefty dose of social awkwardness and assorted weird behavioral quirks to go along with the extreme intelligence and perspicacity, as well.

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* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' as portrayed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Later depictions of the character can differ, but the original stories make it fairly clear that it's not just that Holmes is incredibly smart -- his brain works in a different way from most people. He's got a hefty dose of social awkwardness and assorted weird behavioral quirks to go along with the extreme intelligence and perspicacity, as well. And then there's the cocaine addiction.
1st May '16 1:31:28 AM maxwellsilver
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->'''Creator/WilWheaton:''' What is ''wrong'' with him?

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->'''Creator/WilWheaton:''' ->'''Wil Wheaton:''' What is ''wrong'' with him?
17th Apr '16 4:35:53 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', the Rev. Mr. Collins appears to be a spot-on depiction of someone with Asperger's Syndrome. Of course, it's impossible that this was Jane Austen's intention, as the book was [[UnbuiltTrope written in 1813]], more than half a century before Freud. His main purpose in the novel is to suggest that even for a woman in 1813, there are worse things than spinsterhood. It may be simply an interesting coincidence, or it may be that the character is based on a real person.

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* %%* In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', the Rev. Mr. Collins appears to be a spot-on depiction of someone with Asperger's Syndrome. Of course, it's impossible that this was Jane Austen's intention, as the book was [[UnbuiltTrope written in 1813]], more than half a century before Freud. His main purpose in the novel is to suggest that even for a woman in 1813, there are worse things than spinsterhood. It may be simply an interesting coincidence, or it may be that the character is based on a real person.



--->'''Finch:''' ''(when he realizes Root plans to steal a cop car)'' Are you out of your mind?\\

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--->'''Finch:''' ''(when ''[When he realizes Root plans to steal a cop car)'' car]'' Are you out of your mind?\\



* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': Beatrice Mason, one of the suspects in "The Blood of Juana the Mad", is generally agreed by most characters to be suffering from some kind of 'mental affliction'. Exactly what is not clear, although it seems to combine aspects of Aspergers syndrome, OCD and HatesBeingTouched.

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* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': Beatrice Mason, one of the suspects in "The Blood of Juana the Mad", is generally agreed by most characters to be suffering from some kind of 'mental affliction'. Exactly what is not clear, although it seems to combine aspects of Aspergers syndrome, OCD and HatesBeingTouched.



* Detective Murdoch of ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' displays some social anxiety and a number of characteristics of UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome. His interests tend toward a specific type of scientific bookishness, coupled with a mechanical aptitude, as opposed to literature or sport (though [[HiddenDepths he has recognized quotations from Shakespeare and played sports well enough on occasion]]). At times, he is an adult version of the "little professor" [[MrExposition explaining things]] to [[TheWatson his boss Brackenreid and the various constables, among others]]. He often fails to understand the popularity of things like fads, fictional movies and spectator sports, and certain forms of humour leave him cold (making him an excellent [[StraightMan straight man]]). Later in the series, he speaks positively of the anonymity of living in a hotel, since it allows him to avoid "useless" conversations with his neighbours. Some of his personal conversations (even those with his beloved Julia) end abruptly when he sees something that brings his mind back to his current case, and he hastily takes his leave to follow up an idea, with the others reacting to his sudden departure. All that said, his colleagues and friends seem to regard him as merely a bit unusual. Even Julia tells him, "You're not the only one who lives inside your head." The ambiguity is partly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that the series is set some four decades before Hans Asperger published his studies. It must also be said that Murdoch's continual studies (and the deep concentration to pursue them) have provided him with a highly useful expertise, though when asked about this in court, he merely replied, "I am ''an'' expert, yes."

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* Detective Murdoch of Murdoch's interests in ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' displays some social anxiety and a number of characteristics of UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome. His interests tend toward a specific type of scientific bookishness, coupled with a mechanical aptitude, as opposed to literature or sport (though [[HiddenDepths he has recognized quotations from Shakespeare and played sports well enough on occasion]]). At times, he is an adult version of the "little professor" [[MrExposition explaining things]] to [[TheWatson his boss Brackenreid and the various constables, among others]]. He often fails to understand the popularity of things like fads, fictional movies and spectator sports, and certain forms of humour leave him cold (making him an excellent [[StraightMan straight man]]). Later in the series, he speaks positively of the anonymity of living in a hotel, since it allows him to avoid "useless" conversations with his neighbours. Some of his personal conversations (even those with his beloved Julia) end abruptly when he sees something that brings his mind back to his current case, and he hastily takes his leave to follow up an idea, with the others reacting to his sudden departure. All that said, his colleagues and friends seem to regard him as merely a bit unusual. Even Julia tells him, "You're not the only one who lives inside your head." The ambiguity is partly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that the series is set some four decades before Hans Asperger published his studies. It must also be said that Murdoch's continual studies (and the deep concentration to pursue them) have provided him with a highly useful expertise, though when asked about this in court, he merely replied, "I am ''an'' expert, yes."
17th Apr '16 4:12:51 PM 69BookWorM69
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* Detective Murdoch of ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' displays some social anxiety and a number of characteristics of UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome. His interests tend toward a specific type of scientific bookishness, coupled with a mechanical aptitude, as opposed to literature or sport (though [[HiddenDepths he has recognized quotations from Shakespeare on occasion]]). In some respects, he is an adult version of the "little professor" [[MrExposition explaining things]] to [[TheWatson his boss Brackenreid and the various constables, among others]]. He often fails to understand the popularity of things like fads, movies and spectator sports, and at times, certain forms of humour (making him an excellent [[StraightMan straight man]]). Later in the series, he speaks positively of the anonymity of living in a hotel after his marriage, since it allows him to avoid "useless" conversations with his neighbours. Some of his personal conversations (even those with his beloved Julia) end abruptly when he sees something that brings his mind back to his current case, and he hastily takes his leave to follow up an idea, with the others reacting to his sudden departure. All that said, his colleagues and friends seem to regard him as merely a bit unusual. Even Julia tells him, "You're not the only one who lives inside your head." The ambiguity is partly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that the series is set some four decades before Hans Asperger published his studies. It must also be said that Murdoch's continual studies (and the deep concentration to pursue them) have provided him with a highly useful expertise, though when asked about this in court, he merely replied, "I am ''an'' expert, yes."

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* Detective Murdoch of ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' displays some social anxiety and a number of characteristics of UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome. His interests tend toward a specific type of scientific bookishness, coupled with a mechanical aptitude, as opposed to literature or sport (though [[HiddenDepths he has recognized quotations from Shakespeare and played sports well enough on occasion]]). In some respects, At times, he is an adult version of the "little professor" [[MrExposition explaining things]] to [[TheWatson his boss Brackenreid and the various constables, among others]]. He often fails to understand the popularity of things like fads, fictional movies and spectator sports, and at times, certain forms of humour leave him cold (making him an excellent [[StraightMan straight man]]). Later in the series, he speaks positively of the anonymity of living in a hotel after his marriage, hotel, since it allows him to avoid "useless" conversations with his neighbours. Some of his personal conversations (even those with his beloved Julia) end abruptly when he sees something that brings his mind back to his current case, and he hastily takes his leave to follow up an idea, with the others reacting to his sudden departure. All that said, his colleagues and friends seem to regard him as merely a bit unusual. Even Julia tells him, "You're not the only one who lives inside your head." The ambiguity is partly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that the series is set some four decades before Hans Asperger published his studies. It must also be said that Murdoch's continual studies (and the deep concentration to pursue them) have provided him with a highly useful expertise, though when asked about this in court, he merely replied, "I am ''an'' expert, yes."
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* Detective Murdoch of ''Series/MurdochMysteries displays some social anxiety and a number of characteristics of UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome. His interests tend toward a specific type of scientific bookishness, coupled with a mechanical aptitude, as opposed to literature or sport (though [[HiddenDepths he has recognized quotations from Shakespeare on occasion]]). In some respects, he is an adult version of the "little professor" [[MrExposition explaining things]] to [[TheWatson his boss Brackenreid and the various constables, among others]]. He often fails to understand the popularity of things like fads, movies and spectator sports, and at times, certain forms of humour (making him an excellent [[StraightMan straight man]]). Later in the series, he speaks positively of the anonymity of living in a hotel after his marriage, since it allows him to avoid "useless" conversations with his neighbours. Some of his personal conversations (even those with his beloved Julia) end abruptly when he sees something that brings his mind back to his current case, and he hastily takes his leave to follow up an idea, with the others reacting to his sudden departure. All that said, his colleagues and friends seem to regard him as merely a bit unusual. Even Julia tells him, "You're not the only one who lives inside your head." The ambiguity is partly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that the series is set some four decades before Hans Asperger published his studies. It must also be said that Murdoch's continual studies (and the deep concentration to pursue them) have provided him with a highly useful expertise, though when asked about this in court, he merely replied, "I am ''an'' expert, yes."

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* Detective Murdoch of ''Series/MurdochMysteries ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' displays some social anxiety and a number of characteristics of UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome. His interests tend toward a specific type of scientific bookishness, coupled with a mechanical aptitude, as opposed to literature or sport (though [[HiddenDepths he has recognized quotations from Shakespeare on occasion]]). In some respects, he is an adult version of the "little professor" [[MrExposition explaining things]] to [[TheWatson his boss Brackenreid and the various constables, among others]]. He often fails to understand the popularity of things like fads, movies and spectator sports, and at times, certain forms of humour (making him an excellent [[StraightMan straight man]]). Later in the series, he speaks positively of the anonymity of living in a hotel after his marriage, since it allows him to avoid "useless" conversations with his neighbours. Some of his personal conversations (even those with his beloved Julia) end abruptly when he sees something that brings his mind back to his current case, and he hastily takes his leave to follow up an idea, with the others reacting to his sudden departure. All that said, his colleagues and friends seem to regard him as merely a bit unusual. Even Julia tells him, "You're not the only one who lives inside your head." The ambiguity is partly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that the series is set some four decades before Hans Asperger published his studies. It must also be said that Murdoch's continual studies (and the deep concentration to pursue them) have provided him with a highly useful expertise, though when asked about this in court, he merely replied, "I am ''an'' expert, yes."
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