History Main / HollywoodAutism

17th Nov '17 3:53:40 AM thatmadork
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* In the Season 3 finale of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', VillainProtagonist Rick Sanchez proudly admits to being autistic while playing VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} with his grandson. Co-creator Creator/DanHarmon has Aspergers, so one of the rare instances of an autistic character in a show made by an autistic person.
9th Nov '17 7:58:24 AM MasterN
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Characters with Hollywood Autism are commonly LiteralMinded and may be {{Insufferable Genius}}es. Not only do they get really into their interests, but these interests tend to be something no neurotypical/allistic person would ever be interested in, like naming every piece of a train-engine. This character may also be a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Expect him to be InspirationallyDisadvantaged or for his Hollywood Autism to be a DisabilitySuperpower. If the exact disorder the character has is not explicitly spelled out, see AmbiguousDisorder.

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Characters with Hollywood Autism are commonly LiteralMinded and may be {{Insufferable Genius}}es. Not only do they get really into their interests, but these interests tend to be something no neurotypical/allistic person would ever be interested in, like naming every piece of a train-engine. In contrast, they will often show [[{{Asexuality}} zero interest in sex]] and other [[UnfortunateImplications normal,]] mainstream interests. This character may also be a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Expect him to be InspirationallyDisadvantaged or for his Hollywood Autism to be a DisabilitySuperpower. If the exact disorder the character has is not explicitly spelled out, see AmbiguousDisorder.
8th Nov '17 9:09:53 PM Antronach
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* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' gives us [[spoiler:Rell, the Tenno that the Red Veil worship. Throughout the ''Chains of Harrow'' quest there's many hints to Rell's autism; from flashbacks to Rell learning emotions to the Donda that Rell used to use to stimulate himself. When WordOfGod confirmed his autism, no one was surprised.]]
26th Oct '17 9:25:22 AM wuggles
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** To make matters worse, Jacob isn't portrayed consistently, but instead switches from low-functioning to aspie-ish symptoms. Although it's [[PlayedForDrama artistic license]] there really are "high functioning" or "Aspie type" autistics who can at times appear "low functioning" and vice versa, depending on amount of sensory overload and a variety of other factors, and many autistics today question the "high" and "low" business.
*** Autistic individuals can have "high" and "low" functioning from one day or one ''hour'' to the next, depending on many factors, making the "high/low" stuff meaningless.
5th Oct '17 6:21:07 PM GavsEvans123
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* In ''Die Last'' by Tony Parsons, the protagonist DC Max Wolfe visits a residential hospital upon learning that the local retired crime lord has a son there. When he asks a nurse if the son is autistic, she corrects him and says that he has Asperger's Syndrome, describing it as difficulty communicating with others. However, his difficulties come across as far more severe, and more befitting of this trope - the son, who is now in his fifties, is non-verbal, has no concept of personal space, swallows things he shouldn't, and is generally incapable of independence. Other characters, including his father, [[PetTheDog who dotes on his son and has a very positive relationship with him]], call him a retard several times, with his only reaction being to jerk his head in response to hearing someone talking about him, and even DC Wolfe describes him as a man-boy in his internal monologue. His parents institutionalized him at birth, so it's possible that he could have had a more independent, fulfilling life had he been raised outside the hospital environment, but instead he's gone native.

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* In ''Die Last'' by Tony Parsons, the protagonist DC Max Wolfe visits a residential hospital upon learning that the local retired crime lord has a son there. When he asks a nurse if the son is autistic, she corrects him and says that he has Asperger's Syndrome, describing it as difficulty communicating with others. However, his difficulties come across as far more severe, and more befitting of this trope - the son, who is now in his fifties, is non-verbal, has no concept of personal space, swallows things he shouldn't, and is generally incapable of independence. Other characters, including his father, the aforementioned crime lord, [[PetTheDog who dotes on his son and has a very positive relationship with him]], call him a retard several times, with his only reaction being to jerk his head in response to hearing recognition of someone talking about him, saying his name, and even DC Wolfe describes him as a man-boy in his internal monologue. His parents institutionalized him at birth, so it's possible that he could have had a more independent, fulfilling life had he been raised outside the hospital environment, but instead he's gone native.
5th Oct '17 6:19:03 PM GavsEvans123
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* In ''Die Last'' by Tony Parsons, the protagonist DC Max Wolfe visits a residential hospital upon learning that the local retired crime lord has a son there. When he asks a nurse if the son is autistic, she corrects him and says that he has Asperger's Syndrome, describing it as difficulty communicating with others. However, his difficulties come across as far more severe, and more befitting of this trope - the son, who is now in his fifties, is non-verbal, has no concept of personal space, swallows things he shouldn't, and is generally incapable of independence. Other characters, including his father, [[PetTheDog who dotes on his son and has a very positive relationship with him]], call him a retard several times, with his only reaction being to jerk his head in response to hearing someone talking about him, and even DC Wolfe describes him as a man-boy in his internal monologue. His parents institutionalized him at birth, so it's possible that he could have had a more independent, fulfilling life had he been raised outside the hospital environment, but instead he's gone native.
22nd Sep '17 8:55:25 PM InsanityPrelude
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* The entire movie ''Film/BenX'' is built around this trope, showing how patients with Asperger's supposedly can't function without a minute-to-minute schedule, have extremely vivid hallucinations, are incapable of something as simple as taking a train, and can't interact with other human beings ''at all''. The film was praised for its "accuracy".
29th Aug '17 1:52:12 AM PaulA
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* The unpleasant Osden in Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow" is identified as "the only cured case of Render's Syndrome" (a ShoutOut to Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/HeWhoShapes''), which is supposed to be a form of autism. This leads to the exchange "Cured?" "Yes, he is certainly not autistic."

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* The unpleasant Osden in Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's Literature/{{Hainish}} novella "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow" is identified as "the only cured case of Render's Syndrome" (a ShoutOut to Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/HeWhoShapes''), which is supposed to be a form of autism. This leads to the exchange "Cured?" "Yes, he is certainly not autistic."
28th Aug '17 9:52:36 PM PaulA
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* The unpleasant Osden in Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow" is identified as "the only cured case of Render's Syndrome" (a ShoutOut to Creator/RogerZelazny's HeWhoShapes), which is supposed to be a form of autism. This leads to the exchange "Cured?" "Yes, he is certainly not autistic".

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* The unpleasant Osden in Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow" is identified as "the only cured case of Render's Syndrome" (a ShoutOut to Creator/RogerZelazny's HeWhoShapes), ''Literature/HeWhoShapes''), which is supposed to be a form of autism. This leads to the exchange "Cured?" "Yes, he is certainly not autistic".autistic."
8th Aug '17 1:47:45 AM bt8257
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In RealLife, autism is a complex neurological disorder that can impair the autistic individual's social skills among other areas, as detailed in our UsefulNotes for UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome and UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism. While there are more males than females diagnosed with autism, there are plenty of autistic women and girls out there, with some research showing that autism rates in both sexes are about the same. Also, autism affects adults as well as children and many autistic adults are verbal, work, go to college, or live on their own. Furthermore, autistic people in RealLife are, well, [[ShapedLikeItself actually real autistic people]].

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In RealLife, autism is a complex neurological disorder condition that can impair the autistic individual's social skills among other areas, as detailed in our UsefulNotes for UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome and UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism. While there are more males than females diagnosed with autism, there are plenty of autistic women and girls out there, with some research showing that autism rates in both sexes are about the same. Also, autism affects adults as well as children and many autistic adults are verbal, work, go to college, or live on their own. Furthermore, autistic people in RealLife are, well, [[ShapedLikeItself actually real autistic people]].
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