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7th Jun '18 6:33:33 AM Monolaf317
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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 [[IncrediblyLameFun 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}} or have AttentionDeficitOohShiny. If this type of character has AnimalMotifs, they're often associated with cats. Expect him to be InspirationallyDisadvantaged or for his Hollywood Autism to be a DisabilitySuperpower. He might also be part of a FiveTokenBand, if he's being portrayed as the brains of the group or the token disabled character, and may even vacillate between one and the other. 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 [[IncrediblyLameFun 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}} or have AttentionDeficitOohShiny.

If this type of character has AnimalMotifs, they're often associated with cats. cats.

Expect him to be InspirationallyDisadvantaged or for his Hollywood Autism to be a DisabilitySuperpower. He might also be part of a FiveTokenBand, if he's being portrayed as the brains of the group or the token disabled character, and may even vacillate between one and the other. If the exact disorder the character has is not explicitly spelled out, see AmbiguousDisorder.
6th Jun '18 4:57:30 PM Monolaf317
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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 [[IncrediblyLameFun 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}} or have AttentionDeficitOohShiny. Expect him to be InspirationallyDisadvantaged or for his Hollywood Autism to be a DisabilitySuperpower. He might also be part of a FiveTokenBand, if he's being portrayed as the brains of the group or the token disabled character, and may even vacillate between one and the other. 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 [[IncrediblyLameFun 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}} or have AttentionDeficitOohShiny. If this type of character has AnimalMotifs, they're often associated with cats. Expect him to be InspirationallyDisadvantaged or for his Hollywood Autism to be a DisabilitySuperpower. He might also be part of a FiveTokenBand, if he's being portrayed as the brains of the group or the token disabled character, and may even vacillate between one and the other. If the exact disorder the character has is not explicitly spelled out, see AmbiguousDisorder.
1st Jun '18 11:02:27 AM Monolaf317
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* Raymond in ''Film/RainMan'' is autistic, stated to be in the movie, and [[ItWasHisSled the knowledge that he is autistic is well-known if you haven't been living in a cave for the past 20 years]]. Raymond is the TropeNamer for TheRainMan. Though he has [[DisabilitySuperpower savant-like abilities]], he is unable to care for himself to the point where he is in an institution and Charlie acts as TheCaretaker for Raymond. The whole focus of the story is on how [[InspirationallyDisabled Raymond teaches Charlie to care about other people and to not be such a jerk through]] ThePowerOfLove. It should be noted though that Hoffman's performance has been praised by many as being very close to how many people with high-support autism act. Low-support types (who can usually take care of themselves, for starters) often find the character and movie to be a bit of an albatross around their necks, though.



* Raymond in ''Film/RainMan'' is autistic, stated to be in the movie, and [[ItWasHisSled the knowledge that he is autistic is well-known if you haven't been living in a cave for the past 20 years]]. Raymond is the TropeNamer for TheRainMan. Though he has [[DisabilitySuperpower savant-like abilities]], he is unable to care for himself to the point where he is in an institution and Charlie acts as TheCaretaker for Raymond. The whole focus of the story is on how [[InspirationallyDisabled Raymond teaches Charlie to care about other people and to not be such a jerk through]] ThePowerOfLove. It should be noted though that Hoffman's performance has been praised by many as being very close to how many people with high-support autism act. Low-support types (who can usually take care of themselves, for starters) often find the character and movie to be a bit of an albatross around their necks, though.
27th May '18 9:41:14 AM DouglasFir
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* Averted with Billy in ''Film/PowerRangers2017'', who's a more realistic portrayal of an autistic teen. He shows some of the usual traits like OCD tendencies, sarcasm blindness and freaking out at things that don't bother the other characters, but none of his symptons are exaggerated or come up very often, except maybe [[MotorMouth not knowing when to stop talking]].


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* Averted with Zane in the children's book ''All My Stripes''. He has trouble with metaphors and is sensitive to loud noises and the touch of paint, but the book is all about how autism is only one of many things that make up who he is. He's also fully verbal; talking just doesn't come as naturally to him.
15th May '18 1:10:59 PM Monolaf317
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In contrast, the pop cultural representation of autism, called Hollywood Autism, which is [[AlwaysMale most likely to be portrayed as male]] and by a non-autistic person, especially in LiveActionTV and {{Film}}. It is most common for an autistic character to be a child and if he is an adult, he's most likely to be TheRainMan or the IdiotSavant. Additionally he is totally unable to live what most people would call a normal life and is ultimately a burden on those around him. They are also portrayed by actors, ones who probably weren't picked for an experience of living with Autism, or, considering the accuracy of their portrayal, ''knowing'' somebody with Autism.

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In contrast, the pop cultural representation of autism, called Hollywood Autism, which is [[AlwaysMale most likely to be portrayed as male]] and by a non-autistic person, especially in LiveActionTV and {{Film}}. It is most common for an autistic character to be a child and if he is an adult, he's most likely to be TheRainMan or TheRainMan, the IdiotSavant.IdiotSavant, or simply a {{Manchild}}[=/=]KiddieKid. Additionally he is totally unable to live what most people would call a normal life and is ultimately a burden on those around him. They are also portrayed by actors, ones who probably weren't picked for an experience of living with Autism, or, considering the accuracy of their portrayal, ''knowing'' somebody with Autism.
10th May '18 4:18:30 AM Tightwire
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In RealLife, autism is a complex neurological condition that can impair the autistic individual's social skills among other areas, as detailed in our UsefulNotes for UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome and UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism. However autism can also have some advantages, as autistic people tend to have a unique perspective of the world. On top of this, many of them are very knowledgable in certain topics, usually ones they're very interested in. In spite of most Hollywood portrayals displaying autistic people as being gifted in math or science or music, the interests and talents of real-life autistic people vary, meaning autistic people who are talented in or passionate about Creative Writing, painting, and performing arts are also existent.

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In RealLife, autism is a complex neurological condition that can impair the autistic individual's social skills among other areas, as detailed in our UsefulNotes for UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome and UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism. However autism can also have some advantages, as autistic people tend to have a unique perspective of the world. world - a unique perspective that has advanced our understanding of the universe, of computer games and technology and physics and advertising and clothes and even people... the world would be a very dull place without autistics looking at old things from a new angle.

On top of this, many of them are very knowledgable in certain topics, usually ones they're very interested in. In spite of most Hollywood portrayals displaying autistic people as being gifted in math or science or music, the interests and talents of real-life autistic people vary, meaning autistic people who are talented in or passionate about Creative Writing, painting, and performing arts are also existent.



In contrast, the pop cultural representation of autism, called Hollywood Autism, which is [[AlwaysMale most likely to be portrayed as male]] and by a non-autistic person, especially in LiveActionTV and {{Film}}.
It is most common for an autistic character to be a child and if he is an adult, he's most likely to be TheRainMan or the IdiotSavant or otherwise totally unable to live what most people would call a normal life. They are also portrayed by actors, ones who probably weren't picked for an experience of living with Autism, or, considering the accuracy of portrayal, ''knowing'' somebody with Autism.

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In contrast, the pop cultural representation of autism, called Hollywood Autism, which is [[AlwaysMale most likely to be portrayed as male]] and by a non-autistic person, especially in LiveActionTV and {{Film}}.
{{Film}}. It is most common for an autistic character to be a child and if he is an adult, he's most likely to be TheRainMan or the IdiotSavant or otherwise IdiotSavant. Additionally he is totally unable to live what most people would call a normal life. life and is ultimately a burden on those around him. They are also portrayed by actors, ones who probably weren't picked for an experience of living with Autism, or, considering the accuracy of their portrayal, ''knowing'' somebody with Autism.
20th Apr '18 6:03:54 PM Monolaf317
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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, if we go by the idea that he's ''not'' just lying again like he always does. Co-creator Creator/DanHarmon has Aspergers, so one of the rare instances of an autistic character in a show made by an autistic person.

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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, if we go by the idea that he's ''not'' just lying again like he always does. Co-creator Creator/DanHarmon himself has Aspergers, so one of the rare instances of an autistic character in a show made by an autistic person.
3rd Apr '18 7:09:59 AM Monolaf317
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* "FanFic/VoltronDuality" averts this as the author is autistic.

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* "FanFic/VoltronDuality" ''FanFic/VoltronDuality'' averts this this, as the author themself is autistic.
2nd Apr '18 8:14:26 PM HB600
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*"FanFic/VoltronDuality" averts this as the author is autistic.
28th Mar '18 11:56:21 AM Madison14
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* In ''Literature/TheAmyVirus'', Cyan's parents believe in this trope. They think she can't be autistic because she displays musical talent and a sense of humor. Cyan herself averts this trope hard, though.

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* In ''Literature/TheAmyVirus'', Cyan's parents believe in this trope. They think she can't be autistic because she displays musical talent and a sense of humor. Cyan herself averts this trope hard, though.though, as does her friend Eroica Witt.
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