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18th Mar '16 7:56:08 AM JohnPrestwick
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* The trope was discussed by author Luke Jackson, who wrote about his experience with ASD in ''Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome''. In addition to mentioning Rain Man, he also mentions seeing TV programs about real life people on the autistic spectrum with exceptional talents:
--->"I don't know about any of you AS readers, but I found those programs depressing. It seems I have got the nerdiness and the freakishness but none of the genius!"
10th Mar '16 1:45:12 PM Morgenthaler
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** Michael himself may qualify as a mild version. He's been diagnosed with low latent inhibition, which apparently allows him to formulate [[GambitRoulette ridiculously complicated plans]].
10th Mar '16 1:44:56 PM Morgenthaler
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* Haywire from ''PrisonBreak'', who supposedly has a "schizoaffective disorder with bipolar tendencies," not only has a perfect photographic memory, but has no need for sleep. A Television Without Pity recapper noted "I love it when being mentally disabled [[HollywoodPsych really means you have superpowers]]."

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* Haywire from ''PrisonBreak'', ''Series/PrisonBreak'', who supposedly has a "schizoaffective disorder with bipolar tendencies," not only has a perfect photographic memory, but has no need for sleep. A Television Without Pity recapper noted "I love it when being mentally disabled [[HollywoodPsych really means you have superpowers]]."
15th Jan '16 10:01:48 PM nombretomado
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** [[TheStand M.O.O.N., that spells]] "Magic People With Mental Conditions"... The sort that ward off [[BigBad evil]] [[CosmicHorrorStory interdimensional]] [[TheAntichrist apocalyptic]] [[EvilOverlord overlords]]. They also tend to be [[TooDumbToFool secretly wise]] characters who have KarmicProtection against the villain.

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** [[TheStand [[Literature/TheStand M.O.O.N., that spells]] "Magic People With Mental Conditions"... The sort that ward off [[BigBad evil]] [[CosmicHorrorStory interdimensional]] [[TheAntichrist apocalyptic]] [[EvilOverlord overlords]]. They also tend to be [[TooDumbToFool secretly wise]] characters who have KarmicProtection against the villain.
14th Jan '16 4:40:17 PM jormis29
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* ''StElsewhere'': In the series finale, the entire series is revealed to be the figment of an autistic teenager's imagination; a tiny building set inside a snow globe served as the hospital where the main action was set.

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* ''StElsewhere'': ''Series/StElsewhere'': In the series finale, the entire series is revealed to be [[AllJustADream the figment of an autistic teenager's imagination; imagination]]; a tiny building set inside a snow globe served as the hospital where the main action was set.
2nd Jan '16 10:58:12 PM nombretomado
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* Blackwolf, the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' {{Expy}} from ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'', gets his [[HyperAwareness observational skills]] and [[BatmanGambit planning powers]] from a form of high-functioning autism.

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* Blackwolf, the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' {{Expy}} from ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'', ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'', gets his [[HyperAwareness observational skills]] and [[BatmanGambit planning powers]] from a form of high-functioning autism.
12th Dec '15 12:47:42 PM Pavlov
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-> ''"...Amy pulls her weight by having the power to heal [the player], create cones of silence and telekinetically blast things aside. Obviously. I'd be rather put out if she didn't. In horror circles, small, mute, autistic girls are second in power only to Jason Voorhees listening to people fucking."''

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-> ''"...Amy pulls her weight by having the power to heal [the player], create cones of silence and telekinetically blast things aside. Obviously. I'd be rather put out if she didn't. In horror circles, small, mute, autistic girls are second in power only to [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees Voorhees]] listening to people fucking."''
18th Nov '15 1:50:07 PM BonsaiForest
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* ''Literature/NeuroTribes'' gives a few RealLife examples of this trope, such as two severely autistic twin brothers who can discover 8-digit prime numbers in their heads.
12th Nov '15 11:34:46 AM FF32
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* In ''My Godawful Life'' by Michael Kelly, a parody of MiseryLit, Euphemia has Asperger's ''and'' [[TourettesSyndrome Tourette's]] Syndromes [[spoiler:although it's also implied that she fakes them as an excuse for her lack of empathy]] but also serves as a walking dictionary, thesaurus, A to Z, clock, calendar, episode guide for ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and is a prodigy in a variety of disciplines including maths, physics and Latin.

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* In ''My Godawful Life'' by Michael Kelly, a parody of MiseryLit, Euphemia has Asperger's ''and'' [[TourettesSyndrome [[HollywoodTourettes Tourette's]] Syndromes [[spoiler:although it's also implied that she fakes them as an excuse for her lack of empathy]] but also serves as a walking dictionary, thesaurus, A to Z, clock, calendar, episode guide for ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and is a prodigy in a variety of disciplines including maths, physics and Latin.
31st Oct '15 1:10:09 PM demonfiren
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* ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagicObscura'' has the "Idiot Savant" background, which gives you a huge boost to intelligence and gambling, at the expense of social abilities including the 'stupid' dialogue trees.

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* ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagicObscura'' ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' has the "Idiot Savant" background, which gives you a huge boost to intelligence and gambling, at the expense of social abilities including the 'stupid' dialogue trees.
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