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23rd Jun '17 12:07:58 AM rjd1922
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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]] 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]] [[DeathBySex listening to people fucking.fucking]]."''
30th May '17 7:09:57 PM nombretomado
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** "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)" -- Homer gets a job as a blackjack dealer at Mr. Burns' casino, and two men resembling Charlie and Raymond Babbit from ''RainMan'' are at the blackjack table. Homer is impressed by Raymond's card-counting abilities ... until "Raymond" hears a roulette wheel spinning and starts mimicking the opening spiel of ''WheelOfFortune''; Homer tries to restrain "Raymond", who begins to panic and beat the palm of his hand against his head... after which Homer begins to do the same!

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** "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)" -- Homer gets a job as a blackjack dealer at Mr. Burns' casino, and two men resembling Charlie and Raymond Babbit from ''RainMan'' are at the blackjack table. Homer is impressed by Raymond's card-counting abilities ... until "Raymond" hears a roulette wheel spinning and starts mimicking the opening spiel of ''WheelOfFortune''; ''Series/WheelOfFortune''; Homer tries to restrain "Raymond", who begins to panic and beat the palm of his hand against his head... after which Homer begins to do the same!
12th Apr '17 8:52:08 PM ClatoLawa
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** "Stark Raving Dad" -- Homer is mistakenly(?) sent to a mental institution, where he meets a man who can figure out complicated mathematical problems in his mind (although the question Homer asks is "what is 5 plus 4").

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** "Stark Raving Dad" -- Homer is mistakenly(?) sent to a mental institution, where he meets a man who can figure out complicated mathematical problems in his mind (although the question Homer asks is "what is 5 plus 4").9").
16th Feb '17 3:04:34 PM margdean56
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* Marty Balin, a founding member of the rock group Music/JeffersonAirplane (later Jefferson Starship and still later, just Starship), has a mild form of autism and led the group through its first two successful incarnations, first as a psychadelic rock group (backing fellow member Grace Slick on songs like "Somebody to Love") and later as more of an easy-listening group (singing lead on "Miracles" and "Count on Me") before taking on a successful solo career (recall 1981's "Hearts"); he also married and had two children.

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* Marty Balin, a founding member of the rock group Music/JeffersonAirplane (later Jefferson Starship and still later, just Starship), has a mild form of autism and led the group through its first two successful incarnations, first as a psychadelic psychedelic rock group (backing fellow member Grace Slick on songs like "Somebody to Love") and later as more of an easy-listening group (singing lead on "Miracles" and "Count on Me") before taking on a successful solo career (recall 1981's "Hearts"); he also married and had two children.



* Many geniuses are minor inversions of this trope - having a high IQ tends to make it difficult to relate to regular people, and being a genius in a specific field often makes one ignore other aspects of their life. It's not uncommon for a great researcher, artist, or inventor to be inept at pretty much everything else they do, without it being a mental disorder.
* The Danish company 'Specialisterne' - and its American counterpart Aspiritech - has made a business out of hiring high-functioning 'Aspies' and taking advantage of their attention to detail and ability to instantly recognize any inconsistencies in a larger system - for software-testing purposes. Turns out that particular skill-set makes it a lot easier to hunt down bugs and glitches.
** People with Asperger's Syndrome do not necessarily possess a 'magic skill' but they tend to actually enjoy actions other may consider dull what in conjunction with their flattened affect allows them to maintain high level of concentration for an extended periods of time and makes them less prone to frustration (unless with OCD and working in chaotic environment). This trait is not 'special,' just less common among neurotypical people.
* Stephen Wiltshire, a diagnosed autistic who didn't even speak until the age of nine, but has incredible memory and artistic abilities. He can draw any target from memory after one look at it - including, once, a complete London cityscape after a single 15-minute helicopter ride.

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* Many geniuses are minor inversions of this trope - -- having a high IQ tends to make it difficult to relate to regular people, and being a genius in a specific field often makes one ignore other aspects of their life. It's not uncommon for a great researcher, artist, or inventor to be inept at pretty much everything else they do, without it being a mental disorder.
* The Danish company 'Specialisterne' - -- and its American counterpart Aspiritech - -- has made a business out of hiring high-functioning 'Aspies' and taking advantage of their attention to detail and ability to instantly recognize any inconsistencies in a larger system - -- for software-testing purposes. Turns out that particular skill-set makes it a lot easier to hunt down bugs and glitches.
** People with Asperger's Syndrome do not necessarily possess a 'magic skill' but they tend to actually enjoy actions other may consider dull what dull, which in conjunction with their flattened affect allows them to maintain high level of concentration for an extended periods of time and makes them less prone to frustration (unless with they have OCD and working work in a chaotic environment). This trait is not 'special,' just less common among neurotypical people.
* Stephen Wiltshire, a diagnosed autistic who didn't even speak until the age of nine, but has incredible memory and artistic abilities. He can draw any target from memory after one look at it - -- including, once, a complete London cityscape after a single 15-minute helicopter ride.
13th Jan '17 1:15:57 AM ChrisX
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* Symmetra from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' is confirmed as an autistic person and was gifted with an unique ability to bend light to her own imagination, which is why the Vishkar Corporation plucked her out of her childhood poverty life and trained her to be an architect using their HardLight technology. Her being on the autistic spectrum (including lack of social skills and developing a SuperOCD and obsession on order) used to bother her, but over time she learned to utilize her differences to do things her co-workers couldn't. Unfortunately, as it turns out, Vishkar is [[MegaCorp one bad]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive bad corporation]] that probably used Symmetra's talents for dubious ends, something that she suspected and doubted that they really are doing things for the greater good as they claimed, but due to their indoctrination on her and obsession on order (which Vishkar is technically bringing onto others), she cannot turn away from the organization.
6th Dec '16 2:17:09 AM ScotieRw
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** Alphabet refrigerator magnets have been linked to people perceiving letters as certain colors, so it's not necessarily any form of synesthesia that causes this.
30th Nov '16 4:16:19 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[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.

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** [[Literature/TheStand ''Literature/TheStand'': M.O.O.N., that spells]] 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.
30th Nov '16 4:15:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* We might as well nickname this trope "Stephen King's Magic People With Mental Conditions."

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* We might as well nickname this trope "Stephen King's "Creator/StephenKing's Magic People With Mental Conditions."



** The autistic kid in ''The Regulators'' is a telepath.
** The intellectual disabled "Duddits" from ''Dreamcatcher'' has a [[PsychicLink telepathic connection to his friends]] and is [[spoiler:able to help fend off the alien invasion. In the movie he was "off" because he actually was an alien]]... apparently.

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** The autistic kid in ''The Regulators'' ''Literature/TheRegulators'' is a telepath.
** The intellectual disabled "Duddits" from ''Dreamcatcher'' ''Literature/{{Dreamcatcher}}'' has a [[PsychicLink telepathic connection to his friends]] and is [[spoiler:able to help fend off the alien invasion. In the movie he was "off" because he actually was an alien]]... apparently.



* ''A Wizard Alone'', the sixth book in the YoungWizards series, centered around an autistic character who was portrayed as locked up in his own head on account of being autistic (which is a very inaccurate portrayal of what it is like), but was taking advantage of this writers' error to lock up the BigBad in there with him. A little off in that being autistic didn't seem to give him a lot, otherwise, and was basically treated as something awful that'd been sicced on him by the Forces of Entropy and a metaphor for people closing themselves off because of a trauma such as grief. [[spoiler: In the end he pushes it off on [[strike:Satan is everywhere]] the Lone Power and becomes a normal wizard, apart from his special ability to be two places at once, which is caused by being a conduit for holy power. Which is unrelated to the autism, incidentally, or at least not ''said'' to be related.]] Something like that.

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* ''A Wizard Alone'', the sixth book in the YoungWizards Literature/YoungWizards series, centered around an autistic character who was portrayed as locked up in his own head on account of being autistic (which is a very inaccurate portrayal of what it is like), but was taking advantage of this writers' error to lock up the BigBad in there with him. A little off in that being autistic didn't seem to give him a lot, otherwise, and was basically treated as something awful that'd been sicced on him by the Forces of Entropy and a metaphor for people closing themselves off because of a trauma such as grief. [[spoiler: In the end he pushes it off on [[strike:Satan is everywhere]] the Lone Power and becomes a normal wizard, apart from his special ability to be two places at once, which is caused by being a conduit for holy power. Which is unrelated to the autism, incidentally, or at least not ''said'' to be related.]] Something like that.



* One of TheBabySittersClub's clients was an Autistic girl who couldn't talk unless she was asked to name a date or if singing was part of the music she heard (she was a piano savant). At one point her sitter discovers that a neighborhood boy was charging other children to see the freaky savant girl.

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* One of TheBabySittersClub's Literature/TheBabySittersClub's clients was an Autistic girl who couldn't talk unless she was asked to name a date or if singing was part of the music she heard (she was a piano savant). At one point her sitter discovers that a neighborhood boy was charging other children to see the freaky savant girl.
30th Nov '16 4:14:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[TheMillenniumTrilogy Lisbeth Salander]] is a combination of TheRainman, DarkActionGirl, and a healthy serving of BrokenBird. She's incredibly withdrawn and doesn't get on well with others (to the point where she was legally declared mentally incompetent), but she has a PhotographicMemory and extraordinary talents for hacking and working with machinery and can dig up practically ''any'' information about someone given enough time. In the books she is speculated as being an Asperger, but she doesn't really fit the definition given the calculated ruthlessness, flexible independence, and lack of anal-retentive compulsions. The author himself, in talks with his editor, stated that he saw her more as a borderline sociopath with incredibly bad upbringing circumstances, which would fit better, or how he envisioned that a modern-day Literature/PippiLongstocking [[TruthInTelevision might turn out after growing up (as a mentally disabled orphan) in the Swedish bureaucratic system]].

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* [[TheMillenniumTrilogy ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'': Lisbeth Salander]] Salander is a combination of TheRainman, DarkActionGirl, and a healthy serving of BrokenBird. She's incredibly withdrawn and doesn't get on well with others (to the point where she was legally declared mentally incompetent), but she has a PhotographicMemory and extraordinary talents for hacking and working with machinery and can dig up practically ''any'' information about someone given enough time. In the books she is speculated as being an Asperger, but she doesn't really fit the definition given the calculated ruthlessness, flexible independence, and lack of anal-retentive compulsions. The author himself, in talks with his editor, stated that he saw her more as a borderline sociopath with incredibly bad upbringing circumstances, which would fit better, or how he envisioned that a modern-day Literature/PippiLongstocking [[TruthInTelevision might turn out after growing up (as a mentally disabled orphan) in the Swedish bureaucratic system]].
30th Nov '16 4:14:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[TheMillenniumTrilogy Lisbeth Salander]] is a combination of TheRainman, {{badass}} DarkActionGirl, and a healthy serving of BrokenBird. She's incredibly withdrawn and doesn't get on well with others (to the point where she was legally declared mentally incompetent), but she has a PhotographicMemory and extraordinary talents for hacking and working with machinery and can dig up practically ''any'' information about someone given enough time. In the books she is speculated as being an Asperger, but she doesn't really fit the definition given the calculated ruthlessness, flexible independence, and lack of anal-retentive compulsions. The author himself, in talks with his editor, stated that he saw her more as a borderline sociopath with incredibly bad upbringing circumstances, which would fit better, or how he envisioned that a modern-day Literature/PippiLongstocking [[TruthInTelevision might turn out after growing up (as a mentally disabled orphan) in the Swedish bureaucratic system]].

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* [[TheMillenniumTrilogy Lisbeth Salander]] is a combination of TheRainman, {{badass}} DarkActionGirl, and a healthy serving of BrokenBird. She's incredibly withdrawn and doesn't get on well with others (to the point where she was legally declared mentally incompetent), but she has a PhotographicMemory and extraordinary talents for hacking and working with machinery and can dig up practically ''any'' information about someone given enough time. In the books she is speculated as being an Asperger, but she doesn't really fit the definition given the calculated ruthlessness, flexible independence, and lack of anal-retentive compulsions. The author himself, in talks with his editor, stated that he saw her more as a borderline sociopath with incredibly bad upbringing circumstances, which would fit better, or how he envisioned that a modern-day Literature/PippiLongstocking [[TruthInTelevision might turn out after growing up (as a mentally disabled orphan) in the Swedish bureaucratic system]].
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