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17th Sep '16 3:43:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''FlashForward2009'' used the 'prattling savant' variety of this trope with Gabriel.

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* ''FlashForward2009'' ''Series/FlashForward2009'' used the 'prattling savant' variety of this trope with Gabriel.
14th Sep '16 10:00:53 PM jormis29
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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Rose Red'', Annie Wheaton is too autistic to really speak to anyone, but she is also [[PsychicPowers telekinetic and telepathic]]. See also Literature, above.

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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Rose Red'', ''Series/RoseRed'', Annie Wheaton is too autistic to really speak to anyone, but she is also [[PsychicPowers telekinetic and telepathic]]. See also Literature, above.
14th Sep '16 8:30:43 PM PaulA
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* Genetic scientist Anton of ''[[Literature/EndersGame Ender's Shadow]]'' says he was inspired by Rainman-like savants, who showed him the human brain could be far smarter than it typically was. But that intelligence always comes with a cost: in the case of the children he genetically enhances ''in utero'', it's a [[CastFromLifespan drastically reduced lifespan]].

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* Genetic scientist Anton of ''[[Literature/EndersGame Ender's Shadow]]'' ''Literature/EndersShadow'' says he was inspired by Rainman-like savants, who showed him the human brain could be far smarter than it typically was. But that intelligence always comes with a cost: in the case of the children he genetically enhances ''in utero'', it's a [[CastFromLifespan drastically reduced lifespan]].
8th Sep '16 2:30:33 PM StFan
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-->"I'm thinking about kittens... guh... kittens covered with spikes! That makes me angry! YEEAAAARRRRGH! My name is Michael J. Caboose and '''I hate babies.'''"
* Brian from WebAnimation/TheAutisticWorldOfTheAutist happens to be one. He has an eidetic memory and had 100% in all his maths exams.

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-->"I'm -->'''Caboose:''' I'm thinking about kittens... guh... kittens covered with spikes! That makes me angry! YEEAAAARRRRGH! My name is Michael J. Caboose and '''I hate babies.'''"
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* Brian from WebAnimation/TheAutisticWorldOfTheAutist ''WebAnimation/TheAutisticWorldOfTheAutist'' happens to be one. He has an eidetic memory and had 100% in all his maths exams.



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* Noah in Webcomic/ElGoonishShive has an number of Aspergers-like traits, including having ''absolutely no idea'' how social conversations are supposed to work. Knowing the series, however, it's more likely he'll turn out to be an alien or other-worldly being who just doesn't get human culture.
** [[spoiler: It's very heavily hinted (his connection to Damien, how he sees Grace, the fact he was seen when talking about a sixth experimental chimera (OK, in shadow, but his hair is far to unique to miss) that he has at least some connection to Grace and the other Chimera prior to being adopted by Raven.]]
* Jiro Sasaki from "RubysWorld". Somewhat subverted in that he was a literal example in his youth, but his autistic brain has been complemented by the SuperSoldier process to which he was subjected. His body and brain are augmented by nanotech, so his talents can be applied to pretty much anything... except understanding other human beings.

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* Noah in Webcomic/ElGoonishShive ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has an number of Aspergers-like traits, including having ''absolutely no idea'' how social conversations are supposed to work. Knowing the series, however, it's more likely he'll turn out to be an alien or other-worldly being who just doesn't get human culture.
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culture. [[spoiler: It's very heavily hinted (his connection to Damien, how he sees Grace, the fact he was seen when talking about a sixth experimental chimera (OK, in shadow, but his hair is far to unique to miss) that he has at least some connection to Grace and the other Chimera prior to being adopted by Raven.]]
* Jiro Sasaki from "RubysWorld".''Webcomic/RubysWorld''. Somewhat subverted in that he was a literal example in his youth, but his autistic brain has been complemented by the SuperSoldier process to which he was subjected. His body and brain are augmented by nanotech, so his talents can be applied to pretty much anything... except understanding other human beings.
27th Jul '16 12:36:00 AM azul120
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4th Jul '16 6:53:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Sewer Urchin from ''TheTick''. On ground level, he is generally considered ineffectual and unpopular (particularly because of his smell), but in his home territory of the sewers, he's one of The City's most effective superheroes. As an added bonus, he ''actually sounds and acts'' like Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man.

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* The Sewer Urchin from ''TheTick''.''WesternAnimation/TheTick''. On ground level, he is generally considered ineffectual and unpopular (particularly because of his smell), but in his home territory of the sewers, he's one of The City's most effective superheroes. As an added bonus, he ''actually sounds and acts'' like Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man.
22nd Jun '16 12:08:17 PM Shishkahuben
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* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla. Actually, it's not known what Tesla's problem was. Other than Edison, that is.
** Probably OCD, possibly NLD, definitely not autism or Aspergers. If you take it a bit farther, you could say that his visions were a result of synesthesia. He probably wasn't a savant, because he was quite good at social interaction.
** Tesla's problem was lack of understanding by other people, being too far ahead of his time to be appreciated as the genius he was, and lack of funding, which stopped him from accomplishing more.
* Henry Cavendish (at least according to Oliver Sacks again, not confirmed. Others regard him as simply being shy).
** Of course, posthumous diagnoses like these need to be taken with many grains of salt. While there has been for some time a fad for "diagnosing" famous dead (and even living) people with high-functioning autism, and other disorders, the grounds for this are often highly dubious, and may fail to take into account the wide range of "normal" personality.
** 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.
** While it isn't clear that he was autistic Cavendish clearly wasn't "simply" shy. His acquaintances make it clear that he was barely able to interact with people at all.
* TruthInTelevision example: 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.
** Apparently the diagnostic criteria for Asperger's is the "magic skill", meaning all people with the disorder are at least mild savants.
** 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' much simply less common among 'normal' people.

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* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla. Actually, it's not known what Tesla's problem was. Other than Edison, that is.
** Probably
Probable OCD, possibly NLD, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, definitely not autism or Aspergers. If you take it a bit farther, you could say that his visions were a result of synesthesia. He probably wasn't a savant, because he was quite good at social interaction.
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interaction. Tesla's problem [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer was lack of understanding by other people, people,]] being too far ahead of his time to be appreciated as the genius he was, and lack of funding, which stopped him from accomplishing more.
* Henry Cavendish (at Cavendish, at least according to Oliver Sacks again, not confirmed. Others regard him as simply being shy).
shy, though several of his acquaintances dispute this, saying he was hardly able to interact with people at all.
** Of course, posthumous diagnoses like these need to be taken with many grains of salt. While there has been for some time a fad for "diagnosing" famous dead (and even living) people with high-functioning autism, and other disorders, the grounds for this are often highly dubious, and may fail to take into account the wide range of "normal" personality.
**
personalities.
*
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.
** While it isn't clear that he was autistic Cavendish clearly wasn't "simply" shy. His acquaintances make it clear that he was barely able to interact with people at all.
* TruthInTelevision example: 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.
** Apparently the diagnostic criteria for Asperger's is the "magic skill", meaning all people with the disorder are at least mild savants.
** 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' much simply 'special,' just less common among 'normal' neurotypical people.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbASOcqc1Ss Daniel Tammet]], who unlike most savants "learned enough social skills to function in society" and (most intriguing for scientists) can actually describe his mental state. In the linked documentary ("The Boy With The Incredible Brain" in the UK and [[CulturalTranslation "Brain Man"]] in the US), he recites pi to 500 places and even meets the real Rainman and counts cards in Vegas. [[spoiler: He gets a ''[[UpToEleven triple Black Jack]]'' when he splits what would've been three 7s]]. Incredibly, he claims that when doing complex arithmetic all he's doing is describing the "landscapes" created by his synesthesia.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbASOcqc1Ss Daniel Tammet]], who unlike most savants "learned enough social skills to function in society" and (most intriguing for scientists) can actually describe his mental state. In the linked documentary ("The Boy With The Incredible Brain" in the UK and [[CulturalTranslation "Brain Man"]] in the US), he recites pi to 500 places and even meets the real Rainman and counts cards in Vegas. [[spoiler: spoiler: He gets a ''[[UpToEleven triple Black Jack]]'' when he splits what would've been three 7s]].7s. Incredibly, he claims that when doing complex arithmetic all he's doing is describing the "landscapes" created by his synesthesia.
10th Jun '16 10:45:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Pick a DeanKoontz novel, any Dean Koontz novel... nine times out of ten there will be a mentally handicapped character of some sort who has extraordinary gifts, up to and including psychic powers...

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* Pick a DeanKoontz Creator/DeanKoontz novel, any Dean Koontz novel... nine times out of ten there will be a mentally handicapped character of some sort who has extraordinary gifts, up to and including psychic powers...
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]].
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