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16th Jan '18 8:31:18 AM Sakubara
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** In his review of the game, [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] pointed out how common this trope is in horror, and suspects Alma of ''F.E.A.R.'' and Cheryl of ''Silent Hill'' of being examples as well.

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** In his review of the game, [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] pointed out how common this trope is in horror, and suspects Alma of ''F.E.A.R.'' and Cheryl of ''Silent Hill'' of being examples as well.well (although these are just [[WildMassGuessing Wild Mass Guesses]] that are currently unconfirmed).
7th Jan '18 1:52:53 AM Fireblood
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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: 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: He 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.



* Neurologist Oliver Sacks met autistic twins who would later become the inspiration for the Rainman character. Instead of just being good at counting, however, they could, as they described, ''see'' primes. The toothpick scene in Rainman was actually taken from a similar incident in real life, but with matches. After seing the matches fall, the twins instantly count to 111, then say 37 three times, which Sacks noted is a prime number, and that 3 * 37 = 111. Sacks recorded another incident where he would communicate with the twins by using primes, as part of a game they developed between the two. Unfortunately, they were both "treated" to operate without each other to fufill a role in society, which Sacks noted took away everything unique and special about them. Sacks's entire documentation of the twins can be found in the book ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Mistook_His_Wife_for_a_Hat The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat]]''.
** Sacks himself suffers from prosopagnosia (face blindness), and as of 2010 lost vision in his right eye, which may help him relate to his patients.

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* Neurologist Oliver Sacks met autistic twins who would later become the inspiration for the Rainman character. Instead of just being good at counting, however, they could, as they described, ''see'' primes. The toothpick scene in Rainman was actually taken from a similar incident in real life, but with matches. After seing the matches fall, the twins instantly count to 111, then say 37 three times, which Sacks noted is a prime number, and that 3 * 37 = 111. Sacks recorded another incident where he would communicate with the twins by using primes, as part of a game they developed between the two. Unfortunately, they were both "treated" to operate without each other to fufill fulfill a role in society, which Sacks noted took away everything unique and special about them. Sacks's entire documentation of the twins can be found in the book ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Mistook_His_Wife_for_a_Hat The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat]]''.
** Sacks himself suffers suffered from prosopagnosia (face blindness), and as of 2010 lost vision in his right eye, which may might help him relate to his patients.



* In one of his books, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould describes a young man named Jesse who's a Savant: He would be considered intellectual disabled in nearly every area of development, except that he has incredible instictive skill with day-date calculation. Give him any date in the future or past, and he can instantly tell you what day of the week it was/will be. At the end, Gould reveals that Jesse is [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming his own son]]]].

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* In one of his books, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould describes a young man named Jesse who's a Savant: He he would be considered intellectual disabled in nearly every area of development, except that he has incredible instictive skill with day-date calculation. Give him any date in the future or past, and he can instantly tell you what day of the week it was/will be. At the end, Gould reveals that Jesse is [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming his own son]]]].
11th Oct '17 6:39:23 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Film/RainMan'' is, naturally, the TropeNamer.

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* ''Film/RainMan'' is, naturally, the TropeNamer.TropeNamer, being severely mentally impaired but having superhuman counting abilities.
25th Jul '17 1:08:00 PM Larkmarn
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* Brian from ''WebAnimation/TheAutisticWorldOfTheAutist'' happens to be one. He has an eidetic memory and had 100% in all his maths exams.
8th Jul '17 1:38:28 PM nombretomado
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** Which nobody ever did: November 3rd, 1957 was a Sunday, according to both Linux' cal(1) function and TheOtherWiki.

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** Which nobody ever did: November 3rd, 1957 was a Sunday, according to both Linux' cal(1) function and TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
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.
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