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* ''VideoGame/DeadByDaylight'' has Claudette, whose background mentions how she's "wired differently" multiple times, with her mother bemoaning [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent how Claudette needs to be normal]]. A later entry [[spoiler: shows that this is because [[ParentsAsPeople her mother is also "wired differently"]], and [[KidsAreCruel suffered during her childhood for it]].]]


* ''Series/TheGoodDoctor'': Averted slightly. There are some things that it gets right and some things that aren't presented quite as well but, according to articles about the show, autistic children have related to Shaun and his struggles. [=YouTuber=] Sassy Rebecca (who has Asperger Syndrome herself) praised Creator/FreddieHighmore for "doing his research".

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* ''Series/TheGoodDoctor'': Averted slightly. There are some things that it gets right and some things that aren't presented quite as well but, according to articles about the show, autistic children have related to Shaun and his struggles. [=YouTuber=] Sassy Rebecca (who has Asperger Syndrome herself) praised Creator/FreddieHighmore for "doing his research".


* Within hours of being released, the trailer for {{Music/Sia}}'s film ''Music'' was being slammed for apparently taking this stance. While it actually featured an autistic teenage girl, people were already seeing danger signs of portraying her as a savant and InspirationallyDisabled. Sia didn't do herself much favors [[DearNegativeReader by responding to criticisms]] for casting the neurotypical Maddie Ziegler with claims that she had cast an autistic actress who dropped out of the film because it was "too much for her", giving the impression that she assumed any other neurodivergent actors would be exactly the same. To make matters worse, the film received support from the hate group Autism Speaks, though Sia claimed it was only after shooting had been completed.

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* Within hours of being released, the trailer for {{Music/Sia}}'s film ''Music'' was being slammed for apparently taking this stance. While it actually featured an autistic teenage girl, people were already seeing danger signs of portraying her as a savant and InspirationallyDisabled. Sia didn't do herself much favors [[DearNegativeReader by responding to criticisms]] for casting the neurotypical Maddie Ziegler with claims that she had cast an autistic actress who dropped out of the film because it was "too much for her", giving the impression that she assumed any other neurodivergent actors would be exactly the same. To make matters worse, the film received support from the hate group Autism Speaks, though Sia claimed it was only after shooting had been completed.


* 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 Creator/DustinHoffman's performance has been praised by many as being very close to how many people with high-support autism act, though the movie taking an outsider's perspective toward him (not to mention the fact that the movie came out in 1988, at a time when professional understanding of autism was far more limited) means that there isn't much of an in-depth look at how he thinks, only demonstrating how he acts. 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.

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* Raymond in ''Film/RainMan'' is autistic, stated to be in the movie, and [[ItWasHisSled [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame 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 Creator/DustinHoffman's performance has been praised by many as being very close to how many people with high-support autism act, though the movie taking an outsider's perspective toward him (not to mention the fact that the movie came out in 1988, at a time when professional understanding of autism was far more limited) means that there isn't much of an in-depth look at how he thinks, only demonstrating how he acts. 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.


* Within hours of being released, the trailer for {{Music/Sia}}'s film ''Music'' was being slammed for apparently taking this stance. While it actually featured an autistic teenage girl, people were already seeing danger signs of portraying her as a savant and InspirationallyDisabled. Sia didn't do herself much favors [[DearNegativeReader by responding to criticisms]] for casting the neurotypical Maddie Ziegler with claims that she had cast an autistic actress who dropped out of the film because it was "too much for her", giving the impression that she assumed any other neurodivergent actors would be exactly the same. To make matters worse, the film received support from the hate group Autism Speaks, though Sia claimed it was only after shooting had been completed.



* ''Series/TheGoodDoctor'': Averted slightly. There are some things that it gets right and some things that aren't presented quite as well but, according to articles about the show, autistic children have related to Shaun and his struggles.

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* ''Series/TheGoodDoctor'': Averted slightly. There are some things that it gets right and some things that aren't presented quite as well but, according to articles about the show, autistic children have related to Shaun and his struggles. [=YouTuber=] Sassy Rebecca (who has Asperger Syndrome herself) praised Creator/FreddieHighmore for "doing his research".



* WebVideo/JennyNicholson called out ''Film/BroniesTheExtremelyUnexpectedAdultFansOfMyLittlePony'' for depicting the neurodivergent fans of ''My Little Pony'' as too infantile or stupid to understand life without a children's cartoon explaining it to them.

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* WebVideo/JennyNicholson [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fVOF2PiHnc called out out]] ''Film/BroniesTheExtremelyUnexpectedAdultFansOfMyLittlePony'' for depicting the neurodivergent fans of ''My Little Pony'' as too infantile or stupid to understand life without a children's cartoon explaining it to them.


* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' got lots of flack for referring to a moment in ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'' - where the Beast destroys some furniture - as an "autistic temper tantrum".


* ''Film/TheImitationGame'' big time. While it is a biopic of Alan Turing, who possibly did have Asperger Syndrome, the film amps up the stereotypical qualities that he didn't have in real life - showing a scene where child Alan freaks out at school because his peas and carrots aren't separated, and depicting him being unable to understand a joke (he was quite the DeadpanSnarker in real life).

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* ''Film/TheImitationGame'' big time. While it is a biopic of Alan Turing, who possibly did have Asperger Syndrome, the film amps up the stereotypical qualities that he didn't have in real life - showing a scene where child Alan freaks out at school because his peas and carrots aren't separated, and depicting him being unable to understand a joke (he was quite the DeadpanSnarker in real life). Additionally, Alan is shown being unable to work in a team and has to learn how to respect other people - when again in reality he had no problems working with other people.


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* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' got lots of flack for referring to a moment in ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'' - where the Beast destroys some furniture - as an "autistic temper tantrum".
* WebVideo/JennyNicholson called out ''Film/BroniesTheExtremelyUnexpectedAdultFansOfMyLittlePony'' for depicting the neurodivergent fans of ''My Little Pony'' as too infantile or stupid to understand life without a children's cartoon explaining it to them.

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* ''Website/TheOnion'''s autistic reporter, Michael Falk. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tInDH2FeXaM His reporting style]] is... unfocused to say the least. He's more concerned with the train that hit a man than the man himself. However, the comments on the videos featuring him note how ''accurate'' the portrayal is from people who are actually autistic.
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* There is a visiting heart surgeon who is stated to have Asperger's syndrome in an episode of ''Series/GreysAnatomy''.



* Caleb on ''WesternAnimation/BigMouth'' is a downplayed example. He does speak in monotone and is explicitly stated to not understand social cues. However, he is actually fine with being around his (often crazy) classmates and attends regular classes rather than special ed. Caleb also has eclectic personal interests. He is a member of Jazz Club and the A/V Club (serving as cameraman for the in-school news program), is an excellent comic book artist and knows how to write a smartphone app due attending coding camp over the summer. A lot of his quirks seem more personal, rather than being symptoms, and he is actually more well-adjusted than some of his classmates.


* ''Manga/WithTheLight'' focuses on a mother raising her autistic son, Hikaru, in modern-day Japan. However, this is mostly an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of Hollywood autism. Hikaru develops different talents such as cooking, mixing colors, and memorizing train schedules, and goes to a regular school. However, he is still clearly disabled by his autism, such as that he is unable to cope with loud noises and is in the special education program at school. The author's ultimate goal for the story was for Hikaru to realize his parents' hopes for him to be "a cheerful working adult"; sadly, AuthorExistenceFailure meant that it ended as he was adjusting to junior high.

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* ''Manga/WithTheLight'' focuses on a mother raising her autistic son, Hikaru, in modern-day Japan. However, this is mostly an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of Hollywood autism. Hikaru develops different talents such as cooking, mixing colors, and memorizing train schedules, and goes to a regular school. However, he is still clearly disabled by his autism, disabled, such as that he is unable to cope with loud noises and is in the special education program at school. The author's ultimate goal for the story was for Hikaru to realize his parents' hopes for him to be "a cheerful working adult"; sadly, AuthorExistenceFailure meant that it ended as he was adjusting to junior high.


He is portrayed as almost completely lacking emotions, empathy, and compassion. He [[Catch22Dilemma either doesn't talk a lot or talks too much]]. Folks in his life think he's boring, annoying, nerdy, weird, or even [[UncannyValley creepy]]. 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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He is portrayed as almost completely lacking emotions, empathy, and compassion. He [[Catch22Dilemma either doesn't talk a lot or talks too much]]. Folks in his life think he's boring, annoying, nerdy, weird, or even [[UncannyValley creepy]]. 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.
who's autistic.


* In the 1993 film ''House of Cards'', a child becomes autistic (complete with [[DisabilitySuperpower savant-like abilities]]) after being traumatized by the death of her father. The recently acquired autism vanishes just as easily. As autism is a genetic disorder, meaning those who are autistic were born autistic, this is an inaccurate depiction in that sense.

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* In the 1993 film ''House of Cards'', ''Film/HouseOfCards1993'', a child becomes autistic (complete with [[DisabilitySuperpower savant-like abilities]]) after being traumatized by the death of her father. The recently acquired autism vanishes just as easily. As autism is a genetic disorder, meaning those who are autistic were born autistic, this is an inaccurate depiction in that sense.


* Rory in ''Wicked Good'' by Joanne Lewis. From what has been written about the book, this character ''definitely'' seems to be InspirationallyDisadvantaged.

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* Rory in ''Wicked Good'' ''Literature/WickedGood'' by Joanne Lewis. From what has been written about the book, this character ''definitely'' seems to be InspirationallyDisadvantaged.

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* ''Literature/TheresMoreThanOneWayHome'' contains an in-universe example. After Jack, a ten-year-old autistic boy, is accused of killing another child, his classmates' parents start telling horror stories about violent, animalistic autistics who need to be locked up for everyone else's safety.


* Autism Speaks, one of the largest advocacy groups for autism, has been accused of propagating this stereotype.
** The short documentary ''Autism Every Day'' has footage of misbehaving autistic children and their parents talking about [[ResentfulGuardian how terrible their lives are with their autistic children]]. There is so much said about autistic children making life difficult for the parents that it is hard to come up with a standout quote to put here. One thing especially notable about this piece, though, is the mother who says that she was sitting in a car for 15 minutes and had contemplated driving off a bridge, [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]] [[OffingTheOffspring and her autistic daughter]], but didn't because she had a non-autistic child, and said it with barely any significant emotion. In the clip you can see her seven-year-old autistic daughter [[ImStandingRightHere in the background]], and if you pay attention you can see that the girl's movements correspond to the mother's words in such a way that you know she understands what's being said (about as well as any seven-year-old would). Even more notable in that apparently nobody called CPS on her, and she left Autism Speaks after this. Another thing is that the parents in the film were told to discontinue any medications and therapy for several weeks prior to filming, to "show what it's ''really'' like" -- even though since they're on medication that wouldn't be how it's really like. This is clearly child abuse.
** ''I Am Autism'', directed by Creator/AlfonsoCuaron and posted on Website/YouTube in September 2009 after having been screened at the World Focus on Autism event. It depicts footage of autistic children while the dark scary voice of "'''[[EvilSoundsDeep AUTISM!!]]'''" [[EvilGloating gloats about]] [[ForTheEvulz the terrors he will wreak on the parents of autistic children]]. The difficulties it might cause autistics when nobody tries to make allowances or understand is much more vague. Since any moron knows that autism is not ''actually'' an evil sentient creature, it clearly suggests that autism will always make your life difficult, that it is a curse on your child, that a child with autism is housebound, helpless, and will throw screaming tantrums daily, and the only thing an autistic child will ever be, is autistic. Worse, it clearly aims to draw pity not for autistics, but for the poor parents plagued with autistic children, as if it is the child who is to blame. After all, why would Autism Speaks want to insult its potential donors by saying that it would help to be a little more understanding of autistics, when they could just send money for Autism Speaks to do all the work for them? Autism Speaks took the video down after a while, but it continues to be [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UgLnWJFGHQ re-uploaded]] (and here's [[http://www.autisticadvocacy.org/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=58 this transcript]] if it's taken down again). It has much in common with the 1948 short [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgJjmrkKlm4 The Crippler]], wherein Polio is personified as the Grim Reaper. This used to get shown at Saturday matinees and then the March of Dimes can would be passed through the audience of terrified children to collect their popcorn money.
** Needless to say, organizations such as Autism Speaks and Talk About Curing Autism continue to be thorns in the sides of much of the autism community, who want to tell their stories about being autistic instead of being spoken over, and be accepted instead of being seen as burdens, which is why Autism Awareness Month and Light It Up Blue tend to be dark days for autistic people. In response to Light It Up Blue, the autism community online has spread the movements of [=REDInstead=] and Tone It Down Taupe. They've also created the Rainbow Mobius Strip as a symbol for Autism Acceptance to counteract the blue puzzle piece used to spread only awareness of autism.

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