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Basic Trope: A mentally handicapped villain.

  • Straight: The Dragon Dracone has Hollywood Autism.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Dracone has Hollywood Autism and is a Minion with an F in Evil.
  • Justified:
    • Dracone's disorder keeps him from understanding what is and is not acceptable. Emperor Evulz takes advantage of this by enabling and encouraging Dracone's less savoury actions.
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    • Dracone is lashing out after being bullied and ostracized because of his disorder.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Evulz reveals that Dracone was faking his autism.
  • Double Subverted: Evulz is a Politically Incorrect Villain, and lied because he was embarrassed to have a minion with autism.
  • Parodied: Evulz has engaged in plenty of dog-kicking, but no one believes he's evil because he doesn't have autism.
  • Zig Zagged: Dracone is sometimes portrayed as austistic, but sometimes not.
  • Averted:
    • The villains have no mental handicaps.
    • Any mental handicaps the villains have are explicitly not part of his evil (ex. Dracone's autism makes him a Rail Enthusiast but none of his evil deeds involve trains in any way, shape or form).
  • Enforced:
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    • The author has some kind of problem with autistic people.
    • The author is autistic, but thinks Evil Is Cool.
  • Lampshaded: "What's up with all these autists siding with Evulz?"
  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz recruits people with Hollywood Autism when he's in need of more minions.
  • Exploited: The heroes use their knowledge of Dracone's Hollywood Autism to trick him into revealing Evulz's plans.
  • Defied:
    • Evulz refuses to hire Dracone because of his autism.
    • Dracone's autism and his capacity for evil have no direct correlation. Dracone may even have a Berserk Button towards people who assume otherwise.
  • Discussed: Evulz ponders whether people with Hollywood Autism make good villains.
  • Conversed: While watching Sinkhole Wars, Alice remarks that the characters with Hollywood Autism seem to have an affinity for evil for some reason.
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  • Implied: Dracone has a few odd symptoms that suggest an Ambiguous Disorder.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: Jason, an autistic hero, kills Dracone and calls out the hero for their prejudice.
  • Played For Laughs: Dracone's Hollywood Autism symptoms consist of him being a Literal-Minded Cloudcuckoolander, which always makes his schemes fail and turns him into an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
  • Played For Drama: After being bullied because of his mental handicap, Dracone slips into extreme cynicism and eventually evil.
  • Played For Horror: Dracone's autism manifests in a desire to do horrible (or just plain spooky) things like vivisection or taxidermy. Or the writer says that Dracone has a bundle of mental handicaps (of which autism is just one of his most visible) that all combine in a semblance of Hollywood Sociopathy and thus Dracone has no problem slaughtering an entire building full of people just because the cook made his beans and greens touch in his dinner.

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