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I've been a lurker since 2012. I joined the site in December of 2015, but I didn't start editing regularly until March 23, 2018, when I made a bunch of edits to Irreconcilable Differences.

I can usually be found either aggressively Entry Pimping whatever TV show I happen to be watching at the moment or working to improve this site's coverage of autism fiction and teen idols.

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    Chronological list of media portrayals of autism 
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  • Arc Welding: Normally I can suspend disbelief in almost anything, but this tends to be too much even for me. Does everything have to be connected? Aren't things allowed to just happen?
  • Collateral Angst
  • Dysfunction Junction: This trope wouldn't bother me if it wasn't so overused. I can buy one maladjusted genius, but not entire squads full of them on multiple shows.
  • Fanwork Ban: It really irritates me when creators try to stop something that benefits everyone, including the creators themselves, just because of some nebulous "value" like intellectual ownership that doesn't connect to anything in the real world.
  • Insane Equals Violent: More specifically, the version where a "mental illness" whose only symptom is zaniness is used to explain why a character's a criminal.
  • The Profiler: Humans Do Not Work That Way!
  • Romantic Plot Tumor
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Especially if it's through Heroic Willpower, with lots of rhetoric about how the character's disability somehow protects him from reality and he's afraid to come out of his shell.
  • Token Romance
  • Tough Love (when portrayed sympathetically): The vast majority of examples I've seen are actually pretty abusive.
  • Whatever you call the trope where a bully, usually a relative, viciously torments the protagonist throughout the story, never displays a hint of remorse, and never faces the mildest consequence, and in the end the protagonist somehow gains the bully's respect and a temporary reprieve, which is treated as a happy ending when in fact the only happy ending would involve the bully being sent to military school (e.g. Home Alone, Colin Fischer, I Funny)
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