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12 Jun 2010, 12:21 pm

Autism wasn't known; but autistic people existed, and that archetype was used to create characters like Sherlock Holmes (who, I think, most likely would have been Aspie if he were a real person instead of a fictional character).

Huck is not Asperger's, nor anything else. His distance from society is related to his family situation, not any difference in neurology.

An obvious case, from a more modern children's book: Zero, from Holes.
Speaks very little, considered "retarded" and underestimated by just about every adult, and is mathematically gifted and capable of rapid calculation, despite never having been taught math. He's also illiterate, at least at the beginning of the story.


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10 May 2016, 1:39 pm

This is such an interesting discussion. I'm learning a lot.
Some people mentioned Mr. Bean. I don't believe he qualifies because I read the interview where the actor says he is playing an adult four-year-old. Hilarious as all get-out though.
I just published a science fiction trilogy where some of the characters have autism and Asperger's, including the main character. If you hate religion, don't read them. https://www.amazon.com/Shatterworld-Tri ... oks&sr=1-2



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11 May 2016, 12:46 am

Boo Radley
Perry Mason
Sergeant Schultz
Peter Newkirk
Batman
Mike Nesmith
Peter Tork
Peter Brady
Mork from Ork
ET
Mr. Quiet
Little Miss Shy
Arnold Jackson from Perfect Strangers
Carol Seever from Growing Pains
Wesley Owens from Mr. Belevedere
Alf
Belky from Perfect Strangers
Tony Miselli from Who's The Boss?
Raymond Babbitt from Rain Man
Steve Urkel from Family Matters
Austin Powers
Yoda
R2-D2
Sheldon from Big Bang Theory


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11 May 2016, 9:38 am

Sid from Flushed Away
Arnold Jackson from Different Strokes


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11 Jan 2020, 5:20 am

Who Was the First Autistic Superhero?

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In "When We First Met", we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like the first time someone said, "Avengers Assemble!" or the first appearance of Batman's giant penny or the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth or the first time Spider-Man's face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter. Stuff like that.

Today, based on a suggestion from somebody, I look into who was the first autistic superhero

For the sake of the banner, I used the cover to Fantastic Four Season One (by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and David Marquez), where Aguirre-Sacasa revealed, in this version of the Fantastic Four's origins, that Reed Richards is autistic..

That, though, was decades after the ACTUAL first superhero with autism.

Psi-Force was a New Universe title about a group of teams with paranormal abilities that had to go on the run because they were in demand from various governments due to their powerful abilities. They were able to combine their minds to form a being known as Psi-Hawk. In Psi-Force #24, they formed Psi-Hawk for the last time. When it was broken up, their minds couldn't take it and they all went into comas.

In Psi-Force #21 (by Fabian Nicieza, Graham Nolan and Mike Witherby), we learn that the Russians have a facility for paranormal people, too, and one of them is an autistic kid with pyrokinetic powers

After the gang end up in comas in #25, they begin to wake up in #27 (story by Nicieza, art by Alan Kupperberg and Chris Ivy), and one of the team members, Matthew Boyd (who was an energy vampire, of sorts) woke up in the Russian facility. He began to train himself under their care. Well, one day, he discovers the autistic child and he is irate over how they're treating the kid...

The heads of the facility decide to just lobotomize the kid...

Boyd steps in and makes a deal where he will take the kid (who he dubs Johnny Do) under his wing and train him if they will let him live...

They make the deal.

A few issues later, in Psi-Force #30 (pencils by Rodney Ramos, Nicieza and Ivy still on board as writer and inker, respectively), we see that Boyd has been training Johnny Do well...

Anyhow, Psi-Force teams up with the Russians to defeat a wildly powerful Russian villain. Boyd is seriously injured in the fight, and the others actually use Johnny's affection for Boyd by putting the wounded Boyd into danger so that Johnny will attack the villain, allowing the combined might of everyone to kill the bad guy...

The title was canceled with #32, but not before we see Johnny fully a part of the team...


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11 Jan 2020, 6:42 am

(None of these people are officially confirmed to be on the ASD spectrum, but I suppose it's my, or else other people's interpretation, or just picking out attributes of it in them.)

Peridot from SU has some ASD qualities

Pearl from SU

Padparadscha Saphire from SU (She can be interpreted as coded special needs in general, but I'll count her)

I could be biased because I related to him a lot, but Fishlegs from How To Train Your Dragon and Riders of Berk + Defenders Of Berk. How he spouts out encyclopedic knowledge about dragons but is the most highly sensitive member of the group. Just his general brand of quirkiness and how he interacts with Meatlug.

The Earl Of Lemongrab from Adventure Time

Neddy from Adventure Time

Data from Star Trek TNG


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