Otaku culture has its fair share of autistic characters. Granted, many autistic people aren’t on Autism Acceptance Month (as of this writing), but it might be fun to list the top 5 autistic characters in geek culture. Please note that not everyone on this list is confirmed to be autistic in space. Comment on the autism headcanons below so we can start a conversation Let’s see. On that note, let’s get started.
Although the community is technically not sci-fi.i feel abed (Danny Pudi) A character important enough to justify being on this list.Troy Burns (Donald Glover) Best friends are great because of his absolute self-acceptance. Although he gets annoyed when others don’t understand him. He is still their friend, kind and considerate. At least in the early seasons. Abed understands the world through his culture of film and pop. In lesser shows this could be played for cheesy gags, but here it’s an integral part of who Abed is and what makes him great. , we can see Abed take his first tentative steps away from the fantasy world and into the real world. It warms my heart to see it.
Dennis from On the Edge of Gone
Dennis brilliantly portrays a normal autistic teenager. Throughout this book we see her heroism and desire to help and protect her family. Of particular note are the moments when the other characters talk to Denise or announce that she “can’t be autistic” because of her behavior in the novel, which to me is really It touched my heart. Denise has no special skills, nor is the plot her device. Her shutting down moment after seemingly failing to do what she set out to do was very relatable for the audience, first and foremost, to see the people of Neurodivergent as human beings. is important. Corinne Duivisof The novel shows the heroine, who doesn’t have all the answers, melts away when she realizes she’s been lied to. Because she breaks all the stereotypes of the girl and lets us root for her like she does.
Dr. Evianna Tarrill from the outside
This character is one of two villains on this list. She is aloof and abrasive. But underneath that is an autistic woman who is being mistreated by society. Ev is indeed evil and callous. At first glance, the typical emotionless autistic villain appears in Clarke’s style. Margaret AtwoodMad Adam trilogy.then the author Ada Hoffman Leading us to a tender scene where main character Yasira Shien ponders what made Dr. Talil the way she is. And if there is hope for change. As an autistic person in a world not designed for my neurology, I have to believe there is hope. Its emotional core. That there are differences in a world that doesn’t understand or accept differences is as important as the elements of science fiction. This is why it’s great sci-fi.
Tetsuo Shima from AKIRA
The second villain on this list. Tetsuo can be seen as representing a character who is more mentally struggling than autistic. Because I saw it reflected in my anger at the world. 90s society didn’t understand autism and neurodivergence. I sympathized with Tetsuo’s self-deprecating anger and desire for revenge on the world and its respect.in the center Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA is a tender brotherly relationship between the main characters Kaneda and Tetsuo’s psychic. Which one does Tetsuo recognize and remember, though it’s too late? As a person with autism, it’s important to remember that there is always someone to help us, even when it feels like the whole world is against us.
elementary sherlock holmes
my reason for joining Jonny Lee Miller’s instead of holmes Benedict Cumberbatch’s version because i feel it mirrors Sherlock does an excellent job of portraying autism.He is clearly emotionally scarred from other people’s reactions to his neurodivergence. Moriarty (Natalie Dormer) Emotionally abuses and gaslights Holmes. make him addicted to drugs. Sherlock is keenly aware that he is different from everyone else. As a result, he loses his self-confidence and feels uncomfortable in his own skin. Nonetheless, Elementary’s Sherlock Holmes is a good person who cares about others. Although he shows it in an unconventional way. This is the kind of autistic representation we’ve always needed.
Which character comes to mind with autism? What do you think of the ones I’ve listed here? Leave a comment and remember, the meaning of life is…
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