Top 10 Fictional Characters with a Form of Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Top Ten
1 Julia - Sesame Street

She is such a sweetheart. I don't understand why some people make jokes about autism. Autism is very serious. She is a great way to help little ones learn about serious things.

Personally, I think she is one of the best characters on the show!

Too bad she is the center of ableist jokes for older audiences.

2 Yui Hirasawa - K-On!

The way she acts, talks, cries, and behaves proves that she has autism.

I definitely can see her being on the spectrum.

I think she has autism. She's cute.

3 Black Manta - Aquaman Black Manta is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Aquaman #35 and is the archenemy of the superhero Aquaman.
4 Yuri - Doki Doki Literature Club

Not trying to be mean. Genuine question. Dan is obviously not one to shy away from real issues that people deal with when writing characters, so I wanted to see if anyone thinks this was intended. Now, I should disclaim that I'm not an expert on Autism and what telling symptoms of it are, but I've noticed a lot of similarities between Yuri and a few people I'm very close to who have some kind of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I'll list them here.

(Mostly about Act 1 Yuri by the way):

1. Having one or two subjects/hobbies that they are extremely into and passionate about.
2. Being able to talk confidently about these passions for a long time but struggling with basic conversation otherwise.
3. Social anxiety.
4. Having collections.
5. Low self-confidence.
6. Impulsively putting self in social situations, then not knowing how to handle it and panicking.
7. Overthinking, usually in a negative way.
8. Struggling to articulate thoughts and sometimes regretting what they've said after saying it, like That came out wrong.

Yuri is portrayed throughout the majority of the game as being shy, generous, polite, passionate about topics she is interested in, apologetic, very intelligent, mature, and eloquent.

5 Tsubomi Hanasaki / Cure Blossom - HeartCatch Precure
6 Beth Harmon - The Queen's Gambit

She should be listed higher than Jeffy. Calling Jeffy an accurate portrayal of autistic people is like calling Jar Jar Binks an accurate portrayal of black people.

7 Carl Gould - Arthur
8 Fluttershy - My Little Pony Fluttershy is a female pegasus pony from the 2010-2019 animated TV show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She is a kind pegasus and is very timid and shy. She takes care of the animals. She represents the element of kindness

I actually do believe Fluttershy has autism. I mean, she's very shy, and people with autism are shy.

Fluttershy is autistic?! She's my most relatable character, and my parents think I might be autistic.

9 Pascal - Tales of Graces F
10 Jimmy Neutron - Jimmy Neutron James "Jimmy" Isaac Neutron is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Jimmy Neutron franchise . He is most notably the main protagonist of the 2001 American 3D computer-animated comic science fiction film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and the main protagonist of the American computer animated... read more

The Newcomers

? Dawkins - 101 Dalmatian Street
The Contenders
11 Rick Sanchez - Rick and Morty Rick Sanchez is a fictional character from the American animated television series Rick and Morty, aired on Adult Swim.
12 Twilight Sparkle - My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle is the primary main character of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. She is a female unicorn pony who transforms into an Alicorn and becomes a princess in Magical Mystery Cure.

As someone on the spectrum, I believe that she has Asperger's. She has quite a few traits of the disorder, especially early in the series. The fact that the entire premise of Friendship is Magic revolves around "special talents" tied to the ponies' cutie marks leads me to believe that most, if not all, of the ponies are on the spectrum in some way. Twilight is just the most obvious choice due to her having a need for structure and order, as well as being hyperlexic (reads a lot), having a huge interest in history, and often having to relearn friendship lessons every now and then. Best autistic Pony EVER!

13 Buddy - Elf

I'm not surprised if he has autism. He's still a great character!

I see. He's still my favorite character though!

14 Sheldon Cooper - The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Lee Cooper, Ph.D., Sc.D., is a fictional character in the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, portrayed by actor Jim Parsons.
15 L - Death Note L Lawliet, exclusively known by the mononym L, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
16 Aaron Pratt - CSI
17 Minnie Mouse - Disney Minerva "Minnie" Mouse is a cartoon character created by Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney. She was first drawn by Iwerks in 1928, as was Mickey Mouse. Her former voice actor Russi Taylor (1944 - 2019) voiced her for 30 years & also married Wayne Allwine (1947 - 2009), the former voice of Mickey Mouse. Minnie... read more
18 Star Butterfly - Star vs the Forces of Evil
19 Tina Belcher - Bob's Burgers Tina Belcher is a fictional character from the animated television series Bob's Burgers who was voiced by Dan Mintz. She is the oldest daughter of Bob Belcher and Linda Belcher and the older sister of Gene Belcher and Louise Belcher.
20 Chidi Anagonye - The Good Place
21 Arthur Read - Arthur Arthur Timothy Read is the titular protagonist of both the book series and the PBS children's television show Arthur, created by Marc Brown.
22 Austin - The Backyardigans

He has autism because he displays some autistic traits like being imaginative and being shy, and so on.

23 Ralph Wiggum - The Simpsons Ralph Wiggum is a side character in The Simpsons. He is the son of Chief Wiggum. Ralph is not very smart at all. He is voiced by Nancy Cartwright. Some episodes such as I Love Lisa and This Little Wiggy have him as a major character.

That's actually not that surprising.

24 Shinn Asuka - Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Shinn Asuka is a fictional character in the Japanese science fiction anime television series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny by Sunrise, part of the Gundam franchise.
25 Tomoko Kuroki - WataMote

She fits perfectly in most of the signs of the autism spectrum. Maybe that's what makes her a character that you either love or hate. Obviously, her social interactions are pretty hard, but when it comes to things of her interest such as video games or anime, she's a bit more confident.

Compared to the others on this list, her social problems are extremely high. I actually think she has social anxiety.

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