It’s also worth noting that Adora has a lot of symptoms that cross over with AD(H)D, a cousin disorder to ASD, and it’s totally possible she has both. ISXJ. There are also other times where Adora's vocal and physical mannerisms are consistent with the autism spectrum. She was handily brainwashed by Shadow Weaver in the Horde, while some of the others didn’t seem to swallow the propaganda so easily. As I alluded to at the start, all these traits and experiences are not an attempt to diagnose Adora, they are simply examples of the ways that much of Adora's behavior matches my own and those of many other Autistic People, regardless of what the intent was in writing her as behaving and acting in these ways. I think this is really demonstrated in a moment of shockingly good perception by Scorpia. However, some of us also believe that our beloved protagonist Adora is on the spectrum as well. Twas a REALLY fascinating read. In general Adora has a difficult time understanding other’s motives and feelings. This is a commonly cited symptom of people with Asperger’s, though it shows up in people with other forms of ASD too. Many autistic people experience greater difficulty adapting to new situations and activities, and as a response, often try to fall back on that with which they're familiar to give themselves back a sense of control, which Adora definitely demonstrates. In the Crimson Waste, Glimmer responds to the growling bar patrons surrounding them by suggesting that maybe these aren’t the kind of people they should be asking for help, but Adora persists. According to U.S. Adora is incredibly idealistic for someone raised in the Horde, ironically probably because her difficulty understanding when she's being tricked or deceived meant she actually bought into their propaganda. She knocks over lamps, hits her head a lot, trips over a cloak, and more. She immediately realizes this was the wrong thing to say (or at least not something she should shout), but that small delay causes both her and Glimmer a lot of embarrassment. When autistic-coded characters are so commonly portrayed as cold and unforgiving, Adora … In Bright Moon, there’s always music playing, or people laughing, and birds singing. For instance, she doesn’t understand Glimmer’s insecurity over Bow’s friendship with Perfuma at Princess Prom, and she can’t fathom why Entrapta would choose to work for an evil faction, going so far as to assume she must have been brainwashed into it. I myself have often been described as a "spazz" or "awkard" in my physical mannerism, but also fenced for years with some success, a sport that requires strong hand eye coordination and precision. What follows is a number of traits/experience common to both myself and many other autistic people, and how these apply to Adora. New graphic novel Adora and the Distance is a heroic fantasy about living with autism this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. It’s so notable that there has been quite a bit of scientific research confirming people with ASD are more likely to be LGBT and gender atypical and exploring the cause of this link. Well-Known Member, Female, 37, from Australia I have ASD and this is my favorite HC. Adora's behavior is far more dramatic, but fundamentally similar to that thought process. I don't disagree, and I think that I acknowledged in my post that many of these traits were attributable to her background, though they don't necessarily preclude the possibly of her also being autistic (in particular, the fact she has notably worse social skills than most of the other horde members always stands out to me). To Adora, the problem is only ever knowing what to do, not whether or not she should, in the same way that a person on the spectrum might see something in need of doing and do it without considering the social implications of doing so first or even at all. Stans the Superpal Trio. New graphic novel Adora and the Distance is a heroic fantasy about living with autism this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Taurus by birth and personality. I know I found this document elsewhere on the web, and posted its link at the progressive Discord I frequent. Yah, I don't think I'm the first person who had this thought. Her behavior looks like it may be headed for a meltdown until it culminates in an epic rant revealing all her anxiety and how it ties into her insecurities about her own imperfection. Speaking of that party, her verbal and physical reaction to seeing a horse for the first time is one I couldn't help but read as autistic, as she's so excited by the idea that she is unable to speak coherently and attempts to resist being moved towards the horse while waving her arms. Chances are, that went right over Adora’s head. That is such a relatable spectrum feel. We see that same mindset in season 4 of the show, where Adora decides that doing the right thing means trying to protect Glimmer against her own friends wishes, as well as seeing literally nothing to debate when the question of rescuing Entrapta comes up, even when this means unilaterally going against her friends wishes (and monarch of the society in which she now lives). That's a really good point about Scorpia. Alright, most people in the SPOP fandom agree that Entrapta is autistic, as her coding is extremely obvious. All posts. For one, she consistently has trouble reading other people's body language or signals. re: autistic adora, i think you’d enjoy these posts: x x @johannas-motivational-insults’s post talks about adora’s difficulties with understanding other points of view, which is a common issue for people on the spectrum, and which is often the basis on which the fandom might be overly critical of adora. Edit: Looking at what I wrote, I'm fairly certain that this post was, without intending to be, HEAVILY inspired by a tumblr post I glanced over, and so I'd like to link to that post by Johannas-Motivational-Insults so that they get the credit for their excellent points, ideas, and generally fantastic writing. She begins lashing out and shooting down every possible solution that doesn’t satisfy her need for perfection immediately. Yet, somehow she missed the important fact that the hostess is only eleven years old. However, Catra’s mental/emotional strife is referenced numerous times by multiple characters who don’t know her nearly as well as adora supposedly does. Adora’s difficulties being able to put herself in someone else’s shoes definitely lines up with this symptom. This is because, just like with Catra, she doesn’t understand that some people’s priorities are not the same as hers. Additionally, one of the sensory differences that some autistic people experience can include difficulty tuning out certain sounds or background noises, which we see may be an issue for Adora. In general, autistic people often have difficulty with fine and/or gross motor skills, and this can lead to being accident and injury prone. A smaller example is at princess prom, when Adora walks away from Glimmer mid-conversation because she sees food and doesn't consider that ditching her friend without a word might be rude. In the episode where she goes to bright moon to find help to rescue Entrapta, she sees shadow weaver and IMMEDIATELY makes the connection that shadow weaver’s appearance in bright moon=catra’s shitty mood and behavior, despite never having known catra or the nature of her relationship to shadow weaver until the episode where Mermista is introduced. To cope with her stress she goes overboard trying to prepare by making a conspiracy board of sorts, flash cards, and an obstacle course. And at the ball itself, it seems like she’s even rehearsed how to behave. Likewise, Adora often misreads or does not appear to understand the complexities of a social situation, of which both occurrences above also serve as examples (where a neurotypical person might realize she should not sit in the obviously fancy chair or that it might be best to remain silent as much as possible while lying, she instead does what seems logical to her: sit in the chair and answer Bow's dads in great detail). I think you're right, she's more perceptive than she gets credit for, she's mostly just deeply in denial about what she sees.