What do do you think of Spongebob? I checked your tags and you never tagged it so I don’t think you watch it-but anyway I ask this because-
Okay so apparently at least to tv tropes Tom Kenny said Spongebob is “vaguely autistic” I’m not sure if he actually said it though-but I should look into it.
Anyway, but if you actually think about it-Spongebob being Autistic makes a lot of sense, like
special interests:krabby patties and jelly fishing, he’s really obsessed with those and I can easily see him info drump about them.
Talking:He talks a lot, which sometimes annoys his friends.
routine need and dislike of change:According to tv tropes he has a routine that needs to go right, I can’t remember specially though-but one episode that goes with his special interest, why he liked when weiner dogs(his creation) was added to the menu, but when Krabs deiced to replace it with Krabby pratties he gotten mad and tried to change it back.
doesn’t understand sarcasm:Mentioned on tv tropes(I checked) but didn’t mention anything specially other then it mostly happening with Squidward.
literal munded:One thing I can remember specially-an early episode Squidward thought Spongebob ate a bomb pie(it was actually a pie) and that he would explode by sun down, while sun down appears and Spongebob is fine-so he lies saying he was meant to explode, Spongebob toke it this way(warning it’s loud) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkFkEfzMJSg
melt downs:Okay I relate to this actually as it’s the same thing for me-Spongebob is normally really happy, but sometimes for one reason or another he has a melt down-as in breaking and down crying meltdown, but when it’s over he’s back to his chipper self, this is pretty much the same for me-I’m normally happy but enter melt downs for one reason or another slightly unlike him I’m when it’s over I’m more quiet while with him it looks like he never had a meltdown in the first place.
-Also not show how title this so:He doesn’t really understand somethings you just do, this is actually played really over the top(ei:Spongebob apparently doesn’t understand stalking is against the law) also one episode Squidward said he had a talk with Spongebob about personal space.
Problems understanding body/facial expression/voices:Not mentioned in canon, but okay let me explain-Spongebob can be easily manipulated/tricked, he’s naive which really plays a part in it-but it I think it’s also because he doesn’t understand body/facial/voices.((I’ve only watched a couple of episodes of Spongebob in my life, even though I’m right at exactly the right age to have watched it as a kid. So I can’t really comment on many of these things in detail, but from everything I’ve seen of the show, the few episodes I’ve watched, and stuff from Tumblr, I think this makes a lot of sense.
You’ve definitely got a detailed analysis of where he fits on the spectrum, which I think is super cool. I wish I could add more input, but I missed out on a lot of kids shows as a combination of I wasn’t allowed to watch them, or they didn’t fit with my special interest at the time.))