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Mythic Quest is Autistic (Episode 60)

Mythic Quest is Autistic (Episode 60)

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In this episode of The Autistic Culture Podcast:

Hosts, Dr. Angela Lauria and Matt Lowry, LPP, discusses the Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest, which is set in a video game development studio. The show features several characters who are coded as being on the autism spectrum, particularly the lead character Poppy Li, played by Charlotte Nicdao. The hosts analyze how Poppy's personality, interests, and behaviors align with common autistic traits.

“There are not only autistic traits and autistic culture represented, like clearly, in the show but also in the fan culture around the game.” —Matt

They discuss Poppy's backstory revealed in Season 3, where as a child she struggled to meet her parents' expectations around socializing and instead was passionate about video games like Final Fantasy. Her monotropic focus and subsequent tendency to approach challenges like a video game are highlighted.

The hosts also discuss other autistic-coded characters like Rachel, Dana, and Joe. They explore themes around autistic culture portrayed in the show, such as pursuing special interests, difficulty with allistic social cues and figurative language, and tensions between individual visions versus capitalist-driven corporate directives.

“We want a neurodiverse world. That is why we do not want all autistic people to be ‘cured,’ ‘fixed,’ or otherwise adulterated to please neurotypical people because you need us for your stone bridges, for your creation of calculus, for your understanding of bugs, for your world building. Like you need us but also, like, we need you—it is neurodiversity affirming not exclusive to autism. But, if we aren't the PR department for autism who is going to be? Because there's a lot of people trying to kill us.” —Angela

The hosts commend the show for its positive autistic representation through complex characters across a range of experiences and personalities. They contrast this to common negative stereotypes about autism. Overall, they recommend Mythic Quest as an insightful and entertaining look into autistic lives and culture.

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Mythic Quest on Wikifandom

Tik Tok: Erin Rackham, PhD

Book (authored by Angela): The Equalizing Quill: 6 Ways Generative AI Can Boost Publication Access for Underrepresented Authors

Check out:

Episode 12: Parks & Rec is Autistic

Episode 43: Only Murders in the Building is Autistic

Episode 45: Bob’s Burgers is Autistic

Episode 57: Community is Autistic

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Welcome to the Autistic Culture Podcast. Each episode we dive deep into Autistic contributions to society and culture by introducing you to some of the world’s most famous and successful Autistics in history!
Whether you are Autistic or just love someone who is, your hosts, Dr. Angela Lauria, the Linguistic Autistic and Licensed Psychological Practitioner, Matt Lowry, welcome you to take this time to be fully immersed in the language, values, traditions, norms, and identity of Autistica!
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