oh god… perfect.
Right, so here are some common characteristics of Aspergers from WebMD:
- Not pick up on social cues and may lack inborn social skills, such as being able to read others’ body language, start or maintain a conversation, and take turns talking.
> “I was wondering if you’d like to have coffee.”
"Black, two sugars please, I’ll be upstairs."
> “Yes, skipping to the night your father was violently killed.”
> Inappropriate behaviour e.g. inhaling Henry’s cigarette smoke.
> Confusion over Molly storming out of the room after he told her ‘Jim’ was gay.
> Not picking up on the implications of Molly’s discomfort while he deduced her Christmas gift.
> Not understanding why people cried during his speech at John’s wedding.
- Dislike any changes in routines.
> “I need some air. We’re going out tonight.”
"Actually I’ve got a date."
"It’s where two people who like each other go out and have fun."
"That’s what I was suggesting!"
> Moving John’s chair out of its usual place
- Appear to lack empathy.
> “Possible suicides. Four of them. There’s no point sitting at home when there’s finally something fun going on!”
"Look at you all happy. It’s not decent."
"Who cares about decent! The game, Mrs Hudson, is on!"
> “I didn’t kill those four people, Mr. Holmes. I spoke to them and they killed themselves. If you get the coppers now I promise you one thing: I will never tell you what I said.”
"No one else will die though and I believe they call that a result."
"But you won’t ever understand how those people died. What kind of result do you care about?"
[Sherlock goes with him]
> “There are lives at stake, Sherlock! Actual human lives! Just so I know, do you even care about that at all?”
"Will caring about them help save them?"
"Then I’ll continue not to make that mistake."
"Oh, and you find that easy, do you?"
"Yes, very. Does that bother you?"
> “Sentiment is a chemical defect found on the losing side.”
> Again, “Yes, skipping to the night your father was violently killed.”
Note that it says appears to lack empathy. We know, of course, that Sherlock is more than capable of exhibiting empathy to those he cares a great deal about (although he still struggles with expressing it), but he certainly appears to be lacking in that department.
- Be unable to recognize subtle differences in speech tone, pitch, and accent that alter the meaning of others? speech. So your child may not understand a joke or may take a sarcastic comment literally. And his or her speech may be flat and hard to understand because it lacks tone, pitch, and accent.
"But it’s Christmas!"
"I feel the same! Oh, you mean it’s actually Christmas."
- Have a formal style of speaking that is advanced for his or her age. For example, the child may use the word “beckon” instead of “call” or the word “return” instead of “come back.”
Sherlock’s entire vocabulary, basically. He’s unusually eloquent and often formal.
- Avoid eye contact or stare at others.
> “Don’t stare.”
"We can’t both stare."
- Have unusual facial expressions or postures.
Not one of Sherlock’s most significant symptoms, but…
- Be preoccupied with only one or few interests, which he or she may be very knowledgeable about. Many children with Asperger’s syndrome are overly interested in parts of a whole or in unusual activities, such as designing houses, drawing highly detailed scenes, or studying astronomy. They may show an unusual interest in certain topics such as snakes, names of stars, or dinosaurs.
> “Sherlock sees through everything and everyone in seconds, what’s incredible though is how spectacularly ignorant he is about some things.”
> “All that matters to me is the work! Without it my brain rots.”
> & just his general gleeful and almost all-encompassing obsession with crime (particularly murder)
- Talk a lot, usually about a favorite subject. One-sided conversations are common. Internal thoughts are often verbalized.
> “I like company when I go out and I think better when I talk aloud. The skull just attracts attention.”
> “Do you always carry on talking while I’m away?”
"I don’t know, how often are you away?"
(& every other instance of Sherlock talking to John [about cases] and not realising that John isn’t there)
> Incessant and fast talking while making deductions
- Have delayed motor development. Your child may be late in learning to use a fork or spoon, ride a bike, or catch a ball. He or she may have an awkward walk. Handwriting is often poor.
> This one doesn’t particularly apply to Sherlock - his motor development is excellent, judging by how nimble he is, and while his handwriting is arguably poor, that’s just Benedict’s handwriting!
- Have heightened sensitivity and become overstimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes or textures.
> Again, not particularly relevant, though he has to delete things and filter his environments, which may be interpreted as being overwhelmed by senses. He also has an unusually excellent sense of smell, as exhibited by him recognising Clair de la Lune while its wearer was in a different room and the smell was just lingering in the air (and exhibiting himself to have committed the scents of various other perfumes to memory).
In The Sign of Three, he also becomes flustered when trying to narrow down who the Mayfly Man might be, and stumbles over his words, even saying “Too many, too many, too many, TOO MANY!”
Another trait not listed on this particular website is copying behaviour from others, which Sherlock also does. In one scene in the lab at Bart’s, John folds his arms and he copies. The compliments he pays John in The Hounds of Baskerville - “You are amazing! You are fantastic!” - are compliments that John has paid him. In His Last Vow, when John asks about his and Janine’s relationship, he quotes directly from a book.
I will note that, as the writers are probably not experts on the autistic spectrum, it is impossible to say that they are 100% committed to writing him as having Aspergers. That said, he does, as you can see, exhibit many of the typical traits.
When you realise how much gay porn you actually read
I don’t know if this has been pointed out by anyone else, but Sherlock hiding his cigarettes in the persian slipper doesn’t go unnoticed by John, in the beginning of The Hounds of Baskerville Sherlock checks the slipper and it’s empty.
In which Sherlock has trouble focusing +
Oh my gosh I popped one of the lens out of my glasses I was laughing so hard.
“#tjlc became a trending hashtag on tumblr, signifying The Johnlock Conspiracy: the belief that the frankly astounding amount of homoerotic subtext on the show is intentional, and that the writers have been setting up the detective and his blogger as a couple from the start.”
reasons why Finland is cooler than you:
- they have police reindeer
Sherlock AU: It turns out that John isn’t the good-natured man he appeared to be and now Sherlock must substitute a friend for an enemy.