No, Wednesday Addams is not autistic. Even if she has the personality of those with autism spectrum disorders in the Netflix series as well as the 90s movies, she has never been officially labeled as an autistic character. On other hand, some Reddit users believe she is a psychopath/sociopath.
Wednesday is the Netflix adaption of the Addams Family, characters created by American cartoonist Charles Addams. The story concentrates mostly on the titular character (Jenna Ortega), who comes to Nevermore Academy, a boarding school for youngsters with unique powers. While attempting to make sense of all the changes taking place around her, Wednesday Addams investigates the enigmatic pasts of her parents, Morticia and Gomez, and learns some unexpected revelations.
The Addams Family was first developed by Charles Addams as a sarcastic critique of the idea of the ideal American family in the 20th century. They are a wealthy, unorthodox elite group who enjoy macabrely. The Addams Family franchise has grown significantly since the family’s debut in 1938 and currently includes books, TV series, video games, plays, and movies. And every one of these interpretations gives these characters its own special interpretation.
For example, Wednesday Addams has been interpreted in various ways over time. But just two of them—the Netflix series and the “Addams Family” movies from the 1990s—stand out since they tend to emphasize that the character might have an autism spectrum condition. There’s a debate going on among Reddit users. Well, is she really autistic? Let’s find it out.
No, Wednesday Addams Isn’t Autistic: Reddit Users Believe the Netflix Character Is a Sociopath/Psychopath!
Even though there have been a lot of Addams Family-related production methods over the years, none of it appears to have openly acknowledged that Wednesday Addams might be autistic. However, some aspects of the Netflix series and movies from the 1990s do point in that direction. Meanwhile, some Reddit users regard her as a psychopath/sociopath rather than having an autism spectrum condition.
Christina Ricci‘s portrayal of the character in The Adams Family (1991) is a celebration of her uniqueness. Her family members, who share her unconventionality, are present around her. Therefore, this deviation acts as the standard.
In Addams Family Values (1993), Wednesday and her brother Pugsley go to a summer camp where they stand out and are rejected by the other children. This is when things start to change. They are only given permission to take part in group activities when they are acting cheerful. But as is common, Wednesday eventually admits that her cheeriness was all an act.
This topic is further explored in the Netflix series, although this time in a more subdued way. The Nevermore Academy is a specialized school for “outcasts,” a label that can be used to refer to those with autism spectrum disorders. The majority of the population, known as “the normies,” judge and discriminate against them. It is also possible to interpret the spectrum itself as a metaphor for the enormous range in how exceptional powers appear in various outcasts.
Jenna Ortega and Ricci’s interpretations both show some facets of the personalities of those with autism spectrum disorders. Even the other outcasts can become frustrated by Wednesday’s bluntness and stark honesty to the point of obsession. She claims to be uninterested in school and appears to have trouble relating to her classmates. To be friends with her, people must make an effort. She typically ignores social signs, albeit sometimes this isn’t because she can understand them but rather because she has no interest in them.
The series’ director, Tim Burton, claimed in an interview with Empire magazine that he was drawn to the concept because of the way the lead character interacted with her surroundings. He explained,
When I read this [script]. it just spoke to me about how I felt in school and how you feel about your parents, how you feel as a person. It gave the Addams Family a different kind of reality. It was an interesting combination.
Burton was never officially identified as having autism, although his former partner Helena Bonham Carter claims that he is on the spectrum. Burton and his co-creators, who are in charge of the Netflix series, appreciate Wednesday’s unconventionality by including her in more than 90% of the scenes.