The character Napoleon Dynamite, played by John Heder, is the fictional principle in the movie of the same name. He is a creation of Heder who was compiled from people he says he knew growing up in Idaho. The fact Napoleon seems to be special in some way does not diminish the fact that considering him to be autistic demeans people who actually have the diagnosis. It is better to describe Mr. Dynamite as a quirky representation of a rural family filled with eccentric figures. Autism may explain some of the characteristics of Napoleon, but, again, it is pure speculation.