Dr. Egon Spengler and Dr. Ray Stantz are very important characters to me for one main reason: they are both autistic-coded.
Given that both Egon and Ray are the creation of an autistic person, namely Dan Aykroyd himself, it isn't a stretch that these two characters may be an extension of his autistic traits. It's well-known that 'Ghostbusters' came about as a result of Aykroyd's special interest and hyperfixation on the paranormal, but I don't think it's talked about enough that the movie came about solely because of his autism.
And the thing that makes it 100× better is the fact that Dr. Ray Stantz is a persona that Aykroyd feels portrays that love of the paranormal. To me, Ray depicts the very beauty of autism: he's driven, passionate, somewhat clumsy but full of excitement, and genuine. He's the Ghostbuster that is optimistic about their work - he holds the other boys to account.
And Dr. Egon Spengler, on the other hand, shows the autistic traits that are perceived as a 'stereotype' of autism: he's intelligent, grounded and reserved. However, unlike other depictions of autistic-coded characters using these stereotypical traits (Sheldon Cooper, I'm looking at you), Egon is not unlikeable or socially-inept. Instead, he's witty, humorous and friendly. He has a strong relationship with his fellow Ghostbusters - particularly Ray (which I find beautiful) - and he is able to pick up the social cues that Janine is attracted to him, while also being able to put up enough of a barrier to bat her attraction elsewhere.
Both Egon and Ray are portrayed as being completely fixated on their work in science and parapsychology. Unlike Dr. Peter Venkman, they're not distracted by the concept of attraction, nor are they distracted by fear, or uncertainty.
In addition to this, I like the dynamics between the two of them. I think the genuine admiration between Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd comes across perfectly on screen, but I also think it's really interesting that both Ray and Egon are so close in fiction: they bounce off of one another and are shown to have a closer relationship than the other Ghostbusters, living and working together. Their brains are able to work on the same wavelength because they think the same, they're often shown to finish one another's thought processes and they always understand what the other is saying, even if the other Ghostbusters don't.
It's not a stretch to think that Aykroyd, as an autistic man, placed his passion into the characters that he designed with his good friend Harold Ramis. Autism was less understood in the 80's, that's no lie, so I think it's wonderful that people like me are able to find a connection in characters written by someone with a mind just like ours.
Put simply, the portrayal of these characters in both 'Ghostbusters' and 'Ghostbusters II' makes my autistic heart dance (much like the toaster, if you get what I mean). It's subtle and well-written, and I've always found myself drawn to Egon and Ray because I see myself in them.
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EVEN MORE Ghostbuster's Shenanigans (Still Feat. Rookie) Part 6; Michaela Laws Tumblr Post Edition
Egon: My PKE Meter wasn't working so I yelled "Christo!" at it.
Egon: The Screen immediately went black. I'm performing an exorcism now.
Rookie: Is that silly string?
Egon: It's not silly string if it's a very serious matter
Peter: Serious string then.
Peter: What if people had food names and food had people names?
Ray: Hey Spaghetti, it's time for dinner!
Peter: What are we having?
Egon: I swear, everyone in this Firehouse is high
Rookie: Shut up Chocolate!
Rookie: I JUST BURNED MY HAND ON MY LAMP TRYING TO TURN IT OFF! LAMPS SHOULD NOT BE HOT ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU 3RD-DEGREE BURNS! THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!
Peter: Maybe if you go outside and used natural sunlight instead of running your lamp for 13 hours, this wouldn't happen.
Rookie: OH, I'M SORRY! IT'S 3:38 AM! LET ME JUST WAKE UP THE SUN SO I CAN SIT OUTSIDE WITH MY SKINLESS BURNT HAND AND BASK IN THE GLORY OF NATURAL DAYLIGHT!!!
Peter: Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit saled
Rookie: That was deep.
Winston: Philosophy is wondering if that means ketchup is also a smoothie
Ray: That was deeper!
Egon: Common sense is knowing that a Ketchup isn't a darn smoothie, you nasty!
Peter: Cough, Rough, Though, through; Why don't these words rhyme?
Winston: This has made me angry my entire life!!
Egon: A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; After falling into a slough he coughed and hiccoughed.
Winston: HOLY FUCK WHY!?
Peter: English, you're drunk. Go home!!
Rookie: Why am I not a banana?
Egon: Because your genetic code dictates that you are human. However, it should please you to know that you share 50 - 60% of your DNA with a banana
Rookie: Thanks man
Peter: Are you telling me that some people are 10% more banana then other people?
Winston: August, September, Halloween, November, December
Ray: I think you mean August, September, Halloween, Turkey, Christmas
Egon: I believe it's spelled Hot as Balls, Fuck it's School Again, Halloween, Turkey, Christmas
Peter: Don't forget New Years, Forever Alone, Windy as Fuck, Shit it's raining, Allergies, Oh Hey It's actually Decent, Wait nevermind.
Rookie: ♪♪♪And a partridge in a pear tree♪♪♪
Peter: LOWERCASE LETTERS ARE FOR THE LOWER CLASS
Rookie: And here we have a capitalist.
Ray: Did you just--
Egon: Let us all take a moment to appreciate that all of human history and human language and the universe itself aligned to make this joke possible.
Ray: Julius Ceaser's assassination was the last time everyone in a group project did their part.
Egon: Apart from the fact that 60 people agreed to kill him and he only had 23 stab wounds.
Peter: Sounds about right.
Rookie: I keep cursing in Ice Cream flavors and Winston has told me to stop.
Rookie: I still haven't stopped.
Egon: How do you curse in Ice Cream flavors?
Rookie: WHAT THE MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP DID YOU SAY TO ME PUNK?! I'LL KICK YOUR ROCKY ROAD AND PUNCH THE EVERLOVING STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE OUTTA YOU!!
Ray: Holy Fudge....
Janine: Oh Gosh, my Boyfriend isn't home and I forgot the english word for this thing. He usually helps, but I can't!
Ray: I will assist?
Janine: You know that little sea bug with the stupid hands and it has a home but it changes homes sometimes because it get's too big for it?! What is it?????
Ray: Hermit Crab?
Janine: THAT'S THE BITCH!!!
Rookie: How can Lawyers argue without crying?
Louis: I am a Lawyer and let me tell you; It get's like super close, dude.
Peter: If I was trapped in a room full of Explosives and the only way out was to eat a whole fungus, I would die.
Egon: How the heck would you even get in that situation?
Ray: Love is dead and never existed. All you did was betray me as I lay sick and festering. You are the very definition of dread!
Egon: Are you okay?
Ray: Peter stole my fucking Marshmallows.
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