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18th Aug '16 6:20:58 PM Monolaf317
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* ''Anime/AceAttorney'' has the first introduction of Franziska von Karma, who, with perfect sentence structure, says she will be tutoring Edgeworth. At the time, she is '''three'''.

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* ''Anime/AceAttorney'' has the first introduction of Franziska von Karma, who, with perfect sentence structure, says she will be tutoring Edgeworth. At the time, she is about '''three'''.
16th Aug '16 6:02:01 PM Matt620
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* ''Anime/AceAttorney'' has the first introduction of Franziska von Karma, who, with perfect sentence structure, says she will be tutoring Edgeworth. At the time, she is '''three'''.
14th May '16 6:34:35 PM Kid
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* River Tam from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is a subversion. She's shown, in flashbacks, to have been so smart that she could spot flaws in the textbooks Simon was studying from and uses surprisingly advanced terminology ("that whole section is fallacious"). It comes up, because she's engaging in age-appropriate activities (like pestering her brother while he does his homework, and playing pretend that he and she are Alliance soldiers who have gotten cut off from their squad when the Independents brought in dinosaurs. Then suggesting they must resort to cannibalism).

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* River Tam from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is a subversion. She's shown, in flashbacks, to have been so smart that she could spot flaws in the textbooks Simon was studying from and uses surprisingly advanced terminology ("that whole section is fallacious"). It comes up, up because she's engaging in age-appropriate activities (like pestering her brother while he does his homework, and playing pretend that he and she are Alliance soldiers who have gotten cut off from their squad when the Independents brought in dinosaurs. Then suggesting they must resort to cannibalism).
31st Jan '16 4:38:19 PM Leidolf
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* In ''Manga/TheMageWillMasterMagicEfficientlyInHisSecondLife'', Zeff acts his [[MentalTimeTravel appropriate mental age]] in comparison to, say, Milly, who is a year older physically but an actual ChildProdigy.
15th Jan '16 8:07:09 PM sgamer82
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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan's'' Ai Haibara is an eighteen year-old prodigy who has been shrunk down physically to age six or seven. Since she puts no deliberate effort into acting like a child, she tends to come off this to people who aren't aware of this fact. The degree to which this is true has dwindled with her CharacterDevelopment as she's TookALevelInCheerfulness over the course of the series.
7th Jan '16 2:05:10 PM margdean56
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* Wensleydale in ''Literature/GoodOmens'': His parents "called him 'Youngster'. They did this in the subconscious hope that he might take the hint; Wensleydale gave the impression of having been born with a mental age of forty seven." His favourite "comic" is ''Wonders of Science and Nature'', and he insists on being the OnlySaneMan in the face of Adam's ideas.

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* Wensleydale in ''Literature/GoodOmens'': His parents "called him 'Youngster'. They did this in the subconscious hope that he might take the hint; Wensleydale gave the impression of having been born with a mental age of forty seven.forty-seven." His favourite "comic" is ''Wonders of Science and Nature'', and he insists on being the OnlySaneMan in the face of Adam's ideas.



* River Tam from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is a subversion. She's shown, in flashbacks, to have been so smart that she could spot flaws in the textbooks Simon was studying from and uses surprisingly advanced terminology ("that whole section is fallacious"). It comes up, because she's engaging in age-appropriate activities (like pestering her brother while he does his homework, and playing pretend that he and she's are Alliance soldiers who have gotten cut off from their squad when the Independents brought in dinosaurs. Then suggesting they must resort to cannibalism).

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* River Tam from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is a subversion. She's shown, in flashbacks, to have been so smart that she could spot flaws in the textbooks Simon was studying from and uses surprisingly advanced terminology ("that whole section is fallacious"). It comes up, because she's engaging in age-appropriate activities (like pestering her brother while he does his homework, and playing pretend that he and she's she are Alliance soldiers who have gotten cut off from their squad when the Independents brought in dinosaurs. Then suggesting they must resort to cannibalism).
31st Dec '15 6:54:34 PM Anddrix
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* Kid!Selfdemonstrating/{{Loki}} after [[spoiler:his old self's consciousness took over his body]] began acting like this (see ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'') not only more mature but also troublingly unchildlike. He even drank and flirted, which the others didn't take seriously because, well, he looked around 12. [[spoiler:On the other hand he still didn't act the age appropriate to his [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld actual age]] probably thanks to being a ManChild even as an ''adult''.]]

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* Kid!Selfdemonstrating/{{Loki}} Kid!Loki after [[spoiler:his old self's consciousness took over his body]] began acting like this (see ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'') not only more mature but also troublingly unchildlike. He even drank and flirted, which the others didn't take seriously because, well, he looked around 12. [[spoiler:On the other hand he still didn't act the age appropriate to his [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld actual age]] probably thanks to being a ManChild even as an ''adult''.]]
15th Dec '15 2:31:27 PM Pichu-kun
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* Van from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'': Animal Parade prefers studying to playing, and always wants to know if your kid likes to read/go to school/do homework. He even teaches some of the other kids during events!

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* Van from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'': Animal Parade ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAnimalParade'' prefers studying to playing, and always wants to know if your kid likes to read/go to school/do homework. He even teaches some of the other kids during events!
19th Nov '15 6:33:47 PM Doug86
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* Throughout his long career as a superhero, [[{{Shazam}} Billy "Captain Marvel" Batson]] has been all over the map with regard to this trope. Averting this trope is generally regarded as an important part of his characterization, and was certainly part of the character at his conception. Billy is a 12-year-old boy who becomes a super-hero in an adult body, and acts like it, reacting to the strange things he encounters with childlike enthusiasm. Various authors have forgotten this feature and played the trope straight, turning the adult Captain Marvel into someone with a personality indistinguishable from {{Superman}}. These runs are generally regarded very poorly by fans.

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* Throughout his long career as a superhero, [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy "Captain Marvel" Batson]] has been all over the map with regard to this trope. Averting this trope is generally regarded as an important part of his characterization, and was certainly part of the character at his conception. Billy is a 12-year-old boy who becomes a super-hero superhero in an adult body, and acts like it, reacting to the strange things he encounters with childlike enthusiasm. Various authors have forgotten this feature and played the trope straight, turning the adult Captain Marvel into someone with a personality indistinguishable from {{Superman}}.Franchise/{{Superman}}. These runs are generally regarded very poorly by fans.



* Kid!Selfdemonstrating/{{Loki}} after [[spoiler:his old self's consciousness took over his body]] began acting like this (see ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers'') not only more mature but also troublingly unchildlike. He even drank and flirted, which the others didn't take seriously because, well, he looked around 12. [[spoiler:On the other hand he still didn't act the age appropriate to his [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld actual age]] probably thanks to being a ManChild even as an ''adult''.]]

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* Kid!Selfdemonstrating/{{Loki}} after [[spoiler:his old self's consciousness took over his body]] began acting like this (see ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers'') ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'') not only more mature but also troublingly unchildlike. He even drank and flirted, which the others didn't take seriously because, well, he looked around 12. [[spoiler:On the other hand he still didn't act the age appropriate to his [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld actual age]] probably thanks to being a ManChild even as an ''adult''.]]



* ''HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'': Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres. And most of the other children, who act 3-10 years older than their physical age, depending on just how much training they've had.

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* ''HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'': ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'': Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres. And most of the other children, who act 3-10 years older than their physical age, depending on just how much training they've had.



* In an episode of TheWB show ''{{Everwood}}'', Ephram talks about a young child and notes that she's mature "but without having that creepy Dakota Fanning '45-year-old-lady-trapped-in-a-10-year-old's-body' vibe."
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''[='=]s Wesley Crusher is actually an aversion. Although he is a technical genius who understands the Enterprise as well as many of the crew, his emotional maturity is more like a typical 17 year old. This combination, along with the allowances Captain Picard gives him, are probably what made him [[CreatorsPet so annoying]] to many viewers. However, he is one of the more believable depictions of a gifted child in fiction.

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* In an episode of TheWB Creator/TheWB show ''{{Everwood}}'', ''Series/{{Everwood}}'', Ephram talks about a young child and notes that she's mature "but without having that creepy Dakota Fanning '45-year-old-lady-trapped-in-a-10-year-old's-body' vibe."
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''[='=]s Wesley Crusher is actually an aversion. Although he is a technical genius who understands the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' as well as many of the crew, his emotional maturity is more like a typical 17 year old.teenager. This combination, along with the allowances Captain Picard gives him, are probably what made him [[CreatorsPet so annoying]] to many viewers. However, he is one of the more believable depictions of a gifted child in fiction.



* Huey Freeman of ''TheBoondocks'' has elements of this in both his [[ComicStrip/TheBoondocks comic]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks animated]] incarnations.

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* Huey Freeman of ''TheBoondocks'' ''The Boondocks'' has elements of this in both his [[ComicStrip/TheBoondocks comic]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks animated]] incarnations.



* ZigZagged by Lisa Simpson of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', DependingOnTheWriter. She's a ChildProdigy who is usually far more mature than other children or even than [[ManChild most of the adults around her]], identifying with world-weary jazz musicians and quoting existential philosophers. Every once in a while, though, the audience will be reminded that she's still an eight-year-old girl with details like her constant yearning for a pony or her subscription to Non-Threatening Boys Magazine and precocious crushes on teen heartthrobs named Corey.

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* * ZigZagged by Lisa Simpson of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', DependingOnTheWriter. She's a ChildProdigy who is usually far more mature than other children or even than [[ManChild most of the adults around her]], identifying with world-weary jazz musicians and quoting existential philosophers. Every once in a while, though, the audience will be reminded that she's still an eight-year-old girl with details like her constant yearning for a pony or her subscription to Non-Threatening Boys Magazine and precocious crushes on teen heartthrobs named Corey.
24th Sep '15 9:40:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Charles Wallace from ''AWrinkleInTime'', which leads to him overestimating his capabilities, and gets him ensnared by IT. Charles Wallace is a little different, though. He wishes to be accepted by his peers, but finds that he cannot hide his intelligence, and gets bullied for it.

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* Charles Wallace from ''AWrinkleInTime'', ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'', which leads to him overestimating his capabilities, and gets him ensnared by IT. Charles Wallace is a little different, though. He wishes to be accepted by his peers, but finds that he cannot hide his intelligence, and gets bullied for it.



* John Green's ''AnAbundanceOfKatherines'' has Colin Singleton, who started reading at 3, loves anagrams, and creates a mathematical theorem to detail his relationship with all of his 19 girfriends (all of whom are named Katherine).

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* John Green's ''AnAbundanceOfKatherines'' ''Literature/AnAbundanceOfKatherines'' has Colin Singleton, who started reading at 3, loves anagrams, and creates a mathematical theorem to detail his relationship with all of his 19 girfriends (all of whom are named Katherine).
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