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13th Sep '16 11:31:06 PM PaulA
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* A rare serious version is Bean in ''[[Literature/EndersGame Ender's Shadow]]''.

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* A rare serious version is Bean in ''[[Literature/EndersGame Ender's Shadow]]''.''Literature/EndersShadow''.
9th Jul '16 11:14:10 AM StFan
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* Ivan Whisky/Cyborg 001 of ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' plays the trope straight, but in the 2001 one he's a subversion. He's a very powerful telepath and telekinetic with the intelligence level of an adult, but also is trapped in the body of a baby since he was (unwillingly) given all of this through cyborg enhancements. This means, poor 001 is NotAllowedToGrowUp and, unless he's given a new mechanical body, he will remain as a Brainy Baby ''forever''.

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* Ivan Whisky/Cyborg 001 of ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' ''Manga/Cyborg009'' plays the trope straight, but in the 2001 one he's a subversion. He's a very powerful telepath and telekinetic with the intelligence level of an adult, but also is trapped in the body of a baby since he was (unwillingly) given all of this through cyborg enhancements. This means, poor 001 is NotAllowedToGrowUp and, unless he's given a new mechanical body, he will remain as a Brainy Baby ''forever''.



* Turbo from ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' becomes this after [[spoiler: being killed by aliens and then revived by them]], gaining PsychicPowers and a genius-like intellect in the process.

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* Turbo from ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' becomes this after [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being killed by aliens and then revived by them]], gaining PsychicPowers and a genius-like intellect in the process.



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* The premise of the movie ''Film/BabyGeniuses'' is that all babies are like this until just before they learn to speak, at which point their intelligence collapses.
* In the Creator/RobertRodriguez movie ''Film/{{Shorts}}'', two brothers use a wishing rock to wish one of them were super smart. The wish is granted to their baby sister, who informs them through telepathy.
* In ''Film/SkyHigh'', the super-genius professor becomes one of these after [[spoiler: the [[FountainOfYouth Pacifier]] is fired on him along with the rest of the school. His intellect remains completely untouched, but since his body is that of a baby he needs to use a machine to talk to the cast, even snarking a little about needing a change of diapers later.]]

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* The premise Sheldon, in both ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' and ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', is stated to have read newspapers before he was born, thus resulting in him refusing to hatch. He's also the most philosophical member of the movie ''Film/BabyGeniuses'' is that all babies are like this until just before they learn to speak, at which point their intelligence collapses.
* In the Creator/RobertRodriguez movie ''Film/{{Shorts}}'', two brothers use a wishing rock to wish one of them were super smart. The wish is granted to their baby sister, who informs them through telepathy.
* In ''Film/SkyHigh'', the super-genius professor becomes one of these after [[spoiler: the [[FountainOfYouth Pacifier]] is fired on him along with the rest of the school. His intellect remains completely untouched, but since his body is that of a baby he needs to use a machine to talk to the cast, even snarking a little about needing a change of diapers later.]]
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* The eponymous character of the medieval Jewish satirical work ''The Alphabet of Ben Sira'', from the moment of birth, is both fully capable of speech and much more intelligent than the adults he encounters (and [[SmugSnake never lets them forget it]], either).
* Mercury/Hermes was a wayward youth at the age of one day! Not only could he talk, but he invented the lyre from a tortoise shell, but stole the cattle of Apollo for a lark. When accused of the crime, his reaction was "what do you want from me? I just a little baby".
* Taliesin, the legendary bard of Medieval Wales, was not only able to speak at birth but compose poetry and song. This is because he was reborn from Gwion Bach, the poor slave who accidentally drank some of the witch Ceridwen's potion of inspiration.
* Legends of Myth/{{Merlin}} often have him suddenly speaking perfectly around the time he is weaned. This is convenient, because this is also around the time when his mother is about to be put to death for getting pregnant out of wedlock; Merlin, with his prophetic knowledge, testifies that his mother was [[ChildByRape raped]] [[HornyDevils by a demon]] in her sleep and thus gets her spared.
* According to Literature/TheQuran, {{Jesus}} (who, remember, is revered as one of the greatest prophets in UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}) spoke shortly after being born to declare he was a prophet of God. It doesn't say if he talked afterward.

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* The eponymous character of the medieval Jewish satirical work ''The Alphabet of Ben Sira'', from the moment of birth, "Baby Weems", a segment in Creator/WaltDisney's ''Disney/TheReluctantDragon'', is both fully capable of speech and much more intelligent than the adults he encounters (and [[SmugSnake never lets them forget it]], either).
* Mercury/Hermes was
about a wayward youth at the age of one day! Not only could he talk, but he invented the lyre from a tortoise shell, but stole the cattle of Apollo for a lark. When accused of the crime, his reaction was "what do you want from me? I just a little baby".
* Taliesin, the legendary bard of Medieval Wales, was not only able to
baby who can speak at birth but compose poetry and song. This is because he was reborn eloquently from Gwion Bach, the poor slave who accidentally drank birth. He becomes a celebrity and confers with some of the witch Ceridwen's potion of inspiration.
* Legends of Myth/{{Merlin}} often have him suddenly speaking perfectly around the time he is weaned. This is convenient, because this is also around the time when his mother is about to be put to death for getting pregnant out of wedlock; Merlin, with his prophetic knowledge, testifies that his mother was [[ChildByRape raped]] [[HornyDevils by a demon]] in her sleep and thus gets her spared.
* According to Literature/TheQuran, {{Jesus}} (who, remember, is revered as one
most eminent minds of the greatest prophets in UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}) spoke shortly after being born to declare he was a prophet of God. It doesn't say if he talked afterward.day, but all that fame separates him from his parents, who can only see him from afar.



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* The premise of the movie ''Film/BabyGeniuses'' is that all babies are like this until just before they learn to speak, at which point their intelligence collapses.
* In the Creator/RobertRodriguez movie ''Film/{{Shorts}}'', two brothers use a wishing rock to wish one of them were super smart. The wish is granted to their baby sister, who informs them through telepathy.
* In ''Film/SkyHigh'', the super-genius professor becomes one of these after [[spoiler: the [[FountainOfYouth Pacifier]] is fired on him along with the rest of the school. His intellect remains completely untouched, but since his body is that of a baby he needs to use a machine to talk to the cast, even snarking a little about needing a change of diapers later.]]
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* The eponymous character of the medieval Jewish satirical work ''The Alphabet of Ben Sira'', from the moment of birth, is both fully capable of speech and much more intelligent than the adults he encounters (and [[SmugSnake never lets them forget it]], either).
* Mercury/Hermes was a wayward youth at the age of one day! Not only could he talk, he invented the lyre from a tortoise shell, and stole the cattle of Apollo for a lark. When accused of the crime, his reaction was "What do you want from me? I just a little baby."
* Taliesin, the legendary bard of Medieval Wales, was not only able to speak at birth but compose poetry and song. This is because he was reborn from Gwion Bach, the poor slave who accidentally drank some of the witch Ceridwen's potion of inspiration.
* Legends of Myth/{{Merlin}} often have him suddenly speaking perfectly around the time he is weaned. This is convenient, because this is also around the time when his mother is about to be put to death for getting pregnant out of wedlock; Merlin, with his prophetic knowledge, testifies that his mother was [[ChildByRape raped]] [[HornyDevils by a demon]] in her sleep and thus gets her spared.
* According to Literature/TheQuran, {{Jesus}} (who, remember, is revered as one of the greatest prophets in UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}) spoke shortly after being born to declare he was a prophet of God. It doesn't say if he talked afterward.
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* A rare serious version is Bean in ''[[EndersGame Ender's Shadow]]''.

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* A rare serious version is Bean in ''[[EndersGame ''[[Literature/EndersGame Ender's Shadow]]''.



* Jon 'Jack' Remillard in ''JackTheBodiless'', by Julian May.

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* Jon 'Jack' "Jack" Remillard in ''JackTheBodiless'', ''Literature/JackTheBodiless'', by Julian May.



* In ''{{Twilight}},'' [[{{Dhampyr}} Renesemee]] is [[InformedAttribute supposedly]] as intelligent as an adult, though it's a bit ambiguous because a.) she also has RapidAging and b.) she still tends to act more like a baby than an adult. Nevertheless she's able to read within a few weeks of birth, at which time she looks about three.

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* In ''{{Twilight}},'' ''Literature/{{Twilight}},'' [[{{Dhampyr}} Renesemee]] is [[InformedAttribute supposedly]] as intelligent as an adult, though it's a bit ambiguous because a.) she also has RapidAging and b.) she still tends to act more like a baby than an adult. Nevertheless she's able to read within a few weeks of birth, at which time she looks about three.



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* Sheldon, in both ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' and ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', is stated to have read newspapers before he was born, thus resulting in him refusing to hatch. He's also the most philosophical member of the cast.
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* Baby Head/Hoover from ''CaptainCommando''.

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* Baby Head/Hoover from ''CaptainCommando''.''VideoGame/CaptainCommando''. He built his own MiniMecha.



* Pictured above: Stewie of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. A big part of the character's humor comes from him being a super-intelligent MadScientist (probably the most intelligent character on the show, in fact), but lacking some extremely basic knowledge that only babies would not know. For example, he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTgYIonBg0s still gets confused by the peek-a-boo thing]].

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* Pictured above: Stewie of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. A big part of the character's humor comes from him being a super-intelligent MadScientist (probably the most intelligent character on the show, in fact), but lacking some extremely basic knowledge that only babies would not know. For example, he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTgYIonBg0s still gets confused by the peek-a-boo thing]].thing.



* "Baby Weems", a segment in WaltDisney's ''Disney/TheReluctantDragon'', is about a baby who can speak eloquently from birth. He becomes a celebrity and confers with some of the most eminent minds of the day, but all that fame separates him from his parents, who can only see him from afar.
* Diaper Man in ''TheMightyHeroes'' cartoon. He was actually the leader and "brains" of the title group.
* "Labretto", the OriginsEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', shows Dexter talking minutes after being born and building machines while still in the crib. Professor Hawk was also described as being extremely smart as a child ("At the age of four, he made history--by receiving a college degree!")
* Maggie [[TheSimpsons Simpson]] certainly qualifies. She's led a revolt in daycare, successfully driven a car for miles (albeit into a prison wall), and sniped mobsters without being seen...with a shotgun. And the '''''ONLY ONE''''' bold enough to shoot [[KarmaHoudini Mr.]] [[BigBad Burns]] [[spoiler:with his own gun after he stole her candy]]!
** [[spoiler:Candy nothing, it's heavily implied that Maggie knew well beforehand that Burns deserved to get shot. At the town hall meeting, when everyone else was yelling about [[KickTheDog various things Burns had done]], when Marge added that Burns was "causing us all to yell" you could see on Maggie's face that she shared Marge's anger.]]
** She's saved Homer's life ''how'' many times now? And where did she learn how to swim and fence?

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* "Baby Weems", a segment in WaltDisney's ''Disney/TheReluctantDragon'', is about a baby who can speak eloquently from birth. He becomes a celebrity and confers with some of the most eminent minds of the day, but all that fame separates him from his parents, who can only see him from afar.
* Diaper Man in ''TheMightyHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyHeroes'' cartoon. He was is actually the leader and "brains" of the title group.
* "Labretto", the OriginsEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', shows Dexter talking minutes after being born and building machines while still in the crib. Professor Hawk was also described as being extremely smart as a child ("At the age of four, he made history--by history -- by receiving a college degree!")
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Maggie [[TheSimpsons Simpson]] Simpson certainly qualifies. She's led a revolt in daycare, successfully driven a car for miles (albeit into a prison wall), and sniped mobsters without being seen...with a shotgun. And the '''''ONLY ONE''''' bold enough to shoot [[KarmaHoudini Mr.]] [[BigBad Burns]] [[spoiler:with his own gun after he stole her candy]]!
** [[spoiler:Candy nothing, it's
candy! It's heavily implied that Maggie knew well beforehand that Burns deserved to get shot. At the town hall meeting, when everyone else was yelling about [[KickTheDog various things Burns had done]], when Marge added that Burns was "causing us all to yell" you could see on Maggie's face that she shared Marge's anger.]]
**
]] She's saved Homer's life ''how'' many times now? And where did she learn how to swim and fence?



* A flashback on ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' shows [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] spelling "ALIENS" out with his blocks when he was still in diapers. He also has vague memories of being experimented on, theorizing that extraterrestrials were trying to create a "genius super-baby."
** Irkens in general are given [=PAKs=] and uploaded with the collective knowledge of their entire species immediately after "[[PeopleJars birth]]." [[GeniusDitz Not that this makes them "smart,"]] though.

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* A flashback on ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' shows [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] spelling "ALIENS" out with his blocks when he was still in diapers. He also has vague memories of being experimented on, theorizing that extraterrestrials were trying to create a "genius super-baby."
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" Irkens in general are given [=PAKs=] and uploaded with the collective knowledge of their entire species immediately after "[[PeopleJars birth]]." [[GeniusDitz Not that this makes them "smart,"]] though.



* The ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' episode "Where's Baby Smartypants?" has a baby philosopher who is considered the only person that could mediate peace talks between the most warlike races in the galaxy. [[spoiler: Dodgers actually stands in for him and does quite well ... then the real philosopher gets them all riled up again.]]

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* The ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' episode "Where's Baby Smartypants?" has a baby philosopher who is considered the only person that could mediate peace talks between the most warlike races in the galaxy. [[spoiler: Dodgers [[spoiler:Dodgers actually stands in for him and does quite well ...well... then the real philosopher gets them all riled up again.]]



* Believe it or not, this ''does'' happen - say hello to [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/children_shealth/10121175/Two-year-old-becomes-youngest-boy-to-join-Mensa.html Adam Kirby]], who was accepted to Mensa at age two after he taught himself to read and use the toilet at nine months.
* Christian Heinrich Heineken (1721-1724) of Lübeck, the child for whom [[DichterAndDenker Immanuel Kant]] coined the word ''Wunderkind''. He mastered French and Latin at age two and at age three wrote a history of Denmark. Most of his brief life he lived mostly on the milk of his wetnurse. His death is attributed to the then unknown Coeliac disease (he died when his diet switched to grain products like bread etc.).

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* Believe it or not, this ''does'' happen - -- say hello to [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/children_shealth/10121175/Two-year-old-becomes-youngest-boy-to-join-Mensa.html Adam Kirby]], who was accepted to Mensa at age two after he taught himself to read and use the toilet at nine months.
* Christian Heinrich Heineken (1721-1724) of Lübeck, the child for whom [[DichterAndDenker [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker Immanuel Kant]] coined the word ''Wunderkind''. He mastered French and Latin at age two and at age three wrote a history of Denmark. Most of his brief life he lived mostly on the milk of his wetnurse. His death is attributed to the then unknown Coeliac disease (he died when his diet switched to grain products like bread bread, etc.).



7th May '16 3:13:59 PM SquidKud
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* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', there are the Alcobaleno, who are known to be the 7 strongest babies in the world. They are one of the cases of reverse aging, as they were cursed in the past.

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* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', there are the Alcobaleno, Arcobaleno, who are known to be the 7 strongest babies in the world. They are one of the cases of reverse aging, as they were cursed in the past.
28th Apr '16 6:57:40 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Sunny from ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.

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* Sunny from ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''.
18th Mar '16 12:01:13 PM DaibhidC
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* The ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' episode "Where's Baby Smartypants?" has a baby philosopher who is considered the only person that could mediate peace talks between the most warlike races in the galaxy. [[spoiler: Dodgers actually stands in for him and does quite well ... then the real philosopher gets them all riled up again.]]
11th Mar '16 6:34:21 PM GrammarNavi
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* A minor character of ''TheProudFamily'' is a super-intelligent infant who always seems to enjoy pestering Oscar. He speaks in a deep voice and is always outsmarting and embarrassing Oscar Proud. He also doesn't seem to reveal his intelligence to anybody but Oscar.

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* A minor character of ''TheProudFamily'' ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' is a super-intelligent infant who always seems to enjoy pestering Oscar. He speaks in a deep voice and is always outsmarting and embarrassing Oscar Proud. He also doesn't seem to reveal his intelligence to anybody but Oscar.
19th Jan '16 12:16:03 PM Willbyr
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* Ivan Whisky/Cyborg 001 of {{Cyborg 009}} plays the trope straight, but in the 2001 one he's a subversion. He's a very powerful telepath and telekinetic with the intelligence level of an adult, but also is trapped in the body of a baby since he was (unwillingly) given all of this through cyborg enhancements. This means, poor 001 is NotAllowedToGrowUp and, unless he's given a new mechanical body, he will remain as a Brainy Baby ''forever''.

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* Ivan Whisky/Cyborg 001 of {{Cyborg 009}} ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' plays the trope straight, but in the 2001 one he's a subversion. He's a very powerful telepath and telekinetic with the intelligence level of an adult, but also is trapped in the body of a baby since he was (unwillingly) given all of this through cyborg enhancements. This means, poor 001 is NotAllowedToGrowUp and, unless he's given a new mechanical body, he will remain as a Brainy Baby ''forever''.
26th Dec '15 1:07:34 PM chasemaddigan
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18th Dec '15 2:02:26 PM eroock
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-->- From ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDyXdAf3LR0 (see here for context)]]

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-->- -->-- From ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDyXdAf3LR0 (see here for context)]]
18th Dec '15 9:30:35 AM F1Krazy
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* Downplayed in ''Webcomic/{{Kurami}}''. The titular infant isn't able to speak yet, and still acts like a baby, but considering she can apparently complete a sudoku puzzle despite being nine months old ''and completely blind'', she definitely qualifies.
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