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30th Apr '16 1:53:59 PM Assassin-sensei
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* In ''VisualNovel/StrawberryVinegar'', Rie has a rather advanced vocabulary for her age, and a collection of novels that overwhelm Licia because they don't have any pictures.
-->'''Rie:''' Please. I'm nine years old. I don't need pictures to keep my mind engaged.
20th Apr '16 3:12:32 PM eroock
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->''I grow sick and tired of all the same old lies\\

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You don't have to be old to be wise''

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You don't have to be old to be wise''wise."''
13th Apr '16 1:57:12 AM Tron80
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* Faust, Æther, Alchemy, and young Prowl in ''[[FanFic/ThingsWeDontTellHumans Things We Donít Tell Humans]]''.
* The entirety of [[FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality]] revolves around the titular character, and arguably several others, being this.
* In the WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents fanfic, ''FanFic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'', [[OriginalCharacter Amanda]] often cleans the house while her parents are away and can prepare basic meals for herself despite only being 8. She also figures out that Timmy has Fairy Godparents after less than two days of knowing him (though to be fair, she had the advantage of actually knowing that Fairies do exist) and has the self-restraint and responsibility not to make a wish for two months when most adults immediately start recklessly making wishes as well as recognizing that magic is not a cure-all solution (pointing out that she doesn't want friends who only put up with her because she used magic). [[JerkassGenie Norm]] even [[{{Lampshade}} remarks]] that Amanda is smarter and more mature then most [[AdultsAreUseless adults]] he's met. This is something of a deconstruction however as the reason she's so responsible is because of the [[ParentalNeglect severe neglect her parents]] treat her with, meaning she had to grow up early to cope with her family life.
** Similarly, in Webcomic/KillLaKillAU, we have this with a then six-year old Ragyo, in a way, as she learned how to cook and pretty much take care of herself, and, as she's noted, that came from the fact that her mother was neglectful, making that also a deconstruction.
* Jack in ''Fanfic/CaveStoryVersusIMMeen''. Probably one of the smartest fictional characters in years, yet also one of the [[YMMV/TheWoobie saddest]] and [[FunnyAnimal funniest.]] Not to mention the most [[BadassAdorable badass and adorable.]]

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* Faust, Æther, Alchemy, and young Prowl in ''[[FanFic/ThingsWeDontTellHumans Things We Donít Tell Humans]]''.''FanFic/ThingsWeDontTellHumans''.
* The entirety of [[FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality]] ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' revolves around the titular character, and arguably several others, being this.
* In the WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' fanfic, ''FanFic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'', [[OriginalCharacter Amanda]] often cleans the house while her parents are away and can prepare basic meals for herself despite only being 8. She also figures out that Timmy has Fairy Godparents after less than two days of knowing him (though to be fair, she had the advantage of actually knowing that Fairies do exist) and has the self-restraint and responsibility not to make a wish for two months when most adults immediately start recklessly making wishes as well as recognizing that magic is not a cure-all solution (pointing out that she doesn't want friends who only put up with her because she used magic). [[JerkassGenie Norm]] even [[{{Lampshade}} remarks]] that Amanda is smarter and more mature then most [[AdultsAreUseless adults]] he's met. This is something of a deconstruction however as the reason she's so responsible is because of the [[ParentalNeglect severe neglect her parents]] treat her with, meaning she had to grow up early to cope with her family life.
** * Similarly, in Webcomic/KillLaKillAU, ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'', we have this with a then six-year old Ragyo, in a way, as she learned how to cook and pretty much take care of herself, and, as she's noted, that came from the fact that her mother was neglectful, making that also a deconstruction.
* Jack in ''Fanfic/CaveStoryVersusIMMeen''. Probably one of the smartest fictional characters in years, yet also one of the [[YMMV/TheWoobie saddest]] saddest and [[FunnyAnimal funniest.]] funniest. Not to mention the most [[BadassAdorable badass and adorable.]]]]
* Shinji in ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'' is more intelligent -and more conniving- than your average teenager. At one point, Kaworu mentions that he was told that Shinji was wise beyond his years.
3rd Apr '16 3:24:20 AM Adept
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* Elisabetta Barbados, the (13-year-old) Child Empress as is known, in ''AnimaBeyondFantasy''. Not only she governs the largest empire of the game's setting but is also very good at fencing, being said she'll overtake her mentor Kisidan -a BadAss himself-.

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* Elisabetta Barbados, the (13-year-old) Child Empress as is known, in ''AnimaBeyondFantasy''.''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy''. Not only she governs the largest empire of the game's setting but is also very good at fencing, being said she'll overtake her mentor Kisidan -a BadAss himself-.
23rd Mar '16 4:05:03 PM kataangluvr
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* [[Series/CriminalMinds Spencer Reid]] was an incredibly gifted child in his youth. He is also the youngest member of the BAU.
** A rather tragic case in ''From Childhood's Hour'' with ten-year-old boy, Bobby. Because his mother was clinically depressed and suicidal, he developed a more mature and serious attitude on life. He was able figure out really quick that the man who abducted him had killed his mother, much to his horror and sadness.
19th Mar '16 12:02:58 PM Tron80
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* The first time we see the 9-year-old heroine of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', she's pondering the direction and purpose of her life. Later, when she discovers her powers, she almost immediately takes a responsible view of them akin to Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}, except her wakeup call was ''property damage'' rather than the death of a loved one. Her parents also don't seem to mind their daughter taking time off from school to chase after magical artifacts.

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* Franchise/LyricalNanoha:
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The first time we see the 9-year-old heroine of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', Nanoha she's pondering the direction and purpose of her life. Later, when she discovers her powers, she almost immediately takes a responsible view of them akin to Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}, except her wakeup call was ''property damage'' rather than the death of a loved one. Her parents also don't seem to mind their daughter taking time off from school to chase after magical artifacts.



*** Interestingly enough, Hayate, looking back on her childhood in Sound Stage M4, laments that she feels as though she hasn't grown up since then. Signum then responds that she has grown up at a reasonable pace, and that by comparison, Fate grew up too quickly.

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*** ** Interestingly enough, Hayate, looking back on her childhood in Sound Stage M4, laments that she feels as though she hasn't grown up since then. Signum then responds that she has grown up at a reasonable pace, and that by comparison, Fate grew up too quickly.



** Asuka is a 14-year-old TeenGenius and something of a special case. On one level she understands just how suicidally dangerous being a pilot is, and has made peace with it (at least at first). She also shows impressive understanding of other people's motivations and relations (with the notable exception of Rei -- she's aware of Misato/Kaji, just in denial). On the flip side, she is very short-tempered and more than a bit spoiled. Basically she alternates between acting twice her age and half it.
** There's also Rei, who is cited by another character as seeming "far older" than the rest of them. [[spoiler: Finding out at a young age that you're a half-clone of the mother-god of all humanity might be expected to age you pretty quickly, after all. Not to mention the whole "reared for piloting, infinitely replaceable, no time for childhood" thing.]]

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** Asuka is a 14-year-old TeenGenius and something of a special case. On one level she understands just how suicidally dangerous being a pilot is, and has made peace with it (at least at first). She also shows impressive understanding of other people's motivations and relations (with the notable exception of Rei -- she's aware of Misato/Kaji, just in denial). On the flip side, she is very short-tempered and more than a bit spoiled. Basically she alternates between acting twice her age and half it.
bratty.
** There's also Rei, who is cited by another character as seeming "far older" than the rest of them. [[spoiler: Finding out at a young age that you're a half-clone of the mother-god of all humanity might be expected to age you pretty quickly, after all. Not to mention the whole "reared for piloting, infinitely replaceable, no time for childhood" thing.]]
14th Mar '16 3:13:41 AM MagBas
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* Many children can appear like this, not understanding social cues or tact and will speak bluntly and truthfully as they see it. At times, they merely question why are things the current way they are, simply because they are still relatively naive, rather inexperienced and / or not very knowledgeable. Other times however, they strike right asking why some of the actions taken by the adult generation are unnecessarily complicated (what an ObstructiveBureaucrat does), or morally questionable and bigoted (Mostly in places where people are [[ThoughtCrime taught what to think]], like Dictatorships where TwoPlusTortureMakesFive, or very conservative places who do things only according to how it was supposedly always been done, in both cases [[BlindObedience without ever questioning the source that drives them towards said actions]]).
10th Mar '16 8:09:06 PM MagBas
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* WesternAnimation/{{Phineas and Ferb}}
10th Mar '16 1:00:28 AM Pichu-kun
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* Kaguya Sumeragi in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', a fourteen-year-old girl with PuppyDogEyes and a PrecociousCrush on [[RebelLeader Zero]], who often turns out to be one of the wisest, reasonable characters on the show and the one person Zero treats with complete respect while callously ordering around the rest of the Black Knights.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
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Kaguya Sumeragi in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Sumeragi, a fourteen-year-old girl with PuppyDogEyes and a PrecociousCrush on [[RebelLeader Zero]], who often turns out to be one of the wisest, reasonable characters on the show and the one person Zero treats with complete respect while callously ordering around the rest of the Black Knights.



** Don't forget; Lelouch is only 17 when the series begins. Older than most of the examples on this page, but still a little young for the kind of [[GambitRoulette crazy stuff]] [[OutGambitted he pulls off]].
*** On top of that, he was already a {{Chessmaster}} in his early Britannia days.

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** Don't forget; Lelouch is only 17 when the series begins. Older than most of the examples on this page, but still a little young for the kind of [[GambitRoulette crazy stuff]] [[OutGambitted he pulls off]].
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off]]. On top of that, he was already a {{Chessmaster}} in his early Britannia days.



* Shikamaru from ''{{Naruto}}'', though you may pass him off as ''just'' a TeenGenius but he also already has plans for the future including his marriage, how many kids he wants and when he'll die. Not to mention he was willing to have both himself and his best friends go up against a much stronger opponent that would most likely kill them as to further the mission. This is all when he's 12/13. As ChildSoldiers most of the cast would qualify but Shikamaru is the best example.

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* Shikamaru from ''{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Shikamaru,
though you may pass him off as ''just'' a TeenGenius but he also already has plans for the future including his marriage, how many kids he wants and when he'll die. Not to mention he was willing to have both himself and his best friends go up against a much stronger opponent that would most likely kill them as to further the mission. This is all when he's 12/13. As ChildSoldiers most of the cast would qualify but Shikamaru is the best example.



* Alphonse Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. While his older brother, Edward, wins critical acclaim time and time again for accomplishments thought ridiculous, Al consistently proves that he is rational, fair-minded and far-sighted far beyond his years. In fact, he often has to reign in Edward to prevent excess damage and often has to clean up if he's not able to prevent such excesses.
** Edward himself proves to also be very wise and have a great understanding of the world, which in the end [[spoiler:allowed him to recover his brother Alphonse by sacrificing his alchemy.]]
** Also the series put much emphasis in the growth and maturing of the Elric brothers and the characters in general.
*** When we finally meet Ed and Al's alchemy master Izumi Curtis she comments how wise Edward must be to be able to perform alchemy without a circle however Ed responds that he isn't wise or clever; he just learned things he shouldn't have done by opening the gates of truth

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
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Alphonse Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.Elric. While his older brother, Edward, wins critical acclaim time and time again for accomplishments thought ridiculous, Al consistently proves that he is rational, fair-minded and far-sighted far beyond his years. In fact, he often has to reign in Edward to prevent excess damage and often has to clean up if he's not able to prevent such excesses.
** Edward himself proves to also be very wise and have a great understanding of the world, which in the end [[spoiler:allowed him to recover his brother Alphonse by sacrificing his alchemy.]]
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]] The series put much emphasis in the growth and maturing of the Elric brothers and the characters in general.
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general. When we finally meet Ed and Al's alchemy master Izumi Curtis she comments how wise Edward must be to be able to perform alchemy without a circle however Ed responds that he isn't wise or clever; he just learned things he shouldn't have done by opening the gates of truth



* Asuka from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is a 14-year-old TeenGenius and something of a special case. On one level she understands just how suicidally dangerous being a pilot is, and has made peace with it (at least at first). She also shows impressive understanding of other people's motivations and relations (with the notable exception of Rei -- she's aware of Misato/Kaji, just in denial). On the flip side, she is very short-tempered and more than a bit spoiled. Basically she alternates between acting twice her age and half it.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
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Asuka from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is a 14-year-old TeenGenius and something of a special case. On one level she understands just how suicidally dangerous being a pilot is, and has made peace with it (at least at first). She also shows impressive understanding of other people's motivations and relations (with the notable exception of Rei -- she's aware of Misato/Kaji, just in denial). On the flip side, she is very short-tempered and more than a bit spoiled. Basically she alternates between acting twice her age and half it.



* All the girls in ''Manga/GunSlingerGirl'' are aware that they are on borrowed time, and that their feelings for their handlers are at least partially the result of conditioning. Triela and Claes are the only two to have made their peace with the fact they will never see adulthood. Though they deal with the knowledge is opposite ways (despite being roommates).

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* All the girls in ''Manga/GunSlingerGirl'' ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' are aware that they are on borrowed time, and that their feelings for their handlers are at least partially the result of conditioning. Triela and Claes are the only two to have made their peace with the fact they will never see adulthood. Though they deal with the knowledge is in opposite ways (despite being roommates).



* Every single one of the Pokedex Holders/Owners in PokemonSpecial.
** Even the ones who aren't all that smart (*Cough* GOLD *Cough*)

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* Every single one of the Pokedex Holders/Owners in PokemonSpecial.
** Even the ones who aren't all that smart (*Cough* GOLD *Cough*)
''Manga/PokemonAdventures''.



* Bruce Wayne himself, in several renditions of the mythos, is known to have ''never smiled again'' after the unfortunate death of his parents, shedding away his childhood at once to hasten his growth into the deadly crime-fighter we know currently. Lampshaded in the animated retelling of the mythos, WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited, where, after [[FountainOfYouth temporarily being turned into children by a magical spell]], WonderWoman merrily quips how it was kind of nice to be a kid again. Batman simply shrugs, and shatters her joyful spirit by muttering "I haven't been a kid since I was eight years old."

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* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne Wayne]] himself, in several renditions of the mythos, is known to have ''never smiled again'' after the unfortunate death of his parents, shedding away his childhood at once to hasten his growth into the deadly crime-fighter we know currently. Lampshaded in the animated retelling of the mythos, WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited, where, after [[FountainOfYouth temporarily being turned into children by a magical spell]], WonderWoman ComicBook/WonderWoman merrily quips how it was kind of nice to be a kid again. Batman simply shrugs, and shatters her joyful spirit by muttering "I haven't been a kid since I was eight years old."


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* BrattyHalfPint Constance from ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' takes this to extremes. She is ''[[spoiler:[[ImprobableAge two]]]]'' years old yet can carry conversations like a much older child (not understanding certain words aside) and is one of five children chosen to essentially become spies and save the world. Despite her young age she doesn't have much trouble fitting in amongst her ten to twelve year old friends. Only her rudeness foreshadows her young age.
24th Feb '16 3:08:25 AM Jake
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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''

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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', who is ''also'' a ChildProdigy.
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