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12th Mar '17 1:37:15 PM TMNTFanGirl
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** All of the Elementary School kids except Ralph Wiggum are mature for their age, although not all are as mature as Lisa.

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** All of the Elementary elementary School kids except (except Ralph Wiggum are Wiggum) seem fairly mature for their age, although mature for their age--although not all are as mature as Lisa.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Aang and Katara's granddaughter Jinora certainly counts. [[spoiler: She's so wise that at the age of 11 she becomes the Avatar's spiritual master, saves the world and the Avatar no less than 3 times because of her wisdom and spiritual skills, and outdoes her own grandfather's record of becoming the youngest airbending master in history at the age of 11 and implied to be the unofficial leader of the new Air Nation behind Tenzin.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Aang and Katara's granddaughter Jinora certainly counts. [[spoiler: She's so wise that at the age of 11 she becomes the Avatar's spiritual master, saves the world and the Avatar no less than 3 times because of her wisdom and spiritual skills, and outdoes her own grandfather's record of becoming the youngest airbending master in history at the age of 11 and implied to be the unofficial leader of the new Air Nation behind her dad, Tenzin.]]
9th Mar '17 6:35:45 PM ZhaneX24
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* Every single member of the Arcobaleno in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' qualifies. Reborn himself could be a serious contender for poster boy of the trope, even before we knew the other six.

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* Every single member of the Arcobaleno in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' qualifies. Reborn himself could be a serious contender for poster boy of the trope, even before we knew the other six. [[spoiler:Actually an AvertedTrope as it turns out that they're all adult assassins cursed with the [[OlderThanTheyLook appearance of infants]].]]
22nd Feb '17 3:15:39 PM margdean56
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* This is an usual portrayal of child Venerables, Blesseds and/or Saints in the Roman Catholic Church. Examples: Saint Maria Goretti (12), Saint Agnes of Rome (13), Saint Domenico Savio (15), Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto (11 and 9, respectively), Venerable Antonietta "Nennolina" Meo (''7''), etc.

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* This is an a usual portrayal of child Venerables, Blesseds and/or Saints in the Roman Catholic Church. Examples: Saint Maria Goretti (12), Saint Agnes of Rome (13), Saint Domenico Savio (15), Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto (11 and 9, respectively), Venerable Antonietta "Nennolina" Meo (''7''), etc.
22nd Feb '17 3:13:41 PM margdean56
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* In John Dalmas'd ''The Regiment'', the main character visits Tyss, homeworld of the PrivateMilitaryContractors in the title, and finds their educational system produces children who fit here. A girl of about five approaches and asks if he and his colleague are "Ertwa." The child's brother, roughly seven, points out that "Ertwa were very long ago," and says the two must be "Splennwa" (from planet Splenn) instead.[[note]]They're actually from Iryala, but most offworlders who come to Tyss ''are'' Splennites. The -wa suffix in the language of Tyss indicates people from such-and-such planet, so "Ertwa" are from "Ert" (Earth?)[[/note]]

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* In John Dalmas'd Dalmas's ''The Regiment'', the main character visits Tyss, homeworld of the PrivateMilitaryContractors in the title, and finds their educational system produces children who fit here. A girl of about five approaches and asks if he and his colleague are "Ertwa." The child's brother, roughly seven, points out that "Ertwa were very long ago," and says the two must be "Splennwa" (from planet Splenn) instead.[[note]]They're actually from Iryala, but most offworlders who come to Tyss ''are'' Splennites. The -wa suffix in the language of Tyss indicates people from such-and-such planet, so "Ertwa" are from "Ert" (Earth?)[[/note]]



* ''Literature/TortallUniverse'': Kel from "Protector of the Small" has a bit of this. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Neal, who says she's "The oldest ten year old I've ever met"

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* ''Literature/TortallUniverse'': Kel from "Protector of the Small" has a bit of this. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Neal, who says she's "The oldest ten year old ten-year-old I've ever met"



* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' suffers from this accidentally, probably due to the MostWritersAreAdults trope. 13-year-olds are given responsibilities most adults in RealLife wouldn't entrust to a high school senior, such as taking little kids around New York City unsupervised. All the BBC has to do is offer to help and explain that they have an after-school baby-sitting business, whereupon one of the parents they'd worked for would chime in with, "They're very responsible," and bingo, they were treated like honorary adults, no further questions asked. And since eleven is apparently the magic gateway to the Competence Zone, often Mallory and Jessie would be "taking care of" kids who were only a year or two younger than they are.

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* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' suffers from this accidentally, probably due to the MostWritersAreAdults trope. 13-year-olds are given responsibilities most adults in RealLife wouldn't entrust to a high school senior, such as taking little kids around New York City unsupervised. All the BBC BSC has to do is offer to help and explain that they have an after-school baby-sitting business, whereupon one of the parents they'd worked for would chime in with, "They're very responsible," and bingo, they were treated like honorary adults, no further questions asked. And since eleven is apparently the magic gateway to the Competence Zone, often Mallory and Jessie would be "taking care of" kids who were only a year or two younger than they are.



* ''Literature/TheEnglishDragon'': Several chapters are narrated by Ben, the toddler. His remarkably eloquent inner voice is lampshaded. Ben represents naivety and Everyman - a literary device to see everything but to do so in an objective/naive manner.

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* ''Literature/TheEnglishDragon'': Several chapters are narrated by Ben, the toddler. His remarkably eloquent inner voice is lampshaded. Ben represents naivety and Everyman - -- a literary device to see everything but to do so in an objective/naive manner.



* 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.

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* BrattyHalfPint Constance from ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' takes this to extremes. She is ''[[spoiler:[[ImprobableAge two]]]]'' years old yet can carry on 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.
22nd Feb '17 3:08:22 PM margdean56
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* This is played with in ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' and its sequels-in book one, Johannes is twenty eight, but he acts like a grumpy old man most of the time (in one portion of the novel he realizes he sounds like one too because he's trying and failing to get his anger across) and not a young adult. If his age weren't stated it would be easy to imagine him as a man of forty or more. Given Cabal's intellect he was probably always like this, but what really pushed him over the edge was when the woman he loves died when he was young (19 or so).

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* This is played with in ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' and its sequels-in sequels--in book one, Johannes is twenty eight, twenty-eight, but he acts like a grumpy old man most of the time (in one portion of the novel he realizes he sounds like one too because he's trying and failing to get his anger across) and not a young adult. If his age weren't stated it would be easy to imagine him as a man of forty or more. Given Cabal's intellect he was probably always like this, but what really pushed him over the edge was when the woman he loves loved died when he was young (19 or so).



* In the ''Literature/ChungKuo'' series, several of the characters are first introduced as children in the first novel

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* In the ''Literature/ChungKuo'' series, several of the characters are first introduced as children in the first novelnovel.



* Charles Wallace Murry, of all ''Time Quartet'' books in which he appears, but most pointedly in ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime,'' when he's about six years old and is well aware that he's twice as mature as his nine-year old brothers and his fourteen year old sister. However, this ''does'' turn into his downfall.

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* Charles Wallace Murry, of all ''Time Quartet'' books in which he appears, but most pointedly in ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime,'' when he's about six years old and is well aware that he's twice as mature as his nine-year old nine-year-old brothers and his fourteen year old fourteen-year-old sister. However, this ''does'' turn into his downfall.



** With the crap they go through; they'd want to be.

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** With the crap they go through; through, they'd want to be.



* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', one of Susan's young charges is six, but according to Susan 'in cynicism, she's about thirty-five'. She writes letters to [[AC:Death]] on pink paper with pictures of mice on it, so that he'll think she's cute.

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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', one of Susan's young charges is six, but according to Susan 'in "in cynicism, she's about thirty-five'.thirty-five". She writes letters to [[AC:Death]] on pink paper with pictures of mice on it, so that he'll think she's cute.
22nd Feb '17 3:01:14 PM margdean56
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* Damian Wayne from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', son of Bruce and Talia al-Ghul, starts out as your average BrattyHalfPint. Slowly, beginning in '''Batman and Robin'', under the constant tutelage of Dick Grayson and after being imparted a couple of lessons in teamwork from Tim Drake, sheds his brash cockiness evolving into an overtly serious, competent but gloomy hero. Basically, a little clone of his daddy. Stephanie Brown, the third ''Batgirl'' (not counting Helena Bertinelli) comes actually to pity his utter inability to act his age anymore, being a 10 yrs old kid unable to play or interact with other toddlers, but deadly competent in crimefighting and investigation, with snarker-tendencies.
* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} 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]], 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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* Damian Wayne from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', son of Bruce and Talia al-Ghul, starts out as your average BrattyHalfPint. Slowly, beginning in '''Batman ''Batman and Robin'', under the constant tutelage of Dick Grayson and after being imparted given a couple of lessons in teamwork from by Tim Drake, sheds his brash cockiness cockiness, evolving into an overtly serious, competent but gloomy hero. Basically, a little clone of his daddy. Stephanie Brown, the third ''Batgirl'' (not counting Helena Bertinelli) comes actually to pity his utter inability to act his age anymore, being a 10 yrs old ten-year-old kid unable to play or interact with other toddlers, children, but deadly competent in crimefighting and investigation, with snarker-tendencies.
* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} 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, ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', where, after [[FountainOfYouth temporarily being turned into children by a magical spell]], 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."
16th Feb '17 1:14:37 PM ILikeRobots
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* Sanaki from ''Videogame/FireEmblem: Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' had been an empress since she was five, and still managed to avoid or even fight against the corruption of the Senators.
** From the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' series, 16-17 (in the first game and its remake)/19-year-old (the sequel and its remake) ([[TheHero Prince Marth]] definitely counts, especially in ''Shadow Dragon''. However, Marth ([[DependingOnTheWriter outside of ''Shadow Dragon'']]) is a strange case in that he simultaneously can make mature decisions and command his armies as well as anyone older than him, and acts like a naive borderline KiddieKid at the same time.
** For that matter, almost all the [[TheHero lords]] count, most being in their mid to late teens with the exception of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War's]]'' Sigurd, ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening's]]'' Chrom, and ''[[Videogame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn's]]'' Miciah (chronologically, anyway) and post-timeskip version of Ike (with [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin]] having a VagueAge). However, Roy from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Sword Of Seals]]'' takes the cake; a political expert, commander of an army after the deceased Hector, and coolheaded GuileHero at the ripe old age of 15, the youngest age for a lord in the series to date.

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* Sanaki ''Videogame/FireEmblem:''
** Sanaki, the 10- to 13-year-old Apostle of Begnion,
from ''Videogame/FireEmblem: Path of Radiance'' ''Videogame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' had ''Videogame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' has been an empress since she was five, and still managed to avoid or even fight against falling victim to the corruption of the Senators.
Senators, even managing to to fight against them.
** From the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' series, In ''Videogame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight,'' and its sequel ''Videogame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem,'' 16-17 (in the first game and its remake)/19-year-old (the sequel and its remake) ([[TheHero Prince Marth]] definitely counts, especially in ''Shadow Dragon''. However, Marth ([[DependingOnTheWriter outside of ''Shadow Dragon'']]) is a strange case in that he simultaneously can make mature decisions and command his armies as well as anyone older than him, and acts like a naive borderline KiddieKid at the same time.
** For that matter, almost all the [[TheHero lords]] count, most being in their mid to late teens with the exception of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War's]]'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'''s Sigurd, ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening's]]'' Chrom, and ''[[Videogame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn's]]'' ''Videogame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' Miciah (chronologically, anyway) and post-timeskip version of Ike (with [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Corrin]] having a VagueAge). However, Roy from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Sword Of Seals]]'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'' takes the cake; a political expert, commander of an army after the deceased Hector, and coolheaded GuileHero at the ripe old age of 15, the youngest age for a lord in the series to date.
25th Jan '17 9:47:02 PM ILikeRobots
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* The AdorablyPrecociousChild [[PerpetualPoverty Moldova]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is adept at reading the atmosphere to properly deal with resident PsychopathicManchild [[TheBigGuy Russia]], a feat many of the adult [[AnthropomorphicPersonification nations]] have not mastered. He turns instantly from a CheerfulChild to an obedient and subdued [[TheStoic stoic]] (albeit with EmptyEyes) whenever Russia is near him.
25th Jan '17 11:04:35 AM ILikeRobots
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* ''Videogame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' exaggerates this trope with the the Garrickson baby of [[NeverLand Youngtown]]. [=NPCs=] in the same town remark on there being "something strange" about the infant, and when talked to directly, it utters unintelligible, meaningless sounds. [[spoiler: When Ninten's power of {{Telepathy}} is used on it, however, its thoughts are in complete, understandable sentences, and the infant reveals that it has PsychicPowers, to the point that it teaches Ninten's party how to use the [[{{Teleportation}} Teleport PSI power]].]]
25th Jan '17 7:17:58 AM Willbyr
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** Five year old Hatoko from ''AngelicLayer'' dispenses wisdom like Yoda but without the fractured syntax.

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** Five year old Hatoko from ''AngelicLayer'' ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' dispenses wisdom like Yoda but without the fractured syntax.



** [[spoiler: Tsubasa]] Syaoran Li in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' is only seven years old when he first went to Clow Country and met Sakura but somehow, he understands the concept of love, magic, and even deals with the sorcerers. He might as well be the most mature characters in the the series, even more than an adult like Fai or Kurogane.

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** [[spoiler: Tsubasa]] [[spoiler:Tsubasa]] Syaoran Li in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' is only seven years old when he first went to Clow Country and met Sakura but somehow, he understands the concept of love, magic, and even deals with the sorcerers. He might as well be the most mature characters in the the series, even more than an adult like Fai or Kurogane.
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