History Main / WonderChild

24th Feb '17 10:01:53 AM JoeMerl
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* Naturally, this occurs in Literature/TheBible, with Sarah giving birth to Isaac. Sarah was 90 years old--too old to bear a child, presumably past menopause. But if Yahweh makes a plan that involves the son of Abraham (who is 100) and Sarah founding the Jewish nation, then Sarah will miraculously give birth even though she's past menopause.
** Also in the Bible, Hannah, who vows that she will give her child back to the service of God if she is blessed to have one.
** There's also a couple of times in the Old Testament where God makes a woman, or the women of a nation, infertile for a period of time, and then makes them fertile later on. Usually after some prayer and atonement has occurred.
** In the N.T. we have John the Baptist, and in the NT Apocrypha, the Virgin Mary.



* In ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' the title character's father James was a mild example. WordOfGod says that part of the reason that he was such a JerkAss as a teenager was because he was [[OnlyChildSyndrome an only child]] born when his parents were already getting old [[WizardsLiveLonger even by wizarding standards]], leading him to be a bit spoiled.



* Baby William of ''Series/TheXFiles'' is this. By all accounts, he shouldn't exist, and how he came to be when his mother apparently had no ova was never established. And because he is a Wonder Child and "more human than human", all the bad guys want him.

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* Baby William of ''Series/TheXFiles'' is this. By all accounts, he shouldn't exist, and how he came to be when his mother apparently had no ova was never established. And because he is a Wonder Child and "more human than human", human," all the bad guys want him.


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* Naturally, this occurs in Literature/TheBible, with Sarah giving birth to Isaac. Sarah was 90 years old--too old to bear a child, presumably past menopause. But if Yahweh makes a plan that involves the son of Abraham (who is 100) and Sarah founding the Jewish nation, then Sarah will miraculously give birth even though she's past menopause.
** This also happened with Isaac's own wife, Rebecca, who dealt with infertility before God blessed her with JacobAndEsau. Then Jacob ''also'' had this with his [[{{Polyamory}} favorite wife]], Rachel, who eventually gave birth to Joseph and Benjamin. Though Jacob had ten older sons [[OutnumberedSibling and one daughter]], the Bible specifically says that Rachel's kids were his favorite because they were born later in his life.
** Also in the Bible, Hannah, who vows that she will give her child back to the service of God if she is blessed to have one. She fulfilled this promise with her firstborn, [[BooksOfSamuel the prophet Samuel]], and went on to have [[MassiveNumberedSiblings five kids after him]].
** In the N.T. we have John the Baptist, and in the NT Apocrypha, the Virgin Mary.
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24th Feb '17 9:53:47 AM JoeMerl
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* The movie ''WesternAnimation/JosephKingOfDreams'' had a song titled ''Miracle Child''
* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Kala and Kerchak lose their son to Sabor. Tarzan loses his parents to Sabor. Kala and Tarzan both fill the void in each others' lives. It takes Kerchak much longer to accept Tarzan as his son, but he eventually does [[spoiler:right before he dies.]]

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* The movie ''WesternAnimation/JosephKingOfDreams'' had a song titled ''Miracle Child''
Child.'' As per [[TheBible the source material]], he was born to Rachel, who was believed to be barren (though his father, Jacob, already had ten older sons).
* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Kala and Kerchak lose their son to Sabor. Tarzan loses his parents to Sabor. Kala and Tarzan both fill the void in each others' lives. It takes Kerchak much longer to accept Tarzan as his son, but he eventually does [[spoiler:right before he dies.]]
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8th Jan '17 4:50:18 PM nombretomado
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* There's a Japanese folk tale in which a farmer and his wife raise a baby rabbit as a human; in return, when a tanuki kills the wife (and [[ImAHumanitarian feeds it to the farmer]]), the grown-up rabbit hunts down and kills it out of filial piety. (Almost like ''UsagiYojimbo''.)

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* There's a Japanese folk tale in which a farmer and his wife raise a baby rabbit as a human; in return, when a tanuki kills the wife (and [[ImAHumanitarian feeds it to the farmer]]), the grown-up rabbit hunts down and kills it out of filial piety. (Almost like ''UsagiYojimbo''.''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo''.)
19th Aug '16 8:41:02 PM LadyNorbert
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* In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', Pinocchio is brought to life by the Blue Fairy, to make Geppetto a father.
* In [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon the Disney version]] of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Hercules' adoptive parents have been praying to the gods for a child. When they find the baby Hercules, with the symbol of the gods on a medal around his neck, they naturally assume the gods sent him to them. (He is, of course, actually a god made near-mortal in this version, [[HijackedByJesus dissimilar to the original myth as it is.]])
* Naturally, ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}''.
* The movie ''WesternAnimation/JosephKingOfDreams'' had a song titled ''Miracle Child''
* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Kala and Kerchak lose their son to Sabor. Tarzan loses his parents to Sabor. Kala and Tarzan both fill the void in each others' lives. It takes Kerchak much longer to accept Tarzan as his son, but he eventually does [[spoiler:right before he dies.]]

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* In Disney/{{Pinocchio}}, Pinocchio is brought to life by the Blue Fairy, to make Geppetto a father.
* In [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon the Disney version]] of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Hercules' adoptive parents have been praying to the gods for a child. When they find the baby Hercules, with the symbol of the gods on a medal around his neck, they naturally assume the gods sent him to them. (He is, of course, actually a god made near-mortal in this version, [[HijackedByJesus dissimilar to the original myth as it is.]])



* Naturally, ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}''.
* The movie ''WesternAnimation/JosephKingOfDreams'' had a song titled ''Miracle Child''



* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Kala and Kerchak lose their son to Sabor. Tarzan loses his parents to Sabor. Kala and Tarzan both fill the void in each others' lives. It takes Kerchak much longer to accept Tarzan as his son, but he eventually does [[spoiler:right before he dies.]]
16th Aug '16 1:39:53 AM KizunaTallis
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* Deconstructed hard in ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'', where the flashbacks show that the Plutonian's (an {{expy}} of the aforementioned Big Blue Boy Scout) many different MuggleFosterParents were utterly afraid of (or at least had no idea how to handle) the wonder child's powers, causing him to be bounced around several different homes. This lack of stability and love leads to Plutonian becoming a desperately LoveHungry person who CantTakeCriticism of any kind.
15th Aug '16 2:02:41 PM CaptEquinox
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** One variant of the story has her weeping in farewell as she ascends, and [[TearJerker her tears become fireflies]].


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* In Russia, this is "The Snow Maiden", who melts at the end of winter, but returns with the first frost.
2nd Jun '16 1:52:59 AM PaulA
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* Creator/TanithLee does a takeoff on this in one of her Flat Earth books. The lady who wants a child has a date with an angel. They kiss, and she is told she'll conceive the next time she and her husband are together; she does, and thereby hangs the tale.

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* Creator/TanithLee does a takeoff on this in one of her Flat Earth ''Literature/TalesFromTheFlatEarth'' books. The lady who wants a child has a date with an angel. They kiss, and she is told she'll conceive the next time she and her husband are together; she does, and thereby hangs the tale.
4th May '16 7:25:26 AM Piando
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* Goku of 'Manga/DragonBall'' was adopted by Grampa Gohan (who he eventually named his son after) after he fell to Earth in his pod as an infant. Even as a baby he exhibited superhuman strength.

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* Goku of 'Manga/DragonBall'' ''Manga/DragonBall'' was adopted by Grampa Gohan (who he eventually named [[Characters/DragonBallSonGohan his son son]] after) after he fell to Earth in his pod as an infant. Even as a baby he exhibited superhuman strength.
3rd May '16 9:25:38 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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However, in the realm of fairy tales, this is never the end of the story. Through ThePowerOfLove, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishing]], MosesInTheBullrushes, or some other [[DeusExMachina supernaturally-empowered]] device, a child will come into the life or lives of the poor, childless person or couple. However, due to the unusual circumstances of his or her birth, the child given to the couple is a little bit... unusual. They have amazing magical powers, or they have a strange appearance, or something similar. This is the WonderChild.

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However, in the realm of fairy tales, this is never the end of the story. Through ThePowerOfLove, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishing]], MosesInTheBullrushes, MosesInTheBulrushes, or some other [[DeusExMachina supernaturally-empowered]] device, a child will come into the life or lives of the poor, childless person or couple. However, due to the unusual circumstances of his or her birth, the child given to the couple is a little bit... unusual. They have amazing magical powers, or they have a strange appearance, or something similar. This is the WonderChild.
4th Feb '16 2:25:08 PM margdean56
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* In the medieval ChivalricRomance of ''Robert the Devil'' and all its variants, the parents [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wish for a child -- whether from God or the Devil]]. The son is therefore born possessed by evil. (Fortunately for him, in due time, he repents and does pentience for his evil. This results in either [[RagsToRoyalty marrying]] [[StandardHeroReward the princess]] or becoming a saint.)

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* In the medieval ChivalricRomance of ''Robert the Devil'' and all its variants, the parents [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wish for a child -- whether from God or the Devil]]. The son is therefore born possessed by evil. (Fortunately for him, in due time, he repents and does pentience penance for his evil. This results in either [[RagsToRoyalty marrying]] [[StandardHeroReward the princess]] or becoming a saint.)



* Naturally, this occurs in Literature/TheBible, with Sarah giving birth to Isaac. Sarah was 90 years old too old to bear a child, presumably past menopause. But if Yahweh makes a plan that involves the son of Abraham (who is 100) and Sarah founding the Jewish nation, then Sarah will miraculously give birth even though she's past menopause.

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* Naturally, this occurs in Literature/TheBible, with Sarah giving birth to Isaac. Sarah was 90 years old too old--too old to bear a child, presumably past menopause. But if Yahweh makes a plan that involves the son of Abraham (who is 100) and Sarah founding the Jewish nation, then Sarah will miraculously give birth even though she's past menopause.



* There's a story in one of the ''Cricket'' magazines that features something like this. The man and wife don't have any kids. However, one day the man is doing his job as a woodcutter, and he finds an enormous gold and purple butterfly coccoon. He takes it home, and they put it by the fire. The next day there is a baby girl with purple eyes wrapped in a golden cloak. Her parents insist that she avoid the forest where she came from, but it turns into a TearJerker when [[spoiler: she searches the forest for healing herbs to save her mother, and touches the bush where the purple butterflies swarm. She brings back the plants and saves her mother, but the next day, she turns back into a butterfly.]]

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* There's a story in one of the ''Cricket'' magazines that features something like this. The man and wife don't have any kids. However, one day the man is doing his job as a woodcutter, and he finds an enormous gold and purple butterfly coccoon.cocoon. He takes it home, and they put it by the fire. The next day there is a baby girl with purple eyes wrapped in a golden cloak. Her parents insist that she avoid the forest where she came from, but it turns into a TearJerker when [[spoiler: she searches the forest for healing herbs to save her mother, and touches the bush where the purple butterflies swarm. She brings back the plants and saves her mother, but the next day, she turns back into a butterfly.]]



* In Norton Juster's ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'''s BackStory, the old king had two sons, but regretted having no daughters, when he found two golden-haired girl babies in his garden: the Princesses Rhyme and Reason.

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* In Norton Juster's ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'''s BackStory, the old king had two sons, but regretted having no daughters, when daughters. Then he found two golden-haired girl babies in his garden: the Princesses Rhyme and Reason.



* In Creator/VictoriaForester's ''Literature/TheGirlWhoCouldFly'', Piper is a surprisingly late birth to a childless couple, and she can (surprise!) [[{{Flight}} fly]]. It subverts the rest, as her parents were shocking and ashamed to have a child so late -- it's just not the way things are done -- and her mother's first reaction is that such results are to be expected what things aren't done the way they're supposed to be done.

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* In Creator/VictoriaForester's ''Literature/TheGirlWhoCouldFly'', Piper is a surprisingly late birth to a childless couple, and she can (surprise!) [[{{Flight}} fly]]. It subverts the rest, as her parents were shocking shocked and ashamed to have a child so late -- it's just not the way things are done -- and her mother's first reaction is that such results are to be expected what when things aren't done the way they're supposed to be done.



* Baby William of ''Series/TheXFiles'' is this. By all accounts, he shouldn't exist and how he came to be when his mother apparently had no ova was never established. And because he is a Wonder Child and "more human than human", all the bad guys want him.

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* Baby William of ''Series/TheXFiles'' is this. By all accounts, he shouldn't exist exist, and how he came to be when his mother apparently had no ova was never established. And because he is a Wonder Child and "more human than human", all the bad guys want him.
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