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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.
4th Feb '16 2:19:22 PM margdean56
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* The Chinese-Tibetan fairy tale "Qing Wa Qi Shou" (The Rider in Green Clothes), which is one of the most important folk interpretations of the political relationship between those two historical states, has a very old couple who always wanted a child. The elderly woman finally goes pregnant for four months and bears a FROG. Late it is shown that in an rare occurence, after he gets his wife, the frog is able to turn into a handsome, skilled rider for a certain festival. But the wife stays at home and accidentally burns his frog skin. Therefore, the young frog man must die, if she hadn't done that he would have been that saviour of the tibetan people, turned the unhospital lands into fertile ground and China would have been a tribute state to Tibet instead the other way round. See?

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* The Chinese-Tibetan fairy tale "Qing Wa Qi Shou" (The Rider in Green Clothes), which is one of the most important folk interpretations of the political relationship between those two historical states, has a very old couple who always wanted a child. The elderly woman finally goes gets pregnant for four months and bears a FROG. Late Later it is shown that in an a rare occurence, after he gets his wife, the frog is able to turn into a handsome, skilled rider for a certain festival. But the wife stays at home and accidentally burns his frog skin. Therefore, the young frog man must die, die; if she hadn't done that he would have been that the saviour of the tibetan Tibetan people, turned the unhospital inhospitable lands into fertile ground ground, and China would have been a tribute state to Tibet instead of the other way round. See?
15th Jan '16 6:12:31 AM Piando
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* Goku of ''{{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 ''{{Dragonball}}'' '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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* An elderly, childless farm couple wish that they had a child. [[{{Superman}} They find a baby in a rocket, who has Powers And Abilities Far Beyond Those Of Mortal Men]].
* A queen wanted a child badly, but lived in a land with no men. So she made a clay statue of a baby, and the gods, in reward for her faithfulness, [[WonderWoman turned it into a real girl]].

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* An elderly, childless farm couple wish that they had a child. [[{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} They find a baby in a rocket, who has Powers And Abilities Far Beyond Those Of Mortal Men]].
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* In Norton Juster's ''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 ''ThePhantomTollbooth'''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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* The origin story of the little girl in ''PrincessMaker 2'' follows this: She is a "pure soul" sent by the gods to live with a human hero so that she can learn about the world.

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* The origin story of the little girl in ''PrincessMaker ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker 2'' follows this: She is a "pure soul" sent by the gods to live with a human hero so that she can learn about the world.




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6th Dec '15 5:16:39 PM StFan
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17th Oct '15 11:08:46 PM Raincoat
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* A Hebrew wonder-child tale features a girl named Kohava (star), who is born with a shining stone in her hand. The stone contains her soul, so if she ever loses it, she falls asleep until someone gives it back. She has a SleepingBeauty -ish story arc when a princess jealous of her beauty takes her soul away, but of course a prince finds her and gives the shining stone back.



* Lynne Reid Banks's ''Literature/TheFairyRebel'' is about something like this. A childless couple saves the life of a fairy, who decides she owes them one and agrees to give them the child they long for. The child is mostly normal, but she has a streak of blue hair which has magical properties.

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* Lynne Reid Banks's ''Literature/TheFairyRebel'' is about something like this. A childless couple saves the life of a fairy, who decides she owes them one and agrees to give them the child they long for. The child is mostly normal, but she has a streak of blue hair which has magical properties. The fairy queen did not give her approval to the business, so the child is also effectively cursed with a nasty enemy...



* 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 a golden 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. It turns into a TearJerker moment when [[spoiler: Her parents tell her not to touch the plant that they found her cocoon on, but one day she ''has'' to, as it will heal her father from an illness. She gathers up as much of the plant as she can, and after she gets home- 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 a golden 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. It Her parents insist that she avoid the forest where she came from, but it turns into a TearJerker moment when [[spoiler: Her parents tell she searches the forest for healing herbs to save her not to touch mother, and touches the plant that they found bush where the purple butterflies swarm. She brings back the plants and saves her cocoon on, mother, but one day she ''has'' to, as it will heal her father from an illness. She gathers up as much of the plant as she can, and after she gets home- next day, she turns back into a butterfly.]]]]
** There was another ''Cricket'' story about a child born of a magic potato vine. The man who sold the magic potatoes to the couple was also childless and wanted the baby for himself, but they persuaded him to accept one of the new potatoes they'd grown instead.



* In Disney/{{Pinocchio}}, Pinocchio is brought to life by the Blue Fairy, to make Geppeto a father.

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* In Disney/{{Pinocchio}}, Pinocchio is brought to life by the Blue Fairy, to make Geppeto Geppetto a father.



* Otto Rank's book ''The Myth of the Birth of the Hero'' points out that, in fact '''everyone''' is a Wonder Child, having gone a tremendous transformation from a foetus living in the mother's womb into an air-breating, independently living person.

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* Otto Rank's book ''The Myth of the Birth of the Hero'' points out that, in fact '''everyone''' is a Wonder Child, having gone a tremendous transformation from a foetus living in the mother's womb into an air-breating, air-breathing, independently living person.
13th Oct '15 3:07:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheFlintstones''. Betty and Barney tried for a child shortly after Pebbles' birth, and had no luck. Then they wished on a falling star, and Bamm-Bamm turned up on their doorstep shortly thereafter. He had super-strength and could walk even as an infant. The super strength stayed with him all the way to adulthood.

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* ''TheFlintstones''.''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''. Betty and Barney tried for a child shortly after Pebbles' birth, and had no luck. Then they wished on a falling star, and Bamm-Bamm turned up on their doorstep shortly thereafter. He had super-strength and could walk even as an infant. The super strength stayed with him all the way to adulthood.



* The movie JosephKingOfDreams had a song titled ''Miracle Child''

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* The movie JosephKingOfDreams ''WesternAnimation/JosephKingOfDreams'' had a song titled ''Miracle Child''
13th Sep '15 6:16:51 PM DoctorCooper
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* In ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'', the blue fairy brings the titular puppet to life because his creator, Gepetto, wanted a son.

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* In ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'', the blue fairy brings the titular puppet to life because his creator, Gepetto, wanted Geppetto carved Pinocchio from a son.living log.


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