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The main magic user in the game or story happens to be the youngest person in the group. Possibly because the story writer wants to have a character that young for comic or dramatic effect and can't imagine said character being proficient in a sword or other conventional weapons, so they let them summon meteors with their mind. It also provides a convenient justification for [[SquishyMage keeping the mage squishy]]; they don't have the raw strength to move around in heavy armor. In any case, the implication is that either magic is ''just that easy'', or [[ChildProdigy they're just that good]].

There's also the old standby that [[ChildrenAreSpecial children have more magic potential than adults]], presumably tied to their imagination/[[ChildrenAreInnocent innocence]]/not-being-attached-to-the-mundane. As such, there's always a chance of GrowingUpSucks for a mage, as they may lose some of their power (or power growth) upon reaching adulthood.

This trope extends towards the LittlePeople sometimes, as well, considering many have a child-like appearance (or even mannerisms). Just don't say that to the [[NapoleonComplex dwarves]].

See also {{Tykebomb}}, which is not necessarily a magic user, and SquishyWizard, which a Child Mage is almost guaranteed to be, or MagicalGirl, when a Child Mage is a cute little girl with fancy magic and outfits, or CuteBruiser, when the character actually ''does'' have physical prowess instead of magic, despite their size, and GooGooGodlike, for a character even younger (specifically, they are infants) and more precocious than the Child Mage. Compare TeenGenius for the sci-fi equivalent.

If they have psychic abilities instead of magic it's PsychicChildren.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Schierke from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' is the youngest member of Guts' new party. Her spells are incredibly powerful but needs time to cast (and she's in a trance whenever that happens), so Guts and the other fighters [[SwordAndSorcerer cover her while she gets ready]].
* Sakura Kinomoto from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' was ten years old at the beginning of the story and not much older at the end.
* While many characters in ''Manga/FairyTail'' are mages, 12-year-old [[TheMedic Wendy]] [[BlowYouAway is an example]] of this trope.
** Regardless, we now have the TechnicolorFire mage Romeo after the TimeSkip, who is 13.
* Nanoha Takamachi, and several of her friends/rivals from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''... she was ''nine'' when she started using magic, and yet, she was already one of the most powerful mages in the multiverse.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Negi is incredibly proficient with magic for being only ten years old. He also is a partial subversion, as he becomes skilled with physical combat as well, but this is backed up with magic too.
** The BigBad is a subversion, as when he's first introduced he's apparently the youngest member of his team, and the most powerful magic user. Turns out that he's an ArtificialHuman who's OlderThanHeLooks.
** Similarly to, and more explicitly than, Fate; Evangeline [=McDowell=] is a centuries-old UndeadChild who has [[Really700YearsOld not aged a day since]] ''she'' was ten and usually gets the ExpectingSomeoneTaller reaction when she does not have her [[OlderAlterEgo illusions up]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': The titular character and a lot of his friends certainly qualify as this, on the grounds that [[{{Ninja}} Their Ninja Are Different]].
* Lily in ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie''.
* Lina Inverse of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' started out with magic pretty young, and still gets mistaken for a kid occasionally due to being short and, ah, [[ACupAngst petite]].
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Lessar of New Light is a middle-schooler wind magician
** Leivinia Birdway is the 10-year-old leader of a magical cabal.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': The MagicalGirls are ChildSoldiers.
* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' has Shouta, though he rarely if ever performs any magic.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The aptly titled ComicBook/KlarionTheWitchBoy from the DC Universe, who's appeared in the ''ComicBook/{{Etrigan}}'' comics and various cartoons.


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* In Raven Child's ''Fanfic/TheSmurfetteVillage'' series, Baby Smurf's DistaffCounterpart Babette is also born one, and over time grows into her adult role as Sorcerette while Baby becomes Sorcerer.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Guardian}}'', Lulu is shown to have an affinity for black magic since childhood. Her unusual level of ability is why Ginnem allows her to become a guardian.
* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fanfics: Most young unicorns can perform a little telekinesis with their magic, so there are a lot of examples, or at least, {{implied}} ones.
** ''Fanfic/StoryShuffle'': Twilight Sparkle, at age 7, is one of these and also a ChildProdigy, performing magical feats thought impossible for someone so young. What did she do? She [[spoiler:made a golem]].

[[folder: Literature ]]

%% Harry Potter is NotAnExample, because EVERYBODY in the story is magical, and due to the setting, many of the most important characters are children, so there's no one character who fits the archetype operating in an otherwise older group.
* The Literature/{{Discworld}} series:
** Esk in ''Discworld/EqualRites'', who was bequeathed a wizard's staff at birth and whose powers start manifesting at age eight. And since she has both wizard and witch magic feeding off each other, she's able to do things adult wizards and witches can't.
** A much more extreme example occurs in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' with Coin, who is not only a wizard, but the most powerful one since the mage wars thousands of years ago because Coin is a sourcerer, which effectively gives him an infinite amount of magical energy, unlike ordinary wizards who have to work with the background magic field. Being around Coin (or on the same world as him) makes all the wizards a lot more powerful as they can use the magic he constantly leaks into the world.
** Tiffany Aching becomes a witch at the age of nine.
** Parodied with a throwaway comment in ''The Discworld Companion'' to the effect that there is officially no minimum age requirement to matriculating at Unseen University, but these days few new students are still clutching a toy lamb.
* The Archive in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', a young girl who serves as the embodiment of the collective knowledge of all mankind... including magic, as demonstrated when [[spoiler: she takes down four fallen angels all by herself]].
** Harry's first spell was to propel himself really far in the long-jump at school. He fought off his first EldritchAbomination and won his first MagicalDuel by eighteen.
** Elaine, [=DuMorne=]'s other adopted child, was also this.
** [[spoiler: Molly]]'s first spell was to try and break her friends' addiction to drugs. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero There's a reason]] that [[BlackMagic mind magic]] is usually punishable by death.
* In ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', Bane is a ten-year-old magical prodigy. Unfortunately, he's also [[EnfantTerrible evil]].
* Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''The Changeling'' keeps it charmingly ambiguous whether the three-year-old Josie is this or whether her sister and friend just convince themselves she is.
* In TheInheritenceCycle Riders, Elves, and Dragons all live a really long time because of their magic. When Eragon is crushing on Arya, she explains that in her culture, she's the youngest of adults and he's barely out of diapers. Even ignoring the fact that it's his job to defeat Galbatorix and [[DistractedByTheSexy she's not helping]] with that and the fact that she's affectionate for him, she tells him to wait a few decades before she'd really consider it.
* Ged is this early on in ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea'' before he goes on to become [[TheArchmage Archmage]]. His aunt, a witch, notes that he has unusual magical power, and when he was eight or nine, he saved his entire village from the [[BarbarianTribe Kargs]] using a spell he essentially made up on the spot. Some time after, he goes to Roke, which, as it's the [[WizardingSchool Hogwarts]] of Earthsea, is also ''full'' of child mages.
* ''The ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series by Diane Duane states this trope a good number of times in many books. Child wizards are naturally stronger because of their imagination and removal from a serious life. Older wizards balance this out with their knowledge and experience.
* Petra, the younger sister of the protagonist of ''Literature/TheChrysalids'' by Creator/JohnWyndham is the most powerful telepath of the group. It's the strength of her powers that bring the woman from [[UsefulNotes/NewZealand Sealand]] to rescue the group.
* ''Literature/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has a few examples, most of them being appropriately horrifying. Sin is one example.
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', the titular character is an adolescent who has the makings of becoming a powerful wizard one day.
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', most of the wizards at the Palace of the Prophets are ReallySevenHundredYearsOld because the palace was designed as a spell-form. Richard, and Zedd (despite him being one of the oldest characters in the series otherwise), are as children to them.
** Zedd refrains from teaching Richard magic so that Richard will default to his instincts, which seem to be magically augmented by being a War Wizard and honed so that he was worthy of being named Seeker. It turns out to be justified; the conventional understanding of how magic works turns out to be limited, Richard has more powers than anyone in the last several thousand years and he accesses those powers in a different way. If anyone had explained their understanding of the limits of magic, he'd have doubted himself in critical moments and been unable to use his power.
* In ''Literature/TheDubiousHills'' by Creator/PamelaDean, all young children are "magicians", while older magic users are "wizards". Most magicians lose their powers around age ten, a few years before coming into their "knowledge", the one area or subject that they understand instinctively and completely; the exceptions are future wizards, whose knowledge ''is'' magic.
* Played around with in Literature/TheCandyShopWar. While all the actual magicians are grown-ups (and nearly all are Really700YearsOld, because nearly every magician knows how to freeze aging and it takes a while to learn magic), magic is much stronger when used on or by children, and it is all but impossible to reverse non-magical aging. For that reason, mages can grant tremendous power to children but not use it themselves. The plot of the first book hinges on this catch-22, as [[spoiler: the villainess is trying to acquire a drink from the Fountain Of Youth. The combination of childish power and adult knowledge makes her a PhysicalGod.]]
* This is deconstructed in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' with the character Bran Stark. At seven years old he's the most talented skinchanger in the world, capable of taking over the consciousness of other humans while other skinchangers can only manage to control animals. However, despite being a basically good person, Bran lacks the emotional maturity to use his powers wisely or understand how they hurt others, particularly his mentally handicapped companion Hodor. Bran, having lost the use of his legs, [[GrandTheftMe likes to use Hodor's body as a substitute for his own]]. He justifies it to himself like a typical seven-year-old boy might talk himself into "borrowing" his brother's bicycle, but for Hodor it's [[AndIMustScream an absolutely horrifying experience]]. [[spoiler: It's also implied that the ritual that unlocks his full greenseer powers is BloodMagic that's PoweredByAForsakenChild, a level of moral compromise that Bran is most definitely ''not'' prepared for.]]
** Bran's little brother, Rickon, is in a similar, yet different, pickle. Bonding with a direwolf at the age of four... has problems attached. As in: (CanisMajor + Increasingly Isolated Tot)([[CrapsackWorld Stress + Loss]]) = [[TheBerserker RAGE]]: lots and lots of rage on both sides. Many people get mauled/killed. Now, remember that wolves go through puberty after only a few months... Yeah: at about the age of five, Rickon is having to deal with Shaggydog's maturation into young adult, since they practically share each other's skulls 24/7, since nobody at Winterfell knows how to bring a warg and their BondCreature up together healthily. In return, the developmentally maturer ''Shaggy'' is left more or less having [[RaisedByWolves to babysit]] [[FieryRedhead Rickon]] [[SymbioticPossession from the inside]] to a great extent... thus, WildChild. The power dynamic between the two is about as messed-up and confused as the pair is.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Mordred in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Merlin counts also, since out of the six main characters, he is the youngest.
** All mages in the series were once this if they had innate gifts. Merlin could use his magic before he could talk, and Gaius mentions in an episode that Morgana had prophetic dreams as a little girl.
* Eden and (arguably) [[spoiler:baby Jewel]] in ''Series/MaddigansQuest'', young even by the other [[KidHero Kid Heroes']] standards.
* A grade-school aged male witch with psychokinetic powers appeared in the first season of ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. Once the Magic School was introduced, there would be several more.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' both inverts this trope and plays it straight in 3rd edition - of the two major arcane spellcasting classes, wizards have the highest minimum starting age while sorcerers have the lowest. The idea being that Wizards gain their power through countless years of study, while Sorcerers have an innate gift, and so can cast magic at a much younger age.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' has [[FanNickname the Loli-Pope]] Jaela Daran, the head of the Church of the Silver Flame and a eleven-year old girl. She's a 3rd-level cleric on her own merits... but when communing with the Silver Flame, she's one of the most powerful spellcasters in the setting.
** The Mystara setting used these in ''The Principalities of Glantri'', a supplement describing a nation ruled by wizards. Because only wizards can inherit noble titles in Glantri, magic-user families teach their kids to cast spells at extremely young ages, so if their parents should die prematurely, the title will stay within the family.
*** And one B-list schemer described is one of these, a necromancer with a level beyond his age. It is noted that treating him as a child is a ''very bad idea''.
* ''WizKids''.
* While averting the trope with magicians, 3rd Edition ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' had the Otaku- children capable of accessing the Matrix without any technological apparatus, who lost their abilities as they aged. 4th Edition changed this, however- the abilities stay with age and they're known as Technomancers.
* Early supplements for ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' gave the possibility of Child Mages some attention, but the idea rapidly fell out of favor with gamers who saw it as "cutesy"...or incredibly dangerous. [[RealityWarper They may have had a point.]]
* The most powerful wizard in the ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' world is the High Elf Archmage Teclis. His magical abilities were phenomenal and precocious even as a small child (as detailed in the novel Blood of Aenarion, where he is barely into his teens), and while he is all grown up in the modern age of the setting, he's still only a couple of hundred years old, which is practically nothing for an elf.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** Rydia in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is your white/black mage the first time she joins the party, though after being separated, she [[YearInsideHourOutside spontaneously]] [[PlotRelevantAgeUp ages several years]] before she rejoins later on; it's also specifically noted that children make good summoners because of their pure hearts. From the same game, Palom and Porom are about five (and twins), and serve as your major magic source for about the second fifth of the game. However, none of them lose their magical prowess (outside of the usual [[BagOfSpilling between-game level resetting]]) in the sequel, though none of them ''gain'' any physical prowess, either.
** Krile is introduced this way in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. When she's still an NPC, she's shown to fight with spells, and she has the second-highest raw magic stat. Spinoff games usually (though not always) give her a SquishyWizard build. [[spoiler:However, if you made Galuf your tank, she will become a tank herself once she inherits his abilities and joins the party.]]
** Relm of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has the highest natural Magic stat in the game. At 10, she's the youngest playable human in that game.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'':
*** The party's BlackMage, Vivi, appears about eight or ten years old [[spoiler: but is actually less than a year old.]] This turns out to be an EnforcedTrope: [[spoiler: Black Mages in the setting are actually a kind of {{golem}} with [[WeAreAsMayflies a very short lifespan]]. Vivi is a SuperPrototype who might live longer than the rest, but still isn't likely to make it out of childhood.]]
*** Eiko, a WhiteMage who also wields powerful SummonMagic, is only six years old. {{Justified}} as she's the LastOfHerKind, so the party don't exactly have the option of choosing an older, more experienced summoner to accompany them.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' distills this trope into a ''race'', the [[LittlePeople Tarutaru]]. Tiny, child-like, wickedly magic inclined.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': Hope, once he is given his l'Cie powers, is statistically oriented to become the party's SquishyWizard. He is the only character in the game to learn every offensive spell.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'': The party members are all depicted as youngsters no older than fourteen or so, based on interaction with their family members. This includes the magically-inclined Yukes, who despite their age, are around the same size as adults from other tribes...
* Yuu in ''VideoGame/LuminousArc3''.
* Roan from ''VideoGame/GrandiaII''.
* Genis from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is the BlackMage and the youngest in the group.
* Cooke and Mack from ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey''. These two get a bonus for being only eight and ''six''.
* The Sprite in ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana''.
* Rita from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is the second youngest member of the group at age 15, and the party's only SquishyWizard. [[HandWave Handwaved]] with Rita being a prodigy in the fields of magic and blastia.
* Elize from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' is the youngest member of the group at age 12 (13 in the sequel). Her magical prowess stems from the fact that [[spoiler: her living doll Teepo is actually a booster; a device that increases one's combat capability at the expense of their lifespan.]]
* Caillou from ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale''. He's rather adamant that people don't treat him like a child, though... right before he demands you to sell him some candy.
* Ivan from ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' is the youngest party member and he's the BlackMage. In the sequel, Sheba also fills in this role. In the third game, Himi is even younger at twelve.
* Some ''Tales'' games play with this trope: Meredy from ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' is 16, and looks about 12. However, on her home planet, not only is she considered an adult and and owns her own lavish house, she's ''one of the most accredited and famous engineers in the world.'' Beryl Benito from ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' likewise looks prepubescent, but is actually 18, and simply revels in her youth.
* MOMO from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''. She's the youngest party member, a robot girl who looks like a preteen (and may even be [[YoungerThanTheyLook Younger Than She Looks]]) and the best healer, a user of ranged magic-like attacks, and a part-time MagicalGirl. However, this is because she's an ArtificialHuman, not because she's a child.
* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series has many mages that are children.
** Lugh in ''Binding Blade'' is about thirteen, and his adult support partners express surprise or dismay that a child like him is on the battlefield until he points out he's not much younger than KidHero Roy. (Lugh's twin Raigh is also a magic user, but he avoids getting those comments thanks to his JerkassFacade while Lugh is kind and cheerful.)
** Nino in ''Blazing Sword'' is fourteen, but her appearance and personality strongly evoke this trope too--she's a kindhearted, cheerful, lonely girl who's starved of affection from her "mother" and treats the other members of her organization as elder brothers (except Jaffar, who's a potential love interest). She also has major MagikarpPower and is indicated to be a magic prodigy in her support conversations, which is why she was abducted and raised by a group of assassins.
** Ewan from Sacred Stones is an apprentice, not even part of the full-fledged mage class, and he starts as the weakest spellcaster in the game but [[MagikarpPower if you spend the effort to train him...]]
** Also Subverted in Radiant Dawn with two of the most important mages, Soren and Micaiah. [[spoiler:they're both products of breeding between the two species, meaning they age slower. By the end of the second game, they're both in their twenties while still appearing to be in their mid-teens.]] Empress Sanaki and Tormod before he grew up, however, fit this trope.
** The twins Yubello and Yumina, a mage and cleric respectively are, at 13-14 years old, the youngest party members you can have in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem''.
** Ricken from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' certainly evokes the trope. Although his age is never given, he is the youngest member of Chrom's Shepherds, looks like a kid, and is treated as the kid of the group even though he is of marriageable age. This can be somewhat amusing as it is possible that [[spoiler: his child from the future will look older than him.]]
* Leon of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' is the youngest potential recruit, being only twelve, and is a prodigy who excels at magic. He's also a bit of a jerk, though he [[spoiler: softens up after having a HeroicBSOD after his parents and everyone save Claude appear to be wiped out in a shipwreck. This is also the point where he becomes permanently recruit-able, though he's only accessible if you're playing as Claude.]]
* Toyed with in the mage origin of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. The campaign starts with the player character finishing his/her Harrowing, marking him/her as an adult and fully-fledged mage, but is noted to be young to be taking the Harrowing, and is almost certainly the youngest member of the party aside from perhaps Alistair, whose mother mother met [[spoiler: king Maric]] in 9:10 Dragon, making him 18 or 19 during the siege of Ostagar.
** [[spoiler: Arl Eamon's son Connor]] is a straight example. As a very young mage, he can barely cast simple spells, but is just as capable of [[spoiler: not so]] accidentally tearing the Veil to the Fade (the realm of demons, spirits, and dreams) as any other mage.
* [[SquishyWizard Skulls]] in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games are shown to be young boys. Their female counterparts who also appear in other non-Disgaea Creator/NipponIchi titles look no older than grade school aged as well. (Interestingly enough, the Cleric class is always depicted as older, and the female Clerics in particular much better stacked.)
** Emizel in Disgaea 4 is this for the group.
* Carlie (Charlotte) of ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' plays with this. She's fifteen, but for [[HalfHumanHybrids half-elves]] in this game [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty Immortality does]] ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty begin at twenty]], so Carlie is roughly as physically and mentally developed as a human five year old.
* Playable mages of either gender in ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'' look like children, and females usually have the GenkiGirl personality to match. As all PC mages are nonhuman immigrants (and the males may be undead), this may be [[OlderThanTheyLook only skin deep]], and roleplayers often play them as adult. The mage character in the AnimeOfTheGame is of similarly uncertain maturity.
* Annie from VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends. Doubles as a CreepyChild because of her [[PlayingWithFire propensity for burning things]].
* Alvin from ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' has an inherent gift that makes him the most powerful mage known. Unfortunately it's so powerful it's a hazard to himself and others, and he needs help keeping it under control. In the books, Ciri had a similar role, but she managed to seal it and swear off magic when [[GrowingUpSucks she grew up]].
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has Kennith. He's first met as a child in a quest. The next quest in the series, he's a young adult, and together with two other characters and the player he forms a party of four. The player's age is discussable, but Kennith most probably is the youngest member of said party. And he can cast even the high-level spells without any effort or even material components usually needed for casting.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' has two - Bianca and Madchen. While Bianca is not that strong until she grows up, Madchen, however, has no excuse for being able to cast powerful ice spell and transform into a dragon at the age of 8.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/SimonTheSorcerer'' games, where Simon is a regular British kid from our world who ends up in the magical realm. However, he doesn't have any magical abilities on his own.
* Ernie Eaglebeek in ''VideoGame/TheSpellcastingSeries'' may possibly be considered this, except he's in his late teens and has plenty of sex, something not normally associated with a child mage (especially a nerd).
* Ram and Rom from ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}''. Gust fits the bill as well, but only in appearance.
* Oliver in ''VideoGame/NiNoKuni''. He subverts the SquishyWizard status when he gets to a high enough level, due to him being TheHero.
* In ''VideoGame/FantasyLife'', if you take the mage path, the first of your colleagues that will be willing to accompany you in battle is Nox, who's still a child.
* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': Mint, a RedMage who's a 12-year-old IllGirl.
* ''Videogame/Wizard101'': Player characters seem to be teenagers at most.

[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Maria]] is one of these, but she's a little bit... ''[[CreepyChild different]]''. [[spoiler:Her claiming to be a mage can also be seen as just a way to cope with being friendless.]]
* Trucy Wright from the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series is a realistic example, being a talented {{stage magician}} at the age of fifteen.
** Pearl Fey, if spirit channelers count. She's only nine and is already at least as powerful as her eighteen-year-old cousin who is of the more powerful 'main family' bloodline rather than Pearl's 'branch family'. If Maya was out of the way she'd probably be first in line to be the Kurain Master. [[spoiler:Which is why Pearl's mother keeps trying to kill Maya.]]


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/HaruSari'' magic can only really be used by "elves", people born with a mutation, either naturally or more commonly artificially induced. The downside of that power? Elves physically stay prepubescent children forever, at least until their thirties -- when their magic has poisoned their bodies enough to kill them. And that does not even count in the common psychological disorders and bad social standing.
* Ariana Rael in ''Webcomic/VanVonHunter''.
* The children of [[http://badwebcomics.wikidot.com/hathor-the-cow-goddess Hathor the Cow Goddess]] are unusually smart. But this is just to illustrate how well she thinks unschooling works and to make her adult StrawLoser opponents look even dumber by comparison.
* The students in ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'' are already experienced mages -- as opposed to Graham, the adult, who is clueless. Alas, everyone is subject to GoodIsDumb.
* Holly in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'' is fourteen, while the rest of the team consists of adult knights.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' have convinced [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-239 SCP-239]] that she is witch in attempt to keep her RealityWarper powers (which operate under ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve logic) under control and to boost morale of personnel.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** The Three Little Witches, who are a preadolescent example of TheWeirdSisters.
** Paige St. Claire from Written In Blood: Part 1, the protagonist's preteen younger sister, who has been learning magic all her life.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Orko from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. Very small compared to the others, ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, but he certainly acts like a kid.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'': Baby Smurf, believe it or not. He was occasionally seen casting spells (although none of the others see this), and is heavily implied to be Papa Smurf's successor.
%% * In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' the current Franchise/GreenLantern is a child - not technically a mage, but the same effect.
%% ** Explored on a similar vein in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', with a [[FountainOfYouth kiddified]] John Stewart unable to settle on what he wants until Wonder Woman yells at him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', in the backstory of "Long Way to Morning," the Magus was both very young and a good enough mage to cure the prince. (Granted, he did need the [[MacGuffin Grimorum]] to do it...)
* Kyle the Conjurer and Sigmund the Sorceror in ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum''.
* While [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] is no longer a child, she showed immense magical talent from a very young age.