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Or superpowered, godlike infants and very young children.

Apparently, PlotLeveling happens inside the fictional (and, especially, superheroic) world as well. Not only is it true that LamarckWasRight about parents passing on their more noteworthy abilities through a number of increasing EvolutionaryLevels (never mind that that last bit is there only if you read between the lines really hard), but more powerful people are born chronologically later; just ask anyone who's been to TheFuture. This trope is most pronounced in those who are currently infants: They don't get any lines or characterization, but they still alter the fate of the world just by existing.

Maybe it's all that InfantImmortality building up and exploding into the world as PureEnergy, or maybe it's just some writer's idea of a "surprising" development, but if you see a baby in any genre which lets people have power disproportionate to their physical and mental ability, that kid is going to be God.

Woe betide any [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter babysitter]] (or parent) who cannot quite control the baby's immense powers.

SubTrope of SuperiorSuccessor.

Contrast PubertySuperpower, where your abilities show up later. Happens because of SuperpowerfulGenetics. Do this on an industrial scale and you get a BizarreBabyBoom. When one of these goes wrong, it's an EnfanteTerrible.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Goku was sent to Earth because he'd easily be able to wipe out all life on the planet ''as a newborn baby.'' That's not speaking highly of Goku; [[NormalFishInATinyPond that's speaking badly of Earth]]. We're so back-water and worthless we're not even worth a proper invasion, just send a baby there, let it full-moon-rampage for a few years, then send someone to clean up whatever's left over.
** Any Saiyan HalfHumanHybrid can be relied on to crush a Big Bad who has otherwise proved unstoppable. Two of the {{Big Bad}}s of the series (Raditz and Cell) are defeated by Gohan as a toddler and pre-teen respectively. However, it's also subverted in that these power spurts are the result of short-lived moments of UnstoppableRage; Gohan didn't constantly train and focus to keep up his might or to hold his temper in check, and that's largely why Goku is the one to defeat Frieza and Majin Buu.
** This grows worse as the series progresses, too: Goku and Vegeta had to go through great suffering to obtain Super Saiyan. Gohan merely had to imagine going through great suffering. Goten merely had to get scared sparring with his mother, and Trunks could do it because Goten did it. Vegeta [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this both in Japanese and English.
* Ivan Whisky aka Cyborg 001 in ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'': he's just a little baby, but has insanely powerful psychic powers and is extremely intelligent.
** Ivan's also a rather sad subversion: he's a cyborg who was experimented on by [[spoiler: his own father]] first and then by the Black Ghost group, so he will be stuck as a baby ''forever''.
* While not at all godlike in any way, Hiei of ''YuYuHakusho'' needed to be wrapped in a special cloth and sealed with many talismans because he was surrounded by an aura of fire that was especially hazardous to the ice demons around him.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Brock's Happiny is an amusing case of [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength "doesn't know her own strength"]]. The father of the egg must have been a Granbull... This is of course, ignoring the fact that, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation at least in the games,]] Happiny has ''the lowest attack power of any Pokémon''. That may well be intentional.
** And, to a point, Togepi did in earlier seasons... sort of. Its Metronome was very convenient in many situations, even if none of the cast realized it. In the games, Metronome (which randomly uses almost any move in the game, except for whichever moves the Pokémon actually knows and a handful of other exceptions) is too unreliable to be useful. In the anime, though, whenever Togepi used Metronome, you could count on something impressive (and usually explosive) happening.
* Vivio of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', the title character's adopted 6-year-old daughter who [[spoiler:slapped around her mother's SuperMode silly during the final battle of the third season and managed to remain conscious while taking ''five'' [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breakers]] at full blast]]. Looks like Nanoha has a worthy successor to the "[[FanNickname White Devil]]" name. Being [[spoiler:a [[CloneJesus clone of Sankt Kaiser Olivie]], perhaps the most powerful mage in history]], explains pretty well why she's so powerful.
* All of the naturally born [[{{Mutants}} Mu]] children from ''Manga/{{Toward the Terra}}'', but especially Tony who, at the age of three, [[EnfantTerrible almost killed a man (deliberately!)]] with his PsychicPowers.
* Manga/{{Akira}} from the eponymous manga is a child with extreme psychokinetic powers. He was so powerful that he had to be sealed away in an underground facility at below freezing temperatures.
* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'', the titular character is considered to be one of the strongest demons of the series (quite possibly ''the'' strongest with the exception of his father, the Demon King), despite being a baby.
** Notable that Beel (like all demons) needs to be channeled through a human contractor to achieve anything near his acutal power in the human world and is too young to be able to pull out any of his own power anyway. [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever When he goes to the demon world though...]]
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Alexander Luthor Jr. made his debut as the ultimate {{MacGuffin}} in ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. And from there, he eventually went on to become the DimensionLord BigBad of ''InfiniteCrisis''.
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'':
** Franklin Richards, son of two members of the Fantastic Four, can do [[RealityWarper literally anything]]. Basically, Franklin has two separate superpower sets: he is explained as possessing both the cosmic radiation which empowered his parents ''and'' being a [[WitchSpecies Mutant]]. Mutants usually acquire their powers during puberty (with physical mutations, such as Nightcrawler's physique, happening sooner), but his are unlocked faster because he inherited power from his parents.
** His little sister Valeria aka Val has [[TeenGenius genius-like intellect]]... and is not older than five. (Notably, genius ''adult'' intellect, as a five-year old with a genius IQ might have the intelligence of, say, a nine-year old.)
* ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'':
** Nathan Christopher Summers of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} is an amusing twist: he generally appears as the time-travelling adult Cable, in which persona he is among the mightiest mutants in the world... but the present-time infant version has shown bursts of even greater power, thanks to Apocalypse being pissy and giving Nathan a techno-organic virus. However Nathan ''Grey'' of ''ComicBook/{{Age of Apocalypse}}'' was never infected and was shown to be much stronger than his [[PhlebotinumRebel biologically identical]] [[AlternateUniverse counterpart from]] [[EvilTwin another mother]]. The Summers' TangledFamilyTree is so much fun.
** Cable's [[EvilTwin evil]] [[CloningBlues clone]] Stryfe was originally far more powerful as well (since he too lacks the techno-organic virus), but not to the extreme levels that Nate Grey reached. Cable's power has greatly increased since the last time he fought Stryfe, so they're probably on more even terms now.
** Gabriel Summers a.k.a. Vulcan, ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}'s [[TheOtherBrother long-foreshadowed second brother]]. He was found as a baby and raised to adolescence by aliens, and has the power to absorb literally ''any'' form of matter or energy and fire it back, survive in the vacuum of space, and shut off superpowers. He was described as "beyond Omega-level", but since Omega-level already means a mutant of unlimited potential, the part about being beyond a mutant of unlimited potential is most likely a regretful mistake. Still, he's very powerful.
* A further MarvelUniverse example was Hyperstorm, the alternate future child of two of these, Franklin Richards and Rachel Summers. His powers include controlling the fundamental forces of the universe, moving to any point in the universe instantly through hyperspace, and ridiculous levels of psychic power. (He was still vulnerable to being eaten by Galactus, though.) This isn't terribly surprising with a dad who can re-arrange reality and a mum who is so powerful a telekinetic she can create a black hole and then destroy it just as easily, and that doesn't even start on all of her other abilities.
* In the [=WildStorm=] universe (home of ComicBook/TheAuthority, {{Planetary}}, and more), several superpowered "century babies" were born in the year 1900. Jenny Sparks, seemingly the most powerful of these, was actually the embodiment of the 20th century, and died shortly after it ended. Thus far, only a single century baby is known to have been born in the year 2000: Jenny Quantum, Sparks' godlike spiritual successor and quite possibly the most powerful being in the [=WildStorm=] universe. She's even singlehandedly, effortlessly defeated {{Lobo}}.
* The Blake twins in ''{{Spawn}}'' are not godlike: [[spoiler: one IS God, and the other, Satan.]] Cyan had also some power over Spawn during her baby years, but now, as a preteen, she has become more of a protegé.
* Sometimes this applies to even Normals. ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' has the powerless Dr. Moira [=MacTaggart=], whose status as Professor Xavier's ''ex-girlfriend'' was enough to knock her son, Kevin aka Proteus, into GreenLanternRing power levels.
* ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'':
** Superman was originally one of these as a child; these days he's usually portrayed as having {{Puberty Superpower}}s. The often unintentionally unsettling "Superbaby" comics and cartoons are a good demonstration of why so many comics try to avoid all this. Kyle Baker did a story called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letitia_Lerner%2C_Superman%27s_Babysitter "Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter,"]] which was initially pulled from the ''Elseworlds'' collection it was destined for as the then-president of DC didn't think Superbaby in a microwave was funny.
** Ariella Kent, the daughter of an AlternateUniverse Superman and {{Supergirl}} (they're [[NotBloodSiblings not cousins]] in that world) has greater-than-SilverAge Kryptonian powers, plus an array of PsychicPowers and TimeTravel. She causes massive collateral damage every time she... well, does anything.
** In ''ComicBook/JLAActOfGod'', the child of the depowered Supes and Wonder Woman is shown using telekinesis.
* Black Bolt of TheInhumans nearly destroyed his home [[MakeMeWannaShout just by crying]] as a child.
* [[spoiler: The baby Celestial]] born in ''[[ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} S.H.I.E.L.D]]'' #4.
* The Star Child, son of Ken Connell, in ''TheNewUniverse''. Born with the Star Brand already within him (Ken had sex with the child's mother while in possession of the Brand), he's actually pretty damn power, going so far as to ''stop death itself from happening''. He later fuses with Ken and [[spoiler:his StableTimeLoop older self]], takes blame for the White Event and Black Event, then bolts.
* In ''{{PS238}}'', this gets deconstructed. [[spoiler:One of the main 'villains' considers this an inevitable result if superhumans continue to breed with each other over several generations, and that it will lead to the destruction of the Earth. His entire plan is based on preventing this from ever happening.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Baby Jack-Jack of ''TheIncredibles'', for a [[TheReveal reveal]]. The short ''Jack-Jack Attack'' rather hilariously deconstructs the implications of godlike babies for those who have to look after them. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXNuUKOMJUg Observe.]]
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' opens with several scenes of this.
* ''Film/TheLegoMovie'' has the entire premise, plot, and characters as [[spoiler: the imaginative playtime of a [[HumansAreCthulhu boy named Finn]].]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''DayWatch'', Yegor is a super-powerful Dark One able to lead the dark ones (or light ones) to victory over the never ending struggle between the two forces. Naturally he's a small boy who's just about to enter pubescence. He's a lot younger in the first film ''Literature/NightWatch''.
* In the climax of ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]'', David Bowman's final, god-like form is the "Star Child", which mostly resembles a human baby.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** Piper's son will be the ultimate agent of either good or evil. This is mostly due to the fact that he's a son of both a White-lighter and a Charmed One.
** Phoebe's son was also destined to be an ultimate agent of either good or evil, since it was the child of a [[BigBad The Source]] and a Charmed One. [[spoiler:It didn't go well. Or long]]
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'': Melinda's future child will have more/different powers over spirits then his mother; just what those powers are haven't been revealed yet, but it's enough to disturb the spirit world into haunting Mel with [[CreepyChild faceless children]] and [[BrownNote books of doom]].
* Isabelle from ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' is extremely powerful as an adult in series three and four, but back in series two she was just a baby, and still powerful enough to terrify her own father. When her family is being pursued by rednecks, the infant Isabelle mentally forces them to kill each other. She was even powerful enough to temporarily incapacitate Jordan Collier ''while still in the womb''.
* The GeniusDitz superhero Thermoman in British sitcom ''Series/MyHero'' had a son, Ollie, who was just as powerful as his father - but also twice as intelligent.
* On one episode of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', an infant (unbeknownst to his single mother) has MindControl abilities that he uses to force Nathan to want to be his father, which culminates in Nathan actually attempting to kidnap the baby. Everyone is at a loss for how to save Nathan without hurting the relatively innocent baby, until they just let him demonstrate what a ''terrible'' job he would do and the kid decides maybe he'd rather not have this guy for a dad.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In RobinMcKinley[='=]s ''Spindle's End'' (an [[AdaptationExpansion expansion]] of the various "Sleeping Beauty" stories) magic permeates ''everything'' and the "Fairies" are actually normal people who happen to have the inborn ability to control it. The Fairy condition may not necessarily be hereditary and most Fairies come into their power [[PubertySuperpower as teens]]. However, a few Fairies manifest powers ''very'' early, a phenomenon known in the novel as "Baby Magic". As cutesy as that sounds, it's actually very dangerous and unpredictable, especially because yu never know how those powers will manifest. A baby Fairy may be able to intuitively understand AnimalTalk. Or, he may be able to [[BalefulPolymorph transform the nanny into a terrier]] and pull a OneWingedAngel act ''every'' time he has a tantrum....
* Coin the Sourcerer from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Shortly after being born he gets hit by lightning and merely absorbs its power. By the time he's ten he's the most powerful force in the world.
* Two years after Coin from {{Discworld/Sourcery}}, Terry Prachett co-wrote ''Literature/GoodOmens'' with Adam the 11 year old AntiChrist, who shares quite a few traits with Coin.
* Surprise Golem from ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' appears to be one of those initially, but turns out to have a significant handicap later on (though the handicap is less significant than it initially seems). Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm are legitimate examples.
* ''[[http://nickelkid.net/docs/greats/its_a_good_life.html It's a GOOD Life]]'' by Jerome Bixby, famously adapted for TV on ''Series/TheTwilightZone''. This kid's a RealityWarper, he can use {{People Puppets}}, he has {{Telepathy}}... and he's an instant generator of horror. [[spoiler: [[SuperpowerfulGenetics His daughter]] makes it better.]]
* Charlie [=McGee=], the eponymous incredibly powerful pyrokinetic of Stephen King's ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}''.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', we have Ivy. 8 years old and acts as the Archive for all human knowledge. Having all human knowledge makes her an incredibly powerful spellcaster, able to take down fallen angels with only the magic within her tiny body.
* Anton and Sveta's daughter in ''TwilightWatch''.
* Eriond from the ''{{Belgariad}}'' and ''Mallorean''. [[spoiler:He becomes a literal god in the end.]]
* Baby Prudence of Literature/TheParasolProtectorate is a type of being referred to in [[OurVampiresAreDifferent supernatural]] [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent circles]] by such endearing titles as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Flayer]]" and "[[TheDreaded Stealer of Souls]]"; the vampires of London are so afraid of her that they make repeated attempts ([[PregnantBadass none of them successful]]) to kill her in the womb. [[spoiler: [[PowerCopying We find out why shortly after she is born]].]]
* In Fiona Patton's {{Branion}} fantasy series, the royal family has very literal [[GodInHumanForm divine right]], in the form of a pact with a fire god. The members have [[FireballEyeballs flaming eyes]], and this gives their children an eerily adult expression. In one book, an assassin assigned to murder a newborn prince has a religious epiphany when she looks into the child's eyes. In another, a five-year-old inherits the throne and the power, and muses aloud about being able to blow things up with her mind, alarming the adults around her.
* Alexa from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]. [[spoiler: She ''created her own father.'']] Oh, and [[spoiler: Joseph Henry]] is just as bad.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* The son of [[NorseMythology the Norse god Thor]] was, of course, far stronger than any of the older gods.
* GreekMythology:
** Hercules. His first heroic act was before he was a month old, when he killed two serpents created by Hera to take out him (and his normal twin) with his bare hands. This was discovered by his parents when baby Herc was found using the dead snakes as rattles.
** Prometheus warned Zeus against this: Prometheus told him that a certain nymph named Thetis would bear a son who would be more powerful than his father. So they married her off to a [[BadassNormal mortal hero]], the myrmidon King Peleus, and her son was "merely"... Achilles.
** Hermes, according to the Homeric Hymn dedicated to him, was one day old when he walked across the countryside, stole a herd of cattle from the god Apollo, drove them back to his mother's cave while cleverly covering their tracks, sacrificed and burned one or two of them, and invented the lyre. Apollo was not amused, and chased Hermes all the way up to Olympus. Hermes then talked his way out of punishment.
* The apocryphal early Christian text the "Infancy Gospel of Thomas" treats [[{{Jesus}} Jesus Christ]] as an example of this.
** Islamic tradition recognizes Jesus as a Prophet of God, a miracle worker, and born of a virgin (though not God himself). One such miracle was an incident where he performed one of his famous ShamingTheMob speeches ''from his crib'' as an infant.
* In HinduMythology, Krishna's young life is well-known, and he was apparently well-known for making mischief.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The BigFinishDoctorWho audio "The Holy Terror" features a child who has been kept by his wicked father in a dungeon all his life, exposed to no external voices, so he can learn the language of God. When the child is released, it ''has'' become God, and sets out to kill everyone it can in order to find its 'father'. (This character was an influence for the Empty Child from Series 1 of the revival series of ''Series/DoctorWho''.)
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''{{Kirby}}''. The little pink EldritchAbomination slayer with a bottomless stomach is specifically said in the anime based on the games to be a ''baby'', and he acts like one.
* Wynaut from ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire''. Most baby Pokémon are useless but [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute cute]] [[JokeCharacter Joke Characters]]. But through a simple exploitation of its extremely limited moveset, Wynaut becomes a LethalJokeCharacter capable of taking down the most powerful mons in the game, include the actual [[OlympusMons Gods]]. It had been put in the "Uber" tier, a banlist from normal competitive gaming, although the ban was at least partly because it can cause an infinite stand-off with another Wynaut.
* HandWaved in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'', it's stated that Eoleo got the same [[GreenRocks Psynergy Stone]] exposure that a few others got in the course of the first game. Additionally, he's on par with everybody else in ''Dark Dawn'', so maybe Adept kids are just a handful like that.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* This is the entire premise of ''{{minus}}'', a webcomic about an omnipotent little girl. The title character has created and destroyed entire worlds while playing. Frequently involves disturbing FridgeLogic / FridgeBrilliance which proves that even a sweet-tempered, happy little kid like [[{{alllowercaseletters}} minus]] can do some mind-warpingly horrible things when given godlike power. The comic is full of one-shots and brief arcs, the last of which involved a well-meaning young couple convincing her to use her powers to make the world better, ultimately leading to [[spoiler: the resurrection of everyone who had ever died. EVER. Which in turn led to the death by crushing or suffocation of all life on Earth]]. It's not quite the DownerEnding it sounds like.
* Jareth the MonsterRoommate of the ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' cast was a scarily powerful child. Why is he mentioned here? Because he was born with TimeMaster powers (amongst other things), which means his child self can appear in the present of the comic to everybody's great annoyance. For the record, he comes from a long line of mindbogglingly powerful magical villains and we still got a picture with him and his dad where you get the distinct BadlyBatteredBabysitter vibes from said parent.
* In ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', Unibaby is a humanlike baby girl with a horn that can grant wishes. It seems to detach and reattach quite easily, so several characters have made some serious mayhem as a result of granting their own selfish wish.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''[[http://youtu.be/HQpoHcSaZA8 My Son Zack]]'' is a short film that explores this trope from the point of view of the godlike child's (understandably deeply stressed) parent. And it is one heck of a TearJerker...
* Jeannette of ''Literature/FunnyBusiness'' has had her powers since birth. This led to problems when she was a toddler, and also shows what happens when one of these grows older and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizes how irresponsible they were when younger]].
* [[SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-239 239]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''{{The Fairly OddParents}}'':
** Wanda and Cosmo's Baby Poof is "the most powerful baby in the universe". His father [[TheDitz Cosmo]] also was very powerful as a baby, and he was why Jorgen outlawed fairy babies in the first place.
** [[EnfanteTerrible Foop]]. He gains [[AGodAmI godhood]], drains the power of 2 planets, defeats [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Jorgan Von Strangle]], sends a plague on [[CrapSackWorld Dimsdale]], and changes said planets within an hour of his life, EFFORTLESSLY, with nothing but a bottle. His only weakness is his mindset of a newborn and weaknesses of one.
* One ''{{Pinky and the Brain}}'' episode had the duo discover the baby [[{{Superman}} Kal-El]] before the Kents. Although Brain initially wants to turn the kid into a TykeBomb after seeing his amazing powers, he eventually realizes he's not cut out to raise a kid, let alone one with superpowers. Pinky and the Brain return Kal-El to his ship, right before the Kents arrive.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the sequel to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', has Korra, the new Avatar. She first displayed bending skills in three of the four elements ''at the age of five.''
* [[TheSmurfs Baby Smurf]] is enchanted and often demonstrates magic powers when a DeusExMachina is required without the other ''Smurfs'' knowledge with the lone exception of Papa.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' are physically five year old girls with extraordinary superpowers. This is shown well in TheMovie, where they wreck the city by simply ''playing tag''.
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