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-> ''"As I stand here tonight far from home, I am reminded of the words from [[Literature/TheBible Jeremiah]], 'Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope for the future, says the Lord, and your children shall come back to their own country.' Incidentally, have any of you ever been told about '[[WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown The Great Pumpkin]]'?"''
-->-- '''Linus Van Pelt''', ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''

A young, but incredibly bright child whose high intellect comes with rather large doses of naivete. He seems incredibly deep at times, but he has moments where [[ChildrenAreInnocent his innocence reminds the audience (and the other characters) that he's still a child]].

TruthInTelevision, since real-life prodigies typically have emotional maturity better fitting their actual age than their intellectual level.

Compare ChildProdigy, AdorablyPrecociousChild, SkilledButNaive. Contrast ActingYourIntellectualAge. See also PingPongNaivete.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[ChildProdigy Ten-year-old high-schooler Chiyo]] from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' always keeps acing test after test while failing miserably to understand mature stuff any teenage schoolgirl would already know by heart. The epitome of this may be her understanding ''nothing'' of Nyamo's (to everyone else) extraordinarily-uncomfortably-detailed drunken sex-ed lesson.
* Negi of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', a ten-year-old genius mage who often acts a fair bit older than his age, but is inexperienced with life in general and particularly romance. Sometimes his young age peeks through though. For example, when he gets his hands on a TimeMachine, his ''immediate'' thought is a desire to go [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs see dinosaurs]], and he's crestfallen when told the Time Machine doesn't have that kind of range.
* Shinra Sakaki from ''Manga/{{CMB}},'' also Touma from ''Manga/{{QED}}.'' Hell, ''Motohirou Katou'' ''loves'' this trope.
* Hiiragi from ''Manga/HanamaruKindergarten'' is very intelligent and knowledgeable for her age but still enjoys children's activities such as going down slides, and playing dress-up.
* While whether [[ChildProdigy Hiroki Sawada]] of ''Manga/DetectiveConan: [[NonSerialMovie Phantom of Baker Street]]'' wanted to [[WellIntentionedExtremist reset Japan]] is debatable, the [[ImprobableAge ten-year-old MIT graduate]] does want to [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation play with the other kids]].
* Rebecca Miyamoto from ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' is an MIT graduate and a teacher [[ImprobableAge at age ten]]. Doesn't stop her from throwing tantrums or hiding behind things whenever she gets scared or upset.
* Alice from ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'', though her more childish moments are quite few and far between.
* Diamond from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. He likes to eat and watch robot anime (singing its theme tune in an attempt to bolster his confidence when he's scared), but he is shown to be very thoughtful and sensitive at times- he's associated with Mesprit, the legendary Pokemon of emotion, and delivers heartfelt speeches that convince legendaries to fight alongside him.
* Edward Elric and, to a lesser extent, his little brother Alphonse USED to be this in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', before all of the BreakTheCutie kicks in.
* Sister Maria from ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' shot her way through the education system and ended up as a high school teacher at 10 year old. Also, she ended up as an insufferable, foul-mouthed BrattyHalfPint...until she met [[ToughLove Yozora]].
** Turns out to be a subversion since [[spoiler: she's not really a genius, a nun or a teacher]]; she only acts like that because [[spoiler: her fifteen years old sister who is all of those things (but does not act the trope) gave her permission]].
** A better example is the DitzyGenius Rika Shiguma, who's 15 and [[LovableSexManiac very interested in sex]] indeed... but, having so far being nearly [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining completely absorbed by her studies and work]], she [[NoSocialSkills ended up somewhat stunted]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer in several ways]].
* The Professor from ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' is a completely normal eight-year-old girl...except that she can make highly advanced robots. One robot, Nano, basically acts as a parental figure to her, and the Professor likes to install strange functions in her like a rocket-powered arm or a bean cannon just because she thinks it's funny. She also refuses to remove the wind-up key in Nano's back (which Nano resents, since what she wants most is to [[PinocchioSyndrome pass as a human being]]), since she thinks it's cute.
* ''Anime/SengokuCollection:''
** Bokuden from is a master swordsman and master of her own dojo. She's also a little girl who wants to spend time playing with her friends.
** Episode 23 gives us Tsunehisa Amago, a tactical and strategic genius at age four. She uses this genius to take over her day care's sandbox so she can create the biggest sand castle ever.
* Nico Robin of ''Manga/OnePiece'' used to be one of these. She earned a Ph.D. in Archaeology at age 7. However, the innocence turned to PTSD when the World Government destroyed her home.
* ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'': Ryuu may be a twelve year old herbalist prodigy who has managed to become a fully accredited pharmacist but he's still very much a twelve year old and shows a very innocent side when presented with the opportunity to climb a tree or participate in a snowball fight, both things he had never had the opportunity to do before. There's also his reaction when presented with emotionally straining situations which usually involves running to an adult he trusts to get them to intervene, hiding behind one of the aforementioned adults, or just running away and hiding. He makes a choice to become better about facing things himself when he's thirteen and is working on it.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Nanoha in ''Fanfic/{{Game Theory|FanFic}}'', which is a contrast to [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the source material]], in which she was WiseBeyondHerYears.

* ''Film/{{Gifted}}'': Emotionally Mary is still seven, and her reactions to situations like [[spoiler: finding out her father had been tracked down for the custody case but still didn't want to see her]], or [[spoiler: when Frank leaves her with the foster family]] remind the audience she is still very much a child. She is also seen reacting innocently on happier occasions, such as dancing with a family at the hospital for a birth, or playing with friends in the Girl Scouts.

* Charles Wallace Murray from ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' and its sequels is truly a prodigy both in intellect and in wisdom. He doesn't seem to be ''quite'' as naive as most examples of this trope, however.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has a ''rodent'' version. [[Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents Dangerous Beans]] is brilliant but by most of the other character's standards rather naive. However, the book clearly sympathizes with his [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism idealistic]] views.
* ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'': Daorn and Kaise have elements of this. Creator/BrandonSanderson [[WordOfGod says]] this snuck in as a mild criticism of Creator/OrsonScottCard's depictions of hyper-intelligent children in ''Literature/EndersGame''.
* Literature/{{Temeraire}} is a ''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]'' who manages to be this.
* Mark Clifton's "Star Bright" has Star Holmes and Robert Howell, ultra-intelligent toddlers who invent a way to teleport themselves through time. They use this ability to play hide and seek. Star's father also tells us that Star's intelligence doesn't prevent her from enjoying dolls, fairytales and playing grownup.
* Similar, yet twisted around slightly, by the Archive, Ivy, in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', as a young girl with all the written knowledge of history in her head. She writes her official notes in crayon, and while waiting to mediate a dispute between supernatural evil and fairies, wanders off to watch the otters play at the aquarium.
* Tel from ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'' isn't a child but fits the rest of the description, being incredibly sweet and innocent, while also being very perceptive and intelligent, especially where people are concerned.
* Unlike her self-conscious, worrywort sister Aya, Nako of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'' is innocent ChildProdigy all the way into ''[[{{Spinoff}} G]]''.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Micah Sanders from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. The audience first sees him fixing his laptop as he tells his mom, "The memory board's bad," and he can talk to machines. Yet Micah reads comic books religiously and uses them as a guide, making him something of a miniature AscendedFanboy.
* Shane at the start of ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' shows aspects of this but has already lost a lot of innocence (part of the BackStory is that his 40-year-old father died of a heart attack right in front of him) and grows out of the last of it over the course of the first couple seasons.
* Lex from ''Series/Flight29Down''.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': The young [[spoiler:Benjamin Linus]] who was definitely extremely intelligent and introspective and possessed the prerequisite dash of naivete, but very quickly lost his innocence due to his [[spoiler:chronic abuse at the hands of his father]], which eventually culminated to his [[spoiler:seeking out the Others]] and [[spoiler:starting him down his path of [[AffablyEvil Affable Evilness]] and [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastarddom]]]].
* Jill Petterson in the ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' episode "The Tale of the Final Wish" qualifies, with her superstitions and obsessions with fairy tales, as opposed to the other kids her age. Until [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor her wishes come true in a bad way]].
* Franklin from ''Series/MyWifeAndKids''. He is a genius, outsmarting pretty much the entire cast. But at the "where do babies come from" department, he still believes that pregnancy comes from plant seeds. Justified, since he was purposefully left out of Sex Ed classes.
* The titular kid in ''Series/SmartGuy'' was smart enough to be in high school as a nine-year-old, but can't sit through two minutes of sex-ed class without bursting out into uncontrollable laughter.
* [[TheChooserOfTheOne Henry]] from ''Series/OnceUponATime''. He's a growing GuileHero with more than a few doses of GenreSavvy and GoodIsNotDumb, but he talks about super secret information at the local diner just because he's hungry and believes that fairy tales are real. He's right, of course, but his eagerness and willingness to believe in them definitely shows off his age of 10.
* Played for laughs with Pitt the Younger in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'', who's elected Prime Minister right in the middle of his exams. On the one hand he's a capable politician and matches Blackadder's political scheming with his own. On the other he's still going through puberty, writes angsty poetry, and uses childish insults. And then taken to hilarious extremes when his brother Pitt the Even Younger runs for office.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': Linus Van Pelt, Charlie Brown's best friend. He has great insight into some situations and a very high intellect such as being able to precisely quote ''any'' passage of Biblical scripture, but he also believed in [[WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown the Great Pumpkin]], which brought him ridicule despite his intelligence. And he hates to be separated from his [[SecurityBlanket beloved blue blanket]].
** As an infant it was even worse. As Charlie Brown struggled to balance one card on top of two others to start a house of cards, Linus used the rest of the cards to make a Gothic cathedral.
* Calvin of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' waxes philosophical about the nature of the universe...to his stuffed tiger. While pretending to be a space cadet. Or a superhero. Or a jungle explorer. Or a private eye. Or a dinosaur. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Calvin's mother in a punchline, "How can one kid be so smart and yet so dumb at the same time?"
* ''ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}'''s greatest concerns are: the terrible ordeal of the starving kids in Biafra, the permanent tensions between USA and the Soviet Union, the armed conflicts in the Third World, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Mom's terribly hideous soup]].
* Sheldon from ''ComicStrip/UsAcres'' has shades of this.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Miles "Tails" Prower of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fame. Most depictions stick solely with one [[WiseBeyondTheirYears extreme]] or the [[BrattyHalfPint other]] for the most part (eg. ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' and ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' Tails are extremely childlike and not too bright while the games and ''Anime/SonicX'' counterparts is arguably the most sensible and soundly intelligent member of the team), but he is a rather valid example of this trope in ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'' and ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', as well as in recent games in which his childish traits start to show again.
* Vivi from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.
** Eiko, aged six, meanwhile, has been living on her own as TeamMom to a bunch of moogles. While she's clearly an incredible child (not to mention her white magic), she's very naive, due to her age and lack of interaction with adults.
* Merrill from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Though thoroughly educated and knowledgeable about magic, she's often extraordinarily naive about other things, especially social conventions. (She's an unusual example in that she's actually an ''adult'', if an immature one; she's a FishOutOfWater suddenly having to get along in a culture completely new to her.)
* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot's'' little sister, Coco, is a science wiz and noticeably more sane and intelligent than her ditzy older brother. She does often show an {{Adorkable}} or childish streak to remind us she is still of Crash's blood however.
* Hat Kid from ''VideoGame/AHatInTime''. She's a kid, of course, but she can maintain and pilot a spaceship by herself and [[LittleMissBadass beats up plenty of bad guys while collecting her Time Pieces]]. Everything else about her, though, betrays her innocence and childishness; from her voice clips to the fact that examining the microwave has her comment how she uses it to "punish food that has been bad".

[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* Franziska von Karma, daughter of the veteran prosecutor Manfred von Karma from ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', has shades of this. She's a eighteen year old prosecutor who began her career at ''thirteen'' and wants revenge on Phoenix Wright for ruining the von Karma family name.[[labelnote:spoiler]]She actually wants to get her revenge on ''Miles Edgeworth'' for overtaking her by defeating a lawyer Edgeworth could not.[[/labelnote]] She ''tries'' to act mature, but she has a lot of habits that give her away, such as treating the trials as personal competitions with Phoenix and claiming that her victory will be broadcast on the global news, [[WhipItGood whipping anyone she disagrees with]], her speech devolving into a firestorm of the word "[[YouFool fool]]" and variations when she gets upset, {{Rage Quit}}ing after losing her first trial, and later [[SelfServingMemory acting like her losses to Phoenix Wright never happened]]. [[spoiler:At the end of ''Justice For All'', she ends up crying about how everyone expects so much of her because she is Manfred's daughter.]] She undergoes CharacterDevelopment by the third game and the ''Investigations'' games, however.
* Makise Kurisu from ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' was one when she was younger, not seeing that her efforts to impress her father were just alienating the two of them.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Elie in ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce''. A naive and gentle 12 year old girl with a memory of an ancient man stored in her brain. She's a living ice gift herself and the youngest expert on ice gifts ever.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' all three of the Peanut Butter Monsters have aspects of this, since they're born geniuses but [[YoungerThanTheyLook have little to no life experience yet.]]
* Gin from ''Jackies Fridge'' is four or five, acts more like a ten-year-old, and comes out with insights like [[http://jackiesfridge.comicgenesis.com/d/20001201.html this.]]
* Carrie from ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', sometimes with just [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1991196/how-it-feels/ the right question at the right time.]]

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Lisa Simpson, while [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wise Beyond Her Years]] and one of the few Springfield citizens who isn't stupid, incompetent or just plain lazy, loves her Malibu Stacy doll more than anything else (except, perhaps, activism) and likes immature cartoons like "The Itchy and Scratchy Show." She also [[AllGirlsLikePonies wants a pony]] and indulges in juvenile crushes on boys named Cory who are featured in ''Non-Threatening Boys Magazine.'' On some occasions she'll happily join Bart's destructive antics. (Indoor bike jousting? Sure!)
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Edd is depicted as a genius whose maturity makes him the OnlySaneMan. Yet the nature of some of the show's more risque jokes often completely escapes him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'': Otto is a child who has a fairly complete and detailed knowledge of all of history. He's also the OnlySaneMan who often has to be on his own to solve a problem that a grown adult cop couldn't handle. And yet plays with action figures and colors in coloring books and the sexual tension between Larry and Tuddrussel goes right over his head.
* The title characters from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' both of whom are creative and technical geniuses, but use their talents more for their own amusement than anything else. They also manage to regularly figure out the solutions to other characters' problems, while still maintaining an oddly childlike sense of naivete.
** At least OnceAnEpisode, somebody will ask Phineas if he and Ferb are too young to be doing whatever they're doing. Phineas always responds: "Yes, yes we are."
* Stewie from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is the EvilCounterpart to this trope. He's a WickedCultured EvilGenius despite being barely a toddler and [[PingPongNaivete often almost as naive as you'd expect a child his age to be.]]
--> "Huh, this toy contains small parts. But why would they include small parts in a toy for someone my age...? Unless I'm supposed to eat them! Of course, it all adds up!"
* Froggo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' spends time providing the occasional historic narration and poetry reading when he isn't busy having lunch, playing video games, or working on his inventions.
* Arguably Dib from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim.'' Usually a StraightMan spouting {{Cassandra Truth}}s, there are nevertheless times when he shows a childlike optimism, especially around adults who seem to treat him nicely (such as Dwicky and, at times, his father).
* Ike Brovlovsky from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has had a [[TeacherStudentRomance relationship with a teacher]] and was involved in a GovernmentConspiracy to elect UsefulNotes/BarackObama. And yet, he's still in kindergarten and confuses Milan for a [[Disney/{{Mulan}} Disney film.]]
* Kit Cloudkicker of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' a lot of times shows immense knowledge of flying and sometimes displays a lot more common sense than adult peers such as Baloo. However, he often displays a rather bratty overconfidence, and will not accept that he is still too young to actually fly himself.
* Amberley of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' has moments of this DependingOnTheWriter, she is mature enough to hold a stable job and manages to keep her head out the clouds a lot more than Rufus and even the Dream Maker at times, but has a very childish temper which sometimes leads her to [[FearlessFool go headfirst into dangerous situations]].
* Dexter of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' [[PingPongNaivete sometimes]] has elements of this. In one episode he sees a repair-man working on the house's electrical system, and after some failed attempts to find out what he's up to using technology, Dexter's Plan C turns out to be to run off to "mommy" and ask her who's the strange man messing around with the fuse box.
* Chloe Park from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' is only a child and is already in college. However, she is not WiseBeyondHerYears and [[DitzyGenius doesn't think a lot of her actions through]], not to mention being close friends with two ManChild bears and a mature yet socially awkward one.