->''"I rocked harder than you when I was five years old!"''
-->-- '''Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart''' to Music/{{Skrillex}}, ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''

A young genius - in their pre-teen year. Any genius below '''12''' is eligible for the title of a Child Prodigy. Sometimes ignored or discriminated by those who consider them JustAKid. Tends to be an InnocentProdigy at times due to their age.

In a setting with mostly older cast, a Child Prodigy GradeSkipper might be introduced to appeal to a younger demographics.

Very often TheSmartGuy on TheTeam, particularly in SuperRobot shows.

Note that although the character is likely to be both this ''and'' WiseBeyondTheirYears, they are two different tropes because intelligence and wisdom are two different things. This trope also may overlap with AdorablyPrecociousChild or InnocentProdigy.

See also BrainyBaby which is the even younger counterpart and TeenGenius for the older.

For the record, despite some RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_prodigy uses of the term]], a teenage/high school-age character in college would be a TeenGenius, not this trope.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Chiyo-chan in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is 10 when she starts high school. While she consistently gets better grades than everyone, being 5 years younger than everyone means she has problems during P.E. and Sex Ed talks.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Hitsugaya is somewhere between 10-13 years old ([[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld biologically speaking]]) and has been recognised as a prodigy since a much younger age. Most Shinigami can never obtain [[SuperMode bankai]] but Hitsugaya is the youngest person to learn it in the history of Soul Society. However, his power is not fully developed and he lacks the experience of other captains and their emotional maturity (he still sometimes acts like a child trying to do an adult's job). Nevertheless, Kyouraku (one of the oldest and most powerful captains) has said that Hitsugaya will probably surpass him in the next 100 years.
** Gin is a child when he entered the Shinigami Academy, but he completed the six year programme in a single year, the first person to ever achieve that. His first act upon joining the Gotei 13 is to kill a Third Seat without sustaining injury, immediately replacing him in that post. It's implied he became a captain later than he could have because Aizen tried to keep him as his lieutenant for as long as possible. He eventually becomes a captain 50 years before the current storyline, although over Aizen's objections.
** Yachiru is the Lieutenant of the most combat-capable Gotei 13 division despite being a tiny child who physically appears to be anywhere between 6-8 years old. Although Kenpachi's enormous reiatsu can floor even Seated Officers, Yachiru's been able to handle it ever since she was an infant. Her Zanpakutou is considered unique, manifesting beings to empower Yachiru's striking power and reach despite Zanpakutou not being able to do that. Her battle instincts are also considered incredible; she can adapt to even invisible opponents with so much speed it's considered uncanny.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Negi, kinda. He graduated from WizardingSchool at the age of nine and became a teacher in Japan and mastered the language [[note]]in two weeks[[/note]], too. Later on, when he starts learning combat techniques and training seriously, it takes him about 9 months to become one of the most powerful combatants alive. To be fair, Negi spent an inordinate amount of time in [[YearInsideHourOutside magic resorts, scrolls, and the like]], to the point where he's now actually twelve years old. Oh, that is only the beginning. As the first volume pointed out--remember, back when he was only 9!--Negi has a degree from Oxford. A college degree, in one of the foremost schools in the entire world, at NINE.
** Kurt Godel is also explicitly stated to be one of these. (Or at least, he was when he was still a child.)
** Negi's father, Nagi, also qualifies, at least in regards to combat. [[IdiotHero And only combat]]. He was one of the strongest men alive when he was about twelve, culminating with him [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeating a god in single combat]] when he was seventeen or so.
* Edajima Heihachi from SakigakeOtokojuku is capable of fighting a group of monkeys at the age of 7. When he is ten years old, he have read and remembered the content of a whole shelf of thick books, which includes some higher level of Mathematics. At the age of eleven, he is specially admitted in Tokyo Imperial University and is capable of breaking prison bars.
* Yukari Sendo from ''RosarioToVampire'' is an 11 year old genius in a class full of teenagers.
* Rimone from ''{{Simoun}}'' is extremely young even for a Sybilla, which doesn't prevent her from being an AcePilot rivaled only by Aeru and Neviril.
* Kotoko from ''Anime/DivergenceEve'',[[spoiler:The reason being that she's an advanced android]].
* Becky from ''Anime/PaniPoniDash''. Graduated from the MIT and teaching high school girls... at ''eleven'' years old.
* The 10-year old Erio Mondial from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [=StrikerS=]'', who had already achieved a [[RandomPowerRanking Mage Rank of B]] before the show started while his teenage companions were still struggling to achieve the same rank.
** Rumor has it that Nanoha, Fate, and Hayate were even sillier examples, being AAA-Rank Mages under the TSAB's employ when they were younger, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha_strikers_the_comics/c005/5.html but eh... who believes such rumours]]? (Link may be {{NSFW}})
** It's revealed in the [[ComicBookAdaptation supplementary manga]] of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' that the math used in earth and Mid-Childa are very similar, and using advanced magic requires a firm grasp of mathematical formulas. Needless to say, Nanoha and Fate are math geniuses who always ace the subject in school, much to the chagrin of the competitive [[ThoseTwoGuys Alisa]], and Fate even helped Nanoha's teenage sister Miyuki with her school work when she was ''nine''.
* Son Gohan from ''DragonBallZ'' is a prime example, both physically and academically. He's smart enough to study advanced biology at age 4, builds an amphibious sandsurfer/boat a few months afterwards, and by the time he's 10 years old he has enough latent power to unleash the equivalent force of a ''Supernova''.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** Ai Haibara/Shiho Miyano is implied to have been one: if she has a [=PhD=] and already led TheSyndicate's lab before the age of 18, she must be one in her preteen years.
** Hiroki Sawada from the NonSerialMovie ''Phantom of Baker Street'' is more of a book example; he was a grad student in MIT at the age of ''ten''. However, a mixture of ParentalAbandonment and IntelligenceEqualsIsolation means his case [[StartsWithASuicide is not]] [[{{deconstruction}} played]] [[TearJerker for the ]][[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds laughs]].
** The titular character Shinichi Kudo zigzags the trope around. He ''seems'' like a Child Prodigy to those who don't know his true identity but he's actually [[OlderThanTheyLook Older Than He Looks]] due to an [[FountainOfYouth 'un-aging' pill]], and even so he is a TeenGenius since he's technically 17. And ''then'', the flashbacks to his childhood show as an ''actual'' ChildProdigy: [[spoiler: the WholeEpisodeFlashback of manga chapters 921-924 show him not only reading the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' books at the age of ''four'', but making his first deductions around that time... [[SpannerInTheWorks which allowed]] [[GuileHero his father]] to foil a kidnapping plan that had Ran as the target.]]
* Sou Touma from {{QED}}, likewise, is MIT-graduated before high school age; he is now in a HighSchool for the needed socialization to prevent IntelligenceEqualsIsolation.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** May Chang is about thirteen, but she has the mentality, mannerisms, and [[CuteBruiser fighting skills]] of an adult. She was even able to [[spoiler:decode Scar's brother's research notes mostly by herself]]. Justified in that she is a Child Prodigy out of necessity rather than genetics as being the FallenPrincess and only hope of a dying clan and being charged with such clan's future, ''besides'' probably dealing with assassination attempts that Ling says are common for people in such position, makes you mature fast.
** The Elric brothers. They tried to raise their mother from the dead when they were 11 and 10, and had learned alchemy by themselves when much younger. Winry probably also counts - c'mon, were you able to make mechanic limbs when you were eleven? While valid, that makes it sound even more extraordinary than it is in context; the FMA universe is more technologically advanced than ours [[SchizoTech in the area of]] ArtificialLimbs, so it's not just a matter of Winry being a GadgeteerGenius. The FMA manga clarifies that automail "mechanics" are actually closer to surgeons then the people fixing your car. So a more real-world applicable question would be "Were you successfully performing surgery on amputees when you were 11?" And ''neuro''-surgery at that, since they have to link up all the nerves.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Seto Kaiba is not only a TeenGenius, but he beat Gozaburo in a chess match in order to get him and Mokuba adopted. When he was TEN. THAT takes SKILLZ!
*** In the manga, he cheated.
** Rebecca Hopkins; she's taking College classes by the time she reappears for the Doma arc... Even in the dub, where she was ''eight'' as opposed to twelve in her initial appearance.
* Megumi "Nodame" Noda in ''NodameCantabile'' is shown to have been a piano prodigy as a kid.
* ''Manga/ShigatsuWaKimiNoUso'' features few examples:
** Kousei used to be one thanks to his mother. He got the nickname "Human Metronome" because of how accurately he played from the music score no matter how difficult it was, despite being a mere child.
** Takeshi and Emi were also very good for their young age, but got overshadowed because of Kousei's performances.
* Kanon Hayashi in ''KanonByChihoSaito'' was a violin prodigy when she was a little girl, able to play brilliantly even without proper training.
* Kai of ''Piano No Mori'' is a musical genius who started play at three and doesn't receive any formal lessons until he is ten. he can play almost any piece perfectly after hearing it once.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** As a pre-teen nation-tan, Japan started working on ''his own alphabet'' few moments after his brother, China, taught him to write.
** Belgium was already a trading and businesses whiz as a little girl nation, according to the HetaliaBloodbath2011.
** A young Greece is depicted attempting to discuss "[[http://aph.starry-sky.com/blog-entry-146.html the concept of time and our relation with moussaka]]."
* A whole slew of characters from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. To name a few: Sasuke Uchiha, Kakashi Hatake, Neji Hyuuga, Gaara, Itachi Uchiha, [[spoiler: Naruto's DisappearedDad]] Minato Namikaze, Killer Bee, [[spoiler:and Naruto's son Boruto Uzumaki]].
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', while most of the qualifiers are 13, and thus TeenGenius material, Maria entered the school at 10 and graduated at 13. Nagi, Isumi and Sakuya are most of the way through their first year of High School, meaning that they were Child Prodigy material. Nagi doesn't even attend classes and is still considered one of the top students before Hayate comes along.
* The [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Professor]] in {{Nichijou}}, despite being eight years old, has managed to build, among other things, a speech-giving scarf and a RidiculouslyHumanRobot (which she constantly modifies without the robot noticing).
* Taiki Kudou in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' who is not aware that he is this. He is both exceedingly athletic and intelligent, and has engaged various sports like a pro. Further more he is capable of forming brilliant strategies within a flash of a second in the heat of battle.
* Wendy from ''Manga/FairyTail'' might also count as she was able to learn her offensive spells just by seeing Natsu use it once.
* Katie Lindberg from ''Alyosha'' was one of these before maturing into a TeenGenius. She achieved a near-perfect SAT score at the age of 6 and graduated at the top of her class at MIT when she was 12.
* Subverted in ''Anime/KaleidoStar''. May Wong was an ice skating prodigy in the past, but she kept it only as a hobby and pursued becoming an acrobat in the Kaleido Stage instead.
* Minoru from ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' is only 12 years old but he is a computer genius who is an expert on persocoms, and knows the answers to almost all of Hideki's problems when he gets screwed over by technology.
* Leonard and Tessa Testarossa of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' once qualified, having solved some of Einstein's more famous equations before the age of six. By the time of the story they've aged up to TeenGenius.
* ''Horribly'' subverted in ''GundamAGE''. The Unknown Enemy has 7-year-old Desil Galette, who at his "tender" age shows massive talent to pilot mechas as well as [[spoiler: PsychicPowers-like abilities, making him an X-Rounder.]] So what do his bosses do? They completely overlook that he's a sadistic CreepyChild ''and'' has the mood swings proper of a child his age, making him a ''battle commander'' [[WhatAnIdiot without any supervision or proper training/education]]. [[spoiler: Desil then orders a retreat from a certain victory ''merely because he got bored'', and when in charge of the second X-Rounder that they conscript... he uses her recklessly in battle and accidentally kills her.]]
* In an episode of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'', the trio meets an archeologist who has earned her [=PhD=] at the age of ''eight''.
* Vladimir from ''Shounen Note'' is a talented, 12 year old boy soprano.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* James-Michael from SteveGerber's OmegaTheUnknown, thanks to having been [[spoiler: raised by robots]].
* ''ComicBook/TheAdventuresOfBarryWeenBoyGenius'': Actually, calling Barry Ween a child prodigy is kind of like calling [[Film/TheOmen Damien]] a naughty kid; Barry has invented dimension travel devices, working lightsabers, time machines, jetpacks, and ray guns. He secretly runs several multinational corporations in order to finance his experiments, and he can plan and execute a break-in of a top secret (and heavily guarded) government facility in the space of an afternoon. He's ten.
* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Valerie "Val" Richards.]]
* Sapientín from ''ZipiYZape''.
* Jack B. Quick from TomorrowStories is a rural Black Comedy version of this.
* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' counts; even though he performs badly in school and misbehaves, he has an amazing vocabulary, an endless imagination, and is amazingly aware for a six-year-old kid.
--> '''Calvin:''' I used to hate writing assignments, but now I enjoy them. I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an impenetrable fog! Want to see my book report?
--> '''Hobbes (reading Calvin's report):''' "The dynamics of interbeing and monological imperatives in Dick and Jane: a study in psychic transrelational gender modes."
--> '''Calvin:''' Academia, here I come!
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This is common among the Technocracy in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''. In ''Fanfic/PanopticonQuest'', Serafina Awakened at age nine - and was a little bit put out to find that Henriette had beaten her by Awakening at five. The Damien Academy is a high-stress hothouse school designed to encourage the children of high-ranking Technocrats who go there to Awaken.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Anakin Skywalker, thanks to his robotics and piloting skills (which are themselves considerably empowered by the Force).
** Most of the Old Republic Jedi probably count as they were trained from birth (or not long after).
* The professor's son from ''The Great Debaters'' is in college at 14.
* That kid from ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' attending college (and joining a frat!) at age 10, his name was Wormser.
* ''Film/RealGenius'' is about a school full of these, including the main character Mitch, his friend Chris, and Lazlo, the [[ClosetSublet guy in the closet]].
* Josh Waitzkin in ''Film/SearchingForBobbyFischer''.
* From ''Film/LittleManTate'', Creator/JodieFoster's directorial debut, Fred Tate (played by Adam Hann-Byrd, also known for ''The Ice Storm'') reads at age two without having been taught, and in second grade paints with a mature grasp of art history.
* The title character of ''Film/{{Matilda}}''. At the beginning of the film she starts school and, due to her voracious appetite for books, is already able to multiply large numbers in her head and has an extensive knowledge of literature.
* Near in ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'' is a mathematical genius and solves Maki's homework for her, which turns out to be the secret of the antidote to the virus she carries.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', even at the age of 9, Manolo showed a natural talent at bull fighting.
* All the children in ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' has some exceptional talent that Dewey (played by JackBlack) utilized to help the band out (e.g. Billy with costume design, Tomika with singing) but Gordon and Summer are traditional examples. Gordon with computers and Summer with organizational skills.
** Also RealitySubtext applied to the kids in the band. The actors and actress who bass, guitar and drums all started musical training at an early age.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' counts, being an evil criminal mastermind at age 12. He began his schemes at the age of 10 though.
* The ''Literature/EndersGame'' series. Half the IF is commanded by a bunch of prepubescent kids. Judging from Alai, puberty wreaks havoc with your political and military judgment.
* The titular character in ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' is so smart, she can multiply large numbers in her head [[spoiler:and develops psychic powers]].
* [[MeaningfulName Computer Jack]] from the ''Literature/{{GONE}}'' series could hack into a complex police-computer by the age of nine and was only six when he became his school's official tech support. He's so adept in computer science, that in HUNGER he [[spoiler: managed to operate and turn off the ENTIRE town's electricity permanently via the 60 year old power plant computer in less than two hours with a bullet in his leg!]]. He hasn't even hit puberty yet.
* Sophie from ''Literature/ChildOfTheHive'' is shown at the age of seven capable of speaking near-perfect German after only three lessons. She also has knowledge of Latin by that age and is later shown reading a book in the original French. As a teenager, she is acknowledged as being a mathematical genius and being extraordinarily good at computer programming.
* [[TheHero Otto]] of the ''Literature/HIVESeries'' was tinkering with the phones at his orphanage at the ripe old age of four. He asks to be homeschooled because his teachers are too slow for him. He can program a fully functioning robot by the age of twelve.
* June Iparis frome Marie Lu's ''Literature/LegendTrilogy''. Though not a child at the time the story is told, being this is her most notable trait. It's even the title of the second book in the series.
** Eden, Days younger brother, is a straighter example. In one particular instance, Day reminices about asking him for help fixing an old radio. Eden was four at the time.
* Rosie Wilder from ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub''. Naturally the kid gets paired with Claudia.
* OlderThanTheyThink: one of the first novels to feature a Child Prodigy was ''The Hampdenshire Wonder'' in 1911. The protagonist is not only a genius, but a truly [[SuperIntelligence superintelligent]] little kid who judges the whole human culture an "elementary, inchoate, disjunctive patchwork"... at age ''four and a half''. He's right, and TVTropes proves it.
* ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'': All four members of the Mysterious Benedict Society (with the possible exception of Kate, who is less BookSmart, but has plenty of skills and general intelligence to make up for it) were chosen specifically because they were some version of this trope. Constance, however, takes the cake. Sure, she's stubborn, sleepy, and slightly bratty- she's also [[spoiler: TWO YEARS OLD.]]
* Jon Masters from DaleBrown's books was a child prodigy in the past who's retained his genius in adulthood. In ''Wings of Fire'' it turns out that [[spoiler: Dr. Kelsey Duffield]] is actually a nine year-old girl.
* Dairine from the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series. At age 3 she decided that she was going to learn '''everything''', by age 4 she taught herself to read, and by age 5 was reading from encyclopedias all by herself.
* Ollie of ''Literature/InTheKeepOfTime'' ''was'' a very precocious reader for her age; after her jaunt into the past, this has to be re-taught to her.
* A disturbingly large percentage of the Remillard clan of the ''Literature/GalacticMilieu'' trilogy start out at this - and that's not even counting their incredible psychic powers.
* The Blue Children from Stephen Baxter's ''Literature/ManifoldTime'', transformed through the influence of a civilization in the distant future. "Prodigy" doesn't even begin to describe how frighteningly advanced (and creepy) they are.
* Euphemia in ''My Godawful Life'' by Michael Kelly
* The Literature/ThursdayNext books have Tuesday.
* Star Holmes, in the Mark Clifton novella ''[[http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b27354/Star-Bright--Other-Science-Fiction/Mark-Clifton/?si=0 Star Bright]]''. At three she constructed a Moebius Strip and while she didn't know what it was called, she knew what it did. By age five she was an accomplished time traveler. Clifton wrote many stories and novels, but is remembered for this one. It became an ''X Minus One'' [[http://www.archive.org/download/XMinus1_A/xminusone_560417_Jaywalker.mp3 radio play]].
* In J.R. Lowell's 1972 thriller ''Daughter of Darkness'', Willie is this, and a sometime DeliberatelyCuteChild, allowing her to do her RitualMagic in peace.
* Charles Wallace Murray in the Madeline L'Engle book ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'' is this, though only his family knows it. Since he refused to talk until age four, and refuses to talk to those who aren't family, he is labeled as "dumb" by the townsfolk. In reality, he's incredibly bright. His mother reads him medical journals as bedtime reading, and he is also able to decipher people's emotions. As a result, he has a hard time relating to his peers. When he does display his intelligence, he is told he is a liar or to stop showing off. He also has a problem with being bullied. However, he still shows signs of being a child; he is incredibly proud of his intelligence and thinks himself, at times, infallible. He is warned against it by the Ladies, though it eventually leads to his posession by IT.
* Leonard Stecyk in ''Literature/ThePaleKing''. At 11 years old, he participates in the Meals on Wheels charity, volunteers as a crosswalk guard and hall monitor, donates his ice cream money to UNICEF, has been to origami camp twice, writes letters to publishers about textbook errors, fields all calls and inquiries with regards to his mother's hospitalization, attempts to reorganize his homeroom's seating structure for maximum efficiency, and writes individualized letters of apologies to his bullies. He also intentionally gets a few Bs on his report card solely to ensure he never gets too prideful of being an overachiever.
* Bertie Pollock, five-year-old, Italian-speaking saxophonist in the ''44 Scotland Street'' series by Alexander [=McCall=] Smith. He [[IJustWantToBeNormal Just Wants To Be Normal]], but has a [[MyBelovedSmother Beloved Smother]] who, despite being an amateur child psychologist, cannot understand this (and also sees an ''actual'' [[TheShrink child psychologist]] who's even worse).
* ''Millicent Min: Girl Genius'' by Lisa Yee is about an 11-year-old high school senior who is forced to tutor her archenemy who flunked the 6th grade and play volleyball over the summer in order to socialize with normal people her age.
* ''Literature/{{Hours}}'': Although all the children at Bethel Woods Orphanage are above average, Seth takes the cake. By age 9 he had to purposefully dumb down his algebra schoolwork so as not to destroy the bell curve, and by age 11 he invented a machine which defied known physics (out of duct tape and spare parts, no less).
* Literature/FlightToTheLonesomePlace: While twelve-year-old Ronnie's PhotographicMemory allows him to learn quickly, he also is shown doing advanced physics equation to disprove the concept of parallel univeres.
* ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'''s sequel has Aaron, son of the CEO of Intellitech,
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfRagnarLothbrok'': At the age of three, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye composes his first impromptu poem and joins his brothers in their attack on King Eystein, and goes with them to raid Southern Europe right after that.
* In ''Literature/TheGiver'', Benjamin, a classmate of Jonas', spent so much time volunteering (between the ages of eight and eleven) at the Rehabilitation Center that he came up with machines to facilitate the rehab and knew almost as much as the directors.
* ''Literature/EgilsSaga'': At age three, Egil is "as big and strong as other boys of six and seven" and already "clever with words". When his father Skallagrim does not want to take him to a feast at Egil's maternal grandfather Yngvar's, Egil rides to the feast all alone. At the same feast he recites his first poems.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/SmartGuy'': Titular Character (9/10 years old) goes to high school
* ''Series/HannahMontana'': Rico was a side character, till he joined high school at the same time as the core cast.
* ''Series/DoogieHowser'': Doogie Howser, M.D, in his backstory. In the present he's a TeenGenius instead.
* River Tam from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. In the show's present and the R. Tam Sessions, she's a TeenGenius. She was definitely a Child Prodigy when she was younger, but the only time this shows up ''on-screen'' is the flashback at the beginning of "Safe".
* Micah Sanders from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' shows incredible political prowess and was able to [[spoiler:lead the resistance against a GovernmentConspiracy]] at the age of eleven. Oddly enough, his actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Gray-Cabey Noah Gray-Cabey]] is somewhat of a prodigy in real life too. By the time he was 4 he was on Ripley's Believe It Or Not for his amazing piano skills - notably being the youngest soloist to perform with an orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. By the time he was 9 years old, he was in a 9th grade math class.
* Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter from ''Literature/TheChosen''. Especially Danny.
* ''GoodnessGraciousMe'' has an utterly hilarious take on a child prodigy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cpp71tpehg in this video]].
* Major Nelson had to babysit a kid with a 153 IQ once on ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''.
* Janice in ''Series/HeadOfTheClass''.
* Gary Coleman's character in the TV movie, ''The Kid With The 200 IQ''.
* This is Reid's BackStory in ''Series/CriminalMinds''; currently he's a twenty something (triple) PH.D (making him an OmnidisciplinaryScientist). Definitely suffered a bit of the IntelligenceEqualsIsolation (or at least bullying), as seen in at least one episode where he explains that he was "a 12 year old child prodigy at a Las Vegas public school" which is how he knows that TeamMom Hotchner "kicks like a nine year old girl." (ItMakesSenseInContext) This is also why at least Gideon, the team's PapaWolf, insists on calling him ''Dr.'' Reid in front of people meeting the team so they won't see him as JustAKid.
* The backstory of Walter O'Brien on ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'' has him as one of these. The opening scene of the first episode (and used in the opening monologue of each episode since) had him being arrested at the age of 11 for hacking into NASA's computers to get their blueprints for the space shuttle (he wanted a copy for his bedroom wall). In the present, Paige's 10-year-old son, Ralph, is shown to be one as well.
* The backstory for Sheldon Cooper in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' as he went off to college at 11. Another TeenGenius turned OmnidisciplinaryScientist, when he went to Germany at age 15, he was a visiting professor, not a student, and he got his first [=PhD=] (he has two at present) at age 16. May possibly be seen as a Deconstructed adult version of this trope. His early successes have fueled his large ego, making him quite insufferable to those around him. He's around 30, but still has the emotional capacity of a kid since he didn't have a normal childhood. And his vast intelligence alienated him from his own family.
* Will Robinson of ''Series/LostInSpace'' was an electronics prodigy.
* Malcolm in the earlier episodes of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', also his younger brother Dewey (though he [[ObfuscatingStupidity plays dumb]] so he doesn't get the same harsh treatment as Malcolm). Stevie, Lloyd, Dabney, and Cynthia also fit.
** In one episode, Malcolm has to work with another child genius who's [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter so smart, he makes Malcolm feel inadequate.]]
-->"The way my brain works is like a beehive. And every one of the bees is like your brain."
* The backstory of Charlie of ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'' is that he is a math child prodigy. When he was three or four, he was able to multiply four digit numbers in his head.
* Dr. K from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' starts out as this. In fact, her drawing scientific equations on the sidewalk was what attracted Alphabet Soup agents to kidnap her and raise her in their think tank to develop weapons--''at age five''. It gets worse, a lot worse, from there.
** Two words: [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Justin Stewart]].
* The new DisneyChannel show ''ANTFarm'' is all about 11-year-old child prodigies who are allowed to skip to high school. ANT stands for "Advanced Natural Talents".
* In the episode of TheFifties ScienceFiction series ''TalesOfTomorrow'' "A Child Is Crying", Lily is a nine year old genius who is also an EmotionlessGirl. She is so smart she can make predictions with stunning accuracy based on calculations and the US government takes her from her parents to devise defense strategies against a nuclear attack by the Russian. Unfortunately [[spoiler: she predicts the world will be destroyed by a nuclear war and that it is unavoidable.]]
* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is implied to have been one, even by [[HigherTechSpecies Time Lord]] standards. He's mentioned as having sealed the Medusa Cascade by himself when he was "just a kid" at the age of ''90'', which factoring in the natural Time Lord lifespan lasting anything from hundreds to thousands of years, was probably equivalent to a TeenGenius.
* The show ''Series/SmartGuy'' was centered around this type of character, a ten-year-old in high school.
* Howie from ''Series/MaxAndShred'' is nine years old and is a helpful assistant to TeenGenius Alvin. She even installed an incredibly complex home security system at the Ackermann's house.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' featured a rather twisted example: when a teenage boy is on trial for killing the AlphaBitch of his school, his sister Hannah, a twelve-year-old who's skipped grades and attends the same high school with him, confesses that she really did it. Unfortunately for CSI, she's not just book-smart; she's also TheChessmaster and manages to manipulate all the facts and people involved in the case. She finally tells Sara [[spoiler: her brother did do it all along, after her brother's been acquitted]].
* ''Series/{{Alphas}}'': Zoe, the daughter of GadgeteerGenius Skylar, is the only second-generation Alpha seen, and she manifested a distinct ability when she was a toddler without any obvious downsides. Specifically, she's a mathematical savant capable of writing an encryption code that the greatest espionage agencies in the world can't crack. Her room is covered in childhood doodles of mathematical fractals drawn perfectly by hand in crayon, and her mother complains that she seems to wake her up every night with stories about discovering new prime numbers or solving differential equations.

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* Music/LadyGaga taught herself how to play piano by ear at the age of four. She went on to become classically trained and wrote her first ballad at thirteen (after prodigy age, but still)
-->''She taught herself piano at 4, wrote her first song by 13, and was playing in bars and nightclubs by 15. While that seems illegal, she had breasts, so no one cared.'' --'''''{{Website/Cracked}}'''''
* [[TheHeart Noodle]] of the Music/{{Gorillaz}} arrived in the UK in a Fed-Ex crate at age ten, with nothing but the clothes on her back and speaking no English. She promptly stepped out and began playing guitar like a virtuoso, and instantly won her position in the soon to be famous band. [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist Despite technically being an underage illegal immigrant living with a bunch of dysfunctional rockers]].
* Music/JethroTull's ''Thick As A Brick'' revolves around a fictional child prodigy named Gerald "Little Milton" Bostock, an eight year-old boy who, according to the album cover, wrote the lyrics for a poetry contest.
* Music/YoshikiHayashi of Music/XJapan began writing for piano while still in his single digits, and composed the song "Tears" upon his father's death at age ten. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTNybXzqb-g Listen to this song. A ten-year-old wrote that.]]
* Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart is one of the most famous examples of all (more information is below under RealLife).
* Gabriel Garcia, vocalist and lead guitarist of Music/BlackTide was just 11 years old when he and his band (then called Radio) recorded [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LHEr0qFlf0 these demos]].
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* ''FoxTrot'': Jason Fox builds model rockets that provoke diplomatic incidents with China, can write viruses that crash the Internet, does math equations (involving ''integrations''), ''for fun'', apparently built a "miniature warp engine" during science camp, and is ten years old.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* ''{{KULT}}'' suggests this as an archetype for a PlayerCharacter.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'':
** Commander Keen is an 8-year old genius. He's already built a rocketship capable of interstellar travel (Dubbed the 'Beans-with-Bacon-Megarocket!) According to the first game, the thing runs on (Dad's) everclear, gets power from (Mom's) car battery, and uses (Mom's) vacuum cleaner (modified) for ion propulsion. Other things Keen built include an interstellar transceiver (the reception was bad, but it did get a signal worth investigating) and a fully-functioning wrist computer (complete with a Pong clone!).
** Keen's archenemy Mortimer [=McMire=]. The final boss in the original trilogy; Keen's got an [[YouFailTheIQTest IQ]] of 314, Mortimer has an IQ of 315.
** His spiritual successor, Andy of ''VideoGame/HeartOfDarkness'', one-ups him by building an INTERDIMENSIONAL craft... and a plasma-cannon. (Keen's zap-gun is not his own invention - he 'borrowed' it from the Vorticon base on Mars.)
* [[spoiler:Jennifer]] of ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' is said to have been a child prodigy and quite a technology genius, but by the time the plot happens [[spoiler:she]]'s no longer a child.
* The protagonist is apparently a battling prodigy in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. S/He begins their journey years before most other people, at age 10 - 14 ([[WordOfGod RBYG FRLG for eleven]]) years old. You not only beat everyone in your region (two for GSC and HGSS) with ease, including the [[ThatOneBoss Elite Four]] and [[ToBeAMaster Champion]], but take down a gang of terrorists (two gangs in Emerald).
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'', the highest aspiration ranking[[note]]A sort of mood-meter that measures how many of their wants and/or fears have come true lately[[/note]] for child Sims is "Child Prodigy". However, the game's not programmed to let children do things like go to college or write novels, so it's not really possible to make a legitimate Child Prodigy without using mods.
** Sim children in ''The Sims 3'' can write novels, become a chess master and build time machines.
* Genis from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is right on the border between this and TeenGenius. Somehow he is the best friend of BookDumb Lloyd Irving and is 12 years old. In the Japanese version his name was [[MeaningfulName very obvious]] ("Genius"). Rita from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' ''is'' a TeenGenius, but she started researching blastia technology and magic when she was ''ten''.
* Tails from SonicTheHedgehog
* Sunny from ''MetalGearSolid4'' is a computer prodigy. She was raised by a computer for most of her developmental years. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', she's an engineer who has designed and overseen the construction of an aircraft capable of travel at Mach 23. Revengeance takes place in 2018. She is ''ten''.
* Relm from ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy VI}}''. She's so good at painting that Owzer, the world's biggest art collector, wants a painting from her. She's also the best Magic user of the game, but to many this doesn't make up for her otherwise useless attributes in battle.
* Mechanic Puck from ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits''. He works faster than the best engineers in a nation and is small enough to fit under the seat of one the [[AMechByAnyOtherName ATACs]] he works on.
* [[MagnificentBastard Albert Wesker]] of the Franchise/ResidentEvil series is eventually revealed to have been one of these.
** Alexia Ashford became a a top Umbrella scientist at the impressively young age of ''ten''.
* Raz from VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}} is often considered one, what with all of that [[MillionToOneChance "One in a million"]] talk from Oleander, and Sasha's willingness to work with him.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', we meet Prince Innes as an adult in his early-to-mid 20's, but Moulder's supports with Vanessa explain that he was one of these. At age 10-12 he was already defeating famous adult archers with ease ''and'' doing so via his own efforts. (i.e., he refused help or advantages when he was offered., etc.)
* Nino from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' is a 13-year-old DarkMagicalGirl who, by the time we meet her, has a foot here and another on TeenGenius. This is because, despite being ''illiterate'', she taught herself magic almost completely on her own through the prior years, via watching and memorising her LadyOfBlackMagic [[AbusiveParents abusive mother]]'s spells.
* Leon Gheste from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' is a prime example of this trope. Aside from being a doctor at age 12, he is also the sharpest mind in the largest country on the planet and the creator of the [[WavemotionGun Lancour Hope.]]
* Luke Triton from ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' is a bit of a puzzle master for his age. It is assumed that [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture Clive]]]] was a Child Prodigy, as well, as after his adoptive mother died, he went straight into business with a newspaper and then used the woman's money [[spoiler:to create an underground London.]]
** Also in ''[[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheAzranLegacy AzranLegacy]]'' Hershel [[spoiler: i.e. Descole]] was mentioned to be one.
* Pearl "Pearly" Fey from ''Franchise/AceAttorney''. Her cousin Maya has said that she's the most powerful medium '''ever''' in the Fey clan, and she's ''9''. [[spoiler: Too bad her mother Morgan is a total EvilMatriarch[=/=]StageMom who tries to use Pearl as her ticket to take leadership of the clan...]]
* Ryoko Kano from ''VideoGame/FightersHistory'' is a judo user who started doing it when she was 3 years old.
* The Jedi Consular in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' was one of these according to their master, who comments on their being stronger and more adept at using the Force at ''six'', than she had been until her late teens. Their life-long affinity for the Force is implied to be the reason why in cutscenes, they occasionally don't even bother using their lightsaber when being rushed by attackers, preferring to simply use the Force to casually blast them clean across the room.
* Dr. Liara T'Soni in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' was one of these, having gotten her doctorate in archaeology and spent over fifty years uncovering Prothean ruins, becoming one of the foremost experts in the galaxy when it comes to all things [[{{Precursors}} Prothean]]. Unfortunately, her theories and research is often dismissed by her peers, since as the asari can live for over a thousand years, being only ''106'' makes her "[[TeenGenius little more than a child]]" in their eyes.
* [[EnfanteTerrible Evil loli]] Kira Daidouji from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' is only 11 years old, but already has a [=PhD=]. In elemental science, and has since constructed her own [[BlobMonster sentient ball of slime]] that can do anything she wants it to. [[BellisariosMaxim Don't ask.]]
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'', Monshiro has skipped grades to enter Kawakami High. She also accepts challenges from, and bests, everybody in her class (1-S, so no pushovers) at everything from running a race to a cooking duel. The only thing she's no good at is fighting, for which she has her [[BattleButler overwhelmingly powerful bodyguard]] to cover for.
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[[folder:Web Animation ]]
* Sudoku in ''WebAnimation/BananananaNinja'' is a GadgeteerGenius who fights with a TransformationRay.
** In later episodes he might be a TeenGenius since the voice actor sounds like he's hitting puberty.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Bun-Bun is initially reluctant to let little girl Jaya onto the pirate crew he's setting up, 'til he finds out about her hereditary knack for it.
-->'''Bun-Bun:''' Little girls can't be pirates! What do you know about robbing and plundering?\\
'''Jaya:''' Well, my dad's an investment banker and my mom's a lawyer...\\
'''Bun-Bun:''' Welcome aboard, First Mate!
* Scarlett from ''Webcomic/PlusEV'', who's following in her father's footsteps as a professional {{poker}} player.
* ''Webcomic/ZokushoComics'': Jack is awfully young to be throwing around so many powerful combat spells. Especially when one character has already been assassinated for having access to combat magic.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has Gil. When most Sparks (AKA {{Mad Scientist}}s) break through as teenagers, he manifested his powers as a young boy. Agatha originally started breaking through as a five year old girl, but her uncle put a PowerLimiter on her, stopping her from acting like a Spark. She lost it thirteen years later resulting in a TeenGenius instead.
* Felix from ''Webcomic/{{Cloudscratcher}}'' in regards to machines, to the point where CoolOldGuy Scotty is ''his'' apprentice.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''ARG/ILoveBees'': Yasmine Zaman was a six-year-old prodigy who never lost at backgammon because she could gauge the way the dice came out of her hand and roll anything she wanted.
* In ''Literature/{{Brennus}}'', there's a rather heartwarming relationship between two Child Prodigies, the GadgeteerGenius Macian and the artistic RealityWarper Ember. They're both incredibly powerful metahumans, and together, TheyFightCrime. Less heartwarmingly, they're fighting a group of merciless psychopaths called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Savage Six]].
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': Jane's student Adele is eight years old, and she has these classes as her post-curricular activities: ballet, opera, intermediate Latin, advanced marine zoology, and she went to applied physics boot camp. She's bilingual in English/French, though that might not be that special for a Canadian child. She also likes analysing art and she draws beautifully.
* ''LetsPlay/ScottManley'''s daughter Skye, who has made several ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'' videos.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' all the kids act like the Brain is a super-genius, and he uses big words his parents have to look up, but he's really just much more knowledgable than average for his age.
* Chester [=McTech=] of ''BeverlyHillsTeens''.
* A.J. of the ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents''. He is in fifth grade and only ten years old and not only does he have the highest I.Q. in his school and his town of Dimmsdale, he frequently invents items which that are futuristic such as a suspended animation tube in one movie. He also can make several clones of himself and is apparently an adviser to the government concerning technology issues.
* Dexter of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' along with his [[TheRival rival]] Mandark. And DeeDee, for all her kookiness, is a ''really'' good dancer. She can dodge lasers while doing ballet!
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''.
** Perhaps due to the show rule that nobody is "a jerk or an idiot", even [[FriendlyEnemy Buford]], whose theme song claims that "he's got the IQ of gum", is shown to have [[GeniusBruiser a fondness for Voltaire and existentialism]].
** Considering that gum in this universe is the thing that ''comes'' with existentialist trading cards ("I'll give you two Satres for a Nietzsche!"), [[FridgeBrilliance perhaps the comparison makes sense...]]
* In Venture Bros. there is Master Billy Quizboy, who is a Quiz Boy, that being an underrated branch of Boy Genius.
** It is revealed in one episode that "Master Billy Quizboy" is actually over 30.
* Wade and the Tweebs in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron, Boy Genius.
* ''WordGirl''
** GadgeteerGenius Tobey, the self proclaimed "world's most formidable boy genius".
** Wordgirl herself counts, too. In a bookish sort of way.
** Victoria Best as well. She's insanely [[ExtracurricularEnthusiast talented]], just... [[AlphaBitch not very nice.]]
* Anais Watterson, the younger sister of the title character to ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', is only four but attends junior high with her 12-year-old brother.
* Stewie from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' can build time machines and a multi-verse transporter and yet he is only one year old, although the show also depicts him as an EnfantTerrible in between homosexual skits.
* Gretchen Grundler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "the Cutie Mark Chronicles", Twilight Sparkle was shown to be one, after [[ItMakesSenseInContext a loud explosion]] caused her to have a major case of PowerIncontinence. She was so magically powerful that Princess Celestia decided to take her on as her personal student. Presumably, the first thing Celestia taught her was how to keep her powers under control.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders are shown to be this in "One Bad Apple". Not only do they build a motorized parade float from scratch AND rig it with a timer-activated booby trap to send it careening off of a cliff at ''exactly'' the right time, they also are able to manipulate [[TheBully Babs Seed]] into stealing it so perfectly that when she shoves them from it, ''they land on a mattress they placed earlier to cushion their fall''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'': Inez. Case in point: this 9-year-old girl knew the scientific family that hawks belong to.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeamGalaxy'' has Brett, a serious boy genius. Unlike his partners, he actually enjoys homework and mental exercises, and is often annoyed at the lack of intellect the other marshalls possess. Early on, he also detested being called a "kid", although that aspect was later dropped.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' gives us both of the Pataki sisters.
** Older sister Olga was this as a little girl, as a piano prodigy and an straight A+ student. Since the Patakis turned out to be [[StageMom stage parents]], she became ''[[StepfordSmiler extremely]]'' [[ShrinkingViolet emotionally]] [[NervousWreck stunted]] because of it -- though being a StepfordSmiler, she has only told Helga about this.
** Younger sister Helga is a much more subtle version of this trope (and it's never really ventured on). It's only revealed in bits in pieces such as being the only one (other than Olga) to score a 100 on the school's aptitude test, learning a Shakespeare play in one night (though not seeming particularly interested in anything he's written earlier on), winning poetry contests several times and having her shrink bring up her above average knowledge.
---> '''Dr Bliss:''' "That's very astute for a 4th grader."
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': Inspector Gadget's niece Penny, so much so that she and their dog Brain are the ones who actually do most of the work.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has Aang, Toph, Katara, and Azula, each of whom is shown to be extremely talented in their respective superpowered martial arts. All of them become {{Teen Genius}}es as the series progresses.
** Aang is the youngest Master Airbender in history and a PhysicalGod who mastered all three remaining bending arts within a span of twelve months, a feat that took many years for the previous Avatars.
** Toph is 12 years old and already the self-proclaimed “Best earthbender in the world”. She backs this talk up by beating the crap out of people twice her size and who have much more experience. [[BeyondTheImpossible She is also the inventor of metalbending, a skill previously thought to be impossible.]] And to top it all off, she's blind and uses Earthbending as a way for her to "see".
** The only thing that was holding Katara's waterbending skill back was lacking any sort of tutelage. Every single waterbender in the Southern Tribe was wiped out by a war of attrition, leaving only her; she wasn't surrounded by Earthbenders like Toph, she literally had no one but herself to teach her. Once she overcame endemic male chauvinism in the Northern Tribe and studied under the tutelage of [[OldMaster Master Pakku]], she went from novice to favorite student in a very short time, and was even entrusted by Master Pakku to complete Aang's waterbending training once Team Avatar departed the North Pole.
** At a very young age, Azula was shown pulling off firebending techniques her older and relatively skilled brother Zuko had problems with. She is also one of three characters in the original series knows how to use lightning. This is in addition to also being [[TheChessmaster a tactical genius.]]
** The sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "Welcome to Republic City" shows us Aang's successor, young Avatar Korra of the Water Tribe, who manages to out-prodigy even ''Aang'' himself. She is introduced having taught herself rudimentary [[MakingASplash Waterbending]], [[DishingOutDirt Earthbending]] and [[PlayingWithFire Firebending]] by the tender age of four, in a universe where an Avatar is traditionally not notified of their status and multiple ElementalPowers until their DangerousSixteenthBirthday.
** Aang's grandchildren, Jinora, Ikki and Meelo, are also airbending prodigies despite starting the series being respectively 10, 7 and 5 years old. Jinora in particular is a skilled airbender and very smart for her age, [[spoiler:to the point that in the Book 3 finale, she was anointed an airbending master at the age of 11, becoming the ''new'' youngest master airbender in known history, beating her grandfather by a year. It's even more impressive considering that Jinora ''isn't'' the Avatar like Aang was]].
** [[spoiler: Amon is considered to be one of the most powerful water benders ever. He mastered traditional waterbending around the age of 11. He mastered his fathers forbidden bloodbending technique by the age of 14.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The Broflovski brothers. Ike moreso and more blatant than his older brother. Ike's entered kindergarten 2 years early, watches conservative political commentary, makes a macaroni replica of The Last Supper, has been hired to help cover up a massive jewel heist and is a knight in Canada. As of seasons 15ish he's only 4.
** Kyle's also no slouch. He's regularly portrayed as the top student in his class, has the highest capabilities with the computer, including photoshopping a photo to fool the Japanese government to stop whaling and get his best friend out of trouble and single-handedly thwarting a terrorist attack with some inspired Google-fu. He's also shown more than a slight capability with philosophy and managed to remove himself from reality.
** Cartman is a Child Prodigy only, and ONLY when motivated by evil.
* Blossom is the brains of ThePowerpuffGirls. This becomes subverted in "Him Diddle Riddle" when the villain makes the girls take their SATs (as part of a series of real-time challenges to find the Professor), and Blossom scores a measley 10 while [[TheCutie Bubbles]] aces it with a 1075 score.
* Egghead Jr. in the WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Lisa Simpson is extremely intelligent and a talented saxophone player. She has great interest in science and environment.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Rafael "Raf" Jorge Gonzales Esquivel is a master computer programmer and hacker. He's been able to understand code since he was three.
* Lincoln Clark and Fenwick in ''WesternAnimation/{{Dogstar}}'' are both scientific geniuses.
* Poindexter, the nephew of the [[BigBad Professor]] in the 1958 ''FelixTheCat'' TV cartoons.
* Lisa Loud from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''.
* Chloe from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' is 12 years old and attends a university.
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[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Kim Ung-Yong of South Korea was reported with an IQ of 210 in the mid-1960s. He was a guest student in physics at Hangyang University at three (both his parents were professors there) and appeared on Japan's "World Surprise Show" at four composing poetry, speaking four languages and solving integral calculus problems. NASA paid for him to attend Colorado State University and then hired him at age 11. He worked there until he was about 17, later saying it was monumentally boring and he missed his mother. He went home and changed fields entirely. Today he is a professor of civil engineering at a college near his home town.
* Akiane Kramarik, who began painting religious visions as young as age 8, often in a realistically photographic style. Her art has a restful quality reminiscent of Thomas Kinkade. She is completely self-taught and her paintings routinely fetch hundreds of dollars. (She is considered a commercial artist rather than a fine artist like TeenGenius Amanda Dunbar, who started painting at 13.)
** This is also how Sulamith Wulfing got started, except she began at four and went to art school as a teenager.
* [[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1314&dat=19640425&id=wbZWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HOkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1800,3502466 Somerset Hughes]] of London was cited along with Ung-Yong in the ''Guinness World Record Book'' as having an IQ above 200.
* Srinivasa Ramanujan. He made theorems at age 12 that you could get a [=PhD=] for proving today. He was an unparalleled mathematical genius. Especially considering that he started out working alone, using a little old reference book listing 6000 theorems with no discussion. And he flunked his school exams because his English wasn't good enough.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Shoken Masako Ichijou aka Empress Haruko aka Empress Dowager Shoken]], wife of [[ImperialJapan Emperor Mutsuhito aka Meiji]]. She learned to read complicated poetry at age 4, started writing at age five, started reading Chinese at age 7, and by age 12 she was an expert koto player.
* Seiyuu Creator/HirokoKasahara debuted in a lead role when she was 12 years old.
* Creator/YokoHonna, who was around 10 when she started her career.
* A few TabletopGame/{{Chess}} grandmasters, specially world champions. Small example: Jose Raul Capablanca learned to play chess at the age of 4 and had beaten the Cuban national champion by the age of 12!
* Sho Yano, who started university by age 9 and was in medical school and studying for a [=PhD=] on the side by age 12. According to [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-boy-wonder-20120603,0,7796464.story news reports]], he was (deep breath....) reading by age 2, writing by age 3, composing music at age 5, scored 1500 on his SATs (out of 1600) at age 8, entered college at age 9, entered medical school at age 12, finished his Ph.D. in three years, and in 2012 got his M.D. from the University of Chicago at age 21. His IQ is estimated at over 200. Oh, and he's also a concert pianist who's played at the Ravinia festival. Do you have an inferiority complex yet?
* Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart. If not the outright TropeCodifier, he's certainly the most famous example. He started playing piano at age 3, was composing by age 5, and wrote his first symphony at age 8. He was also known to have been challenged by famous musicians during his youth in improvisation contests, where the performer would compose on the spot and try to outperform his rival in this manner. He disposed of all of them. It's said that after they gave up, he would say, "any more?"
* Jazz pianist Creator/ArtTatum learned to play church hymns and piano rolls at 3. Rumors would circulate that he played piano rolls meant for two people (and he was blind).
* Blaise Pascal started his mathematician career when he was nine.
* John Stuart Mill had one of those Make Your Child A Genius dads. He was crammed from an early age and while he enjoyed a lot of his studies, his emotional health suffered and he had a nervous breakdown at twenty. It took him years to recover, but eventually he became one of the preeminent philosophers of the 19th century.
* While undoubtedly gifted, William James Sidis had a Make Your Child A Genius dad as well. No one knows how intelligent he really was because his parents tended to exaggerate. He entered Harvard at age 11, graduated at age 16 and later taught math there. His much-publicized "mental breakdown" may actually have been his parents' coverup for his Socialist activism, which had gotten him arrested on May Day 1919. Sidis' friend said "had one great cause — the right of an individual in this country to follow his chosen way of life".
* Schoolteacher Benjamin Heath Malkin, an acquaintance of William Blake, was ''accused'' of force-educating his children when [[https://archive.org/details/fathersmemoirsof00malk his five-year-old son Thomas]] died in 1806. Thomas was your standard child prodigy who ran an imaginary country, Allestone (with maps) on the side. His death was prolonged and unpleasant. A doctor visited ''the day after he died'' to give Malkin a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about Thomas having died of "brain fever" from overstudy, citing Thomas' "[[MyBrainIsBig large head]]" as proof. Malkin actually had to request an autopsy to prove the cause of death was inflammatory bowel disease. As if to bear this out, Malkin's other kids were also child geniuses and had fine adult careers.
* In 1955, the poet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minou_Drouet Minou Drouet]] rocked France with her semi-surreal poems. She became [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWdbvTTFa0s a world-renowned]] [[http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/french-child-poet-and-prodigy-minou-drouet-dressed-in-a-news-photo/57199518 celebrity]]. Controversy raged around her and she was repeatedly tested to ascertain that [[http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/40/mavor.php she, not her overbearing stage mother]], had written the poems. The constant demands for proof wore her out. From "My Friend the Tree" and "White road, where do you go?" she started writing stuff like "My heart has become nothing but a stupid little mayonnaise whisk". To a friend, she confided: "Our street is vomiting journalists nonstop. It feels like the whole world is after me. I wish I were dead. They keep on and on at me with their questions. I think the only words I can utter are fear, pain, death." She was nine years old.
* [[http://www.farksolia.org/ Barbara]] [[http://www.teenagefilm.com/archives/dear-diary/barbara-newhall-follett-vanished-novelist/ Newhall]] [[http://www.dreamshore.net/bluejay/barbara.html Follett]] ([[http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/essays/vanishing-act.php?page=all born March 4, 1914]] to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Follett%27s_Modern_American_Usage literary parents]]) who at four demanded her own typewriter and at eight had nearly completed her first novel, ''The House Without Windows'', about a little NatureHero girl who finally becomes a NatureSpirit and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence disappears in a cloud of butterflies]]. When the manuscript was destroyed in a fire she rewrote it from memory and it was published when she was twelve. Also at eight she began creating a ConWorld, Farksolia, with a ConLang to express feelings and experiences in nature. She became an [[PluckyMiddie apprentice sailor]] on a schooner and wrote ''[[SeaStories Voyage of the Norman D]]'' at fourteen, along with a series of travelogues. When her father deserted the family, CountryMouse Barbara moved to New York City and became a clerk-typist. She married at 18, tried to make it work and failed. Her novel ''Lost Island'' concerns an adventurous clerk who is shipwrecked with a friend on a DesertedIsland, is subsequently "rescued" and by the end is back in NYC, restless and miserable. On the evening of December 7, 1939, Barbara left her home and was never seen again. Nobody really knows what happened that night.
* Composer [[http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/11/22/60minutes/main2205521.shtml Jay Greenberg]] (b. 1991) has been compared to [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]] and other musical prodigies. He entered the Juilliard conservatory at age 11, and had written five symphonies by the time he was 13.
* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1369595/Jacob-Barnett-12-higher-IQ-Einstein-develops-theory-relativity.html This dude.]] Jacob Barnett, age 12, reportedly has a higher IQ than Einstein and has developed his own theory of relativity.
* Music/MarvinHamlisch had shown musical aptitude at a young age, enrolling in what is now the Julliard School Pre-College Division at age 7. One of his earliest songs written in his teens was sung by Creator/LizaMinnelli on her debut album.
* Austrian pediatrician [[UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome Hans Asperger]] referred to the autistic children in his practice as "Little Professors".
* Actress Alicia Roanne Witt started out this way. Her high-IQ exploits were covered in several newspaper articles starting when she was five.
* Educator Howard Spicker believed child geniuses, what he called "bright" children, were actually relatively common, but went unrecognized because they don't fit the profile of what people think a child prodigy should be like.
* Music/JacquesOffenbach started playing the violin at six and was a composer and had learned the cello by age nine. He quickly got too big for his home town and when he was 14 his father sent him to Paris to study cello. Offenbach was such a jokester and goofball he could never really focus on his studies, although he was widely recognized as a truly virtuoso cellist. He was booted out of the conservatory at 15 and the next year found a permanent appointment at the Opéra-Comique. This eventually led him to the career he wanted: writing the raunchy satirical comic operettas that made him famous.
* Music/GeorgPhilippTelemann: Despite being discouraged from music by his family (because music was then considered neither a really honorable trade nor a lucrative one), he taught himself to play the violin, recorder and piano as a child. Composed his first pieces of music as a ten-year-old, at which age he already started to substitute for the cantor teaching the upper classes of his school. Composed his first opera, ''Sigismundus'', at age twelve, after which his mother confiscated his musical instruments and sent him to a school in another town in a vain attempt to stop him from "wasting his time" on music. "Unfortunately" young Telemann was encouraged in his musical endeavours there by the local church superintendent.
* The German word for this is of course ''Wunderkind'' ("miracle or wonder child"), which also entered the English language as a loanword. It was coined by philosopher [[DichterAndDenker Immanuel Kant]] with reference to Christian Heinrich Heineken of Lübeck (1721-1725), who had mastered French and Latin at age two and at age three wrote a history of Denmark, and for years lived mostly on the milk of his wetnurse. His death at age four is attributed to the then unknown Coeliac disease (he died when his diet switched to grain products like bread etc.).
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