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

A young genius - in their pre-teen year. Any genius below '''13''' 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.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Patricia Birdway, who has a PHD at the age of twelve, and has more than twenty published papers.
* ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'': Ryuu is a fully fledged court pharmacist by age twelve. Having caught the court's attention when rumors about a genius kid herbalist spread he was invited to take the entrance exam at some point prior to the start of the series. He has trouble understanding people and tends to creep out his patients but he is slowly growing out of this as he matures into a TeenGenius.
* Katie Lindberg from ''Manga/{{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.
* ''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 ''Manga/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]]."
* 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}}''
** Toshiro 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 Ichimaru 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.
* 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.
* ''Manga/Classi9'': Except for Ren, the main cast qualifies: Haydn is 12 and on the same level as 8 other students several years older than him, all of them music prodigies, Wagner started composing operas after seeing Beethoven perform when they were 5 and 6 years old, Liszt and Chopin have known each other and played together for a ''very'' long time... Mozart is even lampshaded as a ChildProdigy, since he is known as the "Wonderkind" (''kinder'' means child in German).
* ''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.]]
* 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.
* Kotoko from ''Anime/DivergenceEve'',[[spoiler:The reason being that she's an advanced android]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** PlayedWith. When Goku was a kid he was often hailed as a prodigy for not only his natural strength and talent for fighting, but his ability to learn advanced techniques after only seeing them once and being able to adapt quickly while fighting. Then, it's {{Subverted}} when he learns that he's Saiyan and that he's actually a low-class warrior by his race's standards. However, this trope is PlayedStraight again when Goku's quick adaptability and natural talent far surpasses any in his race, even the Saiyan prince Vegeta who really is a child prodigy, to the point that his low power level compared to other Saiyans at the start of the series could easily be chalked up to him being raised on Earth and not fighting strong opponents like the other Saiyans.
** According to ''Manga/JacoTheGalacticPatrolman'', Bulma had already surpassed her father at the age of five and single-handedly repaired an alien spacecraft in a matter of minutes.
** A {{Downplayed}} example with Krillin. He never was as talented as Goku, who's is a HumanAlien from a fighting race, but compared to other humans he was an exceptionally strong child. He was able to survive [[TrainingFromHell Master Roshi's training regimen]] and would have been second only to Goku in the 21st Martial Arts Tournament if Master Roshi hadn't entered. He also learned the Kamehameha on the fly with no prior training at the age of sixteen when it took his master fifty years to developed it. The only things that really held Krillin back was his lack of self-esteem, which was an effect of the bullying he received from the monks at his former temple and his occasional bouts of arrogance.
** Son Gohan 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''.
** Vegeta's talent was so well known that Frieza immediately takes a liking to him and [[SparingTheAces spares him specifically]] when he destroys Planet Vegeta. After that, Frieza more or less raises him as one of his elite soldiers. In the Bardock Special, Vegeta is able to take on ''six'' Saibamen by himself with little trouble. Keep in mind, each one of those Saibamen are as strong as Raditz. It's been stated that even as a child he was one of the strongest Saiyans at the time.
** Frieza himself can count as well. The overwhelming power by which he became the Galactic Emperor? His power which only needed Super Saiyans to even scratch him? He was born as that, and he didn't train for a single day in his life. Still he gave a personal CurbStompBattle to almost everyone (barring Goku and Trunks, the said Super Saiyans), before he made the fatal mistake of [[KickTheDog killing Krillin]]. He was outright born as a mutation among his strong race as well. Also counts as a Subversion, as if he DID focus on training like the other examples on this page, he would have been [[TropesAreNotBad near damn unstoppable]], with probably Super-Perfect Cell and even Buu (literal monsters), being either equal in power or weaker.
** Goten and Trunks. At the age of eight, Trunks is able to become a Super Saiyan, much sooner and more easily than Future Trunks, and Goten became a Super Saiyan at seven, making him the youngest Super Saiyan in history. They are also both stronger than Frieza.
* Wendy from ''Manga/FairyTail'', despite only being biologically 13, has been able to learn many of her offensive spells just by seeing Natsu use them once, learned several more, including a [[LimitBreak Secret Art unique to her brand of Dragon Slaying Magic]], in just three days with nothing but handwritten notes to go on, and mastered [[SuperMode Dragon Force]] in only a year's time whereas Natsu still hasn't despite having obtained it far earlier than her. [[spoiler:She even figured out how to copy an Enchantment spell [[GrandTheftMe that transfers one's consciousness to another body]] in the middle of a battle after only seeing it once ''while it was being used on her'']].
* ''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.
* 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.
* [[spoiler:Triela's]] daughter Speranza in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' doesn't seem older than twelve, but is already in medical school.
* 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.
* 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.
* Kanon Hayashi in ''Manga/{{Kanon|ByChihoSaito}}'' was a violin prodigy when she was a little girl, able to play brilliantly even without proper training.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''
** The 10-year old Erio Mondial, 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.
** [[CassandraTruth 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, but eh... who believes such rumors?
** It's revealed in the [[ComicBookAdaptation supplementary manga]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' 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 Arisa]], and Fate even helped Nanoha's teenage sister Miyuki with her school work when she was ''nine''.
* ''Manga/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.
* ''Horribly'' subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE''. 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.]]
* 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 both of Naruto and Hinata's children, Boruto and Himawari Uzumaki.]].
* The [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Professor]] in ''Manga/{{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).
* Megumi "Nodame" Noda in ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' is shown to have been a piano prodigy as a kid.
* Becky from ''Anime/PaniPoniDash''. Graduated from the MIT and is teaching high school girls... at ''eleven'' years old.
* 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.
* In an episode of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'', the trio meets Eve, an archeologist who has earned her [=PhD=] at the age of ''eight''.
* Sou Touma from ''Manga/{{QED}}'', likewise, is MIT-graduated before high school age; he is now in a HighSchool for the needed socialization to prevent IntelligenceEqualsIsolation.
* Yukari Sendo from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is an 11 year old genius in a class full of teenagers.
* Edajima Heihachi from ''Manga/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.
* Vladimir from ''Manga/ShounenNote'' is a talented, 12 year old boy soprano well known in the music world.
* Rimone from ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' is extremely young even for a Sybilla, which doesn't prevent her from being an AcePilot rivaled only by Aeru and Neviril.
* The main protagonist of ''[[LightNovel/YoujoSenki Youjo Senki: The Saga of Tanya The Evil]]'' zigzags and subverts this trope, in that while Tanya ''is'' a child physically and is certainty a surprisingly ruthless and highly resourceful tactician for her age, and seems brilliant from people on the outside, it is only because she has the ''mind of an adult'', as she was reincarnated with all her memories from her past life intact. Even Tanya herself admits that she was never a genius of any sort during her previous life and she simply has the benefit of a lifetime's worth of experiences.
* ''Manga/YourLieInApril'':
** Since toddlerhood Kousei has shown a skill for the piano thanks to his mother being a pianist. She was reluctant to teach him however her friend encouraged her to. He received 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. Kousei's mother eventually became physically abusive towards him, refused to let him play with his friends, and sometimes made him skip school in order to practice. After her death Kousei broke down and due to the trauma became unable to 'hear' his own piano playing due to [[spoiler:telling her he wish she'd die before she died]], and it takes a lot of time for him to get into piano playing again.
** Takeshi and Emi have been playing since age six, were also very good for their young age, and are still good pianists at age fourteen. They weren't quite as talented as Kousei though and thus were largely overshadowed by him.
* ''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. Though considering the kind of person Gozaburo was, he might have been just as impressed if Seto did cheat.
** 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.
* The Nishigori triplets from ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' are only six years old, but they're often shown to be much smarter than any six-year-old ought to be. They're highly knowledgeable about figure skating and how competitions work (due to being figure skating {{Otaku}}), are skilled at using various electronics, and were responsible for organizing the "Hot Springs on Ice" competition that takes place in Episode 3. WordOfGod says people tend to forget they're only six years old since they can do so many things at their age, and that "their potential is bottomless".

* ''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.
* 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!
* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': Valerie "Val" Richards, the toddler daughter of Reed Richards and Sue Storm; she has exhibited an aptitude with science and technology rivaling that of her father and that of ComicBook/DoctorDoom.
* James-Michael from Creator/SteveGerber's ''ComicBook/OmegaTheUnknown'', thanks to having been [[spoiler: raised by robots]].
* Jack B. Quick from ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'' is a rural Black Comedy version of this.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', Reed Richards built a teleporter when he was a child. It's how the Baxter Building found him.
* Sapientín from ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape''.
* [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]] who started out as a PlayfulHacker amateur photographer who had figured out Batman and Robin's secret identities by accident when he was ''nine'' and is expected to eventually surpass Bruce as the World's Greatest Detective. Tim also takes after Bruce in regards to being a CrazyPrepared ScienceHero who relies on {{Batman Gambit}}s against foes he knows he can't take in a fair fight.

[[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.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** The Nameless Filly was a incredibly brilliant in both magic and tactics, being said to have the potential to surpass Starswirl the Bearded and possibly become an Alicorn one day. Unfortunately, she ended up developing [[EnfantTerrible a psychopathic obsession with killing love itself]] due to her inability to form a relationship. As a result, she put her incredible intelligence to the task of making the [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Concept Killing Spear]], a weapon capable of [[RetGone erasing whomever it kills from existence]], resulting in one of the single most cataclysmic events in the history of creation when she killed Cupid with it.
** Sunset Shimmer, who was incredibly talented in magic as a filly. In fact, Elements of Magic in general seem to be this trope.
* The ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'': Diamond Tiara evidently came into her magic quite a bit before the norm for earth pony foals, as she's capable of what is implied to be a rather advanced maneuver. [[WordOfGod Word Of Fanfic Author]] is that her field dexterity score is rather high: in essence, she's very good at micromanaging.
* The ''WebVideo/ScootertrixTheAbridged'' versions of the Cutie Mark Crusaders are secretly '''generals''' in charge of the entire Equestrian Military, who somehow got into a military school[[note]]Which also, somehow gave Applebloom an English accent[[/note]] and graduated while still at elementary school. Though this is likely largely due to [[BunnyEarsLawyer Celestia's... questionable philosophy on leadership.]] Hilariously enough, despite being generals who can quote ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'' by heart, they somehow still struggle with even [[EverybodyHatesMathematics the most basic math to the point of being both scared and confused of the thought of negative numbers.]]
* Having been trained by Carnelian and the other Quartzes since he was five, Steven/Rhodonite in ''Fanfic/GiftOfADiamond'' has become a well-trained and condecorated Quartz officer who has succeeded at a number of daring and dangerous missions and has influenced Homeworld politics so much that he was able to convince all three Diamonds not to shatter gems and give second chances into his teens. He was even able to defeat Garnet and Pearl easily, two gems of with thousands of years of fighting experience. In-fact, he's ''this'' close to gaining MarySue status.
* In ''Fanfic/MasterPotterOfKamarTaj'', after [[spoiler:saving Hamir from an invading Mordo]], Stephen decides to teach Harry with sorcery, where he manages to master it despite being far too young to be learning their ways.

* ''Film/AntoniasLine'': Danielle's daughter Therese says "I'm a child prodigy," and she is, having been able to do arithmetic since she was three and being able to figure out squares and square roots of four-digit numbers while she's in grade school.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', even at the age of 9, Manolo showed a natural talent at bull fighting.
* The professor's son from ''The Great Debaters'' is in college at 14.
* ''Film/{{Gifted}}'': Mary is seven years old and fully able to work out advanced calculus problems, even noticing where the problems are deliberately written incorrectly. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triviality_(mathematics) Non-trivial zeroes]] are used as an example of the level of mathematical concepts she understands.
* In ''Film/{{Humoresque}}'', Leon, who is about 12, can instantly play a violin the moment he's given one. Sure enough, he becomes a concert violinist.
* 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.
* 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.
* ''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]].
* That kid from ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' attending college (and joining a frat!) at age 10, his name was Wormser.
* All the children in ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' has some exceptional talent that Dewey (played by Creator/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.
* Josh Waitzkin in ''Film/SearchingForBobbyFischer'' is a small child and a chess genius.
* ''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).

* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' counts, being an evil criminal mastermind at age 12. He began his schemes at ''the age of 10''.
* Rosie Wilder from ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub''. Naturally the kid gets paired with Claudia.
* 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.
* Jon Masters from Creator/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.
* 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.
* ''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.
* 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.
* ''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.
* 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.
* ''Literature/TheGatesOfSleep'': A minor character is a child chess prodigy who was driven into a mental breakdown by his father (who was [[FinancialAbuse living off the fees he charged for the kid's exhibition games]]).
* 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.
* [[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.
* 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 Wiki/TVTropes proves it.
* [[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.
* ''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).
* The classic psychological science fiction novel ''In Hiding'' by Wilmer Shiras is all about this. Following a vaguely described nuclear accident, many hyper-intelligent kids are born. The narrator first encounters a TeenGenius, but then finds younger ones. Like Star Holmes in ''Star Bright'', they are InnocentProdigy types. Rightly fearing both TheyWouldCutYouUp and TorchesAndPitchforks, they employ pseudonyms, misdirection and mail drops to publish their authoritative works in a variety of fields.
* 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.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Zettai has an affinity for magecraft. In the course of a day-long walk she learned everything Eric knew on the subject and he had been studying for months. Her age is vague but Eric guesses that she couldn't possibly be older than ten.
* ''Literature/LegendTrilogy'':
** June Iparis. 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.
* In the final book of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', Tavore Paran, whose motives are anything but clear for most of the series, is said to have been a prodigy in military strategy. By the age of five, she was able to recreate historic battles with toys based on books. By the age of seven, she was able to defeat current military commanders in mock battles, and shortly thereafter went on to be able to take the losing side in her recreation of historic battles and ''win''.
* 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.
* The titular character in ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' is so smart, she can multiply large numbers in her head [[spoiler:and develops psychic powers]].
* ''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.
* Euphemia in ''My Godawful Life'' by Michael Kelly
* ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'': All four members of the Mysterious Benedict Society (with the possible exception of Kate, who is less book smart, 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.]]
* 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]].
* 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.
* ''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.
* A spinoff of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'' features Aya's little sister, Nako. At that timeline, she's a fifth grader of IQ260.
* ''Literature/TerraIgnota'': Although Mycroft's birth bash' was only the one responsible for maintaining the premises of the bash'es chosen as an experiment to raise especially bright and capable young people, the Emperor reveals that he was the one to choose Mycroft's bash' because the children therein showed promise despite being only the children of 'janitors'. He turned out to be right and [[spoiler:before his crime spree,]] Mycroft was being groomed to become a high-ranking government official based on his intellect. He also was the first to deduce the current Anonymous's real identity while he was still a teenager.
* ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'''s sequel has Aaron, son of the CEO of Intellitech,
* The Literature/ThursdayNext books have Tuesday.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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).

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''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.
* The Creator/DisneyChannel show ''Series/ANTFarm'' is all about 11-year-old child prodigies who are allowed to skip to high school. ANT stands for "Advanced Natural Talents".
* 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.
* Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter from ''Literature/TheChosen''. Especially Danny.
* 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.
* ''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]].
* 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.
* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'': 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".
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': On the one hand, Jaime's dyslexia made him a slow learner in some aspects, but on the other hand, he was already a brilliant swordsman during his childhood. He tells Bronn that he hasn't used sparring swords since he was nine. He became the youngest Kingsguard in history, joining the order at the age of 16.
* ''Radio/GoodnessGraciousMe'' has an utterly hilarious take on a child prodigy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cpp71tpehg in this video]].
* ''Series/HannahMontana'': Rico was a side character, till he joined high school at the same time as the core cast.
* Janice in ''Series/HeadOfTheClass''.
* 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.
* Major Nelson had to babysit a kid with a 153 IQ once on ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''.
* Gary Coleman's character in the TV movie, ''The Kid With The 200 IQ''.
* Will Robinson of ''Series/LostInSpace'' was an electronics prodigy.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'':
** Malcolm in the earlier episodes, 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."
* 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.
* 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.
* ''Series/PowerRangers'':
** Justin Stewart from ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''.
** 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.
* 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 show ''Series/SmartGuy'' was centered around this type of character, a ten-year-old in high school.
* 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.]]

* 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]].
* [[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/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}}'''''
* Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart is one of the most famous examples of all (more information is below under RealLife).
* 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.]]

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* ''ComicStrip/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.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{KULT}}'' suggests this as an archetype for a PlayerCharacter.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* 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...]]
* [[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.]]
* ''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.
* Jeff Andonuts and Apple Kid in ''VideoGame/EarthBound''.
* Lloyd in ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings''.
* Ryoko Kano from ''VideoGame/FightersHistory'' is a judo user who started doing it when she was 3 years old.
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** 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.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': Though it doesn't come up much, the children who were kidnapped to become Spartan-[=II=] supersoldiers were selected not just because of their physical capabilities, but because they were already among humanity's brightest. The [=IIs=]' creator, Dr. Catherine Halsey, was herself a child prodigy.
* Ezreal in ''Videogame/LeagueOfLegends'' was named Grandmaster Explorer of Piltover at the age of eight, after mapping out his hometown's supposedly unmappable AbsurdlySpaciousSewer. His title in game is "The Prodigal Explorer."
* 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.
* Sunny from ''VideoGame/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''.
* 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 11 in]] ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' and their remakes). 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'').
* ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'':
** Luke Triton 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.
* 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. He is only ten when he [[spoiler:becomes a Psychonaut]]. To make it even more obvious, he only snuck into camp a few days prior while other kids have been going for years and aren't half as good with handling their psychic abilities as Raz is.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'':
** [[MagnificentBastard Albert Wesker]] is eventually revealed to have been one of these.
** Alexia Ashford became a a top Umbrella scientist at the impressively young age of ''ten''.
* Tails from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'':
** 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 ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' can write novels, become a chess master and build time machines.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* 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''.
* 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.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' backstory, Reman Cyrodiil, [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the Second Cyrodiilic Empire, [[AChildShallLeadThem was a child when coronated]]. According to the heavily stylized in-game book ''Remanada'', Reman was still an ''infant''. (Other, more realistic, sources still state that he was no older than 13 at the oldest.) In any case, this proves well-justified. Reman was very much a child prodigy who, along with his status as TheChosenOne (having been born possessing the [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Amulet of Kings]]), quickly brought both halves of Cyrodiil back together (Colovia and Nibenay) and then the other kingdoms of Men, High Rock and Skyrim.

[[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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* 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.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Felix from ''Webcomic/{{Cloudscratcher}}'' in regards to machines, to the point where CoolOldGuy Scotty is ''his'' apprentice.
* ''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.
* Scarlett from ''Webcomic/PlusEV'', who's following in her father's footsteps as a professional TabletopGame/{{poker}} player.
* 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!
* ''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/{{Precocious}}'' revolves around a neighborhood where most of the local children are this.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''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.
* 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]].
* Much like the original anime, Gohan of ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' is one of these. He's already studying theoretical physics at age ten (although, since Future Trunks' presence demonstrates its application, he supposes it's just physics now) and correctly explains multiverse theory (or at least, TheEarthPrimeTheory).
* ''ARG/ILoveBees'' (a ''VideoGame/Halo2'' ARG): 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. [[spoiler:There's a reason why she was kidnapped by the government to become a [[SuperSoldier Spartan]], after all.]]
* ''LetsPlay/ScottManley'''s daughter Skye, who has made several ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'' videos.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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.
* 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.
* ''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 easily pulling off firebending techniques her older and relatively skilled brother, Zuko, struggled with. She is also one of three characters in the original series who know how to use lightning and the only one known to generate hotter, blue fire. This is in addition to 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.]]
* Chester [=McTech=] of ''WesternAnimation/BeverlyHillsTeens''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'': Inez. Case in point: this 9-year-old girl knew the scientific family that hawks belong to.
* Dexter of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' along with his [[TheRival rival]] Mandark. And Dee Dee, for all her kookiness, is a ''really'' good dancer. She can dodge lasers while doing ballet!
* Lincoln Clark and Fenwick in ''WesternAnimation/{{Dogstar}}'' are both scientific geniuses.
* 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, and can be an InsufferableGenius at times.
* 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.
* Poindexter, the nephew of the [[BigBadWannabe Professor]] in the 1950's ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' TV cartoons.
* Dipper Pines from WesternAnimation/GravityFalls is very intelligent for his age and loves math equations and solving mysteries. This is something he has in common with [[spoiler:his great uncle Ford]], who is a certified genius.
* ''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/JimmyNeutron, Boy Genius.
* The titular character from ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr''. He appears to have mastered space compression, cross-dimension traveling, teleportation, artificial intelligence, the laws of physics and much more. Did we mention that he's the age of an average pre-schooler?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** Quack Quack. While he's otherwise a complete moron, he has very impressive skills in science and math, and can even solve a complex math problem in seconds inside his head, despite being a baby who still wears a diaper.
** Mr. Cat. He's less than 13 years old, [[VagueAge though his exact age is unclear]], and he can [[GadgeteerGenius build robots and gadgets]], repair broken machines, and possesses a great wealth of scientific and historical knowledge.
* Wade and the Tweebs in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* Egghead Jr. in the WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts.
* Lisa Loud from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' is only four and is mentioned to have already finished school up through getting a [=PhD=] (a type of doctorate degree). She still goes to kindergarten however, seemingly for no other reason than because [[ItAmusedMe she enjoys the nap times and snacks available]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the 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''.
* In ''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...]]
* Blossom is the brains of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. This becomes subverted in "Him Diddle Riddle" when the villain makes the girls take their UsefulNotes/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.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'': Practically every kid in the show. They are all very smart for their age, especially Sean. However, this is because all the parents in Boxwood Terrace are scientists who work at the Deep Space Array, so its possible that they could've passed down their knowledge to the children at a young age.
* Gretchen Grundler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
* Edwin Carmichael, Susie's six-year-old brother from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' is the brains of the Carmichael family. His room is designed from the idea of a wealthy man's library, as he is an avid reader. Although he is the most quiet of the Carmichael siblings, he is extremely intelligent, as he is known for wearing Einstein pajamas, playing computer games, and he once built a laser with his friends at his birthday party.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Lisa Simpson is extremely intelligent and a talented saxophone player. She has great interest in science and environment.
* ''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.
* ''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/TransformersPrime'': Rafael "Raf" Jorge Gonzales Esquivel is a master computer programmer and hacker. He's been able to understand code since he was three.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers 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, and was this during his youth.
* Chloe from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' is 12 years old and is admitted into a university. She hates being known as "the prodigy" though.
* ''WesternAnimation/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.]]

[[folder: Real Life]]
* [[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.
* 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.
* Composer [[http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/11/22/60minutes/main2205521.shtml Jay Greenberg]] (b. 1991) has been compared to [[Music/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.
* 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.
* Creator/YokoHonna, who was around 10 when she started her career.
* [[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.
* Seiyuu Creator/HirokoKasahara debuted in a lead role when she was 12 years old.
* Akiane Kramarik, who began painting religious visions as young as age 8, often in a realistically photographic style. Her art has a restful quality [[DamningWithFaintPraise 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.)
* 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.
* Music/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?"
* [[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.[[note]]For the record, she said at the time that the second version was better.[[/note]] Also at eight she began [[WorldBuilding 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.
* 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.
* Blaise Pascal started his mathematician career when he was nine.
* 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.
* Actress Alicia Roanne Witt started out this way. Her high-IQ exploits were covered in several newspaper articles starting when she was five.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Shoken Masako Ichijou aka Empress Haruko aka Empress Dowager Shoken]], wife of [[UsefulNotes/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.
* 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".
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Tao Terence Tao]] started taking college-level math classes at 9 and received his bachelor's and master's degrees at 16. Breaking the mold of the burnt-out prodigy, he is still an active and notable mathematician in his forties and appears to have a happy family life.
* 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).
* 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.
* [[http://heuna.tumblr.com/post/2415073898/kim-ung-yong-%EA%B9%80%EC%9B%85%EC%9A%A9-a-child-prodigy-but-happiness 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.
* Religious visions are also how [[https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=565&q=Sulamith+Wulfing&oq=Sulamith+Wulfing Sulamith Wulfing]] got started, except she began at four and went to art school as a teenager.
* 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 UsefulNotes/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?
* Austrian pediatrician [[UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome Hans Asperger]] referred to the autistic children in his practice as "Little Professors".
* 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.
* 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!
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/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)
* Schoolteacher Benjamin Heath Malkin (1769-1842) of the Suffolk village of Bury St. Edmunds, 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. Malkin homeschooled all his kids and by his account was less of a teacher than a referee. 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.