Holy Child

A young child of either gender who is sought after by both the bad guys and the good guys for more than one reason. They may be The Chosen One, or holding the key or the secret to something, That makes this kid one of a great importance to all around him or her...

See also MacGuffin Girl, Mystical Waif, Kid Hero, The Fool.


Anime and Manga

  • In the Dune universe, Alia Atreides was considered this when she was a girl. After she grew up and became a tyrant, not so much. Also, Leto II and Ghanima as children.
  • Pomma D'ok and Teera Eld in Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green-Sky Trilogy. After they manage to connect with each other telepathically and rediscover important psychic abilities, some lost to their people for many generations, they are literally named Holy Children and worshiped by most of the people.
  • In Good Omens, Warlock, the child anti-christ falls into this, being contended for by both Aziraphale and Crowley. Except not as due to a mix-up at birth, the potential anti-christ is growing up elsewhere with another family
  • In Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching adventures, Tiffany. While she is thirteen and sixteen in the second two books, she is still sought after by a variety of forces. Basically the series is made up of supernatural beings who want Tiffany and/or something that belongs to Tiffany for themselves.

  • Seven Years In Tibet: The Dali Lama, he's only seven when we first see him and fourteen at the end, by which time he has been formally instated as the spiritual leader of the Tibetans.
  • Little Buddha: A child is thought to be the reincarnation of Lama Dorje.

Live-Action TV
  • Stargate SG-1 used it twice, first with the Harsesis and later with Adria.
  • The X-Files has Baby William, who is heralded as this. He is described as "more human than human", a normal human child with none of the human frailties. He is seen as the salvation of the human race from alien invasion; he is the epitome of what the Syndicate has been trying to do for years: create a human/alien hybrid. While they did it in a lab (with diastrous results), William was gestated naturally. If they can figure out to replicate that, or make a vaccine against the alien virus, the human race has a chance of surviving. So, they're after him. And the Super Soldiers, who are bent on making sure alien invasion is swift and that resistance is futile, are after him to kill him. On top of that, he is kidnapped mid-season 9 by a UFO cult who are convinced he is connected to a UFO they found. He has supernatural powers, most notably telekinesis. He is seen making the mobile above his crib move on its own (scaring his mother to death in the process). He also has a Christ-like birth, with Scully giving birth in a shack in the middle of nowhere, a guiding star, and the Lone Gunmen acting as the Three Wise Men. Though it took place in mid-May, not December.
  • Angel: A few of these crop up during the series, notably in the series 2 episode "Judgement" and the series 5 episode "Time Bomb". Inverted with Connor, as only evil demons view him as one. Sahjhan let slip that Connor has a "big future", but in what sense, we don't know yet.
  • Fringe: Michael, the Observer child, is shaping up to be classic one of these. Mute, bald, non-violent, communicates through emotive telepathy and is integral to saving the world? Check.

Video Games
  • A somewhat older version is the teenaged Diadora from Fire Emblem Jugdral, since if she ever gave birth, there would be a high chance for said kid to be a vessel for a Dark God.
  • The center of the conflict in Fahrenheit.
  • Mithra from Asura's Wrath can freely manipulate Mantra to a point where she can be used as apower source to increase the power of the deities. And is apparently the perfect vessel for The Golden Spider to regain his full power.

Western Animation
  • Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender is the avatar's latest reincarnation; the bad guys want to kill him because if he becomes a fully realized avatar then there will be no stopping him from ending their Evil Plan.
  • King of the Hill episode "Won't You Pimai Neighbor?": Bobby is thought to possibly be the reincarnation of Lama Sanglug. The monks display several items on a blanket, and Bobby is to choose from any item that he sees. If Bobby is the Lama, he will choose an item that was the possession of the Lama. Bobby doesn't want to be a monk, so he chooses Connie, whom he sees in a mirror amongst the items. The monks accept this and leave...but the mirror was the item the Lama owned!
  • Subverted (in the respect of "child") in an episode of Jackie Chan Adventures where holy monks believe Tohru is their reincarnated Chosen One. Double Subverted towards the end when it's clearly shown to be Jade.

Real Life
  • As mentioned already, this is the whole deal behind the search for the Dalai Lama.
  • Baby Jesus, for obvious reasons.