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[[caption-width-right:350:Typical Kung-Fu Kid in ''Film/TheKarateKid'']]

The Kung-Fu Kid is a child or teenager with a very high level of skill in martial arts, whose skills are particularly noteworthy in the context of the story. Sometimes the skills are first acquired during the course of the story, and sometimes the character begins the story already having a significant level of martial arts talent. If it is a SportsStory, the Kung-Fu Kid will likely be working toward a [[BigGame major tournament]]. In a FightingSeries, this guy will regularly battle against enemies, often in [[TournamentArc tournaments]], but sometimes in deadly serious combat. In SpyFiction, the TeenSuperspy is often a one of these. In {{Fantasy}} or {{Superhero}} stories, a character's martial arts skills might be sufficient to qualify them as a BadassNormal that can stand toe to toe against more supernatural enemies. Some characters may have martial arts skills that could be classified as SupernaturalMartialArts, or even as a CharlesAtlasSuperpower. Sometimes the kid combines spell casting with martial arts to be a KungFuWizard.

No RealLife examples unless this kid is considered particularly exceptional and famous in the martial arts world. This should not turn into a listing of everyone with a black belt. Nor should it list every young character that takes a karate class but only has the fact mentioned in one or two episodes and gets into perhaps one fight against an untrained person using a minor example of martial arts skills. Mark Taylor of ''Series/HomeImprovement'' would not qualify, for example.

This is the martial arts equivalent to the ChildMage or the KidDetective. Compare to KidSamurai, NinjaBrat, CuteBruiser and WaifFu. This character might also be a KidSidekick or a KidHero. If female, she may be a LittleMissBadass.

Not to be confused with ''Film/TheKarateKid'', though the movie series does provide several perfect examples.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Manga/ClampSchoolDetectives'' has Suoh Takamura, an elementary school age martial arts expert with a 3rd dan black belt in Karate, Judo, Aikido, and Kendo. He is also the descendant of a Japanese [[NinjaBrat ninja clan]].
%%* ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'' - Goku, Krillin and Chichi
%%* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' - Gohan in the first few seasons, later Goten
%%* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' - May Chang
%%* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' - A number of characters, most notably the titular Kenichi Shirahama.
%%** Elementary-school aged Chikage Kushinada is easily the youngest fighting character.
%%* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' - As this is essentially a FightingSeries with {{Magical Girl}}s, several characters fall under this, including the main character Vivio and her main rival Einhart.
%%* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' - Many of the major characters would qualify, particularly Ku Fei. Negi Springfield combines ChildMage with this trope to become a Child KungFuWizard.
%%* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' - Mitsukuni "Hani (Honey)" Haninozuka. In a subversion, he's already ''17/18'' years old, though he's OlderThanTheyLook as well.
%%* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' - Almost the entire teenage cast, except the older two Tendo sisters
%%* ''Manga/TekkenChinmi'' - The titular young boy Chinmi trains to be a world class kung fu master.
%%* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' - Pao-Lin Huang aka Dragon Kid uses kung fu against criminals at least as much as she uses her [[ShockAndAwe lightning powers]].
%%* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' - Deconstructed with protagonist Miki and TheRival Megumi, they were Kung-Fu Kids in their childhood, and at their 20's they are [[{{OneOfTheKids}} One of the Kung Fu Kids]].

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''[[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Batgirl]]'' - The Cassandra Cain Batgirl is a teenager trained to be an assassin, but whose empathy for human beings prevents her from ever actually going lethal.
%%* ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'' - Pei, Danny Rand's potential successor as Iron Fist, and Wah Sing-Rand, the Iron Fist of 3099.
%%* ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' - [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karate_Kid_(comics) Karate Kid (Val Armorr)]] is a master of every form of martial arts to have been developed by the 31st century
%%* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' - Robin is a BadassNormal whose skill in martial arts allows him to keep up with his superpowered teammates.

%%[[folder: Film ]]
%%* ''Super Kung Fu Kid'' - Man Lung
%%* ''Film/TheKarateKid'' - Daniel Larusso, Andre Parker
%%* ''Film/ThreeNinjas'' - Samuel Douglas Jr., Michael Douglas, Jeffrey Douglas, Miyo
%%* ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}'' - Barry Gabrewski

[[folder: Literature ]]
%%* ''Literature/AlexRider'' - Alex has a black belt in karate, which alone is not enough to qualify for this trope, however he regularly uses his martial arts skills during his spy missions.
* ''[[http://www.theblackbeltclub.com The Black Belt Club]]'' - A children's book series about four young martial artists who go on secret missions.
%%* ''[[Literature/CherubSeries CHERUB]]'' - All CHERUB agents train in advanced martial arts, however Bruce Norris is particularly noted for his martial arts talent.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
%%* ''Series/KungFu''- Young Caine in the OnceAnEpisode {{Flashback}}s
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_Kids Kung Fu Kids]]'' - A Philippine TV series tells the story of seven kids of different personalities united by a prophecy. The Kung Fu Kids train under the village idiot who turns out to be a Kung Fu master from China.

%%[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
%%* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' - Scrappy Kids are based on this character type in Hong Kong cinema.
%%* You can also play a Kung-Fu Kid in ''TabletopGame/HongKongActionTheatre'', though you will need "To Live and Die in HK" to do so.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_Kid Kung Fu Kid]] - A 1987 Sega Master System video game about a kid that uses his knowledge of kung fu to fight enemies.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* ''Webcomic/HowIKilledYourMaster'' - The stories with the younger versons of the main character are something of a deconstruction, since he still has to spend a great deal running away or being rescued. Then again [[{{Tsundere}} some of the rescuers]] count as this trope as well.
%%* ''Webcomic/TheBullysBully'' - The unnamed heroine appears to be an example although this is not yet canon.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/ShurikenSchool'' - Eizan Kaburagi, Jimmy B. and Okuni Dohan
%%* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' - Though [[VagueAge the protagonist ages are never give]] they don't seem to be older than 14
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' - the young heroes (and villains), though proficiency in kung fu is pretty common in that world regardless of age.
** Toph Beifong was born blind and learned her own (vastly superior) earthbending without her parents ever finding out. Not only that, but she invented- ''invented'' - a brand new form of bending thought to be impossible (metalbending)... at twelve years old.
** A straighter example of this trope is present in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Korra, the new Avatar, first started earthbending when she was ''five years old'', something completely unheard of in the history of the Avatar. Even Aang, the youngest Avatar to ever master all four elements, didn't start learning his second element until he was twelve; and most Avatars don't even find out their identity until they turn [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday sixteen.]]
* Referenced by name in the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' episode "The Kung Fu Kid", starring [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Peng the young snow leopard]]...who although he claims to have had no formal kung fu training and is just a potter, is able to go toe-to-toe with Po, Temutai, and even Shifu and the Furious Five while under MoreThanMindControl. Justified by it being InTheBlood.