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- Pokémon Special: Yellow, who can read the minds of Pokemon and has limited telekinesis. She is the youngest of the first-generation protagonists.
- Nearly ever esper encountered in A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun is a teenager or younger. This is perhaps justified by natural born espers being rare, and all the children in Academy City are students taking part in an esper development program.
- The main characters of Night Head Genesis are all young teens, being students of a boarding school designed to contain their kind.
- Many of the espers in Zettai Karen Children are children, but especially the core Power Trio.
- Mai, the Psychic Girl. Mai Kuju is a 14-year-old girl with powerful psychic abilities. The Wisdom Alliance is a secret organization that wants to control the world. They already control four other psychic children and want to add Mai to their collection.
- Sabrina in the Pokémon anime was this trope for a while. The anime showed her developing her powers very young, around five or six years old. There's quite a creepy subplot involving her dolls and toys...
- Feature prominently in AKIRA, including the title character. Psychic powers in this setting are at least partially drug-induced, and appear to be less destructive to pre-pubescents, which is why the secret government agency developing them prefers to use children as test subjects.
- Also by Katsuhiro Otomo, Etsuko from Domu, who may or may not be related to the above.
- Pretty much every Gundam universe, with the exceptions of G Gundam, Gundam Wing and Turn A Gundam prominently feature many youngsters with psychic powers of one kind or another, most of whom end up getting turned into as Child Soldiers because of them.
- Hitomi from Puni Puni Poemi is a 3 year old who supposedly has the power to predict the future. Unfortunately, she only "predicts" things that are obviously happening right in front of her. However, one scene where she senses that Poemi is on a rampage implies that her power is not prediction, but an ability to see things that are happening in other places.
- In the Marvel Universe:
- Franklin Richards, son of Reed and Sue of the Fantastic Four exhibited full-on Goo Goo Godlike psychic powers from early childhood.
- Jean Grey's mutant psionic abilities first manifested when she was a child.
- The Stepford Cuckoos were an attempt by a the Weapon Plus Program and a sentient bacterial life form (It Makes Sense in Context) to breed an army of creepy psychic children to capture the Phoenix Force and wipe out all mutants.
- Liana from A Distant Soil falls under this trope. Though all Ovanans (and half-Ovanans like her and Jason) have psychic powers, she's an avatar and Jason is a disruptor, our two MOST powerful powers. Seren, the current avatar, is not a child, but is certainly very childlike.
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- In the film Minority Report, three psychic children are "harnessed" to foresee and prevent crimes; chief among the kids is a girl who saw through a specific deception (and instrumental in the plot)
- Constantine. The title character and Isabel and Angela Dodson all first displayed their psychic abilities as children. Unfortunately, these abilities helped them to see the half-demons infesting the Earth, resulting in both Constantine and Isabel being forced to undergo psychiatric treatment- Isabel later committing suicide.
- Other than Neo, the Potentials from The Matrix all seem to be children. Their Technopathy isn't strictly a "psychic" power until the sequel, when Neo gains the ability to affect machines even when unplugged, but their ability to manipulate the fabric of the Matrix is accorded similar mystical significance.
- Danny Torrance from The Shining has some very strong psychic abilities, at least by the standards of his universe. He has a limited ability to read the minds of those he is close to, an even-more-limited form of precognition, and a special vulnerability to haunted locales such as the Overlook.
- Charlie Mcgee in Firestarter is a pre-pubescent pyrokinetic, inheriting the ability thanks to a government drug trial her parents participated in which also gave them (much more limited) powers.
- Anthony from Jerome Bixby's short story It's a Good Life is only three years old and has complete control of everything.
- In the Maximum Ride series, the youngest member of the group (Angel, at only six) can read minds, often by accident. Later, she also gains the abilities of breathing underwater and mind control.
- John Wyndham did this twice with two different perspectives:
- The Midwich Cuckoos which was later filmed (more than once) as Village of the Damned had the psychic creepy Affably Evil children as the whole point of its plot.
- The Chrysalids had telepathic but otherwise normal children growing up in a community that hated and feared any kind of "deviation" from the norm.
- The Witches of Karres centers on three heavily psychic/magical children, sisters, from the planet Karres. The whole population of Karres are witches, but these three, and especially ten-year-old Goth, are the ones we see most of.
- In Galaxy of Fear, Tash Arranda is an untrained Force-Sensitive. Her powers cause her to be seen as weird and creepy, but they also help her out.
- The Children of the Lens, in the Lensman series. Their parents were the two most powerfully psionic humans in Civilization, their godparents were three Starfish Aliens who were the most powerfully psionic non-humans in Civilization, and Kit and his sisters still left them feeling as confused as a hen who had hatched a brood of ducklings.
- The ability to sense ghosts is limited to children and teenagers in the Lockwood & Co. series. The Talent disappears when children enter adulthood.
- Matilda starred a bright young girl who manifested psychic powers because her intelligence was being suppressed by her horrible parents who tried to keep her as dumb as possible. Her powers fade in the end when she's finally able to challenge herself academically.
- Olivia Dunham from Fringe was this as a child, although only after being treated with a pharmaceutical called Cortexiphane.
- Firefly, it is implied that River had telepathic abilities at a young age, and that this was why the Academy "recruited" her in her early teens.
- Game of Thrones:
- Bran Stark. It comes with being a Warg.
- Rickon Stark is not one to the same degree as Bran, but he does have a prophetic dream.
- Like Bran, Jojen is a greenseer. But not a warg.
- Eleven from Stranger Things. Literally the entire plot revolves around either her escape or the disappearance of her non-psychic counterpart Will Byers.
- Champions. The villain organization PSI (Parapsychologial Studies Institute) kidnapped children with psychic powers and brainwashed them into loyal minions.
- Pathfinder. Yoon, the iconic kineticist is a pyrokinetic preteen.
- Shadowrun: Technomancers are a relatively recent phenomenon, and as such most of them are teenagers or even younger. Certain parties, such as Horizon Corp, are terrified about how their powers will only get stronger as they age.
- Pokémon only plays this straight with Mossdeep Gym Leaders Tate and Liza, who look like young children (complete with Twin Telepathy). And maybe Caitlin, depending on which generation you're playing. All the other prominent Psychic-type trainers (eg. Sabrina, Will, Lucian, as well as the Psychic trainer class) are at least in their twenties.
- Some Psychic-type Pokemon, such as Mime Jr, Smoochum, Ralts, Kirlia, Gothita, and Gothorita actually resemble children.
- In the MOTHER trilogy, the protagonists Ninten, Ness, and Lucas along with some of the other main characters are all Kid Heros with psychic powers called PK or PSI in their universe.
- Psychonauts is set in a summer camp full of these.
- In FEAR, Alma and all three of her children are powerful psychics. In the second game, there is an elementary school founded by Armacham that covertly operates a program to both detect and induce psychic abilities in elementary school children. This was so ethically questionable that the school's personnel and all its students were on the list of "evidence" to be destroyed by Armacham's Black Ops troops once the Fairport incident blew up in everyone's faces.
- The Zener Children of Second Sight.
- Due to being heir to the leadership of the First Sons, Alden Tate of InFAMOUS unlocked his telekinetic powers as a child, unlike most of the other Conduits in the game.
- In Final Fantasy V, one of the youngest characters and youngest party member, Krile, is able to see and speak to ghosts on top of moogles, chocobos, and dragons. She's also chosen as the recipient of Sage Ghido's psychic call. It's never explained why. Thankfully she isn't persecuted or exploited, although Ghido does give her a debilitating migraine.
- In Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, a pre-teen Oracular Urchin named Sara can hear the thoughts of whichever person has been cursed by the cursed "Stone" spell tome, as she is the key to counteract it (only if she possessed the National Treasure "Kya" staff). In fact, she introduces herself to Leif by stating that she heard a voice pleading for help and telling her to join him: the voice belongs to Leif's Parental Substitute Eyvel, who's been turned into stone.
- The unnamed heroine of The Bully's Bully appears to be able to sense bullying before it happens, so she can be there to try to prevent it.
- Generator of the Whateley Universe. She's the youngest member of Team Kimba and looks like she's about ten. Her psychokinesis manifests as the ability to cast a psychic copy of herself into pretty much anything that's not too big. In the dreaded Dark Phase holographic simulation in "Ayla and the Mad Scientist" she takes out more power armor foes than Tennyo.
- Justice League Unlimited has a young girl named Ace who's had perception-altering, mentally destructive psychic powers since infancy. Eventually her power gets stronger, to the point of altering the world itself, but also cause a fatal brain aneurysm.
- In the Batman Beyond episode "Mind Games", a young girl named Tamara is kidnapped from her family by group of psychics called "The Brain Trust" because she's a very powerful pyschic whom they want to join their ranks. She's so powerful that she pretty much curbstomps them on her own once she starts actually fighting back.