Super Strength = dangerous. These little kids have strength that puts The Incredible Hulk to shame, and an attitude to match. And don't you forget it! Those who mix it up with them the first time and demonstrate their ignorance have a short life expectancy. This tends to be more common in girls than boys for the surprise factor, but it can be found in both. Compare with Small Girl, Big Gun, Cute Bruiser, Little Miss Badass, Pint-Sized Powerhouse, and Waif-Fu. Probably a Badass Adorable. A Child Mage is when they "casts the spells that makes the people fall down" instead of just pummeling them.
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Anime & Manga
- The best example from Shikabane Hime is Saki - 10 years old, energetic, and insufferably mischievous. Wields a massive hammer (or, in the manga, a similarly oversized axe) and can chuck cars around.
- In Bleach, after Kenpachi's duel with Ichigo, Yachiru carries the former on her shoulder to get medical attention. A particularly impressive use of the trope because Kenpachi is very tall and muscular, while Yachiru looks like an eight-year-old but manages to effortlessly carry him to the top of a building by performing multiple two-story high jumps while carrying him. One of the author's many hints that she's more dangerous than she looks.
- Dragon Ball:
- Saiyan children are like this from a human perspective. Goku is already bulletproof and super strong when he first meets Bulma at age 12, and at that point he's physically younger due to Saiyans' slower aging. By Saiyan standards, of course, he's just a normal child, but then, Saiyan children are known to conquer entire planets as infants.
- Goku's son Gohan, a half-Saiyan, has even greater potential power than Goku had at the same age, although Goku's strength was "always-on" and in Gohan's case it only comes out under extreme duress until he receives proper training.
- Goten and chibi!Trunks, also half-Saiyan, are like this even by Saiyan standards, able to attain Super Saiyan form by the age of seven, without training and and apparently without needing to undergo the same Traumatic Superpower Awakening as their fathers and Gohan. Fanon has it that children conceived after the father has already achieved Super Saiyan status inherit the ability to do so more easily.
- In the non-canon movies, Broly was this as a child. When he was born, his Power Level was already 10,000. For comparison, Goku's highest power level when fighting Raditz as a fully-trained adult is under 1,000, and it isn't until he learns the Kaioken technique to multiply his power level that he gets over 9,000note
- Kintaro Tooyama from The Prince of Tennis. He picks up a motorcycle and throws it at some bullies who he happens to ask directions from.
- Chibi America from Axis Powers Hetalia likes to swing bison around.
- In an episode of InuYasha there are two ninja sisters and Suzuna, the younger of them is much stronger than her older sibling. Making it clear by punching a door open and lifting more than twice as much of Demonbones they stole wich deemed to heavy for Suzunas sister.
- Monster Rancher
- Genki Sakura can carry much bigger girls like dolls. Seen in episode 20 where he lifts Pixie up as if she was weightless.
- Holly gets carried around by Genki even more and she is 4 years older than him. But it doesnt seem to bother her.
- Another character from Monster Rancher is Tama, a girl with strength almost equal to Genki. You can even say she a female version of him. She can knock him and a monster out cold with a single punch...
- In Future Boy Conan, the 11-year-old protagonist Conan is strong enough to lift boulders and fight of armed soldiers. His trademark is to carry a girl named Lana, what he does in almost every episode.
- Kaolla Su from Love Hina must be mentioned. In on episode she almost creams Keitaro in a bearhug while still sleeping. Shortly after Naru gets dragged in there too.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid has Rio Wesley, one of Vivio's 10-year old friends. Her first on-screen battle had her judo throwing Corona's giant rock Golem into a building, and later in her match with Harry, she decides to arm herself against the tournament veteran by physically ripping out a huge chunk of the arena floor with her bare hands and lifting it above her head.
- Dr. Slump created Arale to be this.note
- Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!, has been shown to have possessed his god-like super strength since childhood when his younger brother ate some food that belonged to him. He was so enraged that he tried to crush his brother under a refrigerator.
- Molly Hayes from Runaways is a super-strong mutant 11-year-old girl. Who takes this trope to fairly absurd levels, what with her punishing Wolverine and her ability to rip a magically attached cloak through strength. It's been suggested that her powers are Psionic in nature (due to the fact that both her parents were psychics, that she glows when she uses her powers, and that she becomes quickly fatigued when she uses them without showing many signs of physical stress) which might explain the magic-cloak-ripping thing at least a little.
- PS238 has a few of them; the most prominent are Julie "84" Finster, a 7-year-old girl who is a bit neurotic about the fact that she's the 84th F.I.S.S. (Flight, Invulnerability, Super Strength, Super Speed)... basically the superhero equivalent of Brand X. She's also strong enough to wrap a superarmoured attacker in a casino sign and catch punches from a guy who looks to be somewhere in the range of nine feet tall and is identified as having a muscle/mass ratio of "Omega Five" (whatever that means, although given the reactions to this fact, "bloody strong" seems appropriate).
- The Harvey Comics character Little Lotta, who combined this with Stout Strength and Big Eater.
- Depending on the incarnation, Superman may have had superpowers even from toddlerhood. Most modern versions, however, have him start as a normal kid who gains his powers slowly over his preteen and teenage years. Either way, him having powers as a kid is justifiable since it's the Sol System's sunlight that gives Superman his powers.
- Superboy (aka Conner Kent aka Kon-El) is a teenage clone of Superman who has his powers from when he's first created. Supergirl, likewise, is usually about a teenager in age with all of Superman's powers.
- Superman's Kryptonian foster son, Chris Kent, plays this trope straight, having powers from the moment his ship landed on Earth. This actually caused some problems, so Superman created a device that looked like a wristwatch that would drain most his powers away. Eventually it absorbed too much, however, and blew up the family's apartment.
- The title character in the Belgian comic Benoit Brisefer (created by Pierre "Peyo" Culliford, the man behind The Smurfs) is a super strong little boy, who goes around and does good deeds such as lifting buses out of traffic jams, blowing out burning houses and helping kittens down from trees by uprooting them (the trees, not the kittens).
- The title character of Monica's Gang is also this: a super-strong seven-year-old girl whose weapon of choice is a blue bunny plushie, which she uses mainly to beat up the boys who bully her. Some stories go to the extremes of showing her with Silver Age Superman-like power levels - in a story, she had a cold and sneezed so hard that her friends were blown away to different parts of the world (her best friend Maggy ended up in China, for example).
- Molly Danger, the perpetually 10-year-old, super strong protector of Coopersville.
- While she is by herself merely normal-strength, Nalle-Maja is the only recurring character in Bamse other than Bamse (her father) himself to get super-strength from eating dunderhonung ('Thunder Honey'). She only uses it in extreme emergencies, as she also gets a three-day stomach ache once the super-strength wears off, but of course stories that focuses on Bamse's children has seen fit to create such emergencies more than once.
- Astérix: Obelix was one in his youth ever since the incident where he fell into a cauldron full of the magic potion. And in the album "Astérix and Son", the baby Asterix and Obelix find on their doorstep and look after during the story becomes one after twice accidently drinking some magic potion.
Myths & Religion
- Hercules was, in canon and the Disney animated movie, able to strangle two snakes as baby. He would later kill a fellow child in music lessons by hitting the other with a harp of all things. Reaching adulthood just made his feats of strength only more impressive.
- May from Guilty Gear, a cute little pirate girl who fights with an anchor as big as she is.
- Pop the 12 year old Verdere Witch, considered to be a prodigy for being chosen as one at her age, use her Earth Magic to augmented her strength.
- Miles "Tails" Prower, Cream the Rabbit, and Charmy Bee from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They're strong enough to fly while carrying two other beings. Some of whom are very big and heavy. Tails can even punch through rock in Tails Adventure.
- Quite a few Tales games have the youngest looking members being Cute Bruisers, some being Mighty Glaciers (like Presea and Karol), others being Lightning Bruisers (like in the case of Sophie).
- Leah from Chrono Cross is one of the youngest characters but also the physically strongest. She wields an axe and throws big rocks single handly.
- There is Fen a character from Toshinden4 who is almost an exact ripoff from Conan, the main character in Future Boy Conan. He is a muscular kid who fights with a spear to avenge his grandfathers death. In the ending he just lifts up an older girl and let her sit on his shoulders for no reason besides to show off.
- Toad in Super Mario Bros. 2. He's not only super strong, he's also super agile.
- An early male example is Bamm-Bamm Rubble from The Flintstones, though his Super Strength was mostly done for laughs.
- The Simpsons:
- Lisa Simpson in the Treehouse of Horror episode where she gains superpowers and becomes Clobber Girl.
- Maggie Simpson is able to swim for her father Homer who is drowning in the sea. She rescues him and swims back, dragging him to the shore. What a toddler!
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Apple Bloom becomes one of these when the Cutie Pox makes a weightlifting Cutie Mark appear on her, and is suddenly able to lift a 1,000 pound (or some other unit) barbell with her tail.
- Baby Pound Cake is able to drag Pinkie Pie around while flying.
- Despite remaining unable to achieve full flight for any length of time, Scootaloo is capable of towing Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom on skis, clear from Ponyville to the Crystal Empire.
- Pippi Longstocking of course! She is the strongest girl in the world, lifting a few guys at once and even her horse.
- Jackie Chan Adventures: Jade Chan with the Ox Talisman.
- The Super Hero Squad Show: One episode had a little girl becoming super strong while holding a fractal.
- Then there is The Powerpuff Girls with not one, not two, but three of them as our main characters.
- And their Evil Counterparts the Rowdyruff Boys. They are just as strong and as shown in their debut appearence, even more efficient fighters then the Powerpuff Girls.
- Diaperman from Terrytoons' The Mighty Heroes.
- In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Take Elmyra Please", Elmyra's baby brother is shown to have super strength, which he uses to bend the bars on his crib and go on a mini-rampage in the living room. However, in the follow-up episode, "Grandma's Dead", he does not display any of his super strengths and acts more like a typical baby.
- Steven Universe doesn't seem to have noticed (and instances of it are fairly subtle) but he most definitely has some form of super strength. He's able to wrestle a monster twice his size into a lava pit, easily pick up a full grown woman, and smash a dashboard with his bare fists.
- Finn from Adventure Time may have skinny limbs, but he's strong enough to overpower burly marauders, ogres, and other monsters bigger than him with his bare hands. In one episode, he lifts a massive Eldritch Abomination with little effort.