Little child + 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
. 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.
- Both Goku and his son Gohan had this as children. Some of it was innate (due to them being a Saiyan and half-Saiyan respectively), and the rest...
- Pan as well.
- Brolly even more so. When he was born, his power level was 10,000.
- Kintaro Tooyama from Prince of Tennis. He picked up a motorcycle and threw it at some bullies who he happened 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, an 11 year old girl with strength even 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.
- 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 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Jo McCormick from Big Bad Beetleborgs fits this perfectly (especially since she's a pre-adolescent girl).
- Supernatural has an episode revolving around an actual, working wishing well. One of the wishers was a small boy who was being bullied. He got super-strength, along with a bad temper.
Myths & Religion
- Hercules was in canon and the Disney cartoon, 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.