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This is basically the SpinoffBabies trope applied to real people. The idea is to take {{Historical Domain Character}}s and depict them in their youth. It can be played for laughs--implying that people we normally think of as reserved, stoic, or even evil [[FormerTeenRebel were once young and reckless themselves]]. (Or the opposite, where they are shown to possess the same traits and interests that later made them famous, even if realistically these would have come much later.) Of course, it may also be played straight.

If the person lived long enough ago that details of their adolescence or youth are obscure or even non-existent, then this trope may be used as an excuse to ground an entirely fictional story in reality. Sometimes these characters are the leading characters, other times they may only serve as a fictional {{cameo}} or a ShoutOut to a HistoricalInJoke.

Obviously a standard trope in HistoricalFiction.

A SubTrope of HistoricalDomainCharacter.

A SisterTrope to InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous, LiteraryAgentHypothesis (can overlap when a minor character in a movie turns out to be the author of the book the movie is based on).

If it's a young ''actor'' who later becomes famous, it's RetroactiveRecognition.

!!Young Future Famous People as lead characters:


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Ikkyu-san'' features Ikkyu Sojun, a Japanese Zen Bhuddist monk, as the protagonist at age ten.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* #2 of the ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' spin-off comic ''Spike Versus Dracula'' features a young boy who goes to see Creator/BelaLugosi in a stage production of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' only to wind up in the middle of an attack by the real Dracula. When he tells this to his teacher later, he's punished for telling stories. As he writes lines, [[Creator/EdWood Edward Wood Jr]] secretly vows to make monster movies when he grows up, and then steals his teacher's angora sweater.
* ''ComicBook/XMen: True Friends'' features Kitty Pryde and Rachel Summers being sent back in time to 1936, where Kitty befriends an imperious little girl named Lilibet, whose cousin teasingly calls her "Princess". [[spoiler:She's the future Queen Elizabeth II]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'' includes a young UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin, who has yet to make it big (and [[NerdsAreVirgins has yet to get a girlfriend]]). He's on his way to being famous by the end of the movie, [[BeenThereShapedHistory with a little help from the main character.]]
* [[http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/22/chairman-mao-3d-cartoon-animation-zedong-chinese China's making one about]] UsefulNotes/MaoZedong. Animated. In 3D.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''1814'' is a Russian movie about several key figures of the Golden Age of Russian Literature, such as Creator/AlexanderPushkin, Anton Delwig and Wilhelm Küchelbecker (as well as the ''Russian'' Iron Chancellor, Gorchakov, often considered UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck's [[TheRival archrival]] in international politics) when they were students at the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum, aged [[TitleDrop from 14 to 18]]. The same applies to the first part of the Yuri Tynyanov novel ''Kyuchlya'', which partly inspired it.
* Creator/JaneAusten in ''Becoming Jane''
* Creator/JohnKeats in Film/BrightStar. Though he was already a poet, technically he got the 'fame' part posthumously.
* ''Coco Before Chanel''
* ''Film/AKnightsTale'' has Creator/GeoffreyChaucer as a freelance SmartGuy with a gambling problem. Ends with an IShouldWriteABookAboutThis.
* ''Max'' is a film about an art dealer in 1918 Germany who attempts to encourage a young fellow war veteran named UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler to focus on becoming an artist. [[ForegoneConclusion He ends up becoming more interested in politics.]]
* ''Film/TheMotorcycleDiaries'' is about young UsefulNotes/CheGuevara.
* ''Film/NowhereBoy'' is about the teenage years of Music/JohnLennon.
* ''Film/ShakespeareInLove''
* ''Film/SouthsideWithYou'' is about the first date of a young lawyer and the law school intern she's supervising. [[ForegoneConclusion They later become the President and First Lady of the United States.]]
* ''Young Edison''
* ''Young Einstein''
* ''Film/YoungMrLincoln''
* ''Young Mr. Pitt'': A slight subversion, since UsefulNotes/WilliamPittTheYounger was twenty-four when he became Prime Minister for the first time.
* ''Film/TheYoungVictoria''
* ''Young Winston''
* ''Film/QuestOfTheDeltaKnights'' is, plot- and structure-wise, basically a rip off of ''Franchise/StarWars'' as a fantasy movie. The Han Solo character is a young Leonardo da Vinci (though it's not made clear that he's ''that'' Leonardo until [[HistoricalPersonPunchline late in the movie]]).
-->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Tom Servo]]:''' So Leonardo da Vinci was a moron who stole all his ideas?
* ''Film/{{Backbeat}}'' portrays the Music/Beatles in their Hamburg era, and focuses on tragically doomed Stu Sutcliff and his romance with Astrid Kirchherr (a solid performance by a young Sheryl Lee).

* In Poland, in 1944, a young priest-in-training is hunted down the street by a Hitler Youth. The priest trips and falls, and the Hitler Youth proceeds to kick him while he's down. The priest shouts: ''Stop it! When I am old, I am going to be UsefulNotes/ThePope!'' The Hitler Youth just snorts and says: ''Yeah right. And I'm gonna be your successor.'' (This joke was a reference to Pope Benedict XVI, who had indeed been a member of the Hitler Jugend as a child, under force, as most German children were at that time.)

* This is the purpose of ''Literature/TheRoyalDiaries,'' a series of books that depicts the youthful days of several famous royal women.
* Literature/WillOfHeaven follows the ancient Chinese general Han Xin from his dirt-poor adolescence to his rise to power, and then to the cusp of his fall. The later chapters also offer glimpses at [[spoiler: Zhang Liang's and the First Emperor's]] younger years.
* Creator/EstherFriesner's ''Princesses of Myth'' series, about historical or semihistorical (or straight-up mythical) princesses of history during their childhood and young adulthood. So far she has taken on Helen of Troy, Nefertiti of Egypt, Himiko of Yamatai/Japan, and Maeve of Connacht/Ireland.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The premise of ''Series/{{Leonardo}}''
* The TV miniseries ''Young Catherine'' featured a young UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat, played by Julia Ormond, during her rise to power in Russia.
* ''Film/{{Hawking}}'': features Stephen Hawking when he was an ambulatory, [[{{Adorkable}} oddly cute]] 21 year old university student.
* ''Series/TheSecretAdventuresOfJulesVerne'' has not only the titular character before he wrote his novels but a few others, such as a brilliant young boy named Al, who reveals that it's short for his middle name [[UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison Alva]].
* Happens at times in ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** Subverted with the appearance of a young UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, as he's ''already'' famous for his war journalism and is treated as a celebrity in-universe.
** In one episode, Julia is impressed by one of Brackenreid's landscape paintings and enters it in a contest. After the painting is stolen for its frame and recovered, Brackenreid sells it to a young man who identifies himself as [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Thomson Tom Thomson]], a Canadian artist associated with the [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_of_Seven_(artists) Group of Seven]] whose most productive period spanned from 1914 to 1917 (more than a decade in the future in-universe).
** A young Creator/MaryPickford appears in "A Merry Murdoch Christmas" acting in a production of ''Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl'' and doing charitable work around Toronto.
** Followed a few episodes later by a pre-fame [[Creator/LMMontgomery Lucy Maud Montgomery]] attending Crabtree's writing classes.

* ''Theatre/AbeLincolnInIllinois'', although the third act of that drama skips forward 20 years to Lincoln as a nationally known politician in 1858-1860.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' has many pros as kids, who are playable characters in the games. Originally just ordinary characters, but then became the SpotlightStealingSquad.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Little Amadeus'' or ''Wunderkind Little Amadeus'' features a young Mozart, who has already developed a strong musical reputation but isn't yet famous.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheExtraordinaryAdventuresOfJulesVerne'' is another Jules Vern example. It's an action/adventure cartoon that features a bright, mechanically and scientifically inclined, globetrotting teenage author Jules, who's also depicted as being very Indiana Jones-style athletic and resourceful, and his companions. The books he's famous for writing are, in-show, based on the adventures he and his friends have throughout the series, though with artistic liberties, such as a Skyship Pirate ahead-of-his-time Captain Nemo, for example.
* ''WesternAnimation/LilBush'' applied this trope to the entire Bush administration cabinet.
* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' lives on this trope, but [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because they are all clones of the originals.

!!Young Future Famous People as supporting characters:

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', a young eye specialist and insignificant writer named Arthur was invited to Ciel's dinner party, only to be caught up in a murder mystery. After he finds out [[spoiler: Ciel works for the Queen, Sebastain is a demon and they framed a man for someone's murder and they let Arthur live with this knowledge]], it is heavily implied Arthur does become [[Creator/ArthurConanDoyle a famous mystery writer]], though his middle and last name are never revealed.
* ''Manga/AfterschoolCharisma'' is basically ''WebComic/CloneHigh'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN JAPAN]] (and not quite so wacky). It's got teenage clone versions of Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, Einstein, UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud...

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A pre-teen Creator/AleisterCrowley briefly appears in the graphic novel ''ComicBook/FromHell''.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': In one album about a proto-Freudian doctor who visits the US to test his theories (that all criminals trace their behavior back to a turning point in their childhoods) ends with a scene in which the narrator says that the theories of this professor will soon be developed by future people. Cut to a scene where a terrified nanny tells Mrs. [[UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud Freud]] what baby Siggy tried to get her to do.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} Fiftieth Anniversary: Fury'' oneshot, Nick Fury Jr. accidentally travels back to 1965 in pursuit of racist demagogue the Hatemonger and teams up with Nick Sr. At first they think Hatemonger is planning something with the race riots, but Nick Jr. learns that someone matching Hatemonger's description was seen in Hawaii and realizes his actual plan. Without telling his father what the significance is, he gets there in time to save the life of a young mixed-race kid called [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Barry]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ForrestGump'': Music/ElvisPresley, learning how to dance from a kid with leg braces.
* ''Film/JohnCarter:'' Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs is John Carter's adoring nephew and heir.[[note]]In some of the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' novels, Burroughs presents himself as Carter's [[HonoraryUncle honorary nephew]], friend and [[DirectLineToTheAuthor literary executor]].[[/note]]
* ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' again, with John Webster making a couple of appearances as an adolescent boy fond of {{Gorn}} in plays.
* ''Film/ShanghaiKnights'':
** A young Creator/CharlieChaplin as a supporting character.
** Ditto a young Creator/ArthurConanDoyle
* In the film ''Film/{{Troy}}'', Aeneas makes a cameo as the civilians escape through the tunnel. A charming little addition considering the movie is basically a big "eff-you" to accuracy of any sort.
* As does ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' with the future Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret.
* At the end of ''Film/TheGrandmaster'', a little boy enlists in the titular master's kung-fu academy. He has the trademark grin of a certain Creator/BruceLee.
* ''Film/KermitsSwampYears'', a DirectToDVD Muppet film about Kermit the Frog's childhood, features a scene in which Kermit is knocked down in the road and a young human boy helps him up. The boy is standing in front of a mailbox throughout the brief scene, and when he is called in for dinner, the name painted on the side is revealed: ''[[spoiler:Henson.]]''
* ''Film/TheNativityStory'' takes this UpToEleven with most of the movie being about what happened to UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} while He was still an ''unborn baby''. The film's climax is [[AwayInAManger His birth]], making Him a very young future famous person indeed.
* At the beginning of ''Film/TheTimeMachine2002'', Philby mentions that Alex is corresponding with a Swiss patent clerk named Einstein.

* From the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series by Creator/EricFlint:
** Has a cameo appearance by an infant Baruch Spinoza[[labelnote:*]] actually quite tragic; his parents(were killed in battle) and community abandoned him the moment they realized who he'd grow up to be due to philosophical disagreement[[/labelnote]], and a young-ish UsefulNotes/OliverCromwell who is thrown into prison by Charles I for a regicide he had yet to commit.
** Young Creator/RembrandtVanRijn becomes a famous artist when people learn that in the future-that-was, he was a famous artist. This happens to quite a few people who haven't done anything yet, and most of 'em are driven ''crazy'' by the attention and expectations. Rembrandt though does decide not to paint the paintings that are going to be famous, instead painting new ones.
** An eleven year old Blaise Pascal ends up becoming a ward of Grantvile and becomes a frequent source of headaches as he attempts insanely dangerous experiments.
* The cyberpunk short story ''Mozart In Mirrorshades'' featured a young Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart being introduced to synthesizers and electronic music by time-travelers from an alternate dimension. A young UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette also makes an appearance.
* In Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'', in which InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous is heavily in action, it is a kid named [[Creator/BenjaminFranklin Ben]] who brings Enoch Root to Daniel Waterhouse, after the former has arrived in Massachusetts. Then, cue the flashback to Enoch visiting UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton's school when Isaac was a kid...
* Possibly the ''youngest'' Future Famous Person occurs in M.J. Trow's ''Lestrade'' novels. The inspector points at a baby in a pram and sarcastically declares the child could play Franchise/SherlockHolmes at least as well as William Gillette. It is then strongly hinted that this is a pre-verbal Creator/BasilRathbone.
* The ''Literature/AxisOfTime'' series by John Birmingham features accidental time-travelers from TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture going back to UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, where their revelations about the future course of movies and music leads entrepreneurs to find young Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, among others, and present them with contracts to buy the rights to their future creative output.
** Prince Harry, when he's not kicking Nazi ass, takes walks with his grandmother, the future Queen Elizabeth II, who is in her early teens, and finds Harry calling her "granny" funny. By the same token, Elizabeth's future husband is still in the Royal Navy, and is constantly the subject of jibes like "Your Highness".
** [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy A young naval lieutenant]] renames his PT boat ''The Grassy Knoll''.
* In ''Literature/TimeCat'', one of the adventures takes place in UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}, where the protagonists meet a young Creator/LeonardoDaVinci and help discover his painting talent.
* Played with in ''Literature/AWorldOfLaughterAWorldOfTears'', set in an AlternateHistory so while some of the figures are famous, they aren't famous for the things they are in the real timeline. For example, one viewpoint character, a young UsefulNotes/BillClinton will grow up for an important role for his work in civil rights but will never become President. Meanwhile another important viewpoint character, a young UsefulNotes/JerryBrown, ''will.''
* In "North and South" by John Jakes, many prominent figures of the Civil War (both military and political) are mentioned. Especially any of those who attended West Point.
* One of ''Literature/WolfHall's'' major supporting characters is Thomas Cromwell's ward and apprentice, Rafe ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ralph]]) Sadler, who Cromwell raises to be as clever as himself. He accompanies Cromwell everywhere as he grows to adulthood and establishes his own household, sometimes acting as his spy. Sadler would survive his master's fall,[[note]]and tried unsuccessfully to bring down Norfolk and Gardiner, the men responsible[[/note]] go on to become an ambassador, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Secretary of State, and Privy Councillor to Henry VIII, Edward VI and Elizabeth I... and, most impressively, died of ''old age''.
* In ''Literature/ForeverAmber'', a preteen Nell Gwyn makes a brief appearance in Chapter 13.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonBerlin'', which is set in 1929, makes mention of Konrad Adenauer, the then-mayor of Cologne. 20 years later, Adenauer would become [[UsefulNotes/TheChancellorsOfGermany the first Chancellor]] of post WorldWarTwo-Germany (and one of the oldest elected statesmen of all times).
* On the show "Do Over", the main character loses a baseball game to a young Greg Maddux.
* The first season of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' features gangsters like UsefulNotes/AlCapone, Charlie 'Lucky' Luciano and Meyer Lansky in 1920 at the beginning of the Prohibition. They will not reach the height of their infamy for at least another decade.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the Fireplace"]] features young Madame de Pompadour.
** While the Creator/ColinBaker episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E5Timelash "Timelash"]] features a young man called Herbert, whose full name is revealed at the end to be [[spoiler:[[Creator/HGWells Herbert George Wells]]]].
* A creepier version happens in ''Series/ForeverKnight''. During a flashback, Lacroix is sitting on a train next to an unshaven German soldier returning from [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne the western front]] after the cease-fire. He seriously considers turning him and comes within seconds of taking a bite as he is shaving, but something tells him that adding vampirism to the darkness he already sensed in his soul would be a Bad Idea... just as the soldier turns around to reveal ''that'' [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler moustache]]. Which is a bit of an inaccuracy as photos of Hitler show that he had a handlebar moustache when he was younger.
** Not to mention that Hitler was in a military hospital in Northeast Germany, hundreds of miles from the Western Front when he heard of the November Revolution and the armistice.
* In one episode of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', after [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ray]], [[ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} Kendra]], and [[ComicBook/BlackCanary Sara]] get stuck in the year 1958, Ray takes up a job as a professor. One student in his class, Mr. Gates mentions his son Bill.
** In another episode, [[ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} Martin Stein]] cures a young boy of tuberculosis using modern medicine. The boy's name? [[Creator/HGWells Herbert George Wells]].
** In a second season episode, the Legends meet a young Creator/GeorgeLucas. Unfortunately, they accidentally scare him away from film school, and he ends up becoming a successful businessman instead. As a direct effect of no ''Franchise/StarWars'' or ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', Ray and Nate lose their knowledge and powers (they were inspired by those films as kids). They manage to convince Lucas to get back to following his dreams.
* Creator/MarkTwain and Creator/AlbertMichelson show up on episodes of ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''.
* This happens from time to time in ''Series/QuantumLeap'', due to Sam [[BeenThereShapedHistory just having amazing luck]]. For example, on one occasion, he meets a nerdy teenager named Creator/StephenKing. Bigger list [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Leap_(TV_series)#Brushes_with_History on Wikipedia]].
* The two-part ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Time's Arrow" featured a young [[spoiler: Creator/JackLondon]], although the audience isn't aware of this until his last appearance in the episodes, before which he'd always been referred to by his first name only.
* The [[GermanMedia German television series]] ''Löwengrube'' (''Lion Pit'') bases on this, as it tells the history of the Munich middle class Grandauer family from the 1870s to the 1960s, following them through two world wars and the post-war episodes. One of the various examples would be the start of the first world war. In the police station (where the father works) [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler a certain Austrian artist]] applies for German citizenship because he feels very German. At the same time, the Grandauer's young son is seen being buddies with a dorky bespectacled kid from his class, called [[spoiler:Himmler, Heinrich]].
* The Russian miniseries ''Series/{{Dostoevsky}}'' features ''Series/DaddysDaughters'' actress Music/LizaArzamasova as a young Sofia Kovalevskaya, who would later become Russia's first female mathematician.
* This is a staple of ''Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'', where a young Indiana Jones meets various celebrities of the early 1900s and 1910s. Some of them already famous during his lifetime, others who would only become world famous in later decades, such as UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, Creator/FranzKafka, T.E. Lawrence, Kemal Ataturk and a 6 year old boy he saved from a plague-striken village in the Congo named Barthelemy Boganda, first president of the Central African Republic.
* In the series ''Series/TheTimeTunnel'', the main characters are trying to escape [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution Revolutionary France]] and in the final scenes must get past a young, low-ranking officer who turns out to be UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte.
* While most of the performing bands on the '60s-set ''Series/AmericanDreams'' were already famous, one episode did featured an audition from a unknown, teenaged Linda Ronstadt (played by pop singer Jojo).
* In an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' Rob & Laura discover a hidden treasure inside a desk bequeathed to him by his [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Grandfather]]: a picture of Grandpa as a baby. What makes it valuable (and this trope) is the [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln young tall, beardless man]] who happens to have been standing on the stairway behind Gramps and his parents when the picture was taken.
* ''Series/SpartacusWarOfTheDamned'' features UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar as a young lieutenant in the army of Marcus Crassus, and a rival of Crassus' son Tiberius, during the Third Servile War.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' features numerous examples of either contemporary famous or soon-to-be-famous people.
** In one season six episode, the Wright Brothers are interviewed (offscreen) three years prior to the Kitty Hawk flight, while UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill -- at the time newly famous for his actions in, and accounts of, the [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar Boer War]] -- is a murder suspect in another episode.
** Amateur painter Brackenreid sells one of his landscapes to a young [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Thomson Tom Thomson]] a decade or so before his rise to fame.
** In the ElectionDayEpisode a young girl who is inspired by the suffragist movement's female candidate (their lawyer, another HistoricalDomainCharacter, was able to argue there was no law against a woman ''standing'', just voting) turns out at the very end to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_Macphail Agnes Macphail]], who did in fact become one of Ontatio's first two female [=MPPs=] and later Canada's first MP.
** One season three episode features a young Creator/HarryHoudini still making a name for himself. In the same episode, Ruby Ogden is describing her journalistic work to Crabtree, mentions her interview with a firebrand named UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin, and warns the constable to "watch out for him".
** The season 8 episode "Keystone Konstables" features Higgins and Crabtree going undercover as vaudeville performers. They share a bill with a young Creator/WCFields, who bombs as a juggler before getting the idea to try DeadpanSnarker comedy.
** The season 5 premier "Murdoch of the Klondike" features a young Creator/JackLondon coming to Murdoch's aid in a bar fight when Murdoch is investigating a murder in the Yukon. Jack then serves as Murdoch's [[TheWatson Watson]] for the rest of the episode, and gives Murdoch back his badge when Murdoch's about to return to Toronto. Murdoch unwittingly returns the favor when he uses the phrase "the call of the wild", inspiring Jack to write the book of the same name.
** In "Unlucky in Love", the only decent writer in Crabtree's creative writing class is one [[Creator/LMMontgomery Lucy Maud Montgomery]].
** The episode "Master Lovecraft" features none other than young Creator/HPLovecraft as the main suspect of the murder of a young woman. His strange mannerisms and morbid obsessions leave a lasting impact on Crabtree and Mrs. Brackenreid. Naturally, we get glimpses of [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos his future works]] in the form of creepy drawings in his notebooks.
* ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' does this constantly. Side characters include [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollo Rollo of Normandy]], who begins the series as an enormously badass but unsophisticated warrior with vague and unrealistic dreams of greatness, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%C3%B6rn_Ironside Bjorn Ironside]], who would go on to sack cities as far away as Italy, first shows up as an 11 year old who tries to talk his parents out of domestic squabbling, and later we have the rest of Ragnar Lodbrok's famous/infamous sons like Ivar the Boneless and Ubba, who would nearly conquer all of England for the Northmen, as cute little kids.
* ''Series/TheTudors'' has the future Mary I, Elizabeth I, and Edward VI as supporting characters.
* ''Series/AmericanCrimeStory'' shows the Kardashian sisters (and brother) at the time of the OJ Simpson trial.
* Being a show about TimeTravel, ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' is bound to hit this trope once or twice. Although, for the most part, historical figures tend to be shown when already famous. A notable example is Creator/IanFleming during his time as a spy during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, years before he writes his ''Literature/JamesBond'' novels. Wyatt (fans of the books) and Rufus (fan of the films) are practically gushing about working with "James Bond". Their adventure also ends up inspiring a new book about Bond that also makes its way onto the big screen. Oh, and Fleming makes moves on Lucy, although she refuses to become a [[GirlOfTheWeek Bond Girl]].

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* In a music video released to promote "Is This Love", a song from Music/BobMarley's ''[[Music/KayaBobMarleyAlbum Kaya]]'' one of the children singing and dancing with Bob is a seven year old Naomi Campbell. Yes, the famous supermodel!

* More like not-yet-born famous people in case of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', through the vision of Banquo's descendants as kings in Act 4. Especially the eighth wearing a double crown, who is supposed to be King James I of England, who was, incidentally, Shakespeare's own patron.
* ''Theatre/JerseyBoys'', which tells the story of Music/FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons, features a friend of Tommy [=DeVito=]'s named Joey who introduces him to future band member Bob Gaudio. Tommy BreaksTheFourthWall and reveals that Joey is actually Creator/JoePesci ("[[Film/RagingBull Yeah]], ''[[Film/GoodFellas that]]'' [[Film/HomeAlone Joe]] [[Film/MyCousinVinny Pesci]].").

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' has Creator/LeonardoDaVinci in his younger years as an ally of protagonist Ezio.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' has Suleiman The Magnificent as a 17-year old prince and grandson of Beyazid II, [[spoiler:though his father Selim I takes the throne by the end]].
** We also see Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli as an Assassin before his banishment and subsequent publication of [[Literature/ThePrince a rather famous book]]. He's also shown to be taking notes during Ezio's speech to the people, some parts of which are suspiciously similar to the book.
** And ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' gives us [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte a certain young commander whose military career is on the rise...]]
** In '''Videogame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'', a segment featuring Jacob's descendant has her working with a young Winston Churchill, presumably before he became a Templar.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezGunslinger'': at the end of the game, the teenage boy listening to Silas' story turns out to be UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower.
* ''VideoGame/Europe1200'' features a young [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi Francis of Assisi]] (prior to his spiritual conversion) as a hirable party member.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomics/TheDreamer'', a young Alexander Hamilton is a supporting character in the series, as well as Nathan Hale, since he technically became famous posthumously. Benjamin Tallmadge also makes an appearance.
* ''Webcomic/TimesLikeThis'': Hey, if you had a time machine, you'd want to see what your favorite celebrities were like as little kids, wouldn't you? Like Cassie did with [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=12 Britney]] [[Music/BritneySpears Spears]] and [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=694 Miley]] [[Music/MileyCyrus Cyrus.]]
* Daisy, the Doctor's companion in ''Webcomic/DoctorWhoRegenerated'', really wants to meet Howard Carter, but when she gets the chance, he's seventeen and {{Adorkable}}. Not that she has a problem with it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Rosebud", Mr. Burns leaves his parents to live with a rich millionaire. As their car disappears in the distance Burns' parents sigh: "Ah, oh well, at least we still have his little brother George". The camera then cuts to a boy version of Creator/GeorgeBurns singing: Bwa bwa bwa bwa, Oh the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky Home, Bwa bwa bwa bwa... (spoken) Trust me, it'll be funny when I'm an old man." The underlying joke here is that George Burns also became over a hundred years old, just like Mr. Burns.
** Later in that same episode we see UsefulNotes/CharlesLindbergh pick up Bobo, Mr. Burns' teddybear, and take him along with on his trip with the Spirit of St. Louis. At his arrival a man in the audience picks up Bobo and later turns out to be UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
** In "Gone Abie Gone", Grandpa Simpson worked as a busboy in New York City in the early 1970s alongside a young Music/MarvinHamlisch ([[AsHimself played by Hamlisch himself]], airing three months after he'd passed away)
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', a flashback to Fry's childhood reveals that Mr. Panucci's delivery boy was a young law student named UsefulNotes/{{Barack|Obama}}. Young Fry mentions that he doesn't want to end up like ''that'' loser.
-->'''Fry:''' Oh man, I have ''got'' to go back to law school.
* In the WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents episode Father Time, it appears the previous child Timmy's Fairy God Parents belonged to was a bespectacled boy named Billy. After Present Cosmo and Wanda show that computers displaying lava lamps on the screen are more entertaining than actual Lava Lamps to the Past Cosmo and Wanda, Billy passes by and mentions the idea of having all computers connected through something called "The Internet", but Present Cosmo tells him it should be called "The Timmy". Past Wanda then mentions little Billy Gates (Bill Gates) has the craziest ideas. It does end up being called The Timmy, and his name changes to Internet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGuardiansOfTheLostCode'', the protagonists meet the last Chinese emperor, Pu-Yi, as a toddler.