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  • In the The Legend of Zelda fanfiction "Free as the Wind", Toon Link, of all Links, suddenly switches between Creepy Child and Cheerful Child on many occasions, which almost never fails to shock the other characters around him (including two other Links.) Him switching back into Cheerful Child-mode can sometime be really relieving, since his Creepy Child-persona's knowingness is very unsettling at times.
    "Everybody's going to die. Just not now."
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  • Midoriya in Oyasumi Midoriya, is a great example of this. He’s a distant child who’s got strange powers and warps reality around him with his “quirk.” Not to mention his personality switching between eerily cold and creepily erratic. it’s revealed that Midorya’s power causes his soul to split off, creating clones of himself. Seven have been introduced so far, and all of them have done incredibly creepy things, from attempting to murder a guilt-stricken Bakugou in his dreams, to threaten All Might and get a hole punched through his chest, to having a strange and creepy attachment to someone who really hurt him. This climaxes when all seven of the doppelgängers confront All For One, including a decayed Six. it doesn’t end well for AFO.
  • Child of the Storm has Diana, whose empathic abilities make her uncomfortably knowing, which along with her purposefully calm demeanour, frequently creeps people out. Until they get to know her, at least.
    • Harry himself, being thirteen, occasionally comes off as this from chapter 50 onwards, sometimes taking on a demeanour that is a) unsettling, b) slightly inhuman. He's also known to have intuitively mastered wandless fire magic, occasionally literally Playing with Fire, be a powerful psychic, have intermittent Super Strength and have a strange 'double voice', which he can use at will and is intimidating enough that it shuts up the Weasley Twins without so much as a smart remark. Being followed around by the wolves of Odin and, occasionally, his ravens, only exacerbates this. And then there's the frequent comparisons to Magneto, the warnings that he could just as easily go from a hero to becoming something horrific. Notably, he's aware of all of these and their effect. Except for Freki and Geri, who he treats like giant pet dogs, and the ravens, who he likes, they freak him out just as much as they do everyone else. That said, he isn't shy of using them and his growing reputation to his advantage.
      • By the sequel, Ghosts of the Past, he's 14 going on 15, and has only compounded this reputation - he's a good deal more powerful, and thanks to his experiences with the Red Room, a slowly recovering Shell-Shocked Veteran ever in danger of going over the edge and becoming the Dark Phoenix. He gets better as time goes by, but even so, his now more or less permanent inhuman grace tends to put people on edge.
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  • Sleepless contains several examples. The first instalment has Diamond Tiara a nine-year-old serial killer with insomnia, and a couple of residents of mental clinic for foals in Trottingham. The third story in the series, Manehattan Blues adds White Dove who doesn't hesitate to burn a warehouse with her classmate inside. Children of Equestria gives us also Diamond Tiara's hallucinations of Silver Spoon and Curtain Call.
  • In Chapter 22 of a Naruto Fanfic, Naruto: Altered History, when Naruto meets Kyuubi.
    "Oh fuck," Naruto muttered, a chill sweeping through. He knew now, beyond any doubt, that he was in for it, only the most evil of demons pretended to be little girls. It was a fact of nature, the more innocent looking the little girl, the more evil the demon. This girl was the picture of innocence, which meant Naruto now faced a majorly gruesome end.
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  • In a relatively popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians fanfiction known as Whispers in the Dark, the main character Taylor definitely qualifies. She's 4, and she knows more curse words than the average 10-year-old. Let that sink in for a minute.
  • A chapter of Toy Hammer gives us Emma, a creepy kid who appears and disappears out of nowhere, and gives the main character nosebleeds.
    • Though she's not so creepy any more because she's actually one of the Emperor of Mankind's reincarnations.
  • In the Firefly fanfic Forward, we have Inducer One-One-Nine, who becomes a retroactively creepy child when we discover it's Katie.
  • Fiona from Kira Is Justice is this, complete with bold dialogue.
  • In Cori Falls's fanfiction Where Angels Dare to Tread, baby!James was supposed to come as Wise Beyond His Six Months, but looks like this instead. Seriously, which baby deliberately cries in his christening and then looks all "I did it to screw my parents's plans for me!"?
  • So very many Super!Harry Harry Potter fanfics, a result of trying to get him off to a good fixit start while following the books' timeline. Often due to time travel, but also to various weird upbringings and instances of becoming a Child Prodigy. Both lampshaded and not.
  • "Escape From Never Never Land", a Harry Potter fic, has a sort of subversion. On the surface she's a creepy child. But really she's really 14, trapped in the body of a child by magic which makes it worse....
  • Cream is seen as one in Always Having Juice, having a difficult time discerning the real from the imaginary due to her special power, and being diagnosed as mentally ill before being adopted by Vector.
  • Both Gabrielle and Chaos in the Tamers Forever Series, especially the first one.
  • It Sucks to Be Weegie! has Lucas. It says something when quoting lyrics from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street isn't out of character for him.
  • The daughter of Harry Potter and the Winter Queen in The Denarian Knight. When they first meet roughly a year after her conception (at which point she's seven or eight due to the differing passage of time in the faery realm) she says "Hello father" in the most deadpan voice ever and his response is "Okay, that's not creepy at all."
  • Quetzalcoatl in the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades story, A Month of Sundays who wants to find 'best friends' and think that the best thing about them is that they share...blood. To amp up the creepiness, he's a Serpent in a contract with Ankh and his human form is a child version of Ankh. The creepiness gets toned down after Jun gives him a Tastes Like Friendship moment and he becomes a shy, scared boy with abandonment issues.
  • Toronto Bat Fans Let Me In series eventually downplays this for Abby; with Owen as her boyfriend and later 'husband' and Oscar as an adopted grandfather figure, she is given the opportunity to develop socially so that she just comes across as socially awkward rather than outright creepy.
  • Taya in Diaries of a Madman, whose lack of understanding of certain social conventions can make her come across as very creepy at times.
  • Ongetsu, Kurosaki Karin's zanpakuto spirit in Phases of the Moon and all its sequels and spin-offs, is this combined with Bratty Half-Pint and Creepy Doll. It doesn't help that he manifests as a Sinister Scythe that happens to be Anti-Magic. The doll is a stuffed black rabbit that Karin owned before her mother died, and represents her inner weakness and repressed emotions.
  • From Gensokyo 20XX, Reimu seems to be developing shades of this. Aside from the mental illness, she is very unnerving for anyone who doesn't understand how sweet she can be but is unusually and very fatalistic for a child, along with easily and quickly accepting cruelty, along with giving it when she sees fit to. What's more to this is that a group of kitsune wanted to kill her for reasons unsaid and people tend direct their hostility to her.
  • The Gravity Falls Transcendence AU Fan Verse is full of this trope, played in multiple different ways. Dipper gets this reaction from others (and sometimes from himself) because he's been turned into a demon, Mabel and later her children because they hang out with demon!Dipper. Then there are the assorted children trying to make deals with Dipper (some of which manage to creep him out).
    • Bill's reincarnations. Toby, a sweetheart with some...interesting personality quirks such as calling pain "funny feelings", is a good example of one. This is often subverted though.
  • Tom in Tom Riddle's Schooldays. Other characters find him charming and friendly, but the way he calmly considers murder…
  • Tom, Bellatrix and Hermione in Fall Back – 1940. Tom in particular does things that would nauseate many adults, and doesn't see anything wrong with them.
  • Thousand Shinji: Shinji, Asuka and Rei can look like three traumatized but average fourteen-year-old kids... because they're hiding that they're borderline psychopaths. Rei's apartment is a trash-filled shrine to rot and decay, Shinji manipulates people for shits and giggles, Asuka is a murderous vigilante, and any of them is perfectly willing to kill whoever gets in their way.
  • Yesterday Upon The Stair has Izuku and Rei. Izuku has developed in some unsettling ways due to growing up with the ability to see ghosts, and Rei is dead.
  • The Virtue of Revenge gives us Damian Wayne, who phones his adopted brother to lovingly detail how he murdered his latest tutor. It's due to his mother Talia enabling such behaviour - the phonecall to Jason was actually her rewarding Damian for his flawless technique.
  • In the Legend of Zelda fanfiction Tales Of Termina Link is often seen as this due to his blank, vacant stare and quiet nature.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: Diplomacy Through Schooling, the third story in the series, introduces Cozy Glow, whose behavior and interest in other cultures' villains unnerves some of her classmates, and prompts Diamond Tiara to talk to Twilight about her. Then in chapter 10 it turns out she's not actually a child - she looks like one, but her magical signature reveals her as an adult.
  • Downplayed with Chloe Cerise in Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail. Unlike her anime counterpart — in which she's a Shrinking Violet because she's not sure if she wants a career in Pokémon like her classmates are expecting her to get into — she's shown to have very macabre tastes: she writes stories where characters end up with a Fate Worse than Death, she sprinkles her dialogue with dark lyrics and she has an interest in demons. However she's an average girl out of that, and is considered a Creepy Loner Girl because of how many of her classmates jeer at her likes and because she usually keeps to herself anyway.

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