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"I rocked harder than you when I was five years old!"

A young genius — in their pre-teen year. Any genius below 13 and above 3 is eligible for the title of a Child Prodigy. Sometimes ignored or discriminated against by those who consider them Just a Kid. Tends to be an Innocent Prodigy at times due to their age.

In a setting with a mostly older cast, a Child Prodigy Grade Skipper might be introduced to appeal to a younger demographic.

Very often The Smart Guy on The Team, particularly in Super Robot Genre shows.

Note that although the character is likely to be both this and Wise Beyond Their Years, they are two distinct tropes because intelligence and wisdom are two different things. This trope also may overlap with Adorably Precocious Child or Innocent Prodigy. They may also be seen enjoying something that goes over other kids' heads, which could be Entertainment Above Their Age if it's a work of fiction.

For the record, despite some Real Life uses of the term, a teenage/high school-age character in college (13 — 19) would be a Teen Genius, not this trope. See also Brainy Baby which is the even younger counterpart (3 years old and below).


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  • Katie Lindberg from Alyosha! was one of these before maturing into a Teen Genius. She achieved a near-perfect SAT score at the age of 6 and graduated at the top of her class at MIT when she was 12.
  • Chiyo Mihama from Azumanga Daioh was smart enough to skip several grades and start her first year of high school at only 10 years old. While she consistently gets the highest grades in her class, being five years younger than everyone else means she struggles to keep up during P.E. and anything to do with sex or romance flies right over her head.
  • Assassination Classroom: Nagisa Shiota is gradually revealed to have a natural, seemingly superhuman talent... for assassination. In a setting where Killing Intent is a very real thing, his ability to appear completely, totally harmless right until he has a knife against your throat is treated as practically a superpower, and he rapidly picks up the advanced techniques the professional assassins around him use. Unusually for this trope, the adults in his life have to consider whether or not to encourage his prodigious abilities, since, despite the series premise, they don't want any of these students to actually become killers for hire, just stop Koro-sensei.
  • Black Clover: From the moment he developed his Portal Cut powers, Langris' parents refused to admit that anyone could be better than him, and while this was extremely unhealthy, they did have a point. Flashbacks reveal that he's a natural when it comes to magic, studies, athletics, and other types of hard work. His only weakness was (and still is) his anger and awful social skills. Other nobles criticized him for this while praising Finral for his natural talent at being a socialite. His parents telling him that he was perfect compared to Finral is part of what starts Langris' Sanity Slippage.
  • Bleach:
    • Toshiro Hitsugaya is somewhere between 10 to 13 years old (biologically speaking) and has been recognised as a prodigy since a much younger age. Most Shinigami can never obtain bankai but Hitsugaya is the youngest person to learn it in the history of Soul Society. However, his power is not fully developed and he lacks the experience of other captains and their emotional maturity (he still sometimes acts like a child trying to do an adult's job). Nevertheless, Kyouraku (one of the oldest and most powerful captains) has said that Hitsugaya will probably surpass him in the next 100 years.
    • Gin Ichimaru is a child when he entered the Shinigami Academy, but he completed the six-year programme in a single year, the first person to ever achieve that. His first act upon joining the Gotei 13 is to kill a Third Seat without sustaining injury, immediately replacing him in that post. It's implied he became a captain later than he could have because Aizen tried to keep him as his lieutenant for as long as possible. He eventually becomes a captain 50 years before the current storyline, although over Aizen's objections.
    • Yachiru is the Lieutenant of the most combat-capable Gotei 13 division despite being a tiny child who physically appears to be anywhere between 6 to 8 years old. Although Kenpachi's enormous reiatsu can floor even Seated Officers, Yachiru's been able to handle it ever since she was an infant. Her Zanpakutou is considered unique, manifesting beings to empower Yachiru's striking power and reach despite Zanpakutou not being able to do that. Her battle instincts are also considered incredible; she can adapt to even invisible opponents with so much speed it's considered uncanny. It's eventually revealed it's because she's Kenpachi's manifested Zanpakutou spirit.
  • Case Closed:
  • A Certain Magical Index: Patricia Birdway has a PhD at the age of twelve and has more than twenty published papers.
  • Minoru from Chobits is only 12 years old but he is a computer genius who is an expert on persocoms and knows the answers to almost all of Hideki's problems when he gets screwed over by technology.
  • Classi9: Except for Ren, the main cast qualifies: Haydn is 12 and on the same level as 8 other students several years older than him, all of them music prodigies, Wagner started composing operas after seeing Beethoven perform when they were 5- and 6-years-old, Liszt and Chopin have known each other and played together for a very long time... Mozart is even lampshaded as a Child Prodigy since he is known as the "Wonderkind" (kinder means child in German).
  • Falin from Delicious in Dungeon is this. As a child, she was capable of taking on a spirit with no training whatsoever while resisting possession and communicating with it — a rare trait that set her towards the path of being a cleric when combined with her endless compassion.
  • As a fourth grader, Ryoko in The Demon Girl Next Door is already reading kanji-heavy ancient war manuals such as Six Secret Teachings and Three Strategies of Huang Shigong. While the version she reads has been rewritten for a modern audience, reading those books requires a level of abstract thinking few people possessed at her age.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Muichiro Tokito suffered his own tragedy at the hands of a demon when he was 11 years old, got personally scouted after the immense potential he showed by killing that demon in a fit of rage; blazed through the Demon Slayer Corps’ ranks in just 2 months. To compare and contrast, Muichiro was a Hashira by the age of 11, while series protagonist Tanjiro had to wait 1 year before his tragedy even began, and 2 more years before he even officially became a Slayer.
  • Digimon Adventure: Koushirou Izumi has impressive computer skills for a fourth grader (who also looks younger than his peers). His expertise in computer science, information gathering, and analysis become handy on multiple occasions, making him the most valuable ally the new Chosen Children have in the sequel series 02, and taken to much higher levels in Digimon Adventure tri. and Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna as he gains more resources. While his skills are acknowledged and deeply appreciated by other characters, he is extremely humble about it.
  • Digimon Adventure 02: Ken Ichijouji is introduced as a nationwide known child prodigy, who is The Ace in academics and sports. As it turns out, Ken wasn't originally a prodigy; the real genius in the family was his older brother, Osamu. Shortly after Ken's first adventure in the Digital World, Osamu died in an accident, and Ken began to increasingly emulate his brother out of a mix of grief and misplaced guilt. Eventually, he activated the Dark Seed, an implement of that was embedded in his neck during his time in the Digital World, which enhanced his academic and athletic abilities to the prodigy level. As a side effect, it changed his personality from kind and gentle to cruel and apathetic, and led him to treat the Digital World as a game and try to take over it as a tyrant. His increased intelligence allowed him to create control devices, evolution blocks, and even create his own artificial Digimon, Chimeramon. One What Have I Done realization and a Heel–Face Turn later, the effects of the Dark Seed are nullified, and he returns to being a normal kid. However, he remains very intelligent and athletic, and retains a lot of the skills he learned during his time as a prodigy, such as a proficiency in Spanish.
    • Later, Yukio Oikawa scans and copies the Dark Seed from Ken and implants the copies in other children who wish to become child prodigies like Ken himself. They quickly gain Ken's former academic prowess, as well as the cruelty and disdain for the rest of humanity. Luckily, the copies are nullified a short time later.
    • Taiki Kudou in Digimon Fusion is not aware that he is this. He is both exceedingly athletic and intelligent, and has engaged in various sports like a pro. Furthermore, he is a brilliant tactician, capable of forming winning strategies within a flash of a second in the heat of battle.
    • In Digimon Universe: App Monsters, Teen Genius Rei Katsura spends much of the series thinking Leviathan kidnapped his younger brother Hajime because he was after Rei's hacking skills. Turns out, Leviathan was after Hajime's skills; Hajime is on a whole other level, to the point Leviathan compares his intelligence and abilities to the likes of Alan Turing and John Mc Carthy. When Leviathan forces Hajime to create a powerful Appmon, Bootmon, Hajime manages to engineer his escape and hides Bootmon from Leviathan for months. Once rescued, he becomes a key ally to the Applidrivers, with his computer skills being crucial to helping them locate Bootmon and win the final battle against Leviathan.
  • Kotoko from Divergence Eve, since she's an advanced android.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Played With. When Goku was a kid in the original Dragon Ball, he was often hailed as a prodigy for not only his natural strength and talent for fighting but his ability to learn advanced techniques after only seeing them once and being able to adapt quickly while fighting. Then, it's Subverted at the start of Dragon Ball Z when it's revealed that he's a Saiyan and that he's actually pretty weak by his race's standards. However, this trope is Played Straight again when Goku's quick adaptability and natural talent far surpasses any in his race, even the Saiyan prince Vegeta, to the point that his low power level compared to other Saiyans at the start of the series could easily be chalked up to him being raised on Earth and not fighting strong opponents like the other Saiyans.
    • According to Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, Bulma had already surpassed her father at the age of five and single-handedly repaired an alien spacecraft in a matter of minutes.
    • A Downplayed example with Krillin. He never was as talented as Goku, who is a Human Alien from a fighting race, but compared to other humans he was an exceptionally strong child. He was able to survive the Muten Roshi's training regimen and would have been second only to Goku in the 21st Tenkaichi Budokai if Muten Roshi hadn't entered. He also learned the Kamehameha on the fly with no prior training at the age of sixteen when it took his master fifty years to develop it. The only things that really held Krillin back were his lack of self-esteem, which was an effect of the bullying he received from the monks at his former temple and his occasional bouts of arrogance.
    • Son Gohan is a prime example, both physically and academically. He's smart enough to study advanced biology at age 4, builds an amphibious sandsurfer/boat a few months afterwards, and by the time he's 10 years old, he has enough latent power to unleash the equivalent force of a Supernova.
    • Vegeta's talent was so well known that Freeza immediately takes a liking to him and spares him specifically when he destroys Planet Vegeta. After that, Freeza more or less raises him as one of his elite soldiers. In the Bardock Special, Vegeta is able to take on six Saibamen by himself with little trouble. Keep in mind, each one of those Saibamen are as strong as Raditz. It's been stated that even as a child he was one of the strongest Saiyans at the time.
    • Freeza himself can count as well. The overwhelming power by which he became the Galactic Emperor? His power which only needed Super Saiyans to even scratch him? He was born as that, and he didn't train for a single day in his life. Still he gave a personal Curb-Stomp Battle to almost everyone (barring Goku and Trunks, the said Super Saiyans), before he made the fatal mistake of killing Krillin. He was outright born as a mutation among his strong race as well. Also counts as a Subversion, as if he DID focus on training like the other examples on this page, he would have been near damn unstoppable, with probably Super-Perfect Cell and even Buu (literal monsters), being either equal in power or weaker.
    • Goten and Trunks. At the age of eight, Trunks is able to become a Super Saiyan, much sooner and more easily than Future Trunks, and Goten became a Super Saiyan at seven, making him the youngest Super Saiyan in history.
  • Wendy from Fairy Tail, despite only being biologically 13, has been able to learn many of her offensive spells just by seeing Natsu use them once, learned several more, including a Secret Art unique to her brand of Dragon Slaying Magic, in just three days with nothing but handwritten notes to go on, and mastered Dragon Force in only a year's time whereas Natsu still hasn't despite having obtained it far earlier than her. She even figured out how to copy an Enchantment spell that transfers one's consciousness to another body in the middle of a battle after only seeing it once while it was being used on her. Said possessor, Irene Belserion, outright admits she's amazed by the latent potential Wendy has as she starts using Wendy's magic in combat and manages to badly injure Erza with it.
  • Kai of Forest of Piano is a musical genius who started play at three and doesn't receive any formal lessons until he is ten. He can play almost any piece perfectly after hearing it once.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • May Chang is about thirteen, but she has the mentality, mannerisms, and fighting skills of an adult. She was even able to decode Scar's brother's research notes mostly by herself. Justified in that she is a child prodigy out of necessity rather than genetics, as being the Fallen Princess and only hope of a dying clan and being charged with such clan's future, besides probably dealing with assassination attempts that Ling says are common for people in such position, makes you mature fast.
    • The Elric brothers. They learned to read at a very young age and started teaching themselves alchemy using their father's books at ages 4 and 3. The two learn far more advanced alchemy (and martial arts) under the tutelage of Izumi Curtis, and by the time they try to resurrect their mother, they are still only 11 and 10. Edward proceeds to become the youngest State Alchemist in history just a year later at age 12.
    • Winry probably also counts — c'mon, were you able to make mechanical limbs when you were eleven? While valid, that makes it sound even more extraordinary than it is in context; the FMA universe is more technologically advanced than ours in the area of Artificial Limbs, so it's not just a matter of Winry being a Gadgeteer Genius. The FMA manga clarifies that automail "mechanics" are actually closer to surgeons than the people fixing your car. So a more real-world applicable question would be "Were you successfully performing surgery on amputees when you were 11?" And neuro-surgery at that, since they have to link up all the nerves.
  • Leonard and Tessa Testarossa of Full Metal Panic! once qualified, having solved some of Einstein's more famous equations before the age of six. By the time of the story, they've aged up to Teen Genius.
  • Giant Ojou Sama: Nakano Giraffe joins the main cast as a 9 year old taking high school classes. However, even this is overshadowed by his idol, Oriko Fujidou, who started studying university-level material at 4 years old, and finished two years after that.
  • Great Teacher Onizuka: Urumi was doing calculus as an elementary schooler, and speaks at least 5 languages by the time she's in high school. She left school because she found it boring until she came back to see what the deal was with Onizuka, and he convinced her to stay.
  • Triela's daughter Speranza in Gunslinger Girl doesn't seem older than twelve, but is already in medical school.
  • In Hayate the Combat Butler, while most of the qualifiers are 13, and thus Teen Genius material, Maria entered the school at 10 and graduated at 13. Nagi, Isumi, and Sakuya are most of the way through their first year of High School, meaning that they were Child Prodigy material. Nagi doesn't even attend classes and is still considered one of the top students before Hayate comes along.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Battle Tendency: Joseph Joestar was able to effectively use Hamon since he was a child without any formal training. However, he still had to go through Training from Hell in order to defeat the Pillar Men.
    • Golden Wind: Panacotta Fugo was accepted into a prestigious university when he was 13 years old. However, he ended up getting expelled for assaulting his professor, who either attempted to molest him (anime) or insulted his dead grandmother (Purple Haze Feedback).
  • Subverted in Kaleido Star. May Wong was an ice skating prodigy in the past, but she kept it only as a hobby and pursued becoming an acrobat in the Kaleido Stage instead.
  • Kanon Hayashi in Kanon was a violin prodigy when she was a little girl, able to play brilliantly even without proper training.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • The 10-year-old Erio Mondial, who had already achieved a Mage Rank of B before the show started while his teenage companions were still struggling to achieve the same rank.
    • Rumor has it that Nanoha, Fate, and Hayate were even sillier examples, being AAA-Rank Mages under the TSAB's employ when they were younger, but eh... who believes such rumors?
    • It's revealed in the supplementary manga of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's that the math used on Earth and Mid-Childa is very similar, and using advanced magic requires a firm grasp of mathematical formulas. Needless to say, Nanoha and Fate are math geniuses who always ace the subject in school, much to the chagrin of the competitive Arisa, and Fate even helped Nanoha's teenage sister Miyuki with her school work when she was nine.
    • In the movie continuity, Shario was already a liscenced device meister (someone who builds and maintains Empathic Weapons with Artificial Intelligence) before she turned ten.
  • Shouta from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid is rarely seen casting any magic, but he appears to be very skilled for his age. Despite only being 10 years old, he manages to score 8th on the practical portion of a mage ranking exam that was mostly filled with adults and only three steps removed from being considered an archmage, and he's also implied to do fairly well on the practical portion as well despite refusing to accept aid from his familiar.
  • Subverted in Mobile Suit Gundam AGE. The Unknown Enemy has 7-year-old Desil Galette, who at his "tender" age shows massive talent to pilot mechas as well as Psychic Powers-like abilities, making him an X-Rounder. So what do his bosses do? They completely overlook that he's a sadistic Creepy Child and has the mood swings proper of a child his age, making him a battle commander without any supervision or proper training/education. Desil then orders a retreat from a certain victory merely because he got bored, and when in charge of the second X-Rounder that they conscript... he uses her recklessly in battle and accidentally kills her.
  • A whole slew of characters from Naruto. To name a few: Sasuke Uchiha, Kakashi Hatake, Neji Hyuga, Gaara, Itachi Uchiha, Shikamaru Nara, Naruto's Disappeared Dad Minato Namikaze, Killer Bee, and both of Naruto and Hinata's children, Boruto and Himawari Uzumaki. For example, Kakashi was six when he graduated from the Ninja Academy and became a genin.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • Negi. He graduated from Wizarding School at the age of nine, became a teacher in Japan, and mastered the language note , too. Later on, when he starts learning combat techniques and training seriously, it takes him about 9 months to become one of the most powerful combatants alive. To be fair, Negi spent an inordinate amount of time in magic resorts, scrolls, and the like, to the point where he's now actually 12 years old. Oh, that is only the beginning. As the first volume pointed out — remember, back when he was only 9! — Negi has a degree from Oxford. A college degree, in one of the foremost schools in the entire world, at NINE.
    • Kurt Godel is also explicitly stated to be one of these. (Or at least, he was when he was still a child.)
    • Negi's father, Nagi, also qualifies, at least in regard to combat. And only combat. He was one of the strongest men alive when he was about twelve, culminating with him defeating a god in single combat when he was seventeen or so.
  • The Professor in Nichijou, despite being 8 years old, has managed to build, among other things, a speech-giving scarf and a Ridiculously Human Robot (which she constantly modifies without the robot noticing).
  • Megumi "Nodame" Noda in Nodame Cantabile is shown to have been a piano prodigy as a kid.
  • Nami from One Piece was able to draw impressive maps by the time she was only ten.
  • Child Emperor from One-Punch Man, who, at only 10 years old, is already an S-Class Hero (the most elite and powerful superheroes, considered skilled enough to protect an entire city by themselves). Not only he has supergenius intellect that he uses to create his fighting devices (most noticeably, the huge robotic Spider Limbs he keeps inside his seemingly normal schoolbag), if he's forced into hand-to-hand combat he's stronger than a bear.
  • Becky from Pani Poni Dash!. Graduated from the MIT and is teaching high school girls... at 11-years-old.
  • In an episode of Pokémon: The Series, the trio meets Eve, an archeologist who has earned her PhD at the age of eight.
  • The Promised Neverland revolves around this premise. The orphans at Grace Field are all (or at least most of them) taught to be smart... because the demons find human brains tastier the more intelligent there is as it allows the demons to stay sapient. Though not all the children are exceptionally smart (as such, these ones are "adopted" as soon as the tests indicate their limit), but the ones that are have a chance at becoming Mamas (for females only) to use their intelligence against kids who also discover the conspiracy or being brought to the main facility for more testing. The three main characters, Emma, Norman, and Ray, are this trope.
  • Sou Touma from Q.E.D., likewise, is MIT-graduated before high school age; he is now in a High School for the needed socialization to prevent Intelligence Equals Isolation.
  • Yukari Sendo from Rosario + Vampire is an 11-year-old genius in a class full of teenagers.
  • The main protagonist of The Saga of Tanya the Evil zigzags and subverts this trope, in that while Tanya is a child physically and is certainly a surprisingly ruthless and highly resourceful tactician for her age, and seems brilliant from people on the outside, it is only because she has the mind of an adult, as she was reincarnated with all her memories from her past life intact. Even Tanya herself admits that she was never a genius of any sort during her previous life and she simply has the benefit of a lifetime's worth of experiences.
  • Edajima Heihachi from Sakigake!! Otokojuku is capable of fighting a group of monkeys at the age of 7. When he is 10 years old, he read and remembered the content of a whole shelf of thick books, which includes some higher level of Mathematics. At the age of eleven, he is specially admitted to Tokyo Imperial University and is capable of breaking prison bars.
  • Vladimir from Shonen Note: Boy Soprano is a talented, 12-year-old boy soprano well known in the music world.
  • Rimone from Simoun is extremely young even for a Sybilla, which doesn't prevent her from being an Ace Pilot rivaled only by Aeru and Neviril.
  • Snow White with the Red Hair: Ryuu is a fully-fledged court pharmacist by age twelve. Having caught the court's attention when rumors about a genius kid herbalist spread he was invited to take the entrance exam at some point prior to the start of the series. He has trouble understanding people and tends to creep out his patients but he is slowly growing out of this as he matures into a Teen Genius.
  • In Tamagotchi, Mametchi is a young boy (in contrast to the virtual pets where he's classified as an adult breed) who has an IQ of 250 and often puts together his own inventions, often robots, at home. In the show's Yume Kira Dream arc, Mametchi takes the Robotics class at Dream School.
  • Your Lie in April:
    • Since toddlerhood Kousei has shown a skill for the piano thanks to his mother being a pianist. She was reluctant to teach him however her friend encouraged her to. He received the nickname "Human Metronome" because of how accurately he played from the music score no matter how difficult it was, despite being a mere child. Kousei's mother eventually became physically abusive towards him, refused to let him play with his friends, and sometimes made him skip school in order to practice. After her death, Kousei broke down and due to the trauma became unable to 'hear' his own piano playing due to telling her he wish she'd die before she died, and it takes a lot of time for him to get into piano playing again.
    • Takeshi and Emi have been playing since age six, were also very good for their young age, and are still good pianists at age fourteen. They weren't quite as talented as Kousei though and thus were largely overshadowed by him.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Seto Kaiba is not only a Teen Genius, but in the anime he beat Gozaburo in a chess match in order to get him and Mokuba adopted. When he was TEN. In the manga he cheated, though considering the kind of person Gozaburo was, he might have been just as impressed if Seto did cheat.
    • Rebecca Hopkins; she's taking College classes by the time she reappears for the Doma arc... Even in the dub, where she was eight as opposed to twelve in her initial appearance.
  • The Nishigori triplets from Yuri!!! on Ice are only 6 years old, but they're often shown to be much smarter than any 6-year-old ought to be. They're highly knowledgeable about figure skating and how competitions work (due to being figure skating Otaku), are skilled at using various electronics, and were responsible for organizing the "Hot Springs on Ice" competition that takes place in Episode 3. Word of God says people tend to forget they're only 6 years old since "they can do anything", and "their potential is bottomless".

    Asian Animation 
  • Balala the Fairies: While Meixue is a decent student, Xiao Qian far surpasses her despite being 9 to 10. It surprises people in how a young girl like her can attend middle school. Justified by how she’s the future Queen, so she’s destined to learn far faster than the others. It's also deconstructed early in the series; many teachers and the sisters see her as a problematic child who fails to learn anything in class. However, that’s because she learns too quickly in class that schools can’t keep up with her learning curve. She easily becomes bored since they never gave her any new content.
  • Doctor H. of Happy Heroes was quite the inventor even as a child. In the first episode of Season 9, he's shown building a working Time Machine out of cardboard in an unsuccessful attempt to save his father from an Alien Abduction.

    Comic Books 
  • The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius: Actually, calling Barry Ween a child prodigy is kind of like calling Damien a naughty kid; Barry has invented dimension travel devices, working lightsabers, time machines, jetpacks, and ray guns. He secretly runs several multinational corporations in order to finance his experiments, and he can plan and execute a break-in of a top-secret (and heavily guarded) government facility in the space of an afternoon. He's ten.
  • Fantastic Four: Valerie "Val" Richards, the toddler daughter of Reed Richards and Sue Storm; she has exhibited an aptitude with science and technology rivaling that of her father and that of Doctor Doom.
  • James-Michael from Steve Gerber's Omega the Unknown, thanks to having been raised by robots.
  • Jack B. Quick from Tomorrow Stories is a rural Black Comedy version of this.
  • In Ultimate Fantastic Four, Reed Richards built a teleporter when he was a child. It's how the Baxter Building found him.
  • Sapientín from Zipi y Zape.
  • Tim Drake who started out as a Playful Hacker amateur photographer who had figured out Batman and Robin's secret identities by accident when he was nine and is expected to eventually surpass Bruce as the World's Greatest Detective. Tim also takes after Bruce in regards to being a Crazy-Prepared Science Hero who relies on Batman Gambits against foes he knows he can't take in a fair fight.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Gerta von Gunther is something of a Mad Scientist prodigy, whose youthful inventions include shark mermaids.

    Fan Works 
  • In Forgiveness is the Attribute of the Strong, a My Hero Academia fanfiction, the eleven-year-old version of All for One who travels forward in time is a child genius. In some cases, he's just smart enough to get himself into trouble.
  • In Custody Battle, a My Hero Academia fanfiction, Izuku uses his genius to use One for All early after receiving the quirk in elementary school.
  • In Heir to the Bruce Quest, Rhiannon's sister is a math prodigy So much so she ends up inventing a version of double heat sinks at age fourteen.
  • In the Pony POV Series:
    • The Nameless Filly was incredibly brilliant in both magic and tactics, being said to have the potential to surpass Starswirl the Bearded and possibly become an Alicorn one day. Unfortunately, she ended up developing a psychopathic obsession with killing love itself due to her inability to form a relationship. As a result, she put her incredible intelligence to the task of making the Concept Killing Spear, a weapon capable of erasing whomever it kills from existence, resulting in one of the single most cataclysmic events in the history of creation when she killed Cupid with it.
    • Sunset Shimmer, who was incredibly talented in magic as a filly. In fact, Elements of Magic in general seem to be this trope.
  • The Triptych Continuum: Diamond Tiara evidently came into her magic quite a bit before the norm for earth pony foals, as she's capable of what is implied to be a rather advanced maneuver. Word Of Fanfic Author is that her field dexterity score is rather high: in essence, she's very good at micromanaging.
  • The Scootertrix the Abridged versions of the Cutie Mark Crusaders are secretly generals in charge of the entire Equestrian Military, who somehow got into a military schoolnote  and graduated while still at elementary school. Though this is likely largely due to Celestia's... questionable philosophy on leadership. Hilariously enough, despite being generals who can quote The Art Of War by heart, they somehow still struggle with even the most basic math to the point of being both scared and confused about the thought of negative numbers.
  • Having been trained by Carnelian and the other Quartzes since he was five, Steven/Rhodonite in Gift of A Diamond has become a well-trained and condecorated Quartz officer who has succeeded at a number of daring and dangerous missions and has influenced Homeworld politics so much that he was able to convince all three Diamonds not to shatter gems and give second chances into his teens. He was even able to defeat Garnet and Pearl easily, two gems with thousands of years of fighting experience.
  • In Master Potter of Kamar-Taj, after saving Hamir from an invading Mordo, Stephen decides to teach Harry sorcery, where he manages to master it despite being far too young to be learning their ways.
  • Of Siblings and Masks: Siblings Lelouch and Nunnally were both prodigious as children. Their friend Suzaku didn't mind Nunnally's intelligence much, but Lelouch annoyed him because he seemed so intellectually superior to Suzaku.
  • In the Discworld of A.A. Pessimal, the youngest of three daughters of Wizard Ponder Stibbons and Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes is set to go this way. With one older sister a witch and magic-user, and the middle sister a student Assassin who is graded "one to watch", the youngest daughter is developing a talent for art and music, and creativity in general. An outside observer asks "Are you sure she's not related in any way to Leonard of Quirm?".
  • In Danganronpa: Hushed Whispers this is the case for Momo Chiisa, the Ultimate Vetenarian.
  • The Devil's in the details: At a young age Peter was a technological and scientific genius, being able to properly comprehend advanced theories and Stark's technology. When Peter starts applying his scientific expertise toward magic, he becomes a natural as a Child Mage (or Teen Mage).
  • Between the Lines (MrQuestionMark): Chapter 15 calls Nunotaba Shinobu a child prodigy.
  • Ships Ahoy!:
    • Oprah began her fruit stand when she was eight years old, alongside her friend Yucks Shmumbers, who was four. While Oprah was already incredibly smart in the realm of mathematics and entrepreneurship, Yucks had the organizational and managerial know-how — Oprah told her to organize all the fruit in stock and left, and Yucks organized them not just in alphabetical order, but also priced by the kilogram, and sorted by color, size and amount. Put together, the two girls made a dream team, and their juice business gained a lot of traction very quickly.
    • Both Opal and Oscar are qualified to fill Head of Department roles due to their smarts. Oscar in particular was enrolled in, and graduated from, the Odd Squad Academy in only six months, whereas Opal graduated from the Academy in four years' time due to the Head of Department position in the Medical department requiring four more years of working in Precinct 13579 before she can get the job instead of spending eight years at the Academy. Opal also manages to pass all three exams in the Odd-ology Finals with flying colors.
    • Otto, a "lost-cause student" who has trouble focusing in school, gets a 140 on an IQ test that he takes when he's nine years old. The school faculty are so taken aback by this that the principal immediately calls a board meeting to discuss the next course of action for him, and he is eventually sent to the Odd Squad Academy to attend as a student there rather than at a regular elementary school.
  • Oversaturated World: Oversaturation: "Tones": Barely Teen Genius Twilight Sparkle is called a "prodigy" and she likely started being prodigial at a younger age, so she'd be a child prodigy.
  • Too Much Too Much: Vallea Endrizzi is a young girl who is already quite an accomplished Adventurer Archaeologist.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Book of Life, even at the age of 9, Manolo showed a natural talent for bullfighting.
  • Coco: Miguel is an excellent performer, guitar player, and singer despite having few opportunities to practice due to his family's traditions, making a crowd go wild in his first live (well, not live as in living) performance after getting over his initial stage fright. Frida Kahlo is soon asking him for musical advice, which Miguel provides, much to her delight. Lee Unkrich also says that the finale song, "Proud Corazón", was written In-Universe by Miguel.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Amadeus, a biopic about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, he is shown as a child who is composing and performing harpsichord at an advanced level.
  • Antonia's Line: Danielle's daughter Therese says "I'm a child prodigy," and she is, having been able to do arithmetic since she was three and being able to figure out squares and square roots of four-digit numbers while she's in grade school.
  • Army of Frankensteins: Igor, Finski's assistant, looks to be about twelve, and is already Creating Life.
  • The title character of August Rush has savant-like musical abilities as a composer and performer that get him admitted into Juilliard by age 11, although most of his achievements are well into Artistic License – Music territory.
  • Gifted: Mary is 7 years old and fully able to work out advanced calculus problems, even noticing where the problems are deliberately written incorrectly. Non-trivial zeroes are used as an example of the level of mathematical concepts she understands.
  • Harry and the Butler: "Heisenberg", a 10-year-old boy who ransacks the junkyard where Harry lives, ransacking car parts for use in his homemade rockets. He eventually succeeds in launching a rocket. Earlier in the film, Harry asks him to calculate 3300 divided by 286 (Harry has 3300 kroner to hire a butler who gets 286 kroner per week). Heisenberg answers immediately, to three decimal places (it's about 11.5) and then asks if Harry needs more decimals.
  • In Humoresque, Leon, who is about 12, can instantly play a violin the moment he's given one. Sure enough, he becomes a concert violinist.
  • In Iron Man, one of the first things we learn about Tony Stark is that he built his first circuit board when he was 4, his first engine when he was 6, the world's most advanced A.I. (at the time) when he was 7, and at some point in his childhood designed and built his mechanical lab assistant DUM-E. He later matured into a Teen Genius when he graduated top of his class at MIT when he was 17.
  • Near in L: change the WorLd is a mathematical genius and solves Maki's homework for her, which turns out to be the secret of the antidote to the virus she carries.
  • From Little Man Tate, Jodie Foster's directorial debut, Fred Tate (played by Adam Hann-Byrd, also known for The Ice Storm) reads at age two without having been taught, and in second grade paints with a mature grasp of art history.
  • The title character of Matilda. At the beginning of the film, she starts school and, due to her voracious appetite for books, is already able to multiply large numbers in her head and has an extensive knowledge of literature.
  • Real Genius is about a school full of these, including the main character Mitch, his friend Chris, and Lazlo, the guy in the closet.
  • That kid from Revenge of the Nerds attending college (and joining a frat!) at age 10, his name was Wormser.
  • All the children in School of Rock has some exceptional talent that Dewey (played by Jack Black) utilized to help the band out (e.g. Billy with costume design, Tomika with singing) but Gordon and Summer are traditional examples. Gordon with computers and Summer with organizational skills. Also Reality Subtext applied to the kids in the band. The actors and actress who play bass, guitar, and drums all started musical training at an early age.
  • Josh Waitzkin in Searching for Bobby Fischer is a small child and a chess genius.
  • Star Wars:
    • Anakin Skywalker, thanks to his robotics and piloting skills (which are themselves considerably empowered by the Force).
    • Most of the Old Republic Jedi probably count as they were trained from birth (or not long after).
  • Willie from Where's Willie? is an 8-year-old who invented a computer.
    Charlie: He has an IQ of 180. His hobby is calculus. He's building a bionic rabbit, and all by himself, he tied up every car in Kerrville in a traffic jam!"

  • Bertie Pollock, 5-year-old, Italian-speaking saxophonist in the Forty Four Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall Smith. He Just Wants To Be Normal, but has a Beloved Smother who, despite being an amateur child psychologist, cannot understand this (and also sees an actual child psychologist who's even worse).
  • Artemis Fowl counts, being an evil criminal mastermind at age 12. He began his schemes at the age of 10. He also struggles to relate to people and spends most of his time tracking down his missing father from his mansion with only his bodyguard for company. As the preface to the second book wryly remarks, his adventures were good for getting him outside and meeting new people, even if most of them wanted to kill him.
  • Rosie Wilder from The Baby-Sitters Club. Naturally the kid gets paired with Claudia.
  • Garrett Durrell from Boot Camp was reading at two and solving square roots at six. His parents and teachers lavished praise on him until he was eight, when he started using his intelligence in ways his parents disapproved of. He couldn't connect with his classmates because Intelligence Equals Isolation, and when he was twelve he started Skipping School because he could get good grades with very little effort. His problems ultimately lead to his parents sending him to Lake Harmony, an abusive boot camp, when he's fifteen.
  • Sophie from Child of the Hive is shown at the age of seven capable of speaking near-perfect German after only three lessons. She also has knowledge of Latin by that age and is later shown reading a book in the original French. As a teenager, she is acknowledged as being a mathematical genius and being extraordinarily good at computer programming.
  • Richard "Clever Dick" Cleaver in "Clubland Heroes" by Kim Newman is an 11-year-old genius who made his fortune as an Inventor of the Mundane at age 7 and graduated from Oxford at age 10. He's a Kid Detective and The Smart Guy of a superhero team. He's also a humorless, arrogant, sexist, racist jerk who suffers a karmic set-down when The Great Depression wipes out his investments and the humiliations of puberty force him to retire from public life. He has a cameo in The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School as the leader of an entire team of child prodigies, the Brain-Boxes, who seem to spend most of their time devising unnecessarily elaborate mechanisms and squabbling with each other. A sequel, "Cold Snap", revisits him as a bitter adult who's become an unimpressive supervillain.
  • Sam Wilson from Counting to D is a math prodigy who passed algebra in fourth grade.
  • Jon Masters from Dale Brown's books was a child prodigy in the past who's retained his genius in adulthood. In Wings of Fire it turns out that Dr. Kelsey Duffield is actually a 9-ear-old girl.
  • In J.R. Lowell's 1972 thriller Daughter Of Darkness, Willie is this, and a sometime Deliberately Cute Child, allowing her to do her Ritual Magic in peace.
  • DFZ: Opal is an attempt at invoking this. Her parents genetically engineered her to be the greatest mage alive, and then brought in the best teachers in the world when she was 6 years old — most children don't even find out they're magical until they're teenagers. Unfortunately, this all backfired; a child that young simply doesn't have a brain developed enough to handle magic, the teachers weren't used to teaching children so young, and Opal kept blowing up the spellwork because she was more powerful than the spellwork could handle. By the time of the series, she's in her twenties and has accepted that she will always be a failure of a mage. She ends up with a shaman teaching her, who first chance she gets tears into Opal's father for expecting so much from a child and not noticing that her teachers were bashing her against a brick wall with no success.
  • Egil's Saga: At age three, Egil is "as big and strong as other boys of six and seven" and already "clever with words". When his father Skallagrim does not want to take him to a feast at Egil's maternal grandfather Yngvar's, Egil rides to the feast all alone. At the same feast, he recites his first poems.
  • The Ender's Game series. Half the IF is commanded by a bunch of prepubescent kids. Judging from Alai, puberty wreaks havoc with your political and military judgment.
  • Ernest from Eye of a Fly taught himself calculus when he was eight.
  • Flight to the Lonesome Place: While 12-year-old Ronnie's Photographic Memory allows him to learn quickly, he also is shown doing advanced physics equations to disprove the concept of parallel universes.
  • The title character of Franny K. Stein is a 7-year-old girl who is a Mad Scientist. Quite often, she tries to conduct experiments that will revolutionize the world, only to have to find a way to fix them when things go awry.
  • A disturbingly large percentage of the Remillard clan of the Galactic Milieu trilogy start out at this — and that's not even counting their incredible psychic powers.
  • The Gates of Sleep: A minor character is a child chess prodigy who was driven into a mental breakdown by his father (who was living off the fees he charged for the kid's exhibition games).
  • Annie Bellis in George's Secret Key to the Universe is definitely this. It helps that her dad Eric is a scientist who also owns the world’s most intelligent supercomputer, Cosmos.
  • Ghostbusters: A Paranormal Picture Book: Egon is only about eight in this story, but he still manages to invent a bunch of technology.
  • In The Giver, Benjamin, a classmate of Jonas', spent so much time volunteering (between the ages of eight and eleven) at the Rehabilitation Center that he came up with machines to facilitate the rehab and knew almost as much as the directors.
  • Computer Jack from the GONE series could hack into a complex police-computer by the age of nine and was only six when he became his school's official tech support. He's so adept in computer science, that in HUNGER he managed to operate and turn off the ENTIRE town's electricity permanently via the 60-year-old power plant computer in less than two hours with a bullet in his leg!. He hasn't even hit puberty yet.
  • Older Than They Think: one of the first novels to feature a Child Prodigy was The Hampdenshire Wonder in 1911. The protagonist is not only a genius, but a truly superintelligent little kid who judges the whole human culture an "elementary, inchoate, disjunctive patchwork"... at age four and a half. He's right, and TV Tropes proves it.
  • Otto of the H.I.V.E. Series was tinkering with the phones at his orphanage at the ripe old age of four. He asks to be homeschooled because his teachers are too slow for him. He can program a fully functioning robot by the age of twelve.
  • Hoshi from Hoshi and the Red City Circuit memorized the names of all 4000 of Red City's original settlers when she was two.
  • Hours (2012): Although all the children at Bethel Woods Orphanage are above average, Seth takes the cake. By age 9 he had to purposefully dumb down his algebra schoolwork so as not to destroy the bell curve, and by age 11 he invented a machine that defied known physics (out of duct tape and spare parts, no less).
  • The classic psychological science fiction novel In Hiding by Wilmer Shiras is all about this. Following a vaguely described nuclear accident, many hyper-intelligent kids are born. The narrator first encounters a Teen Genius, but then finds younger ones. Like Star Holmes in Star Bright, they are Innocent Prodigy types. Rightly fearing both They Would Cut You Up and Torches and Pitchforks, they employ pseudonyms, misdirection, and mail drops to publish their authoritative works in a variety of fields.
  • Ollie of In the Keep of Time was a very precocious reader for her age; after her jaunt into the past, this has to be re-taught to her.
  • Journey to Chaos: Zettai has an affinity for magecraft. In the course of a day-long walk, she learned everything Eric knew on the subject and he had been studying for months. Her age is vague but Eric guesses that she couldn't possibly be older than ten.
  • Legend Series:
    • June Iparis. Though not a child at the time the story is told, being this is her most notable trait. It's even the title of the second book in the series.
    • Eden, Day's younger brother, is a straighter example. In one particular instance, Day reminisces about asking him for help fixing an old radio. Eden was four at the time.
  • In the final book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, Tavore Paran, whose motives are anything but clear for most of the series, is said to have been a prodigy in military strategy. By the age of five, she was able to recreate historic battles with toys based on books. By the age of seven, she was able to defeat current military commanders in mock battles, and shortly thereafter went on to be able to take the losing side in her recreation of historic battles and win.
  • The Blue Children from Stephen Baxter's Manifold: Time, transformed through the influence of a civilization in the distant future. "Prodigy" doesn't even begin to describe how frighteningly advanced (and creepy) they are.
  • The titular character in Matilda is so smart, she can multiply large numbers in her head and develops psychic powers.
  • Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee is about an 11-year-old high school senior who is forced to tutor her archenemy who flunked the 6th grade and play volleyball over the summer in order to socialize with normal people her age.
  • Nathaniel from Mindblind graduated high school at eleven. He's now a Teen Genius college graduate.
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society: All four members of the Mysterious Benedict Society (with the possible exception of Kate, who is less book smart, but has plenty of skills and general intelligence to make up for it) were chosen specifically because they were some version of this trope. Constance, however, takes the cake. Sure, she's stubborn, sleepy, and slightly bratty — she's also 2-YEARS-OLD.
  • The Outside: As a child, Yasira Shien threw herself into dusty physics texts and ran around the house in excitement when she solved a problem.
  • Leonard Stecyk in The Pale King. At 11 years old, he participates in the Meals on Wheels charity, volunteers as a crosswalk guard and hall monitor, donates his ice cream money to UNICEF, has been to origami camp twice, writes letters to publishers about textbook errors, fields all calls and inquiries with regards to his mother's hospitalization, attempts to reorganize his homeroom's seating structure for maximum efficiency, and writes individualized letters of apologies to his bullies. He also intentionally gets a few Bs on his report card solely to ensure he never gets too prideful of being an overachiever.
  • The Saga Of Ragnar Lothbrok: At the age of three, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye composes his first impromptu poem and joins his brothers in their attack on King Eystein, and goes with them to raid Southern Europe right after that.
  • The Ship Who...'s shellpeople, as some result of the enshellment process, tend to be highly independent and intellectual starting at very young ages and "graduate" at sixteen, decidedly earlier than "softshells" of the same age. Helva of The Ship Who Sang can clearly remember things that happened when she was less than a year old and was "walking" (wheeling) and talking by then.
    • Tia of The Ship Who Searched regarded any attempts to treat her like a child as Condescending Compassion. Her large vocabulary and impressive test scores help convince Child Services that her situation is actually fine; she's left alone constantly with a library, after all. At one point, after Parental Neglect leads to her paralysis, she bitterly thinks, "Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?", which is a bizarre thought for a girl of less than ten. All this means that at the age of seven, older than any other candidates, she's put into the shellperson program.
    • Joat of The City Who Fought acts and talks a lot more like the child she is, but is extremely good with machines and improvises a number of very useful pieces of technology.
  • Star Holmes, in the Mark Clifton novella Star Bright. At three, she constructed a Moebius Strip and while she didn't know what it was called, she knew what it did. By age five she was an accomplished time traveler. Clifton wrote many stories and novels but is remembered for this one. It became an X Minus One radio play.
  • A spinoff of Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note features Aya's little sister, Nako. At that timeline, she's a fifth grader of IQ 260.
  • Tarzan of the Apes makes it clear that the young Lord Greystoke was one; with no help (or indeed contact) with any other human, between ages 10-18, he teaches himself to read and write English, and invents his own system of pronunciation for the letters!
  • Terra Ignota: Although Mycroft's birth bash' was only the one responsible for maintaining the premises of the bash'es chosen as an experiment to raise especially bright and capable young people, the Emperor reveals that he was the one to choose Mycroft's bash' because the children therein showed promise despite being only the children of 'janitors'. He turned out to be right and before his crime spree, Mycroft was being groomed to become a high-ranking government official based on his intellect. He also was the first to deduce the current Anonymous's real identity while he was still a teenager.
  • In The Terrible Truth About Third Grade, Babette constantly slacks off on her homework because she finds the third-grade-level reading she's expected to do utterly boring and prefers to read full-length novels like Murder on the Orient Express instead. When her teacher finds out about this, she excuses Babette from having to do regular homework and gives her the alternative assignment of writing her own story and presenting it to the class.
  • Third Time Lucky and Other Stories of the Most Powerful Wizard in the World: In "The Last Lesson" at twelve years old Magdelene could already see through a spell her master Adar used to disguise himself that several fully qualified wizards could not.
  • Those That Wake's sequel has Aaron, son of the CEO of Intellitech,
  • The Thursday Next books have Tuesday.
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts: At age twelve, Theophilus Smith reinvented the polio vaccine, becoming ill himself and losing part of his leg in the process. At age thirteen, he invented a better artificial heart than the one that already existed, saving Sovereign Nicolaeus's life.
  • Marcus from When You Reach Me reads Einstein's General relativity for fun at age 11. He also debated temporal paradoxes from the book A Wrinkle in Time in second grade with his teacher.
  • Charles Wallace Murray in the Madeline L'Engle book A Wrinkle in Time is this, though only his family knows it. Since he refused to talk until age four and refuses to talk to those who aren't family, he is labeled as "dumb" by the townsfolk. In reality, he's incredibly bright. His mother reads him medical journals as bedtime reading, and he is also able to decipher people's emotions. As a result, he has a hard time relating to his peers. When he does display his intelligence, he is told he is a liar or to stop showing off. He also has a problem with being bullied. However, he still shows signs of being a child; he is incredibly proud of his intelligence and thinks himself, at times, infallible. He is warned against it by the Ladies, though it eventually leads to his possession by IT.
  • Dairine from the Young Wizards series. At age 3 she decided that she was going to learn everything, by age 4 she taught herself to read, and by age 5 was reading from encyclopedias all by herself.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Bones has two examples of the child Prodigy all grown up.
    • Zack Addy, Brennan's former assistant is mentioned to have an IQ of 163. It also stated in one episode that he graduated from college at age 16.
    • Lance Sweets is the show's other example; in an episode it is revealed that he is a Chess Prodigy, even starting as one of the youngest chess masters in the world.
  • Alphas: Zoe, the daughter of Gadgeteer Genius Skylar, is the only second-generation Alpha seen, and she manifested a distinct ability when she was a toddler without any obvious downsides. Specifically, she's a mathematical savant capable of writing an encryption code that the greatest espionage agencies in the world can't crack. Her room is covered in childhood doodles of mathematical fractals drawn perfectly by hand in crayon, and her mother complains that she seems to wake her up every night with stories about discovering new prime numbers or solving differential equations.
  • The Disney Channel show A.N.T. Farm is all about 11-year-old child prodigies who are allowed to skip to high school. ANT stands for "Advanced Natural Talents".
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • The backstory for Sheldon Cooper as he went off to college at 11. Another Teen Genius turned Omnidisciplinary Scientist when he went to Germany at age 15, he was a visiting professor, not a student, and he got his first PhD (he has two at present) at age 16. May possibly be seen as a Deconstructed adult version of this trope. His early successes have fueled his large ego, making him quite insufferable to those around him. He's around 30 but still has the emotional capacity of a kid since he didn't have a normal childhood. And his vast intelligence alienated him from his own family.
    • The single-camera spinoff Young Sheldon follows Sheldon in his Child Prodigy years, already well-versed in advanced scientific methods and history, and splitting time between normal high school and college. The show notably flips the premise of The Big Bang Theory; where that show was about a normal person surrounded by genius geeks, Young Sheldon has Sheldon as the odd man out in an average-intelligence family, and mines comedy and drama from that. Sheldon is an Insufferable Genius prone to talking down to his parents and teachers, with no qualms pointing out being above their intellectual level, while his parents fret about his social abilities and mental health, and his siblings sometimes feel insecure for not being as bright as Sheldon.
  • Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter from The Chosen. Especially Danny.
  • The Chosen (TV series): Matthew knows less of the Hebrew scriptures than the other male disciples because he was skipped ahead in school and apprenticed out to a bookkeeper when he was 8. By 13 he had been employed by the Romans as a tax collector and was subsequently kicked out of the house by his father due to his new position.
  • This is Reid's Back Story in Criminal Minds; currently he's a twenty-something (triple) Ph.D. (making him an Omnidisciplinary Scientist). Definitely suffered a bit of the Intelligence Equals Isolation (or at least bullying), as seen in at least one episode where he explains that he was "a 12-year-old child prodigy at a Las Vegas public school", which is how he knows that Team Mom Hotchner "kicks like a 9-year-old girl." (It Makes Sense in Context) This is also why at least Gideon, the team's Papa Wolf, insists on calling him Dr. Reid in front of people meeting the team so they won't see him as Just a Kid.
  • CSI featured a rather twisted example: when a teenage boy Marlon West is on trial for killing the Alpha Bitch of his school, his sister Hannah West, a 12-year-old who's skipped grades and attends the same high school with him, confesses that she really did it. Unfortunately for CSI, she's not just book-smart; she's also The Chessmaster and manages to manipulate all the facts and people involved in the case. She finally tells Sara her brother did do it all along after her brother's been acquitted. The siblings are involved again in the episode "Goodbye and Good Luck" at a university crime scene where Marlon is a student and Hannah is a grad student and Teacher's Assistant. This time it's Hannah who killed Marlon's girlfriend but on her own accord, and frames him for it because his imprisonment means he can't have other girls in his life. CSI Sara points out that while Marlon's life was actively changing growing up, Hannah's life didn't as even with her prestige she was still viewed as some anomaly.
  • The Doctor from Doctor Who is implied to have been one, even by Time Lord standards. He's mentioned as having sealed the Medusa Cascade by himself when he was "just a kid" at the age of 90, which factoring in the natural Time Lord lifespan lasting anything from hundreds to thousands of years, was probably equivalent to a Teen Genius. However, a flashback during Twelve's tenure showed that his father tried to encourage him to join the military, not thinking he was smart enough for college.
  • Doogie Howser, M.D.: The titular character in his backstory. In the present, he's a Teen Genius instead.
  • River Tam from Firefly. In the show's present and the R. Tam Sessions, she's a Teen Genius. She was definitely a Child Prodigy when she was younger, but the only time this shows up on-screen is the flashback at the beginning of "Safe".
  • Game of Thrones: On the one hand, Jaime's dyslexia made him a slow learner in some aspects, but on the other hand, he was already a brilliant swordsman during his childhood. He tells Bronn that he hasn't used sparring swords since he was nine. He became the youngest Kingsguard in history, joining the order at the age of 16.
  • Goodness Gracious Me has an utterly hilarious take on a child prodigy in this video.
  • Hannah Montana: Rico was a side character, till he joined high school at the same time as the core cast.
  • Janice in Head of the Class.
  • Micah Sanders from Heroes shows incredible political prowess and was able to lead the resistance against a Government Conspiracy at the age of eleven. Oddly enough, his actor Noah Gray-Cabey is somewhat of a prodigy in real life too. By the time he was 4, he was on Ripley's Believe It Or Not for his amazing piano skills — notably being the youngest soloist to perform with an orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. By the time he was 9 years old, he was in a 9th grade math class.
  • Major Nelson had to babysit a kid with a 153 IQ once on I Dream of Jeannie.
  • Gary Coleman's character in the TV movie, The Kid With The 200 IQ.
  • Will Robinson of Lost in Space was an electronics prodigy.
  • Subverted in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. A young boy appears to be a prodigy, but it's eventually revealed that while he was certainly a smart kid, he wasn't that level of genius. His father had become convinced his son was a prodigy when he was little and had basically forced him to pretend to be one for years. Played straight with some of the other kids in the program the boy was attending. It's comparing their work with his that leads Goren to realize the truth about the boy.
  • One episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit had the detectives investigating the death of a 14-year-old math prodigy. It turns out the killer was another prodigy, a fellow student from the elite school the victim had attended.
  • Malcolm in the Middle:
    • Malcolm in the earlier episodes, also his younger brother Dewey (though he plays dumb so he doesn't get the same harsh treatment as Malcolm). Stevie, Lloyd, Dabney, and Cynthia also fit.
    • In one episode, Malcolm has to work with another child genius who's so smart, he makes Malcolm feel inadequate.
      "The way my brain works is like a beehive. And every one of the bees is like your brain."
  • Howie from Max & Shred is 9-years-old and is a helpful assistant to Teen Genius Alvin. She even installed an incredibly complex home security system at the Ackermanns' house.
  • The backstory of Charlie of NUMB3RS is that he is a math child prodigy. When he was three or four, he was able to multiply four-digit numbers in his head.
  • John LaMarr from The Orville was a prodigy who grew up in an agrarian colony where intellectuals weren't appreciated. As a result, he used Obfuscating Stupidity as a coping mechanism.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Justin Stewart from Power Rangers Turbo.
    • Dr. K from Power Rangers RPM starts out as this. In fact, her drawing scientific equations on the sidewalk was what attracted Alphabet Soup agents to kidnap her and raise her in their think tank to develop weapons — at age five. It gets worse, a lot worse, from there.
  • The Queen's Gambit: Beth displays her genius at chess when she is only 8 years old. When she starts playing in tournaments as a teen, she's still referred to as a child prodigy.
  • The backstory of Walter O'Brien on Scorpion has him as one of these. The opening scene of the first episode (and used in the opening monologue of each episode since) had him being arrested at the age of 11 for hacking into NASA's computers to get their blueprints for the space shuttle (he wanted a copy for his bedroom wall). In the present, Paige's 10-year-old son, Ralph, is shown to be one as well.
  • The show Smart Guy was centered around this type of character, a 10-year-old in high school.
  • In the episode of The '50s Science Fiction series Tales Of Tomorrow "A Child Is Crying", Lily is a 9-year-old genius who is also an Emotionless Girl. She is so smart she can make predictions with stunning accuracy based on calculations and the US government takes her from her parents to devise defense strategies against a nuclear attack by the Russians. Unfortunately she predicts the world will be destroyed by a nuclear war and that it is unavoidable.
  • Odd Squad: Most any agent of Odd Squad could qualify as a prodigy to some extent or another, but there are some that stand out from the rest.
    • Olympia is an Odd Squad historian who knows anything and everything about the organization up to the very second. Prior to being picked by Oprah as Otto's replacement, she studied every single case Odd Squad has ever solved and even inquires about cases before time even began when she frets about being ready to become an agent. She's also gotten straight O's (the show's equivalent to A's) on every single test she's ever taken. If she weren't on the heroes' side, she'd be a genuine Distaff Counterpart to Odd Todd.
    • Dr. O, the Odd Squad Doctor of Precinct 13579, claims that she went through eight years of medical school just to become an Odd Squad Doctor. Going by the events of Odd Squad: The Movie and how she ends up working as a doctor at an actual hospital after getting laid off from Odd Squad, the claim has quite a bit of merit attached to it.
    • Odd Todd was Precinct 13579's best agent for a good reason — he was exceptionally Good with Numbers to such an extent that it only took him a couple seconds to solve a math problem that others took a couple minutes to solve, and could solve any case thrown his way with ease whether he was with his partner or not. Unfortunately, he was a Jerkass and a Smug Snake who eventually underwent a Face–Heel Turn and began to develop a love for causing oddness instead of eradicating it, but his smarts and knowledge of Odd Squad make him one of the organization's toughest foes.

  • Gabriel Garcia, vocalist and lead guitarist of Black Tide was just 11 years old when he and his band (then called Radio) recorded these demos.
  • Noodle of the Gorillaz arrived in the UK in a Fed-Ex crate at age ten, with nothing but the clothes on her back and speaking no English. She promptly stepped out and began playing guitar like a virtuoso, and instantly won her position in the soon-to-be-famous band. Despite technically being an underage illegal immigrant living with a bunch of dysfunctional rockers.
  • Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick revolves around a fictional child prodigy named Gerald "Little Milton" Bostock, an 8-year-old boy who, according to the album cover, wrote the lyrics for a poetry contest.
  • Lady Gaga taught herself how to play piano by ear at the age of four. She went on to become classically trained and wrote her first ballad at thirteen (after prodigy age, but still)
    She taught herself piano at 4, wrote her first song by 13, and was playing in bars and nightclubs by 15. While that seems illegal, she had breasts, so no one cared.Cracked
  • Stevie Wonder started singing when he was four, playing harmonica for audiences before he was ten, and was signed to Motown at 11 based on his original songwriting. He still holds the record for youngest-ever artist to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fingertips", recorded live when he was 12 and hitting the top not long after his thirteenth birthday in 1963. And all this on top of being born blind, mind you!
  • Liberace reportedly started playing the piano at age 3 and was performing complicated pieces by age 7.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most famous examples of all (more information is below under Real Life).
  • Yoshiki Hayashi of X Japan began writing for piano while still in his single digits, and composed the song "Tears" upon his father's death at age ten. Listen to this song. A 10-year-old wrote that.
  • Alma Deutscher is an English composer, pianist, violinist, and child prodigy. At age six she composed her first piano sonata. At age seven, she completed a short opera The Sweeper of Dreams. Aged nine, she wrote a concerto for violin and orchestra. At the age of ten, she wrote her first full-length opera, Cinderella, which had its European premiere in Vienna in 2016 under the patronage of conductor Zubin Mehta.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes counts; even though he performs badly in school and misbehaves, he has an amazing vocabulary, an endless imagination, and is amazingly aware for a 6-year-old kid.
    Calvin: I used to hate writing assignments, but now I enjoy them. I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an impenetrable fog! Want to see my book report?
    Hobbes (reading Calvin's report): "The dynamics of interbeing and monological imperatives in Dick and Jane: a study in psychic transrelational gender modes."
    Calvin: Academia, here I come!
  • FoxTrot: Jason Fox builds model rockets that provoke diplomatic incidents with China, can write viruses that crash the Internet, does math equations (involving integrations), for fun, apparently built a "miniature warp engine" during science camp, and is 10 years old.
  • Eda and Amos’ twin daughters Polly and Loly from 9 Chickweed Lane have been aged up to be about four or five years old, they have very advanced vocabularies and have knowledge of things most kids their ages wouldn’t understand like politics and people’s relationships.

  • This is common among the Technocracy in Mage: The Ascension. In Panopticon Quest, Serafina Awakened at age nine — and was a little bit put out to find that Henriette had beaten her by Awakening at five. The Damien Academy is a high-stress hothouse school designed to encourage the children of high-ranking Technocrats who go there to Awaken.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • ANNO: Mutationem: Ann's friend, Ayane, is an incredibly skilled Playful Hacker who can perform all manner of hacking and finding information. Her character bio mentions that she won an illustrious hacking competition at the age of ten.
  • Kira Daidouji from Arcana Heart is only 11-years-old, but already has a PhD. In elemental science, and has since constructed her own sentient ball of slime that can do anything she wants it to. Don't ask.
  • Commander Keen:
    • Commander Keen himself is an 8-year-old genius. He's already built a rocketship capable of interstellar travel (Dubbed the 'Beans-with-Bacon-Megarocket!) According to the first game, the thing runs on (Dad's) everclear, gets power from (Mom's) car battery, and uses (Mom's) vacuum cleaner (modified) for ion propulsion. Other things Keen built include an interstellar transceiver (the reception was bad, but it did get a signal worth investigating) and a fully-functioning wrist computer (complete with a Pong clone!).
    • Keen's archenemy Mortimer McMire. The final boss in the original trilogy; Keen's got an IQ of 314, Mortimer has an IQ of 315.
    • His spiritual successor, Andy of Heart of Darkness, one-ups him by building an INTERDIMENSIONAL craft... and a plasma-cannon. (Keen's zap-gun is not his own invention — he 'borrowed' it from the Vorticon base on Mars.)
  • Jennifer of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is said to have been a child prodigy and quite a technology genius, but by the time the plot happens she's no longer a child.
  • Jeff Andonuts and Apple Kid in EarthBound (1994), who are both inventors. Jeff has no psychic abilities, but he's a tech whiz who can fix broken items if you stop to rest at hotels. Apple Kid is a legitimately good inventor who later helps Dr. Andonuts build a time machine so the Chosen Four can challenge Gigyas in the past.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series' backstory, Reman Cyrodiil, founder of the Second Cyrodiilic Empire, was a child when coronated. According to the heavily stylized in-game book Remanada, Reman was still an infant. (Other, more realistic, sources still state that he was no older than 13 at the oldest.) In any case, this proves well-justified. Reman was very much a child prodigy who, along with his status as The Chosen One (having been born possessing the Amulet of Kings), quickly brought both halves of Cyrodiil back together (Colovia and Nibenay) and then the other kingdoms of Men, High Rock, and Skyrim.
  • EXTRAPOWER: Attack of Darkforce: Ivan, brilliant enough to have already graduated gymnasium and become the team mechanic for the SPICA mercenary team, all while still an innocent young boy.
  • Ryoko Kano from Fighter's History is a judo user who started doing it when she was 3 years old.
  • Relm from Final Fantasy VI. She's so good at painting that Owzer, the world's biggest art collector, wants a painting from her. She's also the best Magic user of the game, but to many, this doesn't make up for her otherwise useless attributes in battle.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, we meet Prince Innes as an adult in his early-to-mid 20s, but Moulder's supports with Vanessa explain that he was one of these. At age 10-12, he was already defeating famous adult archers with ease and doing so via his own efforts. (i.e., he refused help or advantages when he was offered., etc.)
    • Nino from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade is a 13-year-old Dark Magical Girl who, by the time we meet her, has a foot here and another on Teen Genius. This is because, despite being illiterate, she taught herself magic almost completely on her own through the prior years, via watching and memorising her Lady of Black Magic abusive mother's spells.
  • Xingqiu from Genshin Impact is well-learned and prodigious, with not just school subjects but also martial arts. His father was surprised that he would turn out to be talented in the Guhua Clan's martial art style when the former first tried admitting his son there. He even struck the Guhua Clan's head with awe when he wrote his view on martial arts; on how the Vision is an extension of its owner's body, and the weapon that they wield is an extension of the Vision.
  • Halo: Though it doesn't come up much, the children who were kidnapped to become Spartan-II super soldiers were selected not just because of their physical capabilities but also because they were already among humanity's brightest. The IIs' creator, Dr. Catherine Halsey, was herself a child prodigy.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep has Ienzo, an orphaned child who's taken in by Ansem the Wise and becomes one of his apprentices.
  • Ezreal in League of Legends was named Grandmaster Explorer of Piltover at the age of eight, after mapping out his hometown's supposedly unmappable Absurdly-Spacious Sewer. His title in-game is "The Prodigal Explorer."
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Link from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was incredibly skilled with a sword from a young age. Reading through Mipha's diary in "The Champions' Ballad" DLC reveals that he was already able to best grown men in single combat by the time he was four.
    • The sequel The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has two:
      • Tulin, Teba's son. Despite still being a kid, Tulin was able to develop his own gusts of wind and quickly managed to be far more reliable than any other Rito adult (even his dad) as a Rito warrior. It really helps that Teba's side of the family turns out to be the descendant family to the Rito Sage of Wind, whose title Tulin inherits.
      • Josha is a young Sheikah girl who is in charge of the team researching the ruins and other artifacts in the Depths. She had been mentored by Purah and Robbie, who are both over a century old and thus have many years of experience, yet her brilliance lets her lead a team of adults.
  • LEGO Stunt Rally: The manual says that Barney was so smart that he left school at the age of five to pursue a career in mechanics.
  • Mari and the Black Tower: Sera is a child with a lot of potential in magic, since she can use a short-range teleportation spell and a spell that can reveal an invisible enemy. In the endgame, she creates a warp stone that can activate the west portal in Halonia's castle.
  • Dr. Liara T'Soni in Mass Effect was one of these, having gotten her doctorate in archaeology and spent over fifty years uncovering Prothean ruins, becoming one of the foremost experts in the galaxy when it comes to all things Prothean. Unfortunately, her theories and research are often dismissed by her peers, since as the asari can live for over a thousand years, being only 106 makes her "little more than a child" in their eyes. An inverse of the same issue comes up when Mordin mentions his nephew; while he is a brilliant scientist, for the short-lived salarians, being a tenured professor at 16 isn't unusually young.
  • Sunny from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a computer prodigy. She was raised by a computer for most of her developmental years. In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, she's an engineer who has designed and overseen the construction of an aircraft capable of travel at Mach 23. Revengeance takes place in 2018. She is ten.
  • No Straight Roads: One of the bosses, Yinu, is a 9-year-old piano prodigy, known as "The Golden Maestro of Vinyl City". Her talent is encouraged by her well-meaning but overbearing (and prone to Hulking Out) Stage Mom.
  • In No Umbrellas Allowed, you can buy and sell one of Deok Gong's violin compositions from when he was 6 years old, which you can confirm by using the Year Estimator on it.
  • The protagonist is apparently a battling prodigy in Pokémon. S/he begins their journey years before most other people, at age 10-14 (11 in Pokémon Red and Blue and their remakes). You not only beat everyone in your region (two for GSC and HGSS) with ease, including the Elite Four and Champion but take down a gang of terrorists (two gangs in Emerald). There are also various Gym Leaders who seem to be barely older than the protagonists, or even younger in the case of Tate and Liza from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Iris in Pokémon Black and White (who has become the Unova Champion two years later in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2) and Allister in Pokémon Shield. One particularly ridiculous example is Poppy in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, who's an Elite Four member while looking like she's a preschooler at the oldest.
  • Professor Layton:
    • Luke Triton is a bit of a puzzle master for his age.
    • It is assumed that Clive was a Child Prodigy, as well, as after his adoptive mother died, he went straight into business with a newspaper and then used the woman's money to create an underground London.
    • Also in Azran Legacy Hershel i.e. Descole was mentioned to be one.
  • Raz from Psychonauts is often considered one, what with all of that "one in a million" talk from Oleander, and Sasha's willingness to work with him. He is only ten when he becomes a Psychonaut. To make it even more obvious, he only snuck into camp a few days prior while other kids have been going for years and aren't half as good with handling their psychic abilities as Raz is.
  • Resident Evil:
    • Albert Wesker is eventually revealed to have been one of these.
    • Alexia Ashford became a top Umbrella scientist at the impressively young age of ten.
  • The Sims:
    • In The Sims 2, the highest aspiration rankingnote  for child Sims is "Child Prodigy". However, the game's not programmed to let children do things like go to college or write novels, so it's not really possible to make a legitimate Child Prodigy without using mods.
    • Sim children in The Sims 3 can write novels, become a chess master and build time machines.
  • Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog. At only 8, he is able to pilot and maintain his own biplane (which can also transform into a Mini-Mecha) as well as create several inventions, like an alien translator.
  • Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion reveals that prior to leaving Octo Valley and becoming an Idol Singer, Marina was an engineer for the Octarian military. She graduated from training at the age of nine after skipping several grades and was designing war machines by the time she was ten. Inklings and Octolings don't even physically mature enough to shift forms at will until they're 14.
  • Leon Gheste from Star Ocean: The Second Story is a prime example of this trope. Aside from being a doctor at age 12, he is also the sharpest mind in the largest country on the planet and the creator of the Lancour Hope.
  • The Jedi Consular in Star Wars: The Old Republic was one of these according to their master, who comments on their being stronger and more adept at using the Force at six than she had been until her late teens. Their lifelong affinity for the Force is implied to be the reason why in cutscenes, they occasionally don't even bother using their lightsaber when being rushed by attackers, preferring to simply use the Force to casually blast them clean across the room.
  • Genis from Tales of Symphonia is right on the border between this and Teen Genius. Somehow he is the best friend of Book Dumb Lloyd Irving and is 12 years old. In the Japanese version, his name was very obvious ("Genius").
  • Rita from Tales of Vesperia is a Teen Genius, but she started researching blastia technology and magic when she was ten.
  • Mechanic Puck from Vanguard Bandits. He works faster than the best engineers in a nation and is small enough to fit under the seat of one of the ATACs he works on.

    Visual Novels 
  • This is something of a trademark of the Ace Attorney series, especially the games written by the series' creator Shu Takumi.
    • Pearl "Pearly" Fey. Her cousin Maya has said that she's the most powerful medium ever in the Fey clan, and she's 9. Too bad her mother Morgan is a total Evil Matriarch/Stage Mom who tries to use Pearl as her ticket to take leadership of the clan...
    • Franziska von Karma became a prosecutor at the age of just 13 and didn't lose a case once during the next five years. And from a flashback case in the first Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth game, it's clear that she was almost as talented a prosecutor as her older adoptive brother, only being brought down by her more impetuous nature.
    • Trucy Wright from Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney was already an incredibly talented magician at just 8-years-old. It's implied that she had a lot of help from her birth parents and grandfather, all of whom were famous magicians in their own right, but she also clearly had a lot of natural talent even at a young age and continues to develop as a magician even after being adopted by Phoenix, who has no magical talents.
    • Also from Apollo Justice, Klavier Gavin, who becomes a prosecutor at the age of just 18, and it's implied so utterly humiliated and discredited Phoenix in his debut trial that it resulted in the latter being disbarred. This ends up subverted later on however since we see in a flashback that Klavier was actually quite prone to making hasty guesses and missing obvious contradictions during his first trial, and his getting Phoenix disbarred was actually the result of him being the Unwitting Pawn of his older and far more experienced brother, Kristoph.
    • Athena Cykes from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a bit more of a deconstruction of this. We see in flashback that at just 11 years old she has incredibly sensitive hearing and the ability to find a person's emotional state... but can't put what she finds with her abilities into terms people can understand, meaning they aren't terribly useful. Like Klavier, she becomes an attorney at the age of just 18... but her inexperience and lack of confidence result in her first trial nearly ending in an instant guilty verdict until Apollo bails her out, and she later freezes up in what would have been her second trial, forcing Phoenix to take over.
    • The Great Ace Attorney: Iris Wilson is a fully-qualified medical doctor, an infinitely more competent investigator than Herlock Sholmes himself, and a successful author who wrote up all of Sholmes' stories, all at the age of 10 years old.
  • In Majikoi! Love Me Seriously!, Monshiro has skipped grades to enter Kawakami High. She also accepts challenges from, and bests, everybody in her class (1-S, so no pushovers) at everything from running a race to a cooking duel. The only thing she's no good at is fighting, for which she has her overwhelmingly powerful bodyguard to cover for.
  • The Fruit of Grisaia: Kazuki and Makina. Kazuki was always a genius, but after realising that this alienates her from her peers, she starts toning down her talents. Makina was also considered this in the past before traumatic experiences halted her development. In the present, she considers herself an idiot, but that is far from the case.
  • Ciconia: When They Cry: The GK raising system deliberately invokes this, selecting a handful of children that show promise and pitting them against low-performing opponents in order to build up their confidence and convince them that they're incredibly talented.

    Web Animation 
  • Sudoku in Banananana Ninja is a Gadgeteer Genius who fights with a Transformation Ray. In later episodes, he might be a Teen Genius since the voice actor sounds like he's hitting puberty.
  • Manga Soprano: Haru is a genius girl who invented an app that is used by the Soprano company. She humiliated Casino by solving a math problem that he couldn't. He tried to get Haru and her mother ejected from a restaurant. In response, Haru cut off the contract with the Soprano company, which his father Baccarat runs.
  • Mani Mani People: Sakuya is a genius that can memorize everything he learns and knows a lot of languages. He was able to even run a business with his father after he got fired because his boss's daughter stole his work and pull all the employees from said company.
  • RWBY: Professor Ozpin is famous for having been a child prodigy, which enabled him to become one of the youngest headmasters ever appointed to a Huntsman Academy. He was a child when the immortal Ozma became paired with him. Whenever Ozma's physical body dies, his soul migrates to a new person, merging with the new host's soul. This allows his memories, abilities, and powers to travel with him, imbuing each new host with thousands of years worth of experiences, knowledge, power, and combat prowess. At the end of Volume 3, Ozpin merges with Oscar's soul; although the baby of the group, Oscar is 14 years old and therefore enters Teen Genius territory instead.

  • Felix from Cloudscratcher in regards to machines, to the point where Cool Old Guy Scotty is his apprentice.
  • Girl Genius has Gil. When most Sparks (AKA Mad Scientists) break through as teenagers, he manifested his powers as a young boy. Agatha originally started breaking through as a 5-year-old girl, but her uncle put a Power Limiter on her, stopping her from acting like a Spark. She lost it thirteen years later resulting in a Teen Genius instead.
  • Mage & Demon Queen: Malori has power way beyond what she should for a student who isn't actually a licensed adventurer yet. This is because a masochistic demon captured her and made her fry him with fire magic repeatedly just so he could get off on it. After two weeks of this, she was massively overpowered from all the experience gain.
  • Scarlett from +EV, who's following in her father's footsteps as a professional poker player.
  • Rosebuds: Maricela excels in her classes to where she gets into high school at eight years old.
  • In Sluggy Freelance Bun-Bun is initially reluctant to let little girl Jaya onto the pirate crew he's setting up, 'til he finds out about her hereditary knack for it.
    Bun-Bun: Little girls can't be pirates! What do you know about robbing and plundering?
    Jaya: Well, my dad's an investment banker and my mom's a lawyer...
    Bun-Bun: Welcome aboard, First Mate!
  • Zokusho Comics: Jack is awfully young to be throwing around so many powerful combat spells. Especially when one character has already been assassinated for having access to combat magic.
  • Precocious revolves around a neighborhood where most of the local children are this.
  • Sergio in the Narbonic Spin-Off Babies strip "Li'l Mell". Ironically, he initially has no idea he's gifted; he assumes reading Shakespeare and Dante at the age of six isn't just normal but possibly backward. After all, a look round the bus on his first day of school confirms that all the other kids are doing much more complicated things, like socialising.

    Web Original 
  • The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Jane's student Adele is 8 years old, and she has these classes as her post-curricular activities: ballet, opera, intermediate Latin, advanced marine zoology, and she went to applied physics boot camp. She's bilingual in English/French, though that might not be that special for a Canadian child. She also likes analysing art and she draws beautifully.
  • In Brennus, there's a rather heartwarming relationship between two Child Prodigies, the Gadgeteer Genius Macian and the artistic Reality Warper Ember. They're both incredibly powerful metahumans and together, they fight crime. Less heartwarmingly, they're fighting a group of merciless psychopaths called the Savage Six.
  • Much like the original anime, Gohan of Dragon Ball Z Abridged is one of these. He's already studying theoretical physics at age ten (although, since Future Trunks' presence demonstrates its application, he supposes it's just physics now) and correctly explains multiverse theory (or at least, The Earth-Prime Theory).
  • In the prequel comic to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, it's established that Dr. Horrible skipped at least three grades in school when he was 8 and is still considered smart relative to his classmates.
  • Epic Rap Battles of History's "Mozart vs Skrillex" has Mozart boasting to Skrillex about how he's a musical prodigy, finally topping his verses with the final line as seen on the page quote.
    Mozart: I'm a prodigy, Sonny, and I'm about to smack a bitch up!
  • I Love Bees (a Halo 2 ARG): Yasmine Zaman was a 6-year-old prodigy who never lost at backgammon because she could gauge the way the dice came out of her hand and roll anything she wanted. There's a reason why she was kidnapped by the government to become a Spartan, after all.
  • Scott Manley's daughter Skye, who has made several EVE Online videos.

    Western Animation 
  • Anais Watterson, the younger sister of the title character to The Amazing World of Gumball, is only four but attends junior high with her 12- and 10-year-old brothers (in fact, she's their upperclasswoman and they're too dumb and self-centered to know that for most of their lives, as shown in the episode "The Others"). She's one of the smartest characters in the world of Gumball (more often than not, the only character who has any sense at all), known for being a physics club member, even though she's still playful and childish, and she at first struggles to stoop down to enjoy hanging out with her idiotic father and brothers. There are a couple of episodes in which she fools the whole family into fighting each other, while she's at home reaping the benefits that everyone else is too oblivious to realize and a flashback In "The Choices" even shows her correcting a spelling mistake on her armband as a newborn, much to family’s astonishment.
  • Amphibia: Mere weeks after ending up on Earth because her family just had to flee there from Newtopia Castle, Polly Plantar, a tadpole who only just grew legs and has only previously been exposed to Earth culture through her adoptive big sister Anne, is fluent in Thai just from watching Mrs Boonchuy's romantic comedies and, motivated by wanting the wrecked Frobo back and with guidance from internet tutorials and eventually those tutorials' creators, has become proficient in robotics.
  • In Arthur all the kids act like the Brain is a super-genius, and he uses big words his parents have to look up, but he's really just much more knowledgable than average for his age.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has Aang, Toph, Katara, Azula, and debatably Zuko, each of whom is shown to be extremely talented in their respective superpowered martial arts. All of them become Teen Geniuses as the series progresses.
    • Aang is the youngest Master Airbender in history and a Physical God who mastered all three remaining bending arts within a span of twelve months, a feat that took many years for the previous Avatars.
    • Toph is 12 years old and already the self-proclaimed “Best earthbender in the world”. She backs this talk up by beating the crap out of people twice her size and who have much more experience. She is also the inventor of metalbending, a skill previously thought to be impossible. And to top it all off, she's blind and uses Earthbending as a way for her to "see".
    • The only thing that was holding Katara's waterbending skill back was lacking any sort of tutelage. Every single waterbender in the Southern Tribe was wiped out by a war of attrition, leaving only her; she wasn't surrounded by Earthbenders like Toph, she literally had no one but herself to teach her. Once she traveled the world and had to improve her bending to keep up with various opponents, she became a rather strong Waterbender, and when she overcame endemic male chauvinism in the Northern Tribe and properly studied under the tutelage of Master Pakku, she became his favorite student in a very short time and was even entrusted by Master Pakku to complete Aang's waterbending training once Team Avatar departed the North Pole.
    • At a very young age, Azula was shown easily pulling off firebending techniques her older and relatively skilled brother, Zuko, struggled with. She is also one of three characters in the original series who know how to use lightning and the only one known to generate hotter, blue fire. This is in addition to being a genius strategist and tactician.
    • Zuko isn't quite the prodigy his sister is — a fact his father makes sure he greatly laments — but by the end of the series, he is still one of the best Firebenders in the world at the tender age of sixteen, comparatively making him more of a late bloomer than anything else. He is also a brilliant swordsman, able to take on swarms of groups without using any bending whatsoever due to his knowledge of dual-wielding broadswords, to the point that even his father recognized he would have no chance against him purely on that level.
    • The sequel series The Legend of Korra episode "Welcome to Republic City" shows us Aang's successor, young Avatar Korra of the Water Tribe. She is introduced having taught herself rudimentary Waterbending, Earthbending and Firebending by the tender age of four, in a universe where an Avatar is traditionally not notified of their status and multiple Elemental Powers until their Dangerous 16th Birthday. By the age of sixteen, she has already mastered three of the four elements — although airbending proves to be a rather significant hurdle for her to overcome.
    • Aang's grandchildren Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo are also airbending prodigies despite starting the series being respectively 10, 7, and 5 years old. Jinora in particular is a skilled airbender and very smart for her age, to the point that in the Book 3 finale, she was anointed an airbending master at the age of 11, becoming the new youngest master airbender in known history, beating her grandfather by a year. It's even more impressive considering that Jinora isn't the Avatar like Aang was.
    • Amon is considered to be one of the most powerful water benders ever. He mastered traditional waterbending around the age of 11. He mastered his father's forbidden bloodbending technique by the age of 14.
  • The subject of the Camp Lazlo episode "Prodigious Clamus" is about how Clam is a child prodigy who can play symphonies on a bottle and paint masterpieces in a few seconds. Naturally, the opportunistic Scoutmaster Lumpus tries to cash in on Clam's hidden intelligence.
  • Cyberchase: Inez. Case in point: this 9-year-old girl knew the scientific family that hawks belong to.
  • Cybersix: José has an intellect far beyond anyone would expect from a kid his age. He can create mutant creatures by himself, or enhance Von Reichter's creations in order to destroy Cybersix.
  • PeeBee Kappa from Dennis the Menace is one of Dennis' friends, and is very smart for his age. Among the things he's invented are a brain wave scanner, a super growth formula, an extremely polite fly swatter, a solar-powered race car, a Shrink Ray, and a robotic goose.
  • Detentionaire has Ruby Kwee, Tina's 11-year-old sister who's intelligent enough to have skipped to the eleventh grade. However, her intellect has led to her parents putting a lot of pressure on her to do something with it when she just wants to be a normal kid; in fact, in her debut appearance, she willingly takes the blame for the huge prank Lee was framed for to keep them from sending her to a prestigious university.
  • Dexter of Dexter's Laboratory along with his rival Mandark. And Dee Dee, for all her kookiness, is a really good dancer. She can dodge lasers while doing ballet!
  • Lincoln Clark and Fenwick in Dogstar are both scientific geniuses.
  • Edd in Ed, Edd n Eddy is a preteen who is highly intelligent and even has the ability to make complex inventions out of simple junk.
  • A.J. of the Fairly OddParents. He is in fifth grade and only 10 years old and not only does he have the highest I.Q. in his school and his town of Dimmsdale, he frequently invents items that are futuristic such as a suspended animation tube in one movie. He also can make several clones of himself and is apparently an adviser to the government concerning technology issues, and can be an Insufferable Genius at times.
  • Poindexter, the nephew of the Professor in the 1950s Felix the Cat TV cartoons.
  • Dipper Pines from Gravity Falls is very intelligent for his age and loves math equations and solving mysteries. This is something he has in common with his great uncle Ford, who is a certified genius.
  • Hey Arnold! gives us both of the Pataki sisters.
    • Older sister Olga was this as a little girl, as a piano prodigy and a straight A+ student. Since the Patakis turned out to be stage parents, she became extremely emotionally stunted because of it — though being a Stepford Smiler, she has only told Helga about this.
    • Younger sister Helga is a much more subtle version of this trope (and it's never really ventured on). It's only revealed in bits in pieces such as being the only one (other than Olga) to score a 100 on the school's aptitude test, learning a Shakespeare play in one night (though not seeming particularly interested in anything he's written earlier on), winning poetry contests several times and having her shrink bring up her above average knowledge.
      Dr Bliss: "That's very astute for a 4th grader."
  • Inspector Gadget: Inspector Gadget's niece Penny, so much so that she and their dog Brain are the ones who actually do most of the work.
  • Jelly Jamm: Mina, who is no older than ten, runs a successful lab and has built many inventions, including an invisibility ray and a miniature robot version of herself.
  • Elroy from The Jetsons, who is 6 1/2-years-old, and an expert at all space sciences, studying space history, astrophysics, and star geometry at the elementary school level, no less. He invents a dog training device, an evolution accelerator that turns Astro into a genius, and develops a program to fix R.U.D.I.'s malfunctioning short circuits.
  • Jimmy Neutron from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.
  • The titular character from Julius Jr.. He appears to have mastered space compression, cross-dimension traveling, teleportation, artificial intelligence, the laws of physics, and much more. Did we mention that he's the age of an average pre-schooler?
  • Kaeloo:
    • Quack Quack. While he's otherwise a complete moron, he has very impressive skills in science and math, and can even solve a complex math problem in seconds inside his head, despite being a baby who still wears a diaper.
    • Mr. Cat. He's less than 13 years old, though his exact age is unclear, and he can build robots and gadgets, repair broken machines, and possesses a great wealth of scientific and historical knowledge.
  • Wade and the Tweebs in Kim Possible.
  • The show isn't called Little Einsteins for nothing when it comes to this group of kids.
  • Egghead Jr. in the Foghorn Leghorn Looney Tunes shorts.
  • Lisa Loud from The Loud House is only four and is mentioned to have already finished school up through getting a PhD (a type of doctorate degree). She still goes to kindergarten however, seemingly for no other reason than because she enjoys the nap times and snacks available.
  • Molly of Denali: Oscar is 11, and is an Academic Athlete, expert fiddler, and quite levelheaded despite his age.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In the episode "the Cutie Mark Chronicles", Twilight Sparkle was shown to be one, after a loud explosion caused her to have a major case of Power Incontinence. She was so magically powerful that Princess Celestia decided to take her on as her personal student. Presumably, the first thing Celestia taught her was how to keep her powers under control.
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders are shown to be this in "One Bad Apple". Not only do they build a motorized parade float from scratch AND rig it with a timer-activated booby trap to send it careening off of a cliff at exactly the right time, they also are able to manipulate Babs Seed into stealing it so perfectly that when she shoves them from it, they land on a mattress they placed earlier to cushion their fall.
  • Gus from The Owl House is noted at multiple points to be incredibly gifted when it comes to illusion magic despite only being 12 years old and has already skipped two grades by the start of the story. "Labyrinth Runners" shows just how powerful he is when he manages to both cover almost all of Hexside in a highly realistic illusion and put the head of the Illusion coven out of commission by accident.
  • The Patrick Star Show: Squidina, despite being eight years old and still in elementary school, has a job producing a television show. She is singlehandedly responsible for budgeting it, ordering props, and contacting people to be on it, and is exceedingly competent at it.
    Squidina: Yeah, being a witch might be cool and all, but I realized I'm much happier producing our television show. Like a normal kid.
  • Peppa Pig: Edmond Elephant is around George's age, but can easily correct adults when they get various facts wrong (for example, pointing out an example of Artistic License – Paleontology in Mr. Potato's theme park).
  • In Phineas and Ferb, perhaps due to the show rule that nobody is "a jerk or an idiot", all the kids are shown to be gifted in some way. Even Buford, whose theme song claims that "he's got the IQ of gum", is shown to have a fondness for Voltaire and existentialism. Considering that gum in this universe is the thing that comes with existentialist trading cards ("I'll give you two Satres for a Nietzsche!"), perhaps the comparison makes sense...
  • Blossom is the brains of The Powerpuff Girls. This becomes subverted in "Him Diddle Riddle" when the villain makes the girls take their SATs (as part of a series of real-time challenges to find the Professor), and Blossom scores a measly 10 while Bubbles aces it with a 1075 score.
  • Velma on Scooby-Doo is pegged as the brains of Mystery Inc., but this is amplified with her as an 8-year-old on A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. She carries a whole computer system on her person which she whips out to deduce clues and is usually the one to explain whodunnit and how.
  • The Raccoons has Bentley Raccoon, who is a master of computing at the age of eight.
  • Ready Jet Go!:
    • Almost every kid in the show. They are all very smart for their age, especially Sean. However, this is because all the parents in Boxwood Terrace are scientists who work at the Deep Space Array, so it's possible that they could've passed down their knowledge to the children at a young age.
    • Jet himself also deserves a mention. He has repaired a satellite, named all the moons of Jupiter, quickly calculated how many Earths could fit inside the sun, built his own flying saucer, and has even built a working time machine! He's also only around 10.
  • Gretchen Grundler from Recess.
  • Edwin Carmichael, Susie's 6-year-old brother from Rugrats (1991) is the brains of the Carmichael family. His room is designed from the idea of a wealthy man's library, as he is an avid reader. Although he is the most quiet of the Carmichael siblings, he is extremely intelligent, as he is known for wearing Einstein pajamas, playing computer games, and he once built a laser with his friends at his birthday party.
  • The Simpsons: Lisa Simpson is extremely intelligent and a talented saxophone player. She has a great interest in science and the environment.
  • South Park:
    • The Broflovski brothers. Ike moreso and more blatant than his older brother. Ike's entered kindergarten 2 years early, watches conservative political commentary, makes a macaroni replica of The Last Supper, has been hired to help cover up a massive jewel heist, and is a knight in Canada. As of Seasons 15ish, he's only 4.
    • Kyle's also no slouch. He's regularly portrayed as the top student in his class, has the highest capabilities with the computer, including photoshopping a photo to fool the Japanese government to stop whaling and get his best friend out of trouble and single-handedly thwarting a terrorist attack with some inspired Google-fu. He's also shown more than a slight capability with philosophy and managed to remove himself from reality.
    • Cartman is a Child Prodigy only, and ONLY when motivated by evil.
  • Team Galaxy has Brett, a serious boy genius. Unlike his partners, he actually enjoys homework and mental exercises, and is often annoyed at the lack of intellect the other marshalls possess. Early on, he also detested being called a "kid", although that aspect was later dropped.
  • Transformers: Prime: Rafael "Raf" Jorge Gonzales Esquivel is a master computer programmer and hacker. He's been able to understand code since he was three.
  • In The Venture Bros., there is Master Billy Quizboy, who is a Quiz Boy, that being an underrated branch of Boy Genius. It is revealed in one episode that "Master Billy Quizboy" is actually over 30 and was this during his youth.
  • Chloe from We Bare Bears is 12-years-old and is admitted into a university. She hates being known as "the prodigy" though.
  • WordGirl:
    • Gadgeteer Genius Tobey, the self-proclaimed "world's most formidable boy genius".
    • Wordgirl herself counts, too. In a bookish sort of way.
    • Victoria Best as well. She's insanely

    Real Life 
  • This dude. Jacob Barnett, age 12 in 2011, reportedly has a higher IQ than Einstein and has developed his own theory of relativity.
  • In 1955, the poet Minou Drouet rocked France with her semi-surreal poems. She became a world-renowned celebrity, and objectified into fairytale nymphet status. Her early childhood was heavily mythologized to add to her mystique. Controversy raged around her and she was repeatedly tested to ascertain that she, not her overbearing stage mother, had written the poems. The constant demands for proof wore her out. From "My Friend the Tree" and "White road, where do you go?" she started writing stuff like "My heart has become nothing but a stupid little mayonnaise whisk". To a friend, she confided: "Our street is vomiting journalists nonstop. It feels like the whole world is after me. I wish I were dead. They keep on and on at me with their questions. I think the only words I can utter are fear, pain, death." She was 9-years-old. Today she lives in complete hermitage in the house where she was born.
  • Barbara Newhall Follett (born March 4, 1914 to literary parents) who at four demanded her own typewriter and at eight had nearly completed her first novel, The House Without Windows, about a little Nature Hero girl who finally becomes a Nature Spirit and disappears in a cloud of butterflies. When the manuscript was destroyed in a fire she rewrote it from memory and it was published when she was twelve.note  Also at eight she began creating a Constructed World, Farksolia, with a Conlang to express feelings and experiences in nature. She became an apprentice sailor on a schooner and wrote Voyage of the Norman D at fourteen, along with a series of travelogues. When her father deserted the family, Country Mouse Barbara moved to New York City and became a clerk-typist. She married at 18, tried to make it work, and failed. Her novel Lost Island, written when she was 20, concerns an adventurous clerk who is shipwrecked with a friend on a Deserted Island; they're subsequently "rescued" when a big fuck-you corporation arrives to bulldoze paradise and put up luxury condos, and by the end she's back in NYC, restless and miserable. On the evening of December 7, 1939, Barbara left her home and was never seen again. Nobody really knows what happened that night.
  • Composer Jay Greenberg (b. 1991) has been compared to Mozart and other musical prodigies. He entered the Juilliard Conservatory at age 11 and had written five symphonies by the time he was 13.
  • Marvin Hamlisch had shown musical aptitude at a young age, enrolling in what is now the Julliard School Pre-College Division at age 7. One of his earliest songs written in his teens was sung by Liza Minnelli on her debut album.
  • Yoko Honna, who was around 10 when she started her career.
  • Somerset Hughes of London was cited along with Ung-Yong in the Guinness World Record Book as having an IQ above 200.
  • Seiyuu Hiroko Kasahara debuted in a lead role when she was 12 years old.
  • Akiane Kramarik, the daughter of atheist parents (who sent her to parochial school), began painting religious visions as young as age 8, often in a realistically photographic style. Her art has a restful quality reminiscent of Thomas Kinkade, especially the way she uses light effects. Allegedly completely self-taught, she revealed that her mother actually trained her as an artist, partly to raise money. Her paintings routinely fetch hundreds of dollars. (She is considered a commercial artist rather than a fine artist like Teen Genius Amanda Dunbar, who started painting at 13.)
  • John Stuart Mill had one of those Make Your Child A Genius dads. He was crammed from an early age and while he enjoyed a lot of his studies, his emotional health suffered and he had a nervous breakdown at twenty. It took him years to recover, but eventually he became one of the preeminent philosophers of the 19th century.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. If not the outright Trope Codifier, he's certainly the most famous example. He started playing piano at age 3, was composing by age 5, and wrote his first symphony at age 8. He was also known to have been challenged by famous musicians during his youth in improvisation contests, where the performer would compose on the spot and try to outperform his rival in this manner. He disposed of all of them. It's said that after they gave up, he would say, "any more?"
  • Jacques Offenbach started playing the violin at six and was a composer and had learned the cello by age nine. He quickly got too big for his home town and when he was 14 his father sent him to Paris to study cello. Offenbach was such a jokester and goofball he could never really focus on his studies, although he was widely recognized as a truly virtuoso cellist. He was booted out of the conservatory at 15 and the next year found a permanent appointment at the Opéra-Comique. This eventually led him to the career he wanted: writing the raunchy satirical comic operettas that made him famous.
  • Blaise Pascal started his mathematician career when he was nine.
  • Srinivasa Ramanujan. He made theorems at age 12 that you could get a PhD for proving today. He was an unparalleled mathematical genius. Especially considering that he started out working alone, using a little old reference book listing 6000 theorems with no discussion. And he flunked his school exams because his English wasn't good enough.
  • Everett Ruess was an artist, diarist, poet and printmaker beginning at age 5. In his teen years he took to Walking the Earth in the American Southwest just to see what was there and write about interesting stuff. [Cue Robert Stack voice:] On November 20, 1934, Ruess set out alone into the Utah desert, taking two donkeys as pack animals. He was never seen again. He was just 20 years old.
  • Actress Alicia Roanne Witt started out this way. Her high-IQ exploits were covered in several newspaper articles starting when she was five.
  • French composer Camille Saint-Saëns displayed perfect pitch and could pick out tunes on the piano by age three, was playing piano recitals by age five, and made his concert debut at age ten, performing concertos by Mozart and Beethoven. For an encore, he offered to play any of Ludwig van Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas from memory. He entered the Paris Conservatoire at age 13.
  • Masako Ichijou aka Empress Haruko aka Empress Dowager Shoken, wife of Emperor Mutsuhito aka Meiji. She learned to read complicated poetry at age 4, started writing at age five, started reading Chinese at age 7, and by age 12 she was an expert koto player.
  • While undoubtedly gifted, William James Sidis had a Make Your Child A Genius dad as well. No one knows how intelligent he really was because his parents tended to exaggerate. He entered Harvard at age 11, graduated at age 16, and later taught math there. His much-publicized "mental breakdown" may actually have been his parents' coverup for his Socialist activism, which had gotten him arrested on May Day 1919. Sidis' friend said "had one great cause — the right of an individual in this country to follow his chosen way of life".
  • Terence Tao started taking college-level math classes at 9 and received his bachelor's and master's degrees at 16. Breaking the mold of the burnt-out prodigy, he is still an active and notable mathematician in his forties and appears to have a happy family life.
  • Jazz pianist Art Tatum learned to play church hymns and piano rolls at 3. Rumors would circulate that he played piano rolls meant for two people (and he was blind).
  • Georg Philipp Telemann: Despite being discouraged from music by his family (because music was then considered neither a really honorable trade nor a lucrative one), he taught himself to play the violin, recorder, and piano as a child. Composed his first pieces of music as a 10-year-old, at which age he already started to substitute for the cantor teaching the upper classes of his school. Composed his first opera, Sigismundus, at age twelve, after which his mother confiscated his musical instruments and sent him to a school in another town in a vain attempt to stop him from "wasting his time" on music. "Unfortunately" young Telemann was encouraged in his musical endeavours there by the local church superintendent.
  • Kim Ung-Yong of South Korea was reported with an IQ of 210 in the mid-1960s. He was a guest student in physics at Hangyang University at three (both his parents were professors there) and appeared on Japan's "World Surprise Show" at four composing poetry, speaking four languages, and solving integral calculus problems. NASA paid for him to attend Colorado State University and then hired him at age 11. He worked there until he was about 17, later saying it was monumentally boring and he missed his mother. He went home and changed fields entirely. Today he is a professor of civil engineering at a college near his hometown.
  • Religious visions are also how Sulamith Wulfing got started, except she began at four and went to art school as a teenager. She was considered so gifted that the school interceded with German authorities to let her off mandatory World War I-related service as a telephone switchboard operator so she could focus on her art.
  • Sho Yano, who started university by age 9 and was in medical school and studying for a PhD on the side by age 12. According to news reports, he was (deep breath....) reading by age 2, writing by age 3, composing music at age 5, scored 1500 on his SATs (out of 1600) at age 8, entered college at age 9, entered medical school at age 12, finished his Ph.D. in three years, and in 2012 got his M.D. from the University of Chicago at age 21. His IQ is estimated at over 200. Oh, and he's also a concert pianist who's played at the Ravinia festival. And has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Do you have an inferiority complex yet?
  • Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger referred to the autistic children in his practice as "Little Professors".
  • Educator Howard Spicker believed child geniuses, what he called "bright" children, were actually relatively common, but went unrecognized because they don't fit the profile of what people think a child prodigy should be like.
  • A few Chess grandmasters, specially world champions. Small example: Jose Raul Capablanca learned to play chess at the age of 4 and had beaten the Cuban national champion by the age of 12!
  • The German word for this is of course Wunderkind ("miracle or wonder child"), which also entered the English language as a loanword. It was coined by philosopher Immanuel Kant with reference to Christian Heinrich Heineken of Lübeck (1721-1725), who had mastered French and Latin at age two and at age three wrote a history of Denmark, and for years lived mostly on the milk of his wetnurse. His death at age four is attributed to the then-unknown Coeliac disease (he died when his diet switched to grain products like bread etc)
  • Schoolteacher Benjamin Heath Malkin (1769-1842) of the Suffolk village of Bury St. Edmunds, an acquaintance of William Blake, was accused of force-educating his children when his 5-year-old son Thomas died in 1806. Malkin homeschooled all his kids and by his account was less of a teacher than a referee. Thomas was your standard child prodigy who ran an imaginary country, Allestone (with maps) on the side. His death was prolonged and unpleasant. A doctor visited the day after he died to give Malkin a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about Thomas having died of "brain fever" from overstudy, citing Thomas' "large head" as proof. Malkin actually had to request an autopsy to prove the cause of death was inflammatory bowel disease.note  As if to bear this out, Malkin's other kids were also child geniuses and had fine adult careers.note  Thomas' brother Frederic wrote several history textbooks that were admired and imitated by Teen Genius Margaret Emily Shore.
  • Actress Amy Rutberg, best known for her role as Marci Stahl in Daredevil (2015), entered college at age 13 and transferred to UCLA as a Junior when she was just 15.
  • Daniel Liu started helping college students with their organic chemistry homework to attending to Achem, and is now a researcher at the University of Toledo at 11.
  • American R&B singer Tevin Campbell was a singing prodigy as a child. He became a gospel soloist at a very young age and had an impressive vocal range for someone his age. His talents eventually got the attention of Quincy Jones, who gave him his mainstream debut at 12 years old with the single "Tomorrow (A Better You, A Better Me)" in 1989. Tevin would soon become a successful recording artist as a teen, with multiple Platinum and Gold certifications to his name.
  • Elijah Muhammad is attending college at the age of 12 and is majoring in cybersecurity. He made history by being the youngest Black student to attend an Oklahoma college.
  • 5-year-old Alberto Cartuccia Cingolani performing some Mozart.
  • Violin prodigy Karolina Protsenko.
  • Rayssa Leal, 13-year-old Brazilian skateboarder, is now a silver medal winner of the first Olympic women’s street skateboarding event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
  • Four girls created a generator that produced electricity for 6 hours using a single liter of urine.
  • Quinn Callander, a 12-year-old Boy Scout from Vancouver, 3D-printed ingenious ear guards to help take the pressure off healthcare workers’ ears from wearing masks all day. He also made the 3D printing patterns available to everyone.
  • 8-year-old Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz created a solar-powered device to heat water entirely out of recycled materials.
  • Sugar Chile Robinson was widely known as a child prodigy in piano playing.
  • An 8-year-old skateboarding prodigy.
  • 11-year-old from Côte d’Ivoire created a charging station from recycled goods that is able to charge phones and fans.
  • 12-year-old Chika Ofili discovered a new mathematical formula.
  • 11-year-old from Nigeria built a model of football stadium.
  • 10-year-old chess prodigy from Nigeria.
  • Caleb Anderson and his various feats.
  • Twelve-year-old Clovis Hung graduating his university with 5 degrees.
  • Professional Gambler Stu Ungar, widely regarded as one of the best poker, blackjack and gin rummy players of all time, won his first gin tournament at age 10, and after his father died, he dropped out of school to pursue gambling full-time, becoming the sole provider for his house at age 13. Prior to this, he had skipped a grade and was noted for his Photographic Memory.
  • Jascha Heifetz, widely regarded as one of the greatest violinists to ever live, got started early. The first time he played publicly, legendary violinist Fritz Kreisler is recorded as saying, "We may as well take our fiddles and break them across our knees."


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