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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say there's few things more unnerving than a child with mind powers. Children are unpredictable at the best of times, and the last thing anyone needs to add to those little balls of never-ending energy are freaky mind powers.

This literally happened because her mom said she was tired. Nope.
This literally happened because her mom said she was tired. Nope.

Following the release of Stranger Things last month, a new child was thrown into the mix of children with unbelievable mind powers when the human experiment known as Eleven was introduced. Despite growing up with little affection, and basically no contact to the outside world, Eleven's strong moral compass kept her from using her strong powers for anything too evil, and she mostly employed them to protect herself or others.

But where do Eleven's powers stack up against other fictional kids with unnatural gifts? Take a look at some of pop cultures favorite freaky kids with mind powers and see:

1. Eleven — Stranger Things

Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven [Netflix]
Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven [Netflix]

With her close-cropped hair, and unfamiliarity with the world, it's obvious from the beginning that Eleven is not a normal child. Born to Terry Ives — a test subject in MK Ultra program — Eleven was taken from from her mother at birth, and raised in a laboratory. There were no documents on her birth, and she was never even given a name, just a number - 011.

When Eleven was old enough the Hawkins National Laboratory began conducting tests on her, in order to bring out the full potential of her psychokinetic powers, which include:

  • Telekinesis
  • Psychometry
  • Telepathy
  • Sound Mimicry
  • Astral Projection
  • Biokinesis
  • Electromagnetic Control

Although Eleven is very gifted, it's clear that her powers take a toll on her small body, with massive amounts of exertion bringing on nose bleeds and weakening her.

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2. Charlie McGee — Firestarter

Drew Barrymore as Charlie [Universal]
Drew Barrymore as Charlie [Universal]

A character who was clearly the inspiration for Eleven in Stranger Things, Charlie from Firestarter also gained her powers as the result of her parents being involved in a government-funded experiement.

While Charlie's parents, Andy and Vicky, were in college the pair took part in a experiment which involved being injected with a drug called LOT-6. The experiment resulted in Vicky gaining minor telekinetic and telepathic powers, with Andy gaining autohypnotic mind domination. When Charlie was born she also inherited some of her parents powers, as well as developed her own:

  • Pyrokinesis
  • Mental domination
  • Telepathy
  • Telekinesis
  • Precognition

In the film it's also stated that Charlie's powers are developing along with her body, indicating that as she goes through puberty her powers will be hugely powerful, and that she may also develop more than she already has.

Interestingly, When Charlie's father used his powers the effort would bring on nosebleeds (revealed in the book to be pinprick hemorrhages), much like that of Eleven in Stranger Things.

3. Matilda - Matilda

Mara Wilson as Matilda Wormwood
Mara Wilson as Matilda Wormwood

Born into a family who ignored and neglected her, fortunately for Matilda Wormwood, she was so intelligent that she was able to take care of herself by two. By the age of four the toddler had read every book in the house, and by six could do complicated sums in her head. But although Matilda's intelligence is extraordinary, her most impressive power is the telekinesis she developed shortly before starting school.

Matilda uses her powers
Matilda uses her powers

After learning to control them, Matilda opts to use her powers for good, ensuring a classmate's safety when she's thrown over a fence, and screwing with the cruel Trunchbull so Miss Honey can rightly inherit her late father's estate. And, by the film's conclusion she only needs to use her powers on rare occasions.

4. Damien — The Omen

Damien in The Omen
Damien in The Omen

While the other three children on this list at mostly tried to use their powers for good, the same cannot be said for Damien from The Omen. Damien was born at 6am on June 6, 1971, and soon after adopted by an American who tricked his wife into believing Damien was her biological son. However, by Damien's fifth birthday things started going awry, with the Devil arriving in the form of a dog, and forcing his nanny to hang herself.

Damien's behavior quickly becomes more and more sinister, and the young Antichrist develops several powers, including:

  • Manipulation
  • Poison resistance
  • Telekinesis
  • Vast dark powers
  • Advance healing/immunity

With your father being the literal Devil, there was never really much hope for Damien to grow up to be anything other than totally evil, and a whole film series devoted to the evil-doings of Damien totally back that theory up!


Who is your favorite fictional freaky kid?

Source: Horror Wikia


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