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The Most Powerful Child Psychics In Movie And TV History

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Vote up the most terrifyingly powerful kid psychics.

Psychic kids - where would Stephen King stories be without 'em? Of course, he's not the only one. There's Eleven in Stranger Things, of course, and plenty of others, as you'll see when you dig into this list. They range in tone from lighthearted (if occasionally still messed up) kids fare like Matilda to jaw-dropping and incredibly influential films like Akira to pitch-dark horror like The Brood. Sometimes they're the bad guys, other times they're the good guys, and often they're just misunderstood, trying to survive in a world that seeks to use their abilities for its own ends.

Whatever the case may be, the writers of movies and TV shows obviously love kids with psychic powers, and audiences clearly love them, too. But the question remains: Which are the most powerful psychic kids in movie and TV history? This list assembles a few of the contenders here, so vote up the ones you think are most potent.

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  • Eleven - 'Stranger Things'
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    No fan of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things will need to be told who Eleven is. Actually named Jane Ives, the young girl known as Eleven, was held in a government lab for the purposes of studying her psychokinetic and telepathic abilities. Her escape from the lab, in part, sets off the events of the series.

    What Are Her Powers? From the get-go, Eleven is a powerful psychic, and her powers only grow as the series rolls on. She can not only project her thoughts and read the thoughts of other people (at least under certain conditions), she can also move objects with her mind - sometimes quite large ones, such as when she flips a van into the air in the first season of the series. Early on, these exhibitions of her power weaken her, causing nosebleeds or even resulting in her losing consciousness. As she learns to control her abilities, however, she is able to manifest more and more powers without debilitating effects.

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    Anthony Fremont - 'Twilight Zone: The Movie'

    Released in 1983, the Twilight Zone movie is made up primarily of reimagined versions of classic episodes from the original TV series of the same name, and Joe Dante's segment is a remake of what is widely considered one of the show's greatest episodes, "It's a Good Life." Both the original episode and the movie feature a young boy named Anthony who has what appear to be godlike powers, which he uses for selfish and malevolent purposes largely because he has never experienced any sort of discipline and thus doesn't know right from wrong.

    What Are His Powers? In the original episode, which first aired in 1961, 6-year-old Anthony can read thoughts and has separated the entire town of Peaksville, OH, from the rest of the world, transporting anyone who displeases him into a sort of interdimensional cornfield from which there is no escape. The movie actually has a more modest setting, though Anthony's powers are similarly far-reaching. He has taken a group of people to be his surrogate "family," having already slain his real one, and keeps them prisoner in a house whose reality he controls utterly. He can conjure monstrous beings into existence and, as in the original episode, separate people from reality entirely, capturing them in a world of his own making.

  • In the American remake from 2002, she's Samara Morgan. In the Japanese original, she's Sadako Yamamura. In either event, she spends most of the movie as a ghost, confined to a cursed videotape. As a ghost, Samara/Sadako can do all sorts of unpleasant things that normally end with her targets no longer among the living. What sets Samara/Sadako apart - besides her novel method of haunting - is that, in both movies, she was a powerful psychic even before she became a waterlogged specter.

    What Are Her Powers? Even before Samara/Sadako becomes a ghost, she can, to paraphrase a line from Joss Whedon, kill you with her mind. That's pretty powerful. The American remake spells her powers out in more detail, tying them explicitly to making the tape when her father says she can get inside your head and "show you things." In the Japanese version, however, she's already done in at least one person with pure psychic powers before she ever goes down that well, and the movie at least implies Sadako's origins may be supernatural long before she becomes a ghost.

  • A very young Drew Barrymore, fresh off her appearance in E.T. two years earlier, plays Charlene "Charlie" McGee in this adaptation of Stephen King's 1980 novel of the same name. King loves a good psychic kid story, and he's spun out more than a few of them in his time, with perhaps the most notable being Danny Torrance in The Shining. In Firestarter, he set the template that would be used by plenty of other movies, books, and TV shows over the years, including Eleven in Netflix's Stranger Things.

    The plot concerns a couple who are given an experimental hallucinogen by a government agency called "the Shop." The substance awakens psychic powers in the pair and, years later, they have a daughter who exhibits greater power still.

    What Are Her Powers? As the title suggests, Charlie can control heat and flame, a power she uses to do everything from detonating a bullet in midflight to taking out whole squads of agents from "the Shop" who are sent to capture or terminate her and her father. She also exhibits limited precognition, capable of sometimes seeing short periods into the future.