In the argument of nature vs. nurture, Hit Girl clearly falls in the nurture category, given that she was raised by her father to be a pint-sized whirling dervish of devastation.
Kill Bill, Part 1
Yes, weâre aware that, strictly speaking, Kill Bill isnât sci-fi. But it surely is fantasy, of a sort, and the anime interlude which reveals this Yakuza bossâ origin is as pulp-tastic as it gets.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Voiced by Mae Whitman
Oh, sure, Katara the waterbender always felt merely like the stalwart best friend, the voice of reason. But when sheâs pissed ... she can send a whole lot of H2O headed your way in a hurry.
On the other hand, Hanna was also raised by her father to kick unworldly amounts of ass, but she also has the benefit of—spoiler alert—a few genetic enhancements that make her stronger and faster than the average teen.
Yâall know her deal by now: Driven crazy by scientists trying to turn her into the perfect killing machine. Rescued by her brother and stowed away on a ship-full of thieves, prostitutes, gunhands (and a preacher). A being of perfect, deadly grace.
Interview With the Vampire
Like so many of these young women, the decision to become a deadly little girl wasnât hers: In Claudiaâs case, a pair of dashing vampires (Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise) who wanted the perfect undead family.
I still have nightmares about watching this movie, let alone the movie itself, so Iâm just gonna leave this here and not think about her one second longer than necessary.
Game of Thrones
Itâs clear, even from what weâve seen on HBOâs show, that young Arya Stark will grow up to be a force to be reckoned with—given that sheâs already a sword-wielding spitfire as it is.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Even though sheâd rather be shopping and gossiping about boys, the Defender of Sunnydale will attend to her destined task: dispensing maximum slayage with style and wit.
Even though, technically, Libby isnât a kid, she fashions herself as The Crimson Boltâs kid sidekick, so she gets a pass. And she will absolutely wreck you if she gets the chance. Seriously. With a Buick.
Stephen King has a thing for super-powered kids and when you add the emotional immaturity of a pre-teen girl and the nigh-limitless power of a pyrokine, you get one of his most explosive protagonists.