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28th Oct '17 6:37:05 PM jormis29
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* The Bulleteer story arc in DC Comics' ''[[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers Seven Soldiers of Victory]]'' limited series: Alix has no clue what her actions will lead to: [[spoiler: the killing of the Sheeda Queen]], and the events of her arc happen almost completely on the periphery of the main storyline. The story arc using Klarion the Witch Boy nearly reaches this, but he is a little more conscious of what is going on.

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* The Bulleteer story arc in DC Comics' ''[[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers Seven Soldiers of Victory]]'' limited series: Alix has no clue what her actions will lead to: [[spoiler: the killing of the Sheeda Queen]], and the events of her arc happen almost completely on the periphery of the main storyline. The story arc using Klarion the Witch Boy ComicBook/KlarionTheWitchBoy nearly reaches this, but he is a little more conscious of what is going on.
26th Sep '17 5:34:51 AM TroperBeDoper
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* Poppy of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''. Because she's such a HumbleHero, she just can't fathom that [[DropTheHammer the Hammer of Orlon]] has already found its chosen wielder in her. So, she continues on an impossible quest to deliver it to a nonexistent [[TheChosenOne chosen hero]].
26th Jun '17 6:27:35 AM Jeduthun
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Differs from MissedTheCall. Often overlaps with AccidentalHero and HumbleHero. Contrast HeelRealization, where someone is ignorant of the fact that they're a ''villain''.

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Differs from MissedTheCall. Often overlaps with AccidentalHero and HumbleHero. Contrast HeelRealization, ObliviouslyEvil, where someone is ignorant of the fact that they're a ''villain''.
14th Jun '17 6:17:39 AM Jeduthun
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A hero is Ignorant of the Call when he doesn't know that he is, in fact, TheHero. Everybody around him knows that the character is TheChosenOne, but he, himself, just can't see it. He fights the good fight and takes heroic actions... but it doesn't seem heroic to him, nor does he think he was destined to do them. He simply does what he must because it is in his nature to act in that manner. When dealing with this sort of protagonist, the phrase "[[ImNotAHeroIm I'm not a hero]]" (or a variant thereof) is often heard, along with ThinkNothingOfIt.

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A hero is Ignorant of the Call when he doesn't know that he is, in fact, TheHero. Everybody around him knows that the character is TheChosenOne, but he, himself, just can't see it. He fights the good fight and takes heroic actions... but it doesn't seem heroic to him, nor does he think he was destined to do them. He simply does what he must because it is in his nature to act in that manner. When dealing with this sort of protagonist, the phrase "[[ImNotAHeroIm I'm not a hero]]" (or a variant thereof) is often heard, along with ThinkNothingOfIt.
ThinkNothingOfIt. It could also be AllAPartOfTheJob, where the hero sees saving people's lives as just another valid career choice.
9th May '17 1:20:04 PM Rhodes7
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* Done to a ridiculous degree with HumbleHero Tor, of the ''Literature/TheYoungAncients'' series who, while still in school, revolutionizes absolutely everything about magic and daily life, is knighted for his various heroic acts including diving down a midden to save a child, creating a mass water filtration system to save a city when their water was tainted, then constructing a ''flying river'' to relieve a drought-stricken country. He is still surprised that anyone has heard of him, and personally thinks of himself as a baker's son who can always go back to making bread and pastries if this whole magic thing doesn't work out.
* Also Brian Yi, Proxy of ''Literature/TheInfected'' a world-famous superhero and widely considered the most dangerous man alive, is still the first to volunteer for nasty chores or give up his comforts for others, and seems genuinely unaware of how the rest of the world, including his closest friends, see him.
16th Nov '16 3:31:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood''. Friar Tuck says that Rob is a hero, but Robin just laughs it off.
--> '''Robin: ''' "Did you hear that, Johnny? We've just been pardoned!"
* Marlin, of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' just thinks of himself as a father who is desperately trying to recover his missing son. To Dory, and Nemo, the sea turtles, Nigel the Pelican, the fish in Dr. Sherman's tank, and many, many others, Marlin is a badass {{determinator}} who repeatedly triumphed over unbelievable odds.

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood''. Friar Tuck says that Rob is a hero, but Robin just laughs it off.
--> '''Robin: ''' "Did you hear that, Johnny? We've just been pardoned!"



* Marlin, of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' just thinks of himself as a father who is desperately trying to recover his missing son. To Dory, and Nemo, the sea turtles, Nigel the Pelican, the fish in Dr. Sherman's tank, and many, many others, Marlin is a badass {{determinator}} who repeatedly triumphed over unbelievable odds.

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* Marlin, of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' just thinks of himself as a father who is desperately trying to recover his missing son. To Dory, and Nemo, the sea turtles, Nigel the Pelican, the fish in Dr. Sherman's tank, and many, many others, Marlin is a badass {{determinator}} who repeatedly triumphed over unbelievable odds.
16th Nov '16 3:29:28 AM Morgenthaler
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A hero is Ignorant of the Call when he doesn’t know that he is, in fact, TheHero. Everybody around him knows that the character is TheChosenOne, but he, himself, just can’t see it. He fights the good fight and takes heroic actions… but it doesn’t seem heroic to him, nor does he think he was destined to do them. He simply does what he must because it is in his nature to act in that manner. When dealing with this sort of protagonist, the phrase “[[ImNotAHeroIm I’m not a hero]]” (or a variant thereof) is often heard, along with ThinkNothingOfIt.

There are many types of heroes that have this as their character trait.

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A hero is Ignorant of the Call when he doesn’t doesn't know that he is, in fact, TheHero. Everybody around him knows that the character is TheChosenOne, but he, himself, just can’t can't see it. He fights the good fight and takes heroic actions… actions... but it doesn’t doesn't seem heroic to him, nor does he think he was destined to do them. He simply does what he must because it is in his nature to act in that manner. When dealing with this sort of protagonist, the phrase “[[ImNotAHeroIm I’m "[[ImNotAHeroIm I'm not a hero]]” hero]]" (or a variant thereof) is often heard, along with ThinkNothingOfIt.

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There are many types of heroes that have this as their character trait.
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In addition, since the CallToAdventure is either not overt at all, or else parallels the Hero’s actions so well that the two only seem to connect by coincidence, it is entirely possible for the hero to never realize that their actions have some larger, plot-related importance.

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In addition, since the CallToAdventure is either not overt at all, or else parallels the Hero’s Hero's actions so well that the two only seem to connect by coincidence, it is entirely possible for the hero to never realize that their actions have some larger, plot-related importance.



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* Ash Ketchum of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', at least in the movies. He likes to think of himself simply as a Pokémon Trainer, but time after time he stumbles into situations where it's clear only he could save the day. It's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'', when the heroes realize that the phrase "The world shall turn to ash" didn't mean it would die, but the world would turn to ''Ash'' for help. His response? "Right now, I kinda wish that my mom named me Bob instead of Ash."

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* Ash Ketchum of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', at least in the movies. He likes to think of himself simply as a Pokémon Trainer, but time after time he stumbles into situations where it's clear only he could save the day. It's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'', when the heroes realize that the phrase "The world shall turn to ash" didn't mean it would die, but the world would turn to ''Ash'' for help. His response? "Right now, I kinda wish that my mom named me Bob instead of Ash."



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* In ''Film/FirstKnight'', Launcelot doesn’t consider himself a hero. His attitude is “it needed to be done, I knew I could do it, so I did” and that is all.

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* Emelius Brown in ''Literature/BedknobAndBroomstick''. He's a con artist who seems to only be interested in making a fast buck, but ThePowerOfLove drove him to act otherwise. Even after, though, he’d never call himself a hero.

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* Emelius Brown in ''Literature/BedknobAndBroomstick''. He's a con artist who seems to only be interested in making a fast buck, but ThePowerOfLove drove him to act otherwise. Even after, though, he’d he'd never call himself a hero.



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16th Nov '16 12:47:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Marlin, of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' just thinks of himself as a father who is desperately trying to recover his missing son. To Dory, and Nemo, the sea turtles, Nigel the Pelican, the fish in Dr. Sherman's tank, and many, many others, Marlin is a {{Badass}} {{determinator}} who repeatedly triumphed over unbelievable odds.

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* Marlin, of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' just thinks of himself as a father who is desperately trying to recover his missing son. To Dory, and Nemo, the sea turtles, Nigel the Pelican, the fish in Dr. Sherman's tank, and many, many others, Marlin is a {{Badass}} badass {{determinator}} who repeatedly triumphed over unbelievable odds.
15th Oct '16 7:06:52 PM BigJaredMonkey
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* Glenn Holland, from ''Film/MisterHollandsOpus'', believes he wasted his life because he became a music teacher instead of becoming famous as a composer. His current and former students, his friends, and his family (all of whose lives he shaped for the better) disagree.

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* Glenn Holland, from ''Film/MisterHollandsOpus'', ''Film/MrHollandsOpus''. This trope applies to him so strongly that it might as well be titled ''Ignorant of the Call: The Movie''. Mr. Holland believes he wasted his life because he became a music teacher instead of becoming famous as a composer. His current and former students, his friends, and his family (all of whose lives he shaped for the better) disagree. '''''Strongly''''' disagree.
15th Oct '16 7:05:24 PM BigJaredMonkey
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* Franchise/{{Superman}}. Compared to other superheroes, he does what he does because it was the right thing to do, not because he has any obligation to do so. [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] is much the same way to the point where he was helping fight crime as a forensic scientist long before he even received his powers.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}. Compared to other superheroes, he does what he does because it was the right thing to do, not because he has any obligation to do so. so.
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[[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] is much the same way as Franchise/{{Superman}}, to the point where he was helping fight crime as a forensic scientist long before he even received his powers.
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