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28th Apr '16 10:46:12 PM ultimomant
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* ''FushigiYuugi''. If you're the priestess, sure everyone bows down to you, you get to make any wishes you want, and you have a harem of bishounen at your beck and call. But, you have to use your wishes for the good of others (not yourself, with the possible exception of a wish to get home safely). Everyone expects you to know what you're doing, when you don't. You can't have sex or even a relationship with any member of your bishie harem as long as you're the priestess (because SexIsEvil and will [[CaptainObvious destroy]] your VirginPower, and LoveMakesYouStupid, or at least distracted and biased.) And worst of all, you are a VirginSacrifice to be FedToTheBeast; the very god who grants your wishes [[AndIMustScream will devour your soul]] unless you can pass the SecretTestOfCharacter. Only the most GenreSavvy should even ''attempt'' this role!

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* ''FushigiYuugi''.''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. If you're the priestess, sure everyone bows down to you, you get to make any wishes you want, and you have a harem of bishounen at your beck and call. But, you have to use your wishes for the good of others (not yourself, with the possible exception of a wish to get home safely). Everyone expects you to know what you're doing, when you don't. You can't have sex or even a relationship with any member of your bishie harem as long as you're the priestess (because SexIsEvil and will [[CaptainObvious destroy]] your VirginPower, and LoveMakesYouStupid, or at least distracted and biased.) And worst of all, you are a VirginSacrifice to be FedToTheBeast; the very god who grants your wishes [[AndIMustScream will devour your soul]] unless you can pass the SecretTestOfCharacter. Only the most GenreSavvy should even ''attempt'' this role!



* In ''TheSagaOfAvatarKorra'', Korra is kidnapped by the Red Lotus because she was the Avatar. They took her away from her family and put her through a TrainingFromHell regiment for fourteen years. She never made friends nor did she ever know when her birthday was during that time. It was not until after she escaped from the Red Lotus and entered Republic City she was finally able to become friends with anyone besides her loyal polar bear dog Naga.

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* In ''TheSagaOfAvatarKorra'', ''Fanfic/TheSagaOfAvatarKorra'', Korra is kidnapped by the Red Lotus because she was the Avatar. They took her away from her family and put her through a TrainingFromHell regiment for fourteen years. She never made friends nor did she ever know when her birthday was during that time. It was not until after she escaped from the Red Lotus and entered Republic City she was finally able to become friends with anyone besides her loyal polar bear dog Naga.



* Mocked in [[https://derpiboo.ru/1033437 these]] [[https://derpiboo.ru/1034146 three]] [[https://derpiboo.ru/1036276 images]] by ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan artist [[https://derpiboo.ru/tags/artist-colon-badumsquish Badumquish]] where Trixie is surprised that Twilight Sparkle not only doesn't get paid for being the Princess of Friendship, but also doesn't even get health or dental coverage (among ''other'' things). She goes on to [[InnocentlyInsensitive rub it in even further]] when she points out that she makes more ''and'' has better health care as a travelling magician. Cue epic DeathGlare from Twilight.

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* Mocked in [[https://derpiboo.ru/1033437 these]] [[https://derpiboo.ru/1034146 three]] [[https://derpiboo.ru/1036276 images]] by ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan artist [[https://derpiboo.ru/tags/artist-colon-badumsquish Badumquish]] where Trixie is surprised that Twilight Sparkle not only doesn't get paid for being the Princess of Friendship, but also doesn't even get health or dental coverage (among ''other'' things). She goes on to [[InnocentlyInsensitive rub it in even further]] when she points out that she makes more ''and'' has better health care as a travelling traveling magician. Cue epic DeathGlare from Twilight.Twilight.
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': In the Finale Arc, the Cutie Mark Crusaders are informed by Phobia that they are the ones who have to save the world this time. They complain about it at first, pointing out that they are only children and they barely made it out of the Wedding Arc with their lives, but suck it up and press forward.
16th Apr '16 3:52:17 PM Kakai
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* The Heralds in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. Sure, they are immortal, worshipped, immensely powerful and impossibly skilled, with magic powers that essenially make them war gods, but whenever there's no Desolation on Roshar, they must go to Braize and let themselves be tortured by literal embodiment of Divine Rage before one of them breaks and they're sent back to fight in a Desolation. No wonder the story starts with them saying "screw this" and walking away.
9th Mar '16 9:45:10 AM Hossmeister
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* ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' has a dragon assigned to protect every country. And our hero is, uh...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the American one.]] And it leads to getting chased by a dragon-crazy teacher, training taking most of his childhood, nearly getting killed multiple times, and [[spoiler: losing his Dragon-hunting girlfriend through a time change.]]

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* ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' has a dragon assigned to protect every country. And our hero is, uh...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the American one.]] And it leads to getting chased by a dragon-crazy teacher, training taking most of his childhood, nearly getting killed multiple times, and [[spoiler: losing his Dragon-hunting girlfriend through a time change.]]
16th Feb '16 11:49:14 AM erforce
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* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''
* ''{{Dogma}}''. For Bethany, being [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame Jesus Christ's ultimate descendant]] requires that you (a) contract a condition that leaves you barren (b) have your husband leave you (c) hang around with two [[JayAndSilentBob stoners]] who want to get into your pants, and ultimately (d) [[spoiler: become a single mom as a result of immaculate conception]].

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* %%* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''
* ''{{Dogma}}''.''Film/{{Dogma}}''. For Bethany, being [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame Jesus Christ's ultimate descendant]] requires that you (a) contract a condition that leaves you barren (b) have your husband leave you (c) hang around with two [[JayAndSilentBob stoners]] who want to get into your pants, and ultimately (d) [[spoiler: become a single mom as a result of immaculate conception]].
12th Jan '16 5:19:08 PM nombretomado
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* Zanik from RuneScape is the goblin war god Bandos' Chosen Commander, the goblin who will lead all the goblins to victory in a huge war. There's just one catch: Zanik is of the Dorgeshuun, a group of pacifist cave goblins who renounced Bandos after he ordered them to partake in a battle they had no chance of winning for no reason. There's an entire quest series devoted to Zanik basically telling Bandos to fuck off.

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* Zanik from RuneScape ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' is the goblin war god Bandos' Chosen Commander, the goblin who will lead all the goblins to victory in a huge war. There's just one catch: Zanik is of the Dorgeshuun, a group of pacifist cave goblins who renounced Bandos after he ordered them to partake in a battle they had no chance of winning for no reason. There's an entire quest series devoted to Zanik basically telling Bandos to fuck off.
12th Jan '16 4:33:35 AM TheNerevarine
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* Michael Rhodes in ''ComicBook/{{Birthright}}'' is supposedly fated to destroy [[EvilOverlord God-King Lore]] and free the world of Terrenos from his tyranny. The pressure of a duty that he never chose in the first place, the resentment of being taken from his home (which also lead to his family being split apart) and the horrors of the war ultimately push him to [[spoiler: perform a FaceHeelTurn, [[DealWithTheDevil side with Lore]] and betray his comrades just to return to Earth]].
10th Jan '16 12:43:22 PM Dravencour
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* The magical girls of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are not happy. They have traded their freedom for a lifetime of fighting witches for a single wish, which may not even be worth it anymore. Fighting the witches systematically tears apart their social lives. And if a puella magi dies in the witch's other world, her body never appears in the real world. They're missing. Forever.
** To add insult to the injury, [[spoiler: anyone who becomes a MagicalGirl is already dead by the time they make the contract. To be precise, a walking EmptyShell unless they have their [[SoulJar Soul Gems]] with them at least 100 meters.]]
*** ''And'' [[spoiler: it turns out that the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Witches]] they were fighting this whole time? [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie They used to be magical girls just like them.]] Turns out that to accept a contract and become a magical girl, you're also ''damning'' yourself to become an EldritchAbomination and be killed by another girl later--there's no way around it, it is ''inevitable'', unless you die in battle first. Thus, any magical girl killed in action and proclaimed missing is ''lucky.'']]
*** There's also the fact that Kyuubey mentions that [[spoiler: a puella magi's potential strength comes from her hardships (hence why [[NiceGirl Madoka's]] potential baffled him). In practice this means you're taking a BrokenBird, granting them one wish, and ''then'' making them suffer horribly.]]

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* The magical girls {{Magical Girl}}s of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are not happy. They have traded their freedom for a lifetime of fighting witches for a single wish, which may not even be worth it anymore. Fighting the witches systematically tears apart their social lives. And if a puella magi dies in the witch's other world, her body never appears in the real world. They're missing. Forever.
** To add insult to the injury, [[spoiler: anyone who becomes a MagicalGirl is already dead by the time they make the contract. To be precise, a walking EmptyShell unless they have their Magical Girl in this universe is essentially a Lich, and only maintains life and normal function through the presence of her [[SoulJar Soul Gems]] with them at least Gem]], which cannot be farther than 100 meters.meters from her or she will fall into an EmptyShell state and eventually start to decompose much like a corpse.]]
*** ''And'' [[spoiler: it turns out that the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Witches]] they were fighting this whole time? [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie They used to be magical girls just like them.]] Turns out that to accept a contract and become a magical girl, you're also ''damning'' yourself to become an EldritchAbomination and be killed by another girl later--there's no way around it, and it is ''inevitable'', unless you die in battle first. Thus, any magical girl killed in action and proclaimed missing is ''lucky.'']]
*** There's also the fact that Kyuubey Kyubey mentions that [[spoiler: a puella magi's magical girl's potential strength comes from her hardships (hence why [[NiceGirl Madoka's]] potential baffled him). In practice this means you're taking a BrokenBird, granting them one wish, and ''then'' making them suffer horribly.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': Moses really wished that God choose someone else to "free his people", as he watches his home Egypt crumble by the 10 plagues, and he has stand against his adopted brother.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': Moses really wished that God choose someone else to "free his people", as he watches his home Egypt crumble by the 10 plagues, and he has to stand against his adopted brother.



** Anakin Skywalker is the chosen one destined to bring balance to the force. Unfortunately, he gets corrupted to the dark side, spends half of the series as [[BigBad Palpatine's]] [[TheDragon Dragon]], and in the end [[spoiler: only saves everything by killing himself with Palpatine.]]

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** Anakin Skywalker is the chosen one destined to bring balance to the force. Force. Unfortunately, he gets corrupted to the dark side, spends half of the series as [[BigBad Palpatine's]] [[TheDragon Dragon]], and in the end [[spoiler: only [[spoiler:only saves everything by killing himself with Palpatine.]]



* Dorothy in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. She's a scared young girl who just wants to get home, and the task of saving Oz ends up falling on her just so the Wizard doesn't have to do it himself. [[note]]This is not just a ''Literature/{{Wicked}}''-influenced comment: even if you still read the Witch of the West as pure villain, it seems awfully manipulative of the Wizard to use a farm girl to dispose of her.[[/note]]

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* Dorothy in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. She's a scared young girl who just wants to get home, and the task of saving Oz ends up falling on her just so the Wizard doesn't have to do it himself. [[note]]This is not just a ''Literature/{{Wicked}}''-influenced comment: even if you still read the Witch of the West as a pure villain, it seems awfully manipulative of the Wizard to use a farm girl to dispose of her.[[/note]]



* Neo should've [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor been more careful for what he wished to know]] about ''Franchise/TheMatrix''. He gets his computer hacked, he's chased about [[spoiler: and [[BodyHorror violated]] by Agents.]] Shortly being forcefully and painfully ejected from the Matrix, he learns the truth about the Matrix and [[HeroicBSOD completely loses it]] for a bit. He gets a little fun when learning how to bend the rules of virtual reality, but when [[spoiler: Agent Smith and others put them to the ultimate test, he's bludgeoned silly before being shot.]] Even after getting EnlightenmentSuperpowers, he realizes they have a limit. [[LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone He can hardly get a moment's peace with his girlfriend because of all the hero worship he gets]]. His purpose eludes him until he realizes that Smith, [[spoiler: a fatalistic abomination, must kill him to save everyone in and out of the Matrix.]] He learned, literally, that you YouCantFightFate, but you can trick it.

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* Neo should've [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor been more careful for what he wished to know]] about ''Franchise/TheMatrix''. He gets his computer hacked, he's chased about [[spoiler: and [[BodyHorror violated]] "bugged"]] by Agents.]] Shortly after being forcefully and painfully ejected from the Matrix, he learns the truth about the Matrix and [[HeroicBSOD completely loses it]] for a bit. He gets a little fun when learning how to bend the rules of virtual reality, but when [[spoiler: Agent Smith and others put them to the ultimate test, he's bludgeoned silly before being shot.having the full mag of a Desert Eagle emptied into him.]] Even after getting EnlightenmentSuperpowers, he realizes they have a limit. [[LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone He can hardly get a moment's peace with his girlfriend Trinity because of all the hero worship he gets]]. His purpose eludes him until he realizes that Smith, [[spoiler: a fatalistic abomination, must kill him to save everyone in and out of the Matrix.]] He learned, literally, that you YouCantFightFate, but you can trick it.



** Turin as well is the TheChosenOne. He is prophesied to be the one to finally kill Morgath in the final battle, however most readers would probably conclude that it isn't worth it. The quick summary of everything bad that happened to him was(in some close semblance of order) his father and all his fathers friends marched off to a war in which almost all died, and he never saw or heard from his father again, his sister and many of the people he knew who were still there died in a plague, he got sent away from his mother to a kingdom with no humans and never sees his mother again, he banishes himself from said kingdom, he gets a band of friends/subordinates who all die, he accidentally kills his best friend, he gets his new home city-state sacked and his love raped and killed, he marries and gets pregnant his new sister he doesn't know about, who he thinks dies just after he found out she was his sister, following which he kills himself in despair after possibly going insane and talking to his sword. And that isn't even going into what happened to the ''rest'' of his family.

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** Turin as well is the TheChosenOne. He is prophesied to be the one to finally kill Morgath Morgoth in the final battle, however most readers would probably conclude that it isn't worth it. The quick summary of everything bad that happened to him was(in was (in some close semblance of order) his father and all his fathers friends marched off to a war in which almost all died, and he never saw or heard from his father again, his sister and many of the people he knew who were still there died in a plague, he got sent away from his mother to a kingdom with no humans and never sees his mother again, he banishes himself from said kingdom, he gets a band of friends/subordinates who all die, he accidentally kills his best friend, he gets his new home city-state sacked and his love raped and killed, he marries and gets pregnant his new sister he doesn't know about, who he thinks dies just after he found out she was his sister, following which he kills himself in despair after possibly going insane and talking to his sword. And that isn't even going into what happened to the ''rest'' of his family.



* ''Literature/TheBible'': Let's see: Job is a literal CosmicPlaything, Abraham is asked to kill his own son, Moses never actually lives to see the promised land, and then there's Jesus... In fact one possible interpretation of Literature/TheBible is that the meaning of life is DiedHappilyEverAfter.

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* ''Literature/TheBible'': Let's see: Job is a literal CosmicPlaything, Abraham is asked to kill his own son, Moses never actually lives to see the promised land, ThePromisedLand, and then there's Jesus... In fact one possible interpretation of Literature/TheBible is that the meaning of life is DiedHappilyEverAfter.



* {{Animorphs}}: Congratulations, [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude plucky pre-teens]]! You've been given the ability to shape shift into any animal! Sounds like fun, right? Just make sure you don't accidentally get trapped as a bird or caterpillar or something. Oh, and you have to fight alien invaders, but you can't tell anybody, not even your parents or the cops, because they might actually be under alien control. So enjoy risking life and limb fighting an increasingly violent guerrilla war as your innocence is shattered and you question your every moral.
** By the end of it, every one of the animorphs- [[KilledOffForReal at least those who got out alive]]- were hardened soldiers up to their neck in PTSD. ''Yay''.

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* {{Animorphs}}: Congratulations, [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude plucky pre-teens]]! You've been given the ability to shape shift into any animal! Sounds like fun, right? Just make sure you don't accidentally get trapped as a bird or caterpillar or something. Oh, and you have to fight alien invaders, but you can't tell anybody, not even your parents or the cops, because they might actually be under alien control. So enjoy risking life and limb fighting an increasingly violent guerrilla war as your innocence is shattered and you question your every moral.moral value.
** By the end of it, every one of the animorphs- animorphs - [[KilledOffForReal at least those who got out alive]]- were alive]] - have become hardened soldiers up to their neck necks in PTSD. ''Yay''.



* In ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'', the protagonist Lu definitely thinks so, enough to help Hallwad, a boy she meets on the Myles Mountains about halfway to the Refugee Camp, resuce his sister and even [[spoiler:simply stop her journey in the middle]] to [[spoiler:move in]] with Cleareye Fullmoonnight, a Moondaughter she meets in the Myles Forest after crossing the mountains. Her TricksterMentor ‘Hat Lad’ calls her out on this, emphasising in no uncertain terms how incredibly important her mission is.

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* In ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'', the protagonist Lu definitely thinks so, enough to help Hallwad, a boy she meets on the Myles Mountains about halfway to the Refugee Camp, resuce rescue his sister and even [[spoiler:simply stop her journey in the middle]] to [[spoiler:move in]] with Cleareye Fullmoonnight, a Moondaughter she meets in the Myles Forest after crossing the mountains. Her TricksterMentor ‘Hat Lad’ calls her out on this, emphasising in no uncertain terms how incredibly important her mission is.
25th Dec '15 4:15:54 AM eroock
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->''I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But once in a while can't You choose someone else?''
-->--'''Tevye''', ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof''


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->''I ->''"I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But once in a while can't You choose someone else?''
-->--'''Tevye''',
else?"''
-->-- '''Tevye''',
''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof''

13th Dec '15 9:32:10 PM TheWanderer
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Named for [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/4/28/how-to-fulfill-the-prophecy.html this]] BasicInstructions strip. Strongly related to BeingGoodSucks, and often leads to IJustWantToBeNormal, or even RefusalOfTheCall. More positive works and reconstructions might use this to allow a Chosen One to ''[[EarnYourHappyEnding earn]]'' [[EarnYourHappyEnding a happy ending]], but this is relatively rare. When others can see how much being the chosen one sucks, they may express SympathyForTheHero.

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Named for [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/4/28/how-to-fulfill-the-prophecy.html this]] BasicInstructions strip. Strongly related to BeingGoodSucks, and often leads to IJustWantToBeNormal, or even RefusalOfTheCall. Compare ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest. More positive works and reconstructions might use this to allow a Chosen One to ''[[EarnYourHappyEnding earn]]'' [[EarnYourHappyEnding a happy ending]], but this is relatively rare. When others can see how much being the chosen one sucks, they may express SympathyForTheHero.
8th Dec '15 10:16:09 PM wrm5
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'': [[spoiler:The cult at the beginning, Jack's time in the asylum, his mission to Innsmouth... all of this was set up by the Great Race of Yith to put him in the right place at the right time so he could kill two imprisoned Flying Polyps which were about to break free. In the end, while the Yith did help him on his quest, they do not cure his psyche, instead [[DrivenToSuicide leaving him to die in a mental institution]].]]
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