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20th Aug '16 4:16:34 AM Morgenthaler
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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.

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Named for [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/4/28/how-to-fulfill-the-prophecy.html this]] BasicInstructions strip.''Webcomic/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.
2nd Aug '16 9:52:58 AM rehberre
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* ''Franchise/BaldursGate'': The PlayerCharacter has this trope in ''spades,'' particularly if s/he is good-aligned. Not only is s/he the child of [[spoiler: an evil murder god]], s/he also is fated to be a DoomMagnet as a result. Not to mention the fact that lots of people are trying to kill them, and that, in the second game, s/he [[spoiler: eventually develops a SuperpoweredEvilSide]].
** This is made slightly better in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal.'' While you are the subject of a prophecy that says that [[spoiler: the Bhaalspawn will cause massive destruction to the Sword Coast]], a celestial being offers a different interpretation. [[spoiler: As it turns out, the prophecy doesn't speak of you, but of your failure to stop your more destructive half-brothers and -sisters.]]
4th Jul '16 4:48:29 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''{{Series/Charmed}}''
** Despite having three Chosen Ones, still fills the trope. The Halliwell sisters may receive magic powers, but their lives are frequently in danger, they have to lie to their loved ones and continually struggle to balance their witch duties with their personal lives. Piper's desire for a normal life is used against her more than once in particular.
** The show deconstructs it a couple of times. Notably one episode has the sisters given the option to give up their powers and they're initially willing to - until they end up nearly losing an innocent, ultimately deciding that the hardships are worth it if they can still protect people. And when they try to fake their deaths and go into hiding, they struggle with trying ''not'' to get involved in demon attacks.
16th Jun '16 11:46:41 AM DoctorFluffy
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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]].

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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]]. Making things worse is that [[spoiler: he isn't the first, implying that he's entirely expendable as the Chosen One.]]
25th May '16 9:30:26 PM HeroGal2347
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* The song "Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five For Fighting.

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* The song "Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five For Fighting.Fighting is from Superman's perspective, bemoaning not being seen as anything but the people's guardian ("I'm more than a bird/I'm more than a plane/I'm more than some pretty face beside a train"), dealing with being the LastOfHisKind and always having to keep his chin up because too many people are depending on him for him to sink to his knees and indulge in a depressed mood.
25th May '16 9:16:43 PM Yuihime
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** The player character themself is chosen by Guthix to become the World Guardian, an immortal immune to the powers of gods, with the destiny of preventing divine oppression or God Wars from plaguing Gielinor. This means the rest of the gods are now targeting you, either for mind games or for murder.

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** The player character themself is chosen by Guthix to become the World Guardian, an immortal immune to the powers of gods, with the destiny of preventing divine oppression or God Wars from plaguing Gielinor. This means the rest of the gods are now targeting you, either for mind games or for murder.
25th May '16 9:15:38 PM Yuihime
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** The player character themself is chosen by Guthix to become the World Guardian, an immortal immune to the powers of gods, with the destiny of preventing divine oppression or God Wars from plaguing Gielinor. This means the rest of the gods are now targeting you, either for mind games or for murder.
16th May '16 1:47:06 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The [[RoyallyScrewedUp [=DeMarian=]]] [[GodEmperor royal line]] in TalesOfTheBranionRealm. Roughly half the monarchs in its history have gone insane, died young, committed suicide, been assassinated or [[RefusalOfTheCall switched religions]]. Also the fate of some of their supporters.

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* The [[RoyallyScrewedUp [=DeMarian=]]] [[GodEmperor royal line]] in TalesOfTheBranionRealm.''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm''. Roughly half the monarchs in its history have gone insane, died young, committed suicide, been assassinated or [[RefusalOfTheCall switched religions]]. Also the fate of some of their supporters.
11th May '16 12:16:20 PM erforce
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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', John Connor definitely seems to fit this - he and his family are constantly in danger, and he has intermittent bouts of IJustWantToBeNormal, plus at least one possible suicide attempt.
* Chloe, from ''TheNineLivesOfChloeKing'' is a good example. Like Buffy, she just wants to be normal (though the main difference between them is that Chloe said she wanted to be special in the first place, so there's a bit of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor mixed in too).

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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', John Connor definitely seems to fit this - he and his family are constantly in danger, and he has intermittent bouts of IJustWantToBeNormal, plus at least one possible suicide attempt.
* Chloe, from ''TheNineLivesOfChloeKing'' ''Series/TheNineLivesOfChloeKing'' is a good example. Like Buffy, she just wants to be normal (though the main difference between them is that Chloe said she wanted to be special in the first place, so there's a bit of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor mixed in too).
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.
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