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17th Dec '16 12:31:23 PM nombretomado
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* A minor one from [[CodeGeass Code Geass]]: right at the beginning of season 1, when the Britannian forces are purging the Shinjuku ghetto, we see everyone's favorite [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ensemble Darkhorse]] Jeremiah Gottwald verbally ignore an order to return to the staging area, where a certain [[SuperPrototype Super Prototype]] knightmare frame, the one and only Lancelot, was waiting for a pilot. Later, with the original choice of pilot a no-show, Suzaku Kururugi gets to [[JumpedAtTheCall answer the call]] instead. Given how everything worked out for the two of them, one has to wonder [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what could've been]].

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* A minor one from [[CodeGeass Code Geass]]: ''Anime/CodeGeass'': right at the beginning of season 1, when the Britannian forces are purging the Shinjuku ghetto, we see everyone's favorite [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ensemble Darkhorse]] Jeremiah Gottwald verbally ignore an order to return to the staging area, where a certain [[SuperPrototype Super Prototype]] knightmare frame, the one and only Lancelot, was waiting for a pilot. Later, with the original choice of pilot a no-show, Suzaku Kururugi gets to [[JumpedAtTheCall answer the call]] instead. Given how everything worked out for the two of them, one has to wonder [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what could've been]].
19th Nov '16 4:14:20 PM Eievie
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What? TheHero was actually just an InnocentBystander [[RightManInTheWrongPlace in the "wrong" place at the "wrong" time]]? The ''real'' chosen one Missed The Call? Those who JumpedAtTheCall suddenly feel jealous and cheated, robbed of their right to [[InHarmsWay enjoy the adventure]]. Those who [[IJustWantToBeNormal just want to be normal]] feel even more cheated -- What do you mean I never actually ''had'' to give up [[HomeSweetHome my normal, happy life]] for this?! And those who personally learned that TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive . . . [[BigNo What the hell, Destiny!?]] Gimme back my DoomedHometown!

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What? TheHero was actually just an InnocentBystander [[RightManInTheWrongPlace in the "wrong" place at the "wrong" time]]? The ''real'' chosen one Missed The Call? Those who JumpedAtTheCall suddenly feel jealous and cheated, robbed of their right to [[InHarmsWay enjoy the adventure]]. Those who [[IJustWantToBeNormal just want to be normal]] feel even more cheated -- What do you mean I never actually ''had'' to give up [[HomeSweetHome my normal, happy life]] for this?! And those who personally learned that TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive . . . TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive… [[BigNo What the hell, Destiny!?]] Gimme back my DoomedHometown!
5th Nov '16 12:00:23 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ImAMarvelAndImADC'', Lex Luthor attempts to bring a hero to a [[spoiler:post-apocalyptic future in order to prevent it from happening]]. He was aiming for {{Superman}}, but instead, he got [[spoiler: {{Deadpool}} and the Green Goblin]].

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* In ''ImAMarvelAndImADC'', ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'', Lex Luthor attempts to bring a hero to a [[spoiler:post-apocalyptic future in order to prevent it from happening]]. He was aiming for {{Superman}}, but instead, he got [[spoiler: {{Deadpool}} and the Green Goblin]].
30th Oct '16 11:40:54 AM Anddrix
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* In the 2010 Film/AliceInWonderland movie has Absalom declare Alice to be "not hardly" the Alice they're looking for. [[spoiler: Later, Absalom tells Alice that ''at the time'', she was "not hardly" Alice; by the time they meet again, she's "almost" become Alice.]]

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* In the 2010 Film/AliceInWonderland ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' movie has Absalom declare Alice to be "not hardly" the Alice they're looking for. [[spoiler: Later, Absalom tells Alice that ''at the time'', she was "not hardly" Alice; by the time they meet again, she's "almost" become Alice.]]
11th Sep '16 9:48:57 PM PaulA
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* In OrsonScottCard's ''Homecoming'' series, younger brother Nafai outright asks The Oversoul whether he was the first choice to receive the Cloak of the Starmaster. The Oversoul admits that Nafai's elder brother Elemak was the first and natural choice, but he was also an incurably bullying JerkAss. So The Oversoul went with Plan B, rather than risk Elemak simply refusing to get with the program. Nafai ''assumes'' he was plan B, but the Oversoul tells him "Elemak is far more crippled than [[GeniusCripple Issib]]." If Elemak wasn't an arrogant Jerkass, he probably would've been plan A--but he was, so he wasn't.
4th Jul '16 12:33:41 AM Morgenthaler
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[[folder:Film]]
* Nearly happens to Brian in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', when the wise men come to the wrong stable. Luckily, they realise the Messiah they were looking for is just down the road. Though they have to get their gifts back.
* Subverted in Film/TheMatrix. Neo asks the Oracle if he is the one, and she replies "Sorry, kid, [[spoiler:maybe [[{{Foreshadowing}} in your next life]]." After Morpheus gets nabbed by the Agents, Neo says ScrewDestiny and goes to confront the agents and free Morpheus even knowing he's not [[TheChosenOne The One]]. The reveal is that he just needed to decide he was The One to become The One.]]
* In the 2010 Film/AliceInWonderland movie has Absalom declare Alice to be "not hardly" the Alice they're looking for. [[spoiler: Later, Absalom tells Alice that ''at the time'', she was "not hardly" Alice; by the time they meet again, she's "almost" become Alice.]]
** [[spoiler: One interpretation of his statements, that all the other characters miss, is that she is not the Alice shown on the scroll because it is not yet the Frabjous Day.]]

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\n[[folder:Film]]\n* Nearly happens to Brian in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', when the wise men come to the wrong stable. Luckily, they realise the Messiah they were looking for is just down the road. Though they have to get their gifts back.\n* Subverted in Film/TheMatrix. Neo asks the Oracle if he is the one, and she replies "Sorry, kid, [[spoiler:maybe [[{{Foreshadowing}} in your next life]]." After Morpheus gets nabbed by the Agents, Neo says ScrewDestiny and goes to confront the agents and free Morpheus even knowing he's not [[TheChosenOne The One]]. The reveal is that he just needed to decide he was The One to become The One.]]\n* In the 2010 Film/AliceInWonderland movie has Absalom declare Alice to be "not hardly" the Alice they're looking for. [[spoiler: Later, Absalom tells Alice that ''at the time'', she was "not hardly" Alice; by the time they meet again, she's "almost" become Alice.]]\n** [[spoiler: One interpretation of his statements, that all the other characters miss, is that she is not the Alice shown on the scroll because it is not yet the Frabjous Day.]][[folder:Films -- Animated]]



* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'': The BigBad manages to abduct Buddy, the dog agent posing as the Brody family's pet (he's fine). The dogs need a new agent in place immediately, and when Mrs. Brody goes to a farm to find a new puppy, Dog Intelligence has replaced the existing litter with handpicked new recruits. However, Lou's quest for adventure kept him away from the switchout, and he ends up being picked over the recruits.


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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Nearly happens to Brian in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', when the wise men come to the wrong stable. Luckily, they realise the Messiah they were looking for is just down the road. Though they have to get their gifts back.
* Subverted in Film/TheMatrix. Neo asks the Oracle if he is the one, and she replies "Sorry, kid, [[spoiler:maybe [[{{Foreshadowing}} in your next life]]." After Morpheus gets nabbed by the Agents, Neo says ScrewDestiny and goes to confront the agents and free Morpheus even knowing he's not [[TheChosenOne The One]]. The reveal is that he just needed to decide he was The One to become The One.]]
* In the 2010 Film/AliceInWonderland movie has Absalom declare Alice to be "not hardly" the Alice they're looking for. [[spoiler: Later, Absalom tells Alice that ''at the time'', she was "not hardly" Alice; by the time they meet again, she's "almost" become Alice.]]
** [[spoiler: One interpretation of his statements, that all the other characters miss, is that she is not the Alice shown on the scroll because it is not yet the Frabjous Day.]]
* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'': The BigBad manages to abduct Buddy, the dog agent posing as the Brody family's pet (he's fine). The dogs need a new agent in place immediately, and when Mrs. Brody goes to a farm to find a new puppy, Dog Intelligence has replaced the existing litter with handpicked new recruits. However, Lou's quest for adventure kept him away from the switchout, and he ends up being picked over the recruits.
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4th Jul '16 12:32:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in Film/TheMatrix. Neo asks the Oracle if he is the one, and she replies "Sorry, kid, [[spoiler:maybe [[{{Foreshadowing}} in your next life]]." After [[TheObiWan Morpheus]] gets nabbed by the Agents, Neo says ScrewDestiny and goes to confront the agents and free Morpheus even knowing he's not [[TheChosenOne The One]]. The reveal is that he just needed to decide he was The One to become The One.]]

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* Subverted in Film/TheMatrix. Neo asks the Oracle if he is the one, and she replies "Sorry, kid, [[spoiler:maybe [[{{Foreshadowing}} in your next life]]." After [[TheObiWan Morpheus]] Morpheus gets nabbed by the Agents, Neo says ScrewDestiny and goes to confront the agents and free Morpheus even knowing he's not [[TheChosenOne The One]]. The reveal is that he just needed to decide he was The One to become The One.]]
1st Jul '16 11:05:43 PM nombretomado
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* During the Metru Nui storyline of ''{{Bionicle}}'', the Toa Metru learned that they only became Toa because the BigBad Makuta interfered with the Call, directing it away from the intended recipients. Ultimately subverted, as it was a KansasCityShuffle by the HeroSecretService: Makuta was going to make dang sure ''someone'' Missed The Call, so fake targets were set up to be passed over in favor of the ''real'' heroes.

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* During the Metru Nui storyline of ''{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', the Toa Metru learned that they only became Toa because the BigBad Makuta interfered with the Call, directing it away from the intended recipients. Ultimately subverted, as it was a KansasCityShuffle by the HeroSecretService: Makuta was going to make dang sure ''someone'' Missed The Call, so fake targets were set up to be passed over in favor of the ''real'' heroes.
16th Feb '16 2:22:11 PM Adept
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* In GuildedAge, Payet Best fulfills almost all the requirements of a prophecy made by a mad woman in the town and is declared the "Epic Hero". The real Epic Hero (who fulfills the one requirement Payet missed) shows up after a few days, but the mad woman has a heart attack right after due to the strain of shouting "THE PROPHECY!" over and over.

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* In GuildedAge, ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'', Payet Best fulfills almost all the requirements of a prophecy made by a mad woman in the town and is declared the "Epic Hero". The real Epic Hero (who fulfills the one requirement Payet missed) shows up after a few days, but the mad woman has a heart attack right after due to the strain of shouting "THE PROPHECY!" over and over.
13th Jan '16 9:05:50 PM Premonition45
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See RefusedByTheCall for when you answer the call but end up being rejected.
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