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15th Feb '18 8:16:31 AM DustSnitch
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* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the protagonist's cowardice gets the better of him in the second canto at the prospect of ascending into the Underworld without the bravery of Aeneas or the divinity of Christ and he questions why he should go on the journey with Virgil at all. Thanks to Virgil's assurance that he works on behalf of our hero's long-lost love, he dismisses his concerns and steps on the path to Hell.



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5th Feb '18 3:38:01 PM margdean56
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* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': At Act I scene V, best friend [[{{Herald}} Le Bret]] heralds the CallToAdventure to Cyrano: Confess his love to the beautiful Roxane. Cyrano refuses the offer then, and even later when [[ThresholdGuardians Christian]], another of Roxane's suitors, literally forces him to confess at Act IV. [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Cyrano’s tragedy is that he keeps refusing the call until he is sure that Roxane will not cruelly reject him, and when that happens]], [[YouAreTooLate it's too late]].

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* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': At In Act I scene V, best friend [[{{Herald}} Le Bret]] heralds the CallToAdventure to Cyrano: Confess his love to the beautiful Roxane. Cyrano refuses the offer then, and even later when [[ThresholdGuardians Christian]], another of Roxane's suitors, literally almost forces him to confess at in Act IV. [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Cyrano’s tragedy is that he keeps refusing the call until he is sure that Roxane will not cruelly reject him, and when that happens]], [[YouAreTooLate it's too late]].
5th Feb '18 3:35:44 PM margdean56
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** Moses initially refuses God's call to go back to Pharaoh's court and demand the Israelites' freedom. His excuse: he's a stutterer -- literally, his "lips are sealed" (also, the fact that he's wanted for murder might have something to do with it). More of a downplayed example because God sees right through the lame excuse and states in no uncertain terms Moses still has to go, but he can bring his brother Aaron along to make the speeches.
** A straighter example would be when Jonah is literally called by God to deliver a message to a city. Jonah doesn't want to do it, so he tries to run away on a ship. Of course, trying to run away from an omnipresent deity doesn't really work so much. God causes a storm to come up at sea that threatens to sink the ship. Jonah knows why the storm is happening and tells the crew to throw him overboard to save themselves. They reluctantly do so. And that's where the titular giant fish comes in. Making this OlderThanFeudalism.
** While the apostle Peter did indeed follow Jesus around everywhere to the point that claiming he would never abandon him, he broke said promise when Jesus was captured by the Pharisees. It was not until the rooster crowed the third time that he realized his mistake and repented of his sins simply because he remembered Jesus prophesied that he would do this.

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** Moses initially refuses God's call to go back to Pharaoh's court and demand the Israelites' freedom. His excuse: he's a stutterer -- literally, his "lips are sealed" (also, the fact that he's wanted for murder might have something to do with it). More of a downplayed example because God sees right through the lame excuse and states in no uncertain terms that Moses still has to go, but he can bring his brother Aaron along to make the speeches.
** A straighter example would be when Jonah is literally called by God to deliver a message to a city. Jonah doesn't want to do it, so he tries to run away on a ship. Of course, trying to run away from an omnipresent deity doesn't really work so much.well. God causes a storm to come up at sea that threatens to sink the ship. Jonah knows why the storm is happening and tells the crew to throw him overboard to save themselves. They reluctantly do so. And that's where the titular giant fish comes in. Making this OlderThanFeudalism.
** While the apostle Peter did indeed follow Jesus around everywhere to the point that of claiming he would never abandon him, he broke said promise when Jesus was captured by the Pharisees. It was not until the rooster crowed the third time that he realized his mistake and repented of his sins simply because he remembered Jesus prophesied prophesying that he would do this.
5th Feb '18 3:32:30 PM margdean56
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* Creator/MercedesLackey had Literature/DianaTregarde, a witch of astounding power and a Guardian, which apparently means even more power and the responsibility to use it to protect people. Her grandmother taught her, but after said grandmother died Di tried to stay away from all that and live without the supernatural. This didn't work out, mostly because supernatural creatures and people could still feel her potential, and trying to ignore them met that they ran into her on ''their'' terms.

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* Creator/MercedesLackey had Literature/DianaTregarde, a witch of astounding power and a Guardian, which apparently means even more power and the responsibility to use it to protect people. Her grandmother taught her, but after said grandmother died Di tried to stay away from all that and live without the supernatural. This didn't work out, mostly because supernatural creatures and people could still feel her potential, and trying to ignore them met meant that they ran into her on ''their'' terms.



* Marco from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' was at first very reluctant to fight with the others until [[spoiler:he discovers his mother is alive and under control of Visser One]]. He was literally going to quit, but Jake asked him for just one mission more. It wound up being this one. This [[ContrivedCoincidence may]] or [[CosmicChessGame may not]] be a coincidence.

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* Marco from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' was at first very reluctant to fight with the others until [[spoiler:he discovers discovered his mother is was alive and under the control of Visser One]]. He was literally going to quit, but Jake asked him for just one mission more. It wound up being this one. This [[ContrivedCoincidence may]] or [[CosmicChessGame may not]] be a coincidence.



* In ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'', Sarai and Dove (but mostly Sarai) are TheChosenOne of the Copper Isles. [[spoiler:Sarai eventually decides that nothing will ever change, so she elopes to Carthak, resulting in panic until Dove reminds him that she has the same credentials. This actually winds up working out to the best for everyone, since Sarai would have been a disaster as queen.]]

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* In ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'', Sarai and Dove (but mostly Sarai) are TheChosenOne of the Copper Isles. [[spoiler:Sarai eventually decides that nothing will ever change, so she elopes to Carthak, resulting in panic until Dove reminds him that she has the same credentials. This actually winds up working out to for the best for everyone, since Sarai would have been a disaster as queen.]]
24th Jan '18 4:27:21 AM Derkhan
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* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' the Crippled God is searching for a champion and outfits Karsa Orlong, whom he has chosen for the role with spiritual advisors and some nifty weaponry for his role. But, while Karsa has no problem with going on adventures and [[RapePillageAndBurn raping and pillaging]] and whatnot, he really resents doing it on the Crippled God's orders and even actively works against him.

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* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', [[BigBad the Crippled God God]] is searching for a champion and outfits BarbarianHero Karsa Orlong, whom he has chosen for the role role, with spiritual advisors and some nifty weaponry for his role. But, while Karsa has no problem with going on adventures and [[RapePillageAndBurn raping and pillaging]] and whatnot, he really resents doing it on the Crippled God's orders and even actively works against him.
9th Jan '18 12:59:11 AM Cryoclaste
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* Inverted in TheBardsTale for the [=PS2=]. The Bard does answer the call, but he refuses to be called TheChosenOne, and threatens anyone who even thinks to call him that.

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* Inverted in TheBardsTale ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' for the [=PS2=]. The Bard does answer the call, but he refuses to be called TheChosenOne, and threatens anyone who even thinks to call him that.
27th Dec '17 5:59:38 PM Wyldchyld
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'''Gary''': Why me?! Why am I {{the only one}}?!\\

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'''Gary''': Why me?! Why am I {{the the only one}}?!\\one?!\\
8th Dec '17 11:47:39 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Sunfire was originally part of the famed All-New, All-Different Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, but quit the team after just one issue. A major part of the later ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers'' series involves {{Wolverine}} getting Sunfire to join Comicbook/TheAvengers in order to finally live up to his potential.

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* Sunfire was originally part of the famed All-New, All-Different Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, Comicbook/XMen, but quit the team after just one issue. A major part of the later ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers'' series involves {{Wolverine}} getting Sunfire to join Comicbook/TheAvengers in order to finally live up to his potential.



* In ''FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman'', Mary Jane Watson's best friend Kitty Pryde refused to join the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, and she also refused to join the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants or the Acolytes of Magneto. She considers her phasing powers to be [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway useless]], and would really prefer to be [[IJustWantToBeNormal free to live her own life and otherwise be left alone.]]

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* In ''FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman'', Mary Jane Watson's best friend Kitty Pryde refused to join the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, ComicBook/XMen, and she also refused to join the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants or the Acolytes of Magneto. She considers her phasing powers to be [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway useless]], and would really prefer to be [[IJustWantToBeNormal free to live her own life and otherwise be left alone.]]
30th Nov '17 5:16:59 PM Qrow
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* ''WesternAnimation/BigHero6TheSeries'': This is what everyone but Fred tries to do after the events of the movie, no longer seeing a reason to continue being heroes after beating [[spoiler: Callaghan]]. It ultimately takes an invasion of [[EvilKnockoff Baymax-clones]] caused by the gangster Yama to convince them to keep being heroes.
26th Nov '17 4:57:29 PM Yuihime
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** And of course, the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Sorrow]]'' games are about OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Soma Cruz rejecting his destiny to [[spoiler: become the new Dracula]].
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