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30th Apr '16 9:29:13 PM karstovich2
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** Dr. Gaius Baltar is 'chosen' by the hallucinatory vision of the Cylon Number Six to serve the One True God, and she manipulates him to that end over the course of the entire run of the series, from scientist to political leader to champion of the downtrodden underclass to religious icon. She actually calls him 'the chosen one' on several occasions. Interestingly, no matter what happens, the things Baltar must do as the chosen one also get him laid.

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** Dr. Gaius Baltar is 'chosen' by the hallucinatory vision of the Cylon Number Six (which vision is usually called "Head-Six") to serve the One True God, and she manipulates him to that end over the course of the entire run of the series, from scientist to political leader to champion of the downtrodden underclass to religious icon. She actually calls him 'the chosen one' on several occasions. Interestingly, no matter what happens, the things Baltar must do as the chosen one also get him laid.laid--and even more interestingly, "Head-Six" is eventually shown to be an actual angel of God (although she doesn't especially care to be called an angel, and God isn't particularly enamored of that title, either), ''and'' it turns out that this whole time the physical Six model Baltar had had an affair with on Caprica has a "Head-Baltar" who is also an angel. We're not entirely sure what this reminds us of, but it seems like something.
13th Apr '16 10:33:02 AM crazysamaritan
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''[[DescribeTopicHere There was an ancient prophecy that foretold one day a very special troper would Describe The Chosen One Here.]]''

The ultimate victim (or beneficiary) of BecauseDestinySaysSo. The oldest and most common SuperHeroOrigin. The easiest way to turn an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent into the only thing preventing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Take it for granted that they are TheOnlyOne.

One would think that the title implies some [[CouncilOfAngels superior]] [[{{God}} intelligent]] [[CrystalDragonJesus being]] [[PowersThatBe or]] [[SentientCosmicForce force]] had to make the Choice, but it's not common practice to expect TheChooserOfTheOne. Other human beings have a lot of trouble just finding '''The Chosen One'''. And don't even get started on [[MissedTheCall when they're wrong...]]

Bonus points if the character is actually called "The Chosen" or "The Chosen One", or the phrase "Only You Can Save X" appears. The title of Chosen One may prove to be [[TheUnchosenOne largely unnecessary]]. See also OnlyTheChosenMayWield for examples of how the Chosen One is often identified. Compare ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne and TheChosenMany. Contrast TheUnchosenOne and TheChosenZero.

That said, always be wary about what you are being chosen ''for''. If your job description involves "defeating the darkness" and involves long years of danger and struggle, chances are good that you've been made TheHero. If, on the other hand, your job description involves getting pampered by half-naked temple virgins, then chances are very good that you've been chosen to be a [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] instead!

Not to be confused with GivingTheSwordToANoob, where there is someone clearly more qualified that is able to do the job.

Somewhat a DiscreditedTrope today.

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''[[DescribeTopicHere There was an ancient prophecy that foretold one day a very special troper would Describe Only you have been chosen to learn the secrets of... The Chosen One Here.One.]]''

The ultimate victim (or beneficiary) of BecauseDestinySaysSo. The oldest and most common SuperHeroOrigin. The easiest way to turn an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent into the only thing preventing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Take it for granted that they are TheOnlyOne.TheOnlyOne. These characters have been chosen by some force and they are now the only ones capable of resolving the plot. The methodology may be imprecise, and bonus points apply if "chosen one" is actually used in the work. The key here is that these characters are held in esteem for their expected potential, occasionally determined by past accomplishments.

One would think that the title implies some [[CouncilOfAngels superior]] [[{{God}} intelligent]] [[CrystalDragonJesus being]] [[PowersThatBe or]] [[SentientCosmicForce force]] had to make the Choice, but it's not common practice to expect TheChooserOfTheOne. Other human beings have a lot of trouble just finding '''The Chosen One'''. And don't even get started on [[MissedTheCall when they're wrong...]]

Bonus points if the character is actually called "The Chosen" or "The Chosen One", or the phrase "Only You Can Save X" appears. The title of Chosen One may prove to be [[TheUnchosenOne largely unnecessary]]. See also OnlyTheChosenMayWield for examples of how the Chosen One is often identified. Compare ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne and TheChosenMany. Contrast TheUnchosenOne and TheChosenZero.

That said, always be wary about what you are being the characters have been chosen ''for''. If your their job description involves "defeating the darkness" and involves long years of danger and struggle, chances are good that you've they've been made TheHero. If, on the other hand, your their job description involves getting pampered by half-naked temple virgins, then chances are very good that you've they've been chosen to be a [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] instead!

Not to be confused with [[index]]
{{Subtrope}}s include:
* TheChosenMany
* TheChosenWannabe
* TheChosenZero
* TheChooserOfTheOne
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne
* OnlyTheChosenMayRide
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield
* TheUnchosenOne
[[/index]]

Compare
GivingTheSwordToANoob, where there is someone clearly more qualified that obtains a powerful weapon, but is not able to do the job.

Somewhat a DiscreditedTrope today.
wield it properly.
11th Apr '16 12:14:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', there are several possible 'Chosen Ones', such as the deathless Rhulad Sengar who is chosen by the Crippled God to be the ruler of his mortal empire (but is then brutally and unexpectedly dispatched by Karsa Orlong using loopholes in the laws of magic). A better match may be Ganoes Paran, who is chosen to become the 'master of the deck', the arbiter of who will be chosen for godhood, for fairly obscure reasons. However, this power is not overused as he is only present in three of the eight published novels so far.
* In an interesting switch, Ansurimbor Kellhus deliberately sets himself up as the eponymous 'chosen one' of ''ThePrinceOfNothing'' through the manipulation of other characters, religions and factions, rising from solitary traveler to Emperor of the known world over the course of the series and its sequels.
* The Pevensies in Creator/CSLewis's ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe]]'' are a Chosen Quartet. Shasta/Cor of ''The Horse and His Boy'' is prophesied to be the one to save "Archenland, when she be in the worst danger in which ever she lay".

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* In the ''MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', there are several possible 'Chosen Ones', such as the deathless Rhulad Sengar who is chosen by the Crippled God to be the ruler of his mortal empire (but is then brutally and unexpectedly dispatched by Karsa Orlong using loopholes in the laws of magic). A better match may be Ganoes Paran, who is chosen to become the 'master of the deck', the arbiter of who will be chosen for godhood, for fairly obscure reasons. However, this power is not overused as he is only present in three of the eight published novels so far.
* In an interesting switch, Ansurimbor Kellhus deliberately sets himself up as the eponymous 'chosen one' of ''ThePrinceOfNothing'' ''Literature/ThePrinceOfNothing'' through the manipulation of other characters, religions and factions, rising from solitary traveler to Emperor of the known world over the course of the series and its sequels.
* The Pevensies in Creator/CSLewis's ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe]]'' ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' are a Chosen Quartet. Shasta/Cor of ''The Horse and His Boy'' is prophesied to be the one to save "Archenland, when she be in the worst danger in which ever she lay".



* One of the ''YoungWizards'' novels puts a strange twist on this trope: only at the very end of the novel, right after the BigBad has been defeated, do the viewpoint characters learn that one of them had always been the Chosen One for that particular battle, and was the only person throughout all the timelines of all the universes who could have possibly pulled it off.

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* One of the ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' novels puts a strange twist on this trope: only at the very end of the novel, right after the BigBad has been defeated, do the viewpoint characters learn that one of them had always been the Chosen One for that particular battle, and was the only person throughout all the timelines of all the universes who could have possibly pulled it off.



* The BlackCompany decides to protect one after their employer turns on them. [[spoiler: In this case she's the reincarnation of The White Rose, a hero who is supposedly able to defeat The Lady. The original was responsible for [[SealedEvilInACan putting The Lady in the can]] along with her husband and sorcerers. It's implied that she was able to do this because she nullifies all magic around her.]]

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* The BlackCompany ''Literature/BlackCompany'' decides to protect one after their employer turns on them. [[spoiler: In this case she's the reincarnation of The White Rose, a hero who is supposedly able to defeat The Lady. The original was responsible for [[SealedEvilInACan putting The Lady in the can]] along with her husband and sorcerers. It's implied that she was able to do this because she nullifies all magic around her.]]



* Subverted in ''WarAndPeace'', where Pierre Bezukhov determines based on the gematria of his name that he is meant to save humanity by assassinating the anti-Christ Napoleon. Instead, he is captured for an unrelated act and forced-marched across most of Russia, where he learns the true meaning of his life.
* Played with in many, ''many'' ways before all is through by the prophecy of the Hero of Ages in ''{{Mistborn}}''. [[spoiler: The Hero turns out to be [[BadassBookworm Sazed]]. Vin, the actual main character, is also a Chosen One of sorts, but isn't the Hero and wasn't part of prophecy.]]

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* Subverted in ''WarAndPeace'', ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', where Pierre Bezukhov determines based on the gematria of his name that he is meant to save humanity by assassinating the anti-Christ Napoleon. Instead, he is captured for an unrelated act and forced-marched across most of Russia, where he learns the true meaning of his life.
* Played with in many, ''many'' ways before all is through by the prophecy of the Hero of Ages in ''{{Mistborn}}''.''Literature/{{Mistborn}}''. [[spoiler: The Hero turns out to be [[BadassBookworm Sazed]]. Vin, the actual main character, is also a Chosen One of sorts, but isn't the Hero and wasn't part of prophecy.]]



* Jaenelle Angelline from the ''BlackJewels'' Trilogy is Witch, a being born from the dreams of the people of her and other worlds to the end the corruption of two powerful witches. As such, she has god-like powers which surpass all others.

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* Jaenelle Angelline from the ''BlackJewels'' ''Literature/BlackJewels'' Trilogy is Witch, a being born from the dreams of the people of her and other worlds to the end the corruption of two powerful witches. As such, she has god-like powers which surpass all others.
6th Apr '16 1:03:08 AM M84
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and the Traveling Creatures", Jack reaches a time portal that could take him back to the past. The portal's Guardian denies Jack entry, boasting that only one man is destined to defeat him and use the portal, and Jack is not that man. Jack challenges the Guardian anyway...and is soundly defeated. The Guardian only spares Jack at the last moment [[spoiler:when the portal itself shows him a vision of [[FutureBadass an older Jack with a beard and a crown]]. The Guardian sends Jack off, telling him that he can't use the portal ''yet''.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and the Traveling Creatures", Jack reaches a time portal that could take him back to the past. The portal's Guardian denies Jack entry, boasting that only one man is destined to defeat him and use the portal, and Jack is not that man. Jack challenges the Guardian anyway...and is soundly defeated. The Guardian only spares Jack at the last moment [[spoiler:when the portal itself shows him a vision of [[FutureBadass an older Jack with a beard and a crown]]. The Guardian sends Jack off, telling him that he can't he's not ready to use the portal ''yet''.now. Jack ''is'' the Chosen One after all, but he still needs to take a few more levels of badass.]]
6th Apr '16 1:01:26 AM M84
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Jack and the Traveling Creatures", Jack reaches a time portal that could take him back to the past. The portal's Guardian denies Jack entry, boasting that only one man is destined to defeat him and use the portal, and Jack is not that man. Jack challenges the Guardian anyway...and is soundly defeated. The Guardian only spares Jack at the last moment [[spoiler:when the portal itself shows him a vision of [[FutureBadass an older Jack with a beard and a crown]]. The Guardian sends Jack off, telling him that he can't use the portal ''yet''.]]
2nd Apr '16 5:07:38 AM Ramona122003
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* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** PlayedWith this. Vegeta firmly believes that one needs to be the Chosen One to become a Super Saiyan, something that should be achieved by him since he is the Saiyan Prince. After being beating to near death by Frieza, he concludes that Goku is the real Chosen One destined to ascend and defeat Frieza. In Bardock's final vision in the TV Special he foresees Goku challenging Frieza, and Goku is the first one to ascend to Super Saiyan in a thousand years and does defeat Frieza. Then Super Saiyan gets hit with UniquenessDecay and any Saiyan can become one with the right amount of anger and power, and Goten and Trunks achieved Super Saiyan without even trying. Then the Chosen One idea is brought back in ''Battle of Gods'' where Goku becomes a Super Saiyan God and the soundtrack for the ascension is even called the Chosen One. Also, unique to Goku, he keeps the power of godhood even after the time limit runs out.
** Broly was created on the idea of creating a true Chosen One by him being the Legendary Super Saiyan born every thousand of years.
17th Mar '16 9:31:56 AM Kuruni
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* If this editor had a nickel for every time someone said ''SwordOfTruth'''s Richard was "the only one" who could do whatever needed to be done, he wouldn't have to worry about his student loans.
14th Mar '16 11:26:37 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Music/{{Tool}}'s "Rosetta Stoned" is a rant from the a possibly delusional man claiming he was abducted by aliens who told him he'd been chosen to "deliver the message. A message of hope for those who choose to hear it and a warning for those who do not." The speaker marvels, "Me... the chosen one. They ''chose'' me! And I didn't graduate outta fuckin' high school!"
9th Mar '16 2:01:18 AM DrFraud
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* Parodied in ''D Is for Dungeon''. The BigBad returns earlier than it's supposed to and there's no time to wait around for the only one who can defeat it to grow up, so the main character goes through the game as a ''baby'', thereby making "dungeon-crawling" somewhat more literal than usual.
29th Feb '16 12:57:18 PM Nohbody
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