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15th Jul '16 3:39:46 PM anybodyever
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* Creator/FromSoftware seems taken with this trope, as the player characters from ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', all three ''Franchise/DarkSouls'', and ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' are all only special because [[{{Determinator}} they don't die]] when they realistically should. ''VideoGame/DarkSouls1'' plays with this, referring to the player as the "Chosen Undead," but it's eventually revealed that the prophecy they're allegedly fulfilling is a facade and they were merely the first to succeed (out of '''many''' predecessors).
10th Jul '16 5:35:12 PM nombretomado
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* Taran, the protagonist of the ''[[PrydainChronicles Chronicles of Prydain]]'' becomes involved in a war for control of his homeland because he went chasing after a runaway pig and came face to face with the series' resident SupportingLeader, Prince Gwydion. He slowly works his way up from being a TagAlongKid to a BadAssNormal warrior and the equivalent of a general and eventually [[spoiler:the High King of Prydain]] because he heeds the advice of his mentors and refuses to give up on causes he believes in.

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* Taran, the protagonist of the ''[[PrydainChronicles Chronicles of Prydain]]'' ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' becomes involved in a war for control of his homeland because he went chasing after a runaway pig and came face to face with the series' resident SupportingLeader, Prince Gwydion. He slowly works his way up from being a TagAlongKid to a BadAssNormal warrior and the equivalent of a general and eventually [[spoiler:the High King of Prydain]] because he heeds the advice of his mentors and refuses to give up on causes he believes in.
8th Jul '16 3:58:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Benjamin, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'', gets this ''twice''. First, TheObiWan who declares him to be the knight of TheProphecy later says "it was really more of a guess." And at the end, [[spoiler:the final boss reveals that the prophecy itself was just a story he made up for lulz. Doesn't deter Ben or Phoebe from taking him down, thought.]]

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* Benjamin, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest'', gets this ''twice''. First, TheObiWan the wise old man who declares him to be the knight of TheProphecy later says "it was really more of a guess." And at the end, [[spoiler:the final boss reveals that the prophecy itself was just a story he made up for lulz. Doesn't deter Ben or Phoebe from taking him down, thought.]]
2nd Jul '16 11:45:37 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Adventures'' books, this is {{Subverted}}. All this time, the Toa Metru believed they were the chosen [[{{Hobbits}} Matoran]] of Metru Nui, hence why the former Toa, Lhikan, had arranged for their transformation into Toa. Then, they found evidence that six ''other'' Matoran were meant to take on the role, and their becoming Toa was only due to [[BigBad Makuta's]] tampering with Lhikan's mind. This chimed with their initial failings as Toa heroes. In reality, [[PhysicalGod Mata Nui]] anticipated Makuta's trickery, so he re-arranged the stars over Metru Nui, thereby changing the prophecies about who should become Toa. Thus, when Makuta tried to foretell these prophecies, and then attempted to prevent their fulfillment, he deliberately planted the names of the most unlikely Toa candidates into Lhikan's brain. That is to say, the names of those exact Matoran that ''were'' supposed to become Toa.

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* In the ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Adventures'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}} Adventures'' books, this is {{Subverted}}. All this time, the Toa Metru believed they were the chosen [[{{Hobbits}} Matoran]] of Metru Nui, hence why the former Toa, Lhikan, had arranged for their transformation into Toa. Then, they found evidence that six ''other'' Matoran were meant to take on the role, and their becoming Toa was only due to [[BigBad Makuta's]] tampering with Lhikan's mind. This chimed with their initial failings as Toa heroes. In reality, [[PhysicalGod Mata Nui]] anticipated Makuta's trickery, so he re-arranged the stars over Metru Nui, thereby changing the prophecies about who should become Toa. Thus, when Makuta tried to foretell these prophecies, and then attempted to prevent their fulfillment, he deliberately planted the names of the most unlikely Toa candidates into Lhikan's brain. That is to say, the names of those exact Matoran that ''were'' supposed to become Toa.
26th Jun '16 10:50:02 AM nombretomado
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* {{Subverted}} in the ''BaldursGate'' series as a whole. It is implied in the first game that your character, good or bad, is just saying ScrewDestiny, and that's true enough in regards to [[spoiler: their divine parent]]'s plans. But in the last installment, when it's time to finally put an end to the events foretold by the prophecy that's been haunting their lives, it's revealed that it [[spoiler: actually comes with a clause saying that the protagonist is [[TheChosenOne the one]] who can prevent it and save the world a lot of strife (again, even if they choose the evil option).]]

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* {{Subverted}} in the ''BaldursGate'' ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series as a whole. It is implied in the first game that your character, good or bad, is just saying ScrewDestiny, and that's true enough in regards to [[spoiler: their divine parent]]'s plans. But in the last installment, when it's time to finally put an end to the events foretold by the prophecy that's been haunting their lives, it's revealed that it [[spoiler: actually comes with a clause saying that the protagonist is [[TheChosenOne the one]] who can prevent it and save the world a lot of strife (again, even if they choose the evil option).]]
30th May '16 12:52:11 PM LordInsane
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* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', this trope gets...[[ZigZaggingTrope really complicated]]. See, you're TheChosenOne, the reincarnation of the local CrystalDragonJesus, and a prophecy foretold your emergence near Shrouded Hills and subsequent world-saving from the ancient evil, Arronax. [[spoiler: Except that the prophecy was a lie to begin with, created by Arronax-worshippers to keep everyone distracted from the ''actual'' work of keeping Arronax properly sealed. ''And'' Arronax isn't at all behind the ''actual'' world-threatening catastrophe that's about to return to Arcanum, and is using said Arronax-cult as a pawn. Yet you end up fulfilling the role of the Living One anyway and dealing with the threat that's hijacked the role of Arronax, [[MultipleEndings should you choose to do so]]. One character even asks, if you play the role of TheChosenOne, whether it even makes a difference whether you're ''actually'' Nasrudin's reincarnation.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', this trope gets...[[ZigZaggingTrope really complicated]]. See, you're TheChosenOne, the reincarnation of the local CrystalDragonJesus, and a prophecy foretold your emergence near Shrouded Hills and subsequent world-saving from the ancient evil, Arronax. [[spoiler: Except that the prophecy was a lie to begin with, created by Arronax-worshippers to keep everyone distracted from the ''actual'' work of keeping Arronax properly sealed. ''And'' Arronax isn't at all behind the ''actual'' world-threatening catastrophe that's about to return to Arcanum, and is using said Arronax-cult as a pawn. On top of all this you ''can't'' be a literal reincarnation of Nasrudin, since he isn't actually dead yet. Yet you end up fulfilling the role of the Living One anyway and dealing with the threat that's hijacked the role of Arronax, [[MultipleEndings should you choose to do so]]. One character even asks, if you play the role of TheChosenOne, whether it even makes a difference whether you're ''actually'' Nasrudin's reincarnation.]]
24th May '16 7:56:27 AM DenisK21
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** Xigbar actually calls attention to this in ''Dream Drop Distance'', claiming that Sora himself is nothing special if his strength comes from his connections to other people. Sora doesn't let this faze him. He proclaims that even if he wasn't the Keyblade's first choice, he is "proud to be a small part of something greater; the people it DID choose." Master Xehanort himself describes Sora as a "dull, ordinary boy", yet also calling him a sort of Keyblade wielder he'd never seen before.
19th May '16 6:32:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Tad William's novel ''TheWarOfTheFlowers'' features Mud Bug Button, the [[EccentricMentor unassuming sage]] who explains carefully to the hero that he was not [[TheChosenOne chosen]], his family was not [[ItsPersonal killed by]] TheBigBad, and he did not [[HeroicBSOD have a heroic epiphany after seeing an innocent child killed]]. He just thought carefully about the situation and decided that leading a revolution was something that needed to be done.

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* Tad William's novel ''TheWarOfTheFlowers'' ''Literature/TheWarOfTheFlowers'' features Mud Bug Button, the [[EccentricMentor unassuming sage]] who explains carefully to the hero that he was not [[TheChosenOne chosen]], his family was not [[ItsPersonal killed by]] TheBigBad, and he did not [[HeroicBSOD have a heroic epiphany after seeing an innocent child killed]]. He just thought carefully about the situation and decided that leading a revolution was something that needed to be done.



* Kavi and Jiaan both from the ''FarsalaTrilogy'' operate under the name Sorahb, who is supposed to be reborn in a time of need acording to their country's legend. There is no Sorahb reborn, and if the legend they create is anything to go by, there probably never was an original.

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* Kavi and Jiaan both from the ''FarsalaTrilogy'' ''Literature/FarsalaTrilogy'' operate under the name Sorahb, who is supposed to be reborn in a time of need acording to their country's legend. There is no Sorahb reborn, and if the legend they create is anything to go by, there probably never was an original.
12th May '16 5:49:46 PM Fyrmer
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* Marvel Comics' Daimon Hellstrom aka ''SonOfSatan'' not only rejected his destiny as the Antichrist, not only worked as a superhero, but was actually ordained as a Christian priest!

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* Marvel Comics' Daimon Hellstrom aka ''SonOfSatan'' ''Comicbook/SonOfSatan'' not only rejected his destiny as the Antichrist, not only worked as a superhero, but was actually ordained as a Christian priest!
18th Apr '16 1:13:57 PM Leid
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* The second generation of Chosen Children in the ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]]'' fanfic, ''Fanfic/Digimon02TheStoryWeNeverTold'' [[spoiler:turned out to not have been chosen by The Order all along, they are simply artificially made one courtesy of Oikawa.]]
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