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12th Sep '16 6:27:40 AM Gosicrystal
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* The English pop band The Hoosiers recently had a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa1T7SdkDXE song]] named this that played with this trope. Not to mention [[EarWorm it was rather catchy]].

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* The English pop band The Hoosiers recently had a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa1T7SdkDXE song]] named this that played with this trope. Not to mention [[EarWorm it was rather catchy]].
10th Aug '16 3:57:19 PM X2X
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* All ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' movies have the FiveManBand (Or just Nobita) doing something just to satisfy their wants with Doraemon's gadgets. Thus making them end up having to save the world or PlotDevice creatures countless times.

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* All ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' movies have the FiveManBand (Or (or just Nobita) doing something just to satisfy their wants with Doraemon's gadgets. Thus making them end up having to save the world or PlotDevice creatures countless times.



* Rick Jones from MarvelComics has elements of this. He is more of an Unlikely ''Sidekick'', though. He's just a normal guy who has ended up being the sidekick to a number of heroes from ComicBook/TheHulk to ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, usually because he stumbled onto the wrong place at the wrong time.

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* Rick Jones from MarvelComics has elements of this. He is more of an Unlikely ''Sidekick'', though. He's just a normal guy who has ended up being the sidekick to a number of heroes from ComicBook/TheHulk [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] to ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, usually because he stumbled onto the wrong place at the wrong time.



* In ''Film/TheRelic'' movie, Margo's just a scientist... who manages to kill the monster (in the book, MartyStu [but a likable one] Penderghast kills it unspectacularly).

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* In ''Film/TheRelic'' movie, Margo's just a scientist... who manages to kill the monster (in monster. (In the book, MartyStu [but Penderghast--a [[MarySue Marty Stu]] albeit a likable one] Penderghast kills one--kills it unspectacularly).unspectacularly.)
10th Aug '16 3:55:10 PM X2X
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Ash Ketchum from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. He has come back from the dead thrice, been TheChosenOne of countless legends, is one of the few that can manipulate aura, saved the world countless times, and has helped more people then you could possibly imagine. [[DudeWheresMyRespect There's like maybe three people outside of his friends who respect him in some fashion.]]

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* Ash Ketchum from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. He has come back from the dead thrice, been TheChosenOne of countless legends, is one of the few that can manipulate aura, Aura, saved the world countless times, and has helped more people then than you could possibly imagine. [[DudeWheresMyRespect There's like maybe three people outside of his friends who respect him in some fashion.]]



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* Rick Jones from MarvelComics has elements of this. He is more of an UnlikelySidekick, though. He's just a normal guy who has ended up being the sidekick to a number of heroes from TheHulk to ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, usually because he stumbled onto the wrong place at the wrong time.

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* Rick Jones from MarvelComics has elements of this. He is more of an UnlikelySidekick, Unlikely ''Sidekick'', though. He's just a normal guy who has ended up being the sidekick to a number of heroes from TheHulk ComicBook/TheHulk to ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, usually because he stumbled onto the wrong place at the wrong time.



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* Sir Percival was originally the meekest and most naive of King Arthur's knights, having gained repect gradually through several misadventures. Eventually, he is, in one version of the Grail Legend, one of two knights (along with Galahad) to find the Grail. (Unfortunately, most versions after that tend to leave him out, only giving credit to Galahad.)

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* Sir Percival was originally the meekest and most naive of King Arthur's Myth/KingArthur's knights, having gained repect gradually through several misadventures. Eventually, he is, in one version of the Grail Legend, one of two knights (along with Galahad) to find the Grail. (Unfortunately, most versions after that tend to leave him out, only giving credit to Galahad.)
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* Gordon Freeman of ''Videogame/HalfLife''. Just an average everyday theoretical physicist until that fateful day, he ended up fighting off hordes of aliens while beating back those pesky black ops trying to keep him quiet, then ''goes into the other dimension to fight the creatures on their own turf, culminating in defeating their all-powerful overlord to prevent the entire earth from being invaded by the things.'' And all this with a magical satchel of fairly common weaponry with the occasional science fiction import.
* [[GitarooMan U-1]] is a really unlikely hero. Basically, he came back to his house after getting beaten up, which prompts his dog to teach him how to Gitaroo. ''Right after'', a demon with an axe threatens to chop U-1 in half, and the next thing you know, he's actually from a bloodline that automatically makes him the ChosenOne for a faraway planet. I don't get it either, just go with it.
* Harry Mason of ''Videogame/SilentHill1'' is an example. A writer in his early thirties is thrown into a situation of trying to find his loved one after a car crash by searching the creepy town from Hell which is full of monsters. The manual even states that he has no experience of using a firearm.
** All of the main SilentHill series games invoke this trope with two exceptions. Harry Mason is followed by James Sunderland in Silent Hill 2, a clerk. Heather in SH 3 is a teenage girl with no particular skills. Henry Townshend of SH 4 is probably a photographer. Travis of Silent Hill: Origins is just a truck driver. Silent Hill: Homecoming introduces the first possible action-oriented hero, ex-Spec Ops soldier Alex Shepard, except [[spoiler: Alex is an insane teen or young man who is deluded about being a Special Forces soldier, and the game gets most of the military details right ''except'' when it comes to Alex acting and looking like a green beret]]. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories brings back Harry Mason, and Silent Hill: Downpour introduces our second possible exception to the rule, Murphy Pendleton, an escaped violent convict. So to wrap up, we have a clerk, a photographer, a truck driver, a [[spoiler: schizophrenic young adult]], a convict, a writer, and a teenage girl, and most of them [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punch Out Cthulhu]] at least once.

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* Gordon Freeman of ''Videogame/HalfLife''. ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. Just an average everyday theoretical physicist until that fateful day, he ended up fighting off hordes of aliens while beating back those pesky black ops trying to keep him quiet, then ''goes into the other dimension to fight the creatures on their own turf, culminating in defeating their all-powerful overlord to prevent the entire earth from being invaded by the things.'' things''. And all this with a magical satchel of fairly common weaponry with the occasional science fiction import.
* [[GitarooMan [[VideoGame/GitarooMan U-1]] is a really unlikely hero. Basically, he came back to his house after getting beaten up, which prompts his dog to teach him how to Gitaroo. ''Right after'', a demon with an axe threatens to chop U-1 in half, and the next thing you know, he's actually from a bloodline that automatically makes him the ChosenOne for a faraway planet. I don't get it either, just go with it.
* Harry Mason of ''Videogame/SilentHill1'' ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' is an example. A writer in his early thirties is thrown into a situation of trying to find his loved one after a car crash by searching the creepy town from Hell which is full of monsters. The manual even states that he has no experience of using a firearm.
** All of the main SilentHill ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series games invoke this trope with two exceptions. Harry Mason is followed by James Sunderland in Silent Hill 2, ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', a clerk. Heather in SH 3 ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' is a teenage girl with no particular skills. Henry Townshend of SH 4 ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' is probably a photographer. Travis of Silent Hill: Origins ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'' is just a truck driver. Silent Hill: Homecoming ''VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming'' introduces the first possible action-oriented hero, ex-Spec Ops soldier Alex Shepard, except [[spoiler: Alex [[spoiler:Alex is an insane teen or young man who is deluded about being a Special Forces soldier, and the game gets most of the military details right ''except'' when it comes to Alex acting and looking like a green beret]]. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' brings back Harry Mason, and Silent Hill: Downpour ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour'' introduces our second possible exception to the rule, Murphy Pendleton, an escaped violent convict. So to wrap up, we have a clerk, a photographer, a truck driver, a [[spoiler: schizophrenic [[spoiler:schizophrenic young adult]], a convict, a writer, and a teenage girl, and most of them [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punch Out Cthulhu]] at least once.



* In VideoGame/BadDayLA The protagonist is a homeless man that was once a hollywood agent. He was just trying to survive when shit hit the fan in Los Angeles.

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* In VideoGame/BadDayLA The ''VideoGame/BadDayLA'', the protagonist is a homeless man that was once a hollywood Hollywood agent. He was just trying to survive when shit hit the fan in Los Angeles.



[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Torg from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is just a normal ([[CloudCuckooLander if kind of ditzy]]) guy, but just keeps stumbling (sometimes literally) into situations where demon lords or {{Mad Scientist}}s or supervillains are threatening him, his friends, or the world at large.

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* Torg from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is just a normal ([[CloudCuckooLander ([[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} if kind of ditzy]]) guy, but just keeps stumbling (sometimes literally) into situations where demon lords or {{Mad Scientist}}s or supervillains are threatening him, his friends, or the world at large.



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* Ayla Goodkind of the WhateleyUniverse. He was just supposed to be the ShelteredAristocrat who would grow up to run the biggest MegaCorp in the world. He wasn't supposed to get superpowers. He wasn't supposed to become part of Team Kimba. He wasn't supposed to be a WeirdnessMagnet who can't let SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy without running into a supervillain. Or a flock of them.

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* Ayla Goodkind of the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. He was just supposed to be the ShelteredAristocrat who would grow up to run the biggest MegaCorp in the world. He wasn't supposed to get superpowers. He wasn't supposed to become part of Team Kimba. He wasn't supposed to be a WeirdnessMagnet who can't let SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy without running into a supervillain. Or a flock of them.



[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Droopy, in about half the ''Creator/TexAvery'' shorts in which he appears, plays the DesignatedHero to Red, who's often victimized by Wolfie, Butch or Spike. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Then they wind up pissing Droopy off...]]

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* Droopy, in about half the ''Creator/TexAvery'' Creator/TexAvery shorts in which he appears, plays the DesignatedHero to Red, who's often victimized by Wolfie, Butch or Spike. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Then they wind up pissing Droopy off...]]



* In the {{Ben 10}} franchise, the titular character obtained the Omnitrix by accident. While he uses it for selfish reasons from time to time, his first thought when he got it as a ten year old was that he can be a hero. The ChronicHeroSyndrome continued on from there.
* Timmy Turner in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' movie Wishology. He was mistakenly believed to be TheChosenOne to defeat the darkness, but he was able to save the universe by [[spoiler: befriending it.]]

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* In the {{Ben 10}} ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' franchise, the titular character obtained the Omnitrix by accident. While he uses it for selfish reasons from time to time, his first thought when he got it as a ten year old was that he can be a hero. The ChronicHeroSyndrome continued on from there.
* Timmy Turner in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' movie Wishology. He was mistakenly believed to be TheChosenOne to defeat the darkness, The Darkness, but he was able to save the universe by [[spoiler: befriending it.]][[spoiler:befriending it]].
11th Jun '16 4:20:50 PM nombretomado
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* Richard of the ''SwordOfTruth'' considers himself this for the first book and part of the second. He finally accepts his powers and heritage, and the responsibilities that come with them.

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* Richard of the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' considers himself this for the first book and part of the second. He finally accepts his powers and heritage, and the responsibilities that come with them.
8th May '16 4:05:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* Joe in ''JoeVersusTheVolcano''. [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099892/]]

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* Joe in ''JoeVersusTheVolcano''.''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano''. [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099892/]]
21st Apr '16 9:00:25 PM Kaizen
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* Also from a Creator/SimonPegg movie, ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'''s Gary King is an unemplyoyed, [[spoiler:suicidally depressed]] ManChild trying to relive the glory days of his youth by going on a drunken bender with his former friends. He and his friends (well, [[spoiler:two of them]]) also fight off and survive a horde of body snatching robot duplicates and he's eventually the one to tell [[spoiler:the Network]] to fuck off an leave humanity to its own devices. All of this during the aforementioned bender. [[spoiler:He becomes a more conventional hero AfterTheEnd by fighting for the now [[FantasticRacism discriminated-against]] Blank versions of his friends.]]

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* Also from a Creator/SimonPegg movie, ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'''s Gary King is an unemplyoyed, unemployed, [[spoiler:suicidally depressed]] ManChild trying to relive the glory days of his youth by going on a drunken bender with his former friends. He and his friends (well, [[spoiler:two of them]]) also fight off and survive a horde of body snatching robot duplicates and he's eventually the one to tell [[spoiler:the Network]] to fuck off an leave humanity to its own devices. All of this during the aforementioned bender. [[spoiler:He becomes a more conventional hero AfterTheEnd by fighting for the now [[FantasticRacism discriminated-against]] Blank versions of his friends.]]
6th Mar '16 10:43:15 AM nombretomado
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* Most of the ''SinCity'' heroes are often on the lower rungs of society and try to live normal lives. They just keep getting wrapped up in the craziness of the city against their wills.
* Rick Jones from MarvelComics has elements of this. He is more of an UnlikelySidekick, though. He's just a normal guy who has ended up being the sidekick to a number of heroes from TheHulk to CaptainAmerica, usually because he stumbled onto the wrong place at the wrong time.

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* Most of the ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' heroes are often on the lower rungs of society and try to live normal lives. They just keep getting wrapped up in the craziness of the city against their wills.
* Rick Jones from MarvelComics has elements of this. He is more of an UnlikelySidekick, though. He's just a normal guy who has ended up being the sidekick to a number of heroes from TheHulk to CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, usually because he stumbled onto the wrong place at the wrong time.
12th Feb '16 9:27:49 AM Knight20
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* In VideoGame/BadDayLA The protagonist is a homeless man that was once a hollywood agent. He was just trying to survive when shit hit the fan in Los Angeles.
6th Nov '15 12:40:22 PM Wymar
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* Also from a Creator/SimonPegg movie, ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'''s Gary King is an unemplyoyed, [[spoiler:suicidally depressed]] ManChild trying to relive the glory days of his youth by going on a drunken bender with his former friends. He and his friends (well, [[spoiler:two of them]]) also fight off and survive a horde of body snatching robot duplicates and he's eventually the one to tell [[spoiler:the Network]] to fuck off an leave humanity to its own devices. All of this during the aforementioned bender. [[spoiler:He becomes a more conventional hero AfterTheEnd by fighting for the .]]

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* Also from a Creator/SimonPegg movie, ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'''s Gary King is an unemplyoyed, [[spoiler:suicidally depressed]] ManChild trying to relive the glory days of his youth by going on a drunken bender with his former friends. He and his friends (well, [[spoiler:two of them]]) also fight off and survive a horde of body snatching robot duplicates and he's eventually the one to tell [[spoiler:the Network]] to fuck off an leave humanity to its own devices. All of this during the aforementioned bender. [[spoiler:He becomes a more conventional hero AfterTheEnd by fighting for the .the now [[FantasticRacism discriminated-against]] Blank versions of his friends.]]
3rd Nov '15 9:42:14 AM Wymar
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* Also from a Creator/SimonPegg movie, ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'''s Gary King is an unemplyoyed, [[spoiler:suicidally depressed]] ManChild trying to relive the glory days of his youth by going on a drunken bender with his former friends. He and his friends (well, [[spoiler:two of them]]) also fight off and survive a horde of body snatching robot duplicates and he's eventually the one to tell [[spoiler:the Network]] to fuck off an leave humanity to its own devices. All of this during the aforementioned bender. [[spoiler:He becomes a more conventional hero AfterTheEnd by fighting for the .]]
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