Created By: Earnest on October 31, 2011 Last Edited By: Caveat on November 16, 2011
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The Chooser Of One

This person designates The Chosen One

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Lana: So how is it that you're important enough to know about this prophecy, huh?!
Turrick: I wrote it.

Alternate Title Options (please help pick): The Chooser One, The Announcer, The Choosing One and Choosing The Chosen One.

Basically this is a character who has the capacity and authority to designate The Chosen One. This Chooser Of One (Better name ideas would be greatly appreciated to avoid snowcloning blues) has a sort of weird divinatory ability to either foretell who is naturally going to be The One and thus better train them, who would make a good (substitute?) One or even out and out Super Empower a complete random Muggle into the One.

Typically this person is a wise mentor who sticks around or an Enigmatic Empowering Entity who only provides a title, trinket, and general direction for what the One should do. Other possible Choosers Of The One might not be human at all; Sentient Phlebotinum, an Empathic Weapon, The Force or God(s) may take this to an entirely cosmic level. Bringing this trope right back to street level, it's also possible for a "glorified delivery guy" to be forced into the position of choosing The One. In these cases it may be that all it takes to become the One is to be the first to take up a fallen hero's sword, in which case the whole seemingly random selection angle comes back into play.

Because of this potential for plot induced randomness, there can be an exploration on the true nature of heroism as something innate or vocational, and destiny as immutable or malleable. It's possible that the Chooser could invoke a sort of Koan and claim that the mere act of choosing someone is meaningless, rather the faith and trust of the chosen paves their path... or that there is no randomness, only destiny.

Compare and contrast The Presents Were Never from Santa.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Kirin in The Twelve Kingdoms choose each nation's king. The real deciders are gods, but the kirin never make a mistake, even if they think they did.

Film
  • The wise turtle Master Oogway from Kung Fu Panda is the one who chooses Po the panda as the next "Dragon Warrior".
  • The Oracle in The Matrix can't decide who is the one, but is able to tell whether Neo is or isn't the One. The Architect would probably be the chooser, because he programmed Neo to be the One.

Literature
  • In The Hobbit, Gandalf basically just knocks on the first door he sees, causing Bilbo to suddenly become the group's thief, and ultimately The Chosen One.
  • Cyradis the Blind Seer in The Elenium series by David Eddings is responsible for choosing between The Hero and the Big Bad at the final showdown.
  • In Harry Potter, Voldemort was unknowing the Chooser, since whoever he decided to mark "as his equal" would be the one with the power to defeat him. Technically, it could have been either Harry or Neville, or no-one, but Voldemort made it final.
  • In The Legend Of The Seeker, Zedd names Richard as the Seeker.

Religion
  • The prophet Samuel chose the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David, in the Bible, led by God.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • October 31, 2011
    nman
    • Would Gandalf count? He basically just knocks on the first door he sees, causing Bilbo to suddenly become the group's thief, and ultimately The Chosen One.
  • October 31, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Oracle in The Matrix. Morpheus brings Neo to her for her to judge whether he's the One or not. She says he isn't.
  • October 31, 2011
    dalek955
    Possible page quote, from anti-HEROES:
    Lana: So how is it that you're important enough to know about this prophecy, huh?!
    Turrick: I wrote it.
  • November 1, 2011
    octopedingenue
    Cyradis the Blind Seer in The Elenium series by David Eddings is responsible for choosing between The Hero and the Big Bad at the final showdown.
  • November 1, 2011
    Shnakepup
    • The wise turtle Master Oogway from Kung Fu Panda is the one who chooses Po the panda as the next "Dragon Warrior".
  • November 1, 2011
    Tiiba
    Kirin in The Twelve Kingdoms choose each nation's king. The real deciders are gods, but the kirin never make a mistake, even if they think they did.
  • November 1, 2011
    aschwartz07901
    Alternate title:

    The Announcer
  • November 1, 2011
    Koveras
    I sense an overlap with Enigmatic Empowering Entity and a relation to Take Up My Sword.
  • November 1, 2011
    ChunkyDaddy
    Actually, in The Matrix, the Oracle is just able to tell whether Neo is or isn't the One. She couldn't choose him. If anything The Architect would be the chooser, because he programmed Neo to be the One.
  • November 1, 2011
    Stratadrake
  • November 1, 2011
    Xzenu
    Compare and contrast The Presents Were Never From Santa.
  • November 1, 2011
    bwburke94
  • November 2, 2011
    marblefish
    The prophet Samuel chose the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David, in the Bible, led by God.
  • November 2, 2011
    Fiwen9430
    Gandalf is fine, but it does say in the backstory that he deliberately picked out Bilbo before he even went in search of him.
  • November 2, 2011
    EnigmaticSky
    In The Legend of the Seeker, Zedd names Richard as the Seeker.
  • November 3, 2011
    CompletelyDifferent
    • In Harry Potter, Voldemort was unknowing the Chooser, since whoever he decided to mark "as his equal" would be the one with the power to defeat him. Technically, it could have been either Harry or Neville, or no-one, but Voldemort made it final.
  • November 15, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
  • November 16, 2011
    Earnest
    If nothing better comes up, it's what I'll go with.
  • November 16, 2011
    Caveat
    I prefer to show the relationship by choosing a similar title: The Chooser One.
  • November 16, 2011
    Trotzky
    • Film: Star Wars: Obi Wan chose Luke.
    • Bible: Samuel chose David. John the Baptist chose Jesus.
    • Literature : Chronicles of Narnia: Aslan chose the childern.
  • November 16, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    I was thinking that in some cases there are many valid candidates; the chooser must pick one for them to become The Chosen One. (Voldemort) But in other cases there is only one "correct" choice, but a choser is needed to actually transform them into The Chosen One, give them a Call To Adventure, or simply find / identify them (John the Baptist). I'm assuming this would cover all of these possible subtropes?

    Examples:

    film:

    Live Action Television:
    • In Once Upon A Time, Prince Charming chose Emma by placing her in Gepetto's machine, but she had to be re-chosen by Henry in order to recieve the Call To Adventure.

    Webcomics:
  • November 16, 2011
    X2X
    Video Games
    • In Mortal Kombat 3, Raiden designated several characters as his chosen during Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm, preventing their souls from being taken by Shao Kahn's Soulnado and allowing them to mount a counterattack against the invaders. This group consisted of Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage (Back From The Dead after being killed by Kahn's extermination squads due to the Soulnado preventing passage into the afterlife), Sonya Blade, Jackson "Jax" Briggs, Younger Sub-Zero, Smoke (much to his surprise), Nightwolf, Kurtis Stryker, and Kabal. Presumably, the same applies to the Forces of Light in Mortal Kombat 9, which consisted of most of the same characters (key differences being that Kung Lao had been killed off by Kahn in the climax of the MK2 arc, Sub-Zero had been captured by the Lin Kuei and turned into a cyborg instead of Smoke, and Kitana and Jade had joined the Earthrealm heroes prior to the events of 3).
  • November 16, 2011
    Earnest
    ^^ Yar. Like you say the Chooser can have a broad mandate to select from a set of candidates, or possibly even designate a "random" person as the One. In the latter case, this "random" person generally has the necessary traits to succeed, even if the Chooser didn't know for sure, but was otherwise not destined for anything special from birth etc.

    As in the SW examples, it can be more of a Budhist deal where there is only one right candidate, and the Chooser has to find them and give them the impetus and resources to start their quest.
  • November 16, 2011
    williamtsichke
    usually gods will do this
  • November 16, 2011
    acrobox
    Naruto: Jiraiya was prophesied to train The Chosen One who would either bring peace or destruction. Considering all of his other candidates/trainees are now dead and neither has happened yet, the titular character is now the one by default.
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