Created By: UnknownTroper on April 8, 2008
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Related to There Is Another but a lil different. Basically, the protagonist is bestowed/introduced with supernatural abilities that not even he/she fully comprehends. Either they or the viewer is lead to believe that they are the only one in the universe to be blessed/cursed with their bizarre powers. Turns out they're/we're dead wrong. Not only are they multiple persons who possess the exact same/similar abilities, but apparently they've all come together and made a profitable lil industry about it, which certain members in certain areas.

Storywise, this can go down in different ways: Often his follow peers are inflated and condencending towards the protagonist due to his/her inexperience, giving leway into an episode where their base gets attacked by the corporation's archnemis and our hero has to save all their sorry asses. Other times, despite having the same powers, the hero's methods will clash with anothers.

Examples:

Gary Hobson of Early Edition (and us) believes he is the only "man who gets tomorrow's paper today", till he starts meeting others. One of the first being some guy from New York who the antithesis of everything humble Hobson is: The guy uses the paper to give him an edge in the stock market, owns a chain fancy restaurants, and even has a hired team of people who carry out the paper's tasks for him.

BTVS Really knew how to distill the whole Chose One thing. Then came the series finale.

American Dragon: Jake Long. While it is mentioned early on that Jake's the designated dragon of the States, we really don't in full effect until this global gathering that takes place in one episode, where we meet everyone from the Australian Dragon to the Egyptian dragon.

Basically, being The Chosen One doesn't mean being the Only One.
Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • April 8, 2008
    Indigo
    Avatar The Last Airbender He's not one of a whole group, but he is the latest in a series, as Buffy was before the Slayer corps.
  • April 8, 2008
    Micah
    A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore.
  • April 8, 2008
    EponymousKid
    In Golden Sun, Ivan, the party member who most resembles The Chosen One (there's even a prophecy about him), even though he's The Smart Guy Squishy Wizard, is shocked to find out that not only do other people (Adepts) have abilities like him, but, as he discovers later, other people (Jupiter adepts) have the exact same abilities as him.
  • April 8, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Other examples:

    • The Greatest American Hero. The previous owner of an alien supersuit ended up a reclusive millionaire.
    • The obscure Milestone Comics title Xombi did this. The immortal hero discovered that, even though he knew other superpowered people existed, that at least one other immortal did, too.
    • Spider-Man discovering the little group of other people with spider-powers.
    • Swamp-Thing discovering other plant elementals before him.
    • In Alan Moore's Miracleman, he first finds out about the other surviving member of the Miracleman family, then later, Miraclewoman.

    trope name suggestion: Not The Only One.

  • April 8, 2008
    Space Jawa
    I think Marvels Nova fits this category.
  • April 8, 2008
    Ghilz
    • Power Rangers, At first we are led to believe theres only the rangers seen on the show. Then it turns out that theres alien power ranger teams out there, and various types of Sixth Ranger. Of course this all becomes a total mindscrew in the episode Forever Red.
    • I'd just say superheroes in general, who often start out alone, then get combined with other heroes from the same publisher's universe. Then it leads to things like the Justice League, The avengers, etc...
    • Star Wars, Luke might think he's the last of the Jedi, but beside the dozens who survived the great purge, theres other groups of force users out there, most notably the witches of Dathomir.
    • Gargoyles, the Manhattan clan finding new clans, such as the Avalon & London clans.
  • April 8, 2008
    Zaratustra
  • April 8, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    @Zaratusta: different trope than the one you linked to. for one thing, the YKTTW under discussion tends to create situations where the protagonist often finds their self-worth compromised by the revelation that oh no! somebody compromises their uniqueness.
  • April 8, 2008
    Zaratustra
    So? Add that discussion there.
  • April 9, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    No the situation between Aang and Airbenders isn't an example. This for powers that are alluded to be limited to the main character early on (Gary and his paper) and/or. Whether or not they're extinct, the power of airbending, like the other elemental disciplines, are explicitly possessed by a race of people. And Aang certainly wasn't "the latest", we've seen plenty of kids younger than him in flashbacks.

    Luke and the Gargoyles also doesn't count. That's just There Is Another: The characters are led to believe that they're the last of their kind, but are proved others. With this trope, the character (or the viewer) isn't even aware that he/she has a so called kind. Basically this trope when its the character is one of many "members" in a corporation that awards/organizes people with fantastic powers and has them places them as "guardians" of various sectors of the planet/universe, much like the Green Lantern Corps.
  • April 9, 2008
    Arivne
    In Susan Cooper's novel The Dark is Rising, Will Stanton starts having strange experiences and discovers he has unusual powers. He soon learns that he's the latest (and last born) of the Old Ones, one of the servants of the Light.
  • April 9, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    This trope is good for TV specials.

    Like that Digimon World Tour special for Digimon 02. That thing was awesome, when I was 9. Basically. thanks to Applied Phelobtinum, digiports open all over the world, and wild digimon escape into the real world and wreak havoc. The Digidestined that we all have come to know and love are forced to scatter themselves, travel to various parts of the globe, and team up with the other Digidestined (cause apparently they were there the whole time) stationed in various countries.

    Yeah goes without saying that episodes like this are good for promoting world unity and crap like that. Think my favorite one was the great coral reef battle that took place down under. Could've done without the bad fake accents.
  • April 9, 2008
    JeffR
    Before the Green Lanterns came the Lensmen, making this One Of The Oldest Ones In The Book...
  • April 9, 2008
    FalconPain
    Just before the end of Colette's quest in Tales Of Symphonia, the party finds evidence of a number of previous Chosen Ones. All in caskets. This is one of the more obvious signs that there's something wrong with their quest...
  • April 9, 2008
    Masami Phoenix
    Kingdom Hearts is a debatable example. Sora was lead to believe he had the only keyblade in existance, but then we find out about another, and another, and then an entire battlefield full of them. The debatable element comes from the fact that while there are multiple Keyblades, Sora is the only "Bearer of the Keyblade" implying that his Keyblade is special and the others are merely imitations. Several events back this up, but we haven't had anything concrete explaining he difference.
  • April 9, 2008
    Wulf
    Though it doesn't count anyway, I think the Avatar example was saying he's the latest in a series of Avatars, not airbenders.
  • April 9, 2008
    foxley
    In Doctor Who, it was not until "The Time Meddler" that viewers learnt that were others of the Doctor's race with the ability to time travel.

    Either Not The Only One or The Chosen Few.
  • April 10, 2008
    ShayGuy
    The concept of the Avatar was established from the beginning, though, and fleshed out as soon as there was time for it. Still doesn't count.
  • April 10, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Yeah I was gonna cite the expository opening narration if the being the Avatar thing was being referred to.
  • April 11, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Not The Only One sounds too much like There Is Another. I was going for an organization kind of name to go with the theme of the trope. Like Supernatural Heroes Co or something.
  • April 17, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Can also be on the villain angle. Like how in the original movie/pilot episode, the heroes combine their power and with great struggle they manage to defeat the the villain. Then either at the end or the next episode, it turns out he was just one of many Big Baddies sitting around in some long table thing or whatever. Odds are, the one they managed to barely defeat was explicitly considered the weakest of the bunch. Prime example being the Ra, Apophis and all the other System Lords in Stargate SG-1.
  • April 25, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Related to Legacy Character.
  • April 25, 2008
    UnknownTroper
  • April 25, 2008
    UnknownTroper
    Dude, that was like the third word of the very first sentence.
  • April 25, 2008
    Doug S. Machina
    Woof is a children's book (and TV series) about a boy who turns into a dog. At the end of the book, he meets several other people who are the same, and they suggest that there are others all over the world.
  • April 25, 2008
    Earnest
    Heroes Unlimited has a similar scope and feel to this, but it's about the arc rather than the organization.
  • April 25, 2008
    VampireBuddha
    @UT 71: Good point, but I believe Ra was actually the strongest of the System Lords. The one the heroes kill generally is the weakest, though.

    Light in Death Note might count. Ryuk mentions early on that humans have found Death Notes before, but it initially appears that Light is the only person on Earth in Next Sunday AD who possesses one. Then Misa shows up...
  • April 25, 2008
    ilikejawbreaker
    In The Time Traveller's Wife Henry travels to the future and discovers that his daughter also time travels, and that her teacher recognises her condition
  • April 25, 2008
    Recon5
    I think we're going off the rails here. This trope isn't about a character 'discovering' others with his moveset, or other characters being created which resemble the original, but about a character being part of an official organization (not just a group) of heroes with similar abilities (nope, not Heroes Unlimited, unless it crosses with Send In The Clones).
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=sy17yadq&trope=GreenLanternCorps