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

Like the name says, the Chooser of the One is the character who finds and chooses TheChosenOne. The Chooser can go about this a few different ways. They may possess a [[FateAndProphecyTropes book or prophecy]] that describes TheChosenOne, or a means of picking them out of a crowd, or they may be a prophet or seer of some kind who can [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling sense]] the One. Once found or selected, the chooser may take on the role of {{Mentor}} and start training them, tell them of their destiny, or simply deliver the CallToAdventure and hope they [[JumpedAtTheCall accept it.]]

Sometimes, the Chooser isn't charged with finding ''the'' One, so much as finding ''a'' One. The Chooser essentially looks for someone with the skills to fill a job description (defeating the BigBad, saving the world, etc) and goes with their gut rather than on divine mandate. A knight searching for someone to TakeUpMySword may simply look for anyone who has the right [[HorsebackHeroism amount]] (get it?) of [[HeroicBystander pluck and decency]]. In these cases the person picked may be more of an [[TheUnChosenOne Unchosen One]] who chooses to create their destiny rather than sit by passively.

If the Chooser is a god or EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity they may do the designating themselves rather than via prophecy, SuperEmpowering the chosen from a complete random {{Muggle}} into the One. Other possible Choosers are SentientPhlebotinum, an EmpathicWeapon, TheForce or {{God}}(s).

Because of this potential for plot induced randomness, there can be an exploration on the true nature of heroism as something innate or [[ActionSurvivor vocational]], and destiny as [[YouCantFightFate immutable]] or [[ScrewDestiny 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 [[PowerOfTrust faith and trust]] of the chosen paves their path... or that there is no randomness, only destiny.

Compare and contrast ThePresentsWereNeverFromSanta, which is when a character thinks they have supernatural aid or a helper, but don't.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kirin in ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' choose each nation's king. The real deciders are gods, but the kirin never make a mistake, even if they think they did.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}:'' Jiraiya was prophesied to train TheChosenOne 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.
** Though he did consider Naruto TheChosenOne anyway even when one of his students, Nagato, who wielded a legendary godlike power, was still alive.
*** Though it was a bit of a surprise to him that Nagato was alive.
* [[Manga/{{Chobits}} Chii]] is responsible for choosing ''The One Just For Me'' which beyond simple happiness for her and that one, activates a potentially dangerous program.
* Played with in LightNovel/{{Slayers}} TRY. Lina is approached by a dragon priestess to save the world from destruction. Lina brags about how OF COURSE she'd come to her first. At this point, the priestess announces that Lina was actually their second choice.
* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Clow Reed knew that Kero and Yue would have trouble accepting a new master after he died, so to make sure they ended up with one they could both approve of, he split the task of appointing his successor between them. Kero would nominate a likely candidate, and Yue would test their worthiness once they had [[GottaCatchEmAll gathered all of the Clow Cards]].
* ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' is strange in that being TheChooserOfTheOne is like being TheChosenOne. The Chooser, the Magi, is meant to select the next king who will lead the people to greatness. Aladdin, the main character, is [[spoiler: one of four]] Magi. [[spoiler: The others are Judar, Scheherazade, and Yunan]].
* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', a devil named Dokuro Skull needed to find a way to save [[DarkIsNotEvil New Hell]] from a [[ReligionOfEvil cult of evil demons]]. The odds were very bad, so she set-up events so that out of all the possible futures, ones where the world was saved would send back a messenger to help her make that particular future come true by creating a StableTimeLoop. Just in case the messenger turned out to be evil, she created an AlternateSelf to act as a watchman, judging the messenger's trustworthiness. The alternate Dokuro ultimately chose Keima to be the one to save New Hell.
* Many of the heroines in the ''PrettyCure'' series are chosen by the fairy companions. Of course, there are a number of exceptions:
** Nozomi of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' chose her teammates and events conspired to make sure they did join in.
** The [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Pickrun Akarun]] [[ScreeningTheCall couldn't choose its user]] because [[spoiler:Eas was still evil]].
** [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Potpourri]], being a baby fairy, kept choosing other people before ultimately finding his true partner.
** [[Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure Hime]] was given an item to find her next partner. But, she didn't know how to work it, so she threw it randomly and chose the first person it hit.
* ''Manga/MakaiOuji'': The protagonist William Twining is the elector, the one to choose [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils a demon to rule hell]] once [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] dies. He [[RefusalOfTheCall has no interest in this]], but the demons keep finding him anyway.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', the regional Professors are this, as anyone who ends up with a Pokedex is practically guaranteed a life of danger and fighting against evil. Humorously, a couple of the Pokedexes don't end up with the ones the professors originally intended (theft, loss, mixups), but things wind up working out eventually.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Green Lantern}}s are chosen by their ring for their ability to overcome great fear. Usually the living planet Mogo adds in a moral component to the criteria so villains who can overcome great fear aren't chosen. Later Hal Jordan destroyed the corps and all but one of the Guardians of the Universe, Ganthet. He forged one last ring and chose the next, last lantern on his own and almost seemingly at random with a glib "You'll have to do." Years later, after Kyle relit the [[PowerSource Central Power Battery]] and resurrected the Guardians, Ganthet had this to say:
-->'''Ganthet:''' You, my boy, my last lantern... you have always been my greatest hope.
-->'''Kyle Rayner:''' No kidding? When you gave me that ring you said "you shall have to do."
-->'''Ganthet:''' I don't remember anything like that-- I have always had the greatest faith in you.
-->'''Kyle Rayner:''' Sounding like a parent already.
* The incumbent Sorcerer Supreme has at least some say in who becomes the next to hold the office. In Comicbook/DoctorStrange stories, the Ancient One guards the office and determines who is worthy to hold it, despite having died and become [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence one with Eternity]] many years before.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* The wise turtle Master Oogway from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is the one who chooses Po the panda as the next "Dragon Warrior".
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' it's Queen Tara's duty to pick her successor. Later, she picks MK to carry the pod to Nim Galuu.
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'': Morpheus discovered and mentored Neo.
** The Oracle, as the full story plays out, is the one that created the whole [[ProphecyTwist prophecy to begin with]]. Neo could have very well been chosen by the Oracle, although it requires a nudge to Morpheus to find him. Once that's done, [[ChekhovsGun She offers Neo a cookie, saying that, after he eats it, he'll be "right as rain."]] What are "cookies" in the computer world? They add information to a program. All that Neo needed was a push to act more than what he felt. Remember that the Oracle didn't tell Neo that he wasn't the One--he drew his own conclusion. The Oracle is rooting for the humans, so helping Neo ultimately ''choose himself'' is part of her plan. Remember the sign above her kitchen: "Know Thyself" in Latin? That's what she does to people.
** The Architect cannot be the Chooser. The One is an anomaly of the choice programming that the Oracle helped to add to make the first stable Matrix. It stabilized the system, save for the One, [[spoiler: "The Anomaly," who keeps reappearing every 100 years or so when the Matrix must be rebooted, or reloaded. The Architect noted he'd been trying to get rid of the Ones for a long time with no success (the Ones are ''Choice Incarnate'' and presumably can't be removed without removing choice from the Matrix and hosing the system). The Architect settles on using the Oracle's prophecy to force the One to come to him, presenting Neo with a MortonsFork to save humanity.]]
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Qui-Gon chose Anakin.
* In the original ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' movie, Merrick is essentially this, being the one who finds Buffy and tells her she is the chosen one.
* The SideKick in ''Film/PumaMan'' is also the one charged with finding the chosen one to become the eponymous hero.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', Dr. Erskine overhears a conversation between Steve Rogers and Bucky, and realizes that Steve is the perfect candidate for the SuperSerum.
* Dodgers manager Branch Rickey in ''Film/FortyTwo'', who declares that ''somehow'' he's going to find an African-American baseball player to integrate into his baseball team.
-->"I don't know who he is or where he is, but he's coming."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia:'' Aslan chose the children.
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Gandalf chooses Bilbo to be the group's burglar, even though Bilbo has never been on an adventure before and doesn't want to go on one now. It turns out to be a good choice.
** In Gandalf's backstory given in ''Unfinished Tales'', Gandalf (or Olórin) was in turn chosen by Manwë, being the only one of the five Istari to be so chosen rather than volunteering.
* Cyradis the BlindSeer in the ''{{Malloreon}}'' series by DavidEddings is responsible for choosing between TheHero and the BigBad at the final showdown.
** That being said, the Children of Light and Dark have to choose their successors, whom Cyradis will choose between, by the end of the ''Malloreon''. [[spoiler: Garion, the Child of Light, picks Eriond, and Zandramas, the Child of Dark, chooses Geran, his son. Eriond wins.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' Voldemort was unknowingly the Chooser, since whoever he decided to mark "as his equal" [[SelfFulfillingProphecy would be the one with the power to defeat him]]. Technically, it could have been either Harry or Neville -- or even nobody at all, as Potterverse prophecies don't necessarily come true -- but Voldemort made it final. Such are the perils of trying subvert a prophecy when you've only heard half of it. Voldemort never does learn of his mistake.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** The titular wizard Harry is given [[spoiler:two Swords of the Cross. These are holy swords who each hilts contain one of the nails that pierced Christ to the Cross. He is told by the retiring Knights, they wish him to pick their successors and he will know who the person is when the time is right.]]
** [[spoiler:After Harry's presumed dead and taking the mantle of Winter Knight, serving as the personal hit man to Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness, and the two other Winter Queens, Karrin Murphy became the next Chooser as she held onto the Swords for their protection. When Harry returns, she refuses to hand them over to him because of he is now the Winter Knight.]]
** Previously in the series [[spoiler:the Merlin of Arthurian Lore,]] who was a real wizard here, [[spoiler:was possibly a Chooser of the Chosen One as the sword ''Amoracchius'' was in his possession. This sword's other name? ''Excalibur''.]]
* Colonel Graff in ''Literature/EndersGame'', as he is responsible for choosing Ender as the kid that will be able to lead the army and defeat the Formics.
* Vatra from ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'' travels around recruiting various people at the behest of her Emperor to end the thirty year Demon War. Unlike Noble, who was given [[TheChosenOne specific directions]] who to find, Vatra chooses her recruits personally with her own judgement.
* Riven from ''Literature/BlueRabbit'' has dedicated his entire life to finding a Dark Human who can become Illuminated and save his world. Once he discovers Erika is a Dark Human, she becomes pretty much [[WellIntentionedExtremist the only thing he cares about]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Prince Charming chose Emma by placing her in Gepetto's machine, but she had to be re-chosen by Henry in order to receive the CallToAdventure.
* Rupert Giles, and also the demon Whistler in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
* Doyle, on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', sent by the powers, as Whistler was on Buffy, to tell Angel he was a chosen one, while also complaining that the Chosen One doesn't stock beer in his fridge.
* This was basically [[spoiler:Azazel]]'s role in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. First, he chose a variety of kids who were possible candidates. Out of this group, one of them would be chosen ultimately. The idea was that the chosen one would [[spoiler:not only free Lilith from hell, but also be instrumental in releasing Lucifer as well as become Lucifer's vessel.]]
* In ''LegendOfTheSeeker,'' Zedd names Richard as the Seeker.
** There's some bias here as well, given that he is [[spoiler:Richard's maternal grandfather]].
** Later on, though, he chooses Leo to be the next Seeker while Richard is in the Palace of the Prophets. Later yet, he names ''himself'' as the Seeker.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* In Literature/TheBible, the prophet Samuel chose the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David, led by God.
** This happens often in Genesis. {{God}} chooses Abraham. He also chooses Jacob while Jacob and Esau are still in the womb and tells Rebecca about it, leading to her knowing which son to favor. Jacob favors Joseph out of his twelve sons, and Joseph ends up receiving prophetic dreams and the ability to interpret the dreams of others. In Exodus, {{God}} chooses Moses to lead the Israelites, Moses's elder brother Aaron as [[TheLancer spokesman]] and later High Priest, and Moses's older sister Miriam as another prophet and third leader of the people.
** Jesus was not truly chosen by anyone other them himself, but there are still scenes that fit this motif arguably; The Magi presenting him gifts and his Baptism by John are often viewed this way, even though Jesus entirely initiated the latter.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Sorcerers of Tzeentch in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' can use a spell called [[CallToAdventure Call to Glory]]. [[TookALevelInBadass It turns a normal guy into an Exalted Hero]].
* ''{{Exalted}}'': If you're an Exalt and is not a Dragon-blooded, then someone in Heaven, Hell, or Underworld is vouching for you. In case of being a Sidereal, one of the Five Maiden chose you ''before'' you were born, unless your exaltation is some kind of freak accident.
** For Solars and Lunars, ultimately it's the Exaltation itself that chooses the one to be precise, in a manner of speaking. The heavens might influence whom is chosen, but in the end it is the actions of the mortal that call the Exaltation to them.
** For [[BadassNormal mortal heroes]], ([[WhatMeasureIsANonSuper when they matter]]) the choosers are usually the Sidereal Exalted, who oversee the Loom of Fate. They use astrology to manipulate destiny, and sometimes operate in disguise on Creation to ensure that fate goes the way it's supposed to. Their "prophecies" are a mix of genuine mystical foresight, careful planing, and subtle manipulation, and they sometimes have to improvise when their predictions go awry because pushing new prophecies through Heaven's [[ObstructiveBureaucrat hopelessly corrupt and frequently incompetent bureaucracy]] is often more trouble than it's worth.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', [[BigGood Raiden]] designated [[TheChosenMany several characters as his chosen]] during [[BigBad Shao Kahn's]] invasion of Earthrealm, preventing their souls [[YourSoulIsMine 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 (BackFromTheDead after being killed by Kahn's extermination squads due to the Soulnado preventing passage into the afterlife), Sonya Blade, Jackson "Jax" Briggs, Sub-Zero (the original's younger brother), Smoke ([[UnwillingRoboticisation much to his surprise]]), Nightwolf, Kurtis Stryker, and Kabal. Presumably, the same applies to the Forces of Light in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', which consisted of most of the same characters (key differences being that [[spoiler:Kung Lao had been killed off by Kahn in the climax of the ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat2 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'']]).
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' has Buzz Buzz who came from [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 10 years in the future]], and he chooses Ness as the ChosenOne.
* Gwonam in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Link: Faces Of Evil]]''
-->'''Gwonam:''' "It is written: "Only Link can defeat Ganon".
* Duncan in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' who in each origin arrives seeking new recruits for the Grey Wardens, ultimately choosing The Warden.
** The Warden can become this if they decide to put [[spoiler: Alistair]] on the throne during the Landsmeet.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Flemeth serves as a villainous example of this, saving Hawke from the Darkspawn in exchange for delivering a [[SoulJar trinklet]] for her. It's heavily implied that it was no coincidence that she stumbled upon them and she's aware of Hawke's destiny. She's also the only reason the Warden and Alistair survived the Battle of Ostagar back in the first game, making her responsible for ''both'' main heroes thus far.
* The goddess Hylia in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', as part of her plan to permanently destroy [[spoiler:Demise]], needed to find someone with an unbreakable spirit to help forge the Master Sword and [[spoiler:wield the complete Triforce]]. No points for guessing who she picked.
* A unusual example occurs in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Nihlus was ''meant'' to be be this and joined the ''Normandy'' to assess whether [[TheChosenOne Shepard]] was suitable for the position of first Human Spectre. However, on the first of several missions meant to decide this, Nihlus ended up with a bullet in the back of the head, courtesy of [[BigBad Saren]]. Of course, this minor setback did little to stop Shepard from eventually taking up the role of ChosenOne and saving the Galaxy.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', this is '''you''', being sent to find Martin, who is [[TheChosenOne the last remaining heir to the throne]]. Since you arrive at kind of a bad moment, i.e., during [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy an attempt to assassinate Martin]], you don't have time to give him much more explanation than "You're the Emperor's son, let's get out of here!" until later.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=344 Ariel is chosen by Quain]]. As of the end of chapter 32, it appears that [[spoiler: Chrys]] has been chosen by [[spoiler: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=1672 Sillice]].]]
* In ''RiceBoy'', T-O-E is the last of a group of three searchers, given a divine mandate to find and designate the Fulfiller of an ancient prophecy. The twist is that T-O-E's word is no indication that a chosen individual will actually fulfill the prophecy. One of the other searchers, Calabash, quit the job precisely because he was tired of choosing Fulfillers who go KnightTemplar or mess up just as bad in some other fashion.
** Possible subversion in that [[spoiler: Rice Boy himself points out all the ways T-O-E himself has fulfilled the prophecy, and it is T-O-E who makes the HeroicSacrifice that saves the world and ends the gigantic battle.]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' has very few heroes because it's a small scale story and because the Chooser in it is a certifiable jerkass. ''The'' Chooser is a character known as the Scribble Person, who is the personification of the Story/Fate, so literally nobody can become a hero or defy his/her chosen (guess by whom) role without his/her consent, and (s)he loves the RuleOfDrama very very ''very'' much.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the elven cleric Schuldich Cedheros is the sole survivor of the massacre of his order and is sent by the Gods of Order to find wielders for two special enchanted weapons, Dusk and Dawn, which the chosen ones will be destined to use to fight the forces of Chaos. Schuldich manages to deliver Dusk to its intended bearer but narrowly fails with Dawn (he did find two candidates for Dawn's intended bearer but before he could figure out which of the two women were meant to have the sword, an evil goddess appeared, killed him and stole the sword right in front of the women's noses).
** Leon also ends up in this role when he is tasked with finding the bearer of the Silver Branch whose destiny is to stop the Landpoison of Yamato and heal the wound on the earth caused by the dark god Mardük's tainted magic.
* ''TheQuestportChronicles'': The Lord of the Supreme Council sends [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits the eight strangers]] that show up at the Temple out on a quest, on the basis that if a real hero hasn't shown up by now, it's unlikely that one ever will. She takes some flak from the rest of the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Supreme Council]] for it, [[TookALevelInBadass but it]] [[HiddenDepths works out]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the BigGood Princess Celestia chooses her apprentice, Twilight Sparkle, to be the leader of the new bearers of the all-powerful Elements of Harmony. Most of the rest of the series, including the weekly "lessons about friendship" that Twilight sends back to her mentor, are about Twilight growing into her role.
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