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[-[[caption-width-right:182: "[[BrightestDay In brightest day]]/[[BlackestNight in blackest night]]/[[BadassCreed no evil shall escape my sight/Let those who worship evil's might/beware my power]]/[[GreenLantern Green Lantern's light]]!"]]-]

->''"...'Others'? Wait, you're telling me that there are people out there who have supernatural powers just like me?"''
->''"Well... yeah. Are you kiddin me? There's thousands; we're an organization. Did you think you were 'special'?"''
->''"...Yes."''
-->-- from a ''Series/{{Leverage}} [[RolePlayingGame RPG]]'' [[http://lolli1066.livejournal.com/2382.html session]]

Being TheChosenOne doesn't mean being The Only One.

A hero may find they've stumbled on a powerful artifact, or awaken MagicAndPowers that set them apart from everyone else they know only to find out that they're not so exceptional. Not only is there another, but a whole [[HeroesUnlimited bunch of them]]. While similar to SendInTheClones, these fellow heroes have been organized and operating long before the hero ever came on the scene. All of them have the same power set and usually more experience using them under their belt. Bonus points if it turn out the hero's stylistic, "unique" costume that might've come with the powers turns out to be nothing more than a standard uniform.

In narrative terms, this discovery can go down in various ways:
* Often [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer the hero's peers are condescending towards the hero]] due to his inexperience and lack of "proper" training, leading to an episode where their [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs base gets attacked by the corporation's arch nemesis]] and our hero has to save all of them. At that, those peers slowly realize that [[InstantExpert this rookie will become the greatest of them all]].
* The newbie hero will enter some sort of training period and then have to pass a test in order to become a full-fledged member of the society, probably one that involves DieOrFly, a staged TrainingAccident or a test that goes bad [[ThisIsNotADrill for real]]...
* The hero will be underwhelmed when their peers prove to be [[NoHeroToHisValet less than morally upright]]; either taking advantage of their powers for personal gain, being {{smug super}}s or LawfulStupid. In these cases, they'll have to make an effort to give their group a ConspiracyRedemption "light".
* The world is thrown into peril by a powerful force that can only be stopped by the combined abilities of each and every last member, main character of the story included of course. If the characters come from diverse backgrounds, the special is invariably used to promote [[ThePowerOfFriendship teamwork and world unity and good stuff like that.]]
* The organization is holding an annual tournament/picnic that all members are invited to attend, allowing them all to come together, rub shoulders, and enjoy a nice day to themselves. Inevitably, it's disrupted by one of the previous examples about halfway in.
* In the SuperHeroOrigin story the hero is recruited in haste and [[HowDoIShotWeb he finds himself struggling to control his weapon/powers]], feeling incompetent and having no one to turn to in this strange situation. Finally, he meets a comrade of The Chosen Many who leads him to the headquarters [[YouAreNotAlone where he learns he is not alone, but part of a larger world]] with new friends and mentors ready to help him.
* TheProtagonist finds an AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome only to find out, he's not the only one to have one.

A lesser-used variant is to for the protagonist to be either partially or fully aware that he's part of some large organization or race right from the get-go, but the story is intentionally written in such a way that the hero or those around him never have to bring this up and the audience is led to believe otherwise for a period of time. When its finally revealed, it's usually treated as YouNeverAsked on the viewers' part.

If a character is in a place where he always knew that getting superpowers was common and expected of everyone, however, then it may be EveryoneIsASuper.

Compare ThereIsAnother, SendInTheClones, LegacyCharacter, HeroesUnlimited, and the fan-made member SailorEarth. Contrast LastOfHisKind.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''
** At first, it seems like Sailor Moon is the only magical girl of her kind. It expands to five over the course of the first season. Then four others show up over the next two seasons, rounding out the Solar System, fair enough. This brings us to nine, plus our heroine's KidFromTheFuture who will grow up to be her successor, so a reasonable ten. In the fifth series, it's revealed that many heavenly bodies has a Sailor Senshi that it powers, and yes, asteroids ''do'' count. (On top of that, the villains are [[spoiler: evil anti-Sailor Soldiers led by a renegade one, with the monsters of the week taking on parody-Soldier appearances.]]
** It started that way in the original story, ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'': while in ''Sailor Moon'' you know since the beginning there's Sailor V and thus exists at least another Sailor Senshi. In ''Codename: Sailor V'' Minako at first seemed the only one, and she learned about (some of) the others only in the final chapter.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Ichigo was given his shinigami powers by another shinigami but no others showed up for many episodes. When they did show up, they were antagonistic and otherwise less-than-helpful.
** It happens again with the Vizards; Ichigo has been one for a while before meeting Shinji and then the guy shows up and says "We are you kin; join us." It then follows Variation 1 in that Ichigo becomes the ButtMonkey of the group.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** When Goku learns that he is an alien and that there are others like him. Piccolo is a closer fit, as his planet is still around there's a lot of Namekians still alive.
** The legendary Super Saiyan, supposedly revealed to be Goku, is eventually attainable by the other survivor Vegeta as well as their children. Vegeta himself acknowledges the great myth merely becoming "a child's plaything".
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' expands the Digidestined far beyond the three new guys. Each part of the world has at least one Digidestined team, complete with an [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan]] who's identical to our heroes' mysterious sometime-helper Gennai. They eventually come into play by helping out during the World Tour arc and the Finale.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has the main character turning into a magical girl. Then her rival, another magical girl turns up, which surprises her. Then the Time-Space Administration Bureau, an entire police force of people using magical powers, arrive. Nanoha eventually pursues a career as a part of their numbers, becoming [[spoiler: a Captain of their Air Force and the head Tactical Instructor.]] It should be noted that Nanoha is actually an UnchosenOne.
* The first story arc of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' centers around the rivalry between TheHero Kenshiro, the chosen master of Hokuto Shinken, and the TokenMotivationalNemesis Shin, a master of the rival Nanto Seiken style. After Shin dies, it is revealed that there are actually over OneHundredAndEight schools of Nanto Seiken in existence, with Shin's style being just one of them. And then, later on in the saga, it's revealed that Kenshiro has brothers who also know Hokuto Shinken...\\\
However the introduction of Kenshiro's brothers is also a subversion since the rules of Hokuto Shinken state that only one student may inherit the art's secrets and that those not chosen must renounce their pursuit of the art or risk having their fists crushed or memories erased. Still the introduction of other Hokuto styles in later works, like Hokuto Ryuken, Hokumon no Ken and the Hokuto Sankaken branches from ''FistOfTheBlueSky'' (which the Ryuken style is a part of), are more direct examples of this.
* ''Manga/YumeiroPatissiere'': Vanilla chooses Ichigo as her partner, then she meets the Sweets Prince's partners, Tennouji's partner Honey, and finally Maron partners with the Heiress. [[spoiler: Then all of them go to Paris and discover that every team member on the Cake Grand Prix has a spirit partner, even Henri-sensei.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': It's eventually revealed in conversation that the school Shinji attends is a front organization for the powers that be, and that ''all of Shinji's classmates'' (if not the entire school) are potential Children candidates. Though they're still just Mauve Shirts, as the greatest power that be intentionally engineered reality to make Shinji the "Chosen One". In all the wrong ways possible, actually.
* The Dex Holders of ''PokemonSpecial'', as every generation adds three or four kids to the roster. As for the team-up aspect, the ''Emerald'' chapter had half of the then-active members, including NaiveNewcomer Emerald, go up against a "powerful force" scenario [[spoiler:in part to free the other half from being taken for granite]] ''followed by'' the tournament/picnic. However, there has been no significant inter-squad action in the subsequent 4 chapters,[[note]]counting the ''Diamond and Pearl'' and ''Platinum'' chapters as separate[[/note]] either among the three then-active teams or with the later groups.
* The ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise adds a new group of chosen ones per continuity, increasing the cast size of the BatFamilyCrossover every year. It started with two chosen ones (2004) and now there are 33 + three [[EleventhHourRanger Eleventh Hour Rangers]] + one RetiredBadass + two movie characters (2013). The first crossover movie has 14 chosen ones, the fifth and latest movie has 32.
* At the beginning of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', it seems as if there's only a small number of Puella Magi. As the series goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that there are potentially thousands of magical girls out there[[spoiler:, and [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy there have been for millennia]]]]. Counting spinoff characters [[spoiler: [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie and witches]]]], and the total number of magical girls seen over the various series could go as high as 64. However, it's also somewhat subverted, since there doesn't seem to be any kind of real organization to them and they're not exactly friendly to one another.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/TheDCU's Franchise/GreenLantern Corps, made up of members from all over the universe and this trope's original TropeNamer. Being an Earth-based Green Lantern is doubly non-impressive, because there are ''five'' human [=GLs=] already, though they tend to be [[HumansAreSpecial among the best]] in the Corps. However, this has varied over the years, as the Corps has wavered between a pure police/military outfit and a 3600-member super-hero team where everyone just happens to have the same power. Today, it's somewhere in between: All Green Lanterns have the same power and order is strictly enforced, but individual members can have highly distinctive costumes and styles of using said power. For instance, John Stewart has a fairly standard costume but his ring constructs are highly-detailed pieces of engineering, whereas Guy Gardner has a very unusual costume but just blasts things with his ring, and honorary member Alan Scott's costume is ''bright red and purple'' and his ring constructs appear covered in spectral flames (however, he's technically not a Green Lantern).\\\
Ironically, despite there being thousands and thousands of members, the '''''usual''''' standard-operating-procedure for members of the Corps is [[OneRiotOneRanger to act solo or with one partner]]. Though patrolling the entire universe does tend to spread things a bit thin. (Even downsizing the scale to a galaxy, as is sometimes suggested, would give each GL a little less than a second on average to devote to each solar system in his sector in a given year-- assuming zero travel time and that he/she/it doesn't need to sleep, eat, or maintain a secret identity. No wonder they aren't supposed to also routinely help with some ''other'' sector's problems.)\\\
Ever since ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' back in the 1980s, it has been DC canon that most of the universe is lifeless, and those solar systems which can and do support sapient life tend to be clustered together. The official number of such planets given at that time (in Marv Wolfman's 1986 ''History of the Universe'') is not so large that 7200 Green Lanterns couldn't handle them. Thus far, no one has provided a different number than that given in 1986, nor has the book been removed from official DC canon. Furthermore, it's also held that most sectors have a lot less going on in them than Sector 2814 (Earth's sector), which is considered the "bad neighborhood" of the universe. Which is why it was the first sector to be assigned two Green Lanterns, before the expansion from 3600 to 7200 members made that a standard arrangement.\\\
Not only isn't Green Lantern unique, but the Green Lantern ''Corps'' isn't unique; Sinestro and Star Sapphire have formed parallel Corps (Yellow/Fear and Violet/Love), and there's also the Red, Blue and Indigo Lanterns for Rage, Hope and Compassion. The exception is the Orange Lantern Corps (of Avarice); it only had one member, ''Larfleeze'', who hogged all the rings for himself. ''Lex Luthor'' became member #2, and as expected they had issues with sharing. [[note]]Technically the Orange Lantern Corps has lots of members...it's just that none of them are alive. Whenever Larfleeze kills someone he steals their soul and turns them into a ring construct. Larfleeze's prolonged contact with the orange light has caused him to become one with it, and he has the power to summon ''thousands'' of Orange Lantern Constructs at a time.[[/note]]
* Another DC example are the ComicBook/{{Blue Beetle}}s; besides the ones on Earth there are plenty of other Blue Beetles in the galaxy belonging to different alien species. The catch is they are agents of the Reach, who use the Beetles to infiltrate world to gather information on them, and conquer them when they are ready.
* Marvel's ''ComicBook/{{Nova}}'' fits this category.
* The Guardians of the Galaxy in the third ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' series.
* Captain Britain is part of the Captain Britain Corps in the ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' series, where each different Britain in the Marvel multiverse has one to defend the country. Most of them are different versions of Brian Braddock, but this isn't always the case. Since there's one for almost every reality, not every Captain Britain is Caucasian, male, or even good for that matter. There have been at least two Nazis in the role, since they technically represent the ideals of their Britain. Also Captain Granbretan, who comes from a Britain that had been conquered by Napoleon. More esoteric Captains Britain have included [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Captain Airstrip-One]], [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Britanicus Rex]], [[TheRomanEmpire Centurion Britannus]], [[CaptainAmerica Captain Colonies]] and at least two Skrulls. Oh, and Captain UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}.
* Comicbook/GhostRider now fits this trope. Every nation has its own Spirit of Vengeance. [[spoiler: Until they were all killed except for Johnny and Dan but even then a power such as Zadkiel's can't truly erase a Rider from existence, as was seen in the last issue of ''Heaven's on Fire'' when every Rider in history showed up to take him down.]]
** While [[Comicbook/AllNewGhostRider Robbie Reyes]] resembles the classic Spirits (firey head, firey vehicle), he has a somewhat different origin and power-set, being bonded to an actual ghost rather than a Spirit of Vengeance.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''
** In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', Superman is seen teaming up with Supermen from other times (essentially, his descendants) to fight threats against time. [[spoiler: The organization is led by Superman himself from a little over a million years in the future.]]
** During ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Superman teamed up with Supermen from [[TheMultiverse alternate Earths]], including his [[EvilTwin evil opposite]] Ultraman and a [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Dr. Manhattan]] {{Expy}}, in ''Superman Beyond.''
* In ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'', Danny Rand discovers not only is K'un Lun not the only capital city of heaven, but each city has its own Immortal Weapon, its own protector and representative like him. Also, he learned that there were lots of other Iron Fists throughout history, including the terminally awesome Wu Ao-Shi, the Pirate Queen of Pinghai Bay. And also when he first met his arch rival, the Steel Serpent, he learned that K'un Lun housed another sacred and ancient power that rivaled the Iron Fist: The Serpent Sting. There are seven main colored Lantern Corps in DC and seven Immortal Weapons, so there's that too.
* The situation with the original Green Lantern is specifically pastiched in ''ComicBook/NineteenSixtyThree'', where Hypernaut, during a time travel adventure, meets with a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] counterpart. While the two compare notes, the Golden Age Hypernaut is dumbfounded at the idea that there is an entire cosmic order of others like him.
* Franchise/SpiderMan villain ComicBook/{{Venom}} was originally a super suit that Spidey himself wore to augment his powers. However it was later revealed to be a sentient alien symbiote... and even later revealed to be just one member of an entire race. It was also capable of self-replicating, and so far several symbiotes have appeared in the comics canon.
** Spider-Man himself started out as a guy who got powers from a radioactive spider... until it was revealed he's connected to a supernatural force called the Web of Life, which also empowers every other arachnid-themed hero and villain.
* ''Comics/SwampThing'' During Alan Moore's tenure as writer, Swampy met the Parliament of Trees, and discovered that not only had plant elementals like him existed through history, but that they had ''all'' been created when a man with a name like "Alec Holland" had burned to death in a swamp.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/TakamachiNanohaOf2814'': All the many magical girls of the verse thought they were the only magical girls around until Green Lantern-Chan (i.e. Nanoha) arrived on their doorstep and [[MyCard exchanged cell phone numbers]].
* The MegaCrossover ''Fanfic/BattleFantasiaProject'' begins with a MagicalGirl OriginalCharacter [[DrivenToSuicide attempting suicide on television]] in order to see if this trope exists -- and if it doesn't, to at least escape her suffering. She's rescued by [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanoha and Fate]], and magical girls throughout the world realize they aren't alone...
* FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops has the Anchors, selected individuals from each loop that remain aware every time their world [[GroundhogDay resets.]] Unlike most examples of this trope, Anchors don't have any additional special abilities... aside from being much more experienced then other loopers.
* FanFic/{{Draknophobia}} has two variants, the first variant is a combination of heroes old and new, including [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Dragonborn]], the Mane of the Khajiit, a descendant of Talos and [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind the Nerevarine]], as well as [[spoiler: the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion former Champion of Cyrodiil come Daedric Prince Sheogorath.]]]] The second variant is [[spoiler: when Sotrahkun summons Dragonborn from [[AlternateTimeline alternate timelines]] to fight each alternate Alduin during the great battle in Whiterun Hold.]]
* Until their disappearance, the {{Daria}} Expanded Universe had the ''Corps of Ringbearers'', each of whom had a [[SwissArmyWeapon Defender Ring]], a couple of PsychicPowers and ElementalPowers (for the times when or if the [[CrazyPrepared ring might somehow get taken away or shut down]].
* In ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'', Lightning and Celesto are the only two alicorns that can use the Uniforce... besides Cerise, a one-shot character from ''My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II''. [[spoiler: Oh, and Raven can do it too]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Jumper}}'', David Rice believes he is the only person in the world capable of teleportation, until he meets Griffin, who signifies this trope with the line "What, did you think you were the only one?"
* The Jedi Knights in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels. Except that Luke and Anakin were both well aware that the order existed before either started their training, and with Luke he ''was'' the only active Jedi at the time, considering Yoda and Obi-Wan had effectively retired while the rest of the Order had been murdered by TheEmpire. The [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] reveals that various other Jedi survived the purge, but they went into hiding like Yoda and Obi-Wan.
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* The Kai Lords of ''Literature/LoneWolf''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/ADirtyJob'' by ChristopherMoore features the protagonist as the newest GrimReaper, one among many.
* The Lensmen in ''Literature/{{Lensman}}''. The original TropeNamer (Green Lantern Corps) was [[OlderThanTheyThink inspired by Lensman]].
* ''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.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** Although if they are heroes is relative (and Harry has more than a few words to say on the subject) the White Council fits the trope ''very'' loosely. Many magic users who've just discovered their powers get a visit from a Warden telling them the Seven Laws of Magic. The Council itself defends wizards and muggles against the nastier supernatural threats via its wardens. Why Harry would debate their heroic status -- many magic users ''don't'' get that visit from a Warden, but the Laws of Magic apply to them anyway. The penalty for breaking [[AllCrimesAreEqual ANY Law in ANY degree]] is death by beheading. Several Laws are NOT intuitive-- for instance the one against mind control also forbids perfectly benevolent psychic surgery like attempting to cure addiction, albeit [[GoneHorriblyWrong with reason]].
** There is also the Chosen Three. Three men or women who become a Knight of the Cross, who take up a holy sword with a single nail placed into the hilt. Yes, ''[[Literature/TheBible Those Nails]]'' that pierced Christ to the Cross. And with these swords, which represent Faith, Hope, and Love respectively, they fight various supernatural evils in the world. It should be noted being Catholic is not a requisit for this position. One Knight was a Japanese Baptist and the other is an Agnostic (and he was given his Sword by Archangel Michael.)
** And there are people who are called "starborn." These are mortals who were born under a specific alignment of stars which allows them [[spoiler:to be able to actually harm creatures from outside reality itself. Surprise, Harry's one of them.]]
** The Winter and Summer Knights are mortals who, generally speaking, are selected by one of the Queens of the their respective courts. There is only one Knight to each Court. They serve as the personal servants of the Queens with the Winter one usually acting as the hitman of the Winter Queens and the Summer Knight would move to defend whomever Winter wants dead.
* In ''Literature/YoungWizards'', after Nita takes the Oath and gets her power, she gradually learns that there are wizards among every living species on Earth, and every alien race we know of.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', the title character finds out that he is the son of the greek god Poseidon and soon gets taken to Camp Half blood,a camp where other young off-spring of greek gods reside and train.Percy at first believes that he is the only current son of Poseidon but in the second book he finds out that he has a half-cyclops brother named Tyson.It's also implied at the end of the first book that Percy may have more half-brothers and sisters out there,but it is never brought up or touched upon after that.
* In ''Oh. My. Gods.'' by Tera Lynn Childs, the main character finds out she is a demigod and finds out that there is a whole school of them in Greece.
* In ''Literature/WearingTheCape'', Hope Corrigan gains [[FlyingBrick Atlas-type powers]], making her one of dozens (although she ''is'' A-class--in the top 10% and therefor a hot commodity). After trying to dissuade her from taking up a superhero career, Atlas offers to train her and she joins the Sentinels as a probationary member while working on her certification.
* In ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', Mara Jade had been the Emperor's Hand, a personal enforcer to the now-deceased Emperor Palpatine, and believed that she was the sole Emperor's Hand. At one point, [[MagnificentBastard Admiral Thrawn]] informed her that Palpatine had granted the title of "Emperor's Hand" to many people, who each believed they were the only one. This revelation that the Emperor lied to her and regarded her as a tool and not a person began her slow but sure HeelFaceTurn.
* The Night's Watch of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', an army set up to protect Westeros from supernatural threats from the high North, was ''originally'' this. By the events of the books themselves, however, the Watch has effectively become a PenalColony, manned almost exclusively by [[TradingBarsForStripes sentenced criminals]]. Prince Rhaegar once said in a vision ''"The dragon must have three heads"''. We have seen only Daenerys having three dragons until she sees she must be find other two riders, possibly from her family. Fandom [[EpilepticTrees has many]] [[WildMassGuessing candidates]].
* ''Literature/{{Dragons}}''
** ''The Last Dragon Chronicles'': [[spoiler:Liz and Lucy aren't the only descendants of Guinevere running around, and on the flipside, Gwilanna isn't the only nasty sibyl...]]
** In ''Fire World'', [[spoiler:the Tapestry of Isenfier features David, Rosa, Penny, Angel, Gadzooks, and Mathew.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Gary Hobson of ''Series/EarlyEdition'' believed he was 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 is the antithesis of everything humble Hobson is: The guy uses the paper to give him an edge in the stock market, owns a chain of fancy restaurants, and even has a hired team of people who carry out the paper's tasks for him.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', first there was Buffy the Chosen One, the "one girl in all the world who had the strength..." However, after a temporarily clinical death, it turns out that she isn't ''the'' Slayer anymore (first Kendra, then with her death, [[DarkActionGirl Faith]]) and the line no longer goes through her. Then, in the series finale, [[spoiler: Buffy has Willow cast a spell that would activate the powers of ''all'' potential Slayers, making an army of thousands.]]
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', it was not until "The Time Meddler" that viewers learned that there were others of the Doctor's race with the ability to time travel.
** Although it's no surprise to the audience (those familiar with the classic series anyway), Rose is somewhat taken aback in [[DoctorWhoNSS2E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]] to learn that she is not the first person the Doctor has taken with him on his journeys. Not only were there others, but eventually they tend to be left behind...
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. At first we are led to believe there's only the rangers seen on the show. Then it turns out that theres alien power ranger teams out there, and various types of SixthRanger. Of course this all becomes a total MindScrew in the episode Forever Red. Given how a new show with a completely new rangers team is introduced every year, you'd be inclined to believe that within the PR universe, almost any dope with enough money, resources, and spare time can create his own Power Rangers team. Previously, it seemed that only Zordon had the means of making morphers and creating rangers. These days, almost anyone from ancient ninja/kung fu masters to modern-day pizza chefs can create their own morphers and start up their own Power Rangers team.
* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero''. When Ralph and Bill finally meet one of the aliens in the ship, he discovers the secret leaders behind his superpowers with the implication that there are more like him elsewhere in the galaxy. Another episode revealed a previous bearer of the suit. He used it to become rich and it was eventually taken away.
* Franchise/{{Kamen Rider}}s often cross over with each other, and while they don't all have a unified power source, they do all have similar themes (grasshoppers, riding motorbikes and kicking things until they explode). They all team up quite often in movies, not to mention half the plot of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' being LetsYouAndHimFight.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Sam thinks he is the only one with psychic powers, but soon meets other [[Characters/SupernaturalSpecialChildren Special Children]] and finds out that the Yellow-Eyed Demon has plans for them.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is the central premise of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' -- your character is empowered by the gods of the setting to become a divinity in their own right. And so are the rest of the seven hundred Celestial Exalted, thousand or so Alchemical Exalted, and roughly twenty thousand and counting Terrestrial Exalted.
* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', you are one of the Awakened, a human who has trascended the Lie and become a full-fledged RealityWarper. Thing is, you're not the only one to do this and, indeed, apart from the two villain factions (one of which only wants Awakenings "controlled" -- i.e. on their say-so) and paranoid types who believe that more mages equals less magic, pretty much every mage ''wants'' more humans to Awaken.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', the six Toa were first thought to be a unique group of heroes, until after three years of storyline Vakama spoke the words: "You are not the first Toa." From then on, more and more Toa were featured and there was even mention of a war in which several hundred Toa fought. Subverted somewhat in that Tahu and his team were indeed chosen among the others to save the Matoran Universe by awakening Mata Nui; they were made to be fail-safes to protect Mata Nui should anything happen to him.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' it, at first, seems like Sora's Keyblade is the only one in existence, and he's the only chosen master (after a brief tug-of-war with [[RivalTurnedEvil Riku]]). Then, right at the very end, King Mickey shows up with another. The sequels add Roxas and Xion [[spoiler: both of whom are extensions of Sora]], Riku (for real this time) and Kairi, while Xigbar claims to have met Keyblade wielders before Sora. The prequel shows he wasn't kidding: there were 7 or possibly 8 (Terra, Aqua, Ven, Master Xehanort, Master Eraqus, and Mickey. Vanitas is the maybe) before the "new generation". Even this, however, pales next to the army of ''thousands'' in the distant past. Problem was, they all got greedy for more power and went to war with each other, nearly destroying the universe and leaving behind an enormous FieldOfBlades. Sora seems to be the "main" Chosen One, for reasons that seem to have more to do with his heart than his Keyblade, but the [[ShrugOfGod details are still a little vague]].
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' has [[TheAllAmericanBoy Ness]], [[GirlNextDoor Paula]], [[ScienceHero Jeff]] and [[WarriorPrince Poo]] as four chosen teenagers destined to save the universe from [[GalacticConqueror Giygas]], who returns to seek revenge after [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/MOTHER1 his previous encounter with Ninten and friends]].]]
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' gradually escalates this trope (with the major twist that there's nothing inherently ''heroic'' about being a Bhaalspawn. In fact, most important ones are evil, though that might be because they are important ''because'' they are the most ruthless, villainous Bhaalspawn around) -- first you find out you're not alone along with finding out what you are, then the ending to ''Baldur's Gate'' reveals to the player the sheer number of Bhaalspawn around, then ''Shadows of Amn'' reveals one of your oldest friends is one too, and then ''Throne of Bhaal'' has a plot revolving around the (many) surviving Bhaalspawn duking it out or trying to survive.
* ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'': The protagonist is appointed to ''TheChosenOne'' whose mission is to free the princess. Later he learns about previous Chosen Ones who died trying to accomplish this and even meets some of them, every one thinking he is the One. [[spoiler:Of course, the Chosen Ones are all {{Unwitting Pawn}}s to Caleigh, who is actually a Demon Queen posing as a princess.]]
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''
** Incarnates are individuals touched by the Well of the Furies, obtaining the power of the gods as a result. At first, it looks like there are only two incarnates on Primal Earth: [[TheCape Statesman]] and [[EvilOverlord Lord Recluse]]. The AlternateUniverse version of Statesman not withstanding, those were the only two we knew of. As it turns out, there are ''far'' more Incarnates out there than we realized. [[spoiler:Half of the enemies on Mercy Island, for instance. Oh, and the Hamidon. Yes the giant amoeba. Really.]] Not only that, but anyone (I.E. PlayerCharacters) can potentially attract the Well's attention.
** Prior to recent updates to the game, the Villain side storyline indicated that all PlayerCharacters were all recruited as part of "Project DESTINY", as "Destined Ones" who are foreseen to help lead Lord Recluse and [[RedShirtArmy Arachnos]] to victory over the heroes. [[spoiler:The [[AvertedTrope aversion]] comes in not because the player pretty clearly knows they aren't the only "Destined One", but that your [[PropheticFallacy predetermined fate is actually irrelevant]], you have to ScrewDestiny in order to make sure Lord Recluse doesn't [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness sacrifice your character]] in service to his plan.]]
* The Nexus Force from ''VideoGame/LEGOUniverse'', split into four factions:
** '''Assemblers''': The group who builds models out of LEGO bricks. Led by [[GadgeteerGenius Doc Overbuild]].
** '''Sentinels''': The group specializing in fighting the [[TheHorde Maelstrom]]. Led by [[BloodKnight Duke Exeter]].
** '''Venture Force''': The exploration-based team. Led by [[SpacePirates Hael Storm]].
** '''Paradox''': The DarkIsNotEvil group, which uses the dark energies against the enemy. Led by [[{{Ninja}} Vanda Darkflame]].
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'' invokes this by name, with Ellia being told she is "One of the Chosen Many, Flesh and blood." The main characters live all around the world in different eras trying to fulfill a common goal: Preventing [[OurLichesAreDifferent Pious Augustus]] from summoning his master. [[spoiler: It's all a BatmanGambit by the Great Ancient Mantorok to destroy all of his enemies in one stroke.]]
* Implicit in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'': the Nameless One had led at least one previous party into the Fortress of Regrets, consisting of [[spoiler:Morte, Dak'kon, Deionarra and Xachariah]].
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestIV Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosens]]''. Although [[TheHero The Hero / The Heroine]] is the one who can use the Zenithian Equipments, The team are considered chosens as a whole.
* In all the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' games, all of the classes are canonically involved in the quest, regardless of which one the player chooses, though the player never meets the others in a single-player campaign.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' Prophecies features this. The White Mantle seeks out the Chosen in Kryta to [[spoiler: Prevent the Flameseeker prophecies from being filled; as this will result in the death of most of the Mursaat, their unseen gods]]. The Chosen is not one, but many, and in fact, it's even revealed that [[spoiler: ''all'' the player characters, Henchmen, Heroes, and all, are in fact, TheChosenMany.]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has a number of these, usually in the form of four "Warriors of Light'' chosen by the world's {{Power Crystal}}s.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI:'' Four people with different combat specialties find dulled pieces of elemental crystal and set out to restore the bigger versions.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII:'' The crystals are okay, but they pick four local orphans to restore the balance between light and dark. In an earlier era, there were [[DarkIsNotEvil Warriors of Darkness]] to [[LightIsNotGood stop a flood of Light]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV:'' The crystals are shattering and grant the powers of ancient warriors to four [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits oddballs]] to protect them. They more or less fail utterly, but they [[{{Determinator}} don't let that stop them]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV:'' Hydaelyn selects and empowers a large number of player characters and even some [=NPCs=], giving them the Power of the Echo, unusually strong aetherial reserves, as well as protecting them from [[BrainwashedAndCrazy primal tempering]]. Unusually, she also continues to help after Choosing, up to and including deflecting a magical nuke. Slightly more morbidly, the game implies that there's not much difference between receiving the Echo and being [[{{Brainwashing}} tempered]] or [[DemonicPossession joining the side of her dark reflection, Zodiark]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyThe4HeroesOfLight:'' Four kids from Horne are given powers by the Crystal and told to stop the darkness. They immediately get distracted and bumble around the world [[NiceJobBreakingItHero not being helpful]] until halfway through the game.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyDimensions:'' The Crystal of Lux chooses four people to be Warriors of Light and another four to be [[DarkIsNotEvil Warriors of Darkness]].
* You are not the only Arisen in ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'', you are just the latest of many. Through the course of the story, you learn that Duke Edmun and the Dragonforged are both Arisens who were made so by the current dragon, Grigori. Given they're still alive, considering what we see happens to Arisens when the dragon that picked them dies, it's possible that Barroch and Olra are contemporaries of yours as well.
* In TheSecretWorld, you play one of many agents chosen by Gaia to save her from [[MysticalPlague the Filth]]. A side character offhandedly remarks that the Filth may be the reason so many Chosen of Gaia have been showing up in recent times: the world is evolving defence systems against it, like an immune system producing antibodies against a virus.
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* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' has the Galaxy Girl Scouts, which fluctuate somewhere in-between being a purely female version of The Chosen Many and a ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' homage. The few scouts we've seen in action seem to be much more in line with being celebrity soldiers more than MagicalGirls or superheroes, though.
* Alita in ''Webcomic/{{Nexus}}'' is told that she isn't the only one chosen by destiny to fight evil. She's only the first of many and at least four others will eventually join her in the battle.
* In ''Webcomic/StarPower'' Danica Maris is chosen by an entity which had been posing as a star (that she had [[TheNicknamer named]] "Mitch") that she is the latest recruit of the [[http://www.starpowercomic.com/stellar-insight/ Star Powered Sentinels]]. Then he attempts to put her in contact with her colleagues across the galaxy...
--> ''Mitch: [[LastOfTheirKind "Oh dear."]]''
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''. While it is mentioned early on that Jake's the designated dragon of the States, we really don't see this trope 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. There was also an episode where one of his teachers turned out to be the Korean Dragon.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' reveals that there is more than one Time Squad, and Larry calls on one after Tuddrussel gets imprisoned by Kublai Khan ("Tuddrussel is not going to like this..."). Wouldn't you know it, the unit they call is led by Tuddrussel's ''ex-wife'' ("Oh, he's REALLY not going to like this!").
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' does this with the Guardians. At the end of the second season we learn that [[spoiler: the Guardian consul has targeted Mainframe for deletion]], in the DarkerAndEdgier third season we learn that [[spoiler: The Guardians have all been infected by the "super-virus" Daemon.]] Which serves as the plot for one of the two movies that make up the fourth season. The parallel with the Green Lantern Corps is actually pretty close, with the keytools acting as power-rings. This could almost be seen as a {{Deconstruction}} of the Green Lantern Corps, with moments of extremely [[MoralDissonance questionable actions]], and the [[AndManGrewProud arrogant way]] many of them view viruses. Made all the more jarring when [[spoiler: The keytools leave after they grow complacent and are infiltrated by Daemon]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
** The show starts out with a classic FiveManBand who we are led to believe are acting on their own, especially as they have the first 5 numbers. Later, it's revealed that the numbers go much higher than that, and KND has establishments all over the world, and even on the moon. Confusingly, the numbers are chosen by the agents themselves, rather than assigned, and are no indication of rank or seniority. Meaning that the group we follow aren't considered special, they just happened to be the ones to choose 1-5 first and everyone else gets rebuffed by the computer that confirms you can use a number.
** On the note of KND stuff, however, when Cree was introduced, it also seemed a case of her being the only Teen Ninja, with most other teens being pretty benign, until after Chad got kicked out of the KND.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternFirstFlight'' movie used the first version and kind of the second version as its story. Hal [[HumansAreBastards being from Earth]] has to go to great lengths to prove himself to the Corps singlehandedly saving it and the one guy who stands up for him initially is Sinestro who is corrupt.
* [[TheHero Lok]] from ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' finds an AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome, only to discover that many people, called seekers, possess them, and have banded together to form the Foundation.
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