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->''"But being chosen doesn't make you a hero; what you choose does."''
-->-- '''Batman''', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''

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Where TheChosenOne is the ultimate victim of BecauseDestinySaysSo, the Unchosen One is the ultimate perpetrator of ScrewDestiny. This is the hero or heroine who stands up, not because of a prophecy, but because they feel the need or desire to stop the BigBad (sometimes doing so ''in spite'' of a prophecy). The Unchosen One is, in essence, a Chosen One who [[JumpedAtTheCall chooses themselves]].

The reasons for this can vary. Perhaps the Chosen One MissedTheCall, or was killed or incapacitated by a [[ScrewDestiny Destiny Screwing]] villain. Or, in a twist, the Chosen One ''is'' the villain and the Unchosen One decides to stop them. If all the prophecies say evil will triumph, the Unchosen One's reply would be [[ScrewDestiny "screw that."]] It could also be nothing more than a simple chance encounter allowing them to intercept the CallToAdventure in place of the real ChosenOne. Every so often, the Unchosen is also a Chosen One who's decided to save the world of their own will, regardless of Fate.

Of course, because they ''aren't'' TheChosenOne, things won't be laid out on a silver platter like a proper Chosen Hero often gets. They'll more often have to ''earn'' their place as TheHero. [[TheChooserOfTheOne If there is a being or force doing the Choosing]], they'll eventually have to acknowledge the Hero even if he wasn't the Chosen One. They may also have to deal with the possibility that TheChosenOne [[FakeUltimateHero will get the credit]] [[DudeWheresMyRespect for all of their hard work]].

An Unchosen One has high odds of being a HeroicWannabe, a {{Determinator}}, or any other hero type that is likely to [[JumpedAtTheCall jump at the call]]. There's also the possibility of the Unchosen One being a BadassUnintentional, someone who actually ''doesn't'' want to save the world but may be the only one in a position to do so. A possible fate for those who MissedTheCall.

Some writers can't escape from this frame of thinking, though, and they occasionally write in that the character [[SweetAndSourGrapes really was the Chosen One after all.]]

Compare AntiAntiChrist where someone is the DarkMessiah for the ''bad guys'' and tells them to take a hike.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Anime/CorrectorYui desired to become a hero so much that she was able to overcome learning she was ''not'' TheChosenOne and [[spoiler: [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight save the true one]]... when she was BrainwashedAndCrazy by the BigBad.]] Afterward, she remains TheHeroine of the story. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] later on the 1st season's finale, she was, indeed, the chosen one. [[spoiler:By Grosser, that season's BigBad, because it wanted her and not Inukai's chosen one to be its vessel and allow it to [[PinocchioSyndrome live on the real world]].]]
* ''FlameOfRecca'' - [[spoiler:Recca]] is the cursed one destined to end the Hokage clan and [[spoiler:Kurei]] was meant to be the Hokage clan leader. Subverted in that [[spoiler: Recca really ''did'' end the clan. He defeated their final remaining enemy in the modern day and thus ended the need for the Hokage clan to exist. The spirits of the former dragon clan leaders could finally rest in peace thanks to him "ending the clan."]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'', Light Yagami: "The world is rotting and those who are making it rot deserve to die. Somebody's got to do it because the world can't go on like this. And if somebody's got to do it, why not me? In fact, I'm the ''only one who can...''"
** Also explicitly stated by Ryuk, when Light asks him why Ryuk chose him.
--->'''Light:''' ''Why did you choose me?''\\
'''Ryuk:''' ''I didn't choose you. The notebook just happened to fall around here and you just happened to pick it up.''
** It's worth noting, though, that Light ''never acknowledges'' that he wasn't chosen; all through the plot, events fall into place for him, and at the very end [[MotiveRant he swears blind that he was chosen]]. ''Ryuk'' may not have chosen him, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity but that doesn't mean destiny didn't]].
* Sugimoto from ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' was not chosen -- indeed it was her friend Youko whose destiny was to rule as a Queen. That doesn't stop Sugimoto from [[JumpedAtTheCall and insisting that she is the chosen Queen, and trying to usurp the position from Youko.]]
* Ahiru of ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', at least in part. Drosselmeyer ''did'' personally select her for the part of Princess Tutu. She just decided what to do with it. For in fact, Drosselmeyer picks specific roles for the cast characters, but they eventually grow strong enough to pick different roles. Duck, Fakir, and Kraehe are perhaps the best examples.
* ''{{Basara}}'', the main character is the twin sister of the nominal ChosenOne everyone has their hopes on. When he dies still young, she crossdresses to take his place.
* Simon from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is a rather good example. He was just a kid with the right stuff who was lucky enough to stumble across the right mecha at the right time.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'' Son Goku is a fine example. For numerous reasons, such as being the son of a low class warrior, being labeled as such himself, but moving on to become one of Earth's finest heroes (Despite being sent there to ''destroy'' it).
** Averted with his father, who thought he could pull this off after being able to see visions of the future, he failed.
** Same aversion goes for Vegeta, the prince of the Saiyans from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* Made fun of in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' where Kuno was destined to be the one to pull the legendary Wish Bringer sword from the stone, simply because he was the one millionth person to draw. The students even commented that there must have been some mistake.
* In contrast to the Chosen Children of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]]'', the cast of ''Anime/DigimonTamers''[[note]]Well, besides Ryo, who was technically a chosen child in the Adventure Universe[[/note]] were not specifically chosen to save the Digital World. They're just kids with Digimon, and for the bulk of the series, it's not clear that they even have anything to save. ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' returned to a Chosen Children model, but ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' and ''[[Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime Hunters]]'' also had unchosen leads. ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' falls somewhere in the grey area.[[note]]Taiki and the others ''were'' chosen , but by "ordinary" (albeit powerful) Digimon, rather than the divine Digimon of ''Adventure'' and ''Frontier''.[[/note]]
** A group of four Unchosen Children appeared in the last stretch of ''Frontier'', though a common fan theory is that they would have been the ones to wield to the Earth, Wood, Water, and Steel Spirits had Cherubimon not been corrupted and given them to a quartet of evil Digimon.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. As pointed out in the third season, it was only through sheer happenstance that Nanoha Takamachi encountered a being who knew about the existence of magic and that she happened to have great magical potential. It was she who chose to involve herself in an inter-dimensional case that would later allow her to [[DefeatMeansFriendship meet and befriend]] a troubled DarkMagicalGirl, and later be instrumental in stopping a world destroying tome. If not for that one incident, she would have lived a normal, carefree life.
* Amuro Ray in ''MobileSuitGundam'', as a civilian, is not supposed to interfere with the warfare in Side 7, but he decides to get on the titular Gundam to kick Zeon's asses. As the story progresses, he goes on maturing as a soldier with his own willpower and the support from the White Base crew and ultimately turns the tide of the war, stopping the fated destruction of Earth by Zeon.
* The mages of ''Manga/FairyTail'' aren't chosen or even favored by the powers that be like the Magic Council. They just happen to be the people who brought down two of the three pillars of the [[BigBad Balam Alliance]] and were pivotal to the resolution of the Dragon Attack on Fiore. [[DestructiveSaviour Through massive property damage.]]
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', quite a few of the Dex Holders weren't originally chosen by the [[TheChooserOfTheOne regional professors]] to receive Pokedexes. Silver stole his, Ruby picked his up by mistake, Diamond and Pearl got theirs due to a mix-up, and White got hers when the original chosen decided to pass it to her.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Tim Drake]]. He doesn't have any tragic backstory that eventually led him into the path of being a hero: he became a hero simply because he chose to, because he wanted to help and make a difference.
* In every prophecy that describes him, ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} is the bringer of the Apocalypse. However, he chooses to fight for the good guys and routinely ''save'' the world, once responding to a lecture on his "true" destiny with an actual "[[ScrewDestiny Screw you!]]"
* Marvel Comics' Daimon Hellstrom aka ''SonOfSatan'' not only rejected his destiny as the Antichrist, not only worked as a superhero, but was actually ordained as a Christian priest!
* Creator/CrossGen loved this trope.
** Sephie of ''[[Creator/CrossGen Meridian]]''. The Sigil was given to her father, who between the stress of receiving the Sigil and being poisoned by his brother, had a heart attack and died, passing the mark and its power on to her.
** ''The Path'' has another example of "inheriting the Sigil from a dead relative", in this case Obo-san's samurai brother who was killed in battle with one of the First.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' foe Juggernaut, a.k.a. Cain Marko, was not Cyttorak's first choice of being the avatar of his evil power. ''Xavier'' was the one Cyttorak wanted. Cyttorak didn't mind though, since Cain was a natural sociopath who didn't need much encouragement to wreak havoc with Cyttorak's power. It's only when Cain had a brief HeelFaceTurn that Cyttorak started to regret the situation.
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' has [[spoiler: Yorick, who is the only human male on the planet to survive [[ThePlague the Gendercide]], which causes many different groups to want to get ahold of him. Partway through, they all switch targets to the ''other'' last surviving male, Yorick's pet monkey Ampersand, when it turns out that he's the one with the original immunity, and Yorick just picked it up from him.]]
* [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] was supposedly genetically engineered before birth to be a genius and the man destined to make humanity a galactic power, according to the robot 451. [[spoiler:Howard and Maria Stark didn't trust 451 and adopted Tony as a smokescreen while placing their GeniusCripple biological son Arno in seclusion.]]
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* Lero Michealides in ''FanFic/DividedRainbow.''
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[[folder:Film]]
* While ''Film/TheMatrix'' plays TheChosenOne fairly straight, ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' reveal [[spoiler:the prophecy was a lie]]. Thus, when Neo continues to fight on against the Machines he has made himself an Unchosen One.
** The script/art book reveals that originally Neo is the ''sixth'' Chosen One by Morpheus, whose poor track record is part of the reason why [[spoiler: Cypher wants back into the Matrix.]]
** [[http://www.wylfing.net/essays/index.html An alternate interpretation]] suggests that ''The Matrix'' {{subvert|edTrope}}s this one, [[ZigZaggingTrope zig zagging]] the entire messianic concept: The prophecy was intended by the Architect to be an EvilPlan aimed at a continued recycling of the Matrix as a means of keeping the system in place. He is OutGambitted by the Oracle, however, who actually [[BatmanGambit intended for Neo to evolve slightly]] with each rebooting until he'd eventually [[spoiler: reject the Architect's offer to reboot the system and force the machines to reach a settlement with Zion]] that she believed was necessary for the Machines to evolve. This is possible because [[OnlyICanKillHim Neo was the only one]] who could beat [[spoiler: Smith]], who was otherwise poised to bring down the entire machine network (whew!). One hell of a {{Chessmaster}}, that Oracle.
* In ''Film/{{Willow}}'', the then-infant princess Elora Danan is prophesied to destroy the [[EvilOverlord evil queen]] Bavmorda. However, it is Willow and others striving to protect the princess who stop her. On the other hand, novels that continue the story after the movie play TheChosenOne straight, as Bavmorda returns and now-grown Elora Danan must fulfill her original destiny.
* In ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze]]'' the Turtles are disappointed when Professor Perry reveals that the formation of the ooze that mutated them ''and'' the accident that led to the canister finding its way into the sewer was simply one large accident. No Turtle was more disappointed than Donatello. He believes there's got to be more to the accident.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise, Luke Skywalker is very much this. Unlike his father, Anakin, Luke is never treated as some kind of chosen one and he is never given any special consideration in his training or his importance beyond the idea of him being something salvageable in the tragic Skywalker legacy. As such, Luke worked hard with little support to become the founder of a new Jedi Order and in fact was instrumental in making his fallen father finally achieve his own prophecy of bringing balance to the Force.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The TropeNamer is Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/UnLunDun'', in which the heroine Deeba was listed in the Book of Prophecy as the [[PluckyComicRelief "Funny Sidekick"]] to Zanna, the real Chosen One. When Zanna is injured and sent home, Deeba returns to unite [=UnLondon=] against [[BigBad the Smog]] and gets named The Unchosen One by [=UnLondon's=] residents.
** The odd thing about this is that the Book always turned out to be right about the things it claimed were wrong. It later realises this, and is pleased.
** Also, Deeba realizes that as the Unchosen One, she gets to [[SequenceBreaking ignore the parts of the prophecy that requires her to go on ridiculous sidequests.]]
* Subverted in ''SirAproposOfNothing'', where Apropos thinks he is this and hijacks the call, only to find... he was the Chosen One after all. It's complicated.
* Brandon Sanderson's ''{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy just loves to play with this trope. Kelsier, Vin, and Elend were just the people around who were able to do the job. [[spoiler:And, of course, were helped by the Big Bad.]] In fact, just about every good guy in the trilogy could be said to be an Unchosen One with the exception of [[spoiler:Sazed]].
* [[spoiler: Percy Jackson himself]] is in fact not the hero he had heard in the prophecy in ''PercyJackson.'' Instead, the prophecy was referring to [[spoiler:''Luke'' who would sacrifice himself to destroy Kronos.]]
* Taran, the protagonist of the ''[[PrydainChronicles Chronicles of Prydain]]'' becomes involved in a war for control of his homeland because he went chasing after a runaway pig and came face to face with the series' resident SupportingLeader, Prince Gwydion. He slowly works his way up from being a TagAlongKid to a BadAssNormal warrior and the equivalent of a general and eventually [[spoiler:the High King of Prydain]] because he heeds the advice of his mentors and refuses to give up on causes he believes in.
* In ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'' Tiffany is told that apparently the only thing she was born with was a natural gift for making cheese. Seeing old Mrs. Snapperly cast out of her home and allowed to freeze and starve to death by people who thought she was a witch made Tiffany determined to make sure it never happened again -- what better way to do that than by becoming a real one?
--> I said you weren't ''born'' with a talent for witchcraft: it didn't come easily; you worked hard at it because you wanted it. You forced the world to give it to you, no matter the price, and the price is and will always be, high. [ ... ] People say you don't find witchcraft; witchcraft finds you. But you've found it, even if at the time you didn't know what it was you were finding, and you grabbed it by its scrawny neck and made it work for you.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Played with with the titular character. There ''is'' a prophecy indicating him as the ChosenOne who can kill the BigBad, but Dumbledore makes a consistent effort to remind Harry that ScrewDestiny is a very real option and encourages him to fight Voldemort by choice and not BecauseDestinySaysSo.
** Neville also applies - though he was one of two possible candidates, he'd never heard the prophecy, nor was he marked as Voldemort's equal, but he still manages to turn Dumbledore's Army into a pretty badass rebellion force, openly defy Voldemort even when it appeared all hope was lost, and [[spoiler:kill the snake to thus render Voldemort mortal]].
* Tad William's novel ''TheWarOfTheFlowers'' features Mud Bug Button, the [[EccentricMentor unassuming sage]] who explains carefully to the hero that he was not [[TheChosenOne chosen]], his family was not [[ItsPersonal killed by]] TheBigBad, and he did not [[HeroicBSOD have a heroic epiphany after seeing an innocent child killed]]. He just thought carefully about the situation and decided that leading a revolution was something that needed to be done.
* In the ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Adventures'' books, this is {{Subverted}}. All this time, the Toa Metru believed they were the chosen [[{{Hobbits}} Matoran]] of Metru Nui, hence why the former Toa, Lhikan, had arranged for their transformation into Toa. Then, they found evidence that six ''other'' Matoran were meant to take on the role, and their becoming Toa was only due to [[BigBad Makuta's]] tampering with Lhikan's mind. This chimed with their initial failings as Toa heroes. In reality, [[PhysicalGod Mata Nui]] anticipated Makuta's trickery, so he re-arranged the stars over Metru Nui, thereby changing the prophecies about who should become Toa. Thus, when Makuta tried to foretell these prophecies, and then attempted to prevent their fulfillment, he deliberately planted the names of the most unlikely Toa candidates into Lhikan's brain. That is to say, the names of those exact Matoran that ''were'' supposed to become Toa.
* Kavi and Jiaan both from the ''FarsalaTrilogy'' operate under the name Sorahb, who is supposed to be reborn in a time of need acording to their country's legend. There is no Sorahb reborn, and if the legend they create is anything to go by, there probably never was an original.
* When the chosen one dies in ''Literature/CannonFodder'', the soldiers who were supposed to be his escort, Kelsey and Bobbin Pike, get stuck with his mission as punishment.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Series/{{Chuck}}, as of the end of Season 2, has graduated to actively being the Not-ChosenOne after being TheWoobie since the beginning.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'''s Potentials, sort of... they don't have much choice on whether or not they'll join Buffy in the fight against The First for much of season 7, because if they don't, they'll probably end up dead... but in the series finale Buffy gives them a choice - [[spoiler: become real Slayers and fight The First and his army, or not]]. They choose the first option.
** Also Spike, when he chose himself to fulfill the destiny that had seemingly been planned for Angel.
** The [=BtVS=] RPG includes the "Slayer Poseur" template, who is not even a Potential Slayer, but fights vampires anyway.
** Played straight however with Xander, who despite being a somewhat nerdish guy who's vastly outclassed constantly, gets swept into Buffy's larger than life MonsterOfTheWeek/[[ApocalypseHow Apocalypse of the Year]] situations, and continues to help her to the best of [[MugglePower his abilities]]. At one point in the third season he even passes on the opportunity to become a supernatural being ([[OurZombiesareDifferent a zombie]]), realizing the group needs [[BadassNormal someone normal]] (keep in mind at this point most of his friends have displayed some sort of superhuman ability or are themselves supernatural beings). Plus is not like he is always useless, striking one of the most solid hits against [[spoiler:Glory, the BigBad of the fifth season, by attacking her with a construction wrecking ball]]. This even gets {{lampshaded}} in the seventh season, with a speech he gives to Dawn, who herself at this point has become another UnchosenOne since the end of her MacGuffinGirl plot from the fifth season, in which he almost calls the trope by name:
--->'''Xander''': They'll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn't chosen. To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes because nobody's watching me. I saw you last night. I see you working here today. You're not special. You're extraordinary.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'s'' [[TheCaptain Malcolm Reynolds]] was not chosen in any way to be a hero...he just happened to be the one whose boat Simon Tam booked passage on, and possessed a [[HonorBeforeReason honorable]] streak. On the other hand, [[TheWoobie River Tam]] ''was'' chosen, [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive but she damn well didn't want to be chosen]] and [[PhlebotinumRebel fought against it as best she could.]]
* Sam and Dean of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' dive very heavily into this, particularly Dean who is even more stubborn about not embracing his destiny, and not letting Sam embrace his. Considering their destinies, this is probably for the best.
* [[IdiotHero Gentarou]], of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze''. He was never meant to be Fourze by anyone, instead coming out of nowhere and actually ''stealing the Fourze driver'' to become the Kamen Rider.
** This trope is a point of much frustration for Shroud in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble.'' Shoutarou transformed with Philip for the first time pretty much out of necessity, with no idea what he was doing. Shroud spends the majority of the season trying to split them up and put her ChosenOne with Philip instead. Unfortunately, her ChosenOne is [[RefusedTheCall rather uncooperative]], and she eventually [[spoiler: accepts that Shoutarou is not only Philip's true partner, but also the trump card that can take down Museum.]]
** Shinji in ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' is another by-chance Rider. Ryuki and Raia, another unchosen Rider, become a serious problem for [[TheChessmaster Kanzaki]]. Unlike Kanzaki's handpicked Riders, these two don't have any pressing desires and really just want to end the fighting.
* Guinevere in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' was the only main character never to be mentioned in any prophesy uttered by the dragon or any other seer (though she appeared briefly in one of Morgana's [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dreams]]. She ends up being [[spoiler:the individual who rules over the Golden Age of Camelot, with it being heavily implied that she also unites the kingdoms and legalizes magic]]. Up until the final episode, everyone assumed that this was ''Arthur's'' destiny.
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[[folder:Music]]
* One interpretation of Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott's "Hero".
-->And they say that a hero can save us, I'm not gonna stand here and wait\\
I'll hold on to the wings of the eagles, watch as we all fly away
* {{Skillet}}'s identically-titled song, "Hero," embodies this trope, with lyrics starting out "I am just a man/Not superhuman... I need a hero to save me now." However, the narrator gradually realizing that they themselves can do everything that a hero ''should'' be doing.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' was apparently not chosen by the gods to be TheHero right away. He trudged on solely for the sake of his little sister at first, then accepted the quest as a whole later. In doing so, re-empowering the Master Sword after it was weakened, and reassembling the Triforce of Courage, the gods eventually acknowledged Link as the "Hero of Winds."
* Unlike Link and Zelda, Groose in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has no real "destiny" to speak of - a fact supported by how unlike those two, he isn't reincarnated in (chronologically) future games to continue fighting Ganon. Still, he does what he can to help Link, stop Demise and save the surface world.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'', it turns out that ''you'' aren't the one chosen to go to the Hidden Land and save time after all: your partner is. However, because of ThePowerOfFriendship, you're allowed to go too.
* Sora of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is one through chance. Riku, his best friend, was chosen to wield the Keyblade [[spoiler: by Terra]] but because he jumped at [[DealWithTheDevil the wrong call]] the Keyblade went to the closest candidate at the time (Sora), following which Sora goes off to save the worlds. He then earns his position as [[TheHero Keyblade Wielder]] by winning the Keyblade back from Riku by understanding ThePowerOfFriendship.
** In ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]]'' it's revealed that of the original trio Sora, Riku and Kairi, [[spoiler: Sora]] was the only one incapable of wielding the Keyblade [[spoiler: though the reason why he can is probably because Ventus is inside his heart]]. Granted, [[spoiler: Kairi]] wasn't intentional. And it's revealed that there are ''three'' types of Keyblade: [[spoiler:The Keyblades of Light (almost all the ones we see), the Keyblades of Dark (Mickey's Kingdom Key-D) and the Keyblades of People's Hearts (wielded by Riku-Ansem).]]
* Occurs frequently in the ''TalesSeries:''
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' - Colette and Zelos are {{The Chosen One}}s of their respective lands. However, it is IdiotHero Lloyd Irving who rallies everyone to try and fix everything the BigBad has done. [[spoiler: And the whole [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]] system was all set up by the BigBad, anyway. Fulfilling their duties would've just played right into his hands.]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' - The bad guys have a DarkMessiah who will annihilate all of humanity if Senel Coolidge and his allies don't stop her.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' - [[spoiler:CloningBlues]] make it hard to determine who is and who is not TheChosenOne. The most simple answer (that no-one ever seems to come up with) is that [[spoiler:both Luke ''and'' Asch are TheChosenOne]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' - the hero, Yuri, is as unchosen as you get. Rather than being predestined, his involvement in almost all of the game's events is due to him suffering from severe ChronicHeroSyndrome. Which his comrades make sure to point out.
* In the "R:1" ''[[VideoGame/DotHackR1Games .hack//]]'' games, Aura originally chose Orca of the Azure Sea to be her champion. About 5 seconds after that, Skeith the Terror of Death put his player into a coma. Fortunately Orca was showing his friend Kite the game. Given she makes herself Kite's partner almost immediately after that, [=BlackRose=] could also qualify.
* Justin, the protagonist of the first ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'', was never TheChosenOne. The spirits who do the choosing are eventually forced to accept him.
* In ''CityOfHeroes'' the player can unlock the ability to play as one of the generic Arachnos mooks by getting a Supervillain character to the max level. The mook character follows a special storyline apart from the normal missions in which they repeatedly try to become a Destined supervillain, only to realize by the end that they had already done so the second they hit level 2.
* In ''VideoGame/LastScenario'', Hilbert is initially portrayed as TheChosenOne thanks to HeroicLineage. However, [[spoiler:Zawu was lying, and he is in fact completely normal.]] This doesn't stop him from smashing the BigBad's schemes down ''hard'' and helping to end the infighting between the 3 or 4 countries that are the focus of the game. As Alexander put it, [[spoiler: his HeroicLineage is real not because Hilbert is Alexander's descendant (which he isn't), but because he chose to follow Alexander's footsteps]].
* After accidentally [[spoiler:time-traveling to the BadFuture]], the protagonists of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' decide that the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is not in fact [[BystanderSyndrome someone else's problem]], even though they and their children would be long-dead when the apocalypse does occur.
* ''VideoGame/RondoOfSwords'' has [[spoiler:the main character, Serdic's double]]. He's pretty much dragged in the whole mess by the destruction of Bretwalde in the beginning, which also results in the death of the real Chosen One, Prince Serdic, who's the only one who can properly wield the holy sword. Eventually he has to choose whether to fulfill Prince Serdic's final wish of restoring Bretwalde ([[spoiler:which requires him to ascend as Emperor wielding the holy sword... which results in him having to kill Princess Marie to purify the sword]]) or fulfill the Prince's request to protect his sister ([[spoiler:which forces Marie to become the Queen, and causes the double to gain the name 'Altrius' after a legendary hero and become her bodyguard]]). Either way, he's pretty much just at the right (or wrong) place at the right (or wrong) time.
* Though she's certainly TheChosenOne for a lot of other legends in Arcadia, [[spoiler: April Ryan turns out to ''not'' be the next Guardian]] in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney''. [[spoiler: Her job turns out to just be finding the new one]], which is pretty important in itself.
* In ''SepterraCore'', the BigBad Doskias believes he's the Chosen One on account of being the direct descendant of the world's CrystalDragonJesus. Instead, the person who ends up saving the world is the heroine, Maya, who doesn't have any sort of special destiny or lineage, but manages to become Septerra's savior through sheer determination. Also, ''not'' being a homicidal douche, unlike Doskias.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** Shepard was a completely ordinary soldier who basically tripped into knowledge of the oncoming danger to the galaxy, and chose to dedicate him/herself to preventing it. In the sequel, this leads into Shepard becoming an ''actual'' ChosenOne for a vast conspiracy group (still heroic, but working for some decidedly {{AntiHero}}ic people) and into him/her becoming [[MemeticBadass a galactic legend.]]
** And in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', it turns out that ''humanity'' as a species is this. [[spoiler: Javik, the last living Prothean]] reveals that [[spoiler: the ''Asari'']] were chosen by the Protheans to lead the galaxy against the Reapers; to that end, they mildy tampered with their genome, influenced the development of their early civilisation and even [[spoiler: left behind a working Beacon]], all to give them a headstart in leading the next Cycle. However [[spoiler: the Asari]] ended up squandering their gifts, [[spoiler: with the Beacon making them such a HigherTechSpecies, they became technologically stagnant.]] Ultimately, they did the exact ''opposite'' of what the Protheans had expected, choosing to retreat to their homeworld rather than fight the Reapers, leaving humanity to lead the charge.
* ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' is this, in [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro the reboot trilogy]]. BigBad Malefor insists that it's their destiny as purple dragons to bring about the end of the world; Spyro disagrees and fights to save it even though he fears Malefor may be right. In a manner of speaking, Spyro is one of the few characters who can manage to be ''both'' TheChosenOne and TheUnchosenOne at the same time. He's TheChosenOne because he's the legendary purple dragon predicted to guide the fate of the era they're born into. He's TheUnchosenOne because he's not really chosen to actually ''do'' something. He could leave everything well enough alone, go Malefor's way, or change the world for the better. So while he's the purple dragon of legend who is predestined to affect history, he gets to choose how he does it himself.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' -- Amaterasu, goddess of the sun, is acknowledged by all the other gods and spirits as the one to restore the beauty of Nippon, but as far as the human world is concerned, the inept and lazy Susano (and Nagi, his ancestor) are the legendary heroes. Played with still further when Susano reveals that he ''knows'' he's the FakeUltimateHero -- and then, when the chips are altogether down, summons up some heroism and delivers the final blow without any help from Ammy.
* Zak in ''Videogame/EvilIslands'' in an odd case. He is originally hailed by the villagers as TheChosenOne by sheer coincidence, and most energetically by the village elder -- but then it turns out that [[spoiler:the prophecy is more or less a scam, the village elder is actually a spy for TheEmpire, sent there in search of a fallen meteorite]]. Naturally, he becomes a hero anyway.
* Adol Christin of ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' is an inversion: he became {{Badass}} not because he was TheChosenOne, he became (or repeatedly gets picked as) TheChosenOne because he's {{Badass}}. Because if your land needs a savior, it's an excellent idea to pick [[BadassNormal the guy]] who's already killed enough dark gods to fill a pantheon. In the sixth game's Trials of Alma sidequest, the daughter of the goddess running said trials isn't very impressed with this random guy who just showed up, but when Adol started passing the trials, apparently she went and asked around about you. She becomes ''much'' more impressed and respectful after that.
* {{Subverted}} in the ''BaldursGate'' series as a whole. It is implied in the first game that your character, good or bad, is just saying ScrewDestiny, and that's true enough in regards to [[spoiler: their divine parent]]'s plans. But in the last installment, when it's time to finally put an end to the events foretold by the prophecy that's been haunting their lives, it's revealed that it [[spoiler: actually comes with a clause saying that the protagonist is [[TheChosenOne the one]] who can prevent it and save the world a lot of strife (again, even if they choose the evil option).]]
* A rather low-key example due to her [[EleventhHourRanger late arrival]] and [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter consequent lack of character development]], but Princess Himi of Yamatai in ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' qualifies. Because of a prophecy, her adventurer brother Takeru is away from home [[spoiler: searching for the Warriors of Vale]] when the [[spoiler: Grave Eclipse happens]], and Himi takes it upon herself to join our heroes and save the day, over her father's protests.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'', everything runs on YouCantFightFate. Except for The Fateless One, who is ImmuneToFate due to being resurrected by the Well of Souls. Which is good because there is no Chosen One destined to defeat the invading Tuatha Deohn.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', ''you'' are not the chosen one. [[spoiler: Your son is.]] When you eventually find TheChosenOne and the special equipment, you can bench him and go beat the BigBad yourself.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Nami decided that when the prophesied Tidecaller didn't show up to fulfill their prophesied duties she would do it herself.
* Toyed with in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''. Chell is chosen because she is the unchosen one. Her evaluation indicates that she should not be used for testing, as she is incapable of quitting and accepting defeat. Rattman puts her into the testing for this very reason, hoping that she will be able to defeat [=GLaDOS=].
* You can ''claim'' to be this in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' -- the BigBad begins the final battle by [[AffablyEvil having a polite conversation with you]], during which at one point he asks you if you really are Nerevar reborn. One of the possible answers is to claim to be a self-willed hero making your own fate. Of course, that aside you ''were'' undoubtedly Chosen by Azura, but it's implied that's been true for several of the 'False Incarnates' over the years, and that you're only the true Nerevarine because you are the only one to actually ''succeed''.
* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', this trope gets...[[ZigZaggingTrope really complicated]]. See, you're TheChosenOne, the reincarnation of the local CrystalDragonJesus, and a prophecy foretold your emergence near Shrouded Hills and subsequent world-saving from the ancient evil, Arronax. [[spoiler: Except that the prophecy was a lie to begin with, created by Arronax-worshippers to keep everyone distracted from the ''actual'' work of keeping Arronax properly sealed. ''And'' Arronax isn't at all behind the ''actual'' world-threatening catastrophe that's about to return to Arcanum, and is using said Arronax-cult as a pawn. Yet you end up fulfilling the role of the Living One anyway and dealing with the threat that's hijacked the role of Arronax, [[MultipleEndings should you choose to do so]]. One character even asks, if you play the role of TheChosenOne, whether it even makes a difference whether you're ''actually'' Nasrudin's reincarnation.]]

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* From the ''CrossoverWars'', Scale. Her own comic starts with her creators (in story) talking of a planned story which was derailed when the [[EvilOverlord Editor]] & his forces invaded the comic & captured them. Scale's "birth" was a side effect of the Editor reaching into the metaphorical womb (a computer) and pulling out her bracer into "reality". Afterwards she had to figure out what had happened & what to do next, which involved stumbling across dimensions and assembling an army to oppose the Evil Overlords & rescuing her creators.
* The title character of ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}''. Digger is an anthropomorphic wombat, and her people usually have the good sense to steer clear of any gods or magic they may encounter. Unfortunately, Digger has gotten herself first good and lost (on account of underground hallucinogenic gas pockets), then entangled (on account of being too nice for her own good) in strange goings on in a faraway land, in which both gods and magic are involved. Prophesies of several groups speak extensively of the other characters in the story, the events that Digger participates in, and even the tunnel that Digger digs up to the surface in the beginning of the story once she decides that she is completely and utterly lost - but strangely none of the prophesies say anything about Digger herself, or mention wombats in any way. Indeed, hardly anyone in the land Digger has found herself in has even heard of them. [[spoiler:As it turns out, her ancestor specifically asked that his descendants be immune to divine prying and prophesying in exchange for helping to bind a mad god.]]
* Roy Greenhilt from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' fits this pretty well. Originally he took on the quest to destroy [[BigBad Xykon]], his father's personal nemesis, out of a desire to [[WellDoneSonGuy prove himself]]. In the process, he discovered that Xykon represents a significant threat to the universe. After telling his father to shove it, Roy decides that he's going to take down Xykon regardless of his father's wishes, just because it needs to be done.
-->'''Roy:''' We're still the Order of the Stick, no matter how much stuff changes along the way. I'm sure there will be even more changes before the endgame -- things we can't even hope to predict now. And I'm just as sure that we'll get through them all. Not because we're destined or chosen or fated or any of that cliched heroic garbage. Nah. We'll get through because we're the ones who are too dumb to know when to quit.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' is about four Unchosen who basically ''steal'' the destiny of the actual Chosen and then proceed to completely waste the opportunity. And the ones who actually end up saving the world [[spoiler: are White Mage, Priest, Shaman and Healer, ending up both as Unchosen Ones themselves and as sort-of Chosen Ones in that they're putting an end to [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/03/20/episode-007-kamehameha-or-something/ the longest]] BrickJoke [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/02/20/episode-1221-longest-set-up-in-webcomic-history/ in the series.]]]]
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', Ben is surprised, and deeply disappointed, to learn that the Omnitrix had actually been sent to Earth for his grandfather Max, and attached itself to him only by mistake. This is later weakened a little by its creator Azmuth talking about how [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny chose Ben]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' "Wishology" Trilogy, Timmy is assumed to be the Chosen One who needed to defeat the Darkness, but ''after'' he (first) defeats it it turns out another guy was the real supposed savior. Of course, it's eventually revealed that this guy was chosen ''by a committee holding auditions'', so maybe this one isn't Destiny's fault so much as poor judgement by the fairies. Also, the Darkness wasn't evil at all, the fairies just assumed that because it ''[[DarkIsNotEvil looks]]'' [[DarkIsNotEvil like an evil entity]].
* Jamie in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' does this, and actually does the job surprisingly well... compared to Coop himself, anyway.
* While the later incarnations of the Avatar of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''Westernanimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' are all TheChosenOne, [[GuileHero Wan]], the first Avatar, went against the beliefs and lifestyles of the world at the time, refusing to accept that things could not be changed and would always stay the same. Through his efforts, he merged with the spirit [[BigGood Raava]] to stop [[BigBad Vaatu]], and the two began the Avatar Cycle, separated humans and spirits, and allowed humanity to leave the Lion Turtles for the wider world.
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