"…'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'?"The Chosen One doesn't mean being The Only One. A hero may find they've stumbled on a powerful artifact, or awaken Magic and Powers 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 bunch of them. While similar to Send in the Clones, 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 the hero's peers are condescending towards the hero due to his inexperience and lack of "proper" training, leading to an episode where their 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 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 Die or Fly, a staged Training Accident or a test that goes bad for real...
- The hero will be underwhelmed when their peers prove to be less than morally upright; either taking advantage of their powers for personal gain, being smug supers or Lawful Stupid. In these cases, they'll have to make an effort to give their group a Conspiracy Redemption "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 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 Super Hero Origin story the hero is recruited in haste and 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 where he learns he is not alone, but part of a larger world with new friends and mentors ready to help him.
- The Protagonist finds an Amulet of Concentrated Awesome only to find out, he's not the only one to have one.
- A character may know of this group, but is The Chosen Wannabe until this person is proven worthy to truly join.
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- Sailor Moon
- 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 Kid from the Future 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 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, Codename: Sailor V: 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.
- 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 Butt Monkey of the group.
- Dragon Ball Z:
- When Goku learns that he is one of a few surviving Saiyans 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.
- Among the Saiyans, there was the "legendary Super Saiyan", a Saiyan of incredible power, and a modern interpretation was that the next Super Saiyan would be strong enough to overthrow Frieza and liberate the Saiyan race. Vegeta thought he was the Super Saiyan, though it was revealed to be a transformation, first achieved by Goku. Eventually attainable by Vegeta as well as their children. Vegeta himself acknowledges the great myth merely becoming "a child's plaything".
- The concept of the "Legendary Super Saiyan" was revisited with the recurring Non-Serial Movie villain Broly, who did fulfill the criteria. Broly appeared to have natural access to a unique Super Saiyan form (other Saiyans had to undergo a degree of emotional trauma to achieve it), and while other Super Saiyans got a huge power up, moderate increase in muscle mass, golden hair and Battle Aura, Broly's Legendary Super Saiyan form made him incredibly burly, gave him light green hair and aura, and became absurdly powerful, easily the strongest opponent they fought up to that point.
- Super Saiyan God can be achieved by any Saiyan with a righteous heart, but there needs to be six of them to perform the ritual. Goku absorbs the power of godhood into his being, keeping the power of Super Saiyan God even after the time limit runs out, and would later use and the Super Saiyan in conjunction to achieve Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (otherwise called Super Saiyan Blue). Vegeta would achieve this on his own by training with Whis.
- Digimon Adventure 02 expands the Digidestined far beyond the three new guys. Each part of the world has at least one Digidestined team, complete with an 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.
- Lyrical Nanoha 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 a Captain of their Air Force and the head Tactical Instructor. It should be noted that Nanoha is actually an Unchosen One.
- The first story arc of Fist of the North Star centers around the rivalry between The Hero Kenshiro, the chosen master of Hokuto Shinken, and the Token Motivational Nemesis Shin, a master of the rival Nanto Seiken style. After Shin dies, it is revealed that there are actually over 108 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 Fist of the Blue Sky (which the Ryuken style is a part of), are more direct examples of this.
- Yumeiro Pâtissière: 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. 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.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: 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.
- The Dex Holders of Pokémon Special, 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 Naïve Newcomer Emerald, go up against a "powerful force" scenario 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 either among the three then-active teams or with the later groups.
- The Pretty Cure franchise adds a new group of chosen ones per continuity, increasing the cast size of the Bat Family Crossover every year. It started with two chosen ones (2004) and now there are 33 + three Eleventh Hour Rangers + one Retired Badass + two movie characters (2013). The first crossover movie has 14 chosen ones, the fifth and latest movie has 32.
- At the beginning of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, 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, and there have been for millennia. Counting spinoff characters 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.
- In a less mystical variant, in the original Mobile Suit Gundam the RX-78-2 Gundam was an extremely powerful, one-off Super Prototype and more or less the most powerful mobile suit in the entire One Year War. Subsequent spinoffs set during the same time period such as Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team and Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket have introduced about a dozen other RX-78 series Gundams, plus the 20-unit limited production RX-79 Ground Gundam line.
- In Rockman.exe Stream, Duo marks 13 individuals with the "Crest of Duo", enabling them to see his comet, as well as become one with their Net Navis through Cross Fusion, as a test to see if Earth deserves not to be destroyed by him.
- The DCU's Green Lantern Corps, made up of members from all over the universe and this trope's original Trope Namer. Being an Earth-based Green Lantern is doubly non-impressive, because there are five human GLs already, though they tend to be 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 flamesnote .
Ironically, despite there being thousands and thousands of members, the usual standard-operating-procedure for members of the Corps is 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 star 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 Crisis on Infinite Earths back in the 1980s, it has been DC canon that most of the universe is lifeless, and those star 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
- Another DC example are the Blue Beetles; 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 Nova fits this category. The Nova Corps is basically the Marvel counterpart to the Green Lantern Corps, but with helmets that turn its members into flying bricks instead of imagination-based power rings.
- The Guardians of the Galaxy in the third Paperinik New Adventures series.
- Captain Britain is part of the Captain Britain Corps in the 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 and Captain Angleterre, who come from Britains that had been conquered by Napoleon. More esoteric Captains Britain have included Captain Airstrip-One, Britanicus Rex, Centurion Britannus, Captain Colonies, Spider-UK, and at least two Skrulls. Oh, and Captain Wales.
- Ghost Rider now fits this trope. Every nation has its own Spirit of Vengeance. 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 Robbie Reyes resembles the classic Spirits (fiery head, fiery vehicle), he has a somewhat different origin and power-set, being bonded to an actual ghost rather than a Spirit of Vengeance.
- In All-Star Superman, Superman is seen teaming up with Supermen from other times (essentially, his descendants) to fight threats against time. The organization is led by Superman himself from a little over a million years in the future.
- During Final Crisis, Superman teamed up with Supermen from alternate Earths, including his evil opposite Ultraman and a Dr. Manhattan Expy, in Superman Beyond.
- In Immortal Iron Fist, 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 1963, where Hypernaut, during a time travel adventure, meets with a 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.
- Spider-Man villain 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.
- Swamp Thing 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.
- Takamachi Nanoha Of 2814: 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 exchanged cell phone numbers.
- The Mega Crossover Battle Fantasia Project begins with a Magical Girl Original Character 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 Nanoha and Fate, and magical girls throughout the world realize they aren't alone...
- The Infinite Loops has the Anchors, selected individuals from each loop that remain aware every time their world resets. Unlike most examples of this trope, Anchors don't have any additional special abilities... aside from being much more experienced then other loopers.
- Draknophobia has two variants, the first variant is a combination of heroes old and new, including Dragonborn, the Mane of the Khajiit, a descendant of Talos and the Nerevarine, as well as the former Champion of Cyrodiil come Daedric Prince Sheogorath. The second variant is when Sotrahkun summons Dragonborn from 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 Defender Ring, a couple of Psychic Powers and Elemental Powers (for the times when or if the ring might somehow get taken away or shut down.
- In My Little Unicorn, 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. Oh, and Raven can do it too.
- In To the Stars, (a Puella Magi Madoka Magica fic set in the future) one of the most significant changes is that magical girls are now a united force, and often work in concert. The collective's power extends into various martial, religious, and cultural institutions.
Films — Live-Action
- In 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 Star Wars prequels. (Although with Luke and Anakin, both were 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 The Empire.) now-discontinued The Expanded Universe revealed that various other Jedi survived the purge, but they went into hiding like Yoda and Obi-Wan.
- Played with in Seventh Son. There USED to be a whole order of "spooks," knights who battle the forces of darkness - but all but one of them are dead or have done a Face–Heel Turn before the movie begins.
- Neo in The Matrix film series. Mentioned by Morpheus in the first film and by the Architect in Reloaded , Neo is an "anomaly", the sixth "One" of his kind that appears when the Matrix code must reboot.
- In Bulletproof Monk, Kar is informed of three prophesies that must be fulfilled in order to become the next Bulletproof Monk. After he completes the third prophesy, he discovers that his girlfriend Jade has also completed the three prophesies in a different manner. Kar and Jade end up sharing the power and title of Bulletproof Monk.
- The Kai Lords of Lone Wolf.
- A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore features the protagonist as the newest Grim Reaper, one among many.
- The Lensmen in Lensman. The original Trope Namer (Green Lantern Corps) was 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.
- The Dresden Files
- There are the Knights of the Cross, the Chosen Three. Three men or women take up one of three holy swords with a single nail placed into the hilt. (Yes, 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. While the most prominent Knight is Catholic, it should be noted that this is not a prerequisite for this position. One Knight was a Japanese Baptist, another is an atheist and stubbornly agnostic, and the latest is Jewish, but apparently draws his faith and inspiration from Star Wars. Karen Murphy would briefly serve as a Knight on and off again (it was once mentioned the median service for Knights was three days before death or giving up the sword), she probably drew her faith from her belief in Law.
- And there are people who are called "starborn." These are mortals who were born under a specific alignment of stars which allows them to be able to actually harm Outsiders, creatures from outside reality. Surprise, Harry's one of them. And his mother probably arranged it herself.
- The Winter and Summer Knights are mortals who, generally speaking, are selected by one of the Fairy Queens of the their respective courts. It sounds like something out of a fairy tale, but it's much less so when you know that the fairies, while they look like regular people, are actually inhuman and capricious. Possession the Knight's Mantle means 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 Young Wizards, 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 Percy Jackson and the Olympians, 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 offspring 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's never brought up 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 Wearing the Cape, Hope Corrigan gains 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 The Thrawn Trilogy, 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, 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 was a major step in her slow but sure Heel–Face Turn.
- A Song of Ice and Fire
- The Night's Watch, 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 Penal Colony, manned almost exclusively by 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 has many who might be candidates.
- The Last Dragon Chronicles: 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, the Tapestry of Isenfier features David, Rosa, Penny, Angel, Gadzooks, and Mathew.
- In The House of Night, every vampyre is personally chosen by Nyx- and there are a lot of vampyres. Given how involved Nyx gets into the lives of mortals (and that vampyres are her favourite pawns to work through), the Change is basically a sign that She wants or will want you to do Her bidding.
- The Stormlight Archive: Surgebinders are all individually chosen by their spren for unknowingly fulfilling certain moral codes; Windrunners, for example, focus on protecting people above all else. In ages past, the Surgebinders banded together into ten Orders, called the Knights Radiant. But after the fall of the Knights thousands of years ago, the spren stopped bonding with humans, and the powers were lost. Now, as the story begins, the powers are returning, but the new Surgebinders have no idea what is happening. Several of the burgeoning Knights accidentally kill their spren due to not understanding how the bond fluctuates with their morality.
- Deconstructed in Wings of Fire. The Dragonets of Destiny are prophesied to end the War of SandWing Succession. However, that prophecy is thrown off right away by the death of the SkyWing, who is replaced by Glory. Morrowseer reveals at the end of book four that the entire prophecy was made up as part of a huge, elaborate plan to seize more territory for the NightWings. This only makes Sunny more determined to stop the war, and she (along with the other DoD) become The Unchosen One.
- Gary Hobson of Early Edition 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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 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, Faith) and the line no longer goes through her. Then, in the series finale, Buffy has Willow cast a spell that would activate the powers of all potential Slayers, making an army of thousands.
- In Doctor Who, 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 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...
- Power Rangers. 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 Sixth Ranger. Of course this all becomes a total Mind Screw 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.
- The Greatest American Hero. 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.
- Kamen Riders 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 Kamen Rider Decade being Let's You and Him Fight.
- In Supernatural, Sam thinks he is the only one with psychic powers, but soon meets other Special Children and finds out that the Yellow-Eyed Demon has plans for them.
- The final season of Person of Interest reveals that past POIs Joey Durban, Logan Pierce and Harper Rose work as Team Machine's Washington DC branch, and there are probably others like them all over the world.
- This is the central premise of 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. (And no, Exalted do not necessarily get along.)
- In Mage: The Awakening, you are one of the Awakened, a human who has trascended the Lie and become a full-fledged Reality Warper. 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.
- In 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.
- In Kingdom Hearts 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 Riku). Then, right at the very end, King Mickey shows up with another. The sequels add Roxas and Xion 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, Mickey, Vanitas and the retired Yen Sid) 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 Field of Blades. 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 details are still a little vague.
- EarthBound has Ness, Paula, Jeff and Poo as four chosen teenagers destined to save the universe from Giygas, who returns to seek revenge after his previous encounter with Ninten and friends.
- Baldur's Gate 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.
- The Bard's Tale: The protagonist is appointed to The Chosen One 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. Of course, the Chosen Ones are all Unwitting Pawns to Caleigh, who is actually a Demon Queen posing as a princess.
- City of Heroes
- 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: Statesman and Lord Recluse. The Alternate Universe 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. 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. Player Characters) can potentially attract the Well's attention.
- Prior to recent updates to the game, the Villain side storyline indicated that all Player Characters were all recruited as part of "Project DESTINY", as "Destined Ones" who are foreseen to help lead Lord Recluse and Arachnos to victory over the heroes. The aversion comes in not because the player pretty clearly knows they aren't the only "Destined One", but that your predetermined fate is actually irrelevant, you have to Screw Destiny in order to make sure Lord Recluse doesn't sacrifice your character in service to his plan.
- The Nexus Force from LEGO Universe, split into four factions:
- Assemblers: The group who builds models out of LEGO bricks. Led by Doc Overbuild.
- Sentinels: The group specializing in fighting the Maelstrom. Led by Duke Exeter.
- Venture Force: The exploration-based team. Led by Hael Storm.
- Paradox: The Dark is Not Evil group, which uses the dark energies against the enemy. Led by Vanda Darkflame.
- Eternal Darkness: 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 Pious Augustus from summoning his master. It's all a Batman Gambit by the Great Ancient Mantorok to destroy all of his enemies in one stroke.
- Implicit in Planescape: Torment: the Nameless One had led at least one previous party into the Fortress of Regrets, consisting of Morte, Dak'kon, Deionarra and Xachariah.
- Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosens. Although The Hero / The Heroine is the one who can use the Zenithian Equipments, The team are considered chosens as a whole.
- In all the 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.
- Guild Wars Prophecies features this. The White Mantle seeks out the Chosen in Kryta to 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 all the player characters, Henchmen, Heroes, and all, are in fact, The Chosen Many.
- Final Fantasy has a number of these, usually in the form of four "Warriors of Light'' chosen by the world's Power Crystals.
- Final Fantasy I: Four people with different combat specialties find dulled pieces of elemental crystal and set out to restore the bigger versions.
- Final Fantasy III: The crystals are okay, but they pick four local orphans to restore the balance between light and dark. In an earlier era, there were Warriors of Darkness to stop a flood of Light.
- Final Fantasy V: The crystals are shattering and grant the powers of ancient warriors to four oddballs to protect them. They more or less fail utterly, but they don't let that stop them.
- Final Fantasy XIV: 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 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 tempered or joining the side of her dark reflection, Zodiark.
- Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light: 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 not being helpful until halfway through the game.
- Final Fantasy Dimensions: The Crystal of Lux chooses four people to be Warriors of Light and another four to be Warriors of Darkness.
- You are not the only Arisen in Dragon's Dogma, 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 The Secret World, you play one of many agents chosen by Gaia to save her from 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.
- Although the main storyline in the MMORPG Tree of Savior can make you feel as if you are the Revelator (and characters will refer to you as such), it's made clear early on that your character is not the only Revelator in the story—every player character is one, including some non-player characters. One NPC in the starting area of the western Šiauliai Woods even comments on just how many people seem to be Revelators.
- In the Mega Man ZX series, anyone who has the potential to use a Biometal is referred to as a Chosen One, and there are multiple such beings on both sides of the conflict. It's also possible to use more than one Biometal, but not just anyone can use one in the first place. This is because Master Albert designed the system so that only those who had his special blood donation (or are his descendants) could access the Biometal's power, all in the name of finding someone worthy of accessing the true power of Model W and gathering the data to become the Mega Man King.
- In BlazBlue Central Fiction, those who are not reduced to goo because of what Izanami did were called "The Entitled". Summoned to fight and decide the course of the world due to one strong wish that they had. The only exception here is, for some reason, Litchi Faye-Ling. The only reason she was still around was because her pet Panda has an essence of Entitled. Also, deconstructed that while all of them were chosen, they also bear selfish desires about how to change the world, making the world unable to change and forces Ragna the Bloodedge to face on these Chosen Many as the world's enemy, just so they stop sticking with their selfish desires and move on.
- In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, the player character is not the only one who was summoned from the human world to save the Pokémon world, but is the only one left due to all the others being defeated and banished back.
- Last Res0rt has the Galaxy Girl Scouts, which fluctuate somewhere in-between being a purely female version of The Chosen Many and a Sailor Moon homage. The few scouts we've seen in action seem to be much more in line with being celebrity soldiers more than Magical Girls or superheroes, though.
- Alita in 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 Sluggy Freelance, the God of Time created the Fate Web to ensure the world is not destroyed prematurely. There are special people called "potentials" who function as this trope, having the capacity to strengthen strengthen and protect it and are directed by the Web to where they are most needed. Zoe in particular is a potential known as the "Storm Breaker", making her the God of Destruction's greatest weakness.
- In Star Power Danica Maris is chosen by an entity which had been posing as a star (that she had named "Mitch") that she is the latest recruit of the Star Powered Sentinels. Then he attempts to put her in contact with her colleagues across the galaxy...
Mitch: "Oh dear."
- American Dragon: Jake Long. 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 Time Squad 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!").
- ReBoot does this with the Guardians. At the end of the second season we learn that the Guardian consul has targeted Mainframe for deletion, in the Darker and Edgier third season we learn that 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.
- Codename: Kids Next Door
- The show starts out with a classic Five-Man Band 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 Green Lantern: First Flight movie used the first version and kind of the second version as its story. Hal 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.
- Lok from Huntik: Secrets & Seekers finds an Amulet of Concentrated Awesome, only to discover that many people, called seekers, possess them, and have banded together to form the Foundation.
- Dr. Dimensionpants: although the titular hero is the main character of the series, he is not the only dimensional superhero who received his powers from a Unicorn, as several others are seen over the course of the series.
- The Grand Finale of Gravity Falls reveals that there are ten individuals, each represented by a particular symbol on a zodiac wheel, who, when banded together, have to power to complete a ritual which can banish Bill Cipher. Oddly, while all ten of the Chosen Many have a special connection to Gravity Falls itself and are clearly destined to be part of the Zodiac, the symbols that represent them mostly have less to do with personality and more to do with clothing and other accessories; it's implied that their choice of apparel is something fated to happen. The Zodiac Ten are:
- Dipper Pines, represented by the Pine Tree (both a Meaningful Name and the symbol on his Nice Hat—which he didn't even have until he arrived in town)
- Mabel Pines, represented by the Shooting Star (the symbol on her favorite sweater)
- Wendy Corduroy, represented by the Bag of Ice (her ability to stay "cool" under pressure)
- Robbie Valentino, represented by the Broken Heart (another Meaningful Name and the symbol on his hoodie; when Wendy points out that he's worn the hoodie for years, he lampshades its special status by calling it a "destiny hoodie")
- Soos Ramirez, represented by the Question Mark (his inquisitive nature and the symbol on his favorite shirt...noticing a pattern here?)
- Pacifica Northwest, represented by the Llama (easily the shakiest connection, as she just so happens to be wearing a sweater with a llama on it during the ritual—and it's not even her sweater! But who knows why she was compelled to wear it?) Sharp-eyed fans have also noticed that there is a painting of a llama in the secret room in Northwest Mansion.
- Gideon Gleeful, represented by the Eye Pentagram (the symbol on both Gideon's cape and the tent where he does his Phony Psychic act)
- Old Man McGucket, represented by the Spectacles (a representation of his scholarly nature before he lost his mind by looking into Bill's world)
- Grunkle Stan Pines, represented by the Fish (the symbol on his trademark fez and the Mystery Shack)
- The Author, represented by the Six-Fingered Hand (a reference to his own polydactylism)