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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Whereas Midoriya is considered TheChosenOne for taking All Might's quirk, Bakugou considers himself this in comparison, saying that just because All Might chose Midoriya as his pupil and the one to take over his quirk, it doesn't mean he has given up and intends to still take All Might's spot.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Whereas Midoriya is considered TheChosenOne for taking All Might's quirk, Bakugou Bakugo considers himself this in comparison, saying that just because All Might chose Midoriya as his pupil and the one to take over his quirk, it doesn't mean he has given up and intends to still take All Might's spot.


* The titular character of the ''Franchise/Ben10'' franchise. In [[WesternAnimation/Ben10 the original series]], Ben is surprised and deeply disappointed, to learn that the [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Omnitrix]] had actually been sent to Earth for his [[TheMenInBlack ex-Plumber]] ''grandfather'' to use. It only attached itself to him because he was the closest person to the landing site. Later, the device's creator, Azmuth, muses how [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny may have chosen Ben]]...though this same character [[ZigZaggingTrope doesn't fully accept Ben as the bearer himself]] for several more years. That said, most of the alternate timelines shown throughout the original continuity do have Ben as the welder of the Omnitrix, with a few alternate ones having his cousin Gwen receive the device.

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* The titular character of the ''Franchise/Ben10'' franchise. In [[WesternAnimation/Ben10 the original series]], Ben is surprised and deeply disappointed, disappointed to learn that the [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Omnitrix]] had actually been sent to Earth for his [[TheMenInBlack ex-Plumber]] ''grandfather'' to use. It only attached itself to him because he was the closest person to the landing site. Later, the device's creator, Azmuth, muses how [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny may have chosen Ben]]... though this same character [[ZigZaggingTrope doesn't fully accept Ben as the bearer himself]] for several more years. That said, most of the alternate timelines shown throughout the original continuity do have Ben as the welder of the Omnitrix, with a few alternate ones having [[HypercompetentSidekick his cousin Gwen Gwen]] receive the device.


** Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' was not chosen by the gods to be TheHero. He's not even a reincarnation or descendant of the original Link like every other Link in the series is. He started his quest solely to rescue 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."

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** Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' was not chosen by the gods to be TheHero. He's not even a reincarnation or descendant of the original Link like every other Link in the series is. He started his quest solely to rescue his little sister at first, then accepted only accepting the quest as a whole later. later when learning he'd have to do half those things to save his sister anyway. In doing so, re-empowering the Master Sword after it was weakened, weakened and reassembling the Triforce of Courage, the gods eventually acknowledged come to acknowledge Link as the "Hero of Winds."



** In the UpdatedRerelease of the SpinOff ''Videogame/HyruleWarriors'', Linkle is the UnchosenOne. As several other characters can testify to, she definitely is ''a'' hero, just not ''the'' hero. To add insult to injury, she never gets to meet Link himself.

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** In the UpdatedRerelease of the SpinOff ''Videogame/HyruleWarriors'', Linkle is the UnchosenOne.UnchosenOne who adamantly believes that she's her generation's incarnation of Triforce of Courage wielder. As several other characters can testify to, she definitely is ''a'' hero, just not ''the'' hero. To add insult to injury, she never gets to meet Link himself.


* The titular character of the ''Franchise/Ben10'' franchise. In [[WesternAnimation/Ben10 the original series]], Ben is surprised and deeply disappointed, to learn that the [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Omnitrix]] had actually been sent to Earth for his [[TheMenInBlack ex-Plumber]] ''grandfather'' to use. It only attached itself to him because he was the closest person to the landing site. Later, the device's creator, Azmuth, muses how [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny may have chosen Ben]]...[[ZigZaggingTrope though this same character doesn't fully accept Ben as the bearer himself]] until the end of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''. That said, most of the alternate timelines shown throughout the original continuity do have Ben as the welder of the Omnitrix, with a few alternate ones having his cousin Gwen receive the device.

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* The titular character of the ''Franchise/Ben10'' franchise. In [[WesternAnimation/Ben10 the original series]], Ben is surprised and deeply disappointed, to learn that the [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Omnitrix]] had actually been sent to Earth for his [[TheMenInBlack ex-Plumber]] ''grandfather'' to use. It only attached itself to him because he was the closest person to the landing site. Later, the device's creator, Azmuth, muses how [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny may have chosen Ben]]...[[ZigZaggingTrope though this same character [[ZigZaggingTrope doesn't fully accept Ben as the bearer himself]] until the end of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''.for several more years. That said, most of the alternate timelines shown throughout the original continuity do have Ben as the welder of the Omnitrix, with a few alternate ones having his cousin Gwen receive the device.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Wishology}}'' trilogy, Timmy is assumed to be the Chosen One who will defeat the Darkness, but ''after'' he (first) defeats it, it turns out another guy was chosen ''by a committee holding auditions'', so the mix-up wasn't Destiny's fault so much as poor judgement by the fairies. When the time comes for the Chosen One to pass "the Chosen Test" to prove he's worthy of wielding the second wand, Timmy is the one who passes, proving Turbo Thunder was actually the Unchosen One.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Wishology}}'' trilogy, Timmy is assumed to be the Chosen One who will defeat the Darkness, but ''after'' he (first) defeats it, it turns out another guy named Turbo Thunder was chosen ''by a committee holding auditions'', so the mix-up wasn't Destiny's fault so much as poor judgement by the fairies. When the time comes for the Chosen One to pass "the Chosen Test" to prove he's worthy of wielding the second wand, Timmy is the one who passes, proving Turbo Thunder was actually the Unchosen One.


* The titular character of the ''Franchise/Ben10'' franchise. In [[WesternAnimation/Ben10 the original series]], Ben is surprised, and deeply disappointed, to learn that the [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Omnitrix]] had actually been sent to Earth for his [[TheMenInBlack ex-Plumber]] ''grandfather'' to use. It only attached itself to him only by mistake. Later, the device's creator, Azmuth, muses how [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny may have chosen Ben]]...[[ZigZaggingTrope though this same character doesn't fully accept Ben as the bearer himself]] until the end of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''. That said, most of the alternate timelines shown throughout the original continuity do have Ben as the welder of the Omnitrix, with a few alternate ones having his cousin Gwen receive the watch.

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* The titular character of the ''Franchise/Ben10'' franchise. In [[WesternAnimation/Ben10 the original series]], Ben is surprised, surprised and deeply disappointed, to learn that the [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Omnitrix]] had actually been sent to Earth for his [[TheMenInBlack ex-Plumber]] ''grandfather'' to use. It only attached itself to him only by mistake.because he was the closest person to the landing site. Later, the device's creator, Azmuth, muses how [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny may have chosen Ben]]...[[ZigZaggingTrope though this same character doesn't fully accept Ben as the bearer himself]] until the end of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''. That said, most of the alternate timelines shown throughout the original continuity do have Ben as the welder of the Omnitrix, with a few alternate ones having his cousin Gwen receive the watch.device.


* ''Franchise/GreenLantern:'' Most Green Lanterns are chosen by their rings because of their ability to "overcome great fear." However, when Hal Jordan went crazy[[note]]later {{Ret Con}}ned into BRAINWASHEDAndCrazy[[/note]] and started killing the whole corps, Ganthet escaped with one special GreenLanternRing and crashed on Earth. He [[ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin passed it onto Kyle Rayner]], who happened to find him, saying only "You will have to do." (However, later writers will sometimes imply that Rayner really ''was'' some kind of secret Chosen One of Ganthet's the whole time.)

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* ''Franchise/GreenLantern:'' Most Green Lanterns are chosen by their rings because of their ability to "overcome great fear." However, when Hal Jordan went crazy[[note]]later {{Ret Con}}ned into BRAINWASHEDAndCrazy[[/note]] BrainwashedAndCrazy[[/note]] and started killing the whole corps, Ganthet escaped with one special GreenLanternRing and crashed on Earth. He [[ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin passed it onto Kyle Rayner]], who happened to find him, saying only "You will have to do." (However, later writers will sometimes imply that Rayner really ''was'' some kind of secret Chosen One of Ganthet's the whole time.)


* Marvel Comics' Daimon Hellstrom aka ''Comicbook/SonOfSatan'' not only rejected his destiny as the Antichrist, not only worked as a superhero, but was actually ordained as a Christian priest!

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* Marvel Comics' ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'''s Daimon Hellstrom aka ''Comicbook/SonOfSatan'' not only rejected his destiny as the Antichrist, not only worked as a superhero, but was actually ordained as a Christian priest!



* In Kieron Gillen's Iron Man story ''The Secret Origin of Tony Stark'' a robot named 451 claims [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] was genetically engineered before birth to be a genius and the man destined to make humanity a galactic power. [[spoiler:Howard and Maria Stark didn't trust 451 and adopted Tony as a smokescreen while placing their GeniusCripple biological son Arno in seclusion.]]
* ''Comicbook/GreenLantern:'' Most Green Lanterns are chosen by their rings because of their ability to "overcome great fear." However, when Hal Jordan went crazy[[note]]later {{Ret Con}}ned into BRAINWASHEDAndCrazy[[/note]] and started killing the whole corps, Ganthet escaped with one special GreenLanternRing and crashed on Earth. He [[ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin passed it onto Kyle Rayner]], who happened to find him, saying only "You will have to do." (However, later writers will sometimes imply that Rayner really ''was'' some kind of secret Chosen One of Ganthet's the whole time.)

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* In Kieron Gillen's Iron Man ''ComicBook/IronMan'' story ''The Secret Origin of Tony Stark'' a robot named 451 claims [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] was genetically engineered before birth to be a genius and the man destined to make humanity a galactic power. [[spoiler:Howard and Maria Stark didn't trust 451 and adopted Tony as a smokescreen while placing their GeniusCripple biological son Arno in seclusion.]]
* ''Comicbook/GreenLantern:'' ''Franchise/GreenLantern:'' Most Green Lanterns are chosen by their rings because of their ability to "overcome great fear." However, when Hal Jordan went crazy[[note]]later {{Ret Con}}ned into BRAINWASHEDAndCrazy[[/note]] and started killing the whole corps, Ganthet escaped with one special GreenLanternRing and crashed on Earth. He [[ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin passed it onto Kyle Rayner]], who happened to find him, saying only "You will have to do." (However, later writers will sometimes imply that Rayner really ''was'' some kind of secret Chosen One of Ganthet's the whole time.)



* In IDW’s ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comics, it’s strongly hinted that ''Optimus Prime'' of all people is this. When he got the Matrix Of Leadership, he felt incredible pain like nothing else, which he took to be the Matrix’s way of letting know the burden he would bear. But then, Rodimus briefly inherits the Matrix and notes that when he got it, he experienced the most wondrous, euphoric feeling ever. [[DeconstructedTrope Optimus is deeply unnerved by the implications]]; that he was never really worthy of being Prime and that all he’s doing is keeping the Matrix away from the ''real'' Chosen One.

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* In IDW’s ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comics, ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'', it’s strongly hinted that ''Optimus Prime'' of all people is this. When he got the Matrix Of of Leadership, he felt incredible pain like nothing else, which he took to be the Matrix’s way of letting know the burden he would bear. But then, Rodimus briefly inherits the Matrix and notes that when he got it, he experienced the most wondrous, euphoric feeling ever. [[DeconstructedTrope Optimus is deeply unnerved by the implications]]; that he was never really worthy of being Prime and that all he’s doing is keeping the Matrix away from the ''real'' Chosen One.



* Sam in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' While it was Frodo who was chosen to carry the ring, Sam decided to join him, stick with Frodo to the end, and even carried the ring for a while when Frodo was taken in Return of the King. He's also the only character shown to completely resist the ring, and that was where its lure was strongest (the fact that it couldn't actually contribute to [[HumbleGoal anything he wanted]] was a big part of it).

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* Sam in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. While it was Frodo who was chosen to carry the ring, Sam decided to join him, stick with Frodo to the end, and even carried the ring for a while when Frodo was taken in Return of the King. He's also the only character shown to completely resist the ring, and that was where its lure was strongest (the fact that it couldn't actually contribute to [[HumbleGoal anything he wanted]] was a big part of it).


* 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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* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', 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.


* Sam in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' While it was Frodo who was chosen to carry the ring, Sam decided to join him, stick with Frodo to the end, and even carried the ring for a while when Frodo was taken in Return of the King. He's also the only character shown to completely resist the ring, and that was where its lure was strongest.

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* Sam in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' While it was Frodo who was chosen to carry the ring, Sam decided to join him, stick with Frodo to the end, and even carried the ring for a while when Frodo was taken in Return of the King. He's also the only character shown to completely resist the ring, and that was where its lure was strongest.strongest (the fact that it couldn't actually contribute to [[HumbleGoal anything he wanted]] was a big part of it).

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** In general, this is a running theme within the universe; due to the malleability of fate and reality itself, forces powerful enough to make prophecies are often just exerting their influence, and their "chosen ones" are all actually this trope propelled by divine propaganda... Unless they become successful enough that, pretending or not, [[CosmicRetcon the universe has to recognize that they were in fact fated to succeed]].


* 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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* Guinevere in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' was ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' is the only main character never to be mentioned in any prophesy uttered by the dragon or any other seer (though she appeared appears 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.


*** Taken UpToEleven if you try to go OffTheRails in-game: The {{Railroading}} mechanic to make characters essential wasn't present until ''[[TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and the player was literally [[AnyoneCanDie free to kill]] ''any'' major plot character, with only a message that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero you have doomed the world]] as a result. But even then, two separate paths exist to get you back into the endgame from this state: You can either acquire enough reputation through other quests that the game basically recognizes you anyway, or you can ScrewDestiny by [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing Vivec]] (a fight that [[BonusBoss is harder]] than the final boss), and manually reactivate it with the help of Yagrum Bagarn, the last living Dwemer (keep in mind the game gives you no help here, since you ''are'' OffTheRails), and then take a ''[[DentedIron permanent]]'' loss of over 200 health. But it ''is'' possible.
** In ''[[TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', you aren't the chosen one; [[spoiler: Martin Septim is,]] though at the beginning it is slightly hinted that fate did want you to become wrapped up in the series of events. Dialogue in ''[[TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' would seem to indicate that you are actually the HeroOfAnotherStory when it comes to Oblivion's main questline, and that your own story is actually the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion.

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*** Taken UpToEleven if you try to go OffTheRails in-game: The {{Railroading}} mechanic to make characters essential wasn't present until ''[[TheElderScrollsIVOblivion ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and the player was literally [[AnyoneCanDie free to kill]] ''any'' major plot character, with only a message that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero you have doomed the world]] as a result. But even then, two separate paths exist to get you back into the endgame from this state: You can either acquire enough reputation through other quests that the game basically recognizes you anyway, or you can ScrewDestiny by [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu killing Vivec]] (a fight that [[BonusBoss is harder]] than the final boss), and manually reactivate it with the help of Yagrum Bagarn, the last living Dwemer (keep in mind the game gives you no help here, since you ''are'' OffTheRails), and then take a ''[[DentedIron permanent]]'' loss of over 200 health. But it ''is'' possible.
** In ''[[TheElderScrollsIVOblivion ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', you aren't the chosen one; [[spoiler: Martin Septim is,]] though at the beginning it is slightly hinted that fate did want you to become wrapped up in the series of events. Dialogue in ''[[TheElderScrollsVSkyrim ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' would seem to indicate that you are actually the HeroOfAnotherStory when it comes to Oblivion's main questline, and that your own story is actually the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion.


* In ''Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers'', Devon and Zoey become the Red and Yellow Beast Rangers due to the fact that [[BigBad Evox]] is able to essentially capture the intended Rangers, Blaze and Roxy, and turn them into his Avatars.

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* In ''Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers'', Devon and Zoey become the Red and Yellow Beast Rangers due to the fact that [[BigBad Evox]] is able to essentially capture the intended Rangers, Blaze and Roxy, and turn them into his Avatars. This is doubly so as Devon was a civilian who trespassed onto the Grid Battleforce HQ to see the Battle Simulator and Zoey ''was'' a candidate, but was cut in favor of Roxy.

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* In ''Series/PowerRangersBeastMorphers'', Devon and Zoey become the Red and Yellow Beast Rangers due to the fact that [[BigBad Evox]] is able to essentially capture the intended Rangers, Blaze and Roxy, and turn them into his Avatars.


* [[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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* In Kieron Gillen's Iron Man story ''The Secret Origin of Tony Stark'' a robot named 451 claims [[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.power. [[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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