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"It's one thing to think that you're the center of the universe — it's another thing entirely to have this confirmed by an ancient prophecy."

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Only you have been deemed worthy to describe the secrets of... The Chosen One.

Take it for granted that they are The Only One. These characters have been chosen by some force and they are now the only ones capable of resolving the plot. The methodology may be imprecise, and bonus points apply if "chosen one" is actually used in the work. The key here is that these characters are held in esteem for their expected potential, occasionally determined by past accomplishments.

That said, always be wary about what the character has been chosen for. If their job description involves "defeating the darkness" and involves long years of danger and struggle, chances are good that they've been made The Hero. If, on the other hand, their job description involves getting pampered by half-naked temple virgins, then chances are very good that they've been chosen to be a sacrifice instead! And woe betide the world should the Chosen One be chosen to be a villain instead of a hero...

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Compare Giving the Sword to a Noob, where someone obtains a powerful weapon, but is not able to wield it properly. See also Stumbled Into the Plot, where the protagonist instead of being chosen is simply someone who found the Inciting Incident by chance.


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    Fan Works 
  • The Calvinverse side story Prelude to a Season has Socrates being labeled as this by the aliens. The last few episodes of Calvin and Hobbes: The Series seem to build up to something, supporting this theory.
  • In the Pony POV Series:
    • Shining Armor's story strongly suggests that he has a special destiny. Mother Deer and her followers later confirm this, explaining that as he's Immune to Fate, he's the only one who can lead the Blank Wolf to destroy Makarov and remove his taint from the timeline. His story also invokes this for laughs, as the Dark Is Not Evil cult that rules Massailand becomes convinced that he's their Chosen One, and then that he isn't (in both case, because of their Insane Troll Logic); Shining is worried that, given his luck, they might be right the first time. It turns out the actual thing he was chosen for was to be the nail between the Bad Future Dark World timeline and the main timeline, he was The Un Chosen One for beating Makarov.
    • During the Rumors Arc, The CMC are chosen by the Concepts to save the universe from Discord and companies' endgame, as they were competent enough to get the job done, but Discord and his allies would never suspect them. They succeed. Button Mash is also chosen by Havoc, to spread rumors that would give the CMC a fighting chance and then to become their ally due to the video game powers said rumors granted him. It's implied Silver Spoon was also chosen, but would only have been brought in as a 'plan B' had the CMC failed, as she'd be the best chance of stopping Nightmare Diamond Tiara at that point.
    • During the same Arc, several ponies are chosen for the difficult task of keeping ponies alive and protecting them from the various rumors monsters and dangers. AK Yearling (who before this was JUST AK Yearling) was chosen by Pandora to become the real Daring Do, as she had qualities that made her a perfect fit. While we don't hear who it is, Pandora did the same thing with a filly who became Prancy Drew. Venus chose a mare named Lovestruck to merge with her deceased son Cupid's Shadow of Existence to resurrect his concept and become a Demi-Goddess, as she as Cupid's twice removed Reincarnation via the Lost Age. Notably, all of these are permanent changes (even if the Rumors are undone and everything is put back to normal) and the ponies involved had to accept before hand for that reason.
  • Subverted and played like a fiddle in Through The Well Of Pirene, where Daphne Ocean — the real Chosen One — isn't chosen at all. In fact, she has to go quite a ways out of her way in order to take her place as the Chosen One and make sure everything passes as it's supposed to.
  • Queen of All Oni: Kuro suggests that Jade is this for the Shadowkhan, being the final product of Hiruzen's last plan during Tarakudo's rebellion. And on top of that, Blankman's comments imply that she's also the reincarnation of the Ben Shui order's Chosen One (as was implied in canon).
    • Karasu later confirms the latter, explaining that the Chosen One's job is to act as a focal point for the Grand Design, sustaining it and all the seals connected to it. Though he also says that Jade's status as such is a moot point by now, since enough outside interference has damaged the Design to the point where it's doomed to collapse no matter what now.
  • The Captain of the Virtual Console has Gancena, chosen by Selene to save all video game worlds.
  • Ages of Shadow: For an evil example, there's Boaz, who Jade spends years secretly training and preparing for the day he could seize the position of Himinion and lead the Shadow Walkers to conquering the world in her name.
    • A straighter example is King Cheherazad, who is trained since childhood to lead the battle against Jade and the Shadow Walkers.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Terra believes either Bass or himself to be this, and wishes to make Sunstar proud of him by defeating Bass and proving his superiority. The chosen one is said to save the rest of the Stardroids.
  • The Seraphim, the main antagonist of Angel of the Bat, is most certainly not this, but was groomed to believe he is.
  • Xander in Big Brother confronts the previous Avatars over this idea when they talk about Aang's duty to bring peace to the world by defeating the Fire Nation.
    Xander: I've seen the whole 'One person in all the world' system at work before and it is bullshit. Always has been, always will be. If everyone wants peace then EVERYONE FIGHTS!
  • A variation of this features in the Stargate SG-1 fanfic series What You Already Know, after Daniel Jackson acquires psychic abilities following his Ascension. When Daniel is missing and presumed dead on another planet, Teal'c observes that he doesn't believe Daniel's dead because, while he doesn't believe in fate, he believes that some people are destined to do great things, and after witnessing Daniel's growing powers he has come to believe that Daniel is destined to strike the final blow in the war against the Goa'uld rather than die on some random planet.
  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe fic "Z to A", the essence of the Infinity Stones each choose one hero and send their future memories back to the time of Captain America: Civil War to change the future; Peter Parker (Soul), Wanda Maximoff (Mind), T'Challa (Power), Tony Stark (Time), Nick Fury (Space) and Thor (Reality), based on their relative level of contact with each particular Stone. However, Peter is ultimately revealed to be the "Chosen One", as the Stones choose him to be capable of using a new Gauntlet long enough to destroy Thanos's forces without being killed by the effort himself; after Tony's sacrifice and Steve Rogers going back in time in the original timeline, Peter was the one with most contact with the Stones from both prior Gauntlets.
  • It's a frequent Pokémon Fan Fiction cliche to have Ash be one of these, destined to wield Aura and command Legendaries.
    • Ashes of the Past spoofs this by revealing that Sir Aaron's Lucario knew that Ash (a descendant of Sir Aaron) was one when they first met (in the new timeline, after learning his lineage) because, according to him, it's hereditary.
    • The Power That's Inside calls this out when Ash mentions he doesn't want to be the one to save the world as it always ends up in a near-death experience for him. Pikachu ends up being the Chosen One.
    • In the new timeline features in Pokemon: Shadow of Time, Ash is specifically referred to as the Chosen of Arceus by the entity that once posed as the King of Pokelantis, although Ash makes it clear he doesn't like the idea of being some destined hero
    • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Arceus Himself chooses Ash to be the one to save reality after Arceus resets the timeline to stop Cyrus destroying existence, although the god in question chooses not to tell Ash that he was only Arceus's third choice after Lance and Cynthia were destroyed before they could be chosen.
  • In Season 3 of The Equestrian Wind Mage, Zelda states her belief, based on her prophetic dreams, that the Mane Six are meant to take up the mantles of the Six Sages.
  • Invoked in The First Saniwa in which the present-day saniwa is named Shiraha Yadachi (surname-first order) based on the Japanese expression shiraha no ya ga tatsu 白羽の矢が立つ – lit. hit with a white-fletched (divine) arrow – meaning the same thing.
  • In the Child of the Storm universe, Harry Potter is still this, not just for his prophesied showdown with Voldemort, but is also revealed to be the centerpiece to Doctor Strange's Long Game to defend Earth from Thanos. He repeatedly makes it clear that he hates all of this, but his Chronic Hero Syndrome means that he feels that he has a duty to step up to the plate... though he won't be at all happy about it.
    • Frey, Harry's ancestor and the First King of Asgard, was another chosen one, selected by the magic sword Van to wield it against Surtur. Strange, who knew him, states that he was as happy about it as Harry is about his own destiny. But, like Harry, he felt that he had a duty to follow. And he did, even though it cost him his life.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters has the Ben Shui Chosen One, Jade, the current reincarnation of the chi warrior Ben Shui, who was given the power to reincarnate by the Heart of Earth. In a later chapter, the spirit of a previous Chosen One, Joshua Norton, expresses the theory that they've been linked to the Earth in a way that causes the Chosen One of each age to be born as what is needed for that age instead of just reincarnating into people similar to the previous incarnations. For example, while Murasaki was a force against demons because her country needed her to fight the Oni, Rasputin was a politician and manipulator because that was the age of politicians and manipulators, etc.
  • In Do You Believe In Fairies?, the Harvest Sprite Finn chooses Evelyn to help save his county of Castanet because she's one of the few adults who can see Nature Spirits. Evelyn is less-than-suited for the job and her friend think she's absurd for dropping out of college to become a farmer in a Dying Town that doesn't even allow cars, but she still goes to Harmonica Town nevertheless.

    Music 
  • Made explicit in the Genesis song "One for the Vine": "His claim was phrased quite simply...: 'I am he, the chosen one'" and later "'This is he, God's chosen one, who's come to save us from all our oppressors.'"
  • The Boy from the Kiss album Music From THE ELDER, who is addressed in the song "Only You".
  • tool's "Rosetta Stoned" is a rant from the a possibly delusional man claiming he was abducted by aliens who told him, "You... are the chosen one. The one who'll deliver the message. A message of hope for those who choose to hear it and a warning for those who do not." The speaker marvels, "Me... the chosen one. They chose me! And I didn't even graduate outta fuckin' high school!"

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible: Jesus Christ means "Jesus the Anointed One". Christos being Greek for "anointed" (and "chrism" is an old name for the anointing oil). Thus "Christ" is a title, not a given name.
  • The fourteenth Dalai Lama, as well as his predecessors, were all chosen because they were believed to be the reincarnations of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. Supposedly the current Dalai Lama was shown a bunch of household items at the age of two, some that belonged to the previous Dalai Lama and some that didn't. He was then asked to determine which of the objects were his. He got every one right.
  • Most prophets appear to be somewhat arbitrarily Chosen; they certainly aren't all picked for their purity of heart.
  • Several heroes from Classical Mythology were chosen for specific tasks. Hercules was born to fight beside the gods in the Gigantomachy and rid the world of monsters. Perseus was chosen to complete Athena's vengeance on Medusa.
  • In Norse Mythology, Odin fathered the Vali specifically to avenge the death of Balder.
  • Jews believe themselves to be God's Chosen People. As such, they have extra responsibilities beyond that expected of the rest of mankind. This is why they make it so hard to convert.

    Opera 
  • In Wagner's Ring Cycle, Siegfried is the hero destined to recover the Ring and rescue Brünnhilde from the ring of magic fire.

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    Pro Wrestling 
  • CMLL, and later AAA, actually had a Masked Luchador who was simply known as El Elegido.
  • Both Jeff Jarrett in WCW and Drew McIntyre in WWE have been specifically referred to as "The Chosen One." In both cases the divine destiny was more the fact that they were well liked by the bookers, with Jeff being personal friends with Vince Russo and Drew apparently being a favorite of WWE owner Vince McMahon. Jeff has had some ups and downs with his chosen one gimmick. Drew was, at first, nearly universally reviled by the internet wrestling community as most found him to be very boring in the ring and on the mic. However, after he lost the Intercontinental Championship and was stopped being pushed as hard, Drew became an Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Regiomontana luchadora Pricesa Maya is referred to as "La Profecía Cumplida".

    Radio 
  • Played with in the BBC Radio 4 play ElvenQuest, in which the Chosen One is the protagonist's dog.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Edition has the Favored Soul class, a character with an intuitive connection to a deity who can spontaneously cast divine spells. They are also automatically proficient with their deity's favored weapon, and gain bonuses to using it as they level up (traditional Clerics, on the other hand, may be able to summon self-wielding versions, but aren't proficient by default). They are also one of only two base classes in the game that has no weak saving throws.
  • In Exalted, you're a Chosen One-in-three hundred/one hundred/fifty, depending upon what Exalt you chose.
    • If the Alchemicals were to unite, they would be a Chosen Army.
  • Interstitial: Our Hearts Intertwined has The Chosen playbook, naturally. The moves are designed around dishing out extra damage and protecting both yourself and your friends.
  • Gerrard from Magic: The Gathering is destined to defeat the dark god Yawgmoth. This is revealed to be so because he is the end result of Urza's millennium-long Bloodlines project. He is also at one point proclaimed to be the Korvecdal, the savior of the Kor, Vec and Dal tribes, but this title is later bestowed on Eladamri instead.
  • Deconstructed in Princess: The Hopeful, where the Queen of Mirror is looking for the "True Heir", a Princess who, according to her, will finally defeat the All-Consuming Darkness and bring the Light back in power, essentially fixing everything in the setting. There are only two problems with this: 1) Her criterias to qualify as a True Heir are completely unrealistic for this universe, and 2) She has no clear idea how to identify this "True Heir", so she handles this issue by telling every single Princess she recruits that they are the one, and waiting for the good one to prove herself. This has resulted in her entire Court either becoming childish egomaniac brats who are all literally convinced to be the center of the universe Because Destiny Says So and hate each other for being candidate to the title of True Heir, or just suffering a brutal Sanity Slippage as they fail to live up to her ridiculously high standards.
  • Any time you run across a Chosen One in Warhammer 40,000, they're likely to fall to Chaos or get killed at some point.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Chaos;Head, Takumi is chosen (or rather, created) for the sole purpose of suffering enough to awaken as a Gigalomaniac, then destroy Noah II which no one else is able to achieve.

    Web Animation 
  • One of the main stick figures in the Animator vs. Animation series is actually named "The Chosen One". He wasn't chosen by gods nor does he have any quests, however. His name seems to simply indicate his power level and the animator intentionally created an over-powered stick figure to fight for fun. It took years of real time to see him do something heroic, which is stopping a virus from infecting every computer in the world, starting with the animator's computer despite the animosity toward each other they used to have.
  • Red vs. Blue: In season four, Tucker becomes the chosen one for an alien prophecy after finding a sword (which he kicks ass with). The prophecy included a lot of Great things.
  • RWBY: An ancient conflict between the gods and Salem has left humanity a shattered remnant of its former glory, so the God of Light tasked the great hero Ozma to guide humanity towards The Day of Reckoning. He must unite people in harmony and prove to the gods that humanity can be redeemed; if he fails, both humanity and Remnant itself will be destroyed. The God of Light decided to make Ozma reincarnate over and over into the bodies of living men to ensure that Ozma would never be alone. Professor Ozpin was the inheritor of this divine mission until responsibility passed to Oscar. The catch is that uniting humanity is impossible as long as Salem exists... and Salem is impossible to kill.

    Web Comics 
  • 8-Bit Theater:
    • Black Mage and Fighter were chosen by their avatars to fight for the fate of the world. Both deities give up because their avatars are so stupid.
    • The Light Warriors themselves are chosen ones, too. Except they spent too long level-grinding so the king got tricked into thinking some other idiots/jerks were the light warriors, and in the end four White Mages end up killing the Big Bad anyway.
  • In Agents of the Realm, the eponymous Agents are five Chosen Ones destined to protect their world from bleeds and falling apart.
  • In Ananthalos, this is averted. Ananthalos is selected for the quest through a job interview.
  • Alice: Alice is the One Chosen to slay a dragon in a dream within a Dream Within a Dream.
  • The Beast Legion: It's revealed from the second page of the web manga that Xeus is the one chosen to save Lithopia from the upcoming Chaos.
  • Charby the Vampirate: Both Charby and Zeno are informed they are the chosen ones to their respective peoples.
  • Murai from Digger, to the degree that other people can practically sense the destiny coming off her. Fortunately for all involved (Murai included) she's not The Hero of the webcomic's story, and her destiny has nothing to do with what goes down in the climax. Ganesh claims the lessons involved may become vital to her in the future, however.
  • Dragon Sanctuary began conceptually as a deconstruction of the trope. Dean Kiata is the chosen one from a family of (mostly) chosen ones, and since the name and the legend were well known across the Pearl it was only a matter of time before shadow worshippers slaughtered the whole Kiata family, sometimes entire cities, in order to wipe them out.
  • Dubious Company''s Phred chose Sal to be his high priestess . Leeroy was also in the running, but lost the coin toss. Interestingly, Sal is not The Hero or the main character, as the position makes her a target. The perk is she is granted uncanny luck which she uses to draw info or manipulate the villain.
  • In El Goonish Shive there is a prophecy that an individual will come to unify the seyunolu (chimera) outcasts of the world. Damien was created to be this individual but he didn't fulfill the prophecy and became evil instead.
  • Erfworld:
    • In a general sense, specific units can have specific Fates (such as being Fated to serve under a specific Caster or croak a specific Ruler). Some units have a lot more Fate than others. Fighting a specific Fate causes undue hardship as Fate tries to railroad things back onto course. Fate can be beaten, but it is exceedingly difficult and usually just ends up delaying the inevitable. Even if you seemingly defeat Fate (such as, say, by croaking the unit that was supposed to croak you), it will usually just be replaced with a different Fate that is even worse for you.
    • Wanda Firebaugh, has had at least three Fates over the course of her life: Being popped into a doomed Side when everyone else except the Predictamancer was expecting a warlord, serving under the Hippiemancer Olive Branch, and obtaining an Arkentool. After that, she still has Fate, but it's a bit more blurred; she's supposed to be doing something with the Arkenpliers, and she has an unfathomably strong Fated connection to Jillian. Beyond that, it is hard to say.
    • Jillian Zamussels (originally Jillian Banhammer) was originally popped as heir when her father was informed that his perfect bubble kingdom of Faq would fall one day. Jillian was Fated to croak the Ruler of Haffaton (which ended up being Olive Branch, after the original Ruler left Erfworld) and rule Faq as a queen. From there, she has unclear Fates connecting her to Wanda and Ansom.
    • And then of course there is Parson Gotti, summoned from our world to be the "Perfect Warlord." After the Battle of Gobwin Knob, Wanda becomes convinced that he is an even more important instrument of Fate than herself, and refuses to make even basic strategic decisions without him. Turns out she's right. The spell that summoned him was created by multiple conspiracies. The Hippiemancers summoned him to end war, the Thinkamancers to defeat Charlie, and the Predictamancers at the behest of Fate itself.
      Parson: Great. How many prophecies am I fulfilling?
      Isaac: Three. Well, four.
  • Any person who plays the game in Homestuck gets their own title and "chosen" status, as demonstrated later in the strip with the Trolls' session. The series also justifies why Sburb players are The Chosen Ones in the first place. Someone in the session will be responsible for the creation of the players through ectobiology and time travel shenanigans. In the kids' session, it was John, who also created the protagonists' guardians. Therefore, the players have to play Sburb so that they can be born, so that they can play Sburb.
  • A dark twist of this happens in Hooky. The prophecy that involves either Dani or Dorian is not about saving the world, it's about which one will go bad and become the King of Witches. Turns out it's about Dani.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: At the end of "The Island And the Idol," Bob strenuously objects to the fact that people seem to be starting to treat him as this, emphasizing that most of the good guys' victories have been team efforts, and asks, "Why does anybody think I know what I'm doing?!"
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: The Demiurges and the angels are convinced that Zaid, Allison's boyfriend, is the prophecized successor of the Conquering King. They believe that they "broke" the prophecy by kidnapping Zaid before he could inherit the power, and scheme to kill Allison and give it to him. The Conquering King himself, however, implies that Allison was always his choice for heir—and even if she wasn't, due to the way prophecies work it is impossible for it to be wrong, and much more likely that everyone just misinterpreted it. Breaker of Infinities reveals that the universe is stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, perpetuated by Zoss picking out a Chosen One, letting them go through the Hero's Journey, claim the throne of creation, and then resetting it. In this cycle, Zaid was the chosen one, but Zoss gave his key to Allison instead, someone who does not fit the criteria of his successor at all, in an attempt to break the cycle.
  • A Magical Roommate: An oracle of Umbria made a prophecy, and everybody immediately assumed it was about The Protagonist Aylia. In a rare subversion, it was about her friend X, who nobody had ever heard about. Go figure!
  • In The Order of the Stick, Redcloak is the true prophet of the Dark One, destined to make goblinoids a force to be reckoned with in the world. Although he was "chosen" for a rather specific reason: there was no-one else for the Dark One to pick. He was the newest acolyte to the religious order, but also the only one to survive the Sapphire Guard's massacre of his village. Redcloak's theological revelations are "refreshingly direct":
    Dark One: Don't screw this up. No pressure, though.
  • Subverted in Our Little Adventure. Julie is the third person the Palm Tree Ghost has sent on this mission. If she fails/dies, it's highly likely TPTG will just choose someone else.
  • In Sandra and Woo, the raccoon goddess claims Lily will give birth to this — and then, laughing, tells him not to believe what that she says, being a Rascally Raccoon.
  • In Sarab, the Apprentices are chosen early in life to be the bearers of knowledge in their world.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
    • Parodied in "Chosen", where the Chosen One who saves his people from the dragon does so by getting eaten and being so unappetising the dragon leaves them alone.
    • Deconstructed in "The Chosen One", where the kid who hears he's prophesied to be the Chosen One decides to give up trying to do anything right in life because he knows he's going to do something great and become famous for it. Forty years later, he saves the world or something by stabbing the demon Mordrax in the back because he's drunk and mistakes him for a teenager who owes him money for meth.
  • In the Sluggy Freelance Story Arc "The Storm Breaker Saga", Zoë is revealed to be the eponymous Storm Breaker who is destined to kill the demon K'Z'K. Since he can't permanently dies just like that, she can even invoke it more than once; another time, she shows herself able to randomly pick from among magic items the one that will help stop him.
  • In Templars of the Shifting Verse, Augustus is seemingly chosen by the dormant Hall to be the catalyst for its awakening.
  • Tove: The title character, although she's not happy about it. She also expresses annoyance at the phrases "The Chosen One", "You're special!", "Fate has chosen you," and "It is your ultimate destiny," all being used to describe her.
  • In Voodoo Walrus it's been revealed, at least to the reader, that Grymm is some kind of prophet and Mirth and her father have a vested interest in him and a Dark One.
  • In When She Was Bad, Amber Price is decreed to be the Chosen One by an order of mysterious caped people. The main focus of the story, however, is on her nemesis, the Villain Protagonist Gail Swanson.
  • Wizard School: Subverted. Everyone at Bumblebane's Magical Academy thinks Graham is The Chosen One. He's actually a fake planted by the Big Bad, Wyrmspawn. Everyone dismisses the fact that Graham far older than the Chosen One is supposed to be and ignores the fact that he's a completely awful person.
  • In The Wotch, Xaos believes himself to be the Chosen One...chosen to destroy all worlds.
  • Yamara: LO! It is -- THE PROPHESIED ONE!! Now, if scrolls specifically said "a halfling, bearing springs, a whoopee cushion, a songbird and an inflatable raft on its jetpack", it really doesn't looks like there can be some mistake...

    Web Original 
  • In Curse Words, prophecy tells Kayden that he is the Chosen One. When it refuses to elaborate on whom he's chosen by or for what, he concludes that it's making stuff up to manipulate him.
  • Engines of Creation: Terra Murphy is given the abilities of a Green Seer immediately after her arrival in the Pactlands through birthright.
  • In The Gamer's Alliance, Marcus is destined to become the King of Remon and the wielder of the magic sword Dusk. Ax is considered to be the chosen wielder of Dusk's sister sword Dawn but after Nergal's emotional taunting she begins wondering if she's not actually the intended wielder but only meant to deliver the sword to the true chosen one.
  • How to Hero has a whole post about them here.
  • LG15: the resistance: Jonas Wharton is described as "the One", because he is the only trait positive male. Maggie also arguably qualifies, with her super-speshul magic blood.
  • In Magical Girl Policy, each member of the Spirit Guard was chosen by Fate for the task of defending the world, much to the ire of the main character, Rob.
  • Mirror World has Vita, who was brought to Inoptica to slay the krylyrk and to liberate the world. While she doesn't "defeat" the krylyrk, it's because of her that the inhabitants of Inoptica change back to their human forms and are sent back to the human world.
  • Overly Sarcastic Productions: Red talks about this trope in a video on precisely this topic, along with related concepts such as The Poorly Chosen One and why It Sucks to Be the Chosen One. She also delineates several recurring variants of this trope:
    • The Prophesied Chosen One, like Harry Potter or Anakin Skywalker, who is fated by some otherworldly and usually unspecified power to do something specific. This sort of destiny is often literally unavoidable, although it may often resolve itself with some sort of Prophecy Twist, and attempts by either heroes or villains to derail it will likely backfire and cause the prophecy to come true anyway. Issues with free will and the having your life inescapably mapped out for you may also crop up.
    • The Literally Chosen One, like Po, who is actively chosen by another person to fulfill a specific role. This case may come with issues stemming from The Chooser of The One being, as a person, potentially fallible — so what if they chose wrong? This may be exacerbated if previously chosen Ones ended up as washouts, failures or outright villains.
    • The Chosen Wielder is instead chosen by some sort of powerful artifact, which will in some way select them as its wielder. This comes with the bonus of a handy super-tool that will almost certainly be perfectly suited to dealing with whatever it's chosen you to do, although the definitionally amoral nature of an object means that it's entirely possible for it to choose a villain as its wielder.
    • The Chosen Incarnation, like Aang or Link, is a reincarnation of some past hero, and may have been born multiple times over history. They may either be reborn only when some crisis arises that they have to deal with or be reborn at regular intervals, in which case they may have some specific role to play in the world even in times of peace.
    • The One True King, like Simba or Aragorn, is exactly that — the rightful ruler of some specific place. Exactly what this means varies from work to work, and can range from cases where the Rightful King Returns to reclaim the throne from usurpers to ones where the Rightful King is a foreign conqueror with a divine mandate to take over rule of the land. It can also overlap with the Chosen Wielder in cases where the king is chosen by a magic sword a la King Arthur.
  • In Phaeton Trayen is this, but whether he is supposed to save the world or destroy it is unknown so far.
  • In the Whateley Universe, every few centuries, when The Balance is threatened, the Tao requires a mortal to take up the magical jade sword Destiny's Wave, and become the Handmaid Of The Tao. The Handmaid is always a beautiful teenaged Chinese girl, but Chou Lee, the current Handmaid, was chosen by the Tao, and transformed by the sword from a chubby white boy from Knoxville, Tennessee called Alex Farshine.

 
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Aloy "the Anointed One"

When she was born, the Matriarchs couldn't agree on whether she was the daughter of All-Mother sent to save the Nora, or the spawn of the Metal Devil sent to awaken it, with Teersa believing the former and Lansra adamantly believing the latter. They were able to reach a compromise in making her an outcast, keeping her away from Nora society for their protection, in Lansra's mind, but keeping open the possibility for her to earn her place. As it turns out, she actually was born to save them and the rest of humanity (albeit without the religious implications).

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