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Basic Trope: There are many Chosen Ones in a series.

  • Straight: Awesome Alice assumes that she is the only person in the world who can save the world with her Amulet of Concentrated Awesome, but as her adventures go along she finds out Bumbling Bob, Muscular Max, Smart Sally, Healing Helen, Chaotic Charlie and even Funny Fluffy all have their own amulets and have an equal responsibility to save the world.
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  • Exaggerated: The work has Loads and Loads of Characters, and mos of them have their own amulets
  • Downplayed: There Is Another - Bob and Alice turn out to share the power to save the world.
  • Justified: The creator of the amulets was worried one of the amulets might be destroyed, so he makes many amulets to avoid putting all his eggs in one basket.
    • It takes many people to save the world.
  • Inverted: The Unchosen Many - That is, the world is saved by many individuals who are, in simple terms, otherwise unremarkable.
  • Subverted: Out-of-Nowhere Oscar also claims to have an Amulet of Concentrated Awesome and joins the group, and then he betrays the group to Dr. Big Bad.
  • Double Subverted: Only to find that Oscar was still one of the chosen people: his betrayal was only an act.
  • Parodied: Overnight Paranoid Preston, Quiet Quinn, Rockin' Roxanne, Sugar-and-Spice Sandy, Thoughtful Thomas, Unlucky Ursula, Victorious Vincent, Wistful Wendy, Xtreme Xander, Yes Man Yves, and Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Zachary all come into possession of amulets, and the group of 19 almost becomes unwieldy.
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  • Zig Zagged: On some missions there are more "Chosen Ones" than others.
  • Averted: All of the amulets are simply MacGuffins that Alice needs to find and that she alone can use.
  • Enforced: The producers want to have a diverse lot of characters be rotating leads. If Alice is the only Chosen One, it limits the roles of the other characters.
  • Lampshaded: Aaron: "Hi, I'm Aamazing Aaron. I have an Amulet of Concentrated Awesome, and I was wondering if I could help you all save the world." Alice: "Sorry, Austin. We're booked. We can maybe set you up for a minor reccuring Sixth Ranger role. Just get behind Babbling Barbra, City-Dweller Cecilia, Dancing Deidre and Eager Eileen."
  • Invoked: See Justified.
  • Exploited:
    • There being multiple Chosen Ones makes it all the harder for any given villain to prevail, since they have to take out a small Badass Army to do so. Plus, if these people all get along, there's a good chance they can further back up their already-formidable power with The Power of Love, The Power of Friendship and The Power of Trust. It also serves as a handy defiance of Life Will Kill You... under any other circumstances, if the Chosen One dies from a freak accident, the world's doomed.
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    • Alice performs an almost-Total Party Kill, loots the other amulets, and becomes twice as powerful as the forces threatening the world.
  • Defied: There is no chosen one.
  • Discussed: Alice: You see, Alvin, I used to be the only Chosen One. Then literally the entire cast also turned out to have an Amulet of Concentrated Awesome.
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Alice, for the most part, behaves like the Chosen One, but at the end credits her victory to a number of other people who helped her along the way. The viewers can infer that their being in the right place, in the right time, and of the right mindset was all part of whatever plan created the choosing, just as much as Alice's involvement.
  • Deconstructed: Alice gives up her quest due to feeling inferior to the other Chosen Ones.
  • Played for Laughs: Hi Alice! I'm Frilly Fifi! I have an Amulet of Concentrated Awesome too!" "No you don't." (snatches the amulet from Fifi) Now you don't have to save the world. Carry on then, go home."
  • Played For Drama: Some of the inherent specialness to being the Chosen One falls flat when it's really the Chosen Dozen (or so). At least, Alice seems to think so. Plus, getting all these individuals to coordinate can be a major hassle... egos clash, pigeonholing occurs and is defied, insults are traded, envy abounds... and if the result is We ARE Struggling Together, there won't be much of a team left, and the Big Bad will win.

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