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Basic Trope: A character who is destined to do something that no one else can do.

  • Straight: Bob is the one who has to defeat Emperor Evulz.
  • Exaggerated: Nobody can even touch Emperor Evulz except Bob.
  • Downplayed: Bob has a slight advantage when fighting Emperor Evulz.
  • Justified: The world is stated to be governed by fate.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Bob is the chosen one... the one chosen to close the toilet seat, that is.
    • Bob is fated to accidentally defeat Evulz through a hilariously convoluted chain of events.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The show's Myth Arc revolves around whether or not Bob is the chosen one. Sometimes it seems like he is, sometimes there's evidence of other people being the right person, sometimes it seems like there's no need for a Chosen One... And so on, and so forth.
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    • Bob was part of a list of possible candidates to be the chosen one, all of them were competent enough to defeat Evulz. At the moment of the truth, Bob got selected just by pure luck.
  • Averted: Nobody is the chosen one.
  • Enforced: "How can we make the main character stand out? I know, make him the chosen one."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Well I can't defeat Emperor Evulz anyway. Bob is the one supposed to do it."
    • "As the Chosen One, I'll be the one to defeat you, Emperor Evulz. Or should I call you Fluffy?"
  • Invoked: Bob is labelled as the chosen one to motivate him into becoming a better person both morally and in combat, with the added bonus that Emperor Evulz focuses more on him than other threats.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz doesn't bother fighting seriously anyone but Bob, as he's the only true menace to him.
  • Defied: Bob hates being the chosen one, instead he tries to live a normal life.
  • Discussed:
    • "Bob isn't pulling around his weight, yet I can tell he has potential."
    • "Why don't we make Bob think he's the chosen one? He'll probably work harder then."
  • Conversed: "I think this character will defeat the Big Bad. He is the chosen one after all."
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • And then he surprises everyone either by being more competent than he first appears or by managing to rise to the occasion. After all, there had to be a reason he was chosen over all the others.
    • But he still manages to overcome his problems when the need is great enough and defeat the evil.
    • Bob then notices it's having this effect, and takes steps to tone it down. After all, even though he is destined to save the world, he doesn't want to be lonely.
    • ...But then it turns out that the prophecy was really referring to anyone and anyone could be the chosen one of they believe.
  • Played for Laughs: Due to being the chosen one, Bob thinks he's invincible and ends up getting his [censored] handed to him in many different and hilarious ways.
  • Played for Drama: Bob, knowing he's "the Chosen One," grows to expect so much of himself so soon that he grows to hate himself when he realizes he doesn't have Hard Work Hardly Works on his side.

You must go back to The Chosen One, for it is your destiny.

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