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Basic Trope: Where The Chosen One fails at being the Chosen One.

  • Straight: The Hero fits all of the criteria for The Chosen One who is said to slay the Evil Overlord and free the world from his tyranny. He is found by The Chooser of The One who then tells him of his destiny. The Hero is trained, assembles his allies, becomes a beacon to the people, leads an army against the Evil Overlord and his Army of Thieves and Whores... and he is quickly slain by the Evil Overlord. The fight is lost, The Bad Guy Wins and another thousand years of evil swaths the land until the next Chosen One is found.
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  • Exaggerated: The Chosen One is slain within five minutes of being chosen, without any of the Hope Spot set-up.
  • Justified:
    • The prophecy has no magical or divine source to speak of and might actually be fake.
    • The prophecy is written so vaguely that the idea that the Chosen One will kill the Evil Overlord might be a translation error.
    • The Chosen One comes from a long-line of Chosen Ones that goes as far back as the creation of the world, so of-course there will be a dud every now and then.
  • Inverted: The Hero fits none of the criteria for being the Chosen One, yet beats the odds and slays the Evil overlord regardless, proving that hard-work, dedication, a good heart and a little luck is all it takes to be a hero.
  • Subverted:
    • The Hero is revealed to not be the Chosen One. He just coincidentally shares all of the same attributes as the actual Chosen One and was confused for him and the real chosen one succeeds.
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    • The Hero was chosen... to be a Human Sacrifice to placate the Evil Overlord's insatiable blood-lust.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The Hero was destined to die as motivation for the actual Chosen One to avenge them, thus technically full-filling the destiny he was chosen for.
    • The Hero was destined to die as an Inspirational Martyr for the common folk to get behind and keep hope alive in this Dark Age.
  • Parodied: The Chooser of the One gets The Hero gift-wrapped for him, having mailed-ordered a Trope Co.® Chosen One from Amazon. When The Hero fails in his mission, The Chooser takes a closer look as the box he came in, he discovers that he was a Shoddy Knockoff Product made in Mexico.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Because everyone thought that a Chosen One was meant to be the one to slay the Evil Overlord, nobody else actually humors the idea that maybe the many other monarchs and their highly-trained armies are just as qualified to challenge the Evil Overlord. Anyone who humors the idea that they do not need a Chosen One to fix the world's problems are either laughed off as naïve or prosecuted as heretics. By the time they find the Chosen One, they force him into the role against his will and sends him against the Evil Overlord unprepared under the assumption that everything with work itself out. At best, the unprepared and untrained child they presumed to be the Chosen One will be killed by the Evil Overlord's Mooks. At worst, The Dog Bites Back and he becomes evil.
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    • The Hero had everything in his favor, having been designated as the Chosen One since birth and has since been pampered from day one as reward for the eventual prophecy he was meant to fulfill. It goes to his head, turning him into a Spoiled Brat with an Inferiority Superiority Complex, the pressure of his destiny and the ego the hero worship gives him making him Unfit for Greatness.
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  • Zig Zagged: The Hero is the destined prophesied one to slay the Evil Overlord, only for him to fail and die... only to reveal that the prophecy everyone knows about is just Act 1 of a three-part prophecy that explicitely stated that he was destined to fail... and then come back from the dead and finish what he started in killing the Evil Overlord... as part of a Thanatos Gambit orchestrated by the Evil Overlord, the prophecy having been made and spread by the Evil overlord in the first place, with the reveal that the Chooser of the One and the Evil Overlord where the same person.
  • Averted: The Hero is destined to kill the Evil overlord and does so without incident.
  • Enforced: "The Chosen One" narratives have saturated the market, and with Deconstructive Parodies increasing in popularity, a Deconstructive Parody of "Chosen One" Narratives is inevitable.
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