Follow TV Tropes


Playing With / The Unchosen One

Go To

Basic Trope: A character decides to save the world despite not being marked as The Chosen One.

  • Straight: When Bob, the real Chosen One, fails, his sister Alice decides to carry out his mission despite not being mentioned in the prophecy at all.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice is determined to end Bob's mission even when she is threatened with execution for doing so.
    • Alice decides to complete Bob's mission, simply because the prophecy explicitly states that she won't.
    • Advertisement:
    • Charles is a random stranger who isn't in the prophecy, but completes the mission anyway.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice is a secondary candidate for the role of the Chosen One.
    • The prophecy says that Alice will be Bob's sidekick, so it's no surprise that she is able to complete Bob's mission alone.
    • Some interpretations of the prophecy mark Bob as the Chosen One, others point on Alice. Either way, Alice doesn't care and goes to save the world regardless of who is ultimately destined to carry out the mission.
  • Justified:
    • If Bob is defeated, someone still has to save the world. Alice goes because she is Immune to Fate, or at least thinks she is.
    • Exact Words and Prophecy Twist is at play. The prophecy doesn't explicitly state that Bob will complete his mission either. Just that someone of his bloodline will.
    • Exact Words and Prophecy Twist is at play. Prophecies here don't actually have Chosen Ones as much as they describe what the qualities and qualifications are needed for success—it's more an issue that, in-universe, most people think it's describing a specific person at the start of their quest instead of just giving general specs to meet by the end of the quest.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • It turns out that Alice was the real Chosen One. The people who interpreted the prophecy made a mistake.
    • Alice decides that she won't make it because she isn't The Chosen One, and goes home.
  • Double Subverted:
    • After Emperor Evulz is defeated, we learn that the heroine wasn't Alice, but her identical twin sister Tiffany, who isn't in the prophecy.
    • Charles takes over as the hero, and defeats Emperor Evulz in the end.
    • It turns out after she beats Evulz that Alice was the real Chosen One, not Bob... except no, there was never a chosen one, the prophecy-sayers were just applying appropriate-looking phony prophecies all along.
    • Advertisement:
    • Alice is not the Chosen One, but she decides to save the world anyway. However, it later comes out that she is the Chosen One...because whatever handed out the prophecy decided to reinterpret the original prophecy and chooses Alice as the Chosen One after she decides to save the world.
  • Parodied': ???
  • Zig Zagged: Alice decides to complete her brother's mission when he failed, deciding someone needs to save the world. Then she learns she is the Chosen One when a sage tells her the prophecy was misinterpreted, though upon finishing the mission realizes the sage thought she was Tiffany and mentions that Alice was meant to be the villain instead of Emperor Evulz who himself decided to become the villain because the destined one didn't already show up.
  • Averted:
    • Alice leaves saving the world to Bob.
    • There is no prophecy.
  • Enforced: The author believes there is no destiny and wants to show that anyone can be The Hero.
  • Lampshaded: "I wasn't mentioned in any stupid prophecy. I chose myself for this job!"
  • Invoked:
    • When Bob learns that he's The Chosen One, he immediately quits.
    • Helen makes sure Bob fails in order to send Alice on the mission instead.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob dies, and Alice sells his lucky compass in order to obtain the money she needs for her journey.
    • After Alice gets home, she is happy that Bob is no longer around to bother her.
  • Defied: Alice considers carrying out Bob's mission for a while, and then she decides against it.
  • Discussed: "If Bob fails, someone will still have to save the world. Maybe you should, Alice." "Don't be silly! He's The Chosen One, and I'm not even supposed to help him. Didn't you ever read the prophecy?"
  • Conversed: "I'm so happy that in at least one movie the main protagonist isn't The Chosen One mentioned in some ancient prophecy. It shows you don't have to be special to save the world, and that just anyone can be a hero."
  • Implied:
    • Charles notes that Bob "is nothing like The Chosen One mentioned in the prophecy".
    • The prophecy clearly states that Alice and Bob have no siblings besides each other. Because Alice has a twin sister (Tiffany), the real Chosen Ones must be a different Brother-Sister Team named "Alice and Bob".
  • Deconstructed: Bob got everything handed to him on a silver platter – a faithful sidekick, a mysterious mentor, wonderful powers, and complete training. Alice has to do without any of that, which makes her mission much more difficult.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice realizes that because she had to work much harder than Bob, she also became much more powerful in the process. She uses her newfound strength to finish her mission.
    • Charles sees to it that Alice gets the assistance and training that she needs.

Back to The Unchosen One.

Example of: