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It may sound absurd . . . but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed . . . but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
It's not easy to be me
Five For Fighting, Superman

"Pablo, how may times you heard me say this, huh? Why me?! Who am I?! Nobody. Nobody! Guy from Elk Grove, Michigan. Where the fuck is that? In the middle of jack-shit nowhere, that's where! You know what? I got news for you. I didn't ask for this! You think I want this horse shit? Be covered in blood 24/7? Who the fuck would want that?!"
Ash Williams, Ash vs. Evil Dead

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"Do you think I chose to be like this? Do you have any idea how lonely it is? How dangerous? I would love to be upstairs watching TV or gossiping about boys or... God, even studying! But I have to save the world. Again."
Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

What is this that stands before me
Figure in black that points at me
Turn round quick and start to run
Find out I'm The Chosen One
OH NOOOOOOOOOOO!
Black Sabbath, "Black Sabbath"

Overwhelmed as one would be when placed in my position
Such a heavy burden now to be The One
Born to bear and bring to all the details of our ending
to write it down for all the world to see.
Tool, "Rosetta Stoned"

Professor X: You're the chosen one, Peter. Without you, we'll leave the fate of this world to chance. You have no choice. You must not fail!
Spider-Man: Hey! I'm freaking 16 years old here! How much pressure are you gonna put on me?!
Professor X: You're the chosen one.
Spider-Man: Yeah, so was Anakin Skywalker! And look how well that turned out!

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Aang: I must have taken out a dozen Fire Navy ships, but there's just too many of them. I can't fight them all.
Yue: You have to! You're the Avatar!
Aang: I'm just one kid.

Are you beginning to understand how those who have been chosen suffer? The pain. The loneliness. You wonder why you were chosen. Why you are the only one who has to suffer this fate. No matter how you try to avoid them there's no escaping those questions. You long for understanding. Someone who will hold your hand. But that someone never comes. Loneliness is the burden of the Chosen. It is how we are distinguished.
Satyajit Shyamalan from Birdy the Mighty: Decode, who is actually a deconstruction of Chosen One tropes.

"Sometimes a person has to choose. Sometimes the world forces his hand. If a man knows what he is and remains true to himself... the choice is no choice at all. He must fulfill his destiny. And become who he is meant to be. However much he may hate it."
Stannis Baratheon, Game of Thrones

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"What can I say? You've been chosen...and it sucks. Believe me. There's no use asking "why me?", 'cause the angels, they don't care. I think maybe they just don't have the equipment to care."
Dean to Kevin, Supernatural, "Reading is Fundamental"
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