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Films - Animated
"You don't have to be the bad guy. You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone. The prophecy is made up, but it's also true. It's about all of us. Right now, it's about you. And you... still...can change everything."
Films - Live Action
"Before I could pull the trigger, I was hit by lightning and bitten by a cobra. I blacked out, and saw images of ancient Shaolin temples and monks mastering the art of kung-fu. There was an ancient prophecy about a new form of kung-fu so powerful, only one man can master it: The Chosen One. When I woke up, I saw the kung-fu master running towards me. I could feel my body mutate, into some sort of kung-fu freak of nature."
Obi-Wan: You were the chosen one! It was said you would destroy the Sith, not join them. It was you would bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness.
: You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you, but I could not save you.
"You don't need help, Dresden. You
are the help."
"Your Son," said the Djinn impressively, "is the One chosen to break the Spell of the Land of Green Ginger, and restore the Magician to his Normal Shape! It's All Been Foretold, you see — Nothing has been Left to Chance. I can even tell you your Son's Name. It's Abu Ali!"
"It's not crazy," Ginny said, standing tall, defensive. "Why is it crazy to want to believe your leader is powerful, and powerful in a way that no other dog could be? It gives the old dogs and the pups a measure of comfort to think of you as an all-powerful defender of the pack."
— The Pack, by Dayna Lorentz
Live Action TV
"Know this: You
are the right one, in the right place, at the right time."
In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer. "I love the chosen one!
Loving him is lots of fun.
We love the chosen!
Not as much as me."
"You woke up this morning, got yourself a gun. Mama always said you'd be the Chosen One. She said: You're one in a million you've got to burn to shine, but you were born under a bad sign with a blue moon in your eyes...
— Alabama 3
He will be one, one with the land
Lord of wind and the sea and the sands
The one - The bringer of life...
— Symphony X, "Evolution (The Grand Design)"
"Ness, it is my opinion you are that boy. This I believe..."
Tsun: By what right do you seek entrance to the Hall of Valor?
By right of birth. I am Dragonborn.
Dovahkiin, Dovahkiinnote Naal ok zin los vahriinnote Wah dein vokul mahfaeraak ahst vaal!note Ahrk fin norok paal graannote Fod nust hon zindro zaan,note Dovahkiin, fah hin kogaan mu draal!"note Tensay:
(dancing around with Takkar
) Strong spirit! Strong spirit!
You are the one! Takkar:
Who are you, Wolf Man
"Wolf man?!" I am Tensay!
I call for strong spirit- bear
... then you come
! [...] You bond with owl
A dream. Tensay: No dream
! The owl has named you Beast Master
"Beast Master"? Tensay:
Yes! Go, Beast Master! Calm the spirits of the wild! Make them join your fight
"Listen, Tempo. That legendary staff is the only hope we've got... And you're the only one who's able to use it!" Sylens:
So... you're even more extraordinary than I thought. Aloy:
I never had a mother. Sylens:
What are you talking about? You had two, a dead woman and a machine. Aloy:
I'm not a person, I'm an instrument. Manufactured by a machine. Born in destruction... and fire... Sylens:
To quench the flames, and heal the world. How tragic, to learn youre a person of towering importance! It seems you have a destiny to fulfill. So when youre done feeling sorry for yourself
, go to the Bitter Climb. Ill be waiting above in GAIA Primes ruins.
"It is written: Only Link can defeat Ganon."
We've watched while the stars burned out, and creation played in reverse. The universe freezing in half light. Once I thought to escape. To end the end a master, step out of the path of collapse. Escape would make us god. Yet I cannot help remember one enigma. A hybrid, elusive destroyer. This is the only mystery I have not solved. The only element unaccounted for. Even S'bhuth is no more, he saved his entire race, but in the end, frozen by despair, he joined the chaos he sought to evade. But you were dead a thousand times. Hopeless encounters successfully won. A man long dead, grafted to machines your builders did not understand. You follow the path, fitting into an infinite pattern. Yours to manipulate, to destroy and rebuild. Now, in the quantum moment before the closure, when all becomes one. One moment left. One point of space and time. I know who you are. You are destiny.
— Durandal, final words
, Marathon Infinity
Great. How many prophecies am I fulfilling? Isaac:
Three. Well, four.
"But it is your journey I am writing about to wish you luck! There will come a day when you will be thrust into another world. And once you arrive, that is only the beginning! You will soon delve even deeper into a realm of Warring Royalty in a Timeless Expanse. A realm of Agents and Exiles and Consorts and Kernelsprites. Of toiling Underlings and slumbering Denizens. A realm where four will gather, the Heir of Breath and Seer of Light, the Knight of Time and Witch of Space, and together they will Ascend."
"I don't find that compelling. It's one of the reasons I dislike the latter Fable games where 'heroism' is a quality unique to a specific bloodline of handsome white people, 'cos it adds this GATTACA-style genetic discrimination subtext to the plot. Where's the drama in someone who has been magically destined to be a hero and save the world, being a hero and saving the world? Far more interesting when someone from common stock has to overcome something and realize their potential. That's why I like Wind Waker Link, because he's just some putz."
"Chosen one" narratives are easy to write, because then you don't have to come up with a good and compelling reason for why our hero is the centre of the conflict, but they're hard to make interesting, because there's no good and compelling reason for why our hero is the centre of the conflict.
"Because God knows why your
actions should make you special; he's just chosen!"
"You know, you have the rainbow in your eyes. That's a sign you're destined for great things."