I’ve just finished reading an essay from the TOR newsletter about The Chosen One trope. One of the flaws of the trope the essay reflects upon is how, as a secondary effect of there being a chosen one, the unchosen masses often free themselves from further activism and responsibility. There are some positives in the essay, as well, and I think it is a good read to help write a Chosen One story with some depth and complexity to it.
Some of my favorite chosen one stories seem to always be the ones with an ensemble cast. The chosen one may be prophesied to be in the right place at the right time but they won’t actually get there without the aid of invested group support. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a good example of this. She is the first Slayer in a long line of them to survive more than a short span primarily due to having a team of friends and allies to support her success.
Here is the link to the essay:
I’m interested in the comments of others on this trope. Please share your thoughts.