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The 15 Greatest Chosen Ones

In honor of the release of M. Night Shyamalan‘s Avatar: The Last Airbender, we have complied a list of the fifteen greatest chosen, prophesied, destined, or otherwise singled out heroes in science fiction and fantasy, whether they come from books, movies, television, or video games.  After all, Aang isn’t the only person to have a terrible path set before them by fate, and he won’t be the last.  Warning: we’re talking about ultimate destinies here.  Here there be spoilers.

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  • Web Buzz: Number of Google results.
  • Wikipedia Pageviews: How many times their Wikipedia page was viewed last month, courtesy of
  • Degree of Success: To what extent our heroes (or villains) fulfilled the path that was laid out before them.

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