Fictional characters called "The One" or related include:
- Harry Potter is the Chosen One as indirectly prophesied by Sybill Trelawney (as the prophecy could have referred to Neville Longbottom)
- Afsan is the Chosen One as prophesied by Lubal in the Quintaglio Ascension Trilogy
- A character in the Animorphs book series whose presence effectively ends the story permanently
- A concept in the Young Wizards book series
- A poem written by Felicia K. Snyder, published in 2006. The poem is about how God helps us and is always there.
- Both the One Ring, and the one God Eru Ilúvatar, were referred to as “The One” in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and related works. Ilúvatar is the only true God in that fictional setting (thus His title), though the Valar can be considered as great demigods or higher angels, with the Maiar as lesser angels or demigods.
- The One Who Is The One, the principal antagonist in James Patterson's Witch and Wizard
- An omnipotent omnipresence that created Primus and Unicron in Transformers
- "The One," an alternative name for Neo in The Matrix trilogy
- "The Chosen One," a mythical character in the Star Wars universe, revealed to be Anakin Skywalker, who fulfills the prophecy although turning to the dark side.
- "There can be only one," a rule in the Highlander universe referring first to Connor MacLeod and in the TV series to Duncan MacLeod or whichever immortal would eventually be the last one remaining
- "The Chosen One," title for Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat
- "The Chosen One" name of the main character in Steve Oedekerk's Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
- "The One"/"T.O." snooker manager character played by Bruce Payne in the cult British musical Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire
- In the second Pokémon movie, Ash Ketchum was "The Chosen One" to save the world from the destructive battle of the legendary Pokémon Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres
- Cyrus of the Gramercy Riffs gang is referred to as "the one" in 1979 film The Warriors
- Yu-Law, the villain in The One, a 2001 film starring Jet Li
- Ash Williams, the antihero in Army of Darkness, a 1993 film starring Bruce Campbell
- Zed, a Brutal Exterminator in Zardoz, the best film ever made, starring Sean Connery
- Chandler Jarrell, the hero in The Golden Child, a 1986 film starring Eddie Murphy
- "The One" (Ghost Whisperer episode)
- The One (TV program), an Australian TV series
- The One: Making a Music Star, a 2006 reality series
- A strange character named Zathras who appeared on the mysteriously vanished space station Babylon 4 refers to “The One” as being his leader on the 1990s science fiction TV series Babylon 5. The end of that episode revealed that One to be an older, time-traveling version of B5 Commander Jeffrey Sinclair. A subsequent episode expounded on this, and revealed that there were three with that title: The One Who Was (Sinclair), the One Who Is, and The One Who Will Be.
- Buffy Summers, the vampire slayer, was referred to as the chosen one in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Sydney Bristow from Alias is referred to as the chosen one in a Rambaldi script.
- Sam Winchester from Supernatural has been referred to as the one by the yellow-eyed demon.
- Homer Simpson from The Simpsons is referred to as "The Chosen One" by the Stonecutters in the sixth season episode "Homer the Great".
Famous quotes containing the words list of, named, characters, fictional and/or list:
“The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.”
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (18411935)
“The last public hanging in the State took place in 1835 on Prince Hill.... On the fatal day, the victim, a man named Watkins, peering through the iron bars of his cell, and seeing the townfolk scurrying to the place of execution, is said to have remarked, Why is everyone running? Nothing can happen until I get there.”
—Administration for the State of Con, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)
“Hemingway was a prisoner of his style. No one can talk like the characters in Hemingway except the characters in Hemingway. His style in the wildest sense finally killed him.”
—William Burroughs (b. 1914)
“One of the proud joys of the man of lettersif that man of letters is an artistis to feel within himself the power to immortalize at will anything he chooses to immortalize. Insignificant though he may be, he is conscious of possessing a creative divinity. God creates lives; the man of imagination creates fictional lives which may make a profound and as it were more living impression on the worlds memory.”
—Edmond De Goncourt (18221896)
“I am opposed to writing about the private lives of living authors and psychoanalyzing them while they are alive. Criticism is getting all mixed up with a combination of the Junior F.B.I.- men, discards from Freud and Jung and a sort of Columnist peep- hole and missing laundry list school.... Every young English professor sees gold in them dirty sheets now. Imagine what they can do with the soiled sheets of four legal beds by the same writer and you can see why their tongues are slavering.”
—Ernest Hemingway (18991961)