History Main / BornLucky

25th Jun '16 8:57:37 PM FuzzyBoots
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the Crrator/KurtVonnegut short story "Report on the Barnhouse Effect," the titular effect is devised by Prof. Arthur Barnhouse, which allows him to manipulate luck. At first, it merely lets him ensure that dice will come up as whatever he wants to roll. He eventually develops it to the point where he starts to border on RealityWarper powers, and hides so as to go on a quest to destroy weapons to prevent future wars. [[spoiler: The narrator, a former student of Barnhouse, is taught how to do it by the end and decides to [[TakeUpMySword continue the work of the likely ailing Barnhouse]].]]

to:

* In the Crrator/KurtVonnegut Creator/KurtVonnegut short story "Report on the Barnhouse Effect," the titular effect is devised by Prof. Arthur Barnhouse, which allows him to manipulate luck. At first, it merely lets him ensure that dice will come up as whatever he wants to roll. He eventually develops it to the point where he starts to border on RealityWarper powers, and hides so as to go on a quest to destroy weapons to prevent future wars. [[spoiler: The narrator, a former student of Barnhouse, is taught how to do it by the end and decides to [[TakeUpMySword continue the work of the likely ailing Barnhouse]].]]


Added DiffLines:

* In ''Literature/{{Starluck}}'', citizens are required to take the Autobeneficient Aptitude Test, which determines a person's luck. The protagonist, Paul Cartier, got a perfect score, and has thus been targeted by The Emperor as a likely threat.
25th Jun '16 4:56:45 AM AdamC
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Imperial characters are given a trait called ''imperial luck'' which increases the amount of gold they can earn from looting containers. There's also the 'Prowler's Profit' bonus which increases your characters chance of finding assorted gemstones, and two perks in the lockpicking skilltree that make you find more money and magical items.

to:

* In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Imperial characters are given a trait called ''imperial luck'' which increases the amount of gold they can earn from looting containers. There's also the 'Prowler's Profit' bonus which increases your characters chance of finding assorted gemstones, and two perks in the lockpicking skilltree that make you find more money and magical items. [[spoiler: It's revealed that Luck is something considered the domain of Nocturnal, the Goddess worshiped by the Thieves' Guild. If you complete the Thief campaign and get the guild back into Nocturnal's good graces, she'll reward them with good luck, causing the members of the Guild to fall under this trope.]]
20th Jun '16 11:53:55 AM Lopiny
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Mr. House of ''New Vegas'' has a maxed out luck stat, representing his ability to see probabilities and manipulate them to his own benefit.

to:

** Mr. House of ''New Vegas'' has a maxed out luck stat, representing his ability to see probabilities and manipulate them to his own benefit. In practical terms, it allowed him to win an ''entire'' Vault in a game of Blackjack, and when he tried to predict when the Great War would start he was off by just one day.
20th Jun '16 7:09:52 AM ChronoLegion
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', this is Nick's power. Unfortunately, since he's a [[PowerIncontinence Powered]], not a Super, he can't control it, so it usually results in a stroke of good luck followed by a stroke of misfortune (he calls it his "bipolar luck"). For example, he's introduced having just won the lottery, gotten hit by a truck while celebrating, safely landing on a bouncy castle nearby, and the air compressor exploding. He survived, but all the winnings went to cover his hospital bills and the lawsuit filed by the guy who was renting the bouncy castle. Thankfully, the secret procedure he undergoes to turn him into a Super grants him control over his ability, so now he uses it to exclusively get good luck. After winter break, he returns to college having just won a VW Beetle in Vegas. His dormmate Vince demands that Nick return the car, since Nick, technically, cheated by using his ability to win. Nick counters by pointing out that he merely fulfilled the conditions set forth by the contest. Nick keeps the car. Interestingly, when the college has a casino night, he doesn't use his ability when playing blackjack. He is, however, very good at counting cards.

to:

* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', this is Nick's power. Unfortunately, since he's a [[PowerIncontinence Powered]], not a Super, he can't control it, so it usually results in a stroke of good luck followed by a stroke of misfortune (he calls it his "bipolar luck"). For example, he's introduced having just won the lottery, gotten hit by a truck while celebrating, safely landing on a bouncy castle nearby, and the air compressor exploding. He survived, but all the winnings went to cover his hospital bills and the lawsuit filed by the guy who was renting the bouncy castle. Thankfully, the secret procedure he undergoes to turn him into a Super grants him control over his ability, so now he uses it to exclusively get good luck. After winter break, he returns to college having just won a VW Beetle in Vegas. His dormmate Vince demands that Nick return the car, since Nick, technically, cheated by using his ability to win. Nick counters by pointing out that he merely fulfilled the conditions set forth by the contest. Nick keeps the car. Interestingly, when the college has a casino night, he doesn't use his ability when playing blackjack. He is, however, very good at counting cards.cards, having been taught by his aunt, a Vegas casino owner.
20th Jun '16 7:09:23 AM ChronoLegion
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', this is Nick's power. Unfortunately, since he's a [[PowerIncontinence Powered]], not a Super, he can't control it, so it usually results in a stroke of good luck followed by a stroke of misfortune (he calls it his "bipolar luck"). For example, he's introduced having just won the lottery, gotten hit by a truck while celebrating, safely landing on a bouncy castle nearby, and the air compressor exploding. He survived, but all the winnings went to cover his hospital bills and the lawsuit filed by the guy who was renting the bouncy castle. Thankfully, the secret procedure he undergoes to turn him into a Super grants him control over his ability, so now he uses it to exclusively get good luck. After winter break, he returns to college having just won a VW Beetle in Vegas. His dormmate Vince demands that Nick return the car, since Nick, technically, cheated by using his ability to win. Nick counters by pointing out that he merely fulfilled the conditions set forth by the contest. Nick keeps the car. Interestingly, when the college has a casino night, he doesn't use his ability when playing blackjack. He is, however, very good at counting cards.
20th Jun '16 6:28:02 AM ChronoLegion
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** This seems to change in the sequel, where [[spoiler:Teela ends up eating the Tree-of-Life root and becoming a Protector, ensuring that her genes will not be preserved, as Protectors are unable to reproduce. She also allows herself to be killed during the climax in order to preserve the Ringworld]].
16th Jun '16 11:19:48 PM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the animated series, ''ClassOfTheTitans,'' the phenomenal luck of one of the main characters, Neil, allows him to win everything from battles against mythical creatures to coin tosses. This is especially useful for him since, unlike the other Titans who are descended from ancient Greek heroes and possess incredible fighting abilities, Neil is descended from Narcissus and only has his ancestor's good looks and vain personality.

to:

* In the animated series, ''ClassOfTheTitans,'' ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans,'' the phenomenal luck of one of the main characters, Neil, allows him to win everything from battles against mythical creatures to coin tosses. This is especially useful for him since, unlike the other Titans who are descended from ancient Greek heroes and possess incredible fighting abilities, Neil is descended from Narcissus and only has his ancestor's good looks and vain personality.



* The title character of ''CampLazlo'' counts.

to:

* The title character of ''CampLazlo'' ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' counts.



* ''UltimateBookOfSpells'': The episode "Lucky Gus" featured Gus being extremely lucky and alienating his friends because of that. It turns out [[BigBad Zarlak]] was behind this good luck wave exactly to keep him apart from his friends. It also counts as LoopholeAbuse, since he used the luck spell because the boarding school where the heroes live is protected against Dark Magic and lucky spells aren't dark. Fortunately, Zarlak forgot the spell on and Gus used his luck to save the day.

to:

* ''UltimateBookOfSpells'': ''WesternAnimation/UltimateBookOfSpells'': The episode "Lucky Gus" featured Gus being extremely lucky and alienating his friends because of that. It turns out [[BigBad Zarlak]] was behind this good luck wave exactly to keep him apart from his friends. It also counts as LoopholeAbuse, since he used the luck spell because the boarding school where the heroes live is protected against Dark Magic and lucky spells aren't dark. Fortunately, Zarlak forgot the spell on and Gus used his luck to save the day.
15th Jun '16 12:49:30 AM LinTaylor
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Medaka stands out because she's even luckier than that. One commonly-used test is to have a person roll a handful of dice; if they're an Abnormal, they'll roll all sixes. When Medaka takes the test, not only does she get all sixes, but the dice land ''stacked one on top of the other''.
2nd Jun '16 3:12:10 AM Doug86
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* One of the most infamous people in history: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. While he was of average intelligence and had incredible skills as an orator, his rise to power and rule over practically all of Europe was by sole virtue of dumb luck. He survived a gas attack in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne merely because he was lucky. TheGreatDepression messed up the world's economy just as Germany was starting to recover economically, the Treaty of Versailles produced huge backlash and anger in Germany, and the Jews were a convenient target as anti-Semitism was on the rise. Hitler showed up just as all this was happening with fiery oratory about how Germany deserved better and Jews were to blame, and Germans responded in force. Then, when he was in control, his legitimate threat to the world was ignored because the Soviet Union under Stalin had started to act up, letting Hitler build power with a relatively free hand. When the German army had great difficulty penetrating the superior armor of French tanks, the desperate tactic of turning the anti-air guns on the enemy tanks worked brilliantly, saving the war for Germany and letting them conquer France. When people actually started trying to kill him, he survived far more assassination attempts than anyone really should (not by awareness or the competence of his guards, but solely because he was lucky). One incident involved him deciding, ''for no apparent reason,'' to shorten a speech from an hour to eight minutes then leave; the building exploded shortly after he left or when a silent bomb with 30 minutes fuse was put on his plane but the bomb didn't explode because the percussion cap became too cold as the parcel was carried in the unheated cargo hold. The "Valkyrie" attack plan would have worked, but the bomb was ''moved one foot'' behind a table leg just before it went off. Historians are actually ''aware'' of this, and have coined the term "Devil's Luck" to describe Hitler. Eventually his luck ran out, but even then he ended up dying by his own hand.

to:

* One of the most infamous people in history: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. While he was of average intelligence and had incredible skills as an orator, his rise to power and rule over practically all of Europe was by sole virtue of dumb luck. He survived a gas attack in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI merely because he was lucky. TheGreatDepression messed up the world's economy just as Germany was starting to recover economically, the Treaty of Versailles produced huge backlash and anger in Germany, and the Jews were a convenient target as anti-Semitism was on the rise. Hitler showed up just as all this was happening with fiery oratory about how Germany deserved better and Jews were to blame, and Germans responded in force. Then, when he was in control, his legitimate threat to the world was ignored because the Soviet Union under Stalin had started to act up, letting Hitler build power with a relatively free hand. When the German army had great difficulty penetrating the superior armor of French tanks, the desperate tactic of turning the anti-air guns on the enemy tanks worked brilliantly, saving the war for Germany and letting them conquer France. When people actually started trying to kill him, he survived far more assassination attempts than anyone really should (not by awareness or the competence of his guards, but solely because he was lucky). One incident involved him deciding, ''for no apparent reason,'' to shorten a speech from an hour to eight minutes then leave; the building exploded shortly after he left or when a silent bomb with 30 minutes fuse was put on his plane but the bomb didn't explode because the percussion cap became too cold as the parcel was carried in the unheated cargo hold. The "Valkyrie" attack plan would have worked, but the bomb was ''moved one foot'' behind a table leg just before it went off. Historians are actually ''aware'' of this, and have coined the term "Devil's Luck" to describe Hitler. Eventually his luck ran out, but even then he ended up dying by his own hand.
30th May '16 6:49:31 AM TheOneWhoTropes
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Much of a ''{{Seinfeld}}'' episode is dedicated to reiterating the fact that everything consistently turns out all right for Jerry, and nobody else. [[spoiler:And then he gets thrown into prison with the gang for a year]]. But before then, he's pretty darn lucky.

to:

* Much of a ''{{Seinfeld}}'' ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode is dedicated to reiterating the fact that everything consistently turns out all right for Jerry, and nobody else. [[spoiler:And then he gets thrown into prison with the gang for a year]]. But before then, he's pretty darn lucky.
This list shows the last 10 events of 158. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.BornLucky