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8th Feb '17 10:54:20 AM CountDorku
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** Hearts Boxcars is a subversion. He always rolls boxcars...but he's also the first Dersite agent to die in ''every timeline''. Usually by decapitation. Even Clubs Deuce, who thinks stuffing his hat with C4 is a brilliant strategy, generally lives longer.
5th Feb '17 5:04:59 PM marcoasalazarm
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** This trope has arguably been deconstructed with many characters who appear to be gifted, and therefore perfect, such as Kakashi.

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** This trope has arguably been deconstructed with many characters who appear to be gifted, and therefore perfect, such as Kakashi.Karachi. DysfunctionJunction is the ''mildest'' bad thing going for them.



The exact nature of Gladstone's luck varies a lot depending on the story, probably because it's boring writing the same old basic thing. Sometimes everything just works out for him, but there have been a lot of ways things didn't. He might run into someone equally or more lucky and face a serious contest; SecondPlaceIsForWinners may work for him when it looks like he's losing, but it may also turn against him when it looks like he was winning; he may be BlessedWithSuck, winning a constant stream of prizes everywhere even though he doesn't want to; or, in one Don Rosa story (see below), his luck may even produce extremely unlikely events when that is to his ''disadvantage'', so that he wins when he's likely to lose but loses if he's overwhelmingly likely to win. He supposedly always wins against Donald, but often he doesn't if Donald gets good karma by being braver or fairer than him. He can sometimes temporarily woo Daisy, but that's one thing in which he often loses to Donald. There have also been occasions when Donald uses his Italian superhero persona Paperinik to mess with Gladstone, and his superhero cool seems to entirely negate Gladstone's luck. These ones have a bit of a PowerFantasy thing going on, like many Paperinik stories.

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The exact nature of Gladstone's luck varies a lot depending on the story, probably because it's boring writing the same old basic thing. Sometimes everything just works out for him, but there have been a lot of ways things didn't. He might run into someone equally or more lucky and face a serious contest; SecondPlaceIsForWinners may work for him when it looks like he's losing, but it may also turn against him when it looks like he was winning; he may be BlessedWithSuck, winning a constant stream of prizes everywhere even though he doesn't want to; or, in one Don Rosa story (see below), his luck may even produce extremely unlikely events when that is to his ''disadvantage'', so that he wins when he's likely to lose but loses if he's overwhelmingly likely to win. He supposedly always wins against Donald, but often he doesn't if Donald gets good karma by being braver or fairer than him. He can sometimes temporarily woo Daisy, but that's one thing in which he often loses to Donald. And sometimes when he seems to "win", it turns out that he was (by his standards) trying too hard, and Donald managed to gather the actual (or at least a slightly) better reward because Gladstone had left too soon. There have also been occasions when Donald uses his Italian superhero persona Paperinik to mess with Gladstone, and his superhero cool seems to entirely negate Gladstone's luck. These ones have a bit of a PowerFantasy thing going on, like many Paperinik stories.


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** Again zig-zagged on another comic where Donald and his nephews race against Gladstone to get to a long-lost Viking ship that was full of riches. Donald and the kids went through all kinds of hell (including losing their ship right when they were close to the Viking ship), while Gladstone managed (somehow) to round up a full expedition with a top-notch ship. After gathering all of the riches on the ship (pretty much everything not nailed down) and leaving Donald and his nephews on the sinking galleon, Donald found a single scrap of paper... which happened to be a map made by the Vikings that was hard-core proof that they had sailed on that area (when nobody else believed they had ever done so). With the ship now gone, this proof would be worth more than everything else that had been on the ship to any museum.
16th Jan '17 4:45:14 PM rjd1922
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** Turns out that his talent is ''Bad'' Luck that somehow allows him to escape worse things. For example, he's the winner of the second round of Hope's Peak's lottery... because the invitation for the first-round winner passed through his neighborhood and was accidentally destroyed... which led him to be placed in the Killing School Life. Also, he has the bad luck of being the only student whose bathroom door gets "stuck", but this bad luck turns into good luck when [[spoiler:the door being stuck ''proves him innocent of a murder'', as the real culprit mistakenly assumed the door was locked and broke it down, which Naegi wouldn't have done.]] In Danganronpa 3, [[spoiler:his bad luck (slipping on a paper) allow him to dodge a perfect throw from Junko in the past, and let him being snapped out by Juzo from the brainwashing of Suicide video.]]
** Nagito Komaeda from ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' has luck that manifests as two extremes: bad luck followed by good luck, which then cyclically repeats itself. [[spoiler:You find out in one of his Free-Time Events that his luck caused the death of his parents, which was then countered by the good luck of a hefty inheritance; that, of course, was followed by being kidnapped for ransom only to be released when the kidnapper realized no one would pay the ransom, which led to Nagito finding a winning lottery ticket; and so on and so forth.]] His luck eventually manifests in-game when he [[spoiler: plays a game Russian Roulette to get into the hidden Octagon room in Chapter 4. He finds that just using one bullet in the chamber is too boring and opts to use ''five'' instead, counting on his good luck to help him win. ''He does''.]] In many of the cases, his behaviour emphasises the FridgeHorror of a character having preternatural luck: he'll deliberately take actions to increase the amount of chaos or random trouble happening, knowing that it'll likely result in things going well for him.

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** Turns out that his talent is ''Bad'' Luck that somehow allows him to escape worse things. For example, he's the winner of the second round of Hope's Peak's lottery... because the invitation for the first-round winner passed through his neighborhood and was accidentally destroyed... which led him to be placed in the Killing School Life. Also, he has the bad luck of being the only student whose bathroom door gets "stuck", but this bad luck turns into good luck when [[spoiler:the door being stuck ''proves him innocent of a murder'', as the real culprit mistakenly assumed the door was locked and broke it down, which Naegi wouldn't have done.]] In Danganronpa 3, ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', [[spoiler:his bad luck (slipping on a paper) allow him to dodge a perfect throw from Junko in the past, and let him being snapped out by Juzo from the brainwashing of Suicide video.]]
** Nagito Komaeda from ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' has luck that manifests as two extremes: bad luck followed by good luck, which then cyclically repeats itself. [[spoiler:You find out in one of his Free-Time Events that his luck caused the death of his parents, which was then countered by the good luck of a hefty inheritance; that, of course, was followed by being kidnapped for ransom only to be released when the kidnapper realized no one would pay the ransom, which led to Nagito finding a winning lottery ticket; and so on and so forth.]] His luck eventually manifests in-game when he [[spoiler: plays a game Russian Roulette to get into the hidden Octagon room in Chapter 4. He finds that just using one bullet in the chamber is too boring and opts to use ''five'' instead, counting on his good luck to help him win. ''He does''.]] In many of the cases, his behaviour emphasises behavior emphasizes the FridgeHorror of a character having preternatural luck: he'll deliberately take actions to increase the amount of chaos or random trouble happening, knowing that it'll likely result in things going well for him.
8th Jan '17 1:47:30 PM nombretomado
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* This is the sum of the MarvelUniverse character Longshot's powers. After appearing in a miniseries of his own, he was grabbed by Chris Claremont for a stint in the ''[[Comicbook/XMen X-Men]]'', despite not originally being a mutant (he was first thought to be a genetically engineered alien). Longshot's luck was extremely strong but limited: it could only be used for altruistic purposes.
** The [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] version has even better luck with no such restriction. In his first appearance, a man is about to kill him with a machete and is suddenly struck by lightning. On a clear day. Without damaging anything in the area.

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* This is the sum of the MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse character Longshot's powers. After appearing in a miniseries of his own, he was grabbed by Chris Claremont for a stint in the ''[[Comicbook/XMen X-Men]]'', ''Comicbook/XMen'', despite not originally being a mutant (he was first thought to be a genetically engineered alien). Longshot's luck was extremely strong but limited: it could only be used for altruistic purposes.
** The [[UltimateMarvel [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] version has even better luck with no such restriction. In his first appearance, a man is about to kill him with a machete and is suddenly struck by lightning. On a clear day. Without damaging anything in the area.
8th Jan '17 12:44:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Transformers|GenerationOne}}'' has Jackpot, whose main character trait is that he's possessed of uncanny good luck. This particularly shows up in the ''[[TransformersTransTech TransTech]]'' story "Gone Too Far", where he puts it to use [[{{hustler}} hustling]] people with his partner Hubcap.

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* ''{{Transformers|GenerationOne}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers|GenerationOne}}'' has Jackpot, whose main character trait is that he's possessed of uncanny good luck. This particularly shows up in the ''[[TransformersTransTech ''[[ComicBook/TransformersTransTech TransTech]]'' story "Gone Too Far", where he puts it to use [[{{hustler}} hustling]] people with his partner Hubcap.
23rd Dec '16 3:46:47 PM Lopiny
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** Part 4's main Antagonist, Yoshikage Kira, literally has luck in his name. Its because of this luck that he managed to get away with the murder of over 49 women. [[spoiler: It inevitably ran out near the end of the part.]]

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** Part 4's main Antagonist, Yoshikage Kira, literally has luck in his name. Its because of this luck that he managed to get away with the murder of over 49 women. [[spoiler: It inevitably ran out near the end of the part.]] One interpretation is that it even works ''against'' him, as the ambulance that was coincidentally there and could have saved his life accidentally ran him over]].
17th Dec '16 5:17:41 PM RGZReGZ
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** Turns out that his talent is ''Bad'' Luck that somehow allows him to escape worse things. For example, he's the winner of the second round of Hope's Peak's lottery... because the invitation for the first-round winner passed through his neighborhood and was accidentally destroyed. Also, he has the bad luck of being the only student whose bathroom door gets "stuck", but this bad luck turns into good luck when [[spoiler:the door being stuck ''proves him innocent of a murder'', as the real culprit mistakenly assumed the door was locked and broke it down, which Naegi wouldn't have done.]]

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** Turns out that his talent is ''Bad'' Luck that somehow allows him to escape worse things. For example, he's the winner of the second round of Hope's Peak's lottery... because the invitation for the first-round winner passed through his neighborhood and was accidentally destroyed.destroyed... which led him to be placed in the Killing School Life. Also, he has the bad luck of being the only student whose bathroom door gets "stuck", but this bad luck turns into good luck when [[spoiler:the door being stuck ''proves him innocent of a murder'', as the real culprit mistakenly assumed the door was locked and broke it down, which Naegi wouldn't have done.]] In Danganronpa 3, [[spoiler:his bad luck (slipping on a paper) allow him to dodge a perfect throw from Junko in the past, and let him being snapped out by Juzo from the brainwashing of Suicide video.]]
29th Nov '16 3:58:04 PM drpv03
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** His luck was also actively weaponized in one of the stories: when the Beagle Boys were about to make a getaway in a helicopter, Gyro had the idea to tell someone with the authority to do so to put a reward on their capture: they did so and shortly afterward it was struck by a bolt of lightning.
8th Nov '16 7:52:33 AM Schol-R-LEA
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* The 'probability Warpers' of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse have this. Currently there are so many of them at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] that the administration has problems spreading them out among different dorms. Kismet also has magical powers. Hazard also has some kind of precognitive gift. Clover is trying to become a powerful wizard too. Then there's Murphy whose luck is usually bad.

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* The 'probability Warpers' of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse have this. Currently there are so many of them at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] that the administration has problems spreading them out among different dorms.dorms (because Bad Things - or at least very strange things - can happen when two or more of them get into close proximity, as their fields can heterodyne in odd ways). Kismet also has magical powers. Hazard also has some kind of precognitive gift. Clover is trying to become a powerful wizard too. Then there's Murphy whose luck is usually bad.
5th Nov '16 1:55:09 PM cybertoy0
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* In ''Fanfic/FateGenesis'', the narration notes that if SonicTheHedgehog was a [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Servant]], his Luck rank would have to be A+ for his BananaPeel prank to have worked on Berserker.
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