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11th Nov '17 9:02:46 PM Xtifr
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* In Mack Reynolds' Section G novel ''Code Duello'', one operative is a young man who's never lost a bet. When he bet on a horse race, his horse broke its leg, but he still won; there was a big pile-up on the racetrack, and his horse limped across the finish line first.

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* In Mack Reynolds' Section G Creator/MackReynolds' United Planets novel ''Code Duello'', one operative is a young man who's never lost a bet. When he bet on a horse race, his horse broke its leg, but he still won; there was a big pile-up on the racetrack, and his horse limped across the finish line first.
2nd Nov '17 12:33:23 PM DaibhidC
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* The luck virus in ''Series/RedDwarf'' (see below) also makes an appearance in [[Literature/RedDwarf the novels]], subverted when [[spoiler: an evil alternate universe Lister uses it just before he and the Dwarfers get hit by a psychic hellstorm called the Rage which will choose one person to destroy. As the Rage sweeps through them, everyone is filled with a desire to join it. And since Evil Lister has the luck...]]
2nd Nov '17 12:27:15 PM DaibhidC
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* The protagonist of [[Series/LuckMan Stan Lee's Lucky Man]] receives a bracelet that grants this power. Pretty fortunate for a gambling addict. Though it appears that always winning is somehow taking the shine out of the compulsion. It is also strongly hinted at that every bit of good luck that falls on him is balanced out by bad luck falling on someone close to him - unfortunately, he can't take the bracelet off (and attempts to do so have been spectacularly unsuccessful).

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* The protagonist of [[Series/LuckMan Stan Lee's Lucky Man]] ''Series/StanLeesLuckyMan'' receives a bracelet that grants this power. Pretty fortunate for a gambling addict. Though it appears that always winning is somehow taking the shine out of the compulsion. It is also strongly hinted at that every bit of good luck that falls on him is balanced out by bad luck falling on someone close to him - unfortunately, he can't take the bracelet off (and attempts to do so have been spectacularly unsuccessful).
20th Oct '17 12:45:50 AM MadCapster
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** In its [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017 reboot]], Gladstone is a recurring character and [[TruerToTheText more like his comic book counterpart]], completely reveling in his luck while lazily and selfishly breezing through life. This unsurprisingly leads to Donald disliking him for [[BornUnlucky obvious reasons]] and Scrooge being annoyed by his laziness. He's not completely safe from getting out of trouble however, as his luck is why he became a prisoner of a spirit who feeds on good luck in his debut episode. As with the comics, Gladstone is normally pitted against Donald in competitions, usually being a battle between his own crazy luck and Donald's [[{{Determinator}} sheer determination.]]
17th Oct '17 4:25:18 AM SSJMagus
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* 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/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.

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* 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/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. All of those lucky escapes just fed into Hitler's belief that he was TheChosenOne, feeling that ''obviously'' he kept surviving because he had a greater purpose to fulfill.
7th Oct '17 6:36:31 PM DWH
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*** This seems to change in the sequel to the sequel, where [[spoiler:Teela had allowed her contraception implant to expire so that she could bear Louis' child (she loved him and he was a hero and he had good genes) but never told him before she left the expedition to remain on the Ringworld. Teela was protecting her child by arranging for the Ringworld to be saved since she could not do it herself and by dying so that her child would not be held ransom by the existing protector who she knew about but had been unable to find to kill]].
9th Aug '17 7:16:03 AM BeerBaron
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** From the series' lore is Sai, a DeityOfHumanOrigin God of Luck celebrated in the Iliac Bay region. He plays with it a bit, however, as he was indeed "born lucky", but the luck only applied to the people around him, never himself. After he died in battle (while all of this fellow soldiers survived), he was granted immortality by [[WarGod Ebonarm]] to use his gift of luck to help "balance" the world.
6th Aug '17 7:32:09 PM LlamaAdventure
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* PlayedWith with Kazuma from ''LightNovel/KonoSuba'', who's Luck stat is easily his highest. Unfortunately, his luck only seems to apply in specific scenarios (such as winning Rock, Paper Scissors matches or using skills dependant on Luck,) as it doesn't stop him from being supremely unlucky in his day-to-day life and being the series' ButtMonkey.
24th Jul '17 4:57:17 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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** In one comic he did have a "charm" of some sort, kept in a vault that he never let anyone see inside. [[spoiler:It was a dime like Scrooge's. It wasn't a charm, it was a reminder of the brief time his luck failed him and he had to get an honest job. Gladstone was so ashamed of having worked he kept the dime inside the vault just so he'd never have to see it.]]

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** In one comic he did have a "charm" of some sort, kept in a vault that he never let anyone see inside. [[spoiler:It was a dime like Scrooge's. It But it turns out it wasn't a charm, charm at all; it was a reminder of the brief only honest salary he has ever made, and he got it during a time where his luck momentarily failed him and he had to get an honest actual job. Gladstone was so ashamed of having worked been reduced to working for a living that he kept the dime inside the vault just so he'd never have to see it.]]
16th Jul '17 10:12:03 PM HeroGal2347
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* Gladstone Gander, listed and pictured above, makes a guest-starring appearance in [[Recap/DuckTalesS1E9DimeEnoughForLuck an episode of]] WesternAnimation/DuckTales, where his luck is actually weaponized by Magica De Spell in order to bypass Scrooge's security system. Despite being hypnotized into stealing it he is still cursed due to using his luck for evil and is instead saddled with ''bad luck.'' Naturally, but the end of the episode he gets his luck back and refuses to learn his aesop about relying on luck for everything.

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* Gladstone Gander, listed and pictured above, makes a guest-starring appearance in [[Recap/DuckTalesS1E9DimeEnoughForLuck an episode of]] WesternAnimation/DuckTales, ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', where his luck is actually weaponized by Magica De Spell in order to bypass Scrooge's security system. Despite being hypnotized into stealing it he is still cursed due to using his luck for evil and is instead saddled with ''bad luck.'' Naturally, but the end of the episode he gets his luck back and refuses to learn his aesop about relying on luck for everything.
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