History Main / GypsyCurse

23rd Aug '16 1:42:40 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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SubTrope of {{Curse}}. Compare HollywoodVoodoo and IndianBurialGround, similar curse-related tropes.

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SubTrope of {{Curse}}. Compare HollywoodVoodoo and IndianBurialGround, similar curse-related tropes.tropes with similar ethnic baggage.
9th Jul '16 2:56:57 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Dr. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_van_Richten Rudolph van Richten]] in the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting was cursed by the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Vistani]] "to live forever among monsters and see all whom you love die by them". But then, van Richten himself cursed ''this whole tribe'' to be targetted by {{undead}}... and didn't know about either curse until many years later [[LastOfHisKind the sole survivor]] told him so. It turned out that curses invoked by Vistani aren't so special, but they have some traditional guidelines and a better chance that the curse will work.
** In fact, this happens a ''lot'' in the ''Ravenloft'' campaign. A good rule of thumb while you're there is, don't make the Vistani angry at you.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}':
** Truth be told, this happens a ''lot'' in the setting. A good rule of thumb while you're there is, don't make the Vistani angry at you.
** The most famous example is likely
Dr. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_van_Richten Rudolph van Richten]] in the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting Richten]]. He was cursed by the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Vistani]] "to live forever among monsters and see all whom you love die by them". But then, van Richten then himself cursed ''this whole tribe'' to be targetted by {{undead}}... and And he kind of had a valid excuse (they had kidnapped his son to sell to a vampire... ''and'' he didn't know about either curse until many years later [[LastOfHisKind when the sole survivor]] SoleSurvivor told him so. It turned out that curses invoked by Vistani aren't so special, but they have some traditional guidelines and a better chance that the curse will work.
** In fact, this happens a ''lot'' in the ''Ravenloft'' campaign. A good rule of thumb while you're there is, don't make the Vistani angry at you.
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3rd Jul '16 6:08:43 PM Doug86
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** Oddly enough, in TheFilmOfTheBook, Madame Zeroni and her descendants are all portrayed as black, despite the backstory taking place in a [[{{Ruritania}} fictionalized]] UsefulNotes/{{Latvia}}, where there would be a sizable population of actual Romani (especially in the late 19th century, before [[ThePurge certain]] [[WorldWarII events]] cut the Latvian Romani population in half).

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** Oddly enough, in TheFilmOfTheBook, Madame Zeroni and her descendants are all portrayed as black, despite the backstory taking place in a [[{{Ruritania}} fictionalized]] UsefulNotes/{{Latvia}}, where there would be a sizable population of actual Romani (especially in the late 19th century, before [[ThePurge certain]] [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII events]] cut the Latvian Romani population in half).
23rd May '16 1:24:49 PM Kitchen90
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* The song "Love Potion No. 9" by The Clovers (famously covered by Music/TheSearchers) has the voice of the song being cursed with a magic potion from Madame Ruth the gypsy, which turns them into a serial kisser, until a policeman destroys the potion's container.
14th May '16 10:53:35 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Digital Short "The Curse": A businessman ([[TheLonelyIsland Andy Samberg]]) is cursed by a homeless gypsy (Fred Armisen) after he accidentally steps on his sacred talisman. The curse in question causes everything he does to be interrupted by a shirtless man called Sergio ([[MadMen Jon]] "MrFanservice" [[MadMen Hamm]]) bursting through the wall while playing a [[{{Sexophone}} sexy saxophone]] solo.

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* The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Digital Short "The Curse": A businessman ([[TheLonelyIsland Andy Samberg]]) is cursed by a homeless gypsy (Fred Armisen) after he accidentally steps on his sacred talisman. The curse in question causes everything he does to be interrupted by a shirtless man called Sergio ([[MadMen ([[Series/MadMen Jon]] "MrFanservice" [[MadMen [[Series/MadMen Hamm]]) bursting through the wall while playing a [[{{Sexophone}} sexy saxophone]] solo.
16th Mar '16 12:42:53 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''MarriedWithChildren'': Four centuries ago, in an English village named "Lower Uncton", a blacksmith named Shamus [=McBundy=] insulted a witch who, in DisproportionateRetribution, cursed the town into total darkness until Shamus and [[SinsOfOurFathers all of his male descendants]] died within the limits of the village. Shamus, being practically as polite to her as Al is with the fat ladies who enter Gary's shoe store, asked the witch if she'd float over the town to block sunlight. She cursed his feet into sweating for this. In present time, Al and Bud are (or so it's believed by the people of Lower Uncton) Shamus' last male descendants and they lure him into the village. Meanwhile, people from neighboring village Upper Uncton want the Bundys to be killed anywhere outside Lower Uncton so they'll continue prospering as a tourist attraction. The two villages eventually made a deal: Al would duel against Igor (the witch's descendant) and they'd film it all. Al fought dirty and won, which somehow ended the curse, much to the displeasure of the Upper Unctoners (no longer able to attract tourists) and even the Lower Unctoners (who dislike the fact everyone can now see they have no plantations). That's right, the very same people who spent practically a whole three-episode arc trying to get the Bundys killed within the limits of their town to break a curse didn't like to see it broken. Also, they didn't like the fact they couldn't sell the video of Al winning the fight.

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* ''MarriedWithChildren'': ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Four centuries ago, in an English village named "Lower Uncton", a blacksmith named Shamus [=McBundy=] insulted a witch who, in DisproportionateRetribution, cursed the town into total darkness until Shamus and [[SinsOfOurFathers all of his male descendants]] died within the limits of the village. Shamus, being practically as polite to her as Al is with the fat ladies who enter Gary's shoe store, asked the witch if she'd float over the town to block sunlight. She cursed his feet into sweating for this. In present time, Al and Bud are (or so it's believed by the people of Lower Uncton) Shamus' last male descendants and they lure him into the village. Meanwhile, people from neighboring village Upper Uncton want the Bundys to be killed anywhere outside Lower Uncton so they'll continue prospering as a tourist attraction. The two villages eventually made a deal: Al would duel against Igor (the witch's descendant) and they'd film it all. Al fought dirty and won, which somehow ended the curse, much to the displeasure of the Upper Unctoners (no longer able to attract tourists) and even the Lower Unctoners (who dislike the fact everyone can now see they have no plantations). That's right, the very same people who spent practically a whole three-episode arc trying to get the Bundys killed within the limits of their town to break a curse didn't like to see it broken. Also, they didn't like the fact they couldn't sell the video of Al winning the fight.
24th Feb '16 6:30:34 PM MegaMarioMan
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* Played with in a ''Lance and Janice'' radio soap in ''RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime''

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* Played with in a ''Lance and Janice'' radio soap in ''RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime''''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime''
23rd Jan '16 9:32:02 AM nombretomado
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* StephenKing's book ''Literature/{{Thinner}}'', as mentioned above in Film.
* StephenKing's short story ''The Man Who Shook Hands With Himself'' has a man cursed by a gypsy when a gypsy kid accidentally electrocutes himself on the man's early automobile. The curse is that anyone he shakes hands with soon dies.

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* StephenKing's Creator/StephenKing's book ''Literature/{{Thinner}}'', as mentioned above in Film.
* StephenKing's Creator/StephenKing's short story ''The Man Who Shook Hands With Himself'' has a man cursed by a gypsy when a gypsy kid accidentally electrocutes himself on the man's early automobile. The curse is that anyone he shakes hands with soon dies.
27th Nov '15 11:14:53 AM nombretomado
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* The ''SaturdayNightLive'' Digital Short "The Curse": A businessman ([[TheLonelyIsland Andy Samberg]]) is cursed by a homeless gypsy (Fred Armisen) after he accidentally steps on his sacred talisman. The curse in question causes everything he does to be interrupted by a shirtless man called Sergio ([[MadMen Jon]] "MrFanservice" [[MadMen Hamm]]) bursting through the wall while playing a [[{{Sexophone}} sexy saxophone]] solo.

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* The ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Digital Short "The Curse": A businessman ([[TheLonelyIsland Andy Samberg]]) is cursed by a homeless gypsy (Fred Armisen) after he accidentally steps on his sacred talisman. The curse in question causes everything he does to be interrupted by a shirtless man called Sergio ([[MadMen Jon]] "MrFanservice" [[MadMen Hamm]]) bursting through the wall while playing a [[{{Sexophone}} sexy saxophone]] solo.
10th Oct '15 10:24:10 PM LOAD
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** Either that or she predicts the mishaps.
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