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17th Feb '17 10:01:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' has the titular Penelope receive a hundred plus year old curse on her family that their first born daughter would be ugly until she were accepted by "one of her own." This is why her parents went about trying to get her married, but it turns out [[spoiler: the curse can be interpreted as "when she accepts herself." As soon as she becomes okay with the idea that she's going to be ugly forever, and it's not a cause for angst, does the curse lift.]]
* In ''Film/PracticalMagic'', all the witches in the family are cursed in that any man they fall in love with is doomed to die an untimely death.
* ''Film/TeenWolf'''s werewolfism is passed down from parent to child. It totally freaks him out because he had no idea; his father didn't tell him because sometimes it skips a generation.

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* ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' has the titular Penelope receive a hundred plus year old curse on her family that their first born daughter would be ugly until she were accepted by "one of her own." This is why her parents went about trying to get her married, but it turns out [[spoiler: the curse can be interpreted as "when she accepts herself." As soon as she becomes okay with the idea that she's going to be ugly forever, and it's not a cause for angst, does the curse lift.]]
* In ''Film/PracticalMagic'', all the witches in the family are cursed in that any man they fall in love with is doomed to die an untimely death.
* ''Film/TeenWolf'''s werewolfism is passed down from parent to child. It totally freaks him out because he had no idea; his father didn't tell him because sometimes it skips a generation.
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* A rather sweet one from ''Film/IKnowWhereImGoing'' to any [=MacNeil=] who dares enter Moy Castle: [[spoiler: This is the curse of Catriona [=MacLaine=] of Erraig: My curse on [=MacNeil=] of Kiloran and every [=MacNeil=] after him, if he shall ever cross the threshold of Moy, he’ll never leave a free man. He shall be chained to a woman to the end of his days and shall die in his chains.”]]
* In ''Film/VanHelsing'' the Valerious family is bound by a curse that keeps them from entering into Heaven until Dracula is killed. This is the result of a vow taken by a distant ancestor.
* ''Film/{{Wolfman}}'': The eldest son of the Glasgow family is cursed to become a werewolf.


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* ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' has the titular Penelope receive a hundred plus year old curse on her family that their first born daughter would be ugly until she were accepted by "one of her own." This is why her parents went about trying to get her married, but it turns out [[spoiler: the curse can be interpreted as "when she accepts herself." As soon as she becomes okay with the idea that she's going to be ugly forever, and it's not a cause for angst, does the curse lift.]]
* In ''Film/PracticalMagic'', all the witches in the family are cursed in that any man they fall in love with is doomed to die an untimely death.
* ''Film/TeenWolf'''s werewolfism is passed down from parent to child. It totally freaks him out because he had no idea; his father didn't tell him because sometimes it skips a generation.
* A rather sweet one from ''Film/IKnowWhereImGoing'' to any [=MacNeil=] who dares enter Moy Castle: [[spoiler: This is the curse of Catriona [=MacLaine=] of Erraig: My curse on [=MacNeil=] of Kiloran and every [=MacNeil=] after him, if he shall ever cross the threshold of Moy, he’ll never leave a free man. He shall be chained to a woman to the end of his days and shall die in his chains.”]]
* In ''Film/VanHelsing'' the Valerious family is bound by a curse that keeps them from entering into Heaven until Dracula is killed. This is the result of a vow taken by a distant ancestor.
* ''Film/{{Wolfman}}'': The eldest son of the Glasgow family is cursed to become a werewolf.
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31st Dec '16 12:34:26 PM nombretomado
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-->-- ''{{Eberron}}'', "Secrets of Xen'drik, Chapter 3"

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-->-- ''{{Eberron}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', "Secrets of Xen'drik, Chapter 3"



* In {{TabletopGame/Eberron}} this happened to the entire race of Gyrderi, who were trapped in their wild shapes when they helped their enslaved kin fight for freedom.

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* In {{TabletopGame/Eberron}} ''{{TabletopGame/Eberron}}'' this happened to the entire race of Gyrderi, who were trapped in their wild shapes when they helped their enslaved kin fight for freedom.
10th Dec '16 7:49:52 PM ultimomant
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* In ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' Eugene Greenhilt makes a BloodOath to kill Xykon, who had murdered his master. One of the downsides amounts to this, as neither he nor his descendants can get into the afterlife until the oath is fulfilled. [[spoiler: Turns out he misunderstood the conditions -- when Roy [[DeathIsCheap temporarily]] dies, he's allowed in in because, unlike Eugene, he died trying to fulfill the oath to the best of his ability]].

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* In ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Eugene Greenhilt makes a BloodOath to kill Xykon, who had murdered his master. One of the downsides amounts to this, as neither he nor his descendants can get into the afterlife until the oath is fulfilled. [[spoiler: Turns out he misunderstood the conditions -- when Roy [[DeathIsCheap temporarily]] dies, he's allowed in in because, unlike Eugene, he died trying to fulfill the oath to the best of his ability]].
10th Dec '16 7:44:44 PM ultimomant
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* In ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' Eugene Greenhilt makes a Blood Oath to kill Xykon, who had murdered his master. One of the downsides amounts to this, as neither he nor his descendants can get into the afterlife until the oath is fulfilled. [[spoiler: Turns out he misunderstood the conditions -- when Roy [[DeathIsCheap temporarily]] dies, he's allowed in in because, unlike Eugene, he died trying to fulfill the oath to the best of his ability]].

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* In ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' Eugene Greenhilt makes a Blood Oath BloodOath to kill Xykon, who had murdered his master. One of the downsides amounts to this, as neither he nor his descendants can get into the afterlife until the oath is fulfilled. [[spoiler: Turns out he misunderstood the conditions -- when Roy [[DeathIsCheap temporarily]] dies, he's allowed in in because, unlike Eugene, he died trying to fulfill the oath to the best of his ability]].
5th Nov '16 3:37:14 PM Twiddler
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* In the Interactive Fiction game ''Curses!'', the protagonist is trying to find a Tourist Map of Paris in his ancestral home's attic. After reading a few biographies of previous members of the family, it becomes apparent that everyone in the family is cursed to undertake a task and never finish it. Previous tasks include finding a five-leaf clover, finishing the biographies of the family, or finding a legendary river. Your quest? Getting that map.

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* In the Interactive Fiction InteractiveFiction game ''Curses!'', ''VideoGame/{{Curses}}'', the protagonist is trying to find a Tourist Map of Paris in his ancestral home's attic. After reading a few biographies of previous members of the family, it becomes apparent that everyone in the family is cursed to undertake a task and never finish it. Previous tasks include finding a five-leaf clover, finishing the biographies of the family, or finding a legendary river. Your quest? Getting that map.
3rd Nov '16 2:13:04 PM Mario1995
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* The [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Chicago Cubs]] are supposedly the victims of the "Curse of the Billy Goat." The story goes that in 1945, when the owner of the local Billy Goat Tavern was asked to leave a game because his goat mascot was bothering other patrons, he declared, "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more." Since then, to this day, the team has not won a National League pennant, and has not won a World Series since 1908. Make of that what you like. Interestingly, many of the Cubs' better players have won (or gone on to win) World Series games with ''other'' teams...
** Well, a ''slight'' update: [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_World_Series The cubs made it to the 2016 World Series]].

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* The [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Chicago Cubs]] are were, for more than a century, supposedly the victims of the "Curse of the Billy Goat." The story goes that in 1945, when the owner of the local Billy Goat Tavern was asked to leave a game because his goat mascot was bothering other patrons, he declared, "Them Cubs, they ain't gonna win no more." Since then, to this day, the team has not The Cubs never won a single National League pennant, Pennant again following that year, and has not won a their last World Series since 1908. Make of win was, at that what you like. Interestingly, point, in 1908 (They lost against the Detroit Tigers in the 1945 World Series). During that long drought, many of the Cubs' better players have had won (or gone on to win) World Series games with ''other'' teams...
** Well, a ''slight'' update: [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_World_Series The cubs made it to the
other competing teams. It would not be until 2016 when the Cubs pulled off a historic World Series]].
Series win against the Cleveland Indians, who had led the series 3-1 until the fifth game.
27th Oct '16 7:34:03 PM JoeMerl
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** The royal House of Thebes was cursed from the very start, due to Hephaestus gifting Harmonia with a cursed necklace during her wedding. Most of her descendants were driven insane, killed in horrible ways, or both.

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** The royal House of Thebes was cursed from the very start, due to Hephaestus [[UltimateBlacksmith Hephaestus]] gifting Harmonia with a cursed necklace during her wedding. (Harmonia was born from [[YourCheatingHeart an affair]] that [[GoddessOfLove Hephaestus' wife]] had with [[WarGod his brother]].) Most of her descendants were driven insane, killed in horrible ways, or both.
27th Oct '16 7:29:26 PM JoeMerl
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* The plot of ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' is driven by a bad luck curse on Stanley Yelnats' family due to an ancestor [[GypsyCurse cheating a gypsy]] by accident. Stanley winds up breaking the curse, also by accident, after getting sent to a juvenile detention camp for a crime he didn't commit and [[spoiler:saving the life of a friend who turns out to be the Gypsy's descendant]].

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* The plot of ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' is driven by a bad luck curse on Stanley Yelnats' family due to an ancestor [[GypsyCurse cheating a gypsy]] Gypsy]] by accident. Stanley winds up breaking the curse, also by accident, after After getting sent to a juvenile detention camp for a crime that he didn't commit commit, Stanley winds up unintentionally breaking the curse after he [[spoiler:befriends, and [[spoiler:saving then saves the life of a friend who turns out to be of, the Gypsy's descendant]].



* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' is that the title character, whose ancestor coined "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy%27s_law Murphy's Law]]," was BornUnlucky but [[ThePollyanna cheerfully tries to endure]] the crazy things that happen to him. His father is shown to have a similar condition, though it seems to have skipped his older sister [[CoolBigSis Sara]].

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* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' is that the title character, whose ancestor coined "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy%27s_law Murphy's Law]]," was BornUnlucky but [[ThePollyanna cheerfully tries to endure]] the crazy things that happen to him. His him [[TheJinx and those around him]]. WordOfGod says that the curse only affects men in his family, which explains why his father is shown to have a similar has the same condition, though it seems to have skipped but his older sister [[CoolBigSis Sara]].Sara]] doesn't.
24th Oct '16 5:31:57 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Well, a ''slight'' update: [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_World_Series The cubs made it to the 2016 World Series]].
23rd Oct '16 3:20:30 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' Eugene Greenhilt makes a Blood Oath to kill Xykon, who had murdered his master. One of the downsides amounts to this, as neither he nor his descendants can get into the afterlife until the oath is fulfilled. [[spoiler: Turns out he misunderstood the conditions -- when Roy dies, he's allowed in in because, unlike Eugene, he died trying to fulfill the oath to the best of his ability.]]

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* In ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' Eugene Greenhilt makes a Blood Oath to kill Xykon, who had murdered his master. One of the downsides amounts to this, as neither he nor his descendants can get into the afterlife until the oath is fulfilled. [[spoiler: Turns out he misunderstood the conditions -- when Roy [[DeathIsCheap temporarily]] dies, he's allowed in in because, unlike Eugene, he died trying to fulfill the oath to the best of his ability.]]ability]].


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* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' is that the title character, whose ancestor coined "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy%27s_law Murphy's Law]]," was BornUnlucky but [[ThePollyanna cheerfully tries to endure]] the crazy things that happen to him. His father is shown to have a similar condition, though it seems to have skipped his older sister [[CoolBigSis Sara]].
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