Created By: JapaneseTeeth on October 24, 2010 Last Edited By: JapaneseTeeth on October 26, 2010
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Four Leaf Clover = Good luck charm.

Four leaf clovers tend to have special significance when they appear in media.

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Just need some examples. (Rolling Updates)

  • Negima!?! Yue gives one to Nodoka to give to Negi as support for her Crush on him. (Even though its a Love Triangle between the 3.)
    • The Cook Satsuki Yotsuba is named after this.
    • In the first anime series 100 of these are needed for a love potion spent all night looking for them. (This is different in the manga when Negi had 7 magic pills That were placed in his bag by his cousin, that could help craft the thing.)
  • Yotsuba&! her hair is even shaped like one.
    • She gives one to Asagi as a souvenir, reminding Asagi's mother of when Asagi gave one to her... and she tasked her with finding a five-leaf clover.
  • Kingdom of Loathing has a Ten-Leafed Clover as an item, and it triggers certain "lucky" special events to happen if you have one in your inventory.
  • In the Futurama episode "The Luck of the Fryrish", we see via flashback that young Fry had a seven-leaf clover that gave him the necessary luck to win basketball games or pull off crazy breakdancing moves.
  • In Mostly Harmless, there's an alternate-universe Earth where--due a stray bit of radiation affecting the genome of the first clover plant--four-leaf clovers are the norm and three-leaf clovers are the exception. This particular Earth also didn't get destroyed by the Vogons to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Coincidence? It gets destroyed in the end by the updated Guide, anyway.
  • Cross Game uses a four leaf clover motif. With each sister representing a leaf.
  • One of the marshmallows in Lucky Charms breakfast cereals.
  • The killer leprechaun's weakness in Leprechaun.
  • Four-leaf clovers are lucky in Animal Crossing.
  • Clover uses clovers as a motif for the psychics with the most powerful being a four-leaf.
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz. A six leaf clover that can only be found near the Emerald City is an ingredient in a magical compound.
  • Kaitou Kid of Magic Kaito and Detective Conan not only uses has a stylized four-leaved clover on his monocle, his real name, Kaito Kuroba, has the word "clover" (romaji kurobaa) in it.
  • Honey and Clover has a brief mention or two of four leaf clovers. And honey.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • October 24, 2010
    Marioguy128
    I think this might be People Sit On Chairs. Make it more specific or something.
  • October 24, 2010
    Raso
    Known as Yotsuba in japanese

    • Negima?! Yue gives one to Nodoka to give to Negi as support for her Crush on him. (Even though its a Love Triangle between the 3.)
      • The Cook Satsuki Yotsuba is named after this.
      • In the first anime series 100 of these are needed for a love potion spent all night looking for them. (This is different in the manga when Negi had 7 magic pills That were placed in his bag by his cousin, that could help craft the thing.)
    • Yotsuba her hair is even shaped like one.

    I would of suggested we use [1] as an image but its already up on the Yotsuba page
  • October 24, 2010
    Sackett
    Do we have Good Luck Charms?

    If not we should create it and put all good luck charms there.
  • October 24, 2010
    JapaneseTeeth
    I didn't think that the idea of the four leaf clover was all that ubiquitous, at least not in media. It's well known enough in Real Life, but in Tv shows, books, etc. it's not as common, and usually has some sort of plot relevance if it shows up.
  • October 24, 2010
    Raso
    Some good luck charms show up under Paper Talisman or Ema (If we have a trope for that)

    And yeah I think Four Leaf Clover's use in media is rare and usually a Motif or a plot point.

    Moving Yotsuba image to this trope and putting [1] or [2] up on The works page would be good IMO The image is just too perfect for this.
  • October 24, 2010
    SweetMadness
    Kingdom Of Loathing has a Ten-Leafed Clover as an item, and it triggers certain "lucky" special events to happen if you have one in your inventory.
  • October 24, 2010
    JapaneseTeeth
    ^^You should probably take that to the Image Pickin' forum.
  • October 24, 2010
    Raso
    Done I figured we could figure it out here but nvm, Sorry.
  • October 24, 2010
    MetaFour
    • In the Futurama episode "The Luck of the Fryrish", we see via flashback that young Fry had a seven-leaf clover that gave him the necessary luck to win basketball games or pull off crazy breakdancing moves.
    • In Mostly Harmless, there's an alternate-universe Earth where--due a stray bit of radiation affecting the genome of the first clover plant--four-leaf clovers are the norm and three-leaf clovers are the exception. This particular Earth also didn't get destroyed by the Vogons to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Coincidence? It gets destroyed in the end by the updated Guide, anyway.
  • October 24, 2010
    Sackett
    Cross Game uses a four leaf clover motif. With each sister representing a leaf.
  • October 24, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    • One of the marshmallows in Lucky Charms breakfast cereals.
    • The killer leprechaun's weakness in Leprechaun.
  • October 24, 2010
    randomsurfer
    That I overlooked before.
    One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain,
    Third is the roses that grow in the lane.
    No need explaining, the one remaining
    Is somebody I adore.
    I'm looking over a four-leaf clover
    That I overlooked before.
  • October 24, 2010
    Nyperold
    (Addition to Yotsuba)

    She gives one to Asagi as a souvenir, reminding Asagi's mother of when Asagi gave one to her... and she tasked her with finding a five-leaf clover.
  • October 25, 2010
    troacctid
  • October 25, 2010
    shimaspawn
    • Clover uses clovers as a motif for the psychics with the most powerful being a four-leaf.
  • October 25, 2010
    Arivne
    Literature
    • The Patchwork Girl of Oz. A six leaf clover that can only be found near the Emerald City is an ingredient in a magical compound.
  • October 25, 2010
    MarqFJA
    Kaitou Kid of Magic Kaito and Detective Conan not only uses has a stylized four-leaved clover on his monocle, his real name, Kaito Kuroba, has the word "clover" (romaji kurobaa) in it.
  • October 25, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Honey and Clover has a brief mention or two of four leaf clovers. And honey.
  • October 25, 2010
    NativeJovian
    Wait, four leaf clovers are considered lucky in Japan, too? I would've figured the whole Four Is Death thing nixed that...

    The More You Know!
  • October 25, 2010
    shimaspawn
    This should go on Plant Tropes when it's launched.
  • October 25, 2010
    Raso
    I am pretty sure that this was a western idea that got passed to eastern society. not 100% positive.

    @jteeth Nyperold posted more info on Yotsuba's example if ya want to add that to the page.
  • October 25, 2010
    arekuru
    To avoid People Sit On Chairs, what about something like Four Leaf Clovers Are Lucky? That way, it's a trope instead of just being a noun.
  • October 26, 2010
    NativeJovian
    We have plenty of trope names that are just nouns (or The Noun), I'd say stick with just Four Leaf Clover. Easier to include in a sentence that way.

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