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->''"And as he drove on, the rain clouds dragged down the sky after him for, though he did not know it, Rob [=McKenna=] was a Rain God. All he knew was that his working days were miserable and he had a succession of lousy holidays. All the clouds knew was that they loved him and wanted to be near him, to cherish him and to water him."''
-->-- ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish''

Blessed With Suck is one of those tropes that comes in a few distinct flavors. Generally, it's when a character is given a special ability that seems to cause nothing but trouble:

# By far, the most common variation is that the writers have seen fit to give you a special power that is, to be frank, [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway stupid]] or {{useless| superpowers}}.
# In other, more extreme cases, your power is actually [[PowerAtAPrice too dangerous to use]]. See also ImHavingSoulPains.
# Sometimes your power ''sounds'' really, really cool at first, but it turns out to have a [[WeaksauceWeakness lousy limitation or weakness]], [[PowerIncontinence control problem]], lacks the RequiredSecondaryPowers, or (in the worst cases) [[PowerDegeneration has very dangerous]] [[PsychoSerum side-effects]].
# Sometimes the blessing ''is'' actually beneficial - but [[DeusAngstMachina extenuating circumstances]] have ruined the potential fun. For example, AMindIsATerribleThingToRead, AndYourLittleDogToo, PowerUpgradingDeformation or MutantDraftBoard.
# Often the original "blessing" turns out to be a curse when you [[FridgeHorror stop to think about it]], thanks to ExactWords, or not taking into account the intrinsic consequences. For example, Midas' touch. This is usually a FantasticAesop.

This blessing may take the form of AppliedPhlebotinum, privileges, or special abilities. For artistic cases (real or (self-) imagined), see MuseAbuse.

May be caused by a LiteralGenie. May also result in WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity either as part of the blessing or a result of its psychological effects.

Opposite side of the same coin from CursedWithAwesome, in which a "{{curse}}" actually is cool and helps the character, even if they refuse to believe it and [[IJustWantToBeNormal just want to be normal]]. If the "blessing" is somehow removed via [[AnAesop Aesop]] learning, then the CurseIsFoiledAgain. If a character is given a lame power but manages to use it to great effect, you've found that HeartIsAnAwesomePower.

This is OlderThanFeudalism, and it's a perfect way to teach the [[AnAesop Aesop]] of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor. Supertrope to WhoWantsToLiveForever, SoBeautifulItsACurse, ImmunityDisability and DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength.

Compare/contrast with AwesomeButImpractical (which it is often mistaken for by the looks of most of the tropes), SuperLoser, SuperZeroes, PowerIncontinence, BadPowersBadPeople. See also {{Curse}}. Contrast a CurseThatCures, when a {{Curse}} cures a character of an illness or disease they already had.

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!!Example Subpages
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* BlessedWithSuck/AnimeAndManga
* BlessedWithSuck/ComicBooks
* BlessedWithSuck/CardGames
* BlessedWithSuck/FanWorks
* [[BlessedWithSuck/LiveActionFilms Films Live-Action]]
* BlessedWithSuck/{{Literature}}
* BlessedWithSuck/LiveActionTV
* BlessedWithSuck/{{Mythology}}
* BlessedWithSuck/ProWrestling
* BlessedWithSuck/TabletopGames
* BlessedWithSuck/VideoGames
* BlessedWithSuck/WebComics
* BlessedWithSuck/WebOriginal
* BlessedWithSuck/WesternAnimation
* BlessedWithSuck/RealLife
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!!Other Examples:

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2008-09-13/ strip]], Dilbert's mother is visiting a psychic, but forgot her purse and thus couldn't pay. The psychic puts "The Curse of Competence" on her firstborn son, prompting Dilbert's mother to wonder why that would be a bad thing. As Dilbert (her firstborn son) finds out, when you're the only competent person in a world full of idiots, you'll be the one everyone asks to make things work.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has this in spades:
** Hades has all kinds of incredible powers--he can [[PlayingWithFire easily control flame]], never ages, and possesses immortality. Unfortunately, he's been assigned a job that he hates--dealing with dead people all day--while the other gods get to spend their days on the sunny Mount Olympus. Because of the nature of the job (there's always someone new dying), he's stuck in the Underworld and never gets a break.
** Hercules himself has SuperStrength. Yay! But that SuperStrength [[PowerIncontinence never turns off]], and when combined with the natural klutziness of a teenager, it leads to pretty much everyone in his hometown hating him (they outright call him a freak). Plus, he's a god among men and doesn't know it, so he spends his entire childhood/teenage years feeling like he doesn't fit in with other humans.
** Meg has apparently been granted immortality and eternal youth by a god. Trouble is, that god is Hades. And she only gained her powers by making a DealWithTheDevil--she sold her soul to save her boyfriend's life, and he repaid her by running off with another woman. She's now has to do whatever Hades tells her, and as a result, doesn't seem to have any friends or people she's close to.
* Rapunzel of ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. Oh sure, it's awesome to have hair that glows and heals any wound and reverses aging, but when you get kidnapped from your birth parents, and said hair grows 3 times as fast as regular hair, there are problems that can arise. For instance, it apparently takes 3 hours to brush her hair, and 6 hours to wash it. And with 70 feet of it by the time you're 18, it can also be a real drag (literally) to lug around. And yes, you could braid it to make walking easier, but then if it catches on anything, you're stuck.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': "WHY DO I FIX EVERYTHING I TOUCH?!" MrFixIt powers are cool and all until you're trying to break out of prison and your efforts are simply making the prison ''sturdier''. Like a reverse ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman.
* Elsa in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' considers her powers this [[spoiler:until she learns to control them]]. Having [[AnIcePerson powers over ice and snow]] is cool. Nearly killing your little sister when you are both just children and years later [[spoiler: accidentally putting your whole kingdom in eternal winter]] due to PowerIncontinence is not.
* Moses from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' is God's Chosen One, but he is forced to be the instrument of the 10 Plagues of Egypt.
* Think being the leader of a town and having everyone in said town admire you would be utterly awesome? Try telling that to [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington]], who is the Pumpkin King of HalloweenTown. However, it's '''always about Halloween''', every single day, which is problematic when you want something different. Taking a break is not an option, as shown when Jack disappears for only two days, everyone is in a panic. Also, Jack seems to not be able to give the crown to anyone else if he wanted ("But who here would ever understand/That the Pumpkin King with the skeleton grin/Would tire of his crown, if they only understood/He'd give it all up if he only could . . . "), so he's stuck with the job. ''And'' if the scenes after "This Is Halloween" is any indication, due to being the biggest in-universe celebrity, Jack can't even have a decent conversation with anyone. And who knows how long Jack's been doing the Halloween job? He could be ReallySevenHundredYearsOld for all we know. When you think about it, [[TheWoobie you can't blame the guy]] for desperately wanting to try out Christmas. But because he's still the Pumpkin King, he can't escape Halloween even when he's trying to be Santa Claus. The result? Some very [[MyLittlePanzer dangerous toys.]]
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Simmons talks about terrible superpowers: the ability to fly, but only north, and being able to teleport only one foot at a time.
* Just how pervasive is this trope? Well, on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Strong Bad got an [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail192.html email]] asking what he would do if he had [[VoluntaryShapeshifting the ability to transform]]. Strong Bad ''immediately'' assumes that he'd have to somehow be Blessed With Suck:
-->'''Strong Bad:''' If comic books, cartoons, and Sci-Fi Original Movies have taught me anything, it's that shapeshifting comes with a bunch of boring rules and restrictions that limit its potential Turn-Into-A-Bulldozer-Whenever-I-Wantity. You can turn into a machine gun but not bullets, [[WeaksauceWeakness contemporary jazz]] turns you back to normal, you can only turn into [[WhatKindOfLamePowerisHeartAnyway presents your grandma's knitted for you]]. Crap like that. For example, let's say I could turn into any species... OF '''BALLOON''' ANIMAL!!??
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', everyone's got a Semblance, a special power that only they can do (super speed, creating illusions, etc). However, it's later established that not all Semblances are cool and useful: your Semblance can be, for instance, to cause misfortune to the people around you. The character in question, [[spoiler:Ruby and Yang's uncle Qrow Branwen]], does note that it can be useful when in a fight because it causes bad luck for their opponent, but it also means that they have to keep away from family and friends.
* [[WebAnimation/ASDFMovie "Tree powers, activate!"]]
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