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->''"I survived the Battle of Yavin. I survived the Battle of Hoth. Hell-- Just a couple of weeks ago I blew up the Death Star during the Battle of Endor. The reason I'm still breathing when a lot of other good Rebel pilots aren't? Maybe it's because I'm better. Or maybe I'm just lucky."''
-->-- '''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wedge Antilles]]'''
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A character so mind-bogglingly lucky that it defies all probability. They'll win every contest or lottery they enter (in especially extreme cases, they don't even need to, the winning ticket will somehow come to them). Usually a weak explanation is given for this luck, attributing it to some kind of supernatural force but not going into any kind of detail. Despite the trope title, this luck does not necessarily begin at birth.

Sometimes the character actually [[CursedWithAwesome dislikes]] [[BlessedWithSuck their]] [[PlagueOfGoodFortune luck]], because it makes things boring or alienates friends, or if it's the kind of luck that involves their friends dying instead of themselves.

The extent of this luck can vary greatly; sometimes the lucky individual has to be careful with taking advantage of it, lest it run out at the worst possible time. Other times it applies all the time and can get a little ridiculous.

Often some kind of AmplifierArtifact can bestow this super-luck. If ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve is a large force in the series, expect it to be a MagicFeather in the end. If the artifact in question follows EquivalentExchange and gives you bad luck if you lose it, then it can cross into ArtifactOfDeath or ArtifactOfDoom. Of course, if your luck is dependent enough on said artifact in these ways then it may not count as this trope anymore (See WindsOfDestinyChange).

In games, this may be represented with by a LuckStat or LuckManipulationMechanic. Compare WindsOfDestinyChange, which generally has no subconscious element (i.e. wielders have to ''want'' something to happen). See also TheFool, who frequently has luck but it's never quite to this level. See also TheMagicPokerEquation. May be related to BornWinner. Contrast IdiotHoudini as well as UnluckilyLucky. The opposite is BornUnlucky. A character using a TwoHeadedCoin in [[HeadsOrTails coin flipping]] may also appear to be this until TheReveal.



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[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/{{Akagi}}''
** The mahjong genius, [[CharacterTitle Akagi]] Shigeru. His game style involves a shocking level of insight into how his opponents think and a degree of luck that could only be called godly. He plays like a drunk with a deathwish, but he never loses.
** Washizu possesses this too, as his luck is referenced as a supernatural ability on multiple occasions. It's what gets him [[spoiler: the killer Dora 12 hand in Episode 25 of the anime, which would instantly kill Akagi (yes, literally kill) if he self-drew the tile (Tsumo) or won from Akagi's deal-in (Ron).]]
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'': It's not a good idea to place bets against Hong Kong. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* The plot of ''Manga/BinboGamiGa'' revolves around Ichiko Sakura's extreme good fortune.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''
** Touma has the opposite problem. His special power destroys his own luck so he's born unlucky, if you don't count his UnwantedHarem. It's so bad that when he actually does win an all-expenses paid trip to Italy in a contest, he's immediately suspicious of what kind of severe misfortune inevitably awaits him there (and indeed, it's not a relaxing vacation for him).
** Played straight when he finds out that [[CoolBigSis Kaori]] has this and [[EverybodysDeadDave rightfully]] angsts over it. As a Saint, she's basically unkillable--but her friends are not.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', Faye Valentine's debut episode set her up to look like this. A casino hires her, claiming she's this ancient lady-luck figure who can win every game she's ever played and never cheated. "She was just a born winner." It appears for a while Faye is indeed the woman they speak of, as when she works the blackjack table, she takes everyone's cash almost effortlessly, even robbing our hero Spike of every chip (save [[MacGuffin one]]). Then Spike nonchalantly points out that she was cheating. As the series goes on, we see Faye is anything but lucky.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** Ran Mouri has ''absurdly'' good fortunes playing luck-based games like Poker or Mahjong. First seen when she goes into a mahjong parlor where her father Kogoro is gambling, very upset because he took Conan with him... then she gets interested in the game itself... and in the next scene she has fleeced her dad ''and his companions'' out of all their "prizes". (And then the owner of said parlor, who doubled as a loan shark, appears dead...)
** Another case started with her aiming to win the ''second'' prize in a raffle, which was a family trip to the beach. Conan was all "I don't think you'll win"... Cue to the next panel, with Ran happily telling Kogoro about the trip she won and a terrified-looking Conan next to her.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' gives us Cell and Majin Buu, who reach their ultimate forms not so much because of their own cleverness and guile as because many of the heroes make very poor life choices while trying to destroy them.
* Katsuhiko Jinnai from ''Anime/{{El Hazard|TheMagnificentWorld}}''. He lands in an alien world and ''immediately'' becomes ruler of a powerful nation with millions of slavishly-loyal and murderous servants (not to mention the [[CuteMonsterGirl not-unattractive Queen]]). For no reason other than ''dumb luck''. Ironically enough, Jinnai sees Makoto as this.
** It is important to note, however, that while dumb luck may have been what gave Jinnai power, it was his tactical genius that (at least in the first OVA series) allowed him to ''continue'' being successful as a villain. The Bugrom had been attacking other countries for centuries after all. They had little, if any, success until [[TheStrategist Jinnai]] began leading them. Once he did, he made conquest after conquest, coming very close to taking over El-Hazard. He most likely would have succeeded were it not for the heroes' PlotDevice super weapon.
* In ''Manga/FrankenFran'', a man on death row who defied multiple attempts to execute him is posited to be just that "fortunate". [[spoiler: Ultimately, though, he dies when struck by lightning, as each time he evaded death made it that much more likely for him to be killed by improbable means.]]
* Millefeuille Sakuraba of ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' has this as her defining trait. In the second episode, a ''meteor'' smashed the casino she was playing in to give her the win. That's just one of many instances of her extreme luck. This was later balanced by a recurring and plot-convenient Conservation of Luck.
** In [[VideoGame/GalaxyAngel the games]], Millefeuille's luck isn't ''quite'' so outrageous, but even though the anime exaggerates everything to incredible proportions, it's still pretty close; such as winning the grand prize in a supermarket sweepstakes SIX TIMES IN A ROW. At the end of [[MultipleEndings her path]] in the first game, she retires from the Angels, believing that she's used up all her luck... but it and she are back for the next one.
*** Her luck goes both ways in the game. If she's lucky, she's unbelievably lucky, when something involving bad luck happens, it happens in a spectacularly bad way.
* The lead character from ''Manga/{{ION}}''. She has known a jinx since she was little that when you say it, you land in a fortunate situation. She uses it often.
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'': Justy Ueki Tylor is a lazy, incompetent, bumbling idiot, and as the name might suggest, he is the most irresponsible man to ever hold the rank of "Captain." He also happens to be the luckiest man alive. He gets out of near-impossible situations by nothing but luck (unless he's really just ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity that good]]''). At his bad days he only escapes from overwhelming fleets; on his better days he sinks them. Without any weapon. Or fighter. Damn, they sink themselves.
** The show itself goes to significant lengths to suggest that this is subverted, and Tyler is just that skilled and using ObfuscatingStupidity to hide his brilliant tactics.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''
** Dio Brando, who has a birthmark on his ear indicating he was born with great luck, and demonstrates it on multiple occasions.
** In Part 3, there's a character with a [[TomesOfProphecyAndFate book that can predict the future]] - and it's explicitly mentioned that anything that appears in the book ''will'' come to pass, [[YouCantFightFate no exceptions.]] But it's completely ineffective against the heroes, who escape unscathed thanks to a series of lucky {{Prophecy Twist}}s that become increasingly implausible - the biggest would have to be when the book shows a picture of the main character having bullets being shot through him...and then it turns out those bullets were shot through the picture itself.
** Part 4's main Antagonist, Yoshikage Kira, literally has luck in his name. Its because of this luck that he managed to get away with the murder of over 49 women. [[spoiler: It inevitably ran out near the end of the part. One interpretation is that it even works ''against'' him, as the ambulance that was coincidentally there and could have saved his life accidentally ran him over]].
** The character [=PocoLoco=] in Part 7 has this power which works by having a spirit tell him stuff to do that may sound stupid until the good luck factors in.
* Tetora from ''Manga/{{Joshiraku}}'', to the point where Marii all but starts worshiping her.
* Subverted in the final arc of (and really, throughout) ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}''. In the final gamble of the first series, [[spoiler: Hyoudou tells Kaiji that he won because he possessed "the luck of the King" and goes so far as to patronizingly give Kaiji the winning lot, telling him that Kaiji should "absorb" the luck and make use of it. Later, Kaiji realizes that Hyoudou saw through Kaiji's strategy and deceived him. There was no random luck involved; it was all planned out.]]
* 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.
* ''Characters/LupinIII''... ''Possibly''. Sometimes it's hard to tell if he pulls off some of his tricks by luck or [[CrazyPrepared actual planning]]. Nevertheless, when he offers the entire treasure on a poker hand or flip of the coin... he's only lost when the game was rigged.
* Sakurako of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. Her luck is so well known that, when the {{Muggle}} part of Negi's class found themselves unable to find where Negi's travelling party went, they relied on Sakurako to randomly lead them in the right direction, which she successfully did... despite the fact that it's a location so magically hidden, that a normal human has a lottery's chance of accidentally stumbling across it. It's a RunningGag that whenever the 3A girls are betting on something, she wins, no matter how unlikely the eventual outcome was. WordOfGod says that should she ever get a pactio, it would boost the luck of whoever she chooses. In the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, it's mentioned that she became an assistant to a government official, and when she concentrates she can affect ''the global economy''.
* The whole category of "Abnormals" in ''Manga/MedakaBox''. The basic criteria of which is to be lucky enough to open a door with a randomly changing password by entering random numbers. On the first try, with no hesitation.
** Medaka stands out because she's even luckier than that. One commonly-used test is to have a person roll a handful of dice; if they're an Abnormal, they'll roll all sixes. When Medaka takes the test, not only does she get all sixes, but the dice land ''stacked one on top of the other''.
* While you hardly call the circumstances of his birth and life lucky, Rau Le Cruset from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' mentions often that fortune is on his side, and indeed his plan to kill everyone by playing both sides nearly goes off without a hitch. He manages to become a high ranking officer on Zaft (a military of genetically engineered supermen) despite not being a superman himself but being such a skilled pilot that they never ever question him, and serves for years and is never exposed. He leaks info to their enemy, and is never ever caught, or not believed. And during the finale he in short order 1. Manages to survive fighting his rival because said rival just happened to have poor mech to mech battle equipment that day as he was on fire support. 2. Manages to fight the one guy with superior power that won't kill anybody, allowing him to escape. 3. Launches a pod with data critical to his plan at 2 warring armies and the army that he needed to retrieve it is able to get it because the hero on the other side has a nervous breakdown in battle. 4. The people with the data (the data enables nuclear power) opt to use all of it on nuclear missiles rather than solve their more immediately energy crisis, and nuke their enemy. 5. His own army has a superweapon of their own that they are now willing to use and both sides are now posed to wipe out each other (and thus humanity) to total extinction. His luck finally runs out on the last day, when he's unable to break the hero, who kills him, and his plan is foiled when the hero's sidekick is able to stop the superweapons.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Naruto Uzumaki is shown to have unnaturally high luck while he and Jiraiya are looking for Tsunade. He wins big by putting a coin he picked up off the ground into a slot machine ([[{{Bowdlerise}} anime had him try a lottery and win that instead]]). His chakra training also had the inadvertent side effect of blowing dice Jiraiya was using to bet for information into ''just'' the total number to allow him to win.
** Naruto is so lucky during his time spent with Jiraiya, that just walking remotely close to nearby gaming vendors and casinos result in ''everyone winning''.
** Subverted when Jiraiya uses his SANNIN-LEVEL NINJA SKILLS [[MundaneUtility to win every carnival game he wants.]]
** This trope has arguably been deconstructed with many characters who appear to be gifted, and therefore perfect, such as Karachi. DysfunctionJunction is the ''mildest'' bad thing going for them.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Monkey D. Luffy has been described as having the Devil's Luck. While the most notable of these, the lightning bolt that saved him on the execution platform may or may not have been [[spoiler: his father Dragon]]'s doing (or even just the natural consequence of holding up a sword on a high metal platform in a thunderstorm), he's survived any number of encounters due to extremely good fortune.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Whenever Akane Tendo enters a raffle or some other competition based solely on luck, she always wins first prize.
-->'''Man:''' Congratulations! You win a trip for one to a health salon.\\
'''Nodoka:''' Isn't that wonderful?\\
'''Akane:''' Oh, I'm usually lucky at these things.
* Elie in ''Manga/RaveMaster'', to the point that letting her loose in a casino is a genuine way for the gang to make a large amount of money fast.
* Likewise, the eponymous mahjong anime heroine Miyanaga Manga/{{Saki}} has "superhuman luck" as, quite literally, her SUPERPOWER. Ridiculous amounts of luck seem to be very common for most of the characters, since they routinely pull off hands that have about one chance in a lifetime to happen, but Saki is especially outrageous, since she can apparently pull off one-in-a-billion-chance hands almost literally at will.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': InspectorOblivious Mihoshi Kuramitsu's sheer blind luck is the main reason why she's not only still in the [[SpacePolice GP]] ([[{{Nepotism}} her grandfather and great-aunt running the organization being the other reason]]), but is actually considered a ''distinguished officer'' -- she's simply too much of TheDitz to get it the other way. On the other hand, considering that she is [[spoiler:the great-granddaughter of the [[PhysicalGod one of three Goddesses]] who created the Universe]], it's hardly surprising that ItRunsInTheFamily.
** [[BornUnlucky Seina Yamada]] from ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' is an inversion verging on being a ''double'' inversion: his bad luck extends to those who cross his path, such as the SpacePirates he tends to attract... and also the UnwantedHarem, to some degree. [[MagnificentBastard Seto Kamiki Jurai]] quickly recognizes and ''weaponizes'' the power of his extreme bad luck.
* Shinji Nagumo from the ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' OAV is so lucky that he has survived ''many'' events in which he should've kicked the bucket. Unfortunately, he's ''very'' aware of it, [[WindsOfDestinyChange and uses it to set up different scenarios]] [[SerialKiller and kill whoever stands in his way to the top of the enterprise he works in]]...
* Sakura from ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' possesses this trait to a remarkable extent, and is aware of it. At one point later in the manga, [[spoiler: [[EquivalentExchange she trades her good luck to the witch Yuuko]] in order to prevent some [[GambitRoulette convoluted catastrophe.]] ]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** Joey Wheeler wins many, if not most, of his duels by being on the good side of luck-based cards. He is actually a very skillful duelist, but cards around chance and luck are often a big part of his deck, having started with Time Wizard (given to him by Yugi) and gone from there, using them in very creative ways. It does help to contrast against the very tactical and wealthy [[TheRival Kaiba]].
*** The luck-based approach also serves as a foil to his father, at least in the manga. In the manga, his father was an alcoholic and a gambling addict, which forced Joey to take multiple jobs to pay off the gambling debts.
** Played much straighter in Season 0 with Ryuichi Fuji, a Game Master whose luck extends to being able to randomly walk into a restaurant and win a prize letting him get free meals, press random buttons on a keypad and get the code, break for pool and have all of the balls hit someone, and win at Russian Roulette (with ''only one chamber empty'').
** Jaden in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is notorious for his unnatural luck. At one point, in the duel with Camula, she uses Giant Trunade and then attacks directly, which should end the duel. Why doesn't it? Because one of the cards returned gives him 500 life points upon return to the hand.
*** It's common with Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists in general, but it typically falls more in the "Heart of the Cards" category.

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* [[Creator/CarlBarks Gladstone Gander]], DonaldDuck's cousin. His luck goes to absolutely ''ridiculous'' extremes, much to Donald's dislike. Much of the character's humor comes from watching the RubeGoldbergDevice of DeusExMachina events that make everything go his way. Worst of all, he ''revelled'' in his luck, knew everything was coming to him without any effort, and thought working was beneath him, which made the character [[SmugSnake all the more obnoxious]]. At one point it's implied he's lucky because the Goddess of Luck fell in love with him. It would certainly explain why his luck doesn't usually work when it comes to gain Daisy Duck's love. He's also had a number of things like a lucky rabbit foot, DependingOnTheWriter. In the Don Rosa canon ItRunsInTheFamily -- Gladstone's mother Daphne is/was ridiculously lucky, as well. This was in turn based on a lucky hex symbol a traveling painter had placed on the family barn as a gift for the new child. It was once established, however, that Gladstone's luck cost him the greatest prize: Scrooge, disgusted by how lazy he is, has continuously refused to leave him anything.\\
The exact nature of Gladstone's luck varies a lot depending on the story, probably because it's boring writing the same old basic thing. Sometimes everything just works out for him, but there have been a lot of ways things didn't. He might run into someone equally or more lucky and face a serious contest; SecondPlaceIsForWinners may work for him when it looks like he's losing, but it may also turn against him when it looks like he was winning; he may be BlessedWithSuck, winning a constant stream of prizes everywhere even though he doesn't want to; or, in one Don Rosa story (see below), his luck may even produce extremely unlikely events when that is to his ''disadvantage'', so that he wins when he's likely to lose but loses if he's overwhelmingly likely to win. He supposedly always wins against Donald, but often he doesn't if Donald gets good karma by being braver or fairer than him. He can sometimes temporarily woo Daisy, but that's one thing in which he often loses to Donald. And sometimes when he seems to "win", it turns out that he was (by his standards) trying too hard, and Donald managed to gather the actual (or at least a slightly) better reward because Gladstone had left too soon. There have also been occasions when Donald uses his Italian superhero persona Paperinik to mess with Gladstone, and his superhero cool seems to entirely negate Gladstone's luck. These ones have a bit of a PowerFantasy thing going on, like many Paperinik stories.
** Perhaps the most spectacular example is when Gladstone gets saddled with a contract to move a house from the top of one mountain to the top of another: A hurricane comes by and moves the house from the mountain to the other with no damage to it whatsoever.
** Subverted in one comic where Donald and his nephews dig up every square inch of a beach, looking for a sultan's lost ruby (with a massive reward attached). Gladstone just lays there and waits for his luck to bring it to him. At the end of the day, a cop busts Donald for digging up the beach, Gladstone goes home... only leaving Huey, Dewey, and Louie to dig in the one '''exact''' spot they never searched - the one Gladstone was laying on. It's right there. The ruby was directly under Gladstone the whole time, and he never found it because he was waiting for it to fall into his hands. And guess who ended up as a chauffeur to Donald and his nephews...
** Zigzagged twelve ways until Sunday in one comic, where he and Donald both enter a fishing contest. Gladstone quickly catches what appears to be the largest fish in the water with no effort at all, while Donald's rod breaks. Huey, Dewey, and Louie, meanwhile, run into a fellow who knows where far bigger fish swim (he himself only didn't win the contest because he'd already won plenty of times). The nephews catch a fish larger than Gladstone's and attach it to Donald's boat, making it look like Donald will win. As everyone is heading for shore though, Donald's boat is hit by a runaway speedboat, knocking his fish into Gladstone's boat and letting Gladstone win the contest. Donald gets the last laugh though, when it turns out that the young daughter of a millionaire was trapped on the speedboat and had a large reward for whoever could save her. So while Gladstone's luck got him to win the contest, Donald ended up getting a much bigger reward than the prize.
** Again zig-zagged on another comic where Donald and his nephews race against Gladstone to get to a long-lost Viking ship that was full of riches. Donald and the kids went through all kinds of hell (including losing their ship right when they were close to the Viking ship), while Gladstone managed (somehow) to round up a full expedition with a top-notch ship. After gathering all of the riches on the ship (pretty much everything not nailed down) and leaving Donald and his nephews on the sinking galleon, Donald found a single scrap of paper... which happened to be a map made by the Vikings that was hard-core proof that they had sailed on that area (when nobody else believed they had ever done so). With the ship now gone, this proof would be worth more than everything else that had been on the ship to any museum.
*** Generally, when ''heroics'' need to be done, Donald (or the nephews) gets to use whatever karma Donald gained by taking a lot of misfortune (usually because of Gladstone's good luck hurting Donald) to pull off feats where you need a LOT of luck to pull off heroism (such as saving the millinaire's young daughter by steering the runaway speedboat away from running aground on sharp rocks). Even if it becomes TheGreatestStoryNeverTold in the process, that's why '''Donald,''' not Gladstone, is often the hero.
*** However, that's not to say that Gladstone can't be a hero. Whenever [[HeroicBystander Gladstone learns there's trouble, he goes in to help, relying nothing more on himself]]. A noteworthy example was when Donald was drowning in a river. He dived in immediately to save him, swam against the current and gave him the attention needed until medical assistance arrived.
** His annoying lucky streak [[UptoEleven extends to]] ''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou beyond the pages.]]'' When the Italian branch of Disney (it actually happened) got the idea to playfully point out which crimes the Disney characters would have committed if they were real-life characters, guess who was the ''only'' one who got away with a clean criminal record? However, a number of readers have noted this is probably because Gladstone rarely does ''anything'' other than wallow in his own luck.
** 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. But it turns out it wasn't a charm at all; it was the 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 actual job. Gladstone was so ashamed of having been reduced to working for a living that he kept the dime inside the vault just so he'd never have to see it.]]
** Lots of his "unlucky" moments are just benefits in disguise:
*** In one Don Rosa story, a contest involved catching entries tied to balloons and when a balloon flies above Gladstone, he refuses to exert himself reaching for it, reasoning that if it was the winning entry, the balloon would pop and drop the entry into his hand, which actually happened. Donald's nephews, however, uses Gladstone's luck against him, by filling the ballot with tickets with his name on it, and only one with Donald's. Just as Gladstone, sure of his victory, picks out the winning ticket, and hands it to the judges, he realizes to his horror that picking out Donald's ticket would truly require luck. And surely enough, the ticket is Donald's. But then later, his consolation prize (a year's supply of oolated squiggs) turns out to include a fish that swallowed a 10 carat diamond, while the main price, a cruise on a ship, ends up getting icebound, leaving Donald with the worst vacation ever.
*** Scrooge got a taste of what trouble Gladstone would cause when he let Gladstone try his luck as a stockbroker. That particular day, every single business failed for Scrooge, handing Gladstone loads of opportunities. Scrooge concluded that the Gladstone Luck was the only thing that could possibly beat him, and left him one particular business - a comic book franchise (''Gladstone comics''). Scrooge reasoned that [[TakeThat not even Gladstone]] would manage to pull that one off.
** Inverted in a Creator/DonRosa comic. Due to being struck by lightning on his birthday while in front of a magic symbol in his youth, Gladstone is always phenomenally ''unlucky'' on his birthdays. He spends the entire comic trying to get away from attending, but circumstances bring him to his own party, where he admits the truth. When a lightning storm suddenly shows up he manages to undo the curse, and prevent Donald from gaining luck powers of his own.
** And on top of that, his luck occasionally got him into more trouble than he would have been in without it. One story involved a treasure in the Amazon, and he decided he needed a helicopter to get to it before Donald could. He got there, but he didn't know that the tribe native to the area attached negative superstitions to helicopters. (Yes, they played with this character a ''lot''. As a general rule, Gladstone's luck works at its best when he just lets it flow. When Gladstone asks for something specific, most of the time it come back to bite him. Lazing around is his most profitable activity.)
** In ''ComicBook/ALittleSomethingSpecial'', Gladstone Gander actually ''weaponizes'' his lucky streak when the main villain is about to escape by asking the police captain to put a bounty on his head, causing a sudden wind to dispatch the villain and landing in front of Gladstone's feet so that he can collect the reward.
* This is the sum of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse character ComicBook/{{Longshot}}'s powers. After appearing in a miniseries of his own, he was grabbed by Chris Claremont for a stint in the ''Comicbook/XMen'', despite not originally being a mutant (he was first thought to be a genetically engineered alien). Longshot's luck was extremely strong but limited: it could only be used for altruistic purposes.
** The [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] version has even better luck with no such restriction. In his first appearance, a man is about to kill him with a machete and is suddenly struck by lightning. On a clear day. Without damaging anything in the area.
*** The only one who has ever defeated him was ComicBook/ScarletWitch, a mutant who also has the power to manipulate luck.
* Domino from [[MarvelUniverse Marvel Comics]], (best known from her X-Force days); her probability-altering powers are not as strong as Longshot, things just tend to fall in her favor.
** It could be pretty powerful sometimes, though. For example, there was a time when somebody put a revolver to her head and pulled the trigger. Six times. All six bullets failed to fire. The odds of this actually happening are, needless to say, astronomically low.
** Unlike most of the examples here, she can actively trigger her powers as well. She once had to infiltrate a mansion to open a safe. She had no idea what the combination of the safe was, so she just entered the telephone number of one of her ex-boyfriends (who had nothing to do with the mission or the safe). She is not surprised when it opened the safe.
*** She doesn't actively trigger her powers in the sense that she can turn the luck on or off, it's more like she has to be aware of what she is affecting the probability of. From TOW, "if debris falling from the sky was about to hit her in the head, she would still be hurt if she stood still. However, if she tried to avoid it, she would move perfectly to avoid each and every piece about to hit her."
** Same thing was used in a ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story, when a [[PsychicPowers psyker]] in a CircusOfFear manipulated the odds so that her boss, seeing the six misfires, angrily tried the same on himself. Bang.
* ComicBook/BlackCat, who first appeared in ComicBook/SpiderMan's adventures has (well, sometimes) an interesting inversion of this: She gave OTHER people bad luck. Good when it affects your enemies, bad when it affects your friends...
* A largely defunct American manga, ''PantheonHigh'', had a character with this kind of luck because he was the son of the Japanese goddess of luck, Benten. (Un)fortunately he had no guarantee whatsoever of getting lucky in ways that are actually useful to his situation. When he and two girls are threatened by the World Snake, one of the girls remarks that he might end up beating the snake, or he might end up making out with both of them at once.
* It could be argued that ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer'' fits this trope - all the bad things happen around him, afflicting everybody else, never Groo himself.
* ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio fit this trope whenever they appear in the same story as Don Vito Cortizone, alias "Vito La Déveine" (French for Hard Luck Vito). In the comic book featuring Vito's first appearance, he chooses them ''because of their luck''.
* Spawny Get from ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' embodies this trope, typically having a piece of moderate bad luck that causes a piece of very, very good luck. In one strip, he is carrying a ten-pound note into a bookmaker's to place a bet when he slips on a turd; he lets go of the money and yells "Oh bugger, I've skidded on a dog dirt!" The ten-pound note flies into the hand of the bookmaker, who assumes Spawny Get is placing a bet on a horse called "Oh bugger, I've skidded on a dog dirt". Which wins. At odds of 1,000-1.
* This was explicitly the only power of Johnny Thunder, a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] GagSeries character best known for his membership in the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. He was the [[MagicalSeventhSon seventh son of a seventh son]], born on July 7th, 1917, and this gave him uncanny luck. It later turned out that the circumstances of his birth had given him control over a genie called the Thunderbolt, and it was the T-bolt who pulled him out of so many jams.
* The ''Literature/XWingSeries'' has Wedge Antilles, the "designated survivor" and everyman of Franchise/StarWars, who is sometimes seen in-universe as lucky, though it's not to the extent of most people on this page. There was actually a [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse one-shot comic]] called "Lucky", the cover mentioning "The Curse of Wedge Antilles"; in it he [[http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/3572/blz44.jpg thinks]] [[http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/8813/blz45.jpg about]] [[http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/7343/blz46.jpg it]], flashes back to his first love and how she and most others around where he lived were killed while he was "luckily" away, and thinks "[[http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/1237/blz57.jpg Lucky? Sometimes it doesn't feel like it.]]" When he was a child, he was "lucky" enough to be some distance away from his parents' refueling station when they were killed. At many, ''many'' points, he was "lucky" enough to survive events that killed his companions and friends; he once reflects on the first Death Star and how he was "lucky" enough to be able to fly away while Biggs Darklighter stayed and was killed. In the novels he is vaguely aware of his PlotArmor, at least in that it seems like friends are always dying while he lives, has some [[SurvivorGuilt survivor's guilt]], and wonders what will happen when his luck runs out.
** To some extent, Baron Soontir Fel as well, Wedge's Imperial (metaphorical) twin. He is undoubtedly the best damn pilot in the Empire next to Vader, but surviving two tours of duty in the ridiculously fragile TIE fighter or TIE Interceptor takes more than mere skill. Even when he was finally shot down by Wedge, he survived with no injury. Despite the fact that a TIE Interceptor is such a physically small craft that downing one without killing the pilot is near-impossible even if you have a Jedi actively ''trying'' to do so.
** One novel had some fun with this when Wedge Antilles as a general was coordinating a battle which they were supposed to lose (well, retreat believably) as a part of a larger strategic maneuver. To put it in his own words: "We're about to achieve a tremendous victory we don't want."
* The Marvel heroine [[CaptainEthnic Shamrock]] appears to have this power, though it's actually a form of ISeeDeadPeople--ghosts often agree to help her in return for her completing their UnfinishedBusiness. (Notably, she got killed off in [[ComicBook/MarvelZombies one burned-out alternate continuity]] after a foe convinced her that with so many people already dead, there was nothing left to achieve in the world, and it was time for her and her ghosts to finally rest.)
* Talisman from the ''Comicbook/JusticeMachine'' comics. His mutant power is Karma -- as long as he's working for a righteous cause, good things happen to/for him (and by extension his teammates). One of the team's standard combat maneuvers is "let Talisman be taken hostage and dare the villains to shoot him".
* Roulette from the Hellions, enemies of the ComicBook/NewMutants, could create disks of energy that affected probabilities (white for good luck, black for bad).
* Dr. Robotnik/Eggman from [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog]]: When he was first discovered by Charles and Jules, Robotnik was being shot at for undisclosed but obviously serious crimes. In the years between his discovery and eventual takeover, nobody in the royal court stopped to both think about why he was being shot at and/or plan ahead in case he tried something. He later stole the [[UnwillingRoboticization roboticizer]] from Uncle Chuck, who seemed way too open about it given what it could do, gaining the means to build up his robot army. Even King Max, who was literally being guided by a primordial intellect, was taken by surprise at Robotnik's takeover. As the book has gone on and revealed all the powerful wizards, factions, and occasions that could've ended in his defeat, but have obviously not, he really seems to be this. To the point that Sonic's [[SpannerInTheWorks Chaos Factor]] is really just someone finally getting a counter ability.
* ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks'': Jeremy Chance is a man who has the best luck in the world, but always at the expense of someone else. In fact, it turns out that [[WalkingDisasterArea his mere presence actually creates all sorts of disasters]] so that he can miraculously survive them (for instance, someone shoving him out of the way for a seat and immediately getting killed by falling debris from a spontaneously collapsed roof). It's decided to blast him off into space, where Jeremy's ship goes through a time portal that appeared for no other reason than to have Jerry avoid a collission with another spacecraft. The end twist is that Jeremy was thrust back in time and became the center of Halley's comet, which has been [[CometOfDoom causing disasters]] as it got ever closer to Earth. After [[ColonyDrop crashing into the planet]] and wiping out all life, Jeremy's sleeping body is perfectly unharmed.
* Often, the titular character of ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' overcomes a peril not thanks to his skills, but because of sheer blind luck.

* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' {{FanFic}}s have a tendency of taking Naruto's good luck and flanderizing it to ridiculous degrees. Take, for example, the ''Naruto'' fanfic ''FanFic/YetAgain with a little extra help''. One such occurrence is when Naruto has to bet on either Sasuke or Tenten for a swordsmen's tournament, having (correctly) predicted that they would be the two finalists. To help him decide, he flipped a coin. [[spoiler:It landed on its side]]. You can guess how the match ended. In fact, Naruto was so lucky during that tournament that he ended up winning ''thirty million ryo''.
* The epic ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' fic ''Fanfic/DownToAgincourt'' mentions that angels have the ability to manipulate probability on a local scale. Castiel, apparently, mostly used it to make a whole lot of money playing the stock market and to [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking win at dice]].
* ''FanFic/EarthAndSky'': The Flim-Flam brothers seem to have reached this status ever since the Pegalathon started, and is the only reason they're still in the race. Whenever it seems they're about to be arrested (or harassed by the other racers), something happens that stops it (usually in the AmusingInjuries category) and lets them get away scott free. [[spoiler: Up until they nearly kill all the other contestants by accidentally burning down the Appleloosa prison. Then Princess Celestia decides she's had enough of their horse apples, and has them disqualified from the race ''and'' pursued by an entire battalion of her best guards. They ''still'' manage to dodge the guards all the way to Canterlot, but then their luck runs out and their flying machine falls apart just short of the finish line.]]
* In ''Fanfic/FateGenesis'', the narration notes that if SonicTheHedgehog was a [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Servant]], his Luck rank would have to be A+ for his BananaPeel prank to have worked on Berserker.

* ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'': Ferris Bueller (for those who view him unfavorably) undeniably accomplishes ''some'' of his achievements through his own cleverness, but he had a ''hell'' of a lot of luck with some of them.
* Film/ForrestGump. He becomes, in chronological order: able to walk after being born disabled, a football star, war hero, Olympic champion, successful business owner, multimillionaire stockholder, and national phenomenon, all just out of sheer chance while bumbling his way through life. Not to mention setting various historical events in motion without even realizing it...
** It's strongly hinted that he isn't really disabled, but his mother (being equally naive) is being conned by a quack doctor. His luck is in being scared into running himself out of the braces on his legs, and concluding that he's miraculously got better.
** While Gump really is incredibly lucky throughout the film, it should be noted that this often happens because of him doing what he believes to be the right thing to do. A major theme of the film is Forrest doing things that everyone considers stupid just because he doesn't consider the pros and cons like everyone else, and just does the simplest thing with childlike sincerity. One of the best examples is him becoming a war hero without firing a single bullet: he goes to the jungle to find his friend, and he ends up [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome personally carrying to safety]] what is implied to be ALL his injured squadmates instead of, say, calling for someone to help them. His only reaction to being told to stop because napalm is about to be dropped in the jungle is to yell "I've gotta find Bubba!". So while he is incredibly lucky and, in a way, he doesn't know any better, he DOES become a war hero because he does something heroic. There are other situations in the film where he is very lucky as sort of a karmic payoff for doing something silly, but noble in its simplicity. His shrimping business takes off because he was the only one foolish enough to try and ride out a hurricane; all his competitor's boats were smashed in the harbor, while he and Lieutenant Dan amused themselves bobbing on the waves (leaving the previously over-fished waters all for him).
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', you can count how many times Ford survives with his encounters with the [=MUTO=], the same one he keeps encountering. [[spoiler:5 times, the last 2 due to Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'s BigDamnHeroes moments]].
* This trope is the basis of the Spanish thriller ''Intacto''. Certain people are BornLucky; Samuel Berg (Creator/MaxVonSydow) is luckier than most, and has the ability to [[BroughtDownToNormal take the gift from others]].
* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' movies with Creator/SeanConnery, Bond always has the better hand at Baccarat.
* Ashley in ''Film/JustMyLuck'' has extremely good luck, until she inadvertently swaps her good luck with a man's equally extreme bad luck by a kiss, and the rest of the film has her searching for the man to reverse the exchange.
* ''Film/TheLoneRanger'': Whether it's blind luck or MaybeMagicMaybeMundane, John Reid is exceedingly lucky: he survived the initial ambush, had [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy every single bullet miss him]] while he was essentially a human shooting gallery, killed two men with [[PinballProjectile one bullet]], survives an execution and then a cave-in, and then makes another improbable shot to [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands disarm]] the BigBad.
* Subverted in ''Film/LordOfWar'': [[ArmsDealer Yuri]] manages to come out unscathed from a [[MushroomSamba drug-induced]] stroll around Monrovia despite having unprotected sex with a prostitute, encountering a pack of hyenas and two militia members who would have killed him if their Kalashnikovs [[SerialEscalation had not jammed]], not to mention being a rich Westerner in one of the deadliest African cities. The subversion? He had just committed his only actual murder and [[DeathSeeker wanted nothing more than to die himself]]. Easily one of the darkest moments in an already very dark film.
* The protagonist, Kyle Johnson, in ''Film/TheLuckOfTheIrish''. He's a popular junior high basketball player, gets good grades by guessing answers, finds money on the ground often because of the lucky gold coin he wore his whole life.
* Chris Wilton of ''Film/MatchPoint'': [[spoiler:he murders his pregnant mistress by trying to make it look like a robbery but ends up making a few mistakes and one of the investigating cops manages to figure out his methods and motive to the letter...but one of the rings he took to simulate the robbery ends up falling on the street instead of the river he threw it at, was picked up by a drug dealer who was then found dead and thus ended up taking the fall for the robbery, allowing Wilton to get away with it scott free]].
* Somewhat seen in the film ''Film/{{Maverick}}'', with Creator/MelGibson as the title character. In fact, that's pretty much what it's about. Although sometimes it could be seen as a subversion, [[spoiler:his bad luck usually [[ThePlan ends up being a con]]]].
** [[spoiler: Goes to ridiculous heights when he gets four of the five cards for a Royal Flush to beat his opponent's Straight Flush (only hand in poker that can actually beat it and the best hand possible.) on an "all in" for the tournament and manages to get the fifth card on a single cut of the deck. With instances before and after failing in practice, it seems he can only do this at the best possible moment. Subverted since he basically worked out that the house was cheating and exploited it (there's a full explanation on the film's page).]]
* Domino from Comic Books above example appears in ''Film/{{Deadpool 2}}'', where Deadpool initially doesn't believe her luck is a superpower, nor does he consider it very cinematic. However, it actually allows her to peform insane action feats without suffering so much as a scratch, which none other character are able to pull off.

* Ways, from the Terry Pratchett science fiction novel ''Literature/TheDarkSideOfTheSun'' is a robot built with an intrinsic ability with p-math, meaning he can manipulate probability to make himself lucky. In one scene he's forced to roll 3 sixes twice in a row at gunpoint to prove his identity.
** Rincewind, another of Pratchett's creations from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', has the most amazing luck (thanks to being the pawn of ''the Lady'' herself), and has leapfrogged in, out, around, and through so many sticky situations relatively unscathed that even Death doesn't know when he'll die. Bear in mind, however, that in this case [[WeirdnessMagnet amazing luck doesn't necessarily mean amazingly ''good'' luck]].
*** As stated above, Rincewind is amazingly lucky because he survives everything he's put through. Rincewind himself feels it would be luckier ''not'' to go through these things at all, but the Lady doesn't seem to see it that way...
*** The problem is that while ''the Lady'' blesses him on a regular basis, ''Fate'' is out to get him. Literally. The two of them are playing a board game, and Rincewind is one of the Lady's favorite pieces that Fate is always trying to take off the board.
** Nobby and Sergeant Colon are also BornLucky. As Watchmen, they are always stumbling across important clues (usually without realizing it) and surviving "million to one" events seemingly by chance. By the time of ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', they have demonstrated this power so often Commander Vimes finally catches on and gives orders to just let them follow their noses, confident they'll trip over the key to the mystery sooner or later.
* Teela Brown, in Larry Niven's novel ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'', was the result of a project to try to breed a person with supernatural luck: she, and her ancestors for seven generations, were all born because of lucky draws in Earth's Birthright Lottery. The Puppeteers figure that humanity exists primarily due to luck anyhow (since humans are just PunyEarthlings), so breeding for luck will make humans extremely lucky. There is much debate about whether she is extremely lucky, and, for that matter, what it means to be extremely lucky.
** The debate is mainly between the other main protagonists. Louis thinks she's lucky because she has survived many brushes with death, each time by pure chance. Nessus argues that her luck does not exist because the rest of the crew was not protected. Louis counters that the luck works only to preserve her and her fortunate genes; he says that her luck brought them to the Ringworld in the first place, because it will be the safest place for her descendants to ride out an inevitable galactic disaster.
*** The counter-counter-argument is that the Puppeteers were already planning this expedition before they started the breeding program that produced Teela. In universe there are yet more viewpoints and further levels of argument.
*** Canon indicates that the luck is real. Niven has a later story in this universe, ''Safe at Any Speed,'' showing a future world populated by people even luckier than Teela. The protagonist [[spoiler: gets swallowed by a giant pterodactyl]] and comes out perfectly unhurt.
** Interestingly, when recruiting for the mission, they have a lot of trouble filling the BornLucky slot. Teela Brown is the only one they can reach, since attempts to call the others end in very improbable failures. Either Teela's luck is causing her to ''win'' a position on the mission by process of elimination, or the luck of all those other candidates is causing her to ''lose.''
*** Funny thing is, Teela refuses (at Louis's urging) to join the mission at first, at which point Nessus receives word from another Puppeteer that another candidate was found. Apparently, Nessus doesn't talk to the others of his kind much because this "other candidate" is once again Teela.
** This seems to change in the sequel, where [[spoiler:Teela ends up eating the Tree-of-Life root and becoming a Protector, ensuring that her genes will not be preserved, as Protectors are unable to reproduce. She also allows herself to be killed during the climax in order to preserve the Ringworld]].
*** 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]].
* Literature/ErastFandorin in Boris Akunin's detective novels always wins in gambling games, which causes him to find them boring. In ''Literature/TheTurkishGambit'' (and its movie adaptation), he exploits this to win a donkey in an inn in a game of dice to transport away Varvara Suvorova... who later discovers, to her shock, that she was his stake. Later, in ''[[Literature/SpecialAssignments The Jack of Spades]]'', he uses this ability to expose a fake lottery wherein he loses his bet (meaning that there was not a single chance to win, otherwise, he would have). Even later, he plays Russian roulette in front of a suicide club president to convince the latter to accept him to the club. In fact, he comes from a family where luck always skips a generation: his father and only son were extremely unlucky, while his grandson (Nicholas Fandorin) was extremely lucky again.
* Rene Arroy in the ''Literature/ArciaChronicles'' is actually nicknamed "[[RedBaron the Lucky One]]" or "Lucky Rene" for his improbable luck that saves his skin again and again throughout his life [[spoiler:and [[CameBackStrong unlife]]]].
* Subverted in the Alfred Bester story "Oddy and Id". Oddy has the ability (unknown to himself) to have everything go in his favor. The subversion is that [[spoiler:what he gets is what his id wants, not what his ego does. So while he really wishes for peace, his id really wants him to be galactic dictator and a war soon enables this]].
* This is one of Mat Cauthon's defining characteristics in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series. He goes from the son of a horse trader in a small town into a rich gambler throwing around money like it grows on trees simply because he can regain it easily. While all three of the [[WindsOfDestinyChange ''ta'veren'' characters]] tend to twist probability and cause unlikely and bizarre events to happen just by being there, those events can be either good or bad. Mat, however, adds an [[ItWasAGift elven gift]] of luck to this. Not only does he have amazing luck in general (including battle), but his ''gambling'' luck is openly supernatural: If he's paying attention, coins are liable to land on edge, and dice on their ''corners''. (Happily, this sort of thing never happens when it would have gotten him killed....)
** It should be noted that his luck can often be a string of bad luck that turns out to be useful to him in the end, such as losing a dice roll when winning would result in a fight, or losing many rolls as a sign that something is about to happen.
*** As a matter of fact, his luck is so predictable that he ''WEAPONIZES'' it - if he's getting too poor of a streak, he and his friends know the fecal matter is going to hit the impeller, because his good luck is "being stored up" for what's to come, which has saved their hides several times.
* In Creator/AEVanVogt's novel ''The Weapon Shops of Isher'', the character of Cayle Clark is a "callidetic giant", which makes him crazy lucky to the point that being forced into sex slavery comes out to his advantage.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's recurring AuthorAvatar/MartyStu Lazarus Long had "a feeling for what makes the frog jump", which his descendants put down to latent PsychicPowers, but which he saw as a learnable skill. That he just happened to be born with.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', there's a potion, Felix Felicis, that gives the user luck and will make everything go their way, usually in improbable ways. For example, when Harry drank it, he accidentally bumped into Ginny while invisible, causing her to think it was her current boyfriend, and got unusually annoyed and dump him, so that leaves her open for Harry. It also gave Harry the perfect chance to bribe Slughorn. Later it is used by nearly all the main characters to survive the climactic battle. The effects are temporary, and Slughorn advised against abusing the potion, as it'd make one reckless after a while. It's also banned from sporting events, essays, and elections.
** And in TheFilmOfTheBook it's a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}, since Harry acts so mellow that you'd think [[GRatedDrug it was a luck]] ''[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything joint]]''.
** It should be noted that the potion doesn't actually make one ''lucky'', per se. Rather, it lets the user instinctively take actions that will bring them towards the best possible outcome.
* Literature/ThursdayNext had a villain who could manipulate entropy. Thursday soon learned to judge whether her enemy was near by seeing whether a lot of weird coincidences were going on.
* The Duck from Creator/SpiderRobinson's ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' stories is an interesting variation of this: his luck (and the luck of those around him) is not unbelievably good or unbelievably bad, but simply extreme, tending to cancel itself out over time. As he puts it, if you're standing next to him and win a million dollars, rest assured that you'll have lost it again by nightfall.
* Bink's power in ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' looks like this, but it's actually that magic can't harm him. This was determined to be a top-tier magic talent.
** Given that everything in Xanth is at least partially magical, it is.
** The reason his talent manifests as luck is because his talent can't hurt him either. In other words, it makes it look as though he's just lucky at avoiding magic, because if fireballs just bounced off him, people would just start punching him. And that would be his talent causing people to punch him, thus harming him indirectly via magic. In the finale of the first book it manifested ''by having his enemy work it out'' through being unusually blatant; when he then attacked with his sword it set off an unlikely chain of events that ended with them reconciling their differences.
* Played with in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
-->"The gods always smiled on Watt, though. When the wildlings knocked him off the Bridge of Skulls, somehow he landed in a nice deep pool of water. How lucky was that, missing all those rocks?"
-->"Was it a long fall?" Grenn wanted to know. "Did landing in the pool of water save his life?"
-->"No," said Dolorous Edd. "He was dead already, from that axe in his head. Still, it was pretty lucky, missing the rocks."
** Edd's own bad luck is interesting as well despite being at least partially a matter of perception. For example when they name one of their scarecrows after him it gets filled with arrows by the enemy but once the men start betting on which scarecrow will get hit the most Edd's one stops being hit.
** Ramsay Snow is reckless, stupid and is the most hated man in the North, by all logic he should have gotten himself killed years ago, but things always seem to go his way somehow.
*** Given that his father was there to rein him in for most of his later life, it is not that surprising that he is still alive. The first time he really gets to act up is when his father leaves for war, and even then, he very nearly dies after news spread of his actions.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** There are Oponn, the Twin Jesters of Chance. The female Oponn, the Lady, will sometimes give mortals what is referred to as the Lady's Pull, making them lucky, with occurrences like "avoiding an assassin's crossbow bolt by picking up a coin" or "killing an enemy by tripping and falling into them with your sword". It's suggested that this eventually turns around on the poor mortal, which is known as the Lord's Push.
** Crokus Younghand unwittingly receives the Lady's Pull in ''Literature/GardensOfTheMoon'', which saves his life multiple times. The Twins mostly use him as an unwitting SpannerInTheWorks for the other gods' plans. Knowing that the Lord's Push often follows the Lady's Pull, Crokus wisely throws the Twin Gods' coin away at the end of the book before his luck can wear out.
** Sergeant Hellian, the constantly drunk watchwoman-turned-soldier, is quite formidable a DrunkenMaster without any help, but at the climax of ''Literature/TheBonehunters'', she receives the Lady's Pull when she drunkenly decides to swim through the harbor of Malaz City (which is known to be full of sharks) to hunt for more liquor. Whether this is a permanent investment or not is left unclear.
** Corabb Bhilan Thenu'alas is literally born lucky. He has nearly every form of cancer on the planet, yet will never sicken. Multiple arrows fired into his back all strike the same spear shaft hanging on his back. On the other hand, everything he tries results in a lucky fumble — he will drop his weapon if he swings it, but it will trip up his foe. This is exploited at one point when his squad needs to take down an officer but can't get close enough for a clear shot: Corabb is made to fire the crossbow, which predictably causes the shot to go wildly off-mark, but the ricochet causes it to impale the target's neck perfectly.
* Bilbo Baggins from ''Literature/TheHobbit'' is explicitly stated to have been born with an unusual amount of luck. It saves his life on several occasions.
* Clever Jack from ''Literature/PlayingForKeeps'' has the superpower of being incredibly lucky.
* From the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse, Auger in ''[[Literature/StarTrekHollowMen Hollow Men]]''. He's a wide-eyed innocent youth serving under Captain Steyn (a freighter captain and sometimes smuggler). She has him on the crew entirely because he's Born Lucky (well, that and she's quite fond of him). He has a natural affinity for gambling, and seems to somehow “tap into”...something...other beings can't, so as to always win. Note that this is consistent with the TV show, which occasionally suggested luck was governed by an unknown force that could be sensed or even controlled. Quite why this boy has the talent remains unexplained. Steyn apparently doesn't care, she's just happy it makes her money.
* In the world of the aleators from ''Riddle of the Seven Realms'' by Creator/LyndonHardy, luck is a literal commodity which powerful individuals have managed to hoard for themselves. It's also a finite natural resource, so the hoarding of vast quantities of luck by such people means that everyone else in that world is BornUnlucky by default, and must exercise extreme caution just to make it though a day alive.
* Arthur Dent from ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' is both this AND Born Unlucky. He's one of only 2 humans to survive the destruction of Earth (amongst other events throughout the five book trilogy), but this isn't necessarily a good thing.
* Falkor the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Luck Dragon]] from ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' belongs, as you may have gathered, to an entire species of dragons who are BornLucky to the extent that they can fly because they are too lucky to hit the ground. He is very conscious of this and will often rely on blind luck to get him and [[TheHero Atreyu]] through tight spots.
* In the Creator/KurtVonnegut short story "Report on the Barnhouse Effect," the titular effect is devised by Prof. Arthur Barnhouse, which allows him to manipulate luck. At first, it merely lets him ensure that dice will come up as whatever he wants to roll. He eventually develops it to the point where he starts to border on RealityWarper powers, and hides so as to go on a quest to destroy weapons to prevent future wars. [[spoiler: The narrator, a former student of Barnhouse, is taught how to do it by the end and decides to [[TakeUpMySword continue the work of the likely ailing Barnhouse]].]]
* Roran of ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' doesn't fit this trope (at least [[PlotArmor no more than is usual for a protagonist]]), but nevertheless Nasuada [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this trope in sending Roran to end the Siege at Aroughs, because he was (in her estimation) lucky, and they desperately needed it done fast.
* Princess Odelia is seen as the luckiest of the princesses in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Her older sister Ren reflects that she doesn't know how Odelia wasn't at the theater explosion that killed their eldest sisters - and would have killed Ren if she hadn't been sent out for crying - but it's of a piece with her luck.
* Seven in ''Literature/WearingTheCape'' got this as his power. He describes it as like a guardian angel who keeps him safe and indulges his whims, but doesn't work for stuff like picking lottery numbers.
* In 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.
* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', this is Nick's power. Unfortunately, since he's a [[PowerIncontinence Powered]], not a Super, he can't control it, so it usually results in a stroke of good luck followed by a stroke of misfortune (he calls it his "bipolar luck"). For example, he's introduced having just won the lottery, gotten hit by a truck while celebrating, safely landing on a bouncy castle nearby, and the air compressor exploding. He survived, but all the winnings went to cover his hospital bills and the lawsuit filed by the guy who was renting the bouncy castle. Thankfully, the secret procedure he undergoes to turn him into a Super grants him control over his ability, so now he uses it to exclusively get good luck. After winter break, he returns to college having just won a VW Beetle in Vegas. His dormmate Vince demands that Nick return the car, since Nick, technically, cheated by using his ability to win. Nick counters by pointing out that he merely fulfilled the conditions set forth by the contest. Nick keeps the car. Interestingly, when the college has a casino night, he doesn't use his ability when playing blackjack. He is, however, very good at counting cards, having been taught by his aunt, a Vegas casino owner.
* In ''Literature/{{Starluck}}'', citizens are required to take the Autobeneficient Aptitude Test, which determines a person's luck. The protagonist, Paul Cartier, got a perfect score, and has thus been targeted by The Emperor as a likely threat.
* The titular character of the ''Literature/AlexRider'' series can usually get out of most bad situations through a combination of resourcefulness and fancy spy gadgets, but some of his more dire life-and-death escapes come down to pure luck, such as when [[spoiler:he manages to survive an assassination attempt because he was hit with a sniper's bullet just as he was stepping off a sidewalk, causing it to narrowly miss his heart]].
* 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...]]


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Rachel in the American ''Series/BigBrother''. She comes back with an unbreakable alliance with Brendon and is also paired up with Jeff and Jordan, who are likewise unbreakable. They are then put against people who barely know each other and have never played; the veterans (Rachel, Brendon, Jeff, Jordan, Daniele) have. The challenges are all something they're familiar with. After her boyfriend was evicted from the house, he somehow wins a popular vote to come back but is voted back out again. Then after things get turned around again and causing Jeff and Daniele to be voted out, then Rachel and Jordan are put on the block, Porsche is forced to open Pandora's Box...and the twist seems tailor-made to benefit Rachel and Jordan. Conveniently, the next veto competition (Read: That Rachel ''needs'' to win) is... a carbon copy of the first competition in the game that Rachel won, with a different prop. The twist manages to save both Rachel and Jordan, then the next head of household challenge is a challenge that Rachel had already won in the past - and just a couple days before, she was talking about how she did so well on it. When she's forced to open Pandora's box, it's not a game changing power that completely sabotages her game like it did to Porsche...it's a shopping spree. That's some ''[[SarcasmMode amazing]]'' [[SarcasmMode luck]].
* British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili has a sketch titled "The Bloody Lucky Arab" in which he portrays a stereotypical rich Arab who manages to strike oil everywhere he goes. Mostly on golf courses.
* Tom Chance, from the mid 80s series ''Chance in a Million'', for whom life always seemed to fall in place (including once knowing the train schedule of an obscure route, from having been held hostage by terrorists in the past, who forced their captives to memorise the London Underground timetable...)
* The protagonist of ''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).
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Most of Ramsay Bolton's actions would have gotten him killed, or at least horribly mutilated, yet thanks to being the bastard of a high lord who is evil enough to be ok with it, but not quite evil enough to kill him when he fucks things up, he has support. And, since some of the strongest Northen houses are ruled by more ruthless and opportunistic offspring, he still has enough allies to cower the indecisive in an uprising. His luck finally runs out in the penultimate episode of Season 6.
** Tyrion outright claims to be this. Key word: ''claims''.
* Graham Chapman's assessment of Dinsdale Piranha from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
-->It's easy for us to judge Dinsdale Piranha too harshly. After all, he only did what most of us only dream of doing,. (''facial tic; controls himself'') I'm sorry. After all, a murderer is only an extroverted suicide. Dinsdale was a loony but he was a happy loony.
* This is [[Series/MrLucky Mr. Lucky's]] shtick, as his name indicates. In any game involving chance he apparently can't lose.
* ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'': Parker Lewis, being another HighSchoolHustler, is extraordinarily lucky.
* Helen, the BigBad from ''Series/{{Primeval}}''. In nearly every episode she appears in, she gets captured at gunpoint but always either manages to convince her captors to let her go or tackles away their weapon. Considering she's a 40-ish archeologist and the people holding her at gunpoint are usually trained soldiers with good reason to hate her, she must have some sort of superpower that causes any heroic character within earshot of her to juggle [[IdiotBall Idiot Balls]]. At one point she escapes from the middle of the hero's base by taking another villain hostage and demanding to be released... for some insane reason, the heroes not only let her go ''but give her the MacGuffin'' as well, instead of just shooting them both. [[spoiler:However, karma gets her in the end. In the form of a Velociraptor]].
** The show's other villain (Christine Johnson) happens to be an important government official, so [[JustifiedTrope her getting shot by the heroes would probably cause problems]].
* In an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', they find a luck virus that causes extraordinary goodluck. For instance, Lister gets a dosage and he's able to solve ten digit combination on a lock of quarantine room.
* Lance White from ''Series/TheRockfordFiles''. Jim Rockford himself points out that Lance's good luck is always balanced by the people around him suffering from bad luck.
* Much of a ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode is dedicated to reiterating the fact that everything consistently turns out all right for Jerry, and nobody else. [[spoiler:And then he gets thrown into prison with the gang for a year]]. But before then, he's pretty darn lucky.
-->'''Elaine:''' ''(exasperated)'' You know, one of these days, something terrible is going to happen to you! IT ''HAS'' TO!
-->'''Jerry:''' ''(nonchalant)'' No, I'll be fine.
* Chance Harper's "power" from ''Series/StrangeLuck''. It's not always ''good'' luck, but it all works out sooner or later.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' had a rabbit foot that gave this but once you lost it, it did the exact opposite: that is, giving you bad luck. For example, while in possession of the foot, Sam Winchester could survive gunfights by virtue of having everyone else's gun jam when pointed at him and win as much as $2000 dollars from each Scratch And Win ticket he bought. Once the foot was stolen, however, Sam started tripping over everything up to and including thin air, lost his shoe in a sewer hole, had a hotel room heater catch on fire when he was doing literally nothing, and knocked himself out while trying to put out said fire.
* Rob Mariano, especially in ''[[Series/{{Survivor}} Redemption Island]]'' where he's put on a tribe full of the dumbest players since the cast of ''Samoa'' and manages to not once run into his AchillesHeel (Food challenges, but also some physical challenges), manages to get the lion's share of screentime, and is good at all the puzzle challenges. Conveniently, that's what most of the individual immunity challenges were! (Read: Challenges ''he'' had to compete in) That's some ''[[SarcasmMode amazing]]'' [[SarcasmMode luck]] if the producers weren't slanting the show for him and Russell.
* An episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'', "The Rube Goldberg Variation", was about a man whose luck was absolutely ridiculous. The catch: Whenever his luck gives him a benefit, the universe seems to "balance" itself by either [[DiabolusExMachina making him unable to benefit from it]], or inflicting something bad on someone else. During the episode, he is desperately trying to raise a large sum of money very fast (for a [[LittlestCancerPatient sick kid's medical bills]]). When he wins it by gambling at a Mob table, they assume he was cheating and throw him off a roof. (He lands in an industrial laundry basket, harmlessly breaking his fall.) When he buys a lottery ticket, he wins, but (a) the payoff would take too long to help the sick kid, and (b) the ticket is for waaaaaay more than he needs and he is terrified of the inevitable backlash so he throws it away. The guy who picks the ticket up gets hit by a bus seconds later.

* Magazine/{{MAD}} had an article (in issue #133) called "What is a Born Winner?" about such people. "A Born Winner is easy to spot. He's the guy who's drafted the morning the war ends. He's the guy who marries for love and then discovers his bride concealed the fact that she's a millionairess to avoid fortune hunters. He's the guy who's turned away from a fancy restaurant for not wearing a tie the very same night thirty-six diners succumb to food poisoning."
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers|GenerationOne}}'' has Jackpot, whose main character trait is that he's possessed of uncanny good luck. This particularly shows up in the ''[[ComicBook/TransformersTransTech TransTech]]'' story "Gone Too Far", where he puts it to use [[{{hustler}} hustling]] people with his partner Hubcap.

[[folder: Radio]]
* Douglas Richardson of ''Radio/CabinPressure'' claims to have been Born Lucky. Sometimes he does so to avoid exposing a successful scheme, but other times Douglas's good luck involves factors, such as the weather, that are beyond even Douglas's control.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Many tabletop games use an "action dice" system which allow a player to add another die to a roll's final result to avoid bad luck, create an exceptionally good result, etc, a certain number of times a session.
* A version of this is part of a deity's legend in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms''. Tymora, goddess of luck, supposedly flips a coin for every person born in Faerun. If it comes up heads, that person will have good luck in their life. If it's tails, naturally, bad luck follows. And for those extremely lucky few where the coin lands on its edge...they make their own luck, not being fated to anything.
* ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' has the "Luck" and "Great Luck" advantages, which give you one and then two more spare die re-rolls per game session.
* ''Marvel Super Heroes'' models super-luck by allowing characters with the power, like Longshot listed above, to pick which die is the tens die and which the ones die when rolling d100. Look into the statistics of that die roll and you'll see it's the most powerful ability in the game.
* Halflings in 4.0 TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons have a power that basically emulates really good luck. And in 3.5 you had the Fate-Spinners, whose entire arsenal of powers was based around luck manipulation.
** 3rd edition Halflings were inherently lucky as well, reflected in their racial +1 to all saving throws.
** The 3.5 sourcebook Complete Scoundrel had a prestige class based around this trope. The "Fortune's Friend" could force so many re-rolls a day in so many different situations that he must have been as infuriating to the DM and his teammates as he was to his foes.
** There was also the Luckstealer from ''Races of the Wild'', who could curse others with bad luck, and claim their good luck for himself.
** In 5th edition, an available feat is "Lucky", which grants players three "luck points" that they can spend to take advantage on a roll or force an opponent to take disadvantage (in effect, forcing the DM to use a bad roll if attacking the player).
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' it is possible to give characters varying levels of the Advantage aptly named "Luck". There is also Super-Luck which, while much more expensive, is well explained by a nearby picture of a man standing in an alleyway surrounded by bullet holes. There is also another Advantage called "Serendipity" which causes fortunate coincidences outside of dice rolls as the GM sees fit.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' features "Luck Control" as a superpower which allows the user to change the effects of other character's dice rolls, helping your allies and hindering your enemies. "Probability Control" from the ''Ultimate Power'' sourcebook is a more traditional example of this trope; your power rank becomes the minimum result for any one die roll that round. To put it another way, a person with 20 ranks in this power could essentially throw their dice away and declare "I win."
* Asian {{Dhampyr}} from the ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' supplement ''TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast'' are best known for their luck powers, a spiritual side effect of the unlikelihood of their existence. They're born to Asian vampires with significantly more Yang chi than Yin, the only time said vamps are fertile.
** Meanwhile, ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' has the Bohagande bloodline. Their unique Discipline, Sunnikuse, emphasises draining the luck from others, typically supplementing the Bohagande's luck in the process.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' has the Luck power: the more levels of it you have, the luckier you are.
* This is how the Edge stat works in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' - and humans get an extra point of it as a racial bonus.
* ''Witch Hunter: The Invisible World''. If a character had the Lucky talent, fortune favored them and always seemed to intercede on their behalf in the direst of circumstances.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Spycraft}}'' tabletop game, designed around the cinematic physics of spy movies, obviously has an entire feat tree of abilities that embody this trope. Among other things, there is an ability that causes you to roll a die after being hit by any attack. If it comes up odd, circumstances interfere and the attack misses entirely and you take no damage instead. Extra funny because it applies to things like nuclear explosions and buildings falling on you as much as the usual bullets and fists.
* All of White Wolf's Mage games rely primarily on powers that manifest as extremely convenient turns of fortune, referred to as 'covert' magic. The "entropy" sphere from second edition deserves special mention for even blatantly magical effects manifesting as insanely good luck of the "a grenade goes off at your feet. conveniently, all the shrapnel happens to miss you and a gust of wind negates the blast wave" variety.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' has a Gift simply known as Luck, which allows you to bring yourself some good fortune. "I was born lucky" is also entirely acceptable as text for an affliction, which will produce minor miracles whenever the HG thinks it's appropriate.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Chad Kensington in ''VideoGame/FridayThe13thTheGame'' has the highest luck stat of very counselor, meaning his weapons last much longer that others while also increasing some of his other stats.
* This is Nell's defining character trait in the ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars]]'' series. She has an occasional chance of causing more damage than normal, and her [[LimitBreak CO and Super CO powers]] amplify this luck immensely. Her sister, Rachel, doesn't have Nell's normal luck but her CO Power (though not Super CO Power) increases her luck for the turn.
** This also applies to [[TheBrute Flak]] and his ''Dual Strike'' counterpart Jugger, although it's more depicted as brute force (but works the same ingame) and comes with the drawback of sometimes inflicting less damage than expected.
*** The two vary a little. Flak and Jugger's luck (good or bad) still falls within the realm of normality, as while they can do more (or less) damage than expected, it doesn't allow for anything blatantly unexpected (e.g. infantry dealing serious damage to tanks with their machine guns). Nell's (and Rachel's, during her CO Power) luck, on the other hand, ''can'' result in the highly improbable and unrealistic, as her luck is treated mechanically as a random flat increase to damage rather than the random percent multiplier of the normal damage that Flak and Jugger get.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** 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.
** The [[OurElvesAreBetter Bosmer (Wood Elf)]] Gaenor from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'''s ''Tribunal'' expansion is a bit of a BonusBoss. You first meet him as a sort-of beggar in Mournhold, where he will demand that you give him some money. If you do, he will continue to ask for more until it reaches outrageous sums you probably won't be able to pay and even if you can, he won't believe you really have the money anyway. Either way, pay him or deny him the money, he will get angry. Come back a few days later to encounter him again. This time, he is wearing a full set of (extremely expensive and powerful) [[FantasyMetals Ebony Armor]]. He will confront you and tell you how he came upon a Lucky Charm. Ever since he found it, he had insane amounts of luck, money was practically falling into his pockets all the time, he never lost a fight, hell, he never even got injured. Then he decides to take revenge on you. While in battle, he lacks any significant powerful attacks, but his insane luck makes more than up for it. In-game, all the important chances, such as whether or not a blow will hit or miss or whether or not a Magic Reflection/Damage Reflection spell will kick in, is influenced in part by the LuckStat. That includes attack evasion, damage reflection, and spell reflection. Gaenor is so lucky that ''he can make you kill yourself by attacking him''. Should you, despite all the odds, manage to kill him, you can loot the lucky charm from his pockets, but while the enchantment is certainly powerful, it only grants 20 Luck points. Attribute-Wise, however, Gaenor had ''[[BeyondTheImpossible 770]]'' of them... (Barring cheats or exploits, the PlayerCharacter {{Cap}} is 100.) One of the most straightforward ways of beating him is to temporarily increase your own Luck to similarly absurd levels with potions/spell effects/enchantments or some combination thereof.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** [[HumansAreDiplomats Imperial]] characters have a racial trait called ''Imperial Luck'', which increases the amount of gold they can earn from looting containers.
*** There's also the 'Prowler's Profit' bonus which increases your characters chance of finding assorted gemstones, and two perks in the lockpicking skilltree that make you find more money and magical items.
*** [[spoiler: It's revealed that Luck is something considered the domain of Nocturnal, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] revered by the ThievesGuild. If you complete the Thieves' Guild quest line and get the guild back into Nocturnal's good graces, she'll reward them with good luck, causing the members of the Guild to fall under this trope.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' you can select your Luck SPECIA'''L''' stat at the start of the game. This mainly determines your chances of getting {{critical hit}}s in combat. However, in ''New Vegas'' it influences your gambling ability.
** In VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}} and VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}, it still determined critical chance but setting the Luck value to maximum and picking the Sniper perk made ''every single hit scoring a critical''. Even better, picking the [[WalkingDisasterArea Jinxed trait]] with Luck maxed out is the epitome of assholishness to your opponents.
** Mr. House of ''New Vegas'' has a maxed out luck stat, representing his ability to see probabilities and manipulate them to his own benefit. In practical terms, it allowed him to win an ''entire'' Vault in a game of Blackjack, and when he tried to predict when the Great War would start he was off by just one day.
* The Lady Luck dress sphere in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' has abilities based on luck, including rolling huge dice & spinning reels for results.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** Princess L'Arachel from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' appears to actually be divinely blessed; she wins coin tosses ''when the tosser is cheating''. This is reflected in her growth rates, as she'll almost always max out the LuckStat on her own.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'', the people who have [[HeroicLineage Ulir Holy Blood]] (like the sisters [[WhiteMagicianGirl Adean]] and Briggid and their children) have Luck growths of at least 30%, among the best ones ''in the whole FE franchise''. In-story, this is supposed to be tied to a blessing bestowed upon Ulir the "Bow User", creating a whole legend in regards to [[AmbiguousGender their]] descendants - now the Royal House of Jungby. [[spoiler: Adean herself invokes her BornLucky status in the Oosawa manga by pulling a GoThroughMe to recruit Prince Jamuka, standing in between two armies and hoping the legendary luck of the Jungbies causes her to be unharmed by Verdane's barrage of arrows. And except for a mere cut on her cheek, ''it works.'']]
** Another standout example is the playable [[SeriesMascot Anna]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]''; while her other stats are solid but nothing to write home about, her Luck growth is ''80%'', with a +3 modifier, no less .
** And then there's Percy from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Fates]]'' who stands in contrast to his BornUnlucky father Arthur. Not only does he have a great Luck growth (easily capping it well before the Level cap), his personal skill also boosts his own ability to avoid critical hits slightly while boosting nearby allies' ability to avoid crits to a larger extent.
* Woozie in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' is blind, but he's so incredibly lucky that he can often pass as sighted anyways. He can even race a car along a narrow, winding ledge!
* It's been stated numerous times that ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] protagonist Master Chief John-117 is this trope embodied, which makes sense, considering that he's one of the last Spartan-[=IIs=] alive and has survived near-death multiple times.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''[='s=] opening, the [=AI=] Cortana says this about Master Chief:
-->"They let me pick, did I ever tell you that? Choose whichever Spartan I wanted. You know me. I did my research; watched as you became the soldier we needed you to be. Like the others, you were strong and swift and brave. A natural leader. But you had something they didn't. Something no one saw, but me. Can you guess? Luck."
** In the prequel book ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'', Halsey chooses John to be the first Spartan to test the MJOLNIR armor because "You've always been lucky."
** This comes to a point in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', where the new PlayerCharacter is Noble Six. He/she is likened very much to Master Chief, having similar exploits. So why is it [[spoiler:he/she dies while Chief goes on to live]]? ''He/she didn't have luck''.
** That said, it becomes more and more apparent that John's kind of luck only prevents John himself from getting severely injured. As for the people around him, they tend to drop off one by one over the course of the franchise.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has several {{familiar}}s and an [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman outfit]] which embody this, including a pair of dice who help you and a {{Steampunk}} outfit which turns all critical failures into InspectorGadget - style successes.
* Sergio Morello from ''VideoGame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven'' even has this very Trope Name as the title of his mission. First he evades being shot, then he evades a {{car bomb}}, then he evades being shot ''again'', then he evades being hit by a train and just after one hell of a heist, he is finally put down.
* Venus from ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid2'' demonstrates her supernatural ability to toss coins that only come up heads, dowse for water and hit targets with her gun a handful of times. Her initial assertion that she was 'lucky' seemed just to be her being obtuse, but by the time you fight her it turns out to be her power. She still got disappointingly little mileage out of it.
* The character Fortune in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' seemed to be literally ImmuneToBullets because she was too lucky in battle to ever get hit; unfortunately, her luck in her personal life was as awful as her luck on the battlefield was good, and she became a DeathSeeker.
** Subverted, though, in that [[spoiler:it was all set up artificially and deliberately behind the ManBehindTheMan]]
*** Double Subverted: [[spoiler: However, after the device was removed from fortune and she got shot for once, she STILL manages to deflect missiles, actual missiles, apparently by luck.]]
* Jack, from ''VideoGame/RadiataStories''. When he starts the game, his stats are fairly low, except for his luck. The passive ability he starts with increases his LuckStat even further.
* Kyosuke Nanbu of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'', and the OG series has this. His backstory has him surviving a space shuttle crash, with minor injuries. In OG 1 a traitor sabotages a prototype HumongousMecha and Kyosuke once again crash lands and escapes unscathed. It's also a reason given for surviving the beating that he got from [[TheRival Axel Almer]]. For some reason this inhuman luck does not actually include the Lucky skill. (Tasuku has this.)
** It's been theorized that this luck is in fact what allows Kyosuke to perform well in his Alteisen, which is, in all honesty, an outdated RealRobot that really wants to be a SuperRobot when it grows up. Anyone else using the Alt would probably find themselves shot down pretty quickly.
** To be honest, this trope, when combined with his skill, experience, and [[{{Determinator}} determination]] makes him damn near [[NighInvulnerability impossible to kill]]. (having a really tough mech doesn't hurt either).
** Then there's Arado Balanga in ''Alpha 2/Original Generation 2'', who once survived his mech blowing up ''because'' he couldn't eject in time. In fact, for a long part of Original Generation 2, ''every'' mech he pilots gets severely damaged or destroyed.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''
** Tewi Inaba has this as her main ability, and can even spread it to others. One chapter in the ''Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth'' manga had her digging a pool for Princess Kaguya, and every place she she dug had her striking gold, silver, and other assorted treasures.
** The main character Reimu Hakurei also has this power. Her luck mostly manifests in each game as her literally wandering around until she ''stumbles'' upon the BigBad of the latest incident. The [[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Curiosities_of_Lotus_Asia/Chapter_27 last chapter]] of ''[[AllThereInTheManual Curiosities of Lotus Asia]]'' even mentions that Marisa hates to play dice with Reimu because Reimu always wins.
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}''[==]'s Nathan Drake manages to survive his adventures by the skin of his teeth. His mentor/treasure hunting companion Victor Sullivan even opts out of the second game because he doesn't "have [Nate's] luck". This apparently also applies in-game as well, with the notion put forward by the developers that the screen graying as you take damage is not a representation of "health" but rather "luck" (that is none of the enemy bullets that don't kill Nate actually hit him, just graze him or fly very close, but the one that does Nate in is a direct hit).
* Joachim from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'' has fortune smiling upon him, but he never sees it that way, being a glass half-empty kind of guy. If something good happens to him, he'll still find something to complain about: Girls like him, but he wants to be left alone. He was saved from a bullet by a [[PocketProtector statue]], he loved that statue! You get the picture...

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Some characters in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' believe that Phoenix wins most of his cases by sheer luck since he always manages to turn the case around in his favor when all seems lost. Franziska von Karma even notes Phoenix's luck out loud after she finds out from Edgeworth that he fell through a broken bridge to a river 40 feet below (Said river was stated to be [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat notorious for being deadly]]) and only suffered minor bruises and a bad cold - In the middle of winter, while the bridge was on fire! To top it off, in ''[[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney Apollo Justice]]'', Phoenix gets run over by a car, flies 30 feet in the air, smacks his head into a telephone pole, and only suffers a minor ankle sprain! To quote Franziska herself: "As always, hard to know if he should be called lucky or unlucky."
* Giancarlo from ''VisualNovel/LuckyDog1'' is widely renowned as the Lucky Dog because of his fantastic luck, which has helped him escape from prison at least four times in a row. He seems to have been blessed with great luck from a young age after he survived an attack on his family that left both his parents dead. In fact, his luck is even represented in-game by a lucky meter which starts out at 100% but can nevertheless drop depending on the actions he takes throughout the course of the game.
* Kieta from ''VisualNovel/GakuenHeaven'' has this as his only "special trait". When the bridge malfunction on his way to his new boarding school and the bus crash, both he and the driver fell out onto his futon that just happened to fall out of his bag, open up and land in time to catch and save both of them.
* Makoto Naegi from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has his entire high school identity based on this trope. He's the Ultimate Lucky Student - meaning his only "talent" or "special trait" is the fact that he was lucky enough to win the lottery to attend Hope's Peak Academy.
** Turns out that his talent is ''Bad'' Luck that somehow allows him to escape worse things. For example, he's the winner of the second round of Hope's Peak's lottery... because the invitation for the first-round winner passed through his neighborhood and was accidentally destroyed... which led him to be placed in the Killing School Life. Also, he has the bad luck of being the only student whose bathroom door gets "stuck", but this bad luck turns into good luck when [[spoiler:the door being stuck ''proves him innocent of a murder'', as the real culprit mistakenly assumed the door was locked and broke it down, which Naegi wouldn't have done.]] In ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', [[spoiler:his bad luck (slipping on a paper) allow him to dodge a perfect throw from Junko in the past, and let him being snapped out by Juzo from the brainwashing of Suicide video.]]
** Nagito Komaeda from ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' has luck that manifests as two extremes: bad luck followed by good luck, which then cyclically repeats itself. [[spoiler:You find out in one of his Free-Time Events that his luck caused the death of his parents, which was then countered by the good luck of a hefty inheritance; that, of course, was followed by being kidnapped for ransom only to be released when the kidnapper realized no one would pay the ransom, which led to Nagito finding a winning lottery ticket; and so on and so forth.]] His luck eventually manifests in-game when he [[spoiler: plays a game Russian Roulette to get into the hidden Octagon room in Chapter 4. He finds that just using one bullet in the chamber is too boring and opts to use ''five'' instead, counting on his good luck to help him win. ''He does''.]] In many of the cases, his behavior emphasizes the FridgeHorror of a character having preternatural luck: he'll deliberately take actions to increase the amount of chaos or random trouble happening, knowing that it'll likely result in things going well for him.
** Somehow, [[spoiler:Izuru Kamukura]] managed to acquire this talent too. In ''[[Anime/DanganRonpa3 Dangan Ronpa 3 Side: Despair]]'', Nagito decides to check which luck is stronger [[spoiler:by shooting Izuru in the heart. Izuru "wins" by causing Nagito's gun to jam. However, he later admits that Nagito's own luck is also impressive when he shoots Nagito in return but his [[PocketProtector School Handbook]] blocks the bullet]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'''s Ray Smuckles can't seem to turn around without falling into a pile of money
* Andrew Smith of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has this as a [[strike:superpower]] extra-normal ability. That is, his very presence allows things to go smoothly. For example, he can throw a pile of cards over his shoulder and [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=385 they'll land in a deck, in order]]. Another example [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=766 here (back up three pages for context)]]. But his "luck" is more of a magical ability to make all tasks as simple as possible, which [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=572 isn't always a good thing.]] Parley's joke that "his super power is to make everything boring" has so far been completely accurate.
* In ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', [[LivingMacGuffin Sal ]] is the future high priestess of the god of Randomness, things tend to go her way.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'', this is an explicit superpower of Creator/BenjaminFranklin. So long as he's in a future the existence of which depends on his surviving to return to the past, anything that might harm his person will miss him and every strike will be a lucky perfect hit.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has Clover of the Felt and Vriska Serket, the latter actually able to ''steal'' luck from other people at will. We don't know if Clover was born lucky or just received the power from his master, but it nonetheless forces his enemies to take a more creative approach to defeating him. (Eventually just [[MundaneSolution whacking him with a newspaper until he agrees to do what they say]], on the basis that you don't have to be particularly unlucky to get hit by a newspaper.)
** Hearts Boxcars is a subversion. He always rolls boxcars...but he's also the first Dersite agent to die in ''every timeline''. Usually by decapitation. Even Clubs Deuce, who thinks stuffing his hat with C4 is a brilliant strategy, generally lives longer.
* ''Webcomic/RomanticallyApocalyptic'': Pretty much the only reason (aside from Sniper's vigilance) that Zee Captain is still alive.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': This is presumably Usagi of [[ShowWithinAShow The Lucky Bunny Bounty Show's]] motif.
* Xykon the lich of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a few instances of this, such as [[spoiler: when he and Redcloak (who was carrying his phylactery) were inadvertently saved from death by the actions of Miko Miyazaki, which also ended the Battle of Azure City in their favour]]. A more recent (half) example (in a strip actually titled " [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0660.html Lucky Breaks]]") [[spoiler: his phylactery ''just misses'' the hole into the Snarl's prison, although it still falls into a sewer which will carry it somewhere difficult for Xykon to recover it from]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ComicBook/LessThanThreeComics' Pixel and Rabbit both have luck-altering powers.
* Renard of ''Literature/{{Oktober}}'' is basically this trope condensed into a physical form, and he knows it. You should ask him to do a card trick for you.
* Several characters from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have Luck as their actual superpower. Others are merely very, very lucky.
** Andrew "Lucky" Day was a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero who used his luck to make up for the fact that, otherwise, he was just an ordinary guy.
*** Andrew "Lucky" Starr is "Lucky" Day's grandson, and has inherited not only his grandfather's love of adventure, but also his incredible good fortune.
** Lady Luck of the Knights of Norfolk is an active probability manipulator.
** Bedlam, a supervillain from the same setting, isn't so much lucky himself as he is capable of instilling bad luck in everyone around him (thus giving himself the appearance of good luck). Jinx is another villain who has the same powers.
* The 'probability Warpers' of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse have this. Currently there are so many of them at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] that the administration has problems spreading them out among different dorms (because Bad Things - or at least very strange things - can happen when two or more of them get into close proximity, as their fields can heterodyne in odd ways). Kismet also has magical powers. Hazard also has some kind of precognitive gift. Clover is trying to become a powerful wizard too. Then there's Murphy whose luck is usually bad.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-181 SCP-181]] is lucky to a supernatural degree.
* Callie Linder in ''Podcast/MetamorCity'' has a "chaos aura" that tends to produce good luck for her but has varying effects on people near her.
* The web serial ''Literature/StarHarborNights'' have the police officer [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100404060838/http://www.starharbornights.com/old/3-2 "Lucky Seven"]].
* {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} has repeatedly shown high amounts of luck, to the point when people suggested him to try the lottery thinking that he would win first prize with his dumb luck. He found three [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Golden Beanies]] ''and killed them all before they could run away'', for one. And of course, who could forget the time he won [[VideoGame/MarioParty Bowser's Magma Mountain]] with a Chance Time and a single leading coin?
* [[WebVideo/CounterMonkey Noah "The Spoony One" Antwiler]] is ridiculously lucky when it comes to dice roll in tabletop RPG, which will both come up in his vlogs a good bit and his roleplaying campaigns. Between this and his reluctance to curb the difficulty, it gives him a bit of a reputation as a "killer dungeon master".
* On that note, Spoony's amazing luck was very apparent in the 2012 WebVideo/D20Live event. His luck rubbed off on other players, and both the 2012 and 2013 campaigns ended with all players surviving, with little to no injury... leading dungeon master Big Mike to use the TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors module for 2014.
* ''LetsPlay/MarioPartyTV'' has [[DesignatedVillain Mr. Doom]] -- or as he's more commonly known, "Mr. ''Freaking Stinking Cheating'' '''DOOM!'''" While he's pretty good at ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', for some reason, the games' {{Random Number God}}s seem to smile upon him far more than any of the other players. Due to this, he's seen as the main villain of the LetsPlay group -- and has [[TheBadGuyWins plenty of victories]] under his belt.
* Minic, a minor character in ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests'', has an [[RPGMechanicsVerse abnormally high Luck stat]], due in part to an exploit: whenever something particularly lucky happens to it, it gains a point in Luck, and because it's so lucky, that sort of thing keeps happening. Most people have a Luck of, say, 20, if they have it at all. After hundreds of years of this, its Luck stat is in the ''tens of thousands.'' This also makes it one of the favoured parties of the Goddess of Uncertainty.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. This is lampshade when Ray is complaining about how Archer expects that things will always work out for him, and he responds with "They almost always do!"
* Princess Azula of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has been called "born lucky" explicitly: she’s firebending prodigy and everything comes naturally to her, earning her her father's "love" and a place as heir apparent to the throne. But she winds up being a {{deconstruction}}; she's so used to success that she ''cannot'' cope with failure, and when events start turning against her in the final episodes her sanity begins to nosedive. By a sequel comic she's convinced that there's a grand conspiracy responsible for her downfall, [[NeverMyFault rather than admit weakness or failure on her part]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', Gwen managed to get her hands on a magic amulet that made the holder lucky beyond belief. She made a superhero outfit and did heroic acts just to get back at Ben, who was being a SmugSnake at the time. Basically, she showed up, stuff happened, and crisis averted. Then she destroys it, along with the other 4 in the set, due to the various problems they could cause [[note]]They were causing Ben bad luck, hogging the limelight and ''potentially breaking the plot.'' That and avoiding the problems if someone else got hold of them.[[/note]]
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' counts.
-->'''Edward''': "Hey, Lazlo, how come you're so lucky?"
-->'''Lazlo''': "Don't be silly, Edward. I don't believe in luck!"
-->(It then zooms out to reveal it's storming, all except for a sunny spot following Lazlo.)
** The explanation is revealed when Lazlo trades his luck with [[BornUnlucky Samson]] and has them later see SMITS (Scout Master In The Sky) when Lazlo wants his luck back while Samson wants to know why he is unlucky. Turns out all Bean Scouts roll a slot machine to select their luck at birth. Samson ending up going overboard on the machine and ending up making it so Lazlo would get BornLucky. SMITS restores Lazlo's luck and gives Samson gets a second shot at it. He manages to give himself the same level of luck as Lazlo... but of course he tries to go further still and this ends up reducing him back to a ButtMonkey.
* In the animated series, ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans,'' the phenomenal luck of one of the main characters, Neil, allows him to win everything from battles against mythical creatures to coin tosses. This is especially useful for him since, unlike the other Titans who are descended from ancient Greek heroes and possess incredible fighting abilities, Neil is descended from Narcissus and only has his ancestor's good looks and vain personality.
* Gladstone Gander, listed and pictured above, makes a guest-starring appearance in [[Recap/DuckTalesS1E9DimeEnoughForLuck an episode of]] ''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.
** 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.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', the Turners' next door neighbors [[UnknownRival the Dinklebergs]] show signs of this. For example, the moment the Turners buy their current house, the one next to it goes on sale [[note]]Due to Mr. Turner throwing the "For Sale" sign out of his yard... at which point it landed upright in the yard of the next house over[[/note]], which the Dinklebergs buy for less money, even though it's bigger and fancier.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Luck of the Fryrish" the seven-leaf clover given to [[spoiler: Fry's nephew, also called]] Philip J. Fry, granted him lifelong luck. "The ever-lucky Fry made his fortune after striking oil in the bathroom of the mansion he had won in a lottery."
* The short cartoon ''WesternAnimation/JinxyJenkinsAndLuckyLou'' has the eponymous Lucky Lou. Flowers perk up and slot machines go off and come up jackpots just by her walking past. However, Lou [[BlessedWithSuck seems to resent how boring her life is thanks to her luck]]... and then she gets all the excitement she could ever want when she meets [[TheJinx Jinxy Jenkins]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Subverted with Quack Quack, whose extremely good luck stems from being the test subject of a science experiment as a baby, rather than naturally being born that way.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron is definitely lucky. It's explained by a combination of the Ron factor and the Mystical Monkey Power. His ''own'' ''father'', an actuary, calculates that Ron should've been taken out years ago on Kim's missions.
* An episode of the AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' revolved around [[TheFool Krazy]] being this trope. She would win contests she hadn't even entered and miraculously be the 500th customer at an ice cream parlor simply by "strolling along, minding [her] own business". When a jealous Ignatz demands how she does this, she replies "I guess I'm just born lucky."
* An animated short called ''WesternAnimation/LuckyLydia'' wherein the title character had impossibly, parodically, good luck. Examples include waking up to a rainbow (complete with a pot of gold) every morning, finding several hundred dollars in loose change, and winning a poker game when her opponents had ''marked the cards.'' In fact, about the only unfortunate thing that happened to Lydia throughout the short was her friend being unable to come out and play (said friend had gone to the doctor to have her blood dyed red).
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' focused on a small-time crook who had this power... to an extent.
* One segment on ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' featured [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R10IQUsBDTw Lucky Seven Sampson]], who "never did a whole day's work in [his] life; still, everything seems turn out right."
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateBookOfSpells'': The episode "Lucky Gus" featured Gus being extremely lucky and alienating his friends because of that. It turns out [[BigBad Zarlak]] was behind this good luck wave exactly to keep him apart from his friends. It also counts as LoopholeAbuse, since he used the luck spell because the boarding school where the heroes live is protected against Dark Magic and lucky spells aren't dark. Fortunately, Zarlak forgot the spell on and Gus used his luck to save the day.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte allegedly had as a hiring policy that whenever he was asked to decide between two people with equal recommendations he'd ask them if they were lucky. Reasoning that if you don't know who to pick, you might as well pick the one who has been lucky thus far.
** This fairly unusual question still occasionally persist, but there is a bit of merit to it other than the superstition aspect. People are rarely completely self-aware of the full extent of their talents and skills on the job, so events where they feel they might be lucky or unlucky might actually owe themselves to be the result of a skill or character trait (or lack thereof) that has not been fully understood or explained by the interviewee. For example, someone who considers themselves unlucky because they frequently trip on items on the floor might actually be negligent about being aware of their surroundings or cleaning up after themselves; in which case it is not actually a case of raw misfortune but the result of their flaw as an employee which they might not be aware of, or a case of dishonesty where they refuse to mention to an employer about said character flaws lest they'd be disqualified for the job in favor of the ones with 'average' or 'good' luck).
* 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.
* Timothy Dexter, who became wealthy after marrying a wealthy widow, was persuaded by his friends to invest his wealth into all sorts of ridiculously dumb things. When Dexter sent mittens and warming plates to the West Indies, the mittens were bought and shipped to Siberia, and the warming plates were sold as ladles to the molasses industry. When Dexter shipped coal to Newcastle (the British capital for coal mining at the time), it arrived during a strike and was bought quickly for a great price. When he played the stock market by buying stocks at random, all of them went up. When he wrote a book called "[[Literature/APickleForTheKnowingOnes A Pickle For The Nowing Ones]]"--a travesty of literature--[[BileFascination it sold very well]]. To give an idea as to just ''how'' blindly lucky he was, he's the only example [[TheFool/RealLife for The Fool under Real Life.]]
** He actually made it into The Book Of Lists for shipping coal to Newcastle (along with such others as selling oil products, specifically lighter fluid, which was too small a market to bother building a refinery locally to produce, to Saudi Arabia). Every one of the entries on the list was something that's generally used as an example of a stupid thing to ship to a particular place.
* A man named Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. He was injured and spent the night there before returning to his hometown. [[FromBadToWorse Which was]] [[DoomedHometown Nagasaki.]] He survived again and lived to the ripe old age of 93. If that's not simultaneously the worst and best luck in the world, then what is?
** Even more than that, Yamaguchi returned to Nagasaki still significantly injured, so he went to see a doctor. The doctor asked him how he had been injured, and ''as Yamaguchi was explaining the vaporization of Hiroshima, the second bomb dropped''. In the middle of his explanation. That's remarkable coincidence.
** Other sources say that he was in the office of his supervisor, explaining what he'd experienced in Hiroshima. The disbelieving supervisor supposedly told him in exasperation, "You're an engineer. Think about it! How could just one bomb destroy a whole city?" just as the Fat Man exploded.
** As a result of being one of ''very'' few people to survive the only two offensive atomic bombings in history, and the longest-lived of them, he became an extremely vocal opponent to nuclear weapons, and his voice was respected in Japan (which, to this day, refuses nuclear derivatives--although nuclear power plants are just fine).
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington was not the great general people like to remember him as, at least not in his early career. His early career was noted for a series of catastrophic military failures that he always managed to survive by pure luck. In the Battle of Monongahela during the French and Indian War, four musket balls passed through his cloak without hitting him. His reputation as impossible to kill was such that as soon as they realized who they were shooting at, they aimed for his horse instead. It worked. Twice.
* Croatian music teacher [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frane_Selak Frane Selak]] is often referred to as the luckiest man on earth. He’s been in a train wreck (it fell into a ravine, Selak swan into safety, all other 17 passengers died), an airplane crash (the door suddenly opened, he was blown out and landed unscathed on a haystack), a bus crash, his car blew up a few times, he was hit by a city bus, and his car was forced off a cliff by a truck. In 2003, he won $1,000,000 dollars in the Croatian lottery (although not on his first try, as many people rumor, he has been playing for some years).
* During World War II, Creator/JonPertwee served in the Royal Navy. The ship he was initially assigned to was HMS ''Hood''. He transferred off for officer training right before the ship left for her fatal encounter with the German battleship ''Bismarck'', of which only three British sailors survived.
* Japanese warlord UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga (whose {{Historical Villain Upgrade}}s you can enjoy in dozens of anime, videogames, and JidaiGeki) was a tactician and strategist of impressive skill and appalling ruthlessness, but it certainly helped that two of the most powerful lords opposing him (and who were also the best generals in Japan during the era) suddenly dropped dead of mysterious causes just as they were about to enter a full scale war with Nobunaga.
** Many Japanese historians debate over whether or not this was sheer luck, given the timing and the fact that Nobunaga had access to men trained in undetectable assassination. This is why historians hate ninja.