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->''"The hotel I'm staying in has no 13th floor 'cause of superstition. But people on the 14th floor: You know what floor you're '''really''' on. What room are you in? 1401? No, you're not! If you jump out that window, you will '''die earlier'''."''
-->-- '''Creator/MitchHedberg'''

Similar to how FourIsDeath and OneHundredAndEight is significant, the number thirteen is often considered an unlucky number in the western world.

There is some debate over the source of fear towards the number thirteen, though the writer Nathaniel Lachenmeyer has argued that the original 'unlucky thirteen' superstition was the 19th century belief that if thirteen people sat at a dinner table one would die before the end of the year. (Presumably he hadn't read the Myth/{{Greek myth|ology}} [[OlderThanTheyThink using the trope]].) Certainly it was established by the early 20th century when the word ''triskaidekaphobia'' was coined to describe an irrational fear of the number thirteen, a fear which has become so prevalent that many buildings in America [[MissingFloor will not have a 13th floor]]. If it is not particularly subtle it's the writers beating you over the head with symbolism.

Some will cite thirteen as being the number of Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve Disciples of Jesus in Literature/TheBible and the one who betrayed him, leading to his death on a Friday (he was replaced by Matthias; who became the new 12th Disciple, thus making Judas number 13).

Another myth was that Loki, the Norse god of trickery who betrayed all the others, was the 13th of the Aesir (battle gods). Friday the 13th was unlucky because Friday means "Freyja's Day," and Freyja (the goddess of love [and war and death]) was known to be hot-tempered and had a grudge against Loki.

Often writers will associate someone or something to the number thirteen to show that they are dark, evil, unnatural, or just unlucky. Maybe the ButtMonkey or the CosmicPlaything was born on the 13th.

Friday the 13th is believed to be a particularly unlucky day, and has even spawned a [[Franchise/FridayThe13th movie franchise]]. Weirdly the idea that Friday the 13th is especially unlucky apparently appeared relatively late -- in the 19th century both thirteen and Friday were ''separately'' unlucky (compare this to the Spanish-speaking countries, where the especially unlucky day is ''Tuesday'' the 13th, combining the previously existing independent superstitions about the number 13 itself and the medieval-Spain one about Tuesday).

Another theory about the miasma attached to 13 places its roots in [[NumerologicalMotif numerology]]. Twelve is a multiple of several important numbers -- two, three, and four (six only having significance as two times three). The number thirteen, however, is prime. A number with no connections at all after such a divisible one? That couldn't have been good!

'''Note''': This is not a repository for every time the number thirteen just happened to appear in history ([[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories Apollo XIII and the thirteen stripes on the United States flag]] being the best examples), this is for when writers use the number thirteen to denote something bad, or just really unusual.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The eponymous Manga/{{Golgo 13}} has a MysteriousPast, but is not unlucky himself. He is bad luck for whoever his target is.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has "The Mystery of Warehouse 13" -- which turns out to be a misreading of Warehouse B. It is a very bad place.
* In ''Anime/SteinsGate'', [[spoiler:Mayuri]] is murdered on Friday the 13th and every time Okabe tries to prevent it she ends up dying in a different way regardless of how much he tries to stop it.
* Train from ''Manga/BlackCat'' has the number 13 etched on the side of his custom-made gun. Like Golgo 13, it's usually bad luck for the person fighting him (he can even use his ''gun'' to [[PocketProtector deflect bullets]]). He also has the number 13 tattooed on his collar. Not to mention that his catch phrase is "I'm here to bring some bad luck."
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has a secret Vatican organization known as Section XIII: Iscariot. They're a creepy bunch.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Treize Khushrenada, the closest thing the show has to a BigBad, is named for thirteen.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'', Rau Le Creuset's designation number for his Providence Gundam is ZGMF-X'''13'''A.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** Light Yagami was trying to [[InvokedTrope invoke this trope]] when he had Ryuk add a fake rule to the Death Note's directions. The "thirteen day rule" stated that anyone who wrote a name in the Death Note and did not keep writing names would die after thirteen days. This [[GambitRoulette retroactively "proved"]] Light's and Misa's innocence after their confinement, and Light was noticeably angered when Mello disproved it. In the films, Light considers it critical enough that he was willing to [[MoralEventHorizon murder his own father]] to preserve the illusion.
** Thirteen also figures prominently again in the LightNovel ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', as part of [[spoiler: Beyond Birthday's]] MurderSuicide plot.
* This trope is invoked in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''. The Alliance's 13th Fleet, under the control of Yang Wenli, is a RagtagBunchOfMisfits, originally only half the size of other fleets and composed of raw recruits and remnants of devastated forces. However, they're anything but unlucky due to Wenli's tactical genius.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the 13th Angel, Bardiel, is a KnightOfCerebus who cripples [[spoiler:Toji]] and is partly responsible for the show getting even darker than it already was.
* Meldy marked Juvia as the 13th member of ''Manga/FairyTail'' to kill, due to viewing her as a weakling. Then Meldy says that Gray, Juvia's crush, is the one she wants to kill most of all because he hurt Ultear. [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Oops]].
* In ''[[Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends Natsume Yuujinchou]]'', Taki's curse involved the owners of the last 13 names she said being killed (to which Nyanko comments it to be a merciless number).
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' uses this quite often, usually in combination with TarotMotifs. [[TortureTechnician Yamori]] and [[PsychopathicManchild Juuzou]] are both associated with the number '13', and both are noted for their exceptionally violent tendencies. The 13th Ward is also noted to be an extremely violent area, with many dangerous Ghouls including Yamori and (in the {{Prequel}}) SerialKiller Lantern.
* In ''Manga/AkumaNoRiddle'', Haru Ichinose is #13 on the class roster, and is targeted by the twelve assassins who make up the rest of her class.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler: the Curse of Ymir slowly kills Titan Shifters 13 years after they acquire their powers]].


[[folder:Board Games]]
* Creator/MiltonBradley skipped over thirteenth editions of their home versions of ''Series/{{Concentration}}'', ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' and ''Series/{{Password}}''.
* ''Thirteen Dead-End Drive'', a game where the heirs to a fortune try to bump each other off.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Chrononauts}}'', its TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt if thirteen paradoxes are ever active.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** The ''Innistrad'' expansion has a "Thirteen" motif, with the number 13 appearing on lots of cards to intentionally evoke this trope.
** The ''Shadows over Innistrad'' block continues the theme, including a card called [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=409891 Triskadekaphobia]], which turns a player having 13 life at the beginning of a turn into an [[InstantWinCondition Instant Loss Condition]] for both players. Also, the block's antagonist, the [[EldritchAbomination Eldrazi titan]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=414295 Emrakul]], has 13 power and toughness, and costs 13 {{Mana}} to cast (minus 1 for each card type among cards in your graveyard).
* Of the [[NumericalThemeNaming Number series]] of XYZ monsters in ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'', Number 13 goes to the demonic [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Number_13:_Embodiment_of_Crime Embodiment of Crime]] (called [[NameOfCain Cain's Devil]] in Japan). When paired with its counterpart [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Number_31:_Embodiment_of_Punishment Number 31: Embodiment of Punishment]], the two can force the opponent's monsters to attack them and [[AttackReflector redirect the resulting damage to the opponent]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Creator/DCComics character Doctor Thirteen is a paranormal investigator. His daughter Traci Thirteen is a sorceress. Neither one is a particularly bad sort, though Doctor Thirteen is a FlatEarthAtheist suffering from ArbitrarySkepticism.
* ''Magazine/{{Spirou}}'' hasn't had a page 13 since 1995. It has a page 12, 12bis, and it goes on to 14.
* ''ComicBook/HouseOfMystery''
** In DC Comics' original ''House of Mystery'', a horror anthology series, the 13th page of every issue always broke from whatever story was being told to foretell some gruesome event in the reader's future/fake a misprinted page because "that's just what happens when you try to print something on page 13."
** In homage to this, the 2008 series made #13 an "Aniversary Issue" with three "13" related stories (reflecting its anthology roots), and an activity page by Sergio Aragones (returning to Cain and Abel some 23 years after ''Plop!''). The latter was supposed to be page 13, as a direct homage, but they couldn't get it to work, so instead they numbered ''every'' page 13.
* A ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' comic story had an engine named "Unlucky no.13" who had bad luck.
* The comic book series and videogame ''ComicBook/{{XIII}}'', which is about a man with amnesia, the number XIII tatooed on his back, and a knack for using weapons.
* In ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'', during the Volgan War {{arc}}, Volkhan recruits thirteen (well, twelve plus Mek-Quake) disciples.
* ''Sweet Chastity'' has [[AerithAndBob Vincent]], 13th [[MadScientist baron]] von Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}. 'nuff said.
* ''ComicBook/SpyBoy'' skipped the 13th issue, but eventually it appeared as a miniseries that is numbered as 13.1, 13.2 and 13.3. Very bad things happen to a cast member on it.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'', all the witches from fables live on the thirteenth floor of the Bullfinch building in Fabletown. They're not entirely evil, more ChaoticNeutral.
* 13 was a GoldenAge superhero (later revived in ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers'') who always had spectacularly bad luck whenever he had anything to do the number 13. He ultimately adopted 13 as his crime-fighting alias and sought to bring bad luck to evil doers.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'': Steve Rogers' sometime love interest Sharon Carter was known as ComicBook/{{Agent 13}} during her time with ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}. She was presumed killed during an investigation of a white-supremacist group called The National Force, but later [[DeathIsCheap discovered to be alive and involved in a deep-cover assignment for SHIELD]], held prisoner by a dictator and after escaping became a mercenary.
* In ''Comicbook/TheMultiversity'', Earth-13 is a [[Creator/VertigoComics Vertigo-y]] DarkFantasy world where the greatest superheroes are [[Comicbook/{{Etrigan}} Super-Demon]] and Comicbook/{{Hellblazer}}.
* Marvel's ComicBook/CaptainBritain and his teammates in ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'' occasionally worked with the British Government's paranormal investigative branch, MI-13. Eventually, after Excalibur disbanded, MI-13 became a super-team in their own right in ''ComicBook/CaptainBritainAndMI13''.
* In the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, along with WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck being pursued by the number (most notably, his car with the plate 313), the Beagle Boys have the BornUnlucky 1313.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* As everyone knows, ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' hates Mondays. Slightly less known is the fact that he [[https://garfield.com/comic/1988/02/08 hates]] [[https://garfield.com/comic/1989/02/06 February]]. One strip had him take Jon's announcement that it was February ''and'' Monday in stride... only to scream when Jon points out that it was also the 13th.
* If the 13th of a month fell on, say, a Tuesday, Albert Alligator in ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' would quip "Friday the 13th come on a Tuesday this month!"

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/TheRescuers'' movie, Bernard is afraid of the number thirteen, especially when it comes to the number of steps on a ladder or stairs. The movie also ended on a Friday the 13th, if you look at the calendar shown.
* Thirteen tends to come up a fair amount in ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'', some times more subtly than others.
** Elsa is the thirteenth Franchise/DisneyPrincess, and has the most traumatic backstory of any of them.
** The incident in the start of the movie, in which Elsa accidentally strikes her sister Anna with magic, resulting in their parents isolating Elsa in a failed attempt to help Elsa control her powers, happens when Elsa is 8 and Anna is 5 (8+5=13), 13 years before the main story.
** Prince Hans is the thirteenth son of the King of the Southern Isles, and has been mistreated by his father and older brothers. [[spoiler:He's also the villain, referencing his status as thirteenth child as proof that he'll never get the throne, and Anna having fallen for him is very bad luck for her]].
* Thirteen species are seen at the circus in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}.'' The title character is the last, and therefore the thirteenth, baby to be delivered. Guess who becomes the ultimate [[TheWoobie Woobie.]]
* Overlaps with NumberOfTheBeast in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheMovie'' where the zip code for [[MegaCorp FutureTech Industries]] is 66613.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/Convict13'', in which an innocent man is mistaken for an escaped felon.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' has Jareth give Sarah a time limit of 13 hours in which to rescue her baby half-brother.
* In ''Film/OneWeek'', the newlyweds' housewarming party is held on Friday the 13th.
* In ''Film/SherlockJr'', the exploding pool ball is numbered 13.
* The movie ''Film/Thir13enGhosts'' is about a machine powered by ghosts to see into the future. The number of ghosts needed was probably not a coincidence.
* ''Film/FourteenOhEight'' [[IncrediblyLamePun takes it]] UpToEleven. The movie takes place on [[MissingFloor the thirteenth floor]]. And the titular room numbers add up to thirteen. Every numbers in the movie add to 13. The room's key lock has "6214" etched into it, the first death was in the year 1912, the hotel is mentioned to be at 2254 Lexington Street in New York City, "this is 5" then "this is 8", Mike opens the room's Bible at random to Chapter 11 of book Samuel 2, and the movie was released in the US in June 22, 2007. The normal DVD version's runtime is 104 minutes, 8 seconds. The director's cut is 112 minutes (1 + 12...)
* As stated before, the movie franchise ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', which is about Jason Voorhees (who drowned on Friday the 13th) coming back on Friday the 13th to murder teenagers.
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'': Both the movie and the real mission [[ItWasHisSled went badly]]. However, the film actually deconstructs this trope twice before the mission takes place.
** First, Marilyn's reaction upon hearing that Jim has been bumped up is to note that it's number 13. Jim tells her that it comes after twelve.
** Second, while being interviewed by the media, Jim, Fred and Ken joke about [[SarcasmMode having a black cat walk across a broken mirror under the lunar module ladder]]. [[ReconstructedTrope Considering how things turned out...]]
** UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} itself wasn't going to be scared off by this superstition at first. The launch occurred at 1:13 PM ET (13:13 hours, military) on April 11, 1970 (4+1+1+7+0 = 13). The CSM/LM spacecraft were in lunar gravity influence on the day of the accident, April 13.
** Notably, while a lot of things went wrong, [[SubvertedTrope a lot of things also went right enough that they survived]]. For instance, the astronauts were damn lucky the explosion happened in ''the beginning'' of the mission when they had a full complement of supplies and equipment; they would have had no chance if it occurred at the moon or on the trip back.
** It's interesting to note that NASA has not had a 13 mission since. Even the STS-# designations for the shuttle missions leaves off at STS-9 and goes to a different designation system before picking back up at STS-26.
* ''[[Film/{{Banlieue13}} District B13]]'' is a very [[CrapsackWorld crapsack place]] filled with heavily armed gangs, drug dealers, and poor people [[spoiler:that the president would rather nuke it than deal with it]]. Also doubles as a pun, since a stenciled B resembles a 13. The sequel ditched the B.
* In an eerie coincidence (or is it?), the 13th IMAX scene in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' (including brief shots) has Bane destroy a football stadium and take over Gotham, thus kicking off the city's DarkestHour.
* First mate Bilson in ''The Mystery of Mary Celeste'' is unhappy that there are a total of thirteen people onboard the brig. What's worse, there's also a woman onboard and a black cat too.
* ''Film/{{Thirteen}}'', especially when you consider that the movie is basically supposed to prey on parents' worst fears.
* ''Film/JamesBond'' plays with this trope on two occasions:
** In ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', when he and Tatianna break into the Russian embassy to steal the Lektor:
--->'''Tatianna''': I thought this was for tomorrow. Today is the thirteenth, isn't it?\\
'''Bond''': This is a hell of a time to be superstitious.
** In ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', James Bond runs from Draco's goons and finds himself in Draco's office with a knife in his hand. When Draco greets Bond, Bond throws the knife at Draco's calendar. Draco looks at the date where the knife landed and quips, "The fourteenth, Mister Bond? Today's the thirteenth." Bond answers, "I'm superstitious."
* In the 2009 horror movie ''Ghost Town'', a gang of Satanic cultists wiped out an Old West town and then committed ritual suicide. The town then vanished into a pocket dimension. Every thirteen years, on Friday the 13th, the town reappears and traps any travelers who wander in, then the ghosts of the cultists terrorize and kill them ForTheEvulz. According to notes left by previous victims, if the travelers can't escape or break the curse by morning, the town will vanish, leaving them trapped for thirteen years and most likely killed by the ghosts long before the town reappears.
* In the movie adaptation of ''Hostile Waters'' the fatal sequence of events starts in missile silo #13. (In reality, it started in silo #6)
* In the 2016 movie adaptation of ''Literature/BrewstersMillions'', Brewster's counterpart tries to lose $ 100,000 on the roulette by placing that money on 13. [[GenderFlip She]] [[SpringtimeForHitler wins]].
* ''Film/TheDraughtsmansContract'': When Mr. Neville returns to the estate to make a thirteenth drawing, [[spoiler:he is murdered]].
* ''13 Tzameti'' (and the American remake ''13''). The protagonist is forced to take part in a DeadlyGame of RussianRoulette. The players are only known by a number, his being 13. [[spoiler:The trope is played with in that he survives the game through sheer luck, but not the movie.]]

* In the ''Sagas of the Demonspawn'' series by J. H. Brennan, whenever Fire*Wolf is killed, you have to go to paragraph 13 of the book for instructions on how to resume the game from the start.

* The room number in ''[[Literature/FourteenOhEight 1408]]'' totals 13, and the room is on the 13th floor.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has thirteen books, which would fit with its macabre nature. Each book has thirteen chapters. [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that the 13th book contains the 14th book, which is a chapter long. Lampshaded in that it's called Chapter Fourteen.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has thirteen Forsaken, the (literal) [[TheDragon Dragons]] of the series.
* At the beginning of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', the clock strikes thirteen, which is an early indication of just how wrong the world has gone. An obvious hand-wave is that they've just changed the way people (and chiming clocks) tell the time so that afternoon hours keep adding up from twelve to twenty-four, but (a) such a change to such a mundane aspect of everyday life hints at a pervasive change to society at large (compare HitSoHardTheCalendarFeltIt), and (b) the choice of thirteen rather than, say, fourteen is not a coincidence; the creepy significance is almost certainly deliberate.
* In ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'', the evil Guide-bird was being kept on floor thirteen. Maybe [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] because Ford notices that the elevator doesn't have a thirteenth button, and he thinks that's weird because only humans have a fear of 13, and that's how he figures out the bird-thing was being kept there. It was ''The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Mk II'', created by [[spoiler:the Vogons as part of a multidimensional plot to finally and completely destroy Earth and put that final tick in the box and file the paperwork. It was only shaped like a bird for reasons not explained.]]
* Literature/EncyclopediaBrown has a friend nicknamed Trisk (short for Triskaidekaphobia), who is terribly superstitious, particularly about his namesake.
* ''Literature/TheHobbit'' has a group of thirteen Dwarves who want to reclaim their homeland and defeat Smaug. Part of the reason that they shanghai Bilbo, the titular hobbit, into coming is so that they can avert the unlucky number.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series contains Maerlyn's Rainbow, a multi-colored set of thirteen crystal balls that allow their possessor to divine various actions depending on the specific ball. [[ArtifactOfDoom None of them are terribly nice]]--the pink one, for example, only allows its user to see people at their absolute worst and eats away at their life--but the most dangerous of the lot is the Black Thirteen itself, which is said to allow the local {{Satan}} figure to look ''out'' of it. [[spoiler:The protagonists wind up leaving it at the World Trade Center, implying that it helped cause the September 11th attacks]].
* ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. When the protagonist first encounters the [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Uncle Ira Group]], they take him to the MissingFloor of a hotel (which is naturally on the 13th floor) and put him in Room 1313. He doesn't Have A Bad Feeling About This until he finds the door locked and his access to a terminal cut off. When the Uncle Ira Group does let him out, it's because they've decided to [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident set him up to be killed]].
* District 13 in the ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' gets destroyed.
* Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/ThirteenthChild''. Though Eff's actual problem is that people ''expect'' a thirteenth child to turn out bad. (She's also the [[LuckySeven seventh]] daughter, as other characters point out.)
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books:
** Professor Trelawney has a fear of thirteen, and in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' she mentions the superstition that when thirteen dine together, the first to rise from the table will be the first to die. This comes true in two instances:
*** Since [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew is in Ron's pocket]] at the time Trelawney mentions the superstition, there are already thirteen people seated at the table when she believes the number to be twelve. Dumbledore rises to greet her when she enters the Great Hall. As Harry, Ron, and Pettigrew later leave the table at the same time, the number seated drops from 14 to 11. In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'', [[spoiler:Dumbledore becomes the first to die of that particular group of thirteen]].
*** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', thirteen people have dinner together and [[spoiler:Sirius gets up first. He dies at the end of the book]].
** Voldemort returns to power after 13 years pass since his downfall in the Potters' House.
* ''Literature/{{Midnighters}}''
** Inverted: 13 is an extremely lucky number -- for humans, anyways. Seeing 13 of anything (or even hearing a 13-letter word) is a BrownNote for [[EldritchAbomination slithers]], and one of the few ways to keep them from killing you if they catch you.
** Played straight when [[spoiler: the Darklings try to turn Rex into one of them]]. Although they are mostly unsuccessful, he finds that he is now repulsed and weakened by the number 13, just like the Darklings, though not as strongly because he is still mostly human.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' series, the pub used as a meeting ground is said to have thirteen column and thirteen tables as a way of dispersing magical energies. While not unlucky per se, it does rely on thirteen being a number intrinsically adversed to the workings of magic.
* In ''Literature/{{Replica}}'' the thirteenth Amy clone (who was not supposed to exist and accidentally off from the twelfth) is the only Amy who does not have the clone perfection.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the thirteenth commander of the Night's Watch, known only as "Night's King," enslaved the Watch with sorcery after marrying a "pale, unholy woman" and was the cause of atrocities for thirteen years before he was killed.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/TheMonsterMen'', Professor Maxon is convinced that Number 13 will be his successful experiment.
* In ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', reference is made to the Knights Templar being targeted by a conspiracy between the king of France and the Church which accused them of heresy, bestiality, and other deplorable acts, for which the order was disbanded, all possessions confiscated, and every member they could get their hands on was [[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]]. It is [[DanBrowned claimed]] that this took place on Friday the 13th and is thus the origin of the superstition.
* In his book ''Complications'', Dr. Atul Gawande says that doctors tend not to be very superstitious, but there are a few exceptions. During his residency, none of his fellow residents wanted to work in the Emergency Room on Friday the 13th or on nights with a full Moon. They particularly dreaded doing ER shifts when the two things occurred at the same time.
* In Creator/ErinMorgenstern's ''Literature/TheNightCircus'', as befits its odd ways of doing everything, the circus's anniversery party is held not in the tenth year but the thirteenth.
* Creator/OgdenNash's deliciously spooky [[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-tale-of-the-thirteenth-floor/ "A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor"]] embodies this trope to a 'T'.
* Inverted in ''Franchise/EmilyTheStrange'' as thireen is Emily's favorite number, her lists always number thirteen.
* It's in Chapter 13 of ''Literature/TheMartian'' that [[spoiler:the ''Hab's'' airlock fails]].
* In "Literature/ThirteenReasonsWhy", Hannah Baker, a classmate who committed suicide, leaves behind thirteen tapes detailing how thirteen people (including the main protagonist) led to her depression and eventual suicide.
* ''Literature/LandOfOz'': Ojo was born on Friday the 13th, which is one of the reasons he's called Ojo the Unlucky. Around the climax of his debut book, the Tin Woodman explains why it's silly to think of himself as unlucky just because of the day he was born. In the end, Ojo drops the "Un" from his title.

* A children's riddle:
--> "What time is it when the clock strikes 13? [[spoiler:Time to fix the clock.]]"

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{House}}'' has a character commonly known as Thirteen who has Huntington's Disease.
* ''Series/TheMunsters'' live at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'':
** Category 13 biohazards and Type 13 planets are among the most dangerous kinds of each.
** In the final episode, the particle accelerator determining the mass of the Higgs Boson finally gives the result as 131313.
* ''Series/RobotWars''
** 13 Black had 2 huge spinning discs for massive destructive potential, and yet, it never lived up to its capabilities. Their motto was "unlucky for some..."
** And in season four, 13th seed Gravedigger coincidentally went out in the first round.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' did an episode spoofing summer camp horror films, titled "Tuesday the 17th." It was aired on a Friday the 13th. This appears to be a ShoutOut to the episode of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' below.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' -- Twelve tribes of man who founded the Twelve Colonies... plus one that "got lost" and inspired the survivors to go on a wild goose chase InSpace to find a planet called Earth. Twelve Lords (gods) of Kobol... plus one who became the Cylon God. Also [[spoiler:there are 13 human-like Cylons -- five "originals" and their eight creations (numbered 1-8) -- however only twelve survived long enough to be considered important, since #1 killed the #7s and then programed the others to ignore the gap between 6 and 8.]]
* Sarah Jane of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' lives at 13 Bannerman Road, but is not really that unlucky. Her life is just weird.
* On ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', there is a game called Half Off, where is hidden in one of sixteen numbered boxes. To date, the cash has been hidden in fifteen of those boxes several times, but it has not once been placed in box #13.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' has the title warehouse, which does contain all sorts of magical artifacts.
* ''Series/AllThat'': A Good Burger sketch had the workers frightened of ''Saturday the 14th'' due to a haunting.
* Agent 13 on ''Series/GetSmart'' is a character who always gets terrible assignments, that often go hilariously wrong.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'' shows why 13 is unlucky... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3kMY1Owypc to people not Roman.]] Legio XII Gemina, the 13th Legion was Caeser's Legion that crossed the Rubicon.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has [[spoiler:Lumen Pierce]], also known as No. 13, the victim of a group of a murdering rapist/torturers. [[spoiler:Who leads to the destruction of the entire gang after being rescued by Dexter when he kills one of the members right before she would have ended up as the thirteenth Barrel Girl.]]
* Both ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' and ''Series/FearItself'' (both horror anthology shows) had 13 episodes per season.
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' involved thirteen Riders, and in ''Ryuki'' they're all trying to kill each other because ThereCanBeOnlyOne. There are two good candidates for being the unlucky 13th one: Odin/Wrath, who is the most powerful and under direct control of the BigBad; and Ryuga/Onyx, an unintended addition to the original twelve and EvilTwin of TheHero (though played with in ''Dragon Knight'', as the Evil Twin takes over the title role instead and the Good Twin gets the Onyx gear in response).
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Barbas the demon of fear required the death of thirteen witches on Friday the 13th in order to gain his full power.
* On ''Series/DoctorWho'' a Time Lord who is dying can regenerate into a new body. They can do this [[TheNthDoctor twelve times]], but the thirteenth time, they'll die for good. Of course, there have been some [[TheMaster exceptions]] [[TheNthDoctor/DoctorWho to this rule]] and sure enough the Doctor survives to a [[Characters/DoctorWhoThirteenthDoctor thirteenth incarnation]]. Who begins [[GenderBender her]] debut by being ''[[CliffHanger thrown out of an exploding TARDIS]]'' thousands of feet above the surface.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the Council of Thirteen of Qarth, who prove less than helpful to Daenerys. Things don't end well for them, eleven of them were killed by the warlock who was one of them, leaving Daxos as King of Qarth. Then the warlock gets killed by Daenerys's dragons, and Daxos is locked up in his own vault.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The tagline for Supernatural's 13th season is "Thirteen is their lucky number."
** Samuel Colt created only thirteen bullets for his Colt revolver that can kill any supernatural being. One assumes the number was used for its magical association, rather than because it was unlucky (except for the demons who got shot with it, of course).

* Some artists intentionally "skip" track 13 on albums (usually by making track 13 a few seconds of silence). Or make the thirteenth an unlisted HiddenTrack. Examples include:
** Music/AlanJackson's ''Who I Am'' skips from 12 to 14 by way of a silent track 13. Alan lampshades this trope on the liner notes, which say "That's right folks, I am just a bit superstitious."
** Similarly, the first disc of Music/GarthBrooks' ''Double Live'' album uses a few seconds of applause as a "phantom" track 13, so that the track listing can skip from 12 to 14.
** ''Fly'' by Music/DixieChicks skips from 12 ("Heartbreak Town") to 14 ("Let Her Fly"). Depending on the pressing, track 13 is either a second of silence (listed as "ain't no thang but a chicken wang" in the booklet), or just the last couple seconds of "Heartbreak Town".
** Fantômas' self-titled album and ''The Director's Cut'' both have short silences as track 13. So far ''Suspended Animation'' is their only album to have an actual song on track thirteen, although ''Delirium Cordia'' was just indexed as one long track anyway.
* Music/SteelyDan's "Black Friday" has a rather clever example of this:
-->''When Black Friday comes\\
I'll stand down by the door\\
And watch the grey men when they dive from the fourteenth floor...''
* Wax actually added three silent tracks to an album with ten songs on it, just so they could somewhat justify calling it ''13 Unlucky Numbers''.
* Inverted with Music/TaylorSwift to the point of being her personal ArcNumber (she was born on December 13).
* The Music/{{Danzig}} song "Thirteen".
* 70's musical icons ''Music/{{Chicago}}'' titled their albums according to the order they were issued (Chicago II, Chicago III, Chicago IV, etc). They subverted this trope by naming their twelfth album "Hot Streets", and reverting to the numerical system with "Chicago XIII". "XIII" played the trope straight however, proving to be a commercial and critical failure, and the first album by the band to produce no significant hit singles.
* Music/{{Korn}}'s third studio album, ''Follow The Leader'', actually ''begins'' with the thirteenth song, aptly named "It's On!" after 12 songs of five-second silence. The album has a grand total of 25 songs, yet ironically, if the first 12 songs were omitted, the album itself would be reduced to ''13'' songs. It seems the band must have double subverted this trope.
* Music/{{Mushroomhead}}'s 2003 studio album is titled ''XIII'' and, appropriately enough, has 13 songs. To top it off, the final thirteenth song is even named "Thirteen".

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In {{Tarot|Motifs}}, XIII is ''Death'' in the Major Arcana. While it usually does not mean physical death, it usually implies the end of something (relationship or interest).
* Most of the legends about TheJerseyDevil claim it was Mother Leeds's thirteenth child.
* The mythological backstory for the Trojan War starts with a banquet of the gods... they only have 12 golden place settings, but Eris, goddess of Chaos, shows up uninvited with the Golden Apple. The source story for Sleeping Beauty[[note]]Hawthorne Rose, from the Brothers Grimm[[/note]] starts with a similar dinner, replacing gods with fairies.
* Ironically, for Jews thirteen is a ''lucky'' number. For instance, it is considered the age of spiritual adulthood.
* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** In the Literature/BookOfGenesis, Jacob's 13th child (and [[TokenGirl only daughter]]) is raped by a Schechemite prince. Her brothers avenge her by killing not only her rapist, but every adult male in his village, and then taking the Schechemite women and children as plunder.
** In The New Testament, as noted on the intro, there were 13 people in the Last Supper. The next day, a Friday (the supposed origin of combining weekday and number into bad luck), Jesus was executed. Then, Judas, the traitor who hanged himself in guilt, was replaced, but they're still called The Twelve Apostles.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* During his Wrestling/{{WWE}} tenure, Wrestling/{{Tazz}} wore the number 13 on his gear, symbolizing the bad luck that brought his opponent face-to-face with an unstoppable rage machine like him.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons''
** In the episode of where the eponymous hero gets fired, the reason as to why was because he lost all his money whilst gambling, his last act being to put them all on no. 13 (you can guess how that turned out).
** An earlier episode featured Big Ben striking 13 (apparently due to the distance you are from it). At the end Scarlet says he considers it his "lucky number".

* Curve 13 at the Whistler Sliding Center at the [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames Vancouver Olympics]] is nicknamed "50-50", because the first time people went on it there was a 50% chance of crashing, although the American bobsled driver who named it now wants to call it "100-100" because he and his team ''completely owned it'' to win gold.
* In UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}}, especially in Australia, a score of 87 (thirteen short of 100) is considered unlucky.
* Until 2014, there was no car #13 in UsefulNotes/FormulaOne for this reason. Pastor Maldonado started driving a car with that number starting in the season; Maldonado is Venezuelan, a country where thirteen is considered a lucky number. Unfortunately for him, the end result became rather [[http://www.carthrottle.com/all-of-pastor-maldonados-crashes-and-fails-from-the-2014-f1-season/ catastrophic.]] Things only worsened to Maldonado in 2015 season. Despite Lotus having the [[InfinityPlusOneSword best engine (Mercedes)]], the car was so fragile and combined with a good amount of more bad luck (and a bit of mistakes), made him lose a lot of points (he almost finished in the 13th position in the drivers standings, however). This trope is played UpToEleven in 2016. Before the start of the season [[TheCavalry Lotus was bought by Renault after struggling to survive]] and become a works team again. Everything was going right and the expectations are high for the upcoming years, but he was fired by the team, despite being under contract for racing in 2016, due a conflict between Renault and his sponsor. With no place to go and [[MoneyDearBoy his sponsor (PDVSA)]] becoming nearly bankrupt due to the Venezuelan economy crisis, he is forced to take a sabbatical year and maybe never return to racing in F1.
* Brazilian soccer coach Mario Jorge Lobo Zagallo is known for believing [[InvertedTrope thirteen is lucky]].
* On August 5, 2013, Major League Baseball handed down thirteen suspensions related to the use of performance enhancing drugs. Yankee number 13, Alex Rodriguez got a 211-game suspension, while everyone else got less.
* The iconic Hall-of-fame quarterback Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins is easily regarded as one of the best to play the position in the NFL for the 16 years he has played, setting all kinds passing records and setting the Single season Passing touchdown record in 1984 (Since surpassed by Peyton Manning in 2004). Unfortunately, he is also known and regarded as ''[[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut one of the best players to never win a Super Bowl]]'', only reaching the Super Bowl with the Dolphins ''once'' in his career (1984 Season) and falling short many times afterward until he retired after the 1999 NFL season. What was his jersey number? ''13'' of course.
* Averted by UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain, whose jersey number was 13 throughout his professional career.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', the evil, rat-like race the Skaven worship the number thirteen. Their strongest spell (one of the strongest non-storm of magic spells) is even called [[BalefulPolymorph The dreaded 13th spell]].
* ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' has various thirteen things, like thirteen vampire clans and thirteen werewolf tribes, to fit in with its whole CrapsackWorld. In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the Wyrm has Thirteen Urges which form the heads of the hydra, each of which is served by a Maeljin Incarna, who might as well be called the Thirteen Horseman of the Apocalypse. In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the thirteen vampire clans were founded by the thirteen Antediluvians.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the Neverborn's chief servants are the thirteen Deathlords, who are somewhat reminiscent of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'''s Forsaken, except undead and indestructible.
* A recurring pattern in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' is to have 13 of something, with one of them lost or destroyed. This is a play on a "Baker's Dozen" (12 + 1), named after the setting designer, Keith Baker.
** There are 13 Outer Planes, one of which was cut off from the cosmology (and with [[CosmicHorrorStory good reason]]).
** 13 moons, one of which disappeared.
** There are currently 12 calendar months (named after the moons), but it is implied that there used to be 13 months.
** 13 nations on Khorvaire, one of which was destroyed in a magical catastrophe.
** 13 Dragonmarks, but the Mark of Death was destroyed (save for one sole survivor who still bears that mark) during the War of the Mark.
** Of the 12 remaining Dragonmarks, there are 13 Dragonmarked Houses because one of the original twelve houses split into two after a bloody internal conflict.
* In the Mad City of ''TabletopGame/DontRestYourHead'', every twelth hour brings a thirteenth hour, in which the characters can not leave the city and the Nightmares go hunting...
* ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'''s religion (the most popular) features twelve good gods and the thirteenth Nameless One. And oh boy, you better not go around mentioning that guy unless you want to get serious trouble.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' adventure ''Flight 13'' thrusts the characters into a Space/Horror setting, regardless of what their original destination was.

* Inverted in ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress'', where there are thirteen princess who wanted to marry Prince Dauntless. The first twelve princess failed the Queen's test; the twelfth is even said to have failed due to bad luck. Winnifred is the thirteenth princess, and she gets the Prince.
* Despite its title, ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'' is an aversion. The characters aren't unlucky, they're just 13 year olds. And it sucks to be 13.
* The French play ''[[http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treize_%C3%A0_table Treize à table]]'' is entirely about a superstitious housemistress trying her damnedest to avoid having thirteen people around the dinner table for Christmas Eve.
* ''Theatre/TheWildDuck''. Used as a BrickJoke. It is stated that the dinner party at the beginning of the play has thirteen guests, and it is handled as an ominous sign. At the end of the play, Gregers Werle muses that he was the thirteenth guest.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The roller coaster, ''Thirteen'', at Ride/AltonTowers is based entirely around this.
* The "Icons" of Ride/BuschGardens' Theatre/HowlOScream event in 2013 was a sinister group known as "The 13", each member consisting of a different type of horror monster.

* ''Gobots''
** Although all non-monster Gobots are good guys, that didn't stop Tonka from keeping 13 off the side of good. Hans Cuff (Patrol Car Robo) was marked MR-13 in Japan, but in America, he was reassigned to #12 as he was one of the Guardians... leaving #13 to a Renegade Gobot, Fly Trap (a recoloured Sanitation Robon MR-26)
** The Revenge of Cronos reissues assigned another designated Renegade, Tank MRB-13.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': The original BigBad, Megatron, was originally Micro Change figure #13.
* Such an unlucky number is featured on jerseys of top athletes in any toyline based on Creatures of the Night, Like ''Mad Balls'' and ''Toys/MonsterHigh''.
* There are several rulers available called 'Lucky Rulers', which miss out the number thirteen.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''
** Organization XIII, which consists of thirteen [[spoiler:(official)]] members who like to walk around in {{Black Cloak}}s and do not nice things, which is ambiguously justifiable in that they lost their hearts and are trying to reclaim them. The means of trying to reclaim their hearts, however, involves the distortion of the heart of all worlds. Pretty unlucky.
** And don't forget what happened to Number XIII himself...
** The X-Blade shattered into twenty pieces after the Keyblade War, thirteen of which are of darkness. [[spoiler: This was also the reason why Xemnas gathered 13 strong Nobodies]]
* You have to look for it, but since the creator of ''Videogame/KingdomOfLoathing'' avoids the number 13 and has gone out of his way to code the various numbering systems to skip it over. (Read more about Kol and 13 [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/13 here]].) 13 is also the minimum level you have to be to take on the Naughty Sorceress, the final quest you get before reincarnating.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' where 13 pops up continuously until you learn that it's actually a ''lucky'' number in the setting. And an ArcNumber, to boot.
* ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer'' series has [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Soldat Crinale]], one of the [[RecurringBoss notorious machines]] whose number is 13. It's also nicknamed "13th Racing" for that reason. A [[BadassDriver badass-looking]] matte black [[CoolCar Le Mans Prototype]] with a frightfully tremendous top speed, but it is very punishing to drive. [[DifficultButAwesome Those who are able to control it, however, can easily make the competitors eat the dust.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' ''4'', you need to ask out [[spoiler: Okura Miyako]] on a date 13 times before unlocking her route, at which point she shows her true, dark side that will [[{{Yandere}} stalk you, chase her Robbie the Rabbit doll after you if you ''dare'' to go out with another girl and overall proves to be quite... unstable...]]
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat''
** ''VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation'' has the Strigon Squad, [[TheRival a Rival Ace Squad]] to the player in the game. It is noted in Toscha Mijasik's (a.k.a. ''Strigon 12'') Assault recored that he retained the team's number 12 since the prelude because of his Triskaidekaphobia (aka a fear of 13). Ironically, the person he looked up to was killed and the city they occupied since day one was liberated on '''Mission 13!'''
** In ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies'', combining this trope with FourIsDeath: Among the Erusean pilots, Yellow 4 and Yellow 13 are constant companions, both in the skies and (implied) off-duty. During the course of the game, the player shoots down and kills Yellow 4, leaving Yellow 13 heartbroken.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Nu-13 [[spoiler:causes the End Of The World repeatedly]] when awakened underneath the 13th Hierarchical City, Kagutsuchi.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'': Hercules takes on Kratos, declaring his defeat of the Ghost of Sparta to be his thirteenth labor. Kratos ends up turning the tables on him and smashing his face in with the Nemean Cestus.
* The Death Arcarum boss in ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'' will inflict the "Death Sentence" debuff on your team which, when not cleared, will instantly kill all affected party members after 13 turns.
* King Ashnard from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' is the 13th King of the Daein Kingdom. While it's not known how the previous Kings behaved (other than that they never allowed commoners to become military officers), Ashnard ignites a world-wide war just to awaken a Dark Goddess and shape the world into a SocialDarwinist philosophy and wrecked havoc on both neighboring kingdoms and his own kingdom.
* Thanks to being one of [[EvilutionaryBiologist Hojo's]] intended recipients of [[TheVirus Jenova cells]], and therefore (presumably) a future Sephiroth-clone, Nanaki of ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' was given the tattoo "XIII" and even called Red XIII. He is also apparently [[LastOfHisKind the last (or next-to-last) of his race]]; had [[DisappearedDad his father]] [[TakenForGranite petrified]] while facing off with the Gi; was held prisoner by Shinra, experimented upon, and [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction was slated for interracial breeding with Aeris]]; and [[TearJerker loses his grandfather]] during the course of the story. On the other hand, at least he lives all the way through, is still around 500 years later, and is one of the party's better balances between magic-user and brawler, if properly equipped and leveled. And he certainly seems to [[WarriorPoet bear his misfortunes with dignity and fortitude]]. On the other hand he's a flea-ridden dog thing, so...
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'', the population of Vault 13 turns out to be one of the luckier of the series of 120 or so long term nuclear fallout shelters in the continental U.S., given the outcome of most of the other vaults which range from grisly to FateWorseThanDeath. It's also the home of the main character of the first game, the ancestral home of the second's main and the number 13 has become iconic in the ''Fallout'' series.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Minigore}}''. The player collects {{Four Leaf Clover}}s to gain brief spells of invincibility, the first of which always appears when the player's score reaches 13.
* Reila of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'' has had [[UnPerson name erased from the records]] and replaced with the title "Number 13." This number was likely chosen because she is the SoleSurvivor of several army squads and is viewed as TheJinx.
* In ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' for Wii, Mr. Sandman has references to number 13 and its connotation of bad luck. He manages to beat twelve boxers from the WVBA and becomes World champion. Little Mac, the 13th opponent, beats him and not only takes away his hard-earned belt, but also renders his victory track imperfect.[[note]]From the point of view of Mac, [[InvertedTrope the 13th defeated opponent is what nets him the world title]].[[/note]] Also, Little Mac has 13 hearts of stamina in both fights against Sandman (the rematch is in Title Defense mode, where the latter is once again the 13th opponent), one of the lowest amounts provided in a fight in the game. Sandman's Contender introduction cutscene is 13 images long (the other boxers only have four-image-long cutscenes), he has to be hit 13 times (in case Star Punches aren't used) after the Berserker Rage is over to be definitely defeated, and even his stats (age, fight record, height) provide nods to number thirteen as well. Something interesting to note is that he, during his World title hold, has the highest rank in the World Circuit, while Aran Ryan (who embodies the LuckySeven trope) is the ''lowest'' in the same circuit.
* In both the Super and Real paths of ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars'', mission 13 features the first major boss battle in the game, against [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Nrvnqsr Chaos]], as well as being the hardest mission up to that point (assuming one isn't aiming for the [[HundredPercentCompletion Battle Masteries]]).
* One game's title says "''VideoGame/BrainDead13''". Also, it can be unlucky because of the many death scenes.
* The unlockable 13-Ship Mode in ''VideoGame/{{RayS|eries}}torm'' gives you ''thirteen'' ships for one credit. Basically, you cycle through four different ship types -- if you lose three of one type, you go on to the next. Ship thirteen... is the prototype, bereft of super attacks. [[spoiler: And if you destroy Yggdrasil in this mode...well, Secelia's no longer a threat. '''''[[DownerEnding But Earth was destroyed anyway.]]''''' (At least the other colonies can go on.) FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realize that if they sent the inferior prototype, then Earth must have sent ''all'' its R-Grays to Secelia. [[TooDumbToLive Leaving nobody to stop another fleet's Hannibal from causing an]] EarthShatteringKaboom...]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', you find your would-be murderer Benny on the thirteenth floor of the Tops Casino.
* Inverted in ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'': Project W test subject No. 013, whom we know as [[BigBad Albert]] [[MagnificentBastard Wesker]], was one of ''two'' subjects (from ''hundreds''), who ([[CameBackStrong kind of]]) survived the experiment. And got [[SuperpowerRussianRoulette superpowers]].
* ''VideoGame/WhiteDayALabyrinthNamedSchool'' takes places on March 13th, on the night before White Day -- a holiday similar to Valentine's Day in Western countries -- and the protagonist enters the school in the dead of night to deliver candy to a girl he likes. Cue the entire school becoming more and more [[NightmareSequence of a hellish nightmare]].
* A rom hack of the original ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'', based on the "Sonic.exe" meme, plays like a regular Sonic game at first. Once thirteen seconds elapse, however, the level Sonic is in will turn into a hellscape with invincible enemies. About thirteen more seconds afterwards, Sonic gets chased by a flying demonic clone.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' has a symbolic clock whose face is numbered to 13:
-->"If earth's history is likened to a clock, the hour hand points to 13. A time that cannot exist... No, a time that must not exist."
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', Prankster Comets start to appear across the universe once Mario has collected his 13th Power Star.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin 2}}'', the Submerged Castle has exactly 13 treasures, and is home of the dreaded Waterwraith, an [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]], incredibly lethal EldritchAbomination that drops from the ceiling and terrorizes the characters and their Pikmin [[StalkedByTheBell after a few minutes have passed on any given floor]].
* The thirteenth chapter of ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' has a malevolent entity turn [[SacrificialLion Latios and Latias]] [[TakenForGranite into stone]], and is the starting point of the story's CerebusSyndrome.
* The events of ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'' occur on July 13th, 2521.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'', the episode selection screen is in the form of a set of Detective [=McQueen=]'s case files labeled as "Vol. 13".

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MinionsAtWork'': on the [[http://www.minionsatwork.com/2009/03/minions-158-its-thought-that-counts.html lifespan of minion #13]]
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Chapter 13 is the one at the end of which [[spoiler:one of the non-immune members of the crew gets bitten by a troll, which means they may very well be infected by a disease that will either kill them or turn them into a troll]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v4: Reiko Ishida is [[YouAreNumberSix Female Student no. 13]]. She's also a PsychoLesbian and multi-murderer.
* The thirteenth song in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''? Everything You Ever [[spoiler:: A lament on Penny's death and Dr. Horrible's StartOfDarkness.]]
* In ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'', the Tower [[MissingFloor has no thirteenth floor]] because of this.
* It's parodied to some extent in the Mystic Island series. Sam complains that it's "real bad luck" to have 13 people on an island together, to which Dennis responds by saying, "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Well, you can't just kill one of them, it'd be bad for morale.]]" [[AxCrazy Norm]] then comes up with a solution; killing the thirteenth survivor and carving his head into a festive jack-o-lantern, [[InsaneTrollLogic which he believes will offset any reduction to morale]].
* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has a funny story with this; originally, there were twelve overseers, but [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Clef's SCP-001 proposal]] had a secret O5-13 in charge of monitoring it, with the purpose of alerting the Foundation to the imminent end of the world. However, other contributors started referring to a thirteen-member O5 council because that let there be a tiebreaker vote, so Clef changed the reference to O5-14.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'':
** Donald's car is the "313" -- it's known for being [[TheAllegedCar extremely unreliable]]. (It's also the area code for UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}.)
** Donald Duck was also born on Friday the 13th, according to some sources. Notably, in ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'', Donald's birthday gift from South America notes his birthday as "Friday the 13th". Subverted in this case as his birthday gift that year was a magical tour of Mexico and South America. [[DisneyAcidSequence A bit trippy]], but not anything unlucky or unpleasant at all.
** One cartoon, ''Donald's Lucky Day'', has a very superstitious Donald delivering a package on Friday the 13th to 1313 13th Street. Naturally, the package is a bomb.
* Eugene, the ChewToy in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', was born on a Friday the 13th.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' Anti-Fairies escape to cause bad luck on Friday the 13th.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
** Numbuh 13 is ridiculously unlucky. And a dork.
** 13 is the age when a kid becomes a teenager. In this series, if a KND member becomes 13, they must go through a LaserGuidedAmnesia process; forgetting that they ever joined the team. This is bad because afterwards, the teen will most likey go through a StartOfDarkness, and join other teens to [[FaceHeelTurn fight against the Kids Next Door.]] [[spoiler:For at least one teen, though, [[SubvertedTrope this is]] ''[[SubvertedTrope not]]'' [[SubvertedTrope the case.]]]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' story "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace" starts "on the thirteenth hour of the thirteenth day of the thirteenth month" with a meeting to [[LampshadeHanging discuss the misprinted calendars]] bought by the town.
* ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo'' is about Scooby Doo and Shaggy releasing the thirteen most terrifying ghosts ever from the Chest of Demons and trying to put them all back. The really unlucky thing though was that we never got a chance to see them finish, as the show coincidentally only lasted thirteen episodes.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko and Heffer board a plane with flight number 1313. All kinds of misfortune occur on their flight.
* One episode of ''WesternAnmation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' took place on Friday the 13th. It starts off with Zack losing his lucky rabbit's foot and things go downhill from there.
* [[BadassBiker Johnny "13"]] first appears in the thirteenth episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', and fittingly enough the episode's title is "13". He claims to have a "reputation for being unlucky." He can also summon a LivingShadow that is also unlucky. Johnny's bad luck also seems to affect his [[BikerBabe Biker Chick]] girlfriend, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Kitty]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'' episode "Rafeefleas" has T.C. collecting money for a pizza from the gang (as part of a scheme to get free pizzas for each of them), and Brain has thirteen cents.
-->'''T.C.:''' Thirteen is an unlucky number. Get rid of that hoodoo! (''Brain drops the money in T.C.'s hat'')
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': The thirteenth original Transformer is Megatronus Prime, who actually betrays his twelve brothers to serve Unicron, hence his new title, The Fallen.
* ''WesternAnimation/StuntDawgs'': While the heroes really suffered bad luck in that day, Lucky, who's usually unlucky, was extremely lucky that day.
* A classic ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' short had Bluto ripping a leaf from Olive Oyl's calendar so she'd think it was "Fri 13" instead of "Thur 12".
* In ''Slimer and WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', the thirteenth floor of Hotel Sedgwick is reserved for dwelling ghosts and their guests.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. Ren was born on Tuesday the 17 (which ''would'' follow a Friday the 13th) and is, as a result, extremely unlucky.
* In a song sequence from ''ComicStrip/USAcres'', Orson jumps on the numbers 11, 12, 13, and 14 while singing "Don't be suspicious, it's all fictitious!", and once Orson is done walking, Wade hops over the number 13, thinking it's bad luck.
* An episode of ''[[Franchise/CareBears The Care Bears Family]]'' centered around Friday The 13th being a day of bad luck.
* Subverted for Tom in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''. [[ButtMonkey Fittingly enough]] [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain for him]], thirteen is the exact number of shorts [[TeamRocketWins he got to defeat Jerry]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', the Justice League gives authorized designation numbers to anyone using their Zeta Tube transports or who needs to get into one of their hideouts. There are separate subcategories for the League (no prefix), the Team (B-), Authorized Guests (A-), and pets (C-). The pet subcategory doesn't go up to 13 yet, the League's 13 is unremarkably ComicBook/BlackCanary, and A-13 is the similarly unremarkable retired original Flash, Jay Garrick. However, the ''Team's'' B-13 is the second Robin, Jason Todd, who is implicitly the first member of the team to die. Metatextually, Jason is famous in the original comic books for being disliked enough that [=DC=] staged a publicity stunt where readers got to vote on whether or not SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker killed him -- and the pro-death side won.
* Also in DC animation: in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} Challenge of the Superfriends]]'', the Legion of Doom has thirteen members.
* ''WallaceAndGromit: WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath'': twelve bakers have been murdered, and Wallace appears destined to be the thirteenth victim. [[spoiler: Especially since his new fiancee Piella is the killer.]]
* The number 13 has popped up a few times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}''. For example, Wing 13 of the Green Apple Splat factory is a creepy, dark, seemingly haunter corridor, and it's where the survivors of the old factory's meltdown were kept, since they all went insane because of the fumes. Of course, the protagonists have to go through it to [[spoiler:escape the second meltdown]]. Also, students are periodically called down to Room 113 B, [[spoiler:which actually leads to the underground brainwashing rooms]].

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* During the attempted assassination of Charles de Gaulle at Petit-Clamart, Lieutenant Colonel Bastien Thiry was the 13th member of the OAS squad that tried to machine-gun the French President. Of course, the men were unlucky and the attempt failed. This was also the premise for Frederick Forsyth's thriller novel 'The Day of the Jackal'.
* The Code of Hammurabi has no 13th rule for this reason, making this trope OlderThanFeudalism, if not OlderThanDirt.
* In the [=13th=] day after he assassinated UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga, UsefulNotes/AkechiMitsuhide was utterly trounced by UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi in the Battle of Yamazaki and got his KarmicDeath. He's eventually known as the '13-day ruler', probably the shortest period in the UsefulNotes/SengokuJidai.
* The South Australian Department of Transport puts reverse parallel parking as task 13 in the Driving Companion. Not good for superstitious learner drivers.
* [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'s address is "1313 S Harbor Blvd." There are various conflicting stories on why Creator/WaltDisney chose this number, but the most popular one is that he chose it as a TakeThat towards [[ItWillNeverCatchOn all the naysayers who thought he was crazy for building the park in the first place.]]
* MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha), a notorious Latino gang operating primarily in Central and North America.
* The [[MalevolentArchitecture Winchester Mystery House]] in San Jose contains multiple thirteens: thirteen steps, thirteen candles in a candelabra, and so forth. Since Sarah Winchester built (and built, and built ...) the house to confound the spirits of those killed by the Winchester Rifle, perhaps the multiple thirteens were meant as bad luck for ghosts.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin joked about how he'd been on airplanes that didn't have rows numbered thirteen. He said that knowing the airplanes' designers had been so superstitious they thought that might save someone's life didn't make him feel all that safer. In another bit, he wonders how the word "shit" got associated with the number 2.
-->Why didn't they call it 13? That'd be easy to remember. "13 means shit ''and'' bad luck. Right. I got it!"
* Averted with the "Baker's Dozen", which is 13. The reason was that back in the 13th century, if you cheated someone out of their goods, [[DisproportionateRetribution you would be severely punished]] (often losing your hand). Thus, to instill confidence, bakers sold 13 for the price of 12. It also had the side effect of you could lose one item and still be safe and that 13 fits nicely in a box in a 3:2:3:2:3 configuration.
* NASA renumbered several Space Shuttle missions, beginning with STS-11 and ending with STS-25, to avoid having a mission publicly numbered with the number 13. This was, likely, because of how bad things went for Apollo 13. For public consumption, these missions began at STS-41-B (which was actually the 10th Space Shuttle mission due to the reschedule and eventual cancellation of STS-10) and ending with the ill-fated STS-51-L. Internally, missions STS-26 through STS-33, which were actually flown starting in 1988, were designated with the letter R (for Reflight).
* The Madrid Metro Network names its lines after numbers (Line 1, Line 2, Line 3, etc.), except for one, Line R. For decades, it stood in the third place in the network list between L2 and L3, as it was the third line to be ever built, back in 1925, as a branch of Line 2. That is, until a Line 12 was finished and plans for a new line arose -- then, Line R was immediately demoted to the 13th place in the list, and the new one was given the name of "Line 14", making 13 the only number not represented in the network..
* Each modern version of Microsoft Office, prior to being titled with its year of release, is codenamed by its technical version number. For example, Office 2010 (version 14.0.4760.1000) was codenamed 'Office 14' while in development. However, there was never an 'Office 13'. Office 2007, the version prior to 2010, was version 12 and codenamed 'Office 12'. Microsoft have even stated this was for [[http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/ButWhy/There-is-no-Office-13-But-Why/ superstitious reasons]]. This might be a HandWave, since Office 2010 is actually the 14th iteration of Microsoft Office, if you include the Mac editions. Office 2008 for Mac was the 13th iteration. But it doesn't help that Microsoft started weird numbering conventions; the first version of Office for Windows, for instance, was 3.0.
* Irish car number plating went by year (eg. 09, 10, 11, etc) until 2013. In 2013, the government decided to change this method in 2013 to 131 and 132. Of course, the official reason was "to boost car sales mid-year", [[http://www.thejournal.ie/number-13-licence-plates-michael-healy-rae-571256-Aug2012/ but the government admitted fear of the trope driving buyers away]].
* Inverted by the vikings, who believed 13 to actually be a ''lucky'' number.
* Many American buildings greater than 13 stories tall will refer to the thirteenth floor as anything ''except'' the thirteenth floor. 12A, 14A (the fourteenth floor being 14B), [[MissingFloor skipping straight from 12 to 14]], you name it. A fairly common one in really large buildings is to have the thirteenth floor be a a maintenance/mechanical floor.
* Lifeboat 13 on the UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic. As the boat reached the water, it was hit by a stream of water coming from the ship, which was from the pumps futilely trying to curb the flooding. It drifted right underneath the oncoming Lifeboat 15, and despite the screams of both boats, 15 was continued to be lowered right on top of them. Luckily, 13 was able to cut its lines and get away before 15 reached the water.
* British hospital wards never have a Bed 13; either the numbers skip from 12 to 14, or the ward has beds "12a" and "12b."
* Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem was afraid of the number 13, so all his manuscripts labeled the 13th page "12a." He died on May 13; popular legend says that his gravestone lists it as "12a," but in actuality the dates are given by the Hebrew calendar, making his death date Iyar 10.
* Inverted by the 13th Roman Emperor, [[TheAce Trajan]], widely considered the best since Augustus, and the only Emperor whose reputation has survived unblemished through nineteen centuries of scholarship. At peace and at war, he was TheGoodKing, and brought the Roman Empire to the pinnacle of its greatness. All in all, the Empire lucked out quite a bit when Nerva chose him as his successor.
* Played straight with the 13th Legion. It was the one legion Julius Caesar brought to cross the Rubicon with, in do so sparking the beginning of the Roman Civil Wars that would end the Roman Republic. Inverted from the Imperial point of view as it was a loyal legion that helped Caesar and Augustus win their civil wars.
* Played straight with the 13th Inca, Atahualpa, who was captured by Pizarro only a few weeks after [[CallItKarma overthrowing]] [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling his big brother]], Huascar.
* Thirteen years after being implicated in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, O.J. Simpson was implicated in armed robbery. Thirteen years after being acquitted of the double murder, he was convicted of the armed robbery.
* In its thirteenth year of operation, Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany lost a sizable number of its staff, including its co-founders, to a major sex scandal, and right as it was about to reach its 13th birthday the company filed for bankruptcy.
* Back in the days when television stations broadcasted over the UHF band, stations that broadcasted on channel 13 sometimes used a [[CatStereotype black cat]] as their mascot, conspicuously displaying the number 13, to make fun of their status as the "unlucky" channel.
* Because of the superstition about thirteen people at the dinner table, in Paris, France, a ''quatorzième'' is a professional dinner guest whose job is simply to sit in and add a fourteenth person just to avoid this trope.