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A staple role in BishoujoSeries, especially love/[[HaremComedy harem comedies]].

The Unlucky Everydude is similar to the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent but has some overt problem(s), which he usually points out in the first episode. He is not so much average as ''below'' average concerning some trait, possibily BookDumb. The extent of this issue varies quite widely depending on the comedic or dramatic mood of the series. The most common one is, naturally, an inability to deal with women, for various reasons. As unlucky as he is he's more TheEveryman than TheUnfavourite or the ButtMonkey. You could say that his lack of luck is more in his head than real.

In fact, you could argue that anybody at the centre of a HaremGenre is [[WishFulfillment lucky]].

How effective and likeable his personality is often depends on the other characters' personalities. In a MagicalGirlfriend series, their personality tends to be more moderate since they will inevitably get together with the lead. In a HaremSeries, the extremity of his character is needed to make him appealingly harmless to the other girls. His most important trait, weirdly enough, is intrusiveness. He will try to help people long after everyone else has given up or declared things "private matters". He will also [[LovingAShadow fill any basic role the girls project on him]].

The Unlucky Everydude is also usually the source of humor. The most basic kind often comes from the fact he doesn't have much experience with girls, but the girls -- who don't even have brothers -- also don't have much experience with guys (save the HardDrinkingPartyGirl, who of course feels perfectly comfortable around him).

His parents [[ParentalAbandonment will not be around, for whatever reason]]; more distant relatives may be featured. If he has siblings, it will be a cute little sister or [[CoolBigSis sexy big sister]].

His design should ideally be muted to a basic outfit and a realistic hair color, although he is sometimes a {{bishonen}} simply by being [[GenericCuteness drawn in the same style]] as the girls.

A poorly done case will result in MartyStu-his only flaws are informed ones and he fixes other people's problems easily.

Compare: TheEveryman. See also: the female counterpart to Unlucky Everydude, the NaiveEverygirl. If this character is gay, he is likely to be a {{Twink}}. No connection to [[Film/TheBigLebowski The Dude]].


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/AbsoluteBoyfriend'': Riiko is an Unlucky Everydud''ette'', she has a string of rejections and doesn't seem to realize that her UnluckyChildhoodFriend has a crush on her (that or his teasing her simply puts her off).
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': Keiichi Morisato had trouble with girls due to his short height, which affected his self-confidence, but he is otherwise a moderate character; he has friends, went to a decent college, and has a knack for auto mechanics. His real problem is that he has absurdly terrible luck, to the point that even when things go his way, they do so via something else going horribly wrong.
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'': Kaoru Hanabishi had no real obvious issues (and was considered attractive) until his "unluckiness" was revealed as being the victim of orphanhood AND repeated [[AbusiveParents child abuse]] from his grandfather.
%%* Manga/{{Beelzebub}}: Furuichi.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' gives us protagonist Kamijou Touma, who has a tendency to get into various scraps because of his ChronicHeroSyndrome. Compounded even worse because of his ability [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker]], which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] to even negate his [[CosmicPlaything luck]]! This ability also justifies the light novel's HaremGenre, as his Imagine Breaker is even thought to be able to cancel the Red String of Fate. No fated lover means plenty of available options...
* Kouta from ''Manga/ElfenLied''. He is constantly found in [[AccidentalPervert compromising positions with female characters]] by... [[PrettyFreeloaders other female characters]], and is given a lot of flack for this by [[ClingyJealousGirl Yuka]]. Not to mention [[spoiler: his entire family ends up being killed]] because of one white lie.
* ''Manhwa/FaeriesLanding'': Ryang Jegal is cursed to suffer 108 doomed relationships. This is [[PlayedForLaughs played up for comedy]].
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' features Hayate, a debt-ridden butler who has poverty and bad luck written all over his face. Note that his parents named him Hayate (wind) so he could run fast as the wind from the debt-collectors and other "[[{{Yakuza}} very nice people]]".
* ''Manga/HereIsGreenwood'': Kazuya Hasukawa of is prone to nosebleeds whenever he's stressed (like around his first crush, who ended up marrying his brother), attracts the kind of people who pick on him, is prone to illness, and has such bad luck that he was hit by a car on his way to his new school, delaying his entry by a month. He's also extremely fast, reasonably athletic, and at least decent in his studies.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Jean Havoc is relatively attractive, an army officer, and generally a nice guy. Despite this, his bad luck with women is notorious among his friends and colleagues, who often add insult to injury by making fun of him for it. Not only that, the time his new girlfriend turned out to be [[spoiler:Lust]], who proceeded to [[spoiler:''stab him'' in the abdomen, effectively [[HandicappedBadass paralyzing him]] from the waist down]]. Poor, poor Havoc... [[spoiler: but he gets his leg mobility back in the end.]]
%%* Tomoki from ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'':
** Keitaro Urashima was a victim of low self-esteem, bad grades and terrible luck with girls, and was initially only kept afloat by [[PollyAnna a near-irrational optimism]].
** [[DistaffCounterpart Ema Maeda]] from the epilogue. Low self-esteem, [[BookDumb bad grades,]] [[{{Meganekko}} wears glasses,]] small breasts, [[CuteClumsyGirl klutzy?]] All check.
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'': Akito Tenkawa of is traumatized (and continues to be so) to the point of actual Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But, for whatever reason, he still attracts a sizable UnwantedHarem.
* Daikichi from ''Manga/MyLovelyGhostKana'' ends up in the haunted apartment after losing his job and his previous residence. Even a chapter after he meets [[CuteGhostGirl Kana]], some of the residual bad luck shows back up, with over half his belongings being destroyed before he got them back from the moving company.
* Fujiki in ''Manga/CheekyAngel'' is constantly [[LampshadeHanging commenting on]] just how overwhelmingly average he is.
* Rito, the protagonist of ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', has trouble confessing his love to Haruna, then after Lala comes along, he seems unable to go through a day without being an AccidentalPervert and chastised by any girl he happens to fall on.
* Ryuuji from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' has the FaceOfAThug, but people seem to get over that early into the anime to instead spread the SheIsNotMyGirlfriend rumor.
* ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' has Ikuya Asano (Youko's best friend), and Suzu as the RareFemaleExample. [[spoiler: Asano falls into despair, loses his sanity and dies, Suzu has to [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn her happy ending]].]]
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': Ataru was born on Friday [[FourIsDeath April]] 13th, during an earthquake, under a full moon, after his mother walked under a ladder and a black cat crossed her path, etc. He's so unlucky that the sole attempt to exorcise his bad luck backfired on him while simultaneously accidentally helping the {{Miko}} who attempted the exorcism. He falls behind in the "Everydude" part, though, seeing as how he's a {{Determinator}} and LoveableSexManiac of such intense perversion he's outright stated to be ''the'' most concentrated source of lust in the known universe. He comes off as average because everyone else he hangs out with is even more bizarre...
* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'': Karino ''is'' [[DoggedNiceGuy a nice guy]] and he's a reasonably good [[OccultDetective detective]]. The problem is, he's a bit of a bumbler, who's usually buried under a mountain of paperwork, due to the department he works for ([[ReassignedToAntarctica U Division]]) being severely understaffed[[note]]As in, only ''three people'' work there; including himself[[/note]]. To say nothing of his attempts to hook up with [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Ayaka]] [[ChristmasCake Kisaragi]], who he assigns his extra cases to, as a personal favor. Which she appreciates and knows he's a good man... it's just [[PlayingHardToGet she prefers to play hard to get.]]
* ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'': Shu Ouma is this. As if getting powers from the Void Genome is bad enough, he has to go through a lot of trouble from getting involve with freedom fighters, to become a student council president later on [[spoiler:(not to mention as a tyrant after Hare’s death)]]. Mostly he did this to impress Inori.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/SpiderMan's first incarnation counts. A standard, if nerdy and weak high school student, who just happens be at the right place at the right time. Creator/SteveDitko forgot this and turned it into an Objectivist AuthorTract. Then he turned college-age Peter into a [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Badboy]]. It continues to fluctuate DependingOnTheWriter.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Pervert!'': James is established as this from the beginning, though he seems to become a ChickMagnet for any of his father's lovers. It turns out voodoo powers have made him sexually irresistible to women and [[spoiler: the voodoo curse has given his penis a life, and monstrous personality, of its own]].
* Scott Summers from the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''. Beaten down by Deathstrike, and his relationship with Jean ends up in the worst way possible.

%%* Nate Tucker from ''[[Literature/PeterClinesFourteen 14]]'' by Peter Clines is more or less this in spades. That's before he goes to live at the [[EldritchLocation Kavach Building]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Franchise/KamenRider has three unlucky everydudes, and they are all from shows written by the [[Creator/YasukoKobayashi same writer]]. [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Shinji Kido]] ([[NamesTheSame who shares the same first name as the]] the well-known Anime ButtMonkey) [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Ryotaro Nogami]] (who is so unlucky it makes DonaldDuck look like Lady Fortune's favorite boy) and [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Eiji Hino]] ([[HiddenDepths who hides a]] DarkAndTroubledPast).
* Cory in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' doesn't like being the middle child and he's insecure about his looks.
%%* Joe in ''Series/{{Wishbone}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Larry Butz in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. He can't hold a girlfriend or a job and almost falls under ditz status. His friends mock his troubles by saying "When something smells, it's usually the Butz." Not to mention his annoying, unlucky and dumb-witted personality gets some of the characters in the 3rd game to point out just how much of a menace he is to society. Still, he's pretty cute, and even though he gets in the way, he always has good intentions and does his best to help his friends out however he can.
%%* The ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series has Desmond Miles.
* Makoto Naegi from ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' presents himself as this, claiming his Super High School Level Good Luck is actually Bad Luck. [[spoiler: Until he gets re-titled as Super High School Level Hope, that is.]]
* Almaz from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' is pretty normal except for low courage (gets better in chapter 4) and his [[{{ChewToy}} extremely awful luck]].
* Kouno Takaaki from ''VisualNovel/ToHeart2'' outright states in the third episode that he has problems in dealing with women, by virtue of growing up with an Imouto and CoolBigSis childhood friends.
* Nishiki from ''VideoGame/WhenYanderesCry''. He starts the game by dating his ChildhoodFriend, but the vacation they attempt share alone is changed when four girls "coincidentally" run into them. What follows is his girlfriend getting killed and him running around an abandoned mansion to hide from them.

[[folder:Web Comic]]
* ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'': It's a wonder Ace doesn't simply ask, [[DudeWheresMyRespect "Why me?"]], 'cuz he's almost always [[ButtMonkey given the short end of the stick]] no matter the situation. His chance at setting a new school track record? Taken from him, [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/hello_self-esteem! right at the finish line]], due to a meddling little girl, while the two [[JerkJock school jerks]] mock him. At the end of [[GenderBender the Tiresias Orb incident]], everyone was returned to normal... [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/what_was_that%EF%BC%9F except him.]] Leaving him stuck in a girl's body for the entirety of vol.1, until he finally got [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/kiss_boys his own body back.]] Ace's one and ''only'' bout of ''[[ThrowTheDogABone good fortune]]'', was when he [[spoiler:[[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/puppy_puppy_puppy got together]] [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/move-it-around_powers with Brooke]]]], [[YankTheDogsChain which wasn't allowed to last]], thanks to Tia and Melissa's interference.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}: Doug Funnie
* WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}: Philip J. Fry
--> "I've run over black cats who were luckier than me."
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible: Ron Stoppable. His parents almost [[ParentalNeglect never seem to be around]], their approach to moving to Norway or adopting a baby is to present him with the outcome, he can never get a date, he's constantly picked on and considered a loser (despite being the valued {{sidekick}} [[DudeWheresMyRespect to a world-saving heroine]]), '''and''' is the ne'er-do-well sidekick to the main character. This seems to [[SpannerInTheWorks act]] [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo in]] [[AccidentalAthlete his]] [[AreTheseWiresImportant favor]] occasionally. It's dropped in the fourth season.
%%* WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}: Gus Griswald