"I am no one's blessing,A jinx is a living Bad Luck Charm, someone who unintentionally causes calamity everywhere they go. They aren't malicious and they aren't trying to cause harm; they just happen to be very, very unlucky for those around, and bad luck spreads. The difference between a jinx and someone who is Born Unlucky is the latter's bad luck falls only on himself. Normally, the jinx is perfectly lucky himself but causes horrible bad luck for others; sometimes, it's the case that he causes bad luck for others because he's so lucky himself, as a form of Equivalent Exchange. Because of this, a jinx is likely to become a social leper— people avoid him to avoid the bad luck. Jinxes: Even when they win, they lose. Oddly enough it would seem that in all media, no one has ever thought to consider the potential chaos a jinx could inflict in the world of insurance policies. Compare Walking Disaster Area, where bad things follow the hero because he's the hero. Doom Magnet is an extreme form. When this is weaponized, it's Winds of Destiny, Change. May be a Cosmic Plaything, Butt-Monkey, or Chew Toy. Approach with caution. Compare Lethal Klutz who directly causes problems to those around him, generally through clumsiness. Super Trope to Walking Techbane. Not to be confused with Jynx, Jinkx Monsoon, or that Jinx.
I値l just bring you harm.
I知 a cursed black cat, I知 an albatross, I知 a mirror broken,
Sad to say, I知 your bad luck charm!"
I値l just bring you harm.
I知 a cursed black cat, I知 an albatross, I知 a mirror broken,
Sad to say, I知 your bad luck charm!"
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- Seina Yamada in Tenchi Muyo! GXP is not only unlucky enough to count as a Cosmic Plaything, it usually bleeds off onto those around him. One subtly extreme moment comes when a horse jockey falls off his horse in the middle of a race because a man cheering for him was listening to the race on the radio when Seina happened to walk by.
- Touma in A Certain Magical Index has a rather unique case: his supernatural-dispelling right arm also happens to dispel luck. Usually his own. It is mentioned that the reason he was sent to Academy City was because the people of his hometown labelled him a jinx, but Academy City, being such a center of science, is not likely to have anyone so superstitious as to do something similar.
- Yuuko Aioi of Nichijou is an inversion. The biggest Butt-Monkey of the series, the final episode displays that for all of her own rotten luck, she is unwittingly helping people around her, such as bumping into her friends and knocking them out of the way of something that was about to hit them, or pulling at them and inadvertently stopping them from stepping on ants.
- Asebi Inoue of Ben-To is this to nearly everyone around her.
- Terry Sanders Jr. of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, who has been the Sole Survivor of several squadrons is shunned by most of his fellow soldiers and believes himself to be cursed. His idealistic CO Shiro Amada, the original Ensign Newbie, struggles to help him overcome it.
- Genesis of Aquarion has Reika, whose Element Power apparently consists of having minor bad things happen to and around her all the time. She also believes that anyone who gets close to her will also suffer misfortune, which leads her to push most people away. On the other hand, on several occasions she's been able to channel her misfortune into raw power while piloting Aquarion, and she kills a few Mythic Beasts and Cherubim with it.
- Takeo Inou, the protagonist of Takeo-chan Bukkairoku, has such terrible misfortune that she has to wear excessive safety gear just to survive the various mishaps that happen to her en route to or from school. She keeps herself distant from others at the start of the series because that misfortune can jinx others who are around her. Her home's landlord and master, a god of fortune she calls Mu-chan, can negate much of this if they're together. When they're apart, it kicks right back up again.
- Blitz T. "Lucky" Abrams from Blood Blockade Battlefront is lucky in that he himself is immune to the disasters he brings with him wherever he goes, since he has been cursed so many times.
- Jinx Malloy, a recurring character in Archie Comics (of the "causes bad luck in others" variety). He's so infamous in Riverdale that when he goes out, he wears disguises so no one will run away in terror at his approach.
- Archie Comics also has another character named Jinx, but she is just a normal (if mischievous) little girl.
- Joe Btfsplk from Li'l Abner (who has his own article on The Other Wiki).
- "Unit Jinx" is an official military position in Tank Vixens, and an inversion, they're Born Unlucky and luck works like magnetism, so those around them get good luck. Sonya Guildencrantz is the official jinx for the 101st Tank Crushing Brigade.
- The Strontium Dog story arc "A Sorry Case" had Johnny deal with having to escort someone off-planet, a fellow by the name of Sorry Bobbs with whom bad luck follows wherever he goes. Naturally, that makes the simple escort a lot harder than it initially sounded. On several occasions Sorry Bobbs flat-out calls himself a jinx.
- When The Black Cat made a deal with Kingpin to attain superpowers, this became her power.
- Heck, Spider-Man himself. Horrible things have happened to pretty much the entire supporting cast.
- Jonah in The Beano was an example with a very specific form of bad luck. If he was anywhere near a ship, it sunk. (Sometimes this was directly his fault, so doesn't count as this trope, but sometimes it just happened all on its own.) He remained perpetually oblivious to this, and couldn't understand why it was so hard for him to get a job as a sailor. (Phrase-Catcher, from every ship's captain who encountered him: "Aargh! It's 'im!")
- In PS238, a running not-so-gag is that Captain Clarinet's life gets progressively worse every time he gets involved with Moon Shadow in any way, even though Moon Shadow is technically never to blame for any of it. After a while, he starts to lampshade this ("You are such bad luck!").
- The infamous "Jonah" Franz from Sturmtruppen, from the former-Fourth Battalion. (Former because it was annihilated by mistake by a bombardment).
- Groo the Wanderer. You'd think that, as monumentally stupid as he already is, he wouldn't need the help of this trope on top of it. You would be wrong.
- Depending on the Writer but generally speaking Loki can cause mischief by standing still and if there is one thing you can be certain around them that is things won't go as expected.
- Asterix and the Roman Agent has Tortuous Convolvulus plays with it, as he most often utilises his unique talent for psychological warfare, strife and anger for his own machiavellian enjoyment. However at times he seems to cause that naturally by his mere presence. Sort of an indirect jinx, as a lot of destruction comes in the wake of that.
- Dreaming of Sunshine: In Chapter 12 of Sunshine Sidestories, it's shown that the Special Jounin Sasuke patrols with all see him as one of these. Each of the jounin have some kind of horror/traumatizing story from working with him, from impostors and contraband to Aburame giggling about flesh-eating beetles.
- This is expanded on in chapter 104 to include Shikako and possibly all of Team 7. Shikako herself is unaware, and thinks the desk ninja are just weird.
- The Spanish film Intacto has this as its main premise: certain individuals in the world have the ability to suck people's luck to add to their own. The luckiest of them all(played by Max von Sydow) is so lucky, he plays Russian roulette with five bullets to one empty chamber and always wins.
- Dora Lynn in Get Over It. "Wherever she goes, bad shit happens. I mean, weird bad shit happens."
- In Pure Luck (1991), a girl who has terrible luck is lost - they find her by employing another jinx - guy with bad luck, assuming that whatever bad luck she stumbled into he will stumble into, too.
- In The Cooler, Bernie Lootz is employed by a Las Vegas casino to simply wander near any gambler who is winning too much. Because of his aura of bad luck, the gambler will instantly start losing.
- The main character in Mr. Hulot's Holiday tends to accidentally create chaos wherever he goes, frequently getting caught up in the aftermath. In one incident, the simple act of searching for a lost ping-pong ball results in an entire hotel lounge full of people starting to fight with each other.
- Douglas Fackler in several Police Academy films. In the first film, an apple core casually thrown by him escalates into a city riot. Simply walking through an office is enough to start a localized disaster that results in dozens of people injured. He's completely oblivious to all this, of course.
- In Godzilla (2014), everytime Ford Brody is with a group of people, he tends to be the sole or one of the few survivors.
- The Italian film Amiche Da Morire has Crocetta, one of the protagonists, as the official jinx in town. Every guy she has ever dated has been cursed with utter misfortune, and that's why she's a Christmas Cake in her late thirties. Turns out it wasn't true: it was her beloved (s)mother who keeps arranging incidents for her suitors, so she wouldn't ever leave home.
- Dangerous: Everybody in the theater world believes that Joyce the actress is this. Joyce believes that she is this, telling Don about the men she's accidentally ruined and the stage shows she's been in that failed. In the back story she ruined her husband, and when she meets him again in the movie, she causes a car wreck that cripples him. And Don is ruined when he backs Joyce in a play only to see it fail. Subverted, however, when Don tells Joyce that it's her selfishness and not any jinx that's the problem.
- Sailors had a habit of attributing any streak of poor luck to a single person, often turning on them to rid themselves of the poor luck. (See The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Literature).
- The title character in the book Jinx by Meg Cabot.
- In Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Empire the Mule's clown Magnifico appears to be this. Everywhere Toran and Bayta take him, the Mule's forces eventually arrive and conquer the place. Bayta eventually realizes that Magnifico is actually the Mule and has been emotionally manipulating the local populations to surrender.
- The Odyssey: Odysseus had this problem, due largely to Poseidon hating his guts.
- A major character in Sergey Lukyanenko's Labyrinth of Reflections is actually named Jinx (or rather, it's a nickname given to him by those around him). He is stuck in Cyberspace and it seems that Cyberspace itself is preventing him from exiting by all manners of freak accidents and coincidences.
- The Mariner's crew considers him one after shooting an albatross, his ship's good luck charm, in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. After the attack, his crewmates force him to wear the albatross around his neck as a sign of his guilt, and they all die subsequently, each cursing him "with his eye" as he drops; the albatross only falls off the mariner afterwards, when he relents in his malice towards the dumb chums, and blesses the water-snakes.
- "Jinxie" Penlan, one of the 597th's Mauve Shirts in the Ciaphas Cain novels, has an interesting habit of having terrible luck which inevitably ruins whatever plan, ambush, or surprise the enemy is cooking up, or points her in the right direction to kill them. Oddly enough, her squad's morale is better than most, believing that misfortune will happen to her, leaving the rest of them unscathed.
- The main character "Mitchie" from the SF short story Prone - a patriotic youth who joined the army in the midst of an prolonged interplanetary war, and whose Jinx abilities have been growing exponentially over time. after his presence nearly destroys the military academy, he's secretly sent to live as a civilian on the enemy homeworld, which will probably win the war in a few years
- Billy Lathem, aka 'the Jonah', was a minor Nightside character who could inflict misfortune on others at will, manipulating probabilities so that the worst possible outcome would supplant the result that'd actually happened.
- This is Magician Murphey's magical talent in the Xanth books.
- The Italian short novel "La Patente" (The License) revolves around Chiarchiaro, a man whose life is ruined because he's rumored to be this. However he decides to ask a "Jinx-License" and manages to get some cash through this.
- Carson Clinkscales in In Enemy Hands. His extreme clumsiness is legendary, although he gets better by the end of the novel. During one incident, he manages to trip over his own feet during a staff meeting, knocks a cap off another crewmember's head while falling, which hits a pitcher of water standing on the conference table, which falls and breaks open, soaking the captain's pants in water. Honor then asks him to help out with setting up a format dinner, shuddering at the thought of letting him anywhere near a table with food.
- A "bad luck for others" example in the Monty Python's Flying Circus "Accidents sketch" where a man goes to a house and disaster ensues, with multiple people being killed. Watch it here.
- Cousin Oliver considered himself a Jinx on The Brady Bunch.
- The X-Files episode "The Goldberg Variation": A man has the power to make everything go his way, but avoids using it because every time he does he becomes a powerful jinx because of Equivalent Exchange.
- In the Babylon 5 episode "Grail", there is a character nicknamed "Jinxo" who believes himself to be one of these, after his departure from the previous four Babylon stations happened just before each one met some kind of ignominious fate. The final conclusion seems to be that it was just a temporary string of unfortunate coincidences. One character even suggests that he should have been called "Lucky", since he'd left the first four Babylon stations just in time to avoid personal disaster.
- After winning the lottery with seemingly cursed numbers (these numbers have turned others into jinxes as well), Hurley from Lost becomes a Jinx. While he is being interviewed by a reporter, his grandfather drops dead of a heart attack. Soon afterwards, his brother's wife leaves him, his mother falls and breaks her ankle when he blindfolds her to take her to a new house he bought her, the house in question goes up in flames, and he is mistakenly arrested by the policemen he approaches for help. The worst point is probably when a news reporter and camera crew interviewing him enter a restaurant he recently bought and are promptly killed when a meteorite hits it.
- One episode of Big Time Rush involves the boys trying to help a friend of theirs get a singing gig. But disaster follows her wherever she goes, costing her a lot of jobs. This includes hospitalizing a large number of international agents by triggering a large explosion trying to perform for them (at the Palm Woods, because the boys were afraid they'd endanger the city taking her out to meet them). Ultimately, they find a band who is looking for a super destructive lead singer, which her natural 'talent' made her perfect for.
- Fat Paul in Sirens (UK) is one of the unseen other members of the group that somehow manages to get called out to major accidents.
- Barney on The Andy Griffith Show was convinced someone was a jinx in one episode.
- Jimmy Jinx, "the unluckiest man in the world", appears in one episode of The Slammer. He manages to cause accidents wherever he goes, including causing Mr Burgess to walk into a lamppost. Inside the prison. Twice.
- In the "Valentime's Day" episode of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn he quads feel like they have jinxed their parents' Valentine's Day after seeing part of a video made when their parents first found out they were having quadruplets. They try to help their parents reconnect with Valentine's Day, but everything they do messes it up wherever they go.
- Champions. If a character has 4 or more dice of Unluck, the bad luck affects those around him.
- The third edition of GURPS also had Jinx as a character disadvantage. It was removed in the fourth edition, possibly because for a typical PC, it was more of an advantage than a disadvantage, especially since the ability was irresistible. For those wanting to keep it, the denizens of the Steve Jackson Games forums have worked out a method based on the Visualization ability.
- They suggested that Odysseus from Greek Mythology was this. After all, he survived his adventures, while all of his men died, and Polyphem the cyclops blew his INT roll when Odysseus was there.
- The Jackelope's foot in Deadlands gives the owner exceptional good luck, at the cost of giving exceptional bad luck to everyone else in the posse. This reflects the fact that, when alive, the Jackelope acts in much the same way, as it feeds on the souls of those killed by the accidents its bad luck aura causes.
- The player can pick the Jinxed trait in Fallout and Fallout 2 to increase enemy's Critical Failure rate, but it affects them just as badly as the other characters—however, a maxed out Luck stat will protect you from it.
- The Pariah Dog from Fallout 2 constantly causes characters around it to miss shots, injure themselves, and lose ammo and weapons. It's also Nigh Invulnerable, thanks to ridiculously high health, abject cowardice, and the aforementioned traits preventing many attacks directed at it.
- Zaeed Massani from Mass Effect 2 and his ability to be the sole survivor of any fight he's in, along with a combination of skill and disregard for casualties. He's also a poor choice as a fireteam leader in the endgame and will get at least one of your teammates killed.
- Kasandra, a unique Blade from Xenoblade Chronicles 2, is a cheerful and sunny character who seems to have no idea about the misfortune that seems to follow her. The fox mask she wears on the back of her head rattles whenever something bad is about to happen, which it frequently does. Her previous Driver was a Nopon (which is in itself a rarity) who was one of the most celebrated salvagers of Argentum, until he got eaten by a gigantic fish monster; presumably as a result of the bad luck that seems to plague Kasandra. After you learn about this and defeat that same monster, you obtain her core crystal, labelled as the 'Lucky Core Crystal'.
- Arthur from Fire Emblem Fates has the worst luck out of all characters in the game. This even extends to his personal skill Misfortunate, which reduces his Critical Evade by 5, but also reduces the Critical Evade of enemies within two tiles by 15.
- RWBY: In volume four, when Ruby demands to know why Qrow followed them instead of just travelling with them, he jokes bitterly about his name, explaining that his Semblance causes misfortune to those around him; he was given the name "Qrow" because crows are considered unlucky. He observes that it's permanently active so can be neither controlled nor switched off, which is great for dealing with opponents in battle, but not so great when trying to interact with friends and family. The quote at the top of this page is from his Image Song, and it accurately describes his feelings about his Semblance.
- Lorraine, ("Troubles"), in 1977: The Comic, who can bring calamity to a crowded room just by standing there.
- In The Intrepid Girlbot, the title character is sadly a major jinx — not only does she not fit in well with the rest of her world, but she actively disrupts it just by existing — who also spawned a Walking Disaster Area in Raccoon #1. However, much of their misfortune is due to their respective cases of Power Incontinence.
- In the Lucky Bunny Bounty Show, in El Goonish Shive, Unusagi appears to be this. (The commentaries have suggested the show was designed to be the other way around: Travis is permanently jinxed, and the "bunny goddess of luck" brings his luck back to normal... most of the time. But it's never been pinned down.)
Unusagi: Luck isn't necessarily good luck, Travis san! And watch the hands!!
- To Prevent World Peace shows a rare example of a jinx who does it deliberately. The cost of her good luck power is to cause bad luck to everybody else around her. She knows this, and yet she does it anyway.
- Jinx from Teen Titans is so named because she can bestow bad luck at will. Mostly she uses it on inanimate objects to make them collapse.
- The terminally unlucky Eugene in Hey Arnold! is referred to in-universe as a jinx, though most of Eugene's bad luck falls on himself (not that he really notices or cares). Still, one episode had everyone except Arnold refusing to go on a rollercoaster with him, sure that something bad would happen. Predictably, it stalls halfway through, and the rest of the episode involves efforts to rescue them (most of which fail). In another episode, Eugene realizes that Arnold is always around when bad things happen to him, and decides that Arnold is the real jinx.
- Sam Dullard in Rocket Power was temporarily this in one episode.
- Misery in Ruby Gloom. Usually, the bad luck only strikes her, but every Friday the 13th it reverses and she gets good luck while everyone around her is hit by bad luck.
- Badluck Schleprock, a regular on The Flintstones Spin-Off The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.
- The black cat in Bad Luck Blackie actually uses his natural bad luck to help out cats in need of his services. He helps a small kitten who is being bullied by a bulldog out by causing the dog bad luck, which usually takes the form of heavy objects falling on the dog out of nowhere.
- In an episode of Martha Speaks, Martha gets jinxed walking under a ladder and then later breaking a mirror, at least she THINKS she is. She does get quite a lot of bad luck, and it begins to appear that everyone she runs across does as well. While it turns out to be coincidental, it still makes her The Woobie for the episode.
- Lucky the black cat in an episode of Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats does get a lucky charm for a while, but that protects only himself, not nearby characters.
- Filbert of Rocko's Modern Life gets jinxed by a "Misfortune Cookie." At the end of the episode, his lucky charms do get him a small victory but pretty much wreck the world in the process. Luckily (well, relatively), later episodes disregard the cookie's promise of eternal misfortune.
- The My Little Pony 'n Friends episode "Woe is Me" features a character who goes by the name of Woebegone who was cursed into being this by a witch when he accidentally crashed into her cauldron during a game of tag. Rather than honestly apologizing he made excuses, saying "I guess I'm just bad luck." So she made him literally be that way. The episode's plot revolves around the ponies not giving up on him and not letting him give up on himself until at last he decides to defy the old excuse, and refuse to be bad luck. This causes the curse to get lifted.
- In an episode of the Hub's Pound Puppies, a group of creepy alley cats try to blackmail our heroes into getting them fish by saddling them with a pup named Taboo who has bad luck follow him wherever he goes. Turns out the source of Taboo's bad luck was the cats secretly tailing him and causing trouble.
- Ringo thinks he's a jinx in The Beatles episode "Good Day Sunshine."
- Astoria Carlton Ritz from The Transformers.
- In an episode of The Adventures of Puss in Boots, a goblin places a curse on Puss to turn him into a black cat, thus becoming a Jinx. He ultimately decides for the good of his friends, to exile himself from town until he can find a cure.
- In Milo Murphy's Law, the title character is both Born Unlucky and a jinx (though he apparently doesn't like "the 'J' word"). The theme song establishes this pretty well, as he deftly and happily dodges disasters that instead hit the people around him.
- The TUGS episode, "Jinxed" has Boomer, an unlucky tugboat. Before he was renamed Boomer, his name was Captain Harry. Unfortunately, like the urban legend goes, renaming a ship gives bad luck... in this case, bad luck to Boomer himself.
- American Dad!: In "Hurricane!", Stan said to be a jinx any time he tries to help somebody, as shown when he tries to protect his fmaily during a hurricane. In fact, Francine even tells him to his face that any idea, no matter how practical, is automatically doomed to fail on the mere grounds that he thought of it.
- Greek Prime minister Constantine Mitsotakis is anecdotally infamous in his home country for bringing bad luck with him wherever he goes. His name is practically a synonym for bad luck in Greek culture.
- Wolfgang Pauli struck fear into any experimental physicist. (The Wiki article contains a hilarious meta example of invoking the trope.)
- Mick Jagger became known as this in Brazil during The World Cup in 2010. He was attending the United States knockout match alongside Kobe Bryant and Bill Clinton (US Team lost), then his own England (0-4 defeat to Germany), and finally Brazil alongside his South American son (1-2 defeat, scoring first). In addition, his assessment of being impressed by Argentina led them to also lose 0-4 to the Germans, and a local network discovered Jagger was attending England's elimination in both the 1998 and 2006 Cups. As a consequence of this Memetic Mutation, doctored images or cardboard cutouts of Jagger wearing the adversary's jersey became wildly common among football supporters. The next Cup in 2014 had him jinx England, Portugal and Italy while on tour before attending in person Brazil's 7-1 trouncing by Germany. Jagger took the blame off the last one ("I can take responsibility for the first German goal but not the other six!").
- As this article states, the presidency of Teresa Sullivan at the University of Virginia has been marred by major tragedies and scandals. The university had two high profile murders of female students; namely, the 2010 murder of lacrosse player Yeardley Love shortly before Sullivan's presidency began and the fall 2014 kidnapping and murder of British-born Hannah Graham. Shortly after the Graham murder came the infamous Rolling Stone campus rape hoax, and a few months later, black student Martese Johnson was brutally beaten and arrested by an Alcoholic Beverage Control. In 2017, nearby Charlottesville was also the site of a deadly white supremacist rally. Also, she was nearly thrown out of office in 2012.
- Virginia Tech hasn't done much better: in ten years, they've had to deal with killings of their own, including a 2016 killing of a teenage girl by two students, a 2014 strangulation case involving two Lesbian students, a 2011 shooting of a police officer, the Morgan Harrington murder by future Hannah Graham killer Jesse Matthew, a summer 2009 murder of a couple in the forest, a decapitation of a Chinese woman in Au Bon Pain that January, and of course, the infamous massacre of April 16, 2007. It should also be noted that Nidal Hasan of the Fort Hood Massacre was a Tech graduate.
- Orlando suffered one in June 2016, with the murder of singer Christina Grimmie, an alligator attack at Walt Disney World, and, most infamously, the Pulse nightclub massacre.