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->''"I love the guy like a brother, but every time he comes to town we end up in another fucking war."''
-->-- '''Duke Toa M'Jest''' a.k.a. '''Majesty''' referring to '''Caine''', ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Blade of Tyshalle]]''
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Yay! TheHero is coming to town!

Hey, where'd the town go? Why is there just this smoking crater covered in corpses?

Like WeirdnessMagnet, except for disasters, death, widespread unpleasantness, explosions, alien invasions, zombies, crazy terrorists and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking jaywalkers]]. Wherever they go, cities crumble, villains show up, and weeping is heard. Not because they themselves cause it, but the worst of the worst are constantly drawn to them.

Unlike WalkingWasteland or DestructiveSaviour, the person is not causing any of this. It just ''always'' happens where they are. Semi-related to BusmansHoliday, but it's not related to the person's job. Stuff just always happens wherever they are.

DoomMagnet is for when this directly affects the supporting cast of the main character and they start dropping like flies. See PersonOfMassDestruction, with whom there may be significant overlap. Compare TheJinx, who attracts bad luck on a smaller scale, and the LethalKlutz who unintentionally leaves a wake of destruction while carrying out simple tasks. If plants and animals literally die in proximity, it's a WalkingWasteland. If there's anything of the city/country/planet left, expect the hero to be PersonaNonGrata. See also HeroInsurance.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': "Where Hokuto Appears, Chaos Follows."
* In ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'', every temple that Esteban and friends go into is destroyed at some point.
* Seina Yamada in ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' is a comic example. Accident and misfortune dog his every step, even causing him to be accidentally recruited into the Galaxy Police. Once he's there, though, his bad luck becomes an asset because it attracts pirate ships which the GP can then arrest. At the end of the series he somehow ends up with ''eight wives'' - whether that's good or bad luck is anybody's guess.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'': Vash the Stampede, also known as the "Humanoid Typhoon", is so potent an example of this trope that the planetary government legally declared him an "Act of God" and a "Natural Human Disaster". The plot of the anime involves him being followed from town to village by a pair of Insurance Agents who investigate insurance claims taken out against the damage caused by Vash simply being in the area.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Lina Inverse, the "Dragon Spooker". It doesn't help that she's a DestructiveSaviour [[PersonOfMassDestruction Of Mass Destruction]], such that her companions know to get everybody out of Dodge when she decides to bust out her signature spell, Dragon Slave, on the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* Kei and Yuri of the anime[=/=][[{{Animesque}} Amerimanga]][=/=]LightNovel series ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' practically define this trope: Two sexy government operatives who just ''happen'' to attract apocalyptic disaster wherever they go. Their typically ham-fisted and violent style in handling such situations doesn't help matters, but FinaglesLaw is a way of life with them, and calamity seems to strike wherever they go, even when they're on vacation. In one miniseries, a villain performs an "experiment" to see what would happen when a clone of Yuri is thrown into the mix, injecting ''three'' "Lovely Angels" into the situation. The result: [[spoiler:a supernova that threatens to set off ''more'' supernovae by its shockwave]]. Clearly two women you should be inclined to avoid. [[CatchPhrase "It's not our fault!"]]
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', wherever the main character goes, he finds himself knee-deep in another murder, theft, or other serious crime. Good thing he's a private eye, huh? Several of the recurring characters, especially the police, lampshade the fact that the Mouri family always seem to stumble upon a case, suspecting that perhaps Kogoro or Conan are cursed.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': After the Eclipse in which he is marked with the [[MagneticPlotDevice Brand of Sacrifice]], Guts becomes this. Every town he goes to has a ninety-eight percent chance of ending up in flames and chaos, either because of [[WeirdnessMagnet the demons drawn to the Brand]], or [[DestructiveSavior his own efforts to slay said demons]].
* Gildartz, of ''Manga/FairyTail'' has this as his superpower. The most powerful member of the Guild, his magic "crash" literally destroys everything he touches. The only problem is that unless he's pissed off, he has an attention span of about 5 seconds and due to his nature prefers to walk everywhere; in a straight line. The town he lives in even has a restructured Gildartz mode where he has nothing in his path, to save on repair bills.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Most superheroes. One example is when ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' first dealt with a large plague, then a city-destroying earthquake, then (in the aftermath of the quake) a winter that was far colder than normal. Mentioned in ''Batman Begins'', as Gordon talks about escalation: "We start carrying semi-automatics; They start carrying automatics. We start wearing kevlar; They start using armor piercing rounds. And you're wearing a mask and jumping off rooftops; Take this guy, armed robbery, double homicide, taste for the theatrical, and leaves a calling card." [''Card is flipped over, showing [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker a joker]]'']
* It applies double to heroes with either PowerIncontinence or excessively large powers. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Or both]]: the more powerful the hero, the more destruction he/she will cause, especially if he has to fight a particularly powerful villain.
* ComicBook/TheHulk obviously deserves a special mention. He's basically the equivalent of dropping a nuke wherever he transforms. Obviously most of the time [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom it's not his fault]] and the military are also to blame for some of the destruction, but it's nevertheless not a good idea to be near Hulk. [[YouWontLikeMeWhenImAngry Especially if you're the one who pissed him off.]]
%%* Rorschach from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.
* Being anywhere near the two main characters of ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'' is very hazardous to your health. Lampshaded in one of the later albums: When Mortadelo and Filemon boarded a plane, all the other passengers refused to board.
* Don Depresor from the spanish comic book ''ComicBook/{{Fanhunter}}''. Put him in an enemy ship/plane, tell him to act naturally, enjoy seeing the ship sinking/plane crashing.
%%* ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer''
* ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape'': The twins, in many stories, but especially the "Around the world" story.
* [[http://cheekyweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-features-disaster-des.html Meet Disaster Des]]. This British comic character was like a god of destruction. Buildings would collapse, machines would malfunction and ships would sink whenever Des innocently and obliviously passed by.
* ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks'': Jeremy Chance is a literal example. He's BornLucky, but his luck always happens at the expense of someone else, so fortune will contrive all sorts of disasters so that he can miraculously survive them. After humanity shoots him off into space, he goes through a time portal and becomes [[CometOfDoom Halley's Comet]], which eventually [[ColonyDrop destroys life on Earth]].

* In Fanfic/AshesOfThePast, Ash Ketchum is this, so much. Lampshaded a number of times, to the point where characters wonder why he is not proceeded by an army of Absol (Pokemon that sense impending disasters) warning people about his approach. Eventually he does encounter an Absol...who promptly attempts a ScrewThisImOutOfHere. Pity the window she tried to escape through was made of safety glass.
** He eventually gets his own Absol. [[spoiler: The only reason she can withstand him is because she's a "chance-dancer" who's trained her danger sense and thus can decipher the disasters that surround him.]]

* John Spartan in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' earned the titular nickname due to his tendency towards leaving any building he performs an operation in as a smouldering ruin.
* The videocamera-toting cast of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' probably fit nicely into this trope - wherever they go, whatever they do, the monster is there as well.
* Near the beginning of ''Film/TheMummy1999'' Evy manages to level an entire library by accident. Her employer's horrified reaction, and following rant ("Compared to you, the other plagues were a joy!") suggests this isn't the first time she's done something like this.
* Leslie Nielsen's characters in films like ''Film/TheNakedGun'' and ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' tend to be a humorous version of this.
%%* [[Film/JamesBond Bond]]. The kind of destruction he leaves behind is only ''partially'' justified by him being a [[CowboyCop Cowboy Spy]] (and the TropeCodifier for the "Martini" Spy Genre).
* Fackler in the ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' films. He can't walk through an office without getting a dozen people hurt and the office burnt down. And no, he has no idea he is the cause.
* ''Film/GetOverIt'' has a lady named Dora Lynn, whom bad luck seemed to follow. In wood shop, she took out half off a classroom with a nailgun (so much that one character cannot even sit down), caused a vending machine to spew tampons like missiles, lights a guy on fire, gets hit by a car, and [[OneOfTheseThingsIsNotLikeTheOthers loses her bikini top]]. When she goes on a date with Berke to a sushi restaurants, a chain of events causes the restaurant to be burned down.
* On ''Film/PureLuck'', Heiress Valerie Highsmith is this-so unlucky and clumsy that her entire life has been plagued with accidents that have almost killed her (and ''have'' killed other things, like pets) and making her capable of [[EpicFail setting an entire town on fire by trying to prepare breakfast]]. When she disappears in Mexico, PrivateDetective Raymond Campanella is asked to drag along accountant Eugene Proctor-the only living being who is just as bad, if not ''worse'', on the luck department, on the hope that he manages to literally stumble his way into a solution. Between barely surviving Proctor's own disgraces and following the trail of destruction that Valerie leaves behind (such as the aforementioned town burning) they manage to find her.
* Inspector Harry Callahan has a habit of stumbling into violent situations that end even more violently. It's lampshaded by another officer in ''Film/SuddenImpact'', who calls him a "walking friggin' combat zone''.

* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', War is working under an alias as a news correspondent, and it's noted by her colleagues that when war breaks out, she's there amazingly quickly - almost before it happens. Eventually the smart ones just start booking flight tickets based on her destinations.
* Bobbie Faye Sumrall of the ''Literature/BobbieFaye'' books is infamous for this. Words cannot describe.
* [[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Caine]] is this for multiple reasons. For one, because he was an actor by training and for the longest time either sought out or created violent situations to provide material for his adventures. Also, because [[TheUnfettered the way he forces himself on reality]] actually causes the fabric of magic and chance to send hell his way (according to his more metaphysically-minded companions). But mostly, it's because [[BloodKnight the crazy bastard]] can almost never resist the urge to escalate a fight.
* Jame in P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath''. She's a walking disaster magnet, as one might expect for someone marked to become Nemesis, the avatar of destruction. Her brother is warned by a friend of hers that he'd probably find their land "reduced to rubble and [Jame] in the midst of it, looking apologetic." As she says, though, "Some things need to be broken."
* Gandalf from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' has been accused of this, hence his nickname of 'Gandalf Storm-Crow'. He defends himself by saying that there's two kinds of people who show up in disaster-zones: The ones who cause them or take advantage of them, and the ones who go there to help.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Rand Al Thor, The Dragon Reborn, of the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' is one of these, a fact that rather gets to him as things progress, not to mention damages his chances of winning people over even if he is the ChosenOne. It varies a lot in terms of how much destruction and chaos turns up around him, but it always does, on account of him being ''ta'veren''. ''Ta'veren'' are people who bend the Pattern (the Universe) around them for a brief amount of time, affecting the laws of probability in their vicinity, and someone who is chosen to be ''ta'veren'' will always be central to important events of the era, as ''ta'veren'' are chosen by the Wheel (the metaphysical concept of time) to correct history's intended flow.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' is nicknamed "The Salamander" by the Manticoran media, for her tendency to be where the fire is hottest.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden. Ever since he started working in Chicago, there's pretty much three gigantic magical disasters per year. Also it is also due to living in a Disaster Area - the Chicago area is strongly magical, drawing in all kinds of things. A ''mobster'', who is so badass that he joins a magical legal organization containing entities like ''demigods'' and ''wizard councils'' purely based on being a badass muggle, complains that Harry threatening to ''show up'' is more blackmail than he ever does. It turns out that being a PersonOfMassDestruction and hanging out with a surprisingly large number of beings who are at least as powerful does ''wonders'' for the insurance collection rates. Later [[spoiler:it was revealed most major forces in the Supernatural World knew who Dresden was, by reputation, and stayed out of Chicago for their own safety]].
-->"The building was on fire, and it [[LampshadeHanging wasn't my fault.]]"
* Jackie Rodowsky of ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' is known as "The Walking Disaster" thanks to his seeming talent for self-injury.
* In ''Literature/{{Redshirts}}'', entire planets catch deadly diseases and go to war just to give the officers of the ''Intrepid'' dramatic plotlines.
* ''Literature/TheIncredibleWorldsOfWallyMcDoogle'': The title character is described by this, and it's completely true, largely due to his extreme klutziness. Anywhere he goes, massive property damage and possible police intervention are sure to follow.
* ''Literature/KingdomsOfDust'': In the third entry of ''Literature/TheNecromancerChronicles'', Corylus points out that everywhere Isyllt goes, the entire city suffers by referencing what happened to Symir in ''Literature/TheDrowningCity'' and Erisin from ''Literature/TheBonePalace''. She's directly involved in both incidents.
* ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' (first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Everyone around Kaladin dies, especially when he tries to help them. Lampshaded constantly throughout the book. Eventually partially justified. [[spoiler:Syl is an Honorspren and has been giving Kaladin unconscious Surgebinding powers. Kaladin continually strives to do the right thing, getting himself into dangerous and disastrous circumstances. Syl's bond has given him the strength to survive them, when others haven't]].
* This is ''Literature/MercyThompson'' in a nutshell. She's just an auto mechanic with the ability to turn into a coyote, but she keeps ending up in the center of mass werewolf kidnappings, vampire politics, attacks by EldrichAbominations, and even [[spoiler: volcano gods]]. She tends to make it out alive, though she's wound up in the hospital repeatedly. Her enemies, on the other hand, tend to wind up dead. [[spoiler: This is because she's actually the daughter of ''the'' Coyote of Native American myth and is thus a horrible magnet for all kinds of trouble, whether she wants it or not]].


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho''. This is ''heavily'' lampshaded and emphasized to the point of {{Anvilicious}}ness in the revived series.
** Certain Doctors exemplify the trope far more than others, however. The Fifth Doctor instantly comes to mind, with [[spoiler: one of his companions dying on him, and most adventures ending with many (if not all) non-mains dead]]. With the Fifth, it got so bad that one of his companions actually chose to leave for home rather than deal with the death and devastation.
** Possibly topped in the revived series, when the Tenth Doctor discovered that London on one near-future Christmas Day was abandoned, as the residents had come to realize that every Christmas, aliens attacked their city. They returned a few days later.
* [[TheKlutz Susan Mayer]] from ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' tends to cause pretty spectacular accidents. She once managed to SET A HOUSE ON FIRE out of sheer clumsiness.
* Ronon Dex of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' during his time as a Runner. In his case however, it was due to having been implanted with a Wraith tracking device, meaning he dared not stay in any one place too long lest he bring forth the Wraith down upon their heads.
* Eric Idle's character in one ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch (with the random title of "Prawn Salad") seems to cause accidents just by being there. Pictures fall off walls, furniture collapses, and a maid has a very unfortunate accident when showing him a dagger. And then it gets funnier.
* The Hellmouth may be a WeirdnessMagnet by itself but the annual near-misses with TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in Sunnydale only started when Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer came into town.
** And apparently only happen to people in the same grade as her.
*** That has to do with the school being directly on top of the Hellmouth.
** One of the prequel comics indicates that it's actually the other way round - Buffy is drawn to weirdness, not vice versa.
*** This claim has some weight. Remember when she left Sunnydale? She couldn't spend a few months without tripping over demons again.
** In the alternate wish-verse the Master's plan from the pilot worked, and while Sunnydale was overrun she was busy in desperate battles in Chicago.
* Jessica Fletcher from ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', and many other characters from detective fiction. Wherever they go, people drop dead at a rate that makes you wonder why the police don't either lock them up or put them under 24/7 surveillance.
* [[Series/ICarly Carly's]] brother Spencer is a mild example. Possibly due to te RuleOfFunny, anything he does has a small chance of spontaneously combusting. Particularly glaring examples involve ringing a small desk bell...and having it burst into flame, and hitting a cymbal with a drumstick, which then began burning. Reaches its apex when, fed up with constant calls, the local fire department just gives Spencer some fire extinguishers for use around the house. Spencer pulls the pin on one, expecting a spray of foam...and gets a [[FireBreathingWeapon spray of fire!]]
* In ''Series/MetalHurlantChronicles'' the titular framing device is a fragment of a living planet destroyed by its inhabitants cursed to streak through time and space. In more than one episode it is implied if not outright stated to cause the events of the episode on whatever random planet it passes.
* On ''Series/HogansHeroes'', we have [[GeneralFailure RAF Group Captain (Colonel) Critendon]]. The reason why he was a recurring character was because ''every single'' operation he was a part of ([[NominalImportance that didn't involved]] [[BadassCrew the Heroes]]) or plane he was a crew member of was utterly obliterated by the Germans, leaving him the ''only'' survivor. It did not helped that he was TheNeidermeyer and most of these slaughters happened partially because of his incompetence.
* In ''Series/AllAussieAdventures'', Russell causes a lot of property damage (especially to his own), injuries to himself and others and gets a lot of animals killed.
* The crew of the ''Rocinante'' from ''Series/TheExpanse''. They've managed to be the sole survivors of two completely separate ships sinking, and that's only after the first four episodes.
--> '''Holden:''' We're the only survivors from the Canterbury ''and'' the Donnager. We look like terrorists!

* In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5zEP4kvfnc video]] for Music/GreenDay's "Walking Contradiction", destruction and chaos follow the members of the band everywhere they go (which they completely fail to notice).
* Music/ThePolice's "Demolition Man", quoted atop PersonOfMassDestruction.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'', '''Hero of the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Imperium]]''', creates one of those. He tries to be posted on the least dangerous-looking commands only to find out they're not quite as safe as he assumed them to be. His favorite artillery regiment (watching the war from several dozen miles behind the front lines) was in the way of a tyranid flanking attack, his checking up on a few insurgents apart from the main host turns up the remnants of an inquisitorial warband fighting a nest of genestealers and having a cozy little war against seemingly poorly-organized orks reintroduces him to his best friends, the Necrons.
* If you are a Celestial TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}, you are this. It's just a natural consequence of being one of 700 beings in the entire world that can derail the local {{Chessmaster}}'s plans. And those of the undead, [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. And the non-undead but just as nasty {{Eldritch Abomination}}s who intend to turn the world into a literal {{Hell}} on Earth. And the {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who want to kill you because they think you're going to turn out just as bad as those other guys trying to kill you. [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Yeah,]] [[GambitPileup it's that kind of setting.]]
** And if you're an Abyssal (a corrupted Celestial, basically), this is ''right there'' in your [[OmnicidalManiac job description]]. If you try to run away from this designation, you'll only make it worse.
** And if you're a Green Sun Prince, every mote of your very being is a Walking ([[SuperSpeed Running]], [[WeatherOfWar Flying]]) Disaster Area.
* Can happen in ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', due to the nature of Legend and Fate. As the Scions level up from heroes to demigods to gods, they inevitably either get drawn towards conflicts or cause conflicts to come to them. It gets stronger the higher a Scion's level, until it becomes so strong they have to either take on a godly avatar of lesser power or depart from the mortal world to prevent collateral damage.
* If you play as a shroud with the misfortune dominion in ''TabletopGame/{{Anathema}}'' then you are this. The misfortune dominion allows you to magically cause fatal accidents.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Zidane of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is such an example that the Console RPG Cliche List named this trope after him. Surprisingly, it all happens for plot reasons (at least in theory) and none of the characters in the game (Zidane included) seem to [[GenreBlind notice the pattern.]]
--> '''Zidane's Curse:''' An unlucky condition in which every location in the game will coincidentally wind up being destroyed just after the hero arrives.
* Gordon Freeman of ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. Any sensible rebels would run for their lives instead of cheering when they see the good doctor approach. Of course, he is actively hunted by the Combine for being the unifying force of said resistance, so...
* The Pariah Dog from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}''. You find him standing in the middle of a pile of corpses, and having him in your party drops your LuckStat to 1, and give you the Jinxed trait, causing you and everyone around to [[CriticalFailure critically fail]] almost every move. If the failure involves guns, explosives or energy weapons, the wielder can bid their limbs farewell.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''; when they turn up the monsters aren't far behind. In fact, it's the easiest way to get some wandering NPC killed. Just wait for them to walk in the wilderness and follow them until something spawns and eats them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' tends to spawn enemies around the player character. At higher levels, approaching civilization can be dangerous - odds are the enemies will far outclass any inhabitants of a given settlement.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' ditches the random encounters for the most part, but does have high-level monster spawn points near a few settlements, as well as scripted encounters with EliteMook hit squads once the player has a negative reputation with either of the main factions. These will quickly lay waste to civilian NPC's when they follow the Courier into a settlement.
** The Courier also exhibited this in the backstory of the ''Lonesome Road'' DLC, where they wiped out civilization in the Divide by delivering an Old World device that triggered the detonation of the nuclear warheads there.
** The description for the lowest Agility SPECIAL level is "Walking Disaster".
* Where Samus Aran of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' goes, it will probably be destroyed. Unless it is a space station, in which case it will ''definitely'' be destroyed.
* Commander Shepard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' and ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. In his/her search for Saren in the first, and his/her battle against the Collectors in the sequel, almost no location has managed to avoid being wrecked. Some examples:
** When choosing your backstory, you can select one of three: War Hero, where Shepard single-handedly held the line against a huge number of pirates when they attacked the planet he/she was taking shore leave on; Sole Survivor, where Shepard was part of a squad that was the first group of humans to ever encounter [[SandWorm Thresher Maws]] and [[CaptainObvious the only one who survived]]; or Ruthless, where Shepard was the commander who led the op against the pirates in retaliation for the planetary raid mentioned in War Hero and ordered many of his/her troops to their deaths to insure that the pirates were completely wiped out.
** When you reach Eden Prime, it's under siege. The colony is wrecked and its inhabitants are mostly dead. The artifact you went to retrieve is still there, but after it's triggered by one of your teammates, Shepard interacts with it and it overloads and explodes.
** After recovering Liara, the Prothean ruins (that had survived fifty thousand years in a seismically active area) get destroyed by a quake Shepard triggered accidentally.
** In Noveria, s/he triggers the Peak 15 failsafe (a NeutronBomb) to deal with a rachni infestation.
** In Feros, [[spoiler:s/he removes the nerve bundles anchoring the Thorian, causing it to fall down a shaft to its death]]. The colony, at least, stays intact.
** In Virmire, s/he detonates a nuclear device to deal with the [[spoiler:Krogan cloning facility.]] Although then, the salarians had already rigged up the bomb out of their ship's drive core ''before'' Shepard arrived. S/he just deployed it.
** [[spoiler:The Citadel then gets trashed by Sovereign as Shepard is attempting to stop it from ending all sapient life in the galaxy.]]
** In the sequel, then, two colonies are abducted by Collectors just before or as Shepard arrives (at the second you're in time to save one third of the population).
** A dead Reaper (humongous ship Shepard explores in search of technology) is crushed by the atmosphere of the dead star it falls into after holding orbit for ''thirty-seven million years''.
** [[spoiler:You get to decide whether the Collector base survives or not, but it is to be expected that about half the time it's going to go boom]].
** Jack's prison ship is destroyed. In Shepard's defence, all s/he was supposed to do was pick up a prisoner. [[TooDumbToLive It was the the Warden's idea to try capturing him/her]]. As every character notes, Shepard's enemies are quickly acquainted with explosions and death.
** It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by a batarian on Omega in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
-->"Things explode around you, Shepard. You can't blame Aria for being careful."
** And by Wrex upon meeting Grunt.
--> '''Grunt''': [Okeer] is dead.
--> '''Wrex''': Of course. You're with Shepard. How could he be alive?
** As well as Rana Thanoptis' reaction to seeing Shepard again.
--> '''Rana''': Now if you don't mind, I'm going to run like hell before you blow the place or something. ''I know how you work.''
** And then there's the end of The Arrival DLC where, whether Paragon or Renegade, Shepard joins in with a plan to hurl an asteroid into a mass relay, which releases enough energy to "resemble a supernova," destroying an entire solar system and killing just over three hundred thousand batarians. An all-time high score for him/her, unless you get forced into the worst possible ending in 3. Unlike the others, that one really bit Shepard in the ass, leaving him/her grounded by the brass for six months to sort out the mass murder and terrorism charges.
** Despite Spectres being the most [[BadassArmy elite soldiers]] in the galaxy, they have a strange habit of getting killed around Shepard. In the first game, Nihlus is murdered shortly after meeting Shepard and Saren dies at Shepard's hands. In ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'', after being revealed as a traitor, [[spoiler: Tela Vasir]] is killed during a confrontation with Shepard. [[spoiler: The Virmire Survivor]] can potentially be killed during a stand-off in the third game if certain speech checks aren't met, and Jondum Bau can potentially die, depending on whether or not Shepard recruited Kasumi in the second game.
** In the ''Citadel DLC'' for the third game, Shepard is responsible for the destruction of a posh sushi restaurant after being ambushed by a group of mercenaries. ''No-one'' lets Shepard [[NeverLiveItDown forget it]] - mostly because Shepard's exit from the restaurant involved falling through the aquarium-floor.
-->'''Javik:''' Commander, in my cycle, when we fled combat by falling through tanks containing aquatic animals, we... oh, right. We never did. (''laughs'') You are a trailblazer!
** Also from ''Citadel'', Grunt's friends broke him out of the hospital to celebrate his birthday. First, they try to lower him out of the hospital on a rope, causing a broken window and Grunt going into a free fall while the doctors are completely oblivious. Then, they climb on [[CallBack the krogan statue on the Presidium]]. At that point, a police car shows up, prompting Grunt to throw his [[GargleBlaster bottle of ryncol]] at it, [[MolotovCocktail causing the car to catch fire]]. Grunt and his buddies steal the burning car and crash at a noodle restaurant, where they are sprayed with riot foam, [[EscalatingPunchline which didn't work on Grunt because he had also caught fire while he was in the car]].
** Shepard almost seems relieved to be visiting Tuchanka in the second game, possibly because [[spoiler:until the Reapers get involved]] it's hard to imagine anything that would mess up Tuchanka worse than the genophage and krogan clan warfare already has.
** Miranda lampshades this when she's talking with Shepard about his/her [[spoiler:clone]]. And this is ''before'' she finds out about Shepards end in the destruction of her favorite sushi restaurant.
-->'''Miranda:''' I'm not sure the galaxy could survive two Shepards. Think of the property damage.
** It is also the in-universe reputation of the krogan among salarians. When Wrex lands on Sur'Kesh, Padok Viks explains that he can't let a krogan loose in the facility, because the infirmary could not handle all the casualties.
* Nathan Drake of ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' would honestly prefer it if stuff ''didn't'' blow up everywhere he goes, but it just... seems to happen. Accidentally. This is lampshaded a lot and even played for subtle tragedy late in ''Among Thieves'', when an innocent Tibetan village that happened to be sheltering Nate is invaded and shot to pieces with many casualties. In the third game, Nate manages to ''accidentally'' turn a plane in stable flight into a streak of flaming shrapnel from the ''cargo bay'', shortly after boarding it, in an astonishing sequence of events that borders on DisasterDominoes. [[Pantheon/RuinAndDestruction There's a good reason why he epitomes this trope]].
** Goes UpToEleven at the end of the third game when Nate [[spoiler:causes the entire city of Ubar to collapse into a giant sinkhole.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Sully:''' Three goddamned bullets?! How the Hell did you do ''this'' with ''three bullets?!'']]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0zEO40bVDk According to IGN]], he's caused roughly 128 million in damages just based on all the vehicles he's killed by dumb luck.
* Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is both a FightMagnet and this. Varric lampshades it in the ''Legacy'' DLC when Hawke comments that he/she wants to have a quiet vacation somewhere peaceful -- maybe a beach?
--> '''Varric:''' Hawke, the day you go to the beach would be the day an armada of angry demon pirates shows up.
* The Postal Dude from ''[[VideoGame/{{Postal}} Postal 2]]'' seems to attract trouble no matter how mundane his task. Go to work on Monday? Protesters break in and shoot up the place. Return a library book on Tuesday? Arsonists torch the library while he's in it. Go to church on Wednesday? Terrorists decide this is the ''perfect'' time to bomb the church in the name of Allah. With this kind of luck it would take the patience of Gandhi to beat the game without killing anyone.
* In the first two series, [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] tended to be more of a PersonOfMassDestruction. In the [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 2013 reboot]], however, she tends to fall more into this trope. Things tend to blow up spectacularly wherever she goes as the game progresses, but Lara herself is (usually) not the direct cause of it.
* While all of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' protagonists have a dose of this, Jill Valentine's is larger than most. She's already in a disaster area when ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' starts and it gets '''worse''' as she goes; shortly after she arrives, almost every location in the game tends to get overrun by zombies, catch on fire, explode, or have large vehicles crashed into it, with the whole thing capped off by a bombing run against the city.
* The C.O.G. in the ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' series are well-known for this, every place they show up seems to get overrun by Locusts and/or Lambent. Which is the reason why they're so hated other human groups like the Stranded. Their leader Griffin hates them more then anybody else, because his town "Char" was devastated by Hammer Of Dawn strikes which turned many people into statues of ash. Padduk also mentions this in "Aftermath" when the COG come to his home to get aboat, and they get attacked by Lambent and Locusts alike, Padduk blames them for this, claiming that it never happens to him when he's alone.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] hilariously in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' (Multiple times). Many cutscenes and skits center around the other characters accusing [[TheHero Yuri]] of this. Eventually, even he starts to believe it. Of course, [[GenreSavvy he's]] also the first one to comment on things and the ''very first skit'' is of him commenting on how ''yesterday'' had some trouble as well. Apparently, he had it his whole life but since he stuck to the Lower Quarter of Zaphias (with minor exceptions) it never was '''huge''' trouble until he gets out into the world and starts calling various things to him as a WeirdnessMagnet.
* In ''[[VideoGame/Momoko120Percent Momoko 120%]]'', Momoko has to escape five alien-infested burning buildings during the first 18 years of her life.
* Franchise/DonkeyKong is one of these in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'' as many of the levels end up collapsing or outright destroyed as he and his friends traverse through them.
* The ''{{Pokemon}}'' Absol is misinterpreted as one in-universe, since it's a rare species and only normally appears before humans immediately before disaster strikes. Absol actually has the ability to sense when disasters are about to take place and appears before humans to try and warn them, but the people misunderstand this as Absol itself being a bad omen that causes the disasters.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The so-called "Light Warriors" of ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' are walking agents of destruction, but they usually do most of the dirty work themselves. The character who ''does'' qualify for this trope is White Mage, who can't seem to complete a good deed before a godlike act of destruction annihilates everything she's worked for. The vast majority of those are caused by the aforementioned Light Warriors, particularly Black Mage.
** In fact, some have given them the appropriate nickname of "Blight Warriors."
* Happens in ''WebComic/WTFComics'' with Anna to the point of being lampshaded several times.
-->[''Anna is exploring a cave under a castle. A crack appears in the wall of the cave'']\\
'''Straha:''' ...Anna... remember what I asked you not to do...\\
'''Anna:''' What... about causing terrible things to happen?\\
[''Dragon bursts into cave'']\\
'''Straha:''' ...you're doing it again...
** And later upon returning to Anna's home town and finding it in bad shape.
--> '''Straha:''' ...this usually doesn't happen until ''after'' Anna gets somewhere...
* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' [[https://web.archive.org/web/20151104125209/http://adventurers.keenspot.com/d/0289.html parodies this]]. Karn wonders why a town he shows up in has been destroyed--it's because he landed his airship too close.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Spongebob's cousin Stanley.
* Coop in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' can't seem to go anywhere in the titular HumongousMecha without causing mass destruction in the process. Good thing he has NegativeContinuity on his side.
* ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'': Misery and everyone related to her. Apparently, they have been involved in every major disaster throughout history.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Invader ZIM}}'', who once accidentally shut down the power for ''half a military training planet'', for a ''snack'', is this trope. At two minutes old, he blew the power for most of a planet. His leaders put him in military science to try and turn his capacity for horrible oblivious destruction in a useful direction, but it didn't really work out. For instance, Zim caused another power outage when he decided to visit the surface of Irk, killed the two previous Tallests by creating a Lovecraftian horror that nearly wiped out all space, and caused a planet to explode just by standing on it. To keep him contained during an invasion, his commanders confined him to a circle drawn on the ground. Zim promptly decided was too simple a task for his GENIUS and hijacked a HumongousMecha invasion machine, whereupon he commenced with the invading and the exploding and the uncontrolled fires blissfully unaware he had not yet left Planet Irk and bringing the entire invasion down single-handed. For their ''next'' invasion, Zim's commanders exiled him to Earth - as far away from them as possible. From there, he still managed to destroy a large part of the invading fleet with an out-of-control rapidly moving planet Mars. In one unused script, there was to be a montage of everything Zim had ever destroyed. [[OverlyLongGag ...It would have gone on for a while.]]
* Derpy Hooves from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is this in the episode "The Last Roundup", to the extent that she can hardly ''sit down'' without causing property damage.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'': Spirit. Ever since he was first captured at the beginning of the film, calamity and destruction followed him, from sending a U.S. army fort in and uproar, the Lakota village that he was staying at being ransacked by said army, to him indirectly causing [[StuffBlowingUp AN ENTIRE FOREST TO GO UP IN FLAME.]] One horse caused all of that - [[YouCantGoHomeAgain and all because he wanted to get back home.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', "Operation: M.A.C.A.R.RO.N.I.", there's Numbuh 13, the biggest jinx and clutz in the organization, causing accidents everywhere he goes. Sector V is told by central command to give the Toilenator to the Mr. Boss villains in a PrisonerExchange, and are horrified to find out that the prisoner they're getting back is him. They can't tell the villains [[YouCanKeepHer You Can Keep Him]] (because he has information they need) and the team of operatives he belongs to refuse to take him back, so they're stuck with the disasters he causes until the end of the episode, when Mr. Boss accidentally kidnaps him again, [[PityTheKidnapper much to his horror.]]
** He shows up again in "Operation: I.T.", where everyone is desperately trying to avoid being "It" at the end of the massive game of Tag[[labelnote:explanation]] Numbah 362 has burnt out from being leader of the KND and started the game of Tag as a result; whoever is "It" becomes the new KND leader.[[/labelnote]], but then Numbah 13 gets tagged and is actually happy about this fact. Cue MassOhCrap and a dogpile.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. Seriously, he'd likely cause more problems than he'd solve if Penny and Brain weren't helping him, and when he accidentally helps the villains (which happens rather often) [[AlasPoorVillain you almost feel sorry for them.]]
* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]. He was able to cause a radioactive meltdown in an area without an radioactive material. The cleanup crew knew him by name.
* Schleprock on ''WesternAnimation/ThePebblesAndBammBammShow''. Wowzie wowzie woo woo.
* The Bakshi ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' reboot had "Catastrophe Cat," about an oblivious big and fat cat who leaves destruction in his wake.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' has the titular Milo Murphy, a direct descendant of ''the'' Murphy of Murphy's Law. The incredible misfortune and subsequent destruction that happens around him is so common that most of his classmates treat it as completely normal.


* Jimmy Burns, V-Blogger and foreign correspondent in ''Shooting War'', though he also gets misquoted on this. Then again, he's in a freaking war zone.
* The adventuring group in LetsPlay/SomethingAwfulDungeonsAndDragons tabletop sessions has noted, with some despair, that places they're in have an uncanny tendency to unmake themselves. This has included a mansion, a magical tower-mountain (twice!), a dream dimension, and some islands.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1440 SCP-1440]] is an old man who wanders eternally and brings ruin and destruction if he stops in any one place for too long. The interview he gave with an SCP doctor before the [[spoiler:on-site nuclear warhead exploded]] reveals it's what happens when you play ChessWithDeath... and win.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Canadian metal band Music/TheAgonist seem to have this trouble -- an alarming number of their gigs have coincided with various natural disasters, and their singer has commented that she sometimes feels like they are "sync'd with nature in the worst way possible". This is especially ironic considering that several of their songs touch upon the theme of GaiasVengeance.