Playing With / Born Unlucky

Basic Trope: A character suffers from chronic bad luck.
  • Straight: As soon as Alice goes out, it starts to rain, and her umbrella turns out to be broken. The store was out of everything she set out for, and she loses her money to a vending machine. On her way home, she gets splashed by a passing truck, and trips over a crack in the ground. When she gets home, she finds that her house has flooded.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Alice is a little bit accident-prone and tends to lose at gambling.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice is Born Lucky.
  • Subverted: As soon as Alice goes out, it starts to rain, and her umbrella turns out to be broken. The store was out of everything she set out for, and she loses her money to a vending machine. On her way home, she gets splashed by a passing truck, and trips over a crack in the ground. When she gets home, she finds that her house has flooded. But it turns out it was Friday 13th. Every other day, she has perfectly normal luck.
  • Double Subverted: ...But after that Friday 13th, her luck seems to stay that way...
  • Parodied: Alice wins the lottery, and curses her bad luck because now she's in a much higher tax bracket.
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted: Alice has relatively normal luck.
  • Enforced: The writers wanted Alice to be a Butt-Monkey, without making the other characters seem like Jerkasses by bullying her.
  • Lampshaded: "If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all".
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bob always persuades Alice to make bets with him, knowing he'll always win because of her bad luck.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "Why is it always raining when I'm outside?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Alice's unbroken streak of bad luck from birth makes her wonder: why even bother trying? Everything's going to go wrong anyway - why did I have to be the universe's chew toy? She has an existential crisis and attempts suicide. She fails.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is The Chew Toy.
  • Played For Drama: Alice's bad luck causes her severe physical and mental trauma.


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