The Fool: Comic Books

  • Groo the Wanderer is probably the biggest example of them all. He's the greatest swordsman in the whole world... and the dumbest as well. Barely capable of feeding himself, Groo brings bad luck wherever he goes and has a bad habit of decimating whole towns and cities, often as a result of trying to help the local residents. Nearly every comic ends with him being chased by an angry mob while he tries to figure out why. He's so notorious for causing destruction that, in one instance, simply passing near a town causes economic collapse and a massive riot when the news of his arrival circulates.
  • Deadpool may count as a rare example of a non-goodhearted version of this trope.
  • Before Deadpool was a twinkle in Fabian Nicieza's eye, we got Longshot, whose powers were more-or-less explicitly stated to be this.
  • A rather old and underused gentleman, Ambush Bug, started off like this, with stories in which he switched bodies with Superman and foiling Kobra's plan, which he found utterly loathsome because he was going to make people destroy their TV sets , and eventually evolving into a fourth-wall challenging Meta Guy of epic proportions.
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Both to some degree. Especially in the comics, where most of their cases are solved by luck. Sam is a little less of a Fool in the adventure games, where the game play relies on him having at least some idea of what he's doing, but Max rarely does.
  • Zayne Carrick from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is The Fool personified. Not only is his unique force power directly stated as causing "unexpected changes in fortune" (and note that he is considered incompetent by everyone who does not recognize this), but he is referred to as "The Fool" by several powerful people, nearly all of whom are trying (unsuccessfully) to kill him.
  • In his earliest incarnation, Johnny Thunder was an insanely lucky guy due to having been born at 7 AM on 7/7/17. A Saturday, the seventh day of the week, no less. (Yes, born in 1917; he goes way back.) By pure luck alone, he'd accidentally demolish enemies while his actual attempts to hit them missed completely; sometimes he didn't even figure out that he was being attacked because they'd take themselves out just outside his field of vision. Also, he was connected to a genie called the Thunderbolt who was like his guardian angel, summoned by the magic word cei-u. Of course, Johnny had no idea of this, but would often yell "say, you!" at whoever he was chasing and accidentally summon him. (How good as he at accidentally tripping up his foes? The Thunderbolt wasn't in every appearance! He could solve crimes on his own via dumb luck without any outside help.) Unfortunately, his phenomenal luck wasn't enough to prevent his Aloof Ally, a lovely blonde by the name of Black Canary, from taking over his spot as the backup story in The Flash's comic.
    • He still exists, but as it is with The DCU, there's been retooling and re-re-re-tooling.
  • Larry Lynx from Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, who suffers from multiple streaks of bad luck to the point he tries to utilize them to his team's adventage.
  • Spider-Man has a small-time ally in the Fabulous Frog Man, Eugene Patilio. The son of the retired Daredevil villain Leap-Frog, Eugene took his retied father's suit and technology in a bid to help improve his dad's reputation, but he doesn't have the best control over where he bounces. Nevertheless, he has a tendency to chaotically rebound in exactly the right way to defeat his opponents. During the Spider-Island saga, he even got to team up with some of the big leaguers, including Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye.