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* Creator/Channel4 had a SitCom in the late 80s/early 90s called ''Chance in a Million'' in which Tom Chance had an equally improbable life. Perhaps it's something [[MeaningfulName about the name]]

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* Creator/Channel4 had a SitCom Sitcom in the late 80s/early 90s called ''Chance in a Million'' ''Series/ChanceInAMillion'' in which Tom Chance had an equally improbable life. Perhaps it's something [[MeaningfulName about the name]]


* Creator/Channel4 had a SitCom in the late 80s/early 90s called ''Chance in a Lifetime'' in which Tom Chance had an equally improbable life. Perhaps it's something [[MeaningfulName about the name]]

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* Creator/Channel4 had a SitCom in the late 80s/early 90s called ''Chance in a Lifetime'' Million'' in which Tom Chance had an equally improbable life. Perhaps it's something [[MeaningfulName about the name]]


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* ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'': Anything can happen at Whitbury Newtown. ''Anything''! From a gas leak, to an ostrich getting loose to a Roman Legion destroying the centre. Fittingly, it was created by the same writers as that of Chance in a Million, mentioned further up the page.

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* The protagonist's family in ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' appears to be this, but it's actually [[SubvertedTrope because they're under a curse]].


* Bink in the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series starts off as this, but then he finds out that this is actually a magical effect.

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* Bink Bink's Talent in the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series starts off as this, but then he finds out that manifests it's self this is actually a way. His Talent protects him from any form of magical effect.harm and has an extremely broad definition of what this includes. In particular, if people knew about his Talent, they would attack him through mundane means which means his Talent (which is magical) would be causing him harm. As a result the Talent protects him via coincidences that prevent magic from harming him will still keeping the Talent secret.


** In the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Wraith Squadron]] arc, the Wraiths have not one but ''two'' members who are the only example of their species in the New Republic military[[note]] Runt, a midget member of a species usually too tall to fit in a standard X-Wing cockpit, and [[PigMan Piggy]], a Gamorrean with genius-level intelligence (by ''human'' standards, to say nothing of [[DumbMuscle Gamorrean]] standards) thanks to being the product of [[PlayingWithSyringes biomedical research]][[/note]] and have to pretend to have a third[[note]] an Ewok whose (fictitious) backstory is the same as Piggy's, except with added prosthetic limb extensions to let him reach the controls[[/note]] later on. Other squadron members include TheMole[[note]] who does a HeelFaceTurn by BecomingTheMask until her cover is blown -- since she has no way to prove that she's honestly defected, this forces her to flee, at which point she becomes a vigilante ReverseMole[[/note]] and the SoleSurvivor of a squadron that TheMole helped destroyed (who, not knowing her true identity, falls in love with her).

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** In the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Wraith Squadron]] arc, the Wraiths have not one but ''two'' members who are the only example of their species in the New Republic military[[note]] Runt, a midget member of a species usually too tall to fit in a standard X-Wing cockpit, and [[PigMan Piggy]], a Gamorrean with genius-level intelligence (by ''human'' standards, to say nothing of [[DumbMuscle Gamorrean]] standards) thanks to being the product of [[PlayingWithSyringes biomedical research]][[/note]] and have to pretend to have a third[[note]] an Ewok whose (fictitious) backstory is the same as Piggy's, except with added prosthetic limb extensions to let him reach the controls[[/note]] later on. Other squadron members include TheMole[[note]] who does a HeelFaceTurn by BecomingTheMask until her cover is blown -- since she has no way to prove that she's honestly defected, this forces her to flee, at which point she becomes a vigilante ReverseMole[[/note]] TheMole[[/note]] and the SoleSurvivor of a squadron that TheMole helped destroyed (who, not knowing her true identity, falls in love with her).

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* ''Series/TheDeadZone'' sometimes uses Johnny's visions as a catalyst for chains of coincidence. Most notable is the episode "Precipitate" where six people who just happened to donate blood (that is used to make a cryoprecipitate infusion that saves Johnny's life) end up unknowingly interacting in a whole string of small ways that end in saving one of their lives.


* In ''FanFic/HopeOnADistantMountain'', ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'''s Truth Bullet system is {{Deconstructed}} when Asahina suggests that all of the random pieces of evidence Naegi was able to remember may have been deliberately set up that way. Later, Kirigiri declares that his tendency to present so many pieces of coincidental evidence is actually 'evidence' that he's a constructed being like Kamukura Izuru, who possesses a similar ability to remember seemingly useless facts. She considers that far more likely than an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent being able to compete with her in her own field.

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* In ''FanFic/HopeOnADistantMountain'', ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'''s ''Fanfic/HopeOnADistantMountain'', ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'''s Truth Bullet system is {{Deconstructed}} when Asahina suggests that all of the random pieces of evidence Naegi was able to remember may have been deliberately set up that way. Later, Kirigiri declares that his tendency to present so many pieces of coincidental evidence is actually 'evidence' that he's a constructed being like Kamukura Izuru, Kamukura, who possesses a similar ability to remember seemingly useless facts. She considers that far more likely than an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent being able to compete with her in her own field.

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* In ''FanFic/HopeOnADistantMountain'', ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'''s Truth Bullet system is {{Deconstructed}} when Asahina suggests that all of the random pieces of evidence Naegi was able to remember may have been deliberately set up that way. Later, Kirigiri declares that his tendency to present so many pieces of coincidental evidence is actually 'evidence' that he's a constructed being like Kamukura Izuru, who possesses a similar ability to remember seemingly useless facts. She considers that far more likely than an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent being able to compete with her in her own field.

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* Izuku in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13239859/10/Unlimited Unlimited]]'' has run into so many crimes on accident over the course of a year that he's the reason an AI's systems recognize bad luck as a variable in it's calculations. Though some of it is because the local police are fully aware he's a LightningBruiser on par with All-Might and deliberately let him wander into those situations rather than keep him behind the police line because it resolves said situations faster.


* Played with in a chapter in one of Creator/ErmaBombeck's books. Used to having incredibly bad luck, she is unnerved when everything goes ''right'' for a whole day: all her children are well behaved, the car has no mechanical problems, no financial disasters strike, etc. By the end of the chapter she nearly has a nervous breakdown at the supermarket on getting a shopping cart with all four wheels that go in the same direction, but breathes a sigh of relief when her teenager rams the car into the side of the house.

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* Played with in a chapter in one of Creator/ErmaBombeck's books. ''[[Literature/IfLifeIsABowlOfCherriesWhatAmIDoingInThePits If Life is a Bowl of Cherries -- What Am I Doing in the Pits?]]''. Used to having incredibly bad luck, she Erma is unnerved when everything goes ''right'' for a whole day: week: all her children are well behaved, the car has no mechanical problems, no financial disasters strike, etc. By the end of the chapter she nearly has a nervous breakdown at the supermarket on getting gets a shopping cart with all four wheels that go in the same direction, etc. By the end of the chapter she nearly has a nervous breakdown, but breathes a sigh of relief when her teenager rams the car into the side of the house. house.

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->''"Why does this keep happening to us?"''
-->-- '''Holly Gennaro-[=McClane=]''', ''Film/DieHard2''


* There was a Fox Network series called ''Series/StrangeLuck'' about a guy like this named Chance Harper. He had enhanced powers of luck, both good and bad, and kept alternately winning the lottery and getting struck by lightning (as just random examples from memory).

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* There was a The Fox Network series called ''Series/StrangeLuck'' about a guy like this named is entirely based around this. The protagonist, Chance Harper. He had Harper, has enhanced powers of luck, both good and bad, and kept alternately winning the lottery and getting struck by lightning (as just random examples from memory).lightning. "If I go to a restaurant, somebody chokes. If I walk into a bank, it gets robbed."

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** In Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer's ''Tarzan Alive'', he identifies Tarzan as possessing a force which [[WindsOfDestinyChange twists the lines of fields of probability]], attributing it to his being born on November 22, on the cusp of [[WesternZodiac Sagittarius and Scorpio]]. In later works, he calls this phenomenon the "human magnetic moment".


* In Anime/NetojuuNoSusume, the characters have an amazing number of coincidental connections, in a country of 127 million people. Yuta Sakurai becomes best friends with Moriko Morioka in an MMO. It turns out he has a friend at work who used to talk to Moriko on the phone a lot for business reasons. Yuta was very impressed by a personnel manual Moriko wrote back then. He runs into her by accident in a convenience store, where they both want the last piece of chicken. Later, they collide by a street corner where he accidentally knocks her unconscious with his elbow. His friend from work ''also'' has a chance encounter with Moriko, recognizes her voice from back then and asks her out. And ... it just so happens that Yuta and Moriko used to be best friends in ''another'' MMO, many years back. And the student behind the counter in the convenience store? He's Yuta's and Moriko's guild leader in the game.

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* In Anime/NetojuuNoSusume, ''Manga/RecoveryOfAnMMOJunkie'', the characters have an amazing number of coincidental connections, in a country of 127 million people. Yuta Sakurai becomes best friends with Moriko Morioka in an MMO. It turns out he has a friend at work who used to talk to Moriko on the phone a lot for business reasons. Yuta was very impressed by a personnel manual Moriko wrote back then. He runs into her by accident in a convenience store, where they both want the last piece of chicken. Later, they collide by a street corner where he accidentally knocks her unconscious with his elbow. His friend from work ''also'' has a chance encounter with Moriko, recognizes her voice from back then and asks her out. And ... it just so happens that Yuta and Moriko used to be best friends in ''another'' MMO, many years back. And the student behind the counter in the convenience store? He's Yuta's and Moriko's guild leader in the game.


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* Mana Inuyama of ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro'' has this as an inherent trait. When she and Kitaro meet, she ends up giving Kitaro an advantage in the fight with an enemy yokai after tripping on a stray bottle causes a {{Rube Goldberg|Device}} effect that ends up blinding it momentarily. When Miage-Nyudo traps people inside of a stadium, Mana shows up offering blueprints for the building, because not only did her father design the place, but he left his password posted next to his computer so Mana could access them in the first place.


** They also mastermind a half dozen counter-intelligence operations, ultimately leading to the defeat of the BigBad, through a combination of being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and being [[CrazyAwesome so completely insane]] that [[SpannerInTheWorks no one can predict what they'll do next]]. They uncover a planned surprise attack on their base by accidentally intercepting some enemy communications, allowing the base to be evacuated. They then fall into a trap set for anyone who managed to escape the surprise attack. Falling into the trap allows them to 1) accidentally uncover an enemy project to map secret bases, and 2) impersonate the captain and crew of an enemy ship by ambushing and capturing it when it comes to investigate the trap they fell into. And the only reason ''that'' was possible is because 1) one of the squadron's pilots happens to be a master actor, and 2) the captain recorded both the ship's logs and his personal diaries as full holographs (rather than the standard ''text'' format), allowing them to both analyze him well enough to impersonate him and rig up an overlay in their communication system, so anyone who called would see the captain's image and voice projected over the actor's movements and words. Later on, the [[PlayingWithSyringes project]] that produced Piggy turns out to have been run by one of the BigBad's shell companies, so his personal experience with them becomes instrumental in anticipating and countering their plans.

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** They also mastermind a half dozen counter-intelligence operations, ultimately leading to the defeat of the BigBad, through a combination of being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and being [[CrazyAwesome so completely insane]] insane that [[SpannerInTheWorks no one can predict what they'll do next]]. They uncover a planned surprise attack on their base by accidentally intercepting some enemy communications, allowing the base to be evacuated. They then fall into a trap set for anyone who managed to escape the surprise attack. Falling into the trap allows them to 1) accidentally uncover an enemy project to map secret bases, and 2) impersonate the captain and crew of an enemy ship by ambushing and capturing it when it comes to investigate the trap they fell into. And the only reason ''that'' was possible is because 1) one of the squadron's pilots happens to be a master actor, and 2) the captain recorded both the ship's logs and his personal diaries as full holographs (rather than the standard ''text'' format), allowing them to both analyze him well enough to impersonate him and rig up an overlay in their communication system, so anyone who called would see the captain's image and voice projected over the actor's movements and words. Later on, the [[PlayingWithSyringes project]] that produced Piggy turns out to have been run by one of the BigBad's shell companies, so his personal experience with them becomes instrumental in anticipating and countering their plans.

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