This weekend’s return of a certain cartoon about a time-lost samurai reminded me of the absolutely terrible luck that character has experienced in his life.  Of course, Jack isn’t the only fictional hero to have terrible luck: Lightning Lad’s bad luck is so noteworthy that alien sages study his life as an example of just how bad it can get.  Then again, after having your arm bitten off by the Super Moby Dick Of Space, one could expect that you’ll be the subject of some sort of attention, which leads us to today’s unfortunate query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also like to point out just how horrific Han Solo’s fortunes are throughout his four-movies-worth-of-life, asking: What fictional character has the worst bad luck of them all?

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Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. March 13, 2017 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    Umberto D.

  2. March 13, 2017 at 1:23 pm — Reply

    Bad Luck Bootsy. Points to anyone who knows what I’m talking about without looking it up.

  3. March 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm — Reply

    You aren’t too far off with the Han Solo point, as Solo’s life has been pretty full of bad luck in both the movies and the old “Legends” stories where all but one of his three kids died (including one who fell to the dark side similar to Ben/Kylo) and even Chewie heroically sacrificed himself to save one that only went on to die shortly afterwards.

    But I gotta hand it to Hawkman, not just because of his various retcons (and an attempt to merge most of them that made him come off somewhat schizophrenic when looked at from a certain angle), but because of the writers who keep trying to retcon his history into something else and causing all this trouble in the first place. I quite enjoy the Hawkman character when written well, but he’s got some crappy luck when it comes to finding those who can write him and his family of associated characters well.

  4. March 14, 2017 at 7:29 pm — Reply

    Star Boy -Thom Kallor
    He gets powers and looses them.
    Expelled for killing someone in selfe defense and joins the subs.
    Wore ugly armor as Sir Prize
    Relationship problems with Nura
    Baseball Coach Jobe? WTF?
    Archie Legion:
    Second Fiddle to Kid Quantum… REALLY?
    Original again:
    Risks everything to travel to the past and become a nut job.

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