I feel like this must be a character archetype or mythological figure, but can't find any references to it. In my mind, it's something like Cassandra knowing the future but not being believed; this figure or myth would be a character who has basically a charmed life, but everyone they become close to has terrible luck and suffers greatly.

  • Hurley from "Lost"? Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 14:41
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    As currently written, this question probably falls into an off-topic open-ended list. I can see two ways to make it on-topic: either ask for the first such character (using the tag [history-of-literature]) or ask for the name of the trope/character archetype (using [terminology])
    – bobble
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 14:48
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    Thank you! I was thinking about that it as an archetype or canonical myth that surely exists? I'll change the tagging. Regarding Hurley, I don't know the full story of Lost, but from what i know bad things started happening after he won the lottery using the "cursed" numbers. I think of that more as a Midas story. Maybe I'm being too picky :)
    – Kyle Bahr
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 15:51
  • TV Tropes has a bunch of versions of this; start at Walking Disaster Area and follow the links. Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 16:34
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    Sounds a little like Chapter One of the Biblical book of Job.
    – Alex
    Commented Jan 19, 2022 at 3:11


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