Much like real life, it seems that good luck follows certain characters. The same could be said for bad luck, and throughout cinema history there have been many desperately unlucky characters. The writers must have taken some pleasure in putting these individuals in all kinds of unfortunate circumstances, and often you don’t know whether to laugh or cry when these characters once again do not have lady luck on their side. The concept of luck is fascinating, but for these characters, their fate lies in the hands of a writer that appears to have it in for them. Warning: this article does contain spoilers.
10. Ed Rooney – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Much like a pantomime villain, the audience can take great enjoyment in laughing at Ed Rooney’s misfortune. The Principal from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is desperate to catch school-skipping Ferris and Co., but his quest to catch them sees him encounter all kinds of unfortunate incidents. After narrowly missing Ferris, Rooney attempts to break into Ferris’s home to prove his truancy, but he is attacked by the family dog and becomes badly muddied. He is then kicked in the face and consequently knocked out by Ferris’ sister, Jeannie, before his car is towed. A muddied and bloody Rooney then thinks he has caught Ferris when he sees him at the back door, only for Jeannie to cover for Ferris and blackmail Rooney, whose wallet fell on the kitchen floor (proving his intrusion). He is then attacked by the dog again, before hitching a ride on the school bus.