13 of the Unluckiest Pop Culture Characters

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when superstition meets a 1980’s film series about a madman in a hockey mask. If you’re reading this, you survived Friday the 13th yesterday — but for the uber paranoid, the lingering effects of the spooky occasion will hang over us like a black cloud all weekend. We’re celebrating the unluckiest time of the year with 13 of pop culture’s jinxed, ill-fated characters from film and television. Some of them deserved what they got, others are plain luckless, but we love (and love to hate) them all for one reason or another.


Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad

Everyone’s favorite high school slacker turned cry face champion on Breaking Bad has hit rock bottom and then some. When Jesse (Aaron Paul) isn’t dazed, confused, and frightened for his life, he’s manipulated by the only real father figure in his life — former chemistry teacher and meth partner, Walter White (Bryan Cranston). Jesse’s real family threw him to the curb, because they disapproved of his lifestyle. He’s been beat up by a crazed drug lord (Tuco) and DEA agent Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), held against his will, and coerced into killing. He’s also suffered the loss of his former girlfriend, Jane (Krysten Ritter) and remains haunted by the deaths of several children. We’re finally seeing Jesse take aim at Walter for all the wrongs during their tumultuous relationship, but the fate of his character still hangs in the balance. Will Jesse finally luck out for the finale of Breaking Bad?