While some anime heroes win battles thanks to their adept skills and strategy, others win thanks to sheer, dumb luck. Anime characters who got lucky pop up in all genres, and some are a lot luckier than others. Whether the hero is participating in a low-risk card game, or fighting for their life against a deranged killer, sometimes they just don't have what it takes to get the job done without a little good fortune.
When done right, these lucky breaks can provide an unexpected, organic new direction for the plot. When done wrong, it can feel like the show's writers are letting the characters off too easy. While it's hard to see a fan-favorite character get taken down by their adversary, the hero still needs to struggle a little bit to ramp up the tension. For better or worse, luck can certainly help decide an outcome when nothing else can.