"Bad Luck Charm" is a song featured in RWBY Volume 4. It is incorporated in the RWBY: Volume 4 Soundtrack.[1][2]

The song plays in "Punished", when Qrow Branwen fights against Tyrian Callows. The song title alludes to Qrow's Semblance, Misfortune.


Is your reward for being near me.

Won't be your friend when I'm around.

Me for the tragedies that follow.

The situations that surround.

I'm a harbinger,
I cannot lie,
I will change the color of your life.

I don't mean to bring you pain,
But I will, just why, I can't explain.

I am no one's blessing,
I'll just bring you harm.

I'm a cursed black cat,
I'm an albatross,
I'm a mirror broken,

Sad to say,
I'm your bad luck charm.

I hang my head in constant sorrow

On every day you need the light

To see some fortune in tomorrow

Is what I am to every life

You should trust one thing
Take my advice
If you linger close
It's a hefty price
You and I are not the same
You don't want the burden of my name

I am no one's blessing
I'll just bring you harm
I'm a cursed black cat
I'm an albatross
I'm a mirror broken
Sad to say I'm your bad luck charm

A guaranteed catastrophe
A tear that's bound to fall
A sure train wreck
And you'll soon regret
The day I came to call

I'm a cursed black cat
I'm an albatross
I'm a mirror broken
Sad to say, I'm your bad luck charm


  • The song references multiple symbols believed to bring bad luck:
    • Black cats are a associated with witches and misfortune.
    • Killing an albatross is a sign of bad luck for sailors.
    • Breaking a mirror is believed to bring seven years of bad luck.
  • The song is based off of Qrow's leitmotif, which was first heard in "New Challengers...".
    • It is the most commonly reoccurring leitmotif in the show.
    • During the fight between Qrow and Winter in "It's Brawl in the Family", the commentary track describes his theme as taking inspiration from "Red Like Roses", but distorted and changed.
    • The leitmotif has also been used multiple times in RWBY Chibi.
      • First in the episode "Coming Home to Roost", when an upbeat instrumental version of the song was used as a soundtrack for the short of the same name.
      • Again in "Cool Dad", when three different instrumental versions of the song were used during the "Cool Uncle" and "Cool Dad" shorts including the credits for the episode.
      • And again in the episode "Mortal Frenemies", when another instrumental version of it is used during the short of the same name.
      • Another upbeat version is also used in the episode "Tea Party" during the Leisurely Stroll of Doom skit.
      • Another instrumental version of the song is played during the two "QrowCrow" skits in the episode "JNPR Dreams".

See Also


RWBY: Volume 1 SoundtrackRWBY: Volume 2 SoundtrackRWBY: Volume 3 SoundtrackRWBY: Volume 4 SoundtrackRWBY: Volume 5 SoundtrackRWBY: Volume 6 SoundtrackRWBY: Volume 7 SoundtrackRWBY: Best Vocal Album