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14th Feb '16 7:19:37 AM EDP
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4926498/1/A-Jealous-Wish A Jealous Wish]]'' [[Manga/{{Dragonball}} Goku]], after seeing Oopa's joy at having his father back, wishes to Shenron to have his own father back. An AffablyEvil Saiyan who could destroy all life on Earth in a matter of hours if given reason (assuming he doesn't just [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the planet]]) and [[FishOutOfWater has no idea of what's going on beyond the fact the son that in his visions would defeat Frieza has wished him back to life and isn't anywhere near strong enough to take on the monster that will come to try and murder him]].
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4926498/1/A-Jealous-Wish A Jealous Wish]]'' [[Manga/{{Dragonball}} Goku]], after seeing Oopa's joy at having his father back, wishes to Shenron to have his own father back. An AffablyEvil Saiyan who could destroy all life on Earth in a matter of hours if given reason (assuming he doesn't just [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the planet]]) and [[FishOutOfWater has no idea of what's going on beyond the fact the son that in his visions would defeat Frieza has wished him back to life and isn't anywhere near strong enough to take on the monster that will come to try and murder him]]. Surprisingly, [[PoorCommunicationKills the only victim so far is a doctor whose mutterings gave Bardock the impression he was too incompetent to be allowed to live]].
5th Feb '16 7:18:30 AM LordGro
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Example Indentation, adds nothing of importance. Most fairy tales exist in different variants. The thing about the husband's penis is incomprehensible.
** There are variations from various countries on this tale. In some versions the "sausage" is black pudding and, in a similar Arabic tale, it's actually [[FreudianSlip the man's penis]][[note]]noting the ValuesDissonance given that eating both (pork) sausage and blood (which black pudding is made from) would be considered ''haram'' in Islam, and possible [[{{Bowdlerise}} censorship in European retellings]][[/note]]. The moral also varies; in some cases it just proves that bickering and nagging is pointless, in others the couple learn from their mistake, proving that hard work and virtuousness is the true way to prosperity.
5th Feb '16 7:13:13 AM LordGro
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We have a page for that fairy tale.
* There is a fairy tale about a poor couple that rescues an elf and is granted three wishes in return. The wife, being hungry, wishes she had a nice, tasty sausage. Her husband scolds her for wasting a wish on such a mundane thing and blurts out in anger: "I wish that stupid sausage was stuck on your nose!" which is exactly what happens next. In the end, they have to use the third wish to get the sausage off the poor woman's face and have thus wasted all three of them.[[note]]They do get the sausage in the end, and it's damn good, so there's that at least[[/note]]
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* There is a fairy tale about In "Literature/TheLudicrousWishes", a poor couple that rescues an elf and is granted three wishes in return. The wife, being hungry, wishes she had a nice, tasty sausage. Her husband scolds her for wasting a wish on such a mundane thing and blurts out in anger: "I wish that stupid sausage was stuck on your nose!" which is exactly what happens next. In the end, they have to use the third wish to get the sausage off the poor woman's face and have thus wasted all three of them.[[note]]They do get the sausage in the end, and it's damn good, so there's that at least[[/note]]
5th Feb '16 5:50:50 AM Gess
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* There is a fairy tale about a poor couple that rescues an elf and is granted three wishes in return. The wife, being hungry, wishes she had a nice, tasty sausage. Her husband scolds her for wasting a wish on such a mundane thing and blurts out in anger: "I wish that stupid sausage was stuck on your nose!" which is exactly what happens next. In the end, they have to use the third wish to get the sausage off the poor woman's face and have thus wasted all three of them.
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* There is a fairy tale about a poor couple that rescues an elf and is granted three wishes in return. The wife, being hungry, wishes she had a nice, tasty sausage. Her husband scolds her for wasting a wish on such a mundane thing and blurts out in anger: "I wish that stupid sausage was stuck on your nose!" which is exactly what happens next. In the end, they have to use the third wish to get the sausage off the poor woman's face and have thus wasted all three of them.[[note]]They do get the sausage in the end, and it's damn good, so there's that at least[[/note]]
4th Feb '16 1:33:01 PM bookwormgal
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* In the story ''FanFic/{{Cinderjuice}}'', in order to go with Lydia to her prom, WesternAnimation{{Beetlejuice}} allows himself to be turned into an age-appropriate powerless mortal. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, turning back is the real problem...]]
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* In the story ''FanFic/{{Cinderjuice}}'', in order to go with Lydia to her prom, WesternAnimation{{Beetlejuice}} WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} allows himself to be turned into an age-appropriate powerless mortal. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, turning back is the real problem...]]
4th Feb '16 1:32:20 PM bookwormgal
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* In the story ''FanFic/{{Cinderjuice}}'', in order to go with Lydia to her prom, WesternAnimation{{Beetlejuice}} allows himself to be turned into an age-appropriate powerless mortal. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, turning back is the real problem...]]
1st Feb '16 9:54:29 AM Lopiny
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* ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'': The Duchess and the Manager of the Royal Bethlehem both sold their cities to the Masters of the Bazaar in exchange for saving the lives of their lovers. Their lovers did indeed live forever...at the price of a FateWorseThanDeath for both. The Duchess's husband became the barely-human, [[PoisonousPerson lethally poisonous Cantigaster]] and the Manager's lover became a [[GeniusLoci sentient city]] with a heart splintered into a hundred fragments among the city's buildings and inhabitants.
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* ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'': The Duchess and the Manager of the Royal Bethlehem both sold their cities to the Masters of the Bazaar in exchange for saving the lives of their lovers. Their lovers did indeed live forever...at the price of a FateWorseThanDeath for both. The Duchess's husband became the barely-human, [[PoisonousPerson lethally poisonous Cantigaster]] and the Manager's lover became a [[GeniusLoci sentient city]] with a heart splintered into a hundred fragments among the city's buildings and inhabitants. It bears mentioning this is less that the Masters are evil, and more that they were rather incompetent at it back then; the Traitor Empress made the same deal much later on and seemed to have gotten better off.
23rd Jan '16 3:55:46 PM ChaoticNovelist
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This is an elementary form of {{deconstruction}} -- The character wants X, and then s/he finds out that [[RealityEnsues X has unforeseen consequences]] or [[WantingIsBetterThanHaving is less satisfying than expected]]. Nine times of ten this is an outright {{Aesop}}, though strictly speaking it doesn't have to be. A crucial element of playing that angle well is making the "deal breaker" a meaningful, inherent flaw to the original wish rather than something tacked on or that could have easily turned out differently if the character had more common sense. Otherwise, a BrokenAesop is almost guaranteed.
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This is an elementary form of {{deconstruction}} -- The character wants X, and then s/he finds out that [[RealityEnsues X has unforeseen consequences]] or [[WantingIsBetterThanHaving is less satisfying than expected]]. Nine times of ten this is an outright {{Aesop}}, though strictly speaking it doesn't have to be. A crucial element of playing that angle well is making the "deal breaker" a meaningful, inherent flaw to the original wish rather than something tacked on or that could have easily turned out differently if the character had more common sense. Otherwise, a BrokenAesop is almost guaranteed.
14th Jan '16 7:47:40 AM VVK
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* In [[https://thoughtsonx.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/three-wishes-for-free-will-story/ "Three wishes for free will"]] -- a story [[ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability posted on some blog]] -- a man is worried that there is no free will and tries to wish from a genie to have it. However, the genie requires him to explain what he ''means'' by free will, and since he doesn't really understand what follows from different explanations he can think of, the results are rather weird. For example, on the second wish, he ends up deciding to do all sorts of crazy things for no reason because he asked to be able to do decisions that "aren't determined".
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* In [[https://thoughtsonx.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/three-wishes-for-free-will-story/ "Three wishes for free will"]] -- a story [[ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability posted on some blog]] -- a man is worried that there is no free will and tries to wish from a genie to have it. However, the genie requires him to explain what he ''means'' by free will, and since he doesn't really understand what follows from different explanations he can think of, the results are rather weird. For example, on the second wish, he ends up deciding to do all sorts of crazy things for no reason because he asked to be able to do make decisions that "aren't determined".
14th Jan '16 7:46:43 AM VVK
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* In [[https://thoughtsonx.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/three-wishes-for-free-will-story/ "Three wishes for free will"]] -- a story [[ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability posted on some blog]] -- a man is worried that there is no free will and tries to wish from a genie to have it. However, the genie requires him to explain what he ''means'' by free will, and since he doesn't really understand what follows from different explanations he can think of, the results are rather weird.
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* In [[https://thoughtsonx.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/three-wishes-for-free-will-story/ "Three wishes for free will"]] -- a story [[ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability posted on some blog]] -- a man is worried that there is no free will and tries to wish from a genie to have it. However, the genie requires him to explain what he ''means'' by free will, and since he doesn't really understand what follows from different explanations he can think of, the results are rather weird. For example, on the second wish, he ends up deciding to do all sorts of crazy things for no reason because he asked to be able to do decisions that "aren't determined".
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