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13th Jul '17 6:12:43 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Aladdin [[BatmanGambit tricks Jafar into wishing to become a genie]]. Serious overkill, since at this point Jafar had already successfully wished himself to become the most powerful EvilSorcerer on Earth. Aladdin wisely played into Jafar's pride by pointing out that he was still only "second best", since someone could still theoretically command the Genie to wish Jafar's powers away. Jafar only realizes the downside when it's too late.

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* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Aladdin [[BatmanGambit tricks Jafar into wishing to become a genie]]. Serious overkill, overkill on Jafar's part, since at this point Jafar he had already successfully wished himself to become the most powerful EvilSorcerer on Earth. Aladdin wisely played into Jafar's pride by pointing out that he was still only "second best", since someone could still theoretically command the Genie to wish Jafar's powers away. Jafar only realizes the downside when it's too late.
11th Jul '17 7:58:10 AM nighttrainfm
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-->'''Aladdin:''' [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor You want to be a genie? You got it...]] [[RestrainingBolt and everything that goes with it.]] [[CallBack PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS... Itty-bitty living space!]]

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-->'''Aladdin:''' [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor You want wanted to be a genie? You got it...]] [[RestrainingBolt and everything that goes with it.]] [[CallBack PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS... Itty-bitty living space!]]
8th May '17 1:10:38 PM Golondrina
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* ''IDreamOfAJeanieBottle'' uses this trope as the basic premise - two friends find an empty genie bottle, and when one of them--ironically named Jean--opens it, he becomes the bottle's new (female) genie. Jean is initially very resistant to the requirements of geniedom (since he is now more or less Neil's slave girl), which tends to get him in trouble with higher-ranking genies that enforce the rules. However, since he was an unrepentant ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' fanboy who wanted a slavish genie of his own it's all played for HypocriticalHumor

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* ''IDreamOfAJeanieBottle'' ''Webcomic/IDreamOfAJeanieBottle'' uses this trope as the basic premise - two friends find an empty genie bottle, and when one of them--ironically named Jean--opens it, he becomes the bottle's new (female) genie. Jean is initially very resistant to the requirements of geniedom (since he is now more or less Neil's slave girl), which tends to get him in trouble with higher-ranking genies that enforce the rules. However, since he was an unrepentant ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' fanboy who wanted a slavish genie of his own it's all played for HypocriticalHumor
15th Apr '17 7:26:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Aladdin [[BatmanGambit tricks Jafar into wishing to become a genie]]. Jafar only realizes the downside when it's too late.

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* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Aladdin [[BatmanGambit tricks Jafar into wishing to become a genie]]. Serious overkill, since at this point Jafar had already successfully wished himself to become the most powerful EvilSorcerer on Earth. Aladdin wisely played into Jafar's pride by pointing out that he was still only "second best", since someone could still theoretically command the Genie to wish Jafar's powers away. Jafar only realizes the downside when it's too late.
26th Jul '16 8:26:30 AM JoeMerl
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* ''The Art of Wishing'' by Lindsay Ribar is a ParanormalRomance story about a girl named Margo and her genie, Oliver. [[OurGeniesAreDifferent In this world]], you get free three wishes from a genie, but a fourth will turn you into a genie yourself. Margo is forced to do this at the end to save Oliver's life. The sequel, ''The Fourth Wish,'' depicts her trying to get used to her situation.
24th Jul '16 6:20:15 AM TheNerfGuy
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** It should be noted that this wish ''did not free the original Genie'', it made Jafar into a new genie with his own separate lamp. FreeingTheGenie still required the use of Aladdin's last wish, [[IGaveMyWord as he promised]].
** This saves the day for the time being, but ends up biting the heroes when Jafar returns in ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''. Now their enemy is not merely a dark sorcerer, but an immortal genie with all the powers in the world to plot his revenge. And if it weren't for [[spoiler:Iago's HeelFaceTurn]], Jafar very likely would've won.
** The ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' episode "Power to the Parrot" had Genie give Iago his power for a day. By that point, though, he was already free, so Iago wasn't burdened by the lamp.


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* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' episode "Power to the Parrot": This is subverted. Genie gave Iago his power for a day. However, by that point, he was already free, so Iago wasn't burdened by the lamp.
6th Apr '16 8:42:34 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* One hour-long episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' has a nebbish offered [[OurGeniesAreDifferent just one wish]] and [[ImagineSpot imagining what he would get]] if he asked for money, fame, or power. Realizing any of these would be a catastrophic failure for him, he eventually decides that he would rather be a genie himself: he doesn't like his old life, and he enjoys being nice to people. [[spoiler: He also gets to wear some sweet Middle Eastern clothes, speak in a cool authoritarian voice, and hang out with his dog. Since it's his wish, he decides he wants to be an old-school genie.]]
** [[spoiler: The dog also gets a turban.]]

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* One hour-long episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' has a nebbish offered [[OurGeniesAreDifferent just one wish]] and [[ImagineSpot imagining what he would get]] if he asked for money, fame, or power. Realizing any of these would be a catastrophic failure for him, he eventually decides that he would rather be a genie himself: he doesn't like his old life, and he enjoys being nice to people. [[spoiler: He also gets to wear some sweet Middle Eastern clothes, speak in a cool authoritarian voice, and hang out with his dog. Since it's his wish, he decides he wants to be an old-school genie.]]
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The dog also gets a turban.]]



** Of course, this effect can be weaponized...



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' featured a magical jewel-eyed skull that was bound to grant a wish to whoever found it. At the end of the episode, Grim found it and wished that both of them could be free of their curses, which the skull did by ''swapping'' their curses--Grim is now a wish-granting skull, and the jewel-eyed skull is now the Grim Reaper.
** [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Who has to live with Billy and Mandy.]]

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' featured a magical jewel-eyed skull that was bound to grant a wish to whoever found it. At the end of the episode, Grim found it and wished that both of them could be free of their curses, which the skull did by ''swapping'' their curses--Grim is now a wish-granting skull, and the jewel-eyed skull is now the Grim Reaper.
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Reaper. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Who has to live with Billy and Mandy.]]
16th Mar '16 1:39:35 PM phantomreader42
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** It should be noted that this wish ''did not free the original Genie'', it made Jafar into a new genie with his own separate lamp. FreeingTheGenie still required the use of Aladdin's last wish, [[IGaveMyWord as he promised]].
24th Dec '15 9:22:35 PM WebCrawlingStickler
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* Twilight, as an alicorn, doesn't suffer very much of the genie curse when she deliberately does this to herself in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/236453/1/a-wish-for-the-ages/ A Wish for the Ages]] [[spoiler: to stop Rarity from having to continue a millennia-long time loop caused by the unavoidable distortion in every genie wish]].
20th Nov '15 4:26:16 PM ngh93
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** This saves the day for the time being, but ends up biting the heroes when Jafar returns in ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''. Now their enemy is not merely a dark sorcerer, but an immortal genie with all the powers in the world to plot his revenge.

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** This saves the day for the time being, but ends up biting the heroes when Jafar returns in ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''. Now their enemy is not merely a dark sorcerer, but an immortal genie with all the powers in the world to plot his revenge. And if it weren't for [[spoiler:Iago's HeelFaceTurn]], Jafar very likely would've won.
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