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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.
24th Aug '15 11:47:41 AM ZimFan89
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In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/46620/II II]], [[spoiler: Eden Aspect's last act is to pretty much do this to Twilight.]]

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* In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/46620/II II]], [[spoiler: Eden Aspect's last act is to pretty much do this to Twilight.]]
24th Aug '15 11:47:29 AM ZimFan89
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* The ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' oneshot ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9759619/1/ Gaz Dreams of Genie]]'' has this happen to [[AssholeVictim Gaz]] in the end [[spoiler: with her wish for the ability to grant wishes herself resulting in her and the genie Azie switching lives.]]
2nd Jun '15 10:12:45 AM nombretomado
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* This is the curse of the Lamp of Lakash in JackChalker's "[[Literature/RiverOfDancingGods Dancing Gods]]" series. People assume they can get three wishes, but in fact the lamp only grants two, and only the first is free; the second will replace the current genie with the wisher automatically (although the wish must still be fulfilled).

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* This is the curse of the Lamp of Lakash in JackChalker's Creator/JackChalker's "[[Literature/RiverOfDancingGods Dancing Gods]]" series. People assume they can get three wishes, but in fact the lamp only grants two, and only the first is free; the second will replace the current genie with the wisher automatically (although the wish must still be fulfilled).
24th May '15 10:10:52 PM nombretomado
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* In ''IDreamOfJeannie'', Jeannie's original orgin was that she was once a human until she was transformed by an evil djin who she refused to marry. This was given a RetCon after the first season to her being born a genie.

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* In ''IDreamOfJeannie'', ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', Jeannie's original orgin was that she was once a human until she was transformed by an evil djin who she refused to marry. This was given a RetCon after the first season to her being born a genie.



* ''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 ''IDreamOfJeannie'' fanboy who wanted a slavish genie of his own it's all played for HypocriticalHumor

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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 ''IDreamOfJeannie'' ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' fanboy who wanted a slavish genie of his own it's all played for HypocriticalHumor
5th Mar '15 10:35:34 AM poi99
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Note that as far as genie tropes go, this is one of the furthest from the original Middle Eastern stories. Original djinn were just ultra-powerful mystical entities, even when imprisoned, and the idea that someone could turn into a djinn made about as much sense as someone turning into a leprechaun. The trope only works because the genie is treated as inherently captive and incapable of acting on its own initiative.
31st Jan '15 7:23:16 PM naal2
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In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/46620/II II]], [[spoiler: Eden Aspect's last act is to pretty much do this to Twilight.]]
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