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** While their wicked efreet cousins are {{Literal Genie}}s at best, the rare noble djinn are quite genial and Good-aligned. Though their Wishes still might have limits, they generally won't try to screw the wisher over unless the wisher's done something to majorly piss them off.
** Pazuzu's an odd case of this. While he is a demon prince and his wishes are the result of a DealWithTheDevil, the wishes themselves are usually granted happily, with no attempt made to twist or mess with the wish (at least, at first). This is because Pazuzu's wishes [[TheCorruption corrupt]] the person who makes them, slowly turning them ChaoticEvil - he expects the person to call on his aid repeatedly until they're dependent on him, and [[PragmaticVillainy they won't do that if he overtly screws them over at the first hurdle.]]
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*** In ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', when Frieza's minions try to wish him back to life, Shenron warns them that Frieza will come back in the same condition he was in when he died ([[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut into several pieces, courtesy of Future Trunks]]), and makes sure they're okay with this before granting the wish (Frieza can survive in this condition for quite a while, and the minions had healing machines).

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*** In ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', when Frieza's minions try to wish him back to life, Shenron warns them that Frieza will come back in the same condition he was in when he died ([[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut into several pieces, courtesy of Future Trunks]]), and makes sure they're okay with this before granting the wish (Frieza can survive in this condition for quite a while, and the minions had have healing machines).



** Porunga, the other wish-granting dragon from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', is even nicer, despite his rather [[DarkIsNotEvil frightening and demonic appearance]]. When our heroes wished for Krillin to come back to life, he repaired Krillin's clothes as a bonus. When our heroes wished for everyone on Earth to be resurrected after Buu killed them, he went the extra mile and rebuilt all their cities and buildings free of charge. (He has been known to be a little sarcastic at times, however. When faced with someone who can't decide what to wish for, he once said, "wish for nothing three times so I can go". Most dragons would have threatened a mortal in that situation.)

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** Porunga, the other wish-granting dragon from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', is even nicer, despite his rather [[DarkIsNotEvil frightening and demonic appearance]]. When our heroes wished wish for Krillin to come back to life, he repaired Krillin's clothes as a bonus. When our heroes wished wish for everyone on Earth to be resurrected after Buu killed them, he went goes the extra mile and rebuilt rebuilds all their cities and buildings free of charge. (He He has been known to be a little sarcastic at times, however. When faced with someone who can't decide what to wish for, he once said, "wish "Wish for nothing three times so I can go". go." Most dragons would have threatened a mortal in that situation.)



* The 'Angel of the Wishes' from ''Only One Last Wish'' by Mia Ikumi varies between this and JackassGenie depending on what you ask: as she hates people asking to be given something they could get on their own, such a wish will be interpreted in the worst possible way, but if the wish is something they couldn't possibly achieve (such as raise the dead) she'll go out of her way to help them

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* The 'Angel "Angel of the Wishes' Wishes" from ''Only One Last Wish'' by Mia Ikumi varies between this and JackassGenie depending on what you ask: as she hates people asking to be given something they could get on their own, such a wish will be interpreted in the worst possible way, but if the wish is something they couldn't possibly achieve (such as raise the dead) she'll go out of her way to help them



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* The d'jinni Anhikiahl in ''PoisonElves'' acts as a (somewhat) Benevolent Genie for Lusiphur, but only because she feels guilty for attacking him after being freed. When Lusiphur tries the old "wishing for more wishes" trick she points out that she can be a JackassGenie too if he doesn't keep his wishes reasonable. (It later turns out that the wishes she ended up granting weren't that problem-free either, due to certain "mandatory bylaws".)

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* The d'jinni Anhikiahl in ''PoisonElves'' ''ComicBook/PoisonElves'' acts as a (somewhat) Benevolent Genie for Lusiphur, but only because she feels guilty for attacking him after being freed. When Lusiphur tries the old "wishing for more wishes" trick she points out that she can be a JackassGenie too if he doesn't keep his wishes reasonable. (It later turns out that the wishes she ended up granting weren't that problem-free either, due to certain "mandatory bylaws".)



* The original version of ''Aladdin'' in ''Literature/ArabianNights'' had ''two'' genies, and they both seemed to fit this trope, although they seem to be unable to disobey or harm anyone able to command them (as the lamp genie follows the evil magician loyally when he gains the lamp). The ring genie is later unable to directly help Aladdin against the magician, as he cannot undo anything his much stronger brother has done, but is still willing to give him a useful warning that helps him defeat the villain.

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* The original version of ''Aladdin'' in ''Literature/ArabianNights'' had has ''two'' genies, and they both seemed seem to fit this trope, although they seem to be unable to disobey or harm anyone able to command them (as the lamp genie follows the evil magician loyally when he gains the lamp). The ring genie is later unable to directly help Aladdin against the magician, as he cannot undo anything his much stronger brother has done, but is still willing to give him a useful warning that helps him defeat the villain.



* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''[=/=]''[[Anime/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]]''[=/=]''Anime/AhMyGoddess'' crossover ''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20051016212129/www.furinkan.net/fanfic/batman-wish.txt A Wish for Batman]]'': Batman is granted a single wish; reluctantly, he wishes for "the only thing he could" - that Gotham be safe. His wish is granted, and much more: "Even though he wished for what he thought he had to, he still got what he wanted. That's what we do."
* ''Madoka Magica'' doujinshi ''Fanfic/ThanksKyubey'' is based on this premise: What if Kyubey were honest, helpful, and empathetic, more like a traditional magical mascot than the canonical ManipulativeBastard?

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''[=/=]''[[Anime/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]]''[=/=]''Anime/AhMyGoddess'' crossover ''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20051016212129/www.furinkan.net/fanfic/batman-wish.txt A Wish for Batman]]'': Batman is granted a single wish; reluctantly, he wishes for "the only thing he could" - -- that Gotham be safe. His wish is granted, and much more: "Even though he wished for what he thought he had to, he still got what he wanted. That's what we do."
* ''Madoka Magica'' doujinshi dōjinshi ''Fanfic/ThanksKyubey'' is based on this premise: What if Kyubey were honest, helpful, and empathetic, more like a traditional magical mascot than the canonical ManipulativeBastard?



* The Genie in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is the Trope Posterboy for this, even interpreting an unconscious head bob in the best possible way (as "Genie, I wish for you to save my life"). In fact, he's nice to a fault -- when Jafar takes control of him late in the film, it doesn't even occur to him to try to use some LiteralGenie interpretations to screw Jafar out of his wishes (for example, simply teleporting Jafar to a DeathWorld when he wishes to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world, or making Jafar the "sultan" of an oasis). Fortunately, Aladdin himself thinks of a loophole and tricks Jafar into using it. The Genie doesn't even realize what Aladdin's plan is until after he already granted the wish. (Compare Eden from TheSeries under "Western Animation," who is smart enough to play this as a ZigzaggingTrope.)
** The sequel ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' shows that Genies are not required to be benevolent. And the only reason he counted that head nod as a wish is because Aladdin tricked him into a free one before. Had Aladdin not done that, it probably wouldn't have been counted as one.
** That and he really liked Aladdin and actively ''wanted'' to save his life but was limited by his own previous statements, so he took any opportunity he could get.
** Some of the limitations may be self-imposed. The Genie claims he can't bring people back from the dead, but implies that it is because they CameBackWrong rather than an actual limitation. However, it may also have been him clowning around.
*** The prohibition against killing is definitely a real limitation, though; Jafar mentions in the sequel that he is unable to kill directly, and despite all of his attempts, he fails to kill anyone, even Iago, though the latter notes, "You'd be surprised what you can live through."
** In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', he's not even obligated to help Aladdin or Jasmine at all anymore; since Aladdin used his final wish to free him, [[NonIndicativeName Genie is no longer a true genie]]. He just does so because he likes them. (And there are hints that they're better friends than any other humans he's known.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', the genie is a curious but good-natured fellow who even tells the nephews that he is "eternally grateful" when they first free him. He takes no pleasure in granting wishes that are liable to cause trouble or are otherwise harmful, but he can't resist for long before he is somehow compelled into bringing it into existence anyway. He even warns them early on to try and keep the wishes relatively subtle, as flashy displays of his magic invariably cause trouble. Not least of which is a former master of his, an immortal sorcerer who has a talisman that gives him limitless wishes and a very cruel nature. Two other wishes the genie was forced to grant him included sinking Atlantis back when it was a prime vacation spot after the sorcerer couldn't get a reservation and causing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (in his words, "Poor Pompeii! Vesuvius wouldn't have blown its top if Merlock hadn't blown his!"). The genie openly weeps when recounting these facts.

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* Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'':
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The Genie in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is the Trope Posterboy for this, even interpreting an unconscious head bob in the best possible way (as "Genie, I wish for you to save my life"). In fact, he's nice to a fault -- when Jafar takes control of him late in the film, it doesn't even occur to him to try to use some LiteralGenie interpretations to screw Jafar out of his wishes (for example, simply teleporting Jafar to a DeathWorld when he wishes to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world, or making Jafar the "sultan" of an oasis). Fortunately, Aladdin himself thinks of a loophole and tricks Jafar into using it. The Genie doesn't even realize what Aladdin's plan is until after he already granted the wish. (Compare Eden from TheSeries under "Western Animation," Animation", who is smart enough to play this as a ZigzaggingTrope.)
** The sequel ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' shows that Genies are not required to be benevolent. And the only reason he counted that head nod as a wish is because Aladdin tricked him into a free one before. Had Aladdin not done that, it probably wouldn't have been counted as one.
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one. That and he really liked Aladdin and actively ''wanted'' to save his life but was limited by his own previous statements, so he took any opportunity he could get.
** Some of the limitations may be self-imposed. The Genie claims he can't bring people back from the dead, but implies that it is because they CameBackWrong rather than an actual limitation. However, it may also have been him clowning around.
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around. The prohibition against killing is definitely a real limitation, though; Jafar mentions in the sequel that he is unable to kill directly, and despite all of his attempts, he fails to kill anyone, even Iago, though the latter notes, "You'd be surprised what you can live through."
** In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', he's not even obligated to help Aladdin or Jasmine at all anymore; since Aladdin used his final wish to free him, [[NonIndicativeName Genie is no longer a true genie]]. He just does so because he likes them. (And there are hints that they're better friends than any other humans he's known.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', the genie is a curious but good-natured fellow who even tells the nephews that he is "eternally grateful" when they first free him. He takes no pleasure in granting wishes that are liable to cause trouble or are otherwise harmful, but he can't resist for long before he is somehow compelled into bringing it into existence anyway. He even warns them early on to try and keep the wishes relatively subtle, as flashy displays of his magic invariably cause trouble. Not least of which is a former master of his, an immortal sorcerer who has a talisman that gives him limitless wishes and a very cruel nature. Two other wishes the genie was forced to grant him included sinking Atlantis back when it was a prime vacation spot after the sorcerer couldn't get a reservation reservation, and causing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (in his words, "Poor Pompeii! Vesuvius wouldn't have blown its top if Merlock hadn't blown his!"). The genie openly weeps when recounting these facts.



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* Fakrash al-Amash (Burl Ives) in 1964's ''The Brass Bottle'' is a djinn who is so grateful to architect Harold Ventimore (Tony Randall) for freeing him from his bottle, that he is continually making extravagant gifts to him -- alll of which only complicate Ventimore's life and make him miserable. [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie Barbara Eden]] is featured in this film, though not as a djinniyah.
* Josephus in ''Bernard and the Genie'' befriends the much-harrassed former art dealer Bernard and grants him ''unlimited'' wishes. Although they as expected mess things up at first (Bernard gets arrested for having the Mona Lisa on his wall, and stabbing a policeman with a sword), Josephus later reveals that he can just turn back the clock, and they set everything straight. They then decide that since it's Christmas, they should make a few Christmas miracles and spread good cheer. (This includes getting back at Bernard's cheating ex-girlfriend and ex-best friend, as well as his ex-boss, who is played by Rowan Atkinson.)
** Josephus only became one after the wish "I wish you would stop trying to kill me", however. Before that he was more 'pissed off former thief with a large scimitar who had been trapped in a bottle for thousands of years'.

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* Fakrash al-Amash (Burl Ives) in 1964's ''The Brass Bottle'' is a djinn who is so grateful to architect Harold Ventimore (Tony Randall) for freeing him from his bottle, that he is continually making extravagant gifts to him -- alll all of which only complicate Ventimore's life and make him miserable. [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie Barbara Eden]] is featured in this film, though not as a djinniyah.
* Josephus in ''Bernard and the Genie'' befriends the much-harrassed much-harassed former art dealer Bernard and grants him ''unlimited'' wishes. Although they as expected mess things up at first (Bernard gets arrested for having the Mona Lisa on his wall, and stabbing a policeman with a sword), Josephus later reveals that he can just turn back the clock, and they set everything straight. They then decide that since it's Christmas, they should make a few Christmas miracles and spread good cheer. (This includes getting back at Bernard's cheating ex-girlfriend and ex-best friend, as well as his ex-boss, who is played by Rowan Atkinson.)
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) Josephus only became one after the wish "I wish you would stop trying to kill me", however. Before that he was more 'pissed off "pissed-off former thief with a large scimitar who had been trapped in a bottle for thousands of years'.years."



-->'''Snow White''': You may ask for one wish, and I will try and grant it. But be sure to ask for the right thing.\\
'''Virginia''': Okay, I wish... I wish that Dad's bad luck was over. Oh! And that his back wasn't broken anymore.\\
'''Snow White''': Strictly speaking, that's two wishes. But it's done.

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-->'''Snow White''': White:''' You may ask for one wish, and I will try and grant it. But be sure to ask for the right thing.\\
'''Virginia''': '''Virginia:''' Okay, I wish... I wish that Dad's bad luck was over. Oh! And that his back wasn't broken anymore.\\
'''Snow White''': White:''' Strictly speaking, that's two wishes. But it's done.



* The heroic Imagin in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', who choose of their own free will to help the Kamen Riders battle their evil brethren, and do so ''without'' granting wishes[[note]]Since wish-granting opens a portal to the past, which lets evil Imagin wreak havok[[/note]]. The few times they do grant wishes, it's always for a noble purpose, like GentleGiant Kintaros [[TwistingTheWords turning Ryotaro's New Year's Resolution into a wish]] so he could pull a BigDamnHeroes moment.
** Kintaros deserves special mention because he started off contracted to a young man who wanted ToBeAMaster of karate; Kintaros decided to fulfill the wish by helping him train[[note]]The fact that Kin-chan trained his contractor in ''Sumo'' rather than karate owes more to his being [[TheDitz ditzy]] rather than malice[[/note]], which completely surprised and confused the heroes. He does eventually go back in time, but only to protect his contractor from [[JerkassGenie a more traditional Imagin]], and is mortally wounded in the process. Ryotaro recognizes Kintaros' noble nature and offers a contract in order to save his life, which results in his joining the Den-O team.
* ''Series/FraggleRock'' had two episodes in which Wembley encountered a wish-fulfilling creature; while the first one was a JackassGenie who initially refused to grant any wishes, the second one (a spider-fly that Wembley rescued and turned out to be a sort-of FairyGodmother) was a clear example of this trope, even stopping Wembley from wasting his one wish on trivialities.
* The Japanese SuperSentai series ''KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' featured a genie named Djinn who was found by a group of children, and used to grant a number of simple and childish but otherwise harmless wishes. Djinn truly seems to enjoy granting the wishes of children, however, and plays with them happily until the witch, Bandora, tries to turn the genie's formidable power to her side.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'':
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The heroic Imagin in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', Imagin, who choose of their own free will to help the Kamen Riders battle their evil brethren, and do so ''without'' granting wishes[[note]]Since wishes [[spoiler:-- since wish-granting opens a portal to the past, which lets evil Imagin wreak havok[[/note]].havok]]. The few times they do grant wishes, it's always for a noble purpose, like GentleGiant Kintaros [[TwistingTheWords turning Ryotaro's New Year's Resolution into a wish]] so he could pull a BigDamnHeroes moment.
** Kintaros deserves special mention because he started off contracted to a young man who wanted ToBeAMaster of karate; Kintaros decided to fulfill the wish by helping him train[[note]]The train (the fact that Kin-chan trained his contractor in ''Sumo'' rather than karate owes more to his being [[TheDitz ditzy]] rather than malice[[/note]], malice), which completely surprised and confused the heroes. He does eventually go back in time, but only to protect his contractor from [[JerkassGenie a more traditional Imagin]], and is mortally wounded in the process. Ryotaro recognizes Kintaros' noble nature and offers a contract in order to save his life, which results in his joining the Den-O team.
* ''Series/FraggleRock'' had two episodes in which Wembley encountered a wish-fulfilling creature; while the first one was a JackassGenie who initially refused to grant any wishes, the second one (a spider-fly that Wembley rescued and turned out to be a sort-of FairyGodmother) was a clear example of this trope, even stopping Wembley from wasting his one wish on trivialities.
* The Japanese SuperSentai Franchise/SuperSentai series ''KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' featured a genie named Djinn who was found by a group of children, and used to grant a number of simple and childish but otherwise harmless wishes. Djinn truly seems to enjoy granting the wishes of children, however, and plays with them happily until the witch, Bandora, tries to turn the genie's formidable power to her side.



* ''Series/FraggleRock'' has two episodes in which Wembley encounters a wish-fulfilling creature; while the first one is a JackassGenie who initially refuses to grant any wishes, the second one (a spider-fly that Wembley rescued and turned out to be a sort-of FairyGodmother) is a clear example of this trope, even stopping Wembley from wasting his one wish on trivialities.



* Following the movie ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (see "Film" above), Genie is very much a benevolent genie in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI''. During the first boss fight against Jafar, although the Genie is forced to serve Jafar and attack Sora's party, his attacks are generally very weak, [[ApologeticAttacker he usually says, "I'm sorry, Al," and "Get out of the way!" before attacking]], and sometimes after an attack will generate health balls for the party to pick up, increasing their health points. Later, after Aladdin [[FreeingTheGenie wishes for Genie's freedom]], Genie agrees to travel with Sora to help find Jasmine. He even comments that, although he is no longer required to grant Aladdin's wishes, he's quite happy to do him a favor.

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHeart'':
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Following the movie ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (see "Film" above), ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Genie is very much a benevolent genie in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI''. During the first boss fight against Jafar, although the Genie is forced to serve Jafar and attack Sora's party, his attacks are generally very weak, [[ApologeticAttacker he usually says, "I'm sorry, Al," and "Get out of the way!" before attacking]], and sometimes after an attack will generate health balls for the party to pick up, increasing their health points. Later, after Aladdin [[FreeingTheGenie wishes for Genie's freedom]], Genie agrees to travel with Sora to help find Jasmine. He even comments that, although he is no longer required to grant Aladdin's wishes, he's quite happy to do him a favor.



* ''Webcomic/{{Weesh}}'' is about three kids and their ''very'' benevolent genie.

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* %%* ''Webcomic/{{Weesh}}'' is about three kids and their ''very'' benevolent genie.



* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries''
** There's a female genie called [[ShoutOut Eden]], who is also benevolent. Unlike Genie however, she's wise enough to become a LiteralGenie when dealing with JerkAss Abis Mal. When the villain wishes Genie imprisoned in the bottom of the ocean, she gives him an escape hatch because Mal didn't say forever. When Mal wished to be the biggest and strongest being in the world, she included a method of relieving him of his power; and when the little girl who finds her wishes for everything to be all right, she turns Abis Mal into a bug as a "freebie". She also went out of her way to encourage the little homeless girl to come up with better wishes; when the girl wished for a sandwich, she convinced her to wish for a lifetime supply of food instead.
*** She even acknowledged that she would have to [[RulesLawyer play with the rules a bit]], and had the girl say the wish along with her.
** A different episode featured a benevolent "genie" surrounded by jackasses - it's a little fuzzy creature that grants the wish of whoever scares it as a defense mechanism. [[PetTheDog Iago befriends it]], and at episode's end, shows it a mirror while screaming. "Squirt scared himself", so its own wish is granted - to return to the homeland of its species.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries''
''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'':
** Following up from [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} the movie]], Genie is not even obligated to help Aladdin or Jasmine at all anymore. Since Aladdin used his final wish to free him, [[NonIndicativeName Genie is no longer a true genie]]. He just does so because he likes them. (And there are hints that they're better friends than any other humans he's known.)
** There's a female genie called [[ShoutOut Eden]], who is also benevolent. Unlike Genie Genie, however, she's wise enough to become a LiteralGenie when dealing with JerkAss {{Jerkass}} Abis Mal. When the villain wishes Genie imprisoned in the bottom of the ocean, she gives him an escape hatch because Mal didn't say forever. When Mal wished wishes to be the biggest and strongest being in the world, she included includes a method of relieving him of his power; and when the little girl who finds her wishes for everything to be all right, she turns Abis Mal into a bug as a "freebie". She also went goes out of her way to encourage the little homeless girl to come up with better wishes; when the girl wished wishes for a sandwich, she convinced convinces her to wish for a lifetime supply of food instead.
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instead. She even acknowledged acknowledges that she would have has to [[RulesLawyer play with the rules a bit]], bit]] for this, and had has the girl say the wish along with her.
** A different episode featured features a benevolent "genie" surrounded by jackasses - -- it's a little fuzzy creature that grants the wish of whoever scares it as a defense mechanism. [[PetTheDog Iago befriends it]], and at episode's end, shows it a mirror while screaming. "Squirt scared himself", so its own wish is granted - -- to return to the homeland of its species.



* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** In ''WesternAnimation/AliBabaBunny'', Daffy Duck briefly obtained a treasure that included the services of a genie who really wanted to help him... but Daffy, [[{{Jerkass}} being who he is]], attacks the genie as a rival for his treasure. The consequences are not good.
** Smokey, the Jim Backus-voiced genie in the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "A Lad In His Lamp," is addled but effervescent and benevolent. He gets cross when Bugs, in a pickle with a greedy sultan, interrupts him a couple of times.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** In ''WesternAnimation/AliBabaBunny'', Daffy Duck briefly obtained obtains a treasure that included includes the services of a genie who really wanted wants to help him... but Daffy, [[{{Jerkass}} being who he is]], attacks the genie as a rival for his treasure. The consequences are not good.
** Smokey, the Jim Backus-voiced genie in the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "A Lad In in His Lamp," Lamp"n is addled but effervescent and benevolent. He gets cross when Bugs, in a pickle with a greedy sultan, interrupts him a couple of times.



* An animated version of the ''The Fisherman and his Wife'' tale on the ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' show has a happier ending (and also replaces the fish with a mermaid but that's not important). The story follows the same plot, but in the end, the mermaid asks the fisherman what ''he'' wanted. When he says that all he wants is for his wife to be happy, the mermaid reverts things back to the way they were before -- except now the fisherman's wife appreciates what she already has instead of complaining about what she lacks.
* The genie in the Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Shazzan}}'' does this, promptly doing whatever the protagonists want. Except taking them home, which is ostensibly the whole plot. Mostly, he just answers wishes of "save us from this evil guy who wants your power". In the one cartoon where the bad guy succeeds, he uses a LiteralGenie interpretation of his wish to [[ChildrenAreInnocent keep from killing his]] "real" masters.
* The title characters of the Nick Jr. show ''[[WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine Shimmer & Shine]]''. The three daily wishes they grant to their human friend Leah don't always go as planned, but they mean no harm with them, and always help her out in the end.
* Dick Dastardly employs Bubu, a genie in the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' episode "The Dipsy Doodle Desert Derby." He's not very bright and tends to take Dastardly's commands too literally. ("Put me out in front of the other racers!" Dastardly commands--Bubu puts the Mean Machine in front, all right. In front of the other racers ''facing'' them.)

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* An animated version of the ''The "The Fisherman and his Wife'' Wife" tale on the ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' show has a happier ending (and also replaces the fish with a mermaid mermaid, but that's not important). The story follows the same plot, but in the end, the mermaid asks the fisherman what ''he'' wanted. When he says that all he wants is for his wife to be happy, the mermaid reverts things back to the way they were before -- except now the fisherman's wife appreciates what she already has instead of complaining about what she lacks.
* The genie in the Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Shazzan}}'' does this, promptly doing does whatever the protagonists want. Except taking them home, which is ostensibly the whole plot. Mostly, he just answers wishes of "save us from this evil guy who wants your power". In the one cartoon where the bad guy succeeds, he uses a LiteralGenie interpretation of his wish to [[ChildrenAreInnocent keep from killing his]] "real" masters.
* The title characters of the Nick Jr. show ''[[WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine Shimmer & Shine]]''. ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine''. The three daily wishes they grant to their human friend Leah don't always go as planned, but they mean no harm with them, and always help her out in the end.
* Dick Dastardly employs Bubu, a genie in the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' episode "The Dipsy Doodle Desert Derby." He's not very bright and tends to take Dastardly's commands too literally. ("Put me out in front of the other racers!" Dastardly commands--Bubu puts the Mean Machine in front, all right. In front of the other racers ''facing'' them.)
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* In the ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}''[=/=]''[[Anime/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]]''[=/=]''Anime/AhMyGoddess'' crossover ''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20051016212129/www.furinkan.net/fanfic/batman-wish.txt A Wish for Batman]]'': Batman is granted a single wish; reluctantly, he wishes for "the only thing he could" - that Gotham be safe. His wish is granted, and much more: "Even though he wished for what he thought he had to, he still got what he wanted. That's what we do."

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* In the ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}''[=/=]''[[Anime/RanmaOneHalf ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''[=/=]''[[Anime/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]]''[=/=]''Anime/AhMyGoddess'' crossover ''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20051016212129/www.furinkan.net/fanfic/batman-wish.txt A Wish for Batman]]'': Batman is granted a single wish; reluctantly, he wishes for "the only thing he could" - that Gotham be safe. His wish is granted, and much more: "Even though he wished for what he thought he had to, he still got what he wanted. That's what we do."
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* In the Italian movie ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfantagenio Superfantagenio]]'' the genie, played by Creator/BudSpencer, not only instructs his master on how to get the best of his wishes, but when temporarily BroughtDownToNormal (as his powers need to recharge at night) he decides to protect him from a group of gangsters with his bare hands (this being a Bud Spencer character, [[CurbStompBattle he makes short work of them]]), and when a villain attempts to take his lamp and use it to TakeOverTheWorld he's willing to sink it in the Bermuda Triangle (and sentence himself to stay imprisoned there forever) rather than have his powers misused.
30th May '17 10:07:37 PM NOYB
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', the genie is a curious but good-natured fellow who even tells the nephews that he is "eternally grateful" when they first free him. He takes no pleasure in granting wishes that are liable to cause trouble or are otherwise harmful, but he can't resist for long before he is somehow compelled into bringing it into existence anyway. He even warns them early on to try and keep the wishes relatively subtle, as flashy displays of his magic invariably cause trouble. Not least of which is a former master of his, an immortal sorcerer who has a talisman that gives him limitless wishes and a very cruel nature. Two other wishes the genie was forced to grant him included sinking Atlantis back when it was a prime vacation spot after the sorcerer couldn't get a reservation and causing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (in his words, "Poor Pompeii! Vesuvius wouldn't have blown its top if Merlock hadn't!"). The genie openly weeps when recounting these facts.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', the genie is a curious but good-natured fellow who even tells the nephews that he is "eternally grateful" when they first free him. He takes no pleasure in granting wishes that are liable to cause trouble or are otherwise harmful, but he can't resist for long before he is somehow compelled into bringing it into existence anyway. He even warns them early on to try and keep the wishes relatively subtle, as flashy displays of his magic invariably cause trouble. Not least of which is a former master of his, an immortal sorcerer who has a talisman that gives him limitless wishes and a very cruel nature. Two other wishes the genie was forced to grant him included sinking Atlantis back when it was a prime vacation spot after the sorcerer couldn't get a reservation and causing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (in his words, "Poor Pompeii! Vesuvius wouldn't have blown its top if Merlock hadn't!").hadn't blown his!"). The genie openly weeps when recounting these facts.
30th May '17 10:05:50 PM NOYB
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** The sequel ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' shows that Genies are not required to be benevolent. And the only reason he counted that head nod as a wish is because Aladdin tricked him into a free one before. Has Aladdin not done that, it probably wouldn't have been counted as one.

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** The sequel ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' shows that Genies are not required to be benevolent. And the only reason he counted that head nod as a wish is because Aladdin tricked him into a free one before. Has Had Aladdin not done that, it probably wouldn't have been counted as one.
30th May '17 10:01:35 PM NOYB
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* ''Literature/TheMasterKey'': The Demon of Electricity, who gives Rob stupendous inventions which could solve all human problems with no catch, and does what he asks, even including [[spoiler:pressing the ResetButton]].

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* ''Literature/TheMasterKey'': The Demon of Electricity, who gives Rob stupendous inventions which that could solve all human problems with no catch, and does what he asks, even including [[spoiler:pressing the ResetButton]].
30th May '17 9:54:10 PM NOYB
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* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''--[[BigBad Demona]], a villain, summons [[GreatGazoo Puck]] of the [[TheFairFolk Third Race]] and tries to use him to KillAllHumans (or at least, as many as his great-but-limited power can). The thing is, Puck likes humans, so by acting like a JerkassGenie and LiteralGenie to Demona throughout the episode he's actually keeping humanity safe.

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* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''--[[BigBad Demona]], a villain, summons [[GreatGazoo Puck]] of the [[TheFairFolk Third Race]] and tries to use him to KillAllHumans (or at least, as many as his great-but-limited power can). The thing is, Puck likes humans, so by acting like a JerkassGenie and LiteralGenie to Demona throughout the episode (getting rid of the humans in Manhattan by turning them into gargoyles) he's actually keeping humanity safe.
30th May '17 9:53:31 PM NOYB
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* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''--[[BigBad Demona]], a villain, summons [[GreatGazoo Puck]] of the [[TheFairFolk Third Race]] and tries to use him to KillAllHumans (or at least, as many as his great-but-limited power can). The thing is, Puck likes humans, so by acting like a JerkassGenie he's actually keeping humanity safe.

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* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''--[[BigBad Demona]], a villain, summons [[GreatGazoo Puck]] of the [[TheFairFolk Third Race]] and tries to use him to KillAllHumans (or at least, as many as his great-but-limited power can). The thing is, Puck likes humans, so by acting like a JerkassGenie and LiteralGenie to Demona throughout the episode he's actually keeping humanity safe.
30th May '17 9:51:34 PM NOYB
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** There's a female genie called [[ShoutOut Eden]], who is also benevolent. Unlike Genie however, she's wise enough to become a LiteralGenie when dealing with JerkAss Abis Mal. When the villain wishes Genie imprisoned in the bottom of the ocean, she gives him an escape hatch because Mal didn't say forever. When Mal wished to be the biggest and strongest being in the world, she including a method of relieving him of his power; and when the little girl who finds her wishes for everything to be all right, she turns Abis Mal into a bug as a "freebie". She also went out of her way to encourage the little homeless girl to come up with better wishes; when the girl wished for a sandwich, she convinced her to wish for a lifetime supply of food instead.

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** There's a female genie called [[ShoutOut Eden]], who is also benevolent. Unlike Genie however, she's wise enough to become a LiteralGenie when dealing with JerkAss Abis Mal. When the villain wishes Genie imprisoned in the bottom of the ocean, she gives him an escape hatch because Mal didn't say forever. When Mal wished to be the biggest and strongest being in the world, she including included a method of relieving him of his power; and when the little girl who finds her wishes for everything to be all right, she turns Abis Mal into a bug as a "freebie". She also went out of her way to encourage the little homeless girl to come up with better wishes; when the girl wished for a sandwich, she convinced her to wish for a lifetime supply of food instead.
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