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21st Apr '16 3:58:17 PM SSJMagus
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** In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', he's not even obligated to help Aladdin or Jasmine at all anymore. He just does so because he likes them. (And there are hints that they're better friends than any other humans he's known.)

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** In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', he's not even obligated to help Aladdin or Jasmine at all anymore.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.)
19th Apr '16 3:47:18 AM EDP
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* 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
18th Apr '16 6:20:10 AM Nohbody
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This is the Benevolent Genie, the generally lesser-used character type of the three. This is because the very existence of such a genie is a DeusExMachina for most problems if the genie is so powerful they can just magic them away, becoming a SidekickExMachina. One common way of adding conflict is to make the genie so ditzy that their usefulness can end up screwing things up in a StopHelpingMe kind of way, by limiting the number of wishes that can be made, or at least giving the genie some sort of exploitable weakness.

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This is the Benevolent Genie, the generally lesser-used character type of the three. This is because the very existence of such a genie is a DeusExMachina for most problems if the genie is so powerful they can just magic them away, becoming a SidekickExMachina. One common way of adding conflict is to make the genie so ditzy that their usefulness can end up screwing things up in a StopHelpingMe kind of way, up, ultimately providing the wisher UnwantedAssistance, by limiting the number of wishes that can be made, or at least giving the genie some sort of exploitable weakness.
12th Apr '16 6:00:37 AM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'': Every [[YouMeanXMas Giftmas]], Papa Santos grants one wish to each person in the "nice" list. Kuzco wishes to become the Emperor again but he's on the top of the "naughty" list.
7th Apr '16 10:41:55 AM luiz4200
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* The title characters of the Nick Jr. show ''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.

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* The title characters of the Nick Jr. show ''Shimmer ''[[WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine Shimmer & Shine''.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.
1st Apr '16 3:27:05 AM rafi
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* An animated version of the ''The Fisherman and his Wife'' tale on the ''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.

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* An animated version of Prismo from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', while obligated [[JerkassGenie to give "monkey's paw"-like twists]] by the ''The Fisherman rules of his magic, is actually an ''absurdly'' [[NiceGuy nice]] wish-granter. He even ignored Jake's [[WastefulWishing wish for a sandwich]] to just make him one for free and his Wife'' tale on [[spoiler:essentially told Jake exactly the ''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 wish he says that all he wants is for his wife needed 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. save everyone.]]



* 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.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' once had the heroes stumble upon a 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 who granted their wishes as they intended them. It was a critique of "save us from this evil guy who wants your power". In the newly-developed patch devices; Kevin wishes for enhanced skills, and quickly realizes VictoryIsBoring. [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Mega Man]] wishes for enhanced strength, and nearly ''knocks down the palace.'' Princess Lana immediately wishes that "no one cartoon where had made any wishes", returning things to normal for the bad guy succeeds, he uses a LiteralGenie interpretation of his wish to [[ChildrenAreInnocent keep from killing his]] "real" masters.moment so they can get on with the plot.



* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' once had the heroes stumble upon a genie who granted their wishes as they intended them. It was a critique of the newly-developed patch devices; Kevin wishes for enhanced skills, and quickly realizes VictoryIsBoring. [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Mega Man]] wishes for enhanced strength, and nearly ''knocks down the palace.'' Princess Lana immediately wishes that "no one had made any wishes", returning things to normal for the moment so they can get on with the plot.
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Daffy Duck]] once 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.



* Prismo from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', while obligated [[JerkassGenie to give "monkey's paw"-like twists]] by the rules of his magic, is actually an ''absurdly'' [[NiceGuy nice]] wish-granter. He even ignored Jake's [[WastefulWishing wish for a sandwich]] to just make him one for free and [[spoiler:essentially told Jake exactly the wish he needed to save everyone.]]



* 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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* Dick Dastardly employs Bubu, ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** Daffy Duck once 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/WackyRaces'' episode "The Dipsy Doodle Desert Derby." He's not very bright WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "A Lad In His Lamp," is addled but effervescent and tends to take Dastardly's commands too literally. ("Put me out benevolent. He gets cross when Bugs, in front a pickle with a greedy sultan, interrupts him a couple of the other racers!" Dastardly commands--Bubu puts the Mean Machine in front, all right. In front of the other racers ''facing'' them.)times.


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* 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.


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* 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.)
21st Mar '16 5:34:25 PM DarkHunter
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* Shenron from ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}''. He may not be all that polite, but he grants you anything you want, no strings attached. Unless it is beyond his power to do so, in which case he will state plainly that he cannot do it, and demand a different wish. Note however, that "benevolent" here does not mean "good": Shenron is entirely neutral in all the series conflicts, and has no qualms granting the wishes of evildoers.
** Shenron has been known to warn people when a wish might have unforeseen consequences: In the Buu Saga, when Bulma tries to revive all the people killed by [[FaceHeelTurn Majin Vegeta]], Shenron asks if she really wants ''all'' the people back, which makes Yamcha hastily amend the wish to revive only ''good'' people. In ''Anime/DragonBallZFusionReborn'', when the dead start escaping Hell, the heroes try to wish them back into Hell, but Shenron warns that while he could do that, they would simply escape again immediately, and suggests a different wish since he's not powerful enough to fix what allowed them to escape. 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). In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', he gave Mai ice cream for free even though her group had already used up their wishes. In his final appearance in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', he first heals Goku and then agrees to grant one final wish before leaving for 100 years. As a personal favor to Goku, he breaks his own rule of not bringing a person back to life twice.

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* ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}''.
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Shenron from ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}''. He may not be all that polite, but he grants you anything you want, no strings attached. Unless it is beyond his power to do so, in which case he will state plainly that he cannot do it, and demand a different wish. Note however, that "benevolent" here does not mean "good": Shenron is entirely neutral in all the series conflicts, and has no qualms granting the wishes of evildoers.
** Shenron
evildoers. He has even been known to warn people when a wish might have unforeseen consequences: consequences they didn't consider:
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In the Buu Saga, when Bulma tries to revive all the people killed by [[FaceHeelTurn Majin Vegeta]], Shenron asks if she really wants ''all'' the people back, which makes Yamcha hastily amend the wish to revive only ''good'' people. people.
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In ''Anime/DragonBallZFusionReborn'', when the dead start escaping Hell, the heroes try to wish them back into Hell, but Shenron warns that while he could do that, they would simply escape again immediately, and suggests a different wish since he's not powerful enough to fix what allowed them to escape. escape.
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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). In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', he gave Mai ice cream for free even though her group had already used up their wishes. In his final appearance in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', he first heals Goku and then agrees to grant one final wish before leaving for 100 years. As a personal favor to Goku, he breaks his own rule of not bringing a person back to life twice.
16th Mar '16 4:28:19 PM ObsidianFire
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* There's a short story where the main character is so GenreBlind that he uses up all three of his wishes on the rhetorical style of [[LiteralGenie literal wishing]], because he thinks he's talking not to a genie, but to some annoying guy who came into his house for no reason. Two of the wishes really did go to waste, but his second wish was "I wish you jerks would just stop giving me a hard time." After his third wish, he realizes that he just blew his chance to make some good wishes. But the next morning, he discovers that all the bad drivers on the freeway are staying out of his way, his boss is uncharacteristically understanding of his difficulties, and the IRS has sent him a letter saying that he is now exempt from all the duties of a taxpayer. His life promises to be much easier with this wish granted.

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* There's a short story where the main character is so GenreBlind stupid that he uses up all three of his wishes on the rhetorical style of [[LiteralGenie literal wishing]], because he thinks he's talking not to a genie, but to some annoying guy who came into his house for no reason. Two of the wishes really did go to waste, but his second wish was "I wish you jerks would just stop giving me a hard time." After his third wish, he realizes that he just blew his chance to make some good wishes. But the next morning, he discovers that all the bad drivers on the freeway are staying out of his way, his boss is uncharacteristically understanding of his difficulties, and the IRS has sent him a letter saying that he is now exempt from all the duties of a taxpayer. His life promises to be much easier with this wish granted.



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "I Dream of Genie" features a genie who can only grant one wish and so encourages the man who finds him to [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor carefully consider what he really wants]]. The hero rejects various [[GenreSavvy ordinary wishes for wealth, love and power]], and finally [[spoiler:wishes to become a Benevolent Genie himself, one who can grant three wishes and arranges for his lamp to be found by the homeless and needy]].
* ''Series/YouWish'' features a genie who is accidentally freed by a single mother with two kids. The mother rejects various [[GenreSavvy ordinary wishes for wealth, love and power]], and through the short series of only 13 episodes [[spoiler:mother, genie, and children learn to function as a family helping each other become better "people"]].

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "I Dream of Genie" features a genie who can only grant one wish and so encourages the man who finds him to [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor carefully consider what he really wants]]. The hero rejects various [[GenreSavvy ordinary wishes for wealth, love and power]], power, and finally [[spoiler:wishes to become a Benevolent Genie himself, one who can grant three wishes and arranges for his lamp to be found by the homeless and needy]].
* ''Series/YouWish'' features a genie who is accidentally freed by a single mother with two kids. The mother rejects various [[GenreSavvy ordinary wishes for wealth, love and power]], power, and through the short series of only 13 episodes [[spoiler:mother, genie, and children learn to function as a family helping each other become better "people"]].



* ''Roleplay/DorfQuest'' has Aldwin seeking out a djinn and wishing for [[spoiler:Goldmoon to be brought back to life]], which surprisingly turns out well with no negative side effects (at least, none that were the djinn's fault). It may have helped that Aldwin had the [[GenreSavvy foresight]] to ask the djinn what it might want in return - and his dialogue even implies that it would have done so even without payment.

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* ''Roleplay/DorfQuest'' has Aldwin seeking out a djinn and wishing for [[spoiler:Goldmoon to be brought back to life]], which surprisingly turns out well with no negative side effects (at least, none that were the djinn's fault). It may have helped that Aldwin had the [[GenreSavvy foresight]] foresight to ask the djinn what it might want in return - and his dialogue even implies that it would have done so even without payment.
9th Mar '16 9:26:13 PM ultimomant
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** Shenron has been known to warn people when a wish might have unforeseen consequences: In the Buu Saga, when Bulma tries to revive all the people killed by [[FaceHeelTurn Majin Vegeta]], Shenron asks if she really wants ''all'' the people back, which makes Yamcha hastily amend the wish to revive only ''good'' people. In ''Anime/FusionReborn'', when the dead start escaping Hell, the heroes try to wish them back into Hell, but Shenron warns that while he could do that, they would simply escape again immediately, and suggests a different wish since he's not powerful enough to fix what allowed them to escape. 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). In his final appearance in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', he first heals Goku and then agrees to grant one final wish before leaving for 100 years. As a personal favor to Goku, he breaks his own rule of not bringing a person back to life twice.

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** Shenron has been known to warn people when a wish might have unforeseen consequences: In the Buu Saga, when Bulma tries to revive all the people killed by [[FaceHeelTurn Majin Vegeta]], Shenron asks if she really wants ''all'' the people back, which makes Yamcha hastily amend the wish to revive only ''good'' people. In ''Anime/FusionReborn'', ''Anime/DragonBallZFusionReborn'', when the dead start escaping Hell, the heroes try to wish them back into Hell, but Shenron warns that while he could do that, they would simply escape again immediately, and suggests a different wish since he's not powerful enough to fix what allowed them to escape. 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). In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', he gave Mai ice cream for free even though her group had already used up their wishes. In his final appearance in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', he first heals Goku and then agrees to grant one final wish before leaving for 100 years. As a personal favor to Goku, he breaks his own rule of not bringing a person back to life twice.
27th Feb '16 1:16:17 PM DarkHunter
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* Shenron from ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}''. He may not be all that polite, but he grants you anything you want, no strings attached. Unless it is outside of his power to do so, in which case he will state plainly that he cannot do it, and demand a different wish.

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* Shenron from ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}''. He may not be all that polite, but he grants you anything you want, no strings attached. Unless it is outside of beyond his power to do so, in which case he will state plainly that he cannot do it, and demand a different wish.wish. Note however, that "benevolent" here does not mean "good": Shenron is entirely neutral in all the series conflicts, and has no qualms granting the wishes of evildoers.
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