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19th Apr '18 9:32:51 PM nombretomado
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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 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]].

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' 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 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]].
11th Apr '18 8:34:53 PM KBABZ
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** The eternal dragon Shenron (Shen Long) 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. He has even been known to warn people when a wish might have consequences they didn't consider:

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** The eternal dragon Shenron (Shen Long) may not be all that polite, but he grants you anything you want, want according to your intention, 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 intended wishes of evildoers. He has even been known to warn people when a wish might have consequences they didn't consider:



** Porunga, the other wish-granting dragon from the Frieza arc of ''Franchise/DragonBall'', is even nicer, despite his rather [[DarkIsNotEvil frightening and demonic appearance]]. When our heroes wish for Krillin to come back to life, he repaired Krillin's clothes as a bonus. When our heroes wish for everyone on Earth to be resurrected after Buu killed them, he goes the extra mile and rebuilds all their cities and buildings free of charge.

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** Porunga, the other wish-granting dragon from the Frieza arc of ''Franchise/DragonBall'', is even nicer, despite his rather [[DarkIsNotEvil frightening and demonic appearance]]. When our heroes wish for Krillin to come back to life, he repaired Krillin's body and clothes as a bonus. When our heroes wish for everyone on Earth to be resurrected after Buu killed them, he goes the extra mile and rebuilds all their cities and buildings free of charge.
31st Mar '18 12:44:26 PM QRex
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31st Mar '18 12:44:25 PM QRex
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** He still insists to rehearse throughly the rules every time he interacts with his young master, explaining hom how to phrase exactly what he needs, telling him clearly that unless he asks for things in the proper way he'll be unable to provide. The different between him and a LiteralGenie is that he actually corrects his master each time giving him a ''redo'' every time he goofs.

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** He still insists to rehearse throughly the rules every time he interacts with his young master, explaining hom how to phrase exactly what he needs, telling him clearly that unless he asks for things in the proper way he'll be unable to provide. The different difference between him and a LiteralGenie is that he actually corrects his master each time giving him a ''redo'' every time he goofs.goofs or is unable to have him act properly (when he asks the Genie to let him fight a bully and the bully beats him, the Genie asks him to wish again to let him ''beat'' the bully, and he does. Later, when he sees some mooks acting, he waits for his master to return, and then asks him to order him to stop the mooks)
31st Mar '18 12:37:44 PM QRex
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** He still insists to rehearse throughly the rules every time he interacts with his young master, explaining hom how to phrase exactly what he needs, telling him clearly that unless he asks for things in the proper way he'll be unable to provide. The different between him and a LiteralGenie is that he actually corrects his master each time giving him a ''redo'' every time he goofs.
5th Mar '18 8:12:28 PM Fury1031
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** A similar fairy tale talks about a woman who lives in a vinegar bottle who's wish for a proper house is overheard by a passing fairy. Unfortunately, not only does the woman show no gratitude, but every time the fairy returns she wishes for a more prominent position in the world, until she wishes to be the Pope.

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** A similar fairy tale talks about a woman who lives in a vinegar bottle who's whose wish for a proper house is overheard by a passing fairy. Unfortunately, not only does the woman show no gratitude, but every time the fairy returns she wishes for a more prominent position in the world, until she wishes to be the Pope.
11th Feb '18 11:09:11 PM Cleaningcaptain
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11th Feb '18 5:24:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/StarikKhottabych'' ("''Old Man [[{{Patronymic}} Hottabych]]''") by Lazar Lagin is about a Soviet boy in the 1930s who accidentally frees the genie Hassan Abdul-rahman ibn Khattab (and disrespectfully dubs him "Hottabych"). The book is about Hottabych adapting to Soviet everyday life while trying to "serve" his master. Later in the book, [[spoiler:Hottabych finds his AloofBigBrother, a classical malevolent genie, who eventually gets sealed away again]]. It should be noted that [[spoiler:Hottabych's brother wasn't always malevolent. However, the centuries of being trapped in a jug led him to change his mindset from "I will grant the person who frees me 3 wishes" to "I will kill the person who frees me in the manner he chooses"]].

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* ''Literature/StarikKhottabych'' ("''Old Man [[{{Patronymic}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Patronymic}} Hottabych]]''") by Lazar Lagin is about a Soviet boy in the 1930s who accidentally frees the genie Hassan Abdul-rahman ibn Khattab (and disrespectfully dubs him "Hottabych"). The book is about Hottabych adapting to Soviet everyday life while trying to "serve" his master. Later in the book, [[spoiler:Hottabych finds his AloofBigBrother, a classical malevolent genie, who eventually gets sealed away again]]. It should be noted that [[spoiler:Hottabych's brother wasn't always malevolent. However, the centuries of being trapped in a jug led him to change his mindset from "I will grant the person who frees me 3 wishes" to "I will kill the person who frees me in the manner he chooses"]].
30th Dec '17 11:57:05 AM DarkHunter
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*** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when Mai wishes for ice cream, Sheron also gives her a mini fridge to store the ice cream she doesn't eat for later.

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*** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when Mai wishes for ice cream, Sheron Shenron also gives her a mini fridge to store the ice cream she doesn't eat for later.
30th Dec '17 11:56:32 AM DarkHunter
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** The eternal dragon Shen Long(Shenron in the dub) 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. He has even been known to warn people when a wish might have consequences they didn't consider:
*** In the Boo Saga,[[note]]Spelled "Buu" in the dub.[[/note]] when Bulma tries to revive all the people killed by [[FaceHeelTurn Majin Vegeta]], Shen Long asks if she really wants ''all'' the people back, which makes Yamcha hastily amend the wish to revive only ''good'' people. %%Regarding "Boo" instead of "Buu": Look it up; Boo is used by the manga, the subs, and all foreign media(Including that in Japan). "Buu" is a dub-only spelling. It's not technically wrong, but it's a dub-ism, and like all other dub-isms, is kind of irrelevant if it's contradicted by a more accurate translation, however the dub's take on things should be noted to eliminate confusion.
*** In ''Anime/DragonBallZFusionReborn'', when the dead start escaping Hell, the heroes try to wish them back into Hell, but Shen Long 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 Freeza's minions try to wish him back to life, Shen Long warns them that Freeza 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.[[note]]Freeza can survive in this condition for some time, and the technology of his empire allowed them to restore him to his former glory from this state.[[/note]] %% Yes, it's spelled Freeza. Again, look it up, Freeza is the more correct spelling; Frieza is a dub-only spelling, which is actually contradicted in the footage of the show when they've written his name in English on-screen. The subs, the manga, all foreign media(Including in Japan) always render it in English lettering as Freeza. TeamFourStar famously use this spelling, and are known for cracking jokes about the dub spelling.
*** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when Mai wishes for ice cream, Shen Long also gives her a mini fridge to store the ice cream she doesn't eat for later.
** Porunga, the other wish-granting dragon from the Freeza arc of ''Franchise/DragonBall'', is even nicer, despite his rather [[DarkIsNotEvil frightening and demonic appearance]]. When our heroes wish for Krillin to come back to life, he repaired Krillin's clothes as a bonus. When our heroes wish for everyone on Earth to be resurrected after Buu killed them, he goes the extra mile and rebuilds all their cities and buildings free of charge.

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** The eternal dragon Shen Long(Shenron in the dub) Shenron (Shen Long) 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. He has even been known to warn people when a wish might have consequences they didn't consider:
*** In the Boo Saga,[[note]]Spelled "Buu" in the dub.[[/note]] Buu Saga, when Bulma tries to revive all the people killed by [[FaceHeelTurn Majin Vegeta]], Shen Long Shenron asks if she really wants ''all'' the people back, which makes Yamcha hastily amend the wish to revive only ''good'' people. %%Regarding "Boo" instead of "Buu": Look it up; Boo is used by the manga, the subs, and all foreign media(Including that in Japan). "Buu" is a dub-only spelling. It's not technically wrong, but it's a dub-ism, and like all other dub-isms, is kind of irrelevant if it's contradicted by a more accurate translation, however the dub's take on things should be noted to eliminate confusion.
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*** In ''Anime/DragonBallZFusionReborn'', when the dead start escaping Hell, the heroes try to wish them back into Hell, but Shen Long 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 Freeza's Frieza's minions try to wish him back to life, Shen Long Shenron warns them that Freeza 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.[[note]]Freeza [[note]]Frieza can survive in this condition for some time, and the technology of his empire allowed them to restore him to his former glory from this state.[[/note]] %% Yes, it's spelled Freeza. Again, look it up, Freeza is the more correct spelling; Frieza is a dub-only spelling, which is actually contradicted in the footage of the show when they've written his name in English on-screen. The subs, the manga, all foreign media(Including in Japan) always render it in English lettering as Freeza. TeamFourStar famously use this spelling, and are known for cracking jokes about the dub spelling.
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*** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when Mai wishes for ice cream, Shen Long Sheron also gives her a mini fridge to store the ice cream she doesn't eat for later.
** Porunga, the other wish-granting dragon from the Freeza Frieza arc of ''Franchise/DragonBall'', is even nicer, despite his rather [[DarkIsNotEvil frightening and demonic appearance]]. When our heroes wish for Krillin to come back to life, he repaired Krillin's clothes as a bonus. When our heroes wish for everyone on Earth to be resurrected after Buu killed them, he goes the extra mile and rebuilds all their cities and buildings free of charge.
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