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21st Nov '17 3:21:10 PM Vios
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* In ''VideoGame/AlQadimTheGeniesCurse'', we don't see any ''literal'' bottles, but the idea of genies being bound to serve masters is important to the plot. The Al-Hazrad family (to which you belong) is wealthy thanks to its genie, and near the start of the game, the fact that said genie nearly drowns the Caliph in a storm causes the Al-Hazrads to be imprisoned (except for you). You know that your family wouldn't have given any such orders, and must therefore [[ClearMyName Clear Their Name]].
10th Nov '17 2:52:35 PM Robo4900
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* Shenron, the Eternal Dragon from the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series, could be considered a variation on this. He "resides" in seven orange balls that must be collected before he can be summoned, which scatter across the planet after the wish is made and turn to stone for a year before being usable again. Once he appears, he can grant his summoner(s) one wish, so long as it does not exceed his own power (a concept which seems to grow more flexible as the series progresses). He is somewhat cranky, often threatening to harm summoners who take a while to make their wish, but never follows through on these threats (however, if they take ''too'' long, he has to disperse even if no wish is granted). If the person who created the Dragon Balls dies, then so does the dragon.
** During the later days of ''Dragon Ball'', King Piccolo makes a wish and then ''kills Shenron'' to thwart anyone trying to throw a wrench in his designs for world domination. Fortunately, after King Piccolo is defeated, his GoodCounterpart Kami, who created the Dragon Balls, revives Shenron.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', after Piccolo Jr. (son/reincarnation of King Piccolo) is killed in the battle against the Saiyans, [[CantLiveWithoutYou taking Kami and Shenron with him]], the heroes are forced to go to Namek, the home of Kami and Piccolo's race, to use the Namekian Dragon Balls to revive the casualties. Porunga, the Namekian Dragon, is capable of granting three wishes, though unlike Shenron who can resurrect multiple people with one wish, Porunga can only revive one person at a time (a limitation that is later removed). Conversely, Shenron can only revive a specific person once, whereas Porunga has no such restriction. Though the heroes use their first wish to revive Piccolo, which also revives Kami and Shenron. Hooray for LoopholeAbuse!
** Later in ''Dragon Ball Z'', Shenron ceases to exist when Kami re-merges with Piccolo Jr., since Shenron was created by Kami, not the Namekian he and Piccolo originally were. He is revived again however, when Dende, another Namekian, takes over the position of Guardian of the Earth. The new Shenron looks the same, but can now grant two wishes instead of one. This is increased to three in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', presumably as a result of Dende getting stronger.
** ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' starts with introducing the Black Star Dragon Balls, created by the nameless Namekian that later split into Kami and Piccolo. They're ''far'' more powerful than the normal Dragon Balls (and even summon a much bigger version of Shenron), but they come with two big downsides: they scatter across the entire ''galaxy'' after a wish is made, and if they're not brought back to the planet the wish was made on in a year, that planet is destroyed!
** Also in ''Dragon Ball GT'', the Shadow Dragons created by overuse of the Dragon Balls are decidedly not wish-granters. Unless your wish is for them to destroy the world, in which case they're more than happy to oblige!
** There is also [[RealityWarper Majin Buu]]. A magical being summoned by Bibidi to wage war on the gods, and was [[SealedEvilInACan trapped in smoke form and sealed in a ball]]. Bibidi's clone/"son" Babidi spends years trying to release him, in the hopes that Buu would use his immense strength and reality-warping powers to help him dominate the universe. This backfired on Babidi when Buu grew tired of Babidi ordering him around and killed him.
** The Super Dragon Balls are introduced in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', being the SuperPrototype of all previously mentioned dragon balls. Their Dragon, dubbed Super Shenron in lieu of his true name, is about the size of the whole universe and only responds to the language of the gods. He grants one wish, but it is said to be without any restrictions whatsoever.

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* Shenron, Shen Long(Shenron in the dub), the Eternal Dragon from the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series, could be considered a variation on this. He "resides" in seven orange balls orbs, the Dragon Balls, that must be collected before he can be summoned, which scatter across the planet after the wish is made and turn to stone for a year before being usable again. Once he appears, he can grant his summoner(s) one wish, wish(Later expanded to two, and eventually three), so long as it does not exceed his own power (a concept which seems to grow more flexible as the series progresses). He is somewhat cranky, often threatening particularly to harm summoners those who take a while to make their wish, but never follows through on these threats (however, wish; it's mostly just talk, however if they take ''too'' long, he has to disperse even if no wish is granted).granted. If the person who created the Dragon Balls dies, then so does the dragon.
** During the later days Piccolo arc of ''Dragon Ball'', King Piccolo makes a wish and then ''kills Shenron'' Shen Long'', and thus renders the Dragon Balls inert, to thwart anyone trying to throw a wrench in his designs for world domination. Fortunately, after King Piccolo is defeated, his GoodCounterpart Kami, who created the Dragon Balls, revives Shenron.
the dragon, and thus restores the Dragon Balls to working order.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the Saiyan arc, after Piccolo Jr. (son/reincarnation of King Piccolo) is killed in the battle against the Saiyans, [[CantLiveWithoutYou taking Kami and Shenron Shen Long with him]], the heroes are forced to go to Namek, the home planet of Kami and Piccolo's race, to use the Namekian Dragon Balls to revive the casualties. Porunga, the Namekian Dragon, is capable of granting three wishes, though unlike Shenron who can resurrect multiple people with one wish, Porunga can only revive one person at a time (a limitation that is later removed). Conversely, Shenron Shen Long can only revive a specific person once, whereas Porunga has no such restriction. Though the heroes use their first wish to revive Piccolo, which also revives Kami and Shenron.Shen Long. Hooray for LoopholeAbuse!
** Later in ''Dragon Ball Z'', Shenron Much later on, Shen Long ceases to exist when Kami re-merges with Piccolo Jr., since Shenron was the Dragon Balls and Shen Long were created by Kami, not the Namekian he and Piccolo originally were. He were before they split into two. Shen Long is revived again however, when Dende, another Namekian, takes over the position of Guardian Kami. When Dende did this, he also expanded the wish limit of the Earth. The new Shenron looks the same, but can now grant two wishes instead of one. dragon to two. This is increased to three in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', presumably as a result of Dende getting stronger.
with no on-screen explanation provided.
** ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' starts with introducing the Black Star Dragon Balls, created by the nameless Namekian that later split into Kami and Piccolo. They're ''far'' more powerful than the normal Dragon Balls (and even summon a much bigger version of Shenron), dragon, who's red), but they come with two big downsides: they scatter across the entire ''galaxy'' ''universe''(Or the galaxy, in the Funimation dub) after a wish is made, and if they're not brought back to the planet the wish was made on in a year, that planet is destroyed!
** Also in ''Dragon Ball GT'', the Shadow Evil Dragons(Shadow Dragons in the Funimation dub) created by overuse of the Dragon Balls are decidedly not wish-granters. Unless your wish is for them to destroy the world, in which case they're most of them are more than happy to oblige!
** There is also [[RealityWarper Majin Buu]]. Boo]](Majin Buu in the dub, and Djinn-Boo in the Viz manga). A magical being summoned by the evil wizard Bibidi to wage war on the gods, and was [[SealedEvilInACan trapped in smoke form and sealed in a ball]]. Bibidi's clone/"son" Babidi spends years trying to release him, in the hopes that Buu Boo would use his immense strength and reality-warping powers to help him dominate the universe. This backfired on Babidi when Buu Boo grew tired of Babidi ordering him around and killed him.
** The Super Dragon Balls are introduced in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', being the SuperPrototype of all previously mentioned dragon balls. Dragon Balls. Their Dragon, dubbed Super Shenron Shen Long in lieu of his true name, is about the size of the whole universe and only responds to the language of the gods.gods(Which is actually just backwards speech). He grants one wish, but it is said to be without any restrictions whatsoever.
28th Oct '17 1:14:13 PM nombretomado
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** In the 2011 stage musical, he actually sings a ShoutOut to the ChristinaAguilera song of this trope's name.

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** In the 2011 stage musical, he actually sings a ShoutOut to the ChristinaAguilera Music/ChristinaAguilera song of this trope's name.
24th Oct '17 7:48:13 PM Prfnoff
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* In the video game ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', there is a "magic lamp" item. Instead of a wish-granting genie, it releases one of the game's Summons (even ones that the characters have not obtained yet); however, every time it is used, the Summon provided is weaker. Taking the lamp back to the place it was found "recharges" it so that it starts with the most powerful Summon again.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' the "magic lamp" summons the demonic-looking Guardian Force Diablos, who immediately attacks. If defeated, he becomes a party summon.
* [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic and the Secret Rings]] mixes this trope with classical Djinn lore. The beings are alternately referred to a Spirits, Djinn, or Genies throughout the game. It's noted that they lay eggs (!), and most of them run wild causing havoc. The great deal of them don't look human except for the main villain and [[ExpositionFairy Shara]]. Erazor, who is supposed to be the Genie of the Lamp from Aladdin, also ignores the U.S. take on Genies, as it's explicitly said he was imprisoned there by Solomon for being evil, and at the end of the game he's not only stuffed back into the lamp, they toss it into a volcano for good measure. Also, one of the bosses is a water djinn ("Marid") comprised of jelly-fish like monsters combined into a giant pirate and the other is a fire djinn ("Ifrit") that's a giant flaming robot. Our Genies Are Different?
* There's also SonicRiders, which had the Babylon Rogues be descendants of genies. They don't go into much detail about it since they find out near the end, but it does say that they had a flying carpet that was really a prototype of a {{hoverboard}}.

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* In the video game ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', there is ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has
a "magic lamp" item. Instead of a wish-granting genie, it releases one of the game's Summons [[SummonMagic Summons]] (even ones that the characters have not obtained yet); however, every time it is used, the Summon provided is weaker. Taking the lamp back to the place it was found "recharges" it so that it starts with the most powerful Summon again.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', the "magic lamp" summons the demonic-looking Guardian Force Diablos, who immediately attacks. If defeated, he becomes a party summon.
* [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic and the Secret Rings]] ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheSecretRings''
mixes this trope with classical Djinn lore. The beings are alternately referred to a Spirits, Djinn, or Genies throughout the game. It's noted that they lay eggs (!), and most of them run wild causing havoc. The great deal of them don't look human except for the main villain and [[ExpositionFairy Shara]]. Erazor, who is supposed to be the Genie of the Lamp from Aladdin, also ignores the U.S. take on Genies, as it's explicitly said he was imprisoned there by Solomon for being evil, and at the end of the game he's not only stuffed back into the lamp, they toss it into a volcano for good measure. Also, one of the bosses is a water djinn ("Marid") comprised of jelly-fish like monsters combined into a giant pirate and the other is a fire djinn ("Ifrit") that's a giant flaming robot. Our Genies Are Different?
* There's also SonicRiders, which had ** ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'' has the Babylon Rogues be descendants of genies. They don't go into much detail about it since they find out near the end, but it does say that they had a flying carpet that was really a prototype of a {{hoverboard}}.
23rd Sep '17 3:54:28 PM nombretomado
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* One of the BaileySchoolKids books involved the four friends opening a bottle and supposedly freeing a genie who granted them three wishes each.

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* One of the BaileySchoolKids Literature/BaileySchoolKids books involved the four friends opening a bottle and supposedly freeing a genie who granted them three wishes each.
1st Aug '17 12:29:18 PM Jubileus57
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'', there is a mischievous genie that is trapped in a lamp in the (''Egyptian-themed'') Neksdor Kingdom. He tricked the gullible Prince of Neksdor into freeing him so ihe can wreak havoc in the kingdom. [[spoiler:He gets far nicer thanks to the player, though.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'', there is a mischievous genie that is trapped in a lamp in the (''Egyptian-themed'') (''Egyptian''-themed) Neksdor Kingdom. He tricked the gullible Prince of Neksdor into freeing him so ihe he can wreak havoc in the kingdom. [[spoiler:He gets far nicer thanks to the player, though.]]
1st Aug '17 12:28:51 PM Jubileus57
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'', there is a mischievous genie that is trapped in a lamp in the (''Egyptian-themed'') Neksdor Kingdom. He tricked the gullible Prince of Neksdor into freeing him so ihe can wreak havoc in the kingdom. [[spoiler:He gets far nicer thanks to the player, though.]]
15th Jul '17 2:17:26 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales:'' Scrooge encounters two genies, in fact. One is the evil version in the cartoon series, whose lamp was buried and lost in the end; and a good variety in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', who is freed.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales:'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987:'' Scrooge encounters two genies, in fact. One is the evil version in the cartoon series, whose lamp was buried and lost in the end; and a good variety in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', who is freed.
5th Jun '17 2:08:12 PM Totema
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Much of this has been lost in the modern depiction of the Genie in the Bottle. In television, they are most often within brass oil lamps, of a type that is no longer used. Most Western ''viewers'' (but not the GenreBlind characters) upon seeing this kind of lamp would immediately associate it with a genie.

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Much of this has been lost in the modern depiction of the Genie in the Bottle. In television, they are most often within brass oil lamps, of a type that is no longer used. Most Western ''viewers'' (but not the GenreBlind characters) upon seeing this kind of lamp would immediately associate it with a genie.
genie. Many depictions show them ''living'' in the lamp, rather than being trapped there against their will.
17th May '17 6:29:07 AM jormis29
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* The Nickelodeon sitcom ''Genie in the House'' revolves around a genie living with a father and his two teenage daughters. In this universe being a genie is actually a job and he had to go to school for it. Additionally here he must grant wishes by using an incantation about said wish -- and things tend to go wrong from him phrasing things badly.

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* The Nickelodeon sitcom ''Genie in the House'' ''Series/GenieInTheHouse'' revolves around a genie living with a father and his two teenage daughters. In this universe being a genie is actually a job and he had to go to school for it. Additionally here he must grant wishes by using an incantation about said wish -- and things tend to go wrong from him phrasing things badly.
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