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2nd Dec '17 4:03:33 PM DrY9K
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' actually has an episode that [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] this trope. After Odie finds a bottle with a genie in it at the beach, Jon does some research and discovers that while some genies are good, some are also bad. [[GenreBlind Ignoring that last bit]], he frees the genie (named Omar) and as expected, he is a bad genie, and he demands that ''Jon'' grant ''him'' three wishes. When he has one wish left, he uses it to get unlimited wishes. When Jon fails to comply, he is turned into a frog. Thankfully, Garfield discovers that to defeat the genie, he has to get him to say his own name backwards.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' actually has an episode that [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] this trope. After Odie finds a bottle with a genie in it at the beach, Jon does some research and discovers that while some genies are good, some are also bad. [[GenreBlind Ignoring that last bit]], he Garfield frees the genie (named Omar) and as expected, he is a bad genie, and he demands that ''Jon'' grant ''him'' three wishes. When he has one wish left, he uses it to get unlimited wishes. When Jon fails to comply, he is turned into a frog. Thankfully, Garfield discovers that to defeat the genie, he has to get him to say his own name backwards.
12th Nov '17 4:52:07 PM lcrossmk8
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Generally speaking, a LiteralGenie will make logical but basic interpretations of a wish. Nothing more and nothing less than what [[MakeAWish the wish]] ''explicitly'' states. This is so that when a wish backfires, we can laugh at the foolishness of whoever made the wish, as opposed to the genie, who is supposedly [[JustFollowingOrders just doing their job]].

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Generally speaking, a LiteralGenie will make logical but basic interpretations of a wish. Nothing more and nothing less than what [[MakeAWish the wish]] ''explicitly'' [[ExactWords ''explicitly'']] states. This is so that when a wish backfires, we can laugh at the foolishness of whoever made the wish, as opposed to the genie, who is supposedly [[JustFollowingOrders just doing their job]].
10th Nov '17 9:12:32 AM Xlsfd
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*** In ''Head-On'', Mortimer simply wishes to be able to return to his grave and sleep again. Calypso grants him this wish exactly as intended with no strings attached.
5th Nov '17 8:59:19 AM TheNerfGuy
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** A ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' Blood War comic features [[VillainProtagonist a cambion spy]], whose marilith girlfriend has cheated on him with a balor, but has managed to steal the flawed baatezu battleplans to assault their fortress. He then gives them to an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent aasimon]] in exchange for three wishes: "I want the tanar'ri to respect me as a ''hero'', I want to show I'm ''better'' than that sodding balor. I want Alamanda to respect me. To love only ''me''." [[spoiler:The aasimon ''corrects'' the battle plans, returns them to the baatezu, and then [[GoodIsNotNice tells the cambion that time flows differently here]], and the assault has already begun. When he returns he finds that he's a hero for stealing the plans, even though it didn't do any good. He's better than the balor because he's still alive. And Alamanda says she loves him... [[PyrrhicVictory with her final breath]].]]

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** A ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' ''{{Planescape}}'' Blood War comic features [[VillainProtagonist featured a cambion spy]], spy, whose marilith girlfriend has had cheated on him with a balor, but has managed to steal the flawed baatezu baatazu battleplans to assault their fortress. He then gives them to an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent aasimon]] aasimon in exchange for three wishes: "I want the tanar'ri tannar'ri to respect me as a ''hero'', I want to show I'm ''better'' than that sodding balor. I want Alamanda to respect me. To love only ''me''." [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The aasimon ''corrects'' the battle plans, returns them to the baatezu, and then [[GoodIsNotNice tells the cambion that time flows differently here]], here, and the assault has already begun. When he returns he finds that he's a hero for stealing the plans, even though it didn't do any good. He's better than the balor because he's still alive. And Alamanda says she loves him... [[PyrrhicVictory him ... with her final breath]].breath.]]
31st Oct '17 7:41:20 PM TheNerfGuy
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* [[JustForFun/XMeetsY This meets]] ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' in [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?39168-Aisleventure-Make-a-contract-with-me-and-become-a-magical-girl!-THE-END this forum game.]]
20th Oct '17 6:33:22 PM VelvetPierrot
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* Kameo from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' fit this role to perfection (not surprisingly, as he was one of Dio's servants). He encountered Polnareff alone and promised him 3 wishes. Polnareff first wished for gold, and at first Kameo seemed honest, creating a glittering pile of treasure with no negative effects whatsoever. Then Polnareff remembered his guilt over not being able to save Sherry or Avdol and wished that they both be brought back to life. Kameo interpreted this as ''two'' wishes (giving Polanreff no way to escape the consequences), then leaded Polnareff to his newly-raised sister and ally...which were actually twisted simulacrums that promptly attempted to kill him.

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* Kameo from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' fit this role to perfection (not surprisingly, as he was one of Dio's servants). He encountered Polnareff alone and and, through his Stand Judgement, promised him 3 wishes. Polnareff first wished for gold, and at first Kameo seemed honest, creating a glittering pile of treasure with no negative effects whatsoever. Then Polnareff remembered his guilt over not being able to save Sherry or Avdol and wished that they both be brought back to life. Kameo interpreted this as ''two'' wishes (giving Polanreff no way to escape the consequences), then leaded Polnareff to his newly-raised sister and ally...which were actually twisted simulacrums that promptly attempted to kill him.
18th Oct '17 12:28:24 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* During Issue 11 of ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', players exploring the [[MegaCorp Orochi]] [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Tower]] can end up paying a visit to [[MeaningfulName Faust]] [[MorallyBankruptBanker Capital]]'s omega floor, where they soon make the acquaintance of the company CEO - who turns out to be one of these. During your visit, the CEO will offer you three choices, all of which will be rewarded in mean-spirited, cheap or just unnecessarily complicated ways:
** In your first wish, the CEO offers you a choice between [[{{Immortality}} eternal life]] and EternalLove: [[spoiler: picking eternal life will summon an extremely hungry vampire into the room, while picking eternal love sets you up for a date with a ''violently'' horny succubus. For good measure, once you've killed that particular attacker, the CEO remarks that the succubus really did love you - it's just she didn't know how to express it.]]
** The second wish offers you [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]] or [[MoneyIsNotPower power]]: [[spoiler: choosing money gets you a single PAX credit - though picking it up causes another credit to appear in front of you, so you can technically earn quite a lot if you have the inventory space for it. But if you pick power, you get... a common household battery. Even the CEO apologizes for the terrible joke.]]
** Lastly, you're given a choice between musical talent and knowledge. [[spoiler: Technically, this is the most beneficial of the wishes, but you've still got to jump through the hoops if you want it to actually benefit you. If you pick music, you're given a flute identical to the one encountered in "The Christmas Conspiracy," and are told to follow the music prompts; if you succeed, you get to keep the flute as a nifty cosmetic item. If you pick knowledge, you have to answer a series of riddles, the last of which can only be answered if you've been listening to the CEO's hints and can guess his true name: '''Mephistopheles.''' Answering correctly nets you a fragment of otherwise unattainable lore... about [[OurGeniesAreDifferent the Jinn]].]]
15th Oct '17 8:42:27 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' universe, it is established that literal genies in a bottle do exist. They can only be coaxed out of the bottle with the promise to play the 'game of jynn', where they match wits with the human that freed them. So presenting the client human with three wishes, and placing some kind of sadistic twist to the request is their only motivation to grant wishes in the first place. Granted, the only persons that can gain possession of a genie are some very old and canny sorcerers, who believe they can outwit the genie. So at least there is sport in this contest. This genie was a cross between a JackassGenie and a Literal Genie, in that he cannot change the original wish or add on to it, and that the game has a very specific goal: to grant the wisher nothing in the end. So one previous, not-so-clever, non-sorcerous player of the game wished for [[spoiler:"wealth", so the genie granted enormous wealth on the spot, such that the wisher could not carry it away before bandits stole it. However, the genie had to rely on already nearby bandits, and the genie only partially won because the man grabbed some of the wealth and ran, since wish neither allowed for creating bandits from nothing nor sealing away the wealth so the man couldn't reach it.]]

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'' universe, "Literature/TheWishingGame", it is established that literal genies in a bottle do exist. They can only be coaxed out of the bottle with the promise to play the 'game of jynn', where they match wits with the human that freed them. So presenting the client human with three wishes, and placing some kind of sadistic twist to the request is their only motivation to grant wishes in the first place. Granted, the only persons that can gain possession of a genie are some very old and canny sorcerers, who believe they can outwit the genie. So at least there is sport in this contest. This genie was a cross between a JackassGenie and a Literal Genie, in that he cannot change the original wish or add on to it, and that the game has a very specific goal: to grant the wisher nothing in the end. So one previous, not-so-clever, non-sorcerous player of the game wished for [[spoiler:"wealth", so the genie granted enormous wealth on the spot, such that the wisher could not carry it away before bandits stole it. However, the genie had to rely on already nearby bandits, and the genie only partially won because the man grabbed some of the wealth and ran, since the wish neither allowed for creating bandits from nothing nor sealing away the wealth so the man couldn't reach it.]]
15th Oct '17 7:41:16 PM WKennedy334
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** This is how genies (or at least Norm) work. Cosmo and Wanda warn him that Genies are notoriously tricky and their wishes tend to bite the wisher in the butt. Why does [[IdiotHero Timmy Turner]] go through with it?

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
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In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', this is how genies (or at least Norm) work. Cosmo and Wanda warn him that Genies are notoriously tricky and their wishes tend to bite the wisher in the butt. Why does [[IdiotHero Timmy Turner]] go through with it?



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** The series has fun with this trope in an episode called "The Mirror." Puck -- the trickster fairy from ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' -- is captured by Demona and forced to do her bidding. Puck, either out of a sense of mischief, annoyance with being enslaved, or a sincere desire to avoid harming others -- possibly all three -- deliberately misconstrues Demona's wishes, as follows...

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** The series
''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has fun with this trope in an episode called "The Mirror." Puck -- the trickster fairy from ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' -- is captured by Demona and forced to do her bidding. Puck, either out of a sense of mischief, annoyance with being enslaved, or a sincere desire to avoid harming others -- possibly all three -- deliberately misconstrues Demona's wishes, as follows...



** It was subverted when Puck tried it with David Xanatos: the fairy took on the form of [[spoiler:his HyperCompetentSidekick Owen Burnett]] and was eventually impressed enough by Xanatos to reveal his true identity. He then offered Xanatos a choice between a single wish or [[spoiler:Puck maintaining his Owen identity and serving him with UndyingLoyalty for as long as Xanatos lived]]. Xanatos, as [[MemeticBadass THE]] [[MagnificentBastard David]] [[XanatosPlannedThisIndex Xanatos]], realized that whatever wish he made would end up twisted, so he took the second option -- which turns out to be the ''right'' one, as it impresses Puck enough to have him keep his word, no questions asked.
*** It also helps that Xanatos is GenreSavvy in general and likes to solve things himself to control the situation. He also believes that [[ChessmasterSidekick Owen is too valuable as good help is so hard to find]].

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** It was subverted when Puck tried it with David Xanatos: the fairy took on the form of [[spoiler:his HyperCompetentSidekick Owen Burnett]] and was eventually impressed enough by Xanatos to reveal his true identity. He then offered Xanatos a choice between a single wish or [[spoiler:Puck maintaining his Owen identity and serving him with UndyingLoyalty for as long as Xanatos lived]]. Xanatos, as [[MemeticBadass THE]] [[MagnificentBastard David]] [[XanatosPlannedThisIndex Xanatos]], realized that whatever wish he made would end up twisted, so he took the second option -- which turns out to be the ''right'' one, as it impresses Puck enough to have him keep his word, no questions asked.
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asked. It also helps that Xanatos is GenreSavvy in general and likes to solve things himself to control the situation. He also believes that [[ChessmasterSidekick Owen is too valuable as good help is so hard to find]].
13th Oct '17 5:04:37 PM Shadoboy
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* The Genie from ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' is one, enjoying causing mayhem in the Neksdor Village and stealing the Desert Star's fortune. [[spoiler:He does a HeelFaceTurn after the heroes try to get him back into his lamp.]]

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* The Genie from ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' is one, enjoying causing mayhem in the Neksdor Village and stealing the Desert Star's fortune. [[spoiler:He does a HeelFaceTurn after the heroes try to get him back into his lamp.lamp and helps them get to the next area of the game after they save his face when it gets stole by The Dark Lord.]]
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