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17th May '17 12:58:29 AM Arivne
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "The Man in the Bottle". A genie grants a man four wishes. The man's third wish is to become the head of a contemporary foreign country who can't be voted out of office. The genie turns him into Adolf Hitler at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, in a bunker under attack. The man has to use his fourth wish to escape this fate.
** Another episode "What You Need" has a reluctant case; the peddler himself is benign or even charitable with his ability to give people exactly what they are going to need in the near future, but when the gambler tries to abuse the peddler's power, the peddler gives the gambler some shoes that have no traction, especially on ice, and uses them to get away and get the gambler killed by car accident.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''
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"The Man in the Bottle". A genie grants a man four wishes. The man's third wish is to become the head of a contemporary foreign country who can't be voted out of office. The genie turns him into Adolf Hitler at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, in a bunker under attack. The man has to use his fourth wish to escape this fate.
-->'''Genie''': No matter what you wish for, you must be prepared for the consequences.
** Another episode "What "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E12WhatYouNeed What You Need" Need]]" has a reluctant case; the peddler himself is benign or even charitable with his ability to give people exactly what they are going to need in the near future, but when the gambler tries to abuse the peddler's power, the peddler gives the gambler some shoes that have no traction, especially on ice, and uses them to get away and get the gambler killed by car accident. accident.
16th May '17 2:47:34 PM Linda58
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** She can also do this even when the wishes aren't that stupid. A man who lived in a trailer park wished for a yacht...which she put ''in'' the trailer park claiming he didn't ask for it to be in water. Mulder even comments on this, and suggests maybe it isn't that people always make stupid wishes as much as she's just a bitch.



** DownplayedTrope with the Crossroads demons. They can seemingly grant any wish [[DealWithTheDevil in exchange for your soul]] after a specified period of time (usually a few years), and Crowley takes pride in he and his underlings averting this trope as much as possible in grounds of "integrity" (case in point, dragging one demon back to Hell after finding out it had been murdering it's "clients" shortly after securing their souls). Of course, this still somewhat counts, since a) most people they deal with are either very desperate, or just gullible idiots in over their head, and b) when the allotted time is up and it's time for your soul to be collected, the manner in which this is done is to have you ''hunted down by hellhounds who rip you to shreds", whereupon you wake up in the abyss to be [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil tortured into becoming a demon yourself]].

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** DownplayedTrope with the Crossroads demons. They can seemingly grant any wish [[DealWithTheDevil in exchange for your soul]] after a specified period of time (usually a few 10 years), and Crowley takes pride in he and his underlings averting this trope as much as possible in grounds of "integrity" (case in point, dragging one demon back to Hell after finding out it had been murdering it's "clients" shortly after securing their souls). Of course, this still somewhat counts, since a) most people they deal with are either very desperate, or just gullible idiots in over their head, and b) when the allotted time is up and it's time for your soul to be collected, the manner in which this is done is to have you ''hunted down by hellhounds who rip you to shreds", whereupon you wake up in the abyss to be [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil tortured into becoming a demon yourself]].
10th Apr '17 4:24:02 PM nombretomado
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* A short story "Not In a Hurry" by SergeyLukyanenko offers an interesting subversion. A young occultist summons a demon and strikes a Faustian deal with him: any number of wishes in exchange for the guy's soul after his death. As a default clause of the contract the guy demands to be made immortal and invincible to any harm except for the effects of his wishes. Demon agrees and makes pretty clear that he will act as a Jackass Genie to his worst. Subversion ensues when the guy [[spoiler: never makes any wishes at all, content with his immortality.]]

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* A short story "Not In a Hurry" by SergeyLukyanenko Creator/SergeyLukyanenko offers an interesting subversion. A young occultist summons a demon and strikes a Faustian deal with him: any number of wishes in exchange for the guy's soul after his death. As a default clause of the contract the guy demands to be made immortal and invincible to any harm except for the effects of his wishes. Demon agrees and makes pretty clear that he will act as a Jackass Genie to his worst. Subversion ensues when the guy [[spoiler: never makes any wishes at all, content with his immortality.]]
4th Apr '17 6:13:50 PM nombretomado
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* A ''{{Planescape}}'' Blood War comic in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine featured [[VillainProtagonist a cambion spy]], whose marillith girlfriend had cheated on him with a balor, but has managed to steal the flawed baatazu battleplans to assault their fortress. He then gives them to an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent aasimon]] in exchange for three wishes: "I want the 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 aasimon ''corrects'' the batttle 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 ''{{Planescape}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' Blood War comic in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine featured [[VillainProtagonist a cambion spy]], whose marillith girlfriend had cheated on him with a balor, but has managed to steal the flawed baatazu battleplans to assault their fortress. He then gives them to an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent aasimon]] in exchange for three wishes: "I want the 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 aasimon ''corrects'' the batttle 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]].]]
27th Mar '17 5:39:00 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* A ''{{Planescape}}'' Blood War comic in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine featured [[VillainProtagonist a cambion spy]], whose marillith girlfriend had cheated on him with a balor, but has managed to steal the flawed baatazu battleplans to assault their fortress. He then gives them to an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent aasimon]] in exchange for three wishes: "I want the 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 aasimon ''corrects'' the batttle 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 ''{{Planescape}}'' Blood War comic in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine featured [[VillainProtagonist a cambion spy]], whose marillith girlfriend had cheated on him with a balor, but has managed to steal the flawed baatazu battleplans to assault their fortress. He then gives them to an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent aasimon]] in exchange for three wishes: "I want the 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 aasimon ''corrects'' the batttle 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.breath]].]]
10th Mar '17 5:50:30 PM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'': During her second chance as a genie-in-training, Zeta plans to trick Shimmer and Shine into making a wish she can take advantage of to make herself more powerful.
9th Mar '17 10:53:33 PM iowaforever
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** Tzeentch himself likes to join in the fun on occasion; once, he overheard a Space Marine Chapter Master who, worried that his Chapter's dealing with the Inquisition were killing more innocents than heretics, prayed for a means to tell who was lying and who wasn't. Tzeentch "blessed" the Chapter by letting them hear ''every single lie spoken in the entire Imperium''. Needless to say, they went insane and turned traitor in almost record time.
4th Mar '17 2:28:24 PM nombretomado
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* The 1990s MarvelComics series ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'' had a demonic genie named Mr. Jyn who appeared to [[UnluckyEverydude down-on-their luck losers]] and pretended to grant their fondest desires, but actually manipulated his "masters" into letting him cause more and more chaos until he would be free to roam the Earth.

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* The 1990s MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics series ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'' had a demonic genie named Mr. Jyn who appeared to [[UnluckyEverydude down-on-their luck losers]] and pretended to grant their fondest desires, but actually manipulated his "masters" into letting him cause more and more chaos until he would be free to roam the Earth.
3rd Mar '17 11:02:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* The wish-granting witch in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''Be Careful What You Wish For'' is either exceptionally malicious, exceptionally incompetent, or both. In order...

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* The wish-granting witch in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''Be Careful What You Wish For'' is either exceptionally malicious, exceptionally incompetent, [[AmbiguouslyEvil or both.both]]. In order...
7th Feb '17 12:07:44 AM CerotechOmega
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* Shenron the dragon from ''WebVideo/DragonballAbridged'' starts off as a BenevolentGenie, even pointing out the LoopholeAbuse that the characters can use to take care fo their problems and offering to do that. [[TooDumbToLive They, of course, refuse so they can solve their problems with martial arts battles]]. In the ''Christmas Tree of Might'' special, Shenron turns into one of these when he finds that he's been summoned by the main cast ''again'', lamenting that no one else seems to find the dragon balls. Then Krillin, who is standing in the middle of a burned down forest with terrified, homeless animals surrounding them, wishes for the best Christmas tree in the world instead of saving the forest. An angry Shenron responds by summoning a group of alien marauders who plant an evil version of a WorldTree that sucks all the joy out of the world. It was still a tree, at least.

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* Shenron the dragon from ''WebVideo/DragonballAbridged'' starts off as a BenevolentGenie, even pointing out the LoopholeAbuse that the characters can use to take care fo of their problems and offering to do that. [[TooDumbToLive They, of course, refuse so they can solve their problems with martial arts battles]]. In the ''Christmas Tree of Might'' special, Shenron turns into one of these when he finds that he's been not only was he summoned by the main cast ''again'', lamenting that no one else seems to find the dragon balls. Then balls, but Krillin, who is standing in the middle of a burned down forest with terrified, homeless animals surrounding them, wishes for the best Christmas tree in the world instead of saving the forest. An angry Shenron responds by summoning a group of alien marauders who plant an evil version of a WorldTree that sucks all the Christmas joy out of the world. It was still a tree, at least.



** The new remake of ''Dead Zone Abridged'' has Shenron answer Garlic Jr.'s wish for immortality with "can't wait to see how you fuck this up". It seems if the wish granter is dumb enough, he doesn't even have to twist it.

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** The new remake of ''Dead Zone Abridged'' has Shenron answer Garlic Jr.'s wish for immortality with "can't wait to see hear how you fuck this up". It seems if the wish granter is dumb enough, he doesn't even have to twist it.



** Then there's [[TheDragon Slay]] from [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad the Misfit Minions]] in the ''Christmas Tree of Might'' movie. Slay was once a Mall Santa who took wishes literally in the worst possible way. For example, a kid who asked him for a fire truck got a real truck dropped onto him. And then there's the part where he starts telling Krillin about the young cancer patient who asked him to get rid of the cancer...

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** Then there's [[TheDragon Slay]] from [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad the Misfit Minions]] in the ''Christmas Tree of Might'' movie. Slay was once a Mall Santa who took wishes literally in the worst possible way. For example, a kid who asked him for a fire truck got a real truck dropped onto him.his house. And then there's the part where he starts telling Krillin about the young cancer patient who asked him to get rid of the cancer...
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