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8th Dec '16 3:46:31 AM radams
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** This is also a common exercise in Computer Science 101 classes.
1st Dec '16 5:27:25 PM JoeMerl
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* Rose's Room in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a more benevolent version of a trope. It's essentially a holodeck that will create whatever the holder of the Rose Quartz gem (in this case, Steven) wants, but it can't do food and simulations of people will be limited based on the wisher's knowledge. And Gems tend a be very LiteralMinded, hence this trope.
** In the episode where it was first introduced, Steven wished to go outside to get some donuts, having just realized the room's limitations around food. The room responds by recreating the whole town, which causes it to crash.
** In Open Book, Steven has learned from his mistakes and keeps things simple - until he wishes to see Connie in costume. [[spoiler: It's not until she crashes that he realizes it's not the real Connie.]]
** In Catch and Release, he wishes to see [[spoiler: Peridot]], and the room summons a copy of her, parroting her last words, complete with interruption.

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* Rose's Room in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a more benevolent version of a trope. It's essentially a holodeck that will create whatever the holder of the Rose Quartz gem (in this case, Steven) wants, but it though the items are actually solid clouds (for example, the food can't do food and simulations of people will be limited based on the wisher's knowledge. And Gems tend a be very LiteralMinded, hence this trope.
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eaten). In the its first episode where it was first introduced, of focus Steven wished says that he wants to go outside to get some donuts, having just realized outside, and the room's limitations around food. The room responds by recreating Room simply creates an illusionary version of the whole town, which causes it to crash.
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town ([[UncannyValley badly]]). In Open Book, the second episode Steven has learned from his mistakes and keeps things simple - until accidentally says that he wishes to wants [[spoiler:to see Connie in costume. [[spoiler: It's not until she crashes that he realizes it's not (who's currently out of sight), and the Room produces a fake which Steven mistakes for the real Connie.]]
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one]]. In Catch "Catch and Release, Release," however, he wishes wants to see [[spoiler: Peridot]], get to the basement from the Room, and it shows him the room summons a copy of her, parroting her last words, complete with interruption.way once he specifies that he needs the ''real'' basement.
22nd Nov '16 4:08:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* Any number of plots on ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.

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* Any number of plots on ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''.



** A specific example: in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' Classic episode "The Man in the Bottle", an old couple uncork a genie who can grants wishes, but warns of the price to them. When the couple figures out to carefully word their wishes, the husband wishes to be a leader for life in a modern European nation, but he still messes up when the genie gleefully turns him into UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler at the fall of Berlin. Understandably, he quickly uses the last wish to turn himself back to normal. The episode ends on a bittersweet note, with the husband telling his wife that all things considered the lives they have now isn't ''that'' bad (the episode opened with them facing bankruptcy), and that as long as they have each other they can try to overcome their problems themselves without relying on magic.

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** A specific example: in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' Classic the episode "The Man in the Bottle", an old couple uncork a genie who can grants wishes, but warns of the price to them. When the couple figures out to carefully word their wishes, the husband wishes to be a leader for life in a modern European nation, but he still messes up when the genie gleefully turns him into UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler at the fall of Berlin. Understandably, he quickly uses the last wish to turn himself back to normal. The episode ends on a bittersweet note, with the husband telling his wife that all things considered the lives they have now isn't ''that'' bad (the episode opened with them facing bankruptcy), and that as long as they have each other they can try to overcome their problems themselves without relying on magic.
22nd Nov '16 4:08:04 AM Morgenthaler
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** Insanely inverted with the case of Holtz and Sahjhan. In this instance, Sahjhan is the genie yet ''he's'' the one who gets screwed over when it's revealed just what Holtz meant when he "swore he won't show any mercy." Whether you're a LiteralGenie, or TheDevil you ''don't'' make deals with [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Daniel]] [[BadAss Holtz]].

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** Insanely inverted with the case of Holtz and Sahjhan. In this instance, Sahjhan is the genie yet ''he's'' the one who gets screwed over when it's revealed just what Holtz meant when he "swore he won't show any mercy." Whether you're a LiteralGenie, or TheDevil you ''don't'' make deals with [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Daniel]] [[BadAss Daniel Holtz]].
1st Nov '16 9:39:55 PM HighCrate
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You get around this by wording your request as carefully and explicitly as possible. Or wish for the genie to [[BenevolentGenie grant the following wishes according to your interpretation]], if you are allowed three wishes. Of course, there's remarkably little {{plot}} conflict [[RuleOfDrama when things can go this well]], so don't expect very many characters to actually be this GenreSavvy.

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You get around this by wording your request as carefully and explicitly as possible. Or wish for the genie to [[BenevolentGenie grant the following wishes according to your interpretation]], if you are allowed three wishes. Of course, there's remarkably little {{plot}} conflict [[RuleOfDrama when things can go this well]], so don't expect very many characters to actually be this GenreSavvy.
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* An issue of ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures'' has [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Tigra]] find a genie and hesitate to use her wishes because she's [[GenreSavvy very well aware]] of the possibility of the genie behaving in this way. Until the end of the issue, where she wishes for a new lamp to hold him and is very specific about it to avoid him finding any {{loophole|Abuse}}s.

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* An issue of ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures'' has [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Tigra]] find a genie and hesitate to use her wishes because she's [[GenreSavvy very [[GuileHero well aware]] of the possibility of the genie behaving in this way. Until the end of the issue, where she wishes for a new lamp to hold him and is very specific about it to avoid him finding any {{loophole|Abuse}}s.



* [[http://www.semperbufo.com/?wid=100a48&wa=wr This random strip]] aggressively and gleefully [[DefiedTrope defies]] the LiteralGenie with a CrazyPrepared (or maybe just GenreSavvy) protagonist whose wishes parody legal disclaimers. It doesn't end well for the genie. In normal language, the first wish is "I wish my wishes to be granted as I intend them," so the other ones probably didn't need to be so elaborate.

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* [[http://www.semperbufo.com/?wid=100a48&wa=wr This random strip]] aggressively and gleefully [[DefiedTrope defies]] the LiteralGenie with a CrazyPrepared (or maybe just GenreSavvy) protagonist whose wishes parody legal disclaimers. It doesn't end well for the genie. In normal language, the first wish is "I wish my wishes to be granted as I intend them," so the other ones probably didn't need to be so elaborate.



* Another example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp''. Here the good genie is forced to grant whatever wishes his owners give him, even if they are bad ideas. [[spoiler:Fortunately Scrooge is GenreSavvy enough to put everything right with two wishes at the end, saving one wish for freeing the genie.]]

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* Another example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp''. Here the good genie is forced to grant whatever wishes his owners give him, even if they are bad ideas. [[spoiler:Fortunately Scrooge is GenreSavvy smart enough to put everything right with two wishes at the end, saving one wish for freeing the genie.]]



* In ''Wigu Adventures'', the eponymous Wigu and his father find a magical, wish-granting orb, which offers Wigu three wishes (since he is PureOfHeart). Wigu first tries to wish for a hundred wishes, then for the ability to wish for a hundred wishes, but when these are forbidden, he decides to display his GenreSavvy by wishing that the orb will "give me what I ask for, for real, and not try and trick me."

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* In ''Wigu Adventures'', the eponymous Wigu and his father find a magical, wish-granting orb, which offers Wigu three wishes (since he is PureOfHeart). Wigu first tries to wish for a hundred wishes, then for the ability to wish for a hundred wishes, but when these are forbidden, he decides to display his GenreSavvy smarts by wishing that the orb will "give me what I ask for, for real, and not try and trick me."



** One non-canon HalloweenEpisode has [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz]] get three wishes. The first wish he [[WastefulWishing uses as a test]]; the second gets interrupted when [[AnimalSuperheroes Perry]] drops a bookshelf on his foot, giving him [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway power over snack foods]]; and the third, despite his [[GenreSavvy attempts to be careful]], winds up with him as a giant floating head.

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** One non-canon HalloweenEpisode has [[MadScientist Doofenshmirtz]] get three wishes. The first wish he [[WastefulWishing uses as a test]]; the second gets interrupted when [[AnimalSuperheroes Perry]] drops a bookshelf on his foot, giving him [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway power over snack foods]]; and the third, despite his [[GenreSavvy attempts to be careful]], careful, winds up with him as a giant floating head.
26th Oct '16 5:24:38 PM RedGuardRonnie
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** Notably, this is one reason why many scientists think human-level AI and above [[AIIsACrapshoot is likely to lead to bad things]], [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt up to and including human extinction]], in real life. Unless ''extreme care'' is taken in determining both the AI's goals and how it goes about them, it's likely to take a perfectly good goal in theory (such as promoting human happiness) and use its superhuman intelligence to promote them in ways that were wholly unintended (for example, forcibly hooking people up to machines that stimulate the happiness centers in their brains 24/7).

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** Notably, this is one reason why many scientists think human-level AI and above [[AIIsACrapshoot is likely to lead to bad things]], [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt up to and including human extinction]], in real life. Unless ''extreme care'' is taken in determining both the AI's goals and how it goes about them, it's likely to take a perfectly good goal in theory (such as promoting human happiness) and use its superhuman intelligence to promote them in ways that were wholly unintended (for example, [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul forcibly hooking people up to machines that stimulate the happiness centers in their brains 24/7).24/7]]).
26th Oct '16 5:20:37 PM RedGuardRonnie
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** Notably, this is one reason why many scientists think human-level AI and above [[AIIsACrapshoot is likely to lead to bad things]], [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt up to and including human extinction]], in real life. Unless ''extreme care'' is taken in determining both the AI's goals and how it goes about them, it's likely to take a perfectly good goal in theory (such as promoting human happiness) and use its superhuman intelligence to promote them in ways that were wholly unintended (for example, forcibly hooking people up to machines that stimulate the happiness centers in their brains 24/7).
21st Oct '16 10:34:48 AM slapperpow7
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** A genie (of the same species, buf different hat) pops up in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3042#comic strip 3042]], as a sort of Economist's morality tale.

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** A genie (of the same species, buf but different hat) pops up in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3042#comic strip 3042]], as a sort of Economist's morality tale.
16th Oct '16 11:03:45 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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More often than not, a wish-granting entity ({{genie|InABottle}}, [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer vengeance demon]], {{holo|deckMalfunction}}[[Franchise/StarTrek deck]], [[TheFairFolk leprechaun]], and so on) has some sort of contractual clause stating that they have to give you ''exactly'' what you ask for -- in the worst imaginable way. Ask for a ton of money, and it will appear. Directly above you, weighing exactly one ton. Ask for X-ray vision, and your eyes will start shooting harmful radiation. In other words, the entity gives you what you ''ask for'', but not necessarily what you ''want''.

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More often than not, a wish-granting entity ({{genie|InABottle}}, [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer vengeance demon]], {{holo|deckMalfunction}}[[Franchise/StarTrek deck]], [[TheFairFolk leprechaun]], and so on) has some sort of contractual clause stating that they have to give you ''exactly'' what you ask for -- just not in the worst imaginable way.way you were thinking of when you made the wish. Ask for a ton of money, and it will appear. Directly above you, weighing exactly one ton. Ask for X-ray vision, and your eyes will start shooting harmful radiation. In other words, the entity gives you what you ''ask for'', but not necessarily what you ''want''.\n
12th Oct '16 1:13:58 AM PaulA
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* Near the end of Bruce Coville's ''[[Literature/MagicShop The Skull of Truth]]'', the embodiment of Truth offers to truthfully answer any one question for each of the main characters. One of the characters asks about his father's future and the answer Truth gives him is something along the lines of, "He will grow old. He will be happy. He will be sad. He will die." When the character complains that the answer wasn't what he wanted, Truth tells him he should have been more specific with his question.

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* Near the end of Bruce Coville's ''[[Literature/MagicShop The Skull of Truth]]'', ''Literature/TheSkullOfTruth'', the embodiment of Truth offers to truthfully answer any one question for each of the main characters. One of the characters asks about his father's future and the answer Truth gives him is something along the lines of, "He will grow old. He will be happy. He will be sad. He will die." When the character complains that the answer wasn't what he wanted, Truth tells him he should have been more specific with his question.
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