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15th Oct '17 8:43:25 PM PaulA
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* Defied in the Creator/LarryNiven short story, "The Wishing Game": Clubfoot and Mirandee (of ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'') go to great pains to make sure to give Kreezerast the Frightener very precise instructions, and continually frustrate him when his attempts to twist the wishes turn out to be what they actually wanted (though in the end, he takes some consolation in knowing that they will probably run into trouble later because of the wishes he granted).

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* Defied in the Creator/LarryNiven short story, "The Wishing Game": "Literature/TheWishingGame": Clubfoot and Mirandee (of ''Literature/TheMagicGoesAway'') go to great pains to make sure to give Kreezerast the Frightener very precise instructions, and continually frustrate him when his attempts to twist the wishes turn out to be what they actually wanted (though in the end, he takes some consolation in knowing that they will probably run into trouble later because of the wishes he granted).
11th Oct '17 9:12:26 AM timotaka
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* In ''VisualNovel/RadicalDreamers'' the group encounters a magical mirror that can answer any question it is asked. Serge can ask it for what are the "three measurements" of his female companion Kid, obviously meaning her chest-waist-hips measurements. He is rather confused when the answer he gets is 66, 5 and 9, which turn out to be her height, shoe size and ring size. Whether this is because the mirror genuinely did not understand the intention behind the question is left unanswered.
1st Oct '17 4:32:46 PM wingedcatgirl
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* A government worker finds a box in his cubicle and opens it, finding a lamp. Rubbing it and finding a genie, he asks to live in a tropical paradise (and is teleported there), surrounded by women for his exclusive pleasure (a full harem of beautiful women is teleported in), and never have to do anything for the rest of his life ([[TakeThat he is teleported back to his cubicle]]). Replace government worker with any profession you (dis)like.

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* A government worker An {{Acceptable Professional Target|s}} finds a box in his cubicle and opens it, finding a lamp. Rubbing it and finding a genie, he asks to live in a tropical paradise (and is teleported there), surrounded by women for his exclusive pleasure (a full harem of beautiful women is teleported in), and never have to do anything for the rest of his life ([[TakeThat he is teleported back to his cubicle]]). Replace government worker with any profession you (dis)like.
30th Sep '17 2:15:19 AM Eievie
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*In ''{{Literature/Green}}'', Lily is ordered to catch a pisky and have it grant her a wish. She's GenreSavvy enough she decides the best way to get through this is to ask for something too minor to be worth turning against her.
-->'''Lily''': I wish... I wish... I wish you would accept all of our silver buttons and my sincere apology. Take the gold coin too.\\
'''Pisky''': That is your only wish? That is what you most truly desire?\\
'''Lily''': Yes. I wish for exactly what I said. No more and no less--just that.
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23rd Sep '17 10:55:50 AM xcountryguy
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** Another example was when a girl comes to the shop, terrified of her house since strange sounds are heard throughout, unattended things are moving around and sometimes she is touched by the presence of people when no one was there. Yuuko asks her if her wish was that "[her] house was not frightening", which the girl said yes. Yuuko grants her wish by [[spoiler: causing the girl, who was actually a ghost, to create more disturbances around the house so the alive tenants would exorcise her.]] Since [[spoiler: now that ghost was gone]], the house was no longer frightening.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' the apparition known as Truth grants power to whose who attempt human transmutation, but takes prices from them without telling them. However, in the final chapter [[spoiler: when [[BigBad Father]] is destroyed and finds himself once again before the Gate, Truth promises to give Father exactly what he wished for: Despair for the conceited. Father is sucked into the Gate, screaming in horror]].

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** Another example was when a girl comes to the shop, terrified of her house since strange sounds are heard throughout, unattended things are moving around and sometimes she is touched by the presence of people when no one was there. Yuuko asks her if her wish was that "[her] house was not frightening", which the girl said yes. Yuuko grants her wish by [[spoiler: causing [[spoiler:causing the girl, who was actually a ghost, to create more disturbances around the house so the alive tenants would exorcise her.]] Since [[spoiler: now [[spoiler:now that ghost was gone]], the house was no longer frightening.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' the apparition known as Truth grants power to whose who attempt human transmutation, but takes prices from them without telling them. However, in the final chapter [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when [[BigBad Father]] is destroyed and finds himself once again before the Gate, Truth promises to give Father exactly what he wished for: Despair for the conceited. Father is sucked into the Gate, screaming in horror]].



** Mami [[spoiler: made her contract to survive a car crash. She didn't know she could have saved her parents with the same wish so she didn't include them. Therefore Kyubey didn't include them either, and so they died. This is not out of any real malice on Kyubey's part -- because he is a StarfishAlien with a BlueAndOrangeMorality, it didn't even cross his mind to mention to Mami that he could save her parents too.]]
** Homura [[spoiler: wished to 'redo her meeting with Madoka' and protect her. Thus, she becomes a TimeMaster and while she becomes powerful enough to aid Madoka she is never able to save her from dying or witching out. After all, her wish stated "protect" and not "save".]]
** [[spoiler: Madoka wished to retroactively kill every witch ever born in both the past and future. This is precisely what she does, at the cost of ceasing to exist as a person and transforming into a godlike concept destroying Witches for all eternity. Also the Witches are immediately replaced with a new type of monster because otherwise Kyubey wouldn't be able to stave off entropy after all.]]

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** Mami [[spoiler: made [[spoiler:made her contract to survive a car crash. She didn't know she could have saved her parents with the same wish so she didn't include them. Therefore Kyubey didn't include them either, and so they died. This is not out of any real malice on Kyubey's part -- because he is a StarfishAlien with a BlueAndOrangeMorality, it didn't even cross his mind to mention to Mami that he could save her parents too.]]
** Homura [[spoiler: wished [[spoiler:wished to 'redo her meeting with Madoka' and protect her. Thus, she becomes a TimeMaster and while she becomes powerful enough to aid Madoka she is never able to save her from dying or witching out. After all, her wish stated "protect" and not "save".]]
** [[spoiler: Madoka [[spoiler:Madoka wished to retroactively kill every witch ever born in both the past and future. This is precisely what she does, at the cost of ceasing to exist as a person and transforming into a godlike concept destroying Witches for all eternity. Also the Witches are immediately replaced with a new type of monster because otherwise Kyubey wouldn't be able to stave off entropy after all.]]



* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' has a particularly nasty version of this that ends with the wisher dying in what is explained to be the most horrible way he can imagine. It takes several days. It's also a bit of a subversion as [[spoiler: his words were changed by a witch as he said them specifically in order to cause this.]]

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* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' has a particularly nasty version of this that ends with the wisher dying in what is explained to be the most horrible way he can imagine. It takes several days. It's also a bit of a subversion as [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his words were changed by a witch as he said them specifically in order to cause this.]]



** Jesse Custer is imbued with the Word of God, which means he can make anyone follow his commands to the letter. He doesn't always think this through, such as the time when he got rid of a sheriff by telling him "go fuck yourself", which resulted in him [[spoiler: tearing off his own penis and sodomizing himself with it]].

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** Jesse Custer is imbued with the Word of God, which means he can make anyone follow his commands to the letter. He doesn't always think this through, such as the time when he got rid of a sheriff by telling him "go fuck yourself", which resulted in him [[spoiler: tearing [[spoiler:tearing off his own penis and sodomizing himself with it]].



* In the 1980s, ''Bike'' cartoonist "Shobba" once drew a picture of a disgruntled youth sat on a furry cabin-trunk, with a four-foot rooster in the foreground and a brass lamp from which smoke was condensing into the form of a djinni with a what-is-it-now expression on his face. To one side was a (desperately uncool) Triumph Herald car with a pair of furry dice in the windscreen, and the youth was exclaiming "No, no, I meant a ''Triumph''...". [[spoiler: Once you work it out and look once again at the objects in the picture, you realize he meant a "hairy chest", a "great big cock" and a Triumph ''motorbike''... probably a Bonneville, in that day and age.]]

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* In the 1980s, ''Bike'' cartoonist "Shobba" once drew a picture of a disgruntled youth sat on a furry cabin-trunk, with a four-foot rooster in the foreground and a brass lamp from which smoke was condensing into the form of a djinni with a what-is-it-now expression on his face. To one side was a (desperately uncool) Triumph Herald car with a pair of furry dice in the windscreen, and the youth was exclaiming "No, no, I meant a ''Triumph''...". [[spoiler: Once [[spoiler:Once you work it out and look once again at the objects in the picture, you realize he meant a "hairy chest", a "great big cock" and a Triumph ''motorbike''... probably a Bonneville, in that day and age.]]



* In Creator/AlastairReynolds' short story "Nightingale", the [[AIIsACrapshoot medical A.I.]] offers to let the mercenaries return "in one piece." [[spoiler: Cue the BodyHorror.]]

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* In Creator/AlastairReynolds' short story "Nightingale", the [[AIIsACrapshoot medical A.I.]] offers to let the mercenaries return "in one piece." [[spoiler: Cue [[spoiler:Cue the BodyHorror.]]



* Giving this trope a hilarious twist, in ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' short story "The Last Wish", Geralt and his friend find a Genie who they accidentally unleash. Geralt tries to banish him by saying the words of an "exorcism", in a language he didn't understand. The Genie indeed left, only to later return, as noted by the characters, furious beyond words. Turns out that [[spoiler: the "exorcism" is just a prank someone played on Geralt, and roughly translates to "go and fuck yourself". The Genie had to go and do exactly that.]]

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* Giving this trope a hilarious twist, in ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' short story "The Last Wish", Geralt and his friend find a Genie who they accidentally unleash. Geralt tries to banish him by saying the words of an "exorcism", in a language he didn't understand. The Genie indeed left, only to later return, as noted by the characters, furious beyond words. Turns out that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the "exorcism" is just a prank someone played on Geralt, and roughly translates to "go and fuck yourself". The Genie had to go and do exactly that.]]



* The Wish Granter in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}} Shadow of Chernobyl''. If you tell it you want to be rich, [[spoiler:golden coins rain down from the ceiling -- which are actually just the rusty bolts which were the only things holding the decaying roof in place]]. If you tell it you want the [[EldritchLocation Zone]] to disappear, [[spoiler: it turns you blind]]. If you tell it you want to rule the world, [[spoiler: it will absorb you into the Wish Granter monolith]]. And if you want humanity to be destroyed/controlled, it will [[spoiler: place you in a black void devoid of everything but the player]]. And if you tell it that you want to be immortal, it will [[spoiler: turn you into a crystal statue.]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has this in effect with [[spoiler: The Catalyst. In the Extended Cut ending, it's revealed the Leviathans created an A.I. to find a way to stop conflict between organics and synthetics. Its solution? Merge them all together into [[EldritchAbomination mecha cthulhus]], thus ceasing the fighting]].

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* The Wish Granter in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}} Shadow of Chernobyl''. If you tell it you want to be rich, [[spoiler:golden coins rain down from the ceiling -- which are actually just the rusty bolts which were the only things holding the decaying roof in place]]. If you tell it you want the [[EldritchLocation Zone]] to disappear, [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it turns you blind]]. If you tell it you want to rule the world, [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it will absorb you into the Wish Granter monolith]]. And if you want humanity to be destroyed/controlled, it will [[spoiler: place [[spoiler:place you in a black void devoid of everything but the player]]. And if you tell it that you want to be immortal, it will [[spoiler: turn [[spoiler:turn you into a crystal statue.]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has this in effect with [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Catalyst. In the Extended Cut ending, it's revealed the Leviathans created an A.I. to find a way to stop conflict between organics and synthetics. Its solution? Merge them all together into [[EldritchAbomination mecha cthulhus]], thus ceasing the fighting]].



* The Holy Grail from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' [[spoiler: when it's working properly]] is one of these. It's capable of granting any wish, but the person making the wish has to have in mind some way of making it come true. In the ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'' spin-off, one character brings up the example of a mage who wishes to be the most powerful mage in the world, but in his mind his idea is that everyone better than him should be dead, thus resulting in the Grail killing everyone better than the mage in order to grant that wish. And in the original work, [[spoiler: the Einzberns tried to summon Angra Mainyu, the Zoroastrian GodOfEvil, as the Servant Avenger, hoping to get an invincible demon, but instead got a weak human who was [[TheScapegoat ritually sacrificed]] thus becoming the source of the legend. However, because he represented a wish for an embodiment of "All the World's Evil" that everyone could blame for their suffering, when he entered the Grail, the Grail tried to grant that wish and would have summoned such a being if someone tried to make a wish on the Grail.]]

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* The Holy Grail from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when it's working properly]] is one of these. It's capable of granting any wish, but the person making the wish has to have in mind some way of making it come true. In the ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'' spin-off, one character brings up the example of a mage who wishes to be the most powerful mage in the world, but in his mind his idea is that everyone better than him should be dead, thus resulting in the Grail killing everyone better than the mage in order to grant that wish. And in the original work, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Einzberns tried to summon Angra Mainyu, the Zoroastrian GodOfEvil, as the Servant Avenger, hoping to get an invincible demon, but instead got a weak human who was [[TheScapegoat ritually sacrificed]] thus becoming the source of the legend. However, because he represented a wish for an embodiment of "All the World's Evil" that everyone could blame for their suffering, when he entered the Grail, the Grail tried to grant that wish and would have summoned such a being if someone tried to make a wish on the Grail.]]



* Podcast/RPPRActualPlay: In Caleb's scenario "Revelations", Yog-Sothoth [[GoneHorriblyRight answers a priest's wishes]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor to live in a time of biblical truth]] as literally as possible. Later, [[spoiler: a player wishes for things to "go back to the way it was yesterday"... [[GroundhogDayLoop guess what happens.]]]]

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* Podcast/RPPRActualPlay: In Caleb's scenario "Revelations", Yog-Sothoth [[GoneHorriblyRight answers a priest's wishes]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor to live in a time of biblical truth]] as literally as possible. Later, [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a player wishes for things to "go back to the way it was yesterday"... [[GroundhogDayLoop guess what happens.]]]]
19th Sep '17 10:13:23 AM dvorak
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*** A saucier variation on this is him riding a giant chicken and saying that he wished for a "huge cock."
6th Sep '17 11:26:43 AM CosmicFerret
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* TheFlash once fell victim to this trope in a big way. Wally West had never bothered with a SecretIdentity, thinking it was more trouble than it was worth. But he changed his mind when his nemesis Zoom attacked his wife and killed their unborn child. In his grief, Wally summoned the all-powerful being known as Comicbook/TheSpectre and asked him to make the entire world forget the Flash's real identity. Spectre agreed... but since Wally said he wanted ''everyone'' to forget, HE FORGOT TOO. The next issue began with Wally as a down-on-his-luck nobody who had no idea he even had superpowers.

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* TheFlash ComicBook/TheFlash once fell victim to this trope in a big way. Wally West had never bothered with a SecretIdentity, thinking it was more trouble than it was worth. But he changed his mind when his nemesis Zoom attacked his wife and killed their unborn child. In his grief, Wally summoned the all-powerful being known as Comicbook/TheSpectre and asked him to make the entire world forget the Flash's real identity. Spectre agreed... but since Wally said he wanted ''everyone'' to forget, HE FORGOT TOO. The next issue began with Wally as a down-on-his-luck nobody who had no idea he even had superpowers.
4th Sep '17 2:47:08 AM CaptainPedant
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* In the 1980s, ''Bike'' cartoonist "Shobba" once drew a picture of a disgruntled youth sat on a furry cabin-trunk, with a four-foot rooster in the foreground and a brass lamp from which smoke was condensing into the form of a djinni with a what-is-it-now expression on his face. To one side was a (desperately uncool) Triumph Herald car with a pair of furry dice in the windscreen, and the youth was exclaiming "No, no, I meant a ''Triumph''...". [[spoiler: Once you work it out and look once again at the objects in the picture, you realize he meant a "hairy chest", a "great big cock" and a Triumph ''motorbike''... probably a Bonneville, in that day and age.]]
3rd Sep '17 7:27:28 PM Vilui
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** A similar scam circulated in the United States during the boll weevil infestation of the 1920's. The scammer would advertise a sure-fire weevil killer, and a desperate cotton farmer would send in the money... to receive in the mail two heavy wooden blocks with the instructions, "place weevil between blocks and crush."

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** A similar scam circulated in the United States during the boll weevil infestation of the 1920's.1920s. The scammer would advertise a sure-fire weevil killer, and a desperate cotton farmer would send in the money... to receive in the mail two heavy wooden blocks with the instructions, "place weevil between blocks and crush."
28th Aug '17 10:23:38 AM akanesarumara
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*** Learning from Eos' mistake when wanting to make her own lover Endymion immortal, Selene wished for him to [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty remain the way he was when she got to know him]]. This did make sure he was a handsome young man forever... but Selene is the titaness of the ''moon'', as such, he was asleep when she first saw him.
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