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** And he still manages to mess up one of his wishes. He'd intended his second wish to be that Dolan had to return everything he'd stolen from Duke Sturmhold. What he actually commanded was that the Duke get everything Dolan had ever stolen from ''anyone''.
22nd Jul '17 8:26:01 PM PaulA
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* In the Music/BingCrosby[=/=]Creator/BobHope movie ''Film/{{Road to}} Morocco'', an imprisoned Jeff and Orville are given a ring which grants wishes, but are told it doesn't work for everyone. They're also given two poison tablets to use in case the ring doesn't work for either of them. When the ring doesn't work for Jeff, Orville begins to swallow a tablet, and then...

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* In the Music/BingCrosby[=/=]Creator/BobHope movie ''Film/{{Road to}} Morocco'', ''Film/RoadToMorocco'', an imprisoned Jeff and Orville are given a ring which grants wishes, but are told it doesn't work for everyone. They're also given two poison tablets to use in case the ring doesn't work for either of them. When the ring doesn't work for Jeff, Orville begins to swallow a tablet, and then...
21st Jul '17 5:40:26 AM StFan
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* Dick Dastardly employs Bubu, a genie, in the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' episode "The Dipsy Doodle Desert Derby". He's not very bright and tends to take Dastardly's commands too literally. ("Put me out in front of the other racers!" Dastardly commands -- Bubu puts the Mean Machine in front, all right. In front of the other racers ''facing'' them.)



21st Jul '17 5:02:03 AM StFan
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'' (written by Creator/ReneGoscinny, the writer of much better-known ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}})'', there is an episode with a genie which is summoned by rubbing a pair of slippers. He fulfills not only every wish, but every ''statement'' that the summoning character would pronounce. HilarityEnsues, especially if the statement is a curse of surprise.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'' (written by Creator/ReneGoscinny, the writer of much better-known ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}})'', ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''), there is an episode with a genie which is summoned by rubbing a pair of slippers. He fulfills not only every wish, but every ''statement'' that the summoning character would pronounce. HilarityEnsues, especially if the statement is a curse of surprise.



* One [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck Comic]] by Creator/CarlBarks has an interesting variant on this. As an April Fool joke, Huey Dewey and Louie trick Donald into believing that the rocks on an island in the Southern Sea grants wishes. Donald immediately drags them along to the island to test out the rocks -- and due to a number of contrived circumstances, every wish Donald makes turns out to come true in a LiteralGenie fashion, because Donald won't stop using slang when making wishes. For example, the natives of the island are worried because the ship that usually comes by to buy coconuts from them hasn't shown up, and their coconut stock is getting too big for their storage rooms. Hence, when Donald stops by, grabs a rock and loudly declares "I wish for a million coconuts!" (Meaning, of course, a million ''dollars''), the natives are all too happy to give him all the coconuts he wants. At the end of the story, Huey, Dewey and Louie are confused as to whether the rocks actually ''were'' magical or not -- though all the granted wishes were easily explained away by coincidences, the fact remained that all the wishes did, after a fashion, come true.

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* One [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck Comic]] by Creator/CarlBarks has an interesting variant on this. As an April Fool joke, Huey Dewey and Louie trick Donald into believing that the rocks on an island in the Southern Sea grants wishes. Donald immediately drags them along to the island to test out the rocks -- and due to a number of contrived circumstances, every wish Donald makes turns out to come true in a LiteralGenie fashion, because Donald won't stop using slang when making wishes. For example, the natives of the island are worried because the ship that usually comes by to buy coconuts from them hasn't shown up, and their coconut stock is getting too big for their storage rooms. Hence, when Donald stops by, grabs a rock and loudly declares "I wish for a million coconuts!" (Meaning, (meaning, of course, a million ''dollars''), the natives are all too happy to give him all the coconuts he wants. At the end of the story, Huey, Dewey and Louie are confused as to whether the rocks actually ''were'' magical or not -- though all the granted wishes were easily explained away by coincidences, the fact remained that all the wishes did, after a fashion, come true.



-->'''Dende:''' He is on Namek.\\

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-->'''Dende:''' --->'''Dende:''' He is on Namek.\\



'''Piccolo:''' (''[[SuperSenses from the other side of the planet]]'') '''You dumbass!'''\\

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'''Piccolo:''' (''[[SuperSenses ''[[[SuperSenses from the other side of the planet]]'') planet]]]'' '''You dumbass!'''\\



'''Piccolo:''' (''still distant'') '''''NERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRD!'''''

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'''Piccolo:''' (''still distant'') ''[still distant]'' '''''NERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRD!'''''



* In ''FanFic/AshesOfThePast'', Jirachi's wish-granting abilities sometimes work in strange ways. A wish that they could find an Electrike who liked Wattson ended up transporting Max's Electrike a few feet to his side, while Jirachi's own wish (yeah, they created a loophole where it can grant its own wishes) that Max "wouldn't go splat" when the group is suddenly falling from a cable car ends up ''stealing a Remoraid from a Team Aqua Grunt'' so that Max's Mantyke can evolve into Mantine.
* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse [[AlternateUniverse AU]] fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6652381/chapters/15215737 If Wishing Made It So]]'', HYDRA finds Bucky as a genie in a bottle and uses the Tesseract to alter his powers and force him to obey ''any'' order his master gives him to the exact letter instead of just granting three easily-twisted wishes so that he suffers the negative consequences of this trope instead of the actual wisher. Steve learns about the full extent of this when he tells Bucky to "stay here" after he unwittingly releases him from his bottle in his apartment and Bucky is rendered unable to leave his apartment even after Steve clarifies that he ''can'' move around until he gets specific permission to go outside.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1333461/1/Bottled-Genius Bottled Genius]]'', an ''Anime/{{Inuyasha}}'' fanfic where Inuyasha is a genie summoned by Kagome, genies operate like this by default with their wishes being automatically granted with some ironic twist even if they ''don't'' want it to be granted like that. Even after Inuyasha becomes friends with Kagome and honestly wants to make sure her wishes go well, she still has to write out a long list of specifications to ensure that her wish for a nice family vacation has no negative repercussions... and even ''that'' list doesn't stop [[BigBad Naraku]] from tracking them down while they're on said vacation.

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* In ''FanFic/AshesOfThePast'', ''Fanfic/AshesOfThePast'', Jirachi's wish-granting abilities sometimes work in strange ways. A wish that they could find an Electrike who liked Wattson ended up transporting Max's Electrike a few feet to his side, while Jirachi's own wish (yeah, they created a loophole where it can grant its own wishes) that Max "wouldn't go splat" when the group is suddenly falling from a cable car ends up ''stealing a Remoraid from a Team Aqua Grunt'' so that Max's Mantyke can evolve into Mantine.
* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse [[AlternateUniverse AU]] fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6652381/chapters/15215737 If Wishing Made It So]]'', HYDRA finds Bucky as a genie in a bottle and uses bottle. They use the Tesseract to alter his powers and force him to obey ''any'' order his master gives him to the exact letter letter, instead of just granting three easily-twisted wishes easily twisted wishes, so that he suffers the negative consequences of this trope instead of the actual wisher. Steve learns about the full extent of this when he tells Bucky to "stay here" after he unwittingly releases him from his bottle in his apartment apartment, and Bucky is rendered unable to leave his apartment even after Steve clarifies that he ''can'' move around until he gets specific permission to go outside.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1333461/1/Bottled-Genius Bottled Genius]]'', an ''Anime/{{Inuyasha}}'' ''Anime/InuYasha'' fanfic where Inuyasha Inu-Yasha is a genie summoned by Kagome, genies operate like this by default with their wishes being automatically granted with some ironic twist even if they ''don't'' want it to be granted like that. Even after Inuyasha Inu-Yasha becomes friends with Kagome and honestly wants to make sure her wishes go well, she still has to write out a long list of specifications to ensure that her wish for a nice family vacation has no negative repercussions... and even ''that'' list doesn't stop [[BigBad Naraku]] from tracking them down while they're on said vacation.



-->'''Iago''': Okay, you know all, so tell all. Where is the treasure? You know, the ultimate one?\\
'''Oracle''': I am bound by the rule of one. One question, one answer.\\
'''Iago''' (''frustrated''): I only ''want'' one answer! WHERE IS THE ULTIMATE TREASURE?!\\
'''Oracle''': You have already asked your question.\\
'''Iago''': You mean before? Oh, uh, that wasn't a question! That was uh...thinking out loud!\\
'''Genie''' ''(grabbing Iago)'': ''VERY'' loud!

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-->'''Iago''': --->'''Iago:''' Okay, you know all, so tell all. Where is the treasure? You know, the ultimate one?\\
'''Oracle''': '''Oracle:''' I am bound by the rule of one. One question, one answer.\\
'''Iago''' (''frustrated''): '''Iago:''' ''[frustrated]'' I only ''want'' one answer! WHERE IS THE ULTIMATE TREASURE?!\\
'''Oracle''': '''Oracle:''' You have already asked your question.\\
'''Iago''': '''Iago:''' You mean before? Oh, uh, that wasn't a question! That was uh...thinking out loud!\\
'''Genie''' ''(grabbing Iago)'': '''Genie:''' ''[grabbing Iago]'': ''VERY'' loud!



-->'''Orville:''' (''to the sky'') Set the table, Aunt Lucy, there'll be two more for dinner... Boy, I sure wish I had a drink.\\
(''a drink appears in Orville's hand'')\\

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-->'''Orville:''' (''to ''[to the sky'') sky]'' Set the table, Aunt Lucy, there'll be two more for dinner... Boy, I sure wish I had a drink.\\
(''a ''[a drink appears in Orville's hand'')\\hand]''\\



(''Orville turns into, well, a monkey'')

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(''Orville ''[Orville turns into, well, a monkey'')monkey]''



** In [[Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}} the remake]], as he starts to wise up to the Devil, his wishes start getting more elaborate. The devil keeps finding a detail he left out, and screws him over on that point. In fact, the very first thing he wishes is to be rich and married to the love of his life -- only to become a rich ''cocaine baron'' whose wife absolutely loathes him.

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** In [[Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}} [[Film/Bedazzled2000 the remake]], as he starts to wise up to the Devil, his wishes start getting more elaborate. The devil keeps finding a detail he left out, and screws him over on that point. In fact, the very first thing he wishes is to be rich and married to the love of his life -- only to become a rich ''cocaine baron'' whose wife absolutely loathes him.



* King Brian, any chance he gets in ''Film/DarbyOGillAndTheLittlePeople''.

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* %%* King Brian, any chance he gets in ''Film/DarbyOGillAndTheLittlePeople''.



** Inverted in [[http://xkcd.com/532/ "Piano"]].



-->'''Bartimaeus:''' (''reminiscing about one such sap'') ...Unfortunately for him, the precise words he used were: "Preserve me!" A cork, a great big bottle, a vat of pickling fluid, and -- presto! -- the job was done.

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-->'''Bartimaeus:''' (''reminiscing ''[reminiscing about one such sap'') ...sap]'' ...Unfortunately for him, the precise words he used were: "Preserve me!" A cork, a great big bottle, a vat of pickling fluid, and -- presto! -- the job was done.



** Was that story made up before or after [[http://www.sff.net/people/DoyleMacdonald/l_pyecra.htm The Truth About Pyecraft?]] The two plots sound essentially identical.



* The sort story "A Lot to Learn", by Robert T. Kurosaka, which appears in ''100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories'' concerns a scientist who builds a machine which can create anything that he tells it to. To test it out, he decides to start with some simple commands. His first request is “drink,” and he gets a puddle on his desk (he hadn’t specified a glass). His next request is “girl,” and a girl appears. She is naked (he hadn’t specified clothing) and eight years old. His reaction to this is “Hell!” [[spoiler:He then dies when his house explodes in a giant fireball.]]

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* The sort story "A Lot to Learn", by Robert T. Kurosaka, which appears in ''100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories'' concerns a scientist who builds a machine which can create anything that he tells it to. To test it out, he decides to start with some simple commands. His first request is “drink,” "drink", and he gets a puddle on his desk (he hadn’t specified a glass). His next request is “girl,” "girl", and a girl appears. She is naked (he hadn’t hadn't specified clothing) and eight years old. His reaction to this is “Hell!” "Hell!" [[spoiler:He then dies when his house explodes in a giant fireball.]]



** Another example of God as a Literal Genie: ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' portrays Him as someone perfectly willing to say "''Thy'' will be done" to an unbeliever, effectively condemning them to a SelfInflictedHell.

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** * Another example of God as a Literal Genie: ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' portrays Him as someone perfectly willing to say "''Thy'' will be done" to an unbeliever, effectively condemning them to a SelfInflictedHell.



** Discussed and defied in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. Two characters are having a conversation about the Nightwatcher, a powerful magical being who will grant anyone who seeks her out one wish, but also curse them at the same time. One character thinks that he could avoid being cursed if he worded his wish so that there weren't any loopholes, but the other, more knowledgeable one says that the Nightwatcher doesn't work like that--she gives you a curse she thinks is appropriate, which ''might'' be an ironic twist on the wish, but just as often is totally unrelated. Wording your wish really well won't get you out of it.

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** Discussed and defied in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. Two characters are having a conversation about the Nightwatcher, a powerful magical being who will grant anyone who seeks her out one wish, but also curse them at the same time. One character thinks that he could avoid being cursed if he worded his wish so that there weren't any loopholes, but the other, more knowledgeable one says that the Nightwatcher doesn't work like that--she that -- she gives you a curse she thinks is appropriate, which ''might'' be an ironic twist on the wish, but just as often is totally unrelated. Wording your wish really well won't get you out of it.



** In ''Wish You Were Here'', jumping in Lake Okeewana is ''supposed'' to grant your heart's desire--but the spirit of the lake is good at creative interpretations.

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** In ''Wish You Were Here'', jumping in Lake Okeewana is ''supposed'' to grant your heart's desire--but desire -- but the spirit of the lake is good at creative interpretations.



* ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Dealing With Dragons]]'' has some fun with this one after Princess Cimorene and Prince Therandil accidentally free a jinn and (after narrowly avoiding some JackassGenie shenanigans) persuade it to give them each one wish. Therandil wishes to slay a dragon and win a princess's hand in marriage, intending to fight the dragon who Cimorene is voluntarily working for. Only after the jinn has returned to his bottle does Cimorene point out that Therandil was promised "the next dragon you fight, you will kill ''him''," and that Kazul, the dragon she is working for, is female. Whether the wish would actually have failed to help Therandil against Kazul or not is never proven; Cimorene uses the logic of this trope to persuade Therandil to go fight a different (male) dragon and rescue the AlphaBitch princess that dragon had abducted.

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* ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Dealing With with Dragons]]'' has some fun with this one after Princess Cimorene and Prince Therandil accidentally free a jinn and (after narrowly avoiding some JackassGenie shenanigans) persuade it to give them each one wish. Therandil wishes to slay a dragon and win a princess's hand in marriage, intending to fight the dragon who Cimorene is voluntarily working for. Only after the jinn has returned to his bottle does Cimorene point out that Therandil was promised "the next dragon you fight, you will kill ''him''," and that Kazul, the dragon she is working for, is female. Whether the wish would actually have failed to help Therandil against Kazul or not is never proven; Cimorene uses the logic of this trope to persuade Therandil to go fight a different (male) dragon and rescue the AlphaBitch princess that dragon had abducted.



-->'''Fairy #1:''' Oh look, they're all chained up! That can't be helping!\\

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-->'''Fairy --->'''Fairy #1:''' Oh look, they're all chained up! That can't be helping!\\



(''the fairies cast a spell, making their manacles fall off; Tony and Virginia each look around, only to find they're alone in different parts of the swamp'')\\

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(''the ''[the fairies cast a spell, making their manacles fall off; Tony and Virginia each look around, only to find they're alone in different parts of the swamp'')\\swamp]''\\



* Gabrielle's [[RewritingReality enchanted scroll]] (HilarityEnsues(tm)) worked this way during the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "The Quill is Mightier". Only by writing ''what was actually occurring'' instead of using metaphor (thank you, piscine weaponry) was she able to break the spell.

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* Gabrielle's [[RewritingReality enchanted scroll]] (HilarityEnsues(tm)) worked (HilarityEnsues[[superscript:TM]]) works this way during the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "The Quill is Mightier". Only by writing ''what was is actually occurring'' instead of using metaphor (thank you, piscine weaponry) was is she able to break the spell.



* An almost-but-not-quite example from the parent show, ''Series/DoctorWho''. The Doctor gives the Family of Blood exactly what they wished for -- in the most horrific manner possible. They wanted the immortality of a Time Lord, so they got imprisoned in chains forged at the heart of a dwarf star, past the event horizon of a collapsing galaxy, trapped in every mirror in existence and dressed up as a scarecrow to watch over the fields of England, frozen in time. Yikes.

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* An almost-but-not-quite example from the parent show, ''Series/DoctorWho''. ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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The Doctor gives the Family of Blood exactly what they wished for -- in the most horrific manner possible. They wanted the immortality of a Time Lord, so they got imprisoned in chains forged at the heart of a dwarf star, past the event horizon of a collapsing galaxy, trapped in every mirror in existence and dressed up as a scarecrow to watch over the fields of England, frozen in time. Yikes.



* ''{{Series/Rentaghost}}'': The Perkins are given a magical amulet that grants all their wishes. They do not realise this and persist in expressing odd wishes, which the amulet then proceeds to grant, usually in a fairly literal manner.
* Lampshaded by ''Series/{{Community}}'': When Britta wishes to end all wars, Troy warns her that any wish containing "all" is guaranteed to end with ironic consequences. Wars probably won't be missed, but as Troy points out, a literal genie could get rid of Franchise/StarWars, thumb wars, Series/StorageWars...

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* ''{{Series/Rentaghost}}'': ''Series/{{Rentaghost}}'': The Perkins are given a magical amulet that grants all their wishes. They do not realise this and persist in expressing odd wishes, which the amulet then proceeds to grant, usually in a fairly literal manner.
* Lampshaded by ''Series/{{Community}}'': When Britta wishes to end all wars, Troy warns her that any wish containing "all" is guaranteed to end with ironic consequences. Wars probably won't be missed, but as Troy points out, a literal genie could get rid of Franchise/StarWars, ''Franchise/StarWars'', thumb wars, Series/StorageWars...''Series/StorageWars''...



* Pretty much how the title character of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' behaves.

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* %%* Pretty much how the title character of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' behaves.



* Andrew Pants, who runs a website where people can recommend things for him to write songs about, sometimes responds to these like a LiteralGenie. A person asks for a song about hot girls, he gets one involving flame-throwers and microwaves. Someone else asks for a song in which every word has an "o" in it, and he gets a song that's completely instrumental, except for the end, when he says "potato".

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* Andrew Pants, who runs a website where people can recommend things for him to write songs about, sometimes responds to these like a LiteralGenie. LiteralGenie.
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A person asks for a song about hot girls, he gets one involving flame-throwers and microwaves. Someone else asks for a song in which every word has an "o" in it, and he gets a song that's completely instrumental, except for the end, when he says "potato".



* OlderThanFeudalism example: Eos, the Greek goddess of the dawn, fell in love with a mortal, Tithonus, so she asked Zeus to grant him "immortality". He did. The catch was she forgot to ask for "eternal youth". Yeah. [[AgeWithoutYouth Not a happy ending]]. [[spoiler:He keeps on aging until he shrivels up into a grasshopper. His fate after that remains uncertain.]] Zeus ''has'' granted mortals eternal life before. Either these cases knew how to ask, or Zeus was just being a dick, which would not be [[JerkassGods out of character]].
* Zeus's latest mistress Semele was tricked by Hera into asking him to grant her a wish, and got him to swear an oath on the River Styx to grant whatever she asked. For Greek gods, the oath of the Styx is unbreakable, or can be broken only with severe consequences such as the oathbreaker being [[AndIMustScream unable to move or breathe]] for a year, then unable to see other gods for 9 more years (a recipe for chaos and violence on Olympus if Zeus is the one missing). Then Semele wished to see him in his full glory, and was consequently burnt to ash by the sight.
* For example, there is another story about a nymph who fell in love with an extremely handsome man named Hermaphroditos (the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, hence the name), and asked Zeus to make them together forever. Zeus merged their bodies together, and thus we have the word "hermaphrodite".

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* Myth/ClassicalMythology:
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OlderThanFeudalism example: Eos, the Greek goddess of the dawn, fell in love with a mortal, Tithonus, so she asked Zeus to grant him "immortality". He did. The catch was she forgot to ask for "eternal youth". Yeah. [[AgeWithoutYouth Not a happy ending]]. [[spoiler:He keeps on aging until he shrivels up into a grasshopper. His fate after that remains uncertain.]] Zeus ''has'' granted mortals eternal life before. Either these cases knew how to ask, or Zeus was just being a dick, which would not be [[JerkassGods out of character]].
* ** Zeus's latest mistress Semele was tricked by Hera into asking him to grant her a wish, and got him to swear an oath on the River Styx to grant whatever she asked. For Greek gods, the oath of the Styx is unbreakable, or can be broken only with severe consequences such as the oathbreaker being [[AndIMustScream unable to move or breathe]] for a year, then unable to see other gods for 9 more years (a recipe for chaos and violence on Olympus if Zeus is the one missing). Then Semele wished to see him in his full glory, and was consequently burnt to ash by the sight.
* ** For example, there is another story about a nymph who fell in love with an extremely handsome man named Hermaphroditos (the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, hence the name), and asked Zeus to make them together forever. Zeus merged their bodies together, and thus we have the word "hermaphrodite".



** This is based on an even older joke about the same subject. More mature versions involve the person being a drunk who is turned into a mixed drink at a bar.

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** :: This is based on an even older joke about the same subject. More mature versions involve the person being a drunk who is turned into a mixed drink at a bar.



* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'':



* In the "Legacy of Fire" adventure path for ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the antagonistic genie delves into this occasionally when not playing JackassGenie [[spoiler:or attempting to dig up an EldritchAbomination so he can steal its power]]. For example, one of his minions in the final adventure has wished for skin as hard as diamond, so she's literally been turned into living diamond. Fortunately, since she's one of his minions, she is still allowed to move, and gets things like a +4 natural armour bonus from it.

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* In the "Legacy of Fire" adventure path for ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the antagonistic genie delves into this occasionally when not playing JackassGenie [[spoiler:or attempting to dig up an EldritchAbomination so he can steal its power]]. For example, one of his minions in the final adventure has wished for skin as hard as diamond, so she's literally been turned into living diamond. Fortunately, since she's one of his minions, she is still allowed to move, and gets things like a +4 natural armour armor bonus from it.



* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal''

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* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal''''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'':



* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''

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* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''''VideoGame/BaldursGate'':



* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''

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* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'':



* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', the game's BigBad, the technically immortal Pig King, orders Dr. Andonuts to construct an "Absolutely Safe Capsule", which can protect him from absolutely everything in a pinch. Being one of the good guys, Dr. Andonuts chooses to take the Literal Genie approach regarding just how absolute the safety provided by the Capsule is. When the Pig King eventually faces defeat at the hands of the heroes and retreats to the Absolutely Safe Capsule, it transpires that while he is indeed impervious to any attack the heroes throw at him, ''he'' is also unable to attack ''them'', making anyone ''outside'' the Capsule ''also'' "Absolutely Safe" as a result. The worst and most chilling part, though, is that "Absolute" safety, by definition, is impossible to compromise -- once activated, the Capsule ''cannot be opened again''. By entering the Capsule, the Pig King has doomed himself to spend eternity in isolation. Seemingly a FateWorseThanDeath, but it's implied in the end sequence that this was actually a happy ending for him.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', ''VideoGame/Mother3'', the game's BigBad, the technically immortal Pig King, orders Dr. Andonuts to construct an "Absolutely Safe Capsule", which can protect him from absolutely everything in a pinch. Being one of the good guys, Dr. Andonuts chooses to take the Literal Genie approach regarding just how absolute the safety provided by the Capsule is. When the Pig King eventually faces defeat at the hands of the heroes and retreats to the Absolutely Safe Capsule, it transpires that while he is indeed impervious to any attack the heroes throw at him, ''he'' is also unable to attack ''them'', making anyone ''outside'' the Capsule ''also'' "Absolutely Safe" as a result. The worst and most chilling part, though, is that "Absolute" safety, by definition, is impossible to compromise -- once activated, the Capsule ''cannot be opened again''. By entering the Capsule, the Pig King has doomed himself to spend eternity in isolation. Seemingly a FateWorseThanDeath, but it's implied in the end sequence that this was actually a happy ending for him.



* 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.]]

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* The Wish Granter in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}} Shadow of Chernobyl''. If you tell it you want to be rich, [[spoiler: golden [[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.]]



* 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 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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* [[http://xkcd.com/532/ This strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' is [[DontExplainTheJoke a reversal of the punchline]] of a popular Literal Genie joke. A guy walks into a bar, that includes a piano player that's less than a foot tall and a piano to match. The bartender shows him a very old beer bottle and tells the guy that he can use it for one wish. The guy makes his wish, gets screwed over by LiteralGenie, and complains "hey! I didn't ask for [result]!" The bartender's response? "Yeah, and I didn't ask for a ten-inch pianist." Now re-read the ''xkcd'' strip.

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[[http://xkcd.com/532/ This One strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' is [[DontExplainTheJoke a reversal of the punchline]] of a popular Literal Genie joke. A guy walks into a bar, that includes a piano player that's less than a foot tall and a piano to match. The bartender shows him a very old beer bottle and tells the guy that he can use it for one wish. The guy makes his wish, gets screwed over by LiteralGenie, and complains "hey! I didn't ask for [result]!" The bartender's response? "Yeah, and I didn't ask for a ten-inch pianist." Now re-read the ''xkcd'' strip.



* Giselle, for the record: telling a wishing well "[[http://lowroad75.comicgenesis.com/d/20090522.html I wish my dreams to come true...]]" is [[NotWearingPantsDream never a good idea]].

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* Giselle, for the record: telling a wishing well "[[http://lowroad75.comicgenesis.com/d/20090522.html I wish my dreams to come true...]]" is [[NotWearingPantsDream never a good idea]].idea. It's much more likely to pick the NotWearingPantsDream than any other.



* Webcomic/TheWotch featured an ArtifactOfDoom that forced the genie summoned through it to act this way, [[BenevolentGenie even if it's against their nature]]. Later still, one story arc involved the protagonists visiting a world inhabited entirely by genies. It ended when the gang [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom accidentally]] kicked off a Civil War between the genies who [[JackassGenie follow this trope on purpose]] and [[BenevolentGenie the genies who don't]].

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* Webcomic/TheWotch featured ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' features an ArtifactOfDoom that forced forces the genie summoned through it to act this way, [[BenevolentGenie even if it's against their nature]]. Later still, one story arc involved the involvesthe protagonists visiting a world inhabited entirely by genies. It ended ends when the gang [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom accidentally]] kicked kicks off a Civil War between the genies who [[JackassGenie follow this trope on purpose]] and [[BenevolentGenie the genies who don't]].



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-->'''Eden:''' (''in response to Abis Mal's disappointment'') You said cosmic tough guy. You didn't say forever.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Finn the Human/Jake the Dog", the RealityWarper Prismo is like this. [[spoiler:When Finn wishes that [[TheDreaded The Lich]] never existed, he is transported to a post-apocalyptic AlternateUniverse where the Lich never existed. Prismo tells Jake that he also has one wish, and Jake says he wants a [[MundaneWish sandwich]]. Prismo tells him that since wishes are literal, he should probably wish for something like saving Finn, and be very specific about it. He even describes it as a "[[TheMonkeysPaw Monkey's Paw]] kind of thing". When Jake still doesn't get it, Prismo ends up spelling out the wish Jake should make.]]

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-->'''Eden:''' (''in ''[in response to Abis Mal's disappointment'') disappointment]'' You said cosmic tough guy. You didn't say forever.
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In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Finn the Human/Jake the Dog", the RealityWarper Prismo is like this. [[spoiler:When Finn wishes that [[TheDreaded The Lich]] never existed, he is transported to a post-apocalyptic AlternateUniverse where the Lich never existed. Prismo tells Jake that he also has one wish, and Jake says he wants a [[MundaneWish sandwich]]. Prismo tells him that since wishes are literal, he should probably wish for something like saving Finn, and be very specific about it. He even describes it as a "[[TheMonkeysPaw "[[Literature/TheMonkeysPaw Monkey's Paw]] kind of thing". When Jake still doesn't get it, Prismo ends up spelling out the wish Jake should make.]]



-->'''Knight #2''': I wish to blow up! I mean like get big. ''(explodes)''
-->'''Finn''': Wow... you guys are really stupid.
-->'''Knight #1''': What do you mean?

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-->'''Knight #2''': --->'''Knight #2:''' I wish to blow up! I mean like get big. ''(explodes)''
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''[explodes]''\\
'''Finn:'''
Wow... you guys are really stupid.
-->'''Knight #1''':
stupid.\\
'''Knight #1:'''
What do you mean?
9th Jul '17 8:32:16 PM ElectroKraken
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRockyAndBullwinkleShow'' Fractured Fairy Tale short "Prince Darling" shows the fairy intentionally doing this, turning the eponymous prince into a monster, saying "Your father's last wish was that I make something out of you. That's something."

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRockyAndBullwinkleShow'' The ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' Fractured Fairy Tale short "Prince Darling" shows the fairy intentionally doing this, turning the eponymous prince into a monster, saying "Your father's last wish was that I make something out of you. That's something."
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ArchiesWeirdMysteries'' has Veronica wish "everyone was exactly like her" within earshot of a wish granting idol. The result is everyone in town one by one slowly becoming more like her, ultimately transforming into exact clones of her. It turns out the idol itself isn't even sentient and the day is saved when Veronica figures out what has happened and wishes from it for everything to be back to normal, but not before getting a good harsh look at just how annoying and whiny she is and [[AnAesop learning to be a better person]].
1st Jul '17 5:34:48 AM Patcher
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** One notorious artifact in the game that often acts this way is ''Kuroth's Quill''. It's a quill pen that can grant wishes, but the wisher must use the pen to write his request down on paper, and ''spelling counts'' in this case like you wouldn't believe, because the Quill does ''exactly'' what is written, and a spelling or grammar mistake on the wisher's part can change everything. (The source that details it instructs Game Masters to have any Player who tries to use it write what he wants down, but the Player has to find out about it's condition just as he'd find out the drawbacks of any other artifact.)

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** One notorious artifact in the game that often acts this way is ''Kuroth's Quill''. It's a quill pen that can grant wishes, but the wisher must use the pen to write his request down on paper, and ''spelling counts'' in this case like you wouldn't believe, because the Quill does ''exactly'' what is written, and a spelling or grammar mistake on the wisher's part can change everything. (The source that details it instructs Game Masters to have any Player who tries to use it write what he wants down, but the Player has to find out about it's its condition just as he'd find out the drawbacks of any other artifact.)



* ''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. It's solution? Merge them all together into [[EldritchAbomination mecha cthulhus]], thus ceasing the fighting]].

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* ''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. It's Its solution? Merge them all together into [[EldritchAbomination mecha cthulhus]], thus ceasing the fighting]].
16th Jun '17 6:14:25 PM Lemia
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1333461/1/Bottled-Genius Bottled Genius]]'', an ''Anime/{{Inuyasha}}'' fanfic where Inuyasha is a genie summoned by Kagome, genies operate like this by default with their wishes being automatically granted with some ironic twist even if they genuinely ''don't'' want to be this trope. Even after Inuyasha warms up to Kagome and honestly wants to make sure her wishes go well, she still has to write out a lengthy, detailed list of specifications to ensure that her wish for a nice family vacation has no negative repercussions... and even ''that'' list doesn't stop [[BigBad Naraku]] from tracking them down when they're on said vacation.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1333461/1/Bottled-Genius Bottled Genius]]'', an ''Anime/{{Inuyasha}}'' fanfic where Inuyasha is a genie summoned by Kagome, genies operate like this by default with their wishes being automatically granted with some ironic twist even if they genuinely ''don't'' want it to be this trope. granted like that. Even after Inuyasha warms up to becomes friends with Kagome and honestly wants to make sure her wishes go well, she still has to write out a lengthy, detailed long list of specifications to ensure that her wish for a nice family vacation has no negative repercussions... and even ''that'' list doesn't stop [[BigBad Naraku]] from tracking them down when while they're on said vacation.
16th Jun '17 6:10:28 PM Lemia
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1333461/1/Bottled-Genius Bottled Genius]]'', an ''Anime/{{Inuyasha}}'' fanfic where Inuyasha is a genie summoned by Kagome, genies operate like this by default with their wishes being automatically granted with some ironic twist even if they genuinely ''don't'' want to be this trope. Even after Inuyasha warms up to Kagome and honestly wants to make sure her wishes go well, she still has to write out a lengthy, detailed list of specifications to ensure that her wish for a nice family vacation has no negative repercussions... and even ''that'' list doesn't stop [[BigBad Naraku]] from tracking them down when they're on said vacation.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRockyAndBullwinkleShow'' Fractured Fairy Tale short "Prince Darling" shows the fairy intentionally doing this, turning the eponymous prince into a monster, saying "Your father's last wish was that I make something out of you. That's something."
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