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11th Apr '17 1:29:04 PM CrowTR0bot
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* 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]].
1st Apr '17 7:25:32 PM DustSnitch
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* In ''Literature/TheBookOfMormon'', two people at different times demanded for a sign that {{Jesus}} Christ existed. They didn't live long after that.

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* In ''Literature/TheBookOfMormon'', two people at different times demanded for a sign that {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Christ existed. They didn't live long after that.
8th Mar '17 2:27:56 PM Discar
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* While not a genie, in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', Sarene promises to get the Elantrian leaders anything they ask for, then finds it a fun game twisting their requests. They ask her for 20 sheets of steel: they get 20 sheets of steel pounded so thin as to be useless. Next time they ask for steel by weight: they get boxes full of broken nails. They ask for knives, stipulating that they be sharp, and receive them sans handles. (Though they do beat her sometimes -- for instance, when asking for fish, which they expect will be half-rotten, which is exactly what they wanted, since they were actually looking for fertilizer.)
** The GeometricMagic from the same series can fall under this trope, since a given Aon will do exactly what it was written to do. The classic example of this is Aon Tia, which teleports you instantly from one place to another...even if this would, say, put you inside a wall. Another example shows up in the backstory: An unfortunate man brought his wife to Elantris to be treated for her disease. The healer in question misdrew the healing Aon, but instead of creating an invalid Aon (which would have just vanished and done nothing), he accidentally created a totally different but still valid Aon, which basically turned the poor woman into a zombie. This touches off the book's plot.

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** ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'':
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While not a genie, in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'', Sarene promises to get the Elantrian leaders anything they ask for, then finds it a fun game twisting their requests. They ask her for 20 sheets of steel: they get 20 sheets of steel pounded so thin as to be useless. Next time they ask for steel by weight: they get boxes full of broken nails. They ask for knives, stipulating that they be sharp, and receive them sans handles. (Though they do beat her sometimes -- for instance, when asking for fish, which they expect will be half-rotten, which is exactly what they wanted, since they were actually looking for fertilizer.)
** *** The GeometricMagic from the same series can fall under this trope, since a given Aon will do exactly what it was written to do.do, just like a programming language. The classic example of this is Aon Tia, which teleports you instantly from one place to another...even if this would, say, put you inside a wall. Another example shows up in the backstory: An unfortunate man brought his wife to Elantris to be treated for her disease. The healer in question misdrew the healing Aon, but instead of creating an invalid Aon (which would have just vanished and done nothing), he accidentally created a totally different but still valid Aon, which basically turned the poor woman into a zombie. This touches off the book's plot.plot.
** 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.



* 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.
1st Mar '17 9:30:46 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* [[LiteralMinded Remember, a computer will do exactly what you told it to do]]. And in virtually all cases, it will be not what you wanted it to do.

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* [[LiteralMinded Remember, a computer will do exactly what you told it to do]]. And in virtually all cases, it will be not what you wanted it to do. See also YouCantGetYeFlask.
28th Feb '17 8:59:40 AM Jgamer
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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.]]
25th Feb '17 3:43:14 PM Kohdok
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** Another urban legend was about a $100 book that told you how to make $50,000 in no time! The only thing written inside is: "Sell 500 of these books".
7th Jan '17 4:05:16 PM Specialist290
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A more modern variation is when the wisher asks for something using slang, colloquialisms, or AmbiguousSyntax, and the Genie, having not been outside for a least a century, grants it literally because that's the only way they can understand the wish. So you can only blame yourself when the genie gives you a wood-drilling bird that's a foot tall.

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A more modern variation is when the wisher asks for something using slang, colloquialisms, or AmbiguousSyntax, and the Genie, having not been outside for a least a century, grants it literally because that's the only way they can understand the wish. So you can only blame yourself when the genie gives you a wood-drilling bird ''Dryocopus martius'' that's a foot tall.
30th Dec '16 6:36:57 AM EDP
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* The manga ''Wish'' of Mia Ikumi (also author of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'') features an 'Angel' (as the characters call her) who, granting the single wish she concedes to Humans who find the cell phone to talk with her, straddles between this and JackassGenie, depending on the Human ability to actually do it on their own (she ''hates'' when people cry for help without even trying):

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* The manga ''Wish'' ''Only One Wish'' of Mia Ikumi (also author of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'') features an 'Angel' (as the characters call her) who, granting the single wish she concedes to Humans who find the cell phone to talk with her, straddles between this and JackassGenie, depending on the Human ability to actually do it on their own (she ''hates'' when people cry for help without even trying):
8th Dec '16 9:14:26 PM GhostOfAGeek
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* [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/tonia/maxwell/series.php?view=archive&chapter=12747 Maxwell the demon]] is all over this one.

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* [[http://www.Maxwell the demon of defunct comic ''[[https://web.archive.org/web/20101006083002/http://www.webcomicsnation.com/tonia/maxwell/series.php?view=archive&chapter=12747 php?view=archive&chapter=12744 Maxwell the demon]] Demon]]'' is all over this one.
8th Dec '16 1:27:45 PM Shadoboy
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** Usually averted by [[MonsterClown Needles Kane]], the driver of Sweet Tooth. He almost always gets one over on Calypso, save for his ending in the 2012 reboot he wanted to find the one girl who survived his killing rampage t finally putting an end to it all. [[spoiler:she had been dead for 10 years., so Calypso transported him inside her coffin, underground, where he suffocates to death]].

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** Usually averted by [[MonsterClown Needles Kane]], the driver of Sweet Tooth. He almost always gets one over on Calypso, save for his ending in the 2012 reboot reboot: he wanted to find the one girl who survived his killing rampage t finally putting an end to it all. finish the job. [[spoiler:she had been dead for commited suicide 10 years., years ago, so Calypso transported him inside her coffin, underground, where he suffocates to death]].
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