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11th Oct '17 1:32:52 AM Vir
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** In the episode "Meeseeks and Destroy", Rick gives his family a "Meeseeks Box", which creates beings called Meeseeks that will fulfill any request the user wants and then disappear. Rick warns them to keep the requests simple since giving a Meeseek a request they cannot fulfill could have serious consequences. Beth and Summer ignore the advice and ask to be "a more complete woman" and "more popular", respectively. Jerry on the other hand, decides to play it safe and asks to take two strokes off his golf game. This being [[ButtMonkey Jerry]], HIS wish is the one that leads to everything going to hell.
** In another episode, when Summer sees her boss (AKA, [[LouisCypher the Devil]]) try to hang himself, she uses a Monkey's Paw she happened to be holding at the time to make a desk light enough for her to move, the noose to be untied and for her to know CPR. The Devil then notes that those are some pretty insignificant wishes to use on such a a thing.

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** In the episode "Meeseeks and Destroy", Rick gives his family a "Meeseeks Box", which creates beings called Meeseeks that will fulfill any request the user wants and then disappear. Rick warns them to keep the requests simple since giving a Meeseek a request they cannot fulfill could have serious consequences. Beth and Summer ignore the advice and ask to be "a more complete woman" and "more popular", respectively. Jerry Jerry, on the other hand, decides to play it safe and asks to take two strokes off his golf game. This being [[ButtMonkey Jerry]], HIS wish is the one that leads to everything going to hell.
** In another episode, when Summer sees her boss (AKA, [[LouisCypher the Devil]]) try to hang himself, she uses a Monkey's Paw she happened to be holding at the time to make a desk light enough for her to move, the noose to be untied and for her to know CPR. The Devil then notes that those are some pretty insignificant wishes to use on such a a thing.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/SkylandersAcademy'' episode "I Dream of Ninjini", the Doom Raiders find Ninjini's bottle that she broke out of and make her grant their wishes. Broccoli Guy wishes for a best friend and gets his pet rock from his childhood, Kaos wishes that Glumshanks were with him, and Glumshanks, upset about being pulled back into Kaos' life after going on to pursue his dream of going to community college, wishes he was back where he was before.



* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, at one point visited Corinth. While there he offered, according to the story, a particular Philosopher (Diogenes) anything he wanted and, being emperor of just about everything at the time, he could have granted it. Diogenes only looked up, slightly irritated, and asked him to get out of his light. Sometimes interpreted as Diogenes showing Alexander that all his worldly triumphs couldn't compare to the wonders of nature such as the sunlight. As an alternative interpretation Diogenes unintentionally showed Alexander the joys of simplicity, because Diogenes was happier than Alexander despite Alexander being the emperor and having anything he wanted at the snap of his fingers.

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* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, at one point visited Corinth. While there he offered, according to the story, a particular Philosopher (Diogenes) anything he wanted and, being emperor of just about everything at the time, he could have granted it. Diogenes only looked up, slightly irritated, and asked him to get out of his light. Sometimes interpreted as Diogenes showing Alexander that all his worldly triumphs couldn't compare to the wonders of nature such as the sunlight. As an alternative interpretation interpretation, Diogenes unintentionally showed Alexander the joys of simplicity, because Diogenes was happier than Alexander despite Alexander being the emperor and having anything he wanted at the snap of his fingers.
5th Oct '17 6:44:39 AM DarkHunter
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* In ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm'', a parody of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', when Shirou and Saber win the Holy Grail Grand Prix and are offered a wish from the Holy Grail, all they ask for is [[spoiler:the money they spent on the race (their vehicle was coin-operated) to be returned to them.]]
2nd Sep '17 2:48:07 PM WillyFourEyes
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* ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'': [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]]. When the [=WBBA=] held a tournament promising to grant any wish to whoever won, Ginga commented he intended to wish for [[TrademarkFavoriteFood a hamburger]].

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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'': [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]]. When the [=WBBA=] held a tournament promising to grant any wish to whoever won, Ginga commented he intended to wish for [[TrademarkFavoriteFood a hamburger]].



* [[DealWithTheDevil When various villains from DC were offered anything for their souls by the demon Neron]], SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker wished for a box of Cuban cigars. It's up for debate as to whether this was wasted or not, as there is no doubt that Joker was going to hell anyway, and he makes it clear they were good Cubans.

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* [[DealWithTheDevil When various villains from DC were offered anything for their souls by the demon Neron]], SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker wished for a box of Cuban cigars. It's up for debate as to whether this was wasted or not, as there is no doubt that Joker was going to hell Hell anyway, and he makes it clear they were good Cubans.



* In the 1937 adaptation of ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper'', ErrolFlynn's character refuses to believe that the StreetUrchin he's helping is really the heir to the throne. When the prince insists that no-one is allowed to sit in his presence, but allows the granting of a royal favour in thanks for his help, he says, "I wish to sit in the presence of the king!" which allows him to get on with eating his meal. This becomes a BrickJoke at the end of the movie when he enters the throne room and sees the PrinceAndPauper, but can't tell if their plan has worked and the real prince is restored. He finds out just by grabbing a chair and sitting down on it. As outraged courtiers go to throw him out the prince stops them, saying this man has permission to sit in his presence.

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* In the 1937 adaptation of ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper'', ErrolFlynn's Creator/ErrolFlynn's character refuses to believe that the StreetUrchin he's helping is really the heir to the throne. When the prince insists that no-one is allowed to sit in his presence, but allows the granting of a royal favour in thanks for his help, he says, "I wish to sit in the presence of the king!" which allows him to get on with eating his meal. This becomes a BrickJoke at the end of the movie when he enters the throne room and sees the PrinceAndPauper, but can't tell if their plan has worked and the real prince is restored. He finds out just by grabbing a chair and sitting down on it. As outraged courtiers go to throw him out the prince stops them, saying this man has permission to sit in his presence.



* Alexander the Great, at one point visited Corinth. While there he offered, according to the story, a particular Philosopher (Diogenes) anything he wanted and, being emperor of just about everything at the time, he could have granted it. Diogenes only looked up, slightly irritated, and asked him to get out of his light. Sometimes interpreted as Diogenes showing Alexander that all his worldly triumphs couldn't compare to the wonders of nature such as the sunlight. As an alternative interpretation Diogenes unintentionally showed Alexander the joys of simplicity, because Diogenes was happier than Alexander despite Alexander being the emperor and having anything he wanted at the snap of his fingers.

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* Alexander the Great, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, at one point visited Corinth. While there he offered, according to the story, a particular Philosopher (Diogenes) anything he wanted and, being emperor of just about everything at the time, he could have granted it. Diogenes only looked up, slightly irritated, and asked him to get out of his light. Sometimes interpreted as Diogenes showing Alexander that all his worldly triumphs couldn't compare to the wonders of nature such as the sunlight. As an alternative interpretation Diogenes unintentionally showed Alexander the joys of simplicity, because Diogenes was happier than Alexander despite Alexander being the emperor and having anything he wanted at the snap of his fingers.



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31st Jul '17 7:37:11 AM AtticusOmundson
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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', the genie is found by a benevolent king. When offered three wishes, the king decides that he already has everything he could ever wish for, and instead uses his first wish to FreeTheGenie, letting the genie have the remaining two. Unfortunately, his generosity backfires as Regina is able to make the genie fall in love with her and convinces him to kill her husband.

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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', the genie is found by a benevolent king. When offered three wishes, the king decides that he already has everything he could ever wish for, and instead uses his first wish to FreeTheGenie, [[FreeingTheGenie free the genie]], letting the genie have the remaining two. Unfortunately, his generosity backfires as Regina is able to make the genie fall in love with her and convinces him to kill her husband.
31st Jul '17 7:34:50 AM AtticusOmundson
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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', the genie is found by a benevolent king. When offered three wishes, the king decides that he already has everything he could ever wish for, and instead uses his first wish to FreeTheGenie, letting the genie have the remaining two. Unfortunately, his generosity backfires as Regina is able to make the genie fall in love with her and convinces him to kill her husband.
28th May '17 10:12:37 AM TheSinful
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* After learning [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] is a half-genie in ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-31047-4/Sithicus+Situational+Eros.htm Situational Eros]]'', Faith wishes for a never-ending pack of cigarettes. His mother notes it's a good wish as Xander doesn't fully know how to use his powers so a simple wish like that would be hard for him to mess up.
16th May '17 5:59:18 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TwistedMetal'', Calypso uses the stolen power of a demon to grant the winner of the titular demolition derby any wish they desire. Some ending show that he is forced to carry out the wish no matter what it is, making Calypso abuse the LiteralGenie principle very frequently. However, some wishes fall under this, such as Sweet Tooth's wishes in 1 and 3 (for a paper bag and candy, respectively) and Hammerhead in 1 (to repair his truck's tires). Along with Cousin Ed's wish in Head On where he just wanted his RV made in chrome so its "shiny".

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* In ''TwistedMetal'', ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'', Calypso uses the stolen power of a demon to grant the winner of the titular demolition derby any wish they desire. Some ending show that he is forced to carry out the wish no matter what it is, making Calypso abuse the LiteralGenie principle very frequently. However, some wishes fall under this, such as Sweet Tooth's wishes in 1 and 3 (for a paper bag and candy, respectively) and Hammerhead in 1 (to repair his truck's tires). Along with Cousin Ed's wish in Head On where he just wanted his RV made in chrome so its "shiny".
3rd Apr '17 6:30:30 PM nombretomado
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* In the animated ''PunkyBrewster'' episode "Any Wish Way But Loose," the wish spell Glomer intended for Punky hits Margaux instead. When Allen says something atypically inane, Margaux spouts "I wish you'd disappear!" Allen does just that.

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* In the animated ''PunkyBrewster'' ''WesternAnimation/PunkyBrewster'' episode "Any Wish Way But Loose," the wish spell Glomer intended for Punky hits Margaux instead. When Allen says something atypically inane, Margaux spouts "I wish you'd disappear!" Allen does just that.
19th Mar '17 7:43:32 AM Buck
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* Alexander the Great, at one point visited Corinth. While there he offered, according to the story, a particular Philosopher (Diogenes) anything he wanted and, being emperor of just about everything at the time, he could have granted it. Diogenes only looked up, slightly irritated, and asked him to get out of his light. Sometimes interpreted as Diogenes showing Alexander that all his worldly triumphs couldn't compare to the wonders of nature such as the sunlight. As an alternative interpretation Diogenes showed Alexander the joys of simplicity, because Diogenes was happier than Alexander despite Alexander being the emperor and he could have anything he wanted at the snap of his fingers.

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* Alexander the Great, at one point visited Corinth. While there he offered, according to the story, a particular Philosopher (Diogenes) anything he wanted and, being emperor of just about everything at the time, he could have granted it. Diogenes only looked up, slightly irritated, and asked him to get out of his light. Sometimes interpreted as Diogenes showing Alexander that all his worldly triumphs couldn't compare to the wonders of nature such as the sunlight. As an alternative interpretation Diogenes unintentionally showed Alexander the joys of simplicity, because Diogenes was happier than Alexander despite Alexander being the emperor and he could have having anything he wanted at the snap of his fingers.fingers.
--> '''Alexander:''' "Were I not Alexander, I would be Diogenes."
19th Mar '17 7:33:43 AM Buck
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* Alexander the Great, at one point visited Corinth. While there he offered, according to the story, a particular Philosopher (Diogenes) anything he wanted and, being emperor of just about everything at the time, he could have granted it. Diogenes only looked up, slightly irritated, and asked him to get out of his light. Sometimes interpreted as Diogenes showing Alexander that all his worldly triumphs couldn't compare to the wonders of nature such as the sunlight.

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* Alexander the Great, at one point visited Corinth. While there he offered, according to the story, a particular Philosopher (Diogenes) anything he wanted and, being emperor of just about everything at the time, he could have granted it. Diogenes only looked up, slightly irritated, and asked him to get out of his light. Sometimes interpreted as Diogenes showing Alexander that all his worldly triumphs couldn't compare to the wonders of nature such as the sunlight. As an alternative interpretation Diogenes showed Alexander the joys of simplicity, because Diogenes was happier than Alexander despite Alexander being the emperor and he could have anything he wanted at the snap of his fingers.
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