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12th Feb '17 3:53:20 AM LinTaylor
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** Subverted in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. After winning the Universe 6 & 7 tournament, Beerus uses the Super Dragon Balls (powered by the God of Dragons and capable of granting '''any''' wish with no restrictions), to wish for...a comfier bed. Bulma calls him out on wasting the wish, but what he actually wished for was [[spoiler:for Universe 6's Earth, which had been wiped out due to human wars, to be restored and for it to have development and culture on par with Universe 7's Earth. He claims he only did it so his brother Champa, the God of Destruction for Universe 6, would owe him one.]

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** Subverted in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. After winning the Universe 6 & 7 tournament, Beerus uses the Super Dragon Balls (powered by the God of Dragons and capable of granting '''any''' wish with no restrictions), to wish for...a comfier bed. Bulma calls him out on wasting the wish, but what he actually wished for was [[spoiler:for Universe 6's Earth, which had been wiped out due to human wars, to be restored and for it to have development and culture on par with Universe 7's Earth. He claims he only did it so his brother Champa, the God of Destruction for Universe 6, would owe him one.]]]
12th Feb '17 3:53:05 AM LinTaylor
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** Subverted in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. After winning the Universe 6 & 7 tournament, Beerus uses the Super Dragon Balls (powered by the God of Dragons and capable of granting '''any''' wish with no restrictions), to wish for...a comfier bed. Bulma calls him out on wasting the wish, but what he actually wished for was [[spoiler:for Universe 6's Earth, which had been wiped out due to human wars, to be restored and for it to have development and culture on par with Universe 7's Earth. He claims he only did it so his brother Champa, the God of Destruction for Universe 6, would owe him one.]
31st Jan '17 6:12:44 AM mothlight
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* Roleplay/{{Glowfic}}, with wishcoins. {{Justified}} because wishcoins come in sizes and the smaller ones can only ''do'' mundane wishes.
25th Dec '16 11:34:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheTwilightZone'' The Original Series episode "The Man in the Bottle". The couples' first wish (out of four) is to have a pane of glass in their shop repaired, in order to [[GodTest test the genie's power]] first. The couple then proceed [[WastefulWishing to waste their remaining wishes]], but in the end console themselves with the thought that at least the glass got repaired. Guess what happens next.

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* ''TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': The Original Series episode "The Man in the Bottle". The couples' first wish (out of four) is to have a pane of glass in their shop repaired, in order to [[GodTest test the genie's power]] first. The couple then proceed [[WastefulWishing to waste their remaining wishes]], but in the end console themselves with the thought that at least the glass got repaired. Guess what happens next.
7th Dec '16 3:58:40 PM Morgenthaler
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28th Nov '16 8:57:29 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Saito in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10090792/11/Zero-no-Tsukaima-Saito-the-Onmyoji Zero no Tsukaima: Saito the Onmyoji]]'' asks Princess Henrietta for a house after he [[IOweYouMyLife saves her life]]. Normally such a thing wouldn't be that mundane but it's established just about the only thing he can't ask for a noble title due to not risking his life while saving hers.

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* Saito in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10090792/11/Zero-no-Tsukaima-Saito-the-Onmyoji Zero no Tsukaima: Saito the Onmyoji]]'' ''Fanfic/ZeroNoTsukaimaSaitoTheOnmyoji'' asks Princess Henrietta for a house after he [[IOweYouMyLife saves her life]]. Normally such a thing wouldn't be that mundane but it's established just about the only thing he can't ask for a noble title due to not risking his life while saving hers.
14th Nov '16 9:52:16 PM sgamer82
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* PlayedWith in ''Manga/DragonBall''. Emperor Pilaf has finally gathered the seven Dragon Balls, and is so overcome as he begins to make his wish to the dragon for the title of ruler of the world, but he stammers a bit. Oolong the anthropomorphic pig takes the opportunity to leap between Pilaf and the dragon and wish for women's panties (the world's most comfortable pair of underwear in the broadcast version of the dub). It would have been WastefulWishing except that the wish saved the world, and [[LovableSexManiac Oolong was very happy with what he got]].

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* PlayedWith in ''Manga/DragonBall''. ''Manga/DragonBall'':
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Emperor Pilaf has finally gathered the seven Dragon Balls, and is so overcome as he begins to make his wish to the dragon for the title of ruler of the world, but he stammers a bit. Oolong the anthropomorphic pig takes the opportunity to leap between Pilaf and the dragon and wish for women's panties (the world's most comfortable pair of underwear in the broadcast version of the dub). It would have been WastefulWishing except that the wish saved the world, and [[LovableSexManiac Oolong was very happy with what he got]].



* Some of reasons members of the [[Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft Cult of the Damned]] joined in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6423427/1/ Frostblood]]'' are rather mundane over all. One wanted to be a mage but wasn't talented enough for Dalaran or rich enough to afford an apprenticeship. Another wanted to see everything the world had to offer and decided living forever was the best way to achieve that.

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* Some of reasons members of the [[Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft's'' Cult of the Damned]] joined Damned have for joining in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6423427/1/ Frostblood]]'' are rather mundane over all. One wanted to be a mage but wasn't talented enough for Dalaran or rich enough to afford an apprenticeship. Another wanted to see everything the world had to offer and decided living forever was the best way to achieve that.



* A non-magical version appears in ''Film/{{Sneakers}}''. The team has been confronted by a group of armed NSA agents who want The Box, and is making demands in exchange for turning it over.
-->'''Carl:''' "The young lady with the Uzi, is she single?"
-->'''Bishop:''' "Carl... Excuse us." ''[Takes him aside]'' "This is the brass ring. You gotta think bigger thoughts."
-->'''Carl:''' "I just want her telephone number."
** He gets it. [[spoiler: Because she's flattered that he could have anything and just wants her number, so she gives it to him herself.]]

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* A non-magical version appears in ''Film/{{Sneakers}}''. The team has been confronted by a group of armed NSA agents who want The the Box, and is making demands in exchange for turning it over.
over. Carl's demand is the phone number of one of the women holding a gun on him. He gets it [[spoiler: because she's flattered that he could have anything and just wants her number, so she gives it to him herself.]]
-->'''Carl:''' "The The young lady with the Uzi, is she single?"
-->'''Bishop:''' "Carl...
single?\\
'''Bishop:''' Carl...
Excuse us." ''[Takes him aside]'' "This This is the brass ring. You gotta think bigger thoughts."
-->'''Carl:''' "I
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'''Carl:''' I
just want her telephone number."
** He gets it. [[spoiler: Because she's flattered that he could have anything and just wants her number, so she gives it to him herself.]]



* From ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', when the gods of the Disc are granting requests to the heroes for preventing the destruction of the world, Rincewind asks for a blue balloon (to replace one he had lost when he was six). He also speaks on behalf of the Librarian and asks for three thousand file cards, a new stamp, five gallons of ink, and a ''red'' balloon.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}:''
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From ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', when the gods of the Disc are granting requests to the heroes for preventing the destruction of the world, Rincewind asks for a blue balloon (to to replace one he had lost when he was six).six. He also speaks on behalf of the Librarian and asks for three thousand file cards, a new stamp, five gallons of ink, and a ''red'' balloon.



* Used in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/SmallFavor'', when Harry Dresden calls in the favor owed to him by the Summer Court of Faerie - and asks for a doughnut. [[spoiler:The point is, however, is ''whom'' he asks that of, namely, the ImplacableMan MageKiller after his head, and ''when''--namely, a few seconds before said killer rips him to shreds and a few minutes before the bounty on Harry officially expires.]]
** It's revealed in the next book that this little maneuver has made Harry famous among the fey. Well, more famous, anyway.

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* Used in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/SmallFavor'', when In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book, ''Literature/SmallFavor'', Harry Dresden calls in the favor owed to him by the Summer Court of Faerie - Faerie... and asks for a doughnut. [[spoiler:The The point is, however, is ''whom'' he asks that of, namely, the [[spoiler:the ImplacableMan MageKiller after his head, head]], and ''when''--namely, a [[spoiler:a few seconds before said killer rips him to shreds and a few minutes before the bounty on Harry officially expires.]]
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expires]]. It's revealed in the next book that this little maneuver has made Harry famous among the fey.fae. Well, more famous, anyway.



* In a ''Series/SesameStreet'' Christmas special [[Film/ElmoSavesChristmas Elmo Saves Christmas]], Elmo gets a magic snowglobe from Santa Claus. He uses the first wish to get a drink of water.
** In the show proper there was another sketch where Zoe found a genie's lamp and wasted the first two wishes on having the genie go back into the lamp and pop out again, despite the genie's insistence for a better wish. After the first two, [[spoiler: the genie said that he wished that his headache (which was a factor in him not wanting to keep popping out) would go away, to which Zoe says "me, too", which relieves the genie of his headache and makes him happy to pop out of the lamp again and again.]]
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Je Souhaite", Mulder encounters a genie who was originally a medieval French peasant who encountered another genie and made her take his place after her third wish of "great power and a long life". Her first two wishes were a stout mule and a magic bag full of turnips. After noticing Mulder's "What the hell?" facial expression, the woman once again points out she was a medieval French peasant.

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* ''Series/SesameStreet:''
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In a ''Series/SesameStreet'' the Christmas special [[Film/ElmoSavesChristmas Elmo Saves Christmas]], ''Film/ElmoSavesChristmas'', Elmo gets a magic snowglobe from Santa Claus. He uses the first wish to get a drink of water.
** In the show proper there was another sketch where Zoe found a genie's lamp and wasted the first two wishes on having the genie go back into the lamp and pop out again, despite the genie's insistence for a better wish. After the first two, [[spoiler: the genie said that he wished that his headache (which was headache, a factor in him not wanting to keep popping out) out, would go away, to which Zoe says "me, too", which relieves the genie of his headache and makes him happy to pop out of the lamp again and again.]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles:''
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In ''Series/TheXFiles'' the episode "Je Souhaite", Mulder encounters a genie who was originally a medieval French peasant who encountered another genie and made her take his place after her third wish of "great power and a long life". Her first two wishes were a stout mule and a magic bag full of turnips. After noticing Mulder's "What the hell?" facial expression, the woman once again points out she was a medieval French peasant.



* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' it is revealed that a 17-year-old Gunn sold his soul...for a ''truck''. As Fred puts it: "Oh, Charles, your soul wasn't worth air conditioning?"
** It's played for laughs, but the undertones are actually rather dark. (At that time in his life, Gunn was maybe a notch above homeless, in a city where the homeless are basically a vampire buffet).
--> DEMON: "You will sell your future in exchange for present happiness?"
--> GUNN: "What future?"

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* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' ''Series/{{Angel}}'', it is revealed that a 17-year-old seventeen year-old Gunn sold his soul...soul... for a ''truck''. As Fred puts it: "Oh, Charles, your soul wasn't worth air conditioning?"
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conditioning?" It's played for laughs, but the undertones are actually rather dark. (At At that time in his life, Gunn was maybe a notch above homeless, in a city where the homeless are basically a vampire buffet).
buffet.
--> DEMON: "You '''Demon:''' You will sell your future in exchange for present happiness?"
--> GUNN: "What future?"
happiness?\\
'''Gunn:''' What future?



* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Londo, ambassador of the Centauri, proved himself so good at his job that the Emperor had him name a wish for him to grant. Londo's wish?
---> '''Londo''': ''*gleefully*'' A ''divorce''!
** Specifically, divorcing two of his three wives. {{Justified}} by the fact the nicest one [[spoiler: (that he eventually elects to keep when the Emperor had him choose)]] has a fully-deserved fame for ''biting'', and the description below is actually ''flattering''.
--->"Here. Look. These are my three wives: Pestilence, Famine, and Death. Do you think I married them for their personalities? Their personalities could shatter entire planets! Arranged marriages. Every one. But they worked out, they inspired me! Knowing that they were waiting at home for me is what keeps me here 75 light-years away!"

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Londo, ambassador of the Centauri, proved himself so good at his job that the Emperor had him name a wish for him to grant. Londo's wish?
---> '''Londo''': ''*gleefully*''
wish? A ''divorce''!
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''divorce''. Specifically, divorcing two of his three wives. {{Justified}} by the fact the nicest one [[spoiler: (that one, [[spoiler:that he eventually elects to keep when the Emperor had him choose)]] choose]], has a fully-deserved fame for ''biting'', and the description below is actually ''flattering''.
--->"Here.-->"Here. Look. These are my three wives: Pestilence, Famine, and Death. Do you think I married them for their personalities? Their personalities could shatter entire planets! Arranged marriages. Every one. But they worked out, they inspired me! Knowing that they were waiting at home for me is what keeps me here 75 light-years away!"



* In a Sunday strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin asks Hobbes what he'd wish for; Hobbes says he wants a sandwich. Calvin doesn't understand why and wishes for enormous wealth. Hobbes gets his wish, and Calvin obviously does not. Another strip had Calvin ask a similar question, to which Hobbes replies that he'd wish for "a big sunny field to lie in." Calvin is aghast at how mundane this is, but then observes Hobbes sleeping in the grass. "Actually, it's hard to argue with someone who looks so happy."

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
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In a Sunday strip of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', strip, Calvin asks Hobbes what he'd wish for; Hobbes says he wants a sandwich. Calvin doesn't understand why and wishes for enormous wealth. Hobbes gets his wish, and Calvin obviously does not. Another strip had Calvin ask a similar question, to which Hobbes replies that he'd wish for "a big sunny field to lie in." Calvin is aghast at how mundane this is, but then observes Hobbes sleeping in the grass. "Actually, it's hard to argue with someone who looks so happy."



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' second ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'', Homer obtains a monkey's paw. Maggie makes the first wish and a limo pulls up. Homer starts to celebrate as the driver comes to the door. He gives her a new pacifier and then drives off.
** After the other wishes backfire, Homer wishes for a turkey sandwich and specifically forbids any unpleasant supernatural surprises. The wish ''still'' backfires ''[[FelonyMisdemeanor because the turkey is a little dry.]]''
** In the fourth ''Treehouse of Horror'' episode, Homer sells his soul to the Devil (aka. Ned Flanders) for a donut.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons:''
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In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' the second ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'', Homer obtains a monkey's paw. Maggie makes the first wish and a limo pulls up. Homer starts to celebrate as the driver comes to the door. He gives her a new pacifier and then drives off.
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off. After the other wishes backfire, Homer wishes for a turkey sandwich and specifically forbids any unpleasant supernatural surprises. The wish ''still'' backfires ''[[FelonyMisdemeanor because the turkey is a little dry.]]''
** In the fourth ''Treehouse of Horror'' episode, Homer sells his soul to the Devil (aka.(a.k.a. Ned Flanders) for a donut.



* ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Adventure Time's]]'' Jake has wished for a sandwich...twice. What makes this even weirder is that his life hung in the balance both times.
** Although Jake didn't actually ''get'' his sandwich wish the second time; Prismo just made him a sandwich and allowed him to keep his wish for something more important.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Adventure Time's]]'' ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime:''
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Jake has wished for a sandwich...sandwich... twice. What makes this even weirder is that his life hung in the balance both times.
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times. Although Jake didn't actually ''get'' his sandwich wish the second time; Prismo just made him a sandwich and allowed him to keep his wish for something more important.



-->'''Knight #1''': I wish for a box! ''(box appears)'' Sweeet!
-->'''Knight #2''': I wish to blow up! I mean get big. ''(explodes)''
-->'''Finn''': Wow...you guys are really stupid.
-->'''Knight #1''': What do you mean?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' 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.

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-->'''Knight --->'''Knight #1''': I wish for a box! ''(box appears)'' Sweeet!
-->'''Knight
Sweeet!\\
'''Knight
#2''': I wish to blow up! I mean get big. ''(explodes)''
-->'''Finn''':
''(explodes)''\\
'''Finn''':
Wow...you guys are really stupid.
-->'''Knight
stupid.\\
'''Knight
#1''': What do you mean?
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty:''
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In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' 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.



* There's a (likely anecdotal) story about UsefulNotes/JosefStalin and the author of the Soviet anthem. Stalin asked the author, what does he want in reward, a car or a dacha. The author asked Stalin for his pencil, explaining that Stalin's pencil holds a symbolic value for him. Stalin gave him the pencil, and the car and the dacha too.

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* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin
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There's a (likely anecdotal) story about UsefulNotes/JosefStalin Stalin and the author of the Soviet anthem. Stalin asked the author, author what does he want wanted in reward, a car or a dacha. The author asked Stalin for his pencil, explaining that Stalin's pencil holds a symbolic value for him. Stalin gave him the pencil, and the car and the dacha too.
28th Oct '16 1:34:42 PM nombretomado
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* On ''GilligansIsland'', Gilligan finds a tiki that gives him three wishes. His first wish is a gallon of ice cream, and relating his story to the Professor, accidentally wishes for a second gallon of ice cream. He finally is able to wish the castaways off the island, and the land they're standing on separates from the island and floats into the lagoon.
* Series/MarriedWithChildren : On the ItsAWonderfulPlot episode, "It's a Bundyful Life," Al wishes for his Christmas lights to work. He immediately regrets it.

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* On ''GilligansIsland'', ''Series/GilligansIsland'', Gilligan finds a tiki that gives him three wishes. His first wish is a gallon of ice cream, and relating his story to the Professor, accidentally wishes for a second gallon of ice cream. He finally is able to wish the castaways off the island, and the land they're standing on separates from the island and floats into the lagoon.
* Series/MarriedWithChildren : ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': On the ItsAWonderfulPlot episode, "It's a Bundyful Life," Al wishes for his Christmas lights to work. He immediately regrets it.
23rd Oct '16 4:08:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the 2000 remake of ''[[Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}} Bedazzled]]'', when the [[HotAsHell Devil]] tells Elliot to make a wish so [[GodTest she can prove that she's genuine,]] he asks for a Big Mac and a large Coke. They ride the bus to UsefulNotes/McDonalds and buy one (with his money).

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* In the 2000 remake of ''[[Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}} Bedazzled]]'', ''Film/{{Bedazzled|2000}}'', when the [[HotAsHell Devil]] tells Elliot to make a wish so [[GodTest she can prove that she's genuine,]] he asks for a Big Mac and a large Coke. They ride the bus to UsefulNotes/McDonalds and buy one (with his money).



** In [[Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}} the 1967 original]], it's a Frobisher & Gleason raspberry-flavored ice lolly, gotten the same way. [[spoiler:Later, when Stanley is in a fix and can't wish his way out, the Devil points out that the ice lolly counted as one of the seven wishes he's now used up. To rub it in, he pays Stanley back the sixpence, telling him "Now we're even!"]]

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** * In [[Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}} the 1967 original]], original ''Film/{{Bedazzled|1967}}'', it's a Frobisher & Gleason raspberry-flavored ice lolly, gotten the same way. [[spoiler:Later, when Stanley is in a fix and can't wish his way out, the Devil points out that the ice lolly counted as one of the seven wishes he's now used up. To rub it in, he pays Stanley back the sixpence, telling him "Now we're even!"]]
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* Website/CollegeHumor: In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka8p7AfSdWM "Prince Harry as a Disney Prince"]], Harry-as-Disney/{{Aladdin}} uses his three wishes for [[ButLiquorIsQuicker two shots of Jäger and a pack of condoms]]. Jasmine is not amused.
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