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13th Jan '18 3:25:49 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12562072/30/Harry-Potter-and-the-Daft-Morons Harry Potter and the Daft Morons]]'' Augusta uses this to try to excuse not stopping or reporting Algernon's attempts to scare Neville into manifesting accidental magic.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12562072/30/Harry-Potter-and-the-Daft-Morons Harry Potter and the Daft Morons]]'' Augusta uses this to try to excuse not stopping or reporting Algernon's attempts to scare Neville into manifesting using accidental magic.
13th Jan '18 3:25:12 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12562072/30/Harry-Potter-and-the-Daft-Morons Harry Potter and the Daft Morons]]'' Frank calls Augusta on the carpet and she uses this to try to excuse not stopping or reporting Algernon's attempts to scare Neville into manifesting accidental magic.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12562072/30/Harry-Potter-and-the-Daft-Morons Harry Potter and the Daft Morons]]'' Frank calls Augusta on the carpet and she uses this to try to excuse not stopping or reporting Algernon's attempts to scare Neville into manifesting accidental magic.
13th Jan '18 3:24:20 PM DrFraud
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* In chapter 15 of ''Make a Wish'', a ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfiction, Harry asks for either something to kill his hangover headache or something to kill himself, he doesn't care which. A few minutes later, when the professor brings a drink that 'would kill a herd of elephants': "You do know I was being sarcastic about the whole killing myself thing right?" Harry asked. "Yes," the Professor nodded nervously. "Of course I did, I'll be right back with the potion. I just need to . . . take it out of the room for a few minutes before I give it to you."

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* In chapter 15 of ''Make a Wish'', a ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfiction, ''FanFic/MakeAWish'' Harry asks for either something to kill his hangover headache or something to kill himself, he doesn't care which. A few minutes later, when the professor brings a drink that 'would kill a herd of elephants': "You elephants':
-->"You
do know I was being sarcastic about the whole killing myself thing right?" Harry asked. asked.\\
"Yes," the Professor nodded nervously. "Of course I did, I'll be right back with the potion. I just need to . . . take it out of the room for a few minutes before I give it to you."


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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12562072/30/Harry-Potter-and-the-Daft-Morons Harry Potter and the Daft Morons]]'' Frank calls Augusta on the carpet and she uses this to try to excuse not stopping or reporting Algernon's attempts to scare Neville into manifesting accidental magic.
-->'''Frank:''' And did you give permission for that man, your brother, to do that?\\
'''Augusta:''' N-no, but I ''think'' he may have thought I did when I expressed to him my disappointment Neville had not, at that time, expressed any accidental magic, at all.
4th Jan '18 8:23:06 AM SeizureFerret
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* In ''FanFic/WhyAmICrying'', Apple Bloom wishes on shooting star and for something bad to happen to her enemy Diamond Tiara. However, instead of something like a prank or bad luck, Diamond gets killed in a carriage accident, leading Apple Bloom to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone go on a massive guilt trip]]. [[spoiler: Subverted when she finds out that Diamond died before the time she made the wish.]]

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* In ''FanFic/WhyAmICrying'', Apple Bloom wishes on a shooting star and for something bad to happen to her enemy Diamond Tiara. However, instead of something like a prank or bad luck, Diamond gets killed in a carriage accident, leading Apple Bloom to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone go on a massive guilt trip]]. [[spoiler: Subverted when she finds out that Diamond died before the time she made the wish.]]
6th Dec '17 9:36:09 AM Jerry
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* Invoked in most tales about ''TillEulenspiegel''.
26th Oct '17 4:06:02 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', this is the downfall of the ancient Thanagarians of whom Hawkgirl and Hawkman are supposed to be the reincarnations: Upon discovering his wife's infidelity with John Stewart's counterpart, Katar Hol hyperbolizes that he wishes they were dead. When the vizier takes this as a literal order and carries it out, Katar commits suicide in despair.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', this is the downfall of the ancient Thanagarians of whom Hawkgirl and Hawkman are supposed to be the reincarnations: Upon upon discovering his wife's infidelity with John Stewart's counterpart, Katar Hol hyperbolizes that he wishes they were dead. When the vizier takes this as a literal order and carries it out, Katar commits suicide in despair.
15th Oct '17 7:09:56 PM Javertshark13
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* One episode of ''Deadly Women'' on Investigation Discovery focused on Penny Boudreau, who was constantly fighting with her daughter. Her live-in boyfriend was aggravated by the constant conflict, and told her, "Either she goes, or I go." She interpreted this as a demand to kill her daughter, and subsequently strangled her to death. Needless to say, her boyfriend was horrified when he learned what she'd done.
6th Oct '17 8:11:12 PM thatother1dude
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* The [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warner Bros.]] cartoon "The Hardships Of Miles Standish" has an elderly gentleman telling the story of Miles' courtship of Priscilla in pilgrim days to his grandson. He tops it with "If that ain't the truth, I hope I get struck by lightning!" He does, and as he's singed, clinging to a beam from the roof, [[NoFourthWall he turns to us]] and says "Well, anyway, that's the way ''I'' heard it!" (which in turn is a ShoutOut to the then popular radio sitcom ''Radio/FibberMcGeeAndMolly where, OncePerEpisode, a character called the "Old Timer" would show up, with his CatchPhrase being "That's ''not'' the way I heard it!")

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* The [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warner Bros.]] cartoon "The Hardships Of Miles Standish" has an elderly gentleman telling the story of Miles' courtship of Priscilla in pilgrim days to his grandson. He tops it with "If that ain't the truth, I hope I get struck by lightning!" He does, and as he's singed, clinging to a beam from the roof, [[NoFourthWall he turns to us]] and says "Well, anyway, that's the way ''I'' heard it!" (which in turn is a ShoutOut to the then popular radio sitcom ''Radio/FibberMcGeeAndMolly ''Radio/FibberMcGeeAndMolly'' where, OncePerEpisode, a character called the "Old Timer" would show up, with his CatchPhrase being "That's ''not'' the way I heard it!")
6th Oct '17 8:10:05 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', this is the downfall of the ancient Thanagarians of whom Hawkgirl and Hawkman are supposed to be the reincarnations: Upon discovering his wife's infidelity with John Stewart's counterpart, Katar Hol hyperbolizes that he wishes they were dead. When the vizier takes this as a literal order and carries it out, Katar commits suicide in despair.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', this is ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Bet", Bobert has to do whatever Gumball says after losing a bet. Unfortunately, every comment Gumball makes about anyone who slights him gets interpreted by Bobert as an order to attack.
* In
the downfall of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Moon Over Isla Island", Roger has been duped into disguising himself and standing in for the ancient Thanagarians dictator of whom Hawkgirl an island nation, mistakenly thinking he's simply in costume and Hawkman are supposed to be the reincarnations: Upon discovering Presidental palace he is staying in is simply a 5-star hotel. When he is served dinner he doesn't like, he describes in detail how the chef should be mutilated and killed, and unbeknownst to him his wife's infidelity with John Stewart's counterpart, Katar Hol hyperbolizes "order" is carried out.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' episode "Sacred Couch", Bob and Louise want to get rid of a smelly old sofa Linda loves, while the other two Belcher children support their mother. Bob casually tells Louise
that he wishes they were dead. When he's sure something will happen to the vizier couch because accidents happen. Louise, of course, takes this as an invitation to sabotage the couch.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'',
a literal order and carries it out, Katar commits suicide in despair.wish-granting ghost often invokes this trope.



* On ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', a wish-granting ghost often invokes this trope.



* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', an interdimensional being who appears only once every thousand years is about to grant Lord Hater one wish. Just as Hater is about to wish to be ruler of the whole universe, Wander comes along and starts taking photos, yammering to Hater and generally being a nuisance. Hater finally has enough and blurts out "I wish you would leave me alone for five seconds!" And of course, the interdimensional being takes that as his one wish.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Bobert has to do whatever Gumball says after losing a bet. Unfortunately, every comment Gumball makes about anyone who slights him gets interpreted by Bobert as an order to attack.
* The [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warner Bros.]] cartoon "The Hardships Of Miles Standish" has an elderly gentleman telling the story of Miles' courtship of Priscilla in pilgrim days to his grandson. He tops it with "If that ain't the truth, I hope I get struck by lightning!" He does, and as he's singed, clinging to a beam from the roof, [[NoFourthWall he turns to us]] and says "Well, anyway, that's the way ''I'' heard it!" (which in turn is a ShoutOut to the then popular radio sitcom ''Radio/FibberMcGeeAndMolly where, OncePerEpisode, a character called the "Old Timer" would show up, with his CatchPhrase being "That's ''not'' the way I heard it!")

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* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', an interdimensional being who appears only once every thousand years ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', this is about to grant Lord Hater one wish. Just as Hater is about to wish to be ruler the downfall of the whole universe, Wander comes along ancient Thanagarians of whom Hawkgirl and starts taking photos, yammering Hawkman are supposed to Hater and generally being a nuisance. Hater finally has enough and blurts out "I wish you would leave me alone for five seconds!" And of course, be the interdimensional being reincarnations: Upon discovering his wife's infidelity with John Stewart's counterpart, Katar Hol hyperbolizes that he wishes they were dead. When the vizier takes that this as his one wish.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Bobert has to do whatever Gumball says after losing
a bet. Unfortunately, every comment Gumball makes about anyone who slights him gets interpreted by Bobert as an literal order to attack.
* The [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warner Bros.]] cartoon "The Hardships Of Miles Standish" has an elderly gentleman telling the story of Miles' courtship of Priscilla in pilgrim days to his grandson. He tops it with "If that ain't the truth, I hope I get struck by lightning!" He does,
and as he's singed, clinging to a beam from the roof, [[NoFourthWall he turns to us]] and says "Well, anyway, that's the way ''I'' heard it!" (which carries it out, Katar commits suicide in turn is a ShoutOut to the then popular radio sitcom ''Radio/FibberMcGeeAndMolly where, OncePerEpisode, a character called the "Old Timer" would show up, with his CatchPhrase being "That's ''not'' the way I heard it!")despair.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homerpalooza", Homer becomes a carnival freak who withstands cannonballs. But he gets urged by [[RuleOfFunny a veterinarian]] to stop otherwise it will kill him.
-->'''Homer:''' Die? Well, dying doesn't scare me, because dying would be a stone groove! Got any messages for Music/JimiHendrix?
-->'''Veternarian:''' Yes: "Pick up your puppy."
-->(''pan down to an ancient dog called Rover Hendrix'')
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' episode "Sacred Couch", Bob and Louise want to get rid of a smelly old sofa Linda loves, while the other two Belcher children support their mother. Bob casually tells Louise that he's sure something will happen to the couch because accidents happen. Louise, of course, takes this as an invitation to sabotage the couch.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homerpalooza", Homer becomes a carnival freak who withstands cannonballs. But he gets urged by [[RuleOfFunny [[OpenHeartDentistry a veterinarian]] to stop otherwise it will kill him.
-->'''Homer:''' Die? Well, dying doesn't scare me, because dying would be a stone groove! Got any messages for Music/JimiHendrix?
-->'''Veternarian:'''
Music/JimiHendrix?\\
'''Veternarian:'''
Yes: "Pick up your puppy."
-->(''pan
"\\
(''pan
down to an ancient dog called Rover Hendrix'')
* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', an interdimensional being who appears only once every thousand years is about to grant Lord Hater one wish. Just as Hater is about to wish to be ruler of the ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' episode "Sacred Couch", Bob whole universe, Wander comes along and Louise want starts taking photos, yammering to get rid of Hater and generally being a smelly old sofa Linda loves, while the other two Belcher children support their mother. Bob casually tells Louise that he's sure something will happen to the couch because accidents happen. Louise, nuisance. Hater finally has enough and blurts out "I wish you would leave me alone for five seconds!" And of course, the interdimensional being takes this that as his one wish.
* The [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Warner Bros.]] cartoon "The Hardships Of Miles Standish" has
an invitation to sabotage elderly gentleman telling the couch.story of Miles' courtship of Priscilla in pilgrim days to his grandson. He tops it with "If that ain't the truth, I hope I get struck by lightning!" He does, and as he's singed, clinging to a beam from the roof, [[NoFourthWall he turns to us]] and says "Well, anyway, that's the way ''I'' heard it!" (which in turn is a ShoutOut to the then popular radio sitcom ''Radio/FibberMcGeeAndMolly where, OncePerEpisode, a character called the "Old Timer" would show up, with his CatchPhrase being "That's ''not'' the way I heard it!")
7th Sep '17 12:32:36 PM CosmicFerret
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* During the "Velocity 9" arc of ''TheFlash'', Vandal Savage explains the addictive effect of the Velocity 9 drug, saying that he just has to suggest one of the addicts kill another and he would do so. Then, an addict kills another and Savage coldly explains that he was being rhetorical.

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* During the "Velocity 9" arc of ''TheFlash'', ''ComicBook/TheFlash'', Vandal Savage explains the addictive effect of the Velocity 9 drug, saying that he just has to suggest one of the addicts kill another and he would do so. Then, an addict kills another and Savage coldly explains that he was being rhetorical.
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