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7th May '18 1:15:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* From ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', there's a subversion. Abis Mal frees Jafar and also gets the standard three wishes, despite Jafar demanding he take him to Agrabah first so he can get revenge on Aladdin, ''then'' he'll give Abis Mal his wishes. Instead Jafar takes the JackassGenie route and makes Abis Mal completely waste the first two, while saving the third one for getting himself freed from the lamp. Abis Mal never gets to do so in the end.

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* From ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', there's a subversion. Abis Mal frees Jafar and also gets the standard three wishes, despite Jafar demanding he take him to Agrabah first so he can get revenge on Aladdin, ''then'' he'll give Abis Mal his wishes. Instead Jafar takes the JackassGenie route and makes Abis Mal completely waste the first two, while saving the third one for getting himself freed from the lamp. Even so, he's in a good enough mood at that point that he gives Abis Mal an entire room of treasure as a reward for setting him free, but Abis Mal never gets to do so in the end.
7th May '18 1:12:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DucktalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', the villainous sorceror has a talisman that allows him to override the three wish rule. And unfortunately, wishing for possession of the talisman is the one wish beyond the genie's power.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DucktalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', the villainous sorceror has [[AmplifierArtifact a talisman that allows him to override the three wish rule.rule]]. And unfortunately, wishing for possession of the talisman is the one wish beyond the genie's power.
20th Feb '18 12:32:31 AM FGHIK
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* The second wish is made with much greater care than the first wish, with full awareness of what (obvious) consequences may result; they will carefully craft their second wish in a way that results in the maximum gain and the minimum unintended side effects, and possibly attempting a bit of LoopholeAbuse to get the better of their benefactor. But the LiteralGenie, well aware of their {{greed}}, will usually find a way to exploit the person's ExactWords and attach some measure of unforeseen tragic consequence to their wish all the same. Alternatively, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor the wish itself will be flawed and shallow]], and the hero's misery will be his own fault.

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* The second wish is made with much greater care than the first wish, with full awareness of what (obvious) consequences may result; they will carefully craft their second wish in a way that results in the maximum gain and the minimum unintended side effects, and possibly attempting a bit of LoopholeAbuse to get the better of their benefactor. But the LiteralGenie, A JackassGenie, well aware of their {{greed}}, will usually find a way to exploit the person's ExactWords and attach some measure of unforeseen tragic consequence to their wish all the same. Alternatively, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor the wish itself will be flawed and shallow]], and the hero's misery will be his own fault.
29th Jan '18 8:18:50 AM StarTropes
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* ''Film/DarbyOgillAndTheLittlePeople'': Three wishes I'll grant ye, great wishes an' small! But you wish a fourth and you'll lose them all!

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* ''Film/DarbyOgillAndTheLittlePeople'': ''Film/DarbyOGillAndTheLittlePeople'': Three wishes I'll grant ye, great wishes an' small! But you wish a fourth and you'll lose them all!
7th Oct '17 5:29:33 PM DaibhidC
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* The short story "Time in a Bottle" by P. Andrew Miller (published in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'') has a scholar who frees a female genie from her bottle and first wishes to see something no other human has, so she takes him to the bottom of the sea (and points out that, had she been a JerkassGenie, she could have not provided the ability to breathe, or simply left him there). When he realises how much she's experienced, and also how much she hates being trapped alone in the bottle between wishes, he wishes for her to tell him all the stories she knows. Many, many years later, as an old man, he makes his final wish. [[spoiler: Not FreeingTheGenie, but ''joining'' her.]]
2nd Sep '17 8:04:25 AM GrammarNavi
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* One short story written by ShelSilverstein takes the old "greed is bad" aesop UpToEleven. The story goes that a boy finds a small elf in the woods, so the elf grants the boy one wish. Being greedy, the boy wishes for two wishes, which he then gets, surprisingly enough. With each of those wishes, he then wishes for two more wishes, creating four wishes. Then eight wishes, sixteen wishes, thirty-two wishes, and so on, until the boy dies, presumably from old age, leaving behind an ''enormous'' pile of unused wishes. The narrator then invites the reader to take a few, and warns him or her not to "waste your wishes on wishing".

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* One short story written by ShelSilverstein Creator/ShelSilverstein takes the old "greed is bad" aesop UpToEleven. The story goes that a boy finds a small elf in the woods, so the elf grants the boy one wish. Being greedy, the boy wishes for two wishes, which he then gets, surprisingly enough. With each of those wishes, he then wishes for two more wishes, creating four wishes. Then eight wishes, sixteen wishes, thirty-two wishes, and so on, until the boy dies, presumably from old age, leaving behind an ''enormous'' pile of unused wishes. The narrator then invites the reader to take a few, and warns him or her not to "waste your wishes on wishing".
22nd Jul '17 9:06:40 PM PaulA
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* In ''Film/RoadTo Morocco'' Hope and Crosby are in a cell waiting to be executed and are given a magical ring. They don't believe it but Hope wishes he had a sandwich. When one appears he exclaims "Well I'll be a monkey's uncle" and is turned into a monkey. After several seconds of jumping up and down he turns back into himself, having apparently wished for that. Their three wishes are gone and they are no better off than before.

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* In ''Film/RoadTo Morocco'' ''Film/RoadToMorocco'' Hope and Crosby are in a cell waiting to be executed and are given a magical ring. They don't believe it but Hope wishes he had a sandwich. When one appears he exclaims "Well I'll be a monkey's uncle" and is turned into a monkey. After several seconds of jumping up and down he turns back into himself, having apparently wished for that. Their three wishes are gone and they are no better off than before.
10th Jun '17 1:55:12 PM Piterpicher
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* Used in the fairy tale "The Fisherman and his Wife": the henpecked fisherman catches a fish which says he'll grant him three wishes if he spares his life. The fisherman agrees, and wishes for a castle. The wife isn't satisfied and wants to be the Pope, so she sends the fisherman back to catch the magic flounder and get that wish fulfilled as well. Still not enough. Now she wants [[AGodAmI to be like God]], so the fisherman gets sent back one last time. This wish [[{{Wishplosion}} undoes everything]], as the fish [[LiteralGenie interprets the wish]] in the context, as ''AmericanMcgeesGrimm'' points out at the end, that God has no need for material possessions - in short, to "be like God" means absolute destitution, which is no big deal for the divine, but utter hell for the insatiable wife.

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* Used in the fairy tale "The Fisherman and his Wife": the henpecked fisherman catches a fish which says he'll grant him three wishes if he spares his life. The fisherman agrees, and wishes for a castle. The wife isn't satisfied and wants to be the Pope, so she sends the fisherman back to catch the magic flounder and get that wish fulfilled as well. Still not enough. Now she wants [[AGodAmI to be like God]], so the fisherman gets sent back one last time. This wish [[{{Wishplosion}} undoes everything]], as the fish [[LiteralGenie interprets the wish]] in the context, as ''AmericanMcgeesGrimm'' ''VideoGame/AmericanMcgeesGrimm'' points out at the end, that God has no need for material possessions - in short, to "be like God" means absolute destitution, which is no big deal for the divine, but utter hell for the insatiable wife.
3rd Jun '17 12:03:03 PM nombretomado
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* A "Scenes From A Hat" game in ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway?'' had "Bad Ways to Use Your Three Wishes." Colin Mochrie's response was "I'll have two cokes and some chips."

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* A "Scenes From A Hat" game in ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway?'' ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' had "Bad Ways to Use Your Three Wishes." Colin Mochrie's response was "I'll have two cokes and some chips."
8th May '17 12:49:49 PM Julia1984
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' Janine finds a genie in a lamp who offers her three wishes. The first is to be the Ghostbuster's boss, the second is to have Egon in love with her. In both cases she gets tired of them soon enough, especially because both represented a lot of pressure. Her third wish never happens as the genie is actually more like a demon using the lamp to open a gateway to the spirit world.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' Janine finds a genie in a lamp who offers her three wishes. The first is to be the Ghostbuster's boss, the second is to have Egon in love with her. In both cases she gets tired of them soon enough, especially because both represented a lot of pressure. Her third wish never happens as the genie is actually more like a demon RealityWarper using the lamp to open a gateway to the spirit world.world who was using the mayhem caused by her wishes to distract the Ghostbusters.
-->'''Janine:''' But... you promised me three wishes!
-->'''Ghost:''' ILied.
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