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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.
6th Apr '17 9:28:12 PM nombretomado
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* This version is given something of a twist in a short tale from ''PlanescapeTorment'':

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* This version is given something of a twist in a short tale from ''PlanescapeTorment'':''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'':
1st Apr '17 9:28:57 AM Julia1984
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* A DiscussedTrope on WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents (see Three Good Wishes). According to Norm The Genie the typical structure is thus: Something stupid like "I want a sandwich", something world changing "I want to be Mayor of the World!" and then when that blows in their face "I wish I had never met you!" returning the status quo. Interestingly Timmy also uses a varient of this when he meets Norm (before this was brought up). He decides since Norm can grant him three RULE FREE wishes (as opposed to Cosmo and Wanda whom can grant unlimited wishes but have a ridcliously long book of rules to go along with it) to test them out with a simple rule free wish "I wish I had an omlette (after 10 am)!". (Of course Norm being TheTrickster gives him an Omlette that was too hot without a plate), followed by "I wish Trixie Tang was in love with me, Timmy Turner!" (actually in love with everyone named Timmy Turner on the planet) and "I wish I had One Billion Dollars!" (It's counterfeit). The reset button is pressed by him more or less blackmailing Norm into more wishes, and then wishing for a lawyer (the only thing that can defeat Genies besides Smoof).

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* A DiscussedTrope on WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' (see Three Good Wishes). According to Norm The Genie Genie, the typical structure is thus: Something stupid like "I want a sandwich", sandwich"; something world changing "I ("I want to be Mayor of the World!" World!"); and then when that blows up in their face face, "I wish I had never met you!" you!", returning the status quo. Interestingly Interestingly, Timmy also uses a varient variant of this when he meets Norm (before this pattern was brought up). He decides decides, since Norm can grant him three RULE FREE wishes (as opposed to Cosmo and Wanda whom Wanda, who can grant unlimited wishes but have a ridcliously ridiculously long book of rules to go along with it) it), to test them out with a simple rule free wish wish: "I wish I had an omlette omelet (after 10 am)!". am)!" (Of course Norm course, Norm, being TheTrickster TheTrickster, gives him an Omlette omelet that was too hot without a plate), plate). This is followed by by, "I wish Trixie Tang was in love with me, Timmy Turner!" (actually in love with everyone named Timmy Turner on the planet) planet), and "I wish I had One Billion Dollars!" (It's (it's counterfeit). The reset button is pressed by him more or less blackmailing Norm into more wishes, and then wishing for a lawyer (the only thing that can defeat Genies besides Smoof).



* Genies in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', who are a different subset from fairies. You can't wish for unlimited wishes but you can use your third wish to wish for three ''more'' wishes. If you use up the next three by accident, you are out of luck. Turns out genies actually have been bluffing people when they say you can't wish for more wishes.
* When The Simpsons go to Tokyo they wind up gutting fish to earn enough money to go home. Bart guts fish rhythmically chanting "Knife goes in, guts come out. Knife goes in, guts come out." He then picks up a talking fish that says if his life is spared he'll give Bart three wishes ... "Knife goes in, guts come out."

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* Genies in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', who are a different subset from fairies. You can't wish for unlimited wishes wishes, but you can use your third wish to wish for three ''more'' wishes. If you use up the next three by accident, you are out of luck. Turns out genies actually have been bluffing people when they say you can't wish for more wishes.
* When The Simpsons ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' go to Tokyo they wind up gutting fish to earn enough money to go home. Bart guts fish rhythmically chanting "Knife goes in, guts come out. Knife goes in, guts come out." He then picks up a talking fish that says if his life is spared he'll give Bart three wishes ... "Knife goes in, guts come out."
5th Jan '17 8:09:34 PM Luppercus
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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.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' has a cat genie granting wishes to Mungo who, because is kind of dumb, wast them all.
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4th Nov '16 2:00:23 AM Mei-may
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* In ''Manga/KouchaOuji'' manga, by performing a specific ritual while drinking tea under the full moon, a human can summon a tea prince or princess who will stay with them until three small wishes are granted. The "small" part is important as the wishes cannot be too big (like asking to be a millionaire), or affecting too many people (so you can't wish to cure cancer or something like that) unless a specific circumstance happens that allows it to be (like erasing normal people's memories because they discovered the existence of the tea fairies). Even so, it also depends on the personality of the tea prince/princess that how big a wish can be, some princes will freely perform small magics to help you in daily life and only count something as a wish if it's required a lot of power, some others will not use any spell at all and use them only for the wishes.
27th Oct '16 7:57:13 AM matruz
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* Junkers, from ''Anime/JunkersComeHere'', is a [[TalkingAnimal talking dog]] who says he can grant "Three Miracles" to his owner, Hiromi; So she first wishes that her tutor, Keisuke, doesn't marry his girlfriend, Yoko, so the next day the latter breaks up with Kaisuke, severely depressing him and causing a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment in Hiromi, so later she uses her second wish to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy make them reconcile]], which they do; and for her final wish Junkers offer her to wish that her parents don't get divorced [[spoiler: which she declines and instead wishes for her family be happy together just one last time, Junkers grants her third wish and whisks the three away to the beach where she had her best childhood memories, and the next morning Hiromi's mother announces that her father and she have decided not to divorce; the downside of all these is that Junkers has lost his ability to speak and it's now a normal dog]]. Hiromi at the end wonders if [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane everything that happened was because of his magic or just a series of coincidences]].

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* Junkers, from ''Anime/JunkersComeHere'', is a [[TalkingAnimal talking dog]] who says he can grant "Three Miracles" to his owner, Hiromi; So she first wishes that her tutor, Keisuke, doesn't marry his girlfriend, Yoko, so the next day the latter breaks up with Kaisuke, severely depressing him and causing a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment in Hiromi, so later she uses her second wish to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy make them reconcile]], which they do; and for her final wish Junkers offer her to wish that her parents don't get divorced [[spoiler: which she declines and instead wishes for her family be happy together just one last time, Junkers grants her third wish and whisks the three away to the beach where she had her best childhood memories, and the next morning Hiromi's mother announces that her father and she have decided not to divorce; the downside of all these is that Junkers has lost his ability to speak and it's now a normal dog]]. Hiromi at the end wonders if [[spoiler: Junkers was really a talking dog]] and if [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane everything that happened was because of his magic or just a series of coincidences]].
27th Oct '16 7:55:07 AM matruz
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* Junkers, from ''Anime/JunkersComeHere'', is a [[TalkingAnimal talking dog]] who says he can grant "Three Miracles" to his owner, Hiromi; So she first wishes that her tutor, Keisuke, doesn't marry his girlfriend, Yoko, so the next day the latter breaks up with Kaisuke, severely depressing him and causing a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment in Hiromi, so later she uses her second wish to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy make them reconcile]], which they do; and for her final wish Junkers offer her to wish that her parents don't get divorced [[spoiler: which she declines and instead wishes for her family be happy together just one last time, Junkers grants her third wish and whisks the three away to the beach where she had her best childhood memories, and the next morning Hiromi's mother announces that her father and she have decided not to divorce; the downside of all these is that Junkers has lost his ability to speak and it's now a normal dog]]. Hiromi at the end wonders if [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane everything that happened was because of his magic or just a series of coincidences]].
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