History Main / ThreeWishes

29th Jul '16 1:47:41 PM Morgenthaler
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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, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy 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, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy well aware]] 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.
20th Jun '16 8:51:19 AM Dravencour
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* There is a joke about the Devil offering a ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' fan three wishes, and then he'll take him to Hell. First wish: [[GodMode IDDQD]]. Second wish: IDKFA. Third wish... what wish? '''Take me to hell now'''! A variation exists where the Devil is not stupid... and sends him to the [[HarderThanHard Nightmare]] difficulty level.

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* There is a joke about the Devil offering a ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' fan three wishes, and then he'll take him to Hell. First wish: [[GodMode IDDQD]]. Second wish: IDKFA. Third wish... what wish? '''Take me to hell now'''! A variation exists where the Devil is not stupid... and sends him to the [[HarderThanHard Nightmare]] difficulty level.level, where cheats do not work.
2nd Jun '16 1:19:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* Theseus gets three wishes from Poseidon, and in {{Euripides}}' play ''Theatre/{{Hippolytus}}'', he uses one of them to kill the eponymous character.
* The ''[[TheWitcher Witcher]]'' short story collection ''The Last Wish'' is, as you would expect, based on this.

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* Theseus gets three wishes from Poseidon, and in {{Euripides}}' Creator/{{Euripides}}' play ''Theatre/{{Hippolytus}}'', he uses one of them to kill the eponymous character.
* The ''[[TheWitcher ''[[Literature/TheWitcher Witcher]]'' short story collection ''The Last Wish'' is, as you would expect, based on this.



* ''The WheelOfTime'' has Mat entering another world where fox-like beings grant three wishes to every visitor. He wishes for a cure for his amnesia, a way to be free of Aes Sedai and the One Power, and a way out of their world and back to his own. That last wish is ''almost'' a "reset button," but he still "enjoys" the benefits of his first two wishes. Except he failed to specify that he wanted to leave their world ''alive'', so they try to hang him.
* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' the assassin Jaqen H'ghar offers Arya three very specific wishes. Specifically, she can say three names, and those people will die (because he'll kill them). As is traditional she ends up wasting the first two on a petty tormentor and a soldier who, while vile, was no worse than several of the others. Only after doing so does she realize that she could have said ''anyone'' and she should have killed the enemy commanders. The third name she says is [[spoiler: Jaqen H'gar, after he refuses to help her free the prisoners and have her family's forces take control of the castle. She unsays it after he helps her, but because several people were killed in the uprising he considers his debt to her paid and refuses to let her pick another name. Jaqen H'gar was impressed however, because he essentially offers her admission to his order before leaving. Ironically Arya wasted the third wish too. Jaqen H'gar offered to kill Joffrey, the sadistic boy-king who had Arya's father executed. Instead Arya insisted he free the prisoners, only they turn out to be part of a TrojanPrisoner gambit and would have been freed to take the castle anyway]].

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* ''The WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has Mat entering another world where fox-like beings grant three wishes to every visitor. He wishes for a cure for his amnesia, a way to be free of Aes Sedai and the One Power, and a way out of their world and back to his own. That last wish is ''almost'' a "reset button," but he still "enjoys" the benefits of his first two wishes. Except he failed to specify that he wanted to leave their world ''alive'', so they try to hang him.
* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' the assassin Jaqen H'ghar offers Arya three very specific wishes. Specifically, she can say three names, and those people will die (because he'll kill them). As is traditional she ends up wasting the first two on a petty tormentor and a soldier who, while vile, was no worse than several of the others. Only after doing so does she realize that she could have said ''anyone'' and she should have killed the enemy commanders. The third name she says is [[spoiler: Jaqen H'gar, after he refuses to help her free the prisoners and have her family's forces take control of the castle. She unsays it after he helps her, but because several people were killed in the uprising he considers his debt to her paid and refuses to let her pick another name. Jaqen H'gar was impressed however, because he essentially offers her admission to his order before leaving. Ironically Arya wasted the third wish too. Jaqen H'gar offered to kill Joffrey, the sadistic boy-king who had Arya's father executed. Instead Arya insisted he free the prisoners, only they turn out to be part of a TrojanPrisoner gambit and would have been freed to take the castle anyway]].
16th May '16 7:28:15 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', Quentyn wins a wild hunt and earns a boon, but due to circumstances, the debt is tripled, giving him (what else?) three wishes. [[spoiler: The first two are used to reduce the Unseelie Prince who called the hunt to utter destitution, to said Prince's quivering rage, but the third wish banishes him from the plane, "never to trouble this world again." ]]

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* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', Quentyn wins a wild hunt and earns a boon, but due to circumstances, the debt is tripled, giving him (what else?) three wishes. [[spoiler: The first two are used to reduce the Unseelie Prince who called the hunt to utter destitution, to said Prince's quivering rage, but the third wish banishes him from the plane, "never to trouble this world again." ]]
18th Mar '16 4:18:00 PM nombretomado
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* Each miko in ''FushigiYuugi'' gets three wishes. While Takiko and Suzuno's last wishes are unknown (the former is assumed to have died before making her third wish, while it is unclear whether or not the latter's wish to remain with [[LoveInterest Tatara]] was indeed her last), Miaka and Yui's last wishes are of this type ([[spoiler: Yui, after being devoured by Seiryuu, wishes that Miaka be given the power to summon Suzaku, while Miaka wishes that everything be brought back to normal]]).
* A rather grisly example shows up in ''{{xxxHolic}}'', this one involving a monkey's paw which grants ''five'' wishes (one for each finger of the mummified paw). In this case the additional two wishes only give the woman who gets hold of the paw that many more ways to screw herself over: her first wish turns out harmlessly enough, which only encourages her to make increasingly reckless and greedy wishes. It's not long before, running late for an important interview, she carelessly thinks to herself that if there were a railway accident it would give her an excuse for being late - which the paw accepts as a wish, causing an unfortunate bystander to be thrown into the path of an oncoming train. Matters deteriorate rapidly after this as her other wishes begin backfiring on her as well, and when she tries to use her final wish to hit the reset button, the paw kills her.

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* Each miko in ''FushigiYuugi'' ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' gets three wishes. While Takiko and Suzuno's last wishes are unknown (the former is assumed to have died before making her third wish, while it is unclear whether or not the latter's wish to remain with [[LoveInterest Tatara]] was indeed her last), Miaka and Yui's last wishes are of this type ([[spoiler: Yui, after being devoured by Seiryuu, wishes that Miaka be given the power to summon Suzaku, while Miaka wishes that everything be brought back to normal]]).
* A rather grisly example shows up in ''{{xxxHolic}}'', ''Manga/XxxHolic'', this one involving a monkey's paw which grants ''five'' wishes (one for each finger of the mummified paw). In this case the additional two wishes only give the woman who gets hold of the paw that many more ways to screw herself over: her first wish turns out harmlessly enough, which only encourages her to make increasingly reckless and greedy wishes. It's not long before, running late for an important interview, she carelessly thinks to herself that if there were a railway accident it would give her an excuse for being late - which the paw accepts as a wish, causing an unfortunate bystander to be thrown into the path of an oncoming train. Matters deteriorate rapidly after this as her other wishes begin backfiring on her as well, and when she tries to use her final wish to hit the reset button, the paw kills her.
8th Jan '16 5:08:41 PM nombretomado
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* In one of the [[SpiderRobinson Callahan's]] stories, an alcoholic Irish spirit known as a clurichaun is captured before he can drink Mary's Place out of business and is forced to grant three wishes. The bartender, Jake, sees the potential disaster looming and uses his first wish to summon his mentor for help; the second wish is granted out of [[LiteralGenie sheer mischief]] when the Irish spirit interprets a casual remark as a wish to fix a broken table. Wish three ''should'' be used to banish him, but Jake realizes just how ''fun'' the clurichaun has made the place -- so he uses the third wish to [[spoiler: make the clurichaun pay for every drink he takes, in honest money. Since Jake had been running the bar at a loss, the clurichaun's patronage is the financial saving of the place]].

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* In one of the [[SpiderRobinson [[Creator/SpiderRobinson Callahan's]] stories, an alcoholic Irish spirit known as a clurichaun is captured before he can drink Mary's Place out of business and is forced to grant three wishes. The bartender, Jake, sees the potential disaster looming and uses his first wish to summon his mentor for help; the second wish is granted out of [[LiteralGenie sheer mischief]] when the Irish spirit interprets a casual remark as a wish to fix a broken table. Wish three ''should'' be used to banish him, but Jake realizes just how ''fun'' the clurichaun has made the place -- so he uses the third wish to [[spoiler: make the clurichaun pay for every drink he takes, in honest money. Since Jake had been running the bar at a loss, the clurichaun's patronage is the financial saving of the place]].
12th Dec '15 12:59:07 AM eroock
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Also, as the Genie in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' stresses, ''"'''[[PigLatin IXNAY]]''' on the WishingForMoreWishes!"''

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Also, as the Genie in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' stresses, ''"'''[[PigLatin "'''[[PigLatin IXNAY]]''' on the WishingForMoreWishes!"''
WishingForMoreWishes!"
27th Nov '15 12:10:09 AM nombretomado
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* There was a ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch with a 3-wish-granting fish; the fisherman who caught him was GenreSavvy enough to hire a team of lawyers to figure out precisely what his first two wishes should be. His third wish? "Pay my lawyers." His lawyers' fee: 100 wishes.

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* There was a ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch with a 3-wish-granting fish; the fisherman who caught him was GenreSavvy enough to hire a team of lawyers to figure out precisely what his first two wishes should be. His third wish? "Pay my lawyers." His lawyers' fee: 100 wishes.
8th Nov '15 8:07:47 AM fruitstripegum
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* The heroine of "The Evil Djinn" receives these after saving a JerkAssGenie from choking to death. The first two wishes (for legally gained wealth, and for the heroine's sister to be alive again) have negative consequences, so in an act of LaserGuidedKarma she uses the last wish to wish that she had never met the genie, and the genie dies.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Misty}}'': The heroine of the story "The Evil Djinn" receives these after saving a JerkAssGenie from choking to death. The first two wishes (for legally gained wealth, and for the heroine's sister to be alive again) have negative consequences, so in an act of LaserGuidedKarma she uses the last wish to wish that she had never met the genie, and the genie dies.
8th Nov '15 8:06:35 AM fruitstripegum
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* The heroine of "The Evil Djinn" receives these after saving a JerkAssGenie from choking to death. The first two wishes (for legally gained wealth, and for the heroine's sister to be alive again) have negative consequences, so in an act of LaserGuidedKarma she uses the last wish to wish that she had never met the genie, and the genie dies.
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