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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]].
22nd Oct '16 10:11:33 PM Xtifr
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* A story by RobertSheckley features a man who received three wishes from the Devil, with no strings attached (appparently, Hell has more than enough souls as it is). Except that whatever he wishes for, his worst enemy will receive twice as much of it. So if he gets rich, the other guy gets richer, and this eats at him. His final wish is for a sexual partner whose rapaciousness is at the absolute limit of his ability to handle.

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* A story by RobertSheckley Creator/RobertSheckley features a man who received three wishes from the Devil, with no strings attached (appparently, Hell has more than enough souls as it is). Except that whatever he wishes for, his worst enemy will receive twice as much of it. So if he gets rich, the other guy gets richer, and this eats at him. His final wish is for a sexual partner whose rapaciousness is at the absolute limit of his ability to handle.
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]].
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