Created By: Koveras on January 12, 2013 Last Edited By: Koveras on February 8, 2013
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Quest for a Wish

The characters go on an arduous adventure to have a single wish granted.

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In the setting, there exists an entity that grants wishes--any wishes, and not in a jerkass way--to those who reach it. However, the path to this entity is long and perilous, so that only those of strong conviction can reach it. The plot of the story then centers on a character or characters trying to do just that. Possible plot points may include:


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Inuyasha, the eponymous hero was originally searching for the Sacred Jewel in order to get his wish to be a full demon granted.
  • In Dragon Ball, the person who collects all the eponymous artifacts gets a single wish granted, then all the Balls split off randomly to wait again.
  • In Xxx HO Li C and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, this is the modus operandi of Yuuko Ichihara, the Witch of Dimensions, who grants wishes in exchange for going on quests, type depending on wish.

Film
  • Stalker, adapted from Roadside Picnic, goes even further than the novel, with the Stalker refusing to ask anything, the Writer having his wish granted while getting there, and the Professor abandoning his original plan to nuke the Room altogether.

Literature
  • The first half of The Wizard of Oz consists of Dorothy going to Emerald City to see the Wizard so he can send her home. Along the way she meets three other characters who join her to have their own wishes granted.
  • The final chapters of Roadside Picnic detail Redrick's attempt to reach the Golden Sphere to ask for his crippled daughter's recovery. However, journeying with his Wide-Eyed Idealist of a partner leaves him in the state of confusion about his true wish as the book closes.
  • The first volume of Hyperion Cantos has a framing narrative which is all about a group of pilgrims traveling to the home of the Shrike, a mysterious entity that, well, usually it just kills everyone who encounters it, but it has been known to kill all but one member of a party of pilgrims, and grant the survivor one wish. Yes, they're all that desperate.

Web Original
  • Baman Piderman. In the episode "Happy Winter Friends", Baman and Piderman realize that Pumkin is rotting, so they set off on a quest through another dimension to find a Winter Friends Wish so they can use it to save Pumkin. Instead of a wish, they find a Sousaphone, who tells Baman that the wish was inside him all along. As in, literally inside Baman's chest. Not only does the wish heal Pumkin, it also gives him arms and legs.

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Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • January 12, 2013
    TonyG
    • The first half of The Wizard Of Oz consists of Dorothy going to Emerald City to see the Wizard so he can send her home. Along the way she meets three other characters who join her to have their own wishes granted.
    • The plot of the Animaniacs movie Wakkos Wish. All the characters race to find a fallen star; the first one there gets one wish.
  • January 12, 2013
    MokonaZero
    In Manga/Inuyasha Inuyasha originally was searching for the Sacred Jewel in order to get his wish to be a full demon granted.
  • January 12, 2013
    Chabal2
    Dragon Ball: the person who gathers all the Dragon Balls together gets a single wish granted, then all the balls split off randomly to wait again.
  • January 12, 2013
    elwoz
    Your "not in a jerkass way" condition makes this not quite fit, but I think it should count anyway: The first volume of the Hyperion series has a framing narrative which is all about a group of pilgrims traveling to the home of the Shrike, a mysterious entity that, well, usually it just kills everyone who encounters it, but it has been known to kill all but one member of a party of pilgrims, and grant the survivor one wish. Yes, they're all that desperate.
  • January 12, 2013
    henke37
    • The Manga Pandra is about a girl (with Naughty Tentacles) seeking pandora's box in order to see her father again.
  • January 13, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ Please elaborate. Is Pandora's Box a wish-granting artifact in the manga's setting?
  • January 13, 2013
    Someoneman
    Does it count if the quest is only one episode? If so:
  • January 13, 2013
    MrRuano
    Baman Piderman has "Happy Winter Friends" involve Baman and Piderman going into Dese Guys' Pie-Portal to another dimension to find a Happy Winter Friends Wish so they could undo Pumkin's rotting. They find Tuba's Dad, who tells Baman The wish was inside his chest the whole time. He remembers this in "Play Da Song" when he uses the wish-rod to fight off Red Squib... until it breaks the wand.
  • January 13, 2013
    Koveras
    ^^ Yes, it does.

    ^ I am so sorry, but I am afraid I cannot make sense out of your example... Could you please fix the grammar in it?..
  • January 16, 2013
    MetaFour
    Perhaps this would be clearer.

    Web Video
    • Baman Piderman. In the episode "Happy Winter Friends", Baman and Piderman realize that Pumkin is rotting, so they set off on a quest through another dimension to find a Winter Friends Wish so they can use it to save Pumkin. Instead of a wish, they find a Sousaphone, who tells Baman that the wish was inside him all along. As in, literally inside Baman's chest. Not only does the wish heal Pumkin, it also gives him arms and legs.
  • January 16, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ Yes, thank you for translating. :)
  • January 16, 2013
    NESBoy
  • February 1, 2013
    Koveras
    Bump.
  • February 1, 2013
    StarSword
    Anime and Manga:
    • In Xxx HO Li C and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, this is the modus operandi of Yuuko Ichihara, the Witch of Dimensions, who grants wishes in exchange for going on quests, type depending on wish.
  • February 7, 2013
    Koveras
    Bump again. Examples, suggestions, hats?
  • February 7, 2013
    elwoz
  • February 8, 2013
    Koveras
    Roger that.
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