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->''"'[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E125TheLastNightOfAJockey The Last Night of a Jockey]]' is an old ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 Twilight Zone]]'' episode about a jockey who gets suspended from riding horses, then wishes he was bigger. The wish, obviously, backfires, because The ''Twilight Zone'' was basically one giant PSA about the dangers of evil genies."''
-->-- '''''{{Website/Cracked}}''''', [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20769_5-hilariously-awkward-meltdowns-hidden-dvd-commentaries_p2.html "5 Hilariously Awkward Meltdowns Hidden on DVD Commentaries"]]

Generally speaking, a LiteralGenie will make logical but basic interpretations of a wish. Nothing more and nothing less than what [[MakeAWish the wish]] ''[[ExactWords explicitly]]'' states. This is so that when a wish backfires, we can laugh at the foolishness of whoever made the wish, as opposed to the genie, who is supposedly [[JustFollowingOrders just doing their job]].

Sometimes, though, the literal interpretation just isn't enough. Try as we might, there simply aren't that many wishes which can be literally interpreted to mean "Turn me blue." So when the humiliation ''really'' needs to pile on, the Jackass Genie has to make an appearance.

What differentiates the Jackass Genie from the Literal Genie is sheer malice. This creature has it in for whoever has the misfortune of being his master, and will make whatever bizarre interpretation is necessary to make the master's life a living hell. A Literal Genie will grant the wish as is, with no additional magic good or bad. The Jackass Genie will be the precise opposite of the BenevolentGenie, inserting the absolute worst version of any wish.

Wish for a hot girlfriend? The Literal Genie will give her a fever (or maybe hook you up with a fire demon). The Jackass Genie will [[ManOnFire set her on fire]]. Try to head it off and wish for an attractive girlfriend? The Literal Genie will make her magnetic. The Jackass Genie will make her attract ''tigers''. Wish for a beautiful girlfriend? The Literal Genie will give you a BrainlessBeauty. The Jackass Genie will give you a beautiful AxCrazy girlfriend who has [[{{Yandere}} killed all her previous lovers horribly]]. Wish for some long overdue social reform? The Literal Genie will create a stagnant society that lacks the conflict necessary for growth, while the Jackass will always opt for an oppressive {{dystopia}} where the fanatics [[DontShootTheMessage who make your side look bad]] have won out. Wish for a million dollars? The Literal Genie will give you a million dollar coins[[labelnote: Note]]that's a total weight of 9 to 10 tons by the way, try carrying ''that'' in your purse![[/labelnote]], while the Jackass Genie will just give you a million copies of the same dollar, [[OhCrap and call the police on you for counterfeiting]].

In short, you just can't win; no matter what you wish for, the Jackass Genie will find a way to twist it so you end up worse off. Expect him to milk ExactWords and MetaphoricallyTrue for all they're worth. And taking the Literal Genie approach of making sure your wish is very specific is nothing but a trap. Unless you know a rule that he absolutely ''has'' to follow, he'll just [[MovingTheGoalposts move the goalposts]] and screw you over anyway: "Oh, the words you used mean something else in a very obscure dialect in AnotherDimension." Assuming he doesn't just flat-out lie and claim to have "misheard" you, knowing you can't prove him wrong.

You can also expect a Jackass Genie to interpret ''anything'' you say as a wish, [[RhetoricalRequestBlunder even if you didn't intend to make one.]] Never say "I wish I were dead" when this particular genie is within earshot. Your "wish" ''will'' be granted. Even the Literal Genie tends to have a tenuous grasp of the concept of hyperbole. Even worse, he may just suddenly set you on fire because "You didn't wish ''not'' to be set on fire".

As you can plainly see, oftentimes the Jackass Genie just seems to be [[KickTheDog taking cheap shots at characters who are literally helpless before him]]. As a result, expect him to be the clear villain when he appears. The Literal Genie can be excused somewhat if they're just naturally [[TheDitz ditzy]] or are trying to teach you a lesson [[AnAesop about being careful what you wish for]], but the Jackass Genie can lay no such claim. If there is any lesson to be learned with them, it might be "[[TooGoodToBeTrue if an offer seems too good to be true, it is]]" -- after all, this genie acts like a supernatural ConMan, and [[{{Greed}} you always had the option to walk away]] and/or [[{{Wishplosion}} wish none of this ever happened]]. If you literally wish for the latter however, don't be too surprised if the genie erases either you, the entire earth, or the universe from history. MortonsFork may apply.

Genie jackassery is a natural repercussion of the [[GenieInABottle original mythology]], since most wish-granting djinn were spirits imprisoned and enslaved by sorcerers (usually [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon this specific one]]) and are ''rather unhappy with their servitude''. As such, they will take every opportunity to screw over their master. Genies following this tradition are basically sending AnAesop that "you shouldn't consort with magical beings, full stop". Nowadays that might be because "[[MiseryBuildsCharacter hard work is good for you]]" or "WantingIsBetterThanHaving".

Has nothing to do with fitting [[Series/{{Jackass}} Johnny Knoxville]] in a bottle...[[AssShove or the other way round, knowing him]].

Compare with DealWithTheDevil. Due to their common motivation, many of them are also {{Troll}}s.


* A lad called Tim wishes he was rich, cool and irresistible. The genie turns him into a packet of chocolate Tim Tams biscuits. Which then get eaten by his girlfriend.
* The Toyota [=RAV4=] genie. A family of four meets the genie and is granted wishes. The man wishes to get rid of his "spare tire"; the genie gets rid of a literal spare tire. The woman wishes that she could eat all the chocolate she wants; the genie gives her a medical condition that requires her to eat chocolate to survive. The boy wishes to be an astronaut; the genie launches the family car into space with the family in it. The girl wishes to be a princess; the genie makes her a princess in a setting similar to ''Series/GameOfThrones''. The man wishes for unlimited wishes; the genie mishears that as "witches". The man then rephrases his first wish; the genie has him chased down the street by [[MrMuffykins a dog]] so he'll exercise.
* An Energizer ad features a treasure hunter coming upon a magic lamp; for setting the genie free, he is granted three wishes. First wish: enormous wealth (he's surrounded by gold). Second wish: to be adored by women (beautiful ladies surround him). After the genie warns him to use his last wish wisely, he makes said wish: long life. To the genie's maniacal laughter, [[spoiler:that is how the Energizer Bunny came to be.]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/CheekyAngel''. Megumi wishes for manliness, so the genie, just to be an asshole, turns him into a girl. The subversion? [[spoiler:That's a false memory, planted by the spirit itself when it granted '''her''' wish to the best of its limited ability.]]
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' demons are like this in contrast of {{Benevolent Genie}}s of Heaven. When it's just standard wish fulfillment, anyway. If the wish involved falls in line with the demon's desires as well, they'll pull out all the stops to get everything right.
* In one of ''Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'' episodes there was a "genie" who offers to grant your wish, but he will not grant your wish to be rich or beautiful, because "it's impossible" or "I don't like the idea." Instead he will stalk you and wait until you say to someone: "I wish you die," at which point he'll melt the person alive with hell-slime. This is because he's not really a genie at all, but a demon.
* In a chapter of a ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'' manga, Doraemon introduces a robot genie that is literally this trope. Incapable of magic, the robot goes out to ''rob'' and even ''abduct'' people to fulfill Nobita's wishes. Though in this case, the jackass part is that it's a jackass to the people it's robbing/abducting and ''not'' to Nobita.
* Kameo from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' fit this role to perfection (not surprisingly, as he was one of Dio's servants). He encountered Polnareff alone and, through his Stand Judgement, promised him 3 wishes. Polnareff first wished for gold, and at first Kameo seemed honest, creating a glittering pile of treasure with no negative effects whatsoever. Then Polnareff remembered his guilt over not being able to save Sherry or Avdol and wished that they both be brought back to life. Kameo interpreted this as ''two'' wishes (giving Polanreff no way to escape the consequences), then leaded Polnareff to his newly-raised sister and ally...which were actually twisted simulacrums that promptly attempted to kill him.
* Romeo from ''Make 5 Wishes''. To make it even worse, the first, small wish that Hanna asks for, for her crush to finally notice her, is granted without any ill effects at all, leading to her becoming more bold and making bigger wishes that backfire on her horribly. For the fifth and final wish, [[spoiler:she thinks he's screwed her over again, but he hasn't. She just doesn't ''realize'' that the fifth wish was granted exactly as she wanted.]]
* The wish-granting devil in ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}'' prefers to grant wishes that are stupid or selfish. The main characters figure this out, and realize that he can be manipulated into granting selfless wishes if they're phrased in such a way as to sound selfish.
* The manga ''Only One Wish'' by Mia Ikumi (also author of ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'') revolves around the so-called Angel of Wishes, a mysterious entity looking like a woman in school uniform and witch hat that gives people cell phones to contact her and make a single wish she'll then proceed to screw over:
** The first chapter features the three friends Rikako, Ai and Mai getting the cell phone. Rikako uses her wish to get Ai and her beloved Yamaguchi together, only for Ai to start ignoring them and Yamaguchi later admitting he liked ''Rikako''. When Rikako, pissed, tries and get back Yamaguchi and Mai tries playing peacemaker, Ai cries out she wishes that Rikako and Mai would disappear ''while she was in contact with the 'Angel[='=]'', who proceeds to summon an EldritchAbomination to eat them until Yamaguchi gets the cell phone and wishes the monster away. Mai, finally, feeling betrayed by her friends, for whom she was willing to renounce to both the wish and Yamaguchi's love, makes an untold wish that is implied will kill them. The 'Angel' did all this just to show that friendship is a fickle thing.
** In the second chapter, a girl named Misa, who has drowned to save a cat, wishes to come back to life. The 'Angel' gives her a temporary body, and will annul her death if she manages to kiss the boy she loves before midnight... But doesn't tell her that her friend Akio, who died with her and loves her, made a similar wish with the same condition. And Akio doesn't too, but decides to help Misa live. The only reason they don't get screwed up when Misa [[HeroicSacrifice throws away her chance to live and kisses Akio]] is that his wish was to ''[[LiteralGenie stay with her for the following year]]'', and the "Angel" decided it meant that they should both live.
** In the third chapter, a girl named Kumi has a crush on a boy named Kisarazu, and wishes for him to become small so she'll be able to care for him in her home and he'll fall for her. The 'Angel' obliges, and enjoys the show when RealityEnsues: Kisarazu is terrified, and is utterly furious when he learns that Kumi is responsible for his condition.
** The fourth chapter opens with a man lying in his own blood and an high school student crying she didn't mean that when she wished her teacher would disappear, while the "Angel" states she fulfills ''any'' wish and that's the wisher's problem if she isn't happy with the result. She later states she'll screw up another wish upon sending a cell phone to a girl in need... and is happy when the girl ignores the cell phone: the "Angel" screws up wishes ''on purpose'', because she doesn't like when people cry for help at the first problem even when they can actually fulfill their wishes on their own ([[FridgeBrilliance thus explaining why she didn't screw up Akio's wish: bringing people back to life is beyond Human abilities]]). She ends the chapter and the manga by preparing to screw another wish up.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': The Shikon Jewel is said to be able to grant any wish; in reality, it will twist a wish to its own benefit at worst or simply not grant it at best. It's even stated in story that ''every single attempt'' to use the jewel for good has backfired. What this amounts to at the end of the story when someone is in a position to make that wish is that there's only one precise wish that can be made that will actually work (apparently the Jewel has no power to pervert that one) and anything else will result in doom. [[spoiler:Kagome wishes for the jewel to vanish from existence forever, which is said precise wish]].
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Lilith, the spirit of [[MagicMirror Lilith's]] [[ArtifactOfDoom Mirror]], grants a wish to whoever possesses her mirror, but after said wish is granted, she terrorizes her victims and [[YourSoulIsMine steals their souls]].
* The Rainy Devil in ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' makes a deal with Kanbaru Suruga that obviously references ''Monkey's Paw'', to the point where she actually gets her arm replaced with that of a monkey, and interprets wishes very liberally and dangerously for everyone involved. [[spoiler:Subverted, as instead of misinterpreting anything the devil simply obeys her hidden desires to the letter, which are far darker than what she'd expected.]]
* Not a genie, but ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has Lord Zuno, an alien being said to know everything in the universe, and only grants a limited number of questions per person. When Bulma goes to him to find out about the Super Dragon Balls, she gets three questions but two are wasted because he interprets ''any'' question Bulma says out loud as counting towards her total, even if it's rhetorical or confirming information she'd already gotten.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The 1990s Creator/MarvelComics series ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'' had a demonic genie named Mr. Jyn who appeared to [[UnluckyEverydude down-on-their luck losers]] and pretended to grant their fondest desires, but actually manipulated his "masters" into letting him cause more and more chaos until he would be free to roam the Earth.
* Id, a ''JLA'' villain, started off as a Literal Genie, granting a child's wish that everything was made out of chocolate, or Superman's wish that the Leaguers didn't have to maintain [[SecretIdentity two identities]]. When it reacted to a disfigured film star shouting "Don't look at me!" by turning everyone in the city blind, Green Lantern realised "It's getting creative."
* In Michael Dialynus's short comic ''The Knight Who Would Be King'' a KnightErrant helps an old man in exchange for a wish. Naturally he wishes to be king so the old man [[spoiler:turns him into a tree and carves a chess piece out of him.]]
* The Bog Roosh, a mermaid-witch from ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}: The Third Wish''. Three mermaids perform a task for her in exchange for a wish for each. The first wishes to be reunited with her lover. The Bog Roosh informs her that said lover is dead, then [[CameBackWrong raises him as a zombie]]; he promptly attacks and kills the mermaid. The second mermaid wishes for legs and lungs, so she can be united with the human she loves. The Bog Roosh grants this immediately; as they're at the bottom of the ocean, the ex-mermaid drowns. [[RuleOfThree The third mermaid]] wishes for a lost spear, so she can return it to the grave of her father. The Bog Roosh hands over the spear, and the mermaid safely swims away to deliver it. Apparently the Bog Roosh is a misanthrope who hates romance, but she respects someone who cares for their parents.\\\
The third mermaid arguably suffers an even worse fate than her sisters. [[DiabolusExMachina For no readily apparent reason]], returning the spear to her father's grave condemns him to Hell, and when Hellboy kills the Bog Roosh, the mermaid has to take her place. It is more than likely the Bog Roosh knew the girl's father would hate the fact that she sacrificed Hellboy for the sake of a lost object and would condemn her for it, his Hell being the shame and disgrace of his daughter's actions. So yeah, Bog Roosh is a jackass genie through and through.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Babymouse}}: Beach Babe'', Babymouse has an ImagineSpot where she finds a bottle with a genie that looks like [[AlphaBitch Felicia]]. She wishes for ice cream and gets pickle flavor (since she didn't specify what kind), she then wishes for straight whiskers, only for the genie to make them straight, but so long that they touch the ground. Finally, she wishes for "someone cool" to play with, only to come back to reality, where she only has her baby brother for a companion.
* When wishes are made of djinn in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'', they haven't been seen to twist words. However, if the third wish isn't used to put them back in the bottle, they'll go on a rampage instead. In a Cinderella spin-off, we even find out that Aladdin has a genie with one more wish, just to make life hell for anybody who's about to kill him.
* Played with in G. Willow Wilson's Cairo. The jinn Shams can't make things appear out of thin air when granting wishes, he can only manipulate probability. This results in a surprise for protagonist Shaheed when he wishes that he didn't have to pay for his breakfast.
* ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'':
** One story, "Ala-diddly-addin and His Magic Lamp", features Ned Flanders as Aladdin and Homer as a Jackass Genie. First, he complains of how long he's been in the lamp, so Aladdin remarks he should have a drink - the genie interprets this as his first wish and grants himself a beer. For his second with, the starving family wishes for food, so the genie calls up a combination of strip club and buffet. When the staunchly-faithful Aladdin complains, he passingly tells the genie to "forget I just said that", leading to the genie taking it as his third wish... though this works in Aladdin's favor, as he erases his own memory, so he thinks Aladdin still has a wish. When Aladdin wishes for his dead wife to be alive again, the genie pulls the classic trick and brings her back as a living skeleton, while outright copping to the fact he'd probably have screwed up the wish had it been differently worded. In the end, the genie also wrecks Aladdin's last wish (to "escort himself" out of town), creating a duplicate he winds up getting drunk and crashing with Aladdin's family with.
** Another comic story taking place when Homer was a kid had Homer find a mean genie who tried to pressure Homer into making a wish and point-blank telling him that he intends to grant his wishes so that they have negative consequences, such as having Homer's wish for a million dollars result in Homer getting the money illegally and his father getting mad at him for it.
* Franchise/MarvelUniverse:
** During the ''ComicBook/{{Inferno}}'' CrisisCrossover, the current Hobgoblin followed a group of demons to their lair, where he met their boss and offered up his soul in exchange for power. After he finishes laughing, the demon tells the Hobgoblin that his corrupt soul is worth nothing, but since he got a laugh out of this, decides to indulge his request for power... by fusing Hobby with a crazy KnightTemplar demon outcast.
** In the first ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'' storyline, the team took on a band of alien mercenaries called Technet. One member of Technet, Joyboy, has the power to telepathically discern his victim's fondest wish and grant it in as unpleasant a way as possible. He is able to take out [[IntangibleMan Kitty Pryde]] (who at this time has to concentrate to stay solid) by granting her wish for a solid body. A [[FatGirl five-hundred pound solid body]]. [[NoOntologicalInertia She reverted to normal once Joyboy is knocked unconscious.]]
** [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Mephisto]], the closest thing to {{Satan}} in Marvel Comics, may sometimes wander into this. Once, he decides to play along with a popular UrbanLegend that sometimes the devil may visit a bar and, if the bartender provide him with good service, he will grant him a wish. When the bartender asks for immortality, Mephisto drags him to Hell, extracts all his blood when grinding him like fresh meat, and uses it as ink to write letters. Words are immortal.
** More infamous is the deal he made with Johnny Blaze, a.k.a. Comicbook/GhostRider. Blaze asked for his foster father Crash Simpson, a stunt rider, to be cured of his cancer in return for Blaze's soul; Mephisto granted the wish, but when Crash next tried to perform a stunt it went wrong and Crash died -- Mephisto reasoned that he had saved Crash [[ExactWords from the cancer]], but had no obligation to save him from ''dying''.
* In ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', there is an old man that fits this: he has wish-granting powers, and Archie receives wishes that turn out to amuse the old man when they turn out wrong. Archie is so warped by anger over this that in a moment of evil, he wishes that REGGIE receive the remainder of his wishes. The moment of evil goes like this: "Are you kidding? I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy!" (Archie's eyes glow with skulls for pupils and hellfire for irises as he gets an evil grin) "Or maybe... I would!" Which the old man provides. The first thing it leads up to? Reggie getting run up a tree by Moose.
* The ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'' comic ''De perenprins'' features a genie that always grants the exact opposite of what you wish. For example, when Lambik wished for the genie to give them some allies that didn't have to be very tall, he instead gave their enemies three giants as allies. This is not because the genie is evil or malicious, but more that he is extremely clumsy. He always apologizes afterwards for his screw ups. Eventually both Wiske and Jerom get smart enough to realize the genie's flaw, and exploit it by actually wishing for the exact opposite of what they really want. When Jerom defeated the giants, he wished for 3 more giants. The result: the genie screwed up again and accidentally made the 3 already existing giants disappear, exactly what Jerom really wanted.
* [[EldritchAbomination The Candlemaker]] in ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol''. He grants Dorothy Spinner two wishes without a catch, but when she makes her third one, [[spoiler:he grants her wish and resurrects Joshua Clay as promised, but then escapes her mind and immediately kills him.]]
* In "The Aladdin Frame-Up" in ''Plop!'' #11 a guy who finds a genie in a lamp he stole from the cart of a junk peddler wishes for money. The genie disappears for a bit, then comes back and tosses him a pile of cash - dripping with the blood of the man he killed to get it, whose corpse just so happens to be lying ''right outside'' the wisher's rundown apartment building.
* The genie from the ''ComicBook/{{Misty}}'' story "The Evil Djinn". After a nurse saves her life, she gives the nurse three wishes, but every one has a negative consequences. The nurse first wishes for legally gained wealth...and her sister is killed at work, leaving the money from the life insurance policy. She then wishes for her sister to be alive again, and the wish makes it so that the sister is paralyzed for life. Unfortunately for the genie, her jackassihness backfires when the nurse uses the last wish to wish that they had never met, and the genie dies.
* A ''ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse'' story had Mickey encounter what appeared to be a BenevolentGenie that permitted him to wish for infinite wishes and stuck around to advice him. It seed to end up a big lesson in BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: wishing for everyone in the world to be nice ended up with them cowed to obedience, wishing for adventures turned out to be boring because there was no challenge when you [[RealityWarper could decide exactly what would happen]], etc. Then it turned out that the genie was not so much a GenieInABottle as a SealedEvilInACan that was poised to TakeOverTheWorld at will now that he was released (what with being TheOmnipotent and all), but also liked to grant mortals wishes and make them go wrong.
* In ''World's Finest'' comic book story "The Three Magicians of Bagdad!", Franchise/{{Superman}} must pretend he's a genie who must obey the villain's commands. When commanded to bring gold, he brings ''molten'' gold. When commanded to bring a weapon he can seize the city with, Superman uses a long chain to bring lightning.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In an [[BizarroEpisode out-of-continuity story]] in ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'', a nearly broke, unemployed man releases a mouse from a trap. The mouse turns out to be a shape-shifting "brengir" and offers him a wish. The poor man wishes for "worldwide peace on earth." The next morning the man finds that the brengir has granted the wish ... by making him the only person on earth. Months later, the brengir returns. The man asks for another wish, but the brengir refuses. The man says, "You ''will'' grant me another wish, or I'll wring your neck!" The brengir responds, "A threat against a brengir is punishable by death!", and [[KickTheDog kills the man's]] ''[[KickTheDog dog]]''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Shenron the dragon from ''WebVideo/DragonballAbridged'' starts off as a BenevolentGenie, even pointing out the LoopholeAbuse that the characters can use to take care of their problems and offering to do that. [[TooDumbToLive They, of course, refuse so they can solve their problems with martial arts battles]].
** In the ''Christmas Tree of Might'' special, Shenron turns into one of these when he finds that not only was he summoned by the main cast ''again'', lamenting that no-one else seems to find the dragon balls, but Krillin, who is standing in the middle of a burned down forest with terrified, homeless animals surrounding them, wishes for the best Christmas tree in the world instead of saving the forest. An angry Shenron responds by summoning a group of alien marauders who plant an evil version of a WorldTree that sucks all the Christmas joy out of the world. It is still a tree, at least.
** The revelation from the end of Season 2 that Shenron is, in fact, a servant of [[spoiler:[[HumanoidAbomination Mr. Popo]]]] may explain his more malevolent nature. Upon being summoned by [[spoiler:Mr. Popo]], Shenron's question when he realizes who has summoned him is to ask if it is time for them to "[[ApocalypseHow lay waste to this world]]".
** The new remake of ''Dead Zone Abridged'' has Shenron answer Garlic Jr.'s wish for immortality with "can't wait to hear how you fuck this up". It seems if the wish granter is dumb enough, he doesn't even have to twist it.
** In the abridgement of ''World's Strongest'', Shenron attempts to be a benevolent genie all over again, but evil {{Jerkass}} Kochin doesn't have the sense to see that and insists on doing a bit of WastefulWishing. Finally Shenron gets fed up and grants the wish, while also putting a huge hole in the ozone layer just to screw with humanity for trying his patience.
--->'''Kochin:''' Oh wow, that was fast!\\
'''Shenron:''' Yeah, well, I also put a massive hole in your ozone layer. You said it took you 50 years to find me? Good luck figuring out how long that will take to fix!
** Then there's [[TheDragon Slay]] from [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad the Misfit Minions]] in the ''Christmas Tree of Might'' movie. Slay was once a Mall Santa who molested children and took wishes literally in the worst possible way. For example, a kid who asked him for a fire truck got a real truck dropped onto his house. And then there's the part where he starts telling Krillin about the young cancer patient who asked him to get rid of the cancer...
--->'''Krillin:''' Oh God, this is going exactly where I think it is, isn't it?\\
'''Slay:''' ...so I blew him up! No more cancer!
* Japan in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' {{Deconstruction}} fic ''Mistakes'' managed to Jackass Genie ''himself.'' He'd found out that his humans were [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII doing unspeakable things to his brothers]] and confronted his Prime Minister. Nation-tans have to obey orders from their human leaders. Under normal circumstances, "forget about them, we have bigger problems" would have been dismissed as a colloquialism, but Japan really, really wanted to forget that he'd played a part in getting his own brother raped. [[LaserGuidedAmnesia So he did.]] China was not pleased.
* FanFic/TheNuptialverse: As shown in the flashbacks in ''[[VillainEpisode Metamorphosis]]'', Discord promises to fulfill then-pegasus Chrysalis' desire to obtain the powers of all three pony tribes. Chrysalis thinks it means she will become an alicorn, but Discord thinks just turning her into an alicorn [[ForTheEvulz would be boring]].
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** Pandora. As explained by Ceal in Act V chapter 29, he once wished for the dragon Fafnir to die "by his hand." Pandora granted the wish by severing Ceal's left hand, so he would only have the one hand to kill Fafnir with, and then making it so Fafnir can ''[[OnlyICanKillHim only]]'' [[OnlyICanKillHim be killed by Ceal]].
** Her elder brother, Hex Lagon, also has shades of this. In Act VI, when Gabriel loses his game of chance, in accordance with the deal, Gabriel is stripped of his grace and angelic power. As the others point out, Gabriel [[BrokenAngel losing his wings]] was ''not'' part of the terms Hex mentioned.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/280257/the-wishing-pool The Wishing Pool]]'', Rarity goes to a wishing pool to ask for a perfect romantic partner, and wishes to be a princess, too, while she's at it. Although she's smart enough to thoroughly describe the kind of partner she'd be happiest with (Canterlot-born, more than just a trophy spouse, not a mindless adoring slave, etc.), [[spoiler:she never specified that said partner should be a stallion, and it doesn't escape the pool's notice that you can become a princess by marriage, too...]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'':
** Jafar demonstrates this trope when Abis Mal asks for a legendary sunken treasure. He promptly brings him ''to'' the treasure, at the bottom of the sea, and forces Abis Mal to make a second wish to not die.
--->'''Jafar:''' That's two wishes. Take your time with the third... or you'll wish you'd never been born.
** That particular scene is also a very interesting CallBack: The original ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' also had a scene of the genie saving his master from drowning at the cost of a wish, at a time when said master was incapable of wishing. The main differences are that Genie saved an unconscious Aladdin from an assassination attempt out of kindness[[note]]And he only counted it as a wish because he'd already declared "No more freebies" after Al tricked him into getting him out of the Cave of Wonders without expending a wish[[/note]], while Jafar deliberately put Abis Mal in the ocean and then wasted the wish so he could further manipulate Abis into following his agenda.
** Later in the movie, Abis Mal muses out loud about wishing for a famous treasure chest of some mythical king. Jafar (who is trying to pressure Abis into [[FreeingTheGenie setting him free]]) ''traps him inside the chest'', just to remind him what'll happen if he tries it.
--->'''Jafar:''' Oh, I'm dreadfully sorry. I thought that was your wish. Are you quite all right?\\
'''Abis Mal:''' ''[irritably]'' No, I am NOT qui--\\
'''Jafar:''' Wonderful! Good to see all's well.
** Jafar, however, does give him a freebie regarding all the treasure to Abis Mal's heart's content in exchange for the third wish after Aladdin is believed to have died to set him free from the lamp. Abis Mal was going to wish for Jafar's freedom, but stops himself and wonders whether Jafar's going to actually keep his word about the treasure, or if he's going to ensure that the treasures "disappear" on Abis Mal once he is free, apparently having become skeptical due to Jafar's tendency towards this trope.
** There's also the RunningGag about the fact that in the ''Aladdin''-verse, genies can't actually kill anyone. "You'll be surprised at [[FateWorseThanDeath what you can live through.]]"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', Xibalba takes on this role when dealing with Manolo. Manolo wishes he could be with Maria, whom he thinks is dead, so Xibalba kills him, sending him to the afterlife.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': Dr. Facilier.
** When reading Prince Naveen's fortune, he "predicts" that Naveen wishes for "the green" and to be able to "hop from place to place." Naveen never actually says anything like this, nor does he even acknowledge this as an accurate "prediction," yet Facilier transforms him into a frog anyways. Naveen agreed to Facilier's deal when he shook his hand, tacitly giving him permission to make the wishes described come true. Although, to be fair to Naveen, he had no idea that he was agreeing to anything. Facilier carefully phrased it as such.
** An AbortedArc was going to revolve around Louis once being a human who made a deal with Dr. Facilier to be a great trumpet player. He got his wish, but was also turned into a Crocodile as a unwanted bonus.
* The witch in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is not presented as evil, but seems to interpret every wish as an excuse to turn someone into a bear (because the wisher desired the "strength of ten men", or in the main plotline of the story, simply wants her mother to "change"). She explicitly warns the heroine that she has a history of "dissatisfied customers".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The eponymous genies from the ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' series deliberately interpret any wish they're given in the most negative manner possible--typically involving a CruelAndUnusualDeath--then take the victim's soul to Hell for further torture. For instance, some poor guy is rendered blind simply for answering a question in the negative ("You don't want to see this, do you?") Depending on how vague the wish is, the Djinn can interpret it any way he wants. Near the end of the second film, the casino manager wishes "this nightmare would just be over" and the Djinn decides that means "kill everyone". However, he still has to obey the LiteralGenie conventions because he can't just ignore a wish because he doesn't like it. When a security guard wishes for him to go away, he's forced to do just that. When he then threatens the guard as he walks away, the guard responds with "The only way you're coming through this door is through me. And that is something I'd love to see." The results are predictable.
* The Devil in the remake of ''Film/Bedazzled2000'', who twists all of Elliot's wishes. He wishes to be rich and married to his crush and the Devil makes him a Colombian druglord despised by his wife. He wishes to be emotionally sensitive, because chicks dig sensitive guys, so now he can't help but burst into tears if he even glances at a sunset. He wishes to be a great basketball player with a humongous body, and the Devil also makes him stupid and gives him a small penis for no reason at all except to make him waste another wish. He then explicitly asks to be erudite and witty, AND for a big penis, so the Devil makes him gay. He wishes to be President of the United States, so the Devil turns him into Abraham Lincoln on the night he's assassinated. She also counts a demo wish for a Big Mac and fries he made before he'd even signed the contract. At least in that case, he got what he wanted (even if he had to pay for it).
* The original ''Film/Bedazzled1967'' does this too. The main character wishes to be a famous rock star, but he almost immediately loses his fans to a new, more popular singer who is, of course, the Devil. His last wish is to be living in peace with the object of his affection far away from the busy city. So the Devil turns them into lesbian nuns.
* Near the end of ''Film/Leprechaun2'' the Leprechaun is trapped in a wrought iron safe by Morty (the leprechaun, being a fae type, is harmed by cold iron), who forces the Leprechaun into granting him three wishes. The Leprechaun grants Morty's wish for his gold by materializing it into his stomach. After the Leprechaun makes Morty waste his second wish by wishing him free of the safe, the Leprechaun grants the third wish (getting the gold out) by ripping Morty open. When Marty whispers "Help me" afterward, the Leprechaun leaves him for dead since he's out of wishes. Suffice it to say, this is the titular Leprechaun's MO in ALL of the films.
* The titular pencil from the short film ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MjTb5A68VA Pencil Face]]''. The girl asked for (drew) a lollipop. The pencil materialised a [[spoiler: black hole which sucked her in.]]
* The wish-granter in ''Film/Interstate60'', O. W. Grant, will grant wishes this way if he doesn't like you or thinks your wish is boring.
* The mundane version happens quite often in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. When the deals actually ''are'' fulfilled by both sides, usually someone has twisted the words of the agreement via either LoopholeAbuse or ExactWords.
** Most notably and frequently, Barbossa, particularly in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl The Curse of the Black Pearl]]''.
*** First, Elizabeth manages to [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness negotiate the cessation of hostilities against Port Royal]] in return for the Medallion. However, she neglects to negotiate her return to shore. Barbossa quickly abuses this by kidnapping her, stating that her return to shore was not part of the agreement, and so he "must" do nothing. Of course, as he points out, the Pirate's Code is for ''pirates''. In a sense, he was being courteous by negotiating with her at all.
*** Secondly, when Will reveals himself as the son of Bootstrap Bill (meaning Barbossa explicitly needs him alive), he negotiates that in return for giving himself up, the crew will not be harmed, and Elizabeth goes free. The crew ends up imprisoned (no word on what the final plan for the crew was, after the curse was broken), and Elizabeth was forced to walk the plank with Jack and marooned on a deserted island.
---->'''Will:''' Barbossa, you lying bastard! You swore she would go free!\\
'''Barbossa:''' Don't you impugn me honor boy! I agreed she would go free, but it was ''you'' who failed to [[LoopholeAbuse specify when or where.]]
** Jack attempts to do this to Davey Jones in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest Dead Man's Chest]]'', when they negotiate one hundred souls in return for Jack's freedom. While Jack has every intention of fulfilling that agreement (at first), he tries to rustle up the one hundred souls from [[WretchedHive the island of Tortuga.]]
--->'''Mr. Gibbs:''' And how do you intend to harvest these 99 souls in three days?\\
'''Captain Jack:''' Fortunately he was mum as the condition in which these souls need be.

* In ''Literature/TheMonkeysPaw'', the first wish is for two hundred pounds. Which is received via the eldest son dying in a horrible accident at work and the corporation giving them a settlement out of pity because this story was written in an age where lawsuits for this kind of thing were unheard of. Just to show how old this trope is, the characters in this story were aware of it and more worried one of them was going to be killed by the money falling from the sky in change and beaning them on the head. It gets worse: The mother of their son is so distraught she forces her husband to wish the son alive again -- but she didn't specify what shape she wanted him back in. It turns out he'd died in an accident that had horribly mutilated him, and they hear a knock on the door. We never do find out just what shape the son is in, because when the mother goes to answer the door, he rushes back in order to make his final wish, which is presumably to wish the son dead and back in his grave, because when the mother opens the door, no one is there. Though some versions have him as a literal zombie, growling and scratching at the door.
* Death, in the tale of the Three Brothers in ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'', pretends to congratulate the titular brothers for cheating death, and rewards them, with full intention of being this. Only the [[YoungestChildWins youngest brother]] sees through the ruse and has his reward tailored specifically to prevent Death doing this to him. The other brothers are [[KarmicDeath not so lucky]].
* In Creator/LarryNiven's "Literature/TheWishingGame", it is established that literal genies in a bottle do exist. They can only be coaxed out of the bottle with the promise to play the 'game of jynn', where they match wits with the human that freed them. So presenting the client human with three wishes, and placing some kind of sadistic twist to the request is their only motivation to grant wishes in the first place. Granted, the only persons that can gain possession of a genie are some very old and canny sorcerers, who believe they can outwit the genie. So at least there is sport in this contest. This genie was a cross between a JackassGenie and a Literal Genie, in that he cannot change the original wish or add on to it, and that the game has a very specific goal: to grant the wisher nothing in the end. So one previous, not-so-clever, non-sorcerous player of the game wished for [[spoiler:"wealth", so the genie granted enormous wealth on the spot, such that the wisher could not carry it away before bandits stole it. However, the genie had to rely on already nearby bandits, and the genie only partially won because the man grabbed some of the wealth and ran, since the wish neither allowed for creating bandits from nothing nor sealing away the wealth so the man couldn't reach it.]]
* In ''Literature/CastleInTheAir'', the sequel to ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'', Abdullah has the company of one of these [[spoiler:who turns out to be Howl transformed by a Djinn]]. At one point he manages to actually outwit the Genie who claims he will grant every wish in the worst possible way by wishing for a friend who is running to go to the nearest castle that isn't in his home country. [[spoiler:And even that is kind of twisted.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'' the title character attempts to summon a demon to make a DealWithTheDevil for three wishes. Demons, needless to say, give people "exactly what they asked for and exactly what they didn't want", although Eric doesn't really make it that difficult.
** For instance, the eponymous Eric wishes to live forever. He is promptly transported to the beginning of the universe, since that's when forever ''starts''. Enjoy the next couple billion years...
** He also wishes for the most beautiful woman and to rule the world. He gets a case of ValuesDissonance and a country where people kill their rulers.
* In ''Shadowbridge'' by Gregory Frost, a tablet that grants any wish written on it mostly acts as a BenevolentGenie. The wish "Make them worship me like a god" seems to leave it annoyed, though -- the wisher [[TakenForGranite turns to stone]], and those nearby start to worship the statue.
* The Eelfinn in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' are like this.
** Mat mistakes them for their answer-granting cousins, the Aelfinn, and when they won't answer his questions, he starts venting his frustrations on them instead, which they take as his wishes. They grant his wishes in the laziest way possible, and the wishes also come with a price that can be negotiated. Since he doesn't name a price and doesn't specify that he wants to leave their realm alive, they hang him. On the other hand, since he survived being hanged, the things they gave him did actually fulfill the wishes; to let him "be free of Aes Sedai," they gave him a nifty AntiMagic amulet, to "fill the empty holes in his memories" they shoved his head full of multiple lifetimes' worth of experiences, and as a kicker they gave him a pimpin' magic spear [[spoiler:that fulfills his third wish, for a way out of the Eelfinn realm; it doubles as a magic key that can carve open gateways leading out of their domain.]]
** Later, the readers learn exactly what happened when [[spoiler:Moiraine]] and [[spoiler:Lanfear]] passed into their realm in ''The Fires of Heaven''. [[spoiler:The Eelfinn grant both of them their three wishes. ''Then'' they torture them and drain them of their life-force, permanently draining away their ability to channel bit by bit]]. Yeah, the Eelfinn are just assholes.
* In Creator/DianeDuane's Literature/{{Rihannsu}} ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels, Romulan starships are frequently named ''Rhea's Helm''. The original legendary helm was the product of a sorcerer-smith who, when captured by his enemies, was asked by them to create a helmet that would make the wearer impervious to all harm. When the helm was donned, the demon he'd bound into it ''bit the wearer's head off'' -- nothing can harm a dead person.
* In ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', "demons" such as Bartimaeus highly resent the magicians who summon and bind them (well-deserved. It's basically slavery), and actively search for any loophole in the magician's power or orders. In addition to usual malicious literalness, one popular method they use is to creatively interpret pauses for breath as periods, rendering commands completely worthless if the magician can't get them off in one breath. Some spirits are more creative with this than others. They usually they ''do'' follow orders [[LiteralGenie as long as they are worded correctly without obvious loopholes]], but it is mentioned that Nathaniel once encountered one who allegedly required a command half an hour long just to correctly fill his bath. Most spirits are reluctant to go that far, as wizards don't require a spirit's assistance to use torture spells on their slaves.
** Also, that's not even getting into what happens if a demon learns the summoner's TrueName, or worse if the summoner botches a summoning ritual. When trying to summon high-level spirits, even the smallest mistake can get one eaten alive.
--->'''Bartimaeus:''' One magician I worked for once called for my aid during an earthquake which was toppling his tower. Unfortunately for him, the precise words he used were: "Preserve me!" A cork, a great big bottle, a vat of pickling fluid, and -- presto! -- the job was done.
* A short story "Not In a Hurry" by Creator/SergeyLukyanenko offers an interesting subversion. A young occultist summons a demon and strikes a Faustian deal with him: any number of wishes in exchange for the guy's soul after his death. As a default clause of the contract the guy demands to be made immortal and invincible to any harm except for the effects of his wishes. Demon agrees and makes pretty clear that he will act as a Jackass Genie to his worst. Subversion ensues when the guy [[spoiler: never makes any wishes at all, content with his immortality.]]
* ''Literature/DealingWithDragons'' features a genie released after over three hundred years of imprisonment, only to grant the protagonist, Princess Cimorene, the choice of how she would die. The immediate response, "Old age", turns out not to work because she has to die that day. After some questions, it turns out [[spoiler:that the genie, having really been imprisoned in the bottle for only two hundred and seventeen years, was actually required to grant Cimorene three wishes -- however, for the genie to return home without killing Cimorene would render him a laughingstock. In the end, Cimorene convinces the genie to [[TakeAThirdOption go back into the bottle for eighty-three years]], thus allowing the genie to return home with his pride intact and fulfill the "old age" request for how Cimorene would die.]] He turns out to be a pretty good sport about the whole thing, though; in return for the brilliant idea, he grants Cimorene a wish, so she uses it to get the hen's teeth she's been looking for.
* The sandestin in Creator/JackVance's ''Literature/DyingEarth'' stories. They do their best to subvert the orders of the Arch-Magicians that control them.
* The wish-granting witch in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''Be Careful What You Wish For'' is either exceptionally malicious, exceptionally incompetent, [[AmbiguouslyEvil or both]]. In order...
** 1) Main character Samantha Byrd wishes to be 'the strongest player on her basketball team'. The witch doesn't make her stronger, but everyone else weaker, to the point where the star players come down with severe illnesses. This leads to a scene where said star player (and bully) Judith is accusing Samantha of being a witch herself...
** 2) Samantha angrily wishes ''JUDITH'' would disappear. The witch makes ''EVERYONE IN THE WORLD'' disappear as well. Because...the wish is hard to aim?
** 3) Samantha wishes everyone back and wishes that Judith 'thought she was the greatest'. This, as you might have guessed, makes Judith obsessed with Samantha and how 'perfect' she is to the point of insanity, forcing Samantha to flee and running into the witch again after her three wishes had been used up.
** 4) Given one last wish, Samantha wishes 'she had never met the witch....that Judith had met the witch instead'. Reality returns to what it previously was, but then Judith (no longer aware she was there because she was obsessively chasing Samantha) says "Why don't you fly away, Byrd?" for the thirteenth time in the book, and Samantha is turned into a bird. JUST 'CAUSE.
* The Nightwatcher from ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. She is a magical entity of unknown origin who will grant ''anyone'' any wish--but at the same time exact a curse. One character tells his friend that he'll [[LiteralGenie word the wish to get around loopholes]], but his friend says that's not how it works. You ask for the boon, and the Nighwatcher gives you a curse ''she'' feels is equivalent, which might be related to the wish, but more often is not. POV character [[spoiler:Dalinar made an unknown wish some time ago--the curse was that he would lose all memories of his wife, and can't even hear her name spoken]]. It's possible that [[spoiler:Dalinar's is actually the other way around: He may have lost the memories in return for a curse]]. [[CrypticBackgroundReference It's unclear]].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Mirri Maz Duur. Daenerys asks her to save her husband, Drogo's life, who has an infected wound. She can do it, right? She warns her that saving a life would cost another one. Dany cleverly asks if the price would be her life, for which the answer is no. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong [[spoiler: Dany's yet unborn son is killed, and while Drogo lives, he became a SoullessShell. Of course, [[RapeAndRevenge she had other motivations.]]]]
* George R.R. Martin is fond of this trope. His short story "In The Lost Lands" features Gray Alys, who according to legend can sell you anything you want but that [[ShmuckBait it is better not to ask her to]]. People approach her anyway, and she goes to some considerable effort to give them just exactly what they asked for in precisely the way they didn't want it.
* ''Literature/TheBookOfLostThings'': A greedy and gluttonous man requests that the Crooked Man pay him in gold the weight of everything that he has eaten at a buffet. The Golden Man complies...by pouring molten gold down his throat.
* ''Literature/DjinnRummy'' has genie Philly Nine, who is actively attempting to wipe out humanity (so he won't have to grant their wishes anymore). Among other things, he appears to a Druid coven in the guise of their goddess and actively suggests which seven plagues they would like to have inflicted on the Earth, so he can then go out and inflict them. This is ''in addition to'' misinterpreting every wish in a way that lets him try to destroy the world...
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'', in the Clans' mythology, has a wish-granting ''snake'' named Mouthclaw, as thick as a pregnant badger and very toxic. After a young lion named Sunpelt from [[KingOfBeasts [=LionClan=]]] defeats her, she grants him a wish, which was that she would shrink down to the length of a cat's tail. She does just that...[[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor by turning herself into thousands of smaller, equally poisonous snakes]].
* Leonid Kudryavcev wrote a story "Genie" describing the worst possible example of this trope. In-universe, it is a common knowledge that every genie will use any opportunity to abuse the wish to switch places with the wisher, making him slave of the lamp and freeing the genie. [[HumanityIsInsane Humans are the only species dumb enough to play this game.]] The Rat King, the protagonist, is forced to assist a human warlord to help him formulate his wishes. He spends two out of three wishes to let them learn the rules of the lamp and ALL the rules of the lamp, which made them realize that any wish they can formulate will result in imprisonment of the warlord. Finally he spends the last wish to allow the warlord[[note]]Seeing as the Rat King has no need for this kind of knowledge anymore.[[/note]] to learn the exceptions in those rules that allow a safe wish. But the warlord has no more wishes and he is too paranoid to let anyone touch the omnipotent lamp, much less teach them to use it properly. The story ends with the Rat King carrying the lamp to a far away land for a hefty reward. Meanwhile, genie inside the lamp wonders whether the Rat King spent enough time with humans to be infected with their insanity. After all, the temptation is big as he only needs one more wish to learn the exceptions in the rules and the way to formulate a safe wish. And if he does, will the Rat King realize that [[UnwinnableByDesign there are exceptions within the exceptions.]]
* The short story [[http://fantasyscrollmag.com/article/the-genie-and-the-inquisitor-johnny-compton/ "The Genie and the Inquisitor"]] at Fantasy Scroll Magazine features a showdown between a Jerkass Genie and a clever protagonist. [[spoiler:It turns out that the protagonist has been trying to find a genie that ''doesn't'' fit this trope but when his latest summoned genie proves to be just as evil as all the previous ones, he has no qualms in wishing for it to answer his questions with "absolute, unambiguous honesty" (with it undergoing extremely painful BodyHorror if it tries defying his wish) and then asking it what it fears the most and how he can word his next wish to make that worst fear come true for it.]]
* A rare heroic example: the djinn in the ''Literature/RoseOfTheProphet'' trilogy generally don't do this because their masters have complete power over them as long as they hold their mortal dwelling place (lamp, basket, incense burner etc) and they're bound to use their magic to serve their masters completely rather than only granting a limited number of wishes. However when the lamp and basket of Sond and Pukah fall into the hands of the miserable JerkAss fisherman Meelusk, the two of them play him like a fiddle, throwing him into his fishing boat and hijacking it across the waters to rescue the heroes from the dread island fortress of the Paladins of Zhakrin, claiming they're fulfilling his unspoken wish to embrace heroism in battle against the Paladins. When he later attempts to assert his ownership of them and they're forced to admit they do actually have to obey him [[ExactWords as long as he holds their dwellings]], they grant his wishes- they give him "fine clothes" by swathing him in silks so thick he can't even move, "fine jewels" by weighing him down with heavy gold ornaments that bring him to his knees, then finally surrounding him with gorgeous adoring women that he distractedly starts groping. When Pukah, pretending to get carried away, shouts "A new lamp and a new basket for my master!" the distracted Meelusk absently shouts "Yes, yes!", dropping their dwellings and letting the hero Khardan pick them up again. Sond and Pukah promptly make everything vanish, "regretfully" tell him that he freely gave up ownership of them, then toss him back in his boat and shove him back out to sea to take his chances with the ghuls.
* In ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'', [[spoiler:Roger's teakettle turns out to house a genie who got so fed up with granting people's wishes that he decided to just straight-up kill anyone who summoned him. Roger escaped being killed because he didn't know of the genie's existence or that the words to a song he liked to sing were indirectly summoning it, but the genie still twisted his wishes so that his wish to become a famous movie star came with the catch of him being stuck in a permanent sidekick role to Baby Herman and his wish for Jessica to love him came with a one-year limit. And when Roger finally learns about the genie? He becomes very dead.]]
* In ''Literature/PrincessHolyAura'' they face the Mirrortaint, which gains power every time it grants a wish, which it will always twist into something that benefits itself or ties the person making the wish closer to it.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In one ''Series/LazyTown'' episode, villain Robbie acquires a genie (by ordering it), and his first two wishes are for all the fruit and vegetables and all the sports equipment to disappear, but he forgets to specify a duration, and they return not 5 minutes later. Robbie then uses his final wish to get rid of Sportacus -- but the Genie gets rid of Robbie instead because he finds him "annoying".
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'':
** "The Tale of the Time Trap" has Belle, who loves to make wishes as disastrous as possible. "Someone once wished for an exciting voyage; I gave them the ''Titanic''. A kid didn't want to go on a camping trip; I exploded the volcano at Mount St. Helens. UsefulNotes/WorldWarI? A reporter wanted an interesting story." The female genie trapped in the box also makes life hell for the protagonist, and for her own amusement, twists his every wish so that everything turns out wrong. He wants a book report that he forgot at home, but the one she gives him is about the movie adaptation. He wants superior athletic skills, but hits the coach in the face with a dodgeball and gets detention. She gives him a new car, but it's someone else's, and he's taken into custody by police for grand theft auto. He wants her to leave him alone, but he's placed in a dark, lonely dimension all by himself. He wishes himself "out of this nightmare", but is placed in a timeline where he never existed. He wishes himself back to the day before, when he bought the box, and ends up right in the middle of traffic[[note]]Though this one actually works out, since he keeps his knowledge of the genie, and is able to avoid buying the box and getting stuck with her[[/note]].
** The Sandman in "The Tale of the Final Wish".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer's'' vengeance demons. Sometimes the wisher gets taken out (or is at risk of being taken out) by the wish at the same time as the subject of their vengeance, because the vengeance demon behind the wish didn't think about the potential consequences (or didn't think they'd be important). This can, occasionally, backfire on the demon in question... for instance, in one Season Six episode, Halfrek curses everyone at the Summers house to stay in the house forever, and then makes the mistake of dropping by the house to gloat, with the result that she gets stuck in her own curse and has to reverse it. Another example is an unnamed vengeance demon's head exploding after a wisher asked for the heads of every other female in town to explode. Anya managed to use her vengeance demon powers to spark the Russian Revolution.
** This ends up biting D'Hoffryn, the lord of the vengeance demons, in the ass during the Season 10 comics. [[spoiler:When Buffy and the Scoobies confront him and are fully prepared to kill him, he tries to bargain with them, offering them each one wish if they let him live. Buffy turns him down, knowing there will ''always'' be a catch, and chops his head off.]]
* Creator/HarlanEllison's "Djinn, No Chaser", which was adapted as an episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'' in 1985 had a genie with this temperament because unlike the others he couldn't be freed via rubbing his lamp. Luckily for the lamp's final owner, she figured if the lamp couldn't be rubbed open she was going to brute force the damn thing with a can opener. She ended up with a grateful genie for a friend.
* ''Series/MadMen'' offers a non-fantasy example. After Harry, who's looking for a raise, pulls off a mild coup and impresses a client, his boss Roger calls him into his office.
-->'''Roger:''' Well, you're in here. I'm smiling. What do you want?\\
'''Harry:''' There should be a Television Department and I should be the head of it.\\
'''Roger:''' ''[waves his hands]'' Done. We now have a Department of Television consisting entirely of you... anything else?\\
'''Harry:''' I'd like a raise.\\
'''Roger:''' Hey, you've already gotten something big!
:: In later episodes, Harry is now considered solely responsible whenever something television-related goes wrong, but has no additional resources and still makes much less than people with fewer responsibilities.
* ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' has the Genie doing hit-and-run wishes, leaving the other person in a mess. "My work here is done."
* In the ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' episode "Santa Claws", when each member of the family gets two wishes. Bronson wishes to be bigger than his brother Pete. Instead of making him a few inches taller, Claws makes him about as tall as the lighthouse (how he does this ''inside'' the lighthouse without killing him goes unexplained). Bronson is forced to wish himself back to normal.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Je Souhaite", the genie is a Literal Genie, but the genie who turned her into a genie seems to have been a jackass genie. She was living in medieval France, and had made three wishes -- a stout mule, a magic bag full of turnips, and "great power and a long life." The genie decided to use that last wish to turn her into a genie trapped in his place. Jerk. She herself tends to be pretty mean also, but only when the wishes are stupid. Which, according to her, is "all the time":
-->'''Mulder:''' You know, I think I'm beginning to see the problem here. You say that most people make the wrong wishes, right?\\
'''Jenn:''' Without fail. It's like giving a chimpanzee a revolver.
** She can also do this even when the wishes aren't that stupid. A man who lived in a trailer park wished for a yacht... which she put ''in'' the trailer park claiming he didn't ask for it to be in water. Mulder even comments on this, and suggests maybe it isn't that people always make stupid wishes as much as she's just a bitch.
*** To be fair, Jenn qualifies as more of a [[JerkassWoobie Jerkass Woobie]] Genie, since she didn't ask for her situation and she's [[WhoWantsToLiveForever really, really sick of it]]. Mulder himself recognizes this and [[spoiler:frees her with his final wish, turning her into a normal woman with a regular lifespan.]]
* Most of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Imagin]] in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' fall into Jackass territory.
** A particular example is the Jellyfish Imagin; its contractor wanted to find the time capsule he and his deceased fiancée buried a year before, but the Imagin simply finds some random time capsule and tries to claim it's good enough. When the man refuses, the Imagin starts physically attacking him and yelling at him to open the damn box. In this case, it springs from the Imagins' agenda: when they successfully complete a contract, they can then open a portal to the past using their contractor's strongest memory (in this case, the day the man and his fiancée buried the capsule), at which point they go on a rampage and try to alter history.
** Curiously, some of them go out of their way to be jackasses even when a simpler solution exists. In episode 11-12, a doctor makes the wish that he "wants to see his daughter". (Said daughter is a teen fashion idol, and he intentionally cut ties with her so she could realize her career instead of staying with him.) The imagin could have gone off and kidnapped the girl and brought her to the father, but instead it interprets the wish as "destroy her career so she'll have to go back", possibly because it'd allow more opportunities to rampage.
* Most genies in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' are of the {{Jerkass}} type. They're tricksters by heart and will twist wishes in order to gain their freedom.
* ''Series/SpecialUnit2'' has a unique case. The genie in question doesn't actually have magic powers, other than being able to turn into dust and hide in small objects. Thus, when people make outrageous wishes, she has to fulfill them personally. For example, when a guy asked for a million dollars, she walked off, robbed a bank, then left him with the evidence and the cops on his ass while she disappeared. She still interprets such wishes negatively, though, because she wants to get through them as fast as possible. Once she reaches her quota, she'll have free will.
* An interesting subversion on ''Series/OnceUponATime'': All of the genie's wishes do in fact act like this, but not because the genie is himself horrible; it's the magic. [[spoiler:The king who frees the genie is eventually killed by him out of romantic jealousy, and uses his dying breath to rue his act of charity. Then the genie, not wanting to be separated from his beloved, wishes them together, only to end up a prisoner of a magic mirror, which the Queen does in fact converse with often.]] The genie's schtick ties into something that is often stated, usually by Rumplestiltskin: "All magic has a price."
* The SpinOff series ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland'' continues the trend. When the Knave of Hearts, [[spoiler:having been turned into a genie as a result of his own wish]], ends up with his old friend Lizard as his master. Since they're friends, she lets him use the first wish to give free beer to the town they're in. This one goes well. For the second wish, she wishes for him to turn her into the kind of girl he would fall for. Again, this one goes well. When she finally confesses that she is in love with him, a conversation ensues about The Knave being unable to feel anything for anyone. [[spoiler:An effect of having your heart removed in the OUAT verse.]] Lizard carelessly says "I just wish that you would feel something for me." [[spoiler: This accidentally invokes her third wish, causing her to be killed while The Knave is ForcedToWatch so that he can feel grief over her loss.]] Magic is a real {{Jerkass}}.
* In ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', there is two cases of evil genies appearing as the MonsterOfTheWeek. The first one is simply called The Genie, who is fought by the original team. The second is Wicked Wisher, who appears in ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo''. These are inverted examples, however, because while they are villains, they are more than happy to obey their masters.
* ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'': In the mountains above Atlantis lives a witch who grants wishes. When Hercules wishes that his girlfriend would fall in life-long love with him, she gives him a potion that (a) causes her to fall in love with him, and (b) poisons her so that she would die within days. Hercules didn't specify how long life-long was to be, after all.
* ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'': The live-action adaptation of "Be Careful What You Wish For" mostly keeps Samantha's wishes granted by the witch backfiring in the same way, but changes the ending to give the AlphaBitch a karmic comeuppance. Instead of Judith turning Samantha into a bird, she instead wishes for herself to be "Beautiful and adored forever" in which she is turned into a statue in the center of the city park with people commenting on how beautiful she is.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** DownplayedTrope with the Crossroads demons. They can seemingly grant any wish [[DealWithTheDevil in exchange for your soul]] after a specified period of time (usually 10 years), and Crowley takes pride in he and his underlings averting this trope as much as possible in grounds of "integrity" (case in point, dragging one demon back to Hell after finding out it had been murdering it's "clients" shortly after securing their souls). Of course, this still somewhat counts, since a) most people they deal with are either very desperate, or just gullible idiots in over their head, and b) when the allotted time is up and it's time for your soul to be collected, the manner in which this is done is to have you ''hunted down by hellhounds who rip you to shreds", whereupon you wake up in the abyss to be [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil tortured into becoming a demon yourself]].
** DoubleSubverted in the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]]. The djinn is introduced as a monster preying on people, but after Dean encounters it he wakes up to find that his wish that his mother never died has been granted. Dean's new life is pretty pleasant, and the only downsides are logical outcomes of the wish, such as him and Sam not getting along without hunting to bring them together, and all the people that they would have saved dying instead. [[spoiler:Then it turns out that the djinn doesn't actually grant wishes. It just [[LotusEaterMachine induces magical hallucinations in its victims to make them think that their wishes have been granted]], then drinks their blood for a few days until they die (though the hallucinations can subjectively last for years, even a lifetime).]]
** [[Recap/SupernaturalS04E08WishfulThinking "Wishful Thinking" (S04, Ep08)]] features a chintzy restaurant wishing well spiked by a cursed wish-granting coin. Amongst the wishes granted by this coin is an actual ax-crazy fiancee, a teddy bear made real but given a healthy dose of existential crisis, and a free sandwich with a side of food poisoning.
* Played with in ''Series/WeirdScience''. Lisa the genie is a nice girl, but her magic usually has nasty side effects she didn't consider.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Wizards of Waverly Place}}'', Jerry gives his kids a lesson about genies and how tricky they are in granting wishes. Ignoring Jerry's warning, Alex releases a LiteralGenie from its lamp and uses her first wish to get everyone to stop comparing her to Justin. However, the genie instead makes everyone except Alex forget who Justin is. Alex later summons the genie back at the cost of a wish and tries to use her final wish to fix her mistake. However, when she wishes that everyone sees Justin clearly for who he is, the genie use ExactWords by turning Justin invisible. Fortunately, it is discovered that genie's lamp has a literal ResetButton that undoes all the wishes.
* After beating Pearl in a game of Three Card Monte in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', Mike won the right to watch whatever movie he wanted, of which he decided to watch ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Unfortunately, he didn't specify ''which'' production of Hamlet, so Pearl picked out the most dull, boring production she could find.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** "The Man in the Bottle". A genie grants a man four wishes. The man's third wish is to become the head of a contemporary foreign country who can't be voted out of office. The genie turns him into Adolf Hitler at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, in a bunker under attack. The man has to use his fourth wish to escape this fate.
-->'''Genie''': No matter what you wish for, you must be prepared for the consequences.
** "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E12WhatYouNeed What You Need]]" has a reluctant case; the peddler himself is benign or even charitable with his ability to give people exactly what they are going to need in the near future, but when the gambler tries to abuse the peddler's power, the peddler gives the gambler some shoes that have no traction, especially on ice, and uses them to get away and get the gambler killed by car accident.
* ''Series/IWasATeenageWerewolf'' has Merton's sister Becky finds a genie in a bottle who at first seems like a [[BenevolentGenie pretty cool guy]]. He actually gives her what she wishes for with no tricky wording or [[LiteralGenie messing with exact words]], and even lets her get away with a "run-on wish" (several things lumped together under one wish). The catch is, however, that once he grants your wishes you get trapped in his bottle and he is set free, and the only way to escape is to learn magic (which will take thousands of years according to the genie) and grant wishes to trade out with another victim.

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn4bmm0_2ps As You Wish]] by Persuader.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Nanabozho, the trickster spirit of Ojibwa mythology, is once visited by a group of humans. One wishes for eternal life, and is turned into a stone. Another wishes to be lucky at hunting, and is turned into a fox. The rest, seeing where it is going, ask to enchant their talismans with healing power. This time, Nanabozho grants the wish because they don't ask for too much. Later, caught in an Orpheus plot, they end up losing it anyway.
* Most wish-granting genies in the Arabian tales are {{Benevolent Genie}}s, but then, they didn't have to grant wishes, either. Some non-wish-granting genies would instead offer such options as "You may choose how you would like to die," or "Should I [[BalefulPolymorph change you into an dog, an ass, or an ape]]?" Thus taking Jackass Genie to a whole new (old?) level. The modern mythos of the genie is the result of the mythological equivalent of the telephone game. Originally the point of the wish-granting genie wasn't that it granted wishes; it was supposed to impress upon you how powerful some sorcerer or other was (since djinn were actually very powerful spirits that roamed about doing no more or less than whatever they damn well pleased) that he managed to trap a genie at all. Another version of the mythos is that some trapped Djinn ''were'' originally a BenevolentGenie, but didn't particularly enjoy being imprisoned and forced into servitude by a powerful sorcerer, making their resentment and transformation into a JackassGenie end up being [[NiceJobBreakingItHero rather justified]].
* Myth/GreekMythology: Aphrodite in the Trojan War. She promises Paris that the most beautiful woman in the world will fall in love with him and keeps her word but neglects to mention that the most beautiful woman in the world is already married -- to a powerful king who won't be too happy and has all the kings of Greece bound by oath to defend their marriage with everything they have, and actually getting with her would mean breaking SacredHospitality.

* Like the genie from the ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' movies, the blue genie in ''Pinball/TalesOfTheArabianNights'' falls under this only because "Evil Genie" isn't available. He appears to be an unbound genie who kidnaps princesses and destroys towns just because he can, and can only be defeated with an enchanted scimitar.

[[folder:Print Media]]
* ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine'':
** A ''{{Planescape}}'' Blood War comic featured a cambion spy, whose girlfriend had cheated on him with a balor, but has managed to steal baatazu battleplans to assault their fortress. He then gives them to an aasimon in exchange for three wishes: "I want the tannar'ri to respect me as a ''hero'', I want to show I'm ''better'' than that sodding balor. I want Alamanda to respect me. To love only ''me''." [[spoiler: The aasimon ''corrects'' the battle plans, returns them to the baatezu, and then tells the cambion that time flows differently here, and the assault has already begun. When he returns he finds that he's a hero for stealing the plans, even though it didn't do any good. He's better than the balor because he's still alive. And Alamanda says she loves him ... with her final breath.]]
** At one point, ''Dragon Magazine'' dedicated an article to fleshing out a list of different types of wishes. Besides Benevolent and Malevolent, there were also Half wishes (Deliver half the wish, and cut it in half in a creative way), Misinterpretation wishes (guaranteed to always hear at least one word wrong in some way), and several more options for making the act of wishing that much more uncertain.
--->'''Genie:''' Let me get this straight. You want me to ''raze'' all your ability scores...?

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/FraggleRock'' has an episode called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Wembley and the Mean Genie."]] Though he's something of a subversion in that he's [[TheBully a bullying jerk all on his own]], and it's Wembley using the wishes (which he apparently can't twist) that fixes his damage.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** When a GameMaster awards a roleplayer a wish, this trope often results in the player taking twenty minutes to formulate their wish to ensure that it comes out as planned. "... and I want it to happen now and I don't want to lose it later and I don't want anyone to get hurt for me to obtain it and I want it to be accessible and..."
** In earlier editions, before wishes had set limits, there was a certain type of GM who basically used wishes to troll by waiting for players to ask for absurd things and then ruining them for doing so. The player wishes to be an immortal? The GM may make them a mountain, or maybe change the character's name to "Anne Immortal". The player wishes for vast wealth? They are teleported to a vein of gold beneath the earth with no means to survive the pressure or heat, or rewarded with a vast sum of acorns and transformed into a squirrel. The list goes on and on. However, this is against the terms of the spell as written even in 1[[superscript:st]] and 2[[superscript:nd]] Edition, where wishes have general limitations on what they can and can't get done.
** It's important to note that the above-mentioned "free-form" version of the ''wish'' spell came from the old ''[=AD&D=] 2nd Edition'' rules. In D&D 3.0 and 3.5, "Wish" and "Miracle" spells have a set of specific game-mechanical effects that they're explicitly allowed to accomplish with no penalty. Additionally, the spell description also says that the DM should let wishes of a similar power level [[BenevolentGenie work the way the player wants them to]] -- and because ''wish'' is, canonically, ''the'' most powerful spell a wizard can cast[[note]] At least, it's the most powerful spell a Level 20 wizard can cast.[[/note]], it ought to be capable of doing some pretty impressive things. It's only if the players go overboard that the DM is supposed to stop it, either by playing Jackass Genie with their phrasing or, if that isn't possible, by simply having the power of the spell be over-stretched and fail to get the job done. (The 3.0 Player's Guide has an example of the latter: a wizard wishing that everyone in the land consider him their rightful king ends up with everybody simply realizing that the wizard tried and failed to magically control their minds.)
** The ''D&D Rules Cyclopedia'' version of the ''wish'' spell recommends that not only should wishes be carefully worded to avoid poor interpretations, but that if the wish is carefully worded but unbalanced, the DM should go ''out of his way'' to come up with a negative interpretation. The given example, "I wish to immediately and permanently gain the gaze attack power of a basilisk while retaining all my current treasure and class features," is given an example result of the character growing a second, basilisk head.
** And 4th Edition has done away with ''wish'' altogether, at least as a spell that players can cast. It remains in the form of a ritual available only to pit fiends (the highest-ranking type of devil, short of the archdevils) that allows them to grant a mortal's wish once every 99 years... but if you're going to trust the outcome of your wish to a freakin' ''pit fiend'', you deserve whatever you get.
** ''Dungeons & Dragons'' also has actual genies, though only the "noble" ones (about 1% of them) can actually grant wishes. The description of noble efreeti (the evil type of genies that come from the Elemental Plane of Fire) specifically says, "Whenever possible, an efreeti will twist the words of a wish to bring pain and destruction upon the wisher."
*** To prove that the game designers are evil, the only genies kept in the 4E Monster Manual are Efreeti... and the books ''specifically stress'' that they act like {{Noble Demon}}s until someone presses them into servitude... like, say, to grant a wish.
*** The good news is that despite legends to the contrary, the 4e Efreeti can't actually grant wishes. The bad news is that they've cultivated enough connections and favors to perform a remarkable simulation. If you're kind enough to release one from servitude, it might grant a "wish" for you in thanks -- and actually uphold the spirit of the wish as best it can due to its sense of honor -- but it can also twist a "wish" or just generally make the rest of your (blessedly short) life hell if you try to force it into servitude.
*** The second Monster Manual brought back the actual Djinn (genies of air, described as "master engineers of the fabulous"), many of whom were sealed away in objects (like the traditional lamp) after the end of the Dawn War between Primordials and Gods. They don't grant wishes any more then the Efreeti do, but they are grateful to those who help them and will usually reward somebody who aids them considerably. Oppose them, however, and you're screwed.
** The effects of a Jackass Genie DM are arguably removed with the Wish-equivalent psionic powers "Bend Reality" and "Reality Revision". They function the same as Limited and Unlimited Wish, respectively, but since Psionics is ''thought'', the power would effect the way the manifester ''thinks''. Intention over interpretation through the power of thought, no messy words to get in the way. However, on that note, if you try to stretch these powers to far, it simply flat-out fails, and just wasted a bunch of psychic power and time to no effect. And also, you even must explain it your wish to your GM, and he can act as the Jackass Genie. "Oh, so you wanted to alter the reality so you could be the greatest Psion? Well, now you're sixty feet tall. You SAID me that was your wish, player". Rule Zero, my friends!
** On a related note, the Clerical version, "Miracle" is adjudicated by the caster's god (despite functioning via the spellcasting game mechanics, a cleric doesn't actually ''cast'' a miracle, they ''request'' one) -- if they ask for too much, or something not following the god's philosophy, god says "no", and you waste time and a spell. And in the later case, the GM could reasonably have the god punishing the cleric for their temerity.
** Of course, as [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-1138 this strip]] from ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' shows, even if the wish itself works out exactly as you want, the DM can still screw you around.
** In the ''Literature/BinderOfShame'', [=Ab3=] of RPG.Net fame notes that some {{Killer Game Master}}s do this as their ''very style of running a game''. In the RPG.Net rant, "A Night at the Inn, a Day at the Racists", he recounts the tale of Psycho Dave, one particular such Game Master:
--->''As you can see I soon realized that Psycho Dave ran a game in roughly the same way that Warwick Davis in the film ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' [[JackassGenie granted wishes]]. Everything you said your character did was scrutinized for some way to screw you over and the dice ruled all. He was the only guy I know who used a random monster encounter chart for ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''. You haven't lived until you've had a character {{go mad|FromTheRevelation}} because he saw a [[EldritchAbomination nightgaunt]] sitting in a restroom stall reading a copy of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Necronomicon]].''
** Leprechauns could act like this, but with a twist. If a leprechaun is captured by a mortal or his pot of gold is stolen, he can offer the mortal three wishes in exchange for his or the pot of gold's release (but is only capable of granting what is permitted by the Limited Wish spell). If the mortal agrees, the leprechaun will indeed grant the wishes, doing so in a way that will tempt the mortal into wanting more. After doing so, he'll offer the mortal a ''fourth'' wish as a bonus. If the mortal falls for this and makes a fourth wish, a type of Leprechaun Law will allow the leprechaun to undo the effects of the three wishes and then teleport the wisher and his companions hundreds of miles away; they'll never be able to find that particular leprechaun again.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'':
*** The setting has a monster called a Wishing Imp, a magical statue that you CANNOT get rid of, that will explicitly try to pervert anything even remotely possible to be interpreted as a wish... It DOES classify as a curse though, the idea is that you should want to get rid of it.
*** Similarly, the Dark Powers seem to spend a lot of time thinking up ways to give Darklords exactly what they say they want and take away what they actually want. Such as Strahd's desire to evade death bringing with it the deaths of everyone he cared about.
** The DealWithTheDevil usually goes this way too, with the ''D&D'' devils being malicious but always keeping their side of the bargain. And you'll have problems with that, as they have literal "Lawyers out of Hell."
* ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors''
** The module features a cursed gem that purports to grant wishes; when the wish is made, it will do an exact opposite or otherwise turn the wish against you (given example: when asked to bring somebody back from the dead, it'll instead destroy his remains, or even kill somebody else), AND then it explodes, burning everybody in the vicinity to death.
** There's also an efreeti in a bottle. If the players try to bargain with the efreeti to let him out, he'll grant three wishes but will be a jackass about it. If the players mishandle his bottle in any way he won't even give them that; he simply attacks them outright. If the players open the bottle without attempting to bargain with the efreeti, however, he'll grant their three wishes without any malice.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'':
** The adventure path "Legacy of Fire" plays with this. The main antagonist is a genie who's adding minor twists to every wish he grants so that it moves him closer to his ultimate goal; towards the end he resorts to just forcing people to wish for the things he wants to do at swordpoint, but prior to that he tends to just rely on riders and quirks to get what he wants. Meanwhile, the genie backing the heroes is effectively the head of the Society for the Promotion of Ethical Wishcraft and will only engage in this if the player characters keep wishing for stuff she's not willing to give them, like a way to end-run around the adventure or win fights automatically.
** Glabrezu demons specialize in doing this. Their main schtick is tempting and corrupting mortals by offering them whatever they wish, and then using their magic to give it to them -- and, since glabrezus are just as evil and sadistic as any other demon, deliberately twisting said wish to cause as much harm and grief as possible. For instance, a smith wishing for fame and recognition might end up with a wealthy patron -- who happens to be a cruel warmonger who uses the smith’s weapons to spread death and misery. Or someone grieving over the death of a loved one might see them brought back from the dead -- as a vampire. And so on.
* One TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} supplement offers a perk that causes any wish the character makes to err in his favor automatically specifically to avoid players writing out multipage wishes to avoid getting screwed over. Needless to say it's a tad over-powered for what should be a relatively minor ability.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', Daemons of Tzeentch love using this trope. It helps that most people are too terrified by their appearance to focus on wording the wish correctly.
** Example: ''Warhammer'' spinoff game ''TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}'' features a character who made the mistake of wishing for a Lord of Change to make him the greatest mage in the world. The daemon did just that, making him 15 feet tall.
** A story from the "Tales Of The Ten Tailed Cat" comic has three adventurers releasing a Lord of Tzeentch, who grants them all one wish. The first wishes to live forever, and is turned into a vampire and then killed by the dwarf. The second wishes for the power of flight, and is turned into a fly. Finally the dwarf wishes to be worth his weight in gold, and is [[spoiler:turned into a gold statue]].
** Even worse, The Changeling (also a Tzeentchian Daemon): In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', he was "assisting" a rebellious governor who found himself standing on the wrong end of a [[SuperSoldier Dark Angels]] assault. The Changeling bargained the souls of the man's daughters for a device that would bring the siege to an end. It turned out to be the Teleport Homer for a squad of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathwing Terminators]]. Naturally, the siege ''quickly'' ended.
** Tzeentch himself likes to join in the fun on occasion; once, he overheard a Space Marine Chapter Master who, worried that his Chapter's dealing with the Inquisition were killing more innocents than heretics, prayed for a means to tell who was lying and who wasn't. Tzeentch "blessed" the Chapter by letting them hear ''every single lie spoken in the entire Imperium''. Needless to say, they went insane and turned traitor in almost record time.
*** It should also be mentioned that Tzeentch and his servants have an infamous reputation amongst table top players and especially 1d4 chan for being {{Troll}}s, due to their JackAssGenie tendencies.
* This is one of the side effects ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' suggests to use on mages who abuse the Fate arcana. Bend fate so you meet a friendly, cute girl in the bar? OK. Do it over and over again? Turns out she's a psycho-stalker, or she has an STD and 'whoops' looks like you should have used protection.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' has these has a type of Umbrood. Due to a rather unpleasant war and the work of Solomon teaching humans how to trap and control Djinni, they're usually pretty pissed at humanity, and ESPECIALLY the Taftani Craft whose magic works by and large by messing with Djinn. Needless to say, you'd best be VERY careful when giving a Djinni orders, and only the Taftani have much of the knowledge required to actually command them long term without Jackass issues popping up. (It's outright stated that powerful Taftani have entire PALACES floating over deserts, with hundreds of Djinni servants maintaining the place and its magic, in addition to Djinni concubines, cooks, and even Djinni who are skilled at games for entertainment.)
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', Infernals powered by Cecelyne can be this, as they have wish-granting powers from Hell. However, the real jerkassery comes because the person whose wish is granted [[PowerAtAPrice now owes the Infernal a favor]]. Oh, and the Infernal ''can'' be a jackass about interpreting someone as having made a wish.
** Demons, however, when summoned and bound with the proper rituals, are not -- they're magically made ''loyal'' to their summoner, not just obedient, and will attempt to be a BenevolentGenie to the best of their ability. The catch is that they still have an alien mentality, and therefore may legitimately fail to understand concepts like 'babies die if you twist their limbs too hard.'
** [[BigGood The Unconquered Sun]] also has the power to summon and bind the defeated titans who created the world. He's never used it, precisely because he fears that they would play JerkassGenie with his commands.
* This is how the Djinn function in ''TabletopGame/InNomine''. The [[EvilCounterpart demonic counterparts]] to the Cherubim ({{Guardian Angel}}s), a Djinn suffers [[KarmaMeter Dissonance]] if he actually harms the person he's attuned to... ''unless'' he can claim he's "giving them what they asked for".
* This is something that you always have to be careful of when buying something at a Goblin Market in ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost''. Market Law says that all products and services must work as advertised, but AintNoRule that says the merchant has to fully disclose all negative qualities and side-effects of a purchase.
* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' suggests this as a possible way that the [[CosmicHorror Nothing]] might grant "favors." One of the source books includes an example of a Shiba bodyguard who was being blackmailed by the [[DesignatedVillain Scorpion Clan]] and made a deal with an agent of the Nothing to get rid of the Blackmail. The agent did so--by telling everyone the Shiba's secret, eliminating the hold that the Scorpion had on him but ruining his life in the process.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' there is the Skull Heart, which can grant any young woman her wish. If, however, that young woman's heart is impure, it will corrupt even a completely selfless wish into something horrible, and turn the wisher into a HumanoidAbomination to boot. [[spoiler:The thing is also alive and actually wants to make new Skullgirls to destroy the world.]]
** The past Skullgirls' wishes are as follows: Selene Contiello wished to bring back her family, recently murdered by Black Dahlia. She became the Skullgirl, and her family was brought back as mindless undead minions. Queen Renoir wished to stop a massive world war. That wish was fulfilled by making her a Skullgirl so horrible and destructive that the countries ''had'' to stop fighting each other just to take her down. Ironically, the only Skullgirl whose wish seems to be fulfilled in a satisfactory way is that of the current Skullgirl, who wished for revenge.
** In the story endings, some of the characters make wishes on the Heart. [[spoiler:Fillia]] wishes to restore a normal life to Painwheel. Her wish is nearly pure, so she becomes a Skullgirl slowly, but Painwheel receives a normal life ''as Painwheel'', and doesn't have any memory of her former life. [[spoiler:Parasoul]] wishes that [[spoiler:Umbrella]] will never become the Skullgirl, so she is made the Skullgirl in her place. The only wish that isn't corrupted in any way is [[spoiler:Valentine]]'s, because she wished to become the Skullgirl.
* ''VideoGame/{{Stalker}} - Shadow of Chernobyl'' has various endings, two 'right' ones and five 'false' ones which involve the main character finding a large stone called The Monolith, also known as the Wish Granter. Depending on what the player has done in the game, he will make one of five possible wishes. All of them backfire.
** [[spoiler:If he says "I want to be rich," he sees coins falling from the sky. In reality, the roof collapses and crushes him.]]
** [[spoiler:If he wishes "Humanity is corrupt and must be controlled," we see flashes of war, death and other atrocities, then we see him left alone in a void.]]
** [[spoiler:If he wishes "I want the Zone to disappear," we see him in a pristine countryside, but his eyes are blanked out.]]
** [[spoiler:If he says "I want to be immortal," he [[TakenForGranite turns into a statue]].]]
** [[spoiler:If he says "I want to rule the world," he is disintegrated and absorbed into The Monolith.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'', Calypso grants the winner one wish. Unfortunately, he is also a {{Jerkass}}. It's toned down in the first game, where he's closer to a LiteralGenie and even tries to warn some winners of the dangers of their wishes, but in the sequels, this trope is in full effect.
** The drivers of Outlaw in the first two games and ''Twisted Metal: Head-On'' get caught in a cycle of these. Officer Carl Roberts, the driver in the first game, wished to be in a world free of the Twisted Metal tournament. Calypso responded to this by hurling him into space, a place where Twisted Metal wasn't held. In the second game, the driver of Outlaw 2, Carl's sister Jamie, demands to see her brother, and Calypso responds by hurtling ''her'' into space the same way he did her brother. [[spoiler:This turns out to be a BatmanGambit on her part, as she was smart enough to modify her police car for space flight. She rescues her brother and the two return to Earth, plotting revenge.]] Finally, in ''Head-On'', Carl and Jamie get into an argument over whether or not to [[GenreSavvy just shoot Calypso right there]]. Carl accidentally wishes for Jamie to "shut up", and Calypso [[WipeThatSmileOffYourFace erases her mouth]] ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]''-style.
** In ''Twisted Metal: Black'', Roadkill's driver John Doe, an amnesiac character, wants to know who he was. Calypso grants his wish [[spoiler: and then shoots him, because he was an FBI agent sent to arrest Calypso.]]
** Dollface, the driver of Darkside in ''Black'', wishes to be able to take off [[ClingyCostume her unremovable mask]] from which she gets her moniker. She's given a SadisticChoice when it turns out that taking the key to the mask will also mean killing her former employer, the guy who locked her in it in the first place, but since [[KickTheSonOfABitch he had it coming]], [[PayEvilUntoEvil she goes through with it]]... only to decide that she's fine wearing her mask until she grows old.
** In ''Head-On'', Krista, the ghostly driver of Grasshopper and daughter of Calypso, wishes to undo the car crash that killed her and her mother. The crash is erased from history... [[spoiler:and Krista is put into an indefinite coma in a swingset accident to make up for it]]. With this it would even appear that Calypso is not in total control of his Jackass Genie ways, as even he is depressed by the outcome of this wish. Most likely Karma in his case.
** Hammerhead's ending from ''[=TM2=]'' is an odd example. The drivers wished to gain the ability to fly... and as soon as Calypso said "Wish granted", they jumped off the edge of the building and fell to their deaths, leaving him standing there dumbfounded with a pair of plane tickets in his hand. So while he ''was'' pulling a jackass interpretation of their wish, he wasn't actually going to harm them personally -- their deaths were [[TooDumbToLive all on them]].
** The third game, one of the two ''Twisted Metal'' games that [[CanonDiscontinuity don't exist]], was especially bad when it came to this. The character Axel wishes to become completely mechanical, so Calypso turns him into a wristwatch. Angela wants to sit at home and watch TV all day, so Calypso ties her to a chair and forces her to watch nothing but {{infomercial}}s. The cops want a crime-free world. Okay, great, now they're out of a job and destitute on the streets since there's no need for police anymore. One character wishes to party all night long, so he gets sent to Antarctica where nights last for 6 months. The demon Minion wishes to spend eternity in hell, and ends up trapped in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell,_Michigan Hell, Michigan]].
** On the other hand, though, there were a few characters where he honestly granted their wish. Endings involving {{revenge}} (such as No-Face, Mr. Grimm, Raven, and Billy Ray Stillwell's endings in ''Twisted Metal: Black'') are usually granted with no strings attached, as they are pretty simple ones that screw someone else over. The first game also had Calypso generally be more honest with his wishes, with the only driver who got unambiguously screwed being Carl Roberts, the driver of Outlaw -- and that was likely because he made a wish (ending the Twisted Metal contest) that served as a metaphorical slap in Calypso's face.
*** There is some room for ambiguity on the part of Bruce Cochrane, the driver of Thumper in the first game. Having lived his whole life in fear within a neighborhood constantly torn apart by gang violence, he wished for all of that to end, and Calypso granted his wish. Bruce returned to his neighborhood to find that "... Calypso was not lying." There are two interpretations for that ending -- either Calypso brought peace to the neighborhood, or he killed everyone so that there would be nobody left to kill and rob each other.
*** In ''Head-On'', Mortimer simply wishes to be able to return to his grave and sleep again. Calypso grants him this wish exactly as intended with no strings attached. Cousin Eddy's ending has him simply ask for a better RV, which Calypso grants just to make him leave him alone.
*** In ''Twisted Metal: Black'', No-Face, a former boxer, had gotten his ass kicked in a boxing match and was then malevolently butchered and mutilated by a back-alley doctor who lost money betting on him, having his eyes and tongue removed and his eyelids and mouth sewn shut. His wish was for revenge against the doctor. The next scene shows the doctor BoundAndGagged while No-Face is putting on a boxing glove covered with knives and scalpels. The scene ends just as the the boxing glove is about to make contact with the doctor's face.
** There are also cases where the driver really did get their wish granted, but it ended badly for them.
*** In the first game, the driver of Roadkill wishes to go back in time to undo the deaths of his platoon in the jungles of South America. Calypso tries to warn him of [[SchmuckBait how dangerous this wish is]], but grants it anyway. He is sent back in time and is almost immediately shot and killed at point blank range by an enemy soldier.
*** Also in the first game, Charlie Kane, the driver of Yellow Jacket, asked for information on his son's whereabouts. It turned out that his son Needles was the driver of Sweet Tooth and a wanted SerialKiller, and that Charlie had actually killed him that night during the contest, helping to bring a feared criminal to justice. Charlie leaves with a sense of anguish, and plans to re-enter the competition next year and wish for Calypso to take away his suffering.
*** In the second game, Mr. Slam's driver, Simon Whittlebone, wished to build the tallest building ever, and he got his wish. However, he then got worried that other people would break his record, and so kept building his tower higher. In the end, he accidentally fell to his death.
*** The ending for Captain Rogers, the driver of Warthog, in the second game is a case of semantics. [[spoiler:Rogers wants to be young again, and when he wins the tournament he asks Calypso to give him the body of a twenty year-old. One would assume that the ''head'' is included when one says "body", but Calypso doesn't.]]
*** In the second game, Amanda Watts, the driver of Twister, wishes to be able to go at the speed of light. Calypso tunes her car so that it can do that, and she winds up [[spoiler:breaking the laws of physics and traveling back in time, eventually running out of gas in the prehistoric era and getting stomped on by a dinosaur]]. Her sister Miranda in ''Head-On'' wishes that she can find her, [[spoiler:and she [[CameBackWrong comes back as a zombie]].]]
*** In ''Black'', Agent Stone, the driver of Outlaw, wants to go back in time and spare an innocent family he accidentally killed while staking out a terrorist cell. He gets to go back, and he makes absolutely sure to only shoot the terrorists. [[spoiler: Only he's not thorough enough, and one of them pops back up and shoots him in the head, killing him.]]
*** Also in ''Black'', the Preacher, the driver of Brimstone, has been possessed by a demon after performing an exorcism, and it causes him all kinds of mental anguish. Calypso promises to take away the demon if he wins. [[spoiler: Only Calypso takes away the demon by informing Preacher that the demon was never real in the first place, and he's actually severely mentally ill. Preacher decides the only way to be free of the torment in his mind is to kill himself.]]
*** In ''Black'', Needles Kane, the driver of Sweet Tooth, is a serial killer who's caught and given the chair. However, Preacher shows up at his execution and curses him, which results in the flames on his head that he can never be rid of. Calypso promises to get rid of the curse if he wins. Calypso delivers, [[spoiler: but he says the curse will return if Needles ever kills anyone. Needles decides he likes killing too much to give it up and that he'd rather live with the flames. His first new victim is Calypso himself.]]
*** Needles' wish in the 2012 game is to find his daughter Sophie Kane, who stabbed him in his left eye and is [[FinalGirl the only person to have ever survived an encounter with him]]. [[spoiler: He ends up getting [[BuriedAlive teleported into her casket]]. She [[DrivenToSuicide shot herself]] ten years prior, as you would expect from someone who witnessed their serial killer father murder their family.]] In the original draft, he [[spoiler:finds Sophie, in this version not related to him and who has become a serial killer like him and [[InLoveWithYourCarnage he falls in love with her]] right before she decapitates him with a pair of hedge clippers and uses his flaming head as a torch to hunt more civilians.]]
*** 2012 Mr. Grimm wishes to go back in time to before his father died doing a stunt. [[spoiler: He's teleported into his father's truck and causes him to crash, then is shot to death by his younger self, condemning him to a StableTimeLoop.]] In the first draft, he wishes to be able to successfully pull off the stunt that killed his father, and is given a spectral bike to do exactly that. [[spoiler: The bike makes the jump, but Mr. Grimm doesn't and falls to his death.]] In the second draft, he wishes to see his father again, [[spoiler: and finds himself in his truck with the latter's 20-year-old corpse at the wheel before it drives them into a truck driven by Calypso.]]
*** 2012 Dollface's wish is to be on the world's largest runway. [[spoiler: She's teleported onto an airstrip and run over by a plane.]] In the first draft, she wishes to have her mask removed like her ''Black'' counterpart, [[spoiler: but is horrified by her own reflection, puts her mask back on, and is also run over.]] In the third draft, she gets the mask removed, [[spoiler: but her face now looks like it and she goes on a spree of murdering supermodels out of rage.]]
** And finally, there are those characters who are GenreSavvy enough to recognize that Calypso is a Jackass Genie, and [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim react accordingly]]. The drivers of Darkside in the first game and Minion in the second are demons who are there to straight-up take their powers back from Calypso, the latter throwing him into {{Hell}} for good measure, while Mr. Grimm in the first game is TheGrimReaper seeking to claim Calypso's soul. The drivers of Pit Viper in the first game, Grasshopper in the second, Quatro and Meter Maid in the fourth, Manslaughter in ''Black'', Crimson Fury, Outlaw, Shadow, and Warthog in ''Small Brawl'', and Crimson Fury and Outlaw in ''Head-On'' all enter in order to kill, arrest, or otherwise punish Calypso, and save for Outlaw and Warthog in ''Small Brawl'' and Outlaw in ''Head-On'', they get exactly what they want. Sweet Tooth also manages to kill Calypso twice, once in ''Black'' and again in ''Head-On''. Calypso himself does this in the fourth game, where Needles Kane has stolen his power and he enters the contest to take it back.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'' has a ''Limited Wish'' (and TOB a full-powered ''Wish'') spell. Just like the other D&D examples, it WILL twist your wishes if you are not careful. "I wish to be more experienced." makes it summon a horde of monsters for you to (try to) kill, for instance. "I want to go on an adventure like one I've never been on before!" sends you on a quest to track down someone's grandmother's gong from a variety of improbable characters... Wishing to be prepared against the undead makes it summon a group of hostile vampires while giving you no additional protection against them whatsoever.
** In this game, "being careful" means ensuring that your caster has a high enough Wisdom score to word the wishes properly, or by using "bad" effects to your advantage. Having the genie "summon an army" nets you 50 rabbits. Needless to say, a bunch of harmless, completely ordinary bunnies won't do any damage by themselves, but they make for a very nice distraction: enemies tend to attack the closest target, so if the rabbits are between you and the enemies, the enemies will waste turns attacking the rabbits while you pepper them with arrows and blast them with magic. Similarly, the horde of monsters summoned if you wish for experience is always a group of golems (though the exact number and type are based off your level), and there are several magic weapons in the game that are extremely powerful against golems, so if prepared you can get a lot of experience points for very little effort.
* TATARI, AKA 'Night of Wallachia' from ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' does this. He manifests the rumors and desires of where he forms, but twists them all into his OmnicidalManiac persona. A village hoped for good crops? He used their bodies as fertilizer. Two feuding villages desired peace? He killed them all, ending the conflict by proxy.
* Comes back to bite the wish giver's ass in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of The Betrayer''. A quest involves helping a wizard get his soul back from a Devil, after he promised it in exchange for more power. The solution is to examine the contract carefully and then get some details out of the wizard. The contract is null if the Devil does anything to force the wizard fulfil a condition against his will. One of the conditions is that the wizard murder someone. Part of the contract was granting the wizard a single wish, which the wizard turns out to have unwittingly used to escape his mentor - as the wizard fled, he was thinking about how much he wanted his mentor "gone". The Devil interpreted the thought as a wish and disintegrated the wizard's mentor. Thus, he claimed, the wizard had murdered someone and fulfilled the condition... but the wizard did not want his mentor ''dead'', only "gone". By ''killing'' the wizard's mentor, rather than getting rid of him any other way, the Devil forced the wizard into fulfilling a condition. Point this out, and the Devil is dragged back to the Lower Planes without the promised soul, cursing your name.
* Doesn't really have anything to do with ''wishes'', but the genie King Graham finds in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV'' [[HaveANiceDeath locks whoever released him in the bottle.]] If you gave the bottle to the greedy witch, great. [[FateWorseThanDeath If not...]]
* Arguably happens with the magic box in ''VideoGame/FableII''. While not a "genie" as such, it grants your wish, but only after [[spoiler: Your sister, family, and pet are all dead (possibly) and you've had to buy the place anyway for a million. Not to mention all the other horrible things that happen to your character on the way."]] Not a nice box, really.
** However, since the exact wording of the wish was never given, you could see it as having been fulfilled when the two of them go to the castle, [[spoiler: unless it included the word "live".]]
* In ''Persian Wars'' your character will encounter a genie, and if he asks to never be thirsty, he will be turned into a fish. Later, on the same campaign, after a drought, you can ask a demon to make rain... resulting in him flooding the world.
* Used ''benevolently'' in the ending for ''VideoGame/{{Jak 3|Wastelander}}'': [[spoiler:After granting Daxter's wish for a comfortable pair of pants, Daxter's human girlfriend innocently states that she wished she had a pair of pants like that. The Precursors grant her wish... and also turn her into an Ottsel so she can fit into them.]] Anywhere else, this would be a perfect example of this trope [[spoiler:except in this case, the ''Precursors'' are Ottsels, too]].
** Earlier in the game [[spoiler:the Precursors (while talking through their floating hologram thing) offer to turn Jak into a Precursor. However, Count Veger shows up with a gun and demands that he be turned into one instead. You can guess what happens. While this may be an example of Literal Genie at first glance, keep in mind that during this scene, ''no one'' (not even the player) knew what the Precursors ''really'' looked like...]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', one character asks a Poe for incredible wealth, so the Poe fills his house with treasure, [[AndIMustScream paralyzes him, turns him into a gold statue, turns his eyes to gemstones,]] and [[AndYourLittleDogToo turns his cat into solid gold.]] Ouch.
* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'', protagonist Eldred summoned a powerful demon called Marduk and charged him to destroy the armies of his political rivals, who were rebelling against the empire he was stewarding. Marduk obliged by [[OmnicidalManiac destroying the entire world]], forcing Eldred to escape into another dimension.
** The dimension he runs to wasn't any luckier. A local god summoned Marduk and charged him to "sow discord". Which he did by turning all the gods against each other as a precursor to destroying the world. The sad part is that Marduk claims he has destroyed countless worlds over his [[TimeAbyss long]] career, meaning that there's no shortage of idiots willing to summon him.
* In the InteractiveFiction game ''[[http://ifwiki.org/index.php/The_Djinni_Chronicles The Djinni Chronicles]]'' you are a djinn who grants people's wishes. Apparently, due to the nature of the magic the djinn uses to grant the wishes, any wish-granting will inevitably carry something unpleasant with itself, no matter if the djinn wants it or not. The only exception are wishes free from 'San'--which apparently is best translated as 'selfishness'.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge'' features the titular Cosmic Forge, which allows one to [[RewritingReality rewrite reality]]. The titular Bane is its tendency to make what one writes happen in the worst possible manner. One minor character, for example, wanted to be loved by the queen and wrote as much with the Forge. He was promptly turned into a giant serpent because... the queen loves snakes.
* Erazor Djinn, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheSecretRings''. Ironically enough, the one time he actually does fulfill a wish, he does them perfectly, and every wish is exactly how Sonic wants it. To be fair to Erazor, Sonic was holding his lamp at the time.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The series has Clavicus Vile, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of Bargains and Wishes, who is this trope at his most malevolent. Crossing over with DealWithTheDevil, Clavicus Vile loves making deals with mortals that they later come to regret. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]] pray to him for a cure to their affliction? Vile has a hero come along and MercyKill them all. A man wants to cure his daughter of [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropy]]? Vile gives him an enchanted axe to put her out of her misery. Pray to him for the power to "crush your enemies"? Vile will turn you ''into'' [[EmpathicWeapon a weapon]]. Clavicus Vile is usually accompanied an "[[MoralityPet external conscience]]" named Barbas, who typically takes the form of a BigFriendlyDog. With Barbas, Vile tends to be a bit less malevolent, coming closer to a LiteralGenie. However, following the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', in which his quest ends with him possessing an artifact weapon capable of [[LiteralSplitPersonality splitting]] he and Barbas, he became much more malevolent. This is rectified in his ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' quest.
** The Ideal Masters are immortal beings who [[WasOnceAMan were once powerful mortal sorcerers]] during the Merethic Era. After finding their mortal forms to be too weak and limiting, they entered Oblivion as [[EnergyBeing beings of pure energy]] and settled an area of "chaotic creatia", forming the [[SpiritWorld Soul Cairn]]. The Ideal Masters are most infamous for their [[YourSoulIsMine trafficking in souls]], especially "Black" sapient souls. All souls trapped in soul gems end up in the Soul Cairn and are considered property of the Ideal Masters. Individuals seeking power, especially mortal {{necromancer}}s, have long contacted the Ideal Masters. The Ideal Masters grant it in exchange for souls, which often includes the soul of the necromancer themselves. (Though the necromancer may not be aware of this fact as the Ideal Masters are {{Manipulative Bastard}}s who often get what they want through ExactWords and YouDidntAsk.) In ''Skyrim'''s ''Dawnguard'' DLC, you encounter Durnehviir, a {{Dracolich}} the Ideal Masters ensnared within the Soul Cairn. In exchange for power, he agreed to guard Valerica for the Masters "until she dies". However, Valerica is a vampire, and thus, TheAgeless, essentially binding Durnehviir to their service for eternity.
* Shows up in ''VideoGame/LionheartLegacyOfTheCrusader'' in the Crypt. Want to be stronger? Congrats, you're now stronger-''smelling'', resulting in lowered Charisma. Want to be rich? Great, you can be renamed to "Rich" at no cost! Wish all nearby enemies were dead? Well, you're in a crypt full of undead, so that's another job well done! It is revealed that this genie [[spoiler: is responsible for Jeanne's curse, because she wished for a way to eternally protect the relic from the undead]]. It is possible for the player to overcome the jackassery of the genie by wishing for a wish that is not twisted into something unintended, but this requires a fairly high Speech skill.
* A mild example in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' - Pram helps Zetta wish for his new netherworlds, but neglects to point out that they will be full of monsters he needs to defeat until he's already in there. He accepts this requirement once it's explained.
* The Genie from ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' is one, enjoying causing mayhem in the Neksdor Village and stealing the Desert Star's fortune. [[spoiler:He does a HeelFaceTurn after the heroes try to get him back into his lamp and helps them get to the next area of the game after they save his face when it gets stole by The Dark Lord.]]
* During Issue 11 of ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', players exploring the [[MegaCorp Orochi]] [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Tower]] can end up paying a visit to [[MeaningfulName Faust]] [[MorallyBankruptBanker Capital]]'s omega floor, where they soon make the acquaintance of the company CEO - who turns out to be one of these. During your visit, the CEO will offer you three choices, all of which will be rewarded in mean-spirited, cheap or just unnecessarily complicated ways:
** In your first wish, the CEO offers you a choice between [[{{Immortality}} eternal life]] and EternalLove: [[spoiler: picking eternal life will summon an extremely hungry vampire into the room, while picking eternal love sets you up for a date with a ''violently'' horny succubus. For good measure, once you've killed that particular attacker, the CEO remarks that the succubus really did love you - it's just she didn't know how to express it.]]
** The second wish offers you [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]] or [[MoneyIsNotPower power]]: [[spoiler: choosing money gets you a single PAX credit - though picking it up causes another credit to appear in front of you, so you can technically earn quite a lot if you have the inventory space for it. But if you pick power, you get... a common household battery. Even the CEO apologizes for the terrible joke.]]
** Lastly, you're given a choice between musical talent and knowledge. [[spoiler: Technically, this is the most beneficial of the wishes, but you've still got to jump through the hoops if you want it to actually benefit you. If you pick music, you're given a flute identical to the one encountered in "The Christmas Conspiracy," and are told to follow the music prompts; if you succeed, you get to keep the flute as a nifty cosmetic item. If you pick knowledge, you have to answer a series of riddles, the last of which can only be answered if you've been listening to the CEO's hints and can guess his true name: '''Mephistopheles.''' Answering correctly nets you a fragment of otherwise unattainable lore... about [[OurGeniesAreDifferent the Jinn]].]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'': Djimmi the Great, one of the debtors you fight for the Soul Contracts, fits this down to a T, although he is kind of an AntiVillain himself. [[spoiler:With all that said, he returns from defeat as a grateful BenevolentGenie when Cuphead and Mugman incinerate the Soul Contracts, including his.]]
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCrossTagBattle'' gives us [[spoiler:the System that oversees the artificial world that the Tag Battle Tournament takes place in. Clavis Alucard created the System to observe possibilities, but faults within the system meant that it would try to overwrite whatever worlds it used as a base for its observations, necessitating its lockdown; the game's plot happens because Rachel unlocks it, and it takes the personality of a depraved tournament hostess]] who will fuck with any request made unto her, uses tag battles as a way to [[PoorCommunicationKills break up any meaningful dialogue between characters]], and loves watching others fight waaaaaay more than she should. Case in point, when [[ButtMonkey Ragna]] expresses frustration that she is pulling the strings in affairs, [[spoiler:she summons Azrael back after having teleported him away for losing his fight to Ragna]] Also, [[spoiler:she locks Hyde into a battle with him by protesting that his lust for battle is overriding her whims despite the aforementioned incident]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' there's one of these. [[spoiler:The Holy Grail itself. Since it has been corrupted by an evil force, it will interpret every wish as a desire for destruction. One of the examples given is that a wish to be the wealthiest man in the world would kill everyone richer than you. Another is when a character wished for world peace, the Grail stated its intention to grant that wish by killing everyone on the planet except for him and his daughter (can't have conflict if ''everyone'' is dead).]]
** ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' reveals that it was originally a LiteralGenie until [[spoiler:the Third Grail War, when Avenger was summoned. An ordinary villager who was [[TheScapegoat chosen as the source of all humanity's sins]], he was tortured his entire life and came to embody the wish for a single source to the world's evils. When his spirit was absorbed by the Grail, it attempted to grant that wish, transforming him into Angra Mainyu, a mindless curse. Any wish granted by the Grail will be tainted by his presence ''and'' will release him on the world]].
** ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm'', as a GagSeries spinoff of the above, features it [[spoiler: "Grail-kun"]], a kooky parody of {{Anime/Doraemon}} who "grants wishes" by handing the wisher a kitchen knife and telling them to go stab the source of their problems.
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s Bad Boys Love route, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Doctor Shuu made a promise to Ryuuji Kawara that he would grant any wish his son Ryouta wanted. Ryouta's wish was for humans and birds to live in peace and Doctor Shuu, being {{D|eadlyDoctor}}octor [[AxCrazy Shuu]], decided that the best way to grant this wish was to exterminate the entire human race because humans and birds can't keep on fighting if one side is dead, after all. Oh, and his methods to bring about said end of the human race involve deliberately weakening Ryouta's immune system so he can infect him with a virus that kills any humans who come too close to him and then letting his childhood friend/love interest Hiyoko get fatally close to him to test the virus, which leaves Ryouta traumatized for life when he finds out about this. But hey, it was all done to grant a wish Ryouta made when he was a fledgling and didn't know how warped his mysterious benefactor's psyche was at that time! Isn't that so nice of Doctor Shuu?]]
* Witsarnemitea of ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'' has a little habit of granting some really jerkassy wishes, though it's mostly limited to his 'destructive' side. Want immortality? [[AndIMustScream Have fun being an unkillable red blob for all eternity]]. Want to know more about me? [[GrandTheftMe Have fun being my host while I possess you and destroy your id]]. Plus you have to [[DealWithTheDevil promise your soul into servitude]] to get ''anything.'' Beyond that, Witsarnemitea can really twist the definition of a "wish". The aforementioned "wish for immortality"? [[spoiler:His victim screaming "I don't want to die".]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' toon "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/ween09.html Doomy Tales of the Macabre]]", Marzipan wishes on a crystal ball for a new boyfriend. Since Strong Sad is playing KillerGameMaster with everyone's fates, she ends up with Coach Z.
-->'''Coach Z:''' Hey there, my little [[FunetikAksent lovejorb!]] [[GrossUpCloseUp These bunions, corns and calluses]] aren't gonna pumice themselves!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''
** In "Torg Potter and the Chamberpot of Secretions", the Djinn of the Chamberpot interprets ''every single wish'' someone makes as asking to be turned into a chocolate statue. The first two times it happens it's more a case of being a Literal Genie ("Could you make me some chocolate?" and "Make me irresistible to women"), but the third time, no one even really makes a wish, they just shout "Oh good bloody hell!" The genie claims this is Viking for "Turn me into chocolate." When it's pointed out that the Vikings didn't ''have'' chocolate, he retorts, "But if they ''did'' they would have called it 'bloodyhell'."\\\
Incidentally, the reason this all is in the story is to parody the implausibility of how, in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets the original]], a series of coincidences led to no-one ever being killed by [[spoiler: the basilisk, even though just looking into its eyes was lethal. Time after time, the witness would happen to only see it in a mirror or similar.]]
--->'''Torg:''' ''Wait'' a minute. You're saying all three guys just happened to wish something that had the same random result?\\
'''Genie:''' Yeah, pretty freaky, huh?\\
'''Torg:''' ''[[LampshadeHanging That's freaking ridiculous!]]''
** In "That Which Redeems", there's a non-magical example that also confusingly combines it with LiteralGenie (as in, a Literal Genie understanding it's asked to act as a Jackass Genie). Lord Horribus asks Riff (the Dimension of Lame version) to build him "something terrible", and it's only after several catastrophic attempts that he realises Riff's inventions have not been working because he took it to mean "something that works terrible".
** And later, there are the demons Zefolas and Fezeel, who trick mortals to sell their souls for wishes. The first wish is always free, but the second will cost you... '''''YOUR SOUL'''''. You can imagine what the wishes they grant are like, especially the first wishes when they want you to make a second. They even like to grant wishes and make deals in their own realm, where they are almost omnipotent and can ignore any wish they like [[{{Wishplosion}} that might harm them]], [[JustToyingWithThem simply for sport]]. This allows them to take being Jackass Genies to the extreme, since they don't even have to limit themselves to twisting wishes asked for if it's not convenient. The only way to beat them turns out to be to ask for wishes that they don't realise can be used against them.
%%* Variant: [[http://www.qwantz.com/apologies/000090.html "No, nothing ironic. Just bad."]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'':
** We gets the Wishing Dolly. When we [[http://oglaf.com/unattainable/1/ first see it]], it seems to be more of a LiteralGenie (an ugly girl wishes to be beautiful and becomes so fancy that ''everyone'' thinks she's out of their league). In the next strip however, we get to see that there's more to it than just the wording of the wish. NSFW.
--->'''Wishing Dolly:''' Awww! Are you sad? Tell wish dolly what you really want.\\
'''Girl:''' Quick! [[TimeTravel Wish to go back in time]] and stop the wish from happening.\\
'''Wishing Dolly:''' He's tried that! How do you think he got the horn?\\
'''Boy:''' Piss off, wish dolly.\\
'''Wishing dolly:''' Heeey! Why don't you '''wish''' that I piss off? [[SchmuckBait What's the worst that can happen]]?
** Later, the Wishing Dolly enchants a man's penis so that it can cause whatever it enters to instantly have an orgasm and fall asleep; this is not only limited to women, but even affects [[ADateWithRosiePalms his own hand.]] Needless to say, he's quite sexually frustrated nowadays. His later attempts to deal with his frustration [[RefugeInAudacity have to be seen to be believed]].
** There are plenty of [[ComedicSociopathy comically sociopathic]] characters in Oglaf. The Djinn is no exception, outright telling the guy who rubbed his lamp he has the choice to either wish to give the Djinn a blowjob, or have his legs cut. The next panel shows his choice... and the consequence.
* Aside from a few exceptions, the Djinn in ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' are all jerkass genies. There's also a cursed genie bottle that forces any djinn summoned through it to grant wishes as if they were a Jackass Genie, even it they don't want to.
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' provides a few examples:
** An early joke had Forgath ask the GameMaster for a more difficult encounter, to be rewarded with one far above his group's party level. He then asked for a slightly easier encounter, and got a pathetically easy encounter.
** The backstory of [[EldritchAbomination Mr. Fingers, the Finger Horror]] involves a demon who accepts a farmer's plea to cure his son of nightmares. The demon successfully extracted the source of the nightmares from the kid's mind... then set the nightmares loose into reality, where they fled to the deepest darkest corners of the world they could find, and started to breed...
** In one of the {{Alternate Universe}}s, a hero made a wish to bring his wife back to life after she was decapitated. The wish rewrote reality in such a way that [[AndIMustScream no-one in that reality can die as a result of being beheaded anymore]].
* ''Webcomic/TheRepositoryOfDangerousThings'' has the main character open up an aspirin bottle, only for a genie to pop out. When asked to get rid of his hangover, the Genie simply explodes his head (he survives, and later has his head regrown with another Dangerous Thing). According to the genie's write-up, this wasn't even a creatively asinine interpretation of his wish -- they just always explode your head, no matter what you ask for.
* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' has a man wish to have, "Everything [he] could ever need!". The genie [[{{Anvilicious}} immediately gets rid of all the non-essentials in the man's home]], his hair, and... some other things...
-->"So you're one of ''those'' genies..."\\
"For future reference, you now have one kidney."
:: The page title reads "They're all like that, actually."
%%* [[http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/print.php?f=20050819 This strip]] of ''Dudley's Dungeon'' (a ''VideoGame/NetHack''-based webcomic).
* ''Webcomic/TheBookOfBiff'': Biff gets an odd mix of literal and jackass in [[http://www.thebookofbiff.com/2010/02/11/958-rubbed/ his]] [[http://www.thebookofbiff.com/2012/04/23/1525-flutter/ genies.]] The first one grants Biff's wish to be rich by turning him into a hamster because the genie once had a pet hamster named Rich, while the second one grants Biff's wish for wings, but the wings don't work due to Biff not specifying that the wings had to enable him to fly.
* There are two Website/CollegeHumor comic strips that use this.
** [[http://www.collegehumor.com/post/6293533/a-birthday-wish This]] strip by Caldwell Tanner has a boy be given a magic lamp for his birthday. He wishes to be Batman and the genie responds by [[DeathByOriginStory shooting the boy's parents]].
** [[http://www.collegehumor.com/post/6453748/the-leprechauns-wish Another strip]] by Owen Parsons does something similar by having a boy who is offered a wish by a leprechaun wishing that he was Superman, which results in the boy flying away in a rocket while the Earth [[EarthShatteringKaboom blows up]].
* A variant of this trope appears in a ''Webcomic/VGCats'' strip, where Leo buys a magical wish-granting monkey's paw from a whimsical stranger. He first wishes for ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' but finds that the nostalgia of his childhood has been tampered with in the form of modern game design. Accepting it anyway, he then wishes for a giant wiener and is granted a massive hot dog, complete with bun and ketchup. [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown It also turns out]] the ''Duke Nukem Forever'' game case is empty.
* In ''WebComic/ThePrincessPlanet'', [[http://www.theprincessplanet.com/?p=210 this genie]] is definitely the jerkass type (she's also on the Literal Genie page, mind). Fortunately, Christi is very smart.
* The genies in ''Webcomic/ChannelAte'' seem to get worse and worse each time they appear. The first one gives the guy only two wishes on a technicality, the second monologues long enough that the two bomb disposal guys he was gonna rescue die when the timer runs out after 30 seconds, the third outright [[spoiler:SHOOTS THE GUY FOR HIS THIRD WISH! He said he wanted to meet God, didn't he?]]
* [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/08/this-comic-was-inspired-by-experience-i.html This]] ''Webcomic/HyperboleAndAHalf'' comic advises being specific when wishing, just in case the Wish Genie is a total dick.
%%* ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' had [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/520 Monkey's Paw]].
* [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minusb60.html This]] [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minusb61.html genie]] from ''Webcomic/{{Minus}}'' He doesn't bother with irony, opting instead to clobber people for no reason. (One person wishes to fly and [[FastballSpecial gets flicked into the air,]] but that's probably a coincidence.) Double-subverted for [[EvenEvilHasStandards the last wisher.]]
* [[HauntedCastle Castle]] [[GeniusLoci Heterodyne's]] [[MalevolentArchitecture AI]] in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' skirts this trope. If given any leeway in its orders it ''will'' act in what it thinks is in it's Master's best interests, but being created by and likely based on the mind of an extraordinarily AxCrazy [[RoyallyScrewedUp by-the-standards-of-the-dynasty-and-that-is-saying-a-great-deal]] Heterodyne Warlord, it has a hard time getting its CPU around the idea that the current heiress considers attacking any theoretical enemy in range, or subjecting her staff to Darwinian winnowing, to be counterproductive. That, ''and'' [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor it thinks it has a sense of humor]].
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'':
** [[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3984 "Whenever you have need, reach in the magic horn and it will give you exactly what you need."]] When the guy reaches in hoping to get some money to pay for his shopping, he pulls out a gun.
** Iin [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=4051 this one]], the genie is actually fairly reasonable and tries to honor the spirit of the request over the letter. But his former master was the jerkass, and made a wish about what the next wisher would get.
** Parodied in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/wishes this one]]: Though there's no indication that it wouldn't grant the wishes properly, nobody trusts the demonic floating skull with a voice like a shrieking baby to do so, instead expecting some horrible consequences.
* ''Webcomic/BiterComics'' has a real [[http://www.bitercomics.com/djerk Djerk]], who doesn't even bother waiting for you to say "I wish for..." before granting your "wish".
-->'''Djerk''': Now, what is your first wish?
-->'''Man''': Hmmm...Gimme a sec.
-->'''Djerk''': [[ExactWords Done!]]
-->'''Man''': Hey! That wasn't a wish! You're a dick!
-->'''Djerk''': Done! (''becomes phallic in shape'') And your final wish, my boy?
-->'''Man''': Awww, forget it! You're just trying to piss me off!
-->'''Djerk''': Done!!! (''the phallic genie urinates on the man, the force of the stream knocking him off the flight of stairs leading to the lamp'')
* Jean, the genie protagonist of ''Webcomic/IDreamOfAJeanieBottle'', usually due to ComedicSociopathy or in response to some slight, real or imagined, though once it was a clear-cut case of self-defense.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* This trope is the basis of the "Corrupted Wish Game", a fairly common forum game of unknown origin that can be found on many different online message boards, wherein users take turns making wishes that are then granted and twisted into something bad. The Wiki/TVTropes Forums have their own long-running game thread if you're curious: [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=8izhward9hxaz5cihbmrw5q1&page=1 Corrupt-a-wish.]]
* In ''The Elephant's Egg'', Joe the main character is trying to drink his sorrows away after splitting up from his girlfriend, when he accidentally summons from his mystical lighter a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin giant hippopotamus genie]], the 'Hippo of the Zippo'. Joe demands to know what the Hippo wants, who proceeds to scare him senseless [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor by threatening to damn him to Hell]]. After confessing he was jesting with the man, the [[PhysicalGod all-powerful genie]] reveals his purpose is to grant wishes, his one true wish, specifically ''his heart's desire''. Joe wishes to be reunited with his love. But Hippo [[ReadTheFinePrint has a "fee"]], he does indeed want something, though keeps dodging the question as to what, or rather, ''whom'' he wants. He tells Joe that in order to get his girl back, [[FetchQuest he must enter the "underworld" and break the Elephant's Egg at the Sparkling Sea]]. He's forced to enter [[SwallowedWhole the belly of the Hippo]], a surreal place [[EldritchLocation that resembles Salvador Dali's work]]. All manner of things [[EverythingTryingToKillYou try to kill him to stop him]], though he succeeds in his mission, and the genie [[IGaveMyWord true to his word]] grants his wish, he's so far inside the belly of the Hippo, [[YourSoulIsMine he can never escape]]. [[AHellOfATime Not that it matters anyway]], since he has his heart's desire, [[HappilyEverAfter the love of his life]].
* You'd be hard-pressed to find a forum without a thread making a game out of misinterpreting wishes. Taken UpToEleven by The Open Source Wish Project, a whole forum devoted to coming up with wishes so carefully phrased that not even this genie could find a loophole.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX1xdnHh-pI This fake ad]] is for a law office that specializes in genie cases.
%%* [[http://www.cracked.com/craptions/archive/april-2009/1188 This.]]
%%** [[http://www.cracked.com/photoshop_61_if-every-wish-backfired-horribly And, on the same site, this.]]
* [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/40087 This article]] from Website/TheOnion, in which Justice Scalia meets a genie who grants him a strict constructionist interpretation of his wish for "a hundred billion bucks."
* From ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'', [[http://theglen.livejournal.com/89715.html #568]]: "My first wish cannot be 'I wish you grant all my wishes to the spirit and letter of the wish.'"
* Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal's offshoot "SMBC Theater" features [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0y5dHmVRIc&NR=1 an episode of this]]; [[spoiler:subverted when the "victims" turn out to be heartless jerks who don't care]].
* [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/08/this-comic-was-inspired-by-experience-i.html This post]] from ''Hyperbole and a Half'' is all about this trope.
* [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/shazaam-the-lazy-genie Shazaam: The Lazy Genie]] from FiveSecondFilms isn't as destructive as some of the others on this page, but he does waste his "master's" wishes in trivial and embarrassing ways.
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-694 SCP-694]] has a man making a demand to an unseen entity of a "full repeat" of the last 38 minutes after his son is killed in a kidnapping gone wrong. Said entity then proceeds to trap everyone involved in an externally observable time loop, and all the Foundation can do is quarantine the area.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-738 SCP-738]] is a set of an antique wooden desk, chair and throne "possessed" by a normally invisible presence (which takes different appearances depending on who is sitting in the chair, visible only to them) who makes offers. Anyone who accepts (or requests something else) gets their request granted, but incurs an equal amount of misery as the price. One of the experiments the Foundation performed was to have the best lawyer in the organization (and given the kind of things they get up to, they have some ''damned'' good lawyers) negotiate a beneficial deal out of the guy. Forty-one hours later, the lawyer passed out from exhaustion in the middle of arguing the precise legal meaning of the word "shall", leaving a half-written, 900 page contract on the desk. Next to it was a note that said "Please come back any time. I haven't had so much fun in years."
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1481 SCP-1481]] is a genie that comes out of a plastic drinks cup when someone rubs it, and grants them unlimited wishes. However, every time that person makes a wish, it comes out wrong, or the genie deliberately jacks around with it: for instance, when asked for a sandwich, it made it -- and then ate it. When asked for a winning lottery ticket, it made a ''losing'' lottery ticket. It doesn't seem interested in their requests, and often ignores them outright and goes on to reply that he didn't hear you or that you said nothing at all. Mostly, all this seems to be due to it having a serious drug habit. [[spoiler:Apparently, this is all due to it having once been at the opposite end of this trope, as a human once wished for the genie to a) be an alcoholic drug addict and b) for it to be impossible to unwish the first wish, ruining the genie's life out of apparently pure dickery.]]
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3063 SCP-3063]] is a powerful RealityWarper who communicates with people through the body of a seemingly-ordinary housefly, offering anything they could desire. It always gives people what they want, but it comes with a price: six and a half years after their wish is granted, [[spoiler: if the grantee is still alive, they die a slow and horrible death when [[BodyHorror their body becomes spontaneously infested with fly eggs that hatch and devour their body]].]] It's also repeatedly twisted any attempt to wish for its destruction or containment.
* In "Stampylonghead"'s 2014 Halloween special, he tells the story of an evil pig who transforms into a zombie pigman by night called Mr Porkchop. He was originally a human pig shepherd who was trying to raise the largest pig in order to win a competition. A witch offers to grant his wish for a pig larger than every other in exchange for all his other pigs. When he agrees, she just turns him into a Pigman and takes all his pigs.
* Cameo/Judgement during the Judgement miniarc in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo''. He grants Polnareff's wealth wish, but buries him in the pile of gold bars. He treats the revive Sherry and Avdol wish as separate wishes, and he accidentally mishears the name Sherry as Cherry. When Cameo's stand user tries to get him to attack Polnareff and Avdol, Cameo refuses because Polnareff did not interfere with the wish-granting.
* Defied in this comic titled ''Three Wishes'', [[http://www.semperbufo.com/?wid=100a48 here]]. Hey, at least he tried.
* Subverted in the ''Podcast/ThrillingAdventureHour'', when a djinni tries to pull this on Frank and Sadie Doyle by giving them "more liquor than they could possibly drink," TheAlcoholic mediums take it as a challenge.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', the cleric Maxo briefly falls into a small subdimension of Hell, and encounters a very powerful demon who offers to grant him a Wish at whatever future point he wants it. Maxo accepts the offer, thinking it might come in handy at some point. Much later, Maxo wants to resurrect one of his friends, and the demon uses that to sneak out of his prison dimension in the guise of that resurrected friend. What pushes it over into this trope is that not only was that ''not'' what Maxo wanted, but Maxo did not intend to use the Wish, and didn't even say "I wish Candesco were brought back to life".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MartinMystery'':
** One of the few villains to make two non-consecutive appearances was one of these. Normally resembling a beautiful woman, the Djinn's true form was a demon and it rivaled the Djinn from ''Wishmaster'' in its ability to screw people over. For example, when the crook who accidentally released it wished to be "the worlds' most infamous thief" the Djinn turned him into a HalfHumanHybrid, reasoning that no-one could ''ever forget'' a burglar who looked like a rat monster. Worse still, she could ''force'' people to speak their heart's desire, allowing her to torment even the people who knew better than to deal with her. Unfortunately for her, however, when the time came to force ''Martin's'' wish out of him, the words that came out of his mouth were "I wish I knew how to save my friends", a wish that was either too selfless or too simple to corrupt.
** The Christmas Episode has an evil Elf who grants wishes but actually grants the exact opposite of what they want. Ultimately Martin's wish was to "Have a Paranormal Christmas" which being forced to grant the wish undid everything he did to everyone else and caused him to go away, making it a perfectly normal holiday.
* [[RhymesOnADime Thromnambular, the Wishing Skull]], from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''; Grim even states that no matter what someone wishes for, the Skull ''will'' screw the wisher over. Mindy ends up strapped to an exploding rocket to "Be a big star." Pud'n is left to an unspecified but probably gory fate at the hands of a pet rabbit. (He wished for a bunny that would love him, and the bunny he got says that "LoveHurts.") And as for everyone else... Skarr ended up suffocating in outer space, Billy's dad relived just how crappy his high school years were (although this is in no way the Skull's fault), and Irwin got beaten up by Mandy (again, he brought it on himself). Nergal Junior got what was technically the least horrible fate; he simply wished to know what to wish for, but since the skull can only grant a single wish for every person, it poofs away, leaving him to lament that he wished he had it back. When [[OnlySaneMan Mandy]] got it, instead of using it for a wish, she auctioned it off. In fact the only wish that's shown to work out completely as intended is when Grim uses the final wish to hit the ResetButton. And in the credits, we see what would have happened if Grim had used it to escape Billy and Mandy and free the skull itself. The skull turns himself into the Grim Reaper, and turns Grim into a wishing skull. ''Technically'', they're both free of their ''original'' curses. You could also argue that the wishing skull is the one you should be pitying...
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has a wishing well that follows this trope. A group of soldiers wish to be the best warriors. The well complies, but forces them to use their superhuman battle prowess to protect it for eternity. Jack kills it with his sword, freeing the world from its evil.
-->'''Jack:''' Evil spirit of the well! You will not claim another innocent! I wish thee... ''destroyed!''
* WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs are plagued by a malicious Genie called Genie Meanie who makes the lives of the Smurfs miserable, and then dangerous when Gargamel takes control of him. Fortunately, Papa Smurf finds the special words to put him under his control, forces him to undo the harm he's done and finally orders him to stay in his container until he decides not to be mean anymore.
* There was a Fleischer cartoon where an old man catches a leprechaun and forces it to take him to its pot of gold, which it does. The gold is buried under a tree stump, so the man hangs his coat on the stump and instructs the leprechaun not to move the coat or alter the stump in any way while he gets a shovel. When he returns, the leprechaun has obeyed his orders, and the stump is undisturbed. However, the leprechaun has [[IAmSpartacus added a few dozen identical stumps to the area]]. The old guy promptly dies of shock, probably to keep the writers from explaining [[FridgeLogic why he couldn't just dig up]] ''[[FridgeLogic all]]'' [[FridgeLogic the stumps]].
* Something similar happens to Scrooge [=McDuck=] in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', but Scrooge is savvy enough to insist that the wish-granting leprechaun not touch his marker. Of course, the leprechaun simply has someone else duplicate his marker. A [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], however, in that the correct stump is booby-trapped.
* Two leprechauns pull the exact same trick on Dick Dastardly in ''WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt''. (Honestly, leprechauns seem to ''love'' this trick.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', this is how genies (or at least Norm) work. Cosmo and Wanda warn him that Genies are notoriously tricky and their wishes tend to bite the wisher in the butt. Why does [[IdiotHero Timmy Turner]] go through with it?
--->'''Timmy''': [[DumbassHasAPoint Well, YOUR wishes always tend to bite me in the butt, and his are rule-free!]]
** While Timmy's first wish from Norm counts as a Literal Genie moment (Timmy wishes for an omelet, but not for it to appear on a plate), Norm gets immense satisfaction from the result of Timmy touching a burning hot omelet. Again, when Timmy wishes that "Trixie Tang [his LoveInterest] loves Timmy Turner," he goes so far as to include the names to prevent this trope. As a result, his love interest is now in love with everyone ''else'' in the world named "Timmy Turner". Later on, though, he proves his status as a Jerkass by granting Timmy's wish for a million dollars by having Timmy's Dad ''counterfeit'' the money and be on the run from the cops as a result. Curiously, when Timmy wishes he had a lawyer, Norm (inadvertently?) summons up one who's highly competent and succeeds in undoing the damage Norm has caused, rather than following his normal tendencies and giving Timmy an incompetent lawyer. Norm looked really confused when he grants the lawyer wish, so it's likely that his confusion results in him not really thinking about the wish, thus causing him to summon a competent lawyer.
** Within a time period of "fifteen legal minutes", the lawyer words a wish in a way that'll undo the harms caused by the second and the third wishes and release Cosmo and Wanda but Norm still finds two ways to screw Timmy: when Timmy's Dad is taken back home from jail, his cellmate goes with him; and Trixie stops wanting to kiss everyone named "Timmy Turner" right when she's about to kiss him.
** When Crocker gets a hold of Norm, he wishes for a series of absurdly impractical deathtraps for Timmy, prompting Norm to ''act'' somewhat benevolent but only to suggest that Crocker is not evil ''enough'' and that "Mars is really nice this time of year." When Timmy defeats Crocker and asks Norm to send him to Mars, he's so delighted to have his suggestion taken that he provides Timmy with a spacesuit to enjoy seeing Crocker act out the ending of the original ''Film/TotalRecall1990''. In a way though, Norm still acts this trope, ''because'' the wish involves someone getting hurt.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has fun with this trope in an episode called "The Mirror." Puck -- the trickster fairy from ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' -- is captured by Demona and forced to do her bidding. Puck, either out of a sense of mischief, annoyance with being enslaved, or a sincere desire to avoid harming others -- possibly all three -- deliberately misconstrues Demona's wishes, as follows...
--->'''Demona:''' If you can't get rid of ''all'' the humans, then at least rid me of that Human! ''Elisa Maza!''\\
'''Puck:''' Did you say "''that'' Human" or "that ''Human''"? Oh, never mind, I'll figure it out. This just might be fun, after all.
** Rather than destroy Elisa, Puck uses his powers to turn her into a gargoyle. Thus, as he puts it "The ''Human'' Elisa Maza is no more." Demona, still not getting the drift, then makes him do it to the entire population of Manhattan. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues. Puck did say that the Mirror that was used to summon him wasn't Aladdin's lamp, implying even if he wasn't being a trickster, he couldn't kill all the humans like Demona wanted.
** And at the end of the episode, Demona wishes to be able to stay awake during the daylight hours ''and'' the night. [[spoiler:Puck makes it so that [[ColorMeBlack she turns into a human during the day]].]] How she actually ''survives'' like this, rather than collapsing in exhaustion after a few days, is never mentioned in-series. [[WordOfGod "She does have to sleep now, though she gets by on a few hours per day.]] [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/search.php?qid=389 Doesn't really improve her mental outlook, if you know what I mean."]]
** It was subverted when Puck tried it with David Xanatos: the fairy took on the form of [[spoiler:his HyperCompetentSidekick Owen Burnett]] and was eventually impressed enough by Xanatos to reveal his true identity. He then offered Xanatos a choice between a single wish or [[spoiler:Puck maintaining his Owen identity and serving him with UndyingLoyalty for as long as Xanatos lived]]. Xanatos, as [[MemeticBadass THE]] [[MagnificentBastard David]] [[XanatosPlannedThisIndex Xanatos]], realized that whatever wish he made would end up twisted, so he took the second option -- which turns out to be the ''right'' one, as it impresses Puck enough to have him keep his word, no questions asked. It also helps that Xanatos is GenreSavvy in general and likes to solve things himself to control the situation. He also believes that [[ChessmasterSidekick Owen is too valuable as good help is so hard to find]].
* Desiree from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' herself is a case of Literal Genie as her wishes can be beneficial if used right, but most of her wishes ends up screwing over the wishers. It's intentional; it's part of her vindictive personality -- since her happiest moment was shot down, she'll be damned if others' wishes come true! From her backstory its insinuated she used to a BenevolentGenie when she first started granting wishes, but quickly became bitter when she saw other people happy when she was so miserable.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** The Flying Dutchman gives the main characters three wishes to save themselves from being eaten by him. After accidentally wasting the first two wishes (Patrick wished that they knew the Dutchman would grant them wishes earlier and [=SpongeBob=] wished that Squidward was there to see this), [=SpongeBob=] [[{{Wishplosion}} wishes for the Dutchman to become a vegetarian]]. It works, but instead of being sent home, the characters are transformed into fruit for a smoothie.
--->'''Flying Dutchman:''' Hey, I get a wish too. Fruit prevents scurvy!
** Oddly enough, there are two alternate endings in which [[spoiler:Squidward asks for [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick to [[HaveWeMetYet never have met him]] (except it just [[EasyAmnesia makes them forget Squidward]], complete with introduction)]], and [[spoiler:Patrick asks for chewing gum to have fresh breath]]. Both end with [[spoiler:them being eaten]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'': In Cinderella Cat, a Fairy [[{{Pun}} Godfather]] who looks like an anthropomorphic cat version of Marlon Brando, uses all of Garfield's wishes against him for his own amusement. For example, when he wished he had a million dollars, he gives him the money that belonged to a nearby bank, forcing him to run for his life from the authorities. Garfield gets his own back by making a wish that causes the Godfather's wife to show up. She was aggressive enough to make him leave.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** There aren't any Genies, good or bad, but a former page quote comes from "The Lake Nose Monster" when Doofenshmirtz, reeling from some hot wings he ate, lays back and [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] this trope to Perry.
** "Just Our Luck" had Doof relate what happened when he actually found a real genie. It involved the "Oscar Meyer" jingle:
--->'''Doofenshmirtz:''' You ever try to sue a genie?
* The witch from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Cyborg the Barbarian" is an odd case. She screws her master over at every turn, but she is perfectly straight with Cyborg, even offering to send him home when her master clearly intends to kill him. Of course, her master is a complete {{Jerkass}} and she is obviously twisting his wishes on purpose.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'', Gleek unleashes a genie that a baddie has been seeking. The genie disregards his simian master, and instead calls the baddie who failed to obtain him master, obeying his evil wishes.
* A rare aversion in ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa: The Series'', where the two cause trouble to themselves after each wished for a million wishes from a genie they found near the watering hole and ended up fighting for each of them. Doesn't prevent the genie from acting like a jerkass the whole time.
* Warren Plotnik from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' is apparently an evil genie described by Hacker as the most evil being in all of Cyberspace, and actually wants to free him in one episode so he can overthrow the Mother Board and take over Cyberspace himself. Unfortunately, Warren's only weakness turns out to be his own mother.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Duck Amuck" the mystery animator [[spoiler:Bugs Bunny]] sometimes acts as this to Daffy Duck, removing the sound effects or backgrounds, knowing that an infuriated Daffy will blurt out a demand for "color!" or "sound!" and invite his own doom as he gets ''exactly'' what he demanded.
* A weird variation of this is the apprentice wizard Fuddie from ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'', who can grant Jake a wish on the night of every full moon. While he is sincerely trying to help, he seems to be hard of hearing, and ''always'' gets the wish wrong. (For example, Jake wished to be "invincible", but Fuddie made him invisible instead. (In fact, Fuddie seems to mess up a lot doing other things too.) Fortunately, the heroes can usually make do with what he gives them anyway.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Prismo is an odd example. His wish-granting magic works like this trope (he even uses the term "Monkey's Paw" to describe it), but Prismo himself is a [[BenevolentGenie really nice guy]] who goes out of his way to explain the whole thing to Jake. [[spoiler:He even ignores a [[WastefulWishing stupid wish for a sandwich]] Jake makes, and then a knee-jerk, not-well-thought-out one he made upon realizing just how bad a situation Finn got himself into, and finally outright tells Jake a wish he could make that would save everyone.]]
** Marceline after being transformed into the ruler of the nightosphere.
--->'''Marceline:''' But don't you want... abs?!\\
'''Demon:''' OK. ''[has his head replaced by abs]''
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'': In "Some Enchanted Genie", Eden invokes this when Abis Mal steals her bottle. He makes a couple pretty impressive wishes [[spoiler:but as Eden grants them, she builds in ways to stop them. And then there's the cockroaches.]]
-->'''Eden:''' You didn't say ''forever''.
* The [[SealedEvilInACan Evil Genie of Darkness]] in ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' merely pretends to be the "granting wishes" kind of genie in order to trick people into releasing him from his bottle, and subsequently [[ImAHumanitarian eat them]] [[RevengeByProxy out of spite]] for the deity who originally imprisoned him.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': [[LouisCypher Lucius Needful's]] shop is more or less like this, he'll give you something for free that'll fix your problem, but will also come with an ironic twist that'll screw you right over. However, he happened to come upon [[MadScientist Rick]], who isn't having any of his crap, and buys his things, purges them from their curses/negative side-effects (turning a pair of boxing gloves that trap you in the 1920's into time traveling devices for example) and resells them for a profit. Things didn't go too well for Mr. Needful after that.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' episode, Boone uses this trope to his advantage when he's captured by the villain during a mission where he happens to be a genie, interpreting all the wishes inconveniently.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had a Treehouse of Horror episode with the classic Monkey's Paw, which eventually ended in the entire town of Springfield hating the Simpsons for becoming famous to the point of overexposure, an alien invasion after Lisa wishes for world peace, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Homer getting a turkey sandwich where the turkey was a little dry.]] Strangely enough, when Homer offloads the Monkey's Paw to Flanders, he wishes away the alien invasion, is heralded as a hero, and remodels his home into a castle, without any obvious repercussions whatsoever.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' actually has an episode that [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] this trope. After Odie finds a bottle with a genie in it at the beach, Jon does some research and discovers that while some genies are good, some are also bad. Garfield frees the genie (named Omar) and as expected, he is a bad genie, and he demands that ''Jon'' grant ''him'' three wishes. When he has one wish left, he uses it to get unlimited wishes. When Jon fails to comply, he is turned into a frog. Thankfully, Garfield discovers that to defeat the genie, he has to get him to say his own name backwards.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'', Amber finds a magical wishing well, and she wishes that King Roland was allergic to Sofia, causing Sofia to turn into a purple cat. Later, when Amber tries to undo her error by wishing that Sofia was no longer a purple cat, the well turns Sofia into a ''pink'' cat.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', the episode "A Lad In a Lamp" saw a genie trick Rescue Ranger Monterey Jack into taking his place, thereby being able to leave the lamp. He doesn't even get to the point of lots of backfiring wish fulfillments.
** It could be argued that Monterey filled this role when he was captured by Fat Cat and his minions, as he then managed to trick the minions into making wishes that would benefit the other Rescue Rangers rather than Fat Cat; he was just being a Jerkass in favour of the good guys.
* The short "Once Upon a Star" from the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "ToonPhysics" does this with a wishing star; Elmyra wishes on a star that her [[Franchise/{{Barbie}} Barbette]] doll were real so that they could play together. The wish brings Barbette to life. However, Barbette is [[ItsAllAboutMe very selfish, rude, and arrogant]]. The following night, Elmyra wishes on the same star, saying that she wants her Barbette doll to be just like her other dolls. Instead of turning her Barbette doll back to the way she was before, the star brings all her other dolls to life, who act just as selfish, rude, and arrogant as Barbette.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' episode "Be Careful What You Wish For", the MonsterOfTheWeek takes the form of a mysterious salesman who grants people wishes of this type. For example, a guy wishes to be "made of money" and turns into a pile of bills. Eduardo wishes Kylie would show him the same respect she shows her cat, and he turns ''into'' her cat.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "Janine's Genie", after going with the Ghostbusters in a work that is paid in kind, Janine picks a genie lamp and finds out it has a genie in it. She wishes for Egon to fall in love with her and be the boss of the Ghostbusters. The genie does not twists her wishes actually, the jerk part is that is not a real genie, is some sort of demon using the energy from Janine's wishes to open a gateway from the spirit world into Earth.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' Mungo finds a cat genie in a bottle in the junk yard. The genie is a jerk and knowingly let Mungo (who is, let's say, mentally challenged) waste his wishes with wrong phrasing.
* ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'': During her second chance as a genie-in-training, Zeta plans to trick Shimmer and Shine into making a wish she can take advantage of to make herself more powerful.