->''"Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty bitty living space."''
-->-- ''Creator/{{Disney}}'s Disney/{{Aladdin}}''

A common ending to genie stories. This is what happens when a foolish master wishes for something sufficiently vague along the lines of "make me super-powerful" or "make me immortal". The genie responds by turning the wisher into a genie - with all the [[WeaksauceWeakness burdensome restrictions]] of having to obey whatever stupid person finds the lamp.

In some cases, the wisher just wants to be a genie. [[LiteralGenie This works too.]]

This wish may or may not involve FreeingTheGenie. Unless the first genie is a significant focus in the plot, we don't usually find out.

The BenevolentGenie will rarely do something like this. The JackassGenie loves this one, particularly if it grants him an escape clause.

As mentioned, this is almost always an ending to a genie story, so '''spoilers ahoy!'''

Compare PowerCopying, particularly the section on limitations.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has an interesting variation: Geass itself does this. C.C. was once a normal human and had a Geass power like the other characters we see throughout the series. It turns out that in the final stage of Geass, the user can steal the "code" of the one who granted their power and become immortal. [[spoiler: The reason people are granted Geass in the first place is to create this outcome. After all, WhoWantsToLiveForever This is the only way to kill someone with Code]].
** In the AlternateContinuity manga ''Suzaku of the Counterattack'', [[spoiler:Suzaku manifests his own Code as he botches Schneizel's attempt to claim C.C.'s.]]. In ''Nightmare of Nunnally'', [[spoiler:Lelouch gains C.C.'s as a result of their SharingABody, and after her death he takes up the name C.C. and begins WalkingTheEarth.]]
* In ''Anime/SelectorInfectedWixoss'' this is the result of [[spoiler: a selector having her wish granted and becoming an Eternal Girl. The truth is that the LRIG takes her place and lives out her wish while the selector becomes an LRIG and must fight Wixoss battles alongside a new selector in order to become human again]].

* Mr. Mxyzptlk is essentially a genie-like being from the fifth dimension (in one issue it was explained that Genies like Johnny Thunder's lightning bolt come from the same dimension as Mxyzptlk). In the ComicBook/EmperorJoker story arc, the Joker turns the tables on Mxy, taking 99% of his {{Reality Warp|er}}ing powers for himself.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/46620/II II]], [[spoiler: Eden Aspect's last act is to pretty much do this to Twilight.]]
* Twilight, as an alicorn, doesn't suffer very much of the genie curse when she deliberately does this to herself in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/236453/1/a-wish-for-the-ages/ A Wish for the Ages]] [[spoiler: to stop Rarity from having to continue a millennia-long time loop caused by the unavoidable distortion in every genie wish]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' oneshot ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9759619/1/ Gaz Dreams of Genie]]'' has this happen to [[AssholeVictim Gaz]] in the end [[spoiler: with her wish for the ability to grant wishes herself resulting in her and the genie Azie switching lives.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Aladdin [[BatmanGambit tricks Jafar into wishing to become a genie]]. Jafar only realizes the downside when it's too late.
-->'''Aladdin:''' [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor You want to be a genie? You got it...]] [[RestrainingBolt and everything that goes with it.]] [[CallBack PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS... Itty-bitty living space!]]

* One of the vignettes of ''Literature/AmericanGods'' (After a fashion): A beleaguered businessman sleeps with a cab driver who turns out to be a djinni, and awakens to find that the djinn has left and taken with him all the businessman's clothes, identification and money. The djinn left behind his own drivers license, clothing and keys to the cab and his apartment. After a brief consideration, the businessman sees this as an improvement over the miserable life he had been living. [[spoiler:He gets killed when [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridges start getting dropped]] on all the supernatural creatures.]]
* Used as the happy ending (!) in the short story "Time In A Bottle", by P. Andrew Miller, published way back in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine''. The genie in question is found by an aspiring scribe. His first wish was to visit a place no human had ever seen before. His second is to hear all the stories she knows, so he may record them. By the time she finally runs out of material, he is an old man, a successful anthology writer, and they are long-time friends. His final wish is to [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments join her in her bottle forever as another genie]]. She's glad to oblige.
* Another "happy ending" example, albeit a variation: ''Literature/WinniAllfours'' wants a pony more than anything. When her parents won't give her one, she eats all her vegetables to turn herself into a horse.
* This is the curse of the Lamp of Lakash in Creator/JackChalker's "[[Literature/RiverOfDancingGods Dancing Gods]]" series. People assume they can get three wishes, but in fact the lamp only grants two, and only the first is free; the second will replace the current genie with the wisher automatically (although the wish must still be fulfilled).
* ShelSilverstein's poem "Jimmy Jet" entails a boy watching TV and becoming a TV set.
* Creator/RoaldDahl also used this as a happy ending in the retelling of "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" that appears in ''Rhyme Stew''; when Aladdin realizes that he'd have the power to make worthy people happy, he decides he'd like to be a genie himself and takes the original genie's place. Every few decades or so, he grants a wish, usually to someone who needs artistic inspiration -- Mozart and Shakespeare are cited as examples -- and the narrator notes that ''the reader'' might just be the next person to find themselves with the lamp...
* ''The Art of Wishing'' by Lindsay Ribar is a ParanormalRomance story about a girl named Margo and her genie, Oliver. [[OurGeniesAreDifferent In this world]], you get free three wishes from a genie, but a fourth will turn you into a genie yourself. Margo is forced to do this at the end to save Oliver's life. The sequel, ''The Fourth Wish,'' depicts her trying to get used to her situation.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' features a genie. Mulder asks her how she got involved in all this, and she explains that her third wish was "great power and long life". She's more snarky than outright malicious because she knows it's her own fault she got stuck as a genie. Also, [[spoiler:inverted at the end of the same episode, when Mulder uses his own last wish to revert the genie back to her human state]].
* One hour-long episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' has a nebbish offered [[OurGeniesAreDifferent just one wish]] and [[ImagineSpot imagining what he would get]] if he asked for money, fame, or power. Realizing any of these would be a catastrophic failure for him, he eventually decides that he would rather be a genie himself: he doesn't like his old life, and he enjoys being nice to people. [[spoiler: He also gets to wear some sweet Middle Eastern clothes, speak in a cool authoritarian voice, and hang out with his dog. Since it's his wish, he decides he wants to be an old-school genie. The dog also gets a turban.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "I Dream of Phoebe" (Season 6 episode 15), the sisters came across a genie in a bottle. [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished Wishing the genie free would replace the genie with the one who wished her free,]] turning the wisher into a genie.
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'': In the episode, "The Tale of the Time Trap", Sardo, the store keeper who sold the box to the protagonist, accidentally frees the current genies of the lamp and becomes a genie himself when he wishes for a million more wishes (the same wish the other genie used when she became trapped in the box as well, and so must grant them to others).
* In ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', Jeannie's original orgin was that she was once a human until she was transformed by an evil djin who she refused to marry. This was given a RetCon after the first season to her being born a genie.

* In the techno song "The Djinni", the lead voice's wishes were wishing to live forever, love forever, and finally be the djinni.

* A particularly JackassGenie in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' exclaims "Aaah! Freedom at last! Now YOU spend the next 500 years in the bottle!" upon being freed, and promptly traps the person who freed him in his former prison. Including the player. HaveANiceDeath!

* ''IDreamOfAJeanieBottle'' uses this trope as the basic premise - two friends find an empty genie bottle, and when one of them--ironically named Jean--opens it, he becomes the bottle's new (female) genie. Jean is initially very resistant to the requirements of geniedom (since he is now more or less Neil's slave girl), which tends to get him in trouble with higher-ranking genies that enforce the rules. However, since he was an unrepentant ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' fanboy who wanted a slavish genie of his own it's all played for HypocriticalHumor
* In ''Held Within'' while playing with a strange gem Jenny teases her girlfriend Susie into making a wish. Susie doesn't like the idea of only having one wish, and since Jenny is so eager for wishes Susie mockingly wishes she were her personal [[http://www.sexyfantasycomics.com/?page_id=353 vagenie]]. Jenny starts changing [[http://www.sexyfantasycomics.com/?page_id=353 pretty quick]].

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Website/{{Akinator}}, a genie who loves to play "twenty questions" games, [[http://en.akinator.com/content/2/the-fabulous-story-of-akinator threatens]] that anyone who plays the game dishonestly will take his place in his lamp.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' featured a magical jewel-eyed skull that was bound to grant a wish to whoever found it. At the end of the episode, Grim found it and wished that both of them could be free of their curses, which the skull did by ''swapping'' their curses--Grim is now a wish-granting skull, and the jewel-eyed skull is now the Grim Reaper. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Who has to live with Billy and Mandy.]]
* There's one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' where Fat Cat tries to get his hands on a lamp with a genie in it, but Monterey Jack gets the lamp instead. The genie tricks him into wishing him free, which in this case results in them swapping places: the genie is freed (and gets Monterey Jack's outfit in the deal), while Monterey Jack ends up a genie. It's not long before Fat Cat gets the lamp back, and mayhem ensues: only a ResetButton {{Wishplosion}} (''"We wish none of this ever happened!"'') puts everything back to normal.
* A non-genie example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' with Freakshow, one of the few human villains. Freakshow finds a magic gauntlet and gains the power to [[RealityWarper warp reality]]. Danny exploits Freakshow's envy of ghosts and tricks him into using the gauntlet to become one. Predictably, Freakshow is promptly captured with the Fenton thermos.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', Timmy wishes Crocker to be a fairy to humiliate him in front of a packed auditorium. The audience tries to attack him, capture him, and bring him to scientists to be examined. He escapes and flies away. It seems to be an actually happy ending in the end for Crocker, as he realizes just how great it is to be a fairy, until the last second, when Timmy remembers to unwish the wish, causing Crocker to fall out of the stratosphere and into the Turners' trashcan.
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' episode "Power to the Parrot": This is subverted. Genie gave Iago his power for a day. However, by that point, he was already free, so Iago wasn't burdened by the lamp.