Playing With / Jackass Genie

Basic Trope: Wish-granting entity deliberately interprets your wishes to your detriment.
  • Straight: Bob wishes to be attractive. He attracts knives.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob specifically wishes to be attractive to human females of appropriate age for him, and closes a number of other loopholes. The Jackass Genie makes him look absolutely repulsive, and makes all the human females of appropriate age become attracted to that sort of appearance.
    • Or just grants the wish normally...and then sets him on fire (Hey, he didn't wish that he wouldn't be set on fire!).
  • Downplayed: Literal Genie.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Benevolent Genie.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • Bob makes an unheard wish. There is a Hit Flash, and Bob is shown injured. Bob coughs, and thanks the genie - now he can use his Wounded Gazelle Gambit. Then the genie smirks, and says that Bob didn't necessarily wish to only be hit once...
    • The is because Bob wished for the genie not to screw him over, so the malice was transferred to the magic itself.
    • The “lesson” being that life is unfair and one should just sit down and take whatever misfortunes are thrown at him, because genies are far superior to humans.
  • Parodied:
    • The genie does everything he can to piss off his master by playing with his wishes' loopholes, but the master does not care and actually likes how his wishes have been twisted.
    • Bob gets frustrated with the genie's efforts:
    Bob: Is- is that seriously what you're doing? Just kill me now!
    Bob: ...No. Do not do that. Please.
    Genie: Killjoy.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • It first appears that the wish has been granted literally, but then it turns out that it was not granted at all... but wait, not being noticed was the intention of the original wisher.
    • We don't know whether the genie is benevolent or malevolent. It is then revealed that the genie follows an alien moral code.
  • Averted: No genies appear in the work.
  • Enforced: The writer wants An Aesop about Be Careful What You Wish For, or has already established that Magic Is Evil.
  • Lampshaded: "Genies these days... never helpful and benevolent, are they?"
  • Invoked: The good genie is stolen by the Big Bad. While it shivers in horror at what it will be forced to do, The Hero suggests that it (ab)use multiple interpretations of the Big Bad's wishes to screw him over. It does.
  • Exploited: The summoner outsmarts the genie by using the genie's jerkassery in clever ways to defeat a foe or screw somebody else over.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "Why don't we rub the lamp and use the genie as a Reset Button?" "Dude, he'd probably reset us to the beginning of the universe or something".
  • Conversed: "Why is it that these movies always have the same plot?" "The genies must be jerks or something".
  • Deconstructed: Every wish granted by the genie becomes fatal, and its lamp becomes an Artifact of Doom sought only by the evil and reckless or arrogant.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs:
    • The genie's shenanigans turn Bob into The Chew Toy.
    • The Genie is a psychotic friend of the heroes, and they have to constantly reign in it's manic desires.
  • Played For Drama: A great catastrophe has just happened. The genie tempts Bob to make a wish to restore everything, and Bob is very tempted, but he also knows this genie has Jackass Genie tendencies, and could make things far worse.

I wish to go back to Arson, Murder and Jaywalking. Wait, it isn't going to Arson, Murder and Jaywalking!