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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:
    • Bob has used sorcery to enslave the Genie, who is understandably pissed.
    • The Genie can grant any wish. Screwing people over keeps them from abusing it.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: ???
  • Defied:
    • The summoner ensures to restrain the genie's power so that it can't do anything outside the spirit of the wish.
    • "Okay, here's the deal. You don't screw me over, and my third wish will be for your freedom, Okay?"
  • 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.
  • 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!

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