'''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 JackassGenie 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''': LiteralGenie
* '''Justified''':
** Bob has used sorcery to enslave the Genie, who is understandably pissed.
** The Genie can [[TheOmnipotent grant any wish.]] Screwing people over keeps them from abusing it.
** Being [[FridgeHorror stuck in a lamp for thousands of years]] [[AndIMustScream can crush even the strongest of souls.]] [[FridgeBrilliance Of course he isn't going to be right in the head when he finally escapes.]]
* '''Inverted''': BenevolentGenie.
* '''Subverted''':
** Bob makes a wish inaudible to the audience. The Genie does something horrific to him, while he looks horrified and begs and pleads. It turns out [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee this was what he had wished for,]] and it is later revealed to have gone AllAccordingToPlan.
** The magic turns out to have a mind of it's own. It, not the Genie, is the {{Jerkass}}
** The Genie is actually a BenevolentGenie. He messed up the wish to teach Bob [[AnAesop a moral lesson.]]
* '''Double Subverted''': Bob makes an unheard wish. There is a HitFlash, and Bob is shown injured. Bob coughs, and thanks the genie - now he can use his WoundedGazelleGambit. 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.
** Bob gets frustrated with the genie's efforts:
--> '''Bob''': Is- is that seriously what you're doing? [[BeCarefulWhatYouwishFor Just kill me now!]]
--> '''[[AxCrazy Genie]]''': ''[[SlasherSmile *Grins sadistically*]]''
--> '''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 [[BlueAndOrangeMorality the genie follows an alien moral code.]]
* '''Averted''': No genies appear in the work.
* '''Enforced''': The writer wants AnAesop about BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor, or has already established that MagicIsEvil.
* '''Lampshaded''': "Genies these days... never helpful and [[BenevolentGenie benevolent]], are they?"
* '''Invoked''': The good genie is stolen by the BigBad. While it shivers in horror at what it will be forced to do, TheHero suggests that it (ab)use multiple interpretations of the BigBad's wishes to screw him over. It does.
* '''Exploited''': The summoner [[OutGambitted outsmarts]] the genie by using the genie's jerkassery in clever ways to defeat a foe or screw somebody else over.
* '''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?"
** [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents Bob calls a lawyer to cover all possible loopholes from his wishes]].
* '''Discussed''': "Why don't we rub the lamp and use the genie as a ResetButton?" "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 ArtifactOfDoom sought only by the evil and reckless or [[EvilIsNotAToy arrogant]].
* '''Reconstructed''':
** The genie is redeemed through the PowerOfFriendship by a kind master, and refuses to kill or seriously harm them, [[TheTrickster but still enjoys griefing them.]]
** The reason why the genie is such a Jerkass is because ALL of those that have managed to get his lamp were even bigger bastards motivated by greed and power-lust. All this centuries, he has just been [[LaserGuidedKarma delivering karmic justice]] upon them [[PayEvilUntoEvil for all their past and future crimes]].
* '''Played For Laughs''': The genie's shenanigans turn Bob into TheChewToy.
** The Genie is a [[HeroicComedicSociopath 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 JackassGenie tendencies, and could make things far worse.
I wish to go back to [[JackassGenie Arson, Murder and Jaywalking]]. Wait, it isn't going to Arson, Murder and Jaywalking!
%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???