-> So she sat there and started crying about how messed up she was and how she had promised to stop using and now she was with me gettin high and how she wished that she was dead. And I thought "well..."
-->-- '''[[SerialKiller Joel]]''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGP6AWBN3Mw&feature=related Rifkin]]

-> '''Parson''': What's the lesson here? "Be careful what you wish for?" This isn't what I wished for!\\
'''Wanda''': Ha! You didn't wish for this world, Parson Gotti. [[SummonEverymanHero It wished]] [[CosmicPlaything for you.]]
-->-- ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}''

-> An elderly man was sitting alone on a dark path, right? He wasn't certain of which direction to go, and he'd forgotten both where he was traveling to and who he was. He'd sat down for a moment to rest his weary legs, and suddenly looked up to see an elderly woman before him. She grinned toothlessly and with a cackle, spoke: 'Now your *third* wish. What will it be?'

-> 'Third wish?' The man was baffled. 'How can it be a third wish if I haven't had a first and second wish?'

-> 'You've had two wishes already,' the hag said, 'but your second wish was for me to return everything to the way it was before you had made your first wish. That's why you remember nothing; because everything is the way it was before you made any wishes.' She cackled at the poor berk. 'So it is that you have one wish left.'

-> 'All right,' said the man, 'I don't believe this, but there's no harm in wishing. I wish to know who I am.'

-> 'Funny,' said the old woman as she granted his wish and disappeared forever. 'That was your first wish.'
-->-- '''Morte's Story, [[note]]as told in the Brothel of Slaking Intellectual Lusts''',[[/note]] ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''

->"All get what they want in the end. They do not always like it."
-->--'''Aslan''', ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew''

->''"You got what you wanted!''
->''But you lost what you had!"''
-->--'''[[CrowningMusicofAwesome Friends on the Other Side]]''', ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''

->''Be careful what you wish for, 'cause you just might get it; You just might get it; You just might ''get it'' (get it).''
-->--"When I Grow Up", '''The Music/PussycatDolls'''

->''Don't wish for elephants unless you own a zoo,\\
'Cause wishes have a way of coming true!''
-->--'''''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'''''

->''Careful what you wish''
->''Careful what you say''
->''Careful what you wish''
->''You may regret it''
->''Careful what you wish''
->''You just might get it''
-->--"King Nothing", '''Music/{{Metallica}}'''

->''"When the gods want to punish you, they answer your prayers.''"
-->--'''Karen Blixen''', ''Film/OutOfAfrica''
-->--A similar quote is commonly attributed to Creator/OscarWilde.

->Not so fast, Jafar, aren't you forgetting something? You wanted to be a genie, you got it, [[AndIMustScream and everything that goes with it!]] [[IronicEcho Phenomenal Cosmic Powers...itty-bitty living space.]]
-->-- '''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'''

->''You'd better watch out\\
Oh, what you wish for\\
It'd better be worth it\\
So much to die for''
-->-- "Celebrity Skin", Music/{{Hole}}

->- "I wish, more than anything, more than life..."
-->-- '''Everyone''' from ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', generally right before it goes FromBadToWorse

->- "Wishes come true, not free."
-->-- '''Everyone''' from ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', once they've learned their lessons

->''"There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'Thy will be done'."''
-->-- '''Creator/CSLewis''', ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce''

->"You wanted into the Fade?"
-->-- '''The Inquisitor''' to [[spoiler:Corypheus]], ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''

-> Isn't that what you wanted? [[ExactWords That's what you said, anyway]] . . . all that I did was grant you your wish, doctor.
-->-- '''Johan Liebert''', ''{{Anime/Monster}}'', [[note]]referring to Dr. Tenma wishing his superiors were dead.[[/note]]

->"Every wish that does not fit within the bounds of reason inevitably gives birth to some kind of distortion. It is an obvious conclusion that the outcome would be the worst. If you consider that a betrayal, then making wishes is a mistake to begin with."
-->--[[spoiler:'''Kyubey''']], ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''

->I wanted all the attention, and instead it was going to you! I even started hoping that you would do something silly, so your modeling career would be over, but ''then'', when it started ''happening'', all I could think was, how could I want you to fail at something you love so much?
-->-- '''Rarity''', to Fluttershy, from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

->You finally have everything you ever wanted. Call me when you get over it.
-->-- '''Stacy Hirano''', ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted"

-> "I just wanted to warn you about it. It only has a few wishes available per person, and ..."

-> "Let me guess: 'Be careful what you wish for because it might not be what you expect?'" Bob had a distinct feeling he was being played, and that he knew all the lines to boot.

-> "Oh good, you understand. I was just afraid you were like most mor--locals and didn't know about such things. You wouldn't believe how big of a mess they can get themselves into when they don't understand the rules."
-->-- ''Case Study: How Not To Wish'', a few pages before Bob inadvertently [[BodyHorror merges himself with a girl's vagina]]

->''"Take your time with the third [wish]. Or you will wish that you'd never been born."''
-->--'''Jafar,''' to Abis Mal, ''[[{{Disney/Aladdin}} The Return of Jafar]]''

->''"Sometimes the most sadistic thing the DM can do to is to let the players have their own way."''
-->--''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings''

->"The mortals never understand. They only see the prize. They never think that the price of getting what you want is having what you once wanted."
-->--'''Morpheus''', ''ComicBook/TheSandman''

->"You see, Jake, there's rules to this stuff, wishing an event to be changes elements before ''and'' after it. [[RetGone Memories will be destroyed, babies will not be born,]] '''''potential worlds could be evaporated by your wish!'''''"
-->--'''Prismo''', ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''

-> "[[MegatonPunch Go die in NEW JERSEY!]]"
-->--'''Karl''', ''WebOriginal/LawOfTalos''

->'''Roger:''' My mother always said, "Be careful what you wish for, because you'll get it. And then people get jealous, and try and take it away from you."
->'''Don:''' I don't think that's how that goes...
-->-- ''Series/MadMen''

-> ''Come in through the gold gates or not at all.''
-> ''Take of my fruit for others, or forbear.''
-> ''For those who steal, or those who climb the wall''
-> ''Shall find their heart's desire and find despair.''
-->-- ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew''

->"[[AmbitionIsEvil We are evil, according to your morality]]. We have chosen not to harm you any longer. We are useless, according to your economics. We have chosen not to exploit you any longer. We are dangerous and to be shackled, according to your politics. We have chosen not to endanger you, nor to wear the shackles any longer. We are only an illusion, according to your philosophy. We have chosen not to blind you any longer and have left you free to face reality -- [[RealityEnsues the reality you wanted]], the world as you see it now, a world without mind. We have granted you everything you demanded of us."
-->-- '''John Galt,''' ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''

->''When all of your wishes are granted / many of your dreams will be destroyed''
-->--"The Man That You Fear", '''Music/MarilynManson'''

-> "She's like the creepy stalker I always thought I wanted- until I ''got'' one!"
-->-- '''Cody''', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama[=: World Tour=]''

->''"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."''
-->-- '''Creator/HLMencken'''

->'''Tumblr user:''' So when is [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]] going to turn you lose on [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Dr. Strange]] and the magical end of the MU? I'd love to see you take a shot at Defenders or even a Strange solo.
->'''Creator/KieronGillen:''' When friends and I are making jokes on twitter about a [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks 90s-style]] [[DarkerAndEdgier reboot]] of Strange involving him wielding a [[{{BFG}} cannon]] called DOCTOR STRANGE: SORCERER EXTREME, it’s probably the wrong day for this question.

-> ''After Pulverizer has mutated into Mutagen Man, against the Turtles' wishes''
-> '''Splnter''': Do you think Timothy is happy with his new state of being?
-> '''Leonardo''': Seems that way. He wanted to be a mutant and he got his wish.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''

->Your typical [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] protagonist is the scholar who seeks to touch the face of God...and having succeeded, becomes desperate to forget the existence of his own hands.
-->-- Zack Hanlon

->“You and the other members of SEELE wanted to shed your bodies and become one with a new god… well, no one ever said that God would be nice or particularly like you and your cronies for your involvement in its birth. I hope you prepared for the eventuality of [[FateWorseThanDeath an eternity being horrifically tortured by your worst nightmares]].”
-->--'''[[spoiler:[[{{EldritchAbomination}} Black Pharaoh]]]]''' to '''[[spoiler:[[TheManBehindTheMan Keel Lorenz]]]]''', ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', ''chapter 20''

->'''Shinji''':''“Forgive him?! [...] He threw me away for over ten years like I was garbage! He only brought me back because I was ‘useful to him’! He made me fight or he’d have forced Rei to when she could barely get out of a hospital bed! He made me nearly kill my friend! He forced Asuka into a fight when she could barely synch as bait! And when she was being violated by the 15th Angel, he wouldn’t let me save her! He made me sit there and listen while she screamed! [...] He can go to Hell!”''\\
'''Daniel''':''“Be careful what you wish for around here, Shinji. If that’s what you want, I can make it happen. I maintain and operate my own Hell, for those truly unworthy or unwilling to seek penance and redemption. And I know of even worse places than that.”''
-->--''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'', ''chapter 22''

->"[[Creator/TommyWiseau Tommy]] predicted his romantic drama would conquer the world. And in a way... [[SoBadItsGood it did]]."
-->--Greg Sestero, ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh9lC7IBJvI Book trailer]]

->''"It offers you what you want, not what you need."''
-->--TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering quote for the [[ArtifactOfDoom Mirari]]

->''"We wanted to live forever. So the Doctor made sure that we did."''
-->-- '''Son of Mine''', ''Series/DoctorWho''

-> The sage cries out.
->“Open, Gates of heaven. Bless us and bestow miracles upon us!”
->The sage cries out in regret.
->“Close, Gates of heaven. Save us from all our sins and evil!”
->The curtain closes.
->The millennium comes to a standstill.
->Our dreams, our hope... was a forbidden “failure” from the start.
->The stars fall out of the sky.
->Space closes up into nothingness.
->The pathway to the center is shrouded along with our sins.
-->-- Ending poem of VisualNovel/FateStayNight, describing the magus' quest for the Root.

->So, the knowledge I wished for is mine at last, as is the immortality. This is what I should have learned even before I became a magus. The experience I have denied myself, I am now forced to endure for eternity: [[PhantomZonePicture I am everyone's reflection]], [[WhoWantsToLiveForever doomed to live a hundred thousand lives and more]] - [[AndIMustScream a hundred thousand miseries]] - doomed to learn and never to know.
->"Oh yes," says the demon in my head again. "You will wish you could step out of the mirror; [[DrivenToSuicide you may even beg for death's]] [[MercyKill compassionate release]] - [[JackassGenie but I grant no wishes this side of the glass]]."
-->--''[[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Mage: The Sorcerer's Crusade]] Companion''

->'''Ritsuko:''' However she sees it is not really relevant. I do find it ironic that you were so concerned for her having some time off and now it bothers you that after next week she won't be required to pilot again. In essence, you have gotten just what you set out to get.\\
'''Misato:''' Be careful what you wish for, right?
-->-- ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide''

->[[VampireVannabe You look like a vampire, you dress like a vampire, you act like a vampire, you immerse yourself in vampire chic]]. And now I've introduced you to a vampire - a real, dead vampire. Don't you want to be a vampire, just like me? Oh sure, there are "real" vampires, honey - or at least, the kind you'd ''call'' real, the kind you ape in your condescending pretentiousness: [[WickedCultured art-fag]] [[TheBeautifulElite Toreador]], [[VampiresAreRich too-rich-for-your-blood]] [[VampireMonarch Ventrue]], ''[[Film/TheLostBoys Lost Boys]]''- wannabe [[ProudWarriorRace Brujah]] - the beautiful people. But they don't want you. They've got more important people to suck. Nope, you're getting a [[PunishedWithUgly one-way ticket to hell]] courtesy of [[TheGrotesque Clan]] [[LooksLikeOrlok Nosferatu]].
-->--''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade - Clanbook: Nosferatu''

->'''Wonka:''' Charlie, don't forget about the guy who got everything he wanted.
->'''Charlie:''' What happened to him?
->'''Wonka:''' Well, he lived happily ever after!
-->--''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''

->'''Bystander:''' Good luck! We miss Superman, but we're glad you're taking over for him!\\
'''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:''' ... I never thought it would turn out this way... All the time I was Superman's secret emergency-weapon, I eagerly looked forward to the day when I could operate openly! Now that it's finally happened, I -- I feel no happiness at the "glory" that's now... mine...
-->-- ''Franchise/{{Superman}} vol. 1 #149: The Death of Superman!''

->''"Now I need to reconstruct my life. My life without [[GuardianEntity Aiden]]. For as long as I can remember, I dreamt of living without him. Untied... without his constant presence by my side. I got what I wanted. I've never been so unhappy in my life. I feel like... a part of me has been amputated. I'm crying all day. I know it's stupid. Shit... I miss him so much."''
-->--'''Jodie Holmes''', ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls''

->''"I got everything I ever wanted... and it stinks."''
-->--'''Scamp''', ''Disney/LadyAndTheTrampIIScampsAdventure''

->So you see, [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]]... Sometimes, when we get the things we think we want most... they turn out to be a curse rather than a blessing!
-->-- '''Superman''', ''Franchise/{{Superman}} Vol 1 #282''

-> ''There was an old proverb his grandfather had taught him when he'd been a boy: ''Take care what you wish for, Tenn- you might get it.'' Now he understood exactly what that meant. He had wanted to fire the big gun, and he had gotten to do just that. The only man in the galaxy who had shot it for real, at [[EarthShatteringKaboom real targets]], and look what it had brought him: [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone misery beyond his ugliest dreams]].''
-->-- '''Tenn Graneet''', ''Literature/DeathStar''

->'''Julius Caesar:''' ''[re: a brown-nosing minstrel]'' Brutus, why does this man follow such a profession?\\
'''Brutus:''' For money, Caesar. He tells me he wants to die rich.\\
'''Julius Caesar:''' And so he shall. Give him this sack of gold and then strangle him.
-->-- ''Radio/TheGoonShow'', "The Histories of Pliny the Elder"

->'''Ophelia:''' I gave everyone what they wanted. What's wrong with that?\\
'''Daisy:''' Because sometimes what people ''want'' isn't what they ''need''.
-->-- ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''

->''There are two main types of MMO. In Player vs. Environment (PVE), everyone's in it together fighting the monsters, and in Player vs. Player (PVP), you can kill each other...because everyone thinks they're going to be Franchise/MadMax instead of the guy who tries to catch the razor boomerang.''

->''Angwe taught them the error of their ways. He was like dropping Libertarians into Somalia: the embodiment of everything they claimed to want, and it was killing them. He camped a bottlenecked route to Menethil Harbor, the only path to a couple of mid-level Alliance destinations, and murdered every single person who passed every single time they tried.''

->''There was more online rage against Angwe than against everyone else [[GodwinsLaw who's ever been compared to Hitler combined]]. There is no body part he hasn't been accused of sucking, eating, being or enjoying his mother's. He received death threats, but VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft death threats are less worrying than fireballs, which can at least pretend to hurt something. Angwe even had an Alliance account so he could listen to his victims, and in an act of combat dickery worthy of the U.S. Army Psychological Ops division [[HiddenInPlainSight it was called "Angwespy."]]''

->''He was the incarnation of Player vs. Player. People asked if he ever worked. Some wondered if he even ''slept''. They wrote entire [=FAQs=] on how to get past him involving teleportation stones, clone characters and leaping from the boat and swimming along the shore instead of going through the port. Players regularly went through more hassle to get past Angwe than real people did to get into America. He was less a dick than a force of nature, a landscape-altering dick deforming the entire world like Zeus or Odin. Beating him was an achievement back before that was a thing.''
-->-- Luke [=McKinney=], Website/{{Cracked}}, "The 7 Most Elaborate Dick Moves in Online Gaming History"

->What happens when a [[{{Delinquents}} local teen miscreant]] starts getting straight A's and joins the swim team, all because his parents wished it - and as a result, he's [[EmptyShell some kind of automaton]]? Or when an overweight woman wishes she could lose weight, and wakes up at [[NothingButSkinAndBones a dangerously low 90 pounds]] and goes into insulin shock? Or anybody who goes into the local library finds their voices stolen, because the librarian wished that everybody would just ''be quiet?'' [[FountainOfYouth Old people become young again]], but are still afflicted with things like arthritis, cancer or Alzheimer's. Or [[WeatherDissonance a blizzard strikes in June, or it becomes a blistering 100 degrees]] because someone wished for a change of seasons.
-->--"The Swimming Hole," ''[[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness Mysterious Places]]''

->''"Well, it's everything you've ever wanted; [[ImmortalitySeeker eternal life as part of the one]]. [[AndIMustScream You're not going]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever to like it]]."''
-->-- '''Doctor Strange''' to [[spoiler:Kaecilius]], ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''

->''Be careful how you wish, for wishes can come true''
->''Be sure that every wish you make is one that's right for you''
->''So many people find their happiness in dreaming''
->''But dreams can fool you, and they very often do''
->''Be careful how you wish, remember when you start''
->''To only wish for things you really want with all your heart''
->''And don't go chasing every rainbow in the blue''
->''What more is there to wish than to know that the one that you love loves you''
-->-- "Be Careful How You Wish", ''Film/TheIncredibleMrLimpet''
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