Webcomic / I Dream of a Jeanie Bottle

Belle: I've seen how you look at Neil.
Jean: What do you mean?!...I DO NOT LOOK AT NEIL IN ANY WAY!

I Dream of a Jeanie Bottle is a comic series by CD Rudd (also the author of SailorSun.org), in which two male friends come across an empty genie bottle. One of them (Jean, an unabashed I Dream of Jeannie fanboy) opens it and is transformed into the bottle's new occupant while the other friend, Neil, becomes her master. As can be expected, Hilarity Ensues.

Because the comic is somewhat based on the iconic television series, expect many of the same situations to apply. The series also tends to cross over with other classic television shows, like Bewitched and The Dukes of Hazzard.


I Dream of a Jeanie Bottle provides examples of:

  • Acrophobic Bird: Jeanie is afraid of going into her bottle, because of how it has been used to trap her. Hilarity Ensues when her aversion to her bottle causes her to become sleep-deprived (she automatically returns to her bottle when she falls asleep).
  • All Men Are Perverts: Played with. Neil has so far been an aversion, but Jean seems to wholeheartedly believe (or more to the point, fear) that this is true.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: As Jeanie, Jean is very attractive. But so far Neil has manfully resisted most temptation. The female form that Jean frequently imparts upon him, Natalie, is also quite gorgeous.
  • Author Appeal: Obviously, but even more so than in the creator's other Web Comic.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Goes hand in hand with:
  • Bedlah Babe: Jean's new look after being turned into a genie. In pink, no less.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Inherent in the premise. Jean is a I Dream of Jeannie fanboy with genie fantasies. The beginning of the comic sees these fantasies come true... with himself (Or herself) as the genie and his friend as the genie master.
  • Becoming the Genie: The core premise of the webcomic.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Eva Brown was a genie. [[spoiler: Oh, and Sidney Sheldon got the idea for I Dream of Jeannie from his personal experience with a genie.)
  • Bigger on the Inside: Jean's apartment, and her bottle.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Lord Guano's view on what constitutes proper behavior for Genies does not conform with normally accepted concepts of good and bad, and is instead centered entirely on being properly submissive and fulfilling your master's wishes. He never punishes Jean for any of the Jerk Ass things she does; only for acting for her own benefit instead of her master's.
  • Butt Monkey: Neil.
  • The Cameo: Grace shows up in one strip.
    • Murry and Lewy show up at the hot dog vendor.
  • Cast From Life Span: A genie's magic is this to an extent: they can die if they overuse their powers on a broad (read: "global") scale for too long, presumably at the behest of their master. It is heavily implied that the last known genie to suffer this fate was Eva Braun.
    • Though it later turns out that she wasn't. She interfered with the outcome of WW2 in spite of a decree that no genie was to do so, and was stripped of her power and immortality as a result.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Jeanie to Neil. She can't help it, it's build into the Master/Genie relationship. That doesn't mean she has to like it, prompting her response to Belle in the page quote.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Neil has two genies fighting over him, probably because he's a nice guy who does not try to take advantage of them as Jeanie fears and Aracelli has probably experienced.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Genie costumes are color coordinated with their bottles. When Jean trades bottles with Araceli, their costumes swap colors as well. When Boss Hogg gets control of Jeanie's bottle her costume turns white to match his iconic white suit.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Jean has little regard for the consequences of her actions unless they come to harm herself. Had their situations been reversed with Neal becoming the female genie, Jean would have been only too happy to use his wishes to "do" Neal. She turned a nerd into a girl and didn't bother to turn him back due to her obsession with her own problems and possibly even spite (it certainly looked like spite to him). While her reason for turning a fishing boat captain into a woman was understandable, her Disproportionate Retribution against another member of the crew was less so. She regularly abuses people, especially Neal, for her own needs without any respect at all for theirs. This trait of hers is usually Played for Laughs.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Jeannie is mortified when Belle reveals that Neil, whom Jeannie had disguised as the male Jean, is a much better lover than Jean ever was (probably because Neil's a lot less selfish.) Her solution? Sleep with Neil herself to find out what makes him so good in bed. Of course, she was very sleep-deprived at the time.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Jeanie challenging Samantha to a genie duel. The look on her face when Neil calls her out on it says it all.
    Neil: You do realize that she's been a genie a lot longer than you've been? And actually knows what's involved in a genie duel.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • Neil cannot control himself when Jean presses herself against him or if she is wearing revealing outfits / bikinis.
    • Inverted between Natalie (Neil) and Rodge. Neil discovers, to his displeasure, that Rodge pays a lot more attention to Natalie and actually retains the engineering concepts "Natalie" teaches him, forcing Neil to "play Natalie" in order to teach Rodge stuff he hasn't been able to teach him as Neil.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Minor case — Jeanie's costume was slightly more like Jeannie's earlier on (she later lost the veil), and for the first few strips, the apparent rule about Jeanie always wearing at least one article of genie apparel didn't exist.
  • Exact Words: during the Hazzard County Arc. Boss Hogg wished "Make sure the Duke Boys and the General Lee won't bother me anymore." The wish turned the Duke boys into Duke girls and made the General Lee disappear. Apparently the magic decided and not Jeanie because she didn't know the General Lee is a car.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: As with all comics of this type, Jean will likely never be changed back no matter what she does. Made blatantly obvious by the fact that her powers are best summed up as "can do almost anything except transform her body back to being male", and the sitcom-inspired environment means Status Quo Is God
  • First Law of Gender-Bending: No woman who wasn't a man to begin with has been transformed into a man so far in the comic's run. Also, Jeanie cannot change her gender (although she can change her appearance)- it's too fundamental to her genie identity.
  • Follow the Leader: Jean quite often turns her best friend into a woman instead of actually doing something good with her powers. Just where have we seen this before?
  • Gender Bender: Jean, of course, as well as several of her victims. Also Neil sometimes, but unlike Jean, he never gets stuck as "Natalie" permanently. It is the main theme of the comic.
  • Genie in a Bottle
  • Hypocritical Humor: Jean is a prime offender in this category:
    • Jean, a male chauvinist turned into the genie of his own fantasies gets upset when Neal acts like... a male chauvinist with a genie fantasy.
    • Jean constantly uses (and abuses) genie powers while constantly complaining about being a genie.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: inverted by Rodge. "Natalie" finally reveals she's a gender bent Neil and is shocked to discover that Rodge doesn't much care because he's primarily after her for her body anyway, making it a case of "It's Okay If It's You".
  • Jerkass:
  • Jerkass Genie: Jean, on more than one occasion, usually due to Comedic Sociopathy or in response to some slight, real or imagined. Once it was a clear-cut case of self-defense.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jean, though given his situation it's understandable that he's not taking it well. Jean may be a borderline sociopath, but he does try to do nice things sometimes, like when he/she brought breakfast to Neil once and helped Neil turn into a man again.
  • Karma Houdini: Due to the generally high level of Sitcom inspired Comedic Sociopathy many of the Wacky Hijinx are driven by the actions of cheerfully idiotic side characters who are never called to account for their actions.
    • Jean has transformed a lot of people, some of them permanently, and never gets called to account for it.
    • Rudd also plays with this trope as Jean's initial transformation is portrayed as an Laser-Guided Karma for his own genie master fantasies, but Jean's later punishments from Lord Guano are never for actions that the audience would find objectionable.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Jean fantasized about having his own Genie. He finds the whole idea much less attractive from the other side of the coin. So far Comedic Sociopathy has prevented Jean from acknowledging the irony.
    • The reason Jean transforms to look like Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie is because he's a fanboy of that series and that's how he expected genies to look.
    • Jeanie's pride and refusal to accept her situation also gets her in trouble. In the I Dream of a Nerd arc, when she's in Genie Training with the former Genie Lord Kazom, she ends up losing her body because she meddled with free will. After she manages to get her body back, Kazom points out that she needs more training, as she doesn't know anything about being a genie and if not trained, will continue making newbie mistakes. Jeanie, however, persuades him to let her go to annoy Lord Guano. Jeanie returns home and immediately makes the newbie mistake of giving Araceli her bottle, which made them switch bottles. Araceli became Neil's genie and Jean was trapped in Araceli's bottle- at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea.
  • Loophole Abuse: Push comes to shove, Jeanie has to obey or fulfill her master's wishes. That doesn't mean she doesn't put her own spin on things (like getting rid of the Duke Boys by changing them into girls) either as a Literal Genie or a Jerkass Genie depending upon what Rule of Funny demands. For example, when the fishing boat captain wishes for Jeanie to "Make a dutiful wife", Jeanie uses Exact Words to justify turning him into a dutiful wife.
  • Lord Error-Prone: Lord Guano. "Obtuse" just doesn't cover it.
  • Literal Genie: As Rule of Funny demands.
  • Magical Girlfriend: More accurately, 'Magical Best Friend', at least for now.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Jean engages in a G-Rated cosplay version. More than once. And sometimes it's not entirely G-rated.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Jeanie, as a result of the internal battle between Jean's desire to return to manhood and Jeanie's Clingy Jealous Girl genie tendencies, the ultimate example being her sleep-deprived attempt to sleep with Neil to learn why Belle thinks he's so good in bed—strictly for research purposes, of course.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body:
    • Despite her insistence that she is not really Neil's genie, Jean shows some decidedly possessive Tsundere-ish behavior towards him.
    • Jeannie's reaction when she finds out that Belle thinks the disguised Neil is a much better lover than Jean was is to try and seduce Neil herself to learn what makes him so good. Clearly she didn't think through all of the implications of that plan.
  • Morphic Resonance: Jeannie can alter her appearance, but her gender is too integral to her genie identity and she can't change it. She also always wears at least one item of genie apparel, usually her hat, which, after Jeanie becomes Boss Hogg's genie, remains white even after Neal retrieves her bottle (although this rule didn't apply in the early comics).
  • Mundane Utility: Jean uses genie powers for everything to the point where one wonders how he'd go back to getting along without them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Jean, and apparently it's mandatory, as his I Dream of Jeannie obsession set the parameters when he obtained the bottle.
    Kazom: Oh, you're one of those genies.
  • Never My Fault: When it becomes clear he's just bollocksed something up, Lord Guano doesn't hesitate to accuse other people.
  • Nice Guy: Neal. He may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but he's shown no indication so far that he's even considered abusing the Power Perversion Potential inherent in being Jean's master. Jean fears this because it's exactly what Jean would have done had their situations been reversed.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Jeanie and Aracelli are constantly at loggerheads over Neil, Jeanie because she's possessive and he's a "safe" master and Aracelli because she actually loves him.. and he's a "safe" master. If they actually sat down and talked it over they could probably work out their differences in about five minutes. Especially since Aracelli's current master, Rodge's niece Caley, is a little girl and likely the safest master of all.
    • During the Bewitched crossover arc, most of the conflict comes from Samantha thinking that Jeanie is a witch Endora sent to watch her and Jeanie thinking that Samantha is a genie sent by Lord Guano. When Neil and Darrin do communicate, they solve the plot fairly quickly.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Implicit in the premise, but acknowledged only to the extent that Jean fears Neal will succumb to it.
  • Punny Name: The names of the characters correspond to the original TV show: Jean for Jeannie, Neil for Major Nelson, Belle Lows for Dr. Bellows, and an old woman is also named Ms. Eden.
  • Running Gag: A couple of genderbending gags, with Neil on the receiving end of both:
    • Neil will invariably end up turned into a girl and transported to a strip club for annoying Jean in some way.
    • The strip club has taken a back seat in recent years, after Jean transformed Neil into "Natalie" to take her place on a date with Rodge. Ever since, her go-to punishment for Neil has been to turn him into Natalie and try to hook her up with Rodge.
  • Ship Tease: Neil and Jean, from an early strip, and after that, as the page quote shows. This intensifies as time goes on, as the series continues paralleling its namesake.
  • Shopping Montage: Belle takes Jean on one of these.
  • Third Law of Gender Bending: The harem outfit comes with Jean's duties, but early in the series, she spent a whole comic using her powers to experiment with female clothing (including a Sailor Moon-esque magical girl, Rogue and Kim Possible's cheerleader outfit) in a "G-rated" Man, I Feel Like a Woman montage. This ended up being largely unsuccessful, because every form Jean tries to assume (even her former male appearance) tends to come out "genie-fied" (Bare Your Midriff is apparently mandatory) and always includes at least one item of her genie apparel, usually the hat.
  • Transformation Comic
  • Tsundere: Jean is definitely a Type A, as befits the comic's anime influence. She's remarkably possessive of Neil even as she's constantly complaining about her situation, though this might just be a mandatory aspect of the master/genie relationship. Belle calls her on it as seen in the page quote.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: Averted. Neil in girl form gets arrested as a suspicious person because "Natalie" doesn't have proper identification.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: The writer, CD Rudd, is a less-than-perfect grammarian. Fortunately, he took on an editor some years ago, and the comic's grammar been stellar ever since.

Alternative Title(s): I Dream Of A Jeanie Bottle

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