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 (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.
This series provides examples of:
- Author Appeal: Obviously, but even more so than in the creator's other Web Comic.
- Bare Your Midriff: goes in hand with:
- Bedlah Babe: Jean's new look after geniefication. In pink too.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Inherent in the premise.
- Becoming the Genie: The core premise
- Bigger on the Inside: Jean's apartment.
- 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 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.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Genie costumes are color coordinated with their bottles. When Jean trades bottles with Aracelli their costumes swap colors as well.
- 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 wish to "do" Neal. She turned a nerd into a girl and later chose not to turn him back due to more concern over her own problems and possibly even spite. While her reason for turning a ship captain into a woman was understandable, her Disproportionate Retribution against a friend of the captain 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.
- Distracted by the Sexy / Raging Stiffie: Neil cannot control himself when Jean presses herself against him or if she is wearing revealing outfits / bikinis.
- 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 turn herself into something other than a genie'.
- Well, it only makes sense that the one thing she can't wish away is the very power that allows her to grant wishes in the first place.
- First Law of Gender-Bending: No woman has been transformed into a man so far in the comic's run
- 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's not locked that way forever. It is overall the main genre of the comic.
- Genie in a Bottle
- Hypocritical Humor: Jean, an (implied) 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
- Jerkass: Lord Guano and Jean are both not very nice to each other, or to Neil. The former mistakes Neil for Jean and unjustly punishes him in her stead, while the latter blames Neil for everything that goes wrong and is more concerned about what will happen to herself if Lord Guano finds out he made a mistake than restoring her supposed best friend to normal.
- Neil has called Jean out on it though, and literally ordered her with a list of demands to try and set things right. Whether she actually does or not is another matter though, but this is the first time since the comic began that Neil has really stood up to Jean.
- Neil himself is no saint, either. The second time Jean transforms him was because he made a tasteless "period" joke. You don't say things like to a woman, especially one that was a man. He has also said some other pretty ignorant comments. Really, sometimes Neil asks for it.
- There's also a good deal of Hypocritical Humor inherent in Jeanie's Irony Blindness, since all Neil is doing is living out Jean's own Genie Master fantasies.
- 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.
- 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.
- Morphic Resonance: Jeannie cannot alter her appearance (other than her apparent age) and always wears at least one item of genie apparel, usually her hat.
- 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.
- Never My Fault: When it becomes clear he's just ballsed 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, which Jean fears because that's exactly what Jean would have done had their situations been reversed.
- 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: Neil will invariably end up turned into a girl and transported to a strip club for annoying Jean in some way.
- Ship Tease: Neil and Jean, from an early strip, and after that, as the page quote shows. Expect it to intensify as time goes on, if the series keeps 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
- Crosses into Morphic Resonance territory 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 "she" doesn't have proper identification