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* In an episode of ''WebOriginal/TheCompletionist'' about the Pepsiman game, the beginning of the episode shows Jirard, Alex and Frasier sitting on a couch, complaining about how they're hot and could really go for some cool, refreshing soda. [[RunningGag Eventually]], Pepsiman shows up and gives them Pepsi! But Frasier notes that it's warm and asks for a cold one instead, prompting Pepsiman to give him a can that was stored in his crotch. Frasier complains loudly...and is transformed into Pepsi. [[CrossesTheLineTwice That Alex proceeds to drink.]]


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* Jason Robert Brown's ''Theatre/SongsForANewWorld'' features this trope in song form. One of the melodies in the cycle, "Stars and the Moon," is a singer reflecting on their life. The singer reminisces about meeting two men who offered them immaterial things, like hope, truth, adventure, passion, and "stars and the moon" themselves. The singer turned both down, as they wished for a life of luxury and expensive things instead. The singer next met a multimillionaire "who retired at age thirty," and got all of the things they'd ever dreamed of--yachts, villas, cars, jewels...only to wake up one morning, look at all of their belongings, and realize, to their sorrow, that for all this, they'd "never have the moon."

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* Jason Robert Brown's ''Theatre/SongsForANewWorld'' features this trope in song form. One of the melodies in the cycle, "Stars and the Moon," is a singer reflecting on their life. The singer reminisces about meeting two men who offered them immaterial things, treasures, like hope, truth, adventure, passion, and the "stars and the moon" themselves. The singer turned both down, as they wished for a life of luxury and expensive things instead. The singer next met a multimillionaire "who retired at age thirty," and got all of the things they'd ever dreamed of--yachts, villas, cars, jewels...only to wake up one morning, look at all of their belongings, and realize, to their sorrow, that for all this, they'd "never have the moon."


** One strip has Garfield wishing for a lasagna, and one magically appears in front of him. Shocked, the fat cat says that he wishes Jon could be here to see this, and Jon walks into the frame. Realizing that he's been granted the power to have anything he wants, Garfield [[GenreSavvy figures out]] that the scenario is most likely a dream, but remarks "I wish it wasn't, though." He promptly gets this wish, too--by waking up.



* A British joke sees a man walk into a bar with an ostrich. As he's paying for his drinks, the bartender asks about the situation, and the man replies that he was granted two wishes by a genie. For the first, he requested a wallet that would always have the right amount of money to buy anything he wanted, which went off well. Unfortunately, he used slang for the second, wishing for "a tall bird (that is, the British term for an attractive woman) with long legs," and the genie [[ExactWords gave him just that.]]



** Even the kings were occasionally punished for their wasteful wishes. When David fell in love with the married Bathsheba, he sent her husband Uriah to his death to have her for himself. God, furious, sent the prophet Nathan to tell David a story about two men, one rich and one poor. The rich man had many sheep, while the poor man had only one--but when the first man wanted to hold a banquet, he stole and slaughtered the second's sheep rather than serve one of his own. David, upset by this story, remarked that he wished the first man would be brutally punished for his selfishness and greed...whereupon Nathan told him that ''David himself'' was the rich man, as he'd taken Bathsheba despite having wealth and concubines of his own. The wish for punishment came true, as Bathsheba and David's child died in retaliation for their sins.



* ''Theatre/TheSnowMaiden''. Kupava wishes her best friend the Snow Maiden (shunned by boys because of literal frigidity) would too find someone who'd love her. Five minutes later, cue Kupava's own bridegroom dumping her for the Snow Maiden. Publicly humiliating Kupava in the process.

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* ''Theatre/TheSnowMaiden''. Kupava wishes her best friend the Snow Maiden (shunned by boys because of literal frigidity) would too find someone who'd love her. Five minutes later, cue Kupava's own bridegroom dumping her for the Snow Maiden. Publicly Maiden, publicly humiliating Kupava in the process. process.
* Jason Robert Brown's ''Theatre/SongsForANewWorld'' features this trope in song form. One of the melodies in the cycle, "Stars and the Moon," is a singer reflecting on their life. The singer reminisces about meeting two men who offered them immaterial things, like hope, truth, adventure, passion, and "stars and the moon" themselves. The singer turned both down, as they wished for a life of luxury and expensive things instead. The singer next met a multimillionaire "who retired at age thirty," and got all of the things they'd ever dreamed of--yachts, villas, cars, jewels...only to wake up one morning, look at all of their belongings, and realize, to their sorrow, that for all this, they'd "never have the moon."


** Ikki was in elementary school and tended to be ignored by the girls. He saw a shooting star and wished to become popular with girls... and he was given [[HypnoticGaze the power to make any woman fall in love with him that looked him in the eye]]. Now he cannot go out in public without getting accosted by girls and women, and even wearing sunglasses only has limited success in keeping them away.

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** Ikki was in elementary school and tended to be ignored by the girls. He saw a shooting star and wished to become popular with girls... and he was given [[HypnoticGaze [[HypnoticEyes the power to make any woman fall in love with him that looked him in the eye]]. Now he cannot go out in public without getting accosted by girls and women, and even wearing sunglasses only has limited success in keeping them away.


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* Season 2 episode 20 of ''Animation/HappyHeroes'' is about Doctor H. finding a bottle genie and wishing that he were married to his crush, Miss Peach. He ends up going through all [[ThreeWishes three]] of his wishes trying to fix some problems inherent in the results:

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* Season 2 episode 20 of ''Animation/HappyHeroes'' is about Doctor H. finding a bottle genie and wishing that he were married to his crush, Miss Peach. He ends up going through all [[ThreeWishes three]] of his wishes trying to fix some problems inherent in the results:results, as side-effects of the wishes being made with no effort:

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* Season 2 episode 20 of ''Animation/HappyHeroes'' is about Doctor H. finding a bottle genie and wishing that he were married to his crush, Miss Peach. He ends up going through all [[ThreeWishes three]] of his wishes trying to fix some problems inherent in the results:
** First, Doctor H. and Miss Peach are happily married, but with the trade-off that the heroes are now bullies and/or criminals due to Doctor H. ignoring them. The doctor consults the genie again and clarifies that he also wants the heroes to be good.
** For the second wish, Doctor H. is married to Miss Peach ''and'' the heroes are well-behaved, but now Doctor H. has an incurable disease and could pass away from it at any second. Just before that happens, he makes it back to the genie and mentions that he also wants to be 100 years old so that no diseases will be able to hurt his younger self.
** For the third and final wish, Doctor H. and Miss Peach are of course still married, but are now 100 years old just as the doctor wanted. The only problem here is that Doctor H. finds the senior citizen Miss Peach to be less attractive than her younger self... at which point he gives up on the wish entirely and begs for everything to go back to normal.
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** Ikki was in elementary school and tended to be ignored by the girls. He saw a shooting star and wished to become popular with girls... and he was given [[HypnoticGaze the power to make any woman fall in love with him that looked him in the eye]]. Now he cannot go out in public without getting accosted by girls and women, and even wearing sunglasses only has limited success in keeping them away.
** Ukyo [[spoiler:wished for the heroine's fate of death to be averted, and this summoned Lord Nhil to him. He sent Ukyo to alternate universes, where the heroine was still alive, to let them meet again and live, but the heroine either died or Ukyo died. This happened so many times that it caused Ukyo to go insane and be torn between loving the heroine and wanting her to live and his own, twisted sense of survival and willingness to kill her himself.]]


This trope is all about how a character who makes a wish comes to regret it; the actual circumstances vary. The wisher may or may not have known that their wish was actually going to be heard. The one which grants it may be anything from a wish-granting Genie [[BenevolentGenie who wants to show the character the error of their ways]] to a JackassGenie who just wants them to suffer. A sudden appearance by LouisCypher, ready to offer a DealWithTheDevil, is not out of the question either. Sometimes the character gets a tour through an AlternateTimeline. Other times the [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane mechanism]] of the granted wish is not even explained -- the wisher gets what they want through nothing more than an ironic and coincidental twist of circumstances.

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This trope is all about how a character who makes a wish comes to regret it; the actual circumstances vary. The wisher may or may not have known that their wish was actually going to be heard. The one which grants it may be anything from a wish-granting Genie [[BenevolentGenie who wants to show the character the error of their ways]] to a JackassGenie who just wants them to suffer. A sudden appearance by LouisCypher, ready to offer a DealWithTheDevil, is not out of the question either. Sometimes the character gets a tour through an AlternateTimeline. Other times the [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane mechanism]] of the granted wish is not even explained -- the explained--the wisher gets what they want through nothing more than an ironic and coincidental twist of circumstances.


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* The legend of King Midas (the first part, at least) is a good example. Upon finding the drunken satyr Silenus, a follower of Dionysus, trespassing on his property, Midas treated him hospitably for ten days rather than punishing him. Dionysus offered Midas a reward for his charity, offering him anything he wanted; Midas asked that anything he touched be turned to gold. Although the god warned him that he had made a foolish wish, he still granted it. Though Midas was happy at first, it soon became obvious that he had indeed been foolish. His daughter was quickly [[TakenForGranite turned into a statue]] by this power, and Midas couldn't even touch food without it turning to gold. When faced with starvation, he begged Dionysus to take the gift back...

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* The legend of King Midas (the first part, at least) is a good example. Upon finding the drunken satyr Silenus, a follower of Dionysus, trespassing on his property, Midas treated him hospitably for ten days rather than punishing him. Dionysus offered Midas a reward for his charity, offering him anything he wanted; Midas asked that anything he touched be turned to gold. Although the god warned him that he had made a foolish wish, he still granted it. Though Midas was happy at first, it soon became obvious that he had indeed been foolish. His daughter was quickly [[TakenForGranite turned into a statue]] by this power, and Midas couldn't even touch food without it turning to gold. When faced with starvation, he begged Dionysus to take the gift back...fortunately, Dionysus told him his condition could be fixed by washing in the river Pactolus, and Midas doing so cured him while turning the water and sand in the river to gold ([[JustSoStory which had a lot of electrum in it in ancient times]]).


* Team ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' desperately wants [[BigGood Ozpin]] to be honest with them, mostly because Ozpin [[PoorCommunicationKills withholding his secrets]] lead to [[spoiler:the death of Pyrrha Nikos and the Fall of Beacon]]. When it turns out Ozpin lied about no more secrets ([[spoiler:thousands of years of experience]] made him ProperlyParanoid), Ruby decides to find out what Ozpin's hiding by [[spoiler:asking Jinn, the Relic of Knowledge]]. Team RWBY got what they wanted, and finding out the AwfulTruth severely unnerved them, mainly that [[spoiler: [[BigBad Salem]] is immortal, and the best that Ozpin can do against her (for the time being) is to hold her at bay]], among several other secrets.

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* Team ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' desperately wants [[BigGood Ozpin]] to be honest with them, mostly because Ozpin [[PoorCommunicationKills withholding his secrets]] lead to [[spoiler:the death of Pyrrha Nikos and the Fall of Beacon]]. When it turns out Ozpin lied about no more secrets ([[spoiler:thousands of years of experience]] made him ProperlyParanoid), Ruby decides to find out what Ozpin's hiding by [[spoiler:asking Jinn, the Relic of Knowledge]]. Team RWBY got what they wanted, and finding out the AwfulTruth severely unnerved them, mainly that [[spoiler: [[BigBad Salem]] is immortal, and the best that Ozpin can do against her (for the time being) is to hold her at bay]], among several other secrets.


* Team ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' desperately wants [[BigGood Ozpin]] to trust them, mostly because Ozpin [[PoorCommunicationKills withholding his secrets]] lead to [[spoiler:the death of Pyrrha and the Fall of Beacon]]. When it turns out Ozpin lied about no more secrets ([[spoiler:thousands of years of experience]] made him ProperlyParanoid), Ruby decides to find out what Ozpin's hiding by [[spoiler:asking Jinn, the Relic of Knowledge]]. Team RWBY got what they wanted, and finding out the AwfulTruth severely unnerved them, mainly that [[spoiler: [[BigBad Salem]] is immortal, and the best that Ozpin can do against her (for the time being) is to hold her at bay]], among several other secrets.

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* Team ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' desperately wants [[BigGood Ozpin]] to trust be honest with them, mostly because Ozpin [[PoorCommunicationKills withholding his secrets]] lead to [[spoiler:the death of Pyrrha Nikos and the Fall of Beacon]]. When it turns out Ozpin lied about no more secrets ([[spoiler:thousands of years of experience]] made him ProperlyParanoid), Ruby decides to find out what Ozpin's hiding by [[spoiler:asking Jinn, the Relic of Knowledge]]. Team RWBY got what they wanted, and finding out the AwfulTruth severely unnerved them, mainly that [[spoiler: [[BigBad Salem]] is immortal, and the best that Ozpin can do against her (for the time being) is to hold her at bay]], among several other secrets.

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