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  • In the Stardast Crusaders arc of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Polnareff comes across Cameo, the Judgment Stand, who offers him three wishes. His first wish (for wealth) is granted straight. He uses his second and third wish to resurrect Sherry and Avdol, and Cameo brings them back as flesh-eating ghouls who start devouring him alive. He's only saved in time by Avdol being Only Mostly Dead, with that being the reason the group was on that island to begin with.
  • Inverted in Attack on Titan, Eren's titan form seems to respond to what he wants when he transforms. However, he gets the best results when he isn't careful. For example, when he wished for the power to kill a lot of titans and save his squadmates he gets it. When he wants specifically the strength to lift a boulder, he loses control.
    • Later on, we get a subversion: Eren possesses the Coordinate ability, a strange power that gives its wielder the power to control Titans by giving them direct orders, but he didn't know about it until he accidentally used it in a dire situation. It wasn't that he wanted something, got it, and regretted it because it wasn't what he thought; he wanted something, got it, and regrets not getting it sooner, as it could have saved any number of lives, particularly Levi's squadmates.
  • Arisa takes this trope and tweaks it. Rather than the wishes themselves that are messed up, it's the desire to have one's wishes granted. Most of the people are overlooking the obvious with rationalizations of "it could never happen to me" until it actually does, making selfish and arbitrary wishes without considering the side-effects. That is, rather than being about wish corruption, it's about the corruption by wishes (having your desires constantly fulfilled). Understandably, the entire class as a result is just a few shades short of psychopathy.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Van Hohenheim spends his entire long life (over 400 years) wishing his life would end. When the end finally comes, however, he wishes he would not die yet.
    • Father heartily lauds how Truth gives humans despair when they get conceited, to keep them in line. Then, following a long, action-packed sequence of events, he winds up in front of Truth himself, who reminds Father of his exact words, and points out how conceited Father was to think he could absorb a god. He gets plenty of despair.
    • Al and Ed wanted to see Shou Tucker's talking Chimera. They find out just what goes into making a talking chimera. They want to kill the bastard after seeing what goes into a talking chimera.
    • The King of Xerxes wanted to live forever. He got his wish as one of the tortured souls in Father's body.
    • Human transmutation is wrought with this. By the laws of alchemy, it is forbidden, since the value of human life is immeasurable, so attempting it will cause those involved to lose that which was most precious to them. When Izumi attempted it to revive her stillborn child, she lost her reproductive organs. When Ed and Al tried it to revive their mother, Ed lost An Arm and a Leg, and Al was lucky for Ed's quick thinking that he only lost his entire body.
      Truth: Isn't this what you wanted?
  • Bleach
    • Aizen has been manipulating Ichigo for Ichigo's entire life to get stronger because he wants a Worthy Opponent. He gets what he asked for, and then some...
    • Ichigo tells Keigo after he loses his powers that he always wanted a normal life...then sees the folly of that when Ginjo and Xcution start messing up his life.
    • Gremmy wished for himself to be stronger than Kenpachi. He manages to get stronger, but as his body was untrained to the sudden power flux (for which Kenpachi wears an Eye Patch), he promptly explodes.
  • The series Asatte no Houkou begins with a single (well, double) instance of this, with a dash of Swapped Roles. The rest of the series consists of the characters dealing with the results.
  • Making wishes under the old sakura tree in Da Capo can have major consequences. For some it's even worse though when those wishes get reverted.
  • The 'Suruga Monkey' arc of Bakemonogatari initially appears to be a minor twist on the traditional story of the Monkey's Paw (the twist being that the paw has grafted itself to its owner's arm) but turns out to be rather more of a twist than usual. The owner's first wish was to run faster than her classmates to stop them from laughing at her; everyone in the class faster than her was mysteriously beaten up the day before the athletics carnival. The real twist is that the paw isn't a Monkey's Paw, it belongs to a malevolent spirit called a Rainy Devil that grants your true subconscious wish- even though Kanbaru wished to run faster than her classmates she really wanted revenge on them, so the Rainy Devil possessed her and beat them up. Things get worse when the sempai she had a long-term crush on gets a boyfriend. The final twist is that after granting her third wish, the Rainy Devil will take her soul.
  • The Rayearth OVA starts this way - the heroines fear their graduation, as they will be separated. So they wish something prevents this... then all the mayhem starts.
  • The scientists in Utawarerumono wanted to live forever. Unfortunately Iceman was a god and they just REALLY pissed him off, so he gave them all bodies that would be immortal by turning them all into red jelly.
  • In D.Gray-Man, the unlucky Miranda Lotto loses her one hundredth job. She says: "Day after day, things always go wrong for me. I wish tomorrow would never come." What's the problem? Her Innocence-superpowered clock hears it, and it grants her wish. The whole town where she lives gets stuck in October 9th for more than a month.
  • Quite a few Franken Fran stories end this way. One, for example, has a modern Elizabeth Bathory asking for eternal youth and eternal life. To that end, she stole one of Fran's experimental medicines, despite Fran giving her as much safe treatment as she wanted. The woman has all of her cells turn into the one type of cell that isn't programmed to die: Cancer Cells.
  • ×××HOLiC features a chapter and episode involving a monkey's paw, which, as in the original W. W. Jacobs short story, grants wishes for its holder - five wishes in this case, one for each finger of the mummified paw, which break one at a time as wishes are granted. Also as in the original story, the young woman who gets hold of the paw finds her wishes backfiring on her, particularly when she thoughtlessly wishes that there would be a railway accident so that her lateness would be excused, causing a bystander to be suddenly pushed in front of the train. The paw and her own careless wishes end up killing her.
  • Naruto took it on a meta level. After the manga series ended in November 2014, many fans were distraught on its ending, and appealed to the author and anime network not to end this soon. The year 2015 consisted of 2 long filler arcs, 4 extra episodes, and ONLY 11 canon episodes. Definitely one of the biggest meta examples of this trope.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Definitely the instance that most people think of in Dragon Ball Z is when Perfect Cell, wanting to get a good fight before he destroys the Earth, hears from Gohan who, not wanting to fight, will let loose and kill him if Cell pushes him too hard. Cell, being Cell, goes ahead with that anyways, pulling some heavy Kick the Dog moments by nearly killing the rest of the cast and killing Android 16, all of which pushes Gohan to go Super Saiyan 2 and beat Cell half to death, driving him to a Villainous Breakdown. Gohan even lampshades this trope, reminding Cell that him cutting loose is exactly what he wanted.
    Gohan: I warned you. I told you what would happen if you pushed me too far. But you didn't listen. You forced me to awaken my hidden power, and now that you've seen it, you're afraid... because you know that I'm going to destroy you.
    • Another key example is in Dragon Ball GT, when Pilaf, having summoned the Black Star Dragon, gets distracted by Goku. Pilaf, frustrated at Goku's supposed thwarting of his plan, absentmindedly wishes that Goku was a child again. The Dragon grants his wish.
    • In general though, the Dragon Ball series is actually a massive subversion. Since fairly specific wishes are made and the dragons aren't assholes, every wish they make ends up doing exactly what they want. Example: King Piccolo wishes for youth. He doesn't turn into a fetus or baby, but instead turns to his prime. And to take it even farther, the dragons will even double check with you if your wish is logically flawed. When they try to wish Goku back to life, the dragon mentions that he'd be brought back at the same location he died at and since the planet he was on exploded, he'd be revived in space and then die again, giving them a chance to wish for something else instead. Nor does wishing for something beyond the dragon's power result in a wasted wish. Although, this courtesy didn't seem to extend to Pilaf and his gang in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, who like King Piccolo ask for youth and get reduced back to children. Guess the Eternal Dragon knows of Pilaf's Butt-Monkey status.
  • General Wolf of Monster comes to regret asking Johan how he's feeling. Johan can't put it into words, so he demonstrates it by killing everyone close to the general. This lets the General feel Johan's own isolation.
    • This trope happens to be the one that catalyzes the real story for Tenma, and thus the entire series. Tenma, after being demoted by the corrupt hospital director for saving a patient and dumped by the director's daughter, states that his superiors "would be better off dead" to that same supposedly comatose patient. Should've thought that one out better; turns out his patient, Johan, is a sociopathic mass murderer who would gladly oblige such a request.
    • There were experiments done on children to create an emotionless and perfect killing machine. Then, Johan became one of the experiment subjects.
  • Mostly subverted in Ah! My Goddess. Goddesses grant wishes to humans, and they don't try and cheat them out of anything. It does, however, apply when a demon is granting a wish, since A; they might cheat you on it, and B; they will ask for something in return proportionate to the wish, though according to Hild at least, that means a demon won't ever grant a wish to destroy the world, since no mortal could possibly have anything to offer of equal value to that wish.
    • Well, you CAN wish for the end of the world if you really want, but the demons will then get their price from you by any means possible. Pay back all the suffering you caused by ending the world? That tends to turn most people off.
    • Gets played straight with revelations in the manga Chapter 285. While a lighter example in things, it begins to explain some things.
    • One other danger in wishes with demons is that even if they don't cheat you on the wish, you still can't back out of it if it being granted is something they want.
    • Played for Laughs when Belldandy got Drunk on Soda and started fulfilling any wish she heard, with such gems as someone wishing for his computer to just tell him why it was so slow and the computer shouting back it was filled with useless programs.
    • The entire story of the manga is this: Keiichi thought Belldandy was a prank pulled by his flatmates and jokingly wished that she would stay by his side. To Belldandy's utter shock, it went through.
  • Zelgadis of Slayers wishes to be strong and he gets his wish when he turns into a golem/mazoku chimera . It's a funny case because he mentions that he could've lived with the effects if he wasn't being used as a guinea pig by his grandfather Rezo.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Especially in the manga, Miaka wishes to be rid of her problems with school and her mother, and that there was a god she could pray to. Well, in a way, she gets her wish: she is in an alternate dimension where there is no school, and she gets to be the priestess to a god in this dimension. But, it's not all roses. She's in a Cast Full of Pretty Boys, but she has Virgin Power. She is constantly getting the Distress Ball, too. Oh, and then there's that whole thing about the Beast God consuming his priestess' body and soul as she makes her wishes.
  • In Nightmare Inspector, Hiruko often lets the dreamer's wishes be fulfilled. Whether they were actually beneficial to the dreamer is a different question ...
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Professor Cobra wanted to be reunited with his dead son. Yubel promised to do so. He thought that meant they would bring him back to life. However, they had other ideas, which consist of erasing the memory that his son died in the first place and dropping Cobra to his death. But, hey, if you believe in the afterlife... Yubel was like that about a lot of things.
  • This is a very important theme in I'm Gonna Be an Angel! where the strength of one of the main characters' wish almost erases him and two other individuals from existence.
  • This trope forms the central core of Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • Kyubey grants wishes in exchange for the wisher becoming a Magical Girl and fighting monsters for him. The problems that arise from the granting of the wish aren't exactly because of the wish itself, or from Kyubey - while he's not exactly trustworthy, he has no incentive to screw with peoples' wishes: when he says he can grant any wish, he means it, and he has no reason to influence what a Magical Girl wishes for, or to decide for her what she thinks fighting Witches for the rest of her life is worth. The problem is the person making the wish is almost never honest about what they really want. Those whose wishes are fully selfish end up regretting foregoing an unique opportunity to help others, while those who chose to help others forget that every selfless wish has a selfish motive behind it, which is by no means guaranteed to be fulfilled. In either case, the resultant regret sends a Magical Girl deeper into despair... which is what Kyubey wants. The fact that the Incubators only contract with willing girls and offer no-strings-attached wishes is their idea of equal payment for what the Magical Girls inevitably have to suffer in the end. If there is an aesop in all of this, it is perhaps simply being honest with your desires and aware of the sacrifices you're willing to make to see them fulfilled.
    • The ending turns the situation on its head. Madoka makes a wish that balances both selfishness and selflessness and thus manages to lessen the tragedies of everyone else's wishes but avoids the despair that would have resulted if her wish did not specify a clause for herself that would guarantee her survival and happiness. It's bittersweet, in that the result is that erasing herself from mortal existence mean that only one person will ever be aware that she ever existed as a person, but what she gets out of it personally isn't just the salvation of all magical girls, it's also the knowledge that she is important and doing something very, very useful after spending the entire series being down on herself for not being able to do anything.
    • A straight version of the trope applies for Kyubey, who tried to prod Madoka towards making a contract by telling her she has the power to become a god who could save magical girls from their tragic fates. By stating a wish that could save everyone and herself, this is precisely what she does. Thus Kyubey's race gets the short end of the Miracle Contract stick for a change.
    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion is less explicit about it, but the story is still based around this trope. Because of one character's desire for everyone to be together, they all get trapped in her giant witch labyrinth. The other characters inadvertently imply that they wanted this, too, so she decides to give them what they want... by becoming a demon and brainwashing everyone, especially Madoka. The instigator herself isn't happy with this, because she can't even be Madoka's friend anymore; but she feels it's necessary for everyone else to be happy, even though they probably wouldn't be if they remembered everything.
  • Puella Magi Kazumi Magica, a spinoff of Madoka Magica, surprisingly averts this for the most part. Most of the central characters used their wishes to either wish for small things that weren't as likely to go awry (Saki wishing for a flower she was keeping to bloom forever in memory of her dead sister) or to support their dreams and desires rather than having them granted outright (aspiring novelist Umika wishes to meet an editor who would recognize her talents rather than just wishing to be a successful novelist). It turns out that their attitude is taken from their leader, Michiru; rather than wish to cure her grandmother's terminal illness, she wishes to spend whatever time her grandmother has left together, because she knows simply curing the illness wouldn't be respecting her grandmother's lifestyle.
  • In Himitsu no Akko-chan, (the original version from 1969), the titular heroine, Akko-chan, upon meeting a deaf-mute kid, asks her magic mirror to turn her into a deaf-mute version of herself, reasoning that, after her brush with disability, she'll be able to restore herself with a second wish. However, since the mirror works only by clearly enunciated utterances, and since it was literal enough to strip Akko-chan of the ability to speak at all, the unfortunate wishee finds herself deaf, voiceless and cut off of her power source. She gets better later, though, as the Reset Button simply presses itself after imparting a much needed Aesop.
  • Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 begins with the narrator saying she hates Tokyo and wishes it would just break, the whole city. Cue the titular earthquake.
  • In Pretty Cure All Stars DX3, Hibiki wishes Hummy would disappear after she crashes a fashion show featuring Tsubomi, Erika, Itsuki and Yuri. At the end of the movie, she does - along with the rest of the Precure's mascots. They come back, though.
  • Goku from Saiyuki thinks it would be okay if he died. WAIT HE DIDN'T MEAN THIS SECOND!
  • Up against Olegmon, one of the Death Generals in Digimon Xros Wars, when Sutyr, one of his shoulder devils, taunts the team by suggesting he'll grant a wish, Kiriha defiantly shouts that the only wish he has is to defeat Olegmon, who interprets that as a world without Olegmon. Sutyr grants this wish by ejecting Kiriha and his Digimon clear across the world.
  • In Arata: The Legend, Arata wishes that he would go to a faraway world in the manga's opening chapter. Likewise, Hinohara wishes that he would disappear in his introductory chapter. The moment that latter makes his wish, both of them are fulfilled by their switch.
  • In Fate/Zero Kiritsugu wants the Holy Grail to grant world peace, but when he finally has the chance to make his wish the corrupted Grail explains how it intends to grant it: by killing off all of mankind but Kiritsugu and his daughter, because Humans would always fight. Then it's subverted when Kiritsugu destroys the Grail.
    • The Grail has been corrupted already during just about any appearance of it and it interprets ANY wish as a wish for destruction. The comparison is "If you wished to be the richest person in the world, it would interpret it as a wish to kill everyone with more money than you." Really, the only way to get the wish you actually want is if destruction is what you actually want.
    • In the sequel series Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Rin coments on how she should have been Saber's master instead of Shirou because she doesn't believe he's fit to be her master. Later in the series she eventually does become Saber's master, but only thanks to Archer's betrayal.
  • In Sunday Without God, when God left the world, He granted people the ability to make wishes come true, but said wishes often backfire. Hampnie wished for Resurrective Immortality, which he later realized meant he could be left as the last living human in the world. Alice wished for Improbable Aiming Skills so he could be better at basketball, but then he realized such an ability would be cheating and thus quit his favorite sport. All of Class 3-4 wished to reset time to prevent Alice's death, trapping themselves in a "Groundhog Day" Loop. Other characters raise the possibility that the reason death doesn't exist anymore is because people wished for immortality, and that gravekeepers came into being for the few that did still wish for death.
  • Haiyore! Nyarko-san has Mahiro saying he just wants a quiet normal life in the first season finale. What he gets is that everyone around him disappeared and he was left alone just like he wanted. He then realises just how important his alien friends are to him, despite their quirks and how much they annoy him.
  • A funny example in Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! when Kokoro tries seducing Yamato by wearing skimpy bikini to turn him on. At first Yamato brushes off her charm and so she demands that he "show her that he's a man" for not being enticed by her seduction. How does Yamato respond? By unzipping his fly and showing Kokoro what TRULY makes him a man.
  • I Wish is basically built on this. The clients come to K to ask for a wish of theirs to be fulfilled. The problems come in when either someone realizes what it would mean when their payment would be whatever is closest to their heart at the moment, what exactly the fulfillment did and the consequences it could bring.
  • In Gundam Build Fighters Try, Episode 11, Adou declares he wants to fight someone even stronger than everyone he's curbstomped. He gets his wish, in the form of Meijin Kawaguchi III, three time consecutive World Champion. Adou's expression immediately changes.
  • Takizawa Seidou of Tokyo Ghoul gets hit with this twice. He constantly wishes to get out in the field, only for his first assignment to be as part of a massive assault against the One-Eyed Owl, a ghoul that has defeated dozens of higher-ranked CCG members. He breaks down while writing his will because he doesn't want to die...and then the sequel reveals that he was captured by the Aogiri Tree rather than being killed so that they could turn him into one of their hybrids, a process which certainly involved years of horrific torture.
  • Only One Wish by Mia Ikumi of Tokyo Mew Mew fame is centered around a mysterious being (called the "Angel of the Wishes" but implied to be a good-looking version of The Grim Reaper) that goes around granting wishes and enjoying the horrible aftermath:
    • The first chapter has three friends, Ai, Mai and Rikako, getting the cell phone to contact the Angel and a wish each. Rikako wishes that Ai would get together with her beloved Yamaguchi... And not only Ai starts neglecting her friends, but Yamaguchi flat-out tells Rikako he actually liked her and has no idea why he's with Ai. Knowing this, and pissed at Rikako demanding she used her wish to reset Yamaguchi's feelings and Mai trying to prevent a fight, she cries out she wants them to disappear. Cue Eldritch Abomination, that is only stopped because Yamaguchi manages to wish it. Mai gets what she wanted, her friends back... Except she was deeply wounded by their betrayal and she likes Yamaguchi too, to whom she had originally renounced because she knew Ai liked him. It's implied her wish to the Angel is to kill them;
    • The third chapter has Kumi, a high-school student with a crush on the school's idol Kisarazu, wish that Kisarazu would become finger-sized so she could take care of him and they would fall in love. The Angel grants her wish... And Reality Ensues, as Kisarazu is terrified by the situation, already has a girlfriend, and doesn't take the discovery that Kumi was responsible for this well. At least Kumi learned her lesson...
    • The fourth and final chapter opens with a girl crying she only wanted her high school teacher to disappear and the Angel replying she grants any wish, and it's the wisher's own fault if they aren't happy with the result. The teacher is present in the background, lying in a pool of his own blood;
    • The second chapter, in the meantime, inverts this. Misa, the protagonist, had died trying to save a cat, and when she wishes to return back to life the Angel does it but tells her she'll die again if she can't kiss the boy she has a crush on before midnight, while her friend Akio, who died with her (she doesn't remember due the shock of dying), wishes to spend the next year with her, and has to kiss her to not die. Akio decides to sacrifice himself for Misa's good, but Misa finds out and throws away her chance to save her friend... At which point the Angel keeps them both alive, as he couldn't spend the next year with her if one of them was dead;
    • At the end of the series the Angel explains she does it on purpose, as she can't stand humans crying for help at the first problem when they could have what they want by working for it. Explaining why she went out of her way to help Misa and Akio, as for once it was a selfless wish that they couldn't possibly achieve by themselves.
  • In One-Punch Man:
    • Saitama's goal in training to be a hero was to become so strong that he could beat any villain with one punch. After three years of training that's exactly what he got... and he can't really enjoy it because no one can challenge him anymore. He started working as a hero for fun, and now he's completely bored with it. Enter Boros and Garou to rectify that, though even they ultimately fail to challenge him, considering he doesn't need to go full-power against either of them to best them.
    • Boros had a similar predicament: he's so powerful than nobody can last even a second in battle against him, and entire planets are vanquished with no effort. His dearest wish is to find someone powerful enough to match him in battle and let him unleash his full strength. Then, he met Saitama... and lost. Hard. Without doing any damage to Saitama at all.
  • In Mantis Woman, a group of children find "Hell's Gumball Machine", each making a wish that was seemingly innocuous. One boy wished for his teacher to stop giving ultra hard tests. The imp from inside the machine kills the teacher. Cue horror from the girl who realizes what that means for her parents, as her wish was that they stop fighting all the time.
  • My Hero Academia
    • During the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, Bakugou declared he would be number one. While he did become just that, he found the process getting there and said victory unsatisfying. He was shown up by Midoriya in the very first event. He sees Todoroki as his main rival but Todoroki continues to ignore him and views Midoriya as the one to be defeated. And when Bakugou actually beats Todoroki in the final round, he was furious to realize Todoroki didn't use his fire powers, unlike in his earlier fight with Midoriya, meaning Todoroki was holding back on him.
    • This is mirrored later after the Villain Raid Arc, when All Might's forced retirement means that Endeavour becomes the Number One Hero by default, something he's strived for all his life at the cost of completely ostracizing his family through his outright abusive behaviour. However, he's furious at the circumstances of becoming Number One, because he feels he didn't really earn the position like he envisioned.
  • In episode 17 of The Ancient Magus' Bride, this is how Ashen Eyes (one of The Fair Folk) teaches siblings Stella and Ethan a harsh lesson. After Stella angrily declares that she doesn't care if Ethan gets sick from staying in the snow, Ashen Eyes casts a spell that gradually makes him Ret Gone. By the time Stella asks protagonists Chise and Elias for help, only Stella remembers Ethan's name. Once they catch up to Ashen Eyes, he basically tells her that hurtful and foolish words can't be taken back because anybody else could be around to hear them too (which he specifically was). He also mentions how fortunate Stella is that she did not wish for Ethan's death.
  • In Goddess Creation System Mingyi intentionally antagonizes his wife and concubines by talking about how great his new servant Xiaxi is. He's aiming to make them lash out at her so she'll be forced to depend on him. His apparently meekest wife Liu Ru actually ends up whipping her, including a lash across the face, when Mingyi is away. He gets back, is horrified and has her banished, but before then Xiaxi rather coldly asks him if he's satisfied since he got what he wanted. He's upset with himself because he doesn't know how to appeal to her (since she's being intentionally difficult) and his attempts to make her rely on him just seem to make her hate him more. Funny thing is, it's a double setup. First, she's baiting him to care more about her. Second, Liu Ru was in on it the whole time because she wanted to be banished. She was basically legally kidnapped away from her actual fiancee to serve Mingyi.
  • When one adventurer in Konosuba jealously accuses Kazuma of not deserving the Battle Harem that he has, Kazuma offers to let them switch places. The adventurer eagerly accepts... and comes running back begging Kazuma to take his dysfunctional team members back.
  • In Fairy Tail, after the turncoat God Serena trashes his former comrades in the Four Emperors of Ishgal plus Jura Neekis with his incredible power, the badly wounded Warrod desperately pleads for anyone to stop him from reaching Fairy Tail and harming the guild. Cue the arrival of Acnologia, who's on the prowl for Dragon Slayers and was attracted by all the magic God Serena was pumping out. He then proceeds to murder Serena right then and there and walks off mentioning he still has seven more Dragon Slayers to kill, all of which are members of or are at least allies of Fairy Tail anyways.
  • The Most Dangerous Death Row Convicts arc of Baki the Grappler has 5 insanely strong death row inmates escape from maximum security prisons all around the world and all simultaneously converge on Tokyo in order to seek out strong fighters and "know defeat." While they all eventually get their wish, the majority of them aren't mentally equipped to handle losing for the first time, with one physically wasting away and entering a coma upon his defeat, while another regresses into a child-like state, and another refuses to accept his clear defeat until he's killed by Yujiro for it. Only Doyle accepts his defeat with grace, only for another convict to blind him for it, seeing his accepting his defeat as cowardly.
  • Throughout Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Hayasaka was bothered by Kaguya's insistence on engaging in a Duel of Seduction with Shirogane rather than just confessing to him, and commented at multiple points that the two of them would be much better off if they would just start dating already. Once the two of them actually do have a Relationship Upgrade, Hayasaka quickly discovers that "lovey dovey Kaguya" is far more infuriating than "Cannot Spit It Out Kaguya".
  • Onegai My Melody: Once per Episode Kuromi will make someone's dream come true with the Melody Key, but always in her own twisted way. Most come to regret it, and My Melody always undoes the wishes, but a few people actually enjoy the experiences Kuromi gives them, which furthers her own dark agenda.
  • Dr. Slump:
    • In an early chapter, Arale and Gatchan encounter a bank robber fleeing from police pursuit, who takes them to his hideout with the intention of keeping them as hostages. Too bad for the bank robber that Arale is a Nigh Invulnerable Robot Girl with more than enough Super Strength to uproot a house and Gatchan is an Extreme Omnivore who treats guns as little more than pistol-shaped candy bars. The chapter ends with him running away from Arale and Gatchan, followed by him crying his eyes out, lamenting that the cops aren't around to arrest him now that he wants to turn himself in and fearing for the prospect of encountering Arale and Gatchan again.
    • When the Norimaki family dines at a fancy restaurant, at the waiter's recommendation, they order the full course for everyone in the family of six, with the condition being that the whole order is free if — and only if — everyone consumes their own dish, which the waiter privates notes that no one has ever managed. To the shock and horror of the owner and the staff, everyone in the Norimaki family manages to finish every bit of the full course (having the Gatchans around certainly helps) — not once, not twice, but thrice. The chapter ends with the next night, in which the restaurant owner puts up a "Closed Tonight" sign at the door just as the Norimaki family arrives at the restaurant.
    • Near the end of Tori-Bot's visit a decade in the future in Penguin Village, he wonders what's become of him and has a brief Imagine Spot in which he lives a rich life with some pretty girls catering to him, so he looks around for any signs of his future self, only to find out that his future self is a homeless bum begging for money at the street-side, much to his horror.
    • At the end of the story arc involving the princess, Akane requests that the princess swap with her temporarily, as Akane wishes to know what being a princess feels like. The princess agrees, having taken a liking to the peaceful scenes of Penguin Village. What Akane doesn't realize until she's already in the princess' homeland is that she can't stomach the food being served there.note 
  • The first thing Masataka "Waseda" Sawatari warns to his students on the first day of school is to not fall in love with him, as he likes older women. Albeit this disgusts the girls in his class, Akane starts getting infatuated with him when she finds out that he's "Teishotoku-P", a musician that she adores.


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