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Opposites Destroy is an Aladdin fanfiction story by Bookworm Gal. When a little girl listens to Aladdin's story from Cassim and discovers a genie of the necklace, she thinks that she has gained a new friend when she uses her three wishes to release him from his bonds... only to learn too late that she's actually unleashed the psychopathic genie Djinn, who seeks to use his new power to destroy Genie due to an old grudge.

This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Always a Bigger Fish: Despite Djinn's new power, he is ultimately trapped by Fasir and the Mukhtar, who are able to force him to use his powers to undo what he did since freed.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Thanks to a little girl he manipulated into freeing him, Djinn is capable of using his full genie powers after being freed and lacks the normal limits of a genie, particularly the restriction on killing.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Although Djinn is able to manipulate his latest master into freeing him of all the usual genie limitations while allowing him to retain full power (as opposed to Genie being freed and 'downgraded' to "semi-phenomenal, nearly cosmic powers" after Aladdin set him free), he is ultimately defeated thanks to the aid of the Mukhtar and Fasir, who observe that Genie is still more powerful than Djinn because he has friends who will never allow him to fight alone.
  • Fate Worse than Death: After Djinn is captured by Fasir and the Mukhtar, they each order him to use his power to undo the damage he has done and then transform himself into a dog, stripped of his magic and regressed to the mental level of his new form for the duration of a human lifespan. While Djinn considers this a fate worse than death, Fasir explains that this is intended to give Djinn a chance to redeem himself, in the hopes that spending a lifetime as the pet of a kind human will change his opinion of them when he is returned to himself.
  • Jackass Genie: Djinn has a long history of bending the rules of geniehood to harm his masters as much as possible by twisting their wishes, with it being lampshaded that even Jafar, as bad as he was, had far less experience as one than Djinn does. For example, if a master wished to meet a nice girl, where Genie might send him to a well where a nice girl goes to get water, the average Jerk Genie would just drop the master next to the nearest available girl regardless of factors such as age or personality, and Djinn would transport them to the daughter of a mercenary in the hopes that he'd be killed by said man. Djinn hates Genie so much because when they ended up with the same master Genie actively interfered with him doing this, and Djinn, hating his servitude and believing that genies should rule the world, vowed revenge. Djinn first appears when he is able to manipulate a little girl who has just heard Aladdin's story into making a sequence of wishes that free him from the usual limitations of genies while retaining his full power, and one of his first acts is to kill his would-be master just because he could before flying to Agrabah to try and kill Genie.
  • Karmic Transformation: In the end, Djinn is punished by being transformed into the loyal dog of the girl he tricked and killed in the beginning after she’s resurrected, in the hopes that a lifetime in such a shape with her will make him more pleasant.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship: After Djinn nearly kills Aladdin with a particular attack, he taunts Genie with the knowledge that his friends are all mortal and asks why Genie bothers protecting what he knows he'll lose eventually, but Genie counters that he does this because he wouldn't give up a single second of their friendship for anything, as no amount of power is more precious to Genie than the time he does have with Aladdin and the others.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Nada only appears in the first and last chapter, but she is the one responsible for Djinn being freed and able to attack Genie and his allies.
  • Spanner in the Works: Thanks to Iago overhearing what happened with Djinn, he manages to fly to Genie to give him advance warning of the enemy closing in.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Cassim couldn't have known that telling stories of his son's adventures, which are common knowledge in Agrabah, to a caravan could have led to a little girl being tricked by Djinn into freeing him with full power and no restriction on killing.
  • Wishing for More Wishes: One previous master found a loophole in this restriction and wished for more genies with his third wish, getting both Genie and Djinn. Genie preventing Djinn from harming their shared master by twisting their wishes, along with telling him off for his behavior, is what caused Djinn to despise Genie so much.