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Wish Kid starring Macaulay Culkin (often referred to simply as Wish Kid) was an animated television series produced by DIC Entertainment that originally aired on NBC. The premise of the show was that Macaulay Culkin's character Nicholas "Nick" McClary owned a baseball glove that was hit by a small shooting star. When punched three times, it allowed him to wish for anything. However, the power was very limited as Nick could only wish for something once a week (a rather sly nod to its weekly Saturday airings). Also, the wishes would wear out after a certain amount of time, which would serve as the conflicts Nick gets into, forcing him to solve it.

The whole series is available on DVD, so isn't hard to look for.

The show provides examples of:

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Nick isn't the only victim of the trope.
    • At a science fair, Francis destroyed Darryl's dinosaur egg so Darryl used Nick's glove to wish another one. He forgot to specify he didn't want a real dinosaur egg.
    • Not knowing about the glove's power (Nick's best friend Darryl is the only one who does), Frankie started hitting it while preparing to do the same to Nick. Right before he hit the glove a third time, Frankie stated that, after he's done with Nick, Nick would wish he was miles away. Frankie winds up hanging off the spiked crown of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Berserk Button: Frankie Dutweiler hates being called Francis, and will beat up anyone who is dumb enough to. In the episode where Nick wished Frankie would be his friend, one effect was the removal of this Berserk Button.
  • Black and Nerdy: Darryl Singletary.
  • Bully Turned Buddy: Nick's Dad is now friends with the former bully who used to pick on him back when they were kids. In one episode, it inspires Nick into wishing Francis to be his friend.
  • The Cassandra: Mrs. Opal.
  • Closer to Earth: Darryl.
  • Disguised in Drag: With Francis keeping him from seeing Sonny, Nick tries various stunts to sneak past him, including donning a dress and wig. It works too well, as Francis takes a liking to "Nikki" and pesters "her" for a date.
  • The Faceless: Mrs. Opal's husband, Harry. Harry's face is almost always hidden under his newspaper. It's not seen even when it's not.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: One episode involved Nick wishing that his parents were rich, and the wish altered his parents' lottery ticket so that it would have the winning number. Halfway through the episode Nick realizes that the wish would soon wear off, but his parents continue to lavish in their new wealth and ignore Nick's advice. Cue the wish wearing off, the lottery win being declared a mistake, and everything returning back to the way it was.
  • Fountain of Youth: In "A Grand Ol' Time?", Nick wishes that his grandpa was young again and becomes a little younger than his grandson and starts playing tricks on the bully next door.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Nick once wished Frankie would be his friend. Unfortunately, the wish eventually wore off.
    • Badass Decay: The same wish also turned Frankie into a wimp while it lasted.
  • I Have No Son!: Frankie's Dad had this reaction when Frankie became Nick and Darryl's friend.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Nick exactly resembles his voice actor, Macaulay Culkin.
  • Limited Animation: As to be expected for an Early-90's DIC cartoon.
  • Limited Social Circle: Darryl seems to be Nick's only friend.
  • Magic Meteor: It's said Nick got his wish-granting baseball glove when he wished upon a star.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits: A cousin variant. An episode had Nick gaining a crush on a girl named Sonny, who turns out to be Francis' cousin. The latter obviously wasn't amused.
  • New Year's Resolution: Darryl made one never to enter a wish from Nick's after a rather dangerous experience caused by the wish of the week.
  • Rule of Three: To trigger the glove's wish granting power, the user must punch it three times. Nick usually says his wish once for each time he hits the glove but it's revealed in at least two episodes that what really matters is the wish mentioned during the third time. Mrs. Opal must have figured the rule of three is somehow a part of how the glove works as she once tried to become Miss America by stating her wish three times with the glove on her head.
  • Secret-Keeper: Aside from Nick, only two people know about the glove: his best friend and his little sister, who's still a baby and can't talk yet. Nick's Grandfather is later let in on the secret.
  • Take That!: The prologue to "Gross Encounters" features one to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), the show that shared the same time slot. In it, Macaulay Culkin asks the audience if they're tired of Ninja Turtles, tells them he is, and uses Nick's baseball glove to wish for something new.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Nick's favorite superhero loses his powers if he smells pizza.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Just as Nick finally wins over Sonny for real and is about to get a kiss, he gets chased off by an enraged Francis.