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A common ending to genie stories. This is what happens when a foolish master wishes for something sufficiently vague along the lines of "make me super-powerful" or "make me immortal". The genie responds by turning the wisher into a genie - with all the burdensome restrictions of having to obey whatever stupid person finds the lamp. In some cases, the wisher just wants to be a genie. This works too. This wish may or may not involve Freeing the Genie. Unless the first genie is a ificant focus in the plot, we don't usually find out.
The Benevolent Genie will rarely do something like this. The Jackass Genie loves this one, particularly if it grants him an escape clause. As mentioned, this is almost always an ending to a genie story, so spoilers ahoy! Compare Power Copying , particularly the section on limitations. Compare Demon of Human Origin. Community Showcase More. Aladdin tricks Jafar into becoming a genie. Follow TV Tropes. You need to to do this. Get Known if you don't have an . I make my third wish, and I wish to be an all-powerful genie! Code Geass has an interesting variation: Geass itself does this. It turns out that in the final stage of Geass, the user can steal the "code" of the one who granted their power and become immortal.
The reason people are granted Geass in the first place is to create this outcome. After all, Who Wants to Live Forever? This is the only way to kill someone with Code. In Nightmare of Nunnally , Lelouch gains C. The truth is that the LRIG takes her place and lives out her wish while the selector becomes an LRIG and must fight Wixoss battles alongside a new selector in order to become human again.
Comic Books. Mxyzptlk is essentially a genie-like being from the fifth dimension in one issue it was explained that Genies like Johnny Thunder's lightning bolt come from the same dimension as Mxyzptlk. Twilight, as an alicorn, doesn't suffer very much of the genie curse when she deliberately does this to herself in A Wish for the Ages to stop Rarity from having to continue a millennia-long time loop caused by the unavoidable distortion in every genie wish.
The Invader Zim oneshot Gaz Dreams of Genie has this happen to Gaz in the end with her wish for the ability to grant wishes herself resulting in her and the genie Azie switching lives. Films — Animated. In Aladdin , Aladdin tricks Jafar into wishing to become a genie. Serious overkill on Jafar's part, since at this point he had already successfully wished himself to become the most powerful Evil Sorcerer on Earth. Aladdin wisely played into Jafar's pride by pointing out that he was still only "second best", since someone could still theoretically command the Genie to wish Jafar's powers away.
Jafar only realizes the downside when it's too late. Aladdin: You wanted to be a genie? You got it Itty-bitty living space! Films — Live-Action. Aladdin , naturally, has Aladdin goad Jafar into the exact same mistake as the original. The only difference is that Jafar doesn't ask to be a genie, specifically, but to be the most powerful being around. Genie, who knows what Aladdin is going for, takes advantage of the "grey area" in the wish. Wonder Woman : After Maxwell Lord finds the Dreamstone that will grant the user one wish at a cost , Lord wishes to become the Dreamstone.
The stone crumbles and he gains its power, with the ability to grant wishes and take anything from the wisher as payment. But the cost he pays is that his health rapidly deteriorates, with him frequently having to take health as his payment from wishers and give to himself like a sort of vampire. It's not clear if he got his own godchild. One of the vignettes of American Gods After a fashion : A beleaguered businessman sleeps with a cab driver who turns out to be a djinni, and awakens to find that the djinn has left and taken with him all the businessman's clothes, identification and money.
The djinn left behind his own drivers , clothing and keys to the cab and his apartment. After a brief consideration, the businessman sees this as an improvement over the miserable life he had been living. He gets killed when bridges start getting dropped on all the supernatural creatures. Used as the happy ending! Andrew Miller, published way back in Dragon Magazine. The genie in question is found by an aspiring scribe. His first wish was to visit a place no human had ever seen before.
His second is to hear all the stories she knows, so he may record them. By the time she finally runs out of material, he is an old man, a successful anthology writer, and they are long-time friends. His final wish is to her in her bottle forever as another genie. She's glad to oblige. Another "happy ending" example, albeit a variation: Winni Allfours wants a pony more than anything. When her parents won't give her one, she eats all her vegetables to turn herself into a horse.
People assume they can get three wishes, but in fact the lamp only grants two, and only the first is free; the second will replace the current genie with the wisher automatically although the wish must still be fulfilled. Roald Dahl also used this as a happy ending in the retelling of "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" that appears in Rhyme Stew ; when Aladdin realizes that he'd have the power to make worthy people happy, he decides he'd like to be a genie himself and takes the original genie's place.
Every few decades or so, he grants a wish, usually to someone who needs artistic inspiration — Mozart and Shakespeare are cited as examples — and the narrator notes that the reader might just be the next person to find themselves with the lamp In this world , you get free three wishes from a genie, but a fourth will turn you into a genie yourself. Margo is forced to do this at the end to save Oliver's life.
The sequel, The Fourth Wish, depicts her trying to get used to her situation. Live-Action TV. One episode of The X-Files features a genie. Mulder asks her how she got involved in all this, and she explains that her third wish was "great power and long life". She's more snarky than outright malicious because she knows it's her own fault she got stuck as a genie. Also, inverted at the end of the same episode, when Mulder uses his own last wish to revert the genie back to her human state. In the Charmed episode "I Dream of Phoebe" Season 6 episode 15 , the sisters came across a genie named Jinny in a bottle.
Wishing the genie free would replace the genie with the one who wished her free, turning the wisher into a genie. It also turns out that Jinny was actually a vicious demon; she had been cursed into being a genie and trapped in the lamp by a sorcerer she refused to marry. To add further insult to Phoebe, the lamp came with a written warning that freeing Jinny would result in this trope. When Phoebe points out it was written in Arabic and that there's no way she could've known, Leo and Chris effortlessly read it which still isn't fair since as whitelighters they're both omniglots.
The sisters spend the rest of the episode working to put Jinny back in the bottle. Are You Afraid of the Dark? In I Dream of Jeannie , Jeannie's original orgin was that she was once a human until she was transformed by an evil djin who she refused to marry. This was given a Retcon after the first season to her being born a genie. Once Upon a Time : In the spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland , people who steal water from the Well of Wonders are transformed into genies by its guardian, Nyx, as punishment unless they intend to use it on someone who's not meant to die yet.
This in Cyrus and his brothers Taj and Rafi becoming genies. Later, Will Scarlet the Knave of Hearts , having been given one of Alice's wishes, wishes to end her suffering. Alice had earlier wished that she would die if Will did; since he's just been hit by lightning, they're both dying, so the wish first restores her and by extension, him to health, then frees her true love Cyrus from his bottle, but makes Will take his place as a genie. In the series finale, Jafar also tries to steal the water before they can return it to the Well, and the Nyx punishes him by making him a genie he ultimately manages to overpower the curse and free himself in season 6 of the parent show after being released from his bottle ; also, since Cyrus had been returning the water he stole, his brothers and Will are all returned to normal.
In the original series' season six, Aladdin manages to recover the lamp that held his genie, whom he had freed long ago. He dons the genie's cuffs to purposely make himself a genie, and passes through a series of masters the Serum Queen and Regina, David, and then Jasmine before Jasmine uses True Love's Kiss to both break his genie curse and revive Agrabah.
In Genie in the House , in one episode Emma becomes frustrated with the aforementioned Genie Adil and wishes her Sister was a Genie through a slip of phrase. Sophie becomes a Genie, but with an entirely different far more subservient personality and no memory of her life.Genie transformation stories
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