In Aladdin, since the wish to be a Prince was not really granted, shouldn't he have had 2 wishes left, able to free the genie and have a wish for himself? Ie, is that a logical plot hole?
The Genie does make him a Prince but Jafar uses magic to turn him from Prince Ali back into plain old Aladdin:
Yes, meet a blast from your past
Whose lies were too good to last
Say hello to your precious Prince Ali!
(JAFAR zaps ALI back to ALADDIN.) - Aladdin Disney Script
The genie confirms that Aladdin will need to use another wish if he wants to become Prince Ali again.
GENIE: (Wipes away a tear) Al, no problem. You've still got one wish left. Just say the word and you're a prince again.
It's pure guesswork but since the Prince Ali persona is effectively dead (killed by Jafar), this would fall well within the rules and guidelines issued by the Genie;
"No Substitutions, exchanges or refunds"
"I can't bring people back from the dead. It's not a pretty picture"
To be correct:
Alladin tricks the genie into getting him out of the cave. Hence no wish was used.
Alladin then wishes to be turned into a Prince. Hence the first wish.
After the guards throw Alladin in the sea, Alladin 'rubs' the lamp — hence the second wish.
GENIE: Never fails. Get in the bath and there's a rub at the lamp.
(Squeaks the duck) Hello.
(Sees unconscious ALADDIN) Al? Al! Kid, snap out of it! You can't cheat on this one! I can't help you unless you make a wish. You have to say "Genie I want you to save my life." Got it? Okay. C'mon Aladdin!!
(He grabs ALADDIN by the shoulders and shakes him. His head goes up, then falls.) I'll take that as a yes.
(Head turns into a siren.) Wooga! Wooga!
(Turns into a submarine.) Up scope!
(He babbles in something that sounds like German. On the surface, a giant water spout emerges, and lands on top of the cliff. ALADDIN reawakes and coughs the water out of his lungs.) Don't you scare me like that!
ALADDIN: Genie, I--uh, I-uh...(He can't think of how to say it, so they just hug each other.) Thanks, Genie.
GENIE: Oh, Al. I'm gettin' kind of fond of you, kid. Not that I want to pick out curtains or anything.
The last wish then would be Alladin's choice to become a Prince or to free Genie.
Alas: A wish is a certain change of the moment.
- I wish for a car, BANG, there is a car.
- I wish the car to be removed, BANG, no more car.
You know have succesfully used two wishes. The second to alter/delete the first.
Also: Something that occurred to me with wishes as also seen in a Fairy oddparents show, a wish could be freely interpreted by the genie.
- Is something like the added statement for handicapped persons: ie. a handicapped person without a leg should wear his prostathic limb while driving. It doesn't says where it must be worn.