History Main / AesopAmnesia

3rd Jun '17 12:59:31 PM nmn3r3
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'s'' ShowWithinAShow, ''The Scary Door''. A LazyBum scientist builds a robot to do all the important things in his life for him, while he relaxes. Years later, he sees that the robot is the one who is given an award for a lifetime of scientific achievement. The next second, his son walks into the room and hugs the robot instead of him. Feeling a case of tragic irony incoming, the scientist tells the robot to experience it for him. The robot falls to its knees in horror, while the scientist cracks open a beer bottle.
31st May '17 5:52:49 PM JMQwilleran
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* On ''WesternAnimation/ToddWorld'', the show's prevailing aesop can be summed up as "everyone is different and it's important to understand, respect and celebrate those differences." Yet in many episodes this will be forgotten. Stella is the usual offender, but it can hit just about any of the main characters.
30th May '17 10:46:01 PM Nintendoman01
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** Vegeta has this to the extreme. His {{pride}} is overwhelmingly strong, and no matter how many times he gets his ass kicked by the villains, gets surpassed by Goku, or suffers a BreakTheHaughty moment because he overestimated himself, he just can't let it go. It isn't until the ''very'' end of the series that the Aesop finally sticks.

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** Vegeta has this to the extreme. His {{pride}} pride is overwhelmingly strong, and no matter how many times he gets his ass kicked by the villains, gets surpassed by Goku, or suffers receives a BreakTheHaughty moment because he overestimated himself, [[BreakTheHaughty lesson in humility]], he just can't let it go. go and goes right back to his arrogant self as soon as the crisis is resolved. The only lesson he seems to learn after the Cell Saga is to try to be a good father to his son Trunks after seeing Cell kill Future Trunks with his own eyes triggers him into a ki-spamming rage. It isn't until the ''very'' very end of the series ''Z'' that the fuller Aesop finally sticks.sticks, and even then, come ''[[Anime/DragonBallSuper Super]]'', he still hauls ass trying and vowing to surpass Goku though his attitude about it is much healthier and he manages to get much closer.
20th May '17 4:15:17 AM MJC
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** There's also his usage of time travel. Barry frequently screws things up by trying to use time travel to fix his problems, swears it off, and then does the same thing again a few episodes later when some new problem comes up and time travel seems like a convenient way to fix it. Joe and Iris even lampshade this near the end of Season 3.
16th May '17 9:52:42 PM Ninja857142
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** The Mane Six zig-zag this trope. They often learn lessons related to their personalities, and then sometimes fall back into old habits. However, over the course of the series they have also shown signs of positive CharacterDevelopment. Twilight has come to appreciate friendship more and has demonstrated more patience, calmness, and rational thought (traits which prove useful when she [[spoiler:becomes a princess]]). Rainbow Dash {{took a level in kindness}} in Season 2 that has in general persisted, and Fluttershy has occasionally shown signs of assertiveness at critical moments, as well as more self-confidence in her flight capabilities. Applejack also dialed back on the pride permanently; in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super-Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]]", she has no problem accepting her friends' help, and at the end of the episode, she even explicitly points out that she knew that already. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion Apple Family Reunion]]", she actually plans for and goes to them for help.

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** The Mane Six zig-zag this trope. They often learn lessons related to their personalities, and then sometimes fall back into old habits. However, over the course of the series they have also shown signs of positive CharacterDevelopment. Twilight has come to appreciate friendship more and has demonstrated more patience, calmness, and rational thought (traits which prove useful when she [[spoiler:becomes a princess]]). Rainbow Dash {{took a level in kindness}} in Season 2 that has in general persisted, and Fluttershy has occasionally shown signs demonstrated ever-increasing traits of assertiveness at critical moments, and tough love, as well as more self-confidence in her flight capabilities. Applejack also dialed back on the pride permanently; in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super-Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]]", she has no problem accepting her friends' help, and at the end of the episode, she even explicitly points out that she knew that already. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E9AppleFamilyReunion Apple Family Reunion]]", she actually plans for and goes to them for help.
14th May '17 5:09:39 AM ading
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* Apparently, [[WesternAnimation/DanVs Dan]] learns that revenge is not the best way to solve your problems in [[OncePerEpisode every last episode]]. Chris even lampshades this in one episode.
5th May '17 11:51:19 PM Dada
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** From the start all the way through to the end of Diamond and Pearl, he seems to largely remember the lessons he learned, with occasional exceptions. Then at the start of Best Wishes, he suddenly forgets everything, including that every Nurse Joy looks the same.
2nd May '17 2:35:20 AM darkemyst
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* Likewise, Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} and Comicbook/{{Robin}} (Tim Drake) take turns learning ''not'' to be Batman when it comes to their friends and teammates, although Nightwing tends to be better at it: at least he has a few people he can respect, and his entire ''reason'' for becoming Nightwing was because he disagreed with Bruce's methods. Tim, on the other hand, has essentially become Batman however.

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* Likewise, Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} and Comicbook/{{Robin}} [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]] (Tim Drake) take turns learning ''not'' to be Batman when it comes to their friends and teammates, although Nightwing tends to be better at it: at least he has a few people he can respect, and his entire ''reason'' for becoming Nightwing was because he disagreed with Bruce's methods. Tim, on the other hand, has essentially become Batman however.however sans the "I work alone" nonsense.
21st Apr '17 4:53:44 PM Zaptech
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* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', S.H.I.E.L.D. uses [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum the Tesseract]] to develop weapons after [[Film/{{Thor}} being attacked by aliens from another dimension]]. This ultimately draws Loki and the Chitauri to attack Earth, with the Aesop being: don't use ImportedAlienPhlebotinum to develop world-saving weapons technology, since it will likely backfire. So, of course, in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' Tony and Bruce decide to use [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Loki's scepter]] to develop world-saving weapons technology after being attacked by aliens from another dimension. This is particularly ironic since Tony and Bruce are those ones who first expose and condemn S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plan. This becomes further ironic, because in ''The Avengers'', it was Thor who explicitly states that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s usage of the Tesseract is what draws the Chitauri. Then in ''Age of Ultron'', Thor [[NeckLift physically attacks Tony]] for using the scepter to create Ultron. Yet Tony and Bruce once again ignore this lesson by creating The Vision from-- you guessed it-- ImportedAlienPhlebotinum, and Thor accidentally uses his [[LightningCanDoAnything hammer lightning to bring it to life]]. Thankfully, [[BrokenAesop this time it doesn't backfire]] and The Vision turns out to be a pretty swell guy.
21st Apr '17 4:49:52 PM Zaptech
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** One of the recurring themes of MGS was how Nuclear Deterrence is a flawed plan. Yet one of the first things Raiden says in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRevengeance'' is that "One sword keeps another in its sheath", aka that Deterrence is a good thing. Perhaps not on the same scale as Nuclear Deterrence but the issue is still there.
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