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16th Sep '17 3:43:05 PM nombretomado
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* Petrarch's [[AuthorExistenceFailure unpublished final work]], a poem on Scipio Africanus, was full of long {{Author Filibuster}}s on how AncientRome was [[MarySuetopia better than everything ever]]. Technically, this is true of all of Petrarch's work, and indeed, most things written during TheRenaissance, but he took the cultural inferiority complex UpToEleven. There's also apparently a fictitious bit where Scipio goes to see a fortuneteller, who speaks of a dark time when poetry will die out and only a man named [[AuthorAvatar Petrarch]] will be able to save it.

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* Petrarch's [[AuthorExistenceFailure unpublished final work]], a poem on Scipio Africanus, was full of long {{Author Filibuster}}s on how AncientRome was [[MarySuetopia better than everything ever]]. Technically, this is true of all of Petrarch's work, and indeed, most things written during TheRenaissance, UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance, but he took the cultural inferiority complex UpToEleven. There's also apparently a fictitious bit where Scipio goes to see a fortuneteller, who speaks of a dark time when poetry will die out and only a man named [[AuthorAvatar Petrarch]] will be able to save it.
8th Sep '17 8:36:37 PM Doug86
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has been (and still is) accused of being an anti-American AuthorTract. When asked about the subject, director[=/=]co-creator Goro Taniguchi's [[WordOfGod response]] was "I know some authors have political messages in their works, but that wasn't my intention; I just wanted to tell an entertaining story." Later, when asked again, he responded "You mean America and Britannia are exactly alike? I had no idea!" In case anyone's confused, it wasn't a "Well, duh" statement -- it was more along the lines of: "The US is currently led by an Emperor with WTF-curls who believes that all men are not created equal?"

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has been (and still is) accused of being an anti-American AuthorTract.Author Tract. When asked about the subject, director[=/=]co-creator Goro Taniguchi's [[WordOfGod response]] was "I know some authors have political messages in their works, but that wasn't my intention; I just wanted to tell an entertaining story." Later, when asked again, he responded "You mean America and Britannia are exactly alike? I had no idea!" In case anyone's confused, it wasn't a "Well, duh" statement -- it was more along the lines of: "The US is currently led by an Emperor with WTF-curls who believes that all men are not created equal?"



* Lampshaded by Creator/GrantMorrison when he literally shows up in ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' to (among other things) mention that he feels his own writing for the book has become too preachy and contrived.
* This is a major theme in ''Comicbook/{{Hellblazer}}''. Since the beginning of its publication, writers have been putting their own political and philosophical British ideals in it, and since it follows real time than ComicBookTime, a lot of those ideals are come from what was happening in contemporary UK. Examples of this include Jamie Delano's negative views of Thatcher's regime and by 2005, includes the War against Terrorism. When Garth Ennis took writing, he included racism, drugs, and religious fanaticism which was popular at that time. The most controversial writer, Brian Azzarello, tackled issues such as Neo-Nazism, prison rape, and homosexuality. During Warren Ellis' run, he included American school shootings in a one-shot issue which led to a major controversy. As such, much of Hellblazer's horror often comes in the crisis and controversies of its time.

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* Lampshaded by Creator/GrantMorrison when he literally shows up in ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' to (among other things) mention that he feels his own writing for the book has become too preachy and contrived.
* This is a major theme in ''Comicbook/{{Hellblazer}}''.''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''. Since the beginning of its publication, writers have been putting their own political and philosophical British ideals in it, and since it follows real time than ComicBookTime, a lot of those ideals are come from what was happening in contemporary UK. Examples of this include Jamie Delano's negative views of Thatcher's regime and by 2005, includes the War against Terrorism. When Garth Ennis took writing, he included racism, drugs, and religious fanaticism which was popular at that time. The most controversial writer, Brian Azzarello, tackled issues such as Neo-Nazism, prison rape, and homosexuality. During Warren Ellis' run, he included American school shootings in a one-shot issue which led to a major controversy. As such, much of Hellblazer's horror often comes in the crisis and controversies of its time.



* Creator/GarthEnnis is fond of these -- particularly concerning religion, the Irish and other authors he doesn't like. Above all else, however, he enjoys voicing his dislike of superheroes, beginning early with ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse'', continuing on in his run on ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' proper and culminating in his current series ''Comicbook/TheBoys''.
* James Robinson's works often contain his views on current things going on at DC.
** His ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'' run featured a scene where Solomon Grundy referred to Alan Scott as "Franchise/GreenLantern" despite the fact that he was going by the name "Sentinel" at the time (as [[ExecutiveMeddling editorial decreed Kyle Rayner was the only hero allowed to use the GL name]]). Upon being corrected, Grundy shrugs and says he'll always consider Alan to be Green Lantern no matter what anyone else says.

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* Creator/GarthEnnis is fond of these -- particularly concerning religion, the Irish and other authors he doesn't like. Above all else, however, he enjoys voicing his dislike of superheroes, beginning early with ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse'', ''ComicBook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse'', continuing on in his run on ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' proper and culminating in his current series ''Comicbook/TheBoys''.
''ComicBook/TheBoys''.
* James Robinson's works often contain his views on current things going on at DC.
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** His ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'' run featured a scene where Solomon Grundy referred to Alan Scott as "Franchise/GreenLantern" despite the fact that he was going by the name "Sentinel" at the time (as [[ExecutiveMeddling editorial decreed Kyle Rayner was the only hero allowed to use the GL name]]). Upon being corrected, Grundy shrugs and says he'll always consider Alan to be Green Lantern no matter what anyone else says.



* Pat Mills was very fond of writing about the evils of Christianity and the glories of Neopaganism in the 80s; ''Sláine'' and ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' were particularly prone to simply becoming mouthpieces for his views on religion. However, he's gotten better about it.
* Creator/ReginaldHudlin ''really'' wants you to know that the Comicbook/BlackPanther is the coolest badass alive, and that the American government has selfish motives in dealing with African countries.

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* Pat Mills was very fond of writing about the evils of Christianity and the glories of Neopaganism in the 80s; ''Sláine'' and ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' were particularly prone to simply becoming mouthpieces for his views on religion. However, he's gotten better about it.
* Creator/ReginaldHudlin ''really'' wants you to know that the Comicbook/BlackPanther ComicBook/BlackPanther is the coolest badass alive, and that the American government has selfish motives in dealing with African countries.



* The Dutch comic ''Earthling: Vegan Warrior''—which essentially [[InsaneTrollLogic attributes every evil in the world to the fact that we don't live in a global]] {{Veganopia}}, and pits its AnimalMan-{{expy}} DesignatedHero against [[TheWarOnStraw supervillains]] representing such ''[[SarcasmMode horrors]]'' as [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking war, pollution, and eating meat or wearing leather]]—is basically what you'd get if ''Webcomic/VeganArtbook'' were a RobLiefeld project.

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* The Dutch comic ''Earthling: Vegan Warrior''—which essentially [[InsaneTrollLogic attributes every evil in the world to the fact that we don't live in a global]] {{Veganopia}}, and pits its AnimalMan-{{expy}} ComicBook/AnimalMan-{{expy}} DesignatedHero against [[TheWarOnStraw supervillains]] representing such ''[[SarcasmMode horrors]]'' as [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking war, pollution, and eating meat or wearing leather]]—is basically what you'd get if ''Webcomic/VeganArtbook'' were a RobLiefeld Creator/RobLiefeld project.



* Richard Linklater's film version of the non-fiction book ''Literature/FastFoodNation'' went from an exposé of the practices of the fast food restaurant industry to a two-hour rant about why people shouldn't eat meat. Despite becoming an InNameOnly adaptation of the book, author Eric Schlosser (who is not a vegetarian) still endorsed the final product (which may not be that surprising when one coniders that the original book is below and its ideas are not that different).

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* Richard Linklater's film version of the non-fiction book ''Literature/FastFoodNation'' went from an exposé of the practices of the fast food restaurant industry to a two-hour rant about why people shouldn't eat meat. Despite becoming an InNameOnly adaptation of the book, author Eric Schlosser (who is not a vegetarian) still endorsed the final product (which may not be that surprising when one coniders that the original book is below and its ideas are not that different).



* Anna Sewell's ''Literature/BlackBeauty'' was originally written as an AuthorTract about the abuses suffered by carriage horses in 19th century England, '''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids not]]''' as a children's novel.

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* Anna Sewell's ''Literature/BlackBeauty'' was originally written as an AuthorTract Author Tract about the abuses suffered by carriage horses in 19th century England, '''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids not]]''' as a children's novel.



* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. Four kids are punished for their flaws, and the one perfect kid inherits a huge chocolate factory. Whilst no one would deny that Veruca Salt's [[SpoiledBrat brattishness]] probably got her what she deserved, obesity, gum-chewing and TV addiction (particularly the last) are more [[AuthorTract personal bugbears]] of Dahl's. You could argue that these habits are symptoms of the kids' general {{Jerkass}} behavior which, as Dahl also points out, is indulged by their parents.

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* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. Four kids are punished for their flaws, and the one perfect kid inherits a huge chocolate factory. Whilst no one would deny that Veruca Salt's [[SpoiledBrat brattishness]] probably got her what she deserved, obesity, gum-chewing and TV addiction (particularly the last) are more [[AuthorTract personal bugbears]] bugbears of Dahl's. You could argue that these habits are symptoms of the kids' general {{Jerkass}} behavior which, as Dahl also points out, is indulged by their parents.



* ''The Green Face'' and later novels by Gustav Meyrink were an AuthorTract plus a bit of plot.

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* ''The Green Face'' and later novels by Gustav Meyrink were an AuthorTract Author Tract plus a bit of plot.



* Norman Spinrad's ''Literature/TheIronDream''. An AlternateHistory UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler (who became a writer instead of a politician) writes ''Lord Of The Swastika'', a pulp SF adventure with a plot that mirrors the real-world rise of the Third Reich. It's followed by a review where a scholar heaps praise on Hitler as a brilliant writer of rollicking good adventure stories, and whose only criticism is that he thinks it was a bit implausible for the protagonist to rise to power by creating a rather silly cult of personality and machismo. Naturally the whole thing is one giant TakeThat at the BrokenAesop morality of pulp SF and fantasy stories--and more generally, a TakeThat at Utopian fiction in general, satirizing the idea that you can write a book to "prove" your social theory will work in practice. In other words, it's an AuthorTract about Author Tracts (specifically saying that if your tract is about the real world--rather than fiction--it's pointless).

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* Norman Spinrad's ''Literature/TheIronDream''. An AlternateHistory UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler (who became a writer instead of a politician) writes ''Lord Of The Swastika'', a pulp SF adventure with a plot that mirrors the real-world rise of the Third Reich. It's followed by a review where a scholar heaps praise on Hitler as a brilliant writer of rollicking good adventure stories, and whose only criticism is that he thinks it was a bit implausible for the protagonist to rise to power by creating a rather silly cult of personality and machismo. Naturally the whole thing is one giant TakeThat at the BrokenAesop morality of pulp SF and fantasy stories--and more generally, a TakeThat at Utopian fiction in general, satirizing the idea that you can write a book to "prove" your social theory will work in practice. In other words, it's an AuthorTract Author Tract about Author Tracts (specifically saying that if your tract is about the real world--rather than fiction--it's pointless).



* ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series contains a strong and not at all subtle message about how TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar exist for a ''very'' good reason, and that violating them "just this once because it's important" is a surefire way to end up SlowlySlippingIntoEvil. Given some recent trends in military science-fiction this is both [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped necessary]] and [[TropesAreNotBad a refreshing change]].

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* ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series contains a strong and not at all subtle message about how TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar exist for a ''very'' good reason, and that violating them "just this once because it's important" is a surefire way to end up SlowlySlippingIntoEvil. Given some recent trends in military science-fiction this is both [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped necessary]] and [[TropesAreNotBad a refreshing change]].



** Hailey's novels in general often go into AuthorTract territory, as the author has one or another of his character expatiate on a particular failing of the business he is examining in the current book. For instance, ''Airport'' goes into a lot of detail about aviation safety, how people who complain about airport noise are in fact sometimes deluded by real-estate promoters looking to make a buck, and the evils of "flight insurance" (a type of life insurance which, at the time the novel was published, could be purchased by passengers worried about whether they would survive the flight).

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** Hailey's novels in general often go into AuthorTract Author Tract territory, as the author has one or another of his character expatiate on a particular failing of the business he is examining in the current book. For instance, ''Airport'' goes into a lot of detail about aviation safety, how people who complain about airport noise are in fact sometimes deluded by real-estate promoters looking to make a buck, and the evils of "flight insurance" (a type of life insurance which, at the time the novel was published, could be purchased by passengers worried about whether they would survive the flight).



* ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', by George Orwell, is an {{Anvilicious}} AuthorTract based on his vision of the Soviet Union and on what rampant ideological totalitarianism can lead to.

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* ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', by George Orwell, is an {{Anvilicious}} AuthorTract Author Tract based on his vision of the Soviet Union and on what rampant ideological totalitarianism can lead to.



** ''Literature/OrsonScottCardsEmpire'', where the characters will [[AuthorFilibuster pause during the action]] to explain exactly why sweeping demonizations of the views of others are destructive. Part of it comes from the ridiculous premise--he was hired to write the backstory for [[ShadowComplex a video game]] about a second American Civil War taking place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, with the opposing sides being [[StrawmanPolitical strawman versions]] of the Democrats and Republicans.

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** ''Literature/OrsonScottCardsEmpire'', where the characters will [[AuthorFilibuster pause during the action]] to explain exactly why sweeping demonizations of the views of others are destructive. Part of it comes from the ridiculous premise--he was hired to write the backstory for [[ShadowComplex [[VideoGame/ShadowComplex a video game]] about a second American Civil War taking place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, with the opposing sides being [[StrawmanPolitical strawman versions]] of the Democrats and Republicans.



* Creator/PiersAnthony does these occasionally. One story he wrote was basically a TakeThat explaining why the sci-fi publishing business was worthless (Anthony having struggled against it for quite some time before learning the tricks of the trade). One supposes that subjectivity enters in over where the line is drawn between AuthorTract, AuthorFilibuster, and AuthorAppeal where his other books fall, though he's never been very shy about making his ideas on sexuality (and the ages at which people take notice of it), body modesty, and other things an important plot element of his stories.

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* Creator/PiersAnthony does these occasionally. One story he wrote was basically a TakeThat explaining why the sci-fi publishing business was worthless (Anthony having struggled against it for quite some time before learning the tricks of the trade). One supposes that subjectivity enters in over where the line is drawn between AuthorTract, Author Tract, AuthorFilibuster, and AuthorAppeal where his other books fall, though he's never been very shy about making his ideas on sexuality (and the ages at which people take notice of it), body modesty, and other things an important plot element of his stories.



** Their much later album, ''Roll the Bones'', particularly the title track, can be seen as an AuthorTract repudiating their earlier Objectivism, or at least softening it greatly; and propounding more of a 'life is random, you deal with what you get' attitude, incorporated with a strong anti-religion/superstition message.
* StanRogers sang unabashedly about many social issues, but really only dabbled tractfully into politics by taking on the subject of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles with his song "House of Orange" -- this despite being Canadian, not Irish.

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** Their much later album, ''Roll the Bones'', particularly the title track, can be seen as an AuthorTract Author Tract repudiating their earlier Objectivism, or at least softening it greatly; and propounding more of a 'life is random, you deal with what you get' attitude, incorporated with a strong anti-religion/superstition message.
* StanRogers Music/StanRogers sang unabashedly about many social issues, but really only dabbled tractfully into politics by taking on the subject of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles with his song "House of Orange" -- this despite being Canadian, not Irish.



* ToddRundgren's 1975 album ''Initiation'' was a retort to his fans who wanted him to ditch the synthesizers and Buddhist symbolism that had crept into his crunchy rock sound. Instead, he went on for 68 full minutes about it, telling his fans that he was a "Real Man" "Born to Synthesize", and taunting them to follow him or lose him forever. Then came the 32 minute synth freakout that closed the album, containing movements named after the seven chakras.

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* ToddRundgren's Music/ToddRundgren's 1975 album ''Initiation'' was a retort to his fans who wanted him to ditch the synthesizers and Buddhist symbolism that had crept into his crunchy rock sound. Instead, he went on for 68 full minutes about it, telling his fans that he was a "Real Man" "Born to Synthesize", and taunting them to follow him or lose him forever. Then came the 32 minute synth freakout that closed the album, containing movements named after the seven chakras.



* After its creator's conversion to born-again Christianity, ''{{BC}}'' became notorious for its pro-Christian sermonizing, including one infamous Easter strip showing a menorah transforming into a cross (WordOfGod was that this was merely his way of expressing a new religion coming into its own). Which may seem weird given the apparent caveman setting, but there was a strip ("Hey, I found this paper from 2004...") that implies ''B.C.'' actually takes place AfterTheEnd, not prehistoric but rather post-Rapture. With Hart's grandson, Mason Mastroianni, in the writer's seat, the preachiness has been dropped and the strip has returned to gag-a-day format.

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* After its creator's conversion to born-again Christianity, ''{{BC}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' became notorious for its pro-Christian sermonizing, including one infamous Easter strip showing a menorah transforming into a cross (WordOfGod was that this was merely his way of expressing a new religion coming into its own). Which may seem weird given the apparent caveman setting, but there was a strip ("Hey, I found this paper from 2004...") that implies ''B.C.'' actually takes place AfterTheEnd, not prehistoric but rather post-Rapture. With Hart's grandson, Mason Mastroianni, in the writer's seat, the preachiness has been dropped and the strip has returned to gag-a-day format.



* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' and its sequels seem to be one big AuthorTract against Extremism, in addition to having more mainstream anti-slavery and anti-discrimination themes. The second game also handles the issues with Collectivism and its WithUsOrAgainstUs mentality.
* Several members from the [=GTAForums=] community [[http://gtaforums.com/topic/680404-gta-lcs-is-censored-in-russia/ pointed out efforts of a Russian hacker named Dageron]], which began as a series of [[FanTranslation fan translations]] for the ''GrandTheftAuto'' series of games that eventually ended up as a means to turn them into a platform for him to push his extreme right-wing, Russian ultranationalist/monarchist ideology, replacing billboards with author-tract messages about the purported dangers of gaming and censoring or nulling out missions and references he deems sacrilegious or offensive.

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* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' and its sequels seem to be one big AuthorTract Author Tract against Extremism, in addition to having more mainstream anti-slavery and anti-discrimination themes. The second game also handles the issues with Collectivism and its WithUsOrAgainstUs mentality.
* Several members from the [=GTAForums=] community [[http://gtaforums.com/topic/680404-gta-lcs-is-censored-in-russia/ pointed out efforts of a Russian hacker named Dageron]], which began as a series of [[FanTranslation fan translations]] for the ''GrandTheftAuto'' ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series of games that eventually ended up as a means to turn them into a platform for him to push his extreme right-wing, Russian ultranationalist/monarchist ideology, replacing billboards with author-tract messages about the purported dangers of gaming and censoring or nulling out missions and references he deems sacrilegious or offensive.



* ''VideoGame/CaptainBibleInDomeOfDarkness'' is chocked-full of AuthorTract. It's a Christian video game, and it shows - there are tons of [[BrokenAesop not-so-nice lessons]] in the game like that [[ScienceIsWrong science and religion are incompatible]], every line of thought other than Christianity is wrong and a lie, and that you should [[AbusiveParents beat your children]].
* In the first ''LeftBehind'', most every unit on your side is assigned a name and history complete with conversion story about how finding Jesus fixed their life. Neutral (and borderline hostile) units can be recruited by evangelizing at them, while the evil recruiters are (white) rap artists (because secular media are evil and will take you away from God). Every mission is even followed by an explicit tract on some right-wing evangelical Christian bugaboo that has nothing to do with the game, like why evolution is evil and wrong, or how archaeology is proving the Bible 100% accurate.

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* ''VideoGame/CaptainBibleInDomeOfDarkness'' is chocked-full of AuthorTract.Author Tract. It's a Christian video game, and it shows - there are tons of [[BrokenAesop not-so-nice lessons]] in the game like that [[ScienceIsWrong science and religion are incompatible]], every line of thought other than Christianity is wrong and a lie, and that you should [[AbusiveParents beat your children]].
* In the first ''LeftBehind'', ''Literature/LeftBehind'', most every unit on your side is assigned a name and history complete with conversion story about how finding Jesus fixed their life. Neutral (and borderline hostile) units can be recruited by evangelizing at them, while the evil recruiters are (white) rap artists (because secular media are evil and will take you away from God). Every mission is even followed by an explicit tract on some right-wing evangelical Christian bugaboo that has nothing to do with the game, like why evolution is evil and wrong, or how archaeology is proving the Bible 100% accurate.



** Then he did it again with the ''Lonesome Road'' DLC for ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' via [[AuthorAvatar the character of Ulysses]], this time, [[TheScrappy the deconstruction didn't have nearly as many fans]].
* It's very, very evident that the developers of the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series aren't big fans of Japanese IdolSinger culture - more specifically, the exploitative nature of it from managers and producers.
** The ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' duology features Ginji Sasaki, producer of the in-universe idol group "MUSES" - a guy depicted as a washed-up, OneHitWonder pedophile who's so desperate and selfish to get his own fame back that he [[spoiler:performs a demonic ritual]].

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** Then he did it again with the ''Lonesome Road'' DLC for ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' via [[AuthorAvatar the character of Ulysses]], this time, [[TheScrappy the deconstruction didn't have nearly as many fans]].
* It's very, very evident that the developers of the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series aren't big fans of Japanese IdolSinger culture - more specifically, the exploitative nature of it from managers and producers.
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** The ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' duology features Ginji Sasaki, producer of the in-universe idol group "MUSES" - a guy depicted as a washed-up, OneHitWonder pedophile who's so desperate and selfish to get his own fame back that he [[spoiler:performs a demonic ritual]].



* The online flash series ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' is deeply immersed in AuthorTract, all taken Brooke Burgess' new-found (as of the original writing) philosophical outlook on life. He also makes no secret of his political views, particularly as regards the relationship between the U.S. and Iraq post-Gulf War I. One of the main protagonists is an Iraqi 'freedom fighter' who is struggling to balance his desire for justice against the Western invaders and the peaceful teachings of his religion. It is worth noting that the series was well under way before 9/11, and was almost completed before the second Gulf War.

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* The online flash series ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' is deeply immersed in AuthorTract, Author Tract, all taken Brooke Burgess' new-found (as of the original writing) philosophical outlook on life. He also makes no secret of his political views, particularly as regards the relationship between the U.S. and Iraq post-Gulf War I. One of the main protagonists is an Iraqi 'freedom fighter' who is struggling to balance his desire for justice against the Western invaders and the peaceful teachings of his religion. It is worth noting that the series was well under way before 9/11, and was almost completed before the second Gulf War.



* Creator/DanaSimpson tended to veer into left-wing politics in regards to her OrphanedSeries ''WebComic/RaineDog'', with {{Anvilicious}} soapboxing about "Blue State" Democrats and transgenderism, coupled with the UnfortunateImplications of the various intended metaphors. Previously, ''I Drew This!'' was pretty openly a political comic, but even her ''least'' political webcomic, ''WebComic/OzyAndMillie'', still had political commentary, usually with geoglobal politics boiled down to playground puppets, and famously [[GenkiGirl Millie's]] [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Mr. W sockpuppet]]. (''PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'', however, has averted this trope, which may explain in part why it was the first Simpson comic to win syndication.)

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* Creator/DanaSimpson tended to veer into left-wing politics in regards to her OrphanedSeries ''WebComic/RaineDog'', with {{Anvilicious}} soapboxing about "Blue State" Democrats and transgenderism, coupled with the UnfortunateImplications of the various intended metaphors. Previously, ''I Drew This!'' was pretty openly a political comic, but even her ''least'' political webcomic, ''WebComic/OzyAndMillie'', still had political commentary, usually with geoglobal politics boiled down to playground puppets, and famously [[GenkiGirl Millie's]] [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Mr. W sockpuppet]]. (''PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'', (''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'', however, has averted this trope, which may explain in part why it was the first Simpson comic to win syndication.)



* For ''Literature/{{Pyrrhic}}'' the author went on a fairly lengthy one in the ending author's notes of the seventeenth chapter in regards to the UnfortunateImplications behind DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale and how it's just as bad as the opposite. He also decried the use of RapeAsBackstory, saying that it disgusted him. However, in story, he justified the scene where [[spoiler:Xenia rapes Tom]] in order to have a healthy discussion on why these dark subjects need to be stopped and to help people understand why mocking these tropes is a good way to demean those who have been affected by them. He then said [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he'd get off of his soapbox]]. However, SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* {{Discussed}} by Blog/WorstMuse: "Don't think of it as a novel. Think of it as a chance to retroactively win every argument you have ever walked away from."

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* For ''Literature/{{Pyrrhic}}'' the author went on a fairly lengthy one in the ending author's notes of the seventeenth chapter in regards to the UnfortunateImplications behind DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale and how it's just as bad as the opposite. He also decried the use of RapeAsBackstory, saying that it disgusted him. However, in story, he justified the scene where [[spoiler:Xenia rapes Tom]] in order to have a healthy discussion on why these dark subjects need to be stopped and to help people understand why mocking these tropes is a good way to demean those who have been affected by them. He then said [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments he'd get off of his soapbox]]. However, SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* {{Discussed}} {{Discussed|Trope}} by Blog/WorstMuse: "Don't think of it as a novel. Think of it as a chance to retroactively win every argument you have ever walked away from." "



** Parodied with the film ''[[LeftBehind Left Below]]'' from "Thank God, It's Doomsday".

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** Parodied with the film ''[[LeftBehind ''[[Literature/LeftBehind Left Below]]'' from "Thank God, It's Doomsday".



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' often devotes episodes to be heavy handed over the top AuthorTract, with StrawmanPolitical.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' often devotes episodes to be heavy handed over the top AuthorTract, Author Tract, with StrawmanPolitical.
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* ''Noir'' by K.W. Jeter is a {{Doorstopper}} set in a {{Dystopia}}n {{Cyberpunk}} CrapsackWorld. The main character is a "Copyright Cop" who spends most of the book [[AuthorFilibuster discussing]] how people who [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil infringe copyrights]] should be ''[[DisproportionateRetribution dismembered and tortured]]'' because, in the Information Age setting of the book, [[FelonyMisdemeanor copyright violation is worse]] than ''all'' other crimes. Jeter's personal website indicates that he's against copyright violations himself.

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* ''Noir'' by K.W. Jeter Creator/KWJeter is a {{Doorstopper}} set in a {{Dystopia}}n {{Cyberpunk}} CrapsackWorld. The main character is a "Copyright Cop" who spends most of the book [[AuthorFilibuster discussing]] how people who [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil infringe copyrights]] should be ''[[DisproportionateRetribution dismembered and tortured]]'' because, in the Information Age setting of the book, [[FelonyMisdemeanor copyright violation is worse]] than ''all'' other crimes. Jeter's personal website indicates that he's against copyright violations himself.
5th Sep '17 4:38:20 AM GnomeTitan
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* Comedy in general tends to allow the writer to palatably express their own views in an entertaining way, either as themselves or through a character that ironically says the opposite of what the author thinks.



* Dara Ó Briain has been known to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMvMb90hem8 rant about science]] in his standup.

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%% * Dara Ó Briain O'Briain has been known to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMvMb90hem8 rant about science]] in his standup.
4th Sep '17 9:12:09 PM PaulA
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* Creator/HPLovecraft's short story ''Silver Key'' consists almost entirely of his AuthorAvatar Randolph Carter, who is exactly like Lovecraft except that his family didn't lose its wealth and prestige musing about all things wrong with the society. He bashes both religion and science for their obsession with order and structure, and declares that dreams are equal to reality, and that the only things worth valuing in a meaningless universe are beauty and harmony. The ending implies a romanticized view of suicide, as Carter abandons the Waking World, ironically in perfect opposite to the {{Aesop}} he was supposed to have learned in ''The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath''.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft's short story ''Silver Key'' "The Silver Key" consists almost entirely of his AuthorAvatar Randolph Carter, who is exactly like Lovecraft except that his family didn't lose its wealth and prestige prestige, musing about all things wrong with the society. He bashes both religion and science for their obsession with order and structure, and declares that dreams are equal to reality, and that the only things worth valuing in a meaningless universe are beauty and harmony. The ending implies a romanticized view of suicide, as Carter abandons the Waking World, ironically in perfect opposite to the {{Aesop}} he was supposed to have learned in ''The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath''.''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath''.
4th Sep '17 9:23:47 AM system
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4th Sep '17 12:06:28 AM ChristianAli
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** ''Literature/TheLastBattle'' actually sees CS Lewis accused of an ortho tract, when really the jury is still out as to whether he meant it or not. Susan does not get into Aslan's country at the end of the novel and Narnia series, supposedly for no other reason than she's interested in attending parties with men. {{Death of the author}}, Coupled with accusations of misogyny (in a children's book, no less)) have caused diehard British feminists (including Creator/JKRowling and Creator/NeilGaiman) to treat the book with A tremendous amount of contempt.Once again this is a children's novel.

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** ''Literature/TheLastBattle'' actually sees CS Lewis accused of an ortho author tract, when really the jury is still out as to whether he meant it or not. Susan does not get into Aslan's country at the end of the novel and Narnia series, supposedly for no other reason than she's interested in in attending parties with men. {{Death of the author}}, {{Deathoftheauthor}}, Coupled with with accusations of misogyny (in a children's book, no less)) have caused diehard British feminists (including Creator/JKRowling and Creator/NeilGaiman) to treat the book with with A tremendous amount of contempt.[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic Once again this is a children's novel.novel]]



** Even when Adam doesn't have all the answers himself, the idea of keeping one's virginity until marriage is ruined by his {{Feminist|Oh so empowered}} Sister, Emily.

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** Even **Even when Adam doesn't have all the answers himself, the idea of keeping one's virginity until marriage is ruined by his {{Feminist|Oh so empowered}} Sister, Emily.
4th Sep '17 12:00:30 AM ChristianAli
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* Sherwood Pictures makes films (such as ''Film/FacingTheGiants'' and ''Film/{{Courageous}}'') that are specifically intended to teach about [[AsTheGoodBookSays Christian morality]]. This makes sense, as they're produced and financed by a Baptist church.



** ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce,'' an allegory about how people must deliberately choose to reject God and happiness, damning themselves to a life of selfishness.
** ''Literature/ThePilgrimsRegress,'' which Lewis wrote this as a deliberate allegory when he thought his path to conversion was typical. He later found out it wasn't.
** ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters.'' This is especially true due to Lewis noting in the introduction that, being a demon, Screwtape is an UnreliableNarrator.
** ''Literature/TheSilverChair''
*** The scene where the Lady of the Green Kirtle is set up as a HollywoodAtheist of the "completely evil" variety and Lewis puts into her mouth some deliberately skewed philosophical arguments against the existence of Aslan (particularly bad because the Green Lady actually ''knows'' that Aslan exists, and is just straight-up lying, which is another common stereotype regarding atheists).
*** There is also Santa, of all people, who discourages Susan and Lucy from fighting, because they're girls. ("War is ugly when women fight"). One would expect Santa to be anti-war, but he does give their brother a sword, so there is that.

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** ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce,'' an allegory about how people must deliberately choose to reject God and happiness, damning themselves to a life of selfishness.
** ''Literature/ThePilgrimsRegress,'' which Lewis wrote this as a deliberate allegory when he thought his path to conversion was typical. He later found out it wasn't.
** ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters.'' This is especially true due to Lewis noting in the introduction that, being a demon, Screwtape is an UnreliableNarrator.
** ''Literature/TheSilverChair''
*** The scene where the Lady of the Green Kirtle is set up as a HollywoodAtheist of the "completely evil" variety and Lewis puts into her mouth some deliberately skewed philosophical arguments against the existence of Aslan (particularly bad because the Green Lady
''Literature/TheLastBattle'' actually ''knows'' that Aslan exists, and sees CS Lewis accused of an ortho tract, when really the jury is just straight-up lying, which is another common stereotype regarding atheists).
*** There is also Santa, of all people, who discourages
still out as to whether he meant it or not. Susan and Lucy from fighting, because they're girls. ("War is ugly when women fight"). One would expect Santa to be anti-war, but he does give their brother not get into Aslan's country at the end of the novel and Narnia series, supposedly for no other reason than she's interested in attending parties with men. {{Death of the author}}, Coupled with accusations of misogyny (in a sword, so there children's book, no less)) have caused diehard British feminists (including Creator/JKRowling and Creator/NeilGaiman) to treat the book with A tremendous amount of contempt.Once again this is that. a children's novel.



* Every episode of WebVideo/AdamRuinsEverything centers around the titular Adam attempting to disprove a popular notion about his topic, whether the episode be about the romanticism of proposals or the effectiveness of a border wall. Each time, Adam is portrayed as correct, even if he's obnoxious about it.

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* Every episode of WebVideo/AdamRuinsEverything centers around the titular Adam attempting to disprove a popular notion about his topic, whether the episode be about the romanticism of proposals or the effectiveness of a border wall. Each time, Other topics also include {{don't they know it's Christmas| Christmas}}{{Heaven tropes| views on death and the afterlife}}, Christopher Columbus[Along with exploration in general], and {{Christian school tropes| private schooling}}. Are you seeing a pattern here?
**Even when
Adam doesn't have all the answers himself, the idea of keeping one's virginity until marriage is portrayed as correct, even if he's obnoxious about it.ruined by his {{Feminist|Oh so empowered}} Sister, Emily.
2nd Sep '17 12:38:51 PM Random888
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* The ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' CrackFic ''FanFic/BecomingFemale'' is, at least superficially, a tract against sexism, with all the villains, especially [[RonTheDeathEater Ron]], being absurdly over-the-top {{Straw Misogynist}}s. However, the feminist "heroes" are such ridiculous {{Jerk Sue}}s that some suspect that this whole thing is actually a disguised anti-feminist tract. Either way, this trope is in effect.
29th Aug '17 11:11:44 AM CosmicFerret
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* Hideo Kojima's ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series has a tendency to pause the action for ''long'' cutscenes proclaiming the danger of nukes. [[http://www.gamespite.net/toastywiki/index.php/Site/ThumbnailMetalGearSolid1-01 Metal Gear Solid Thumbnail Theatre]] mocks this by occasionally substituting the name of the nuclear expert with that of Kojima:

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* Hideo Kojima's ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series has a tendency to pause the action for ''long'' cutscenes proclaiming the danger of nukes. [[http://www.gamespite.net/toastywiki/index.php/Site/ThumbnailMetalGearSolid1-01 Metal Gear Solid Thumbnail Theatre]] mocks this by occasionally substituting the name of the nuclear expert with that of Kojima:
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