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13th Aug '16 1:29:52 PM Morgenthaler
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* Uwe Boll's ''Film/{{Rampage}}'' films are a particularly weird breed of an Author Tract. Its EvilGenius VillainProtagonist Bill Williamson is a deranged psychopath slash domestic terrorist who, while GoingPostal, murders innocent people by the dozens for nothing but his own self-serving reasons. However, at least once per film he'll go on a minutes-long rant explaining that his violent actions are supposed to wake up humanity, giving a very thought-out analysis about political and economic corruption. Considering it's coming from the mouth of a ''mass murderer'', the message is pretty much [[DontShootTheMessage shooting itself in the foot]].
13th Aug '16 11:59:32 AM Jake
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* ''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]].
28th Jul '16 3:21:23 AM Freezer
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** Willis often acknowledges that obsessiveness fanishness, ''even his own'', is Not Okay. This was parodied when he shows up at the store and gets in an armed fight with Ethan over an Administrivia/EditWar. The arc ends with him and his girlfriend sneaking into Ethan's apartment--[[RuleThirtyFour Maggie in a Transformers costume]]--and smashing up his computer so he wouldn't be able to edit the wiki. Then there was the time he made fun of people who said that the second ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Transformers]]'' movie sold out because of all the marketing. In case you don't get it, ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' is probably the most popular and transparently MerchandiseDriven franchise ever.
** Generally Willis places what he considers the "right" opinions into the mouths of minority characters and the "wrong" opinions into the mouths of blatantly strawtastic white straight males. Generally the more of a minority the character is, the more sacrosanct their opinion is to be considered (so you know when the black woman and the lesbian have a conversation, we're meant to take them seriously). [[TheScrappy Except for Maya]], who's generally just a JerkAss despite being a minority ''and'' (apparently) a lesbian.

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** Willis often acknowledges that obsessiveness fanishness, ''even his own'', is Not Okay. This was parodied when he shows up at the store and gets in an armed fight with Ethan over an Administrivia/EditWar. The arc ends with him and his girlfriend sneaking into Ethan's apartment--[[RuleThirtyFour apartment--[[AuthorAppeal Maggie in a Transformers costume]]--and smashing up his computer so he wouldn't be able to edit the wiki. Then there was the time he made fun of people who said that the second ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Transformers]]'' movie sold out because of all the marketing. In case you don't get it, ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' is probably the most popular and transparently MerchandiseDriven franchise ever.
** Generally Willis places what he considers the "right" opinions into the mouths of minority characters and the "wrong" opinions into the mouths of blatantly strawtastic white straight males. Generally the more of a minority the character is, the more sacrosanct their opinion is to be considered (so you know when the black woman and the lesbian have a conversation, we're meant to take them seriously). [[TheScrappy Except for Maya]], who's generally just a JerkAss despite being a minority ''and'' (apparently) a lesbian.
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10th Jul '16 12:36:58 PM nombretomado
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* The online flash series ''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 ''BrokenSaints'' ''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.
2nd Jul '16 1:39:46 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Another Shoji Kawamori piece, ''Anime/MacrossZero'', mixes spectacular mecha battles with the seemingly-opposite message that ''all'' warfare is inherently evil. It's set on an island that's a mostly-primitive Eden, inhabited by [[NobleSavage innocents]]. The [[MagicalNativeAmerican shaman/priestess]] freaks out over the arrival of UN forces to defend the island, saying they're possessed by evil spirits that are prophesied to destroy everything. [[spoiler:For the first half, this is played as "silly superstitious witch doctor". But by the end, you realize that she's ''[[CassandraTruth absolutely right]]''. The island paradise gets tac-nuked into a wasteland, and only her HeroicSacrifice keeps the entire world from being obliterated.]]
** Technically, in the end, she was only half-right. [[spoiler:It was the ''Zentradi'' who wound up destroying most of the Earth and its people, and the culture the humans had lead to the end of the war]].

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* Another Shoji Kawamori Creator/ShojiKawamori piece, ''Anime/MacrossZero'', mixes spectacular mecha battles with the seemingly-opposite message that ''all'' warfare is inherently evil. It's set on an island that's a mostly-primitive Eden, inhabited by [[NobleSavage innocents]]. The [[MagicalNativeAmerican shaman/priestess]] freaks out over the arrival of UN forces to defend the island, saying they're possessed by evil spirits that are prophesied to destroy everything. [[spoiler:For the first half, this is played as "silly superstitious witch doctor". But by the end, you realize that she's ''[[CassandraTruth absolutely right]]''. The island paradise gets tac-nuked into a wasteland, and only her HeroicSacrifice keeps the entire world from being obliterated.]]
** Technically, in the end, ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' shows that she was only half-right. [[spoiler:It was the alien ''Zentradi'' who wound up destroying most of the Earth and its people, and the it's ''human'' culture the humans had lead that leads to the end of the war]].
29th Jun '16 4:18:48 PM Anddrix
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* ''Friends Forever Issue 14'' of ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic]]'', according to author Jeremy Whitley, was written to address what he believed were UnfortunateImplications from the episode ''Dragon Quest''. Whether it succeeded or just came off as incredibly preachy was a [[BaseBreaker huge source of debate]].

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* ''Friends Forever Issue 14'' of ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic]]'', according to author Jeremy Whitley, was written to address what he believed were UnfortunateImplications from the episode ''Dragon Quest''. Whether it succeeded or just came off as incredibly preachy was a [[BaseBreaker huge source of debate]].
21st Jun '16 11:38:32 AM gewunomox
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* OingoBoingo danced around this trope. They drifted into politics occasionally throughout the 1980s... but since DannyElfman's sociopolitical views are (or were) all over the map, he comes off more as an extremely disgruntled anarchist ranting about how he hates everything. He even admitted that the entire point of Oingo Boingo's existence was to "piss everybody off."

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* OingoBoingo Music/OingoBoingo danced around this trope. They drifted into politics occasionally throughout the 1980s... but since DannyElfman's Creator/DannyElfman's sociopolitical views are (or were) all over the map, he comes off more as an extremely disgruntled anarchist ranting about how he hates everything. He even admitted that the entire point of Oingo Boingo's existence was to "piss everybody off."
19th Jun '16 6:22:49 AM VoxAquila
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* ''The Nightly News'' by Creator/JonathanHickman, which prefaces every issue with a WallOfText on the lies and distortions of mass media [[spoiler: is actually a {{Subversion}}; the grassroots LaResistance that fights back only rises due the machinations of a even more ''corrupt'' politician who blames newscasters for costing him a White House run. Hickman's afterword to the comic actually laments how many readers and reviewers ''didn't'' fall for the BaitAndSwitch.]]
19th Jun '16 2:22:21 AM Doug86
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** His ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'' run featured a scene where Solomon Grundy referred to Alan Scott as "ComicBook/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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** His ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'' run featured a scene where Solomon Grundy referred to Alan Scott as "ComicBook/GreenLantern" "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.
14th Jun '16 7:44:25 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/NewsFromNowhere'', published in 1890, is a riposte to ''Looking Backward'', written by another socialist who favored a more agrarian and less urban socialist paradise.
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