History Main / SpaceWhaleAesop

22nd Jun '17 8:11:53 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ''Manga/TriGun'': Don't practise slavery, otherwise [[spoiler: an alien {{Human Alien|s}} [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Ubermensch]] will slaughter half of your species with his giant knife arms]].

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* ''Manga/TriGun'': Don't practise slavery, otherwise [[spoiler: an alien a {{Human Alien|s}} [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Ubermensch]] will slaughter half of your species with his giant knife arms]].
20th Jun '17 8:06:09 AM Chariset
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This trope should not be confused with FantasticAesop. The Fantastic Aesop promotes a course of action which can't even be ''attempted'' in the real world (e.g. "Never use black magic to resurrect the dead") by showing a reasonably plausible set of consequences ("Poor beloved Tropey CameBackWrong".) The Space Whale Aesop promotes a course of action which ''can'' be attempted in RealLife ("don't perform nuclear tests") by showing ''consequences'' that strain credibility ("radiation from the tests will awaken [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} a giant monster]] that destroys Tokyo") instead of a more realistic but not quite as dramatic example ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmvbjcmyKGo it can burn whole buildings if someone is careless]]").

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This trope should not be confused with FantasticAesop. The Fantastic Aesop promotes or discourages a course of action which can't even be ''attempted'' in the real world (e.g. "Never use black magic to resurrect the dead") by showing a reasonably plausible set of consequences ("Poor beloved Tropey CameBackWrong".) The Space Whale Aesop promotes or discourages a course of action which ''can'' be attempted in RealLife ("don't perform nuclear tests") by showing ''consequences'' that strain credibility ("radiation from the tests will awaken [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} a giant monster]] that destroys Tokyo") instead of a more realistic but not quite as dramatic example ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmvbjcmyKGo it can burn whole buildings if someone is careless]]").
26th May '17 1:18:38 PM mariofan1000
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** "Free Willzyx" has a ''literal'' Space Whale Aesop: "If you mess with kids' minds, they will shoot a whale into space." A more typical example: In "It Hits the Fan," "Don't abuse swear words or an EldritchAbomination will awaken!" And from "Fun with Veal": "Eating veal is wrong because it is made from mistreated baby cows, but if you don't eat meat at all, you become a pussy." (yes, quite literally).

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
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** "Free Willzyx" has a ''literal'' Space Whale Aesop: "If you mess with kids' minds, they will shoot a whale into space." A more typical example: In "
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"It Hits the Fan," Fan": "Don't abuse swear words or an EldritchAbomination will awaken!" And from (That said, the real aesop is more like "Swearing isn't wrong, but having certain words be taboo makes them more fun.")
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"Fun with Veal": "Eating veal is wrong because it is made from mistreated baby cows, but if you don't eat meat at all, you become a pussy." (yes, quite literally).
21st Apr '17 4:59:44 PM Zaptech
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* ''Film/IronMan3'': Don't be a jerk to awkward, crippled, disheveled nerds, or they will become evil, rich, and work with terrorists in hopes of destroying your life. Oh, yeah, and [[AudienceAlienatingPremise apparently the one thing that US Army veterans who suffered traumatic amputations want in their lives is]] ''[[AudienceAlienatingPremise more]]'' [[AudienceAlienatingPremise warfare and violence]]. Okaaaay...
5th Apr '17 8:06:37 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* ''[[SelfDemonstrating/Lobo Lobo: I Quit]]'' is another deliberate example played as comedy. Shortly after Jonas Glim lectures Lobo on the dangers of his constant smoking, Lobo gains a wheezing cough and a shadow on his chest X-ray, suggesting not even his healing factor can keep up with the damage he's doing. At the end of the issue, Lobo has completely cured himself of his habit, a fed-up Jonas slugs him in the stomach for accidentally punching him -- and Lobo coughs up [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext the harmonica he swallowed in an earlier fight with a street gang dressed as a Salvation Army band]]; turns out he never had cancer in the first place, to which he promptly celebrates by smoking the tobacco the rest of the gang was smuggling. The moral can best be summed up as "Smoking is bad for you, unless you're the Main Man".

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* ''[[SelfDemonstrating/Lobo ''[[{{SelfDemonstrating/Lobo}} Lobo: I Quit]]'' is another deliberate example played as comedy. Shortly after Jonas Glim lectures Lobo on the dangers of his constant smoking, Lobo gains a wheezing cough and a shadow on his chest X-ray, suggesting not even his healing factor can keep up with the damage he's doing. At the end of the issue, Lobo has completely cured himself of his habit, a fed-up Jonas slugs him in the stomach for accidentally punching him -- and Lobo coughs up [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext the harmonica he swallowed in an earlier fight with a street gang dressed as a Salvation Army band]]; turns out he never had cancer in the first place, to which he promptly celebrates by smoking the tobacco the rest of the gang was smuggling. The moral can best be summed up as "Smoking is bad for you, unless you're the Main Man".
5th Apr '17 8:06:18 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* ''[[SelfDemonstrating/Lobo Lobo: I Quit]]'' is another deliberate example played as comedy. Shortly after Jonas Glim lectures Lobo on the dangers of his constant smoking, Lobo gains a wheezing cough and a shadow on his chest X-ray, suggesting not even his healing factor can keep up with the damage he's doing. At the end of the issue, Lobo has completely cured himself of his habit, a fed-up Jonas slugs him in the stomach for accidentally punching him -- and Lobo coughs up [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext the harmonica he swallowed in an earlier fight with a street gang dressed as a Salvation Army band]]; turns out he never had cancer in the first place, to which he promptly celebrates by smoking the tobacco the rest of the gang was smuggling. The moral can best be summed up as "Smoking is bad for you, unless you're the Main Man".
19th Mar '17 10:36:08 PM GoblinCipher
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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'''s fourth season presents one: always trust immature manchildren if they've tried to imprison your soul in a trading card; if you don't, they'll commit hostile corporate takeover to ''make'' you listen.
13th Feb '17 1:03:52 PM Andyroid
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* The moral of the ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Mathmagic" seems to be "Even if you're not good at something, don't be afraid to try... otherwise you might [[GroundhogDayLoop get caught in a time loop]] or cause a RealityBreakingParadox."
24th Jan '17 12:02:28 PM greatpikminfan
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* The Genocide route of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is still incredibly horrific and effectively deconstructs the concept of grinding in [=RPGs=] and [[spoiler: killing characters you otherwise love in subsequent playthroughs just to see what happens]], but the very last scene takes it UpToEleven and turns the message of the playthrough into 'don't go murdering innocent people otherwise [[spoiler: [[DemonicPossession you'll get possessed by]] [[EnfantTerrible a creature of pure evil]] [[OmnicidalManiac and be forced to destroy the entire world]] [[ButThouMust whether you want to or not]]]]'. Made worse by the fact [[spoiler: said creature possesses your character in every subsequent playthrough and preventing you from ever achieving the GoldenEnding ever again, throwing a layer of FantasticAesop on top of that by implying 'you can't always use time travel to escape the consequences of your actions']].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
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The Genocide route of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is still incredibly horrific and effectively deconstructs the concept of grinding in [=RPGs=] and [[spoiler: killing characters you otherwise love in subsequent playthroughs just to see what happens]], but the very last scene takes it UpToEleven and turns the message of the playthrough into 'don't go murdering innocent people otherwise [[spoiler: [[DemonicPossession you'll get possessed by]] [[EnfantTerrible a creature of pure evil]] [[OmnicidalManiac and be forced to destroy the entire world]] [[ButThouMust whether you want to or not]]]]'. Made worse by the fact [[spoiler: said creature possesses your character in every subsequent playthrough and preventing you from ever achieving the GoldenEnding ever again, throwing a layer of FantasticAesop on top of that by implying 'you can't always use time travel to escape the consequences of your actions']].actions']].
** For the pacifist run: try to resolve issues not with violence, but by talking them out, or else you will be leaving an entire race to be trapped underground because [[spoiler:they would not all gather by the end so that the villain could use their souls (and six previous human souls) to have enough power to break the barrier keeping monsters trapped in should you talk him out of throwing reality in an endless reset loop to play with you because he confused you with his adopted sibling]].



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' :[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003819 This is exactly why babies should not be allowed to dual-wield flintlock pistols.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' :[[http://www.''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
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mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003819 This is exactly why babies should not be allowed to dual-wield flintlock pistols.]]
** Taking drugs to solve your problems and get around developing will result in you becoming [[spoiler:a sugar-like monster with a permanent grin that goes around trying to get your friends in to a four-way marriage and having an obsession with fancy Santas.
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* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', in one of the Halloween episodes, the resident {{Moral Guardian|s}} gets a group of children to go on a tour in her "[[TheMoralSubstitute Hallelujah House]]," showing various scenes of how she views atheists and "the Druids." One of them has a pair of actors talking about wanting to have pre-marital sex. The lady suddenly rotates the scene, now showing morgue cabinets with two pairs of legs marked HIM and HER.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', in one of the Halloween episodes, the resident {{Moral Guardian|s}} gets a group of children to go on a tour in her "[[TheMoralSubstitute Hallelujah House]]," showing various scenes of how she views atheists and "the Druids." One of them has a pair of actors talking about wanting to have pre-marital sex. The lady suddenly rotates the scene, now showing morgue cabinets with two pairs of legs marked HIM and HER. [[TruthInTelevision These are real, believe it or not.]]



** These are real, believe it or not.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' "Decision 3012" gives us "voting Republican will cause robots to rise up and destroy humanity."

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
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"Decision 3012" gives us "voting Republican will cause robots to rise up and destroy humanity.""
** "I Dated a Robot:" Virtual romance is bad because the programs are really kidnapped celebrity heads forced to be illegally cloned in to robots.
19th Jan '17 7:34:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[SpoofAesop Played for laughs]] in ''Website/CollegeHumor'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFR07vsnWjA Extreme Anti-Smoking Ad]]: Smoking will cause [[spoiler:a RobotWar]]. It's also combined with ''DoNotDoThisCoolThing''. Quite a few commenters found it awesome if smoking [[spoiler:turns them into badass killer cyborgs]].

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* [[SpoofAesop Played for laughs]] in ''Website/CollegeHumor'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFR07vsnWjA Extreme Anti-Smoking Ad]]: Smoking will cause [[spoiler:a RobotWar]]. It's also combined with ''DoNotDoThisCoolThing''.DoNotDoThisCoolThing. Quite a few commenters found it awesome if smoking [[spoiler:turns them into badass killer cyborgs]].
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