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13th Jul '16 12:16:06 PM BattleMaster
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* ''ComicBook/PS238'' plays the trope for comedy in the form of America Eagle and USA Patriot Act a pair of superheroes-in-training who were sponsored by the Democrat and Republican parties, respectively. They spend most of their time arguing by throwing different liberal and conservative talking points that they obviously aren't old enough to fully comprehend at each other.
12th Jul '16 3:08:54 AM matteste
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* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', the Celtic demon Dagda takes the cynical side in a SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism argument between him and Danu. Problem is that the game is dead-set of portraying him as wrong, setting him out as a stubborn, cynical jerk who's just lashing out against the world and puts the player [[YouBastard as a bastard]] for daring to side with him. However to anyone who is even remotely familiar with the series meta-physics, [[StrawmanHasAPoint he makes the stronger argument]] in contrast to Danu, who seems completely blind to how their universe works.
6th Jul '16 7:47:38 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ''Film/ThePurge'' films are as close as mainstream entertainment has come to StrawmanPolitical: TheMovie, which becomes exponentially more anvilicious with each sequel. By the third movie, anyone of even the slightest conservative bent is depicted as a mass-murdering, white-supremacist religious fanatic out to slaughter everyone who isn't exactly like them for the benefit of their rich and equally white, racist, religious overlords. That said, the writers' overtly aggressive {{Demonization}} and [[ArtisticLicense utter cluelessness about real-world politics and socioeconomics]] has to make it pretty hard for conservative viewers to take this sort of extreme depiction very seriously.

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* ''Film/ThePurge'' films are as close as mainstream entertainment has come to StrawmanPolitical: TheMovie, which becomes exponentially more anvilicious with each sequel. By the third movie, anyone of even the slightest conservative bent is depicted as a mass-murdering, white-supremacist religious fanatic out to slaughter everyone who isn't exactly like them for the benefit of their rich and equally white, racist, religious overlords. That said, the writers' overtly aggressive vicious {{Demonization}} and [[ArtisticLicense utter cluelessness about real-world politics politics, sociology and socioeconomics]] has economics]] makes these characters come off so extreme as to make it pretty hard seem like abstractions, so it'd have to be difficult for conservative any right-leaning viewers to take this sort of extreme depiction very them seriously.
6th Jul '16 1:16:14 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ''Film/ThePurge'' films are as close as mainstream entertainment has come to StrawmanPolitical: TheMovie, which becomes exponentially more anvilicious with each sequel. By the third movie, anyone of even the slightest conservative bent is depicted as a mass-murdering, white-supremacist religious fanatic out to slaughter everyone who isn't exactly like them for the benefit of their rich and equally white, racist, religious overlords. That said, the writers' overtly aggressive {{Demonization}} and [[ArtisticLicense utter cluelessness about real-world politics and socioeconomics]] has to make it pretty hard for conservative viewers to take this sort of extreme depiction very seriously.
22nd Jun '16 4:38:21 PM aidreamer
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* In ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', Richard, the TokenEvilTeammate, is a member of the Republican Party. Though [[EvenEvilHasStandards even he]] finds their immigration policy appalling. The Tiny Dick BSideComics are almost exclusively this, using a miniature version of Richard to portray various people and opinions in a negative or occasionally positive light.

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* In ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', Richard, the TokenEvilTeammate, is a member of the Republican Party. Though [[EvenEvilHasStandards even he]] finds their immigration policy appalling. The Tiny Dick BSideComics are almost exclusively this, using a miniature version of Richard to portray various people and opinions in a negative or occasionally positive light. Tiny Dick is largely used to promote Democratic Socialism while putting down Conservatism and other related ideologies.
20th Jun '16 12:23:23 PM Midna
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A strawman can have pretty much any viewpoint. Why bother addressing the real issues of, for example, gun control, when you can instead portray all firearms advocates as bearded, racist, hillbilly lunatics ranting about black helicopters and wanting to own their own nuclear warheads? And so it goes with other examples; capitalists literally worship the bottom line and would sell their own kids if they could; liberals are all [[DirtyCommunists secret Communists]] aiming to destroy morality and personal choice; scientists shake their fist at God while plotting to surpass Him; the religious are wide-eyed, superstitious madmen; feminists want to kill all men; and so on.

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A strawman can have pretty much any viewpoint. Why bother addressing the real issues of, for example, gun control, when you can instead portray all firearms advocates as bearded, racist, hillbilly lunatics ranting about black helicopters and wanting to own their own nuclear warheads? And so it goes with other examples; capitalists literally worship the bottom line and would sell their own kids if they could; liberals are all [[DirtyCommunists secret Communists]] aiming to destroy morality and personal choice; conservatives are constantly-outraged intolerant bigots who want nothing more than to see oppressed minorities suffer; scientists shake their fist at God while plotting to surpass Him; the religious are wide-eyed, superstitious madmen; feminists want to kill all men; and so on.
17th Jun '16 11:52:43 AM PatPayne
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** At first, they tried taking a similar, if milder tack with Winchester [[note]] one early episode, possibly an unused Burns plot, has Winchester [[KickTheDog bilking Korean villagers out of their cash]] by buying up expiring military Scrip at a artificially low exchange rate, intending to exchange it at the scheduled currency exchange for an enormous profit [[/note]], but soon gave up as they decided he worked a lot better as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who had major HiddenDepths [[note]] that early Winchester was light years away from a Winchester of just a year or two later, who anonymously [[PetTheDog donated chocolate to an orphanage]] and threatened violence to the orphanage's owner when he mistakenly believed the owner sold the candy for profit -- instead he sold it to buy a year's supply of staple foods for the children, a revelation which calmed Winchester down [[/note]].
29th Mar '16 3:42:25 AM Mareon
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* Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo: All of the good characters are or were supporters of Napoleon or Children born after the French Revolution, and nearly all of the bad ones are royalists [[VillainProtagonist (and The Count of Monte Cristo)]]. Creator/AlexandreDumas' father was a famous soldier in Napoleon's army.
25th Mar '16 12:42:22 AM Mdumas43073
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* Chris Muir's ''[[http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/ Day by Day]]'' has characters on both ends of the political spectrum, but the conservative/libertarian characters (including product designer and Special Ops sniper Zed, black Republican Damon, and [[BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Redheaded Republican Sex Kitten]] Sam) are portrayed as both principled and cool, while liberal Jan is often portrayed as being a bit histrionic and over the top; however, the comic itself points out that the characters respect her because she actually ''believes what she's saying'' and says it because she's honestly trying to help others. This is pointed out in one comic where it's said Jan is a "dove", and that she's sincere about it (as opposed to many who claim the title and simply "sit around and shit all over everything"). There's even an arc chastising Damon for going too far with his arguing against her, where he acknowledges he needs to be more respectful of her ideals. Since having her go through an obligatory OppositesAttract romance with Damon, Jan has increasingly shifted to being a FoxNewsLiberal, with her position of Straw Liberal taken over by Sam's sister [[CousinOliver Skye]], who runs truer to the trope by having nearly no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

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* Chris Muir's ''[[http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/ Day by Day]]'' has characters on both ends of the political spectrum, but the conservative/libertarian characters (including product designer and Special Ops sniper Zed, black Republican Damon, and [[BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Redheaded Republican Sex Kitten]] Sam) are portrayed as both principled and cool, while liberal Jan is often portrayed as being a bit histrionic and over the top; however, the comic itself points out that the characters respect her because she actually ''believes what she's saying'' and says it because she's honestly trying to help others. This is pointed out in one comic where it's said Jan is a "dove", and that she's sincere about it (as opposed to many who claim the title and simply "sit around and shit all over everything"). There's even an arc chastising Damon for going too far with his arguing against her, where he acknowledges he needs to be more respectful of her ideals. Since having her go through an obligatory OppositesAttract romance with Damon, Jan has increasingly shifted to being a FoxNewsLiberal, with her position of Straw Liberal taken over by Sam's sister [[CousinOliver Skye]], who Skye]] (who runs truer to the this trope by having nearly no redeeming qualities whatsoever.whatsoever).
25th Mar '16 12:41:15 AM Mdumas43073
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* Chris Muir's ''[[http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/ Day by Day]]'' has characters on both ends of the political spectrum, but the conservative/libertarian characters (including product designer and Special Ops sniper Zed, black Republican Damon, and [[BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Redheaded Republican Sex Kitten]] Sam) are portrayed as both principled and cool, while liberal Jan is often portrayed as being a bit histrionic and over the top; however, the comic itself points out that the characters respect her because she actually ''believes what she's saying'' and says it because she's honestly trying to help others. This is pointed out in one comic where it's said Jan is a "dove", and that she's sincere about it (as opposed to many who claim the title and simply "sit around and shit all over everything"). There's even an arc chastising Damon for going too far with his arguing against her, where he acknowledges he needs to be more respectful of her ideals. Since having her go through an obligatory OppositesAttract romance with Damon, Jan has increasingly shifted to being a FoxNewsLiberal, with her position of Straw Liberal taken over by Sam's sister [[CousinOliver Skye]], who has nearly no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

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* Chris Muir's ''[[http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/ Day by Day]]'' has characters on both ends of the political spectrum, but the conservative/libertarian characters (including product designer and Special Ops sniper Zed, black Republican Damon, and [[BlondeRepublicanSexKitten Redheaded Republican Sex Kitten]] Sam) are portrayed as both principled and cool, while liberal Jan is often portrayed as being a bit histrionic and over the top; however, the comic itself points out that the characters respect her because she actually ''believes what she's saying'' and says it because she's honestly trying to help others. This is pointed out in one comic where it's said Jan is a "dove", and that she's sincere about it (as opposed to many who claim the title and simply "sit around and shit all over everything"). There's even an arc chastising Damon for going too far with his arguing against her, where he acknowledges he needs to be more respectful of her ideals. Since having her go through an obligatory OppositesAttract romance with Damon, Jan has increasingly shifted to being a FoxNewsLiberal, with her position of Straw Liberal taken over by Sam's sister [[CousinOliver Skye]], who has runs truer to the trope by having nearly no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
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