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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.
15th Mar '16 4:07:28 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/TheNewsroom'' strode headlong into this from the first episode. Jeff Daniels' character is [[InformedAttribute supposedly]] a conservative, but expresses views that are anything but, including spending more time savaging the Tea Party than reporting on a bombing in New York City. The antagonist is a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Rupert Murdoch played by Creator/JaneFonda, who implies that she bought the network just so she could influence politics. At one point, when Fonda's character accuses Daniels of being biased, he responds "Facts are the center", quoting an interview Sorkin did only a month before the episode in question aired.

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* ''Series/TheNewsroom'' strode headlong used this as part of its series-wide attack on the Tea Party. The ShowWithinAShow's anchor Will [=McAvoy=], a [[FoxNewsLiberal self-described conservative]], and the rest of his staff regularly tear into this from Tea Party-aligned characters on the first episode. Jeff Daniels' show, with Will stating that they are not true conservatives. The straw characters typically collapse under the assault. The trope is regularly addressed, however:
** In one episode, Will struggles to find quality Tea Party guests who can to form an intelligent defense of their opinions, and he has to provide their argument for them, which is a professional embarrassment.
** After another episode, Sorkin defended Will's ability to win a debate with a gay adviser of Rick Santorum because it was necessary for Will to feel guilty about his bullying behavior afterwards for the sake of
character is [[InformedAttribute supposedly]] a conservative, but expresses views that are anything but, including spending more time savaging the Tea Party than reporting on a bombing in New York City. The antagonist is a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Rupert Murdoch played by Creator/JaneFonda, who implies that she bought the network just so she could influence politics. At one point, when Fonda's character accuses Daniels of being biased, he responds "Facts are the center", quoting an interview Sorkin did only a month before the episode in question aired.development.
10th Mar '16 2:42:59 AM LadyJaneGrey
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27th Feb '16 7:47:14 PM merotoker
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* The Literature/MercyThompson series has coherent and dangerous hate groups spring up every time a new supernatural species [[TheUnmasquedWorld leaves the masquerade]]. Often overnight. They are always religious, conservative, and popular enough to push a federal bill to declare werewolves -- at this point, going out of their way to only out their [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires everyday heroes]] [[PhlebotinumRebel using their curses to help others]] -- as non-citizens and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman non-human]]. That's right, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent a bunch of inherently homophobic, sexist, hierarchical werewolves, most of whom seem to be suburban or rural men and their wives]], who tend to work for the military or government, that's what conservative Christians would rail against. Possibly subverted in ''Iron Kissed'', where Mercy infiltrates a hate group in search of a murderer. Her expectations and their posters bring up the typical nut-job concepts, but it's really just a small group of folk worried (justly) about TheFairFolk.

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* The Literature/MercyThompson series has coherent and dangerous hate groups spring up every time a new supernatural species [[TheUnmasquedWorld leaves the masquerade]]. Often overnight. They are always religious, conservative, and popular enough to push a federal bill to declare werewolves -- at this point, going out of their way to only out their [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire everyday heroes]] [[PhlebotinumRebel using their curses to help others]] -- as non-citizens and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman non-human]]. That's right, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent a bunch of inherently homophobic, sexist, hierarchical werewolves, most of whom seem to be suburban or rural men and their wives]], who tend to work for the military or government, that's what conservative Christians would rail against. Possibly subverted in ''Iron Kissed'', where Mercy infiltrates a hate group in search of a murderer. Her expectations and their posters bring up the typical nut-job concepts, but it's really just a small group of folk worried (justly) about TheFairFolk.



* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Anytime anything or anyone shows up anywhere who is a smidgeon right of center, [[MemeticMutation they're going to have a bad time]]

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* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Anytime anything or anyone shows up anywhere who is a smidgeon right of center, [[MemeticMutation they're going to have a bad time]]time]].



* The Weasel News Network of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' is a direct TakeThat against the Creator/FoxNewsChannel. (Get the pun?) Everything about the network is portrayed as CrossingTheLineTwice. For that matter, 90% of the satirical media in ''GTA IV'' is Straw Conservative (at the cost of laughs). ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'' had a talk show where right and left-wing strawmen tried to out-straw each other. Also in ''GTA IV'' there is PLR, a rather blatant Expy of Creator/{{NPR}}, where it has the Straw Liberal viewpoint, but not much of a TakeThat as it is a parody.

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* The Weasel News Network of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' is a direct TakeThat against the Creator/FoxNewsChannel. (Get the pun?) Everything about the network is portrayed as CrossingTheLineTwice.[[CrossesTheLineTwice crossing the line twice]]. For that matter, 90% of the satirical media in ''GTA IV'' is Straw Conservative (at the cost of laughs). ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'' had a talk show where right and left-wing strawmen tried to out-straw each other. Also in ''GTA IV'' there is PLR, a rather blatant Expy of Creator/{{NPR}}, where it has the Straw Liberal viewpoint, but not much of a TakeThat as it is a parody.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' uses these on occasion. The local Republican Party's usual meeting place is in a sinister castle, and their members include Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, Bob Dole (who favors them with a reading from the Necronomicon), and [[VillainBall Mr. Burns]]. In "Sideshow Bob Roberts", the Republicans nominate multiple-convicted attempted murderer Sideshow Bob as a mayoral candidate. They originally mistook a water cooler for the candidate. In the same episode, Quimby (as the democrat incumbent) is said by the Rush Limbaugh parody to be Springfield's "pot-smoking, illiterate, spend-ocrat mayor". Quimby's response (uttered while watering a marijuana plant): "[[ITakeOffenceToThatLastOne Hey! I am no longer illiterate]]."

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' uses these on occasion. The local Republican Party's usual meeting place is in a sinister castle, and their members include Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, Bob Dole (who favors them with a reading from the Necronomicon), and [[VillainBall Mr. Burns]]. In "Sideshow Bob Roberts", the Republicans nominate multiple-convicted attempted murderer Sideshow Bob as a mayoral candidate. They originally mistook a water cooler for the candidate. In the same episode, Quimby (as the democrat incumbent) is said by the Rush Limbaugh parody to be Springfield's "pot-smoking, illiterate, spend-ocrat mayor". Quimby's response (uttered while watering a marijuana plant): "[[ITakeOffenceToThatLastOne "[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne Hey! I am no longer illiterate]]."



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' used to be this. Originally, the show seemed to be created solely for this, but eventually Creator/SethMacFarlane switched all of his strawmanning and [[AuthorFilibuster soapboxing]] back over to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', and apparently allowed ''American Dad'' to actually have a purpose other than "Conservatives are evil".

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' used to be this. Originally, the show seemed to be created solely for this, but eventually Creator/SethMacFarlane Creator/{{Seth MacFarlane}} switched all of his strawmanning and [[AuthorFilibuster soapboxing]] back over to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', and apparently allowed ''American Dad'' to actually have a purpose other than "Conservatives are evil".



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' uses this trope to death; any time a character with conservative leanings appears, you can expect them to be a caricature in line with the most heavy-handed political cartoons. One specific example is Peter's father Francis, a typical [=Strawman=] Conservative religious zealot. Peter can be seen as a Strawman American thanks to his {{Flanderization}} from BumblingDad into self-absorbed {{Jerkass}}. Ironically, Brian (who is often thought of as Creator/SethMacFarlane's AuthorAvatar), dips into [=Strawman=] Liberal at times, showing him to be a faux-intellectual blowhard who campaigns to make himself look important rather than to help others.\\

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' uses this trope to death; any time a character with conservative leanings appears, you can expect them to be a caricature in line with the most heavy-handed political cartoons. One specific example is Peter's father Francis, a typical [=Strawman=] Conservative religious zealot. Peter can be seen as a Strawman American thanks to his {{Flanderization}} from BumblingDad into self-absorbed {{Jerkass}}. Ironically, Brian (who is often thought of as Creator/SethMacFarlane's Creator/{{Seth MacFarlane}}'s AuthorAvatar), dips into [=Strawman=] Liberal at times, showing him to be a faux-intellectual blowhard who campaigns to make himself look important rather than to help others.\\



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26th Jan '16 6:47:03 AM thatmadork
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* While primarily a Western in space, ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' can be seen as a {{Deconstruction}} of Libertarian philosophy, as an idealised Libertarian WarriorPoet (Captain Mal Reynolds) has to deal with the reality of [[CrapsackWorld a wild frontier where government control is minimal and corporate corruption and criminal activity are the norm]]. It's a testament to the show's writing that fan camps can make convincing cases for the Alliance being a government of liberal ''or'' conservative {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s. It could even be said that the show fairly presents both the pros and cons of the Libertarian philosophy through OrderVersusChaos: the Core Worlds are highly developed and peaceful, but the government can pretty much do whatever they damn well please to their citizens up to slicing up a young girl's brain or [[spoiler:dosing entire planets with mind control drugs]]; the Rim Worlds, by contrast, are anarchic and comparatively destitute, but at least there you're free to live as you want, and if anyone threatens you, you can face them in the eye and settle it yourself, or even round up a posse of fellow victims for a little frontier justice. Of course, the overarching message is that a truly ideal society is able to keep a healthy balance, and that any attempt to "[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans rid the world of sin]]" will just cause more harm than good.
21st Jan '16 12:57:35 AM JetpackPercy
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* In the oddest example of this trope, [[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/archives/story-archive/by-tellygunge/ the Tellygunge series]] ''Comeuppance'' combines this with OfficialFanSubmittedContent. The readers vote on which woman with whatever [[TheScrappy disliked occupation]] will be CoveredInGunge. The thing is that all the women are just straw- well, women for the represented occupation (the Tax lady loves lining her pockets with your cash, the dentist loves to scare you, the airline service check lady demands you pay up if you want to fly if you didn't bring your boarding pass etc.) Hence, this leads to a case where a woman coming third (or escapes for 2 nights in a row) is seen as a KarmaHoudini, while the gunging is LazerGuidedKarma for their [[DisproportionateRetribution 'misdeeds']].

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* In the oddest example of this trope, [[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/archives/story-archive/by-tellygunge/ the Tellygunge series]] ''Comeuppance'' combines this with OfficialFanSubmittedContent. The readers vote on which woman with whatever [[TheScrappy disliked occupation]] will be CoveredInGunge. The thing is that all the women are just straw- well, women for the represented occupation (the Tax lady loves lining her pockets with your cash, the dentist loves to scare you, the airline service check lady demands you pay up if you want to fly if you didn't bring your boarding pass etc.) Hence, this leads to a case where a woman coming third (or escapes for 2 nights in a row) is seen as a KarmaHoudini, while the gunging is LazerGuidedKarma LaserGuidedKarma for their [[DisproportionateRetribution 'misdeeds']].
21st Jan '16 12:57:02 AM JetpackPercy
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* In the oddest example of this trope, [[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/archives/story-archive/by-tellygunge/ the Tellygunge series]] ''Comeuppance'' combines this with OfficialFanSubmittedContent. The readers vote on which woman with whatever [[TheScrappy disliked occupation]] will be CoveredInGunge. The thing is that all the women are just straw- well, women for the represented occupation (the Tax lady loves lining her pockets with your cash, the dentist loves to scare you, the airline service check lady demands you pay up if you want to fly if you didn't bring your boarding pass etc.) Hence, this leads to a case where a woman coming third (or escapes for 2 nights in a row) is seen as a KarmaHoudini, while the gunging is LazerGuidedKarma for their [[DisproportionateRetribution 'misdeeds']].



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18th Jan '16 8:39:01 AM Hanz
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* Use of the trope in newspaper editorial cartooning is satirized by ''[[http://www.theonion.com/ The Onion's]]'' "Stan Kelly" (actually, Ward Sutton). In the persona of a cranky conservative, "Kelly" returns again and again to caricatures like the NewAgeRetroHippie ([[http://www.theonion.com/content/cartoon/nov-17-2008 here]]), TeensAreMonsters ([[http://www.theonion.com/content/cartoon/mar-02-2009 here]]), using TheGrimReaper to symbolize disliked trends ([[http://www.theonion.com/content/cartoon/oct-20-2008 throughout]]) and so on. Actually not too far off from the technique of newspaper cartoonist ''Chuck Asay''. And [[strike:half]] almost ''all'' the comics ''have the Statue Of Liberty crying'' (when things are going well for Kelly, she's weeping with joy)

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* Use of the trope in newspaper editorial cartooning is satirized by ''[[http://www.theonion.com/ The Onion's]]'' ''Website/TheOnion's'' "Stan Kelly" (actually, Ward Sutton). In the persona of a cranky conservative, "Kelly" returns again and again to caricatures like the NewAgeRetroHippie ([[http://www.theonion.com/content/cartoon/nov-17-2008 here]]), TeensAreMonsters ([[http://www.theonion.com/content/cartoon/mar-02-2009 here]]), using TheGrimReaper to symbolize disliked trends ([[http://www.theonion.com/content/cartoon/oct-20-2008 throughout]]) and so on. Actually not too far off from the technique of newspaper cartoonist ''Chuck Asay''. And [[strike:half]] almost ''all'' the comics ''have the Statue Of Liberty crying'' (when things are going well for Kelly, she's weeping with joy)
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