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17th Feb '18 2:18:10 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* Taken to a truly weird level by one issue of ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' (one that predated the [[MyRealDaddy iconic]] Creator/AlanMoore run). Though the UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode still held some sway back then, ''Swamp Thing'' was emphatically ''not'' a series for children, and freely talked about children being abducted and killed by the stranger (the story was, in fact, RippedFromTheHeadlines of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_murders_of_1979%E2%80%9381 the Atlanta child murders]]). The weirdness comes in when it turns out the killer is a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed very on-the-nose parody]] of ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]''. It turned out he was [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed]], but the narrative implicitly blames him for the murders anyways, because his show teaches little kids to treat every stranger as a friend.

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* Taken to a truly weird level by one issue of ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' (one that predated the [[MyRealDaddy iconic]] Creator/AlanMoore run). Though the UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode still held some sway back then, ''Swamp Thing'' was emphatically ''not'' a series for children, and freely talked about children being abducted and killed by the stranger (the story was, in fact, RippedFromTheHeadlines of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_murders_of_1979%E2%80%9381 the Atlanta child murders]]). The weirdness comes in when it turns out the killer is a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed very on-the-nose parody]] of ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]''. It turned out he Rogers]]'' - who was [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed]], but the narrative implicitly blames him for the murders anyways, because his show teaches little kids to treat every stranger as a friend.
17th Feb '18 2:14:19 PM Rubber_Lotus
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17th Feb '18 2:13:39 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* Taken to a truly weird level by one issue of ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' (one that predated the [[MyRealDaddy iconic]] Creator/AlanMoore run). Though the UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode still held some sway back then, ''Swamp Thing'' was emphatically ''not'' a series for children, and freely talked about children being abducted and killed by the stranger (the story was, in fact, RippedFromTheHeadlines of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_murders_of_1979%E2%80%9381 the Atlanta child murders]]). The weirdness comes in when it turns out the killer is a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed very on-the-nose parody]] of ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]''. It turned out he was [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed]], but the narrative implicitly blames him for the murders anyways, because his show teaches little kids to treat every stranger as a friend.

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* Taken to a truly weird level by one issue of ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' (one that predated the [[MyRealDaddy iconic]] Creator/AlanMoore run). Though the UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode still held some sway back then, ''Swamp Thing'' was emphatically ''not'' a series for children, and freely talked about children being abducted and killed by the stranger (the story was, in fact, RippedFromTheHeadlines of [https://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_murders_of_1979%E2%80%9381 the Atlanta child murders]]). The weirdness comes in when it turns out the killer is a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed very on-the-nose parody]] of ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]''. It turned out he was [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed]], but the narrative implicitly blames him for the murders anyways, because his show teaches little kids to treat every stranger as a friend.
17th Feb '18 2:13:22 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* Taken to a truly weird level by one issue of ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' (one that predated the [[MyRealDaddy iconic]] Creator/AlanMoore run). Though the UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode still held some sway back then, ''Swamp Thing'' was emphatically ''not'' a series for children, and freely talked about children being abducted and killed by the stranger (the story was, in fact, RippedFromTheHeadlines of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_murders_of_1979%E2%80%9381 the Atlanta child murders]). The weirdness comes in when it turns out the killer is a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed very on-the-nose parody]] of ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]''. It turned out he was [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed]], but the narrative implicitly blames him for the murders anyways, because his show teaches little kids to treat every stranger as a friend.

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* Taken to a truly weird level by one issue of ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' (one that predated the [[MyRealDaddy iconic]] Creator/AlanMoore run). Though the UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode still held some sway back then, ''Swamp Thing'' was emphatically ''not'' a series for children, and freely talked about children being abducted and killed by the stranger (the story was, in fact, RippedFromTheHeadlines of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_murders_of_1979%E2%80%9381 the Atlanta child murders]).murders]]). The weirdness comes in when it turns out the killer is a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed very on-the-nose parody]] of ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]''. It turned out he was [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed]], but the narrative implicitly blames him for the murders anyways, because his show teaches little kids to treat every stranger as a friend.
17th Feb '18 2:13:04 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* Taken to a truly weird level by one issue of ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' (one that predated the [[MyRealDaddy iconic]] Creator/AlanMoore run). Though the UsefulNotes/ComicsCodeAuthority still held some sway back then, ''Swamp Thing'' was emphatically ''not'' a series for children, and freely talked about children being abducted and killed by the stranger (the story was, in fact, RippedFromTheHeadlines of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_murders_of_1979%E2%80%9381 the Atlanta child murders)). The weirdness comes in when it turns out the killer is a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed very on-the-nose parody]] of ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]''. It turned out he was [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed]], but the narrative implicitly blames him for the murders anyways, because his show teaches little kids to treat every stranger as a friend.

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* Taken to a truly weird level by one issue of ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' (one that predated the [[MyRealDaddy iconic]] Creator/AlanMoore run). Though the UsefulNotes/ComicsCodeAuthority UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode still held some sway back then, ''Swamp Thing'' was emphatically ''not'' a series for children, and freely talked about children being abducted and killed by the stranger (the story was, in fact, RippedFromTheHeadlines of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_murders_of_1979%E2%80%9381 the Atlanta child murders)).murders]). The weirdness comes in when it turns out the killer is a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed very on-the-nose parody]] of ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]''. It turned out he was [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed]], but the narrative implicitly blames him for the murders anyways, because his show teaches little kids to treat every stranger as a friend.
17th Feb '18 2:12:21 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* Taken to a truly weird level by one issue of ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' (one that predated the [[MyRealDaddy iconic]] Creator/AlanMoore run). Though the UsefulNotes/ComicsCodeAuthority still held some sway back then, ''Swamp Thing'' was emphatically ''not'' a series for children, and freely talked about children being abducted and killed by the stranger (the story was, in fact, RippedFromTheHeadlines of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_murders_of_1979%E2%80%9381 the Atlanta child murders)). The weirdness comes in when it turns out the killer is a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed very on-the-nose parody]] of ''[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]]''. It turned out he was [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed]], but the narrative implicitly blames him for the murders anyways, because his show teaches little kids to treat every stranger as a friend.
21st Jan '18 9:29:40 AM eroock
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* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.

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* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' episode [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojlWCFtqVeY "The Ultimate Weapon" Weapon"]] had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.
21st Jan '18 9:16:08 AM eroock
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* The TropeNamer: the episode "Too Smart for Strangers" of ''Welcome to Pooh Corner'', a mid-'80s production where Franchise/WinnieThePooh and rest of the Hundred Acre Wood crew (of all people) teach children how to not get abducted and subsequently molested. It's actually pretty blunt, with repeated mentions of "private parts" and a (delicate) broaching of the subject of ejaculation. Particularly infamous for the scene that directly addresses child molestation and how to react to it. In ''song''. Despite being the TropeNamer, it's actually a slight subversion, as it does go into detail about how it can be people you know as well as strangers.

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* The TropeNamer: the episode "Too "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDE-IWxU2-A Too Smart for Strangers" Strangers]]" of ''Welcome to Pooh Corner'', a mid-'80s production where Franchise/WinnieThePooh and rest of the Hundred Acre Wood crew (of all people) teach children how to not get abducted and subsequently molested. It's actually pretty blunt, with repeated mentions of "private parts" and a (delicate) broaching of the subject of ejaculation. Particularly infamous for the scene that directly addresses child molestation and how to react to it. In ''song''. Despite being the TropeNamer, it's actually a slight subversion, as it does go into detail about how it can be people you know as well as strangers.
21st Jan '18 8:16:55 AM eroock
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* Subverted in [[http://cityofreality.com/2009/08/01/01-01-monsters/ this strip]] from ''Webcomic/CityOfReality''.

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* Subverted in [[http://cityofreality.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20091123065520/http://cityofreality.com/2009/08/01/01-01-monsters/ this strip]] from ''Webcomic/CityOfReality''.
7th Jan '18 11:37:27 AM SeptimusHeap
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* There was a [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Comic Book]] starring ''{{Spider-Man}}'' in which his next-door-neighbor kid was being molested by his (female) babysitter. In it, Spidey shares that ''he'' was molested, pre-superpowers, [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/superhero2.jpg by someone who looked suspiciously like Uncle Ben]]. Spidey [[BizarroEpisode never references or even acknowledges this story in any other continuity]], but can you really blame him? Supposedly, the original draft of the story said the molester ''was'' Uncle Ben, with all the attendant {{Squick}} involved. One time when ExecutiveMeddling was used for good. Because [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Some Plots Need To Be Censored]].

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* There was a [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Comic Book]] starring ''{{Spider-Man}}'' ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' in which his next-door-neighbor kid was being molested by his (female) babysitter. In it, Spidey shares that ''he'' was molested, pre-superpowers, [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/superhero2.jpg by someone who looked suspiciously like Uncle Ben]]. Spidey [[BizarroEpisode never references or even acknowledges this story in any other continuity]], but can you really blame him? Supposedly, the original draft of the story said the molester ''was'' Uncle Ben, with all the attendant {{Squick}} involved. One time when ExecutiveMeddling was used for good. Because [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Some Plots Need To Be Censored]].
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