Created By: dalek955 on May 13, 2011 Last Edited By: dalek955 on December 1, 2011

Aesop Incoming

The traits that the episode contains An Aesop about are accentuated at the beginning of the episode.

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Alice and Bob (part of the same team) have some problem between them. Maybe they aren't speaking to each other, or they accuse each other of being lazy, or they can't stop playing nasty pranks. Whatever it is, it annoys the other characters and disrupts the nakama, and given the problems they face, they can't afford that. This episode, Alice and Bob are going to learn An Aesop about The Power of Trust or The Power of Friendship, and their problem will be solved and leave them the stronger for it.

You can tell this is going to happen, because at the beginning of the episode, they're at it worse than ever.

This trope usually happens in episodic shows, where each problem can spend an entire episode being addressed. Note that the solution need not stick, and in fact might even Snap Back at the end of the Very Special Episode. If the problem didn't even exist before this episode, it's a Compressed Vice.


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  • May 13, 2011
    Very common formula in kiddie shows where every episode is about an aesop. About two minutes into the episode, you'll know what the problem is and what the aesop will be. Bonus points if the problems are contradictary to the status quo.

    I'll say... Franklin (the turtle), but cannot recall the name of the show.
  • May 21, 2011
    ^ I think that IS the name of the show.
  • May 21, 2011
    I'm pretty sure Compressed Vice fits into this somehow. If Bob suddenly shows up swigging beer when he never has before, you know what's coming.
  • May 21, 2011
    Compressed Vice would count, but the purest form is when a problem in the team that's always been there suddenly gets worse.
  • May 22, 2011
    So is this covered by Foreshadowing, or is it a Sub Trope?
  • May 22, 2011
  • May 23, 2011
    This is used a lot in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. For example, "Look Before You Sleep" opens with a big argument between Applejack and Rarity, and the rest of the episode is devoted to them sorting out their differences.
  • May 25, 2011
    Maybe the title should be Aesop Incoming, that way it's grouped alphabetically with other Aesop tropes when listed on a works page.
  • July 16, 2011
  • July 16, 2011
    In The Simpsons episode Brawl in the Family, you know the Aesop will be about working together as a family since the beginning has the family getting into a physical fight over Monopoly. Particularly interesting in that you could split the episode into two halves, in the end of the first half the family works together to save their social worker, and the second half seems totally irrelevant until the end, which calls back the Aesop about working together as a family.