'''Action Philosophers!''' is a comic book series by artist Ryan Dunlavey and writer Fred Van Lente, it follows the cartoon adventures of caricatures of history's most famous philosophers. Possessing broad humor and making the often complex and metaphorical ideas of philosophy more easily understood than a traditional text would, the comic won the Xeric Grant award in late 2004. The comic concluded with its ninth issue in September 2007.
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!!Philosophers featured in this comic, in order of appearance:
* Creator/{{Plato}}
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche
* [[{{Buddhism}} Bodhidharma]]
* UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson
* St. Augustine of Hippo
* Creator/AynRand
* UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud
* Carl Jung
* Joseph Campbell
* Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli
* Karl Marx
* The Kabbalah
* Rene Descartes
* Jean Paul Sartre
* JacquesDerrida
* Søren Kirkegaard
* St. Thomas Aquinas
* Ludwig Wittgenstein
* The Pre-Socratics
* Creator/{{Aristotle}}
* Epictetus
* Immanuel Kant
* Arthur Schopenhauer
* Georg Hegel
* John Stuart Mill
* Diogenes the Cynic
* [[{{Laozi}} Lao Tzu]]
* Michel Foucault
* David Hume
* Confucious
* George Berkeley
* Francis Bacon
* Jean-Jacques Rousseau
* Thomas Hobbes
* Mary Wallstonecraft
* Baruch Spinoza
* Gottfried Leibniz
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!!This comic provides examples of the following tropes:
* AdaptationDistillation: People can spend years interpreting philosophical texts, but these comics make them intelligible to the average person. Most people who take the time to read the original texts would know, however, that they're vastly simplified.
* AllMonksKnowKungFu: Bodhidharma is apparently the person who [[UrExample started it all]].
* {{Badass}}: Plato is a TruthInTelevision example. He was a wrestler before he became a philosopher, and his name means "broad shoulders". The other Philosophers were not really Badasses, but since this is a comic book [[TookALevelInBadass many become one]].
* BookEnds: Used in some of the Philosophers' comics, notably [[spoiler:Marx and Machiavelli]].
* FreudWasRight: Averted InUniverse ''in Freud's own strip''. While it shows the importance of Freud's philosophy in the field of psychology, it doesn't play around with any sexual overtones.
* HobbesWasRight: Well, he's featured, but it's neutral.
* HulkSpeak: Plato.
* JackKirby and StanLee: The chapter on St. Augustine includes an explanation of Manichaeanism, written and illustrated in a wonderfully Lee-Kirbyesque style: "I have imbued thee with the power '''fluorescent'''! Go forth and claim the battle that is thy birthright, '''FIRSTMAN'''!" Specifically, it's a takeoff on 1966's ''The Coming of {{Galactus}}''.
* LittleJimmy: One issue features Karl Marx giving an explanation of communism, as he originally interpreted it, to a Little Jimmy character.
* MachiavelliWasWrong: Apparently, he was ''right''. Too bad no one listened.
* StrawNihilist: The first issue [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that Nietzsche probably [[MisaimedFandom would not approve of some of the people who claim to emulate him]].
* PragmaticAdaptation: As mentioned above, it simplifies the ideas of the world's greatest thinkers into a comic book.
* ShownTheirWork: A few comics really prove that the authors have done so, giving [[GeniusBonus bonuses]] and {{Easter Egg}}s to people who have actually read the works of these Philosophers. For example, in the Decartes issue, when Descartes explains the three kinds of thoughts, the artists drew a Chimera, which was an actual example Descartes used in the original text. The best part? [[ViewersAreGeniuses This isn't mentioned at all]].
* ThePhilosopher: [[CaptainObvious Obviously]]. Though it should also be noted that, by the nature of the comic itself, it ''subverts'' this trope by making them [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ACTION PHILOSOPHERS]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Some of the comics manage to upgrade the Philosophers into total Badasses. Notably [[spoiler: Karl Marx, who wages war on the elite in favor of the masses as a OneManArmy]].
* TruthInTelevision: Everything in the comics is true, except for what is obviously fictional. Actual quotes of these Philosophers are even highlighted and noted, and many of them are hilarious.
* RousseauWasRight: The comic points out that he was actually probably ''wrong''.
* RuleOfFunny
* {{Ubermensch}}: Part of an ongoing joke with Nietzsche.
* ViewersAreMorons: {{Lampshaded}} by the Authors as the reason for the creation of these comics. A TruthInTelevision example is mentioned in the recommended books of the Freud-Jung-Campbell issue where it turns out that [[spoiler: Jung wrote a book for his students, simplifying his ideas, because he wanted them to actually understand what he was teaching]].
* VisualPun: Campbell is seen in one panel stirring the world's religions and mythologies into a cooking pot. It's Campbell's Soup!
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