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->'''Thompson:''' It's the Rapture, Shauna, the Rapture! The virtuous have gone to Heaven, and the rest of us have been... [[Literature/LeftBehind Left Below]]! We were fools! And because we rejected God (tacitly accepting Satan), we must suffer through the Apocalypse.\\
'''Buddhist Monk:''' I thought all religions were a path to God; I was wrong!\\
'''Scientist:''' Why did I put my faith in science and technology?!\\
'''Homosexual:''' Oh, why did I choose to be gay?!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E19ThankGodItsDoomsday Thank God It's Doomsday]]", ''[[ShowWithinAShow Left Below]]''

All writers put something of themselves into their stories, but some of them go just that little bit too far. For them, the real point of writing is not to shape worlds or create characters, but to preach their ideological beliefs.

[[TropesAreNotBad This is not always a bad thing]]. For some works, the premise is simply a way of putting a political point across in an interesting and imaginative way. Also, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped sometimes things just have to be said in the most blatant way possible to be understood.]] However, when the message come across as [[{{Glurge}} forced]] or [[BlackAndWhiteMorality one]]-[[TheWarOnStraw sided]], it may prevent some readers from enjoying the book and it will hinge upon where an individual puts their line for where it becomes annoying.

Note that this only applies when the entire universe and characters have been created to put forward the author's viewpoint. If an existing fictional universe or character has been altered to create a medium for a tract, then it's due to a WriterOnBoard (AuthorFilibuster is an extreme example of that). If the author's just filling up their story with stuff they like, that's AuthorAppeal. If it's gotten to the point where the tracting (or whatever personal issues the author has) has all but taken over the author's work, then the author has entered FilibusterFreefall.

Contrast WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic. May overlap with ArtisticLicense and TakeThat. If being an Author Tract is the whole ''point'' of the work, see PropagandaPiece.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has been (and still is) accused of being an anti-American Author Tract. When asked about the subject, director[=/=]co-creator Goro Taniguchi's [[WordOfGod response]] was "I know some authors have political messages in their works, but that wasn't my intention; I just wanted to tell an entertaining story." Later, when asked again, he responded "You mean America and Britannia are exactly alike? I had no idea!" In case anyone's confused, it wasn't a "Well, duh" statement -- it was more along the lines of: "The US is currently led by an Emperor with WTF-curls who believes that all men are not created equal?"
* ''Anime/EarthMaidenArjuna'' starts out as a fast-paced mature MagicalGirl series. Then it quickly veers into ''very'' heavy-handed ecological preaching. Tolerable, because the animation is freaking sweet, because Theresa is really badass, and because Juna's transformation is [[RuleOfCool damn cool]], but the storyline is still {{Anvilicious}} to the point of being distracting, and full to the brim of ''very'' bad science about why ScienceIsBad.
* Creator/HiromuArakawa's ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' also promotes an anti-revenge message. But it's a bit less {{Anvilicious}} here.
* Another Creator/ShojiKawamori piece, ''Anime/MacrossZero'', mixes spectacular mecha battles with the seemingly-opposite message that ''all'' warfare is inherently evil. It's set on an island that's a mostly-primitive Eden, inhabited by [[NobleSavage innocents]]. The [[MagicalNativeAmerican shaman/priestess]] freaks out over the arrival of UN forces to defend the island, saying they're possessed by evil spirits that are prophesied to destroy everything. [[spoiler:For the first half, this is played as "silly superstitious witch doctor". But by the end, you realize that she's ''[[CassandraTruth absolutely right]]''. The island paradise gets tac-nuked into a wasteland, and only her HeroicSacrifice keeps the entire world from being obliterated.]]
** Technically, ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' shows that she was only half-right. [[spoiler:It was the alien ''Zentradi'' who wound up destroying most of the Earth and its people, and it's ''human'' culture that leads to the end of the war]].
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. [[WarIsHell War is bad, m'kay?]]
--> ''You soldiers can decide to live and die by any rules you want, commandant. You can play any games you want, but civilians shouldn't have to lose their lives as a result.''
** Incidentally, most of this came about of it being based off of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
** The series created in the 2000s (including ''Gundam SEED'', ''Gundam 00'', and ''Gundam AGE'') want you to know that war will end when everyone understands each other.
* Masashi Kishimoto, author of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' really, ''really'' wants you to know that revenge is bad, kids. Also that friendship, forgiveness, and self-sacrifice will solve anything.
* Having been inspired by its creator's battle with depression, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (particularly the [[GainaxEnding ending]] -- [[TheMovie both of them]]) contains numerous sequences containing in-depth discussions of the human condition and concludes with a lengthy expose on the thought process that leads the main character to overcome his own depression, go on living and reject the [[spoiler: AssimilationPlot he finds himself a part of]].
* ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'' sometimes comes across as a tract about the importance of Japanese farming. However, the monologues are sometimes interrupted by [[MetaGuy the character saying that he is getting too serious]].
* This isn't Creator/IsaoTakahata's only film containing an example: there's also ''Anime/PomPoko'', which spends a lot of time establishing the negative impact industrialization and city expansion have on local nature [[FantasticAesop and its resident supernatural creatures]].
* OncePerEpisode on ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''; it wouldn't be the same without the Nozomu's obligatory rant. Usually given an [[ChewingTheScenery absurdly hammy delivery]], but even when it's played straight it circles back around to a [[SelfDeprecatingHumor self-deprecating sting]].
* ''Manga/TeamMedicalDragon'' was written by Akira Nagai, a practicing doctor -- and the manga basically centers around a maverick (but exceedingly skilled) cardiac surgeon and his team fighting against bureaucracy and corruption in the Japanese health services. It's particularly jarring when you realize that all the protagonists are incredibly good-looking compared to most of the antagonists, who are practically [[{{Gonk}} caricatures]].
** The issue with the looks is somewhat taken care of in the live-action version, with the antagonists having a fair amount of attractive people, and Dr. Asada being the only one pointed out to be good-looking.
* Most of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's movies have at least one segment that preaches the importance of respecting and preserving nature. That is, if the plot itself isn't completely built around the {{aesop}}. Miyazaki often protests that he does not make films with the intent of sending messages, he just makes them to entertain and [[MoneyDearBoy for profit]]. Fans have a hard time believing that given his [[http://www.ghibliworld.com/news.html#3103_02 criticism about capitalism and globalization]].
** Additionally, a few of his films contain an anti-war message, which makes sense considering he grew up in [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the 1940s]].
* Creator/OsamuTezuka did this occasionally. In ''Manga/BlackJack'', Tezuka often criticizes the current state of the medical establishment, lent some weight by the fact that he was trained as a doctor before becoming a manga artist. His science fiction stories, including ''Manga/AstroBoy'' often discuss the dehumanizing effects of modern society technology, but counterpoint it by showing all the good that can come of modern technology. ''Karma'', the 4th (or 5th, depending on the localization) volume of ''Phoenix'' series is largely built around Buddhist themes, discussing Karma and reincarnation at length and lamenting the corruption of the Buddhist faith by political interests. The later ([[AuthorExistenceFailure and sadly, final]]) ''Phoenix'' story ''Sun'' does something similar with Shinto.
** Tezuka's science fiction book ''Manga/ApollosSong'' did the same as ''Manga/AstroBoy'', but touched on the nature of love and romance (not to mention Greek Mythology) as well.
** Some of his stories that focus on nature like ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' tend to have a GreenAesop, but Tezuka tends to make it play back-burner to other aesops about family and sacrifice.
* The manga ''Manga/YuGiOh'' has the main theme of friendship - namely, that it can overcome anything and is better than working alone. This is all well and good, except that Kaiba insists on working alone and has achieved quite a lot for it - namely, his own company and is able to provide for his little brother. Situations where friends can be poisonous don't tend to be shown, and while support makes it easier to win with high stakes, players in real life can't give one another hints. Similarly, manga-ka Takahashi said in an interview that he believed Jonouchi / Joey's casual attitude towards games was stronger than the philosophies of the other characters, which makes sense more in real life than in ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', where losing a game can actually cause people to die.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' wants to remind you that friendship is powerful and good. And that your friends are important. And that they make you strong. And you can't lose with friends at your side. And that even the impossible is possible with friendship. etc. Nearly every battle has at least one character proclaiming this, and sometimes even pointing out that the reason that the villain is losing is because they lack such friends. Note that while it is extremely common for Shounen series to preach the importance and power of friendship (and ''Fairy Tail'' in particular can get away with the fact [[EmotionalPowers powerful feelings like friendship can actually fuel magic]]), both fans and detractors of ''Fairy Tail'' can agree that the series takes it a little too far sometimes and it's almost like Mashima doesn't want us to forget that ''Fairy Tail'' is made of these good friends.
* ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'' can sometimes be a bit heavy-handed with its YouAreNotAlone message, to the point that the misery of most characters doesn't last more than a few panels until they see a helping hand reaching out, usually due to the titular protagonist's ChronicHeroSyndrome. Surprisingly, the series' message about the value of friendship isn't that heavy-handed (though still present), given that Yamada tends to befriend the people he helps ''after'' he helps them, so the CentralTheme isn't really about helping your friends as much as it's about helping people in need.

* As with most of his satirical paintings, Hogarth fills every square inch of ''Art/MarriageALaMode'' with details that in some way reflect his aesthetic and personal philosophies. As well as the attack on ArrangedMarriage that dominates the series, Hogarth also took aim at artistic and architectural styles he found repugnant. For example, in ''The Marriage Settlement'', the Viscount's effeminate foppishness is emphasised by the black bow on his wig and the raised red heels on his shoes, high fashion in the courts of Paris and thus detested by the French-hating Hogarth. Meanwhile, the Earl's opulent new house seen through the window is a hideous parody of the neo-Palladian style (the two colonnades feature different numbers and styles of columns, while the basement windows are triangular and the coach house door is barely tall enough to accommodate a coach, never mind a coachman), which Hogarth despised.

* Creator/BillHicks' comedy routines were pretty much nothing but this trope. He liked challenging mainstream beliefs on society, religion, politics and pop culture, often in a deliberately controversial way.
%% * Dara O'Briain has been known to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMvMb90hem8 rant about science]] in his standup.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin's later concerts have tended to include at least one section that comes across as not so much comedy as a rant to the effect that "the very concept of religion, and in particular Christianity, is inherently illogical and overbureaucratic."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Lampshaded by Creator/GrantMorrison when he literally shows up in ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' to (among other things) mention that he feels his own writing for the book has become too preachy and contrived.
* This is a major theme in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''. Since the beginning of its publication, writers have been putting their own political and philosophical British ideals in it, and since it follows real time than ComicBookTime, a lot of those ideals are come from what was happening in contemporary UK. Examples of this include Jamie Delano's negative views of Thatcher's regime and by 2005, includes the War against Terrorism. When Garth Ennis took over writing, he included racism, drugs, and religious fanaticism, which were popular at that time. The most controversial writer, Brian Azzarello, tackled issues such as Neo-Nazism, prison rape, and homosexuality. During Warren Ellis' run, he included American school shootings in a one-shot issue which led to a major controversy. As such, much of Hellblazer's horror often arises from the crises and controversies of its time.
* Ken Penders' run on ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' had tones of this. Penders had a very active fixation on gun control laws and gun safety which he brought into the comic aggressively (which made little sense given the vast majority of the characters never used them in the first place) going so far as to turn accidental gun use as the whole reason for the plot-driving war to start. And then it was all [[RetGone retconned away]] because of his own lawsuit.
* Dave Sim's ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' eventually came to be dominated by Sim's viewpoints on the evils of feminism and his rather unusual take on the Abrahamic religions. An entire story arc was dominated by the title character reinterpreting pretty much the entire Torah.
* Jack Chick's ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' are literally religious tracts in the form of comics. They contain thin stories to provide a framing story for an illustrated extract from Literature/TheBible and/or rant about how UsefulNotes/ThePope [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories secretly rules the world]] and ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is a Satanic indoctrination tool. One tract explains where the idea came from -- Communist China found that Western children loved reading comics, so they decided that easy-to-understand comics would be an excellent medium with which to indoctrinate the people.
* ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' was basically created as a way for Creator/GrantMorrison to explain his experiences with extraterrestrial contact and magic.
* ''ComicBook/JLAActOfGod'' is entirely devoted to saying that Batman is right and the only way to fight crime is by being a normal vigilante with no special abilities. And also that superheroes are arrogant because only God should have power, it even goes so far as to have Wonder Woman [[spoiler: convert to Catholicism, in spite of her being an Amazon, who has met Greek gods before.]] Worse when you consider that {{God}} explicitly exists in the DC-verse and clearly knows about and ''approves'' of them, even empowering some and taking a "light touch" approach supporting others.
* David Mack's ''ComicBook/{{Kabuki}}'' started out as action-adventure (though already with some genre savviness and self-reflexivity) and eventually became a meditation on producing independent art (turning the self-reflexivity and self-reference up to 11).
* ''ComicBook/LiberalityForAll'' is basically one long super-conservative author tract which posits the idea that the UN and Democrats want to put terrorists in charge of the United States. And that only a superhero team made up of a Creator/FoxNewsChannel talk show host and two conservative talk-radio hosts/convicted felons -- all with {{Cyborg}} ArtificialLimbs -- can save us all.
* ''Friends Forever Issue 14'' of ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic]]'', according to author Jeremy Whitley, was written to address what he believed were UnfortunateImplications from the episode ''Dragon Quest''.
--> "[[https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2015/3/5/842487.png ...because as somebody with a little brown daughter I find that message (from Dragon Quest) to be toxic.]]"
* ''ComicBook/SkyDoll'' by Barbara Canepa and Alessandro Barbucci often veers into this territory, which the overall story could be interpreted as an author tract against all religion in general.
* While it's BestKnownForTheFanservice, ''ComicBook/TarotWitchOfTheBlackRose'' often preaches about how Wicca is more inclusive and tolerant than other religions... and how intolerant those other religions are towards Wiccans.
* "The Truth for Youth" by Creator/TimTodd are comics done in Japanese style artwork. They're like Chick Tracts, but a bit more sane. It's pretty odd to read [[{{Animesque}} Japanese-style]] characters talking about the evils of porn. They still aren't that sane, however. For example, this statement about evolution:
--->'''Rashad:''' Did you know that evolution is basically a racist concept? Some evolutionists still teach that white people evolved from "negroes" who evolved from apes--'''meaning "[[GoalOrientedEvolution white people are more evolved]]!"'''
* One of the reasons [[BunnyEarsLawyer William Moulton Marston]] created Franchise/WonderWoman was to convince everyone to come under "submission to loving authority" and how a "loving matriarchy" would be a superior, peaceful world government. Oh, and [[AuthorAppeal bondage is highly enjoyable]].
* In a borderline case, Scott [=McCloud=]'s ''ComicBook/UnderstandingComics'' was an incisive analysis of comics as a medium (though not without its own agendas and prejudices), while the 'sequel,' ''Reinventing Comics'' is much more of a personal manifesto.
* Creator/DwayneMcDuffie would often include his thoughts on race relations in his work. One of the more notable examples would be an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Icon}}'' which talked about the historical importance of the {{Blaxploitation}} superheroes of the 70s.
* Creator/GarthEnnis is fond of these -- particularly concerning religion, the Irish and other authors he doesn't like. Above all else, however, he enjoys voicing his dislike of superheroes, beginning early with ''ComicBook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse'', continuing on in his run on ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' proper and culminating in his series ''ComicBook/TheBoys''.
* James Robinson's works often contain his views on current things going on at DC.
** His ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'' run featured a scene where Solomon Grundy referred to Alan Scott as "Franchise/GreenLantern" despite the fact that he was going by the name "Sentinel" at the time (as [[ExecutiveMeddling editorial decreed Kyle Rayner was the only hero allowed to use the GL name]]). Upon being corrected, Grundy shrugs and says he'll always consider Alan to be Green Lantern no matter what anyone else says.
** His ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' run is rife with his views on other characters, such as ComicBook/{{Vixen}} being referred to as a pathetic knock-off of ComicBook/AnimalMan. This culminates in the final issue before the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot where he has various League members tear into some of the stuff mentioned about the reboot, including Dick Grayson becoming Nightwing again and the no-show of Donna Troy.
* Pat Mills was very fond of writing about the evils of Christianity and the glories of Neopaganism in the 80s; ''Sláine'' and ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' were particularly prone to simply becoming mouthpieces for his views on religion. However, he's gotten better about it.
* Creator/ReginaldHudlin ''really'' wants you to know that the ComicBook/BlackPanther is the coolest badass alive, and that the American government has selfish motives in dealing with African countries.
* Creator/SteveDitko's comics, which attempted to mix superheroic action of a street-level variety with [[AnAesop Aesops]] on various principles derived from Creator/AynRand's UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}}.
* Creator/WarrenEllis has specifically stated that ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' is basically him venting about his various opinions on politics and consumerism, with the main character being a sort of author surrogate. This is particularly notable in the issue where Spider Jerusalem takes on religion, which doesn't even end properly--the issue concludes with him dressed up as Jesus, tearing up a sort of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic religious convention in a mall]] (while giving [[AuthorFilibuster a long speech]] about why religion sucks, of course) and getting tackled by security. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment No mention is made of it afterward]]. Indeed, most of Ellis' comics seem to have characters declaring their sociopolitical views, which always are along the same lines, and close to the author's own opinions.
* Several times in Creator/WilhelmBusch's stories. Best example may be "Pater Filucius". Gottlieb Michael (the good guy) is generally seen as a stand-in for the good German people, whom the evil Catholic church wants to harm. ''Pater Filucius'' was Busch's contribution to the ''Kulturkampf'', the period of intense conflict between Bismarck's government (supported by the Liberals) on one hand and the Catholic Church and its political arm, the Centre Party after the first Vatican Council declared the Pope to be infallible. Most characters in it are allegorical and have significant names. The German people had long been personified as ''der deutsche Michel'' ("German Mike"), rather like the British one was represented by John Bull, because St. Michael was Germany's patron saint. Father Filucius (from the French ''filou'', "crook") is a Jesuit, Gottlieb Michael's two maiden aunts Petrine and Pauline stand for the established Catholic and Protestant churches (the Pope tracing his authority to St. Peter, while Protestants place greater emphasis on the teachings of St. Paul). In the end, Gottlieb marries Angelica, signifying Wilhelm Busch recommending an "Anglican" solution to the centuries-old Catholic-Protestant divide in Germany.
* Creator/AlanMoore is no stranger to the occasional tract.
** He's openly stated that ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'' was created as a forum for his religious views.
** The third volume of ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' can best be summarized as "[[OlderIsBetter Kids! What the devil's wrong with these kids today?]] [[NewMediaAreEvil Kids! Who could guess that they would turn out that way?]] [[NostalgiaFilter Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way?]] [[TeensAreMonsters What's the matter with kids today?]] [[TakeThat Oh, and their favourite stories are awful as well.]]"
** ''Cinema Purgatorio'' is essentially a monthly rant about why classic cinema is awful and evil in horror-comic form.
* The Dutch comic ''Earthling: Vegan Warrior'' -- which essentially [[InsaneTrollLogic attributes every evil in the world to the fact that we don't live in a global]] {{Veganopia}}, and pits its ComicBook/AnimalMan-{{expy}} DesignatedHero against [[TheWarOnStraw supervillains]] representing such ''[[SarcasmMode horrors]]'' as [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking war, pollution, and eating meat or wearing leather]] -- is basically what you'd get if ''Webcomic/VeganArtbook'' were a Creator/RobLiefeld project.
* ''The Nightly News'' by Creator/JonathanHickman, which prefaces every issue with a WallOfText on the lies and distortions of mass media [[spoiler: is actually a {{Subversion}}; the grassroots LaResistance that fights back only rises due the machinations of an even more ''corrupt'' politician who blames newscasters for costing him a White House run. Hickman's afterword to the comic actually laments how many readers and reviewers ''didn't'' fall for the BaitAndSwitch.]]
* Henry Vogel, writer for ''ComicBook/SouthernKnights'', had another less-known side series called ''X-Thieves'' where almost [[OncePerEpisode Once An Issue]] he'd demonize the IRS as emotionless, implacable puppets of the administration who were even worse crooks than the nominal larcenous heroes. His Taxation is Theft beef even showed up in editorials run in ''Southern Knights'' at least once, as well.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* After its creator's conversion to born-again Christianity, ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' became notorious for its pro-Christian sermonizing, including one infamous Easter strip showing a menorah transforming into a cross (WordOfGod was that this was merely his way of expressing a new religion coming into its own). Which may seem weird given the apparent caveman setting, but there was a strip ("Hey, I found this paper from 2004...") that implies ''B.C.'' actually takes place AfterTheEnd, not prehistoric but rather post-Rapture. With Hart's grandson, Mason Mastroianni, in the writer's seat, the preachiness has been dropped and the strip has returned to gag-a-day format.
* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' (also the animated TV show version). Often expresses the feelings of Aaron [=McGruder=] on race, entertainment, religion, and politics. Be warned however, that some of that is also just Huey being Huey. This is subverted, however, by Huey being the character that often voices [=McGruder's=] beliefs, making it difficult to distinguish what the character thinks, and what the author thinks. Michael Caesar's role provides a bit of realism or LampshadeHanging to make the tract less Anvilicious or provide a more temperate view.
* Bill Watterson admitted that he wrote a lot of his troubles with the syndicate into ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', as well as his opinions on comics, film, TV, commercial and other industries, humans' role in nature, art, and general philosophy. However, he always tried to keep the tone of the comic consistent, and would scrap ideas that diverted too far.
* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'''s later years often had quite a few blatant tracts where Chester Gould railed against reforms to due process and the expansion of the Rights of the Accused where sadistic and psychopathic criminals were often getting OffOnATechnicality.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' is really just Gary Trudeau telling people what he thinks about politics day-in and day-out, with occasional asides for other things. In its later years, however, the comic has become as much about exploring the gigantic cast of characters' lives as it has about politics. In the beginning it focused almost entirely on humor about the college life of the (''much'' smaller cast of) main characters.
* ''ComicStrip/MallardFillmore'' started out as an attempt at a standard, character-driven comic, but quickly devolved into a platform for the author to state his conservative opinions on various current events. More often than not, Mallard acts as an AuthorAvatar speaking directly to the reader.
* ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'' was sold to syndicates as [[ABoyAndHisX "a girl and her coyote buddy"]] but turned into a conservative soapbox even faster than ''Mallard Fillmore.''
* [[http://www.gocomics.com/stonesoup/2002/07/08 This]] ''ComicStrip/StoneSoup'' strip from 2002 is basically creator Jan Eliot bashing Creator/RogerEbert for giving ''Film/DivineSecretsOfTheYaYaSisterhood'' a bad review — on the assumption that he didn't get it because he's a man.
* In the 1950s and '60s, Al Capp's ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' and Walt Kelly's ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' increasingly became vehicles for their creators' respective political views (conservative for Capp, liberal for Kelly).
* "Umbert the Unborn", a comic about an unborn child, reflects the Christian, pro-life views of its creator, Gary Cangemi.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The entire concept is discussed in the ''Series/OnceUponATime'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8881024/1/All-I-ve-Ever-Learned-From-Love All I've Ever Learned From Love]]''.
** Henry has based his entire view of the fairy tale world off of the book, and has become convinced from it that Regina was always the Evil Queen. He is then shocked learn of her own [[BreakTheCutie tragic past]], and that she really was a [[GoodGirlGoneBad good person]] [[UsedToBeASweetKid once]]. He asks her why this wasn't included in the book, when every other villainous character was portrayed at least slightly sympathetically.
--->'''Regina:''' The thing you have to realize, Henry, is that every author has an agenda. And most of the time, they want their point of view to be... obvious. They want the reader to agree with them, to see their [[BlackAndWhiteMorality heroes as heroes and their villains as villains.]]\\
'''Henry:''' But that only makes sense if the author is [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall writing fiction and can just make up the story]]. These stories are histories. They're true. And, I mean... you are... a... a...\\
'''Regina:''' Villain? I'm not trying to justify everything I've done in the past. I know that ''some'' of the choices I made were wrong. But Henry... a good historian might not lie, per se, but the stories they choose to include still show their agenda. Maybe it is a subconscious decision, maybe they don't even realize they are doing it. But they are still only going to record events that they deem important -– and what they think is important is going to be a reflection of their own beliefs and prejudices.
** The author manages to avoid doing this in the story itself however. Regina is well aware of the horrible things she has done, isn't very pleasant, and makes it clear she is working with the heroes to stop her mother, she doesn't care about any other challenges they are facing. The other characters aren't very fond of her, and no-one has yet commented that they misjudged/mistreated her.
* The ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' CrackFic ''Fanfic/BecomingFemale'' is, at least superficially, a tract against sexism, with all the villains, especially [[RonTheDeathEater Ron]], being absurdly over-the-top {{Straw Misogynist}}s. However, the feminist "heroes" are such ridiculous {{Jerk Sue}}s that some suspect that this whole thing is actually a disguised anti-feminist tract. Either way, this trope is in effect.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger: VideoGame/CrimsonEchoes'', [[spoiler: King Zeal [[WhatTheHellHero calling out Crono and the party]] near the end]] could qualify as this, given the context.
* Chatoyance's stories set in the ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'' universe have been ''extremely'' [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy handed]] attempts to preach the author's views regarding religion, human nature, environmental issues and sexuality.
** In particular, "New Universe Three: The Friendship Virus" is an outstanding example. It is 2,548 words pontificating on how testosterone turns men into AlwaysChaoticEvil savages. And how much better the world would be if the men were "feminized". (The author happens to be a transwoman. Make of that what you will.)
* ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' is, in part, its author's attempt to teach lessons in rational thinking through the medium of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfiction.
* "Harry Potter Turns to the Lord" is a fanfiction about a GaryStu teaching Harry Potter that witchcraft is evil.
* ''Fanfic/HogwartsSchoolOfPrayerAndMiracles'' in which Harry is raised by the StrawAtheist Dursleys and later becomes a Christian and goes to the eponymous school, may be this, [[PoesLaw but could be a parody of this, too.]]
* Similar to and inspired by ''Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality'', ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'' is designed to explain [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin luminosity]]--i.e., self-awareness.
* Every chapter of ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'' when it was first posted started or ended with a rant by the [[Creator/DakariKingMykan author]] of how much better this story is compared to the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic original show]]. It has since been reposted a second time without the author's notes, however. One of the Aesops the fic preaches is "Friendship is useless, what you need is belief." [[BrokenAesop And then every sticky spot the protagonist gets in, he's saved by his friends, except when he calls upon the]] [[DeusExMachina Uniforce]].
* ''Fanfic/PrefectsAfterDark'' is a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' SelfInsertFic wherein the author makes his pro-nudist views abundantly clear.
* ''[[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/rachel-stevens-revisits-da-bungalow/ Rachel Stevens revisits Da Bungalow]]'' was basically an excuse by the author to write about Rachel Stevens CoveredInGunge after [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leaving]] ''Series/DickAndDomInDaBungalow'' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere before the episode featuring her ended.]] The fanfic promptly insults [[DesignatedVillain "Stroppy Stevens"]] for her RageQuit, blames her for the series' downfall, and is assaulted by the duo on the first episode of the Adults-only revival. [[DesignatedHero Dick and Dom]] [[KarmaHoudini are never punished for this.]] As Tellygunge mentioned in the comments:
-->''Rachel is nice in many ways, but running away from Dick and Dom was selfish and pathetic. She disappointed a lot of people – not just those of us who like to see good-looking women getting messy, but more importantly, she spoiled the fun of all the kids who were watching.''
-->''You’re right that she shouldn’t have gone on the show in the first place. But she chose to go on there to promote her single to her target audience (and let’s face it, her musical career was in its twilight at this point), and then refused to take part in the mildly humiliating but harmless activity that guests were required to do – unfair and lame!''
** This hatred for Stevens stems into other fics even when she's not the main focus - In the [[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/reid-vs-raworth-gunge-vote/ Reid vs Raworth gunge vote,]] she hosts the show-biz segment, implying she'll get messy, she gets a PieInTheFace courtesy of Noel in the second update of the [[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/the-minogue-vs-cole-gunge-vote-second-update/ Danni Minouge vs Cheyl Cole vote,]] and finally, in the first part of the Bond girls ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' [[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/dhp-episode-3-slimefall-the-new-bond-girls/ gunge vote,]] the fic starts with her as the antagonist in the parody intro, making her into, again, a DesignatedVillain. [[spoiler: And before you ask, no. [[{{Jerkass}} Davina]] never lets her out of the custard tank.]]
* Happens in-universe in ''Sharing the Night'', when [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] tries to research [[WingedUnicorn alicorns]].
-->These books—this entire pile of books—was a collection of political and theological detritus littering the history of Equestria. Their authors were each just using the subject as a medium to push some unrelated ideological agenda.
* ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos'' is pretty much an anti-religious, anti-right wing tract wrapped in a DarkerAndEdgier ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' fanfic story.
* The concept is parodied in the TrollFic ''FanFic/SupperSmashBrosMishonhFromGod'' by portraying the purported author as an unsympathetic and bigoted StrawCharacter.
* Pretty much any time any fanfiction creates a DesignatedVillain based on the author's personal experiences/views/current events, it's getting into an author's tract. It can be excused in some cases, if it's related to the plot, but if it comes [[AssPull out of the blue]] it looks like a giant lecture in the middle of an otherwise unrelated story.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gisaku}}'' mostly exists to tell viewers how aswesome Spain is, forcing national science programs and wildlife protection funds into the story. For instance, one character is an [[CatFolk antropomorphic lynx-man]] who used to be an ordinary lynx, but took on his new form to protect his species. Only now he's desperately searching for a way to return to normal, because Spain's wildlife protection programme is so good that his change turned out to be unnecessary! Amusingly, the film was made shortly before the financial crisis of 2008 and talks up Spain's economy quite a bit. A few years later, Spain was hit by the economic recession and unemployment rates are still very high.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AnAmericanCarol'', a conservative-fuelled film directed by David Zucker, features a [[StrawCharacter straw-stuffed]] Creator/MichaelMoore parody getting the tar beat out of him by George Patton.
* Tom Laughlin's ''Billy Jack'' was slowly overshadowed/overwhelmed by Laughlin's political views. Many a [[TheWarOnStraw war is waged on Straw]], specially if it's anyone on the opposite end of Laughlin's political views. The sequels gradually swapped out much of their predecessor's face-kicking action for even ''more'' heavy-handed pontificating, leading to critical panning for ''The Trial of Billy Jack'', while the third movie ended up being both a BoxOfficeBomb and CreatorKiller.
* Most people assume ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'', which portrays TheKlan as heroic saviors, was a tract by director D. W. Griffith. In fact, it's an adaptation of the then-popular novel ''The Clansman'' by Thomas F. Dixon, Jr, which was itself a racist author tract. Being the son of a Confederate Army colonel, Griffith may have bought into the novel's revisionist history, but he denied having any ulterior motive for making the movie.
** Griffith's next movie ''Intolerance'' definitely ''was'' an author tract — not against racism, as is widely assumed by people who haven't seen the movie, but actually against class-based prejudice, religious discrimination, and sexism. Unlike ''Birth of a Nation'' it was a box-office flop.
** His next film after that, ''Broken Blossoms'', may also qualify, with its sympathetic portrayal of a love story between a Chinese man and a white girl.
* ''Film/TheBlot'' by Lois Weber is all about attacking the sub-poverty wages given to university professors, going so far as to quote magazine editorials. The whole plot concerns the struggle of Prof. Griggs's family to survive. His daughter faints from hunger and his wife steals a chicken form the neighbors (but she puts it right back).
* Creator/OliverStone's films tend to be [[{{Anvilicious}} less than subtle]], but the cake goes to the adaptation of ''Literature/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly'', which is probably his most preachy film.
* Richard Linklater's film version of the non-fiction book ''Literature/FastFoodNation'' went from an exposé of the practices of the fast food restaurant industry to a two-hour rant about why people shouldn't eat meat. Despite becoming an InNameOnly adaptation of the book, author Eric Schlosser (who is not a vegetarian) still endorsed the final product (which may not be that surprising when one coniders that the original book is below and its ideas are not that different).
* ''Film/GlenOrGlenda'' is essentially Ed Wood's apology for crossdressers like himself; he even played the crossdressing title character under a pseudonym.
* At the end of Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/TheGreatDictator'', Chaplin gives a RousingSpeech where he more or less steps out of character and urges the viewers to resist the Nazis. Given that France was invaded during its production, this use of the trope is very understandable.
* ''Film/IfFootmenTireYouWhatWillHorsesDo'' is a film in which a preacher lectures a young woman about how America will be taken over by CommieNazis unless the people re-affirm their belief in God.
* ''Film/AKingInNewYork'' is largely a vehicle for Creator/CharlieChaplin's views on nuclear disarmament and the RedScare, with some comedy tacked on.
* Creator/StevenSeagal's ''Film/OnDeadlyGround'' caps off its green-friendly agenda with Seagal ''literally'' lecturing the audience on environmental problems and getting a round of applause.
* ''Film/{{Persecuted}}'' is largely one long sermon on the claim that Christians are persecuted in America.
* Creator/AkiraKurosawa had a very low opinion of the scandal-mongering tabloids that became very prominent in post-war Japan. The result was ''[[Film/{{Scandal1950}} Scandal]]'' a story about scummy tabloid journalists who incorrectly accuse an artist and a singer of having an affair.
** He was also critical of the Japanese feudal system, as shown in ''Film/SevenSamurai'' when samurai wannabe Kikuchiyo vents out his rage to the samurai about why the farmers are so deceptive and mean.
* Jonathan Demme was reluctant to direct ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' because he didn't want to glorify the FBI, who he regarded unfavorably because of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover wiretapping Martin Luther King. Never mind that Hoover had been dead for nearly 20 years. You can see his anti-FBI stance in his previous movie ''Film/MarriedToTheMob'' where Michelle Pfeiffer's character is secretly bugged by the FBI and they are viewed as just as big villains as the mob. Pfeiffer even has a line after she's forced to be a witness or go to prison, to the "You and the mob, you're just the same!" In ''Silence of the Lambs'' they mention Clarice asked her boss about Hoover's illegal wiretapping when she was a student and he was lecturing at her university.
* Sherwood Pictures makes films (such as ''Film/FacingTheGiants'' and ''Film/{{Courageous}}'') that are specifically intended to teach about [[AsTheGoodBookSays Christian morality]]. This makes sense, as they're produced and financed by a Baptist church.
* The ''Film/AtlasShrugged'' film series was financed by libertarians and Objectivists to make the case for their political views. There are even cameos by libertarian and Objectivist personalities.
* ''Film/{{Paparazzi}}'' is producer Creator/MelGibson's revenge fantasy on the paparazzi.
* ''Film/SeedOfChucky'' is this for the creator Don Mancini, an openly gay man, who used the film to describe is coming out experiences and what it felt like. This movie is probably the most divisive in the fandom because it sets aside horror for horror-comedy and family drama. In a killer doll movie of all things.
* Uwe Boll's ''Film/{{Rampage|2009}}'' films are a particularly weird breed of an Author Tract. Its EvilGenius VillainProtagonist Bill Williamson is a deranged psychopath slash domestic terrorist who, while GoingPostal, murders innocent people by the dozens for nothing but his own self-serving reasons. However, at least once per film he'll go on a minutes-long rant explaining that his violent actions are supposed to wake up humanity, giving a very thought-out analysis about political and economic corruption. Considering it's coming from the mouth of a ''mass murderer'', the message is pretty much [[StrawmanHasAPoint shooting itself in the foot]].
* Creator/FrankCapra freely admitted that ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' was created in part with the intention of combating a modern trend towards atheism. That hasn't stopped it from becoming a widely beloved Christmas classic which is often enjoyed by religious and secular people alike, however.

* ''Literature/TheAccidentalTimeMachine'': The book contains rants about the evils of Christianity.
* Allen Drury's ''Film/AdviseAndConsent'' is a GovernmentProcedural with a strong right-wing bent: the book's conservatives are flawed but basically virtuous, the liberals are lying, treacherous, Communist-appeasing dupes. The sequels are even worse in this regard. TheFilmOfTheBook tones it down considerably, opting for GrayAndGreyMorality with neither side having clean hands.
* ''Americanah'' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is devoted almost entirely to discussions of race, racism, nationality, and immigration, and most of the scenes in it exist to make a point on one of those topics. Sometimes the author simply eschews the narrative altogether to include "blog posts" on those topics by the protagonist.
* ''Anarchaos'' by science fiction author Donald E. Westlake comes off as this concerning anarchism, with the main theme being that AnarchyIsChaos (as [[ShapedLikeItself the title kind of implies]]). He posits a world entirely colonized by anarchists, which quickly breaks down into, well, chaos (in the story the world is named Anarchaos ''by the anarchists themselves'', which seems very unlikely). Despite this, [[TropesAreNotBad it's a good story]].
* Orwell's ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' is also a thinly veiled satire of the Russian Revolution, and more generally of the nigh-universal FullCircleRevolution cycle as [[MeetTheNewBoss every new regime becomes corrupted and winds up like the old.]]
* "August" by Bernard Beckett is a philosophic idea about free will (or the lack of) with a two main characters and storyline plastered on top.
* The ''Bill the Warthog'' series of children's detective stories are meant as biblical metaphors, including a whole book where the author just rips stories from Jesus's parables. Good thing the parables are in the public domain...
* Anna Sewell's ''Literature/BlackBeauty'' was originally written as an Author Tract about the abuses suffered by carriage horses in 19th century England, '''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids not]]''' as a children's novel.
* Creator/KurtVonnegut does this a lot. ''Literature/CatsCradle'' not only talks about how the invention of nuclear weapons was a bad thing, but pretty much says that if we insist on inventing things without thinking first about what they might be used for after we invent them, then we're all doomed (one character has given up science altogether, since he's come to believe that anything he invents will probably be turned into a weapon somehow). The parts of ''Literature/SlaughterhouseFive'' set in Germany during WWII are unquestionably anti-war. The message of ''God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater'' seems to be that society will not fall apart if the wealthy share their money with the poor. The very first page of ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions'' begins describing the country in which the characters live (the United States) and all the ways in which it is fucked up. And so on...
* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. Four kids are punished for their flaws, and the one perfect kid inherits a huge chocolate factory. Whilst no one would deny that Veruca Salt's [[SpoiledBrat brattishness]] probably got her what she deserved, gluttony, gum-chewing and TV addiction (particularly the last) are more personal bugbears of Dahl's. (You could argue that these habits are symptoms of the kids' general {{Jerkass}} behavior which, as Dahl also points out, is indulged by their parents.)
** The [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 film]] plays with this a bit, making it so that these things are absolutely symptoms of larger behavioral issues, probably in part because [[OnceAcceptableTargets some of these flaws were barely noteworthy behavior by the time the film came out]]. Augustus' character is more or less the same, but Violet's chronic gum-chewing has been mutated into an extreme all-around competitive streak, and Mike Teevee's television addiction becomes a general technology addiction that is not always ethical (he hacked the system to find the Golden Ticket) and he also has a need to show everyone he's the best. Even Veruca's brattiness is taken UpToEleven from where she was in the books and the [[WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory earlier film]].
* ''Literature/ChristianNation'' by Frederic C. Rich is one that speaks against fundamentalist Christianity and their promotion of Dominion Theology, as portrayed through the AlternateHistory of the United States that follows Sarah Palin becoming its president.
* In ''Literature/DoesMyHeadLookBigInThis'' by Randa Abdel-Fattah, about a Muslim girl living in Australia who decides to wear a hijab regularly, this occurs a lot. The main character often has speeches about the fact that non-Muslims should just see it as a piece of cloth and not as her whole personality.
* ''Literature/DragonRider'' by Cornelia Funke is flagrantly plagued by the author's numerous [[HolierThanThou holier-than-thou]] agendas. Every character we are supposed to like is a vegetarian, a pacifist, and will never stop bemoaning mankind's need to put animals in cages even though this theme has cursory relevance to the actual plot, at best. The author places Eastern people high up on a pedestal over Western people to a point of othering them.
* Ernest Callenbach's ''Literature/{{Ecotopia}}'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a depiction of an environmentalist utopia]].
* All or almost all works from Emilio Salgari (best known for the ''Literature/{{Sandokan}}'' novels) can be counted to have [[FairForItsDay better depictions of women and non-white people than it was standard in the Italy of the late 19th century]], brain and firepower trumping over valor and swords, massive doses of [[RealityEnsues reality ruining the characters' plans]], and [[WorldOfBadass everyone being a badass]] (''Le Meraviglie del Duemila'' has many unnamed characters fly through the world in airships carrying what amounts to small ''nukes'').
* ''Literature/EverythingFlows'' is basically one long statement by Vasily Grossman on Stalinist oppression and the necessity of freedom, with story to help the digestion.
* Creator/TomClancy's ''[[Literature/JackRyan Executive Orders]]'' has President Jack Ryan remaking the U.S. government, after most of its Legislative and Executive branch were [[spoiler:killed at the end of ''Debt of Honor'', by a Japanese Airlines 747 crashing into the Capitol Building while Ryan was being sworn in as Vice President]].
* ''Literature/FastFoodNation'' is highly dominated by Eric Schlosser's political and personal views, particularly against fast food companies, big companies in general, industralization and republicans while the final chapters are all about defending small and medium food businesses and vegetarian or vegan options.
* Joanna Russ's sci-fi novel ''The Female Man'' is partly about AlternateUniverse versions of the same woman meeting up and getting to know each others' cultures[[note]]one is from the world as we know it, one is from a world where TheGreatDepression never ended, one is a warrior from a world where men and women are on opposite sides of a war, and the last one is a utopia where men were wiped out by a vaguely defined 'plague' in the distant past[[/note]], and it's equally about Russ [[AuthorFilibuster taking every opportunity]] to espouse how men are keeping her down. It's telling that one of the most detailed passages is that warrior woman literally tearing a man apart with her reinforced steel teeth and claws. It's also implied that the LadyLand utopia is the direct result not of a plague, but of the aforementioned {{gendercid|e}}al war.
* ''The Green Face'' and later novels by Gustav Meyrink were an Author Tract plus a bit of plot.
* ''Hayy ibn Yaqzan'', an Arabic novel written by Ibn Tufail in 12th-century Andalusia, is an UrExample of this trope. It tells the story of an autodidactic feral child, raised by an animal and living alone on a desert island in the Indian Ocean, who sets out on a journey of philosophical inquiry and self-discovery. Its plot somewhat resembles a more recent best-selling novel, ''Literature/LifeOfPi''.
* ''Hidden Order'' by Brad Thor is a novel published in 2013, 12th in the highly successful "Scot Harvath" series. In the book, Harvath has to investigate and unravel an elaborate conspiracy regarding the Federal Reserve Board. It is also a book-length diatribe against the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_System Federal Reserve System]], which is blamed for high inflation, devaluing the U.S. dollar, and rigging the system to benefit the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans.
* The elves of the ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Inheritance]]'' books (''Eragon'', ''Eldest'', ''Brisingr'', and ''Inheritance'') are atheist vegetarians who impart their 'wisdom' to the main character and the reader, by spending quite a bit of time expounding upon how 'stupid' religion is ([[ElvesVersusDwarves particularly to the dwarves]]). Creator/ChristopherPaolini denies that this was a representation of his own beliefs, claiming it was simply an attempt to portray various cultures and viewpoints in the series. [[AuthorsSavingThrow This became a lot more plausible after the third book.]] However, in the fourth book Eragon devotes two paragraphs to discussing the stupidity of religion, and in many places it is hinted that religion is scoffed at by all the main characters except Orik (the dwarf king) and Nasuada (the human queen).
* Norman Spinrad's ''Literature/TheIronDream''. An AlternateHistory UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler (who became a writer instead of a politician) writes ''Lord Of The Swastika'', a pulp SF adventure with a plot that mirrors the real-world rise of the Third Reich. It's followed by a review where a scholar heaps praise on Hitler as a brilliant writer of rollicking good adventure stories, and whose only criticism is that he thinks it was a bit implausible for the protagonist to rise to power by creating a rather silly cult of personality and machismo. Naturally the whole thing is one giant TakeThat at the BrokenAesop morality of pulp SF and fantasy stories--and more generally, a TakeThat at Utopian fiction in general, satirizing the idea that you can write a book to "prove" your social theory will work in practice. In other words, it's an Author Tract about Author Tracts (specifically saying that if your tract is about the real world--rather than fiction--it's pointless).
* The Literature/JakubWedrowycz stories are written by a conservative author, and it shows sometimes; in one of the stories, the bad guys are radical left-wing ecologists, and in another the heroes chase away a European Union official.
* ''Literature/TheJungle'' by Upton Sinclair is perhaps one of the most compelling examples we have of an author tract, or rather two tracts -- first about the hellishness of the meat-packing industry in Chicago at the beginning of the 20th century, and then a defense of socialism. More literal than the usual author tract, because at first he had to self-publish. The meatpacking half (based on Sinclair's undercover observations) was so horrifying that it led to nearly-immediate regulation: the Meat Inspection Act, and the Pure Food and Drug Act (which established the FDA). The socialist half made little lasting impact in America, where the burgeoning movement was forcibly shut down by the government, but was part of a sweeping movement that radically transformed the politics of Europe and Asia.
* ''King John of Canada'' by Scott Gardiner, although nominally a political satire, in reality consists of one AuthorFilibuster after another against Natives, Quebec Separatists, environmental activists, Saudi Royals, the Asper family, American-style conservatives... in short, everyone that the author doesn't like, all stuck together by a paper-thin plot and shallow characters.
* ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels'': The entire book is one of these about theism and atheism, set as a story.
* ''The Land of Mist'' by [[Creator/ArthurConanDoyle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]] is a novel-length tract justifying the author's conversion to Spirtualism, including the massive change in character of ultra-rationalist Professor Challenger, who converts to Spiritualism. There is a suggestion in chapter two that the deaths of "ten million young men" in World War I was [[GodIsEvil ''punishment by the Central Intelligence]] for humanity's [[DisproportionateRetribution laughing at the alleged evidence]] for life after death''.
* The ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series of religious novels are overtly based on the authors' premillennial dispensationalist views on the Rapture. Only Christians with their very specific beliefs are shown to be worthy of going to heaven. Like any didactic religious story, the plot is clearly just a vessel to convert the readers or reinforce their already sympathetic views. Helpfully, the two main characters are both {{Mary Sue}}s of the authors, giving the reader a virtually unfiltered look into the authors' actual beliefs and point of view. [[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/tag/left-behind/ Slacktivist]] illuminates many of these beliefs in his page-by-page analysis.
* The ''Literature/LastDaysTrilogy'' preaches a pre-wrath Rapture instead of a pre-Tribulation Rapture. The AuthorAvatar takes to task anyone in the story series who believes in a pre-Tribulation Rapture, claiming that they would most likely be deceived by TheAntichrist and take the MarkOfTheBeast without knowing it.
* ''Literature/LookingBackward'', an 1887 best-seller set in the year 2000, in which various people go on at length to a FishOutOfTemporalWater protagonist about the wonderfulness of their [[MarySuetopia socialist utopia]].
* ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series contains a strong and not at all subtle message about how UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar exist for a ''very'' good reason, and that violating them "just this once because it's important" is a surefire way to end up SlowlySlippingIntoEvil. Given some recent trends in military science-fiction this is both [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped necessary]] and [[TropesAreNotBad a refreshing change]].
* Matthew Dickens spends the last hundred pages of the book ''Literature/{{Magnus}}'' telling the reader about his personal views on religious doctrines, evolution, theology, ''Film/SupermanReturns'', etc.
* The ''Literature/MaximumRide'' novels became one big GreenAesop after book three, particularly ''The Final Warning''.
* The Arthur Hailey novel ''The Moneychangers'' has a recurring character to filibuster about how Gold is Good. Given that he's a pundit with his own popular newsletter, and is married to one of the secondary characters, and the book is about banking, it kinda makes sense. Then, after the 'real' ending, the US establishes a gold-backed dollar, and we are treated to the full text of one of said pundit's newsletters. Guess what it's about? The book ends with the lead putting the newsletter down and reflecting how wise said pundit is.
** This makes even less sense in ''Overload'', a novel about a ''power company'', when the President establishes a gold-backed dollar. The protagonist, a power company spokesman, promptly comes up with a perfect comment about the dangers of America's dependence on foreign oil, as requested by the reporter who presented the story to him so she could get a soundbyte. [[KavorkaMan Then she sleeps with him]].
** Hailey's novels in general often go into Author Tract territory, as the author has one or another of his character expatiate on a particular failing of the business he is examining in the current book. For instance, ''Airport'' goes into a lot of detail about aviation safety, how people who complain about airport noise are in fact sometimes deluded by real-estate promoters looking to make a buck, and the evils of "flight insurance" (a type of life insurance which, at the time the novel was published, could be purchased by passengers worried about whether they would survive the flight).
* ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', by Creator/TerryPratchett, is unusually heavy handed with its themes. If one has read many Pratchett books or has ever listened to him speak on religion, it becomes extremely obvious that the book is almost entirely an Author Tract about humanitarianism, atheism, thought, and the role religion plays in society - as well as colonialism and imperialism. This becomes even more obvious at the end of the book where Pratchett drops all pretense of writing a story and simply has a section that may as well be Terry himself making a speech about humanity. When you consider the fact that this obvious Author Tract was written after the author became aware that he has a fatal disease, the straight-forward nature of the book can be outright heart-wrenching.
* ''Literature/NewsFromNowhere'', published in 1890, is a riposte to ''Looking Backward'', written by another socialist who favored a more agrarian and less urban socialist paradise.
* ''Noir'' by Creator/KWJeter is a {{Doorstopper}} set in a {{Dystopia}}n {{Cyberpunk}} CrapsackWorld. The main character is a "Copyright Cop" who spends most of the book [[AuthorFilibuster discussing]] how people who [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil infringe copyrights]] should be ''[[DisproportionateRetribution dismembered and tortured]]'' because, in the Information Age setting of the book, [[FelonyMisdemeanor copyright violation is worse]] than ''all'' other crimes. Jeter's personal website indicates that he's against copyright violations himself.
* Apparently, in ''Literature/TheNutcrackerAndTheMouseKing'' (the original story, not the ballet), the portrayal of the royal characters as brats and jerkasses while "commoners" like Marie and the Nutcracker became beloved monarchs of the Land of Dolls was meant to attack and subvert the notion that royalty was inherently good and noble and that one needed royal blood to be a good ruler.
* ''Literature/OnlyTheSuperRichCanSaveUs'' by Ralph Nader. Yes, ''that'' Ralph Nader. Although -- consumer advocate that he is -- he never pretends that the book is anything other than 'how everything could be so much better if a few rich people got together and implemented my program.'
* ''Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded'' by Samuel Richardson was a very popular didactic novel to teach young women the importance of feminine virtues, including piety, domesticity, and most importantly chastity. The main character is basically a MarySue of the feminine ideal who repeatedly asserts her virtue against the advances of a rakish suitor.
** Even at the time the book was published, some were disgusted by the classification of "virtue" as "virginity". One author wrote a parody, ''Shamela'', that ridiculed the concept by having long conversations over the heroine's "vartue", pointing out just how meaningless the word "virtue" is when used in the original.
** That author was Henry Fielding, who also wrote ''Joseph Andrews'', revolving around Pamela's brother and casting him in the role of the young innocent whose virtue is continually besieged. Fielding ''really'' hated ''Pamela,'' it seems.
* Eugen Richter's ''Pictures of the Socialistic Future'', which has the StrawmanPolitical as the viewpoint character who celebrates Germany's slide into Stalinist Communism and saves the AuthorAvatar for the very end. Interestingly, it was published in 1891 and managed to predict much of the CrapsackWorld the Soviet bloc would become. The author (1838-1906) was a leading progressive liberal politician of the time of Otto von Bismarck and Wilhelm II.
* Creator/AstridLindgren wrote ''Pomperipossa in Monismania'' to make a point about taxes -- the point being that it shouldn't be possible to have to have a marginal tax rate of 102%. Obviously not a very ''generic'' point, but it was relevant to when and where she wrote it (since it was written in reaction to finding out that her marginal tax rate ''was'' 102%), and it has the advantage of it being something that most people would agree with (it wasn't actually ''intended'' to be the case by the taxation system's designers, they'd just failed to anticipate the combination of being self-employed with having a high income).
* G. P. Taylor's book ''Shadowmancer'' is a heavy-handed attempt to get the reader to convert to Christianity. It's filled with [[HollywoodAtheist Hollywood Atheists]]. One of the characters, Raphah, is clearly an author mouthpiece who condemns all things the author dislikes such as witchcraft and coffee.
* Creator/HPLovecraft's short story "The Silver Key" consists almost entirely of his AuthorAvatar Randolph Carter, who is exactly like Lovecraft except that his family didn't lose its wealth and prestige, musing about all things wrong with the society. He bashes both religion and science for their obsession with order and structure, and declares that dreams are equal to reality, and that the only things worth valuing in a meaningless universe are beauty and harmony. The ending implies a romanticized view of suicide, as Carter abandons the Waking World, ironically in perfect opposite to the {{Aesop}} he was supposed to have learned in ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath''.
* A minor example from ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo:'' Almost no down-timers appreciate rock and roll music. Lots of down-timer country music fans. Lots of down-time folk music fans. And it goes without saying that opera and orchestral music are beloved. But... absolutely no down-timer fans of rock and roll. Not even relatively "light" rock and roll like the early Beatles. And the less said about the reaction to rap music the better. Coincidentally, these views happen to mirror the musical tastes of Eric Flint almost precisely.
** Question: does Eric Flint also dislike jazz?
* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' is an Author Tract, all right. Robert A. Heinlein wrote it in protest of America signing a nuclear treaty with Russia--whom he did not believe would keep nuclear treaties.
* A large part of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' revolves around nudism and polyamory, both of which Heinlein practiced in his real life (''Literature/ForUsTheLivingAComedyOfCustoms'', a [[MissingEpisode lost early Heinlein manuscript]] which was first published in 2003, contains similar themes). Indeed, his works can largely be divided into pre-''Stranger'' and post-''Stranger'', with the latter showing far more evidence of this. There's also a greater-than-average amount of incest, including a mention that in his distant future it's genetically safer in some cases for a woman to bear her brother's children than an unrelated man's -- a couple's decision to have children together (or not) is based purely on their gene scans, not on consanguinity. Not that that necessarily stops them from ''marrying''; there's a reference to a happily married couple who are raising seven children, "four his, three hers, none theirs," using donor sperm for hers and donor eggs for his because the genetic risks of having children together were too great. Apparently HollywoodEvolution leads to a world where [[MarySuetopia whatever the creator thinks is hottest happens]]. Heinlein was probably unaware of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect#Westermarck_effect Westermarck Effect]], or he would have been less sanguine about the possibility of genetic scans completely replacing the incest taboo as society's method of minimizing pregnancies and births marred by reinforced harmful recessive genes.
* The ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series by Creator/TerryGoodkind is often accused by detractors of being nothing more than Objectivist propaganda, particularly the later books. These themes were always slightly present, but ''really'' begin to crop up later in the series: ''Faith of the Fallen'' is two-fifths desperate battles and {{angst}}, and three-fifths [[{{Anvilicious}} clangingly obvious]] pro-Creator/AynRand [[AuthorFilibuster soapboxing]] on how individuals working for themselves in a free market works far better than your broken, inevitably corrupt socialism. ''Confessor'' also stumps for atheism, [[FlatEarthAtheist in a manner which contradicts earlier books]]. Essentially the biggest issue readers have with this series, even readers who like it, is that Goodkind frequently halts the plot of his books so that his main character, Richard, can speechify/rant on Goodkind's views for pages upon pages, sometimes taking up more than two chapters, with all the subtlety of a sledge hammer. Pretty much the dictionary definition of this trope.
* In Creator/RudyardKipling's "Literature/TheThreeDecker", he derides the way these writers considered themselves superior to {{Escapism}} in the three-volume novel.
-->''Her crews are babes or madmen? Her port is all to make?\\
You're manned by Truth and Science, and you steam for steaming's sake?\\
Well, tinker up your engines — you know your business best —\\
She's taking tired people to the Islands of the Blest!''
* ''Literature/TheTurnerDiaries'', written under a pseudonym by William Pierce, who was leader of the neo-Nazi organization National Alliance until his death in 2002. Largely about ''eeeevil'' [[StrawmanPolitical liberals and Jews]] enslaving America, and the actions of the DesignatedHero terrorist cell 'The Order' trying to overthrow said ''eeeevil'' strawmen. For a scary note, a scene in which the Order blow up a federal building probably inspired the actions of one of its biggest fans -- Timothy [=McVeigh=], the Oklahoma City Bomber.
** The Order also inspired a RealLife terrorist organization of the same name which is responsible for numerous deaths.
*** And to which [=McVeigh=] may have had ties, according to Mark Juergensmeyer, author of ''Terror in the Mind of God'' -- a book about religious terrorism.
* ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'', "the book that started the Civil War," is a novel aimed at women in an attempt to get them to convince their voting husbands to outlaw slavery. Many times the narrator will address the reader directly to push her down this logical path.
* ''Vita Brevis: A Letter to St Augustine'' by Jostein Gaarder consists of letters criticizing the works of an early Christian theologian, written from his fictional lover's point of view. His beliefs about sex and joy are contested in particular, and often in a way that might be seen as an appropriate reaction to mindsets still relevant, thus instrumentalizing 1500-ish year old texts to point out present day hypocrisy.
** Speaking of St. Augustine, his ''Confessions'' constitue an author-tractish autobiography.
* ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' was the means by which Leo Tolstoy wanted to share his view of history and historical forces. No no, the title doesn't give it away.
** What gives it away is the 100-page epilogue that drops any pretense of plot, characterization, drama, or interestingness. It even critiques the rest of the book directly.
* ''Literature/AWolfInTheSoul'' is ultimately the author's treatise on what it means to be Jewish and what it means to be a human being.
* ''Literature/YouthInSexualEcstasy'' is a novel dedicated to young people that heavily promotes sexual abstinence and a strong pro-life message.
* ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', by George Orwell, is an {{Anvilicious}} Author Tract based on his vision of the Soviet Union and on what rampant ideological totalitarianism can lead to.
* Creator/AynRand wrote several novels expounding of the virtues of her personal philosophy, Objectivism, culminating in her Magnum Opus, the {{Doorstopper}} ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. With ''the'' AuthorFilibuster (actually only the longest of several in the book) lasting dozens of pages on end, {{anvilicious}} doesn't begin to describe it. Of course, like Creator/GeorgeOrwell, Rand never pretended her books were anything ''but'' author tracts.
* This trope was Creator/CharlesDickens's stock in trade. All of his works are morality plays meant to drive home his socialist (or at least social-democratic) ideals. In ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', Ebeneezer Scrooge rails that the poor are lazy and inferior and deserve to die, on scientific principle, and then an innocent child almost does. In ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'', ''Literature/NicholasNickleby'', and ''Literature/OliverTwist'', more innocent children are mercilessly abused, either by predators that society chooses to do nothing about, or by the very institutions of that society. In ''Literature/LittleDorrit'', citizens are reduced to professional beggars by the debtors' prison system. And the list goes on. Most of these were cases of SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped, though.
* Creator/CSLewis
** ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce,'' an allegory about how people must deliberately choose to reject God and happiness, damning themselves to a life of selfishness.
** ''Literature/ThePilgrimsRegress,'' which Lewis wrote this as a deliberate allegory when he thought his path to conversion was typical. He later found out it wasn't.
** ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters.'' This is especially true due to Lewis noting in the introduction that, being a demon, Screwtape is an UnreliableNarrator.
** ''Literature/TheSilverChair''
*** The scene where the Lady of the Green Kirtle is set up as a HollywoodAtheist of the "completely evil" variety and Lewis puts into her mouth some deliberately skewed philosophical arguments against the existence of Aslan (particularly bad because the Green Lady actually ''knows'' that Aslan exists, and is just straight-up lying, which is another common stereotype regarding atheists).
*** There is also Santa, of all people, who discourages Susan and Lucy from fighting, because they're girls. ("War is ugly when women fight"). One would expect Santa to be anti-war, but he does give their brother a sword, so there is that.
* Creator/DennisWheatley does this in just about every novel he wrote. His books often lapse into political polemic about the seductive evil of left-wing politics and the need for Britain to be governed by a strong benevolent dictator according to the principles of libertarianism and free-market economics [[FridgeLogic (take a moment to consider how that just wouldn't work out)]]. After all, the working classes are too docile and ill-educated, so people like ''us'' must shoulder the burden of ruling them, for their own good of course. Alongside the politics, Wheatley also held forth in favor of his religion, a kind of cross between Christianity and Buddhism that actually does make sense.
* Even Creator/EdgarAllanPoe wasn't immune to this, though to either his credit or his fault, he restricted it to philosophy.
** ''The Imp of the Perverse'' is entirely about his idea of a previously uncredited motivating force behind people's actions.
** There's also a passage of about a page or so in ''Literature/ThePurloinedLetter'' in which the protagonist, Literature/CAugusteDupin, explains why mathematicians aren't very good at reasoning. This is tangentially related to the story, but one does wonder if it needed to be explored in such detail.
* Almost all of Creator/OscarWilde's works were this, to some extent.
** Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray could be a read as [[http://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/the-picture-of-dorian-gray-art-ethics-and-the-artist a subtle vindication of the aesthetic philosophy]].
* Creator/FyodorDostoevsky
** He hoped to convey a new way to understand religion through exemplifying the themes of guilt and free will in writing ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov''. This can be seen in what many critics call the pivotal chapters of the book, which include the parable called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grand_Inquisitor ''The Grand Inquisitor''.]] The way in which events play out conform with the Elder Zosima's idea expressed throughout of "everyone is guilty for all and before all."
** ''Literature/NotesFromUnderground'' is arguably an Author Tract; it highlights the societal chaos brought about by the then-fashionable, and highly depressing, trend towards rational nihilism ("nihilists" in Russia also meant radicals who wanted to violently "remake" society by destroying all the existing institutions).
** ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' is an Author Tract in the same vein, with the main character being a cruel nihilist who kills an elderly loan shark to rob her of the money he needs for university, justifying it on the grounds that "great men" such as Cesare Borgia showed no qualms about doing such things in pursuit of their goals. He winds up repenting and becoming Orthodox Christian. Not surprisingly, this was Dostoevsky's religion.
* Creator/JohnGrisham's books often feature this trope, targeting big business and/or conservative views.
** ''Literature/TheConfession'': The book attacks the death penalty by constructing a miscarriage of justice where the pro-death penalty side are all grossly negligent and unlikable, in contrast to the anti-death penalty side. To top it off, once the message is thoroughly beaten through you, Grisham decides to dedicate a few pages to having a character rail against the death penalty.
** ''The Appeal'' featurs a long discourse on the need for an independent judiciary, how ads manipulate the truth, and how often big businesses will hide behind certain causes as an excuse to manipulate tort law to be more favorable. Including having a train of accidents hit the winning election candidate to get him to try and convert, but he stays bought.
* 99% of everything that Creator/JohnMilton wrote (including, tautologically, his political tracts).
* Creator/JohnRingo (a self-described Tea Party Republican) does this on a fairly regular basis, more so as time goes on.
** ''The Last Centurion'', written in a blog-type format, takes issue with various issues held dear by liberals, including universal healthcare, interracial relations, and "government knows best" attitudes.
** In ''Through the Looking Glass'', a grandmother ponders why her local Democrats can't be both liberal ''and'' patriotic, though this is also a first-person perspective. Later, it turns out various Terrorists and Insurgent groups tried to use captured aliens as a bioweapon, which escaped of course and butchered most of the Islamic fundamentalist movement in the Middle East. It's a good thing to the characters.
** He wrote ''Literature/{{Ghost}}'' as this deliberately. He never intended to publish it, but it got published due to pressure from the fans, much to his chagrin. To give you an idea, the main character pursues kidnapper terrorists to the Middle East, where he kills them all, coaches a group of naked coeds through a siege (while renaming them, because he can't be bothered to learn their names), kills UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden and mails his head to the President in a bucket, buys a yacht with the reward money, has kinky bondage sex with some of the coeds and converts them to Republicanism. Later volumes in the ''Paladin of Shadows'' series, which tone down some of the more extreme elements of the first book, take aim at extremist Muslims, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucrats]], and assorted other issues that bother him.
** Ringo uses ''Literature/TroyRising'' to lay into some of his usual Pet Peeves: Pacifism is dumb, the military is extremely important, {{Nepotism}} is the bane of humanity, liberalism is evil, the UsefulNotes/MainstreamMedia cannot be trusted. New(ish) ones include "space is ''really'' dangerous", "Science Is Good", and "maintenance is very important." The storyline features most "big city liberals" being wiped out when the cities are destroyed, most Muslims (at least, the ones not smart enough to be "modern Westernized Muslims") being wiped out by an alien plague, the free market being enforced, and most Hispanic males being shown to be a pack of ignorant macho yahoos.
* A lot of Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle's collaborative work have a message that technology and science is good, religion and treehugging liberal extremists who hate technology are bad.
** Pournelle's ''Literature/CoDominium'' backstory is one huge author tract, mostly in regards to socialism ruining the economy and society, though the tract is mostly absent from the actual meat of the novels. Ironically, the author tract was greatly ''reduced'' when Niven and Pournelle collaborated on ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'', set in the [=CoDominium=] universe, albeit several hundred years later.
* Creator/LRonHubbard and his final novels, ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' and the 10-volume ''Literature/MissionEarth''. In ''Battlefield Earth'' psychiatry is what caused the evil space overlords to turn from their generally happy live-and-let-live prior existence, into amoral PlanetLooters who regularly commit planetary genocide just so nobody will get in the way of their mining operations. Psychiatry is also the big-bad in ''Mission Earth'', to the extent that ''every single antagonist'' is either a supporter of the profession or a practitioner or exporting it off-world or using it to take over the world. It doesn't help that almost every character is a StrawmanPolitical.
** For example, the evil Psychlos. This isn't a play on 'psycho'--it's a reference to ''psychologists'', who are considered evil in Scientology doctrine.
** His earlier work ''Masters of Sleep'' promotes Dianetics and features as a villain a mad psychiatrist, Doctor Dyhard, who persists in rejecting Dianetics after all his abler colleagues have accepted it, and believes in prefrontal lobotomies for everyone.
** Other common targets for Hubbard's ire include journalists, federal investigators, bankers, elected officials, policemen, doctors, college professors, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and modern art]]. The first two had conducted investigations of Scientology, earning them his animus.
* A great deal of Creator/MegCabot's books, especially her YA novels. It was especially apparent in ''Literature/ReadyOrNot'', where Ms. Cabot literally stopped the narrative to rant against the abstinence movement. Her other books contain some amounts of similar commentary.
* Creator/MichaelCrichton's books sometimes veer into this. In many of his books, he includes a little author's note at the beginning about the real-world issues the book explores, along with an AuthorFilibuster or two somewhere in said book. ''Literature/StateOfFear'' was an anti-global warming opinion piece veiled as a work of fiction. He devoted the last 50 pages of the book to a huge author's note, complete with bibliography and list of cited works. The story itself even has citations, and most of the villains are [[StrawCharacter strawmen environmentalists]].
* Creator/OrsonScottCard
** ''Literature/OrsonScottCardsEmpire'', where the characters will [[AuthorFilibuster pause during the action]] to explain exactly why sweeping demonizations of the views of others are destructive. Part of it comes from the ridiculous premise--he was hired to write the backstory for [[VideoGame/ShadowComplex a video game]] about a second American Civil War taking place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, with the opposing sides being [[StrawmanPolitical strawman versions]] of the Democrats and Republicans.
** Towards the end, the ''Ender's Shadow'' series also features numerous lectures from widely disparate characters on how the only way to really be a part of the human race is to have babies, culminating in one Battle-school grad stopping her troops in the middle of a battle and telling them to go home and procreate.
** More recently his novella ''Hamlet's Father'', a retelling of {{Theatre/Hamlet}}, has been accused of this. In it Hamlet gets portrayed as staunchly Christian with a firm belief in the afterlife, very different from his doubts about this in the play, but in keeping with the author's beliefs. These revisions would be controversial enough themselves, but it's also shown that his father was a predatory pedophile who sexually abused Hamlet and many other male characters. In fact, his father was not killed by Claudius, but Horatio, in revenge for this abuse. Worse, it's implied this turned Hamlet and the other victims gay. Card has disputed this view, but it agrees with his publicly stated theory on what causes homosexuality.
* Petrarch's [[AuthorExistenceFailure unpublished final work]], a poem on Scipio Africanus, was full of long {{Author Filibuster}}s on how AncientRome was [[MarySuetopia better than everything ever]]. Technically, this is true of all of Petrarch's work, and indeed, most things written during UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance, but he took the cultural inferiority complex UpToEleven. There's also apparently a fictitious bit where Scipio goes to see a fortuneteller, who speaks of a dark time when poetry will die out and only a man named [[AuthorAvatar Petrarch]] will be able to save it.
* Creator/PhilipKDick put varying amounts of his own beliefs into his stories, but his short story 'The Pre-Persons' is very blatantly his personal, heavily emotional response to ''Roe vs. Wade'', set in a world where pro-choice activists have legalized "abortion" of children up to age 12. His mouthpiece characters claim abortion is all about powerful people deliberately picking on the helpless, or a certain kind of woman getting off on destroying men and children. He even depicts one woman wanting to get pregnant because she thinks an abortion would be fun and a turn-on.
* Creator/PiersAnthony does these occasionally. One story he wrote was basically a TakeThat explaining why the sci-fi publishing business was worthless (Anthony having struggled against it for quite some time before learning the tricks of the trade). One supposes that subjectivity enters in over where the line is drawn between Author Tract, AuthorFilibuster, and AuthorAppeal where his other books fall, though he's never been very shy about making his ideas on sexuality (and the ages at which people take notice of it), body modesty, and other things an important plot element of his stories.
* Much of Creator/SheriSTepper's work reads as thinly disguised, feminist utopianism, particularly ''Literature/TheGateToWomensCountry'' and ''The Revenants''. ''Beauty'' paints a rather extreme picture of the human race's 'destruction' of Earth's environment.
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' by Philip Pullman is to teach about atheism and vilify the Catholic Church. Very specifically, it was begun with the direct intention of being an atheist counter-part, and counter-point, to the Narnia series.
* ''[[Literature/TheNeanderthalParallax Hybrids]]'' by Creator/RobertJSawyer spends a lot of time talking about how evil human males are, and how they've done nothing but bring evil into the world. ''Hominids'' in the same series, along with [[http://www.sfwriter.com/privacy.htm some material produced to promote it]], includes many arguments about the evils of privacy.
* Jan Guillou digresses in ''The Bridge Builders'' on American railroads mistreating Chinese "slaves" building railroads in the American West, and draws the conclusion that Americans in general are "the world's most brutal people" -- even though the novel has no scenes in the US or China and none of the characters have any connection to the US or China.
* Ray Bradbury uses his story "The Toynbee Convector" (title story of his mid-80s collection) to rail against his society's defeatism and negativism at the time. It is out of character for Bradbury, but works if you view the big lie of the story as representing the writer's art. In that view, Bradbury is just saying how he hopes his writing will influence the "real world" (or bragging that it has had that effect).
* Creator/JulesVerne belonged to a "Heavier-Than-Air" innovation society when he was young, so it's no surprise that one running theme of his major novel about flight, ''Literature/RoburTheConqueror'', is a continual deconstruction of the CoolAirship trope. (Of course, since his whole argument was built on hypotheses about future inventions, the novel was also a FantasticAesop until practical heavier-than-air crafts were actually invented.)
* John Twelve Hawks wrote ''Literature/TheFourthRealm'' to alert his readers to invasion of their privacy.
* Thriller author and former US Navy Captain Creator/PTDeutermann uses his political/military thrillers to air his opinions about military bureaucracy, politicking by senior military leadership (especially the Navy), social engineering and other military related issues. Especially evident in Literature/ScorpionInTheSea (HeadInTheSandManagement by senior naval officials), Literature/TheEdgeOfHonor (the draft, lowering of standards), Literature/OfficialPrivilege (race issues in the military, too much power in the hands of admiral executive assistants), Literature/{{Darkside}} (social engineering, lowered standards and hypocritical senior leadership at the Naval Academy), Literature/ColdFrame (morality of drone warfare against terrorists).
* Most books by Creator/DeanKoontz has at least a few rants about the many things that Koontz considers to be wrong with the world, which while never ''explicitly'' tied to one political direction or another usually maps well onto the [[WarOnStraw dumbest extremes]] of liberalism. Sometimes this ties into the themes and plots of the novel - for instance, ''Dark Rivers of the Heart'' is explicitly about governmental overreach and the dangers of people trying to use the government's power to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create utopia]], with a helpful afterword where the author explains exactly what he thinks on the subject in case it wasn't [[{{Anvilicious}} abundantly clear]] enough - but most of the time the deranged anarchists, [[GranolaGirl anti-intellectual poets]] and welfare cheats just seem to be there to highlight how wonderful the protagonists and their implicitly-conservative values are in comparison.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' makes it abundantly clear what Creator/DavidWeber thinks about any number of issues. At the start of the series, Haven is the antagonist, and explicitly a welfare system taken to absurd extremes. The need to provide for masses on the dole makes them turn conquistador. One character later internally ponders at length how Haven's education system turns out poorly trained soldiers because it focuses on "validating" the students rather than really teaching them. The evils of socialism and flat taxes are also discussed. Nearly all star nations have capital punishment, the bad guys included, and it's always done by hanging. Abortion is also considered unethical, though it's obsolete now as babies can be [[UterineReplicator "tubed"]]. Both Conservatives and Liberals are initially not portrayed well (some good examples come about later), with the protagonists being centrist. This makes sense as the series also pushes what are usually more left-wing views, like sexual liberation and women's rights.
* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' is very much this, a story set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture where the US dissolves into one far-right and a number of straw liberal states.
* This is a signature of Creator/IraTabankin. This is perhaps most evident in ''Literature/AHistoryLesson''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BostonLegal'' frequently involved the writers concocting a storyline that would allow James Spader to sue and deliver increasingly lengthy closing arguments. Frequently [[BetterThanABareBulb lampshaded]].
* ''Series/HarrysLaw'' seems to be another David E. Kelley example, utilizing the characters of Harry and Thomas Jefferson as soap box preachers in court room scenes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The show has had many cases over the years, including "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E5TheGreenDeath The Green Death]]" (GreenAesop), "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors The Two Doctors]]" (vegetarian), "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon Aliens of London]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree World War III]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers The Sunmakers]]" (anti-tax), "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E2TheCurseOfPeladon The Curse of Peladon]]" ([[{{Fanon}} allegedly]] pro-EEC), "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E4TheMonsterOfPeladon The Monster of Peladon]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield Battlefield]]" (nuclear weapons), "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol The Happiness Patrol]]" (UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher [[{{Demonization}} is evil incarnate]]).
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon Kill The Moon]]" has been read as an anti-abortion tract, though there has been no confirmation that this was the intent and might have been an AccidentalAesop.
* Jack Webb was known for this. Most of Joe Friday's rants on ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' were Webb putting in his own views.
* Creator/JossWhedon touches on his existentialist(-ish) views in the the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Objects In Space", through Jubal Early. Joss goes into much deeper detail in the episode commentary.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** "Smashed" and "Wrecked" from Season 6 felt to some a lot like a great big 'just say NO to drugs' thing. ''Especially'' "Wrecked", which was written by Marti Noxon.
** Season four's "Beer Bad" is not exactly pro-boozing either. It was written specifically to get reward money being offered to shows that dealt with the consequences of alcohol and drug abuse. This failed because the episode failed to deal with alcohol consumption realistically, instead having a magical potion in the beer turn drinkers into cavemen.
* Judging from the way that questions are phrased on ''Series/FamilyFeud'', the show's writers are {{Heteronormative Crusader}}s. It wouldn't even be that big of a deal, except that while the conversation on LGBT rights has progressed rapidly since Steve Harvey came on as host of ''Family Feud'' in 2010, the syntax on the show pertaining to husbands and wives hasn't.
* In "Sick And Tired," a two-part episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls,'' Dorothy realizes that she has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (something co-writer Susan Harris also has). Since the disease was fairly new at the time, most doctors hadn't seen it yet, some didn't know about it, and many of them tended to blame the patient when they couldn't find the answer. She spends two episodes trying to get the diagnosis, dealing with doctors who call her hysterical, simply say she's getting old, and going to a specialist in New York (the show is set in Miami) who tells her to color her hair. After she gets the proper diagnosis, she runs into the specialist from New York, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zovd9eKvy8s delivers an epic]] "[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason You Suck]]" to him, which sounds like something Susan Harris might have wanted to say to her Real Life doctors.
* ''Series/MacGyver1985'' pretty much turned into a show protesting societal wrongs after a couple seasons. The most glaring was probably the one that opened with a warning about a graphic portrayal of a de-horned rhinoceros, then spent about half its running time explaining the poaching in Africa and ended with Richard Dean Anderson as himself narrating about what can be done about it. VerySpecialEpisode, indeed.
* Next time you watch a ''{{Series/MASH}}'' episode -- particularly one from about Season 7 or later -- check the credits. Is Alan Alda listed as writer and/or director? Then prepare yourself for a whole lot of this.
* ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' is completely blatant about its skeptical and Libertarian agendas from the very first episode. Teller has said (aloud, with his voice) that he likes the show being totally biased, but still fair.
* Is it coincidence that the soapboxing quotient on ''Series/QuincyME'' increased as Jack Klugman got more script control? Er... no.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sometimes has this happening, most likely because the host differs from week to week. Christina Aguilera hosted in the midst of her ''Dirrty'' phase, and about three-quarters of the sketches where she played a central role (either as herself or someone else) had her character lecturing the others on how she chose to express herself as a woman.
* Gene Roddenberry, the creator of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', has a history of putting his atheistic ideals in his work. It becomes most overt in "Who Watches the Watchers?" where the re-emergence of religion among a Vulcan-like race on one planet (due to [[GodGuise Enterprise crew members being seen beaming down and being mistaken for gods]]) is treated as a ''terrible'' thing, with much sermonizing on the evils of superstition in a long PatrickStewartSpeech before they successfully prove they ''aren't'' gods to the natives.
* An InUniverse application of this trope occurs in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Author, Author", in which [[{{Hologram}} the Doctor]] writes a holo-novel which is essentially a screed against the oppression of intelligent holograms, with [[CaptainErsatz thinly-disguised]] versions of the crew as the villains. However, the end of the episode implies that maybe the novel [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped is in fact necessary]].
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' varied a lot over time -- the writing staff was mostly Republican in later seasons, leading to things like Arnold Vinick being the better candidate in the Season 7 election.
* Creator/AaronSorkin's ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' takes the preachiness and turned it UpToEleven.
* The whole second series of ''Series/{{Extras}}'' seems to be a thinly-veiled commentary on how television shows can be destroyed by ExecutiveMeddling. It comes complete with a ShowWithinAShow StylisticSuck of Ricky Gervais's previous hit, ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}''.
* ''Series/TheNewsroom'' has Aaron Sorkin spending three seasons lobbing bombs at cable news journalism. Each episode will also invariably include at least one character making a strong political statement that Sorkin obviously holds dear.
* ''Series/TheWire'' can be seen as one five-season-long Author Tract on how selfishness, ambition and stupidity are keeping American institutions in a vicious cycle of incompetence.
* ''{{Series/Roseanne}}'':
** It was frequently and proudly a left-ish sitcom about the working class, and for the most part it succeeded by showing its opinionated lead characters were just everywomen and everymen who had flaws and failings of their own (cf. "White Men Can't Kiss", where DJ refuses to kiss a girl because she's black). But, regardless of whether or not you agree wholeheartedly with the message of "The Last Thursday In November", there's no denying it was twenty-two minutes of soapboxing about the treatment of Native Americans, with very little nuance.
** The 2018 revival has the real-life Roseanne's right-wing values (having since gone to the other side of the political spectrum) leak into the show, to the point of outright contradicting older seasons. Though thankfully it's yet to also show Roseanne's opinion on real life political issue like LGBT rights or the current government, which [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement are too volatile to talk about here.]]
* Viciously mocked in ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'', with the titular ShowWithinAShow getting constantly derailed by the [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogant head writer's]] Author Tracts. Said tracts also double as [[SpaceWhaleAesop Space Whale]] and [[CluelessAesop Clueless]] Aesops, with bizarre lessons like "if doctors aren't paid a proper wage everyone will turn into man-apes". At one point the plot slams to a halt so the characters can moralize about why [[MerchandiseDriven you should always buy name-brand batteries]].

* Music/APerfectCircle's album ''Emotive'' is an anti-war tract, specifically against the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in the Aughts.
* While normally Music/BobDylan puts enough subtlety in his protest songs that you could naively assume they were made purely for the artistic merit, he didn't even try with "Neighborhood Bully." His 1964 song "Ballad in Plain D" is a fairly straight forward rant about the end of his relationship with Suze Rotolo (the woman with him on the cover of ''The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan''), blaming her "parasite sister" for breaking them up.
* Early Music/{{Chicago}} had a lot of these. If it's penned by Robert Lamm, expect this trope (also, expect a lot of vitriol aimed at the establishment). Exemplified by "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A Song for Richard and His Friends.]]"
* Most of the work of Music/TheCranberries is about their political views stemming from UsefulNotes/TheTroubles. Even their international hit song "Zombie" ("It's been the same old theme since 1916") is a cry to ThinkOfTheChildren and stop the fighting.
* Taken collectively, the soundtrack to the 1994 fantasy-action film ''Film/TheCrow'' is a combination of this and AuthorAppeal by proxy. The line-up is primarily a showcase for the kinds of bands that ''James O'Barr,'' the creator of the comic on which the movie is based, enjoyed growing up (especially Music/TheCure, who contribute the movie's unofficial theme song: "Burn"). But there are also a few songs that get preachy, sometimes excessively so, reflecting some of the more extreme left-wing positions of the 1990's. "Golgotha Tenement Blues" (by ''Machines of Loving Grace'') is a more subtle example, since it comments on the urban corruption ("Down on the boulevard, children are sold, to pave the way for your streets of gold") that is one of the major undertones of ''The Crow.'' But Music/{{Pantera}} contribute the anti-cop "The Badge," which outright refers to policemen as "badge wearing fascist villains" (while the police lieutenant in the film is sympathetic). And on "Darkness," Music/RageAgainstTheMachine's Zack de la Rocha raps: "My people were left with no choice but to decide, to conform to a system responsible for genocide!" ''The Crow'' is, at its heart, about one man's private anguish and contains no explicit political themes (except, perhaps, for [[CaptainObviousAesop "slumlords are evil"]]).
* ''Diary of an Unborn Child'' is an anti-abortion Author Tract.
* Music/DixieChicks did this so much in "Not Ready To Make Nice." They basically come to terms with their now-dwindling fan-base (due to a disdainful comment by lead singer Natalie Maines after President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush was re-elected). They even recognize the death threats they received on their tour that year.
* The album ''Firestorm'' by [[FilkSong filk]] musician Leslie Fish is intended as a set of instructions for surviving after a nuclear war. Many of her other songs are author tracts on the subjects of religion, anarchism, and civil liberties.
* Much of Music/GreenDay's ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' album contains constant {{Take That}}s against the George W. Bush administration. One song on the album, "Holiday", despite already being an Author Tract manages to still have an AuthorFilibuster where the song stops for the singer to StrawmanPolitical Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and George Bush directly through spoken word, complete with [[GodwinsLaw pulling a Godwin]]. Only a couple of tracks on the album ("Holiday" and "American Idiot" especially) are explicitly political, though, with the main focus of the album being [[RockOpera a narrative]] about disaffected youths. Most assume the entire album is nothing but political ranting because the two most {{Anvilicious}} songs were released as singles and, consequentially, received the most airplay
* Not the ''Discovery'' album specifically, but the music video ''Anime/{{Interstella 5555}}'' is basically a gigantic middle finger to the celebrity system and the corporate world's exploitation of artists, which fits Music/DaftPunk's core philosophies quite well.
* Several of Music/JohnLennon's works from '72 and '73. "Woman Is the Nigger of the World" is a good example. There is even the Nutopian International Anthem -- which is silent...
* Music/MarilynManson's "Triptych" albums, ''Antichrist Superstar'', ''Mechanical Animals'' and ''Holy Wood (In The Shadow of The Valley of Death)'' are three separate ones that, at times, overlap. The first is about individuality, a tract against Christianity and also an adaptation of the Book of Revelation (though it took the fandom a while to figure this out, because Manson says little about the plots and embedded a lot of obscure imagery from both the Bible and occult and historical sources) from the viewpoint of the Antichrist, who is also a musician. The second is a tract against the rock star life, based on Manson's own experiences, told from the viewpoint of two [[ShoutOut alien rock stars]] [[Music/DavidBowie and the "Mechanical Animals" are their band]]. The aliens, Alpha and Omēga, are enslaved to their label, addicted to drugs and in love with a woman named Coma White, who might not even be real (though, ''Holy Wood'' shows she is). Finally, ''Holy Wood (In The Shadow of The Valley of Death)'' was written in 1999 and 2000, hot off the heels of the Columbine Massicare and Manson's [[MisBlamed misblaming]], and is another tract against Christianity, as well as America's gun culture, sports culture and government worship, centered around a protaganist named Adam Kadmon, [[RuleOfThree a musican]] and reveloutionary.His name comes from the Kabbalah and meanss "original man". Much of this era was also explained in various public apperances and even a few speeches, and there was to be a ''Holy Wood'' book, but it was never released (although Manson still wants to, 15 years after the album). Oh, all three are connected, as stated before. [[MindScrew In the opposite order.]]
** Outside of the Triptych, there are numerous songs about various things, including many off of the first album, ''Portrait of An American Family'', as well as ones off of later albums like the song ''We're From America''.
* Music/{{Ministry}} did an entire TRILOGY of full-length albums specifically against UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.
* Neal Morse left his Prog Rock band Spock's Beard after becoming a Christian. His ''Testimony'' album is pretty much the story of his conversion, although he tends not to be didactic and simply calls it "my story."
* Music/OingoBoingo danced around this trope. They drifted into politics occasionally throughout the 1980s... but since Creator/DannyElfman's sociopolitical views are (or were) all over the map, he comes off more as an extremely disgruntled anarchist ranting about how he hates everything. He even admitted that the entire point of Oingo Boingo's existence was to "piss everybody off."
* Nerina Pallot's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKTCScoUFWk Everybody's Gone to War]]" was even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] on the radio, with [=DJs=] saying she had a slight problem with Iraq.
* "Long Leather Coat" by Music/PaulMcCartney, issued in 1993. If you are not an animal liberationist, you will get chills listening to this.
* PorcupineTree delivers a bitter and blistering TakeThat against music industry in "The Sound of Muzak", accusing it of robbing music of any creativity, emotion and sincerity.
* Just about all the music of Canadian far-left band Propaghandi is like this, although it's gotten to the point where they spend so much time at their concerts ranting to the audience instead of actually playing music, that their fans have been known to yell at them to shut up and play.
* Music/{{Rammstein}} prefers to stay out of politics, but made an exception with the song "Amerika", a song mocking America and sarcastically "celebrating" how America's culture has dominated and overwritten other peoples', and "Moskau", a sister-song to "Amerika" from the same album that focuses on Russia's corruption and comparing the country to an old prostitute.
* Music/{{Rush}}'s RockOpera ''2112'' was heavily inspired by Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/{{Anthem}}'', and a number of the group's other songs reference Objectivist ideals, such as "Tom Sawyer", and (appropriately enough) "Anthem".
** Their much later album, ''Roll the Bones'', particularly the title track, can be seen as an Author Tract repudiating their earlier Objectivism, or at least softening it greatly; and propounding more of a 'life is random, you deal with what you get' attitude, incorporated with a strong anti-religion/superstition message.
* Music/StanRogers sang unabashedly about many social issues, but really only dabbled tractfully into politics by taking on the subject of UsefulNotes/TheTroubles with his song "House of Orange" -- this despite being Canadian, not Irish.
--> And causes are ashes where children lie slain.
* Music/{{Stereolab}} have a lot of songs espousing a Marxist / Situationist worldview. It's all but impossible to find a professional review of the band that doesn't mention this fact.
* Music/SystemOfADown lost a lot of their fandom after their concerts became political talk-downs instead of politically charged ''music.''
* [[DeconstructiveParody Parodied with a hint of deconstruction]] by Music/TenaciousD in the song "City Hall", where the duo take over the world -- first, they legalise pot, then they try to reduce pollution with an absurd and impractical tube system, then they start to lose steam, showing that rock stars aren't really the type of people who you should take political advice from. After they've settled down, the band tries to kill each other -- and succeeds.
* Music/WoodyGuthrie [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballads_of_Sacco_%26_Vanzetti wrote an entire album]] protesting the bias that was shown in the landmark Sacco and Vanzetti trial, which took place about 20 years prior.
* In the 2000s, it has become chic to produce remixes of existing songs (protest songs in particular) containing soundbytes from the creator's political candidate of choice. Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" has been mashed up with a John Kerry speech in 2004, and 2008 has seen a will.i.am-produced hip-hop remix of several UsefulNotes/BarackObama speeches.
** WebVideo/AutoTuneTheNews has plenty of political moments.
* Many thrash metal bands moved in this direction during classic metal's {{Gotterdammerung}} between 1988 and 1991, trading sex and violence for left-wing politics and anti-war messages, and beer-fueled fury for punkish societal indignation. Some bands, like Sacred Reich and Toxik (whose second album is a ConceptAlbum about how television is bad for you) made their entire careers doing this sort of music.
** With that said, at least 70% of post-"The World Needs A Hero" Music/{{Megadeth}} is frontman Dave Mustaine taking personal potshots at the American government.
* Terre Thaemlitz has a habit of releasing albums full of tracts – which contain extensive essays in their liner notes.
** Since she couldn't include liner notes in early albums, she protested mindless ambient music sonically on ''Tranquilizer'', which includes an entire ambient piece designed to sound like a jerk-off session; another song grows progressively darker and sinister in tone until the true nature of the piece is revealed in a dialog sample about murder. ''Soil'' followed suit, with commentary on AIDS and abuse. Both album titles were double entendres meant as additional commentary.
** Her album ''Couture Cosmetique'' was subtitled, ''Transgendered electroacoustique symptomatic of the need for a cultural makeover (Or... What's behind all that foundation?)''
** ''Love for Sale: Taking Stock in Our Pride'', released in 1998, was ahead of its time in criticizing the media and retail worlds' attempts in repackaging and selling queer culture back to LGBT people. The album also criticized LGBT peoples' decision to exchange their fight for basic human rights for the ability to ''get married''.
** ''Soullessness'' meditates on the decontextualization and repackaging of cultural and subcultural mores to fit into and satiate "the mainstream norm", and where transsexuality, wage labor and spirituality belong in that conversation.
** Her entire body of work as DJ Sprinkles is about the re-appropriation and homogenization of black and latinx queer culture for heterosexual masses. The song "Sloppy 42nds" was about and dedicated to all the transsexual people and bars that were thrown out of Times Square when it was revitalized into the tourist trap it is today. Her album ''Midtown 120 Blues'' begins with a three-minute filibuster on how house music's origins in physically suffering, poverty-stricken black and latinx LGBT circles have been swept under the rug in favor of a white hetero experience encompassing dancing and drinking all night long; later on, she rails against {{Music/Madonna}} for repackaging baller culture in her song "Vogue" for her own financial gain, without giving back to or even acknowledging the community it came from. And finally, the 21-minute, two part "Grand Central" sonically details her personal trauma (as "house so much isn't a sound but a situation") of her one-way move from Missouri to New York City at age 18 by train, taken to escape the near-constant abuse for being "queer-fag-pussy-AIDS bait". But don't let any of this deter you - the album contains some of the absolute best deep house of the 2000s and was in the top of several critics' end-of-year lists.
* Music/ToddRundgren's 1975 album ''Initiation'' was a retort to his fans who wanted him to ditch the synthesizers and Buddhist symbolism that had crept into his crunchy rock sound. Instead, he went on for 68 full minutes about it, telling his fans that he was a "Real Man" "Born to Synthesize", and taunting them to follow him or lose him forever. Then came the 32 minute synth freakout that closed the album, containing movements named after the seven chakras.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''Franchise/AceCombat'' series, at least the ones based in Strangereal, tends to lay the WarIsHell themes on rather heavily. Most if not all the supporting protagonists are [[TechnicalPacifist Technical Pacifists]] who constantly lament the state of he war and war in general, often launching into monologues on how the enemy faction are NotSoDifferent from them, or ranting at someone about the state of the war and how violence only begets violence....[[GamePlayAndStorySegregation often while]] [[{{Hypocrite}} blasting enemy planes and vehicles]] into oblivion.
* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' and its sequels seem to be one big Author Tract against Extremism, in addition to having more mainstream anti-slavery and anti-discrimination themes. The second game also handles the issues with Collectivism and its WithUsOrAgainstUs mentality.
* Several members from the [=GTAForums=] community [[http://gtaforums.com/topic/680404-gta-lcs-is-censored-in-russia/ pointed out efforts of a Russian hacker named Dageron]], which began as a series of [[FanTranslation fan translations]] for the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series of games that eventually ended up as a means to turn them into a platform for him to push his extreme right-wing, Russian ultranationalist/monarchist ideology, replacing billboards with author-tract messages about the purported dangers of gaming and censoring or nulling out missions and references he deems sacrilegious or offensive.
* ''VideoGame/TheLastResurrection'' portrays Jesus (the game's final boss) as being personally responsible for crusades, inquisitions, witch-burnings and even Nazism; during the ending sequence the heroes conclude that world peace will not be achieved until all religions are abolished. [[SarcasmMode It's a long-shot, but there's a small chance that the designer might not be too keen on organised religion]].
* SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/ScelusPath'' adds a strange bit of eco-feminism to the mix, with female nature spirits proclaiming things like "The humans have spreaded lies of a male, God, and are using this left-brained thinking which invokes sexism and specism." There are many more statements like that, [[RougeAnglesOfSatin with similar spelling]].
* ''VideoGame/CaptainBibleInDomeOfDarkness'' is chocked-full of Author Tract. It's a Christian video game, and it shows - there are tons of [[BrokenAesop not-so-nice lessons]] in the game like that [[ScienceIsWrong science and religion are incompatible]], every line of thought other than Christianity is wrong and a lie, and that you should [[AbusiveParents beat your children]].
* In the first ''Literature/LeftBehind'', most every unit on your side is assigned a name and history complete with conversion story about how finding Jesus fixed their life. Neutral (and borderline hostile) units can be recruited by evangelizing at them, while the evil recruiters are (white) rap artists (because secular media are evil and will take you away from God). Every mission is even followed by an explicit tract on some right-wing evangelical Christian bugaboo that has nothing to do with the game, like why evolution is evil and wrong, or how archaeology is proving the Bible 100% accurate.
** There are some hints that the developer [[StealthParody is making fun of the book series]] and said authors are way too SarcasmBlind to see it.
* Hideo Kojima's ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series has a tendency to pause the action for ''long'' cutscenes proclaiming the danger of nukes. [[http://www.gamespite.net/toastywiki/index.php/Site/ThumbnailMetalGearSolid1-01 Metal Gear Solid Thumbnail Theatre]] mocks this by occasionally substituting the name of the nuclear expert with that of Kojima:
** Kojima isn't just anti nuke, but anti war in general. Everything from the story down to the gameplay (such as the fact that from [=MGS2=] onward, you weren't required to kill anybody) reflects a certain reverence for human life not typically found in video games.
*** Kojima also really hates people drafting children into war. Additionally, his dislike of {{PMC}}s is also quite evident. In general, he hates people profiting off of death. Also, a more subtle one, the idea of VR Troopers being an idiotic idea is likely a TakeThat at the idea of video games making people hardend killers.
* The ''VideoGame/OddWorld'' games have shades of this. The save the environment aesop being essentially the point of the entire series.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' is Creator/ChrisAvellone Tract about everything that he doesn't like about the Star Wars Universe via [[AuthorAvatar the character of Kreia]]. [[DeconstructorFleet Which is a lot of things]]. [[TropesAreNotBad While a significant audience appreciates the deconstruction]], even its fans recognize that [[{{Anvilicious}} it could have been handled better and more subtly]] than having a mouthpiece character rant to the player, and not giving the player a chance to argue with them meaningfully.
** Then he did it again with the ''Lonesome Road'' DLC for ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' via [[AuthorAvatar the character of Ulysses]], this time, [[TheScrappy the deconstruction didn't have nearly as many fans]].
* It's very, very evident that the developers of the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series aren't big fans of Japanese IdolSinger culture - more specifically, the exploitative nature of it from managers and producers.
** The ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' duology features Ginji Sasaki, producer of the in-universe idol group "MUSES" - a guy depicted as a washed-up, OneHitWonder pedophile who's so desperate and selfish to get his own fame back that he [[spoiler:performs a demonic ritual]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has party member Rise Kujikawa, a famed idol singer known as Risette. While Rise herself is a very sweet, friendly girl who loves being able to perform and express herself, the stress of the industry and her own insecurities forced her to retire [[spoiler:though she ends up signing back on sometime after the events of the game]], and she hates the "Risette" personality that was crafted for her to perform as - numerous characters even remark on how different Rise is as a person compared to how she's seen on TV. [[spoiler:While her CharacterDevelopment eventually helps her come to accept Risette as ''part'' of herself, she's also much more confident in showing her true self rather than hiding behind metaphorical masks]].
** Surprisingly for such a game that looks so silly and cheerful, spinoff ''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight'' features a storyline that constantly jabs at the exploitation of women idol culture is somewhat infamous for. It continues on the Rise storyline presented in ''4'', with a group of idol singers all with drastically different stage personae compared to their true selves and some rather [[FanDisservice creepy]] in-universe advertising for the group, such as [[ItMakesSenseInContext comparing themselves to edible meats as part of a tagline]] and promising that "[their] meat will be extra delicious". The opening of the game even features [[spoiler:an idol killing herself due to stress]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' starts off with a cliche Protagonist Thieves versus Antagonist Corrupt Adults, using the seven sins as a central theme. But the end reveals that the real tract is Tokyo's populace, who are effectively too apathetic / cynic to even think that any rebellion could change things for the better, which reaches an ugly head when Tokyo is turned into a hellish landscape filled with broken spines and raining blood, and almost everyone pretends nothing happened, walking calmly even as the rain of blood disintegrates pedestrians at random, while the Phantom Thieves are busy drowning to death in the middle of the street. It takes a few headshots at the guys regulating the masses and a big public speech to get them to move, which kind of makes things more depressing as it implies Tokyo needs to be led by people to get anything done.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' wants to make sure you know that the PowerOfFriendship conquers all and that LonersAreFreaks. The game mixes this in by making the central conflict a friendship vs loner dilemma while mixing it with BlackAndWhiteMorality, putting friendship as white and loner as black. This goes further than the central conflict however, with characters completely unrelated to it commenting on friendships power, and any character that make loner-like statements are either evil, smug or horribly misguided. All of which are either killed or made to realize the error of their ways.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitness'':
** The lengthy audio excerpt from NASA astronaut and aeronautical engineer Russell Schweickart's ''[[http://www.context.org/iclib/ic03/schweick/ No Frames, No Boundaries]]'', with how interconnected we can become with our surroundings, comes off as this. Bonus points for the audio recorder containing this message appearing [[spoiler:on the top of the mountain, after you've probably explored everything else.]]
** [[spoiler:The projection room, where solving one puzzle six different ways shows videos elaborating on the theme of the game, including James Burke contemplating "the key to change is the key of the world" (from the "Yesterday, Tomorrow and You" episode of ''Connections''); and of American guru Gangaji, who implores her followers to stop looking for what they want, "not cynically, but innocently and openly."]]
* The creation of "Courtney Gears" in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' is at the very least, a TakeThat aimed at Music/BritneySpears, and female pop singers in general. [[spoiler:Especially since she becomes a boss later on.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The online flash series ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' is deeply immersed in Author Tract, all taken Brooke Burgess' new-found (as of the original writing) philosophical outlook on life. He also makes no secret of his political views, particularly as regards the relationship between the U.S. and Iraq post-Gulf War I. One of the main protagonists is an Iraqi 'freedom fighter' who is struggling to balance his desire for justice against the Western invaders and the peaceful teachings of his religion. It is worth noting that the series was well under way before 9/11, and was almost completed before the second Gulf War.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' when the AltText claimed that:
--> This whole comic has been a setup for me to push my views on you that man should not fly.
* ''Webcomic/BetterDays'' started out as an author tract largely for conservatism and mild misogyny, but has gradually grown into an author tract for Objectivism as Jay Naylor discovered that particular philosophy and became a huge Creator/AynRand fan. One chapter of the comic is basically a long rant against abstract art or any art that '[[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible doesn't look like something]]', culminating with the 'good' artist whose paintings "look like what they're of" being given validation first in the form of a big check from a businessman, and then discarding her own search for fulfillment to move in with the male main character, whom she expects nothing of (not even fidelity). And guns are good.
** While he's tried avoiding this with its sequel comic, ''Webcomic/OriginalLife'', the operative word here is "Tried" - [[ArcFatigue The Muffin Arc]] in particular showcases his views regarding the free market.
* ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' is vehement in its defense of fanboys, portraying them as having the [[PlotTailoredToTheParty specific combination of strengths]] that makes them the only ones capable of defending Earth, and that the biggest, geekiest fanboys alive will be revered by future generations as heroes who made all of society possible.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' seems to take the opposite tack in its satire and often portrays fans with complaints of any sort as self-entitled morons. Not surprisingly, what is considered unfair and what is considered perfectly okay seems to coincide with the author's tastes
** Willis often acknowledges that obsessiveness fanishness, ''even his own'', is Not Okay. This was parodied when he shows up at the store and gets in an armed fight with Ethan over an Administrivia/EditWar. The arc ends with him and his girlfriend sneaking into Ethan's apartment--[[AuthorAppeal Maggie in a Transformers costume]]--and smashing up his computer so he wouldn't be able to edit the wiki. Then there was the time he made fun of people who said that the second ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Transformers]]'' movie sold out because of all the marketing. In case you don't get it, ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' is probably the most popular and transparently MerchandiseDriven franchise ever.
* ''Dumbing of Age'' can be seen as a platform for Willis's left-leaning political views.
* ''Webcomic/VeganArtbook'' is an incredibly pure example. There's barely any story or character, just non-vegans endlessly getting smacked down by their vegan counterparts who act as mouthpieces for the creator's beliefs.
* The ''Music/{{Flobots}}'' webcomic has varying levels of [[{{Anvilicious}} Anviliciousness]].
* ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' briefly delved into this in the 'Providence' arc in 2005, showing Akhilesh (a [[FriendToAllLivingThings kindly doctor]] bordering on Ned Flanders-like religious outlook) witnessing to Trudy, with verse upon verse of scripture, accompanied by author commentary.
* ''Webcomic/JesusAndMo'' is an unabashed Author Tract ridiculing religion. The comment box is headed with the note "This comments section is provided as a safe place for readers of J&M to talk, to exchange jokes and ideas, to engage in profound philosophical discussion, and to ridicule the sincerely held beliefs of millions. As such, comments of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature will not be tolerated."
* ''Kit N Kay Boodle'' is entirely a vehicle for Richard Katellis' views on free love, yiffing, and the plight of the furry community. The world outside of idyllic, nudist Yiffburg is full of monstrous dictatorships and ruthless capitalist states that criticize Yiffburg for being horny layabouts. Any character who ''doesn't'' constantly want sex with total strangers is either an evil fascist or an oppressed soul, and the answer is invariably anonymous sex, either to defeat or convert them to the yiffy way of life. It doesn't help matters that the story is occasionally interrupted by the author describing the sexual exploits he and his wife have with their parents.
* With ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'', this is bound to happen when a biochemistry student writes a comic about Metal Gear Solid, but it's noticeable how he still makes it funny. Mantis is the typical mouthpiece. [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=272 Dr. Naomi Hunter supplements Mantis' rants with more reasonable but obviously frustrated objections]].
** Also played with when the plot stops so that Mantis can rant against banning gay marriage. The best part is that it is ''entirely'' in-character -- he isn't so much arguing ''for'' gay marriage as he is saying that having sex with reproduction is just as gross as having sex without reproducing.
* ''Webcomic/{{MAGISA}}'' -- this comic contains political and religious issues that reek of [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]]. The author is often suspected of being part of the "Christian Conservative Right Wing" but he is not if you read deeper into his work.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' unashamedly pokes fun at gamer attitudes which Rich Burlew finds obnoxious, such as players whose paladins use [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0251.html the letter of the rules]] to act like {{Sociopathic Hero}}es until their class status is endangered, then perform a token good deed to retain it.
* ''Webcomic/ScenesFromAMultiverse'': Internet {{troll}}s and [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalists]] end up on the receiving end of the author's pen, but it’s usually done so cleverly you won’t mind. After all, SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* While in previous years ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' tended to stick towards light humour and general satire, it gradually adopted [[{{Anvilicious}} a more preachy]] feminist propaganda tone. These days, it's rare to see a comic that doesn't in some way promote Ishida's views.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' it is common to encounter short speeches from the characters' mouths about BDSM informing the reader of such things as the importance of considering safety, the responsibility of the Dom and the importance of trust and honesty in the relationship. The reasoning given is that this comic partially exists to educate and dispel BDSM myths.
* ''Webcomic/TinyDickAdventures'', a side webcomic by one of the creators of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' does this very often, almost too often. At first the strip started off rather lighthearted and charming, much like the original series, but then gradually turned into a soapbox for the authors views on subjects like religion, government, presidential elections, transgenderism, homosexuality, LinkedIn, and so on. As one could probably guess, some of these episodes [[FlameBait didn't sit well]] with the audience.
* ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' -- While the comic has become incredibly more reasonable about this, earlier strips were suffused with a certain subset of Christian theology, culminating when the author updated with rants about other belief systems. Those rants have since been moved elsewhere, but the author still provides nods towards Christianity now and again.\\\
Every other comic by the author, on the other hand, is still chock-full of pro-Christian, American (especially Southern), libertarian soapboxing and anti-pretty much everything else.
* ''Webcomic/UnicornJelly'' and ''Webcomic/PastelDefenderHeliotrope'', both by Jennifer Diane Reitz, both start out as (respectively) amusing and cute fantasy and science fiction stories, but the Author's soapboxes about religion, homosexuality, and transgenderism [[{{Anvilicious}} overwhelm the plot]] more than once. It is revealed at the end of ''Pastel Defender Heliotrope'' that it was about anti-piracy legislation as well (which seems like an AssPull to boot since it only comes up in the last page or two).
** This even happens in the only commercially available video game she made, ''VideoGame/{{Boppin}}'', a mostly inoffensive PuzzleGame (well, except when the main characters kill themselves...) where the plot is set in motion by crazy, holier-than-thou MoralGuardians who want to erase all bad guys from videogames, and one of these is explicitly identified as a priest.
* Critics of ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' have branded it an author tract, saying that all straight characters are portrayed as evil, especially in the first section.
* Creator/DanaSimpson tended to veer into left-wing politics in regards to her OrphanedSeries ''WebComic/RaineDog'', with {{Anvilicious}} soapboxing about "Blue State" Democrats and transgenderism, coupled with the UnfortunateImplications of the various intended metaphors. Previously, ''I Drew This!'' was pretty openly a political comic, but even her ''least'' political webcomic, ''WebComic/OzyAndMillie'', still had political commentary, usually with geoglobal politics boiled down to playground puppets, and famously [[GenkiGirl Millie's]] [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Mr. W sockpuppet]]. (''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'', however, has averted this trope, which may explain in part why it was the first Simpson comic to win syndication.)
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' when a character deconstructs the concept of a soul. The local FourthWallObserver [[RageAgainstTheAuthor threatens to kill the author]] if he continues to inject his philosophical beliefs.
* When not simply joking about the various cultures it parodies, sometimes to the extent that it [[DontExplainTheJoke often relies on the author point-blank telling you what's so funny]] because chances are you otherwise wouldn't get it, ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' [[{{Anvilicious}} wears its left-wing views on its sleeve]], and doesn't pull punches with regard to its type-2 views on {{Eagleland}}. It's not surprising that the vast majority of the registered users on the series' official website lean in the same political direction.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''2084'', from the author of ''Rachel Stevens revisits Da Bungalow'' (above in the fanfiction folder) ([[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/2084-chapter-1/ Chapter 1]] and [[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/2084-chapter-2/ Chapter 2]] ([=NSFW=])) is a long tract on why copyright [[AndThatsTerrible is wrong and bad]]. It was written after the [=SOPA=] fiasco, and it shows. It shows a StrawDystopia where a powerful superbody, [=RACKET=], enforces insane copyright laws [[UpToEleven to the point where even science and wheels are placed under copyright,]] and the protagonist can't do anything about his [[CoveredInGunge game show]] without dealing with numerous red tape.
* The creator of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' carried around a burning hate for the New England Patriots football team, to the point that he had the entire team wiped out and their stadium burned to the ground by a supervillain team. The NFL then decides to not reconstruct the team out of "respect" for the fallen players]
* Every episode of WebVideo/AdamRuinsEverything centers around the titular Adam attempting to disprove a popular notion about his topic, whether the episode be about the romanticism of proposals or the effectiveness of a border wall. Each time, Adam is portrayed as correct, even if he's obnoxious about it.
* ''Series/TheAtheistExperience'': "Theists, we don't hate you, we just think you're wrong!"
** If Jeff Dee is hosting that week, ''do not'' threaten him with Hell, unless you're willing to listen to a long, loud rant about how inherently unjust Hell is.
*** Matt does not like it when theists call science a religion. [[http://youtu.be/kyJkT4M7wfs See?]]
** Matt is very critical of Pascal's Wager. He's outright called it one of the only religious talking points he'll refuse to deal with.
** A lot of atheist trolls disguise themselves as theists with absurd worldviews and make prank calls to the show, [[ItAmusedMe to see the hosts' reaction to it]]. Of course, because the actual purpose of the show is to call out [[StopBeingStereotypical stereotypical Christians]] sometimes the hosts will continue the call for the benefit of the audience.
** ''The Atheist Experience'' will happily debate any theist who calls in but the hosts aren't afraid to insult or degrade the deep-seated beliefs of others when the opportunity arises.
* For ''Literature/{{Pyrrhic}}'' the author went on a fairly lengthy one in the ending author's notes of the seventeenth chapter in regards to the UnfortunateImplications behind DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale and how it's just as bad as the opposite. He also decried the use of RapeAsBackstory, saying that it disgusted him. However, in story, he justified the scene where [[spoiler:Xenia rapes Tom]] in order to have a healthy discussion on why these dark subjects need to be stopped and to help people understand why mocking these tropes is a good way to demean those who have been affected by them. He then said [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments he'd get off of his soapbox]]. However, SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* Whenever WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is complaining about a cliche in a film, it's based on the fact that the cliches are the ones that Creator/DougWalker hates. The author tract is more common in his editorials where he's more discussing subjects than reviewing films. Most notably "The Dark Age Of Movies" was how Doug Walker felt about summer films from 1996 to 2001.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Seth [=MacFarlane=] has bluntly stated that ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', a show about an [[StrawmanPolitical extremely stupid conservative CIA agent]] and his family, was created primarily out of his frustration at George W. Bush's re-election in 2004. However, despite its overtly political premise, it has generally been far less preachy than the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episodes that have aired during the same years. An episode focused around Bush showed him to be pretty stupid.
** For contrast, an appearance of Bush on ''Family Guy'' depicted him as hopelessly inept with the intelligence of a child. Brian finds him hiding out in a treehouse reading ''Superfudge'' after Hurricane Katrina, Brian tries to tell him what happened and Bush tells him to go away and not to make him "do stuff".
** And then there's the one where Brian keeps 9/11 from happening, so Bush, not having any huge anti-American event to ride on creates a second Confederacy and starts American Civil War II: Time for Nukes. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No Really.]]
** Family Guy's most notable occurrence is "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", where Brian goes on a rant that says a loving God can't exist because Meg is ugly and has a bad family.
** Brian also seemed to serve as [=MacFarlane=]'s mouthpiece for a very long time, mostly whenever the subject of religion or politics came up with the show. This was one of the many, ''many'' things that Quagmire brought up in his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' occasionally delved into this territory. Some episodes dealt with themes such as capitalism vs organized labor (showing the importance of responsible management, without totally demonizing, when Uncle Scrooge lost his memory).
** This was also a recurring theme in the original comics -- making money by being stingy is OK. Making money by being totally unfair to consumers, the environment, or employees isn't.
* While ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' is usually good at avoiding these, the episode about standardized tests went a wee bit overboard. One of the recurring dialogues of the episode is that standardized tests are not only ineffective, but are damaging and counterproductive for more creative children (Ingrid noted a boy who was terrified of the test was also an amazing inventor "but that doesn't show up on the S.A.T.T.Y.9") and for others who do not test well. Although the points about "bad test-takers" are actually pretty valid, the constant reiteration of the observation reaches Author Tract levels when pretty much every child who takes the test either gripes about how pointless it is, or the children who actually want to take the test are depicted as rather neurotic overachievers.
** Notably Ingrid, who is the smartest girl in school, was shown to not really care about the test, whereas the other "good test takers" were all obnoxious stereotypes of TheSmartGuy who used words like "Machiavellian" and "reprobate" to describe the person who stole the tests and cried about them being lost to the point of ''needing a counselor'' who says things like "they may have stolen your answer sheet, but they didn't steal the answers" while Ingrid cringes.
* The entirety of the infamous [[Recap/RenandStimpy2x07SonofStimpy "Son of Stimpy"]] episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is this. It's basically a half-hour author tract about what [[Creator/JohnKricfalusi the author]] thinks is wrong with Hollywood drama; namely how he feels it relies more on cheap tricks and less on the interactions of the actual characters. To this end, the episode was intentionally written to be as [[DudeNotFunny unfunny]] and [[DeconstructiveParody parodic]] as possible, all to show how easy he feels it is to create drama and pathos over something he feels has little to no real substance.[[note]]To this end, it also crosses over with WriterOnBoard.[[/note]] The article in question has all of the "stinky" details [[note]]Including how the episode makes "fake pathos" the you-know-what of the joke[[/note]]...
* A writer for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' admitted that the creative team has deliberately made Ned Flanders, in later seasons, less of a 'turn the other cheek' Christian and more of an intolerant [[MoralGuardians Moral Guardian]], as a protest against the growing influence of MoralGuardians in Bush's America (as if that hadn't been a problem since the era of [[OlderThanTheyThink Hoover's America]], and possibly [[UsefulNotes/TheThirteenAmericanColonies earlier]]). Much of this has been viewed as being massively out of character compared with earlier seasons. Flanders was de-[[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] in TheMovie, though, being portrayed as a genuinely caring guy who just has some annoying quirks.
** Marge's opinion about guns in "The Cartridge Family" is also that of Matt Groening.
** Parodied with the film ''[[Literature/LeftBehind Left Below]]'' from "Thank God, It's Doomsday".
** Also parodied with the ''Itchy & Scratchy'' cartoon written and directed by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Burns]].
--->'''Burns:''' So remember children, nuclear power is your friend. And so is Monty Burns.\\
'''Scratchy:''' Don't end up like me. Vote Republican.\\
'''Itchy:''' God bless America. [[HypocriticalHumor This cartoon was made in Korea.]]
** Groening himself stated in an interview that one of his favorite things about doing ''The Simpsons'' is how unfair (his actual word) they get to be to nuclear power.
** Just as Brian served as [=MacFarlane=]'s mouthpiece, [[SoapboxSadie Lisa Simpson]] has been Groening's mouthpiece several times; just like Brian, mostly when politics or religion comes up on the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' often devotes episodes to be heavy handed over the top Author Tract, with StrawmanPolitical.
** And then [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it in "Cartoon Wars". Repeatedly. Let it never be said that, whatever their views, Parker and Stone are not self-aware.
-->"And if you ask me, your show has become so preachy and full of morals that you have forgotten how to be funny!"
--> "At least [Family Guy] doesn't get all preachy and up its own ass with messages, you know?" [[note]]This episode aired before ''Family Guy'' itself became infamous for using this trope frequently.[[/note]]