->''"You know what, guys? I think I've learned something today...."''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''

Something which is spelled out explicitly or said aloud to the audience (especially the end of an episode) after already being considerably hinted at or alluded to in a smooth subtle form. Sort of like [[DontExplainTheJoke explaining the joke]]. Just in case the [[ViewersAreMorons audience is full of morons]].

These days, it's {{Lampshaded}} more often than not.

See also: BookEnds, {{Anvilicious}}, CharacterFilibuster, AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle. Essentially, this is the script version of ThatMakesMeFeelAngry.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''GaoGaiGar FINAL'', Renee and Soldat J suddenly discover that by putting their GreenRocks together, they power up. They stare at the jewels for a few moments, considering. The G and J emblems are flashing inside the jewels -- {{synchronization}} ahoy. Right at this point, a fragment of the opening theme starts playing: "Bright oath, ''G and J'', illuminate our wish for peace!"
* ''Shin-Devilman'', an {{Interquel}} to the ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' manga, ends with the titular character pointing straight at the readers (and Commander Custer. ItMakesSenseInContext. Somewhat.) shouting "The only demons here are those lurking within your hearts!" while a [[SingleTear single]], [[ManlyTears manly tear]] runs down his cheek. Apparently Creator/GoNagai didn't think the message got trough clear enough in the original series.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''TheDayAfterTomorrow'', which is about global warming causing a new instant Ice Age, concludes with a Dick Cheney CaptainErsatz announcing publicly how wrong humanity was to abuse petroleum.
* LampshadeHanging in ''WaynesWorld'': The final alternate ending (the "Mega-Happy" one) features everyone, including the villain, reforming completely (loudly announcing the lessons they've learned) while Wayne turns towards the camera and announces, "Isn't it great that we're all better people?" And then immediately subverts it by Wayne and Garth yelling "Fished in!"
* This is OlderThanTelevision, thanks to the last line of ''Film/KingKong'', "'Twas beauty killed the beast!", spoken by Carl Denham in both the original film and Peter Jackson's version. Just in case someone ''still'' didn't get the reference to the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, even though the theme is discussed throughout the movie, starting with the famous "Old Arabian Proverb", and reaching its most [[{{Narm}} comic point]] when Denham comments on how well Fay Wray gets along with the ship's pet monkey, Iggy.
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[[folder:Literature]]

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' would be {{Anvilicious}} about its morals even without Dumbledore ending every book with a detailed explanation of the plot and lesson learned. [[spoiler: He shows his admirable dedication to the role by continuing to do this in book seven, proving that even the cold embrace of death cannot hinder him in his mission to explain the plot to stupid people]].
* The prime weakness of Creator/LyndonHardy's ''Master of the Five Magics'' series is that the characters generally end by explaining what they learned over the course of their (mis)adventures.
* In TheHungerGames, the Capitol is evil. The protagonist feels the need to express this opinion once a chapter. "I thought about how much I hated the Capitol for (X)" might be the most common phrase in the books other than "she said".
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Symbiosis". Tasha Yar evidently got busted for possession of drugs, so she had to do a public service announcement, [[CreatorsPet to Wesley]], no less, because kids are the future.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the musical episode "Once More With Feeling": After declaring to her friends that by bringing her BackFromTheDead, they dragged her out of Heaven, Buffy begins dancing herself to death. Before she can burst into flames, Spike grabs her, stopping the dance, and sings that life is hard but must be lived on. Whereupon Dawn steps forward and quotes back Buffy's words to her from the season 5 finale: "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it." While some agree that Dawn's line may be TruthInTelevision, others saw it as Anvilicious.
* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'', parodying the kids' shows. "I got something to say!" invariably precedes the SpoofAesop. Usually Jerri, but used at least once by Noblet (in an Aesop [[ComingOutStory about homosexuality]]... sort of.)
* OK, it looks like [[Series/{{Heroes}} Sylar saved Peter.]] Oh, Peter agrees. What's that you say, Arthur? You think Sylar saved Peter? OK, I get it! you can shut up now.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' just about OnceAnEpisode.
** {{Lampshaded}} with increasing frequency as as the seasons went on, to the point where it was less often than not played straight in season 8.
* The last episode of season one of the ''{{Dollhouse}}'', Epitaph One. The series had been good up until literally the last line of the episode, which states the moral plainly for all to hear.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "Robot" is about a robot whose users consider to be an emotionless object [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot clearly and constantly making decisions based on emotion and love rather than on logic, which it doesn't seem to understand]], showing special favour towards Sarah Jane, the only person who respects that it has feelings. The Doctor, recently regenerated, now has a strange childlike personality and appears totally clueless most of the time - but his actions also display striking maturity and a pattern of underlying logic, the combination of which eventually saves the day. The ending of "Robot" consists of a conversation where the Doctor and Sarah Jane discuss that even though killing the robot was necessary, the robot was a thinking and almost human being ("insane, capable of the greatest good, and the greatest evil... yes, I suppose it could be considered human"). This also implies a PlotParallel to the Doctor's [[FreakOut brand-new]] [[ManChild childish]] and [[CreepyGood rather]] [[UnscrupulousHero darker]] personality, and segues into him informing Sarah that he ''is'' grown-up - he is just also childish sometimes.
** During the climax of the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]], [[spoiler:the star-whale]] is likened to the Doctor: "very old, very kind, and the very last of its kind..." Once the situation is fixed, Amy explains it more clearly. And then, just in case we didn't get it, she explains it to the Doctor ''again''. (To make things worse, Amy's EurekaMoment was shown as [[FullyAutomaticClipShow repetitive flashbacks]]. We're brighter than that... [[ViewersAreMorons aren't we?]])
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* From ''CalvinAndHobbes'':
-->'''Calvin''': Well, at least I learned a valuable lesson from this duplicator mess.\\
'''Hobbes''': Which is?\\
(beat)\\
'''Calvin''': Okay, so I didn't learn any big lessons. Sue me.
** Watterson plays it straight, though, when Calvin delivers a GreenAesop.

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* Every episode of ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' ends with Chris showing up to explicitly lay out whatever lesson (and, occasionally, plot development) had been the subject of the episode. This on top of the traditional GoldenMoment, which is usually a bit easier to swallow. On the other hand, it's very safe to say by now that it just wouldn't be Odyssey without her.

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* ''Ellen's Energy Adventure'' at [[DisneyThemeParks EPCOT]] contains a long statements over how great fossil fuels are. Certain things about the attraction imply that people were walking out of the theatre.
** The redone version thankfully replaces that with a segment on alternative energy sources, although it makes the whole dinosaur thing kind of off.

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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Used just before the fight against the BigBad in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. He responds that [[ShutUpKirk the protagonists sound like the pages of a self-help book]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes frequently end with Kyle and/or Stan announcing "I've learned something today". Then the character delivers either a SpoofAesop or [[AnAesop an Aesop played straight]] if the writers are feeling humorless or patronizing.
** Parodied in the movie ''South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut'' – Kenny gives a lengthy speech at the end, which the other kids see as being an amazing insight, but for the audience the speech was entirely muffled by his hood.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
-->'''Lois''': So Peter did you learn your lesson?\\
'''Peter''': Nope!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode from "Homer Badman":
-->'''Marge:''' Hasn't this experience taught you you can't believe everything you hear?\\
'''Homer:''' Marge, my friend, I haven't learned a thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Lampshaded/parodied when, after defeating Control Freak, Robin states that the lesson this week was to not watch too much TV... until he's reminded that they only won ''because'' Beast Boy watches too much TV, thereby [[BrokenAesop deliberately smashing the Aesop into small pieces]].
** Played straight in "Troq", the episode dealing with FantasticRacism.
* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' ended with a segment titled The Wheel of Morality. The Warners would spin the wheel, whilst Yakko chanted "Wheel of Morality, turn turn turn, tell us a lesson that we should learn." The wheel would then stop, and an Aesop-style moral would be read out, totally unrelated to the events of the episode, as it was one of a number of random segments tacked on to the episode.
--> If at first you don't succeed, blame it on your parents.
--> Never ask what hot dogs are made of.
--> If you don't have anything nice to say, you're probably at the Ice Capades.
** Reaches the height of SpoofAesop, when they win a prize!
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
--> '''Danny:''' Jazz, take it easy. There's a rhythm to these things. Ghost attacks, we exchange witty banter, I kick ghost butt, and we all go home having learned a valuable lesson about honesty or... some such nonsense.\\
'''Jazz:''' Attack, banter, kick butt, lesson. Got it.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Almost never played straight. One memorable example is when SpongeBob makes a speech about honesty while Patrick does sorrowful background music ''a capella''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'':
** At the end of every episode, Timmy explicitly spells out what that episode's {{aesop}} was.
** But not the ''series'' {{aesop}}, i.e. that ''wishing never works''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' uses this a lot. It also often has secondary aesops that might not be explicitly mentioned at all.
** The theme of friendship is explained at the end of many episodes, with the iconic line "Dear Princess Celestia..." Not always, however; a few episodes do not reiterate the message at all, and a few end with the characters moving to write the letter because that's what the characters would do, but ''not'' showing or dictating its contents.
** Subverted in the ''Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000'' episode:
-->'''Applejack:''' Dear Princess Celestia, I wanted to share my thoughts with you...I didn't learn anything! Ha, I was right all along!
* The ''Fractured Fairytails'' and ''Mr. Peabody'' segments of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' always ended up with a moral of the story in a groan worthy, abysmal, pun.
* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'': "Let's go over by QWERTY to talk about what we learned today!"
** ♪ "And so what we have learned applies to our lives today…" ♫
* {{Defied}} in ''PhineasAndFerb'':
-->'''Phineas''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And I think we all learned a valuable lesson today, but we all know what it is so why waste our time restating it?]]
* Polish animated series ''WesternAnimation/HipHipAndHurra'' does this in every episode. After the main heroes solve a mystery - which always centers around some natural phenomenon - they make a lecturing speech explaining what the phenomenon is. It's an educational show after all.
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