->''"If you believe in yourself, eat all your school, stay in milk, drink your teeth, don't do sleep, and get 8 hours of drugs, you can get work!"''
-->-- '''Creator/MrT''' {{parody}}, ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive TV Funhouse]]''

Stock Aesops are the morals that the writers and [[ExecutiveMeddling producers]] of TV most often love to explore. They sometimes contradict each other, but it's a clumsy writer indeed who sticks [[MindScrew two contradictory aesops into the same script]], which tends to create a BrokenAesop. When AnAesop contradicts the typical beliefs of society[[note]]the HardWorkFallacy[[/note]], offends the MoralGuardians[[note]]ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer[[/note]], or promotes an "unconventional" belief [[note]]HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs[[/note]], it's a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop.

Because SocietyMarchesOn, some older Aesops tend to be seen as [[FairForItsDay Fair For Their Day]] or ValuesDissonance.

Many are OlderThanFeudalism. And some, indeed, come straight from the original Literature/AesopsFables.

[[folder:On Agreement]]
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike
* [[YesMan The Foolish Seldom Differ]]
* AgreeToDisagree
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: You choose one or the other. There's no middle ground.

[[folder:On Ambition]]
* [[ToBeAMaster Aspire To Greater Things, and work hard to achieve them]]
* LivingIsMoreThanSurviving: A Man's Reach Should Exceed His Grasp.
* CarpeDiem: Seize the day, for you may not live tomorrow.
* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts
* AmbitionIsEvil: Unfortunately, that also makes you '''evil'''.
* It's LonelyAtTheTop
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[ExactWords Ya just might get it.]]
* SweetAndSourGrapes: Learn to appreciate your situation as it is.

[[folder:On Appearance, Beauty, and Clothing]]
* BeautyIsBad
* BeautyEqualsGoodness
* [[UnnecessaryMakeover Clothes Make The Man]]
* [[HiddenDepths Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover]]
* EvilIsSexy
* EvilMakesYouUgly
* [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains Good People Dress Modestly]]
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness
* Beware the [[AWolfInSheepsClothing Wolf in Sheep's Clothing]]
* Beware a ManOfWealthAndTaste
* Take Pride In Your Appearance
* Don't Be Vain

[[folder:On Authority, Government]]
* DemocracyIsBad
* DemocracyIsFlawed
* [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Trust Authority]]
* TVNeverLies: Question Authority
* DisobeyThisMessage: We're Telling You, Think For Yourself
* YouCannotKillAnIdea
* It's MyCountryRightOrWrong
* War crimes are bad, even if you were JustFollowingOrders.
* RousseauWasRight: There is good in humanity.
* HobbesWasRight: Leading through fear is necessary.
* MachiavelliWasWrong: Leading through fear is bad.
* GentleTouchVsFirmHand: Lead with a balance of softness and strictness.

[[folder:On Belief]]
* BeliefMakesYouStupid
* [[StrawNihilist Lack of Belief Makes You Stupid]]
* HopeSpringsEternal

[[folder: On Caution and planning]]
* Live Dangerously and [[InHarmsWay Throw Caution To The Wind]].
* Look Before You Leap.
* He Who Hesitates Is Lost. Strike While The Iron is Hot.
* An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men often go awry.
* [[UsefulNotes/GunSafety Be very careful with tools designed to kill.]]

[[folder:On Change, Progress, and Technology]]
* GoodOldWays: Change Is Bad.
* LuddWasRight: Progress is Bad.
* EvilLuddite: Progress Is Good.

[[folder:On Conformity, Individuality, and Tradition]]
* BeYourself: Accept who you are.
* PygmalionSnapBack: Accept people for who they are and let others be themselves.
* Conform to Expectations, 'cause great-grandma knows best.
* CryingWolf is a bad idea.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: You should always agree with your friends.
* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: Don't give into peer pressure.
* TrendAesop: Giving into materialism, peer pressure, and/or the silly/fickle nature of fashion is more trouble than it is worth.
* BlitheSpirit: Change tradition and convert everyone else to your views.
* TallPoppySyndrome: The Nail That Stands Out Gets Hammered Flat.

[[folder:On Cruelty, Kindness, and Trust]]
* PowerOfTrust: Trust makes people stronger
* BetrayalTropes: Some people should not be trusted
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* KidsAreCruel
* AndroclesLion: Kindness is returned in kind.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Cruelty is returned in kind.
* Don't be AllTakeAndNoGive, because [[Music/TheBeatles in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make]].
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Don't be kind to evil.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Don't take kindness for weakness.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: A little suffering is good for the soul.
* EnemiesEqualsGreatness: Having enemies is good for you.
* TheGoldenRule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
* The best ''REAL'' magic is being kind and good to others!
* TooSmartForStrangers: Don't trust people you don't know, especially if you're a kid.

[[folder:On Curiosity and Science]]
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Curiosity killed the cat.
* Curiosity saved the cat.
* CuriosityIsACrapshoot
* [[IDoNotLikeGreenEggsAndHam Keep an open mind and be willing to try new things]] (like Literature/GreenEggsAndHam) -- maybe you'll like them!
* There are ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow
* ScienceIsBad
* [[ScienceHero Science Is Good]]
* [[ForScience Science Makes You Crazy]]

[[folder:On Destiny]]
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Accept Your Destiny
* ScrewDestiny: Shape Your Own Destiny
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: Nothing Happens By Chance; Everything Is Destined

[[folder:On Diet]]
* Always eat your vegetables.
* [[AWeightyAesop Junk food is bad]].

[[folder:On Differences]]
* Prejudice and discrimination is stupid and wrong. Treat others with equal dignity and respect.
** FantasticRacism: A lesson against real-life bigotry, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything but filtered through (not-so-)subtle allegories and metaphors]].
** GayAesop: Treat {{LGBT}} people with acceptance and tolerance.
* HandyShortcoming
* [[SillyReasonForWar Your differences are minuscule]], just get along already!

[[folder:On Drugs]]
* DrugsAreBad, [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark mmmkay?]]
* DrugsAreGood! They let you achieve HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs because... uh... reasons!

[[folder:On Effort]]
* If something is worth doing at all, it's worth doing well.
* Failing Is Better Than Doing Nothing
* QualityOverQuantity: Few but high-quality trumps many but low-quality.
* CheatersNeverProsper
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: It's no fun winning unless you actually had to put in an effort.
* [[TalentedButTrained All the talent in the world won't mean anything if you don't hone it]], unless you're Music/JimiHendrix.

[[folder:On Entertainment]]
* OldMediaAreEvil
** TV Rots Your Brain
* NewMediaAreEvil
** TVTropesWillRuinYourLife
* ThinkOfTheChildren: You are responsible for the kids' well-being, not the media.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay
* InDefenceOfStoryTelling
** YesVirginia, there is a SantaClaus.
* ReadingIsCoolAesop: Reading can be really fun and useful.
* AntiEscapismAesop: Reality is better than fiction.

[[folder:On Family]]
* Blood is ThickerThanWater: Your Relatives Are Your Best Friends
* Family Is A Hindrance: Show The Other Generation What You're Really Worth

[[folder:On Force]]
* {{Forgiveness}}: You should forgive those who wrong you. [[ThisIsUnforgivable Unless]] [[MoralEventHorizon you shouldn't.]]
** ForgivenButNotForgotten: ...and even if you did, you should never forget what they've done.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Break The CycleOfRevenge.
* RightMakesMight
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: Getting revenge won't give you satisfaction you hoped for.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Getting revenge will make you just as bad as the villain.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer
** ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim
* IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim
* True strength is not about who can hit hardest.

[[folder:On Friendship]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship conquers all.
* PoisonousFriend: Well, maybe they weren't really your friends.
* LonersAreFreaks: If you don't have friends, there's something wrong with you.
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: However, even if you have friends they won't always be there, and there's some things [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself you have to do yourself.]]
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality
* Be a FriendToAllLivingThings
* SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond: Not everyone in the world has to like you, for a friend to all is a friend to none.
* BefriendingTheEnemy: Making friends with an enemy will cause them to change their ways.

[[folder:On Honesty]]
* Don't Be Completely Honest ([[BrutalHonesty The Truth Hurts]], and Little White Lies Are Comforting And Convenient. And of course, you must protect your SecretIdentity.)
** TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason
* HonestAxe: Honesty Is The Best Policy (And Will Totally Get You The InfinityPlusOneSword)

[[folder:On Honor]]
* HonorBeforeReason is bad
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught
* WhatYouAreInTheDark matters

[[folder:On Immortality]]
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Immortality rules!
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Immortality sucks!

[[folder:On Initiative]]
* LeeroyJenkins: Fools rush in.
* MissedTheCall: He who hesitates is lost.

[[folder:On Intellectualism]]
* TVGenius, BookDumb, DumbIsGood, BrilliantButLazy: Studying Is Overrated
* AwesomeByAnalysis: Knowledge is power.

[[folder:On Intuition and first impressions]]
* DontThinkFeel
* First Impressions Are Misleading: Sometimes things are MoreThanMeetsTheEye
* SubvertedSuspicionAesop: Always trust your first impressions.

[[folder:On Justice]]
* FreudianExcuse: Cut your {{arch enemy}} some slack -- he had a rough childhood.
* FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse: Two wrongs don't make a right.
* AsLongAsThereIsOneMan...
** JusticeWillPrevail,
** and EvilWillFail, because EvilCannotComprehendGood.

[[folder:On Kinship]]
* Blood Is ThickerThanWater
* DoesntTrustThoseGuys: Don't be racist; they can't ''all'' be that bad, despite [[InTheBlood their relatives all being evil]].

[[folder:On Literature]]
* Actions Speak Louder Than Words.
* The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword.

[[folder:On Love]]
* CupidHatesOddCouples: Friendship Is More Important Than Love
* ThePowerOfLove conquers all.
* WrongGuyFirst: Be careful who you give your heart to.
* LoveAtFirstSight: You'll ''just know'' when your true love shows up, what with the [[BishieSparkle golden lights]] and [[HeartSymbol floating hearts]] and all.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: You'll hate each other at first, though.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Love can override common sense.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Love can bring out [[IfICantHaveYou the]] [[MurderTheHypotenuse worst]] [[StalkerWithACrush in]] [[{{Yandere}} people]].
* LoveRedeems: Love can bring out [[HappilyMarried the]] [[RescueRomance best]] [[CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest in]] [[BattleCouple people]].

[[folder:On Material Possessions and Wealth]]
* CapitalismIsBad
* AllThatGlitters is not gold.
* GrailInTheGarbage
* OneMansTrashIsAnothersTreasure
* You can have all the SolidGoldPoop you want, it's [[WorthlessYellowRocks worthless]].
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving
* The TrueMeaningOfChristmas: It's better to give than to receive.
* YouGetWhatYouPayFor
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted
* A penny saved is a penny earned.

[[folder:On Patience]]
* All Good Things Come To He Who Waits.
* [[BystanderSyndrome Time and Tide Wait For No Man.]]

[[folder:On Perseverance]]
* {{Determinator}}: Never give up.
* EvilIsEasy, but it takes true fortitude to do the right thing.
* HopeSpringsEternal
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Sometimes you have to give up.

[[folder:On Positive and Negative attitude]]
* AntiNihilist: Life sucks, [[EarnYourHappyEnding but we can make it better]].
* DeterminedDefeatist: You're bound to fail, but still try anyways.
* ThePollyanna: Keep a positive attitude in times of peril.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Take off those JadeColoredGlasses and don't be negative.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Being a WideEyedIdealist is foolish.

[[folder:On Pride]]
* [[AGodAmI Don't Play God]]: it never ends well.
* [[PrideBeforeAFall Pride comes before a fall.]]

[[folder:On Principle]]
* You Have To Be Willing To Compromise
* Stick To Your Guns

[[folder:On Relationships]]
* BirdsOfAFeather Flock Together.
* OppositesAttract.

[[folder:On Sex]]
* DeathBySex: Just Don't Do It
* ButWeUsedACondom: "Condoms are effective, not perfect." Though this storyline is [[Administrivia/SeenItAMillionTimes used so often]], it ends up feeling more like "[[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Condoms don't work at all, so don't even bother with them]]."
* SexEqualsLove (even when it's rape)
* Love Is Not Sex
* CantHaveSexEver: Love is more important than sex
* VirginityMakesYouStupid, SexAsRiteOfPassage: You aren't an adult until you've had sex.

[[folder:On Specialization]]
* MasterOfNone: You can do everything, but you can't do everything THAT well if you can't be the JackOfAllTrades.
* CripplingOverspecialization: You do one thing very well, but you can't do anything else straight.

[[folder:On Spontaneity]]
* Don't Be Shy
* Don't Get In Over Your Head

[[folder:On Teamwork]]
* Two heads are better than one. Many hands make light work.
* TooManyCooksSpoilTheSoup

[[folder:On Time]]
* Have Fun LikeYouWereDying
* Work Now To Enjoy A Great Future

[[folder:On War]]
* WarIsHell: War is just cruel and terrible bloodshed. Can we please give peace a chance?
** ArmiesAreEvil: Soldiers are [[BlindObedience weak-willed drones]] who exist only to [[RapePillageAndBurn kill and destroy]].
* WarIsGlorious: War is a heroic and patriotic adventure. Pacifism is for cowardly traitors!
** StrawCivilian: Civilians are [[DirtyCoward spineless cowards]] who have [[DyingLikeAnimals no sense of duty or responsibility]].

[[folder:On Women]]
* Treat Girls Nice
* Treat Girls The Same As Guys
* YouGoGirl: Women are just as good as men.
* WomenAreWiser: Women are totally awesome and possess unique wisdom men don't have.
* Recognize People's Differences

[[folder:The Lessons of History]]
* ALessonInDefeat: The greatest teacher, failure is.
* TheDinosaursHadItComing: Immoral behavior is what drives species extinct.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: The past shapes the best of all possible presents.

[[folder:Other Aesops]]
* Follow the SevenHeavenlyVirtues.
* Avoid the SevenDeadlySins.
* [[ThePresentsWereNeverFromSanta Be careful where you get your power, your validation, and the justification for your actions.]]
* WhenLifeGivesYouLemons, make lemonade!
* GreenAesop: Because pollution is bad.
* GiveAManAFish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
* ...and the reason for all the contradictions is the Golden Mean: Nothing In Excess. Everything in moderation, [[GoldenMeanFallacy including moderation]].

For every proverb, there is an equal and opposite proverb.