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

StockAesops 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 an aesop 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.
* 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 and Government:]]
* DemocracyIsBad
* [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Trust Authority]]
* TVNeverLies - Question Authority
* DisobeyThisMessage - We're Telling You, Think For Yourself
* 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.

[[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.

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

[[folder:On Conformity and Individuality:]]
* BeYourself - Accept who you are.
* PygmalionSnapBack - Accept people for who they are.
* Conform to Expectations.
* 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 - Convert everyone else to your views.
* TallPoppySyndrome - The Nail That Stands Out Gets Hammered Flat.

[[folder:On Curiosity and Science:]]
* CuriosityKilledTheCast - Curiosity killed the cat.
* Curiosity saved the cat.
* CuriosityIsACrapshoot
* Keep An Open Mind and Be Willing To Try New Things (like GreenEggsAndHam) - [[IDoNotLikeGreenEggsAndHam maybe you'll like them]]!
* There are ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow
* ScienceIsBad
* [[ScienceHero Science Is Good]]
* [[ForScience Science Makes You Crazy]]

[[folder:On Cruelty, Kindness, and Trust]]
* PowerOfTrust - Trust makes people stronger
* BetrayalTropes - Some people should not be trusted
* KidsAreCruel
* AndroclesLion - Kindness is returned in kind.
* LaserGuidedKarma - Cruelty is returned in kind.
* 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 Destiny:]]
* BecauseDestinySaysSo - Accept Your Destiny
* ScrewDestiny - Shape Your Own Destiny
* ThereAreNoCoincidences - Nothing Happens By Chance; Everything Is Destined

[[folder:On Differences]]
* GayAesop - Give acceptance and tolerance for LGBT people.
* [[SillyReasonForWar Your differences are minuscule]], get along already!

[[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.

[[folder:On Entertainment:]]
* OldMediaAreEvil
** TV Rots Your Brain
* NewMediaAreEvil
** TVTropesWillRuinYourLife
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay
* InDefenceOfStoryTelling
* ReadingIsCoolAesop - Reading can be really fun and useful.
* AntiEscapismAesop - Reality is better than fiction.

[[folder:On Drugs:]]
* DrugsAreBad, [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark mmmkay?]]
* {{Drugs Are Good}}! They let you acheive HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs because...uh...reasons!

[[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 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: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 - Revenge will make you just as bad as the villain.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer
** ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim
** IfYouTauntHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim

[[folder:On Friendship:]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship conquers all.
* PoisonousFriend - Well, maybe they weren't really your friends.
* LonersAreFreaks - And if you don't have friends, you're a freak.
* 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
* A friend to all is a friend to none.

[[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.
* JusticeWillPrevail

[[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
* LoveMakesYouEvil - Love can bring out [[IfICantHaveYou the]] [[MurderTheHypotenuse worst]] [[StalkerWithACrush in]] [[{{Yandere}} people]].
* LoveRedeems - Love can bring out [[HappilyMarried the]] [[RescueRomance best]] [[CantActPervertedAroundALoveInterest in]] [[BattleCouple people]].

[[folder:On Material Possessions and Wealth:]]
* AllThatGlitters is not gold.
* CapitalismIsBad - Or then at least [[TheUnfettered Unfettered]] Capitalism is bad.
* GrailInTheGarbage
* OneMansTrashIsAnothersTreasure
* You can have all the SolidGoldPoop you want, it's [[WorthlessYellowRocks worthless]].
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving
* YouGetWhatYouPayFor
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted

[[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.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm - Sometimes you have to give up.

[[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 is often [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop warped]] to "Condoms don't help at all, so don't 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 Tradition:]]
* Respect Tradition - Great-Grandmother Knows Best
* Change Tradition - [[DisobeyThisMessage Be Your Own Person]]
* ChristmasSpecial - It's better to give than to receive.

[[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 - Don't be negative.

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

[[folder:On War]]
* ArmiesAreEvil - Soldiers are [[BlindObedience weak-willed drones]] who exist only to RapePillageAndBurn
* StrawCivilian - Civilians are [[DirtyCoward cowards]] who have [[DyingLikeAnimals no sense of duty or responsibility]]
* WarIsHell
* WarIsGlorious

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

[[folder:Other Aesops:]]
* CarpeDiem - Seize the day, for you may not live tomorrow.
* LivingIsMoreThanSurviving - There's more to life than just basic survival needs.
* [[ItsTheJourneyThatCounts Life isn't about the destination, it's about the journey.]]
* [[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.
* [[AWeightyAesop Junk food is bad]].
* ...and the reason for all the contradictions is the Golden Mean: Nothing In Excess.

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