->''"If you believe in yourself, eat all your school, stay in milk, drink your teeth, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop don't do sleep]], and get [[BreadEggsMilkSquick 8 hours of drugs]], [[SpoofAesop you can get work!]]"''
-->-- '''[[FanFic/PastSinsMST Disco]]''', in [[https://docs.google.com/document/d/111c9Ld8VfY4ZkjIRp-rR3FX4EGekjJ61XPSBqzId7is/edit?pli=1 an MST of]] ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn''

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]]. [[BrokenAesop It happens, though.]]

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

[[index]]
* TheGoldenRule - Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
* AllThatGlitters is not gold.
* [[HonorBeforeReason Heart Over Mind]]
* TVGenius, BookDumb, DumbIsGood - Intelligence Is Overrated
* OneMansTrashIsAnothersTreasure
* {{Pride}} - [[DoNotTauntCthulhu Don't Play God]] ([[FantasticAesop how often has the opportunity to play God come up in your life?]])
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving
* CarpeDiem - Seize the day, for you may not live tomorrow.
* [[ThePresentsWereNeverFromSanta Be careful where you get your power, your validation and the justification for your actions.]]
* 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]]
* TheDinosaursHadItComing
* On Agreement:
** Great Minds Think Alike.
** The Foolish Seldom Differ.
** AgreeToDisagree
* On Ambition:
** Follow Your Dreams - Aspire To Greater Things
** A Man's Reach Should Exceed His Grasp. Reach For The Stars.
** AmbitionIsEvil - Unfortunately, that also makes you '''evil'''.
** It's LonelyAtTheTop
** BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor - [[ExactWords Ya just might get it.]]
** SweetAndSourGrapes - Learn To Appreciate What You Have
** A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush.
* On Appearance:
** Clothes Make the Man. Cleanliness is Next To Godliness.
** Never Judge [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold a Book]] By Its Cover.
** Beware the [[AWolfInSheepsClothing Wolf in Sheep's Clothing]].
* On Authority:
** DemocracyIsBad
** Trust Authority
** TVNeverLies - Question Authority
** DisobeyThisMessage - We're Telling You, Think For Yourself
* On Beauty:
** BeautyEqualsGoodness
** BeautyIsBad
** TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside
** Take Pride In Your Appearance
** Don't Be Vain
* On Belief:
** Faith will move mountains.
** Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
** HopeSpringsEternal
* On Caution:
** Never Draw To An Inside Straight (Don't Take Risks)
** Live Dangerously and [[InHarmsWay Throw Caution To The Wind]]
* On Change:
** Change Is Bad
** Change Is Good
* On Conformity:
** BeYourself
** PygmalionSnapBack - Accept people for who they are
** Conform to Expectations.
** CryingWolf is a bad idea
** TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong but PeerPressureMakesYouEvil
** 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
* On Curiosity:
** CuriosityKilledTheCast - Curiosity killed the cat.
** Curiosity saved the cat.
** CuriosityIsACrapshoot
* On Destiny:
** BecauseDestinySaysSo - Accept Your Destiny
** ScrewDestiny - Shape Your Own Destiny
** ThereAreNoCoincidences -- Nothing Happens By Chance; Everything Is Destined
* On Differences
** GayAesop - Give acceptance and tolerance for LGBT people.
** [[SillyReasonForWar Your differences are minuscule]], get along already!
* 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.
* On Entertainment:
** OldMediaAreEvil
*** TV Rots Your Brain
** NewMediaAreEvil
*** TVTropesWillRuinYourLife
** DigitalPiracyIsEvil
** InDefenceOfStoryTelling
** ReadingIsCoolAesop - Reading can be really fun and useful.
* On Experimentation:
** Keep An Open Mind and Be Willing To Try New Things (like GreenEggsAndHam) - [[IDoNotLikeGreenEggsAndHam maybe you'll like them]]!
** DrugsAreBad, [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark mmmkay?]]
* On Family:
** Blood is ThickerThanWater - Your Relatives Are Your Best Friends
** Family Is A Hindrance - Show The Other Generation What You're Really Worth
* 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
* 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.
** ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer
*** ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption
* 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.]]
** Be a friend to everyone.
** A friend to all is a friend to none.
* 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)
* On Individuality:
** The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease.
** [[TallPoppySyndrome The Nail That Stands Out Gets Hammered Flat.]]
* On Initiative
** LeeroyJenkins - Fools rush in.
** MissedTheCall - He who hesitates is lost.
* On Intuition:
** DontThinkFeel - Don't Second-Guess Yourself
** First Impressions Are Misleading - You'd Better Second-Guess Yourself
* On Justice:
** FreudianExcuse: Cut your arch enemy some slack -- he had a rough childhood.
** JusticeWillPrevail
* On Kinship:
** Blood Is ThickerThanWater
** DoesntTrustThoseGuys: Don't be racist; they can't ''all'' be that bad, despite [[InTheBlood their relatives all being evil]].
* 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.
* On Money:
** YouGetWhatYouPayFor
** GrailInTheGarbage
* On Patience:
** All Good Things Come To He Who Waits.
** Time and Tide Wait For No Man.
* On Perseverance:
** {{Determinator}} - Never give up
** KnowWhenToFoldEm - sometimes you have to give up
* On Planning:
** 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.
** The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men aft Gang Aglee.
* On Principle
** You Have To Be Willing To Compromise
** Stick To Your Guns
* On Relationships:
** BirdsOfAFeather Flock Together.
** OppositesAttract.
* 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.
* 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.
* On Spontaneity:
** Don't Be Shy
** Don't Get In Over Your Head
* On Teamwork:
** Two heads are better than one. Many hands make light work.
** TooManyCooksSpoilTheSoup
* On Time
** Have Fun LikeYouWereDying
** Work Now To Enjoy A Great Future
* On Tradition:
** Respect Tradition - Great-Grandmother Knows Best
** Change Tradition - [[DisobeyThisMessage Be Your Own Person]]
** ChristmasSpecial - It's better to give than to receive.
* On Trust
** PowerOfTrust - Trust makes people stronger
** BetrayalTropes - Some people should not be trusted
* On (un) Kindness:
** 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.
** The best ''REAL'' magic is being kind and good to others!
* On Literature:
** Actions Speak Louder Than Words.
** The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword.
* On War
** WarIsHell
** WarIsGlorious
* ...and the reason for all the contradictions is the Golden Mean: Nothing In Excess
** Everything In Moderation. ''Everything''. No Exceptions.
** Keep Moderation In Moderation Too - Cut Loose Once In A While
** ... but Don't Sit On The Fence
** ... because [[WithUsOrAgainstUs If You're Not With Us, You're Against Us]]
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For every proverb, there is an equal and opposite proverb.
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