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* In one episode of ''Manga/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin'' Karin once got a demo of the MagicalGirl form she wished for to try for one day, however she failed solving a dangerous situation making her deliberately become Buurin again to do that. While this was probably meant as a ''"maybe what you already have is better than you think"'' but is broken since her demo did not possess any [[StockSuperpowers super powers]] aside flight making it useless as a super form.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', the message of the arc in which Mashiro and Takagi get in trouble with their girlfriends is that people in relationships shouldn't keep secrets from one another. Later, when [[spoiler:PCP doesn't get an anime, Takagi considers illustrating Shiratori's manga while Mashiro, despite being uncomfortable with the idea, doesn't mention it to Takagi]]. At the same time, Miyoshi and Azuki never hear [[spoiler:that there won't be an anime]] until Takagi inadvertently mentions it in Miyoshi's presence, and the conflict is mainly between Takagi and Mashiro (mainly because of their conflicting goals; [[spoiler:as Mashiro realizes, PCP would help Takagi earn a living as a mangaka, while it does not put Mashiro any closer to fulfilling his promise]]), not between them and their girlfriends.
* One episode of the ''Videogame/BlueDragon'' anime had the main characters meet a brother/sister pair. The brother wanted to be a Shadow Wielder like the main characters, while the sister hated them. They're then attacked by bandits, and Shu decides not to fight in order to teach the kid that fighting isn't always the answer. This is broken because not only does Shu clearly get the crap beaten out of him, but also because in the end of the episode he ''goes back and beats up the bandits'' after the sister tells him that she doesn't really hate all Shadow Wielders anymore.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s "Toys in the Attic" episode, an episode devoted to twisting AnAesop in increasingly silly ways, Ed's [[SpoofAesop already silly lesson]] of "[[TooSmartForStrangers If you see a stranger, follow him!]]" is broken by Ed losing interest in the "stranger" and falling asleep.
* The Korin's Tower arc of ''Manga/DragonBall'' concludes by revealing that there's no such thing as a magic potion that makes you stronger; Goku's ordeals to get the Divine Water is what makes him strong. Ergo, the moral is "there isn't a way to just magically be great, you have to work for it." Then a few arcs later, Korin [[AssPull reveals that he was holding out]] and there's actually an ''Ultra'' Divine Water where, if you drink it and survive, you get a lot stronger. At this point, the only thing keeping the moral intact is that the Ultra Divine Water was claimed to be poisonous if you weren't strong enough to survive it. Then, over the course of ''Z'', pretty much every arc would reveal at least one new way for characters to get stronger without having to do any real work for it, including zenkai boosts, the Super Saiyan forms, the various "unlock potential" abilities, fusions, and absorption, which shattered the moral into a million pieces.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** The series is ''big'' on highlighting ThePowerOfFriendship. So much so that many a third of the battles couldn't have been won without it. Lucy gets half her powerups because spirits like how friendly she is with them. Sticking it out for your friends is always the right thing to do... unless you're Jellal, in which case doing so gets you tortured and [[spoiler:brainwashed]], hated by everyone, and robbed on any semblance of life or freedom. Granted, it gets better for him down the line, but it's a ''long'' path...
** The series isn't [[{{Anvilicious}} particularly subtle]] about the importance of ThePowerOfFriendship, but one time that the message doesn't work is during the [[TournamentArc Grand Magic Games]]. Sabertooth, which took over the rank of the #1 guild in the absence of Fairy Tail's strongest members, is led by TheSocialDarwinist who throws members out for losing. While the narrative wants to show that Fairy Tail is stronger because they value their comrades, it does so using a fight in which Natsu shoves his partner Gajeel out of the match over a petty argument and goes on to solo Sting and Rogue, a duo who are actually famous for their teamwork. The anime makes this worse when Natsu is under the delusion that Gajeel ran off and chastises ''him'' for not understanding teamwork.
** During the Tenrou Island arc, Natsu is taught by Gildarts that sometimes he needs to accept that an opponent is out of his league instead of attempting to fight. Natsu would go on to [[IgnoredEpiphany consciously ignore this lesson twice]] in that same arc when he felt that backing down wasn't an option, and suffers no consequences. Against Zancrow, who can eat his flames, he [[AssPull suddenly finds a bizarre way to do the same thing]]. Against Hades, Fairy Tail gets powered up by outside circumstances just as Hades gets powered down by outside circumstances.
** During the Tartaros arc, one of Erza's most infamous {{Ass Pull}}s involves her opponent Kyouka shutting off her five senses, only for Erza to spout off a generic speech about how "the light of friendship" overcomes any fear Kyouka can try to put her through. By the end of the arc, Erza suddenly starts to feel trauma over Kyouka's torture, and instead of seeking help from the aforementioned friends, secludes herself to angst over her out-of-nowhere trust issues, just to provide a ShipTease moment when Jellal comes to comfort her.
* The 2003 ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime starts picking up a message in its second half that revenge is always wrong, and only leads to a cycle of violence. Trouble is, Al, the one most adamant about this, physically stops Marta from taking revenge on Kimblee, who is then left free to do lots more bad stuff before successfully being killed off. You can't help but think a lot more people would have been better off if Al had just let her do it.
* The BeYourself message applied to Simon in the first half of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' in regards to trying to be like Kamina falls a little flat when the Time Skip happens and Simon grows up to look and act a lot like Kamina.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' suffers from this a bit:
** The running theme of the entire franchise is "WarIsHell", but it demonstrates this by having giant, awesome battles between slick, badass HumongousMecha, and often the "Hell" aspect only comes from people dying, sometimes in [[DiabolusExMachina ludicrously tragic ways]] (see: ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam''), making the lesson look like "[[DoNotDoThisCoolThing War is awesome, it's dying that sucks]]."
** Lampshaded by Lacus Clyne in the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', when she points out the apparent hypocrisy of their actions: "... calling out for peace with guns in our hands."
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has this happen InUniverse; the protagonists' plan to end war involves attacking anybody who participates in war, regardless of any other factor. Several characters comment on the blatant hypocrisy, and the heroes themselves wonder what they're doing. [[spoiler:Turns out it's part of a larger plan, to unite humanity against a common enemy.]]
* The movie tie-in to ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'', ''Ballerina of the Doll Kingdom'', has the heroes being trapped in a world created from the wish of Tsumugi, a young dancer who can no longer use her legs. As they struggle to free her from the villain, they have to come to grips with some uncomfortable (but mature) lessons, such as Lovely realizing that ''not'' all problems can be fixed with hard work or wishes, and that sometimes you're unable to fulfill your dreams - and that's okay; you're fine as you are so long as you remain a good person at heart. But then it turns out that Tsumugi's paralysis was actually caused by the villain's magic, and the Precure defeating him hits the ResetButton. Yes, it's nice that she can dance again, but way to invalidate your message (and drop the ball on what was mostly a realistic, respectful message about disabilities and depression).
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' often seems to have some conflicting moral lessons depending on the situation, although this can be put down to the fact that different characters have different opinions, and no one character is perfect on their own, which in turn could be seen as an Aesop of its own.
** In the first season they seem to have the lesson "don't play as a solo, even if you feel you can score right now, pass to someone else to give them a change". In season 3 however, one of the character's entire arcs revolve around the lesson "it's fine to show off and score all the goals. True team-mates will be happy for you, not angry".
** The fact that a lot of the show resolves around how soccer is a pure sport and should be played without any methods that aren't natural in soccer (the super-dimensional aspect of it obviously being natural in-universe) can come off as broken when the "mixi-max" ability is introduced. Unlike all the other super-dimensional aspects which involve naturally evolving the ability to use the moves, this one isn't natural and involves having to take and transfer someone's aura with electronic guns. Although the ability can be done naturally too which is seen twice, and you do have to train to match the transfer subject's aura, most of the mixi-maxing is done by force with equipment. Which kinda squishes the moral that you're not supposed to use unnatural enhancements in sport.
** Although this isn't really a broken Aesop, it's one that can come off as confusing, especially to young viewers which the show is aimed at: A lot of the lessons of the show is based around the fact that winning isn't everything. Which can come off as odd when the characters constantly mention and empathize how they ''must'' win certain matches and if they don't then everything they've built up become shattered. This is more confusing then broken, since the specific moral is supposed to be that you should fight to win and tell you have to win, but if you ''do'' lose then that's still okay.
** The fact that violence shouldn't be allowed in soccer is kinda broken by the fact the soccer the character's play is naturally violent. Such as, apparently charging into someone and shoving them is a bad thing to do, but it's completely fine if you electrocute and opponent so much they fall to their knees in pain.
* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' puts emphasis on the idea that teamwork is essential in order to achieve success, however in the end only Akko and Diana's protagonist/antagonist relationship is really important to the plot, and all the others (even Akko's roommates and friends Sucy and Lotte) become increasingly irrelevant. Even in the final episode, when all the important characters receive a power-up, the other witches are only needed to get Akko and Diana into the stratosphere to fight the final enemy, and aren't seen until the episode's end. Also, Constanze explicitly says she works alone and yet she manages to create stuff nobody else in the show can do.
* In ''Manga/LoveHina'', the idea is that ''everything'' is possible if you try your hardest, even getting into Japan's top university and charming a really hot girl, even though you're a total loser. However, while Keitaro does start off as a really pathetic individual, it does not take long before he turns out to not only be [[BeautifulAllAlong handsome]] but also a gifted archeologist and martial artist. You'd ''expect'' someone who is not really cool or talented to captivate through {{determinat|or}}ion and [[{{Adorkable}} charm]]. While Keitaro is very determined, his defeatist, whiny and relatively immature personality, as well as his tremendous clumsiness deeply annoy the girls... It's only when he drops his usual act that the females show ''any attraction'' for him, often pointing out that he is very handsome when he is not being annoying. Ultimately, instead of ''Manga/LoveHina'' being about an underdog accomplishing goals far beyond his reach through {{determinat|or}}ion and ThePowerOfLove, it's actually about someone who was CrazyAwesome from the start but never had the proper motivation to unlock his potential until he met the girl.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'''s protagonist seems to break two primary Aesops which he himself claimed to believe in:
** Firstly the series' quote: "Our Magic is not omnipotent... a little bit of courage is the real magic" is thrown out the window the moment the {{Shonen|Demographic}} features of the series kick in, with the protagonist, Negi, wanting more and more magical power and not showing any courage and/or confidence against opponents unless he knows he has more power than them [[spoiler:to the point of obtaining BlackMagic to do so]]. Though characters like Asuna, Ako and Nodoka show courage in the romance department, it's shown that the girls without their Pactios (magical contracts where Negi gives them power) are essentially TheLoad. Thus the series teaches us "You need to be brave... but without magic you're screwed".
** Secondly, the Aesop: "We are all the main characters of our own lives" seem broken when you notice that the secondary characters only get ADayInTheLimelight when their debatable CharacterDevelopment has something to do with Negi. And those that don't, like Setsuna, end up OutOfFocus even when facing their own rival in the series. Made particularly egregious the fact that Akamatsu doesn't believe this Aesop applies to anyone except Negi is when Kotaro says: "Negi... you're the star". Which seems somewhat OutOfCharacter for a HotBlooded, BoisterousBruiser like him.
** Then we have a third Aesop everyone tries to make Negi learn, which is impossible since he suffers from a severe case of AesopAmnesia; it is that team work is important and you can't do anything alone. While this Aesop is followed through in the Festival arc, it ends up being forgotten since Negi's TrueCompanions end up being reduced to WeAreTeamCannonFodder. [[spoiler:Negi defeats Fate on his own and Ala Alba can't do anything but let Ala Rubra and Evangeline sort everything else out.]]
** So to sum it up secondary characters can follow the Aesops while the main character can't.
* ''Anime/MagicalShoppingArcadeAbenobashi'', at first, appears to simply be a zany [[TheresNoPlaceLikeHome trying-to-get-home]] plot as they travel from one bizarre world to the next. As it turns out, the reason they couldn't get back was [[spoiler: that Sashi was the one in control without even realizing it. Not only that, it's revealed to him that they're stuck there [[DarkerAndEdgier because he's suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to the fact that Arumi's grandfather died from the fall off his restaurant.]] Feeling guilty, he tries to distract her and prevent them from returning so she doesn't learn the truth. This fails and, in the end, they start to head home. This, however, is undermined by him unlocking a hidden power, [[ResetButton re-writing reality to prevent grandpa from dying.]]]] The moral of the story is "while tragedy really hurts, you can't hide in your own little world forever and have to face reality eventually." Or that's what it would be if not for how it ends. Instead, it comes off as "if you wish hard enough, you'll never lose anyone or anything close to you." [[{{Anime/Pokemon3}} Another work handled the "dealing with loss" message better.]]
** Or, the actual aesop is "Instead of just conceding defeat and accepting that YouCantFightFate, persevere and TakeAThirdOption - you might just be able to ScrewDestiny after all."
* ''Anime/MaiOtome'': Arika succeeds in her quest to become an Otome not because of the purity of her dream, but because she's the daughter of Lena Sayers and so the authorities (first and foremost, Natsuki) are willing to bend the rules for her. And she's a powerful Otome for the same reason: she has inherited the genes and the gems from Lena.
* ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'' ep. 14 ends with a message about how people shouldn't be so intolerant of other people's cultures. The hypocrisy is that this is delivered in reaction to the antics of possibly the most xenophobic and offensive depiction of an [[{{Eagleland}} American]] in anime since 1945. However, a later chapter reveals that the American had been [[spoiler:the first test subject of the electronic drug, which exaggerates something a person likes in order to warp them into psychotic killers]], making the Eagleland stereotype something of an ExploitedTrope. If Yako and the others (possibly even the readers) hadn't been blinded by the stereotype of Americans, they likely would have realized that something was wrong much sooner. So, don't let yourself be blinded by negative stereotypes, kids. If you do, [[spoiler:[[AIIsACrapshoot an evil computer]] [[SpaceWhaleAesop will take over the world]]]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' just doesn't treat its aesops very kindly. Particularly when an [[CreatorsPet Uchiha]] is involved.
** According to [[WordOfGod Kishimoto]] the overall theme of the series is that using violence to stop conflicts is wrong. DoNotDoThisCoolThing aside, such message falls flat in a story where every single conflict was resolved directly or indirectly using violence. Even when Naruto did [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Talk The Monster To Death]] he had to beat some sense into said monster before he listened to him.
** While the story stresses the importance of working hard, HardWorkHardlyWorks for anyone. All ''powerful'' characters have ''some'' form of [[TheGift power]] such as a bloodline limit, sheer talent, a sealed demonic beast or a cursed seal. Some people get lots of these. On the other hand, the characters notably lacking in talent like Rock Lee are badly outclassed despite working far, far harder than the likes of Naruto or Sasuke. Naruto, to put these points together, was a slacker at the beginning of the series, doesn't work as hard as Rock Lee and has TheGift in at least three forms. In other words, Naruto's sheer talent and plot coupons steamrolled all resistance.
*** Add on to that that many of the geniuses like Sasuke or Neji are shown training quite frequently which muddies the waters. But the biggest strike against this aesop is Shikamaru whose character revolves around "is extremely smart" and "is extremely lazy" to the point that even if he knew answers to a test he'd be too lazy to pick up his pencil. Despite this he keeps up with or out performs his peers all the time being the first to get promoted, fighting to a point just below Chouji and Neji but equal to Kiba against the Sound 4, and defeating an Akatsuki member. Also he ends with with minor scratches and a broken finger.
*** [[http://hazardplayhouse.blogspot.com/2014/12/naruto-hard-work-and-genius.html Many fans do argue that just was never a theme to begin with.]]
** Kabuto believes that ninja without natural talent are worthless unless they learn and copy talents from others. Thus, he [[BioAugmentation injected blood from Orochimaru and several subordinates]] as part of his goal to be recognized. Much of his battle with [[spoiler:[[OurZombiesAreDifferent Edo Tensei'd]] Itachi]] and Sasuke consists of the former trying to convince him that he should take pride in his own identity instead of trying to add others' to his own. However, copying other characters' abilities occurs everywhere in this series without such criticism. "Copy Ninja" Kakashi is ''famous'' for his ability to copy his opponents' jutsus, the goal of the BigBad is to become identical in power to the [[PhysicalGod Sage of the Six Paths]], {{Generation Xerox}}es, [[MagicalEye Sharingans and Rinnegans]] passed around right and left... the worst thing about Kabuto doing this is simply the method of blood injections. Even putting all those examples aside, we would be left with the message "[[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop If you're not born into a bloodline granting you power naturally, just accept your place as second class]]". Again, it doesn't help that someone like [[spoiler:Itachi]], whose bloodline gives him an ocular-based SuperpowerLottery and who receives [[CharacterShilling constant praise from everyone around him]] is telling Kabuto to just be satisfied with his unmemorable self. Not to mention that Kabuto's stated goal with the BioAugmentation had been to become a ''better version of Orochimauru'', not just a copy of him, and Kabuto had seemingly succeeded at doing so.
** The track record of ScrewDestiny is also rather poor.
*** The moral of the Chuunin Exam's Naruto vs Neji fight was rather ironic: hard work will trump natural talent and a big heap of ScrewDestiny was thrown into the mix. What brought him victory? If you guessed Naruto utilizing TheGift, you're actually right! His own natural gift/curse was simply way stronger than his opponent's! Seeing how his opponent's belief was that, regardless of your efforts, you'd never beat someone who was simply more talented, Naruto inadvertently proved Neji right. The intended aversion of YouCantFightFate was also slapped in the face right from the start, considering how prevalent GenerationXerox, family bloodlines and prophecy are in this series. Sakura, Sasuke and Naruto match up with the legendary Sannin, the latter two are members of powerful clans that trace back to the creator of Ninjutsu and taken UpToEleven when it's revealed that Sasuke and Naruto are the literal reincarnations of the Sage's two sons. So Neji's error wasn't in believing that those with natural talent will always be superior to those without it, was that he wrong assumed Naruto was in the latter group instead of the former since Naruto's own powerful bloodline and [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan status as the host of a tailed beast]] are closely-guarded secrets.
*** On the other hand, Neji, after his defeat and finding out the truth about his father's death, concedes in an internal monologue that some things are predetermined, but the ones who pursue their dreams are truly strong. Naruto had the gifts from the beginning, but he wouldn't have succeeded as a ninja if he didn't put so much effort into improving himself.
*** Eventual revelations show that Naruto and Sasuke's rivalry was destined to take place, [[spoiler: as it had previously between Madara and Hashirama, because they are the reincarnations of Ashura and Indra, sons of the Sage of Six Paths. Essentially, they are who they are BecauseDestinySaysSo.]]
** There's the theme of the new generations surpassing the previous ones - this is, in theory, why [[TheHero Naruto]] and [[TheRival Sasuke]] manage to [[ObsoleteMentor become stronger than]] [[CoolTeacher Kakashi]], [[OldMaster Jiraiya]], [[MadScientist Orochimaru]], and the like. However, that idea is utterly negated by the revelation that [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha]] is capable of effortlessly defeating anybody and everybody. Hashirama was, in their first life, even a little stronger than that, and it seems as though only characters who were members of the older generation are allowed to accomplish anything meaningful during the Fourth Great Shinobi War - [[spoiler: Itachi is the only one who can negate Edo Tensei, Tobi's plan would have failed a long time ago without Madara, in fact it actually was Madara's plan in the first place. Somehow it actually got worse, it's later revealed that even Madara wasn't the real BigBad. It turns out that not only was Madara manipulated by a Black Zetsu into summoning his mother, he also was casually discarded despite being virtually untouchable by the heroes.]] Naruto and Sasuke themselves join this BrokenAesop, as their ultimate powers isn't something new that they innovated or made for themselves, but old powers that the Sage gave them or that their past lives used. OlderIsBetter is in full effect in the world of ''Naruto''.
** In the beginning, teamwork was considered very important, but nearly every time someone tries to apply this, someone end up grievously injured or worse. Particularly the Chunnin Exams, where you use teamwork to get pass but the finals stage completely turns this around, turning everything into a one-on-one tournament. Though still broken anyway during the early Chunnin Exams where Team 7 is fully aware that Naruto has no means to pass the written test but make no attempt to support him. Compare them to the Sand, Gai, or Ino's teams who arrange intricate methods to pass answers to their teammates that need it. Naruto passes only due to the final question which he would have failed had it actually required an input (or even tallied his score since he lost points for being caught so even if the 10th question counted he was still at -1).
*** Again with the written test, the point of the 10th question is that if you accept it and fail you're forever banned from being a ninja. It's supposed to represent being willing to accept a highly dangerous mission under the risk that failure means death, and a ninja needs that kind of bravery to operate in the higher ranks. However Naruto has absolutely no chance to pass (like the above, even if by some miracle he answered it, he'd still have a failing grade). So the Aesop about being brave enough to risk your life for the mission is broken as Naruto is an example of someone foolishly jumping for any mission regardless of how prepared he actually is. Especially since he has to opt into taking the 10th question, the whole thing is less about being prepared to accept a dangerous mission as it mirrors his well acknowledged flaw of begging to take harder missions despite performing poorly on even very simple tasks (He was unable to collect litter without falling off a waterfall but still wants to accept missions that might involve direct combat.)
** One of the main morals of Naruto, as stated by Kakashi, is that while those who break the rules are scum, those who forsake their fellows are even lower than that. We found out that Kakashi inherited this philosophy from Obito, who would have been killed if Kakashi had just followed through with the mission. Instead we have Kakashi rescue Obito, who through a series of events was able to become [[spoiler:Tobi. So if Kakashi had abandoned his comrades and completed the mission, Obito would have died instead of becoming Tobi. Then Nagato probably wouldn't have gone as insane, Naruto's parents would have survived and Naruto wouldn't have been an outcast, the elders wouldn't have ostracized the Uchiha which led to the Uchiha Massacre (making Sasuke nowhere near as messed up), the Moon's Eye Plan would have died with Madara, the Fourth Great Shinobi World War would have been avoided, and Akatsuki wouldn't be hunting down and killing Jinchuriki]]. But in both the Sasuke Retrieval Arc and the Jiraiya Shinobi Handbook Arc, the squad members [[TheRestShallPass peel off one by one]] to fight vastly more experienced enemies so the rest of the group can go on. In the Jiraiya Shinobi Handbook Arc, Tenten actually calls Shikamaru out for ordering Lee to stay behind as a distraction. In spite of the strategy nearly killing everyone in both arcs, everyone considers Shikamaru a smart leader and a good friend.
** The story treats as if revenge is a bad thing, but for some reason it's only when Naruto or Sasuke are involved. Kakashi who gave Sasuke lecture about not seeking revenge on Itachi for his clanmates was perfectly content with letting Team 10 seek revenge on Hidan after [[spoiler: he killed Asuma]] and even convinced Tsunade to let them go. Shikamaru was clearly satisfied on taking care of Hidan, and there were no negative consequences, with the story and the character treating Shikamaru subjecting Hidan to FateWorseThanDeath as a good thing.
*** The apex of how broken the aesop is when Sasuke gets his revenge on Danzo. Instead of his revenge causing problems propagating the cycle it instead [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork cleaned out all of Konoha's dirty laundry and fixed their political problems]]. The true moral? Revenge is okay if you're a Uchiha. Or perhaps it's that revenge is okay if you kill somebody that nobody [[actually likes enough to avenge AvengingTheVillain]].
** Sasuke is portrayed as potential outcome of Naruto had something gone wrong, and Naruto himself believes that if everything was different he would be the same as Sasuke. However, after the revelation that [[FreudianExcuse Uchiha are born more susceptible to evil in certain circumstances than others]] this becomes controversial. After all, Naruto doesn't work quite so well as Sasuke's counterpart when he is not genetically driven to insanity over emotional trauma; another Uchiha would have worked better.
** One of the running themes in Naruto is that no one is born evil, everyone is capable of redemption, and it's better to offer friendship to the villain than to kill them (even if you have to beat some sense into them beforehand). This is shown on such villains like: Zabuza, Haku, Gaara, Nagato, Konan, Kurama, Obito and Kabuto. But in the series also there are such villains as: Gato, the Sound Five, Sasori, Deidara, Hidan, Kakuzu, Danzo and Kisame who even didn't given a single chance at redemption, being just killed. On top of that, we have such villains as Madara and Sasuke which do nothing with these chances at redemption than use them to become more evil and attempt to gain more power for themselves. And this, not to mention Orochimaru which unlike most villains in the series is completely irredeemable, however at the end of the manga, he decides to help the Shinobi Alliance for ''purely selfish reasons'', and after that, he´s treated as a friend by Naruto, as seen in [[Manga/NarutoGaiden the sequel]].
*** In addition to this, their final battle has Sasuke explicitly say he's trying to kill Naruto because he considers him his only friend. So at this point it's not so much trying to befriend the villain as much as it is trying to stop them from killing you over it. Surely, people will want to befriend the villain is that's what their friendship means. Even worse, there are implications that Madara held similar attitudes toward Hashirama, so it's not even like Sasuke is an outlier in this or anything.
** In addition to this, the story makes it clear that because nobody is born evil, anyone who is evil has a FreudianExcuse that makes them the way they are. Well, unfortunately such villains like Gato, Sound Four, Deidara, Hidan and Orochimaru, really get no excuse at all for anything they do. Once again giving special mention to the entire Uchiha clan, the story seemed to desperately want to redeem them from the very beginning, but just threw out a bunch of explanations for their behavior, seemingly at random. The ''two'' official canon explanations the story seemed to settle on about 6/7ths and 13/14ths of the way through the story respectively were that they were "cursed to love too much", meaning they would take extreme action and potentially turn evil if anyone they cared for died, and the second was that they were manipulated by an evil goddess and her underling the entire time. The former completely breaks the aesop, because the "loving too much" is a ''genetic trait''; meaning they are the way they are ''because how they are born dictates and justifies their actions''.
** After the whole manga of Sakura chasing Sasuke, despite him SlidingDownTheSlipperySlope the whole time the finally get together in the end. [[WordOfGod According to author]] if she gave up on him [[InformedWrongness it would make her a bad person]]. This sends a message to never give up on your love. Except [[spoiler: the ''freaking main character'']] did exacly that when after few years of in-universe time and hundreds of chapters of manga he finally stoped pursuing [[spoiler: Sakura]] instead turning his attention to [[spoiler: Hinata]] and in the end they got their HappilyEverAfter, and his decision is presented in no negative light.
*** The explanation given was that Nartuo was never ''really'' in love with Sakura, and his crush on her was ultimately a shallow one. But how was that not the case with Sakura's feelings for Sasuke, which largely revolved around "he's hot!"
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'':
** An episode of the Naisho {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VA ends with Seki-sensei chewing out the anchor leg of her room's opponents in a swimming relay for not trying as hard as Aiko. [[spoiler:One, the opponents ''won'' that race, and two, after all her hard practicing, Aiko didn't even compete.]]
** The message about giving up magic, [[spoiler:given by the witch apprentices in the penultimate episode of the main series,]] ended up both contradicting the importance of magic shown in earlier seasons (especially when people's lives are at stake), and tolerating irresponsibility for [[spoiler:leaving Hana and leaving most (if not all) future burdens involving the Witch World on her.]] Similar logic can also be applied to giving up technology as well. Still, to people not thinking hard and just grasping the "achieve things with your own effort" moral, it works, but no aesop is broken if one doesn't connect the dots.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In a ''very'' early episode of the anime, a moral about finishing what you started (and not making up excuses for stuff) was broken. The first thing that happens is that [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom the Samurai]] pulls a sword on Ash ''just'' when he's about to catch a Weedle. When Ash didn't catch the Weedle, it gets away and then warns a swarm of Beedrill, which attack everyone before seizing Ash's new Metapod. Now Ash goes out to fetch Metapod, making his best effort--when Team Rocket shows up to harass him more, forcing him to run. In the end, Ash's last "excuse" was that he got sidetracked, he admits that [[ItsAllMyFault everything was his fault]] - when in fact, nothing was. So it's a case of NeverMyFault by the Samurai, [[{{Hypocrite}} who blamed Ash for the mess he started in the first place]]!
** The Trubbish episode had a teacher trying to get rid of a Trubbish, which is a living garbage bag. The kids in her class scream and disobey their teacher because they want to keep it. We're supposed to see Daniella as a mean, stubborn teacher who wasn't listening to their concerns. But the kids just demanded they get their way, and Daniella was concerned about the kids ''playing with living garbage that spat out toxic fumes'' - there's a reason kids in this series have to be a certain age to own Pokémon, after all.
** It has been stated that trained Pokémon are stronger than wild ones, so Pokémon Trainers must train them and can't expect to win battles using untrained ones. This sends the message that you must work hard in order to attain your goals and can't be lazy and expect to get things done the easy way. Yet every time Ash used Pokémon that he had never trained or even used once (ie: Tauros and Krabby) during Pokémon League [[note]]whose participants in are supposed to be some of the strongest trainers in the region[[/note]] matches during the original series, they kicked far more ass than most of those he had used through most of his journey (ie: the Kanto starters) and thus should be more experienced. Even worse, his Krabby evolved into Kingler ''in the very first Pokémon Battle it participated in'' when most of the Pokémon Ash had with him for most of his journey and had participated in dozen of battles were still unevolved. The same thing had happened earlier with Ash's Primeape: it won a Pokémon fighting tournament despite being a freshly caught Pokémon that had never been trained or used in a battle before. In the same tournament participated a guy called Anthony who used a Hitmonchan he had been obsessively training to to the point of neglecting his family, yet he didn't even get to the finals. In fact, Anthony was so impressed by Ash's Primeape that he offered to take it under his mantle, apparently thinking that it was worth more than his highly trained Hitmonchan.
*** To add insult to the injury, during the Johto League, the Pokémon that won most matches and proved to be Ash's strongest was Charizard, who had been training in Charicific Valley without Ash's participation. So while it was a trained Pokémon this time, it sends the message that you can be lazy and expect others do the work for you. It even beat Gary's strongest Pokémon, Blastoise, despite this one having a type advantage and being probably the Pokémon Gary had spent the most time training, being his starter and all.
** In the second N-related episode, he tries to protect a Braviary from Team Plasma. When Team Plasma sends out two Pokémon to fight him, he expresses his wish that he could rescue them from Team Plasma so that they could return to the wild and live in peace. The problem is that the two Pokémon he's talking to are ''Zangoose and Seviper'', who are using successful teamwork while in Team Plasma's hands, while their entire characterization in the franchise is how they will fight each other to the death in the wild. While some of N's opinions are countered by Ash and friends, this one is not addressed.
** In episode 65, Gary makes fun of Ash for catching so few Pokemon. Ash says that he doesn't care about the numbers, just that all of his Pokemon are his friends. This is coming from the person who has thirty Tauros. Is he friends with all thirty of them? Can he tell the difference between them? He hadn't even used any Tauros in battle at this point. Even worse, it's made clear that Gary has been switching his Pokemon out regularly to use all of them. In other words, Gary's been making ties with ''all'' of his Pokemon. Ash very rarely rotates his Pokemon, leaving them to stay with Oak for who knows how long until he needs them for a particular battle. And if you want to go even farther, the vast majority of his older Pokemon are ignored once a new series begins.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': The theme of on-court violence. Tezuka loses his cool a few times in order to deliver this very Aesop, yet some of the strongest players such as Kirihara employ this very strategy with [[KarmaHoudini few repercussions]].
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', the "Sailor Moon Says" segments forced Aesops into the dub that were never intended. In one particular episode, Usagi/Serena is distraught over Naru's/Molly's infatuation with Nephrite/Nephlyte, the villain of the current arc. Usagi/Serena attempts to convey this by blurting out a bunch of nonsense at her, and then running away to avoid talking about her personal life. Naru/Molly then goes on to steal a priceless gem from her mother's jewelry store at Nephrite/Nephlyte's request and is creepily seduced away from her normal behavior as Nephlyte, being around twice her age, easily manipulates her. When the Sailor Scouts confront them both in a park and attack Nephlyte, Molly attempts to protect him by throwing herself in front of Sailor Moon's tiara. When another monster appears, Nephlyte protects Molly from it, and she passes out. Nephlyte teleports away, gloating about how he's one step away from destroying humanity. Sailor Moon's response? To ''wish upon a star'' that Nephlyte will conquer the bitterness in his heart. She watches her friend get coerced into sneaking out at night, lying, and stealing from her mother by an abusive older boyfriend, and her solution to seeing how much her friend cares for said abusive boyfriend is to ''pray that he gets better''. That on its own would not be so awful, if [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop difficult to deal with]], except that the Aesop we're handed at the end of the episode is that it's important to talk to your friends if they're doing something dangerous--just like it was important to tell Molly the truth about Nephlyte.
** Even Luna is bewildered by this:
--> "Sailor Moon Says"? What about "Sailor Moon Does"?
* One episode of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' has the moral of "Treating building Gunpla models (Or anything else) as SeriousBusiness is bad", which is fine in theory, but it ends coming as "Not putting any effort whatsoever at all on doing things is perfectly acceptable if you're having fun", which is... not as fine. For once, the GoldenMeanFallacy is ''right'': Put some effort on doing things, but don't yell at others for making a simple mistake. Thankfully, AesopAmnesia saves the day.
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'': The cause the heroes fight--to prove that humanity is worth its existence--is undermined frequently by their own concessions about the innate bad streak in humanity without acknowledging the good, ''and'' [[spoiler:their hinted acceptance at the end that humanity is unlikely to change for the better or embrace the GreenAesop the shamans supposedly live by]]. The story further undermines this by rendering the only non-shaman protagonist utterly useless and giving the roles he could actually play in the story to non-Muggle characters, even in situations where him taking action would be common sense. In addition, all other non-Shamans are depicted at best as too powerless to even help themselves and at worst as greedy, self-centered, corrupt, or downright evil people. And yet the message is still supposed to be seen as in ''favor'' of humanity.
** The aforementioned GreenAesop it tries to portray is also rather screwed up, as while Shamans complain frequently about the damage humanity does to the earth, they still use and spread the same polluting technology and building development strategies into their shaman-only settlements and even use modern weaponry in many of their battles--some against normal humans. So how can shamans ask normal humans to adapt to supposedly better, simpler ways if [[MoralMyopia shamans themselves live technologically the same way as them]]?
* ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}''. They're trying to say that racism and such is bad and forgiveness is good, yet Enterrans outside of the three heroes are at the best depicted as greedy, sneaky and deceiving, and with one mild exception all of the villains are pure, sadistic evil. If Yakumo forgives someone, they will endanger her life shortly after. The real message becomes : forgiveness is stupid and you can judge people on their appearance.
* Amu Hinamori, lead MagicalGirl in ''Manga/ShugoChara'', spends most of her filler episodes telling other children a number of different aesops, usually variations on "you're great just the way you are", but Amu herself can't grasp these lessons when they apply to herself. Particularly in the latter half of the season when [[spoiler:Amu's fourth egg, Dia, turns into an X-egg, resulting in several episodes worth of HeroicBSOD]].
* In an episode of ''Manga/WeddingPeach'', the message is that no matter if you are fat or thin, [[TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside true beauty comes from within]]. Only, there is a student, Yukiko, whose boyfriend dumps her when she has been turned fat by the VillainOfTheWeek, but takes her back when she is restored to her former, slim self.
* The show ''Wonder 3'' was seemingly made as a kid-friendlier version of ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'', and has similar problems with its central premise. A coalition of alien races have taken notice of humanity's tendency toward war and send a group of scouts to study us up close and see if we deserve to survive, while bringing along a doomsday bomb to destroy the planet if they decide we do not. [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality It doesn't think to turn the mirror on its supposed "good guys"]], though. However warlike humankind is we don't know about these aliens' existence and couldn't possibly see them as an enemy, and we don't have anywhere near the technology to visit let alone threaten life in other galaxies even if we wanted to, and thus the aliens are deciding whether they should wipe us out even though we're a threat only to ourselves. It makes the aliens setting themselves up as judge, jury and executioner of a species that doesn't even know they're there look like dangerous xenophobes themselves, even though they're the purported heroes, with some translations of the theme song even calling their kind "angels". At least Klaatu met humanity face-to-face and opened up about his intentions.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'' has a couple, mostly by virtue of being a HappyEndingOverride that turns Yugi and Atem's final duel into a catalyst for the plot and the scope of what the characters intend to accomplish.
** Kaiba spends much of the film in an obsessive state, trying futilely to see Atem while being told that Atem has moved on and isn't coming back, with [[spoiler:Yugi recompleting the Puzzle to prove it]]. Throughout the movie Yugi and his friends have moved on from the loss, Yugi gives Kaiba a speech directly telling him to move on, and [[spoiler:Atem himself takes the Puzzle to the afterlife with him]]. Kaiba then decides that [[spoiler:if he can't bring Atem back, he'll meet Atem by going to the afterlife instead, leaving Mokuba to run his company in his stead]]. In other words, Kaiba pulls through with his obsession when just about all the rest of the series says that obsession is bad and, in the movie's case, you eventually just have to let go, and it ''works'' as he [[spoiler:does get to see Atem again in the very last scene.]]
** In the manga and anime, the Ceremonial Battle was all about Yugi overcoming Atem in a duel to prove he had grown to the point he no longer needed his other self and was ready to be on his own. In this film, much of the film is spent building up the ideas that Yugi has grown as a duelist, and he and Kaiba need to move on with their lives and accept Atem isn't coming back. [[spoiler:Then the possessed Aigami is about to deal the game-ending blow when Atem spontaneously returns to save Yugi and defeat Aigami, showing that Yugi does still need his help sometimes]]. Making this worse is a comment from volume 8 of the bunkoban manga about a canceled Yu-Gi-Oh versus GX movie, where Takahashi stated that [[spoiler:reviving Atem]], which he considered, would betray the theme of the original series.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' states repeatedly that having fun at a game is more important than who wins and who loses. Judai, the main character, very nearly ''wins every time'', and many of his duels have nothing at stake, so it's not as though he couldn't afford a few black marks on his record. It's even worse when you take into account how much [[SeriousBusiness importance]] the card game is given in-universe; the same level as friggin ''politics and economics''. This is eventually deconstructed and becomes the driving point of the plot, with Judai realizing how broken his Aesop is after the duels stop being fun, the stakes are increased, and that he wins all the time regardless.
** One episode has Judai Duel a guy who's essentially used CharlesAtlasSuperpower to master TheMagicPokerEquation, and who relies entirely on his ability to draw any card he wants. The moral, along with the usual "have fun and don't take it too seriously", is "you can't just use luck to carry you; you have to use strategy as well." This is coming from Judai, a character whose ability to always get the right card is an explicit part of his character, to the point of one opponent literally building their strategy around countering it (and failing).
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', several times, gives the moral that "no card is worthless, just as no person is worthless." However, this is undercut by the fact that protagonist Yusei Fudo uses one of the most powerful decks in the series, full of Synchros ranging from rare to one-of-a-kind. What's more, every time he uses "worthless" cards to make this point, he quickly reverts to his usual Deck. The one time somebody tried to apply this against him, using a Deck of weak Normal Monsters and an ace that had never been played successfully, he defeated them soundly using a Level 10 dragon from the future. And in any case, ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' is kind of a terrible game to make this moral with, being laden with cards that are either [[JokeCharacter completely useless]] or [[PowerCreep strictly outclassed;]] every time Yusei tried to prove the moral, the card he used was a LethalJokeCharacter at worst.
** Team Unicorn is constantly praised for their amazing teamwork, yet Andre did the majority of the work in their match against Team 5D's by defeating Jack and Aki, as well as cutting Yusei's life points in half. It gets even worse when it's revealed that in all previous team matches before this one, Andre was able to beat all three members of ''every'' opposing team by himself without shifting to Breo or Jean. Worse, their apparent duelling performance does not back this up; Breo's entire strategy doesn't even ''slightly'' intersect with his teammate's. It's contrasted even further by the fact that, while the moral is supposed to be "Team 5Ds was at a disadvantage because they didn't have teamwork", the fact is, they still won that duel, despite relying entirely on Yusei.
** The moral of Aki's first Duel with Yusei was that she had to learn to think for herself and couldn't just let one person think for her. But when she makes a HeelFaceTurn, her entire role in the series is to be Yusei's SatelliteLoveInterest, her only significant accomplishments are largely thanks to Yusei's help, and her only arc is dedicated to trying to copy something Yusei does.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' goes for a CheatersNeverProsper moral a number of times, a common one in the franchise - but Yuma only succeeds as he does because he has Astral giving him tips, and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers the ability]] to alter the result of his draws.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' suffers heavily from having ''two'' major morals and attempting to switch between them from episode-to-episode - specifically, "making people smile and entertaining others are the best things ever", and "WarIsHell and HumansAreBastards." So a number of characters have personal trauma, deep prejudices, or depraved attitudes... but [[AngstWhatAngst it's nothing that five minutes of making them smile can't cure.]] Being an entertainer is awesome and will lead you to greatness... but Yuya's biggest successes are found by relying on his SuperpoweredEvilSide, and the most prominent entertainer in the cast besides him is a MemeticLoser. People die in war and it's horrible... but that would be a downer, so it's clear from the start that everyone to "die" by being carded can come back. Making people smile is a good deed... but the villain's entire motivation is steeped in the fact that he did what the audience wanted and was corrupted. Class divisions are dangerous, deep-seated, and hard to remove... but if everyone is smiling because they watched a cool duel, they break down overnight. So entertainment can do anything... except that the main villain's defeat has nothing to do with making him smile; he was [[HeroicSacrifice buried in bodies]] and sealed through magic.
** Overlapping with AesopAmnesia, the intended moral of the Synchro arc was that people have to make their own style. Yuya finds that his entertainment style isn't appealing to people, and Jack calls out Yuya's style of entertaining and duelling as being forced, shallow, and not his own, because [[GenerationXerox it's copied from his father's]] and [[SuperpoweredEvilSide powered by Zarc]]. This does lead to a payoff of Yuya finally developing his own style, along with a set of cards that come from neither, in the final episode of the arc... but then Yuya completely forgets this new style and the cards he created, and goes back to copying his father and borrowing from Zarc for the rest of the series. Where this goes from AesopAmnesia to BrokenAesop is that despite this, Yuya's never shown having any problems entertaining people again, despite his style being as forced, shallow, and not his own as ever. Turns out never doing your own thing is perfectly fine.
* One of the main criticisms of ''Anime/YuriKumaArashi''. The series tries to make some points about the treatment of lesbians in Japanese society, as well as some of the more problematic aspects of the YuriGenre (such as BaitAndSwitchLesbians and HideYourLesbians), but it also gleefully indulges in a lot of the tropes that it set out to criticize (''especially'' {{Fanservice}}). The show's heavily reliance on RuleOfSymbolism has also made it very difficult to glean any real aesops from it, which is why so many people accuse it of having a muddled, confused message.
* Lampshaded in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. A one-chapter story involves Yusuke investigating an alleged demon haunting at Keiko's school, only to find out that it was perpetrated by two girls trying to force a third off the basketball team because they didn't like her, and as a scholarship student, she wouldn't willingly leave. As the story ends with Yusuke selling the school uniform he borrowed from Keiko online because she refused to pay him, the narrator declares that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans are as bad as demons, if not worse]]. The author's editor then reminds him "But [[spoiler:Yusuke's]] part demon."
* ''Manga/ZekkyouGakkyuu'' has this occur in ''The Bonds Of A Curse''. The story has the ostracized [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Kurosawa]] and the good-looking {{S|empaiKohai}}akahara, with the former being avoided because of her rumored ability to use voodoo dolls to curse people. Kurosawa turns out to be a very nice person, who loves the little puppy the class is taking care of. And Sakahara is actually a huge jerk, who tortured said puppy as ways of stress-relief until the puppy died. The protagonist asks for Kurosawa's help in using a voodoo doll to curse Sakahara and a moral of "killing is wrong" is tacked onto the end. However, neither of the girls gets in trouble for this and they seem quite happy after avenging the puppy's death. A much more appropriate moral would have been to not judge people's [[BeautyEqualsGoodness goodness]] on [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon their looks]].
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