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->''"Someone in this town\\
Is trying to burn the playhouse down\\
They want to stop the ones who want\\
A rock to wind a string around\\
But everybody wants a rock\\
To wind a piece of string around."''
-->-- '''Music/TheyMightBeGiants''', "We Want a Rock"

Art has always been an outlet of dissension. These days, this reputation is most strongly associated with rock music. And where you get dissension, you get people trying to stamp it out. That's where the Culture Police come in.

The Culture Police are bad guys who try to stamp out art (most commonly rock and pop music and/or dancing) for whatever reason. Mundane versions may simply be exaggerated versions of real-life MoralGuardians operating on a local level, or trying to drum up support to expand their pro-censorship campaign. Fantastic versions may be a [[Film/JamesBond SPECTRE]]-esque organization or ScaryDogmaticAliens whose scheme to TakeOverTheWorld involves stamping out freedom of expression. The fantastic variety will usually come with armies of FacelessGoons who go around confiscating or [[BookBurning destroying books/records/paintings/what have you]], and [[AllCrimesAreEqual arresting (or killing)]] people who so much as whistle. The canonical alignment for these bad guys is LawfulEvil, as they are very much control freaks.

Can easily be perceived as a TakeThat against any art deliberately allowed by the Culture Police.

Unfortunately, this trope is TruthInTelevision. Several authoritarian, totalitarian and/or theocratic regimes have had (and have still) cultural or [[ChurchPolice religious polices]] whose function is to curb the dissidents and guard the morals. Let's say they do exist, and any specific examples are therefore redundant.

Overlaps with {{Thoughtcrime}}. Compare MoralGuardians and {{Fan Hater}}s. See also PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad for a similar concept.



* The first episode of the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' anime parodies this. Lord Il Palazzo believes manga is corrupting the youth of Japan, and sends Excel out to assassinate manga authors, starting with the author of the [[Manga/ExcelSaga Excel Saga manga]]. She succeeds, and is promptly bitched out by the personification of the universe -- essentially a living ResetButton -- for breaking reality by killing her own author. It's [[GagSeries that sort of show]].
* ''Anime/LibraryWar'' is about a future Japan where the government institutes a policy of book burning and culture policing. An intentional loophole built into the law by its less enthusiastic signers allow public libraries to 'confiscate' books and save them from the bonfires, which has led to an elaborate system of ritualized warfare between culture police and the libraries.
* ''Anime/AKB0048'' has the DES, who crack down on {{Idol Singer}}s and are willing to open fire on them and their fans.
** The reason being [[spoiler:they've discovered the SugarBowl equivalent of TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 ascension and want to monopolize]].
* ''Anime/{{Shimoneta}}'' manages to simultaneously [[DeconstructiveParody parody and deconstruct this]]. Sixteen years before the start of the series, [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad a series of censorship laws lead to the brutal repression of anything deemed obscene, such as foul language, pornography, sexually explicit images, and even mention of the correct medical terms for certain body parts.]] On top of the SWAT team for busting people for watching porn, the current generation is receiving no sex education of any kind, which leads to situations like that of Anna. Once she has her first kiss, she becomes a {{Nymphomaniac}} and wannabe rapist who thinks what she's doing to the object of her affection is [[LoveMakesYouCrazy love.]]

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* The Spanish comic ''ComicBook/{{Fanhunter}}'' involves all of Europe being taken over by self-proclaimed Pope Alejo Cuervo, a deranged ex-librarian who believes himself to be channeling the ghost of Creator/PhilipKDick. After Cuervo bans all forms of subculture, an organization of sci-fi, comic, anime, and other fanboys known as ''[[LaResistance La Resistencia]]'' organizes to fight Cuervo and his crack teams of "Fanhunters".
* In Creator/MarvelComics' ''[[ComicBook/{{Exiles}} The New Exiles]]'', Doctor Doom, after taking control of the world, not only bans culture (comedy in particular), but also people's ability to show any strong emotion other than love and adoration toward him and hatred toward [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]].
* The fascist Norsefire Government does this in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', confiscating or suppressing most forms of art and music; V, as a contrast, uses the suppressed materials as an iconic symbol.
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons: Treehouse of Horror'' Halloween story "The Exorsister." Reverend Lovejoy starts a pressure group called Families For Tamer Television [[FunWithAcronyms (FFTT)]] that starts out by boycotting products that sponsor TV shows they find objectionable for one reason or another. They target anything even ''remotely'' subversive: not only do they get a cop show cancelled just because the officers are girls in bikinis, but they send hate mail to and make threatening phone calls to Krusty the Clown to bully him into removing all [[StockShticks "squirting seltzer bottle"]] gags from his kiddie show lest they encourage schoolchildren to misuse fire extinguishers. (Krusty at first delivers an awkward apology personally to the group, but then snaps and [[ShutUpHannibal tells them they can all go to hell]].) Funny thing is, though, Families For Tamer Television [[StrawmanHasAPoint turns out to be right about one thing]]: not only is {{Music/Madonna}}'s music extremely sinful, but Madonna herself is an evil demon capable of entering human hosts and turning them into near-carbon copies of her (which she tries to do to Lisa).

* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/109994/legionnaire Legionnaire]]'', the Khanate has the Basiji, who are essentially religious fanatic thugs who take to the streets and beat people up on a whim.
* In ''FanFic/MyImmortal'', it's apparently okay to send people to Azkaban for being {{Goth}}. Professor Sinister is sent there, and in the past Albus Dumbledore was so virulently anti-gothic that he'd send any goth he saw to Azkaban.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The most famous example of the fantastic variety would be the Blue Meanies from ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', creativity in Bricksburg is harshly discouraged, with anything not built to pre-specified instructions getting destroyed, and repeat offenders threatened with being "put to sleep".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Probably the most famous example of the mundane variety is Reverend Moore from the film ''Film/{{Footloose}}''. In fact, they act like pop music is ''banned.'' Like, against the law. Ren (Kevin Bacon's character) is able to work around it by appealing to the town by explaining the historical use of dance to celebrate life.
* Utilized in ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'' as the presence of two kids from the real world starts making a small town from a sitcom set in an idealized version of TheFifties more and more real. One particularly [[{{Anvilicious}} non-subtle]] scene visually feature an angry mob breaking into a store and tearing paintings apart -- then moving on to burn books. The town establishes a Code of Conduct prohibiting all recorded music except "Pat Boone, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Jack Jones, the marches of John Philip Sousa or 'The Star Spangled Banner'."
* The Grammaton Clerics of the film ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' were an elite police force tasked with destroying all art and killing anyone who possesses art. This was because the {{dystopia}}n government was attempting to stabilize society by completely eliminating human emotion (why the government needs an elite, GunKata trained task force to carry this out is [[RuleOfCool never really explained]]).
* The surreal Swedish comedy ''Picassos äventyr'' (''Film/TheAdventuresOfPicasso'' in the States) have Prohibition being not about alcohol, but ''art''. Secret galleries work as speakeasies for people who want to see art, and are raided by the police; smugglers bring in paintings and sculpture from Canada, and Picasso gets a job producing, essentially, the art equivalent of moonshine for art-starved Americans...
* In ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'', the Confederacy's morality laws severely stunt the country's cultural growth. According to the movie, Confederate culture never evolved beyond [[PropagandaMachine state-inspired propaganda]]. Many take their talents to [[CanadaEh Canada]], which benifits greatly.
* In ''Film/DuckSoup'', Groucho Marx, as the newly installed ruler of Freedonia, lays down the law in a jaunty tune:
-->No one's allowed to smoke -- Or tell a dirty joke -- And whistling is forbidden!\\
If chewing gum is chewed -- The chewer is pursued -- And in the hoosegow with him!\\
If any form of pleasure is exhibited,\\
Report to me and it will be prohibited!\\
I'll put my foot down\\
So shall it be-e-e...\\
This is the land of the free!
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'': Written language has been banned on Abydos for millennia (though there is a wall of hieroglyphics that's somehow survived for all this time), and when Daniel Jackson tries to write something to communicate with the locals, the person he's writing to immediately erases it in fear. In-universe, this is explained as Ra not wanting them to learn about and follow the examples of those who rebelled against the Go'auld on Earth.

* The [[OlderThanFeudalism classic example]] is Creator/{{Plato}}'s ''[[Literature/TheRepublic Republic]]''. which advocates censorship and control of poetry and music, to eliminate unhealthy and undesirable beliefs and attitudes.
* The world in the book ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' has outlawed books, and employs professional book burners called "firemen".
* In the Creator/PiersAnthony short story "Nonent", an alien wants to destroy human ingenuity by destroying science fiction. He decides to send an unsolicited manuscript to all science fiction short story magazines, the second page of which will [[BrownNote destroy the mind of anyone that sees it]]. Of course the plan is foiled by the fact that [[TakeThat no editor reads past the first page before deciding what to publish]]
* In the Creator/OrsonScottCard short story "Prior Restraint", collected in ''Literature/MapsInAMirror'', a group of time travelers calling themselves the "Censorship Board" manipulate history by preventing certain great writers from publishing their work. Note that this board wasn't portrayed as completely bad -- they did this because the works in question would result in the death of millions of people. They actually kept a copy of the work in their library. A rare (slightly) positive portrayal.
* Perhaps the pinnacle of this trope is ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'', which has essentially banned all music except patriotic anthems, and any other form of media except propaganda. As the story ends, the government plans to delete the very words for rebellion out of the language.
* Creator/RudyardKipling's ''In the Neolithic Age'' [[strike:hammers]] stoneaxes home his view on the question.
* Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Our Mutual Friend'' satirizes this sort of thing in the character of Mr. Podsnap: "The question about everything was, would it bring a blush into the cheek of the young person?"
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_to_Be_a_God Hard to Be a God]]'' by the Strugatski brothers takes place on a planet where books of any kind, and even literacy, are banned. "Progressors" from Earth are trying to ameliorate the situation, but the main problem is that the planet's ''culture'' is broken, and simply replacing the government will result in an old crapsack in new clothes -- hence the name.
* In the Creator/StephenKing short story "Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn," the eponymous children have destroyed a pipe organ and plugged it up with corncobs. On the music stand they have placed a presumably biblical passage regarding the sinfulness of artificially produced music (i.e., by instruments, rather than pure vocals). But then, He Who Walks Behind the Rows has some ''strange'' ideas about sin.
* ''Literature/TheBookOfLordShang'' advocates making music and learning illegal so the average person will devote his attention to farming.
* Society in ''Literature/TheGiver'' is strictly regulated under a policy of "Sameness," in which [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans life is carefully regulated to eliminate strife and division]]. Music and media have been eliminated. Weather is kept constantly pleasant, only raining at night to water crops while the people sleep. Sex drives, or "stirrings" as they're called in the Community, are suppressed by mandatory drugs (except for the few whose job it is to breed), as are other strong emotions. Even positive emotions like familial love have been carefully eliminated so as to avoid making waves. Animals of all descriptions have been eradicated, at least in the areas where people might actually see them, and even the ability to see color has been carefully removed from the general population. Everyone is kept in blissful ignorance of the fact that life has ever been any different, with the exception of one individual per Community called "the Receiver of Memory," who is entrusted with the memories of life before Sameness in case a situation arises that requires such knowledge to resolve.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' the Guild of Musicians (specifically Mr. Clete) are opposed to Music With Rocks In, because it's a type of music they can't control.
* In ''Literature/{{Matched}}'' by Ally Condie, there are only 100 of the best artworks of the past allowed to be appreciated, and people are not taught to write or draw.
* In the ''Literature/DeliriumSeries'', dancing, poetry, certain types of music, loud laughter and public displays of affection are all banned. This is so because of the DystopianEdict that states that love is a disease and forces everyone to get a surgery that removes the capability to love (and most other strong emotions).
* ''Literature/OneNationUnderJupiter'': The Roman office of ''censor'' is still alive and well in Nova Roma.
* The plot of ''Literature/TerminalAvenue'' centers around the main character's visits to a club in an area of town where he is not allowed to go, where he and his lover do things that the Purity Laws don't permit.
* ''Literature/{{Bearheart}}'': Native American education is banned in universities.
* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' the heroes outright refuse to create a law or a police force to enforce Retroculture. They distrust the government having that much power and intrusiveness into people's lives, and consider it the responsibility of each citizen to monitor and ostracize those using forbidden technology or rap music. This works out much better than ham-fisted enforcement, and they celebrate by tearing down all the modern buildings to erect churches and homes in a more tasteful classical style.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* The ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode "Good Morning, Peoria" had Sam leaping into the body of a DJ during TheFifties and fighting a movement by the local government to ban rock music.
* An episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' had a town outlaw dancing and music while simultaneously passing a law that forced all children into military service. Xena was conscripted to train the children, and she undermined the changes by teaching the children dance and rhythmic music masked as military drills.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol The Happiness Patrol]]'', ruler Helen A insists her subjects be happy at all times and her enforcers, the Happiness Patrol, try to stamp out all depressing artforms, such as blues music.
* In the ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' episode "The Needs of Earth", a refugee thought to have information about a cure for the Drakh plague turns out to have recordings of his planet's cultural heritage, which is being systematically destroyed by its governing MoralGuardians.
* The final episode of ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' features a battle between the heroes and the Censor Board.
* Not uncommon in ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', with perhaps the purest example being a world where a technique for direct brain manipulation was developed. Originally intended for mental health treatment, and to achieve some strange form of enlightenment, unscrupulous politicians used it to eliminate creativity, to the point where the creative impulse became classified as a mental disease. This was done to solidify their hold on power. Unusually for that part of the series, the group didn't solve this problem before they left.
* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': In "The Courtship", the circus arrives in New Atlanta, a town with laws against public performances like circuses.

* The band Music/{{Styx}} did a concept album called ''Kilroy Was Here'' (which gave us the song "Mr. Roboto"). The eponymous Kilroy was a rogue musician using ThePowerOfRock to lead a revolution against the Majority for Musical Morality, a fascist MediaWatchdog organization backed by TheGovernment.
** Music/{{Rush}}'s album ''2112'' had a similar theme -- but Rush, at least, got it from Creator/AynRand's ''Anthem'' (which also lent its title to one of their songs).
* "Le Trente-Huit Cunegonde", on Creator/TheFiresignTheatre's album ''Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him'', details a society in which the hippie counterculture of the '60s became mainstream. It opens with two police officers accosting a girl because she's not wearing a mini-skirt, and when they discover she doesn't have any drugs on her, they send her in for "re-grooving".
-->'''Cop #1:''' Dig, Larry: aspirin.\\
'''Cop #2:''' Do her a favor, phone her in.\\
'''Girl:''' I'm telling ya, I ''took'' all the uppers! You wanna hear me rap? "[[{{Literature/Howl}} I saw the best minds of my generation...]]"\\
'''Cop #1:''' Put her in the car.
* Music/TheClash's song "Rock the Casbah" is about a shareef who bans rock.
* The music video for DJ Kentaro's "FREE" is about a world where vinyl is banned -- specifically, vinyl records.
* The ''Music/NineInchNails'' concept album, "Year Zero," features a {{dystopia}}n future where the "Bureau of Morality" has eroded American civil liberties and generally act as a Culture Police against any form of expression, particularly music, that dissents against the powers that be.
* Music/{{Lordi}}'s "Rock Police" is basically about said police enthusiastically and brutally suppressing (presumably -- it's never quite stated, but heavily implied by context nonetheless) ''non''-rock music.
* In the video for Music/PoetsOfTheFall's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ompevuR1644&list=PLjACqN5i5sDWjx8wkdUyCl4MjctV4SE6o Lift]]," an {{Ambiguous|Situation}} interpretation of the Poet County Jail officials conducting MadDreamer Mark's psychiatric evaluation (with which he would agree) is that they find his brand of creativity threatening. The lone female official finishes the evaluation form by checking boxes marked "Illusionist," "Dreamer" and "Menace to society."

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* ProfessionalWrestling example: The [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] {{heel}} stable Right to Censor was a group based on the [[MediaWatchdog Parents' Television Council]], and were dedicated to stamping out sex and filth in the WWF. Their presence was used to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] a lot of changes to the product to make it less racy, such as the removal of Val Venis and The Godfather's smutty gimmicks (both of them renounced their "evil" ways and joined the RTC), and the loss of Wrestling/BillyGunn's nickname, "Mr. Ass" (he lost the nickname as a stipulation in a match against one of the members).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Inquisition and Adeptus Arbites of the Imperium of Man in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are pretty laid-back about culture, so long as planets revere the Emperor and pay tribute to the Imperium. However, if they see anything that could possibly be interpreted as a sign of Chaos, the purge will be swift and without mercy.
** And culture can easily be one of the inroads for Chaos, through the cults of Slaanesh. So they can actually have cause for extreme reactions.
* The Serious Police in the ''Toonpunk 2020 1/2'' setting for ''Toon''. In a game based on wacky WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes type stuff, they're TheComicallySerious with assault weaponry.
* The Coalition States in ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}}'' makes ''literacy itself'' a crime. This is the primary reason why the number one person on their Most Wanted List is an outspoken 65-year-old woman who mostly writes books about her travels and freely teaches and encourages others to read.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Normality}}'' [[spoiler: can be argued to represent the final total victory of the Culture Police.]]
* ''Starchildren: The Velvet Generation'' (which could best be described as ''Ziggy Stardust: the RPG'') takes place in a future where an organization colloquially known as "Mad Mother" has ridden the wave of public distrust and stamped out rock music.
* Some of the less liberal of the Successor States in ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' have this. (So do the Clans, although their "police" is more likely to be either active or mustered-out ''warriors'' with all that implies.)

* Killer Queen and Globalsoft in ''Theatre/WeWillRockYou,'' the rock musical based on the music of Queen, are bent on eliminating all music and, thus, free thought, on Planet Mall, aka Earth.
** Ironically, Killer Queen sings a song about half way through the play. This is excusable, though, because it's a musical. And who else but a villain could do "Another One Bites The Dust"?
** After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, all western TV, film, and music was banned in Iran. When liberalizing political attitudes in the mid-2000s led to some western music being authorized for sale in the country, ironically enough, a Queen's greatest hits album was the first disc approved for sale. This was due to Bohemian Rhapsody containing the phrase "Bismillah."

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Dr. Robotnik's goal in ''VideoGame/DoctorRobotniksMeanBeanMachine'' is to stamp out music and fun via his roboticizer and the converted Beanville citizens.
* The final stage of ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' features a [[AlienInvasion race of music-hating aliens that take over the world]] and outlaw music. Anyone caught singing, dancing, or enjoying music in general gets either TakenForGranite or sent to what is essentially a concentration camp. [[spoiler: However, they didn't do that just because they ''hate'' music, but because music actually ''hurts'' them, which leads to their inevitable downfall as a result of a worldwide rock concert.]]
* ''VideoGame/RevolutionX'' has the New Order Nation, an anti-youth culture organization consisting essentially of Kerri Hoskins as Mistress Helga, a [[TheBaroness hot authoritarian woman]] in a dominatrix-esque leather outfit, and her throngs of machine gun-wielding {{mooks}} in yellow jumpsuits, which takes over the American government, bans television, rock music, and video games, and kidnaps Music/{{Aerosmith}}.
* The ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' games have regular police and later ''trained assassins'' playing this role, trying to suppress a skater counterculture. Pompadoured police chief Onishima employs an oversized revolver loaded with rubber bullets, hordes of riot-shield wielding goons, and even ''tanks'' and ''helicopters'' armed with anti-riot gear to take your character down. All this turns out to be the plan of an evil corporate mogul so he can smother Tokyo in nothing but homogeneous, mediocre mainstream entertainment, as the first part of his plot to conquer the world with dark powers. No, really.
* ''VideoGame/{{Normality}}'' plays this pretty straight; music is banned, joy is banned, most ''color'' is banned, and people have to turn their [=TV=] on (with only crap on air, of course) at all times. Later, you smash walls apart using a guitar.
* The INKT corporation in ''VideoGame/DeBlob'' bans music and color. They take a more proactive approach on color, sucking it away with robots... which they then leave around for the protagonist to slam into and gain color to go spread around Chroma City once more.
* ''Videogame/FallenLondon'': The Ministry of Public Decency, and their Special Constables, play this role, complete with book-burning insignia. They mostly crack down on obviously revolutionary literature and simple digs at the government (in particular the Masters of the Bazaar), but they're known to go after plays and books for stranger reasons, which is only partially explained by the fact Mr. Pages loves to steal books from the "for burning" pile and occasionally bans rare books just to have them itself. All romantic literature is also subject to heavy revision and taxation, and getting caught smuggling it is about as bad as getting caught soul-smuggling. [[spoiler:That's because the city itself feeds on love stories.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Several storylines in ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' played this trope hilariously straight. Apparently, the only thing standing in the way of would-be world conquerors is science fiction fandom. Ban sci-fi, or go back in time and kill someone big like Creator/HGWells, and Earth is all yours.
* The Mayor in ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'' has a Grand Jury indict Yorick for his performance art.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''Literature/ChaosTimeline'' in Technocratic Germany. Censors the book "Das Paradies der Goldis" by Katherine Geller (apparently a bit like ''Valley of the Dolls'') for the depiction of mental diseases, drug addiction and lesbian love.
* Shows up in ''Literature/AWorldOfLaughterAWorldOfTears'', in the form of the Mickey Mouse Club, which manages to suppress, among other things, Elvis and Beatniks, causing them to leave for Europe.
* In ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'', an enormous Culture War figures prominently in the history of Remnant. Taking place eighty years before the start of the series, the war saw all four kingdoms fighting over issues of trade and borders, but also over, as Professor Ozpin puts it, "the destruction of all forms of art and self-expression." As a form of rebellion against this, Remnant's tradition of ColourfulThemeNaming was started.
--> '''Ozpin:''' "It was their way to demonstrate that not only would they refuse to tolerate this oppression, but neither would the generations to come."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', a popular song about Sonic (written more or less [[ThemeTuneCameo to the show's theme song]]) prompts Dr. Robotnik to attempt to forcibly ban ''all'' music.
** In fact, in [[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog the Archie Comics]], it is repeatedly stated that Robotnik hates all music and has technically banned it. Because he's a jerk.
*** One of the children's books that were written (ones where Sonic was a bit of a MagnificentBastard) bans, among other things, music, books, television, and ''[[UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars Nintendo]]''.
* The cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Madballs}}'' has Commander Wolfbreath and his men, who had banned music, dancing, and other forms of entertainment on their home planet and were trying to capture the protagonists (a rogue rock band that fled to Earth).
* Kyle's mom Sheila on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is the freakin' CHIEF. In the episode "Death", she convinces the parents of South Park to commit mass suicide in order to get the networks to pull an offensive Terrance and Phillip episode, and in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', she ends up starting a war with Canada (and eventually TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt) over the Terrence and Phillip film ''Asses of Fire''.
* The cartoon ''Oscar's Orchestra'' takes place in a dystopian future, and revolves around a plucky band of anthropomorphic instruments lead by a talking piano (the eponymous Oscar) and their efforts to fight Thaddeus Vent, the "Emperor of the World" who has banned all music.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Washingtoon", Buster and Babs had to appeal to then-President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush and the United States Congress to keep a stick-in-the-mud [[MoralGuardians moral guardian]] from turning Acme Acres into the setting for a saccharine EdutainmentShow.
* Used in a BreatherEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', in which Aang attends a strict Fire Nation academy where it is revealed that apparently their culture, or at least their upper class schools, don't approve of dancing, or self-expression in general. This is completely unrelated to the Ba Sing Se [[SecretPolice Dai Li]] whose official job description is "Cultural Police"- they couldn't care less about cultural decay, they just want [[spoiler:to keep the city out of the hundred-year war raging outside its walls and to maintain their secret stranglehold on power]].
** Other views into Fire Nation culture show more approval toward art and self-expression, such as General Iroh and his men playing music on board their ship or having the Gaang infiltrate a Fire Nation festival. This might mean it's mainly in formal institutions like school or military bases that expect such strict behavior, although one constant is that propaganda is everywhere (the festival had children watching a puppet-show with the Fire Lord as the hero).
** Of course, things are also a lot less strict in the Fire Nation "Territories" in the Earth Kingdom.
* In SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' cultural [[MugglePower revolutionaries]] the [[AntiMagicalFaction Equalists]] want to eradicate the SupernaturalMartialArts of [[ElementalPowers Bending]] and extend this to opposing its most popular culture, the FictionalSport of pro-bending, on the grounds that it leads to idolizing benders. TheMagocracy's anti-Equalist task force target the Equalist's chi-blocking dojos in turn, stamping out {{Muggle}} martial arts in the process of fighting terrorists.
* Mocked, like all tropes, on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with the episode "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge". After Maggie hits Homer on the head with a mallet, Marge creates a Culture Police group to protest the hyperviolent Itchy & Scratchy cartoons that inspired Maggie's attack. She successfully convinces the studio behind the cartoons to clean up their act. Later in the episode, when Michaelangelo's ''David'' is brought to Springfield as part of a coast-to-coast American tour, the group Marge started is appalled to discover that she doesn't want it banned despite the exposed genitals. When grilled about it on a local talk show, Marge is called out on her hypocrisy and is forced to admit that it's wrong to censor one form of art but not others; [[StatusQuoIsGod Itchy & Scratchy return]].
* The Nixels in ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' are entirely anti-creativity...something the Mixels have loads of, and are always out to destroy the Cubits and creativity of the Mixels, hoping to turn the landscape as black and white as they are.