-> ''"Live and don't learn, that's us."''
-->-- '''Hobbes''', ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''

Combining HypocriticalHumor and AnAesop. The characters summarize a lesson they have learned, then immediately follow up with something that shows that [[AesopAmnesia they haven't learned anything after all]]. The characters, not quite done with reflecting on their own actions, may then proceed to further discuss what possible lessons they have learned. By the time they're finished the audience is clearly convinced that if there was ever any moral to the preceding story, it has been thoroughly and completely lost.

This is often a good way to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] AesopAmnesia -- after all, the equivalent of an Aesop-based kung-fu scene should leave everyone, including the viewer, sufficiently confused as to the purpose of the story that it's hard to hold it against the characters for failing to realize how they could apply this knowledge to other situations. This will most commonly end with characters concluding that they haven't learned anything, or they'll spend the ending of the show desperately trying to come up with an Aesop that works as a result.

See also HereWeGoAgain, SpoofAesop, LostAesop.

Compare IgnoredEpiphany.

[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Used in the [[Manga/AstroBoy Astro Boy]] story "Mad Machine," where, after being arrested, villain of the week Dr. Foola promises to give up his amoral money-grubbing ways--before snapping his handcuffs and offering to sell better ones to his guards.

[[folder: Fan Fic ]]
* Examples from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}:
** The moral of Chapter 7 of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesGetXtreme'', according to Hobbes, is that too much sugar is bad. At that moment, Calvin happens to be sipping some root beer...
** From ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Sherman:''' Well, you know, there is a lesson to learned from all this.\\
'''MTM:''' Really? What's that, then?\\
'''Sherman:''' That mankind has developed a too much dependency on electricity. We should all learn to be a little less conditioned to be so electric and so forth. This three days without electricity actually could have done us some good.\\
'''Socrates:''' [[IgnoredEpiphany Who cares? THE ELECTRICITY'S COMING BACK ON IN 90 SECONDS!!!]]

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In the Series/FatherTed Christmas special, Ted summarises what he has learnt
-->'''Ted:''' You know Dougal, being in the priesthood - it's not about awards and glamour. It's about hard graft. It's about applying yourself to the spiritual needs of your parishioners...I could have turned into a bad priest....Selfish, arrogant, not given a damn about my parishioners...
-->'''Dougal''' ''(answering the phone)'':''' Ted, It's Mrs Gilcuddy. She wants you to do one of those remembrance masses.
-->'''Ted:''' I'm not in.
* In one ''Series/WillAndGrace'' episode, both the main characters have a favourite for the mayor of New York, on the basis that one candidate is gay and the other is a woman. They don't know anything else about their candidates, and when they host fundraisers they learn that both of them are horrible bigots. They realise that basing their opinions on the fact the candidate is a member of a minority group is a bad idea ... and are then both galvanised by the news that there's "a black guy".
* ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'' has an episode parodying [[AnotherChristmasCarol a certain Charles Dickens novel]]. At the end of the episode, there is a joke implying that the character hasn't changed at all from her experiences.

* Quite a few VisualKei artists, have, through the loss of their own lives, shown the problems inherent in abusing methamphetamine. [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]], [[Music/TokyoYankees Soichiro Umemura]], Daisuke from The Studs and Kagerou, and Music/TaijiSawada have all, sadly, served as very good examples for "meth will fuck you up" as AnAesop... unfortunately, it's not like many other VisualKei artists pay attention, meaning more will likely join that list soon enough.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' did this a lot. For example, the end of the first "Duplicator" arc has Calvin attempting to describe the "valuable lesson" they learned from the incident. He shortly gives up, and Hobbes proclaims, "Live and don't learn, that's us".

[[folder: Theatre ]]
* At the finale of ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', Todd thanks [[spoiler: Mrs. Lovett]] for finally helping him to understand the moral of the story, "learn forgiveness and try to forget." Then he pushes [[spoiler: her]] into an oven. Yeah, he was sarcastic alright.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' ends with [=GLaDOS=] having apparently learned [[spoiler:ThePowerOfFriendship]], only to use that information to discover [[spoiler:where her remaining humanity is stored and delete it]]. She promptly returns with a second Aesop: "The best solution to a problem is usually [[KnowWhenToFoldEm the easiest one]]."

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000428c Megaman argues that violence is never the answer, and immediately resorts to it when Roll shows up.]]
* In one ''{{Webcomic/PHD}}'' arc, "A Smithmas Carol", Professor Smith reflects how his SadistTeacher and {{Workaholic}} personas makes him a friendless/unlikable person, and sums up his musings with: "Eh who cares? I got tenure."

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': In one episode, Kim, Ron and the whole cheerleading squad return to Camp Wannaweep which has been converted to a cheer camp. Gil returns and has apparently been returned to normal -- everyone believes that he isn't evil anymore, except Ron. Ron repeatedly tries and fails to prove that he is still evil. It then turns out that Gil ''is'' still evil and Ron ends up saving the day. At the end of the episode, Kim, Ron, and Bonnie try to figure out what the lesson is. Ron suggests, "Normally I'd say we learned that suspicion and paranoia is bad, [[SubvertedSuspicionAesop except that's what saved us]]." After several more failed attempts, they all agree "Cheer camp stinks."
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': At the end of one episode where the team faced an EnemyMime, Clay suggests that "we've all learned a little something." His teammates suggest "[[ThePowerOfTrust the importance of trusting your teammates]]", "[[CuttingTheKnot the value of simple solutions to complicated problems]]", and "[[BluntMetaphorsTrauma Omi can't use slang.]]" Nope. [[EveryoneHatesMimes "Everyone hates a mime."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Chinpokomon":
-->'''Stan:''' Dude, Chinpokomon isn't cool anymore.
-->'''Kyle:''' What?
-->'''Cartman:''' Yeah, dude, that's way over.
-->'''Kyle:''' Dude, you're just jealous because I'm Chinpoko Master!
-->'''Stan:''' No, Kyle. You see, we learned something today. This whole Chinpokomon thing happened because we all followed the group. We only liked Chinpokomon because everyone else did. And look at the damage it caused.
-->'''Kyle:''' So now I should stop liking Chinpokomon because you all don't?
-->'''Stan:''' ...Ye-eah.
-->'''Kyle:''' But if I stop now, I'll just be going with the group again. So, to be an individual, I have to [[ItMakesSenseInContext bomb Pearl Harbor]]. See ya.
-->'''Stan:''' Oh. Wait. Actually, I was wrong. You see, Kyle, I learned something, just now. It is good to go with the group. A group mentality is healthy, sometimes.
-->'''Kyle:''' Aw, screw it; I'm too confused.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has a couple of examples.
** "Blood Feud":
-->'''Marge:''' The moral of the story is, a good deed is its own reward.
-->'''Bart:''' Hey, we ''got'' a reward. The head is cool.
-->'''Marge:''' Then... I guess the moral is no good deed goes unrewarded.
-->'''Homer:''' Wait a minute. If I hadn't written that nasty letter, we wouldn't have gotten anything.
-->'''Marge:''' Well... Then I guess the moral is the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
-->'''Lisa:''' Perhaps there is no moral to this story.
-->'''Homer:''' Exactly! Just a bunch of stuff that happened.
-->'''Marge:''' But it certainly was a memorable few days.
-->'''Homer:''' Amen to that!
** "Rosebud":
-->'''Homer:''' Well...we didn't get any money, but Mr. Burns got what he wanted. Marge, I'm confused! Is this a happy ending or a sad ending?
-->'''Marge:''' [[StatusQuoIsGod It's an ending, that's enough.]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has the main characters [[TheHero Finn]], [[CanineCompanion Jake]], [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Bubblegum]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Marceline]], and [[CuteMachines Beemo]] trying to get their prized possessions back from a thief called a Door Lord. When they finally reach him (via ThePowerOfFriendship), the Door Lord refuses to give them their stuff back. Marceline then figures out that the Door Lord wanted them to learn that their treasures don't matter and that the real treasure was friendship. [[spoiler:They then beat up the Door Lord, and take back their stuff.]]
** Similarly, the entire point of the Magic Man episode is that Magic Man is a jerk, even though Finn tries to find other Aesops.
*** ''Adventure Time'' seems to be running with the lesson that sometimes people are jerks and not worth helping, but Finn has ChronicHeroSyndrome.
* The Cutie Mark Crusaders from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' are masters of this trope, most recently learning that they have to wait and do things properly rather than taking shortcuts, before promptly declaring they've waited long enough and heading off to find a shortcut.
** There was also the time they spent an episode forcing themselves to do things they're bad at, but think sound cool. They learned that they should be true to themselves, and respect their own talents. No, that doesn't mean they're going to try scooter riding, carpentry and singing; no, their true call must be ''comedy''. (They ''did'' just win an award for comedy at that point... because their EpicFail of a performance in the talent show made the audience laugh.)
* Frequently, ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' will deliberately break its own Aesops for the sake of humor. An example is in the episode "Threat Levels". Francine begins a career in real estate, and Stan becomes jealous when she starts earning more income than he does. Stan tries to sabotage her career, but by the end of the episode, he comes to understand that you shouldn't be jealous of your partner's success and that you should take pride in their triumphs. However, even after learning this, he still sabotages her career anyway.
* An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' went right to the quick with this one:
-->'''Lois:''' "Well, Peter, I guess you learned a very valuable lesson."
-->'''Peter:''' "Nope!"