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->''"If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time -- a tremendous whack."''
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An {{Anvilicious}} work is one that has [[AnAesop a moral message]] and makes it as subtle as an anvil dropped on the viewer's head, in other words not subtle at all. But sometimes, a work can be Anvilicious [[TropesAreTools without suffering in the process]]. Some works not only pull it off gracefully, but are effective ''because'' of the Anvil -- and not in a SoBadItsGood way, either. Often seen in {{Reconstruction}}s.

Other times, the anvil comes across very blatant, which might turn off some viewers, but in the era which the story is told, the message itself is more important than the story or allegory it is presented in. Consider, for instance, Harriet Beecher-Stowe's ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' and its anvilicious message "slavery is bad". It is not a subtle message and generally not considered great literature. However, it came when at least a large minority (if not a majority) of whites imagined that slavery was good for black people. Effective anti-slavery propaganda was badly needed. That anvilicious, sentimental piece of propaganda may have done more real good than any piece of great literature. The same can be said about Chaplin's ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' and its anvilicious "Hitler is bad" message or Orwell's ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' with their anvilicious "Totalitarianism is bad" message.

A reminder that AnAesop is [[TropesAreTools Not Bad]]. And don't let the fact that [[FridgeLogic the anvils of one work are often incompatible or in direct opposition to another's]] get in the way either.

This is also the rationale of many a PublicServiceAnnouncement, and at least the intention of a PropagandaPiece.

When an anvil needed to be dropped, but it wasn't, you have LostAesop. If they just dropped the wrong one, it's a BrokenAesop. If they thought the anvil needed to be dropped but everyone believed it already, that's a CaptainObviousAesop.

Remember, this is not whether or not you agree with the moral, it's about how a story is improved because the message is so blatant. A genuinely anvilicious Aesop is not automatically excused by being an agreeable one. Thus this trope can be seen as an inversion of DontShootTheMessage, where a good message fails to prevent a story from being bad.

[[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] AnvilOnHead. Unless of course you were trying to illustrate that it's wrong to drop anvils on people's heads. Disclaimer: We at Wiki/TVTropes do not condone Anvils On Heads.

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* Many of Creator/NormanRockwell's more politically-minded paintings fall into this category, especially ''[[https://www.nrm.org/wp2016/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Problem_web.jpg The Problem We All Live With]]'', and its in-your-face condemnation of vicious unthinking racism aimed at the most vulnerable members of our society.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A number of Creator/ECComics in [[TheFifties the 1950s]]. In that era, ''doctors'' would appear in cigarette ''TV commercials'' telling people how healthy they were. EC in general (and ''Mad'' magazine more specifically) worked anti-smoking elements into their features quite frequently. Other notable aesops include:
** ''[[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/54803.html Judgment Day]]'' features an astronaut from Earth refusing to allow a planet of robots whose society is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything segregated along color lines]] to join a coalition of civilized species. The anvil is then hammered into the ground when the astronaut takes his helmet off and the reader discovers that [[spoiler:he is black]]. Its necessity was later proven by UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Authority when the story was being anthologized, as they tried to tell EC editor Bill Gaines that the hero [[spoiler:''could not be black'']].\\
It also dropped a second and equally important anvil -- that segregation ''can'' be overcome. While the robots are refused membership to the coalition, the astronaut assures the robots that if they work at it, they can fix their social problems.
** ''[[https://cacb.wordpress.com/2008/12/03/ec-comics-master-race/ Master Race]]'' is about a German immigrant to America after World War II who is driven to near-madness because he believes he is being stalked by someone from the war. As the story unfolds, it is slowly revealed that [[spoiler:the man was a commander at Bergen-Belsen, and the man following him is a Jew he had tortured who had vowed revenge]]. The story is shot through with accurate descriptions and depictions of what occurred in the Nazi concentration camps, and was one of the first pieces in American popular culture to address the Holocaust at all.
* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', specifically the "Valerie" chapter, about a woman who had been a successful actress before the fascist regime slowly and cruelly destroyed her life, which ended in a concentration camp medical experiment, all because she was a lesbian. The narrative would not be half as effective if Moore had been subtle with it.
* Creator/WarrenEllis is big on these.
** The entire run of ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' was a big, long, anvil about the importance of standing up for The Truth and speaking out for what you believe in, regardless of the personal consequences; and the evils of complacency and blindly accepting authority. Making the character who most embodied these principles a self-proclaimed bastard further emphasizes the already subtle-as-a-sledgehammer point.
---> '''Spider Jerusalem''': ''I'm sorry, is that too harsh for you? Does that sound too much like the Truth? Fuck you. If anyone in this shithole city gave two tugs of a dead dog's cock about the Truth, this wouldn't be happening.''
*** #40, "Business", is a stark look at child prostitution and the failings of underfunded social services. Despite the comic's post-cyberpunk setting, the story rings far too true. But the conclusion/anvil that the story comes to:
---> ''Why are your kids selling themselves on the streets? Because you completely fucked up the job of raising them.''
*** "Monstering" also has a good one about journalism and the duty of news media:
---> ''It's the Journalism of Attachment. It's caring about the world you report on. Some people say that's bad journalism, that there should be a detached, cold, unbiased view of the world in our news media. And if that's what you want, there are security cameras everywhere you could watch footage of.''
*** Another one was dropped by the Reservations:
---> "Remember the past, and learn from it, or you are doomed to repeat it."
** His run on ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} is basically him railing against the aftermath of ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' - "No, the police should ''not'' be living tactical weapons roaming the streets looking for someone to wail on."
--> '''Joseph Swetnam:''' ''Justice, like Lightning, should ever appear. To few men's ruin, but to all men's fear...''
--> ''We applaud masked police beating the politically inconvenient in the street and then disappearing them.''
** ''ComicBook/BlackSummer'': A lot of people don't like the president, but only a giant prick would actually kill him.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica once was used quite often to address social issues. This tends to involve numerous misinformed people being led on by a few evil people against a few unfairly persecuted people, and Cap trying to resolve things.
** Cap tends to get [[BerserkButton really pissed off]] by [[MyCountryRightOrWrong blind patriotism]]. He doesn't just talk the talk, he [[WhatYouAreInTheDark walks the walk]]. Many storylines state that his {{Unobtainium}} shield is reinforced by American [[RightMakesMight righteousness]] as opposed to [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve ''self''-righteousness]].
--> ''"Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world -- "No, ''you'' move.""''
** Another version was done in ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' #44, which involved Captain America being revived 'today' -- or, at least, well after a [[RedScare virulently anti-Communist]] version had laid claim to the shield and turned America into a rather unpleasant place to live. The resulting fight between the real Captain America and the John Birch Society knockoff was immediately followed by Cap delivering a WhatTheHellHero to the '''entire country'''.
--> '''Captain America:''' ''Without its [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism ideals]] -- its commitment to the freedom of all men, [[EagleLand America]] is a piece of trash!''
* In the 70's, a number of books like ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and ComicBook/TheFalcon'' and ''Comicbook/GreenLantern / ComicBook/GreenArrow'' tried to address racism. The stories were usually very heavy-handed, but it must be remembered that at that point there was very little diversity in comics to begin with, and children were still the primary audience. When trying to teach young kids about the horrors of bigotry, subtly wasn't necessarily the best route to take.
* ''Truth: Red, White & Black'' is very heavy-handed with its depiction of racism in the 1940's, but of course, the racism in that era was quite ferocious and appalling by today's standards. The actual plot, wherein we learn that the US government tested ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's [[SuperSerum Super Soldier Serum]] on a group of black soldiers, was directly inspired by the horrific [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_syphilis_experiment Tuskegee syphilis experiment]].
* Most of Creator/GrantMorrison's comics (most notably ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' and ''Comicbook/FlexMentallo'') are tracts speaking against the Dark Age of comics, specifically the idea that comics should mirror RealLife in their violence and morally ambiguous attitudes. Morrison's takes on Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} are extraordinarily optimistic and straight-forward; Franchise/{{Superman}} is often shown as a borderline God (especially in ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'') who tirelessly works toward the betterment of mankind, while Franchise/{{Batman}} represents the peak of human ingenuity and intelligence, who can break free from any trap and defeat any villain. The whole thing is a stark and welcome contrast to the Frank Miller ideal of the tortured outcast Franchise/{{Batman}}, and the ultimately ineffectual government puppet Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* The ComicBook/GreenArrow storyline where he discovers that his sidekick is addicted to heroin. During a time when the title had turned into a rather {{anvilicious}} series, this particular arc was exceptionally well done and considered a turning point in the character, the series, and even to some extent comics in general being a transport for serious issues. Several anvils are dropped -- not just drug-related ones, but Green Arrow's sense of betrayal of responsibility for his friend and his relationships with other superheroes. It's a remarkably deep arc during a time when most superheroes were just going "POW" at the villains.
* In the "Forever" story arc of ''ComicBook/{{Powers}}'', [[spoiler:Christian Walker]] goes to show his abilities to UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein, to ask what they are and where they came from. In their conversation afterwards, Einstein delivers an astoundingly good speech about the nature of the scientific attitude, and afterwards...
--> [[spoiler:'''Walker''']]''':''' I thought -- I thought maybe my story would ''upset'' you. I thought that I might be upsetting some of your theories of the--
--> '''Einstein:''' Listen to me, my new friend. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. Someone who can no longer pause to wonder, and stand rapt in awe, is as good as ''dead.''
* A meta example is the ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comic book arc, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Goblin_Reborn! "Green Goblin Reborn!",]] where Spidey encounters the negative effects of drug abuse, with his friend Harry [=ODing=] on pills. Despite this, UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Authority refused to approve the story for having ''any'' depiction of drug use -- even when it was peppered with {{Anvilicious}} anti-drug messages. Creator/StanLee decided to publish the stories without the [=CCA=] seal of approval, and the ensuing public support prompted the [=CCA=] to relax its overly-constrictive guidelines.
** On the subject of ''Spider-Man'', it dropped one of the biggest anvils of all: "With great power comes great responsibility."
** Still on the subject of ''Spider-Man'', though for the [[ComicBook/MilesMorales Miles Morales incarnation]], comes a moment where during a fight Miles' ruined costume reveals his skin color (though thankfully not his identity), and footage of this was uploaded on the internet by a girl who promptly start making a massive deal over the idea of a [[CaptainEthnic "Black Spider-Man"]]. Miles is understandably miffed by this, because for starters he's half-Hispanic and, although he doesn't put in the exact words, [[PositiveDiscrimination he doesn't want to be recognized simply for his race]] [[SkewedPriorities because it ignores all his accomplishments and actions in favor of something so trivial as skin color.]]
---> '''Miles Morales''': "This is- I don't want to be the ''Black Spider-Man''. I want to be ''Spider-Man''.
* Speaking of Creator/StanLee, he's made it clear that Marvel's staff runs the gamut of political beliefs, and that Marvel itself has no political stance... except for one ideal. Stan Lee always tried to push a message of tolerance in his work, and encouraged all of Marvel's staff to do the same, even if it makes some of their readers uncomfortable. While not everyone has followed this example, just the fact that he's encouraged such a message, and how he's fought for it so hard, lends weight to the anvil.
* The darkest story arc of ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'', "The Slavers", includes a lot of information -- including a lecture, with slides -- about the sex slave trade. It's also the story wherein Frank is shown to be absolutely brutal and unrelenting, well beyond his normal extremes, exemplified with the line "It had been a long time since I had hated anyone as much as I hated them."
* The two issues of ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}'' in which [[spoiler:Terry comes out to herself and Woody pens an editorial about the attack on a young man presumed gay.]]
* The first story arc of ''WonderWoman'' Vol. 2 drops the same anvil as ''Film/TheDayAfter'', with Diana showing Ares that his plans to start World War III would leave him with nobody to worship him. Later, the "Who Killed Mindi Mayer" issue delves into drug use by revealing that [[spoiler:Mindi technically wasn't murdered; she died from a cocaine overdose before her attempted killer pulled the trigger.]]
* The moral of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is that morality ''is itself ambiguous''. Hammered home extra hard by [[spoiler:the death of Rorschach, perhaps the only remaining [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity morally absolutist]] vigilante.]]
--> [[spoiler:"I leave it entirely in your hands."]]
** Also, life is a precious, fragile thing, and we should be grateful for every day we get.
** [[KnightTemplar Moral absolutism]] is bad. So are rape and child abuse.
** Dr. Manhattan's story arc has a very touching moral that stands in defiance of most cynical viewpoints: sure, the universe can get along without us, but we are still unique, both as individuals and as the only sapient life-forms on the only planet known to harbor life, and we deserve to protect and care for it and each other.
* The whole reason X-Men exists: you shouldn't be afraid of someone because they're different. Different people are people too - some are bad, some are good, and some are neither. Don't pigeonhole huge groups of people.
** ''ComicBook/XMen'' is also largely about the world's "good" mutants managing to band together and prove to the world that their powers ''can'' be used for good, no matter how many psychopathic mutants decide to abuse their gifts. Even when mutants have every reason to hate humanity, and could conquer the world if they chose to do so, they are always capable of choosing a higher path and working for the good of society for no other reason than that ''it's the right thing to do.'' Example? Just check Magneto's track record.
** Another anvil dropped is that just because someone hates you does not mean you shouldn't do the right thing and help them.
* While the ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' have been infamous for being {{Anvilicious}} in a negative way, one particular tract, "Why No Revival?", provided a positive one. Instead of criticizing unbelievers (or Catholics), in a tract that was explicitly directed at Christians (and states that it is NOT for the unsaved), he instead criticized Christians who were afraid to admit their faith and beliefs to their peers. In contrast, he shows the ancient martyrs who were under the threat of death and yet were not afraid to say that they were Christians. In the tract, he criticized the hypocrisies of some Christians and shows why many churches faced various spiritual problems and [[TitleDrop no revival]]. Even if Jack Chick is woefully out to lunch on a lot of things, he knows this topic very well.
* The main Aesop of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' is that if you've made mistakes in the past, you shouldn't run away from them, but rather accept those flaws to become a better person and avoid making the same mistakes all over again.
* ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'' is a brutal, heavy-handed {{Deconstruction}} of the UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks with a decidedly apocalyptic tone that can come across as needlessly {{Anvilicious}} to modern comic fans. But considering [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996 the state of the comic book industry]] at the time of its publication, a subtler TakeThat might not have had the same effect. For this reason, many fans actually cite ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' as the definitive end of the Dark Age.
* Early ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000AD]]'' strips could be very heavy-handed on the issue of FantasticRacism, but given the popularity of far-right groups in [[TheSeventies 1970s]] Britain and the views they held, it was an anvil that ''needed'' to be dropped.
** This still continues to recent strips: ComicBook/JudgeDredd, in one of his few truly heroic moments, ''forced'' Mega-City One to change its policies on {{Mutants}} at the risk of his own reputation and that of the Chief Judge.
** ComicBook/StrontiumDog deals with racism against mutants about as subtly as Wulf Stenhammer swings [[ICallItVera Der Happy Stick]], but considering that apartheid was still in full force, it was probably necessary.
* Comicbook/KittyPryde seems to have a gift for this:
** In one famous issue, after a mutant friend commits suicide over harassment, Kitty gives an impassioned speech about the nature of words and how they hurt, even rattling off a list of derogatory slurs to make her point.
** In another example, after being asked by an African-American man if she's a mutie, Kitty fires back asking if he's a nigger. When the man (obviously) takes offense, Kitty makes the point that the slur "mutie" is just as offensive to her.
** After the controversial "M-Word" speech scene in ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers'' #5 that was full of UnfortunateImplications about minority politics, Creator/BrianBendis, himself a Jewish writer, responded in ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' #13 by having Kitty (a Jewish woman) give a page-long speech that highlighted everything that was wrong with said scene.
* Mark Waid dropped a lovely anvil in ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' #11, in which Daredevil delivered an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Comicbook/ThePunisher's female partner, shooting down her contention that heroes can only be driven by tragedy. Given the popular trend toward heroes being defined by tragedy, Daredevil's comments seem downright ''meta'';
-->"Don't you ever say that to me, ever again! That is a repellent statement. It's a vomitous insult to every cop, every fireman, every soldier who steps up to fight for those who can't! I am sorry for your loss, but if you genuinely believe that only the death of a loved one can motivate a human being to take up a cause... [[ShutUpHannibal then get your pathetic, cynical ass out of my way so I can do my job!]]"
* X-Men #141 and #142, the "Days of Future Past" arc, drops one hard, though not in words: Whatever resources you put into keeping another group down are unavailable for lifting yourself up. Hatred and prejudice are ''terrible'' bases for policy and society.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', the underlying themes are the evils of African dictatorships, the prevalence of death squads and endless revolutions, exploitation of the poor and African natives by powerful (white) European companies, and greed at the cost of third-world nations.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' has enthralled generations of comic book readers for over half a century because his story is one of the most unsubtle and in-your-face arguments for the Power of Good in the history of fiction. Even with enough strength to rival most militaries, Superman selflessly works to protect people of every race, culture, class and creed, he turns aside every chance at using his gifts for wealth or power, and he acts with genuine compassion and humanity in all things--despite having been born on a world light-years from Earth. Why? Because doing the right thing is a '''choice''', and everyone is capable of making that choice. And from those who have much to give, much is demanded.
** He also touted [[https://imgur.com/2ZfDEko calling out discriminatory behavior]] ''in TheFifties''.
* The ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics do it, once in a while:
** The underlying theme of the story "Paperinik il Diabolico Vendicatore" is that when you insult and humiliate someone continuously, one day [[WhosLaughingNow he may retaliate and make you pay with interest]] (the days of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' are still away).
** The science fiction saga "The Frontier Chronicles" drop a big one when Mickey flunks the Academy in spite of his excellent grades because he's too short to be a space pilot and goes into depression, leaving his friends and reducing himself to a hobo: O'Hara tricks him into getting a job as an archivist and see reports of multiple tragedies to show him that "There's people who has it much worse, yet they don't give up but continue fighting! Thus you, honor student of the Academy, have no right to just give up like that!"
** Another from "The Frontier Chronicles", shown through Pete and Trudy's HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: you can't redeem those who don't want to be redeemed.
** ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' drops one in the one episode of the regular series where he appears: you are what you ''choose'' to be. Shown when [[spoiler:[[FutureMeScaresMe Trip's evil future counterpart]] and the whole BadFuture are undone by Trip simply declaring to his future self that he would never be like him]].
*** The same episode drops another: [[FailureToSaveMurder if you can stop a bad thing from happening but you don't, you're an accomplice]] and [[NeverMyFault blaming others for it will end to ruin you]]. After all, [[spoiler:it's Paperinik pointing out that the Gryphon, Trip's future self, could have used his TimeMachine to prevent his father's death instead of blaming it on Paperinik that prompts Trip to see the Gryphon as the monster he is, especially when someone completely different prevents the Raider's (Trip's father) death.]]

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''FanFic/CrossAngeFutatsuSekaiNoBorder'': Norma are humans, too, but they can become "savage monsters" if broken enough. Even after the Light of Mana disappeared, said deranged monsters roam the land massacring civilians, cannibalizing them and consuming their blood. Mana users, on the other hand, can learn to become human by learning how to stand up for themselves. By achieving true independence, they've managed to become far better people.
* Star Trek Voyager: ''[[http://trekfanfiction.net/voyager/macedon/the-rose-and-the-yew-tree/ Rose and the Yew Tree]]'' is a bomb raid of anvils dropped ''well'': Civilized does not mean moral. Tolerance repaid with prejudice breeds resentment. The enemy is no different than you. Principles guide us when we lack data. Live in the now. Stories are important... That and much more. Oh so much more. Anvilicious because it's told. Effective because it's shown. Possibly best fan fiction ever written. Required reading for anyone who can tolerate SF.
* In the WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} crossover ''[[http://thepaperpusher.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=23667&p=329264#p329264 Bird With Black Wings]]'' (set in the CrapsackWorld that is the shared-world series ''Daylight'', set after a [[ApocalypseHow civilization-extinction level event caused by massive solar flares)]], the members of the Legion get into a debate on [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans whether they should revoke their rule on killing]]. The discussion is turned by [[DefrostingIceQueen Julia Carlyle]], who gives a PatrickStewartSpeech on how she, as a military officer, [[HumansAreWarriors has it in her job description to kill]], but [[WhatYouAreInTheDark how others expect the Legionnaires to hold fast to their standards, even in the toughest of times]]. She even paraphrases Creator/TomClancy in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome at the end of her speech:
--->'''Julia Carlyle:''' “There’s a passage I read in a book long ago. I’m paraphrasing just a bit – but the meaning is something I’ve always remembered. ''`So we don’t have a choice. You can name any reason you want, but it all comes down to the same thing; we have a [[TitleDrop debt of honor]] to the man who brought all of us together, and the people who believe that we stand for something more. If we don’t defend that principle, we don’t defend anything. And nobody will trust us, and nobody will respect us, not even ourselves. If we turn our backs on them by deciding to kill, then we are not the people we say we are, and everything we’ve ever done is a lie.’''”
* Two back-to-back ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' one-shot fics each drop an anvil that needed to be dropped, both of which blatantly deconstruct the show's general aesop. The first, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8251257/1/Gravestone Gravestone]], drops one on Lois to take a look at her life and her character, and ask herself if that's the kind of person she wants people to think of her as at her funeral. The second, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8260960/1/Life_Is_Short Life Is Short!]], drops one on Malcolm, asking him if it's really worth trying to please the very people who abused him his whole life, and to financially support such a family that already squanders the money they themselves make. Even though potential is a good thing to strive for, and getting into an Ivy League school is not something everyone has the privilege of, he ought to reconsider his prior decision to go along with his parents' wishes.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7653860/1/StarCrossed StarCrossed]], a ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fanfic about the main girls' future lives going to hell, teaches how a lack of morals and self-respect can have [[DisasterDominoes one disastrous consequence after another]] and [[DespairEventHorizon destroy one's future beyond repair]]. Don't get mad and burn bridges! Don't cheat your way through life! If you suspect a relationship will eventually turn toxic, put your foot down and say "NO!" to it! Don't leave little kids home unattended! Don't sell your body! Your actions will affect yourself and other people, not least of all your loved ones.
** And most of all, don't break promises of friendship. If you've got problems, share it with those you can trust, for you don't know what you really have until it's gone.
* The comedic ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/54536/1/twilight-discovers-wikipedia "Twilight Sparkle Discovers Wikipedia"]] devotes its final lines to a filibuster about the education system. For context, Wikipedia in-story manifests as a GreatBigBookOfEverything that tempts Twilight with its ease of use. After she writes to Celestia about it, the latter is displeased and [[DisproportionateRetribution sends her back to Magic Kindergarten]] so she can re-learn the basics of studying. After Luna questions why the book is so dreaded, Celestia remarks:
--> “Luna, how many times must I remind you! The Wikipedia is scorned because it's too easy! And we as teachers and mentors dislike more than anything our students researching an assignment the easy way! Everything ''must'' be ''long and tedious''. Otherwise, they'll begin to notice how pointless most of the work we give them really is! Is this what you desire, Luna? ''Young ponies questioning our brilliant education system''?"
* The fanfiction ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9437231/1/ Burned Bridges]] drops an anvil several times about how Sugar Blossom has to own up to the fact she left behind her friends with no contact over the past few years, as well as the consequences of doing so. However, at the same time, it shows that even though Sugar Blossom burned her bridges with her friends, true friends won't just abandon her when she tries to make amends, especially if you're genuinely sorry for having hurt them so. It's not very subtle about it either.
* The ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9346160/1/Bonds Bonds]] describes how school massacres take place, and how ''everyone'' is at fault for it. Even though they cannot truly be justified, you really can't blame Izumi for losing all hope in life and wanting to just end it on a literal bang. Blame her parents, for demanding perfection from her and imposing their will on her to inherit their company instead of letting her make her own decisions and accepting her for how much she was capable of achieving; the Hunt Club, for the way everyone in it treated her; anyone else who knew what was going on, for not speaking up; the school, for most likely refusing to do anything about it; and the police, for doing jack shit to save anyone from her rampage. Honor is a big deal in Japan, and in no situation does it rear its ugly head higher than here, with ''everybody'' paying the price for what certain students did to her and her fellow otaku and the lack of action taken by the school faculty.
* The writing.com campfire fanfic [[http://www.writing.com/main/campfires/item_id/1955280-Turtles-in-Distress/ Turtles in Distress]] Features the {{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles}} is about visiting an alternate universe similar to Creator/CordwainerSmith's Instrumentality of Mankind stories, with the genetically engineered 'Humanimals' who are created to serve the Humans. It's something of a deconstruction of Smith's stories, mostly the {{Happiness is Mandatory}} part, with the Human Citizens being 'conditioned' to not feel sympathy for the slaves. The conditioning is not effective, so in order to compensate, the Lord and Ladies keep on conditioning their citizens until they are unable to feel anything other than hatred. The Universe the Turtles are visiting is currently going through a civil war with {{The Federation}} who wants to liberate Humanimals, and {{The Empire}} who stubbornly cling to the old ways. The big anvil, however, is showing just how ugly and brutally dehumanizing slavery is. The Turtles are put in a situation where they ''can't'' fight back, no 'Bust out some ninja moves and save the day.' Here, if they try to fight their captors, they are dead, and the fact that they are regarded as an inferior lower caste simply because they are {{Petting Zoo People}} is a pretty big blow for Leo and Raph's pride in this story. They don't save themselves; the Federation Humanimals rescue them and all the other Humanimals in the 'Slave Academy.' The only real fighting any of the Turtles do is when Mikey beats to death an overseer trying to have his way with an Okapi Girl, and at that point they're all but rescued.
* ''Fanfic/MarieDSuesseAndTheMysteryNewPirateAge'' has the author reference this trope in response to a reviewer.
-->'''Phalanx''': "this story is in some ways a modern-day version of a dark fairy tale and it is in keeping with the tone of those kind of stories. They weren't particularly subtle about their aesops. If you're familiar with TV Tropes, there's one that goes 'Some Anvils Need to be Dropped'. I think this fic drops whole hailstorm of them.
* ''Fanfic/PartingWords'' drops a lot of anvils on the handling of the issue of bullying. The Cutie Mark Crusaders point out the ''many'' times they had been bullied by Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon and how [[AdultsAreUseless Applejack never stepped in to help even when it was happening in front of her]]. Princess Celestia (in disguise) also points out how the "fighting back or standing up for yourself in any way makes you just as bad as the bullies" mentality is a very toxic and [[MoralDissonance downright morally confusing]] thing to pass on to genuine victims of bullying, and even wonders just where that line of thinking came from.
--> '''Celestia:''' "When I was a fil... ahem, when I was younger, a bully was somepony who picked on those who hadn't done anything to them. [[LaserGuidedKarma And any negative consequence they suffered was because they invited it on themselves by being bullies]]. [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Have things really changed so that just standing up to somepony who's hurting you gets you called a bully]]?"
** The sequel, ''Fanfic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'', also viciously deconstructs the notion that SchoolBullyingIsHarmless. For one thing, Twilight admits to her own experiences with bullying, and that it still does affect her to the present day. Babs even points out that just simply telling an adult about the bullying is not going to stop bullies from continuing their behavior, especially when said bullies [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections have the means to get away with it]]. Also, as a CallBack, when [[BadassAdorable Breezy]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Shy]] stands up for the CMC and Babs against Babs' Manehatten bullies by beating them up, he gets called out on it by Fluttershy, who says that it reminds her of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown how nasty she got when she took her assertiveness training too far]], Breezy argues that there is a big difference between standing up for yourself and just being a jerkass.
* ''FanFic/WereGonnaGetThereSoon'' drops a LOT of well-needed anvils: Don't judge people simply by one thing. There's more to a person than just their flaws. Get the whole picture. Different and stupid don't mean the same thing. If your "friends" are being mean to someone you love to the point of ''laughing at them when they have a near death experience'', then they're NOT friends at all, and behavior like that is '''NOT''' acceptable.
* ''FanFic/PonyPovSeries'' drops the message YouAreNotAlone like a sledgehammer to the balls (especially during the Nightmare Whisper and Shining Armor Arcs), yet considering the goal of the cast is to rebuild the world after the horrors that Discord has caused, (and in the aforementioned arcs, Fluttershy had gone full WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds and Shining had been hit with one HeroicBSOD after another), it's just what the doctor ordered.
** Relating to the above WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds moment, a recurring theme is that repressing mental trauma instead of dealing with it in a healthy manner is a ''really'' bad idea.
** Yet another anvil often glossed over in these kinds of stories is that nature can be a cruel thing. In fact, repressing that truth caused Fluttershy's "[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds moment]]".
*** Though in a HilariousInHindsight moment, Fluttershy in canon is shown to be aware of nature being dangerous. Some time after this chapter was when the Pony IDW comics came out and in the first atc, Fluttershy ''cheerfully'' pointed out that the two groups of wild animals that were going to attack them were now fighting one another for the right to eat them. While the rest of the Mane 6 is in shock and digust at watching the fight, Fluttershy cherfully comments on nature being fascinating while staring at the fight.
** Especially in the Shining Armor Arc and the Dark World Arc, there's a big emphasis on how you should avoid falling into HeWhoFightsMonsters.
** A major theme of the Wedding Arc is the deconstruction of AlwaysChaoticEvil with the Changelings, and the dangers of painting an entire race as inherently evil like that.
* [[http://deviantart.com/art/The-Face-of-the-Enemy-29648922 This]] ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fan comic. It says everything in one page about how all people, even those at opposite ends of a world war or who live in entirely different places, are NotSoDifferent.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fanfic ''FanFic/OffTheLine'' Cloud initially assumes that the sexual harassment he faces is due to his very {{Stripperiffic}} attire that he is forced to wear. This assumption is shot to hell when he sees Flower[[note]] Aerith's online avatar[[/note]] , who's wearing a conservative pretty dress that covers her from neck to toe, being sexually harassed by a bunch of guys who try to coerce her into joining their party. He then realizes that clothing doesn't provoke sexual harassment, people are just assholes who will harass you if they think you are attractive.
* ''FanFic/TwilightPrettyCure'' shows what can happen if someone lets hatred, grief, and a lust for revenge completely consume their life to the point of making really bad decisions that have both personal and catastrophic consequences. But it also points out that even if you do have good intentions for making certain decisions, if you don't do proper research or take necessary precautions, the outcome will be very different from what you expect (i.e. Rozaniela citizens stealing orphaned babies from Earth and raising them as their own), and you'll end up having to pay for the consequences. Basically, every choice, right or wrong, has consequences. It is also very critical of ableism and conveys the message that disabled people deserve just as much respect as the rest of us - which is extremely ironic [[CompletelyMissingThePoint as this didn't stop people from accusing it of being ableist and offensive.]]
** Another good moral it presents is this: If something bad has happened to you, such as [[spoiler: a sibling getting kidnapped and brainwashed into becoming a villain's slave]], don't fixate so much on it to the point of completely letting your angst consume you, as it distracts you from not only what's important, but keeps you from taking action. Take action, because if you don't, nothing will change. And don't keep your pain inside, either. Talk to someone about your problems, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance even if society tells you not to because they claim its inappropriate]].
* ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'' drops the message that regardless whether your love is destined or was the most important person, you can always move on and find in [[SecondLove your heart to love someone else.]] Syaoran was literally destined for Sakura and the plot of the story started with [[TheDulcineaEffect his dedication to save her.]] With her being gone for years and the journey to rescue her brought Syaoran nothing but misery until he begins to fall for Kurogane. The decision is painful but Syaoran decide to move from Sakura and to be with Kurogane and is better off for it. [[spoiler: Syaoran's father and Sakura herself are both shocked by this but accept it as Syaoran is truly happy.]]
** Don't take your loved ones for granted. Fai learns this painfully when his anger and bitterness over Clone!Syaoran's betrayal and Kurogane's UnwantedRescue nearly drove Real!Syaoran and Kurogane away from him. To make matters worse, his feelings for Kurogane go unrequited as Kurogane falls in love with Real!Syaoran. Fai has to work hard to make amends for what he did but they do forgive him and do not abandon him as he feared, seeing his genuine remorse.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fanfic ''[[http://litgal.org/Kin/Bumbling.htm Kin of Heart]]'': Xander calls Angel out on his attraction to Buffy because he's an adult while she's still a child. Xander even calls him a pedophile to his face. Angel tries to rationalize it as Xander being a jealous child at first. But he realizes Xander's point when [[DoubleStandard he realizes that he sees Xander as a child but doesn't see Buffy as one.]] Once Angel had some time, he realizes that he was so infatuated with her that he overlooked that she was still a girl.
* ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'' deconstructions drive home the point that destroying a culture is still genocide, even if there were no deaths.
** Not to mention, many of them also unsubtly hammer home the point that negative emotions are just as important as positive emotions.
* ''Fanfic/PokeWars'' is ''extremely'' unsubtle about how WarIsHell and how starting a war for "righteous" reasons inevitably leads to suffering and death.
* Most harem anime, ''Manga/LoveHina'' being an infamous example, love to exploit DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale as a way to get a cheep laugh where a woman usually beats on a male, to different degrees, and it's depicted as funny, not very serious or even a deserving punishment. ''Fanfic/LoveHinaDoubleTrouble'', a fanfic that crosses over said harem anime with ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', pretty much says stop that shit when a murder victim is found viciously killed near Hinata-Sou. The kicker? The victim is a confirmed pervert, causing the police to immediately arrest Naru and Motoko in spite of their clams of innocence. It's pushed in even more as both of them are formally processed at the police station, as their attacks have made them prime suspects. It's revealed that Granny Hina has been intervening for them for years, which is why they have never been arrested prior- and even then they both have ''very'' long rap sheets. They eventually do get proven innocent, but they both learn that beating on "vile males" made them much worse than any pervert and become better all the more for it.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12320880/1/Mall-Rats Mall Rats]], a ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' fanfic, drops the anvil of why you should never hesitate to spend time with a sibling when they ask you to. Lincoln dreads going on a trip to the mall with [[BrainlessBeauty Leni]], but not only does he have fun, [[HiddenDepths but he learns that there's a lot more to her than he initially thought]].
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10199357/11/Let-the-Storm-Rage-On Let the Storm Rage On]], a ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic, has Hans repeatedly hammer home his belief that WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility when one is in power. And shirking responsibility, or the consequences of poorly used power, is the epitome of poor rulership. He hammers this to Elsa in response to her accidental freezing of Arendelle, and how she hid away from the world while she was growing up. It comes off as a necessary ToughLove bit of advice, rather than being preachy.
* ''FanFic/HerInnerDemons'' drops a serious message that [[DidYouThinkICantFeel the meek girl in the corner does have feelings too]], and bullying them can turn [[BewareTheQuietOnes them vengeful and angry]]. The Shadowbolts couldn't believe Sci-Twilight [[spoiler: could become Midnight Sparkle]] and are abashed when explains that she was becoming increasingly vindictive ''well before'' the Friendship Games due to all the abuse, and that the Shadowbolts only made things worse to the point where [[spoiler: she became as power hungry as Sunset was, and thus could be swayed by the dark side of her mind into becoming Midnight Sparkle as the magic was consuming her]].
* ''Fanfic/WhyAmICrying'':
** Bullying is an issue that needs to be seriously dealt with, but it's important to remember that bullies ''themselves'' aren't automatically soulless, amoral monsters. Some of them might even be ashamed of themselves on how they treat others.
** Everything and everyone changes overtime, for better or for worse, more than once.
** If you can't bring yourself to forgive someone for their transgressions, that is completely okay. At the same time, don't become consumed by hatred over them, as it can harm both you and those who care about you. Just move on, for they may not end up mattering in the long run.
* ''Fanfic/BitterTearsAnAnonAMissFic'':
** The fic does a much better job at potraying the effects of cyberbullying than the original canon counterpart did; even when the culprits are caught, everybody still has to live with the consequences and stigma associated with what has happened and it's made clear that none of this stuff will go away anytime soon.
** [[RealityEnsues In real life]], EasilyForgiven is ''extremely'' rare and it CANNOT be applied to acts of betrayal.
** If you perform a serious offense against somebody (intentionally or not), you have to accept that they have to take time to forgive you no matter how remorseful you are. You also have to accept that in some cases, they may NEVER be able to forgive you.
** Bottling up your emotions and ignoring a problem will not make it go away. In fact, it's far more likely to make everything ''worse''. You need to be honest with yourself and others about your feelings and accept that there ''is'' a problem before you can fix it.
** Being angry at people for cyberbullying is understandable, but you ''will'' be punished if you physically assault them because that is '''''NOT''''' acceptable no matter what they had done.
* ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'' drops several.
** One is that accepting help when your in a desperate situation does NOT make you weak, and that you should open up to people who want to help you.
** Two is that while you should be suspicious of someone who has wronged you in the past, [[ReformedButRejected attacking that individual when they are trying to get their life together]] is also wrong.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11462596/1/PVZGW-I-ll-Fight-Till-The-End I'll Fight 'til the End]] and all subsequent major arcs in its universe (and possibly the stories that precede it, as this era is GrowingTheBeard) aren't subtle in delivering their moral messages:
** War is ''not'' a game. If someone dies, that's it. Any "respawn" system found in games involving war are ([[VideoGame/{{Destiny}} usually]]) dubiously canon at best and non-existent at worst (as ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' demonstrated) for any number of reasons. Hell, this particular anvil could be applied to many other ''Garden Warfare'' fics, as a recurring theme in them is [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] the series' main premise.
** Like the fic above this one states, it's OK to hold contempt towards the people that have wronged you, but fighting them is a terrible choice.
** Patriotism shouldn't consume your life.
** Shifting your typical attitude or personality to compensate for the situation is an alright choice, but the line is drawn at when this begins dragging others down.
** In general, refusing to change or accept the idea of change can hold serious consequences, some of which can turn deadly for yourself and others.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'':
** Grandpa was [[AndIMustScream still conscious and aware, but was being treated as an infant after a stroke]]. It's treated with all the subtlety of an anvil... but this anvil really needed to be dropped, since this actually ''does'' happen in real life.
** Shannon's AuthorFilibuster about the mentally handicapped - it's dropped with all the subtlety of an anvil, but it really needed to be said. Mentally handicapped people are still people, people with feelings, and people who need love.
** A September 1993 storyline focused on Michael and his friends joining a protest against a student bus fare hike. However, they're mostly doing it for fun, as they get to block rush hour traffic and shout slogans at the police. After it ends, John picks them up (angry at their involvement after seeing it on the news) and tells them what the bus fare hike is about; the 30% bus fare hike is a gradual raise for the next three years (something that the city voted in favor for last spring) and the new fares mean that someone could travel twice as far, meaning that the protest was pointless and detrimental. The lesson? Don't join a protest unless you know all the facts, and if you are going to do a protest don't do it for fun.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' definitely had a few things to say in its {{long run|ners}}:
** Charles Schultz stated that the whole point of Linus' SecurityBlanket was to teach readers that forcing kids out of their childish yet otherwise harmless habits ''will not'' help them grow up, and will most likely do more harm than good.
** Linus' lesser-known habit of [[AffectionateGestureToTheHead patting birds on the head]] drops a similar anvil. Throughout the StoryArc, everyone who saw Linus doing that told Lucy "Your brother pats birds on the head", which prompts Lucy to demand that Linus stop it. Linus is bewildered that people would have a problem with something that only alleviates the birds' depressions and in turn gives Linus a great sense of fulfillment. When he asks just what is wrong with it, all Charlie Brown can give for an answer is "no-one else does it!"
*** Furthermore, Lucy herself seems to be the only one who actually has any issues with the thing. The people who told Lucy presumably may just wanted to let her know (if they had any issue, they probably would've told Linus themselves and Linus' shock implies no one has mentioned it before.) It does ultimately point out that sometimes problems that aren't really problems are only problems because people make them out to be.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* One episode of ''Monday Night Raw'' leading up to ''Unforgiven'' in September 2008 had Wrestling/ShawnMichaels drop an anvil that might, from some angles, appear a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, but that is one that countless [[WideEyedIdealist Wide-Eyed Idealists]] out there desperately need to accept if they're ever going to get on with their lives. After Wrestling/ChrisJericho had smashed Shawn's head into a video screen and repeatedly jabbed him in the eye, half-blinding him and nearly ending his career, and then punched his wife Rebecca in the mouth and temporarily disfigured her - ''and'' had [[NeverMyFault refused to apologize for any of this]], claiming that Michaels had it all coming to him - Michaels asserted that some people are so wicked that they cannot possibly be forgiven, nor ever even want to be. And you can't just ignore them, because then they'll just keep going out to hurt countless more people; sometimes you ''must'' seek swift justice, severely punishing or even destroying a menacing human being. Of course, with Jericho's and Michaels's feud reaching its climax with the "Unsanctioned Match" at ''Unforgiven'' (in which both combatants relieved World Wrestling Entertainment from all legal responsibility for what they would do to each other), Wrestling/{{WWE}} [[BrokenAesop attempted to have it both ways]], having Michaels snap and beat Jericho unconscious, and then ''[[WhatTheHellHero continue]]'' to assault him even after it had become clear Jericho could no longer defend himself, until Michaels [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone finally managed to experience some remorse]]. Not to mention Jericho's appearance on ''Raw'' the night afterward, stripping down to show the still-unhealed welts on his upper torso where Michaels had [[ATasteOfTheLash thrashed him repeatedly with a strap]] and [[SarcasmMode "questioning"]] how a born-again Christian like Michaels [[JerkassHasAPoint could do such things]].
* Michaels actually had to learn a lot of lessons, especially given his penchant for AesopAmnesia. Just a few months after the Jericho incident, his family lost all its money in unsound investments (this was the autumn of 2008, remember) and he [[WrestlingDoesntPay desperately needed a second job]]. Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield [[FauxAffablyEvil "generously"]] took Michaels on as an employee, only to force him to compromise all his integrity by repeatedly helping JBL cheat to win the World Heavyweight Championship. At one point, none other than Wrestling/TheUndertaker confronted Michaels about this, warning that [[EarnYourHappyEnding "Sometimes it's hell getting to heaven."]] Rarely have truer words about the basic human condition (even if that human ''is'' a Superstar) been spoken.
* Bullying is wrong. Both men and women can be guilty of it (shame on you, [=LayCool=]), and even the seemingly most powerful and confident individuals can fall victim to it (with one particularly heartrending subplot being about ''the BigShow'' being bullied). This is a lesson WWE considers so important that they don't restrict their preaching of it to just their entertainment division.

* Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey does this every episode rather well. In fact, they've perfected it.
* In the ''{{Superman}}'' radio show of the 40s, there is a fairly famous serial in which Superman takes on an expy for the TheKlan, complete with their real-life ranks and secret phrases. This radio show was used to expose the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan for what it really was; a terrorist organization that had to be disbanded ASAP. It even went and revealed the identities of individual Klansmen, hoping to induce good-hearted people to go after the Klansmen themselves and harass them until they were too broken to so much as ''spit upon'' a black man. [[CrazyEnoughToWork It Worked]]. Suddenly, the Ku Klux Klan was forced to disband in the face of overwhelming shame, public ridicule, and vicious assaults on its members. They've never managed to regain their former power since then. In fact, the NSA lists them as a "subversive organization", the same designation given to the [[AnimalWrongsGroup Animal Liberation Front]] and other "homegrown" terror organizations; and one can lose or be denied security clearance by becoming affiliated with the "nightie knights".
** An example of the impact it had: one of its members [[HeelRealization realized]] how bad TheKlan was ''when he saw his kids playing with their dolls as Superman fighting the Klan''.
* On the radio show ''Literature/TheSaint'', during the episode "Author of Murder", Creator/VincentPrice (the voice of Simon Templar) delivered [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrMCqOmsMB4 an unsubtle yet eloquent message on the evils of prejudice and racism.]]
* ''Radio/TheBrewingNetwork'''s Justin's explanation why he thinks people who try to get away with drunk driving are stupid. He went through his past, explaining his experiences, and drove home over and over that he has no respect for anyone who drunk drives and will call out anyone who tries. Given that the BN has a lot of heavy drinkers as its listeners, it was a good way of making a point of the sort of behavior that the BN tolerates. Justin makes a point of having their Winterfest near public transport and letting designated drivers in free for this reason.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has, as setting rules: that some actions can never truly taken back, and that while violence can be an attractive or even necessary tool, it can not make things better on its own. Rather important gameplay mechanics to drop in when many competing products have teams of murderhobos roaming the field.

* Theatre/ADollsHouse: the anvil, over and over, is that the modern (1870s) state of affairs between men and women robs women of all personhood.
--> '''Torvald'''. There's no one who gives up honor for love.
--> '''Nora'''. Millions of women have done just that.
* Theatre/{{Brand}}, and also Theatre/PeerGynt. Creator/HenrikIbsen wrote the two plays and published them successively in 1866 and 1867, to underline the point of being either too uncompromising, or being the total opposite (no backbone at all). In ''Brand'', Ibsen is far from subtle, and hammers his message down: ThePowerOfLove is essential when helping out your fellow men in a time of need. ''Peer Gynt'' discusses the meaning of "self", also connected to the power of love and the relation to your fellow men. The fourth act in both plays sets up the message of isolation and communication, with the danger of isolated madness as a possible result (in ''Peer Gynt'').
* Both the play and musical versions of ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' drop the anvil of "if you don't teach kids about sex, they'll do it anyway" several times. They also address the issue of suicide and how much it hurts the people you leave behind, and all the things you'll never get to do - in fact, the musical features a GriefSong called "Left Behind" about exactly this.
** This is clearly working, as there are many stories from adult viewers about how they saw ''Spring Awakening'' with their kids and were moved to talk to their children so the events of the play ''don't'' happen to them. On the other hand, there are also a lot of stories from fans about how [[spoiler: Moritz's suicide and funeral]] [[TruthInTelevision reminded them of their own friends.]]
* ''Theatre/DogSeesGod'' drops anvils against homophobia, bullying and suicide; while the script sounds like {{Narm}} on paper, its performance is powerful.
* ''Theatre/SouthPacific'' had a great moment in the song "You've Got to be Carefully Taught." Hate doesn't come naturally, it gets drummed into people in their youth. When some Southerners asked to cut that song, Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein said "If you cut that song, you might as well cut the whole musical."
* From ''Theatre/AvenueQ'':
** Everyone's a little bit racist, so chill out and we'll all get along better. Charity feels good.
** Also, it's ok if you don't live up to your dreams right now. You've got your whole life ahead of you, so enjoy it.
--> "If you were gay\\
that'd be okay\\
I mean cause hey\\
I'd like you anyway"
* ''We Will Rock You'' pretty much lives off the 'Don't be like everyone else' Aesop.
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'''s 'skin colour shouldn't matter' aesop couldn't actually be hammered home any more heavily than it is, and yet it works remarkably well.
** Also, "Don't accept moral compromises, especially not from your leaders," "go out there and fight for what you believe in", and "throw popular opinion out the window".
** Sometimes fate and matters are irreversible. But a moment with a person (the power of friendship) can prove useful for the future. After all, [[spoiler:near the ending, Elphaba and Glinda come to terms with the fact that Elphaba's wicked reputation in Oz was irreversible. And a now matured Glinda, changed for good, is left to (positively) reform Oz]].
** Don't immediately judge another person. The ditzy, popular, girly girl might turn out to be a good, loyal friend, not a complete bitch, and the SoapboxSadie might not be a pretentious hipster, but instead a brave woman who is actually willing to go out and fight for what she believes in.
* The message of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', as illustrated by the songs 'No More' and 'Children Will Listen', boils down to "Don't screw up your kids, or it WILL come back and bite you in the ass."
** This musical is also one of the best examples of GoodIsNotNice around. Both Little Red Riding Hood and the Witch outright state this in "I Know Things Now" ("And though scary is exciting, nice is different than good") and "Last Midnight" ("You're so nice... you're not good, you're not bad, you're just NICE"), respectively. It's part of what makes the {{Deconstruction}} of fairy tales so effective: in classic stories, it's the nice characters who are viewed universally as good. But the heroes of ''Into the Woods'' do morally questionable things throughout the whole musical, proving that just because someone acts kind doesn't make them a good person. It also proves the opposite point: everyone assumes the Witch is wicked because of her nasty attitude, but in reality, she's probably the ''most'' justified in her actions throughout the whole work--she was saddled with a curse of ugliness and age that she knew next to nothing about (all she was told was not to let anything happen to her mother's special beans), [[spoiler:loses her magical powers in exchange for recovering her original youth and beauty, has her home and garden destroyed by the Giantess, and ends up watching her adopted daughter Rapunzel die a horrible death]]. The Witch is also the one to force the heroes to admit that their self-centered wishes and lack of thought regarding those wishes' consequences are to blame for the horrible mess they made of things.
* ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' already has a pretty heavy message about the treatment of homosexuals/people infected with AIDS, but there's one part that's a little different. It's when Hannah Pitt and Prior Walter meet, and Prior realizes that she's Mormon. He comments "I can just imagine what you think of me" (that he's homosexual), and Hannah indignantly tells him off for being so presumptuous about her opinions. She finishes with "You don't make assumptions about me, and I won't make any about you". Incredibly obvious moral about ''everyone'' needing to be open-minded? Yep. Quite necessary? Oh yeah.
* Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors drops its anvil of "Don't give into temptation" very well, especially through its finale song, "Don't Feed The Plants".
* It wasn't the original main purpose of the play, but ''Theatre/InheritTheWind'' has a powerful message about the value of human reason over unthinking faith:
-->'''Drummond''': "In a child's power to master the multiplication table, there is more sanctity than in all your shouted "amens" and "holy holies" and "hosannas." An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral. And the advance of man's knowledge is a greater miracle than all the sticks turned to snakes or the parting of the waters."
** Another made to Hornbeck at the end: freedom of thought includes the freedom to be ''wrong.'' Even good men can have bad ideas.
* The 2013 adaptation of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' has plenty of the source novel's vital anvils on selfishness, gluttony, greed, etc. intact or given a clever SettingUpdate. But the biggest ones it drops both build on the original and give the story a much stronger CentralTheme: The transformative power of imagination.
** The naughty kids can be seen to represent anyone who spends their life mindlessly consuming and chasing fleeting, empty pleasures -- food (Augustus), possessions (Veruca), fame (Violet), shallow, instant-gratification media (Mike), what have you -- often with dreadful consequences. By comparison, Charlie makes the best of his meager lot in life with the help of his imagination and his loving family, and wants to ''create'' things. This makes him an excellent candidate to inherit the amazing world within the titular factory... a world that we learn sprang up not from a desire for fame and fortune, but an ache to make the world a more colorful, beautiful place in their own way (even if others don't understand it). Put simply: Cultivating one's creativity and sharing it with others is a path to true happiness, a path even the humblest soul can take.
** There's also a secondary, related aesop: Be appreciative of those who cultivate their creativity and share it. Charlie is as puzzled by Mr. Wonka's eccentricity as anyone, but he's the only one of the kids who treats him with kindness and respect, in part because he understands just how wonderful his creations and world really are. This turns out to mean a ''great deal'' to Mr. Wonka.
* In "Naughty," a song from the musical ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'', the main character comments that while toughing out the hard times is occasionally necessary, ''always'' doing that leads to nothing ever getting better: "If I always take on the chin and wear it/nothing will change." It's not subtle, but it's powerful, as it encourages people to make things happen, rather than waiting for their situations to improve.
** The whole musical also advocates that "sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty"--in other words, you occasionally have to [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight break the rules]] if it means fighting for equality or getting yourself out of a bad situation. Civil rights activists would be proud.
* A very short one in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', but Romeo drops an important point when he's at the apothecary and is paying the poor shopkeeper-money makes more people die than poison, and is just as bad, if not even worse, than poison.
-->There is thy gold, worse poison to men's souls,
-->Doing more murder in this loathsome world,
-->Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell.
-->I sell thee poison. Thou hast sold be none.
** The play also points out the utter harm lifelong family feuds can do, especially when young people are sucked into them. The Prince points out how it was ultimately the feud that drove Romeo and Juliet to the grave.
--> See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
--> That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love;
--> And I, for winking at your discords too,
--> Have lost a brace of kinsmen: all are punish’d.
* ''Theatre/RichardIII'' has the anvil that absolute monarchy is a terrible form of government because there is no way for the system to prevent a tyrant from coming to power, and that even if the king is benevolent the country isn't safe, because an aspiring tyrant would have no reason not to kill everyone closer in line to the throne than he. Considering the time in which the play was written, it's definitely a case of GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' drops a big anvil near the end about how politics can and will affect you. Also if you just blindly accept what one group does, you may as well be with them.
* ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'': The play, particularly the affronts Shylock goes through, can be interpreted as sharp indictment of antisemitism.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series has a running theme of ToBeLawfulOrGood, as might well be expected of games centered around the legal system. The anvil comes at the very end of the fourth game in the main series, where both the Judge and the prosecutor of that game explain outright that Good is always the right choice over Lawful, because the law is always changing... and that we have a ''responsibility'' to stand up and work to change the law if the law is wrong, for the sake of anyone else who might have to face that law. Given how many protagonists are idealized for breaking laws they don't like, it's nice to hear from the other perspective on this, and leaving it as a subtle theme rather than stating it firmly would have been far less effective.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has a different aesop for each girl's path, as well as a couple over-arching ones for the game as a whole, and while they are varying degrees of {{Anvilicious}}, pretty much all of them needed to be dropped.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' is loaded with these, most notably about the treatment of third world countries by first world industry.
* ''WebAnimation/ThereSheIs'' - There's no need to stand in the way of love.
** Some say its anvil is more specifically about the animosity between Koreans and Japanese that remains to this day. Certainly needs to be dropped either way, since this issue isn't addressed very often.
** Step 4 specifically: Backing down under societal pressure will ''not'' make things better.
* ''WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie'' is one. [[http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=IJNR2EpS0jw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DIJNR2EpS0jw "Be safe around trains..."]]
* The sequel video to ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' leaves us a doozy of an aesop. This time around, instead of the Sketchbook from the first video, we instead are introduced to an anthropomorphic clock named Tony. He takes the puppets from the first video on a journey through time as a means to teach them that they had all the time in the world to watch their show. However, as the video progressed, Tony began to emphasize more and more the importance of time. While emphasizing, he has a tight grip on the other puppets, and he wanted them to follow his rules and not think for themselves. In the climax of the video, Tony [[spoiler:uses time to rapidly age the puppets]]. When one of the puppets begged him to make it stop, Tony states that he couldn't. He then gives this line towards the end:
-->'''Tony:''' It's out of my hands, I'm only a clock, but don't worry, I'm sure you'll be fine. But eventually, everyone runs out of time.
** Essentially, the moral of the video is that life is too short and too precious to waste. If you desire to do anything meaningful in life, you should do it right now, before your time runs out.
** When you focus on the line "The past is far behind us, the future doesn't exist", you can interpret it as an anxiety coping method. Who you are now isn't worth comparing to who you were in the past so it's not worth worrying about old shames or past misgivings because it doesn't matter anymore. Unless you have a fixed moment in the future (i.e interviews, exams, parenthood, etc.) then the future isn't worth worrying about either. As said above, you should try to live your life the way you want to live it. Rather than worry about the tiniest of consequences that may or may not happen.
* Jim, the creator behind ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'', drops some not so subtle scenes over how Germaine is sexually treated by people in general. Examples include random jizz shots on her for no reason, a stalker who keeps objectifying her, objectifying herself, etc. Eventually, Germaine snaps and is sent to an asylum to recover. Jim points out via author's note that the whole point behind the seemingly increasing sexual scenes is to show how most men look at and treat women like sexual objects while society pressures women into becoming an ideal beauty for men to appreciate (slim body and large breasts and butt). Jim also points out that even though Germaine is a cartoon character, people on the internet still looked at her as their own sexual fantasies, proving his point on how women of any kind are treated.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has a few:
** Celebrate diversity and find strength in unity: Eighty years ago, a world war happened that tried to destroy people's individuality and artistic individuality. In remembrance of that war, people name their child after colours and are encouraged to find their own individual, personal expression. The four great Huntsmen Academies, set up by the BigGood, train their students to function in teams of four. They eat, sleep and train together, their final grades depend on how well they can work together. The protagonist team, Team RWBY, are at their strongest when they fight together, such as taking down their first giant monster or fighting the villain, Roman Torchwick, when he's fighting with a MiniMecha, but at their weakest when they're keeping secrets from each other that divide them, such as Blake hiding her Faunus heritage and White Fang links, and Weiss bottling up her resentment at the Faunus for the ongoing war between her father's company and the White Fang until things explode between them. The BigBad, by contrast, seeks to turn humanity and Faunus against each themselves and each other, to divide and conquer to achieve her mysterious end goal. She openly admits that the BigGood is right to believe that humanity is capable of greatness through unity, which is why her primary tool is to use divide and conquer tactics to defeat him.
** Don't let negative emotions control or consume you. The world is [[CrapsackWorld populated by monsters]] that are attracted to, and empowered by, the negative emotions of people. The villains can even manipulate these Creatures of Grimm to attack fortified strongholds ''en masse'' by instigating attacks that leave entire populations traumatised. When bandits raid villages, Grimm attacks inevitably follow because of the pain and suffering the survivors feels as a result of the bandits' actions. The BigGood is implied to be a person who is eternally optimistic that humanity can rise above its perils to survive and thrive. The BigBad's entire strategy consists of divide and conquer, forcing people to confront the worst sides of human nature and give in to despair; it is implied that she feels she cannot achieve her mysterious end-goal until the BigGood's eternal optimism is broken. The key to breaking him is further implied to lie with the show's titular heroine, who is optimistic to a fault, always spinning something bad into a positive action people can take to recover or help others: if Salem can break Ruby, Ozpin himself will break, and victory will be hers. [[spoiler:The most extreme anvil occurs when Ruby is arguing with petty thief Roman Torchwich about the difference between the heroes and villains while a mass of Grimm are flying around them: as he tries to beat her to a pulp with his cane, he rants that optimism is a trait that will get a person killed in this world while she rejects his negativity and vows to stop him. During their fight, the Grimm increasingly avoid her while coming increasingly closer to him until, at the climax of his negative rant, the Grimm attack and kill him.]]


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''FanFic/ChessPiece'' seems to be trying to get across the message that being purely idealistic or purely a cynic is a bad thing.
* The webcomic [[http://www.white-noise-comic.com/comic/6-6 White Noise]] is one of the many series that makes use of FantasticRacism as a metaphor for RealLife racism but just like ''Literature/{{HarryPotter}}'', it shows a long history of it and how it has affected people. Furthermore, it manages to show how it hurts ''both'' sides of the issue with monsters being arrested and treated with discrimination out of humans' blind fear and in turn, humans being seen as distrustful and [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters unchangeably evil]] by monsters due to the discrimination.
* ''Webcomic/{{Rain}}'':
** Sexual identity can form at an early age, with the main character making her feeling clear when she was a young child.
** [[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p330-331-Complex-Orientation-363574661 Sex and gender identity]] [[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p472-473-And-Emily-Reveals-439739814 has more shades than many people think]]. This is made especially clear when not even the author, a [[{{Transgender}} trans woman]] herself, [[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p474-Vast-440169334 realized how many variations of the LGBT spectrum there were before she started doing research for the comic]], making her plan to include a character of ''every'' variation a bit more difficult.
*** Later, after [[spoiler:[[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p681-682-Legitimate-555777168 Heather reveals that she has CAIS]]]], the author preemptively shuts up any commenters who would say that the story is becoming "unrealistic" when someone comes out, and that it's even being ''downplayed''.
** [[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p487-Bullies-448232697 It shouldn't matter if a friend or family member is gay, bi, trans, etc., you should love and support them all the same, and being gay isn't a choice or "trend"]]. Also, teachers should be role models to their students.
** [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Transgender-Day-of-Remembrance-2014-495542048 Tearjerker ahead]]. Yes, trans people are indeed the victims of hate crimes and murder. [[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p585-A-Little-Bit-of-Sense-502615387 This comic]] also drives home that trans people are prone to commit suicide, that it's not a condition to be "cured", and that any attempt to do so would be comparable to "curing" eye color.
*** While the 2014 Transgender Day of Remembrance is particularly effective with the ''real names'' of trans hate crime victims on the tombstones, the [[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/Non-Fiction-269941851 previous]] [[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/Transgender-Day-of-Remembrance-2013-414752705 two also drive the idea home]].
** A major theme of the comic is that [[{{Transgender}} trans people]], and others on the LGBT spectrum are [[http://jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p342-343-No-More-Fake-Smiles-367845617 more common than some people think]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' is all about averting BondageIsBad and showing [[SafeSaneAndConsensual healthy]] and accurate BDSM relationships. [[http://shiniez.deviantart.com/art/dominating-aint-easy-281122293 This]] strip in particular is about the differences between common perceptions and reality, and that BDSM sessions should be planned out in advance in order to prevent any mishaps.
* Every once in a while, ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' takes a moment to get serious, or even to get funny on a serious topic, and lay down an important truth or two.
** In "[[http://www.xkcd.com/383/ Helping]]", a reminder of the limitations of what we can do for each other.
** In "[[http://www.xkcd.com/1102/ Fastest-Growing]]", a warning about misleading statistics.
** In "[[http://xkcd.com/385/ How it Works]]" and "[[http://xkcd.com/1202/ Girls and Boys]]", illumination and rejection of the ancient male-female DoubleStandard.
* ''Webcomic/SuicideForHire'' of all strips has a really good one, both about [[http://suicideforhire.comicgenesis.com/d/20060702.html where you have to draw the line and stand up to bigots,]] and [[http://suicideforhire.comicgenesis.com/d/20061001.html where you have to draw the line and stand up against sexual harassment.]] All in one day; with liberal (and hilarious) application of [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Full Metal Jacketed Questions]] and the Ultraviolence both times.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' has a [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp04032006.shtml comic]] that really drives home the point of how absurd racism is.
** ''Many'' anvils are dropped in the arc involving Davan's dad and a "Hell House" - a [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10042006.shtml Haunted House aimed at scaring people into accepting Christianity.]] And yes - they are real. The quote on the last page is especially Anvilicious
---> R.K. Milholland's Dad: Never confuse the faith with the supposedly faithful.
* Winston Rowntree, author of ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'', often deals with Aesops and Anvils with the subtlety of a falling stack of bricks. While he can get awfully heavy-handed with his messages in his webcomic, he occasionally pulls off an incredibly effective, powerful Anvil. This is exemplified in [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page474.html The Line]], a fan favorite which illustrates a chilling, much-needed moral about conformity.
** Also, [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page458.html A Coward's Tale]]. What initially seems like a trivial, grade-school-level Anvil about courage and overcoming doubt suddenly hits painfully close to home.
* [[http://pamikoo.deviantart.com/art/I-am-a-good-person-104579954 "I Am A Good Person"]] by Website/DeviantArt artist [=PaMikoo=] features [[HarmfulToMinors adorable, sobbing cartoon schoolchildren]] in the last panel, but it features a message that some people are remarkably thick-skulled about.
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' uses a GenderBender story to deliver AnAesop about how Transsexuals deserve toleration.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/862 "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"]], regarding [[VideoGame/FinalFight Poison]] and the fact that she's Transsexual, and how what's in anybody's pants doesn't matter unless you want to get in them.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' drops one with Justin - as a gay person with gender bending technology available, he could easily turn into a woman and continue to love men without intolerance. He continues to reject this idea because he is a man, homosexual or not, rejecting the TransEqualsGay stereotype. There's also Susan's revelation that men aren't constantly horny pigs. In her notebook, she writes how she can no longer blame her father's adultery on his gender.
** It does something similar with the revelation that [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1896 Tedd is genderfluid]], with Grace ''specifically'' saying that there's noting wrong with it.
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=176 in strip #176]] has this particularly sweet anvil:
--> '''Kate:''' So. Uh... d'you think Hilary looks... ''good''? As... as a pin-up, I mean.
--> '''Art:''' Yep. She's got the curves, the saucy smile, the seductive eyes. She's the ''perfect'' pin-up. That said; I think she's a troll, with looks but neither the charm nor personality to back 'em up... Probably why she hates you so much. Terrible thing; envy.
* Though it mostly pokes fun at the comic industry, ''The Gutters'' really hits a home run in this one about [[http://www.the-gutters.com/comic/262-amy-mebberson same-sex relationships]].
* WebComic/CyanideAndHappiness ran [[http://explosm.net/comics/3004/ this strip]] in December of 2012. It's a rather scathing--but ultimately accurate -- critique of the current state of some educational programs, particularly the "everyone gets a prize" mentality. It's also noteworthy for distinguishing the care and love of parents from that of society -- your family ''does'' consider you special and unique, but that doesn't mean that the rest of the world will automatically do the same. It has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but it resonates loud and clear.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' of all series teaches that a serious romantic relationship requires mutual understanding, respect and love. Take a look at Criminy, shy bookworm, the nicest person in the strip, who is in a happy relationship with Fuschia, vs. the ongoing UnresolvedSexualTension of Slick and Monique.
* [[http://interrobangstudios.com/comics-display.php?strip_id=1674 This]] ''Webcomic/ImMyOwnMascot'' strip drops a big anvil about the fear of getting old.
* ''Webcomic/BetterDays'' has those very frequently, with characters calling each other out or explaining their own philosophies and observations.
** People will have [[BlueAndOrangeMorality wildly different ideas]] of what ‘good’ and ‘[[WhatIsEvil bad]]’ mean, and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2004/05/post-112.html they will uphold what they believe in in earnest]]. This means sometimes they’ll wind up in a situation in which their ideals cannot coexist and ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption.
** Everything [[spoiler:Nikki]] is taught after [[spoiler:being adopted and [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/07/chapter-15-reco-8.html having to undo the damage]] done by [[ParentalIncest her father]]]].
** Two [[AnAesop Aesops]] appear in two successive comics in chapter 16:
*** HidingBehindReligion [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/08/chapter-16-lucy-1.html does not make you a good person]].
*** [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2006/08/chapter-16-lucy-2.html A healthy partner]] should neither be an ExtremeDoormat nor make you one, and have ''joie de vivre''.
** Lucy’s stint as a radio relationship advisor is this by definition, and two of her pieces of advice apepar onscreen:
*** Before you cling to ‘BeYourself’, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/08/chapter-19-part-7.html have a good look at who ‘yourself’ is.]]
*** Even in a monogamous relationship, [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/08/chapter-19-part-11.html people will want to glance at other attractive people]] -- it’s a fact of life that should be tolerated by both people in a romantic relationship, so long as it doesn’t [[YourCheatingHeart go any further]].
** Marvin Lipschitz delivers [[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2007/11/chapter-19-part-36.html several at once]] at a [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext bachelor/ette party gone awry]]]]. Subverted when he says that ‘only ''most''’ male strippers are gay.
** Several are used as recurrent themes:
*** Live your own life first and foremost for yourself. This is highlighted in particular when [[spoiler:Elizabeth realises how much of her life she’s wasted living for her family and leaves her unfaithful husband David for Fisk]].
*** Remain optimistic (and ''alive'') and fight for what you believe in -- it’ll be a long, hard struggle, and it will demand [[StarCrossedLovers great]] [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices]], but ultimately you’ll EarnYourHappyEnding.
*** Take responsibility for your own actions. This message is highlighted when Fisk rejects explaining [[spoiler:his mother’s and his neighbour’s (who also his best friend’s father) [[YourCheatingHeart affair]]]] as a ‘[[http://jaynaylor.com/betterdays/archives/2005/03/chapter-11-arme-46.html mistake]]’.
--> '''Fisk''': No, Lucy. A "mistake" is when you fuck up a math problem at school! There's too much effort and planning that goes into [[spoiler: having an affair]] to call it a mistake!
* ''ThePencilsword'' strip [[http://thewireless.co.nz/articles/the-pencilsword-on-a-plate "On a Plate"]] compares the lives of two kids: Richard and Paula, both born to loving parents who will do anything for them. The difference? Richard's parents are very well off, able to afford the finest healthcare and education, and have several windows of opportunity open, whereas Paula's parents struggle to make ends meet, and can barely juggle affording education with the bare necessities. Eventually, it becomes easy to think people like Richard earned their way to the top all on their own when they're praised for achievements made possible by their affluence, while people like Paula have been made to count themselves lucky for what little opportunities they can get.
* ''Foo.ca'' redid the anti-evolution [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Chick Tract]] ''Big Daddy'', and created [[http://foo.ca/wp/chick-tract-satire/whos-your-daddy/ Who's Your Daddy?]]. In it, the science teacher (calmly and respectfully, unlike in the original tract) breaks down every fundamentalist argument made by the zealot student against evolution as BS, and drops a solid aesop about why "Christian" science is a crock, and how messed up extreme fundamentalism really is
--> '''Science Teacher''': “The old, outdated hoaxes or mistakes were proven to be hoaxes and mistakes NOT by Creationists but by … SCIENTISTS! That is what’s great about REAL science: When we make mistakes, we CORRECT them. We do NOT try to fit things to a prejudiced notion. That is what ‘Christian Scientists’ and ‘Creationist’ do. ‘Christian Science’ is an oxymoron, my friend!...In the Bible, Jesus clearly states that if you believe in Him, that you can drink poison and not get sick (Mark 16:17). [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Wanna drink this glass of Drano and prove your faith]]?”
* The ordinarily silly, D&D-based ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' took [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0669.html a strip]] following [[spoiler:Roy's resurrection]] where Roy and Celia discuss the latter's inability to be resurrected if she dies (due to her nature as an elemental being) and her subsequent extreme caution regarding combat and action. They eventually reach the conclusion that if people didn't have definite knowledge of resurrection or an afterlife, there would be significantly less war in the world.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* The {{webcomic}} ''Webcomic/ZenPencils'' routinely ''tries'' to drop the anvil of following your dreams above all else. [[http://badwebcomicswiki.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Zen_Pencils The comic's review on]] TheBadWebcomicsWiki devotes a paragraph to point out the inherit flaws in such a line of thinking, pointing out the AwfulTruth that the whole world would be screwed if everyone took the comic's advice and treated life like a big BillyElliotPlot.
** Similarly, [[http://badwebcomicswiki.shoutwiki.com/wiki/After_Eden the review of]] ''Webcomic/AfterEden'' drops a long and well-needed schpiel about how Christian [[TheFundamentalist Fundamentalism]] ultimately brings only damage to the Christian faith.
* The Literature/WhateleyUniverse is chock full of these, since the stories revolve around ideas like tolerance for people who are different. They're mutants. But most of the protagonists are also {{Transgender}} or otherwise [=LGBTQI=], so there's less of a SpaceWhaleAesop than usual. Several of the main characters, like Phase and Diamondback, have been treated horrifically ''by their own families'' since they 'came out' - as mutants.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall''
** In the review of ''Athena #1'', Linkara states that a guy can dislike the exploitation of women in comic books (and any other form of media) and not be [[NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat gay]] (while still being respectful of LGBT people), hate women's bodies, a prude, or an overzealous moral guardian. Moreover, the rant itself is a very well articulated speech decrying how female characters ''are'' [[MaleGaze being]] pointlessly [[{{Fanservice}} objectified]].
--> '''Linkara:''' "When Wizard Magazine puts out a drawing guide that says "women should look sultry; men should look heroic and strong," there's something wrong here. When Creator/FrankMiller puts in his script that the ''only'' reason Vicki Vale is in her underwear is because he wants to get the guys reading the comic turned on, then ''maybe'' there's a problem. Or maybe when Stephanie Brown a few years ago was tortured with a power drill and the artist showed off her ass, then it's just freaking sick. Which is why, today, we're digging into "Athena #1," a comic released last year (2009) that seems to think T&A are more important than good storytelling. That's why I'm criticizing it, people! It's ''still'' going on!"
** At the end of his review of ''Pokemon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu'', he delivers a [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath triumphant speech]] to the [[EldritchAbomination Entity]], who wishes to absorb all of existence into itself. Linkara points out that by destroying everything, the Entity will be left with ''nothing'' ("No Heaven to aspire to, no Hell to avoid.") and thus render itself completely meaningless and utterly ''bored.'' In other words: endless destruction and subjugation is a flawed and overrated goal, especially if you [[AndThenWhat don't know what you'll do after that.]]
** Although it's meant for laughs, being one of the many parodies of Linkara's famous CatchPhrase, the following line from his review Uncanncy X-Men #423 still makes a good point:
** In his review of ''Cry For Justice'', Linkara explains that even though he finds the InfantImmortality trope to be "ludicrous," that still doesn't mean that a child character's death should just be a pointless "shock value moment" used for the sake of giving the villain a MoralEventHorizon to cross over.
* Ma-Ti in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'':
--> '''Ma-Ti:''' Stop [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating being a douchebag,]] it will totally backfire!
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's video on TheSmurfettePrinciple. While suffering from the same flaws as the Critic's Nick Month did (as in, she probably didn't have time to look over the newer stuff properly), it was intelligent along with being funny and she never came off as a StrawFeminist.
** Ditto for her brief commenting on whether a character is feminist or not. She makes several good points as to why you could or couldn't consider some characters feminist, and then says that the bottom line is how you look at it.
** In the same vein is ''[[http://vimeo.com/13807695 The A-Word]]'', or "[[JustForPun No Womb at the Inn]]", a short documentary she did regarding the abortion debate following her own abortion. She never takes a side, and the documentary as a whole can be summed up by what she says at the end.
--> '''Lindsay Ellis:''' A thought among many regarding abortion is "Out of sight, out of mind." It's not a proper thing you talk about in civilized society - but how do you get past the experience if you're afraid to talk about it?
* [[WebVideo/FamiliarFaces CR's]] character look at [[ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac Anne Gwish]] and how subcultures like goth [[DarkIsNotEvil aren't bad]], it's just conceited jerks like her who ruin it for everyone else.
** In his Green M&M vid, its ok to be attracted to fictional characters. They make them that way for a reason.
** For his [[WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}} "Top 11 Fluffy and Uranus Eviscirations"]], you can't pussify society. It's alright to hear "Respect others" and "Take care of yourselves and the environment" but its wrong to hear it 24/7. How someone crass can raise above a baser instinct and want to change something or say something straight from the heart, that is far greater than something [[TastesLikeDiabetes sugar-coated.]] When they say something, it may be snarly and innappropriate, but it can be [[BrutalHonesty honest]]. When they sweeten it, its dishonest and insulting.
* In WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC's first After Hours series drops the anvil that powerful heroes like Superman aren't outdated, because they still need to be there for others to aspire to be.
** While the second season dropped one on how making all heroes DarkerAndEdgier is bad, since first, for some heroes, it just will never work, and second, without the LighterAndSofter heroes to contrast to, darker and edgier loses its meaning.
* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the primary Aesops were "Don't fight the battles that you can win, fight the battles that deserve to be fought", and "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Do not allow evil to triumph. Do not do sit by and do nothing." Which are sentiments that need to be said quite a bit more than they are usually said.
* ''WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown''
** Film Brain points out in his ''Film/BrideWars'' review that far from being [[HollywoodPudgy fat]], Kate Hudson's character would look ''healthy'' if she gained five pounds.
** In the review and commentary for ''Film/SevenPounds'', Film Brain does not mince words his disgust and rage about how horrible it is that suicide is glorified as the ultimate sacrifice, when the main character had a fantastic education and could have done so much more to help others if he didn't martyr himself.
*** In the same film, he snarks about one of the characters doesn't allow her dog to eat meat. ("Ya! Animals don't eat meat in the wild... ''{{beat}}'' wait.") Not to mention that most vets will very specifically advise you ''against'' doing this, so it's also a case of ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare.
** In his review of ''The Condemned'', he ''eviscerates'' the movie for its hypocritical moralizing about media violence. He drops the anvils that "media violence is not the same as real violence", and "if children are exposed to stuff that's not suitable for them, it's usually the fault of their parents/guardians".
** He drops another one in the ''Project X'' review in clear defiance of the film's own FamilyUnfriendlyAesop; nobody should ''ever'' care too much about being popular in high school because it only lasts four years and once it's over it means diddly squat, and that the stunts the [[DesignatedHero protagonists]] pulled will probably doom them to a life of dead-end minimum wage jobs ''at best.''
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic
** If an innocent child is getting mistreated in a movie, he will more often than not stop the review for a long rant about it. [[PapaWolf Nice enough]], but then you remember that the character is supposed to have been badly abused as a kid. It's almost poignant in a sense.
** In his ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'' review, he makes it clear, several times, that what the film did (''outright deny'' the deaths of hundreds of people in favor of a "SAVE THE WHALES" aesop) is completely disrespectful to those who died on the ''Titanic''.
** He says over and over again that just because something is a kid's movie, [[AnimationAgeGhetto doesn't mean it has to be worthless or have no effort put into it]]. Depending on how much he suffers in an episode, this can vary in desperation.
** Relating to that, non-stop loud music, sound or talking is annoying and takes away from building kid's appreciation for building up atmosphere.
** The ''Film/MoulinRouge'' review has "Even if I don't like the film, maybe you do, and neither of us are definitely wrong" as well as "GuiltyPleasures are nothing to be ashamed of."
** The Critic's favorite episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is "Bart Gets an F", which involves Bart needing to pass a test to avoid having to repeat the fourth grade. Bart buckles down, studies harder... and still fails. The Critic praises the episode for teaching a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that many shows are afraid to touch: that you can try your hardest and still fail.
** In his review of ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', the Critic is puzzled by the positive comments from people who loved the film despite all the stuff he said about it and the narrator explains that the Critic shouldn't force his opinions on others and that "everyone is different like every flake of snow".
*** Which is [[IgnoredEpiphany quickly dismissed as idiocy]] by the Critic.
** His review of ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' has the message that market research is not the be-all and end-all of entertainment. The masses don't always know what they want and if studios keep pandering to their comfort zones, then they never will.
** Similarly to that, his review of ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' included the message that "fad is only one letter away from fade", showing that just doing what's popular for the moment will result in a lackluster product that is quickly forgotten.
** His overall premise is reminding viewers how ''[[NostalgiaFilter every]]'' [[NostalgiaFilter decade has their share of lackluster works.]]
** His video "Top 11 GOOD Things in the Franchise/StarWars Prequels" states that even if people think a work is bad, it still deserves credit when it does something right.
** His review of ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' has the message that even good directors and writers will create bad stuff sometimes, and that part of being a creator is taking risks, even if they don't always pay off. Those creators shouldn't be glorified as [[SacredCow someone who can do no wrong]], nor should they be reduced to the [[ButtMonkey punchline of a joke]] because of [[NeverLiveItDown one flop in a career full of successes]].
** His review of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" had a speech from the critic where he says that it's easy to hate someone but while it can be hard to be nice to someone, especially if they don't deserve respect. It's a better alternative than repeatedly calling them out on their actions until they see the errors of their ways. Being violent, hateful and an overall jerk should always be a final option because those emotions cloud your judgements and allow people to manipulate you. If you're not willing to change for someone then how will you expect someone to change for you, you need to be patient in order to see similarities rather than fear differences. While it will be long, hard and thankless, it is the most rewarding option.
* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows has a few of these.
** In the review of [[Music/TaylorSwift ''Fifteen'']]: A woman has more worth than her body!
** In the "review" of Music/ChrisBrown's ''Turn Up the Music'', Todd explains that while one can still like the work a celebrity puts out, they should still hold the person accountable for their mistakes. Todd also takes a lot of issue with [[FanDumb Team Breezy's]] constant excusing of Brown for not only beating his girlfriend up and his constant refusal to really own up to his mistake, but for [[VictimBlaming also making Rihanna seem like the bad guy]] of the whole incident.
* ''Machinima/ArbyNTheChief'' is a delicious and very relevant anvil on FanDumb and HateDumb, even if delivered with crude humor, which is directed against the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' fanbase but can be applied to everything. The episodes "Glitch" and "Panic" are a good point, because The Arbiter delivers a well-placed ReasonYouSuckSpeech against an user named [=assassininja4827=], who is 39 years old and freaking out because of the title glitch in the game. The moral is that there's nothing wrong with being an adult and playing computer game, but you also must act like one!
* Website/{{Cracked}} gives us a good few:
** From David Wong:
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/article_17061_reminder-5-things-you-think-will-make-you-happy-but-wont.html 5 Things You Think Will Make You Happy (But Won't)]]'': The pursuit of things like fame and wealth aren't helpful. Friendship, love, and altruism are where it's at.
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/article_15663_10-things-christians-atheists-can-and-must-agree-on.html The God Fuse]]'': Just because you're in the right (or you think you're in the right) about something, doesn't mean you need to be a dick about it.
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/article_14990_what-monkeysphere.html What Is The Monkeysphere?]]'' basically sums it up by talking about Osama bin Laden: "Now, the truth is that bin Laden is as deserving of a bullet in the head as the four-color image on some redneck's T-shirt. But what you've got to realize is this: ''we're the caricature on his T-shirt.''"
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-things-rich-people-need-to-stop-saying/ 6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying]]'' explains why people are so angry at the rich, it's not because the poor are envious, its because the rich are hypocrites and distant from the masses.
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-better-person/ 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person]]'' shows that what the world really cares about are ''results''. At the same time, it also tells the reader to stop making excuses for why their life sucks, and [[DareToBeBadass go DO something]].
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/article_18544_how-the-karate-kid-ruined-modern-world.html/ How The Karate Kid Ruined the Modern World]]'': Success doesn't happen at the rate that movies lead people to believe. [[{{Music/DMX}} The game is a lot bigger than you think you know, and if you think you know, then I don't think you know.]]
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-ways-to-keep-terrorists-from-ruining-world/ 6 Ways to Keep Terrorists From Ruining the World]]'': Written in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France in January 2015, it examines the most typical (and more importantly, harmful) reactions to terrorist attacks.
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-helpful-answers-to-societys-most-uncomfortable-questions/ 5 Helpful Answers to Society's Most Uncomfortable Questions]]'': Even though the white men of today are not at fault for [[SinsOfOurFathers the racism and sexism of the past]], all that sexism and racism ''still'' has an effect on all of us today that is far bigger than we think (especially since society had to be forced into accepting women and people of color), and its our responsibility to make things better.
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-about/ How Half of America Lost its Shit]]'' says that the reason so many are buying into Creator/DonaldTrump's hollow promises of "make America great again" is that for most of the FlyoverCountry, America ''really isn't great'' for them; [[DyingTown small towns can't recover from poverty as easily as cities can]], [[CultureClash the gap between rural and urban life is far bigger that most people realize]], and [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong their legitimate problems (significantly lower living standards, small work opportunities, and soaring depression rates) and good values (family, faith, hard work, being self-sufficient) are ignored by the liberal media in favor of writing them off as good-for-nothing rednecks]]. It also points out that Trump and his supporters, despite giving others every reason to brush them off as ignorant and destructive, are NotSoDifferent from the people the other side celebrates elsewhere ([[MoralDissonance namely the negligence on the warts of various icons as long as they are within their ideology]]).
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/article_18611_the-10-most-important-things-they-didnt-teach-you-in-school.html/ The 10 Most Important Things They Didn't Teach You in School]]'' drops no less than ''ten'' anvils:
--> 10. Ladies, learn how to spot a pickup artist before they can succeed.
--> 9. Porn is a terrible way to learn about sex.
--> 8. The only practical/safe self-defense is learning how to run away if someone threatens you.
--> 7. There are certain things a person living on their own needs to know how to do.
--> 6. The oft-forgotten key to success is randomly meeting the right people and not pissing them off.
--> 5. Those "all-natural" cures in the grocery aisle are BS.
--> 4. Losing weight takes work. A [=LOT=] of work. Seriously.
--> 3. Learn how to cook -- it's important.
--> 2. Talk radio is a terrible source of news information.
--> 1. Life is hard and you will die one day

** John Cheese in general writes a lot about being a recovering alcoholic and how much of a struggle it's been. He repeatedly -- and to great effect -- points out that ''it's not alcohol that makes you an alcoholic, it's that addiction in your brain'', and he also points out that you're never truly "cured" from it. A powerful message. But not the only one from him:
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-life-actually-does-get-better/ 5 Reasons Life Really Does Get Better]]'': The world isn't as bad as you think. When you get older, you actually have the power to do something about it.
*** ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-common-anti-internet-arguments-that-are-statistically-bs/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fanpage&utm_campaign=new+article&wa_ibsrc=fanpage 5 Common Anti-Internet Arguements that are statistically bullshit]]'': In the face of internet censorship, it's good to remember these points.
** Christina H's "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/8-tiny-things-that-stopped-suicides/ 8 Tiny Things That Stopped Suicides]]": Yes, depressed people often build up a wall around them. Yes, breaking down that wall can be ''extremely'' difficult. But sometimes, all it takes to get started is a small crack in the wall, courtesy of a friendly phone call, a hug, or something else.
** One of her articles named "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-completely-selfish-reason-you-should-help-people/ The Completely Selfish Reason You Should Help People]]", Christina pointed out EnlightenedSelfInterest as a [[TakeAThirdOption common ground]] to lines between naivete idealism and nihilistic inactivity. Rather than ranting or volunteering out of ego, sometimes actually supporting bigger picture (namely charity organization and civil activities) to fulfill their own sense of good along with making actual progress.
** Gladstone's article, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/ndaa-biggest-election-issue-no-ones-talking-about/ NDAA: The Biggest Election Issue No One's Talking About]], explains one of the most important but least discussed issues: the President having the ability to indefinitely detain Americans without a trial.
*** Another one of Gladstone's articles, ''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-things-both-atheists-believers-need-to-stop-saying/ 4 Things Both Atheists and Believers Need to Stop Saying]]'', points out several arguments that only make religious people and atheists seem bad. It also manages to do so without offending either the religious or the atheistic.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd goes to show that, [[NostalgiaGoggles despite our nostalgic memories]] of the old 8-bit era, ''most'' games were nothing like Franchise/{{Mario}}, Franchise/{{Zelda}}, Franchise/MegaMan, or VideoGame/{{Contra}}. A lot of them flat-out sucked, even for their time.
* Krissy Vaine's ''Vainety Fair'' entry "Who Believes In You" gives us a moral that mediocrity is absolutely not okay and how important it is to have good self esteem in life. Seems like CaptainObvious but Krissy reminds us all of incidents where we're taught that mediocrity is alright
--> ''If we hear good news we fear bad news is right around the corner, we're afraid to accept a gift for fear we don't deserve it''.
** As well as that, everyone needs someone to believe in them. Krissy says when people compliment children, their not feeding their ego. Their preparing them for success.
* Website/TheOnion:
** ''[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/god-angrily-clarifies-dont-kill-rule,222/ God Angrily Clarifies "Don't Kill" Rule]]''. Not only what's on the tin, but a respectful and well-needed reminder not to judge groups by their VocalMinority. Especially poignant when that minority had just perpetrated the September 11th attacks.
** ''[[http://www.theonion.com/article/no-way-to-prevent-this-says-only-nation-where-this-36131 "‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens"]]''. To hit their point harder while still being satirical, the Onion released this article four times, each time only changing the names, dates and locations.
* A recurring theme from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' is that revenge will not make things better. It's best shown with three characters.
** Washington wants revenge on Project Freelancer for causing an AI to kill itself inside its head, and also for its amoral experiments. [[spoiler:He successfully manages to EMP their command centre,]] but for this he inadvertently lets the Director get away and ends up in prison. When he is released [[spoiler:as part of the BigBadDuumvirate for Season 8]], he ends up being betrayed by his partner and almost killed again.
** This happens in Season 8 (again) with Tex, who ends up caught in a capture unit and then [[spoiler:wiped from existence by Church.]] Things would likely have turned out differently had she not tried going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
** There's another great example in Season 10 with Church and [[spoiler:Carolina]], who almost end up dead and eventually declare it isn't worth it after seeing [[spoiler:a broken down Director]].
* ''WebVideo/DownTheRabbitHole''
** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IPtLvxO8hs Sonichu and Christian Weston Chandler]]'': Always maintain your privacy and never give out your personal info. While the trolls are no do doubt responsible for turning Chris's life into what is is now, Chris himself played a major role in his life deteriorating since his discovery by the trolls by nonchalantly giving out his information, thus giving more of the trolls his personal info to use against him to the point that his life is now controlled by the trolls.
** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So7wLuuDiHA DarksydePhil]]'': Respect other people's opinions. While there are some opinions that just can't be agreed with, most of the time, you should respect others' opinions. Even if those opinions criticize your work, it's better to at least listen to them and take advice from them as opposed to outright blocking and insulting those people, as doing so could ultimately lead them to expose [[WhatYouAreInTheDark who you really are]].
** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwx9nqknu-c Rajneeshpuram]]'': Be careful with your idealism. Pay attention to who you aspire to. If you follow blindly without questioning the judgement of the people you follow, you might end up vulnerable to being manipulated and exploited by other followers (or even the people that you follow) for their own benefit.
* WebVideo/DemoReel's HorribleHollywood StoryArc wasn't subtle, but heavily based off RealitySubtext. Elissa Hoffman, Donnie's mom [[spoiler: who killed herself because the roles dried up]], is based on Elizabeth Hartman, who really did commit suicide because she was an aging actress. Donnie's backstory, his being a [[spoiler: child actor who learned about this while he was filming a movie and got abuse for his bad performance]], is a far more depressing version of what happened to Creator/MaraWilson, as she found about her mother's death while filming Matilda and ''also'' gets abuse for her bad performances. Rebecca's sexism-in-the-industry speech could be a case of the trope all on its own, but Rachel improvised half of it based on her own real-life experiences, and last but not least, Doug has very pointedly made clear that he once wanted to make movies over there, but later figured out he wouldn't have survived.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgLABRMHckU work]] by Sea Shepherd and Creator/RossMcCall drops the anvil hard on the ''grindadrap'' - a tradition in the Faroe Islands of slaughtering whales. The documentary points out that the community is otherwise very progressive and modernised, so the killing is not a necessity for food but rather a tradition. The locals celebrate it and children are raised to think of it as a male acceptance ritual. One of the more chilling parts of the documentary sees a young child excitedly dancing on the corpse of one whale, while an old woman licks the blood of another off her fingers.
* ''Webvideo/TheUncannyValley'''s last short, ''WebVideo/DarkSideOfTheInternet'' could be best summarized with a ''very'' [[Main/CaptainObviousAesop obvious aesop against cyber-bullying]], yet considering the ''[[HateDumb astonishing number of negative responses]]'' from people who either [[{{Jerkass}} never realize it or outright don't care]], you can clearly see why it ''was made in the first place''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc Don't Talk To Police]]: It's right there in the title. Be aware of your constitutional rights and don't let a police officer talk you out of withholding them, because it can get you in a lot of trouble.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOykY2SMbZ0 The Most Important Video You Will Ever See]], a.k.a Arithmetic, Population, and Energy, using statistics drops several important aesops: natural resources can be consumed rapidly over a long period of time, population growth must be controlled to obtain true sustainability, and statistics can be manipulated by people with special interests into making you look a certain way.
* LetsPlay/ZoeyProasheck, for her usually family-friendly content, has a fair number of anvils to drop. Mental health can affect you even from a young age, thus it is important to talk about it and not sweep it under the rug. It is okay if you are LGBTQ. Most importantly, [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre you are awesome and matter to the world]].
* The {{a|nAesop}}esop in "The Death of Creator/RobinWilliams." by WebVideo/MatthewSantoro is that suicide is never a good solution to depression, which Matthew explicitly states. If Matthew had implied rather than clearly stated this lesson, then some of his viewers wouldn't realize the moral.
* The (only available online) ''[[http://www.plaidder.com/wof/ Women on Fire]]'' novels had a ''lot'' of problems with AuthorTract and general [[{{Anvilicious}} Anviliciousness]], especially in the later books, but there is one anvil in ''Taken Child'' that can't possibly be dropped hard enough: Sexual orientation is not something that can be changed, and attempts by parents to "fix" a gay child can and will tear the family apart.
* WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh
** Kyle's scathing review of ''Film/{{Melancholia}}'' is basically one long argument against romanticizing clinical depression and treating despair as "poignant". As Kyle eloquently points out: all of life is built upon change and moving forward, and depression is a ''disease'' that makes that impossible to do; works of art shouldn't be celebrated for making depression look beautiful, because that ignores the simple fact that depression '''can''' and '''must''' be overcome. In short, [[TrueArtIsAngsty True Art is Not, in fact, "Angsty"]].
-->Depression is a disease; make no mistake. [[Creator/LarsVonTrier Von Trier]] can romanticize it all he wants, but depression is a stasis. It's a dead end. Succumbing to it is a surrender to death. And you can go on and on about how hollow our culture is and how "shallow" life is but...what of it? I'm alive. And I can experience the new, and share it. Here, now, I'm alive. And what happier thing can be said? We should all keep creating and sharing, because, in the words of [[Creator/OrsonWelles a better filmmaker]]: [[Film/FForFake "Our songs will all be silenced. But what of it?]] ''Go on singing."''
** His review of the Malian fantasy film ''Film/{{Yeelen}}'' includes an impeccably researched--but utterly unsubtle--exploration of the concept of hardline Nationalism, pointing out why it's futile and self-defeating. Every nation on Earth is a vast, complex patchwork of cultures with their own identities and beliefs, and more than a few of those cultures are heavily marginalized; it's impossible to define an entire country's identity without leaving some of them out, even if they're an indispensable part of their country's cultural landscape.
** For the show in general, there's the recurring message that even the world's greatest works of art are made by '''human beings'''--flawed, fallible human beings with more than their share of cultural biases--not flawless, all-knowing demigods who can't be criticized or questioned. But there's nothing wrong with that...because artists' humanity is what ''makes'' them great.
* {{WebVideo/The Mysterious Mr Enter}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fax_IxWck4 follow-up thoughts on "Screams in Silence"]] bring to light how objectification, sensationalism, "sympathy porn", and relying on statistics don't help anyone in any situation, especially not in the realm of domestic abuse. That many charities are actually very corrupt and their attempts to "help" people actually do far more damage than anything else, while other serious issues are virtually ignored because they don't fit with the stereotypical ideas these charities have ingrained into popular consciousness.
** His review of [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo The Return of Slade]] hammers in that kid shows that are loved by adults are not loved because they're dark, brooding, or inappropriate, but because they're so well-written and have so much effort and heart put into them that they're enjoyable by ''anyone's'' age group.
-->'''Beast Boy''': We can't hold on to our childhood forever.
-->'''Mr. Enter''': Yes, you can. Yes you fucking can! Shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Courage|the Cowardly Dog}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' are made with such care and diligence that when people grow up with them, they look back on it and they get inspired, maybe to tell their own stories, maybe become animators, or maybe to just keep moving forward. When the kids today look back at ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', what will they think? I mean, people who regret 80's fashions don't really blame the fashions, and the irony is, that when people don't pull in to their childhood, instead of creating things like ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' or ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', they create things like ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo''. I still hold onto my childhood and that makes me want to make cartoons, inspired by the ones as a child, the ones that still hold up because, as an adult, I can determine what works and what doesn't, and so many of them work. And that's just not a thing in animation; think of all the {{spiritual successor}}s in video games going around on the indie scene, because people hold fondly of the games they played as children. If they didn't hold onto them, then these people wouldn't bother.

-->'''Mr. Enter''': Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention another fallacy they brought up. Just because people want more cartoons that can appeal to adults doesn't mean ''anyone'' is taking ''anything'' from kids! I mean, kids can still watch ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]'', ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' and ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', et cetera. But that's what this episode is: one giant fallacy. ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', I don't care [[AnimationAgeGhetto that you make a kid's show]]. I care that you're bad at it, even under the apparent low, low standards [[UpToEleven of a kids show]]! Yep, kids will watch anything. They'll also eat anything. Should we let them eat lead paint chips? [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Sure, teaching kids that girls are inherently better than boys or that no one likes smart people or that you should avoid responsibility isn't going to make the lives of kids any worse.]] And I guess you want your kids constantly nagging for ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' toys. Kids might not have standards, which is why we need a little bit of extra care. [[DoubleStandard We do this in all other areas of childrens' lives. What makes entertainment the exception!?]]
** In his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b6apBXG7QM two]]-[[https://youtu.be/moTcZCGQoCU part]] review of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer Badman", he presents some important anvils about rape and sexual assault.
*** Rape and sexual assault are ''wrong'', regardless of who does it.
*** Both the accuser ''and'' the accused deserve fair treatment from the law, even if they're a {{Jerkass}}.
*** Just because somebody's a {{Jerkass}} doesn't mean that they will cross the MoralEventHorizon.
*** The media needs to watch its distance during allegations or it will take advantage of the situation and actively harm both parties.
*** Just because the accused is found "Not guilty" doesn't necessarily mean that the justice system is flawed, thus deserving to get scrapped. Due process is exactly that, a process.
*** People who deliberately lie about rape or sexual assault are no less harmful than real perpetrators, because they make real victims more worried about coming forward for help since they're already concerned [[CassandraTruth that nobody would believe them]]. He points out how even though the 2014 University of Virginia rape story from Magazine/RollingStone Magazine was revealed to be a hoax, people were ''still'' supporting the person who lied about the whole thing, comparing it with a PhonyVeteran still being honored as a war hero even though they're proven not to be one.
* {{WebVideo/InfamousAnimation}}'s ShogunGino spends the last 3 minutes of his review of WesternAnimation/KatyLaOruga to give [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-uqEhFqBE0=40m40s an extremely passionate speech about how children's animation should be done with quality and effort]]:
-->"Some of you may be wondering why I would even bother soapboxing for so long about this dumb little cheap animated movie, and really, that’s the most common complaint that people like me get. “Why are you wasting your time critiquing something that’s meant for children? It’s for kids, not for you! Why are you getting so worked up over it? Don’t you have something better to do with your life?”
-->Understand this and understand this well – just because something is for children does not give it the right, the privilege, nor the excuse to have NO EFFORT PUT INTO IT!!!
-->A child audience should not be used to justify laziness and apathy in the production line!
-->That’s what causes idiotic spin-offs and copy-cats with the same tired humor-by-committee every episode.
-->That’s what causes half-hour toy commercials, especially those made for syndication with 5 new episodes every week, causing nothing but animation glitches, inconsistent writing, and hasty audio editing.
-->Is it not a great feeling to revisit something from your childhood and discover that it has more qualities that you never noticed when you were younger?
-->To find out that it not only could entertain the more basic tastes of a child, but also the more complex tastes of an adult?
-->To realized that the people behind the scenes actually gave a damn about what they were making?
-->Yes, a lot of what I cover on this show is meant for young audiences, and that’s an unfortunate result of the general opinion that animation is something meant for kids, but that’s a topic for a different episode. But I care because I love animation as an art form.
-->I care because I love good storytelling.
-->I care because I remember the movies and shows and people that didn’t look down on me simply because I was a child.
-->I care about children’s animation because I remember the children’s animation that cared about me.
-->[[WesternAnimation/KatyLaOruga This movie]] didn’t care about its audience … and that’s why nobody cares about this movie anymore."
* The web series ''WebVideo/AskASlave'', in which writer/actress Azie Dungey responds in character as 18th century slave Lizzie Mae to questions about her life, can come across as rather heavy-handed, in that a lot of the questions Lizzie Mae gets asked betray stunning ignorance of history, or terrible insensitivity to the reality of slavery, and a lot of the time, Lizzie Mae can only respond with mild sarcasm or a disapproving eyebrow raise. However, most of the questions (and nearly all the really stupid ones) were asked in real life: Dungey used to work as a slave re-enactor at the Mount Vernon Museum, and she turned her frustration with being asked so many dumb questions into a web series. The fact that people in the 21st century could ask, in all seriousness, "How did you get to be housemaid for such a distinguished Founding Father? Did you read the advertisement in the newspaper?" is...depressing.
* Website/CollegeHumor: The video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7eO-HO7GLI "Stop Saying 'It Ruined My Childhood.'"]] features [[FanDumb whiny fans ranting about their favorite movies and shows being rebooted or just different]], claiming it ruined their childhood. Meanwhile in the same restaurant there are people whose childhoods and/or youth actually ''were'' ruined: a man who lost his dreams of being a baseball player after being stricken with polio, a woman who was denied a good education because she's black, a young man who commented that his cop father abused him, a regretful Vietnam Vet, a woman who was a sex slave during her teen years, a woman who lost her parents in the Holocaust, a woman whose sister was raped, and finally a teenage boy working as a waiter whose parents are being deported from the country. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7eO-HO7GLI This video]] ''really'' skewers FirstWorldProblems.
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVEuPmVAb8o Don't Follow Your Passion]]'': it's unrealistic to think you can make a living doing ''exactly'' what you love; it's much wiser to follow ''opportunity'' - [[{{Reconstruction}} but don't forget to bring your passion with you.]]
* ''[[http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2017/08/04/film-crit-hulk-smash-on-criticism-in-the-intersectional-age On Criticism In The Intersectional Age]]'': While a pretty lengthy read, it drops several much-needed anvils about how criticism in the modern age should be addressed and used to improve oneself, rather than just becoming defensive and attacking your critics.
* The Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom story, Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo and its sequel [[spoiler: Rumsfeldia]] drop several aesops:
** Governing through ideological extremism will bring about ruin, and turn you into a monster and a hypocrite. Both China under [[TheCaligula the Lesser Mao]] and [[spoiler: America under Rumsfeld and the Christian Values]] are destroyed because they pushed their ideology to the extreme. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union, thanks to Nikolai Ryzhkov's reforms, prospers because it learns to compromise its ideology.
** Our freedoms are fragile, and can be easily be taken from us if the message is cloaked in a seemingly wholesome image. [[spoiler: Rumsfeld is able to slowly rip apart civil and labor rights by appealing to messages of law and order and free enterprise. Ironically, many corporations began to suffer from the free enterprises as their loss of reputation and inability to thrive in chaotic conditions.]]
* Even the Wiki/SCPFoundation can drop anvils if need be, no matter how much of a MindScrew it gets. Case in point, [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3935 SCP-3935]], "This Thing a Quiet Madness Made," despite being a massive MindScrew complete with TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou, has one anvil underneath it all: small towns continuously hide their dark secrets while refusing to resolve them and letting the people who they affect suffer more and more, even kicking them while they're down, thanks to religious and moral stigma that is ultimately too overbearing on its people. The article makes it very clear that the student body and the faculty refused to address the anomalous phenomena in any meaningful way, which was spurred by [[spoiler: one of the cheerleaders becoming pregnant and drowning the child in the pool out of remorse, thus generating a HumanoidAbomination and a non-Euclidean space whose sole purpose appears to be a visual metaphor]], and it is thought that this time around, the recurring IdiotBall that frequently rolls around to the [=MTFs=] was justified in hammering in the overall metaphor. Also, the entire incident actually [[SterilityPlague sterilized Salvador's population]], which can easily be construed as a delayed FinalSolution in self-neutralizing the anomaly and thus ending this particular instance of the issue that this article's anvil concerns.
** As the entrance to the non-Euclidean structure underneath the school would like to say:
-->''The way below winds deeper, longer,''\\
''unspeakable its patterns laid.''\\
''The lost forever damned to wander''\\
''[[TitleDrop this thing a quiet madness made.]]''

* The Beanie Baby "Lucky" the ladybug has a short poem about not spending your money to play the lottery, something kids need to learn before they become old enough to play.
* The "It Gets Better" series of Website/YouTube videos intended to prevent gay teen suicide. Fittingly, it's a multi-purpose Anvil, suited to far more than just its intended purpose; you don't have to be gay, or even a teenager, to take powerful solace from the ''thousands'' of earnest people who want to reassure you that ''It Gets Better''.
* Iris Chang's book ''The Rape of Nanking'', exposing horrific atrocities committed by the Japanese Army in WWII. It's possible it did not happen the way it was described, and her description may or may not have been biased, but it ''did'' happen, and her book has opened the floodgate.
* [[TvTropesWillEnhanceYourLife Some person]] was kind enough to post a great PatrickStewartSpeech in the RealLife section [[YouAreNotAlone here]].
* Anything dealing with proper UsefulNotes/GunSafety.
* The growing campaign against drinking and driving can be rather over-the-top (especially the commercials), but if it gets more drunk people to stay off the road, more power to them.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-3HOYGGtE4 This]] ad is as {{Anvilicious}} as it gets, and one of the most powerful of all of them.
** The problem of texting and driving is starting to be treated the same way as drinking and driving - for obvious (and very good) reasons.
* [[http://www.wegiveadamn.org/ The "Give A Damn" campaign]], similar to the "It Gets Better" series mentioned above.
* Cleopatra's Nose. An anvil that can't be dropped hard enough: You don't need to look like everyone else to be beautiful. You have to look like you to be beautiful.
* Sex Education.
** And its inverse anvil: it is the PARENTS' job to teach their children, not abandoning the responsibility to television, schools, various other people, and painful life experience to do it. And not just giving "the talk," but several "talks" over time, being a source of wisdom and advice for the growing young person along the way, even into adulthood and marriage advice when needed.
* The Sword of Damocles. It's about as subtle as a freight train, but it's an excellent demonstration of the perils of absolute power.
* ''Half the Sky'' is very blunt on its [[UnreliableNarrator possibly biased]] [[AuthorTract worldview]] that atrocities against women continue today (ex. sexual slavery, human trafficking, and female illiteracy), especially in third-world countries. And it also states that the weak economic power that these countries have because of their oppressive misogyny.
* [[https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080826190950.htm Men Defy Stereotypes In Defining Masculinity]], an international study from Indiana University, both refutes falsehoods about men’s self-perception and encourages others to do the same.
--> '''Julia Heiman (author of the study)''': "Many meanings, positive and negative, are attached to the term, 'masculinity'. To ask a large sample of men what comprises their own sense of masculinity is very useful for both the media and for research. These results suggest we should pay attention and ask rather than presume we know."
* Britain ran a series of anti-speeding adverts involving a film of a car travelling down a busy street at a mere five miles over the standard speed limit for a public area, before coming to an emergency stop. The advert shows where the car ''would'' have stopped had it been travelling at thirty. Since the car was actually travelling at thirty five, it goes on for another five or six feet: and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOEHMWCg-M smashes right into a child crossing the road]].
* The entirety of the British Home Office's "Sex and Consent" campaign, featuring prominent personalities such as [[WebVideo/CharlieIsSoCoolLike Charlie McDonnell]]. While it may come across as something obvious, the massive sexual abuse scandal that broke out on [=YouTube=] around the same time only made the message stronger.
** The videos, by some of the victims of the aforementioned scandal, also hammer home the point repeatedly and effectively. [[http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/79648772199/lexcanroar-what-is-consent One such example can be found here]]. Needless to say, the subject is NSFW.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsLKs1leJXE&feature=youtu.be This song]] argues powerfully that those who have abused community members do not deserve to return to their platform. It's not subtle in the least, but hammers the message in with the repetition of "you're not coming back", listing several things that the abusers have ruined; this makes the lyrics even more powerful.
** Similarly, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaqpoeVgr8U Australia's Lt. Gen. David Morrison]] gave an epic smackdown to soldiers bullying and sexually harassing/abusing female comrades.
--> '''Lt. Gen. Morrison''': "On all operations, female officers and soldiers have proven themselves worthy of the best traditions of the Australian army. They are vital to us maintaining our capability now and into the future. If that does not suit you, then get out. You may find another employer where your attitude and behavior is acceptable, but I doubt it. The same goes for those who think that toughness is built on humiliating others."
* In light of a series of videos that [=YouTuber=] Sam Pepper put out, showing him sexually assaulting / harassing women (specifically by squeezing their backsides) under the guise of a "prank" and then showing men being the victim of the exact same thing, a series of videos, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU0YZcQmHM4 this one]], showed that sexual harassment is ''not cool'', '''regardless of gender'''.
* "[[http://nomore.org/psas/ No More]] she was asking for it."
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP3cyRRAfX0 This]] PSA from Verizon that shows how people tend to push girls away from science and mathematics. It's an anvil that especially needs to be dropped because, as the commercial shows, most people are unaware that they're doing it.
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiG0AE8zdTU Confessions of a Republican]], a 1964 election campaign ad, a jittery Republican voter, played by actor William Bogert expresses his doubts about Barry Goldwater. It drops several about why voting for a guy just because he was a member of your party is bad if the guy acts irresponsible. While there was a clear bias in the message, the actor, William Bogert, [[EnforcedMethodActing was a real Republican expressing his fears about Goldwater]].
--> '''William Bogert''': If you vote for a man you don't believe, it's a lie.
* [[ThePowerOfFriendship Friendship]] and [[ThePowerOfLove love.]] As [[{{Narm}} Narmy]] as they're often portrayed in fiction, they're some of the most powerful and important emotions in our lives. Even something as simple as giving someone a compliment can make their entire day better. There have been many cases where people on the verge of suicide have changed their minds because of a random act of kindness from a friend, relative, or even a complete stranger.
* [[EmotionSuppression Suppressing unwanted emotions]] doesn't make them go away. In fact, it makes you feel them more intensely than before, which can create a destructive cycle. It's okay to feel angry, sad, jealous, bitter, fearful, anxious, ashamed, whatever emotion it might be. Just experiencing these feelings themselves doesn't mean you're a bad person. It just means that you're [[HumansAreFlawed human]]. Allow yourself the chance to feel them because you need them to maintain your mental health. How you interpret and respond to your emotions is the true sign of what kind of person you are: knowing what misery is like can make happiness all the more meaningful and help cultivate a healthy sense of empathy. Knowing that you're jealous of someone else's success can become either a breeding ground for anger and resentment or a motivator for you to succeed yourself.
* The 2010s anti cigarette ads that show people suffering from all kinds of diseases and health conditions because of their addiction. These commercials are often filled with BodyHorror to get the message across.
* The story of [[http://www.herculesthebear.com/index.html Hercules]] the grizzly bear is a cautionary tale on the dangers of domestication. Hercules was the pet of scottish wrestler Andy Robin and his wife Maggie. He lived in the house, ate cooked food (he wouldn't touch raw meat) and was so tame that he'd let people (usually Andy) ride around on his back. There was also an incident in 1980 where he ran away during the filming of a Kleenex advert in the Outer Hebrides and wasn't found for almost a month, during which time he lost half his body weight because he wouldn't kill and eat any of the livestock or wildlife in the area. The story shows that sometimes animals shouldn't be tamed because they need the instinct to survive in the unforgiving wild. Animal Rescuers have to retrain animals so that they can properly reintegrate with their basic instincts of survival. As horrible as it is, predatory animals need to be hunt living prey so that they can receive proper nutrients from the meat and keep their skills honed.