- Adventure Time
: It doesn't matter. What does matter is you need to believe in yourself! Pen
- In one episode, Finn tries to make everyone happy by fixing all their problems for them, but discovers it's impossible, because there's too many problems to fix and solving one always means making a different one worse. Then Jake asks, "What do YOU want, Finn?" and of course the viewer expects Finn to have an aesop and realize that he can't please everybody all the time. There's a pause, then Finn proceeds to fix everyone's problems and make everyone happy anyway.
- Another episode had the Magic Man turns Finn into a foot after Finn gives him a sugar cube in order to teach him a lesson. In the end, Finn tells the Magic Man he's learned his lesson that he shouldn't have hesitated when he gave him the sugar cube. Magic Man still keeps Finn as a foot, prompting Finn to say "You're a jerk"-which turns out to be the actual lesson that the Magic Man was trying to teach him.
- "His Hero" had the Aesop of "Never listen to old people". Given by an old person. Somehow Finn never noticed the glaring Logic Bomb.
- The moral of "The Other Tarts" is that "This cosmic dance bursting with decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but... If sweetness can win, (and it can!), then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you, yesterday, my friends. Peace."
- In American Dad!, Stan's realization of his dream, becoming his boss Avery Bullock's Number Two, results in his unreasonably imposing on, and neglecting, Francine. Every time she tells him he must finally say "no" to Bullock, Stan immediately breaks his promise. When he finally "gets" the "stand up for yourself" Aesop, it's at the worst possible moment, when Bullock is shot and tells him to call for help. Stan ignores him and walks away even after Francine assures him it's okay to say "yes" this one time.
- In American Dragon Jake Long, at the end of the episode "Siren Says," the main characters try to figure out an Aesop but can't. For instance, they start out thinking that it's that old chestnut "don't be prejudiced for the beautiful and against the less attractive"...except that lesson would be rather inappropriate since the beautiful girl was innocent, and the less attractive girl was the evil Siren that was framing the beautiful one. Jake briefly considers that agreeing to date the less attractive girl in the first place would have prevented her from attacking him in the first place...but then he'd be dating a clingy, psychotic Siren who could go off at any minute.
- They eventually decide the lesson is don't trust children's paper fortunetelling toys, and always wait an hour after eating before going swimming.
- Many episodes of Animaniacs ended with the Warners getting a random lesson for the day from the "Wheel of Morality". In a great gag, one of the spots reads "Bankrupt", making it both a parody of "Wheel of Fortune" and of the phrase "morally bankrupt". There's also a prize space, which they actually hit at one point.
- Lessons "we should learn" from the Wheel of Morality include "Never ask what hot dogs are made of," "If you don't have something nice to say, you're probably at the Ice Capades," and "If at first you don't succeed, blame it on your parents."
- There's also the occasional utterly nonsensical moral, such as "2B or not 2B, that is the pencil" and "Do not back up. Severe tire damage."
- An example not coming from the Wheel of Morality bits came from the show's Power Rangers parody "Super Strong Warner Siblings", with Yakko, Wakko, and Dot as pseudo-Power Rangers fighting off bug monsters and the like. At the end of the short, the Warners show up to deliver the moral of the story...
Yakko: Hey, kids! Remember: Playing with giant bugs isn't cool! If someone wants you to play with a giant bug, just say "No, thanks!"
- In Pinky and the Brain, Pinky sums up the moral for the three parter, "Brain-Washed":
Pinky: I suppose the moral of this whole story is: if you give a mean big-headed kitty love, they won't try to dumb down the world with an evil dance.
- One episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force had Frylock spending the entire episode saying too much TV was bad for you. In the end, however, he purchases a brand new television set for the house, which leads to this exchange:
Meatwad: I thought you said TV was bad for you.
Frylock: Oh, it is...but we *** ing need it!
Meatwad: "Well really the morale is that technology... and that that yellow padded chair in the living room is mine I, I called it from now on."
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: In the first-season episode "The Waterbending Scroll," Katara shoplifts a valuable scroll of waterbending techniques from pirates, which brings down both the pirates and the Fire Nation on their heads. At the end of the episode, Sokka reveals that he had the presumed-lost scroll, and demands, "First, what did you learn?" Katara says, contritely, "Stealing is wrong." Then, snatching the scroll from Sokka, she adds, "Unless it's from pirates!" (This was Katara's original justification for stealing — that the scroll was stolen by the pirates in the first place, and theft from a thief isn't really theft.)
Aang: It's just like the legend said: we let love lead the way.
Sokka: Really? We let huge ferocious beasts lead our way.
- The Brak Show was fond of nonsensical morals delivered by the title character.
- Brak's spoof Aesops don't hold a candle to his father's:
Brak's Dad: Brak, remember that even though a man may have more hairs on his head that there are stars in the sky, that does not mean that he can plan a successful party that movie stars will attend and enjoy... responsibly.
- Clone High ends several episodes with these.
"Maybe littering is good— in moderation."
- Lampshaded by Danny Phantom: "Ghost attacks, we exchange witty banter, I kick ghost butt, then we all go home having learned a valuable lesson about honesty or some such nonsense."
- Drawn Together has a number of these. An example is at the end of the Indian casino episode, where Captain Hero preaches the moral of the story; that it was wrong for him to let innocent people die so he could make some money. Instead he preaches that although white people slaughtered the Indians and took their land, they shouldn't be allowed to have casinos because casinos bring out the worst in weak minded white people. He concludes his speech by yelling, "U.S.A.!" repeatedly while the crowd cheers along in a spoof of the film Rocky IV.
- Another one is when Clara learns that it's bad to keep your roommate sick by force feeding him an entire bottle of drain cleaner... because then if the sink gets clogged, you'll have no way to unclog it.
- The Fairly OddParents
- Playing with voodoo dolls is bad stick to action figures.
- Family Guy did the fourth variety at least once:
Lois: Well Peter, I guess you learned a very important lesson.
- "I think the lesson here is, it really doesn’t matter where you’re from, as long as we’re all the same religion."
Lois: So, how'd the test go?
Brian: I failed. [Griffins react in shock] Yes, I failed. But the important thing is that I finished what I started and I didn't cheat.
Lois: [pause] Well, you should have cheated. [Griffins mutter to each other in agreement]
Brian: But I finished what I started and that's all that matters, right?
Lois: [Another pause] No.
Peter: Yeah, what are you, out of your mind? [Griffins mutter to each other again in agreement]
Chris: [to Brian] I hate you! [runs away in shame]
- In Family Guy the Spoof Aesop is the rule, not the exception. It's hard to think of a single aesop that wasn't treated like a spoof by the writers.
- Another episode had Stewie finish a time reversal device just as Peter learned a valuable lesson about not taking Lois for granted, thus eradicating the whole ordeal from existence. It takes him a near-death experience to relearn that one.
- One episode went so far as to have Lois, Stewie, and Meg make politically incorrect outbursts followed by a Spoof Aesop and the iconic "The More You Know" logo (Lois gives one about American Indians, Stewie gives one about Mexicans, and Meg gives one about Swedish people). Except the last one, in which Peter calls Canadians freeloaders, then just flat out says, "Canada sucks!" after a minute of silence.
- "Premarital sex turns straight people gay, and gays into Mexicans. We all go down a notch."
- "It doesn't matter whether you're black or white. The only colour that matters is green."
- The ending of "April in Quahog", where after Peter's heartfelt speech fails to convince the kids he loves them he decides to use bribery as a last resort and wins them over with a new Xbox 360.
- And who could forget:
Peter: And I learned that it doesn't matter what your family thinks of me.
Lois: That's right, because I love you anyway.
Peter: No, because your ancestors were all just a bunch of pimps and whores. Heheheheheheh.
- "Of course I love you, son-I just don't like you."
- "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven" (for at the vitriol it has against it for its Broken Aesop) has Meg learning that religion doesn't have all the answers about life, but whatever the answer is, it's probably something far greater than we could ever imagine. The show then pans out to show that the universe is all part of Adam West's bedside lamp.
- "Family Goy" had the moral of "It doesn't really matter what religion you are, because they're all complete crap."
- "Here's to our neighbours. Sure, they may be black (Cleveland), handicapped (Joe), and a perverted sex hound (Quagmire), but without them, some damn Hawaiians might move in.
- In "Fresh Heir", Carter changes his will to leave his entire fortune to Chris, due to Chris spending time with him because Peter wouldn't (with Chris). When getting on Chris' good side didn't work, Peter tries to marry his son in Vermont to get at the fortune. When Lois manages to stop the wedding, instead of realizing he should've just spent more time with his son, he says "I guess it was wrong to try to marry your son under false pretenses", to which Stewie replies "You should've known that."
- Garfield and Friends:
- In the episode "Once Upon A Time Warp", Roy is convinced that he should pay Wade the $5 owed him by a rocket that homes in on the pilot's debtors. When the rocket disappears, Roy takes the money back, but then Orson finds his book of prehistoric monsters:
As you can see, kids, there's a lesson to be learned from this story. Roy:
Yeah. You don't repay money you owe, a dinosaur squishes your head
That's pretty much it.
- The Garfield Show: In one episode, Jon, Garfield and Odie go to Doc Boy's farm. Doc is proud of running an efficient operation, and to Garfield's horror he has no TV, because he thinks that would make things inefficient. While he's away, Garfield signs the farm up for cable. Now at this point the most likely moral would be "Doc learns that, in moderation, TV is okay" (or possibly "Garfield learns it's wrong to sign other people up for things they'll be expected to pay for without asking them"). Instead, this being Mark Evanier, we get "Doc Boy learns watching TV does indeed make farm animals lazy and inefficient, but that's okay because you can win Big Cash Prizes, and not need to work."
- In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Billy's fear of clowns eventually leads to him having a mental breakdown, where he gets some advice from his "Inner Frat Boy."
Inner Frat Boy: Aw, clowns aren't scary, Billy. They're just different. And just because someone looks different than you, or thinks differently than you, doesn't mean you should be afraid of them. It means you should be angry at them! How dare they be different! What, my way of life's not good enough for them?
Billy: So you're saying I should beat them up?
Inner Frat Boy: Billy, fighting outside of a hockey rink is wrong. But I'm imaginary, so do what you gotta do.
- Also, "Don't be afraid of failure. It's what keeps families together!"
- In the Histeria episode about World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt who saves the Freedom League from certain death at the hands of the Axis Powers teaches us that the moral lesson we're supposed to learn from WWII is that "sometimes the best man for the job... is a woman." Which, while certainly not the main lesson to be learned from WWII, is nevertheless worth considering.
- Kim Possible has done this occasionally:
Shego: What have we learned?
Drakken [reluctantly]: No clones.
Shego: Get in the car.
Ron: Normally I'd say we learned that suspicion and paranoia is bad, except that's what saved us.
Kim: Well, maybe we learned that... oh, I don't know.
Bonnie: I didn't learn anything.
Ron: That's it! Looking at you two, it's so clear!
Kim and Bonnie: What is so clear?
Ron: If you two had set aside your differences earlier, one of you could have won that Spirit Stick. That's the lesson here!
Bonnie: How about, "Cheer camp stinks"?
Kim: Yeah, agreed.
Ron: Works for me.
- On most episodes of Moral Orel, Orel is given a Spoof Aesop, but sometimes the Aesops are only Spoofs in comparison to the wrongdoings that go unaesoped. For example, an aesop about not playing favorites with your friends in an episode where Orel blindly follows his delinquent friend into vandalizing cars and beating up little kids, or the episode where Orel is chided for his crack addition because crack is a gateway to (* gasp* ) SLANG.
- Note that Orel became addicted to crack based on Clay's advice in the first place. The poor kid just can't win.
- In one episode of My Life as a Teenage Robot, Brad, having accidentally hijacked a flying saucer, baiting the military, and nearly getting himself and Tuck killed, delivers one to Jenny:
Brad: I think we've both learned something here today: you learned to never interfere with a driver at the wheel, and I learned...to forgive.
- In a Ned's Newt episode, Ned (a kid) and his Newt build a gigantic corporation by acquisitions and then let it collapse in on itself when they tire of it. As Ned enters his house:
Dad: I hope you've learned your lesson from this.
Ned: I sure have Dad. Never buy a company on leveraged credit.
- Something of a subversion of the trope as the moral is actually sound for a lot of people, just not 8 year old kids and the target audience of their cartoons.
- So 8 year old kids should buy companies on everaged credit?
- Well, they'd do less damage than a lot of the adults.
- The Simpsons frequently makes use of spoof Aesops. One memorable instance occurs at the conclusion of an episode where Lisa has persuaded Bill Clinton to issue an executive order overturning the results of an elementary school band competition;
: If something doesn't go right, just complain until you get what you want. Marge
: That's a pretty lousy lesson. Clinton
: Well, I'm a pretty lousy president
- "The Old Man and the Lisa" had a particularly disturbing twist on the traditional Green Aesop. Lisa spends the episode teaching Mr. Burns about recycling and conservation. Burns takes the lesson to heart ... so he kills all of Springfield's marine life to create a meat slurry "made out of 100% recycled animals."
- Homer Simpson, when trying to give advice to his children, is an endless source of these.
Homer: Well, kids, you both tried your best and you both failed miserably. The moral is, never try.
Homer: If something's hard to do, it's probably not worth doing!
Homer: I hope you learned your lesson, Lisa. Never help anyone.
Homer: (To Marge) Trying is the first step toward failure.
- "Homer Bad Man" has the classic fourth type:
Marge: Hasn't this experience taught you you can't believe everything you hear?
Homer: Marge, my friend...I haven't learned a thing.
- The comic collection The Simpsons Royale has two pages of this, including "Just do it. If that doesn't do it, undo it.", "The love you take is equal to the love you make, plus postage and handling fees.", "Tomorrow is the day after the first day of the rest of your life.", "Playing Solitaire is its own punishment.", "Don't follow advice you get from comic books.", and "Stalk your bliss."
- The backwards moral was common on South Park, with such gems as "don't vote — it makes no difference" (from "Turd and Douche"), and "stop the rain forest before it's too late" (from "Rainforest Schmainforest"). Also, many earlier episodes in the series ended with Stan or Kyle stepping forward to announce, "You know, I learned something today..." while the music swells and the ensuing monologue leads inexorably to yet another cruel spoof of the clichéd cheesy aesop one would expect in such a situation. They, however, tend to be more serious in later episodes.
- Rainforest Schomainforest ends with text on a black background, while the new "destroy the rainforest" music from the last scene keeps playing.
Each year, the Rainforest is responsible for over three thousand deaths from accidents, attacks, or illnesses. There are over seven hundred things in the Rainforest that cause cancer. Join the fight now and help stop the Rainforest before it's too late.
- In "Toilet Paper," the kids T.P. a teacher's house, but then decide to confess. However, Cartman—who literally cannot understand why they feel guilty—confesses first so that he is punished less than the others. He tried to give an Aesop speech about realizing that "just because you're not caught now, you can get caught later," but Kyle interrupts him, angrily noting that he learned nothing.
- In "The Snuke," Cartman interrogates an innocent Arab family like terrorists, and tells Kyle to research them. Kyle does and finds nothing suspicious, but in the process discovers information about an actual attack by Russian terrorists hired by the United Kingdom. Kyle points out to Cartman that his fear of Arab-Americans as terrorists was misplaced, but Cartman points out that if he hadn't suspected them, Kyle wouldn't have discovered the real terrorist plot.
Cartman: Me being a bigot stopped a nuclear bomb from going off, yes or no?!
Kyle: Th—that's not the right way to look at it, I—
Cartman: YES OR NO, KYLE?!
Kyle: No! ...Not...not like you're saying.
Stan: I learned something today. Halloween isn't about costumes or candy. It's about being good to one another and giving and loving.
Kyle: No dude, that's Christmas.
Stan: Oh. Well then what's Halloween about?
Kyle: Costumes and candy.
Stan: Oh yeah.
- In one episode (parodying the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina) where Stan and Cartman break a dam, which everyone blames on various things from global warming, to terrorists to Crab People. At the end of the episode Stan has had enough and admits "I broke the dam!" Everyone takes this metaphorically though, in that they all broke the dam, and all begin repeating "I broke the dam!" to Stan's annoyance.
- In "Chinpokomon", the parents narrowly keep all the kids of South Park from flying away to bomb Pearl Harbor because of a fad (It Makes Sense in Context). Then Stan notices Kyle is still going to do it, so he runs over and gives an aesop about not blindly following the crowd. Kyle points out that stopping now would be blindly following the crowd, so Stan then remarks that he learned something else right that second, and makes up an aesop about how it's good to go with the crowd sometimes. Kyle gets confused and gives up.
- Done in every episode of the short-lived cartoon Spacecats. In an unfortunate irony, the first such lesson was "Don't watch cartoons. They will rot your brain." The cartoon aired on NBC the year the network decided to replace its Saturday morning cartoon lineup with an expanded morning news show.
- In the Trapped in TV Land episode of Teen Titans (Control Freak gets into the television and starts hypnotizing the viewers, so they have to go in there and stop him), at the end of the episode we're treated to this exchange not unlike The Simpsons', above:
So, I guess it is bad to watch too much TV. Starfire:
But, we were only victorious because Beast Boy watches too much the television. Raven:
So, I guess there really is no lesson. Cyborg:
Yep, it was all completely meaningless. Everyone:
- "The moral of this story? Never make a deal with an interdimensional demon without a little protection." Something we should all take to heart. Especially since it's coming from a monster who seconds earlier had described Mind Raping a teenager, complete with undertones of so much worse, as one of the perks of working for said interdimensional demon. (Slade was obviously trying to be sarcastic, and Robin obviously didn't find it funny, but Slade is like that.)
- A classic example from The Tick:
Tick: You know, though today was the worst day of my life, I learned many things. First, the world looks a lot different when you're six inches tall and covered with feathers. Second, two heads are definitely not better than one. And finally, you can lay an egg and still feel like a man.
- The direct-to-video Tiny Toon Adventures special How I Spent My Summer Vacation featured the following Credits Gag:
Moral of the Story
1) Enjoy Your Vacation
2) Relish Your Youth
3) Don't Pick Up Chainsaw-Wielding Hitchhikers
4) Feature Length Movies Should Not Have 18 Different Plots
- The Two Stupid Dogs episode "Family Values", a parody of The Brady Bunch, had a lot of this trope. Every time some random mishap would happen (like getting a finger set on fire), the mother would ask the kids what they learned from all of it. The children would respond with such morals (irrelevant within the episode, but taken from actual Brady Bunch episodes) as "I learned not to get hit in the face with a football!" or "I learned that Jesse James is not a good role model."
Big Dog: What did you learn today?
Little Dog: Nothing. What did you learn?
Big Dog: I learned I like to shake. (shakes his whole body) note
Little Dog: Yeah! (begins shaking too)
- One recurring segment on Rocky and Bullwinkle was "Aesop and Son". In each story, Aesop would illustrate a standard proverb with a silly fable, and his son would reply with an alternate, punny moral based on the events of the story, such as "A chain is as strong as its weakest mink", or "A rolling stone gathers no moth."
- Some episodes of Alejo Y Valentina end with Gregory spouting one of these.
- Father of the Pride, despite being a more adult-oriented animated sitcom With Funny Animals!, plays this completely straight. And then subverts it with The Stinger or Aesop Amnesia on occasion.
- In the Veggie Tales song "The Yodeling Veterinarian Of The Alps", the last line (which makes sense in context) is, "So the moral of our story is the point we hope we've made—if you've gone a little loopy, better keep your nurse well paid!"
- Duckman: The Longest Weekend.
Narrator: The following story could have happened. Only by treating everyone with dignity and respect can we hope to maintain that element of surprise on that inevitable day when we wipe our enemies from the face of the earth.
- In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Powerless!" Captain Atom, after acting like a Smug Super, loses his super powers and has to save the day by being brave and using his brain. At the end of the episode, he is asked if he has learned his lesson. Cut to him telling kids that he now knows that non-powered humans are the most fragile and pathetic beings on Earth.
- In an episode of Cow and Chicken, Cow writes a play called "The Ugliest Weenie", about a misshapen hot dog who gets mocked by All of the Other Reindeer (except for the heroine). The final song talks about how "It's Good To Be Ugly After All"...because normal-looking hot dogs get roasted over a fire and eaten.
- Rocko's Modern Life ended their Green Aesop/Musical Episode "Zanzibar" with the message "So you see, kids, if we're not nice to Mother Nature... she'll kick our butts!"
- After Heffer falls in (and out) with a cult of crazy sausage-worshipers in "Schnit-Heads", Rocko asks him if he's learned anything from the experience.
Heffer: I sure have, Rock. All that's shiny is not sausage... or something.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic ends almost every single episode with Twilight (or as of season two, one of the others) writing a lesson to Princess Celestia about what they learned. The episode "Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" gives this chance to Applejack, who goes with this;
: Dear Princess Celestia, I wanted to share my thoughts with you. Eh hem- (beat)
I didn't learn anything! Heh, I was right all along!
- Of course, she does follow it up with a real Aesop, about how hardwork is better than cheating and taking short-cuts. She also says that she might have learned that her friends are always there for her, but that "the truth is, [she] knew that already, too".
- In one episode of Futurama, Bender joins the Ultimate Robot Fighting League. His final opponent in the episode is trained by Leela's sexist martial arts teacher, and while Bender gets curbstomped by Destructor, Leela fights Master Phnog under the ring and wins. Leela tells Bender's flattened form, "Sure, you lost. You lost bad. But the important thing is, I beat up a guy who hurt my feelings in high school."
- At the end of The Beast with a Billion Backs, after Bender "rescues" all the citizens of Earth from Fluffy Cloud Heaven and they all start bickering about various things (like Kif breaking up with Amy because she gave in to Zap Brannigan's sleazy charms while Kif was temporarily dead), Bender announces that the moral of the story is that true love is all about having to wrangle with jealousy and other negative emotions.
- Brandy & Mr. Whiskers: At the end of one episode, they were asked 'What did you learn today?' Unable to think of anything to say to fill the twenty-five seconds left of the episode, (and to keep Mr. Whiskers from dancing) the pair decides to say everything that they didn't learn. Hilarity Ensues.
- On Gravity Falls, Pacifica makes fun of Mabel for "being silly," leading her and Dipper to try to prove that Pacifica's ancestor was not the real town founder. They do, thanks to Mabel's silliness, but she's learned that she has nothing to prove to Pacifica. After a beat, Dipper says that he's learned nothing and rubs their discovery in Pacifica's face.
Dipper: Man, revenge is underrated. That felt awesome!
- In "Summerween", Grunkle Stan decides that in the end, the titular holiday isn't about costumes, candy, or scaring people. It's a time for the whole family to get together and celebrate what really matters; Pure evil! (Cue Evil Laugh)
- Daria is prone to giving sarcastic summaries of an episode's morals, even if there is an actual moral buried within an episode.
Yeah. Look, why don't you just come back with us? Jane:
I don't know. Some kind of dumb-ass notion about seeing this through, I guess. Anyway, it's just another two weeks and then we'll be back at school! ...Wait, what's my point? Daria:
That life sucks no matter what, so don't be fooled by location changes.
- Done twice in the same conversation in the second episode of Xiaolin Showdown:
- In Wolves Witches and Giants a princess is fated to marry a common soldier and the episode follows a soldier that wishes to marry her. He goes to a witch's lair and finds an enchanted box of matches that contains three matches, each of which will grant one wish. He uses the first match to escape the witch, the second to get some food from the wolves, and the third to become a prince (forgetting that the princess is fated to marry a common soldier, thus preventing himself from marrying her). The princess later marries another common soldier and the moral is "never play with matches".
- One episode of The Cleveland Show has Cleveland Jr. and Kendra, the former being an obese pre-teen and the latter being so morbidly obese that she has to use a scooter to get around, attempt to get a law passed that would make discrimination against fat people illegal. They don't succeed so they attempt to run away from their problems by moving to Wisconsin where the entire state is nothing but fat people eating all day. They later admit that their eating habits are part of a problem they are hurting from, but they just shrug and eat some more.
- It does have an actual Aesop at the end: a black screen that reads, "Hey America, stop being so fat!"
- In the Looney Tunes short "Barbary Coast Bunny", after Bugs gets even with Nasty Canasta for stealing his gold by breaking the bank at Canasta's new casino (and getting the bad guy to shoot himself in the face), Bugs announces that the moral of the story is "Dont' try to take no fourteen-carrots from no rabbit.
- At the end of the short "Now Hear This", in which a man goes back to his old ear trumpet after he unwittingly uses the Devil's horn as a replacement, the moral of the story is announced as "The other fellow's trumpet always looks greener."
- Then there's The Looney Tunes Show, which in the first episode of season 2 had Daffy deliver the vitally important lesson "It doesn't matter whether you win or lose, because nobody cares about water polo."
Daffy: Seeing you kids have fun out there, despite what the scoreboard said taught me a lesson that I will carry with me for the rest of my life: water polo is stupid. I mean outside of these dummies who are probably your parents, no one really cares about this sport. It'd be one thing if this had been football, or basketball, or even baseball, but it's not, it's only water polo. So go out there with your heads held high because no one cares about water polo!
- In an episode of Codename: Kids Next Door, after a failed mission, Numbuh One asks his teammates what they learned from their mistakes.
What did we learn today? Numbuh 2:
Do not deviate from plans. Numbuh 5:
Teamwork is the key to mission success. Numbuh 3:
Operational procedures are important. Numbuh 4: (in a wheelchair and a full-body cast) Pianos are heavy
. Numbuh 1:
Oh, close enough.
- In one episode of The Real Ghostbusters, Egon thought the ghost disappeared a split-second before the trap opened, but Peter assured him it didn't and everything was fine. Naturally, the ghost got away, possessed a geranium Egon gave Janine, and made it grow so big it began to take over the city, destroying everything in its path.
Egon: (glaring at Peter) I knew it wasn't in the trap...
Peter: (nonchalantly) Let that be a lesson to ya', Egon — never give a woman flowers.
- Phineas and Ferb, "Meapless in Seattle":
Phineas: I think we all learned a very valuable lesson today, but we all know what it is, so why bother restating it?