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Playing With: An Aesop
Basic Trope: A TV show has a moral tacked on.
  • Straight: At the end of an episode of Timmy's World O' Fun, Timmy learns not to judge people by the color of their skin.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Everyone on that episode Timmy's World O' Fun learns a different lesson.
    • Timmy learns a lesson every episode.
    • Everyone learns a lesson in every episode of Timmy's World O' Fun.
  • Downplayed: Every season of the show includes a lesson learned.
  • Justified: Hey, teaching people to not be prejudiced is a very important thing.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • It seems like the show is building towards the traditional "don't judge others" Aesop, but the last few minutes of the show trail off into a different direction.
    Alice: "Timmy, didn't you learn something today?"
    Timmy: "Nope."
  • Double Subverted:
    • Only to firmly veer back into Aesop territory.
    • Then a horde of Always Chaotic Evil orcs raids the school, and all humans, white, black and green team up, apply the Power of Love, and the trope is justified.
  • Parodied: Spoof Aesop
  • Zig Zagged: The show can't seem to decide whether it wants to teach a lesson or not.
  • Averted: There is no Aesop.
  • Enforced: The FCC mandates a certain amount of educational programming.
  • Lampshaded: "Gather round, kids, it's time for Timmy Troper's Lesson Of The Day!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Timmy refuses to learn any lessons.
  • Discussed: "Timmy, why do you seem to learn some obvious lesson every week?"
  • Conversed: "Shows like that always have some kind of moral at the end."

Today, we learned that editing a trope page during the wee hours of the morning doesn't make you a bad person. Go back to An Aesop for more lessons.

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