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:
    • Timmy learns a lesson every episode.
    • Everyone on that episode of Timmy's World O' Fun learns a different lesson.
    • Everyone learns a lesson in every episode of Timmy's World O' Fun.
    • The moral lesson is made extremely loud and obvious.
  • 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: Every time he gets caught doing something bad, Timmy pretends he's learned his lesson to play on the sympathy of his tutors and brings up every time he does something bad.
  • 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.