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Playing With: Family-Unfriendly Aesop
Basic Trope: An Aesop that goes against all the traditional morals things you learned in Sunday school.
  • Straight: In an episode of Alice and Bob, Alice learns that sometimes grown-ups make mistakes - so she can exploit those mistakes for her own personal gain.
  • Exaggerated: In Alice and Bob, Alice travels the world and sees how those who perform Heroic Sacrifice end up dying a painful death and find themselves in a mind-boggling afterlife of eternal torture, while human rights activists are brainwashed, those cheerful-looking altruistic fellows living in a poor rural village die out by famine and diseases, and corrupt CEOs and politicians live long and prosperous, if not happier, lives. Alice learns that caring for others can only end up badly, so when she grows up, she becomes a totalitarian dictator and saves herself from horrifying deaths and accidents.
  • Downplayed: Alice learns that even grown-ups make mistakes, and you should point them out... but she isn't exactly nice about it.
  • Justified: Just because it's not a nice Aesop doesn't make it any less true.
  • Inverted: Every Aesop is the standard, all-good, family friendly kind.
  • Subverted: Alice begins to deliver her monologue to the audience...
    Alice: Today, I learned that everyone—even adults!—make mistakes. (Beat) Keeping this in mind will help me when I want something.
    Bob: Alice!
    Alice: I'm joking, I'm joking. Seriously kids, never do that.
  • Double Subverted:
    Alice: ...unless you really want something.
  • Parodied: Every Aesop is like that. And it's all completely cheerful and never lampshaded.
  • Zig Zagged:
    "Seriously kids, never do that. ...Unless you really want something."
    "ALICE!"
    "Joke! Joke!"
  • Averted:
    • None of the Aesops are morally questionable.
    • Or there aren't any Aesops, period.
  • Enforced: The show's a comedy, and a subverted Aesop is a standard joke.
  • Lampshaded: "Alice, you shouldn't be teaching lessons like that! Think of the kids!"
  • Invoked: Alice is a bit of a jokester, and she finds this sort of thing funny.
  • Exploited: Alice knows that teaching a controversial topic will just get the show more attention due to the Moral Guardians reaction.
  • Defied: "We can't have lessons like that on the show! Think of the kids!"
  • Discussed:
    Alice: Heh, yeah, the Moral Guardians would totally overreact.
  • Conversed: "Hahaha! I can't believe they snuck that into a kid show!"
  • Deconstructed:
    • People catch on to the bad juju, and the show starts losing ratings.
    • People actually listen to the message and use them, it results in people's lives, eventually including their's, miserable.
  • Reconstructed: People ignore the implications and move on.

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