Playing With / Space Whale Aesop

Basic Trope: A moral lesson is established by showing improbably serious consequences of doing something wrong.
  • Straight: Alice throws some used toys on the ground instead of disposing of them properly. It kills off some vegetation and makes some of the flowers mutate into something ugly. Alice has to pay a hefty fine and deal with angry people who loved the vegetation.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice throws a single candy wrapper on the ground. She's is kidnapped by a witch who transforms her into a tree and poisons her, explaining that now she'll know how plants feel when people litter.
    • Alice picks her nose a bit. Yog-Sothoth awakens and eats the planet.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice (friendlily) teases Bob. The latter becomes a bullying victim because others imitate and exaggerate Alice's behaviour, failing to understand that Alice was just joking.
    • Alice throws a Banana Peel on the ground. Bob slips on it and falls. He suffers some minor injuries that aren't common for a young boy that falls, but can happen nonetheless.
  • Justified: It turns out that the toys contained dangerous chemicals that are potentially fatal for plants, and the batteries leak easily.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice throws some used toys on the ground. It kills off some vegetation. Alice has to pay a hefty fine and deal with angry people who loved the vegetation. It turns out that it was just a nightmare Alice had after throwing some used toys on the ground.
  • Double Subverted: Alice wakes up to being arrested.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice throws a single candy wrapper on the ground. The next day, she loses the lottery, and everyone thinks it happened because she littered the day before.
    • Alice dreams about the witch kidanpping her, and says "What a ridiculous dream" when she wakes up.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is arrested, but it turns out was for shoplifting. In prison she dreams about being kidnapped and poisoned by a witch... Or Was It a Dream?
  • Averted:
    • Alice throws some used toys on the ground instead of disposing of them properly. It gets realistic consequences.
    • Alice disposes of his toys properly.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Did all of this seriously happen because of a stupid toy car I threw away?"
  • Invoked: Soap Box Sadie sees Alice littering and decides to punish her badly.
  • Exploited: The owners of the killed vegetation sue Alice.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "Maybe I should dispose of these toys properly... Nah, what's the worst that can happen?"
  • Conversed: "If this show wants to teach me anything about pollution, it should at least give me realistic consequences of littering."

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