[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

->[''Zoom in on smiley face balloon as main characters' souls are taken'']\\
'''Crow''': Oh sure, just shove the irony in our faces, why don't you!
-->--'''''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''''', "Soultaker"


[[folder:Video Games]]

->''"I've found the whole 'fake geek girl' thing alternately interesting and depressing, so there's a quest about it in Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep. It's called 'Fake Geek Guy,' because my writing is about as subtle as a sledgehammer. To the face. Of your grandmother."''
-->-- '''Anthony Burch''', regarding ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''


[[folder:Web Original]]

->''"Where someone like Creator/HarlanEllison might use the scalpel or the cleaver, Rall can be counted on to reach for the chainsaw every time."''
-->--'''''Wiki/RationalWiki''''' on Ted Rall

->'''David''': I’d just like to say this: exactly why does anyone in the world have a gigantic neon sign in their bedroom that says “HELLO THERE” in asymmetrical letterforms? Other than for a totally hacky wreck-the-apartment scene where she can [[SignsOfDisrepair smash the O and T]] so it can say “HELL HERE.”\\
'''Chris''': Well how ''else'' do you signal a dramatic change in personality? Other than spraypainting your cat shirts, of course.
-->--Chris Sims and David Uzumeri [[http://comicsalliance.com/batman-returns-review/ on]] ''Film/BatmanReturns''

->''"Don’t know what [[TitleDrop straw dogs]] are? Well don’t worry, because we will literally have the characters sit down and discuss the symbolism of it for three minutes. I’m almost shocked there weren’t flashing words on the screen going ''“[[AC:Important Theme!!!! Pay Attention!!!]]”'' We also learn David is writing a screenplay about Stalingrad. [[ProtectThisHouse Don’t get the parallel?]] Don’t worry, we will have a long scene where David explains very thoroughly to the rednecks the importance of the story.''"
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''' [[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/straw-dogs-2011-rod-lurie/ on]] ''Film/StrawDogs2011''

->''"[[Creator/WilliamShatner Mr. Shatner]] shows us the word PARADISE inscribed in the entranceway arch, where someone has painted the word [[Literature/ParadiseLost LOST]]. Wow, that’s really extra-meaningful. It’s almost as if they’re saying that calling something “paradise” doesn’t actually make it so—in fact, it might even become the very opposite of that! What rich irony, indeed."''
-->--'''''Website/TheAgonyBooth''''' on ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier''

->''"The subtlety bus missed this town."''
-->--'''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/they-keep-killing-suzie-written-bypaul.html Joe Ford]]''' on ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', [[{{Recap/TorchwoodS1E8TheyKeepKillingSuzie}} "They Keep Killing Suzie"]]

->''"When a show is going to lay on the symbolism I prefer mine to have the subtlety of ''{{Series/Lost}}'' rather than the smack-in-the-face bugle blaring of a ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' episode. (That's right! There are [[SevenDeadlySins seven]] Lex clones! Can you say ''siete?'')"''
-->--'''[[http://www.supermanhomepage.com/tv/tv.php?topic=reviews/smallville10-ep01 Julian Finn]]''' on ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', "Lazarus"

->[[Creator/BenStiller BEN]] arrives at LIFE and walks past the LIFE MOTTO which is:\\
LIFE MOTTO: To see the world, Things dangerous to come to, To see behind walls, Draw closer, To find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.\\
The MOTTO is inscribed on a GIANT 30,000-TON ANVIL which then TOPPLES OVER and CRUSHES THE AUDIENCE. The FILM continues on, its dim light impassively flickering over the ENORMOUS SMEAR OF GOO that was once dozens of innocent people.
-->-- '''[[http://www.the-editing-room.com/the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty.html The Abridged Script]]''' for ''Film/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty''


[[folder:Web Video]]

->Together, they'll learn: "[[ArmiesAreEvil Military = BAD]]. [[GreenAesop Trees = GOOD]]."
-->-- '''WebVideo/HonestTrailers''', ''{{Film/Ava|tar}}[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUTtt14G31c tar]]''

->'''Rod''': Man, that was a good movie, ''Film/AnInconvenientTruth''.\\
'''Rick''': That is ''it''! I'm getting myself a car that's environmentally friendly!\\
'''Creator/AllisonPregler''': ''(watching)'' I feel like this movie has some sort of message it's trying to tell us.
-->-- ''Film/{{Birdemic}}''

->Okay guys, I get it. The hyperbole is a good way to get people's attention, but you don't think that just maybe referring to Africa as a famine-ravaged wasteland and consigning an entire continent to '[[DoomyDoomsOfDoom chimes of doom]]' might be a bit patronizing?
-->--'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick''' on "Do They Know It's Christmas Time?"


[[folder:Western Animation]]

->'''Buster''': Well, I hope the kids got the message.\\
'''Plucky''': Yeah, drinkin's uncool.\\
'''Buster''': So, do we get to do a funny episode tomorrow?\\
'''Hamton''': I hope so!
-->--'''One Beer''', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''


[[folder:Real Life]]

->''"This story, alas, seems to have a moral, and, in fact, ends by pounding that moral over the reader's head. That is bad. Straightforward preaching spoils the effectiveness of a story. If you can't resist the impulse to improve your fellow human beings, do it subtly."''
-->--'''Creator/IsaacAsimov''', [[SelfDeprecation about his own anvilicious short story]], [[HumansKillWantonly "Day of the Hunters"]]

->''"A story forced to carry a message will get heavy and die."''
-->--'''Shannon Hale'''

->''"More of a warning campaign to the nation's youth than an actual plot device for the characters to explore, these episodes speak with [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle old men's voices from teenage mouths]], trying to impart the notion on a young audience that kids would turn their backs on someone who smoked a cigarette or offered a beer at a party, because that's just the uncoolest thing ever, dude."''
-->--'''Stuart Millard''', ''So Excited, So Scared''

->''"If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack."''
-->--'''Winston Churchill'''