We should deport every criminal gang in America to Hong Kong.
It's good make kids disillusioned with America at an early age.
An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West: Hey, young girls! Don't show any personal ambition, or you'll be lying to yourself and ignoring family members in need!
And dancing with the man who's plotting to kill your family and everyone you know is romantic.
Hey guys! If your girlfriend dumps you because of who you are, you should change your entire personality (maybe even your species), to suit her fancy so she'll take you back!
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island: Save for a handful of good ones, Europeans are unable to co-exist with any other race besides their own, and the best solution to this is segregation.
It's good to shame kids about the misdeeds of their ancestors at an early age. If the atrocities occurred before their ancestors even immigrated to the area, they should be shamed anyway.
Anastasia and Pocahontas: Historical accuracy is completely irrelevant to a movie about historical events.
And in Pocahontas: No matter how close two people have become, one saving the other's life, and bringing understanding between each others' people, interracial relationships just won't work out.
Subverted in the sequel by her falling in love with John Rolf, which gives the new Aesop: Forget about the man who understood you better and you made a promise to because you heard he MIGHT be dead. Instead find a guy with the same first name as him, move away from your family to the home of this guy you just barely met, try to change yourself to a white lady, and after finding out your first love is still alive change your mind that you love this new guy and RIP OUT THE HEARTS OF YOUR OLDER FANS!! (Sorry, this troper just couldn't handle the sudden change in her feelings, even if it was more historically accurate.)
Alternatively, Historical Accuracy is only important in Direct-to-DVD sequels and not big-budget blockbusters.
If you learn the root language that all other human languages apparently sprang from, you'll be able to speak any language fluently, from English to Swahili.
Bambi: Go ahead and shoot the doe, the fawns will survive anyway.
Obviously a herd of deer whose Alpha Male Buck is named "Bambi" will be incredibly butch.
Your father wasn't involved in raising you and left your mom? It's okay, because he'll get involved later and make you a man after that! So do the same to your wife and kids!
Beauty and the Beast: Hey kids! You'd better stick with that angry guy who always seems three seconds away from punching you. Lord knows he's going to change by the end!
Um... That's not the intended aesop of the Disney version, true, but the original fairy tale... yeah.
Hey guys! Don't by any means try to improve upon yourself unless you're forced into it.
Hey gals! Your man will become instantly more attractive if you bribe him with sex.
Hey, folks! Fall in love with a halfway decent person, accept them for all their oddness...and they will change drastically!
Hey, rich people! Spend all of your money on a huge number of slaves. Like, that could feasibly serve as the population of Ireland. Because if you get under a magic curse, you might as well have millions of companions in your sorrow, such as five hundred brooms or a hall-full of living ornamental armor.
Looks don't matter... as long as you're rich.
And the guy. If you're the girl, you even have to have a NAME that says you're beautiful.
Hey guys! Wooing a lady in order to achieve a personal goal is a-ok!
If your employer is a jerk, you deserve to be punished for his personal failings.
Similarly, if someone does something which you don't like, feel free to punish their servants for it. It's not like they're real people or anything.
Old women are all witches who will smite you for the slightest transgression in politeness. Burn the Witch!
Hey kids! If a mysterious stranger comes to your door trying to give you something nice (like a flower or candy!), let them in! They are probably magical and will curse you if you don't.
In a more meta example, "It's what's one the inside that counts." So, if the 'ugly' monster becomes nice and you two want to be together, regardless of his appearance being shunned by social norms, he'll turn into a perfectly socially acceptable species/race/etc. and you won't have to worry about any societal outrage whatsoever! So, what have we learned? Accept that it's not what's on the outside that counts, and the universe will reward you by making sure you don't have to overcome the outside at all! Because having to spend your love life utilizing the message of the story rather than having it brushed aside like a nonentity is ludicrous and not a very good ending for impressionable kids who should grow up to believe that if they accept something for not being the way society says it should be, it'll magically turn into something that will be. Why should anyone overcome real obstacles in a relationship in a way that makes it truly meaningful?
"An adventure in the great wide somewhere" means being stuck in the same place as a wife of a handsome prince who has a castle and an army of servants instead of being stuck in the same place as a wife of a provincial village hunter.
Hey males, it's definitely fine to stalk and pester a woman who obviously doesn't like you back and getting yourself killed for it out of jealousy. Nobody will see you as a creep or an idiot, not at all!
Brave: You should follow the path in life set out for you by your parents. Attempting to pave your own destiny only leads to disaster.
When you're trying to manipulate a loved one into changing so you can have your way, remember to be specific on how they should be changed. But, if things do go awry, spending some awkward bonding time with the person you've just screwed over will ensure that they'll see things your way.
If a teenage girl wants to save the day, needlework is a more important skill than archery.
Don't make deals with witches who demonstrate weird obsessions.
Cars: It doesn't matter how successful you become, because the love and respect you get from all your fans and peers is hollow and meaningless, and all those awards and achievements you gain are worthless.
Forget your dreams and happiness living in the big city. Pack up and move out to little inbred towns in the middle of nowhere because their survival is culturally more important.
Celebrities live meaningless lives and have lost their way. Feel free to humiliate, enslave, mutilate them, and indoctrinate them so that they feel like they are a part of your small close-knit community.
Outdated state routes that are too narrow to accommodate modern amounts of traffic and go miles out of their way to "follow the land" are somehow more "natural" than modern interstate highway systems that take a more direct route between major population centers, thus allowing people (sorry, cars; there are no people) more quickly and while burning less fossil fuel.
Cars2: No matter what kind of mayhem you cause, never change your behavior in any way.
If you stop a machine that's about to cause The End of the World as We Know It, you're a hero. It doesn't matter that you invented said machine, knew beforehand when it was about to go horrible wrong and could have stopped it all the time before that without any problems.
Corpse Bride: You'll never make it with a woman who's more interesting than you. Stick to the girl who's just as boring as you are, especially if you were forced into marrying her in the first place.
There's no real point to actively seeking-out a compatible bride for yourself. Statistically, you're almost certain to end-up marrying multiple women with whom you will get along just fine through random chance alone! Within the space of a single day, no less!
Disney: For several Disney movie examples, see here.
Most Disney movies: A woman is only as good as the man she serves—now get in the kitchen and make me a sammich, woman!
An animation company is capable of making movies that are considered classics decades later, but only if they don't recycle their characters. Once the writers create a sequel, their ability drops to the level of a teenaged fanfic writer.
Dumbo: If you get wrongly imprisoned for protecting your child, don't sweat it. Eventually you'll get treated like a queen after those in charge decide to exploit your child, even though it goes exactly against what you wanted.
Spitting peanuts can be used as weaponry, and will help you free your mom from prison.
Feel free to be horrible to the kid with the birth defect. Just as long as you cheer for him once he gets famous, all will be forgiven.
It's perfectly okay for circuses to exploit handicapped children for their disabilities as long as you pamper their parents.
That's likely what happened back in the old days in real life. Cruel, uncaring parents finds a use for their deformed child by selling him/her to the circus all so the parents can recieve a cut of the money.
Alcohol will solve all your problems.
You can fly if you just believe in yourself, so go ahead and jump off the nearest high ledge. You'll be fine. Probably.
FernGully: every living creature on Earth deserves a habitat to call its own—except of course for humans.
As long as human logging operations don't release the Eldritch Abomination with the sexy voice, there's nothing to worry about since the rainforest is home to magical fairies that can grow the trees back quickly.
Don't worry about the environment. The fairies can fix it.
You don't need to add any facts or reason in an environmentalist movie as long as you make humanity look evil or stupid for doing whatever they do.
Personal empowerment, especially for females, is a great thing. However, it only lasts until you hear that something has gone wrong. At that point, instead of using your new empowered status to clearly and confidentally resolve the problem, you will have a full relapse and end up as bad as you started.
Don't think men get off lightly: all men care about is what they can personally get out of things, be it money, power or not having to care about people.
Kung Fu Panda: The best way to teach an overweight person kung fu is to tease him with food.
Everyone gets one chance at redemption. If they let go of that chance, they deserve to die.
The worst mistake a heroic martial artist can make is to care about the opponent.
If someone wants to try and improve themselves, they should be mocked and abused for it.
If you allow your brother to become sleep deprived, he will be an evil loser in the future who is easily manipulated into creating a Dystopia by his "friend".
If your friends are depriving you of sleep or mercilessly beating you up to the point of heavy bruising, the most important thing to do is to be tolerant of them. If you raise a fuss, you will be the bad guy and no one will ever like you.
In addition, if there is such a problem, don't tell your legal guardian who means well because she's likely not going to help you. Instead, tell a random stranger you find poking about your home even if you don't know why he's there or if he can help you at all since his advice is dubious at best.
It's more than perfectly okay to tell an eleven-year-old orphan time after time again that you'll take him to see his long-lost (and not dead) mother...only to rip his goddamn heart out and stomp on it by telling him it was a lie, that you had no intentions to even bother trying to let him see his not-dead mother again. This will, in no way, destroy any friendship you had with the kid.
If you ever make mistakes and messes, don't worry. Just deny that there is a problem and everything will turn out fine. Trying to clean up after yourself will lead to problems escalating and you'll be chastised for incompetence. Admitting to it will only get you punished.
Always make sure you lock the door behind you. It'll keep undesirables out and save you a huge hassle.
If your loved one is being henpecked by his wife to the point of exhaustion, and his wife happens to be a handpuppet, indulge this fantasy as a harmless, lovable quirk. Don't attempt to mediate a divorce or send him to psychological counseling. The handpuppet is family, and family means more than anything else.
Megamind: A kid can grow up in prison and become a perfectly sweet kid, however send him to school for a couple mounths and he'll become evil.
Keep our children out of school, support their prison fund.
Being a hero consists souly of cleaning up your own mistakes nothing else.
The one you think is a hero is actually a self-centered jerk who hates saving your life. The one you should rely on is the guy who's taken over the city and made you his slave. Also, never give nerds (like Hal) power because it turns them evil.
If you want to abandon your responsibilities, just fake your death! There will be no long lasting negative consequences for doing this.
Monsters, Inc.: The monsters in your closet just work for a federal utility company, so in essence, they are bureaucrats. All the more reason to be afraid of them.
Monsters vs. Aliens: If you see your bride in her dress on her wedding day before you're supposed to, an energy ball will fall from the sky and make her giant.
Mr.Peabody and Sherman: Social workers are nothing but sadists who want to break up families.
Mulan: Comically exaggerated specimens aside, Asians all look alike and can easily pass as each other. Also, people with dark skin are literal inhuman monsters and should be killed.
When a woman disguises herself as a man, it is an heroic example of her being true to herself and being all that she can be. When men disguise themselves as women, it is hilarious, as they are debasing themselves by posing as members of the inferior sex.
If your going to be in drag you must be pretty to begin with in order for you to appear dignified. If you look goofy and/or ugly then it will just make you look even more ridiculous than usual.
Not that it matters, since good-looking guys should never debase themselves by dressing as women!
And from the sequel, we get "Follow your heart, even if it screws up a plan that you agreed to, and the failure of which could lead to a terrible war for your country, because someone will fix everything in the end."
Once Upon a Forest: Need to go on a long, treacherous and possibly life-threatening journey for the single plant that can cure a terminally ill little girl, which only grows on the steep, rocky face of a hundred foot cliff? Just send a group of inexperienced kids who've never left home before to do it for you, they'll be fine.
Placing your shirt over your mouth can protect you from poisonous gas.
Comatose people can't wake up until they feel your tears fall on their face.
A prototype to a new technology that took a scholar months, if not years, to build can be perfectly built at full size by a few young children who've had absolutely no prior training.
Ratatouille: All your dreams can come true as long as you're willing to lie, disappoint your family, and use other people to your selfish whims. The minute you stop doing this, things are going to go downhill fast. (Sadly, more Truth in Television)
If you're different, you'd better get used to it. You'll never fit in, and if they find something for you to do...shut up and be grateful for it.
Alternately, if you're different you'd better find a damned use for your yourself otherwise nobody will ever like you.
Shrek: Ugly people deserve love too... but only from other ugly people. If a hot girl falls for an ugly guy, she must have something seriously wrong with her.
Judging people or harassing them for their outward appearance is bad. Mocking the reigning monarch of the land for being short, however, is perfectly fine.
Sleeping Beauty: Always invite the evil fairy/sorceress/witch/whatever to all special events. Otherwise, she'll just find out about it and show up pissed off anyway.
Men can't do anything, and need constant help with everything they do, or they're doomed.
Don't bother telling your daughter about the one device that WILL harm her one day, just burn all of them, putting hundreds of people out of a job and causing a huge shortage in woven fabrics. And don't even try to protect her on the prophesised day of her doom, someone else will do that for you.
If you mess up that one thing you had 16 years to prepare for, it's fine to put the entire castle to sleep to cover it up until you can fix it. Don't even bother to ask anyone else for help, either. Just do it yourself.
Arranged Marriage is fine (especially at birth,) the two of them will fall in love anyway. But you can get upset if you think your child has fallen for someone else instead.
Being chased by a former friend who was hired to kill you? Breaking and entering and then moving in with the hermits who lived there is a much better idea than going to the top of the freaking mountain to look for any nearby roads or villages.
Don't trust older women.
If you're on the run and need a new home, just break into some strangers house and act like you're the house maid. They'll accept you immediately as part of the household.
The only thing women care about is being beautiful.
Even if you are beautiful, it really doesn't matter because if someone else surpasses you on looks, no one will care about you and you're doomed to become evil.
Your adoptive parent who raised, clothed and fed you from infancy doesn't love you. You need to go find the people who gave birth to you and immediately lost you in order to have a REAL family.
Isn't that the actual Aesop?
(Warping the warp) The person who raised you is your real parent. The fact that she stole you from your birth parents, kept you isolated and dependent on her and basically treats you like a useful pet is irrelevant.
As long as you rescue a princess any other crime you've committed in your life no matter how heinous will immediately be pardoned, and you'll get to join the royal family and probably inherit the throne.
Blondes are magical. Brunettes are just normal, boring, mundane people without any magic left in them.note Not entirely true; brunette!Rapunzel still had magic in her, namely her tears.
Only brunettes can have a true family and love. If a girl happened to have blond hair, she must cut and dye it in oder to find happiness.
If you're a princess, it's okay to run around barefoot at all times, because hey, you lived in a tower and didn't need shoes- why should you need them now? It's not like you'll step on something sharp or get your soles dirty.
As long as someone has a dream, they're perfectly decent people. Doesn't matter if they kill, steal, or cause any other harm to others on a regular basis.
If your boyfriend dies to prevent you from going through the previously mentioned scenario, don't worry, everything will magically work out.
The death penalty is A-OK, even when it's Disproportionate Retribution. Don't worry, it won't hurt your reputation as a benevolent ruler. note The death penalty is present in the film. Even though it's not explicitly treated as a good thing, it's never condemned.
When someone tries to warn you about the dangers in the world, don't listen to them. They're lying because they're exploiting you and trying to keep you from discovering the truth.
If you're a criminal, feel free to betray your companions, even when the betrayal means that they're likely to be caught and executed.
If you've always been taught not to trust strangers and you meet a stranger that even admits that he's unreliable and shouldn't be trusted, go ahead and trust him anyway.
Tarzan: It's ok to steal other people's children if you're a) grief-stricken, b) unaware that this is a bad thing or c) a gorilla.
Also, according to the same sequence, gorillas have super-powerful hearing.
The Brave Little Toaster and the Toy Story series: Inanimate objects are completely sentient, so if you forget about them or stop using them they will suffer from your neglect. Don't you dare throw any of them out, either, because abandoning them will ruin their life and they will end up completely miserable. And if you dare take anything apart, you are mutilatingliving beings and inducing traumatic Body Horror on them. I hope you're happy....sick fuck.
Garbage dumps are like concentration camps for cars and other objects.
Treat your inanimate plastic objects molded into humanoid shapes nicely, or they'll come to life and rise up against you.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Hey, are you deformed or look different in any way physically? You're never gonna get the girl, cause she doesn't love you. Instead, she gets the cute, hot guy while you (at the very least) are allowed out of your house.
You can poke fun at enormous infernos that kill hundreds of people as long as you're a lovable comic relief side character.
Acting like a dick and damning an entire community is appropriate retribution for a crush you're not willing to admit.
The Fox and the Hound: If your friend is different from you, you should be permanently separated from him/her, even if you save their life and prove you're not harmful!
The Incredibles: Some people are just inherently better than others. Trying to be better than you really are is evil.
Augmenting yourself with technology to overcome your shortcomings is evil. If you can't fly, you aren't meant to be in the sky. If you can't walk, you aren't meant to move under your own power.
It's good to have a few people who just happen to have super powers. Wanting to level the playing field is evil.
If saving the world breaks anything, especially a SUICIDIAL human's bones, you'd be crazy not to sue the people who contained the damage.
Super villains will obey the law, having laws against super powers makes the world ordinary instead of leaving super villains and having super heroes out of commission.
A smug one-liner covers any problems with your saving methods. ("I think you broke something!"/"With counseling, I'm sure you'll come to forgive me.")
If cheating comes naturally to you, then it is justified.
Aesop of the above aesop: If you use your own natural abilities, but they're more than someone else's, it constitutes "cheating". Einstein was cheating by using his big show-off-y brain. Michael Jordan cheats with his obviously unfair athletic ability. Get those cheaters out of here so we can get the playing field down to the lowest level!
Death to the snarky! Your sarcasm arises from pure evil.
Likewise to that, if you use superhuman abilities in a world Full of existing supervillains without government or spousal permission it is still seen as illegal and or immoral. Even if the situation is Life or Death.
Also to that a wife's personal wishes are more important then the needs of a Entire city of endangered citizens for a superhuman to save them. And basically to that superheroing is seen by the heroes' wives as similar to going out for a rowdy night of drinking with friends so its just "Fooling around" to them.
This one's for the teenage girls: Once you've realized how cool it is to be better than everyone else (see first aesop), it's time to use that new found confidence to... dress and act EXACTLY like everyone else!
And to the above Aesop: If you're born different from others, you must ALWAYS stay different from others. Do not attempt in any way to fit in your peers, even if that's what you always wanted. Either stand out like a sore thumb in the crowd, or hide away from it whether you like it or not. Gifted people like you must NEVER mix with normal people.
Pausing your attempt to stop a rampaging menacing mechanical monstrosity while it wreaks havoc, untold damage and takes life after life is A-O-K if you're having a tender moment with a spouse that ends in a kiss.
Heroes are supposed to stop bad guys, not help their victims. That old woman can pick her own self up by her bootstraps.
And if you can bench press a Mack Truck its okay to punch a normal human as hard as you can after "He got away."
Putting thumbtacks on people's chairs causing them to bleed is just good natured childhood pranksterism.
The Jungle Book: Evolution is the screwball belief of a bunch of clumsy, idiot apes and their impressionable leader.
It doesn't matter where you grew up or who raised you. Everyone needs to stay with their own kind, or else who would they date?
The LEGO Movie: If you are not a fan of crossovers, you are an uncreative person who needs to be punished.
This also applies to you if you prefer to follow instructions when building something.
The Lion King: The removal of the royal family from the seat of power will instantly equal Neo-Nazism, coupled with Communism when the new leader tries to spread the food supplies around with 'lower' species. It's best to flee and spend your adolescence in exile when you can.
Likewise, a group of brave and strong women can eventually overthrow a tyrant by finding a man to do it for them. While they all watch. Motionlessly.
True to nature, in fact!
And de-segregation will cause starvation, misery, and an ecological catastrophe.
You are your parents, and even if you manage to carve out a nice niche somewhere far from filial troubles, you will eventually be dragged back in.
Variant: the best way to prevent over-hunting is to completely screw over a group of predators that is native to that ecosystem by cutting them off from food, thus causing the other predator species (that you conveniently happen to belong to) to become too numerous to be able to share food with them. That is, the best way to deal with an overpopulation problem is by banishing an inferior race (hyenas) to a place with no resources while having as many children as you want.
It's okay to arrange flash mobs with the intentions of stroking your ego and assaulting & trapping your well-meaning babysitter who only wants to keep you safe.
People will gladly assist you with this as long as you are in, or heir to, a position of power.
It's okay to teach a kid to abandon his problems and responsibilities and lead a life of ignorance and hedonism as long as you saved his life once. For selfish ends. That you never abandon.
It makes sense for you to complain if the guy who you taught to do whatever feels good starts paying attention to an attractive female moreso than to you.
It's okay to assault people, and remind them afterwards that, "It doesn't matter, it's in the past!".
The only inhabitants of Africa who know Swahili words or have anything remotely resembling an accent that might be characteristic to some part of Africa are priests.
It's okay to nickname someone in a way that recalls an accident that could have cost him his sight.
If you want to use your intelligence to improve your condition since you're not physically strong, you're evil.
It's okay and not unusual to marry someone who you witnessed trying to kill one of your adoptive parents.
The Lion King II: If your parents don't like your new girlfriend, it is only because they are evil and plotting to take over the world. Don't listen to a word they say.
Don't trust anyone. If they prove their worth in any way, give them the keys to the castle gates and blame them and anyone but yourself if they let the wrong people inside.
Even when you're an adult, your parents will never trust you to be able to look after yourself and ruthlessly stalk you.
The Lion King 1 1/2: As long as you're charismatic, it's a good idea to head out into a world of giant carnivores.
If your friends include at least one giant carnivore, act like a jerk to big scary things with teeth.
Bros before hos, if it's not you falling in love.
It's okay to try and enforce this rule upon your friends by repeatedly attempting to sabotage their relationships.
The Little Mermaid: Never, ever allow anyone to accept you for who you are. Change yourself radically to please a guy, even if it means alienating yourself from everyone else that you ever loved and possibly dooming your civilization.
Inside every lonely, obese, dark-skinned old woman is a young, white, thin, pretty-voiced temptress. Inside every one of them is a gigantic dark-skinned old maid with a huge fork and a crown who will kill us all.
The Princess and the Frog: You should only ever try to improve your fortunes through the class system. Trying to change it makes you unrepentently EVIL.
The full extent of racism in The South was a couple of Jerkass real estate agents snidely alluding to a black woman's "background." If any black people were poor during the period, it was strictly their own fault.
Cajun people are ugly fireflies with distorted teeth.
All culinary problems can be solved through the generous application of Tobasco sauce.
It doesn't matter how hard you've worked to achieve your dreams, it will be magic that will eventually make them come true. Oh yeah, and asking your super rich best friend for a little financial help is just silly, so don't bother. Also, someone is automatically evil if you were stupid/naive enough to fall for their scam.
Hard work will get you ahead in life...unless you are an ugly, fat manservant. In which case, you can break your back every day in service of a shiftless layabout who verbally abuses you, but you will still probably die a penniless old man.
Likewise- "Consumerism is bad, but not when it means you buying OUR products. WALL•E dolls are on sale now!"
Inanimate objects designed for the disposal of garbage have emotions too — even if they show no evidence of it beyond the occasional electronic smile — and anyone who says differently is evil. The only exception to this is inanimate objects who look like HAL 9000, who can be killed whenever you like.
Technology makes us fat, lazy and unable to appreciate our lives, each other and our surroundings, except when it's used to make cute robots. Also, giving up all that technology to built up a new society essentially from scratch on a planet that has thus far proven to have sustained exactly one plant is a brilliant idea, even if the captain's few-hour read through 700 year old wikipedia entries on plants is the only farming experience your society has.
Hey kids, feel free to continue your life of generating trash. Because in 100 years we will be able to get cute robots to clean up earth and then everything will be fine again eventually.
People who like scary things do not deserve to be entertained. Horror-based entertainment is bad, and getting rid of it will show those who enjoy it the error of their ways.
If you have the ability to kill a villain who tortures and brainwashes people, you shouldn't, because it's not very nice. Instead, you should submit to his demands and join him.
If a predatory animal has just broken free and shows every indication of being about to eat someone you should run over to that animal while shouting loudly. It won't get you eaten, it'll make that animal nice!
You have a powerful timeship, a huge stockpile of cereal that permanently raises the IQ of any living creature, and a magical radio that lets you listen to the wishes of children. Naturally, this means that you should drop off some intelligent dinosaurs in the early 1990s and hope that they help two alienated kids. Don't bother curing world hunger or anything.
The only wish any child anywhere in the world has is the desire to see living dinosaurs.
Warping the warp: Some employees don't deserve appreciation for doing their jobs correctly if their jobs are different from their co-worker's, and deserve to be shunned instead.
Shunning your Punch Clock Villain and acting like a jerk to him will end with no karmic retribution.
You will find true happiness only when you embrace your per-defined role in life.
If a video game at an arcade is glitching, don't tell anyone, or else the characters inside the game will be homeless and in poverty when it gets shut down.
Some characters will even get killed because they can't escape.
You should never do anything bad to or for your friends, even if not doing so could kill them.
As long as you're famous and appreciated, your dreams and ambitions don't matter.
Doing a job you're good at will lead to people hating you.
People will still hate you if you try to do something different.
If your current role isn't netting you the positive attention you want, steal it from underneath someone else. Just don't get caught.
People will love you if you're royalty regardless of your true nature or intentions.
Being a good guy means doing good deeds for cosmetic awards like medals, cake, or cookie medals. Doing good deeds for the sake of it won't do anything for your reputation and will also not bring you any gratitude.
If you're small, cute and have a tragic enough backstory, you can get away with theft and being a big jerk and others will take pity on you and do all the heavy lifting for you.
Warping the warp: Being a brat is a felony and is worse than being a game-jumping narcissistic villain who renders people homeless, and a small, fat ass employee who gets others to shun their Punch Clock Villain.
If you're an adult with tragic circumstances but are not cute, no one will pity you and the most outside help you will get is to be told to take it like an adult.
Committing an act of theft and making a deal to return the item you stole in exchange for the help of the stolen object's owner is a perfectly fine way to get someone to do your bidding and by no means taking unfair advantage of the other party. Even when he does all the work because you can barely help yourself, you reap all the rewards and he'll end up no better than how he started before you stole from him, and best of all you cannot even guarantee the return on his "investment". That way, you can get everything you wanted without actually having to give up anything of value in return. (Also applies to Tangled above).
If you just declare yourself president of a democracy, you will be president!
Never unplug your game console, all the characters inside will die. It's not like they have any place to escape to.
If your bullies find out that you're actually royalty, they'll stop being jerks to you.
Never treat people good unless something like the Apocalypse How happens.
If you pick on someone for being different from you, it's the ringleader's fault, despite the fact that you have free-will to make your own decisions.