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''Action Philosophers!'' is a comic book series by artist Ryan Dunlavey and writer Fred Van Lente, it follows the cartoon adventures of caricatures of history's most famous philosophers. Possessing broad humor and making the often complex and metaphorical ideas of philosophy more easily understood than a traditional text would, the comic won the Xeric Grant award in late 2004. The comic concluded with its ninth issue in September 2007.

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''Action Philosophers!'' is a comic book series by artist Ryan Dunlavey and writer Fred Van Lente, Creator/FredVanLente, it follows the cartoon adventures of caricatures of history's most famous philosophers. Possessing broad humor and making the often complex and metaphorical ideas of philosophy more easily understood than a traditional text would, the comic won the Xeric Grant award in late 2004. The comic concluded with its ninth issue in September 2007.


* HulkSpeak: Plato. Referring to the fact that he'd been a wrestler in his younger days[[note]]he'd had a very complete classical education, and wrestling was part of Phys Ed class and had competed in the Isthmian Games before failing to qualify for the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames[[/note]], the illustrations show him with a Lucha Libre type mask, yelling "PLATO SMASH!"

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* HulkSpeak: Plato. Referring to the fact that he'd been a wrestler in his younger days[[note]]he'd had a very complete classical education, and wrestling was part of Phys Ed class class; and had he'd competed in the Isthmian Games before failing to qualify for the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames[[/note]], the illustrations show him with a Lucha Libre type mask, yelling "PLATO SMASH!"


* HulkSpeak: Plato.

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* HulkSpeak: Plato. Referring to the fact that he'd been a wrestler in his younger days[[note]]he'd had a very complete classical education, and wrestling was part of Phys Ed class and had competed in the Isthmian Games before failing to qualify for the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames[[/note]], the illustrations show him with a Lucha Libre type mask, yelling "PLATO SMASH!"



* StrawNihilist: The first issue [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that Nietzsche probably [[MisaimedFandom would not approve of some of the people who claim to emulate him]].

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* StrawNihilist: The first issue [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that Nietzsche probably [[MisaimedFandom would not approve (putting it mildly) of some of the people who claim to emulate him]].


* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: A major motto of Karl Marx, who believed that overthrowing Capitalist system required the support of the masses with the comic showing a group of child laborers toppling consumerist city.

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: A major motto of Karl Marx, who believed that overthrowing Capitalist system required the support of the masses with the comic showing a group of child laborers toppling a consumerist city.city. Furthermore, Karl Marx himself participated in the revolt to an extent (shooting up a corporate office and a [[BourgeoisBohemian teacher who is teaching Marxist interpretation of movies much to Marx's chagrin]]) and desensitized towards a firing squad who also killed his would-be-sidekick's mother.



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* RevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: A major motto of Karl Marx, who believed that overthrowing Capitalist system required the support of the masses with the comic showing a group of child laborers toppling consumerist city.

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* RevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: A major motto of Karl Marx, who believed that overthrowing Capitalist system required the support of the masses with the comic showing a group of child laborers toppling consumerist city.


* RevolutionWouldNotBeCivilized: A major motto of Karl Marx, who believed that overthrowing Capitalist system required the support of the masses with the comic showing a group of child laborers toppling consumerist city.

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* RevolutionWouldNotBeCivilized: RevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: A major motto of Karl Marx, who believed that overthrowing Capitalist system required the support of the masses with the comic showing a group of child laborers toppling consumerist city.

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* TheManIsStickingItToTheMan: Major critique of Karl Marx's towards "capitalist" acceptance of minority rights, LGBTQ+, and feminism was not of benevolence, but for the sake of [[VillainWithGoodPublicity perpetuating its flawed system by appeasing the reformers]].
* RevolutionWouldNotBeCivilized: A major motto of Karl Marx, who believed that overthrowing Capitalist system required the support of the masses with the comic showing a group of child laborers toppling consumerist city.


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* [[{{Buddhism}} Bodhidharma]]

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* [[{{Buddhism}} [[{{UsefulNotes/Buddhism}} Bodhidharma]]


'''Action Philosophers!''' is a comic book series by artist Ryan Dunlavey and writer Fred Van Lente, it follows the cartoon adventures of caricatures of history's most famous philosophers. Possessing broad humor and making the often complex and metaphorical ideas of philosophy more easily understood than a traditional text would, the comic won the Xeric Grant award in late 2004. The comic concluded with its ninth issue in September 2007.

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'''Action Philosophers!''' ''Action Philosophers!'' is a comic book series by artist Ryan Dunlavey and writer Fred Van Lente, it follows the cartoon adventures of caricatures of history's most famous philosophers. Possessing broad humor and making the often complex and metaphorical ideas of philosophy more easily understood than a traditional text would, the comic won the Xeric Grant award in late 2004. The comic concluded with its ninth issue in September 2007.2007.









!!This comic provides examples of the following tropes:

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!!This comic !!''Action Philosophers!'' provides examples of the following tropes:of:



* ViewersAreMorons: {{Lampshaded}} by the Authors as the reason for the creation of these comics. A TruthInTelevision example is mentioned in the recommended books of the Freud-Jung-Campbell issue where it turns out that [[spoiler: Jung wrote a book for his students, simplifying his ideas, because he wanted them to actually understand what he was teaching]].

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* ViewersAreMorons: {{Lampshaded}} by the Authors as the reason for the creation of these comics. A TruthInTelevision example is mentioned in the recommended books of the Freud-Jung-Campbell issue where it turns out that [[spoiler: Jung [[spoiler:Jung wrote a book for his students, simplifying his ideas, because he wanted them to actually understand what he was teaching]].teaching]].
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* JacquesDerrida

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* JacquesDerridaCreator/JacquesDerrida


* FreudWasRight: Averted InUniverse ''in Freud's own strip''. While it shows the importance of Freud's philosophy in the field of psychology, it doesn't play around with any sexual overtones.


* {{Badass}}: Plato is a TruthInTelevision example. He was a wrestler before he became a philosopher, and his name means "broad shoulders". The other Philosophers were not really Badasses, but since this is a comic book [[TookALevelInBadass many become one]].


* [[{{Laozi}} Lao Tzu]]

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* [[{{Laozi}} [[Creator/{{Laozi}} Lao Tzu]]

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