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Other times, the anvil comes across very blatant, which might turn off some viewers, but in the era which the story is told, the message itself is more important than the story or allegory it is presented in. Consider, for instance, Harriet Beecher-Stowe's ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' and its anvilicious message "slavery is bad". It is not a subtle message and generally not considered great literature. However, it came when at least a large minority (if not a majority) of Americans imagined that slavery was good for black people. Effective anti-slavery propaganda was badly needed. That anvilicious, sentimental piece of propaganda served a valuable public service in such a way that subtlety would only diminish its impact. The same can be said about Chaplin's ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' and its anvilicious "Hitler is bad" message.

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Other times, the anvil comes across very blatant, which might turn off some viewers, but in the era which the story is told, the message itself is more important than the story or allegory it is presented in. Consider, for instance, Harriet Beecher-Stowe's ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' and its anvilicious message "slavery is bad". It is not a subtle message and generally not considered great literature. However, it came when at least a large minority (if not a majority) of many Americans imagined that slavery was good for black people. Effective anti-slavery propaganda was badly needed. That anvilicious, sentimental piece of propaganda served a valuable public service in such a way that subtlety would only diminish its impact. The same can be said about Chaplin's ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' and its anvilicious "Hitler is bad" message.


Other times, the anvil comes across very blatant, which might turn off some viewers, but in the era which the story is told, the message itself is more important than the story or allegory it is presented in. Consider, for instance, Harriet Beecher-Stowe's ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' and its anvilicious message "slavery is bad". It is not a subtle message and generally not considered great literature. However, it came when at least a large minority (if not a majority) of whites imagined that slavery was good for black people. Effective anti-slavery propaganda was badly needed. That anvilicious, sentimental piece of propaganda may have done more real good than any piece of great literature. The same can be said about Chaplin's ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' and its anvilicious "Hitler is bad" message.

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Other times, the anvil comes across very blatant, which might turn off some viewers, but in the era which the story is told, the message itself is more important than the story or allegory it is presented in. Consider, for instance, Harriet Beecher-Stowe's ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' and its anvilicious message "slavery is bad". It is not a subtle message and generally not considered great literature. However, it came when at least a large minority (if not a majority) of whites Americans imagined that slavery was good for black people. Effective anti-slavery propaganda was badly needed. That anvilicious, sentimental piece of propaganda may have done more real good than any piece of great literature.served a valuable public service in such a way that subtlety would only diminish its impact. The same can be said about Chaplin's ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' and its anvilicious "Hitler is bad" message.


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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXWltWyRAgU This ad]] for [=LeapStart=], which is a bitter jab at [[ConspiracyTheorist Conspiracy Theorists]] and their possible negative effects on children. Kids' minds are like a sponge, and as such Franchise/LeapFrog knew that so-called "truthers" can and will warp a young person's mind for all the wrong reasons.
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* Many of Creator/NormanRockwell's more politically-minded paintings fall into this category, especially ''[[https://www.nrm.org/wp2016/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Problem_web.jpg The Problem We All Live With]]'', and its in-your-face condemnation of vicious unthinking racism aimed at the most vulnerable members of our society.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'':
** Grandpa was [[AndIMustScream still conscious and aware, but was being treated as an infant after a stroke]]. It's treated with all the subtlety of an anvil... but this anvil really needed to be dropped, since this actually ''does'' happen in real life.
** Shannon's AuthorFilibuster about the mentally handicapped - it's dropped with all the subtlety of an anvil, but it really needed to be said. Mentally handicapped people are still people, people with feelings, and people who need love.
** A September 1993 storyline focused on Michael and his friends joining a protest against a student bus fare hike. However, they're mostly doing it for fun, as they get to block rush hour traffic and shout slogans at the police. After it ends, John picks them up (angry at their involvement after seeing it on the news) and tells them what the bus fare hike is about; the 30% bus fare hike is a gradual raise for the next three years (something that the city voted in favor for last spring) and the new fares mean that someone could travel twice as far, meaning that the protest was pointless and detrimental. The lesson? Don't join a protest unless you know all the facts, and if you are going to do a protest don't do it for fun.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' definitely had a few things to say in its {{long run|ners}}:
** According to Charles Schultz, the whole point of Linus' SecurityBlanket was to teach readers that forcing kids out of their childish yet otherwise harmless habits will not help them grow up, and will most likely do more harm than good.
** Linus' lesser-known habit of [[AffectionateGestureToTheHead patting birds on the head]] drops a similar anvil. Throughout the StoryArc, everyone who saw Linus doing that told Lucy "Your brother pats birds on the head", which prompts Lucy to demand that Linus stop it. Linus is bewildered that people would have a problem with something that only alleviates the birds' depressions and in turn gives Linus a great sense of fulfillment. When he asks just what is wrong with it, all Charlie Brown can give for an answer is "[[TallPoppySyndrome no-one else does it]]!"
*** Furthermore, Lucy seems to be the only one who has any issue with Linus' behavior. The people who told Lucy presumably may just wanted to let her know (if they had any issue, they probably would've told Linus themselves). It makes the point that sometimes, something's only a problem because someone insists that it is.
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* One episode of ''Series/MondayNightRaw'' leading up to ''Wrestling/{{Unforgiven}}'' in September 2008 had Wrestling/ShawnMichaels drop an anvil that might, from some angles, appear a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, but that is one that countless [[WideEyedIdealist Wide-Eyed Idealists]] out there desperately need to accept if they're ever going to get on with their lives. After Wrestling/ChrisJericho had smashed Shawn's head into a video screen and repeatedly jabbed him in the eye, half-blinding him and nearly ending his career, and then punched his wife Rebecca in the mouth and temporarily disfigured her - ''and'' had [[NeverMyFault refused to apologize for any of this]], claiming that Michaels had it all coming to him - Michaels asserted that some people are so wicked that they cannot possibly be forgiven, nor ever even want to be. And you can't just ignore them, because then they'll just keep going out to hurt countless more people; sometimes you ''must'' seek swift justice, severely punishing or even destroying a menacing human being. Of course, with Jericho's and Michaels's feud reaching its climax with the "Unsanctioned Match" at ''Unforgiven'' (in which both combatants relieved World Wrestling Entertainment from all legal responsibility for what they would do to each other), Wrestling/{{WWE}} [[BrokenAesop attempted to have it both ways]], having Michaels snap and beat Jericho unconscious, and then ''[[WhatTheHellHero continue]]'' to assault him even after it had become clear Jericho could no longer defend himself, until Michaels [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone finally managed to experience some remorse]]. Not to mention Jericho's appearance on ''Raw'' the night afterward, stripping down to show the still-unhealed welts on his upper torso where Michaels had [[ATasteOfTheLash thrashed him repeatedly with a strap]] and [[SarcasmMode "questioning"]] how a born-again Christian like Michaels [[JerkassHasAPoint could do such things]].
* Michaels actually had to learn a lot of lessons, especially given his penchant for AesopAmnesia. Just a few months after the Jericho incident, his family lost all its money in unsound investments (this was the autumn of 2008, remember) and he [[WrestlingDoesntPay desperately needed a second job]]. Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield [[FauxAffablyEvil "generously"]] took Michaels on as an employee, only to force him to compromise all his integrity by repeatedly helping JBL cheat to win the World Heavyweight Championship. At one point, none other than Wrestling/TheUndertaker confronted Michaels about this, warning that [[EarnYourHappyEnding "Sometimes it's hell getting to heaven."]] Rarely have truer words about the basic human condition (even if that human ''is'' a Superstar) been spoken.
* Bullying is wrong. Both men and women can be guilty of it (shame on you, Wrestling/LayCool), and even the seemingly most powerful and confident individuals can fall victim to it (with one particularly heartrending subplot being about ''[[Wrestling/BigShow The Big Show]]'' being bullied, since you'd ''think'' that no one could bully a 7', 500 lbs. giant.). This is a lesson WWE considers so important that they don't restrict their preaching of it to just their entertainment division.
* Wrestling/CMPunk, in his SmugStraightEdge[=/=]StraightEdgeEvil mode, can come off as pompous and pretentious. ''[[StrawmanHasAPoint But]]'', when you consider Wrestling/JeffHardy's disastrous performance at ''[[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA]] Victory Road 2011'', how could anyone ''disagree'' with his DrugsAreBad message?
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* ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'' does this every episode rather well. In fact, they've perfected it.
* In the ''[[Radio/TheAdventuresOfSuperman Superman]]'' radio show of the 40s, there is a fairly famous serial in which Superman takes on an expy for TheKlan, complete with their real-life ranks and secret phrases. This radio show was used to expose the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan for what it really was: a terrorist organization that had to be disbanded ASAP. It even went and revealed the identities of individual Klansmen, hoping to induce good-hearted people to go after the Klansmen themselves and harass them until they were too broken to so much as ''spit upon'' a black man. [[CrazyEnoughToWork It worked]]. Suddenly, the Ku Klux Klan was forced to disband in the face of overwhelming shame, public ridicule, and vicious assaults on its members. They've never managed to regain their former power since then. In fact, the NSA lists them as a "subversive organization", the same designation given to the [[AnimalWrongsGroup Animal Liberation Front]] and other "homegrown" terror organizations; and one can lose or be denied security clearance by becoming affiliated with the "nightie knights".
** An example of the impact it had: one of its members [[HeelRealization realized]] how bad TheKlan was ''when he saw his kids playing with their dolls as Superman fighting the Klan''.
* On the radio show ''Literature/TheSaint'', during the episode "Author of Murder", Creator/VincentPrice (the voice of Simon Templar) delivered [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrMCqOmsMB4 an unsubtle yet eloquent message on the evils of prejudice and racism.]]
* ''Radio/TheBrewingNetwork'''s Justin's explanation why he thinks people who try to get away with drunk driving are stupid. He went through his past, explaining his experiences, and drove home over and over that he has no respect for anyone who drunk drives and will call out anyone who tries. Given that the BN has a lot of heavy drinkers as its listeners, it was a good way of making a point of the sort of behavior that the BN tolerates. Justin makes a point of having their Winterfest near public transport and letting designated drivers in free for this reason.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has, as setting rules: that some actions can never truly taken back, and that while violence can be an attractive or even necessary tool, it can not make things better on its own. Rather important gameplay mechanics to drop in when many competing products have teams of murderhobos roaming the field.
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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series has a running theme of ToBeLawfulOrGood, as might well be expected of games centered around the legal system. The anvil comes at the very end of the fourth game in the main series, where both the Judge and the prosecutor of that game explain outright that Good is always the right choice over Lawful, because the law is always changing... and that we have a ''responsibility'' to stand up and work to change the law if the law is wrong, for the sake of anyone else who might have to face that law. Given how many protagonists are idealized for breaking laws they don't like, it's nice to hear from the other perspective on this, and leaving it as a subtle theme rather than stating it firmly would have been far less effective.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has a different Aesop for each girl's path, as well as a couple of overarching ones for the game as a whole, and while they are varying degrees of {{Anvilicious}}, pretty much all of them needed to be dropped.
* ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'' runs on the theme of hope. That you need to hold onto hope, no matter how overwhelming or impossible your situation seems. It may be the only thing that you have to rely on in the end. [[DespairEventHorizon Surrendering to despair]] is never a solution to anything.
** Having talent doesn't automatically make you better than anyone and not having it doesn't make you worthless.
** You need to take responsibility for your past and the consequences of your actions. However, even if it's filled with horrible mistakes, it does not define your future. You do.
** Sometimes the truth is [[AwfulTruth an awful one]], but you need to pursue it anyway.
** ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaV3KillingHarmony'' manages to do something far different. [[spoiler: Hope and Despair, as the series actually portrays it, is meaningless. Despair in itself does nothing but bring pointless misery and sorrow to the people around you, but the way Hope is consistently portrayed, as a person that personifies it in its entirety, is even more meaningless. Because, as Shuichi points out, the audience who chooses hope to win over despair in the end simply wants to see a new tragedy unfold that hope can overcome, thus causing more people to pointlessly sign up for the TV show that is Danganronpa, thus, trivializing Hope and Despair as a game to watch. The real thing that ends the sick situation is the love for one's fellow man, and the love Shuichi and the remaining survivors have for each other, regardless of them being engineered to be a part of the show, is what convinces the audience to stop watching the show, and thus, ending the series InUniverse forever.]]
* ''VisualNovel/AmnesiaMemories'' drops a heavy anvil in Clover World, a.k.a. Kent's route. Among the first things he tells the heroine is that she needs to tell him if she doesn't like something about his behavior because he can't read her mind. In fact, Kent's entire route is one big [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of the BelligerentSexualTension trope because it makes it clear that this was dooming their relationship to misery and failure, as the two couldn't have a single conversation where they didn't end up arguing about something. The anvil is clear: open communication in a relationship is important to make things work. And if your personalities are polar opposites, you can still make things work by trying to approach each other on equal levels, as Kent does when he tries to be more emotionally open towards the heroine, despite it being the opposite of his rational world-view.
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An {{Anvilicious}} work is one that has [[AnAesop a moral message]] and makes it as subtle as an anvil dropped on the viewer's head, in other words not subtle at all. But sometimes, a work can be Anvilicious [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools without suffering in the process]]. Some works not only pull it off gracefully, but are effective ''because'' of the Anvil -- and not in a SoBadItsGood way, either. Often seen in {{Reconstruction}}s.

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An {{Anvilicious}} work is one that has [[AnAesop a moral message]] and makes it as subtle as an anvil dropped on the viewer's head, in other words not subtle at all. But sometimes, a work can be Anvilicious [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools without suffering in the process]]. Some works not only pull it off gracefully, but are effective ''because'' of the Anvil -- and not in a SoBadItsGood way, either. Often seen in {{Reconstruction}}s.



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** ''[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped/MisterMetokur Mister Metokur]]''
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** ''[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped/BigMouth Big Mouth]]''
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** ''[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic]]''
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A reminder that AnAesop is [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Not Bad]]. And don't let the fact that [[FridgeLogic the anvils of one work are often incompatible or in direct opposition to another's]] get in the way either.

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A reminder that AnAesop is [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Not Bad]]. Sometimes you have to shock people into doing the right thing. And don't let the fact that [[FridgeLogic the anvils of one work are often incompatible or in direct opposition to another's]] get in the way either.


** ''[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped/MisterMetokur Mister Metokur]]''



** ''[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped/MisterMetokur Mister Metokur]]''


An {{Anvilicious}} work is one that has [[AnAesop a moral message]] and makes it as subtle as an anvil dropped on the viewer's head, in other words not subtle at all. But sometimes, a work can be Anvilicious [[TropesAreTools without suffering in the process]]. Some works not only pull it off gracefully, but are effective ''because'' of the Anvil -- and not in a SoBadItsGood way, either. Often seen in {{Reconstruction}}s.

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An {{Anvilicious}} work is one that has [[AnAesop a moral message]] and makes it as subtle as an anvil dropped on the viewer's head, in other words not subtle at all. But sometimes, a work can be Anvilicious [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools without suffering in the process]]. Some works not only pull it off gracefully, but are effective ''because'' of the Anvil -- and not in a SoBadItsGood way, either. Often seen in {{Reconstruction}}s.



A reminder that AnAesop is [[TropesAreTools Not Bad]]. And don't let the fact that [[FridgeLogic the anvils of one work are often incompatible or in direct opposition to another's]] get in the way either.

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A reminder that AnAesop is [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Not Bad]]. And don't let the fact that [[FridgeLogic the anvils of one work are often incompatible or in direct opposition to another's]] get in the way either.

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** ''[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped/BigMouth Big Mouth]]''


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXWltWyRAgU This ad]] for [=LeapStart=], which is a bitter jab at [[ConspiracyTheorist Conspiracy Theorists]] and their possible negative effects on children. Kids' minds are like a sponge, and as such [=LeapFrog=] knew that so-called "truthers" can and will warp a young person's mind for all the wrong reasons.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXWltWyRAgU This ad]] for [=LeapStart=], which is a bitter jab at [[ConspiracyTheorist Conspiracy Theorists]] and their possible negative effects on children. Kids' minds are like a sponge, and as such [=LeapFrog=] Franchise/LeapFrog knew that so-called "truthers" can and will warp a young person's mind for all the wrong reasons.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXWltWyRAgU This ad]] for [=LeapStart=], which is a bitter jab at [[ConspiracyTheorist Conspiracy Theorists]] and their possible negative effects on children. Kids' minds are like a sponge, and as such [=LeapFrog=] knew that so-called "truthers" can and will warp a young person's mind for all the wrong reasons.
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* One episode of ''Monday Night Raw'' leading up to ''Unforgiven'' in September 2008 had Wrestling/ShawnMichaels drop an anvil that might, from some angles, appear a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, but that is one that countless [[WideEyedIdealist Wide-Eyed Idealists]] out there desperately need to accept if they're ever going to get on with their lives. After Wrestling/ChrisJericho had smashed Shawn's head into a video screen and repeatedly jabbed him in the eye, half-blinding him and nearly ending his career, and then punched his wife Rebecca in the mouth and temporarily disfigured her - ''and'' had [[NeverMyFault refused to apologize for any of this]], claiming that Michaels had it all coming to him - Michaels asserted that some people are so wicked that they cannot possibly be forgiven, nor ever even want to be. And you can't just ignore them, because then they'll just keep going out to hurt countless more people; sometimes you ''must'' seek swift justice, severely punishing or even destroying a menacing human being. Of course, with Jericho's and Michaels's feud reaching its climax with the "Unsanctioned Match" at ''Unforgiven'' (in which both combatants relieved World Wrestling Entertainment from all legal responsibility for what they would do to each other), Wrestling/{{WWE}} [[BrokenAesop attempted to have it both ways]], having Michaels snap and beat Jericho unconscious, and then ''[[WhatTheHellHero continue]]'' to assault him even after it had become clear Jericho could no longer defend himself, until Michaels [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone finally managed to experience some remorse]]. Not to mention Jericho's appearance on ''Raw'' the night afterward, stripping down to show the still-unhealed welts on his upper torso where Michaels had [[ATasteOfTheLash thrashed him repeatedly with a strap]] and [[SarcasmMode "questioning"]] how a born-again Christian like Michaels [[JerkassHasAPoint could do such things]].

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* One episode of ''Monday Night Raw'' ''Series/MondayNightRaw'' leading up to ''Unforgiven'' ''Wrestling/{{Unforgiven}}'' in September 2008 had Wrestling/ShawnMichaels drop an anvil that might, from some angles, appear a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop, but that is one that countless [[WideEyedIdealist Wide-Eyed Idealists]] out there desperately need to accept if they're ever going to get on with their lives. After Wrestling/ChrisJericho had smashed Shawn's head into a video screen and repeatedly jabbed him in the eye, half-blinding him and nearly ending his career, and then punched his wife Rebecca in the mouth and temporarily disfigured her - ''and'' had [[NeverMyFault refused to apologize for any of this]], claiming that Michaels had it all coming to him - Michaels asserted that some people are so wicked that they cannot possibly be forgiven, nor ever even want to be. And you can't just ignore them, because then they'll just keep going out to hurt countless more people; sometimes you ''must'' seek swift justice, severely punishing or even destroying a menacing human being. Of course, with Jericho's and Michaels's feud reaching its climax with the "Unsanctioned Match" at ''Unforgiven'' (in which both combatants relieved World Wrestling Entertainment from all legal responsibility for what they would do to each other), Wrestling/{{WWE}} [[BrokenAesop attempted to have it both ways]], having Michaels snap and beat Jericho unconscious, and then ''[[WhatTheHellHero continue]]'' to assault him even after it had become clear Jericho could no longer defend himself, until Michaels [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone finally managed to experience some remorse]]. Not to mention Jericho's appearance on ''Raw'' the night afterward, stripping down to show the still-unhealed welts on his upper torso where Michaels had [[ATasteOfTheLash thrashed him repeatedly with a strap]] and [[SarcasmMode "questioning"]] how a born-again Christian like Michaels [[JerkassHasAPoint could do such things]].



* Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey does this every episode rather well. In fact, they've perfected it.
* In the ''{{Superman}}'' radio show of the 40s, there is a fairly famous serial in which Superman takes on an expy for the TheKlan, complete with their real-life ranks and secret phrases. This radio show was used to expose the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan for what it really was; a terrorist organization that had to be disbanded ASAP. It even went and revealed the identities of individual Klansmen, hoping to induce good-hearted people to go after the Klansmen themselves and harass them until they were too broken to so much as ''spit upon'' a black man. [[CrazyEnoughToWork It Worked]]. Suddenly, the Ku Klux Klan was forced to disband in the face of overwhelming shame, public ridicule, and vicious assaults on its members. They've never managed to regain their former power since then. In fact, the NSA lists them as a "subversive organization", the same designation given to the [[AnimalWrongsGroup Animal Liberation Front]] and other "homegrown" terror organizations; and one can lose or be denied security clearance by becoming affiliated with the "nightie knights".

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* Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'' does this every episode rather well. In fact, they've perfected it.
* In the ''{{Superman}}'' ''[[Radio/TheAdventuresOfSuperman Superman]]'' radio show of the 40s, there is a fairly famous serial in which Superman takes on an expy for the TheKlan, complete with their real-life ranks and secret phrases. This radio show was used to expose the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan for what it really was; was: a terrorist organization that had to be disbanded ASAP. It even went and revealed the identities of individual Klansmen, hoping to induce good-hearted people to go after the Klansmen themselves and harass them until they were too broken to so much as ''spit upon'' a black man. [[CrazyEnoughToWork It Worked]].worked]]. Suddenly, the Ku Klux Klan was forced to disband in the face of overwhelming shame, public ridicule, and vicious assaults on its members. They've never managed to regain their former power since then. In fact, the NSA lists them as a "subversive organization", the same designation given to the [[AnimalWrongsGroup Animal Liberation Front]] and other "homegrown" terror organizations; and one can lose or be denied security clearance by becoming affiliated with the "nightie knights".



* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has a different aesop for each girl's path, as well as a couple over-arching ones for the game as a whole, and while they are varying degrees of {{Anvilicious}}, pretty much all of them needed to be dropped.
* ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'' runs on the theme of hope. That you need to hold onto hope, no matter how overwhelming or impossible your situation seems. It may be the only thing that you have to rely on in the end. Surrendering to despair is never a solution to anything.

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* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has a different aesop Aesop for each girl's path, as well as a couple over-arching of overarching ones for the game as a whole, and while they are varying degrees of {{Anvilicious}}, pretty much all of them needed to be dropped.
* ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'' runs on the theme of hope. That you need to hold onto hope, no matter how overwhelming or impossible your situation seems. It may be the only thing that you have to rely on in the end. [[DespairEventHorizon Surrendering to despair despair]] is never a solution to anything.



** VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3 manages to do something far different. [[spoiler: Hope and Despair, as the series actually portrays it, is meaningless. Despair in itself does nothing but bring pointless misery and sorrow to the people around you, but the way Hope is consistently portrayed, as a person that Personifies it in its entirety, is even more meaningless. Because, as Shuichi points out, The Audience who chooses hope to win over despair in the end simply want to see a new tragedy unfold that hope can overcome, thus causing more people to pointlessly sign up for the Tv show that is Danganronpa, thus, trivializing Hope and Despair as a game to watch. The real thing that ends the sick situation is the Love for ones fellow man, and the love Shuichi and the remaining survivors have for each other, regardless of them being engineered to be a part of the show, is what convinces the audience to stop watching the show, and thus, ending the series InUniverse forever.]]
* ''VisualNovel/AmnesiaMemories'' drops a heavy anvil in Clover World, aka Kent's route. Among the first things he tells the heroine is that she needs to tell him if she doesn't like something about his behavior because he can't read her mind. In fact, Kent's entire route is one big [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of the BelligerentSexualTension trope because it makes it clear that this was dooming their relationship to misery and failure, as the two couldn't have a single conversation where they didn't end up arguing about something. The anvil is clear: open communication in a relationship is important to making things work. And if your personalities are polar opposites, you can still make things work by trying to approach each other on equal levels, as Kent does when he tries to be more emotionally open towards the heroine, despite it being the opposite of his rational world-view.

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** VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3 ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaV3KillingHarmony'' manages to do something far different. [[spoiler: Hope and Despair, as the series actually portrays it, is meaningless. Despair in itself does nothing but bring pointless misery and sorrow to the people around you, but the way Hope is consistently portrayed, as a person that Personifies personifies it in its entirety, is even more meaningless. Because, as Shuichi points out, The Audience the audience who chooses hope to win over despair in the end simply want wants to see a new tragedy unfold that hope can overcome, thus causing more people to pointlessly sign up for the Tv TV show that is Danganronpa, thus, trivializing Hope and Despair as a game to watch. The real thing that ends the sick situation is the Love love for ones one's fellow man, and the love Shuichi and the remaining survivors have for each other, regardless of them being engineered to be a part of the show, is what convinces the audience to stop watching the show, and thus, ending the series InUniverse forever.]]
* ''VisualNovel/AmnesiaMemories'' drops a heavy anvil in Clover World, aka a.k.a. Kent's route. Among the first things he tells the heroine is that she needs to tell him if she doesn't like something about his behavior because he can't read her mind. In fact, Kent's entire route is one big [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of the BelligerentSexualTension trope because it makes it clear that this was dooming their relationship to misery and failure, as the two couldn't have a single conversation where they didn't end up arguing about something. The anvil is clear: open communication in a relationship is important to making make things work. And if your personalities are polar opposites, you can still make things work by trying to approach each other on equal levels, as Kent does when he tries to be more emotionally open towards the heroine, despite it being the opposite of his rational world-view.


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* Bullying is wrong. Both men and women can be guilty of it (shame on you, Wrestling/LayCool), and even the seemingly most powerful and confident individuals can fall victim to it (with one particularly heartrending subplot being about ''Wrestling/TheBigShow'' being bullied). This is a lesson WWE considers so important that they don't restrict their preaching of it to just their entertainment division.

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* Bullying is wrong. Both men and women can be guilty of it (shame on you, Wrestling/LayCool), and even the seemingly most powerful and confident individuals can fall victim to it (with one particularly heartrending subplot being about ''Wrestling/TheBigShow'' ''[[Wrestling/BigShow The Big Show]]'' being bullied). bullied, since you'd ''think'' that no one could bully a 7', 500 lbs. giant.). This is a lesson WWE considers so important that they don't restrict their preaching of it to just their entertainment division.division.
* Wrestling/CMPunk, in his SmugStraightEdge[=/=]StraightEdgeEvil mode, can come off as pompous and pretentious. ''[[StrawmanHasAPoint But]]'', when you consider Wrestling/JeffHardy's disastrous performance at ''[[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA]] Victory Road 2011'', how could anyone ''disagree'' with his DrugsAreBad message?

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