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Asian Animation
  • The Simple Samosa episode "Cupcake Gang" has the aesop of "everyone is special with their own unique characteristics". When Banoffee Batenburg's princess daughter tries to go through with a plan to make everything sweet like her, the other Anthropomorphic Food characters bring up how they all have different tastes. They even put a song in the episode to get the message across.
    Jalebi: We may be different from each other, but when we come together, we make a yummy and delicious feast.
    Samosa: You are right, Jalebi, look at me. I'm not sweet, but everyone loves me. You all agree, right?
    Dhokla: I'm neither sweet nor spicy.
    Chili pepper lady: Oh, I am just spicy, but I'm the one who enhances the taste and look of the dish.
    Potato chip lady: And someone as tempting as myself, if you add a spoon of tangy sauce, it will tingle your taste buds.

Comic Books

  • Seconds: We all make bad decisions that we wish we can take back. But it happens and best we can do is roll with the punches and try to learn from them so they don't happen again. Lightly parodied at the end, where Ray points out that a poster featuring that Aesop has been hanging in his office the entire time. The office that Katie has been going to everyday for the last three years.
  • In one Strontium Dog story, Johnny and Wulf search for a target on a planet where the natives, among other things, eat humans. The conditions in which the farmed humans were kept served to illustrate the point that battery farming is bad.
  • Many times in the stories of Wilhelm Busch, often against alcohol and mischief. Several stories end with "Und die Moral von der Geschicht..." (and the moral of the story is: ...) There's a reason the German version of this page was named "Die Moral".
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  • Watchmen : There’s nothing wrong with living your life by some sort of moral code but, at the same time, you shouldn’t be a slave to it.
  • The Czech comics Rychle Sipy is in a large part based around lessons the writer Jaroslav Foglar wanted to impart on his young readers - ranging from serious moral conundrums to practical advice.
  • Democracy: Always seek out the truth. Even if it turns out that you hate it. It's better than staying in the dark. Leander wasn't glad to find out that Harmodius and Aristogeiton (the famous Tyrannicides) killed Hipparchus for selfish reasons (they were lovers and he tried to separate them) rather than as an act of rebellion and tries to stay as far away from the truth as possible. It's only when the Athenians rebel against the Spartans that realises this aesop.


  • "Hard Ball" from Trout Fishing In America's My Name is Chicken Joe has one of these, but it meanders off to the point of approaching a Spoof Aesop...
    "The moral of this story is to do what this parents tell ya'. And you can't do that, a friend's advice might help ya'. And if you can't do that all is still not lost. Take a tip from me, just be lucky with the toss!"
  • Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht's concluding trio hammers home that people shouldn't be condemned for liking coffee.
  • Kids Praise: Being a Christian work aimed at kids, these are inevitable. The arc aesop of the whole thing is that you have to actually mean it when you're praising God, but numerous other ones appear about determination, problem-solving, kindness, empathy, patience, praying for guidance before making big decisions...the list goes on.

Newspaper Comics

  • Subverted in Calvin and Hobbes, where Calvin learns the wrong lesson, if he learned any at all.
    Hobbes: Live and don't learn, that's us.
    • And after the Snow Goons arc:
    Calvin: I like lessons that aren't applicable later in life.


  • Hansel and Gretel has a moral quoted in the opening scene by Gretel (to whom Hansel replies that it sounds nice but does nothing to alleviate hunger), which is sung again by the cast at the end:
    "When past bearing is our grief,
    Then 'tis Heaven will send relief!"
  • The Time of Your Life: The text of the play is prefaced with a moral sermon.
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein were fond of presenting Aesops:
    • In Oklahoma!, "The Farmer And The Cowman" ends up with Aunt Eller waving a gun at the feuding ensemble and making them repeat this lesson:
      "I don't say I'm better than anybody else,
      But I'll be damned if I ain't jist as good!"
    • The doctor's speech at the graduation in Carousel.
    • South Pacific had one in the song "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught."
  • Henrik Ibsen is mostly known for not using straight aesops at all, but there are some of them hidden in plain sight:
    • Peer Gynt: "To be yourself is to give yourself up, or to walk with the meaning of your maker visible." And when asked what of the ones that never got to know what the intended meaning was: "He is supposed to sense it - and in the lack of sensation, the guy with the hoof has a good bait."
    • Brand: On the topic of love over pure willpower, Ibsen does not state it directly, but it is there.
    • The Pillars of Society has probably the plainest aesop in any play written by Ibsen, when the female activist closes the play with this:
      The spirit of truth and freedom, that is the pillars of society!
  • In The Soldiers Tale, the moral of the story, essentially "you can't have it all," is stated by the Narrator during the Grand Chorale. The protagonist proceeds to flout it and suffers the consequences: he literally goes to the Devil.
  • Disney's Believe has the aesop that childhood doesn't last forever, and it's important to love your child and nurture their imagination.
  • Into the Woods: Several
    • Do not stray to far from the path.
    • Take each opportunity, as they do not always last.
    • All wishes come with consequences.
    • "No One Is Alone".
    • But above all, "Children Will Listen", so be careful of your actions, do not lie to them, and help them grow.

Web Animation

  • The Most Epic Story Ever Told in All of Human History: Each episode after the trailer has at least one.
    • “Ten Steps to Saving the World that Totally Won’t Work”: The state of society can only improve through mass-collaboration and putting aside petty differences to make sure the material needs of struggling individuals are all met.
    • “The Most Epic Superhero Origin Story”: All emotions are valid, but you should not use them to hurt other people. Also, feminism has done a lot of good for the world.
    • “The Most Epically Inspirational Sports Movie”: Your hobbies are just as valid with or without the support of your friends. Also, as whispersed at the end, trans rights are human rights.
    • “The Most Epic Crime-Stopping Mission”: Paperwork is often an unnecessary annoyance, but you still need to get it done. Although the necessity of running society by paperwork in the first place is still left up to interpretation. Also, law enforcement isn’t perfect and can target the wrong people.
    • “The Most Epic Romance”: Romance isn’t necessary for happiness, and you definitely shouldn’t approach it with an Entitled to Have You mindset. Also, “romance experts” online often have terrible advice.
    • “The Most Epic SuperVILLAIN Origin Story”: A collaborative, unionized workforce is much more effective than one where one person makes every decision. Especially when the person in charge is a Pointy-Haired Boss like Ridiculously Epic.
    • “The Most Epic Sci-Fi Adventure”: Immigration can be a beautiful thing by bringing together two different worlds peacefully. It also doubles down on the previous episode’s pro-union Aesop.
    • “The Most Epic Day in the Life at a Soul-Sucking Job”: Be kind and reasonable to employees, and don’t blame them for the decisions that their managers make, because they are simply trying to make their living in a capitalist world. It also doubles-down on the “excessive paperwork is an unnecessary annoyance” Aesop of episode 5.
    • “The Most Epic Teaching Experience”: Teachers are typically only trying to help you. Being unnecessarily antagonistic to them only hurts your own learning experience and makes it more difficult for them to pass on knowledge. A secondary Aesop is that classroom education should evolve to more effectively account for different learning styles.
    • “The Most Epic Introspective Journey on a Nautical Voyage”: The best cure for a bleak outlook on the world is to believe in the possibility for change, and to hold on to one’s goals and aspirations even when not seeing immediately obvious results for them. A secondary Aesop is that you may be more of a positive influence on those around you than you know.
    • “The Most Epic Mystical Quest”: People will exploit you for money if you are not careful. But if it happens to you, do not blame yourself for it. Instead question why the world values money over people in the first place, and challenge that way of the world.

Web Comics

Web Original

  • Alpha M: Alpha M is a lifestyle youtube channel that gives various guides to men on dating, appearance and skincare. The prevailing lesson on his channel is that you don't need to buy clothes and products that you can't afford to have a successful love life. You can dress fashionably on a budget and confidence is the most attractive trait about a person.
  • Broken Saints is big on the moral messages, and this is Lampshaded in the credits of Chapter 19, which has a line reading: "today's lesson: strip clubs are bad"
  • The Cartoon Show: "Always be creative and let your imagination soar", "the world is a blank canvas and you can make whatever you want on it", "always sign your name after drawing because someone might take it", "when it comes to your imagination, the sky is the limit".
  • The Chronicles of Jaller: Parodied. At the end of "Axon Gets Kidnapped," Axon concedes that "Not all Hero Factorys are stupid lame dumbwads," at which point one shows up wanting to join them. Jaller shoots him on the spot.
  • Demo Reel: "Hollywood is a horrible place to be for minorities", "Accentuate the Negative only causes pain" and "try to move on from your abusive past in a healthy way".
  • Dusk's Dawn tries to shoehorn one in at the end about not thinking things through.
  • Subverted by the Aesop 2.0 stories in Tales From Dev Null.
  • Hector's World was created to teach about cybersafety and online etiquette.
  • The Most Popular Girls in School:
    • Episode 57:
    Ashley: Guys... I've got an idea, just hear me out: Maybe we should just like whatever it is we like. And if other people start liking it too, that's not bad. In fact, it probably means that whatever it is we like is pretty good. Only now we have people we can share it with. And if nobody else likes it, well, that's okay too, because it makes us happy.
    • Episode 82: Other people's dreams don't have to be your dreams, which is what Brittnay reveals as she says goodbye to Mackenzie. Also, when Mackenzie reunites with her friends at the airport, she drops this message:
    Mackenzie: (to Brittnay and Trisha) I decided I'm not gonna drop out of school after all. ...Look, all I've ever wanted to do was to just find a way to escape all these bitches and assholes we go to school with. But since we got here, Jeannie betrayed us, those French cunts tried to kill us, and I realized, it doesn't matter where you go, there's always gonna be bitches and assholes in your life. So the only thing you can do is surround yourself with the few bitches and assholes you can actually stand being around. And for me, that's you guys.
  • The Web show Speed Game, which usually display and comment speedruns, talks about the history of the number Pi in the Pokémon episode.
  • From A Caution to the Wise, a story in The Wanderer's Library: They ask for a story with a moral; the moral is; "A caution to the wise - look elsewhere for your wisdom."
  • What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? caps off every live recording with what they learned from the night's bizarre news stories, sometimes also veering into Spoof Aesop. There are even some recurring aesops, like "No one wants to see your dick," "There's nothing sexy at the Wal-Mart" and "Poop is not a plan."
  • A running gag in Fat, French and Fabulous is various aesops both serious and not, including a combined moral lesson on washing your hands and donating your body to medical science.
  • In Marvel Rising Ultimate Comics, Patriot learns a lesson about teamwork: "No matter how strong you are, you're at your best when working with your teammates."
  • The short film "We Believe: The Best Men Can Be" from Gillette tried to teach a lesson about toxic masculinity; men should lead by example so the younger generation will understand how harmful toxic masculinity is to other men and women. It also tried to teach that looking for help and showing vulnerability doesn't make you less of a man.
  • Malicious Compliance very, very often ends with "listen to the staff, they're hired because they know what they're doing" or similar phrasing after the antagonist has ordered OP to do something, OP points out why it's a bad idea, and the antagonist uses their authority to compel OP to do it anyway.

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