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  • The Onion:
    • Klingon Speakers Now Outnumber Navajo Speakers Seeing as this is The Onion, the anvilicious message is basically lampshading the trope, by mocking serious news reports on the problems. It's in dire need of pointing out, remembering the Bangladesh incident. It should also be noted that there about 50 Klingon speakers (at the most) and about 170,000 Navajo speakers, thanks to revitalization efforts.
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    • "Political Cartoon Even More Boring And Confusing Than Issue" in which nobody can understand an Anvilicious comic strip.
    • The Onion is often anvilicious non-ironically. One article was simply about people in the future scolding people in the present for not legalizing gay marriage (also, in the future, every single person in the entire world is pro-choice).


  • The Big Finish Doctor Who audio The Last is ridiculously anvilicious in its anti-war message. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, with statements like "Money that should have gone to space exploration went to develop more weapons" and "She should have known dropping bombs is wrong, that war is wrong".
  • During World War II, many radio shows devoted some time to explaining and/or promoting various wartime programs (rationing, War Bond drives, etc). Most of them were less than subtle about it. Such as this infamous poster.

Tabletop Games

  • Eclipse Phase: basically, yay transhumanism and anarchy. Let's put it this way: the main non-transhumanist power bloc is a ruthless military junta verging on People's Republic of Tyranny.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse has always had ecological subtext, given that you're basically Gaia's superpowered children fighting against an evil corporation of polluters, but some writers handle it worse than others. In The Silver Record's prologue, for example, the plot stops for an entire paragraph just so the reader can be informed that everyone who lives in the modern world is a heartless, egocentric bastard.
    But y’see, science is a double-edged razor. It provides us with better ways to feed ourselves, protect ourselves, and move from place to place, but it also breeds isolation and a “me-first” mentality. When people— Garou included — don’t feel like they have to struggle to survive, they get soft and selfish. After a while, everyone starts feeling like the lead in their own personal movie. Everyone and everything else in the world becomes supporting cast and background material. At that point, nothing is good unless it enriches you. Unless it makes your life safer, more comfortable, more fun. Don’t shake your head, you know I’m right! After a while, nothing in this world matters unless it somehow makes you feel better! Now multiply that by the amount of people in the world today, square it by the economies of nations, and subtract any sort of feeling of community or family. Our family tree is dying — literally! — because we don’t feel or feed its roots any longer.


  • Parodied/played for laughs in Avenue Q. "The Money Song" starts with an over-the-top Anvilicious moral on charity and being generous... then halfway through the song, everybody runs into the audience asking for money.
  • The truly Anvilicious narrator in Blood Brothers not only shows up to highlight every moment of foreshadowing in the musical but also appears at the end to let any terminally inattentive audience members know what the message was.
  • Hair sure drops a few about friendship, racism, and The Vietnam War.
  • The Toxic Avenger, based on the campy movie of the same name, could be a hilarious hour of nothing but New Jersey jokes, which it is in some places, but eventually it gets bogged down by its need to hammer "Pollution BAD!" into the audience. Emphasis on hammer.
  • Young Frankenstein's musical adaptation is similar to the example of Toxic Avenger stage adaptation; compared to the movie the sexual humor is a lot more heavy-handed.
  • Henrik Ibsen dropped some heavy anvils in his play Brand. The title character is a notorious carrier and tosser of anvils all the way, and one scene, showing a starving and freezing mother with a child begging for clothes and shelter on Christmas Eve, is anvilicious in spades. The anvil dropped is so heavy it actually kills off one of the lead characters in-play (Agnes, the wife of Brand).

Web Original

  • Yellow Cake is loaded with anvils since it's an allegory of the evils of imperialism and ends with a "Reason You Suck" Speech, You Bastard!.
  • Brad Jones reviewed Rock: It's Your Decision on DVD-R Hell, a little-seen TV movie produced by fundamentalist Christians about how rock is evil and how it'll cause you to go to Hell. It doesn't merely lob anvils, it ties them to cruise missiles and fires those at you. After the main character of the movie talks about how people at rock concerts didn't just sit quietly and listen, they got up and danced, like the music was controlling them; Jones jokes that the movie's Aesop is that emotions are bad and if you dance to music, laugh at comedy acts, or cry at funerals, you'll go to Hell.
  • One episode of Nash's Classic Doctor Who Reviews series featured a graphic of MESSAGE falling on him when he examines the anti-Margaret Thatcher theme in The Happiness Patrol. At the end as the Doctor explains how wrong the villain is the MESSAGE returns to beat him about the head.
  • A Downfall parody, The Antic Menace condemns human greed in its fourth episode, via a quote by Charlie Chaplin.
  • Lucky Day Forever: A population of short, brown people who live in a part of town that looks like your typical post-Soviet city and even speak Polish [?] are exploited by the aptly named White society as cheap labor and spare parts. Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped, though.
  • Brentalfloss in Tetris WITH LYRICS.
    • "So, I was trying to communicate that women, uh, enjoy Tetris a lot. Is that clear?
  • The animated short Sometimes You're a Caterpillar is intended to teach audiences about how not everyone is as privileged as they might be. The story itself was effective enough in its execution, but quickly drops the pretense to deliver it in no uncertain terms, then hastily wraps up the plot.
  • 2084 (Part 1, and Part 2 (NSFW) The message, being about what happens when copyright law goes horribly right, isn't exactly subtle about its message. The story concerns 2 people, one into WAM, trying to deal with a dystopia where copyright is abused to the point where you can't basically do anything without an iPad Expy, and do anything unless you pay hefty royalties to the creator. Granted, this was written after SOPA and PIPA occurred and failed to pass, but the unrealistic description of future copyright law can come off as jarring.
  • CLW Entertainment: The Doraemon fandub episode "TV & Disc Do's And Don't's" repeats the moral "don't watch too much TV" ad nauseam, unlike the original Japanese version which is less repetitive.

Real Life

  • Mr. T, in every incarnation, is anvilicious to the point of becoming a running joke, thanks in no small part to the ironic humor of a large violent macho man screaming at you things a meek female kindergarten teacher would normally tell you. This resulted in a favorite satirically jumbled line from SNL: "If you believe in yourself, eat all your school, stay in milk, drink your teeth, don't do sleep, and get eight hours of drugs, you can get work!"
    The weird thing about Mr. T is that he means all of it; the man who made a career out of screaming and hitting things is a big ol' Momma's Boy who loves kids and wants to use his image to help them. In the '80s he performed in a video called "Mr. T's Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool," a series of vignettes encouraging self-confidence and good decision making that is so anvilicious the videotape would make a pothole if you dropped it in the street. Unlike most celebrities doing pre-teen educational/self-help/anti-drug videos in the '80s, Mr. T was not ordered to do this as the community service portion of a drug sentencing; he co-wrote and produced the thing of his own volition. That's because Mr. T don't give ya no jibber-jabber. He tells it like it is.
  • During the 2011 Superbowl, Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas took a moment during the halftime show to tell Obama to reform the school systems.
  • Practically every child has had to attend an assembly at their school about how drugs and alcohol will ruin their life. In some health classes, it's not uncommon to have a "speaker" come and show the students pictures of an STD infection.
  • A common problem is that older sex educational materials (and even modern abstinence-only ones) buy into the All Abusers Are Male trope hard. Every time someone is being pressurized into pre-marital or underage sex they are Always Female. So the lessons become less "be safe, sane, and consensual," and more: "GIRLS! Defend your virginity against the be-penised hordes!" Which of course leads to nobody taking them seriously at all.
    A particularly hilarious one the Scottish "well-meaning but comically futile campaign to make children take adult things seriously" educational curriculum involves one lesson showing teenagers how being immature about sex is bad, mmkay, which begins with splitting the class into groups and asking them to write down all the different terms for penises, sex, vaginas, homosexuality, and contraceptives, without fear of punishment. These are then read out by the teacher. The intention is to engage the class and make them realize how they buy into sexist or immature attitudes. Unfortunately, this is Scottish teenagers. The end result is usually the class roaring with laughter, whilst a red-faced (and frequently deeply religious) teacher goes "boaby... fanny... walloper... Glasgow typewriter... batting from the wrong end of the crease... bellend... tuna sandwich", leading to the children thinking less "sexist and immature swearwords are bad" and more "god, being immature is hilarious."
  • Russell Brand's "parody" of Parklife is about as subtle about corporate greed and political corruption as using a chainsaw to trim threads. Filled with obvious Take Thats against UKIP, Starbucks, and David Cameron, it seems to paint Brand as a Straw Liberal. Worse still, it's not even funny.
  • Benjamin Franklin's "Join, or Die", a wood relief warning about the possible fate of the American colonies if they don't start working together.


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