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  • Atop the Fourth Wall: With great power comes not just great responsibility, but also the need for restraint.
  • Brony D&D: Your past circumstances and mistakes should not define you.
    • It is better to use your gifts to help the world than to try to warp it to fit your own wants.
  • Critical Role explores the importance and impact of family on a lot of different levels both positive and negative, as well as in terms of blood relations versus or compared with your Family of Choice.
    • A secondary theme on the importance of forgiveness for those who have hurt you and for your own past mistakes has also developed between several of the main characters, particularly as the all-but-stated driving theme of Percy and Vex’ahlia’s romantic subplot.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared in general: The media conditions children to think in certain ways that are manipulative and unhealthy. Learn to think for yourself.
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    • "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared": Creativity can be a dangerous thing when repressed and then let loose.
    • "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2 - TIME": Time is an enemy of life, and it will keep ticking no matter how we distract ourselves.
    • "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 3": Love is not something that should be forced upon someone.
    • "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 4": Technology can often distract us from its actual purpose and trap us within it.
    • "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 5": Health and fitness experts are often ignorant, self-contradicting and exploit their audiences.
    • Subverted in "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 6," which is initially about Dreams, but quickly shifts clear to focus on the series's general central theme.
  • The Mysterious Mr. Enter: When done right, animation can touch our emotions in many ways, inspire us to new heights, give us direction, and give us purpose.
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  • The Nostalgia Chick: Positive Discrimination is more damaging than it seems, and female characters can and should be flawed and interesting.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • Actions have consequences and you need to deal with them. Made especially obvious after Ma-Ti's death in Suburban Knights.
    • Many of his videos highlight the dangers of fanaticism and nostalgia. Most things are not perfect and/or not as good as we remember them, and there are more important things in life than what you watched as a kid.
  • The Spoony Experiment: The things you love may not be as perfect as you thought, but that's no reason to not love them anymore.
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