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"Lesson Learned. Women Eat Food."

Most works of fiction, whether they are intend to or not, wind up saying something profound or at least have some kind of message. The implications can be helpful, or morbidly unfortunate. But that's not important. When you are a perfectly normal Hugh Mann looking to learn everything about being Hugh Mann and aren't secretly an alien with no concept of Earthiness, you want to learn the basic building blocks of being a person and the best person to ask is Captain Obvious. The more he understates it, the better.


Just take the complex messages and central themes of a piece of media and strip it down until you can find the easiest, least intimidating lesson to be learn so that you can walk away, comfortable in the fact that you had just learned something you could have figured out on your own.

Remember to follow correct Example Indentation.

Contrast Sweeten That Aesop and Warp That Aesop.

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     Anime and Manga 

  • Banksy: People like graffiti.

    Asian Animation 

    Comic Books 


     Films — Animated 

     Films — Live-Action 


     Live-Action TV 


     Music Videos 

     Tabletop Games 
  • Chess: The King is important


     Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy XIV:
    • Legacy: Video games that are bad should be destroyed and replaced with a good one.
    • A Realm Reborn: Cults are dangerous, but so are empires.
    • Heavensward: Don't kill dragons to steal their magical powers. It's a dick move.
    • Stormblood: Once you run out of cults to fight, you should probably work on taking down that empire a little bit.
    • Shadowbringers: Don't commit genocide, not even to save your friends, or the Warrior of Light will destroy you.
  • Improbable Island: Cigarettes are valuable and addictive.
  • inFAMOUS: Killing innocent people makes you a bad person.
  • inFAMOUS 2: There are rednecks in Louisiana.
  • Life Is Strange:
  • Psychonauts:
    • Exercise is important.
    • Bunnies are cute.
    • Fire is pretty.
    • Critics are mean.
    • Improve is bad.
    • Runaway bulls are dangerous.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (1991): Animals should be free.
  • Spyro the Dragon:
  • Undertale: People die if they are killed. By you. You may or may not wish to avoid this.

     Visual Novels 
  • Fate/stay night: People are supposed to die when they are killed. If this is not happening, there is probably something unusual going on.

  • The Rock Cocks:
    • Sex feels good.
    • Being a nudist means you don't wear clothes.

     Web Original 
Web Fiction
  • Dante's Infanzia:
    • Poop is stinky.
    • Disposable diapers are more convenient than cloth diapers.

Web Video

     Western Animation 



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