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Basic Trope: The story has An Aesop that was not intentional.

  • Straight: In the book The Adventures of Alice and Bob, there is Fantastic Racism against dragons. People took this as An Aesop about real racism but really it was just the writer playing around.
  • Exaggerated: The readers believe there are all the Stock Aesops in the world in the book, but really there were none, or they thought it was Anvilicious but there was no moral.
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  • Downplayed: People acknowledge there's a possibility of an aesop, but it's so widely open to interpretation that there's debates if it was an accident or just looking too deep into it.
  • Justified: The characters are not racist against people but they were against dragons, and they didn't know the readers existed.
  • Inverted: Lost Aesop.
  • Subverted: In the next book there is An Aesop.
  • Double Subverted: That wasn't intended either.
  • Parodied: When interviewed about the morals of his book, the writer snarks that dragons and minorities are indeed just the same: huge, flying, fire-breathing reptilians.
  • Zigzagged:
    • There is a whole Alice and Bob series. Some have no perceived Aesops, some have none, and some have a few Accidental Aesops.
    • There is many a Flip-Flop of God about whether the Aesop is intentional or not.
  • Averted: The Aesop was intentional or there were no perceived Aesops.
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  • Enforced: This trope is unintentional, so cannot be enforced.
  • Lampshaded: "We seem to have accidentally learned something."
  • Invoked: In the author's note, the writer encourages people to look for Aesops, even though they didn't include any deliberately.
  • Exploited: The writer embraces that he accidentally wrote an aesop and uses it to boost his popularity.
  • Defied: The writer realizes the story seems a bit Aesoppy and adds "This is not a metaphor." at the end.
  • Discussed: "People could learn from our adventure." "Really? It wasn't meant to be learned from?"
  • Conversed: "That seemed like An Aesop but wasn't intentional.
  • Played for Drama: Readers think they have found a Family-Unfriendly Aesop in the book, but that was unintentional.

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