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Basic Trope: An Aesop that goes against traditional morality or ethics.

  • Straight: In an episode of Alice and Bob, Alice learns that sometimes adults make mistakes — so she can exploit those mistakes for her own personal gain.
  • Exaggerated:
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  • Downplayed: Alice learns that even grown-ups make mistakes, and you should point them out... but she isn't exactly nice about it.
  • Justified:
    • Just because it's not a nice Aesop doesn't make it any less true.
    • Alice is a Villain Protagonist.
  • Inverted: Every Aesop is ridiculously exaggerated; for example, the show openly encourages giving one's life to save a friend from mild discomfort.
  • Subverted: Alice begins to deliver her monologue to the audience...
    Alice: Today I learned that everyone—even adults—make mistakes. [Beat.] Keeping this in mind will help me when I want something.
    Bob: Alice!
    Alice: I'm joking, I'm joking. Seriously, kids, never do that.
  • Double Subverted:
    Alice: ...unless you really want something.
  • Parodied: Carol, the villain, delivers the moral at the end of the episode instead of the heroes. The moral is: puppy kicking is good exercise.
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  • Zig Zagged:
    Alice: Seriously, kids, never do that. ...Unless you really want something.
    Bob: ALICE!!
    Alice: Joking! Joking!
  • Averted:
    • Every Aesop is the standard, all-good, family-friendly kind; none is morally questionable.
    • There are no Aesops, period. Or each one is a Fantastic Aesop.
  • Enforced: The show is a comedy intended mainly for adults, and a subverted Aesop is a standard joke.
  • Lampshaded: "Alice, you shouldn't be teaching lessons like that! Think of the kids!"
  • Invoked: Alice is a bit of a jokester, and she finds this sort of thing funny.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: "We can't have lessons like that on the show! Think of the children!"
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  • Discussed:
  • Conversed: "Hahaha! I can't believe they got away with that in a kids' show!"
  • Deconstructed:
    • People catch on to the bad juju, and the show starts losing ratings.
    • People actually listen to the message and use them, it results in people's lives, eventually including their own, miserable.
  • Reconstructed:
    • People ignore the implications and move on.
    • Or alternatively, the lesson in question does hold some real-world value, even if it is considered inappropriate for kids.
  • Played for Laughs: The Aesops are in a Show Within a Show. Some of the viewers are corrupted by the show, while others are not.
  • Played for Drama: The Aesop is handled poorly and turns out to be bad advice... which some people follow, resulting in several accidents and even deaths.

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