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.
- Every Aesop is like that. And it's all completely cheerful and never lampshaded.
- In Alice and Bob, Alice travels the world and sees how those who perform Heroic Sacrifice end up dying a painful death and find themselves in a mind-boggling afterlife of eternal torture, while human rights activists are brainwashed, those cheerful-looking altruistic fellows living in a poor rural village die out by famine and diseases, and corrupt CEOs and politicians live long and prosperous, if not happier, lives. Alice learns that caring for others can only end up badly, so when she grows up, she becomes a totalitarian dictator and saves herself from horrifying deaths and accidents.
- Downplayed: Alice learns that even grown-ups make mistakes, and you should point them out... but she isn't exactly nice about it.
- 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.
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.
- Zig Zagged:Alice: Seriously, kids, never do that. ...Unless you really want something.
Alice: Joking! Joking!
- 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.
- Defied: "We can't have lessons like that on the show! Think of the children!"
- Discussed:Bob: Alice, seriously. Can you imagine the reactions people would have if a kids' TV show expressed that lesson?
Alice: Heh, yeah, the Moral Guardians would totally overreact.
- Conversed: "Hahaha! I can't believe they got away with that in a kids' show!"
- 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.
- 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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