- Broken Saints is loaded with these, most notably about the treatment of third world countries by first world industry.
- There she is!! - There's no need to stand in the way of love.
- Some say its anvil is more specifically about the animosity between Koreans and Japanese that remains to this day. Certainly needs to be dropped either way, since this issue isn't addressed very often.
- Step 4 specifically: Backing down under societal pressure will not make things better.
- There's a Man in the Woods: Despite being a three minute video it give very important lessons.
- If you believe everything kids tell you about how somebody is bad, it can lead to good, responsible people losing their jobs over an empty lie.
- Alternatively, listening to kids doesn't mean you take everything they say to heart. Just pay attention, but take it with a grain of salt.
- Alternatively alternatively, false accusations of any kind are wrong and can severely harm people's lives.
- Dumb Ways to Die is one. "Be safe around trains..."
- The sequel video to Don't Hug Me I'm Scared leaves us a doozy of an aesop. This time around, instead of the Sketchbook from the first video, we instead are introduced to an anthropomorphic clock named Tony. He takes the puppets from the first video on a journey through time as a means to teach them that they had all the time in the world to watch their show. However, as the video progressed, Tony began to emphasize more and more the importance of time. While emphasizing, he has a tight grip on the other puppets, and he wanted them to follow his rules and not think for themselves. In the climax of the video, Tony uses time to rapidly age the puppets. When one of the puppets begged him to make it stop, Tony states that he couldn't. He then gives this line towards the end:Tony: It's out of my hands, I'm only a clock, but don't worry, I'm sure you'll be fine. But eventually, everyone runs out of time.
- Essentially, the moral of the video is that life is too short and too precious to waste. If you desire to do anything meaningful in life, you should do it right now, before your time runs out.
- When you focus on the line "The past is far behind us, the future doesn't exist", you can interpret it as an anxiety coping method. Who you are now isn't worth comparing to who you were in the past so it's not worth worrying about old shames or past misgivings because it doesn't matter anymore. Unless you have a fixed moment in the future (i.e interviews, exams, parenthood, etc.) then the future isn't worth worrying about either. As said above, you should try to live your life the way you want to live it. Rather than worry about the tiniest of consequences that may or may not happen.
- Jim, the creator behind Neurotically Yours, drops some not so subtle scenes over how Germaine is sexually treated by people in general. Examples include random jizz shots on her for no reason, a stalker who keeps objectifying her, objectifying herself, etc. Eventually, Germaine snaps and is sent to an asylum to recover. Jim points out via author's note that the whole point behind the seemingly increasing sexual scenes is to show how most men look at and treat women like sexual objects while society pressures women into becoming an ideal beauty for men to appreciate (slim body and large breasts and butt). Jim also points out that even though Germaine is a cartoon character, people on the internet still looked at her as their own sexual fantasies, proving his point on how women of any kind are treated.
- RWBY has a few:
- The White Fang are a clear example of how extremist groups, no matter what they claim to be fighting for, are trouble through and through not only for the people they fight against, but the people they claim to be on the side of. Especially the people they claim to be on the side of: sooner or later, they will turn on even the moderates for not being as extreme as they are, and they'll show just as little mercy.
- Celebrate diversity and find strength in unity: Eighty years ago, a world war happened that tried to destroy people's general and artistic individuality. In remembrance of that war, people name their child after colours and are encouraged to find their own individual, personal expression. The four great Huntsmen Academies, set up by the Big Good (Ozpin), train their students to function in teams of four. They eat, sleep and train together, their final grades depend on how well they can work together. The protagonist team, Team RWBY, are at their strongest when they fight together, such as taking down their first giant monster or fighting the villain, Roman Torchwick, when he's fighting with a Mini-Mecha, but at their weakest when they're keeping secrets from each other that divide them, such as Blake hiding her Faunus heritage and White Fang links, and Weiss bottling up her resentment at the Faunus for the ongoing war between her father's company and the White Fang until things explode between them. The Big Bad (Salem), by contrast, seeks to turn humanity and Faunus against each themselves and each other, to divide and conquer to achieve her mysterious end goal. She openly admits that the Big Good is right to believe that humanity is capable of greatness through unity, which is why her primary tool is to use divide and conquer tactics to defeat him.
- Don't let negative emotions control or consume you. The world is populated by monsters that are attracted to, and empowered by, the negative emotions of people. The villains can even manipulate these Creatures of Grimm to attack fortified strongholds en masse by instigating attacks that leave entire populations traumatised. When bandits raid villages, Grimm attacks inevitably follow because of the pain and suffering the survivors feels as a result of the bandits' actions. The Big Good is implied to be a person who is eternally optimistic that humanity can rise above its perils to survive and thrive. The Big Bad's entire strategy consists of divide and conquer, forcing people to confront the worst sides of human nature and give in to despair; it is implied that she feels she cannot achieve her mysterious end-goal until the Big Good's eternal optimism is broken. The key to breaking him is further implied to lie with the show's titular heroine, who is optimistic to a fault, always spinning something bad into a positive action people can take to recover or help others: if Salem can break Ruby, Ozpin himself will break, and victory will be hers. The most extreme anvil occurs when Ruby is arguing with petty thief Roman Torchwick about the difference between the heroes and villains while a mass of Grimm are flying around them: as he tries to beat her to a pulp with his cane, he rants that optimism is a trait that will get a person killed in this world while she rejects his negativity and vows to stop him. During their fight, the Grimm increasingly avoid her while coming increasingly closer to him until, at the climax of his negative rant, the Grimm attack and kill him.
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