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  • Chess Piece seems to be trying to get across the message that being purely idealistic or purely a cynic is a bad thing.
  • The White Noise is one of the many series that makes use of Fantastic Racism as a metaphor for Real Life racism, but just like Harry Potter, it shows a long history of it and how it has affected people. Furthermore, it manages to show how it hurts both sides of the issue, with monsters being arrested and treated with discrimination out of humans' blind fear, and in turn, humans being seen as distrustful and unchangeably evil by monsters due to the discrimination.
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  • Sunstone is all about averting Bondage Is Bad and showing healthy and accurate BDSM relationships. This strip in particular is about the differences between common perceptions and reality, and that BDSM sessions should be planned out in advance in order to prevent any mishaps.
  • Every once in a while, xkcd takes a moment to get serious, or even to get funny on a serious topic, and lay down an important truth or two.
  • Suicide for Hire of all strips has a really good one, both about where you have to draw the line and stand up to bigots, and where you have to draw the line and stand up against sexual harassment. All in one day; with liberal (and hilarious) application of Full Metal Jacketed Questions and the Ultraviolence both times.
  • Something*Positive has a comic that really drives home the point of how absurd racism is.
    • Many anvils are dropped in the arc involving Davan's dad and a "Hell House" - a Haunted House aimed at scaring people into accepting Christianity. And yes - they are real. The quote on the last page is especially Anvilicious:
      R.K. Milholland's Dad: Never confuse the faith with the supposedly faithful.
  • Winston Rowntree, author of Subnormality, often deals with Aesops and Anvils with the subtlety of a falling stack of bricks. While he can get awfully heavy-handed with his messages in his webcomic, he occasionally pulls off an incredibly effective, powerful Anvil. This is exemplified in The Line, a fan favorite which illustrates a chilling, much-needed moral about conformity.
    • Also, A Coward's Tale. What initially seems like a trivial, grade-school-level Anvil about courage and overcoming doubt suddenly hits painfully close to home.
  • "I Am A Good Person" by DeviantArt artist PaMikoo features adorable, sobbing cartoon schoolchildren in the last panel, but it features a message that some people are remarkably thick-skulled about.
  • Misfile uses a Gender Bender story to deliver An Aesop about how Transsexuals deserve toleration.
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", regarding Poison and the fact that she's Transsexual, and how what's in anybody's pants doesn't matter unless you want to get in them.
  • El Goonish Shive drops one with Justin — as a gay person with gender-bending technology available, he could easily turn into a woman and continue to love men without intolerance. He continues to reject this idea because he is a man, homosexual or not, rejecting the Trans Equals Gay stereotype. There's also Susan's revelation that men aren't constantly horny pigs. In her notebook, she writes how she can no longer blame her father's adultery on his gender.
    • It does something similar with the revelation that Tedd is genderfluid, with Grace specifically saying that there's noting wrong with it.
  • Sequential Art in strip #176 has this particularly sweet anvil:
    Kate: So. Uh... d'you think Hilary looks... good? As... as a pin-up, I mean.
    Art: Yep. She's got the curves, the saucy smile, the seductive eyes. She's the perfect pin-up. That said; I think she's a troll, with looks but neither the charm nor personality to back 'em up... Probably why she hates you so much. Terrible thing; envy.
  • Though it mostly pokes fun at the comic industry, The Gutters really hits a home run in this one about same-sex relationships.
  • Cyanide & Happiness ran this strip in December of 2012. It's a rather scathing — but ultimately accurate — critique of the current state of some educational programs, particularly the "everyone gets a prize" mentality. It's also noteworthy for distinguishing the care and love of parents from that of society — your family does consider you special and unique, but that doesn't mean that the rest of the world will automatically do the same. It has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but it resonates loud and clear.
  • Sinfest of all series teaches that a serious romantic relationship requires mutual understanding, respect, and love. Take a look at Criminy, shy bookworm, the nicest person in the strip, who is in a happy relationship with Fuschia, vs. the ongoing Unresolved Sexual Tension of Slick and Monique.
  • This I'm My Own Mascot strip drops a big anvil about the fear of getting old.
  • Better Days has those very frequently, with characters calling each other out or explaining their own philosophies and observations.
  • The Pencilsword strip "On a Plate" compares the lives of two kids: Richard and Paula, both born to loving parents who will do anything for them. The difference? Richard's parents are very well off, able to afford the finest healthcare and education, and have several windows of opportunity open, whereas Paula's parents struggle to make ends meet, and can barely juggle affording education with the bare necessities. Eventually, it becomes easy to think people like Richard earned their way to the top all on their own when they're praised for achievements made possible by their affluence, while people like Paula have been made to count themselves lucky for what little opportunities they can get.
  • redid the anti-evolution Chick Tract Big Daddy, and created Who's Your Daddy?. In it, the science teacher (calmly and respectfully, unlike in the original tract) breaks down every fundamentalist argument made by the zealot student against evolution as BS, and drops a solid aesop about why "Christian" science is a crock, and how messed up extreme fundamentalism really is
    Science Teacher: “The old, outdated hoaxes or mistakes were proven to be hoaxes and mistakes NOT by Creationists but by … SCIENTISTS! That is what’s great about REAL science: When we make mistakes, we CORRECT them. We do NOT try to fit things to a prejudiced notion. That is what ‘Christian Scientists’ and ‘Creationist’ do. ‘Christian Science’ is an oxymoron, my friend!...In the Bible, Jesus clearly states that if you believe in Him, that you can drink poison and not get sick (Mark 16:18). Wanna drink this glass of Drano and prove your faith?”
  • The ordinarily silly, D&D-based The Order of the Stick took a strip following Roy's resurrection where Roy and Celia discuss the latter's inability to be resurrected if she dies (due to her nature as an elemental being) and her subsequent extreme caution regarding combat and action. They eventually reach the conclusion that if people didn't have definite knowledge of resurrection or an afterlife, there would be significantly less war in the world.


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