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A drop of desire, a pinch of passion, some sugar spice, and everything nice, these are the ingredients chosen to create the perfect dish for our multiple course soiree. A banquet as sweet as its lessons.

Welcome to Sweeten That Aesop.

[Fancy restaurant piano music starts playing. Cue prerecorded applause.]

Take a work that either has no real clear Aesop or a decidedly Hard Truth Aesop, and try to pretend it has a perfectly positive and wholesome moral. As in don't even mention anything unpleasant. The moral is to seem like something that even the most staunch of Moral Guardians would want to be told to children.


If you can't find a work with no positive message, just choose a work and find some positive messages the creators probably didn't intend.

But don't try to use this for stealth complaining.

Compare Accidental Aesop.

Contrast Boil That Aesop and Warp That Aesop.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Berserk: The Power of Love and friendship can change the world.
  • Bible Black: Even if you struck a Deal with the Devil, there's always a way out.
  • Black Lagoon: Even the evilest and most ruthless villains can be talked down if one knows the right things to say towards them.
    • Alternatively, you shouldn’t let your environment shape your thoughts and beliefs, that will only bring you misery, instead, discover and find your own meaning in the world, preferably one that doesn’t operate on pure White and Black with no exceptions towards anything.
  • Bleach: In order for a society's government to function properly its legislature group and the soldier squadrons whom they order should have a proper sense of checks and balances and communication. Failure to do so can make the Soldier Squadrons easy to manipulate to do things such as execute innocent people.
  • Bokurano: It's worth it to put your people's interests before your own.
  • Death Note:
    • Normal people can change the world.
    • God is always watching you.
    • If you are given a powerful item do not try to use it to solve all your problems in life.
    • If you aspire to protect the lives of innocent people it is a big responsibility that you must fulfill even if its not convenient for your plans.
    • There's no limit to what you can accomplish through a good book.
    • Remember kids — an apple a day! It will save your life!
  • Digimon:
  • Dragon Ball
    • When choosing between helping people that need help and staying on your journey without stopping, help those people and it just might help you in the long run.
    • Just because something looks scary, it doesn't always mean that its a threat. Get to know them first.
    • You don't need magic to get what you wish. Sometimes it was there all along and you just didn't notice.
  • Dragon Ball Z
    • Stop attacking yourself, thinking that there's something wrong with you, 'cause there's not. You have potential, so let it out!
    • Your worst enemy can turn out to be your best friend.
    • Going through a lot of hardships makes you a stronger and wiser person.
    • Don't make selfish decisions, or else you'll end up hurting others around you.
  • Fairy Tail: Always believe in your True Companions. One day it will save your life.
  • La Blue Girl: The Power of Love comes in many forms.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • God loves you. God really loves you.
    • Alternately, your friends are closer than you think, and they're with you even if you don't know it.
  • Martian Successor Nadesico: Your favorite show, book, movie, etc. is not a big deal. Don't make it into one. The consequences of doing so range from embarrassing to disastrous.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: If you dislike how humanity is treating the Earth please keep in mind that Genocide is never the answer. So if you're trying to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist, never work for a Genocidal madman; it won't work well.
  • Naruto:
    • Relationships can be broken beyond recovery. If that happens, lean on the real friends you have and cherish what you have with them. Fixating on someone who doesn't want anything to do with you anymore will only make you look ridiculous.
    • When the people who care about you try to warn you about your desires of revenge it doesn't mean that you should let the person who has genuinely wronged you get away with their crimes. What they mean is that you should never abandon your integrity and the people who cared for you just for the sake of killing someone for any reason. Revenge doesn't give you the right to betray your friends and your home. While it's not wrong to punish someone whom has killed those you cared for but it should be done in a just and honorable matter.
    • Basically, don't turn your back against everything you stand for; don't turn your back against those who love you just for the sake of petty vengeance.
    • If life has dealt you a bad hand, don't lose hope. You CAN overcome it!
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • You should never be so focused on the past that you can't see the people who care about you.
    • Others include: People are people whether they're "real" or not; even people who think they're beyond redemption aren't.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Love is worth doing anything for.
    • Suicide is never the answer.
    • Also, Drugs Are Bad, especially right before church.
    • Angelic Days: A positive attitude can make all the difference in the world.
  • One-Punch Man: Exercise can prove to be very productive.
  • Pokémon:
    • Never give up on your dreams, because you never know how close you are to achieving them.
    • If it seems as though you are on a losing streak, never give up hope and always try different methods to improve your skills so you can come on top.
    • Don't abandon your friends during hard times.
    • You may argue with your friends from time to time, but they are still your true friends at the end of the day.
  • The Pollinic Girls Attack!: Being honest with your feelings just might get you laid.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • Don't worry about your lack of magic powers. You're really better off without them.
    • Selfless love can empower the weak and bring hope to those who have none.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion: Don't mess around with things you don't understand.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena:
    • You never needed to be or find a prince. Just be yourself and you will eventually change the world.
    • Redemption is possible.
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero:
    • Helping the helpless through economic discourse and defending them from things that threaten their lives, their families and their livelihoods is more meaningful and better in the long-run than trying to do storybook heroic deeds like dragon-slaying or dungeon-crawling.
    • Doing good deeds for the promise of tangible rewards doesn't necessarily make them any less good.
    • Don't trust everything you hear at face-value. The world is more complicated than that and your knee-jerk reactions might just make things worse.
    • Adversity is hard, but it can also be educational.
    • Not everyone is out to get you and not everyone is a gullible lemming that will believe anything they are told.
    • Not all problems can be solved with violence.
    • Being a hero does not mean solving all the problems in the world. There is only so much you can do.
    • Whether you are The Chosen One or not, you must be conscious of your own actions or people will lose faith in you. People won't always look the other way or shoulder the burden of the long-term consequences and you will eventually have to answer for them.
    • There is a limit to how often you can lie, cheat and back-stab your way into getting people to do what you want before Crying Wolf sets in and you run out of arms to lean on for support.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Don't worry if you're clumsy, not too bright and a bit of a crybaby. Even those who doubt you will give you a chance to grow and chance, and your kindness and good heart will win them over.
    • You are never alone as long as someone reaches out to you.
    • Even the most evil and nasty of villains can love.
    • Always trust talking cats. They may give you a hard time but they always have your best interests at heart.
    • The Power of Love can fix many things.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins:
    • Murderers, thieves, mercenaries, it doesn't matter. Anyone is capable of redemption and can become heroes.
    • No one is Always Chaotic Evil.
  • Soul Eater:
    • Crusades without due process all over the world is fine as long as they are Obviously Evil and God told you to do it.
    • Even God isn't perfect and sometimes needs to be told "no" or "maybe we should try something else".


    Asian Animation 
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Don't give up on your dreams, no matter how often you fail or suffer. Always come back to give it another shot! You'll eventually be happy one day, even if it takes over 14 years.

    Comic Books 
  • All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder: Repetition of key phrases is key to getting your point across.
  • Chick Tracts:
    • If you don't have a good point to make, no amount of ad hominem attacks will help your case. The only way to truly win a debate is to properly research your subjects and present reasonable, well thought-out arguments.
    • There is good in everyone. Even in Satan.
  • Crossed: If you're creative enough, you can make tools or clothing out of anything.
  • The Dark Phoenix Saga: Your soul is your own: nothing and no one can take it from you.
  • Empowered: If you refuse to give up and you're willing to think outside the box, you've got what it takes to be a hero. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.
  • Fantastic Four: If you have accidentally got your close friends into an incident that would change their bodies and lives forever you should work very hard to make sure that their lives will go well despite that.
  • The Killing Joke: The best way to smooth over differences with an old acquaintance is to share a good laugh.
  • Marvel Civil War Frontlines: It's good for the last generation to embrace modern values.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Even if the majority of the populace refuse to accept you for who you are no matter what you do you should be a good person in life anyways.
    • You should help people in general regardless of how much they hate you, because if people in general seem to think you're Always Chaotic Evil, do you really want to prove them right?
  • Promethea: Be respectful of other people's religions. They're all equally right.
  • The Punisher:
    • In order to get justice, you need to be proactive.
    • In order to properly fight the forces of evil one must show a great amount of responsibility and good judgment, one should never take extreme action against evil lightly.
    • Mental illness is not a curse. No matter how much it hurts, you can keep going.
    • Nothing is more powerful than love for your family.
  • Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose:
    • Even attractive people can be self-conscious of their bodies.
    • Polyamory is fine if everyone is consenting. Maybe not everyone will be happy about it, so best come clean about it.
  • Uncanny X-Men: There is nothing wrong with fighting an oppressive government.
  • Watchmen: There are many different approaches to doing good. Some work well in day-to-day life, others prevail on the global scale. But everyone, regardless of their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, or social conditions, has what it takes to be a hero.

    Fairy Tales 
  • Sun, Moon, and Talia:
    • Don't give up on the one you love just because they come on a little strong at first.
    • Every child deserves a father.
    • Everyone has a right to be with their perfect man or woman no matter what stands in their way.


    Films — Animated 
  • Chicken Little: Your friends will always have your back.
  • The Croods: The World Is Just Awesome
  • Frozen: Being different is nothing to be ashamed of. You are not a monster, and you are beautiful and powerful the way you are.
  • Frozen II: Everyone loves an enthusiastic storyteller.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: Just because it's how it has always been done, doesn't necessarily mean that it's right.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: Sometimes your elders really do know better, so maybe consider what they have to say when it's Serious Business.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming: It's fine to sell your kids a false narrative as long as it gets your message across.
  • The Little Mermaid (1989) and the sequel:
    • Always obey your parents. They know what's best for you.
    • It's okay to have a different opinion than your parents, but that doesn't mean you should run off and do something reckless. It'll only put you in danger and won't show them you can properly take charge of your life at all.
    • You might not agree with your child, but sometimes, taking matters into your own hands will make things a lot worse.
    • Never hide important things and facts from your children, or else they will end up trusting the wrong people.
    • And most of all JUST SAY NO!!!!
  • Mulan II: Always do what you believe is right, no matter what your country tells you.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: There's always a place for you to be king.
  • Pinocchio:
    • Don't run off with a stranger. You might not know what you're really in for.
    • Stay in school, and don't try to skip.
  • Raya and the Last Dragon:
    • Sometimes your suspicions about people are right.
    • Greed can be destructive both to yourself and the world around you.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Don't get lazy with your code.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Avatar:
    • It's best to resolve conflicts with people who are different from you by trying to understand them.
    • Sometimes you can be so determined to protect the people close to you that you hurt the ones that aren't.
    • Your origin does not determine your worth or who you are.
  • Christine: Take care of your car and treat it with love, and it will do the same to you.
  • Citizen Kane: Cherish your happiest memory for as long as you live.
  • Drop Dead Fred: Sometimes our greatest problems can be our greatest source of strength.
  • Extra Ordinary (2019):
    • Love can expire like milk and clinging to that love can be toxic for you and the people around you. Learn to move on a find someone new.
    • Ghosts were people once too. Just because they seem scary doesn't mean they are incapable of seeing reason.
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Schoolwork can be made up. Have fun while you still can.
  • Gran Torino: Everyone has some sort of good in them.
  • Hard Core Logo: Don't lie to your best friends. Even if you don't mean any harm, it never works out well.
  • The Hateful Eight:
    • You can create a better present by letting go of past hatred.
    • Being friendly can enrich any moment, even dying ones.
  • No Country for Old Men: Tolerance is the key to living a long life. Do not concern yourself with those whom you dislike, and they shall grant you the same favor.
  • PG: Psycho Goreman:
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Friendship transcends racial and social barriers, including royalty.
  • Secrets & Lies:
    • Things aren't always what they appear to be, so don't go assuming the absolute worst. Give people the benefit of the doubt.
    • Getting rich won't make you any better or worse of a person than you were when you didn't have money.
    • Just because a situation looks bad now, that doesn't mean that that will always be the case.
  • A Serbian Film: It's not how much money your art can make you; it's whether your art feels right to you.
  • There Will Be Blood: With a little luck and plenty of perseverance, anyone can strike it rich in America.
  • Thor:
    • Proper communication is the foundation of happy families.
    • Alternately, never let your children feel unloved or unappreciated.
  • Tromeo and Juliet: True love builds you up, not cages you in a box.
  • TRON: Legacy:
    • Things change. Once they do, it's usually best not to dwell in the past.
    • A good father will always love their sons, even if the son fails to understand that.
    • In the end, turn off the computer and go watch a sunrise.
    • The Power of Friendship and The Power of Love can override just about anything.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey:
    • If you study hard and become an astronaut, you'll see things that no one else has seen before.
    • The universe is full of wonders beyond your greatest imaginings.
  • Willy's Wonderland: Enjoy the little things.
  • Zombieland: You can "survive" alone, but you can "live" together.
  • Zombieland: Double Tap:
    • Marriage for love is a thing that transcends societal norms and standards.
    • It isn't just men who can have commitment issues.

  • Alfie's Home: With therapy, it's possible to overcome childhood abuse and live a good life.
  • All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye: You never know your own strength until it's put to the test.
  • Animal Farm: No matter how drastically things change for you and your friends/family, fear not! Everything will go back to normal eventually.
  • Another Time, Another Place: Don't just hoard all your money. It's very sensible to have a bit put by for a rainy day, but a few little extras are good for the soul.
    • Justice comes at a price.
    • If your partner is about to be deployed, you're probably better off marrying to make sure you get a pension if they die.
    • We can all feel like outsiders sometimes.
  • The Black Company:
    • Keep your friends close; with enough determination, courage, and faith in one another, you can overcome anything.
    • Alternatively: No matter how bad life may seem, it's still worth living.
  • Brideshead Revisited:
    • When you feel like your family doesn't understand you, your friends can be the people in you life who see you for who you really are and still love you.
    • Drinking socially to have a good time is fine, but when you drink to nurse a hurt inside you that can't easily resolve, not only will you be unable to quit, but you will alienate those who care about you and you will not be able to go back to being the person you were before.
  • Catch-22: If you stick to your beliefs, then you'll be fine.
  • The Chocolate War: You can't always make big changes to the world by yourself; you will have a higher chance of succeeding in numbers, and with support from the media and other third parties, than when trying to buck the system alone.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: It's okay to want (and even pursue) revenge, as long as you're careful not to let it define your life.
  • The Cthulhu Mythos: So some embarrassing things have happened to you. Well, don't worry about it too much, because in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter.
  • The Draka: Problems only get worse when ignored, so don't stick your head in the sand — deal with them when you can.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Suicide won't solve anything.
    • Authority figures are just as fallible as anyone else.
  • Harry Potter:
    • The power of love isn't always magical, but you will have plenty of friends who will stick by to the very end and take up your cause even when you're down.
    • Not all slave owners are evil. Some of them may treat their slaves with respect.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Study medieval architecture some time! It's surprisingly interesting and educational.
  • Lolita:
    • Appreciate your romantic partners for who they are, not because they resemble a lost love or belong to a demographic you find attractive.
    • Let go of the past. You can't be young forever!
  • The Long Walk: Make the best of the time you have remaining, because you have no idea what's around the corner.
  • Nothing to Envy: Never take your freedom for granted.
    • Humans can overcome seemingly impossible odds with ingenuity and extreme fortitude.
    • Keeping an open mind can greatly improve your life.
  • 1984:
    • Even if you disagree with others, it's best to remember you love them in the end.
    • Sometimes, you'll be better off if you listen to others.
  • The Remains of the Day:
    • Don't be afraid to take chances in life.
    • Always try to be your own person - no matter how dedicated you are to your job, you cannot let your career become your whole identity.
    • Cutting your nose to spite your face won't end well for anyone.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Age, gender, and disability are no barriers to playing an important part in history.
    • When pursuing potentially controversial courses of action for the good of your country, make certain you have trustworthy allies.
    • There are multiple sides to every story. Understand that before you judge or take action.
  • Twilight:
    • Love really does conquer all.
    • Sometimes, beyond all logic or reason, happy endings can happen.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin:
    • The death of a good person does not invalidate all the good deeds they did while alive.
    • Just one thing can help change the world.
  • The White Bird Passes:
    • Your children can give you so much love, and you owe it to them to be worthy of it. Don't let your pride get in the way of meeting their needs.
    • Poetry can free the soul.
    • Kids need love - it's not enough to meet their physical needs and keep them safe. They have hopes and dreams and deserve to treated as individuals, not just as a problem to palm off onto someone else.
  • Z for Zachariah: Be cautious when meeting new people. They may not be all that they appear to be.
  • Almost anything by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (other than the Green-Sky Trilogy):
    • You're incredibly lucky! Most people never experience magic or wonder even for a brief time. As you return to your dull, boring, ordinary life, cherish your memories. Can you use your experience to bring "magic" to your loved ones?
    • The only book in which the protagonist actually gains and keeps a magical ability is Season of Ponies (1964), her first. In most of her later books this is reduced to "the best magic is kindness to others". The Green-Sky Trilogy, her only complete fantasy, breaks out of this; little girls discover, then lose an extinct Psychic Powers skill, but will recover it over time.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Boy Meets World:
    • No matter how rough life gets, you can always count on your friends to bail you out.
    • Finding your one true love at an early age is a wonderful thing to be cherished always.
    • Even the big bad school bully can become your friend if you give each other a chance.
  • Charm School:
    • The best revenge on your haters is to prove them wrong.
    • Always strive to be the best person you can be.
    • It's okay to admit you have flaws and want to work on them.
  • Community :
    • True Companions will always be there for you, no matter the situation.
    • It doesn't matter how broken or messed-up you think you are; everyone is worthy of being loved.
  • Dexter: Everyone has at least one talent that they can use for good.
  • Doctor Who: No matter who you are, no matter where you go or how powerful you become, it's good to make friends and see new things. Especially if your new friends can come too.
  • Dollhouse: Meta Example: If a couple is meant to be together, they can survive anything... even being in a Joss Whedon show.
  • Elementary: Even Insufferable Geniuses need supportive friends.
  • Father Ted: There's a lot of fun to be had in a bad situation. Just try and avoid being on the receiving end of it.
  • Firefly: Your crew trumps everything.
  • Frankie Howerd Rather You Than Me:
    • Love is difficult sometimes. Like everything else in life, it has its peaks and troughs.
    • Suffering from anxiety or stage fright need not be a barrier to a successful career in show business.
  • Friends: Provided that you are prepared to be patient, true love will conquer all.
  • Garth Marenghis Darkplace: There is no situation or issue that cannot be resolved by a peace offering and an apology.
  • The Good Place:
    • Whether you're human or an immortal being, pobody's nerfect.
    • Even demons are capable of love and compassion. They just need a little help.
    • Being good doesn't always mean doing things by the book. If the rules are unjust, then those are the rules that were made to be broken.
    • Sometimes external factors really are to blame for your shirty lot in life, so don't beat yourself up over every little thing.
    • You can't take responsibility for everyone else's happiness or unhappiness, so just chill the fork out and live a little.
    • Opposites attract.
    • Sometimes there are just no good options available.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia:
    • Bad begets bad. Cut your losses and avoid bad influences or else their bad habits — and bad karma — will stick to you too.
    • Some people are just not worth helping.
    • Excessive alcoholism can lead to poor decision making.
    • Robert J. Hanlon had a point. It's best to pity the despicable and move on with your life rather than try to destroy them.
  • Life On Mars: No matter how trapped a situation makes you feel, there's always a way out.
  • Lucifer (2016): History tends to exaggerate certain things and downplay others. Consider that before assuming another person's moral worth.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Having a good sense of humor is a great way to have an overall happy life even if your surroundings are anything but happy.
  • Oz:
    • Drinking and driving will hurt you, others, and the people you love.
    • You can always make the best of the cards you've been dealt in life.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Love and loyalty go beyond things like conflict, time, and even the difference between organic and machine.
  • The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister:
    • Relationships often don't work out, so it's important to make the most of the time that you have together and not to spend it fighting.
    • A marriage of convenience is not necessarily an unhappy one.
  • Sherlock:
    • Feelings like fear and love might make you vulnerable, but they also make you human.
    • Heroes do exist, but no two are the same - sometimes you can be a hero and not even realize it.
    • If you love someone, don't let them go. Not in a creepy, possessive way, but don't just abandon all hope and move over because it seems to be the mature thing to do.
  • Sons of Anarchy: Your friends and family can help you achieve things you never considered.
  • Torchwood:
    • The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, and sometimes you just need time alone to cope with your problems.
    • Make sure that the people you love know how you feel.
    • In the end, no one really gets a Karma Houdini and we all have to face up to the things that we've done, for better or worse.
  • The Wire: "Ain't no shame in holdin' on to grief, as long as you make room for other things, too."


    Tabletop Games 
  • FATAL: Sometimes, life can be tough. Sometimes, it may feel as though it isn't worth living. But in the end, everyone can slowly learn and grow, and anyone can get laid.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Hey, sometimes life can be pretty hard. It may seem like the world is out to get you. It may even seem as though there are no good choices. But no matter how dark the universe gets, life endures despite difficulties. So hope is always worth clinging to. Tzeentch needs his lunch, after all.
    • The war will never end, but it's the little victories that make the fight worth it. At the very least, you'll buy some time for someone else.
    • With enough courage and faith, you can do anything.

  • Cabaret: Try and enjoy life while you can - it can go very wrong very quickly.
  • Chess:
    • Loving someone isn't going to be enough to stop the unpleasant parts of their personality from manifesting, so you shouldn't beat yourself up about it.
    • Always try your very best so that mediocrity can't get the better of you.
    • Be true to yourself - no one else can do it for you.
    • Keep a cool head, don't let emotion cloud reason
  • Chicago: Do you make mistakes? Do not fret. There are many people in the world who care about you, and they will do everything they can to help you work through the hard times and rebuild your life.
  • Hairspray: It doesn't matter what size or race you are. Never let what people think of you get in the way of achieving your dreams.
  • Little Shop of Horrors: If you have good people skills, then the world can be yours.
  • The Phantom of the Opera:
    • It's your choices that make you truly bad or good, not how you look or where you live.
    • Love is messy. Sometimes you get hurt. It's not the end of the world when that happens.
  • Spring Awakening: None of us really have it totally figured out, but the most important things in life are compassion, self-restraint, friendship, and love. Don't rush into something just because it feels good or because you're specifically told not to. Parents, love your children and don't keep them in the dark. Children, love your parents, but at the same time acknowledge they're just as in the dark as you are about the big things.
  • Wicked:
    • Choosing your own path may cost you many things, but not choosing it would cost you everything.
    • True friends enrich our souls and shape our destiny like nothing else.
    • Just because you choose a different path than someone you love, doesn't mean that they will love you any less.
    • Being good might suck and go unappreciated, but don't let that stop you.



    Web Comics 
  • 8-Bit Theater: Don't worry. Evil can never triumph. Ever.
  • Dominic Deegan: Be nice to your friends and don't cause them any undue stress. That just makes life harder for everyone.
  • Erma: Feel free to be your freaky self.
  • Garfield Minus Garfield: You don't always need tons of friends and pets to enjoy your life.
  • Homestuck:
    • When attempting to communicate, decide your message in advance and express it clearly and efficiently. Getting worked up, sending contradicting messages, or being unnecessarily vague will doom your effort.
    • Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff: Be careful around potentially hazardous architectural features.
  • The Rock Cocks:
    • Free sexuality is a force to be reckoned with.
    • Take care of your car.
    • Public nudity is awesome!
  • Sluggy Freelance: When you find a woman bathing in an outdoors lake, the polite thing to do is averting your eyes and walking away. Do the polite thing.

    Web Original 
  • Encyclopedia Dramatica: The Internet is a wonderful tool for bringing people together. People who would otherwise keep their hobbies to themselves can go online, meet others who share their interests, and find the courage and motivation to create something glorious and share it with the world.
    • Alternatively, the Internet can be a mean place; just try not to be influenced by such ideas, and know where your moral center is.

Web Original Fiction

Web Video

  • The Angry Video Game Nerd:
    • You can start an online cultural movement and popularize making a living doing what you love by embracing your emotions.
    • Retro-gaming is cool.
  • Jreg:
    • Talking politics can be entertaining!
    • Rich pedophiles have feelings too, yah know!
    • Just because you disagree on certain things politically, doesn't mean you can't still be friends.
    • Taking action should be done with beliefs that you legitimately believe in, not for its own sake.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: The world is full of wonder, beauty and excitement, but it is also dangerous and fragile. Be prepared and exercise good judgment when exploring it.
  • The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan: It doesn't matter if you never solve the cases yourself, jump to all the wrong conclusions and get into trouble, your father is proud of you for having the determination to give it your all anyway and appreciates your efforts.
  • Animaniacs: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock": Some adults care about your well-being, especially during personal crises. Don't be afraid to ask them for help.
  • Arthur: "Arthur's Big Hit": It is wrong to hit someone even if they did something wrong.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
      • If someone loves you, they'll always forgive you no matter how badly you screw up. All that matters to them is that you came to that all-important realization and done what's right for yourself.
      • Your family may very well be crazy evil, and your dad, as Aang would put it, may be the "baddest man on the planet", but that does not mean you're evil. You are free to choose your own destiny far apart from the destiny of your family, or, as Iroh would put it, "the destiny [they] imposed on you."
      • Being the hero doesn't mean you're required to kill the Big Bad. Sometimes, the worst evil deserves a fate worse than death and you're the one to give it to them.
    • The Legend of Korra:
      • Don't be ashamed of who you are. Just because some haters are saying you're an abomination for being different, ignore them. Be happy with yourself and have fun when you can.
      • Stand up for what you know is right, even when those close to you are doing what you know is wrong.
      • Extremism is dangerous and destructive. Don't allow yourself to be consumed by your cause, no matter how noble it might seem.
  • Beavis And Butthead:
    • Even the dumbest of slackers can find happiness in the simplest of delusions.
    • For the reboot: If you're capable of mocking Jersey Shore, you're not as dumb as you appear to be.
  • ChalkZone: Be as creative as you want.
  • Code Lyoko: No matter how clever, courageous, or dedicated you are, there will always be problems that you can't solve within the course of an afternoon. Don't let that affect you negatively. Take your victories where you can, keep working, and try to relax instead.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Recycling is both useful and fun.
    • When you grow up, try to remember what it was like to be a kid and don't be too hard on them. You might mean very well, but all you're really doing is coming off as a villain in a child's eyes.
  • Disney:
    • Donald Duck: When something goes wrong, try not to get too angry. You'll only cause yourself more trouble.
    • Mickey's Nightmare: If you are still young and have a girlfriend/boyfriend, don't be in a rush to get married and have kids. Chances are, you're not ready to deal with raising a family yet.
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk:
    • General: Trust the young to learn for themselves. Sometimes they might figure things out better than their elders.
    • "Viking For Hire": Just because your job has been made obsolete doesn't mean your skills have been too. Chin up, try new things and you'll regain your footing.
    • "Animal House": Animal Jingoism can be overcome with a bit of compassion and understanding.
    • "Thawfest":
      • Nobody likes a sore-winner, regardless of whether the loser needed his ego-deflated
      • Chicks like'm humble.
    • "The Terrible Twos": Baby or not, it isn't wise to bring every stray animal you find into the home and expect everything to turn out fine.
    • "Dragon Eye of the Beholder, Part 1": Nobody trusts traitors. Best not practice it.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Be yourself to have friends. Don't pretend to be a jerkass or a Smug Snake because it will only get you hated, ostracized from your peers, and beaten up.
    • Always stand up for yourself and your friends when you/they are being bullied (Little Ed Blue, A Fistful of Ed).
  • Family Guy:
  • The Fairly Oddparents:
    • "It's a Wishful Life": If someone doesn't appreciate your good deeds, that's their problem, not yours.
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • A true appreciation of fine Italian food can enrich your life.
    • Even if your cat is not as affectionate as your dog, he still loves you.
  • Hey Arnold!: If your friend doesn't forgive you for something that wasn't their fault, it'd be best to just cut them loose.
  • Johnny Bravo: Putting stock in appearance and confidence alone will not get you the girls.
  • The Looney Tunes Show:
    • Don't hold grudges towards people who might've treated you poorly in the past but have apologized to you and already feel guilty about it.
    • "Off-Duty Cop": Not everything you see on TV is real.
    • "French Fries": Don't overreact.
    • "The Float": Don't con people out of their money. It's selfish and wrong.
    • "Gribbler's Quest": Just because there's something that you like doing a lot doesn't mean that there's something wrong with you. Granted, that doesn't mean that you don't have any problems at all...
  • Metalocalypse: It doesn't matter if you lack formal education, aren't very book-smart, or had a bad upbringing - if you're talented and committed to the ideals of your art, you and your True Companions can create awesome music and change the world.
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • Just because you have a crush on someone, it doesn't ensure that you'll actually get together with them. Perhaps they don't feel the same way, Real Life will change the chemistry between you or maybe you just weren't meant for each other, and that's okay.
    • If you have a crush on somebody, just spit it out and tell them! At best, they'll just say no and we— err, you can get on with your life. At worst, misunderstandings between you will ensue, things left unsaid will cause distress and everyone will get frustrated and jump ship all-together.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • General: Don't judge people for how they look.
    • "The Cutie Remark - Part 2": The reason why Twilight Sparkle does not punish Starlight Glimmer for maliciously tampering with the past is because no good would've come from doing so. And the reason why Twilight Sparkle forgave Starlight Glimmer and made her both a friend and a pupil to study friendship was not only to give her a second chance but to help ensure that she never falls down the path of evil again.
    "An eye-for-eye and tooth-for-tooth would lead to a world of the blind and toothless." ~Book of Exodus [21:24]
    "Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?" ~Abraham Lincoln
  • The Owl House:
    • Skepticism of authority figures is perfectly rational considering it's their job to make other people follow rules and keep promises, not themselves.
    • No matter how dangerous an environment is, humans are adept at adapting.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • "Fuzzy Logic": It's important to share. Don't be selfish.
    • "Equal Fights": Feminism isn't about special treatment. It's about equal rights for both genders.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "I Am Furious (Yellow)": Sometimes, it's okay to be angry.
    • "The Boys of Bummer": Don't overreact if you lose, it's only a game.
    • "Homer's Enemy": Don't let envy take control of your life. It's not healthy for your mental well-being and you'll end up isolating yourself from the people who genuinely want to be friends with you.
  • South Park: The person you think you hate the most is the one who makes your life worth living and can't be replaced.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Money isn't important. Doing something you love and bringing joy to people is all that matters.
    • A Pal for Gary: Don't keep a wild animal as a pet.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

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