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When a character learns An Aesop, this is (mostly) treated as the "right" thing.
However, things don't always turn out that way...This is when a character learning an Aesop ends up causing one of several problems down the line, to the point that the character (and/or the universe) was better off not learning the Aesop.
This can be intentional on the part of the writer, or it can't. As such, even though this almost always results in Broken Aesop, whether the Aesop was meant to be sincere at the time it was written varies from story to story.
- After the Cell Saga, Gohan learned the Aesop that Chichi is right in that he should focus on getting an education and to avoid risking his life in combat...which leaves him completely unprepared for Buu's attack.
Film - Animated
- A central Aesop of Mulan is that Mulan needs to follow her dreams rather than be told what her role in society should be. Unfortunately, this ends up causing trouble in the sequel, as Mulan enforcing that Aesop means a political alliance isn't made, and thus China isn't strong enough to defend itself from the Huns.
Films - Live Action
- Captain America: Civil War has a "superheroes need to be held accountable for their actions" Aesop...and it's the heroes learning that Aesop that left Earth vulnerable for Thanos.
- Lampshaded in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. In order to save Spock's life (and keep the Genesis Device out of Commander Kruge's hands), Kirk has to go against the Aesop he learned in the previous movie ("the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one").
- In the first Transformers movie, Optimus Prime learns his usual "freedom is the right of all sentient beings" (ie. Thou Shalt Not Kill Humans) Aesop. This ends up biting him and the rest of the Autobots in the ass when humans (save for a select few) turn out to be just as villainous as the Decepticons. At a later point in the movie series, Optimus declares "we are done protecting the humans", acknowledging how damaging the original Aesop was.
- In Aliens, Ripley learns the Aesop that not all androids are bad, and that she shouldn't judge all androids based on Ash's actions. Unfortunately, this means she is completely unprepared for Bishop II (to whom all signs point out to be another android)'s villanous treachery.
- At one point, Willow learns the Aesop that magic is an addiction, and learns to stop using magic. Later seasons show that Willow's belief in magic as an addiction and her refusal to use magic had disastrous consequences.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle learns in "It's About Time" not to get worked up over warning signs of impending doom. This allows future villains to get the drop on her, leading to the catastrophic events of "Twilight's Kingdom" and "The Cutie Remark".
- Sadly, this itself became an Unwitting Aesop of Doom, with Twilight becoming more aggressive and paranoid when it comes to impending doom, leading to a Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure in My Little Pony: The Movie, and creating a Might as Well Not Be in Prison At All situation for Cozy Glow in "School Raze". Worse, it leads to Grogar recruiting Cozy for his Legion of Doom.
- In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star Butterfly learn the Aesop of not discriminating against monsters. This aesop ends up biting her in the ass, big time: Mewmans and monsters are shown to be utterly incapable of coexisting peacefully, and the whole thing escalates to the point when Star has to commit a mass genocide on ALL magical beings, also leading to the surviving population of Mewni being relocated to Earth, with all the Fridge Horror that it implies.