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anvil +‎ -licious, the implication being that the message's delivery is as unsubtle as the dropping of an anvil on a person's head (a stock occurrence in cartoons).


anvilicious (comparative more anvilicious, superlative most anvilicious)

  1. (fandom slang) Conveyed in a heavy-handed, unsubtle way; preachy.
    • 2003 June 24, Lord Usher, “Re: What would Whedon Make of Season 6/7 disappointment/hostility”, in, Usenet[1]:
      When you take something as subtle, ballsy, and downright mythic as Dark Will and turn it into the anvilicious, ambitionless, and dreadfully banal travesty that was the Crack Magick arc, that's not a big hubristic dream that went wrong; that's the utter lack of a dream, the complete failure of imagination.
    • 2003 November 21, Jane Davitt, “Re: 5.8: Gunn's toy robots”, in, Usenet[2]:
      'Anvilicious'? [] 'Of, or pertaining to, anvils,' is how I'd describe it. Remember in cartoons, when they get dropped on people from a height? It means when an idea is presented on the show with about that much subtlety []
    • 2004 March 18, Ben Raines, “Re: Tonights south park one of the best”, in, Usenet[3]:
      That was weak. As soon as the parents voiced their objection to seeing Cartman nude on stage I knew where they were heading... anvilicious.
    • 2004 June 29, Ubiquitous, “Re: "Jack & Bobby" pilot online”, in, Usenet[4]:
      They keep dropping they [sic] anvilicious hints about it being JFK and Robert but the time period in which it is set is wrong.