History DeconstructedTrope / LiveActionTV

5th Jan '17 10:36:06 AM Cameron178
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' deconstructs TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in the latest premiere. Sherlock and the others catch the bad guy, and he tears into her...only for her to pull out a gun. [[spoiler: Mary ends up TakingTheBullet and dies, effectively ending Sherlock's relationship with John.]] Theses types of speeches are apparently on the other person just standing there and taking it as opposed to reacting violently.
19th Dec '16 10:01:45 AM Discar
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** Around Season Two, they started deconstructing AManIsNotAVirgin with Dean. Sure, he's [[ReallyGetsAround Mr Yo-Yo Boxers]] but it's compulsive, his own brother believes that he's a whore with no standards and he's on his way to getting a slightly nasty reputation.

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** Around Season Two, they started deconstructing AManIsNotAVirgin ReallyGetsAround with Dean. Sure, he's [[ReallyGetsAround Mr Yo-Yo Boxers]] Boxers but it's compulsive, his own brother believes that he's a whore with no standards and he's on his way to getting a slightly nasty reputation.
16th Nov '16 5:03:33 PM Furienna
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* Series/DowntonAbbey deconstucts TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry, by showing us just how nasty it can get if the parents do nothing to stop it. Being the popular and beautiful sister, Mary believes that she is superior to HollywoodHomely Edith in every way. And she can see no other purpose for Edith ''existing'' than that she can use her as her personal punching bag to make herself feel better. And it becomes very clear [[TheUnfavorite that Edith also is their mother's least favorite daughter]], so she can get no sympathy from her either. The father is a bit better, but he too dotes on Mary ([[TheDutifulSon who is the oldest daughter, who will do everything to keep the family estate running]]) and has little time for the unlucky middle child Edith. What should have only been a teenage grudge between the two sisters turns into a poisonous relationship, that will not change for the better until they have both reached their 30s.

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* Series/DowntonAbbey ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' deconstucts TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry, by showing us just how nasty it can get if the parents do nothing to stop it. Being the popular and beautiful sister, Mary believes that she is superior to HollywoodHomely Edith in every way. And she can see no other purpose for Edith ''existing'' than that she can use her as her personal punching bag to make herself feel better. And it becomes very clear [[TheUnfavorite that Edith also is their mother's least favorite daughter]], so she can get no sympathy from her either. The father is a bit better, but he too dotes on Mary ([[TheDutifulSon who is the oldest daughter, who will do everything to keep the family estate running]]) and has little time for the unlucky middle child Edith. What should have only been a teenage grudge between the two sisters turns into a poisonous relationship, that will not change for the better until they have both reached their 30s.
16th Nov '16 3:58:18 PM Furienna
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* Series/DowntonAbbey deconstucts TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry, by showing us just how nasty it can get if the parents do nothing to stop it. Being the popular and beautiful sister, Mary believes that she is superior to HollywoodHomely Edith in every way. And she can see no other purpose for Edith ''existing'' than that she can use her as her personal punching bag to make herself feel better. And it becomes very clear [[TheUnfavorite that Edith also is their mother's least favorite daughter]], so she can get no sympathy from her either. The father is a bit better, but he too dotes on Mary ([[TheDutifulSon who is the oldest daughter, who will do everything to keep the family estate running) and has little time for the unlucky middle child Edith. What should have only been a teenage grudge between the two sisters turns into a poisonous relationship, that will not change for the better until they have both reached their 30s.

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* Series/DowntonAbbey deconstucts TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry, by showing us just how nasty it can get if the parents do nothing to stop it. Being the popular and beautiful sister, Mary believes that she is superior to HollywoodHomely Edith in every way. And she can see no other purpose for Edith ''existing'' than that she can use her as her personal punching bag to make herself feel better. And it becomes very clear [[TheUnfavorite that Edith also is their mother's least favorite daughter]], so she can get no sympathy from her either. The father is a bit better, but he too dotes on Mary ([[TheDutifulSon who is the oldest daughter, who will do everything to keep the family estate running) running]]) and has little time for the unlucky middle child Edith. What should have only been a teenage grudge between the two sisters turns into a poisonous relationship, that will not change for the better until they have both reached their 30s.
16th Nov '16 3:56:31 PM Furienna
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* Series/DowntonAbbey deconstucts TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry, by showing us just how nasty it can get if the parents do nothing to stop it. Being the popular and beautiful sister, Mary believes that she is superior to HollywoodHomely Edith in every way. And she can see no other purpose for Edith ''existing'' than that she can use her as her personal punching bag to make herself feel better. And it becomes very clear [[TheUnfavorite that Edith also is their mother's least favorite daughter]], so she can get no sympathy from her either. The father is a bit better, but he too dotes on Mary ([[TheDutifulSon who is the oldest daughter, who will do everything to keep the family estate running) and has little time for the unlucky middle child Edith. What should have only been a teenage grudge between the two sisters turns into a poisonous relationship, that will not change for the better until they have both reached their 30s.
16th Nov '16 1:44:41 PM Furienna
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** It deconstructed {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s with Dean's "Deal With The Devil" storyline. He knows it was selfish and only did it because he should have stayed dead, feels like he's fucked up so much that he deserves eternal torture, he can't be without his brother and because John told him to look after Sam at all costs. For his part, Sam thinks it was self-righteous, hypocritical, suicidal and extremely selfish. As for the others -- Bobby ''finally'' realizes how broken Dean was and how much he hates himself, both the Crossroad Demons call it needy and Azazel knows it was self-destructive, pathetic and self-loathing. So Heroic Sacrifices? Not so noble after all -- more like selfish, pathetic, destructive and so very suicidal.

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** It deconstructed {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s with Dean's "Deal With The Devil" storyline. He knows it was selfish and only did it because he should have stayed dead, feels like he's fucked up so much that he deserves eternal torture, he can't be without his brother and because John told him to look after Sam at all costs. For his part, Sam thinks it was self-righteous, hypocritical, suicidal and extremely selfish. As for the others -- - Bobby ''finally'' realizes how broken Dean was and how much he hates himself, both the Crossroad Demons call it needy and Azazel knows it was self-destructive, pathetic and self-loathing. So Heroic Sacrifices? Not so noble after all -- - more like selfish, pathetic, destructive and so very suicidal.
4th Nov '16 11:36:29 AM fearlessnikki
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** Illyria deconstructs the ReplacementGoldfish. [[spoiler: As she inhabits Fred's body, effectively killing her, she's a living reminder of the Fred they used to know. Wesley, Fred's boyfriend, is stricken with grief over the loss and keeps Illyria around partially because she looks like Fred. It's eerily paralleled to LovingAShadow and, although Illyria offers to pretend to be Fred, Wesley can't accept this]].


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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has made a habit out of deconstructing IDidWhatIHadToDo and highlighting that the phrase doesn't excuse one from the consequences of their actions:
** The main plot has Snow White and the prince sending their newborn daughter through a portal to another world, to help her escape the Dark Curse. While she grows up into The Saviour and breaks the curse, she still has huge amounts of resentment from having to grow up without parents. And she points out that if they hadn't done "what they had to do", she would have at least grown up happily. It's three seasons before she properly comes to terms with these issues.
** Snow White uses a pragmatic choice to [[spoiler: trick Regina into murdering Cora, which provides a double whammy of saving Rumpelstiltskin from the curse Cora had used]]. Although this is the best possible option, Snow instead suffers MyGodWhatHaveIDone - because she pretty much [[spoiler: manipulated Regina into killing her own mother]]. Snow later refutes the saying, claiming she didn't ''have'' to do it. She did it because it was ''easy''. It's also strongly implied she was motivated by revenge over what Cora did to her.
** Rumpelstiltskin's master plan involved casting the Dark Curse so he could be reunited with his son. The show never hesitates to point out that he ruined hundreds of lives for his own desires. [[spoiler: When he's reunited with his son, the son is disgusted at what he did]].
** Geppetto sent his son Pinocchio through a second portal in order to save him from possibly turning back to wood as the Dark Curse was cast. In this case doing what he 'has to do' is separating a mother from her child (as Snow could have used the second portal to go with Emma). And in this case it acts as a StartOfDarkness for Pinocchio, since his father is still abandoning a young boy to fend for himself.
12th Jul '16 8:33:03 AM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' deconstructs the JackieRobinsonStory[=/=]YouGoGirl tropes. Eve is asked by her high school's football coach to become the team's kicker after he sees her kicking skills at a contest. After she does well in a few games, everyone keeps praising her for being the only girl in the league and tells her how inspirational it is for women everywhere. On the other hand, Eve hates being singled out by the press and would rather have people not make a big deal of it and treat her just like the other players. Eventually the pressure of representing women gets to her and her performance suffers as a result. It's also worth mentioning that there is never any mention of her teammates being sexist towards her and that she joined the team because she thought it'd be fun, not to show people she's just as good as the boys.
26th Jun '16 8:53:12 PM M84
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' deconstructs the InvincibleVillain with Ramsay Snow. After five seasons of increasingly unlikely victories, it all falls apart for him near the end of season six. He's been unbeatable for so long [[SanitySlippage that he can't comprehend that he's losing until it's far too late]]. Even after losing his entire army, Winterfell, getting his face bashed in by the vengeful Jon Snow, and being locked up in a cell and tied up in a chair at Sansa's mercy, he's ''still'' deluded enough to think he can find a way to win. [[OhCrap The reality of his loss and impending death only sinks in the moment his own starving hounds' fangs sink into his flesh.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' deconstructs the InvincibleVillain with Ramsay Snow. After five seasons of increasingly unlikely victories, it all falls apart for him near the end of season six. He's been unbeatable for so long [[SanitySlippage that he can't comprehend that he's losing until it's far too late]]. Even [[spoiler:Even after losing his entire army, Winterfell, getting his face bashed in by the vengeful Jon Snow, and being locked up in a cell and tied up in a chair at Sansa's mercy, he's ''still'' deluded enough to think he can find a way to win. [[OhCrap The reality of his loss and impending death only sinks in the moment his own starving hounds' fangs sink into his flesh.]]]]]]
26th Jun '16 8:52:32 PM M84
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' deconstructs the InvincibleVillain with Ramsay Snow. After five season of increasingly unlikely victories, it all falls apart for him near the end of season six. He's been unbeatable for so long [[SanitySlippage that he can't comprehend that he's losing until it's far too late]]. Even after losing his entire army, Winterfell, getting his face bashed in by the vengeful Jon Snow, and being locked up in a cell and tied up in a chair at Sansa's mercy, he's ''still'' deluded enough to think he can find a way to win. [[OhCrap The reality of his loss and impending death only sinks in the moment his own starving hounds' fangs sink into his flesh.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' deconstructs the InvincibleVillain with Ramsay Snow. After five season seasons of increasingly unlikely victories, it all falls apart for him near the end of season six. He's been unbeatable for so long [[SanitySlippage that he can't comprehend that he's losing until it's far too late]]. Even after losing his entire army, Winterfell, getting his face bashed in by the vengeful Jon Snow, and being locked up in a cell and tied up in a chair at Sansa's mercy, he's ''still'' deluded enough to think he can find a way to win. [[OhCrap The reality of his loss and impending death only sinks in the moment his own starving hounds' fangs sink into his flesh.]]
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