History DeconstructedTrope / WesternAnimation

29th Dec '16 8:54:05 PM Ganymede8
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'''Mayor:''' NO! Do you realize the two crooks that you caught stole approximately four hundred dollars? Do you realize that you did ''over three '''MILLION''' dollars in property damage to that bridge?!'' '''IT'S NOT REPLACEABLE!'''

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'''Mayor:''' NO! Do you realize the two crooks that you caught stole approximately four hundred dollars? Do you realize that you did ''over three '''MILLION''' dollars in property damage to that bridge?!'' '''IT'S '''OVER THREE MILLION DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE TO THAT BRIDGE?! IT'S NOT REPLACEABLE!'''
16th Nov '16 2:11:08 PM Furienna
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** It also gives us Helga Pataki herself as a deconstruction of the {{Tsundere}} trope. She's got a relationship with Arnold that looks on the surface like the typical foundations of a SlapSlapKiss romance, but as we delve a bit farther into her family life we see that, along with her traumatized PuritySue sister, she has an abusive {{Jerkass}} dad and a LadyDrunk mother, neither of which can provide much support in her daily life -- if she's lucky. Looking at the show with slightly more jaded eyes, her volatile relationship with Arnold and her few friends become an increasingly obvious cry for help and an awkwardness with dealing with people nonviolently.

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** It also gives us Helga Pataki herself as a deconstruction of the {{Tsundere}} trope. She's got a relationship with Arnold that looks on the surface like the typical foundations of a SlapSlapKiss romance, but as we delve a bit farther into her family life we see that, along with her traumatized PuritySue sister, she has an abusive {{Jerkass}} dad and a LadyDrunk mother, neither of which can provide much support in her daily life -- - if she's lucky. Looking at the show with slightly more jaded eyes, her volatile relationship with Arnold and her few friends become an increasingly obvious cry for help and an awkwardness with dealing with people nonviolently.



** The infamous episode "The Boys of Bummer" is a brutal deconstruction of DisproportionateRetribution. The stock plot is about everyone in Springfield getting angry at Bart over something very minor, which has happened before on "Bart's Girlfriend," "The Telltale Head," and "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" -- all of which were played straight and for laughs. This time around, Bart loses a simple softball game and is bullied and harassed for it so much and so badly that he attempts suicide. He lives, but the townspeople ''still'' rag on him for losing until Marge steps in to yell at them. It's about as dark and depressing as you'd imagine and the reason why this episode is disliked among the few people who still watch modern-day ''Simpsons'' episodes or the former fan who foolishly decided to rewatch the show after years of ignoring it.

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** The infamous episode "The Boys of Bummer" is a brutal deconstruction of DisproportionateRetribution. The stock plot is about everyone in Springfield getting angry at Bart over something very minor, which has happened before on "Bart's Girlfriend," "The Telltale Head," and "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" -- - all of which were played straight and for laughs. This time around, Bart loses a simple softball game and is bullied and harassed for it so much and so badly that he attempts suicide. He lives, but the townspeople ''still'' rag on him for losing until Marge steps in to yell at them. It's about as dark and depressing as you'd imagine and the reason why this episode is disliked among the few people who still watch modern-day ''Simpsons'' episodes or the former fan who foolishly decided to rewatch the show after years of ignoring it.



* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' gives us a twofer. On one hand, he deconstructs the TuxedoAndMartini trope by showing us the kind of person that it would take to make a living out of killing people while [[BondOneLiner cracking one-liners]], bedding [[GirlOfTheWeek a different woman every week]] and obsessing over [[BadassInANiceSuit finding the perfect wardrobe]] in RealLife--namely, a self-centered, spoiled, borderline sociopathic ManChild...and the ultimate UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist. Then the show turns around and deconstructs the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist trope by going in-depth in showing us the kind of [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood screwed-up childhood]] that it would take to make someone as much of an asshole as Archer.

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* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' gives us a twofer. On one hand, he deconstructs the TuxedoAndMartini trope by showing us the kind of person that it would take to make a living out of killing people while [[BondOneLiner cracking one-liners]], bedding [[GirlOfTheWeek a different woman every week]] and obsessing over [[BadassInANiceSuit finding the perfect wardrobe]] in RealLife--namely, RealLife - namely, a self-centered, spoiled, borderline sociopathic ManChild...and the ultimate UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist. Then the show turns around and deconstructs the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist trope by going in-depth in showing us the kind of [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood screwed-up childhood]] that it would take to make someone as much of an asshole as Archer.
10th Aug '16 6:55:23 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' deconstructed ShesAllGrownUp. The Prince and the Princess were reluctant to have their marriage arranged since they were kids. They meet each other again as young adults and the Prince immediately consents to the marriage after seeing how beautiful the Princess had become. She is instead offended because he can't come up with a reason to marry her besides her beauty. Unfortunately, it's played straight afterwards for no given reason.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' deconstructed ShesAllGrownUp. The Prince and the Princess were reluctant to have their marriage arranged since they were kids. They meet each other again as young adults and the Prince immediately consents to the marriage after seeing how beautiful the Princess had become. She is instead offended because he can't come up with a reason to marry her besides her beauty. [[IndecisiveDeconstruction Unfortunately, it's played straight afterwards for no given reason.]]
10th Aug '16 6:49:58 PM AHI-3000
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** TheCowl is deconstructed because Batman is so completely dedicated to his mission, the Batfamily members and Harley [[GrowingUpSucks want to grow up, have families, much more of life that playing an infinite]] CycleOfRevenge and let him LonelyAtTheTop. The disturbing conclusion is that the only relationship that ever worked for Batman was the FoeRomanceSubtext he had with The Joker. As we see at the page quote, Joker was truly special for Batman: He was the only one capable of accepting Batman as the {{Determinator}}.

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** TheCowl is deconstructed because Batman is so completely dedicated to his mission, the Batfamily members and Harley [[GrowingUpSucks want to grow up, have families, have much more of life that than playing an infinite]] CycleOfRevenge and let him be LonelyAtTheTop. The disturbing conclusion is that the only relationship that ever worked for Batman was the FoeRomanceSubtext he had with The Joker. As we see at the page quote, Joker was truly special for Batman: He was the only one capable of accepting Batman as the {{Determinator}}.
10th Aug '16 6:48:56 PM AHI-3000
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** The New Batman admits that ComicBook/TheJoker is a successful supervillain, but a pathetic comedian: he never made Batmanís laugh, nor corrupt or break him. He never was AffablyEvil, just FauxAffablyEvil. And maybe the clearer proof that The Joker is a mediocre comic is that he cannot deal with the natural enemy of a comedian: ''TheHeckler''.

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** The New new Batman (Terry [=McGinnis=]) admits that ComicBook/TheJoker is a successful supervillain, but a pathetic comedian: he never made Batmanís Batman laugh, nor corrupt or break him. He never was AffablyEvil, just FauxAffablyEvil. And maybe the clearer proof that The Joker is a mediocre comic is that he cannot deal with the natural enemy of a comedian: ''TheHeckler''.
10th Aug '16 6:47:22 PM AHI-3000
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* The KidHero trope is deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. Being a youngster who fights evil won't spare you from [[spoiler: the torture and brainwashing Mind Rape you'll receive once you end up in the claws of a sadistic, murderous, amorally psychopath. If you ''do'' survive it, you'll completely lose your sanity, it will take years of therapy to cure you, and you've to live with PTSD through the rest of your life. Though Tim was actually not regretful of it until the Joker began influencing him in his attempt to take over.]]
-->'''Timothy Drake (as an adult):''' ''Fun and games. Boy wonder playing hero. Fighting off bad guys and no one ever gets... [[spoiler: oh god. I killed him. I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget. But I still hear the shot. Still see the dead smile. Every night the dreams get stronger... he's there when I sleep. Whispering! Laughing! Telling me that I'm as bad as he is! We're both the same!'' (though his 'dreams' are actually the result of the Joker placing a chip on him before he died in an attempt to take over Tim.]]

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* The KidHero trope is deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. Being a youngster who fights evil won't spare you from [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the torture and brainwashing Mind Rape MindRape you'll receive once you end up in the claws of a sadistic, murderous, amorally amoral psychopath. If you ''do'' survive it, you'll completely lose your sanity, it will take years of therapy to cure you, and you've you have to live with PTSD through the rest of your life. Though Tim was actually not regretful of it until the Joker began influencing him in his attempt to take over.]]
-->'''Timothy Drake (as an adult):''' ''Fun Fun and games. Boy wonder playing hero. Fighting off bad guys and no one ever gets... [[spoiler: oh [[spoiler:Oh god. I killed him. I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget. But I still hear the shot. Still see the dead smile. Every night the dreams get stronger... he's He's there when I sleep. Whispering! Laughing! Telling me that I'm as bad as he is! We're both the same!'' (though same!]] [[note]]Though his 'dreams' are actually the [[spoiler:the result of the Joker placing a chip microchip on him before he died died, in an attempt to [[GrandTheftMe take over Tim.]]over]] Tim's body]].[[/note]]
31st May '16 12:33:01 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': The episode "Town and Out" deconstructs DestructiveSavior; the girls move to a more realistic city than Townsville in that episode, and end up getting a tongue-lashing from the Mayor of that city after they stop two bank robbers by blowing up a bridge:
-->'''Mayor:''' [[TranquilFury Let me tell you some words]]. [[WhatTheHellHero At what point did it seem like a good idea to blow up the Citiesville Bridge?]]\\
'''Blossom:''' Uh...\\
'''Mayor:''' NO! Do you realize the two crooks that you caught stole approximately four hundred dollars? Do you realize that you did ''over three '''MILLION''' dollars in property damage to that bridge?!'' '''IT'S NOT REPLACEABLE!'''
17th May '16 9:03:05 AM Nintendoman01
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* The WesternAnimation/{{Ed Edd N Eddy|s Big Picture Show}} finale movie deconstructs AmusingInjuries in a hard way, in which Eddy recieves [[spoiler: a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from his older brother.]] It's deconstriucted here because Eddy reacts as if he's seriously hurt and the kids (even Kevin and Sarah) react with fear. [[spoiler: Not to mention the reveal that this is how his brother ''always'' treated him.]]

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** Quagmire could be seen as a deconstruction of AtLeastIAdmitIt. He considers himself better than Brian because he actually admits to his vices, but not only does he commit far worse offenses than Brian has, he also lacks any of the emotional baggage that affects Brian, often doing such things out of sheer callousness. Rather than giving himself a moral high ground through his honesty about his actions, he comes across as above judgement because of it. To add to it, he truthfully ''doesn't'' as he is later revealed to blame all his shortcomings on his mother, something Brian is quite willing to throw back at him.
* The WesternAnimation/{{Ed Edd N Eddy|s Big Picture Show}} finale movie deconstructs AmusingInjuries in a hard way, in which Eddy recieves receives [[spoiler: a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from his older brother.]] It's deconstriucted deconstructed here because Eddy reacts as if he's seriously hurt and the kids (even Kevin and Sarah) react with fear. [[spoiler: Not to mention the reveal that this is how his brother ''always'' treated him.]]
7th May '16 12:03:53 PM nombretomado
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* ''HeyArnold'' deconstructs PuritySue with Olga Pataki, Helga's sister. In order to keep your [[ProperLady "pretty, intelligent, sweet, absolutely beloved young girl"]] image, you're likely to end up as a perfectionist, weepy, [[StepfordSmiler perpetually smily]], ''dangerously'' out-of-reality mess who [[HeroicBSOD will break down to melodramatic levels]] the very moment something doesn't seem to fit in such a bubble of perfection, while being almost completely unable to connect with people far more "flawed" than yourself.

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* ''HeyArnold'' ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' deconstructs PuritySue with Olga Pataki, Helga's sister. In order to keep your [[ProperLady "pretty, intelligent, sweet, absolutely beloved young girl"]] image, you're likely to end up as a perfectionist, weepy, [[StepfordSmiler perpetually smily]], ''dangerously'' out-of-reality mess who [[HeroicBSOD will break down to melodramatic levels]] the very moment something doesn't seem to fit in such a bubble of perfection, while being almost completely unable to connect with people far more "flawed" than yourself.



* ''GeneratorRex'' does this with DatingCatwoman by showing how shitty it can be when the girl you're in love with works for the BigBad. Even when [[spoiler:she decides to quit working for said BigBad, Rex still doesn't win her in the end]].

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* ''GeneratorRex'' ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' does this with DatingCatwoman by showing how shitty it can be when the girl you're in love with works for the BigBad. Even when [[spoiler:she decides to quit working for said BigBad, Rex still doesn't win her in the end]].
2nd May '16 3:24:06 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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** KidHero: Finn has been fighting and killing monsters and supernatural beings since at least the age of twelve (his age when the series begins). Even though he's quite cheerful and upbeat most of the time, psychologically he's ''really'' messed up. In fact the reason he manages to stay upbeat despite the horrors he's seen is because he's very good at suppressing traumatic memories (he refers to the process as "putting them in the vault"; the fact that he does it so often that he ''has a term for it'' is a bad sign). Because he's spent so much of his life fighting and adventuring, he doesn't know much about making personal connections. His emotional immaturity and BloodKnight nature drove his girlfriend away, and his tendencies toward WhiteKnighting are steadily getting creepier as he gets older. All he really knows how to do is punch things; life situations that require a more complex solution are beyond his ability to navigate.

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** KidHero: Finn has been fighting and killing monsters and supernatural beings since at least the age of twelve (his age when the series begins). Even though he's quite cheerful and upbeat most of the time, psychologically he's ''really'' messed up. In fact the reason he manages to stay upbeat despite the horrors he's seen is because he's very good at suppressing traumatic memories (he refers to the process as "putting them in the vault"; the fact that he does it so often that he ''has a term for it'' is a bad sign). Because he's spent so much of his life fighting and adventuring, he doesn't know much about making personal connections. His emotional immaturity and BloodKnight nature drove his girlfriend away, and his tendencies toward WhiteKnighting white knighting are steadily getting creepier as he gets older. All he really knows how to do is punch things; life situations that require a more complex solution are beyond his ability to navigate.
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