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24th Jun '16 1:27:46 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'': Many heroes in GreekMythology, such as Oedipus, Achilles, and even Hercules at some points, had a MightMakesRight mentality; their worth as heroes wasn't measured by their moral character, but through their strength and power. Kratos is essentially what these kinds of heroes would be in real life; sociopathic, selfish, blood-hungry, and extremely entitled in their sense of revenge.
18th Jun '16 8:37:42 AM poi99
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This doesn't mean magic and other fantastic or futuristic elements, or any other tropes must be removed or attacked for failing to match up with their own pretentions of self-consistent reality, of course. While sometimes perceived as an aggressive attack on the meaning or enjoyableness of a work or text, deconstruction is not properly about passing judgment (and in fact, the term "deconstruction" was picked over the German term "Dekonstruktion" to suggest careful attention to the detail within a text over violently emptying the work of all meaning). It means that all existing elements of a work are played without the RuleOfCool, RuleOfDrama, RuleOfFunny, and so on, to see what hidden assumptions the work uses to make its point. Sometimes you will hear this referred to as "[[PlayingWithATrope played completely straight]]", and it can be thought of as taking a work more seriously on its own terms than even the work itself does, for the purpose of laying bare hidden meanings in the text.

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This doesn't mean magic and other fantastic or futuristic elements, or any other tropes must be removed or attacked for failing to match up with their own pretentions of self-consistent reality, of course. While sometimes perceived as an aggressive attack on the meaning or enjoyableness entertainment value of a work or text, deconstruction is not properly about passing judgment (and in fact, the term "deconstruction" was picked over the German term "Dekonstruktion" to suggest careful attention to the detail within a text over violently emptying the work of all meaning). It means that all existing elements of a work are played without the RuleOfCool, RuleOfDrama, RuleOfFunny, and so on, to see what hidden assumptions the work uses to make its point. Sometimes you will hear this referred to as "[[PlayingWithATrope played completely straight]]", and it can be thought of as taking a work more seriously on its own terms than even the work itself does, for the purpose of laying bare hidden meanings in the text.



Note that while deconstructions ''often'' end up [[DarkerAndEdgier darker, edgier,]] [[SadnessTropes sadder]] [[CynicismTropes and more cynical]] than the normal version, '''there is no reason they have to be.''' Deconstructions can exist anywhere on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. Expanding on the ''Dungeons & Dragons'' example above, a cynical deconstruction would involve the food-creating clerics either being enslaved for their powers or becoming the ruling class in a {{Dystopia}}, while an idealistic deconstruction would involve the alleviation of scarcities and hardships based on class. Either one is perfectly valid.

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Note that while deconstructions ''often'' end up [[DarkerAndEdgier darker, edgier,]] [[SadnessTropes sadder]] [[CynicismTropes and more cynical]] than the normal version, '''there is no reason they have to be.''' While the Deconstruction process can reveal things we weren't thinking about for a reason -- a major contributing factor in why it tends to be depressing -- Deconstructions can are free to exist anywhere on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. Expanding on the ''Dungeons & Dragons'' example above, a cynical deconstruction would involve the food-creating clerics either being enslaved for their powers or becoming the ruling class in a {{Dystopia}}, while an idealistic deconstruction would involve the alleviation of scarcities and hardships based on class. Either one is perfectly valid.



The reason fictive deconstructions often turn out as they do is that fiction by its definition [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail virtually ignores anything that isn't specifically included, while hiding anything that is included but not spelled out]]. Thus, for instance, a work in which gender, or sexuality, poverty, race, or politics etc. ''should'' have been important but were never dealt with adequately is ripe for a deconstruction in which the fact that nobody talks about these topics indicates that something is amiss. Contrariwise, a work that attempts to pre-emptively avert being deconstructed in this way by stating, perhaps frequently, that certain topics aren't dealt with because they are ''specifically irrelevant'' to the story/setting (especially if there's no good reason they ''should'' be irrelevant), is ripe for an ironic deconstruction in which the supposed insignificance of these topics doesn't stop characters from regurgitating contemporary RealLife attitudes about them. The Deconstruction process thus often reveals things we weren't thinking about for a reason, perhaps revealing a trope or a staple of fiction as false/unrealistic/[[FridgeHorror horrifying]], which is why it ''tends'' to be depressing.

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The reason fictive deconstructions often turn out as they do Sometimes the best fodder for deconstruction in a story or setting is not its major themes, but [[LawOfConservationOfDetail the aspects that fiction by its definition [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail virtually ignores anything that isn't specifically included, while hiding anything that is included but not spelled out]]. Thus, for are discussed the least, if at all.]] For instance, a work in which gender, or sexuality, poverty, race, or politics politics, etc. ''should'' should have been important but were never dealt with adequately is ripe for a deconstruction in which the fact that nobody talks about these topics indicates that something is amiss. deconstruction. Contrariwise, a work that attempts to pre-emptively avert being deconstructed in this way by stating, perhaps frequently, stating that certain topics aren't dealt with because they are ''specifically irrelevant'' specifically irrelevant to the story/setting (especially if there's story/setting, when there is actually no good reason they ''should'' be irrelevant), irrelevant, is also ripe for an ironic deconstruction in which the supposed insignificance of these topics doesn't stop characters from regurgitating contemporary RealLife attitudes about them. The Deconstruction process thus often reveals things we weren't thinking about for a reason, perhaps revealing a trope or a staple of fiction as false/unrealistic/[[FridgeHorror horrifying]], which is why it ''tends'' to be depressing.
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8th Jun '16 9:52:30 AM DoctorTItanX
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' deconstructs every trope from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] cartoons, especially those having to do with morality and chaos, either by exaggerating them to the point they become disgusting, or by showing just how unpleasant it would be to live through such events. The character of Ren could easily be a deconstruction of ButtMonkey villain characters like Daffy Duck for example. While many of his schemes and plans seem to be immoral and self centered, they're usually motivated by survival, like in the short "A Yard Too Far", he tries to steal food, only because he's starving. On numerous occasions, Ren either breaks down into tears, or explodes into homicidal anger over the intense suffering he has to endure. Whereas Ren could be seen as a deconstruction of a cartoon bad guy, Stimpy on the other hand could be seen as a deconstruction of good guy characters in general. He often suffers through the same misfortune as Ren, and is unusually upbeat about it, but only because he's not smart enough to understand the trouble he's in, and despite the fact that he seems to have more of a sense of right and wrong then his counterpart, he is still easily manipulated by Ren into immoral activities, because, [[GoodIsDumb again he's not smart enough to understand.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' deconstructs every trope from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] cartoons, especially those having to do with morality and chaos, either by exaggerating them to the point they become disgusting, or by showing just how unpleasant it would be to live through such events. The character of Ren could easily be a deconstruction of ButtMonkey villain characters like Daffy Duck for example. While many of his schemes and plans seem to be immoral and self centered, they're usually motivated by survival, like in the short "A Yard Too Far", he tries to steal food, only because he's starving. On numerous occasions, Ren either breaks down into tears, or explodes into homicidal anger over the intense suffering he has to endure. Whereas Ren could be seen as a deconstruction of a cartoon bad guy, Stimpy on the other hand could be seen as a deconstruction of good guy characters in general. He often suffers through the same misfortune as Ren, and is unusually upbeat about it, but only because he's not smart enough to understand the trouble he's in, and despite the fact that he seems to have more of a sense of right and wrong then than his counterpart, he is still easily manipulated by Ren into immoral activities, because, [[GoodIsDumb again he's not smart enough to understand.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' serves as a deconstruction of sidekicks as ChildSoldiers, super heroes in the modern world, and is often very cynical about it. So much so that when it tries to do sincere emotion it comes off as unintentional {{Narm}}.

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' serves as a deconstruction of sidekicks as ChildSoldiers, super heroes superheroes in the modern world, and is often very cynical about it. So much so that when it tries to do sincere emotion emotion, it comes off as unintentional {{Narm}}.
7th Jun '16 4:51:21 PM Doug86
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This doesn't mean magic and other fantastic or futuristic elements, or any other tropes must be removed or attacked for failing to match up with their own pretentions of self-consistent reality, of course. While sometimes perceived as an aggressive attack on the meaning or enjoyableness of a work or text, deconstruction is not properly about passing judgement (and in fact, the term "deconstruction" was picked over the German term "Dekonstruktion" to suggest careful attention to the detail within a text over violently emptying the work of all meaning). It means that all existing elements of a work are played without the RuleOfCool, RuleOfDrama, RuleOfFunny, and so on, to see what hidden assumptions the work uses to make its point. Sometimes you will hear this referred to as "[[PlayingWithATrope played completely straight]]", and it can be thought of as taking a work more seriously on its own terms than even the work itself does, for the purpose of laying bare hidden meanings in the text.

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This doesn't mean magic and other fantastic or futuristic elements, or any other tropes must be removed or attacked for failing to match up with their own pretentions of self-consistent reality, of course. While sometimes perceived as an aggressive attack on the meaning or enjoyableness of a work or text, deconstruction is not properly about passing judgement judgment (and in fact, the term "deconstruction" was picked over the German term "Dekonstruktion" to suggest careful attention to the detail within a text over violently emptying the work of all meaning). It means that all existing elements of a work are played without the RuleOfCool, RuleOfDrama, RuleOfFunny, and so on, to see what hidden assumptions the work uses to make its point. Sometimes you will hear this referred to as "[[PlayingWithATrope played completely straight]]", and it can be thought of as taking a work more seriously on its own terms than even the work itself does, for the purpose of laying bare hidden meanings in the text.



** ComicBook/{{Miracleman}} was the first of his famous retcon and GenreDeconstructions of superhero stories, tackling on the Superman and Captain Marvel mythos as well as taking certain comic book tropes to their logical, ghastly conclusion.

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** ComicBook/{{Miracleman}} was the first of his famous retcon and GenreDeconstructions {{Genre Deconstruction}}s of superhero stories, tackling on the Superman and Captain Marvel mythos as well as taking certain comic book tropes to their logical, ghastly conclusion.



* ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' actually took Batman out of the permanent bubble of ComicBookTime and pushed him in a future Gotham that is very much the contemporary 80s America of Ronald Reagan and Bernie Goetz. Batman's vigilante actions become a topic of political and social commentary, his actions an affront to the police and (later) the US Government, and he inevitably operates as an outlaw that brings him in conflict with ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}''.

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* ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' actually took Batman out of the permanent bubble of ComicBookTime and pushed him in a future Gotham that is very much the contemporary 80s America of Ronald Reagan and Bernie Goetz. Batman's vigilante actions become a topic of political and social commentary, his actions an affront to the police and (later) the US Government, and he inevitably operates as an outlaw that brings him in conflict with ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}''. ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''.



* ''Film/AlmostFamous'' is a deconstruction on the illusion of rock-star life. It seems glamorous at first, but then the fame starts getting to your head and you start doing stupid things that you would never do in the right mind. Fame leads to an idea of invulnerability and often creates tension between band members (often brought on by record execs to force them to create a big radio hit against the will of the band member's better judgement or creative being all for the sake of profit). It just goes to show that the rock-star life is nothing more than a gilded cage.

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* ''Film/AlmostFamous'' is a deconstruction on the illusion of rock-star life. It seems glamorous at first, but then the fame starts getting to your head and you start doing stupid things that you would never do in the right mind. Fame leads to an idea of invulnerability and often creates tension between band members (often brought on by record execs to force them to create a big radio hit against the will of the band member's better judgement judgment or creative being all for the sake of profit). It just goes to show that the rock-star life is nothing more than a gilded cage.



* The 1954 Creator/NicholasRay western Film/JohnnyGuitar was one of the first to definitively upturn many of its genre conventions.
** The classic White Hat=Good and Black Hat=Evil division in Westerns is turned since the film's villains are the "townsfolk" whipped into a frenzy by Emma Small and they are all dressed in black, while the protagonists and the outlaws are dressed in colourful clothes of different shades. Indeed, it's Small's insistence on seeing her enemies as entirely evil and in cahoots with each other, ignoring the divisions between them that leads to violence.
** It also examines the attraction and danger of gun violence. Turkey, the young outlaw of the Dancin' Kid's gang associates masculinity with being a a fast shooter, whereas Johnny Logan is a RetiredOutlaw who is fleeing his outlaw past by trading a weapon for a pistol.

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* The 1954 Creator/NicholasRay western Film/JohnnyGuitar ''Film/JohnnyGuitar'' was one of the first to definitively upturn many of its genre conventions.
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** The classic White Hat=Good and Black Hat=Evil division in Westerns is turned since the film's villains are the "townsfolk" whipped into a frenzy by Emma Small and they are all dressed in black, while the protagonists and the outlaws are dressed in colourful colorful clothes of different shades. Indeed, it's Small's insistence on seeing her enemies as entirely evil and in cahoots with each other, ignoring the divisions between them that leads to violence.
** It also examines the attraction and danger of gun violence. Turkey, the young outlaw of the Dancin' Kid's gang associates masculinity with being a a fast shooter, whereas Johnny Logan is a RetiredOutlaw who is fleeing his outlaw past by trading a weapon for a pistol.



* Milla Jovovich in ''Film/TheMessengerTheStoryofJoanofArc'' plays out the way the true story went until she is captured by the English, at which point it deconstructs the entire mythology surrounding Joan of Arc. In prison, she hallucinates a character (played by Dustin Hoffman) whose only function seems to be to question her calling from God.

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* Milla Jovovich in ''Film/TheMessengerTheStoryofJoanofArc'' ''Film/TheMessengerTheStoryOfJoanOfArc'' plays out the way the true story went until she is captured by the English, at which point it deconstructs the entire mythology surrounding Joan of Arc. In prison, she hallucinates a character (played by Dustin Hoffman) whose only function seems to be to question her calling from God.



* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. The subtitle of this movie could just have easily been ''The Deconstruction Of [[TheKirk Kirk]]''. Most of the core traits associated with Kirk and what their consequences in RealLife would probably be are examined and pulled apart. The adventurer who faces a problem on a weekly basis, solves it and promptly [[ResetButton forgets it ever happened]] is suddenly brought face to face with one of those problems from a decade and a half before, and discovers the consequences of his thoughtlessness can be [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge measured by the body count]]. The suave lady-killer with a girl in every port discovers that one of his conquests (and it's implied that it's the only one he ever truly loved) has resulted in [[LukeYouAreMyFather a son he either never knew he had or knew but never spent any real time with]] and who hates him. His tendency to play fast and loose with the rules leads to his ship being crippled and a score of dead cadets, all of which could and should have been avoided by simply raising the shields, and his trait of [[TakeAThirdOption finding novel solutions to intractable problems]] ends the life of [[spoiler:his best friend and trusted right hand]]. It also shows what happens when you take the dashing, devil-may-care heroic adventurer, let him get old and put him in a desk job: a full-blown mid-life crisis.

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* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. The subtitle of this movie could just have easily been ''The Deconstruction Of of [[TheKirk Kirk]]''. Most of the core traits associated with Kirk and what their consequences in RealLife would probably be are examined and pulled apart. The adventurer who faces a problem on a weekly basis, solves it and promptly [[ResetButton forgets it ever happened]] is suddenly brought face to face with one of those problems from a decade and a half before, and discovers the consequences of his thoughtlessness can be [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge measured by the body count]]. The suave lady-killer with a girl in every port discovers that one of his conquests (and it's implied that it's the only one he ever truly loved) has resulted in [[LukeYouAreMyFather a son he either never knew he had or knew but never spent any real time with]] and who hates him. His tendency to play fast and loose with the rules leads to his ship being crippled and a score of dead cadets, all of which could and should have been avoided by simply raising the shields, and his trait of [[TakeAThirdOption finding novel solutions to intractable problems]] ends the life of [[spoiler:his best friend and trusted right hand]]. It also shows what happens when you take the dashing, devil-may-care heroic adventurer, let him get old and put him in a desk job: a full-blown mid-life crisis.



* In ''Film/TheCableGuy'', Creator/JimCarrey deconstructs the kind of character he usually plays. In the beginning we're introduced to what at first seems to be the same kind of quirky, eccentric, wacky, CatchPhrase spewing character seen in other Jim Carrey films. However, as the plot unfolds Carrey's character becomes a deranged stalker, and goes from being a funny characte to a deeply disturbing one. We learn that this character is a severely mentally unbalanced social outcast, that his "wacky" antics are in fact reckless and dangerous, and actually ruin the life of the one person he considers to be his friend, and that his obsession with spewing famous {{Catch Phrase}}s come from the fact that he has an unhealthy obsession with TV, to the point that he has a hard time [[CannotTellFictionFromReality telling the difference between it and reality]].
* Woody Allen's aptly-titled film ''Deconstructing Harry'' is both a deconstruction of Alelen's own work and the concept of AuthorAvatar characters and autobiographical fiction in general. It could also be considered a deconstruction of authors literally writing themselves into thier own work, both played straight (Harry Block is a pretty obvious autobiographical character) and inverted (in0universe, Harry's characters come to life to interact with and deconstruct ''him''. How's that for a mind-screw?

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* In ''Film/TheCableGuy'', Creator/JimCarrey deconstructs the kind of character he usually plays. In the beginning we're introduced to what at first seems to be the same kind of quirky, eccentric, wacky, CatchPhrase spewing character seen in other Jim Carrey films. However, as the plot unfolds Carrey's character becomes a deranged stalker, and goes from being a funny characte character to a deeply disturbing one. We learn that this character is a severely mentally unbalanced social outcast, that his "wacky" antics are in fact reckless and dangerous, and actually ruin the life of the one person he considers to be his friend, and that his obsession with spewing famous {{Catch Phrase}}s come from the fact that he has an unhealthy obsession with TV, to the point that he has a hard time [[CannotTellFictionFromReality telling the difference between it and reality]].
reality]].
* Woody Allen's aptly-titled film ''Deconstructing Harry'' is both a deconstruction of Alelen's Allen's own work and the concept of AuthorAvatar characters and autobiographical fiction in general. It could also be considered a deconstruction of authors literally writing themselves into thier own work, both played straight (Harry Block is a pretty obvious autobiographical character) and inverted (in0universe, (in-universe, Harry's characters come to life to interact with and deconstruct ''him''. How's that for a mind-screw?



** The film is a deconstruction of Superman's origin, treating it as humanity's first encounter with extra-terrestrial life. The flashback sequences show how an emotionally fragile child/teen with superpowers needs constant guidance and even then there's no guarantee that his step-parents know what's best. The absence of Lex Luthor also highlights how an alien who looks human but with god-like abilities isn't just a victim of bad publicity, but genuinely unsettling, which contradicts most depictions of Superman being easily accepted by the masses. The film ultimately points to signs that Superman will be reconstructed in subsequent films (and Creator/ZackSynder even noted that Superman would be more well-adjusted to being a hero in the sequel, ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''), but it used deconstruction as a way to redefine the character for a new audience.

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** The film is a deconstruction of Superman's origin, treating it as humanity's first encounter with extra-terrestrial life. The flashback sequences show how an emotionally fragile child/teen with superpowers needs constant guidance and even then there's no guarantee that his step-parents know what's best. The absence of Lex Luthor also highlights how an alien who looks human but with god-like abilities isn't just a victim of bad publicity, but genuinely unsettling, which contradicts most depictions of Superman being easily accepted by the masses. The film ultimately points to signs that Superman will be reconstructed in subsequent films (and Creator/ZackSynder Creator/ZackSnyder even noted that Superman would be more well-adjusted to being a hero in the sequel, ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''), but it used deconstruction as a way to redefine the character for a new audience.



* Much of KurtVonnegut's work qualifies as this, in particular ''Literature/Slaughterhouse-Five'' and ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions''. The former is a deconstruction of the war novel and specifically the dozens of WWII novels and movies produced by his generation. In the opening chapter (which functions more as an introduction of sorts) Vonnegut relates the story of how he struggled with the book for years before the wife of a close friend gave him the idea of how to go about doing it. ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions'', meanwhile, is a decronstruction of both the micro-wordl (20th century novels focusing on boosterism the eccentricities of small towns and cities in the vein of Sinclair Lewis) and also the oddball science fiction morality play Vonnegut himself seemingly created.

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* Much of KurtVonnegut's Creator/KurtVonnegut's work qualifies as this, in particular ''Literature/Slaughterhouse-Five'' ''Literature/SlaughterhouseFive'' and ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions''. The former is a deconstruction of the war novel and specifically the dozens of WWII novels and movies produced by his generation. In the opening chapter (which functions more as an introduction of sorts) Vonnegut relates the story of how he struggled with the book for years before the wife of a close friend gave him the idea of how to go about doing it. ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions'', meanwhile, is a decronstruction deconstruction of both the micro-wordl micro-world (20th century novels focusing on boosterism the eccentricities of small towns and cities in the vein of Sinclair Lewis) and also the oddball science fiction morality play Vonnegut himself seemingly created.



* ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' was the first major work to continue the story of StarWars after the events of The Return of the Jedi. It begins by immediately overthrowing all the implied gains from the end of the movie and establishing that this has only been the first big step on a war that will still go on for a long time and demand a lot of further personal sacrifices from the heroes. Luke starting a new Jedi Order and Han and Leia retiring from the Rebellion to be happily married with kids? Not very likely to happen.

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* ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' was the first major work to continue the story of StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' after the events of The ''The Return of the Jedi.Jedi''. It begins by immediately overthrowing all the implied gains from the end of the movie and establishing that this has only been the first big step on a war that will still go on for a long time and demand a lot of further personal sacrifices from the heroes. Luke starting a new Jedi Order and Han and Leia retiring from the Rebellion to be happily married with kids? Not very likely to happen.



* ''Goshawk Squadron'' by Creator/DerekRobinson attacks the popular view of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne air combat which, rather than dueling "Knights of the Air", actually involved under-trained pilots diving out of the sun and machine-gunning their opponent in the back before he had a chance to defend himself.

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* ''Goshawk Squadron'' by Creator/DerekRobinson attacks the popular view of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI air combat which, rather than dueling "Knights of the Air", actually involved under-trained pilots diving out of the sun and machine-gunning their opponent in the back before he had a chance to defend himself.



** Rather, that's Professor Tolkien's response to the idea that his story is allegorical. He despised allegory as a rule, and did not take kindly to people trying to equate the War of the Ring with World War 2. Thus this statement is actually a TakeThat at such readers for thinking so highly of themselves as to read themselves into the Fellowship role, whereas Tolkien thought of the Allies in more the Saruman role, particularly after the atomic bombings of Japan.

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** Rather, that's Professor Tolkien's response to the idea that his story is allegorical. He despised allegory as a rule, and did not take kindly to people trying to equate the War of the Ring with World War 2.II. Thus this statement is actually a TakeThat at such readers for thinking so highly of themselves as to read themselves into the Fellowship role, whereas Tolkien thought of the Allies in more the Saruman role, particularly after the atomic bombings of Japan.



* The finale of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. can easily be viewed as a deconstruction of a HUGE number of tropes, from tv shows to character tropes to audience reactions. It is so biting with how RealityEnsues that it is a main reason why the GrandFinale was so controversial, all along the irony of the episode name "Last Forever." A brief rundown goes as follows:

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* The finale of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' can easily be viewed as a deconstruction of a HUGE number of tropes, from tv TV shows to character tropes to audience reactions. It is so biting with how RealityEnsues that it is a main reason why the GrandFinale was so controversial, all along the irony of the episode name "Last Forever." A brief rundown goes as follows:



** [[spoiler: Ted meets Tracy, the love of his life and the mother of his children. They were absolutely perfect for each other, but their history isn't exactly a fairy tale as their engagement lasted years because of Ted being a stickler for the perfect wedding and Tracy getting pregnant with their daughter Penny around the same time of their first wedding date, with Luke following soon after. Tracy ended up dying from an unspecified illness, leaving this perfect couple only able to be together for 11 years. True love and a happy relationship doesn't always always last forever. The final shot of the series is Ted reconsidering his love for Robin, as despite everything he went through to be happy with Tracy that doesn't mean he doesn't still love Robin in some way]].

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** [[spoiler: Ted meets Tracy, the love of his life and the mother of his children. They were absolutely perfect for each other, but their history isn't exactly a fairy tale as their engagement lasted years because of Ted being a stickler for the perfect wedding and Tracy getting pregnant with their daughter Penny around the same time of their first wedding date, with Luke following soon after. Tracy ended up dying from an unspecified illness, leaving this perfect couple only able to be together for 11 years. True love and a happy relationship doesn't always don't always last forever. The final shot of the series is Ted reconsidering his love for Robin, as despite everything he went through to be happy with Tracy that doesn't mean he doesn't still love Robin in some way]].



* Warhammer40000 is arguably a deconstruction of the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Humans are bastards compared to all the "nice alien races in the universe"]] trope seen in various works of science fiction. That is because while the Imperium is indeed TheEmpire and the combination of some of [[ChurchMilitant the most horrifying]] [[PuttingOnTheReich regimes in human history]], [[CrapsackWorld the rest of the Galaxy]] is [[EvilVersusEvil little better]], and possibly worse in contrast to [[ALighterShadeOfBlack the Imperium]]. What's more is that because of the [[UpToEleven utterly crapsack nature of the setting]], it is implied the Imperium [[IDidWhatIHadToDo has to act]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist like this]] to ''survive''.

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* Warhammer40000 ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' is arguably a deconstruction of the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Humans are bastards compared to all the "nice alien races in the universe"]] trope seen in various works of science fiction. That is because while the Imperium is indeed TheEmpire and the combination of some of [[ChurchMilitant the most horrifying]] [[PuttingOnTheReich regimes in human history]], [[CrapsackWorld the rest of the Galaxy]] is [[EvilVersusEvil little better]], and possibly worse in contrast to [[ALighterShadeOfBlack the Imperium]]. What's more is that because of the [[UpToEleven utterly crapsack nature of the setting]], it is implied the Imperium [[IDidWhatIHadToDo has to act]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist like this]] to ''survive''.



* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' did not deconstruct any genre in particular, but it did deconstruct gender roles, physical relationships, and the American system of social classes in a rather harsh way. A common theory is that it was a direct response to GoneWithTheWind, subverting the heroine, her marriage, and how she handles it in the face of a failing South.

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* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' did not deconstruct any genre in particular, but it did deconstruct gender roles, physical relationships, and the American system of social classes in a rather harsh way. A common theory is that it was a direct response to GoneWithTheWind, ''GoneWithTheWind'', subverting the heroine, her marriage, and how she handles it in the face of a failing South.



* ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' deconstructs the presense of insane cleavage on female superheroes in the comic strip [[http://dresdencodak.com/images/cleavage.jpg Why Cleavage Is Bad For Crime Fighting]].

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* ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' deconstructs the presense presence of insane cleavage on female superheroes in the comic strip [[http://dresdencodak.com/images/cleavage.jpg Why Cleavage Is Bad For Crime Fighting]].



* [[http://www.digital-brilliance.com/necron/necron.htm This website]] deconstructs the CthulhuMythos, specifically the Necronomicon. In essence it asks "what if it was a real book?" and builds from there, by looking for parallels between Judeo-Christian tradition and the CthuhluMythos (The Old Ones = The Giants from Genesis), it creates the content of the book, it then asks "what kind of person would write about such things in 730 AD?" Thus Abdul Alhazred is what the Koran calls a "Sabian" and what Western biblical scholars call a "Gnostic" -- a person with religious views related to, but radically different from, mainstream Christianity, Islam and Judaism. It then builds a comprehensive history of how it got from the Middle East and into the hands of Western Occultists, and finally makes the assumption that while yes, Lovecraft wrote about it, he got only the name and the the author correct, having never read the book itself.

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* [[http://www.digital-brilliance.com/necron/necron.htm This website]] deconstructs the CthulhuMythos, specifically the Necronomicon. In essence it asks "what if it was a real book?" and builds from there, by looking for parallels between Judeo-Christian tradition and the CthuhluMythos Cthulhu Mythos (The Old Ones = The Giants from Genesis), it creates the content of the book, it then asks "what kind of person would write about such things in 730 AD?" Thus Abdul Alhazred is what the Koran calls a "Sabian" and what Western biblical scholars call a "Gnostic" -- a person with religious views related to, but radically different from, mainstream Christianity, Islam and Judaism. It then builds a comprehensive history of how it got from the Middle East and into the hands of Western Occultists, and finally makes the assumption that while yes, Lovecraft wrote about it, he got only the name and the the author correct, having never read the book itself.



* ''[[http://everything2.com/user/t3h_poker/writeups/Sonny+gets+Mad+Scienced Sonny Gets Mad Scienced]]'' is [[DeconstructiveParody the "humourous" type of deconstruction]]. It revolves around two central ideas; telling a MadScientist story from the perspective of one of the nameless subjects experimented on, and [[spoiler:being GenreSavvy doesn't always help.]]

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* ''[[http://everything2.com/user/t3h_poker/writeups/Sonny+gets+Mad+Scienced Sonny Gets Mad Scienced]]'' is [[DeconstructiveParody the "humourous" "humorous" type of deconstruction]]. It revolves around two central ideas; telling a MadScientist story from the perspective of one of the nameless subjects experimented on, and [[spoiler:being GenreSavvy doesn't always help.]]



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnE3uyj9Grg SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE SPIDER-MAN]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqW5upASa-8 SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE NINJA TURTLES]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1v_EcjeIkg SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE DUCKTALES]] Deconstruct the characters of the various shows, by showing just how horrific it would be if these characters where actually like the animals they where based on.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnE3uyj9Grg SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE SPIDER-MAN]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqW5upASa-8 SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE NINJA TURTLES]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1v_EcjeIkg SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE DUCKTALES]] Deconstruct the characters of the various shows, by showing just how horrific it would be if these characters where actually like the animals they where were based on. on.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' deconstructs every trope from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] cartoons, especially those having to do with morality and chaos, either by exaggerating them to the point they become disgusting, or by showing just how unpleasant it would be to live through such events. The character of Ren could easily be a deconstruction of ButtMonkey villain characters like Daffy Duck for example. While many of his schemes and plans seem to be immoral and self centered, they're usually motivated by survival, like in the short "A Yard Too Far", he tries to steal food, only because he's starving. On numerous occasions, Ren either breaks down into tears, or explodes into homicidal anger over the intense suffering he has to endure. Where as Ren could be seen as a deconstruction of a cartoon bad guy, Stimpy on the other hand could be seen as a deconstruction of good guy characters in general. He often suffers through the same misfortune as Ren, and is unusually upbeat about it, but only because he's not smart enough to understand the trouble he's in, and despite the fact that he seems to have more of a sense of right and wrong then his counterpart, he is still easily manipulated by Ren into immoral activities, because, [[GoodIsDumb again he's not smart enough to understand.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' deconstructs every trope from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] cartoons, especially those having to do with morality and chaos, either by exaggerating them to the point they become disgusting, or by showing just how unpleasant it would be to live through such events. The character of Ren could easily be a deconstruction of ButtMonkey villain characters like Daffy Duck for example. While many of his schemes and plans seem to be immoral and self centered, they're usually motivated by survival, like in the short "A Yard Too Far", he tries to steal food, only because he's starving. On numerous occasions, Ren either breaks down into tears, or explodes into homicidal anger over the intense suffering he has to endure. Where as Whereas Ren could be seen as a deconstruction of a cartoon bad guy, Stimpy on the other hand could be seen as a deconstruction of good guy characters in general. He often suffers through the same misfortune as Ren, and is unusually upbeat about it, but only because he's not smart enough to understand the trouble he's in, and despite the fact that he seems to have more of a sense of right and wrong then his counterpart, he is still easily manipulated by Ren into immoral activities, because, [[GoodIsDumb again he's not smart enough to understand.]] ]]



** DudeWheresMyRespect is deconstructed in the Season Five Finale. The BigBad travels to the past and breaks up the Mane Six before they every had the chance of meeting. This results in various timelines where [[VillainWorld several villains have won]]. By the time she was confronted with this, Equestria is nothing more than a dessert wasteland. Her reasons for breaking up the Mane Six was out of revenge for foiling her in the Season Five Premiere; she was unable to comprehend that six ponies that no one knew about originally had such an impact on the world.

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** DudeWheresMyRespect is deconstructed in the Season Five Finale. The BigBad travels to the past and breaks up the Mane Six before they every ever had the chance of meeting. This results in various timelines where [[VillainWorld several villains have won]]. By the time she was confronted with this, Equestria is nothing more than a dessert desert wasteland. Her reasons for breaking up the Mane Six was out of revenge for foiling her in the Season Five Premiere; she was unable to comprehend that six ponies that no one knew about originally had such an impact on the world.
7th Jun '16 2:47:50 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheWarlordChronicles'' by Bernard Cornwell does a combination of this and {{Demythtification}} in regards to the KingArthur legends.

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* ''TheWarlordChronicles'' ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles'' by Bernard Cornwell does a combination of this and {{Demythtification}} in regards to the KingArthur legends.



* TheThrawnTrilogy was the first major work to continue the story of StarWars after the events of The Return of the Jedi. It begins by immediately overthrowing all the implied gains from the end of the movie and establishing that this has only been the first big step on a war that will still go on for a long time and demand a lot of further personal sacrifices from the heroes. Luke starting a new Jedi Order and Han and Leia retiring from the Rebellion to be happily married with kids? Not very likely to happen.

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* TheThrawnTrilogy ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' was the first major work to continue the story of StarWars after the events of The Return of the Jedi. It begins by immediately overthrowing all the implied gains from the end of the movie and establishing that this has only been the first big step on a war that will still go on for a long time and demand a lot of further personal sacrifices from the heroes. Luke starting a new Jedi Order and Han and Leia retiring from the Rebellion to be happily married with kids? Not very likely to happen.
31st May '16 1:22:50 AM addiemacgruer
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** His famous run on the ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' also deconstructed the Horror story tropes as well as the FailureIsTheOnlyOption premise of the original story. Two of his other DC stories, ''ComicBook/TheKilling Joke'' and ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'', famously gave DarkerAndEdgier takes on characters that were fairly over-exposed, moving the darker implications of the story closer to the surface than before.

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** His famous run on the ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' also deconstructed the Horror story tropes as well as the FailureIsTheOnlyOption premise of the original story. Two of his other DC stories, ''ComicBook/TheKilling Joke'' ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' and ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'', famously gave DarkerAndEdgier takes on characters that were fairly over-exposed, moving the darker implications of the story closer to the surface than before.
30th May '16 10:45:02 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Heroes" presented the [Comicbook/FantasticFour Terrific Trio], three scientists empowered by a FreakLabAccident. Their transformations made it impossible for any of them to live normal lives -- worse, it turned out that their conditions were slowly killing them. One or both of these factors drove them insane to the point where Batman had to stop them from destroying the city.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Heroes" presented the [Comicbook/FantasticFour [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Terrific Trio], Trio]], three scientists empowered by a FreakLabAccident. Their transformations made it impossible for any of them to live normal lives -- worse, it turned out that their conditions were slowly killing them. One or both of these factors drove them insane to the point where Batman had to stop them from destroying the city.
30th May '16 10:44:25 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Heroes" presented the Terrific Trio, three scientists empowered by a FreakLabAccident. Their transformations made it impossible for any of them to live normal lives -- worse, it turned out that their conditions were slowly killing them. One or both of these factors drove them insane to the point where Batman had to stop them from destroying the city.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Heroes" presented the [Comicbook/FantasticFour Terrific Trio, Trio], three scientists empowered by a FreakLabAccident. Their transformations made it impossible for any of them to live normal lives -- worse, it turned out that their conditions were slowly killing them. One or both of these factors drove them insane to the point where Batman had to stop them from destroying the city.
30th May '16 9:39:21 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* The Website/YouTube video ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAeu5Aot8kw Percy]]'' is a deconstruction of infomercials.



* In an effort to make Creepypasta less frightening, some internet users have taken to providing reasons why exists, such as Jeff the Killer being [[BreakTheCutie abused by his family]], forcing him into homicide, resulting in his murderous tendencies.

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* In an effort to make Creepypasta less frightening, some internet users have taken to providing reasons why exists, they exist, such as Jeff the Killer being [[BreakTheCutie abused by his family]], forcing him into homicide, resulting in his murderous tendencies.
28th May '16 11:58:29 PM JulianLapostat
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* The 1954 Creator/NicholasRay western Film/JohnnyGuitar was one of the first to definitively upturn many of its genre conventions.
** The classic White Hat=Good and Black Hat=Evil division in Westerns is turned since the film's villains are the "townsfolk" whipped into a frenzy by Emma Small and they are all dressed in black, while the protagonists and the outlaws are dressed in colourful clothes of different shades. Indeed, it's Small's insistence on seeing her enemies as entirely evil and in cahoots with each other, ignoring the divisions between them that leads to violence.
** It also examines the attraction and danger of gun violence. Turkey, the young outlaw of the Dancin' Kid's gang associates masculinity with being a a fast shooter, whereas Johnny Logan is a RetiredOutlaw who is fleeing his outlaw past by trading a weapon for a pistol.
** Frontier justice is nothing more than brutal KangarooCourt that leads to the townsfolk and authorities acting like another gang, and in many ways being far worse than the outlaws. Emma Small the "leader" of the posse uses the Dancin' Kid and other crimes as an excuse for her personal rivalry with Vienna.
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