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22nd May '16 7:13:06 PM KingZeal
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* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is one of the earliest and most (in)famous examples, killing off the main cast [[BusCrash offscreen]] between games and condemning everything they accomplished or fought for. The reason given is this: by changing the future for the better in the original ''ChronoTrigger'', the heroes ([[YouBastard you]]) unwittingly murdered billions of people living in that potential timeline. Then the plot gets loopier, with the revelation that the human race is a giant cosmic mistake, the resultant mutation of an alien entity crashing into the planet. The [[LizardFolk reptites]] of ''Chrono Trigger'', who were defeated by the main characters and their Neanderthal brethren, were meant to evolve into ''the'' superior, enlightened race; unlike the human 'abominations' who are simply incapable of coexisting peacefully with the earth. What did humans do to deserve being saved from annihilation twice over? What right did anyone have to play god like this? It's no coincidence that the majority of ''Cross''' characters range from their early thirties to late sixties, a reminder to audiences who grew up playing the lighthearted ''Trigger'' and were given a harsh dose of reality as adults. Of course, the games were released during two starkly different eras in gaming.
** Of course it should be noted that a lot of Cross' deconstructive writing is attributed to several retcons towards Chrono Trigger just to make it work.

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* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is one of the earliest and most (in)famous examples, killing off the main cast [[BusCrash offscreen]] between games and condemning everything they accomplished or fought for. The reason given is this: by changing the future for the better in the original ''ChronoTrigger'', the heroes ([[YouBastard you]]) unwittingly murdered billions of people living in that potential timeline. Then the plot gets loopier, with the revelation that the human race is a giant cosmic mistake, the resultant mutation of an alien entity crashing into the planet. The [[LizardFolk reptites]] of ''Chrono Trigger'', who were defeated by the main characters and their Neanderthal brethren, were meant to evolve into ''the'' superior, enlightened race; unlike the human 'abominations' who are simply incapable of coexisting peacefully with the earth. What did humans do to deserve being saved from annihilation twice over? What right did anyone have to play god like this? It's no coincidence this? However, what makes this example infamous is that the majority many of ''Cross''' characters range from their early thirties to late sixties, a reminder to audiences who grew up playing the lighthearted these questions rely upon {{Retcon}}, CerebusRetcon and HappyEndingOverride. For instance, ''Trigger'' and were given a harsh dose of reality as adults. Of course, posited the games were released during two starkly different eras in gaming.
** Of course it should be noted
idea that a lot of Cross' deconstructive writing is attributed there was an "Entity" working to several retcons towards Chrono Trigger just save humanity from behind the scenes, while ''Cross'' greatly hints that this Entity actually hated humanity and only helped them to make it work.stop an even worse EldritchAbomination.
16th May '16 10:52:55 PM SantosLHalper
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** While much of the setting is indeed based around CoolVsAwesome armies fighting in fantastically improbable situations, there's more than a few sources that depict the 40k universe in a deconstructed manner. For example, the short-story ''"What It's Like."'' deconstructs the ChaoticEvil AxCrazy Chaos Space Marines, generally seen as [[HarmlessVillain triggerhappy, moustache-twirling villains]] OOT, by explaining just how relentless and brutal each Marine has to be to not be stabbed in the back and left to be [[NightmareFuel chewed on by Daemons for eternity]], showing just how tragic these villains really are. Other works, like ''The Last Church"'' deconstruct the [[VillainProtagonist The Emperor of Mankind]], generally thought to be the best, last hope for humanity, showing just how [[EvilIsPetty petty]], [[FlatEarthAtheist ignorant]], and ultimately [[Narcissist egocentric]] he was.

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** While much of the setting is indeed based around CoolVsAwesome armies fighting in fantastically improbable situations, there's more than a few sources that depict the 40k universe in a deconstructed manner. For example, the short-story ''"What It's Like."'' deconstructs the ChaoticEvil AxCrazy Chaos Space Marines, generally seen as [[HarmlessVillain triggerhappy, moustache-twirling villains]] OOT, by explaining just how relentless and brutal each Marine has to be to not be stabbed in the back and left to be [[NightmareFuel chewed on by Daemons for eternity]], showing just how tragic these villains really are. Other works, like ''The Last Church"'' deconstruct the [[VillainProtagonist The Emperor of Mankind]], generally thought to be the best, last hope for humanity, showing just how [[EvilIsPetty petty]], [[FlatEarthAtheist ignorant]], and ultimately [[Narcissist [[ItsAllAboutMe egocentric]] he was.
12th May '16 9:13:57 PM PaulA
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12th May '16 9:11:45 PM PaulA
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* It's certainly not uncontroversial (and far to complex to describe in detail here), but Manga/{{Berserk}} can be said to be a deconstruction of UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and the PowersThatBe.
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12th May '16 9:10:29 PM PaulA
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* In episode 7 of ''LightNovel/GoldenTime'', after 'borrowing' someone's bike, Koko gets sets to a police station.
12th May '16 9:08:13 PM PaulA
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' had a few instances of Deconstructing tropes from previous ''Gundam'' series examples of which would be showing the corpse of [[spoiler:Neil Dylandy]] to show everyone that he is indeed ''very dead'', a ''very'' realistic portrayal of just how hopeless RebelliousPrincess's Marina's situation is (her nation is now gone and her country never gotten better beforehand) and Wang Liu Mei as a more realistic representation of a celebrity gaining political power.
** TheMovie has a different ending; a HappilyEverAfter and World Peace for everyone through {{Instrumentality}}, including the [[EasilyForgiven aliens who killed countless human soldiers]]. It preaches that war is the product of misunderstandings and everyone would get along as long as we didn't miscommunicate. This may also be considered a deconstruction of the traditional Gundam ending, which is often [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]], if not a complete [[DownerEnding downer]]. Also because not only do the resident {{Expy}} Newtypes ''really are'' the next stage in human evolution and ''really do'' lead humanity to glory, the usual denial of this becoming of a Gundam trope in itself. Thereby [[{{Reconstruction}} Reconstructing]] the typical shonen mecha genre.
* The Impel Down and Marineford arcs of ''Manga/OnePiece'' effectively deconstruct the main character; Luffy is hopelessly outclassed by everyone else, and charging into battle and defeating the ArcVillain with willpower alone just doesn't cut it this time.



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* A ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' story, "The Gathering", suggests that traveling with the Doctor can poison your mind. When the Doctor revisits Tegan late in life, it turns out she left the TARDIS disenchanted with her previous lifestyle, turned away friends, lost herself in a boring job and resented pretty much her entire life. She also has a brain tumor, which is hinted to be a side-effect of TARDIS travel (''It is alien...'').
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12th May '16 9:02:22 PM PaulA
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' is a deconstruction of boys growing up playing soldier toys and being obsessed with war.
* The first generation of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' presents itself as a deconstruction of a warrior messiah, and the psychological toll war can bring to a KidHero.
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' is a decidedly lighthearted Deconstruction of the CuteMonsterGirl. Rather than taking the fantastic creatures at face value, the manga takes the time to delve into the complexities of their anatomy and how they would interact with the world around them. For example, Mero the mermaid must avoid chlorinated water, since trying to breathe in it is akin to inhaling bleach fumes and will make her sick. Spiders have been shown to get drunk off of caffeine, and Rachnera the [[SpiderPeople arachne]] is no exception. Manako is a cyclops, and her depth perception is poor. Normally, HilarityEnsues whenever moments like these pop up, but there have been a few tense moments, like when Miia the Lamia (snake girl) nearly drowns in a pool: because she's cold-blooded, the cold water saps her strength.
* Much of the appeal and possibly the entire point of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' lies with presenting, on one hand, Kururugi Suzaku as an effective deconstruction of LawfulGood characters such as Amuro Ray in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', and on another, Lelouch as a deconstruction of a stereotypical DiabolicalMastermind antagonist.
** Lelouch could be considered a mild deconstruction of the MagnificentBastard trope. Yes, his intelligence and ability to pull a mean game of XanatosSpeedChess make him a great tactician, but one thing people tend to forget is the number of his plans that ended up going ''horrendously wrong'' thanks to circumstances out of his control or he couldn't possibly see coming, often resulting in [[spoiler: his friends and loved ones ''getting killed'' as a result]]. No matter how much of a MagnificentBastard you may be, if you try to pull off a GambitRoulette, then nine times out of ten, you ''will'' end up failing at it.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' deconstructs not only the MagicalGirlfriend, but the Harem, [[{{Kawaii}} kawaii innocence and optimism]], the {{Tsundere}}, and the BigBad with the insanely complex plan (here, it's more full of holes than normal). The ClumsyGirl, in the series' opener (both versions) is quite literally deconstructed.
12th May '16 8:58:47 PM PaulA
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* ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}}'' is one of the first deconstructions of the SuperRobot genre, made in 1977; just 5-6 years after ''Anime/MazingerZ'' came out. You know all of those buildings and cities that tend to get the crap beaten out of them in your average SuperRobot show? Yeah, the townsfolk aren't too happy about that. The ''massive'' collateral is ''not'' fixed up the next day, and the poor citizens who've now found themselves without a house or any kind of home have to try and find a new place to live, ''and'' to hide out from the war going on between Zambot and the Gaizok. Because, really, in a more realistic setting, giant robots fighting against killer aliens ''is'' a war, with all of the baggage that comes with it. Zambot was one of the first series to realize this, and with a generally dark tone, it ''would'' have been a trendsetter for it's genre... Had it caught on. It ''didn't'', but the same guy who did ''this'' went on to do ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' two years later. That's right; it was none other than KillEmAll Creator/YoshiyukiTomino who was responsible for ''Zambot 3''! (And before you ask, ''yes''; this show might well be where he first started to get his nickname...)



* Originally, ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' was meant to be a DeconstructiveParody of shows like ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. While it veered off that course eventually and played a fair number of tropes completely straight (never mind [[MacrossMissileMassacre inventing]] a few along the way), every major entry into the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise has featured at least one major, often scathing, deconstructions of the science fiction and adventure genres, not to mention the anime medium as a whole.



* ''Anime/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' is a deconstruction of dating sims in a big way. Keima swiftly finds out that real life girls are nothing like the completely one-dimensional heroines in his precious dating games, usually to his downfall.
* ''Anime/StrangeDawn''. The people of the other world are cute SuperDeformed creatures but they are still as flawed as us humans. One of the girls transported to this world is so bent on going home that she is willing to take questionable actions (like siding with the bad guys). The other girl wants to help the natives but is too weakhearted to be of any use. Things get so messed up that it takes a DeusExMachina to resolve everything.
* ''Manga/InsideMari'' deconstructs FreakyFridayFlip stories in general, by showing that such things can be utterly terrifying. The main character is often afraid of how his new body is different (he was a guy who suddenly found himself in the body of a girl he was stalking) and he is also terrified that he might destroy the social life of the original owner of the body.



* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' starts out as a lighthearted TrueCompanions / GottaCatchEmAll adventure story with some darkness around the edges and interesting sexual subtext. One-third of the way through, everything you thought you knew [[MindScrew turns inside out]] and the most lighthearted elements become harbingers of the ugliest secrets. From there on out, the series proceeds to do everything it can to make your mind boggle, including introducing major unexpected {{Squick}} into what had once been Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s most popular and innocent pairing.
* The "Perfect GT-R" arc of ''Manga/WanganMidnight'' has a beautiful deconstruction of street racing. Jun Kitami, who at this point has been portrayed as a reckless, heartless daredevil tuner, says point-blank that there are no winners or losers and that Koichi did exactly the right thing in giving up this senseless hobby so he could return to his wife. Given that ''the whole manga'' is about street racing, plainly admitting a truth like this took guts. Even better, this happens in the very first arc after the Devil Z and Blackbird are introduced.
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' deconstructs many of the character archetypes seen in typical HaremAnime. Taiga answers the question of what kind of experiences could give a person a childish {{Tsundere}} personality in real life.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' deconstructs many of the most beloved MagicalGirl tropes. Namely: the mascot/sidekick, the henshin item, and the apparent "perks".
** Even aside from the negative stuff that's particular to ''Madoka'', it also shows that the livelihood of [[MagicalGirlWarrior Magical Girl Warriors]] ''in general'' involves a lot of sacrifices: not only potentially putting your life on the line, but also, having to constantly be on the look-out for and fighting bad guys means sacrificing a lot of what it means to have a normal, healthy childhood, by giving up time that could be spent with family, friends or developing your own passion. Other Magical Girl shows will ''occasionally'' acknowledge these sacrifices (like with certain Ami story lines in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'') but since it's their "destiny," it's easy to handwave them because it doesn't matter what they want anyway. But in ''Madoka Magica'', these are normal girls who have a ''choice'' (well, for the most part - Kyubey's one ManipulativeBastard) about whether to risk all this for the sake of being magical superheroes. It's no coincidence that a lot of the Magical Girls either start out [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan orphaned/alone]] (Mami, and seemingly Homura) or become that way ([[spoiler: Kyoko]]), since they have the least to lose, and those who don't are in for the biggest worlds of pain (like [[spoiler: Sayaka]], or [[spoiler: Kyoko]] before she was orphaned).



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. '''Boy howdy.''' There's a reason every DarkerAndEdgier deconstructive anime series (and possibly even works outside the medium) will be compared to ''Evangelion'' in some way or another. See the associated entry over on GenreDeconstruction for more information.
* Anime/DigimonTamers and {{Narutaru}} are deconstructions of the {{Mons}} genre.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' appeared as a deconstruction of magical girls before ''Madoka'' did it, however...[[spoiler: that ending...]]
* ''Secret Plot'' and [[MeaningfulName "Secret Plot Deep"]] initially/ostensibly comes off as another TeacherStudentRomance H-manga series about {{Hot Teacher}}s and the various boys they seduce, specifically [[BiggusDickus Masaki]], ''then'' it sets in how much of a CrapsackWorld they live in:
** The teachers ''can't'' get any men their age because they're Christmas Cakes well into their 20s/30s.
** [[ExtremeDoormat Masaki]] has such free time and lack of spine because [[TheUnseen his parents]] only care about his education and nothing more, which [[JerkAss Mayumi points out in a rush to get him back to her place for sex.]]
** [[WholesomeCrossdresser A student's]] reason for cross-dressing is being a ReplacementGoldfish for his parents after his sister died, giving him nightmares of losing his identity, '''not''' helped by [[KickTheDog Mayumi using a strap-on all the time,]] but he gets better [[ThePowerOfLove thanks to his new girlfriend]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sleeping with him in a completely normal, romantic way.]]
** And it's shown that without boys to have sex with, Miki and Mayumi simply lay around getting drunk in a dive bar.
** The series also takes a look at AllMenArePerverts and HotForTeacher, seeing as how several of the boys Miki and Mayumi have gone after are visibly disturbed at having women who are both authority figures and older than them by at least a decade come onto them. Miki and Mayumi have shown that they are willing to coerce a boy into sex (namely, Masaki), which is something that sexual predators actually do. Masaki himself is never ecstatic at getting to have sex with Miki and Mayumi, with him being coerced into sex at least once, and his family problems being used by Mayumi towards sex with her.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is widely regarded as the first deconstruction of the Magical Girl genre, and at the same time it deconstructs various fairy tale archetypes including the prince, the princess, and the witch.



* ''BondageGameOVA'' is a deconstruction of extreme fetish hentai, even though it's only two episodes long. The sex slaves shown in it have personalities, and aren't just flat characters like most women in hentai are. Also, the reactions of the girls when experiencing their torture make it clear that you're not supposed to be getting off to it. The anime ends when [[spoiler:the man who owns the sex slaves gets arrested, and the girls that survived are freed.]] If it was meant for fetish fulfillment, then the ending would be much worse.
12th May '16 1:47:17 PM MisterCPC
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** Jack's entire shtick of [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight ignoring the law and trying to carry out justice]] deconstructs just how much "good" he truly accomplishes by doing so. Not only does he end up leaving a nasty trail of death and destruction but his endgame involves [[spoiler:assassinating the President or Russia, and regardless, of his hand on the conspiracy he's still a the president of a foreign superpower. Successfully carrying it out could end up inciting a third world war - meaning Jack would end up making things '''worse''' than even the terrorists of the season were trying to.]]
** Jack's CowboyCop behavior is deconstructed over the course of his rampage, and as his acts get more ruthless and dangerous the show quits painting it in any sort of glorious light, showing that anyone carrying out some sort of vigilante killing spree would have to be pretty unhinged to do so regardless of whether the victims deserved it or not, ultimately barely being any better than those they're going after. [[spoiler:This gets made most evident during one scene where we see the aftermath of a roomful of henchman that Jack slaughtered offscreen. It's not portrayed as some sort of awesome moment of Jack laying down a CurbstompBattle against a bunch of minions; instead shown being as horrifying as it would be in real life.]]

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** Jack's entire shtick of [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight ignoring the law and trying to carry out justice]] deconstructs just how much "good" he truly accomplishes by doing so. Not only does he end up leaving a nasty trail of death and destruction but his endgame involves [[spoiler:assassinating the President or of Russia, and regardless, regardless of his hand on the conspiracy he's still a the president of a foreign superpower. Successfully carrying it out could end up inciting a third world war - meaning Jack would end up making things '''worse''' than even the terrorists of the season were trying to.]]
** Jack's CowboyCop behavior is deconstructed over the course of his rampage, and as his acts get more ruthless and dangerous the show quits painting it in any sort of glorious light, showing that anyone carrying out some sort of vigilante killing spree would have to be pretty unhinged to do so regardless of whether the victims deserved it or not, ultimately barely being any better than those they're going after. [[spoiler:This gets made most evident during one scene where we see the aftermath of a roomful of henchman that Jack slaughtered offscreen. It's not portrayed as some any sort of awesome moment of Jack laying down a CurbstompBattle against a bunch of minions; instead shown being as horrifying as it would be in real life.]]
12th May '16 1:45:33 PM MisterCPC
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** Jack's CowboyCop behavior is deconstructed over the course of his rampage, and as his acts get more ruthless and dangerous the show quits painting it in any sort of glorious light, showing that anyone carrying out some sort of vigilante killing spree would have to be pretty unhinged to do so regardless of whether the victims deserved it or not, ultimately barely being any better than those they're going after. [[spoiler:This gets made most evident during one scene where we see the aftermath of a roomful of henchman that Jack slaughtered offscreen. It's portrayed as neither awesome nor cool; instead shown being as horrifying as it would be in real life.]]

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** Jack's CowboyCop behavior is deconstructed over the course of his rampage, and as his acts get more ruthless and dangerous the show quits painting it in any sort of glorious light, showing that anyone carrying out some sort of vigilante killing spree would have to be pretty unhinged to do so regardless of whether the victims deserved it or not, ultimately barely being any better than those they're going after. [[spoiler:This gets made most evident during one scene where we see the aftermath of a roomful of henchman that Jack slaughtered offscreen. It's not portrayed as neither some sort of awesome nor cool; moment of Jack laying down a CurbstompBattle against a bunch of minions; instead shown being as horrifying as it would be in real life.]]
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