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19th Sep '16 3:23:35 AM 06tele
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* A ''Funny or Die'' [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/6f9f628aed/baby-it-s-cold-outside?_cc=__d___&_ccid=2e5b8c37-fdf4-41ed-a334-d1312f32b2f6 video]] by Casey Wilson and Scott Aukerman deconstructed the 1944 Frank Loesser song "Baby It's Cold Outside" in such a way that the situation (Casey wants to go home and Scott wants to have sex with her) is presented as a date rape: he slips a roofie into her drink, they fight, and he ties her to a chair with duct tape. In the end, she knocks him out with a shovel. What's disturbing is that they sing the song ''without changing any of the words'', and everything they do is entirely appopriate to what they're singing about.
8th Sep '16 3:22:14 PM PugBuddies
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* ''Literature/TheOnionField'' by Joseph Wambaugh deconstructs many tropes inherent to the PoliceProcedural: The crime itself takes up very little of the book, with the rest devoted to buildup and the ensuing trial. There is no mystery as to what happened or who committed the crime, but the case is dragged out over months anyway. One of the defendants is innocent, save as an unwilling accomplice (who made multiple escape attempts from his partner) but he is never portrayed as a good person (and he is actually guilty of many more crimes, though nothing approaching murder). Rather than try to land the fairest sentence for each defendant, the prosecution wants--and gets--the death penalty for both, though both are overturned when California abolishes the death penalty several years later. Instead of eloquent, soulful arguments about why their clients deserve to live, the defense attorneys use underhanded methods that border on badgering both judge and witness. Prosecuting attorneys are driven from their profession in disgust. The star witness, a police officer, is very nearly DrivenToSuicide by both PTSD and some fellow officers who blame either him or his deceased partner for not doing enough to prevent their own kidnapping. Closure comes not when the defendants are sent to prison, but when the trial is finally over and everyone involved is able to move on with their lives. Understandable, as the crime in question took place in RealLife.
21st Aug '16 12:00:28 PM thatmadork
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* ''Literature/SnowCrash'' is quite a humorous deconstruction of the CyberPunk genre, and also a TakeThat to anarcho-capitalism and American libertarianism. There's no such thing as the USA anymore and the government is basically just the post office and the FBI (everything else has been privatised, including ''the military''); all that's left is just a collection of motley city-states run by various corporations. Pizza delivery is very dangerous work, and not just because [[TheMafia your boss]] will put a bullet in the back of your skull if the pizza arrives cold.
3rd Aug '16 11:38:30 AM kome360
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** ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' actually takes a more traditional stance on the Standard Fantasy Setting, and this has actually led to some [[BrokenBase divisions within the fanbase]].

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** ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' actually takes a more traditional stance on the Standard Fantasy Setting, and this has actually led to some [[BrokenBase divisions within the fanbase]].fanbase]]. The game's deconstructions focus more on the background of said setting, as we find out that the supposedly-glorious Alfheim Age was a clusterfuck of massive proportions, where the gods were actually power-hungry backstabbing maniacs whose actions forced the destruction of the old world, whose legacy was a millennia of the same backstabbing oppression in all major governments of the setting, and the traditional forest elf culture is actually ''slave protocol''.
3rd Aug '16 11:24:57 AM kome360
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** ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', on the other hand, goes for a {{Reconstruction}}.

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** ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', on ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'': Your character becomes a PhysicalGod, capable of slaying ANYTHING up to and including the other hand, goes combined form of every evil ever. That does NOT mean they can save the world from a planned genocide that has been in the making for a {{Reconstruction}}.millennia by ancient immortals with titanic armies, nor does it stop them from growing bitter and possibly extremist about the ForeverWar that specifically taxes humanity to the brink.
27th Jul '16 1:43:23 PM Willbyr
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** The whole series deconstructs the HeroicComedicSociopath from {{Touhou}} (which LenEn is based off). Many of the playable characters are acknowledged not to be the most virtuous people around, and fighting the villain of the day is often done for purely selfish reasons. While Touhou is becoming DarkerAndEdgier, the heroines do not face any consequences for their actions, unlike LenEnís case.

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** The whole series deconstructs the HeroicComedicSociopath from {{Touhou}} ''Touhou'' (which LenEn is based off). Many of the playable characters are acknowledged not to be the most virtuous people around, and fighting the villain of the day is often done for purely selfish reasons. While Touhou ''Touhou'' is becoming DarkerAndEdgier, the heroines do not face any consequences for their actions, unlike LenEnís case.
20th Jul '16 11:33:32 AM theLibrarian
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* George R. R. Martin's ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' series heavily deconstructs a ton of tropes: AChildShallLeadThem is a trope that results in inexperienced teenagers leading nations to war, or having other, more ambitious underlings undermine them at every turn. The KnightInShiningArmor is just a rich man that can afford armor and weapons and more often than not act like thugs. Nobility abuses the law and their power to avoid the consequences of their actions. There are loyal men, honest and brave, but these are far outnumbered by a massive number of scumbags that are simply there for power. And the knightly order that protects the rest of the world from a horrific threat? Millennia after the first appearance of that threat no one believes that they're real anymore, and instead there are only a tenth as many as there should be, and many of them are criminals or men that are there because they have no other choice.
10th Jul '16 5:38:43 PM nombretomado
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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? However, what makes this example infamous is that many of these questions rely upon {{Retcon}}, CerebusRetcon and HappyEndingOverride. For instance, ''Trigger'' posited the idea that there was an "Entity" working to save humanity from behind the scenes, while ''Cross'' greatly hints that this Entity actually hated humanity and only helped them to stop an even worse EldritchAbomination.

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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'', ''VideoGame/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? However, what makes this example infamous is that many of these questions rely upon {{Retcon}}, CerebusRetcon and HappyEndingOverride. For instance, ''Trigger'' posited the idea that there was an "Entity" working to save humanity from behind the scenes, while ''Cross'' greatly hints that this Entity actually hated humanity and only helped them to stop an even worse EldritchAbomination.
3rd Jul '16 1:21:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* Boris Strugatsky's ''Literature/ThePowerlessOfThisWorld'' is a deconstruction of much of his own and his late brother's earlier works. Perhaps most prominently, "the Sensei", who is a [[TheObiWan wise old mentor]] (a fairly typical character for many Strugatsky novels), turns out to have been not only a TricksterMentor, but also [[spoiler:the initiator of ThePlan that dictated much of the plot and was aimed at [[DieOrFly forcing the main character to unlock his full abilities]]]]. It succeeded, but not before making the main character a nervous wreck, inducing quite a BitterSweetEnding and causing much remorse to the mentor himself. Additionally, the topic of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressor the Progressors]] is briefly brought up; one of the characters muses that the Sensei might be acting as one on Earth, and that he had, despite some occasional successes, failed miserably.

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* Boris Strugatsky's ''Literature/ThePowerlessOfThisWorld'' is a deconstruction of much of his own and his late brother's earlier works. Perhaps most prominently, "the Sensei", who is a [[TheObiWan [[TheMentor wise old mentor]] (a fairly typical character for many Strugatsky novels), turns out to have been not only a TricksterMentor, but also [[spoiler:the initiator of ThePlan that dictated much of the plot and was aimed at [[DieOrFly forcing the main character to unlock his full abilities]]]]. It succeeded, but not before making the main character a nervous wreck, inducing quite a BitterSweetEnding and causing much remorse to the mentor himself. Additionally, the topic of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressor the Progressors]] is briefly brought up; one of the characters muses that the Sensei might be acting as one on Earth, and that he had, despite some occasional successes, failed miserably.
2nd Jul '16 6:09:25 AM thatmadork
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** ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is a deconstruction of the KidHero. The game does not gloss over the kind of emotional and mental strain that going on a great adventure as well as the general responsibility of saving the world would take on a bunch of small children, [[IMissMom such as getting homesick and missing their parents]]. It could also be a deconstruction of the CosmicHorrorStory: the FinalBoss, the great evil that the kids are trying to save the world from, is revealed to be [[spoiler:an alien child turned into a [[AlmightyIdiot formless blob of hate and insanity]] and winning feels less like a triumph and more like giving a MercyKill.]]
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