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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.]]
30th Jun '16 2:06:06 AM morenohijazo
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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.

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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'': Many heroes in GreekMythology, Myth/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.
29th Jun '16 6:10:30 PM ConMan1226
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' is a deconstruction of the WorldOfFunnyAnimals trope. The film goes in-depth as to how such a society would work and how inevitable issues such as prejudice, corruption, etc. would manifest. In fact, there are a number of parallels to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything real-life prejudice.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' is a deconstruction of the WorldOfFunnyAnimals trope. The film goes in-depth as to is very in-depth, showing how such a society would work and how inevitable issues such as prejudice, corruption, etc. difficult it would manifest. In fact, there are be to push for equality in a world where everyone is so radically different. There's even an alarming number of parallels to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything real-life prejudice.]]
29th Jun '16 6:05:35 PM ConMan1226
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' is a deconstruction of the WorldOfFunnyAnimals trope. The film goes in-depth as to how such a society would work and how inevitable issues such as prejudice, corruption, etc. would manifest. In fact, there are a number of parallels to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything real-life prejudice.]]
29th Jun '16 2:04:08 PM caffeinedelusions
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' experienced a successful Deconstruction with ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', a mildly successful {{Reconstruction}} with ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', a failed Deconstruction with ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'', and a very successful {{Reconstruction}} with the 2009 film.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' experienced a successful Deconstruction with ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', and a mildly successful {{Reconstruction}} with ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', a failed Deconstruction with ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'', and a very successful {{Reconstruction}} with the 2009 film.Voyager]]''.
29th Jun '16 1:54:52 PM caffeinedelusions
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** Another deconstruction is Superman's [[spoiler:killing of Zod. Whereas ''Film/SupermanII'' was very casual about it, ''Man of Steel'' showed how heavily the decision to kill one of the last known beings who was like Superman weighed on him]].
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.
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