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21st Sep '16 9:14:16 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''{{Film/Hitch}}'' reconstructs the notion of 'pick-up artistry' - as in teaching {{Dogged Nice Guy}}s how to score with beautiful women. Hitch is a date doctor of course, but he encourages guys to be themselves and overcome their fears in order to let the women get to know their best selves. However he refuses to work with a HandsomeLech who just wants to use his methods to score one night stands. And when the female lead mistakenly thinks this about him - and wrecks his career in the process - he calls her out for it.
--> "This is exactly why falling in love is so goddamn hard!"
18th Sep '16 2:55:42 AM Furienna
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* ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'' by Robin [=McKinley=] may be a reconstruction of urban fantasy and vampire books. Instead of accepting a secret world of magic or trying to rationalize it, it's thrown out: vampires and magic have always been around. Enough names are droppped to indicate that history hasn't remained the same, it's a different world than ours, but the protagonist is young and focus-minded enough that the author can get away without describing the details. Magical superpredators of humans (vampires) come across as physically and mentally alien -- though they can pass when they need to.

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* ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'' by Robin [=McKinley=] may be a reconstruction of urban fantasy and vampire books. Instead of accepting a secret world of magic or trying to rationalize it, it's thrown out: vampires and magic have always been around. Enough names are droppped to indicate that history hasn't remained the same, it's a different world than ours, but the protagonist is young and focus-minded enough that the author can get away without describing the details. Magical superpredators of humans (vampires) come across as physically and mentally alien -- - though they can pass when they need to.



* ''The Ibsen Follies'' has a sufficiently loose relationship with the fourth wall for the InteractiveNarrator to discuss this. She's based on a real-life woman whom Creator/HenrikIbsen fell in love with and then broke up with, and whom he fictionalized as a selfish schemer in his tragedy ''The Master Builder''. At the play's beginning, she watches Ibsen sitting in his chair, and speaks of how they could have lived a romance of [[ReturningTheHandkerchief dropped handkerchiefs]] and humorous misunderstandings--but Ibsen did everything he could to [[{{Deconstruction}} destroy that genre]], replacing moth-eaten, badly painted backdrops and cheerful endings with despair and misery. Then she declares that it's time for turnabout, and a moth-eaten, badly painted backdrop slides onto the stage as Ibsen moans in despair and exits. The rest of the play is an old-fashioned romantic comedy about the (also real-life) relationship between Ibsen's son and the daughter of his greatest rival.

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* ''The Ibsen Follies'' has a sufficiently loose relationship with the fourth wall for the InteractiveNarrator to discuss this. She's based on a real-life woman whom Creator/HenrikIbsen fell in love with and then broke up with, and whom he fictionalized as a selfish schemer in his tragedy ''The Master Builder''. At the play's beginning, she watches Ibsen sitting in his chair, and speaks of how they could have lived a romance of [[ReturningTheHandkerchief dropped handkerchiefs]] and humorous misunderstandings--but misunderstandings - but Ibsen did everything he could to [[{{Deconstruction}} destroy that genre]], replacing moth-eaten, badly painted backdrops and cheerful endings with despair and misery. Then she declares that it's time for turnabout, and a moth-eaten, badly painted backdrop slides onto the stage as Ibsen moans in despair and exits. The rest of the play is an old-fashioned romantic comedy about the (also real-life) relationship between Ibsen's son and the daughter of his greatest rival.
18th Sep '16 2:46:41 AM Furienna
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** Beatrice and Seth are a reconstruction of WrongGenreSavvy. They have misunderstood each other completely over and over (she believed that he's a Casanova, he believed that she's a Gold Digger), but they [[spoiler: can work things out in the end]].
** Seth also serves as a reconstruction of the NouveauRiche. Many people think that he's an irritating upstart, who spends an insane amount of money on women, and the OldMoney generally despise him. And it does not help that he can be mean unnecessarily mean and proud. But it soon becomes clear to the rader, that there is more depth to him than that, and in the end, he becomes [[spoiler:happily married to Beatrice]].
* ''Literature/TheFirstDwarfKing'' could be seen as this for [[HighFantasy the High Fantasy]] genre. A lot of the old tropes are there -- there are [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]], [[ElvesVsDwarves elves fighting dwarves]], and dwarves wielding [[AnAxeToGrind axes]] and [[DropTheHammer warhammers]]. Yet upon inspection, it becomes apparent that the novel [[JustifiedTrope is providing good reasons for why these tropes exist]], and is ultimately [[{{Troperiffic}} all about having fun with them]].

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** Beatrice and Seth are a reconstruction of WrongGenreSavvy.WrongAssumption. They have misunderstood each other completely over and over (she believed that he's a Casanova, he believed that she's a Gold Digger), but they [[spoiler: can work things out in the end]].
** Seth also serves as a reconstruction of the NouveauRiche. Many people think that he's an irritating upstart, who spends an insane amount of money on women, and the OldMoney generally despise him. And it does not help that he can be mean unnecessarily mean and proud. But it soon becomes clear to the rader, reader, that there is more depth to him than that, and in the end, he becomes [[spoiler:happily married to Beatrice]].
* ''Literature/TheFirstDwarfKing'' could be seen as this for [[HighFantasy the High Fantasy]] genre. A lot of the old tropes are there -- - there are [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]], [[ElvesVsDwarves elves fighting dwarves]], and dwarves wielding [[AnAxeToGrind axes]] and [[DropTheHammer warhammers]]. Yet upon inspection, it becomes apparent that the novel [[JustifiedTrope is providing good reasons for why these tropes exist]], and is ultimately [[{{Troperiffic}} all about having fun with them]].
18th Sep '16 2:43:27 AM Furienna
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** Lily Tremaine in "Överenskommelser" is a reconstruction of the GoldDigger. is stupid enough to turn down Seth's proposal and ends up in an abusive marriage with a British lord, but she can later find happiness with a new man.
** Seth himself becomes a reconstruction of LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces. He has been searching for love so badly, that he eventually gets an wrongful reputation as a Casanova, but he can find true love [[spoiler: when he and Beatrice finally work things out in the end.]]

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** Lily Tremaine in "Överenskommelser" is a reconstruction of the GoldDigger. is She was stupid enough to turn down Seth's proposal and ends up in an abusive marriage with a British lord, but she can later find happiness with a new man.
** Seth himself becomes a reconstruction of LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces. He has been searching for love so badly, that he eventually gets an wrongful reputation as a Casanova, [[TheCasanova Casanova]], but he can find true love [[spoiler: when he and Beatrice finally work things out in the end.]]



** Seth also serves as a reconstruction of the NouveauRiche. Many people think that he's an irritating upstart, who spends an insane amount of money on women, and the OldMoney generally despise him. And it does not help that he can be mean unnecessarily mean and proud. But it soon becomes clear to the rader, that there is more depth to him than that, and in the end, he becomes [[spoiler:happily married]].

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** Seth also serves as a reconstruction of the NouveauRiche. Many people think that he's an irritating upstart, who spends an insane amount of money on women, and the OldMoney generally despise him. And it does not help that he can be mean unnecessarily mean and proud. But it soon becomes clear to the rader, that there is more depth to him than that, and in the end, he becomes [[spoiler:happily married]].married to Beatrice]].
28th Aug '16 3:08:10 PM ghidorah15
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* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is essentially a reconstruction of not only Marvel characters but of the superhero genre in general, giving the characters and stories more realistic/fleshed out styling while still not losing the idealism, mysticism, and fun of superhero comics. No matter what challenges the protagonists face, in the end they're still bigger-than-life heroes going on adventures and fighting villains. It also defies many of the common criticisms/deconstructions that superhero comics face. For example, the darker implications of ThouShallNotKill are averted by having the superheroes be ''willing'' to kill but only if absolutely necessary, preserving their moral codes while preventing "Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker" type situations.

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* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is essentially a reconstruction of not only Marvel characters but of the superhero genre in general, giving the characters and stories more realistic/fleshed out realistic/fleshed-out styling while still not losing the idealism, mysticism, and fun of superhero comics. No matter what challenges the protagonists face, in the end they're still bigger-than-life heroes going on adventures and fighting villains. It also defies many of the common criticisms/deconstructions that superhero comics face. For example, the darker implications of ThouShallNotKill are averted by having the superheroes be ''willing'' to kill but only if absolutely necessary, preserving their moral codes while preventing "Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker" type Joker?" situations.



** ''Film/IronMan3'' reconstructs how grandiose villains with a thing for theatrics and terror can be adapted to operate in the real world. [[spoiler:The flashy villain adapted from the source material is actually a fictional character played by an actor made to distract the public from the real villain, who instead takes advantage of anonymity to perform his manipulative deeds. This villain, however, still shares characteristics with the same character from the source material. ''Iron Man 3'' does this with The Mandarin, who is both Trevor Slattery and Aldrich Killian.]]
** As noted by Ralph Garman, the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] also reconstructs the superhero costume, notably [[AvertedTrope averting]] MovieSuperheroesWearBlack. While none of the outfits are actual spandex, and most make plenty of concessions to practicality, they also tend to be very colorful, and as faithful as possible to their comic-book origins - The Winter Soldier even retains his NinetiesHair.
*** The Falcon was a rare case where [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack an MCU hero was stuck in a drab grey version of his costume]] - until Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron, when his outfit was revamped to feature more of his signature red.

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** ''Film/IronMan3'' reconstructs how grandiose villains with a thing for theatrics and terror can be adapted to operate in the real world. [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The Mandarin, the flashy villain BigBad adapted from the source material material, is actually a fictional character played by an actor actor, Trevor Slattery, made to distract the public from the real villain, Aldrich Killian, who instead takes advantage of anonymity to perform his manipulative deeds. This villain, however, still shares characteristics However, [[BrokenBase after this went over very badly with the same character from fans]], the source material. ''Iron Man 3'' does this with The Mandarin, who is both Trevor Slattery short film ''All Hail the King'' [[AuthorsSavingThrow reconstructed the Mandarin further]] ([[TheGhost without showing him just yet]]) by revealing that he actually ''does'' exist and Aldrich Killian.leads the Ten Rings, and Killian merely stole his name without realizing the consequences.]]
** As noted by Ralph Garman, the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] also reconstructs the superhero costume, notably [[AvertedTrope averting]] MovieSuperheroesWearBlack. While none of the outfits are actual spandex, and most make plenty of concessions to practicality, they also tend to be very colorful, and as faithful as possible to their comic-book origins - The -- the Winter Soldier even retains his NinetiesHair.
*** The Falcon was a rare case where [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack an MCU hero was stuck in a drab grey version of his costume]] - -- until Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron, when his outfit was revamped to feature more of his signature red.
18th Aug '16 3:25:34 PM res20stupid
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* ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' is a reconstruction of the original games. While ''VideoGame/Doom3'' took many things about the original games apart through a SurvivalHorror route, the newer ''Doom'' goes back to its roots and has running, gunning, ripping and tearing your foes apart with whatever you can get your hands on, which is basically everything.
17th Aug '16 4:27:02 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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** Even though the idea was something of a DeadUnicornTrope in the first place, Commander Shepard is the closest thing to a [[PlayedStraight straight]] example of "CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth" that you'll ever see in modern fiction.

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** Even though the idea was something of a DeadUnicornTrope in the first place, Commander Shepard is the closest thing to a [[PlayedStraight straight]] example of "CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth" that you'll ever see in modern fiction. He/She starts out as a garden variety SpaceMarine, but manages to display enough courage, leadership, intelligence and integrity to get tapped as the first human member of an interspecies peacekeeping organization, and later becomes singlehandedly responsible for driving off an alien invasion that threatens all life in the galaxy--for the simple reason that [[CassandraTruth nobody else believes that it's really happening]]. With the fully fleshed-out setting and characters, it almost becomes ''believable'' that one starship captain with a loyal crew could end up as [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon the savior of the universe]].
** The "Paragon vs. Renegade" mechanic is a reconstruction of the KarmaMeter trope. Around the time that original game came out, some gamers had begun to criticize games that hyped up the ability to make tough moral choices, which usually turned out to be simplistic "Good or Evil?" decisions that had little bearing on the story. In ''Mass Effect'', Shepard has no choice but to fulfill his duty by saving the galaxy from the Reapers, but he's forced to choose between pragmatism and idealism, and he can either pursue a policy of isolationism or build alliances with potentially untrustworthy cultures. A Paragon is friendly, even-tempered, diplomatic, trusting, and willing to do the right thing at any cost; a Renegade commands respect, assumes the worst about others, and will do ''anything'' to get the job done.
31st Jul '16 1:34:19 PM nombretomado
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* Inevitably, this trope will be in effect post-''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'', thanks to the multitudes of drastic changes to the classic DCComics mythos (such as ComicBook/LoisLane being PutOnABus in favor of ComicBook/WonderWoman, and {{Superman}}'s costume change as an example in one franchise). Ultimately proven with ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'', starting with ''DC Universe: Rebirth'' #1 is a reconstruction of the idea of the LegacyCharacter, showing that without these people on both ends of the spectrum, you end up with a universe that just feels a lot empty. It also reconstructs the idea of a HopeBringer, showing that you can plunge the world into darkness, but someone will show up to light the way.

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* Inevitably, this trope will be in effect post-''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'', thanks to the multitudes of drastic changes to the classic DCComics Creator/DCComics mythos (such as ComicBook/LoisLane being PutOnABus in favor of ComicBook/WonderWoman, and {{Superman}}'s costume change as an example in one franchise). Ultimately proven with ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'', starting with ''DC Universe: Rebirth'' #1 is a reconstruction of the idea of the LegacyCharacter, showing that without these people on both ends of the spectrum, you end up with a universe that just feels a lot empty. It also reconstructs the idea of a HopeBringer, showing that you can plunge the world into darkness, but someone will show up to light the way.
29th Jul '16 4:05:43 PM WillyFourEyes
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* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' pretty much deconstructs every single Western genre trope, then reconstructs every single one throughout the game into a massive CrowningMomentOfAwesome by the end.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' was this to the Strategy RPG genre, mostly by being very comedic, not taking itself seriously, and dropping most of the long winded political stuff that the genre had favored since Ogre Tactics.
* Much of Nintendo's massive success with the {{Wii}} and {{DS}} is due to reintroducing the simplicity and arcade-style gameplay that made the original {{NES}} and GameBoy mass phenomenons. Nintendo even went so far as to make [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros all-new]] [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii 2D sidescrollers]] for both of them.

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* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' pretty much deconstructs every single Western genre trope, then reconstructs every single one throughout the game into a massive CrowningMomentOfAwesome MomentOfAwesome by the end.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' was this to the Strategy RPG genre, mostly by being very comedic, not taking itself seriously, and dropping most of the long winded political stuff that the genre had favored since Ogre Tactics.
''VideoGame/TacticsOgre''.
* Much of Nintendo's massive success with the {{Wii}} and {{DS}} is due to reintroducing the simplicity and arcade-style gameplay that made the original {{NES}} UsefulNotes/{{NES}} and GameBoy mass phenomenons. Nintendo even went so far as to make [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros all-new]] [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii 2D sidescrollers]] for both of them.



* ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' is SEGA's attempt at reconstructing the light-hearted feel of the classic ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' era, having decided the series has gotten ''way'' too serious as of lately. General consensus is that they succeeded. [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel Spectacularly so]].
** Before Colors, there was ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed''. While having a somewhat more serious tone than Colors, Unleashed was nowhere near as dark as any of the main post Genesis games barring ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', which, in stark contrast to the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' games, was pretty lighthearted itself. Coming before two of the [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog darkest]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 games]] in the series and being far more cartoony in general only made the change even more noticeable.

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* ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' is SEGA's attempt at reconstructing the light-hearted feel of the classic ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' era, having decided the series has had gotten ''way'' too serious as of lately. General consensus is that they succeeded. [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel Spectacularly so]].
** Before Colors, ''Colors'', there was ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed''. While having a somewhat more serious tone than Colors, Unleashed was nowhere near as dark as any of the main post Genesis games barring ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', which, in stark contrast to the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' games, was pretty lighthearted itself. Coming before two of the [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog darkest]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 games]] in the series and being far more cartoony in general only made the change even more noticeable.



* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' rebuilt the heroric, swashbuckling fantasty RPG hero and world after VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII's deconstruction and fleet of imitators.

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* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' rebuilt the heroric, heroic, swashbuckling fantasty fantasy RPG hero and world after VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII's deconstruction and fleet of imitators.
15th Jul '16 4:25:44 PM Discar
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' takes every aspect of GothicHorror that's considered old hat nowadays and makes it scary again, in large part by making sure NotUsingTheZedWord is in full effect so there's no immediate familiarity to latch onto. The Beast Disease turns lycanthropy into an infectious disease that transforms people into feral creatures in a way that's permanent, disfiguring and [[PainfulTransformation excruciatingly painful]], and it's spreading across the city of Yharnam on a grand scale. Consumption of blood is so commonplace, that vampirism is the norm. Mobs of villagers wielding TorchesAndPitchforks serve as the typical {{Mook}}, and they're completely unaware that [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie they are the monsters they're hunting]]. [[spoiler:And at the heart of it all are the Great Ones, who in turn reconstruct the Lovecraftian CosmicHorrorStory by being {{Outside Context Villain}}s who seemingly come out of nowhere and have motives and abilities that are just so alien, they cannot even ''begin'' to be understood by a sane mind.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' takes every aspect of GothicHorror that's considered old hat nowadays and makes it scary again, in large part by making sure NotUsingTheZedWord is in full effect so there's no immediate familiarity to latch onto. The Beast Disease turns lycanthropy into an infectious disease that transforms people into feral creatures in a way that's permanent, disfiguring and [[PainfulTransformation excruciatingly painful]], and it's spreading across the city of Yharnam on a grand scale. Consumption of blood is so commonplace, that vampirism is the norm. Mobs of villagers wielding TorchesAndPitchforks serve as the typical {{Mook}}, and they're completely unaware that [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie they are the monsters they're hunting]]. [[spoiler:And at the heart of it all are the Great Ones, who in turn reconstruct the Lovecraftian CosmicHorrorStory by being {{Outside Context Villain}}s Problem}}s who seemingly come out of nowhere and have motives and abilities that are just so alien, they cannot even ''begin'' to be understood by a sane mind.]]
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