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12th Feb '16 8:22:42 PM redandready45
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is often credited with bringing superhero cartoons out of the AnimationAgeGhetto. But imagine a superhero cartoon that featured drama, citywide destruction, [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms and the use of actual firearms]], social commentary, and excellent animation years ''before'' the 90s? Then go back to the [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons Superman]], possibly the first major animated production of a superhero, made just a few years after Superman's comic debut.

* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is often credited with bringing superhero cartoons out of the AnimationAgeGhetto. But imagine a superhero cartoon that featured drama, citywide destruction, [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms and the use of actual firearms]], social commentary, and excellent animation years ''before'' the 90s? Then go back to the [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons Superman]], possibly the first major animated production of a superhero, made just a few years after Superman's comic debut.
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The show is often credited with bringing superhero cartoons out of the AnimationAgeGhetto. But imagine a superhero cartoon TropeNamer for the RunningGag of [[TheyKilledKennyAgain the character that featured drama, citywide destruction, [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms dies in every episode, only to come back to life later]]. It also unbuilds the trope on several occasions.. In "Rainforest Shmainforest", Kenny's girlfriend actually provides resuscitates him and is annoyed by the fact that Stan and Kyle didn't. In "Kenny Dies", [[PlayedForDrama Kenny dies slowly from a degenerative disease, and the use trauma the boys go through is heartbreaking]] Later episodes in the next season also deal with the fallout from his (temporary) death. [[spoiler: As it turns out, Kenny's immortality was the result of actual firearms]], social commentary, some "cult meeting" his drunken parents went to for money. Similarly he's grown tired of brutally dying several times and excellent animation years ''before'' the 90s? Then go back is tired of his friends not being able to the [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons Superman]], possibly the first major animated production of a superhero, made just a few years after Superman's comic debut.remember it]].
12th Feb '16 1:11:35 PM Hemma
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* Film/{{Toys}} unbuilds the AttackDrone, showing their cynical side, before the technology broke through in RealLife.
11th Feb '16 6:44:30 PM LDragon2
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** Looking at the movie now, in the wake of the wave of teenage dystopia novels and films that have saturated the market following the runaway success of ''TheHungerGames'', it can also come across as a subversion of several of the cliches present in those works. The main hero, John Preston, is not a young teenager, but rather a full grown single-father, [[VillainProtagonist and one of the head agents of the totalitarian regime at that]]. While other such stories have the main character motivated by the words of a rebel or love interest, Preston's comes about as a result of a complete accident; missing a dose of [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement Prozium]]. The character that does fit into more of the molds of the typical YA dystopian hero, Errol Partridge, is killed by Preston not a third of the way through. Furthermore other films portray the main hero or heroine as being in a forbidden romance that manages to pay off in the end, with said love interest also being extremely admirable and able to relate to the protagonist. Here however, the one presented as the possible love interest, Mary O'Brien, is portrayed as being rather unstable and violent ''because'' of her rebellious nature. Ultimately, [[spoiler: she is ultimately killed via live cremation before a romance could've bloomed between her and Preston, with the latter failing to save her.]] Finally, the rebellion, which is usually spearheaded by the main character, has already started before the events of the movie, and their victory only comes about due to one of the members of the totalitarian regime joining them. In fact, [[spoiler: this is even the plan of the ''villain'', so as to have Preston unknowingly act as a sleeper agent. The only thing that saves him and the resistance is by modifying his emotions to allow him to perform the same acts of GunKata he used when purged of feelings.]] It can be a bit surprising then to find out that the film was released in 2002, about a decade before the YA Dystopia trend took off.
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** Looking at the movie now, in the wake of the wave of teenage dystopia novels and films that have saturated the market following the runaway success of ''TheHungerGames'', it can also come across as a subversion of several of the cliches present in those works. The main hero, John Preston, is not a young teenager, but rather a full grown single-father, [[VillainProtagonist and one of the head agents of the totalitarian regime at that]]. While other such stories have the main character motivated by the words of a rebel or love interest, Preston's comes about as a result of a complete accident; missing a dose of [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement Prozium]]. The character that does fit into more of the molds of the typical YA dystopian hero, Errol Partridge, is killed by Preston not a third of the way through. Furthermore other films portray the main hero or heroine as being in a forbidden romance that manages to pay off in the end, with said love interest also being extremely admirable and able to relate to the protagonist. Here however, the one presented as the possible love interest, Mary O'Brien, is portrayed as being rather unstable and violent ''because'' of her rebellious nature. Ultimately, [[spoiler: she is ultimately killed via live cremation before a romance could've bloomed between her and Preston, with the latter failing to save her.]] Finally, the rebellion, which is usually spearheaded by the main character, has already started before the events of the movie, and their victory only comes about due to one of the members of the totalitarian regime joining them. In fact, [[spoiler: this is even the plan of the ''villain'', so as to have Preston unknowingly act as a sleeper agent. The only thing that saves him and the resistance is by modifying his emotions to allow him to perform the same acts of GunKata he used when purged of feelings.]] It can be a bit surprising then to find out that the film was released in 2002, about a decade before the YA Dystopia trend took off.
9th Feb '16 4:49:45 PM Hemma
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* How about an RPG where the characters are unchosen anonymous schlubs (of any race, class, or gender), where AnyoneCanDie and ''any'' death (even outside of combat) can risk a FinalDeath? And you do not have to fight [[EverythingTryingToKillYou every encounter you run into]], as there are actually good monsters that do not mind your company? Where you may luck into some of the best equipment early, and some of said equipment (including the InfinityPlusOneSword) can break at any time? And there are no [[UselessUsefulSpell useless spells]] in the game? And the FinalBoss does not have thousands of HP but is really a SquishyWizard not much stronger than (and as vulnerable as) an individual member of your party? (His minions may be trouble, though.) This game is ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'', one of the first [=RPGs=] ever written. ** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' features a similar deconstruction of MagneticHero and RelationshipValues, both of which predate better-known examples (the game was released in 2004).

* {{Mon}}s started with Creator/{{Atlus}}' apocalyptic ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' RPG series, 10 years before the {{trope codifier}} ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' even existed. In this case, your character and others recruit the services of demons, angels and gods. However, cosmic power in the hands of [[HumansAreFlawed imperfect humans]] just ends up causing [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt social collapse, mass murder and nuclear war]]. Furthermore, the battles aren't about a sports league, a criminal syndicate, or even DuelsDecideEverything, but a struggle for survival and power in a [[CrapsackWorld ruined world]], and the explicit goal of most games is the power to [[EndOfTheWorldSpecial decide the fate of the world]]. ''Pokémon'' would get a proper deconstruction by way of the ''SMT'' series with ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' thirteen years after the release of the original games.

* {{Mon}}s started with Creator/{{Atlus}}' apocalyptic ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' RPG series, 10 years before the {{trope codifier}} ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' even existed. In this case, your character and others recruit the services of demons, angels and gods. However, cosmic power in the hands of [[HumansAreFlawed imperfect humans]] just ends up causing [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt social collapse, mass murder and nuclear war]]. Furthermore, the battles aren't about a sports league, a criminal syndicate, or even DuelsDecideEverything, but a struggle for survival and power in a [[CrapsackWorld ruined world]], and the explicit goal of most games is the power to [[EndOfTheWorldSpecial decide the fate of the world]]. ''Pokémon'' would get a proper deconstruction by way of the ''SMT'' series with ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' thirteen years after the release of the original games.

* How about an RPG where the characters are unchosen anonymous schlubs (of any race, class, or gender), where AnyoneCanDie and ''any'' death (even outside of combat) can risk a FinalDeath? And you do not have to fight [[EverythingTryingToKillYou every encounter you run into]], as there are actually good monsters that do not mind your company? Where you may luck into some of the best equipment early, and some of said equipment (including the InfinityPlusOneSword) can break at any time? And there are no [[UselessUsefulSpell useless spells]] in the game? And the FinalBoss does not have thousands of HP but is really a SquishyWizard not much stronger than (and as vulnerable as) an individual member of your party? (His minions may be trouble, though.) This game is ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'', one of the first [=RPGs=] ever written. * ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' features a similar deconstruction of MagneticHero and RelationshipValues, both of which predate better-known examples (the game was released in 2004).
8th Feb '16 11:47:36 PM Shadao
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** Ash Ketchum in the early seasons is an example of what happens when you let an inexperienced and [[IdiotHero ignorant]] child into such a world. In the first episode, his incompetence ''at best'' gets him laughed at, and at worst, nearly get him and Pikachu killed. Criminal organizations, like Team Rocket, weren't [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain bumbling nuisances]] but were very real threats to him. His initial gym victories were not won by skill, but because he did the gym leaders favors. Hell, two of his most powerful Pokémon (Pikachu and Charizard) were very disobedient because they didn't respect such as hapless kid. He didn't really earn his badges: he usually got them by doing favors and because the person in question felt sorry for him. He doesn't end up actually facing his rival in their first tournament [[spoiler: because he ''lost'' before Ash]] ,and he doesn't actually ''win'' said tournament, due to laziness and bad luck .[[{{Reconstruction}} Sure, Ash eventually became a good trainer through his loyalty, tenacity, courage, and love]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding but it took a while to get there]].
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** Ash Ketchum in the early seasons is an example of what happens when you let an inexperienced and [[IdiotHero ignorant]] child into such a world. In the first episode, his incompetence ''at best'' gets him laughed at, and at worst, nearly get him and Pikachu killed. Criminal organizations, like Team Rocket, weren't [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain bumbling nuisances]] but were very real threats to him. His initial gym victories were not won by skill, but because he did the gym leaders favors. Hell, two of his most powerful Pokémon (Pikachu and Charizard) were very disobedient because they didn't respect such as hapless kid. He didn't really earn his badges: he usually got them by doing favors and because the person in question felt sorry for him. He doesn't end up actually facing his rival in their first tournament [[spoiler: because he ''lost'' before Ash]] ,and he doesn't actually ''win'' said tournament, due to laziness and bad luck .luck. [[{{Reconstruction}} Sure, Ash eventually became a good trainer through his loyalty, tenacity, courage, and love]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding but it took a while to get there]].
8th Feb '16 11:46:09 PM Shadao
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** Ash Ketchum in the early seasons is an example of what happens when you let an inexperienced and [[IdiotHero ignorant]] child into such a world. In the first episode, his incompetence ''at best'' gets him laughed at, and at worst, nearly get him and Pikachu killed. Criminal organizations, like Team Rocket, weren't [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain bumbling nuisances]] but were very real threats to him. His initial gym victories were not won by skill, but because he did the gym leaders favors. Hell, two of his most powerful Pokemon (Pikachu and Charizard) were very disobedient because they didn't respect such as hapless kid. He didn't really earn his badges: he usually got them by doing favors and because the person in question felt sorry for him. He doesn't end up actually facing his rival in their first tournament [[spoiler: because he ''lost'' before Ash]] ,and he doesn't actually ''win'' said tournament, due to laziness and bad luck.[[{{Reconstruction}} Sure, Ash eventually became a good trainer through his loyalty, tenacity, courage, and love]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding but it took a while to get there]].
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** Ash Ketchum in the early seasons is an example of what happens when you let an inexperienced and [[IdiotHero ignorant]] child into such a world. In the first episode, his incompetence ''at best'' gets him laughed at, and at worst, nearly get him and Pikachu killed. Criminal organizations, like Team Rocket, weren't [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain bumbling nuisances]] but were very real threats to him. His initial gym victories were not won by skill, but because he did the gym leaders favors. Hell, two of his most powerful Pokemon Pokémon (Pikachu and Charizard) were very disobedient because they didn't respect such as hapless kid. He didn't really earn his badges: he usually got them by doing favors and because the person in question felt sorry for him. He doesn't end up actually facing his rival in their first tournament [[spoiler: because he ''lost'' before Ash]] ,and he doesn't actually ''win'' said tournament, due to laziness and bad luck.luck .[[{{Reconstruction}} Sure, Ash eventually became a good trainer through his loyalty, tenacity, courage, and love]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding but it took a while to get there]].
8th Feb '16 11:44:25 PM Shadao
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is one of the most famous examples of {{Mon}}s anime. But earlier seasons, especially ''first episode'' deconstructs the whole Pokemon experience. ** Ash Ketchum in the early seasons is an example of what happens when you let an inexperienced and [[IdiotHero ignorant]] child into such a world. In the first episode, his incompetence ''at best'' gets him laughed at, and at worst, nearly get him and Pikachu killed. Criminal organizations, like Team Rocket, weren't [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain bumbling nuisances]] but were very real threats to him. His initial gym victories were not won by skill, but because he did the gym leaders favors. Hell, two of his most powerful Pokemon (Pikachu and Charizard) were very disobedient because they didn't respect such as hapless kid. He didn't really earn his badges: he usually got them by doing favors and because the person in question felt sorry for him. He doesn't end up actually facing his rival in their first tournament [[spoiler: because he ''lost'' before Ash]] ,and he doesn't actually ''win'' said tournament, due to laziness and bad luck.[[{{Reconstruction}} Sure, Ash eventually became a decent trainer through his loyalty, tenacity, courage, and love]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding but it took a while to get there]]. ** Other early episodes deal with other problems with a Pokemon world, like abandonment, disobedience, crime, and the origins of Mewtwo which is a [[TearJerker tragic]] and [[NightmareFuel frightening example]] of the [[PlayingWithSyringes experimentation that can exist]].
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is one of the most famous examples of {{Mon}}s anime. But earlier seasons, especially ''first episode'' deconstructs the whole Pokemon Pokémon experience. ** Ash Ketchum in the early seasons is an example of what happens when you let an inexperienced and [[IdiotHero ignorant]] child into such a world. In the first episode, his incompetence ''at best'' gets him laughed at, and at worst, nearly get him and Pikachu killed. Criminal organizations, like Team Rocket, weren't [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain bumbling nuisances]] but were very real threats to him. His initial gym victories were not won by skill, but because he did the gym leaders favors. Hell, two of his most powerful Pokemon (Pikachu and Charizard) were very disobedient because they didn't respect such as hapless kid. He didn't really earn his badges: he usually got them by doing favors and because the person in question felt sorry for him. He doesn't end up actually facing his rival in their first tournament [[spoiler: because he ''lost'' before Ash]] ,and he doesn't actually ''win'' said tournament, due to laziness and bad luck.[[{{Reconstruction}} Sure, Ash eventually became a decent good trainer through his loyalty, tenacity, courage, and love]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding but it took a while to get there]]. ** Other early episodes deal with other problems with a Pokemon Pokémon world, like abandonment, disobedience, crime, and the origins of Mewtwo which is a [[TearJerker tragic]] and [[NightmareFuel frightening example]] of the [[PlayingWithSyringes experimentation that can exist]].

** [[Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}} Some]] [[Anime/PokemonHeroes later]] [[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions movies]] also tackled the subject of OlympusMons. Greedy humans who tried to capture and exploit the power of Legendary Pokemon for their own selfish desires [[TheProblemWithFightingDeath wound up dooming a city or even the entire world]] due to the Pokemon's CosmicKeystone powers that the setting depends on. During the fallout and efforts to save the day, the movie's guest stars didn't just follow the heroes; they fought, and sometimes [[HeroicSacrifice even died in action]]. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' that the games took on the consequences of capturing what boils down to a PhysicalGod.
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** [[Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}} Some]] [[Anime/PokemonHeroes later]] [[Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions movies]] also tackled the subject of OlympusMons. Greedy humans who tried to capture and exploit the power of Legendary Pokemon Pokémon for their own selfish desires [[TheProblemWithFightingDeath wound up dooming a city or even the entire world]] due to the Pokemon's Pokémon's CosmicKeystone powers that the setting depends on. During the fallout and efforts to save the day, the movie's guest stars didn't just follow the heroes; they fought, and sometimes [[HeroicSacrifice even died in action]]. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' that the games took on the consequences of capturing what boils down to a PhysicalGod.
5th Feb '16 6:27:43 AM Hemma
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Monty Pythons Flying Circus unbuilds Vulgar Humor in mainstream TV
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* MontyPythonsFlyingCircus was arguably the first mainstream television show with extensive VulgarHumor, ribaldry, and sexual references. These are however rarely the punchline, but instead casually mentioned, or a FunnyBackgroundEvent. The same goes for the films.
4th Feb '16 6:18:29 PM LDragon2
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** Looking at the movie now, in the wake of the wave of teenage dystopia novels and films that have saturated the market following the runaway success of ''TheHungerGames'', it can also come across as a subversion of several of the cliches present in those works. The main hero, John Preston, is not a young teenager, but rather a full grown single-father, [[VillainProtagonist and one of the head agents of the totalitarian regime at that]]. While other such stories have the main character motivated by the words of a rebel or love interest, Preston's comes about as a result of a complete accident; missing a dose of [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement Prozium]]. The character that does fit into more of the molds of the typical YA dystopian hero, Errol Partridge, is killed by Preston not a third of the way through. Furthermore other films portray the main hero or heroine as being in a forbidden romance that manages to pay off in the end, with said love interest also being extremely admirable and able to relate to the protagonist. Here however, the one presented as the possible love interest, Mary O'Brien, is portrayed as being rather unstable and violent ''because'' of her rebellious nature. In the end, she is ultimately killed via live cremation before a romance could've bloomed between her and Preston, with the latter failing to save her. Finally, the rebellion, which is usually spearheaded by the main character, has already started before the events of the movie, and their victory only comes about due to one of the members of the totalitarian regime joining them. In fact, this is even the plan of the ''villain'', so as to have Preston unknowingly act as a sleeper agent. The only thing that saves him and the resistance is by modifying his emotions to allow him to perform the same acts of GunKata he used when purged of emotions. It can be a bit surprising then to find out that the film was released in 2002, about a decade before the YA Dystopia trend took off.
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** Looking at the movie now, in the wake of the wave of teenage dystopia novels and films that have saturated the market following the runaway success of ''TheHungerGames'', it can also come across as a subversion of several of the cliches present in those works. The main hero, John Preston, is not a young teenager, but rather a full grown single-father, [[VillainProtagonist and one of the head agents of the totalitarian regime at that]]. While other such stories have the main character motivated by the words of a rebel or love interest, Preston's comes about as a result of a complete accident; missing a dose of [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement Prozium]]. The character that does fit into more of the molds of the typical YA dystopian hero, Errol Partridge, is killed by Preston not a third of the way through. Furthermore other films portray the main hero or heroine as being in a forbidden romance that manages to pay off in the end, with said love interest also being extremely admirable and able to relate to the protagonist. Here however, the one presented as the possible love interest, Mary O'Brien, is portrayed as being rather unstable and violent ''because'' of her rebellious nature. In the end, Ultimately, [[spoiler: she is ultimately killed via live cremation before a romance could've bloomed between her and Preston, with the latter failing to save her. her.]] Finally, the rebellion, which is usually spearheaded by the main character, has already started before the events of the movie, and their victory only comes about due to one of the members of the totalitarian regime joining them. In fact, [[spoiler: this is even the plan of the ''villain'', so as to have Preston unknowingly act as a sleeper agent. The only thing that saves him and the resistance is by modifying his emotions to allow him to perform the same acts of GunKata he used when purged of emotions. feelings.]] It can be a bit surprising then to find out that the film was released in 2002, about a decade before the YA Dystopia trend took off.
4th Feb '16 3:06:17 PM Hemma
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* ''Film/{{M}}'' was the first feature film to be produced with cranes, long shots, and low shots. However, it is mostly known as the first SerialKiller film, and arguably the first FilmNoir.
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