* ''HeyArnold'' deconstructs PuritySue with Olga Pataki, Helga's sister. In order to keep your [[ProperLady "pretty, intelligent, sweet, absolutely beloved young girl"]] image, you're likely to end up as a perfectionist, weepy, [[StepfordSmiler perpetually smily]], ''dangerously'' out-of-reality mess who [[HeroicBSOD will break down to melodramatic levels]] the very moment something doesn't seem to fit in such a bubble of perfection, while being almost completely unable to connect with people far more "flawed" than yourself.
** The show also deconstructs the ParentalFavoritism trope with Olga. It shows the bad effects it can have on children who are favored a lot in their families. Because Olga's parents dote on her too much, they have set a lot of unrealistic expectations for Olga, causing her to become the neurotic perfectionist she is. Olga outright said that she wished that she was TheUnfavorite out of the two. She and her sister see each other as getting the "better deal". This shows that being the "favorite" child isn't all that cracked up to be and that parents should favor their children equally.
** It also gives us Helga Pataki herself as a deconstruction of the {{Tsundere}} trope. She's got a relationship with Arnold that looks on the surface like the typical foundations of a SlapSlapKiss romance, but as we delve a bit farther into her family life we see that, along with her traumatized PuritySue sister, she has an abusive {{Jerkass}} dad and a LadyDrunk mother, neither of which can provide much support in her daily life -- if she's lucky. Looking at the show with slightly more jaded eyes, her volatile relationship with Arnold and her few friends become an increasingly obvious cry for help and an awkwardness with dealing with people nonviolently.
*** It even went so far that a psychologist was sent to deal with Helga's anger problems. A clear aversion of ThereAreNoTherapists.
** In the deceptively named episode “Deconstructing Arnold”, they seem to deconstruct AllLovingHero: When {{Tsundere}} Helga points out that Arnold is [[MoralGuardian always giving unsolicited advice to other kids]], [[StopHavingFunGuy spoiling their fun]], AndThatsTerrible. After every other kid (included best friend Gerald) agrees, Arnold decides to stop helping others. Then we discover… that Arnold is still the same good, happy kid. He’s not a BrokenMessiah or a MessiahCreep. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor However, the kids still have problems and since they cannot go to Arnold]], [[LetsSeeYOUDoBetter they go to the genius that suggested Arnold to stop in the first place]]. Helga being a JerkassWoobie only manages to make things worse for everybody, including herself, because everyone blames her for her ill advice. We discover that the kids' problems would be relatively easy to solve… if [[BeingGoodSucks they would have the humility and strength of character to face the pain to their ego that involves to do the right thing]], [[HumansAreBastards instead of the doing the easy thing,]] and Arnold wasn't AllLovingHero because he gave advice, he gave advice because he was an AllLovingHero, truly loving and caring for others and encouraging the kids to do the obvious, painful right thing, while Helga solution’s always involve being a JerkAss [[AnAesop and that never solves any problem.]] The tropes deconstructed was HumansAreFlawed and AllLovingHero was [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] and [[ReconstructedTrope reconstructed]]. [[VetinariJobSecurity The episode ends with Helga asking Arnold to be an]] AllLovingHero [[VetinariJobSecurity again]].
* A whole episode of the ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' series is dedicated to deconstruct SuperStrength. The puny guy who steals Juggernaut's powers... [[TheChewToy promptly ruins his own life]] by [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor becoming an unintentionally-destructive human demolition crew]]. He doesn't get better until losing said powers and having them restored to their owner... who, by the way, needs these powers to actually ''survive''.
* An episode of ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' has a rare deconstruction of WhatTheHellHero. After finding out that Jake had his Dragon Chi confiscated on purpose (to enjoy his middle school graduation in peace), Lao Shi rants him for irresponsible and not flawlessly rising to the job. The AnnoyingYoungerSibling angrily berates that being the American Dragon is not the icing on the cake. After being on the job for just a few days, she wouldn't even consider going for two more days - let alone two more years. She also points out all the things that Jake had to go through ever since he began his duties: he is often late to school and struggle with his studies, lying to his dad and having to say good-bye to the girl he loved, ''twice'' (the first time from her discovery his secret and the second when he wishes she lived a normal life, causing them to have never met), not to mention being the guardian of a magic realm that no mortal (other than Jake's friends) has any knowledge about. Lao Shi takes this to heart and decides to cut Jake's dragon training in half.
* An episode of ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' deconstructs something that your typical VacationEpisode usually doesn't even touch on: The whole "packing up and getting to the airport" part. Try telling that, however, to those [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot who were expecting]] a regular VacationEpisode.
* The KidHero trope is deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''. Being a youngster who fights evil won't spare you from [[spoiler: the torture and brainwashing MindRape you'll receive once you end up in the claws of a sadistic, murderous, amorally psychopath. If you ''do'' survive it, you'll completely lose your sanity, it will take years of therapy to cure you, and you've to live with [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] through the rest of your life. Though Tim was actually not regretful of it until the Jo0ker began influencing him in his attempt to take over.]]
-->'''Timothy Drake (as an adult):''' ''Fun and games. Boy wonder playing hero. Fighting off bad guys and no one ever gets... [[spoiler: oh god. I killed him. I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget. But I still hear the shot. Still see the dead smile. Every night the dreams get stronger... he's there when I sleep. Whispering! Laughing! Telling me that I'm as bad as he is! We're both the same!'' (though his 'dreams' are actually the result of the Joker placing a chip on him before he died in an attempt to take over Tim.]]
** The Joker points out that for all the fear he invokes being TheCowl, Batman is not more than a pathetic ManChild crying out for mommy and daddy after all those years.
-->'''The Joker:''' I must admit, it's sadly anti-climactic. Behind all the sturm and bat-o-rangs, you're just a little boy in a playsuit, crying for mommy and daddy! It'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic.
** Timothy Drake deconstructs the KidSidekick as a WellDoneSonGuy pathetically trying to please TheHero because [[IJustWantToBeYou He Just Want To Be Him]]. When that doesn't happen, there comes the FanDisillusionment:
-->'''Tim:''' Me and the others gave everything, but it just wasn't enough for the old man. I used to think, if I went on long enough, someday he'd retire and I'd... ah, the heck with it. Capes, costumes, bad guys - it was kid's stuff! Bruce probably did me a favor. By the end, I was so sick of it I never wanted to see that stupid Robin suit again...!
** The New Batman admits that TheJoker is a successful supervillain, but a pathetic comedian: he never made Batman’s laugh, nor corrupt or break him. He never was AffablyEvil, just FauxAffablyEvil. And maybe the clearer proof that TheJoker is a mediocre comic is that he cannot deal with the natural enemy of a comedian: ''TheHeckler''.
-->'''Terry [=McGinnis=]:''' The real reason you kept coming back was you never got a laugh out of the old man.''
-->'''The Joker:''' I'm not ''hearing'' this...
-->'''Terry [=McGinnis=]:''' Get a clue, clowny! He's got no sense of humor! He wouldn't know a good joke if it bit him in the cape... not that you ever had a good joke.
-->'''The Joker:''' [[BigShutUp Shut up... shut up!]]
-->'''Terry [=McGinnis=]:''' I mean, joy-buzzers, squirting flowers, lame! Where's the "A" material? Make a face, drop your pants, something!
** Harley Quinn deconstructs the PerkyFemaleMinion into CuteAndPsycho after helping the Joker torture Robin, showing us that she was just another psychopath. Batgirl conveniently forgets that the only one of Joker’s potential victims Harley defended in the series was [[HoYay Poison Ivy]] and Arkhan Asylum's inmates. Harley was perfectly okay with TheJoker torturing and killing [[LongList Harvey Bullock, Charlie Collins, Sid the Squid, Carl Francis, Thomas Jackson, Batgirl's own father, Commissioner Gordon, etc...]]:
-->'''Batgirl:''' How could you help Joker do it, Harley?
-->'''Harley Quinn:''' Okay, so he roughed the kid up a little. But I'll make it right.
-->'''Batgirl:''' Yeah, you're Mother of the Stinkin' Year!
** TheCowl is deconstructed because Batman is so completely dedicated to his mission, the Batfamily members and Harley [[GrowingUpSucks want to grow up, have families, much more of life that playing an infinite]] CycleOfRevenge and let him LonelyAtTheTop. The disturbing conclusion is that the only relationship that ever worked for Batman was the FoeRomanceSubtext he had with SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. As we see at the page quote, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was truly special for Batman: He was the only one capable of accepting Batman as the {{Determinator}}.
** TheChessmaster is deconstructed when everyone of the grown up Bat Family distrusts the Batman for his manipulative tendences.
-->'''Batman ([=McGinnis=])''' [after his interview with Drake]: ''Were all of you that bitter when you left?''
-->'''Barbara Gordon:''' ''Comes with the territory, [=McGinnis=]. Look up Nightwing someday, has he got stories.''
* ''GeneratorRex'' does this with DatingCatwoman by showing how shitty it can be when the girl you're in love with works for the BigBad. Even when [[spoiler:she decides to quit working for said BigBad, Rex still doesn't win her in the end]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a habit of deconstructing tropes in the process of teaching its [[AnAesop aesops]]:
** "Party Of One" did the same to Pinkie Pie with her role as the GenkiGirl. When people start making up excuses to avoid a party, and discovers them trying to do something without her, she extrapolates that everyone has gotten tired of her and gets clinically depressed as a result.
** Twilight Sparkle has immense magical power, more than most unicorns, but lacks the real training to use it effectively (since up until she was sent to Ponyville, she literally spent all of her time reading and studying magical ''theory'', not practice.) This really comes back to bite her in the flank in "Swarm of the Century" when she casts a spell to stop the Parasprite infestation from eating all the food in town. They stop eating the ''food'' all right...they just start [[BuzzsawJaw ripping their way]] through the buildings instead!
** "Lesson Zero" deconstructs the OnceAnEpisode formula a lot of shows, including this one, use. Twilight freaks out because she doesn't have a letter to send to the Princess, as there wasn't much conflict in anyone's life lately. She goes crazy and tries to create a problem for her to solve, [[GoneHorriblyRight but things get horribly out of hand.]]
** "Luna Eclipsed" deconstructs multiple [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewing]] tropes, particularly LargeHam, MilkingTheGiantCow, and NoIndoorVoice; Princess Luna has undergone a HeelFaceTurn and is trying to improve her public image, but she keeps scaring everyone away with her "[[FloweryElizabethanEnglish Traditional]] [[RoyalWe Royal]] [[GaleForceSound Canterlot]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0WDNnxInFM Voice]]," which she (and presumably her sister) used [[FishOutOfTemporalWater back when she ruled before her]] FaceHeelTurn, and practically ''required'' her to be a LargeHam.
** "Applebuck Season" deconstructs TheReliableOne, when Applejack tries to harvest all the apples in Sweet Apple Acres by herself, because Big Macintosh injured himself, and be there for her friends at the same time. She ends up with severe sleep deprivation, and creates several issues such as flinging Rainbow Dash into Twilight's balcony, and [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal practically poisoning plenty of ponies]]. The trope is deconstructed again in "The Last Roundup". Everypony expects Applejack to win enough prize money to pay for the city hall's repairs. When she only places second or lower (but still high enough to have LOTS of ribbons) in all of the events, she is so ashamed of letting down Ponyville that she decides not to return until she's earned enough money to pay for the repairs by working on a farm in Dodge Junction.
** Possibly due to the BrokenBase it caused, Twilight Sparkle's new princess status has been the subject of deconstruction several times in Series 4. From the start it's established that [[CaptainCrash just because she's gained wings doesn't immidiately make her a good flier]], and her status means her friends send her away from their adventure because Equestria can't afford to lose her. In "Twilight Time", she has to deal with unwanted attention from a mob of fillies who only want to spend time with her because she's a princess, and "Trade Ya" also deals with the unwanted attention issues. Finally in the finale the fact that [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything she doesn't actually do much]] befitting of her title causes her a great deal of angst.
** "Power Ponies" deconstructs TheLoad and ButtMonkey tropes that were otherwise PlayedForLaughs in previous seasons, by showing that Spike has ''very'' low self-esteem due to always feeling like he's only there for comic relief.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' has an episode of a new boy in their school who turns out to be a MarySue. He's a nice kid but the others want to challenge him so he ends up doing his best but that leads to the others seeing how he's better at everything they can do. They end up hating him for it and he's sad to have to deal with the fact that to be himself he can't have friends. He tells them this, which makes them more understanding, and leaves the school.
* ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' pretty much thrives on deconstructing every one of the Scooby-Doo franchise's most iconic tropes.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' deconstructs several Tropes:
** TrappedInTVLand: in video game form in the episode "Guardians of Sunshine". When Finn and Jake transport themselves into a video game through Beemo (Who told them not to), they realize that things are not what they seem. For one thing, they lampshaded the fact that if they lose all of their lives, it would be similar to dying in real life. Also, they can only carry just a few coins in their hands and the pain they feel in the game is real as the pain they feel in real life. The enemies in the game pose a bigger threat than expected. When Finn tries to activate the special weapon Bomba, he realizes that he can't do it without his controller. When Jake tries to pull Bomba from the screen, it causes an error that takes them to their world, along with the enemies they encountered (Note: The coin Jake kept turns into a penny, meaning the game currency is not worth much in the real world). The enemies were hostile towards Beemo for imprisoning them in the video game because [[ItMakesSenseInContext they long for the sunshine]].
** CloudCuckooLander: The Ice King's seemingly harmlessly insane behavior [[spoiler: actually stems from having been mentally warped by an ArtifactOfDoom. He used to be a normal, dignified, ''human'' antiquarian named Simon Petrikov, before being exposed to an enchanted crown. The ensuing change was slow and painful, and he was [[AndIMustScream aware]] (and ''[[WhatHaveIBecome terrified]]'') of the degradation the entire time. His insanity destroyed his relationships with his fiancee and surrogate daughter, and much of his strange actions are actually an attempt to replace them. In addition to that, it's implied that the only reason he ''is'' a largely harmless eccentric is that the mental remnants of his old self are restraining him - when this control occasionally slips, he is [[NotSoHarmlessVillain much more]] [[PsychopathicManchild disturbing.]]]]
** KidHero: Finn has been fighting and killing monsters and supernatural beings since at least the age of twelve (his age when the series begins). Even though he's quite cheerful and upbeat most of the time, psychologically he's ''really'' messed up. In fact the reason he manages to stay upbeat despite the horrors he's seen is because he's very good at suppressing traumatic memories (he refers to the process as "putting them in the vault"; the fact that he does it so often that he ''has a term for it'' is a bad sign). Because he's spent so much of his life fighting and adventuring, he doesn't know much about making personal connections. His emotional immaturity and BloodKnight nature drove his girlfriend away, and his tendencies toward WhiteKnighting are steadily getting creepier as he gets older. All he really knows how to do is punch things; life situations that require a more complex solution are beyond his ability to navigate.
* ''FamilyGuy'' deconstructs SubbingForSanta. How? Well, Stewie and Brian are the ones doing the subbing, and their first and only job [[EpicFail becomes a home invasion]].
** That same episode also features a truly heart-wrenching deconstruction of HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys: trying to keep up with the increasing demands of a constantly growing and increasingly greedy world population has turned Santa's workshop into an ecosystem-killing NightmarishFactory staffed with horribly inbred elves, the reindeer have mutated into vicious carnivores and Santa himself... well,"failing health" doesn't even ''begin'' to describe his condition.
** [[DarkerAndEdgier "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q."]] is a VerySpecialEpisode that deconstructs DomesticAbuse in a way very different from the usually comedic way the show handles it. Here, Quagmire's sister gets abused by her boyfriend and she's depicted as having StockholmSyndrome, making up flimsy excuses for staying with him. Quagmire also fears for her condition, even considering the boyfriend a threat to her life.
** Meg is a ''brutal'' deconstruction of ButtMonkey[=/=]TheChewToy, as all the abuse she has to put up with made her a complete and utter psychological wreck.
* The WesternAnimation/{{Ed Edd N Eddy|s Big Picture Show}} finale movie deconstructs AmusingInjuries in a hard way, in which Eddy recieves [[spoiler: a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from his older brother.]] It's deconstriucted here because Eddy reacts as if he's seriously hurt and the kids (even Kevin and Sarah) react with fear. [[spoiler: Not to mention the reveal that this is how his brother ''always'' treated him.]]
** CartoonPhysics were also deconstructed in the infamous BizarroEpisode ''One + One = Ed'', featuring the Eds discovering all sorts of weird things, such as paper thin trees, eating the sun, messing with their outlines, etc.
* An episode of TheSimpsons deconstructed ScareEmStraight. Marge was away and Bart & Homer weren't doing their chores so Lisa made them think they had leprosy to scare them into cleaning up their filth. Instead, Flanders shipped them off to a Hawaiian leper colony.
** The episode where a graveyard was built next the Simpson home deconstructed WiseBeyondTheirYears. Lisa is scared out of her mind because she never learned to handle her childish fears.
** OlderThanTheyLook is deconstructed in that episode where people find out Ned Flanders is a senior citizen. His wholesome living made him look younger than he really is but it also made him boring and predictable.
** The infamous episode "The Boys of Bummer" is a brutal deconstruction of DisproportionateRetribution. The stock plot is about everyone in Springfield getting angry at Bart over something very minor, which has happened before on "Bart's Girlfriend," "The Telltale Head," and "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" -- all of which were played straight and for laughs. This time around, Bart loses a simple softball game and is bullied and harassed for it so much and so badly that he attempts suicide. He lives, but the townspeople ''still'' rag on him for losing until Marge steps in to yell at them. It's about as dark and depressing as you'd imagine and the reason why this episode is disliked among the few people who still watch modern-day ''Simpsons'' episodes or the former fan who foolishly decided to rewatch the show after years of ignoring it.
** Then there's "At Long Last Leave" which shows that everyone in Springfield has had enough of the Simpsons. The town is bankrupt by Homer and Bart's destructive antics, and are annoyed with Lisa shoving her ideas into everyone's faces, not even Marge or Ned's preaching could change their minds and they boot them out of town.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' deconstructed the TransformationSequence in that Aang was actually left vulnerable when transforming into his Avatar State. His foes were fortunately too intimidated by the transformation to take advantage of this... until the season 2 finale, where Azula goes in for the kill during Aang's transformation. Subsequent transformations were instantanous, highlighting Aang's mastery of the Avatar State.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' gives us a twofer. On one hand, he deconstructs the TuxedoAndMartini trope by showing us the kind of person that it would take to make a living out of killing people while [[BondOneLiner cracking one-liners]], bedding [[GirlOfTheWeek a different woman every week]] and obsessing over [[BadassInANiceSuit finding the perfect wardrobe]] in RealLife--namely, a self-centered, spoiled, borderline sociopathic ManChild...and the ultimate UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist. Then the show turns around and deconstructs the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist trope by going in-depth in showing us the kind of [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood screwed-up childhood]] that it would take to make someone as much of an asshole as Archer.
* ''TheSwanPrincess'' deconstructed ShesAllGrownUp. The Prince and the Princess were reluctant to have their marriage arranged since they were kids. They meet each other again as young adults and the Prince immediately consents to the marriage after seeing how beautiful the Princess had become. She is instead offended because he can't come up with a reason to marry her besides her beauty. Unfortunately, it's played straight afterwards for no given reason.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy" deconstructs TeacherStudentRomance (especially examples with younger children) by portraying the teacher in the relationship as incredibly delusional and manipulative.
** "Conjoined Fetus Lady" deconstructs InspirationallyDisadvantaged as all the special treatment the titular lady gets just makes her feel like even more of a freak.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' deconstructs the KidHero into ChildSoldiers by showing just how brutal trying to fight the same battles that the big league heroes could be. In one episode the team was left so traumatized that they had to get counseling just to deal with the ordeal they have went through during a botched training simulation. Then come the timeskip we see the majority of the group being resorted to nothing more than shell shocked veterans and unlike the comics death is played very straight as you actually have members of the team die in field missions. Greg sends the message loud and clear that saving the world and fighting bad guys isn't all fun and games.
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' deconstructs AlternateCharacterInterpretation and RealitySubtext. Ginger writes a poem titled "And She Was Gone" about a girl who is lonely and is implied to commit suicide. Her teachers immediately assume it's a cry for help and force Ginger to see the school psychologist. Her friends and classmates also have a similar reactions, which frustrates Ginger because it was just a story and had nothing to do with her life at all. It's pointed out that it's very easy to interpret someone's actions when we know very little about them but that it's almost impossible to know what someone else is truly thinking. Further emphasised by having Lois recognise it as just a good story - who knows Ginger better than her mother afterall?