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->''"If you are in the market for easy laughs, you learn that two well-tried ways are either to trip up a cliche or take things absolutely literally."''
-->-- '''Creator/TerryPratchett''', "[[http://www.ansible.co.uk/misc/tpspeech.html Why Gandalf Never Married]]"

Most parodies work in a light hearted manner, taking the basic plot of the thing they parody and making it humorous. The giant space station may have wiped out half the Earth in the original, but in the parody only some unimportant AcceptableTargets got destroyed, and HilarityEnsues.

Then, there are these. Where the parody might have made the plot silly and lighthearted, the Deconstructive Parody plays exactly like any other {{Deconstruction}}, in that everything is treated as if it were to really happen -- it's just that humour is still drawn from the original story, while also serving to show what would really happen.

In a Deconstructive Parody the giant space station will still wipe out half the Earth, and although the characters will reflect on this tragedy and take it seriously, it will still be presented humorously. Maybe all that's left are the Acceptable Targets, or perhaps the doomsday device is entirely ridiculous and non-threatening in conception, yet still works. Either way, what matters is that the plot is still treated as real, and plays out tropes as you would expect from a typical {{Deconstruction}}.

Just to note, [[BetterThanABareBulb a bunch of Lampshade Hangings]] don't really count, so this may not necessarily include an AbridgedSeries, or some {{Webcomic}}s.

Compare with BlackComedy.

Contrast AffectionateParody, DeconReconSwitch.


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fA8ad71n94 This Sprite commercial]] gleefully deconstructs and parodies the usage of advertising characters appearing in the real world alongside real people.
* The "Go Compare" ads in the UK involved an opera singer who would appear whenever people discussed car insurance and start trilling a CrowdSong jingle, in a series of ads that [[TheScrappy quickly began to elicit howls of rage from viewers all over the UK]]. They then ran a "Saving the Nation" series where the same opera singer would appear to people discussing car insurance, but they would respond with the same level of terror as a real person would in that situation, to be saved by someone else attacking the singer with weapons. The follow-up to that campaign imagines the same opera singer, who is now [[DreadfulMusician not allowed to sing]], working an advertising creative, speaking in a [[SingingVoiceDissonance soft Welsh accent rather than singing]], and pitching terrible advertising ideas to cash in on his previous image in shallow ways.
* An advert for ''The Jump'', a show where celebrities compete in winter sports and the 2 people in last place are made to perform a Ski Jump, deconstructs the idea of a 'Hopeless Contestant Montage' which you'd often see in shows like ''Series/HellsKitchen'' where the contestants are falling out of the sky... and a family on vacation, completely unaware of what's happening, are scared shitless as bodies fall from the sky!

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/MagicalShoppingArcadeAbenobashi'' did this on almost every episode, for various anime themes and genres including sci-fi, high school and feudal Japan.
* ''Manga/EvenAMonkeyCanDrawManga'' is a deconstructive parody of the numerous [[FauxToGuide How To Draw Manga manuals]] aimed at manga and anime fans.
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', for both the SpaceOpera and {{Real Robot Genre}}s.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' is this and AffectionateParody of western SuperHero genre.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' deconstructs [[SelfDeprecation the absurdity of]] an [[ChildProdigy 8-year-old professor]] [[SmartPeopleBuildRobots who built a very]] [[{{Moe}} adorable teenage]] [[RobotBuddy robot girl to take care of her]] by having a [[MadScientist rational scientist]] attempt to kidnap the aforementioned robot girl [[KafkaKomedy and accidentally wander into a]] MadScientistLaboratory. [[BlackComedy The whole scene is uncharacteristically dark,]] [[SurrealHumour but quite characteristically funny.]]
* ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' deconstructs the idea of having someone with [[OneHitKill One Punch Kill]] as a StoryBreakerPower. Despite that description, it is hilarious.
* ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' makes fun of the HaremGenre and [=RPGs=], by sucking the unfortunate [[GenreSavvy Mamoru]] [[{{Otaku}} Onodera]] into a fantasy world with no healing magic, where inn stays do not magically heal all injury and status effects, and [[FinalDeath there are no continues.]] He is [[BattleHarem saddled with more]] [[CuteMonsterGirl monster girls]] than he is useful powers (and the one spell is an uber powerful DesperationAttack that allows him to summon all ten of them at once), "game mechanics" like [[BigEater feeding them]] and finding work that actually pays well, and [[FantasticRacism the ever present bias against summons.]]
** Oh, and summoning magic basically equates to slavery, implied not to be totally consensual on both sides. Despite this, it's clear that Mamoru [[NiceGuy cares for]] [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl his harem]] [[TakingTheBullet very much,]] and they in turn are very [[HappinessInSlavery happy in his service,]] and [[ClingyJealousGirl never want to let him go. (Ever.)]]
** Things also turn out well in the end... though not [[RealityEnsues without some sort of cost,]] [[IronButtMonkey to Mamoru only, of course.]]
* ''Manga/OtasukeMikoMikoChan'' plays with the MagicalGirl genre in a mostly mundane, FantasticComedy setting, primarily by having the titular MagicalGirl be a "he."
* [[SeriousBusiness Despite]] [[MindScrew its]] [[DarkerAndEdgier reputation]], ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' occasionally enters this territory, particularly in episode 8, where, despite the episode being primarily comedic, a notable feature of the episode is the sheer amount of collateral damage caused by Asuka's defeat of the Angel.
* The first 35 minutes of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' could be taken as one of these towards {{Fix Fic}}s of the show proper, by having all five girls as the [[FiveManBand Puella Magi Holy Quintet]], restoring Homura's incredibly {{Moe}} persona from her back-story, having Kyubey as a voiceless TeamPet, amping up the LesYay between Sayaka and Kyoko, adding [[spoiler:Nagisa/]]Bebe/Charlotte as a companion for Mami, then going out of its way to make things [[TastesLikeDiabetes silly]] to the point of {{Satire}} ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwXaK12envI the Cake Song being where this reaches its apex]]). The actual deconstruction kicks in when [[spoiler:Homura realises it's TooGoodToBeTrue and all a part of [[LotusEaterMachine an elaborate Witch's Barrier]] - ''hers'']].
* ''Anime/BikiniWarriors'' lampshades most of the typical elements in a fantasy setting, and some of the drawbacks and consequences of the heroines actions.
* ''LightNovel/KonoSubarashiiSekaiNiShukufukuO'' does this to the light novel subgenre where an [[TrappedInAnotherWorld ordinary person is transported or reincarnated to an RPG-like world]], and [=RPGs=] to a lesser extent. The protagonists of these novels usually thrive in the new world, have a powerful cheat item or ability, and even gain a harem party to boot, but this trend doesn't seem to apply for Kazuma. This hapless protagonist gets stuck in a CrapsackWorld with very little RPG amenities, chooses a cheat item in the form of an insufferable goddess, has two party members who exaggerate their job class in both abilities and personality, etc. As a result, what would have been a grand adventure turns into a sitcom where the party can barely make ends meet.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Deconstructive parodies of comic book {{superhero}}es are practically a dime a dozen. These days, if you count all media, it's rarer to see them played ''straight''.
** ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' does this to the {{stripperiffic}} outfits worn by superheroines.
* A lot of the comedy of ''ComicBook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool'' come from the fact that it's a deconstructive parody of the SelfInsertFic as our titular heroine is just a normal teenaged girl that just ''sounds'' like she's the strange fusion of SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} and [[Franchise/SpiderMan Gwen Stacy]] (her real name ''is'' Gwen Poole). Examples include:
** While Deadpool's BreakingTheFourthWall moments are quick, fleeting and leaves everyone around him confused, Gwenpool goes into complete rants, leading to people asking if she's insane.
** Being a girl from the real world, she's essentially a SecretSecretKeeper to the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe. This proves to be a bad thing when she yells out [[ComicBook/{{Thor2014}} the female Thor's]] identity and her response is to threaten to smash her head into the wall for saying so, forcing her to VerbalBackspace.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' managed this with the superhero genre in four panels back in 1988 with [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1988/11/02 this strip]].
-->'''Calvin:''' Look what mom made me! A superhero outfit! Don't I look cool? Now I can fight crime without anyone knowing my true identity! Yep, I'm all set now! ... so! Seen any crimes?\\
'''Hobbes:''' Why do you care that nobody knows your identity?

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged places a lot of emphasis on how messed up Son Gohan's childhood must be. His mother is a control freak, his father is negligent and he's frequently forced into life-threatening situations against his will. Lampshaded with this conversation:
--> '''Adult Gohan:''' When I was a toddler, my uncle showed up, kidnapped me, and then Mr. Piccolo killed him and my dad. Then Mr. Piccolo kidnapped me, the Saiyans showed up, killed a bunch of people, including Mr. Piccolo. Then we went to Namek, a bunch more people died, we came back, then my dad died again, then all my friends died, and now everyone else is dying.\\
'''Young Trunks:''' But it was better, right?\\
'''Adult Gohan:''' ...No.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' is a deconstructive parody of fairy tales, the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, and all concepts and ideas related to them, using characters from the book of the same name by William Stieg.
* ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' makes fun of pretty much every zombie cliche and horror movie trope in general, until the [[CerebusSyndrome last third]] of the movie...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' gleefully deconstructs the standard hero's journey/[[TheChosenOne Chosen One]] narrative, while still being a solid example of the same.
* Its spin-off, ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' deconstructs the hell out of DarkerAndEdgier, IWorkAlone and AwesomeEgo tropes Batman is known for, as well as [[FoeYay his relationship with Joker]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' can initially be viewed as a heavy deconstruction of anthropomorphization, along with certain tropes associated with Creator/{{Pixar}} movies. The film features AnthropomorphicFood as the main characters (along with other anthropomorphic objects) who are under the impression that being bought by humans (formerly seen to them as gods) will led them to their destiny (the Great Beyond). Only to realize that their "destiny" [[EatenAlive comes at a price...]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The films ''Film/HerAlibi'' and ''Film/AmericanDreamer'' poke fun at MarySue-like pulp fiction heroes. The former does it by contrasting the writing with the actual situations which inspire it, and the latter by having a housewife get EasyAmnesia and think she is her favorite literary heroine. Both films are worth checking out for those alone.
* ''Film/MysteryMen'' and ''Film/TheSpecials'' do this with the {{superhero}} genre, approaching it from the perspective of a "loser" superhero team.
* The trailers for ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' made it look as though it would do this for fairy tales, but it instead was an IndecisiveParody or a {{Reconstruction}}
* ''Film/AustinPowers'' does this to [[TheSixties 1960s]] [[SpyFiction spy-oriented pulp fiction]], namely ''Film/JamesBond''.
* ''Film/HotFuzz'' for police/action films, but pulls a DeconReconSwitch later on.
* The black knight from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' is a DeconstructiveParody of the StiffUpperLip attitude of British culture, and [[KingArthur Arthurian Legend]] (Terry Jones is an Arthurian scholar).
* The film ''Film/{{Gunless}}'' is both a parody of Westerns in general and a deconstruction of the entire [[TheGunslinger gun-slinging outlaw hero]] character archetype.
* ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' did this to {{slasher movie}}s. The main characters are all GenreSavvy (as well as the killer Ghostface), mocking, exploiting, and otherwise discussing the "rules" of slashers throughout the film. Several characters make fun of horror movie victims who prove themselves TooDumbToLive, the killings become a media circus (as would happen if somebody is murdering [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome young, pretty, white teenagers]]), and the FinalGirl Sidney goes out of her way to make sure that the killer [[NotQuiteDead won't get back up for one last scare]]. It is, however, an IndecisiveDeconstruction; while it often acknowledges the tropes of slasher movies, it still plays many of them straight, and rests more on PostModernism than deconstruction for its humor and satire.
* ''Film/TheBurbs'' deconstructs the NosyNeighbor, and subverts it in the end.
* ''Film/NationalSecurity'' did this for cop action flicks. Martin Lawrence's character seems to think he's on ''Film/BadBoys''.
* ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' for [[BuddyCopShow Buddy Cop]] movies, with some CowboyCop thrown in. The pair of [[CowboyCop Cowboy Cops]] [[spoiler:leap off a roof in pursuit of criminals, and [[RealityEnsues die pretty early.]]]] Meanwhile, the protagonists are partners, but hate each other, one wants to be a CowboyCop but is terrible at it, and the crime they are pursuing is financial, rather than a high-stakes robbery or murder.
* ''Film/MeanGirls'' sets up [[ClicheStorm a standard teen movie formula]]: the poor heroine has her social life ruined by the AlphaBitch and her GirlPosse, and loses the guy of her dreams, so she sets out to make things right and get her revenge. When she accomplishes this, you get to watch the lead popular girl's life fall apart as her illusion that everybody liked her is shattered... and then the heroine take her place in the social ladder, ignoring her original friends [[FaceHeelTurn and becoming just as mean herself]]. The former AlphaBitch, meanwhile, goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge that nearly wrecks the whole school. The clearest turning point is when it's overtly pointed out by one of the heroine's friends that the guy has left the bully, but still doesn't want her (or, for that matter, want anything to do with the whole mess), and yet she's still trying to ruin the once-popular girl's life. When the TitleDrop finally rolls around, it refers to the protagonist.
* ''Film/{{Heathers}}'', in the [[BlackComedy absolute darkest sense]] of the word "parody," putting some brutal twists on perceptions of teenage society and violence.
* ''Film/LastActionHero'' did this to '80s and early '90s action movies.
* Santa movies [[ParentalBonus aimed at adults as well as children]] usually attempt to deconstruct the Santa mythos -- a recent one being ''Film/FredClaus'', which implies Santa has a bad sex life due to his weight.
* ''Film/MysteryTeam'' is arguably this for stories such as ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' and ''Literature/TheHardyBoys.'' The movie is sort of a less reverent ''Theatre/DogSeesGod'' in that it shows what would happen when such characters are placed in the real world.
** As well as aged enough that they're still young, but too old for the "kid sleuth" thing to be cute anymore.
* ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' does this for HillbillyHorrors by making the ''hillbillies'' the heroic protagonists. The college kids only ''think'' that the GoodOlBoy main characters are evil, and end up killing themselves in BloodyHilarious ways through their own stupidity, [[spoiler:before one of them (the guy who would otherwise be the male hero in a typical slasher film) goes AxCrazy out of prejudice against the hillbillies]].
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' is a deconstruction of horror films, [[spoiler: with the evil gods who demand bloody entertainment that conforms to established cliches taking the place of the audience.]]
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a parody (whether it's affectionate or a poisonous Valentine is up for debate) of the filmmaking process itself and the cliche sort of people involved (the hothead producer, the [[PrimaDonnaDirector eager but inexperienced director]], the takes-himself-seriously consultant, the pyro guy, the [[ThePrimaDonna prima donna actor]], the agent, the [[StuntCasting rapper trying his hand at acting]], the LowestCommonDenominator comedy actor [[TomHanksSyndrome trying to do serious drama]]...), in most cases by casting people that partially fill those roles in real life as the respective characters in the film. It loosely parodies ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' and its famously TroubledProduction as well.
* ''Film/{{Ted}}'' is pretty much ''Toy Story'' (the first one) mixed with ''Pinocchio'' and deconstructed with all the humour one would find in a Creator/SethMacFarlane production (namely ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''). What happens if a young boy makes a wish to have his favourite toy come to life? The wish comes true, of course, but ''Ted'' shows what happens when the boy and his cuddly toy companion grow into adulthood. Mostly concerning widespread media coverage, the complicated relationship issues which arise from a woman wanting more from [[ManChild a man who still sleeps with his teddy bear despite him being in his thirties]], and the fact that Ted has spent his whole life living off others and has consequently never been to school, had a job or eve learned to live on his own, so when he actually does need to find work, all he he can manage is a piss-poor cashier job at a crappy downtown grocery store.
* The short film ''[[http://vimeo.com/51541324 The Sleepover]]'' is this to {{slasher movie}}s, particularly slasher franchises, by showing what life is like in between movies when the town has gotten used to having masked slashers constantly coming back. Kids are told to double-check under their beds and in their closets for killers, one needs firearms and martial arts training to get [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter a babysitting license]], there exists a three-step rule for escaping slashers, and everybody is armed with at least a knife.
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' started out as a satirical story called ''Bug Hunt'' before it was tied to [[Literature/StarshipTroopers the novel]]. Paul Verhoeven hated the novel and felt it had a lot of fascistic elements (a ''very'' hotly debated assessment), so he made the film an outright parody of the novel, the ''Series/WhyWeFight'' WWII propaganda films, and jingoistic warmongering and fascism in general through deconstructing the entire premise. The inhuman enemy that is "Othered" are [[BugWar literally inhuman monsters]], even moreso than in the novel. The militaristic society makes the humans so complacent in their superiority that they refuse to even consider the enemy to be intelligent after the Bugs attack them with a ColonyDrop from across the galaxy. They try to use [[HollywoodTactics horrendous military tactics]] and their forces are completely slaughtered. The attrition warfare gets so bad that the humans are reduced to using {{Child Soldier}}s by the end. The humans only seem like heroes because of the propaganda-like tone of the film itself. They accomplish an (in retrospect) meaningless victory and are clearly losing the war by the end, but the viewer is encouraged to join the Mobile Infantry because every soldier is needed. Yet despite all that, it's done in such an over-the-top fashion that [[MisaimedFandom most viewers don't even realize the parodic intent and cheer the humans on as if it were a straight-up action movie]].
* ''Film/PainAndGain'': Of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream. The film even has most of the visual excess (shot like some of the cheesier music videos of the day) during scenes where Daniel discusses what he thinks the dream is.
* ''Deep in the Valley'' is a PornWithPlot sex comedy where a NiceGuy and his sleazy BromanticFoil get [[TrappedInTVLand trapped in the world of adult films]]. It plays with a lot of stereotypical porn roles, and even features a love interest who's tired of constant casual sex and who wants a meaningful relationship.
* ''[[Film/{{Neighbors 2014}} Neighbors]]'':
** Of the [[WackyFratboyHijinx frat boy comedies]] that Creator/SethRogen starred in. Namely, it shows how reasonable people would act surrounded by characters from these movies, and how the frat guys who engage in it are pathetic, petty [[ManChild Man-Children]] who are unwilling to accept maturity.
** It also deconstructs TheStoner, with the characters' (both the Radners' and the frat boys') habitual use of both weed and weed jokes with their friends depicted as a major sign of their inability to grow up and let go of their GloryDays.
* ''Film/TheVoices'' is arguably one to the comedy subgenre "guy talks with his pets". Jerry, the hero, is obviously insane, his talks with his pets seem to be hallucinated, his cat is a sociopath, [[spoiler: his home is actually an horrible filthy den that he usually sees beautiful and clean thanks to his hallucinations]], and [[spoiler: he eventually becomes a serial killer thanks to a chain of disasters including the accidental murder of his crush after giving a mercy kill to a deer that requested it (ItMakesSenseInContext)]]. The movie is also very funny, thanks to the dialogs with the pets.
* ''Film/TowerHeist'' is one for heist movies. Only ''one'' member of the crew is a criminal, and he's a petty one at that. The big heist gets messed up ''before it even starts''.
* Jack Burton of ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' is a Deconstructive Parody of the AllAmericanFace. Burton sports a Creator/JamesDean pompadour and drawls like Creator/JohnWayne, but lives up to these iconic images of American masculinity with less than perfect aplomb. Overconfident and always slightly behind the information curve, his bombast sometimes pays off, but more often makes him the butt of a slapstick gag. For a light comic performance, Creator/KurtRussell walks a very precise tightrope, giving Jack a puppyish quality that redeems his made-in-America arrogance. The audience roots for him to succeed, and to be taken down a peg or two along the way.
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' took ''everything'' from the American Western genre, a couple dozen more from every other genre of American film, and proceeded to nuke them (particularly [[ValuesDissonance the racist elements]]) in a way that only Creator/MelBrooks and Creator/RichardPryor could manage. It was almost two decades before anyone took the Western seriously again.

* ''Literature/DonQuixote'' is most likely the TropeMaker.
* The ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing'' books are like this of fantasy, part of the time. The other parts are a more of a straight deconstruction.
* Several of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books, for fantasy and [[DeconstructorFleet whatever other genres]] Creator/TerryPratchett feels like.
** ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'': the series deconstructs Pascal's wager (the notion that it is existentially safer to believe in God than not to) with Ventre, an Expy of Pascal, dying and waking up in a circle of gods holding nasty-looking sticks and one of them said, "We're going to show you what we think of Mr Clever Dick in these parts..."
** Also, ''Discworld/SmallGods'' is one of these for extremist religions, ''Discworld/NightWatch'' is one for ''Literature/LesMiserables'', and the many of the Witches (and Tiffany Aching novels) are this for fairy tales in general.
** And ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' to ''Theatre/PhantomOfTheOpera'', and the idea that the Phantom being dashing and romantic means the fact he kills people for petty reasons isn't a big deal.
* Creator/StephenFry's ''The Stars' Tennis Balls'' (or ''Revenge'' in America) is a modern retelling of ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' that is like this in respect to the original novel. While it's partly a parody of the original (as seen in giving the characters names that are are anagrams/plays on the original -- like calling the equivalent of Mercedes Portia), it totally deconstructs the idea that the behavior Dantes engaged in when taking revenge could be seen as just in any way. It does this by making the enemies more sympathetic and the revenge DarkerAndEdgier, and the ultimate feeling you get is that, rather than being sympathetic or at least a MagnificentBastard, the Dantes-equivalent is a petty and cruel SmugSnake.
* Some literary scholars say [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe The Fall Of The House Of Usher]] is a parody of Gothic Horror, what with Roderick Usher being infected with a disease that heightens his senses making him (and the reader) [[UnreliableNarrator believe the house is scarier than it really is]].
* The ''Barry Trotter'' series has elements of this (for example, its version of Quidditch).
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/GloryRoad'' is super hilarious, but at the same time deconstructs the whole TheHero + DistressedDamsel + MacGuffin + StandardHeroReward thing.
** ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'', another Heinlein novel, does this for early 20th-Century Adventure novels. Hell, ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' is specifically mentioned in the novel several times.
*** If "specifically mentioned several times" = "beaten like a dead horse", then yeah, that's fairly accurate. We find out fairly early on that the character Deety is actually going by her initials. Let's just say her parents ''really'' liked the Barsoom novels, and if you're familiar with them, you can probably guess what DT stands for. Oh, and her maiden name is "Burroughs". Guess what her husband Zeb Carter's [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars middle name]] is. Go on, guess.
* ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' series is this for the Sci-Fi genre. The BigGood is just some guy who happens to be friends with an alien, the evil empire style characters are a bunch of [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy horrible marksmen]] who's deadlist weapon is their horrendous poetry, and the RobotBuddy is a rude, paranoid, and clincally depressed DeadpanSnarker.
** It's more specifically one of these for ''Series/DoctorWho'', which Douglas Adams was a script editor on at the time he wrote the first book. Particularly, it deals with the concept of a mild-mannered Earth person being taken off into a HumanAlien, BBCQuarry-filled version of space as the companion of an oddball, bohemian alien traveller in a stolen time-travelling ship by showing just how [[CrapsackWorld boring, depressing and hopeless]] a universe like that would be to travel in. There are two separate duos with a Doctor-and-companion dynamic, Arthur and Ford, and Trillian and Zaphod. In the case of the first two, Arthur only leaves for space because his home, where he'd rather be, has been destroyed, he almost constantly moans about how much he'd prefer to be there, and both characters have very little idea of what's going on. The one time Arthur does enjoy space travel is the first time he lands on Magrathea, which everyone else thinks is a dump. In the case of the latter two, Zaphod's egotistical, flaky personality, extremely high intelligence and [[AttentionWhore constant attention-seeking]] isn't redeemed by heroism, like in the case of the Doctor - while there is more depth to him than appears at first, he is every bit as selfish and unempathetic as someone who acted like the Doctor would have to be in real life. Also, unlike the Doctor, who constantly took [[ParentService sexy, clever Earth girl companions with him]] but was written [[NoHuggingNoKissing relatively asexual during Adams's tenure]] due to the show being [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids at least nominally]] for children, Zaphod's sexy, clever Earth girl companion is specifically noted to be a hot girl he picked up at a party for her looks.
* Creator/JohnScalzi's book ''Literature/{{Redshirts}}'' relentlessly spoofs ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', starting with deconstructing the entire concept of the RedShirt by making the random ensigns who in ''TOS'' would be {{Red Shirt}}s the ''protagonists''. The tagline of the book is, "They were expendable ... until they started comparing notes." Early on Scalzi makes fun of the idea that the command crew is always on away missions by putting a navigator on the team to study a plague. When he gets infected, Scalzi pokes fun at ''Star Trek's'' habitual {{technobabble}} by telling the viewpoint character that they need a counter-bacterial, with said character wondering why they don't just call it a vaccine. And that's just the first 40 pages.
* Umberto Eco's ''Literature/FoucaultsPendulum'' is this to conspiracy theories and literature based on them.
* Creator/JaneAusten's earlier works ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'' and ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' parodied melodramas and gothic romances respectively.
* Caitlin R. Kiernan's ''Blood Oranges'' does this for UrbanFantasy.
* The novelisation of DevelopmentHell ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Shada" parody-deconstructs the treatment of young human female companions in the series. When the Doctor charges into the room of GenreSavvy science student Clare to use her as TheWatson despite her impressive intelligence, she [[MagneticHero finds herself bowled over by his force of personality]] and starts [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality doing what he wants because that just feels like what she ought to do]], while constantly noting in her internal monologue that [[LampshadeHanging her actions are nonsensical]]. She also realises that she keeps acting like a NeutralFemale despite that not being her normal personality, and so the third time a male character orders her to sit tight and stay out of trouble, she snaps, and decides she's going to take the story OffTheRails and solve the mystery on her own. Her attempts to do so lead to her communicating with the dead Professor Chronotis, absorbing Time Lord knowledge of TARDIS flight and rescuing her love interest, Chris - who keeps noting in ''his'' internal monologue that he keeps acting "girly" and "clueless" so the Doctor can explain things to ''him''.
* Creator/JoWalton's ''Literature/ToothAndClaw'' deconstructs the assumptions and tropes of Victorian novels by the likes of Creator/AnthonyTrollope by displaying an alien society in which they actually make sense.
* Robert Barr's ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19369/19369-h/19369-h.htm The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont]]'' deconstruct the tropes of Literature/SherlockHolmes and [[FollowTheLeader his many imitators]]. Valmont is a brilliant detective who's prepared to go beyond the law to get his man; in one story this ends with the criminal in question pointing out that since Valmont has no official standing and his evidence was obtained illegally, there's no way the police would even make an arrest, let alone bring the case to court.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' does this with ComicBook {{Superhero}}es.
* Before that, in the 1960s, there was ''Captain Nice'' (NBC) and ''Mr. Terrific'' (CBS), both which were made to capitalize on the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' craze at the time.
* For that matter, the first season of ''Series/{{Batman}}'' was itself one of these, as was ''Film/BatmanTheMovie''. In the pilot, the Riddler tricks Batman into falsely arresting him so he can make a FrivolousLawsuit for a million dollars, exposing Batmanís SecretIdentity. The second episode shows the Penguin taking advantage of Batmanís BatDeduction to commit crimes. Mr. Freeze is pretty cunning. ''Batman The Movie'' ends lampshading ReedRichardsIsUseless when Batman refuses Robinís idea to alter the personalities of the world leaders for the betterment of the world (and then exactly that happens). The next two seasons suffer great SeasonalRot and were examples of IndecisiveDeconstruction and IndecisiveParody.
* This was a staple of ''Series/ChappellesShow''.
** "Dude's Night Out" was a more realistic beer commercial. Their activities included getting into barfights (and losing), defecating in public, and having sex with transvestite prostitutes.
** The "When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong" skits show why "gangsta" behavior is usually a bad idea.
** Don't forget the "realistic" versions of movies like ''Film/PrettyWoman.''
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is this to ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'', when it's not being ''High School Musical'' done right.
-->'''Rachel:''' There is NOTHING ironic about show choir!
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' is a deconstruction of shows like ''Series/{{Friends}}''. It points out how a self-centered group like that would constantly drag each other down, and uses continuity to show how they slowly ruin the lives of people along the way. Dennis, in particular, tackles TheCasanova by having his actions involve emotionally manipulating women to the point of approaching outright ''rape.'' Charlie also takes TheDitz to extremes by having an AmbiguousDisorder and showing how, despite being probably the nicest member of the gang overall, is still dangerous and reckless as a result. That said, it's still very much a sitcom and it's all played for laughs - It just happens to be [[BlackComedy extremely dark laughs.]]
** The Gang Hit the Slopes'' mocks all the 1980's comedies by showing how disturbing guys leering after nude women all the time is and what happens when those "cool kids" grow up into even more skeevy adults.
* ''Series/TheGoodGuys'' does this to the idea of the CowboyCop and other action-movie tropes. (It was created by Matt Nix, the creator of ''Series/BurnNotice''.) The cop in question is an older detective -- paired with a young, ByTheBookCop -- who's mentally stuck in TheEighties, unable to adjust to changed police methods or even basic fashion. The only reason he's even still on the force is that he rescued a VIP some time ago, at the cost of his partner having a nervous breakdown when he forced him to jump from one moving car to another, a typical cop-movie stunt. At the end of the first episode, they're both dressed down for the dozens of rules of police procedure they managed to break--including ArmedAltruism, BTW--and he asks when they're getting their medal. And all of it is played for laughs.
** And again with the GutFeeling in a later episode. [[spoiler:The feeling is correct, but the bulk of the police force thinks ''they'' were catching the bad guys. What they've actually got are the decoys(who thought ''they'' were the only bank robbers), and the real thieves see our heroes at their intended target and flee. With no '''evidence''', Jack and Dan's boss chalks it all up to Dan's crazy rubbing off on Jack.]]
* [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook Mitchell and Webb]] as a couple who are sick of having Film/JamesBond show up at their parties.
-->'''Webb:''' It's Moneypenny I feel sorry for. Did you see when I was going around with the voddy?\\
'''Mitchell:''' What?\\
'''Webb:''' Well, I said to Moneypenny, "Can you manage another finger in there?", meaning --\\
'''Mitchell:''' Finger of vodka in her glass of drink.\\
'''Webb:''' Exactly!\\
'''Mitchell:''' Self-explanatory.\\
'''Webb:''' Yeah! And then ''James'' starts rolling his eyes like he's having some sort of ''stroke'' and says, ''"Oh, you can always get another finger inside Moneypenny!"''\\
'''Mitchell:''' HE SAID ''WHAT''?\\
'''Webb:''' Literally did not know where to look.
** Later on in this sketch he brutally attacks someone for an offhand comment and then [[BondOneLiner makes a trademark quip]] about it. The outrage is as much about the fact that the quip wasn't very good as that he threw someone out of a window.
** They did a similar dialogue with Franchise/ScoobyDoo.
--->'''Webb:''' It's a shame, because he's clearly invested so much time in teaching that dog to talk and it just can't.\\
'''Mitchell:''' Whereas the dog's nephew actually talks quite well.\\
'''Webb:''' A little precocious though, isn't he?\\
'''Mitchell:''' Yes, but I think one can forgive that of a ''talking dog''.
** In another sketch that [[AffectionateParody parodies]] ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'':
--->'''Agent''': And Suave? Good luck.\\
'''Suave:''' I won't need luck.\\
'''Agent:''' ''[{{beat}}] You're going to a casino.''\\
'''Suave:''' ''[realization]'' Oh God, yes, that's right!
* ''Series/TheLateLateShow'': Instead of having a talk show sidekick to laugh at the host's jokes and spout the occasional CatchPhrase, the show has Geoff Peterson, a [[RobotBuddy robot]] that laughs at the host's jokes and spouts the occasional CatchPhrase.
-->'''Geoff:''' Balls!
* Can a court case be deconstructed? If so, then ''Series/TheColbertReport''[='=]s Colbert [=SuperPAC=] is playing every aspect of the Citizens United case to its logical extreme for as many laughs as possible, while making a mockery of the US political system. Even more brilliantly, by ''actually creating'' a political action committee, he basically conscripted Viacom and the Federal Election Commission into the joke against their will. He does things so ridiculous that they have to respond, then shows that the laws support what he just did. Maybe one of the finest real life deconstructions ever done.
* The television career of popular UK comedy duo Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer revolves around deconstructive parodies of light entertainment. Reeves' career began in comedy clubs as a surreal exaggeration of the kind of versatile all-round entertainers who had flourished in the 1960s and 1970s, a la Bruce Forsyth and Des O'Connor. This continued with ''Series/VicReevesBigNightOut'', a deconstruction of television variety shows, and the sketch show The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer. Shooting Stars was a deconstruction of celebrity panel games, and the duo's subsequent career has mined the same path.
* ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything'': The show is arguably a {{Deconstruction}} of the EdutainmentShow. Why does Adam spent his time bothering people with better things to do? Because he's a friendless know-it-all without better things to do who tries to make friends. And while the people Adam lectures may learn something useful, they don't grow to care for Adam as a human being. The show itself mocks various conventions of the society, like how forensic science, despite what a ForensicDrama will show, is deeply flawed, or how medical shows like ''Series/TheDoctorOzShow'' are constantly feeding people misinformation about health.
* Thad Castle from ''Series/BlueMountainState'' is one of they typical JerkJock with TestosteronePoisoning. His actions and behavior are not that much out of the ordinary for the character type, but Thad pushes it further and further to the point where early on you can tell that he's ''dangerously insane''.
* ''Scream After Dark'', the aftershow to Creator/{{MTV}}[='=]s ''Series/{{Scream|TVSeries}}'', is this to {{talk show}}s like ''[[Series/TheWalkingDead Talking Dead]]'', ''[[Series/GameOfThrones After the Thrones]]'', and ''[[Series/OrphanBlack After the Black]]'' that come right after popular TV shows, where a group of panelists discuss the events of the latest episode together with some of the cast and crew providing behind-the-scenes details. So, you think that these shows are nothing but frivolous behind-the-scenes trivia that doesn't really deepen one's understanding of the latest episode, and only serves as more promotional material? Well, ''Scream After Dark'' features ''made-up'' trivia designed to paint the cast and crew in the most unflattering light possible. The writing process is portrayed as throwing darts at a board to decide who to kill off this week, then spinning a wheel to decide where that person dies. The acting process is shown in detail, with two of the show's stars reading from a canned script for character reactions to recent deaths, one that is [[RecycledScript recycled over and over]] with minor variations each time someone dies. Lead actress Willa Fitzgerald gives a set tour that degenerates into an [[SoapboxSadie ill-informed rant]] about war and politics. The behind-the-scenes look at the actors' relationships portrays them as secretly hating one another. And it's all PlayedForLaughs.
* The ''Series/AllThat'' sketch "Have a Nice Day with Leroy and Fuzz" was this to edutainment shows like ''Series/SesameStreet'', namely by showing how a normal kid (Leroy) would react to having to deal with an annoying puppet character championing things that children tend to despise like homework and doing chores.

* Music/TenaciousD once applied the deconstructive parody approach to AuthorTract music. After taking over "City Hall", the D are rulers of the world. They issue absurd decrees that show they really are the wrong sort of minds to make big, important world decisions. "From now on we'll travel in TUBES!"
* [[WebVideo/AutoTuneTheNews The Gregory Brothers]] song "DJ Play My Song (No, Leave Me Alone)" spoofs the ExhortTheDiscJockeySong by raising the question of what kind of person would make repeated demands of the DJ in such a hyperbolic manner, disregarding his opinions, those of the other patrons, and the club's policies. And what this person must be like once the club closes. It doesn't end well for the DJ.
* Maddie & Tae's song "Girl in a Country Song" is this to the modern "bro-country" style of country music.
* Music/BobRivers made a side career out of these, ''especially'' on the ''[[AntichristmasSong Twisted Christmas]]'' albums. The first one had a song about Santa getting stuck in the chimney and suffocating, and a "visit from St. Nick" where the "Nick" in question was a pastiche of Jack Nicholson characters. Another had a parody of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" named to "It's the Most ''Fattening'' Time of the Year" (complete with fitness guru Richard Simmons having a spoken-word bridge encouraging restraint). There's also the wicked [[AlvinAndTheChipmunks "Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire"]] (parody of Nat King Cole's version of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"), where the parody Cole and Dave Seville (voiced by Pat Cashman, the announcer of Smash Brothers) get fed up enough with the smart-alek rodents to serve them up as Christmas dinner.
* Music/TheLonelyIsland's "Space Olympics" music video starts off by hyping up how awesome "space Olympics" would be...before demonstrating all the various mishaps that would probably happen: athletes only get one meal per day because of food budget limitations, there's no light or sound (on the plus side, no curfew!), "[[{{Understatement}} minor]] scheduling adjustments" are made such as several events getting cancelled and all other events pending, the oxygen aboard the station runs out, and last but not least, someone accidentally self-destructs the entire station.

* A constant theme of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'':
** For example, one sketch did a deconstruction on ''Literature/TheEmperorsNewClothes'', showing the Emperor so traumatised by the experience that he now overdresses due to paranoia that everyone can see his 'winkie', and refuses to fund inventions that appear invisible - causing him to turn down inventors who have invented the telephone as soon as they mention that the waves of transmission are 'invisible'.
** Another sketch parodied RightBehindMe by having a character rant about his boss, ask "he's standing right behind me, isn't he?" and, when people point out that the boss has long left the office, the character admits that he's '[[WrongGenreSavvy a sitcom character]]' and, in the manner of someone admitting they have an OCD variant, can't bear it if the situation doesn't resolve humorously.
* ''Radio/WhateverHappenedTo'' does this, taking apart the mythos of popular children's characters. For example, the Susan Foreman episode (from ''Series/DoctorWho'') goes into detail about being a schoolgirl time-traveller with two teachers -- she hated time-travelling because she was missing all her O-levels, Ian developed "a bloodlust" after killing his first Dalek, it's heavily implied Barbara descended into alcoholism, and she believes the reason the Doctor left her on Earth with her LoveInterest (from the ''Who'' serial "The Dalek Invasion of Earth") was because she was hindering his capacity to impress young women, which he later improved by "[[TheNthDoctor regenerating younger]]" (Jo Grant denies that anything happened). Even the StrangledByTheRedString nature of her relationship with David is mocked -- "I was sixteen! I was in love with someone all the time!" -- and she only makes it back to her own time by contacting her family on Gallifrey. When she gets back to Earth she finds Ian and Barbara no longer remember their travels thanks to a time paradox erasing the events from history, and when rumour gets out that she's been travelling with Ian it's treated like accusations of teacher sexual assault. Even when Susan shows someone her souvenirs from time travel, she gets accused from stealing them from the British Museum and sent to a young offender's institute. Of course, it's all PlayedForLaughs with a spoonful of outright ridiculous, like extremely camp Thals and Barbara being mistaken for a goddess (from "The Aztecs") because of her massive bouffant.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has the IdiotHero Bartz annoying [[TurtlePower the sage Guido]] with him [[ParrotExposition repeatedly responding to the latter's exposition with an expositionary question, which named the exact same thing Guido expositioned about]]. The BigBad Exdeath also comes across as being a parody of the stereotypical TinTyrant EvilOverlord, as well as possibly villains from FF's genre in general, what with his [[LargeHam bombastic tendencies and over-the top dialogue]]. FFV's status as a parody is arguably more apparent in the GBA version's English translation of the game than any of the proceeding translations.
* ''VideoGame/NelsonTethersPuzzleAgent'' is a Deconstructive Parody of ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton''. Even though Tethers is in an FBI division dedicated to puzzles, he's aware that there are far more puzzles in this town than there should be. It's revealed that [[spoiler: the gnomes he sees speak to the townsfolk in puzzles and caused a weird cult-ish group in the town.]]
* ''VideoGame/AchievementUnlocked'' and ''Achievement Unlocked 2'' by jmtb02 both parody the common game concept of unlocking achievements. In these games, [[GottaCatchEmAll unlocking all the achievements]] is the whole point of the game and there are hundreds of them for ridiculous things such as [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption killing yourself 100 times]] and [[GuideDangIt visiting the hint page]].
** {{Deconstruction Game}}s in general are usually parodies, though [[VideoGame/LevelUp there have been]] [[DarkerAndEdgier some jarring exceptions]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'' is about SpaceMarine[=s=] who discovered they were being manipulated into killing innocent people by their corrupt superior. Upon finding out, they become SpacePirates. Ten years later, the leader and PlayerCharacter is a self-destructive alcoholic, and his rash decision to go after their old boss when he shows up get most of his crew killed and one seriously harmed. In addition to the guilt over the assassinations his team unwittingly performed, he feels guilty about harming his crew, and desperately tries to reconcile with the only surviving one, who rebuffs his advances. Said survivor, Ishi, has been turned into a cyborg by extremely painful surgery to combine him with a robot. The central gameplay gimmick of the game, The Leash, was designed by their corrupt superior to reward his men for killing people in creative ways, much like some sort of video game. The planet most of the game takes place on is a failed resort world, and is extremely colorful and varied, instead of the usual RealIsBrown. If it weren't for the swearing, fun, and StuffBlowingUp, it would be a ''very'' dark game.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' arguably deconstructs the entire idea of TheChosenOne by featuring too many [[HeroOfAnotherStory Heroes of Another Story]] to count. It also mocks D&D archetypes left and right (the [[NatureHero ridiculously-over-the-top nature-loving elf]], for instance), as well as badly designed areas in fan modules for ''[[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights NWN1]]'' (the Orc Caves), and [[ShaggyDogStory long and seemingly significant plot sections that end up not mattering]] ([[spoiler:[[ForegoneVictory like the]] [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption Ember trial]]]]). The script regularly veers into the openly snarky. The whole thing kinda resembles ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms''-[[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]]-''Anime/{{Slayers}}''. Makes sense when you remember [[Creator/ObsidianEntertainment who the dev team is]].
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' gives the player a chance to respond, in character, to a hermit who seeks out the party to drop an obscure hint in just about exactly the way most players ''wish'' they could respond.
-->"Ok, I've just about had my FILL of riddle asking, quest assigning, insult throwing, pun hurling, hostage taking, iron mongering, smart arsed fools, freaks, and felons that continually test my will, mettle, strength, intelligence, and most of all, patience! If you've got a straight answer ANYWHERE in that bent little head of yours, I want to hear it pretty damn quick or I'm going to take a large blunt object roughly the size of Elminster AND his hat, and stuff it lengthwise into a crevice of your being so seldom seen that even the denizens of the nine hells themselves wouldn't touch it with a twenty-foot rusty halberd! Have I MADE myself perfectly CLEAR?!"
* Similarly, ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' deconstructs the other side of the coin with this gem from an elderly woman when she's interrogated by the PlayerCharacter.
-->"I'll bet ye've got all sorts o' barmy questions! (She mimics your heroic stance) Greetin's, I have some questions... can ye tell me about this place? Who's the Lady o' Pain? I'm lookin' fer the magic Girdle of Swank Iron, have ye seen it? Do ye know where a portal ta the 2,817th Plane o' the Abyss might be? Do ye know where the Holy Flamin' Frost-Brand Gronk-Slayin' Vorpal Hammer o' Woundin' an' Returnin' an' Shootin'-Lightnin'-Out-Yer-Bum is?"
* The ''Lee-Lee's Quest'' games give this treatment to the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' 2D platforming games. Lee-Lee is actually the real bad guy who repeatedly abducts another man's girl and murders hundreds of innocents along the way, while pointlessly collecting shovels (coins) and fruits (power ups). The only mushroom in the game is poisonous, jumping into the game's only item block caves your skull in and kills you, the bird you hatch from an egg to ride jumps off a cliff when you hop on it, and stars turn your controls backwards.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' has PETA's satirical parody, ''[[http://features.peta.org/pokemon-black-and-white-parody/ Pokémon Black and Blue - Gotta Free 'Em All]]'', which tries to deconstruct the whole monster-battling thing as if they were real cockfights where the Pokémon are seen as just objects. It's [[DudeNotFunny not so humorous]], though, even if it can [[ActuallyPrettyFunny come across as quite funny]] to some people. Hilariously enough, the ''Pokémon'' franchise itself had already deconstructed ''this exact same theme'' well over a year before PETA's game in the actual ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' games themselves, even going on to reconstruct the franchise's perceived problems in the process (not to mention using the games' BigBad as a TakeThat/deconstruction of PETA-style MoralGuardians all the while).
* ''[[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/812850535/you-are-not-the-hero You Are Not The Hero]]'' is an Action RPG about a typical NPC who chases down some traditional RPG "heroes" who [[KleptomaniacHero barged into her house and took her pendant]], spoofing the hell out of several other RPG tropes along the way. PublicServiceAnnouncement from the developer: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb1gcAr6mK4#t=10 How to prevent heroes from barging into your home and stealing your stuff.]]
* ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' illustrates how ridiculous and UnfortunateImplications-laden the "racial perk" trope many role-playing games use is by applying it to a real-life race, namely...[[RefugeInAudacity the Jews.]]
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' deconstructs platform games by setting it in an EverythingTryingToKillYou world (and by everything, we mean ''everything'').

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' is an AffectionateParody of {{Dating Sim}}s in most of its romance routes where you date ''pigeons'', but veers into this territory in [[DeadlyDoctor Shuu]]'s route and the [[DramaBombFinale Bad Boys Love route]]. The former has [[RealityEnsues reality ensuing]] with your attraction to a "[[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]]" love interest resulting in not you reforming him but you getting killed and dismembered by him instead, and the latter demonstrates how a promise made by someone out of deep, unconditional love for another can have ''incredibly horrific'' consequences when that someone is a sociopath with an extremely warped view of love and loyalty.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles'':
** It is a hilarious [[GenreDeconstruction Genre Deconstruction]] of both sci-fi games and first-person shooters in general. Most notably, the series constantly parodies the [[ExcusePlot Excuse Plot]], with the series' [[ArcWords Arc Words]] being literally "You ever wonder why we're here?". The first episode has [[HollywoodNerd Simmons]] pointing out to [[LazyBum Grif]] that the [[ForeverWar Forever War]] between the Red and Blue Teams is completely pointless, since if one side were to win (or the other side were to pull out), the "victor" would just have ''two'' bases in the middle of a box canyon.
** The series also points out that the entire conflict being a [[HopelessWar Hopeless War]] means that only the mindlessly loyal or very foolish would continue the fight. Therefore, ''everyone'' in the canyon (with the possible exceptions of [[OnlySaneMan Church and Tex]], [[NotSoAboveItAll and they still have their moments of insanity/stupidity]]) is some variant of [[TooDumbToLive idiotic]] or [[CloudCuckoolander insane]]. Even then, as the series goes on, the Reds and Blues actually start to form [[FriendlyEnemy a decent camaraderie with each other]]... or at the least [[WithFriendsLikeThese at the same level of how well the]] [[TeethClenchedTeamwork individual]] [[WeAreStrugglingTogether teams work together]].
** On a less comedic note, the series also mocks countless video game tropes. The fact that the series' "war" is "Capture the Flag" is repeatedly pointed out to make no sense, and only one of the main villains - [[spoiler: Agent Wyoming]] - is able to [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist respawn upon death]], which everyone else views as ''[[OutsideContextProblem terrifying.]]''
* ''WebAnimation/DrHavocsDiary'' is this for the superhero/supervillain genre.
* ''WebOriginal/SocietyOfVirtue'' is similar to DrHavocsDiary above.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Add in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' to the list of superhero deconstructions/parodies.
* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound''. Sure, there's one metric fucktonne of swearing, and characters are deliberately exaggerated for laughs, but it does an excellent job of analyzing the why and how of the plot behind ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. Plus, when you can make the characters' deaths in the actual game {{Tear Jerker}}s (as noted on the TearJerker page [[TearJerker/MetalGearSolid for Metal Gear itself]]), you've done something worthy of Deconstruction.
* ''[[http://www.livingwithinsanity.com/index/ Living With Insanity]]'' did an arc where David wrote a story about his MarySue (a {{Rambo}} copy named MartyStu) saving a bunch of orphans from Saint Hitler and his stormtroopers (as in, actual ''Franchise/StarWars'' stormtroopers) who were obsessed with anal rape. It ended with the Marty's sexiness causing a lady Nazi to give up without a fight and Hitler surrendering for no real reason. And they all lived happily ever after. Except for Hitler, who died two weeks later of AIDS.
** Just so no one thinks it was serious, the entire arc was called "Bad Writing".
* ''Webcomic/OverlordBob'' does this with viarous fantasy cliches - bunch of adventurers invades EvilOverlord's inner sanctuary and he uses their stereotypical flaws to defeat them and transform into viarous [[{{Fanservice}} sexy]] creatures. [[spoiler: In the end the same happens to him and his rival, evil sorcerer Tim.]] Maid's Quest, set in the same Universe, does the same with various stereotypical evil knights.
* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' to so many superhero tropes.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' to many video game tropes and the idea of Manly Men through showing how people with such severe TestosteronePoisoning would act in a fairly real world.
* ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield'' is a deconstruction of its source material, but it's a Deconstructive Parody because it's played for laughs and is a parody of the original. Seeing as though WordOfGod apparently stated that Garfield never talked in the comic, both that and this show just how much of a wreck Jon really is.
* ''Webcomic/HeroMaterial'' does this to TheHerosJourney. Sure, the characters saved the world, but none of them really learned anything or became better people through it. On top of that the world they ravaged through is left into chaos and destruction.
* ''Webcomic/FilthBiscuit'' features the rewritten Robin Hood tale, [[http://www.filthbiscuit.com/rob-ho-and-his-merry-bros/ Rob Ho & his Merry Bros]], in which the legendary hero is recast as a hard-partying douchebag only interested in amusing himself and his equally obnoxious friends.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://averagecats.com/ Average Cats]] is an AntiHumor deconstruction of the WebOriginal/LOLCats [[MemeticMutation meme]]. The humor from Average Cats comes from describing the image ''as it really is'', with correct grammar, insisting that the macros normally seen in LOL Cats do not happen in real life. In this case, it's the deconstructive intent that's PlayedForLaughs.
* ''WebVideo/NextTimeOnLonny'' is a parody of reality shows.
** Ditto for ''WebVideo/SexHouse''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwXn6bBx5KI Taking care of a dog prepares you for parenthood? Riiiight!]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic plays with a few tropes, but the most obvious is how he's shown how pathetic, miserable and masochistic you have to be in order to become a CausticCritic.
* The comedy group Dormtainment parodies rap in the video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA1ebaHY9BY "Create A Rapper"]]. In it, there is a hypothetical video game where you create a rapper. The four options are [[GangstaRap Thug Rapper]], {{Hipster}} Rapper, Real Hip Hop Rapper, and [[GlamRap Pop Rapper]]. The goal is to make the most money. [[spoiler: The thug rapper ends up "losing" the game because he gets shot by his crew, the hipster rapper is an alcoholic and pot head and "loses" by overdosing, and the Real Hip Hop Rapper is selling [=CDs=] on a street corner and starves. The Pop Rapper is the only one that "wins" the game, by selling out.]]
* The /tg/ game DrewTheLich does this for Tolkenesque fantasy, particularly D&D alignment.
* {{WebVideo/Smosh}}'s [[http://youtu.be/HO9s21ZdTUE take]] on Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers.
** Their "If X were real" series also counts.
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'':
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMU-AnCLZkg Doctor Sim]] is this for ''VideoGame/TheSims''.
** They did [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=6_NTyMl1HJU A Complaint to Mario Bros. Plumbing]], which shows what ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' would be like if its conventions were applied to real life. Mario and Luigi are plumbers, who, according to the guy making the complaint, are seen taking psychotropic mushrooms and trying to squeeze themselves down the toilet. Their personalities would fit the profile of someone with a drug addict, for instance, "Meanwhile, the shorter one [Mario] was eating, yes ''eating'' my wife's prize-winning seasonal orchids. When I pleaded with him to stop, he threatened me with some drug-fueled fantasy about spitting fire," and "I assumed he was under the delusion he could demolish bricks with his fists when he [Luigi] tried punching through my ceiling."
** They did a similar one with "[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda The Legend of Link's Distractions]]", highlighting the AttentionDeficitOohShiny of the character when it comes to {{Side Quest}}s and what happens when Links busy doing them in real time.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS7xDS24GGE This]] video deconstructs elements of the ''Film/HarryPotter'' series by moving the eponymous WizardingSchool to...[[CrapsackWorld the inner city.]] The teachers couldn't care less, the school's resources are thin, crime is implied to be ''very'' rampant, and series BigBad Voldemort seems to be some combination of a street gang ringleader and a FantasticDrug dealer.
** There's a three episode long one of ''Franchise/ThePurge'', each episode addressing a part of the plot:
*** The first one has the character questioning about legal details of the purge, such as: if they get an illegal pet during they Purge, can they keep it after the Purge? If they have an illegal marriage (say, a polyamorous one), do they get to stay married after the purge ends? If someone they kill only die after the purge ended, can they be prosecuted? etc.
*** The second one parodies the CharacterArchetype of [[Film/ThePurgeAnarchy Leo]]. While he is a badass, he also shows signs of being somewhat of a AttentionWhore desperately trying to show off as a hero by making senselessly acts that seem brave.
*** In the last one, someone tries to kill their friend, but doesn't manage to do it before the Purge ends. The two have then an awkward confrontation, [[RealityEnsues related to how awkward the day after the Purge has to be when people are confronted with what they did to others]].
--->''That's so awkward. Confronting someone about their purge actions is like asking someone why they unfriended you on Facebook.''
* The RealTrailerFakeMovie ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=98YpPdC4O6U Average Party]]'' deconstructs WildTeenParty movies by depicting the mundane things that actually go on at about 90% of teen parties.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqW5upASa-8 Scientifically Accurate Ninja Turtles]]'' (NSFW) describes how ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' would be if the main characters were realistic turtles: they would be deaf, mute, filthy (real turtles carry germs, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themselves leave in sewers with a mutant rat), have unpractical hands unable to grab anything, and have a huge penis.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnE3uyj9Grg Scientifically Accurate Spiderman]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1v_EcjeIkg Scientifically Accurate Ducktales]]'' also show the real and disgusting side to ''Spiderman'' and ''Ducktales'' respectively. Warning: Not Safe for Work, and, if you were a child of the 1960s to the 1990s and you fondly remember these shows, then either don't watch them or say goodbye to any sugar-coated memories you have, because it's all downhill from here.
* ''Blog/OccupyRichieRich'' is a giant Deconstructive Parody of the ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' comics, portraying it as a CrapsackWorld where the Rich family control the entire economy and regularly screw over the non-rich and keep them from succeeding in life, all while Richie himself blatantly flaunts his wealth at every opportunity. All [[PlayedForLaughs Played For]] [[BlackComedy (=dark)]] [[PlayedForLaughs Laughs]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_PhxHPyVug Dragon Ball Z Fight in Real Life!]] is a parody of Dragonball Z that deconstructs tropes like CallingYourAttacks and TalkingIsAFreeAction with Vegeta being able to avoid or counteract most of Goku's attacks since Goku tells which attacks he performs.
* The "Heist" subseries of Creator/AchievementHunter's ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V]]'' deconstruct the idea of actually committing crimes, especially heists, with problems like [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betrayal]], [[HeroAntagonist death by cop]], [[KilledOffForReal perma-death]], [[ProperlyParanoid and the inability to trust anyone.]] Still PlayedForLaughs.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7Hoz2ZHYZM This fake ad]] by Creator/RocketJump parodies TotallyRadical '90s commercials for kids' food and drink (specifically, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6U3vEALBd8 ads for]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Eii-YpkYhA Capri Sun]] featuring morphing effects reminiscent of ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'') by showing just what would happen if three kids, after drinking [[WritingAroundTrademarks "Big Game Liquid Slam"]], turned into metallic liquid. The answer: BodyHorror.
* Some of WebVideo/ThomasSanders' Website/{{Vine}}s do this, such as the one about ''Film/SingingInTheRain'':
-->''(dancing with umbrella)'' I'm siiiinging in the rain! ''[lightning and thunder crash]'' WHOA! That was a ''horrible'' idea!
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WKgNyvsNDM This video]] takes a serious look at how many times the villains of ''Film/HomeAlone'' would have died over the course of the movie.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had an episode where Dexter tries out different superpowers. This weighed heavily on the related trope, RequiredSecondaryPowers.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the episode "Crippled Summer" which has a couple of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and its AmusingInjuries.
* As noted on the {{Deconstruction}} page, ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' functions as both a Deconstruction and an AffectionateParody of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' and other adventure stories. Jonny actually shows up as a drug-addled, burned-out middle-aged man, raging against his negligent father and running scared from an old foe, Dr. Zin. Although a later appearance has shown that Jonny's recovered enough to converse with Zin like a normal person.
* The premiere episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' quite extensively deconstructs the concept behind [[Franchise/MyLittlePony its parent franchise]] and [[GenreDeconstruction the "girls' cartoon" genre]] [[TropeCodifier codified by its predecessor shows]], but plays all of its deconstructive elements [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]] (thanks mostly to Twilight playing the StraightMan to [[QuirkyTown a cast of outlandish characters]] whose overbearing friendliness unwittingly results in the antisocial Twilight becoming TheChewToy).
-->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' All the ponies in this town are ''crazy!''
** "Lesson Zero" shows what happens when a SuperOCD character in an [[AnAesop Aesop]]-driven EdutainmentShow is met with a situation where there isn't an Aesop for her to find. Namely, nightmarish [[SanitySlippage psychotic breakdowns]] propped against a backdrop of facing the threat of being taken away from the friends that have come to mean so much to her. Thank God it's also one of the funniest episodes of the show, or this would all be [[DarkerAndEdgier incredibly bleak]].
* Creator/JohnKricfalusi discussed how he used this in the ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' episode "Son of Stimpy" in a [[Blog/JohnKStuff blog post]] about [[http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2007/04/funny-pathos-vs-cheap-trick-pathos.html Fake Pathos.]] He made the episode as a satire of shallow sad moments in movies and animated films, using every emotional tripwire in the book to make the audience cry over the most ridiculous plot element (namely Stimpy ''not being able to fart again'').
-->"I purposely made a cartoon that used some filmic tricks to make people cry just to show that it's not hard to do it. And [[Disney/{{Bambi}} I didn't have to shoot anyone's Mom either]]. I made people cry over the fact that [[MundaneMadeAwesome Stimpy couldn't fart for a second time]]. I went out of my way to make the story have the most preposterous plot events in it-everything to undermine the seriousness of Stimpy's depression. Besides the mood tricks, I relied heavily on Stimpy and Ren's acting-the drawings of their expressions and their interactions. A lot of films will ignore this part of the pathos recipe. They rely on the filmic tricks and contrived story points."
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' is a [[StuffBlowingUp Destructive]] [[JustForPun Parody]] of the HumongousMecha genre.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is a DeconstructiveParody of the DomCom genre -- or more accurately, a DeconstructiveParody of straight parodies of the DomCom genre, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** It also deconstructs some of the cartoon formulas (such as typical clichés, and cartoon anatomy), [[RealityEnsues and shows what happens when reality kicks in]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' deconstructs every aspect of the Cold War era ''Film/JamesBond'' spy genre. Along with various elements of the action genre. Most consistently, [[SteelEardrums guns being fired near someone's head causes ringing in the ears]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short "All the Words in the English Language" deconstructs the Warners' long list songs by exaggerating it to have Yakko sing the entire dictionary and also get tired as the song goes on (he barely finishes it before fainting at the end), plus he makes a mistake on a word he can't pronounce.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' deconstructs typical kids' cartoons like one might see on Creator/NickJr by having the protagonist, Kaeloo, act like a kids' show character (e.g. putting emphasis on being nice, imagining things, and playing games), and the rest of the characters react like real people would ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "Have you been smoking weed?"]]).