The Professor: In the original manga, Juuzo Kabuto was this AND a Mad Scientist, because Go Nagai wanted to empathize that there wasn't much difference between both tropes and Mazinger-Z might have been used to further evil goals.
Falling into the Cockpit: In the manga, Kouji attempted to drive Mazinger in spite of knowing nothing about piloting it... and he accidentally obliterated half of the city because he kept punching random buttons as he was trying to figure out how to control the robot. When Sayaka arrived to the scene he was ecstatic of someone had come to save him. In the anime, Shiro warned him it was not a good idea. Kouji did not listen to him... and nearly got his little brother killed.
Battle Couple: Kouji and Sayaka were one of the Trope Makers in Anime... but due to their Belligerent Sexual Tension, they were a very ineffective one. They couldn't always coordinate in battle, were often fighting outside of it, and one of their biggest arguments in the anime led Sayaka to not aid Kouji in battle and caused him to be severely injured, leading her to a huge Heroic B.S.O.D..
Humongous Mecha: In a chapter Boss cajoles several scientists into building him a Humongous Mecha. Said Humongous Mecha is slow, heavy, clumsy, goofy-looking, easily-breakable, is not equipped with dozens of cool weapons, is unable to fly or swim, and when it falls it takes him a long while to get back up... in other words, it is just like a Humongous Mecha would be in real life.
Rocket Punch: Boss also wanted that Boss Borot was equipped with a Rocket Punch. Prof. Morimori shot his idea down, stating the materials (scraps and junk) are too weak and the arm would break upon impact... because it is, you know, a missile.
The sequel also deconstructed the Ace Pilot pilot trope long before Asuka Langley Soryu. Tetsuya is an Ace Pilot due to psychological issues and childhood trauma: he is an orphan that thinks the only reason his adoptive father cares for him is his piloting skills, so Tetsuya is so obsessed with piloting he neglects everyone and everybody else to an unhealthy point. Likewise, he is an Arrogant Kung-Fu GuyTsundere due to his fears and jealousy, and that status makes him very hard to work with. And he is a very Hot-BloodedIdiot Hero... a trait which has got him nearly killed several times.
Jun - one of the first tsunderes in anime - suffers from frequent mood shifts due to inner tensions that have little to do with her feelings towards Tetsuya: she is an orphan; his adoptive father barely paid attention to her; she puts up with daily crap due to being a woman, half-black and half-gaijin (her father was an American soldier); she is in love with her adoptive brother who is a Jerkass Woobie (hence, she is often torn between pitying him and killing him)... the list is long.
Kid Hero/Child Soldier: Who thought it was a good idea to put children in the cockpits of huge war machines and force them to fight in a war? The trio of children - who are younger than usual in this kind of show - are put through the wringer in many ways, unusually cruel and traumatic.
No Endor Holocaust: Not only do a lot of people die due to two giant monsters fighting in a city, but also in several chapters the heroes have to fight in the ruins of a city destroyed during an earlier battle (and had not been magically rebuilt after the end of the episode).
Robeast: In an arc, The Dragon kidnaps people, plants bombs in them and detonates them when he sees fit, gleefully stating that method is more effective than sending a giant monster.
Half the characters are first presented as classic anime stereotypes, but as the series progresses they are revealed to be extremely messed-up individuals whose behavior is an endless source of troubles. For example,
Asuka is a Hot-BloodedtsundereAce Pilot due to severe childhood trauma, and her inability to come to terms with and express her feelings towards Shinji - as well as her being a Clingy Jealous Girl - is a source of tension between them that contributes to both their breakdowns.
Shinji's Rookie Red Ranger status and natural talent as an EVA pilot only alienate Asuka, and cause him no end of strife. His few wins come at enormous cost to his psyche and he's blown up, stabbed, eaten...only to receive zero support considering he was shanghaied into EVA piloting in the first place.
Misato Katsuragi, initially presented as a classic Hard-Drinking Party Girl, is crippled by her failings, especially her inability to have real relationships, which is the reality behind her party girl persona.
Disappeared Dad: Many Humongous Mecha shows (Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, Mobile Suit Gundam, Kotetsu Jeeg...) often have a disappeared dad who turns out to be the head scientist or commander of the unit covering the protagonist's mech. Often that person goes from being a well-meaning but neglectful parent who's too Married to the Job to take care properly from his family to a rotten bastard. Evangelion keeps that long-lived, honoured tradition: Gendo is one of the worst fictional parents ever and one who went through deep shit to get to such extremes.
Kid Hero: Why the hell do they have teenagers piloting war machines as the last hope for humanity?
Excel Saga deconstructs the Nebulous Evil Organization trying to achieve World Domination. ACROSS has a charismatic leader whose followers would do anything for him, but Il Palazzo's plans of taking over Fukuoka City and then the world are not well thought out and always lead to failure. Also, since working for a secret organization does not pay, the minions of ACROSS have to find time to enact evil plans inbetween temp jobs.
The Powers of Love and Friendship are examined and deconstructed in Mai Hi ME, in that the abilities of the titular Magical Girls (almost all High School-aged) are literally powered by their emotional connections with their friends and family. Many of the characters have trouble with (or are otherwise afraid of) openly admitting their feelings for the ones most important to them. This causes a lot of hardship in the second half, when they're tricked into fighting one another to protect the lives of their loved ones and for the sake of Saving the World from a monster that wants to end it all. Love Hurts, indeed.
It's not just the psychological side either. Their mons are LITERALLY powered by the love and affection for, and there to protect, the person the HiME loves most.So if the Mon dies... - which happens to pretty much all of them at some point or other - it isn't the HiME that kicks the bucket, but her most important person. And almost alll the HiME who lose said persons end up as throughly-broken Empty Shells, until Mashiro has to pretty much rewrite the system with her own powers via reviving these persons and return the girls both their mons and their wills to live.
Marina Ismail, for all her genuine desire to make Azhadistan better, is a deconstruction of the Politically Active Princess. She tries to work hard for her goals, but ends up as a figurehead and soon can't do lots more than being an inspiration for Setsuna F. Seiei (who seems to view her as a partial Replacement Goldfish for his Missing Mom, whom she resembles closely) and taking care of children once Azhadistan is burned down in the second season.
Saji Crossroads is a deconstruction of many tropes associated with him. First, the Non-Action Guy and Naïve Newcomer, by showing the devastating emotional damage that these two roles can bring to an average guy caught up in a military clash and taken in by one of the conflicting sides. Then the Screw This, I'm Outta Here!, because not only was he (briefly) captured when he attempted this, but this action led to the deaths of thousands of people and a massive emotional breakdown.
Celestial Being during the first half of season 1 could be seen as a deconstruction of the Three Ship Alliance and Terminal, in particular their tendency to unilaterally police the Natural/Coordinator wars. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 depicts the impact of such organizations' actions in real life and takes it to its logical extreme, by having them attempt to literally end ALL conflicts.
Lyle Dylandy could be seen as a deconstruction of the Backup Twin concept in general. The first thing he makes known to his teammates in Celestial Being is he's not his older twin Neil's Replacement Goldfish, even preferring to put on a Jerkass Façade than leading Feldt, a girl who's in love with his deceased brother, on. He also prefers to use a differentstyle of gun fighting to contrast Neil's sniping method, although he also uses it frequently. It can be said that yes, Lyle does become Lockon Stratos like his twin older brother, but on his own terms instead of simply copying Neil.
Telescoping Robot and Hyperspace Arsenal, which are enabled by Spiral Energy that explicitly creates matter and breaks the laws of physics. It forms a key plot point by being the motivation of the Anti-Spirals, as it's overuse will lead to the universe imploding and the aforementioned Anti Villains wish to prevent that. This plot point/deconstruction was lifted directly from Getter Robo, the series TTGL is largely an homage to, though the way Getter Rays and Spiral Power are supposed to destroy the Universe are different - in Gurren Lagannmecha that big simply existing can eventually cause the amount of matter in the universe to be so great that the force of gravity will overwhelm every other force in existence, causing a Big Crunch, while in Getter Robo that's only part of the reason - the other being the endless increase in scale of all the fighting, which is deconstructing the Lensman Arms Race.
The problem is that, with the exception of Leeron, they are all idiots who's only solution to a problem is to punch it in the face. Or drill it in the face if punching alone isn't enough. And they're the ones running the government.
The second half of the series also deconstructs Asskicking Equals Authority and the result of The Resistance successfully defeating The Empire and having to deal with ruling over the land they have liberated - when the Dai-Gurren Brigade takes up the top government positions thanks to their combat prowess, most of them do a really bad job, not everyone wants to be under their command and almost all members of Team Gurren admit they're not cut out for administrative duties. Also, once the Anti-Spiral invasion appears, Rossiu's ascension to power by scapegoating Simon mirrors similar situations in real-life politics where, during crises, people get high office by blaming their predecessors for what's going wrong.
Rurouni Kenshin is a massive deconstruction of the Jidai Geki fiction genre. Being a samurai isn't just a thing of honor and swordfighting for either your master, your beliefs or other causes, and it leaves huge mental and social scars on those who survive it. And then, all of a sudden, everything that made being a samurai "cool" disappears because society isn't feudal any more, owning a sword is illegal, and even if you could get your hands on one your enemy might decide to use guns instead.
Anji Yukyuzan deconstructs Papa Wolf, as the murder of his adoptive children drives him to become a brutal Bare-Fisted Monk who is completely immersed in his pain and desire to punish the culprits and give them the "judgement of God". Unlike others, though, Anji gets better — but only when his Good Counterpart Sanosuke beats the truth into him and makes him see that said children wouldn't be happy at all with all the bloodshed.
There was also that episode where Kenshin met an old man who had wasted his life on an "I want to be stronger" quest. The betrothed woman he had left behind had died and hardly anyone remembers him. So much for Walking the Earth. . .
Very possibly, Kenshin himself is a deconstruction of a couple of tropes, most particularly The Atoner. Following the moment in his past where he accidentally killed his own wife, he took up his non-killing vow after the war of the Bakumatsu, and then spent the next decade wandering Japan while doing good deeds. However, while he's a powerful fighter who's more than capable of defending himself and others, his guilt at his past sins causes him to abandon his friends to shield them from harm, which hardly works effectively anyway as they tend to follow him, and the guilt doesn't begin to subside until he learns to come to terms with his past and even then, it only happens after Tomoe's spirit encourages him to move on.
For the heroine of a very idealistic show, Sora from Kaleido Star deconstructs Naïve Everygirl, by facing crippling losses and rejection from the beginning and having to work hard for both respect and technical prowess... without becoming cynical.
Sora's ultra-optimistic behavior deconstructs Jade-Colored Glasses too: you do not have to become super ultra gritty and cynical as time passes and things don't work the way you want, therefore it is possible to work hard and build a compromise of sorts between maturity and idealism, so you can have both of them. The two persons who do fall into cynicism and despair after being broken, Yuri Killian and Leon Oswald, end up converted as well.
Fool deconstructs Fairy Companion. Sora thinks she has lost her mind when she starts seeing him, his advice isn't exactly flawless, and when Sora goes into borderline Wangst status she actually stops seeing him for a while, meaning she has to stop feeling sorry for herself fast or she will lose the chance to be the star.
Code Geass either deconstructs the Idiot Hero with Suzaku or simply plays it for drama. Either way, poor Suzaku painfully pays the price for his questionable actions.
Kaname Ougi is a deconstruction of The Everyman, since the fact that he's a normal guy in a war-torn world is the reason why he makes many questionable decisions.
Yamato Nadeshiko is deconstructed with Kallen's Japanese birth mother, a gentle family woman who cannot cope with the suffering she goes through and ends up as a drug addict since she wants to relive her happy times, and causes Kallen to be disappointed as she mistakes her devotion to her for devotion to her Jerkass Britannian father... only realising her mistake as she witnesses first-hand the devistating emotional damage that her now pretty much mindwiped mother has adquired due to her addition. Fortunately, she gets better in the Grand Finale.
In the case of the former, while Light might begin with the best interest of the world at heart, honestly believing that using the Death Note is the best way to achieve an end to evil, by the end he becomes so narcissistic that he comes to believe he is a god.
In the latter case, the "utopia" that Light creates is actually free of war and crime, everything Light wanted to get rid of; however, this is only true because everyone is terrified of Kira, and are constantly afraid of him. That was the point, of course.
×××HOLiC deconstructs The Dulcinea Effect by showing that in order to be like this, Watanuki has to place essentially no value on his own life, how others feel about his 'sacrificing' and how intensely mentally unhealthy you have to be to act like this. People get incredibly upset over how reckless he is and eventually he learns that not only is it not heroic to risk your life for someone you barely know, it might even be wrong to risk yourself for someone you do know if you don't think it through, such as sacrificing an eye for Doumeki without considering what he feels about that (and making him very upset at the prospect) and having the Shrinking Violet spirit with a crush on him nearly die trying to retrieve it.
Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- arguably deconstructs Willfully Weak in Fai's case. After being forced to give up his Power Limiter phoenix tattoo to Yuuko as his traveling price, Fai swears off the use of his magic out of fear of what might happen. It ultimately turns out that without the limiter, Fai is even more dangerous than he would be otherwise; he's cursed to kill the first person he meets who's stronger than he is, and holding back makes it much more likely he'll find someone who outclasses him.
The Arrancar Arc deconstructs the Distressed Damsel and Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl tropes. Ulquiorra emphasises that forcing Orihime into a Sadistic Choice gives Aizen psychological control over her making it that much easier to gain a long-term advantage over her mental state, regardless of whether or not she's physically rescued. On top of the mental torture, she's exposed to all kinds of abuse (physical, mental, emotional and sexual note (because Nnoitora forcing his fingers inside his mouth actually mirrors a very common kink from Japanese porn.)) and the psychological consequences of this are also explored - the stress of the abuse, the realisation her healing and shielding powers can't save Ichigo or Uryuu from Ulquiorra, the horror at seeing Ichigo transform into a monster out of desperation to save her leave suffering an Heroic B.S.O.D. whereby, like real-life victims, she completely blames herself for everything that happened, a conclusion Ulquiorra guided her into reaching.
The Lost Agent arc deconstructs True Companions. The tight bond between true companions is a tremendous source of strength for heroes, and Ichigo in particular, which is precisely why Tsukishima uses his power to insert himself in everyone's memories as a member of that group. Ichigo's hostility towards the enemy therefore comes across to everyone as Ichigo insanely attacking someone he's close to for absolutely no reason. His friends and family don't turn against him because they've been brainwashed into hating him, but because they've been brainwashed into loving Tsukishima as much as they love Ichigo. It doesn't only tear Ichigo emotions apart, it also tears his friends' and family's emotions apart for having to oppose him. The trope is eventually reconstructed by Byakuya, not because he's able to fight the brainwashing but because he reasons that, no matter how much he owes Tsukishima on a personal level, the debt society itself owes Ichigo means that anyone who opposes Ichigo is opposing society itself.
Yukio deconstructs Enfante Terrible. He's cute, he's psychopathic and he verbally revels in having masterminded his own parents suicide for being unable to handle having a Cute Mute child. However, when confronted by another child who could have grown up to be hateful and psychopathic because of his isolated childhood and discovering Hitsugaya isn't even slightly sympathetic towards Yukio's past, Yukio dissolves into a Villainous B.S.O.D. where all the guilt and self-loathing about his past behaviour is exposed.
Mission Control is deconstructed in the Thousand Year-Old Blood War arc. During the Vandenreich's invasion, the Twelfth Division sets up a communications network between all the fighting divisions, and Ichigo and Urahara, to pass on vital information and boost morale. However, when Mission Control is taken out, everyone on the battlefield gets to listen to the division's destruction, shattering morale. Ichigo, who is trapped between worlds and unable to help, gets a front-row seat to hear not only the Twelfth Division's destruction, but the destruction of all the shinigami right across the battlefield.
The Blood Knight trope is deconstructed when it's revealed that interpretation is everything. Kenpachi's interpretation, to limit himself as much as possible to ensure a good fight, has ruined his own ability and made him weaker than he should be. His mistaken interpretation is based on his erroneous interpretation of the true personality of the original Yachiru, the only person he ever admired. When that Yachiru returns, it's to strip his illusions bare and fix his interpretation of the trope.
Imagination-Based Superpower is deconstructed by Gremmy. Instead of simply focusing on the flexibility and unpredictability of an opponent who can use this kind of power, the story goes onto explore the vulnerability a user has to his own imagination. Towards the beginning of the fight, Gremmy - who has limited battle experience - realizes that if, at any point during the fight, he imagines the possibility of him dying, he really will kill himself with his own power. In the end, he kills himself because he believes it's impossible for any body to contain Kenpachi's level of power and can't understand why Kenpachi's power doesn't rip Kenpachi's body apart. When he tries to transform into Kenpachi, his imagination makes that belief true and his own body is ripped apart by his own power.
Married to the Job is deconstructed with Inspector Lunge. His obsessive pursuit of Tenma leaves him with no social life and his family in shambles. His wife and daughter abandon him and he later gives up a chance to reconnect with said daughter in order to focus on his pursuit. However, we do see him finally getting back in touch with her in the end.
Swiss Army Tears is deconstructed in Kanon, as Mai Kawasumi is deemed as a freak and withstands lots of abuse when she uses them to heal her fatally ill mother.
School Rumble deconstructed a lot of tropes despite being a light-hearted Shoujo.
Yakumo's seeming perfection hides her inability to interact with others (the manga shows that she had trouble making friends) and her devotion to her sister Tenma and to Harima causes her to ignore her own emotional needs. Also her Heavy Sleeper quality seems cute but Tenma points out it's a problem.
Eri's Clingy Jealous Girl and Tsundere tendencies almost wreck her friendships with Mikoto and Tenma. It definitely destroyed her already distant friendship with Yakumo.
Harima deconstructs the badass Shounen hero. It's only after he falls for Tenma does he realize how pointless his life has been and it motivates him to make something out of himself.
The series deconstructed Cannot Spit It Out in the manga finale. Years later and Yakumo still hasn't told Harima of her feelings and her sister Tenma doesn't think this is funny anymore.
Mikoto deconstructs The Lad-ette. She was able to hide her heartbreak behind bravado after finding out that the boy she had a crush on has a girlfriend. Later, Asou breaks up with her because of her boyish qualities.
The first book/arc of The Twelve Kingdoms plays an awful lot like a cynical writer watched one too many bad Trapped in Another World series and thought, "Okay, what would really happen if you threw an insecure teenage girl into a war-torn fantasy world?" The result is what seems to be the anti-Fushigi Yuugi, where the hostile, alien environment drives the heroine into a nervous breakdown even before she learns that everyone expects her to lead a nation.
And it's not just a deconstruction from the point of view of the heroine, either. In the anime, her two friends also have their share of problems about it: Yuuka has a Face–Heel Turn and goes Psycho Supporter because she wants to be the heroine so bad that she's willing to betray Youko if it's needed (in itself, a deconstruction of Ascended Fangirl, due to what extremes she'll reach); while the other, Asano, falls into despair and insanity, ends up as the pawn of the villains, and once he's getting better... he gets a very cruel Heel–Face Door-Slam.
Enki and Taiki didn't have it easy in our world either. Enki's bad experiences soured him in regards to taikas (people from Japan that are spirited to the Twelve Kingdoms), which brought him trouble when the person better suited to reign in En was a Japanese Fallen Prince. And Taiki... Lord, poor Taiki had a shirei (protector beast) who lashed at others and hurt them out of despair and fright, and since nobody could see where the attacks came from they blamed them on Taiki and shunned him. Not to mention, once he was brought back to the Kingdoms, his inability to handle his Kirin powers brought him much angst.
Same goes to Suzu Ooki. She was a normal girl spirited to the Kingdoms, but unlike Youko or Taiki she wasn't a taika, so she couldn't understand the language of the Kingdoms and passed through lots of hardships. And once it seemed an immortal took pity on her plight and took her as her maid... she actually was a Jerkass who tortured her for a century straight.
Improbable Age is also deconstructed by Hansel and Gretel - sure, they're Creepy AwesomeAx-Crazy child hit(wo?)men, wielding An Axe to Grind and a BFG respectively, but the manga also goes into all the wonderfully sordid details of just what would screw up two kids that badly.
Hitman with a Heart is also deconstructed through Mr. Chang, a former policeman who became a Triad leader. Also with Rotton the Wizard, who turns out to be one of the few decent people in Roanpur, but not at all the hitman he was trying to be.
Exactly how would a Terrorist Without A Cause work in real life without becoming a two-dimensional Card-Carrying Villain? Arc Villain Masahiro Takenaka became a political terrorist in the seventies and his cause died long ago. He's spent twenty years helping terrorist groups with wildly differing ideologies from his own just because the act of being an enemy of the system is the only thing left he can find meaning in.
Freezing initially had a very romantic view of the Battle Couple concept, with asking someone to be your partner being akin to a Love Confession and the "baptism ceremony" (when the couple becomes an offical Battle Couple) being one big metaphor for sex. Then it brutally shows you that since the couple is expected to be on a warzone, either of them could die any moment. Not very romantic. Surviving singles are then just told to pair up with each other to get ready for the next battle, reminding you that "battle" always comes before "couple".
And Real Women Never Wear Dresses, too. In her death bed, trying to make up to Satellizer for not defending her from her half-brother's physical and sexual abuse, her mother gives her advice that sounds a LOT to what the "fandom feminists" demand from every single female character: "don't rely on others, don't show any 'weaknesses', never ever give up on any purpose you have, crush your enemies mercilessly so you'll always be the strongest." Did this help Satellizer "get over" her traumatic past? NO. She did become a very powerful, beautiful and smart Super SoldierAction Girl... but her mental issues became even worse and she ended up driving everyone away from her. Satellizer wasn't seen as a "strong female" and "good example for little girls", but as a monster who hurt everyone mercilessly.
In Future Diary, Yuno Gasai deconstructs the Satellite Love Interest by showing exactly what kind of obsessive person someone needs to be in order for them to base every action they do around one person (not to mention the other effects of such obsession, such as taking Clingy Jealous Girl to Murder the Hypotenuse levels). This is because, if anyone threatens to take him away from her, Yuno equates it to her entire future being taken away: after the abuse that she went through and how Yukiteru once was kind to her right after she killed her Abusive Parents, Yuno's life literally depends on having Yukiteru for emotional support. He truly is her future, and she'd rather kill and die than risk losing him. And ultimately, she does both.
The Yandere itself is also taken apart throughout the series, showing type of life it takes to create somebody as dangerously obsessive and dependent as she is, showing that despite her violent insanity, on the bottom line, Yuno is a psychologically and emotionally broken teenage girl. Yuno even comes to admit this to herself, that while she is obsessed with Yukiteru, she doesn't truly love him. She was just looking for somebody to use as an emotional crutch and Yukiteru happened to be the most convenient person for this role. This part of it is eventually subverted in that she and Yukiteru then come to realize that while the two of them only initially got together out of convenience and their own needs, the they also came to develop genuine feelings for each other, which is what drives Yukiteru to keep pursuing Yuno despite everything else.
Welcome to the N.H.K. deconstructs the Manic Pixie Dream Girl with Misaki, who only appears to be an eccentric girl helping Satou out of the good of her heart. In reality, she needs Satou's overall worthlessness to forget about her own failure.
World of Action Girls: The girls are Arzenal are technically slaves with delicate equipment very little time outside of combat. Moreover, these people Used to Be a Sweet Kid until they were apprehended by society and heartlessly tortured by their senior officials until they were comparable to an Empty Shell.
The Magocracy: Everyone has powers, but what about those without them, especially if they're the minority? Treat them like sub-human monsters and terrorists, of course! And once they lose their power, the society itself immediately falls into chaos.
Even anti-war themes prevalent in the Gundam franchise are deconstructed. Sure the world seems united, resources are plentiful, and wars are obsolete. But without existing enemies or experience in true war, the Mana society fell into utter complacency. When an invasion comes to their doorstep, they're helpless to stop them.
In Cross Game, Kou and Aoba meet Akane who happens to look exactly like Wakaba, Kou's dead love interest and Aoba's Dead Older Sister. Looks like we're sailing towards Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest, huh? Uhm, no. Kou and Akane don't end up together, and the main characters theorize (somewhat bizarrely) that Akane was sent by Wakaba to let them know that it's okay to move on.
Erika is also used to deconstruct Great Detective - she is obsessed with little details and control, to the point that she stalks her lovers and comes off as a control freak. Not to mention the fact that murders apparently occur everywhere she goes, just because she is a detective...
Maria Ushiromiya deconstructs Incorruptible Pure Pureness, too. She is "pure and childlike" —which, aside from implying geniality and a loving nature ( and letting her retain the imaginative power necessary for being a Creator), means that she acts a few years younger than she truly is, doesn't understand the concept of doubt, and has next to No Social Skills. As a result, she's bullied and rejected by her mother and her peers.
Also, she and Rosa deconstruct Free-Range Children. Rosa frequently leaves Maria alone so she can run off on vacation with her boyfriend, and other adults like the owner of a local convenience store are troubled to see her wandering around with nothing but a stuffed animal for company. Any attempts to intervene with social services usually ends badly, and it's acknowledged to be traumatizing for Maria.
One Piece deconstructs Wouldn't Hit a Girl. Sanji refuses to hit a girl no matter what, even in a life or death situation, and that gets him to lose fights if a girl is involved. And once, his female opponent was a Dark Action Girl who had previously injured his friend Usopp and was purposely wasting Sanji's time so he wouldn't be able to save Robin.
Badass in Distress was deconstructed hard with Portgas D. Ace. The moment this badass was rescued after a long time as a Distressed Dude, he fought alongside his savior Luffy awesomely... and all of a sudden, he died protecting him from the enemy, sending the poor dude into an Heroic B.S.O.D..
From the above, the Whitebeard War Saga deconstructs Luffy's Determinator traits. To save Ace, he has to go to the deepest level of Impel Down, and he gets heavily poisoned by the Chief Warden Magellan in the way, and even though his determination helped him to heal himself faster than normal when he got some healing hormones from Ivankov, he got some lifespan loss from doing so. And then Luffy and company have to go back upwards again because Ace has been taken to Marineford for execution. And it doesn't stop there - fast forward when he finally saved Ace, Admiral Akainu kills him. As mentioned, Luffy has an epic Heroic B.S.O.D. that lasts for about a week.
I Can Still Fight! is deconstructed in Zoro's case, where his miraclous ability to recover from the most heinous injuries appear to be Hollywood Healing. It's not until he's brought back from the brink of death does he show signs of pain and still fights as if nothing had happened. Finally, during a battle, he keels over at the worst possible moment, defenseless and while injured, needed to be carried away from the battle, while insisting he can still fight.
Zombie Oz deconstructs Feels No Pain. Chopper says that this was a weakness since Oz won't be able to tell how much damage was accumulated in his body and the Straw Hats defeated him by shattering his spine, leaving Oz lying the ground and wondering why he can't move.
Bellamy's Undying Loyalty to Doflamingo who is seen not worthy of his devotion. The former's pride and principles prevent him from turning against the idol he has long respected and admired, despite the fact he knows he is being treated badly.
Usopp is one of the very few members of the Straw Hats that doesn't have Devil Fruits or impossible physical abilities, which results in him getting an inferiority complex and sees himself as worthless and not useful on the crew. He misinterprets Luffy's decision to buy another ship to replace the broken Merry as Luffy and the others being quick to abandon comrades who aren't any use to them. It's further complicated in that at that point Merry WAS alive, gaining a spirit of its own due to how much the crew loved her. Usopp kept it a secret from the others, possibly justified because even in a crazy place like One Piece such a thing would probably be unbelievable and the others might rightfully assume that he's lying to protect the ship.
Reincarnation Romance: a half-demon guy falls in love with a Miko girl who dies tragically and pins him to a magical tree before dying, and is woken up from said experience by the Plucky Girl reincarnation of the girl he loved. Now, there's the catch of having the Miko girl forcibly resurrected by an evil witch, which brings problems for the three of them: the guy has conflicting feelings and loyalties to both ladies, the original girl is consumed by bitterness and pain, and the reincarnated girl has her self-esteem badly damaged. The three do get better... but not before lots of heartbreak and having the original girl die again, this time much more peacefully so both she and the guy can finally move on, and he and the other girl can be together.
Feel No Pain: During Sango's introductory arc, Naraku slaughters her hometown and family and dupes her into thinking Inuyasha did it. With Sango having been badly injured earlier, Naraku implants a Shikon Jewel shard into her body to nullify the pain, intending that she'll fight Inuyasha to the death without ever realizing how bad her wounds are. Indeed, she doesn't realize she's bleeding to death until Inuyasha calls attention to her injuries.
Taiga Aisaka from Toradora! takes the Tsundere trope and shows a more down-to-Earth origin to it. It's really, really not pretty, since Taiga's father is a Jerkass who abandoned the family after going bankrupt (which actually does happen in Japan, due to Values Dissonance) and only appears to mess up with Taiga's emotional stability, and for worse she can't emotionally connect with her mother's second family (stepfather, baby half-brother). Hence, her mood swings and violent behavior don't come just from childishness towards romance or mere jerkassery, but from serious emotional and familial imbalance.
Toradora also uses Taiga to deconstruct Minor Living Alone. Typical examples in anime have children acting like perfect miniature adults who expertly cook, clean house, do laundry, pay bills, and sometimes even hold jobs. Taiga lives alone because she can’t get along with anyone in her family, but her parents never taught her any domestic skills before they (effectively) threw her out of the house, and they don't bother checking up on her once she’s gone. Until she meets Ryuuji, she’s living in filth and squalor, subsisting on a diet of convenience store food and suffering from chronic allergies due to her terrible living conditions. She's never held a job either. The series emphasizes the fact that even though she’s technically living on her own, she’s actually completely dependent on both Ryuuji’s care and the monthly cash deposits she gets from her father. Part of her character growth arc involves her learning to acknowledge that she can't do everything on her own and start to address the issues that led to her isolation in the first place; this leads her to return to her parents's home, so she can rekindle her relationship with them and, through this, become a better person before she and Ryuuji can start out a new life together.
I"s deconstructs Like Brother and Sister with Ichitaka and Itsuki's relationship. He feels this way towards her while she nurses romantic feelings for him; when he finally starts to question if he does like her romantically, she realizes that he does feel that way and is just confused, and she gets over him. She later gets a boyfriend of her own in the USA, and Ichitaka ends up with Iori instead.
Earlier than that, Video Girl Len deconstructs Purity Personified by showing a character, Hiromu, who truly thinks that women are pretty much this, therefore Len has to pretty much prove him that girls are, well, just human beings like him.
Rumbling Hearts is a Deconstruction of the very concept of True Companions. Takayuki, his girlfriend Haruka and their best friend Mitsuki afre this, though Mitsuki also has a secret crush on Takayuki... things are stabe, aren't they? Well, Haruka barely survives an horrible accident but is left in a coma, and when she wakes up not only are Takayuki and Mitsuki together, but she suffers a bad case of Trauma-Induced Amnesia, thus Takayuki and Mitsuki must conceal the truth that three years have passed. And despite all of the two's efforts to keep Haruka's fragile mind safe (which includes them hiding their relationship), the consequences emotionally destroy everyone in the main cast... Haruka included.
Busou Renkin does a nasty deconstruction of the Hard Work Hardly Works and Boring Invincible Hero ideas which are so common in shounen. Throughout the first half of the series, it's very frequently remarked how the hero, Kazuki, experiences dramatic improvement in his fighting abilities in a very short period of time and there are comments from Tokiko in episode 14 about how Kazuki seems to bounce back at his lowest point, fed by the energy of others. Well, come the next episode, he dies, and through said heroic will, rips out the "kakugane" (the source of his power and a replacement for his heart) from his chest and it is revealed to be a "black kakugane". Seems that when you have one of those in your chest in place of a heart, you get superhuman powers, but with a catch. Those with black kakuganes have Power Incontinence and constantly drain the life energy of anyone around them. Thus, what at first seemed like stock shounen-hero traits were actually a foreshadowing of Kazuki's powers being a curse.
Naruto deconstructs several psychological tropes like All Girls Want Bad Boys and Deceased Parents Are the Best by showing the toll they take on the characters' psyches (Sakura and Naruto's, respectively). Considering the number of pranks Naruto pulls early on, it's easy to mistake this series for a comedy at first, but it quickly becomes clear that such things are sanity preservers, and that this is a deadly serious series about Child Soldiers.
In Loveless, Hitomi Shimonome is a deconstruction of the typical female teacher in anime, the Sensei-chan. She's already in her 20's and not only is she unmarried, but a virgin as well - and her cat ears make it very obvious, since they're supposed to fall off once the wearer loses their virginity. Due to this, the poor woman's self-esteem takes more and more of a nosedive as the series advances.
Sayaka Miki deconstructs The Power of Love, Love Martyr, Unrequited Tragic Maiden, Patient Childhood Love Interest and/or other tropes connected to the idea that love must be completely selfless and dedicated to others. She thinks that it's okay to use her wish in benefit of the injured and despaired Kamijou, but when she says it out loud, Mami asks her if she's actually doing to have Kamijou owe her rather than for his completely selfless sake. Later she uses her wish anyway for him, but while he DOES heal, he doesn't run into her arms for comfort and moves on so fast that he doesn't even tell her he's leaving the hospital. That gets her mocked by Kyouko, who even says she should've broken his limbs to force him to rely on her. And as time passes, she learns that being "selfless" in regards to those she loves simply doesn't work: love does involve at least a part of selfishness. Her friend Hitomi proves it right: she's selfless when she gives Sayaka the first shot at confessing to Kamijou and by actually telling her about said plans instead of doing so behind her back... but being selfish in regards to actually confessing when Sayaka doesn't take the chance is what works, and she becomes Kamijou's girlfriend instead. This causes Sayaka to progressively break down, which shows via her: going Ax-Crazy on Elsamaria out of frustration, refusing to use Grief Seeds because "it's what others do", snapping on the Jerk Asses that show her exactly what they think of fully selfless persons (that they're extreme doormats to be used and thrown away - and specially if they're women), and finally becoming a witch. Her last words before she definitely crosses the Despair Event Horizon and has her Face–Heel Turn are "I'm such an idiot", acknowledging how wrong she was before she definitely loses it. It takes Madoka completely re-writing the Magical Girl System via her wish to "purify" Sayaka from her despair and let her pass on in peace.
The Magical Girl trope itself is deconstructed in Madoka. Not only does it show how terrifying it would be to fight against "evil" when someone's life is on the line (as Madoka and Sayaka quickly learn when Mami dies) but more importantly, it also gives a realistic reason for why exactly it has to be girls doing said work: Without elaborating on the entropy Techno Babble Kyuubey gave, it essentially boils down to this: Magical girls eventually become the witches they fight against when their soul gem is empty. At that moment, their emotions (hope/despair) are turned into energy, which the Incubators want in order to confront entropy. Young girls are specifically chosen because out of all sorts of humans, they're more emotional and unstable than all others, making them give more energy than, say, adults of both genders. In other words, it's just a matter of effectiveness why it has to be young girls.
Fatal Flaw is deconstructed through Mami. Her loneliness allowed her greater focus when it came to fighting. When Madoka became her friend, she became happy for the first time but loses focus and is killed. A person's greatest strength is also their greatest weakness but it's also the other way around.
There's also the deconstruction of Selfless Wish, since it's something of a theme in the series that there is no such thing. Everyone who makes a wish for someone else's happiness is also unconsciously hoping that it will also benefit themselves, even if only indirectly — a fact which Mami (wishes for herself to be saved, later she laments that she could have used the wish to save her parents as well), Sayaka (wants to be loved by the Ill Boy she uses her wish for, a fact that Mami herself points out), Kyoko (wants to save herself and her family from destitution), Homura (wants to be the one who rescues Madoka from death) and presumably others all fall afoul of. Also, because hope and despair balance out to zero, seeing the chance for that selfish expectation slipping away with the equivalent rising happiness already given to someone else sends a Magical Girl deeper into despair. At the end, this is either reconstructed (Madoka's TRULY selfless wish becomes the most powerful force ever to exist, because she manages to learn from the examples of the other three and knows exactly what she wants — a better world for everyone, even if she has to be erased out of their memories to do so) or played completely straight (her wish was actually more selfish than anyone else's and that's why it worked: wishing to be able to do something with her own two hands meant she actually got the benefit of the hope generated by her own wish, causing a Logic Bomb.
"I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight is deconstructed with the battle of Kyoko vs. Oktavia von Seckendorff, who is Sayaka's witch form. Because Kyoko and Madoka think they can get through to Sayaka, they spend the whole battle holding back, which causes Kyoko to get killed in the end, because as it turns out, there really was no way they could actually bring Sayaka back. If Kyoko had fought her without holding back, she would have lived.
Weiß Kreuz deconstructs Chivalrous Pervert with Youji Kudou. He's both shamelessly flirtatious toward and protective of women - at one point proclaiming that "woman's enemy is my enemy" - but he's also an assassin and male Honey Trap, and any woman he makes any kind of emotional connection with is inevitably either a target he is using for information, a target who's trying to use him for information, or just plain doomed to become a statistic. (And believe us, Youji is very bad at not making emotional connections.) By sequel series Weiss Kreuz Gluhen, the emotional toll on poor Yoji has become so bad that he's developed habits like talking to his dead girlfriend on the phone and unconsciously throttling his partners during sex, and after he hits the Despair Event Horizon he nearly pulls a Face–Heel Turn in his desperation to forget about all of it. He only recovers after a complete case of Victory-Guided Amnesia allows him to leave it all behind and marry the Hospital Hottiewho takes care of him... arguably the happiest ending that he could possibly have hoped for by this point.
Shinkon Gattai Godannar!! deconstructs Tsundere again, but taking a different approach than Taiga and Helga examples above and below - instead of showing the reason for such behavior, it shows the consequences. Shizuru Fujimura notes that this was exactly how she was treating Goh Saruwatari, pushing him away, so before she could finally come to terms with her own feelings and accept the fact she loves him... he married another woman, Anna Aoi.
It also discusses and deconstructs Battle Couple. Goh and Anna are married as well as partners, but it doesn't mean their relationship is all wine and roses: there's the 12 years age gap, the fact that Go was in love with his dead partner Milla, the stress of battles, Anna's insecurities and naive concept of love, etc. And then we get the other team-ups...
The OAV's also deconstruct Born Lucky. Shinji Nagumo noticed he had extremely good luck when he survived several accidents. He then became so smug that he actually started to set up different mishaps involving him and his work rivals/superiors, from which he'd walk away while the others would end up dead.
The badass in general. Yes, Guts would drink molten lead when sufficiently thirsty, can mow down entire armies of Mooks with ease and is capable of winning battles against huge demons that could rip open a tank, but he only became like this because he lived trough a lifetime of horrors and has been walking the razors edge of survival even before he was properly born. It is very obvious that Guts would have been a somewhat brash but mostly average guy if he had led a normal life instead of suffering trough what he got. You DO NOT want to be him, but you will respect him even more.
Casca deconstructs the Action Girl. She became one of the best swordfighters in the world due to her intense physical training and dedication to her hero Griffith. But she still has her period every month, doesn't like being covered with scars very much and, being the only female fighter in a gritty medieval war, is a constant target for countless would be rapists who think a woman has no place on the battlefield. She handles a lot of horrible experiences admirably but when the gloves come off for real during the eclypse she ends up permanently broken and insane.
Most notoriously: the Card-Carrying Villain. Supernatural magical creatures who are the "masters of evil" feature a lot in kids shows and are usually rather goofy. When used realistically though, you better brace yourself.
Isidro is a deconstruction of the Kid Samurai who shows how incompetent and delusional a Kid Samurai would really be (believing in Calling Your Attacks, choosing swordsmanship over throwing, which is his true forte, etc), with a bit of parody thrown in for good measure.
The King of Midland deconstructs the "The Good King" archetype which he was until it was revealed that he wanted to have sex with his own daughter, wants Griffith to become King so that he can be relieved of the loneliness of the throne, and has alienated his wife.
He also deconstructs Papa Wolf since he had Griffith imprisoned and horrifically tortured and tried to wipe out the band of hawk
The Caligula: as a result of his fixation of wanting destroy the Band of the Hawk along with his Sanity Slippage he begins to neglect his duties as a king. When he is near death, enemy forces invade.
Griffith also serves as a deconstruction of the typical Rags to Royalty fantasy hero. Rather than being genuinely noble and heroic, he is actually very ambitious and scheming, views his True Companions as tools that belong to him, and romances the princess not out of love for her but instead to get her father's throne.
Griffith further deconstructs The Chosen One. He was made into a hero of prophesy who would deliver Midland from evil, or rather the Kushan Empire led by the apostle emperor, Ganishka. The thing is, the forces that made him the hero are the exact same ones that created his antagonist and the conflict he's supposed to stop. In this, Griffith is not so much a hero as he is an actor knowingly playing his part. Also each Apostle is give a Behelit, white requires a sacrifice of usually one person closest to them
The Chosen Many in to become a Godhand requires The Chosen One to sacrifice many people closest to him. This if what Griffith does to the Band of the Hawk during the eclipse.
Which brings us to Charlotte who is a deconstruction of the Princess Classic. She's lovely, sweet, soft spoken, and always wears wonderful outfits. But no one cares about the actual woman behind that lovely facade, since all she is in the eyes of almost everyone is a womb that must give birth to new members of the royal line... by marrying members of her uncomfortably close family. Everyone knows the only reason Griffith wants her is gaining access to the throne. And as it's easy to see, all of these experiences (including being almost raped by her dad) are quite hard on the girl.
Being a Master Swordsman will note neccesarly insure a soldier's survival in battle. As Guts explains while training Isidro that many skilled swordsmen have been killed in battle due to being outnumbered by lesser soldiers trying to make a name for himself.
Guts and Griffith deconstruct the Noble Male,Roguish Male: Griffith is "noble" male who maintains the public persona as being a well spoken and cultured charismatic leader as well a Pretty BoyKnight in Shining Armor; Privately he's cares nothing for his comrades and sees everybody as tools to acquire his dreams. Guts is the "Roguish" male who is not a people person as wells as being seen as a brute with a Face of a Thug. Even though he is generally gruff around people, he deeply cares for his friends and will go to great lengths to protect them.
Teana Lanster of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS deconstructs I Just Want to Be Special by presenting the pressures felt by somebody who has mediocre talent in a group of elites. Being surrounded by people considered geniuses (Nanoha, Fate), people with rare skills (Hayate and Caro), and those with high latent potential (Erio and Subaru), she forces herself to work twice as hard because she feels the need to prove that she belongs to The Team (as well as to prove to the world that her brother's skills and by extension her skills are not worthless). When she fails or performs poorly, she punishes herself by working even harder due to her lack of confidence, eventually causing her to have a Heroic B.S.O.D. when she felt that her lack of talent was causing others trouble.
In the Black Butler manga (the anime didn't reach that part), Elizabeth Middleford deconstructs Deliberately Distressed Damsel. Unlike most girls that fit this trope, she does this for the sake of her beloved, and not because she simply likes being rescued or wants to look more hepless for her own benefit. It also shows that Lizzie actually had to sacrifice a few things in order to maintain Ciel's pride; i.e., keeping her badassery at bay caused her emotional pain since she was deeply scared of being rejected by Ciel if it ever came out, and not to mention there's the Values Dissonance coming from the Victorian Britain times (women who didn't act like proper ladies would face scorn and discrimination, so pulling this stunt had quite the bad effect on the girl's self-worth).
I Will Find You was also deconstructed by Soma and Meena. Soma spoke of how Meena was the only person who made his loneliness in the palace better and how he deeply loved her. Having been kidnapped by an Englishman, Soma traveled all the way to England, going to great lengths to find her. When he does, it turns out Meena willingly sneaked out of India, was living happily with the Englishman and flat out told him that she hated Soma for being a spoiled brat (which he was prior to his Character Development). So Soma saw himself as a hero who'd find the Damsel in Distress when he was just a selfish kid who clung to her to not be alone and he ended up driving her away with his own actions; Meena's harsh words when he finally found her were a wake-up call that knocked him off his pedestal and made him start to become a better person.
Sakura Gari deconstructs several tropes, but the most notorious are:
Bastard Boyfriend - Beauty Is Bad: Souma's sexualised abuse of Masataka comes from him believing that it's only through sex that he can aftually express his feelings towards the first person who has NEVER taken advantage of him. By force, if it's needed. When he realises that this is NOT how to treat someone you're in love with... Souma simply splinters and tries to commit suicide in his utter despair. Not to mention, his extremely hot looks are a good part of the reason he was badly abused in his past as well — which is what shaped his horrifyingly fucked up view of love and sexuality in the first place.
Detective Conan, as one of the Long-Runners, features more than one deconstructed trope in its cases. A good example is what Gosho Aoyama did with Rescue Romance, when a guy who hopelessly crushes on Ran, Sonoko and Shinichi's sempai Asami drugs her when they go karaoke singing and then uses a trick to set the karaoke parlor in fire when Asami is completely alone and defenseless in there, hoping to rescue her and finally make her fall for him. In the end, not only Ran is the one who really rescues Asami, but Conan (through Kogoro) reveals his gambit to everyone, and in the anime he VERY harshly and bluntly calls him out on his selfishness.
Not to mention, there's quite the deconstruction of how a Yandere would be seen by others. Every time a Yandere is the case's murderer, they will claim it's for the sake of the person who was badly hurt and often killed/Driven to Suicide by the culprit. 90% of times, Shinichi/Conan will tell them something similar to "No. You're lying. You did it for your own sake and pride. They wouldn't be happy with this, and you have also harmed other people to make yourself feel good. Shut up." And more often than not, he turns out to be right.
In the second movie Pokémon 2000, it breaks down one of Pokemon's core themes, which is Gotta Catch Them All. Lawrence III captures legendary Pokemon as mere trophies and sees them as a means to an end.
The concept of the Heroic Second Wind and Desperation Attack is deconstructed by Paul and Chimchar by asking one simple question: how do you help someone perfect a technique that they can only use when near death? Unfortunately, since the first step is "make them nearly dead", the situation quickly becomes abusive and appalling.
Alain deconstructs To Be a Master. He's basically a character who focuses on the idea of being the strongest, and he loses so much doing so that he ends up looking a lot less happy than Ash who doesn't drive towards the idea as strongly.
The manga also deconstructs Feel No Pain in regards to Kahlua. Similar to the One Piece example, Kahlua is immune to pain due to a charm placed on her... and as a result, has no way of knowing how much damage she's taking until her body just quits on her. In fact, this actually forced Fairy Tale to retreat from Mizore's homeland, as Kiria realized she was approaching her limit.
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple seems to be giving an ongoing deconstruction of the Child Prodigy trope through Chikage Kushinada, the (apparently) youngest member and resident judo disciple of the YOMI group. While she's very versed in facts from different subjects, it's revealed that she learned those facts through rote and not through practical application (for example, she knows the scientific names of flowers but doesn't know when or how they're supposed to be planted and nurtured). It's also revealed that, while she is trained in masking her emotions, such training has stunted her social development and has not allowed her to be the child she actually is, so things that most children her age would take for granted (like sweets) are a curious novelty for her.
Digimon Adventure 02 Deconstructs If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him late in the season when evil Digimon are released into Tokyo. The Chosen Children attempt to simply send them back to the Digital World, and Miyako and Iori are (pretty understandably) horrified when their Digimon are forced to kill two of them. However it's quickly pointed out that the trope is suicidal naivety and that the evil Digimon would have taken advantage of that had they been allowed to live: they had no problems about killing innocent people and would have killed Miyako and Iori and likely many more had their Digimon not stopped them. Not helping things is that Digimon in most continuities have Resurrective Immortality; save for a few cases, any Digimon they kill would be reborn again, so the Chosen Children were stupidly risking their lives for a moral that was completely invalidated in the very first series.
Black from Pokémon Special is a deconstruction of a typical shonen hero by combining two common typical shonen tropes: To Be a Master and The Chosen One. Black has a one track mind when it comes to beating the Pokemon League, which means he Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training and has No Social Skills, leading to situations where he doesn't notice when he causes trouble for other people. He is so single-minded that when he's apparently chosen to awaken Reshiram, he becomes pissed that his new status (which involves saving Unova) interferes with his goals. His conflicting priorities messing with his head, which is unused to such turmoil, lead to the point where Reshiram refuses to appear before him just yet and his Munna leaves him as it can no longer feed on his dreams. It isn't until he discovers that his childhood friend was mindraped and his love interest is kidnapped that he finally gets the proper resolve.
In the same arc, Bianca is a relatively light deconstruction of her game counterpart; with her father constantly chasing after her, she never gets a chance to make any kind of progress during her journey, further feeding into her self-esteem issues.
Twincest is deconstructed in Ouran High School Host Club through Hikaru and Kaoru. They play up the Twincest as much as possible for their clients but there is an element of truth behind it as that they are dangerously co-dependent with each other. The manga shows when they both developed feelings for Haruhi, it eventually sparks a feud between them and it alarms and frightens them. Part of their Character Development is learning how to become individual people.
From the New World is basically a great big deconstruction of telekinesis. Some, but not all, of the population suddenly develops it...and some, but not all, of them use their new powers to go on a killing spree. Billions of people die; the more powerful psychics spend several decades lording over everyone else and slaughtering people For the Evulz. Conscious and unconscious telepathic DNA manipulation creates all sorts of new species, many of which are very dangerous. Some people lose control of their powers and/or sanity and become mutants and/or mindless killing machines. The main story takes place long after all this, when things have mostly settled down; but it's slowly revealed that the main reason things have "settled down" is because of the elaborate Brave New World-isms (hence the title) devised to keep the people's own dangerous powers in check. Such things include: giving everyone a gene that makes their vital organs shut down if they harm another human, training mutant cat-beasts to quietly devour children whose powers are too weak or too strong, hypnotic suggestion against disobedience and creative thought, contrived religious ceremonies to "block" the powers of young children or troublemakers, encouraging sex with anyone and everyone to reduce conflict, good old fashioned fearmongering ...you get the idea.
The Prince of Tennis deconstructs Super Strength. At age 12-13, Takashi Kawamura had lots of strength due to his hard work at the family restaurant but it took him years to control it. His sempais in the tennis club looked down on Kawamura for that, and their treatment went downright into rather cruel bullying: calling him "Homerun guy", telling him to give up or to switch to the baseball team... It really, really didn't mix well with Kawamura's borderline Shrinking Violet personality, and even now he has self-worth problems despite how his friends support and love him. (It's speculated his much more confident and Hot-Blooded "Burning Taka" side is born from how he was treated in the past due to his almost uncontrolled strength.)
Technician vs. Performer is deconstructed in Nodame Cantabile, in that neither pure technician nor pure performer is right or better for classical music. A classical musician should have the mix of both. It is also implied that there is no right mix either. Chiaki and Kuroki are more towards the technician part, while Nodame and Jean Donnadieu are more towards the performer part. All of them are celebrated, but just in different ways, and it's difficult to say who is better.
Fullmetal Alchemist deconstructs the Take a Third Option variant in which the hero reaches both goals; logically speaking, if it is possible to bend the rules enough to for achieving both objectives, it's also possible for the rules to bend enough for the hero to fail both objectives.
Attack on Titan has the deconstruction of the Heroic Sacrifice and Face Death with Dignity tropes and criticizes them mercilessly. Sacrificing oneself is, ultimately, an extremely selfish thing to do: you may indeed save lives by laying down your own (or by sending others to their deaths for the sake of their survivors), but choosing a "good death"— one that will ensure that others will remember and praise you after you're gone— is an act of conceit and vanity; every human death is a loss, and a real hero stays alive at all costs to keep up the fight. Just about everyone who chooses Heroic Sacrifice not only achieves next to nothing in doing so, but their bravery often falters at the last second, and they die crying, screaming, and begging for their lives. We also see that The Power of Trust can result in absolutely horrible consequences, when people rely on their True Companions instead of their own strength.
Eren's character Deconstructs Hot-Blooded, The Determinator, and Roaring Rampage of Revenge by not only showing the risks of the tropes, but also playing them to what seems like their ultimate conclusion - Eren's entire squad getting killed in their first Titan battle in an attempt to avenge a killed ally and him getting eatensaving Armin. However, these tropes then get played straight when we see that Eren's anger caused him to shift into Titan form, saving his life and continuing his rampage.
More recent events have given us a Deconstruction of Becoming the Mask. Reiner Braun's attachment to the others, and guilt over his actions as The Mole cause him to begin suffering dissociative episodes because on some level, he would rather be the human soldier he's been pretending to be the whole time. He later angrily declares that That Man Is Dead.
Living Emotional Crutch and Undying Loyalty are torn apart when Mikasa believes Eren is killed. She has a mental breakdown, causing her to throw herself and her squad at the Titans, leading to many of her squad's deaths. And later on when the Female Titan kidnaps Eren, she loses herself in anger trying to bring it down and would have possibly been killed if Levi hadn't stepped in.
Implausible Hair Color does NOT go unnoticed in Fruits Basket. Although some of the Members of the Zodiac have dark brown or black hair, a lot of them have hair ranging from red/orange to blonde, and a few even have grey or white hair (corresponding to their animal forms). It's constantly noted by other characters, with most adults suspecting that they dye their hair. It's even worse with other students - all of the Juunishi with such unusual hair colors (except Momiji) got teased, or even bullied for it, as kids. Most of them were able to cope, but poor Kisa was traumatized by it.
Psycho-Pass deconstructs Angst? What Angst? with Akane - Her Psycho Pass recovers rather quickly when she encounters trauma that would get one labled as a Latent Criminal. While other Characters see it as a her being strong-willed (especially when you consider her job) and the Sibyl System deems her a "Unique Individual", Akane herself believes it means she's cold-hearted and unfeeling, and is especially disturbed with how quickly she got over Yuki's murder and Kougami's apparent betrayal
Yamada constantly gushes about Gekiganger 3, dresses and acts like a Hot-BloodedSuper Robot hero, and insists that people call him Gai Daigoji because it sounds cooler. He and Akito bond over the show and become fast friends. Then he is abruptly shot dead by fleeing prisoners, without even a chance to fight back. This takes a considerable emotional toll on Akito, who starts spending his non-work hours holed up in his room watching Gekiganger as a comfortable escape from the grim realities of being a mecha pilot.
The Jovians take the trope to its extreme by basing their entire society around Gekiganger 3. They're not bad people, but they do use the show's simplistic values to rouse their troops and demonize the Earthlings. Late in the story, the Nadesico's crew try to use the show as common ground for peace talks, but the Big Bad instead uses it to justify his ulterior agenda, showing that even something as simple as Gekiganger is up for interpretation.
Robotics;Notes deconstructs a lot of Super Robot tropes by showing how these would work out in real life - despite being in a society Twenty Minutes In The Future, the cast has to go through a lot of hoops (getting the school's permission to build the robot, getting sponsors and collecting money to help pay for parts, picking designs, calculating measurements, etc) to build one, and even then, the first robot broke down due to it using rather dated parts and was old in itself and the second one Was only a skeleton and whose building process was hampered due to several unfortunate events
Valvrave the Liberator deconstructs A Child Shall Lead Them - while Declaring themselves a independent republic from JIOR seemed like a good idea at the time and did manage to bounce back when The artificial sun overheated, it's made woefully obvious that the students are unprepared for running their own country, especially when you realize they haven't even set up proper military defense for an enemy that holds no qualms towards killing them.
Vegeta also deconstructs Training from Hell. After the Frieza Saga, he puts himself through torturous training sessions that sometimes end with him being hospitalized. Despite all his hard work, he can't surpass Goku, who doesn't train as hard as Vegeta. In Resurrection 'F', Whis explains to Vegeta that the reason he can't reach his full potential is because he trains too hard and doesn't let himself properly rest.
This was already explained by Goku himself to Gohan during the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in the Cell Saga. In a father-son bonding moment, Goku explains to Gohan the importance of resting and pacing oneself when training, and that simply abusing your body won't let you really reach the level you want.
Frieza deconstructs more than one trope:
Determinator/Villainous Valor: While his will to live and continue to fight Goku even after losing most of his limbs is quite admirable, it's also presented as his Fatal Flaw, as his inability to swallow his pride and Know When to Fold 'Em leads not only to his downfall on Namek, but also his death, both times.
Hard Work Hardly Works/World's Strongest Man: As revealed in Resurrection 'F', Frieza was born as powerful as he is, and didn't have to train a day in his life to become the most powerful being in the universe. Because he doesn't train, Frieza never learned to control his full power, has no endurance for a prolonged fight with someone equal in power to him, and once simply crushing his foes with raw power proves ineffective, he has no response aside from simple Rage Quitting.
Goku has two deconstruction points:
His status as The Ace is deconstructed starting from the Android/Cell Saga. Because he is so good and so powerful his friends and family tend to depend on him too much to solve the current problem. They also become noticeably deflated and pessimistic when he isn't around and Gohan firmly believes that he can never surpass his father, despite Goku showing him otherwise. Goku's death in Trunks' timeline was one of the many reasons things got so bad and Bulma invented the Time Machine mostly to save him, firmly believing that he could something to stop the androids. Vegeta eventually got so sick of being overshadowed by Goku that he sold his soul for power and unleashed Majin Buu upon the world. Goku himself has realized that his loved ones are far too dependent on him; he knows that one day, he will be dead for good, and if his loved ones don't stop relying on him so much, then no one will be able to counter the next big threat to Earth.
The end of the Kid Buu fight deconstructs Humble Hero. Because Goku always save the world from the shadows no one, outside a few, know of his deeds. So Goku when begs the world for energy to power the Spirit Bomb that will kill Majin Buu, only the people who intimately knows him listens. Everyone else blows him off like Vegeta. It takes Mr. Satan, the resident Fake Ultimate Hero, to yell at the people of Earth before they're willing to help since Mr. Satan, not Goku, is known as the world's savior.
Trunks and Gohan's Determinator personality attributes are deconstructed six ways to Sunday. The many years of battling the Androids takes a physical and mental toll on both Trunks and Gohan. The fact they flat out refuse to stay in hiding for more than even a day and keep themselves safe and instead constantly fight the Androids creates no progress in actually defeating them. Hell, Gohan eventually loses an arm and becomes disadvantaged in battle and Trunks gets driven to near depression over the fact that they're constantly battling to save humanity and always losing.
Dying Moment of Awesome: Gohan's attempts at invoking this trope did nothing to change the plot. Even when Trunks becomes a Super Saiyan as a result of his death, Trunks is still no match for the Androids. Gohan's death is even more meaningless in the manga version of the story asTrunks was already a Super Saiyan by the time Gohan died. And just to add insult to injury, in the manga version of the story its strongly implied that only Android 17 had fought and curbstomped Gohan on his own as supposed him taking on both Android 17 and 18 at the same time and putting up a reasonable fight. So Trunks and humanity as a whole gained nothing from Gohan's supposedly epic and poignant final stand.
Heroic Sacrifice: Gohan knocks out Trunks to prevent him from taking on the the Androids with himself and risk dying. But because he goes alone it makes it even easier for the Androids to kill Gohan, and he wasn't exactly putting up much a fight prior to confronting the Androids alone. And because Gohan dies, it only make the job of defeating the Androids an even more impossible task. And with no one to train Trunks anymore, it take years before Trunks before he feels strong enough through his own self training methods to take on the Androids again... and he still loses and very badly.
Heroic Resolve: Trunks and Gohan never learned how to stay down even with the odds stacked against him. This ultimately proves to be their greatest flaw and eventually leads to Gohan being murdered, leaving humanity even more defenseless and Trunks spending several days in the hospital in critical condition.
Last Stand: Gohan doesn't kill the either of the Androids before he dies and because he doesn't humanity is in an even more hopeless situation as the only one who is lest to defend Earth and humanity from extinction is Trunks. And he wasn't nowhere near as strong as Gohan was. let alone as strong as the Androids. So in a nutshell, Gohan's Last Stand only made things worse.
Always Someone Better: Goku faces and battles Beerus, the God of Destruction. Despite gaining the powers of a Super Saiyan God, he can't beat Beerus. Even worse, Beerus is just one of twelve gods and his servant Whis is stronger than Beerus. Goku is hit with the Can't Catch Up trope that hit all of his friends with his own power.
Power of Friendship: Goku obtains the Super Saiyan God form through the power of five other Saiyans, but privately admits to Beerus that he hates it — one of Goku's defining traits is that there are certain things he wants to handle or accomplish on his own and Super Saiyan God was something that he could never do without the help of others, which frustrates him.
Kokoro Connect deconstructs Applied Phlebotinum by showing how traumatizing it is for the cast to be subjugated to the kind of situations you'd usually laugh at (like the "Freaky Friday" Flip) without knowing when or why it's happening to them, particularly since HeartSeed is forcing them and they can't do much against him.
Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force deconstructs Defeat Means Friendship moment by introducing more ruthless and unforgiving antagonists. No matter how bruised the antagonists, and no matter how friendlier approaching by Special Duty Section, the villains think they can get away with things, leading to more stubbornness and aggression or running away rather than doing a traditional Heel–Face Turn.
The Virtua Fighteranime deconstructs Big Brother Instinct. There's no disputing Jacky Bryant's love for his sister Sarah, and how he genuinely wants to help her. The catch is that him being overprotective caused her to have next to no self-esteem despite how talented she is in martial arts... and that REALLY doesn't help their cases when she's kidnapped and later Brainwashed and Crazy.
Kyo Kara Maoh! takes a shot at Past-Life Memories with Ken Murata, in addition to averting There Are No Therapists. Four thousand years ago, Shinou and his right-hand man (known only as the Great Wise Man) set up a massive Thanatos Gambit which would span the millennia, to manipulate history into bringing them a hero strong enough to kill the Big Bad, once and for all. One of the required factors in this was for the Great Wise Man to reincarnate with his memories intact over the course of the millennia, so he could be in the right place at the right time. But each individual lifespan was a different person, with their own personality and desires, and having all those memories right from childhood left Murata with serious identity issues as a kid. He got better thanks to a good therapist who helped him establish his own identity as separate from the other memories, but still has issues around the fact that he himself was literally born to be a helping hand for his best friend's heroic journey, ultimately making his current incarnation a pawn in his own past life's scheme.
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai features a massive deconstruction of Childhood Friend Romance. Due to her No Social Skills, Yozora Mikazuki had assumed that her position as Kodaka Hasegawa's Childhood Friend pretty much granted her the biggest chance to become his love interest. Therefore she put all her hopes on how she was the "First Girl" in his life and held on the idea that he'd love her back no matter what, constantly telling herself that her love rival, Sena Kashiwazaki, had no chance to win him over, despite all her merits or even all her actual love for him. This turns out to not be true: not only Yozora is badly shaken when she realises that this isn't how real life works, but it turns out that Sena is the actual childhood friend of Kodaka, since he met her before he met Yozora. And it looks like they're in an Arranged Marriage, too! Understandably, poor Yozora takes neither disovery well.
I Work Alone is deconstructed in Magi – Labyrinth of Magic, both by Alibaba in the Balbadd arc and later on, Hakuryuu. While their intentions may be noble, this mindset also alienates them from potential powerful allies and makes them unable to move forward or possibly killed.
Trigun deconstructs Thou Shalt Not Kill, showing just how hard it is to follow a rule like that (both psychologically and physically) even with Improbable Aiming Skills, how defeating someone without killing them doesn't guarantee that they aren't just going to off themselves or get themselves killed in front of your eyes anyway and how someone following that rule could still end up in a situation where murder is the only option. The show also provides a reversal of the Person of Mass Destruction; Vash is considered a walking disaster zone who causes death and destruction in his wake, but - barring one exception, which was still an accident - absolutely none of it is his fault, and instead is caused either by everyone around him reacting to his reputation, or him just being in the area when something big goes down, and all the property damage gets pinned on him when he tries to intervene.
The anime of Gungrave provides trope deconstructions that ruin the characters' lives as a whole.
Brandon 'Beyond the Grave' Heat's Undying Loyalty. This puts him under much torment when he has to choose between his best friend, Harry, and his boss and father figure, Big Daddy. Brandon's inability to choose ends up being one of the main causes of Brandon's downfall, which in turn leads to the suffering and deaths of the people closest to Brandon, including his father figure Big Daddy, his former Love Interest Maria, his colleagues Gary and Widge, his caretaker Dr. T, his young ward Mika, and ultimately, his best friend Harry. In the finale, Brandon admits that even though he is supposed to enforce the iron law of the syndicate to never betray, he just cannot shoot his best friend Harry.
Harry MacDowel's Drunk with Power, along with Ambition Is Evil. He starts out as a street punk who struggles to live with his gang in the crime-ridden slums. Once he becomes a mob who rises quickly through the ranks, he starts to forget about his friends. Eager to reach the top, Harry reveals his plan of killing Big Daddy to Brandon (which actually seems to be just a test of loyalty for Brandon, as Bob's wiretapping work lets Harry hear a conversation between Brandon and Big Daddy, which informs him that Brandon is potentially against him since Brandon says that he will execute whoever that betrays the organization, no matter who he is). This leads to Brandon decking him with a punch and pointing a gun at him out of his loyalty to Big Daddy. Unfortunately, Brandon's loyalty to his best friend results in him dropping the gun instead of firing it. Harry, now feeling betrayed, murders Brandon and accuses him as a traitor to the organization. Later on, Harry starts to regret his act because he doesn't really find any traces of Brandon's betrayal. But what is done is done; Harry has killed Brandon, his best friend, the one he has always relied on. As an attempt to comfort himself, Harry keeps convincing himself that Brandon indeed, betrays him, but he still experiences Villainous Breakdown. In the last few episodes, Harry ends up Lonely at the Top and getting hunted by the Millennion splinter-faction, who isn't happy with his reign. Then in the finale, when Brandon reveals that he actually chooses his best friend Harry over his boss and father figure Big Daddy, Harry experiences another Villainous Breakdown and sheds Tears of Remorse.
Big Daddy sometimes refers Brandon as his son, and he is grief-stricken when Brandon is killed by Harry. After reading Brandon's letter, learning more about Harry, and finding Brandon's Necrolyzed body, Big Daddy isn't just sad, but he also makes up his mind to confront Harry by himself. Harry explicitly states that he has no intention of killing Big Daddy because he still needs his backing, but when Big Daddy brings up about Brandon and his letter, Harry goes mad and snaps. After shooting Big Daddy to death, Harry issues a manhunt for anybody that reminds him of Big Daddy: his wife Maria and his daughter Mika, who is about to be born.
Eddie, Sid Geralde's son, is supposed to be executed for accidentally killing Bear Walken's guest. However, Eddie begs his father to help him. For his son's sake, Sid agrees and asks him to leave the city forever. He then takes the blame for his son and is executed instead.
Like Sid, Bear Walken puts his daughter's happiness above everything. He entrusts his daughter to Harry and allows her to be in relationship with Harry. After Harry murders Brandon and Brandon's Necrolization, he sides with Harry to ensure Sherry's safety and happiness. This leads to him fighting his apprentice Brandon (now Grave) and ultimately, his death.
Tokyo Ghoul deconstructs Extreme Doormat. Kaneki's late mother taught him that it's "better to be hurt than to hurt others." Unfortunately, Kaneki's aunt, her sister, took advantage of her kindness at every turn, and Kaneki's mom literally worked herself to death to provide for both her own home and her sister's. Kaneki realizes how stupid her advice was after following it leads him to be kidnapped and tortured by Yamori for ten days solid, resulting in him discarding his humanity and becoming a brutal, ruthless Anti-Hero with a Pay Evil unto Evil mentality.
Every episode of Bikini Warriors has been dedicated to taking a single Eastern RPG trope and running it's consequences to the ground.
The anime version of The Heroic Legend of Arslan asks the question, "What happens when there are two arguablyrightful claimants to the throne?" Both Arlsan and Hermes are in a race to see who could make the stronger claim while trying to free Pars from the Lusitanian invasion. Parsian officers recognize that because there are two contenders, liberating Pars would not bring peace and has the potential to throw the country into further chaos if a Civil War erupts from this.
It deconstructs Would Hit a Girl during the battle between Bakugou and Uraraka in the Sports Festival. A lot of audience booed him for being okay with fighting a girl who appeared so sweet and weak compared to his loud, abrasive attitude. Even his friends were called him out for it. However, Aizawa says it was a sign of respect as Uraraka was giving it her best even when she knew she was outmatched and Bakugou himself said there was nothing fragile about her.
In general, it also deconstructs the notion of Hero Insurance: fighting villains is only a small part of the job, it's just as (if not more) important to be able to minimize collateral damage and protect civilians. On occasions where hero/villain battles do cause lots of damage, it's appropriately treated as a dangerous disaster area, there are even heroes who specialize in rescue missions and disaster relief.
This in turn deconstructs the idea of Badass Normal. Deku, a Quirkless kid, is told off by his hero All Might for wanting to still be a hero without powers because it was too dangerous. When he tries to save his "best friend" from a monster, the victim is hailed as a hero because he hung on despite his powers being used against others while Deku himself is chewed out for jumping into the line of fire.
The I Work Alone mindset is deconstructed through Shishikura, Todoroki, Bakugou and Yoarashi during Hero License Exam, believing that they could use their powers better by themselves. They all failed the exam with the explanation that their inability to work together is damaging to the generation of heroes focused on unity and teamwork that they wanted to create to compensate for All Might's retirement.
The villain Twice's Me's a Crowd ability shows the darker side of the superpower. All of his clones share his superpower, personality and memories so they don't like being ordered around, believing themselves to be the original. When various clones were created, they all claimed to be - and tried to take over - as the one and only Twice. The current Twice is the only one who survives the fight between the clones and isn't even sure if he is the original.
In regards to the first... Back when they were children, Anaru liked Jintan and Tsuruko liked Yukiatsu, but both boys liked Menma and the girls, despite caring for Menma, felt that they couldn't compete with her. Menma's untimely death, only made things worse for all of them, since such a tragedy tore the group apart and showed that, in reality, the demise of "the person in between a hook-up" does NOT equal to the others getting together: the guys got so broken (and Jintan already had his own issues) that no girl in their eyes can match the very high standard that Menma had left, with Jintan becoming a hikikomori and Yukiatsu both considering Anaru as a prospect "back-up girlfriend" (and neither she nor Tsuruko, understandably, are happy with that) and wearing dresses similar to those Menma used to wear.
In regard to the second... Not only was Menma ridiculously pure and innocent (and kinda ditzy) because she died as a child and thus got mentally/emotionally stuck as a little girl forever, but it's made brutally clear how much pressure that kind of character would put on her friends: as said above Tsuruko and Anaru remember Menma fondly but are also jealous and resentful of her because she (unintentionally) left an insanely high standard for them to meet when she kicked it; Jintan and Yukiatsu are very screwed up due to still loving her for a long time after her death, with Jintan unable to function in social situations and Yukiatsu cultivating an unhealthy obsession; and Poppo constantly has to put on a happy face in order to interact with others due to his guilt after not being able to save her life.