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  • Mazinger Z, in spite of it being renowned by kick-start the Super Robot Genre, deconstructed many of the tropes it codified:
    • 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 had Mazinger-Z been used to further evil goals.
    • Falling into the Cockpit: In the manga, Kouji attempted to drive Mazinger in spite of he knew 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 esctasic 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 gets 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.
    • Humongous Mecha: In a chapter Butt Monkey Boss cajoles several scientists into building him a Humongous Mecha. Said Humongous Mecha is slow, heavy, clumsy, goofy-looking, easily-breakable, it is not equiped with dozens of cool weapons, it is unable to fly or swim, and when it falls it has a long while standing up... in other words, it is right 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.
  • Great Mazinger:
    • 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 Guy Tsundere due to his fears and jealousy, and that status makes him very hard to work with. And he is a very Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero... a trait has got him nearly killed several times.
    • Tsundere: Jun -one of the first tsunderes in anime- suffers of 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 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 or killing him)... the list is long.
  • Zambot3: This series was one of the first ones in deconstructing the Super Robot Genre:
    • Kid Hero / Child Soldier: Who did think it was a good idea placing children in the cockpit of a huge war marchine and forcing them to fight in a war? The trio of children -who are younger than usual in this kind of shows- are put through the wringer in ways unusually cruel and traumatic.
    • No Endor Holocaust: Not only a lot of -A LOT OF- people dies 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 he states that method is more effective than sending a giant monster.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • 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-Blooded Tsundere Ace 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 is an Idiot Hero due to huge self-assuredness issues make him completely and utterly unreliable, and his lack of confidence contributes to further his Battle Couple's -Asuka- instability. 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.
    • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Shinji and Asuka's inability to notice each other's feelings as well as acknowledge their own led to them being a little effective Battle Couple, several conflicts during the missions, contributed to deepen their neuroses and finally to The End of the World as We Know It.
    • 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 is too Married to the Job to take care properly from his family to a rotten bastard. Evangelion keeps that long-lived, honoured tradition.
    • Kid Hero: Why the hell do they have teenagers piloting war machines as the last hope for humanity? The justification involves a lot of horror.
  • 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 thought out and 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-HiME, 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
  • In Gundam 00, Celestial Being's slow downwards slide leads to three new Gundam Meisters showing up - the Trinity siblings, whose quirky, less 'realistic' character designs and role in the plot make them appear to be the trope-archetypical mecha pilots. However, older brother Johann's methodical nature makes him a Lawful Neutral soulless machine; middle brother Michael's aggressive, feisty nature makes him a Chaotic Neutral, Ax-Crazy psychopath (and his protectiveness of his sister, instead of being played for comedy, causes him to resort to very seriously-played violence); and younger sister Nena is very youthful-looking and has cheerful Genki Girl mannerisms, but she's in touch with her own sexuality, and is so out-of-touch with reality that she murders guests at a wedding because she thought it was unfair that they could have a normal life unlike herself.
    • Marina Ismail, for all her genuine desire to make Azhadistan better, is a deconstruction of 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.
    • 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. 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 Jerk Ass Facade than leading Feldt, a girl who's in love with his deceased brother, on. He also prefers to use a different style 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 in his own terms instead of simply copying Neil.
  • Souichirou Nagi from Tenjho Tenge is a possible deconstruction of the typical Ordinary High-School Student that discovers he has a Secret Legacy that makes him the star of the series and its hero. He is the inheritor of immeasurably powerful bloodline abilities...because he was bred to be the host of them by the Big Bad his own father. Rather than making him the hero of the series, he has steadily been reduced to being the pawn of a centuries old Evil Plan and primed for a Grand Theft Me by aforementioned Big Bad dad. The legacy that normally turns an Ordinary High-School Student into The Hero has left Nagi a screwed up example of Blessed with Suck.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya deconstructs The Unwanted Harem and, to a degree, Cannot Spit It Out. Despite Kyon showing a strong attraction for a really pretty girl of the harem and a strong appreciation for another one of them, circumstances prevent him from acting on anything (among many other reasons, the words "It's forbidden" come up a lot). Considering the main girl who is available is a beautiful yet borderline sociopathic Reality Warper, there's evidence that this is more than coincidental. And no, it does not get better with time... in any of the three cases.
  • Even Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the Reconstructive Parody of Humongous Mecha, manages to deconstruct something few things:
    • 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 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 Lagann mecha 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
    • Only Sane Man - Rossiu grows up to be the Manipulative Bastard with few shades of Jerkass because he is only one male member of Dai-Gurren Brigade who is not Hot-Blooded Chaotic Good Leeroy Jenkins to some degree, so he starts treating all his comrades as bunch of idiots and believing he's the only one who knows how to save the world right to the point when he commits several acts of Shooting The Dog and by the end when he's proven wrong and he realizes what he's done, he's considering taking his own life. Also related with the deconstruction of...
      • Extreme Doormat - As Rossiu's partner, Kittan's middle sister Kinon is forced to do unthinkable things just to prevent Rossiu from taking everything too far, culminating in having a gigaton of explosives strapped to her chest in case Simon tries to escape custody. It almost destroyed the poor gir's psyche and self-esteem, and Rossiu was deeply sorry for this.
    • 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 Authority Equals Asskicking 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.
    • 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. . .
    • Shougo Muto aka Amakusa deconstructs Religious Bruiser, as ever since he was a kid he was told to become a savior for those who needed him (namely, the few Christians that survived in Japan). After his Break the Cutie days, he swore to be as strong as iron to protect them and judge the evildoers with the blessing of God... but his gradually acquired God complex led him to his downfall. Not to mention, his arrogance didn't let him see that his second-in-command, Kaiou, was The Starscream and wanted to get him killed to acquire fame and lead a Christian army. If not for Sanosuke, Sayo and Shouzo...
    • 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 and Purity Sue, by facing crippling losses and rejection from the beginning and having to work hard for both respect and technical prowess... without becoming cynical. At the same time, her rival from the second season May Wong is a deconstruction of Tsundere Sue: she plays it straight at first, but she actually pays the price for her arrogance... VERY brutally.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • Clovis is the Designated Villain deconstructed. He is remembered by the royal family as a good son and brother (if a bit quirky), but his atrocities overshadow his good traits.
    • Oh, Shirley Fennette. What a way to deconstruct Naïve Everygirl through your heartbreaking tale, huh?
    • 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 Jerk Ass 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.
  • Death Note deconstructs Vigilante Man with Light Yagami, showing just what an arrogant Jerkass someone would have to be to decide their judgment is better than the law. At the same time, it also deconstructs both Well-Intentioned Extremist and Utopia Justifies the Means.
    • 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 narcissitic 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.
    • The show also deconstructs the concept of Justice Will Prevail; it always will, but only because whoever is victorious will claim it. Therefore, there is no genuine justice, only winning and losing.
    • On a wider scale, the show could be a deconstruction of shonen anime in general; an attractive (read: Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon), intelligent (read: Manipulative Bastard) teenage boy with a strong sense of justice (read: Black and White Insanity) gains a special power (read: Artifact of Death) and a spirit/animal companion (read: God of Death), then goes on a quest to save the world (read: crush the criminal machine by any means necessary), against a Worthy Opponent rival (read: Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist) and accompanied by a doting Genki Girl girlfriend (read: Mad Loving Yandere). Everything that could go wrong with the basic premise of shonen goes wrong here.
  • ×××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.
  • Orihime Inoue from Bleach becomes a deconstruction of Distressed Damsel in the Hueco Mundo arc. The narrative constantly eggs on how taking a Sadistic Choice that made her the willing prisoner of Aizen in exchange for her people's safety can fuck someone up really painfully and, once you crack and almost cross the Despair Event Horizon, get you even more broken once your Knight in Shining Armor gets killed and returns as pretty much an uber powerful zombie that will kill anybody just to keep protecting you. OUCH. She only gets better once she's completely out of such an environment and more than a year has passed.
    • Her relationship with Ulquiorra deconstructs Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl, as he is not only savvy but almost heartless and openly seeks to break her emotionally. Not to mention he is the one who kills Ichigo, and he does it to prove a point to both Orihime and Ishida.
    • The X-Cution arc is a deconstruction of True Companions, as Ichigo's friends and family have been mindwiped by Tsukishima and either believe him to be crazy or are fighting him. And they don't do it out of hate, either, but because Tsuki has made them believe that their beloved Ichigo has gone mad, and they want him to stop and reconsider what he's doing. The whole deal has a terrifying effect on Ichigo's mind as well, considering how his main instinct is to protect his friends... who later fall completely in the hands of Tsukishima, and he can't do anything to break their brainwashing. It takes a MASSIVE gambit from Soul Society as a whole to fix him..
    • Yukio Hans Voralberna is a deconstruction of Enfante Terrible. He was a massive Cute Psycho with touches of Smug Snake and had a definitve Kick the Dog moment when he mocked Jackie and tried to kill her and Renji. For worse, he then tells Hitsugaya with glee that he's proud of driving his parents to suicide. However, with some prodding and flashbacks, the Cute Psycho masks shows us a much uglier truth: he was totally deprived of moral guidance as a child for having been a Cute Mute, he wanted his parents to aknowledge him as an equal since their abandonment (as he thought and still thinks that adults see children as inferior beings), and the deal about enjoying his parents's deaths was actually a lie. In short: the kid did really nasty shit, but his Start of Darkness didn't come from inherent evil, and it looks like he's still not beyond the point of no return. And ultimately, he wasn't.
    • Mission Control is deconstructed in the Thousand Years old Blood War. While the team gathered for such a work performs the tasks at full capacity during the Vandereich invasion, the sheer turmoil and chaos of the invasion is really making their leader (Akon from the Twelft Division) stretch his resources. And for worse, when the MC area is attacked, they're completely defenseless... because the attack comes from the inside, as they're either Brainwashed and Crazy or externally forced into attacking each other.
    • Zaraki Kenpachi's Blood Knight status is deconstructed in chapter 525. He has been subconsciously limiting his own strength since childhood to avoid ever truly surpassing the only opponent who ever gave him a challenge. Being a Blood Knight weakened him.
  • Monster loves doing this.
    • Incorruptible Pure Pureness is deconstructed with Tenma. He pays a very heavy price to keep his kindness and idealism, and nearly goes into a Heroic BSOD when he thinks he's killed someone.
    • It also deconstructs what exactly a Complete Monster is, through Johan Liebert.
    • Action Girl is deconstructed through Johan's twin sister Anna/Nina, whose physical badassery and Aikido expertise are not enough to save her from the HORRIBLE emotional pain she's subjected to.
    • 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.
    • Nara is a parody of the Unlucky Everydude. There is no Deus ex Machina or Contrived Coincidence so his dream of having an Unwanted Harem never happens.
    • Harima deconstructs the Bad Ass 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 girldfriend. 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 Jerk Ass who tortured her for a century straight.
  • Black Lagoon deconstructs Improbable Age, Yakuza Princess and Yamato Nadeshiko at the same time, through the terrible tale of Yukio Washimine.
    • Improbable Age is also deconstructed by Hansel and Gretel - sure, they're Creepy Awesome Ax-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.
  • 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".
    • It also deconstructs The Ace. Satellizer is beautiful, smart, a strong Action Girl, pretty much a female Determinator... but the heavy pressure to be the best does not mix well with her trust issues and troubled past, and so she's feared and hated by everyone.
      • 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 relay 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 Soldier Action 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. And it actually was a man, the Barrier Warrior Kazuya Aoi, who helped her work on her issues and become a mildly-functional human being.
  • Ashita no Nadja is mostly on the idealistic side, but it deconstructs Wide-Eyed Idealist and Princely Young Man very painfully through the figure of one of Nadja's love intrests, Francis Harcourt. He's sweet, gentle, generous and a philantrope who deeply believes that as a nobleman, he's gotta make sure a good part of his money goes to charity... and boy, when he sees how such donations are not enough to make people happy, his huge hidden problems come to the surface and cause him more than one Heroic BSOD, to the point that he's willing to pull a Twin Switch and be sent to jail for the sake of his Gentleman Thief twin brother Keith, who is not happy when he learns about it and actually calls Francis out on how his "self-sacrifice" is harming him and others..
  • Shaman King has a deconstruction of Purity Sue in Iron Maiden Jeanne. She is very pretty, cheerful, humble, soft-spoken, immensely skilled as a Shaman, willingly and happily subjects herself to horrible and constant torture in the belief that her suffering will make others suffer less (there is a reason she is called "Iron Maiden"), seems to make the world a brighter place just by smiling, and is immensely kind to Lyserg Diethel when he becomes the Naïve Newcomer of her group. Oh, and she's a ruthless Knight Templar who brutally tortures to death anyone who opposes her, yet doesn't do it out of pure malice but because she truly believes that's what she has to do. At least she seems sad about it...
    • Shaman King also deconstructs Villain Sue with Hao. The guy's clearly powerful enough to be one, he has a Freudian Excuse several characters acknowledge, he's related to one of the heroes, and killing him just means he'll be back stronger for the next Shaman Fight. It seems completely impossible for any of the good guys to stop Hao from becoming God and destroying the world. Yoh's solution? Realizing that for all his power, Hao is still a lonely and miserable person under his calm, Affably Evil facade. Rather than trying to defeat Hao with strength, Yoh and his friends reach out to him once Hao has attained the title of Shaman King to try and appeal to Hao's better nature. When every character in the series follows suit, Hao is completely caught off-guard and loses his resolve to destroy humanity, admitting defeat calmly and letting everyone go back to their lives. The epilogue indicates that the heroes do see where Hao was coming from when he was rejecting their worldview, but fortunately Hao mellowed out.
  • Many Hentai tropes get played for drama in Imma Youjo.
  • In Mirai Nikki, 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.
  • In Bunny Drop, Rin deconstructs Emotionless Girl and possibly Sugar and Ice Personality, as she looks so unemotional that her relatives get terribly uncomfortable and, when her elderly father dies and her mother disappears, no one but male lead Dankichi wants to take her in.
  • Welcome to the NHK 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.
  • 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.
  • The 3rd OVA to Fushigi Yuugi is a deconstruction of the tropes I Just Want to Be Special and I Just Want to Be Loved. So many fangirls were expressing their desires to be sucked into the Universe of the Four Gods and get a fairy-tale ending with one of the Bishounen that the creator decided to deconstruct such a girl into a Jerk Sue that's meant to symbolize human weakness in matters of the heart.
  • Erika Furude's analysis of the Rokenjima deaths as if they were from a novel deconstructs Genre Savvy, as it's used to make her come off as evil and insane instead of logical. You just DON'T tell a mother her child died in a way that sounds like it's from a third-rate mystery.
    • Erika is also used to deconstruct Great Detective - she is obsessed with little details and control, to the point that she is 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 (which turns out to be intelligent, but that's neither here nor there). Any attempts to intervene with social services usually ends badly, and it's acknowledged to be traumatizing for Maria.
  • Paranoia Agent. Oh, Paranoia Agent. Firstly, it deconstructs Japan's love of cute things and youthfulness by showing how crazy people can get over an adorable mascot that's potentially an adorable Eldritch Abomination. And then it seems to deconstruct a Characterization Trope with every episode. To wit:
  • 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 Genre Savvy 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 Bad Ass 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 BSOD.
    • 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 BSOD 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.
    • Vivi's Mary Sue tendencies. She's sweet, kind and pretty, having maturity when she was ten years old and was able to infiltrate Baroque Works when she was 14. But her empathy and sensitivity made her fear getting anyone hurt or dying on her behalf, which does worry Igaram whether she would be a strong leader. This problem eventually grows into a Chronic Hero Syndrome which Luffy calls her out on it and it makes her Crocodile's personal Chew Toy. Her optimism often masks the anxiety over her county and also her seething hate for Crocodile. While her fighting skills are good for her rank in Baroque Works, among the Straw Hats, especially the Monster Trio, she lags behind.
  • InuYasha deconstructs 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 reincarnated 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.
  • 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 Jerk Ass 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 jerk assery, but from serious emotional and familial imbalance.
  • 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.
  • My Two Wings is arguably a deconstruction of futanari and how they would function in real life. The main focus is a woman who her grandfather hoped would be flat chested so he could raise her as a boy and without problems, but ended up with enormous boobs, had to ditch the charade, and is in the dark about a lot of things related to sexual relations and her own anatomy. An early chapter averts No Periods, Period just to show her in discomfort when she has her first period and her various romantic partners have varying reactions when they find out about her "equipment"... ranging from acceptance to crippling discomfort.
  • 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 from Puella Magi Madoka Magica 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 your life is on the line (as Madoka quickly learns when Mami dies). 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 emotionally 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 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.
    • Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion attacks I Want My Beloved to Be Happy, The Power of Love (again)...and also Fix Fic. No, really. The ending has Homura take Love Makes You Evil to it's Logical Extreme by using it's power to become the devil...and then alters the world to ensure that Everyone Lives, all for the sake of Madoka's happiness. However, it's implied that this state of affairs won't last.
  • 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 Hottie who takes care of him... arguably the happiest ending that he could possibly have hoped for by this point.
  • 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...
  • Tokyo Babylon deconstructs the idea of soul mates. Every character in the CLAMP multiverse has their "special person" despite things like time, distance, and gender. Subaru Sumeragi's soulmate is Seishiro Sakurazuka, which is no surprise to the audience. The surprise in this case is that Seishiro is an assassin, an Affably Evil Magnificent Bastard sociopath who intentionally causes Subaru as much pain as possible to try seeing if that could change his own stance in love and life, including killing his twin sister. And Subaru can't help loving and obsessing over him anyway.
    • 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.
  • Karina/Blue Rose from Tiger & Bunny deconstructs Ms. Fanservice. She's marketed as a mix of Faux Action Girl (she does have decent ice powers, but her fanservicy outfit puts serious hampers on her fighting and she doesn't have hand-to-hand training) and Romanticized Abuser (people think she's a hot dominatrix, but she's as much a tsundere)... and she hates it, due to how far her public image is from her real personality. Not to mention she doesn't even have much of a choice: her sponsors are the ones who choose the skimpy outfit, to start.
  • Berserk deconstructs most Heroic Fantasy tropes until only a pile of gibs remains. For example:
    • 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 "king who believes in merit over birth" archetype by wanting 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.
    • 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 also deconstructs Ambition Is Evil by showing what kind of guy would sacrifice everyone including himself to fulfill his dream.
      • 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.
    • 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.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! deconstructs the Idiot Hero: the main character's father, Nagi Springfield, is pretty much the World's Strongest Man, capable of defeating even the strongest opponents without breaking a sweat, and his usual reaction to any kind of enemy is to simply charge head-on and beat it into submission. Which normally works for him, since he's so incredibly strong. However, he seems to be unable to think his way out of a situation, and he finds himself out of his playing field when faced with a problem that can't be solved by simply hitting it hard enough - for example, the impending destruction of the Magical World.
  • One Alternate Character Interpretation of Saito Hiraga from Zero no Tsukaima suggests that his creepy pervert ways show how a normal hormonal teenage male thrust into a... bountiful fantasy realm will really act.
    • Also, the series seems to pick apart Magic Contract Romance. Aside of how Saitou is treated like a dog and a possession by a Louise who at first views him as nothing more than a slave due to the Values Dissonance between his world and hers, the novels eventually explain that the contract itself alters Saito's thoughts so he'll stay with Louise through suppressing his feelings about home, as well as "conditioning" him into servility causing him to act fearless along with other compulsive behavior even though he's scared out of his wits and/or wouldn't have done them normally. Once the Mind Rape from the contract is undone, he gets all the feelings of homesickness back in a large burst. As for the servility part, he's trying to cope with that as well. They're dealing with both of these, though, as Louise is making the first problem worse because due to her own issues, she Cannot Spit It Out.
    Saito: “Listen, you! How long can I keep telling ‘I love you’ to a girl who does not return my feelings?! I should be getting a medal for this!”]
  • 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 BSOD 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.
  • Queen Maria Pia Armonia is Victory Gundam's deconstruction of Purity Sue. She is a beautiful woman with amazing Psychic Powers that include Healing Hands and empathy among others, the leaderess of the powerful Zanscare Empire and a very charismatic and loved-by-everyone holy woman... but she's few more than a figurehead of the Zanscare military, which uses her to seize power on Earth and the colonies. Maria is VERY unhappy about it, but has lost all hope of grasping any power to change her cruel situation, thus she doesn't do anything to stop it as she believes it's useless.
  • Sakura Gari deconstructs several tropes, but the most notorious are:
    • Complete Monster: Souma presents himself as such via abusing Masataka in several senses... but once we see his past as well as what exactly drove him to act that way, things are much more complicated and horrifying than having him as a mere abusive bastard without any depths.
    • Bastard Boyfriend - Hot Guys Are Bastards: 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.
    • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: We get to see the painfully realistic psychological consequences that such a trope brings on the victim and on the rapist. Who also was a victim.
  • 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 indefense 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 Sonoko in the manga, and Kogoro in the anime) reveals his gambit to everyone, harshly calling 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.
  • The new season of Pokémon, Black and White deconstructs what normally happens in the early seasons. For one, Iris doesn't get her bike destroyed, Team Rocket no longer blasts off, and they start to act more competent then they were in the Seasonal Rot episodes. And, they're more successful in their jobs then before.
  • Rosario + Vampire deconstructs Unwanted Harem, as it shows how some of the girls that are in Unrequited Love with Tsukune (who has already chosen Moka aka both of them) have more realistic, non-comedic, non-I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy reactions to them getting together, rather than a typical use of the trope. Kurumu in particular has had a few heartbreaking scenes, specially when we learn that she (like other heartbroken succubi) can potentially fall victim to Death by Despair.
  • 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.
  • Tenkuu Senki Shurato deconstructs Affirmative Action Girl and The Smurfette Principle through Nara-oh Renge. She's the only woman among the Hachibushu Guardians and has both her self-esteem and view of men overall quite damaged due to being surrounded by dudes; as a result, Renge exhibits an unreasonable and extreme willingness to prove her strength and superiority to the others in everything, especially the feminine Reiga.
  • Monster Rancher deconstructs Aloof Big Brother in the form of Tiger and his younger brother Gray Wolf. Tiger wanted to toughen his brother up so often acted strict and harsh towards him. However, this treatment fed Gray Wolf's inferiority complex and insecurities and Moo magnified it to full blown Green-Eyed Monster proportions to the point Gray Wolf wanted to defeat and kill Tiger, much to Tiger's horror.
  • People accuse Meiko "Menma" Honma of Ano Hana of being a Purity Sue due to having million qualities and no visible flaws. She's actually a deconstruction of Purity Sue.
  • Jerk Ass Facade is deconstructed in Hajime No Ippo. Kojima is a big fan of Ippo, so when he fights against him, in order to make Ippo fight him seriously and to psych himself up, he deliberately insults Ippo and his coach. Apparently, it worked TOO well: the fight ended in two clean blows, the first blow being a Counter Attack from Kojima and the second being Ippo's Counter Attack against Kojima's attack — which resulted in a One-Hit KO. To make the things worse, even without those insults, Ippo will stay fight at his best despite his Nice Guy demeanor, and thanks to the nature of said One-Hit KO, Kojima can't remember his fight with Ippo, something he deeply regrets.
  • The concept of Relationship Sue is torn to shreds in Tenchi in Tokyo, through the swan song of one Sakuya Kumashiro. Here we have this cute teenage girl who's regarded as The Ace in school, and who despite being just an Ordinaryhighschool Student without powers of her own, still manages to snatch Tenchi's heart under the nose of the other girls, much to everyone's displeasure. (Fans included). So far so good/bad, huh? Uhm, no: Sakuya is not real. She's actually a "shadow" of the Big Bad, Yugi, who created and sent her to deliberately mess with Tenchi and the girls's relationships so they'll be separated and not interfere with her world conquer plans. And for worse, not only Sakuya literally has no life and memories outside of Tenchi due to never having a real family (which causes her a massive Heroic BSOD when she starts suspecting this), but once the girls are gone... Sakuya is re-absorbed into her creator by force, once she's of no use anymore to Yugi. And this happens in the meanest way ever possible. By the end of the series, the only thing that she has left is performing a Heroic Sacrifice to save Tenchi when he fails The Final Temptation and is locked with her in a Lotus-Eater Machine. Yeesh.
  • 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.
    • Granted, one can argue this deconstruction is unnecessary given that Digimon, with very rare exceptions, are reborn. Meaning that even before the events of these battles, they wouldn't have needed to deal with this.
  • 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 Princeof 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 Versus 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.
  • Towa Kamo Shirenai offers another way to deconstruct Purity Sue. The 98th Himiko priestess had the traits down to the core (beauty, gentleness, wisdom, loved and admired by everyone, could befriend animals and plans... but she was put in a high pedestal and almost no one but her bodyguard/beloved Hishou saw her as the human person she yearned to be. Therefore, the poor woman was incredibly lonely and depressed, feeling that she was trapped in her role, and when Hishou was ordered to leave her service due to the snow ghost Hitsoushin (whom Hishou's bonded to after a Deal with the Devil) harming the 98th Himiko out of jealousy, her massive issues and a fulminating cancer came to the surface, and she died few after her prospect sucessor (the Himiko we met) came to the shrine.
  • 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 Blood, 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 eaten saving 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 brutal 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.
  • 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
  • Martian Successor Nadesico deconstructs Ascended Fanboy through the Show Within a Show Gekiganger 3, a pastiche of older Super Robot anime. The Most obvious examples are Akito Tenkawa, Jiro "Gai Daigoji" Yamada, and the Jovian Federation.
    • Yamada constantly gushes about Gekiganger 3, dresses and acts like a Hot-Blooded Super 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.
  • Dragon Ball Z injects a dose of realism by deconstructing some of the tropes they helped popularise:
  • Kokoro Connect deconstructs Applied Phebolium 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.
  • Kotoura-san shows how far Telepathy can ruin someone emotionally. The show throws in Power Incontinence of the always-on type, and Haruka Kotoura has no awareness of the Tatemae concept since she can't differenciate between speech and thought. Growing up, people slowly began to realize her Telepathy since she would always repeat their thoughts out loud with a curious, cheerful smile on her face. Eventually infuriated note , her entire school soon casts her away as a compulsive liar, a mental invader, and especially her most hated insult: a monster. Worse, her parents divorce and blame it on Haruka for revealing their affairs. Shortly after that, her mother Kumiko (herself a rather troubled individual) snaps and disowns Haruka right in front of her face since she cannot hack it! Since then, Haruka constantly blames herself for everything that goes wrong around her which is a habit that continues well into her teen years. Oh, and this is only the first 10 minutes of the show.
  • The Virtua Fighter anime deconstructs Big Brother Instinct. There's no discussion on Jacky Bryant's love for his sister Sarah, and how he genuinely wants to help her. Bad thing, 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.
  • Wife Development Club deconstructs Mrs. Robinson big time. As soon as her husband leaves to go to work, the housewife sees the younger apartment manager and turns on the charm to be as much as a Mrs. Fanservice as possible in her tight sweater dress being short enough for an easy panty shot and talks a big game of "experience" in classic cougar fashion before she lays on a Big Damn Kiss on him... that he questions, laughs off and calls out as total bullshit from the way she kisses her husband goodbye enough to rattle her. From then on, it turns into him teaching her how to properly kiss and have sex no different than if she was a typical naive schoolgirl.
  • 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.
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