One of the central tenets of Fanfic
is Fix Fic
. A desire to change or explore the original content in a way that makes more sense to the writer, or that the writer felt was wrong or simply because their favourite Shipping
pairing didn't get together.
This trope is when, instead of using the hammer of fanfiction
to repair, a fic writer deliberately and often lovingly smashes it to bits with a Deconstruction
. They take aspects of the work to extremes or down a logical path that shows the faults therein, either deliberately or simply by pulling the loose threads
until something breaks.
A Fan Fic
writer may take the setting, characters, tropes, plots, or the genre as their target. In addition, the fic may directly deconstruct the original work
or any number of of Fanfic Tropes
, cliches, or elements of Fanon
common to Fan Works
based on that canon.
Note that while a Deconstruction Fic may well take a dark path with revealing the canon's actual Fridge Horror
within, it doesn't have to be a literal
deconstruction of the setting and characters like a Dark Fic
. A story can still be a Deconstruction
even if it's a WAFF
or Hate Fic
An example of a typical deconstruction in fanfic:
- The Alice and Bob fandom of a certain Teen Drama or Kid Com has a Fandom Specific Plot involving a one-night stand which causes a pregnancy. Played straight the pregnancy brings them together, their families both accept and help the pair through the pregnancy, and they eventually fall in love and have a beautiful child and live happily ever after.
- A deconstruction for that plot can take several forms: Drawing notice to the fact that Alice and Bob are only 15 years old, aren't in love, have school to deal with, and their family situations aren't conducive to taking care of a child. A discussion about what to do takes place and causes a rift between them, or the family kicks Alice out, or they force Alice into a choice against her will or they have existing relationships that are impacted on by the pregnancy. The stress, guilt and angst continue to the point Alice and Bob end up hating each other with the one-night stand and its aftermath a regret, and never to be repeated again.
can still have a perfectly happy ending. In the deconstruction above Alice and Bob could work through their angst and stress and come to terms with what happened, and eventually they do come to love each other for each other, and not because they happened to have a baby together.
is a common form of this and examples of that should go there. Take care to remember the differences between this and Fix Fic
, especially if the work the fic springs from is a member of the Deconstructor Fleet
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- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- Code Geass
- The Sum Of Our Choices deconstruct the idea of a successful Black Rebellion by the fact that a lot of self-declared governments-in-exile wants a piece of the new government by Zero and he having to deal with vengeful Japanese and social unrests after Britannia's withdraw. Also, it deconstructs the Britannian politics, by having the EU taking advantage of the incoming crisis due to the fact that Britannia shifted itself to be a sakuradite-based economy, thanks to the reserves in Japan.
- Code Geass Colourless-Memories Side Stories which influenced by Sum of Our Choices above, also shows how hard Zero and the Black Knights would have in rebuilding a free Japan from chapter eight(when the arc on it starts), It also looks into Japanese customs and culture during that arc as well.
- Lelouch of the Shinigami Path, a crossover with Bleach from karndragon of For His Own Sake fame (see below), splits off from canon at the betrayal with Lelouch getting executed by the Black Knights. The ongoing Britannian world subplot serves as a deconstruction of said betrayal by showing the immediate aftermath had it happened in canon, with Kallen defecting in disgust and facing the Emperor instead, Rolo outing the Black Knights' betrayal as payback, and the UFN falling apart.
- Zero 2 A Revision deconstructs the whole Digimon Adventure 02 series, as well the Marty Stu Original Character.
- Zero 2 Housemates deconstructs the "happy ending" Distant Finale of Digimon Adventure 02.
- Zero 2 Battle of the Shinobi deconstructs the Proud Warrior Race Guys.
- Walkabout deconstructs Daisuke Motomiya's Butt Monkey and Idiot Hero status.
- Yolei: Rise, Learn, Grow deconstructs the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule the Digidestined had in 02.
- Caring Hearts deconstructs Hikari Yagami's The Chick and All-Loving Hero status.
- Davis's Tears deconstructs True Companions and the Kid Hero. If it isn't united then it's only a matter of time before they'll be crushed by the enemy, and the kid hero is just a Child Soldier with some special powers. Without them he'll end up just like any soldier on the frontlines.
- Davis's Pain deconstructs The Power of Friendship, Gennai's The Obi-Wan status and Mummymon's Harmless Villain status. The power of friendship are sometimes not enough to defeat extremely strong and totally ruthless enemies, specially if the True Companions are in a semi-civil war, and Mummymon is only "harmless" because he lacks self-confidence, but once Oikawa let him to be in charge for a while, his self-confidence boost itself up and then he shows off what a dangerous, sadistic psychopath he actually is.
- And it's not easy (along with other fics by the author) deconstructs Slash Fic by placing it in a world full of Heteronormative Crusaders.
- Dragon Ball Z:
- No More Forgiveness deconstructs Goku's behavior, specifically his parenting decisions, by showing just how badly repeated Parental Abandonment and being forced to fight monsters from a young age would have affected Gohan in a more realistic setting.
- Fate/stay night:
- I Put On My Robe And Wizard Hat is another of those Deconstructive Affectionate Parody fics that go through periods of popularity. Re-imagining Shiruo as a child of the chan boards is only the beginning. Apostles In Leather Pants, the sequel, does Tsukihime.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- Love Hina
- An Alternate Keitaro Urashima decided he wasn't bound by a Childhood Marriage Promise he made when he was five. So instead of spending years trying to get into Tokyo University, he picked another college and has moved on with his life. Granny Hina's attempts to manipulate him into taking over the Inn create massive rifts in their family, and the various issues of her tenants start blowing up in their faces. This is only amplified by their refusal to admit any responsibility for their actions.
- Similarly, Love Hina: Like It Could Have Been deals with Haruka taking over the Inn after the girls drive Keitaro away right from the start. Outraged by how they treated her relative, she gives them a hard dose of reality by informing them they'll all have to split the duties he would have handled.
- For His Own Sake has Keitaro deciding to stop managing the Inn after three years of abuse. In addition to the girls having to face serious consequences for their actions, Keitaro is taken to task for helping enable their bad behavior by being an Extreme Doormat.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
- Game Theory deconstructs the anime by showing just what would happen if Fate's loyalty was from Precia actually treating her well (though she won't be winning any prizes for model parent) and just how easily the TSAB could have seriously botched things up by unintentionally driving Nanoha to work with Precia. It also deconstructs a number of tropes, such as Crazy Enough to Work, and the Kid Hero elements of the original work get savaged particularly hard. But in the end, things turn out happier than in canon.
- Perfection Is Overrated deconstructs the Mary Sue, by showing what would happen if they did not have preferential treatment by the author. As a result, the SUEs engage in reckless and amoral behavior (as a result of not understanding what they're doing is wrong, or because they think they can get away with it) that ends in their defeats to the Himes, and their attempts to do away with the canon protagonists to change the world as they see fit quickly establish them as antagonists, especially given the nature of the changes they want to see happen. Various other tropes get deconstructed, such as Shipper on Deck, (Two SUEs not only have strong opinions on who is right for each other, but the ability to alter people's personalities to make their desired relationships reality).
- Jeconais' The banishment of Uzumaki Naruto in which the often pulled fan trope of the town council being a powerful force grinding Naruto down is skewered, and Danzo's pet project gets rather nicely sporked as well. Notable in showing even an admitted Crack Fic can be a Deconstruction Fic.
- Lucillia's Naruto fanfics deconstructs the Continuity Drift of the series or how certain reveals don't make sense with past actions. For example in Uzumaki and Uchiha, the villagers' adoration of Sasuke stops when they think that Naruto was bred to be the Jinchuriki for Sasuke to control, they react with the same distrust they gave to the rest of the Uchiha.
- Time Mix Up lampshades Naruto's status as a Highly-Visible Ninja. Instead of denouncing it like many fics, Naruto points out the skill needed to be able to outrun and outhide many skilled and experienced ninja in an eyecatching color.
- Uprooted takes the idea of Danzo getting his hands on our favourite Highly-Visible Ninja... and instead of going the Break the Cutie route, has Naruto's own nature start a tumbling row of dominos that Break the Haughty Danzo and destroy ROOT. Also serves as an example of deconsturctions not necessarily being Darker and Edgier.
- Yet Again with a little extra help uses its cracky, silly premise to mock too many aspects of fandom in general and of Naruto in particular to list here. The central Original Characters, for example, are essentially god-like beings playing Self-Insert Fic. This gets lampshaded, mocked, and diced so many ways. Chapters of its sequel hint that it is even deconstructing itself on the theme of Mary Sue OCs helping out the main character and unusual training from hell if the hints of Naruto's mental trauma are any indication.
- We Are deconstructs the Fanon idea of a "clan reconstruction" law allowing the last member of a clan to have multiple wives (generally used to invoke the One True Threesome) by carrying out the idea of a "clan reconstruction" plan to its logical conclusion. The person invoking it is placed under house arrest until they produce at least two grandchildren (to ensure that the clan doesn't end with them), and are forbidden to get in fights to avoid risking death. Spouses are chosen for them based not on their own romantic or sexual desires, but on genetic compatibility to ensure maximization of offspring production.
- Echoes deconstructs pretty much every Naruto fanfiction cliche. The main premise of the plot is that one Naruto gains the power to traverse the multiverse so he ends up meeting other versions of himself that turned out badly. It also mocks many cliches such as the Council is out to get Naruto; it's not, he's just a convenient political scapegoat for an unknown antagonist who doesn't really cares that he exists; Naruto's suffering is just collateral damage for this antagonists unknown goal. It also points out how implausible it is for a bunch of kids to win fights against hardened killers with years of experience just because they're the new generation; the old generation completely dominates the new generation simply because they've been in the business longer, the bad guys only lose when outnumbered five to one and they tend to bring a main character down with them even then.
- The Accidental Sensei deconstructs many fanfic clichés through thorough world building, heavy character development and different interpretations of how certain character dynamics actually work.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion is itself a deconstruction, so Fics that directly fix it are, well, Fix Fic. But the fandom has many a trope and cliche to poke at and smash:
- Taking Sights by Lavanya Six deconstructs many of the Peggy Sue standbys of Neon Genesis Evangelion Fix Fic; it's Gendo Ikari who goes back to fix his mistakes. In the process he manages to make things worse for himself, both through not understanding why things originally broke down, resulting in his fixes just blowing everything to hell, and through the butterfly effect pissing on his plans. Going crazy probably doesn't help much, either.
- Arsenal is at least partly a vicious deconstruction of the Peggy Sue as well; we find a far from saintly Shinji who considers himself beyond the Moral Event Horizon and willing to go even farther that his father would for his goals. Interestingly, this is by Sage of Toads under another pseudonym.
- The famous Shinji And Warhammer 40 K manages to be a Fix Fic and a Deconstruction Fic simultaneously. On one hand Shinji fixes a lot of problems, both literal and mental, and has resulted in the heroes escalating themselves to unprecedented levels. On the other hand, it deconstructs the fanon idea that Shinji being badass is going to fix the whole series; the enemies have also escalated, and while the firepower thrown around in the original series is nothing to scoff at it can't compare to one Angel killing tens of millions of people by bombing cities across the planet, another Angel used to unleash a Zombie Apocalypse on steriods, or rendering most of Europe completely barren within days.
- Nobody Dies deconstructs wider themes in Anime.
- The Open Door deconstructs Conservation of Ninjutsu and God-Mode Sue, as revealed in the conversation between Ali, Rong-Arya and Toji: All of the new!Chaos troops get very good equipment and are all capable to near-God-Mode Sue levels, but this is because they have to be; since Earth is still rebuilding post-Third Impact, the population levels are still low, so every loss will be felt more keenly than in a more populous nation.
- One Piece:
- Pokémon fics playing with the franchise's "trainer and Mons power of friendship" motif are common. It helps that there are canon examples, with Pokémon Special for example showing what both Pokémon and humans suffer and what can happen in the world of Pokémon.
- The Sun Soul more or less shows how dangerous the Pokéverse would be in reality.
- Poké Wars completely tears apart the sub-genre of Pokémon revolution fanfictions. It also highlights how lethal the Pokémon can be.
- No Antidote shreds The Power of Friendship... and you may never look at your starters the same way again. Or any of your other Pokémon.
- Symbiosis deconstructs aspects of the anime by showing that the criminal elements of various region outright conflicting with each other and compete with each other. Brock's Parental Abandonment by his father has left emotional scars on him due to his Promotion to Parent and having to give up his dreams to run the gym. When his father came back, Brock's lack of anger towards him is seen as running away from his emotional problems.
- Being able to speak to pokemon is made a bigger deal than the anime. Since their society revolves around Pokemon, people with that ability are very valuable...to the point that criminal organizations will outright try to enslave them if they're caught.
- Jessie and James deconstruct the Token Good Teammate. Unlike most Token Good Teammate they are far from ineffective. Due to their inherent innocence, they is nothing they wouldn't do in order to stop the "good guys."
- The Trainer From A Far Away Land deconstructs Team Plasma's agenda on the part of the pokemon. Snivy doesn't hate all trainers, she just wants a better one. While N's Zorua doesn't want N to fulfill his goal of Pokemon-Human separation as it means N will abandon him.
- A Pikachu in Love could argueable be considered a Deconstruction for OC/Canon pairings, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl character type, and the ideal that Ash and Pikachu's bond will always remain strong. Though the latter gets Reconstructed at the end of the fic, and though Pichi did manage to pick Pikachu up when he was questioning his relationship with Ash, Pichi's wacky and carefree antics nearly get Pikachu killed by an Ursaring later on in the fic, and this causes her to suffer a temporary Heroic BSOD as result. Ontop of that, her attempts to make Pikachu lighten eventually leads to heartache for both of them when Pichi realizes she's in love Pikachu, and though Pikachu loves her too, it was because of her that he realized his bond with Ash was too strong for him to ever leave him, and decides to stick with Ash until the end.
- Cori Falls's work tries to be a deconstruction of Ash's dealings with Team Rocket only to fail by swinging the perceived unfair treatment the other way around: instead, Ash becomes the highly abused villain who's just trying to live his life while Jessie, James and Meowth become the self-centered "heroes" who believe everything they do is good and right because they're them and they're Such Good People.
- The fanfic The Castle of Thunder and Ashes deconstructs the plot "N defeats the female protagonist and forces her to live with him". Touko is forced to live in N's castle but in any moment the event is treated as a necessarily good thing because the toll on Touko's mind makes her enter into a depression (and this helped by the fact N's Reshiram accidentally killed her Samurott in that battle) - by the last update, Touko turned into an Empty Shell. Without the reality shock in the end of the canon battle, N quickly develops into a Well-Intentioned Extremist that becomes more and more extreme to the point of planning the Armageddon to separate the worlds. Also, Team Plasma's takeover of Unova is depicted as a military coup and a violent civil war and it succeeds because Team Plasma captured legendaries using Zerg Rush tacticsnote .
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Ranma ˝: These tend to deconstruct the whole Gender Bender/shapeshifting, by overplaying the mental stress these put on the characters straight, and not for fun. Their over the top flaws from the manga (Ryoga and orientation, Ranma and socializing etc.) are used too. Usually this ends with a massive downer.
- The Key to a Successful Interview, with additional Troll Fic and Revenge Fic elements. Notably, it also gives Ranma and Akane a much better first impression.
- The Ends by Twoflower is meant to be "my farewell to Ranma ˝, and my condemnation of it". It rips the very things needed to maintain the madcap comedy of the series to shreds, particularly the idea that it could result in a concrete, satisfying ending.
- Dutiful Child by Luan Mao takes the "give the characters exactly what they want, in all its suck" route. There's an element of Fix Fic, but it's also a bitter breakdown of what kind of manliest man would result from Ranma's childhood.
- Sailor Moon
- Crystal Tokyo, the Crystal Spires and Togas utopian Future, is frequently deconstructed into a Knight Templar dystopia — famously, in I'm Here To Help. Neo-Queen Serenity, Sailor Moon's future self, is described as "cleansing the Earth's people of evil". That would be enough to plant Epileptic Trees, but then in the second season, the Black Moon Clan showed up, time-travelling antagonists who refused to be "purified" and left Crystal Tokyo forever. That just made removing people's "evil" sound even more like a euphemism for mass brainwashing.
- On the other hand, Beautiful Destroyer Sailor Moon goes the Satire/Parody/Pastiche shock value route, but somehow manages to do it in a mostly upbeat feel-good manner. Basically, if your eyes have scars from assorted unpleasant things you've come across online, this might actually help.
- The Familiar of Zero has MANY stories that replace Saito for a more competent character as Louise's Familiar, from personality changes to original chararacters to even bringing other already established characters from various series'. The main similarity is that they're usually MUCH more powerful than Saito could ever be and manage to help Louise get a better image across from her nickname 'Zero'. Of course, this Fandom Specific Plot has a few deconstructions.
- A one-shot story by VulpineSnow in The Beasts of Zero collection finally manages to deconstruct the third common story type; when Louise manages to summon a powerful familiar, she gets the EXTREME misfortune of summoning her when not only she was sealed away but also pissed off and not reformed yet. The familiar slowly but surely creates chaos as she attacks anyone that continuously mocks her and Louise (Kirche, Guiche, etc.) that the idea she has such a powerful-looking familiar is a silly joke. No one is laughing when the familiar finally gets fed up playing the game of slave and spreads eternal night over Halkeginia and rules over them as an Evil Overlord. No one can stop her, and Louise is forced to hide in shame for being the one that summoned her in the first place. The ironic kicker is that the familiar is Princess Luna/Nightmare Moon.
- Stupid Devil Dog features Japanese-American Military Brat Saito getting so fed up with Louise's brattiness, he outright leaves her. The humiliation makes her a bigger failure in front of her peers. There's also an element of Revenge Fic there, but the deconstruction's solid.
- Unfamiliar closely examines the dark implications of the abuse that Louise would often inflict on Saito. Louise and her group all travel to Mott's palace to rescue Siesta, and find that she wasn't the only commoner that was in his clutches. There were others that suffered so much abuse that many of them have been broken both physically and mentally. Mott doesn't even consider the commoners, out right calling them "dogs" and "bitches", showing that he went off the deep end long ago. Louise ends up being so horrified and disgusted with everything she's seen that she particularly sics her familiar, in this case being Alex Mercer, on him.
- And then there are the fics where she summons Kyubey, with all the Faustian overtones that implies.
- The fic Zulu Squad No Tsukaima is a deconstruction of "crossover character X" becoming Louise's familiar, in that the Zulu Squad sergeant from Spec Ops: The Line ended up in Halkeginia because Louise performed the summon familiar rite twice. He ends up being more of a bodyguard than a familiar/slave/romantic interest.
- The Higurashi: Broken Chains Arc deconstructs the self-insert character, particularly in a series as dark as Higurashi: When They Cry. The main character, a (minor Marty Stu) foreigner from the UK, is almost immediately treated with suspicion by the police for his insight into the case, as well as playing up Hinamizawa's distrust of strangers.
- Dahlia Nilsson wrote An Evening at the Airport as a response to the way women are portrayed. Herge has been criticized for the lack of female characters in the albums. On top of that many people have pointed out that when the women do appear they are clichés and are portrayed as castrating and unwelcome presences. She mainly focuses on the few women that there are. Jolyon Wagg’s wife and teenage daughter are given lines even though they don’t speak in the series. Bianca Castafiore and Martine Vaderzande are rendered intelligent and occasionally profound and Peggy portrayed as a bitter jaded woman who has to put up with her philandering and generally irresponsible husband who acts more henpecked than he actually is to get sympathy.
- The DCU:
- The fanfic Inviolate uses Lex Luthor to explore a number of things taken for granted, including but not limited to: why mad scientists are mad, why evil geniuses are evil, why so many of the last of their kind keep ending up on Earth, why villains stay villains and why despite all the extremely high levels of technology available in the DCU their level of tech seems to be at the same level as the real world.
- Recursive Fanfiction example: the UFUT-verse (consisting of the "canon" Unwanted Free Ugly Troll and Loop Hole, as well as many recursive-recursive stories like Before I Sleep), deconstructs the Homestuck fandom's popular "petstuck" AU, in several different ways. Aside from addressing the essential horror of a world where sentient creatures are bought and sold like animals (and no-one cares), UFUT and Loophole both demonstrate the severe lack of rights the trolls have and the horrifying situations that this creates (such as trolls being used as lab rats, troll fighting rings which can include child participants, and little trolls being beaten and abandoned by their owners). In "Before I Sleep", meanwhile, a woman adopts a troll baby and comes to see it as her own child — but no-one else sees it that way, she's pretty much treated as crazy by everyone, and when her son is killed her grief isn't even taken seriously.
- Another Recursive Fanfiction example: The Conversion Bureau: Not Alone does this to the typical plotline of TCB stories. For one thing, humanity does not take kindly to the ponies' misanthropic attitudes, and certain plot elements TCB stories often ignore (such as the ensuring loss of infrastructure and human displacement from the barrier, as well as what the other Equestrian races think of the ponies' Assimilation Plot) are brought to the forefront. Even more, at the end it's revealed that that the natural born ponies find the Newfoals (with their lack of assertiveness and inability to get mad) off-putting and unsettling.
- Anthropology does this to the common "Lyra is Intrigued by Humanity" genre. Her fascination with a creature which in this setting does not exist anymore, and her adopting of their habits- wearing clothes, sitting upright, growing hands- are met with skepticism and confusion from her peers at best, and outright anger and revulsion at worst, especially by her roommate Bon-Bon. Lyra herself starts to believe that the ignorance ponies have of humanity is all a big conspiracy, and that the government is spying on her.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks:
- High School Musical: There are fanfics where after the characters have graduated at the end of the third movie, they go off to their respective colleges with no preparation for the real world. Scenarios like Sharpay getting knocked back from a theatre career for her attitude and something horrible happening to Troy are fairly common.
- Star Trek:
- A Glided Hook deconstructs the fandom the Mindmeld Gave Me Feelings and the Mindlink Mates aspect of Kirk and Spock Prime. The emotions Kirk feels are not his own, it drives him away from his relationships and abandons the Enterprise to be with Spock Prime, ignoring the calls of his friends and Starfleet. Spock Prime turns out to be Mirror Spock Prime, who purposely poisoned Kirk's mind because he loved and killed his universe's Jim Kirk and regretted it. Kirk ends up having to kill Spock Prime to be free of his control. And Word of God says Kirk doesn't end up in a good place after all of this.
- Star Wars fan fiction writers like to deconstruct the morality of the good guys, particularly the Jedi, the Republic, and their successors. A lot. And not just fan fiction writers; Knights of the Old Republic II is devoted to this.
- The Dark Knight Saga:
- The Telephone Game shows what would realistically happen if the Joker met some random woman and decided to rape her. It is a deconstruction of the trope of a victim falling in love with her rapist as well as the cliche of the OC/Joker Rape!Fic. And at least one person complained about it.
- Menirva shows in Forfeit and Clipped the consequences of the ending for John Blake. He has no income due to quitting the force, has to perfect being Batman before the criminal underworld catches on without any of Bruce's wealth or training. Blake realizes how unfair of Bruce to expect him to become the next Batman without any wealth to keep him afloat or training to avoid getting curbstomped by any real villains.
- The View Askewniverse: The Jay/Silent Bob slash segment of fandom tends to explore the dark side of what is generally considered a simple comic relief duo. Themes include tragic back-stories to explain Jay's outlandish behavior and Bob's silence, the realities of drug use/abuse, and the angst of being secretly in love with your best friend.
- The unfortunate truth is that a lot of that stuff is actually true of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes in Real Life. In Clerks II the reason Jay gives for the duo having been in prison is the actual reason that Jason Mewes had been in prison a few months before filming. He was caught with drugs after being arrested on "suspicion of mischief" which apparently translates into, "Driving around with a deployed airbag." Which, come to think of it, is hilarious rather than angsty.
- Sweet Home Alabama: Mine, All Mine deconstructs the Romantic False Lead trope by showing the consequences it can have for the false lead. While Melanie and Jake are celebrating their un-divorce, we get to follow Andrew immediately after the events of what was supposed to be his and Melanie's wedding, as he gives up the honeymoon suite at their motel and ends up not having anywhere to go for the night, gets drunk and then goes on their honeymoon to the Caribbean alone since he's already paid for it anyway. Of course he, too, gets his happy ending, but it takes a while.
- Kung Fu Panda:
- The Necromancers Of China Saga's side plot involving Po and Tigress' growing relationship humorously deconstructs Good People Have Good Sex. Due to having no experience, their first time is sloppy, quick, and disappointing. It then reconstructs it by them getting just a little better each time. Even a year later, they're still sloppy, but they admit it's much better than when they started.
- In a more serious case, it deconstructs the idea of being the child of two famous heroes. Po and Tigress' time-travelling daughter, Fenhong Se, always strives to become a hero like her mother and father, but every time she tries to keep up with rheir skill, they keep getting better. This is not helped by the fact that her father would always boast about how awesome being a hero is, causing her to think that being a hero is about glory, rather than justice. Eventually she snaps and turns evil. This is also reconstructed when Fenhong Se finally learns the true meaning of a hero, and instead of being the traditional hero who fights baddies and saves people from harm, she tends to survivors of the Necromancer Incident and spends her entire life helping rebuild the countless villages that were razed in China.
- Wreck-It Ralph
- Mushy, Romance-y Junk is a deconstruction of toy shipping. Basically, Rancis and Vanellope have a crush on each other, and neither one knows what to do about it. Instead of having makeout sessions and spending hours snuggling and swooning over eachother, they do what any sugar high nine-to-eleven-year-old brat would do: panic. Their resulting attempts at sorting this out - combined with some clichéd "romantic" advice - culminates in an absolutely spectacular disaster, where both parties walk away humiliated and depressed. Of course, the fic is then reconstructed, and the readers are rewarded with a heartwarmingly adorable ending that pairs the two up anyway.
- Dragonriders of Pern: Fandom mostly revolves around RPGs due to a long-standing fanfic ban. They deconstruct the eponymous dragonriders. The fans see riders as soldiers due to their militaristic lifestyle. The minute you Impress, you can't back out of it. Dragons are really big targets for Thread, and the telepathic bond means that when they get hurt, you'll feel it too. If you're physically hurt, you still need to keep it together unless you want them to panic, die, and leave you a traumatized wreck. You have to oil and bathe a house-sized creature by hand, participate in several-hour-long drills with about two days off a month, and make/maintain your own riding gear from scratch. While they have reason to be idealized both in canon and by fans, dragonriders' lives are definitely not carefree.
- Harry Potter
- Spirited Away, a crossover with Danny Phantom, deconstructs not only the Harry Potter series, but also themes found in a number of other DP/HP crossovers, to the point of it being a Deconstructor Fleet. Danny does not want to go to Hogwarts, wishing instead to stay and protect Amity Park. The idea of Danny staying at the Order of the Pheonix's headquarters is shot down by the author, the Order being a top-secret organization and all, and Danny being a civilian. The idea that Danny would reveal his secret to wizards, who don't exactly have a history of tolerance towards non-humans and half-humans, is shot down hard (especially because wizards dislike the fact that Ghost Zone ghosts don't even try and keep Muggles from noticing them). Once Danny is at Hogwarts, the idea of the Sorting Hat is dissected, with Danny comparing the idea to Mind Rape. Danny plans to sue the school for kidnapping him and enrolling him against his will.
- It is made very clear that the Hogwarts students are tired of the instructors who are either Sadist Teachers or so boring they can't stay awake in class (with Danny noting that Snape would have been sacked a long time ago at a normal school) and the monsters roaming the school and grounds, and form a protest group about it upon Danny's prodding. Within a few chapters, about 80% of the students have signed at least one of their petitions.
- Harry Potter And The Nightmares Of Futures Past frequently points out how absurdly naive the characters, plot and general feel of the series are, as a side effect of its Peggy Sue plot.
- The Fandom's love of Peggy Sue plots have also given us two very different deconstructions to compare:
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. With a Harry hoping to invoke Sufficiently Analyzed Magic, how can it not be? Less Wrong ends up deconstructing canon by attending to details Rowling didn't, and then some.
- The Incredible and Angsty Journey of Rose Weasley, Girl Slasher! takes most of the tropes associated with Slash Fic in general, and Real Person Fic in particular, by showing what havoc — what hilarious, hilarious havoc — would ensue if a character in-universe ran around accusing men of secretly being in love with each other, occasionally insisting that their marriages are a sham, despite protests from all involved. She even has the idealized portrayal of gay love often seen in the fandom.
- Cracked's very own Cody Johnston wrote The Silliest Harry Potter F**k Fiction Ever (NSFW). It is the funniest criticism of the results of Rule 34 that you'll ever read.
- Engorgement shows just how awkward and irritating actual M Preg would be, by having Harry get pregnant by accident. Cue media coverage, mood swings, fights, and strange food cravings. This sort of thing also apparently happens often enough for the Hogwarts rules to have a section on it.
- 3 Months Later: Our Little Wilkins deconstructs Hermione modifying her parents' memories to protect them during the war. In the book she only mentions that she did it and nothing more is said since she's Hermione so of course she'd be able to do something so complicated. The fic goes into detail about exactly how much work such a plan would require and theorises that Hermione was eventually unable to go through with it and Tonks had to do it instead. And to make matters worse, when Hermione shows up in Australia thirteen months after Voldemort has been defeated to find that her parents now have a baby daughter also called Hermione.
- Wish Carefully takes a chainsaw to the Death Eater agenda, from the perspective of one of its own proponents, Lucius Malfoy. It diverges from canon after Dumbledore's death, where Harry makes a deal with Voldemort, removing every muggleborn and their supporters from England, allowing Voldemort to create the pureblood paradise the Death Eaters always wanted. It's only then that the gaping flaws come to the surface: their inbreeding starts to produce nothing but squibs, the majority of those who produced the goods that the purebloods used were muggleborns or their supporters, leaving them to import the majority of their goods and food, and now that everyone in the wizarding world knows they're being led by a torture-happy immortal psycho, nobody wants to travel there, further exacerbating the previous issues.
- Redwall: Fic commonly attempts to deconstruct the Always Chaotic Evil nature of vermin.
- Inheritance Cycle:
- The Storm Dragons is a well-written fanfic series presenting the world from the perspective of a family of Dragons, the eponymous storm dragons, and from Galbatorix. Turns the canon series on it's head, and worth a read at least once. Whether it is Deconstruction Fic or Hate Fic for Canon is debatable — it could be argued it does not so much turns canon on its head via deconstruction as simply ignores it to rewrite the series Transplanted Character Fic style.
- The Midnight Masque focuses more on the characters themselves than the actual plot of the story. Arya and Galbatorix, in particular, get a lot of this (although Roran's A Day in the Limelight chapter really unravels Eragon).
- Wicked is arguably Deconstruction Fic for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- The Chemical Garden Trilogy
- Advice for Daughters is a blend of this and Hate Fic for the first book in the series, Wither. The sister-wives' situation is portrayed as horrifying rather than romantic, and it also examines details of the setting that were glossed over or not addressed in the source material.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- A deconstruction of the "Peggy Sue is not Easy" version in Compelled. Illyria from Angel goes back in time in order to get revenge on Wolfram & Hart. It all goes seemingly well up until the villains start playing by the new rules like using guns the way the slayers have.
- Hunting The Unicorn deconstructs Blaine's Knight in Shining Armor persona. Unlike many Glee fanfics, which play up the idealized aspects of chivalry, the author focuses on the medieval meaning of chivalry—which turns Blaine from a kind, caring, and chivalrous gentleman into a kind, caring, and chivalrous gentleman... with cripplingly low self-esteem, deep emotional scars, and a huge devotion to Kurt. In fact, he's so naively trusting that people constantly need to spell things out for him, and he has no idea about his stalker.
- Power Rangers
- Portraying the characters as if the constant power losses, mind hijackings, and secrecy actually had the profound psychological effects one would expect these sort of things to have on a teenager. One of the more well known Mighty Morphin era fics, Personality Conflicts, starts with Tommy entering psychotherapy.
- Mia's Cooking, a Power Rangers Samurai fic, deconstructs Mia's Lethal Chef Played for Laughs schtick by showing the Rangers suffering ill effects from her bad cooking, prompting them to tell her the truth about her culinary skills. It does, however, reconstruct it in the end by having Kevin promise to teach Mia to cook a little better.
- Star Trek
- Teen Wolf
- Not Your Disney Romance deconstructs the Token Human trope in regards to Stiles. Since Stiles constantly deals with supernatural things but doesn't heal like his supernatural friends do even though he can otherwise keep up with them, he eventually ends up with some pretty nasty permanent injuries. This includes permanent brain damage brought on by Stiles taking too frequent hits over the head, which causes him to sometimes get confused and forget things. This is especially tragic because some of the violence that caused the brain damage was done to Stiles by his own pack (Derek pushing Stiles' head against the steering wheel of his car in canon, for example), and they're all remorseful that they didn't think about the permanent damage it would cause until it was too late.
- Lost Girl
"Think about what it's like having all your lover's friends constantly undermining you. Think about how it makes you doubt yourself, question whether or not you're good for the person you care for so much. Think about it eats away at you, making you doubt that you deserve this person's love."
- Downton Abbey
- Animal Crossing
- The Terrible Secret Of Animal Crossing is this in the form of an edited Let's Play of Animal Crossing: Wild World. It starts with showing just how disturbing finding oneself in a world full of Anthropomophic Animals and not being able to leave would be... and then keeps going into downright creepy territory.
- Final Fantasy X:
- While it wasn't avoided in the game, a lot of fanfics show just how much it would hurt to accompany your surrogate baby sister to her inevitable death, which everyone (including her) wants to happen. Not to mention how Braska's death was celebrated with a humungous festival.
- For the sequel, there have been a few fics deconstructing how Yuna's radical change in personality hides the pain she's really feeling regarding a good two-thirds of her life. In fact, Yuna's a popular fan deconstruction of the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype.
- Heavy Rain
- Heavy Realism'' is a terse, ferocious deconstruction of Heavy Rain's (optional) sex scene, and it's perceived "realism", questioning Ethan Mars' physical and mental (mostly physical) capacity to perform sexually in any meaningful way.
- Kingdom Hearts
- Those Lacking Spines starts off as a deconstruction of all the abundant cliches in fanfiction, but soon it deconstructs everything in fanfiction.net... including the authors themselves.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- Mass Effect:
- The self-insert Mass Vexations heavily deconstructs Angst? What Angst? as it generally tends to appear in self-insert fanfiction. Almost as soon as he realizes he's in the Mass Effect universe, Author Avatar Art begins wondering what's become of every person he's ever come to really care about, and about what they must be thinking in turn. At first, Art brushes off the angst under the pretense that he can head home via Virmire. When he tries it, it ends up not happening thanks to Shepard saving him at Virmire. After that, he realizes that he'll never see the family and friends that he knew for basically his entire life. And thanks to the cover story he made to avoid suspicion, he can't tell anyone about why he's really angsting and has to hold the real reason for his angst in. He ends up locking himself in his room so the crew won't see him cry.
- Renegade Reinterpretations deconstructs the Humans Are Special part. It takes humanity over a century to catch up with the galaxy. Oh, and they are dominated by the Batarians during that century. The result is a humanity that really doesn't play nice.
- XCOM Second Contact deconstructs this in a different way. Due to it being, well, XCOM humanity that reached to the stars, mankind is as paranoid and xenophobic as you might expect from a species that took severe losses the first time it encountered extraterrestrial life.
- Pokemon: The Unknown Continuum rips apart many aspects of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. For example, it points out the Guild's insensitivity to sending recruits on life-threatening missions and underpaying them. Early in the story, one of the protagonists, Serge, receives nasty wounds from acid in Drenched Bluff, and Floyd (the main character) later makes it clear that he is not very fond of this. Also, Chatot, who was only strict in the games, is presented as a foul-mouthed Jerk Ass.
- Pokémon False Red rips into the Copy Cat Sue/Possession Sue concepts in that Fire is instantly recognized for not belonging to their world and that he's a copy of Red. The fact that Fire is repeating Red's journey and is also completing the Pokedex is mocked as it's seen that Fire has no unique accomplishments or It's Been Done.
- Space Quest
- A Bad End is a Black Comedy take on this.
- Touhou Tonari greatly deconstructs Yuyuko's Bad Powers, Good People in her backstory and shows just what kind of life she must have had and what lead to her eventual suicide.
- Diamond In The Rough deconstructs what Spaztique and Stevothehuman have dubbed the "Gappy Stu," in which some random kid (often an Ordinary High-School Student) ends up being gapped into Gensokyo by Yukari for no reason, lives a pampered lifestyle, falls in love with one of the characters, winds up becoming ridiculously powerful, and single-handedly resolves an incident, reducing Reimu and Marisa to background characters. Here, Yukari's offer has Faustian undertones, Gensokyo is portrayed as a Death World, the girl the kid falls in love with is desperate for love and constantly teased, he has little control over his powers (especially since they're sentient beasts and not morally stable), and the incident is portrayed as unglamorous, brutal, and violent.
- There is a Deconstruction Crossover fic of "outsider in Gensokyo" that works in the other way (the outsider is too dangerous for Gensokyo) named Fantasy Of Utter Ridiculousness, in which Coop, Jamie and Kiva land in Gensokyo. With all collateral damage of having a giant robot and Coop piloting it, Reimu has to beg them to leave. Different from the other examples, it's a light-hearted Deconstructive Parody with Original Flavor from both series.
- Imperfect Metamorphosis is a Deconstructor Fleet not only of the games themselves (such as the Fantastic Racism and Gensokyo being filled with distrustful, violent megalomaniacs) but of nearly every popular Alternative Character Interpretation in the fandom, from Eirin as a Mad Scientist to Yukari being a Manipulative Bastard to Rumia having a Superpowered Evil Side, all wrapped up in the Fandom Specific Plot of "a powerful new threat comes to Gensokyo requiring all the main characters working together to defeat it". The result is a horrifying clusterfuck as the main characters pose more of a threat to each other than the villains, who continue unimpeded.
- Spyro the Dragon
- The Mercenary deconstructs Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage/Gateway to Glimmer.
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic Evil Reborn Zero quietly deconstructs the Sonic franchise and its fanfiction. At first, the story plays Sonic tropes straight and appears as cliché and cheesy with Crapsaccharine World elements, but begins deconstructing cherished traditions of the game series and questionable fanfiction conventions to its benefit, adding a realistic sociopolitical bent. Things such as rings and Chaos energy are also planned to be deconstructed. It also lampshades its own deconstruction by calling to attention the usually saccharine nature of the series and its characters as contrasted to current events.
- Sonic X: Dark Chaos deconstructs both the origin of the Chaos Emeralds and the typical "Find the Chaos Emeralds" Sonic plotline. It also deconstructs what a setting with superpowered characters running around doing whatever they want would actually be like, and the kind of being who would knowingly give such power to them. And when the heroes realize their epic space opera is actually a Cosmic Horror Story, they do not take it well. Then it gets reconstructed; Sonic and his friends don't give up and keep trying to help the galaxy no matter what. Eventually, they earn a Bittersweet Ending by defeating an Eldritch Abomination and saving the galaxy thanks to The Power of Friendship. And then it gets deconstructed yet again; the Forerunners return because of their victory, rendering everything they did moot.
- To a lesser degree, it also deconstructs Judeo-Christian religion as well. The Angel Federation is made up all three religions Recycled IN SPACE!, and it brings several of their more questionable beliefs and actions to their logical conclusions. The Emirate of Mecca is a violently aggressive theocracy, the Federation is a Crapsaccharine World filled with Fantastic Racism, and the Jews of the Tribal Republic are little more than primitive tribesmen with spaceships.
- By Bonds We Are Bound, a Fire Emblem Awakening fic, deconstructs Chrom and Olivia's whirlwind romance that was mostly played for laughs in canon by having their marriage on the verge of crumbling due to lack of communication and each one having a secret affair (with the male Avatar and Lon'qu, respectively).
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Mai's Ramblings deconstructs the cartoon, fanfic in general and Mai herself as a character.
- The Stalking Zuko Series pulls apart the relationships the characters have with each other as Aang's romantic interest in Katara, and Katara's maternal relationship with him. It also pulls apart the politics, gender dynamics, and consequences of the Gaang's actions. Tellingly, it deconstructs Real Women Never Wear Dresses; Katara only rejected healing because it was enforced that it was all a woman should learn. She instead decides to train to become a doctor during peacetime.
- When Aang had his spiritual journey with the lion turtle, his friends berate him after his return for abandoning them in their Darkest Hour.
- Danny Phantom
- Fairly Oddparents: Deconstruction of Cosmo and Wanda's failing relationship. Norm the Genie being shown in a sympathetic light. The Morality of the show.
- A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! is a deconstruction of the very premise of the show. Timmy's 23, still has his fairy godparents, and is still in the fifth grade. If you had Fairy God Parents, why would you do anything to give them up? Especially when you can wish away any of the negative events that could happen if you do.
- Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
- Pairbond deconstructs the Mindlink Mates trope. Goose and Niko resort to it as a survival tactic as they're outmanned and outgunned by renegade Supertroopers, it skirts the finer edge of breaking Xanadau's highest law ("One's Mind Belongs To One's Self"), and Goose's background as an Artificial Human trained from decant Super Soldier makes his thought process very alien and disturbing.
- Kim Possible
- Some stories have her clear "beat the bad guys, save the world" morality crashing against the intractable realistic problems of the world, leading her to crack up or go rogue. Others have her Evil Counterpart Shego explain moral relativism to her.
- Another direction is to seriously address the sort of personality conflicts that would arise between someone as laid-back as Ron and someone as driven as Kim. In some cases the objective isn't so much to deconstruct as to set the stage for replacing the Official Couple with the author's Fan-Preferred Couple.
- KP Legacy, a deconstruction fic mixed with Continuation Fic, showing how advanced tech and magic would change the world.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Applejacks Love is a more serious look at romance stories in general. Sometimes you don't get the person you love the most and your attempt to get them can lead to both of you losing the friendship you already have.
- Bittersweet deconstructs Pinkie Pie's Sweet Tooth nature by having her contact diabetes and committing suicide.
- Party of None deconstructs the logic of Dark Fic applied to the actual canon episode "Party of One."
- The Sun Is Tired: Takes the favourite fandom sawhorse of Celestia being a tyrant and beats it up by showing how a good ruler could get that image (At first).
- The Pony POV Series deconstructs many things in the series, such as the fact Scootaloo doesn't have any known family being explained by Parental Abandonment, Diamond Tiara being an Alpha Bitch being due to a horrible home life, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy having Split Personality disorders, and the primary focus of the story being that the World-Healing Wave following Discord's defeat didn't fix the ponies he Mind Raped all the way. Ultimately becomes a Reconstruction and the characters ultimately end up better than before as a result.
- The controversial "Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" episode has inspired a metric ton of these. No Hard Feelings (also a Fix Fic), What's Eating Rainbow Dash?, Alone (Fan Web Comic), A Sense of Betrayal, Rise of the Ultramare, Dashed Trust, Rise of the Shadowbolt (Dark Fic, Alternate Universe), Friendship Is Empathy... also this Fan-Art from Chad Rocco.
- RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse uses the alternate perspective of Trixie and her universe's Element-bearers to reexamine the canon Mane Six. Nothing changes about their personalities, but the results are very different.
- In the story Xenophilia, the low male-to-female ratio in the cartoon is deconstructed when Rainbow Dash mentions that for every four fillies, only one colt is born - closer to one in seven in Ponyville - and as a result many mares end up either lonely or having to resort to lesbian relationships, and monogamy is percieved as selfish by many of them.
- Post Nuptials takes a closer look at the subplot in "A Canterlot Wedding" in which Twilight is Made Out to Be a Jerkass by her friends for accusing Princess Cadance of being evil, only to be proven right later. Here, Twilight's friends harbor tremendous guilt for how harshly they treated her, and only feel worse when Twilight easily forgives them for it; Twilight, meanwhile, feels bitter about being ignored by her friends, but also blames herself for not gathering evidence or sharing her suspicions with her friends more before throwing barely sound accusations.
- Families manages to take a dark and realistic look at several fan fic ideas, like Scootabuse, Tyrant Celestia, and dealing with some consequences that failing to stop a full-out invasion would cause.
- Molest! is a Recursive Deconstruction Fic of the Ask Princess Molestia blog, when Molestia finds she is diagnosed with STDs and has to deal with never having sex again.
- In Challenge of the Super Friends: The End, everything about the cartoon is played straight. When the Legion of Doom enters another universe, things have Gone Horribly Wrong, and end up like victims in the Event Horizon and Hellraiser films, while the Superfriends become fascistic and attempt to make their world a utopia in the villains' absence. Along the way, every character is deconstructed before being transformed beyond recognition.
- Total Drama World Tour:
- Transformers: Any fan writing from a perspective of "the Decepticons were right" can swing between this and Draco in Leather Pants for the entire faction.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy:
- Forfeit shows what would happen if the titular characters still maintained their childhood problems well into the midst of their teenage years. Starts off with a fairly more moderate tone, but gets noticeably darker and more realistic as the chapters progress.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Sorry No Fix takes the frequently used "girl / Self Insert is rescued by the Turtles" scenario (likely inspired by April's rescue in canon) and shows exactly how a terrified person would react to coming face-to-face to a inhuman monster with lethal combat skills, no matter how well-intentioned they might be.
- Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
- My Little Pony
- A Mighty Demon Slayer Grooms Some Ponies does this to G1 by showing how Megan, a teenaged Kid Hero, would be affected by being abruptly taken into a whole new universe, being forced to defend an entire sapient species by regularly killing terrifying enemies, and then having to act as a leader and mother figure for the ponies.