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->''"The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before."''
-->-- '''Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe'''

Some stories and series seem to go out of their way to {{deconstruct|ion}} as many genres as possible, or at the very least [[AffectionateParody take them home and cuddle them and call them 'George']]. A DeconstructorFleet doesn't just use ''one'' topic for parody or {{deconstruction}}. It sinks its meathooks into any trope it can find and folds and spindles it to shreds. When done well, the overall effect is to create something visibly original. Done badly, it may be seen as a generic HateFic, resulting in a small but loyal fanbase loving it and everyone else hating it.

Even people not familiar with TvTropes will notice how this show is different from others. Many such shows become TropeMakers in their own right. Do not confuse this with {{Deconstruction}}, which doesn't invent something new, but criticizes the old. In both cases, however, the ultimate goal of the writers should be to examine a genre or a set of tropes from a new perspective without losing their value as entertainment - not to make the viewer/reader/player feel bad for enjoying straightforward genre fiction. Please remember it's not enough to say that something is a example, it is important to say ''why'' it's an example.

The name is a {{pun}} on the Vogon Constructor Fleet from ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Especially appropriate because the Vogon Constructor Fleet doesn't construct ''anything'' - its job is to facilitate hyperspace express routes by [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up planets]] that happen to be in the way.

See also GenreBusting and {{Postmodernism}}. Compare BetterThanABareBulb.

DeconstructionFic is a specific sub-trope for examples of FanFic with a {{Deconstruction}} theme or plot. FanFic examples go there. Read NotADeconstruction to further your understanding of these tropes.

!!Some of the [[JustForPun dramatic vehicles]] that make up the Deconstructor Fleet:


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai'' - The whole frickin' point is basically to deconstruct a genre per episode. And then, halfway through, it shift gears and begins to deconstruct ''itself''.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' portrays a HighFantasy world where kingdoms are constantly at war and things like demons, magic and gods are real. The results are horrifying.
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' - Just because a cosmic entity [[PoweredByAForsakenChild grants children gigantic mecha to pilot]] doesn't mean they'll necessarily use those mechs for the sake of good.
* ''Manga/CaseClosed'' upon closer inspection deconstructs all sorts of genres through the backstories of the people involved in the cases. It rangers from whodunit murder mysteries to convuluted soap operas or even romantic comedies. One case about a ripped up baseball penant seems like something out of a sports underdog story.
* ''Anime/ChihiroKagachiAndTheBogeymen'' is a parody of both Japanese and American culture in its entirety, and it frequently deconstructs many genres of fiction within filler episodes.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' shows what happens when characters from a high school anime with their angst, idealism and silly crushes get involved in a ''MobileSuitGundam'' setting.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' - Does its best to play with as many [[StockSuperpowers superpower tropes]] as it can, and often deconstructs them. For starters: RequiredSecondaryPowers is either often exploited, or forgotten about, resulting in the deaths of many characters.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' is another {{Mons}} deconstruction. Remember the first [[Anime/DigimonAdventure two]] [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 seasons]]? They're all fake, nothing more than a kids TV show and merchandise franchise. ThisIsReality. The show explores how much damage real {{Mons}} could potentially cause to a cityscape, the consequences of endlessly trying to make your mon stronger (both for the mon and the Tamer), and the psychological problems that could result from being too attached to your mon.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' fits here by way of UnbuiltTrope. Some of the tropes ''Dragon Ball'' helped popularize are either subverted, averted or just flat out deconstructed.
** BigDamnHeroes: Gohan vs Super Buu, Future Trunks vs Android 17 & 18; both fights seem promising but end in spectacular failure.
** SaveTheVillain: SSJ Goku to Frieza; after being given enough energy to survive, Frieza lashes out once more, and Goku delivers the coup de grace instead of a third chance.
** AlwaysSomeoneBetter: After years of setting up the expectation that Goku can train, transform, and power-up enough to defeat any enemy, [[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Beerus the god of destruction]] ends up remaining absurdly more powerful, while his mentor is even stronger, and [[ExaggeratedTrope he is only the seventh of twelve destruction gods in existence]].
** DidYouJustScamCthulhu: Piccolo tempts Super Buu into killing humans to stall for time, but only slows him down a few minutes.
** DefeatMeansFriendship: After Vegeta's initial defeat, he CantCatchUp to Goku, a fact that festers in his heart for years, eventually resulting in a long-awaited FaceHeelTurn.
** SympathyForTheDevil: Goku often holds back or spares his defeated enemies, specifically hoping he can fight them again.
** RousseauWasRight: Majin Buu expels his anger in the form of Evil Buu, which then defeats and consumes the original, becoming even more evil in the process.
** VillainBall: Cell goes through '''extreme''' measures, such as beating Gohan and his family and friends to near-death, to draw out the great hidden strength from Gohan that Goku had cryptically talked about for the sake of having a challenge.
** HalfHumanHybrid: While being biologically compatible enough to sire children with Chichi is good news for Goku, it also means he's compatible enough to be affected by illnesses that affect humans, like the heart virus that almost killed him in the normal timeline, and did in Future Trunks' timeline. And needless to say, when he did die in that timeline [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the whole world went straight to hell.]]
** MartyStu: For Future Trunks, being very young, very handsome, a master swordsman, a Super Saiyan and coming from the future brings no enjoyment or satisfaction whatsoever and is ''not'' all its cracked up to be.
* ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' - Technically it is a satire mocking the Japanese recession, but every little thing, no matter how mundane or boring, is depicted as [[MundaneMadeAwesome totally awesome]]. [[Anime/ExcelSaga The anime]] meanwhile, parodies a different movie or television genre [[OnceAnEpisode each episode]].
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'', following the example of its [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight predecessor]], deconstructs heroism tropes, this time especially the concept of the IDidWhatIHadToDo TheNeedsOfTheMany-style AntiHero and the WellIntentionedExtremist, as well as some interesting and bizarre musings on the notion of being the villain of a story.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', but PlayedForLaughs and {{Mind Screw}}s.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' - The author himself said that he laid out to subvert as many tropes as possible with the series. One might argue the prime example here is FirstPersonShooter, as in ''being'' inside a FirstPersonShooter would be horrible.
* ''HayateTheCombatButler'' subverts, averts, deconstructs, and [[StealthParody stealth parodies]] HaremGenre tropes as much as possible.
* It's not that ''HunterXHunter'' doesn't stand on its own as a shonen fighting manga, but especially once you get into the [[CerebusSyndrome ant arc]] it becomes hard to ignore that Togashi wants to deconstruct shonen manga, its villains, and the IdiotHero.
** Specifically, the IdiotHero and his frequent form of CloudCuckoolander instinctive ethics. Gon verges on BlueAndOrangeMorality sometimes, but it's just the kind of thing IncorruptiblePurePureness frequently invokes, carried just far enough to be slightly creepy.
** Gon Freaks (said hero) is designed in tribute to Son Goku in several ways; there is a ''reason'' Gon [[ShoutOut catches a giant fish as his first act]].
*** And then of course he recently sacrificed his life to turn into a huge muscle-guy with endless hair in order to destroy Nefelpitou for destroying the mentor Gon wasn't strong enough or old enough to save...it was [[TearJerker horrifying as hell]], but a little bit funny, too. Because look, it's grown-up Goku UpToEleven.
*** The situation with Pitou that he's avenging is also a deconstruction of the way a villain's threat level and a hero's growth are often shown by giving them a CurbStompBattle the hero barely walks away from, and then turning the tables the next time. Because just surviving doesn't mean there aren't consequences for weakness. (Not that Togashi hasn't used the trope. Although at least once with Sensui it was slightly subverted by the death thing.)
** FiveManBand dynamics also played straight and deconstructed. Interesting because Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio map onto the team from Togashi's first big series.
*** They are: The Overpowered IdiotHero, the Small Scary Killer, the [[BewareTheNiceOnes Smart Pretty Boy]], and the Big Idiot With A Heart Of Gold.
** Kuroro Lucifer is weird. [[MonsterClown Hisoka]] does ''not'' belong in children's comics. And Meruem is an attempt to be psychologically ''realistic'' about a cosmic-level entity born full-grown to devour humans and conquer the world.
* ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'' [[DeconstructiveParody mostly pokes fun at many harem tropes]] and tropes such as MessianicArchetype. One standout case however is Chaos who is walking deconstruction of WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove, and unlike the rest it is not played for laughs. She shows what happens when you try to teach someone love who literally doesn't have any understanding of the concept and stuff such as LoveHurts are taken frighteningly literally.
* ''IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' - SpaceOpera, completely PlayedForLaughs.
* ''KeyTheMetalIdol'' - One of the first truly brilliant Anime {{Mind Screw}}s, it also sinks its teeth into numerous works and tropes of fiction, including Pinocchio/ BecomeARealBoy, MiniMecha, Real Mecha, Super Mecha, EccentricMentor, IdolSinger, and MagicalGirl, in addition to [[spoiler: subverting and deconstructing EmotionlessGirl and RobotGirl]].
* ''LightNovel/KokoroConnect'' disassembles every aspect of SliceOfLife high-school romance it can think of, FreakyFridayFlip and similar MagicalRealism tropes, and even the very concept of entertaining the audience.
* Haruka Kotoura of ''Manga/KotouraSan'' could have been a classic {{Moe}} protagonist and is one deep down. The problem is that her {{Telepathy}} [[PowerIncontinence cannot be turned off]] so she's unable to distinguish between speech and thought. [[HowWeGotHere In her backstory]], she grew up in a society where [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatemae Tatemae]] is a commonplace concept. [[DownerBeginning It did not end well]] [[BreakTheCutie for her]] [[BrokenBird at all]]. As a result, many of her major character tropes are either [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]], PlayedForDrama, or they are simply cynical in nature.
** This hypothetical situation also explores the implications of Tatemae's validity. Is it worth the risk of BecomingTheMask just so you can belong in society? Is it really okay to hurt and [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shun]] the HonestAdvisor [[InnocentlyInsensitive who may not know better if at all]]? Does this promote a truly happy society or a CrapsaccharineWorld?
* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' is very much not your normal magical girl series.
* ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' take some RealityEnsues. Since the antagonists are adults and choose their own [[TookALevelInJerkass path]], this series deconstructs some concepts of entire Nanoha franchise, especially the mainstay DefeatMeansFriendship. As usual, the heroes always use the usual friendly approach to the villains, but the villains use the advantage to get away with things, leading to more stubbornness and aggression for the villains or even running away.
* ''MedakaBox'' has pretty much become this. Taking shonen tropes (especially those found in ShonenJump) to UpToEleven while also showing [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity issues]] that come with the characters having such off the wall powers, and even deconstructs the concepts of the GodModeSue and InvincibleHero.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' deconstructs the then-prevailing {{Mecha}} trend of overpowered {{Super Robot}}s, thus creating the RealRobot genre.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' deconstructs the rest of the franchise's Universal Century side, given that it was produced during Tomino's emotional lowest point against Sunrise's endless ExecutiveMeddling. It tells everything buried deep in Tomino's mind about the commercial reality in the anime industries.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' deconstructs the rest of the Gundam franchise. It even has the [[Creator/ToruFuruya voice actor]] of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the original hero]] play the BigBad.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' - Deconstructs the minds set of the Kid Hero of the first generation, does he believe in achieving peace to both sides. Nope, he considers the Vagan as irredeemable monsters no matter what, and he holds this belief throughout his life, and not even his son and grandson can change his mind on that.
* ''{{Narutaru}}'' - You will never look at {{Mons}} the same way again.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' - Deconstructs IdiotHero (Naruto isn't an idiot, he just act like one because that's the only way he can get a brief moment of attention, and it's a defense mechanism against his depression), MessianicArchetype (Nagato via what happens when the universe goes out of its way to treat said archtype like crap), CosmicPlaything (out of four examples, all but Naruto have snapped somehow as a result and even then Naruto barely avoided snapping), AllGirlsWantBadBoys (Sasuke), NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished (Kakashi suffered some major trauma as a result of what happened to his father), and revenge tropes in general (especially Sasuke).
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' - Originally conceived as a deconstruction of the robot side of the SuperRobot genre, the second half of the series (and the movies) become a psychological evaluation of the so-called "[[AcePilot Hotshot Pilot]]", showing how fucked up they can be as far as wallowing in angst (a side effect of the show's creator going into therapy around the time the show began production). The show's original finale itself [[TakeThatAudience takes several swipes at the show's fanbase]], in particular targeting [[{{Shipping}} those who only cared about which girl Shinji would end up with]].
* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' - Joyfully mocks the reverse-harem shoujo genre it often falls straight into.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' - While being selfish in most MagicalGirl shows makes you the villain or the AlphaBitch, using your [[DealWithTheDevil wish]] to help others might lead to them to [[GoMadFromTheRevelation question everything]], unknowingly take your help and [[ExactWords forget you]], or [[spoiler: [[GroundhogDayLoop cause their suffering to build over multiple timelines.]]]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone And you get to have all the fun of watching it happen and knowing you caused it.]]
** Might not count due to it being more of a CosmicHorrorStory and [[spoiler: FaustianRebellion]] after it gets into [[WhamEpisode full swing]].
** The show calls attention to the fact that these untrained, unprepared youths are liable to actually ''die'' in their fights with the Witches, as well as the psychological damage it entails.
** ''Rebellion'', the series' sequel, also attacks its fair share of tropes. Most prominently, how disturbing would it actually be to love only one person, to the exclusion of ''[[TheFourLoves all other]]'' relationships?
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' - "Love is a battlefield" as a literal concept is common in MagicalGirl, but most tend to forget that love, and especially young love, is inextricably linked with sexuality (and explorations thereof) and uncertain and non-absolute infatuations, often unrequited or with those with whom such a pairing would be socially unacceptable. And that's not even getting into RGU's regular savaging of traditional gender roles.
* ''RosarioToVampire'' - No, seriously. In recent years Ikeda has taken it upon himself to ask what sort of background the girls in an UnwantedHarem might have come from, and to highlight the impact of being the RomanticRunnerUp in such a relationship. It also shows how dangerous it is to be TheTeamNormal and the possible adverse [[BodyHorror physical]] and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity psychological]] effects of an EmergencyTransformation. Not to mention Kahlua shows just how [[BerserkerTears messed up]] being a PunchClockVillain can make you.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' - Deconstructs many aspects of the [[TheDrifter Wandering Samurai]] [[note]]Not that Kenshin WAS one, mind you[[/note]] found in the JidaiGeki genre.
* ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'': [[MagicalGirlfriend So your shy, timid girlfriend turned out to have actually been a secret government human superweapon all along?]] Expect suffering, my friend. Lots [[TearJerker and lots]] [[SerialEscalation and lots]] of it.
* ''SchoolRumble'' deconstructs 2 genres by putting a Shonen hero in a Shojo setting.
* ''{{Shiki}}'' to vampire fiction. Starts out as a regular undead invade village, heroic vampire hunter fights them off. By the end, we're all left wondering who the real monsters are.
* ''StarDriver'' thrives on this. A great deal of the generic anime tropes used throughout the anime are TurnedUpToEleven and played with massively to the point they feel totally new.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' - See its entry under {{Deconstruction}} for details.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' - What do you mean "[[GenreBusting we should stay in one genre?]]" If we did that, Kyon wouldn't get to [[DeadpanSnarker snark at them]]!
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' eats this trope, among others, for breakfast. At the very least, it played the trope straight by deconstructing the [[HumongousMecha Giant Robot]] genre. Some hypotheses suggest that the first arc is based on 70s giant robot anime (roaming around having episodic MonsterOfTheWeek adventures), the second is the 80s (moving toward a BigBad and beating his subordinates along the way), the third arc transitions into the 90s (a much more cynical setting that looks very similar to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion something else by the same studio]]), and the final arc is intended to invert this trope by reconstruct everything into something new. Along the way, it examines how the HotBlooded type was treated in each of those. Among other things.
* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' - Deconstructs ITSELF, its [[CerebusSyndrome second half]] deconstructing its first half.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' - Especially the original series' heroes' use of DefeatMeansFriendship (which the BigBad's {{Cult}} uses in Season 2). And just look at [[DespairEventHorizon what happens]] to its typical IdiotHero-InvincibleHero protagonist in season 3.
** It doesn't just deconstruct tropes, it also deconstructs aspects of the game itself; Judai's duel with Kagurazuka takes a stab at showing the flaws in the PossessionEqualsMastery theory of netdecking, and a central theme in the anime is over which side of the StopHavingFunGuys debate is right.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' deconstructs EVERY SUPERHERO TROPE EVER. It does the Lois Lane, the Mook, the Crisis Crossover, the Anti-hero, the Legacy Character, heck, it deconstructs THE FREAKING JUSTICE SYSTEM. Unique in that it also reconstructs the classic hero as well.
* ComicBook/TheAuthority, of superteams in general and the JLA in particular.
* {{Planetary}} (also of the Wildstorm universe) went even further with the "Ironic Darkly Humorous Tongue-In-Cheek DeconstructiveParody of Superheroes" tone of ComicBook/TheAuthority by taking the same approach with other genres, including Hong-Kong action films, Japanese Giant Monster films, and 1930s pulp adventure.
* ''ComicBook/TheBoys'' is a deconstruction of the "Bullpen" mythos that surrounds the superhero comic book industry.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom'' is a deconstruction of [[SecretIdentity secret identities]], [[SuperHeroOrigin origin stories]], {{retcon}}s, [[RoguesGallery rogues' galleries]], StevenUlyssesPerhero, even, arguably, TheGoodCaptain, plus who knows how many other SuperheroTropes.
* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' gave us [[CerebusSyndrome the trope name]] for a ''reason''.
* ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' deconstructs the entirety of fiction and its relation to reality.
* ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}'' was one of the earliest {{Deconstruction}}s of the superhero genre, showing the Fascist undertones of the genre, explored the abuse of power, and showed a particularly [[{{Gorn}} Gory]] and [[PersonOfMassDestruction destructive]] superhero battle that was legitimately shocking at the time. Yet it still manages to explore ''[[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]'' mythos in a very witty and Tongue-In-Cheek manner.
* ''{{Powers}}'' is a major one for at least half the superhero tropes. Taking place through the eyes of two non-powered cops, everything from investigating superhero crimes to tabloid obsession with superheroes to BewareTheSuperman to what a relationship between a super powered gangster and a mob boss would really be like to how fickle the public can be on things like the SuperRegistrationAct to the stress of keeping a secret identity to immortality are put down on the page without any glamor or glorification.
* ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', at least in the original Eastman and Laird run
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is a deconstruction of the comics that preceded it. It examines the implications of superheroes existing in a real setting -- specifically, what just one person with superpowers might mean for the world, and what it really takes to be a masked vigilante with no powers capable of making a difference. It was one of the comic book that brought in the Dark Age of Comics.
* ''ComicBook/StarWarsLegacy'' takes the original and Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, [[{{Deconstruction}} cuts it up into little tiny pieces]], shuffles them, and [[{{Reconstruction}} glues it back together]] into a [[DarkerAndEdgier dark twisted reflection]] of its former self that's hardly recognisable, and yet somehow still manages to [[AdaptationDistillation capture everything that made the original movies great]].
%%* See: Creator/GrantMorrison's entire oeuvre:
%%** ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' and ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' both deconstruct massive numbers of superhero tropes, the superhero genre in general, as well as other tropes and genres that don't necessarily fall under superhero comics' purview. ''Animal Man'' gets all {{metafiction}}al with its deconstruction, while ''Doom Patrol'' turns more toward {{Dada}} (though it doesn't necessarily qualify as DadaComics, at least not as currently described.)
%%** Having thoroughly deconstructed superheroes (though he certainly wasn't done; see basically everything he's done for DC Comics in the last decade or so), Morrison wrote ''TheInvisibles'' to deconstruct, well, everything else.
%%** Literally, everything. There's probably more deconstruction happening in a couple given pages of ''The Invisibles'' than in most entire comic book series. It touches on action movie tropes, science fiction tropes, it blends together references to a plethora of literature and film, and a single trade volume alone features stories about voodoo, Aztec mythology, and [[spoiler: an entire issue about the life of a throwaway henchman who gets shot in the first trade]]. By the end of the series it even gets around to deconstructing itself (at least, [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible that's probably what it gets around to]]).
* ''Transformers Last Stand Of The Wreckers'' absolutely tears apart the ''Transformers'' series and the various tropes associated with it and kids series like it. In particular it rips BlackAndWhiteMorality, AscendedFanboy, NeverSayDie, AffablyEvil, AntiHero, WarIsGlorious, and ThouShallNotKill up from the roots to show how horrifying many clichés of the Saturday morning cartoon would be in real life.
** It also uses extremely graphic violence to show how horrific war between Transformers would be, not to mention subvert the common trick of using robots to sneak FamilyUnfriendlyViolence past censors. Robots getting smashed up isn't so harmless and kid friendly when said robots are ''living sentient beings'' who express terror and pain with gut-wrenching detail.
* ''{{Tron}}: Ghost in the Machine'' (follow up to AlternateContinuity ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'') dishes out some deconstruction with a side order of MindScrew. The comic opens with Jet Bradley going from a promising game designer to hunkering down in his HonoraryUncle's darkened arcade, [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand virulently technophobic]] with a nasty case of PTSD from all the digital lives he had to take in the course of the game.
** Oh, that's just the opening scene! It deconsructs the "User as hero" idea when Jet gets put in charge of an army because he absorbs the commander and leads his troops into a bloodbath. The depiction of Alan is "RonTheDeathEater" levels of dark, pulling zero punches about him being a broken, GoodIsNotNice man after the loss of his wife and close friend. It screws with YourMindMakesItReal [[spoiler: all three "Jet" Programs think their version of reality is the "correct" one]], and even makes a chilling play with the BrainUploading / VirtualGhost aspect of Ma3a.
* ''Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' deconstructs a lot of assumptions about SpiderMan and Peter Parker. Especially assumptions made by Peter Parker. Epitomises the 'near universally hated' part of this trope.
** The SpiderMan franchise has always dabbled in this, mostly through the contrast between TheCape and a ClassicalAntihero, but also by considering how superhero tropes would affect someone trying to get through school. It's just gotten more and more pronounced over the years. As one editor summarized it, "Peter Parker's life was [miserable], which every teenager could relate to; once he became SpiderMan, Peter's life got even worse."
* As well as StupidJetpackHitler, ''ComicBook/{{Uber}}'' deconstructs the common superhero comic depiction of abstract "courage", "will", or "righteousness" as outweighing SuperWeight. Go up against a SuperSoldier who outclasses you, and you ''will'' be rapidly smeared across the landscape.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* If there is a trope of ''FanFic/TheConversionBureau'' that has pissed you off and/or confused you, ''FanFic/TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum'' and its various canon side-stories have probably skewered through it. Newfoals as defined by [[MisanthropeSupreme Chatoyance]]? They're played up as perpetually smiling zombies living smack-dab in the UncannyValley. The xenocidal tendencies of the TCB ponies being played as a good thing? In ''Spectrum'', they're [[ANaziByAnyOtherName portrayed almost like Nazis]]. The global effects of Equestria appearing in the ocean? Not actually present in the story, but given a long, ''incredibly'' {{Troperiffic}} monologue about the scientific impossibilities, faithfully reproduced on the fanfic's page and the NoEndorHolocaust page. Why are the Equestrians, including Celestia, so misanthropic? [[spoiler: They've been corrupted by an ArtifactOfDoom that seeks to enslave every living being under its maker's will]]. How would the presence of the Barrier affect food production and standards of living in the world due to the massive displacement of refugees? Most cities on earth, or at least Rio de Janeiro, turn into {{Wretched Hive}}s where food has become so hard to come by that [[spoiler: some [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty have resorted to eating newfoals]]]]. How was a successful version of the potion created? That's difficult to explain without ruining the WhamEpisode, but it's really, really messed up.
** The side story, ''Calm Before the Storm'', does not shy away from showing just how Equestria would really be ill-equipped to support a massive influx of new residents, topped off with a heaping dose of RealityEnsues. To put it simply, there are severe food shortages, no adequate infrastructure to support the newfoals coming in, the economy is in shambles, and the prolonged war has slowly unraveled the fabric of society, so much so that only terror, propaganda and the slave exploitation of newfoals are the only things keeping the Solar Empire afloat, and even ''that'' is failing.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7865548/1/Spirited-Away Spirited Away]] deconstructs not only a big portion of ''Literature/HarryPotter'', but also themes found in other Harry Potter/''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' crossovers.
* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' is a [[{{Anvilicious}} brutal]] DeconstructorFleet of Judeo-Christian religion, especially the Bible and the Koran. Turns out that if you played the stories from the Bible and the Koran [[AllMythsAreTrue literally and completely straight]], the result would be a CosmicHorrorStory that would make Lovecraft cry. Jesus' miracles and ascension? He's a basically-immortal HumanAlien who left Earth to become a leader for his alien Angels. Satan being the enemy of humanity? Yep, because humans are descended from Angels ("made in the image of God") and their world is in his territory. A modern Muslim theocracy running on ''shariah'' law [[RecycledInSpace in space]]? It's a brutal dystopia run by the also-deconstructed [[TheCaligula Prophet Muhammad]] - [[DystopiaIsHard and many Muslims themselves hate it]]. The antisemitic belief that the devil-worshiping Jews killed Jesus? Turns out they did once worship Maledict - until they rebelled against him. Basically, take [[ShownTheirWork nearly any story from the Bible or Koran]] and it's deconstructed in some way here.
** The [[spoiler: LukeIAmYourFather plot twist]] in Episode 75 comprehensively deconstructs powerful MarySue Sonic fan characters; [[spoiler: Maledict created hedgehogs with his own corrupted genetics in an attempt to create the "Ultimate Weapon" - which ended up giving some of them literally godlike abilities (including Sonic's trademark speed). And many of them ended up becoming MarySue OCs too, specifically ''because'' Satan wanted them that way]].
** Along the way, the story also takes time to deconstruct elements of the Sonic games; [[spoiler:the Chaos Emeralds are literally satanic artifacts that slowly corrupt their users]] and [[spoiler: thanks to being indirectly created by Maledict, the Sonic characters can use Rings to power themselves]].
* The fic ''Fanfic/ZuluSquadNoTsukaima'' is a DeconstructorFleet for anime crossovers, and crossover fics in general. Appropriate, since it's a crossover with ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''.
** Specifically it shows how characters from a non-anime world would react to all the cliches and tropes associated with anime or manga.
** Later in the story it [[{{Anvilicious}} brutally]] [[WarIsHell deconstructs]] [[WarIsGlorious battles where modern or futuristic soldiers]] fight a technologically inferior army and win the day with little to no casualties.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is one big deconstruction of classic fairy tale Tropes, including some of Disney's own. One of the heroines believes in LoveAtFirstSight. [[spoiler: She promptly falls prey to an opportunistic borderline-sociopath who only cares about the political power a marriage with her will get him, and is more than willing to toss her aside once she outlives her usefulness.]] The mysterious magic-wielding monsters [[spoiler: are more incompetent than malicious, with the best of intentions but not really thinking things through.]] The dark sorceress who lives alone in the wild and creates monsters to keep others away [[spoiler: doesn't have full control over her own power and lives by herself because she doesn't want to hurt anyone.]] And while the PowerOfLove saves the day in the end, [[spoiler: it's not Romantic Love, but the familial love between two sisters.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is a deconstruction of both superhero tropes (for example, much of the story being kicked off and motivated by a severe lapsing of [[HeroInsurance Hero Insurance]]), and mid 20th century family sitcom tropes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' is about an ogre who becomes a reluctant KnightInShiningArmor. The structure is that of a typical save-the-princess fairy tale, but with comedy and dramatic reversal added.

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%%* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'': Good luck ever taking a DisasterMovie seriously again. The ironic thing is that the film itself is a remake of an obscure, existing disaster film (1957's ''Zero Hour!''), which was played completely straight and was rewritten to make it a comedy.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''. On horror movies, [[spoiler:especially not with the YouBastard note that it ends on]].
* The JohnCandy film ''Film/{{Delirious}}'' deconstructs soap opera plots, and essentially every element of storytelling.
%%* ''Film/{{Soapdish}}''.
* ''FunnyGames'': A {{Slasher|Movie}} film with DangerouslyGenreSavvy killers who know they're in a film and [[NoFourthWall break the fourth wall]] to accuse the audience of wanting innocents to suffer for their amusement. The killers are continually disappointed when the family does the more common sense action rather than ratcheting up the tension, and the real violence is only heard, not seen. Ultimately, the killers are the audience. [[spoiler:They even change the outcome after the family fights back... with a remote control.]]
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' The entire plot can be summed up in the question "what if the cast of a Franchise/StarTrek like show got mistaken for the characters they played by an alien race with no concept of lies or fiction and was drafted into leading said race to victory in a war against evil genocidal aliens?
** OlderThanTheyThink: Some of its plot can be traced back to "Visit to a Weird Planet," a Franchise/StarTrek DeconstructionFic from 1968!
* ''Film/HenryPortraitOfASerialKiller''. Go ahead, try to root for [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] or ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' after seeing this film.
* ''Film/AHistoryOfViolence'' deconstructs a whole slew of Action Movie cliches. The things the RetiredBadass did in his previous life, and the things he is still capable of when pushed, are genuinely scary, making the distinction between RetiredBadass and RetiredMonster virtually non-existent. Our hero is a brutal and efficient killer, morally superior to the villains only because the people he kills are worse. Being publicly hailed as a hero does not improve the hero's life; in fact it attracts unwanted attention from even scarier people. The kid who stands up to the school bully by sinking to his level gets kicked out of school and in trouble with the law. And Love may have once redeemed, but it can't overcome the darker secrets that are brought to light.
* ''Film/HotFuzz'' is this for Buddy Cop movies, and shows the mountains of paperwork the characters would have to go through by the end of the film.
* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' is a BlackComedy which averts, subverts, inverts, defies, parodies, and eventually deconstructs more tropes than it plays straight-- and it does it marvelously.
* ''Film/LastActionHero'' attempts to deconstruct action movies and the characters found within. It falls short, but the effort is there.
* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' deconstructs [[IfItBleedsItLeads the relationship between violence, the media and sensationalism]], the audience's narrative expectations, and a handful of media formats, such as the wacky sitcom style used for Mallory's background, complete with a LaughTrack while her father molests her and various people are messily murdered.
* ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'' deconstructs 50s [[NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe idealism]] and [[PopularHistory portrayal]] [[TheThemeParkVersion in media]].
* Creator/WoodyAllen's ''The Purple Rose Of Cairo'', ''Deconstructing Harry'', ''Mighty Aphrodite'' (complete with Greek chorus.)
* ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'' works entirely by having genre-savvy characters pointing out what ought to happen next, and how to avoid it.
* The entire SpaghettiWestern subgenre is one massive DeconstructorFleet of its supergenre, TheWestern. The protagonists often shot first - and last - and were only the "good guys" insofar as they were less sadistic than the villains. See also the following entry.
** ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' deconstructs not only the morality of Westerns, but the dramatic structure they're built on, stripping it down to the bare minimum.
* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' is also a massive deconstruction of the Western genre; Creator/ClintEastwood's deconstruction of his own work, in fact. Eastwood spent most of his career, post-''Rawhide'', deconstructing the Western, before moving on to more genres as his career progressed.
* ''Film/SevenPsychopaths'', being about writing a screenplay, frequently discusses and [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] movie tropes. For example, during a scene where Hans has a gun pointed at him:
-->'''Paulo''': Put your hands up!\\
'''Hans''': No.\\
'''Paulo''': What?\\
'''Hans''': I said no.\\
'''Paulo''': Why not?\\
'''Hans''': Because I don't want to.\\
'''Paulo''': ({{beat}}) ''...but I've got a gun.''\\
'''Hans''': I don't care.\\
'''Paulo''': ''It doesn't make any sense!''\\
'''Hans''': (laughs) Too bad.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'': The subtitle of this movie could just have easily been ''The Deconstruction Of [[TheKirk Kirk]]''. Most of the core traits associated with Kirk and what their consequences in RealLife would probably be are examined and pulled apart. The adventurer who faces a problem on a weekly basis, solves it and promptly [[ButForMeItWasTuesday forgets it ever happened]] is suddenly brought face to face with one of those problems from a decade and a half before, and discovers the consequences of his thoughtlessness can be [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge measured by the body count]]. The suave lady-killer with a girl in every port discovers that one of his conquests (and it's implied that it's the only one he ever truly loved) has resulted in [[LukeYouAreMyFather a son he's never known]] and who hates him. His tendency to [[MilitaryMaverick play fast and loose with the rules]] leads to his ship being crippled and a score of dead cadets, all of which could and should have been avoided by simply raising the shields, and his trait of [[TakeAThirdOption finding novel solutions to intractable problems]] ends the life of [[spoiler: his best friend and trusted right hand]]. It also shows what happens when you take the dashing, devil-may-care heroic adventurer, let him get old and put him in a desk job: a full-blown mid-life crisis.
-->'''Bones:''' Dammit, Jim. Other men have birthdays. Why are we treating yours like a ''funeral''?
* Film/TheDarkKnightSaga is a Deconstruction of Batman. Bruce Wayne's vigilantism inspires copycats who do more harm than good, and while it leads to a decline in common crime and the power of organized crime families, it also sets the stage for the emergence of a scarier, crazier breed of criminal. The attempts to honor Harvey Dent's memory and usher in a peace in his name only lead to more draconian laws and suspensions of civil liberties in the name of justice. And, of course, we see just how emotionally and physically damaging being Batman is for Bruce, and just how unhealthy the desire to be a superhero really is.

* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' is a literal Deconstruction of the horror genre, in that it is based on the postmodernist philosophy of Deconstructionism. Arguably, it is a deconstruction of ''literature itself'', and with ''Literature/OnlyRevolutions'' it's a bit less arguable.
* Nabokov's ''Literature/PaleFire'' deconstructs and mocks literary criticism, cantos poetry, Soviet spy stories, and the narrative structure itself.
* Voltaire's ''Literature/{{Candide}}'', a vicious satire of the TastesLikeDiabetes optimism that was so popular at the time.
* ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' is a meticulous parody of things such as morality plays and chivalric lessons. It is also older than ''Literature/DonQuixote''.
** Especially [[AuthorAvatar Chaucer's]] first story, where he can't decide which stereotypical villain to use--a giant or a Saracen--so he makes the bad guy a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot giant Saracen]].
* Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear's ''A Companion to Wolves'' does this to the Animal Companion genre with their ManlyGay wolf bondmates.
* Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. It starts out as a fairly straightforward parody of heroic fantasy and evolves into something more complex, subtle, and deconstructive that takes precise aim at nearly everything.
** This is especially true of novels that enthusiastically send up real-world social phenomena, such as ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', or ''Discworld/TheTruth''.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', which has an entire cast of GenreSavvy people, a [[FirstPersonSmartass smartass narrator]], and [[{{Troperiffic}} a general love of all things tropey]].
* Frank Herbert's ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', which took ''John Carter of Mars'' and ''Lensman'' and imagined what it would be like if the settings of said space operas (a) obeyed real physical laws, (b) were populated by grown-ups, and (c), were based on/influenced by non-western societies.
** As he put it ''"I am showing you the superhero syndrome and your own participation in it."''
* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''. Gilgamesh had been TheHero in stories for ''at least one thousand years'' before the Epic. The Epic [[BadassDecay revises those stories]] and [[AdaptationExpansion adds new material]] to make him into TheCaligula – and then for good measure it makes the gods (especially [[LoveGoddess Ishtar/Inanna]]) into JerkassGods. The ancient Babylonians were [[OlderThanTheyThink masters of postmodernism]]. Postmodernism and [[RapePillageAndBurn flaying]].
* Anything by ThomasPynchon, with ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'' being probably the most famous example.
* ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', deconstructing all [[Creator/CharlesDickens its author's]] work up to that point
* ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' was a satire on...well, everything. From the then-current craze for published accounts of fabulous discoveries in the South Seas (to the point where almost any outlandish or impossible tale of discovery would be avidly devoured), to trends in science, philosophy and politics.
* Douglas Adams' ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', and its original {{radio}} version, TV, video game and movie adaptations, as well. Of course, there's also a literal Deconstructor Fleet--yhe Vogons.
* Brandon Sanderson wrote ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' as a deconstruction of a number of prominent high fantasy tropes. WordOfGod indicates that Sanderson was aiming at deconstructing the EvilOverlord, ChosenOne prophecies, and TheHero in particular, but there are countless other examples as well.
* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''--Along with its [[Film/ThePrincessBride theatrical adaptation]], this story is possibly one of the most well-known deconstructions of classic fantasy tropes.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'' is a deconstruction of the LoveableRogue trope. By the end of the third novel, the rascally Reynard has [[spoiler: morphed into a full blown BigBad. And he [[LoveMakesYouEvil did it all for love.]]]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Owing to being mostly inspired by historical fiction, the series is a deconstruction of most of medieval fantasy, and shows what a world is like when a bunch of heavily armed and ambitious assholes with a lifetime of privilege can go about doing whatever they want. A more complete list can be seen [[DeconstructedTrope/ASongOfIceAndFire here]]. Examples include:
** The first book in particular has an honorable, law-abiding nobleman and his proper, ladylike daughter who just can't wait to marry the prince and begin popping out kids as the [[NaiveNewcomer naïve newcomers]] at the DeadlyDecadentCourt. [[spoiler: The first one gets a totally undeserved HumiliationConga where he is forced to confess a treason he didn't really commit, then stripped of his lands and titles, ''then'' beheaded with his own sword and has his head put on a pike; while the princess basically gets the ultimate BreakTheCutie narrative, ending up as a hostage kept to hold her vengeful family at bay.]]
** Tyrion's status as a (filthy rich) human with dwarfism seems a clear jab at the ubiquitous [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Tolkienian dwarves]] in the EpicFantasy genre, even though Martin had already experimented with a similar character in previous books. Even his use of an axe in combat is explained because of his physical limitations making him unable to swing a sword properly. When Tyrion is deprived of his wealth and noble status, he gets much {{Angst}} from a CrapsackWorld that only sees him as a circus freak.
* ''Literature/TheTenantOfWildfellHall'' [[RealityEnsues realistically]] and painfully deconstructs AllGirlsWantBadBoys and related tropes that feature prominently in works such as ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' and ''Literature/JaneEyre'', written by the author's sisters.
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'' not only deconstructs the ChivalricRomance genre, but applies GenreDeconstruction to the next genres: RomanceNovel, (MayDecemberRomance, FilleFatale), the {{Arcadia}}, SecretTestOfCharacter, SweetPollyOliver, GentlemanThief literature, the DeadpanSnarker, (and all kind of snarkers). It also has {{UnbuiltTrope}}s like StrawFan, LordErrorProne, MadDreamer, CutLexLuthorACheck and BookBurning… and given its status as the first modern novel, it’s full of {{Postmodernism}}.
* ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' is a huge deconstruction of the "guy comes back to wreak vengeance on everyone who oppressed him" genre, but most people only remember its romance aspect.
* [[VanityFair William Thackeray]] specializes in deconstructing and satirizing English society.
* ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' deconstructs, parodies and exposes everything people of the time thought they knew about UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' deconstructs the KidHero trope. The Animorphs are a group of kids who WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld, and are facing an enemy who are a dedicated invading army, and in order to fight them, they have to forgo their classes in order to focus on saving the world. Along the way they make some morally questionable choices, and do stuff out of sheer desperation against overwhelming odds. By the end of the books the heroes all suffer from [=PTSD=] with their school and social life wrecked.
* The "Vows and Honor" novels from the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' setting by MercedesLackey is a deliberate inversion of the classic sword-and-sorcery tropes, and even inversions of some of the more common aversions. The titular duo are indeed a pairing of a barbarian warrior and an aristocratic mage--except that they're both women. Who then, in defiance of the HoYay, are respectively celibate due to religious vows and looking for a husband. And the barbarian is actually more well-read on academic topics than the mage. And she's also ''richer'' than the mage (she's the heir of all the assets of her vanished tribe, which puts her well up on the mostly-disowned noblewoman from the impoverished family). And while there is a powerful and mystic sword it belongs to the ''sorceress'', not the warrior. And the powerful and exotic intelligent familiar bonded to the ''warrior'', not the sorceress (specifically on the grounds that 'You've already got that sword to look out for you, and she doesn't have anything.') And the barbarian's favorite hobby is babysitting. And while the traditional quest object for a sword-and-sorcery duo is glory, both heroines are actually ''running away from'' the one bard actually interested in glorifying their adventures in immortal prose -- because he keeps spreading the (false!) impression that they're happy to work for free, when they're actually trying to save up enough cash for a retirement fund. Which by itself is not a usual goal for sword-and-sorcery protagonists. And the list goes ''on and on''.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The show blends genres with considerable aplomb, lampshades and plays with all the tropes it can get its grubby little hands on, and put a modernized twist on various stories and myths, not to mention deconstructing TheChosenOne.
** In Season 6, the blond girl doesn't die, even after having sex — she instead turns out to be GenreSavvy and an ActionGirl and proceeds to kick vampire butt.
** Season 6 deconstructs what the show is about. The focus is on the Scoobies' foray into the real world and not the whole saving the world plot and being heroes. Only the bad guys care about that.
** Season 6 also deconstructs the FoeYay trope by showing just how dysfunctional such a relationship would be if it were ever consummated.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'' is all about deconstructing and satirizing the StrawmanPolitical (mostly right-wing, but he's not averse to throwing darts at the Left), and many other PoliticsTropes fall as well.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' sinks its teeth into zombies, war-films, westerns, spy films, geekdom, ''Series/DoctorWho'', video-games, ''Series/{{Glee}}'', horror...okay, really, anything that's been put into media.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has, at various times both deconstructed tropes with wild abandon and later, as a side-effect of RunningTheAsylum, deconstructed itself and its {{Fandom}}.
** The banally entitled, late '70s story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath "The Robots of Death"]] explored the real effects of living in a society with robots as a work force. Wouldn't, for example, UncannyValley rear its head?
** A few years later, writer (later briefly script editor) Creator/DouglasAdams had [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet "The Pirate Planet"]], which explicitly gave the villain some actually specific purpose for his villainy rather than putting it down to some vague "powerlust" or the like.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E5TheHornsOfNimon "The Horns of Nimon"]], the Doctor's formerly GenreBlind companion notes through word play that the head guys have a "[[FreudWasRight power complex]]".
** The new series episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]] is especially notable. The entire purpose of the episode, except to scare people half to death, is a deconstruction of how people would ''really'' react to a weirdo genius knows-too-much alien stranger in a crisis. It...doesn't go well, shall we say.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]] [[spoiler:essentially deconstructs the Doctor himself and the mythology that the series has built around him. It involves the Doctor holding back death, defying the laws of time and space to save innocent lives and rewrite the history books and generally acting up to titles like the 'Lonely God' that the series has often thrown around about him, doing things similar to what he's done before and which would under other circumstances be presented as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome... except here, the people who would normally amazed, dazzled and charmed by him are freaked out by what he's done and who he is, and his very actions are presented as wrong and indicative of his growing arrogance, indifference and alarming tendencies towards AGodAmI Syndrome.]]
** Made even more bone-chilling when paired with the revelation of [[spoiler:The Forgotten Doctor]]. The Tenth Doctor was willing '''to cast aside''' the mantle of "The Doctor" and become "Time Lord Victorious", and would have [[spoiler:if not for Adelaide's suicide.]] Whatever '''that man''' did, he is either what the Tenth would have become if he remained "Time Lord Victorious"... [[FridgeHorror or far, far worse.]] [[spoiler:It was and wasn't. That "lost" incarnation, The War Doctor, was the one who ''destroyed'' Gallifrey.]]
** Part of what distinguishes the new series from the classic series is the former's serious examination of the Doctor's relationships with his Companions, thriving on showing the dark side that the classic series rarely delved into.
*** Rose's portrayal shows what can happen when a Companion becomes so attached to the Doctor that she no longer knows how to function in "normal" life. [[spoiler:When she's forcibly separated from the Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Doomsday"]], it absolutely devastates her, to the point that she considers herself dead, and believes that her post-Doctor life is meaningless.]]
*** Sarah Jane's portrayal depicts what happens to a Companion after departing from the TARDIS. In the thirty or so years since, she hasn't been able to reintegrate into normal human society, developed abandonment issues, and spent her free time looking for trouble in order to feel closer to the old days. However, she is [[DeconReconSwitch reconstructed]] almost immediately, given closure by the Tenth Doctor and allowed to become a hero in her own right.
*** Martha's portrayal examines the dark side of the Companion's ReplacementGoldfish aspect -- since, of course, every Companion will always be replaced by a new one due to the show's LongRunner status. [[spoiler:She eventually leaves the Doctor of her own free will because she's tired of living in the shadow of the Doctor's previous Companion, Rose, and feels like she's just a substitute for her.]]
*** Donna's portrayal shows, once again, the dark side of obsession with the Doctor. After just one brief meeting with the Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]], her "normal" life feels completely empty, and she wastes an entire year just waiting to see him again, immediately abandoning her family without a second thought when she runs into him.
*** Amy's portrayal shows the detrimental effects that life with the Doctor can have on mundane human relationships. When she finally becomes a Companion after obsessing over the Doctor since childhood, she very nearly abandons her fiancé to travel with him. Later episodes even introduce a brief ShipTease, where we're given good reason to believe that the Doctor is the real father of her child. [[spoiler:He's not, but [[AdultFear Amy ends up losing her baby]] because of her adventures with the Doctor.]]
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' did pretty well to deconstruct the SpaceOpera, contributing to the drastic (and fairly sudden) shift in tone of Space Operas that happened around 2002-3. The shift was so sudden that ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' dramatically shifted ''mid-series'', the third and fourth seasons having a considerably darker, serious, and what would later be recognized as more ''modern'' tone.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' is dedicated not only to busting myths and urban legends, but [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters deconstructing tropes.]]
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', with its observational humor, intersecting plot-lines, non sympathetic protagonists, and the famous RealTime Chinese Restaurant episode kicked off a revolution. Every SitCom that came afterwards owes something to it (to the point that the original now sadly seems [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny cliche]]).
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has occasional bouts of ruthless deconstructionism.
* ''Series/TheWire'' savagely deconstructs {{Police Procedural}}s. It's hard to go back to them afterwards.
** It goes beyond that, after deconstructing police procedurals it goes on to deconstruct your perceptions of most of societies important institutions.
** One of the reasons that [[EnsembleDarkhorse Omar Little]] is such a popular character is that he's essentially a living deconstruction of every ActionHero trope that you've ever seen, yet still manages to be memorably {{Badass}} in his own way.
*** Instead of being an invincible OneManArmy, he comes out on top because he meticulously plans his every move, and [[ShroudedInMyth he knows how to exploit fear and intimidation]] as well as any gangster.
*** Instead of being a walking paragon of classic masculinity, he's StraightGay, but defiantly refuses to stay in the closet (despite living in the virulently homophobic inner-city of Baltimore).
*** Instead of being an idealistic crusader, he's a cynical, nihilistic thug who rips off drug dealers [[ItAmusedMe for the simple thrill of it]], and he receives several well-deserved WhatTheHellHero speeches from the police, who point out that his violent actions harm the city just as much as the drug war does.
*** Though he ''tries'' to wage a one-man war on Baltimore's gangs as a VigilanteMan, his efforts often frustrate the efforts of police officers to stop criminals the old-fashioned way (as seen in Season 1, when [[spoiler:he murders Stinkum to avenge his lover Brandon, preventing the police from using Stinkum as a link to [[TheDon Avon]]]]).
*** He tries to pull off a classic RoaringRampageOfRevenge exactly twice in the run of the show. [[spoiler: Though the first one is successful, the second one ends with him being unceremoniously gunned down by a child, showing that he's just as mortal as everyone else involved in "the game".]]
*** For all his badassery, he never rises about the level of a minor supporting character--which is notable, since he'd probably be the ''protagonist'' in 90% of action thrillers taking place in urban America. The series is quite up-front about that fact that he's just one cog in the social machine that keeps the drug trade afloat, and that few of his actions truly matter in the grand scheme of things.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had frequent moments of trope deconstruction. See fan-favorite "Window of Opportunity" for how it deconstructs and [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the GroundhogDayLoop.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' showed how saving the world is made complicated by politics and personal issues. It also showed just how much something like breaking the laws constantly and fighting terrorists take effect on the people who do it, and how torture just doesn't work when the people being tortured are so devoted to their cause, and how the action disturbs anyone who does it.
** [[MisaimedFanbase Just don't tell that to the show's fandom]]
* ''MarriedWithChildren'', originally to be called 'Not the Cosbys' took on many tropes of family-based sitcoms and turned them on their heads.
* Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 is all about mocking movie cliches.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' deconstructs both the PoliceProcedural and LawProcedural genres.
* The KoreanDrama ''First Wives Club'' deconstructs many FamilyTropes as well as LoveTropes and {{Romance Arc}}s.
* Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine gradually became one big Deconstruction of Star Trek ''itself'' as it went on, bringing to the forefront all the implied-but-never-addressed problems with Gene Roddenberry's MarySuetopia. The utopian Federation has no effective mechanism for addressing political dissent (how could anyone not be happy in a utopia?); nearly everyone is content, and the ones that aren't are seen as eccentrics at best, and at worst are demonized even more than the Federation's actual enemies. Starfleet, the LawfulGood defenders of freedom and enlightenment, got that reputation largely through military superiority, and the introduction of Section 31, the "dirty tricks" department of Starfleet, brought to light the behind-the-scenes moral compromises the organization has to make in order to maintain that superiority. When faced with an enemy that they were unable to defeat through straightforward tactics, Starfleet turned to potential war crimes disturbingly fast. The ProudWarriorRace trope was also Deconstructed with the corruption and civil war that plagued the Klingon Empire toward the end: a society based around combat and marital prowess turned to be little more than a society of violent, glory-obsessed thugs who give plenty of lip service to honor and loyalty but will quickly turn on each other to gain an advantage. Ironically, the one Klingon character who best embodied the ideals the Klingons were ''supposed'' to live up to wasn't even raised as one.
* ''KamenRiderRyuki'' deconstructs many common HenshinHero tropes, the idea of CompetitiveBalance in a fighting tournament and how easy it is to get around through dirty fighting [[spoiler: and that the fight itself is rigged with the host owning a near unstoppable GameBreaker he can replace if it dies]], {{Mons}}, which will turn and eat the Rider if not fed, and the commonly used PhlebotinumRebel in the KamenRider franchise because the BigBad made sure that any attempt to oppose him is doomed to fail.
* ''KamenRiderGaim'' deconstructs many tropes. Even ones that don't necessarily belong to the HenshinHero genre.
** The first arc deconstructs the {{Mon}} genre. The Inves, basically the Mons in this series, aren't automatically loyal to their owner, pose a real threat to anyone nearby should they go berserk and [[spoiler: carry TheVirus which turns everyone bitten or scratched by them into one of them]]
** Kamen Rider Sigurd manages to deconstruct the standard 'Righteous hero defeating Evil Monster' trope with one line, after killing[[spoiler: a crazed Hase, who was turned into]] an Inves, in cold blood, while clearly enjoying it.
--> '''Sigurd:''' I just exterminated a monster that attacked people. This is what people call 'justice'.
** The second and third episode slightly deconstructs the fact that heroes can't be corrupted by their power. After Kouta receives his Rider powers, he starts using them for almost every trivial chore he encounters on his part-time jobs. HilarityEnsues. In the third episode, it is revealed he used his powers to win money at the Inves Games, causing his sister to call him out on that he is wasting his time with games instead of helping society through jobs.
** The series also deconstructs the BigBad trope, in that what first appeared to be the BigBad, is one of the most moral and well-intentioned characters in the whole show, only rivaled by TheHero himself.
* Both ''Series/TeenWolf'' and ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' deconstruct other teen shows. Basically, having too drama in your life for a teenager can be distracting, and lead to personal lives being screwed up. Also, lying to people all the time can do major damage to relationships and reputation. In the former show's case, Stiles and Scott struggle in school from having to rush out and deal with the danger surrounding their things. In the latter's case, the girls not only struggle with school, but dealing with an unknown stalker and their crazy friend Alison had led to them breaking down and succumbing to mental illness, drugs, and alcohol.

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* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''. It sets itself up as a ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' clone, starting with you being part of the [[SendInTheSearchTeam search team]], but starting in the second act, it shows its true colors as a deconstruction of more than just modern shooters, but of moral choices systems, ButThouMust, OneManArmy, and ultimately, escapist power-fantasy video games.
--> '''[[spoiler:John Konrad:]]''' You're here because you wanted to feel like something you're not: a hero.
** While it's at it, it reserves some pretty harsh criticism for [[AmericaSavesTheDay American interventionist foreign policy]], though the developers argue that people tend to overstate this aspect. Mostly, they wanted to deconstruct the military shooter genre.
* ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' is basically the ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' of video games. It takes as many meta tropes as it can, such as ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, AllJustADream, DeadAllAlong, and {{Transfictionality}} and takes them apart with every plot twist, so that the player is left guessing which is true until the very end of the game, and probably beyond.
* ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' takes cheery jabs at fantasy games and [=RPGs=], especially the idea of TheChosenOne. It turns out there are multiple "Chosen Ones" - because when you tell a young farm boy he's destined to defeat evil and hand him a crappy sword, he tends to rush into the fray and die instantly.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', using Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' as a jumping off point, explores philosophy while deconstructing {{First Person Shooter}}s and the tropes common to early 20th century fiction.
** The antagonists of the first two games, Andrew Ryan and Sofia Lamb, deconstruct the idea of the {{Ubermensch}}, showing how such a person would be, ''at best'', a WellIntentionedExtremist, and at worst hypocritical and dogmatic. Ryan is himself a composite of John Galt (the hero of ''Atlas Shrugged''), the industrial plutocrats of the time, and Ayn Rand herself. At the same time, [[spoiler:Frank Fontaine, the real BigBad of the first game]], takes the archetypal Randian villain -- a man who leeches off of others to get ahead and in turn supports those who leech off of others -- and turns him around into the embodiment of the criticisms of Objectivism. He's out [[ItsAllAboutMe purely for his own rational self-interest]], and if that means destroying the life's work of the man who tried to destroy his, all the better.
** ADAM is a deconstruction of both superpowers and MundaneUtility. The frivolous uses of the substance for plastic surgery, sports, and other mundane purposes left people hopelessly addicted, repulsively disfigured by genetic disorders, and irrevocably insane, thus creating the Splicers that function as the main enemies of the game. The only characters in the game who haven't ended up this way are people who [[StraightEdge didn't splice]] (Ryan, Lamb, and Tenembaum), [[FunctionalAddict spliced in moderation]] (Atlas, Sinclair, Poole, Langford, and Fontaine [[spoiler: prior to the final boss battle]]), or possessed a natural immunity (The Big Sisters, Eleanor, and apparently [[spoiler: the protagonists]]).
*** Or they died.
** The twist of the first game deconstructs MissionControl, showing how [[FirstPersonShooter FPS]] = ButThouMust in most cases.
* ''VideoGame/CannonFodder'', which takes the MilitaryAndWarfareTropes page and systematically tears it to pieces.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is a gleeful deconstruction of just about every trope listed on the StandardFantasySetting page.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is ultimately a deconstruction of Western [=RPGs=] as a whole. There is no single BigBad to pin the central conflict on, nor is there a third option when the time comes to pick a side. In fact the conflict is sparked by the instigator ''specifically eliminating'' all chance of a third option. Hawke is less interested in saving the world than simply trying to keep their family safe and together, but unfortunately the plot has [[TraumaCongaLine other ideas]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', starting from roughly ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI VI]]'' on, has been subtly doing this, poking holes in the concepts of TheChosenOne, the characters' dependency on GreenRocks or phlebotinum to solve their problems, cheerful heroes, sullen heroes, {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s, and so on, all while diving deeply into GenreBusting waters. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is perhaps the most extreme example.
** Even before that, a common interpretation of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is that it was meant as a long, but loving, series of jabs and comedic deconstructions at common themes, characters, and plot points in the first four games. The GBA port only amplifies this.
*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'''s entire plot and world seems to be a deconstruction of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' itself, particularly how much it would ''suck'' to be taken out of your life and given a quest and magical abilities by powerful entities. Indeed, the characters themselves seem to be deconstructions of typical FF characters. For instance, the sullen loner isn't depressed, just quiet, ditches people who become burdensome and shirks leadership. The charismatic and headstrong leader has no idea what he's doing and gets people killed with his idealism. The cheerful ditzy girl is really just hiding how suicidally depressed she is, and so on.
* ''Videogame/MetalGearSolid'' as a whole is known for this:
** The first one deconstructs the original Franchise/MetalGear games as well as the DieHardOnAnX formula.
** ''Sons of Liberty'' practically deconstructs the [[NoFourthWall entire concept of video gaming itself]] ([[Synopsis/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty See here for more details]]), and continues the tradition of subverting earlier games in the series by twisting the NurtureOverNature Aesop of the previous game into a sinister AncientConspiracy that reshapes people's whole personalities through social engineering. Really puts [[HarsherInHindsight a dark spin]] on Naomi's "people can choose how they live" speech, no?
** ''Snake Eater'' does it for spy thrillers and Bond movies. Hell, the theme music, ''Snake Eater'', sounds like it came straight out of a Bond film.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' rips into ToBeAMaster and GottaKillEmAll plots, showing just what kind of sick, twisted world an equally sick protagonist would actually ''want'' to participate in.
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' takes aspects of the second edition D&D world and drags them out to their logical extremes. The characters and plot are deliberate aversions of cliches found in most typical fantasy games.
** "Cliches found in most typical fantasy games" are mostly irrelevant in this case, since for ''{{Planescape}}'' this is almost normal. AD&D-2 PS {{sourcebook}}s has crazier stuff.
** Though it also deconstructs other video game tropes, like the entire concept of death and mortality in video games ([[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist your character is immortal, and outside of a select few exceptions you cannot die.]] The whole point of the game is to find out why this is), the common AmnesiacHero trope, and the use of violence in most [=RPGs=] [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption as the only option]] (other than one or two mandatory fight scenes, you can talk your way out of any situation [[spoiler: including the FinalBoss. In fact, [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Talking The Final Boss To Death]] is far more satisfying than just beating the hell out of him.]]) There's even an optional dungeon created by the LawfulNeutral-incarnate Modrons that's the bare essence of RPG dungeon crawling, complete with enemies that explicitly attack you for no good reason. The game also scoffs at the StupidEvil [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] other games with a KarmaMeter frequently make you do to enforce your evilness (wanton murder in particular will only get you a visit from the [[HeroKiller Lady of Pain]], which you ''absolutely do not want''.) If you want to be evil in this game, you have to do some truly sickening things that any sane person would immediately regret.
* Kreia from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' is a one-woman deconstructor fleet, mercilessly breaking down each and every one of your preconceptions of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe. Uniquely for a series normally painted in {{black and white|Morality}}, Kreia disapproves of your more altruistic actions for reasons other than StupidEvil; she will point out that raising others above their station [[BlackAndGrayMorality cheapens their successes and causes jealousy in others]].
** She also [[WhatTheHellHero coldy scolds]] a Dark Side Exile near the end of the game.
-->'''Kreia''':"To have [[spoiler: the Jedi Masters]] brought low by such a failure, there is no victory in that. You have not heard a thing I have taught, you have never learned to listen."
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' - Long before ''{{Narutaru}}'' did, they had already deconstructed the sheer horror of a world populated by {{Mon}}s while also being the TropeMaker.
** With ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' targeting the {{Mons}} tropes put forth by ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' the most. How bad does it get? It's frequently considered to be the ''darkest game in the entire franchise.'' Keep in mind that this is a franchise that revels in [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] settings, [[GodIsEvil God being kind of an asshole]] and [[SatanIsGood Lucifer being a fairly alright guy]] (if a bit manipulative), and having to pick between either fascist religious zealots, murderous [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinists]], or just beating the hell out of both of them.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' deconstructs common personality archetypes in fiction and the difficulty that occurs from trying to live up to them.
* The biggest appeal of games in the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' is the fact that they glue as many cliches together in the first few hours and then deconstruct them so much that on many occasions sections of the fanbase think that ''the BigBad'' is the real hero. Some specific examples:
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' started the trend. While tame now, back in the day the revelation that the main villain was after a completely understandable, totally reasonable goal--which unfortunately could only be achieved through rather amoral means--was a huge twist.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' grew famous for being a DeconstructorFleet; it savagely tears into the concept of TheChosenOne as well as the IdiotHero; FantasticRacism, while not necessarily "deconstructed", receives a ''lot'' of examination. The concept of a {{Determinator}} also gets deconstructed, as it's ''the BigBad's primary flaw.'' A lot of effort is put into examining [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices]] and what it means for a person to be a sacrifice.
*** TheChosenOne Colette can also be seen as a deconstruction of {{Purity Sue}}s. She's the daughter of the angel [[spoiler: (actually not; everyone just assumed she was, and the angel guiding her just decided to latch onto that to better control her)]], loved by everyone ([[spoiler:until she decides she wants to live instead of sacrificing herself for the sake of the world, causing all of Sylvarant to turn on her]]) and is kind and selfless to a fault ([[spoiler:her attempts at hiding the horrible things her Cruxis Crystal is doing to her body for fear of making everyone worry just makes things worse for herself, and makes the party (especially Lloyd) suffer even more when they ''do'' find out.]])
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' so totally shatters the notion of prophecy, and the implications future-telling could have on people, both on a societal and individual level. It examines a lot of [[CloningBlues Cloning]] tropes as well.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' takes aim at ProtagonistCenteredMorality, especially through the concepts of the AntiHero and VigilanteMan. Is a hero who makes decisions without considering the opinions of those whose lives he changes--whether it be ten people or ten million--really a hero?
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' takes aim at the IWillWaitForYou trope, showing the realistic consequences of the trope where Cheria waited seven years for Asbel to return. It also takes what can only be described as a TakeThat to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'''s {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s, by featuring a BigBad who is a rather blatant {{Expy}} of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Jenova]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Seymour]] (that is, [[spoiler:said villain wants to destroy the world through global warming because it's full of pain and suffering]]) by showing how utterly pointless destruction of all living things is, since nobody - not even the ''instigator'' of the said apocalypse - can benefit from it.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' takes aim at the ExpendableAlternateUniverse trope. At first it seems pretty standard, with the player righting what went wrong and restoring the real universe. Then an alternate version of Milla, the previous game's heroine, is accidentally brought to the prime dimension. The entire point of her character arc is that she is just as real as the Milla the player and the rest of the returning cast knows from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'', something even the original cast has varying degrees of difficulty with. [[spoiler:In the end, she sacrifices herself or is sacrificed to bring back the Prime Milla. While the rest of the cast is celebrating Prime Milla's return, Elle is heartbroken over Alternate Milla's death and lashes out, because from her perspective, Alternate Milla was the real one and Prime Milla is the fake. All of this is used to set up TheReveal, that Elle herself is from an alternate dimension, and ends up resigned to dying so her "real" self can be born later.]]
* Several Flash games such as [[http://armorgames.com/play/2893/achievement-unlocked Achievement Unlocked]] and [[http://armorgames.com/play/4309/this-is-the-only-level This Is The Only Level]].
** And who could forget ''VideoGame/YouHaveToBurnTheRope''?
* The premise and plot of ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}'' and ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' sound like complete {{Cliche Storm}}s of various horror story tropes, but they actually make mincemeat of them by [[MindScrew toying with the player on every occasion]] and [[PlayingWithATrope subverting the hell out of every horror trope known to man]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' cheerfully tears apart every stereotypical "thieves' guild"-related trope remembered from ''DungeonsAndDragons'' and also likes to play around with the various factions and creatures inhabiting its LowFantasy setting. Consider, for instance, that a thieves' guild would be made up exclusively of criminals. [[CaptainObvious Criminals do not obey rules]]. ''Of course'' they're all going to be trying to rip off their fellow thieves! There's a reason Garrett works independent.
* Would you believe if someone tell you that (some installments of) ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' is a DeconstructorFleet? Let us observe...
** ''Imperishable Night'': Deconstructs {{Immortality}} and associated tropes. The immortals have nothing to do, and keep sane by tearing each other to shreds (sometimes literally).
*** The fighting game ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'' also deconstructs AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence this way, as the main villain is a Celestial, whose parents had ascended. She's bored with all the happiness up there, and descends to cause trouble on Earth.
** ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'' [[WordSaladTitle (sic)]]: Touhou deconstructs ''itself''. Eiki explicitly tell the other characters that they are so going to Hell if they don't change their atrocious behavior. Eiki is a ''Judge of The Dead''.
** ''Unidentified Fantastic Object'' deconstructs itself ''[[UpToEleven yet again]]''-- HumansAreBastards and the playable characters are KnightTemplar.
** By applying some FridgeHorror to ''Mystic Square'', one way to interpret the plot is to think of it as; "[[Literature/AliceInWonderland What if Alice actually went to hell]]?".
* ''YggdraUnion'' pretends to be nice, cutesy, and safely within the range of standard medieval fantasy plots for a little while. Then it rips its mask off and awesomefaces whilst tearing [[LaResistance many]] [[TheEmpire common]] [[OmniscientMoralityLicense plot]] [[{{Tsundere}} devices]]--along with the tried-and-true methods of the TurnBasedStrategy genre--into tiny little bits as it goes. It's been four years since the franchise was launched, and we're ''still'' not a hundred percent sure about [[DecoyProtagonist who the main character is supposed to be]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' does this to Fire Emblem. Setting and Backstory aside, the 9th game (Path of Radiance) pretty much starts off as a ClicheStorm for ''FireEmblem'' games. However, it starts to play with the tropes before the game's over - such as the Nyna/Guinevere figure donning battle armour and joining the fight herself. Radiant Dawn starts off as a deconstruction of the events of Path of Radiance, showing that Begnion is NotSoDifferent in treating their newly acquired country well; and that even Crimea, whose victory in the Mad King War went like a fairy tale for them, was again NotSoDifferent. The country was united during the Mad King War against a common enemy, yet when that was over, things went back to normal with nobles and senators squabbling for power, beginning to doubt whether or not their new queen was truly fit to rule. As put by a LetsPlay, Part 2 serves as a very nice deconstruction to the series, showing the realistic consequences of the rightful heir to the throne being kept unknown from the public and emerging to help guide the country during its time of need. Both games also examine the implications of a ruler with a HundredPercentAdorationRating, specifically what happens when such a ruler is suddenly removed. The moment the people of Begnion had someone to blame for their beloved Empress' death, it ended with the genocide of a race of entirely innocent pacifists.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' was preceded by ''VideoGames/FireEmblemJugdral'', which went along to deconstruct common character tropes of the series.
* ''VideoGames/{{Runescape}}'' often has a few parodies in its many quests, but special mention goes to ANY quest written by Mod Ash. Love Story, for example, is a quest where the BigBad is a lady who hates adventurers who go around doing quests. It turns out she's the deranged ex girlfriend of the guy who's helping you with the quest. A recent quest by Mod Ash has you creating a ClicheStorm quest for a spoiled rich kid, because his dad thinks it will build character. Phillipe rolls his eyes the whole time. This particular quest turns into a Reconstruction at one point: to create final enemies for Phillipe, you disguise some cave wolf pups as dragons. As he easily kills them, the mother attacks, and Phillipe gets a chance to really earn some self respect. Then it turns out the lady who had helped train you back when you started the game had planted the wolf there for that very purpose, saying that you would have saved Phillipe if it got too out of hand.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' light-heartedly pokes fun at a lot of the series' standards; for example, early in the game Zelda refuses to accompany you into a dungeon on the grounds that leaving the dangerous work to the heroes is "family tradition."
** And yet later on she takes on a much more active role than in every other game of the series to date.
* ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable'' is a deconstruction of several videogame tropes, but it also gets in meaningful analysis of the nature of choice and freedom itself.
* ''VideoGame/{{MadWorld}}''. While the game itself encourages and makes a mechanic of killing people in horrific and creative ways, this is all under the pretense that you're being filmed for a TV show for the rich and corrupt. Actual cutscenes that move the story are much darker and usually revolve around the cast talking about just how horrible the events of the Death Watch games actually are. You could even see the end of the game [[spoiler:as Jack's killing of Leo as the writer killing the player for enjoying such a perverse game.]]
** It may be more of a deconstruction unit than fleet, but VideoGame/AnarchyReigns does deconstruct a few tropes, not as many as VideoGame/MadWorld. [[spoiler: It deconstructs LawfulNeutral / lawful by Nikolai, one of the more "lawful" people in the game, a horrid KnightTemplar who believes that anything that isn't his view of "law" has to go. You have AntiHero, where as Jack is simply doing his job, but his past as a killer and his anger at his adopted daughter's death nearly drive him him to the murder of the person he's trying to track down until he is ''forcibly'' prevented from committing said murder at the last second. Then Leo, who disobeys his orders and attacks Nikolai before his true colors are shown, also gets in on that a bit. The backstory plays with a few tropes in a more negative light, showing characters who are acting for the greater good, but don't necessarily come off as doing the right thing until the very end of the game.]] Again, not as many as before, but it does put some focus on a few.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is a gigantic {{Deconstruction}} of [=RPGs=] in general, as well as Moral Choice systems, and the game really, ''really'' lets you know it. Anyone who approaches it with the same sort of mentality of your average RPG will result in [[spoiler: the game utterly berating you for your actions, calling you a monster, especially if you kill the final boss in the demo conventionally]]. Most people will do a second run / a save reload after they see what they have done, and try to put right what they did wrong. [[spoiler: ''The game knows you did this'', and will mock you accordingly, talking about your use of save points to rewrite reality.]] Even if you take the completely pacifist approach, the demo ends with [[spoiler: a certain character asking you how long you will keep up the much-trickier act of peacefulness, wondering when your frustration will overcome you.]]
* ''LastScenario'' could practically be considered a western [[TalesSeries Tales game]] (including the turning of the entire story on it's head at the halfway point.) [[spoiler: TheChosenOne isn't chosen at all, other than in the sense that the villains found him to be easy to manipulate because of his overly-idealistic nature. The great hero from ancient times who saved the world from demons is all propaganda; in reality, the demons were a race of elf-like people the hero was supposed to exterminate, but ended up siding with. There's a [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire evil kingdom and a good empire]] (at least, once the corrupt elements are cleaned out,) and battles against both are done with a combination of political intrigue and massive military operations instead of just a RagtagBunchOfMisfits taking care of everything (though they're still at the forefront of most of the battles.)]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Antichamber}}'' goes far out of its way to defy common sense and never behaves like you would expect. That is, until you get used to all the bizarre twists and it decides to throw a perfectly normal puzzle in front of you. [[ZigZaggingTrope Unless it isn't.]]
* The storyline of the ''VideoGame/DonPachi'' series as a deconstruction of many typical shoot-em-up plots.
** ''[=DonPachi=]'' How do we create a OneManArmy capable of destroying ememy fleets? [[spoiler: Make our recruits destroy our own fleets.]]
** ''Daifukkatsu'' could also be this for the whole concept of a FanserviceRobotGirl.
** ''[=SaiDaiOuJou=]'': [[RobotGirl Robot Girls]]? Let's try to make them out of the population of an entire city and see what happens! Meanwhile, the Pilot himself is a deconstruction of the ExcusePlot and a TakeThatAudience—not caring about the damage he causes so long as he carries out his orders.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' - SliceOfLife, [[TownWithADarkSecret One dark secret]] [[spoiler:(caused by a HatePlague)]] and everything will get worse, [[NightmareFuel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi far worse]]. There is one DownerEnding that is caused [[spoiler:if you ignore the dark secrets to get life back to normal.]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' deconstructs the mystery genre in general [[spoiler:and the fantasy genre, since it's implied later in the series that the magical beings aren't actually real]], as well as tropes like IncorruptiblePurePureness, ThePowerOfLove and HostileShowTakeover. The character Erika Furudo is a walking deconstruction of GreatDetective, GenreSavvy and SelfInsertFic all at once. It's also a deconstruction of ''Higurashi'' to an extent, since it subverts many tropes that its predecessor played straight. The series also interestingly deconstructs the "hot-blooded shonen hero". Battler seems to fit the trope at first, but is often shown throughout the first 4 Episodes as incompetent, insensitive, hypocritical, and constantly DramaticallyMissingThePoint, precisely because he is too focused on denying the Witch out of some vague sense of justice. And every time human characters have a sudden magical PowerUp or HeroicSecondWind, you can expect them to die pathetically a minute after. Generally, just take a sip every time you read the word "subverted" on the trope page.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' can be described as one huge deconstruction of TheCape and ThePaladin style characters and the many stories and typical tropes associated with them. The first route, while playing much of it fairly straight, points out the insane sacrifices of their own happiness and the insane limits that such characters have to constantly push themselves to if they aspire to follow their "Nothing but EverybodyLives is acceptable"-policy. The second route points out these issues even more while adding the futility of it all, but also gives reasons for why one would still wish to follow such a path, while the third route illustrates why one might want to give up following such a lifestyle and try to find personal happiness instead.
* As an explicit design goal, ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' deconstructs essentially everything and still manages to be an unbeat tale about true love. Goal achieved.
* Think you're GenreSavvy with ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}''? ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'''s has similarities with the first game's plots and characters, just to surprise you more when it subverts them.
* The Zero Escape games, ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' and ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' both mess with the very idea of [[spoiler:who you're actually playing as]] in different ways, and are carefully planned to account for what the players' expectations regarding the plot will most likely be. The second game also does a similar thing Danganronpa does as mentioned directly above, particularly with certain characters who [[spoiler:the player will expect to subvert themselves as per characters in the first game. [[TheUnreveal They don't.]]]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''SkinHorse'': a deconstruction of everything from mad science to social work and 70's {{Blaxploitation}} movies.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' plays mercilessly with both Dungeons and Dragons tropes, and storytelling tropes in general. Most notably, it's hung enough lampshades to decorate a lightbulb factory. Including hanging a lampshade on hanging lampshades.
** For a few more examples, it has [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zagged]] with several parts of the CharacterAlignment trope. The LawfulStupid character isn't stupid in any conventional sense, and actually is good (at least, until she [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope goes crazy]]), and yet, she's an antagonist. The LawfulEvil [[EvilOverlord Overlord]] is definitely evil, and yet seems like he'll be helpful overall to the protagonists. The AlwaysChaoticEvil goblins have a perfectly good reason built into the fabric of the universe to be evil... but there's no question that they are evil. Finally, it also deconstructs typical player behavior/campaign focus with a Chaotic Evil party member, who says early on "I figured we'd just wander around, kill some sentient creatures because they had green skin and fangs and we don't, and then take their stuff."
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''--''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'''s evil twin. It has probably destroyed everything you know and love at ''some'' point.
** ''Webcomic/TheParkingLotIsFull'' doesn't even bother trying to be funny, instead flooding the reader with FridgeHorror.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' is AndrewHussie's deconstructive love letter to a [[TropeOverdosed multitude of series, genres and tropes]], including itself. ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' in particular seems to be principally founded as a deconstruction of the standard "kids go on an adventure in another world" plot prevalent in pretty much every medium ever, with parts of it deconstructing, among many other things, various TimeTravelTropes with a ''heavy'' emphasis on YouCantFightFate--the constant stresses of trying to keep in time with the {{Stable Time Loop}}s, on pain of piles of his own corpse piling up, quickly gets to the normally-unflappable Dave--and of the standard MarySue tropes--how Vriska tries to present herself, in contrast to her true nature. Also, sometimes Hussie himself seems to be aiming to deconstruct the audience-creator relationship.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''IlivaisX'' tears at ''a lot'' of things, but centrally the boundaries between love and lust, the concept of the HumongousMecha itself (most namely the 80s SuperRobotGenre), the inherent glorification of [[YuriGenre yuri relationships]], and many other common anime tropes. The result can be fundamentally summed up as "RahXephon with the [[DeusSexMachina power of fuck]]"
* ''VatsyAndBruno''
* MetafictionizedPhlebotinumPoisoning
* ''ThereWillBeBrawl'' Deconstructs Nintendo characters, {{Pastiche}}s a number of classic movies, and Parodies the concept of DarkerAndEdgier.
* The WhateleyUniverse starts as a deconstruction of the classic superhero comic books, but delves everywhere else when given a chance.
** Of particular note, the story ''Give 'Em The Ole Razzle Dazzle'' is a deconstruction of various genres stretching from the 1930's pulp heroes to the start of the 1980s (when the narrator 'retired' and moved into Business).
* PoGonYuTo was basically intended to be a deconstruction of nearly all anime cliches.
* ''{{Spacebattles}}'' exists seemingly to promote deconstructions in all FanFic.
* FanFic/DiamondInTheRough deconstructs ''all'' tropes of SelfInsertFic[=s=] of Videogame/{{Touhou}} (and by extension, all SelfInsertFic[=s=]), with everything going FromBadToWorse in an horrifying pace.
* ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' deconstructs the first-person shooter genre, particularly SilentProtagonist, {{Determinator}}, and OneManArmy by showing the inner thoughts of someone with these characteristics: a ProperlyParanoid {{Sociopath}} undergoing gradual SanitySlippage.
* ''Blog/OccupyRichieRich'' deconstructs almost every trope and concept used in the ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' series.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' deconstructs a CosmicHorrorStory of all things with "The Entity" storyline. A later storyline deconstructs the idea of the character host and various personality traits that are accepted in comedy because they're PlayedForLaughs, but demonstrates that when not done so, a person like that is horrifying, and even the idea of SeriousBusiness [[spoiler: with the villainous Holokara being willing to outright commit murder to put a stop to the things he doesn't want in the ComicBook industry.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Most modern American animated sitcoms will tend to ruthlessly deconstruct everything it touches. Examples of these kinds of shows includes:
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the first one of these shows.
** ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
** ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''
* Any cartoon Creator/StevenSpielberg produced:
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', while going back to ToonDisney's roots.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', takes apart so many SciFi and Horror tropes it's difficult to know where to begin.
* Creator/AdultSwim, as explained by Creator/BobChipman in [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/9905-A-Look-at-Too-Many-Cooks this video]], are major contributors to this trope. Pretty much every one of their shows is a DeconstructiveParody of some genre, subculture, or other element of pop culture, with all of its tropes taken completely seriously and to their logical conclusion.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', more so than any other Creator/AdultSwim show and perhaps more than any other example on this page. It has to be -- it's a parody of shows with goody-goody adventuring teens and infallible superheroes. For example, one of the main characters, a parody of WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest, is depicted as a paranoid drug addict as a direct response to being a boy adventurer and hauled off to dangerous countries and nearly killed countless times. The Franchise/ScoobyDoo gang are overexaggerated -- Shaggy is a useless, psychotic hippie who may or may not be hallucinating Scooby's voice telling him to do evil things, Fred is a dumb, thuggish jock who kidnapped Daphne and keeps her locked up, Daphne is genuinely, completely useless, and Velma is a man-hating, militant feminist lesbian. The Million Dollar Man is depicted as a slave to his job, as his government pay is very low, compared to his debt.
** While the first two seasons are shown to bring the bulldozers and wrecking balls to the JohnnyQuest boy and WesternAnimation/BobMorane adventuring tropes, season three moving forward shows real effort reconstructing the characters into better, less dysfunctional people. [[RuleOfFunny Unless it's funnier, of course.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' combines sitcom trope deconstruction with racial and social trope deconstruction.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' deconstructs just about every one of the franchise's most iconic tropes.
* Along the same lines as the ''Scooby-Doo'' example above is ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime,'' which takes a grittier spin on the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series. It goes out of it's way to remind you that these aren't just a bunch of [[JustAMachine goofy robots with no minds]], they're actual, sentient living beings and their in a constant brutal war with each other. Each generic robot you see get shot, is a living being who probably had a family and life of their own.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was a similar case, though only because [[RealLifeWritesThePlot they didn't have the budget]]. However, deaths were [[spoiler: mostly]] permanent, and the Maximals were neither [[GoodIsDumb dumb]] nor generic goody two-shoes. Also, the Predacons occasionally [[TheBadGuyWins won]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' goes through cold-war spy tropes like adamantium claws through butter.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{AdventureTime}}'', with its awkward continuity and harsh undertones, tends to deconstruct not only the classic, StatusQuoIsGod trope by showing the consequences of decisions, but also of the hero's journey.
** Finn is flawed and emotionally complex for a kid, and endures severe forms of guilt and helplessness as the series progresses. Whereas most cartoon shows express a child-hero as emotionally invulnerable and better by the next show (given s/he has endured some form of emotional trauma), Adventure Time gives us a more realistic portrait of what happens to a child who quite frequently has the pressure of saving another human's life or even the world for that matter.
** Princess Bubblegum starts off as a classic DamselInDistress, but is slowly revealed to perform questionable deeds, mostly involving her shady experiments. Her attitude towards Finn, while benevolent, leans toward demeaning and borderline ungrateful. By delving deeper into her character, we find out that the love interest is not always perfect, and that the hero doesn't always get the girl.
** Ice King is a major deconstruction of antagonists. Initially, he is supposed to be a run-of-the-mill bad guy. As his layers unfold, however, the show brings to light an antagonist's own inner conflicts, past experiences, and even brings up the question of evil vs crazy, in which the "bad guy" is not necessarily "bad," but... well, screwed up.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{YoungJustice}}'' is a harsh deconstruction of the KidHero and shows the psychological effects of what could happen when one or more is in a never ending battle with a group of villains who isn't afraid to kill the heroes or those they care about. That and fighting super-villains isn't all fun and games. Also the concept of good guys vs bad guys gradually becomes unclear as the heroes themselves would face situations where they have to do what they have to do to to defeat The Light.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Almost all tropes applied to RealLife itself are deconstructed [[JustifiedTrope by default]].