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* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyLegendsOfMagic'': Issue #2 deconstructs the BigEater trope. Rockhoof is thrown several feasts in his honor after saving his town from a volcanic eruption. He takes part in several eating contests night after night while skipping his Mighty Helm training sessions. His gluttony nearly causes his undoing when the volcano starts showing signs of life. Rockhoof is sent to investigate despite putting on so much weight from partying, and his lack of speed and stamina puts himself and two other guards in danger. He also gets a shrill talking to from his captain for letting his eating habits get the better of him.

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** Volumes 1-3 end up deconstructing RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude. The kingdom's prestigious academies accept students when they're about 17, thus barely skirting this trope. However, Headmaster Ozpin of Beacon Academy seems relaxed in his choosing, allowing Ruby Rose and Jaune Arc in despite Ruby being younger and still inexperienced and Jaune [[spoiler:having cheated his way in by forging documents]]. Thus, there is strife when they're made leaders of their respective teams (Weiss clearly hated Ruby being leader when she should have and Jaune is teased for being the normal guy of the group). Furthermore, Ozpin allows Team RWBY to investigate a possible hideout for villains despite being 1st year students, which ends up getting Vale invaded by Grimm and Ozpin disgraced. To complete the deconstruction, Pyrrha is asked by Ozpin to take up the powers of the Fall Maiden to keep it away from Cinder, who has part of that power. Pyrrha ends up panicking at the possible end results, leading to [[spoiler:Cinder gaining the rest of those powers, Pyrrha and Ozpin's current incarnation dying, Vale ravaged, Beacon destroyed and the remaining members of RWBY and JNPR being forced to find Cinder to fight back.]]


* At the end of season 10 in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Epsilon [[ButNowIMustGo leaves with Carolina]] to investigate Freelancer equipment without saying goodbye to Tucker and Caboose. The rest of season 11 and 12 showed the results of this. Caboose spiraled into a depression and latched onto a very dangerous Freckles the Mantis assault droid as a ReplacementGoldfish. Tucker became bitter and angry with Epsilon for abandoning them and constantly clashed with the latter when they were reunited. Epsilon later did admit it was a jerk move to do to his friends.

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** The ''Blood Gulch Chronicles'' deconstructs many FPS-related tropes, including - perphaps most notably - CaptureTheFlag. Nobody knows why the flags even matter, and the Reds eventually decide that capturing one isn't really worth the trouble. This becomes outright {{Parodied}} in seazon 3, with a bunch of...[[{{Noob}} not very competent soldiers]] fighting over the flags for religious reasons.
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At the end of season 10 in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Epsilon [[ButNowIMustGo leaves with Carolina]] to investigate Freelancer equipment without saying goodbye to Tucker and Caboose. The rest of season 11 and 12 showed the results of this. Caboose spiraled into a depression and latched onto a very dangerous Freckles the Mantis assault droid as a ReplacementGoldfish. Tucker became bitter and angry with Epsilon for abandoning them and constantly clashed with the latter when they were reunited. Epsilon later did admit it was a jerk move to do to his friends.
** Epsilon later deconstructs another trope - [[spoiler: namely HeroicSacrifice. While his sacrifice is presented a noble, the series [[AvertedTrope averts]] the DyingMomentOfAwesome by having Epsilon simply shatter into fragments. It also shows how, despite [[NotAfraidToDie not fearing death all that much]], he is not content with that kind of fate, as he will never know if the sacrifice had any real meaning]]


* WarIsHell can be seen as a deconstruction of WarisGlorious. Instead of having wars depicting heroes finishing the wars in positive way, this trope depicts wars as a nightmarish land where people are traumatized into different ways.

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* WarIsHell can be seen as a deconstruction of WarisGlorious. WarIsGlorious. Instead of having wars depicting heroes finishing the wars improving themselves in positive way, ways, this trope depicts wars as a nightmarish land where people are traumatized into different ways.

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* WarIsHell can be seen as a deconstruction of WarisGlorious. Instead of having wars depicting heroes finishing the wars in positive way, this trope depicts wars as a nightmarish land where people are traumatized into different ways.

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*** This reaches a point in ''ComicBook/DetectiveComicsRebirth'' #975 -- [[spoiler:two issues earlier, Batwoman is forced to kill Clayface to stop his out of control rampage and to save Cassandra Cain. Batman calls in Batgirl and the Robins to figure out how to punish Kate for her actions. While Dick and Tim side with Bruce (and Damian just thinks they don't deserve to call themselves a "Bat-Family"), Jason and Barbara side with Kate and call out Bruce for his actions. Jason thinks that Bruce is upset because someone didn't follow his rules and doesn't think Kate should be punished for his double standards while Barbara accuses Bruce of acting the way he was because he was scared of losing his last connection with his mother, Martha, and even more damning, being afraid that, had Martha been alive when this happened, she would have sided with ''Kate'', effectively killing any argument against his rule.]]


* ''ComicBook/{{Avengers 2016}}''[='s=] .1 issue deconstruct the RagtagBandOfMisfits trope. Set during the "[[Characters/SecondAvengersTeam Cap's Kooky Quartet]]" era, Captain America ends having Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch dropped on his lap when Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp left the team for their own things. The public isn't keen on Captain America leading a team of super villains, Captain America himself isn't keen on it, the former villains can't stand each other and a horrified Wasp realizes they've made a mistake when they get trounced by the Frightful Four.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Avengers 2016}}''[='s=] .1 issue deconstruct the RagtagBandOfMisfits trope. Set during the "[[Characters/SecondAvengersTeam Cap's Kooky Quartet]]" "ComicBook/CapsKookyQuartet" era, Captain America ends having Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch dropped on his lap when Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp left the team for their own things. The public isn't keen on Captain America leading a team of super villains, Captain America himself isn't keen on it, the former villains can't stand each other and a horrified Wasp realizes they've made a mistake when they get trounced by the Frightful Four.


It should be noted that a deconstruction doesn't ''have'' to be DarkerAndEdgier than its source. If a negative trope is taken apart and shown to not necessarily be as bad as it's generally made to look, that's a LighterAndSofter deconstruction. Also, just because the trope is taken in a darker direction, it doesn't mean it's been deconstructed. Tropes darkened unrealistically don't provide the meaningful insight that a deconstruction is supposed to. For more examples of what a deconstruction is not, see NotADeconstruction.

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It should be noted that a deconstruction doesn't ''have'' to be DarkerAndEdgier than its source. If a negative trope is taken apart and shown to not necessarily be as bad as it's generally made to look, that's a LighterAndSofter deconstruction. Also, just because the trope is taken in a darker direction, it doesn't mean it's been deconstructed. Tropes darkened unrealistically don't provide the meaningful insight that a deconstruction is supposed to. For more examples of what a deconstruction is not, see NotADeconstruction.
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* ''ComicBook/{{Avengers 2016}}''[='s=] .1 issue deconstruct the RagtagBandOfMisfits trope. Set during the "[[Characters/SecondAvengersTeam Cap's Kooky Quartet]]" era, Captain America ends having Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch dropped on his lap when Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp left the team for their own things. The public isn't keen on Captain America leading a team of super villains, Captain America himself isn't keen on it, the former villains can't stand each other and a horrified Wasp realizes they've made a mistake when they get trounced by the Frightful Four.

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* ToBeLawfulOrGood deconstructs LawfulGood, showing that "Lawful" and "Good" aspect can conflict with each other, [[MoralDilemma forcing a choice]] that shows it doesn't offer the [[BlackAndWhiteMorality clear-cut morality]] one expects.
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** [[spoiler: Salem]]'s faction deconstructs the typical BigBadEnsemble by portraying all of the members as regular people, capable of small-talk, friendships, and even taunting the "runt" of the group. In addition, judging by [[spoiler:Mercury and Emerald's expressions in Salem's domain]], the trope EvenEvilHasStandards is also deconstructed in that they are clearly disgusted but they need to continue out of fear.

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** [[spoiler: Salem]]'s faction deconstructs the typical BigBadEnsemble FiveBadBand by portraying all of the members as regular people, capable of small-talk, friendships, and even taunting the "runt" of the group. In addition, judging by [[spoiler:Mercury and Emerald's expressions in Salem's domain]], the trope EvenEvilHasStandards is also deconstructed in that they are clearly disgusted but they need to continue out of fear.

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* At the end of season 10 in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Epsilon [[ButNowIMustGo leaves with Carolina]] to investigate Freelancer equipment without saying goodbye to Tucker and Caboose. The rest of season 11 and 12 showed the results of this. Caboose spiraled into a depression and latched onto a very dangerous Freckles the Mantis assault droid as a ReplacementGoldfish. Tucker became bitter and angry with Epsilon for abandoning them and constantly clashed with the latter when they were reunited. Epsilon later did admit it was a jerk move to do to his friends.


** The ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' storyline deconstructs the AntiHeroSubsitute. After Batman is broken by Bane, Bruce appoints [[ComicBook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]] to be Batman. However, the System kicks in and Jean-Paul finds himself lost in the brainwashing, being driven slowly insane in a war of ideologies before ultimately slipping back into his Azrael persona and decided to just try to kill criminals, forcing Bruce to take back the mantle.

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** The ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' storyline deconstructs the AntiHeroSubsitute.AntiHeroSubstitute. After Batman is broken by Bane, Bruce appoints [[ComicBook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]] to be Batman. However, the System kicks in and Jean-Paul finds himself lost in the brainwashing, being driven slowly insane in a war of ideologies before ultimately slipping back into his Azrael persona and decided to just try to kill criminals, forcing Bruce to take back the mantle.

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** ''DeconstructedTrope/YuGiOhArcV''

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** The ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' storyline deconstructs the AntiHeroSubsitute. After Batman is broken by Bane, Bruce appoints [[ComicBook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]] to be Batman. However, the System kicks in and Jean-Paul finds himself lost in the brainwashing, being driven slowly insane in a war of ideologies before ultimately slipping back into his Azrael persona and decided to just try to kill criminals, forcing Bruce to take back the mantle.

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