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  • Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day: Smashed the concept of a Purity Sue to pieces. Menma is ridiculously pure and innocent because she died as a young child and thus got mentally and emotionally stuck as a little girl forever. It's also brutally shown how much pressure that kind of character would have on others. Tsuruko and Anaru both remembered Menma fondly but are also jealous and resentful that she left an insanely high unattainable standard when she died, Jintan and Yukiatsu are emotionally screwed up due to still loving Menma well after her death with Jintan being unable to function in social situations and Yukiatsu cultivating an unhealthy obsession with her, and Tetsuho still blames himself for letting her die.
  • Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest
    • Kouki deconstructs the Stock Light-Novel Hero. The "hero" job he gets on coming to Tortus goes straight to his head and makes him go full-tilt Tautological Templar, thinking that his way, and only his way, is the epitome of righteousness, no matter how reckless, stupid, or suicidal his actions. It often takes violence to make him see how wrong he is, or keep him from endangering himself and others, and even then, he doesn't always get it.
  • Assassination Classroom:
    • Nagisa Shiota is this for Dude Looks Like a Lady. Nagisa has a notoriously effeminate appearance, which is often the subject of jokes. However, it is later revealed that his dangerously delusional mother refused to let him cut his hair and forced him to wear girl clothes because she wanted a girl and because her own parents never let her act feminine.
    • Kaede Kayano is this for the Satellite Character. The reason why she was rarely active during the story was because she was trying to make Korosensei drop his guard with her when she revealed her tentacle powers.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • Eren Yeagar has all the usual tropes of a Stock Shōnen Hero. Full of uncontrollable emotions, clueless idiot who has no sense of strategy, and fights using only will power. However, all these tropes are portrayed realistically with several negative consequences. While determination is necessary for combat, blindly attacking enemies head-on is a great way to ruin any clever plans that would minimize casualties. If anything, Eren himself can be blamed for causing needless deaths and hurting his team.
    • Deconstructed further, in the wake of the Marley arc, with the post-time skip Eren having grown into a thoroughly ruthless Wild Card. Ultimately, Eren's refusal to self-examine leads to a nasty case of Protagonist-Centered Morality; he no longer cares if he's seen as the bad guy, because he sees himself and his ideals as good. Finally, once he becomes more powerful than them, Eren confronts one who always outclassed him and bailed him out of trouble until recently, and tells them that he's always hated them for a multitude of reasons. Mikasa, who never saw herself as his rival, is driven to tears.
    • The self-destructive side of having a Living Emotional Crutch is shown through Mikasa who at one point believed Eren had died. She had a mental breakdown, recklessly threw herself and her squad against the Titans, getting most of her squad needlessly killed. Later when Annie kidnapped Eren, she lost herself in anger trying to stop the latter and would have gotten herself killed if Levi hadn't stepped in.
  • Berserk:
    • Griffith is a deconstruction of the Rags to Riches princely hero of fantasy stories, the Determinator, and the Knight in Shining Armor. Rather than being noble, he's actually immensely ambitious and scheming, and views his True Companions as tools for his own advancement. His extreme devotion to fulfilling his dream has resulted in him committing things like kidnapping, assassination, prostitution, manipulation, and a Deal with the Devil. Following your dreams comes at a very real cost, and that cost can involve the lives of others.
    • Guts deconstructs the badass. He can drink molten lead, routinely win fights against demons who would rip battle tanks apart, and can cut through entire armies of men on his own, but that's only because his entire life has been one big trial by fire and he's a broken wreck of a man as a result. While he embodies quite a lot of Shōnen characteristics seen in many well-known characters in manga and anime, what separates him from those characters is just how thorough an examination the story gives on those traits. His refusal to give up no matter the cost has more or less put his body through so much physical torture that the only thing keeping him from dying is dumb luck or sheer willpower. His extreme devotion to his loved ones severely outweighs any concern for other people. His love of fighting is taken to its logical conclusion. And finally, his Dark and Troubled Past, while having molded him into one of the most proficient warriors in-universe, has granted him WAY more baggage than he can emotionally handle.
    • Casca in the Golden Age arc is a deconstruction of the The Smurfette Principle and One of the Boys. She's a skilled fighter, the second in command of the Band of the Hawks, and a bona fide badass right up there with Guts and Griffith. However, the fact she's the sole woman in the group makes her be seen as weak by many of her enemies, and she's often ridiculed by the groups foes simply because of the mindset that "a battlefield isn't the place for a woman". It also causes some to accuse her of only being at her position thanks to sleeping with Griffith, which hurts Casca heavily because she initially does have feelings for him. There's also the reality that, as a woman, she still has the same biological problems a woman would have, but because she's the only one, this leads to her pushing herself even when ill and nearly leads to her and Guts' death, and Guts calls her out on the fact that she hid her problems going into a battle.
  • Kyo & Kyo Sawagi from Ben-To are both presented as The Dreaded. They both enjoy fighting and are virtually unstoppable. It eventually got to the point that everyone simply stopped fighting them all together because they were too strong. And for Blood Knights like them, it's the worst thing to ever happen to them.
  • Bleach:
    • Coyote Stark is one of the very few Token Good Teammate of the Espada to be not arrogant, violent or evil as a follower of Aizen. As his fight with Shunsui shows however, despite being a decent person who dislikes fighting, he is still fighting for the villains and doesn't pull his punches when fighting, leading to his death when his opponent gets more serious.
    • Kenpachi is this for the Blood Knight and Challenge Seeker. He loves combat, and actively seeks out strong foes all the time. Its later shown in the final arc however that because of his first real fight when he was a child ending in beating one of the strongest Captains in Soul Society, despite barely having any experience, he's developed a fear of running out of people to challenge, so he limits his own potential to prevent his full power from being reached. Shunsui later sends him to go through Training from Hell since Kenpachi's hangups are liabilities in war.
  • Blue Exorcist:
    • Shura Kirigakure is this for the Christmas Cake. There's a running gag where she lies about being younger than she actually is, which is something Yukio would often point out. However, later in the series, it's revealed that the reason why her age is a sour spot for her is because she has a curse on her bloodline where the women in her family die at the age of 30.
    • Izumo Kamiki is this for the Tsundere. She is often hostile towards her classmates, regardless if they're nice to her. It is then later revealed that she had a rather traumatic Freudian Excuse. When she was little, her mother neglected her and her younger sister because her father didn't want kids. Later, she, her mother, and her sister are subjected to horrifying experiments to revive a nine-tailed fox demon. Because of this she deliberately wanted to avoid making friends to keep them away from what she experienced.
  • Citrus offers a realistic portrayal of Flirty Stepsiblings:
    • Mei and Yuzu didn't meet until their mid-to-late teens, so they're not bound by the Westermark effect
    • They deal with all the conflicting drama of young love, with added angst from the fact that they're legal relatives.
    • They still manage to earn their happy ending.
  • Much of the appeal and possibly the entire point of Code Geass lies with presenting the two main characters.
    • On the one hand, Kururugi Suzaku is an effective deconstruction of Lawful Good Hot-Blooded Honor Before Reason Ace Pilot such as Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam. Suzaku would normally be stereotypically cast as the Ideal Hero, except he works for The Empire that brutally conquers other nations. It shows that despite how much you say you want to help others by working within the law, if your actions simply ensure the organization you serve is able to continue their policies of brutal subjugation, then you’re just going to come off as a destructive and delusional Hypocrite.
    • On the other, we have Lelouch as a deconstruction of a stereotypical Diabolical Mastermind antagonist, and could also be considered a mild deconstruction of the Magnificent Bastard trope. Yes, his intelligence and ability to pull a mean game of Xanatos Speed Chess make him a great tactician, but one thing people tend to forget is the number of his plans that ended up going horrendously wrong thanks to circumstances out of his control or he couldn't possibly see coming, often resulting in his friends and loved ones getting killed as a result. No matter how much of a Magnificent Bastard you may be, if you try to pull off a Gambit Roulette, then nine times out of ten, you will end up failing at it.

  • Light Yagami of Death Note deconstructs the Vigilante Man, as one of the main points of the series is showing just how narcissistic and self-serving one would have to be to delude themselves into thinking that their own judgment is better than the law's. After finding proof that the titular Death Note works, Light initially sets out to only kill criminals with it because he wants crime to end for good. However, a combination of his growing God Complex, wounded pride, and self-preservation drives him to start murdering Law Enforcement Officers, who know that killing criminals is still murder and are trying to bring him to justice, and innocent people, regardless of whether or not they support his actions. In fact, in the second half of the series, Light even starts to consider killing off people who he deems as weak or lazy in the eventual future. This shows how these sort of people will inevitably Jump Off The Slippery Slope and see everybody as an enemy that needs to be eliminated. When Near finally catches him in the end, he outright tells Light that he's nothing more than a crazy serial killer who got Drunk with Power and deluded himself into believing that he became God through the Death Note.
  • Digimon Tamers: Henry deconstructs the Badass Pacifist. He's a talented Tamer and a skilled martial artist, but because of an incident where he misused his martial arts skill and injured another child badly, he leans so heavily into the pacifist part that he adamantly refuses to let Terriermon fight and repeatedly endangers himself and others. His character arc is learning that there are times when you have to fight for the greater good.
  • Elfen Lied:
  • Zeref from Fairy Tail deconstructs the Greater-Scope Villain. He's first mentioned as the most heinous dark wizard and mass-murderer in the world, and his influence can be felt across the series' various loosely-tied story arcs, such as destructive demons of his creation and artifacts that appear tailor-made to help him cheat death. His legacy has also inspired several Big Bad Wannabes who believe he's either dead or sealed away somewhere, and aim to bring him back to unleash his brand of evil onto the world. In reality, Zeref is just an average Joe who despises death and violence, but was struck with a horrible curse that made him immortal and kills people against his will. On top of that, his resurrective artifacts were meant for bringing his baby brother Back from the Dead, and his demons were made to help him end his undying suffering. Unfortunately, his name became so synonymous with evil and created such a thick stigma that he's since become a self-loathing wreck who embraces the role of Big Bad because he feels he has no other choice.
  • Alucard from Hellsing is this for the Invincible Hero archetype. He's an immortal Sociopathic Hero able to survive near-total bodily destruction and few if any situations ever credibly threaten him. At first, it appears that the Major's plan simply involves starting a war with London. However, it's eventually revealed that there's a lot more to it than that. The point of his plan is to get Alucard down to a form where he's vulnerable enough to finally die. Starting a war and taking London down are pretty much just bonuses.
  • Hunter × Hunter: Gon is initially a Stock Shōnen Hero, an optimistic young man determined to achieve his goal. As the series progresses we learn the traits that make up his character (stubborn, simple, wide-eyed and honest) have heavy consequences. During the Chimera Ant arc he is deconstructed into a sort of Anti-Hero. His determination goes above the safety of others, his friends are tools to meet his ends and a Despair Event Horizon turns a Next Tier Power-Up into a horrifying Power at a Price.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean has Jolyne Cujoh. Normally, all the JoJos after Jonathan meet any combination of these traits: a Disappeared Dad, Hot-Bloodedness, delinquency, and impossible-to-pull-off hairstyles. Despite these traits, they still managed to become altruistic heroesnote . However, unlike before, these traits actually made her turn out pretty messed-up (initially, at least). She joined a biker gang at fourteen, got sent to juvie and then jail, became resentful of her father before meeting him, and even has a record of getting in trouble with people of authority.
  • In Jujutsu Kaisen, Sukuna is a deconstruction of the Sealed Evil in a Can and Superpowered Evil Side. He's the strongest Curse in history who ends up in Yuji's body after being consumed by him, leading to the latter letting him take control in case he's in a fight that he can't win normally, which so far has been an instant win condition. However unlike most examples in anime media that end in a more amicable or tolerant relationship for both parties, Sukuna shows exactly what a sociopathic, unrepentant, ancient evil, who's able to back up his ego with the power to match, controlling your body would actually be like. Especially if you're a Naïve Newcomer like Yuji, who had no idea how the Jujutsu system works, in order to control him completely prior to becoming his host. Something that Sukuna, who has centuries of Jujutsu knowledge and lore takes full advantage of in order to exploit Yuji at every opportunity, with the latter having increasingly less control as Sukuna slowly regains his powers over the course of the series. Sukuna forces Yuji into a contract on his terms while making the latter forget it completely, shows gleeful Lack of Empathy to Yuji's lowest suffering and whenever he controls the body, he will make things go From Bad to Worse by killing/harming innocents and Yuji's friends.
  • In Karin, Kenta's young and beautiful mother Fumio's attractiveness resulted in the majority of her bosses sexually harassing her and her co-workers hating and isolating her. The combination of repeatedly losing her job and trying to pay the bills caused her to become so stressed that she was becoming a wreck.
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  • While Laid-Back Camp isn't a deconstruction of School Club Stories, the protagonist Rin deconstructs one of the most common character types in the genre. Usually, the protagonist of School Club Stories is a Shrinking Violet who desperately wants to make friends, joins the eponymous club in the first chapter/episode, and remains joined at the hip with the rest of the club members for the rest of the series. However, Rin is not a Shrinking Violet, instead being a classical introvert who simply likes her alone time and has no desire to make more friends, and she refuses to join the Camping Club when offered to. While she does eventually end up becoming close friends with Nadeshiko and shows that she also cares about the other club members, she never does officially join the club, and this isn't portrayed in any negative light.
  • In Liar Game, Akiyama's mother was a kind and honest person but that unfortunately led her to be easily deceived by an old friend who deceptively pulled her into a MLM. Despite working hard, she never saw any money and her debt remained the same. When she tried to get out, the company required a huge sum of money she would have never been able to pay off. She eventually took her life because of this.
  • Akane Hiyama from Love Tyrant deconstructs the Yandere. She definitely acts like one and is perfectly willing to murder anyone who comes between her and Seiji. But then her character arc happens and we see how she became the way she is. Since she was young she was put into strict training by her mother to become an Emotionless Girl and a cold killer. The fact that she always stabs Seiji when angered or tries to kill any girl that comes close to him is due to the fact that she was taught that Murder Is the Best Solution. The first time she met Seiji was also the first time she felt emotions, hense why she's so dangerously in love with him.
  • Maoyu: The Hero deconstructs the Invincible Hero as he's supposedly able to fight entire armies on his own, but his powers made him feel alienated from other people, and with his schooling under the Demon Queen's tutelage, he has since become more of a pacifist. Furthermore, the Hero often becomes depressed due to feeling like he can't accomplish anything noteworthy for the Demon Queen's plans, as all he knows is how to fight. Thus he also deconstructs the Supporting Protagonist, as he can do remarkably little compared to the Demon Queen which frustrates him to some degree. Gradually though, he realizes he can be useful in ways that don't require his fighting abilities.
  • Monster Musume is a decidedly lighthearted Deconstruction of the Cute Monster Girl. Rather than taking the fantastic creatures at face value, the manga takes the time to delve into the complexities of their anatomy and how they would interact with the world around them. For example, Mero the mermaid must avoid chlorinated water, since trying to breathe in it is akin to inhaling bleach fumes and will make her sick. Spiders have been shown to get drunk off of caffeine, and Rachnera the arachne is no exception. Manako is a cyclops, and her depth perception is poor. Normally, Hilarity Ensues whenever moments like these pop up, but there have been a few tense moments, like when Miia the lamia nearly drowns in a pool: because she's cold-blooded, the cold water saps her strength.
  • Monster Rancher deconstructs Aloof Big Brother in the form of Tiger and his younger brother Gray Wolf. Tiger wanted to toughen his brother up so often acted strict and harsh towards him. However, this treatment fed Gray Wolf's inferiority complex and insecurities and Moo magnified it to full blown Green-Eyed Monster proportions to the point Gray Wolf wanted to defeat and kill Tiger, much to Tiger's horror.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket is a deconstruction of boys growing up playing soldier with toys and being obsessed with war, by having one of those boys getting to see first-hand just what goes on in an actual war. This is most powerfully shown in the final scene, where Al - who not too long ago witnessed his closest friend die in a battle with another of his friends, in an attempt to save the colony that turned out to be entirely unnecessary - crying his eyes out in a public setting just from the memory of what happened, while the rest of the student body - completely unaware of anything that happened across the series beyond the initial battle - complains that the war is over already, hoping that the next war starts soon and will have even cooler-looking mobile suits.
  • The first generation of Mobile Suit Gundam AGE presents itself as a deconstruction of a warrior messiah, and the psychological toll war can bring to a Kid Hero.
  • My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, as I Expected is a cynical and realistic work. A deconstruction of the typical light novel and anime romantic comedy, it also deconstructs the typical male protagonist of this kind of work. Hachiman isn't the typical Nice Guy and comedy version of an All-Loving Hero: he's instead a misanthropic, cynical and very blunt loner, and can be considered as a comedy version of a Byronic Hero and a Pragmatic Hero. He's really a good and kind-hearted person who feels the obligation to help others, and is a Nice Guy deep down, but the methods he uses to help others can be harsh and make him unsympathetic.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi deconstructs the Idiot Hero: the main character's father, Nagi Springfield, is pretty much the World's Strongest Man, capable of defeating even the strongest opponents without breaking a sweat, and his usual reaction to any kind of enemy is to simply charge head-on and beat it into submission. Which normally works for him, since he's so incredibly strong. However, he seems to be unable to think his way out of a situation, and he finds himself out of his playing field when faced with a problem that can't be solved by simply hitting it hard enough - for example, the impending destruction of the Magical World.
  • In Noragami, Yato is a Shameless Self-Promoter but his desperation for clients is a result of his innate fear of disappearing. He has few believers and a very unstable existence. He knows there is a very low chance of reincarnating like other gods if he were to die. Also, advertising himself as a delivery god is Yato's way of breaking free from his "father" and his own past of killing others.
  • Nyarko from Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! deconstructs the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Even though Mahiro is attracted to her, he's put off by her aggressiveness, which he finds annoying at best and horrifyingly stalker-like at worst; in fact, the only thing that's kept her from outright raping him on multiple occasions is his skill with weaponized forks. There's also the fact that her "zany" personality includes lying about their relationship to other people, which Mahiro outright tells her has made it so he doesn't believe her when she tries to confess her feelings because he can never tell when she's honest. And of course, this isn't even mentioning that the way she "changes his life" is by dragging him into life-or-death battles with powerful alien criminals. In short, a Manic Pixie Dream Girl is exactly the last thing the Only Sane Man wants; at one point Mahiro even remarks to himself that if Nyarko acted like a normal human girl, they'd probably have become a couple long ago. They do end up getting together, but it isn't until the very end of the series, after a lot of adventures and hardships.
  • One-Punch Man:
    • Suiryu is this for Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy and the Smug Super. He's confident in his abilities and loves reminding his opponents about how strong he is. He also has traits of The Social Darwinist, claiming that the only reason why he got so strong was so he could do whatever he wants. He finds out the hard way that there's Always a Bigger Fish when Gouketsu beats him down hard and is saved by the same heroes he looked down on before he gets beaten down again. Defeated and humbled, Suiryu is forced to reevaluate his outlook on life as he begs for any hero, no matter how weak, to come save him.
    • Saitama himself is what happens when a God-Mode Sue is taken to its logical conclusion. He trained himself intensely to become a great hero, only to learn that beating anyone with a single punch leaves him very bored with his life. Without anything to really threaten him, Saitama simply stopped feeling much of anything.
    • Tatsumaki deconstructs Big Sister Instinct towards Fubuki. Tatsumaki believes that she has all of Fubuki's best interests at heart, but is so brash and arrogant that she goes to the extreme about it and causes Fubuki to live a lonely childhood under the belief that having friends will only drag her down. It gets to the point that Tatsumaki believes that her Blizzard Group is keeping Fubuki from reaching her full potential and attempts several times to kill them. What really holds back Fubuki is the fear and loathing she has for Tatsumaki.

  • Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time has what happens when the Unwanted Harem really is unwanted. Because Peter has been declared the World's Strongest Man, all forms of Cute Monster Girl haremettes all come out of the woodwork to bone him not out of anything romantic but to use him for their own ends, whether it's to produce strong children or to get back at their own people. Peter himself is already in a happy relationship, which he spells out to these girls several times over. They ignore all his wishes, personal space, and churn his libido to get what they want, go as far as to blackmail him to keep him from telling anyone, and in some cases put him under the influence to have their way with him. This is all Played for Laughs but we all know it wouldn't be as funny if the genders were reversed.
  • Persona 4: The Animation deconstructs Fire-Forged Friends. Yu and his friends have caught the murderer and peace has returned to the town. But with no more murders, all his friends drift apart because the only thing keeping them together was solving the murders and without them, they had nothing in common anymore. This was actually a nightmare induced by Mitsuo's Shadow on Yu and in reality, the friends had developed into True Companions and would stick together thick and thin.
  • Pokémon:
    • Diamond and Pearl deconstructs Ash himself as the All-Loving Hero. Ash's unconditional love for all Pokemon and belief in their abilities has led him to becoming too reliant on The Power of Friendship over actually battling competently; this puts him at constant odds with his Social Darwinist rival Paul, who believes love and friendship are no match for raw power and calculated strategy. Ash's desperation to prove Paul wrong only makes things worse, as Paul is easily able to manipulate Ash's emotions and force him into even worse situations. The deconstruction hits its peak in their full battle at Lake Acuity; Ash expects to win with little more than a burning sense of justice on his side, while Paul has spent 10 whole days specifically preparing his team to counter Ash's, and Ash gets absolutely destroyed at an overwhelming 6-2 loss.
    • The XY series deconstructs the To Be a Master trope with Alain. His total focus on becoming the strongest causes him to neglect the people important in his life and be an Unwitting Pawn for Team Flare. He believes that beating every strong trainer would make him stronger yet finds himself helpless when actual danger arrives. He stops enjoying his wins and never considers what to do after he became the strongest, his reasons behind it constantly changing to justify his path. And despite always winning battles, Alain finds himself feeling inferior to Ash Ketchum, who encompasses the happiness and wisdom that he never got under Lysandre's guidance.
  • Altair/the "Military Uniform Princess" from Re:CREATORS can be viewed as the deconstruction of Draco in Leather Pants and Evil Is Cool. Despite attacking the main characters, she was all but mysterious with ambiguous motives and wore a very stylish suit, hence her nickname. These are all traits of popular antagonist characters. Her popularity dropped when she brutally murders Mamika for trying to help her cope with her Creator's suicide, but then she manages to ascend into a full-blown In-Universe Villain Sue thanks to the fact she had a 100% Adoration Rating of those who were viewing the "Elimination Chamber Festival", and ultimately gets what she wants in the end and escapes punishment (because there is absolutely nothing the other characters can do to stop her other than facilitate this). After all, who cares about all the other characters that she murdered and/or traumatized if the most badass character gets their happy ending?
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: deconstructs Prince Charming, Princess Classic, Witch Classic and Lady and Knight. In addition to deconstructing common shoujo romance tropes at the time, it showed just how limiting being forced into those fairy-tale roles - or only seeing people as those roles - could be. Anthy, the Princess, is seen as by many as nothing more than a tool or a prize to be won and whose only real power is in her doll-like façade and passive agressive rebellion in her hidden identity in as the Witch. Akio, the Prince, is not a gallant savior but a manipulative monster who feels entitled to control everything around him because of the circmstances of his birth. Utena is the Knight who, out of a misguided hero complex, wants to be seen as the Prince to Anthy's Princesss without understanding exactly what that role means or who the Lady she wants to protect truly is until the very end.
  • Subaru from Re:Zero deconstructs Groundhog Peggy Sue. While in most stories such an ability allows a character to solve problems with ease, either by using the loops to become strong enough to defeat any foe or using foreknowledge to foil any enemy plans, here several shortcomings are presented.
    • First the 'save points' are set automatically, and usually within a few hours to a few days to the event that kills him, leaving him little time to train, since his physical abilities also reset. What's more, while he may learn some details of their plans, he can still be blindsided by things he wasn't present for in the last loop, and villains are unlikely to gloat about their plans to a random victim they kill.
    • That's not even going into the psychological impact from dying has on him, and as a result rather than doing so deliberately to learn new information like in most cases of the trope, he's even more scared of dying since it's just pain with the promise of more pain in the aftermath.
    • While he does strive to save his friends, more often than not he fails and has to watch them die horribly, and at the start of several loops has to deal with people he considers good friends treating him like a stranger. This leads a sense of isolation, since he knows when peoples lives are in danger, but has to be careful about how he tells them for fear of them just ignoring him, or worse, suspect him of being the cause.
    • All of the above results in him becoming a psychological and emotional wreck as early as the second arc, and spends an entire loop in the third in a state of catatonia.

  • Ueno in A Silent Voice shows the painful results of being a Tsundere. She likes Ishida but her Can't Spit It Out tendencies confuse him and her abrasive attitude only pushes him away. Her failure to properly talk to him leaves her frustrated and angry which she channels by lashing out at the world and bullying Nishimiya - which only pushes Ishida further away.
  • Sanrio Boys, of all things, looks at the Social Circle Filler with sympathy. Do Tsuchiya and Machida, Kouta's two friends since middle school, just accept their place and quietly fade into the background when the protagonist finds his main cast like most "best friend" characters do? Not quite; Tsuchiya does, but he does it with resignation, while poor Machida tries to keep hanging with Kouta while the latter demotes him from "friend" to "acquaintance". By the finale they accept they're not Kouta's friends anymore, since at the very least he's happy with his new crowd.
  • Umino from Satou Kashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai is a quirky, rich New Transfer Student who refers to people by their full name, insists she is really a mermaid, and has several odd qualities such as saying noises out loud and telling the protagonist that she hates her as a term of endearment. Instead of these traits making her cute and popular, she ends up ostracized and bullied for being weird. It's also implied that her behavior is due to her highly abused upbringing. Umino speaks in metaphors about being a mermaid who will die if she doesn't make a friend by the next major storm, which is actually a metaphorical cry for help. In the end her father does end up killing her.
  • School Days, Uwakoi, and Aki Sora all put their own spin on deconstructing harem tropes and characters, partciularly by asking, "What type of Ridiculously Average Guy would be banging multiple sexy girls, and what type of girls would fall for a guy like that?"
    • For School Days, the guy is a Manipulative Bastard - a self-serving, debauched asshole who treats his lovers like puppets. The naive girls who fall for his charms are driven to emotional breakdowns that do NOT end well.
    • For Uwakoi, the guy is a Chivalrous Pervert suffering from an Extreme Libido that he needs many different lovers to satisfy. Thus his sex life leaves him emotionally empty, while his lovers are just using sex for comfort from an inner problem they're trying to run from. His only partners who do want more than sex out of him are a Bastard Girlfriend and a Yandere, both of whom are realistically horrifying.
    • For Aki Sora, the guy is an Extreme Doormat who lacks the willpower and physical strengh to refuse the advances of every perverted girl in his life, all of whom treat him as little more than a sex toy. He and his elder sister are also gender-flipped and inverted deconstructions of the Little Sister Heroine - while her seductions are traumatizing at first, she's still the only girl in his life he has a deep relationship with, and they go through a lot of angst in keeping their intimacy a secret.
    • Finally, all three show the consequences of a teenage harem lead getting caught by the wrong person, and in the case of School Days and Uwakoi, DEADLY consequences.
  • A rather sad version of the Genki Girl is shown in School-Live!. Yuki is so cheerful and optimistic that her mind outright refuses to see how gloomy and depressing the situation is, to the point of hallucinating that the rest of the students are fine and there is no Zombie Apocalypse - when her delusions temporarily break, she initially completely breaks down. Her cute, eccentric personality caused her to be bullied prior to the apocalypse. Her Nice Hat in particular was considered weird by others.
  • School Rumble deconstructs different high school romance character archetypes.
    • Harima is the delinquent hero whose life is changed when he falls in love with Tenma. It's only then does he realize how pointless his life has been so he decides to be a manga artist.
    • Tenma hides her loneliness by being the Genki Girl.
    • Yakumo seems like a Yamato Nadeshiko but really she's an Extreme Doormat.
    • Eri's Tsundere qualities alienate people.
    • Nara is a Ridiculously Average Guy who expects to get an Unwanted Harem, but never does.
  • Shaman King
    • Purity Sue is deconstructed by Iron Maiden Jeanne. She is very pretty, cheerful, humble, soft-spoken, immensely skilled as a Shaman, willingly and happily subjects herself to horrible and constant torture in the belief that her suffering will make others suffer less (there is a reason she is called "Iron Maiden"), seems to make the world a brighter place just by smiling, and is immensely kind to Lyserg Diethel when he becomes the Naïve Newcomer of her group. Oh, and she's a ruthless Knight Templar who brutally tortures to death anyone who opposes her, yet doesn't do it out of pure malice but because she truly believes that's what she has to do. At least she seems sad about it...
    • Villain Sue is deconstructed by Hao. The guy's clearly powerful enough to be one, he has a Freudian Excuse several characters acknowledge, he's related to one of the heroes, and killing him just means he'll be back stronger for the next Shaman Fight. It seems completely impossible for any of the good guys to stop Hao from becoming God and destroying the world. Yoh's solution? Realizing that for all his power, Hao is still a lonely and miserable person under his calm, Affably Evil facade. Rather than trying to defeat Hao with strength, Yoh and his friends reach out to him once Hao has attained the title of Shaman King to try and appeal to Hao's better nature. When every character in the series follows suit, Hao is completely caught off-guard and loses his resolve to destroy humanity, admitting defeat calmly and letting everyone go back to their lives. The epilogue indicates that the heroes do see where Hao was coming from when he was rejecting their worldview, but fortunately Hao mellowed out.
  • Anna from Shimoneta deconstructs Incorruptible Pure Pureness. She's a paragon of moral virtue in the sex-negative authoritarian world of Shimoneta, but in order to achieve that she had to be sheltered so hard that she's incapable of comprehending anything considered obscene by the powers-that-be. So when she falls in love with Tanukichi, she has no idea how to properly act on these feelings, having never learned a single thing about sex and sexuality, and undergoes major Sanity Slippage until she turns into an obsessed Yandere who nearly rapes him because failing to understand anything sexual means she's also ignorant of the concept of consent and believes that anything she does in pursuit of him is okay because she's doing it for the sake of love.
    • Ayame is also somewhat of a deconstruction of the Lovable Sex Maniac, at least within the context of the Shimoneta world. She loves dirty jokes and has no problem being around porn and even streaking in her Blue Snow persona, but she's just as inexperienced as everyone else when it comes to sex, and all her confidence and vanishes when it comes to the actual act.
  • Sword Art Online
    • Suguha deconstructs the Kissing Cousins and Not Blood Siblings Love Interest. While she and Kazuto are first cousins and their relationship would be acceptable in Japan, they've also been raised as siblings, and neither knew until only a bit before the start of the story. Suguha knows that her family would be upset if they knew she had feelings for her "brother", so she tries to get over it but she is so startled when he returns from being stuck in Aincrad that his new personality and attempt to form a genuine friendship with her leaves her to feel even worse. She attempts to find love in Alfhiem, only to find her her new friend she was crusning on turn out to be said "brother" all along, causing her to panic and tell Kirito how she feels. This does lead to them mending things, but it becomes very awkward as a result initially.
    • Sinon deconstructs the Minor Living Alone, and to some degree, I Just Want to Have Friends. Because she lives alone, she has to pay for her own expenses with a relatively meager allowance, and has trouble making ends meet. She's desperate enough to make friends that she quickly accepts Endou and the others' offers of friendship, not knowing that their only interest in her is because she has an apartment that they can use to throw parties, and the resulting betrayal of her trust leads her to be relatively cold and aloof until she starts making real friends. Because she lives alone, in a building with relatively poor security, she ends up being targeted by Death Gun.

  • Karina/Blue Rose from Tiger & Bunny deconstructs Ms. Fanservice. She's marketed as a mix of Faux Action Girl (she does have decent ice powers, but her fanservicy outfit puts serious hampers on her fighting and she doesn't have hand-to-hand training) and Romanticized Abuser (people think she's a hot dominatrix, but she's as much a tsundere)... and she hates it, due to how far her public image is from her real personality. Not to mention she doesn't even have much of a choice: her sponsors are the ones who choose the skimpy outfit, to start.
  • Toradora! deconstructs the Tsundere, Token Mini-Moe, and Minor Living Alone with Taiga Aisaka. Her short temper and mood swings stem from insecurity over her small body and flat chest, a serious lack of social skills, and issues with a broken family. Her relationship with them is so bad that she couldn't even stay with any of them them. However, her parents failed to teach her any basic domestic skills. Before she meets Ryuuji, she's living in a filthy apartment and surviving on convenience store food, only able to barely get by because of her father's monthly cash deposits.
  • Trigun: Vash himself is a deconstruction of Technical Pacifist. He will not kill his enemies nor hurt them in any major way, and the show takes great pains to show that it's a noble calling, but possibly misguided considering the Crapsack World circumstances (Vash's body is a mass of scars, the sixty billion double dollar bounty (until it's removed) means that anybody with a gun and a desperate need of money (which is practically the whole planet) is out to get him, he's constantly arguing with his companions (or at least Wolfwood) about the usefulness/futility of his Thou Shalt Not Kill code, the Quirky Miniboss Squad and the Big Bad are out to make Vash suffer by any means possible, which usually involves killing everything that moves and going the extra mile with anybody that Vash so much as gave the time of the day to, increasing in cruelty/kill count up to Apocalypse How levels as the series goes on...)
  • Yosuga no Sora: Sora Kasugano deconstructs the Little Sister Heroine. Her incestuous feelings for her twin brother Haruka are due to her extreme physical and emotional dependence on him, and while Haruka shares similar feelings, he keeps them repressed until Sora's story arc, where he struggles with the morality and consequences of their forbidden romance.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho deconstructs '90s Anti-Hero in regards to Younger Toguro. Ridiculously muscled and possessing tremendous power? Check. Cold, aloof son of a bitch with little care for others? Check. No inhibition to destroying anyone he is ordered to kill and/or needs to be killed to fulfill his goals? Check. Though the "Hero" part? He is a Fallen Hero who made his Deal with the Devil with the intention of using his newfound eternal youth to avoid being powerless to stop massacres like the one that cost his students their lives. However, he gradually became more jaded in his outlook and lost faith in his mission upon realizing he had become no different than any of the demons he fought, being that his wish for eternal youth was based more out of his selfish desire to never grow old than it was out of any utilitarian goal he had used as an excuse.
  • Zombie Land Saga: Sakura Minamoto deconstructs a few archtypes:
    • She deconstructs the Cute Clumsy Girl in that her self-admitted clumsiness is what leads her to run headlong into the street without regard for traffic, leading to her death by truck collision. The deconstruction is taken further by showing that continually having moments like "I spent weeks preparing for the relay race only to pull a muscle during the opening ceremony" in life caused her to have issues with self esteem and motivation.
    • She also deconstructs the Determinator when it comes to working in a group; she gets so enthusiastic about something, she races ahead without stopping to consider anybody else, and if she can't see how what the others are doing is directly relevant to what she's doing, she thinks they're goofing off, missing any hidden lessons there might be.


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