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  • American Dragon: Jake Long: Jake Long deconstructs Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World and Disappointing Older Sibling. Jake is The Chosen One, the Dragon Guardian of an unseen magical realm constantly threatened by those that wish to do it harm. This means he is tasked with fighting the supernatural hating Huntsclan and keeping his dragon powers in top form. This causes him to have serious trouble at balancing his schoolwork, his social life, and his duties. His little sister Haley, who often mocks him for his goof-ups, gets an opportunity to be an American Dragon in the penultimate episode and is reduced to a scattered mess within a week because of how stressful it is. She realizes just how tough her brother has it thanks to everything he has to go through and then chews out both her grandfather and her dragon mentor Sun for hoisting off huge responsibilities onto kids without giving them time for fun or any kind of support. Lao Shi takes this to heart and decides to cut Jake's dragon training in half.
    Hey! When's the last time either of you were the American Dragon? Well, as the little troll girl currently filling the position, let me tell you it's stinkin' hard! I can't imagine doing it two more days, let alone two more years. And to think about everything Jake's gone through; he's had to save magical creatures on a daily basis, lie to his own dad about who he is, say good-bye to the girl he loved, all to protect a mystical world that nobody knows about. He may be the American Dragon, but he’s also a 14-year-old kid who just wanted a couple days off. If that makes him immature, fine, but self-serving? With all due respect to both of you, STEP OFF!
  • Atomic Puppet: Mookie is a deconstruction of the Bumbling Sidekick. He was incredibly useless to Captain Atomic and constantly screwed up, being dismissed and ridiculed by everyone (including Captain Atomic himself) for it. As a result, he became incredibly bitter and envious of Captain Atomic's popularity and success, leading him to try overthrow Captain Atomic and replace him. His disgruntlement with the lack of appreciation he received is his driving motivation behind his acts of villainy, but even then, his bumbling nature continues to be his downfall.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The original series:
    • The Legend of Korra:
      • Korra deconstructs Child Prodigy, Goo Goo Godlike, and Stock Shōnen Hero; For the former two tropes, as stated above, most Avatars discover their status when they’re sixteen years old when the spiritual leaders of whatever nation they belong to tell them. In Korra's backstory, she discovers she's the Avatar for herself when she's four years old because she was able to not only bend her native element of water, but fire and earth without any proper training. She never got a chance to grow up emotionally due to spending her whole life pre-series inside a compound training to be a hero and responded poorly when first faced with genuine adversity. It also caused the lack of a self separate from being the Avatar because for as long as Korra could remember, she has always been destined to be the Avatar. This ends up resulting in Korra tying her self-worth to the occupation, so she always goes through an identity crisis whenever that status is threatened. A major part of her Character Development is learning how to love and accept herself beyond her identity and expectations of the Avatar. For the latter, her recklessness and Hot Bloodedness combined with her lack of social skills due to her sheltered upbringing is just as likely to alienate her allies and accelerate the plans of the villains as it is to save the day. Another major part of her Character Development is learning how to be more mellow and actually think things through.
      • Asami Sato deconstructs the Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter and Romantic Runner-Up. In the former's case, being vehemently and actively against her father still makes her guilty by association whether it's being arrested by Tarrlok for being his daughter or Future Industries having a tainted reputation from her father's actions, requiring years of effort to restore it's good name and reputation all by herself. In the latter's case, being repeatedly ignored and disrespected by her boyfriend adds salt to the wound of the former to the extent of a rebound out of loneliness and desperation that's both embarrassing and leaves her jilted again. It's only by time and effort, ironically with her former romantic rival, that she catches a break.
      • Bolin deconstructs the usual comic relief Idiot Hero. Contrary to Mako, being shielded from a Crapsack World not only leaves him feeling insecure in the presence of his brother, but also immature and Super Gullible that makes him a sucker for any sweet-talking villain. This eventually stops being cute and gets him brutally reprimanded when he joins Kuvira, the Arc Villain of Book 4, because he honestly believes she's trying to restore the Earth Kingdom even when evidence of her dictatorial intentions start to show, leading him to actively work to redeem himself and finally grow up.
      • Mako deconstructs the usual Pretty Boy lead, especially in a Wish Fulfillment-loaded Betty and Veronica Love Triangle. In Book 1, he's introduced as both handsome and competent in deftly taking down an entire team by himself and spends most of the season being fawned over by two attractive yet contrasting women and ultimately ends up with the heroine with whom he's had a purely Belligerent Sexual Tension-type dynamic. It's not until Book 2 when the deconstruction hits that he and Korra don't really work well together, and that same dynamic leads to him breaking up with Korra, rebounding to Asami then back with Korra under confused circumstances; this ultimately ends with him single, embarrassed, and looking like a jerk to most of the cast.
      • Baatar Jr. deconstructs Generation Xerox. He debuted in "The Metal Clan" just like the rest of his immediate family (and fiancé,) but whereas his siblings have Meaningful Names and Establishing Character Moments not only is he introduced simply as a Satellite Character to his father, only referred to as "my oldest" by Su-Yin, but he doesn't even talk as he's AWOL to the fight between Lin and Su in "Old Wounds" despite everyone else in the family being there and generally seems the absolute least like Toph overall. Turns out, he's had a chip on his shoulder all along exactly because he's seen as a mere clone of his father, to the point where he hates being called Junior, and part of the reason why he joined and eventually got engaged to Kuvira is because she allows him be his own man. He's practically a background extra raging against the author for being so unremarkable.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Roland is a realistic take on what would happen to a Corrupt Corporate Executive if he engaged being a Card-Carrying Villain for a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme. All of Roland's plans just end up losing him more and more money as they tend to be Awesome, but Impractical and each time he tries, the law closes in more and more. It gets to the point were he's basically bankrupt and can't use money or resources any longer to keep out of jail.
  • Batman Beyond:
    • The titular character of the episode "Payback" is a deconstruction of the Bully Hunter. His schtick is that he hunts down people who have wronged kids at a local counseling clinic. But his methods are downright lethal and way overboard for the kinds of people he hunts. On top of that, he's eventually revealed to be the head psychiatrist's son, who thought that his father would have more time for him if the other kids' issues were resolved, so he's not even doing it out of any sort of altruism.
    • The very first episodes does this to Old Superhero and Retired Badass. Bruce has continued being Batman well into his elderly years, but no matter how skilled he is, he cannot escape his age. When he gets into a fight with some goons, he suffers a heart-attack before he can defeat the last goon, who easily takes advantage of it to begin hitting him into a corner. When it looks like he may die, Bruce desperately grabs the only thing nearby to help; a gun. This scares the goon into running, but makes Bruce react with disgust at himself for having to do something he morally is against, and when he returns to the Bat-cave, he gives up being Batman, realizing he no longer has the stamina for fighting crime. Later on, when he finds Terry being harassed by criminals, he steps in and easily defeats several of them, but the stress of it is enough to cause him pain, and its clear if Terry had not joined in to help him, he would have died.
  • Bolts & Blip: Dr. Blood deconstructs the Only Sane Man. He and Dr. Tommy created world peace by convincing everyone to use the Lunar League Games as a substitute for war. However because Dr. Tommy was a Genius Ditz Manchild who got on Blood's nerves and Blood was afraid that in the long run world peace would make everyone but him become that way he decided to undo what he and Tommy did.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Numbuh One/Nigel Uno is a deconstruction of the Workaholic and Ideal Hero. Nigel selflessly dedicates himself to saving kids from adult tyranny and is staunchly loyal to the Kids Next Door above all else, and the higher-ups consider him the KND's best operative. But he is so single-mindedly devoted to his job that he tends to ignore everything else in favor of it. "Operation: Q.U.I.E.T." shows him neglecting his health by staying up for six days improving the treehouse's defense systems, and "Operation: D.A.T.E." shows him ignoring Lizzie on their date in favor of trying to investigate the Delightful Children's evil plot. She eventually dumps him after realizing that he'll never be able give her the attention she wants because he's too busy with the KND. At the end of the series, he leaves Earth to join the Galactic Kids Next Door. Though it clearly hurts him to leave behind his family and his best friends, he goes because he believes that the GKND, and all the kids in the galaxy, need him more. In the 2015 "Stop the G:KND" teaser, he's seriously considering destroying Earth with everyone he loves on it because it's completely infested with adults and "too far gone".
  • Danny Phantom:
    • The episode "What You Want" deconstructs Tucker's Green-Eyed Monster status. Due to Danny's ghost powers and crimefighting cutting in on their activities, Tucker begins to get jealous and wishes that he had ghost powers as well. His wish is granted by the evil ghost genie Desiree, and he quickly starts to abuse his powers, doing harmless pranks at first, but quickly moving on to more illegal things like changing his grades. Also, Desiree tells Danny that Tucker's jealousy and rage will corrupt him into a ghost under her control. Danny manages to save Tucker by using his parents' new invention to separate Tucker's ghost half from his body. It takes coming face-to-face with the monster his jealousy created to allow Tucker to move past it.
    • Vlad Plasmius is a deconstruction of The Resenter, Green-Eyed Monster, and Broken Ace. At first glance, Vlad seems to be a man who has it all: He's wealthy, smart, famous, managed to be mayor of Amity Park, and he even has ghost powers. With such a successful life, you'd think he'd be satisfied, right? Unfortunately, despite having everything, Vlad is completely obsessed with the fact that the accident that gave him his powers cost him his chance to win Maddie's hand in marriage. To that end, he spends the series attempting to kill Jack and take Maddie. Maddie eventually sees what a creep he is underneath it all and Jack ultimately abandons him in space when he finally realizes what a monster he is, showing how resentment and jealousy can destroy one's life. By contrast, his Bad Future self, who lost his powers during Dark Danny's creation, eventually comes to realize what a fool he was.
  • The Dragon Prince: Soren is a deconstruction of the Dumb Muscle. Being treated as the dumb one by his father and sister for so long has severely impacted his self-esteem, to the point where he'll go along with anything his father asks because he thinks that if he has objections, it's just because he's too dumb to understand his father's motivations. Even when he realizes that killing the princes was wrong, Viren gaslights him into believing that he only misunderstood the original order, something Claudia goes along with. However, one thing adds up to another and he eventually realizes that his dad is as bad as everyone says, he abandons him.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • Donald Duck has pretty much always had a quacky voice, a Hair-Trigger Temper, and was Born Unlucky, but this is the first series that has meaningfully explored how much real-world grief this would cause such a character: his quacky voice is treated in-universe as a speech impediment, which causes most characters not to understand him or take him seriously. The constant frustration of never being understood coupled with his eternal bad luck gave Donald anger issues, which leaves him perpetually impoverished and unemployed, and causes him to struggle to support himself and his three nephews. Being accident-prone also makes it hard for him to qualify for a simple bank loan, and his unintelligibility coupled with his temper and bad luck makes it hard for him to even apply for a job, let alone keep one once he does get one.
    • Gladstone Gander deconstructs Born Lucky. Gladstone relies on his supernatural good luck for everything. Not only has this left him extremely smug and incredibly lazy, but he has no aspirations or life skills to speak of. As a result, he has no friends and most of his family doesn't want anything to do with him. At the end of Gladstone's debut episode, Webby even points out that in the grand scheme of things, Gladstone wasn't really that lucky after all.
    • The Live TV Audience deconstructs the Laugh Track, (even though that's not typically considered a character in sitcoms). Live studio audiences are people brought in to watch the sitcom that a studio is filming and react to it in real time. They respond to it in a variety of ways and, while laughter is the most common (hence the name), they also have other reactions as well like commiseration ("Awwww"), intrigue ("Ooooo"), and applause and cheering, like when a big name guest star shows up. This is to make the show feel more lively, like other people are watching it besides you, making them technically part of the cast since their reactions are a key part of the show. However, it is also widely seen as a cheap trick to remind people which lines are the jokes. The reason they exist here is that Donald accidentally wishes to Gene that he and his family could live more normally, which Gene takes by making their lives into a TGIF sitcom, Laugh Track included, and Huey hearing the audience laughing is one of the first hints to him that something is not right. And once the rest of the family find out, the only one other than Donald who doesn't object to the wish is Dewey, and that's only because he's happy to have somebody laughing at his jokes. Once the family starts rebelling and trying to escape the wish, said wish, via the Live Studio Audience, fights back and reveals themselves to be abstract beings that don't naturally belong in this universe (humans, in this case), with the annoying laughter shifting to mad cackling. From a Cosmic Horror perspective, this makes sense. After all, who else would laugh at the misery of someone being trapped in a dimension that's not their own besides insane sociopathic beings who don't even belong in the victim's universe?

  • Final Space: John Goodspeed deconstructs The Lost Lenore, in a roundabout way. His widow, Sheryl, was heartbroken after his Heroic Sacrifice, but focusing on her own grief drove her to neglect and then outright abandon her son Gary, and she continuously uses John's death as an excuse for her behavior, claiming it wiped out any part that could love. The Lenore would normally make a character sympathetic, but here it only serves to paint a picture of how selfish and emotionally abusive Sheryl is.
  • Gargoyles: Demona a deconstruction of the Tragic Villain. While she deep down does regret and realize the error of her actions, the pain of it prevents her from accepting it long enough to act on thus continuing to bring misery on herself and others, making her more pitiful then sympathetic.
  • Green Eggs and Ham (2019):
    • Never thought someone like Sam-I-Am can be deep, huh?
      • Of the Kindhearted Simpleton variety. Yes, things always turn out well due to his jovial personality and people like him, but that doesn't necessarily mean he has friends or people who truly stick around with him.
      • Of the Be Yourself variety: Him being himself — as an insensitive goof — makes people not want to be around him and he himself admits that he's constantly changing his personas because no one wants to be friends with the real him.
      • Of the Innocently Insensitive type too: Most of the stuff that he does throughout the trip is truly insensitive — in regards to Guy especially — and the fact that he doesn't understand what he's doing wrong makes it all the more exasperating. Not to mention that he's not really as foolish as we're made to believe; rather it's just a facade to hide the fact that he's a scam artist.
    • Guy-Am-I is a deconstruction of the Cosmic Plaything or Butt-Monkey type character, showing just how much of a toll being so unlucky can have on a person; he's almost always grumpy, hardly gets his way even for the most simplest of things and can't even enjoy his passion of inventing, let alone make a living off it, because it will always blow up in his face. To top it all off, he ends up getting embroiled in a journey where he is in both constant mortal and criminal danger. It's easy to see that life isn't just hard for Guy, it's downright unfair.
  • Harley Quinn (2019): The Commissioner Gordon is deconstructed by the man himself. The show actually shows how being in charge of Gotham City would take a toll on someone. Unlike most media, where Gordon remains tough as hell in the face of overwhelming adversity, this Gordon is a deeply stressed out mess of a man who's always on edge. Co-creator Justin Halpern discussed this:
    Justin Halpern: "What would Commissioner Gordon actually be like if he was the Commissioner of the Gotham Police Department, saw what he saw every single day for 27 years, and never went to therapy? What would that look like? He'd be so fucked up and constantly on edge. He’s got a thankless job, He’s doing the day-to-day grunt work, filling out all the paper work, and he’s oftentimes maligned. That ultimately drives a man to madness. His marriage is falling apart, he’s drinking too much and has no real friends.”
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • It deconstructs Purity Sue with Olga Pataki, Helga's sister. In order to keep your "pretty, intelligent, sweet, absolutely beloved young girl" image, you're likely to end up as a perfectionist, weepy, perpetually smiley, dangerously out-of-touch mess who will break down to melodramatic levels the very moment something doesn't seem to fit in such a bubble of perfection, while being almost completely unable to connect with people far more "flawed" than yourself.
    • It also gives us Helga Pataki herself as a deconstruction of the Tsundere trope. She's got a relationship with Arnold that looks on the surface like the typical foundations of a Slap-Slap-Kiss romance, but as we delve a bit farther into her family life we see that, along with her traumatized Purity Sue sister, she has an abusive Jerkass dad and a Lady Drunk mother, neither of which can provide much support in her daily life - if she's lucky. Looking at the show with slightly more jaded eyes, her volatile relationship with Arnold and her few friends become an increasingly obvious cry for help and an awkwardness with dealing with people nonviolently. It's also made clear that her aggressive behavior is the main thing keeping her from having any sort of romance with Arnold, and that she'll lose her chances with him if she doesn't eventually grow out of it.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Wolf is revealed to be a deconstruction of the Token Human. Before meeting Kipo, she was the sole human of a wolf pack and thought she was part of that pack, only to discover that she was only raised to be a test of the cubs' hunting skills. Even the sister she was closest to went along with this, and Wolf escaped the cynical, mutant-distrusting loner she is today.
  • The Little Mermaid: Zeus, Sebastian's childhood rival provides a painful deconstruction of The Ace and Always Someone Better. He was always Sebastian's better in everything he tried, which caused Sebastian to feel inferior and nearly leave Atlantica in shame. However, Zeus reveals he deeply envies Sebastian's ability to make friends because he's not better than others in everything since Zeus himself was always so good at whatever he tried that others he tried to befriend would end up competing against him, losing, and end up shunning and hating him, leaving Zeus lonely, miserable, and friendless.
  • Miraculous Ladybug Chloé Bourgeois is a deconstruction of the Alpha Bitch and Spoiled Brat. Chloé Bourgeois is the rich, beautiful daughter of the Mayor of Paris. Because of her father's authority, she can get away with almost anything. However, unlike most examples of the Alpha Bitch, she's definitely not popular and pretty much everyone at school hates her. She alienates herself from her classmates with her bossy attitude, bullying nature, and how she gets away with it. Unlike the regular Alpha Bitch, who has her own Girl Posse or group of cool friends, she only has two friends, one of whom she treats as a personal slave. The other is only friends with her because of a mix of pity and the fact she was one of his few childhood friends growing up—but even then, there are limits to how much of her crap he'll put up with and at one point threatens to end their friendship unless she shapes up. The only reason she has any power at all in school is because of her father. Another reason why Chloé is unpopular is her immaturity; being used to getting everything she wants when she wants it, and having her father clean up her messes with no consequences, Chloé has no impulse control at all. Even when it's in her best interest to be a little nice, like to get her classmates to like her or to stop people from being akumatized, she can't stop being cruel for not getting her way.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is fond of deconstructing common cartoon character archetypes:
    • Twilight Sparkle resembles a common Smart Girl protagonist, but her intellect and no-nonsense behaviour are exaggerated to the point of being a Super OCD perfectionist prone to mental breakdowns over the smallest slight, meaning she is just as often reliant on her friends' support as being the Only Sane Man to arguments.
    • Rainbow Dash, at first, is the typical blustery tomboy show-off stock for girl's shows. In several episodes though, she's shown to be crippled by fear of failure when stress gets to her, isn't as confident as she projects, and is embarassed for liking nerdy and/or girly things because of her image. A major factor in her Character Development over the seasons is her getting over these problems and mellowing out as a result.
    • Pinkie Pie deconstructs the Plucky Comic Relief by often taking her comedy to genuinely obnoxious and even hurtful levels, and because she is intensely emotionally dependent on people liking her, especially her friends. Any comedian will tell you how dangerously addictive making others laugh can be.
    • The episode "Too Many Pinkie Pies" also deconstructs Pinkie's Fun Personified Genki Girl nature. In order to have more time for fun with her friends, she clones herself. Unfortunately the clones are Flanderised versions of her, with none of her tact or compassion for her friends. The army of clones have no other goal than mindless fun and end up causing havoc and destruction. It shows that a one-dimensional Genki Girl or Fun Personified character would be horrible to deal with in real life, if they don't have the good sense and compassion to counter balance some of their wackier traits.
    • Lightning Dust is a deconstructions of The Unfettered. As Spitfire notes, Lightning regularly pushes herself to the limit in order to improve her flying skills. But this attitude also makes her reckless in her determination to reach new heights, even willing to do dangerous things that might endanger others.
    • The Changelings are a deconstruction of the Always Chaotic Evil trope. Love is a primary part of the Changelings' diet and it sustains them much like how food sustains a pony. The reason why they acted so predatory was because they were deliberately starved and misled by Chrysalis into believing that in order to survive, they must steal love from others. Once Starlight reveals a benevolent alternative way to love-feeding through Thorax, the other Changelings quickly turn on Chrysalis and disown her as their leader, while also making it pretty clear that they're willing to fight back if she ever shows her face again.
    • Cozy Glow is a deconstruction of the Child Prodigy and Wise Beyond Their Years. A kid, Cozy Glow is very ambitious, creative, intelligent, definitely dreams big, and knows just how to help others, to the point where she becomes Princess Twilight's assistant at the School of Friendship. Normally you'd expect her to be destined to achieve recognition and have a bright future ahead of her... if it weren't for the fact that she's an evil and power-hungry sociopath who uses her many talents and capabilities for attempts at taking over Equestria, mostly via manipulation and careful planning. Plus, while it wouldn't be unreasonable for someone her age to be scared of "monsters in the closet", Cozy, on her part, willingly teams up with Lord Tirek and Queen Chrysalis, even trying to establish Eviler Than Thou on them more than once.
    • Discord deconstructs the Token Evil Teammate. Though he was a former villain who underwent a Heel–Face Turn, he only went so far as becoming a Wild Card and never actually became good. He was friends with only one of the Mane Six, the others still didn't like him, and he preferred to Troll and annoy them instead of actually helping them when they sought him out in a crisis (though his trickery does indirectly help Twilight). In the Season 4 finale, with Discord trusted to capture the new villain Tirek, Tirek instead manipulates him into helping him take over Equestria. Celestia even lampshades they trusted Discord too much and overestimated what The Power of Friendship meant to him. It is further deconstructed on Discord's side as well by showing the difficulties in being on a team where you're still suspected ends up damaging the progress made. While Fluttershy is genuinely friends with him, the others don't care too much for him. He does try and help, but being a Spirit of Chaos means being a Trickster Mentor is how he does it (and a later episode does show that not being chaotic would eventually kill him.) Tirek is able to manipulate him in the first place because he acts affable, considerate, and friendly with Discord while even asking what Discord wants. So while Celestia says they trusted him too much and overestimated what friendship meant to him, the others outside of Fluttershy did not give much of an attempt to be friends with Discord in the first place and thus Discord fell for Tirek's flattery since he acted more like a friend to him than anyone outside of Fluttershy and even then, seemed more understanding. The trope then gets reconstructed as Discord is hit with multiple My God, What Have I Done? moments as Tirek goes on a rampage, and ultimately realizes he does value friendship with the ponies, and makes a heartfelt apology to them.
    • Discord also deconstructs Trickster Mentor. It's clear his lessons are just excuses used to mess with others since he's Reformed, but Not Tamed, as shown in "Three's a Crowd" when he was disappointed his antics didn't ruin Twilight and Cadance's bonding day. Another example is in “What About Discord”, when Discord takes advantage of Twilight having a three day "book-sort-cation" to have a fun weekend with the rest of the Mane 6, and intentionally makes a bunch of inside jokes about it just to make Twilight jealous and driven to tears over having to miss out. Upon Discord’s confession about “teaching Twilight a lesson about jealousy”, the rest of the Mane Six have an In-Universe "Funny Aneurysm" Moment over the weekend and they get pissed off at being used as tools to make Twilight have an emotional breakdown. This all peaks in the Grand Finale when it's revealed that he, impersonating Grogar, was the one who bought the remaining villains together to set them up for their defeat at the hooves of Twilight in order to teach her confidence to reassure her she has what it takes to become the next ruler of Equestria. This backfires as it enables the villains to become a genuine threat beyond Discord's ability to keep the situation under control and causes Twilight to lose said confidence and believe her accomplishments were all staged. While the scheme was sincerely well-intentioned, none of the main characters, not even Fluttershy, are willing to forgive him until he risks his life to save them because of how badly the whole thing screwed everybody over.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes both deconstructs and parodies the Evil Twin/Super-Powered Evil Side archetype in the episode T.K.O. for drama and laughs, respectively. Turbo actually isn't treated like a threat that needs to be dealt with and isn't taken very seriously when he acts emo and edgy. He's basically treated like a little kid in a sour mood. It isn't until he starts destroying the plaza that the others start to take action. While chasing Enid, the two have the usual exchange: "This isn't you! You're better than this!" Stock Phrases for a "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight right? Well, T.K.O. replies that her words only make him stronger. Turns out he isn't bluffing. Turbo literally gets his strength from anger. The heroes' attempts to "snap him out of it" only piss him off further and thus make him more powerful. He doesn't cap, either. It culminates to Turbo being able to create a Battle Aura wide enough to cover a huge chunk of the plaza and powerful enough to bring everyone to their knees, most notably Carol and Gar.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Professor Mystery from the episode "Lost in Danville" merrily takes apart the Hidden Agenda Villain. He repeatedly insists that 'mystery is his allure' and refuses to disclose information regarding his plans, devices or backstory. Instead of making him intriguing, this attitude makes him look pathetic. Doofenschmirtz cannot take him seriously or feel threatened by his 'true-purpose-shrouded-in-mystery-inator' since he has no idea what he's trying to do, and his relationship with his Arch-Enemy has suffered the equivalent of a communication breakdown that causes Peter the Panda to cheat on him by thwarting Doofenschmirtz.
  • Recess: The tropes of The Ace, Marty Stu and the Always Someone Better are viciously deconstructed in Here Comes Mr. Perfect with new kid Jared Smith. Jared's depicted as being smarter than Gretchen, more athletic than Vince, been around more than Gus, stronger than Spinelli, a better planner than TJ, more poetic than Mikey, and even mentors teachers on how to teach with virtually no effort. He then proceeds to show up every notable kid in school in every one of their interests, which leads to all the kids deciding to shun him with a lockout. However Jared himself is an amicable kid who simply wants to have friends and tries to stay out of the limelight unless asked. Frustrated, Jared proceeds to start Shaming the Mob for shunning him, explaining his history of bullying in over 38 schools for doing the same at previous schools, and expresses he can't limit himself for the sake of others and can't help his natural aptitude despite how miserable it makes him.
    Jared Smith: All I wanted was to be friends with you guys. I never wanted to show anybody up! I didn't tell Ms. Grotke I knew the right answer to Gretchen's problem, or challenge Vince to a foot race, or Spinelli to arm wrestling. You guys challenged me! I mean what do you want me to do? Pretend I'm no good?...Well I can't do that! Don't you see? I can't stop being good at stuff anymore than Gretchen can stop being smart, or Vince can stop being fast, or Mikey can stop being a sweet-souled giant. I'd trade places with any of you guys any day! You think it's easy being Mr. Perfect? You think it's easy being locked out? ...A lot of people say no matter how good you get there's always someone out there who's better than you? Well for me it's different. There might not be anybody better, but there's always somebody happier!

  • Samurai Jack:
    • Jack himself offers several deconstructions.
      • Jack is a deconstruction of the Determinator. Ever since he was flung into the far future by Aku, Jack has made it his sworn mission to return to the past and undo Aku's tyranny before it ever began. Season 5, however, brutally demonstrates what happens when someone attempts the same goal for 50 years with zero success. With the loss of his sword and the destruction of all known time portals, Jack had fallen into a deep depression, reducing him to a shell simply going through the motions while being plagued by nightmares and hallucinations about his guilt. Also, as Inner Jack shows, he has contemplated suicide at some points. This all comes to a head in "Episode XCVI", where Jack believes he had caused some children to be killed. This finally pushes Jack over the edge and he follows The Omen to a place to commit seppuku. However, it is reconstructed in the next episode when Ashi reminds him of all the good he had done during his quest. Knowing his actions inspired hope, and most importantly, that the children he attempted to save in the previous episode were still alive, ultimately gives Jack the strength to fight back against the Omen and regain his Heroic Resolve.
      • Jack also deconstructs Chronic Hero Syndrome and Honor Before Reason. While Jack's desire to do good is admirable, part of the reason he hasn't been able to succeed in his quest to return to the past is because he always puts the needs of others before his own, even when it's not pragmatic. Also, because he's so well known for his heroic acts, the villains have managed to turn his desire to save others against him. The Ultra Robots went on a killing spree, slaughtering village after village knowing it would lure Jack to them. Scaramouche decimated a village to draw Jack to him, and the Dominator kidnapped a village full of children and used special microchips to sic them on Jack, knowing he would Never Hurt an Innocent. His hallucinations even call him out on this when Jack constantly insists on rescuing Ashi (pre Heel–Face Turn), even though Ashi hates Jack and only wants to kill him.
      • Jack also deconstructs The Berserker and Unstoppable Rage. While he normally has a handle on his temper, there are instances where he is prone to losing himself to his rage only for it to backfire spectacularly. In "Jack Vs Mad Jack", after a rough day of relentless attacks by bounty hunters, Jack's anger becomes more than he can contain and Aku takes advantage of this by creating Mad Jack, a manifestation of all of Jack's negative emotions. After a long battle, Jack manages to defeat Mad Jack by simply calming down. Season 5, however, shows that just because you overcome your anger once doesn't mean you won't succumb to it again next time something deeply upsets you. Aku destroying the final time portal in front of him was more than enough for Jack to lose himself to his rage once again, causing him to slay three innocent goats corrupted by Aku's magic. Because Jack lost control of his anger and tainted the blade with innocent blood, Jack rendered himself spiritually unworthy to wield the sword, causing it to abandon him and leave the mortal plane. It takes Jack realizing this and overcoming his anger again before he can reclaim his sword.
    • Aku offers several deconstructions of his own.
      • Aku is a deconstruction on what it means to be Made of Evil and a Card-Carrying Villain. As part of a malevolent monster that just wanted to destroy the universe, Aku has relatively simple desires, and is very well-known as a back-stabber. This has shown to actually hurt his chances at killing Jack in the long run, as he simply can't stop being evil because it's in his very nature to be evil. This is partially the reason why his attempt to win over children through fairy tales failed as the children are fully aware of his reputation as an evil tyrant and know someone like him can never be a hero (not helped by the fact that his grasp on the concept of morality is limited at best). One time he actually did try living up to his end of the bargain, and even then, he subconsciously back-stabbed the one he was dealing with, thus showing the folly of being only evil.
      • Aku also deconstructs the Arch-Enemy trope. After sending Jack to the future in a last-ditch effort to save himself, Aku has spent most of the series trying various schemes to destroy him to no avail and realized that it was quickly turning into a stalemate between the two. To that end, Aku decided to simply destroy all the time portals and let old age do the rest. However, an unforeseen side effect of the time magic caused Jack's aging process to stop, making him biologically immortal - meaning that Aku has essentially trapped himself in an eternal stalemate with Jack, much to his dismay. Too bad he didn't know Jack lost his sword shortly after, as Aku not only spent decades in a completely avoidable depression when he could have killed the unarmed Jack easily, but Jack's already regained the sword by the time Aku finds out it was even gone.
      • Episode XCVI of Season 5 deconstructs Aku's Invincible Villain status. The main reason why Aku was so successful in dominating the world was the fact that he can't be harmed by anything that isn't Jack's sword. When an army led by the Scotsman launches an attack on his lair, Aku uses the attack as a means to break himself out of his depression... and defeats them all so easily that he can't enjoy it.
    • The Daughters of Aku are a deconstruction of the Laser Guided Tyke Bomb and The Social Darwinist trope. Much like Jack was trained from childhood for the sole purpose of slaying Aku, the Daughters have been trained from birth with the sole purpose of killing Jack. However, the third episode shows the flaws in such training. Jack trained by touring the world, allowing him to learn different cultures and lifestyles as well as learn different fighting styles, allowing him to be the World's Best Warrior while still being a grounded and stable individual. By contrast, the Daughters were kept isolated and cut off from the rest of the world, thus they know nothing of the outside world or anything that isn't related to killing Jack. Also, being raised to be Social Darwinists and being discouraged from aiding one another ultimately becomes their undoing as Jack is able to easily whittle their numbers down.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • Adora's character arc deconstructs The Chosen One. The first few seasons set up Adora/She-Ra as a heroic warrior who fights for the liberation of Etheria. Seasons 3 and 4 reveal that Adora's ancestors, the First Ones, weaponized Etheria as a tool for genocidal conquest, repurposing the She-Ra mantle for the purpose of war. The holder of the She-Ra mantle was intended to be a tool, and the personhood of She-Ra was never given consideration. Part of Adora's character development is deciding that she will not be a tool of destruction.
      • She also deconstructs The Atoner. Especially in Season 5 after Horde Prime invades Etheria and she loses the ability to transform for a while, Adora starts reaching Martyr Without a Cause levels, pushing herself to exhaustion and acting like a Leeroy Jenkins because she's that desperate to make up for what she perceives as her mistakes. Catra calls her out on this in "Failsafe", asking Adora what she really wants, and Adora has trouble answering.
    • Catra deconstructs The Starscream. She proves adept at seizing opportunities to further her position and power, but as she gains influence within the Horde, her character flaws (reckless, selfish, desirous of glory) manifest through poor tactical decisions, a lack of loyalty from her subordinates, and ambitious plans that are easily foiled. Further, those same character flaws are the very flaws Shadow Weaver saw in her and why Catra never got recognition or promotion in the first place. Season 5 continues this, as Horde Prime is wise to Catra's past betrayals and and outright rejects her as a willing aide when she starts to suck up to him. Her hanging around powerful villains in an attempt to usurp them gets her mind controlled and nearly killed.
    • The first two seasons set up Hordak as a typical Evil Overlord. As the leader of the Horde, Hordak must cultivate a ruthless, stoic, and unapproachable exterior and desperately hide his physical illness and emotional vulnerabilities. Living among ruthless minions who are constantly jockeying for power results in Hordak being lied to, manipulated, and separated from the woman he loves. It's implied that what he really longs for is not power, but self-worth and love. His conquest of Etheria is rooted in a tragic Freudian Excuse.
    • Season 4 moves Scorpia from a straight example of a Token Good Teammate to a deconstruction. In earlier seasons, she's a sweet, kind, slightly ditzy person who prides herself on her loyalty, but happens to work for a colonialist military dictatorship. Then comes the episode "Princess Scorpia". Over the course of the episode, she takes the time to process some of the terrible things she's been complicit in and the awful people she serves, decides that being the good person she wants to be and remaining with the Horde are not compatible, and leaves to save Entrapta.
  • Many of the characters in The Simpsons started life as deconstructions of sitcom character archetypes. Homer Simpson, the quick-to-anger Bumbling Dad protagonist, is portrayed as an abusive drunk, his Closer to Earth wife Marge is often just one step away from a divorce, his Bad Boss Mr. Burns is a morally bankrupt industrialist who gets away with being such a jerkass because he owns half the town, his unemployed comedy sidekick Barney is a shiftless drunk, his Bratty Half-Pint troublemaker son Bart is a delinquent who's failing his classes, his daughter Lisa is a Soapbox Sadie who is so Rightly Self-Righteous that she literally runs off crying when she doesn't has the moral high ground, his other daughter Maggie is a Little Miss Badass who has been accused In-Universe of being a Creepy Child, his busybody neighbor Ned Flanders is a Christian fundamentalist who's always butting in because he's trying to "save" him, etc. Given the show's length, many of these deconstructions have become archetypes in their own right.
    • For one-shot characters, we have Frank Grimes from the infamous episode "Homer's Enemy". Word of God stated that he was supposed to be a Logical Latecomer, representing that a "real world" person couldn't make it in the zany world of The Simpsons, but fans took issue with this for two reasons. Firstly, while Grimes starts off mystified at Homer's bottomless stupidity (and the town's blase attitude towards it), he very quickly becomes bitter and vengeful, dedicating himself to trying to destroy Homer and getting himself killed in the processnote . Secondly, Grimes isn't really an "ordinary person"; since his backstory is one gigantic string of pain and suffering, he's just as absurd as the rest of the cast but in a different way.
  • Solar Opposites: Korvo is a deconstruction of the Mad Scientist. Most of his scientific ventures cause more problems in the long run and he refuses to learn from it.
  • South Park: Heidi Turner deconstructs the Butt-Monkey. Heidi goes through numerous hardships throughout Seasons 20 and 21, which includes being cyber bullied by Skankhut42, getting emotionally abused by her boyfriend, and being picked on by her friends. Eventually she snaps and becomes Cartman's Distaff Counterpart deciding to get back at those who have mistreated her.
  • Spawn: Wanda Blake deconstructed the Crusading Lawyer. She's presented with a case with fraudulent evidence against a client for the murder of several children and finds out the evidence was falsified by Jason Wynn and others like a US Senator to cover up the fact the Senator's serial-killing pedophile son Billy Kincaid was responsible to help the Senator's presidential campaign. Even when Wanda has enough evidence to vindicate her client she still digs deeper to find out all the ones responsible despite warnings from others to stop while she's ahead, which gets her daughter, husband, and herself attacked by Wynn and his associates to silence them and they would have been most certainly killed if not for Spawn's intervention.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil
    • The Butterfly family is a deconstructed of The High Queen. The Butterfly queens were originally depicted as benevolent heroes who saved their people from extinction by eradicating the barbaric monsters with their magic. But as the series progressed, some of the Queens' actions became more and more villainous and xenophobic, casting the queens in a morally dubious light. Reconstructed with other queens who genuinely were The High Queen such as Comet.
    • The Monsters are a deconstruction of Always Chaotic Evil. They were initially depicted as nonhuman barbarians who lived for violence and death, opposed by the benevolent and orderly Butterfly queens. It was eventually discovered that the monsters only acted the way they did because first the mewmans forcibly took their land, then cruelly oppressed/killed them, then sanitized their own actions to make themselves look good. In reality, the monsters either fought in self-defense, retaliation or for outright revenge for what the mewmans have done to them.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Steven Quartz Universe, the titular hero, offers a few character deconstructions of his own. One is that he is a massive deconstruction of the All-Loving Hero. Steven is a kind kid who tries to befriend everyone he meets. The show never says that Steven's wrong to have these beliefs (and nobody In-Universe attempts to discourage it), but they do run into very realistic flaws. Long story short, Steven's optimism and willingness to see the best in everyone is one of his best virtues, but just like everybody else on the show, he's still a flawed character.
      • First, Steven's peaceful tactics have worked sometimes, as characters like Lapis, Peridot, and even the monstrous Cluster were all stopped by him showing them kindness. However, as the series goes on, his caring philosophy often clashes against the morally complex world around him. Characters like Bismuth and Jasper who show a sympathetic side outright reject and even try to kill him when he extends an arm to them. Eyeball was simply a bad person, and Steven's attempt to reason with her did nothing except give her the opportunity to almost murder him. Navy in "Room for Ruby" exploited his Defeat Means Friendship beliefs in order to steal back the Roaming Eye for the Ruby Squad (though in Navy's defense, he did shoot her out into space with her crew and never bothered to rescue them afterwards). During Steven Universe: The Movie, Steven attempts to befriend Spinel and seemingly succeeds, only for a misunderstanding to make her turn on him again because of her Start of Darkness making her extremely paranoid. And even though they ultimately make peace and Spinel is convinced to stop her attempt to destroy Earth, she refuses his offer to stay on the planet with the Crystal Gems because she feels that her actions have been too alienating for her staying to be a healthy situation for anybody. In other words, while Steven's caring nature has helped a number of people, that doesn't mean he can help everyone because the people who he's trying to help have every right to reject him, and there are instances where Steven has no choice except to fight back against those trying to hurt him.
      • Second, following from the above problem, Steven's desire to help people leads him to repress his own emotional traumas and not addressing them because he worries more about their needs than his own. Episodes like "Mindful Education" and "Storm in the Room" show that his inability to help some people weighs heavily on Steven's psyche as his caring worldview has let him down when confronted with these dilemmas. And starting in Future, this unhealthy tendency becomes one of the main reasons why his emotional and mental states start to break down and one of the main reasons why he corrupts into a Gem monster. Once he returns back to normal, he has to start seeing a therapist, which helps him become more emotionally open with his loved ones.
      • Third, while Steven is genuinely caring, he still has the mentality of a child (even though he's a teenager), so many of his attempts to help others can do more harm than good. There are several moments where he can be insensitive or even condescending, making situations worse or more strained than they already are. He also believes that he's the only one who can help other people. For example, in "Little Graduation", he finds out that Lars and Sadie never entered a romantic relationship, so he tries to get them to talk to each other about their feelings because he assumes they never did. That's when both of them reveal that they did already talk things out a while ago and mutually agreed that they couldn't hook up on a romantic level, allowing both of them to move on with what they want to do in life. When Steven wonders why he didn't see any of this, Sadie bluntly points out that it wasn't any of his business. Steven is clearly taken aback by two of his friends successfully dealing with an issue they had without his help.
      • Fourth, it has been demonstrated a few times that Steven is still capable of hatred, like anybody else. For example, in "Beach City Drift", he and Kevin cross paths again after the latter harassed him and Connie when they were fused as Stevonnie in "Alone Together", Steven can barely contain his anger. After Kevin leaves, Steven outright declares that he hates him, something that absolutely shocks his father as he never heard Steven say anything bad about anybody. This aspect of his character shows up again in Future during the episode "Homeworld Bound". In a desperate attempt to gain control of his new Diamond powers, Steven talks to White Diamond, who has spent the Time Skip serving as a self-help guru for other gems by using her powers in reverse and letting gems control her. White Diamond offers to use this method to help Steven and things go horribly wrong when Steven has an intrusive thought about him slamming White Diamond's head through a pillar, showing that Steven still harbors some resentment towards her for all the trauma she put him through.
    • Steven also deconstructs the Half-Human Hybrid: Being the only Gem/Human hybrid in the universe may grant Steven a variety of unique powers, but it can also lead to several weaknesses as well. For example, Steven is significantly tougher than an average human, but can be easily overpowered by a much stronger Gem, he can breathe in space but for a limited time, and he can empathize with both humans and Gems but that doesn't mean he can always solve their problems. And being the only known human/Gem hybrid can cause him loneliness and insecurity over not being able to fully understand what others go through or be able to consult with another hybrid who understands his feelings.
    • Steven Universe: Future brutally deconstructs Steven's Chronic Hero Syndrome, Samaritan Syndrome, and his status as a Living Emotional Crutch. Steven is so used to helping others and solving their problems that it has become a large part of his identity. So, when he fails to get through to someone, he will be devastated. Future takes this trope to its logical conclusion. Steven has spent the entire series helping people with their problems with little care or concern for his own well-being. By the time of Future, everyone's lives have improved to the point that they no longer need his help and have moved on. This leaves Steven with a crippling sense of loneliness and purposelessness, which combined with his tendency to repress his emotions, causes him to lash out and vent his emotions in unhealthy waysnote . This is only made worse by the fact his powers are rapidly evolving and reacting with his emotions, making him a danger to those around him.note 
      Steven: This beach- it never changes. I mean, a lot has changed. I'm trying to be cool about it, but it feels weird. Everyone's moving on, a-and I should be too, I gave up running a school but- now I don't know what comes next. Y'know? [silence] It's probably better that I'm not running the school anymore. But who am I to decide what's best for all those Gem students? [gets up and takes some steps away] They're better off learning from Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. I used to be helpful, but the Gems don't need me anymore. Agh! Why do I need to be needed? Steeeven, pull it together!
    • Future also deconstructs the trope of the Kid Hero. "Growing Pains", in particular, is brutal in that it brings to light exactly the toll his heroics has taken on Steven. While he looks fine on the outside, his first X-ray shows that his bones are full of old fractures, with him having suffered at least two broken arms and a shattered skull. In particular, this episode focuses on the mental toll these experiences have taken on Steven. Dr. Maheswaran talks to him about the things he's endured, trying to see if he's sustained any severe childhood trauma. Steven barely gets through the events of Season one before she tells him to stop. Note that, the things that have traumatized Steven are shown in the background, and while there are also seriously traumatizing events such as watching the Gems (almost) die in front of him, the Cluster, and White Diamond removing his gem, but also events that were barely mentioned or acknowledged after the fact, like Peridot abducting him to make him fix the Galaxy Warp, the corrupted Jaspers chasing him around in the snow, and the Gems getting stuck to the outside of the ship on their way to the Zoo.
      Dr. Maheswaran: I think all these experiences have been subjecting your body to a harmful amount of stress, and that's affecting your ability to respond to new forms of stress in a healthy way! You've been dealing with genuine threats from such a young age, your body is now responding to minor threats as if your life were in danger!
    • Future also also deconstructs his desire and ability to fix things. He is properly unable to discuss his trauma with the others partially because by the time he resolves an issue, everything's back to where it once was. "Growing Pains" reveals that his skeleton is lined with fractures and injuries he didn't even know he had because his wounds healed as soon as they were inflicted. During his breaking point in "Everything's Fine", he laments how he can do things as bad as shattering a Gem and he can "get away with it" because he can fix it and no one will ever know that something was wrong. It takes his entire family (the Crystal Gems, Greg, Connie, the Diamonds and Spinel) giving him a Cooldown Hug and offering him the support he needs for Steven to begin healing. "The Future" has him mentioning talking to a therapist now, and he is in a better place emotionally and mentally now that he has a support system and his feelings are out in the open.
    • Garnet ends up being the deconstruction of The Ace and The Leader. She secretly struggles to stay in control and stay strong because she knows the impact it has on those she leads, but the pressure of leadership and being strong weighs on her and sufficient emotional trauma can tear her apart, especially since she is a fusion. After the events of Cry For Help, where Pearl abused fusion for her own selfish reasons (to feel better about her lack of strength,) Garnet is at her breaking point. As such that in the next episode, Keystone Motel, she takes an opportunity to accompany Greg and Steven to the next state on an errand, not just to get away from Pearl, but also because as leader, she feels she cannot afford to show weakness to the Gems (though this has their own consequences when she does finally split, with Ruby and Sapphire's argument pushing Steven to his own emotional breaking point and Greg having to do damage control the whole time.)
    • Pearl is a deconstruction of Inferiority Superiority Complex and Undying Loyalty.
      • Pearl's ego is frail due to how she lived in Homeworld where those of her Gem class were considered mere "pretty decoration" and status symbols, and her confidence was maintained and grew thanks to Rose's presence. But, once Rose was gone, most of Pearl's confidence took a nosedive. She doesn't know how to act naturally confident without using someone else to project herself her own issues on. This comes to a head in "Cry for Help".
      • Pearl was Rose's closest confidant and bodyguard and kept all her secrets, including the nature of her Secret Identity. Everything she did of her own choice was to serve Rose, because she loved her so much. She would have happily stayed by Rose's side for the rest of eternity—but without Rose, Pearl is completely lost and has no idea what her purpose is in life, because she has built so much of her identity, if not her entire identity, around being so devoted to her Diamond.
        Pearl: Everything I ever did...I did for her. Now she's gone, but I'm still here.
    • Rose Quartz is a MASSIVE deconstruction of the Big Good. At the start of the series, she was remembered as this flawless, saintly Messianic Archetype that won a great rebellion against an oppressive regime and could do no wrong. However, this eroded her son Steven's self esteem as he felt he could never live up to her legacy. Also, one of the main themes of the series is that everybody has flaws and shortcomings, and Rose is not exempt from that rule. Throughout the series, Steven and the audience discover that Rose made a lot of mistakes and committed a lot of morally questionable acts, and that her rebellion against Homeworld was not only was a Pyrrhic Victory at best, but also caused untold amounts of suffering and death on both sides of the war. This all peaks in "A Single Pale Rose", with The Reveal that "Rose Quartz" was actually Pink Diamond who was Playing Both Sides. Pink Diamond originally came up with the Rose Quartz persona so she could interact with her subjects on the same level as them, but her time as Rose had her fall in love with the organic life on Earth and realized that none of it would survive the colonization. However, the other Diamonds wouldn't listen to Pink, thinking she was getting cold feet, and they eventually made her a Puppet King, so she decided to take on the Rose Quartz persona and create the Crystal Gems to save the planet. This ultimately culminates in the war and Pink and Pearl (who turns out to have belonged to Pink Diamond) faking the former's assassination so Homeworld would give up. They did succeed in ending the colony, but it caused the other Diamonds to grieve over their 'sister' and they unleashed the Corruption beam to take revenge on Pink's supposed killers. Rose/Pink truly did believe in creating a place for Gems that was free from Homeworld oppression and didn't want anyone to suffer because of her actions, but her naivete still resulted in catastrophe. On the other hand, it also points out the near-impossibility of being a Messianic Archetype since Pink/Rose still has her own wants, desires, and limitations. By the time she started her rebellion, she exhausted every other venue of diplomacy toward Yellow and Blue. This also leads her to be a deconstruction of an aspect in the Fantastic Caste System; yes she may have been a Diamond, but she was the youngest one, meaning that she is not taken seriously by the other Diamonds and disregard her thoughts and words as naivete. Her rebellion was the only real choice she had left.
    • Jasper is a brutal deconstruction of the Child Soldier, Blood Knight, and The Social Darwinist archetypes. What do you get when you raise someone to be a soldier from birth, then throw her into the real world and tell her to live her life? A very maladjusted, emotionally stunted individual. Because Jasper has spent her entire life as a soldier raised in a Fantastic Caste System, fighting is all Jasper knows and she puts her entire self-worth in her fighting ability. So any failure at all will be a devastating blow to her ego and mental stability. Her constant losses to the Crystal Gems and their Fusions make her increasingly desperate to the point that she ends up fusing with a corrupted gem, which ultimately leads to her getting corrupted and poofed.

  • Tangled: The Series deconstructs Teen Genius through Varian. While he is very brilliant and able to make major technological advances for Corona, he's also an impulsive 14 year old who doesn't always plan things out very well, causing many of his creations and ideas to have serious design flaws that ruin his reputation. His youth also results in some Moral Myopia (especially when it comes to distinguishing between justice and vengeance) and an inability to recognize the role he played in his father's crystallization. It also results in his ultimate goal, freeing his father using Rapunzel's hair, failing and leading him into a full-on breakdown over how his plan failed, not understanding that the theory he based it on was incorrect (that Rapunzel's hair, being unbreakable, should have been able to break the equally tough amber). At the end of the day, Varian's brains don't override the fact that he's a very young, emotional teenager who's not as logical as he thinks he is.
  • The Teen Titans Very Special Episode "Troq" deconstructs the Noble Bigot with Val-Yor. He is genuinely heroic, badass, and friendly with the Titans, except he's horribly racist to Starfire, something the other Titans demand he apologize for once they find out. One would think Starfire saving him and the day would turn him around, it turns out racism is not that easily overcome. All it did was make him think Starfire was "one of the good ones", causing the Titans to lose any remaining respect for him. Val-Yor showed that no amount of nobleness would make bigotry acceptable.
  • Total Drama:
    • Courtney is a deconstruction of the Go-Getter Girl and Determinator. Courtney is defined by her strong-willed ambition and her determination to win every challenge she's in, making her one of Total Drama's top competitors. However, while she sells herself as The Ace in terms of intelligence and athleticism, she is severely lacking in people skills. She alienates her teammates with her bossy attitude and seems to have little understanding of personal relationships, constantly expecting others to comply with her demands and getting upset when they don't. She has also betrayed or abandoned her friends and/or boyfriends multiple times, as well as endangered her fellow contestants, for personal gain. Her single-minded ambition to succeed costs her nearly every friendship and romantic relationship she has over the course of the series.
    • Dave in Pahkitew Island deconstructs the Love at First Sight Nice Guy, an archetype that was played straight in previous seasons with Cody and Mike (not counting Mike's various alternate personalities). His immediate infatuation with Sky combined with his general design at first makes him almost come off as a repeat of Mike and Zoey's relationship. However as the season progressed, he started to grow more and more desperate to win Sky's affection, to the point that he was becoming The Load for his own team. When he comes back as Sky's ally in the season finale, his discovery that she has a boyfriend (who she was planning to break up with) pushes him over the edge into antagonist territory. In contrast to Jasmine, who quickly comes to forgive her love interest, Shawn, for calling her dreams stupid, Dave remains incessant and furious with Sky, doing everything in his power to stop her from winning. He eventually gets left behind on the island with none of the rest of the cast bothering to remember to come back for him.
  • Transformers: Prime:
    • Ratchet deconstructs the Fantastic Racism. Throughout the first season, Ratchet is shown to be very disdainful of humans and human technology, even going so far as to refuse learning about human science. This bites him in the ass hard near the season 1 finale; when Megatron attacks Bumblebee and Raf with Dark Energon, almost killing the latter, Jack calls out Ratchet (rightfully so) for grossly neglecting his duties when the latter is unable to do anything. Ratchet takes this to heart, saying that the Autobots have accepted the humans into their lives but bothered to learn so little about their biological needs. Thankfully, this doesn't last long, as he outgrows this mindset by the series finale, when he willingly chooses to stay behind on Earth to help Unit E.
    • Megatron deconstructs the Well-Intentioned Extremist. It is noted according to Ratchet that Megatron wasn't always the bloodthirsty tyrant he is today, but rather a revolutionary who fought for equal rights during a time of social inequality on Cybertron. Over time, however, his ambition and lust for power corrupted his initial intentions until he became no better than the ones he fought against, leading to the eventual death of Cybertron. It takes being resurrected and abused by Unicron to remind Megatron of what he originally fought for, and having experienced suffering himself, Megatron no longer wished to inflict it on anyone else, and quickly leaves Cybertron without a fight.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • Brock Samson, the Venture family bodyguard, provides a deconstruction of the One-Man Army trope. Brock is one of the biggest badasses in the series, regularly killing The Monarch's henchmen in droves, usually in a brutal fashion to boot. He enters this territory at the end of Season 3, when a lifetime of killing people and witnessing truly bizarre things working for the OSI/Venture family leads to him having a bit of a breakdown and quitting. Of course, he gets over it by Season 4.
    • Phantom Limb is a deconstruction of the Wicked Cultured Man of Wealth and Taste class of villain. He comes across as charming, handsome and Faux Affably Evil. He is educated, well-spoken, has a taste for foreign and exotic food, has refined and excellent taste in decor and is a competent villain, capable of earning Brock Samson's respect. As time goes on however, he is shown to actually be a foppish, narcissistic Wicked Pretentious Big Bad Wannabe who struggles to function as an effective villain when he is no longer backed by the Guild.
    • Jonas Venture is a scathing deconstruction of pulp adventurers/globetrotting Science Heroes. The question posed is this: what kind of man would travel around the globe for no other reason than For Science! with his friends and son, and create countless technological marvels while gaining almost universal praise from the government, the media, and society in general? An amoral sociopath who treats everything as a game/experiment, only seeks his own gratification, doesn't care enough about people to form close personal attachments, and sees his son/friends as (best case) people to stroke his ego or as (worst case) guinea pigs for ostensibly altruistic projects he starts but gets too bored with, gallivanting away to do the next big thing, leaving said projects unfinished, all the while callously leaving a trail of destruction and misery which he never gives a second or even first backward glance, heedless of all future consequences.


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