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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!
  • Amphibia: Marcy Wu is a deconstruction of the typical isekai protagonist. Like most ordinary examples, she is a nerdy teenager who ends up Trapped in Another World with her friends, and uses her Genre Savvy to succeed on dangerous fantasy adventures under the guidance of a wise mentor and Parental Substitute. However, the Season 2 finale "True Colors" reveals that she got herself, Anne, and Sasha trapped in Amphibia on purpose (in order to avoid having to leave them when her family moved away;) and while she was able to thrive in the Role-Playing Game Verse they travelled to, her friends got placed in constant perilous situations on top of being torn away from their families. Neither Anne nor Sasha is happy with her, to put it mildly, when they find out the truth. On top of this, her Wrong Genre Savvy means she doesn’t realize her mentor was using her as an Unwitting Pawn in his evil scheme until he (metaphorically and literally) stabs her in the back.
  • 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.
  • The Batman: D.A.V.E. is a deconstruction of the Generic Doomsday Villain. While he believes himself to be a human imprisoned inside a computer, he's actually a robot programmed by Dr. Hugo Strange with the memories and abilities of Batman's worst foes for the sole purpose of giving Batman a challenge; to this end, he proceeds to easily curbstomp Batman and steals all of Gotham's money just to commit the ultimate crime. He's defeated when Batman asks him about his origin, at which point he realizes that he has no actual motivation or purpose beyond fighting Batman, and the resultant Logic Bomb distracts him long enough for Batman to destroy him.
  • 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: The Brave and the Bold: The creators had lots of fun with this version of Firestorm, with most depictions being a young boy fused with a wise professor who talks in his head. Here the relationship is inverted, where it's a smart kid with a bigger dumb guy in his head telling him what to do.
  • 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.
      • The show also deconstructs Crimefighting with Cash. Bruce has dedicated himself solely to fighting as Batman instead of fighting Gotham's issues as Bruce. As a result, other businesses have long surpassed Bruce's ability to protect the city and Bruce's social life is virtually nonexistent. His ability to protect Gotham from more financial dangers, or even enjoy the company of his fellow superheroes, has completely vanished because of his own hyperfocus on costumed crimefighting.
  • 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.
    • Princess Dorathea is a deconstruction of the Princess Classic – she feels forced to behave exactly how a typical princess should, but deep down she's unhappy with it, so she learns to defy that.
    Sam: Are just going to let your brother push you around like that?
    Dora: What choice do I have? A princess isn’t supposed to think! We just have to smile, look pretty, and live Happily Ever After!
    Sam: So, how happy are you?
  • Daria:
    • The whole show is a deconstruction of the eponymous character, Daria, a sarcastic teenage high schooler, and the people around her. This ranges not only from her classmates at Lawndale, but also to her teachers and parents.
      • In the episode "Monster" Daria, and Jane follows Quinn, the popular high school cutie, as the subject of a class movie project, with the intent of filming humiliating videos of Quinn to show to the school. As the filming goes on Daria and Jane find the various insecurities that riddles Quinn. Quinn even goes out of her way to explain to the two that being cute and popular is the only thing she's readily good at, and sometimes she sometimes detests herself for it.
  • 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.

  • 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 is 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.
  • Infinity Train: Kez deconstructs the Innocently Insensitive Cloudcuckoolander. Kez doesn't mean to cause half the trouble that she does, but that doesn't change the fact that she still causes it and her refusal to apologize and her inability to understand why the other denizens get so mad at her has made her an outcast on the train, to the point that even people merely associated with her have to suffer because of what she did. Ryan and Min-Gi call her out on this in "The Castle Car". Though they also later on admit that all of this doesn't necessarily make her a bad person. Just someone who really needs to get better at being good.
  • Invincible (2021): Amber deconstructs the Secret Secret-Keeper. She secretly figured out Mark's identity as Invincible fairly early on but is more hurt by the fact that he never trusted her enough to reveal it to her himself, which was the real reason why she broke up with him.
  • Johnny Bravo: Johnny is a deconstruction of 1950's sex symbols—think The Fonz, who would literally snap his fingers to make a girl run over to him—in a world that's long since realized that those symbols' actions are degrading to women. In reality, using terrible pick-up lines, invading someone's personal space, and having no personality beyond "MAN, I'm pretty!" isn't going to impress people, especially women. The show also does its best to make it clear that Johnny isn't supposed to be emulated or liked; his failure to get dates is because he's an obnoxious jerk, not because the women he woos are standoffish. And to further hammer home how much of a loser Johnny truly is, he still lives with his mother since his obsession with chasing tail makes him unable to focus on getting and keeping a job and his social life is practically non-existent, with his only friends being a little girl, an annoying, effeminate nerd and the morally corrupt owner of the diner he frequents.
  • 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.
  • Masters of the Universe: Revelation: Of the original Orko. It's true that he had a group of supportive friends to help him out, but he was constantly goofing up and making simple mistakes with his magic, yet never seemed much more than disappointed with his failures. This iteration shows the poor guy has pretty crippling depression about being useless with his magic, to the point that he willingly goes along with Teela in spite of being on his death bed so he can prove he has some worth to Eternia after all.
  • 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.
  • Motorcity: Chuck deconstructs the Non-Action Guy. Chuck regularly feels like he's not a "real" Burner due to his cowardice and lack of combat skills, and as "Fearless" shows, that self consciousness can drive him to do some dangerous things. Reconstructed however, as Chuck is invaluable to the others thanks to his hacking and technical skills.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes both deconstructs and parodies the Evil Twin/Superpowered 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.
  • Luz from The Owl House is a deconstruction of the Cloudcuckoolander Genki Girl. As charming as Luz's quirkiness can be, it's shown that her oddball tendencies made her life in the human realm quite miserable. She used to take her weird hobbies and fantasies too far, which constantly got her in trouble and prevented her from making any real friends. In "Knock, Knock, Knocking on Hooty's Door", she mentions that she was constantly made fun of by her peers for being cheesy and weird, and in result she panics and gets anxious at the prospect of embarrassing herself in front of others. In "Yesterday's Lie", she's also shown to be afraid of having even basic interactions with some human teenagers, suggesting "escape routes" to Vee in case things somehow go wrong while talking to them. Luz is then dumbfounded when she realizes that those teenagers were actually friends that Vee made at summer camp while impersonating her. Although there's nothing inherently bad about being weird and quirky, learning when to tone it down and having a good grasp of reality is necessary, otherwise you'll end up alienating yourself from people.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Professor Mystery from the episode "Lost in Danville" merrily takes apart the Hidden Agenda Villain and No-Nonsense Nemesis. He repeatedly insists that 'mystery is his allure' and refuses to disclose information regarding his plans, devices or backstory, thus forcing his nemesis Peter the Panda to focus entirely on thwarting his evil schemes. Instead of making him intriguing, this attitude makes him look pathetic and pretty boring. 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 Peter has suffered the equivalent of a communication breakdown because Mystery's lack of gloating means he and Peter never gain much of a rapport, leading Peter to cheat on him by thwarting Doofenshmirtz.
  • Ready Jet Go!:
    • Sean deconstructs The Perfectionist. Sean strives to be the best that he can be and to lead a team of astronauts to Mars in the future, but his Super OCD, fact-driven tendencies clash with Jet's cartoony alien ways and Sydney's love of fiction. Plus, in spite of his dream of being an astronaut, he fears cramped spaces and heights. When Sean fails at something, he becomes very upset and self-deprecating, things that make him a Broken Bird.
    • Mindy deconstructs the Tagalong Kid and The Baby of the Bunch. Because she's the youngest, she can't go to space with the older children ( at least not until her fifth birthday), and she increasingly feels left out, and ashamed of being the youngest and the smallest.
    • Jet deconstructs the Magnetic Hero. Jet is a lovable kid who is friends with every character in the show, but he can't stand to be apart from anyone. Even if he's on his own, he's with his loyal pet Sunspot. In "My Three Suns", he has a nightmare about him being lost in a void, away from everything and everyone. He is absolutely distressed at this, reflecting his fear of loneliness.
  • 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!

  • 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.
  • The Secret Saturdays: The Mondays deconstruct The Psycho Rangers. They're the Evil Doppelgangers to the titular family and their polar opposites in every way (Doc Monday is a barely literate bruiser, Zak Monday is a cryptid-abusing sadist, and so on). But therein lies the problem: the Mondays hate and distrust each other as much as the Saturdays love and trust each other. Any teamwork between the Mondays is purely short-term until one of them sees an opportunity to get ahead, eventually leading to the inevitable betrayal.
  • 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 Skankhunt42, 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.
  • Spider-Man: The New Animated Series: Max Dillon/Electro deconstructs the Butt-Monkey. Max was constantly abused by bullies throughout high school and college, with some of these pranks nearly killing him, leading to him developing numerous mental problems and a desire for acceptance among his peers. This proves to be a dangerous combination, and once he becomes Electro, he snaps and goes on a killing spree against anyone he feels that tormented him.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Dogma deconstructs the Yes-Man. He was ready to follow Krell's every order, without question, including the execution of Fives and Jesse. Even when Krell proved to be a traitor, he defended Krell, insisting that the clone troopers had to follow all orders. But once he learns why Krell did what he did and that there was no grand plan behind all his actions except to kill as many clone troopers as possible, Dogma becomes completely broken.
    • Duchess Satine deconstructs the Actual Pacifist. She is so beholden to her pacifist beliefs that she refuses to even defend herself against a man who would've gladly killed her and everyone else aboard the ship. While pacifism may be noble in theory, in practice it's the same as being defenseless. In a galaxy at war, refusing to lift a hand will only get you killed. This eventually leads to the deathwatch taking over Mandalore, because Satine was seen as too weak to defend them against a dangerous galaxy.
  • 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 Animated: Wasp deconstructs the original Waspinator by taking his most famous characteristics-his speech impediment, his horrendous luck, and his habit of getting blown to pieces-and twisting them in very dark ways. His pattern of speech is a clear sign of mental instability as a result of getting thrown into the Autobot stockades, his status as a Cosmic Plaything is anything but Played for Laughs as he's constantly bounced from one bad situation to another all because of something out of his control, and when he is eventually blown up, it's genuinely terrifying to see him survive it due to the fact that it would've killed a normal bot in this show.
  • Transformers: Prime:
    • Ratchet deconstructs 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.


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