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Basically, when you throw many characters belonging to a specific genre (or sometimes a distinct division of this genre — e.g., the works of a certain author) into a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, for the purpose of exploring and deconstructing — and sometimes reconstructing — said genre from a modern viewpoint (which may or may not be Darker and Edgier). It could use the actual characters and settings from said works, or it could limit itself to using Expies if said work isn't quite in the public domain (less common online, because copyrights matter somewhat less when no money changes hands).


Note that the Massive Multiplayer Crossover itself here is just the means, while the goal is the aforementioned genre exploration/deconstruction. Also note that it's only one of the possible uses for a Massive Multiplayer Crossover, which may be implemented for numerous other purposes (e.g., fun, awesomeness, sex appeal, etc.).

A subtrope of Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Deconstruction and sometimes Reconstruction. Fan Fic versions should also be placed under the Deconstruction Fic trope.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Violence Jack has dark, twisted versions of many a Go Nagai character. Considering what most of Go Nagai's characters are like to begin with...
  • Re:CREATORS throws together expies of typical protagonists of popular 2010s anime, manga, and games, then watches them clash due to their respective worlds' differences. And that's not even getting to the main villain, who is a fan character that lived through her own author's death...

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  • Abigail and the Rats of NIMH brings together characters from The Secret of NIMH, Once Upon a Forest, The Rescuers and Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers and deconstructs the Mouse World trope, exploring what would really happen if the oblivious humans in these kinds of stories actually started to notice the civilized rodents living among them. Naturally, NIMH becomes very interested.
  • As N Approaches Infinity, a crossover between Bleach and Puella Magi Madoka Magica, serves as both a deconstruction and reconstruction to the series' respective worlds and characters.
    • Homura Akemi, no matter how cold-hearted and jaded she became, was a lonely, caring kid stuck between a rock and a hard place. She still cares deeply for not just Madoka, but the other Magical Girls as well, as they were some of her first friends and her first team. Any reminders of their deaths has her shut down emotionally, and when she realizes she finally has the opportunity to save them as well after countless loops spent forced to write them off as expendable, she breaks down in tears. Even the death of Karin and Yuzu causes her despair, in spite of only having known them for a week.
    • The Incubators have operated for thousands of years, secretly gathering the countless souls of all the powerful, spiritually-aware girls they harvested. While they claim to store this energy to oppose entropy, once they learn about the King's Key and its ability to let them alter reality, they switch track and quickly start becoming the biggest threat the Shinigami ever faced. In the one timeline where they realize they'd been exposed, they turn Walpurgisnacht into a Hogyoku, devastating Karakura and killing most of Bleach's cast in one blow.
    • However, with the direct support network and emotional support provided by Ichigo, his family and the Shinigami, the Mitakihara girls are able to stop themselves from losing their sanity and regain their footing, unlike in canon. It doesn't hurt that Orihime is able to not just purify Soul Gems, but revert Grief Seeds back into Soul Gems, and theoretically able to turn Soul Gems back into souls.
    • For Kisuke Urahara, he was always considered a rather shady character, especially with his own tendencies to make long-term counter plans. These tendencies, while generally accepted by the Bleach cast, end up becoming counterproductive when working with Homura, who finds it difficult to work with Kisuke as a result and makes the other characters scrutinize him even more than usual.
    • Mayuri Kurotsutchi, the resident Token Evil Teammate of the Gotei, actually becomes more of a hindrance to the cast than an asset. This is precisely because of his amoral tendencies, which many fear will cause him to experiment on the Magical Girls For Science! instead of actually helping them. His cruel experiments also prove to be a terrible antidote to studying Soul Gems when he's finally given some; he ends up breaking several of them due to their delicate nature.
  • The Beast That I Am, due to having Shinobu gain the power to transform into Jade, does this to both sides. Not only is the tenants’ behaviour Played for Drama, but Shinobu’s new power is played up as something potentially dangerous instead of completely good.
  • Between My Brother And Me: The characters aren't getting along, and are not opening up to each other (Yugi and the others don't tell about Battle City, May and Max can't tell about Atem and his past), Pokemon are being subjected to monsters and power far worse than Team Rocket can do to them, and the characters are dealing with a world that will literally kill them without guilt.
  • Bleach at Youkai Academy and its sequel, Karakura Adventures, shows what would happen if an Experienced Protagonist like Ichigo was given an Unwanted Harem, which is what Rosario + Vampire revolves around. Unlike Tsukunenote , Ichigo is not shallow enough to fall for the first pretty girl he seesnote , Inner Moka's arrogance rubs him the wrong way, and Moka's habit of feeding on his blood serves as a turn-off. Ultimately, he falls for Kurumu, whom—being a succubus—better understands the concept of love than Moka, whose Inner side is in denial that she has feelings for Ichigo and keeps getting more self-entitled and mean-spirited as the story goes on, until Moka finally gets fed up and joins Fairy Tale after Miyabi claims he can give her the power she needs to force Ichigo to marry her.
  • Child of the Storm emerges as this, deconstructing the popular conceits of Harry having different parents and the clichés of Super!Harry, Lord!Harry and Sex God!Harry, in which Harry mysteriously becomes hypercompetent at everything and usually changes his personality for the worse, leading to a classic Gary Stu. Instead, as the story demonstrates, he's very leery of more fame, cautiously happy about new/rediscovered family, and while he does develop new abilities, they tend to be rather difficult to get under control and cause more problems than they solve. In other words, he's still Harry Potter, albeit one who has to grow up rather quickly, though he does learn to assert himself more. He has massive potential, but for now the main issue is staying alive long enough for that potential to be realised. As for the sex god thing, as Word of God frequently points out, while Harry is a thirteen year old boy (the story starts in third year) who is quite cute once he loses the malnourished look and on course to be very good looking, very sweet in a dorky sort of way and has a functioning sex drive that he's just beginning to become aware of, he is still thirteen years old. On top of that, the new family, allies and powers is all very well, but it also leads to lots and lots of new enemies and him being thrust into situations where he is very much out of his depth.
  • Children of Time. The first season deals alternately subtly and heavily with the blood on the Doctor's hands, and the Big Bad deconstructs him thoroughly every chance he gets. Sherlock Holmes as a Companion starts out well... and then his own caring, protective nature is turned against him, his need for control is played like his violin, and what he turns into shows just how far wrong a Companion can go. The Power of Love and The Power of Friendship are played against the heroes in some truly terrifying ways... And then it all gets healed if not quite Reconstructed in the end.
  • The Code Mars Trilogy is this for Sailor Moon in the world of Code Geass. The former is usually stuck with Black-and-White Morality and are screwed up when choosing between the oppressive Brittanians and the Black Knights. Adding to this is how the Black Knights are an exception to the Dark Is Evil and Light Is Good tropes. Moreover, they're in a world of Humongous Mecha instead of normal supernatural monsters. Unless the shots are well-placed, Knightmare Frames No-Sell the Scouts attacks.
    • In the course of the story, the Scouts get over this. They start in episodes 19 and 20 by showing their true selves and joining the Black Knights, accepting the Dark Is Not Evil trope. This is supported with incidents like the SAZ Massacre and when an actual Sailor Moon-like villain comes in to side with Britannia. Bonus points when they get their Ace Custom Knightmares, and encounter phantom-like Mooks, allowing them to fight enemies on the ground and against the Mook Mobiles.
  • Code Prime: Many tropes and character archetypes get shredded in this story.
    • Idealism is commendable, but with Suzaku, it's shown just how dangerous it can be if the idealist works side by side with a Manipulative Bastard. Megatron manipulates Suzaku into becoming the first human Decepticon precisely because Suzaku's idealism prevents him from seeing how monstrous Megatron is, even if the boy is somewhat put-off by the Cybertronnian.
    • Being a Noble Demon is commendable, but as Dreadwing shows, it still makes you complicit in your side's crimes, and can cause other, more noble-hearted individuals to join the wrong team because they think it can be reformed, when it really can't.
    • The Autobots may be able to upgrade the Black Knights' equipment to make fighting Britannia easier, but that only does so much against the Decepticons, who are literally better in every way except morals.
    • Suzaku's plans to try and be an Internal Reformist for both Britannia and the Decepticons is commendable, but ultimately for naught. While he might have success with Britannia since he can work with Euphemia, the Decepticons are by and large totally uncaring about mankind and their enemies, especially since their ranks included Airachnid for a time, and currently include Megatron and Knockout. Ultimately, Suzaku is deluding himself into believing that his allies can be changed for the better.
    • All conflicts have shades of grey, and Suzaku's belief otherwise is unhealthy at best.
    • That being said, associating with the Autobots has made the Black Knights more heroic than they were in canon, while the Britannians have steadily become worse due to their alliance with the Decepticons. Suzaku's also refuses to acknowledge this, which is only making him even more unhinged.
  • Equestria Girls: A Fairly Odd Friendship
    • The fic explores how a benign group of people would react to Timmy's life. Namely, they would pity him for all the suffering he goes through while be alarmed at his wielding of powerful magic. They get so worried about him, they feel the need to give him a bodyguard.
    • The fic explores how Timmy would be increasingly unhinged by all the torment and abuse in his life: he begins crying and lashing out at the pain in his life. When Sunset first comes to his door, he's afraid that she'll be a mean bully to him like Vicky. This is why he so easily believes Adagio's lie that Sunset is an evil villain: because he's been hurt and betrayed by so many other people in his life.
      Flash (sad): "Man, Timmy...has had to deal with a lot. It's like...everyone in his life is out to get him. I mean, how can he live with that and not go crazy!"
    • Crocker's obsession with world domination, meanness, lack of care for his charges, and sheer lunacy earns him the distrust and hatred of the Rainbooms, which goes into outright contempt when they see how far he'll go to get what he wants. Principal Waxelplax also becomes increasingly exasperated with his schemes and finally demotes him when he crosses a serious line.
  • Fallout: Equestria: Quite a few parts of the Fallout series are picked apart.
    • In the games, you can wear any kind of armor you want, from any faction, with no penalty (unless it is explicitly faction armor, which only shows up in Fallout: New Vegas). When Littlepip wears some raider armor because she wanted some basic protection, she is immediately mistaken for a raider and shot.
    • Addiction in the games is barely more than an annoyance; the penalty for withdrawal is minor, it can be relieved with another dose, and if it ever gets too bad, any doctor can remove the addiction for cheap. Littlepip, on the other hand, becomes more and more dependent on the Mint-als, to the point she can barely function without them, and the drugs cause a major schism between her and Velvet Remedy. And while a magical addiction cure does exist, it's pointed out that this does nothing for the psychological addiction, and Littlepip will always crave the drug for the rest of her life.
    • Killing, even in self-defense, is intensely deconstructed as well. Both Littlepip and Velvet have extreme difficulty coming to terms with the fact they have to kill to survive, even in self defense, to the point that Littlepip goes into an extended period of self loathing after wiping out a cannibal clan, and Velvet has a nasty BSOD after gunning down a tribe of Raiders, despite the fact they were both threatening innocents and desecrating her idol's home.
    • Remember the shooting range James sets up in the Vault 101 reactor chamber in Fallout 3? The same story happens in Stable 29, but with a tragic ending: one stallion did the same thing for his son, who accidentally shot the water talisman (the heart of the water purifying system), which doomed the complex to being murdered by the artificial intelligence programmed to control population levels by any means necessary so that they remain proportional to the amount of resources.
    • On the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic side, one of the themes is "corrupted virtues." The Elements of Harmony that the show espoused are great in theory, but can quickly become destructive without the key context of friendship. Corrupted Magic is obsessed with power, corrupted Kindness will help people without considering the consequences, corrupted Generosity with try to "gift" people something they really don't want, corrupted Honesty will tell the truth even if it gets people killed, corrupted Loyalty will follow the letter of a contract without care for the people, and corrupted Laughter can lead to trying to suppress all emotions and become a Stepford Smiler.
  • This short comic deconstructs the Abusive Parents in both The Simpsons and Family Guy by showing Bart and Chris as adults in couples' therapy. Bart getting picked on for being stupid and Homer choking him out all the time have caused Bart to have low self-esteem, so he tries to act out and push people away. On the flip side, Chris is traumatized by watching his parents abuse his sister so harshly, causing her to leave home at age 18 and break all contact with her family, something that makes Chris feel guilty. As a result, he freezes up during conflict with Bart because Bart's insults remind Chris of his dad. Their counselor is none other than Bobby Hill, who calls his dad after the session to show appreciation for him being a Good Parent.
  • For The Familiar of Zero, an easy crossover is to have Louise summon someone from another franchise. A one-shot story in The Beasts of Zero collection deconstructs the "a more competent character becomes Louise's Familiar instead" Fandom-Specific Plot. Louise manages to summon a powerful familiar, Princess Luna/Nightmare Moon, and She gets the EXTREME misfortune of summoning her when she was sealed away and not reformed yet. The familiar slowly but surely creates chaos as she attacks anyone that continuously mocks her and Louise (Kirche, Guiche, etc.) that the idea she has such a powerful-looking familiar is a silly joke. No one is laughing when the familiar finally gets fed up playing the game of slave and spreads eternal night over Halkeginia and rules over them as an Evil Overlord. No one can stop her, and Louise is forced to hide in shame for being the one that summoned her in the first place.
  • Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness can be considered a deconstruction of the Fandom-Specific Plot of Yukari sending an outsider to Gensokyonote . When said outsider is Coop with his giant robot car in tow, Reimu and the others can't wait for him to leave.
  • 5 Years Later takes a swing at The Earth-Prime Theory by having Eon, a resident of a timeline that isn't the Prime Ben 10 timeline, declare that such a way of thinking basically assumes that all other timelines don't really matter.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters is a deconstruction of the Black-and-White Morality of Jackie Chan Adventures and W.I.T.C.H.. War Is Hell is in full effect, and the characters' black-and-white view of morality gets challenged almost constantly.
  • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail deconstructs what happens if characters from one world get drawn into the Infinity Train. The Pokémon world has no idea what to make of it since the Train isn't connected to any legends regarding Pokémon. Those who actually have Pokémon are just as equally able to be attacked or harmed in some way whether they be hostile denizens, the Train itself or the Apex. And since the Train can pick up people from all types of worlds — we have Zack and Satou briefly spare with one another — then that ends up with the terrifying possibility of what type of mentally challenged people one can encounter on the Train itself.
  • Jaune Arc, Lord of Hunger is a crossover between RWBY and Star Wars, specifically Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and deconstructs elements from both franchises.
    • The whole "dark anti-hero that uses evil powers for good" ubiquitous in nearly every fandom gets deconstructed. Whereas a lot of these fanfics are just about power fantasies, here it's shown how this type of character would realistically turn out. Rather than appearing cool, Jaune comes across to the reader as a sociopathic Jerkass who regularly straddles over the Moral Event Horizon. Another feature common amongst these character types is the tendency to be a Fixer Sue. However, all Jaune does is create more conflict and he does nothing to change the outcomes of canon events. Eventually, he ends up becoming a bigger threat than the original villains ever were.
    • The Fandom-Specific Plot of turning Jaune into a Darker and Edgier Anti-Hero is deconstructed by pointing out how canon!Jaune is anything but a "dark, edgy badass". The story explores the actual process of making Jaune undergo such a drastic change and the end result is someone who is the mirror opposite of everything Jaune once was. Jaune's friends even lampshade how completely out-of-character Jaune is behaving with his new darker persona. Rather than being treated as cool, it's depicted as tragic because it's an indicator of how much Jaune has been corrupted by the Dark Side.
    • I Just Want to Be Badass gets deconstructed as the whole reason Jaune continues to rely on the Mask of Nihilus is that he doesn't want to go back to being a Team Normal. The powers he gained from Nihilus's mask finally made him feel special, hence why he refuses to get rid of the mask despite knowing that the being trapped inside the mask is manipulating him in order to break free. Even when everything around him falls apart because of his powers, he still hangs onto the mask to the bitter end.
    • The idea of someone using the Dark Side for good gets deconstructed. It's established that the Dark Side runs off the Power Of Hate and is ineffective when used with restraint. It's basically required to embrace emotions like anger and hate in order to use the Dark Side to its fullest potential.
    • The famous Jedi Mind Trick typically used by the good guys to outwit dumb mooks? It accidentally gets used on Weiss by Jaune when he asks her out on a date. Unlike in the Star Wars movies, this is played for absolute drama as Jaune has essentially mind raped his friend into doing something that she doesn't want to. We are also shown what it's like for those being mind tricked afterwards. Weiss describes feeling as though her own thoughts and emotions were being controlled by an outside force, all while she is consciously aware of what's happening and helpless to do anything about it.
    • Sealed Evil in a Can gets deconstructed by showing what happens when the "Can" is already inhabited. The whole reason that Darth Nihilus's mask is on Remnant in the first place was because some snarky droid thought that the planet would make the perfect prison for Nihilus's soul with little consideration given to the natives. It's also shown that this is a short-sighted move as it almost guarantees whatever's being trapped will be freed by the next generation. Every time Nihilus's mask was "contained", it was only a matter of time before some unwitting victim found the mask and freed him.
  • Kings of Revolution breaks down the idealistic world of Lyrical Nanoha by mixing it with Code Geass. Which then proceeds to take what Nanoha lost to rebuild its world.
  • Kimi No Na Iowa:
    • Your Name canon doesn't really dive into Mitsuha's mental scars. Here, though, more is done to show how having lost her mother as a child and subsequently being groomed to be the replacement heiress to the family shrine, as well as her father becoming a functional depressive and walking out on his daughters - something they admittedly weren't entirely innocent in - has left mental scars that still hurt even after more than 10 years, reconciliation and therapy.
    • The shipgirl works' Fandom-Specific Plot of "Natural Borns", shipgirls whose spirits reincarnated into being born of human women and only coming into their true nature later, rather than being summoned from the afterlife either out of their own effort or through deliberate action, takes a few jabs. Ayaka finds her true nature and its muted reaction to things she thinks normal humans should be more concerned about worrying and wonders more than a few times about her own humanity. She also takes getting hurt on her first proper mission quite badly as her new nature hasn't completely overridden her once-human instinctual reactions.
    • William D Porter usually gets depicted in shipgirl works, official and fanmade alike, as The Jinx or The Klutz as derived from the ship's accident-prone history. It is usually Played for Laughs. Here, though, the impact of being so butterfingered you cause harm to allies and infamous for it has more serious consequences. She is fully aware that she is a burden who only brings harm to those around her and has developed suicidal ideation as a result.
  • Lelouch of the Shinigami Path, a crossover with Bleach from karndragon of For His Own Sake fame (see below), splits off from canon at the betrayal with Lelouch getting executed by the Black Knights. The ongoing Britannian world subplot serves as a deconstruction of said betrayal by showing the immediate aftermath had it happened in canon, with Kallen defecting in disgust and facing the Emperor instead, Rolo outing the Black Knights' betrayal as payback, and the UFN falling apart. And without Lelouch to erase Charles and Marianne from existence, they completely succeed in their goal to recreate the world without anyone to oppose them.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton, while showing Danny Fenton going on many dates, showcases many of the flaws of several of the characters Danny interacts with, based on how a (relatively) normal person would react to them.
    • Some chapters often deconstruct the flaws several characters have through their interactions with Danny. Vicky and Cree show how someone would react to a child-hating villain.
    • Tucker's Casanova Wannabe behavior also gets dragged through the mud, since it leads to dates that are almost always terrible.
    • Katie Kaboom's transformations, which were meant to be comedic, are treated as horrifying to someone not from Animaniacs.
  • A Fandom-Specific Plot for Miraculous Ladybug tackles Superman Stays Out of Gotham by crossing over with The DCU or other superhero series, with the young heroes calling for backup and not getting any support. Frequently because their cries for help aren't believed. By the time any of the experienced heroes investigate what's happening in Paris, the Miraculous holders are generally embittered by their own experiences as Child Soldiers. Other fics, such as What the Cat Dragged In, claim that this is due to concerns of what would happen if Hawkmoth were to akumatize a superhero.
  • Miraculous Ladybug vs. the Forces of Evil is a crossover between Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Miraculous Ladybug. While also something of a Fix Fic, it's also a deconstruction of both franchises in different ways. It's overarching view is a Monster of the Week plot of Ladybug, but contextualizes it using Star's more arc based plotting. Compared to the akumas Marinette and Adrian fight regularly, Ludo and his monsters lack gimmicks and just use straight forward brutality tactics to overwhelm foes who aren't Star and Marco. It shows that even if Jackie and Marco had broken up in a different context that wouldn't mean Star and Marco would automatically get together. It laughs at Hawkmoth's egotism and how that's a direct contradiction to his supposedly noble intentions. And of course it's big deconstruction is on what would happen the day Ladybug and Cat Noir lost. Answer? Feelings of betrayal, secrets revealed, and the end of them being secret heroes.
  • No Chance for Fate is a serious deconstruction of not only the Fuku Fic but also of the source material Ranma ½ and Sailor Moon. The standard plots for this kind of crossover are either outright averted or subverted, often mixed with lampshade hanging or snarky mocking. The absurd plot points of the source material are dissolved in Surprisingly Realistic Outcome and of course add more snarking. Yet, all this manages to show the true strength of the heroes, who still fight for the right cause.
  • Peace of Mind, Piece of Heart deconstruction Tough Love. Catra attempts this with a cat girl named Marmalade she meets in her second car, forcibly pushing the scared child down a large slide. The kid gets hurt in the process, with Marmalade's friends and the child herself, calling out Catra for her unnecessary violence, causing Catra to run away out of guilt.
  • Practicing Medicine is this for Medic/Mercy shipping and crossovers between Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch in general, showing just how badly it would turn out if the two universes ever actually did meet. Mercy gets captured from her own time by the Medic, who becomes enamored by her. Unfortunately, being the Medic, his way of showing his "love" for Mercy is medical experimentation on her without anesthesia Meet the Medic style and repeatedly regrowing and harvesting her organs, because he and the rest of the RED Team are too comically violent and/or insane to care.
  • Remnant Inferis: DOOM, which crosses over the visceral and bloody DOOM (2016) with the much tamer and softer RWBY, has many aspects of both sides looked at and dissected.
    • Battle Aura is the Soul enveloping the body to protect it from harm. As the Slayer points out, a body should be protecting the soul, not the other way around. So, what happens when Aura comes into contact with anything that can cause the soul immense pain like Demonic Possession or Argent Energy? It hurts like Hell.
    • The Soulless characteristic of the Creatures of Grimm effectively makes them free real estate for the demons, as with a soul, a being can resist possession, however weakly. Since Grimm lack this, they just end up being power ups for demons.
    • Bloodless Carnage gets put through the ringer by having this trope completely averted to Hell and back for battles against the Slaves Of Doom. The RWBY characters, especially at the Volume 1 mark, have never been in such grueling circumstances due to Grimm simply disappearing and never bleeding, coupled with the students having never seen blood in such disturbing ways before. So, when the blood spills in such ways that even Mortal Kombat would cringe at, cue the many instances of Break the Cutie.
    • Ruby's attitude as a Wide-Eyed Idealist makes her incredible naive and unprepared for such a situation as fighting the literal forces of Hell. When the demons start their invasion and the corpses start piling up, she does everything she can to maintain a positive attitude, but it becomes clear that it's all a front to hide how horrified she is by the bloodshed. Worse still, all of this leads to her beginning to develop sadistic rage and blood-lust toward the Slaves of Doom.
    • The Slayer himself is a ruthless, aggressive, wrathful, foul-mouthed One-Man Army. All of these traits just make everyone afraid of him at best and hateful of him at worst.
  • Sleeping with the Girls brutally deconstructs the Self-Insert Fic by demonstrating just what would happen if a person from the real world got sent to various anime worlds, but the rules of the real world applied to that person. It also demonstrates why having a Genre Savvy person from the real world in an anime world may not be the best thing for said anime world.
  • The Wedding Crashers is a crossover between Supernatural and Twilight that introduces the Winchesters and Castiel into the Twilght universe as friends of Leah just in time to attend Jacob and Renesmee's wedding, showing how the more-normal Sam and Dean react to a lot of things in the Twilight universe (imprinting, sparkling, the attitudes of the Cullens and their allies, the Cullens' spending habits, how little most characters in the series care about humanity) and finally blows up in the best possible way.
  • When Life Gives You Lemons (Worm/Portal) specifically deconstructs the Portal side of the crossover, more specifically the history of Aperture Science. In-game, Cave's description of his company's many experiments and failed products comes across as amusing due to just how insane the ideas are and how insane Cave himself is to believe in them. The fanfic shows that not only are many of the experiments such as Mantis-Men real, they're also incredibly dangerous. And then Osiris makes Taylor hallucinate to show her the history of Aperture Science. Narration by Cave lifted directly from the game about voluntary experimental human surgery is a lot less amusing when it's playing over a shrieking test subject begging the laughing scientists to stop their Meatgrinder Surgery.
  • White Devil of the Moon makes Nanoha Takamachi the reincarnation of Princess Serenity instead of Usagi and proceeds to poke holes at all the reincarnation plot points in Sailor Moon.
    • The spell that was supposed to reincarnate Serenity and the Sailor Senshi was supposed to allow them to be reborn at arround the same time in the same location. Due to a mistake, Serenity is born as Nanoha earlier than the others and far away from them. As a result, she ends up going through her first two adventures as normal, which leads to her picking up a career off-planet. Thus, the Senshi are unable to find her, and without her power, they are stuck in a stalemate with the Dark Kingdom for a year-and-a-half, which they would eventually lose to attrition without anything to tip the scales.
    • When Nanoha's memories as Serenity start coming to her durring a visit to the ruined Moon Kingdom, Nanoha has a scathing assessment of her past-life, pointing out how all of her actions involving her romance with Endymion could have led to one incident or another. Serenity's percieved irresponsibility clashes with Nanoha's own extreme sense of responsibility so much that Nanoha absoulutely rejects the idea of being anything like her past self.
    • The Reincarnation Romance between Serenity and Endymion's reincarnations does not work out. Nanoha does feel some attraction to Mamoru at first due to resonance with her past life, but once they actually go out on a date, they find that they have absolutely no chemistry with each other, and Mamoru only really knows about Serenity, whose likes and personality are vastly different from Nanoha's. And as the final nail in the coffin, she already has such a relationship with Fate that all their friends were betting on when it would happen rather than if. Learning about this makes Mamoru realize that he had no chance with Nanoha.
  • The fic Zulu Squad no Tsukaima is another deconstruction of "crossover character X" becoming Louise's familiar, in that the Zulu Squad sergeant from Spec Ops: The Line ended up in Halkeginia because Louise performed the summon familiar rite twice. He ends up being more of a bodyguard than a familiar/slave/romantic interest. Being a Spec Ops: The Line crossover, it also deconstructs crossover fics by subverting the War Is Glorious aspect by showing the real horrors of fighting a medieval war with modern weapons.

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  • Into the Woods, containing characters from multiple fairy tales and weaving their stories together. The whole thing is deconstructed in the second act.

    Video Games 
  • There are some surprisingly convincing Epileptic Trees that interpret Super Smash Bros. Brawl's "Subspace Emissary" story mode as this. One theory states that Master Hand represents the forces of video game order (the rules by which video games function), Crazy Hand represents the forces of video game chaos (the unpredictability that makes video games fun), and Tabuu represents the forces of Serious Business and "Stop Having Fun" Guys, what with his efforts to imprison Master Hand and destroy the world of video games.
  • Super Robot Wars games can turn into this to some degree, by showing how characters from one anime would react when facing plot and characters from others - friendships (Kamina and Ryoma in Z2) and rivalries (Domon and Kazuya in MX) are formed, some characters turns different that in their source material (Shinji and Shinn, very often), some events are averted, villains fight one another (Zonderians vs Radam vs Evolouders vs Eleven Lords of Sol in W) or form alliances (Doctor Hell, Gauron and Hakkeshu in J), not to mention characters making comments about events from other series.
    Char Aznable: Your way will never bring true peace.
    • Super Robot Wars Z goes one step further by actually having some characters show in multiple versions of their animated continuities, in order to contrast the differences between them. For example, Classic Ryoma witnesses Armageddon Ryoma and is horrified by his much more violent nature.

    Web Comics 
  • Breakfast of the Gods does this with breakfast cereal mascots.
  • Most of Bleedman's Webcomics (e.g., Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, Grim Tales from Down Below) do this with various Western Animation cartoons (at the same time changing their drawing styles to an Animesque one). And then FusionFall used that concept as well, retaining the Massive Multiplayer Crossover and the change to an Animesque style, but dropping any hints to Deconstruction.
  • Kid Radd seems to do this, but featuring Captain Ersatzes and pastiches rather than actual trademarked Video Game characters. It has its own in universe versions of games like Super Mario Bros., EarthBound, Final Fantasy, and even Deadly Towers and cheesy flash games. It really does well at showing what a character from one genre of games would look like if he was forced into a completely different genre but his character still followed the rules of his original game. For example, how would a platformer character for whom everything does equal damage, and only has four slots in his health bar deal with being put in an RPG where every character has thousands of HP? How would a fighting game character, who needs to take advantage of a character being temporarily stunned after being hit in order to perform combos deal with a platformer character who becomes temporarily invincible after being hit?
  • Captain SNES: The Game Masta fits into this category fairly well. Not only are many of the villains aware that they are merely video game characters (which is, in at least one case, why they became villains to begin with), but characters who travel from one video game world to another are not always prepared for the different rules. (The comic where Magus writes of his experiences learning from Mario seems a good illustration of this.)
  • Sire is a comic about the descendants of literary characters reliving their "Sire"s story and having to take cues and morals from the original work so as not to earn a tragic ending. Rare as the characters are aware of the trope and use the deconstruction as a means to survive.

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  • There Will Be Brawl straddles the line of this and a a Darker and Edgier Parody of Nintendo games. It uses a pre-existing Massive Multiplayer Crossover established by the Super Smash Bros. franchise, and then constructs a world based around the end result of innocent and not-so-innocent characters fighting a purposeless war against each other for years.
  • The Final Fighting Fantasy series does a good job at this. For the various Final Fantasy characters, it starts off as what looks like a simple poorly written fan fic, but quickly grows the beard and becomes quite epic. It turns out that the legendary weapons of the games were created by the ancients as a way of manipulating the game's protagonists into defeating the forces of evil, and thus restoring balance. However, after evil was defeated, the good guys can't stay around any longer, because they would tip the balance too far towards the light, so, the weapons transport them to another world, where they all meet each other, and (because of the influence the weapons have on their mind) convince them that the characters from the other games are evil. Thus they're forced into a fight to the death. The different characters named "Cid" that appear in every game is actually the same guy, manipulating things from behind the scenes. Unfortunately, Final Fighting Fantasy has been left unfinished.
  • Cheshire Crossing. Three girls believed to be insane are all sent to a new place. A 'boarding school'. But the three girls are Alice Liddell, Wendy Darling, and Dorothy Gale. And the 'teacher' is Mary Poppins. Has to be read, because it's definitely better than it sounds.
  • Marvel DC After Hours, a Spin-Off of I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC does this. Season 1 questions the validity of Superman, Season 2 deals with what the heroes would be like if they all went through what Batman did, and Season 3 revolves around the concept of the Continuity Reboot, and what it would be like to go through one. By the end, it is always reconstructed.
  • DEATH BATTLE! can dwell into this, often showing how certain characters would fare against opponents operating by rules of a work different in tone or even completely different genre altogether. Certain tactics, abilities or even personality traits can work to their disadvantage or be exploited by their opponents.
  • Winnie The Pooh meets The Toxic Avenger is a deconstruction of the Pooh's Adventures series, showcasing the difficulties of featuring so many characters in a world not suited for them. Grim is killed by the author after he tries to change the story (mocking the idea of so many powerful characters just sitting on the sidelines), The Powerpuff Girls learn how to swear due to being in a world with a higher age rating, and the constant interference causes Toxie to go insane and try to kill everyone.

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Disney Princesses

Disney princesses test whether Vanelope is a true princess by asking which of their absurd tropes she fits into.

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