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One of the central tenets of Fanfic is Fix Fic. A desire to change or explore the original content in a way that makes more sense to the writer, or that the writer felt was wrong or simply because their favourite Shipping pairing didn't get together.

This trope is when, instead of using the hammer of fanfiction to repair, a fic writer deliberately and often lovingly smashes it to bits with a Deconstruction. They take aspects of the work to extremes or down a logical path that shows the faults therein, either deliberately or simply by pulling the loose threads until something breaks.

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A Fan Fic writer may take the setting, characters, tropes, plots, or the genre as their target. In addition, the fic may directly deconstruct the original work or any number of Fanfic Tropes, cliches, or elements of Fanon common to Fan Works based on that canon.

Note that while a Deconstruction Fic may well take a dark path with revealing the canon's actual Fridge Horror within, it doesn't have to be a literal deconstruction of the setting and characters like a Dark Fic. A story can still be a Deconstruction even if it's a W.A.F.F. or Hate Fic.

An example of a typical deconstruction in fanfic:

  • The Alice and Bob fandom of a certain Teen Drama or Kid Com has a Fandom-Specific Plot involving a one-night stand which causes a pregnancy. Played straight the pregnancy brings them together, their families both accept and help the pair through the pregnancy, and they eventually fall in love and have a beautiful child and live happily ever after.
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  • A deconstruction for that plot can take several forms: Drawing notice to the fact that Alice and Bob are only 15 years old, aren't in love, have school to deal with, and their family situations aren't conducive to taking care of a child. A discussion about what to do takes place and causes a rift between them, or the family kicks Alice out, or they force Alice into a choice against her will or they have existing relationships that are impacted on by the pregnancy. The stress, guilt and angst continue to the point Alice and Bob end up hating each other with the one-night stand and its aftermath a regret, and never to be repeated again.

A Deconstruction can still have a perfectly happy ending. In the deconstruction above Alice and Bob could work through their angst and stress and come to terms with what happened, and eventually they do come to love each other for each other, and not because they happened to have a baby together.

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Deconstruction Crossover is a common form of this and examples of that should go there. Take care to remember the differences between this and Fix Fic, especially if the work the fic springs from is a member of the Deconstructor Fleet. For non-fan works, there is Deconstructed Trope.


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  • Code Geass:
    • The Sum Of Our Choices deconstructs the idea of a successful Black Rebellion by the fact that a lot of self-declared governments-in-exile want a piece of the new government by Zero, while he also has to deal with vengeful Japanese and social unrests after Britannia withdraws. Also, it deconstructs the Britannian politics, by having the EU taking advantage of the incoming crisis due to the fact that Britannia shifted itself to be a sakuradite-based economy, thanks to the reserves in Japan.
    • Code Geass Colourless-Memories Side Stories, influenced by The Sum of Our Choices above, also shows how hard a time Zero and the Black Knights would have in rebuilding a free Japan from chapter eight (when the arc in question starts). It also looks into Japanese customs and culture during that arc as well.
  • Detective Conan:
    • Get A Clue deconstructs Yaoi shippers who ship Kaito and Shinichi as Conan and how, if it was a thing in universe without anybody knowing that "Conan" is actually 17, the ship and its fans would almost be universally derided for being disgusting and amoral due to the obvious implied pedophilia support from those who think Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa is a minor and below even the lowest statute of consent in Japan. Helps that the fic is funny too.
    • Dominoes is a deconstruction of both the superhero genre and each of the character's defining characteristics within the series.
      • Dominoes deconstructs the characters by placing them in the positions that would most test their moral limits—for example, Yusaku, ever manipulative, is placed in a position of extreme responsibility and influence and ends up heavily abusive to those he has control over; Shinichi, who values truth and justice above all else, is placed in a position where no one will be honest with him and he cannot attain justice through legal means because of Yusaku and thus ends up falling in with Kaitou Kid; Ran, whose defining traits are her love and constant stressful worrying for Shinichi and her faith in her friends, is placed on the sidelines as a superhero-in-training whose trusted boss Yusaku assures her that Shinichi's treatment is justified and necessary and ends up reinforcing this abuse out of a desire to keep Shinichi safe so she doesn't have to worry about him.
      • The story acts as a deconstruction of the superhero genre as a whole by using the conflict between Yusaku and Shinichi to explore the implication of secrets when interacting with severe power disparities - contrasting the superheroic trope of "justice" with the equally superheroic trope of widespread inequality of information that, in the real world, often leads to power abuse. So far, the story seems to imply that secrets, when used to dodge accountability, are the enemy of justice, and thus no one who operates under a secret identity while holding so much power over the daily lives of others can stay, or truthfully claim to be, entirely just. This is evident in the change in dynamics in the cast: being put in a position of responsibility, the manipulative Kudo Yusaku ends up abusing his son because he believes it's for the greater good; abuse which others in the system take as an example and replicate out of trust that Yusaku knows better than them and that they collectively know what's best for the kept-ignorant Shinichi, reflecting how this inequality of power creates a mentality of condescension towards those who are deprived of key information - the "normals," whom superheroes claim they protect. Further, the Irregulars—who are basically rough Expies of the Teen Titans—are exactly what you'd really get if you trained teenagers (and younger) to manage incredibly destructive abilities and weapons explicitly for combat with the goal of making them constantly deal with violent crises: despite the International Super-Hero Association's literal mood-altering propaganda department doing their best work, they can't hide from the reader that their teen heroes are literally just glorified Child Soldiers.
  • Digimon:
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • No More Forgiveness attempts to deconstruct Goku's behavior, specifically his parenting decisions, by showing just how badly repeated Parental Abandonment and being forced to fight monsters from a young age could have affected Gohan if he wasn't so forgiving. Gohan grows angry and disowns his father, while Goku improves they never reconcile and continue not to speak to each other.
    • Disgruntled meanwhile deconstructs Chi Chi's marriage to Goku, detailing the kind of psychological toll being married to someone like Goku would take on a person.
    • Dragon Ball Z Abridged deconstructs the nature of an Actual Pacifist. During the Cell Saga, Gohan's disdain with the idea of fighting continues to grow to the point where, despite having trained in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber with Goku for a year, Gohan refuses to lay a hand on Mr. Perfect Cell. At first, he tells Cell that he doesn't want to because he's scared of the power he has dormant, but that backfires when Cell unleashes the Cell Jr.s on the Z Warriors. At that, Gohan quickly begs Cell to call them off, that he doesn't want to fight him and that this was Goku's fight from the start. Both Perfect Cell and Android 16 call out Gohan for this attitude as it only makes him a Holier Than Thou Dirty Coward who'd rather let the world be destroyed than abandon his morals.
  • The Familiar of Zero:
    • Stupid Devil Dog features Japanese-American Military Brat Saito getting so fed up with Louise's brattiness, he outright leaves her. The humiliation makes her a bigger failure in front of her peers.
    • Unfamiliar closely examines the dark implications of the abuse that Louise would often inflict on Saito. Louise and her group all travel to Mott's palace to rescue Siesta, and find that she wasn't the only commoner that was in his clutches. There were others that suffered so much abuse that many of them have been broken both physically and mentally. Mott doesn't even consider the commoners, outright calling them "dogs" and "bitches", showing that he went off the deep end long ago. Louise ends up being so horrified and disgusted with everything she's seen that she particularly sics her familiar, in this case being Alex Mercer, on him.
    • The fic Enslaved is The Familiar of Zero with 'For The Laughs' removed. The summoning ritual does Exactly What It Says on the Tin, summoning a creature to be branded and then enslaved by the influence of the mark. There is nothing happy about it. Saito is fully aware of how wrong the situation is and responds as rationally as he can, Louise is not the classic violent tsundere and the plot advances in a more realistic—and admittedly darker—serious way.
    • The fic The Fall is a deconstruction of Reverse Summon plots of sending Louise to another world to become a Badass, namely focusing on how hard it would be on her biologically, no No Biochemical Barriers here as the background radiation in the Fallout world, even in a place relatively untouched as the Mojave, and due to her not having the centuries to adapt to it, causes her to slowly absorb radiation while she's on earth. Consequently, Louise is going to be sinking a lot of time into paying for medicine to keep it at bay, and avoids all combat for as long as she can, unlike jumping right into the action as in most other fics.
  • Fate/stay night:
    • I Put On My Robe And Wizard Hat is another of those Deconstructive Affectionate Parody fics that go through periods of popularity. Re-imagining Shirou as a child of the chan boards is only the beginning. Apostles In Leather Pants, the sequel, does Tsukihime.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
  • Love Hina:
    • An Alternate Keitaro Urashima decided he wasn't bound by a Childhood Marriage Promise he made when he was five. So instead of spending years trying to get into Tokyo University, he picked another college and has moved on with his life. Granny Hina's attempts to manipulate him into taking over the Inn create massive rifts in their family, and the various issues of her tenants start blowing up in their faces. This is only amplified by their refusal to admit any responsibility for their actions.
    • Similarly, Love Hina: Like It Could Have Been deals with Haruka taking over the Inn after the girls drive Keitaro away right from the start. Outraged by how they treated her relative, she gives them a hard dose of reality by informing them they'll all have to split the duties he would have handled.
    • For His Own Sake has Keitaro deciding to stop managing the Inn after three years of abuse. In addition to the girls having to face serious consequences for their actions, Keitaro is taken to task for helping enable their bad behavior by being an Extreme Doormat.
    • Not that Keitaro is the only vector for a good deconstruction; Last Dance with Shinobu-chan deconstructs not just the many relationships within the Inn, but also many archetypical romantic ideals, all while giving Shinobu a rather bittersweet coming of age story.
  • Lucky Star:
    • Weight takes the show's recurring gag of Kagami's complaints about her weight, and presents it instead as full-blown anorexia nervosa.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Game Theory deconstructs the anime by showing just what would happen if Fate's loyalty was from Precia actually treating her well (though she won't be winning any prizes for model parent) and just how easily the TSAB could have seriously botched things up by unintentionally driving Nanoha to work with Precia. It also deconstructs a number of tropes, such as Crazy Enough to Work, and the Kid Hero elements of the original work get savaged particularly hard. But in the end, things turn out happier than in canon.
  • Mai Hime:
    • Perfection is Overrated deconstructs the Mary Sue, by showing what would happen if they did not have preferential treatment by the author. As a result, the SUEs engage in reckless and amoral behavior (as a result of not understanding what they're doing is wrong, or because they think they can get away with it) that ends in their defeats to the Himes, and their attempts to do away with the canon protagonists to change the world as they see fit quickly establish them as antagonists, especially given the nature of the changes they want to see happen. Various other tropes get deconstructed, such as Shipper on Deck (Two SUEs not only have strong opinions on who is right for each other, but the ability to alter people's personalities to make their desired relationships reality).
  • My Hero Academia:
    • evolutionary, endpoint deconstructs the common fanfic plot of All Might secretly being Izuku's biological father with Izuku becoming hurt when he learns that his idol is his Disappeared Dad, and the fact that All Might never told him during the months they've known each other makes it much worse. He is also plainly uncomfortable with the reveal, and leaves most of his memorabilia behind as he finds it disturbing to be surrounded by images of his father.
    • Katsudon Warfare deconstructs the Midoriya/Bakugou pairing by showing it from the point of view of Izuku's mother, Inko. She's outraged (though she manages to thinly veil it) and scared about her son dating the boy that pestered and mistreated him for their entire childhood and fears what a relationship with a man like that can get to. It's reconstructed at the very end, where she realizes that Bakugou has changed, even if not that clear for her and that Midoriya knows what's best for himself, and their relationship does seem to work, as unlikely as it is.
    • King (MHA) picks apart the concept of the Karma Houdini Warranty. When Katsuki does something that he realizes should void his warranty, U.A. steps in to protect him... and, more importantly, protect their reputation, as they're already invested in supporting him after the Kamino incident. Katsuki doesn't fully want to be shielded from the consequences of his actions, but is given no real choice in the matter. Making matters worse is how his peers mistakenly see him as complicit, as he clearly benefits from the cover-up.
      • The story also deconstructs U.A.'s status as the most highly regarded Hero School, showing just how far they are willing to go to preserve that image. Much like Aldera Junior High, their reputation takes precedence over all else - and much like how Aldera's teachers ignored how Izuku was abused, U.A. punishes Todoroki Shouto for speaking out against them.
    • Our Hero tackles the invoked Fandom-Specific Plot of Class 1-A learning about Bakugou bullying Midoriya and daring him to "take a swan dive off the roof" and shunning him. Rather than being tearfully grateful for their support, Izuku is furiously frustrated by their efforts, as all of this is coming after both he and Katsuki have grown through their experiences thus far. Having his opinions dismissed as him "not knowing any better" or being a Wide-Eyed Idealist who supposedly doesn't recognize the abuse for what it was only serves to upset him.
    • The Sleeper Hit AU tackles the invoked popular concepts of 'Dad Might' and 'Dadzawa' by removing the incident with the Sludge Villain, leaving Izuku Quirkless. While he still trains hard enough to pass the Entrance Exam and make it into U.A., Aizawa promptly expels him while claiming he 'lacks potential'. While Toshinori clearly sympathizes with his plight, he doesn't say a word against it, letting Izuku pass him by without offering even a shred of comfort.
      • Aizawa takes the deconstruction further because there is a student he's formed a special bond with: Shinsou. This is, in fact, part of the reason why he expels Izuku — out of a selfish desire to ensure that there's an open slot in his class once Shinsou is able to prove himself worthy of the Hero Course. He also favors Hagakure over Midoriya, assuming that her Invisibility would be more useful and rigging the results of his test. This favoritism winds up hurting everyone involved; both Shinsou and Hagakure are heartbroken upon realizing that he nearly destroyed Midoriya's dreams in order to support theirs, and Hagakure in particular questions whether or not she deserved to attend U.A.
    • Quantity of Quirks' first chapter, despite its nature as a Crack Fic, deconstructs the Comically Invincible Hero.
      • First of all, Izuku's massive strength stops him from doing various everyday activities, such as sports. His only experience throwing a ball ended with the ball flying so far it could never be recovered.
      • It shows how vastly unfair it really is to be one of the other characters in such a set-up.
      • When Izuku turns into a dragon, showing that his Super Strength and Super Speed were both just inherent abilities, Bakugo falls down and yells in despair. He had hoped that enough training and then support gear could close the gap, but Izuku is literally more than a thousand times stronger than him while fighting quirkless. Even surpassing All Might wouldn't be enough for Bakugo to be Izuku's rival, and he can never compete against strength that vast, crushing Bakugo's dreams.
      • Todoroki realizes that everything his father did to his family was completely pointless, as he could never surpass Izuku, leaving him sobbing.
  • Naruto:
    • Jeconais' The banishment of Uzumaki Naruto in which the often pulled fan trope of the town council being a powerful force grinding Naruto down is skewered, and Danzō's pet project gets rather nicely sporked as well. Notable in showing even an admitted Crack Fic can be a Deconstruction Fic.
    • Lucillia's Naruto fanfics deconstructs the Continuity Drift of the series or how certain reveals don't make sense with past actions. For example, in Uzumaki and Uchiha, the villagers' adoration of Sasuke stops when they think that Naruto was bred to be the Jinchuriki for Sasuke to control, they react with the same distrust they gave to the rest of the Uchiha.
    • The First Try Series questions why no one seems to know that the Uzumaki were prestigious as the clans and took part in much of Konoha's history and why the newest generation didn't have any impressive skill.
    • Playing Games deconstructs the Fandom-Specific Plot of Naruto growing up in ANBU. As a child, Naruto was a member of ANBU, they used the cover of night to keep a young Naruto in the dark of the truth of the "games" that he used to play with ANBU.
    • Time Mix Up lampshades Naruto's status as a Highly Visible Ninja. Instead of denouncing it like many fics, Naruto points out the skill needed to be able to outrun and outhide many skilled and experienced ninja in an eye-catching color.
    • Uprooted takes the idea of Danzō getting his hands on our favourite Highly Visible Ninja... and instead of going the Break the Cutie route, has Naruto's own nature start a tumbling row of dominos that Break the Haughty Danzō and destroy ROOT. Also serves as an example of deconstructions not necessarily being Darker and Edgier.
    • Yet again, with a little extra help uses its cracky, silly premise to mock too many aspects of fandom in general and of Naruto in particular to list here. The central Original Characters, for example, are essentially god-like beings playing Self-Insert Fic. This gets lampshaded, mocked, and diced so many ways. Chapters of its sequel hint that it is even deconstructing itself on the theme of Mary Sue OCs helping out the main character and unusual training from hell if the hints of Naruto's mental trauma are any indication.
    • We Are deconstructs the Fanon idea of a "clan reconstruction" law allowing the last member of a clan to have multiple wives (generally used to invoke the One True Threesome) by carrying out the idea of a "clan reconstruction" plan to its logical conclusion. The person invoking it is placed under house arrest until they produce at least two grandchildren (to ensure that the clan doesn't end with them), and are forbidden to get in fights to avoid risking death. Spouses are chosen for them based not on their own romantic or sexual desires, but on genetic compatibility to ensure maximization of offspring production.
    • Echoes deconstructs pretty much every Naruto fanfiction cliche. The main premise of the plot is that one Naruto gains the power to traverse the multiverse so he ends up meeting other versions of himself that turned out badly. It also mocks many cliches such as the Council is out to get Naruto; it's not, he's just a convenient political scapegoat for an unknown antagonist who doesn't really care that he exists; Naruto's suffering is just collateral damage for this antagonist's unknown goal. It also points out how implausible it is for a bunch of kids to win fights against hardened killers with years of experience just because they're the new generation; the old generation completely dominates the new generation simply because they've been in the business longer, the bad guys only lose when outnumbered five to one and they tend to bring a main character down with them even then.
    • Escape From The Hokage's Hat deconstructs the "evil council out to get Naruto" by showing that they actually don't hate him, they're more indifferent of him (although they have done some Jerkass things concerning Naruto). They hate Sasuke (they cite him as a liability) and outright state how it would be better to execute him but can't for fear of Itachi's wrath.
    • The Gentry deconstructs the stereotypical "evil badass takes-no-shit harem master Naruto" and tears it apart utterly by showing that there is no way any characters would act the way most authors depict them in these types of stories. The Gentry, used somewhat as analogues of the authors of these kinds of stories, pretty much manipulated Naruto's entire life to suit their own needs and shift his life to their vision, corrupting his "pure" self. They manipulated Naruto's hearing so that he heard nothing but hate from his comrades, they manipulated the minds of all the adults so that they could have "hated Naruto all along" or as the "stereotypical evil council", and the harem? Manipulated their minds so they would "love" Naruto and not even mean it to drown in physical pleasure without any true emotional meaning. And even worse, it's not going to end with Naruto. They are manipulating other worlds described as the parodies of other fandom cliches.
    • Nightingale deconstructs a trope most commonly found in bad and/or over-powered Naruto fanfic that has one character become extremely powerful by learning that he/she was born with two different strains of Superpowerful Genetics. Neji is physically unstable for this very reason, and it's never made clear how much of his madness and clinical instability is because this power is building up inside of him and how much is because of outbreeding depression. In addition, there's the "powerful political force deliberately sabotages badass main character because they fear the main character's power" trend mentioned above in Echoes, deconstructed by showing the long-lasting and potentially permanent physical and psychological scars left by the attempts to restrain said power. Nightingale also deconstructs a few things from canon, like the Hyūga clan's branch system and the Ninja Brat trope, the latter of which is demonstrated both through fully-grown former Ninja Brat characters and a young genin team of ten-year-olds.
    • The Hopeless Wanderer series deconstructs Naruto's All of the Other Reindeer status and the lack of attentive adult figures in his life. Namely that in realistic situations isolated people are popular targets for abusive or toxic relationships. Sasuke targets and traps Naruto into a codependent relationship with him by undermining Naruto's faith in others by pointing out Iruka and Sarutobi's lack of involvement, Kakashi's neglect, and Sakura's abrasiveness and making himself seem like he cares for Naruto's well-being. Since early series Naruto is known to latch on to people who give him affection, this leads him to downward spiral to the point of becoming a Missing-Nin with Sasuke. Everyone involved knows that they have no one but themselves to blame for not catching the warning signs of a toxic relationship between the two until it was too late.
    • I Am NOT Going Through Puberty Again! does this with Peggy Sue plots:
      • First, none of the time travelers knew time travel was even possible. Naruto had sealed away all scrolls pertaining to jutsu involving time travel, as they were experimental at best and thus potentially dangerous.
      • Secondly, none of them wanted to go back in time. Another reason why those scrolls were sealed away is because the world was as close to peace as it was ever going to be. If any of those experimental jutsu had succeeded, the user could potentially undo all the progress made towards what was as close to an ideal future as the ninja world could get.
      • Finally, the time travelers don't bother keeping all the details, because they don't remember them. The events of Part I, to them, happened decades ago. There's no way they'd be able to keep track of all the details and maintain a path towards an idealized future, so they don't even bother. Hence, they instead screw around with everything in order to enjoy themselves and let the chips fall where they may.
    • Son of the Sannin deconstructs the use of One-Winged Angel among the villains, showing two extremes of this trope with Kimimaro and Mizuki, who are given Cursed Seals by Orochimaru. The former only uses the seal sparingly, so he's still rather inexperienced with its drawbacks, like loss of speed or increased chakra consumption, and he loses to an opponent who has more experience and is able to drag on the battle to use them to his advantage. The latter, on the other hand, uses it as much as possible to the point it becomes a crutch for him. He finds himself facing an opponent he can't overpower by brute strength alone, so when the Cursed Seal fails him, he has nothing else to rely on.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion is itself a deconstruction, so fics that directly fix it are, well, Fix Fic. But the fandom has many a trope and cliche to poke at and smash:
    • Taking Sights by Lavanya Six deconstructs many of the Peggy Sue standbys of Evangelion Fix Fics; it's Gendo Ikari who goes back to fix his mistakes. In the process he manages to make things worse for himself, both through not understanding why things originally broke down, resulting in his fixes just blowing everything to hell, and through the butterfly effect pissing on his plans. Going crazy probably doesn't help much, either.
    • The famous Shinji And Warhammer 40 K manages to be a Fix Fic and a Deconstruction Fic simultaneously. On one hand Shinji fixes a lot of problems, both literal and mental, and has resulted in the heroes escalating themselves to unprecedented levels. On the other hand, it deconstructs the fanon idea that Shinji being badass is going to fix the whole series; the enemies have also escalated, and while the firepower thrown around in the original series is nothing to scoff at it can't compare to one Angel killing tens of millions of people by bombing cities across the planet, another Angel used to unleash a Zombie Apocalypse on steroids, or rendering most of Europe completely barren within days.
  • One Piece:
  • Pokémon fics playing with the franchise's "trainer and Mons power of friendship" motif are common. It helps that there are canon examples, with Pokémon Adventures for example showing what both Pokémon and humans suffer and what can happen in the world of Pokémon.
    • The Sun Soul shows how dangerous the Pokéverse would be in reality.
    • Poké Wars is this for the Pokémon revolution genre with it pulling absolutely no punches with showing how divisive and destructive such an act would be. It also highlights how lethal the Pokémon can be.
    • No Antidote shreds The Power of Friendship... and you may never look at your starters the same way again. Or any of your other Pokémon.
    • Symbiosis deconstructs aspects of the anime by showing that the criminal elements of various region outright conflicting with each other and compete with each other. Brock's Parental Abandonment by his father has left emotional scars on him due to his Promotion to Parent and having to give up his dreams to run the gym. When his father came back, Brock's lack of anger towards him is seen as running away from his emotional problems. Being able to speak to Pokémon is made a bigger deal than the anime, as since their society revolves around Pokémon people with that ability are very valuable... to the point that criminal organizations will outright try to enslave them if they're caught. Jessie and James deconstruct the Token Good Teammate, as they are far from ineffective. Due to their inherent innocence, there is nothing they wouldn't do in order to stop the "good guys."
    • The Trainer from a Far-Away Land deconstructs Team Plasma's agenda on the part of the pokemon. Snivy doesn't hate all trainers, she just wants a better one. While N's Zorua doesn't want N to fulfill his goal of Pokemon-Human separation as it means N will abandon him.
    • A Pikachu in Love could arguably be considered a Deconstruction for OC/Canon pairings, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl character type, and the ideal that Ash and Pikachu's bond will always remain strong. Though the latter gets Reconstruction at the end of the fic, and though Pichi did manage to pick Pikachu up when he was questioning his relationship with Ash, Pichi's wacky and carefree antics nearly get Pikachu killed by an Ursaring later on in the fic, and this causes her to suffer a temporary Heroic BSoD as result. Ontop of that, her attempts to make Pikachu lighten eventually leads to heartache for both of them when Pichi realizes she's in love Pikachu, and though Pikachu loves her too, it was because of her that he realized his bond with Ash was too strong for him to ever leave him, and decides to stick with Ash until the end.
    • CoriFalls's work tries to be a deconstruction of Ash's dealings with Team Rocket only to fail by swinging the perceived unfair treatment the other way around: instead, Ash becomes the highly abused villain who's just trying to live his life while Jessie, James and Meowth become the self-centered "heroes" who believe everything they do is good and right because they're them and they're Such Good People.
    • Kindred Spirits, an AU of Pokémon: The First Movie, deconstructs Common Mary Sue Traits. The heroine is an O.C. Stand-in rather than an actual OC, massive changes must be made to the setting for her to even existnote , the fact that she shares her name with the fic's author is pure coincidence as a result, and, even though she befriends the canon characters instantly and scenes from the movie proceed all but unchanged except for her giving a line of dialogue here or there, her presence has actually made the situation worse.
    • There are a lot of fanfics out there in which Ash is made invincible, and it is perfectly possible to interpret The Greatest There Was Or Ever Will Be as a deconstruction of them, because the first chapter is nothing but how Arceus set things up from the very beginning to favor Ash and give him superpowers (such as overwhelming charisma and the ability to make all of his Pokémon accept his Training from Hell) that he logically should not possess. And yes, Ash does let all of his power go to his head occasionally, which terrifies both his friends and himself, when he returns to lucidity. It's as if the writer is sending a message that such an Invincible Hero is only possible in these fanfics because of authorial intervention.
    • Pokémon: The Mew-sical deconstructs Ash's bond with Pikachu — when Team Rocket successfully kidnaps Pikachu, Ash goes crazy, and becomes willing to stop at nothing to get him back. Though Ash recovers Pikachu and all is right at the end, the implication is clear that, if he had failed, Ash would have become just like Giovanni (whose reason for villainy in this is because he himself lost his own Pikachu) in time.
    • This fic deconstructs the common joke among the fandom about Ash never visiting Pidgeot like he promised when he released her into the wild. First, Pidgeot goes into denial, telling herself that Ash will come back and later worrying that he may be hurt. Then she hears Delia and Professor Oak talking about Ash's latest adventure in Johto. She keeps waiting until she eventually gives up. And finally, she reaches the anger stage and never quite leaves it, attacking trainers who try to catch pokemon in that area because she doesn't want them to go through what she went through.
    • When a Dream is Done takes apart the frequent fan canon of 'Ash goes to Mt. Silver and becomes a total badass champion'. He does...but not only does he discover that Victory Is Boring, but the isolation and fixation on battles have also seriously messed up his mental state and his relationships with everyone he cared about.
    • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines deconstructs a few tropes in its main story and the side stories that apply to both the series in general and fanfiction in general.
      • The historical criminal 20 Gyarados Bill deconstructs the Magikarp Power trope by having a villain realize he can take the cruddy fish found everyone there is water and make them badass. He does so, and uses them to go on a villainous rampage instead, for after all it is not just heroes capable of taking the slow path to greatness.
      • The Path of Most Resistance trope is also deconstructed: while the main story and the Astrid oneshot show that trainers like Ash and the OC Vermell can use this trope to truly prepare themselves for basically anything, the Cipher one-shot introduces the readers to a rookie trainer named Shawn who tries the same thing, by taking on the Orre region of all places. Because he wasn't truly prepared to handle such a tough path, he ends up with no money and forced to join a criminal organization to survive.
      • Mundane Utility is deconstructed in the Sabrina Gaiden. Sabrina's father convinces her to use her powers to help people in her hometown. Unfortunately, many people begin to take advantage of her goodwill, asking her for help in easy tasks they could do themselves, which builds up a lot of resentment and eventually sparks her Start of Darkness.
      • Sex God is also given a beating in Chapter 27. Anna notes that the lover she had who sired Arnold is by far the most sexually pleasing lover she ever had, but she notes that the physical pleasure involved was missing something. She notes that two later lovers, who were nowhere near as good as he was, had it. Basically the point there is just being an excellent lover physically can't match lower quality lovemaking where genuine affection and care are in play. Notably, Reset is a Harem Fic, where characters capable of immense physical love to every XX chromosomed being the writer likes is commonplace and often exists in place of non-sexual romantic connections.
      • Not that Good People Have Good Sex is completely spared either: the fanfic in the same point draws a slight but noticeable difference between physical and emotional fulfillment in sex. You can enjoy one on its own, but having one does not mean you have the other. The first character in story noted to having both is a villain, and the fic's Knight of Cerebus at that: as you don't need to be a good person overall to qualify, but be a good person to the one(s) you are having sex with to qualify for the trope. Just being morally lower than others doesn't decrease your ability to provide physical or emotional pleasure in the act.
      • Famed in Story is given a hard blow in Chapter 29: Ash, unlike in canon, is recognized for his past accomplishments, but this also means people know what to expect from him. Janine changes her strategy around from her usual specifically to counter him (by using Stealth Rock, knowing that his two most likely Pokemon to use against her are Charizard and Butterfree, she cripples much of his team). While he still wins the fight, it is a lot harder than it would have been normally and such a trend is likely to only continue with later gym leaders and challengers (and does in the case of Blaine, who outwits Ash in a game of I Know You Know I Know and outplans Ash's own plans against him. While Ash does win again, it is made clear that being Famed in Story made it harder than it would have been otherwise).
      • The fic early on deconstructs the idea of breaking Ash (and other anime protagonists in Pokémon) from the Status Quo Is God trope: while Ash does demonstrate some frustration with being under it early on, it is made clear that the Status Quo also keeps things from turning too dark, even as it makes it so they never win. With it removed, MissingNo outright spells it out that all paid an Equivalent Exchange to be free of it, regardless of the fact that none of them chose to. Now Ash and all of the protagonists are free to pursue their dreams and achieve them, but at a cost that ranges in intensity for each of them, first shown by Brock being able to find love at the cost of both of his parents being dead at the start of the story. The Status Quo sucks, but removing it leads to issues that they are not used to, nor are pleasant.
      • Red's memetic status as a silent badass is also deconstructed. Red legitimately has socialization issues that make it hard for him to bond with people and Pokemon alike, as seen in his interactions with Ash and co. in chapter 26 and his own Pokémon in his One Island Oneshot. While he is still skilled and is not a bad person in the inside, these issues do make his goals harder to reach. In particular Mega Evolution is something he is told by Siebold he will struggle with because of his social issues with his Pokémon, even though the author does make it clear that Red does not mistreat them. This trend continues during the Two Island Interlude, as shown by the fact that, despite having a closer bond with his Charizard than with most of his other Pokémon, it's not strong enough for him to learn Blast Burn from Ultima (as it's powered by the friendship between trainer and Pokémon), and also has led him to not to pay enough attention to his Clefairy's Ax-Crazy tendencies or how to deal with them.
      • In the same Two Island Interlude, Red's Combat Pragmatist philosophy is also partially deconstructed. His mother taught him that not giving your all against an opponent is seen as an insult and lack of respect. However, during his battle with Ultima, she defeats him with ease, despite her Dragonite not even using its full strength, as the only purpose was to gauge Charizard's power. When Red is upset about this, Ultima points out that, barring a life-or-death situation, she's not going to cripple an opponent, showing that, at least for competitive battling, sometimes holding back isn't necessarily a bad thing.
      • Chapter 41 of the main story takes a shot at the idea of a 'Chosen One' and the rarity of humans with 'pure hearts': Raikou claims that there are many humans with pure hearts even in a single village and that the majority of humans other than them aren't evil. Ho-Oh is well aware of this fact and just avoids humanity in general because it has grown to prefer isolation. Like some of the above Naruto examples, deconstruction does not need to be dark and edgy.
      • Chapter 46 takes a hammer to the idea of battle-winning evolution: Pava's Dragonair evolved into Dragonite while battling Ash in the first round of Indigo. Despite the power boost she was unable to win. Pava also deconstructs a common action in game of pushing through the games with a single overleveled Pokémon: not only did this not work in the end for her it also was not a result of laziness but the fact that her time was so limited by family issues she only had time to fully train one Pokémon (Dragonair).
    • By the same author, Shudo cross Modern Ash: The Trainer who Questions Humanity takes the original ideas of head writer Shudo and applies them full on to not only later developments to the series (such as Ash's later higher performances and companions, and Ash's rivalry with Paul), and a few fanon ideas for improving the series such as Ash catching more Pokémon and trainers starting at an older, more sex appropriate age. The result: An Ash who has steadily become more jaded with most of humanity outside of the higher leveled broad trainer-coordinator circuit, a vast majority of children being born without fathers to a point that marriage is rare and teen pregnancies are not at all uncommon, and Ash getting to a point the main difference between himself and N is that N would separate all humans from all Pokémon, while Ash would prefer to simply remove Pokémon from people that he thinks shouldn't have them. A number that ranges from thousands to millions.
    • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail is a crossover fic with Infinity Train that deconstructs the most common of all Pokémon stories: "person goes on a Coming of Age adventure alongside their Pokémon." The protagonist Chloe is somewhat apathetic towards the creatures, not helped by all her friends, family, and peers pressuring her into a future involving them thanks to her father being a Pokémon Professor. As such, her Pokémon journey completely lacks Pokémon; she leaves her loyal Yamper at home and instead of traveling the world to get gym badges or win contests, the crossover bit of the fic kicks and she's exploring the various pocket dimensions on a supernatural train with a non-superpowered talking corgi instead.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • Magica Madoka Veneficus Puella deconstructs the typical Fix Fic expected for this fandom, though it swings back and forth between this and Fix Fic.
    • Truth and Illusion also does this, though much more decisively and dealing with the much-loved "Sayaka comes back" plot exclusively.
    • It should be mentioned that Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion has been interpreted as a deconstruction of the series' Fan Works. The beginning of the movie comes straight from fan works, but it's portrayed as silly, and fake. The ending of the movie comes straight from Fix Fic, but like everything in the series, it comes at a price.
    • At first, "Puella Magi Mary Sue Magica" seems like a typical Parody Sue Fic ,but as the story progresses and the titular character starts going through a major Sanity Slippage it shows that this is still Madoka Magica. And all things in the series have tragic consequences no matter how powerful a Magical Girl might appear to be.
  • Ranma ½:
  • Rosario + Vampire:
    • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act III provides a deconstruction of Selective Enforcement. Headmaster Mikogami repeatedly does next to nothing about the various bullies and Jerkasses who deliberately go out of their way to torment and harass Tsukune and his friends, but punishes Tsukune and co. for simply acting in legitimate self-defense against said bullies and Jerkasses, to the extent that he threatens to separate them if they get into another fight. The deconstruction comes into play when the other students find out and take advantage of it to actively harass the gang even more without fear of any retribution, and when Kano uses it to his advantage as well to blackmail the girls into letting him take dirty pictures of them and nearly rape them; Mikogami wises up after the Kano incident and reinstates their right to defend themselves so it doesn't happen again.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Crystal Tokyo, the Crystal Spires and Togas utopian Future, is frequently deconstructed into a Knight Templar dystopia — famously, in I'm Here To Help. Neo-Queen Serenity, Sailor Moon's future self, is described as "cleansing the Earth's people of evil". That would be enough to plant Epileptic Trees, but then in the second season, the Black Moon Clan showed up, time-travelling antagonists who refused to be "purified" and left Crystal Tokyo forever. That just made removing people's "evil" sound even more like a euphemism for mass brainwashing.
    • On the other hand, Beautiful Destroyer Sailor Moon goes the Satire/Parody/Pastiche shock value route, but somehow manages to do it in a mostly upbeat feel-good manner. Basically, if your eyes have scars from assorted unpleasant things you've come across online, this might actually help.
  • Sound! Euphonium:
    • Ambitious Love deconstructs Kumiko and Reina's personalities. Neither are able to cope with loss well and both react in overly emotional ways to issues. Reina's desire to be special is depicted as self-destructive. It leads to her staying in an abusive relationship because her husband has connections in the music industry. The fic also deconstructs Taki. His emotional issues over his first wife's death cause him to abuse drugs and alcohol. It gets to the point where he refuses to let his wife Reina leave him despite his Domestic Abuse.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew:
    • Nice Guys are Boring gives the actual realistic outcome of the Fan-Preferred Couple trope between Ichigo/Kish and Ichigo/Ryou and the Masaya-bashing that has been going in the fandom in order to give way to the aforementioned pairings. Here, Ichigo breaks up with Masaya not because he's unfaithful to her (a common device used in the fandom to separate them), but because she's bored with his nice-guy attitude of never trying anything risque with her. Kish is far from the Lovable Rogue the fandom often portrays him to be, and instead, although it was taken a bit to the extreme, is truer to his in-show personality: a deranged Yandere who only lusts after Ichigo's body and never really cared about her feelings at all. Ryou himself didn't get the better end of the stick either. His emotional scar of losing his mother prevented him from truly loving anyone else, including Ichigo. After knocking her up, instead of proposing to her and taking the responsibility, he simply gave her some money and an address to an abortion clinic. After everything had been said and done, Ichigo finds out that even though Masaya moved on and dated her best friend Lettuce, he still loves Ichigo all the same, even with her being pregnant with Ryou's child.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-
    • Shatterheart deconstructs the concept of Loving a Shadow and CLAMP's concept of destined love. After the events of Acid Tokyo Clone!Sakura never warms up to Real!Syaoran. Both Clone!Sakura and Real!Syaoran know that the other is similar to their lover, but have too many differences to be them. Neither of them love each other because they don't want love a shadow. Syaoran hasn't seen Real!Sakura in years and he realizes it's unhealthy for him to devote his entire life to someone that he hasn't seen or not even sure that she's alive. Despite literally being destined for Sakura, Syaoran moves on and falls in love and marries Kurogane.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice
    • While the Rivals Series ultimately stays true to the original anime and does come to the same conclusion regarding the story, it does take a closer look at some aspects of the anime and examines them in-depth:
      • Yuuri's insecurity about his weight: while in the original anime this aspect of Yuuri's character was mostly Played for Laughs, in the fic Viktor's offhand jab at Yuuri's weight is ultimately what led to Yuuri's resentment of him. Especially since an impressionable twelve-year old is being insulted by their idol, Yuuri's esteem is crushed.
      • Viktor's Brutal Honesty, in the same manner as the above, is shown to have realistic (and horrible) consequences. Viktor's attempts at advice and criticism end up annoying at best and cruel at worst. Viktor's honesty unintentionally undermines Viktor's attempts to get Yuuri to like him and cause him to loathe him even more.
      • Yuuri's low self esteem and its manifestation as callousness towards Viktor is carefully examined as well. Since Yuuri doesn't realize that Viktor is in love with him, he ends up leading Viktor into an emotionally-unfulfilling fuck-buddy relationship.
      • Yuuri and Viktor's communication problems, while present in the anime, take a front row in this fic and are explored to the greatest extent possible through the one-sided narratives.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • The Metropolitan Man: A deconstruction of the Superman franchise set in the 1930s. The story paints a picture of what the author thinks would realistically happen if a super-strong, super-quick, flying and unkillable man in possession of X-Ray Vision and super senses comes out and starts saving people. Told mostly from the perspective of a rational (but still paranoid and sociopathic) Lex Luthor, who, among other things, posits the scientific improbability of a Human Alien and the inevitability of the devastation Superman could enact on humanity even if he were to somehow stick to his morals.
    • Inviolate uses Lex Luthor to explore a number of things taken for granted, including but not limited to: why mad scientists are mad, why evil geniuses are evil, why so many of the last of their kind keep ending up on Earth, why villains stay villains and why despite all the extremely high levels of technology available in the DCU their level of tech seems to be at the same level as the real world.
    • A (NSFW, naturally) fic called Superman Fucks Gotham has the titular hero explore the reasons for Joker Immunity, Superman Stays Out of Gotham, Power Creep, Power Seep, Redemption Demotion... all while doing Exactly What It Says on the Tin, of course.
  • Tintin:
    • Dahlia Nilsson wrote An Evening at the Airport as a response to the way women are portrayed. Herge has been criticized for the lack of female characters in the albums. On top of that, many people have pointed out that when the women do appear they are clichés and are portrayed as castrating and unwelcome presences. She mainly focuses on the few women that there are. Jolyon Wagg’s wife and teenage daughter are given lines even though they don’t speak in the series. Bianca Castafiore and Martine Vaderzande are rendered intelligent and occasionally profound and Peggy portrayed as a bitter jaded woman who has to put up with her philandering and generally irresponsible husband who acts more henpecked than he actually is to get sympathy.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Trouble Island pulls a Decon-Recon Switch with Mr. Imagination.
    • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series deconstructs itself in the second TV movie "Have You Seen This Tiger?", where Socrates' pranks land himself and Calvin in hot water. Likewise, "RIP Calvin" deconstructs The Hedonist. The future selves are revealed to use Calvin's Time Pluckernote  for great pleasure... even if it comes from some unscrupulous sources. Moreover, when the present-day cast attempts to stop them, their future counterparts attempt to kill them!

    Fan Works 
  • Recursive Fanfiction example: the UFUT-verse (consisting of the "canon" Unwanted Free Ugly Troll and Loop Hole, as well as many recursive-recursive stories like Before I Sleep), deconstructs the Homestuck fandom's popular "petstuck" AU, in several different ways. Aside from addressing the essential horror of a world where sentient creatures are bought and sold like animals (and no-one cares), UFUT and Loop Hole both demonstrate the severe lack of rights the trolls have and the horrifying situations that this creates (such as trolls being used as lab rats, troll fighting rings which can include child participants, and little trolls being beaten and abandoned by their owners). In "Before I Sleep", meanwhile, a woman adopts a troll baby and comes to see it as her own child, but no-one else sees it that way. She's pretty much treated as crazy by everyone, and when her son (the troll) is killed her grief isn't even taken seriously.
  • The Conversion Bureau quickly became a fertile breeding ground for these kinds of fics due to being filled with all kinds of (unintentional) Unfortunate Implications and Fridge Horror. Notable stories include:
    • In The Conversion Bureau: Not Alone, humanity is not flattered by the ponies' misanthropic and Holier Than Thou attitudes, and certain plot elements TCB stories often ignore (such as the ensuing loss of infrastructure and human displacement from the barrier, as well as what the other Equestrian races think of the ponies' Assimilation Plot) are explored. Even more, at the end it's revealed that that the natural-born ponies find the Newfoals (with their lack of assertiveness and inability to get mad) off-putting and unsettling.
    • The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum and its side stories deconstruct everything typical to the TCB genre, like the impracticality of transporting Equestria to Earth, the misanthropy of the ponies, Earth's status as a Straw Dystopia, and the horror that comes with people forcibly being turned into another species. The side stories point out how badly Equestria would do in a war, how they'd manage the massive population growth (the short and simple answer is that they can't), and the disturbing nature of the Newfoals in general.
      • SPECTRUM, a Continuity Reboot mixed with Fix Fic elements, goes more for a Decon-Recon Switch, presenting a more grounded approach and balanced portrayal of all sides—while Prime Equestria is not entirely experienced with a war of the scale of the Conversion War, their Wide-Eyed Idealist views aren't put down like the original parent story did. The Solar Empire has a more sympathetic characterization as well, with the story making it clear that they are still Equestrians, albeit an Equestria that has lost its way.
    • In The Negotiations-verse, it's made clear that a nation whose soldiers wield swords, spears and arrows wouldn't do well in warfare against 21st century tactics and weaponry, the Fridge Horror problems that other "straight" TCB stories usually gloss over (such as "what happens to the rest of Equus without Celestia and Luna around to move the sun and moon?") are explored in detail, and it gives a deeper reason for why Equestria would even go to Earth in the first place.
  • Another Recursive Fanfiction example: A Girl Who Brought Down the World is this towards Sonichu, more importantly deconstructing Christian Weston Chandler's idea of being in power. It shows that Chandler's style of leadership in the comic wouldn't lead to peace and prosperity (and finally having a girlfriend), but would lead to the world becoming a Crapsack World. This also seems to be the theme with most Sonichu fanfics in general.
  • More Recursive Fanfiction examples: in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier fandom, it's common to deconstruct the Fandom-Specific Plot of Bucky regaining his memories and resuming his relationship with Steve (platonically or romantically). There are several different ways of going about this, such as merely showing how difficult such a recovery would realistically be (and how having a romantic relationship at such a vulnerable time would affect both participants), as in Lilies with Full Hands, or by playing the usual plotline straight within the world of the story while showing how unhealthy and affected such a quick "recovery" would have to be in real life (as in Out of the Dead Land.)
  • Firebird's Son applies the Evangelion and Madoka treatment to the "Harry Potter harem" fic genre. The entire thing is dedicated to showing just what a magical society where polygamy is needed by demographics would be like, and the result is a very unpleasant and unsettling place, among other things.
  • Universe Falls: While in the original Steven Universe canon Steven is cheerfully oblivious to all the secrets the Crystal Gems are keeping from him, here Dipper Pines refuses to take the Gems' question-dodging in stride, frequently calling them out on keeping Steven out of the loop and trying to encourage Steven to be less naive.
  • Rebuilding Friendships deconstructs how only telling the family about the trip to New Orleans in Finding Dad affected the friendships of Isabella and Phineas with other people.
  • A Life Rescued and sequel Bowing Out Gracefully deconstruct many of the cliches found in Bridge to Terabithia Fanon, particularly the LDD (Leslie Doesn't Die) fics.
    • The Peggy Sue fic, where Jesse goes back in time to save Leslie on that fatal day, as seen in Groundhogs of Terabithia. Here, the author shows that, for Jesse to be able to do this on purpose, he would have to be an adult, and probably a messed-up one. The Unfortunate Implications of an adult in a child's body (Jesse) getting romantic with an actual child (Leslie) cause the author to Retcon Jesse's future self into a delusion he is experiencing.
    • Jesse saving Leslie from the creek, as seen in Groundhogs of Terabithia and fics by Narnian Melody. Unfortunately, this proves to be almost more than Jesse can handle, and he (and Leslie) are hospitalized with serious injuries, requiring physical therapy and treatment that Jesse's impoverished family cannot afford. The Burkes attempt to ease the burden by taking care of Jesse's expenses, but this so offends Jesse's proud father that he initially forbids contact between the two families.
    • Leslie and Jesse realize their love for one another upon Jess' saving her life, as seen in Groundhogs at Terabithia. Here, Jesse and Leslie are in fifth grade. It takes some time before either of them, especially Jesse, are able to openly use the L-word to describe their feelings for each other.
    • After saving Leslie's life, Jesse and Leslie share their first kiss, go skinnydipping, cuddle naked, and sleep together (fully clothed, no sex), as seen in Groundhogs at Terabithia.
      • First, Jesse and Leslie are fifth graders, meaning Leslie's physical desires are more age-appropriate (nothing more than some hugging and chaste kissing). Even then, Jesse, being a boy, younger than Leslie, and therefore more reticent when it comes to physical affection, is uncomfortable with Leslie's age-appropriate desires until both of them are thirteen.
      • Second, both sets of parents set limits on what their kids may do with each other. Jesse saving Leslie's life does NOT constitute a "Get out of Jail Free" Card for either of them.
    • Leslie's family, being something like hippies, are very casual about nudity, which leads Leslie to be casual about taking her clothes off in front of Jesse, as seen in Groundhogs at Terabithia. In fact, A Life Rescued depicts a family that operates this way, and the results are not pretty. First, the nudism tempts thirteen-year-old Tom, an OC, who spies on them and photographs them. Second, the girls' nudism and affectionate nature arouses Leslie's jealousy. Worst of all, the family's seemingly harmless but quirky habits are a sign that their parents are molesting the girls, and trafficking them for child pornography, with the youngest getting pregnant and being Driven to Suicide.
    • In Royal Court of Terabithia, Jesse and Leslie find that their skinnydipping is not as surreptitious as they had believed. In this fic, fortunately, their activities are observed only by Maybelle and Joyce Anne, Jesse's sisters. A Life Rescued depicts a similar scenario with a much different outcome. As noted aboce, the nudist family described in that fic is spied on by a thirteen-year-old classmate of the middle daughter, who secretly photographs them. Additionally, pictures of them end up in the hands of bullies who photoshop them with Leslie's head to sexually harrass her.
    • Despite engaging in risky behavior, Jesse and Leslie remain virgins until their wedding night, as seen in Royal Court of Terabithia.
      • In A Life Rescued, Judy and Bill's backstory shows that, whatever high-minded resolutions they might make in advance, two teenagers getting naked and physical together will invariably lead to unplanned sex and unplanned pregnancy.
      • Even though they exercise more caution than Leslie's parents, Jesse and Leslie nevertheless find themselves going further than they intended, physically, and need to deal with their intense passions for one another.
      • Not only do Jesse and Leslie not remain virgins until their wedding night, they end up going off with other people before getting back together.
    • Jesse and Leslie have a fairytale romance from the time he saves her, and culminating in their marriage, as seen in Royal Court of Terabithia. In reality, they only gradually realize their feelings for each other, and also end up acting their age, for good and for ill. Problems creep up in the relationship that include jealousy, conflicts resulting from differing values systems (particularly regarding physical intimacy during their teen years), and being pulled in different directions by divergent career paths.
    • Jesse rescuing Leslie from bullies, as seen in Stars over Terabithia and Fight or Flight. In A Life Rescued, Jesse has the help of an OC friend, Tom. Even so, Jesse and Tom end up suspended for leaving class without permission (Jesse to get a teacher, Tom to intervene in the fight), and Leslie faces expulsion for fighting off the bullies, until she reluctantly reveals details that indicate the bullies may have intended some kind of sexual assault. Even with the justifications for their behavior, Jesse and Leslie's parents both give out additional punishments.
    • Jesse and Leslie continuing to play at being rulers of Terabithia into their teenage and adult years, as seen in Royal Court of Terabithia and fics by Narnian Melody. As the two grow up and expand their interests and circle of friends, Jesse and Leslie outgrow Terabithia.
    • Leslie, and even her parents, converting to Jesse's faith, as seen in Royal Court of Terabithia. In A Life Rescued, Judy and Bill have been athiests for twenty years, which doesn't change overnight. Although they show some theistic tendencies as the fic progresses, they never convert to Christianity. Leslie considers converting, and ultimately does convert, to Jesse's faith to be closer to him, but his conservative upbringing and her more progressive upbringing lead to conflicts, particularly where physical intimacy is concerned, and Jesse ends up adopting Leslie's more relaxed views regarding sex.
    • Jesse and Leslie growing up to achieve their dream jobs, as seen in Royal Court of Terabithia. Unfortunately, in Bowing Out Gracefully, the respective dream jobs of Jesse and Leslie pull them in different directions, and they each pursue other relationships before getting back together. Leslie, finding out that her dream job as an actress (in this fic) is not all it's cracked up to be, ends up addicted to alcohol and drugs, and goes through rehab before giving up her career, enrolling in a college near Jesse, and reuniting with him.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Little Mermaid (1989):
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • The Necromancers Of China Saga's side plot involving Po and Tigress' growing relationship humorously deconstructs Good People Have Good Sex, as due to having no experience their first time is sloppy, quick, and disappointing. It then reconstructs it by them getting just a little better each time, and even a year later, they're still sloppy, but they admit it's much better than when they started. In a more serious case, it deconstructs the idea of being the child of two famous heroes. Po and Tigress' time-travelling daughter, Fenhong Se, always strives to become a hero like her mother and father, but every time she tries to keep up with their skill, they keep getting better. He father always boasts about how awesome being a hero is, causing her to think that being a hero is about glory, rather than justice, and eventually she snaps and turns evil. This is also reconstructed when Fenhong Se finally learns the true meaning of a hero, and instead of being the traditional hero who fights baddies and saves people from harm, she tends to survivors of the Necromancer Incident and spends her entire life helping rebuild the countless villages that were razed in China.
  • Frozen:
    • Secret Passages is a deconstruction of how Anna and Elsa's childhoods between Anna's accident and Elsa's coronation went. Anna is shown constantly reaching out towards Elsa, and becoming increasingly frustrated by Elsa's isolation because she doesn't know about Elsa's powers. Elsa is also established as having anxiety issues.
    • Darkness Burning deconstructs the idea that Elsa's life would have been better if her parents hadn't died. It's more grey than that. Elsa not prematurely being crowned queen means that she just stays secluded for a longer period of time. This makes her even more depressed.
  • Big Hero 6:
    • There is at least one deconstruction of the Dating Catwoman shipping of Callaghan and Tadashi in This Is How We Burn. To start; the story takes place after the film's ending, combining two Fandom-Specific Plot elements of Tadashi being alive and being in a relationship with Callaghan. Not only are Hiro and the team disturbed by after almost getting killed by Callaghan, it also shows that the relationship wouldn't survive not because both sides don't care enough (because they actually do). It is because of Callaghan's canonical actions and crimes, as he is sentenced for life in prison.
    • Shock also applies the typical Fandom-Specific Plot of Tadashi being alive all along in a more concerning light. In the first chapter, the reunion occurs, the narrative makes it clear that Hiro is baffled and had been dreaming of this to happen and... Hiro has a panic attack and is brought to the hospital for overnight treatment. Then, when the gang finds out, they are not happy with the news because they had been trying to heal from the tragedy and finding out that it was all for nothing and had the side effect of putting Hiro in the hospital agitates and distresses them. Go Go even slaps Tadashi and gives a What the Hell, Hero? for risking his own life and not taking into consideration what his death would have done to his family and loved ones. Hiro's condition is also treated realistically, with details on what type of treatment he would need during and after his stay and has him panicking over the mere mention of Tadashi's name. The fic also reconstructs the plot by having the typical tender reunion happen after both sides have some space to heal and begin to discuss what happened in therapy, although Hiro admits to Tadashi that he hasn't completely gotten over it while making it clear that he still wants his brother in his life. The same is also applied to the rest of the gang, while making it clear that their initial reaction, while understandable, still came off as rather harsh to Tadashi as, instead of making sure he was really okay, they kept shunning him and resenting him for supposedly dying, making Tadashi feel like he was being hated by everyone he loved.
    • Surprisingly, the fic Hebephile can be seen as one regarding pairing an adult character with an underage character, or to be more precise, what kind of adult would want to be in a relationship with a minor. Fred would have to be a hebephile. Instead of making him out to be a monster bent on destruction and pain or even acting on those urges, the story delves into how painful it is for Fred to be aware of it, to the point where he is afraid of telling his friends about his condition and is uncomfortable being around Hiro by himself. And when Hiro finds out about Fred's condition, he is utterly terrified of how close to danger he was being around Fred. The narrative also makes it painfully clear how much self-loathing a Nice Guy like Fred would have to the point where he contemplates killing himself before backing out at the last moment.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
    • No One Breaks My Heart Like You is a deconstruction of the Love Martyr. Because of Peter's superhero career as Spider-Man, there's a significant strain on his and Mary Jane's marriage. Mary Jane was willing to deal with it because she loves Peter and she's proud of the good he does as Spider-Man. However, Peter feels guilty for all the sacrifices she has made for him; the final straw was Peter learning that Mary Jane was unhappy. Feeling that he cannot put her first, he decides to end their marriage despite the pain it would cause both of them.
  • Wreck-It Ralph:
    • Mushy, Romance-y Junk is a deconstruction of toy shipping. Basically, Rancis and Vanellope have a crush on each other, and neither one knows what to do about it. Instead of having makeout sessions and spending hours snuggling and swooning over each other, they do what any sugar-high nine-to-eleven-year-old brat would do: panic. Their resulting attempts at sorting this out - combined with some clichéd "romantic" advice - culminates in an absolutely spectacular disaster, where both parties walk away humiliated and depressed. The fic is then reconstructed, and the readers are rewarded with a heartwarmingly adorable ending that pairs the two up anyway.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks:
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
      • Out of the Dead Land was originally written for a Kink Meme prompt that asked for a deconstruction of the extremely common "Bucky begins regaining his memories and comes to Steve of his own volition when he remembers enough about him" plot by having it be revealed that he doesn't truly remember being Bucky and is only using information gleaned from books and Steve's stories to fulfill the 'mission' of being the person he believes Steve wants him to be. Not only that, but it turns out that merely acting as the old Bucky or listening to Steve talk about their past isn't enough to restore his memories or sense of identity on their own. After he stops pretending, though, the fic becomes more of a reconstruction.
      • The Dark Fic The Waves Above Us takes a non-American and highly cynical viewpoint of the pro-military and hypercapitalist nature of the world portrayed in the MCU, with special emphasis on how America's government and society has utterly failed Steve, Bucky, and the downtrodden of society on every possible level. Steve and Bucky are depicted as a staunch socialist and communist, respectively, due to their impoverished upbringings in immigrant communities, and Steve comes out of the ice in 2011 irreparably suicidal, never finding any semblance of peace or comfort until Bucky's emergence. SHIELD and Stark Industries are given deeply unflattering portrayals as they try and force Steve to start peddling Captain America for them, and violate Steve and Bucky's autonomy again and again. It's no wonder many in the comments were rooting for Steve and Bucky to succeed in committing suicide.
    • Avengers: Endgame
      • The Captain America-centered post-Endgame fic Full Circle deconstructs the writers' belief that Cap created a Stable Time Loop when he went back in time to be with Peggy by showing how Cap could possibly sit around while letting historical tragedies play out, having to hide his identity over the course of seventy plus years, and especially his relationship with Sharon.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy:
    • The Telephone Game shows what would realistically happen if the Joker met some random woman and decided to rape her. It is a deconstruction of the trope of a victim falling in love with her rapist as well as the cliche of the Original Character / Joker Rape!Fic. And at least one person complained about it.
    • Menirva shows in Forfeit and Clipped the consequences of the ending for John Blake. He has no income due to quitting the force, has to perfect being Batman before the criminal underworld catches on without any of Bruce's wealth or training. Blake realizes how unfair it is for Bruce to expect him to become the next Batman without any wealth to keep him afloat or training to avoid getting curbstomped by any real villains.
  • High School Musical: There are fanfics where after the characters have graduated at the end of the third movie, they go off to their respective colleges with no preparation for the real world. Scenarios like Sharpay getting knocked back from a theatre career for her attitude and something horrible happening to Troy are fairly common.
  • The Hobbit: And Be One Traveler deconstructs the extremely common Fix Fic set-up of having Thorin, Fili, and Kili survive the Battle of Five Armies by seeming to be one of these typical Fix Fics at first until it's revealed that it's all just a dream of Bilbo's created by the One Ring. The Ring tells Bilbo that it can fix things for him for real in exchange for Bilbo giving it back to its maker when the time comes, which Bilbo agrees to... but any Lord of the Rings reader will know that this actually sets up things to turn out much, much worse later on than in canon.
  • Star Trek (2009):
    • A Gilded Hook deconstructs the fandom, Mind Meld Gave Me Feelings, and the Mindlink Mates aspect of Kirk and Spock Prime. The emotions Kirk feels are not his own, it drives him away from his relationships and away from the Enterprise to be with Spock Prime, ignoring the calls of his friends and Starfleet. Spock Prime turns out to be Mirror Spock Prime, who purposely poisoned Kirk's mind because he loved and killed his universe's Jim Kirk and regretted it. Kirk ends up having to kill Spock Prime to be free of his control. And Word of God says Kirk doesn't end up in a good place after all of this.
    • I Left the Ninety Nine is a deconstruction of the typical Kirk/Spock pon farr story, in which Spock, out of his mind to the pon farr, forces himself on Kirk but Kirk ends up liking it because he's secretly in love with Spock. In this fic, Kirk is still secretly in love with Spock and might have jumped at the chance to have a consensual relationship, but what Spock does is still rape and Kirk experiences it as a traumatic violation; if anything, Kirk's feelings only make the situation that much more traumatic, because it's someone he cares about doing this to him and because it's such a horrific perversion of his fantasies. Though he forgives Spock almost immediately because he knows Spock was Not Himself, it takes him much longer to work through the trauma he's endured. Hands Tied is another example of the same concept — the author of that fic explicitly mentions this in the summary.
      "I really wanted to read a fic where Kirk didn't suddenly start enjoying his surprise!ponfarr!rape in the middle of it because he secretly loved Spock, but I couldn't find one."
  • Star Wars fan fiction writers like to deconstruct the morality of the good guys, particularly the Jedi, the Republic, and their successors. A lot. And not just fan fiction writers: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is devoted to this.
    • Elements of it are present in Alter of Waru, where Luke from 44 ABY wakes up 30 years in the past. While the others around him listen to his tales, believing it could have been a Force vision, they have trouble accepting such idiotic decisions could have been for real.
    • Star Wars Paranormalities Trilogy
      • Zolph Vaelor has a grudge against Maesterus for the deaths of his parents, but it's also shown that Zolph doesn't initially have the full context of what happened (specifically that a Puppeteer Parasite forced Maesterus to kill Zolph's father, he didn't really want to kill anyone in the pirate attack, and Maesterus was tricked by Emperor Valkor into killing his own descendants), and it's later revealed that his anger towards Maesterus and the Valkoran Empire as a whole is misplaced.
      • The Forceless Collective are a group that frequently makes use of Puppeteer Parasites to possess sentient beings, which sometimes leads to the heroes being forced to Mercy Kill innocent people not only in defense of themselves and others, but because they initially don't have any other way of saving the hosts (and even Zolph discovers a way to potentially save people from possession, he's unable to save everyone because of some limitations to the ability). At the same time, the Jedi principle of not taking life is deconstructed with Forceless hosts, as while the heroes might be killing those innocent hosts through no fault of their own, the hosts are consciously aware of their possession and Jedi can sense that they are in pain (and not to mention the host can be subject to Body Horror that makes them dependent on the symbiote to live), which could make leaving them alive a much crueler fate. As such, dealing with unwilling Forceless possession victims (especially hosts that characters are familiar with) is never a comfortable dilemma, and the heroes make a point not to get too desensitized to it to avoid compromising their values.
    • Ouroboros deconstructs not only Jedi morality- but also the tendency of Fix Fics in the fandom to make everything perfect if Anakin doesn't go to the dark side.
    • A very early example is Karen Osman's "Knight of Shadows" from 1982, discussed in Henry Jenkins Textual Poachers Televison Fans And Particapatory Culture. It traces the power struggle between Darth Vader and his bride Jessha's brother Koric for the Sith throne. Osman initially portrays Koric as a young idealist and suggests the compromises and betrayals he must make to gain power; he soon becomes a leader as ruthless as the one he seeks to displace. Similarly, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Jedi initially represent a morally superior force in their struggles with the Emperor, but Osman questions the psychomanipulation tactics Kenobi employs to ensure Darth's compliance to his demands, describing Obi-Wan as "an alien presence, controlling, manipulating". Her Kenobi is motivated less by a sense of justice and democracy than a desire to preserve the Jedi's autonomy and privilege. By the conclusion, the reader is uncertain how to feel about Darth's decision to align himself with the Emperor rather than the Jedi, even though that ambivalence stands in stark contrast to the moral certainty of the original films.
  • Sweet Home Alabama:
    • Mine, All Mine deconstructs the Romantic False Lead trope by showing the consequences it can have for the false lead. While Melanie and Jake are celebrating their un-divorce, we get to follow Andrew immediately after the events of what was supposed to be his and Melanie's wedding, as he gives up the honeymoon suite at their motel and ends up not having anywhere to go for the night, gets drunk and then goes on their honeymoon to the Caribbean alone since he's already paid for it anyway. Of course he, too, gets his happy ending, but it takes a while.
  • TRON
    • A favorite trope in the fandom is bringing one of the other, older human characters (usually Alan, but also Lora or Roy) into Cyberspace where they meet the Program that they created, who looks like them and loves them like a deity. Usually there's a side of What the Hell, Hero? in asking why Flynn kept it all secret. "The Contingency" has a really good argument. Flynn did bring Lora over, but when Lora got a look at Yori, she assumed Flynn (her ex) had coded a digital twin of her to fulfill some adolescent fantasy, rejected Yori outright, and apparently deleted her from the system...followed by packing up and leaving for Washington DC so that she would never have to speak to Flynn again.
    • That implied Psychic Link from the first movie and the rant that "our spirit remains in every program we design" gets taken to a very nasty, but plausible conclusion in Expositionfairy's Symbiosis series. Tron is transmitting cries for help, memories of being tortured and Reforged into a Minion. Alan (who has no idea about what's going on) almost dies from the strain.
    • Endgame Scenario: That Undying Loyalty Alan and Lora had for their friend Kevin is heartwarming. Their dedication to their lives' work with the sciences and Encom is admirable. Their bi-coastal marriage is also pretty remarkable. So is their willingness to take on raising Sam so that he can grow up to take the proverbial throne...too bad their own son got lost in the shuffle, ending up with maybe enough self-esteem to fill a bottle cap.
  • The View Askewniverse: The Jay/Silent Bob slash segment of fandom tends to explore the dark side of what is generally considered a simple comic relief duo. Themes include tragic back-stories to explain Jay's outlandish behavior and Bob's silence, the realities of drug use/abuse, and the angst of being secretly in love with your best friend.

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  • Anthem:
  • The Chemical Garden Trilogy:
    • Advice for Daughters is a blend of this and Hate Fic for the first book in the series, Wither. The sister-wives' situation is portrayed as horrifying rather than romantic, and it also examines details of the setting that were glossed over or not addressed in the source material.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia:
  • Dragonriders of Pern: Fandom mostly revolves around RPGs due to a long-standing fanfic ban. They deconstruct the eponymous dragonriders. The fans see riders as soldiers due to their militaristic lifestyle. The minute you Impress, you can't back out of it. Dragons are really big targets for Thread, and the telepathic bond means that when they get hurt, you'll feel it too. If you're physically hurt, you still need to keep it together unless you want them to panic, die, and leave you a traumatized wreck. You have to oil and bathe a house-sized creature by hand, participate in several-hour-long drills with about two days off a month, and make/maintain your own riding gear from scratch. While they have reason to be idealized both in canon and by fans, dragonriders' lives are definitely not carefree.
  • Harry Potter
    • Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin deconstructs a lot of clichés common in Harry Potter fanfics. Notably that that Social Services Does Not Exist; they do in both in the muggle and wizarding worlds. Because Harry is under the affect of Curse that triggers a Hate Plague amongst muggles, all the abuse is never reported while the wizarding world is controlled by aristocrats and as such Child Services do not seek to prosecute wealthy family for child abuse. Likewise the idea that being sorted into Slytherin if your entire family is historically Griffindor would make your family turn against you is mocked when Ginny is sorted into Slytherin and her brothers spend the next day assuring her they are still family.
    • With Strength of Steel Wings deconstructs not only the Urban Fantasy of the Harry Potter series, but also its very premise. Taking a zig-zag approach to Perspective Flip, the fic shows how destructive The Masquerade is for both muggles and wizards alike, especially with all the mind-wipes, children disappearing and how forcing muggleborns to remain in the wizarding world and abandon their families is a Sadistic Choice. It has also resulted in a massive backlash amongst muggles with a secret Monster Hunter Organization composed of online Witch Hunters who are determined to bring about The Unmasked World being created and a major driver in the plot.
    • Spirited Away, a crossover with Danny Phantom, deconstructs not only the Harry Potter series, but also themes found in a number of other DP/HP crossovers, to the point of it being a Deconstructor Fleet. Danny does not want to go to Hogwarts, wishing instead to stay and protect Amity Park. The idea of Danny staying at the Order of the Pheonix's headquarters is shot down by the author, the Order being a top-secret organization and all, and Danny being a civilian. The idea that Danny would reveal his secret to wizards, who don't exactly have a history of tolerance towards non-humans and half-humans, is shot down hard (especially because wizards dislike the fact that Ghost Zone ghosts don't even try and keep Muggles from noticing them). Once Danny is at Hogwarts, the idea of the Sorting Hat is dissected, with Danny comparing the idea to Mind Rape. Danny plans to sue the school for kidnapping him and enrolling him against his will.
      • It is made very clear that the Hogwarts students are tired of the instructors who are either Sadist Teachers or so boring they can't stay awake in class (with Danny noting that Snape would have been sacked a long time ago at a normal school) and the monsters roaming the school and grounds, and form a protest group about it upon Danny's prodding. Within a few chapters, about 80% of the students have signed at least one of their petitions.
    • Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past is one of the Peggy Sue genre. While Harry manages to use his future knowledge to make things better, his actions end up causing unintended changes, both for good and bad.
    • The Fandom's love of Peggy Sue plots have also given us two very different deconstructions to compare. Sisyphus takes a hammer to Peggy Sue, Groundhog Peggy Sue, and Set Right What Once Went Wrong. Meanwhile, Oh God Not Again! is an affectionate, Deconstructive Parody using the Peggy Sue framework. Lampshades are hung, inconsistencies trounced flat, and characters attacked at angles that reveal new aspects. And it has a ball doing it.
    • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. With a Harry hoping to invoke Sufficiently Analyzed Magic, how can it not be? Less Wrong ends up deconstructing canon by attending to details Rowling didn't, and then some.
    • The Incredible and Angsty Journey of Rose Weasley, Girl Slasher! takes most of the tropes associated with Slash Fic in general, and Real-Person Fic in particular, by showing what havoc — what hilarious, hilarious havoc — would ensue if a character in-universe ran around accusing men of secretly being in love with each other, occasionally insisting that their marriages are a sham, despite protests from all involved. She even has the idealized portrayal of gay love often seen in the fandom.
    • Cracked's very own Cody Johnston wrote The Silliest Harry Potter F**k Fiction Ever (NSFW). It is the funniest criticism of the results of Rule 34 that you'll ever read.
    • Engorgement shows just how awkward and irritating actual M Preg would be, by having Harry get pregnant by accident. Cue media coverage, mood swings, fights, and strange food cravings. This sort of thing also apparently happens often enough for the Hogwarts rules to have a section on it.
    • 3 Months Later: Our Little Wilkins deconstructs Hermione modifying her parents' memories to protect them during the war. In the book she only mentions that she did it and nothing more is said since she's Hermione so of course she'd be able to do something so complicated. The fic goes into detail about exactly how much work such a plan would require and theorises that Hermione was eventually unable to go through with it and Tonks had to do it instead. And to make matters worse, when Hermione shows up in Australia thirteen months after Voldemort has been defeated, she finds that her parents now have a new baby daughter also named Hermione.
    • Wish Carefully takes a chainsaw to the Death Eater agenda, from the perspective of one of its own proponents, Lucius Malfoy. It diverges from canon after Dumbledore's death, where Harry makes a deal with Voldemort, removing every Muggleborn and their supporters from England, allowing Voldemort to create the Pureblood paradise the Death Eaters always wanted. It's only then that the gaping flaws come to the surface: their inbreeding starts to produce nothing but squibs, the majority of those who produced the goods that the Purebloods used were Muggleborns or their supporters, leaving them to import the majority of their goods and food, and now that everyone in the Wizarding World knows they're being led by a torture-happy immortal psycho, nobody wants to travel there, further exacerbating the previous issues.
    • In The Perils of Innocence, the Wizarding World's statute of secrecy is understandable, but their lack of communication with the families of Muggleborn children has caused problems for many of these people and some (particularly the Grangers) state that they could've been saved a whole lot of grief if they'd been told of their kids' powers sooner. There are also many jabs at the fact that the Wizarding World (particularly Pureblood society) is completely ignorant of the muggle world and its own accomplishments (Draco at one point even accuses Dean of lying when the latter tells him about the moon landing), to the point that they're being condescending at best and incredibly high-and-mighty at worst, something which the kids and their parents call the Purebloods out on.
    • No Curiosity deconstructs the abusive childhood Harry receives at the hands of the Dursleys. While Harry grew up relatively well-adjusted in canon, this fanfic wastes no time demonstrating that in real life, all the crap the Dursleys would have done to him would lead to tons of psychological problems. Harry becomes an Extreme Doormat and because the Dursleys would punish him for asking questions, his curiosity (one of his most prominent traits in canon) is completely subdued and he doesn't dare to do any of the cool stuff he did in the books because he fears punishment.
    • Brutal Harry is another deconstruction of Harry's abusive childhood note . Here, he's a ruthlessly self-sufficient survivalist and utilitarian pragmatist who's much more mature than his peers (sometimes disturbingly so), has No Social Skills, views connections with others purely in terms of threat assessment and is extremely closed off from others (in fact, it takes him years before he's able to open up to anyone), and has an especially deep distrust of authority figures and incompetent people in general. When he finds out that Dumbledore was the one who brought him to the Dursleys in the first place, he is beyond furious and refuses to ever forgive Dumbledore even when he does genuinely apologize. The fic also deconstructs a few of the characters to an extent:
      • Unlike other stories with similar elements, Dumbledore's far from a bad guy and he genuinely does mean well, but his tendency to make decisions based solely on the long-term has inadvertently caused him to not take other people's immediate needs or feelings into consideration. Moreover, the heavy workload from his three different time-consuming jobs note  has rendered him significantly out of touch and inattentive when it comes to several of his judgments, motivations, and actions, especially in regards to the staff and students under his employ and guard, which has caused multiple things to slip through the cracks. This, in turn, has led to said individuals to feel as though they can get away with their actions without fear of true, effective reprisal (i.e., Snape's blatant favoritism of the Slytherins, bullies getting away with antagonizing other students, etc). Once McGonagall becomes Headmistress of Hogwarts, Snape is ultimately fired from his teaching position and the bullying issues at the school are significantly reduced because unlike Dumbledore, she only has one time-consuming job and can focus all her attention on actually doing it.
      • McGonagall's a Stern Teacher who genuinely wants to help her students learn and be safe while doing so. However, this aspect of her personality (as well as a somewhat blind faith in Dumbledore's reputation) makes her ignore extenuating circumstances regarding different students as individuals, or come off as obstinate when something falls outside of her perceptions. As a result, her students feel intimidated by her and don't feel that she can be turned to for help. When she realizes this thanks to the troll incident, she's not only horrified, but she genuinely attempts to be more open-minded and approachable. Her Character Development pays off, because between it and McGonagall immediately revealing the truth of the prophecy and its circumstances to Harry once she learns about it during Harry's second year, she becomes one of the few adults that Harry will trust.
      • Draco Malfoy has primarily been an entitled bully via throwing around his father's name and relying on Snape's favoritism and Dumbledore's inattentiveness to get ahead in school, and thus assuming he's naturally the best in everything. However, between Harry curb stomping him a few times (without using magic no less) and McGonagall bringing the hammer down and reforming the school after she becomes Headmistress, he not only loses his connections but is ultimately forced to realize that his individual skills are pathetic by comparison to actual hard-working students due to his over-reliance on his father's reputation. This realization kickstarts some positive Character Development and by the sequel, he loses many of his prejudiced views and becomes an ally of the heroes.
    • Potters Stand United deconstructs the Fandom-Specific Plot of a Wrong-Boy-Who-Lived, where Harry has a twin who is wrongly named the Boy-Who-Lived. On the night of Voldemort's attack on the Potters, both James and Lily were incapacitated (James was knocked unconscious while Lily was killed, but Death was merciful and brought her back) when Voldemort attempted to kill the twins, and since both twins bear scars from the attack, James and Lily have no idea which one of their sons deflected the killing curse and defeated the Dark Lord. After the attack, both parents decide to keep what happened that night a secret as to not give their sons unwanted fame, and even after that fails and everyone is led to believe that Gary (the twin) is the Boy-Who-Lived due to the machinations of Dumbledore, they don't become Abusive Parents and show Parental Favoritism, they treat each boy equally and with as much love as they can give.
    • What Was Your Plan deconstructs the Manipulative Bastard Dumbledore and how Harry somehow foils him the moment he's aware of Dumbledore's plans. Harry gets special training over the summer and read about wandless magic from a book? Tonks tailed him while he was training and the book was written by someone who knew very little about the subject. Furthermore, Harry learned dueling which is only good for dueling. Dumbledore refers to it as a glorified play, citing how Flitwick is a duelling champion who's almost useless in combat. When Harry confronts Dumbledore over his suspicious, Dumbledore calmly explains the flaws in Harry's argument before moving on to the flaws in his plan, specifically noting that if his only goal was Harry's death, he could simply wait until Harry's plans get him killed. Finally, if Dumbledore really has been manipulating Harry almost from birth, he'd have laid contingencies for Harry finding out, which he did.
  • Inheritance Cycle:
    • The Storm Dragons is a well-written fanfic series presenting the world from the perspective of a family of Dragons, the eponymous storm dragons, and from Galbatorix. Turns the canon series on it's head, and worth a read at least once. Whether it is Deconstruction Fic or Hate Fic for Canon is debatable — it could be argued it does not so much turn canon on its head via deconstruction as it simply ignores it to rewrite the series Transplanted Character Fic style.
    • The Midnight Masque focuses more on the characters themselves than the actual plot of the story. Arya and Galbatorix, in particular, get a lot of this (although Roran's A Day in the Limelight chapter really unravels Eragon).
  • Les Misérables:
  • Redwall: Fic commonly attempts to deconstruct the Always Chaotic Evil nature of vermin.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
  • Many spite fics for Twilight have this in mind:
    • Kiri Kiri deconstructs the fan and anti-fan perception that Bella is harmless and the "powerless" one in the equation, despite displaying attitudes that could be considered as abusive with what her romantic interests display. Just switch her species, without changing her personality and possessiveness one iota, and she becomes a truly scary creature.
    • Better Loving Through Suicide hilariously deconstructs Bella and Edward's tendency to attempt suicide whenever they can't be together and the idealization of suicide they still have when they are. The happy couple have got the Suicide Attempt = Proof of Love so ingrained that now they do attempts on their lives as anniversary gifts to each other, even if they are now vampires, they work under the immortality rules of Death Becomes Her (so they had have lost pieces of their bodies on the road), and even after all the lost "pieces" such attempts still harm more the instruments they use on their attempts against their lives than themselves. Their relatives eventually tire of their idiocy and use that habit to get rid of them for good.
    • Bella's self-centered obsession with becoming perfect and immortal and her disturbing willingness to abandon her humanity tends to be tackled and explored, with many authors pointing out that she could make a Deal with the Devil (or nearest equivalent) or that she could betray her beloved if another entity promised to transform her, and she would still be in character.
    • The Elephant deconstructs Bella's character and motivations by making her the sufferer of a degenerative genetic disease that has a penchant to strike before the patient gets into their forties, a thing she sees happen to her grandma and mom and has manifested in her with her clumsiness. Suddenly, her considering 30 to be "old age", her incredibly fast attachment to Edward despite his admittedly creepy ways of showing love, and her willingness to throw away her humanity in exchange for the physical perfection of vampires, disturbingly makes sense.
    • In the Twispite comm, stories tagged as "Logical Extreme", "How should it have gone" and "Reality Enema" tend to have elements of deconstruction. From indicating how a very rich family without a visible form of income should really be perceived by the citizens of a small town, to how the whole plot would have played out if there were not supernatural elements implied, to Renesmee's situation...
    • The fanfic moves in mysterious ways deconstructs a whole chunk of the series: the way that vampires just show up at high schools with little to no past or family and how they might be perceived by more socially aware people, Bella's own social awkwardness, and a counterpoint to Bella's blood smelling particularly "tasty". The main character is a boy who finds vampire Bella creepy and stalker-like, who is disturbed how quickly she can be accepted into the school social order, the predatory manner in which she looks at people, and her general lack of modern human behaviors.
    • If Bella Were Sane is a Deconstructive Parody, showing the series from a version of Bella who has an ounce of common sense. (And an actual personality.) Mostly Played for Laughs, but still.
    • For You I Will deals with Imprinting, or how imprinter's personality completely warps to fit what the imprintee wants and will do anything to make them happy. So... what if a werewolf imprinted on a remorseless sociopath who took joy in harming others? The result is this story, and it is not pretty.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • A Different Outcome deconstructs the series Artistic License – Biology and Hollywood Genetics. It turns out there's a lot of infidelity in ThunderClan.
    • The oneshot Regrets of a Warrior deconstructs the series and the character's disdain towards being pets. Ash, formerly Barkpelt, lives his twilight years as a kittypet. He much prefers the comfortable and safe life he currently lives over the dangerous and tragic life of being a feral Clan cat.

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    Video Games 
  • Animal Crossing
    • The Terrible Secret of Animal Crossing is this in the form of an edited Let's Play of Animal Crossing: Wild World. It starts with showing just how disturbing finding oneself in a world full of Anthropomophic Animals and not being able to leave would be... and then keeps going into downright creepy territory.
  • Final Fantasy X:
    • While it wasn't avoided in the game, a lot of fanfics show just how much it would hurt to accompany your surrogate baby sister to her inevitable death, which everyone (including her) wants to happen. Not to mention how Braska's death was celebrated with a humongous festival.
    • For the sequel, there have been a few fics deconstructing how Yuna's radical change in personality hides the pain she's really feeling regarding a good two-thirds of her life. In fact, Yuna's a popular fan deconstruction of the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype.
  • Final Fantasy VII
    • While being a Fix Fic, the plot The Fifth Act deconstructs the Peggy Sue with Cloud accidentally time-travelling to the past. Cloud's biggest problem is that he doesn't know what actually went on in the past and he doesn't think things through, he goes in without knowing what's going on. For example, he shows up on the Wutai Front but didn't bother to check if Sephiroth was even there, he tries to bribe terrorists but without an advocate he goes nowhere, he joins Shinra but has no plan to get at Hojo, etc etc. Since this is post-Advent Children, the loss of his family and friends regresses Cloud's mental health and causes him to be very unstable.
  • Fire Emblem
    • By Bonds We Are Bound, a Fire Emblem Awakening fic, deconstructs Chrom and Olivia's whirlwind romance that was mostly played for laughs in canon by having their marriage on the verge of crumbling due to lack of communication and each one having a secret affair (with the male Avatar and Lon'qu, respectively).
    • Shattered Reflection by Natzo, a Fire Emblem Awakening fic, that shows how the Shepherds would naturally react to learning that their tactician was a demon god that had destroyed the world in an alternate universe. It goes further with a bit of time travel taking the lead character to another version of the world to keep her tragic fate from befalling her sibling.
    • A Brighter Dark by DeathDealer Inc, a Fire Emblem Fates retelling, that alters a few characters (and entire countries') personalities to what they would logically be in that setting and then shows how events would play out in that setting,
  • Heavy Rain
    • Heavy Realism is a terse, ferocious deconstruction of Heavy Rain's (optional) sex scene, and its perceived "realism", questioning Ethan Mars' physical and mental (mostly physical) capacity to perform sexually in any meaningful way.
  • Kantai Collection:
    • Ambience: A Fleet Symphony shows how the Unwanted Harem aspect of the game's dozens of characters competing for an admiral's affection quickly becomes, if examined in detail, a very complicated balancing act that leaves people hurt both emotionally and physically.
    • The Greatest Generation deconstructs The Men First. Putting the welfare and lives of your men first and refusing to throw their lives away for nothing sounds noble at first glance, but doing so does not occur in a vacuum and has consequences. Admiral Shimada chose to withdraw his girls rather than sending them on an Honorable Senseless Sacrifice of a Suicide Mission. However, because said sacrifice was intended to buy time for the evacuating civilians, which he was expected to do so, preserving his subordinates not only wins him no favours, but ends up with him being disgraced and hated both In-Universe and out.
  • Kingdom Hearts
    • Those Lacking Spines starts off as a deconstruction of all the abundant cliches in fanfiction, but soon it deconstructs everything in fanfiction.net... including the authors themselves.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Mass Effect:
    • The self-insert Mass Vexations heavily deconstructs Angst? What Angst? as it generally tends to appear in self-insert fanfiction. Almost as soon as he realizes he's in the Mass Effect universe, Author Avatar Art begins wondering what's become of every person he's ever come to really care about, and about what they must be thinking in turn. At first, Art brushes off the angst under the pretense that he can head home via Virmire. When he tries it, it ends up not happening thanks to Shepard saving him at Virmire. After that, he realizes that he'll never see the family and friends that he knew for basically his entire life. And thanks to the cover story he made to avoid suspicion, he can't tell anyone about why he's really angsting and has to hold the real reason for his angst in. He ends up locking himself in his room so the crew won't see him cry.
    • Renegade Reinterpretations deconstructs the Humans Are Special part. It takes humanity over a century to catch up with the galaxy. Oh, and they are dominated by the batarians during that century. The result is a humanity that really doesn't play nice.
    • XCOM: Second Contact deconstructs this in a different way. Due to it being, well, XCOM humanity that reached to the stars, mankind is as paranoid and xenophobic as you might expect from a species that took severe losses the first time it encountered extraterrestrial life.
  • Mega Man:
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokemon: The Unknown Continuum rips apart many aspects of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. For example, it points out the Guild's insensitivity to sending recruits on life-threatening missions and underpaying them; it shows us what suddenly being thrown into another world in an alien body against your will would likely do to a person; it points out the Fridge Horror of the concept of "explorations" of places where almost constant fighting is required for survival and the psychological effects it would have on Guild members. This is established early in the story, where Floyd and Serge's first mission results in the latter suffering nasty wounds from acid, and Floyd later makes it clear that he is not very fond of this. Also, Chatot, who was only strict in the games, is presented as a callous, manipulative Bad Boss whom a big chunk of the guild secretly hates.
    • Pokémon False Red rips into the Copy Cat Sue/Possession Sue concepts in that Fire is instantly recognized for not belonging to their world and that he's a copy of Red. The fact that Fire is repeating Red's journey and is also completing the Pokedex is mocked as it's seen that Fire has no unique accomplishments or It's Been Done.
    • The Castle of Thunder and Ashes deconstructs the plot "N defeats the female protagonist and forces her to live with him". Touko is forced to live in N's castle but at no point in the story is the event treated as a good thing because the toll on Touko's mind sends her into a depression (and this is aggravated by the fact that N's Reshiram accidentally killed her Samurott in that battle) - by the last update, Touko turns into an Empty Shell. Without the reality shock he received at the end of the canon battle, N quickly develops into a Well-Intentioned Extremist that becomes more and more extreme to the point of planning the Armageddon to separate the worlds. Also, Team Plasma's takeover of Unova is depicted as a military coup and a violent civil war and it succeeds because Team Plasma captured legendaries using Zerg Rush tactics.note 
    • Seen and Not Heard deconstructs Red's Kid Hero status. Despite his attempt to confront Lance on the League's secret association with Team Rocket, Lance easily shuts him down. Everyone in power is either part of the League or benefiting from the League, so Red has no potential allies. If Red doesn't act as a Puppet King, Lance threatens to send the League full-force against him. Being the strongest trainer doesn't triumph against skill and number.
    • The backstory of Troubled Waters has Team Rocket had brutalized and assaulted Red when he got in their way. While Red survived the experience and did take them down, Red is implied to have been heavily traumatized by the experience. Lance tries to keep Ethan out of infiltrating the Team Rocket base in fear the same will happen to Ethan.
    • N's habit of using local Pokemon in battles an releasing them is deconstructed in the Uninvited. An abused Purrloin that N freed, who would have willingly joined N's cause, feels horribly betrayed when N releases him. Even though the Purrloin has found a loving home in Touko, he resents N's abandonment and is quick to call him out on it.
    • Crossing the Boulder deconstructs the Broken Bridge trope by having the kid who bugs you to fight Brock apply to everyone, being treated as a government-approved law. This creates a situation where people end up being stuck in Pewter City with no way out unless through having a Boulder Badge, something that, thanks to the law having Brock use Pokemon he'd normally have for more experienced trainers as well as having a bouncer kick anyone who don't have water and/or grass types out, is easier said than done. This leads to food shortages, forging fake Boulder Badges, dealing with Pokemon smugglers, and even assassination attempts. There's also a small jab at the Anime having Ash obtain badges through doing favors as well as the Pokemon Center not being a hospital for humans.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Fallen Angel is centered around the glossed-over aftermath of Sonic Adventure. Perfect Chaos left the city in disarray. Thousands died and millions more were left without homes in the aftermath (Amy included). The fic also deconstucts Amy's character by portraying her as a friendless orphan who tries to keep the illusion of being social in order to keep herself together.
    • There's a Fine Line similarly addresses the dark implications of both Adventure games' world-building, with military organization G.U.N. slowly becoming the shadow government of the world. Eggman is pushed into a corner, and Sonic is constantly on the run from G.U.N. who want to use him for their own ends. The whole story feels like a deconstruction of Sonic as a character, watching what happens as he's put into positions of powerlessness where he has to choose between his morals or the lives of people he loves across variations situations including shacking up with very shady paramilitary resistance group aimed at impeding G.U.N.'s progress at world domination. The story effortlessly transitions between more game-accurate light-hearted adventure and viscerally grim and emotional moments that feel all the more powerful in relation to the light ones.
  • Space Quest
  • Spyro the Dragon
    • The Mercenary deconstructs Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage/Gateway to Glimmer.
    • Forgotten deconstructs the Continuity Reboot by having Spyro wait in some strange void after his first life in the Insomniac Games trilogy each time he's about to reincarnate as that continuity's incarnation of himself. He compares the different versions of his friends like Sparx, lampshades the Jerkass behavior of his Insomniac to Skylanders versions compared to his Legend of Spyro personality, and laments what he's lost in his transitions.
  • Story of Seasons:
    • The oneshot Best F(r)iends deconstructs Harvest Moon DS Cute's Japanese-only "Best Friends" system, which allows you to become 'special friends' with any of the four Special Bachelorettes and essentially marry them. Forget-me-not Valley is so backwater that they barely have electricity and barely count as a town. The villagers are either too ignorant, too in denial, or too homophobic to notice that Claire and Keira are lovers, not "best friends" who room together. This all makes Claire very upset and uncomfortable with her relationship. Things get worse when the Harvest King "blesses" the couple with a son, without either consenting to it.
  • Touhou:
  • When They Cry
    • The Higurashi: When They Cry fic Higurashi: Broken Chains Arc'' deconstructs the self-insert character, particularly in a series as dark as this one. The main character, a (minor Marty Stu) foreigner from the UK, is almost immediately treated with suspicion by the police for his insight into the case, as well as playing up Hinamizawa's distrust of strangers.
    • Redaction of the Golden Witch takes a harsh look at the In-Universe Witch Hunt fandom. Part of the story is set in 1996, viewed through the eyes of an older protagonist who finds the antics of their younger companions distasteful. They're so wrapped up in the mythos and speculation surrounding the Rokkenjima Incident that they appear to have lost sight of the fact it was a real tragedy, with real victims.
  • Viewtiful Joe
    • The fic Kodachrome Memories deconstructs the Trapped in TV Land core to the series (which arguably was already done with Captain Blue's backstory) through the eyes of Alastor. Alastor being a movie character makes him effectively immortal with Captain Blue Jr.'s aging extremely slowed down if not stopped since he stays in Movieland over the years, while Joe and the rest of the cast in the Real World live their lives as they age (with Joe and Silvia getting married and having children). Captain Blue dies in his sleep, Joe and Silvia bring their children into Movieland with Alastor helping fill them in on Joe's past adventures (with Alastor bothered at how Joe and Silvia's memories are slipping), then we learn Jet is gone and Silvia passes away too. Alastor laments over how his rival grows weaker over the decades, meets him one last time, and after a talk agrees to hold onto Joe and Silvia's V-Watches so that they can be passed down to future heroes who need them. Later, Joe's death finally comes with Jr. (who gets older since he now has to play a different role to fill the gaps left by Blue and Joe), Rachel, Alastor, and the three Jadow members (Charles The Third, Hulk Davidson, Gran Bruce) mourning him. Alastor falls into a slump, but during a talk with Sprocket on the same beach he last spoke with Joe he has an air of hope around him from getting to carry out Joe's last request.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • The Games We Play:
      • The fic simultaneously extols and questions Know When to Fold 'Em. Jaune's maternal grandma Jeanne calls him out for not knowing when to fold despite the danger to his life and has herself retreated from many unwinnable battles... but when retreating means throwing defenceless innocents to the wolves, what sort of person are you, to put your own life before others, even if you try to self-justify that you want to avoid a Senseless Sacrifice and fight another day? And indeed there are strong implications she's involved in shady business.
      • It also shows that giving children Training from Hell, even for the best of intentions - like trying to make said children strong enough to survive on a Death World like Remnant - means putting them through situations that would be called abusive by more sheltered sorts. The Extremist Was Right - all of Jaune's sisters are still alive, after all, something that cannot be said of far too many other Huntsman families — but they are also badly traumatized by the experience.
    • Emergence deconstructs stories like My Little Dashie in which characters from the show come to the real world. See their page's Reality Ensues trope to go into detail of how that worked, but the basic gist of it is that introducing four Badass Adorable girls to Real Life will result in, at worst, soldiers being reduced to Ludicrous Gibs. At the same time, it shows just how inexperienced four college students are with going on adventures in both funding and safety (especially the latter when they focus on Yang's arc.)
    • Not this time, Fate makes an effort to deconstruct the Peggy Sue formula. The author goes to great lengths to establish just how hard "fixing" the story would be even with time travel, while also calling into question the morality of playing with timelines for the sake of saving a few specific people.
    • "Faunus mating cycles" fics are usually just an excuse for shameless smut. A Faunus (usually Blake) goes into heat, she has to grab the nearest character for help, they have sex, the end. Linked in Life and Love takes more time to examine the physical and emotional toll of such things, especially in a world where Fantastic Racism is alive and well. Faunus hide as much of their animal natures from humans as possible, to the point that Blake nearly freezes to death in the shower because she refuses to tell her teammates what's wrong and what she needs.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers:
    • Pairbond deconstructs the Mindlink Mates trope. Goose and Niko resort to it as a survival tactic as they're outmanned and outgunned by renegade Supertroopers, it skirts the finer edge of breaking Xanadau's highest law ("One's Mind Belongs To One's Self"), and Goose's background as an Artificial Human trained from decant Super Soldier makes his thought process very alien and disturbing.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Mai's Ramblings deconstructs the cartoon, fanfic in general and Mai herself as a character.
    • The Stalking Zuko Series pulls apart the relationships the characters have with each other. In Kataang's case, not only do the two have incompatible desires, but Aang is shown to be too immature for a real relationship with Katara, to the point at which when Katara kisses him at the end of the series, he realizes that it's not what he wanted and breaks up with her. Maiko is deconstructed, since Zuko only gets back with Mai for the sake of honor, and after several chapters showing them unhappy together, they break up. It also pulls apart the politics, gender dynamics, and consequences of the Gaang's actions. It deconstructs Real Women Don't Wear Dresses, as Katara only rejected healing because it was enforced that it was all a woman should learn; she instead decides to train to become a doctor during peacetime. And when Aang had his spiritual journey with the lion turtle, his friends berate him after his return for abandoning them in their Darkest Hour, as well as for sparing Ozai, whose followers conspire to return him to power.
  • Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons:
  • Danny Phantom
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Forfeit shows what would happen if the titular characters still maintained their childhood problems well into the midst of their teenage years. The Kids' hatred towards The Eds grows more and more, to the point where they're vicious and sociopathic. The Eds are more distrustful of everyone around them, even themselves. The Kids' problems are growing worse, Jonny really is disturbed; Sarah nurses a genuine ire toward her brother and anger issues grow worse, finally The Kankers fall into genuine Ax-Crazy territory at times.
  • The Fairly Oddparents: Many fanfic writers like to apply Deconstruction to certain aspects of the show, such as exploring Cosmo and Wanda's failing relationship, showing Norm the Genie in a sympathetic light or just analysing the Morality of the show.
    • A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! is a deconstruction of the very premise of the show. Timmy's 23, still has his fairy godparents, and is still in the fifth grade. If you had Fairy God Parents, why would you do anything to give them up? Especially when you can wish away any of the negative events that could happen if you do.
    • True Heroes Year One can be read as this. The Nega-Chin is said to have killed a lot of people, a character's Fantastic Racism is not treated sympathetically by either the story nor the characters, Timmy gains powers but is later tricked into giving them away by the Big Bad so he wouldn't be prepared for what's up ahead, and while there's humor here and there, the story isn't afraid to get serious when the villains show up.
    • A Lonely Girl is based on Trixie's season 1 and 2 characterizations. It depicts her as a Lonely Rich Kid who feels her "friends" just hang around her for looks. She feels stuck in her role as a rich, popular girl, unable to befriend who she wants or act the way she wants for fear of ridicule and ostracism.
    • Never Had A Friend Like Me touches upon certain aspects of Da Rules, namely the whole 'godkids forget their fairies' part, with Jorgen himself admitting it's a Dirty Business.
  • Family Guy:
    • Alive is a deconstruction of the character of Meg. The story follows her as she kills almost her entire family and shoots up her high school, all while thinking about what she goes through everyday of her life. While her misery might be funny to us because she's a cartoon character, this story proves that there is nothing funny about such behavior in real life, and tormenting someone like that can have fatal consequences.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • The A Different Form, A Different Time series deconstructs the popular "Bill Cipher gets reincarnated as a human and goes on a quest of redemption" fic concept that became popular after the release of the series finale and supplementary material in a number of ways.
      • For starters, Bill hates being a human; spending a trillion years as an omnipotent Eldritch Abomination of pure energy with no weaknesses makes it kind of hard to adjust when you become a powerless, mortal human. The limitations and feelings of helplessness that his new found humanity brings him cause Bill a lot of stress and anger, his mental state starts to deteriorate worse than it already did and in one story, he tries to gouge his own eye out in a desperate attempt to feel more like his old self—when Stanley Pines stops him, Bill breaks down into a hysterical rant about how much he hates his new form and how he can never seem to get used to it. It takes Stanley getting him drunk to calm him down.
      • Stanley himself gets a deconstruction in that Bill's resurrection completely negates Stanley's attempted Heroic Sacrifice, leading him to go into Heroic Self-Deprecation mode once again after having regained a fair amount of self-confidence in the original show from said sacrifice.
      • Finally, with the exception of Mabel, no one actually trusts Bill when he returns and most of them are either afraid of him, don't recognize him or hate him on sight. Stan only lets him stay/work at the Shack because he doesn't know what else to do with him.
    • Your Name also deconstructs this genre. Bill is reincarnated as Dipper and Pacifica's son, Alex (almost certainly named after show creator and voice of Bill Cipher himself Alex Hirsch)...and he's "reborn" in every sense of the word, having almost no memory of his past life and what little memory he does have he dismisses as weird dreams. When he fully regains said memories by touching the Bill Cipher statue's hand in chapter seven, he's confused and terrified and ends up causing fear and panic in his own family members when he accidentally calls his father "Pine Tree".
  • Infinity Train
    • Down And Out deconstructs the Kick the Son of a Bitch trope. Grace saves Simon from dying and keeps him as a prisoner, making him suffer for all that he has done over the past few weeks; that being killing Tuba, his mistreatment of Hazel, and trying to murder her twice (the second time being just after she saved his life). However, her having an animated tattoo that judges morality means both she and Simon know denying him food, destroying his belongings, and constantly taunting him isn't exactly a good thing for a hero to do. By Chapter 7, she openly admits that she doesn't even gain any satisfaction from it and is honestly disgusted by her own actions, deciding from that point forward to treat his injuries and work on rehabilitating him instead.
  • Kim Possible:
  • The Loud House:
    • Lincoln's status as the family Butt-Monkey gets nastily shredded in A Dark House Inadequate: the abuse, both intentional and unintentional, has literally punished Lincoln to emotional deadness, Self-Harm and ultimately a suicide attempt. A scene where an irritated Lincoln snaps at Lola is Played for Drama as the unfairness of Lincoln being essentially scolded for being in pain and forced to apologize to Lola is palpable, there are several scenes where Lincoln outright states in his head that he feels nothing from gestures of affection or anything that normally would be enjoyable, any sign of Lincoln's turmoil goes completely over the girls' heads, the parents are horrified when Lincoln admits to feeling worthless and having felt that way for two whole months and when Luna and Luan find the evidence of Lincoln's Self-Harm, they utterly Freak Out. Lincoln coming to after his failed suicide and his sisters' reaction to the attempt is heartbreaking, especially since they've had to come to terms with how much their actions have hurt their brother and how close they came to losing him.
      • Lincoln's Everyman/Master of None status gets examined too. Him not excelling at anything compared with his sisters serves to make him think he doesn't belong, which becomes one of the causing factors of his depression because it makes him think he's worthless. The fic even starts with Lincoln looking at the Loud family's trophies and focusing on the makeshift one he "won."
    • Syngenesophobia serves as a deconstruction of the show's usual gags. Lincoln is known for being a total Butt-Monkey who is often the victim of his sisters' antics. And although it's starting to become rather rare, some episodes also has the sisters realize their mistakes and make it up to Lincoln. This isn't really the case here. Lincoln gets beaten up by his sisters, as per usual, but this time there are no Amusing Injuries and Lincoln actually gets so badly injured from the beating that he has to be hospitalized and develops the titular phobia of his sisters. The fanfic goes on to deconstruct the past behavior and actions of the entire family as they undergo therapy sessions, from Leni's intelligence to the danger of Luan's April Fool's Day pranks.
    • What is a Person Worth?, by the author of Syngenesophobia, is a deconstruction of the episode "No Such Luck", making it clear how damaging being treated as nothing but a good luck charm would be and how dangerous being forced to wear a mascot's suit all the time would be. To wit, as for chapter 3, Lincoln has had to wash the squirrel suit with the hose to avoid it becoming contaminated, nearly been eaten by an alligator, nearly been on the receiving end of a No Holds Barred Beat Down by members of a rival sports team, nearly attacked by vicious dogs (one of which he killed, to his clear horror) and found out his belongings were thrown away instead of sold as his family claimed. Lynn's actions in the episode is also shown to be beyond hypocritical and when Lola blames Lincoln for her B on a test, she comes off as an outright bully. The fanfic also deconstructs the Negative Continuity of the show and Lincoln's Butt-Monkey status. Indeed, thanks to Negative Continuity, the show can put Lincoln in embarrassing situations, but he doesn't have to deal with the long-term consequences of it as all will be null and void in the next episode. What is a Person Worth? reminds us that in reality, there is no Reset Button and that being treated as a Butt-Monkey has long-term consequences. Long-term consequences as in depression and developing a strong resentment towards his family and his Fair Weather Friends.
    • My Sister Leni deals with Leni's Dumb Blond, Literal-Minded, and cloudcuckoolander traits. It's explained that the reason why she's that way and has such a strong fixation on fashion, in general, is because Leni is on the autism spectrum; her different way of thinking and her social issues have resulted in several difficulties throughout her life. As she gets older, Leni starts to feel like a burden to her family because she isn't like her other siblings.
    • No Such Luck, No Such Love calls to attention Lincoln's treatment as The Scapegoat and a Butt-Monkey. In the series, despite getting the short end of the stick most of the time, he is shown to be unaffected by this. Here? Not so much. The fic deals with Lincoln coming to resent his sisters (except for Lily) for acting out of control and getting away with it, his parents for always taking his sisters' side, and his whole family for expecting him to sacrifice his personal life to help them out and support them without paying him back in return.
    • It's more optimistic in tone than most fics on this page or in this section but Fool Me Thrice deconstructs the idea that one of the Louds meeting extremely painful Laser-Guided Karma would be met with pleasure on the part of the rest of the family, even in the aftermath of something like "Fool Me Twice"; Luan having gotten attacked by a dog and some thugs is met with horror by the rest of the family and at her confusion that they care and aren't going to laugh at her, her father says that while they don't like her April Fool's Day antics, they're family and that means they love her.
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • LadyBugOut takes a sledgehammer to Adrien/Chat Noir acting entitled to Ladybug's love. He's repeatedly called out for ignoring her feelings whenever they don't perfectly align with his own goals, and when it becomes painfully clear that he's convinced himself that they're meant to be together because they were chosen to bear a paired set of Miraculous? Master Fu strips him of the ring.
      • Alya's tendency to justify everything she does as Going for the Big Scoop also gets picked apart when her classmates question her taking a photo of Ladybug and Chat kissing and posting it without context. Her defense amounts to claiming that Ladybug being a public figure makes her a celebrity, and celebrities don't deserve any privacy. This leads to Ladybug starting her own blog and addressing the matter personally, causing the Ladyblog's popularity to take a serious hit.
    • BURN THE WITCH points out the obvious flaw in Adrien's insistence that he and Marinette should 'take the high road' and not expose Lila after the events of "Chameleon". While he's correct that her deceptive ways eventually catch up to her and karma comes calling without them having to do anything about it, this comes at the cost of her being free to continue stringing people along until that happens. Rose pays heavily for this, having been taken in by her claims of starting a charity — and when the truth comes out, she winds up akumatized into Witch Hunter, calling for the Manipulative Bitch to burn.
      • Lila's status as a Consummate Liar who favors blatant falsehoods that could be easily disproven if investigated is also deconstructed: since her family moves around so much, she's never had to deal with the long-term consequences of her actions. This gives her a grossly inflated sense of her own deceptive capabilities. When faced with a situation where her usual tactics won't work, she sticks to them out of the arrogant presumption that she can lie her way out, despite all evidence to the contrary.
    • Jerk In Sheep's Clothing, while it does give the class some serious Laser-Guided Karma for believing Lila’s lies so easily, deconstructs the myth that Marinette did not buy the Blatant Lies because she is somehow intellectually and emotionally superior than her peers. In the first chapter she reminds herself—and the readers—that she fell for Lila’s lies in “Volpina” and only saw through the liar when she bluffed about being friends with Marinette’s alter ego. The main plot of the story itself revolves around her love story with Henri LeRoi, a boy who acts like a kind and honest friend to her, but is actually a cruel and manipulative bully. He tells the lonely and love-starved Marinette that he cares for her unconditionally and practically swears his complete loyalty to her, showing that anyone can believe a liar if they tell you what you want to hear.
      • It also deconstructs many salt fics that have original or crossover characters who show support to Marinette against Lila. Henri takes on this role of Marinette’s sole trustworthy ally, the one who will stand by her through thick and thin, who does not hesitate to call the class out on their crap about Lila. In reality, he’s doing this not out of the goodness of his heart, nor out of concern and affection for Marinette, but to manipulate her into thinking all her friends are selfish bullies who don’t give a crud about her.
      • Also deconstructed in this fic is the way Marinette is portrayed in many salt fics. In most salt stories, Marinette is perfectly okay watching her former friends get bullied and humiliated by the OC/crossover characters, enjoys getting petty vengeance on them and using her connections to break their hearts and ruin their lives. However, in Jerk In Sheep’s Clothing, the one time Henri attempts to harass and humiliate of one of her friends in public, Marinette is horrified and chews him out for it, saying she does not hold a grudge at the friend and Henri has no right to try to hurt them on her behalf. After that, Henri does all his bullying behind her back.
  • My Little Pony:
    • A Mighty Demon Slayer Grooms Some Ponies does this to G1 by showing how Megan, a teenaged Kid Hero, would be affected by being abruptly taken into a whole new universe, being forced to defend an entire sapient species by regularly killing terrifying enemies, and then having to act as a leader and mother figure for the ponies.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Shaggy the Handler deconstructs Shaggy's character and the 1960s/1970s setting of the original cartoon. Shaggy is a Vietnam veteran who won't reveal his past to even his best friends. His cowardice is due to him being a Shell-Shocked Veteran, his baggy clothes hide numerous scars, and his notorious appetite has roots in a time where he almost starved to death.
  • The Smurfs:
    • The Smurfs That Canon Forgot highlights how the smurfs' dependence upon Papa Smurf doesn't mesh well with his being lost in time with a handful of other smurfs throughout Season 9. Many of their enemies see this as a prime opportunity to pick them off, and without his magic and wisdom for guidance, they're left scrambling to set up defenses. This also creates a ideological rift that endures even after Papa and the others return, as a growing faction was willing to follow increasingly desperate measures to protect themselves, with the violence methods seeing mixed results.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • In Living Without, the Fandom-Specific Plot of Hera and Kanan facing an unplanned pregnancy is given a rather sad deconstruction. Despite them both wanting have a child together, Kanan and Hera realize that they cannot keep it as their responsibilities to the rebellion would make it difficult to raise a baby. Hera decides to abort the pregnancy with Kanan's support, subverting the Good Girls Avoid Abortion trope.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Just a Normal Coffee Shop deconstructs some of the Fridge Horror of Rose's Room (both the episode and the room itself).
    • This fake review blog seems to put a hammer to the flipped morality of the Momswap AU, if only by changing the premise from "What If? the Crystal Gems and the Homeworld Gems swapped lives" to "What if Rose's rebellion was successful?" The answer? A very disturbing implication that Steven and the Crystal Gems are the bad guys.
    • Selaginella Lepidophylla looks into the "Rose Quartz comes back to life" trope but with all the emotional weight Rose's return entails, especially with the fourteen years' worth of Character Development the other Crystal Gems have had.
    • Educating the Victim does a number on the Humanized Alternate Universe Fic:
      • At first, Lapis' and Jasper's relationship seems normal. Then it shows off just how screwed up it really is.
      • This fic shows that in real life, having a teacher devote a large part of their life to helping a single student is neither healthy nor professional.
    • The Darkness Between Stars is a Hate Fic by two fans who loved the show up until the final arc revealed that the revolutionary Rose Quartz was actually the princess Pink Diamond in disguise and proceeded to forgive the villains instead of condemning them. This Alternate Universe fic is very openly a criticism of the canon ending, deconstructing the horrifying implications of Homeworld society and the consequences of Steven's absolute pacifism.
    • Flawed Crystals, by the same authors as the above, goes even further: In this Alternate Universe, the canon ending is All Just a Dream, arguing that it only makes sense as a sick wish-fulfillment fantasy for Steven that shaves the gems' personalities down into the traits he likes most. Several scenes from the canon ending are directly commented on, pointing out how horrifying they are when subjected to Fridge Logic and why peaceful reconcilation with the diamonds would never have been truly possible. Steven's character is also deconstructed, portraying him as less of an All-Loving Hero and more of a self-centered narcissist who believes he always knows best for everyone, no matter the evidence to the contrary.
  • Superfriends:
    • In Challenge of the Super Friends: The End, everything about the cartoon is played straight. When the Legion of Doom enters another universe, things have Gone Horribly Wrong, and they end up like victims in the Event Horizon and Hellraiser films, while the Superfriends become fascistic and attempt to make their world a utopia in the villains' absence. Along the way, every character is deconstructed before being transformed beyond recognition.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • Sorry No Fix takes the frequently used "girl/Self-Insert is rescued by the Turtles" scenario (likely inspired by April's rescue in canon) and shows exactly how a terrified person would react to coming face-to-face to a inhuman monster with lethal combat skills, no matter how well-intentioned they might be.
  • Total Drama World Tour:
  • Transformers: Any fan writing from a perspective of "the Decepticons were right" can swing between this and Draco in Leather Pants for the entire faction.
  • Young Justice:

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