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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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    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.
    • Retrograde Motion: Of Fountain of Youth. There's a lot of debate over whether or not the younger Jason is real, and whether or not it's morally correct to turn him back. The fact that the younger Jason wants to stay a child muddles the issue even further, especially after he reveals to Dick that the older Jason was depressed and in pain. Technically, it's all rendered moot after it's revealed Jason can't be turned back, though everyone mourns the loss of the older Jason all the same, and Bruce lets the younger Jason know that if he ever does want to turn back into the older Jason, he'll find a way.
    • 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.
    • The Redemption of Harley Quinn: The story dismantles the Designated Hero status frequently given to Harley and Ivy. Both are forced to confront records of their violent crimes of mass death and destruction; Ivy is an Ax-Crazy lunatic who doesn't care about hurting people as long as her actions help plants, and Harley is just as much a chaotic sadist as her ex-boyfriend. Their relationship is also taken apart: Ivy wasn't as bad as the Joker but she was still abusive and controlling, and Harley is such an Extreme Doormat that she put up with it just to feel loved. It isn't until they address these issues and fundamentally change their personas that they begin to become genuinely good people (and even then, Ivy's love for Harley is still on the psychotic side).
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
    • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest Rewrite deconstructs several highlights of the comic's final volume:
      • Emma's revenge against "Jimmy" is shown to be selfish and petty, especially in light of how it did nothing to stop MI-5's actions. Furthermore, "Jimmy" is shown to have been in the right for attacking the magical dimensions, as they were planning to invade Earth.
      • The comic's criticisms of modern superhero popularity is taken to task by explaining that, yes, they do make corporations lots of money, but they also serve as inspirational role models. And while they may subliminally teach that ordinary people should be dependent on extraordinary beings, you need extraordinary beings to solve extraordinary problems.
      • In a universe where the creations of H. P. Lovecraft exist, they're going to eventually be front-and-center instead of just mere footnotes. In fact, all the more fantastical works that were just alluded to throughout the comic are now expanded on to create a coherent mythology.
      • The fic also responds to Alan Moore's claim that modern day storytelling is a cultural wasteland by feauturing numerous characters from modern entertainment who, regardless of how long their appearances, are still shown to be on equal terms as the public domain works from the comic's first two volumes.
  • 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 gets 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.)
  • The Fanmake Blooper Series: While most of the time it parodies the tropes of a Film Fic, there are times where they take a serious look at a trope and ask "If fanmakes were made like actual films, how would the cast react to it?". The answer? The authors are more like directors with the ability to act as God and even brainwash the actors into doing a role they either aren't fit to play as or don't wish to play, the characters are unpaid actors who are cast into unfitting roles and are understandably upset by it, and attempts to derail the fanmake, speeding up the fanmake by cutting corners so that they'd be done sooner, or making the most of it are commonplace.
  • 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 and being very affectionate toward him, 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 is directed at all boys, which arouses Leslie's jealousy and results in Slut-Shaming from an OC friend. 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.
  • Infinity Train: Boiling Point: Like its inspiration, Boiling Point isn't afraid to take apart certain bits and pieces of the show it's based on.
    • Boscha's ability to get away with anything she does means that, when karma finally gets to her and she's suspended, she has no idea how to process what just happened and she eventually blows up, hurting those around her in the process.
    • Boscha and Skara have a genuine friendship here, but this one comes with its own set of problems: chief among them is the fact that, since Boscha has such an intense personality, she's the main thing that comes to mind when people see Skara, which makes her become loathed as a result of her connection to her.
    • Most of the Passengers who wind up on the Infinity Train are normal people with a couple issues. Boscha, meanwhile, not only comes from a Giant Corpse World, but has enough firepower to melt down a train car: this is such a change from the norm that it catches everybody off-guard.
      • Her number also provides another deconstruction, since being so mentally unstable, her number breaks the scale: it appears as two different numbers before assuming its full length.
    • Furthermore, most people who actually enter the Train simply want to get home, and that's it. While this is true for Boscha too, her desire to be the strongest is so hard wired into her head that it becomes secondary to her goal of becoming the strongest in the Train.
    • Skara is constantly blamed and made to pick up the slack when it comes the things Boscha's done. This has caused her to become the Stepford Smiler, and when Boscha goes missing, she loses one of the few supportive people she has in her life, causing her to break down.
    • Amity, Boscha, and Skara's arranged friendship has more consequences here: not only does each of them have a role in it (Skara being oblivious to everything, Boscha keeping her social darwinist mentality, and Amity just straight up wanting nothing to do with either of them) but things eventually boil over, to the point Amity beats up Boscha in order to have some catharsis and the Urodelas and Blights come to hate each other as a result.
  • Infinity Train: Tesla Star: This Fanfic expands on Stella's homelife and later about the whole Luck Fiasco.
    • Judy Zhau was mentioned as not liking seeing her daughter eat unhealthy food, but this Fanfic show what type of mother she would be, while she isn't a one-dimensional Abusive Parent, Stella is basically forced to hide her food from her and feel that she doesn't have control of her food habits.
    • The idea of a group of friends going against an antagonistic group is shot down, Starflare don't encourage Stella to go against the Neo Apex since the train is only about emotional growth, not becoming a hero, the group only receive non-lethal weapon to survive, Starflare told his daughter to only help Stella and her friends get out of the train.
  • Stupor Heroics deconstructs the "Loud siblings gain superpowers" plotline. Having superpowers makes their already dysfunctional family dynamics incredibly destructive. Lincoln, the one sibling with no powers, is in constant physical danger from it. Lori decided that cutting Lincoln out of her and her sisters' lives was the only way he could grow up in a safe environment.
  • With Pearl and Ruby Glowing: Not precisely. This story takes place in a modern California city, making it somewhat removed from the worlds and events of the media it draws from and most of the drama arises from the premise itself. However there are a number of elements taken from the original canons that are played more realistically here, usually to disastrous results.
    • Yue doesn't become the moon spirit here so her marriage to Hahn goes through and her story depicts her life with him. It isn't pretty.
    • The popular Fanon interpretation of Riley being non-binary holds true here and while this itself is adamantly not portrayed as a negative thing, their story touches upon the prejudice they face because of it.
    • Wilbur being the only non-gifted Robinson wasn't really touched upon in the original film. Here, while it's clear that they love him Franny and Cornelius worried over this when he was younger and it left him feeling somewhat insecure.
    • Eska's treatment of Bolin was played comedically in canon. Here she nearly rapes him and leaves him traumatized.
    • Loudcest gets skewered in Lucy's story. When she tells Lincoln that the children in her picture, already labeled as which sister's they are, are all his kids, he's immediately uncomfortable and assumes he misunderstood her because what she's suggesting disturbs him.
  • At The Food Court was written solely as a Take That! against Cori Falls's infamous fanfiction, particularly The Prodigal Parents, in which Ash becomes a Future Loser with severe delusions and who can no longer live unassisted because he has the mental age of a kindergartener. (In case it isn't clear, The Prodigal Parents was a bashfic.) At the Food Court reinterprets everything, taking canon and basic human decency into account, showing that Ash was once a normal kid whose life was ruined by criminals who beat him up so severely, he had to be hospitalized, and permanently regressed to the cognitive level of a kindergartener due to massive brain damage. It doesn't shy away from showing how horrible a fate Ash suffers and that no one could possibly inflict that on someone and remain sympathetic. Without the Protagonist-Centered Morality in The Prodigal Parents, Jessie and James are not heroes, but villains.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • iCarly
  • Downton Abbey:
  • Glee
  • LazyTown:
    • There'll Be Another Time, set ~6 years after the main series, contains the following:
      • Due to the kids growing up and no longer needing him to save them, Sportacus mostly spends all day exercising by himself and answering fan mail, and is very closed-off about his emotions.
      • Pixel is in an advanced computer science class with an immense workload, and so he never has time to hang out with the other kids. He also has a practically non-existent sleep schedule.
      • Due to being the youngest of the group, Ziggy is still in middle school while everyone else is in high school, and has been unable to make any new friends, so he is very lonely.
      • Stingy's dad works as an accountant in Dublin (a well-known tax haven), and so is absent from the family.
      • Trixie's tomboyish nature means that she is rejected by both the boys and girls at school, meaning that Stephanie is her only real friend.
      • Robbie has stopped trying to rid the town of Sportacus, and so now spends all day in his lair by himself, and is therefore very lonely.
  • Lost Girl:
    • Where The Eyes Of The Old Gods Can't Hope To Find Us deconstructs the Shipper on Deck mentality. Lauren gives Kenzi a sharp dressing down on this, pointing out how everyone wishes Bo was dating someone other than Lauren (Kenzi and Dyson want her with Dyson, Trick and the Ash want her with Fae, not a human) and none of them have stopped to think about what that feels like for her.
      "Think about what it's like having all your lover's friends constantly undermining you. Think about how it makes you doubt yourself, question whether or not you're good for the person you care for so much. Think about it eats away at you, making you doubt that you deserve this person's love."
  • Mork & Mindy:
  • Power Rangers
    • Portraying the characters as if the constant power losses, mind hijackings, and secrecy actually had the profound psychological effects one would expect these sort of things to have on a teenager. One of the more well known Mighty Morphin era fics, Personality Conflicts, starts with Tommy entering psychotherapy.
    • Mia's Cooking, a Power Rangers Samurai fic, deconstructs Mia's Lethal Chef Played for Laughs schtick by showing the Rangers suffering ill effects from her bad cooking, prompting them to tell her the truth about her culinary skills. It does, however, reconstruct it in the end by having Kevin promise to teach Mia to cook a little better.
    • Joseph Kahn's fan film Power/Rangers features a notable deconstructive portrayal of the Machine Empire, taking a very Cyberpunk-influenced approach in showing how an aggressively imperialistic race of Mechanical Lifeforms might operate in real life. Instead of a royal court of petulant robots with an army of mechanical Mooks, they're a hyper-advanced Hive Mind that manages to take over Earth by integrating themselves into its technology and advancing human society by several centuries, while quietly doing away with pesky things like individuality and free will. Most disturbingly, their takeover ends up causing a rift in the Rangers themselves, as many of them honestly find it easier to join the Machine Empire than to fight them.
      • The short also deconstructs the fan logic that making a fanwork Darker and Edgier/Bloodier and Gorier than the original makes the new interpretation inherently more mature and realistic. Power/Rangers is, indeed, darker and edgier and gorier than Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers... but it still works under the logic of its inspiration, and in doing so the result is still very silly. If something, it may be even more silly and immature than the original series, due to the juxtaposition between the forced dark aesthetics and the Sentai logic and characterization.
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Star Trek
    • Beside the Wells by UKJess is a classic Star Trek fanfic which deconstructs the Kirk/Spock Slave AUs that were being published in the 80s and 90s in slash zines. In the author's word: "Kirk, of all people, ended up as Spock’s slave and, after a little perfunctory resistance, ended up liking it. I loathed the premise".
  • Supernatural:
    • A Glimpse Beyond deconstructs the show's final two episodes by pointing out how many things in it don't make sense with established canon or characterization — Jack easily defeating Chuck with a basic powerup, Dean not even trying to save Castiel from the Empty, Sam's future wife not getting a clear face or name, and their Heaven having none of the other people they'd grown close to over the years — and depicting all of them as signs that they didn't actually defeat Chuck and he and Amara tricked them into believing that they did, wiped their memories of everyone else important to them, and trapped them in a false Heaven to railroad them into the "perfect brother ending" they wanted for them.
  • Teen Wolf:
    • Not Your Disney Romance deconstructs the Token Human trope in regards to Stiles. Since Stiles constantly deals with supernatural things but doesn't heal like his supernatural friends do even though he can otherwise keep up with them, he eventually ends up with some pretty nasty permanent injuries. This includes permanent brain damage brought on by Stiles taking too frequent hits over the head, which causes him to sometimes get confused and forget things. This is especially tragic because some of the violence that caused the brain damage was done to Stiles by his own pack (Derek pushing Stiles' head against the steering wheel of his car in canon, for example), and they're all remorseful that they didn't think about the permanent damage it would cause until it was too late.
  • Victorious
    • Birthday Blues deconstructs Jade's Alpha Bitch personality and how she'd fare in the real world. After High School she gets a sales job. There she learns she can't just intimidate people to get what she wants. Instead, she has to rely on her interpersonal skills, which she's lacking.
  • The Young Ones:
    • In the third episode, Boring, a throwaway joke reveals that Vyvyan (a first or second year University student who is presumably 18-ish) hasn't seen his mother in 10 years. It elicits a big audience laugh and is never mentioned again. Guess what the fandom is obsessed with?

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  • RWBY:
    • Emergence deconstructs stories like My Little Dashie in which characters from the show come to the real world. See their page's Surprisingly Realistic Outcome 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.)
    • From Beyond (RWBY) deconstructs Jaune's canonical plan by showing how likely it was to go wrong. While Pyrrha did try to save him as in canon, Jaune causes the shot to miss and he dies just like you would expect him to. When his father is introduced later, the reader sees just how terrifying it would be to be the father of someone who tried this. Nicholas Arc's son disappears and takes a family heirloom with him, then weeks later gets contacted by a stranger to meet up for information on Jaune only to learn his only son died trying to follow a path Nicholas never wanted him to. He is so broken he doesn't bother to take Crocea Mors with him.
    • 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. Jaune's sisters are all badly traumatized by the experience, which including breaking their arms, and absolutely hate their mother for it; none of them see her, and when she's put in the hospital, they only see her because of Jaune.
    • Further, while Jaune's mother holds that 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 — the oldest sister calls that into question, pointing out that the damage done by the training set her back considerably on her own growth, and that they'd have been better off if anything else was done.
    • "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.
    • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Wreck Fic

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