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"It strikes me that the only reason to take apart a pocket watch, or a car engine, aside from the simple delight of disassembly, is to find out how it works. To understand it, so you can put it back together again better than before, or build a new one that goes beyond what the old one could do. We've been taking apart the superhero for ten years or more; it's time to put it back together and wind it up, time to take it out on the road and floor it, see what it'll do."
Kurt Busiek, Astro City, on the whole point of Deconstruction

Deconstruction demonstrates what happens when tropes in fiction are played for realism by revealing all of the trope's possible assumptions after analyzing it. Thus, a fantasy about being a princess or a superhero is shown to have consequences, negatives, other facets, etc that are glazed over in fiction. The trope no longer works the same, so it doesn't look the same and ends up losing value.

This is where Reconstruction comes in. A Reconstruction acknowledges the flaws and assumptions of a trope that has undergone Deconstruction, so it either modifies the trope in a way that resembles the original and still work in reality, or finds a solution for the trope to become useful again. So instead, Princess Classic is not being married into a fairy-tale monarchy, but into a post-Napoleonic 19th- or 20th-century one — a constitutional monarchy in Ruritania, with the scenery and regalia but without the power and corruption (or at least with the Princess taking a meaningful stand against it if it is present), so she won't end up like Marie Antoinette.


In a way, this is a response to "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny; taking something considered to be "old hat", then making it "new hat" again.

The new age Superhero works the required secondary powers to his advantage to find creative uses for his powers, and carefully balances his mundane and heroic lives, such as working a job that complements his superheroing (or makes it his job by working for a larger group), and dating love interests who are either heroes themselves or able to handle themselves when things get hairy.

Reconstruction can involve deconstructing said Deconstruction if someone has a different idea about "realism" or the previous deconstruction was mixed too heavily with Darker and Edgier. Overall, it could be thought of as a dialectical synthesis of an original and its deconstruction. The philosophical theory which accompanies reconstruction is called reconstructivism.


Please note that this is not an academically recognized term or concept, having grown out of TV Tropes' own style of media analysis. In academia, a reconstruction would simply be a second deconstruction.

Compare the Genre Throwback, which usually involves Reconstruction, and Troperiffic works. See also Decon-Recon Switch, which is a single work which sets up a deconstruction only to reconstruct the same tropes later on.

Often confused with Adaptation Distillation. Reconstruction is when a genre is rebuilt after being hit with a criticism; Adaptation Distillation is when a specific work is revitalized, without any new objections needing to be answered in the process.

See also Reimagining the Artifact, a much more localized phenomenon.

Not to Be Confused with the Freeware RPG The Reconstruction, season six of Red vs. Blue, or, for that matter, with the Reconstruction Era after The American Civil War.

Before labeling something as a reconstruction, double check that there has been a deconstruction, that it's not a deconstruction that makes a work Lighter and Softer, and that it's actually realistic.

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  • The Post Cyber Punk genre is a sometimes literal reconstruction following Cyberpunk's Deconstruction in regards to the futuristic visions of high machinery and advanced technology.
  • Solar Punk is this to Cyberpunk, but on a much more conceptual level, going further in showing how a sustainable future could look like while drawing worldly elements.
  • Remodernism essentially is a Reconstruction of what Postmodernism challenged. The authors of the Remodernist manifesto called Postmodernism "brainless destruction of convention" and argue for a new spirituality in art as opposed to the nature of Postmodernism, which they describe as nihilistic.
  • Metamodernism acts as a middle-ground between Modernism and Post-Modernism that reexamines the latter while reviving ideas from the former. In a sense, it uses the ironic and insincere approaches found in Postmodernism to communicate genuine and serious matters. Wisecrack explains here:

    Anime & Manga 
  • This is a Cyclic Trope, especially in the Humongous Mecha genre: every decade or so when the genre is reaching the point of seriousness. Pre-EVA, there was also Giant Robo (though this was at least partially due to the manga being made in the '60s).
  • Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys systematically deconstructs and then reconstructs both the sort of cheesiness that came out of kids' manga in the 1970s and, really, the whole idea of childhood, childhood dreams (of becoming a hero), and, for that matter, the '60s and '70s themselves: the inspiration of the Moon landing, rock and roll, love and peace, the idea that we were entering a future where anything was possible.
  • Cross Game seems out to do this with Replacement Goldfish.
  • Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure managed to give us all the Evangelion-esque action without the Evangelion-esque drama and Mind Screw by featuring well-adjusted protagonists and incorporating lots of humor.
  • Whereas Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel horribly deconstruct the concepts of what it means to be a "hero", Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works warmly embraces its viewer and reminds them that yes, the world may be a cold and ugly place, but that does not mean that the honor, kindness, and decency are not worth fighting for. It also happens in The Last Episode ending of the Realta Nua version.
  • Gundam:
  • If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die reconstructs the Idol Singer; the culture that it forms and the fandom that is spawned as a result. Even as obsessed the fans of ChamJam can get (best embodied by The Protagonist, Eripoyo, herself), it comes from a genuine place of true love and devotion from a group that legitimately see the idols as actual people first and throw them their full support no matter what endeavors they get up, even if they don't involve being an idol. The idol members of ChamJam are consistently shown to be happy and touched by such faithful loyalty put into them and this in turn gives them the motivation to succeed at their goals.
  • Kill la Kill serves as a counter-argument to shows like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which Deconstruct the Magical Girl genre. Not only is it a Reconstruction of the incredible power of hope, friendship, family, love, acceptance, and the very idea of Order Versus Chaos with Ryuko's rivalry against Satsuki (and later their combined rivalry against Ragyo), but it is also a Reconstruction of the very idea of Fanservice itself. It takes the ridiculously skimpy outfits most magical girls wear and gives a justified reason for it: The less a Kamui comes in contact with its wearer's skin, the less likely it is to overwhelm them, thereby feeding the wearer its power instead of vice-versa, the way all other Life Fibers do. Not stopping there, the show also reconstructs the absolute sense of feeling shame by watching something that has nudity in it. As Satsuki explains in episode three, nudity is nothing to be ashamed of as long it serves a purpose, and that to feel embarrassment from it proves nothing but a lack of conviction, which the entire rest of the show goes out of its way to justify.
    Ryuko: Not sure how I feel about you laughing at me in your exhibitionist get-up.
    Satsuki: Exhibitionist? Nonsense! To unleash the most power this is the form a Kamui must take! You cling to the puritanical views of the masses, proving just how inferior you are! But I won't be ashamed! If it means I can fulfill my ambitions, I will bare my breasts for all to see! I will do whatever it takes! For I know that my actions are utterly pure!
  • Maoyu:
    • The relationship between the Hero and the Demon Queen is key to bringing peace and prosperity to their peoples, thus reconstructing Arranged Marriage and Altar Diplomacy.
    • Hero is well aware of his status as a Propaganda Hero, and increasingly he takes control of his own propaganda. Initially, by instinct or by Head Maid's prompt, he grows his reputation as Demon Queen's loyal and fearsome Dark Knight; later on, consciously, praising Demon Queen as a diligent monarch of the demons.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • The manga reconstructs a lot of superhero tropes, but top of the list is The Paragon. The man who would become All Might was born quirkless in a world just a couple steps up from a Crapsack World, with superpowered villains tearing things down, heroes desperately trying to keep everything together, and civilians caught in the middle. All Might resolved to make a world where people didn't have to be afraid any more, and his boundless drive to do so impressed the woman who possessed the most powerful ability to pass it onto him. Decades later, All Might is known as the "Symbol of Peace," largely credited with single-handedly beating back the villains who had been making the world progressively worse for decades. Even though All Might is Secretly Dying at the start of the series, he is still fighting to make sure the world stays safe. When his injuries become public and he is forced to retire, no one blames him, and despite the consequence of losing the world's greatest hero he is still considered the Symbol of Peace.
    • Related, All Might's Catchphrase is "Everything is all right—I am here!" What initially appears to be a silly and kind of tone-deaf Pollyanna turns out to be a very calculated Hope Bringer. In a practice rescue, Deku freaks out and says things look bad, only for the judge to berate him for scaring the victims. They need someone telling them everything will be all right.
  • Popotan reconstructs itself. Throughout the series, the characters experience the consequences of Limited Destination Time (whatever friends they make they eventually have to leave behind), but in the end they learn to appreciate each other and the fact that they are still able to at least always remember their friends.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a show that first deconstructs the basic tropes of the magical girl genre, but then proceeds to reconstruct the essence of the magical girl genre, that hope will always win out over despair. This reconstruction is much more important to the series as a whole than the superficial deconstruction. And then it proceeds to deconstruct the reconstruction in Rebellion.
  • RahXephon examined the darker, serious sensibilities of Neon Genesis Evangelion's well-known deconstruction of anime and mixed it with more idealistic Super Robot tropes.
  • Ratman is an interesting variant of reconstruction. It plays up the idea of the ordinary kid who dreams of becoming a hero (who also lives in a world chock full of 'em) realistically: He's duped into becoming a supervillain, but he doesn't let this get in the way of his idealism. At the same time, he's surrounded by very loving and supportive coworkers, and many of the antics he goes through are Played for Laughs. Except when they're not. It also becomes clear that the "evil crime syndicate" isn't as evil as it seems, but really are simply on the Hero Association's bad side.
  • Rebuild of Evangelion implies reconstruction right in the title. It essentially takes the main cast of the original series and shows how the series would play out if they asked themselves "Angst? What Angst?" But it is by no means Lighter and Softer.
  • Redo of Healer
    • Sociopathic Hero / Villain Protagonist. Keyaruga has lost most of his humanity, becoming a sadist who inflicts torture, rape, and brainwashing on his enemies with an Evil Laugh. However, each of his enemies is a Complete Monster, with Keyaruga being a past victim of many, and now he's dishing out karmic payback. Also, outside of his revenge fetish, Keyaruga is loving and protective towards his companions, and performs genuine heroic acts such as protecting the weak and battling evil overlords.
    • Harem Seeker. Keyaru makes a point of spelling out in the narration all the pitfalls involved in having a sizable group of ladies following you around and competing over your affections, the most notable of which being that one man is not going to have enough stamina to sexually satisfy all of them, every single day, multiple times a day, even without the whole "adventuring to save the world with gruesome vengeance" thing he's got going. Even so, he still looks to build up his harem as much as possible, because he gets great amusement from juggling the multiple relationships and keeping them all happy.
  • Samurai Flamenco is this towards the Japanese superhero/Tokusatsu genre, paying tribute to the heroism and ideals that those superheroes strive for, even if limited by the real life mundanity and the hero not being a superpowered being like them.
  • Spellbound! Magical Princess Lil'Pri is one of the very few straightforward, non-ironic Magical Girl shows to come in later times (even if it is The Anime of the Game).
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • The series is a reconstruction of the entire history of mecha, starting with The '70s era of Super Robot anime with Kamina as the voice of the seventies; then came Nia and The '80s "Real Robot" style storyline of The Empire vs. the Rebels and The '90s with the whole Evangelion deconstruction-type era with Rossiu leading the way, before culminating in the post-GaoGaiGar era, re-embracing victory through hot-bloodedness and the Rule of Cool, even if the final conclusion is that it should be used responsibly.
    • Kamina is a reconstruction of the Hot-Blooded All Loving Idiot Hero stereotype. It's made clear that he only acts this way because he's just as afraid as everyone else, but needs to put on a brave face to inspire the others. Also, characters always point out exactly how suicidally stupid his actions are and how they'll get him killed, However, when he actually does get killed in Episode 8, it's the one time they're following a plan, though an unexpected development forces Kamina to deviate from it. However, the Reconstruction comes in that, A) he lives in a universe where Rule of Cool and excessive manliness actually translates into tangible power, and B) the degree to which he inspires the other protagonists, Even years after his death, cannot be overstated. His reasons for doing so are also explored. In Episode 8, he explains how he does all of this not just for the love of the fight, but to ensure a better future for the next generation. Furthermore, he also places a good deal of faith in others, best represented how his belief in Simon brought out the unfathomable amount of potential he had. Where no one else believed in him, not even himself, Kamina believed in Simon and Simon could believe in that, which helped him learn to believe in himself.
  • The anime version of The Three Musketeers is unique in that it's a rare human deconstruction of an entire canon. The original novels deconstructed themselves to begin with, as the later novels inherit the aging of the original heroes; the anime would reconstruct the novels resulting into a rare Lighter but Edgier adaptation where the plot itself seemingly becomes this for the latter part of the novels when the events become darker (yet not so much edgier due to duels becoming outdated).
  • Tiger & Bunny is a curious case: it's a reconstruction of American superhero comic books done as a Japanese animated show! In-universe, despite seemingly being sellouts, the heroes keep their moral ground even when an Anti-Hero and a Smug Snake mock them for it.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's' reconstruction returns to playing tropes straight that were deconstructed in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is mostly deconstruction, but it also includes a lot of reconstruction as well in order to make the world seem more realistic (Ex: since the Magic Poker Equation doesn't exist, duelists simply use balanced decks and strategies similar to the ones found in real life).

    Comic Books 
  • A lot of smaller conventions of the superhero genre were deconstructed during the Bronze Age and reconstructed during the Dark Age.
  • Astro City is a series built on the repeated reconstruction of comic book superheroes. While most of Kurt Busiek's works involve nuanced reconstruction on some level, Astro City has it as its lifeblood. You will be hard-pressed to find a single issue that doesn't reconstruct one Comic Book trope or another, whether it's the Crisis Crossover, the Badass Normal, Mundane Utility, the Intrepid Reporter, Secret Identities, the Nineties Antihero, Post-Modern Magik...
  • Captain Atom: Armageddon was this as well. By the time it came out, the Wild Storm characters had come to embody all the excesses of the Dark Age, so DC brought Captain Atom, who, while hardly what you'd call a traditional superhero, nonetheless was a much more wholesome, positive character to set the WildStorm Universe to rights.
  • Jackie Estacado, the protagonist of The Darkness, is a reconstruction of the '90s Anti-Hero. Whereas most Nineties Anti-Heroes are loud, bombastic, and shallow, Jackie is complex, subtle, and intelligent. He has no moral quandary with killing bad guys, but freaks out if he kills an innocent person. He has the personification of darkness and evil inside of him, but views this as a curse rather than a blessing. He's also Lawful Neutral, sticking to old-school codes of New York mob crime families, and genuinely caring about those who work for him.
  • Invincible reconstructs the Super Hero as a force of good protecting the world from evil and many times their idealism and courage ultimately wins out over the cruel and cynical villains. In particular, it reconstructs:
    • Anti-Hero / '90s Anti-Hero. Yes, the fights are incredibly bloody and gory, but that's just what would happen in a fight with a Flying Brick. Also, Thou Shalt Not Kill is realistically impractical, as sometimes the only way to stop bad guys is to kill them.
    • Superman Substitute. Mark tries hard to be The Cape, and it's getting very hard to stick to his code of conduct, but he's still helping people because it's the right thing to do.
    • Anti-Villain. Mark doesn't like or agree with Cecil Steadman, but he admits that with world-ending threats all over the place, Steadman is often the lesser evil.
    • Crisis Crossover. Storylines that would be this when published by other companies have the same long-lasting implications without the massive tie-ins and Kudzu Plot.
  • DC Comics:
    • In 1986, DC's big two heroes, Superman and Batman, both received deconstructive treatments with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?. These were followed almost immediately by reconstructions with Batman: Year One and The Man of Steel.
    • Kingdom Come was a particularly famous comics reconstruction that delivered a rather heavy-handed denouncement of the '90s Anti-Hero. Though it should be noted that the story ended up with all the super-heroes realizing they were flawed, removing their masks, and joining normal human society.
    • Justice is more a reconstruction proper, as it is essentially Superfriends without the camp, token characters, and low-budget visuals. Its opening reads like a superhero deconstruction, with the rest of the series reading like a thorough rebuttal.
    • A good deal of Grant Morrison's stuff at least addresses the need for a reconstruction.
    • Joe Kelly's Superman story Whatever Happened to Truth, Justice and the American Way? was also a big contribution to the superhero reconstruction.
    • Tom Strong does something similar with the pulp/comic book "science hero" archetype.
  • The Rogues Reloaded storyline from The Flash does this for the Flash's villains. Though beloved for their sympathetic backstories, likable personalities, and code of honor, the Rogues are often overshadowed by the more threatening villains like the Reverse-Flashes and Gorilla Grodd, to the point where they're almost considered "Flash's sidekicks" (even in-universe). Rogues Reloaded shows that while the Rogues have redeeming qualities, they're still ruthless, unrepentant criminals who are only out for themselves and while they don't go out of their way to hurt people, they have zero sympathy for those affected by their crimes.
  • G.I. Joe (IDW) comics reconstruct What Measure Is a Mook?. Random Cobra troopers and operatives are frequently given hints of backstory and personality to show that they're people too, but it's repeatedly pointed out that this doesn't automatically mean that they're sympathetic people who don't deserve to get injured or killed by the heroes. After all, why would a moral and mentally stable person be willingly working for a ruthless criminal organization that's trying to take over the world?
  • Kick-Ass shows that if you have Heroic Spirit, you train properly, and you're prepared to get your ass kicked on occasion, then you can indeed put on a costume, fight crime, and be a superhero.
  • The first two volumes of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are half deconstruction, half reconstruction of Victorian adventure fiction (and for that matter, the concept of the Massive Multiplayer Crossover); Moore brings on all kinds of moral ambiguity and tosses aside typical Victorian ideals, but at the same time he takes some of the most awesome literary characters of the time and gives them their full due. It had been a long, long time since Fu Manchu had been anything but a parody. The Black Dossier however seems a reconstruction of the concept (though in doing so, it becomes a deconstruction of 20th century fiction). If you aren't somewhat confused, then Alan Moore hasn't done his job.
  • Inevitably, this trope will be in effect post-New 52, thanks to the multitudes of drastic changes to the classic DC Comics mythos (such as Lois Lane being Put on a Bus in favor of Wonder Woman, and Superman's costume change as an example in one franchise). Ultimately proven with DC Rebirth, starting with DC Universe: Rebirth #1 as a reconstruction of the idea of the Legacy Character, showing that without these people on both ends of the spectrum, you end up with a universe that feels very empty. It also reconstructs the idea of a Hope Bringer, showing that you can plunge the world into darkness, but someone will show up to light the way.
  • Star Wars: Legacy seems like a deconstruction at first (in both volumes), beginning with the galaxy embroiled in a terrible war, the Jedi at their Darkest Hour, the Sith staging a new comeback, the Alliance and Empire making morally gray choices, and one of the only Skywalkers remaining having become a junkie who's rejected the Call to Adventure due to having it forced down his throat his whole life. But by the end it proceeds to then examine everything that makes the series good rather than focusing on the bad things. In the end Cade becomes a hero (out of choice rather than being forced to), Darth Krayt and his minions are defeated for good, the Sith are vanquished, the Alliance and Empire put aside their differences, and the Force is put back into balance once more.
  • The Superior Foes of Spider-Man reconstructs Amusing Injuries; the characters always have to deal with the long-term consequences of their injuries and behavior, but not only does this not prevent the initial incident from being funny, but the comic also plays the consequences for humor (for example, Speed Demon injures his leg in issue 5 and has to spend the next several issues wearing a cast. The gang solves this by strapping his injured leg into a roller skate so he can move around for the big heist).
  • Superman: Secret Identity. A boy named Clark Kent in "our" world develops Superman's actual abilities.
    • Deconstruction: He repeatedly mentions that he has no clue where his powers came from or how they work - how can he hear things before the sound waves even have time to reach him, for instance? When he actually starts going out in costume, the Superman suit works in his favor because no one is going to believe someone saying Superman saved them. Unfortunately, he draws the attention of the military, who repeatedly try to capture him and experiment on him.
    • Reconstruction: He never stops helping people, and eventually proves to the people chasing him that he's more useful as a friend than an enemy. The book's overall tone and ending is completely positive.
  • Jon Kent, the latest Superboy, is this of the classic child sidekick. After years of deconstruction of the Kid Hero archetype and the dangers of bringing children into superpowered fights, Jon is a sweet, upbeat, and outgoing child who Jumped at the Call after learning about his powers. At the same time, he repeatedly proves himself an asset in fights while acknowledging his inexperience and Power Incontinence. His story doesn't stray away from the constant Adult Fear his parents have when Jon could be getting in over his head.
  • The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye follows on the footsteps of The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers, a miniseries set in the same universe and by the same author that presents its bleakest and most cynical take on the war between robots yet by deploying War Is Hell and Black-and-Gray Morality in full force. More Than Meets The Eye, meanwhile, acts as a reconstruction, with almost as much tragedy, violence and Nightmare Fuel as Last Stand, but with much more hopeful and heartwarming themes of a traumatized, dysfunctional Ragtag Band of Misfits building lasting bonds between them and trying to do the right thing despite all odds.
  • The Ultimates: The team was initially a deconstruction of the way The Avengers would be if they existed in the real world. The most notable thing about them is that they would be a military operation run by the US, not independent superheroes doing whatever they want. That, however, turned out to be their status at the end of the second arc.
  • Jonathan Hickman's X-Men does this with ever-prominent Fantastic Racism themes that is embedded in the DNA of property. For a long time, it's been part of the series that humans hate and fear mutants, and while it was the basis of many great stories in their heyday, it made less sense as time went on due to real world progress. Here, the story goes to lengths to explain, examine and justify why each and all sides would feel this way in the modern world. Notably, it brings a heaping dose of Gray-and-Grey Morality into the mix, making the mutants less sympathetic while making the humans more sympathetic, without actually favoring either side. It also factors in the presence of mutates, or non-mutant superpowered beings such as the Fantastic Four or Spider-Man. The narrative addresses the differences between them and mutants, even if superficial, and why the mutants getting hit with Fantastic Racism but not the mutates leads to them being part of the issue as well, as mutates are on the outside of mutant culture and in the same boat as baseline humans. All in all, it sets out to refit the themes of the old into today, while progressing them forward.

    Fan Works 
  • Doing It Right This Time: After a glut of deconstructive Peggy Sue fics this story gleefully reconstructs what they tore down:
    • Shinji cannot possibly outsmart Gendo or SEELE... but he will try anyway since he has nothing to lose.
    • Gendo figures the Children are up to something... so they confront him from the start and tell him his scenario to reunite with Yui will fail.
    • The Children are unstable for having gone through it once... and they are aware of it, so that they try to channel their craziness into productive ways.
    • People notice the Children are having out-of-character moments... and they use it to their benefit.
  • While Hunting the Unicorn is largely a Deconstruction Fic, it's also reconstructive since it portrays Blaine as a believable character rather than a Relationship Sue. In-story, it reconstructs how damaged he is by showing how Kurt and Blaine genuinely care about each other, averting There Are No Therapists, and using a healthy dose of The Power of Friendship and Love.
  • Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams and Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light are intended as Reconstructions of traditional superhero comics. Many plots are "done in one", efforts are made to explain traditional superhero tropes and make them more believable, and Writing for the Trade is notably absent.
  • Peculiarly, Child of the Storm. On the face of it, it's a classic Deconstruction Crossover that neatly takes apart every single trope associated with Lord!Harry, DifferentParents!Harry, Super!Harry and God!Harry and a fair few superhero tropes, introducing a hefty wodge of moral ambiguity of the Black-and-Gray Morality flavour, with an epic Gambit Pileup featuring chessmasters galore, while demonstrating the kind of carnage that superpowered violence can potentially wreak and the psychological damage that Harry has suffered thanks to the Dursleys and a lingering sense of abandonment (not that Thor had any choice about it. He didn't even remember being James Potter thanks to a really very necessary mind wipe), while not being a major feature, is ever present. Yet, in doing so...
    • It also reconstructs the idea of heroes in general. In the deconstruction of the Fandom-Specific Plot, it demonstrates that ultimately, Harry is Harry. Yes, the circumstances are going to lead to some changes - he's more of a snarker (possibly of the Stepford Snarker variety), he's more assertive and more confident, expressing his emotions more (this is not always a good thing). He's got more power to call on. But he is very recognisably the same person, not automatically becoming nigh invincible, super intelligent, and The Casanova. As the story repeatedly stresses, despite everything going for him, he is a damaged teenage boy making his way in the world, and he's sometimes a little overwhelmed by it all, but he will ultimately always try to do the right thing. As Big Good Stephen Strange puts it,
      "You are who you choose to be. In every timeline, in every could-be and might-have-been, you are who you choose to be, Harry James Potter. Mantles of power, genetic gifts, cosmic protections... they're all window dressing. You are a hero not because of the powers you have, but in spite of them."
    • Furthermore, while there are plenty of characters who are morally grey, and while even the nicest and sweetest characters are forced into battles and hard decisions, genuine heroes like Captain America and Michael Carpenter, not to mention Harry himself, really do exist. They don't ignore their own personal weaknesses, but they stand up against them, overcome the darkness, and provide moral standards for everyone else anyway, even and especially because they know what it's like to have personal flaws.
    • The story also beautifully reconstructs the idea of the typical Romance Arc. Harry and Carol are falling in love with each other, and both of them more-or-less admit it in time (because pretty much Everyone Can See It). However, this does not lead to them falling into each other's arms and making out, or else bottling up the issue; what she needs most is a friend, not a boyfriend, and Harry has plenty of issues and emotional baggage to deal with as it is. However, they both acknowledge their love for each other (although still somewhat in denial), and want to move forward, together. If they do end up together, which they almost certainly will, it will be all the better for the fact that they've taken the time to wait and figure things out, and it's heavily implied that part of the reason why she loves him is because their friendship comes first. They eventually hook up in chapter 46, but, aside from kissing and overt flirting, their dynamic remains more or less the same - and very, very sweet.
  • Blue Sky is a reconstruction of the "Wheatley becomes human" breed of fanfiction. This extremely large branch of the portal fan-community tree is rife with variations, ranging from innocent, helpless Human!Wheatley who needs Chell, to Wheatley being a psychotic, corrupted android with a taste for non-con. In this fic, Wheatley is sorry for what he did, but he's not entirely innocent either. Chell is willing to forgive him, but doesn't right off the bat, and makes it very clear that Wheatley has to earn her trust. Even the most common thread of these stories, GlaDOS seeking revenge, is subverted. She is only interested in testing, and making Wheatley hurt to reach that goal is more of a fringe benefit than anything else.
  • Shattered by Time starts out as a deconstruction of many Naruto Peggy Sue fics where someone (Kakashi, in this case) goes back in time to prevent the bad guys from winning. The difference is that Kakashi has already been "shattered" before he comes back, needs to be "reconstructed," and it takes YEARS for him to get back to anywhere near normal again. But once he does, the story progresses closer to the classic versions, where he still takes in Naruto and "makes" Sasuke a good guy, etc.
  • The aptly-titled Captain America: The First Avenger fanfic Reconstruction (still in-progress) applies the familiar Gender Flip trope to Steve/Stephanie Rogers, then goes on to illustrate why the character traits that created a patriotic hero remain constant regardless of gender. Along the way, it also gives an impressive number of extremely well-thought-out insights into how the canonical events of the first Captain America film would have been experienced and influenced by the protagonist's altered perspective. Additionally, it examines the myth of that patriotic hero (in this case, "Lady Liberty" rather than "Captain America") from the viewpoints of popular culture looking back at it - via academic papers, historical books, and even excerpts from romance novels.
  • When the Sun Comes could be considered a reconstruction to the deconstructive genre that is the The Conversion Bureau series. Despite the simplicity, the situation presented is one where where Celestia and the ponies genuinely go and offer humanity as much salvation as they can. No side is treated as being better than the other and the disaster that prompts was not man-made, but a natural disaster (supervolcanos erupting). Despite being a short oneshot, a Verse is quickly being made around it.
  • Sonic X: Dark Chaos:
  • Heroes for Earth is a Darker and Grittier reboot of Captain Planet, set in the not too distant future. It takes the concept of how hard it would be to be chosen by a mysterious godlike entity and have the power of the elements, and be tasked with stopping those who are constantly endangering the Earth through their carelessness or greed. However, the heroes are all three dimensional characters, who remain hopeful once given a chance at changing the world's fate, and bring hope to the world, and bring about a better era.
  • The Bridge acts not only as a crossover between Godzilla and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, but a massive reconstruction of the former franchise's more light-hearted aspects after several stories of the same crossover focused solely on the Darker and Edgier side of kaiju franchises and ignored the lighter aspects in hopes of making it more "mature". This often resulted in a Dark Fic involving a Sugar Apocalypse for Equestria. Instead, The Bridge focuses on the things that make the kaiju franchise appealing to some, especially children, not ignoring but instead embracing the upbeat aspects of the often ignored Showa Era. Instead of treating the kaiju as unknowable forces of nature like most fics and films have, it instead gives them a fully fleshed out personality and voice; allowing them to interact with both each other and the MLP cast.
  • Bait and Switch (STO) does a lot of this for Star Trek.
    • The Federation is stated in From Bajor to the Black to favor Enlightened Self-Interest (providing humanitarian aid to beleaguered Romulan worlds partly because it improves their image and screws with the Imperial government), rather than Realpolitik (as in more deconstructive works) or straight-up altruism.
    • The series is also extremely critical of the Berman and Braga-era shows' use of the Prime Directive as an excuse for not intervening in humanitarian crises (one of the major viewpoint characters is Bajoran, a race that was screwed over by that approach in Star Trek: The Next Generation), with characters preferring to bend the rules or twist them to their advantage rather than follow the PD to the letter.
    • Jaleh Khoroushi is one for Middle Eastern Muslim characters in general, after the author got tired of how they were nearly always Islamic terrorists in contemporary fiction. Khoroushi doesn't wear hijabnote  and states that she gave up trying to keep Islamic dietary laws on deployment years ago (in particular it would be extremely inconvenient in her current position as an exchange officer on a Romulan ship), but she is highly devout and is a devoted Starfleet officer, and sees no conflict between them at all.
  • While the story No Chance for Fate goes out of its way to tear down lots of stuff in the Fuku Fic and the canon of both series, the characters at the same time also get reconstructed. Ranma, the Senshi, and other people are shown to grow with their responsibilities and develop realistically. In the end, the battle against the forces of darkness is still shown to be a noble and just cause, only now with way more realism in it.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines is inspired by Ashes of the Past, and as such the story takes on several aspects of canon and fanon and makes them work in a way that retains the spirit of and fits with the original show. For example:
    • Instead of Ash just being forgetful, the reason for him never going back for Pidgeot was a side-effect of climate shifts from the second movie causing the flock to move, and the Counter-Shield wasn't used in Unova because his attempts to teach it to his Unovan Pokémon ended in failure.
    • Ash's somewhat fan-disliked habit of leaving his Pokémon in Professor Oak's ranch whenever he goes to a new region helps them in keeping in shape, given that they have plenty of space to train by themselves and stay active.
    • The league ability of un-evolved mons is also reconstructed: Scott notes to Yellow that an unevolved Pokémon, while less durable, also has the advantages of learning moves much faster, plus trainers might be less familiar with fighting them at higher levels, as they would be used to fighting their more advanced forms.
    • There are benefits for evolving Pokémon, and there are benefits for not evolving them. Chapter 30 explores this in depth by taking an episode with the anime's common evolution based argument, "The Battling Eevee Brothers", and expanding it. The Brothers have legitimate reason to want Eevee to evolve that are entirely based on wanting the best for their brother, and their belligerent attitude is noted to be fueled by an outside pressure. While Ash and Karen are able to make a strong point, their points are treated as just as valid as the concerns the brothers have.
    • The series overall could be seen as a reconstruction of a Harem Fic in general, particularly those with a Polyamory ending: The general end goal of such a story remains, while the author goes into detail not only on how long it takes to get to such a point, but also the many hurdles that stand between a canon character and such a relationship, up to and including it not being the first solution thought of. However such a relationship is not only shown to be possible in the universe, but come in a variety of flavors and healthiness.
  • One of Those Days takes the usual plotline of Snape becoming Harry's legal guardian and bonding and simultaneously tears apart the idea and builds it back up.
    • Harry and Snape are both adamant against being forced to live under the same roof, and even though they do find connections with one another in the beginning, it doesn't mean Snape will stop hating Harry for his father's actions or that Harry will put his faith in a man who has bullied him for years. The reason they manage to bond in the first place is simple: they have to. A spell that was cast in the beginning makes it impossible for either of them to be far apart from each other and the only way to break the spell is to work together and overcome their hatred unless they want to be stuck with the spell forever.
    • Eventually, the spell weakens overtime as both parties begin to trust and like one another to the point where Harry is able to feel comfortable in Snape's presence and Snape starts seeing past his childhood grudge and recognize that Harry is Not So Different from himself.
  • Forgotten Bonds, which is written by the same author who wrote One of Those Days, also shows how Slade forcing Robin to become his apprentice can still work. In other fics, Slade's actions would have successfully turned Robin evil or simply failed. His butler, Wintergreen, states that Slade's methods attempts will simply destroy Robin and cost Slade his perfect student. The solution is to use Robin's neglectful childhood thanks to Batman as an opportunity to connect with the hero. As a result, Slade's character is peeled away both literally and metaphorically as he uses Wintergreen's method. Instead of it being a case of Stockholm Syndrome, Slade eventually wins Robin's trust and finds himself truly remorseful for his previous attempts at gaining control. Meanwhile, Robin still retains his heroic morals and refuses to throw away Thou Shall Not Kill not because of Batman's teachings, but because of his mother's beliefs that all life is precious. The end result? The fic turns from a cliche plotline to a father-son story where Slade ultimately retires as Deathstroke to be a father and to help Robin improve as a hero and a kid and starts reconciling with his family. The kicker? Robin's mom, Mary Grayson, instigated the plot as Slade's guardian angel to help both the man and her son heal. She is far from pleased with Slade's initial attempts, though, and calls Slade out on it in the sequel.
  • Harry Potter and the Lack of Lamb Sauce reconstructs Harry's friendship with Hermione and Ron: while the fic acknowledges that Harry's friendship with them can often involve more give his way than back, it is quite often a case of him needing more and that Harry not only does truly care for them and they care back, but that he will apologize for such a tendency and try to work to balance it out. The fic at no point presents Harry as utterly irredeemable for this friendship foible, but acknowledges it takes a bit for Harry to both acknowledge the issue exists and to stomach his pride enough to apologize for it.
  • Penance is a rare example of the trope that is more bittersweet than hopeful, as it shows that Batman's often criticized Thou Shalt Not Kill rule can work... but only in certain circumstances and only if it is ensured that the guilty part can never harm others again. In short, the moment that Batman is killed and turned into the Spectre, he doesn't kill the Joker at last as one would expect the Spectre to actually do, but uses his new powers to wrest control of the Joker's mind from the madman himself and forces the Joker to watch his person do good deeds and be unable to harm anyone even if he wanted to. The story ends with the concept that death isn't the only way to punish evil, with the additional implied message that with Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.
  • Total Drama:
    • Code: Total Drama Reality: Of the infamous D/C/G love triangle, or as much as a fanfic can pull off. Gwen, realizing that she and Duncan didn't have much in common on a deeper level, reconsiders her relationship with him. She ultimately decides that a Better as Friends dynamic would be better when she sees Duncan and Trent fighting over her note . Duncan meanwhile never actually gave up on Courtney, but her controlling personality and her reliance on her parents' opinions became too much for him to deal with, prompting him to start his relationship with Gwen to make Courtney jealous. After seeing Courtney in danger in Lyoko however, Duncan properly apologizes for his behavior and the two slowly rebuild a bond over the course of 25 chapters. Courtney doesn't come away clean either, as she also comes to accept that while her intentions with Duncan were good, her treatment of him was insensitive. At this point she also sees Gwen in a new light as they become allies in Lyoko.
    • The Legend of Total Drama Island: Although is neither intended or billed as a reconstruction, it does a fair amount of recon work. This stems largely from the author's fondness for explaining things, a generally higher level of realism than in the original, and a tone change from comedy to drama.
    • Monster Chronicles: While heavily Deconstructed over the course of the first story, Duncan's character is also reconstructed in the second half of Voodoo's Disciple. After realizing how foolish he'd been acting, Duncan decides stopping Cedric is more important than his bad boy image, and he does everything in his power to stop him and ultimately decides to go straight. By embracing his good side and doing the right thing, he's able to stop Cedric and turn his life around. He breaks up with Gwen shortly after World Tour but still maintains their friendship, unlike in canon where Gwen can't stand him. He gets a new girlfriend outside of the game, and develops a more positive relationship with his family.
  • The crossover A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor reconstructs the idea of someone from our world being transported into a Standard Fantasy Setting or Medieval European Fantasy on another world. Our protagonist isn't from the modern day of Earth, but hails from The Time of Myths and Dark Age Europe era, meaning that she's already been acquainted with more fantastical elements and avoids the usual Culture Clash and other such problems a character from Earth would face in your average isekai story.
  • Kid Hero is reconstructed in Neon Genesis Evangelion R, as much of Shinji's character arc is him coming out of the pit of despair he'd fallen into at the end of the original series.
  • Worm/DC Universe crossover Echoes of Yesterday reconstructs Superheroes Wear Capes. When Supergirl joins the Protectorate, PRT's fashion designer Arnold Adams wants to dissuade her from wearing a cape, arguing "they're impractical and can represent a danger to the wearer", but Kara will not be talked out: she don't care about "practicality", she can't be killed by "cape-snagging" thanks to her invulnerability, and most importantly, her cape represents a tangible link to her deceased family.
  • Nobody Dies: From the general tone of the series down to the upgraded weapons and newfound "Superness" of the Evas, this series is a very deliberate attempt to merge Evangelion with the classic Super Robot formula. We've even gotten a Rocket Punch, a giant golden progressive hammer, and a GIGA! DRILL! BU-REEEEAAKAAAAAA!
  • Sailor Moon fanfic Of The Stars is a reconstruction for the Messianic Archetype, where even in a realistic world The Power of Love and Forgiveness still work.
  • Percy Jackson and the Gods and Devils, a crossover between Percy Jackson and the Olympians and High School D×D, reconstructs You Can't Fight Fate. The story's plot begins with a Reality-Breaking Paradox over a prophecy being made impossible to complete, though this turns out to be a case of something from outside of the universe deliberately doing something to make it impossible. As Hermes notes reality is in fact flexible enough to adjust to an Outside-Context Problem under most circumstances and keep the plot mostly on track. It is only when someone outright goes to try and break it that 'the universe starts screaming'.
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero deconstructs the idea of being transported into a video game world by having Ren, Itsuki and Motoyasu do just that and showing the horrid consequences. The My Hero Academia crossover King Explosion Murder the Shield Hero, a take on the usual plot of replacing Naofumi with a character from another series, reconstructs this when Bakugo's reason for getting in a better initial situation than Naofumi is that he does just that: accepting the new world is similar to an RPG he starts acting as if he was in one, and just as in the ones he played in the past he would talk with all NPCs and take every single available side quest just to better enjoy the game he talks with as many people as possible and takes all sorts of odd jobs, so by the time the False Rape Accusation is leveled he already has a decent knowledge of the new world and a popular reputation as that strange foul-mouthed and arrogant guy who nonetheless helps everyone because he can.

  • Book 7 of Ranger's Apprentice reconstructs the idea of being apprenticed to a Renowned Selective Mentor. On the one hand, Will starts getting incredibly nervous about his graduation and the idea of moving out from under Halt's wing, when the latter seems to always know exactly what to do and say, and is exceptionally Shrouded in Myth even by the standards of the already Shrouded in Myth Ranger Corps. However, he comes to realize throughout the story that, having spent close to five years at his mentor's side, he is skilled enough to handle any challenge... and while he will make mistakes, he also has the maturity and the capability to learn from and grow beyond them.
  • Simona Ahrnstedt:
    • Despite how all her first three novels are about the upper classes and their extravagant parties and their beautiful clothes, Simona loves to deconstruct the idea that material wealth and money will automatically make you happy. Beatrice in "Överenskommelser", Illiana in "Betvingade", and Gabriel in "De skandalösa" all grew up in rich but very abusive households. Seth in "Överenskommelser" and Markus in "Betvingade" have become rich through their own efforts, but that also means that many people will look down on them as irritating upstarts. The story will always end on a happy note though, as the protagonists can move on and become happily married. And yeah, of course they will still be rich!
    • Lily Tremaine in "Överenskommelser" is a reconstruction of the Gold Digger. She's stupid enough to turn down Seth's proposal and ends up in an abusive marriage with a British lord, but she later manages to find happiness with a new man.
    • Seth himself becomes a reconstruction of Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places. He has been searching for love so badly, that he eventually gets an wrongful reputation as a Casanova, but he can find true love when he and Beatrice finally work things out in the end.
    • Beatrice and Seth are a reconstruction of Can't Spit It Out and Wrong Assumption. They misunderstand each other completely over and over (she believes that he's a Casanova, he believes that she's a Gold Digger), and it has awful consequences especially for her. But they work things out eventually and have a Happy Ending.
    • Seth also serves as a reconstruction of the Nouveau Riche. Many people think that he's an irritating upstart who spends an insane amount of money on women, the Old Money generally despise him, and it does not help that he can be unnecessarily mean and proud. But it soon becomes clear to the reader that there is more depth to him than that, and in the end, he becomes happily married to Beatrice.
    • As a whole, "Överenskommelser" is a Genre Deconstruction of the Romance Novel. Many of the old clichés are there, but we get good reasons as to why these clichés would happen. Why exactly is it so hard for Beatrice and Seth to admit their feelings for each other? Well, Beatrice is too afraid to tell Seth the truth about her awful situation because her Evil Uncle has threatened her and her friends. And as for Seth, he is too afraid to take chances because Lily Tremaine dumped him and broken his heart in the past. We also have Beatrice's uncle and cousin, who will do anything to destroy their happiness, so it becomes very hard for them to untangle all the misunderstandings. We also see the consequences of this, when Beatrice in particular has to suffer from it. But it becomes a Reconstruction in the end, when Beatrice and Seth can work things out and have a Happy Ending.
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley may be a reconstruction of urban fantasy and vampire books. Instead of accepting a secret world of magic or trying to rationalize it, it's thrown out: vampires and magic have always been around. Enough names are dropped to indicate that history hasn't remained the same, it's a different world than ours, but the protagonist is young and focus-minded enough that the author can get away without describing the details. Magical superpredators of humans (vampires) come across as physically and mentally alien - though they can pass when they need to.
  • Worm is one for the superhero genre, showing how shared social norms could result in a society with many common superhero tropes, including genius inventors who don't share their tech, the consequences of lacking Required Secondary Powers, and why criminals aren't outed while also showing how quickly it could collapse if people started to ignore those norms.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Adam Ruins Everything: The show often takes a giant sledgehammer at the Edutainment Show, with Adam's facts annoying and antagonizing the people he interacts with. Some episodes, however, point out the necessity of showing off uncomfortable truths. In "Adam Ruins Malls," Adam breaks a promise not to ruin something to Emily, in order to point out the dangers of unregulated supplements. While Emily does in turn ruin something for Adam, she does acknowledge it was the right thing to do.
  • Arrowverse:
    • After decades of superheroes becoming "serious" Darker and Edgier Anti-Heroes who are full of angst over having powers and are somewhat grounded in reality, the eponymous The Flash (2014) rebuilds the type of superheroes who functions on Good Feels Good basis. He is also a hero despite of his tragic backstory, not because of it, lives in a fantastical setting, and isn't afraid to get a little silly along the way. The Silver Age Friendly Enemy relationship with his Rogues Gallery also shows up, mostly with Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, and made more plausible in that The Flash recognizes a lot of them as having redeeming qualities and is trying to protect them from themselves. At the same time, it doesn't shy away from the fact that some of the villains (such as Reverse-Flash and especially Zoom) are brutal monsters who can and do kill dozens of people with no issues.
    • The Earth-2 Alternate Self of Dinah Laurel Lance reconstructs the Backup Twin and Anti-Hero Substitute concepts. She's originally an Evil Doppelgänger who is forced to do a Deadperson Impersonation of her Dead Alternate Counterpart out of necessity. Most of her late doppelgänger's friends detest her and she scoffs at the idea of being turned into a Replacement Goldfish. However, living the life of her late counterpart and interacting with these people helps her regain her diminishing humanity and ultimately makes her a better person without her losing her own identity.
  • The Cape: The series seems to be an attempt at a throwback to more traditional superhero stories (with secret identities! costumes! clear-cut standards of good and evil!) after the deconstruction seen in Heroes. It also bears similarity to old serials like The Shadow and Dick Tracy.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Remembrance of the Daleks" was the first time the Daleks were reconstructed on the show — however, since it was made at a point where Doctor Who was at a low point with regards to its popularity with low viewing figures, it was decided that the audience would need a refresher course in "Why Daleks Are Actually Scary". Interestingly enough, in the Daleks' first appearances in comics during the '60s, they were already shown flying.
    • After years and years of mockery and criticism of the Daleks, mainly regarding their impractical design and their weapons, the episode "Dalek" addressed these criticisms to return the Daleks back to their previous threat level by taking said criticisms and turning them on their head.
    • After several seasons of gradually deconstructing the Doctor and revealing what a dangerous, threatening presence he could be, and how many of his enemies rise as a result of their sheer terror of him, "The Wedding of River Song" begins a reconstruction of him; upon what looks like the increasing inevitability of the Doctor's death, one of his companions sends out a distress signal to everyone he's ever helped — and everyone he's ever helped basically responds with "we'll do whatever we can to help." For all that he has his dark side, he's still devoted his life to protecting the innocent and those who can't protect themselves, and is rightly loved by them as a result. Afterwards, he resolves to "step back into the shadows", and while this lasts about as well as you'd expect, it does reconstruct the idea of the Doctor as "just a man in a box, traveling, helping out" after previous seasons had him become The Dreaded and an in-universe Memetic Badass.
    • The Nightmare Retardant Mondasian Cybermen with their silly sing-song voices, faces like carnival laughing clowns, overly bulky chest packs, and headunits like handlebars are made to look creepy again in "World Enough and Time" by showing the full horror of the cyberconversion process.
  • After facing criticism for the unhealthy nature of the food on The Galloping Gourmet and facing his wife's heart attack caused by said food, Kerr made The Graham Kerr Show to reconstruct his previous recipes using healthier ingredients and cooking methods.
  • In a bizarre example of this, the TV movie of Harrison Bergeron reconstructs the viewpoint that the original story was parodying, which would be a case of Completely Missing the Point were it not done so well.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • While Kamen Rider Gaim is more of a Deconstruction than a reconstruction, it manages to take two tropes that the fanbase hates and gives us a reason why we enjoyed them in the first place. The tropes it reconstructs are Poor Communication Kills, which shows the audience clear reasons why people would effectively shoot communication in the foot, and the Monster of the Week format, in which, while it still sticks to the format somewhat, it doesn't do it in a way that derails the plot and make it feel more like two-part stories than a one-episode story that was forced to drag on to two parts.
    • On the other hand, Kamen Rider Drive reconstructs many concepts of the franchise itself, since the show was going back to the classic nature of the Showa era at the time. It also reconstructs several themes deconstructed by previous shows, especially that of Gaim.
  • Power Rangers RPM's Lampshade Hanging of two recurring elements of Power Rangers that are often mocked also reconstructs them. Why are there explosions behind the rangers after they've morphed? Residual energy runoff to clear the suit's bio-channels during the morph (the explosions are even used to attack several foot soldiers). Why do they scream their morph call? Vocal recognition safety feature.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • It took a hard look at Proud Merchant Race the Ferengi and rebuilt them into a more solid fictional society - without them ever deciding that human or Federation values were innately superior to theirs. For instance, women's lib kicked in as much for practical reasons (more workers, a bigger consumer base) as ethical ones. Also, the Ferengi have never had wars with the scale or the frequency of Earth's, nor have they ever practiced slavery of their own kind (unpaid workers can't buy anything).
    • It also spends a lot of time exploring what the characters of a utopian society like the Federation would really do if they were faced with having to resort to morally ambiguous or even plain deplorable means (e.g. "In the Pale Moonlight") to rescue that society in an all-out war against The Empire. Everyone is portrayed as a shade of gray, until Sisko and the Cardassian war criminal Gul Dukat confront each other in "Waltz" and Dukat realizes that he should have fulfilled his dreams of total genocide on Bajor after all. Even a Gray-and-Gray Morality setting can still have genuinely evil characters.

  • The entire point of genre revivals like Post-Punk revival or Garage Rock revival.
  • Post-Punk itself is a reconstruction of more artsy and experimental genres of rock like Progressive Rock, exploring how artsy, experimental music can continue to remain relevant in the wake of Punk Rock (which openly rejected the style of genres like prog) and forming the building blocks for the music of the next two decades.
  • Neoclassicism (think of Benjamin Britten) is a reconstruction of pre-romantic classical music. Its composers didn't follow the daring harmonic approach of Richard Wagner or Arnold Schoenberg and continued to compose "beautiful" music unlike their dissonant or even atonal contemporaries.
  • Composer Igor Stravinsky had a Decon-Recon Switch: His most popular work is the dissonant and initially highly controversial Le Sacre du printemps, while his later work co-founded Neoclassicism.
  • Sufjan Stevens' yearly Songs For Christmas EPs were a personal reconstruction of Christmas Music for Sufjan: his attempt to capture the sublime melancholy of Christmas music at its best, and to come to terms with the Glurge of the holiday season. (Sufjan had previously dismissed Christmas itself as a social construct.)
  • Tenacious D's music seems to be a reconstruction of classic rock. Though they don't take themselves or their lyrics very seriously, they certainly take the music seriously. As they wrote in "The Metal":
    You can't kill The Metal...
    The Metal will live on!
    Punk Rock tried to kill The Metal...
    but they failed, as they were smite to the ground!
    New Wave tried to kill The Metal...
    but they failed, as they were stricken the ground
    Grunge tried to kill The Metal...
    Hahahahaha, THEY FAILED! as they were thrown to the ground!
  • Monster Magnet is another reconstruction of classic rock, as are the Hellacopters, especially on their early albums.
  • The Darkness, with their five-minute guitar solos and soaring falsettos, is either a reconstruction or brilliant parody of Glam Metal.
  • Rappers like 50 Cent, Boyz n da Hood, et al were supposed to be a reconstruction of hardcore hip-hop in the mainstream, but it never really caught on, likely because of the lack of mainstream media support. However, "fiddy" defied this with radio-friendly songs like "In da Club", "Candy Shop" etc.
  • Rap group Dead Prez tried to reconstruct rebellious, hardcore, socio-political rap.
  • The Tel-Aviv City Team (aka: "Tact Family") uses a large portion of their music to perform a deliberate reconstruction of Zionism or Jewish nationalism in response to the deconstructions that came from the left in the '90s and 2000s. They actually have a rap rivalry with the older left-wing group Hadag Nachash over the precise definition of Zionist Hip-hop.
  • Stoner Rock and Sludge Metal are reconstructions of the original style of Heavy Metal that Black Sabbath used to play: a Darker and Edgier turn on Heavy Psych, which was Blues Rock and Psychedelic Rock turned Up to Eleven.

  • Hegelian dialectic, usually presented in a threefold manner, was often presented as compromising three dialectical stages of development: The thesis is an intellectual proposition. The antithesis is simply the negation of the thesis (the Deconstruction), a reaction to the proposition. The synthesis solves the conflict between the thesis and antithesis by reconciling their common truths and forming a new thesis, starting the process over (the Reconstruction, forming a Cyclical Trope).

    Another version that was used by Hegel is Abstract-Negative-Concrete. The formula, thesis-antithesis-synthesis, does not explain why the thesis requires an Antithesis. However, the formula, abstract-negative-concrete, suggests a flaw, or perhaps an incomplete-ness, in any initial thesis—it is too abstract and lacks the negative of trial, error and experience (an example is the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism Versus Realism. The Ideal is the Abstract, the Negative is how cynics deconstruct the Abstract with Reductio Ad Absurdum and reveal it as unrealistic. Reconstruction occurs when preserving the useful portion of the deconstructed idea, while modifying it to allow it to move beyond its limitations).
  • Existentialism was a direct, deliberate reaction to the Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy promoted by Nihilism and Moral Relativism.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In the wake of such incidents as the steroids scandal, numerous sudden deaths of wrestlers under fifty, and the Chris Benoit Murder-Suicide, the WWE started trying to distance itself from the dark and gritty Attitude Era and clean up its image, moving back to the cartoonish and family-friendly programming of The '80s and Early 90s; banning blading, pushing squeaky-clean stars like Rey Mysterio and John Cena, and forbidding moves like chairshots to the head or piledrivers to make wrestling safer. The movement has been pretty controversial among fans, and it's debatable how much success they've had, but they're making a lot of money off it so they're unlikely to stop any time soon.
  • The women of NXT went a long way towards reconstructing women's wrestling in WWE. After years of Chickification and emphasis on Fanservice, the women were allowed to wrestle. The women had the talent and tenacity of the stars of the 80s, combined with the glamour and character of the Divas of the Attitude Era.

  • Surprisingly, for all of its mockery of religion, The Book of Mormon ultimately reconstructs it, as it comes to the conclusion that the core of religion, to help people in need and give them morals to follow to become better people, can indeed have a positive influence on others.
  • While the 2013 stage musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory presents the character of Willy Wonka - long notorious for his Callousness Towards Emergency, Skewed Priorities, and lack of sympathy for those who disobey his warnings - as an Ambiguously Evil Anti-Hero who may actually be mentally ill, unlike other adaptations it explores why he's devoted his life to making absurd, whimsical sweets and turning a factory into The Wonderland, and the reasons given turn out to be rather beautiful. As well, while the novel and most other versions have him seeking a good, obedient child who won't change the way his factory is run to serve as his heir, this version has him seeking a child who is kind, knows better than to fool with what he shouldn't... and has his own creative ideas and determination to share them even if it means breaking a silly rule or two. The show ends with Mr. Wonka immediately making Charlie the new boss and leaving so that the boy, with the help of his family and the Oompa-Loompas, can continue Mr. Wonka's work in his own unique way.
  • The Ibsen Follies has a sufficiently loose relationship with the fourth wall for the Interactive Narrator to discuss this. She's based on a real-life woman whom Henrik Ibsen fell in love with and then broke up with, and whom he fictionalized as a selfish schemer in his tragedy The Master Builder. At the play's beginning, she watches Ibsen sitting in his chair, and speaks of how they could have lived a romance of dropped handkerchiefs and humorous misunderstandings - but Ibsen did everything he could to destroy that genre, replacing moth-eaten, badly painted backdrops and cheerful endings with despair and misery. Then she declares that it's time for turnabout, and a moth-eaten, badly painted backdrop slides onto the stage as Ibsen moans in despair and exits. The rest of the play is an old-fashioned romantic comedy about the (also real-life) relationship between Ibsen's son and the daughter of his greatest rival.

    Tabletop Games 

  • El Goonish Shive reconstructs Always Chaotic Evil with the aberrations, which are people who have given up their humanity in exchange for immortality and power. They need to feed off humans to survive, and in the process of becoming an aberration, they lose all sense of morality and even enjoy the death and pain they cause.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • The webcomic first deconstructs the Always Chaotic Evil trope by showing that the goblins (and Redcloak and his brother in particular) suffer greatly because of the perception that all goblins are Evil, then reconstructs it by showing that Redcloak is still, in fact, completely evil—but because of the choices he's made, many of which were due to the goblins' circumstances in the world. He's not evil because he's a goblin, he's evil because of how he reacts to how goblins are treated.
    • After deconstructing The Paladin with Miko Miyazaki with disastrous in-story consequences, the author went out of his way to showcase "everything right about the paladin" in O-Chul, demonstrating that the very same tropes that led to Miko's corruption could also be applied practically when in the right hands and create a truly heroic and righteous character. That character, in turn, reconstructs just how much a person would have to survive in order to become a Memetic Badass.

    Web Original 
  • I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC seems to have gone this way.
    • It started off with heroes discussing their movies, to heroes discussing their movies while socializing, to Lex Luthor attacking the heroes while they're trying to socialize, and has since built up a canon of jokes and joke-threats and threats that used to be jokes, and constantly flipping allegiances. And it's still flipping hilarious.
    • In between the jokes though are serious stories about why idealism and optimism are important in comic books. There's segments on how Superman is still relevant today, why Batman is really revered (hint: it's not about the gadgets), and why Spider-Man could perhaps be one of the most amazing heroes ever for the Heroic Sacrifice he does more than any of the other two mentioned ever would. It's practically a reconstruction of understanding on why we loved these favorite heroes in the first place.
    • The latest season started with Deadpool trying to play internet troll and revitalize the constant arguing the heroes and villains once got up to, but everyone agreed that in light of today's toxic environment surrounding the debate over Marvel Vs. DC, it just wasn't fun anymore. But when reality gets wiped out as Rorschach's old self shoots his newer self and impersonates him in order to Make Wrong What Once Went Right, in order to prevent the toxicity from ever occurring, the entire season explores why Marvel vs. DC was so popular to begin with, and why the interactions at Stan's Place were so important: the characters learned from each other and grew. As it stands, everyone left have all agreed to return time to the way it was, knowing that as toxic as it was, it was the time in which they all made friends among enemies.
  • Imperial Dawn reconstructs the creation of Plato's The Republic, in the sense that it introduces the idea of a philosopher-king in a fairly organic and realistic way.
  • The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition, maintained on this very site, acknowledges that yes, Pokémon are potentially incredibly dangerous, but just as long as you're not a complete idiot, it is very possible to care for and love them. And you can do so in one piece, to boot.
  • Red vs. Blue. Notable in that the sixth season is actually called Reconstruction. After five seasons of picking apart gaming tropes, they are now being put back together. What was once laughed at by the main characters is now a serious threat. Of course, it never made the audience stop laughing at them.
  • Saga of Soul is a reconstruction of the Magical Girl genre.
  • Shadiversity acknowledges that fantasy barbarians going into battle dressed only in a Loincloth or Chainmail Bikini are a bit silly, but they look AWESOME. This video examines the ways that such characters could be realistic, and how they could be made to work. Wearing a lot of armor doesn't restrict freedom of movement, but it can risk overheating, especially in hot climates. A good shield can replace a lot of body armor. Leg and arm armour will fill in the gaps left by the shield, and barbarians are often drawn with this. In conclusion: go for it!
  • Lindsay Ellis's output since 2016 has all been about creating video essays that are more than just the Shallow Parody nitpicky review style of her days as The Nostalgia Chick. She now produces in-depth content that keeps some comedy elements of her early work, with an equal balance between education and entertainment. Particularly she did reviews of Pocahontas and Hercules as Nostalgia Chick, but later released much longer and more serious reviews on them.
  • Twilight of the Red Tsar: The story is unremitting in its depictions of the horrors of Stalinism. However, those horrors inspire other radical leftists to embrace syndicalism, a more democratic and workers' owned version of socialism.
  • The Whateley Universe is basically a reconstruction of the superhero genre, starting with kids at a Superhero School and an attempt to define realistic powers and the Applied Phlebotinum to make them work. (And Gender Benders galore.)

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  • Archer does this to a whole lot of Spy Fiction tropes:
  • The entire series of Batman: The Brave and the Bold acts as an Affectionate Parody and reconstruction of the The Silver Age of Comic Books. Funnily enough, it was not only wedged on both sides by Darker and Edgier animated adaptations of the character, but also between the last two films of The Dark Knight Trilogy.
  • Bob's Burgers reconstructs the Dom Com after older animated sitcoms like The Simpsons and Family Guy deconstructed it, by showing the Belchers as deeply flawed and individually dysfunctional people, who nevertheless make up a loving family.
  • The Justice League episode "Legends" is both an Affectionate Parody and reconstruction of The Golden Age of Comic Books. In it, a few members of the league travel to an Alternate Universe and meet the Justice Guild of America, ersatz versions of the JSA. The episode points out the racism and sexism prevalent in the Golden Age, and the Flash mocks the Guild's cheesy "let justice prevail!" catchphrase, but at the end of the story the Guild helps defeat the villain, knowing that they'll fade from existence when they do, and when they yell "Let justice prevail!" that time, it's completely awesome. The episode was in dedication to Gardner Fox, a rather influential comic writer, so it wasn't just reconstruction; it was an Homage to the man.
  • Milo Murphy's Law does this for Born Unlucky, by making the title character a Crazy-Prepared Action Survivor who treats his curse of bad luck as a mere inconvenience and does his best to live a life in spite of it. On a more meta level it reconstructs Celebrity Toons by having one of the more self-aware celebrities out there as a star, and very distinctly separating the character from his voice actor.
  • Miraculous Ladybug reconstructs the Magical Girl Warrior shows aimed at girls (Similar to Sailor Moon and Tokyo Mew Mew) being one of the very few series that play completely straight many of the common tropes from the genre in a time where said tropes are often subject to dark deconstructions (Like Puella Magi Madoka Magica) or parodies (Like Star vs. the Forces of Evil).
  • This is most apparent in the second episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The series is spent picking up the pieces left by the parodic genre deconstruction that the first episode dedicated itself to.
    • There's also Rarity: Told that there would need to be fashion elements, the writers dumped that role on a single stereotypically vain and superficial character - and then made her strong, independent, and capable anyway, with a meaningful artistic career in fashion, while still keeping her quirkiness.
    • Afterwards, the series flip-flops between this trope and its opposite, although not necessarily from one episode to the next.
  • This is the entire purpose to Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. The series takes a comically cynical approach to the Scooby-Doo mythos, but it doesn't outright parody or deconstruct the elements. While the kids are, realistically, treated as a nuisance by the law and their parents constantly question why they're obsessed with solving mysteries, the kids still get the job done and solve mysteries because they love it and love hanging around with each other.

    • Case in point, at the end of Episode 11, the gang breaks up under the weight of the group's relationship issues. A straight deconstruction would probably end there - Mystery Inc. is a group of teenagers in high school investigating crimes in their home town, so eventually they have to grow up and find real jobs. However, Mystery Inc. gets back together by the end of the next episode, realizing that solving these mysteries really is what they were meant to do, and the team begins repairing their bonds - the reconstruction is that the Scooby Gang would have personality clashes, just like any group of friends, but acknowledging these clashes and finding ways to cope with them strengthens the group. (A straight parody, on the other hand, probably wouldn't even bring up these issues in the first place.)

  • The Venture Bros., after the first two and a half or so seasons, has slowly evolved from being a Deconstructor Fleet to gradually reconstructing several of the tropes it has taken great pain to tear down.
    • Much of the second and third seasons were spent lampshading the utter ludicrousness of the Guild of Calamitous Intent and the Office of Strategic Intelligence's secret costumed battle for supremacy, showing them both to be hidebound, ossified, and frankly quite ineffectual. Eventually, certain members of OSI saw through this and decided enough was enough, dug out some old equipment, and thus SPHINX was (re)born, as a more dynamic alternative focused on actually eliminating threats (costumed and otherwise) and not maintaining a BS status quo.
    • The status quo itself is deconstructed. When Jonas Jr. tries to kill The Monarch while the latter is attacking him, it's quickly pointed out that killing a supervillain leads to escalation from the Guild. On the other hand, it's revealed that keeping to the status quo keeps supervillains placated and not committing real crimes. So while the OSI is pretty ineffectual at dealing with the Guild, it keeps an army of supervillains from wreaking havoc.
    • Colonel Gathers returns as head of the OSI because he complains about how thing are going. It's basically revealed the Secret Peace between heroes and villains is really just a front to the even more Secret War between heroes and villains; which is far, far stranger and more multi-leveled than any other kind of politics.
    • In some ways, The Monarch is slowly becoming a reconstruction of the supervillain, as, through a combination of Genre Savviness, Not-So-Harmless Villain, and Dark Mistress, he's climbed the ranks from lame nemesis to a truly dangerous foe.
    • The former Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain and Mauve Shirt Henchman 21 Took a Level in Badass, turning into The Dragon and Hypercompetent Sidekick Two-Ton Twenty-One, an utterly devoted badass both in personal performance and boosting the morale of the rest of the Monarch's troops.
    • The brothers themselves started out as savage parodies of kid adventurers. They were useless in the real world, their very sheltered upbringing leaving them socially awkward and ignorant of how real kids behaved. They were mostly useless in the adventurer world as well, being physically weak and kind of dumb, not to mention death-prone. However, a combination of events keeps them away from adventure and forces them to confront how much their lives suck, and their attempts to normalize themselves make them actual heroes, able to save the day.
    • In one episode, Red Death reconstructs supervillain death traps like chaining people to railways. Turns out, getting kidnapped, tied up, and left near something dangerous that's getting progressively closer is actually pretty goddamn terrifying and deadly for anybody who isn't a badass superhero who's Seen It All.
    • On a larger scale, the series has gradually reconstructed the entire concept of superheroes and villains. Is it silly and bizarre for a bunch of grown men and women to dress up in costumes and battle each other for the fate of the world? Yes. Does that change the fact that these are unhinged, superpowered psychopaths who could potentially destroy the planet if not stopped by equally powerful heroes? No. And for every Fake Ultimate Hero or Harmless Villain out there embarrassing themselves, there are just as many real heroes and villains who genuinely believe in what they're doing.

  • The direct-to-video miniseries Kamen Rider 4 reconstructs Card-Carrying Villain with the titular character, Kamen Rider Yongo. He was specifically built to aid the villains (who are straight examples of the trope themselves) to achieve their goals, is aware of this and embraces his function with pride. While not explicitly acting in a For the Evulz way, he does talk a lot about things commonly associated with villains, like power, death and "looking out for number one".

Alternative Title(s): Reconstructed Trope, Reconstruct, Reconstructed


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