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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.

A Fanfic 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 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 WAFF 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.
  • 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 it's 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.

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.

Examples of Deconstruction Fic include:


Anime and Manga


Comics

  • Tintin:
    • Dahlia Nilsson wrote An Evening at the Airport as a response to the way women are portrayed in Tintin. 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.
  • DC Universe:
    • The fanfic Inviolate uses Lex Luthor to explore a number of things taken for granted in the DC Comics universe, 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.

Film

  • Alvin and The Chipmunks:
  • High School Musical: There are fanfics where after the characters have graduated at the end of the third movie, they go off to their respective colleges with no preparation for the real world. Scenarios like Sharpay getting knocked back from a theatre career for her attitude and something horrible happening to Troy are fairly common.
  • Star Trek:
    • A Glided Hook deconstructs the fandom the Mindmeld Gave Me Feelings and the Mindlink Mates aspect of Kirk and Spock Prime. The emotions Kirk feels are not his own, it drives him away from his relationships and abandons the Enterprise to be with Spock Prime, ignoring the calls of his friends and Starfleet. Spock Prime turns out to be Mirror Spock Prime, who purposely poisoned Kirk's mind because he loved and killed his universe's Jim Kirk and regretted it. Kirk ends up having to kill Spock Prime to be free of his control. And Word of God says Kirk doesn't end up in a good place after all of this.
  • Star Wars: Fan fiction writers like to deconstruct the morality of the good guys, particularly the Jedi, the Republic, and their successors. A lot. After all, there has to be a reason why technology never seems to advance.
    • This is not just limited to Star Wars fan fiction. KOTOR 2 is practically dedicated to this.
  • The Dark Knight:
  • The View Askewniverse: The Jay/Silent Bob Slash segment of fandom tends to explore the dark side of what is generally considered a simple comic relief duo. Themes include tragic back-stories to explain Jay's outlandish behavior and Bob's silence, the realities of drug use/abuse, and the angst of being secretly in love with your best friend.
    • And the unfortunate truth is that a lot of that stuff is actually true of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes in Real Life.
      • In fact, in Clerks II the reason Jay gives for the duo having been in prison is the actual reason that Jason Mewes had been in prison a few months before filming. He was caught with drugs after being arrested on "suspicion of mischief" which apparently translates into, "Driving around with a deployed airbag." Which, come to think of it, is hilarious rather than angsty.
  • Sweet Home Alabama: Mine, All Mine deconstructs the Romantic False Lead trope by showing the consequences it can have for the false lead. While Melanie and Jake are celebrating their un-divorce, we get to follow Andrew immediately after the events of what was supposed to be his and Melanie's wedding, as he gives up the honeymoon suite at their motel and ends up not having anywhere to go for the night, gets drunk and then goes on their honeymoon to the Caribbean alone since he's already paid for it anyway. Of course he, too, gets his happy ending, but it takes a while.


Literature


Live Action TV


Video Games

  • Animal Crossing:
  • Final Fantasy X:
    • While it wasn't avoided in the game, a lot of fanfics show just how much it would hurt to accompany your surrogate baby sister to her inevitable death, which everyone (including her) wants to happen. Not to mention how Braska's death was celebrated with a humungous festival.
    • For the sequel, there have been a few fics deconstructing how Yuna's radical change in personality hides the pain she's really feeling regarding a good two-thirds of her life. In fact, Yuna's a popular fan deconstruction of the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Mass Effect:
    • The self-insert Mass Vexations heavily deconstructs Angst? What Angst? as it generally tends to appear in self-insert fanfiction. Almost as soon as he realizes he's in the Mass Effect universe, Author Avatar Art begins wondering what's become of every person he's ever come to really care about, and about what they must be thinking in turn. At first, Art brushes off the angst under the pretense that he can head home via Virmire. When he tries it, it ends up not happening thanks to Shepard saving him at Virmire. After that, he realizes that he'll never see the family and friends that he knew for basically his entire life. Even worse is that thanks to the cover story he made to avoid suspicion, he basically can't tell anyone about why he's really angsting and has to hold the real reason for his angst in. As if that wasn't enough, Ashley Williams, the woman who taught him everything about how to use military-grade weaponry, a reasonably good friend of his, and one of the people he was trying to save from her probable in-game fate on Virmire was the one who died. He ends up locking himself in his room so the crew won't see him cry.
    • Mock Effect derives a significant portion of its humour from pointing out the obvious and less-obvious flaws in Mass Effect. Highlights include the long elevator rides, creatures with acid for all bodily fluids, and how stupid Saren's plan actually is.
      • The author mocks Bioware's soft science sci-fi while simultaneously describing Hollywood Acid, bringing the criticism full circle. Acidity is a matter of degree; an acid capable of causing chemical burns to a human, like 1.0 M HCl, can be six or more orders of magnitudes less acidic than -other- acids which humans are well aware of. Additionally, bases are also capable of causing burns, and whether a substance acts as an acid or a base frequently is determined by what other substances are about.
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokemon: Unknown Chasms rips apart many aspects of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. For example, it points out the Guild's insensitivity to sending recruits on life-threatening missions and underpaying them. Early in the story, one of the protagonists, Nick, receives nasty wounds from acid in Drenched Bluff, and Andrew (the main character) later makes it clear that he is not very fond of this. Also, Chatot, who was only strict in the games, is presented as a foul-mouthed Jerkass and borderline Complete Monster.
  • Space Quest:
  • Touhou:
    • The fandom contains plenty of this, the piles of Fridge Horror regarding the nature of many youkai and their relationship with humans, as well as most characters being selfish, belligerent, and very much insane, providing a lot of material. A Bad End is a Dead Baby Comedy take on this.
    • Touhou Tonari greatly deconstructs Yuyuko's Bad Powers, Good People in her backstory and shows just what kind of life she must have had and what lead to her eventuall suicide.


Western Animation

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Mai's Ramblings which deconstructs the ATLA cartoon, fanfic in general and Mai herself as a character.
  • Danny Phantom:
  • Fairly Oddparents: Deconstruction of Cosmo and Wanda's failing relationship. Norm the Genie being shown in a sympathetic light. The Morality Tropes of the show.
    • The Movie is a Deconstruction of the very premise of the show. Timmy's 23, still has his fairy godparents, and is still in the fifth grade. If you had Fairy God Parents, why would you do anything to give them up? Especially when you can wish away any of the negative events that could happen if you do.
  • Galaxy Rangers: Pairbond deconstructs the Mindlink Mates trope. Goose and Niko resort to it as a survival tactic as they're outmanned and outgunned by renegade Supertroopers, it skirts the finer edge of breaking Xanadau's highest law ("One's Mind Belongs To One's Self"), and Goose's background as an Artificial Human trained from decant Super Soldier makes his thought process very alien and disturbing.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Some stories have her clear "beat the bad guys, save the world" morality crashing against the intractable problems of the world, leading her to crack up or go rogue. Others have her Evil Counterpart Shego explain moral relativism to her.
    • Another direction is to seriously address the sort of personality conflicts that would arise between someone as laid-back as Ron and someone as driven as Kim. In some cases the objective isn't so much to deconstruct as to set the stage for replacing the Official Couple with the author's Fan-Preferred Couple.
    • Legacy, a deconstruction fic mixed with Continuation Fic, showing how advanced tech and magic would change the world.
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic inspires deconstructions at an impressive rate:
    • Bittersweet, where Pinkie Pie dies of diabetes.
    • Party of None: Deconstructs the logic of Dark Fic applied to the actual Canon episode "Party of One."
    • The Sun Is Tired: Takes the favourite fandom sawhorse of Celestria being a tyrant and beats it up by showing how a good ruler could get that image (At first).
    • The Pony POV Series is a rather intresting deconstruction. It deconstructs many things in the series, such as the fact Scootaloo doesn't have any know family being explained by Parental Abandonment, Diamond Tiara being an Alpha Bitch being due to a horrible home life, Pinkie Pie having a nasty Split Personality disorder, and the primary focus of the story being that the World-Healing Wave following Discord's defeat didn't fix the ponies he Mind Raped all the way. It's intresting in that it ultimately becomes a Reconstruction and the characters ultimately end up better than before as a result.
    • The divisive "Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" episode has already inspired three of these in less than a week of its premiere: These fanfics, and this Fan Art from Chad Rocco. Now make that four.
    • Rainbow Double Dashs Lunaverse uses the alternate perspective of Trixie and her universe's Element-bearers to reexamine the canon Mane Six. Nothing changes about their personalities, but the results are very different:
      • Applejack's concern that the Apple Family/Trust will collapse at any minute is shown to be so much nonsense due to its size and virtual monopoly on apples in Equestria.
      • Fluttershy is still an introvert, but even more so.
      • Pinkie Pie the hyperactive Genki Girl party animal is exactly as annoying as she would be in real life.
      • Rainbow Dash's Brilliant but Lazy nature is more apparent. Without the canon experiences to moderate, Fluttershy is her sole Morality Chain, and even then she only cares for Fluttershy but is unable to generalise this to the rest of Ponyville.
      • Rarity's haughty nature brushes Trixie the wrong way and pays for it.
      • As Boast Busted shows, Twilight has turned her canon devotion to Celestia onto her study of magic, taking it to an unhealthy fixation. Without Spike or her canon friends to guide her, she is much more arrogant, unsociable and senseless.
  • Superfriends:
  • Total Drama World Tour:
    • Candy for Your Thoughts. It started as a rant against events like Duncan breaking up with Courtney to get with Gwen but then it evolved to a very intricate working (and really funny) of how the events really messed up Gwen, Duncan and Courtney, instead of the way ended in the actual series. The fic, on the other hand, reconstructs the Replacement Goldfish trope (when applied to couples that just broke up) with Cody and Courtney.
  • Transformers: Any fan writing from a perspective of "the Decepticons were right" can swing between this and Draco in Leather Pants for the entire faction.
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy:
    • Forfeit shows what would happen if the titular characters still maintained their childhood problems well into the midst of their teenage years. Starts off with a fairly more moderate tone, but gets noticeably more darker and realistic as the chapters progress.
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