Created By: Unknown Troper on January 21, 2010

Breaking The Fellowship

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Our heroes are a force of nature. United, there is nothing in this world that can stand against them. Divided...well...things aren't going so well.

Whether due to a plot device, a scheme by the villain, or simple internal strife, the heroes are separated. They may be scattered all over the world, they may just go their separate ways, but the point is they are no longer a team. It may take multiple story arcs to get them back together, or they may never get back together. Even if they do get back together, their separate adventures and tribulations will have caused them to change and drift apart in ways they could not have foreseen.

When this happens, expect it to be the Belly of the Whale, even the Darkest Hour. No group would ever do this willingly, because you Never Split the Party. Expect the episode where this happens to be a Wham Episode. If they meet again, they might have a few episodes of Getting The Band Back Together. If they don't...Nothing Is the Same Anymore.

Note: For it to count as this trope, it should be a whole arc, not just one or two episodes. If just one character leaves, or it lasts for a very short time, it falls under other tropes.

  • Lord of the Rings is the Trope Namer here. They never do all meet again, since one of them dies and one is irrevocably transformed in the interim.
  • One Piece, following Bartholomew Kuma's attack, are scattered to the four winds. As of writing, they have not yet gotten back together, and some of them have changed dramatically.
  • Happened in Order Of The Stick following the battle of Azure City. Eventually they got back together, but with all party members having gone through a lot of Character Development. The arc was even titled "Never Split the Party."
  • Happened to House, twice. Once at the end of Season 3, and again in season 4. It wasn't until midway through season 6 that he got most of both teams back, but given his personality it is probably only a matter of time before it happens again.
Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • January 20, 2010
    Lost. The last time "the whole gang" (minus everyone who's died along the way) is gathered has to be 4.01, "The Beginning of the End". A very fundamental split in ideology occurs in that episode, and although that particular disagreement no longer carries any weight, as of the conclusion of season 5 there hasn't been a single episode to feature all (or even a vast majority) of the characters in the same setting.
  • January 21, 2010

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  • January 21, 2010
    Literature: David Eddings Belgariod towards the end of the novel the main party splits off to protect the ones they love, so to speak. Happens again in the Mallorean too.
  • January 22, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Bump for more examples before launch
  • January 22, 2010
    • Bionicle: after being transformed by Energized Protodermis and sparring with each other, the Toa Nuva team disbands so each would be off protecting their villages.
  • January 22, 2010
    The Farscape gang went their separate ways at one point, only to find that the bounties on their heads made splitting up too dangerous.