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.

Examples:
  • 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 The 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.
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