Created By: harharhar on August 5, 2011
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Shattered teleportation

Guy gets a major blunt trauma or otherwise, Guy explodes into pieces, Guy's pieces fly elswhere and reform.

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This is something of a mix between The Worm That Walks and Literally Shattered Lives. This is where a character, mostly humanoid but can be otherwise, appears normal, but when they either wants to go elsewhere via Villain Teleportation or when they get hit by something, they shatter into million... things. May be nondescript objects, or, even better, living creatures, which then all fly in unison as a swarm elsewhere before reforming into that character again, whole.

Some examples:

At-will variant:
  • Dracula from Castlevania sometimes teleports this way. Being good ol Drac that he is, he becomes a mass of bats.
  • Madonna's music video Frozen features one shot where she seemingly falls over and shatters into many crows.

Trauma-induced variant:
  • Bayonetta can temporarily shatter into bats upon getting hit, thus nullifying the attack.

Troper's note: Frankly, I'm not sure whether this can be made into a distinct trope, or if we can just put this together with The Worm That Walks. I'm currently also trying to sift through Teleporters and Transporters and Villain Teleportation, but as you can see with my suggestion here, I can't decide if this new trope is necessary.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • August 6, 2011
    Acebrock
    I remember this happening with cars in an insurance commercial (Liberty Mutual?) The car would be rear ended, and fly into little pieces, before reforming a short ways away.
  • August 6, 2011
    Arivne
    Would a hero who does this count? If so:

    Film
  • August 6, 2011
    Bisected8
    Compare Ninja Log for when the teleporter drops a single object instead.
  • August 6, 2011
    Meeble
    Tabletop Games
    • In 4th Edition Dungeons And Dragons, the crystalline beings known as the Shardmind have an ability that lets them separate into individual pieces and reform a short distance away after being successfully attacked.
  • August 6, 2011
    Earnest
    • The 2010 '"Clash Of The Titans'' has hades teleport by having demon imps fuse into him (and he can de-fuse into said imps). He also has a "conventional" Villain Teleportation where he appears from what is essentially a shadowy black hole that has sucked up a platoon of Argosian soldiers.
  • August 6, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    This either is or is related to Pulling Themselves Together.
  • August 6, 2011
    Stratadrake
    If it kills them, it may be related to Tele Frag.
  • August 7, 2011
    harharhar
    Thanks for showing more examples, but now I'm even more undecided.... so what I suggested is to be a mix Teleporters And Transporter, Literally Shattered Lives, The Worm That Walks, Ninja Log, Pulling Themselves Together... I still think we should make this a new trope, probably a subtrope of Pulling Themselves Together, or maybe sister trope since this is about shattering into pieces then reassembling, instead of merely shattering or merely reassembling. Or super trope, maybe?

    And yes, Arivne, the example with Mina Hakuba is exactly the same as what I want :) so it fits anyway. So yeah, grouping it with Villain Teleportation isn't really accurate. Besides, is Madonna a villain? XD

    EDIT! Wait, I just found a super trope, Living Apart, but I don't think any of its current subtropes fits this. For one, I'm not looking for Appendage Assimilation (which is about adding foreign objects to your body), and Detachment Combat doesn't really fit the purpose. Now I really am suggesting this to be made a subtrope under Living Apart :)
  • August 7, 2011
    Earnest
    For what it's worth, it may be best to make this a "style" trope that can be added to any of the above. Think of it like this, if a character has the Made Of Air power, they could turn intangible to avoid an attack and even use air-themed teleportation (they dematerialize into mist and reform from mist at their destination). This trope would thus not be about being a "person" made up of creatures, Shape Shifting, teleporting or defensive ability, but a way of portraying these.

    For example, a character could use Petal Power to make their form of telporting / disassembly defense look distinct without actually being made up of flower petals.
  • August 7, 2011
    TBTabby
    When Kinnikuman uses his Megaton Punch to shatter Akuma Shogun's body, it breaks into hundreds of razor-sharp pieces that fly though Kinnikuman's body before reforming.
  • August 12, 2011
    harharhar
    @ Earnest: Nice idea, for sure. Thanks.

    I don't have much else to add to this for now, except that the name Shattered teleportation no longer sounds good. I just thought about naming this One in a Million in One or One to a Million to One or maybe Crash and Group or some phrase incluidng the word Break once this actually gets launched. What do you think?
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