Created By: ThePope on September 10, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on November 17, 2014

Parting the Pair

Two people are defined by their relationship with one another, and one of them is killed off.

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Oh, Those Two Guys, you're so nutty! We love you with your crazy background antics and hilarious hijinks! In fact, you're so close and are constantly together, you're practically The Dividual! Yup, I'm sure we'll be seeing you guys together forever.

What's that? Guy #1 just died a horrifically gruesome death?

Oh.

...Awkward.

Where does a character who had previously been defined solely by his relationship to another character go when the other character kicks the bucket? When this happens, this usually results in one of two things.

1) The surviving character becomes more fleshed out, and is now considered their own person, instead of just one of a group of two guys.

2) The surviving character remains defined solely by their attachment to the now-deceased, and without their other half to make them whole, either sink away out of focus, or are killed off themselves.

Supertrope to Angsty Surviving Twin.

As a Death Trope, all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.


Examples

Anime & Manga
  • Attack on Titan gives us Hannah Diamant and Franz Kefka, whose affections for each other are made obvious and teased a bit by the other trainees of the 104 Cadet Squad. Franz ends up getting his legs bitten off by a titan early on during the Battle of Trost. When Hannah finds him, she's in complete denial that he's dead, trying to give CPR to his torso. It isn't clarified how, but supplementary materials list that Hannah died later on in same battle.

Comic Books
  • Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle were Those Two Guys for most of the '90s. They practically never got up to anything important of their own. Then in the '00s Beetle died heroically, and Booster went on to star in his own series again.

Live-Action TV
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., FitzSimmons are separated between Seasons 1 and 2, partially due to Fitz's brain damage. Even after Simmons returns, the shockwaves from their separation can still be felt.

Literature
  • In Harry Potter Fred and Weasley are defined, for the most part, by their relationship with one another. Then Fred gets himself killed by a Death Eater, leaving George without a brother and without an ear. According to Rowling, he never gets over it.

Western Animation
  • Henchmen #21 and 24 in The Venture Bros. were most known for their quirky chemistry beneath each other, and by adding comedy as underlings to the Monarch. Then #24 gets his head blown off, and spoiler:#21 undergoes rigorous training so that none of his friends would ever suffer a similar fate.

Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • September 10, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    These spoiler tags are doing very little to prevent leaking spoilers. I suggest blurring names, and the Death Trope spoiler caveat.
  • September 10, 2011
    ThePope
    Duly noted.
  • September 11, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    The problem is I see people claiming that a couple they don't like was this trope, especially for the purposes of shipping.
  • September 11, 2011
    ThePope
    This isn't just about two people together and one dying; it's when the fact that the two are always together literally defines the characters. When you think of Character A, you immediately think of Character B, and vice versa.
  • September 11, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    I DID mean that in my post. My point was people claiming that just because they associate some characters that way, it means it "has" to be that way with everyone else.
  • September 11, 2011
    ThePope
    Well, we'll just have to keep a watch out for that, then.
  • September 12, 2011
    TBTabby
    Howard and Nester, if you're willing to include characters who are Put On A Bus instead of killed.
  • September 12, 2011
    ThePope
    Some kind of source?
  • March 28, 2013
    ThePope
    Megabump
  • March 29, 2013
    willthiswork
    Haha, I saw the laconic and was all, like, 'oh yeah like in Venture Brothers".

    • Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle were Those Two Guys for most of the '90s. They practically never got up to anything important of their own. Then in the '00s Beetle died heroically, and Booster went on to star in his own series again.
  • November 16, 2014
    DAN004
    Supertrope to Angsty Surviving Twin

    Maybe call it The Dividual Split Off?
  • November 16, 2014
    DRCEQ
    • Attack On Titan gives us Hannah Diamant and Franz Kefka, who's affections for each other are made obvious and teased a bit by the other trainees of the 104 Cadet Squad. Franz ends up getting his legs bitten off by a titan early on during the Battle of Trost. When Hannah finds him, she's in complete denial that he's dead, trying to give CPR to his torso. It isn't clarified how, but supplementary materials list that Hannah died later on in same battle.
  • November 16, 2014
    DAN004
    Does it have to be death cases? What if the other one just got Put On A Bus (i.e gone very far away, with no possibility of communication, or maybe a coma)?
  • November 16, 2014
    ThePope
    That could work too.
  • November 17, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    And Ten Minute Retirement (or equivalent)? For, like, one episode of how one can't do without the other. Although it's hard to think of examples right now.
  • November 17, 2014
    Arivne
    • De-capitalized (Spoilers).
    • Examples section
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