Created By: ShanghaiSlave on December 9, 2013 Last Edited By: ShanghaiSlave on December 24, 2013
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Juxtaposed Halves Shot

A stock pose where half of two characters sides/faces are juxtaposed to or beside each other.

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Chapter 36 — The fight of the Fathersnote 

A stock pose that involves either juxtaposing half the face or body of two characters in the middle or putting them beside each other and showing only half of each person.

The purpose of this is to show the two sides of a conflict. Sometimes, characters related to one half are also literally on their side in the character's half of the shot.

Other times, this is just to show that one person has two sides within him. there usually aren't any other characters in this variation if used as a cover or poster.

Besides conflict, it is sometimes simply used to show partners or opposites, like past/future, good/evil, 2D/3D etc. in one shot.

See also Mirrored Confrontation Shot for a similar but conflict exclusive trope. Compare Versus Character Splash, where two characters' faces are are briefly shown in a Splash Screen as a prelude to a battle in a Fighting Game; and Fearful Symmetry, where both characters involved are usually shown in profile in an ongoing Blade Lock.


Examples:

Comic Books
  • In a similar vein, in Silver Age Spider-Man comics when Peter Parker's Spidey Sense is triggered while he's in civvies we often see his face half normal and half in his costume's mask.

Film

Live Action TV
  • Juxtaposed halves was a common motif used in the opening montage of Grimm, first we see a half-and-half shot of Monroe; the right hand side is his human form and the lefthand side he's in his wessen (monster) form. A few seconds later we see it again but with another character, Rosalee. [1]

Professional Wrestling

Videogames

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • The home video covers for Mulan show one half of her face hidden by a sword. The other half is reflected in the sword, but as her male soldier persona.
Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • December 9, 2013
    DAN004
    Title sounds more like Foil.
  • December 9, 2013
    Generality
    Taken to extremes in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows when Voldemort tries to Disapparate while Harry is grappling with him, and their faces briefly merge into one.
  • December 9, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ any better ideas bub? btw, this is really up for grabs. i'll only be curating the elemental one.
  • December 9, 2013
    DAN004
    Mind if I grab this?
  • December 9, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    The posters for the WWE Invasion PPV had half Vince Mc Mahon and half Shane Mc Mahon, since the invading force was the WCW/ECW contingent led by Shane.
  • December 9, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ Go ahead.

    ^ source please, sounds like a good trope image.
  • December 10, 2013
    DAN004
    Changing title first, the rest come later
  • December 10, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^^^ NVM, found it.

    frankly, they look kinda similar so it's hard to tell it's this...
  • December 15, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    I'm pretty sure that this is a meme in the MLP:Fi M fandom, with the other have being the same pony, but deranged/scared/crazy.
  • December 15, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Using two halves of the same character isn't specifically a MLP thing. See Me Myself And Irene
  • December 15, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ Yeah, but its the first thing I though of when reading this draft
  • December 15, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    I understand why. The current image doesn't look like two different people. I wonder if the trope must be two different people, or if two aspects of a single character can be used.
  • December 15, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ both. my laconic originally included a line that says that. but DAN 004 changed it. and he's the one in charge of this now.
  • December 15, 2013
    KTera
  • December 15, 2013
    ZangooseNinja
    Ratchet and Clank A Crack in Time case cover uses this, except Ratchet and Clank are best friends and are only enemies (If you can call it that) in the first game. But I'm not exactly sure if this is a example or not.
  • December 15, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    pfft, so much for Up For Grabs. i'm taking this back.

    all of the suggestions so far count except the MLP example needs better context.

    also, need copypasta for Me Myself And Irene.
  • December 16, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ I'm not serious on grabbing this up anyway.
  • December 16, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    • The posters/cover of Me Myself And Irene have Jim Carrey's face split in half, showing his character's "nice guy" and "asshole" personalities. The "Me" and "Myself" in the title refer to the dissociative identity disorder that Charlie Baileygates experiences.
  • December 16, 2013
    TonyG
    The home video covers for Mulan show one half of her face hidden by a sword. The other half is reflected in the sword, but as her male soldier persona.
  • December 16, 2013
    abateman
    Face Off could be the main image for this. That might even be a better name, Face Off Poster, referencing both the movie and the conflict that a "Face Off" implies. The Poster
  • December 16, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ no, it's sounds synonymous to Mirrored Confrontation Shot which what a real faceoff would look like.
  • December 16, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Oooh, I was looking for that! Thanks.
  • December 16, 2013
    azul120
    Face/Off was part of the "Two Shadowed Half-Profiles" trend. (One of the "Space Jam" posters spoofed it.)
  • December 16, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ cite more parodies or reformat that example. not sure whether that goes to Western Animation or Film, given Space Jam was mixed media.

    EDIT: checked the page and looked up the pic, definitely film.
  • December 18, 2013
    morenohijazo
  • December 18, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ fucking shit! awesome art and theming (embodies nearly everything about the trope)! i think i've found the trope image for this...
  • December 19, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    Not a poster; but in the opening montage of Grimm we see a half-and-half shot of Monroe; the right hand side is his human form and the lefthand side he's in his wessen (monster) form. A few seconds later we see it again but with another character, Rosalee. [1]
  • December 21, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    In a similar vein, in Silver Age Spider Man comics when Peter Parker's Spidey Sense is triggered while he's in civvies we often see his face half normal and half in his costume's mask.
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