->''We fight, we break up\\
We kiss, we make up''
-->--'''KatyPerry''', "Hot 'n' Cold"

The heroes share an incredible adventure that helps them develop strong feelings, as friends, lovers or family. Then, there is a breaking point, a moment where they split. It may be an argument, a [[PoorCommunicationKills misunderstanding]], a choice one of them makes… whatever the reason, their relation seems to be broken forever.

But we all know what’s going to happen next, don’t we?

Yes, they meet again, make up, forgive and forget about everything. The point of a BreakUpMakeUpScenario is to test the strength of the heroes' feelings, and to make the audience wonder [[WillTheyOrWontThey whether they’ll come back together]] and have a HappyEnding.

Here’s the classic story: 1) at about three quarters of the story, the protagonists leave each other after a dramatic scene (usually an argument). 2) They spend a time away from each other, even though they miss the other’s company. 3) Some events or simply fate brings them back together, they reconcile, admit their feelings and share a happy end.

When done well, the breakup is an effective TearJerker, so the make-up will be a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. Problem is, this scenario is used so often in fiction that it would be easy to expect it whenever a story focuses on the relation of the protagonists. Over years, it went from a major plot twist to a convention, or even a cliché.

This trope applies not only to love stories (in which case it ends on a LastMinuteHookup), but also to buddy movies. One of the main issues is that, since the breakup usually happens some time before the end, the time the heroes spend apart is therefore very short, and the makeup is fast to come. In long-running series, this can be avoided by making the split last several episodes, to let you wonder if the characters stay apart. [[StatusQuoIsGod Most of the time, however]], [[NegativeContinuity it is used for one episode only.]] In this case, it is FeudEpisode, which centers around a BreakUpMakeUpScenario. So this trope is very common in SoapOpera.

Compare WillTheyOrWontThey when the audience is left in doubt on whether a couple will form or not. Contrast NoRomanticResolution. The SecondActBreakup is this trope applied to a movie or a play.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Franchise/OnePiece'', Robin runs away from the crew, and does everything to dissuade them to come after her, even yelling at Luffy to let her die. Then they prove their friendship to her by declaring war to the whole world, and give her the will to live.
** [[spoiler:Earlier in the [=CP9=] arc, Usopp leaves the crew when he fights Luffy over what should be done with the crippled Merry Go. It was a brutal fight with Usopp losing. Later at the end of the arc, after spending much of the time fighting with the crew under a pseudonym, he hopes to be EasilyForgiven with him saying nothing about his actions, but Zoro puts his foot down to stop it as unlike what Robin went through, it was his choice. Until he apologizes, he shouldn't be allowed back in the crew.]]
* ''Manga/LoveHina''
* Some episodes in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', mostly when Ranma truly hurts Akane.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', when Gutts leave the Hawk Band, and comes back a long time later.
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}:'' Sasuke and Itachi may quite possibly break the record for the longest breakup/makeup scenario ever. In-universe, it was nine years before they reconciled. In actual time, it took over twelve years (retroactively--the series began with Sasuke hating Itachi, but flashbacks showed that they were closer than almost any other characters in the series). Far more dramatic than most examples, considering that Sasuke made it his lifelong obsession to kill Itachi. And succeeded.

[[folder: Comics]]
* ''Franchise/{{Spiderman}}'': [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies Peter and Mary Jane]].
* Similarly, ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' and ComicBook/LoisLane.
* Many stories in ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' involve breakups and makeups.

[[folder: Films-Animated]]
* In the second ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' film, between Manny and Elie.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' and it's sequel ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio2}}'', between Blu and Jewel.
* About all Pixar films (except ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'') follow this trope:
** ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'': Flick is banished by Atta for lying, but that doesn’t stop him from opposing Hopper.
** In all ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' films, Woody has an argument and a make up with other toys (Buzz and Jessie), though the [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory2 second movie]] is the only where it happens near the climax.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Mike lets Sully go alone, blaming him for ruining his life, but changes his mind. Also, Boo becomes afraid of Sully after he accidently roars at her.
** In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', Marlin believes Nemo to be dead, and leaves Dory to mourn his son alone, even though she begs him to not let her forget their adventure.
** In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'', Carl's determination to go the falls leads to abandon Kevin, which makes Russell feel betrayed.
** In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'', Linguini loses all his cooks after telling the truth about Remy. Colette is the only one to come back.
* Oh, so many Creator/{{Disney}} Films.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': between Simba and Nala. In the second, Kovu and Kiara don’t really breakup, but he is banished from Pride land. In the third, it is Timon and Pumbaa.
** ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''
** ''Disney/BrotherBear'': when Kenai tells Koda the truth.
** ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': between Aladdin and Jasmine, and also with the Genie.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Even though Eric didn't actually want to break up...
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''
*** Beast yells at Belle to get out, then saves her from wolves, which bring them to become friends afterwards.
*** Later, Beast lets Belle leave the castle so she can save her father, but is heartbroken because he believes she will never even think of coming back. She does.
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': after his rejection by Kerchak.
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': When Gothel makes Rapunzel believe Flinn abandoned her.
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' is abandoned by Shang when her gender is revealed. He later defends her after the battle.
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'': Mowgli is angry at Baloo for trying to take him to the village. In the sequel, he hurts Shanti who came to look for him.
** ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'': Lewis and Wilbur.
** ''Disney/PeterPan''
** ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'', when Oliver is "rescued".
** ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'': near the middle, when Jimmy rejects Silver’s proposal.
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph''
* Creator/DreamWorksAnimation has a good share.
** ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun''
** All ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' films. In the first, second and fourth, it is between Shrek and Fiona. In the third, between Shrek and Artie.
** ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'': Hiccup and his father Stoic.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale''
** ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots''
* WesternAnimation/DespicableMe
* Creator/DonBluth doesn’t shy from this trope either.
** ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''
** ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'': when Victor admits to the Bride he can't marry her. Unusually, it happens in the middle of the film.
* ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'': When Crysta thinks Zak lied to her.

[[folder: Films, live-action]]
* ''Film/PulpFiction'' between Butch and Fabienne.
* ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally''
* In some ''Film/JamesBond'' movies, the main Bond girl and 007 go through this because of their allegiance and the importance of their missions. Good examples include ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', and ''Film/GoldenEye''.
* ''Film/WaynesWorld'': between Wayne and Gart. At first this trope seems to be defied with Wayne and Cassandra, but a side ending makes Wayne end up with her.
* ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'': The girls try to leave Tallahassee and Columbus, but the guys come to save them.
* In the Creator/TimBurton adaptation of ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', Willy Wonka is shown to have left his father to fulfill his dream. It takes several years and Charlie’s intervention to bring them back together.
* This is the whole point of EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind.
* ''Film/ForrestGump'': After their first night together, Jenny leaves Forrest, but they find each other again five years later.
* Creator/FrankCapra was one of the first users of this trope. ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' and ''Film/MrDeedsGoesToTown'' are good examples.
* ''Film/SomeLikeItHot''.
* ''Film/TheApartment''.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', when Ron leaves the trio. Similarly, when he and Harry argue in the ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]''.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': the second book.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* The Sam/Diane arc in ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' is one of the quintessential examples for television.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Rachel and Ross go through sooooooooooooo many...
* In ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Sabrina and Harvey go through two BreakUpMakeUpScenario: first when Harvey sees her kissing Josh, then when he learns permanently that she is a witch. Surprisingly, each breakup lasted for more than one episode.
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder'': David and Keith, Rico and Vanessa, Nate and Brenda, Claire and Ruth. Other breakups have a much less HappyEnding.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Lily left Marshall for months to stabilize her life, and it took them time to go back together.
** [[LoveTriangle Ted, Robin and Barney]] go through this several times, whether together or with their respective lovers (when the break up isn’t permanent).
* ''Series/MyWifeAndKids''
* ''Series/{{LOST}}'': Charlie and Claire.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Bernadette almost called of the wedding after discovering Howard’s past, but they came back together when he proved through a speech how much he loves her and [[CharacterDevelopment how much he changed thanks to her]].
** Leonard and Penny repetitively split and come back together.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'', with Walt and Jessie, also Walt and Skyler. The first times, that is…
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In the sixth season, Willow and Tara end up broken up for much of the season, and reconcile just before the series finale. [[spoiler: And then Tara is shot and killed on accident.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' does this in "Asylum of the Daleks"; the story starts with Amy and Rory signing divorce papers and getting kidnapped by the Daleks before Rory could file the papers, finalizing the split. During the episode, Amy admits to Rory that she only instigated their break-up in an ill-advised case of IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy (she was incapable of having the children she knew he wanted, and chose to leave him so he could find someone who could make him a father). By the end of the episode, Amy and Rory were together again, the divorce quietly forgotten.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam and Dean have done this several times. They go their separate ways and realize they need each other an episode or two later. Dean and Castiel also had this sort of dynamic at the end of Season 7, when Dean tells Cas he'd rather have him cursed or not, even though their relationship had been rocky since [[spoiler: Cas JumpedOffTheSlipperySlope and became God.]]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* In ''[[WebVideo/TheCartoonMan Return of the Cartoon Man]]'', Roy and Karen awkwardly part ways when Roy wishes to bow out of their investigation and go back to a normal life. [[spoiler:Within a matter of hours, he races back to help her again when Simon resurfaces with a new threat.]] Happens again in the following movie, ''[[WebVideo/TheCartoonMan Journey of the Cartoon Man]]''. While traveling through [[AlternateTooniverse the Second Dimension]], Roy and Valerie have a heated argument, and go their separate ways, but Roy almost immediately goes back to her after a GoodAngelBadAngel debate convinces him it's the right thing to do.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Many Disney shows have BreakUpMakeUpScenario in some episodes.
** ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' goes through some of these with his daughter Gosalyn and once his girlfriend Morgana.
** In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', it happens between Baloo and Kit.
** A few episodes of Disney/{{Aladdin}} center around arguments between Aladdin and Jasmine. There is also one in "Some enchanted genie" between Genie and Eden.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow'', when Edd has enough of the travel and wants to leave, Eddy admits his mistakes for the first time. This is enough to make Edd stay.
* In two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', Eustace and Muriel have a serious argument and eventually make up, [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther which are the few instances he shows love to her]].
* Some episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' show them fighting with each other, then makeup. The best example is an episode where after arguing the whole time, Blossom and Buttercup unite to save Bubbles (after sharing a friendly smile).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': many episode focusing on Homer and Marge’s relationship, or with their children.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' uses this also.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with Fry, Leela and Bender.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': occasionally with Peter and Lois, [[LoveTriangle and also Brian]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Any episode focusing on Stan and Francine’s marriage.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop(2012)'': Between Vinnie and Sunil in the episode "Sunil's Sick Day"
* ''6teen'': Between Caitlin and Nikki in the episode "Fish and Make Up."