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->''"We fight, we break up\\
We kiss, we make up"''
-->--'''Music/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 Break Up Make Up Scenario 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:
#About three quarters of the way through the story, the protagonists leave each other after a dramatic scene (usually an argument).
#They spend a time away from each other, even though they miss the other’s company.
#Some events or simply fate brings them back together, and they reconcile, admit their feelings, and share a happy end.

When done well, the breakup is an effective TearJerker, so the makeup 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 a FeudEpisode, which centers around a Break Up Make Up Scenario. 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]]
%%* I present to you, Manga/{{Inuyasha}}: the über-abuser of this trope (obviously with Inuyasha and Kagome).
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', when Gutts leave the Hawk Band, and comes back a long time later.
* 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.
* ''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.
* Happens to Isla and Tsukasa in episode 10 of ''Anime/PlasticMemories.'' They are forcibly separated by their supervisor, Kazuki. Later, she asks Isla what she really wants to do with her short time left, and tells her about how she regrets her decision of ending their partnership and essentially destroying Isla's emotions. [[spoiler:Isla thinks it over for a while, then gives Tsukasa an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, stating she wants to spend what little time she has left with him, rather than away, and leaving him only bitter memories of their time together.]]
* ''Manga/WanderingSon'':
** Anna breaks up with Nitori near the end of middle school after it hits her that [[spoiler:Nitori is transsexual (after Nitori tries to go to school in a girl's uniform)]], and she ends up confused. They have UnresolvedSexualTension for several chapters but eventually end up together again and stay together post-high school.
** Takatsuki and Saori become close friends over the first few volumes but that started souring when Saori became jealous of Takatsuki's friendship with Nitori. Due to a love triangle (Saori likes Nitori, Nitori likes Takatsuki, Takatsuki likes no one) and messy love confessions, Saori breaks her friendship with both Nitori and Takatsuki. Over the course of middle school they slowly make up. Takatsuki and Nitori go to the same high school but Nitori goes to a different one, which causes a rift in Nitori's and Takatsuki's friendship. Saori and Takatsuki become closer than ever though.

%%[[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. Two times, actually.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' and it's sequel ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio2}}'', between Blu and Jewel.
* Many Pixar films 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 subsequent reconciliation 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 accidentally 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. The rift is healed when Dory finds the newly escaped Nemo and helps him reunite with his dad.
%%** 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.
* In 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 leave, then saves her from wolves, leading to them becoming friends.
*** 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}}'': Mother Gothel manipulates events to successfully convince Rapunzel that Flynn betrayed and abandoned her. Unfortunately for her, Flynn escapes her set-up and immediately races back to Rapunzel, resulting in their reconciliation and Gothel's defeat.
** ''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.
** In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', King Candy convinces Ralph to destroy Vanellope's racecar and stop her from fulfilling her dream of racing. This of course shatters their friendship. After seeing evidence that King Candy lied to him, Ralph returns with backup to fix the car, ensure she gets to race, and [[spoiler:stay behind to protect her when she cannot leave the game to escape the Cy-bugs.]]
%%* 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]]
* Approximately the last half-hour of ''Film/WomanOfTheYear,'' after Sam walks out on Tess. She comes to realize that she has neglected him for her career and tries to make it up to him by being ultra-domestic.
%%* ''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 Film/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/{{Midnight 1939}}'' begins with our Cinderella, Eve Peabody, leaving her newly met Tibor, because she doesn't want to get involved. He then desperately searches Paris for her, finds her, they fight, have a fraudulent divorce, and once Tibor and Eve know they actually love each other, they decide to get married.
%%* ''Film/SomeLikeItHot''.
%%* ''Film/TheApartment''.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'': Owen started out with a unique bond to the velociraptors, particularly Blue, with Owen as the "alpha" of the velociraptor pack. Then, the [[BigBad the Indominus rex]] took control of the pack, pitting Owen and the raptors against one another. In the end, Blue turned on the Indominus Rex to help Owen and was instrumental in defeating her.

%%[[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 off 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 repeatedly 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.
** ''Doctor Who'' fans do not agree on the notion of romance between the Doctor and his companions. Nonetheless, the scenario that plays out over the Series 8 episodes "Kill the Moon" and "Mummy on the Orient Express" follow the trope almost to a T (just the BigDamnKiss is missing). Clara breaks off her friendship with the Doctor in the former because he places her in an impossible situation; in the next episode, she's agreed to go on one final adventure with him. Needless to say by the end, she's not only forgiven him but she creates a LoveTriangle with her Earth-bound boyfriend by deciding to continue travelling with the Doctor in secret. The "non-platonic" argument is not helped by WordOfGod (actress Jenna Coleman) that Clara says "I love you" to the Doctor, not Danny, in this episode, and Clara and the Doctor sharing several unambigiously romantic moments, including a hallway nightcap scene - with alcoholic drinks, yet (remember this is ''Doctor Who'') - that led the episode's writer to remark at a convention on the pair's "sizzling" chemistry.
* 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.
* This is the main storyline in all of Season 4 of ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool''; Mackenzie and Brittnay have a major fallout, until Trisha brings them back together again in the finale. WARNING: HomoeroticSubtext.

[[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.
* Subverted in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Kirk Van Houten tries to get back together with his ex-wife. She flatly turns him down.
%%* ''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/LittlestPetShop2012'': Between Vinnie and Sunil in the episode "Sunil's Sick Day"
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'': Between Caitlin and Nikki in the episode "Fish and Make Up."