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->''"I've lost my better half!"''
-->-- ''Samurai: Hunt for the Sword'' (outtake)

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A character gets cut (or, less often, blown or ripped) in half, usually during combat but occasionally in an accident, building collapse or some other scenario.

This can be done any number of ways, from [[BloodlessCarnage bloodless family-friendly versions]] like the battle droids in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, to still blood-free, but more NightmareFuel-oriented versions, to outright {{Gorn}} that spares no detail. The cutting in half itself can be done either horizontally (at the waist, usually) or vertically (from scalp to groin, or vice versa), with the latter often occurring via CleanCut. Expect it to be BloodyHilarious if it occurs in a comedic setting.

Naturally, this happens a lot in anime or video games that feature HumongousMecha, and many series in general which use MechaMooks, due to the fact that [[NotEvenHuman you can slice up mecha all you like]] without spraying blood everywhere ([[AlienBlood at least, not human blood]]).

Expect a character who ''survives'' this to become a MemeticBadass; see WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody

A frequent result of a SingleStrokeBattle or a DiagonalCut. See also SawAWomanInHalf, the trick performed by a StageMagician. Not to be confused with the less literal [[GroinAttack meaning]]. Compare ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice and OffWithHisHead.

As a DeathTrope, '''spoilers beware!'''

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* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', [[spoiler: Kouta's sister Kanae is cut in half by Lucy when she knows about Lucy's powers and attempts to save her older brother, but he hits her and calls her a liar. Her death causes said brother to be traumatized for life.]] This was really one thing that made several fans hate Lucy, and made others swear off the series as a whole - killing [[spoiler:Kouta's family]] over a little lie about who Kouta was taking to an event...
** It's actually a standard way for the Diclonius to kill their victims. Lucy and Mariko are specially fond of it.
*** The problem is not the killing, it's the DisproportionateRetribution.
** In the Manga, [[spoiler: Bandou suffers this fate at the hands of Lucy, but he manages to survive and replace his missing half with prosthetics]].
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', this happens to Gluttony [[GoodThingYouCanHeal at least twice]].
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]], Frank Archer gets half of his body incinerated vertically during the creation of the Philosopher's Stone. Somehow he survives this and turns into a destructive war machine when he gets it replaced with machinery. Apparently he [[FridgeLogic didn't have any vital organs on the right side of his body]]...
** This is also how [[spoiler:[[BigBad Dante]] disposed of her latest apprentice]].
* [[spoiler: Nena Trinity]] of {{Gundam 00}} died after being ripped in half by [[spoiler: Louise Halevy, using the claws of her mobile suit.]] The novelizations add more gruesome detail to this, stating that [[spoiler:the only thing holding her torso together was a few strands of muscle, right before her mobile suit was blown up.]]
** [[spoiler:Doubleujah]] did the same to [[spoiler:Healing Care's machine]] in the GrandFinale. The former gives the latter TheReasonYouSuckSpeech before finishing the job.
* In ''InuYasha'', Jaken gets cut in half, but is brought back to life by Sesshomaru with the Tenseiga shortly thereafter.
* Guts hands these out to {{Mooks}} on occasion with the [[{{BFS}} Dragon Slayer]] in ''{{Berserk}}'', and [[spoiler:killed Colette this way after she was killed and taken over by the evil spirits after Guts in the second story from the manga]].
** Zodd ends the fight with [[spoiler:Wyald]] with a [[WrestlerInAllOfUs backbreaker]] so strong it breaks him in half.
* Frieza from ''DragonBallZ'' gets sliced in half ''twice'' during the series proper. The first was near the end of the Namek saga when he was sliced in half with his own energy disc. He survived this (as well as the explosion of Namek) and came back as a cyborg, only to be finally finished off by [[FutureBadass Future Trunks]] when he came to Earth to seek revenge. And how does Trunks finish him off? He uses his sword to split Frieza in half lengthwise before [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill proceeding to slice him up into itty bitty pieces and then blow him away with a powerful Ki blast.]]
** To add insult to injury, the song "Yesterday" by Music/TheBeatles (which is very likely the TropeNamer) was used for Frieza in AMVHell.
* This is the fate of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' villain Uonuma Usui, torn in half at the waist by the force of Saito Hajime's point-blank Gatotsu in the manga.
** He was merely impaled in the anime, which is a huge step down from the manga scene, which is pretty much outright gorn. You can see Usui's intestines hanging down and everything. The Toonami version edited the scene further so that he wasn't even impaled, just sliced bloodlessly.
* This happens to Isaku in ''BladeOfTheImmortal''. Believe it or not [[spoiler: he gets better.]]
* This is the standard demon slaying procedure in ''{{Claymore}}''.
** As well as being Dietrich's MO for dealing with Awakened Beings, it's how [[spoiler: Flora]] dies. [[spoiler: Clare]] also suffers this before [[spoiler: being absorbed into the Destroyer]]. [[spoiler: Deneve]] gets cut not quite in half.
* [[spoiler: Ichigo's über-Hollow does this to Ulquiorra]] in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. [[spoiler: Rather confusing, since he did it with a cero aimed at Ulquiorra's ''head.'' Ulquiorra gets better just in time to return Ichigo back to normal, but it doesn't last very long. [[KilledOffForReal Ulquiorra, that is.]]]]
** Grimmjow incinerates Luppi's entire body from the waist up. He also does the same to Menoly earlier on, though she gets better.
** [[spoiler: Aizen]] attempts this on [[spoiler:Ichigo]], wanting to split him in half without obliterating his body, and held back a little too much, leaving half of his hip still attached.
** In the manga, [[spoiler:Hiyori gets cut in half by Gin so fast that she doesn't notice until ''her legs go'' ''[[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091013220230/bleach/en/images/3/30/Hiyori_in_Half_2.jpg flying past her]]''. In the anime, this is [[{{Bowdlerise}} changed to]] her being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.]]
** Yamamoto does this vertically to Allon, although not even this completely deters him.
** Orihime's first (and so far, only) successful use of Tsubaki cuts Numb Chandelier in half vertically.
** And in the manga, this is the fate of [[spoiler: Hidetomo Kajomaru, sliced in half at the bare hand (literally) of Haschwald from the Vandenreich.]] He's not the only one: [[spoiler: DarkActionGirl Bambietta Basterbine]] cuts down ''several'' others in half with her sword.
** In the manga, this is the fate of [[spoiler: Yamamoto. Not convinced even this was enough, Juhabach then chops off Yamamoto's swordarm and then proceeds to nuke his corpse.]]
** And in 544, [[spoiler: Bambietta]] does this again. [[spoiler: To a Vandenreich guy that [[Radar/{{Bleach}} she's all but stated to]] [[DeathBySex have had sex with]].]]
** In 559, we have [[spoiler: Cang Du from the Vandenreich. He is executed by Haschwalth [[YouHaveFailedMe for having lost against Hitsugaya]]; uncommonly for the "vertical" version of this trope, his head is intact and he's bisected from the shoulder down.]]
** And [[http://www.mangareader.net/bleach/561/10 in 561]], this is the fate of [[spoiler: Mask de Masculine's partner and PsychoSupporter James.]]
* In the first arc of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', [[spoiler: Zeppeli]] is bisected at the waist by a chain.
** [[spoiler:Stroheim]] is bisected at the waist by Cars in the second arc. Being [[HollywoodCyborg a product of]] [[StupidJetpackHitler NAZI SCIENCE]] it doesn't bother him terribly.
** Also happens to [[spoiler: Diego Brando]] after being run over by a train in a recent chapter of Steel Ball Run.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Kuwabara tries a vertical cut on Elder Toguro at the start of his fight with him, only to find that he cut a fake body, and that Toguro had used his flexibility powers to burrow into the ground.
* Orochimaru of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' once got ripped in half by Naruto's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide 4-tailed form]], but he [[PullingThemSelvesTogether has the halves of his body rejoin]] ''before they even touch the ground''.
** In chapter 585 [[spoiler: Kabuto bisects Itachi]].
** And in chapter 601, [[spoiler:Madara rips Tsunade's torso in two with a giant tree. Her advanced medical jutsus and Karin being around to heal her just in time are probably the only reasons she is still alive.]]
** Madara is on the receiving end [[spoiler: by Naruto and Sasuke in chapters 673 and 674. Naruto cuts Madara...[[BeyondTheImpossible AND the Shinju]] in half with a Senpo: Yoton Rasenshuriken, he only recovers quickly due to Ten-Tails Regen and his bodyparts not being scattered, and Sasuke cuts him in half with a Six Paths enhanced Chidori Sword as he flees to the Kamui realm to get his remaining eye.]]
* Used by Maka and Soul several times in ''Manga/SoulEater''. Stein does it Medusa, who is able to survive by possessing a snake [[spoiler: and then [[GrandTheftMe "borrowing"]] the body of a little girl]].
* Happens to [[DetachmentCombat Buggy the Clown]] a lot in ''OnePiece'', as well as most Logia users at some point, often repeatedly as these characters have no problem putting themselves together again.
** Trafalgar Law can do it non-lethally to other people as well, [[spoiler: as he did to [[BadassAdorable Tashigi]] in Chapter 661]].
** In Chapter 687, [[spoiler: Zoro cut Monet in half vertically. She survives due to being a Logia user, but because she knows Zoro [[IfIWantedYouDead could have easily killed her]], she is too scared to put her body back together right away, allowing Tashigi to finish her off easily]].
* Appropriately enough, this is how [[TwoFaced Baron Ashura]] (as Hell King Gordon) is finished off in ''MazinKaiser''
* In [[{{Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds}} Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's]], [[spoiler: Placido]] gets blown in half upon his defeat at Yusei's hands.
* The end of the Buddha arc in ''{{Gantz}}'' sees [[spoiler: Kishimoto]] split in two horizontally by an alien's acid.
** Nurarihyon was sliced to half by Oka in the Osaka mission, though only the upper half of the body.
* Yukimura from SamuraiDeeperKyo loves to do this to his enemies.
* In ''HeatGuyJ'', Boma takes a katana and slices through a man ''and'' his gun ''in one clean cut.''
* Happens in ''GunXSword'' to [[spoiler: The Claw]].
* This is the final fate of [[spoiler: Aki Honda]] in ''{{Narutaru}}'', to the point of FanDisservice. Her death was so utterly violent, (I mean, [[spoiler: before being cut, she gets ''raped with the same dragon claw'' that ripped her in half]]!), that it was cut out in the international versions of the manga.
* Occurs in ''MPDPsycho'' when a character named Kido goes up against a subway train. The results are, needless to say, quite gruesome.
* [[spoiler: Dynamis]] of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' became a victim of this trope during [[spoiler: his fight with Negi's SuperpoweredEvilSide]]. [[spoiler: He lived to tell, possibly due to his LargeHam tendencies, and later one of the many Fates restored him.]]
** Later, this happened to [[spoiler:[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v34/c311/8.html Chachamaru]]]]... [[spoiler: Being a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Ridiculously Human Robot]] she lived to tell: Takane kept her alive, and once the human and magical world collided and [[HotScientist her creator Hakase]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v35/c323/14.html got a hold of her]], [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v35/c323/15.html she gets fixed]].]]
*** Almost immediately afterwards, [[spoiler: Quartum gets chopped in half by Negi after he sees that Quartum did this to Chachamaru]].
* The demon panther in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie First'' that served as the second MonsterOfTheWeek found itself bisected horizontally after Nanoha lanced her way through its body. It wasn't enough to kill it though, and its upper half quickly escaped into the sky... until Fate chased it down and applied the vertical version of this trope, destroying its body.
* In the [[HorrorAnimeAndManga horror manga]] ''Manga/{{Region}}'', when Kanon's ankle is grabbed by a man who is pleading for help, she is horrified that everything below the man's waist is covered with rats, happily gorging themselves on what little remains of his flesh.
* In ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'', General Headhunter's lead henchman, Crisis, is cut in half by the island's defense mechanisms. It's not a survivable encounter.
* Also occurs to [[spoiler: Meier Link]] towards the end of the movie ''[[VampireHunterD Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust]]''. He manages to [[IncrediblyLamePun pull himself back together]] and get better though.
* This is [[spoiler:Fakir]]'s fated death in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', witnessed repeatedly in visions--the Raven will slash [[spoiler:his]] torso in half vertically as [[spoiler:he]] tries to protect Mytho. [[spoiler:It ''appears'' to happen at the end of the first season, but it turns out he was [[ScrewDestiny tougher than that]].]]
** This is also how the ghost knight killed his wife, albeit horizontally rather than vertically. This is shown onscreen. WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids
* In ''Manga/FrankenFran'', this happens to the assassin Agito in Ch 18(he got better thanks to his HealingFactor), and Fran herself gets cut in half bilaterally by accident in Ch 60. She also gets better...eventually, after turning both halves into complete but half-brained persons.
* In ''EndOfEvangelion'', during Asuka's frantic battle against the Mass Production EVA Series, she severs the fifth one she attacks at the waist, sending the top half flying. [[spoiler:All nine recover from their injuries and counterattack, but how this particular EVA managed to piece itself together after being so torn asunder is [[HandWave handwaved]].]]
** There's also Misato's ''brutal'' death. If you [[FreezeFrameBonus pause just as]] the JSSDF charges explode, you can see ''[[http://s1112.photobucket.com/user/Nishin64/media/Evangelion-Misatosdeath.png.html this]]''.
* In ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'', [[spoiler: Yakushiji Tenzen cuts Jimushi Juubei vertically in half with a [[SingleStrokeBattle single strike of his katana]], even splitting ''Juubei's [[OverlyLongTongue extended tongue]]''!]]
* Happens occasionally in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. Several of the martial arts schools have techniques which involve cutting, so this is inevitable. Nanto schools especially feature this, but so does Gento Koken. The anime is notable for showing Kenshiro doing this, cleanly and effortlessly ''bisecting a man vertically'' with the edge of his hand. Making this all the stranger is that Hokuto Shinken focuses on hitting {{Pressure Point}}s to cause people's [[YourHeadASplode heads (and sometimes the rest of them) to explode]].
* Aqua Shuzen in ''RosarioToVampire'' does this to [[spoiler:[[MamaBear Akasha Bloodriver]] and [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Ling-Ling Huang]].]] Less effective than most, considering they're [[spoiler:''the only two'' (sentient) ''characters in the entire series that are not affected by getting cut in half.'']]
* Bad guys in {{Voltron}}.
* Given that ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' involves giants who indiscriminately eat people, it shouldn't be surprising that this happens fairly often.
** During a lighthearted moment, Eren accuses Franz and Hannah of [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple being married]], which they [[ShesNotMyGirlfriend vehemently deny]]. A little later on, we find [[spoiler:Hannah desperately giving CPR to Franz]]. Then, the camera shifts position, showing that [[spoiler:Franz is missing everything from the waist on down]].
** [[spoiler: Marco Bott]] is missing the right half of his head and torso when found, and no one seems to have witnessed his final moments. It results in a low-key FreakOut for Jean, and sets off his major CharacterDevelopment.
** [[spoiler:Hannes]] is bitten in half by the Smiling Titan from the waist down.
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* In ''[[ScottPilgrim Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together]]'', [[spoiler: Roxy Richter]] suffers this fate after a SingleStrokeBattle with Scott.
** Scott himself ends up on the receiving end in Volume 6 whilst battling [[spoiler: Gideon]] in Ramona's mind.
* In ''{{Bone}}'', [[spoiler:Grandma Rose's sister Briar was cut in half, then the Lord of the Locust had his insects [[TheWormThatWalks inhabit her body]] to resurrect her, but [[YouHaveFailedMe when they leave]] the halves of her body fall back apart]]. However, [[spoiler:he decides he still needs her and [[PullingThemselvesTogether puts her back together]], for her to later do this herself to Tarsil]].
* Magneto's CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the famous "ComicBook/{{Age of Apocalypse}}" ComicBook/{{X-Men}} arc. He finishes Apocalypse off by ripping his cyborg body in half vertically.
* After [[spoiler: Gammid kills Javi]] in ''Negation'', [[spoiler: one of Javi's Ligis-bearer teammates, a teleporter, uses one of her portals to cut Gammid in half.]] He dies.
* BlackAdam tears Terraman in half at the pelvis.
* [[spoiler: Nekron]] tries to do this to [[spoiler: Sinestro]] in ''BlackestNight''. [[spoiler: Sinestro uses the power of the white light to heal himself and resume his attacks.]]
* {{Ultimate|X-Men}} {{Wolverine}} went up against his universe's [[TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]]. And gets pulled in ''half''. He then proceeds to [[GoodThingYouCanHeal crawl up a]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome mountain to find his legs]].
* Superboy Prime uses his heat vision to cut the superhero Bushido in half in ''InfiniteCrisis''.
* ''Space [[ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo Usagi]]'' [[spoiler: does this to his lord's murderer with help from a modified katana.]]
* The Void (possessing TheSentry), pulls this on [[spoiler: Ares]].
* AllNewAtom: After a time-travel accident, Teddy Hyatt's right side is still alive and fuctional in the present while his left side is in the future, making him [[{{Squick}} a walking, talking anatomical cross-section.]]
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': [[KillerRobot Shadow]] slashes [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick Jack]] right in half.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Pictured atop this place, Dr. Loveless from ''Film/WildWildWest''. This happens before the movie itself takes place. Punned repeatedly by Jim West (and himself, as the quote below the picture shows), including using the name of the trope.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Happens to several battle droids throughout the prequels.
** Darth Maul in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
*** Referenced for laughs in ''LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace'': a poster reads "Darth Maul's Emporium: Prices Cut in Half!"
*** At the end of ''The Empire Strikes Out'', he gets split in half again when he gets sucked into space.
** C-3PO in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
* [[spoiler:Brom]] gets cut in half by the Headless Horseman in ''Film/SleepyHollow''. It's also/probably a shout-out to [[spoiler: ''The Phantom Menace'', since the stuntman who played the Horseman was also Darth Maul]].
* [[spoiler: Bishop]] survives it in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. Being a robot with no vital organs kinda helped in the survival process.
* ''Film/LakePlacid'' features the {{Gorn}} version.
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* Happens to a random werewolf in ''UnderworldRiseOfTheLycans''.
* In ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' a woman in the afterlife waiting room is separated at the waist, but still able to move both parts of her body. (An example of JacobMarleyApparel that is common in the film. Apparently she'd been a magician's assistant in a 'sawed in half' trick gone wrong.) A hilarious scene involving her is shown at the end of the movie when the title character strokes her leg, and her upper half - who is "sitting" on the other side of him - angrily hits him with a magazine.
* Happens when [[spoiler:Ben Moss]] gets caught between two glass doors slamming shut in the remake of ''Film/Thir13enGhosts''.
* The bugs in ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' have a fondness for this trope, being giant insects. Carmen's commanding officer gets herself cut in half by a descending bulkhead door.
* ''Film/WalkHard: The Dewey Cox Story'': The major source of angst in Dewey's life is the fact that he accidentally halved his brother with a machete when they were little. His father shouts, "You're not half the boy Nate was. You're not even half the boy that the top half of Nate was after you cut him in half!" He is eventually forgiven by his father after the old man accidentally halfs himself while trying to kill Dewey.
* Happens to Miss Collins in ''Film/{{Carrie 1976}}''.
* Happened in ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' to one of the supporting teens; having been possessed by Freddy, the teen stares down a stalking, pissed-off Jason and looks seemingly defenseless -- until he jabs two syringes full of tranquilizers into Jason's neck and injects him with the full dose. Unfortunately for the teen, that's his last act as a living person; before Jason's lights go out, he uses his machete to cut the teen in half.
* In the first ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movie, one of the troopers is cut in half by a [[FrickinLaserBeams Frickin' Laser Beam]] in the LaserHallway leading to the Red Queen's lair. He dies, but there's no gore at all. On [=YouTube=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXgsCPFhSgc at 1:25]].
* In the most horrific scene from ''Film/TheHitcher'', [[spoiler:psycho killer Ryder ties the love interest, Nash, between a Mack truck and its trailer, commandeers the cab, revs up the engine and threatens to rip her in half if he doesn't speak to Jim, the protagonist. The police enlist Jim, whom they had previously suspected was the killer, but are now convinced of his innocence, to try to negotiate with Ryder, but when Jim confronts him, Ryder orders him to shoot him. Jim refuses because Ryder's foot is on the clutch and if it slips off, Nash will die anyway. Ryder gets pissed and insults Jim, then shifts the clutch and the accelerator, resulting in Nash getting ripped in half before Jim's very eyes]].
** [[spoiler: Well, not ''literally'', as Jim wasn't able to see what was happening at the back of a truck he was sitting in. Nor does the audience see Nash's demise, just her bound wrists as they're pulled hard against the ropes, then go slack. The remake ''did'' show someone torn in half this way, but it wasn't the girl and wasn't very convincing.]]
* During the Crazy 88 sword battle in ''Film/KillBill'' the Bride hands this out to one unfortunate {{Mook}}, who is split in half right down the middle with her [[CoolSword Hattori Hanzo sword]].
* ''TurkishStarWars'' ends with the protagonist karate-chopping the evil Wizard in half. In a movie riddled with SpecialEffectFailure, this one stands out as the single most hilariously bad special effect of them all.
* This happens to the title character in ''[[Film/{{Terminator}} The Terminator]]''. Of course, being {{Determinator}} [[IncrediblyLamePun (* ahem* )]], he naturally didn't let this stop him chasing Sarah Connor.
* In ''Film/ParanoidPark'', [[spoiler:the main character hops onto a train and scuffles with a security guard who catches him. However, the guard loses his footing and falls onto a second set of tracks as another train approaches.]] The result is an unnerving scene in which [[spoiler:the guard crawls away from the tracks, minus the lower half of his body.]]
* ''DamienOmenII'' features a man being cut in half at the waist by an elevator cable.
* In the opening action sequence of ''Film/{{Transformers}}: Revenge of the Fallen'', Sideswipe does a balletic jump over the Audi R8, Sideways, lands in front of him and grounds his [[{{BFS}} built in sword blade]] so that as the Decepticon drives forwards he cuts himself in two lengthways. He then proclaims "Damn, I'm good".
** In the climax of the first film, [[TheBerserker Megatron]] does it to {{J|iveTurkey}}azz, quipping that he doesn't want "a piece" of Jazz, he wants ''two.''
** Another case from ROTF: During the battle in Egypt, Mixmaster starts shelling the human troops. [[IncomingHam Enter]] [[BadassGrandpa Jetfire]]. Mixmaster promptly loses his legs to the [[DefectorFromDecadence ex-Decepticon]], who apparently decides that isn't enough and ''[[OffWithHisHead stomps Mixmaster's head off]]''.
* Subverted in the finale of ''Film/{{Blade}}'' when he chops Deacon Frost in half, but the upper body only separates a few inches before his vampire god powers (and a lot of blood) pull the parts back together again.
* Also done to a vampire in ''Film/BladeII'', except this cut was vertical, and it successfully killed the vampire.
* ''Film/FridayThe13thPartIII'': Andy is killed while he walks on his hands, and is later found cut in half.
* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'': A guy gets tackled from both sides by football players and HilarityEnsues.
* One of the fights in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' sees a fighter cut in half at the waist by the large blades on the wheels of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard her own war chariot]].
* In the Music/WeirdAlYankovic film Film/{{UHF}} the TV show preview for "Conan the Librarian" depicts the barbarian chopping a patron in half, vertically, for returning books past their due date.
* Happens to one guy in ''Film/{{Slither}}''. Subverted in that his organs fall out before he splits in half.
* [[spoiler: Hud]] in ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''. It's a blink and you miss it moment, but if you watch closely, the monster swallows his legs, letting the upper body fall to the ground.
* Apparently in the backstory for a background character in ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' -- when Victor first encounters him, he splits in half vertically to get around the young man.
* Every single person, except for the little girl, in the opening scene of ''Film/GhostShip''. The only reason she survives is because she's still short enough that the high-tension cable goes over her head instead of through her body as it cuts across the deck in a split-second.
* ''Film/IchiTheKiller'': Brain-case to balls.
** For at least one on-screen killing. It's implied that the messes he usually leaves behind are a lot worse.
* Happened some time ago to a character in the ''Film/{{Doom}}'' movie, when a teleport-pad accident sent his upper and lower halves to different destinations. Due to futuristic medicine, he lives, but as half a body permanently attached to a wheelchair/life support system.
* ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'', [[spoiler: Daxus]] is vertically sliced in half by Violet, the only way you could have made it out was because ''[[RuleOfCool he was set alight, in total darkness!]]''
* Occurs by way of subway train to a rapist in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' Urich observes the police carting away "[[ShoutOut Jose]] [[JoeQuesada Quesada]] ... and the rest of Jose Quesada."
* Happens in both ''Film/MenInBlack'' films:
** In the first, Edgar the Bug is blown apart at the waist when K fires his {{BFG}} inside the Bug's stomach. Amazingly, this didn't kill Edgar; it took a second shot from another BFG to do that.
** In the second, the Worms are cut in half at the waist, but it only appears to be a mild inconvenience until they [[PullingThemselvesTogether pull their two halves back together]].
* A nonlethal version happens to RonaldReagan in ''King's Row'', in which he wakes up from surgery and says the famous line, "Where's the rest of me?" Reagan, by the way, plays a notorious playboy who had taken an interest in the surgeon's daughter. [[FreudWasRight Think about it.]]
* Sybil is ripped in half after being dragged through a floor in ''Film/StageFrightAquarius''.
* ''Film/{{Pieces}}'' shows a victim getting cut half with a chainsaw.
* One of the victims in ''Film/{{Intruder}}'' is found cut half, with his upper and lower body in two dumpsters. He also has a "1/2 price" tag on him.
* In ''Film/{{Signs}}'', Graham's wife is hit by a car and he is told that she is basically cut in half and the car is the "only thing holding her together," but [[GoryDiscretionShot we don't see it.]]
* Happens to a {{Mook}} in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance''; there's a brief shot of the cable slicing him in two, and then we see the two heroes drag the corpse away ''side by side'', one holding his wrists and the other his ankles.
* ''Film/PitchBlack'': "Where's [[spoiler: Johns]]?" "Which half?"
** [[spoiler:Shazza, who gets ripped in half and carried off still screaming by a swarm of juvenile Bioraptors.]]
* In ''Film/IRobot'', Sonny hurls another robot into an energy field that disintegrates most forms of alloy or composite. Before collapsing, it staggers about for a moment, then turns to reveal it's lost half its head and body.
* In the beginning of ''TheReturnOfHanuman'', Rahu and Ketu were cut in half. Their bodies were reattached, only that their lower halves were switched.
* A favored fatality of the ''{{Saw}}'' franchise, several victims are usually decapitated in this manner. One victim is strapped to a bench and disembered by a razor sharp pendulum. In the last installment's introductory sequence, the girl who is cheated on the two men in the contest is dropped forcefully upon a rotating sawblade when they agree that ''she'' is the one to die in the trap. The real {{Gorn}} candidate, though, is the suspension trap that forcefully rips the victim in two vertically when it goes off.
* ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' has a character torn in half by two T-Rexes, who then eat him.
* Happens to one of the Rangers in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' during the Omaha Beach landing sequence. Captain Miller is dragging a wounded comrade out of the water when a mortar explodes nearby, throwing Miller to the ground. When he gets back up and resumes dragging, the soldier is now dead and has been blown in half.
* Variant: In ''Film/TheCell'', a horse is split into a sequence of slabs by the descending glass plates of a deathtrap. As it's a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind sequence, the horse's various sections remain alive.
* In ''Film/TheWoman'', the feral woman cuts [[spoiler:Brian]] in half after Peggy frees her.
* ''[[spoiler:The main character]]'' of the film ''Film/SourceCode''.
* A late-entry AIP "Beach Party" movie leads up to an old-timey 'villain at the sawmill scene', where series ButtMonkey Eric Von Zipper ends up cut in two in a bloodless, painless, comical fashion with bad split-screen camera effects.
* Happens briefly in ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'', when Connor cuts Kane in half horizontally. But then he uses his powers to join the halves and the fight continues.
* Happens to a Delta in ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' when his lower body gets blown off by a Somali RPG. Though he's played by Creator/KimCoates so it's [[ChronicallyKilledActor not that surprising]].
* In ''Film/KingKongLives'', Kong grabs one of the hunters that tried to capture it and breaks him in half.
* [[spoiler:Moochie Welch]] dies this way in ''Film/{{Christine}}''
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': As Harrison is blasting away at Klingons with a gun in one hand and a {{BFG}} in the other, he uses the latter to completely vaporize the upper torso of one who's attacking Kirk.
* ''Film/PacificRim'': Fast-swimming {{kaiju}} + {{BFS}} = [[InertiaIsACruelMistress this]].
* In ''Film/TheLastStand'' a mook's torso falls separate from his waist thanks to a [[MoreDakka Vickers machine gun]].
* In ''Film/CaptainsCourageous'': It happens when[[spoiler: the Portuguese fisherman]]suffers an accident while deep sea fishing. [[spoiler: Because he was submerged up to his neck in the ocean, his wounds were not visible. He announced his predicament through an interpreter, so the boy he had been taking care of wouldn't know how bad it was.]]
* ''Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn''
** [[ScaryScarecrows Scarecrow]] Earl in [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIIIUrbanHarvest the third film]] is defeated when he is cut in half from his waist.
** Doc in [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIVTheGathering the fourth film]] is cut in half when a possessed hospital gurney (that produces a switchblade) rams on him.
** Isaac punishes Rachel for her treachery in [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn666IsaacsReturn the sixth film]] by cleaving her in half vertically with a machete.
* In ''Film/StargateContinuum'', Qetesh uses an enhanced blade to cut Ba'al cleanly in half from the waist up.
* Due to a case of DeadlyDodging in ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'', one of the college kids falls head first into a wood chipper. Tucker tries to pull him out, but from the perspective of the other college kids [[NotWhatItLooksLike it looks like Tucker is shoving him in]].
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* Richard inflicts this fate on some of his enemies in ''[[SwordOfTruth The Sword of Truth]]''. It helps that his sword can magically cut through anything.
* [[ActionGirl Mara]] [[FieryRedhead Jade]] does this to some wolvkils in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''[[OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]]''.
* Darth Vader [[YouHaveFailedMe executes someone]] in ''SplinterOfTheMindsEye'' by using his lightsaber to bisect him from the crown of his head right down.
** A disguised Corran Horn uses the same technique on a 3PO unit belonging to the Blackstar Pirates in ''[[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi]]'' as part of a dramatic display meant to frighten them.
** Lightsaber combat refers to this technique as ''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sai_tok sai tok]]''. It's Sithly in nature (even when it's necessary to kill, a Jedi shouldn't feel a desire to mutilate his enemy's body), hence Jedi almost never use it on sentients. Jedi Master Cin Drallig, however, expresses the opinion that when fighting a Sith Lord, no technique should be considered off limits to stop the threat they represent.
* This happens to one of the mobsters in the [[Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree second]] ''[[Franchise/TheDarkTower Dark Tower]]'' book when he is [[UnfriendlyFire accidentally]] strafed with machine-gun fire.
** Before that, Odetta loses her legs thanks to Jack Mort pushing her in front of a train. Later, Roland possesses Jack's body and makes him do it to himself-except aims the impact point just a bit higher.
* Interesting variation in ''The Cloven Viscount'' by Italo Calvino: the title character is a nobleman who got cut in two (vertically) during a fight against Turkish forces. But, amazingly, both halves survive, one evil and the other good.
* This happens in the novel ''Literature/TheWarlockInSpiteOfHimself''.
* In one book in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series, a wizard gets cut in half in the middle of a battle, and keeps himself alive briefly with magic. [[spoiler: It turns out this was in order to complete a spell to transfer his soul into a little marionnette.]]
* Happens to Kid Sampson in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' when [=McWatt's=] practical joke of buzzing the beach goes horribly wrong.
* The protagonist in TheGodwhale. He survives... and is actually called "hemihuman" through much of the book.
* This is the fate of [[spoiler: Navarog]] in ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}''. In [[spoiler: dragon]] form, he's a huge, almost-untouchable monstrosity... but in [[spoiler: human]] form, well, [[spoiler: Raxtus]] [[JustEatHim got hungry.]]
* Creator/LFrankBaum's ''SkyIsland'' has the Blue government practice of slicing two persons in half and recombining them with each other. They attempt it with Cap'n Bill and (a donkey?) Fortunately, Cap'n Bill escapes.
* ''The Teacher From The Black Lagoon'', a rather peculiar picture book, sums it up in four sentences:
--> ''"This is a boy." She takes a big bite. "This is half a boy. Now you've learned fractions."''
* Used in a 1814 german poem by Ludwig Uhland:
--> ''Zur Rechten sieht man, wie zur Linken, Einen halben Türken heruntersinken. ''
--> ''To the right one sees, as to the left, half a turc sink down.''
* From the Old Norse ''Literature/SagaOfTheJomsvikings'': In the Battle of Hjorunga Bay, the warrior Thorkel Midlong is cut in two.
* When Sigurd, the hero of ''Literature/VolsungaSaga'', is stabbed in his sleep by Gutthorm, he throws his sword after Gutthorm, slicing him in half.
* This is taken to a strange extreme in ''Literature/{{Deathstalker}}'': The character 'Half A Man', a former investigator, is sliced in half ''vertically'', the missing half of his body replaced by a sinister energy being. [[spoiler: Eventually, that side ''devours'' him, and he's well aware that it's happening for quite some time.]]
* in the second Literature/{{Mistborn}} book, resident ActionGirl Vin slices a villain in half with a [[{{BFS}} koloss sword longer then she is tall]]. As well as his horse.
* ''{{Genome}}'' begins with protagonist leaving a hospital where he recovered after being bisected. His legs had to be regrown for several months, since the ship where the accident happened had only one spare medical chamber and thus only one half could be saved; otherwise, legs could just have been reattached.
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* ''Series/MacGyver'' uses the trope name verbatim... in the series' [[GrowingTheBeard first two-part episode]], Mac is strapped into a fiendish torture device vaguely inspired by ''The Pit and the Pendulum'', and told by the BigBad that he's about to be [[InvokedTrope half the man he used to be]].
* [[spoiler: Uncle Marty]] in the first episode of ''HarpersIsland'', as well as [[spoiler: Beth]] in a later episode.
** The first one happens in particularly gruesome fashion: he falls through a sabotaged [[RopeBridge foot bridge]], and while he's struggling to pull himself back up, the killer hacks him apart from below with a big knife. While he tries to shoot him through the bridge. It looks for a minute like he might win out, but ... [[CruelAndUnusualDeath no]]. Many episodes later they [[PeekABooCorpse find the body]] [[CallingCard strung up in a tree]] .. in two pieces.
* Hunters from ''Series/TeenWolf'' will cut captured werewolves in half to guarantee that they won't be able to heal themselves.
* Alex Taylor, in the fourth SeasonFinale of ''ThirdWatch''. Whilst attending a road traffic accident, the car she is sitting on explodes and chops her in half. She doesn't die until a few moments later, meaning she is painfully aware of what has happened.
* In one episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' ("Split Personality"), a conman wishes to marry a pair of beautiful blonde twins because they are both rich, but they don't like to share. No problem. He [[FakeTwinGambit pretends to have a twin brother]], and further pretends that they are both traveling salesmen, and marries each of them in separate ceremonies. Understandably, the twins are Not Happy when they discover the subterfuge, and proceed to execute their own version of Solomon's Judgment. With a chainsaw. In the end, each twin has half, and both are happy. Him... not so much.
* [[{{Life}} Charlie Crews and Dani Reese]] investigate a corpse like this in the episode "Farthingale". The weirdness of the man's death turns out to be one of the ''least'' odd aspects of the case.
* In a KidsInTheHall sketch a man told of how a shark bit him in half. It really did. His wife measured.
* Not quite severed altogether, but a luckless man (played by [[Series/LawandOrderCriminalIntent Vincent D'Onofrio]]) in the "Subway" episode of ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' got trapped under a train car, which crushed and mangled his body from the waist down. It's understood by all -- paramedics, police, and the poor guy himself -- that the train's weight, compressing arteries in his crushed torso, is the only thing keeping death by blood loss in check.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the final fate of Caleb, via the slayer's axe. [[GroinAttack From the groin up.]]
--> '''Buffy:''' He had to split.(laughs)
** [[spoiler:Anya ]]meets the same fate in the final episode. Not from the groin up, though.
* In ''OneThousandWaysToDie'': The first case featured in the series ever was this. "Semi-cide" features a dude called Frank, who got accidentally cut into two while working on his car in a parking lot in Las Vegas while a huge truck was around and then hit his lower half. Made worse by how ''both halves were sent to different hospitals by mistake''. And naturally, there are MANY other cases...
** "Shafted", a bossy office manager is cut in half while trying to escape a malfunctioning elevator.
** "Forked Up": A pothead who went on a joyride got bisected on some rope tied to his waist.
** "D-Parted": A flirtatious and recently divorced FemmeFatale tried to seduce a group of construction workers, one of which is so taken by the woman that he loses control of a concrete saw and ends up slashing the woman in half.
** "Half-Offed": A Jerkass businessman cuts the line for a taxi, only to get cut in half by a steel cable from a passing truck that gets caught in the taxi's trunk lid.
** "Ex'D Ex": A jealous ex tries to wreck his ex-girlfriend's date, only for him to get run over by the tractor she and her new boyfriend were driving in.
* The victim in a ''Series/{{Castle}}'' episode. Castle even ''says'' "he's HalfTheManHeUsedToBe".
* In the first season finale of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', [[spoiler:David Robert Jones]] builds a portal to crossover to the AlternateUniverse, but [[spoiler:Peter]] manages to get there in time to close the gateway and [[PortalCut portal-cuts]] him in half.
* One of the early shown zombies in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' is the rotted upper half of one, who continues crawling about by pulling itself along with its hands.
* With one swing of his sword, Stannis Baratheon cuts a guy clean in half during the Battle of Blackwater in ''GameOfThrones''.
* In ''Series/RobotCombatLeague's'' Commander vs. Scorpio match, [[spoiler: Scorpio damages Commander so badly, it breaks in half at the waist]]; resulting in a KO.
** [[spoiler: Scorpio does this AGAIN in their next match against A.X.E.]]
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* Happens to the [[spoiler: Kagamine twins]] in the {{Vocaloid}} song "Wide Knowledge of the Late, Madness." They later [[spoiler: get stitched back together and become ConjoinedTwins]] in "Dark Woods Circus."
* The final sixth of "Falling Down" by Cunninlynguists makes grim humor from this during a machine gun rampage. "Walk in the Dollar Store and just let off / Now even the manager's body is 50% off!"
* In one of John Lennon's posthumous anthologies, there is a recording that parodies Yesterday and goes like this: "I'm not half the man I used to be / 'Cuz now I'm an amputee"
* In Music/TwentyOnePilots music video for their song "House of Gold", both band members are performing while cut in half.

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* Happened to [[spoiler: Rodolphus Lestrange]] and [[spoiler: Fenrir Greyback]] on ''HonorableHogwarts''. They ''really'' don't like {{Canon}} characters there.
* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'': Poor Randal. Before he died, his lower half was disintegrated by Paulie Gonepus's Maelaser.
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* Native american legends tell of Odzihozo, a giant who was so impatient during his creation that even when he was not yet fully made, he set out on a quest to change the world. However, he had only half a body with no legs at that time, and as he dragged his body around, he [[AccidentalHero created valleys, lakes, and rivers in his wake.]] Eventually, after hauling and heaving himself across the continents for centuries, he was so exhaused that he crawled up a hill and stayed there forever, and seeing what he had done, he turned himself into a mountain so that to this day he admires his creation. Or that of his behind, actually.
** That makes him more of "Half The Man He Was Supposed To Be."
* One Eskimo tale tells of a beautiful bride desired by two brothers. Unable to decide who should have her, they each grabbed her from an end and pulled, result in one having the upper torso and other the hips and below. Being clever artificers, they quickly carved out a wooden replacement for the missing half, thereby explaining why the women of one tribe were so clever with beadwork (having been descended from the woman with the living upper torso) while the other tribe excelled at dancing (having been descended from the woman with flesh legs).
* Another story implies this. Two women came to King Solomon, each claiming that they were the mother of a particular baby. The king thought about it for a while, and then came to the decision that the baby should be cut in half. Naturally, the woman who protested was the real mother, and while the other woman didn't think half a child was fine, she simply said basically that if she couldn't have the child, [[IfICantHaveYou at least the other woman wouldn't either]].
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* Dorn Graybrook in ForgottenRealms. A red dragon damaged boy's left side including bitting off arm and leg, after eating or incinerating most of the people Dorn knew including his parents. Then wizard made him new appendages and used half-golem as a gladiator until he grew up. Then Dorn got rid of the wizard and became a mercenary, seeking missions that involve dragon-slaying.
** Long before "half-golem" became a standard template in 3E, the {{Ravenloft}} setting was home to Desmond [=LaRouche=], an NPC from Nova Vaasa who'd lost one side of his body in a laboratory explosion, and had it replaced with a golem half.
* Happens to too many people to list in ''LegendOfTheFiveRings''. The CCG set "A Perfect Cut" refers to a specific SingleStrokeBattle that ended this way.
* A lot of the TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} backstory has this, usually about Space Marines. Particularly about World Eaters. And ESPECIALLY about Kharn the Betrayer, whose axe, [[NamedWeapons Gorechild]] is stated as capable of splitting an armoured space marine from crown to crotch, or something along those lines.
* Occasionally depicted in ''MagicTheGathering'' card art. [[http://magiccards.info/som/en/127.html Slice in Twain]], [[http://magiccards.info/9eb/en/2.html Vengeance]], and [[http://magiccards.info/mbs/en/59.html Burn the Impure]] are some examples.
** As well, Grand Arbiter Augustin IV, the guildmaster of the Azorius Senate on Ravnica (as of the original Ravnica set) is legless (and blind), floats around in his magically hovering throne, empowered to legislate utterly by the guildpact.
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* [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples Done in]] ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' where the titular character is reported to have sliced Macdonwald "from the nave to the chaps" right before the play begins. This is done to establish right away how bloodthirsty [=MacBeth=] is.
* Johnny Eck, a sideshow performer born without a pelvis, was billed as "Half-Boy" because his truncated body resembled this trope's outcome. At one point, he and his normal-looking twin brother worked with a magician to subvert the usual SawAWomanInHalf routine: his brother would "volunteer" to be bisected on stage, the magician would covertly switch the twins while pretending something had GoneHorriblyWrong with the trick, after which Johnny would run around the stage on his palms, shouting that he wanted his legs back.
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* Happens to [[spoiler:Alternate Tuyet]] in ''{{Bionicle}}'' after a [[spoiler:PortalCut]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'':
-->The Axe Lord strikes the Goblin Maceman in the lower body with her =steel battle axe= and the severed part sails off in an arc!
** Notably, with inorganic creatures (like bronze collosus or iron men), which do not bleed, this and [[OffWithHisHead decapitation]] is the only thing that will cause death. And even organic creatures killed this way can have their upper half brought back as a zombie.
* A longtime feature of the ''SamuraiShodown'' series is being able to slice your opponent in half if you hit them hard enough and/or hit them in a specific manner (i.e., a crouching Strong strike). This is usually either at the waist or a DiagonalCut.
* Maw, an EliteMook in ''[[DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II]]'', survives being cut in half at the waist in an early {{Cutscene}} and from that point forth uses telekinesis as a means of locomotion since he has no legs. Due to the [[BadAss badassery]] required to survive such an injury and the RuleofCool being in full effect in other areas as well, he was [[EnsembleDarkhorse one of the more memorable villains in the game]].
* Very common in ''MortalKombat'' {{f|inishingMove}}atalities. Usually a horizontal cut, as it's easier to animate, but Kung Lao can do vertical cuts in a few games.
** Also, story-wise, [[spoiler:this is how Sonja died in the Armageddon, as one of the first things you see in the opening sequence is her dead body, torn in half. (Who did it to her is never revealed. However, one of the few good things to happen as a result of Raiden tampering with the timeline is, [[SparedByTheAdaptation she becomes one of the survivors in the new reality.]].]]
* Simlarly, this also happens in the ClayFighter games as a "Claytality". Since this is supposed to be a parody, it's nothing but slapstick.
* In ''EternalDarkness'' some of the larger swords (such as the long sword found in the church levels and Kareem's ram dao) can do this to zombies.
* Wario can get cut in half vertically in ''VideoGame/WarioLand 3''. Since he always comes back together as if nothing happened, it's only a minor inconvinience.
* If you kill a boss with a sword weapon in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', this will happen to them.
** It goes back as early as ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', or, maybe even further, ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' (most notable example: [[spoiler:''Zero'' himself in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'']]).
** It was also used on ''VideoGame/MegaManX2's'' Wire Sponge if X used the Sonic Slicer on him.
* The Krall in the original ''[[UnrealI Unreal]]'' sometimes lose their lower half when taking damage. This doesn't keep them from crawling towards the player and firing their {{BoomStick}}s.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' can have this happen to Stalfos enemies, if I remember correctly, with their top half and head trying to run away from Link and their feet trying to attack him. They can also, semi obviously literally be blasted to millions of pieces with just a head bouncing around.
* In the video game ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows'', the 'evil' option at the end of a boss battle against a Symbiote-possessed Wolverine involves you tearing him in half at the waist - duplicating the Hulk's impressive feat from years before, in a demonstration of just how strong your Symbiote is becoming. [[GoryDiscretionShot You don't get to see the actual damage]] - just the separate halves of him, pointing in opposite directions, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal while he bitches at you]].
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' allows Kratos to rip the basic enemies in half right from the get-go, letting you know Kratos isn't the type to play around.
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' you come across headcrab zombies who are just a torso. You can use the gravity gun to fire a circular saw blade through a zombie's torso and cut them in half... but it only works on zombies, and only cutting them in half, no decapitations or amputations.
** And it doesn't necessarily stop them coming at you...
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' - when you kill one of the various tree-style elementals.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'', you can blow {{mooks}} in half with the shotgun.
* ''NoMoreHeroes'': Travis can chop enemies in half with the finishing blow.
** Travis does this vertically to Speed Buster in a cutscene after defeating her in the PAL version of the game (in the US version he decapitates her). [[spoiler:Henry]] finishes off [[spoiler:an assassin who came after Travis]] horizontally in the ending.
** Travis also cuts Destroyman cleanly in two vertically. [[UnexplainedRecovery He somehow returns]] in the sequel as a pair of cyborgs, each half of his biological body supplemented by a robot half.
** Travis does this to Nathan Copeland and Alice Twilight in the second game.
* In almost every one of his various ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' appearances, Odin's [[OneHitKill Zantetsuken]] slices enemies in two for instant death, and [[DiagonalCut the halves slide apart]]. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' had Seifer counter the Zantetsuken and slice ''Odin'' in half. When Gilgamesh inherits the Zantetsuken, the upper half of the sliced enemy (and parts of the scenery) fly off violently.
** He uses this in his fight in the flashback of his battle in the War of the Magi in the castle sequence of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', cutting apart several Mooks in the process. Then [[TheWorfBarrage it fails to even faze]] [[OhCrap that last foe]]...
* With the {{Blade|BelowTheShoulder}}, [[CombatTentacles Whipfist]] and Claw powers in VideoGame/{{Prototype}} you can slice up people in three different ways: sideways, vertically and diagonally. Or you can just grab people with the Musclemass power, and [[BloodyHilarious pull them in half]].
* It's one of the finishing moves in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin''.
** The [[SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom crashing blades]] in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1'' and the wall scythes in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2'' could cut the Prince or {{Mooks}} in two.
* Can be done to enemy ninjas, with a katana, in ''ShadowWarrior''.
-->'''Lo Wang:''' ''Oooh, split personality!''
** He'll also say "You're half the man you used to be!" as a ShoutOut to the Stone Temple Pilots song.
* Off-screen example in {{Nier}}, when the Junk Heap siblings go to collect material, a robot causes debris to fall down and crush the older brother to death. The younger brother frantically attempts to pull him out, [[{{Squick}} and...]]
* This can happen to LauraBow in ''The Colonel's Bequest'' if she oils the arm on a suit of armor, causing the axe it's holding to swing down.
* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' games: [[TheManyDeathsOfYou His lower half]] [[RuleOfFunny walks away!]]
* This happens to enemies in ''{{Okami}}'' if you finish them off with a power slash.
* A special move in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodrayne}} 2'' allows you to cut a mook in half vertically.
* ''VideoGame/SweetHome'': If the male heroes die, a quick {{Cutscene}} shows them being rent in half.
* Occurs in a cutscene during the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]] expansion for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', when the massive [[IncendiaryExponent Inferno Golem]] literally tears a Darkspawn in half with both hands.
* At the climax of ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', [[spoiler:Sullivan]] uses a skyhook to try to airlift himself out of Fortune City. Chuck, however, uses a set of handcuffs to clip one of the belt loops of his trousers to a railing, and makes good on his promise that he 'wouldn't make it out of here in one piece.'
* ''TheSuffering''. The protaganist finds a prison guard who had somehow just been bisected horizontally. A mercy bullet is a good thing right now.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', this is what happens when you kill someone with a laser {{critical|Hit}}.
* [[spoiler:Skint]] in ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction''. The actual bisection happens off-screen, but we do see him after the fact -- [[{{Gorn}} heavily bleeding, with his spinal column exposed]]. Fortunately, though, he dies from a relatively painless MercyKill instead of bleeding to death.
* In ''GearsOfWar'', the game's signature chainsaw bayonet lets you do this to baddies (or other players in multiplayer).
* In ''LeagueOfLegends'' Urgot's backstory involves Garen cutting him in two. He survived through Pididly's [[WeCanRebuildHim techmaturgy]] and the PowerOfHate he survived with his lower half replaced by four metal legs.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', ghostly samurai Bishamon's victory taunt consists of him threatening you with this: "Horizontal, vertical or diagonal?"
** It should be noted that some of Bishamon's {{Special Attack}}s ''do'' cut his opponent in half. But unless he defeats them with the attack, they fall back together.
* ''SilentHillHomecoming'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-JMSERC8sA will do this to Alex if you fail to escape]] [[FreudWasRight a Schism.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarkness 2'', there is a finisher move that has the two demon arms grab an enemy by his feet and rip him in half. It's called 'Wishbone'.
* ''Speedy Blupi/Eggbert 2'' features large circular saws in some levels that can vertically (and bloodlessly) saw the title character in half (at least until he respawns, now in one piece again).
* Most of the enemies in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' are capable of doing this to Isaac, but with the proper weapons he can do it right back.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2''', Leon can literally blast a zombie in half with a standard shotgun if they are close, while Claire can blast the legs off a zombie with a grenade round-loaded grenade launcher. [[{{Determinator}} And they still come after you.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', Mendez' legs come off once down to about half-HP. The boss U-3 can [[OneHitKill instant-kill]] Leon via bisection with its Plaga pincers. In the earlier games, zombies could be bisected with the shotgun, but would continue to crawl after you until you headstomped them.
* Pit does this to Hades via a giant energy blade three-fifths of the way through the final battle of ''KidIcarusUprising''. Unlike most examples, [[PhysicalGod Hades is just barely hurt]] and simply grows an entire new lower half. The seam between his new and old halves becomes a valid weak spot for the next phase of the battle, however.
** This is also the case with the Erinus enemy. When attacked, it splits in two with both halves coming after you.
* In the many death scenes of ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', Lance will be cut in half (vertically and horizontally) by Fritz.
* In ''Videogame/IMissTheSunrise'', this happened to Chac during [[ApocalypseWow the Shine]]. He survives, but [[DespairEventHorizon not well]]. [[spoiler:However, you can give him ArtificialLimbs if you complete a sidequest.]]
* The boss Lokii from ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' is another boss, Loki, but ripped in half vertically. Both halves attack you.
* ''SLAISteelLancerArenaInternational'' has this happen [[CutscenePowerToTheMax in its opening]]. A Carro model grabs a Proton [[NeckLift by the neck]] and hoists it into the air. It shoves its machine cannon into the Proton's midsection and [[NoRangeLikePointBlankRange opens fire]] until the Proton's entire lower half is blown off, landing some distance away before exploding. The Carro then throws the Proton's remaining top half behind it, which explodes in midair.
* Most of the {{boss battle}}s in ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' end with the Dark Purveyor getting chopped in half by Juliet.
* In the notoriously gory ''SoldierOfFortune'' series, enemies can be bisected at the waist by the shotgun, large caliber arms, or explosives.
* Seen with a Marine's corpse floating in space during ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'''s intro cutscene.
* ''[[LEGOCrossoverGame Lego Indiana Jones]]'' uses this to demonstrate the effects of getting shot on Henry Jones Sr., whose legs proceed to wander around aimlessly. When Indy lets him drink from the Grail, his two halves are reunited.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s ''Broken Steel'' DLC, Liberty Prime is blown in half by a KillSat strike.
* VideoGame/BrothersInArms: Hell's Highway featured this early on; following an ambush on Baker's squad, a priest who had handed out cigars to the squad for saving his town loses the lower half of his body to a German antitank shell.
* ''CommandAndConquerTiberianSun'' has Nod Cyborgs, tough infantry units that aren't subjected to the common weaknesses of normal soldiers. If they're damaged enough there's a chance they'll be blown in half, but the lack of legs merely slows them down.
* The Duvalia in ''VideoGame/{{Resident Evil 5}}'' finishes off the player character by devouring their upper body.
* A possible result of using the Tsurugi of Muramasa on human-size or smaller opponents in ''VideoGame/NetHack'': it happens on about 5% of hits, and [[OneHitKill kills instantly when it occurs]][[note]]larger opponents can't be killed in this way, but take double damage when it happens[[/note]]. However, only Samurai can get it without wishing or [[{{Macrogame}} bones]], and have to take it from someone wielding it, and that instakill chance still applies when the player is targeted.
* In ''TheWonderful101'', Wonder Red finishes off the first boss, Laambo, by bisecting him vertically with his own sword. Funnily enough, [[NotQuiteDead Laambo is still alive]] enough to hold his two halves together and keep shouting insults, and appears ready to continue the fight... until his sword splits in half too, at which point he finally [[DefeatEqualsExplosion explodes.]]
* A death scene cut from the VGA remake of ''[[VideoGame/SpaceQuest Space Quest 1]]'' had Roger vertically cut in half with what appeared to be a chainsaw, in a manner similar to the ''VideoGame/LauraBow'' example above.
* A little effort and a lot of bloody-mindedness will inevitably lead to this in ''VideoGame/{{Toribash}}'', where it isn't unheard of for a strong kick, a stomping attack, or even a plain old ''headbutt'' to cause an opponent to be violently torn in half at the waist or chest.
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* In ''[[VisualNovel/{{Jisei}} Yousei]]'', [[spoiler:Dr. Johansen]]'s body is found cut in half by the bell that crushed him. This becomes even more horrific when Kangai's [[PsychicPowers kansei]] reveals that [[spoiler:Johansen was still alive when Naoki and Aaron found him and that, given the time frame for the murder, he had to have been alive for at least ''several minutes'' after getting crushed before he finally succumbed to blood loss]].
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* [[spoiler: Miko Miyazaki]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[spoiler:somewhat ironically, as she kills a previous villain this way in one of her first appearances]].
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Cindy is [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000711 rendered "topless" in a most unpleasant way]]. This is actually one of the ''less'' gruesome deaths during the "KITTEN" StoryArc.
** There was also a non-lethal version of this trope involving (who else?) [[BunglingInventor Riff]] building a portal generator and multiple people getting stuck in them up to their waists.
* Krunch of ''LookingForGroup'' does this to the dwarf that [[spoiler: killed his father]] by grabbing each arm and pulling. There were LudicrousGibs, of course.
** His brother, Ray'd, later took [[ChaoticEvil Richard]] up on an offer to use a dwarf as a substitute for a wishing bone. After the deed, Richard admitted that he wished for the opportunity to pull a dwarf in half.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'': [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/12/7/ Used here]] as a way to preserve team balance.
-->"Do I get a vote?"
-->"You're about to get two."
** "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/8/26/ You understand there's more to]] {{Dissidia}} [[TakeThat than murdering]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Tidus]] [[CatharsisFactor over and over.]]"
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** [[spoiler: Feferi's dreamself got cut in half by Jack Noir shortly before the destruction of her session's Derse. Tavros' dreamself (on that session's Prospit, which fares no better) is soon afterward revealed to have been slaughtered in the same way.]]
** [[spoiler:And then there's what happened to Eridan...]]
** Even before [[spoiler:the death of his dreamself]], Kanaya did Tavros the favor of [[ChainsawGood chainsawing off his legs]] so that they could be replaced with robot prosthetics.
* ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'': Happens in "One Way to Win" when [[spoiler:half of Taylor's body is gruesomely forced out of the car by his kidnapped victim crashing into a tree.]]
* In ''OneOverZero'', Zadok suffered this ''twice'', on both the top and bottom halves. Being a straw golem, however, he was able to be repaired each time.
* In ''Webcomic/PowerpuffGirlsDoujinshi'', this is how Monkey [[http://ppg.snafu-comics.com/index.php?comic_id=270 kills Battus]].
* In ''Webcomic/OwMySanity'', the Shoggoth cuts [[EldritchAbomination Nancy]] in half. She is [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction annoyed]].
* In ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'', the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Head Maid]] was bisected in an [[NoodleIncident unfortunate event]] where she escaped from the city and went back again.
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* From the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse:'' [[WorldsStrongestMan Strength]] ripped one of Los Hermanos's duplicates apart by grabbing each of his arms and pulling. He then made a joke about pulling the wings off of a fly. The humor wasn't exactly appreciated.
* In the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fangame, [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]] suffers this fate in addition to DisneyVillainDeath in a manner very similar to that of Darth Maul.
* In ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'', Commander Up reveals that this had been done to him during the Robot Wars; however, he had been bisected "vertically! hot-dog style, not hamburger style" and the missing half replaced by robot parts.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Taylor]] has most of her body below the waist incinerated by [[spoiler:Scion]], and only survives thanks to an EmergencyTransformation.
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* A very weird version of this trope appears in "Sea Legs" from ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''. A giant apparently left his legs behind and Captain K'nuckles decides to steal them to substitute for his wooden legs. The giant wasn't happy about this when he returned.
* In one of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' {{Halloween Episode}}s, Seymour Skinner suffers after a golem uses him like a yo-yo.
** A fantasy of Bart's involves Skinner getting chopped in half by a robot ant.
** In "The Neptune Adventure" story of the episode "The Wettest Stories Ever Told", Krusty's lower half lands on top of his upper half, allowing him to "go out with a sight gag".
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', most notably with The Mole in the "Carpal Tunnel of Love" music video.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' , this is how the Demon Shredder meets his demise, with green fire substituting for the expected shower of blood.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', Buttercup slices a cyclops monster in half, its two halves then hop away.
* In the medieval episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' Spongebob slices Squidward in half as a demonstration of karate to the medieval Sandy; [[UnexplainedRecovery he is fine later]].
** Another episode has Spongebob being [[ItMakesSenseInContext torn in half by a gorilla]], but [[GoodThingYouCanHeal it doesn't even keep him from talking.]]
** Squidward is also cut in half by a pair of scissors when Spongebob uses Mermaidman's utility belt on him while trying to bring him back to normal size.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Brock Samson]] does this to mercenary [=LeTour=] with his own sword. "A 7-10 split, good luck picking up that spare."
* In a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' parody of ''TwoAndAHalfMen'', two guys and a third who's missing his lower body scream in horror.
* A recurring gag of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and Creator/TexAvery MGM cartoons usually as a result of the SawAWomanInHalf trick, the character believes he is unharmed and his body separates as he walks away.
* This has happened a few times in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' in "Scare Happy Slappy" a bomb blows Walter Wolf in half and he later sews himself back together, and in "Rest in Pieces" Sid Squid is cut in half by a statue's sword.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short "Touché, Pussy Cat" Jerry cuts Tom in half with an axe while saving Nibbles. [[UnexplainedRecovery He is fine later]].
** However in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'', Tom was bleeding after being cut in half!
** In another short, Tom used a laser beam to cut a hole on the wall Jerry was hidden in. On his hurry, he forgot to turn off the laser before chasing Jerry, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard getting himself cut]].
* Happens to DonaldDuck at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode "Salute to Sports" as a result of him being kicked in the chest by Disney/{{Mulan}} while attempting to show the audience her karate skills. Moments later, he is completely bandaged up.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' featured someone erasing characters in ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' [[spoiler:, the Red Guy]]. The entire episode ends by revealing it was a nightmare by Cow who dreamt Mom and Dad were only half there. The screen pans out [[spoiler: to reveal they are.]] The only other episode that showed this was the pilot.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Cosmo Rules", Jorgen caught the trick-ups and had to pass on his duties of enforcing the rules to a family member, the only available one being Cosmo. After giving Cosmo his wand, Jorgen said without it he felt like half the man he used to be. [[TemptingFate Then]] he hiccupped, making a magician's saw cut him in half (a symptom of trick-ups is doing a magic trick every time one hiccups). Jorgen then commented he literally was half the man he used to be.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RocketMonkeys'' episode "Trick or Trixie", Wally's ExtremeOmnivore PetMonstrosity tries to eat Gus, who afterwards walks away with his torso severed from his legs and hovering commenting that [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction he needs a bandage]].
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* The medical procedure for amputating people at the waist is called ''Hemicorporectomy'' - literally, the removal of half of the body. Usually done for terminal cases of pelvic cancer. It's as unpleasant as it sounds; it involves the removal of the legs, the genitalia (internal and external), most of the urinary system, the large and small intestines, pelvic bones, anus, and rectum.
* The medical term for this type of injury is "transection," and the standard example is a man who fell asleep on the railroad tracks. While survival is occasionally possible, most hospital [=ERs=] have standing "do not resuscitate" orders for patients who have been bisected in accidents.
* One of the nastier methods of execution used in ancient China.
* Described in horrific detail as happening to at least one Marine [[WorldWarTwo on Iwo Jima]] in the book of ''FlagsOfOurFathers''.
* FormulaOne driver François Cévert, while attempting to qualify for the United States Grand Prix in 1973. He presumably overcompensated going through the track's famous Esses complex, losing control and crashing hard into the barrier at nearly 90 degrees, actually uprooting the barrier. Cevert's body was cut in half [[DiagonalCut from his neck to just above his hip]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Dahlia Elizabeth "Black Dahlia" Short]] suffered this at the hands of her demented, unknown Serial Killer.
* The soldier in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:After_the_war_a_medal_and_maybe_a_job2.jpg this anti-World War I cartoon.]]
* A rare, but survivable birth defect in which a person is born without legs or pelvis can resemble this trope.
* Ancient Japan actually had warriors [[KatanasAreBetter (and weapons)]] who trained to do this in a single sword stroke, the diagonal variation that is.
** Apparently, a more or less common way to both test recently forged katana ''and'' quickly execute condemned criminals was to have a samurai bisect the prisoner with a single diagonal cut.
* A few shark attack victims were bitten in half.
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