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->'''Mr. Potato Head:''' Where's my nose?\\
'''Mrs. Potato Head:''' Here it is.\\
'''Mr. Potato Head:''' Here's your arm.\\
'''Mrs. Potato Head:''' Gimme that. That's mine.\\
'''Mr. Potato Head:''' Honey? The moustache?
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''

An enemy is beaten, blown to pieces, or else [[LiterallyShatteredLives frozen/petrified then shattered]]. But wait! The pieces are combining! It's reassembling itself! Time to leg it!

This Subtrope of NighInvulnerability may be greeted with shock, horror and cries of "WhyWontYouDie!" Not to be confused with FromASingleCell, where a monster/character regrows itself from a single part instead of reassembling itself from the already existing parts that were blown off. Can be seen as a specific form of HealingFactor, that manages to avoid the ShapeshifterBaggage otherwise involved.

See also HelpingHands, LosingYourHead, WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody, AppendageAssimilation and GoodThingYouCanHeal. CraniumChase is a subtrope that involves the head. For DemBones, this is a [[SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration way for them to "heal" from damage]].

For the intentional combat/utility version see DetachmentCombat.

Not to be confused with the other kind of [[GetAholdOfYourselfMan pulling yourself together]].

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Happens to a minivan in a Liberty Mutual auto insurance ad, after a collision causes the (unoccupied) car to fly apart into dozens of components.
* This happened to Vince and Larry the Crash Test Dummies a lot in a 1980's safety campaign for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Sasori does this after being punched to pieces by Sakura, because [[spoiler:his body is just a shell that he can reassemble and his heart is the only important part.]]
** Hidan and Kakuzu are capable of this as well. For Kakuzu, his body mostly consists of black threads that allow him to detach and extend limbs to great distances. For Hidan, he can survive being torn apart but needs Kakuzu to stitch him back together; otherwise decapitation would pretty much render him harmless.
** Orochimaru can do this because apparently his whole body is ''[[TheWormThatWalks made]]'' of snakes.
** Any physical damage suffered by those brought back to life with Impure World Resurrection is reversed by the pieces coming together like an object made of ash crumbling in reverse. Hence the term "[[FanNickname Confetti Zombies]]"
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', after immortal characters are injured, their blood, flesh, internal organs and bones will start flowing back to their body, ultimately leaving them with no physical damage at all. This works even if the person is on a speeding train and the parts are left smeared on the tracks (eventually). [[{{Squick}} Yikes.]]
* Manga/DragonBall Z has a couple of these; Meta Kooler's metallic body can pull itself back together by use of whip-like metallic tendons that sprout from the body parts; Majin Buu takes it to another level by being able to reform himself after being blown into a cloud of atoms. It's only after every atom is his body is completely vaporized that he is truly defeated.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''
** Clare, and presumably others of her kind that cannot regenerate limbs outright, have a limited ability to do this if the wound is fresh, the limb is intact, and she has a bit of time to concentrate on making them knit together solidly.
** A better, more recent example is the nigh indestructible [[spoiler:Abyssal Eaters.]]
* ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'': Alucard. He's started battles by letting himself be shot to pieces, just to freak people out more when his blood runs back into his body.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Buggy the Clown ate the Bara Bara no Mi Devil Fruit, that allows him to separate any part of him and levitate it, but also to reasemble himself after doing it or be cut.
** The Logia users can do this too, turning their body into their element and moving it back into them. Aokiji (and Crocodile and Kizaru to a lesser extent) seems to be the best examples of this, as most other logia users just let attacks pass through them without effect rather than actively "pulling themselves together".
** After the Timeskip, [[spoiler:it is revealed that Brook can put his bones back together if they are knocked apart.]]
* MechaMooks Decoe and Bocoe claimed to have done this in Episode 48 of 4Kids's ''Anime/SonicX''. The original Japanese version says Chuck Thorndyke repaired them.
* Chevaliers from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' have been shown to be able to reattach severed limbs and use them normally within a short timespan.
* Nosferatu Zodd from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' can reattach his own severed limbs on the rare occasions someone is able to deal that much damage to him.
* Akasha Bloodriver from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has this ability, as apparently do all Shinso vampires. Even better, if her body parts are completely destroyed, she's implied to be able to regenerate on a FromASingleCell level.
* Comes to bite Shibugarasu in the ass in ''Manga/InuYasha''. After having stolen the Shikon Jewel, which makes demons incredibly strong and allows them to reassemble their bodies when killed, it loses a foot while trying to flee from Kagome and Inuyasha. Even though Kagome is not a good archer by that point and the demon is already way out of reach, she ties the foot to a magic arrow and shoots in the general direction. With the foot trying to reattach itself to the body, the shot is an instant hit. Unfortunately, she blew up the Jewel in doing so, scattering pieces of it across Japan and kick-starting the plot.
* Arcueid Brunestud was able to assemble pieces of her body back together after being killed and torn apart by Shiki in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. This process happened off-screen, though. She also used packing tape to do this.
* Doctor Minoru Kamiya in YuYuHakusho does that to one of his arms when Yusuke shoots part of it off.
* This is done by [[spoiler: Giselle Gewelle]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', who nonchalantly reattaches ''half her side'' after being nearly split into two.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* This trope is invoked in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' with [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=205066 Reassembling Skeleton]].
** Nearly all skeletons in Magic regenerate, presumably in this way, going all the way back to the original [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=62 Drudge Skeletons]] from Alpha.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Spidercide Clone Saga'', Spidercide gains this ability after fully awakening his shapeshifting powers.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Dr. Manhattan did this after being disintegrated by a lab accident in his origin story. He does it again towards the end.
* ''[[{{Marvel 2099}} X-Men 2099]]'' villain Junkpile does a variation. Though he doesn't heal himself with his own body parts, he repairs damage to his body by pulling metal objects to him telekinetically and using them for raw materials to replace broken or damaged body parts.
* Comicbook/ManThing goes through this about once an issue.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSavageDragon'', there was a villain named Abner Cadaver who was a mystic zombie who could sew body parts onto himself. One of his last appearances showed him sewing the body parts of various superhuman in order to do battle with the titular character.
* [[NightmareFuel Subverted]] in the Obsidian Age story arc of ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''. ComicBook/PlasticMan is frozen and shattered into thousands of pieces which lay scattered on the ocean floor far in the past. He is completely aware, yet '''unable''' to pull himself together, and survives in this manner for 3000 years before he is collected and reconstituted by the league in the present time.
* ''RomSpaceknight'': The mutant [[HalfHumanHybrid human/Dire Wraith hybrid]] Jimmy Marks can use his considerable PsychicPowers to reconstitute himself after being reduced to ''molecules''.
* The ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'' is capable of doing this, [[NighInvulnerable provided there's something capable of cutting him to pieces]].
* In a [[Magazine/{{Mad}} Don Martin]] ''ComicBook/CaptainKlutz'' story, the Captain gets ripped to comedic shreds by an enemy. Told literally to "pull himself together", he yanks at one of the wings on his hat and his various pieces all slither back together and reconnect.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Cattivik}}'' he'll usually do this to himself after being tore apart or destroyed. In a particular episode this happens twice to some mummies. In both cases, the results of their efforts were laughable to say the least.
* Marvel villain Absorbing Man can shatter if he turns himself into some fragile material, but he can also pull the pieces together.
* Little-known Marvel character [[TerrorInc Terror]] has the ability to replace parts of his body with those of others, including animals. Good thing too, since his body is constantly rotting away. He can secrete a substance akin to an extremely fast-working digestive enzyme from his skin, which makes tearing off body parts even from still-living people easy. An added perk is that he gains access to memories and skills related to the body parts he assimilates: an eye allows him to see what the original person saw, an arm from an artist can help him draw accurate sketches and so on.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick Jack]] from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has this. [[ExploitedTrope Exploited]] by Calvin at one point, taking him apart to make him fit in his backpack.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant can do this to an amazing degree when [[spoiler:the ending reveals that even after [[HeroicSacrifice being blown up in the atmosphere]] by a ''nuclear explosion'', his countless paperweight-sized pieces can be seen migrating to an unknown location so he can reassemble himself.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'': Sally the ragdoll, whose detachable limbs often fall off at the slightest physical provocation. Fortunately, she carries a sewing kit around with her for that exact reason.
* [[ButtMonkey Mr.]] and [[{{Housewife}} Mrs. Potato Head]] in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 3]]''. For Mr. Potato Head, it becomes something of a RunningGag. May also count as OrganAutonomy.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' this seems to be a property of Elsa's {{Snowlem}}s, as demonstrated by Olaf [[spoiler:and [[TheStinger Marshmallow]]]]. Sure you could fairly easily kick their heads off, split them in half, or toss them off cliffs in pieces, but since all of the pieces remain animated, they could just put themselves back together, as good as new.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The T-1000 from ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. At one point, it gets a piece of an arm shot off; said piece just liquefies and flows back into its foot. The major example is when, after being [[KillItWithIce frozen with liquid nitrogen]] and [[LiterallyShatteredLives shattered by a bullet]], the hundreds of pieces liquefy and it completely reforms. Bonus points for the fact it wasn't in perfect order after reforming, losing control of its shape on occasions. This is made more clear in the extended version.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/HotShots Part Deux'', when Saddam Hussein does that in an obvious homage to ''T2'' [[spoiler:and ''Film/TheFly'']].
* In ''Film/TheSpirit'', this is how The Octopus and The Spirit are revealed to be practically immortal.
* In ''HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'', the titular army can do this after being smashed to pieces.
* WaltDisney's ''BedknobsAndBroomsticks'': An animated suit of armor is blown apart by a grenade, quickly re-assembles itself and continues attacking. On [=YouTube=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtgcJBXD4sA here, starting at 6:45]].
* In ''Film/DeadAndBuried'', one of the [[spoiler:undead]] locals loses an arm by getting hit by a car. The figure, whose face is not seen, grabs the detached arm from the car's grill and runs off. Later in the film, a shopkeeper is seen [[spoiler:using a small brush to apply paint to the area of his own shoulder where the arm was severed]], implying that he's re-attached the lost limb and [[spoiler:is touching up the seam to conceal any sign that his unhealing, dead flesh was damaged]].
* {{Wolfman}} pulls himself back together after being blown apart with dynamite in ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'' to show that, yes, ''only'' a silver bullet will do the trick.
* In the movie ''Film/JustVisiting'', a medieval knight and his sidekick are accidentally sent to the present time by a cocky/kooky wizard, who goes in after them. In one scene, the wizard's potion goes awry and explodes, tearing him apart (in a non-gory fashion). Just when it seems there is no hope for the displaced knight, behold! -- pieces of the wizard (whose body parts have turned into metal for some reason) crawl towards each other and the wizard puts himself back together!
* In ''Film/MenInBlack II'', the villainess has captured the damsel and apparently killed her guardians, the worms. J and K find them lying in pieces in their apartment -- then they wake up, start grumbling, and drag themselves over to their lower halves to reattach them.
* In ''Film/GhostRider'', Johnny blasts [[spoiler:Legion]] apart with a Hellfire-powered shotgun. He just pulls himself back together like nothing happened. [[spoiler:It did provide enough of a distraction for Johnny to deliver the finishing blow, though.]]
* Hector does this in ''Saturn 3''.
* Mentioned, though not seen, in ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie''. After the Rangers defeat a dinosaur skeleton, Rocky has a GenreSavvy moment and suggests they leave [=ASAP=] in case he pulls himself together.
* The Film/{{Leprechaun}} does this in the first, fourth, and fifth films.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Ted Hughes' ''The Iron Man'' (on which the ''The Iron Giant'' is loosely based) starts this way. The Iron Man walks out of nowhere and falls over a cliff. One hand scuttles about blindly until it finds an eye, then picks up an arm and reassembles the whole body from there.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Reg Shoe is a zombie, and becomes a member of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch after a career as an undead rights activist. He's repeatedly injured in combat, but can and does sew his parts back together as long as he still has one hand in place.
** In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', the golem Meshugah can do this.
** A vampire photographer in ''Discworld/TheTruth'' carries a glass vial of emergency blood on a string around his neck. If he's reduced to dust by the bright light of his camera's flash, the vial falls and breaks, and contact with the blood causes the pile of dust to re-form into a solid body.
** At one point in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', [[TheGrimReaper Death]] does this. And it's awesome.
* Stephen King's ''Literature/{{Christine}}'': Both the novel and [[Film/{{Christine}} movie adaptation]] involves a murderous vintage automobile that can heal itself from ANY damage, via a sort of time reverse power. Even after being crunched under the car crusher, Dennis still has nightmares four years later of Christine finally repairing herself and coming after him for revenge. Just look at the impressive visuals in this clip from the movie on 8:54 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yTcspRQHXo&feature=related
* In ''JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' the [[TheFairFolk Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair]] keeps trying to put his body back after it's been ground to powder, but the pressure keeps up and he eventually dies.
* ''Literature/ColtRegan'': Nihil tend to do this unless [[KillItWithFire severely discouraged from doing so]].
* In ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', the title living skeleton occasionally loses limbs in combat, and simply pops them back into the joint and carries on. In fact, he had to reassemble himself entirely after his original death/resurrection. Apparently, he's even capable of replacing missing parts with other people's bones, as his current skull is [[LosingyourHead not his own]]. He does need medical attention if any of the bones are broken or cut, though.
** [[spoiler:Darquesse]] quite literally [[LosingyourHead lost her head]] in the fight against [[spoiler:alternate!Mevolent]] who beheads her with [[NamedWeapons Godkiller]]. It took her less than 30 seconds to put it back on again...
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** The [[FallenAngel Denarian]] Tessa's alternate warrior-form body can rebuild itself if badly damaged by transforming into thousands of tiny mantis-like insects that reform together into the original body.
** In ''White Night'', the blood and ichor from the uberghouls do the same thing.
* Referenced as a joke in one of the ''{{Nightside}}'' novels, in which Alex books an act by "Mr. Explodo" to entertain his bar patrons. Mr. Explodo [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin explodes on stage]], then invokes this trope.
* The vampires in Stephenie Meyer's ''Literature/{{Twilight}} Saga'' can do this if they aren't incinerated after dismemberment. This process is only alluded to in the main novels, but is prominently featured in the novella ''The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner''.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/TheScarletCitadel'', Tsotha-lanti tells ConanTheBarbarian that "''if you hack me in pieces, the bits of flesh and bone will reunite and haunt you to your doom!'' The next moment, Conan [[LosingYourHead cuts off his head]]. [[NightmareFuel The head remained alive, and the body attempted to recover it]]. Fortunately, at that moment, a friendly sorcerer took away the head, the body ran after him, and the king was rid of the need to find a solution.
* In the ''WildCards'' novel ''Inside Straight'', Jonathan Hive is sliced in two by an assassin. Fortunately for him, he's TheWormThatWalks and has plenty of practice reintegrating.
* A passing remark in ''Literature/TheLovelyBones'': "I was in my heaven by that time, fitting my limbs together." The protagonist is a PosthumousCharacter whose murderer cut her body up before disposing of it. [[JacobMarleyApparel Evidently this affected her soul (or whatever) as well.]]
* ''Across a Billion Years'' by Creator/RobertSilverberg has an AbsentMindedProfessor with a bad habit of detaching his limbs when deep in thought or nervous[[note]]He is a HumanoidAlien from the planet where gradually replacing body parts with mechanical implants is an honoured tradition. Adolescents normally have at least one artificial limb. Professor Pilazinool is old and respected and about 90% machine.[[/note]]. In one [[FunnyForeigner comic relief scene]] he managed to unscrew both his arms and legs simultaneously and needed outside assistance.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Replicators from ''Series/StargateSG1'', as long as they have enough intact blocks remaining.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': [[spoiler:[[AnIcePerson Tracy Strauss]]]] does this at the very beginning of Volume 5.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Dracula in the episode "Buffy vs. Dracula". Even after she dusts him, the dust pulls itself back together to reconstitute him. Also subverted as Buffy isn't the least bit startled and just restabs him.
-->''(Buffy stakes Dracula after he's reforming)''\\
'''Buffy:''' You think I don't watch your movies? You always come back...\\
''(Dracula's dust starts to reform)''\\
'''Buffy:''' I'm standing right here!
* ''DeadLikeMe'' reapers can reattach fingers fairly easily.
* This happens to the earth elemental in "The Accidental Occidental Conception", the second episode of ''Series/TheMiddleman''.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' Samantha's Father turns Darren into a statue and smashes him. Reluctantly he later puts him back together.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** "I Fall to Pieces" had a psycho stalker doctor who could disassemble and reassemble himself.
** "The Trial" had a lizard warrior that would come back together every time he got chopped up. Angel eventually cut him in half, then chained up the pieces on opposite sides of the room, before moving on.
* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Odo transforms into a glass, which is then [[LiterallyShatteredLives dropped and shattered]]. In classic Terminator manner, the shards transform into liquid and melt together to reform Odo.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''
** One of the more memorable MonsterOfTheWeek types was Hatchasaurus, a very strong dino-bird thing who could reassemble himself no matter how thoroughly trashed, because [[SoulJar the important part was elsewhere]].
** An even more memorable monster was Bones, who is pretty much Hatchasaurus, except that his SoulJar is his head.
** Also, Eye-Guy was a monster who was made of eyes, and he had a similar ability; in this case, the SoulJar was his main central eye, which he could separate from the rest of his body and keep elsewhere, keeping most of him safe.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'': On the DarkerAndEdgier side of the Toku coin, the Clay Doll Dopant's ability, asides from shooting large blasts, is to reassemble herself after she's been crushed to a billion pieces. In fact, [[Recap/KamenRiderDoubleE13E14TheRadioQ an arc]] from Double shows this power in action. It's DarkerAndEdgier because [[spoiler:you don't know it's going to happen the first time, and it ''looks'' like a sympathetic character just got completely crushed. You don't learn the truth [[ToBeContinued until next week]]]].
* The Djieiene spider in the ''Series/LostGirl'' episode "Arachno Faebia" can do this as long as its heart is safe in its SoulJar.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** A battered Cyberman from the episode "The Pandorica Opens".
** Much earlier in the series, gargoyle creature Bok reforms himself after being blown apart by a bazooka in the serial ''The Daemons.''
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': The episode "Bambi" reveals that Vyvyan is apparently capable of this, despite it not being explicitly shown.
* In episode 6 of ''Series/MythQuest'', a mysterious knight is beheaded, willingly, by Caradoc, and then gets up, retrieves his head, and places it back on his shoulders.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the Leviathans have a regular HealingFactor, but when their heads get cut off, it instead reattaches itself to the body if left alone for too long. [[spoiler:The Winchesters and Bobby use this to figure out a semi-permanent way of dispatching them by storing the body parts far away from each other.]]
* Herrick is pulling himself together offscreen during the entire second series of ''Series/BeingHuman''.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* [[TheWormThatWalks Zaktan]] is able to do this in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. [[spoiler: Which is why the writer could easily {{Retcon}} his apparent "death".]] Really, almost ''any'' character is capable of doing this if their pieces are still intact and they know the secret of how to rebuild themselves. One of the most memorable instances is in the teaser for the planned game that never made it out, showing Onua spill out of his canister in pieces and assemble himself. Had the game been finished we would have gotten to see such a sequence for each of the original six Toa.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* From EgyptianMythology, the sorcerer Nefrekeptah had to face a serpent both [[AntiMagic immune to magic]] and who had this ability as the FinalBoss guarding the [[MacGuffin Book of Thoth]]. When standard freezing spells didn't work, Nefrekeptah went for the direct approach and cut of the serpent's head, and threw it far into the river. However, the head came back almost instantly and blocked his path again. Nefrekeptah again cut off its head, threw it into the river, and this time put sand on the neck before the head could come back. The head couldn't reattach, and though the serpent couldn't die, it just lay there, helpless.
* Similar to the above example, the English folk tale of the LambtonWorm and the Scottish story of MichaelScott both feature serpents who can bring themselves together again. In the former, if the snake is fought mid-stream and then hacked to pieces, it cannot re-form. In the latter, the middle section of the snake has to be taken and cooked for it to remain dead.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Necrons in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are known to do this, sometimes even reforming after being reduced to molten slag.
* In ''{{Warhammer}}'' the Great Necromancer Nagash did this after his body was chopped into pieces, burned to ashes, taken in several containers far away from each other, and scattered to the winds. The process took over a thousand years though, and his hand, which wasn't burned because it crawled away after being severed, never returned to him.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** Trolls, and anything with regeneration, can reattach body parts, including heads if they have a spare.
** Lebendtod from TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} don't regenerate, but these undead can remove and re-attach their heads or limbs at will. An anecdote in their 3E monster description tells how a necromancer sent several boxes of loose body parts to a rival's home; [[TrojanHorse once inside]], the parts re-assembled themselves and the lebendtod attacked.
** Some skeletal undead have been depicted with the ability to reassemble themselves, in various D&D editions and ''Dragon'' articles. One type of skeleton, once several are knocked to pieces, even combine their bits into a bigger, more dangerous monster.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Mach Rider'', of [=NES=] fame.
* The protagonist of the freeware game ''Videogame/AndYetItMoves''.
* ''FinalFantasyVII'' - The "Reunion", a mysterious signal beckoning those who are injected with Jenova's cells. This is actually how Jenova, an extraterrestrial creature, puts itself back together after being disassembled. The various test subjects Cloud meets throughout the game - mostly homeless men who were driven insane from the lab trials - all assemble at the North Crater, as they carry Jenova's cells. Professor Hojo postulates the "JENOVA Reunion Theory" in his notes.
* The zombie robots from the game ''VideoGame/MetalArmsGlitchInTheSystem''. Using the tether to bodyjack an enemy robot causes Glitch to have to do this afterwards. [[spoiler:One BossFight also requires you to do this to yourself to escape an impossible situation.]]
* It seems a ''lot'' of [[DemBones skeletal enemies]] do this trick when defeated:
** The Dry Bones in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros.''
*** The Bony Beetle, if you stomp on it. (However, its regenerating qualities can be exploited for extra lives if they're underwater; as long as you don't touch the floor, the invisible stomp counter won't reset.)
** The Stalfos in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' do this in some of the games. It necessitates either defeating all of them quickly, or blowing up their collapsed bodies with bombs.
** The skeletons in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2''.
** The red skeletons and red armors from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''.
** The Recapitator enemies in ''VideoGame/WarioLand Shake It''. Lucky, considering they throw their head as a boomerang to attack.
** ''VideoGame/UltimaVIII'' skeletons are incredibly fast and powerful, and if you somehow manage to put one down... you've not got long before it's back on its feet at full strength. Options are to throw it in a lake first, or just use a necromantic spell to put it down for good. ''IX'''s much weaker skeletons will also pull themselves together shortly after defeat, though you can prevent this by picking up one of the parts, such as the skull (preventing it from rejoining the group). For added fun, collect a full skeleton then drop the bones in a populated city.
* In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'', Luigi has to fight Greenies possessing suits of armor in the Treacherous Mansion; in most cases, he has to defeat them by knocking them over, causing the armor to break apart and making the ghost vulnerable. However, in the BossBattle with the Tough Possessor later, it can possess two - and then three - suits of armor at once, and if Luigi knocks only ''one'' down, it will put itself together quickly. To make the Tough Possessor vulnerable, [[spoiler:he has to knock them all down at the same time.]] (Unfortunately, once he manages to do that twice, it possesses one [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever gigantic suit of armor...]]
* With high enough Marksman skill, the Skeletons in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' will shatter, only to come back together as if nothing had happened; in this case it's a (possibly unintentional) side effect of the game using the same animation for paralysis and death.
* Some ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' bosses do this, most notably the BonusBoss Viscidus from Ahn'Qiraj and the water elemental boss from Violet Hold. In both cases, they are NighInvulnerable while in their normal form -- the objective is to shatter them and then kill the pieces.
* Trailers for ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' have shown GLaDOS's mainframe and the entire Enrichment Center itself repairing and reassembling themselves, presumably years or decades after they were destroyed and overgrown with plantlife.
* For a player example, some of the hazards and enemies in ''LocoRoco'' can split Locoroco up into several pieces. However, a bit of "Noi! Cheburatta roi!" and they're back together in no time.
* ''NeverDead'' is about an immortal demon hunter. The character is often dismembered through enemy attacks, only for him to literally put himself back together.
* The Hunter, a recurring boss from ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' is capable of both of this and regenerating its limbs. It's not as perfect as some of the other examples, though, but the only ways to stop it are [[spoiler:freezing it solid and burning to a crisp with a rocket engine.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest 6'', the endodroid can pull the same stunt as the T-1000. Just [[http://tmd.alienharmony.com/rw/sq6/1/e.htm don't let it happen around Roger]].
* Ms. Fortune from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', Lance does this in miraculous ways in some scenes whenever he loses a limb, like his hand or [[OffWithHisHead his head]]. Heck, there's even one resurrection scene that has the pieces of his body falling on top of each other and reconnecting him if he dies in the confrontation with Fritz.
* The boss Earthwake can do this in VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam (after it's knocked into the water by Luigi's hammer attack). It also takes itself apart when chasing Giant Luigi across the battle arena or using things like its hammer or forcefield attack. Considering this thing has RaymanianLimbs and is made of about twenty seperate buildings, this isn't particularly difficult for it to do.
* In ''VideoGame/MySims Kingdom'', [[SdrawkcabName T.O.B.O.R.]] is strewn across Rocket reef by the explosion of the rocket he was test-piloting. While you have to gather every part to where his head is, once you do so, he pulls himself together in a tornado of assembly, slightly ''better'' for wear, but unwilling to risk being caught in another explosion.
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* Nova does that in one ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' strip.
* Schlock of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', being a Carboscilicate Amorph, can "pull himself together" if he gets blown apart or if someone steps on him. Which is [[GoodThingYouCanHeal fortunate]], since it happens a lot given that he's incapable of wearing armor for protection. He has to be a bit careful with this trick, though. Difficult to pull oneself together when one is split up, then carefully picked up and put in sixty separate plastic bags....
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' has a TownWithADarkSecret where [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/248 all the villagers have this ability.]] [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good thing, too, once you realize who the mayor is.]]
* The demon K'Z'K from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' pulls this trick after Bun-Bun [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/990217 runs him through a meat grinder]].
* ''Webcomic/ElijahAndAzuu'' has Legion, which repairs damage done to their possessed host simply by tying wounds closed with the host's own veins and sinew.
* In ''RustyAndCo'', [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-42/ the vampire does this]], [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-43/ though Madeline can still manage to annoy it]], and [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-48/ Cube figures out a way to use it against her.]]
* Majin Buu from ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse''.
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* ''LoadingReadyRun'' plays with this in the video [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/227/Pull-Yourself-Together Pull Yourself Together]]. The main character has accidentally been leaving different aspects of his personality at his friends' houses.
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* Durge from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''. He does it several more times in the Expanded Universe.
* Happened to Tom of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' at least once.
* Also happened in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
* The Dummies of the CGI animated short TheIncredibleCrashDummies regularly had limbs knocked off with no problems.
-->''(Slick and Spin crash a motorcycle)''\\
'''Slick:''' That was beautiful, Spin -- I just went to pieces!\\
'''Spin:''' Really? Did the camera get it?\\
'''Slick:''' I forgot to take the lens-cap off.\\
'''Spin:''' Get me my leg so I can run away!
* ''WesternAnimation/GadgetAndTheGadgetinis'': Penny built Digit and Fidget with "Rebuilding Systems".
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' / ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. One word: Waspinator.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Bender can do this as well. In "I Second That Emotion", he dismantles himself so that he can flush himself down the toilet bit by bit, and is next seen in the sewer with his arms and legs all mixed up, regretting the fact that he threw out his own assembly instructions. In the pilot, Bender is seen putting both his arms back in their sockets one after another... [[MindScrew somehow.]] That is, first, he uses his left arm to reattach his right arm, then his right arm grabs his left arm and also puts it back in. Fry, who is standing right next to him, is dumbfounded.
-->'''Fry:''' [[LampshadeHanging I don't know how you did that!]]
* The characters of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' have been known to fall apart and reattach themselves on a regular basis. In one instance we see that Plankton has his left and right legs marked, suggesting that he has lost them before.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' features a character named Fall-Apart Rabbit, whose schtick is to literally fall to pieces and then reattach himself again, usually with the parts on all the wrong places.
* Robin finally manages to freeze and shatter Madame Rouge in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. He barely has enough time to disable the trap before Rouge reforms and captures him.
* In ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', J'onn gets torn in half by the Annihilator, but turns intangible and reforms himself.
* Both MartianManhunter and ComicBook/PlasticMan can do this in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': When Jimmy Neutron commands his robotic dog Goddard to play dead, rather than falling over, the dog ''explodes'' -- then the pieces fly back together, unharmed.
* ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' has an episode where Mark's nightmares started coming true (as one of three trials). In one scene where he runs through a door, only to wind up in outer space, falling back to earth. When he landed on the ground, he instantly liquefied into a puddle of blood. (skydiving from space without a parachute hurts, kids) Mark's coworker Leonard was not impressed as Mark was late for an important event, so cue Mark's skeleton pulling itself out of the puddle, with the rest of the body reforming as he stood up.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Lucius VI is constantly losing body parts. It might have something to do with how old he is.
* Grenader, the [[ActionBomb walking, talking grenade]] and minor threat to the WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce is able to do this after he blows up.
* An alien criminal in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' was given powers similar to Grenader above. They eventually caught on to the idea of grabbing his head before it could reattach.
* Eeyore from ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh''. The RunningGag of his tail falling off and having to be reattatched [[TheEeyore is one of the reasons why he's always so upset]].
* Mr. Scatterbrain from ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''. His nose came off in the episodes "Hobbies" and "Reptiles", and his entire ''face'' came off in the episode "Bugs".
** Also, in the episode "Bugs", Mr. Persnickety loses his mustache, which happens again in the episode "Dance Dance Dance", along with Miss Sunshine's hair.
*** And yet, somehow, they're always back to normal by the next episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': The Warners have this ability.
* Nine of ''WesternAnimation/FrankensteinsCat'' has the ability to do this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', the rock titan General Traag reassembles himself with nary a scratch after being at the epicenter of a bomb explosion.
* In French-German ''Draculito, mon saigneur'' Draculito's grandmother loses limbs [[OncePerEpisode nearly in every episode]]. Which doesn't stop her from being [[NeverMessWithGranny the most badass protagonist]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'', there was Scared Stiff, [[BigBad Prime Evil's]] cowardly ButtMonkey "robot ghost" henchman; he tended to fall apart a lot.
* In the cartoon version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'', this tended to happen to Jacque, a beret-wearing skeleton with a French accent, rather often, especially when he was a victim of the title character's pranks.
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