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[[caption-width-right:350:[[OhCrap Oh Crap!!!]]]]

The villain of the day has dropped a [[VillainsNeverLie bombshell revelation]]. To show the [[ReactionShot reaction shots]] of all the protagonists at once, the screen is split into sections, with a reaction shot in each section. The reactions may show up one at a time and accompanied by a clang sound effect.

Alternatively, the split screen may show the faces of [[{{Ensembles}} all of the protagonists]] as they act in unison. This is especially popular in shows with CombiningMecha, [[AllYourColorsCombined Colors]] or [[AllYourPowersCombined Powers]]. Just about every {{Shonen}} series does this when a particularly harsh blow lands. To be fair, most anime where there is any sort of competition will show something like this.

A typical SplitScreen is just two people and a thin vertical divide between the two halves. The Split-Screen Reaction often has stylized divisions at strange angles. It may not even be a true "split", but a series of picture-in-picture bubbles that pop up. (Also see OddShapedPanel and HexagonalSpeechBalloon.)

Characters with MediumAwareness may be able to use the split to interact with the other characters where it wouldn't usually be possible.

When parodied, it's usually part of an overdose of [[JapaneseVisualArtsTropes Anime Effects]], resulting in MundaneMadeAwesome.

Compare Administrivia/MultiPartPicture.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Used a lot in {{Mons}} shows like ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', where an offscreen character will yell commands or encouragement to the onscreen characters as they act.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' tends to use this effect a lot. The first few frames of [[http://i.imgur.com/X2EpIX0.gif this epic spoof]] are an example.
* Ditto for ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''; well at least during the Chuunin arc.
* Happens in the first episode of ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki'', when Ueki's tree appears from the river.
* Happens occasionally in ''Anime/OutlawStar''.
* Happens several times an episode in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
* Seen in the ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' manga. Plenty of characters, plenty of shocking events to make them react.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Corsair}}'' this happens over dinner when Ayace suddenly announces his relationship with Canale. Everyone at the table gets a reaction panel, with expressions ranging from [[TooMuchInformation awkwardness]] to [[FlatWhat surprise]] to [[RepeatWhatYouJustSaid confusion]].
* The ''Manga/FairyTail'' anime has split-screen ''constantly'', with a lightning bolt-like separation. Most of the time the screen is split just in two, though there are a few multiple splits too.
* Given that ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'' has six protagonists and gets a lot of mileage out of {{Shonen}} tropes, it was destined to happen.
* Similarly, ''Manga/OnePiece'' has several protagonists with a strong tendency to overreact (with the exception of [[TheStoic Robin]]), so this trope is a given.
* Constantly used in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', showing reactions amongst team-mates sitting in different positions or even different vehicles.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'':
** We get one near the climax including each of the Humane Five when [[spoiler:they feel their magic coming back]].
** And another when they look with hope as Sunset Shimmer transforms to fight [[spoiler:the newly created Midnight Sparkle.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Honorable mention to the OminousMultipleScreens at the end of ''Film/TheMatrix Reloaded'', which display reaction shots of all the previous {{Chosen One}}s, or is it [[TheMultiverse the different possible reactions of Neo himself]], but in the end, [[DullSurprise it doesn't matter since they're all portrayed by Keanu Reeves.]][[note]]and if that weren't enough, he's wearing shades.[[/note]]
* Happens with Ramona, Knives, Kim, Stills and Young Neil in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' after [[spoiler:Gideon stabs Scott with the PowerOfLove.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' (of course) during their anime moment in the Foosball episode. A cat is added to the mix for good measure.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' uses this quite a bit.
* The first ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' trailer had all the present smashers react in shock this way to seeing Wario about to do a [[{{Fartillery}} Wario Waft]].
* Used in both ''VideoGame/Persona3'' and ''VideoGame/Persona4'' as the start to an "All out attack" when all surviving party members gang-rush downed enemies in battle.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Used in ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'' ([[http://www.oneway.juathuur.com/?id=136 example]]).
* Parodied in [[http://wayofthemetagamer.thecomicseries.com/comics/113 one strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer''.
* Seen in ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4881340/ when Zog gained webcomic awareness]] during the ''Webcomic/CrossoverWars''.
* Done in ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'' twice.
** [[PlayedForDrama Done seriously]] in the showdown at Kreedor Castle [[spoiler:when Izor [[StuffBlowingUp triggers]] the sacrificial ritual on the racoon instead of Sal.]]
** Again in the RecycledInSpace arc when the Marines pass [[KillEmAll judgement]] on Walter and [[GuiltByAssociationGag his ship's passengers]]. A hilarious variety of reactions ensue from [[TheChainsOfCommanding Walter]], [[FascinatingEyebrow Sal]], [[KnuckleCracking Tiren and Marty]], [[ShrugTake Gary]], [[DramaticGasp Mary]], [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Sue and Izor]], [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl Elly]], and [[DistractedByTheSexy Leeroy]].
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0774.html we get one for]] [[spoiler:the destruction of Naboo.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' shows an ''epic'' one [[http://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-5-page-44 during the hitball game.]]
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', the apparition of a CosmicHorror is as good as any pretext for [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-56/ both the protagonists and antagonists to figure in a row]].
-->'''Anti-Madeline:''' Well, ''this'' was the wrong ***ing time to start existing.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': In order to emphasize the awkwardness of the moment, there's a page of silent reaction with all the planets ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Pluto]]) on one side and Sun on the other after Earth says she thinks that Black Hole is talking to her inside her head.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Another live-action example, ''Series/{{Noob}}'' can indulge into this for shocking revelations.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Can be seen in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', as with the above picture. Not surprising given the show's {{Animesque}} roots. Especially common during the Bontarian Gobbowl arc.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Tiger Millionaire".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'', the group does this when they realize how most of their personal secrets were revealed on a reality show they were doing,
* Quite common in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingSpiez'', which regularly uses comics-style separations for the screen. Alongside the regular, rectangular panels, you'll have the sharp angles typical of this trope once or twice an episode.
* Happens once in ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Food Tude".
* Also a common sight in ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub''. Including one in the ActionHoggingOpening.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]" has one with Snips and Snails screaming while the Ursa Minor is roaring. And later with Spike, as the three receive mustaches.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]" uses it (both times in association with FinishDialogueInUnison) to show the three leaders coming to the same conclusion. PlayedWith on its second use when the three, announcing the new land as their own, discover they are all claiming the same piece of land less than twenty feet from one another.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E12PinkiePride Pinkie Pride]]" has a nice six-part one with Rarity, Spike, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle reacting to Pinkie Pie challenging Cheese Sandwich to a Goof-Off.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E13DoPrincessesDreamOfMagicSheep Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?]]" has another six-part one as the Mane Six wake up from their nightmares.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E2SchoolDazePart2 School Daze Part 2]]": After they learn that all of the non-pony students are missing, we see Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Applejack react to the shocking news with a BigWhat in the same SplitScreen used for the revelation.
* Popular too in ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes''. Most often with [[CaptainObvious four panels]].
* Used quite often in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' when Nino blurts out that the girl he's fallen in love with is Alya (because he can't spit out it's Marinette), we get a screen split in three for the reaction of Adrien, Alya and Marinette.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In episode 3, Star casting her "Combo Nuclear Butterfly Blast" elicits many panicked reactions from Ludo and his monsters (as well as Marco), on a screen unevenly split in seven parts.