->''Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea, comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.''
-->-- '''Gandalf the White''', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''

A RagtagBunchOfMisfits is pulled together on emergency to [[TheQuest accomplish some grand goal]]. [[WeDoTheImpossible They succeed.]] And then realize that they are not exactly held together by much any more, and the team falls apart, with each member now free to pursue their personal endeavors.

If this happens during the TimeSkip between two installments of a series, it can become rather uncomfortable for the majority of the fans, who must suddenly start seeing TheProtagonist's former siblings-in-arms, to whom they've become attached, as partial strangers again. In [[RealLife reality]], groups of people grow close to each other and part ways again all the time, but this is always a gradual, continuous process, while in fiction, it is often fast-forwarded to save narrative space, coming across as abrupt and forcing the fandom to adjust on the fly.

If the team falls apart because the single member who held them together is gone, it's WeWereYourTeam instead. That said, to qualify for this trope, most of the team must survive the ending (see EverybodysDeadDave for when most don't). If the sequel rolls along, this may be followed by PuttingTheBandBackTogether (to which this is a counter-trope of sorts). Compare LetsSplitUpGang and BreakingTheFellowship, which are temporary split-ups, either on purpose or because of external circumstances.

'''As an EndingTrope, do beware of unmarked spoilers.'''


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Riot Force 6 in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', which unites pretty much every top combat mage in the [[TheFederation TSAB]], is disbanded after the JS Incident is taken care of and the rookies' training is complete. This is followed by PuttingTheBandBackTogether under the name "Special Duty Section 6" in ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce''.
* While not really a specific team or organization, this is how the cast of ''Manga/DragonBall'' treat each other. In between major events, they don't visit each other at all. Even when several years pass, they don't even drop in to say "hi" until the next tournament starts or the next enemy shows up.
** Heck, they don't even seem to write or call, as no one knew Goku and [=ChiChi=] had a 4 year old son until the beginning of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'''s Saiyan Saga.
** As shown in ''Dragonball Super'', however, they started hanging out more casually after the Buu saga.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' ends with Fuu, Mugen, and Jin going their separate ways.
* The original crew of the [[CoolStarship White Base]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' disbands after the war and moves on with their lives, with most of them never returning to active duty ever again.
** A similar thing happens to the Archangel crew after the ending of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', however, [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether most of them reassemble]] about half way into ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''.
** This also happens to the remaining members of Tekkadan in the ending of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. [[spoiler:After all of their Gundams pilots are killed, their boss assassinated and the BigBad smearing their organization to the ground]], the survivors were forced to change their identities and went on their separate ways. Fortunately, they ended up having stable lives after working with Kudelia and Yukinojo and still got in touch with each other. However, Ride is the only one who hadn't contact with them due to his grief of failing to protect their boss.
* In the end of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Try'' Lina and Goury are the only ones who actually stay together.
* At the end of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' most of the characters leave Tokyo to go on with their lives. Misao and Aoshi return to Kyoto. Sanosuke [[spoiler:is forced to flee from Japan and become TheDrifter]]. Megumi leaves to search for her family and only characters remaining are Kenshin, Kaoru and Yahiko. [[spoiler: Then they all reunite five years later, with Kenshin and Kaoru now parents, Yahiko now the master of Kamiya Kasshin, Megumi an even more accomplished doctor, Sanosuke's arriving a bit later since he's being a badass in Mongolia having traveled all over the world, and Aoshi and Misao are there too!]]
* An example that [[MindScrew seems strange in its simplicity]] is ''Anime/{{Daitarn3}}'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htbueyleh38 in the final chapter]], after TheHero Banjō defeats the enemy on Mars, the next scene is at his mansion: ActionGirl Reika Sanjo and TagAlongKid Toppo say goodbye to BattleButler Garrison and SpoiledSweet Beautiful "Beauty" Tachibana, who takes her limo to her parent’s mansion. Garrison closes the mansion and takes the bus to an unknown destiny. There is only a light in one solitary window at Banjo’s mansion. TheEnd.
* An interesting case in ''Anime/TenchiUniverse''. After Tenchi kills Kagato and rescues Ayeka, the gang goes their separate ways: Ayeka and Sasami go back to Jurai, Washu returns to being part of a high group of scientists (only to be kicked out soon after), Mihoshi and Kiyone return to the Galaxy Police and become detectives, Ryoko's missing in action and presumed dead and Tenchi, Noboyuki and Katsuhito return to Earth. However, when Ryoko returns, she tells Tenchi that the others are coming back. And sure enough, they do - Washu reconnects to the stairway closet, Mihoshi and Kiyone return to their apartment and Sasami discovers Ayeka's already left and she races after her, wanting to return there, too.
* The conclusion to each main saga in [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the Pokemon anime]] plays as this. [[spoiler:The fact that Brock got back on the team later the first time and stayed on the second time or]] The instances when TheBusCameBack notwithstanding.
* Defied in ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation''. It is Yu's greatest fear that when they have caught the killer, the investigation team will rapidly disband now that they haven't got a shared purpose anymore. The rest of the group assures him this will not be the case and indeed, when they think they have solved the case, they still spend much of their time together. The rest of the show has them growing into even bigger TrueCompanions.
* ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'' ends with the gang splitting up; Goemon says that the wind calls him east. Jigen wishes to go west. Fujiko says she must go "down south". To make everything neat, Lupin heads north.
* ''Anime/InuYashaTheMovieTheCastleBeyondTheLookingGlass'': After seemingly killing Naraku, Inuyasha's group splits up; Inuyasha, Kagome, and Shippo stick together to track down the remaining Shikon Jewel shards while Sango and Miroku go their own way. It doesn't last long, with [[BigBad Kaguya]] stepping up to the plate, along with the revelation that Naraku was FakingTheDead.
* In VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}} ''~After Story~'', Tomoya, Youhei, Kotomi, Ryou and Kyou graduate, and Nagisa is unable to revive the drama club [[spoiler: when she repeats her senior year ''again'' due to her illness. Youhei, Kotomi and the Fujibayashi sisters do later visit Tomoya and a pregnant Nagisa, but that's the last we see of them, except for Kyou, until the finale. In the RecapEpisode, Tomoya mentions that everyone reunited for New Year's as well.]]
* While this hasn't happened to the protagonists of ''Manga/OnePiece'' (at least thus far), it did to [[spoiler:the Pirate King Gold Roger's crew, on his orders. After Roger was diagnosed with an incurable illness, they made one final voyage to the end of the Grand Line. After that, the dying Roger disbanded his crew and eventually [[MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning turned himself in to be executed, triggering a new pirate age]]. Rayleigh mentioned that he hasn't seen most of his old crewmates in years and has no idea what they're up to, though he apparently did run into Shanks not long after he met Luffy]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/XStatix''; in the second-to-last issue, the team finally reassembles Doop and its members decide to go their separate ways. However, Guy convinces them to come together for one last job. [[spoiler:The job goes south very quickly, resulting in the entire team dying]].
* At the end of ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' #12, the team is tapped to become the first incarnation of ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}, but for various reasons, the various members decide that they'd rather go off and do their own thing for a while.
* ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' are supposed to have disbanded after the events of ''ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled'', only for a [[ComicBook/NewAvengers new group]] (admittedly with a few returning members) to take up the name a couple months later.
* ''ComicBook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'' ends with all of the Sinister Six except Overdrive and Beetle going their separate ways, as there's nothing holding them together anymore and most of the group hate each other now.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/FallenKing'', at the end of the story, Joey decides that he, Tristan, and Tea can't be friends and must stay away from each other to save the world.

* In ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', the five protagonist part ways after finishing school. They get together to repeat a failed pub crawl from their youth [[spoiler:and go their separate ways again]].
* As the passengers of Bus 2525 zoom away in the rescue vehicle in ''Film/{{Speed}}'', after some extensive cooperative self-preservation, the only ones who remain together are Annie and Jack, and ''they'' break up before the sequel.
* In ''Film/AStoryOfFloatingWeeds'', Kihachi is boss of a traveling theater troupe. The mess with his actresses Otaka and Otoki--the former, out of jealousy, gets the latter to seduce Kihachi's son--leads Kihachi to break up the troupe for good. They get together for one last melancholy dinner before going their separate ways.
* In the 2010 remake of ''Film/TrueGrit'', the epilogue reveals that, after their quest ended, Mattie never saw Cogburn and [=LaBoeuf=] again.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Film/PowerRangers2017'', when Trini asks whether or not the group will remain friends once Rita Repulsa is defeated and the rest of the Rangers are uncertain of the answer themselves. [[spoiler: [[AvertedTrope They do.]]]]

* The TropeNamer, of course, is ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''. While physically separated for much of the actual story, the Fellowship breaks apart after the Ring is destroyed and the members go about the rest of their lives. Aragorn rules Gondor as King Elessar with Arwen as his wife, Faramir and Éowyn get hitched in Rohan and go rule their own principality, Legolas and Gimli go WalkingTheEarth, the four Hobbits return to and take back the Shire from Saruman and Grí­ma Wormtongue, and then Frodo and Bilbo leave with Gandalf and the Elves for the Undying Lands.
* After the whole Queen-and-Buckingham incident in ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' is resolved, the eponymous heroes and D'Artagnan each go their own way (but come back together in the sequels).
* In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, after [[spoiler:Eddie's death]], the ka-tet, and the closeness inherent in it is broken. The remaining members of the group still pursue their quest, but it's not the same.
* Creator/StephenKing: after the seven children have successfully defeated ''Literature/{{It}}'' for the first time, they never meet again as a complete group of seven -- not even when they relive history 28 years later.
* The end of ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' is interesting, as the fellowship ends well before the climax. The main goal of the series is to reclaim the [[CosmicKeystone Orb of Aldur]] and return it; this done, the fellowship's purpose has ended, but the purpose of the Orb itself remains to be fulfilled: Garion has to take two of his companions to go meet and kill the BigBad. Some of the original team get back together for the ''Malloreon'', and break up again at the end of that series; however, because most of the party members are people of some political power, they have good reason to keep in contact and there's every indication that they still visit one another from time to time.
* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' provide a particular bittersweet example in the last book, considering that [[spoiler: what's left of the team in question]] is only ''sixteen years old'' when they all end up drifting apart. K.A. Applegate [[WordOfGod stated]] she deliberately used this trope for two reasons. The first was to show that [[TruthInTelevision war can bring people together,]] then make them split afterward. The other was that to subvert the usual happy ending teenage heroes get where they suffer no consequences from their actions.
* Happens in the first ''Literature/KikiStrike'' book. Ananka, Kiki, Luz, Betty and Oona solve a drug smuggling ring in the [[BeneathTheEarth Shadow City]] under Manhattan's streets. After selling the patent to an invention they use to explore the city, they split the profits and (for the most part) go their separate ways. Later on Kiki Strike reunites them to stop the EvilPrincess Sidonia.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': While they never really drift apart (being married or in-laws by the book's end), the main trio's days of fighting evil as a group don't last very long after the seventh book: only Hermione finishes her seventh year and ends up Minister of Magic while Harry and Ron hunt down Death Eaters, and while Ron initially joins up with Harry as an Auror, he eventually works with his brother in their joke shop.
* Happens in the ''Literature/KrisLongknife'' series at the end of ''Unrelenting''. Kris and her now-husband Jack return home to Wardhaven hoping that Kris can get a reasonably safe desk job at Main Navy from which they can raise a family, but Penny, Abby, and most of their other friends stay at Alwa to continue fighting the war against the PlanetLooters. The main series follows Kris, while the others' adventures are continued in a series of ebook novellas.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' ends with a narration of how the surviving soldiers went home and led separate lives. A few stayed in touch but most only met up again at reunions.
** Done visually in Spiritual Successor ''Series/ThePacific'', as Sledgehammer's friends all depart the train to Mobile at various stops along the way. Most heartbreaking is Snafu, who leaves the train without waking his sleeping friend to say goodbye, and who you later learn didn't speak to any of his war buddies for nearly forty years.
* The Freaks of ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' have all joined a new group by the end of the series. Lindsay and Kim are following the Grateful Dead, Daniel has joined the Geeks, and Nick has started dancing disco, leaving only Ken.
* With the exception of the very last episode (a DistantFinale), the last few episodes of ''Series/BabylonFive'' are all about the cast splitting up and going their separate ways.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** It goes without saying that no matter how close the Doctor is to his companions, they'll all leave him eventually since he's practically immortal [[MayflyDecemberFriendship and they aren't.]] He's had friends join and leave for the last 50 years. And to quote the Tenth Doctor, "they break my heart".
** An example probably most befitting this trope is the episode "Journey's End", in which every companion the Doctor has had in the new series (including Sarah Jane and K-9) team up to save reality...only to all go their separate ways at the end.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' has the group split up several times. The end of the first episode, and the end of the first season, and the end of the second season. It never sticks. [[spoiler: In the finale, Nate and Sophie leave to live their lives, but the rest of the group remains together, stronger than ever.]]
* Compared to the other ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series, this happened at the end of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'': [[spoiler: Sisko sacrifices himself to stop Dukat, but ends up with the Prophets and hints he'll return one day. Worf leaves to become the ambassador to the Klingons. Chief O'Brien returns to Earth to teach at Starfleet Academy. Finally, Odo goes home to his people to cure them and reform them. The last shot is a zoom-out from Kira and Jake standing at a viewport on the station.]]

* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': after defeating the Bahrag and the Bohrok swarms, the Toa Nuva decide to split off and defend their own regions. Considering this is a franchise that promotes the [[PowerOfFriendship power of teamwork]], [[SubvertedTrope it doesn't last long]].
* In the Dutch song "Fanfare van Honger en Dorst" (Orchestra of Hunger and Thirst) Jan De Wilde sings about 6 college friends and how they always got back together, but eventually they all went their own way - 'exchanging freedom for a job in the bank, a car, a kid'.
* This happened in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' after the FinalBattle, with the dissolving of Dino Attack Team. Most noticeable in Greybeard's goodbyes to Sam Race and Frozeen, and the goodbyes between Zachary, Minerva, Holly, and Zelda.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** In the end of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', all surviving party members leave to pursue their own business, with the possible exception of the Warden's [[RomanceSidequest love interests]] and [[spoiler:Morrigan, who leaves even before that]]. The most you get is making Alistair king and staying in Denerim, where Wynne remains as an advisor and Leliana has business with the Grand Cleric.
** Happens again after ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Varric tells Cassandra that Hawke's party drifted apart for various reasons, again with the exception of the love interest. It's vaguely implied that the fact this happened to both protagonists (neither of whom have been seen since) is not a coincidence.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'':
*** Once the Breach and the Elder One are dealt with, several party members announce that it's been fun, but they have lives / plans of their own to get back to. They mostly stick around during the PlayableEpilogue, except [[spoiler: Solas, who leaves no matter what.]]
*** And then for good in the ''Trespasser'' DLC. No matter which fate for the Inquisition you choose, be it downsizing to a simple peacekeeping force, or disbanding it completely, the final cutscene makes it abundantly clear that their days as a complete team are over. The last scene of the DLC is the group getting together one last time, and then, one by one, going their separate ways (except for the Inquisitor's love interest, who returns to their side after everyone leaves). The ModularEpilogue drives this home, describing the various fates of the party members post-Inquisition, though in most cases, it is made clear that the Inquisitor keeps in touch with at least their LI.
* A staple in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' Old Republic series:
** Of the (surviving) party members from the first ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': T3-M4 stayed with the ship, HK-47 is found in pieces, Canderous fools absolutely no one who played the first game [[spoiler:even though he's under a helmet and has taken the name/title of Mandalore]], Carth is an Admiral patrolling the Telos sector if you say Revan was light-sided. Bastila is [[spoiler: hiding with Carth]] if you say Revan was light-side male, [[spoiler:has vanished into the unknown in search of Revan]] if you say Revan was dark-sided (either gender), or conspicuously absent. The fates of Mission, Zaalbar, Jolee, and Juhani are "unknown", [[spoiler:mostly because a Dark-sided Revan would have to kill them]].
** In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'', Kreia's final speech to the player character reveals that this will be the case of the Exile's crew. Provided you trained them in the ways of the Force, the Exile's companions [[spoiler:become the Jedi Masters who rebuild the Order]].
** ''{{Literature/Revan}}'' elaborates on this. Mission and Zaalbar run an import-export business (knowing Mission, it's probably a cover for smuggling). Canderous went back to his people and became Mandalore. Bastila was left knocked up when Revan skipped town, resulting in a line that results in [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic Satele Shan]]). Carth steps in to hide Bastila and help raise the kid. Juhani and Jolee went back to the Order (fates still unknown in the ''[=KotOR2=]'' era). The Exile's crew go on to rebuild the Order. Meanwhile, Exile and Revan, T3-M4, and HK-47 try to take on the Emperor ''alone'', ending up dead, worse than dead, vaporized, and reprogrammed, respectively,--[[ShootTheShaggyDog and the Sith come in and curb-stomp the Republic anyway]].
** ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' features this too. During the TimeSkip in ''Knights of the Fallen Empire'', the PlayerCharacter's crew turn out to have gone their separate ways. Some companions rejoin you during KOTFE's story, while some of the others can be re-recruited via Alliance Alert missions.
* The end of ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'' combines this with a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue. After you defeat the BigBad, each character moves on to something new, whether it's more adventuring the land, rebuilding the nation or collecting stamps.
* Happens in several endings of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''. Since most of the characters come from different time periods, this is only natural.
* In all of the endings of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', the protagonists part ways. In the case of endings A and B, [[spoiler:either Trevor or Michael die, and whoever is still alive parts ways with Franklin, the two never meeting again.]] In ending C, [[spoiler:where all three survive, the trio part ways on more amicable terms. While they don't pull anymore heists, they can still meet and interact with each other.]]
* Seems to happen somewhere between ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' and ''Shadow Hearts: Covenant''.
* ''VideoGame/GrandiaII'' ends with a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue to drive the point home. Roan [[spoiler:now rules Cyrum Kingdom]] and occasionally goes out to travel [[KingIncognito incognito]]. [[spoiler:Tio]] works as a nurse, also in Cyrum. [[spoiler:Millenia, [[LiteralSplitPersonality now separate from Elena]],]] is a grade school teacher in Lilique City (where Tongue of Valmar used to be) and [[IWillWaitForYou faithfully waits for Ryudo's return]]. [[NonHumanSidekick Skye]] lives with her. Mareg [[spoiler:has been [[PlotlineDeath dead since the battle on Valmar's Moon]]; Roan places Tio's pendant upon the monument erected in his village]]. Elena joined a performer troupe and tours as a singer, likewise waiting for Ryudo, who is currently WalkingTheEarth, looking for [[spoiler:a safe place to bury the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Granasaber]] and finally end the Granas-Valmar war]].
* Most ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' games end with the party members going their own way after finishing the journey, though most of the time they still keep in touch somehow.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' are such example.
** At the end of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', all of the player characters separate in order to [[spoiler:focus on rebuilding the new world]] in their own way.
** Similarly, midway through ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', the world appears to be saved, so every party member parts ways. [[spoiler:After it becomes apparent that their work was unfinished, so your party ends up rejoining.]]
* The epilogue of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' has this with only two of the final party members sticking together. Obviously justified in that most of them had non-quest-related business to get back to, including running two countries and rebuilding the DoomedHometown.
* Happens at the end of every ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' game, usually shown in the form of a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, but the ones in the eight and ninth games stand out, as every character personally says what they intend to do now before venturing off.
* Destiny's Edge, the FiveManBand of famous heroes from ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' wound up splitting up five years before the start of the game [[spoiler: when Logan ran off on his own to save the queen from the dragon's minions, resulting in Zojja's mentor Snaff and another member being killed.]] Caithe later tries to reunite them in the character's personal story, [[spoiler: but it ends explosively, only Caith and Eir seem to have gotten over the mistakes of the past and Destiny's edge fails to pull together again.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' reveals that the ex-l'Cie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' ([[spoiler:at least the ones who weren't trapped in crystal stasis and/or at the end of time]]) drifted apart after the Cocoon crisis.
* [[VideoGame/MonacoWhatsYoursIsMine Monaco: What's Yours is Mine]] contains an evil example, with the characters ([[spoiler: deciding they don't want to split the take from all their larceny, resulting in a PvP only throw down in a what was originally a co-op game.]])
* [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate]] plays with this as after defeating [[spoiler:Shagaru Magala]] the Caravan members all go their separate ways and even includes a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, but they all regroup later for the [[HereWeGoAgain next big adventure.]]
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' ends this way with its companion segments during the ending. No matter what the Courier accomplishes together with them r what they do to help with their personal quests, after the War of the Mojave ends they eventually part ways with the Courier. Some can be [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]], others find happiness in their paths, and some like Lilly and Veronica meet heartbreaking fates.
** This also happens at the ending of ''Dead Money'' DLC. The reason the group (The Courier, Dean Domino, Dog/God, and Christine) banded together was pretty flimsy to begin with and they did not trust each other. As soon as the threat of mutual destruction was gone, they went their own way without even exchanging goodbyes. The narration mentions that they wanted to get away before they all turned against each other.
* The epilogue of ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' shows the main characters doing different things in different parts of the world, each apparently on their own. Except for Kyrie and Morte, who are [[TheyDo now a couple]] looking out over the new water-filled sea.
* This happens at the end of the Bonus Campaign to ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong''. The crew's final run puts the interests of your current client up against that of Kindly Cheng: The client offers the PlayerCharacter and Duncan [[ClearMyName the restoration of their SINs and exoneration for their previous crimes]], while Kindly Cheng offers a continued life as a Prime Runner and alliance with the Yellow Lotus. Picking the client means the PlayerCharacter and Duncan returns to civilian life, while picking Kindly Cheng means Duncan abandons you [[WhatTheHellHero because you screwed over his one chance to get his life back]].

* The Order of the Scribble from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s back-story fell apart after securing the rifts to the [[EldritchAbomination Snarl's]] prison. It doesn't help that tensions had been strong the entire journey, and one of their number had died in the final battle. YouShouldHaveDiedInstead ended up being a huge reason ''this'' trope happened.
** It also threatened the Order itself -- since their contracts said it was unti Xykon's defeat, and they thought they did it.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'''s epilogue shows that this has happened to the protagonists- Thief went back to Elfland, Red Mage tried to start up his own group (of people who are the last surviving members of an order[[note]]That is his status as the last Red Mage, not the last Light Warrior[[/note]]), and Fighter and Black Mage are still WalkingTheEarth [[AndTheAdventureContinues looking for work]].
* The characters of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' were rarely together in one place, but at least kept in contact via chats. After the final battles, the cast all attain different responsibilities and slowly drift apart. Karkat, Dave, and Jade apparently live together, Jane took over Crocker Corporation, Roxy and Calliope rule the Prospitian Kingdom, Dirk and Jake rule the Consort Kingdom, Rose and Kanaya are married with Matriorb duties, Terezi searches the Furthest Ring for those unaccounted for (Aradia, Vriska, Sollux, ect.), and John lives alone in an isolated location (until Caliborn challenges him to a duel, which he answers).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores Union]] tries to assemble the special task force called the Dresdens once more from a ragtag group of heroes and send them on a new mission to thwart the Union's enemies only for it to fall apart when several members choose not to associate themselves with the group anymore or have left on missions of their own as their priorities have changed.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': After the cast saves the universe in the GrandFinale, they eventually split up and go their separate ways, aside from Benson and Skips, who remain at the park. Mordecai becomes an accomplished artist, meeting his wife at one of his exhibitions and starts a family with her. Rigby and Eileen start a family, while Muscle Man and Starla (who married before the groundskeepers went to space) continue growing their family. High-Five Ghost and his girlfriend Celia become a successful DJ duo and eventually have a son. Benson settles down with Pam, but raise animals with her. [[spoiler:And Pops watches over them from the afterlife, having died to save the universe from Anti-Pops.]] They all meet up for a 25th year anniversary party at the park with the old gang and their families interacting.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': The final episode ends with Bill Cipher defeated and the universe saved; Dipper and Mabel, who were only visiting for the summer, take the last bus back to California while [[spoiler:Stan and Ford, their differences reconciled, leave town to explore a mystery in the Antarctic Ocean together.]] The rest of the cast continue to live in Gravity Falls, [[spoiler:with Soos taking over the Mystery Shack]], and Mabel and Dipper plan to come back next summer.
* The DistantFinale of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' reveals what became of the Ghost crew after the [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Battle of Endor]]. [[spoiler:Zeb took Kallus with him to Lira San, where the ex-Imperial learned of the Lasat race's survival and was welcomed as one of their own. Rex and Hera continued to serve in the Alliance until after Endor. Hera is revealed to have given birth to [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy Kanan's son]], who by then was several years old. Sabine stayed on Lothal, and is seen at the end of the episode leaving with a white-robed Ahsoka Tano to search for Ezra, who had disappeared years earlier]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The allies were united against a common ObviouslyEvil villain, the Nazis. When the Nazis were defeated, each of them pursued their own interests and sometimes turned on each other during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. Shows that sometimes a [[BigBad great evil]] is necessary to make the good guys act good.
** They never really broke apart, though; instead they went from TheAlliance to TheFederation (the United Nations). Which did little to stop them from plotting against and threatening each other with {{Bigger Stick}}s.
** It was as much a case of EnemyMine as anything else.
** The battle lines shifted rather significantly between World War I and World War II as well.
* Chris Hedges (and others cited in his work) have written that soldiers in combat form an intense bond, but once the war ends they go back to being strangers.
* Going off to university or college. Depending on where you live, it may happen several other times before then.
** A college recruiter has said that the friends you made in high school won't matter as much as those you make in college... Depending of course on where you end up going.
** Graduating from university/college as well.
** And now with the weak world economy, many in America find themselves back in their hometowns, along with the people they grew up with, ergo PuttingTheBandBackTogether.
** Social networking has averted this somewhat. While you may not be able to get back together if everyone's spread out, you can at least [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue see what everyone's up to]].