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So yeah, I just killed this huge guy over here. How, you ask? By [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe chopping him in half]] with my {{BFS}}! Surely, NoOneCouldSurviveThat! But wait, what? What do you mean, part of him is getting back up?! [[ImplacableMan What the hell does it take to stop this guy?!]]

This trope is basically when a sentient being is able to function without their entire body in one piece. The portion of the being that's still functioning is often quite frightening to look at. In most cases it takes a hit to the brain to actually stop it, but there have been cases where even ''that'' doesn't work.

Frequently overlaps with OrganAutonomy. When this happens with someone's head, see LosingYourHead. When this happens in a video game, it's usually a case of DidntNeedThoseAnyway.

See also PullingThemselvesTogether, for when they ''do'' want that part back.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', Moro's severed head manages to jump up and bite Lady Eboshi's arm clean off.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'' and its successor series:
** Sgt. Metallic was a robot who was able to keep fighting even after his head and hands were destroyed, only stopping when his batteries ran out. Since he was a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheTerminator,'' that's not surprising.
** Frieza ended up [[KarmicDeath getting in the way of his own attack]] and losing the lower half of his body and an arm. (see the [[ImageLinks/WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody image links page]]) At first, it doesn't seem like this trope is in effect. He isn't outright killed, but he can't even move. Once he gets a little bit of a power recharge, [[TheDeterminator he suddenly doesn't seem to be that worried about half of his body being gone.]] Later on, he gets cybernetic replacements for his missing parts.
*** His brother Kooler is a similar example; after being blasted through the sun by Goku in his first movie appearance, it turns out that a piece of his head not much bigger than his EYE survived and later fused with a sentient computer.
** Cell's feats include his tail and arm being ripped off, but the most extreme example is after Goku surprises him with a Kamehameha at point-blank, literally exploding the top half of his body. Everyone is then shocked when his legs and torso leap to their feet.
** Majin Buu is a pro at this; due to his incredible regenerative abilities, he will often just sit there and let his opponent slice or blast him into pieces, only to laugh and reform himself.
* In ''FrankenFran'', people upgraded with regeneration tend to do this when bisected. In one case Fran herself cut her bottom half off when her hips didn't fit in the ventilation duct she needed to escape through. She survived through, being ambiguously undead.
* Black Claw in ''[[CutieHoney Re: Cutie Honey]]'' is all over the place with this one. First she's decapitated, and her body gets up and keeps fighting while her head continues taunting the protagonist. When she feels her body needs the power boost form her head again, she reattaches it, only to be bisected vertically. Her two halves have a brief conversation afterward.
* BattleAngelAlita is rather notorious for this, once ''letting'' a foe slice her arm off at the shoulder so she could overcome a reach disadvantage with [[GrievousHarmWithABody the resulting impromptu club]].
* Hisoka from HunterXHunter lets an arm get cut off for fun one time, too. He then swings it around on invisible sticky energy string for a while, and then patches it on with camouflage energy sheets and pretends it's reattached before playing with the guy a little more and then losing interest. Then he goes away, calls a specialist to sew his arm back on with energy microfilament, and has a shower.
** From the same author, the elder Toguro brother in ''YuYuHakusho'' gets blasted down to about half of his head, first by Kuwabara owning him and then by his little brother exploding. He's weakened, but still perfectly lucid.
* When Xelloss of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' loses an arm and more than half his torso, he is still able to talk, move, and use his powers to teleport and heal himself.
** [[spoiler: Ozzel]] of the same series can remove her head with no problem due to being a doll.
* In ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'', Cirucci Sanderwicci does this ''to herself'' in her fight with Ishida. In a unique take on the OneWingedAngel/ClippedWingAngel tropes, Cirucci reveals that her bird-like [[OneWingedAngel Resurrección]] actually takes a ''lot'' of spiritual power to maintain. When Ishida pushes her too far, she reveals that she ''can'' remove the armor, wings, and arms of her Resurrección in order to bypass this drain on her energy. Unfortunately for her, this change is permanent. Cirucci specifically compares it to having a limb amputated.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''{{Stormwatch}}: Team Achilles'', a gynoid taunted her attacker who had shot her in the head: "I don't keep my brain there, you idiot! It's in my chest surrounded by inches of diamondsteel!"
* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics, cyborg foe Gearhead has been shown crawling after Batman (or away from him) with most of his robot body destroyed.
* ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'': In "The Deep Hereafter", Half Nelson is literally HalfTheManHeUsedToBe following a transporter accident. He is still a viable threat to the Doctor.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/PrinceOfDarkness''. The woman who becomes TheChosenOne of Satan has her head cut off. She picks up her head and puts it back on her neck, where it re-attaches itself.
* Kind of a running theme for the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise. The eponymous killer robots absolutely '''will not stop''' until they've killed their target, even if it means dragging what's left of their damaged torso across the floor with their legs blown off just so they can still kill them with their bare hands.
** In the original ''Film/TheTerminator'', the T-800 continues to pursue Sarah Connor after Kyle Reese blows its legs off with a pipe bomb.
** In ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', the T-X detaches her (presumably crushed) legs after Arnold finds that the perfect parking space for his stolen helicopter is right on top of her.
** In ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', a T-600's upper half attacks John Connor and doesn't stop attacking him until he completely redecorates its face using a machine gun. {{Justified|Trope}} because it's a robot.
* Gmork the werewolf does this in ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.
* The Black Knight from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' simultaneously plays this straight (he's still alive and up for a fight with injuries that would normally be fatal almost immediately) and subverts it (not very threatening anymore, what?)
* The 2010 remake of ''ClashOfTheTitans'' has a hand which changes into a giant scorpion.
* ''Knights'' by Albert Pyun has Gabriel getting blown in two. Played with in that he just crawls over to another cyborg's corpse and chops its legs off for spare parts.
* Bishop in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' is able to operate after he is cut in half. Even in [[Film/{{Alien 3}} the next movie]].
* The Bug in ''Film/MenInBlack''. Justified because it's apparently some interstellar relative of a cockroach, which [[TruthInTelevision can live without parts of their bodies.]]
* Used as a JumpScare in the 2004 remake of ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'', while the mall security guards are checking around the mall's garage, a legless zombie clinging to the rafters brings down one of the men.
* Happens in ''Film/BeyondReAnimator'' to an unfortunate {{Jerkass}} zombie-turned prison inmate, who continues his un-life as a bloodied torso.
* ''Film/BrainDead'' / ''Dead Alive'' has several instances; the disembodied organs of a biker punk crawl around for half the movie menacing people, and the top half of a zombie's head manages to threateningly roll his eyes until someone sticks him in a blender...
* In ''{{Mimic 2}}'', the resident jock brandishes a blade torn from a paper cutter and a leg severed from a bug, suggesting they should attempt to fight their way to safety with improvised weapons, only to embarrassingly upstaged by the resident geek pointing out that, yeah, he's strong enough to chop off a bug's head - that just means it will die of thirst in about a week. Humans like themselves will be long dead as the reflex action of the bug's body will have shredded them. In the first movie, a bug takes [[MoreDakka a full clip from a semiauto pistol]] ''after'' being '''[[WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody sliced in half by a sliding door]]''' and '''''still''''' manages to scurry out of sight after maiming the shooter. In short, the bugs can only be killed by the equivalent of being [[NoKillLikeOverkill crushed to paste]] - like being hit by speeding subway trains or incinerated with high explosives.
* Used a number of times in the ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'' series, sometimes as NauseaFuel (like the rotted-to-nearly-skeleton upper torso and arms that they nailed to a table and interrogated), sometimes PlayedForLaughs (like in [[Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDeadPartII the first sequel]] with the severed hand that [[FlippingTheBird gave the finger]] to the humans that were [[KillItWithFire using flamethrowers]] on the equally severed head).
* In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Obi-Wan [[OffWithHisHead chops off the head]] of one of General Greivous bodyguards, only to discover it can still fight without it.
* Subverted in ''Film/EndOfDays''. Satan's [[DemonicPossession human host]] is eventually reduced to a damaged torso only kept alive by Satan's influence and yells at the hero that trying to stop him is pointless since he's immortal. He needs a functioning host to sire the Antichrist however, so he evacuates it for a better one.
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[[folder:Folklore]]
* In the story ''Gawain and the Green Knight'', the Green Knight comes to Camelot, taunts the knights, and issues a challenge: he will allow any knight to deal him one blow and then he will return the following year to inflict the same. Gawain accepts the challenge and decapitates him. The Green Knight picks up his severed head and tells him to meet him at the Green Chapel at the appointed time.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''TheZombieSurvivalGuide'' warns that disembodied zombie heads are still a danger, and need to be destroyed completely.
* Harry Keogh, Brian Lumley's titular ''{{Necroscope}}'', can call the dead out of the ground to fight for him, and does so on several occasions. When the dead are destroyed, even the blown-off ''arms'' try to crawl into the enemy positions and strangle the gunners.
* R.A. Salvatore's ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels, like ''[[Literature/TheIcewindDaleTrilogy Streams of Silver]]'', take the troll ability to regenerate even further than [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons the game]]. (It sometimes seems he didn't read the ''Monster Manual''.) Even a severed troll hand can function independently and grow into a new troll, and ''eating'' a troll has been known to result in a grisly death for the eating animal when the eaten troll starts growing back together. Fire still prevents this, but acid doesn't in that book because it had yet to be added to the rules.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The battered Cyberman from [[Recap.DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]] does most of its attacking with a disembodied head and arm. [[PullingThemselvesTogether The head also reattaches.]]
** There was also Cassandra, who was born a normal human with a body, but by the time the Doctor encountered her had been reduced to a face in a blob of stretched-out skin and a BrainInAJar.
** And [[spoiler:Ursula]] from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters "Love & Monsters"]], who ends up as a face in a block of concrete.
* ''InLivingColor'' had "The Head Detective", a series of skits about a cop that was badly injured and had to undergo amputation... of everything except his head (with little plastic feet and hands stuck on.)
* Series/{{Angel}} once went up against a demon that kept piecing itself back together and attacking no matter how many times he chopped him in half.
-->'''Angel:''' Come ON! I'm ''holding'' your ''head!''
* The 'Bicycle Girl' half-zombie, complete with trailing entrails, in the pilot episode of Series/TheWalkingDead.
* A fairly realistic version in ''Series/BreakingBad''. After one of the Salamanca cousins is crushed by a car, he ends up in the hospital with both his legs amputated. But when he sees Walt he tears out his IV and heart monitor, rolls out of bed, and drags himself across the floor, death-staring Walt the whole way. Having no legs only marginally slows his quest for revenge.
* ''Series/MythQuest'' episode 6: A mysterious knight lets Caradoc cut his head off, then picks it up, retrieves his sword, and walks out the door.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''[[Pinball/{{Pinbot}} Pin*Bot]]'' lacks a lower torso and legs.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''DungeonsAndDragons''.
** Iron golems could continue to function after losing their heads, including breathing out poison gas.
** Module I6 ''Ravenloft''. When Strahd zombies had their limbs cut off, the limbs could continue to attack.
** More generally, constructs (like golems) and most undead (aside from vampires) can survive decapitation, and anything with multiple heads (like hydras) can survive losing any head but the last one. Creatures with the regeneration ability (like trolls) can grow back lost body parts or even reattach them by holding the severed limb against the stump. Many oozes have the Split ability which causes certain attacks to divide them into a pair of identical oozes just as formidable as the original except with half the hit points.
* Some pictures from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' show damaged Necrons crawling on their hands just like the T-600 in the picture above. Since their regeneration special rule was originally called "We'll be Back!", it makes perfect sense.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Mgalekgolo/"Hunters" from ''{{Halo}}''. Justified because they're [[TheWormThatWalks made up of thousands of Lekgolo/"Worms" all working together to create a large "body" designed for fighting]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'''s final boss has 999 hit points - and his upper body has one.
* In the opening cinematic for ''DawnOfWar'': Dark Crusade, a Necron Warrior is shown doing this before it takes a bolt round to the face. In-game however, they're examples of PullingThemselvesTogether.
* In ''{{Madworld}}'''s Mad Castle stage, the common {{Mooks}} are zombies. If you want to cut them up, be sure to bisect them; cutting them in half at the waist won't put them away, and eventually they'll even regrow the bottom half.
* Cyborg units in ''[[CommandAndConquer Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun]]'' will lose their legs once most of their health has been lost, but still function, albeit with reduced movement speed. They're still healed by tiberium, but it won't make them grow their legs back.
* Necromorphs from Franchise/DeadSpace, who can often function without their legs, or heads.
* Killing a zombie in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' by launching a sawblade at the torso with the gravity gun sometimes doesn't kill it: the zombie's upper torso will keep coming after the target. Conversely, killing a zombie with anything except fire or a headshot has a pretty high chance of the [[PuppeteerParasite headcrab]] detaching itself from the corpse to find a new host.
* Zombies in the Franchise/ResidentEvil series have been known to do this. There's a notable instance in the second game, where you blow a zombie in half with a shotgun and the top half keeps crawling towards you.
* Some of the zombies in ''VideoGame/{{Diablo III}}'' will turn into crawling torsos when damaged; some of them start off that way.
* In ''VideoGame/TorchlightII'', skeletal torsos are among the corpses that can spontaneously animate when a character walks too near. They can also swarm out of bone piles.
* Mummies in Hexen II. Blast them once, they lose their arms and keep shuffling. Blast their legs off, they inchworm toward you. And then, when they get close enough, they ''bite''. The only way to put them down is to gib them. Hope you have plenty of mana.
* The Crazy Razy robots at the beginning of [=IceMan's=] stage in the original ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan1 Mega Man]]'' can actually become more dangerous if you aim too low and destroy only their legs, as their top halves gain the ability to fly above and punch you in the head.
* Several bosses in ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' abandon severed body parts and continue attacking regardless.
-->'''Nick:''' ''(To Vikke)'' Dude! [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Black knight!]] You have no legs! ''Stop already!''
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Splatterman, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', has a HealingFactor that works so quickly it makes Wolverine green with envy. He lost both his legs an arm, and half his torso to a supervillain once, but kept crawling after the guy as his body regrew itself.
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''
** [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox McCloud]] vs [[ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars Bucky O'Hare]]: Despite losing his legs during the fight, [[spoiler:[[StarFox Fox McCloud]] manages to win against [[ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars Bucky O'Hare]]. The fact that his legs were [[ArtificialLimbs cybernetics]] helps.]]
** Franchise/{{Terminator}} vs Franchise/RoboCop: In a reference to the film series, the T-850 still continues to fight after it loses its lower body, [[spoiler:and attempts to [[TakingYouWithMe blow Robocop up with him using his ruptured fuel cells]]]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* {{Futurama}} gives us a non-threatening example, with most robots (and people for that matter) just needing their heads to function, with bodies being more or less just a collection of handy abilities.
--> '''Bender:''' "Bodies are for hookers and fat people."
* The second series of ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' introduces a Geonosian {{hive mind}} so powerful that it can maintain strong connections with its warriors, living ''or'' dead. This ''includes'' the warriors that have otherwise fatal wounds to their bodies - you can shoot it with laser guns or chop it up with a lightsaber, but it'll keep coming for you.
** [[spoiler: Darth Maul also survived his bisection at the hands of Obi-Wan.]]
* Speaking of Clone Wars, General Grievous has survived and fought on after losing the lower half of his body.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/MenInBlack Men In Black: The Series]]'': the clone of a [[PlayingWithSyringes Mad Doctor]].
* [[FilmationsGhostbusters Scared Stiff]] has this in spades. He is a ghost robot, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': In "The Midnight Zone", Mystery, Inc is threatened by a group of partially assembled robots who crawl towards them on whatever limbs they have.
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