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In Real life, people can survive bifurcation, but the lower body can't survive because the nerves are no longer being connected to the brain and it lacks a source of oxygenated blood, therefore victims need either [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetics on the lower body area]] or [[DisabilityTropes have to use a wheelchair]] for mobility. In Fiction, on the other hand, people can survive without a lower body and the lower body survives without being attached to the back nerves and blood vessels: not only that, but they can also reunite both halves and become whole again. Unlike LosingYourHead regrowing it never happens. Sometimes used as a superpower, and rarely uses psychic powers to control it. Usually used as an ability.

It is usually justified for robots, because they either have a power source that keeps the lower body and upper body to keep going even when separated from the hip, or might have a normal core processor (which is the most common case). TheUndead may also exhibit this ability to have the upper body and lower body apart.

See: HelpingHands, DetachmentCombat.

Related: SawAWomanInHalf, HalfTheManHeUsedToBe, PullingThemselvesTogether, AppendageAssimilation and HavingAHeart.


* There are two commercials that play this trope the most bizzare way possible one happens to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIRzsrTKz3A Males]] another to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkFK_PhdeJw Females]].
* A [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain commercial of unknown reason]] on [=PubliTv=].com titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XhlkuCQLDg Goody's Por Partes]].
* A Shower Gel commercial by the name [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WMJ0odAM6Vg Lactacyd]] has this happen to two girls.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UfAmTvHtkuw This Pepsi ad]].

[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' with Suigetsu in the anime-only expansion of Chapter 347 called "Zebuza's Blade".
* Den, the leader of Barjack from ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita]]'', is... well, not a cyborg, but a separate personality of another character who operates a drone body via radio waves; he maintains two different lower bodies, a humanoid one and a horse-like one, which makes him resemble a centaur when he uses it. It's a bit of a mystery why, since he's about twelve stories tall and attaching the two halves of his body is a big operation.
* Majin Buu in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' gets bisected by Goku. He's not slowed down by it at all since he's made of what is basically bubblegum and can regenerate, so Buu pulls himself together quickly. And uses his separated legs to knock out Tien.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Wolverine's upper and lower halves become separated in ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_Wolverine_vs._Hulk Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk]]''.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/TheWackyAdventuresOfPedro'', a time-jumping adventure inspired by [[OfficialFanSubmittedContent readers' fanart]] has a crack in Pedro's mirror-turned-time machine send his bottom half to AD 2 Tarentum, Italy, and his top half to AD 71,000 IO.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Happen in the NotSafeForWork C-Budgeted movie ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Erotic Ghost Story 2]]''. [[spoiler:In the climax of the movie, where [[HornyDevils two Demons]] are having a threesome with a woman, which is at first a {{Foreshadowing}} of what happens a few minutes after where she '''REALLY''' gets split in half by the BigBad male demon called Wu Tung. And like the foreshadowing, both halves are still alive. She pleads for her lower half back, because of her no longer feeling arousal, due to both halves being no longer attached. Once Wu Tung notices another girl who was watching and is out to stop him, he stops and tells the girl in half to put herself back together.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happens to Amanda in episode 39 of ''Series/TheAmandaShow'', where her lower half runs away from her offscreen because "It doesn't like the pants". Her upper half says floating and completely oblivious of what happened, until one of the audience members points it out to her. She then asks for someone to find her lower half. One of the employees walks over to her with her lower half, as she explains to why it left and has [[PullingThemselvesTogether both halves taped back together]].
* Played with in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' with the running theme of the detachable head.[[/folder]]

* The stop-motion video for the song "Prison Sex" by Music/{{Tool}} depicts a doll placed in time-out. To keep the doll from running off, its legs have been detached and hung up out of reach and are seen still twitching.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Manananggals of Filipino Mythology are vampires with this ability. The upper half detaches at night and flies away to feed (a favorite treat is using its long tongue to feast on fetuses); if it does not rejoin the lower half by daybreak, the manananggal dies. The best way to prevent the manananggal from becoming whole is to sprinkle either salt or garlic on the lower half which remains stationary during its nightly sortie.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Gimghamphatts from ''[[VideoGame/{{Onimusha}} Onimusha 2]]'' does this during the last boss fight.
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters'': Weavel can do this, with his lower body functioning as a turret.
* The Harvester from ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Dragon Age: Origins - Golems of Amgarrak]]'' is a massive boss who detaches the large lower part of its body when it goes OneWingedAngel.
* In at least one of the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' {{video games}}, Krang will attack this way. Justified in that it's an android body.
* In the SNES classic ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', many of the bosses upper and lower halves that act independently of each other, and have different strengths and weaknesses. In many cases, killing one section leaves the other to keep fighting, but a few will fully die only when the primary section is taken out.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Commander Hoek and Leutenant Stimpy have this happen in the episode "Black Hole" of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Bem". The titular alien (Ari bn Bem) can detach parts of his body, including [[LosingYourHead his head]] and lower torso.
** Justified. Bem is a colony creature, meaning that he is made up of several separate organisms that share a single collective sentience.
* Megabyte from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' does this on occasion, usually to sit in his CoolChair.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Phantom 2040}}'' Hubert Graft detaches his lower half from his everyday legs to an attack droid. It is quite clear from his reaction that doing this is quite painful for him.
* Rushu from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' can do this. And ironically can travel much faster because of it.
* Tends to happen in Creator/TexAvery cartoons.
* ''WesternAnimation/LEGOStarWarsTheYodaChronicles'' has this as a RunningGag with Darth Maul. He is knocked off of his robot lower body and runs around chasing it or the legs run around on in the background.
* In ''{{Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia}}'' (known in the English Dub as "Niko: Journey to Magika"), Anna and the Manananggals - like their mythological equivalents - can split their bodies in half at the waist, which allows them to reveal their wings to fly, although they must rejoin their body halves together again before sunrise or it will kill them. Oddly enough, this only applies when they're in the human realm - in their home realm of Elementalia/Magika, they can survive in sunlight and can use their wings without splitting in half.