[[caption-width-right:350:Aren't you glad we don't have characters this silly any more? Oh, wait...]]

->''"Rocket from their sockets!"''
-->--'''Visual Eye''', firing his eyes out of his head, ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''

You're surrounded by bad guys, outnumbered many to one. What do you do? Call for back up? No, it's time to [[{{Pun}} split up!]]

Detachment combat happens when a character, robot, monster, or spaceship has the ability to break into sections, with each piece capable of fighting separately. May be justified with EasilyDetachableRobotParts.

For flesh beings who do this, the fact that the limbs can work despite being, you know, [[AnArmAndALeg detached]] is either not addressed or made into RequiredSecondaryPowers; another secondary power is to levitate all those limbs, and superhuman coordination or OrganAutonomy (for robot characters/mechas, the technology used in building them likely justifies all of the issues above). Don't expect to see exposed organs or blood gushing out of the detached parts; they're either neatly covered or MadeOfBologna.

A RocketPunch is a form of this. HelpingHands is also a form of this if it's voluntary. Characters with FloatingLimbs have justification for this, although they may not always be able to perform this.

Distinct from PullingThemselvesTogether in that detaching is a feature and an attack, not the result of damage.

Contrast with CombiningMecha and the horrific mutilation tropes: AnArmAndALeg, OffWithHisHead and HalfTheManHeUsedToBe. User of this trope may fool their enemy into thinking that the three aforementioned tropes happen, only to surprise them by making the detached body parts move.

See also DisposableVehicleSection, LosingYourHead and DroneDeployer. For different kind of detaching, compare OneToMillionToOne; BlobMonster and ElementalShapeshifter may be able to do something similar. Does not mean that the combatant appears not to care about the fight -- that's CavalierCompetitor.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Majin Buu of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' takes this UpToEleven: being made of bubblegum-like goo, he can control any piece of it that's been separated from his body. Apart from using his legs to knock out Tien, he takes advantage of this so he can catch his enemies by surprise and absorb them (which he does by engulfing them in a piece of his goo and reabsorbing it into his body).
* Nana from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' got her arms and legs torn off by Lucy, but her Papa gave her fake ones she can control with her vectors and she will sometimes shoot them at people for a long range attack.
* Big Volfogg of ''Anime/{{Gaogaigar}}'' fame could split back into his smaller form along with his support units Gundober and Gunglue for a rush attack, then re-combine.
* ''Gatchaman'', called ''Anime/BattleOfThePlanets'' in the West: the five heroes can either go into battle in their individual craft, or combine into their super vehicle.
* In ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'', The Alpha - Beta heavy fighter splits into the light Legioss (Alpha) fighter and the Tread (Beta) fighter - bomber.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'' has used "Open Get" (decombining) to escape from enemy attacks as well as to split up and deliver a barrage of guns or wipe out a horde of minor enemies. Also, they have been known to Open Get, then combine into Getter-3 in midair and ''fall'' on the enemy as an attack.
* Creator/GoNagai works:
** One of Sirene's signature attacks in the ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' series is her ability to fire off her arms at opponents - generally she'll fire one arm while keeping the other attached in most situations. She can use the detached arm to grab enemies and immobilise them, as seen when she used it on Ryo Asuka to stop him interfering in her fight with Devilman, or use her antennae to direct the arm towards opponents as a wickedly sharp missile or DeadlyDisc to tear straight through them.
** Several of the giant robots fought by ''Anime/MazingerZ'' had this ability: Deimos F3, Velgas V5 (its parts had individual rocket propulsion and could attack separately), and a third one.
** Mazinger Z itself and one of its successors, ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'', also did it sometimes (detaching [[MidSeasonUpgrade the]] [[RazorWings Scrander Jet/Scrander Kaiser]] off themselves. Moreover, Mazinkaiser used its wings like a cutting, oversized boomerang).
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' also did, not only by [[RocketPunch shooting their punches]] but also by detaching their {{MidSeason Upgrade}}s and attacking with them.
** ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'' is an expert in this. Given that it uses magnetism to combine its body parts, replace them or shoot them, Jeeg can use any of them to attack (including its head). Also, it employs of variants or RocketPunch!
* Gundam series:
** The Turn-X Franchise/{{Gundam}} from ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' has this as its most notable ability - its limbs can break off, and divide into smaller pieces, to fly around and attack the opponent from many directions at once with beam attacks and a strange power that dries-out the energy of opponent mechas. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a__a0BkR0fg Recreated on great detail]] in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ''
** The Great Zeong from the ''G Generation'' video games, apparently the original plan for the Zeong from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' but nowhere near feasible for its time, does the same (and in fact, its various "segments" are based on Zeon mobile armors: the legs on the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Bigro]], the waist on [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the Big Zam]], and the chest on [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam the Apsaras]]). The regular Zeong can send its arms out on cables, and its head is an escape craft, but it's not quite the same.
* Hisoka of ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' allowed an opponent of his to ''cut off'' both his arms during combat. He then used the FunctionalMagic of his world, Nen, to control one of the detached arms to ''punch'' his opponent in the face. He had to get both arms surgically reattached later though.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** In part 1, Zeppeli explains that this is sort of how his Zoom Punch works: he temporarily dislocates his arm to extend the range of his punch, while using [[SupernaturalMartialArts the power of the Ripple]] to block the resulting pain and heal himself.
** In Part 5, Buccelatti can do this with his zippers, detaching an arm and reeling it out on a length of zipper. Also Ciocolatta can do this with some improvisation from his stand Green Day and this leads to one of the nastiest, most gruesome usages of this trope.
** In Part 6, Jolyne Kujo pulls this off while fighting [[spoiler:Enrico Pucci]] due to her ability to unravel herself.
* In ''Anime/{{Macross}}'', the Zentraedi command ship can detach the forward weapons section to use as a separate flagship leading the assault, while the rear section acts as a rear command post.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Buggy the Clown's abilities from the Chop-Chop Fruit. All parts of his body can fly around at will, but only if his feet are grounded. He's also immune to stabbing and cutting weapons.
** Inverted with Trafalgar Law, who has the ability to detach other people's body parts and combine them with other people/objects.
** Marine captain Berry Good also has this as his power, but by becoming bouncy balls.
* ''Anime/{{Raideen}}'': '''[[AC:God Bird, Change! Head Cutter!]]'''
* In his fight with Sunny, Tommyrod from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' loses his hand. Then it turns out that he deliberately let this happen, so that his hand (which can live on its own for few hours, due to the insect-like nervous system of Tommyrod) could attack the enemy from behind. Surprisingly, Sunny [[spoiler:did the exact same thing with strands of his hair, which Tommyrod ripped off earlier.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* "Arm-Fall-Off Boy" of ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' infamy. It should be noted that Arm-Fall-Off Boy was just a joke in the comic's letters page, but he became a CanonImmigrant in at least one 'boot.
* When attacking Daxam with multiple yellow power rings, Mongul used his own severed arm wielding their own rings as a partner.
* MFEnterprises' Captain Marvel could separate any of his limbs from his body by yelling "Split!", as shown in the page pic; to reunite, he'd shout "Xam!". (No relation to [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Fawcett's]] or [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Marvel Comics']] characters with the same name.)
* HollywoodCyborg Garrison Kane of Creator/MarvelComics could send his limbs out to attack people. A disembodied hand slapping him in the face managed to severely gross out SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}.
* Many versions of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'''s Fantasticar are able to separate into mini-vehicles each of the Four can pilot.
* The Puzzler from ''{{Superman}}'' could split into living puzzle pieces, which she could then propel at her foes.
* Steve Ditko worked on a hero that combined this power and being a RubberMan. His name was Jigsaw, not to be confused with [[Franchise/{{Saw}} two]] [[Comicbook/ThePunisher villains]] sharing that name.
* ''ComicBook/{{Wildguard}}'' featured the Segmented Man, who could detach his body parts at the joint and become a living tornado, debris and all.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/AGoodCompromise'', the USS ''Black Prince'' is a ''Hephaestus''-class advanced escort, a variant of the ''Prometheus''-class, so naturally it has multi-vector assault mode. The fic deals with some of the practicalities of having three independently operated sections: each section requires an independent warp core, and coordinating the three sections is more than a mortal captain can handle, so ''Prince'''s shipboard {{AI}} Edward, is in charge of flying Beta and Gamma. Tyria Sark uses MVAM in part 3 [[spoiler:to even the odds against a squadron of Jem'Hadar attack ships]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Mr. Potato Head in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' can move each of his body parts separately and takes advantage of this when he has to fight. Due to his potential for sight gags though, he always gets creamed in a comical way.
* Sally from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' can detach her sew-together arms or legs, although she's a noncombatant who uses this power for escape or distraction.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/InspectorGadget 2'': G2 can break apart at the waist so that her torso and limbs work as separate combatants. Since she's a robot it's no problem.
* There's an alien from ''Film/MenInBlackII'' who starts out looking like a single tall humanoid. But when it begins to fight Agent Jay, it [[TotemPoleTrench turns into five or six smaller aliens]] that fly around and attack Agent Jay by dive-bombing him.
* Arcee from ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' does this, but there is a degree of ambiguity as whether she's this or a CombiningMecha. The writers of the film initially conceived her as being one robot made of three bikes which would even combine together into a larger robot mode but the appearance of the combined mode was ultimately dropped and Michael Bay changed her into three separate robots which the toys agree with. Even then, Bay considered them one character with three bodies while the toys gave them individual names and backstories. HOWEVER, the novelization and comics portray her in the way the authors intended, with the combined mode appearing briefly in each.
* The alien in ''Film/TheThing2011'' does this; its arms drop off and scuttle about assimilating people. This only happens once, and may be a response to its body being fatally injured.
* An early conceptual storyboard from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' had the ''Enterprise'' facing off against the three Klingon cruisers that V'ger had assimilated at the start of the movie. During the fight the ''Enterprise'' is damaged, and she ends up separating her saucer section in order to avoid being a single target.
* The animated suits of armor in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' do this during their skirmish with the invading Nazis. One suit's upper half is lifted off for examination by a perplexed officer, so its legs boot him from behind. Another suit's upper torso, head, and arm keep popping off to avoid harm when a German soldier jabs at it with a bayonet, then settle back into place. Justified because they're AnimatedArmor, so their various parts are no less enchanted to move than the whole.

* The ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' world has the [[http://fightingfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Living_Corpse Living Corpse,]] a shabby zombie-like being that, when hit for the first time, splits into six parts, all floating around and attacking independently. Thus leading to a long, frustrating fight, as each time you won an attack round you randomly roll to see which part you hit, and if you hit a part you'd already disabled the hit is wasted.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' the saucer of the ''Galaxy''-class can separate and fight independently of the stardrive. However the saucer section is only seen participating in combat in "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II". On all other occasions it is used as a large escape pod for the non-combatants like the families of the crew. Which was the original intention of the saucer separation feature; using it as an actual weapon was a tactic of desperation.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' introduces the ''Prometheus''-class escort, a "one-ship task force" capable of separating into three independently warp-capable sections for combat. Once split apart, the three component ships can surround an enemy vessel to create a devastating crossfire.
* The villain in the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "I Fall to Pieces" could do this.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'''s forms that possess the Joker Memory have {{Finishing Move}}s that involve Double splitting in half vertically and striking the opponent with both halves.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** In ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', Tenaya 7 can detach her (robotic) hand and send it out. Early on, she snuck it into the Rangers' HQ and pulled an AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs. With just her ''hand''.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', Ecliptor once detached his head, which promptly started floating around, [[EyeBeams blasting]] Andros while his body was in the middle of swordfighting him.
* Cluster bots in ''Series/RobotWars'', going into the arena as one unit, splitting up when the battle starts. The first and most notable was Gemini, and in the middleweight division, there was Typhoon Twins - which consisted of the lightweight bots Typhoon Lightning and Typhoon Thunder connected with essentially a piece of string and a sheet of paper at the start of the match. Originally a cluster bot was judged to have lost if one of the units was rendered immobile, but this was later changed...and then changed back.
* Ultra Hawk 1, a fighter jet that can split three ways (Alpha, Beta, and Gamma) from ''Series/UltraSeven''.
* Parodied in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' parody ''Den Ace''. One of the finishing moves of the titular character involves detaching his head and throwing it at his enemy, after which it returns to him in a boomerang like fashion.

* ''Literature/WildCards'' has an Ace who can do this. The parts can even regrow if not reattached in time.
* Displacers from ''Literature/TheBeyonders'' can do this by "displacing" their body parts.
* The titular character of the ''Literature/OrsonCart'' series, a boy who was hit by a [[ILoveNuclearPower radioactive]] lawn mower and can now separate his body parts at will.
* The H'rulka in the ''Literature/StarCarrier'' books fly around in gigantic ships (a necessity, given that H'rulka themselves are enormous gasbags that evolved on a gas giant) that turn out to be composed of smaller individual ships, with each of these being, essentially a one-man fighter. Of course, each of those one-man "fighters" is larger than a human frigate, but the H'rulka find them incredibly claustrophobic (a H'rulka doesn't even notice a human SEALS team entering his "fighter", the same way as a human might not notice an ant crawling around in his car).
* Sometimes shows up in the ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' universe. At the more mundane level, some fleet tender designs have a command section that can separate from the attached repair platform and operate on its own, although this is generally less for combat and more for emergency situations; serious military application tends to be more limited to unique BattleStar-type designs like [=OLD MAN=][[note]](hemisphere with twelve detachable rectangular platforms extending outwards from the base)[[/note]], the [=SOL=][[note]](cylindrical central section connecting two spheres)[[/note]], or the [=GILGAMESH=][[note]](splittable dodecahedron with a central section for thirteen parts total)[[/note]].

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nukekubi Nukekubi]] can detach their heads, which then fly off to suck peoples blood.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The classic (fourth edition!) ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=2073 Tetravus]] functions much like this. It has slightly more modern descendants such as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=244251 Pentavus]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=247519 Triskelavus.]]
* Lebendtod, a variant undead from TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}, have this trope as their signature ability, although it's more useful to compel Horror Checks than to fight.
* The Anatomic Separation power in ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds''.
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th edition, shard minds can break into shards and use it as movement and disorientation. It's not very effective though.
** Take a few feats and you can do it twice an encounter, throw it, and increase the aura.
*** An epic feat makes it deal damage.
** Oh, and it doesn't have to roll to hit.
** One ability by a Prestige shard mind class has your character explode into a hurricane of shards, covering several squares, able to move the hurricane, and still being able to attack anyone inside the field. Much, much more effective.
* An Infernal artifact armor in TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} allows the wearer to split their body into pieces that may float around and fight independently.

* Toys/{{BIONICLE}} had an example in the heavy crowd-control [[MechaMooks Vahki]] model, the Kraahu. Intact, it could spray stun gas; when that was impractical, it could detach its [[MultiArmedAndDangerous six limbs]] and send them off to fight. This was a viable tactic for two reasons: a) all Vahki, including the Kraahu's individual parts, could fly, and b) said parts could give off a [[ShockAndAwe powerful electric charge]] on contact.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}:
** The original description for Autobot Commander Optimus Prime was that he had three components that he could control - his robot mode, his trailer/command base, and the small vehicle Roller. Later interpretations generally treat the trailer as non-living and Roller as an AI controlled but independent drone.
** Magmatron has what is called a Tripartite Spark, and has three separate beast modes that combine into his robot mode. The beasts can also combine into a vague approximation of a dragon. Either way, the three beasts can act independently when separated and split up to better strategize.
** Overlord (AKA Gigatron) is a massive self-combiner - his robot mode is made of two individual vehicles, a tank and a jet. The two combine into a huge robot that stands head and shoulders over Ginrai while ''combined with his trailer''. As with Magmatron, Overlord's two vehicle parts typically attack on their own but can strategize due to being shared by a single consciousness.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Undead creatures of Evil biomes in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' have the bad habit, when dismembered, to keep fighting as any part that has a grasping limb. Cut their hand off, and the hand may come to life and strangle you. Behead them, and the head will chase you and bite at you.
* The second boss in ''[[Franchise/XMen Wolverine: Adamantium Rage]]'' had four bladed arms, which he would detach and fling around at will.
* One of the bosses of ''[[VideoGame/{{Darius}} G-Darius]]'', Eternal Triangle, could split its body into three segments, attack separately with each of them, and trap the player in an electric triangle barrier that his namesake suggests.
* Unlike ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'', whose power is merely a RocketPunch, ''VideoGame/{{Plok}}'' can throw all four of his limbs at enemies.
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' had this twisted example of a type of necromorph ([[OurZombiesAreDifferent Undead-like monster]] enemies that attack you throughout the game). This type of necromorph attacks similarly to most other necromorphs (get close enough and slash), but distinguishes itself by being tall and spindly in build. Once you 'kill' one of these by doing enough damage to it, however, it splits up into its head and four separate limbs and continues crawling, slithering (yes, the head slithers) and attacking the player via these appendages.
** And if you get overwhelmed by them your head gets torn off and its head replaces it.
* One [[GoddamnBats particularly irritating foe]] in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' was a mantis-like robot that tossed out its bladed arms when the player got too close. Thankfully, he could only do it once.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series
** The Guard Armor boss in ''Kingdom Hearts'' has autonomous limbs, which move and battle on their own when taken enough damage. It is necessary to defeat each of the limbs before finishing off the torso to beat it.
** Finkelstein's Experiment from the second game shares this ability.
** The Trinity Armor in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' is much like the Guard Armor, except its individual parts [[TransformingMecha actually turn into what resemble flying machines]] (i.e. its arms become a helicopter, etc.)
* In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters'', Weavel's body splits apart at the waist, and the bottom half becomes a turret, while the top half starts bouncing around and slashing at you with a sword. Justified, since he is mostly robot (he just has a brain and spinal cord left).
* ''VideoGame/{{Toribash}}''
** The game allows you to detach your (and your opponents') limbs through powerful enough strikes or pulls (using grabbing arms). Although you will get the equivalent of a stun if you lose a limb/body part, on your next turn you will still be able to control that body part, along with your fighter. As with nearly any situation that spawns out of the game, this can create some...[[HilarityEnsues interesting]] situations. For example, if someone tears off your arm, you better damn well grab his arm (or other body part) with the severed limb so he can't throw it down to the ground to disqualify you.
** There are several game modes. Most of them are about not touching the ground outside the ring or with body parts which aren't feet/hands. One of them replaces your hands with long, thin sticks that instantly cut off every part they touch - essentially, swords. Due to arms being connected to pectoral muscles that are [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything two orbs making up the whole chest,]] taking a cut or a stab to there causes the whole arm from shoulder down to fall off. But, to the point - that arm is fully capable of twitching around with its elbow and wrist, and its hand-sword is as lethal to the enemy as it was. You also don't get disqualified for it landing on the floor. Sometimes an enemy running into your severed arm is what decides of the ultimate victory of yours.
* The Yellow Devil and its variations in the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' games primarily attack by breaking their bodies into pieces and flying across the screen. They rarely stay fully formed for long, which is also generally the only time you can harm them. This tends to make them difficult fights.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'': Any place where Miss Fortune has a scar on her body is where she can detach her parts, owing to her being dismembered by the mob after she swallowed an immortality-granting gem. She utilizes this extensively in battle, especially with [[LosingYourHead her head]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6: Bloodline Rebellion'''s [[RobotGirl Alisa Bosconovitch]] can remove her arms during a battle. She can also detach her head and use it as an explosive.
* A specific challenge in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'''s Challenge Tower requires the battle to be conducted by throwing your arms, legs, and head at your opponent. After you do, your flung limb will regrow after a certain period of time.
* [[DemBones Sir Daniel Fortesque]] from ''VideoGame/MediEvil'' can rip off his own arm and use it as a weapon, though it isn't very effective and is usually meant to be used a last resort if your weapon is stolen. He can also detach his head and place it on a severed hand.
* Monsoon of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' is capable of separating his entire body due to his body being made up of magnets. He can make use of this ability to avoid Raiden's sword attacks, and to attack Raiden with his various body parts both independently and from a distance.
* Sekibanki of ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}''. Her spell cards has her [[LosingYourHead head]] flying off from her body to shoot at you. One series of spell cards even has her [[DoppelgangerAttack creating duplicates of her flying head to fight you with]].
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' features unique consoles for saucer separation on the ''Galaxy''- and ''Odyssey''-class cruisers, multi-vector assault mode in the ''Prometheus''-class escort, and dual vector separation on the Haakona Advanced Warbird (a Romulan ship built using stolen plans for the ''Prometheus''). The ''Odyssey''-class and ''Bortasqu[='=]''-class can also equip consoles that allow them to separate an independent section that is also available as a ship on its own, respectively the ''Aquarius''-class destroyer and ''[=HoH'SuS=]''-class bird of prey. Apart from the main faction ships, the cross-faction Elachi ''Sheshar''-class Dreadnought Cruiser is also capable of deploying the Assault Vessel that serves as its lower hull.
* In ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon The Legend of the Mystical Ninja]]'', one boss is a daruma doll whose stacking segments try to slam into you by sliding across the screen one by one.
* The Legendary Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Zygarde has the ability to do this. It is comprised of several autonomous Cores that serve as the creature's brain and non-autonomous Cells that respond to the Cores and normally comprise its whole body. Normally it remains in its 50% form which only contains 50% of its whole cells, but it can send out a Core and some of its Cells as a canid 10% "drone" to attack for a short time.
* ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' has two during one boss battle. [[LevelAte Baroness von Bon Bon's]] waffle minion can separate into his individual pockets, which fly outward in straight lines. The Baroness herself can throw her head and regrow it while the previous one flies around and tries to attack you.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Sockarang from ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', with the added twist that his arms are ''socks''.
* ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'': U4 Majin Buu.
* ''Webcomic/LightAndDark:'' Ashley's head was unwillingly used as a weapon by Amy.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebAnimation/{{TOME}}'', one of the "[[RetiredBadass Ranks of Sanctuary]]" has this as his primary attack method. His secondary attack method is a giant cloud of poison gas which fills the entire arena to kill enemies who try to take their time and counter. He eventually ends up fighting an EvilTwin, leading to the line:
-->"Why didn't you tell me my attack patterns were so annoying?!"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'': The RECR could separate its limbs and torso and later recombine.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' could separate their T-Sub, much like the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Fantasticar]]. Cyborg occasionally remote-controlled his hands or limbs for various purposes, though it was never his first option.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'': In the episode "Bem", the titular character was a colony creature who could separate his head, upper torso, and lower torso (at least).
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' (Generation One). One episode saw Optimus Prime forcibly detached, his parts spread across New York City when the Decepticons attempted to convert Manhattan into their new base. His right hand (armed with his weapon) was used by the Decepticons as a turret.
** Devastator, Superion et al. are actually CombiningMecha, but Sky Lynx is a notable exception: His vehicle form is a space shuttle, but he splits into a bird AND lynx in robot mode, two separate bodies that share one mind.
* ''WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' does this often.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has the Skidblamdir, carrying four ''Navskids''. HilariousInHindsight when ''Moonscoop'' produced ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes''.
* This was the main gimmick of Fallapart Rabbit in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'', though he always did it by accident and [[RuleOfFunny it was played for laughs.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Bender once beats the slime out of sewer monster after it tears his arms off -- the arms just crawl up the monster's back and punch it in the face.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In a sense, this is how aircraft carriers operate: one large, slow section with living quarters and maintenance, sending out relatively small and fast pieces of metal (airplanes and helicopters) to carry out or fend off attacks then return.