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Juxtaposed Halves Shot
Chapter 36 — The fight of the Fathersnote 

A stock pose that involves either juxtaposing half the face or body of two characters in the middle or putting them beside each other and showing only half of each person.

The purpose of this is to show the two sides of a conflict. Sometimes, characters related to one half are also literally on their side in the character's half of the shot.

Other times, this is just to show that one person has two sides within him. there usually aren't any other characters in this variation if used as a cover or poster.

Besides conflict, it is sometimes simply used to show partners or opposites, like past/future, good/evil, 2D/3D etc. in one shot.

See also Mirrored Confrontation Shot for a similar but conflict-exclusive trope. Compare Versus Character Splash, where two characters' faces are are briefly shown in a Splash Screen as a prelude to a battle in a Fighting Game; and Fearful Symmetry, where both characters involved are usually shown in profile in an ongoing Blade Lock.


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    Comic Books 
  • In Silver Age Spider-Man comics, when Peter Parker's Spidey Sense is triggered while he's in civvies, we often see his face half normal and half in his costume's mask.
  • The Batwoman story arc "Elegy" has several of these for Batwoman and her opponent Alice, which do double duty as foreshadowing that Alice is Kate's long-lost twin sister.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Juxtaposed halves was a common motif used in the opening montage of Grimm, first we see a half-and-half shot of Monroe; the right hand side is his human form and the lefthand side he's in his wessen (monster) form. A few seconds later we see it again but with another character, Rosalee. [1] The intersitials for Season 3 on the UK channel Watch do the same thing with Nick's zombie form.
  • The opening credits of The Incredible Hulk ends with a split shot of David Banner sighing on the left while his alter-ego the Hulk roars on the right.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The posters for the WWE Invasion Pay Per View had half Vince McMahon and half Shane McMahon, since the invading force was the WCW/ECW contingent led by Shane.

    Puppet Shows 
  • One of The Muppets Film Parody Calendar posters was a take-off of Face/Off, with the Original Miss Piggy from Season 1 of The Muppet Show on one side and the current, smoother Piggy puppet on the other. The title: Face/Lift.

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    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 


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