Juxtaposed Halves Shot

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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.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Captain Earth has this between Daichi and Teppei.
  • The first opening of Yu Gi Oh Zexal has a brief shot like this for Yuma and Astral.
  • Naruto does this on occasion with Naruto and Sasuke. It's also seen with Kakashi and Obito.
  • This kind of shot was used numerous times in the later parts of the "Future Trunks Saga" of Dragon Ball Super, most notably when Gokū and Vegeta faced off against Gokū Black and Future Zamasu and with Future Trunks and Future Mai when they sealed Future Zamasu away with the Mafūba technique.

    Comic Books 
  • In the 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 Ultimate Spider-Man page picture shows a full-body picture of Spider-Man, except one half is Peter Parker's Spidey, and the other half is Miles Morales's.
  • 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.
  • The Lone Wolf graphic novel The Skull of Agarash uses a juxtaposed halves shot in the same panel to show Grandmaster Lone Wolf and Guildmaster Banedon both leaning over a Crystal Ball while they're communicating with each other at a distance.
  • The comic continuation of Gargoyles has a scene where Goliath confronts his evil clone Thailog. The panel just before Thailog stabs Goliath in the gut is styled with their face halves together, contrasting their similarities and differences. The only real similarity they have is shape of facial features.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Juxtaposed halves is 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. 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.

    Music 
  • The cover of the Daft Punk album Random Access Memories features both halves of the duo's robot helmets perfectly juxtaposed. Any worthy parody of it will also share the same design.

    Print Media 

    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. The trouble with the image was that father and son looked so much alike, it just looked like Vince got Botox on only half his face.

    Puppet Shows 
  • One of The Muppets Film Parody Calendar posters is 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.

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 
  • Death Battle, "Ryu vs. Scorpion": The last shot of the introduction, right before the battle itself, is a shot of half of Ryu and Scorpion's faces. The symmetry is interesting here, since Ryu's half is animation while Scorpion's half is live-action.
  • The title picture on Red vs. Blue is an helmet split red on the left and blue on the right. Although beyond the colors, both halves are identical.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Used during the song "What My Cutie Mark Is Telling Me" in the episode "Magical Mystery Cure", one shot with all six of the mane cast.
    • During the Distant Duet in "Spice Up Your Life", the split screen ends up used to show Rarity's and Pinkie's half-faces split in the middle, followed by Coriander's and Saffron's.
  • The Kim Possible episode "Emotion Sickness" has a shot of Kim and Shego styled like this when their "moodulator" chips are set on angry.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: In episode "Antibug", at the peak of their confrontation, half of Ladybug and Antibug's faces are seen juxtaposed with a fierce expression.

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