An event, supernatural occurrence, or enemy that hinders the RagtagBunchOfMisfits[=/=]PlayerParty's progress by transporting them to different remote locations, so they have to find each other again before resuming their adventure. A non-lethal version of EverybodysDeadDave. Always followed by PuttingTheBandBackTogether.

A SubTrope of BreakingTheFellowship and InvoluntaryGroupSplit. Its key feature is that all members suddenly and almost instantaneously find themselves [[SoloSequence stranded alone]] and far apart from each other. Unlike with the original [[TheLordOfTheRings Fellowship of the Ring]], internal frictions within the party play no role in the split, so the heroes are always motivated to get back together immediately.

Compare LetsSplitUpGang, where the party splits voluntarily; and WeWereYourTeam and TheFellowshipHasEnded, where the party splits ''after'' completing TheQuest.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* In ''OnePiece'', [[spoiler:the Straw Hats are scattered across the world by Bartholomew Kuma and only come back together after the TimeSkip]].
* In ''{{Toriko}}'' some irate rock monsters split the cast apart by sending them flying in all directions about 1/3 of the way through the regal mammoth arc.
* In the [[Anime/DigimonAdventure first season]] of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' this is what Devimon does to the Digidestined.
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', the main cast is at a [[PortalNetwork Gateport]], having just arrived in the MagicWorld from Wales. The Bad Guys pick that moment to launch their attack on the PortalNetwork to cut the Magic World off from the real one. As the system explodes, there's all kinds of [[BuffySpeak swirly craziness]] and the cast end up scattered in ones and twos across a surface area nearly a third that of Earth. It takes an interminable period to get everyone back together, but when they do, everyone has, as they say, [[TookALevelInBadass taken a level in badass]].
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Führer Bradley feels that Colonel Mustang and the people under him are capable of dethroning him, so at one point in the story, Bradley uses his position to reassign the entire Mustang group to far corners of the country, each doing a job they're not very good at... which has the unintended side effect of placing soldiers loyal to the BigGood [[NiceJobFixingItVillain in key strategic positions when shit starts to get real]]. [[spoiler:They aren't reunited until near the end of the story with added allies, one of whom ''does'' kill Bradley and appoint Mustang as the new leader of the country]].
* ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' has [[BigBad Talpa]] send the five warriors to five locations, each of them stuck in their own element (mostly - Ryo's in a volcano, Rowan in the stratosphere, Sai beneath the waves and Kento stuck in rock, but Sage too is stuck in rock because it ''blocks'' the light??). Mia and Yuli manage to locate Ryo and wake him up, and then they spend several episodes gathering the rest of the team.
* In the ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars DX'' movies, the fairies and the Cures are ''always'' separated for one reason or another and it's usually a bad thing because some of the girls need the fairies to transform and some of the girls need their partner to pull off finishers.
* In the "Try" season of the ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' anime, Lina and Zelgadiss are split up from Gourry and Ameilia halfway through the season and spend a couple of episodes trying to get back together.
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[[folder: Film ]]
* Near the beginning of ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Prof. X and Cyclops are captured at the same time but taken to different areas where different things happen to them. Storm and Jean go after Nightcrawler and eventually run into Magneto. The government kidnaps several mutants and take them to their facility. Wolverine and a few of the students escape the mansion and hide out at Iceman's house for a while. They come back in the third act.
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* Happens to the main cast of TheWitcher Saga during the [[spoiler:Thanedd coup]] at the end of ''Literature/TheTimeOfContempt''. Also, again in the end of [[spoiler:''Literature/LadyOfTheLake'', where Geralt and Yennefer end up NotQuiteDead on opposing ends of the known world and Ciri is TrappedInAnotherWorld altogether]].
* Happens at the end of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' novel ''Literature/WolvesOfTheCalla'' when [[spoiler:Mia/Susannah goes through a portal to give birth to her chap]]. The remaining members are further split up at the start of the next novel.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E01IThinkImGonnaLikeItHere "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S09, Ep01)]], Castiel ends up over 1,300 miles from the Winchesters. This wouldn't even be an inconvenience for him, except he's also been BroughtDownToNormal.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** Adventure S1 ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors''. The demilich Acererak had the ability to teleport the {{PC}}s attacking it up to 600 miles away in random directions.
** Adventure S4 ''The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth''. A glowing underground grotto would teleport each {{PC}} who entered it to one of 4 possible extra-dimensional locations, thus almost certainly splitting up the party.
** The Crypt Thing monster could teleport each {{PC}} facing it up to 1,000 feet north, south, east or west.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', the team is scattered after Golbez kidnaps Rosa and Leviathan attacks Cecil's ship; except in some remakes, it's never fully reassembled, either (as [[spoiler:Edward]] can't be re-recruited in the original.)
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', the PlayerParty is scattered upon entering the World of Ruin.
* At one point in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', [[{{Kaiju}} Sin]] splits up the characters and sends them across Spira. Luckily, it sends them to an island that isn't overly large, and most of the characters are pretty close together, so it's not long before they're reunited. The one big exception to this is [[WhiteMage Yuna]], as the inhabitants of the island, the Al-Bhed, had already taken her to their fortress, and ''then'' she was captured from there by the forces of one of the game's recurring villains, all before the other characters could reform the party. The player must do without her until the party can find her again.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'', Serah, Noel and Mog are scattered across time and space after [[spoiler:being given a corrupted Artifact by [[TheMole Alyssa]]]]. This leads to a SoloSequence with just Serah (well, she has her {{Mon}}s) and a possible [[MultipleEndings bad ending]].
* In the Fade section of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the Warden's active party is scattered across a demon's otherworldly realm and s/he has to find and free them before they can fight the demon.
* In ''BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'' after [[spoiler:Kalas reveals he was EvilAllAlong]] the party is reduced to just Xelha, who has to rescue them all. With the exception of [[spoiler:Kalas]] they come back fairly quickly.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', the team of heroes is scattered by an avalanche caused by Kronos and must regroup before they can build a settlement.
* In ''SuperPaperMario'', Dimentio sends Mario and gang to the Underwhere, the Mario-verse equivalent of Hell. Mario wakes up alone and has to team up with Luigi, Bowser and Peach again before they can obtain the next MacGuffin and escape.
** Also, in ''SuperSmashBros'' Subspace Emissary mode, there are multiple times where party members are forced to split up (for example, Mario being shot into Skyworld by Petey Pirahna, or DK throwing away Diddy Kong to prevent Bowser from [[TakenForGranite "trophy-fying"]] him). They all reunite late into the game to enter Subspace.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', this happens after the trial: of the party members you've had so far, one is in prison, one in the castle, one presumably at home, and one 400 years in the past.
* In ''PlanescapeTorment'', this happens to your party once you enter the [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Fortress of Regrets]]. Unlike other examples of this trope, in this case [[spoiler:your companions inevitably die one by one while you're looking for them (except for one, who betrays and attacks you). You get a chance to resurrect them all after getting to the end, though.]]
* Happens in ''JaysJourney'' shortly after the first meeting with [[GoldfishPoopGang Thinbeard and Azareth]], and it's a significant chunk of the game before the original party is entirely reassembled.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', this happens briefly to the party after the fight against Face Nemesis [[spoiler:actually Fiora]], when you fall out of the bottom of the Sword Valley Fortress, down to the island of the Machina, the party lands in different places, [[spoiler:Shulk and Fiora]], Dunban-Riki-Melia, and [[PairTheSpares Reyn and Sharla]].
* In ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'', the hero and his crew is separated after a cave in and the hero spends a small portion of the game with only one other who had found him.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-6-37/ the vampire split up the party into the individual monsters and Madeline, each on their own, before attacking.]]
* In ''Webcomic/RedsPlanet'', [[http://www.redsplanet.com/comic/rp/ch04/chapter-four-08/ pursuit means that the rock splits them without fallen. Then Red falls down a hole.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Magience}}'', some dungeons split parties automatically.
--> '''Sev:''' [[HauntedHouse Erran's place]] uses magic ta split up groups biggah than two.
* In ''Webcomic/AutumnBay'', Nesariel uses WeaponizedTeleportation to inflict this on Lt. Bishops anti-anomaly team.
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[[folder: Web Original ]]
* In the WhateleyUniverse story "Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy", Team Kimba gets split the first time they use the holographic simulation system on campus. It's a deliberate plan by Overclock to torture them individually, then kill all of them except [[PersonOfMassDestruction Tennyo]] who would then get AFateWorseThanDeath.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the gaang goes through a period of this after a series of setbacks, starting with the invasion on the Day of Black Sun, which ends in failure [[spoiler: thanks to Azula warning her father of the invasion months in advance]]. Hakoda and the majority of the invasion army surrender to buy Aang and the others time to escape on Appa.
** Aang takes them to the Western Air Temple, which serves as a temporary safe haven. However, Azula tracks them down only days later and attacks, forcing their dwindling party to split up and go their separate ways.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', the first season's finale begins with the Avengers each venturing to a different corner of the world to stop the Masters of Evil from opening portals to the realms of Norse mythology. After each Avenger defeats a Master of Evil, he or she closes the respective portal, but per Loki's plans, gets sent to one of seven realms in the process.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', an arc features the majority of the cast separated across the globe as they search for Iacon relics, each episode giving some CharacterDevelopment to the respective parties. For example, [[GenkiGirl Miko's]] recklessness is finally explained, [[TheStoic Soundwave's]] [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes attachment to Laserbeak]] is looked at, and Bulkhead and Fowler come to [[NotSoDifferent respect each other as soldiers]].
** A much more painful example occurs in the second season finale. [[spoiler: After years of searching, the Decepticons have finally [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs found the Autobot base and mount a massive assault on it]]. Optimus declares the base lost and has the team scattered across America. Wheeljack is captured by the Decepticons, Fowler and June have no idea if the team survived (June's worst fear having come to pass), the Autobots and their human partners are alone, and Optimus is still in the base when it's destroyed]]. The first arc of the third season deals with reuniting the team and striking back against [[BigBad Megatron]].
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