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"It's me, dear friends — alive and kicking! Well, alive, anyway."

"I've lost my better half!"
Samurai: Hunt for the Sword (outtake)


A character gets cut (or, less often, blown or ripped) in half, usually during combat but occasionally in an accident, building collapse or some other scenario.

This can be done any number of ways, from bloodless family-friendly versions like the battle droids in the Star Wars movies, to still blood-free, but more Nightmare Fuel-oriented versions, to outright Gorn that spares no detail. The cutting in half itself can be done either horizontally (at the waist, usually) or vertically (from scalp to groin, or vice versa), with the latter often occurring via Clean Cut. Expect it to be Bloody Hilarious if it occurs in a comedic setting.

Naturally, this happens a lot in anime or video games that feature Humongous Mecha, and many series in general which use Mecha-Mooks, due to the fact that you can slice up mecha all you like without spraying blood everywhere (at least, not human blood).


Expect a character who survives this to become a Memetic Badass; see Who Needs Their Whole Body?.

A frequent result of a Single-Stroke Battle or a Diagonal Cut. See also Saw a Woman in Half, the trick performed by a Stage Magician. Not to be confused with the less literal meaning. Compare Impaled with Extreme Prejudice and Off with His Head!.

Has absolutely nothing to do with The Beatles song "Yesterday", even though the name of the trope is taken from the lyrics, and should not be confused with I Can't Feel My Legs, which is about losing function, not the actual parts of the body. Same holds true for the Stone Temple Pilots song "Creep", which has the same line in its chorus. Also has no relation to Was Once a Man.

It's usually a Death Trope, as you might think, so beware of spoilers!



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  • During the Pop-Tarts "Hide and Seek" campaign, Chocolate-Vanilla Splitz was cut in half by a door.

    Anime & Manga 
  • From Akame ga Kill!:
    • Sheele's first shown assassination has her cutting a housemistress responsible for the death of Tatsumi's friends in half at the waist with her scissor-type Imperial Arm, Extase.
    • Sadly, said assassin dies after Seryu's pet "dog"/Imperial Arm, Koro, tears her in half at the waist and then eats what's left of her.
    • Bulat kills Daidara, one of the Three Beasts, with a downward vertical slice.
      • Tatsumi does the same thing to Danger Beast Cosmina later on, when he has inherited Incursio.
    • Seryu has no issues with Koro eating petty thieves from the waist up.
    • As revenge for Sheele's death, Mine mortally wounds both Seryu and Koro this way with her gun-type Imperial Arm, Pumpkin. To elaborate, Mine shot Koro at the waistline, blowing him in half with Pumpkin's laser first. Then she swung the gun while it was still firing to carve Seryu in two, obliterating her entire midsection!
  • This is the ultimate fate of the German robot Gerhardt in the Astro Boy two-parter "The World's Strongest Robot", after grabbing onto Pluto's horns.
  • Given that Attack on Titan involves giants who indiscriminately eat people, it shouldn't be surprising that this happens fairly often.
    • During a lighthearted moment, Eren accuses Franz and Hannah of being married, which they vehemently deny. A little later on, Hannah is found desperately giving CPR to Franz. Then, the camera shifts position, showing that Franz is missing everything from the waist on down.
    • Marco Bott is missing the right half of his head and torso when found, and no one seems to have witnessed his final moments. It results in a low-key Freak Out for Jean and sets off his major Character Development.
    • Hannes is bitten in half by the Smiling Titan from the waist down.
  • In Basilisk, Yakushiji Tenzen cuts Jimushi Juubei vertically in half with a single strike of his katana, even splitting Juubei's extended tongue!
  • Berserk:
    • Guts hands these out to Mooks on occasion with the Dragon Slayer and killed Colette this way after she was killed and taken over by the evil spirits after Guts in the second story from the manga.
    • Zodd ends the fight with Wyald with a backbreaker so strong it breaks him in half.
  • This happens to Isaku in Blade of the Immortal. Believe it or not he gets better.
  • Bleach: This happens a lot to characters in this manga. Notable examples include:
    • A Hollowfied Ichigo viciously slices Ulquiorra in half. Ulquiorra has unique regeneration abilities, allowing him to regenerate the damage, although he indicates he cannot heal the organ damage, so isn't healing as well as it looks.
    • To regain the sixth rank he lost, Grimmjow kills Luppi by incinerating the top half of his body with a cero.
    • Hiyori gets cut in half by Gin so fast that she doesn't notice until her legs fly past her''. In the anime, she is instead Impaled with Extreme Prejudice.
    • Yamamoto does this vertically to Allon, although not even this completely deters him.
    • Orihime's first successful use of Tsubaki cuts Numb Chandelier in half vertically.
    • In the manga, this is the fate of Yamamoto. Not convinced even this was enough, Yhwach then chops off Yamamoto's sword arm and then proceeds to nuke his corpse.
    • Bambietta invites a man to her room with the promise of sex. When he arrives, she cuts him in half after toying with his intentions. She views it as a type of destressing.
    • Cang Du is executed by Haschwalth for having lost against Hitsugaya; uncommonly for the "vertical" version of this trope, his head is intact and he's bisected from the shoulder down.
    • And in 561, this is the fate of Mask de Masculine's partner and Psycho Supporter James. This failed to kill him because of his incredible regenerative powers.
    • Giselle invites enemies to get close enough to her to perform this kind of attack. Instead of killing her, it splatters the enemy with her blood, allowing her to take control of them.
    • Gerard Valkyrie suffers the vertical version courtesy of Kenpachi's Bankai. His two halves literally stick back together as he goes One-Winged Angel.
    • Rather fittingly, this is how Yhwach meets his end at Ichigo's sword, killed the exact same way he slew his old Arch-Enemy.
  • This is the standard demon slaying procedure in Claymore.
    • As well as being Dietrich's MO for dealing with Awakened Beings, it's how Flora dies. Clare also suffers this before being absorbed into the Destroyer. Deneve gets cut not quite in half.
  • Iron Shadow from episode 7 of Cutey Honey meets her end when Honey cuts her in half from the head down.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Frieza gets sliced in half twice during the series proper. The first was near the end of the Namek saga when he was sliced in half with his own energy disc. He survived this (as well as the explosion of Namek) and came back as a cyborg, only to be finally finished off by Future Trunks when he came to Earth to seek revenge. And how does Trunks finish him off? He uses his sword to split Frieza in half lengthwise before proceeding to slice him up into itty bitty pieces and then blow him away with a powerful Ki blast.
    • To add insult to injury, the song "Yesterday" by The Beatles (which is very likely the Trope Namer) was used for Frieza in AMV Hell.
    • Piccolo slices Babidi in half while Babidi desperately tries to plead for his life by stating that he is the only one that can kill Buu by sealing him back up. Piccolo doesn't believe him and promptly cuts him in half. He gets better, however.
    • Future Trunks gets to cut another bad guy in half in Dragon Ball Super this time it's Merged Zamasu, who is slowly and vertically bisected by a massive Laser Blade. Unfortunately for Trunks, for Zamasu it's just an inconvenience that he pays back with interest.
  • In Elfen Lied, Kouta's sister Kanae is cut in half by Lucy when she knows about Lucy's powers and attempts to save her older brother, but he hits her and calls her a liar. Her death causes said brother to be traumatized for life. It's actually a standard way for the Diclonius to kill their victims. Lucy and Mariko are especially fond of it.
    • In the Manga, Bandou suffers this fate at the hands of Lucy, but he manages to survive and replace his missing half with prosthetics.
  • Happens occasionally in Fist of the North Star. Several of the martial arts schools have techniques which involve cutting, so this is inevitable. Nanto schools especially feature this, but so does Gento Koken. The anime is notable for showing Kenshiro doing this, cleanly and effortlessly bisecting a man vertically with the edge of his hand. Making this all the stranger is that Hokuto Shinken focuses on hitting Pressure Points to cause people's heads (and sometimes the rest of them) to explode.
  • In Franken Fran, this happens to the assassin Agito in Chapter 18 (he got better thanks to his Healing Factor), and Fran herself gets cut in half bilaterally by accident in Chapter 60. She also gets better... eventually, after turning both halves into complete but half-brained persons.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist and the Brotherhood adaptation, Gluttony is tricked into swallowing a bomb, leaving him needing to regrow his whole upper body.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist 2003
    • Frank Archer gets half of his body incinerated vertically during the creation of the Philosopher's Stone. Somehow he survives this and turns into a destructive war machine when he gets it replaced with machinery. Apparently he didn't have any vital organs on the right side of his body...
    • This is also how Dante disposed of her latest apprentice.
  • Gantz:
    • The end of the Buddha arc in sees Kishimoto split in two horizontally by an alien's acid.
    • Nurarihyon was sliced to half by Oka in the Osaka mission, though only the upper half of the body.
  • Happens in GUN×SWORD to The Claw.
  • In Heat Guy J, Boma takes a katana and slices through a man and his gun in one clean cut.
  • In Chapter 7 of Hellsing, Zorin Blitz bisects one of the mercenaries with her scythe after her illusion powers open him up to it. In the official material, it was a little girl pretending to be his daughter that was his undoing; in the Abridged series, he is undone by something less obvious... and less dignified.
  • In Inuyasha, Jaken gets cut in half, but is brought back to life by Sesshomaru with Tenseiga shortly thereafter.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
    • Zeppeli is bisected at the waist by a chain.
    • Stroheim is bisected at the waist by Cars in the second arc. Being a product of NAZI SCIENCE it doesn't bother him terribly.
    • Also happens to Diego Brando after being run over by a train in one chapter of Steel Ball Run.
    • An unlucky soldier in Part II gets split in half vertically when the Pillar Man Wamuu brushes up against him and absorbs half of his body in the process.
    • Cioccolata of Vento Aureo actively abuses this trope due to his ability to detatch parts of his body: when Mista attempts to restrain him, he escapes by cutting off his own lower half and flopping away to safety, his spine wiggling behind him. He also makes use of his reduced size this way to hide in the helicopter compartment to ambush Mista and Giorno.
  • Karas: The monstrous Ushi-oni (in actuality Commisioner Gyuuki revealing his One-Winged Angel form) dies from getting sliced into half, face-first, by Otoha, with a close-up of his sneering mug followed by his entire body splitting in two.
  • In Lupin III: Dead or Alive, General Headhunter's lead henchman, Crisis, is cut in half by the island's defense mechanisms. It's not a survivable encounter.
  • The demon panther in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie First that served as the second Monster of the Week found itself bisected horizontally after Nanoha lanced her way through its body. It wasn't enough to kill it though and its upper half quickly escaped into the sky... until Fate chased it down and applied the vertical version of this trope, destroying its body.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!
    • Dynamis became a victim of this trope during his fight with Negi's Superpowered Evil Side. He lived to tell, possibly due to his Large Ham tendencies, and later one of the many Fates restored him.
    • Later, this happened to Chachamaru... Being a Ridiculously Human Robot, she lived to tell: Takane kept her alive with her magic, and once the human and magical world collided and her creator Hakase got a hold of her, she got fixed.
    • Almost immediately afterward, Quartum gets chopped in half by Negi after he sees that Quartum did this to Chachamaru.
  • Occurs in MPD Psycho when a character named Kido goes up against a subway train. The results are, needless to say, quite gruesome.
  • Appropriately enough, this is how Baron Ashura (as Hell King Gordon) is finished off in Mazin Kaiser
  • In the manga version of the Mega Man X4, during Zero's second and final fight against Colonel, Zero defeats and kills him by slicing him in half with his saber.
  • Heine Westenfluss of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny got bisected along with his mobile suit after turning his back to Stella's Gaia.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00:
    • Nena Trinity died after being ripped in half by Louise Halevy, using the claws of her mobile suit. The novelizations add more gruesome detail to this, stating that the only thing holding her torso together was a few strands of muscle, right before her mobile suit was blown up.
    • Doubleujah did the same to Healing Care's machine in the Grand Finale. The former gives the latter "The Reason You Suck" Speech before finishing the job.
  • In one popular scene in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Zechs' Tallgeese is under attack by a Cancer Mobile Armor piloted by Alex, who had grown to become more merciless once he joined OZ. When Alex and his friend attack surrendered enemies, Zechs attacked them for their act. When he goes after Alex in the water, he distracts him with his Dober Gun after taking a missile hit, then grapples him from behind. Realizing Alex is unredeemable, he yells out "FOOOOOOOOOOOOOLS!" and promptly rips the suit in two, destroying it and killing the mass murderer.
  • Naruto
    • Orochimaru once got ripped in half by Naruto's 4-tailed form, but he has the halves of his body rejoin before they even touch the ground.
    • In Chapter 585 Kabuto bisects Itachi. Since Itachi is an Edo Tensei at the time, he regenerates..
    • And in Chapter 601, Madara rips Tsunade's torso in two with a giant tree. Her advanced medical jutsus and Karin being around to heal her just in time are probably the only reasons she is still alive.
    • Madara is on the receiving end of this twice. Naruto cuts Madara AND the Shinju in half with an attack Madara only recovers from due to his Healing Factor. Then Sasuke cuts him in half with a sword.
  • This comes up several times in End of Evangelion:
    • During Asuka's frantic battle against the Mass Production EVA Series, she severs the fifth one she attacks at the waist, sending the top half flying. All nine recover from their injuries and counterattack, but how this particular EVA managed to piece itself together after being so torn asunder is handwaved.
    • Misato's brutal death. If you pause just as the JSSDF charges explode, you can see this.
    • During Instrumentality, Gendo's meeting with the now-transcended Lilith/Rei hybrid ends with Unit 01 biting Gendo in half.
  • Happens to Buggy the Clown a lot in One Piece, as well as most Logia users at some point, often repeatedly as these characters have no problem putting themselves together again.
    • Trafalgar Law can do it non-lethally to other people as well, as he did to Tashigi in Chapter 661.
    • In Chapter 687, Zoro cut Monet in half vertically. She survives due to being a Logia user, but because she knows Zoro could have easily killed her, she is too scared to put her body back together right away, allowing Tashigi to finish her off easily.
  • Princess Tutu
    • This is Fakir's fated death inwitnessed repeatedly in visions—the Raven will slash his torso in half vertically as he tries to protect Mytho. It appears to happen at the end of the first season, but it turns out he was tougher than that.
    • This is also how the ghost knight killed his wife, albeit horizontally rather than vertically. This is shown onscreen. What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?
  • In the horror manga Region, when Kanon's ankle is grabbed by a man who is pleading for help, she is horrified that everything below the man's waist is covered with rats, happily gorging themselves on what little remains of his flesh.
  • Aqua Shuzen in Rosario + Vampire does this to Akasha Bloodriver and Ling-Ling Huang. Less effective than most, considering they're the only two (sentient) characters in the entire series that are not affected by getting cut in half.
  • Rurouni Kenshin : This is the fate of villain Uonuma Usui, torn in half at the waist by the force of Saito Hajime's point-blank Gatotsu in the manga. He was merely impaled in the anime, which is a huge step down from the manga scene, which is pretty much outright gorn. You can see Usui's intestines hanging down and everything. The Toonami version edited the scene further so that he wasn't even impaled, just sliced bloodlessly.
  • Yukimura from Samurai Deeper Kyo loves to do this to his enemies.
  • This is the final fate of Aki Honda in Shadow Star, to the point of Fan Disservice. Her death was so utterly violent ( before being cut, she gets raped with the same dragon claw that ultimately ripped her in half!), that the last part was cut out in the international versions of the manga and was censored in the anime (the viewer only get to see the shadow, not the action itself).
  • Used by Maka and Soul several times in Soul Eater. Stein does it Medusa, who is able to survive by possessing a snake and then "borrowing" the body of a little girl.
  • Also occurs to Meier Link towards the end of the movie Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. He manages to pull himself back together and get better though.
  • Bad guys in Voltron.
  • Happens to Fuuma Monou in the TV series version of X/1999, when Sorata uses all of his Shock and Awe powers to pretty much blow up half of his body despite being impaled through the torso with Fuuma's Shinken. He barely survives, and must absorb Nataku into his body (which kills Nataku and fulfills his Wish) to regenerate himself.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Placido gets blown in half upon his defeat at Yusei's hands. Fortunately for him, he's an android, and is eventually repaired.
  • In Yu Yu Hakusho, Kuwabara tries a vertical cut on Elder Toguro at the start of his fight with him, only to find that he cut a fake body and that Toguro had used his flexibility powers to burrow into the ground.

    Comic Books 
  • All New Atom: After a time-travel accident, Teddy Hyatt's right side is still alive and functional in the present while his left side is in the future, making him a walking, talking anatomical cross-section.
  • Black Adam tears Terraman in half at the pelvis.
  • Nekron tries to do this to Sinestro in Blackest Night. Sinestro uses the power of the white light to heal himself and resume his attacks.
  • In Bone, Grandma Rose's sister Briar was cut in half, then the Lord of the Locust had his insects inhabit her body to resurrect her, but when they leave the halves of her body fall back apart. However, he decides he still needs her and puts her back together, for her to later do this herself to Tarsil.
  • Catwoman: When in Rome: Cheetah threatens to "slit Catwoman open from bottom to top," but is unable to carry out her threat.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: The Pendant of Courage gives Link the jolt he needs to cut a soldier in half. This sends the other mooks wailing out of the temple in terror.
  • After Gammid kills Javi in Negation, one of Javi's Ligis-bearer teammates, a teleporter, uses one of her portals to cut Gammid in half. He dies.
  • Scott Pilgrim:
    • Roxy Richter suffers this fate after a Single-Stroke Battle with Scott.
    • Scott himself ends up on the receiving end in Volume 6 whilst battling Gideon in Ramona's mind.
  • Done to Zombie Venom in the second issue of Secret Wars (2015).
  • The Void (possessing The Sentry), pulls this on Ares. Vertically. With his hands.
    • Much earlier on, in New Avengers #3, a non-possessed Sentry does this to Carnage.
  • Simon Dark tears Gus' first successful revived human in half, when the deformed man proves to be a remorseless furious murderer who nearly kills Tom and does kill Gus. It works out as a bit of karma since tearing his victims in half was the murderer's favorite way to kill his own victims.
  • A couple of examples happen in Sullivan's Sluggers. When the townsfolk transform, one guy sitting in the bleachers is bitten in half. Later, in the farmhouse's Creepy Basement, among all the corpses of victims past, is the upper half of a cheerleader.
  • Superboy-Prime uses his heat vision to cut the superhero Bushido in half in Infinite Crisis.
  • Ultimate Marvel:
    • Ultimate's Wolverine went up against his universe's Hulk. And gets pulled in half. He then proceeds to crawl up a mountain to find his legs.
    • The Ultimates: Captain America cut Herr Kleiser in half with his shield. It's only a temporary thing thanks to his great healing speed, but still...
  • Usagi Yojimbo In Space Usagi, the titular character does this to his lord's murderer with help from a modified katana.
  • In X-Men arc Age of Apocalypse, Magneto finishes Apocalypse off by ripping his cyborg body in half vertically.

    Comic Strips 
  • In one Comic StripBelvedere strip Belvedere and his owner are both in karate gis, with Belvedere in an attack pose and his owner neatly cut in two at the waist.
    Guy in background: How was that for a karate chop?

    Fan Works 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series: Shadow slashes Jack right in half.
  • In Fractured, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands crossover, Samantha Shepard's lower half is turned into paste by an angry Brick. Only some fancy time-stopping technology saves her from certain (second) death.
  • Near the end of the original Yognapped, this happens to Skylord Lysander.
  • In the Star Wars fic "Hold on Girl'', Mara Jade Skywalker not only force-chokes her captor but literally rips him in half with the force.
  • In the Young Justice fic, With This Ring, Teth Adom's people are attacked with technology from Apokolips, which Queen Bee had dealings with, so he was already pissed at her. When she tried using her powers against him, he literally tore her in half.
  • In The Stronger Evil, this is how Daolon Wong's Cruel and Unusual Death comes to an end — after Shendu has been pounding him into the pavement for a few minutes, he takes the bloody mess that's left and rips it in half.
  • This happens (un)surprisingly often in the All Guardsmen Party:
    • Nubby loses both legs to a swipe from a forcesword and has them replaced with augmetics.
    • Sergeant Gravis gets bisected through the lungs by a Hive Tyrant's bonesword. He survives.
    • A few enemies get this treatment including a Khonate mutant that gets bisected by Cutter as well as the Heretek that takes down Cutter when the latter beats him in melee.
  • In the Kingdom Hearts fangame, Gaston suffers this fate in addition to Disney Villain Death in a manner very similar to that of Darth Maul.
  • In Maiden's Illusionary Funeral, Yukari gets vertically bisected by Youki. It barely slows her down.
  • Tales of the Otherverse: In the "A World Without Heroes" story arc, Rogue rips into half a thug whose goons have just murdered a child in cold blood.
    Rogue shook herself out of shock as anger and rage poured in. She stepped forward, wanting to reach Kara's side, to help her tear these… animals apart. The leader had turned to run and she caught him by the upper arms. He was no longer human. He was an obstacle. Without a second thought, she flung her arms wide, opening her hands to let the two pieces of the leader fly in opposite directions.

    Films — Animation 
  • Apparently in the backstory for a background character in Corpse Bride — when Victor first encounters him, he splits in half vertically to get around the young man.
  • Aquaman, Starfire, and Black Manta suffer this fate in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Aquaman by Darkseid's omega beams and both Starfire and Black Manta by Paradooms.
  • This is a plot point in Onward, where Ian's attempt to bring his father Back from the Dead for a day only brings back his legs, giving him and Barley the rest of the day to restore his top half.
  • At the beginning of The Return of Hanuman, Rahu and Ketu were cut in half. Their bodies were reattached, only that their lower halves were switched.
  • In Steven Universe: The Movie, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl are all poofed by Spinel when she bisects them with her Gem rejuvenator. Steven, in turn, uses her weapon against her, bisecting her head and chest vertically.
  • Overlaps with Smoldering Shoes in the Fake-Out Opening of Toy Story 2: when Buzz leaps over Zurg, the latter hits him with a single blast from his ion blaster upon him landing, destroying his upper body and leaving only his legs behind.
  • This happens to a stuffed blue zebra in Toy Story 4, being ripped in half by a cat. He's a stuffed toy, though, so he's quite alright.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Bishop survives it in Aliens. Being a robot with no vital organs kinda helped in the survival process.
  • Happens to a lot of victims in Atomic Shark, most notably to some guy on a water-jet-propelled flyboard. The initial strike removes his upper half, but the jets keeps his lower body up in the air until the shark returns for a second helping.
  • The titular character in Axeman tries to kill Doug this way. It doesn't work, so he hacks the poor sap to death instead.
  • In The Banana Splits Movie, Thadd gets brutally sawed in half by Fleegle as a "magic trick", while his fianceé Poppy is Forced to Watch. We see the gory aftermath when Fleegle opens the box and shows it to Poppy.
  • Happens in the remake of Bangkok Dangerous, when Joe fights an Elite Mook and takes out said mook by shoving a grenade into his belt before slamming him into a wall. The mook gets ripped into half from the waist by the subsequent explosion in a rather messy and gory way.
  • In Beetlejuice a woman in the afterlife waiting room is separated at the waist, but still able to move both parts of her body. (An example of Jacob Marley Apparel that is common in the film. Apparently, she'd been a magician's assistant in a 'sawed in half' trick gone wrong.) A hilarious scene involving her is shown at the end of the movie when the title character strokes her leg, and her upper half — who is "sitting" on the other side of him — angrily hits him with a magazine.
  • Happens to a Delta in Black Hawk Down when his lower body gets blown off by a Somali RPG. Though he's played by Kim Coates so it's not that surprising.
  • Subverted in the finale of Blade when he chops Deacon Frost in half, but the upper body only separates a few inches before his vampire god powers (and a lot of blood) pull the parts back together again.
  • Also done to a vampire in Blade II, except this cut was vertical, and it successfully killed the vampire.
  • Blood Surf: John is bitten in half by the crocodile, and still dangling from the roof of the engine room when he dies.
  • The Bride With White Hair: The titular Bride wields a razor-sharp whip, which can slice people into chunks. A mook gets hit at waist level and becomes two halves instantly.
  • In Captains Courageous: It happens when the Portuguese fisherman suffers an accident while deep sea fishing. Because he was submerged up to his neck in the ocean, his wounds were not visible. He announced his predicament through an interpreter, so the boy he had been taking care of wouldn't know how bad it was.
  • Happens to Talen when he is rammed by the eponymous car at the end of The Car: Road to Revenge. His upper half is lying inside the car, cut off at the windscreen, while his lower half sprawls on the road and is run over.
  • Variant: In The Cell, a horse is split into a sequence of slabs by the descending glass plates of a deathtrap. As it's a Journey to the Center of the Mind sequence, the horse's various sections remain alive.
  • Children of the Corn
    • Scarecrow Earl in the third film is defeated when he is cut in half from his waist.
    • Doc in the fourth film is cut in half when a possessed hospital gurney (that produces a switchblade) rams on him.
    • Isaac punishes Rachel for her treachery in the sixth film by cleaving her in half vertically with a machete.
  • In Clash of the Titans (2010), Calibos rips an Argosian soldier in half with his bare hands.
  • Hud in Cloverfield. It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment but if you watch closely, the monster swallows his legs, letting the upper body fall to the ground.
  • Happens twice in Creep Van.
    • At the beginning, some teenager tries sneaking into the van through an open window, which shuts while he's halfway through it, slicing him in half.
    • Later, after a woman delivers a beat down to a Jerkass mechanic, the van smashes her against a wall, which crushes her in half.
  • Damien: Omen II features a man being cut in half at the waist by an elevator cable.
  • Occurs by way of subway train to a rapist in Daredevil Urich observes the police carting away "Jose Quesada ... and the rest of Jose Quesada."
  • Darkest Sword: The main villain of this Taiwanese wuxia is halved from the waist by the titular weapon, an Absurdly Sharp Blade that earlier on slices a tree vertically in half.
  • In Deadpool 2, this happens to Wade by a freshly-released Juggernaut.
    Deadpool: OH MY GOD! I CAN'T FEEL MY LEGS! I CAN'T FEEL— oh, they're right here.
  • Three of the victims in Deep Blue Sea Russel Franklin, Tom Scoggins, and Susan McAlester are bitten in half by the sharks before they eat them.
  • Happens to a Mook in Die Hard with a Vengeance; there's a brief shot of the cable slicing him in two, and then we see the two heroes drag the corpse away side by side, one holding his wrists and the other his ankles.
  • Happened some time ago to a character in the Doom movie, when a teleport-pad accident sent his upper and lower halves to different destinations. Due to futuristic medicine, he lives, but as half a body permanently attached to a wheelchair/life support system.
  • Escape Room (2017): Anderson is killed by being sliced in half by a descending partition in the Air-Vent Passageway.
  • The Eunuch: Part of the Establishing Character Moment for the titular Villain Protagonist, after killing an official and his wife for treason. The official's 10-year-old son tries retaliating, but the Eunuch grabs the child and flings him towards a halberd held vertically by one of his soldiers, resulting in the boy being halved from the waist.
  • During The Teaser of Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain, Amy's boyfriend finds her lying partially in the bushes, begging for help: her body obscured from the waist down. When he tries to lift her up, he disocovers that she has been cut in half at the waist, and all of her intestines spill out on the ground.
  • Final Destination:
    • In the second film, Rory suffers a transected torso courtesy of flying barbed wire.
    • In the third film, Kevin gets torn in half during the roller coaster disaster premonition.
    • The fourth film has the Daniels couple who get bisected by cables during the racecar disaster premonition.
  • Five Element Ninjas: In the final battle, one of the ninja mooks tries sneaking up on the protagonists by hiding himself in a hollow tree, ready to ambush, but the protagonist noticed him and simply slice the tree, ninja and all, horizontally into half.
  • Freaky has Mr. Bernardi bisected vertically by a table saw.
  • Happened in Freddy vs. Jason to one of the supporting teens; having been possessed by Freddy, the teen stares down a stalking, pissed-off Jason and looks seemingly defenseless — until he jabs two syringes full of tranquilizers into Jason's neck and injects him with the full dose. Unfortunately for the teen, that's his last act as a living person; before Jason's lights go out, he uses his machete to cut the teen in half.
  • Friday the 13th Part III: Andy is killed while he walks on his hands, and is later found cut in half.
  • One of the fights in Gladiator sees a fighter cut in half at the waist by the large blades on the wheels of her own war chariot.
  • In Havenhurst, after Tammy gets dropped into the building's basement, she finds Wayne on an operating table with the lower half of his body missing, a huge cut going up his torso from the bottom, and his entrails hanging out.
  • Hellboy has the talking corpse of Ivan, who was cut in half at the midsection, and, still not dead, shot through the skull.
  • Heroes of Sung: The film's main villain, Wan-Yan, is killed by being vertically cut into half. The camera actually lingers on the right half of his corpse for a while.
  • The Heroic Ones: This is the horrific, horrific fate of the 13th Prince, via being pulled apart by four horses. The last thing audiences see of him is his upper head and torso, sans limbs, legs and most of his body's lower half.
  • Happens briefly in Highlander III: The Sorcerer, when Connor cuts Kane in half horizontally. But then he uses his powers to join the halves and the fight continues.
  • In the most horrific scene from The Hitcher, psycho killer John Ryder ties the love interest, Nash, between a Mack truck and its trailer, commandeers the cab, revs up the engine and threatens to rip her in half if he doesn't speak to Jim, the protagonist. The police enlist Jim, whom they had previously suspected was the killer, but are now convinced of his innocence, to try to negotiate with Ryder, but when Jim confronts him, Ryder orders him to shoot him. Jim refuses because Ryder's foot is on the clutch and if it slips off, Nash will die anyway. Ryder gets pissed and insults Jim, then shifts the clutch and the accelerator, resulting in poor Nash getting ripped in half before Jim's very eyes.
  • Samantha is sliced in half with barbed wire in Hold Your Breath.
  • Ichi the Killer: Brain-case to balls.
  • Immortals climaxes with a massive battle between the Gods led by Zeus, against the Titans. More than one Titan gets graphically bisected, with Zeus slicing a random Titan diagonally into two with plenty of CG-Gorn.
  • One of the victims in Intruder is found cut half, with his upper and lower body in two dumpsters. He also has a "1/2 price" tag on him.
  • I Origins: Sofi dies this way courtesy of a malfunctioning elevator and Ian pulling her out a second too late. All the more disturbing because it comes out of nowhere and Ian (and the audience) believe that she's okay for a few seconds before realizing what happened.
  • In I, Robot, Sonny hurls another robot into an energy field that disintegrates most forms of alloy or composite. Before collapsing, it staggers about for a moment, then turns to reveal it's lost half its head and body.
  • Jurassic Park:
    • Jurassic Park: Implied to have been the fate of Gennaro, the cowardly lawyer who got munched by the T. rex.
      Muldoon: I think this was Gennaro.
      Sattler: *several feet away, looking clearly disturbed at something off-screen* I think this was, too.
    • The Lost World: Jurassic Park has Eddie Carr torn in half by two T. rexes, who then eat him.
    • In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Eli Mills ends up getting eaten and torn in half by a T. rex and a Carnotaurus, before a pack of Compsognathus munch on what is left of him before they all run off.
  • In Justice League (2017), a few Parademons felled by Diana's sword end up in two pieces.
  • During the Crazy 88 sword battle in Kill Bill the Bride hands this out to one unfortunate Mook, who is split in half right down the middle with her Hattori Hanzo sword.
  • In King Kong Lives, Kong grabs one of the hunters that tried to capture it and breaks him in half.
  • A nonlethal version happens to Ronald Reagan in King's Row, in which he wakes up from surgery and says the famous line, "Where's the rest of me?" Reagan, by the way, plays a notorious playboy who had taken an interest in the surgeon's daughter.
  • In Kingsman: The Secret Service, the first Lancelot gets sliced from head to toe by Gazelle, thus opening the position for a new candidate.
  • The Lady Assassin delivers two in a row in the final battle, with the titular heroine, Lui Si-niang killing both The Dragon and the Big Bad in this fashion (horizontally for the former, vertically for the latter, both accompanied by a genorous dose of High-Pressure Blood).
  • Lake Placid features the Gorn version.
  • In The Last Stand a mook's torso falls separate from his waist thanks to a Vickers machine gun.
  • Although we, thankfully, never see the actual aftermath of it, this is heavily implied to what happened to James Bond's colleague, Saunders, in The Living Daylights after being the victim of a booby-trapped sliding glass door by Necros. Well, in addition to other things.
  • In the wuxia film The Magic Blade, Fu Hung-hsueh have to fight a legion of expert fighters in the climax. One of them tries sneaking up on Fu behind a wooden frame, but Fu sees his opponent in time and hacks him together with the frame into two. Although the gory parts are obscured by the frame, but it's clear that Fu's victim is cleanly halved.
  • The Man Who Saves the World ends with the protagonist karate-chopping the evil Wizard in half. In a movie riddled with Special Effect Failure, this one stands out as the single most hilariously bad special effect of them all.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In Avengers: Infinity War, a few Outriders try forcing their way past the barrier surrounding the Wakandan army. Some of them end up getting bisected at the waist.
    • Avengers: Endgame has Hawkeye slicing at least one Outrider into two with his katana.
  • Men in Black: Edgar the Bug is blown apart at the waist when K fires his BFG inside the Bug's stomach. Amazingly, this didn't kill Edgar; it took a second shot from another BFG to do that.
  • Men in Black II: The Worms are cut in half at the waist, but it only appears to be a mild inconvenience until they pull their two halves back together.
  • Night at the Museum: Teddy Roosevelt, a wax statue, after getting run over by a stagecoach. Sacagawea fixes him not too long after.
  • Not Another Teen Movie: A guy gets tackled from both sides by football players and Hilarity Ensues.
  • In the Shaw Brothers martial arts epic, The New One-Armed Swordsman, this happens to The Lancer of the film, prompting the Handicapped Badass hero to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Pacific Rim
  • In Paranoid Park, the main character hops onto a train and scuffles with a security guard who catches him. However, the guard loses his footing and falls onto a second set of tracks as another train approaches. The result is an unnerving scene in which the guard crawls away from the tracks, minus the lower half of his body.
  • The killer in Pieces corners one of his victims in a bathroom, and she gets cut half with a chainsaw.
  • Pitch Black:
    • "Where's Johns?" "Which half?"
    • Shazza, who gets ripped in half and carried off still screaming by a swarm of juvenile Bioraptors.
  • Rambo: In the film's excessively gory climax, the jeep's driver gets the upper half of his body disintegrated when Rambo grabs the 50. cal machine gun and fires it at him from point blank. A minute later the lower half of his body falls out from the side of the jeep. A few random mooks ends up getting bits and pieces of their bodies ripped to shreds by the 50. cal as well, at least one which is cleanly halved from the waist.
  • In the first Resident Evil movie, one of the troopers is cut in half by a Frickin' Laser Beam in the Laser Hallway leading to the Red Queen's lair. He dies, but there's no gore at all. On YouTube at 1:25.
  • Savaged: Following the final battle, Zoe has been cut in half at the waist by Trey's chainsaw, but—being a Revenant Zombie—still cannot die.
  • Happens to one of the Rangers in Saving Private Ryan during the Omaha Beach landing sequence. Captain Miller is dragging a wounded comrade out of the water when a mortar explodes nearby, throwing Miller to the ground. When he gets back up and resumes dragging, the soldier is now dead and has been blown in half.
  • A favored fatality of the Saw franchise, several victims are usually decapitated in this manner.
    • One victim in Saw V is strapped to a bench and dismembered by a razor-sharp pendulum.
    • In the last installment's introductory sequence, the girl who is cheated on the two men in the contest is dropped forcefully upon a rotating saw blade when they agree that she is the one to die in the trap.
    • The real Gorn candidate, though, is the suspension trap that forcefully rips the victim in two vertically when it goes off.
  • In Scarecrow Slayer, Deputy Larry is killed when the Scarecrow cuts him in half at the waist.
  • Shanghai Grand: In the first shootout, an unfortunate mook falls into a set of rotating gears on a ship and gets messily ripped into half by the waist.
  • In Signs, Graham's wife is hit by a car. He is told that she is basically cut in half and the car is the "only thing holding her together," but we don't see it.
  • In Slashers, Chainsaw Charlie slices Rebecca in half at the waist.
  • Brom gets cut in half by the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow (1999). It's also/probably a shout-out to The Phantom Menace, since the stuntman who played the Horseman was also Darth Maul.
  • The Commando Brick Bazooka from Small Soldiers ends up like this when he falls off of Alan's bike. He recovers, though.
  • Sybil is ripped in half after being dragged through a floor in StageFright -Aquarius-.
  • In Stargate Continuum, Qetesh uses an enhanced blade to cut Ba'al cleanly in half from the waist up.
  • The bugs in Starship Troopers have a fondness for this trope, being giant insects. Carmen's commanding officer gets herself cut in half by a descending bulkhead door.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: As Harrison is blasting away at Klingons with a gun in one hand and a BFG in the other, he uses the latter to completely vaporize the upper torso of one who's attacking Kirk.
  • Star Wars:
    • Happens to several battle droids throughout the prequels.
    • Darth Maul has this happen to him in The Phantom Menace when Obi-Wan takes Qui-Gon's lightsaber and carves him in half across the waist. Maul survives the experience.
    • Referenced for laughs in LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace: a poster reads "Darth Maul's Emporium: Prices Cut in Half!"
    • At the end of The Empire Strikes Out, he gets split in half again when he gets sucked into space.
    • In the finale of Rogue One, Darth Vader cuts a rebel soldier in half after slamming him into the ceiling, then doesn't bother looking at his bisected corpse.
    • In The Last Jedi, Supreme Leader Snoke gets sliced in half by Kylo Ren, allowing him to usurp leadership of the First Order.
  • Strike Commando: Jakoda dies in this method when Ransom shoves a grenade into his mouth, the ensuing explosion which vaporizes his upper half, leaving behind a pair of legs and a little bit of waist.
  • Tales from the Hood 2: In "Good Golly", Zoe gets cut in half by a rapidly descending door—shaped like a set of teeth—in the museum.
  • At the climax of Ted, the title character is ripped in half while trying to escape the main antagonist. It is not played for laughs and Ted being a teddy bear doesn't lessen it, though he does try to relieve some of the tension by comparing himself to the Aliens example above.
  • Terminator
  • Happens when Ben Moss gets caught between two glass doors slamming shut in the remake of Thir13en Ghosts.
  • At the climax of the Taiwanese fantasy film The Thrilling Sword, the prince has to fight 3 immortals, whose weak spots are their armpits, waist, and mouth, in that order. The second immmortal dies when the prince cuts him in half, where his lower half walks off for a few seconds before dying.
  • In the opening action sequence of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Sideswipe does a balletic jump over the Audi R8, Sideways, lands in front of him and grounds his built-in sword blade so that as the Decepticon drives forwards he cuts himself in two lengthways. He then proclaims "Damn, I'm good".
    • In the climax of the first film, Megatron does it to Jazz, quipping that he doesn't want "a piece" of Jazz, he wants two.
    • Another case from ROTF: During the battle in Egypt, Mixmaster starts shelling the human troops. Enter Jetfire. Mixmaster promptly loses his legs to the ex-Decepticon, who apparently decides that isn't enough and stomps Mixmaster's head off.
  • Due to a case of Deadly Dodging in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, one of the college kids falls head first into a wood chipper. Tucker tries to pull him out but from the perspective of the other college kids it looks like Tucker is shoving him in.
  • Ultraviolet, Daxus is vertically sliced in half by Violet, the only way you could have made it out was because he was set alight, in total darkness!
  • Happens to a random werewolf in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.
  • In A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, during the Art Shifted claymation scene, this happens to an unfortunate hot dog vendor when he gets crushed by a snowball hurled by a giant, rampaging, murderous snowman.
  • Violent Shit has one of the poor victims of Karl the Butcher being sewn in half (and the saw appears to cut through the belt harmlessly...).
  • Two captured Polish soldiers are tied alive to horses and ripped in half in Volhynia - a real execution method.
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story: The major source of angst in Dewey's life is the fact that he accidentally halved his brother with a machete when they were little. His father shouts, "You're not half the boy Nate was. You're not even half the boy that the top half of Nate was after you cut him in half!" He is eventually forgiven by his father after the old man accidentally halves himself while trying to kill Dewey.
  • The page image is Dr. Loveless from Wild Wild West, who before the film lost his bottom half in an explosive-filled accident. Punned repeatedly by Jim West (and Loveless himself, as shown by the caption), including using the name of the trope.
  • In The Woman, the feral woman cuts Brian in half after Peggy frees her.
  • In X-Men: Days of Future Past Colossus is torn in half by a pair of Future Sentinels.

  • One of the bad endings of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, Crypt of the Sorcerer, can have this happening to you when you're infiltrating the lair of the kaiju-like giant monster, the Gargantis. You can choose to have yourself lowered into its lair from a pit — at which point the Gargantis will suddenly grab you from below and chomp you into half from the waist. Bon appetit...
  • Lone Wolf:
    • This is the fate of a Vordak in Book 5, Shadow on the Sand, if you have the Sommerswerd.
      You strike again, curving the golden blade in a great arc. It bites into the Vordak's neck, tearing through its unnatural body, and severing it diagonally from collarbone to hip.
    • In The Skull of Agarash, Lone Wolf kills a ravenous Anapheg by bisecting it vertically, from groin to skull, with one upward slash of the Sommerswerd, leaving two near-perfect symmetrical halves.

  • Used in a 1814 German poem by Ludwig Uhland:
    Zur Rechten sieht man, wie zur Linken, Einen halben Türken heruntersinken.
    To the right one sees, as to the left, half a turc sink down.
  • In the first part of Aztec one of the masons in the limestone pit gets this when a large cube of limestone falls on him. His lower half is resting a little ways away, and his upper half is sealed flat by the rock. He lives long enough to make his deathbed concession, then when they try to carry him out of the quarry, everything falls out.
  • Happens to Kid Sampson in Catch-22 when McWatt's practical joke of buzzing the beach goes horribly wrong.
  • Interesting variation in The Cloven Viscount by Italo Calvino: the title character is a nobleman who got cut in two (vertically) during a fight against Turkish forces. But, amazingly, both halves survive, one evil and the other good.
  • This happens to one of the mobsters in the second Dark Tower book when he is accidentally strafed with machine-gun fire.
    • Before that, Odetta loses her legs thanks to Jack Mort pushing her in front of a train. Later, Roland possesses Jack's body and makes him do it to himself-except aims the impact point just a bit higher.
  • This is taken to a strange extreme in Deathstalker: The character 'Half A Man', a former investigator, is sliced in half vertically, the missing half of his body replaced by a sinister energy being. Eventually, that side devours him, and he's well aware that it's happening for quite some time.
  • Deeplight: An unnamed Leaguer at Wildman's Hammer is sliced in half during Jelt's rampage.
  • Everworld has a darkly humorous version where the group encounters a bunch of satyrs. Alcohol-Induced Idiocy ensues, and one of the satyrs finds himself split in half... and the only thing that disturbs him is that he can't hold his wine anymore (he doesn't have organs or blood either, just sort of sketches). The bottom half-a-satyr just keeps trundling alongside them, occasionally falling over, and is eventually exchanged by Christopher for entry into the fairy city.
  • This is the fate of Navarog in Fablehaven. In dragon form, he's a huge, almost-untouchable monstrosity... but in human form, well, Raxtus got hungry.
  • In Gardens of the Moon, book one of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, the wizard Hairlock gets cut in half in the middle of a battle, and keeps himself alive briefly with magic. It turns out this has been planned for and he is waiting to complete a spell to transfer his soul into a little marionette.
  • Genome begins with the protagonist leaving a hospital where he recovered after being bisected. His legs had to be regrown for several months since the ship where the accident happened had only one spare medical chamber and thus only one half could be saved; otherwise, legs could just have been reattached.
  • A petite enemy soldier in A Harvest of War gets this, courtesy of the protagonist and her BFS.
  • Two examples in Heart of Steel:
    • Alistair Mechanus is this when the story starts, having rebuilt himself as a cyborg after trauma in his backstory.
    • Julia's soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend Jim gets torn in half at the beginning of the novel and is rebuilt as a (rather clunkier) cyborg.
  • In the second Mistborn book, resident Action Girl Vin slices a villain in half with a koloss sword longer then she is tall. As well as his horse.
  • In The Nekropolis Archives novel Dark War, Tavi gets bitten in half by a rampaging dinosaur. However, due to being a lycanthrope with a powerful healing factor, he is able to survive.
  • The Saga of the Jomsvikings: In the battle of Hjorunga Bay, the warrior Thorkel Midlong splits Bui's chin with a sword-blow, but Bui returns the blow while Thorkel slips on the wet planks and topples against the gunwale, and "the blow struck him in the middle, and he was cut in two against the gunwale."
  • In Shadow of the Conqueror, Daylen notes how messy fighting with Imperious can be, as it's more than capable of cleaving through multiple limbs and bodies in one swing. Lyrah, due to her specialized Super Strength, can achieve the same effect with a steel warsword.
  • L. Frank Baum's Sky Island has the Blue government practice of slicing two persons in half and recombining them with each other. They attempt it with Cap'n Bill and (a donkey?) Fortunately, Cap'n Bill escapes.
  • In Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Guitar Bain's father was killed when his body was sawn vertically on an industrial saw, and thus was lain in the tomb with both halves facing each other.
  • In the [1] books:
    • Darth Vader executes someone in Splinter of the Mind's Eye by using his lightsaber to bisect him from the crown of his head right down.
    • A disguised Corran Horn uses the same technique on a 3PO unit belonging to the Blackstar Pirates in I, Jedi as part of a dramatic display meant to frighten them.
    • Lightsaber combat refers to this technique as sai tok. It's Sithly in nature (even when it's necessary to kill, a Jedi shouldn't feel a desire to mutilate his enemy's body), hence Jedi almost never use it on sentients. Jedi Master Cin Drallig, however, expresses the opinion that when fighting a Sith Lord, no technique should be considered off limits to stop the threat they represent.
    • Mara Jade does this to some wolvkils in the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel Survivor's Quest.
  • Richard inflicts this fate on some of his enemies in The Sword of Truth. It helps that his sword can magically cut through anything.
  • The Teacher From The Black Lagoon, a rather peculiar picture book, sums it up in four sentences:
    "This is a boy." She takes a big bite. "This is half a boy. Now you've learned fractions."
  • When Sigurd, the hero of Völsunga saga, is stabbed in his sleep by Gutthorm, he throws his sword after Gutthorm, slicing him in half.
  • Worm:
    • Taylor has most of her body below the waist incinerated by Scion, and only survives thanks to an Emergency Transformation.
    • Bonesaw at one point is cut in half. She's more annoyed at how long it's going to take to find a new set of legs that match her than about the damage; she'd reinforced her body and set up enough redundancies that she was still mobile and using her spine as a third limb.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In 12 Monkeys, this is how the Witness meets their end in the Grand Finale, pushed into a beam of Splinter energy, which sends their upper half into a different time period than their lower half.
  • A relatively common way to kick it in 1000 Ways to Die:
    • "Semi-cide" aka the first case of the whole series features a dude called Frank, who got accidentally cut into two while working on his car in a parking lot in Las Vegas while a huge truck was around and then hit his lower half. Made worse by how both halves were sent to different hospitals by mistake.
    • "Shafted", a bossy office manager is cut in half while trying to escape a malfunctioning elevator.
    • "Forked Up": A pothead who went on a joyride got bisected on some rope tied to his waist.
    • "D-Parted": A flirtatious and recently divorced Femme Fatale tried to seduce a group of construction workers, one of which is so taken by the woman that he loses control of a concrete saw and ends up slashing the woman in half.
    • "Half-Offed": A Jerkass businessman cuts the line for a taxi, only to get cut in half by a steel cable from a passing truck that gets caught in the taxi's trunk lid.
    • "Ex'D Ex": A jealous ex tries to wreck his ex-girlfriend's date, only for him to get run over by the tractor she and her new boyfriend were driving in.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Buffy: He had to split.(laughs)
    • Anya meets the same fate in the final episode. Not from the groin up, though.
  • The victim in a Castle episode, "Heroes and Villains". Castle even says "he's Half the Man He Used to Be". Noteworthy because the victim was sliced vertically in a single clean stroke.
  • The CSI: Miami episode "Die by the Sword" starts off with a male victim halved at the waist by a katana-wielding motorcyclist.
  • CSI: NY: In "Blood Out", the Victim of the Week is cut in half with a chainsaw, after being subjected to Electric Torture.
  • One of the mooks in the murder scene at the beginning of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency has been chomped in half.
  • In the first season finale of Fringe, David Robert Jones builds a portal to crossover to the Alternate Universe, but Peter manages to get there in time to close the gateway and portal-cuts him in half.
  • With one swing of his sword, Stannis Baratheon cuts a guy clean in half during the Battle of Blackwater in Game of Thrones.
  • Uncle Marty in the first episode of Harper's Island, in a particularly gruesome fashion: he falls through a sabotaged footbridge, and while he's struggling to pull himself back up, the killer hacks him apart from below with a big knife. While he tries to shoot him through the bridge. It looks for a minute like he might win out, but... No. Many episodes later they find the body strung up in a tree... In two pieces.
  • Not quite severed altogether, but a luckless man (played by Vincent D'Onofrio) in the "Subway" episode of Homicide: Life on the Street got trapped under a train car, which crushed and mangled his body from the waist down. It's understood by all — paramedics, police, and the poor guy himself — that the train's weight, compressing arteries in his crushed torso, is the only thing keeping death by blood loss in check.
  • In a The Kids in the Hall sketch a man told of how a shark bit him in half. It really did. His wife measured.
  • In the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Mis-Labeled," the victim is bisected and stuffed in a suitcase.
  • Life Charlie Crews and Dani Reese investigate a corpse like this in the episode "Farthingale". The weirdness of the man's death turns out to be one of the least odd aspects of the case.
  • MacGyver (1985) uses the trope name verbatim... In the series' first two-part episode, Mac is strapped into a fiendish torture device vaguely inspired by The Pit and the Pendulum, and told by the Big Bad that he's about to be half the man he used to be.
  • The titular character from The Mandalorian does this to a Quarren mook by shooting the control panel of a Dilating Door in the Batman Cold Open of the first episode.
  • A throwaway character in Monty Python's Flying Circus suffers this when Genghis Khan does an impression of a sales assistant in Freeman, Hardy, and Willis.
  • In Power Rangers Samurai, Serrator is killed like this thanks to the Samurai Shark Gigazord. He even takes the time to hang a lampshade on it before exploding.
  • In Robot Combat League's Commander vs. Scorpio match, Scorpio damages Commander so badly, it breaks in half at the waist; resulting in a KO. Scorpio does this AGAIN in their next match against A.X.E.
  • Gavan Dynamic does this to the villains in Space Sheriff Gavan.
  • One of the early victims in Stag is dragged away from the campsite by the killer's harpoon - when the others find the body, it's been cut in half leaving just the legs and hips. They carry them around for a bit, hoping to find the rest.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation, "In Theory": A Negative Space Wedgie is causing portions of the ship to randomly dematerialize and then rematerialize. This happens to the floor below one hapless supernumerary, who falls through only to have it reappear midway through and bisect her. Ouch.
  • In one episode of Tales from the Crypt ("Split Personality"), a conman wishes to marry a pair of beautiful blonde twins because they are both rich, but they don't like to share. No problem. He pretends to have a twin brother, and further pretends that they are both traveling salesmen, and marries each of them in separate ceremonies. Understandably, the twins are Not Happy when they discover the subterfuge, and proceed to execute their own version of Solomon's Judgment. With a chainsaw. In the end, each twin has half, and both are happy. Him... not so much.
  • Hunters from Teen Wolf will cut captured werewolves in half to guarantee that they won't be able to heal themselves.
  • Alex Taylor, in the fourth Season Finale of Third Watch. Whilst attending a road traffic accident, the car she is sitting on explodes and chops her in half. She doesn't die until a few moments later, meaning she is painfully aware of what has happened.
  • Timeless: When Wyatt asks why the group doesn't just use the prototype to go back in time and stop Flynn from stealing the machine, he's informed they tried...and the pilot came back in pieces.
  • Older entries of the Ultra Series featured a lot of it, especially Ultraseven and Ultraman Ace. Some of them could get pretty gory for guys in rubber suits.
  • The Walking Dead
    • One of the early zombies is the rotted upper half of one, who continues crawling about by pulling itself along with its hands.
    • And then there's the Well Walker — after the heroes spend quite a bit of time and effort trying to lift it out of the well without killing it in hopes of not contaminating the water by shooting it, some exposed bone gets caught on the well's lip, causing the walker's entire bottom half to rip out, dumping it and the walker's innards back into the well.
  • War and Peace (2016): The soldier who accompanies Pierre to the ammunition cart at Borodino is promptly blown up, resulting in Pierre crying over the top half of his body.

  • Happens to the Kagamine twins in the Vocaloid song "Wide Knowledge of the Late, Madness." They later get stitched back together and become Conjoined Twins in "Dark Woods Circus."
  • The final sixth of "Falling Down" by Cunninlynguists makes grim humor from this during a machine gun rampage. "Walk in the Dollar Store and just let off / Now even the manager's body is 50% off!"
  • In one of John Lennon's posthumous anthologies, there is a recording that parodies the trope-naming The Beatles song, "Yesterday", and goes like this: "I'm not half the man I used to be / 'Cuz now I'm an amputee"
  • In Twenty One Pilots music video for their song "House of Gold", both band members are performing while cut in half.
  • Iron Maiden 's mascot, Eddie, on the cover of Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son.
  • In the Vocaloid song "50/50", Hatsune Miku is upset that her friend Mari-chan is spending time with a new boyfriend instead of her. She cuts him in half so they can share.
    "Mari-chan and I go halfsies on everything."

    Myths & Religion 
  • Native American legends tell of Odzihozo, a giant who was so impatient during his creation that even when he was not yet fully made, he set out on a quest to change the world. However, he had only half a body with no legs at that time, and as he dragged his body around, he created valleys, lakes, and rivers in his wake. Eventually, after hauling and heaving himself across the continents for centuries, he was so exhausted that he crawled up a hill and stayed there forever, and seeing what he had done, he turned himself into a mountain so that to this day he admires his creation. Or that of his behind, actually. That makes him more of "Half the Man He Was Supposed to Be".
  • One Eskimo tale tells of a beautiful bride desired by two brothers. Unable to decide who should have her, they each grabbed her from an end and pulled, resulting in one having the upper torso and other the hips and below. Being clever artificers, they quickly carved out a wooden replacement for the missing half, thereby explaining why the women of one tribe were so clever with beadwork (having been descended from the woman with the living upper torso) while the other tribe excelled at dancing (having been descended from the woman with flesh legs).
  • Another story implies this. Two women came to King Solomon, each claiming that they were the mother of a particular baby. The king thought about it for a while, and then came to the decision that the baby should be cut in half. Naturally, the woman who protested was the real mother, and while the other woman didn't think half a child was fine, she simply said basically that if she couldn't have the child, at least the other woman wouldn't either.
  • Jewish tradition upholds that the prophet Isaiah met his end up being sawn in two, as one of the deaths of the heroes of faith in the Book of Hebrews.

  • In the Cool Kids Table game Creepy Town, Ethan gets cut in half with a chainsaw.

  • Dino Attack RPG: Poor Randal. Before he died, his lower half was disintegrated by Paulie Gonepus's Maelaser.
  • Happened to Rodolphus Lestrange and Fenrir Greyback on Honorable Hogwarts. They really don't like Canon characters there.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dorn Graybrook in the Forgotten Realms. A red dragon damaged boy's left side including bitting off arm and leg, after eating or incinerating most of the people Dorn knew including his parents. Then wizard made him new appendages and used half-golem as a gladiator until he grew up. Then Dorn got rid of the wizard and became a mercenary, seeking missions that involve dragon-slaying.
  • Long before "half-golem" became a standard template in 3E, the Ravenloft setting was home to Desmond LaRouche, an NPC from Nova Vaasa who'd lost one side of his body in a laboratory explosion, and had it replaced with a golem half.
  • Happens to too many people to list in Legend of the Five Rings. The CCG set "A Perfect Cut" refers to a specific Single-Stroke Battle that ended this way.
  • Occasionally depicted in Magic: The Gathering card art. Slice in Twain, Vengeance, and Burn the Impure are some examples.
    • As well, Grand Arbiter Augustin IV, the guildmaster of the Azorius Senate on Ravnica (as of the original Ravnica set) is legless (and blind), floats around in his magically hovering throne, empowered to legislate utterly by the guildpact.
  • A lot of the Warhammer 40,000 backstory has this, usually about Space Marines. Particularly about World Eaters. And ESPECIALLY about Kharn the Betrayer, whose axe, Gorechild is stated as capable of splitting an armoured space marine from crown to crotch, or something along those lines. Also, the damage rules from 40k roleplay games mention that characters can lose legs from enemy attacks.
    Black Crusade rules: Losing both legs renders the character half the person he was, but the good news is he also becomes half the target.

  • Johnny Eck, a sideshow performer born without a pelvis, was billed as "Half-Boy" because his truncated body resembled this trope's outcome. At one point, he and his normal-looking twin brother worked with a magician to subvert the usual Saw a Woman in Half routine: his brother would "volunteer" to be bisected on stage, the magician would covertly switch the twins while pretending something had Gone Horribly Wrong with the trick, after which Johnny would run around the stage on his palms, shouting that he wanted his legs back.
  • Done in Macbeth where the titular character is reported to have sliced Macdonwald "from the nave to the chaps" right before the play begins. This is done to establish right away how bloodthirsty MacBeth is.
  • In Starship, Commander Up reveals that this had been done to him during the Robot Wars; however, he had been bisected "vertically! hot-dog style, not hamburger style" and the missing half replaced by robot parts.


    Urban Legends 
  • Scotland's Meggernie Castle is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a woman, supposedly the wife of the castle's previous lord, who was bisected from the waist in an attempt to get rid of her corpse and now roams the castle in two halves. Her upper body usually loiters in the bedroom where she meets her end, while her lower body roams the courtyard, trying to locate her upper half to no avail.

    Video Games 
  • In AI: The Somnium Files, the Cyclops Killer tries to murder Iris Sagan by strapping her to a table under an ice cutter. Ota Matsushita comes to the rescue but gets stabbed in the stomach during the fight. If Agent Date fails to get to the scene in time, he sees the former get sliced in half on live stream and arrives to find the latter's corpse under the blade.
  • Among Us: All the assassinations, however depicted, result in this: all the other characters find is the victim's lower body, with what appears to be a single comically large bone sticking out of the cut edge.
  • Angels in Bayonetta die like this if a bladed weapon lands the finishing blow.
  • The boss Lokii from The Binding of Isaac is another boss, Loki, but ripped in half vertically. Both halves attack you.
  • A special move in BloodRayne 2 allows you to cut a mook in half vertically.
  • In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, you can find an ECHO where Knoxx notes how Athena killed "9 and a half men" when she went on her rampage. He later clarifies that she somehow managed to bisect someone perfectly and only managed to kill one half of him, with the other half still living but has to hop everywhere now.
  • Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway featured this early on; following an ambush on Baker's squad, a priest who had handed out cigars to the squad for saving his town loses the lower half of his body to a German antitank shell.
  • ClayFighter
    • This happens in the games as a "Claytality". Since this is supposed to be a parody, it's nothing but slapstick.
    • Two characters in the original game, The Blob and Blue Suede Goo, had attacks that briefly cut an opponent in half.
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun has Nod Cyborgs, tough infantry units that aren't subjected to the common weaknesses of normal soldiers. If they're damaged enough there's a chance they'll be blown in half, but the lack of legs merely slows them down.
  • Played for Laughs in the Crash Bandicoot games: His lower half walks away!
    • In the remake, his torso instead falls to the ground like a felled tree.
  • In The Darkness 2, there is a finisher move that has the two demon arms grab an enemy by his feet and rip him in half. It's called 'Wishbone'.
  • Darkstalkers,
    • Ghostly samurai Bishamon's victory taunt consists of him threatening you with this: "Horizontal, vertical or diagonal?"
    • It should be noted that some of the characters Special Attacks (including Bishamon's) do cut their opponent in half. But unless they defeat them with the attack, they fall back together.
    • One of Jedah's victory poses shows him ripping through his defeated opponent and taking their soul.
  • Dead Rising 2
    • Sullivan uses a sky hook to try to airlift himself out of Fortune City. Chuck, however, uses a set of handcuffs to clip one of the belt loops of his trousers to a railing, and makes good on his promise that he 'wouldn't make it out of here in one piece.'
    • One of the psychopaths, Seymour, taunts Chuck by boasting "I'm twice the man you are!", right before losing his footing and falling onto a running table saw which slices him in half through the abdomen.
  • Most of the enemies in Dead Space are capable of doing this to Isaac, but with the proper weapons he can do it right back.
  • Subverted in awesome fashion in Devil May Cry by Vergil.
    Boomstick: Vergil once got completely cut in half, but healed so fast that it's impossible to even notice!
  • Occurs in a cutscene during the Awakening expansion for Dragon Age: Origins, when the massive Inferno Golem literally tears a Darkspawn in half with both hands.
  • Dwarf Fortress:
    The Axe Lord strikes the Goblin Maceman in the lower body with her =steel battle axe= and the severed part sails off in an arc!
    • Notably, with inorganic creatures (like bronze colossus or iron men), which do not bleed, this, pulping and decapitation is the only thing that will cause death. And even organic creatures killed this way can have their upper half brought back as a zombie.
  • Eternal Darkness
    • Some of the larger swords (such as the long sword found in the church levels and Kareem's ram dao) can do this to zombies.
    • This also occurs as the result of insanity effects. One has the player's avatar eaten away arms first, then head, then torso. Strangely, even after decapitation, the headless, limbless body can still walk around for a few seconds; it's only after the torso goes when the avatar finally keels over. Another similar effect simply vaporizes the head, arms, and torso all at the same time, leaving only a pair of disembodied legs.
  • In Fallout and Fallout 2, this is what happens when you kill someone with a laser critical. This also happens to the Final Boss of Fallout 2 and he still doesn't die right afterward. He's that tough.
  • In Fallout 3's Broken Steel DLC, Liberty Prime is blown in half by a Kill Sat strike.
  • In almost every one of his various Final Fantasy appearances, Odin's Zantetsuken slices enemies in two for instant death, and the halves slide apart. Final Fantasy VIII had Seifer counter the Zantetsuken and slice Odin in half. When Gilgamesh inherits the Zantetsuken, the upper half of the sliced enemy (and parts of the scenery) fly off violently. He uses this in his fight in the flashback of his battle in the War of the Magi in the castle sequence of Final Fantasy VI, cutting apart several Mooks in the process. Then it fails to even faze that last foe...
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, this is how the manipulative schemer Taledji Adoledji meets his end when he taunts Raubahn about the fact the Sultana was just assassinated, the Bull of Ala Mhigo holds his twins blades to him just long enough for him to react before crossing them, cutting him in half at his waistline.
  • In FEAR, you can blow mooks in half with the shotgun.
  • In Gears of War, the game's signature chainsaw bayonet lets you do this to baddies (or other players in multiplayer).
  • God of War allows Kratos to rip the basic enemies in half right from the get-go, letting you know Kratos isn't the type to play around.
  • In Half-Life 2 you come across headcrab zombies who are just a torso. You can use the gravity gun to fire a circular saw blade through a zombie's torso and cut them in half... but it only works on zombies, and only cutting them in half, no decapitations or amputations. And it doesn't necessarily stop them coming at you...
  • In Iru, if you approach the purple, formless creature in the hallway, it'll knock you to the floor, and then drag you towards it. Then you're shown your dead body missing its lower half.
  • In I Miss the Sunrise, this happened to Chac during the Shine. He survives, but not well. However, you can give him Artificial Limbs if you complete a sidequest.
  • Years before Darth Maul came back in Clone Wars and the end of Solo we have Maw, an Elite Mook in Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, survives being cut in half at the waist in an early Cutscene and from that point forth uses telekinesis as a means of locomotion since he has no legs. Due to the badassery required to survive such an injury and the Ruleof Cool being in full effect in other areas as well, he was one of the more memorable villains in the game.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising:
    • Pit does this to Hades via a giant energy blade three-fifths of the way through the final battle. Unlike most examples, he is just barely hurt and simply grows an entirely new lower half. The seam between his new and old halves becomes a valid weak spot for the next phase of the battle, however.
    • This is also the case with the Erinus enemy. When attacked, it splits in two with both halves coming after you.
  • Laura Bow: This can happen to the titular character in The Colonel's Bequest if she oils the arm on a suit of armor, causing the axe it's holding to swing down.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV, Rean does this to Ishmelga, who transforms from a black blob full of eyes and mouth into his sword form and tries to attack Rean for one final time. He fails due to Rean using Millium as the sword of Demise and cuts him into two.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker can have this happen to Stalfos enemies, with their top half and head trying to run away from Link and their feet trying to attack him. They can also, semi obviously literally be blasted to millions of pieces with just a head bouncing around.
  • LEGO Indiana Jones uses this to demonstrate the effects of getting shot on Henry Jones Sr., whose legs proceed to wander around aimlessly. When Indy lets him drink from the Grail, his two halves are reunited.
  • Most of the boss battles in Lollipop Chainsaw end with the Dark Purveyor getting chopped in half by Juliet.
  • If you kill a boss with a sword weapon in Mega Man ZX, this will happen to them.
  • In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Talion is able to cleave Orcs in two as an execution kill. More horrific, however, is the fact a particularly spiteful or resilient Orc captain has the potential to return to face Talion again, having been stitched/forged/stapled back together by their comrades, now bearing the title "The Machine" and boasting how they were able to survive being cut in twain.
    Orc Captain: You cleaved me in two! Any other Orc would have died but I survived. More than that, I thrived! My brothers put me back together, stronger than ever, but they didn't make me into what I am. You did. You created the Machine!
  • Very common in Mortal Kombat fatalities. Usually a horizontal cut, as it's easier to animate, but Kung Lao can do vertical cuts in a few games.
    • Also, story-wise, this is how Sonja died in the Armageddon, as one of the first things you see in the opening sequence is her dead body, torn in half. (Who did it to her is never revealed. However, one of the few good things to happen as a result of Raiden tampering with the timeline is, she becomes one of the survivors in the new reality.
    • Canonically happens to D'Vorah, though it proves to be only a temporary setback for her.
    • Kabal uses a very rare variation in his fatality in Mortal Kombat 11. After dragging them along the ground, he proceeds to toss them and then cut them lengthwise. Not vertical or horizontal, lengthwise.
  • A possible result of using the Tsurugi of Muramasa on human-size or smaller opponents in NetHack: it happens on about 5% of hits, and kills instantly when it occursnote . However, only Samurai can get it without wishing or bones, and have to take it from someone wielding it, and that instakill chance still applies when the player is targeted.
  • Off-screen example in NieR, when the Junk Heap siblings go to collect material, a robot causes debris to fall down and crush the older brother to death. The younger brother frantically attempts to pull him out, and...
  • Ninja: Shadow of Darkness: Skeleton mooks, upon receiving enough hits, will break apart from the waist... only for both halves to continue attacking you as separate entities! You can defeat the upper half with a Goomba Stomp while the lower half (a walking pair of skeletal legs that flails around trying to kick you, it's as hilarious as it sounds) can be defeated with some well-placed hits.
  • A hapless soldier in Nioh 2 tries in vain to block Ryomen Sakuna's axe. Ryomen Sakuna being a twenty-foot tall Buddhist statue brought to life by demons. You don't see it fully, but it's implied the soldier was cut in half vertically.
  • No More Heroes:
    • Travis can chop enemies in half with the finishing blow.
    • Travis does this vertically to Speed Buster in a cutscene after defeating her in the PAL version of the game (in the US version he decapitates her). Henry finishes off an assassin who came after Travis horizontally in the ending.
    • Travis also cuts Destroyman cleanly in two vertically. He somehow returns in the sequel as a pair of cyborgs, each half of his biological body supplemented by a robot half.
    • Travis does this to Nathan Copeland and Alice Twilight in the No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle.
  • This happens to enemies in Ōkami if you finish them off with a power slash.
  • It's one of the finishing moves in Prince of Persia: Warrior Within.
  • The crashing blades in Prince of Persia and the wall scythes in Prince of Persia 2 could cut the Prince or Mooks in two.
  • With the Blade, Whipfist and Claw powers in [PROTOTYPE] you can slice up people in three different ways: sideways, vertically and diagonally. Or you can just grab people with the Musclemass power, and pull them in half.
  • Seen with a Marine's corpse floating in space during Quake IV's intro cutscene.
  • The Megacorp Trooper and ExtermiBot enemies in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando will have their torsos explode after sustaining enough damage, the latter still being able to walk slowly and will attempt to kick Ratchet. The Terminator-esque Qwarkbot enemies in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal are the inverse of the latter, attempting to punch Ratchet after being reduced to a torso.
  • Skint in The Reconstruction. The actual bisection happens off-screen, but we do see him after the fact — heavily bleeding, with his spinal column exposed. Fortunately, though, he dies from a relatively painless Mercy Kill instead of bleeding to death.
  • Resident Evil had this as something of a secret. If, rather than going from the dining room to the hallway where you encounter your first zombie and the mutilated body of Kenneth, you try to go back to the main hall twice the zombie will instead come into the dining room. Doing this gives the zombie enough time to eat the lower half of Kenneth's body and costs you a magazine of handgun ammo for your cowardice.
  • In Resident Evil 2, Leon can literally blast a zombie in half with a standard shotgun if they are close, while Claire can blast the legs off a zombie with a grenade round-loaded grenade launcher. And they still come after you.
  • In the remake of Resident Evil 2 taking aimed shots to blow a zombie in half is one of the most effective ways to defeat zombies while conserving ammo. Though they remain active, a legless zombie is much easier to avoid and it takes a lot fewer bullets than it does to kill them.
  • In Resident Evil 4, Mendez' legs come off once down to about half-HP. The boss U-3 can instant-kill Leon via bisection with its Plaga pincers. In the earlier games, zombies could be bisected with the shotgun but would continue to crawl after you until you head-stomped them.
  • The Duvalia in Resident Evil 5 finishes off the player character by devouring their upper body.
  • A longtime feature of the Samurai Shodown series is being able to slice your opponent in half if you hit them hard enough and/or hit them in a specific manner (i.e., a crouching Strong strike). This is usually either at the waist or a Diagonal Cut.
  • Part of Racter's backstory in Shadowrun: Hong Kong. Everything below the hips is an incredibly advanced prosthetic.
  • Can be done to enemy ninjas, with a katana, in Shadow Warrior (1997).
    Lo Wang: Oooh, split personality!
  • Silent Hill: Homecoming
  • S.L.A.I.: Steel Lancer Arena International has this happen in its opening. A Carro model grabs a Proton by the neck and hoists it into the air. It shoves its machine cannon into the Proton's midsection and opens fire until the Proton's entire lower half is blown off, landing some distance away before exploding. The Carro then throws the Proton's remaining top half behind it, which explodes in midair.
  • In Smile, the brown-haired entity is sometimes shown missing its lower half.
  • In the notoriously gory Soldier of Fortune series, enemies can be bisected at the waist by the shotgun, large caliber arms, or explosives. It's also how the Big Bad, Sergei Dekker, dies in the first game.
  • A death scene cut from the VGA remake of Space Quest 1 had Roger vertically cut in half with what appeared to be a chainsaw, in a manner similar to the Laura Bow example above.
  • In Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, the 'evil' option at the end of a boss battle against a Symbiote-possessed Wolverine involves you tearing him in half at the waist — duplicating the Hulk's impressive feat from years before, in a demonstration of just how strong your Symbiote is becoming. You don't get to see the actual damage — just the separate halves of him, pointing in opposite directions, while he bitches at you.
  • The Suffering. The protagonist finds a prison guard who had somehow just been bisected horizontally. A mercy bullet is a good thing right now.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Sephiroth's reveal trailer opens with him one-shotting Galeem this way with his sword.
  • Sweet Home: If the male heroes die, a quick Cutscene shows them being rent in half.
  • The third TMNT game, The Manhattan Project, has Krang's Exosuit weaponize this trope. His second phase has his legs run about the room, tossing anyone unfortunate enough to be in their way, whilst the torso fires Eye Beams and tries to Drop the Hammer on you. However, both parts will take damage from your attacks, and after taking enough abuse, they will rejoin.
  • Zack "Half-Pipe" Boyd from Teenage Z Ombies Invasion Of The Alien Brain Thingys is missing the lower half of his body. He gets around on his skateboard.
  • A little effort and a lot of bloody-mindedness will inevitably lead to this in Toribash, where it isn't unheard of for a strong kick, a stomping attack, or even a plain old headbutt to cause an opponent to be violently torn in half at the waist or chest.
  • In Undertale, Undyne will take the blow if the protagonist tries to attack Monster Kid, suffering a cut from shoulder to hip and almost falling apart before refusing to die, generating enough determination to stay alive and take a One-Winged Angel form for the rest of the battle.
  • The Krall in the original Unreal sometimes lose their lower half when taking damage. This doesn't keep them from crawling towards the player and firing their boomsticks.
  • In Until Dawn, one of Chris's segments involves the Sadistic Choice of sparing either Chris's crush Ash or his best friend Josh from meeting this fate by a giant saw blade. The blade will go for Josh whatever Chris does — and he'll survive; the body it cuts in half is a prop, and the saw trap itself is part of a ruse.
  • In Warframe, Slash damage has a chance to do this to enemies killed by it. It's not just an aesthetic effect: each part counts as a separate target when Nekros casts Desecrate. Canonically, this happened to Captain Vor, but he got resurrected thanks to his Janus Key. The gap between his torso and legs, now filled with energy, is his only weak point in his Corrupted form.
  • Wario can get cut in half vertically in Wario Land 3. Since he always comes back together as if nothing happened, it's only a minor inconvenience.
  • In The Wonderful 101, Wonder Red finishes off the first boss, Laambo, by bisecting him vertically with his own sword. Funnily enough, Laambo is still alive enough to hold his two halves together and keep shouting insults, and appears ready to continue the fight... until his sword splits in half too, at which point he finally explodes.
  • World of Warcraft — when you kill one of the various tree-style elementals.
  • Played with in Xenoblade, during the fight with Egil, piloting Yaldabaoth. Halfway through the fight, you receive a vision; Egil is planning to use a technique called 'Bionis Slash X', which, if it succeeds, will cut the Bionis in two, dealing infinite damage. The player then receives a quest mid-battle to destroy the three devices around Egil to prevent this from happening.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Yousei, Dr. Johansen's body is found cut in half by the bell that crushed him. This becomes even more horrific when Kangai's kansei reveals that Johansen was still alive when Naoki and Aaron found him and that, given the time frame for the murder, he had to have been alive for at least several minutes after getting crushed before he finally succumbed to blood loss.
  • In Spirit Hunter: NG, this fate befalls your companion Ban if the Killer Peach is destroyed and seeks vengeance against Akira's friends — when Akira finds them a few days later, they've been split cleanly in half from skull to pelvis, each half of their body splayed out on the elevator floor.
  • Umineko: When They Cry: This is how Rosa kills Sakutaro. In the manga, it's portrayed as Off with His Head! instead.

    Web Animation 
  • This happens a lot in Death Battle, often the killing blow or a precursor to it:
    • The first time this happens is in Zits vs. Leonardo, with Leonardo slicing Zits in two for the kill.
    • Felicia vs. Taokaka is similar: Felicia gets sliced in two by Taokaka.
    • Then there's Thor vs. Raiden, where Raiden gets his lower half obliterated by Mjolnir. Thor then finishes him by hurling him into the sun.
    • Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison has Kahn literally ripping Bison in two.
    • Terminator vs Robocop has this happen. Specifically, Terminator gets his lower half blasted off. This doesn't end the fight right away, though Terminator does end up losing anyway.
    • Tigerzord vs Gundam Epyon ends this way — at least before the disembodied top half of the Mega Tigerzord explodes.
    • In Kirby vs. Majin Buu, Kirby slices Buu in half with the Ultra Sword, but due to Buu's incredible regenerative abilities, this accomplishes nothing and he puts himself together right away.
      Majin Buu: Waaa! You hurt Buu! [reforms himself] Almost.
      Kirby: [Facepalms]
    • In Beast vs. Goliath, the fight ends with Goliath tearing Beast in half.
    • In Cammy White vs. Sonya Blade, this is the ultimate fate of Cammy.
    • The vertical variety happens at the end of Zoro vs. Erza after a Single-Stroke Battle, with Erza on the receiving end.
    • The vertical variety also happens in Metal Sonic vs. Zero, with Zero bisecting Metal Overlord vertically.
    • In the ending of Sephiroth vs. Vergil, this is the ultimate fate of Vergil, who is sliced in two after Sephiroth's Super Nova overtaxes his healing factor.
    • In Jiraiya vs. Master Roshi, this trope is combined with Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress. The result? Jiraiya getting punched in half by an unconscious Master Roshi.
    • Ganondorf vs. Dracula is another example. This time, After the Triforce of Power is overwhelmed, Dracula proceeds to quite literally tear a now-defenceless Ganondorf apart.
    • Leonardo vs. Red Ranger Jason ends this way, with a dash of Defeat Equals Explosion, from the latter's series. Specifically, after breaking the Odachi, Jason bisects Leo, who then explodes.
    • Then there's Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Kakashi, which, similarly to Zoro vs. Erza, ends with a Single-Stroke Battle. Kakashi's upper body then falls, courtesy of a clean cut from the Jedi's lightsaber.
  • Dreamscape: Happens twice in episode 7. First is when Melinda turns into Ghost Melinda and slashes Keedran's serpentine body into pieces with her Sinister Scythe. This also doubles as Tongue Trauma, since she slices CHEN's tongue into pieces too. The second time is when she horizontally bisects Betty, but since she has a cybernetic lower-half, she feels no pain.
  • DSBT InsaniT: A Brainwashed and Crazy Amber horizontally bisects Killer with a gamma ray burst. He puts himself back together by Tele Fragging his two halves together!
    Killer: Hmm, honestly I wasn't sure that was going to work.
  • Happy Tree Friends, most notably with The Mole in the "Carpal Tunnel of Love" music video.
  • Homestar Runner: The Strong Bad Email "shapeshifter" has Strong Bad end up as Half the Man He Was Trying to Become — he tried to imagine himself with the power to "turn into almost anyone in the world" and that's exactly what happens: His attempt to become the King of Town makes him into almost the King of Town, namely the right half of him. Amusingly, the Cheat doesn't even notice until Strong Bad turns to the camera, revealing his missing left half. Then when Strong Bad tries to game this by turning into Bubs-from-the-waist-up (since he's always behind the counter of his concession stand), he, of course, turns into Bubs-from-the-waist-down instead.
  • RWBY:
  • In Empire of Socks, Gaeous gets cut in half vertically by Ceriazibus' long sharp tongue as he's about to attack Sock.

  • In the Final Battle of Earthsong, the fairy warrior Tengu is nearly bisected when she's hit by a single arrow due to her size. She requests that Nanashi allow her to die since she's awaiting execution back home and prefers to go out as a hero.
  • Girl Genius: The Lord High Conservator cuts one of the Smoke Knights that have infiltrated his ship in half.
  • Homestuck:
    • Feferi's dreamself got cut in half by Jack Noir shortly before the destruction of her session's Derse. Tavros' dreamself (on that session's Prospit, which fares no better) is soon afterward revealed to have been slaughtered in the same way.
    • [[When Kanaya returns as a rainbow drinker, she chainsaws Eridan, who originally killed her, in half.]]
    • Even before the death of his dreamself, Kanaya did Tavros the favor of chainsawing off his legs so that they could be replaced with robot prosthetics.
    • And as of Act 6 Intermission 3 this is the ultimate fate of Gamzee courtesy of an enraged Kanaya. In fact, this appears to be the only way to kill Gamzee, as during his appearance in Caliborn's Masterpiece, he ends up bisected again with no apparent explanation.
  • Jack: Happens in "One Way to Win" when half of Taylor's body is gruesomely forced out of the car by his kidnapped victim crashing into a tree.
  • Looking for Group
    • Krunch does this to the dwarf that killed his father by grabbing each arm and pulling. There were Ludicrous Gibs, of course.
    • His brother, Ray'd, later took Richard up on an offer to use a dwarf as a substitute for a wishing bone. After the deed, Richard admitted that he wished for the opportunity to pull a dwarf in half.
  • Nebula: What happened to Ceres thanks to Sun swiping his hand clean through their torso.
  • Has happened to Nodwick many times, including once when Piffany goofed while duct-taping him back together and accidentally attached his legs backward.
  • In 1/0, Zadok suffered this twice, on both the top and bottom halves. Being a straw golem, however, he was able to be repaired each time.
  • Miko Miyazaki in The Order of the Stick somewhat ironically, as she kills a previous villain this way in one of her first appearances.
  • In Ow, my sanity, the Shoggoth cuts Nancy in half. She is annoyed.
  • Penny Arcade:
  • In Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, this is how Monkey kills Battus.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • Cindy is rendered "topless" in a most unpleasant way. This is actually one of the less gruesome deaths during the "KITTEN" Story Arc.
    • There was also a non-lethal version of this trope involving (who else?) Riff building a portal generator and multiple people getting stuck in them up to their waists.
  • Vampire Cheerleaders: This is how Suki dies, during the "Adventures in Space... and Time?!" arc in vol.4, when she gets blown in half by a railgun. Though it's subverted, shortly after their next time jump when Suki recovers by feeding on Lorna Thurston.
  • In White Dark Life, the Head Maid was bisected in an unfortunate event where she escaped from the city and went back again.

    Web Original 
  • In the nightmare "Unforgiving Visitor" on Nightmare Project is sliced in half by an evil angel wielding a BFS.

    Web Videos 
  • SuperMarioLogan: This is how Ken "dies" after falling from a high place. Cue the "In Half!" Running Gag for the rest of the episode, and even after that.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Action League NOW! episode "The Quarky Syndrome", Quarky the Lab Girl gains superpowers after she gets hit with nuclear waste from The Mayor's nuclear reactor. When Bill the Lab Guy looks over her, Quarky accidentally zaps him with her laser eyes, splitting him in half down the middle. Bill spends the rest of the episode bandaged together.
  • Happens to Teri twice in The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Advice": being made out of paper, she does a split on an oiled floor and splits in half, then after she's taped back together Darwin accidentally tears her torso off in the infirmary. Later in "The Pact", she willingly splits in half to avoid sharing a bus seat with Principal Brown.
  • American Dad!:
    • In "A Ward Show", Roger pays back some teachers that beat up Steve by planting bombs in their cars. The first two are killed in the resulting explosions, the third tries to make a break for it and his torso explodes instead.
    • One scene in "The Wrestler" has Stan inadvertently restoring an old man's mobility, who then gets sliced in half when he runs into a Sheet of Glass that two guys decided to hold laying flat instead of vertically. A legless student then takes his severed legs and runs off.
    • In "Naked to the Limit, One More Time", a guy in a flashback rips Jeff in half after Jeff protests him wearing a fur coat, and in the present, he's showing Roger the scar where he was sewn back together. Later in "The Devil Wears a Lapel Pin", he's bisected again by a roided-up Bullock.
    • In "Eight Fires", when Stan's brain is pierced by a nail and he loses the ability to speak in exchange for developing piano skills, he meets the manager of a Nordstrom at the mall who exploits his newfound talent. When the nail is removed, Stan immediately loses his skills, and when the guy tries to put another nail in his head, Stan throws him and he gets quite graphically torn in half between two escalators. In the same episode, when Roger is mauled by a bear on a remote island, he and Francine have to eat his bottom half to survive. Roger shrugs it off because his body will just grow back, then freaks out at the thought that it might not.
    • In "Downtown", a woman who's been pursuing Steve and Hayley all episode attempts to kill them with a bazooka, but some kids that they helped earlier launch a ball into it before she fires, causing it to backfire and blow up her torso.
    • "Yule. Tide. Repeat." sees Stan in a 5-minute "Groundhog Day" Loop that keeps ending with him dying or his family dying in the explosion of a giant Christmas tree at the mall catching fire. At one point, he tries to break the loop by cutting the power, but the head of the celebration gets angry and kicks the tree, causing one of the steel wires holding it down to come loose and bisect most of the people there. Roger simply puts himself back together and runs off, but a polar bear picks him up and his legs run off sans the rest of him, then he dies when his organs fall out and the polar bear splits shortly after.
  • This has happened a few times in Animaniacs; in "Scare Happy Slappy" a bomb blows Walter Wolf in half and he later sews himself back together, and in "Rest in Pieces" Sid Squid is cut in half by a statue's sword.
  • In one Beetlejuice cartoon, Beetlejuice and Lydia meet several oddball characters representing the plays of William Shakespeare, including Henry VI Part 1 (The top half of Hanry V1's body.) and Henry VI Part 2 (The lower half.)
  • On Courage the Cowardly Dog, one of the main character's various freak-outs involves him pulling on his ears and splitting himself in half.
  • In The Crumpets episode "No Pffuture", T-Bone the dog (whose fur coat was already pulled off by Li'l-One and the twins Bother and Blister) gets sliced inside his doghouse by a runaway chainsaw. After his front part chased and caught Ma's shoes (which are tangled by a moving red thread) and the rear part followed the front part, the halves rejoin just before going back to the fur coat.
  • In The Four Tasks of Danger Mouse, Count Duckula gets DM to saw him in half (as part of an act for the TV show the Count wants). DM obliges, only Duckula is sawed in half vertically.
  • The Dick Tracy Show: Joe Jitsu mixes an invisibility formula that the Brow and Oodles drink. But it makes only the bottom half of Oodles and the top half of the Brow disappear. Joe points out that it will save the city money as they will only need one striped prison suit between them.
  • Occurs in Tex Avery's Droopy short Daredevil Droopy. During Droopy's audition for a circus act, he uses Spike, his competitor, for a sawing a person in half routine. After the act ends, the upper and lower halves of Spike's body walk in opposite directions.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • In the episode "Cosmo Rules", Jorgen caught the trick-ups and had to pass on his duties of enforcing the rules to a family member, the only available one being Cosmo. After giving Cosmo his wand, Jorgen said without it he felt like half the man he used to be. Then he hiccupped, making a magician's saw cut him in half (a symptom of trick-ups is doing a magic trick every time one hiccups). Jorgen then commented he literally was half the man he used to be.
    • In "Man's Worst Friend", when The Grim Reaper, currently working at a pet store in Anti-Fairy World, pays Foop and Anti-Sparky $2,000 to take all of the evil pets off his hands, Anti-Sparky takes all of it. When Foop asks if they can go halfsies, Anti-Sparky shoots a laser from his tail and splits Foop down the middle.
      Foop: (Screams Like a Little Girl) That's not what I meant!
  • Family Guy:
    • In "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein", one of the people that Peter sees at a synagogue is half of Lenny Kravitz.
    • In a parody of Two and a Half Men, two guys and a third who's missing his lower body scream in horror.
    • "Brian Sings and Swings" opens with Peter waking up from a dream about eating a sheep. He then sees a sheep missing its legs dragging itself around the bedroom.
    • In "The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair", after Stewie's Evil Twin escapes, he stops a woman driving and cuts her down the middle with a machete before stealing her car.
  • Happens to Donald Duck at the end of the House of Mouse episode "Salute to Sports" as a result of him being kicked in the chest by Mulan while attempting to show the audience her karate skills. Moments later, he is completely bandaged up.
  • An episode of I Am Weasel featured someone erasing characters in Cow and Chicken , the Red Guy. The entire episode ends by revealing it was a nightmare by Cow who dreamt Mom and Dad were only half there. The screen pans out to reveal they are. The only other episode that showed this was the pilot.
  • Infinity Train: In "The Wasteland", Mace succeeds in handcuffing MT, only to be bisected by one of the train's wheels shortly after. It doesn't kill him, however, and he spends most of the rest of the episode this way until MT kills him herself.
  • In the Inspector Gadget episode "Bad Dreams Are Made of This", Gadget uses a laser to do this to a robot. Both of the robot's halves then make separate Impact Silhouettes in a nearby wall.
  • This happens to Red Tornado in the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Return". (Fortunately, he's an android, and got better later.)
  • Mr. Cat from Kaeloo does this to the indestructible Quack Quack in several episodes using a chainsaw.
  • A recurring gag of Looney Tunes and Tex Avery MGM cartoons, usually as a result of the Saw a Woman in Half trick, the character believes he is unharmed and his body separates as he walks away.
    • In the Looney Tunes Show Biz Bugs, Daffy Duck offers to be sawed in half in Bugs' trick only to try and prove it's an illusion. When Daffy comes out and jumps up and down yelling for the audience to stop applauding, he finds his body separated. Good thing he has Blue Cross.
    • In the Egghead cartoon "Believe It Or Else", he volunteers to participate in an illusionist's saw-in-half trick (only to attempt to debunk it). His lower half walks off on its own as his top half chases after it.
  • A very weird version of this trope appears in "Sea Legs" from The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. A giant apparently left his legs behind and Captain K'nuckles decides to steal them to substitute for his wooden legs. The giant wasn't happy about this when he returned.
  • In the Mickey Mouse (2013) short "One-Man Band", Mickey has an Imagine Spot of being pulled by a medieval rack until it breaks him in half.
  • In an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, Buttercup slices a cyclops monster in half, and its two halves then hop away.
  • In the Rocket Monkeys episode "Trick or Trixie", Wally's Extreme Omnivore Pet Monstrosity tries to eat Gus, who afterward walks away with his torso severed from his legs and hovering commenting that he needs a bandage.
  • In The Shivering Truth episode "The Diff", a geek is split down the middle by another character, with one half still retaining his original meek personality and the other now being a macho alpha. They go on to live their own lives but are both paranoid that the other is having a better life than him.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the Couch Gag of "Homer Loves Flanders", there are two couches in the living room, so the family split themselves down the middle so they can sit on both at the same time.
    • In one of the Halloween Episodes, Seymour Skinner suffers this after a golem uses him like a yo-yo.
    • In another Halloween episode, a cyborg Bart comes home to challenge his robotic replacement, who holds up Homer in an "if you want to kill me, you have to kill him" gambit. Bart bisects them both without a second thought and Homer has to use the robot's legs to replace his own, before it's revealed to all be Homer's dream.
    • A fantasy of Bart's involves Skinner getting chopped in half by a robot ant.
    • In "The Neptune Adventure" story of the episode "The Wettest Stories Ever Told", Krusty's lower half lands on top of his upper half, allowing him to "go out with a sight gag".
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "Texas", while escaping from Sandy after he and Patrick insulted Texas, SpongeBob hides behind a tree that Sandy karate chops in half, and him with it. His two halves go back to running before rejoining.
    • In "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy IV", Squidward is cut in half by a pair of scissors when SpongeBob uses Mermaid Man's utility belt on him while trying to bring him back to normal size.
    • In "I Had an Accident" SpongeBob gets tore in half by a gorilla, but it doesn't even keep him from talking.
      SpongeBob: Is it too late to go back inside yet? [rip] It's too late.
    • In "Krabby Land", SpongeBob pays two muscular guys to tear him in half to please a crowd of kids who enjoy seeing him in pain.
    • In "Dunces and Dragons", SpongeBob slices Squidward's medieval counterpart Squidly in half as a demonstration of karate to the medieval Sandy; he is fine later.
      Squidly: (deadpan) Ow-eth.
    • In "BlackJack", SpongeBob envisions his criminal cousin BlackJack now being huge and ripping him in half in the same manner as the gorilla above.
    • In "Krusty Krushers", one of the two wrestling champs rips the other in half as a display of toughness, and the one ripped in half doesn't even flinch.
    • In "Patrick! The Game", during the montage of Patrick tearing up game boards to combine for his own board game, he cuts one with a pair of scissors and, due to Rule of Funny, bisects himself vertically along with it.
  • Obi-Wan bisects and dismembers Durge in Star Wars: Clone Wars; it only slows him down until he can regenerate.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • "Counterattack": One unfortunate clone trooper gets cut in half by the security doors in the Citadel's vents, hidden by a Scream Discretion Shot.
    • "Revenge": Said almost verbatim by Asajj Ventress to Savage Oppress about his brother, Darth Maul; now sporting a General Grievous-esque pair of cybernetic legs conjured for him by Mother Talzin.
    • "Dangerous Debt": A Pyke guard on a moving elevator who gets into a struggle with Rafa, Trace and Ahsoka over his baton is cut in half (via Gory Discretion Shot) when he gets caught between the lift's edge and one of the stairwell beams.
  • Star Wars Rebels: While it's not directly shown, Maul himself kills the Seventh Sister this way in "Twilight of the Apprentice".
  • In the Superjail! episode "Lord Stingray Crash Party", this is how Alice kills the titular character's wife with her bare hands no less!
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), this is how the Demon Shredder meets his demise, with green fire substituting for the expected shower of blood.
  • In the Tom and Jerry short "Touché, Pussy Cat" Jerry cuts Tom in half with an axe while saving Nibbles. He is fine later.
    • However in Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Tom was bleeding after being cut in half!
    • In another short, Tom used a laser beam to cut a hole on the wall Jerry was hidden in. On his hurry, he forgot to turn off the laser before chasing Jerry, getting himself cut.
  • Unikitty!: To create a Frankenstein's Monster to be his friend, Puppycorn takes half of Richard's entire body, and the latter doesn't even notice.
  • On The Venture Bros., Brock Samson does this to mercenary LeTour with his own sword. "A 7-10 split, good luck picking up that spare."
  • Zig from Zig & Sharko has been cut in half on multiple occasions. He is sometimes seen taping himself back together afterward.

    Real Life 
  • The medical procedure for amputating people at the waist is called Hemicorporectomy — literally, the removal of half of the body. Usually done for terminal cases of pelvic cancer. It's as unpleasant as it sounds; it involves the removal of the legs, the genitalia (internal and external), most of the urinary system, the large and small intestines, pelvic bones, anus, and rectum.
  • The medical term for this type of injury is "transection," and the standard example is a man who fell asleep on the railroad tracks. While survival is occasionally possible, most hospital ERs have standing "do not resuscitate" orders for patients who have been bisected in accidents.
  • One of the nastier methods of execution used in ancient China.
  • Described in horrific detail as happening to at least one Marine on Iwo Jima in the book of Flags of Our Fathers.
  • Formula One driver François Cévert, while attempting to qualify for the United States Grand Prix in 1973. He presumably overcompensated going through the track's famous Esses complex, losing control and crashing hard into the barrier at nearly 90 degrees, actually uprooting the barrier. Cevert's body was cut in half from his neck to just above his hip.
  • Elizabeth "Black Dahlia" Short suffered this at the hands of her demented, unknown Serial Killer.
  • The soldier in this anti-World War I cartoon.
  • A rare, but survivable birth defect in which a person is born without legs or pelvis can resemble this trope.
    • Johnny Eck (he appeared in the movie Freaks) was such a case — he also was in a circus routine where he was part of a gag "sawing a person in half" trick, which genuinely freaked out many viewers.
  • Ancient Japan allegedly had warriors (and weapons) who trained to do this in a single sword stroke, the diagonal variation that is.
    • According to Deadliest Warrior, a more or less common way to both test recently forged katana and quickly execute already condemned criminals was to have a samurai bisect the prisoner with a single diagonal cut.
  • A few shark attack victims were bitten in half.
  • Most microbes reproduce by fission (literally splitting in two once they get big enough)
  • During BattleBots' 2018 competition, the Icewave vs. Vanquish battle ended with Vanquish literally ripped in two after a particularly strong attack from Icewave: Its wedge, top, left two wheels, and the parts connected to them were separated from the rest of the robot. Jack Tweedy, captain of Vanquish's team, said that this was due to some weak welding he discovered later.
  • During a performance at the Takarazuka Revue Grand Theater in 1954, actress Hiromi Kazuki's costume was caught in the mechanics of the lift following the end of a scene and an upcoming quick change for the next scene. She was wearing an underskirt with a metal band about the waist, and when her costume became stuck she was unable to free herself. Her feet were dragged into the moving mechanism and the metal band cut into her torso, killing her.
  • Meet Kenny Easterday, a man who was amputated at the waist from 6 months of age due to a disability called sacral agenesis. Despite all odds, he lived to age 42 before passing away in 2016.
  • Another highly inspirational, heartwarming example with the story of Qian the Basketball Girl, a Chinese girl who lose the lower half of her body due to an accident at age 4, where her legs are replaced by a basketball. Against all odds, she continued living and grew up to become a champion swimmer.

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