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A character or an entire group gets split. It can be a small rebellion of characters thinking differently or a Split Personality of a character creating his Evil Twin. The two entities created are so completely opposite that it's hard to believe they have something in common. Then, however, they reunite. The reunion results in creating something more perfect than the original entity.

The main plot is often put in the time when the entities split. The reunion would be connected with the climax or resolution of the plot. The moment of the split would be often revealed in retrospection. Revealing this fact would be a plot twist.


See Breakup Makeup Scenario.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Dragon Ball, Demon King Piccolo is a result of Kami-sama's struggle against inner evil. They live separately as foes for a time. In Dragon Ball Z, Piccolo Jr. then fuses with Kami-sama becoming more powerful.
  • In One Piece, Warlord Bartholomew Kuma sends the Straw Hat crew one by one to different locations across the world. Although Luffy gives them a cryptic message to reunite 2 years later, it is revealed that Kuma separated the crew to allow them to escape from Sentomaru and Admiral Kizaru, and that they were not ready to challenge the New World.

    Comic Books 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In The Dark Crystal the Skeksis and urRa are depicted as completely opposite. From the first moments of film however we can see some symmetries between them. Later they reunite and explain they were split beings. The official book about Dark Crystal world says, their split was an effect of purity pursue.
  • In Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. splits up in the first few minutes of the movie. It's only two years later they are individually called to Spooky Island to investigate the mystery there. They get back together

    Video Games 
  • In the second part of Star Control, Pkunk are revealed as the offspring of Yehat, with Pkunk being New Age Retro Hippies and Yehat Proud Warrior Race Guys. At the end of the game however Pkunk visit Yehat, they are absorbed by them, and Yehat elect a Pkunk as their queen learning from their pacifistic brothers some new spiritual insight

     Western Animation 
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender In Ba Sing Se, the Gaang receives letters that were confiscated from the Dai Li agents. Aang recieves a letter from a Guru telling him he can train him to master the Avatar State, Sokka and Katara get a letter from the warriors of the Southern Water tribe with a note that their father is still alive, and Toph gets a letter from her parents apologizing and asking to come home. The group temporarily splits and reunites under certain circumstances.