Break Up

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Related: Make Up, Make Up or Break Up (tvtropes), Breakup Breakout (tvtropes)
See Also: Infidelity
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The Break-up trope is quite common in fanfiction and appears in practically every fandom. The reasons behind break-ups in fanworks can vary: breaking up the canon pairing to get the fanon pairing together; causing some tensions/drama between a pairing (usually due to infidelity) before getting back together, etc.

Break-ups don't always involve pairing plots.

The break-up can also involve friendships or families that break their ties through some kind of fight, betrayal, lying or outside influence.

In Bandom RPF, break up fics can include the band breaking up as well as, or instead of, a relationship between bandmates ending.

According to AO3, common genres for these types of fics are Angst, Hurt/Comfort and Romance.

Example Fanworks

Romantic Breakups

Other Breakups

  • Divorce fic, a Panic! at the Disco trope which deals with the band's 2009 split into two distinct entities, which also "broke up" the band's longest canon friendship and preferred fanon pairing.
  • Band Break Up AO3 tag

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