The synthesis and characterization of a series of digermynes and distannynes stabilized by terphenyl ligands are described. The ligands are based on the Ar′ (Ar′ = C6H3-2,6(C6H3-2,6-iPr2)2) or Ar* (Ar* = C6H3-2,6(C6H2-2,4,6-iPr3)2) platforms which were modified at the meta or para positions of their central aryl rings to yield 4-X-Ar′ (4-X-Ar′ = 4-X-C6H2-2,6(C6H3-2,6-iPr2)2, X = H, F, Cl, OMe, tBu, SiMe3, GeMe3) and 3,5-iPr2-Ar′ or Ar* and 3,5-iPr2-Ar*. The compounds were synthesized by reduction of the terphenyl germanium(II) or tin(II) halide precursors with a variety of reducing agents. The precursors were obtained by the reaction of one equivalent of the lithium terphenyl with GeCl2 dioxane or SnCl2. For germanium, their X-ray crystal structures showed them to be either Ge–Ge bonded dimers with trans-pyramidal geometries or V-shaped monomers. In contrast, the terphenyl tin halides had no tin–tin bonding but existed either as halide bridged dimers or V-shaped monomers. Reduction with a variety of reducing agents afforded the digermynes ArGeGeAr (Ar = 4-Cl-Ar′, 4-SiMe3-Ar′ or 3,5-iPr2-Ar*) or the distannynes ArSnSnAr (Ar = 4-F-Ar′, 4-Cl-Ar′, 4-MeO-Ar′, 4-tBu-Ar′, 4-SiMe3-Ar′, 4-GeMe3-Ar′, 3,5-iPr2-Ar′, 3,5-iPr2-Ar*), which were characterized structurally and spectroscopically. The digermynes display planar trans-bent core geometries with Ge–Ge distances near 2.26 Å and bending angles near 128° consistent with Ge–Ge multiple bonding. In contrast, the distannynes had either multiple bonded geometries with Sn–Sn distances that averaged 2.65 Å and an average bending angle near 123.8°, or single bonded geometries with a Sn–Sn bond length near 3.06 Å and a bending angle near 98°. The 3,5-iPr2-Ar*SnSnAr*-3,5-iPr2 species had an intermediate structure with a longer multiple bond near 2.73 Å and a variable torsion angle (14–28°) between the tin coordination planes. Mössbauer data for the multiple and single bonded species displayed similar isomer shifts but had different quadrupole splittings.