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14th Jan '18 10:00:37 AM BlackKnight359
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* Parodied (among ''many'' other Star Wars tropes) in the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode ''Operation S.N.O.W.I.N.G''. After [[spoiler:StudentCouncilPresident [=McGarfield=]]] pulls a FaceHeelTurn and even becomes a DarthVaderClone, in one instance he clenches his fist in anger at a minion student for [[DoNotCallMePaul misspeaking]], apparently causing him to start choking and fall to his knees from the pain, but...
--> '''[[spoiler:President [=McGarfield=]]]:''' What on Earth are you ''doing?!''\\
'''Student:''' ...I'm sorry, I had a couple of tacos for dinner last night.\\

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* Parodied (among ''many'' other Star Wars tropes) in the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode ''Operation S.N.O.W.I.N.G''. After When [[spoiler:StudentCouncilPresident [=McGarfield=]]] pulls a FaceHeelTurn and even becomes a DarthVaderClone, in one instance he clenches his fist in anger at a minion student for [[DoNotCallMePaul misspeaking]], apparently seemingly causing him to start choking and fall to his knees from the pain, but...
--> '''[[spoiler:President [=McGarfield=]]]:''' What [=McGarfield=]]]:''' ...And what on Earth earth are you ''doing?!''\\
'''Student:''' ...'''Student:''' I'm sorry, I had a couple of tacos for dinner last night.\\
12th Jan '18 10:31:10 AM Gaucelm
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* When Buggy the Clown is first introduced in ''Anime/OnePiece'', he is torturing a henchman doing what looks like a psychic strangle, lifting him from the ground and choking him from a distance. Later, though, [[spoiler:it's revealed he has the power to detach his limbs and make them float, so he was using his detached floating hand.]]
7th Jan '18 1:44:07 PM ultimomant
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* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': The illustration of [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Kozmojo Kozmojo]] depicts this. A given since the Kozmo cards are a reference to Star Wars.



** Anakin, Asajj Ventress and Savage Opress all frequently resort to choking their opponents through the Force. Anakin mainly uses it when his BerserkButton (his loved ones being endangered) is pushed. He also prefers it as a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, such as in "Brain Invaders", while questioning Poggle the Lesser, who proved to be immune to his JediMindTrick. For Ventress, it seems more like a finishing and/or desparation attack, used only when she feels either confident with the outcome of the confrontation, or utterly outmatched. As for Savage, it's more-or-less his SignatureMove -- he killed more people this way than with his lightsaber. He's fine with the "normal" bare-handed NeckSnap as well. Dooku also used the Force to choke his enemies a couple of times.
** [[spoiler: After Bo-Katan insulted him, Maul started to strangle her, while he gave a speech to Vizsla and the rest of the Death Watch, about how beneficial an allance between them would be. Later he also started to choke Satine to torture Obi-Wan.]]

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** Anakin, Asajj Ventress and Savage Opress all frequently resort to choking their opponents through the Force. Anakin mainly uses it when his BerserkButton (his loved ones being endangered) is pushed. He also prefers it as a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, such as in "Brain Invaders", while questioning Poggle the Lesser, who proved to be immune to his JediMindTrick. For Ventress, it seems more like a finishing and/or desparation desperation attack, used only when she feels either confident with the outcome of the confrontation, or utterly outmatched. As for Savage, it's more-or-less his SignatureMove -- he killed more people this way than with his lightsaber. He's fine with the "normal" bare-handed NeckSnap as well. Dooku also used the Force to choke his enemies a couple of times.
** [[spoiler: After Bo-Katan insulted him, Maul started to strangle her, while he gave a speech to Vizsla and the rest of the Death Watch, about how beneficial an allance alliance between them would be. Later he also started to choke Satine to torture Obi-Wan.]]
31st Dec '17 1:09:31 PM StarSword
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** Darth Vader is the TropeCodifier, having originally done this in ''Film/ANewHope'' to Admiral Motti. This wasn't the ''first'' time he'd done it, either: In the prequels, [[spoiler:when he becomes convinced that Padmé betrayed him, he chokes her.]] Using it on Adm. Kendal Ozzel in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' establishes he doesn't even need to be in the same room to do it. In the expanded universe the Force-choke essentially becomes Vader's SignatureMove (see below).

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** Darth Vader is the TropeCodifier, having originally done this in ''Film/ANewHope'' to Admiral Motti. This wasn't the ''first'' time he'd done it, either: In the prequels, ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', [[spoiler:when he becomes convinced that Padmé betrayed him, he chokes her.her, causing injuries that lead to her death (according to a {{retcon}} of her cause of death in the {{novelization}}).]] Using it on Adm. Kendal Ozzel in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' establishes he doesn't even need to be in the same room to do it. In the expanded universe the Force-choke essentially becomes Vader's SignatureMove (see below).


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** General Hux has it done to him twice in ''Film/TheLastJedi''.
*** First, Supreme Leader Snoke's disembodied holographic head grabs Hux by the neck and throws him around the bridge of his Star Destroyer for a little while to humiliate him after Hux fails to destroy the Resistance as it evacuates its base, losing a dreadnought to Resistance bombers in the process.
*** Second, Hux tries to argue with Kylo Ren about Ren assuming the mantle of Supreme Leader after [[spoiler:Snoke's death by lightsaber]]. Ren chokes him in mid-sentence as an AppealToForce ([[{{Pun}} ha!]]) and Hux submits.
23rd Dec '17 8:09:30 AM Silverblade2
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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Mewtwo}} in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' does this to the Gyarados trainer after the latter demands that a Pokemon cannot be a Pokemon trainer.

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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Mewtwo}} Mewtwo in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' does this to the Gyarados trainer after the latter demands that a Pokemon cannot be a Pokemon trainer.
19th Nov '17 7:24:00 PM BlackKnight359
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* Parodied (among ''many'' other Star Wars tropes) in the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode ''Operation S.N.O.W.I.N.G''. After [[spoiler:StudentCouncilPresident [=McGarfield=]]] pulls a FaceHeelTurn and even becomes a DarthVaderClone, in one instance he clenches his fist in anger at a minion student for [[DoNotCallMePaul misspeaking]], apparently causing him to start choking and fall to his knees from the pain, but...
--> '''[[spoiler:President [=McGarfield=]]]:''' What on Earth are you ''doing?!''\\
'''Student:''' ...I'm sorry, I had a couple of tacos for dinner last night.\\
20th Aug '17 10:12:02 AM Dravencour
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* One of Ryougi Shiki's more badass moments in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' has her doing this [[spoiler:to a ghost in order to get her into knife range]].
26th Apr '17 9:20:25 AM OlmoJV
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* ''[[Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil The Stronger Evil]]'': When Valerie annoys [[OracularHead Tarakudo]] enough, he pulls this on her until Drago grabs her.
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23rd Apr '17 8:29:36 PM AthenaBlue
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-> '''Admiral Motti:''' Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. ''[Vader turns and slowly walks toward him]'' Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' hidden fort-- ''[Vader raises his hand, and Motti suddenly starts gasping for air and tugging at his collar]''\\

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-> '''Admiral ->'''Admiral Motti:''' Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. ''[Vader turns and slowly walks toward him]'' Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' hidden fort-- ''[Vader raises his hand, and Motti suddenly starts gasping for air and tugging at his collar]''\\



-->-- ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope''

Also referred to as a "[[Franchise/StarWars Force Choke]]."

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-->-- ''Franchise/StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars: Episode IV: IV -- Film/ANewHope''

Also referred to as a "[[Franchise/StarWars Force Choke]]."
Choke]]".



* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', after Alex tries to escape the train, the titular Mummy tracks him down with relative ease, and lifts the kid up with his telekinetic powers. He doesn't strangle Alex though, he just gives an utterly [[LargeHam hammy]] finger wag.
* Occurs in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' when Todd lifts Scott up using his [[ItMakesSenseInContext Vegan Powers]]. Scott even manages to choke out "My neck... [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow Your hair...]]"
* {{Subverted}} in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' when one of [[BigBad Dark Helmet's]] {{mooks}} is afraid that he'll be [[YouHaveFailedMe punished this way for pissing him off]]. Instead, Helmet aims [[GroinAttack about two feet lower]].



** Darth Vader is the TropeCodifier, having originally done this in ''Film/ANewHope'' to Admiral Motti. This wasn't the ''first'' time he'd done it, either: In the prequels, [[spoiler: when he becomes convinced that Padme betrayed him, he chokes her.]] Using it on Adm. Kendal Ozzel in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' establishes he doesn't even need to be in the same room to do it. In the expanded universe the Force choke essentially becomes Vader's SignatureMove (see below).
** Luke nonfatally Force chokes a pair of Gamorreans to gain entrance to Jabba's palace in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** In ''Film/RogueOne'', Vader initially spares Director Krennik after learning of Galen Erso's inclusion of a weakness in the Death Star reactor system, ordering him to clean up his mess. Krennik starts to get more confident and begins requesting things of Vader as the Sith Lord walks away, so Vader chokes him briefly to make a point.
* Occurs in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' when Todd lifts Scott up using his [[ItMakesSenseInContext Vegan Powers]]. Scott even manages to choke out "My neck... [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow Your hair...]]"
* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', after Alex tries to escape the train, the titular Mummy tracks him down with relative ease, and lifts the kid up with his telekinetic powers. He doesn't strangle Alex though, he just gives an utterly [[LargeHam hammy]] finger wag.

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** Darth Vader is the TropeCodifier, having originally done this in ''Film/ANewHope'' to Admiral Motti. This wasn't the ''first'' time he'd done it, either: In the prequels, [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when he becomes convinced that Padme Padmé betrayed him, he chokes her.]] Using it on Adm. Kendal Ozzel in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' establishes he doesn't even need to be in the same room to do it. In the expanded universe the Force choke Force-choke essentially becomes Vader's SignatureMove (see below).
** Luke nonfatally Force chokes Force-chokes a pair of Gamorreans to gain entrance to Jabba's palace in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** In ''Film/RogueOne'', Vader initially spares Director Krennik Krennic after learning of Galen Erso's inclusion of a weakness in the Death Star reactor system, ordering him to clean up his mess. Krennik Krennic starts to get more confident and begins requesting things of Vader as the Sith Lord walks away, so Vader chokes him briefly to make a point.
* Occurs in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' when Todd lifts Scott up using his [[ItMakesSenseInContext Vegan Powers]]. Scott even manages to choke out "My neck... [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow Your hair...]]"
* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', after Alex tries to escape the train, the titular Mummy tracks him down with relative ease, and lifts the kid up with his telekinetic powers. He doesn't strangle Alex though, he just gives an utterly [[LargeHam hammy]] finger wag.
point.



* {{Subverted}} in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' when one of [[BigBad Dark Helmet's]] {{mooks}} is afraid that he'll be [[YouHaveFailedMe punished this way for pissing him off]]. Instead, Helmet aims [[GroinAttack about two feet lower]].



* {{Discussed|Trope}} in the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Mind War". Talia's former mentor talks about a gentler form of this as an assassination method that leaves no evidence: simply telekinetically close off the carotid arteries to starve the brain of oxygen, then release the pressure after the target dies. That's ''if'' it was possible to get a relatively stable telekinetic that ''didn't'' have qualms about that sort of thing...



* {{Discussed|Trope}} in the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Mind War". Talia's former mentor talks about a gentler form of this as an assassination method that leaves no evidence: simply telekinetically close off the carotid arteries to starve the brain of oxygen, then release the pressure after the target dies. That's ''if'' it was possible to get a relatively stable telekinetic that ''didn't'' have qualms about that sort of thing...



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** This was something that Yakone was able to do with his [[spoiler:bloodbending, even using it against Aang. Aang had to use the Avatar State to break out of it.]]
** Zaheer uses airbending to pull the air out of [[spoiler:the Earth Queen]]'s lungs, suffocating her.
** Kuvira does a variation of this to Varrick, in which she metalbends his pauldrons around his neck and lifts him. She lets go before it kills him.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'''s parody of ''Star Wars''. It turns out Vader cannot Force Choke, and his minions are all just faking it when he holds his hand out so that Vader doesn't pull out his lightsaber and slice them in half. Those "killed" by the "Force Choke" are later given a new identity so that Vader is none the wiser ([[PaperThinDisguise usually just consisting of a mustache or hat]]).



** Anakin, Asajj Ventress and Savage Opress all frequently resort to choking their opponents through the Force. Anakin mainly uses it when his BerserkButton (his loved ones being endangered) is pushed. He also prefers it as a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, such as in "Brain Invaders", while questioning Poggle the Lesser, who proved to be immune to his JediMindTrick. For Ventress, it seems more like a finishing and/or desparation attack, used only when she feels either confident with the outcome of the confrontation, or utterly outmatched. As for Savage, it's more-or-less his SignatureMove - he killed more people this way than with his lightsaber. He's fine with the "normal" bare-handed NeckSnap as well. Dooku also used the Force to choke his enemies a couple of times.

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** Anakin, Asajj Ventress and Savage Opress all frequently resort to choking their opponents through the Force. Anakin mainly uses it when his BerserkButton (his loved ones being endangered) is pushed. He also prefers it as a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, such as in "Brain Invaders", while questioning Poggle the Lesser, who proved to be immune to his JediMindTrick. For Ventress, it seems more like a finishing and/or desparation attack, used only when she feels either confident with the outcome of the confrontation, or utterly outmatched. As for Savage, it's more-or-less his SignatureMove - -- he killed more people this way than with his lightsaber. He's fine with the "normal" bare-handed NeckSnap as well. Dooku also used the Force to choke his enemies a couple of times.



** [[spoiler: [[BigBad Darth Sidious]], upon arriving to Mandalore off-handedly choked two [[EliteMooks Death Watch commandos]], who tried to stop him, while walking past them. Later he strangled another pair, before entering a room.]]
** Becomes a plot-point in the Season 5 finale, when someone Force-chokes [[spoiler: Letta, the woman, who bombed the Jedi Temple to death, while Ahsoka was the only one in her cell. Since the two were alone, and Letta's death was recorded on camera, Ahsoka got framed for the murder, and by extension for masterminding the bombing.]]
** In Season 6/ Lost Missions, [[spoiler: Darth Sidious does this to Dooku from ''across the galaxy''.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels''. Some of the stronger [[EliteMooks Inquisitors]] are capable of this, usually using it to immobilize an opponent [[CombatPragmatist while the other one attacks directly]]. [[spoiler:Maul]] also uses it when he and Ezra fight the Seventh Sister, although he stops short of actually killing her so Ezra can do it. When he refuses, [[spoiler:Maul cuts her in half.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** This was something that Yakone was able to do with his [[spoiler:bloodbending, even using it against Aang. Aang had to use the Avatar State to break out of it.]]
** Zaheer uses airbending to pull the air out of [[spoiler:the Earth Queen]]'s lungs, suffocating her.
** Kuvira does a variation of this to Varrick, in which she metalbends his pauldrons around his neck and lifts him. She lets go before it kills him.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'''s parody of ''Star Wars''. It turns out Vader cannot Force Choke, and his minions are all just faking it when he holds his hand out so that Vader doesn't pull out his lightsaber and slice them in half. Those "killed" by the "Force Choke" are later given a new identity so that Vader is none the wiser ([[PaperThinDisguise usually just consisting of a mustache or hat]]).

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** [[spoiler: [[BigBad [[spoiler:[[BigBad Darth Sidious]], upon arriving to Mandalore Mandalore, off-handedly choked two [[EliteMooks Death Watch commandos]], commandos]] who tried to stop him, him while walking past them. Later Later, he strangled another pair, pair before entering a room.]]
** Becomes a plot-point in the Season 5 finale, when someone Force-chokes [[spoiler: Letta, [[spoiler:Letta, the woman, who bombed the Jedi Temple Temple, to death, death while Ahsoka was the only one in her cell. Since the two were alone, and Letta's death was recorded on camera, Ahsoka got framed for the murder, and by extension for masterminding the bombing.]]
** In Season 6/ 6/The Lost Missions, [[spoiler: Darth [[spoiler:Darth Sidious does this to Dooku from ''across the galaxy''.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels''. ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Some of the stronger [[EliteMooks Inquisitors]] are capable of this, usually using it to immobilize an opponent [[CombatPragmatist while the other one attacks directly]]. [[spoiler:Maul]] also uses it when he and Ezra fight the Seventh Sister, although he stops short of actually killing her so Ezra can do it. When he refuses, [[spoiler:Maul cuts her in half.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** This was something that Yakone was able to do with his [[spoiler:bloodbending, even using it against Aang. Aang had to use the Avatar State to break out of it.]]
** Zaheer uses airbending to pull the air out of [[spoiler:the Earth Queen]]'s lungs, suffocating her.
** Kuvira does a variation of this to Varrick, in which she metalbends his pauldrons around his neck and lifts him. She lets go before it kills him.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'''s parody of ''Star Wars''. It turns out Vader cannot Force Choke, and his minions are all just faking it when he holds his hand out so that Vader doesn't pull out his lightsaber and slice them in half. Those "killed" by the "Force Choke" are later given a new identity so that Vader is none the wiser ([[PaperThinDisguise usually just consisting of a mustache or hat]]).
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22nd Apr '17 4:05:25 PM StarTropes
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* {{Subverted}} in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' when one of [[BigBad Dark Helmet's]] {{mooks}} is afraid that he'll be [[YouHaveFailedMe punished this way for pissing him off]]. Instead, Helmet aims [[GroinAttack about two feet lower]].
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