NOTE: The description is sparse because I don't have much info on the trope. Any help for this will be added to flesh it out.
With that popped collar, we know his spells pack a punch.
A high, flared collar is a common item worn by characters with mystical powers (whether magic, ESP
, or something else).
This was long part of the look for people passing themselves off as mystics (along with turbans, gypsy head scarves, and crystal balls). Also, a high collar, that fully concealed a wearer's head from behind, was useful in certain stage-magic tricks that employ body-doubles. So this showed up in fiction for mystical characters.
A Sister Trope
to High Collar of Doom
(and overlaps with mystical villains), Robe and Wizard Hat
Film - Animated
Film - Live Action
Live Action TV
- The wish-granting Zoltar machine in Big includes a bust of a bearded guy with a high collar.
- In the 1931 Dracula film, Bela Lugosi as Dracula sports a high-collared cape. And as in the book, his vampire abilities are supernatural, such as the ability to shapeshift and shroud people's minds.
- Mestema of The Dungeonmaster is an Evil Sorcerer who wears an extremely wide collar on his cloak.
- Jareth from Labyrinth has several powers, as he is the Goblin King, including many illusion powers.
- When wearing formal attire, the Time Lords of Doctor Who sport an ornate cloak-and-high-collar combination.
- Dungeons & Dragons module T1 The Village of Hommlet. The costume of the magic-user Burne demonstrates this, as shown in this picture◊ of him and his friend Rufus.