Created By: DragonQuestZSeptember 21, 2012 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZSeptember 1, 2013
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Mystical High Collar

High, flared collars are a popular costume choice for those with mystical powers.

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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.

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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.

Examples

Comic Books

Film - Animated

Film - Live Action
  • 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.

Live Action TV
  • When wearing formal attire, the Time Lords of Doctor Who sport an ornate cloak-and-high-collar combination.

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons And 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.

Video Games

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • September 21, 2012
    SharleeD
    In Real Life, this trope probably arose because a high collar that fully concealed a wearer's head from behind was useful in certain stage-magic tricks that employ body-doubles.
  • September 21, 2012
    wolviepris
    Mystical kung fu practitioner Iron Fist wore an extended collar until recently.
  • September 21, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In the 1931 Dracula film, Bela Lugosi as Dracula sports a high-collared cape. He's a vampire with the ability to shroud people's minds.
  • September 22, 2012
    Chabal2
  • September 22, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Not sure the evil queen quite counts as mystical. She might though, but we can discuss that of course.
  • September 22, 2012
    axordil
    To expand on Chabal's example:
    • A number of magic-using classes in World Of Warcraft have armor sets including collars as high as the back of the character's head.
  • September 22, 2012
    abk0100
    • Doctor Fate has high collars as part of his cape in some versions of his costume.
  • September 22, 2012
    Telcontar
    Also on stage, the high black collar and floor-length cloak meant a character could vanish when needed by turning around. Since Our Vampires Are Different, vampires disappearing in that manner lead to their association with wearing black suits and high collars.
  • September 23, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ That's more to how High Collar Of Doom caught on, and that's already noted on that page.
  • September 23, 2012
    Irrisia
    Are we still allowed Real Life examples? Mystic Meg used to be a psychic on the UK National Lottery broadcast, and she was mostly famous for ridiculously high collars.
  • September 23, 2012
    JakeTheYak
    I'm pretty sure the evil queen from Snow White counts as a mystical villain - she's all about occult magic: a magic mirror, a magical hag disguise and I'm pretty sure even the apple is magically poisoned. It might be worth going through the High Collar Of Doom page and working out which count as mystical villains - just in the Film section I count Jareth from Labyrinth, Mestema from The Dungeonmaster and Loki from The Avengers.
  • September 23, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ I already listed one of those though.
  • September 25, 2012
    MrRuano
    Spawn's cape has a ridiculous collar for a sentient, hell-made cape.
  • September 26, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And 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.
  • September 27, 2012
    Generality
  • September 27, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
  • August 19, 2013
    randomsurfer
    When wearing formal attire, the Time Lords of Doctor Who Classic always sport an ornate cloak-and-high-collar combination.
  • August 19, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Including that, but they feature in the new series as well (at least in one episode).
  • August 19, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
  • August 20, 2013
    Melkior
    Comic Books
    • Some versions of The Black Racer's costume (the Grim Reaper of the Apokolips / New Gods continuity) feature a high collar around his head as part of the black armor he always wears.
  • August 20, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Which work is that? Work links are preferable with examples (just don't pothole).
  • August 21, 2013
    Melkior
    ^ Here's a link to the wikipedia article.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Gods
  • August 21, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^Or you could use the link on this very website: New Gods

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