Created By: DragonQuestZ on September 21, 2012 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on September 1, 2013

Mystical High Collar

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

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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.


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 & 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
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