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A person fighting a much bigger opponent attempts to disable the big guy by jumping on their back and wrapping their arms around their neck; it looks sort of like a rear naked choke crossed with an uncooperative piggyback ride. This move is usually performed in the midst of a fight while the big guy is occupied with someone else and doesn't notice the little guy creeping up behind him. Often the little guy is trying to protect an ally in distress by distracting the big guy before he can deliver the finishing blow.

Since the big guy will do everything in his power to get the little guy off of him, whether by bucking like a bronco, trying to sieze and throw the little guy over his head, or by slamming his back against a wall, the little one needs to somehow hang on and endure until oxygen deprivation causes the big guy to pass out, or at least until the distraction has served its purpose. It's not a move associated with elegance or technical skill. Depending on what's at stake, this sort of struggle can be made to look either desperate and dramatic, or clumsy and comical.

May overlap with CraniumRide.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* So yeah, Chiaotzu might be the [[ShapedLikeItself midgiest midget in midgetville]], and his arms don't quite, like, reach around a person's neck, he's stuck to the back of [[TheDragon Nappa]] in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. He eventually tries to end it by blowing himself up and taking Nappa with him, but Nappa is more powerful than anything the Z Fighters have faced, and {{No Sell}}s the attack.
* Rookie Investigator Takeomi Kuroiwa does this in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', after the enormous Ghoul he's fighting breaks his Quinque in half. He jumps on the Ghoul's back and hangs on for dear life.....then subverts the trope by [[NeckSnap breaking the Ghoul's neck]] with his [[SuperStrength bare hands]]. Rumors about this feat quickly spread, and morph into epic tales of him tearing heads off with his bare hands. The ever-humble Takeomi is mortified.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Quatermain attempts this against Mr Hyde. It doesn't work, so he feeds him a mouthful of laudanum.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan is famous for going up larger opponents, so it's no surprise that he has pulled this move. The most famous example being his first fight against TheJuggernaut. [[spoiler: He did it as a distraction to trick Juggy into sinking in wet cement.]]

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Paul's not that much bigger than the mugger who tries this on him in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', but he's a [[SuperStrength hell of a lot stronger]]. [[NighInvulnerable And tougher.]] As the narration says, “The mugger found that trying to choke Paul was roughly equivalent to choking a steel pipe.”

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', this is Angel's move of choice during the battle with [[spoiler:[[DumbMuscle Lurch]]]] in the supermarket. It works after a couple of tries, sending him crashing into a bin of frozen treats.
* In ''Film/JudgeDredd'' Rob Schneider does this to Rico's ABC robot.
* You'd expect Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger to have done a few of these in his career. What you might not expect is for him to be the little guy. Admittedly the big guy in that scene (in ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer'') was played by Andre the Giant.
* ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' has Schwarzenegger as the big guy and Creator/SharonStone as the little... er, girl, trying to choke him.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ''Film/IronMan1'': Iron Man jumps on the back of the Iron Monger to pulls out the cable connecting the helmet to the rest of the armor, [[spoiler:blinding Obadiah Stane and forcing him to open the chest piece to see]].
** A subversion occurs in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' when Thor jumps on Hulk's back and begins choking him with his hammer. The subversion comes from the fact that, despite the size difference, the two are very close in strength.
* As in the Literature example below, in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' this happens to Fezzik (played by Andre the Giant) done by The Man in Black.
* ''Film/RaisingArizona'' has a famous example, as Hi (Creator/NicolasCage) tries to take down Gale (Creator/JohnGoodman) this way, destroying Hi's and Ed's trailer in the process.
* In ''Film/RoboCop2'', [=RoboCop=] jumps on and rides [=RoboCain=] like this in order to rip out his brain and spine while the criminal-turned-cybercop is distracted with his Nuke high.

* In the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' [[Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] "Blood of Kerensky" trilogy novel ''Lost Destiny'', captured Inner Sphere Mechwarrior Phelan Kell is eligible to battle for a Clan Bloodname, their highest honor. His first combat trial requires him to fight an Elemental barehanded. Phelan is by all accounts a normal young man of respectable fitness. An Elemental is a nine-foot-tall brick shithouse of a SuperSoldier genetically engineered to wear PoweredArmor. Phelan's answer is to request the combat trial be held in zero-gravity, giving him ample opportunity to climb onto the Elemental and hold on for dear life; without some form of leverage, the Elemental's impressive musculature was ultimately not an advantage. Phelan eventually [[ChokeHolds blood chokes]] his opponent to win the trial.
* Happens in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', with The Man in Black doing this to Fezzik. It works, too; according to Fezzik, it's because he's got used to fighting crowds (battling gangs for local charities -- that kind of thing) and is out of practice with one-on-one duels.
* In the very first of Robert B Parker's ''Spenser'' novels, this is how Spenser kills Joe Broz's huge bodyguard, Phil.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A third season episode of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', about 36 minutes in has [[spoiler:Abby]] doing this. (Spoilers for outside UK, if you can even access it, will not be up past early May).
* In ''Series/CSINewYork'', [[spoiler:a boy is able to successfully strangle his father using this technique.]]
* On ''Series/BallsOfSteel,'' this is one of Neg's Urban Sports.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': Michael does this to a Russian GiantMook.
** He later does this to a large biker as his voiceover describes how long it takes to render someone unconscious with the move...and how ''painful'' that time can be.
* Xander does this in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "Reptile Boy", jumping onto one of the frat guys. PunctuatedPounding ensues.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* 1950s British TV star Jackie Pallo would do this, only instead of grabbing their neck he would chicken wing their arms and [[MurderousThighs squeeze their midsection]]. It became known as the "Paro special".
* As he was smaller than most other heavyweights, Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki found much of his success in both pro wrestling and mixed martial arts choking out his opponents this way.
* During Cheeseburger's debut match for Wrestling/RingOfHonor, Wrestling/RoderickStrong was about to make him a TagTeam champion right off the bat by submitting Bobby Fish in a Boston Crab, but Kyle O'Reilly had entered the ring to break it up, so Cheeseburger cut him off by jumping on O'Reilly and applying a Christo hold, which caused O'Reilly enough pain to collapsed into Strong, breaking his hold and rendering Cheeseburger's effort useless.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'': When his squadmate Romeo is attacked by a massive Brute Chieftain, Buck leaps on its back and starts stabbing it in the neck. It takes several stabs and Dutch knocking it over for the alien to die.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Meet the Scout]]'', the Scout is seen doing this to a Heavy, with the added help of his baseball bat.
* Sort of played in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', where killing a Gigante involves riding its back.
* Batman can do this to Titan inmates in ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Batman: Arkham Asylum]]'', causing them to flail wildly. You can even get an achievement for smacking enough goons while doing this; appropriately enough, the achievement is named "Freakshow Rodeo".
* The Jockey from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' does this to survivors to force them into inconvenient places (such as ''other zombies'').
* Spidey does this to Rhino, complete with steering through concrete walls and hordes of {{Mooks}}, in ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows'' in order to break into a prison.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
** Attempted by [[BadassNormal Batman]] on [[PhysicalGod Darkseid]] in the finale (see the page pic), [[{{Determinator}} even though he knew how futile it was.]] Thought it did inspire and lead to Superman's WorldOfCardboardSpeech.
** He also does it on Mongul in "ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything", again even though he knew it was futile.
* Attempted by WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''WesternAnimation/BunnyHugged''. The wrestler he tries it on is unfazed.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Properly applied, this move is usually called a "rear naked choke" and is common in UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts. Of course, it's much easier to pull off as the bigger guy against the smaller one without the whole rodeo business.