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Sometimes a character needs to demonstrate his or her strength by making some poor schmuck feel helpless. The standard method of demonstrating SuperStrength is to grab the victim by the neck ''with one hand'' and pick him up. If you want to maintain a slight atmosphere of plausibility, you can then slam him up against a wall. To be truly BadAss, however, you should simply hold him in mid-air, using sheer force of personality to keep him from realizing that he can escape simply by tilting his head back. You may even decide to [[MinionMaracas shake them a little bit]].

Victims of this demoralization technique are typically helpless, unable to resist in any fashion despite the fact that the attacker has generally put them in a position to deliver a solid kick (or punch) to an [[GroinAttack assortment of vital targets]]. Of course, meanies with the strength to pull off this trick often have NighInvulnerability as well.

May or may not come directly before a NeckSnap -- typically, though, a Neck Lift is a way to show that you're serious about this and won't take any bull. Usually a result of YouFailPhysicsForever if a human-sized lifter doesn't even lean back to counterbalance the weight they're holding up. This trope principally runs on premium unleaded RuleOfCool though to make the lifter look like one hell of a {{Badass}} and for general spectacle so physics schmysics. Even moreso if they're performing this trick via [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]], resulting in the PsychicStrangle.

For added effect there can be a shot, image, or description revealing just how high the attacker can lift the victim's feet from the ground.

Compare StandardFemaleGrabArea.

Related: BarrierBustingBlow, HoistHeroOverHead, HighAltitudeInterrogation, MinionMaracas, VerticalKidnapping.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Sesshomaru of ''Manga/InuYasha'' does this several times.
* In the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' anime's 25th episode, [[OrcusOnHisThrone Lord Il Palazzo]] does this to two [[RobotGirl Ropponomatsus]] at once, one in either hand. Then he ''pops their heads off with a single squeeze''.
* A [[spoiler:brainwashed Ginga]] does this to Subaru during their battle in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''. Subaru managed to escape and do an attempted counter, which earned her a one-handed slam into the ground.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Before Sasuke goes off to Orochimaru, Naruto tries to stop him, and somewhere in the middle Sasuke lifts Naruto with just one hand. Despite having been badly beaten before being grabbed, Naruto was still able to force Sasuke's attack off target.
** Pain's bodies did this to a few people during their attack on Konoha when trying to extract information from them on Naruto's whereabouts.
** Kakuzu does this to Choji and Ino at the same time.
** Itachi does this to Sasuke in [[CurbStompBattle their first battle]].
* The super-strong tiger warrior Lime to Ryōga in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Particularly horrifying since Ryōga has considerable superhuman strength and is MadeOfIron himself, but Lime even more so. It ends with Lime [[spoiler:crushing Ryōga's throat]] and almost bringing him to the [[spoiler:point of death]]. But when Ryōga's [[{{Kamehamehadoken}} Shishi Hokodan]] fills him with "heavy" [[BattleAura depression ki]], he becomes too heavy for even Lime to lift.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** A favorite move of Nagi (Negi's father), having done it against [[spoiler:Fate]] during a FlashBack and when [[spoiler:Albireo]] copied him in his match against [[spoiler:Kaede]] during a tournament. Also a scene where the real Nagi used this on the last {{Mook}} Demon of an army he'd just torn through. He finished it in a NeckSnap.
** Also, mercenary leader of the Black Hounds Alexander Zeystev (also known as Chiko-tan) did this to Nodoka while attempting to take her in; there was a tremendous bounty on her and her friend's capture (she became bait).
** In a "heroic" and unarguably awesome example of this, [[spoiler:Negi]] does this to [[spoiler:Tsukuyomi]] in chapter 292, and judging by the look on [[spoiler:Tsukuyomi]]'s face, it seems [[spoiler:Negi]] is dead serious and she knows it. Unusual for this trope, [[spoiler:Tsukuyomi]] does try to slice off the arm doing the grabbing. It is [[MadeofAir less than effective.]]
** Chapter 333. Lifemaker grabs Negi in a NeckLift.
* A slight variant of this shows up in the original ''Manga/BloodTheLastVampire'' short film -- Saya has a habit of grabbing those that piss her off by the mouth.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** Majin Buu does this to its master Babidi, to keep him from talking and using the spell to seal him again before killing him off. It's kind of subverted, though: Babidi is the size of a small dog, probably not much more than the weight of a sack of rice.
** #20 does this to Yamcha in order to impale him with extreme prejudice.
* In ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'', Oscar does this to one of his subordinate police officers. Its made all the more impressive by his being a thin, extremely feminine-looking Bishounen.
* In the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Ballad of Fallen Angels", Vicious does this to Spike, while sporting one of his rare {{Slasher Smile}}s, just before sending him [[DestinationDefenestration out a cathedral window]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Grimmjow does this to Orihime twice. First after he [[spoiler:rescues her from death at the hands of [[ClingyJealousGirl Loly and Menoly]].]]. Later, during his and Ichigo's fight as she questions him.
** Ulquiorra inflicts this on Ichigo twice. First while he's beating him up while in his first Resurrección form, and again while in his Segunda Etapa form, choking Ichigo with his tail [[spoiler: before blowing a hole through his chest.]]
** In anime episode #314 the hollow in Haruko's body does a two-handed version to Kon (who's in Ichigo's body). Kon escapes by kicking Haruko's body in the stomach.
** Anime episode #321. Yumichika's reigei grabs him by the neck and lifts him up and presses him against a tree while taunting him.
** Later in the Thousand-Year-Blood-War-Arc, [[BigBad Juhabach]] does this to [[spoiler: Zaraki Kenpachi]] of all people, which is quite a feat given that the latter is over two meters tall. Of course, this being [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Juhabach]], he only does it ''after'' he's thoroughly [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] [[spoiler:Kenpachi]].
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'':
** BigBad Nobunaga does this to the hero Date Masamune. Despite the fact that he is holding up a grown man with one hand, he makes it look painfully easy.
** Happens to Masamune again in the second season and again by the BigBad, though this time it looks a bit more convincing seeing as Hideyoshi is (at least) twice Masamune's size.
* In a rare heroic example, Kato does this to two RedShirts ([[{{Badass}} at the same time!]]) in ''Anime/{{Gantz}}'' to show off the power of the Gantz suit and convince them to wear theirs, thus increasing their chances of survival ([[KillEmAll not that it helps]]). This may count as more of a variant in that he grabs them by their shirt collars rather than by their necks proper.
* ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'': Alucard did this to Rip van Winkle in the 4th OVA.
* In the 8th episode of ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'' Ayanami (in Mikage's body) does this to Teito.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan''
** Tyki does this to Allen at one point before destroying his arm.
** Although he's not a villain by any means, Allen angrily does this to a broker in the first Reverse novel.
* In episode 15 of ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'', the cat spirit [[spoiler:possessing Hanekawa]] performs one on [[spoiler:Araragi after cutting his throat]], in an effort to solve the [[TriangRelations problem at hand]] by removing him from the equation.
* ''Manga/KarateShoukoushiKohinataMinoru'': During their fight in chapter 64 Kevin does this to Minoru.
* In ''Manga/SilentMobius'', Kiddy greets detective Ralph Baumers this way the first few times they meet. They wind up going out later.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai La Vérité'' episode 11. Konoe's OneeSama does this to Yashima Sanae while fighting her and to Taro when he insists on trying to rescue Mariel.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Henrietta does this to a purse snatcher, who's rather surprised when he's lifted off his moped by a [[HollywoodCyborg ten-year old girl half his size]].
* Mewtwo from ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' actually did this to Fergus, one of the captured trainers, with his ''own mind''.
** In the Diamond and Pearl arc, Hunter J has her Drapion do this to Ash.
* In episode 20 of ''Manga/UragiriWaBokuNoNamaeWoShitteiru'' Cadenza does this to Kuroto.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Kyouko is ''very'' fond of doing this, especially to [[AntiHero Homura]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that she, as a MagicalGirl, has superhuman strength and can thus effortlessly lift her.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. [[TheRival Ohko]] does this to [[TheLancer Shiryu]] at the climax of their fight. Subverted in that Shiryu takes the opportunity to strike Ohko's arm with his knee and break it.
* In episode 9 of ''[[Manga/BlackButler Black Butler II]]'' Sebastian does this to Hannah.
* Shinji chokes and lifts Asuka up in ''EndOfEvangelion'' at one point.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'': In the 2011 anime remake Hisoka does this to Gon.
* The first time Yamaki of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' really loses his composure, he does this to Henry while loudly blaming him for everything that's gone wrong. (For reference, Yamaki's an adult and Henry's ten years old.)
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Zoro once gets caught in a Neck Lift by Miss Monday, a bodybuilder-like woman. His response is a FacePalmOfDoom.
** As his EstablishingCharacterMoment, Buggy the Clown, using [[DetachmentCombat his powers]], does this to [[BadBoss one of his mooks]].
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''. In one of the last couple of episodes of the anime's first season, Deep Blue grabbed Ichigo by the throat and lifted her into the air.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Shizuri Mugino does this from time to time. She's [[EffortlessAmazonianLift so strong]] that she can do it to a fat adult and then punch or throw him across the room. [[spoiler:It backfires when she does it to Shiage Hamazura, who uses the opening to [[EyeScream gouge her eye]], then pull out a gun and shoot her several times.]]
* ''Anime/SakuraWarsTV'': A variant happens in the first episode. When Sakura is trying to apologize to Maria for accidentally ruining their stage production, Maria responds by bodily lifting her off the ground by the front of her kimono, coldly telling her to get out, and then flinging her across the hallway.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* There is a [[http://chokeonthiscomics.tumblr.com/ Tumblr blog]] dedicated to this.
* In comics parlance, this is also known as a Byrne Hold, named after artist Creator/JohnByrne who was unusually fond of using it on comic covers.
* ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'': Wedge Antilles does a version of this to Sate Pestage, grabbing him with both hands by the front of his robes and slamming him against a wall. Pestage has referred to a nonhuman Rogue as "animal filth". [[BewareTheNiceOnes Wedge snapped.]]
-->'''Wedge:''' [[PersonAsVerb Don't make me go Vader on you.]] Ibitsam was a pilot and a friend and [[HeroicSacrifice she died to save your sorry hide]].
* Franchise/{{Superman}} does this fairly rarely, but when he does, you know that shit just got real and the [[BewareTheNiceOnes boy scout is out for the moment.]]
* [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=31&Itemid=47&limitstart=70 This cover]] of ''ComicBook/AngelAndTheApe'' #4, in which Gorilla Grodd does it to Dumb Bunny.
* Shortly after being introduced as leader of the Mutant Liberation Front in NewMutants #87, Stryfe does it to MLF member Wildside as punishment for incompetence, as seen [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/14.jpg here]].
* In ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' [[{{New52}} Volume Six]], [[spoiler:Fairchild surprises Superboy with on of these when she [[TheReveal Reveals]] her powers for the first time.]]
* In the ''Songs of the Orphan Child'' arc of ComicBook/{{X-23}}'s solo series, [[spoiler: Mr. Sinister]] does this to Laura after she neatly dodges one of his energy blasts and plants ''all'' of her claws in his chest. It even ends in a NeckSnap, though thanks to her HealingFactor Laura gets better.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Once happened in ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' to a game-company flack, who'd interrupted yet another attempt by the hosts to address the topic of Sex in ''D&D''. One panel shows him being subjected to this trope; the next reveals that it's Dixie, rather than Phil, who's doing it.
* ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey''. In the [[http://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/beetlebailey/s-1246041 strip for December 15th 2012]], Sergeant Snorkel and his dog Otto go to a restaurant. When the maitre'd says that they don't serve dogs, Sarge grabs him by the neck and lifts him into the air to change his mind.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Early on in his fight with Chridion, the main character of ''Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded'' charges him while underestimating his strength, only to get picked up by his neck and slammed into a tree.
* Downplayed in ''Fanfic/WeirdIncidentShit'', when [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reimu Hakurei]] carries [[Webcomic/ProblemSleuth Problem Sleuth]] to the Hakurei Shrine by the collar.
* In chapter 26 of Phantomdare1's Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs story, ''Fanfic/TracksOfLight'', Purple Eyes grabs the back of Summer's neck and lifts her up into the air, trying to get her partner, Ben, to fight him. It works. Later on in the chapter, Ben returns the favor.
* ''Fanfic/RealityIsFluid'' has this done in a mental conversation between Captain Kanril Eleya and an Undine psi master. The Undine grips her by the neck and varies the level of pressure depending on how angry it is, as a mental representation of MindRape.
* "Fanfic/AenrhienVailiuri" has Morgan lift [[spoiler:a Kazon maje]], who's taller than she is, clear off the floor. (She's Romulan so she's stronger than a human.) [[spoiler:She then [[NeckSnap breaks his neck]].]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': As seen above, the Beast holds Gaston over the edge of the roof after defeating him. Notable in that both the laws of physics were maintained because the Beast holds onto a gargoyle to stay balanced, and the Beast is savvy enough to hold Gaston over the edge of the roof (making escape through jerking his head back a very bad idea). The Beast also has a ''far'' longer reach than Gaston so punching or kicking is also out of the question.
* Quasimodo does this to Captain Phoebus by his collar in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. After calming down a bit, [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength he looked vaguely surprised to see that he'd done this]], and was kind enough to let the captain back down on the ground.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarchaserTheLegendOfOrin'', the evil android Zygon does this ''twice'' (with one hand, no less!), first to strangle Orin's first LoveInterest, then later to Orin himself (though this time, his victim escapes). In a subversion of this trope, though, kicking Zygon in the groin wouldn't have done much good anyway, since he's a fricking ''robot''.
* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Shan Yu does this to an Imperial {{Redshirt}}. Quite intimidating in this case because Shan Yu holds his sword to the poor sap's throat at the same time.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''
** Mr. Incredible loses his temper and does this to his obnoxious boss at the insurance company, then throws him through several walls.
** He does it again with Mirage. He's taken a few lessons from the bad guys, apparently.
* Emperor Zurg neck-lifts "Buzz 2" in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''. It helps that they're both made of light-weight plastic.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. Judge Doom does it to Roger when he captures him in the bar. Doubles as {{Foreshadowing}}: how can this work, when Roger clearly has mass and Doom is too thin? [[spoiler:Judge Doom finds it funny to NeckLift poor Roger.]]
* The [[HornyVikings Viking captain]] actually does this to his first mate after he refuses the first mate's warning that the Leviathan is about to destroy their ship during their search for Atlantis in a deleted opening for ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. When the guards break into Aladdin's hideout and capture him, one of the guards does this to Aladdin.
* [[ScaryBlackMan Commander]] [[RhinoRampage Vachir]] of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' does this combined with MinionMaracas to [[BearerOfBadNews Zeng]] during Tai Lung's escape from Chorh-Gom, to keep him from leaving and reporting his failure. Justified by the latter being a much-smaller goose, and unusual in that it's a good guy doing it to another good guy. (He's a bit HotBlooded.)
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In a cut scene of ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'', Kingpin does this to a guard implied to have squealed. This is a slightly more realistic example than normal, as the guard's back is against a wall, plus MichaelClarkeDuncan does actually look like he would have the weight and strength to do it.
* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''
** The title villain grabs [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Dutch]] by the neck, picks him up and examines him closely before administering a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
** The Predator from [[Film/{{Predator 2}} the sequel]] does this to a female police officer named Leona -- lifting her to just the right height for it to realize she is pregnant. [[spoiler:He lets her live.]]
* In ''Film/GiveMyRegardsToBroadStreet'', Big Bob does this to Paul's roadie. (Paul has left by then, but we see it.)
* Darth Vader does this to Captain Antilles in the beginning of ''Franchise/StarWars'' ([[Film/ANewHope episode IV]]), following it through by crushing the guy's windpipe and killing him, quickly establishing that he is ''not'' someone you want to mess with. He also has a much more famous long-ranged Force-assisted version which appears to use [[FingerPokeOfDoom even less effort]] and is in-universe referred to in such diverse terms as Force Choke and Virtual Garrote.
-->'''Darth Vader:''' Where are those transmissions you intercepted? WHAT have you DONE with those plans?
* ''Film/TheMatrix''
** When Neo first wakes up from the Matrix in the gel pod, a Docbot happens along, grabs him up by the neck and removes the plug from the back of his neck.
** An agent picks up Trinity by the neck in ''Film/TheMatrix Reloaded''. In contrast to the usual way this trope is played, she continues to fight and kicks him repeatedly until she then gets slammed down onto the floor.
** ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions''. Smith does it to Neo at the end of their BattleInTheRain.
* In the live-action ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie, Bison neck-lifts Dhalsim (but doesn't kill him, since he's still needed alive) after Dhalsim makes the mistake of openly questioning Bison's sanity (which happens to be Bison's BerserkButton).
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''. Justified in both cases because they're Red Lectroids, not humans.
** John Whorfin does this to the attendant at his mental facility, followed by a NeckSnap.
** John Bigbooté to the Secretary of Defense by grabbing his necktie (Necktie Lift?).
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** Klingon Commander Kruge to Admiral Kirk (two-handed) during their fight in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''.
** Nero's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Ayel does this to Kirk in ''Film/StarTrek''. [[spoiler:Kirk]] uses this as an opportunity to take [[spoiler:Ayel's weapon]] and do him in. (Justified, as Vulcans and Romulans are much stronger than humans.)
* In ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'', Blaster does it to Max after Max tries to ignore Master's order for him to disarm the truck's booby-trap. And holds him there while Master chews him out and repeats the demand. When Max fails to be impressed, Master decides to have the [[spoiler:town's electricity supply]] choked instead. EMBARGO ON!
** This trope has the added advantage of bringing Max up to Master's level so he can be properly harangued ([[BigGuyLittleGuy Master is a dwarf who sits on the back]] [[BrainsAndBrawn of his huge bodyguard Blaster]].)
** Becomes PlayedForDrama the next time they have a confrontation.
-->'''Master:''' Blaster, [[CountingToThree in three seconds]], break neck. One...two...th--
-->''(ClickHello from Aunty's enforcers [[ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind intervene just in time]])''
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. The demonic half-breed Balthazar does it to Constantine after he bursts into Balthazar's office.
* ''Film/TankGirl''. The title character does it to Jet Girl twice inside a tank after Jet Girl saves her life.
* ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' has the T-850 doing this to John Connor to convince him not to give up when the cops arrive at the cemetery.
* Jonathan gets this treatment by the title vampire (Leslie Nielsen) in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt'', but he counters with an eye poke.
* V in ''Film/VForVendetta'' does this to [[spoiler:Creedy at the end of his final battle,]] strangling him. Played slightly more realistically than most examples, though, because even with his great strength he needs both hands, and leans against a gate to keep his balance.
-->'''V:''' Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is ''idea'', Mr. [[spoiler:Creedy,]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and ideas are bullet-proof]].
* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''. The Monster does this to the police officer who was tormenting him with lit matches.
* The ''Film/HeroicTrio'' has the BigBad doing this to two of the girls at the same time.
* The creature from ''Film/JeepersCreepers'' does a NeckLift to [[spoiler:the crazy cat lady]] ''from behind'', and walks forward with its victim held in front of itself like a shield, still gasping out a death-rattle.
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. The ABC robot does it to Judge Hershey. Rico threatens to have the robot break her neck and rip her arms and legs off, but eventually orders it to let her go.
* ''Film/TheShadow'': The title character does this to Farley Claymore after tricking him into running out of bullets and driving him insane.
* In ''Film/BulletProofMonk'', [[BigBad Strucker]] becomes young and superhumanly strong after [[spoiler:reading the Scroll]] and then holds [[SeannWilliamScott Kar]] by the neck off the roof. Kar proceeds to [[spoiler:punch him in the head and then catches himself by his ''toes'']].
* Done by the BigBad in ''Film/TheTuxedo'' to Jimmy and Del, simultaneously. Justified, as he is wearing the titular suit (it's [[spoiler:PoweredArmor]]).
* ''Film/{{Legend}}''. Done by Darkness to Jack, but by grabbing his ''face''.
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. Thunder does this to Wang Chi when Wang and Jack attack him.
* Done by the ancient and powerful vampire antagonist from ''Film/FrightNight'' and [[Film/FrightNight2011 its remake]] on anyone who happens to inconvenience him, the hero included.
* There's a really badly done version in ''Film/MenInBlackII'', where villainess Serleena grabs and lifts the pizza shop owner (actually an undercover alien guarding the Light of Sartha) by the ''chin''. Then again, the fact that he turns out to be a hollow skin animated by alien energy might explain that...
* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', Loki does this to Tony Stark [[DestinationDefenestration (and chucks him out a 50th story skyscraper window)]] in a fit of pique after [[NoSell Loki's attempt to brainwash him fails spectacularly]].
** It doesn't help Tony that he immediately starts throwing jibes of the "[[TheLoinsSleepTonight performance issues]]" variety.
* ''Film/{{Scrooged}}''. While Frank Cross is being visited by the ghost of his old boss Lew Hayward, Lew grabs Frank by the throat, lifts him into the air and pushes him through a building window (without breaking it) and letting him fall.
* Though Bane uses the NeckSnap all the time in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', he only does the classic NeckLift once...[[BadAss on Batman himself.]]
* ''Film/{{Superman}}'' (1978). While Superman and Lex Luthor are in Luthor's underground lair, Superman grabs Lex by his shirt front and lifts him into the air and off the lead-lined box he's sitting on.
* ''Film/SupermanII''. When the three Kryptonian supervillains break into Perry White's office, Non grabs White by his lapels, lifts up up and rams his head into the ceiling, knocking him out.
* ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. Ripley does this to the alien queen during their fight using the mechanical arm of the cargo loader she's strapped into.
* ''Film/WildWildWest''. During Jim West's battle with the last of Dr. Loveless' {{mooks}} (the one with the metal plate in his head) inside the giant spider robot, the {{mook}} grabs him by the neck and lifts him into the air.
* ''Film/TheRunningMan''. During the faked scene where Captain Freedom fights Amber, he lifts her into the air by the neck (we see her feet dangling above the floor) before [[NeckSnap breaking her neck]].
* ''Film/ThreeAmigos''. When Lucky Day swings down into the yard of El Guapo's fortress, El Guapo grabs him by the neck and lifts him into the air.
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''. The Engineer does this to the android David just before [[NeckSnap breaking his neck]] and ripping his head off.
* ''Film/RoboCop2''. When Cain (in his [=RoboCop=] 2 robot body) meets Angie in the warehouse, he grabs her head and performs a NeckSnap, then lifts her off the ground and holds her in the air.
* Happens a few times in the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' films. An awesome example in the first film, where Lucian's NumberTwo [[ScaryBlackMan Raze]] rushes the Vampire Elder Viktor in his [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Lycan]] form, only for Viktor to catch him in mid-air with his hand by the throat, hold him a little, and perform a NeckSnap followed by a finishing stab with a silver sword. This is the first we see how truly strong Viktor is, given how normally a fight between a vampire and a transformed Lycan usually results in the Lycan tearing the vampire to shreds.
* In ''Film/TheHauntedMansion'', the evil ghost can materialize enough to catch protagonist Jime Evers (Creator/EddieMurphy) this way, then flies upward and sends him [[DestinationDefenestration through a widow]].
* In ''Film/RockyIV'' Ivan Drago does this to his own manager, after he insults the boxer, and presses the {{Berserk Button}} by doing so.
* In ''Film/EndOfDays'', Satan effortlessly lifts Jericho (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) over his head by grabbing his neck and holds him in front of an open window to threaten him.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', Captain America does this to The Winter Soldier before slamming him down.
* [[TheBrute The Minotaur]] to [[TheHero Theseus]], during their fight in ''Film/{{Immortals}}''.
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge'': Freddy grabs one of his victims by the neck and lifts him up against a door before gutting him.
* In RobotHolocaust, [[TheBrute Torque]] does this [[TheHero to]] [[NamesTheSame Neo]] during their battle near the end.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Bud White does this to a prisoner in the "Bloody Christmas" part of ''Literature/LAConfidential''. In a subversion, he ''does'' get kicked in the balls.
* In ''Literature/EndersGame'', when Ender is in a life or death fight, he lets himself get into a hold like this, then feints towards a GroinAttack before headbutting his oppressor. [[spoiler: The headbutt kills the guy]].
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''[[Literature/GreyKnights Dark Adeptus]]'', the Chaos Marine Urkrathos does this to Rear Admiral Horstgeld, and explicitly encircles the victim's neck with his massive armoured fingers. Duke Venalitor from ''Hammer of Daemons'' also does this to Alaric, though it's not mentioned if he encircles Alaric's neck.
* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''
** Captain Plugg in the book ''Triss'' regularly picks up his minions by the neck and beats their heads together. Since he's a fox and most of his crew are rats and weasels, he's likely to be significantly bigger and stronger than they are, so it's not as unlikely as usual with this trope that he could easily do this.
** Cluny the Scourge does the same to his own minions when they displease him, and though he is the same species as them, it is explicitly stated that [[LargeAndInCharge he is much bigger and stronger than the average rat.]]
** At the end of ''Martin the Warror'', [[spoiler: Martin's love interest, Rose,]] is effortlessly lifted and fatally slammed against a wall by the BigBad. Again justified in that the lifter is a stoat and the liftee is a mouse.
** Heroic example, in that badgers are occasionally known to do this when they get into fights with their enemies. At least in this example, the vast difference in size and strength is fully justified.
* In ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen'' the half-demon BloodKnight does this to a dark elf prisoner. Justified in that he is eight feet tall and insanely strong and she is barely five feet tall.
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''
** Referenced in the short story "Labirynth"; when undersized, scrawny, brittle-boned Admiral Miles Naismith regrets his inability to do this [[spoiler:(and briefly contemplates ordering one of the troopers nearby to do so on his behalf)]] as he confronted the man who almost manipulated him into murdering a teenage girl.
** In a story set several years later, the aformentioned woman notes that she does this on bodyguard duty when looming[[note]]She ''is'' an eight foot tall SuperSoldier....[[/note]] and [[TechnicallyASmile smiling]][[note]]... with fangs[[/note]] fail to make people back down.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' uses this when Katherine holds Caroline against a wall in "Masquerade". Classic cut to Caroline's feet dangling in mid air with cute booties. Klaus and Damon are fond of this troupe too.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' really, really loves this trope. Vampires (and in one instant, a maenad) use it to demonstrate their strength. When they do it to eachother, the strongest vampire always comes out on top. For extra effect, sometimes a younger (weaker) vampire does it to an older one, who then immediately flips the situation around and does the same thing to their attacker. Out of all vampires who do this, Eric Northman loves it best.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
** Jessica Sanders grabs her father by the throat, picks him up and slams him against a wardrobe. Particularly ridiculous example (at least before the slam,) since, regardless of strength, she will be considerably lighter than him.
** Angela sees Knox holding up Claire, and tearing her head off, in one of her dreams.
** Sylar picks up [[spoiler:Jackie Wilcox]] by the neck before murdering her in Season One and again with Ando in Isaac's Loft, which turns into a telekinetic NeckLift when Sylar gets distracted and stops in place while walking forward and carrying Ando by the neck. In the volume 3 finale, he does this to Claire.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** Data does this to Picard in the episode "Power Play".
** Also done for TheWorfEffect in "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E10TheDauphin The Dauphin]]".
** Data also does it to a rogue Borg before crushing its neck. Why? He got angry.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
** The new puppet leader of the Cardassian Union, Legate Broca, was neck-lifted by a very deteriorated, yet incredibly strong female shapeshifter.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}''
** Mr. Colt does it to [[spoiler:Sarah]].
** Casey also likes to use this on Chuck occasionally. He also did it to a traitorous old mentor once... although he followed it up by crushing his throat.
*** In the same episode with the traitorous mentor, ''Chuck'' performs this on a mook. He ''was'' hopped up on Laudanol (a fictional drug which suppresses emotions) and was horrified when he realized exactly what he was doing. He later does a much less extreme version to [[spoiler: Shaw]] in the season three finale (he's got the grip, but [[spoiler: Shaw]] remains on his feet, albeit bent over backwards and hanging on Chuck's arm). This time he's fully aware of what he's doing, and lets him go, satisfied in having beaten him.
** Casey ''really'' makes a habit of it, as he does this numerous times throughout the series aside from the aforementioned instance with the old mentor.
* Lennier does this to Marcus in an episode of ''Series/BabylonFive''. Minbari are stronger than humans.
* Repeatedly on ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. You're not an evil Kryptonian unless you pull off this stunt. Literally everyone on the main cast gets on the receiving end for at least once. Clark also does it from time to time, but the straightest example is in "Kandor" when he does this to Tess [[spoiler:who is hiding clone Jor-El]].
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''
** A common trick, though most of the time this is usually followed by the Terminator in question crushing its victim's neck.
** Cameron does this to Marty to emphatically tell him he must not call home.
-->'''Cameron:''' (''lifting Marty up by his collar'') If you call your mother, that man knows where to find you. Then he'll kill her. He'll kill you.\\
'''Sarah Connor:''' (''clearing her throat'') Cameron...\\
'''Cameron:''' (''still holding Marty up'') [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Would you like a bed-time story]]?
** Creepily done by Cromartie to an actor whose face he just copied, before smashing the guy's face against the mirror. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He then imitates the guy's terrified expression, just because.]]
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** Done twice in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Once to Jason by Goldar, and once to a BrainwashedAndCrazy Tommy ''by Jason''. Unfortunately, the censors have cracked down on such things and it's been a ''long'' time.
** A neck lift made it through in the ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' episode "A Strange Case of the Munchies". Done to Emily by the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* Elliot does this to J.D. in one Season 4 ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode. Evidently, she gets VERY strong when she's mad...
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Buffy accidentally does this to Cordelia in the first episode of when Cordelia startles her, thus helping to cement Buffy's (total lack of) social standing at her new high school.
** Also in the first episode, the Master does this to Darla deliberately.
** Vamp Willow also does it to Percy in "Doppelgangland".
* Done several times by vampires/demons on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', and once, in a season 2 episode, by a telekinetic named Bethany.
* In addition to the ''Buffy'' examples above, this trope appears to be a favorite in ''every single vampire show '''ever'''''. Confusingly, it's often used in what appears to be an attempt to [[FridgeLogic choke the (un)life out of another vampire]]. Sometimes a justified trope when the one doing the lifting is just using it to intimidate and/or silence the other vampire. Even the undead need to be able to move air through their throats to talk...
** A lot of vampire media seems to forget that, actually. Such as in the season 1 finale of ''Buffy'', where Angel says (using his lungs to push air out of his mouth) he can't perform CPR because he doesn't breathe. If anything, a vampire should be BETTER at CPR given their enhanced strength and the fact that any air they push out should have more oxygen than a regular persons (since the vamp didn't use any).
** In ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'', Mick St. John frequently follows this up with a NeckSnap. (Is it any wonder that Benjamin Talbot is investigating him?)
** In a particularly notable example on ''Series/ForeverKnight'', Nick does this to the perp of the week, ''suspending him out of an Nth story window''.
* In the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' season 3 opener, "No Man's Land", Major Lorne discovers the hard way [[spoiler:that the Wraith-to-human retrovirus doesn't work on females]] when a Wraith Queen catch him in a Neck Lift. She's killed before she can feed on him, though.
* Bernard and Fran do this to Manny in ''Series/BlackBooks'', in the episode where Manny's parents come to visit.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'', a shapeshifting alien pretending to be Mulder does this to Scully.
* In ''Series/{{Continuum}}'' Travis does this to a woman before choking her. He is quite bigger than her and as a SuperSoldier he is extremely strong.
* The demons of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' are fond of this. Notably, Azazel to Dean in a drug-induced vision and Alastair lifting up Dean and placing him on his own torture rack while berating Dean on the sloppy job he did on Alastair.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'' season 2, Dr. Archie Hooper gets caught in a Neck Lift from Regina [[spoiler:or rather, Cora disguised as her daughter]], before killing him [[spoiler:in appearance]].
* Pilot does this one-limbedly to Aeryn during a particularly nasty argument in an episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Justified since he's a giant crustacean many times her size.
* In ''Series/LostInOz'', Loriellidere grabs Selena by the neck and throws her into a wall.
* The Hound in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' does this to a guy who attempted to rape [[MoralityPet Sansa]] during a riot before disemboweling him.
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* [[Literature/TheBible Matthew 18:28]]: ''But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. "Pay back what you owe me!" he demanded.''
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The Chokeslam (lifting your opponent by their neck then slamming them to the mat) used by big, powerful wrestlers such as Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/{{Kane}}, and Wrestling/TheBigShow. The way the chokeslam actually works is (like most pro wrestling moves) with the person on the receiving end doing a good bit of the work; they jump. They're also very rarely held in the air for any amount of time, just long enough to get them to the highest point before bringing them down. Typically the wrestler delivering the move will lift with the other hand on the victim's hip, unless he's doing it to two guys at the same time.
** Because of the way it is done, choke slams are among the safer moves in professional wrestling, but like pretty much every move, they can still cause concussions and paralysis among other injuries if someone does not know what they are doing, as a Wrestlecrap writer found out the hard way. DoNotTryThisAtHome.
* The Amazing Impact is a chokeslam grabbing the back of the neck. The most known user in North America is Matt Morgan, who throws people into the turnbuckle with it.
* Some wrestlers will use a two armed hanging neck lift as a submission hold, although these days it is usually used as a transition to another move.
* Prior to the popularity of the Chokeslam, many wrestlers were known to simply lift their opponents up by the neck and shake them about, usually as a power move. Both faces and heels used this move. This was a textbook move for HulkHogan, who was known to use this move multiple times on RandySavage (during matches) and on manager BobbyHeenan (when Heenan attempted to interfere in his matches); Hogan also used this many times in his heel days back in the early 1980s as a power move, with then WWF Champion Bob Backlund a frequent victim in addition to the long line of jobbers.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The 3.5E supplement ''Complete Scoundrel'' shows a Gray Guard named Ambros Brasmere doing this to a necromancer.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Giovanni grabs Ash by the chin/neck, lifts his head and shoves him away; it'd probably be closer to an actual neck lift if they weren't the same height.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''AsurasWrath'' the title character's first journey to hell starts with one of these.
* Spidey grabs mooks like this in ''Spider-Man 2: The Video Game''. From there on, he can do a variety of things to the helpless dude.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''
** One of Ganondorf's special moves in ''SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' is a superpowered version of the chokeslam mentioned above. Only he grabs and lifts his victim by their '''face''' instead. Ouch.
** He also did this to Tetra and later Link (although he hauled Link up by the arm) in ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. Considering that Tetra and Link are both children and Ganon is about twice the size of most adult characters in the game, it's not so far-fetched.
* General Scales sure loves doing this in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''.
* BigBad Sarevok does this in the intro movie of the first ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''. He then bashes the unfortunate victim through a grate, breaks his neck, and tosses him off a high building.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** Saren does this to [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. And is treated to a human specialty, a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome punch to the face]].
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler: letting the quarians exterminate the geth means Legion will do this to Shepard. The result? A knife in the back from Tali.]] Both of these examples are justified; the first is performed by a cyborg (who is also noticeably bigger and heavier than Shepard,) and the latter by a robot, so they would both have the necessary strength to do this.
* In ''Franchise/FireEmblem'': Radiant Dawn, [[spoiler:Zelgius]] does this to [[spoiler:Valtome]] when he speaks ill of [[spoiler:Sephiran]], and threatens to go [[NeckSnap one step further]] if he continues.
* In ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', Galen lifts a human captain into the air with the force, in an obvious ShoutOut to the moment aboard the Tantive IV. Except the captain squeals, and Galen does a NeckSnap on him.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''
** Wesker does this several times in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''.
** In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' after a victory he does it to the cameraman!
** Mendez does this to Leon at least twice in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', and if you miss the PressXToNotDie command preceding his boss battle, he also [[NeckSnap snaps Leon's neck]], [[OneHitKill killing him]].
** Resident Damsel Ashley Graham recieves this in her chapter 3-4 by a common Mook. Failure to get out before health runs out results in a [[Necksnap]]
* Some enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' can do that before electrocuting their victims. It's a OneHitKill for anyone other than Iji herself. [[spoiler:That includes Dan]], so choose carefully where you put your Trapmine!
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''
** This is how Alex Mercer holds his victims. Hilariously, some of the NPC comments while being held include reminders that [[GroinAttack their foot is now level with your crotch]]. Sadly, they don't follow through on this.
** The final boss turns the tables and does this to [[spoiler:Mercer]], before launching him across an aircraft carrier and [[spoiler: revealing his true form]].
* With the popularity of professional wrestling, this makes its way into many {{Fighting Game}}s too. Especially if one character is just really strong.
** Kuma from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' games is happy to chokeslam you if you he can get to your side, but King (the actual wrestler) has to settle for more mundane manoeuvre.
** Seth in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' uses this as a grab.
*** T Hawk uses a variant for his Storm Hammer; his animation shows him grabbing the opponent by his face, twirling his arm to wind up while in the air, then slamming him down. Something had to step up to meet the Spinning Piledriver. Another hold he's used is to just lift and choke. Note that he's considered taller than MightyGlacier HuskyRusskie Zangief.
** Also in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' it is utilized by countless characters. Rugal, Goenitz, Magaki, both Zeros and Saiki to name a few. Taken UpToEleven by Ryuji Yamazaki, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih3snN4QBmc here]](from the 2.25 mark).
** A subset of this may be from ''SoulCalibur'''s Cervantes, who if memory serves has done this with his twin swords.
** In most of the 'Mortal Kombat' games, Jax can do this. He then follows up on the neck grab with as many as five punches to the face. This move is one of the few that does more damage than the iconic MK uppercut (before they nerfed the uppercut).
** In the last fight in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks'', Kung Lao attempts to attack Shao Kahn with his bladed hat. Kahn catches him in midair by the neck, holding him there for a few seconds, and then tosses him away.
** Kibagami Genjuro in SamuraiShodown2 uses what looks like a chokeslam as his throw.
* Heat of ''DigitalDevilSaga'' does this at least once. Between that and punching down stone walls (!) it is clear the game likes to remind you [[StatisticallySpeaking he dumps most of his attribute points into strength]].
* ''VideoGame/AnotherWorld'' has the protagonist Lester being lifted into the air by the neck (or the collar) by one of the titular world's evil aliens. His only way out of the predicament is to [[GroinAttack kick the alien in the nuts]] then shoot him when it lets go.
* Ripa Moramee (the earlier, larger, meaner Arbiter) seems to be fond of doing this in ''VideoGame/{{Halo}} Wars''.
* The OVA included in ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX Maverick Hunter X]]'' has Sigma do this twice (sorta). The first time, he lifts Zero by the head, though Zero also has a hold on Sigma's other arm. The second time, Sigma does a pure neck lift to X.
* A reoccurring element in ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' games. In the original ''Blood Omen'', Kain does this to a servant during a cut scene. In ''Soul Reaver 2'', Kain does this to Raziel during the opening cinematic. In ''Blood Omen 2'', this is one of Kain's standard moves, and from the neck lift he can do a neck snap, smash their face in with the hilt of his weapon, administer a GroinAttack with a blunt or hacking weapon, impale the target with a piercing weapon, or throw the target about thirty feet. It returns in ''Defiance'', only this time he's doing it with ''his mind''.
* ''Franchise/TalesSeries''
** Strongest attack of the summon Efreet in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' during the fight against him to [[DefeatMeansFriendship test your worthiness]], where he'll grab one member of the party in his fist, lift them up and concentrate fiery explosions on said character.
*** The cutscene in Palmacosta introduces us to the Desian Lord Magnius. While the Desians are making a display of an execution, an innocent bystander makes the mistake of leaving out his title -- complete with NeckSnap.
-->'''Palmacosta Man:''' Oh no, it's Magnius from the Palmacosta Ranch!\\
'''Magnius:''' That's LORD Magnius, vermin!
** [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Barbatos Goetia]] uses one of these for his Death Abyss arte and at the start of his "No Items Ever!" mystic arte. He follows up by throwing the victim to the ground in both cases, where they're subjected to more abuse.
* [[spoiler:Terra-Xehanort]] does this to Aqua in the pre-final battle cutscene in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. Or at least it's supposed to be her neck; the actual animation makes it look like he's grabbing and hoisting her by her ''breasts''.
** Perhaps he's meant to be holding her ''specifically'' by the straps across her chest, playing with the trope a little.
* Riku [[spoiler:Replica]] did it to Zexion in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories''. The animation makes it look like he's picking him up by the collar, though.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has Fenris do this to [[spoiler: his former master.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', this seems to be one of Solidus's favorite things to do to [[{{Bishonen}} Raiden]].
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'', spoiled brat Jelanda accidentally ingests a vial of ghoul powder and undergoes a {{Body Horror}}ific transformation. Grabbing an unfortunate nearby knight by the helmet mid-transformation with one of her transformed arms, she lifts him up in the hair and slowly crushes (and presumably his skull as well) as the powder completes her transformation into a raging monster http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQPa6LLNcCQ&feature=related.
* This is Batman's default {{Mook}} interrogation technique ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''... when he's not [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique slamming them into walls]] or [[HighAltitudeInterrogation dangling them off railings.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', [[spoiler:if you get caught in Diablo's Bone Prison attack during the final showdown, he will do this to you and drain your health before slamming you to the floor with authority]].
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', the leader of the Brotherhood gang tosses his empty minigun at the protagonist and slaps the gun out of their hand, then performs this move on them, during a cutscene fight. He then delivers a couple of mean gutpunches and brings you down onto the roof, slamming you by the shoulders a few times before that section of the roof collapses and you're both sent tumbling down.
* In ''Videogame/DarkSouls'', one of Gwyn's attacks has him grab the player by the neck, holds them up in the air and then creating an explosion that blows them away fro him.
* ''Videogame/BioshockInfinite''. Booker can do this to human opponents with the Skyhook device. The game sometimes has him do a NeckSnap with the Skyhook to kill them.
* In one of her most badass moments from the ''Dawnguard'' DLC of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Serana does this to [[spoiler:Arch-Curate Vyrthur]] after learning that [[spoiler:he is behind the prophecy that has torn her family apart]].
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Hal was on the receiving end of one of these by [[WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ Turbo Mecha Sonic]] in the EasterEgg of ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'' episode 8.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{Haloid}}'' a Covenant Elite does this to an ODST near the end of the initial battle.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the Meta does this to Sarge, which backfires when Sarge takes the opportunity to attach a tow cable from a jeep to the Meta. The others push the jeep off a cliff, sending it to its death.
** Following up in a later season where [[spoiler:Carolina]] is subject to this, courtesy of [[spoiler:Maine/The Meta]]. Followed up by being [[DisneyVillainDeath thrown off of a cliff.]]
* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', Superman does this to Goku and then shoots him in the face with his heat vision.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In [[http://www.misfile.com/index.php?page=1064 a strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', resident IneffectualSympatheticVillain Cassiel gets this treatment as part of the Creepy New Angel Xapharael's [[KickTheDog introduction]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=7&issue=14 Bearclaw]] is able to do this ''to a velociraptor''.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030127 Merlot finds out this way]] that Baron Wulfenbach despises traitors.
** Von Pinn [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030718 introduces herself]] to our heroine Agatha by giving her a personal demonstration of this trope.
** Mamma Gkika, being a ''[[SuperSoldier Jäger]]''-lady, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110518 explains in this manner]] to Oublenmach why mistreating girls or waking her up too early in the morning is a bad idea.
** Vole reminds Tarvek and Gil that you should never, ''ever'' take a Jäger lightly, by catching the ''two of them'' in a strangling neck lift -- [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110729 one in each arm]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''
** [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/981006 Vampire Queen Lysinda to Zoë.]]
** [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/000506 Oasis to Riff]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** Roy Greenhilt seems to like this as an intimidation method for interrogating mooks. He does it to a goblin teen in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0101.html strip #101]], and then to Pompey of the Linear Guild in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0356.html strip #356.]]
** Xykon can do it too when pissed, notably to Vaarsuvius and Jirix. And don't try to change the subject with trivial concerns, like breathing.
* [[ButtMonkey Syphile]] in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' gets [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4981 physically lifted off the ground]] by Quain'tana after a particularly ill-advised decision, and the fact that Quain has about a foot of height on her helps. Quain even seems to considering just choking her right then and there, but lets her down with a warning that the next time Syphile disappoints her [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness will be her last]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'', in a rare GoodVersusGood example, an impatient Orion does it to Alex just so the latter will take his flight training seriously. From there, it's DieOrFly.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' had this done a few times, what with just about everyone in the cast having [[SuperSoldier soldier boosts]] and PoweredArmor. More impresive when done by someone not looking like a steel slab, like [[{{Tsundere}} Elf]] -- on Scab [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2002-09-21 here]], or on Doctor Bunnigus [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2007-09-23 later]].
* In ''Webcomic/WhenSheWasBad'', Jasper does this when interrogating a hapless member of Hammond's gang.
* ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'': U6 Bojack does this to U16 Pan [[spoiler: before [[NeckSnap crushing her neck]]]] in their battle.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Combined with a NeckSnap in ''Literature/MagicalGirlHunters'' against Pretty Marshall Rose.
* Carmilla of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' does this to Shadowolf, but she has CombatTentacles, so his legs and arms are also restrained and he can't fight back. He then finds out she's really a CosmicHorror instead of a schoolgirl.
* Captain Hammer uses a slightly more practical version on Dr. Horrible at the end of the first act of ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', grabbing the Doctor by the neck without lifting him off the ground.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', ''Divided We Fall'', Superman does this to LexLuthor when [[spoiler:Flash apparently died stopping Brainiac/Luthor.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', Blackarachnia does this to Optimus Prime after downloading Bulkhead's strength, Megatron does this to both the Constructicons (who are nearly his size) at the same time, and Starscream does this to Bumblebee.
-->'''Starscream:''' (''to Bumblebee'') YOU INTERRUPTED MY SPEECH!
* General Grievous does this in his introductory scene in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' with his ''cybernetic leg'' before slamming the victim through the ground.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': In the second season opener, this is how Rhinox establishes to Dinobot that he's in no mood for any argument about who's in charge right now. Very few things frighten Dinobot. [[BewareTheNiceOnes A pissed off Rhinox is one of them.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': In Webworld a pissed-off [[AxCrazy Galvatron]] did this to a therapist after breaking free of the goop pinning him to the FreudianCouch.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': In "[[Recap/TransformersPrimeS1E24OneShallRisePart3 One Shall Rise, Part 3]]" Soundwave pulls this on Airachnid while [[CurbStompBattle putting down her attempted rebellion]]. Notably, Airachnid actually tries to fight back, but Soundwave's arms are so long that she can't reach anything.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', the show, seems to like this one. Danny Phantom, the character, is understandably less fond. Throughout most of the show, this trope is almost OncePerEpisode. It's only subverted by the fact that a NeckLift is a lot less effective if the person being grabbed can shoot ''[[FrickinLaserBeams lasers]]'' out of their ''eyes'' or occasionally ''[[AnIcePerson freeze the attacker solid]]''. Still don't work on [[BigBad Vlad]], though.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' BugsBunny
** ''Big Top Bunny''. Bruno the bear does it to WesternAnimation/BugsBunny so Bugs will let Bruno do the 1,000-foot-high dive first.
** ''Hair-Raising Hare''. When Bugs walks over the Monster (who was lying on the ground) the Monster grabs him by the neck and lifts him into the air.
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* Some small mammals will go limp if you do this ''from behind'', grasping them by the loose skin there, as it taps into their infantile reflexes from being carried by their mothers. Don't carry grown cats by their necks alone, though; they can get hurt that way. And if that warning alone [[JerkAss isn't enough to heed the advice]], picking up a grown cat by the neck also doesn't tend to make them go limp, either, and ''you'' can also get hurt that way. Typically gorgeous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragdoll Ragdolls]] are very likely an exception; but then, Ragdolls usually go limp when you pick them up ''anyway''.
* Not bare-handed, but a catchpole-assisted NeckLift is one way for animal-control workers to restrain aggressive cats without being clawed to ribbons. Not recommended for more than a few seconds, due to the risk of strangulation or neck injury, but often unavoidable if the cat must be retrieved from a confined and/or precarious space that humans can't enter.
* Leopards often hold their kills by the neck when they lift them to drag them up a tree.
* U.S. President UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln was a wrestler in his younger days. When he moved to Salem, Illinois in 1831, an local named [[http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln48.html Jack Armstrong]] challenged him to a match as a sort of initiation. Lincoln was said to have "grabbed the bully by the neck, held him at arm's length, and shook him like a little boy." After the fight, the two [[DefeatMeansFriendship became lifelong friends]].
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