->''"My trusted lieutenant will be trained to strut around in black robes intoning things like "Seize them!" and "Evil will triumph!" in a booming, sepulchral voice."''
->-- ''The AdditionalEvilOverlordListCellblockB''

->''"Zombie guards, seize him! Tell me that's not fun to say."''
-->-- ''Harvey Birdman; Attorney at Law''

A uniquely aristocratic command, shouted by particularly melodramatic villains.

TheBaroness has stumbled across TheHero in an alley. TheEvilPrince has discovered The FiveManBand infiltrated his DeadlyDecadentCourt. The EvilChancellor has crashed the revolutionaries meeting.

The Good Guys are outnumbered. The BigBad is there with an army of {{Mooks}}. They do the only logical thing. They run!

Alternatively, the EvilChancellor and his retinue just fell for the heroes' plan and the King tells in no uncertain terms that he heard their EngineeredPublicConfession.

This phrase is usually preceded or followed by some of these other StockPhrases:

* Close the gates!
* He's getting away!
* I'm [[SurroundedByIdiots surrounded by imbeciles]]!
* Must I do everything myself?
* [[YouFool Fools!]]

'''Seize them!'''

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* The villain's deputy Navishtrix says this in ''{{Asterix}} and the Golden Sickle'' when the heroes enter the traffickers' underground hideout.
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[[folder: Film ]]
%%* RobinHood
%%* Film/TheScarletPimpernel
* Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI: "Ah, seize this!"
* ''Film/MortalKombat'': Shang Tsung tries this when the heroes have infiltrated the Black Tower to rescue Sonya under the guise of the brown-robed monks. But Princess Kitana, who is also among them, stops them in their tracks with a "STAY WHERE YOU ARE!" before denouncing the BigBad for trying to "interfere with the Tournament" and win it by treachery.
* The modern version was uttered in ''Tommy Boy'' by Zalinski: "Don't let him leave the premesis, Marty." This was preceded by the far more middle class "GET HIM!", said by Tommy.
* The Disney version of ''Disney/RobinHood''.
* Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'':
--> '''King Stefan:''' Seize that creature!
* The WickedWitch of the West in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', in the castle as the Scarecrow, CowardlyLion and Tin Man escape with Dorothy and Toto.
--> '''The Wicked Witch of the West:''' Seize them, seize them! Stop them, [[YouFool you fools]], stop them! Seize them! Seize them!
* Played for laughs in ''Film/ThreeAmigos'' by Steve Martin, when surrounded by the BigBad's {{Mooks}}.
* ''{{Bionicle}}: Legends of Metru Nui''
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''. After Emperor Xur screws up, Commander Kril orders the Ko-Dan soldiers to "Seize him!''
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': Visser Three says this all the time.
* In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', the Palace guard is at one point to seize Vimes. GenreSavvy as they are, they [[MookChivalry question the wisdom]] of [[ConservationOfNinjutsu attacking a lone person]], who might even start swinging on the chandelier.
** In another book Rincewind has had so many variations on this phrase that he muses (while running) that his nickname is "Don't let him get away!".
* In the Star Trek novel ''Literature/HowMuchForJustThePlanet'' the evil queen gets to shout "Seize her!" several times during the scene in which she disciplines a servant girl who tried to help the prisoners escape. The last time, it's "Seize her again. Oh, I do like saying that."
* In ''Literature/TheImmortals'' book ''Wolf-Speaker'', Rikash says (in an 'ItMakesSenseInContext way') "Get that SQUIRREL!!"
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Steel Sky"
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. John Crichton is infiltrating a Peacekeeper base [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguised as an officer]]. It's later revealed that Scorpius can see heat, and this vision showed that Crichton wasn't even the right species.
-->BigBad Scorpius: Guards, that man is an impostor. Seize him.
** An interesting example, since this trope is usually an indicator of IncomingHam, yet Scorpius delivers the line with an utterly flat affect.
* ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''PrinceOfSpace'' episode
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[[folder: Radio ]]
* From the Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy radio series:
--> '''Hig Hurtenflirst:''' ''(to foot warrior)'' Well then just seize the prisoners.
--> ''Foot warrior falls over''
--> '''Hurtenflirst:''' Prisoners.
--> '''Arthur''' and '''Lintilla:''' Yes?
--> '''Hurtenflirst:''' Seize each other.
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[[folder: Theatre ]]
* ''{{Urinetown}}'' has this a few times.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In the ending sequence of ''VideoGame/WingCommander IV'', Admiral Towlyn [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpbOkVdl7b0#t=1m58s demonstrates how to be a melodramatic villain]].
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* TheOnion's [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/26039 Seize Him!]]
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[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' caught this from the hyenas at one point.
* Turns up in ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4825172/ in this comic]].
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''TheHerculoids'' episode "The Mole Men".
* ''{{Futurama}}'' episode "A Clone of My Own". The Near-Death Star Robots, and...
-->Guard: Get them! I mean, seize them!
** Another version, subverted:
-->'''Bureaucrat 1.0:''' Guards! Bring me the forms I have to fill out to have her taken away!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' has the line 'Sieze Him! Take Him! Sieze Him! Take Him!' spoken by Zig Zag the film's LargeHam and primary antagonist.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2FriendshipIsMagicPart2 Friendship is Magic, part 2]]" starts with a scene that seems to be a ShoutOut to Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' example above. Compare the dialogues:
--> '''Maleficent:''' ''([[EvilLaugh evil laugh]])''
--> '''King Stefan:''' Seize that creature!
--> '''Maleficent:''' Stand back, [[YouFool you fools]]! ''(scares the guards off, then disappears in green flames laughing)''

--> '''Nightmare Moon:''' ''([[EvilLaugh evil laugh]])''
--> '''Mayor Mare:''' Seize her! Only she knows where the princess is!
--> '''Nightmare Moon:''' Stand back, [[YouFool you]] [[HoldYourHippogriffs foals]]! ''(scares the guards with lightnings, then goes away in a mist laughing)''
* In Disney version of ''Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper'', Mickey, pretending to be the Prince, is being forced by Captain Pete to relinquish the crown to him. During the ceremony, Mickey uses this method to get Pete captured, but Pete turns it around on him.
-->'''Mickey:''' Guards, seize him!
-->'''Pete:''' No, seize ''him!'' He's an imposter!
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' 1973/74 episode "The Androids". When Batman figures out that the Superman in the Hall of Justice is actually an android double he yells "Grab him!" to the other Super Friends. Unfortunately the android had already left the room so they couldn't.
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