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When you see someone wearing a collar (particularly the ones made of leather - and we're ''not'' [[IThoughtItMeant talking about the collar of a shirt]]), you can assume that they're under the control of someone else. It's also a popular device to use when brainwashing someone, and it may also be a part of a GoGoEnslavement routine. If it's part of a person's normal costume, it's usually intended to suggest that they're sexually adventurous, and often to suggest submission (though dominant types frequently wear them too). It's especially popular with characters on various levels of the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism who can justify it as basically the only article of "clothing" associated with animals. This is generally intended as FetishFuel (and even if it wasn't intended as such, will become Fetish Fuel anyway) because of the connotations of bondage and slavery.

Can sometimes take the form of necklaces, chokers, and cameos. May have some overlap with ShockCollar, ExplosiveLeash, and RestrainingBolt.

Because slave collars are a pretty obvious sign that someone is brainwashed, under MindControl, or, y'know, enslaved, it will often be offensive to the hero. If the hero has to fight someone wearing a collar, he may target it in the hopes that his opponent is an unwilling thrall of the BigBad.

''Spiked'' collars generally don't fall under this trope.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': It happens to Battler at the end of the second arc.
* Inverted in ''Manga/BlackCat'', where Train Heartnet wears a red ribbon with a gold bell on it, like a cat's collar. He wears it after [[spoiler:Saya]] is killed by Creed. In the manga, the choker expresses his conviction of "You are your own master" or "The only one who can tame me is myself".
** In the anime, Eve reads an Aesop fable which reads "If you put a bell around the neck of a bad cat, he'll become good, and you'll always know where he is." This causes her to take the bell-collar off of a stuffed animal (coincidently a black cat) and try to force it on him. Her distrust was due to the fact that she was once his target, and was sent to kill her. After failing (sorta by choice) on the first attempt, he went after her again, but decided to spare her life and walk away.
* Inverted in ''{{Inukami}}'' where Keita wears only a collar as a sign of his ownership of Yoko. The thing is that Yoko wants to play this trope straight, but Keita's hard-headedness forces her to use her overwhelming powers when she wants him to comply. Recall that Keita is the master in this relationship and Hilarity Ensues.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the device used to restrain Rukia and suppress her powers takes the form of a red collar with four ropes leading off of it (which can be removed).
* As [[spoiler:Ako, Akira and Natsumi]] from ''MahouSenseiNegima'' found out in an unfortunate way, people sold into slavery in the Magic World are forced to wear collars that would shock them anytime their master wishes to. And explode if you try to remove them by force. On the other hand, the collars do prevent masters from getting ''really'' abusive, and the shocks are not supposed to be used except in emergencies.
* [[DarkMagicalGirl Fate]] and [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot the personified Book of Darkness]] from ''LyricalNanoha'' wear red belts around their neck as part of their outfit to symbolize the domination that their EvilMatriarch and corrupted programming has over them respectively. [[HeelFaceTurn After they are freed from their respective metaphorical chains]], they continue to wear this as part of their outfit, likely because it also happens [[FetishFuel to look pretty hot]].
* Juri's locket in ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is a necklace variation of this. It's breaking at the end of her story symbolized her finally being free of her self-destructive, one-sided relationship with the person found inside the locket.
* All the ''DearS'' in the series of the same name. Being a slave race it's the [[PlanetOfHats hat]] they wear.
* Tooya from ''AyashiNoCeres'' wears a leather choker at the beginning, while still working for the Mikages. Before he finally removes it, he tells Aya that he chooses her over his past, and he is shown wearing Aya's favorite choker underneath. Aww.
* Eureka and Anemone in ''EurekaSeven''. [[spoiler:It becomes important later because the BigBad collared them as part of his EvilPlan to destory the subcorreal; the collars have a virus programed in it.]]
* Used humorously in ''Anime/{{Potemayo}}'', with Nene dragging around one of ThoseTwoGuys on a chain.
* Often used on cover art as a motif in {{Loveless}}, though Soubi also has a tattoo across his neck as a symbol of his obedience to Seimei.
* Shows up in numerous {{Hentai}} anime and manga, naturally.
* Aries from ''Manga/FairyTail'' has one. Fitting, since she's been owned by two very unpleasant people. Hers is unusually cute and fluffy.
* ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'': All the Barob's maids wear one; just one reason why Lafiel compares them to trained cats.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The collar around the slaves' necks contains a bomb. Should the slave try to run away, the collar will explode, severely wounding (If not outright killing) the poor guy/girl. Only the slave's master (Or a real badass) can remove them safely. To add insult to injury, most slaves seen in the series are owned by the [[AristocratsAreEvil World Nobles]], horrible jackasses who are completely above the law.
* The collar worn by prisoners of ''DeadmanWonderland'' act as this. While their will is not suppressed and they have some slight freedom, they are forced to participate in the deadly and degrading games of the carnival or die from the collar's poison. It also ensures they do not attempt to rebel or escape, as the result will be death by poison.
* All angeloids from ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'' wear these, even those who are masterless still wear them.

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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' is a aversion; Genoshan slaves had full body suits grafted directly to their skin.
* In ''ComicBook/TheWarlord'', cat-girl Shakira wears a spiked collar in both human and cat forms. One storyline implied that she was the product of sorcerous experimentation as all of the sorcerer's other subjects wore identical collars. After defeating the sorcerer, Morgan took the collar off and threw it away. Shakira retrieved it and put it back on.
* In the premiere issue of Marvel's ''The Cat'' series, the newly-empowered Shirlee Bryant naively dons a studded collar as part of her costume. Only then does her sponsor, Malcolm Donalbain, reveal that it is a "will-nullifier" that makes her obey him. Later, Donalbain attempts to place a will-nullifier on the similarly-empowered Greer Nelson but she manages to escape, subsequently returning to put an end to his plans and launching her short-lived superheroine career.
* In ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers West Coast Avengers]]'' #12, Tigra is captured by an unseen foe while running through the woods. Later, Graviton turns up with Tigra lying at his feet in a collar and leash and defeats the rest of the WCA. He imprisons the others, but keeps Tigra around with the goal of making her his pet.
** Another time, Tigra was captured by Kraven the Hunter, who put a MindControl collar on her and made her fight SpiderMan. Spidey realized that there was something odd about the collar and ripped it off, allowing them to team up to defeat Kraven.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Incandescence}}''. Her collar is actually the source of her powers.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''StarWars VI: ReturnOfTheJedi''. Princess Leia is forced to wear a collar by Jabba the Hutt. (In fact, this seems to be standard attire for ''all'' his slaves.) At one point he yanks her around by a chain attached to the collar: she later [[KarmicDeath uses the chain to strangle him]].
* Jet Li wore one in ''DannyTheDog'', a movie where he's treated like a dog and trained to fight since childhood.
* The prisoners in the early part of ''Film/TheRunningMan'' wear collars which explode when taken past the perimeter of the work camp.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* When the main characters in Mercedes Lackey/Andre Norton's novel ''[[TheHalfBloodChronicles Elvenblood]]'' are taken prisoner by the Iron People, they are made to wear iron collars that block their natural magic talents.
** And in ''Elvenbane'', by the same authors, the elves use magical collars to control both their human slaves and elven subordinates.
* Timkin in Victor Kelleher's novel ''The Red King'' is forced to wear a slave collar.
* The A'dam of ''TheWheelOfTime'' looks like a leash with collar at one end and a bracelet at the other, and is not only a symbol but also affects direct control over its wearer. Only works on those with magical potential. [[spoiler: both the master and the victim must have magical potential, and given the culture that lead to using the A'dam in the first place... it's not a pretty revelation.]]
* Similarly, the Rada'han of ''TheSwordOfTruth'' (the similarity is not accidental) suppresses the magical power of the wearer and can only be removed by another magic user.
** It's also standard practice for [[TortureTechnician Mord-Sith]] to put collars on their "pets".
* In Octavia Butler's ''[[Literature/ParableOfTheSower Parable]]'' series there are shock collars worn by slaves.
* In the ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' series, all slaves wear collars.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'' features both conventional slave collars, which merely indicate that someone is a slave, and the far-creepier magical Discipline Collars, which kill if removed by anyone other than the one who put it on and can be used to give both pleasure (when they obey an order) and pain (when they disobey). Over time, those who are collared will gradually go insane. And the collars are used to create berserkers that will use any means to complete their orders, even if it kills or maims themselves in the process, and they ''enjoy'' it too.
* Invoked in HBeamPiper's story "A Slave Is a Slave". A delegation of slaves (they do '''all''' the work) from the newly annexed planet Aditya mistakes Commodore Shatrak of the Galactic Empire's Space Navy for a slave because he wears the Knight's Star of the Order of the Empire on a collar ribbon (they wear slave collars), and he's bald (their heads are shaved). The commodore is '''not''' happy.
--->''Shatrak's face turned pink; the pink darkened to red. [[NarrativeProfanityFilter He used a word; it was a completely unprintable word.]] [[ClusterFBomb So, except for a few scattered pronouns, conjunctions, and prepositions, were the next fifty words he used.]]''
* In Rosemary Sutcliff's ''Dawn Wind'', the enslaved hero wears this. After his master frees him, someone comments that he obviously had been wearing either a royal neckring or a slave collar.
* In ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'', Gurth, the slave of Cedric wears this. When he saves his master's life,his master frees him, and the collar is ceremoniously sawed off.
* In TamoraPierce's ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'', all slaves wear metal collars. The collars are enchanted to strangle any slave who goes out of a given range of a member of the owning family. The one exception is [[spoiler:the main character herself,]] who manages to get hers deactivated [[spoiler:on the grounds that she's serving a god.]]
** Evvy from the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' universe is also revealed to have been a slave and worn an iron collar, although no magical element is mentioned. Being a stone mage, she was able to break it with a rock and escape.
* Members of the legions in ''Literature/TheStoneDanceOfTheChameleon'', who haven been taken away from their tribes, wear metal collars. They are unable to remove these, thus the [[MasterRace Masters]] are always able to identify deserters.
* Jane Yolen's ''[[Literature/PitDragonChronicles Pit Dragons]]'' trilogy features 'bond' slaves who wear collars with bags attached. The bag represents the price of their freedom; fill the bag, and the slave is free. A case of not as easy as it looks.
* Leigh Bardugo's ''Literature/TheGrishaTrilogy'' sees this happen to heroine Alina Starkov. Initially, she's led to believe that a collar made from the antlers of a [[TheMarvelousDeer great white stag]] will amplify her power to summon sunlight. This is actually true, but only the person who kills the stag has control over the amplifier. When Alina refuses to kill the animal, [[spoiler:The Darkling seizes the opportunity to kill it himself, taking control of Alina's power and enslaving her as a weapon.]]
* In the ''Tabletopgame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''[[Literature/MasqueradeCycle Prophecy]]'' the Keldons outfit their slaves with collars that kill them if they try to take them off.
* In TheRedVixenAdventures professional bodyguard Alinadar wears a choker made of three intertwining chains to indicate her ownership by the Red Vixen.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Members of the Enterprise crew wear collars in two episodes: "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E16TheGamestersOfTriskelion The Gamesters of Triskelion]]" and "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E1SpocksBrain Spock's Brain]]". In each case the collars are high tech devices that can inflict pain on their wearers on command, and are used for control purposes.
* In one alternate universe episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the captured Garak is restrained this way by Worf.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Keeper of Traken", the [[LivingStatue Melkur]] uses a collar to control [[LoveMakesYouEvil Kassia]].
** And considering [[TheMaster who was inside that statue]] at the time... he gets to wear one of his own in "The End of Time". And ''how''.
* Apart from the Nebari {{Shock Collar}}s, ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' also featured the LivingShip Moya wearing a very large control collar over her hull in the pilot episode.
* The pendant Lauren wears around her neck in ''Series/LostGirl'' marks her as the "property" of the Ash, although the word "slave" is never used. Bo takes it off of her before they sleep together, insisting that no one owns Lauren, but then gives it back to her (and calls it [[KickTheDog a dog collar]]) when she finds out that Lauren slept with her ''because'' the Ash told her too, although it should be noted that Lauren's feelings for Bo were quite real.
* ''Series/{{Survivors}}'' includes a period of forced labor in a coal mine for two of the main cast. The miners wear metal collars connected by a length of cable to help prevent escapes.
* One episode of ''{{Sliders}}'' starts with the crew already stuck in collars, from a dimension that's treated entirely as a NoodleIncident. Fortunately the current dimension has people who can crack them, but the fact that ''[[ShockCollar they will zap you]] [[TruthSerum if you lie]]'' makes explaining them ''that'' much harder.
* ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'' All regular slaves wear a collar, to take it off is an obvious sign of rebellion. Gladiators don't wear a collar but are [[SlaveBrand branded instead]].
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', slaves in Essos wear collars. Part of Daenerys' psychological warfare campaign against the slave masters of Meereen is to catapult barrels full of broken collars over the walls, signalling that she can and will free Meereen's slave population. Interestingly enough, Daenerys's own clothes in seasons three and four often incorporate a collar-like band. [[FridgeBrilliance A subtle "screw you" towards the masters?]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'' by TSR: In the module "Nightmares of Futures Past'', captured mutants are forced to wear inhibitor collars that prevent them from using their mutant powers.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Invoked in ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' musical, where The Phantom rips off the necklace on which Christine strung Raoul's engagement ring.
--> '''The Phantom:''' Your chains are still mine, you will sing for ''me''!
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Considering it's called ''VideoGame/SlaveMaker'', it would have made no sense at all for this to not show up.
* Played for laughs in ''{{Tekken}} 5'', in Lee's ending. He forces Heihachi to serve him while wearing a speedo, and this, doubling as a butterfly necktie (not made of leather). For bonus parts, Lee also plants a bomb on that 'collar' which first threatens Heihachi by giving him the image of the explosion at Honmaru (which nearly killed him) and for the second time, explodes for real (we never see). This is actually enough to make Heihachi go weak at his knees. HilarityEnsues.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' slaves usually have [[ExplosiveLeash exploding collars]] that are activated if they try to escape.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has the player forced into one after first meeting the Brotherhood of Steel [[spoiler: unless he or she brought along Veronica]] and during the entirety of the ''Dead Money'' DLC.
** Also in New Vegas, the Legion makes use of these as an army of slavers. In one case, a Centurion discusses how he's able to adjust the collars for maximum discomfort.
* The Vortigaunts/Alien Slaves from ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' wear collars and armbands which signify their status: slaves to the Nihilanth. In the second game, most Vortigaunts are free and don't wear them anymore, but there's one behind a fence at the start of the game who's forced by the Combine to be the train station's janitor.
* The prisoners in the Astral Prison in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'' must wear cursed collars that reduce their stats and are impossible to remove with normal means.
* Lamia Loveless of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'' wears this as part of her standard outfit, symbolizing that she is an obedient doll towards the Shadow Mirror. But when she rebelled, she didn't throw it away, [[FetishFuel adding more points to her hotness]]. Predictably, not only she gets another hijinx where someone actually turns her BrainwashedAndCrazy (and surprisingly, both brainwashers FORGOT to put her collar back for extra symbolism), she also spends her normal times (especially in {{Fanon}}) as [[CoolBigSis Excellen's]] {{Uke}}.
* This is also a part of the standard outfit of Rider of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', which may imply about her times being dominated by Shinji, who abuses the hell out of her [[spoiler:and implied to have raped her many times]], and her sisters Euryale and Stheno, who in the past used to bully her. This, fortunately, is not part of her {{Meganekko}} public look.
* It's a bit more complicated than some instances of this trope, but Presea Combatir from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' was in this situation regarding the crystal around her neck. And [[spoiler:Colette was headed down the same path before others intervened.]]
* [[{{Badass}} Iori Yagami]] from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' wears one, presumably to symbolize how his blood is tied with the Orochi blood thus whenever Orochi deems it fit, he would dominate Iori's mind and throw him into an UnstoppableRage. After the Orochi arc, however, this is still kept, [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes just for the cool]] and attracting more {{Fangirl}}s than Kyo because [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys chicks dig bad boys like Iori]].
* [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Sniper Wolf]] wears a collar, though whether it holds any meaning besides tying her to her wolves, being FetishFuel, and symbolizing the enclosure of war and conflict that her entire life was taken up by is unclear.
* The ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' add on 'Shadows of Undrentide' has the player wearing a control collar for at lest on chapter. It shock them if they wander in the wrong direction and [[spoiler: shatters after the death of the slave master]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' have a play on this in Slaves' Bracers, which are left and right bracers worn by slaves that drain their magicka.
* Potemkin of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' wears one. There used to be a bomb in it, and even without the bomb it makes independent movement very difficult. He wears it as a reminder of what he's surpassed (and fighting it is what gave him his tremendous muscle mass). This overlaps with RestrainingBolt, since step one of his [[OneHitKill Instant Kill]] is taking the collar off.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Terra was forced to wear a device called a slave crown to make her a puppet to Kefka's will at the start of the game, this is later nodded to in ''Duodecim VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' this time as an actual necklace, that once again makes her Kefka's puppet.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Fenris, a former slave, was once kept in one, and also apparently leashed. [[spoiler:Especially creepy once one considers that he was sexually abused, according to WordOfGod]].
* "Shock collars" are commonplace in Imperial territories in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', as slavery is legal in the Sith Empire and said collars offer an easy way to keep the slaves in line--even powerful Force users. On more than one occasion, Imperial players will be tasked with putting shock collars on people, and on one notable occasion, a Sith Lord on on Belsavis sends his apprentice to be [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by an ancient spirit, while wearing a shock collar, so that when the spirit takes the bait, it has no choice but to obey the Sith.
* Darc in ''Videogame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits'' is enslaved in his backstory, and spends the first chapter wearing a slave collar that's enchanted to choke him if his mistress suspects he's being disobedient.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''HolidayWars'', AprilFoolsDay has a watch attached to his wrist that lets the Easter Bunny control him, as seen [[http://www.th3rdworld.com/web-comic/Holiday-Wars/episode/Holiday-Wars-Episode-41 in this strip]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' is ''named'' after this accessory (and "6" refers to one of the protagonists title).
* Repeatedly PlayedForLaughs in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' out of continuity -- usually each character in a strip wears a collar with the initial of supposed LoveInterest or blank if none defined. For example, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-11-06 here]] in this order: Lisa and Amanda (each other), Elliot (Sarah), Justin (Elliot), either humanified Jeremy (Tedd) or jeremified Susan (Justin), Grace (Tedd), Hedge (no-one), chibi Tedd (Grace), chibi Sarah (Elliot), Lisa and Amanda (each other), Dan (no-one). Jeremy, of course, has a legitimate reason for wearing a collar ...
** Nioi, Lord Tedd's [[SubordinateExcuse minion with a crush on him]], wears a "T" collar in canon.
* In ''DomainTnemrot'', this is how the slaves are controlled remotely.
* Slaves usually wear these in ''{{Drowtales}}'' where slavery is just a part of the everyday economy. Liriel was the most notable example of wearing one until recently, even though she was closer to a PrettyFreeloader than an actual slave, which would have entailed taking orders, not spending all the time drunk and so on.
* Kin the Yuan-Ti in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' has a magical leash and collar; when the leash is held, it prevents her from violent acts. Although she is now free from slavery, she has not yet been able to remove the collar.
* Naturally, fetish collars appear regularly in BDSM themed comic ''{{Webcomic/Sunstone}}''; all the subs have them. Most of them are leather but special mention goes to the one Alan provides Anne which is ''made of solid silver.''
* In ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' Amical puts collars on each of his new recruits when training mages. They cannot be taken off and [[ExplosiveLeash will not allow the wearer to escape his manor]]. When Billy argues that death collars are not a friendly gift, Amical responds that they must run in different circles.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''KimPossible'': A Sitch In Time'': In the future, all the other villains wear shock collars controlled by Shego, now called The Supreme One.
* A popular form of enslavement in some episodes of ''MyLittlePony'', usually in the form of chained metal collars.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' - In "The Cat Woman From Channel Six", Shredder mutates April into a catgirl, puts a mind control collar on her, and sends her to kill Splinter.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is very common among submissives in the BDSM community. In fact, the choice of a collar can be comparable to the choice of a wedding ring.
* TruthInTelevision. Binding hands and feet can still let someone struggle. Collar the neck though and struggling becomes self strangulation.
* Were used on actual slaves, obviously. In Rome they took the form of hinged metal rings, and were used less as a restraint and more like a dog collar, detailing who owned them and where the owner could be found. Collars have even been found with writing on them to the effect of "This slave is a runaway. Return him to me and you will be richly rewarded."
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