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What do you do when somebody's being stubborn or trying to excuse himself from a sticky situation? Force him into it by dragging him away by his collar, of course!

Getting dragged by the collar is often used as a comedic device, most often in {{anime}} (though it does pop up in [[AnimatedShows western animation]] sometimes). The "victim" would, more often than not, be trying to escape an embarrassing predicament (of his own doing) before another person grabs him and drags his butt off to whatever mess awaits him. The victim's loud protests and flailing of arms are optional. Small variants include getting dragged while standing (with the heels skidding on the ground instead of the butt), and stiff, outstretched arms. Sometimes, instead of the collar, characters are dragged by their [[RubberFace cheeks]], [[EarAche ears]], arms, or legs. This is not always used for comedy, however, especially when the one being dragged away is unconscious, injured, or in severe cases, dead.

See also NecktieLeash (which is similar to this, only done for flirtatious or sexual reasons). Compare and contrast with TheLoad, where the victim actually wants to tag along, but the other characters won't let him. For a DarkerAndEdgier version of this trope, where the very act of dragging causes injury or even the death of the victim, see WhatADrag or AnkleDrag, where the person is dragged by the ankle specifically and the person is rarely dragging them for their own good.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Amagami}}'', Haruka gets dragged away from the swim team's Oden stall by Hibiki... followed shortly by a drunk Takahashi-sensei, by the members of Ayatsuji's student council.
* Misaki did this to Haruka in Chapter 3/ Episode 5B of ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'' so that they can go home together.
* In ''Manga/KOn'', Mio gets dragged by Ritsu to rehearse for their ''Romeo and Juliet'' school play. To be fair, Ritsu is [[TakingYouWithMe also part of the mess]] Mio plays ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Romio]]'' and [[PlayingAgainstType Ritsu plays]] ''[[PlayingAgainstType Juliet]]''.
** Also happens when Azusa drags off Yui to study for her retake tests. Imagine: tiny little ''Azunyan'' dragging off a crying Yui...
* Misaki constantly beats up and drags away the ComicTrio in ''[[Manga/MaidSama Kaichou wa Maid-sama!]]''.
* The trope's image above comes from ''Petit Roid 3''.
* [[Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume Ika Musume]] gets dragged off after getting drop-kicked in the head by Eiko in episode 5.
* It's very common in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' to have someone, usually in a despondent mood, drag a bemused Ranma along by his braid (sometimes in the middle of a run, causing him to hover in the puller's wake.) Strangely, he's only slightly bewildered but otherwise nonplussed when they drag him while he's male; when female, it always hurts enough to make her scream and flail around.
* Happens in the "darker and edgier and unconscious variant" in the intro scene of the 16th episode of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' (yes, the intro of THAT Arc).
* Hughes does this a lot in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', prompting Ed to call him a kidnapper.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' - Makoto does this to the Producer during their ''[[NotADate date]]'' at the amusement park.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', instead of waiting for Shiva to say he'll help them with the festival preparations, Gai grabs his wrist and starts dragging him along with them. This upsets Shiva even further and he violently wrenches away and runs off.
* Jyoji did this to Lucy in episode 8 of ''Manga/ServantXService'' to coerce her into a false date.
* In ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'', Brock is dragged away from ladies quite often, turning it into a RunningGag.
* In the opening sequence of ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', Kyrie gets dragged along by Morte, [[VisualPun kind of like how she dragged him into this whole "World Destruction" mess]]. The [[VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction game]] did occasionally feature her tugging at him, but he usually came willingly rather than being dragged.
* A RunningGag in ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' is that when Soma's wannabe-rival Takumi tries to get dramatic, it typically ends with his BigLittleBrother Isami dragging him off in such a way.

* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', Steven Hiller (''played by Will Smith'') knocks out an alien and drags its body in the middle of a desert on the way to {{Area 51}}, all the while complaining to himself of all the crap he's been through up to that point.
--> '''''"...AND WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SMELL!?"''''' *curbstomps alien*
* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'', a [[BroughtDownToNormal depowered]] Superman gets dragged away from Lex Luthor by his henchmen, who then take turns beating him up.
* Done to horrific effect in ''Film/SpiderMan2'', when one of Otto Octavius' rampaging tentacles drags away a screaming doctor complete with her futile attempt to cling to the floor with her nails, leaving a straight, clawed-out trail into the dark corner where she was dragged into.
* A cruel yet ironically justified version happens in ''Film/{{Predators}}'', when Royce (Adrien Brody) drags of a critically-wounded Edwin (Topher Grace) [[spoiler:after he tried to kill Royce and Isabelle.]]


* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] was once dragged by the collar of his BadassLongcoat at superspeed by Lara Raith, in attempt to escape an exploding cave. Being a vampire, she pulled it off (no pun intended) despite being about half his size. Harry later complained that the whiplash nearly broke his neck.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* After defeating Rayquaza in the Subspace Emissary of ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'', Fox is ready to leave but Diddy wants him to help rescue DK. Fox wouldn't hear any of it so Diddy just grabs him by the collar and drags him. The scene is later repeated when Falco arrives, with Fox gleefully following as Diddy does the same to him.
* In Baek's ''[[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Tekken 5]]'' ending, Hwoarang gets dragged away (''complete with puppy-dog eyes'') by his master after he caught his student fighting with some thugs.
** Dragunov also drags away Devil Jin (''by the horns, no less!'') in an in-game cutscene in ''Dark Resurrection''.
* One of the BoringButPractical skills introduced in ''[[VideoGame/{{Tenchu}} Tenchu 2]]''.
* A part of Snake's skill set in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series. Works both ways (''Snake can drag away conscious soldiers by putting them in a chokehold, and for the unconscious/dead, by the torso or legs'').
* In ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'', if one player gets shot down, the other has to drag his ass off the battlefield and into a safe place to resuscitate him. The banter between Salem and Rios make this extra funny.
--> ''"Where did you learn first aid, butcher school?"''
* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', when Madison gets killed in [[DownloadableContent The Taxidermist]], the killer drags her to his bathroom to ''stuff her up''
** If [[TheProfiler Norman Jayden]] does not survive [[spoiler: his encounter with Jackson [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Mad Jack"]] Neville, the chapter may end on Mad Jack dragging Norman's limp body in the general direction of the acid bath he keeps in his garage]].
* Pyramid Head can be seen dragging off and raping one of the Mannequins in ''VideoGame/SilentHill2''.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/InfiniteUndiscovery''. It's amusing in that Aya is casually dragging and berating Capell at the time for his irresponsibility and Capell, in a suit of armor mind you, doesn't offer any resistance beyond stubbornly crossing his arms.
* ''VideoGame/Suikoden'':
** In ''VideoGame/SuikodenI'', this is how Sheena gets recruited. It's not shown explicitly due to graphic limitation of its day, but his [[LampshadeHanging spoken words]] spell them all out when Lepant, his father, drags him off to your HQ.
-->'''Sheena''': Ouch! Ouch! I'll do what you say, so don't [[EarAche pull my ear]]!
** In one side-quest in ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'', Tengaar and a village chief NPC will set up an obviously fake "trial" for Tengaar's boyfriend Hix to prove himself a true warrior, requiring him to [[FetchQuest retrieve certain items]]. Hix will fall for the act completely and dash straight out to get each trinket upon being told where it is. Depending on the player's choices, Riou can either be just as gullible as Hix, or he can point out all the oddities of the situation (Tengaar sneezing when she should be unconscious, for instance), at which point Hix will drag him off anyway via this trope.

* In ''Webcomic/ChibiMikuSan'', Defoko often has to drag Momo away from Chibi-Miku when she gets [[FriendToAllChildren a little bit too affectionate]].
* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', Anak Zahard and Hatsu have made the decision to take part in an extremely challenging test for the sake of a friend, they coolly walk off the stage they are on, dragging a screaming and protesting Ship Leesoo, their other team mate, behind them by the back of his shirt.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In episode 5 of ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'', Weiss drags Ruby by the collar after seeing that her only other option is Jaune. Ruby seems quite happy about it.