Body Horror in horror movies, because it is such an unusual sight. On the other hand: to women it is sometimes seen as a sign of beauty.
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Anime & Manga
- Orochimaru from Naruto can stretch his neck out like a snake, drawing from the rokurokubi discussed below.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_with_the_Long_Neck by Italian renaissance painter Parmigianino.
- Francisco De Goya: The largest woman on Hilan delgado (They spin finely) has a long neck.
- In the Suske en Wiske album "De Stalen Bloempot" Lambik's neck is stretched out like a snake due to an accident.
- Petatje stretches the villain's neck in the Nero album "De Negen Peperbollen".
- In De Kiekeboes album "De Pili-Pili Pillen" Balthazar's neck stretches to enormous heights due to a strange medicine.
- Mortadelo y Filemón: In "Las embajadas chifladas", at the final chapter Filemón got his neck elongated to a point where it was about half a meter long, and had to hide it inside his shirt. Much later, once everyone thought his neck had gone back to normal, he used it to make everyone think that Mortadelo was a snake charmer, revealing it while Mortadelo played the flute. And at the end of the story, he and Mortadelo got tied with a bomb near them. What did Filemón did? He used his neck to take the bomb with his teeth and threw it to the Big Bad.
- Naturally, any elastic-powered superhero, such as Plastic Man, Elongated Man, and Reed Richards can stretch their necks as they would their limbs, often using it to see around above or around an obstacle.
- The Brothers Grimm story The Six Servants has a character with a very long neck who's able to see things from enormous distance. In the fairy tale attraction park De Efteling he is named Langnek ("Long neck") and has a statue of him in the park. His neck rises and lowers and he is one of the mascots of the park.
- When Alice starts to grow after drinking from a magic potion in Alice in Wonderland her entires body stretches, including her neck.
- Many illustrations of the Jabberwock give it a long, snaky neck.
Films — Animation
- Melman the Giraffe from Madagascar.
Films — Live-Action
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: E.T. is able to make his neck longer. He usually does this when he is frightened, but near the end when he has to say goodbye to Elliott's older brother he does this too.
- Star Wars:
- One of the monsters in C.H.U.D. starts extending its neck, which makes it all the more easy to decapitate.
- Ditto for the Henrietta Deadite in Evil Dead 2, whose neck starts extending when it escapes the fruit cellar.
- Shown briefly towards the end of Black Swan during a surreal and disturbing depiction of the main character's transformation into the 'swan' of 'Swan Lake'.
- The baby from Eraserhead has an abnormally long neck, among other deformities. Its neck gets even longer in the scene where it pops out from underneath Spenser's head.
Myths & Religion
- The Questing Beast, pursued by several knights from Arthurian legend, was described as having a snake-like head and long neck.
- The Rokurokubi appears as a normal woman at first, but she can elongate her neck like a snake. According to the tales, this happens while the Rokurokubi is asleep.
- A very popular interpretation of what the Loch Ness Monster looks like. Sometimes, the head and neck are the only parts of the animal people see!
- Puppeteer's Nebula Oblongata is the Rukurokubi daughter of the Headless Horseman, Mayor of Hallowee Ville. Despite her stretching neck, she insists that she's a cosmic traveler trapped in a normal human's body in the middle of a town of monsters.
- A number of Pokémon, such as Dialga, Palkia, Arceus, Amaura, Aurorus, Lapras, Girafarig and Tropius.
- Inspector Gadget is able to stretch his neck to great lengths.
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Run Away Runway", Candace becomes a model because she's got a naturally long neck that goes with the high collar on a fashion designer's newest outfit.
- Ren and Stimpy: In the "Royal Canadian Yaksmen" episode one of the yaks that accompanies Ren and Stimpy suddenly freaks out in a psychotic frenzy. During what is already a frightening scene his neck suddenly elongates several metres.
- The Simpsons: In "Treehouse of Horror X", Bart is able to stretch out his body parts, including his neck.
- In another a gypsy curse makes his neck stretch until he's too weak to support it and drowns in a bowl of cereal across the table.
- Also characteristic for many characters in Tex Avery's universe.
- Many animals have long necks, probably inspiring this trope:
- Geese, swans, giraffes, flamingos, storks, ostriches, llamas, tortoises, turtles,...
- Many dinosaurs as well: sauropods (actually called 'long necks' in The Land Before Time), spinosaurids, therizinosaurids, ornithomimosaurs, coelophysids, Miragaia...
- Not just dinosaurs; Azhdarchid pterosaurs (like Quetzalcoatlus) had very long (and very stiff) necks, as well as equally long beaks. These were ideal for snatching small animals off the ground.
- Plesiosaurs. It was once speculated that a relic plesiosaur was the source of Loch Ness Monster sightings, but later evidence revealed that plesiosaurs would not have been capable of bending their necks the way Nessie is often reported to do.
- The utterly bizarre-looking Tanystropheus, a type of prehistoric reptile with a neck that made up most of its body. Scientists believe that it used said neck as a built-in fishing rod.
- Long necks are a component of the breed standard for many dog breeds, particularly tall, lightly-built hunting breeds.
- Interestingly, giraffes have the same number of neck vertebrae that almost all mammals (including humans) have, which is 7. In birds and reptiles, the number varies.
- In Africa women of the South Ndebele tribe, and certain tribes in Burma, traditionally wear many rings around their necks. Little girls are given one ring on top of the other each year until their necks actually resemble that of a giraffe's. It's an Urban Legend that if they were to commit adultery, the rings would be removed and their necks would immediately collapse, but this is not true, a woman can remove the rings without risking a neck injurynote . Also contrary to popular belief, the rings don't actually lengthen the women's necks so much as they displace their shoulders downwards.
- Actor Alan Ruck.◊