Sometimes a character needs to demonstrate his or her strength by making some poor schmuck feel helpless. The standard method of demonstrating Super Strength
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 Bad Ass
however, you should simply hold him in mid-air. You may even decide to shake them a little bit
This is a popular Real Life
incapacitation technique, as without the leverage provided by firmly planted feet, it is impossible to deliver either kicks or punches with any force. It is also a short step from strangulation if the opponent struggles. If the victim is bulky enough, strangulation will happen anyway
May or may not come directly before a Neck Snap
— typically, though, a Neck Lift is a way to show that you're serious about this and won't take any bull. Usually a case of Artistic License - Physics
if a human-sized lifter doesn't even lean back to counterbalance the weight they're holding up. This trope principally runs on Rule of Cool
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 telekinesis
, resulting in the Psychic Strangle
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 Standard Female Grab Area
Related: Barrier-Busting Blow
, Hoist Hero Over Head
, High-Altitude Interrogation
, Minion Maracas
, Vertical Kidnapping
open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- In the Excel Saga anime's 25th episode, Lord Il Palazzo does this to two Ropponomatsus at once, one in either hand. Then he pops their heads off with a single squeeze.
- A brainwashed Ginga does this to Subaru during their battle in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S. Subaru managed to escape and do an attempted counter, which earned her a one-handed slam into the ground.
- 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 their first battle.
- The super-strong tiger warrior Lime to Ryōga in Ranma ˝. Particularly horrifying since Ryōga has considerable superhuman strength and is Made of Iron himself, but Lime even more so. It ends with Lime crushing Ryōga's throat and almost bringing him to the point of death. But when Ryōga's Shishi Hokodan fills him with "heavy" depression ki, he becomes too heavy for even Lime to lift.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- A favorite move of Nagi (Negi's father), having done it against Fate during a Flash Back and when Albireo copied him in his match against 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 Neck Snap.
- 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, Negi does this to Tsukuyomi in chapter 292, and judging by the look on Tsukuyomi's face, it seems Negi is dead serious and she knows it. Unusual for this trope, Tsukuyomi does try to slice off the arm doing the grabbing. It is less than effective.
- Chapter 333. Lifemaker grabs Negi in a Neck Lift.
- A slight variant of this shows up in the original Blood The Last Vampire short film — Saya has a habit of grabbing those that piss her off by the mouth.
- Dragon Ball Z
- 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 the first Broly Movie, during his climactic fight with Goku. After Broly no-sells Goku's Kamehameha Wave fired at him from Point-Blank, he grabs Goku and holds him up by his head and resumes beating the crap out of him.
- During his fight with Meta-Cooler, right before Vegeta comes and "rescues" Goku, Meta-Cooler has Goku in a Strangle-hold, clutching his neck and about to crush it.
- In Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, 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 Cowboy Bebop episode "Ballad of Fallen Angels", Vicious does this to Spike, while sporting one of his rare Slasher Smiles, just before sending him out a cathedral window.
- Grimmjow does this to Orihime twice. First after he rescues her from death at the hands of 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 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, Juhabach does this to Zaraki Kenpachi of all people, which is quite a feat given that the latter is over two meters tall. Of course, this being Juhabach, he only does it after he's thoroughly curbstomped Kenpachi.
- Sengoku Basara:
- Big Bad 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 Big Bad, 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 Red Shirts (at the same time!) in Gantz to show off the power of the Gantz suit and convince them to wear theirs, thus increasing their chances of survival (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.
- Hellsing: Alucard did this to Rip van Winkle in the 4th OVA.
- In the 8th episode of 07-Ghost Ayanami (in Mikage's body) does this to Teito.
- 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 Bakemonogatari, the cat spirit possessing Hanekawa performs one on Araragi after cutting his throat, in an effort to solve the problem at hand by removing him from the equation.
- Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru: During their fight in chapter 64 Kevin does this to Minoru.
- In Silent Mobius, Kiddy greets detective Ralph Baumers this way the first few times they meet. They wind up going out later.
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai La Vérité episode 11. Konoe's Onee-sama does this to Yashima Sanae while fighting her and to Taro when he insists on trying to rescue Mariel.
- Gunslinger Girl. Henrietta does this to a purse snatcher, who's rather surprised when he's lifted off his moped by a ten-year old girl half his size.
- Mewtwo from Pokemon The First Movie 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 Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru Cadenza does this to Kuroto.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Kyouko does this to Sayaka after the latter tosses an apple she was given to the floor without eating it. She seriously hates people who waste food. The Neck Lift is justified in that she, as a Magical Girl, has superhuman strength and can thus effortlessly lift her.
- Saint Seiya. Ohko does this to 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 Black Butler II Sebastian does this to Hannah.
- Shinji chokes and lifts Asuka up in End of Evangelion at one point.
- Hunter × Hunter: In the 2011 anime remake Hisoka does this to Gon.
- The first time Yamaki of Digimon Tamers 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 One Piece, Zoro once gets caught in a Neck Lift by Miss Monday, a bodybuilder-like woman. His response is a Face Palm of Doom.
- Tokyo Mew Mew. 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 A Certain Magical Index, Shizuri Mugino does this from time to time. She's so strong that she can do it to a fat adult and then punch or throw him across the room. It backfires when she does it to Shiage Hamazura, who uses the opening to gouge her eye, then pull out a gun and shoot her several times.
- Sakura Wars TV: 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.
- In Sonic The Hedgehog The Movie, during Sonic's final fight with Metal, Metal has Sonic in a stranglehold ready to finish him off until Tails figures out how to cripple Metal with his own programming.
- There is a Tumblr blog dedicated to this.
- In comics parlance, this is also known as a Byrne Hold, named after artist John Byrne who was unusually fond of using it on comic covers.
- X-Wing Series: 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". Wedge snapped.
- Superman does this fairly rarely, but when he does, you know that shit just got real and the boy scout is out for the moment.
- This cover of Angel and the Ape #4, in which Gorilla Grodd does it to Dumb Bunny.
- Shortly after being introduced as leader of the Mutant Liberation Front in New Mutants #87, Stryfe does it to MLF member Wildside as punishment for incompetence, as seen here◊.
- In Superboy Volume Six, Fairchild surprises Superboy with on of these when she Reveals her powers for the first time.
- In the Songs of the Orphan Child arc of X-23's solo series, 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 Neck Snap, though thanks to her Healing Factor Laura gets better.
- Once happened in What's New? with Phil and Dixie 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.
- Beetle Bailey. In the 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.
- Early on in his fight with Chridion, the main character of Christian Humber Reloaded charges him while underestimating his strength, only to get picked up by his neck and slammed into a tree.
- Downplayed in Weird Incident Shit, when Reimu Hakurei carries Problem Sleuth to the Hakurei Shrine by the collar.
- In chapter 26 of Phantomdare1's Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs story, Tracks Of Light, 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.
- Reality Is Fluid 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 Mind Rape.
- "Aen'rhien Vailiuri" has Morgan lift a Kazon maje, who's taller than she is, clear off the floor. (She's Romulan so she's stronger than a human.) She then breaks his neck.
- In Prison Island Break, on multiple occasions Shadow the Hedgehog lifts people right off their feet, whether by the front of their shirt or by their neck, both with two hands and with one.
Films — Animation
- Beauty and the Beast: 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 The Hunchback of Notre Dame. After calming down a bit, 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 Starchaser: The Legend of Orin, the evil android Zygon does this twice (with one hand, no less!), first to strangle Orin's first Love Interest, 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 Mulan, Shan Yu does this to an Imperial Red Shirt. Quite intimidating in this case because Shan Yu holds his sword to the poor sap's throat at the same time.
- The Incredibles:
- 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 Toy Story 2. It helps that they're both made of light-weight plastic.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit. 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? Judge Doom finds it funny to Neck Lift poor Roger.
- The 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 Atlantis The Lost Empire.
- Aladdin. When the guards break into Aladdin's hideout and capture him, one of the guards does this to Aladdin.
- Commander Vachir of Kung Fu Panda does this combined with Minion Maracas to 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 Hot-Blooded.)
Films — Live-Action
- Bud White does this to a prisoner in the "Bloody Christmas" part of L.A. Confidential. In a subversion, he does get kicked in the balls.
- In Enders Game, when Ender is in a life or death fight, he lets himself get into a hold like this, then feints towards a Groin Attack before headbutting his oppressor. The headbutt kills the guy.
- In the Warhammer 40,000 novel 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.
- 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 he is much bigger and stronger than the average rat.
- At the end of Martin the Warror, Martin's love interest, Rose, is effortlessly lifted and fatally slammed against a wall by the Big Bad. 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 War of the Spider Queen the half-demon Blood Knight 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.
- Vorkosigan Saga
- Referenced in the short story "Labirynth"; when undersized, scrawny, brittle-boned Admiral Miles Naismith regrets his inability to do this (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 loomingnote and smilingnote fail to make people back down.
- The Vampire Diaries 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.
- True Blood 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.
- 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 Jackie Wilcox by the neck before murdering her in Season One and again with Ando in Isaac's Loft, which turns into a telekinetic Neck Lift 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.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Data does this to Picard in the episode "Power Play".
- Also done for The Worf Effect in "The Dauphin".
- Data also does it to a rogue Borg before crushing its neck. Why? He got angry.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- The new puppet leader of the Cardassian Union, Legate Broca, was neck-lifted by a very deteriorated, yet incredibly strong female shapeshifter.
- Mr. Colt does it to 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 Shaw in the season three finale (he's got the grip, but 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 Babylon 5. Minbari are stronger than humans.
- Repeatedly on 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 who is hiding clone Jor-El.
- The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- 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.
(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
) Would you like a bed-time story
- Power Rangers
- Elliot does this to J.D. in one Season 4 Scrubs episode. Evidently, she gets VERY strong when she's mad...
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- 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 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 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 Moonlight, Mick St. John frequently follows this up with a Neck Snap. (Is it any wonder that Benjamin Talbot is investigating him?)
- In a particularly notable example on Forever Knight, Nick does this to the perp of the week, suspending him out of an Nth story window.
- In the Stargate Atlantis season 3 opener, "No Man's Land", Major Lorne discovers the hard way 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 Black Books, in the episode where Manny's parents come to visit.
- In an episode of The X-Files, a shapeshifting alien pretending to be Mulder does this to Scully.
- In Continuum Travis does this to a woman before choking her. He is quite bigger than her and as a Super Soldier he is extremely strong.
- The demons of 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 Once Upon a Time season 2, Dr. Archie Hooper gets caught in a Neck Lift from Regina or rather, Cora disguised as her daughter, before killing him in appearance.
- Pilot does this one-limbedly to Aeryn during a particularly nasty argument in an episode of Farscape. Justified since he's a giant crustacean many times her size.
- In Lost In Oz, Loriellidere grabs Selena by the neck and throws her into a wall.
- The Hound in Game of Thrones does this to a guy who attempted to rape Sansa during a riot before disemboweling him.
Myths & Religion
- 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.
- The Chokeslam (lifting your opponent by their neck then slamming them to the mat) used by big, powerful wrestlers such as The Undertaker, Kane, and The Big Show. 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. Do Not Try This at Home.
- 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 Hulk Hogan, who was known to use this move multiple times on Randy Savage (during matches) and on manager Bobby Heenan (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.
- Dungeons & Dragons: The 3.5E supplement Complete Scoundrel shows a Gray Guard named Ambros Brasmere doing this to a necromancer.
- In Pokémon Live!, 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.
- Hal was on the receiving end of one of these by Turbo Mecha Sonic in the Easter Egg of Bowser's Kingdom episode 8.
- In Haloid a Covenant Elite does this to an ODST near the end of the initial battle.
- In Red vs. Blue, 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 Carolina is subject to this, courtesy of Maine/The Meta. Followed up by being thrown off of a cliff.
- In Death Battle, Superman does this to Goku and then shoots him in the face with his heat vision.
- In a strip of Misfile, resident Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain Cassiel gets this treatment as part of the Creepy New Angel Xapharael's introduction.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Bearclaw is able to do this to a velociraptor.
- Girl Genius
- Merlot finds out this way that Baron Wulfenbach despises traitors.
- Von Pinn introduces herself to our heroine Agatha by giving her a personal demonstration of this trope.
- Mamma Gkika, being a Jäger-lady, 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 — one in each arm.
- Sluggy Freelance
- The Order of the Stick
- Roy Greenhilt seems to like this as an intimidation method for interrogating mooks. He does it to a goblin teen in strip #101, and then to Pompey of the Linear Guild in 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.
- Syphile in Drowtales gets 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 will be her last.
- In The Dreamland Chronicles, in a rare Good Versus Good example, an impatient Orion does it to Alex just so the latter will take his flight training seriously. From there, it's Die or Fly.
- Schlock Mercenary had this done a few times, what with just about everyone in the cast having soldier boosts and Powered Armor. More impresive when done by someone not looking like a steel slab, like Elf — on Scab here, or on Doctor Bunnigus later.
- In When She Was Bad, Jasper does this when interrogating a hapless member of Hammond's gang.
- Dragon Ball Multiverse: U6 Bojack does this to U16 Pan before crushing her neck in their battle.
- In Verlore Geleentheid, Louwrens does this to Jane with his mechanical arm.
- 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 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 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 Neck Lift 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 Abraham Lincoln was a wrestler in his younger days. When he moved to Salem, Illinois in 1831, an local named 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 became lifelong friends.
- [[Useful Notes/Baseball The Pine Tar Game]]: George Brett was found to have too much pine tar on his bat which nullified his game-winning home run. He then had to be grabbed from around the neck to be kept from attacking umpire Tim Mc Clelland.