Exactly What It Says on the Tin
: someone wearing a necktie around the head as an improvised Martial Arts Headband
A trope often associated with salarymen
and other corporate types whose business clothes come with a necktie. Sometimes they get overenthusiastic during an after-work party
, or they get involved in Serious Business
that justifies dropping the Dress Code
In real life, most specifically in the hard drinking context, this custom comes from a drunken guy's ostensibly failed attempt to take off his necktie, which remains wrapped around his head for the rest of the party after they forget the matter or quit trying due to alcohol-numb fingers.
to Lampshade Wearing
Anime and Manga
- A 1999 This Is SportsCenter ad had anchors discussing a test of their Y2K emergency procedures. The test goes less than optimally as chaos in the offices break out. The kicker, though, is Charlie Steiner shoving his face into the camera, wearing a necktie on his head and holding a latern while shouting, "Follow me! Follow me to freedom!"
- Worn by Bradley in an omake of Fullmetal Alchemist parodying the bit where he turns out not to be dead.
- Oji "Gabriel" Tanaka does this when playing guitar in the early episodes of The Legend of Black Heaven. Later on, he just takes the tie off.
- Discussed in Lucky Star
- Seen on a horde of drunken salarymen in Peepo Choo.
- Trigun: Vash the Stampede does this a couple times in both versions, when he gets down to some serious drinking. We never see the tie otherwise—he seems to only pull it out for this purpose.
- In Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, the salaryman dons a neckie headband to get ready for a showdown with a giant mouse monster.
- Critical Role: Donned by Sam during Scanlan's solo assault on the manor in Episode 31.
- In The Muppets' version of "Jungle Boogie", Sam the Eagle has this at one point, even though he was never wearing a tie in the first place.
- An episode of Codename: Kids Next Door has Numbuh 1 teaming up with a former salaryman hunting a serpent-like tie monster whose breath forcibly turns people into suit-wearing businessmen who slave away in corporate management. The man in question, Vin Moosk, wears his former necktie as a headband and later goes on to become one of the few adults Numbuh 1 is trusting of/considers to be cool.
- Agent/Principal Phil Coulson of Ultimate Spider-Man seems prone to this trope when going into battle. After all, nothing says Badass Principal like an improvised Martial Arts Headband.
- At at least one factory in the US, labor union representatives wore their neckties on their heads to a meeting with Japanese executives overseeing the plant to show their willingness to stand for their positions.