"Zombie guards, seize him! Tell me that's not fun to say."A uniquely aristocratic command, shouted by particularly melodramatic villains. The Baroness has stumbled across The Hero in an alley. The Evil Prince has discovered The Five-Man Band infiltrated his Deadly Decadent Court. The Evil Chancellor has crashed the revolutionaries meeting. The Good Guys are outnumbered. The Big Bad is there with an army of Mooks. They do the only logical thing. They run! Alternatively, the Evil Chancellor and his retinue just fell for the heroes' plan and the King tells in no uncertain terms that he heard their Engineered Public Confession. This phrase is usually preceded or followed by some of these other Stock Phrases:
— Harvey Birdman; Attorney at Law
- Close the gates!
- He's getting away!
- I'm surrounded by imbeciles!
- Must I do everything myself?
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Anime and Manga
- Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea. At the beginning Jack Walker (the title Pokemon Ranger) reveals himself aboard the Phantom's submarine and obtains the Manaphy egg that the Phantom just acquired. The Phantom tells his pirate minions to "Seize him."
- The villain's deputy Navishtrix says this in Astérix and the Golden Sickle when the heroes enter the traffickers' underground hideout.
- History of the World Part I: "Ah, seize this!"
- Mortal Kombat: Shang Tsung tries this when the heroes have infiltrated the Black Tower to rescue Sonya under the guise of the brown-robed monks. But Princess Kitana, who is also among them, stops them in their tracks with a "STAY WHERE YOU ARE!" before denouncing the Big Bad for trying to "interfere with the Tournament" and win it by treachery.
- The modern version was uttered in Tommy Boy by Zalinski: "Don't let him leave the premises, Marty." This was preceded by the far more middle class "GET HIM!", said by Tommy.
- The Disney version of Robin Hood.
- Disney's Sleeping Beauty:
King Stefan: Seize that creature!
- The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, in the castle as the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man escape with Dorothy and Toto.
The Wicked Witch of the West: Seize them, seize them! Stop them, you fools, stop them! Seize them! Seize them!
- Played for laughs in ¡Three Amigos! by Steve Martin, when surrounded by the Big Bad's Mooks.
- BIONICLE: Legends of Metru Nui
- The Last Starfighter. After Emperor Xur screws up, Commander Kril orders the Ko-Dan soldiers to "Seize him!''
- Tank Girl. As Tank Girl and Sam are escaping Liquid Silver, the Madame recognizes Tank Girl and shouts "Seize them! Guards!"
- Blazing Saddles. Sheriff Bart and the Waco Kid try to infiltrate Hedley Lamaar's army of thugs. When they're revealed they run away and Hedley Lamaar yells "Seize them!" to his minions.
- Animorphs: Visser Three says this all the time.
- In Guards! Guards!, the Palace guard is at one point to seize Vimes. Genre Savvy as they are, they question the wisdom of attacking a lone person, who might even start swinging on the chandelier.
- In another book Rincewind has had so many variations on this phrase that he muses (while running) that his nickname is "Don't let him get away!".
- In the Star Trek novel How Much for Just the Planet? the evil queen gets to shout "Seize her!" several times during the scene in which she disciplines a servant girl who tried to help the prisoners escape. The last time, it's "Seize her again. Oh, I do like saying that."
- In The Immortals book Wolf-Speaker, Rikash says (in an 'It Makes Sense in Context way') "Get that SQUIRREL!!"
- Children of Dune. When Leto knocks the door to Alia's room off its hinges and enters her presence along with his sister Ghanima, Alia shouts at her guards to "Seize them!" Leto picks up the 1,000 lb. door he just came through and throws it at the guards.
Live Action TV
- Doctor Who episode "The Steel Sky"
- Farscape. John Crichton is infiltrating a Peacekeeper base disguised as an officer. It's later revealed that Scorpius can see heat, and this vision showed that Crichton wasn't even the right species.
Big Bad Scorpius: Guards, that man is an impostor. Seize him.
- An interesting example, since this trope is usually an indicator of Incoming Ham, yet Scorpius delivers the line with an utterly flat affect.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000, Prince of Space episode
- From the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series:
Hig Hurtenflirst: (to foot warrior) Well then just seize the prisoners.Foot warrior falls overHurtenflirst: Prisoners.Arthur and Lintilla: Yes?Hurtenflirst: Seize each other.
- Urinetown has this a few times.
- The Herculoids episode "The Mole Men".
- Futurama episode "A Clone of My Own". The Near-Death Star Robots, and...
Guard: Get them! I mean, seize them!
Bureaucrat 1.0: Guards! Bring me the forms I have to fill out to have her taken away!
- Another version, subverted:
- The Thief and the Cobbler has the line 'Sieze Him! Take Him! Sieze Him! Take Him!' spoken by Zig Zag the film's Large Ham and primary antagonist.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: "Elements of Harmony" starts with a scene that seems to be a Shout-Out to Disney's Sleeping Beauty example above. Compare the dialogues:
Maleficent: [evil laugh]
King Stefan: Seize that creature!
Maleficent: Stand back, you fools! (scares the guards off, then disappears in green flames laughing)
Nightmare Moon: [evil laugh]
Mayor Mare: Seize her! Only she knows where the princess is!
Nightmare Moon: Stand back, you foals! (scares the guards with lightnings, then goes away in a mist laughing)
- In Disney version of The Prince and the Pauper, Mickey, pretending to be the Prince, is being forced by Captain Pete to relinquish the crown to him. During the ceremony, Mickey uses this method to get Pete captured, but Pete turns it around on him.
Mickey: Guards, seize him!Pete: No, seize him! He's an imposter!
- Super Friends 1973/74 episode "The Androids". When Batman figures out that the Superman in the Hall of Justice is actually an android double he yells "Grab him!" to the other Super Friends. Unfortunately the android had already left the room so they couldn't.
- Episode "Versus Cumulus, the Storm King". When Cumulus goes to make his blackmail demands on the U.S. government, a military officer says he doesn't believe that Cumulus has weather-control powers and orders "Seize him, guards!" Cumulus then freezes the guards inside a block of ice.
- Episode "The Empress of Evil". After Birdman escapes being Fed to the Beast and rescues the prince, Medusa tells her giant female Mookss to "Seize him!"
- Space Ghost
- "Revenge of the Spider Woman''. After Space Ghost breaks out of the cell he's in Spider Woman orders her guards to seize Jan and Jace.
- "Homing Device". After Metallus' robots discover the Tracking Device on Blip's collar, Metallus orders them to seize him.