->''"Zombie guards, seize him! Tell me that's not fun to say."''
-->-- ''Harvey Birdman; Attorney at Law''

A uniquely aristocratic command, shouted by particularly melodramatic villains.

TheBaroness has stumbled across TheHero in an alley. TheEvilPrince has discovered The FiveManBand infiltrated his DeadlyDecadentCourt. The EvilChancellor has crashed the revolutionaries meeting.

The Good Guys are outnumbered. The BigBad is there with an army of {{Mooks}}. They do the only logical thing. They run!

Alternatively, the EvilChancellor and his retinue just fell for the heroes' plan and the King tells in no uncertain terms that he heard their EngineeredPublicConfession.

This phrase is usually preceded or followed by some of these other StockPhrases:

* Close the gates!
* He's getting away!
* I'm [[SurroundedByIdiots surrounded by imbeciles]]!
* Must I do everything myself?
* [[YouFool Fools!]]

'''Seize them!'''

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea''. 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."
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* The villain's deputy Navishtrix says this in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Golden Sickle'' when the heroes enter the traffickers' underground hideout.
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[[folder: Film ]]
%%* RobinHood
%%* Film/TheScarletPimpernel
* Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI: "Ah, seize this!"
* ''Film/MortalKombat'': 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 BigBad 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 ''Disney/RobinHood''.
* Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'':
--> '''King Stefan:''' Seize that creature!
* The WickedWitch of the West in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', in the castle as the Scarecrow, CowardlyLion and Tin Man escape with Dorothy and Toto.
--> '''The Wicked Witch of the West:''' Seize them, seize them! Stop them, [[YouFool you fools]], stop them! Seize them! Seize them!
* Played for laughs in ''Film/ThreeAmigos'' by Steve Martin, when surrounded by the BigBad's {{Mooks}}.
* ''{{Bionicle}}: Legends of Metru Nui''
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''. After Emperor Xur screws up, Commander Kril orders the Ko-Dan soldiers to "Seize him!''
* ''Film/TankGirl''. As Tank Girl and Sam are escaping Liquid Silver, the Madame recognizes Tank Girl and shouts "Seize them! Guards!"
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. 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.
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': When Queen Mousetoria discovers that Rattigan is behind the plot to replace her with a robot, she orders "Guards, seize that despicable creature!" Rattigan then [[IronicEcho says the same]] through the robot queen and the guards, who are really his lackies in disguise, take the Queen away.
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': Visser Three says this all the time.
* In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', the Palace guard is at one point to seize Vimes. GenreSavvy as they are, they [[MookChivalry question the wisdom]] of [[ConservationOfNinjutsu 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 ''Literature/HowMuchForJustThePlanet'' 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 ''Literature/TheImmortals'' book ''Wolf-Speaker'', Rikash says (in an 'ItMakesSenseInContext way') "Get that SQUIRREL!!"
* ''Literature/ChildrenOfDune''. 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.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Steel Sky"
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. John Crichton is infiltrating a Peacekeeper base [[DressingAsTheEnemy 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.
-->BigBad Scorpius: Guards, that man is an impostor. Seize him.
** An interesting example, since this trope is usually an indicator of IncomingHam, yet Scorpius delivers the line with an utterly flat affect.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''PrinceOfSpace'' episode
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[[folder: Radio ]]
* From the Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy radio series:
--> '''Hig Hurtenflirst:''' ''(to foot warrior)'' Well then just seize the prisoners.
--> ''Foot warrior falls over''
--> '''Hurtenflirst:''' Prisoners.
--> '''Arthur''' and '''Lintilla:''' Yes?
--> '''Hurtenflirst:''' Seize each other.
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[[folder: Theatre ]]
* ''{{Urinetown}}'' has this a few times.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In the ending sequence of ''VideoGame/WingCommander IV'', Admiral Towlyn [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpbOkVdl7b0#t=1m58s demonstrates how to be a melodramatic villain]].
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* TheOnion's [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/26039 Seize Him!]]
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[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' caught this from the hyenas at one point.
* Turns up in ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4825172/ in this comic]].
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' episode "The Mole Men".
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "A Clone of My Own". The Near-Death Star Robots, and...
-->Guard: Get them! I mean, seize them!
** Another version, subverted:
-->'''Bureaucrat 1.0:''' Guards! Bring me the forms I have to fill out to have her taken away!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' has the line 'Sieze Him! Take Him! Sieze Him! Take Him!' spoken by Zig Zag the film's LargeHam and primary antagonist.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony "Elements of Harmony"]] starts with a scene that seems to be a ShoutOut to Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' example above. Compare the dialogues:
-->'''Maleficent:''' [{{evil laugh}}]\\
'''King Stefan:''' Seize that creature!\\
'''Maleficent:''' Stand back, [[YouFool 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, [[YouFool you]] [[HoldYourHippogriffs foals]]! (''scares the guards with lightnings, then goes away in a mist laughing'')
* In Disney version of ''Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper'', 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!
** It appears earlier as one of the two phrases the Prince tells Mickey are all he needs to say to be a ruler. (The other is "That's a splendid idea, I'm {{glad I thought of it}}."
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}''
** 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 FedToTheBeast and rescues the prince, Medusa tells her giant female {{Mooks}}s to "Seize him!"
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''
** "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 TrackingDevice on Blip's collar, Metallus orders them to seize him.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'':
** In "Brave New Johnny", when Johnny heckles a comedian in a BadFuture, the man orders his guards to seize him.
** In "Quo Doofus", Johnny gets sent to Ancient Rome. When someone says "Caesar", he thinks they said "Seize her" and grabs a woman. Her husband yells to his guards "Seize him!" and Johnny replies, "Seize him, seize her. Why don't you guys make up your minds?"
* In Creator/{{Filmation}}'s "The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty", there's a running gag where, whenever Tyrone (the main villain) would tell his henchman to "seize him", they would respond with "We sees him! We sees him!".
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