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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', when Android 16 warns Android 17 that Piccolo had fused with Kami, 17 groans out "Seriously, what the hell is a 'Kami'?" Piccolo responds "It means 'God'. Now ''bow''." before blasting him.

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* In the island arc of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', [[spoiler:Takaoka forces Nagisa to apologize for beating him in Takaoka's first arc, to save the lives of his comrades.]]

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Stand before the queen and cower!

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Stand ''Stand before the queen and cower!cower!''

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', the incantation for the Spell with No Name demands this right before unleashing a butterfly-shaped projectile of pure destruction.
-->''I call the spell which has no name.''\\
''My mother's gift with which she reigned.''\\
''Eclipse my heart with rightful power.''\\
Stand before the queen and cower!


* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Torrhen Stark did this to save the North from the Targaryen conquest, earning himself the nickname "The King Who Knelt". Dropping to one knee is a routine act of acknowledging higher authority in this feudal society.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Torrhen Stark did this to save the North from the Targaryen conquest, earning himself the nickname "The King Who Knelt". Dropping to one knee is a routine act of acknowledging higher authority in this feudal society.society, as one is effectively offering their lives to the authority (literally and figuratively).

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** People quickly do this to Queen Daenerys whenever her dragons make an appearance, both from fear and awe. In one episode she decides to make a politically advantageous marriage, and quips that her intended husband (who was in a cell expecting to be sacrificed to her dragons) is [[AintTooProudToBeg already on his knees]].





* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': After his AwesomeMomentOfCrowning, [[spoiler:Malcolm Merlyn orders Nyssa and the other assassins to "Kneel before ComicBook/RasAlGhul" during the finale of Season Three. They comply, but Nyssa makes a deliberate point to stare him down before doing so. For a second, he actually looks worried.]]
* The 1960's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series episode "The Spell of Tut". King Tut does this to Robin the Boy Wonder.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', on hearing that a team of strong contenders will not feature in the University's Physics Bowl Tournament, Leonard invokes this trope.
* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':
** In Season 2, after finding that [[spoiler: his brother Eli]] has come crawling back after chickening out of his attempt to depose him, [[TheDon Nucky Thompson]] twists the knife further. When the traitor is sobbing and begging to be taken back, Nucky says they'll sort it out, but there's something the traitor needs to do for him first. The traitor replies [[PleaseIWillDoAnything "Anything, Nuck!"]] Nucky tells him "I need you to get on your knees. Bend down to the ground, and kiss my fucking shoes". He then slaps him around and berates him some more and provokes a full-on brawl between them, blowing his chance to bring the cowed former subordinate back on board, and causing the traitor to turn against him irreparably.
** In Season 5, [[spoiler: Lansky]] forces [[spoiler:Nucky]] to kneel before him to even past affronts and to underscore that the Young Turks have taken over the underworld from the old guard.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. One of Glory's minions is grovelling before her.
-->"Get up. Looking at you is hurting my neck."
** And in the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' spin-off, the {{Professional Buttkisser}}s in [[OccultLawFirm Wolfram & Hart]] start doing this the moment a demon lord enters the room.
--->'''Archduke Sebassis:''' ''(bored)'' Yes. Fine. Sycophants, worms. Don't writhe all at once. It's sickening.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', the Valkyries of Norse legend arrive in San Francisco. Then, they meet a perverted biker.
-->'''Valkyrie:''' On your knees.\\
'''Biker:''' I got a better idea. How about you get on your knees instead.\\
'''Valkyrie:''' ''[begins [[ForceChoke choking him with her mind]], he falls to his knees in pain]'' Foolish man, you do not command us. WE COMMAND YOU!
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", the First Doctor is ordered to kowtow before Kublai Khan. He refuses, but not out of pride he's an old man and very stiff from having just walked most of the way across China. Fortunately, the great Khan, who is also quite elderly, finds the scene amusing.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]", the Great One uses her telepathic powers to torture the Third Doctor into grovelling before her.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "KNEEL! KNEEL BEFORE THE MIGHT OF SUTEKH!"]]
** Aukon uses his mental powers to force the Doctor to kneel in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]".
** Five is forced to his knees in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E2FourToDoomsday Four to Doomsday]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E4TheVisitation The Visitation]]". Though this was solely for the purpose of getting his head chopped off.
** Borusa uses the mind-power enhancing Coronet of Rassilon to force the Fifth Doctor to kneel before him in "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]".
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]":
--->'''Fenric:''' The choice is yours, Time Lord. I shall kill you anyway, but if you would like the girl to live... kneel before me.\\
'''Ace:''' I believe in you, Professor.\\
'''Fenric:''' Kneel if you want the girl to live!\\
'''Seventh Doctor:''' ... [[spoiler:Kill her.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]]: TheMaster, having sadly forgotten everything he'd read on the EvilOverlordList, demands this of Martha. Which she does, [[ThePlan but then begins to laugh because her capture was part of an elaborate plan]]. Notable for being a rare occasion when the hero ordered to kneel just sucks it up and ''does'' it rather than go through a lot of gritted "Never!" posturing first.
** Rassilon gives one with the air of a regal command in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] after having proved to [[EvilerThanThou be a bigger fish than the Master]] by undoing his GrandTheftMe of humanity with a casual flick of the wrist. Scarily enough, they obey.
--->'''Rassilon:''' On your knees, mankind.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** At his wedding to Margaery Tyrell, King Joffrey demands that his uncle Tyrion (whom Joffrey had immediately prior gone to [[EvilIsPetty excessive lengths to insult and humiliate in public]]) kneel before him.
** King Stannis is a justified example in that in a feudal society, bowing down to a liege is a customary procedure, but all the same Stannis is very insistent about his enemies and would-be allies bending the knee. He has little success at this. When Mance Rayder's men surrender to Stannis, it's pointed out that it's customary to kneel on such an occasion. Mance responds for the wildlings by stating flatly, "We do not kneel."
** Lord Umber refuses to kneel to Lord Ramsey Bolton, knowing such gestures of fealty are meaningless when all concerned suffer from ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. He makes a more pragmatic gesture by handing over two useful prisoners.
** In "You Win Or You Die", Cersei offers Ned a chance to submit without prejudice if he kneels, which both his honour and his leg wound prevent.
** Varys catches Littlefinger [[AmbitionIsEvil pondering the Iron Throne]] and wonders aloud if he's imagining all the highborn who've sneered at him over the years having to bow and scrape. Littlefinger replies that it would be difficult for them to do so [[OffWithHisHead without their heads]].
* ''Series/JohnAdams''. Played for laughs having been sent to England as the American ambassador right after the Revolution, Adams has to go through an elaborate kowtowing ritual to King George III (staring coldly from the other side of a large hall) in order to present his credentials. Neither personage is particularly happy about it.
* ''Series/{{Krypton}}'' of course has the House of Zod, whose [[BadassCreed motto]] is "We Do Not Kneel", but who, as Kandor's leading military family, show no mercy to their enemies and force them to submit. [[spoiler: The TropeNamer himself uses this line in the first SeasonFinale to close a NewEraSpeech about how he's going to make Krypton the seat of an [[TheEmpire interstellar empire]].]]



* [[BigBad Marnie]] forces [[VillainProtagonist Eric]] to do this in ''Series/TrueBlood''.

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* [[BigBad Marnie]] forces [[VillainProtagonist Eric]] In one episode of ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', restart officer Pauline (in an exercise in magazine-selling) demands that Ross beg her. This becomes an IronicEcho when he gets her fired, and then offers to help her get her job back if ''she'' begs ''him''.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Lucifer|2016}}''. In "God Johnson", Linda is naturally flustered when informed that she's just met God, and says that she should have bowed or something. She starts to drop to her knees the next time they meet, but (presumably because God is a good guy) he says that a handshake will do fine.
* In the mini-series ''A Man Called Intrepid'', a German officer tells a prisoner to kneel before the FiringSquad. When the prisoner refuses, he explains, "It is not symbolic, merely efficient."
* In the ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' episode "Green No More", [[TheDragon Goldar]] gives this treatment to de-powered Tommy Oliver. He even uses a handy device to show him just how far he has fallen, rubbing it in as much as possible, then demands that Tommy bow and admit that he is his superior before he dies. Tommy starts to give a misleading answer, then flips out and ([[RuleOfCool in the face of all reason]]) kicks his butt all over the Otherworld.
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/MockTheWeek'', discussing the recent Church of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Synod_of_the_Church_of_England England Synod]]:
-->'''Frankie Boyle:''' Wasn't General Synod the villain in ''Superman II''? "'''Kneel before Synod!'''"
* ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'': From Shao Kahn to Raiden in the series finale episode:
-->'''Shao Kahn:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You... will... bow! To... me.]]
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''
** In an episode, Forrester is practicing the speech he plans to give after conquering the world, and even says "KneelBeforeZod!" He also shouts "You will bow down before me, son of Jor-El!" at one point.
** Joel attempts this while dressed as The Master from ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate''. Needless to say, he's less than convincing.
* ''Series/{{Preacher|2016}}''. Jesse tries to use his CompellingVoice to make the Saint of Killers
do this trope, but the World of God doesn't affect him. When Jesse resorts to GoodOldFisticuffs instead, the Saint does a PunchCatch and starts twisting painfully.
-->'''Saint of Killer:''' Time to get on ''your'' knees.
* On an episode of ''Series/{{QI}}'' Stephen Fry pointed out a similarity between the topic discussed and the ''Superman'' movie. Leading him to point at Alan Davies and declare 'Kneel before Zod'
in ''Series/TrueBlood''.his fantastic upper-class British accent.



* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''
** In an episode, Forrester is practicing the speech he plans to give after conquering the world, and even says "KneelBeforeZod!" He also shouts "You will bow down before me, son of Jor-El!" at one point.
** Joel attempts this while dressed as The Master from ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate''. Needless to say, he's less than convincing.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** At his wedding to Margaery Tyrell, King Joffrey demands that his uncle Tyrion (whom Joffrey had immediately prior gone to [[EvilIsPetty excessive lengths to insult and humiliate in public]]) kneel before him.
** King Stannis is a justified example in that in a feudal society, bowing down to a liege is a customary procedure, but all the same Stannis is very insistent about his enemies and would-be allies bending the knee. He has little success at this. When Mance Rayder's men surrender to Stannis, it's pointed out that it's customary to kneel on such an occasion. Mance responds for the wildlings by stating flatly, "We do not kneel."
** Lord Umber refuses to kneel to Lord Ramsey Bolton, knowing such gestures of fealty are meaningless when all concerned suffer from ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. He makes a more pragmatic gesture by handing over two useful prisoners.
** In "You Win Or You Die," Cersei offers Ned a chance to submit without prejudice if he kneels, which both his honour and his leg wound prevent.
** Varys catches Littlefinger [[AmbitionIsEvil pondering the Iron Throne]] and wonders aloud if he's imagining all the highborn who've sneered at him over the years having to bow and scrape. Littlefinger replies that it would be difficult for them to do so [[OffWithHisHead without their heads]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** TheMaster, having sadly forgotten everything he'd read on the EvilOverlordList, demanded this of Martha. Which she did, [[ThePlan but then began to laugh because her capture was part of an elaborate plan]]. Notable for being a rare occasion when the hero ordered to kneel just sucks it up and ''does'' it rather than go through a lot of gritted "Never!" posturing first.
** And years earlier in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]":
--->'''Fenric:''' The choice is yours, Time Lord. I shall kill you anyway, but if you would like the girl to live... kneel before me.\\
'''Ace:''' I believe in you, Professor.\\
'''Fenric:''' Kneel if you want the girl to live!\\
'''Seventh Doctor:''' ... [[spoiler:Kill her.]]
** Years earlier, in the First Doctor episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", the First Doctor is ordered to kowtow before Kublai Khan. He refuses, but not out of pride -- he's an old man and very stiff from having just walked most of the way across China. Fortunately, the great Khan, who is also quite elderly, finds the scene amusing.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]", the Great One uses her telepathic powers to torture the Third Doctor into grovelling before her.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "KNEEL! KNEEL BEFORE THE MIGHT OF SUTEKH!"]]
** Borusa uses the mind-power enhancing Coronet of Rassilon to force the Fifth Doctor to kneel before him in "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]".
** Five also is forced to his knees in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E2FourToDoomsday Four to Doomsday]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E4TheVisitation The Visitation]]". Though this was solely for the purpose of getting his head chopped off.
** Rassilon gives one with the air of a regal command in ''The End of Time'' after having proved to [[EvilerThanThou be a bigger fish than the Master]] by undoing his GrandTheftMe of humanity with a casual flick of the wrist. Scarily enough, they obey.
--> '''Rassilon:''' On your knees, mankind.
** Aukon uses his mental powers to force the Doctor to kneel in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]".

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''
''Series/{{Space 1999}}''. A female mind-controlling villain forces a character to do so in "The Lambda Factor", followed by an EvilLaugh.
* ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'':
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
***
In an one episode, Forrester is practicing a minor Goa'uld tries to force a captured Teal'c to acknowledge that him and his family are gods. His refusal provokes a HeelFaceTurn from the speech he plans to give after conquering the world, and even says "KneelBeforeZod!" He also shouts "You will bow down guards.
*** More than just one episode. "Kneel
before me, son of Jor-El!" at one point.
** Joel attempts this while dressed as
your god!" is a catchphrase used by virtually every Goa'uld or their underlings, either towards captured prisoners or towards leaders whose planets have been subjugated or are about to be. The Master from ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate''. Needless gold medal goes to say, he's less than convincing.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** At
Anubis for trying it on the President of the United States, and receiving a good natured "I don't THINK so!" for his wedding trouble.
** Wraith queens in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' love forcing their captives
to Margaery Tyrell, King Joffrey demands that his uncle Tyrion (whom Joffrey had immediately prior gone to [[EvilIsPetty excessive lengths to insult and humiliate in public]]) kneel before him.
** King Stannis is a justified example in that in a feudal society, bowing down
them. They have several henchman, mind control (and PowerEchoes) at their disposal and could force captives to a liege is a customary procedure, but all the same Stannis is very insistent do just about his enemies and would-be allies bending the knee. He has little success at this. When Mance Rayder's men surrender to Stannis, it's pointed out that it's customary to kneel on such an occasion. Mance responds for the wildlings by stating flatly, "We do not kneel."
** Lord Umber refuses to kneel to Lord Ramsey Bolton, knowing such gestures of fealty are meaningless when all concerned suffer from ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. He makes a more pragmatic gesture by handing over two useful prisoners.
** In "You Win Or You Die," Cersei offers Ned a chance to submit without prejudice if he kneels, which both his honour and his leg wound prevent.
** Varys catches Littlefinger [[AmbitionIsEvil pondering the Iron Throne]] and wonders aloud if he's imagining all the highborn who've sneered at him over the years having to bow and scrape. Littlefinger replies that it would be difficult for them to do so [[OffWithHisHead without their heads]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** TheMaster, having sadly forgotten everything he'd read on the EvilOverlordList, demanded this of Martha. Which she did, [[ThePlan but then began to laugh because her capture was part of an elaborate plan]]. Notable for being a rare occasion when the hero
anything. No matter how many times Sheppard is ordered to kneel he never just sucks it up and ''does'' it rather than go through goes along with it, instead opting for a lot of gritted "Never!" posturing first.
** And years earlier in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]":
--->'''Fenric:''' The choice is yours, Time Lord. I shall kill you anyway, but if you would like the girl to live... kneel
one liner before me.\\
'''Ace:''' I believe in you, Professor.\\
'''Fenric:''' Kneel if you want
being quickly beaten to the girl to live!\\
'''Seventh Doctor:''' ... [[spoiler:Kill her.]]
** Years earlier, in the First Doctor episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", the First Doctor is ordered to kowtow before Kublai Khan. He refuses, but not out of pride -- he's an old man and very stiff from having just walked most of the way across China. Fortunately, the great Khan, who is also quite elderly, finds the scene amusing.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]", the Great One uses her telepathic powers to torture the Third Doctor into grovelling before her.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "KNEEL! KNEEL BEFORE THE MIGHT OF SUTEKH!"]]
** Borusa uses the mind-power enhancing Coronet of Rassilon to force the Fifth Doctor to kneel before him in "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]".
** Five also is forced to his knees in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E2FourToDoomsday Four to Doomsday]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E4TheVisitation The Visitation]]". Though this was solely for the purpose of getting his head chopped off.
** Rassilon gives one with the air of a regal command in ''The End of Time'' after having proved to [[EvilerThanThou be a bigger fish than the Master]] by undoing his GrandTheftMe of humanity with a casual flick of the wrist. Scarily enough, they obey.
--> '''Rassilon:''' On your knees, mankind.
** Aukon uses his mental powers to force the Doctor to kneel in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]".
ground.



* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** In one episode, a minor Goa'uld tries to force a captured Teal'c to acknowledge that him and his family are gods. His refusal provokes a HeelFaceTurn from the guards.
** More than just one episode. "Kneel before your god!" is a catchphrase used by virtually every Goa'uld or their underlings, either towards captured prisoners or towards leaders whose planets have been subjugated or are about to be. The gold medal goes to Anubis for trying it on the President of the United States, and receiving a good natured "I don't THINK so!" for his trouble.
* Wraith queens in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' love forcing their captives to kneel before them. They have several henchman, mind control (and PowerEchoes) at their disposal and could force captives to do just about anything. No matter how many times Sheppard is ordered to kneel he never just goes along with it, instead opting for a one liner before being quickly beaten to the ground.
* In the ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' episode "Green No More", [[TheDragon Goldar]] gives this treatment to de-powered Tommy Oliver. He even uses a handy device to show him just how far he has fallen, rubbing it in as much as possible, then demands that Tommy bow and admit that he is his superior before he dies. Tommy starts to give a misleading answer, then flips out and ([[RuleOfCool in the face of all reason]]) kicks his butt all over the Otherworld.
* On an episode of ''Series/{{QI}}'' Stephen Fry pointed out a similarity between the topic discussed and the ''Superman'' movie. Leading him to point at Alan Davies and declare 'Kneel before Zod' in his fantastic upper-class British accent.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', restart officer Pauline (in an exercise in magazine-selling) demands that Ross beg her. This becomes an IronicEcho when he gets her fired, and then offers to help her get her job back if ''she'' begs ''him''.



-->'''Rafael:''' Tomorrow you kneel, Castiel. Or you, and anyone with you, dies.

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-->'''Rafael:''' --->'''Rafael:''' Tomorrow you kneel, Castiel. Or you, and anyone with you, dies.



* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', on hearing that a team of strong contenders will not feature in the University's Physics Bowl Tournament, Leonard invokes this trope.
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/MockTheWeek'', discussing the recent Church of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Synod_of_the_Church_of_England England Synod]]:
-->'''Frankie Boyle:''' Wasn't General Synod the villain in ''Superman II''? "'''Kneel before Synod!'''"
* ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'': From Shao Kahn to Raiden in the series finale episode:
-->'''Shao Kahn:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You... will... bow! To... me.]]



* The 1960's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series episode "The Spell of Tut". King Tut does this to Robin the Boy Wonder.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', the valkyries of Norse legend arrive in San Francisco. Then, they meet a perverted biker.
-->'''Valkyrie:''' On your knees.\\
'''Biker:''' I got a better idea. How about you get on your knees instead.\\
'''Valkyrie:''' ''(begins [[StarWars choking him with her mind]], he falls to his knees in pain)'' Foolish man, you do not command us. WE COMMAND YOU!
* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''. A female mind-controlling villain forces a character to do so in "The Lambda Factor", followed by an EvilLaugh.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. One of Glory's minions is grovelling before her.
-->"Get up. Looking at you is hurting my neck."
** And in the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' spin-off, the {{Professional Buttkisser}}s in [[OccultLawFirm Wolfram & Hart]] start doing this the moment a demon lord enters the room.
-->'''Archduke Sebassis:''' ''(bored)'' Yes. Fine. Sycophants, worms. Don't writhe all at once. It's sickening.
* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':
** In Season 2, after finding that [[spoiler: his brother Eli]] has come crawling back after chickening out of his attempt to depose him, [[TheDon Nucky Thompson]] twists the knife further. When the traitor is sobbing and begging to be taken back, Nucky says they'll sort it out, but there's something the traitor needs to do for him first. The traitor replies [[PleaseIWillDoAnything "Anything, Nuck!"]] Nucky tells him "I need you to get on your knees. Bend down to the ground, and kiss my fucking shoes". He then slaps him around and berates him some more and provokes a full-on brawl between them, blowing his chance to bring the cowed former subordinate back on board, and causing the traitor to turn against him irreparably.
** In Season 5, [[spoiler: Lansky]] forces [[spoiler:Nucky]] to kneel before him to even past affronts and to underscore that the Young Turks have taken over the underworld from the old guard.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': After his AwesomeMomentOfCrowning, [[spoiler:Malcolm Merlyn orders Nyssa and the other assassins to "Kneel before ComicBook/RasAlGhul" during the finale of Season Three. They comply, but Nyssa makes a deliberate point to stare him down before doing so. For a second, he actually looks worried]]

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* The 1960's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series episode "The Spell of Tut". King Tut does this to Robin the Boy Wonder.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', the valkyries of Norse legend arrive in San Francisco. Then, they meet a perverted biker.
-->'''Valkyrie:''' On your knees.\\
'''Biker:''' I got a better idea. How about you get on your knees instead.\\
'''Valkyrie:''' ''(begins [[StarWars choking him with her mind]], he falls to his knees in pain)'' Foolish man, you do not command us. WE COMMAND YOU!
* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''. A female mind-controlling villain
[[BigBad Marnie]] forces a character [[VillainProtagonist Eric]] to do so in "The Lambda Factor", followed by an EvilLaugh.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. One of Glory's minions is grovelling before her.
-->"Get up. Looking at you is hurting my neck."
** And in the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' spin-off, the {{Professional Buttkisser}}s in [[OccultLawFirm Wolfram & Hart]] start doing
this the moment a demon lord enters the room.
-->'''Archduke Sebassis:''' ''(bored)'' Yes. Fine. Sycophants, worms. Don't writhe all at once. It's sickening.
* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':
** In Season 2, after finding that [[spoiler: his brother Eli]] has come crawling back after chickening out of his attempt to depose him, [[TheDon Nucky Thompson]] twists the knife further. When the traitor is sobbing and begging to be taken back, Nucky says they'll sort it out, but there's something the traitor needs to do for him first. The traitor replies [[PleaseIWillDoAnything "Anything, Nuck!"]] Nucky tells him "I need you to get on your knees. Bend down to the ground, and kiss my fucking shoes". He then slaps him around and berates him some more and provokes a full-on brawl between them, blowing his chance to bring the cowed former subordinate back on board, and causing the traitor to turn against him irreparably.
** In Season 5, [[spoiler: Lansky]] forces [[spoiler:Nucky]] to kneel before him to even past affronts and to underscore that the Young Turks have taken over the underworld from the old guard.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': After his AwesomeMomentOfCrowning, [[spoiler:Malcolm Merlyn orders Nyssa and the other assassins to "Kneel before ComicBook/RasAlGhul" during the finale of Season Three. They comply, but Nyssa makes a deliberate point to stare him down before doing so. For a second, he actually looks worried]]
in ''Series/TrueBlood''.



* In the mini-series ''A Man Called Intrepid'', a German officer tells a prisoner to kneel before the FiringSquad. When the prisoner refuses, he explains, "It is not symbolic, merely efficient."
* Averted in ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''. In "God Johnson", Linda is naturally flustered when informed that she's just met God, and says that she should have bowed or something. She starts to drop to her knees the next time they meet, but (presumably because God is a good guy) he says that a handshake will do fine.
* ''Series/JohnAdams''. Played for laughs having been sent to England as the American ambassador right after the Revolution, Adams has to go through an elaborate kowtowing ritual to King George III (staring coldly from the other side of a large hall) in order to present his credentials. Neither personage is particularly happy about it.
* ''Series/{{Preacher|2016}}''. Jesse tries to use his CompellingVoice to make the Saint of Killers do this trope, but the World of God doesn't affect him. When Jesse resorts to GoodOldFisticuffs instead, the Saint does a PunchCatch and starts twisting painfully.
-->'''Saint of Killer:''' Time to get on ''your'' knees.
* ''Series/{{Krypton}}'' of course has the House of Zod, whose [[BadassCreed motto]] is "We Do Not Kneel", but who, as Kandor's leading military family, show no mercy to their enemies and force them to submit. [[spoiler: The TropeNamer himself uses this line in the first SeasonFinale to close a NewEraSpeech about how he's going to make Krypton the seat of an [[TheEmpire interstellar empire]].]]



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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the first level Cleric spell Command, which forces the target to save or be affected by a one-word command you give them. "Kneel!" is a perfectly valid effect of the spell.


* ''The Sicilian'' (1987). Before having them executed by his bandits, Salvatore Guiliano tells a group of Mafia bosses to "Kneel, and make your peace with God". Being 'men of honor', they just [[DefiantToTheEnd stare at him in silent contempt]].

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* ''The Sicilian'' (1987). Before In ''Film/TheSicilian'', before having them executed by his bandits, Salvatore Guiliano tells a group of Mafia bosses to "Kneel, and make your peace with God". Being 'men of honor', they just [[DefiantToTheEnd stare at him in silent contempt]].


For possible reactions to this demand, see AintTooProudToBeg, DefiantStoneThrow and DefiantToTheEnd.

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For possible reactions to this demand, see AintTooProudToBeg, DefiantStoneThrow DefiantStoneThrow, SpitefulSpit, and DefiantToTheEnd.


%%* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''. After [[OneManArmy Dr Manhattan]] [[AlternateHistory wins the Vietnam War]] within a week, some of the Vietcong forces ask to surrender to him in person, and are shown prostrating themselves accordingly, a sign of how Dr Manhattan has come to be regarded as a living god.

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%%* * ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''. After [[OneManArmy Dr Manhattan]] [[AlternateHistory wins the Vietnam War]] within a week, some of the Vietcong forces ask to surrender to him in person, and are shown prostrating themselves accordingly, a sign of how Dr Manhattan has come to be regarded as a living god.
* ''Film/TerrorInATexasTown'': When Johnny Crale goes to murder Mirada, he attempts to make Mirada kneel and beg for his life. Mirada realises that he is going to die regardless of whether he kneels or stands, and chooses to defy Crale and remain standing. Crale shoots him, but Mirada's actions drive him into a VillainousBreakdown, as he has never encountered someone who was not afraid to do.


* In an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', the valkyries of Norse legend arrive in San Francisco. Then, they meet a perverted biker.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', the valkyries of Norse legend arrive in San Francisco. Then, they meet a perverted biker.



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* The refusal of a midshipman to do this before his captain helped bring about the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Hermione_(1782)#Mutiny HMS Hermione mutiny]].

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