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1[[quoteright:305:[[Film/SupermanII https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Superman_and_Zod.jpg]]]]²[[caption-width-right:305:Yes! TheHero is mine! [[NothingCanStopUsNow Nothing can possibly stop me now!]][[note]]AAAAAGH! [[CrushingHandshake MY HAANNNDD!]]]][[/note]]²²->''"You will bow down before me, Jor-El. I swear it! No matter that it takes an eternity! YOU WILL BOW DOWN BEFORE ME! BOTH YOU, AND THEN ONE DAY, YOUR HEIRS!"''²-->-- '''General Zod''', ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''²²The villain has many goals, but one is absolute: [[{{Pride}} his nemesis bowing before him]]. That would mean his certain and total victory. If the villain is [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism on the right end of the sliding scale]], he may even get his way. But generally, once the demand has been made, one of four things will happen:²# [[DefiantToTheEnd The hero will say "Never!"]] and there will be a big fight, leading to the villain's defeat. If the villain tries this when the hero is nearly defeated, he may cause an HeroicSecondWind. ²# The hero will say "Never!" and the villain will [[AgonyBeam zap him with magic]], knocking him to his knees, or {{Mooks}} will step in and manhandle him to the floor. This will allow the villain the fun of gloating for a while... and then there will be a big fight, leading to the villain's defeat.²# The hero [[AintTooProudToBeg does what he's told]], but the villain suddenly gets a [[ISurrenderSuckers big surprise]] as the hero springs a trap, starting a big fight leading to the villain's defeat.²# The hero does what he's told, period. He may manage to escape or be rescued later, at some unrelated scene. [[TheBadGuyWins Or not...]]²²Needless to say, this is frowned upon by the EvilOverlordList.²²For possible reactions to this demand, see AintTooProudToBeg, DefiantStoneThrow, SpitefulSpit, and DefiantToTheEnd.²²Compare BringHimToMe, CowerPower, EvilGloating. Compare/Contrast KneelBeforeFrodo.²²----²!!Kneel Before These Examples!²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* 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.]]²* In ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'', Lord Giga, the Cyber City arc's BigBad, has an attack where the opponent must show them respect.²* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''²** The Digimon Kaiser threatens to kill Daisuke's friends unless he bows down and begs for their lives. Daisuke actually complies. And then he gives Daisuke a sadistic choice (choose one friend to be spared), leading the poor kid to attempt a heroic sacrifice/take the third option.²** The same character is later defied by a [[TranquilFury tranquil yet furious]] TK.²-->'''Emperor:''' You're nobody! You will bow down before me.\²'''TK:''' Sorry, the floor's kinda' dirty.²* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': Guts being pinned to the ground by some demons before Femto, so that he's forced to watch as Femto [[spoiler:rapes Casca]].²* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': One of the main reasons of BigBad Dr. Hell to TakeOverTheWorld is that he wishes to force the entire humankind to bow down to him. He feels that will make up for years of suffering spite and abuse when he was young.²* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': In the Japanese version, there is a scene where Sailor Moon is captured by Prince Diamond. He puts her in a trance and orders her to swear eternal loyalty and love to him. She drops to her knees and is about to kiss his hand as a sign of allegiance but manages to snap out of it before she does so.²* Balalaika of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' does a truly ruthless one of these with Hansel, one of the CreepyTwins of the Vampire Twins arc, during their confrontation. When Hansel doesn't comply, [[spoiler:a sniper blows out his kneecap with one shot, then blows off his hand when he tries to hurl his axe at her. Balalaika then delivers a withering TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Hansel before sitting back and watching him bleed to death right in front of her]].²** [[SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing Even better in the dub.]] "I SAID '''''KNEEL!"'''''²* Happens in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' during the beginning of the second season. Subverted when Lelouch kneels before the unintimidating and completely scared Prince Clovis, before killing him as the Trope demands.²* ''Manga/PeachGirl'': Sae, master of the WoundedGazelleGambit, manages to convince her fellow peers that Momo's been bullying her and trying to steal Toji from her, when it's really the other way around. She cries after Momo hits her for badmouthing Kairi, which arouses the anger of their classmates. Sae gets a few people to restrain Momo and pin her to the ground, attempting to force her into apologizing by calling her names and repeating, "Apologize to Sae!" Luckily for her, Toji arrives in time and that starts the end of Sae's reign over Momo, for a little while, at least.²* The last episode of ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' has Akito angrily grab a kneeling Tohru by the hair and force her to get on both her hands and knees before him. He then states that he will "make her regret she ever had anything to do with the Sohmas", that she will "suffer as we suffer", and demands that she "beg him for forgiveness" and "swear that she'll never interfere with the Sohmas again." [[spoiler: It fails in the end: while Tohru does briefly give into despair, she ultimately brings herself back and helps Kyo anyway. As a result, Kyo's ParentalSubstitute Kazuma [[KneelBeforeFrodo bows to]] ''[[KneelBeforeFrodo her]]''.]]²* Subverted in one arc of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''. Belldandy's "rival" makes a DealWithTheDevil to defeat Belldandy and successfully forces her into complete servitude, obeying her every whim. But not long after her victory, the rival realizes it's all pointless because Belldandy's pride and spirit are intact.²* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':²** When Grimmjow starts getting rebellious, Aizen activates his BattleAura, which is enough to force Grimmjow to his knees.²** After moving to the roof of Las Noches, Ulquiorra's ultimate goal in fighting Ichigo is to get him to give up trying to win. It doesn't work very well.²* In ''Manga/FairyTail'':²** Evergreen threatens to shatter everyone whom she has [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] unless Erza takes off all her clothes and prostrates herself. Erza responds by telekinetically holding a dozen swords and threatening to turn Evergreen into a pincushion unless she breaks the spell and frees her victims. It works.²** Brain orders the heroes to kneel and beg for mercy. Instead, Jura kicks his ass.²* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Control Freak!". Jesse of Team Rocket puts on a golden mask that gives her control over Pokémon. It takes over her mind and makes her even more arrogant than normal. She calls herself Queen of the Pokémon and commands her "lowly subjects" (James and Meowth) to bow to her. After she demonstrates the mask's power, they do so.²* In ''Manga/BlackButler'' season 2 episode 6 Alois requests that Claude make Sebastian do this.²* Turles commands this of Goku (Whilst planting his foot onto the head of the latter) in ''Anime/DragonBallZTheTreeOfMight'', particularly the infamous UK dub.²-->'''Turles''': Goku, if you would request my pardon, kneel before me and lower your head.²-->'''Goku''': No way, I told Gohan one thing...that I would never surrender!²-->'''Turles''': You'd rather I crush your head?!²* In ''Manhwa/UnbalanceXUnbalance'', [[spoiler: Ami]] of all people demands that Jin-Ho kneel and apologize. He's the [[spoiler: competition]], after all.²* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', the Emperor of Kutou wants to get his arch-rival Hotohori to bow before him. That doesn't end up happening, however.²* Played with interestingly in LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms. The mythical beasts known as the ''kirin'' are the only ones able to locate the future Kings/Queens of their lands, and the biggest proof of one person's worth to be chosen as the sovereign is that they're the '''only''' persons a kirin can kneel in front of. They're literally and physically unable to kneel to anyone else, even if they ''do'' try doing it. [[spoiler: That's why {{evil prince}}ss Joei gets Keiki stuck in his Beast form, aside of keeping him mute: if he cannot bow to her, the falsehood of her claim to the throne would be revealed.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':²** General Zod, of course with a hearty "Come to me, Son of Jor-El. '''Kneel''' before Zod!" This has pretty much become his CatchPhrase in the comics.²** Likewise Gorilla Grodd has adopted his own version to be on multiple occasions, likely because his name ends in the same "-od" sound. He once even shouted it while brandishing a spoon and, in the same comic, tried to bite off Lex Luthor's head. Needless to say he was a little unhinged...²* Xerxes in ''ComicBook/ThreeHundred'' to Leonidas. It doesn't work the first time; the second seems to, but only because Leonidas [[ISurrenderSuckers was preparing an attack]]. Apparently, it's a regular part of his gaining new territories, servants, etc.²* In the ''[[ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet Infinity War]]'' epic-over from Marvel, the Magus, who has the eponymous gauntlet forces Thanos the MagnificentBastard to his knees. Thanos dryly notes that he isn't doing it willingly, nor will he continue doing it unless forced before explaining to the Magus just how badly the villain had miscalculated.²* Max Lord in his fully evil head of Checkmate phase liked using his CompellingVoice for this.²-->'''Max Lord:''' You'll forgive me for saying so, [[Franchise/WonderWoman princess]], but you [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain look good on your knees]].²** And then [[spoiler:she snapped his neck]]. And then [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/BlackestNight he came back]]]].²* In a ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'' issue, the monster Genocide grabs an innocent woman by the neck, and demands that Wonder Woman kneel before her/it. Wonder Woman does so, leading to:²-->'''Wonder Woman:''' [[LampshadeHanging Is this supposed to give me a sense of defeat, monster]]?²-->'''Genocide:''' No. A better view. ''(rips the woman's head off)'' ²* In the ''Franchise/SpiderMan / ComicBook/HumanTorch: I'm with Stupid'' miniseries, a publicity-craving Torch tries to single-handedly storm the Latverian embassy. He's promptly frozen solid by "subthermic cannons", forcing Spidey to rescue him by pretending to join forces with Doctor Doom. Doom demands that Spidey kneel and swear his eternal allegiance. When Spidey does so without any fuss, Doom realizes that they're just words and asks him to back it up. Spidey lifts up the frozen Torch as though he's going to dash him on the ground, then web-swings out.²* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': In ''Spike: After The Fall'' the villain does this to Illyria; it turns out to be a BerserkButton and Illyria follows this by killing her.²* Taken to extreme in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': Zoster does this to ''the whole universe'' after obtaining [[PhysicalGod the powers of Xadhoom]]:²-->"On your knees, worlds! Kneel now! Or I'll erase you with a single gesture!".²* ''ComicBook/ScoobyDooTeamUp'': While under the belief his plan to make the Amazons lose their super strength worked, the Duke of Deception approaches Wonder Woman and tells her to kneel before him.²* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': In "Truce Or Consequences" (Hanna-Barbera Fun-In #10, Gold Key, January 1972), Yankee Doodle Pigeon is lured to the enemies' side during a 24-hour truce, is hypnotized and made to pose for pictures depicting him as a traitor. When Yankee Doodle regains his senses and discovers what has happened, he accuses Dastardly of violating the truce (Dick's response: "Sue me.") But the villain counters that there are only thirty seconds left in the truce and Yankee Doodle will find himself AWOL. He genuflects to Dastardly pleading for an honorable way out. ²* A later ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story shows that during the "Necropolis" arc Chief Judge Silver, after [[BungledSuicide botching a suicide attempt]], was captured by the Dark Judges and forced to kneel before Judge Death. When he refused, they killed and revived him as a zombie to further humilitate him.²* ComicBook/UltimateMarvel²** ComicBook/TheUltimates: Herr Kleiser has nearly defeated Captain America, and he wants him to say "I surrender, Herr Kleiser. Make it quick". Instead of that, that gave Cap the conviction to turn the tables on him, and gain the upper hand. He pointed to the "A" in his mask and asked: "Surrender? SURRENDER?!! [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkey YOU THINK THIS LETTER ON MY HEAD STANDS FOR 'FRANCE'?]]"²** ''ComicBook/UltimateDaredevilAndElektra'': An inverted case, as it is Elektra who captures and humilliates Trey, and forces him to kneel while he cries like a little girl. ²** ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'': Shocker does not want just to have the money of the security van. He wants the officer to crawl over and give it to him. Then, Spider-Man took him down.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Dr. Wily fantasizes about making everyone grovel before him--or, if he chooses, killing them while they're on their knees.²* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'':²** ''Mare of Steel'': Seeing as the DiscOneFinalBoss is a ponified version of the TropeNamer, this naturally comes up in his encounters with [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Rainbow Dash/Supermare]].²** ''The Princess of Themyscira'': [[GodOfEvil Ares]] demands this from [[WonderWoman Diana]] repeatedly in their fights.²* In ''Fanfic/TheInstituteSaga 3'' there is a layered one with Apocalypse declaring that everyone shall kneel before him, then Zod declaring that Apocalypse shall kneel before ''him'' instead.²* In ''Into the Abyss'', [[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia Neptune]] winds up in a MirrorUniverse and winds up in a fight with [[ItsAllAboutMe Blanc]], who uses this trope.²-->'''Blanc:''' You should just be thankful for the chance to die painlessly instead of making this harder on yourself. I can still give you that if you ask nicely. Prostrate before me and I'll consider it.²-->'''Neptune:''' [[IveHeardOfThatWhatIsIt Girls don't even have those]], dummy!²* In the ''Manga/InuYasha'' story ''Fanfic/DarknessAnkhAscendant'', Naraku has Sesshoumaru captive. He doesn't actually make the demand, but when he has Sesshoumaru helpless, rather than killing him, he freezes him in a kneeling, head-bowed position, encased in diamond.²* Near the beginning of the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' fic ''Fanfic/DownToAgincourt'', Castiel encounters Lucifer, who says, "You were meant to kneel in worship of someone. When I'm done with you, you'll do it for me." Castiel, who has [[DefiantToTheEnd really gotten on the free will train]], tells him to [[ExpospeakGag commit an anatomically impossible]] [[ScrewYourself act]]. Lucifer responds like a cat that fell off a table and huffily claims that he's not going to do anything because leaving Castiel alive will be a worse punishment.²* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Enel demands that Cross acknowledge his [[AGodAmI godhood]]. Cross refuses. [[spoiler:[[ElectricTorture This doesn't end well.]]]]²* ''Fanfic/FateLongNight'': After conquering the von Einzbern castle, Robert Baratheon orders the inhabitants to bend the knee to his summoner, Illya. Jubstacheit angrily refuses, so Robert simply manhandles him to the ground, causing the rest of the household to kneel.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* The pilot movie of ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', "The Adventure Begins" features Buzz forced to kneel before Zurg, courtesy of the Hornets, as the latter mocks the former's sorrow over losing his (believed to be dead) partner, Warp Darkmatter.²* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Shan Yu demands that the Emperor bow before him. The Emperor refuses with a pretty cool metaphor: "No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it." The Emperor's calm, matter-of-fact manner of saying it made it even better.²* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''²** After Jafar gains the Genie's lamp and wishes for the Sultanate and the powers of a sorcerer: "We will never bow to you!" ("[[LampshadeHanging Why am I not surprised]]?") Naturally, the evil Jafar can magically compel obedience from the Sultan and Princess Jasmine. However, prior to Jasmine's defiance, the Sultan noticeably begins to bow.²* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''. The priests have a VillainSong based around this. Oddly, they're addressing Moses, who is a titular, well, Prince.²-->''You put up a front\²You put up a fight\²And just to show we feel no spite\²You can be our acolyte\²But first, boy, it's time to '''BOW!'''\²KOWTOW!''²* During the climactic battle of ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', Sephiroth orders it to Cloud:²-->'''Sephiroth:''' On your knees. I want you to beg for forgiveness.²** Less effective than most, considering (A) they're in the ''middle'' of a fight, and (B) they're currently ''[[RuleOfCool giving gravity the middle finger]]''.²* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'' has Morgana, the sister of Ursula, using the power of the trident to force most of the main characters to bow down before her, including King Triton. Unfortunately for her, she only focuses on making the ones with fins bow to her.²* ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut''. After Armaggeddon begins, Saddam Hussein demands that everyone, Americans and Canadians, all bow down before him.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' movies:²** General Zod of ''Film/SupermanII''. Here's the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKDFop0aqYQ clip]].²-->'''Zod:''' '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg1yUMqJMcw&feature=related KNEEL]]''' '''[[MemeticMutation BEFORE]]''' '''[[HamAndCheese ZOD]][[TropeNamers !]]'''²** And here's the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUORL-bvwA0&feature=related one]] that provides the page caption. The latter is a play on this trope [[spoiler: as Supes has secretly weakened Zod at that point]] .²** Zod also has the President kneel, with this classic exchange (playing with AnswersToTheNameOfGod):²--->'''President:''' Oh, God...²--->'''Zod:''' ''(correcting)'' '''''Zod.'''''²*** Also subverted when Zod first bursts into the Oval Office and orders that the President submit. When one of the men present steps forward to do so, Zod comments that he did it ''too'' quickly to be the genuine article. The actual President then reveals himself:²---->'''President:''' [[AintTooProudToBeg I will kneel to you if it will save lives]].²---->'''Zod:''' It will. Starting with your own.²** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' averts this; though General Zod is the primary antagonist, he never actually commands anyone to kneel before him. However, at one point, Superman is kneeling due to sheer fatigue on the platform of a building still under construction, as Zod hovers in front of him to gloat some more. That's right, it took 35 years, but Superman [[VisualPun is finally (albeit unintentionally) kneeling before Zod.]] Also reversed, as at another point Zod falls to his knees before Superman.²** Likewise in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Superman drops to his knees in despair when [[spoiler:Lex Luthor reveals that he has Clark's mother hostage. Lex patronizingly strokes Superman's cheek just to show off the power he now has over the world's most powerful man.]]²---->'''Luthor:''' And now God bends to ''my'' will.²*** During the film, Bruce Wayne has a nightmare of a BadFuture where Superman has turned evil. The moment Superman arrives, the human soldiers in his service instantly kneel and bow their heads, showing he's become a god to some parts of humanity -- something speculated about during the present day.²* From the ''Film/ThreeHundred'' film, best illustrated by Xerxes' speech to Ephialtes. Note that Ephialtes wanted revenge on Leonidas, who had -- justifiably -- not allowed [[DreamCrushingHandicap the physically unable hunchback]] to become a Spartan, and so the former ''gladly'' bowed down to Xerxes the first chance he got.²-->'''Xerxes:''' Cruel Leonidas... required you to stand. I ask '''ONLY... that you KNEEL!'''²** Leonidas ''does'' kneel in the end; only so that he can get one last shot at Xerxes. He doesn't kill him, but he does make him bleed.²* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Commodus offers Maximus the chance at first, but once turned down, Commodus just orders Maximus and his family's execution.²* ''Franchise/StarWars''²** Palpatine wanted this from Luke, but it didn't work out so well.²** Jabba The Hutt also states that Han and Chewbacca have the option of pathetically begging for their lives should they choose to exercise it. Han tells Jabba off while Luke confidently gives the gangster one last chance to be bought off by letting them go. Less than 5 minutes later, Jabba learns the hard way that he should have listened.²* In ''Film/TheKingAndI'', Yul Brynner famously declares "Your head must never be higher than mine!" forcing Anna to the floor in her attempt to comply.²* ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'': "Now. You. Will. '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abqAwKLpeqs=related KNEEL!]]'''"²* In ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' TheMovie, Dr. Forester forces Mike and the bots to bow down to him. When they try to bluff their way out, he cuts off the oxygen supply in the Satellite of Love so all have to bow to Dr. Forester to save Mike.²* Naturally, Creator/MontyPython have some fun with this in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''.²-->'''Centurion:''' Oh, and throw him the floor again, sir?\²'''Pilate:''' Oh yes, fwow him to the fwooah, please!\²''(Brian is already kneeling on the floor, so they pick him up and throw him back down again)''²* ''Film/JamesBond''²** The first thing psychopathic assassin Red Grant does to James Bond when he captures him in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'':²-->'''Grant:''' All right, now get up on your knees. Put your hands in your pockets. Keep them there.\²'''Bond:''' Red wine with fish. That should have told me something.\²'''Grant:''' You may know the right wines, but you're the one on your knees. How does it feel, old man?\²[...]\²'''Grant:''' The first one won't kill you. Not the second. Not even the third. Not till you crawl over here and you '''kiss my foot'''.²** In ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'', Fatima Blush has a twist on it, demanding Bond write that she was the best lay he ever had -- before she shoots him in the groin.²-->'''Blush:''' Now ''write this''. The greatest rapture of my life was afforded to me on a boat off Nassau by ''Fatima Blush''.²** It happens in the book version of ''The Man with the Golden Gun" -- or at least, it's a crime Bond charges Scaramanga with having committed in the past.²* ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'' featured a scene like this between the fair lady of the title and her future boy toy Mark Antony.²-->'''Marcus Antonius:''' You dare ask a representative of the Roman--\²'''UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII:''' I ''asked'' it of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. I '''demand''' it of you.²* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' has a rare heroic example. Li Mubai is trying everything he can to get Jen to agree to be his student and stop her from more or less being a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Finally, he seems to be getting through to her and she says she'll agree if he can take the sword away from her in 3 moves. He does it in 1.²-->'''Li Mubai:''' '''''Bow''''' to your teacher!\²'''Jen:''' '''''Never!''' (jumps off waterfall)''²* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYDYzyqIy-I Shouted by Jay]] after cold-cocking a guard with a baseball bat in ''Film/{{Mallrats}}''.²* In ''Film/ReturnToOz'', the Nome King is a bit too AffablyEvil to demand this sort of thing from Dorothy, but he's more than happy to demand it of [[VainSorceress Mombi.]]²-->'''The Nome King:''' Kneel.\²''(Mombi lowers herself to her knees)''\²'''The Nome King:''' ''Lower.''\²''(Mombi lowers herself until she's practically lying on the floor)''\²'''The Nome King: ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome LOWER!]]'' '''\²''(Mombi flinches as she tries and fails to lower herself further, while the Nome King bellows with laughter)''²* In ''Film/TheLastDragon'', Sho-Nuff tells Leroy to bend down and kiss his Converses. Leroy, being a MartialPacifist, doesn't mind complying if it means preventing violence. Sho-Nuff then proceeds to kick Leroy in the face.²* ''Film/PumaMan''²-->'''Vadinho:''' Kneel!\²'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Servo]]:''' ''(as Tony)'' No, it's ''[[{{Pun}} Tony]]''!²* Defied in ''Film/TheTenCommandments'', Ramses tells Moses to command the conquered Ethiopians to kneel before Pharaoh, but Moses tells him that he's brought the Ethiopians in friendship and tells Ramses to mind his own business.²-->"Command what you have conquered, my brother."²* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':²** In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', Loki demands this of a crowd in Stuttgart, Germany, and the scared crowd obliges, except for [[BadassBystander one elderly man]] who tells Loki that "[[ANaziByAnyOtherName there are always be men like you]]", and he would rather hold his head high and remain DefiantToTheEnd than kneel before one. Loki moves to kill him before Captain America swoops in in the nick of time to save him and the crowd. During the subsequent fight in Stuttgart, he even attempts to forcefully make Captain America bow before him. Cap instead gives him a kick to the face.²** ''Film/ThorRagnarok''. Once Hela returns, she wastes no time in demanding others to kneel before their queen. This is PlayedForLaughs when she finds the armies of Asgard [[UnPerson don't know who she is]], and therefore have no reason to kneel, and it increasingly annoys her.²* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', the Necromongers demand this of the people of New Mecca. They refuse, but then Lord Marshal [[YourSoulIsMine rips a guy's soul out]], terrifying them into kneeling. Despite this display of power, Riddick answers, "I bow to no man." Riddick is later forced to kneel when a magnetic device pins him to the floor. In the Director's Cut, at one point Riddick falls to his knees in exhaustion, and Lord Vaako remarks, "So, you ''can'' kneel!"²* A SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} in ''Literature/MisterRoberts'' is when the crew realize the precious palm tree of the tyrannical Captain Morton has vanished, Mr Roberts having thrown it overboard -- they all kneel before the empty pot and pretend to worship it.²* 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]].²* In ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'', Enchantress promises to spare the lives of any of the Squad who kneels and swears loyalty to her. Harley Quinn [[ISurrenderSuckers pretends to comply]] in order to get close enough to pick up the sword Katana had dropped and slash Enchantress with it.²* ''Film/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'': The devil gives all his victims the option to kneel before him before murdering them. Of course, since he's driven by {{Pride}}.²* In ''Film/RurouniKenshin'', Kanryu Takeda threatens Kenshin and Sanosuke with a [[GatlingGood Gatling Gun]] and orders them to kneel before him or die. Sanosuke looks like he is about to comply, but instead throws an egg at Takeda's face, blinding him long enough for the two to get out of the line of fire.²* ''Film/StargateContinuum'': Defied. Ba'al simply calls up the U.S. President to have a relatively civil discussion with him about an Earth-Go'uld alliance, instead of beaming directly into the Oval Office to demand the unconditional subjugation of mankind. Ba'al recognizes that the usual Goa'uld tactic is too melodramatic and ineffective.²* ''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.²* ''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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Folktales]]²* According to the legend, it was Myth/WilliamTell's refusal to bow before governor Gessler's ''hat'' that provoked the whole "[[WilliamTelling crossbow-and-apples]]" thing.²* ''Film/{{Morozko}}''. Ivan mocks the Fairy when he tells Ivan to bow before a very old man, arguing that people who bow run the risk of having their head cut off, then dismisses, "The ''bear'' may bow before you, but not I." Guess what form Ivan is transformed into?²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' book, Voldemort orders Harry to bow before dueling him after being resurrected. Harry refuses, so Voldemort simply uses magic to force him. The film implies that he uses the [[MindControl Imperius Curse]] to do this, whereas in the book, Harry has demonstrated his immunity to the curse and Voldemort simply telekinetically forces his body to bow.²* In a reversal of roles, Nicolae Carpathia's humiliated bow before Jesus Christ in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book ''Glorious Appearing'' was made even more of that kind of moment in the Dramatic Audio presentation. Of course, Nicolae was left powerless to resist after Lucifer was cast out of him. Lucifer, on the other hand....²* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''²** Protagonists do this too. Rand at one point snaps at the Aes Sedai:²-->'''Rand:''' I forget nothing, Aes Sedai. I said six could come, but I count nine. I said you would be on an equal footing with the Tower emissaries, and for bringing nine, you will be. They are on their knees, Aes Sedai. Kneel!\²'''Taim:''' Kneel before the Lord Dragon, or you will be knelt.²** Before that, Ishamael (as Ba'alzamon) did this a lot in the first book.²-->'''Ba'alzamon:''' Kneel! Kneel, and acknowledge me your master! In the end, you will. You will be my creature, or you will die.²* Franchise/StarWarsLegends²** In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series, [[EvilOverlord Supreme Overlord Shimrra]] uses a gravity-controlling creature called a dovin basal to force Luke Skywalker to bow to him when they meet face-to-face during the climax. Then between his own formidable Force powers and his nephew Jacen's rapport with the Vonglife, Luke is able to resist gravity and pull himself back to his feet, to the stunned amazement of Shimrra and his court.²** In ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', Joruus C'Baoth has foreseen that Mara Jade will kneel before him. [[spoiler:She does, in order to [[ProphecyTwist strike him dead]].]]²** In ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', Darth Krayt [[MateOrDie forces Cade to sleep with Talon]].²* Randall Flagg demands Glen Bateman kneel to him near the end of ''Literature/TheStand''. Bateman's response? [[spoiler:Laughter. Of course, he gets killed, but it's a serious break to Flagg's aura of invulnerability.]]²* In John Shirley's "Demons", a demon leader plays out this scene with the President of the United States, then [[spoiler:foregrounds the subtext of the scene by proceeding to orally rape him]].²* ''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, as one is effectively offering their lives to the authority (literally and figuratively).²* ''The Watcher in the Cemetery'', a Franchise/CthulhuMythos short by Ian Watson. The protagonists encounter Cthulhu who promptly kills several of them in a gory and physically impossible manner, then [[ItAmusedMe stops to observe their reaction]]. A pastor shouts for the others to pray to God for salvation. The group falls to their knees, only to stop in embarrassment when they realise it looks like they're worshiping Cthulhu instead.²* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', when The Inscrutable Machine hits a middle school to distract from their true identities, Penny gets all [[LargeHam hammy]] and demands everyone on the playground kneel before her.²* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Conquest]] is an AnthropomorphicPersonification of the concept whose name he bears, and therefore is extremely focused on forcing his enemies to submit to him, forcing them to kneel before him and then enslaving them, in order to most fully fulfill his concept, from which he draws power.²* Played with in ''Literature/TheReynardCycle''. Early in ''Reynard the Fox'', Reynard claims that he bows to no man, Duke Nobel in particular. When he is finally made to kneel before Nobel, however, [[spoiler: he is delighted to do so, as he is being [[RagsToRoyalty made a member of the nobility against Nobel's will.]]]]²* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book Dead Beat, [[TheFairFolk Queen Mab]] gives a relatively subdued version of this trope. She tries to recruit Harry, and when he refuses she simply says "one day, you ''will'' kneel at my feet." [[spoiler: This comes true as of Changes, when Harry accepts the mantle of the Winter Knight from her in order to rescue his daughter.]]²* In ''Literature/AlexisCarew: Mutineer'', Captain Neals' sexist hatred of Alexis culminates in demanding she beg forgiveness for her men on bended knee. She refuses, stating she will bow to no one but the Queen, and he disrates her[[note]]has her busted from Midshipman (officer candidate) down to Ordinary Spacer (junior enlisted)[[/note]] and has her flogged. This triggers the eponymous mutiny while Alexis is recovering. [[spoiler:Fortunately the CourtMartial sides with Alexis and the crew upon viewing the video from the ship's log.]]²* ''{{Literature/Worm}}'' has an en excellent example in Imago 21.3 where Skitter asserts her dominance over a hero.²* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':²** In Creator/BenCounter's ''Literature/SoulDrinkers'' novel ''Chapter War'', the apparition of Periclitor demands that Sarpedon kneel before him.²** In John French’s ''Literature/ThousandSons'' novel ''Ahriman: Unchanged'', Inquisitor Malkira asserts her authority over a gathering of Space Marines and naval officers by commanding the Space Marines to bend their knees.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* ''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.]]²* The 1960's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series episode "The Spell of Tut". King Tut does this to Robin the Boy Wonder.²* 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.²* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':²** 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. ²** 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.²* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. One of Glory's minions is grovelling before her.²-->"Get up. Looking at you is hurting my neck."²** 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.²--->'''Archduke Sebassis:''' ''(bored)'' Yes. Fine. Sycophants, worms. Don't writhe all at once. It's sickening.²* In an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', the Valkyries of Norse legend arrive in San Francisco. Then, they meet a perverted biker.²-->'''Valkyrie:''' On your knees.\²'''Biker:''' I got a better idea. How about you get on your knees instead.\²'''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!²* ''Series/DoctorWho'':²** 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.²** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]", the Great One uses her telepathic powers to torture the Third Doctor into grovelling before her.²** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "KNEEL! KNEEL BEFORE THE MIGHT OF SUTEKH!"]]²** Aukon uses his mental powers to force the Doctor to kneel in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]".²** 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.²** Borusa uses the mind-power enhancing Coronet of Rassilon to force the Fifth Doctor to kneel before him in "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]".²** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]":²--->'''Fenric:''' The choice is yours, Time Lord. I shall kill you anyway, but if you would like the girl to live... kneel before me.\²'''Ace:''' I believe in you, Professor.\²'''Fenric:''' Kneel if you want the girl to live!\²'''Seventh Doctor:''' ... [[spoiler:Kill her.]]²** [[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.²** 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.²--->'''Rassilon:''' On your knees, mankind.²* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':²** 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.²** 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."²** 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.²** 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.²** 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]].²** 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]].²* ''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.²* ''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]].]]²* ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert''. When Stephen Miller (in Joseph Goebbels mode) says that Donald Trump's powers would not be questioned, Stephen Colbert pretends to be Miller, "Adding '[[AGodAmI I am become Death]], [[AtomicHate Destroyer of Worlds]]...Kneel before Zod.'"²* 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''.²* 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.²* 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."²* 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.²* 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]]:²-->'''Frankie Boyle:''' Wasn't General Synod the villain in ''Superman II''? "'''Kneel before Synod!'''"²* ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'': From Shao Kahn to Raiden in the series finale episode:²-->'''Shao Kahn:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis You... will... bow! To... me.]]²* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''²** 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.²** Joel attempts this while dressed as The Master from ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate''. Needless to say, he's less than convincing.²* ''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.²-->'''Saint of Killer:''' Time to get on ''your'' knees.²* 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.²* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'''s incarnation of Zod is fond of it, of course.²** The first version [[spoiler: is actually a subversion. Zod is possessing Lex, whom he's placed his full Kryptonian powers into. He orders an apparently beaten Clark to kneel, saying the famous words. This allowed Clark, even as he's being driven to his knees, to pull out the Phantom Zone crystal and evict Zod from Lex and back to the Phantom Zone.]]²** The later Zod, a younger version preserved as sort of a backup, does this with his soldiers frequently in a more ceremonial manner. It seems on Krypton to be similar to saluting a senior military or naval officer. It should be mentioned however that 'Major' Zod took the Zod you know and love and made him [[UpToEleven more awesome...]] Better yet, when he first shows up in "Savior", the audience is left uncertain who he really is...then he says to his two followers, "Kneel." (beat) "KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!"²** Inverted in the Season 9 episode "Pandora". [[spoiler:When Clark finally reveals himself to the recently restored Kandorians, Major Zod says their savior has come and commands his troops to "Kneel before Kal-El".]]²** The Season 9 finale has Zod turn it into a mother of a BadassBoast in his final battle with Clark. "Unlike you, I will lead from a ''throne'', not from the shadows! Every human, including the woman you love, will [[PunctuatedForEmphasis KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!!!]]"²** Ironically enough, Lois pulls a "Kneel Before Zod" moment in the season 10 episode "Harvest". When Clark, weakened by Blue Kryptonite, is buried alive by a rural community who plan to sacrifice Lois in a ritual to ensure a bountiful harvest, he manages to regain enough of his strength to escape his grave and rescue Lois. When the villagers see Clark survive gasoline burns that would have killed a normal man instantly, Lois [[LargeHam goes full-on Charlton Heston on them]], declaring that Clark has been sent by God to punish the villagers [[Film/PulpFiction "with great vengeance and furious anger"]], thus forcing the Blue-K enhanced villagers to back away long enough for Clark and Lois to make their escape. As they watch Clark speed off with Lois, the townsfolk all kneel.²* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''. A female mind-controlling villain forces a character to do so in "The Lambda Factor", followed by an EvilLaugh.²* ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'':²** ''Series/StargateSG1'':²*** 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.²*** 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. ²** 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.²* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E17TheSquireOfGothos}} The Squire of Gothos]]", Trelane holds Captain Kirk at swordpoint and demands that he kneel. Kirk knocks him away and snaps the sword over his knee.²** [[AGodAmI Garry Mitchel]] forced Kirk to kneel in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E3WhereNoManHasGoneBefore}} Where No Man Has Gone Before]]".²* The Borg in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' typically demand their enemies to surrender and join the Collective as an [[ResistanceIsFutile alternative to destruction]]. Starfleet forces typically respond by [[DefiantToTheEnd opening fire]], typically [[CurbStompBattle to little productive end]] except to [[DelayingAction force the Borg to stop and repair themselves afterwards.]]²* Dukat forced Sisko to do this at the end of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. [[spoiler:Sisko used it as a launch point to throw himself and Dukat into the fire pits.]]²* Subverted in the [[ShowWithinAShow Captain Proton holoprogram]] in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Lonzak orders the aliens to "Kneel before Chaotica!", but as they're [[EnergyBeing photonic lifeforms]] making FirstContact with humanity, they have no idea what he's talking about.²* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''²** Played with in the episode "Wishful Thinking", where a small child who gains super-strength yells "Kneel before Todd!" when toying with teenagers who used to bully him.²** Played for drama when Rafael takes command of Heaven, and demands Castiel submit to him. Castiel refuses, and says other angels will join him.²--->'''Rafael:''' Tomorrow you kneel, Castiel. Or you, and anyone with you, dies.²** In the Season 6 finale, Castiel proclaims himself the [[AGodAmI new God]], and demands that the heroes bow and profess their love to him. Season 7 opens with Bobby [[AintTooProudToBeg getting down on his knees]] and asking if that's good enough or if he wants "the whole forehead-to-the-carpet thing?" Castiel promptly decides it's pointless since they're only doing it out of fear, and leaves to spread the word of his godhood.²* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'': Parodied using General Drayfox, [[PoliticallyCorrectVillain an incredibly PC supervillain]], who wants [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero his enemy]] to kneel before him -- unless he objects to it for religious reasons, in which case he's free to demonstrate obeisance in an alternative, culturally-appropriate manner.²* [[BigBad Marnie]] forces [[VillainProtagonist Eric]] to do this in ''Series/TrueBlood''.²* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': The season 6 finale has [[spoiler:the Saviors outsmart Rick and his group and eventually captures them and forces them to knell to their leader Negan. Negan then gives Rick and his group an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that reduces [[BreakTheBadass even Rick to tears]] and ends up beating one member of the group to death in front of them all.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* Whacked-out rock band Electric Six quotes this in their song "Rip It!":²-->''You're listening to your politicians\² They claim to speak to God\² Can't you see it's just a fraud?\² Your rituals and superstitions\² Don't you find them kind of odd?\² Might as well kneel before Zod''²* Westside Connection's hip hop song "Bow Down".²* The Music/{{Evile}} song Thrasher has the line "Bow Down to the Thrasher" in its chorus.²* Invoked by Eminem as the "Rap God":²-->''Dale Earnhardt of the trailer park, the white trash god\² Kneel before General Zod, this planet's Krypton, no Asgard''²* Music/{{KISS}} says you will kneel before the "God of Thunder".²* Music/GamaBomb's [[https://youtu.be/q2ChWRjTic8 "In The Court of General Zod"]]. The song quotes this line verbatim.²* Music/{{Motorhead}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCaXIwkOSJw "King of Kings",]] noted for its "Bow down to the king" chorus.²* Sanctuary's [[https://youtu.be/OOoklqEDlFw "Battle Angels"]].²-->''"You'll fall [[MetalScream OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUR KNEEEEEEEEEEES!]] And hail our dawn!"'' ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]²* At Wrestling/WrestleMania 3, the Wrestling/JunkyardDog and Wrestling/HarleyRace (who was doing a "King of Wrestling" gimmick at the time) had a match with the stipulation that the loser must kneel and bow before the winner. Race won with a dirty pin, and the Dog kneeled in an incredibly half-assed way, then as soon as Race turned to gloat to the crowd, jumped Race from behind and got a victors response from the crowd as he left while leaving Race to rage in the ring despite him being the actual winner.²* Wrestling/PaulHeyman briefly did this to Wrestling/TheUndertaker after stealing his urn and kidnapping Wrestling/PaulBearer. Taker had his revenge, of course.²* Wrestling/BethPhoenix proclaimed that Candice would get down on her knees and "worship the glamazon". Obviously this didn't happen.²* Wrestling/JackSwagger's Wrestling/{{WWE}}[=/=]Wrestling/{{ECW}} Titan Tron entrances started off with this theme.²* Wrestling/TripleH's "King of Kings" entrance music, made ominously meaningful by the "Bow down to the king" chorus.²* At ''PGWA A Call To Arms'', Mickie Knuckles demanded Miss Rachel bow down to her.²* "Bow down to Wrestling/LeiDTapa!"²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Radio]]²* Spoofed in the ''Captain Kremmen'' radio serial, when our noble hero is about to meet Gort, ruler of the evil Thargoids.²-->'''Thargoid Guard:''' [[YouRebelScum Earth scum]], you will enter the throne room on your knees!\²'''Kremmen:''' You transistorized twit; no-one tells Kremmen to kneel!\²'''Thargoid Guard:''' You will ENTER on your KNEES!\²'''Kremmen:''' I WILL NOT ENTER ON MY KNEES!\²'''Thargoid Guard:''' Or we will remove your eyeballs.\²'''Kremmen:''' I think I'll enter on my knees.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Religion]]²* This happens several times in Literature/TheBible, and is therefore OlderThanFeudalism.²** One of the most memorable comes from the Literature/BookOfEsther, where the Jew Mordechai refuses to bow to the [[EvilChancellor evil advisor]] Haman. This is enough for Haman to plot not only Mordechai's execution, but the extermination of the ''[[DisproportionateRetribution entire Jewish people]].'' (Even though most of them ''did'' bow.)²** As well as Satan's final temptation of Christ:²-->Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."\²Then Jesus said to him, "[[ShutUpHannibal Away with you, Satan]]! For it is written, ''You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.''" ~ '''Matthew 4:9-10 NKJV'''²** There's also the bit in the Literature/BookOfDaniel where Darius wants everyone to worship him, but Daniel refuses and gets thrown into a lion pit. The lions leave him alone, and Darius is impressed enough to convert to worshiping the Abrahamic {{God}}.²** Also from Daniel's book is the story of Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego, which is essentially the same story. The three guys refuse to worship Nebuchadnezzer's giant idol and get thrown into a furnace. God sends down an angel to protect them from the flames, and Nebby is impressed enough to convert. For a while, anyway. That said, it took him going madder than King George for several years for the conversion to stick.²* Inverted in the Quran: {{God}} orders all of his angels to bow to Adam, his greatest creation, but [[{{Satan}} Iblis]], a jinn [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels ranked as high as an angel]], refused. God damned him for his disobedience and Iblis became the Islamic devil. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* There are a ton of Charms in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' that allow you to do this to other people, or potentially have this done to you. Most notably is the charmset of the fallen demon king Malfeas, which includes a charm called ''Kneel or be Knelt'' and another that turns you into a living [[TheArkOfTheCovenant Ark of the Covenant]] that melts the skin off everyone who doesn't immediately prostrate themselves to you.²* ''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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theatre]]²* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Giovanni's reprise of "You And Me and Pokemon" mentions this. On stage, Rocket Grunts kneel before him as he sings.²-->''One fight/Then after that/You'll all be at my feet!''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* Andrew from the Star Wolf team in ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' is introduced saying, "Bow before the great Andross!"²* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''²** An NPC for the Ahn'Qiraj world event was called "General Zog". If a player did the "/kneel" emote to him, he would reply with "General Zog acknowledges your submission with a glance."²** Patch 3.3 also included [[http://www.wowhead.com/?item=50034 Zod's Repeating Longbow]] with the flavor text "Kneel before him."²** High Prophet Barim, a boss in the Lost City of the Tol'Vir in Cataclysm, will yell "Kneel before me and repent!" midway through the battle. The players will be drawn to him, forced to kneel and have their souls sucked out of their bodies, forcing them to kill the Harbinger of Darkness before they can resume the battle against him.²** We also have Cho'gall, using his Conversion ability to force players to kneel and worship him, granting him more power. Said players' companions had best snap them out of it quick.²* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Rozalin]] from ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' has an attack called "Kneel Before Me". Did we mention she uses it on her ''allies''? Let's also mention that it's a StatusBuff. The description's not exactly helpful, as it simply reads "You heard me."²* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''²** Played with in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'': Saix simply asks Sora to show just how important Kairi is to him. Sora, who AintTooProudToBeg, kneels of his own volition.²** Saix does it for real in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 Days]]'' when he yells at Roxas to "Grovel before me!" while they fight.²** Seifer's CatchPhrase for the game: "KNEEL LOSER!"²** Scar will yell "Bow to me!" during the fight against him atop Pride Rock.²* In the old ''[[VideoGame/PanelDePon Tetris Attack]]'' game for the Super Nintendo (a port of ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'' in which all of the characters were replaced with characters from VideoGame/YoshisIsland), you could take a look at all of the characters available in the Options menu, complete with a bit of text from that character. [[SquishyWizard Kamek's]] text starts off with superiority and ends with demanding Yoshi to "KNEEL, KNEEL BEFORE YOUR NEW MASTER".²* Happened on ''VideoGame/MitadakeHigh''. They said no. Badguy shot them in the face.²* After his resurrection in ''Videogame/StarFoxAdventures'', Andross threatened everyone to kneel before him.²* Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series: The player is ordered to kneel before Ramsay Snow and Ludd Whitehill one one occasion each. An option to kneel before Cersei Lannister is also presented, but the player is not asked to do so beforehand.²* Creator/GeorgeTakei's huge LargeHam intro speech in ''VideoGame/RedAlert3'':²-->"The Imperial war machine has been unleashed. Do not struggle against what is inevitable. All who stand in the way of our divine destiny will be swept away by the march of history. You will bow before us, or you will cease to exist."²* In ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', [[spoiler:the protagonist gets the option to demand people to bow down to them once it is revealed that they were the former Big Bad.]]²** In the Imperial Agent storyline of Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic, Darth Jadus will demand that Cipher Nine bow before him. You're given the option to refuse, after which he electrocutes you for defiance.²** In the Sith Inquisitor story, after you defeat the final arc's BigBad and overall smug snake Darth Thanaton, you use the force to make him kneel, furthering your final humiliation of him.²** And in the Sith Warrior storyline, you release the imprisoned [[SealedEvilInACan Dread Masters]] (super-old and powerful Sith who can use The Force to [[UpToEleven terrify entire FLEETS into surrender]]) during the third arc. Upon release, they promptly turn their powers on you, forcing both your character and their companion to their hands and knees. This gives you the option of either mouthing off to them in a show of bravado, whereupon they unleash MORE power on you and force you even LOWER, or deciding that you're too badass for their nonsense and standing up after shaking their influence off. [[spoiler:Although you find out later that [[GoodJobBreakingItHero might not have been the best idea...]]]]²* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather'' game you can make targets fall to their knees, most easily achieved by shooting them in the knees.²* ''VideoGame/GuildWars Factions'' has shiro doing this to some spirits he has captured.²* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':²** In the fight against [[spoiler:Odin]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', you can avoid instant death from his ultimate attack by using one of two commands that cause your character to kneel. There's still a chance that you will die from the damage done, but you at least reduce the chance.²** ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy]]'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII The Emperor]] gets this declaration in the final story mode's battle with him, doubling as IncomingHam.²-->"Grovel before my ''unrivaled power''!"²** He also gets "Fallen god, kneel before me!" when facing [[BonusBoss Feral Chaos]].²** Sephiroth also reprises his line from ''Advent Children'': "On your knees! I want you to beg for forgiveness!"²* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''²** "''Sit'', [[spoiler:would you kindly.]]"²** In the ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'' opening, Sofia Lamb casually tells Subject Delta to "Kneel, please." Unfortunately for Delta, the clever Lamb has already put him under [[CompellingVoice Hypnosis]]. [[MoralEventHorizon After he kneels, she hands him a pistol]] [[PsychicAssistedSuicide and commands him to put it against his head]]. '''"Fire."'''²* In ''VideoGame/BattleRealms'', one of Serpent Clan Kenji's [[BondOneLiner lines when he slays a foe]] is "bow before '''me'''!". If you choose to "ally" with the monks instead of the ninja, Kenji also forces the monks to kneel before him in the post-battle cutscene.²* Happens in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed 2''.²-->'''Darth Vader:''' ''(force-chokes Juno)'' Bow before me, or she dies.\²'''Starkiller:''' Wait! Wait! ''(drops his lightsabers and kneels)'' I will do your bidding. Just let her go.²* ''VideoGame/JediAcademy'': Near the end ([[MultipleEndings one of them]]), [[spoiler:the ghost of Marka Ragnos]] declares the PlayerCharacter ''will'' kneel before him. Instead of whining at you to do it, which wouldn't be likely to work, he immediately sets out to beat the crap out of you to make you submit/dead.²* In ''VideoGame/WanderingHamster'', there's a certain sentient spleen who wants Bob to kneel before him. Kneeling gives no results (expect for spleen's comment), and the only way to get past him is to refuse to kneel (and thus, fight him).²* In ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'', two of the lines Chernobog says when you fight him are ''"Bow down to me"'' and ''"Kneel before me"''.²* Shao Kahn of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' is fond of this trope, being the Emperor of Outworld and all. "Bow to me!" (Ironically, this and his other gloats is a weakness that can leave him vulnerable to an attack by the player.)²** His successor Kotal Kahn is also a perpetrator of this trope. His throw in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' has him saying "On your knees" as he forces the opponent to do so.²* In the Story Mode of ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'', LargeHam Lord Dearche commands this to practically anyone she's about to fight.²--> '''Dearche:''' A lowly fragment like you dares to raise your hand against your lord? Such arrogance! KNEEL BEFORE ME!²* [[EvilCounterpart Injustice Universe Superman]] does this to his defeated opponent in his victory scene in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''.²** General Zod actually has this as his grab move where he makes his opponent kneel before him with eye beams. He even says the name of the trope as he does so.²* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s ''[[DownloadableContent Citadel DLC]]'' gives us this bit from a 50,000-year-old ProudWarriorRaceGuy with a massive after-party hangover:²-->'''Javik:''' ''(still drunk from the party the night before)'' Is it time to rule the galaxy now? Kneel before Javik!²* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':²** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' - At the end of the ''Legacy'' [=DLC=], the sapient darkspawn Corypheus wakes up after being sealed for more than a thousand years. Despite his disorientation, he quickly demands Hawke and co. kneel before him.²** ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' - The Elder One makes his debut by [[spoiler:wiping out Haven]] with his army and his dragon, then demands that the Herald kneel before him. [[spoiler:Clearly, Corypheus is as prideful as ever.]]²* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', Relius's Astral Heat shows more than one character forced on his/her knees before him in different and personalised poses ([[FanDisservice some of them being really fetishized]]) before [[MadScientist he]] [[PlayingWithSyringes experiments on them]]. ²* In ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame LEGO Marvel Superheroes]]'', during his boss fight in Free Play Mode, Loki swears the player characters will kneel before him when the day is through.²* Losing to Marik in ''VideoGame/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsterColiseum'' makes him delighted to see the Pharaoh groveling before him. Bandit Keith mentions this as well, but tires of it and tells him to get lost.²* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhTheFalseboundKingdom'' inverts this, as Marthis demands Kaiba ''stand'' before Emperor Heishin.²* The BigBad from ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'' will say this to taunt the player.²--> "Bow to me, and I might be merciful!"²* ''Videogame/SaltAndSanctuary'': The Scarecrow you often encounter talks about even the most powerful beings out there kneel to him, and that you will, one day, join them. Even if you persist, one day you will break, sink into despair, and finally kneel before it. [[spoiler:And in the fight with the Nameless God himself, whose voice was in that same Scarecrow, he at least forces the physical gesture out of you by forcing you to take fall damage to access his arena, which makes you kneel to the ground briefly.]]²* In ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear Xrd REVELATOR'', Kum Haehyun's Instant Kill first immobilizes and forces the target on his/her knees, before Haehyun gives them a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and then a FingerPokeOfDoom that pretty much sends them flying.²* In the campaign mode of ''VideoGame/{{Injustice 2}}'', Grodd demands that Black Canary kneel at his feet. Before fighting him, Canary's response is "Kneel before Grodd? [[LampshadeHanging That doesn't sound right]]."²* Grimoire Weiss upon your first meeting in ''VideoGame/NieR'' has this to say:²-->'''Weiss''': (EvilLaugh) I am Grimoire Weiss! My very name brings kingdoms to their knees! I will grant you one final chance. Bow your head and accept my power or go alone and fail.²** Subverted, since he isn't actually evil, just extremely arrogant, and will gladly provide the main character with BlackMagic (and [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick snarky commentary]]) in return.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Visual Novel]]²* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': Shion is pressured into apologizing to her grandmother this way. She is then forced to [[spoiler:strip herself of three fingernails]].²** And later in the same arc [[spoiler:she treats Mion this way.]]²* Beatrice in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' absolutely ''loves'' doing this in Episode 2. You may also lick her shoes. Serving as a living footrest for her is optional.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'': [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0139.html "Cyborgs under my command, Kneel before Valorum!"]] It is [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0206.html later]] revealed that the GM [[ActorAllusion planned to name Valorum "Zod"]].²* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. The Sturmvoraus family test their CompellingVoice by ordering Lady Vrin to kneel. Earlier they'd realised that Agatha Heterodyne had the voice when she walked on stage (playing MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Lucrezia Mongfish) and commanded "KNEEL YOU MISERABLE MINION!" whereupon the entire audience instantly dropped to their knees.²* Parodied: "LINE UP ALPHABETICALLY." "Hey! Neil before Zod!" [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/apelad/1481245335/]]²* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[spoiler:[[MonsterClown Gamzee]] demands that [[GeniusBruiser Equius]] kneel before him, playing on Equius's strong belief in/fetish for [[FantasticRacism submission to his superiors]]. Equius does indeed kneel after having [[DeathByIrony an arrow fired through his knee, and is promptly strangled to death]]. What drives the scene into outright horror is that it's also heavily implied that Equius is ''[[TooKinkyToTorture getting off on his own murder]]''.]]²* ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'': "[[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2011/04/22/ Now, in acknowledgement of my supremacy, prostrate yourself before me.]]"²* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''²-->'''Fructose Riboflavin:''' Bow before your new master, whelp!\²'''Bob:''' ''(sitting in cramped spaceship cockpit)'' Bow? I barely have room to scratch my nose in here.²* InvincibleHero Rai from ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}''. Through his incredibly powerful mind control, he can make quite powerful enemies kneel with a single word.²* Parodied in one of the ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strips that appeared in ''Dragon Magazine'' that narrated the history of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. When describing how Peter Adkison's Wizards of the Coast was purchased by toy giant Hasbro, the panel shows a literal wizard from the coast kneeling before an evil Mr. Potato Head who cries out, "KNEEL BEFORE SPUD, SON OF ADKI!"²* ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons:'' Our heroine Allison has infiltrated a group of girls who are to be presented as tribute to Mottom, the absolute ruler of 111,111 universes. Their guide tells them "When she rises, you will ''prostrate'' yourselves." When Mottom does eventually rise, she does it while [[CruelAndUnusualDeath painfully turning a man into a tree]]. When the entire crowd of thousands prostrates themselves, [[spoiler:Allison stands, the Key of Kings on her forehead shining brighter than Mottom's own]].²* ''Webcomic/EnsignSueMustDie'' is a ParodySue comic in the reboot ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe, and when they find the MirrorUniverse, even they have a VillainSue, who insists she's the empress, and that all must bow before her. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* The power-hungry Dark Overlords from ''Literature/DimensionHeroes''.²* [[http://seawasp.livejournal.com/75933.html Kneel (or Equivalent) Before Zod!]]- A Usenet poster "roleplaying" as General Zod goes on a 4000+ word rant while trying to gain converts to his cause.²* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses ran an advent calendar of "Zodmas", with General Zod discussing his various opinions on Christmas traditions, how he will subjugate humanity to a never-ending era of suffering (marathons of "Baby's Day Out", toes that shoot missiles, etc.) then telling the audience to kneel. In the end, he decides not to invade our planet out of disgust for humanity's mis-interpreation of the word "kneel".²** Zod returns in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' to take command of the enemy's ship and stop the Website/ChannelAwesome critics. Naturally, he introduces himself with "KNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLL!" Hilariously, [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Terl]] thinks that's his actual name.²--> "Oh geez, he's foreign...Um, Hello, Neil! Nice to meet you!(mimics Zod's hand motion)"²* ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'': Puppycat orders a ladybug to bow to him.²-->'''Puppycat''': Hello Peon. Bow to me.\²'''Ladybug''': Ummm... no... thank you.\²'''Puppycat''': Why not?²* 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.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''²** In "Not So Awesome Blossom," Mojo Jojo tries to extort this out of Blossom by dangling a BoundAndGagged [[DistressedDude Professor]] over a LavaPit.²** Princess' première ("Stuck Up, Up And Away") also includes her telling Blossom, "Prepare to bow to your princess!" Cue the {{Fiery Redhead}}ed leader's first SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.²** Later on in "Forced Kin", a giant alien robot manages to defeat the Powerpuff Girls, take over Townsville and make the entire town kneel before it. Mojo Jojo (who has been aiding the girls because he couldn't stand to see something more evil than him) witnesses this, [[BerserkButton utterly snaps]], and proceeds to [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome beat the crap out of the five or six times bigger robot]] ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome with a loaf of stale French bread]]''.²* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Lex Luthor forces Superman to do this by drugging him with a combination of [[KryptoniteFactor Kryptonite]] dust and Poison Ivy's mind-control pollen.²* Lex also does this [[EvilVersusEvil to fellow criminal mastermind]] Gorilla Grodd in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', by turning Grodd's own MindControl powers against him. [[Awesome/JusticeLeague And we love him for it]].²* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''²** "Kneel Before Grodd!" Gorilla Grodd travels forward in time to take over the Ape Army and beat the Tiger Army. He succeeds, and has the Tiger leader "Great Caesar" bow to him; complete with AgonyBeam.²** Fox also tries to make Bronze Tiger kneel before him at the end of "Return of the Fearsome Fangs!", and Bronze Tiger pretends to comply so he could attack Fox while his guard was down.²** Degaton does it to Batman and the Justice Society in "The Golden Age of Justice!".²** "Kneel Before King Superman!" in "Battle of the Superheroes!"²* Has happened on ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' a few times, in the dramatizations of the above-mentioned stories from [[Literature/TheBible The Book of Daniel]]. Mr. Nezzer even wrote [[VillainSong a song]] that people can sing as they bow to his giant chocolate rabbit idol. Yeah, it's a weird show.²* ''WesternAnimation/XMen''²** Vertigo in the two-parter "Reunion", when using her powers on {{Wolverine}}:²-->'''Vertigo:''' On your knees!\²'''Wolverine:''' No!\²'''Vertigo:''' Surrender to Vertigo.\²'''Wolverine:''' [[DefiantToTheEnd Never!]]²** Here's another:²-->'''Vertigo:''' Kneel. Become one of the master's slaves. They cannot help you.²* The episode "Betrothed" of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' had Blackfire telling Starfire: "That's right. Bow down before your Grand Ruler!" Cue Starfire retaliating with "You may be the ruler of this planet, but you are ''not'' the ruler of ME!"²* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die" has the eponymous Scott force Cartman to get down on his knees, beg him for his money back, and act like a "little piggy".²* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Tarakudo: King of the Shadowkhan does this often. Captain Black once responded with, "The only king I bow to is Music/{{Elvis|Presley}}, and I don't see you wearing blue suede shoes."²* Vilgax attempted this on Ben in the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' finale when he finally succeeded in taking the Omnitrix from him. Ben's answer: "You already got the Omnitrix, Vilgax. Don't ask too much."²** Old George later attempts a slightly less aggressive version of it on the heroes, with not much more success.²* The ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "Viva Danger Mouse" has Baron Greenback planting catcus needles in the seat cushions of the world's leaders so "I can bring them to their feet before bringing them to their knees!"²** In "Danger Mouse on The Orient Express," DM exclaims that Greenback's plan to eliminate all of Europe's tourist sites and force tourists to visit his museum of Barry Manilow record sleeves will "bring the world to its knees!"²** Danger Mouse and Penfold are disguised in a suit of armor in a bid to stop Merlin's original magician Nozzle, who wants to rule the world today ("The Clock Strikes Back"). Nozzle tells the suit of armor to kneel to him, to which Penfold quips "It's not [[IncrediblyLamePun Neil]]. It's Penfold and..."²* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has a truly epic one: [[spoiler: Vandal Savage uses Starro-tech to mind control the ''entire Justice League'' and forces them to kneel before him at the end of "Usual Suspects"]].²* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'': Daffy (as General Zod) has making Bugs kneel before him as his major motivation (and even utters the actual phrase) in "[=SuperRabbit=]": the episode being a WholePlotReference to ''Film/SupermanII''.²* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperheroSquadShow'' episode "Planet Hulk", the first thing the Hulk hears on arriving on Sakaar is some shouting "You WILL bow down before me!"; the Hulk replies, "Sounds like bully, or politician". When the unseen shouter roars "KNEEL, I said!", the Hulk replies, "DEFINITELY politician!"²* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor'', Princess Malucia mentions this in her villain song.²-->Y'see this crown? It means ''bow down''.²* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', Lydia sings that all will bow to her once she rules the Diamond Castle. ²* WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch kneel to zookeeper Peevly and beg him to not put Arnie the lovesick gorilla in their cave with them in "Love Bug Bungle."²* On ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra,'' [[TheConqueror Kuvira]] demands that the entire population of Zaofu bow to her after she finally conquers the city. Zaofu is led by [[BadassFamily the Beifongs]], the family of her [[TheDragon Dragon]]/[[DoctorGirlfriend fiancé]], [[AntagonisticOffspring Baatar Jr.]]; none of them will bow to her, [[TheStoic which she accepts calmly]], though it infuriates him.²* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''. Zod demands the viewer to "Kneel before Zod!" Then the camera pans out and reveals he's doing a ''Bod by Zod'' workout video.²-->'''Zod:''' Lay down on your backs before Zod! Now, using your lower abdominals, raise your legs and hold on a five-count before Zod! One before Zod! Two before Zod! Three before Zod!²* Plankton in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "F.U.N." when he imagines himself conquering Bikini Bottom with a giant jellyfish. "All knees will bow to Plankton!"²* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': In "New Kids in Town", Brainiac travels back in time in an attempt to murder a teenage Clark Kent before he can become Superman. When Clark takes a beating and falls to his knees, Brainiac says, "At last, the son of Jor-El kneels before me."²* ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'': In "No Honor Among Thieves", after Lex Luthor steals several heroes' powers, including Superman's, he demands this of Darkseid, Kalibak, and Desaad. Instead, Darkseid outsmarts him and exposes him to kryptonite.²-->'''Lex:''' Earth is mine, as is Apokolips. You may ''kneel'' before Luthor the All Powerful!²* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', the incantation for the Spell with No Name demands this right before unleashing a butterfly-shaped projectile of pure destruction.²-->''I call the spell which has no name.''\²''My mother's gift with which she reigned.''\²''Eclipse my heart with rightful power.''\²''Stand before the queen and cower!''²* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' Lord Dominator commands everyone to kneel after beating them in "Battle Royale".²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* Ugandan dictator Idi Amin forced white expatriates to kneel before him, [[HumiliationConga with the event captured by photographers]] for propaganda purposes.²* 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]].²[[/folder]]²----²->"[[TheStinger Oh, God...]]"\²"''[[AnswersToTheNameOfGod Zod]]''."²----

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