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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:˛%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.˛%%˛[[quoteright:200:[[Film/ThePhantomMenace]]]]˛[[caption-width-right:200:"''What's'' that about Silly Putty?"]]˛˛One way of making a character look bizarre or comedic is to give him a long neck. He/she/it can be born with it as due to some strange birth defect. Or when the character is anthropomorphic and has a long neck because of his real life animal counterparts like giraffes, geese, swans, sauropod dinosaurs, snakes, tortoises,...˛˛In comedic stories a long neck is usually stretched out by accident. The neck is either fully erect and only able to rise and down or it can be bent into all kinds of shapes like a snake. Long necked characters are usually able to oversee things from great distances. Or when swimming, he is able to use his neck as a periscope. Disadvantages of this condition are that the character's neck will frequently be tied in knots or bump against lower objects or people. ˛˛Also a frightening type of BodyHorror in horror movies, because it is such an unusual sight. On the other hand: to women it is sometimes seen as a sign of beauty. ˛˛----˛!!Examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Anime & Manga]]˛* Orochimaru from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' can stretch his neck out like a snake, drawing from the ''rokurokubi'' discussed below.˛* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has the Snakeneck Tribe, a who are distinguished by their long thin necks.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Art]]˛* Creator/FranciscoDeGoya: The largest woman on ''Hilan delgado (They spin finely)'' has a long neck.˛* ''[[ Madonna with the Long Neck]]'' by Italian renaissance painter Parmigianino. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* Petatje stretches the villain's neck in the ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'' album "De Negen Peperbollen".˛* In ''ComicBook/DeKiekeboes'' album "De Pili-Pili Pillen" Balthazar's neck stretches to enormous heights due to a strange medicine.˛* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': In "Las embajadas chifladas", at the final chapter Filemón got his neck elongated to a point where it was [[AmusingInjuries about half a meter long]], and had to hide it inside his shirt. Much later, once everyone thought his neck had gone back to normal, he used it to make [[ItMakesSenseInContext everyone think that Mortadelo was a snake charmer, revealing it while Mortadelo played the flute]]. And at the end of the story, he and Mortadelo got tied with a bomb near them. What did Filemón did? [[ChekhovsBoomerang He used his neck to take the bomb with his teeth]] and threw it to the BigBad.˛* In the ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'' album "De Stalen Bloempot" Lambik's neck is stretched out like a snake due to an accident.˛* Naturally, any elastic-powered superhero, such as ComicBook/PlasticMan, ComicBook/ElongatedMan, and [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] can stretch their necks as they would their limbs, often using it to see around above or around an obstacle. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Animation]]˛* Melman the Giraffe from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''.˛* Quite a few of the dragon species from the ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' franchise have this feature, most prominently including the Night [[spoiler: and Light]] Fury, Monstrous Nightmare, Boneknapper, and Razorwhip. The Hideous Zippleback has ''two'', being two-headed.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* Shown briefly towards the end of ''Film/BlackSwan'' during a surreal and disturbing depiction of the main character's transformation into the 'swan' of 'Swan Lake'.˛* One of the monsters in ''Film/{{CHUD}}'' starts extending its neck, which makes it all the more easy to decapitate.˛* The baby from ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'' has an abnormally long neck, among other deformities. Its neck gets even longer in the scene where it [[OffWithHisHead pops out from underneath Spenser's head]].˛* Ditto for the Henrietta Deadite in ''Film/EvilDead2'', whose neck starts extending when it escapes the fruit cellar.˛* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'': E.T. is able to make his neck longer. He usually does this when he is frightened, but near the end when he has to say goodbye to Elliott's older brother he does this too. ˛* ''Franchise/StarWars'':˛** In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', one of the Jedi Council members, Yarael Poof, has a very long neck.˛** Also, the Kaminoans from ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛* When Alice starts to grow after drinking from a magic potion in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' her entires body stretches, including her neck. ˛* Many illustrations of [[Creator/LewisCarroll the Jabberwock]] give it a long, snaky neck.˛* Pierson's Puppeteers from ''Literature/KnownSpace'' are described as having two heads atop long necks with mouths that they use as hands, as well as for eating. Their brain is actually in their body, not either of their heads. Their species name comes from the fact that their heads apparently look similar to sock puppets.˛* Creator/TheBrothersGrimm story ''Literature/TheSixServants'' has a character with a very long neck who's able to see things from enormous distance. In the fairy tale attraction park De Efteling he is named Langnek ("Long neck") and has a statue of him in the park. His neck raises and lowers and he is one of the mascots of the park.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[DiscussedTrope Mentioned]] by the Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]] that MonsterOfTheWeek the Krillitanes used to have extremely long necks, but due to the fact they constantly take on other species' traits, they now look like giant bats.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]˛* The Questing Beast, pursued by several knights from [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian legend]], was described as having a snake-like head and long neck.˛* The [[{{Youkai}} Rokurokubi]] appears as a normal woman at first, but she can elongate her neck like a snake. According to the tales, this happens while the Rokurokubi is asleep.˛* A very popular interpretation of what the Loch Ness Monster looks like. Sometimes, the head and neck are the ''only'' parts of the animal people see!˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* ''VideoGame/{{Puppeteer}}'''s Nebula Oblongata is the Rukurokubi daughter of the HeadlessHorseman, Mayor of Hallowee Ville. Despite her stretching neck, she insists that she's a cosmic traveler trapped in a normal human's body in the middle of a town of monsters.˛* A number of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', but the absolute king of this trope is the Alola Form of Exeggutor. It's a 35-foot-tall palm tree, with thirty of those feet being its neck/trunk.˛* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the Lesser Dog enemy will stretch its neck out more and more when you pet it. [[OverlyLongGag This can go on]] [[ for quite some time]].˛* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'' has Bruno the Bigfoot's girlfriend, Trixie the Giraffe-Necked Girl from Scranton, who has rings around her neck like a Ndebele tribeswoman.˛* Khezu from ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' can stretch its neck to bite from a long distance.˛* [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Titania]] from ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' has one, which makes her more... ''[[UncannyValley off]]'' compared to the rest of the frames.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Visual Novels]]˛* Rei from VisualNovel/SablesGrimoire is a [[{{Youkai}} rokurokubi]] as mentioned above in Mythology and Religion, though in her world the species can extend their neck at will and control it's movements.˛* ''VisualNovel/SpiritHunterNG'':˛** When confronting her face-to-face, it's clear that the Urashima Woman's neck is far longer than it should be. This makes for a chilling scene when Akira is escaping her by boat and she can be seen in the water, her long neck ''slowly'' rising out of the water.˛** If [[spoiler:Rosé]] dies in the Screaming Author case, then their neck is unnaturally elongated by razor wire to give them a grisly resemblance to a crane, the [[AnimalMotif motif]] of the chapter.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Animation]]˛* The Engineer in the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fan-vid [[ nope.avi]].˛* Karl Hadrika's [[ "Becky Prim"]] proof-of-concept {{pilot}} has Norville, the show's {{nerd}}, who's [[ neck is so long that it blends into his chin]]. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Webcomics]]˛* ''Webcomic/{{Erma}}'': Erma is related to a large and diverse family of {{Youkai}} on her mother's side, and her [[ aunt Yori]] is a ''rokurokubi'' with a hugely stretchy, flexible neck. However, she can retract it to a normal length when she wants to pass for human.˛* Baraquiel, the right hand of God and main antagonist of ''Webcomic/MyBestFriendMarneao'', not only has a giraffe-looking face, but an absurd long neck too. In the non-canon HalloweenSpecial, he tells a woman he plays basketball thanks to being very tall...and then kills her for giving him gum among his candy.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget is able to stretch his neck to great lengths.˛* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Run Away Runway", Candace becomes a model because she's got a naturally long neck that goes with the high collar on a fashion designer's newest outfit.˛* ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'': In the "Royal Canadian Yaksmen" episode one of the yaks that accompanies Ren and Stimpy suddenly freaks out in a psychotic frenzy. During what is already a frightening scene his neck suddenly elongates several metres.˛* [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner The Road Runner]] has a long neck. In the cartoon, "WesternAnimation/ChariotsOfFur", he even extends it at one point to startle Wile E. from behind, [[TalkingWithSigns then signs "Road Runners are extremely flexible"]].˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':˛** "Treehouse of Horror X": In "Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl in: Desperately Xeeking Xena", Bart as "Stretch Dude" is able to stretch out his body parts, including his neck.˛** In another "Treehouse of Horror" short, a gypsy curse makes Bart's neck stretch until he's too weak to support it and drowns in a bowl of cereal across the table.˛* Also characteristic for many characters in Creator/TexAvery's universe. ˛* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': A DreamSequence in "Together Alone" portrays Yellow Diamond with a long, snaking neck much like a rokurokubi. This was most like an AscendedMeme and SelfDeprecation towards how her first (and, for about a year, only) appearance [[DependingOnTheArtist drew her with a bizarrely thin neck]].˛* One of Wakko's abilities from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' is to stretch his neck to ridiculous lengths usually so his siblings can measure something or use him as a ladder.˛* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'', the character Hydro, being a living firetruck, has a double-jointed ladder for a neck. This lets him stretch his already long neck even higher for rescues.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Real Life]]˛* Many animals have long necks, probably inspiring this trope:˛** Geese, swans, giraffes, flamingos, storks, ostriches, llamas, tortoises, turtles,...˛** Many dinosaurs as well: sauropods (actually called 'long necks' in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''), spinosaurids, therizinosaurids, ornithomimosaurs, coelophysids, ''Miragaia''...˛** Not just dinosaurs; [[GiantFlyer Azhdarchid pterosaurs]] (like ''Quetzalcoatlus'') had very long (and very ''stiff'') necks, as well as equally long beaks. These were ideal for snatching small animals off the ground.˛** Plesiosaurs. It was once speculated that a relic plesiosaur was the source of Loch Ness Monster sightings, but [[ScienceMarchesOn later evidence]] revealed that plesiosaurs would ''not'' have been capable of bending their necks the way Nessie is often reported to do.˛** [[ The utterly bizarre-looking Tanystropheus]], a type of prehistoric reptile with a neck that made up most of its body. Scientists believe that it used said neck as a built-in fishing rod.˛** Long necks are a component of the breed standard for many dog breeds, particularly tall, lightly-built hunting breeds.˛** Interestingly, giraffes have the same number of neck vertebrae that almost all mammals (including humans) have, which is 7. In birds and reptiles, the number varies.˛** Subverted by mantids, snakeflies, and giraffe weevils, which only ''look'' like this trope applies because their head and/or prothorax is elongated. Technically, their "neck" is only the very short bit of membrane that attaches the two.˛* African women of the South Ndebele tribe, and certain tribes in Burma, traditionally wear many rings around their necks. Little girls are given one ring on top of the other each year until their necks actually resemble that of a giraffe's. It's an UrbanLegend that if they were to commit adultery, the rings would be removed and their necks would immediately collapse, but this is not true, a woman can remove the rings without risking a neck injury[[note]]That said, it has been reported that they don't ''like'' to remove the rings, partly because the process of doing so is very long and tedious, partly because their necks feel less comfortable without them and partly because the rings cause unsightly bruises and discoloration[[/note]]. Also contrary to popular belief, the rings [[SubvertedTrope don't actually lengthen the women's necks]] so much as they displace their shoulders downwards.˛* Actor [[ Alan Ruck.]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛----


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