Clanger00 on Jun 28th 2018 at 7:36:02 PM
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Clanger00 on Aug 17th 2018 at 10:40:36 AM
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A villain has the Damsel in Distress or Distressed Dude at his mercy and wants to intimidate, humiliate, or otherwise subjugate his prisoner. One way to do this is to grab the chin or jaw of a captive and force them to look the villain in the eye whilst he gloats or threatens them. This could happen with a demoralised captive who is looking at the ground, a captive who is distracted by something and the villain wants to be the object of attention, or a captive actively avoiding looking the villain in the eye due to the villain's powers. Less commonly happens with a Defiant Captive, who is probably already making eye-contact with the villain.
In most cultures, the face is considered one of the more intimate parts of the body and face touching is usually reserved for friends and family. A villain touching someone's face would therefore be considered a violation of personal space, and an easy way of showing they have a high degree of control/power over their captives.
- In a filler episode of the Kuroshitsuji anime, Angela has Sebastian chained to a wall, and she uses the handle of her whip to lift Sebastian's chin up so that she can see his face while she mocks him.
- In early Gensoumaden Saiyuki, a leery guy holds Sanzo's face still whilst complimenting him on his feminine beauty.
- During the "Hyper-tension!" arc of Superboy (1994), Black Zero uses his telekinesis to hold Kon-El still and force him to look at him while he monologues at his captive audience.
- Having lured Basil, The Great Mouse Detective to his lair, Ratigan ambushes the hero with a faux surprise party. After tearing away Basil's fake mustache, Ratigan toys with Basil, holding Basil's chin while sarcastically complimenting him on his seafarer disguise.
- In Tarzan, when Clayton has captured Tarzan on the ship, he uses the barrel of his gun to lift Tarzan's chin up so he's forced to look him in the eye when Clayton reveals his betrayal.
- In Hercules, when Hades has taken Meg hostage. He grabs her face and makes her look at him (Hades) and then at Hercules in order to mock Hercules.
- Disney's Aladdin
- In the first film, Jafar does this to both Jasmine and Aladdin. When mocking Jasmine over Aladdin's status as a peasant, he uses his staff to lift her face up so he can see her expression. He mocks Aladdin further by grabbing his face and then slaps him.
- In the sequel film Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, Jafar again does this with Jasmine as she's chained to a wall, but she bites his hand.
- In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Frollo does this multiple times to Quasimodo. He grabs the face of an upset Quasimodo and forces him to look up at him whilst mocking him over his only friends being the stone gargoyles. He grabs Quasimodo's face again during his Villain Song, where, in an attempt to control Quasimodo, Frollo tells Quasimodo he'll be killed if he ever leaves the bell tower.
- In The Jungle Book Mowgli runs into Kaa a second time, and Kaa repeatedly uses his tail to try to force Mowgli to look him in the eyes so he can hypnotise him. Shere Khan later does this to Kaa himself, lifting the snake's face up with one of his claws whilst threateningly recommending he inform Khan if he spots Mowgli again.
- In the Peter Pan sequel Return to Never Land, as shown in the page image, Captain Hook lifts a captured Peter's chin up using his hook so that he can see his face whilst he gloats.
- Disney's The Little Mermaid
- In the first film, Ursula holds Ariel's jaw with one of her tentacles and forces Ariel look at her, whilst feigning concern for her fractured relationship with her father and her inability to be on land. She does this to better pressure Ariel to bargain with her.
- In the sequel The Little Mermaid II, Morgana has Ariel caught in one of her tentacles and grabs her jaw to make her look at her, in order to mock Melody.
- In Wreck-It Ralph, a Cy-bug corrupted Turbo/Candy King has captured Ralph and holds his jaw still so that he's forced to watch Sugar Rush be consumed by Cy-bugs. As he does this, he taunts Ralph about how Vanellope will be killed as she is unable to leave the game.
- In Tangled, while Mother Gothel is singing "Mother Knows Best", she grabs and squishes Rapunzel's face while gazing "lovingly" into her eyes, immediately after a line that mocks Rapunzel's weight and intelligence. Gothel does this to patronise Rapunzel as she wants her to think she (Rapunzel) won't survive if she leaves the tower.
- In Frozen, Prince Hans holds a weakened Anna's chin up so she's looking him in the eye whilst he tells her of his plan to kill Elsa and usurp the throne.
- Pixar's The Incredibles
- In the first film, Bob is being lectured by his supervisor, Gilbert Hugh, for helping customers with insurance claims. When Bob notices someone being mugged outside, Gilbert grabs Bob's jaw and screams "Look at me when I'm talking to you, Parr". He then proceeds to mock Bob over being unable to help him.
- In the sequel film Incredibles 2, the monologuing villain holds the incapacitated Elastigirl's chin up as she's suffocating to near death.
- In Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Captain Gutt lifts Shira's face up using one of his claws while he threatens her for failing to kill Manny, Sid and Diego.
- In Johnny Mnemonic, Shinji, who has been sent to hunt down the titular hero, grabs the chin of Johnny's most recent client in order to intimidate him into revealing where Johnny is going.
- Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance:
- Head monk Methodius has Johnny, Moreau, and Nadya captured so he can execute the latter's son. He holds Nadya's jaw whilst telling her there's nothing she can do to save her son before knocking her unconscious.
- Blackout later returns the favour, holding Methodius's jaw so that he's forced to look him in the eye as he slowly kills him by rotting his flesh. He does this again to a powerless Johnny, whilst mocking him that Danny was now possessed and witnessing the execution. Fortunately, Danny gives him his Ghost Rider powers back before Blackout can kill him.
- The Dark Knight:
- The Joker crashes a party and begins interrogating the guests on the whereabouts of Harvey Dent. First he grabs the jaw of a middle aged man and jiggles his jowels, then he grabs another man by the jaw and threatens him with a knife. When he's prevented from going further by Rachel, he grabs her jaw and forces her to look at him whilst he tells her how he got his scars.
- Joker later does this again to Gambol during the famous 'Why so serious?' scene. He holds Gambol's face still as he threatens him with a knife and again tells the origin story of his scars.
- In Snow White and the Huntsman, Ravenna holds the chin of a young captive so she can get a good look at his face. This is meant as a threat to the man's father.
- In It (2017), Pennywise prepares to eat Eddie, and holds his face still so Eddie can't look away whilst Pennywise imitates his crying. As a being that feeds off fear, it's clear Pennywise is doing this to scare him more.
- Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars: A New Hope grips captive Princess Leia's chin while mentioning that he's signed her death warrant. Leia is unbowed by this bullying.
Tarkin: Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life.Leia: I'm surprised you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself.
- In Oz: The Great and Powerful, Evanora forces a captured Glinda to look her in her eye when Glinda wouldn't look at her: grabbing her jaw and stating, "I'm going to wipe out your light until there's nothing left but my darkness".
- Once Upon a Time
- In Season 1, Regina visits a crying Mary (who had been falsely imprisoned on a murder charge) in her cell. When Mary pleads innocence, Regina grabs Mary's jaw, holds her face still and brags that she knows Mary is innocent but will fight to have her convicted anyway.
- In Season 4 the roles of the characters were swapped, resulting in Snow White being evil and the 'Evil Queen' Regina now being an outlaw. When Snow White has disarmed Regina, she holds her face with both hands and tells Regina her head would make a good trophy.
- In Season 7 of Game of Thrones, Cersei kills Tyene Sand by giving her a poisoned kiss. To mock her mother, who is chained to the opposite wall, Cersei holds Tyene's jaw whilst commenting on her 'dornish beauty'.
- In Redwall, Emperor Ublaz does this to captives (and mooks), as he has a hypnotic gaze that works on birds and reptiles.
- In Faith of the Fallen, when Richard realizes the new dark sorceress everyone fears is one of his former teachers, he tells the messenger "Pray you never have to look into Nicci's eyes, Captain." We then cut to the next chapter, which starts with Nicci telling a child to look into her eyes while cupping her chin.
- In Furi, while The Stranger is still restrained inside his cell, The Chain lifts his chin up and punches him in the face. Subverted, in that while The Chain's a sadistic brute, he is not exactly a villain and he has some very solid reasons for keeping The Stranger locked up.
- In the E3 trailer for Spider-Man (PS4), Scorpion uses his tail to grab an unsuspecting Spider-man by the neck and drags him up so that he is looking Spider-man in the eyes whilst he gloats.
- In the 9th Dynasty Warriors, Dong Bai uses two fingers to lift up the chin of a defeated Diaochan, while she (Dong Bai) thinks of ways to kill her.
- In Season 1 of The Legend of Korra, Amon grabs a captured Korra's jaw and forces her to look up at him when he threatens to take away her bending.
- In Season 2 of Teen Titans, Terra tries to quit working for Slade. Unfortunately the armour suit she's wearing is integrated into her nervous system, and as she tried to leave Slade uses the suit to drag her back to him and electrocute her. He grabs her jaw and holds her face still while he brags about how she can never leave him.
- Occurs in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- In the first episode, Nightmare Moon crashes a party and uses her starry mane to hold Rarity's chin up and then hit her whilst mocking the ponies over failing to predict her return.
- In Queen Chrysalis's debut episode, she holds the brainwashed Shining Armor's face and makes him look at her, whilst she boasts to his fiance that he will soon be too weak to maintain the magic shield he has put around Canterlot, allowing her army to attack. She does this to Twilight in the same episode, holding her chin up whilst mocking the Mane Six's failure to stop her plan.
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