Clanger00 on Jun 28th 2018 at 7:36:02 PM
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Clanger00 on Jul 16th 2018 at 6:05:38 AM
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A villain has the Damsel in Distress or Distressed Dude at his mercy, and wants to lord his victory over his prisoner. One way to do this is to grab the chin or jaw of a demoralised captive and force them to look the villain in the eye whilst he gloats. It can also happen if the prisoner is distracted by something, or actively avoiding having to look the villain in the eye, and the villain wants to make sure he is what the captive is paying attention to.
This trope is used to show that the villain has such control over their prisoner they can manhandle the prisoner into focusing on them.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- In The Little Mermaid 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 Incredibles 2, the monologuing villain holds the incapacitated Elastigirl's chin up as she's suffocating to near death.
- 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 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.
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