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During a heated conversation an enraged character grabs another character by the collar, typically with both hands, pulls them close and shouts something dramatic right into their face.

This move is likely to be used as part of a Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique or when making somebody come to their senses. Might be followed by a Minion Maracas.

Compare the more intense Neck Lift, where one character grabs another character by the neck and actually lifts them up, and Villainous Face Hold, where it's the face that's grabbed angrily instead of the collar. See also Dragged by the Collar and Necktie Leash.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Your Name, when Taki (in Mitsuha's body) tries to convince Mitsuha's father to evacuate Itomori, he brushes it off as either a bid for attention or mental illness, and picks up the phone to call the hospital. Taki loses his temper and yanks the older man forward by his necktie, shocking him.
  • Near the climax of Castle in the Sky, Muska grabs Sheeta by the collar while he's threatening her.
  • The Promised Neverland: During Don's breakdown after learning the truth about Grace Field House, he ends up angrily slugging Norman and Ray in the face over them keeping the secret from him. He then grabs Emma by her shirt front in order to do the same thing to her. However, he stops himself short of doing so as he can't bring himself to harm her even in his rage, so he lets her go and walks outside to cool down.
  • Pokémon: Misty did it to Ash a couple times during the first seasons, as seen here. More often than not he was asking for it.

    Comic Books 
  • Early on in the first album of Blacksad, the titular detective searches for his girlfriend's stalker, who is a florist, and grabs him by the collar with a pistol on his mouth. Even without words, it's Blacksad saying, you mess with her, you mess with Blacksad.
  • Poor Tim gets yanked around by his collar by two out of the three Batmen he worked with as Robin, only Dick didn't do so. When Bruce picked him up by the collar in apparent anger it was a mock fight they'd set up ahead of time but Azrael tried to kill him after grabbing him by the collar and pinning him. This didn't work out for Az!Bats as Tim had already weaponized his costume to prevent this sort of thing.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Scuttle the seagull from Disney's The Little Mermaid tries to convey urgent news to Sebastian and Flounder, but is too flustered to speak coherently. Scuttle resorts to seizing a dubious Sebastian by his shell, and punctuates the sentence, "The Prince is gonna marry the Sea Witch in disguise!" by slamming the poor crab into the pier.
  • Mister Sykes is the Card-Carrying Villain of Disney's Oliver & Company. Sykes meets with destitute Fagin to exact a loan payment, and seizes Fagin by his collar to issue an ultimatum: repay every cent in three days, or "get hurt." The collar grab further acts to position Fagin's neck in the path of Sykes's car window, where it begins squeezing his throat.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks: When Beta Bitch Aria Blaze suggests that maybe the Dazzlings should follow her lead instead of Big Bad Adagio Dazzle's, Adagio grabs her by the front of her vest and promptly reasserts her authority over the trio.
  • In The Iron Giant, government agent Kent Mansley lies to general Rogard that the titular protagonist killed Hogarth, but the latter two prove to them that he's still alive, with the former glaring disapprovingly at Kent for his actions, which causes Kent to freak out and order a nuclear strike at the giant, which is only a few feet away from him. General Rogard then grabs Mansley by the collar and yells into his face that he's all but doomed the town.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, after Roger is confronted with evidence of his wife Jessica cheating, Eddie Valiant jokes that "the dames will be breaking his doors down". An angry Roger jumps on him and grabs him by the collar, ranting that he and his wife were going to be happy again before storming out through the window.
  • In The Naked Gun 2½, Frank does this to two almost dead guys in order to press information from them. His aggressive approach doesn't work out for him though. Watch the scene here.
  • Two examples from The Room. Denny yells "You're not my fucking mother!" at Lisa's mother, provoking her to start yanking his shirt collar. Later Mark grabs Peter by his jacket during their heated argument on the rooftop and shakes him hard.
  • In Zig Zag (2002), Singer does this to an employee at the Monkey Cage for calling ZigZag a retard. Towards the end of the movie, Hawke does it to Walters because he's sick of his rude behavior.
  • In Midwinter Night's Dream, Lazar does this to a man who harasses Jasna while she's working as a waitress.
  • In The Great Houdinis, Harry's "audition" in London involves being arrested. He doesn't try to resist, but angrily grabs an officer who tries to arrest Bess.

  • An infuriated Miranda does this to Arnie in Dr. Franklin's Island — but she does it in "the white place" where she has some control of her shape, so while standing and looking mostly human she grabs him with a taloned bird foot.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The criminal surgeon Doctor Mayfield from the Columbo episode "A Stitch in Crime" seizes the persistent detective by his overcoat lapels, seemingly in a passion to perform surgery over answering questions. However, Columbo notes that this behavior is an Out-of-Character Moment for Mayfield, and correctly deduces that Mayfield used this collar grab to conceal damning evidence.
  • Vikings: Viking Rollo has an Old French lesson, trying to overcome a Language Barrier at court in Paris, and boy, he does not enjoy himself. The lesson ends when he flips out: he tears a page from a (no doubt very precious) book, tears it into tiny pieces, crumples them and is suddenly fluent in Angrish gibberish that resembles Old French. He then flips his own table, grabs his teacher by the collar and flings him across the room. He storms out of the room and knocks down a chair for good measure.
  • In Without a Trace, Agent Martin Fitzgerald does this with an uncooperative suspect he's interrogating, warning him "Do you know what they do to guys like you in prison?!", prompting his supervisor to do the same thing to him (though it's his arm, rather) to get him to calm down.
  • One episode of Are You Being Served?, 'The Hold Up', had the Camp Gay Mr Humphries playing a mob thug. He does this with one of the actual thugs in one scene. Except that Humphries, being the shorter man, yanks the thug down to his level.
  • In the Here Come the Brides pilot, Joshua does this to a sailor who makes fun of Jeremy's stutter.
  • The Barrier: When Alejo is found dead in the police headquarters, Enrique grabs a random policeman by the collar while angrily telling him to find the killer.

    Web Comics 
  • Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic: With his Cloudcuckoolander attitude, Cap'n Fang manages to make several characters angry which results in him getting pulled close by the collar and being shouted at repeatedly, like with Captain Corona and Arachnee.
  • Girl Genius: They're not actually wearing shirts, but Agatha grabs Tarvek and Gil's harnesses up near their collarbones to yank them close and yell at them in this strip.
  • Vikki from Furry Experience grabs her close friend Ronnie by the lapels in the Tuesday 13 March 2012 strip because Vikki must walk on eggshells around her zealously Mormon roommates, and needs Ronnie to desist being a jerkass by snarking at their beliefs.
  • Never Satisfied: When January, attempting to make small talk with Seiji, accidentally strikes a nerve.note 
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: This has happened a couple times:
    • Reynir does this to Lalli during his Cabin Fever moment in Chapter 15.
    • When Reynir runs off to the church on his own in Chapter 19, Sigrun does this to him after catching up with him.

    Western Animation 
  • In the pilot of The Cleveland Show, Cleveland does this to Federline when telling him not to try anything strange with Roberta on their date.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Summer of 4 Ft. 2", Lisa does this to Bart when confronting him over revealing her true geeky nature to her new friends out of jealousy.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In "Slick Hare", Humphrey Bogart asks waiter Elmer Fudd for an order of fried rabbit. Elmer tells him that they're fresh out of rabbit but Bogart grabs him by the collar and gives him one hour to get him that rabbit, or else.
    • Played with in "Tortoise Beats Hare", where Bugs Bunny grabs Cecil Turtle by the shell, which comes right out.
  • DuckTales
    • "Where No Duck Has Gone Before": In Major Courage's first scene, he sees Scrooge and company and grabs the director by the collar, demanding to know what the "clowns" are doing hanging around his set. When the director tells him Scrooge owns the studio, Courage immediately lets go of him in favor of flattering his new boss.
    • In the episode "Jungle Duck", the eponymous Jungle Duck, who happens to be the long-vanished Prince Greydrake, pulls his uncle close by the collar when the latter doesn't want to step down from the throne that rightfully belongs to the prince.
  • In Gravity Falls episode "Fight Fighters", Robbie does this to Dipper after the latter ends up destroying his phone.
  • The titular wallaby in the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Rocko's Happy Sack" does this to Filburt at the supermarket after the latter made Rocko miss the 99% deal and threatens him to change the total back before he does something NOT NICE!
  • Mickey Mouse in the 1995 short cartoon "Runaway Brain" finds himself in a Shackle Seat Trap while Mad Scientist Doctor Frankenollie throws the Big Electric Switch. This results in the mind of Mickey Mouse being transferred to the body of a hulking, brutish monster, and vice versa. The monster-minded Mickey Mouse bursts his bonds and goes running around loose. The Mickey-minded monster seizes the Mad Scientist by his lapels and demands that he reverse the process. Unfortunately, Frankenollie has been reduced to a skeleton by his own device, and crumbles to dust, leaving Mickey holding an empty lab coat.


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