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Great for hanging out with friends (and also hanging them).

This character's formal attire seems a bit... morbid. Basically in place of a necktie they're sporting a length of rope that's been tied off in the manner of a hangman's knot. This seems to pop up mostly (but not always) when a character is undead, as if to suggest that their death was due to hanging. If not explicitly undead, characters with this feature will still often have a "spooky" Halloween air about them. A more lighthearted take on this trope is to compare a necktie to a noose to indicate that any job which requires formal attire is A Fate Worse Than Death.

There may be some Lampshade Hanging about the logistics of wearing an article around one's neck that can be so easily pulled tighter. If not careful, this trope might well overlap with Killer Outfit.



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  • Invoked in Calvin and Hobbes; Calvin has an Imagine Spot that he's a criminal going to the gallows while his parents are forcing him to put on a tie.
  • Astro City: The Hanged Man, who is a ghost and may actually have been originally killed by hanging.
  • DC Comics also has a character called the Hangman who has one of these (although when he was created in the forties by MLJ Comics- currently an Archie Publications imprint- he only had a rope belt).
  • So prevalent is the "zombies wear necktie nooses" thing that in Blackest Night, Black Lantern Maxwell Lord wears one... despite having not been killed by hanging.
  • Watchmen: Hooded Justice had one, probably because he's intentionally trying to be a more intimidating kind of hero.


  • The aiguillette is a Real Life military ornament consisting of a silk cord worn around the neck which looks like a noose. This is referenced in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life in the "Tiger in Africa" sketch. The soldiers are quite clearly wearing actual nooses that resemble aiguillettes, rather than vice versa.


  • Nicodemus in The Dresden Files is actually wearing the noose Judas Iscariot hanged himself with as a bolo tie. In addition to playing up his "Biblical evil" motif, it's also imbued with power, rendering the wearer effectively invulnerable. However, Reality Ensues when Harry gets ahold of it and tightens it around Nicodemus' throat. Turns out it's the one thing he's not immune to.
  • On one cover, pulp hero The Spider is swinging in Tarzan-style on one that's still tied to something.
  • In Shadow of a Dark Queen, Calis' paramilitary squad of condemned criminals wear nooses as a reminder both that they are legally dead and that they will become actually dead the moment they fail in their service.



  • The Monks (a Proto Punk Garage Rock band) would perform in all black, with nooses around their necks.
  • In “Boombox” by The Lonely Island, a scene of businessmen in a boardroom is described in rather miserable and unflattering terms, complete with “the ties around their necks [being] like a hangman’s noose.”

     Tabletop Games  

  • Dungeons & Dragons, Basic D&D Immortals rules module IM3 The Best of Intentions. One of the pre-rolled character Immortals is The Hanged Man. In his normal form he wears a noose around his neck, a reminder of the time when he was hung by a lynch mob for practicing witchcraft while he was still a mortal.
  • Over the Edge. The island of Al-Amarja is a very odd place, with a population that includes wizards, psychics, spies, criminals, conspiratorial groups, aliens, Mad Scientists, angels and mutants. Many native Al-Amarjans wear a noose around their necks as a fashion statement and a reference to their bizarre and dangerous lifestyle.

     Video Games  

  • Scarecrow in the Batman: Arkham Series. After being nearly killed in the first game, he returns in Knight, where the noose seems to be tied into the system of orogastric tubes that are keeping him alive (and to complete the effect he's got a hooded jacket that resembles a bodybag).
  • Greed in The Binding of Isaac appears as as walking corpse with a noose around its neck. This carries over its alternative forms, such as Keeper and Ultra Greed.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us: The zombie Solomon Grundy wears one. It's signifies that he's gone through death multiple times, along with some other subtle clues like the dozen knives in his back.
    • And come Injustice 2 Scarecrow's wearing his classic one.
  • The Scarecrow enemies in The Color of Madness DLC in Darkest Dungeon sport one of these around their neck.
  • Jesse Lynch, a secondary villain in the "Ghost Town" chapter of Red Dead Redemption is still wearing the noose that was used to hang him.
  • The Scarecrow mask costume piece in Champions Online comes equipped with one of these.

     Western Animation  

  • Batman: The Animated Series: After the art shift in season 3, Scarecrow sports one, along with generally becoming a lot more intimidating and less cartoony.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Invoked by Gentleman Ghost, who finds the noose he was hanged with a century ago and remarks "Ah! My old necktie. Some things never go out of fashion". He doesn't put it back on, though.
  • Looney Tunes: In the short "Designs For Leaving", Daffy Duck shows Elmer Fudd a necktie tying machine that lets one choose which knot. Elmer is almost choked when Daffy selects the "Alcatraz Ascot".
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: In "Attack of the 5 1/2 Foot Geek", one of the members of the romance-hating Lonely Hearts Club Gang has a noose around his neck, implying a Bungled Suicide.

     Real Life  

  • Invoked: You can find ties with a noose patterned on them, playing up the more lighthearted interpretation.
  • The aiguillette is a military ornament consisting of a silk cord worn around the neck, strongly resembling this trope. There is a legend that is used to explain this: some military unit had been reprimanded for cowardice so often that they were told they would be hanged next time. They proceeded to distinguish themselves with acts of bravery, and the noose became a variant of Appropriated Appellation.


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