A uniquely aristocratic command, shouted by particularly melodramatic villains.
The Baroness has stumbled across The Hero in an alley. The Evil Prince has discovered The Five-Man Band infiltrated his Deadly Decadent Court. The Evil Chancellor has crashed the revolutionaries meeting.
This phrase is usually preceded or followed by some of these other Stock Phrases:
- Close the gates!
- He's getting away!
- I'm surrounded by imbeciles!
- Must I do everything myself?
- Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea. At the beginning Jack Walker (the title Pokemon Ranger) reveals himself aboard the Phantom's submarine and obtains the Manaphy egg that the Phantom just acquired. The Phantom tells his pirate minions to "Seize him."
- The villain's deputy Navishtrix says this in Asterix and the Golden Sickle when the heroes enter the traffickers' underground hideout.
- In the The Order of the Stick prequel comic Start of Darkness, Xykon uses this trope to explain why he needs new lackies when he meets Redcloak;
"Just last week the good guys burst into my throne room, right? And I shouted, "Get them, you fools!" purely by reflex. Well, you can imagine how embarrassing it was when I realized I had to "Get them" myself. I mean, talk about awkward.
- Loved and Lost:
- In the fifth chapter, Prince Jewelius tricks everyone in Canterlot into blaming the Royal Guard's captain Shining Armor, the princesses and Twilight's friends for the Changeling invasion. When the shocked heroes try to escape, they're arrested after Jewelius gives this order to the guards.
- As Jewelius revels about his secret evil deeds in the imprisoned heroes' faces during the 11th chapter, Celestia gives this order to two guards from her cell. They laugh in response and are revealed to be convicts whom Jewelius released to serve in the Royal Guard after he wiped out all the original guards who were injured during the Changeling invasion yet continued swearing loyalty to the dismantled princesses.
- When the heroes are released from their restraints during the interrupted Public Execution of Celestia, Jewelius keeps ranting this order from his booth as his guards try unsuccessfully to defeat the heroes.
- The Great Mouse Detective: When Queen Mousetoria discovers that Rattigan is behind the plot to replace her with a robot, she orders "Guards, seize that despicable creature!" Rattigan then says the same through the robot queen and the guards, who are really his lackies in disguise, take the Queen away.
- The Disney version of The Prince and the Pauper:
Mickey: Guards, seize him!
- Mickey, pretending to be the Prince, is being forced by Captain Pete to relinquish the crown to him. During the ceremony, Mickey uses this method to get Pete captured, but Pete turns it around on him.
Pete: No, seize him! He's an imposter!
- It appears earlier as one of the two phrases the Prince tells Mickey are all he needs to say to be a ruler. (The other is "That's a splendid idea, I'm Glad I Thought of It."
- The Disney version of Robin Hood.
- Disney's Sleeping Beauty:
King Stefan: Seize that creature!
- The Thief and the Cobbler has the line 'Sieze Him! Take Him! Sieze Him! Take Him!' spoken by Zig Zag the film's Large Ham and primary antagonist.
- Blazing Saddles. Sheriff Bart and the Waco Kid try to infiltrate Hedley Lamaar's army of thugs. When they're revealed they run away and Hedley Lamaar yells "Seize them!" to his minions.
- The Last Starfighter. After Emperor Xur screws up, Commander Kril orders the Ko-Dan soldiers to "Seize him!''
- Mortal Kombat: Shang Tsung tries this when the heroes have infiltrated the Black Tower to rescue Sonya under the guise of the brown-robed monks. But Princess Kitana, who is also among them, stops them in their tracks with a "STAY WHERE YOU ARE!" before denouncing the Big Bad for trying to "interfere with the Tournament" and win it by treachery.
- Tank Girl. As Tank Girl and Sam are escaping Liquid Silver, the Madame recognizes Tank Girl and shouts "Seize them! Guards!"
- Played for laughs in ¡Three Amigos! by Steve Martin, when surrounded by the Big Bad's Mooks.
- The modern version was uttered in Tommy Boy by Zalinski: "Don't let him leave the premises, Marty." This was preceded by the far more middle class "GET HIM!", said by Tommy.
- The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, in the castle as the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man escape with Dorothy and Toto.
The Wicked Witch of the West: Seize them, seize them! Stop them, you fools, stop them! Seize them! Seize them!
- Monty Python's Life of Brian: Brian used the chance that the Roman guards were laughing their asses off when they learned about the name of Pontius Pilate's best friend Biggus Dickus' wife, Incontintentia Buttocks to slide away and run from captivity. Pilate caught on quickly and traded the berating with the trope... while the guards were still laughing.
Pontius Pilate: Seize him! Come on, blow your noses and seize him!!
- Animorphs: Visser Three says this all the time.
- Children of Dune. When Leto knocks the door to Alia's room off its hinges and enters her presence along with his sister Ghanima, Alia shouts at her guards to "Seize them!" Leto picks up the 1,000 lb. door he just came through and throws it at the guards.
- In Guards! Guards!, the Palace guard is at one point to seize Vimes. Genre Savvy as they are, they question the wisdom of attacking a lone person, who might even start swinging on the chandelier.
- In another book Rincewind has had so many variations on this phrase that he muses (while running) that his nickname is "Don't let him get away!".
- In the Star Trek novel How Much for Just the Planet? the evil queen gets to shout "Seize her!" several times during the scene in which she disciplines a servant girl who tried to help the prisoners escape. The last time, it's "Seize her again. Oh, I do like saying that."
- Tortall Universe: In The Immortals book Wolf-Speaker, Rikash says (in an 'It Makes Sense in Context way') "Get that SQUIRREL!!"note
- Farscape. John Crichton is infiltrating a Peacekeeper base disguised as an officer. It's later revealed that Scorpius can see heat, and this vision showed that Crichton wasn't even the right species.
Scorpius: Guards, that man is an impostor. Seize him.
- An interesting example, since this trope is usually an indicator of Incoming Ham, yet Scorpius delivers the line with an utterly flat affect.
- Star Trek: Voyager. In the World of Ham holodeck program "The Adventures of Captain Proton", Emperor Scientist Dr Chaotica does this when siccing his Killer Robot on his bungling henchman Lonzak.
- 30 Rock lampshaded this trope's association with hammy villains.
Jack: Uh, Lemon... do you think I'm a villain?
Liz: Well, I have heard you say, "Guards, seize him."
Jack: I was at a Knicks game. They needed to stop the clock.
- From the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series:
Hig Hurtenflirst: [to foot warrior] Well then just seize the prisoners.
[Foot warrior falls over]
Arthur and Lintilla: Yes?
Hurtenflirst: Seize each other.
- Urinetown has this a few times.
- Beetlejuice: In "To Beetle or Not to Beetle", Lydia is captured by a band of rogue Shakespeare characters, and we're treated to Hamlet giving the line "Julius, seize her!"
- Episode "Versus Cumulus, the Storm King". When Cumulus goes to make his blackmail demands on the U.S. government, a military officer says he doesn't believe that Cumulus has weather-control powers and orders "Seize him, guards!" Cumulus then freezes the guards inside a block of ice.
- Episode "The Empress of Evil". After Birdman escapes being Fed to the Beast and rescues the prince, Medusa tells her giant female Mookss to "Seize him!"
- In the Futurama episode "A Clone of My Own". The Near-Death Star Robots, and...
Guard: Get them! I mean, seize them!
- Another version, subverted:
Bureaucrat 1.0: Guards! Bring me the forms I have to fill out to have her taken away!
- Another version, subverted:
- The Herculoids episode "The Mole Men".
- Johnny Bravo:
- In "Brave New Johnny", when Johnny heckles a comedian in a Bad Future, the man orders his guards to seize him.
- In "Quo Doofus", Johnny gets sent to Ancient Rome. When someone says "Caesar", he thinks they said "Seize her" and grabs a woman. Her husband yells to his guards "Seize him!" and Johnny replies, "Seize him, seize her. Why don't you guys make up your minds?"
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: "Elements of Harmony" starts with a scene that seems to be a Shout-Out to Disney's Sleeping Beauty example above. Compare the dialogues:
Maleficent: [evil laugh]
King Stefan: Seize that creature!
Maleficent: Stand back, you fools! (scares the guards off, then disappears in green flames laughing)
Nightmare Moon: [evil laugh]
Mayor Mare: Seize her! Only she knows where the princess is!
Nightmare Moon: Stand back, you foals! (scares the guards with lightnings, then goes away in a mist laughing)
- In Filmation's "The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty", there's a running gag where, whenever Tyrone (the main villain) would tell his henchman to "seize him", they would respond with "We sees him! We sees him!".
- Space Ghost
- "Revenge of the Spider Woman''. After Space Ghost breaks out of the cell he's in Spider Woman orders her guards to seize Jan and Jace.
- "Homing Device". After Metallus' robots discover the Tracking Device on Blip's collar, Metallus orders them to seize him.
- Star Wars Rebels: In "Through Imperial Eyes", when Agent Kallus orders Lieutenant Lyste arrested after he stuns Governor Pryce:
"Troopers! Seize him!"
- Super Friends 1973/74 episode "The Androids". When Batman figures out that the Superman in the Hall of Justice is actually an android double he yells "Grab him!" to the other Super Friends. Unfortunately the android had already left the room so they couldn't.