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A trope often associated with salarymen and other corporate types whose business clothes come with a necktie. Sometimes they get overenthusiastic during an after-work party, or they get involved in Serious Business that justfies dropping the Dress Code.
- Oji "Gabriel" Tanaka does this when playing guitar in the early episodes of The Legend of Black Heaven. Later on, he just takes the tie off.
- Vash the Stampede does this a couple times in both versions, when he gets down to some serious drinking. We never see the tie otherwise--he seems to only pull it out for this purpose.
- Done by some of the clerks when they turn pirate in The Crimson Permanent Assurance short that accompanies Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
- Tommy Wiseau's movie The Room.
- Abby in Planet Terror
- Shawn in Shawn of the Dead does this (to cover a dart wound).
- My Name Is Earl: Randy unties Earl's tie (which Earl doesn't know how to retie) in order to show Earl what he would look like as an eighties guy at a rock concert.
- Will does this on the first day at his upper class school in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air arguing that while the dress code specifies a tie in a half-winsor knot, it doesn't say where he has to wear it.
- In a fifth season episode of How I Met Your Mother, Ted Mosby ends up with a tie wrapped around his head during a quick montage of a Drinking Game.
- In Doctor Who, the Tenth Doctor dons his necktie as a headband after partying with 18th century French aristocrats. Of course, since it's the Doctor, it's all part of his plan to make the bad guys underestimate him.
- Kane does it when tackling an after-hours assignment in Yellow Peril.
- That's how feral yuppies wear their neckties.
- Used by the very first hero in The Superest: The Unopposinator.
- An episode of Codename: Kids Next Door has Numbuh 1 teaming up with a former salaryman hunting a serpent-like tie monster whose Breath Weapon forcibly turns people into suit-wearing businessmen who slave away in corporate management. The man in question wears his former necktie as a headband and later goes on to become one of the few adults Numbuh 1 is trusting of/considers to be cool.
- At at least one factory in the US, labor union representatives wore their neckties on their heads to a meeting with Japanese executives overseeing the plant to show their willingness to stand for their positions.