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Exactly What It Says on the Tin: someone wearing a necktie around the head as an improvised Martial Arts Headband.

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.

Sister Trope to Lampshade-Wearing.

Examples of Necktie Headband include:

Anime and Manga

  • 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.


Live Action TV

Web Comic

Western Animation

  • 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.

Real Life

  • 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.
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