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22nd Aug '16 4:07:56 AM eowynjedi
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** Though not a pre-riot mob, in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', Vimes find the crowd around a man railing against Klatch to be disturbing because they're not cheering, they're ''listening''.



* Happens a couple of times in the ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' books by Creator/TamoraPierce. In ''Terrier'', Beka is deeply unsettled by an unnaturally ''quiet'' crowd that gathers to witness the evidence of a horrible crime, which breaks out into a riot not long after. In ''Bloodhound'', a crowd of people angry over rising bread prices turns into a mob that breaks both of Tunstall's legs.
21st Aug '16 2:59:34 PM Jake
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_London_riots The riots in London and other major centers in England]] that same year.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_London_riots The riots in London and other major centers in England]] that same year.year, which weren't ''directly'' anti-austerity (the catalyst was a dubiously-justified police shooting), but high unemployment and the government's lacklustre attempts to reduce it certainly contributed to the ugly mood; a short while earlier an ''actual'' anti-austerity protest had ended with an AngryMob forcing their way into the head offices of the Conservative Party and trashing the place.
5th Aug '16 2:02:49 AM PaulA
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* Happens a few times in ''[[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Teckla]]'', in which the narrator Vlad is so apolitical that he has no clue ''why'' everyone in South Adrilankha is so worked up, or why particular choices by activists and/or city authorities either soothe or heighten the tension. In ''Five Hundred Years After'', conspirators intentionally engineer a riot by stirring up the PowderKegCrowd of hungry people in Dragaera City's slums. The one tasked to do so admits that she won't be able to control how long it lasts or how far it'll spread, just when it starts.

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* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'':
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Happens a few times in ''[[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Teckla]]'', ''Literature/{{Teckla}}'', in which the narrator Vlad is so apolitical that he has no clue ''why'' everyone in South Adrilankha is so worked up, or why particular choices by activists and/or city authorities either soothe or heighten the tension. tension.
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In ''Five Hundred Years After'', ''Literature/FiveHundredYearsAfter'', conspirators intentionally engineer a riot by stirring up the PowderKegCrowd of hungry people in Dragaera City's slums. The one tasked to do so admits that she won't be able to control how long it lasts or how far it'll spread, just when it starts.
26th Jun '16 9:53:52 AM AHI-3000
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* According to ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'', all it takes to turn a mildly disgruntled crowd - especially a Black crowd - into a full blown riot is someone throwing a chair. This starts off sounding like Riley's normal level of hyperbole, until he actually does so: the crowd stops, one guy yells "I'M MAD" and punches someone else at random, and it all instantly descends into an orgy of violence. This, despite the fact that it was Riley the crowd was angry at, and that the chair ''didn't even hit anyone''.

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* According to ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', all it takes to turn a mildly disgruntled crowd - especially a Black black crowd - into a full blown riot is someone throwing a chair. This starts off sounding like Riley's normal level of hyperbole, until he actually does so: the crowd stops, one guy yells "I'M MAD" and punches someone else at random, and it all instantly descends into an orgy of violence. This, despite the fact that it was Riley the crowd was angry at, and that the chair ''didn't even hit anyone''.
11th Jun '16 9:00:39 AM HasturHasturHastur
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When they are kept in check, someone loses control, or deliberately starts it, or (most commonly) does something that was misinterpreted as starting the riot. Things can get even more ugly, then.

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When they are kept in check, someone loses control, or deliberately starts it, or (most commonly) does something that was misinterpreted as starting the riot. Things can and usually will get even more ugly, then. ugly and the riot will usually get to the point where nothing short of focused overwhelming force can quell it.
14th May '16 5:57:03 PM eroock
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. The inhabitants of Springfield will do this at the drop of a hat. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Mayor Quimby in "Mayored to the Mob".

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. The inhabitants of Springfield will do this at the drop of a hat. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Mayor Quimby in "Mayored "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E9MayoredToTheMob Mayored to the Mob".Mob]]".
2nd Apr '16 12:25:23 PM Joysweeper
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* In one ending route of ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' the ''crowd'' isn't too bad, aiming to remain peaceful even as the situation deteriorates. A [[HidingBehindReligion friar]] pretending friendship with both sides goes to the military aiming cannons at the protesters and claims to its leader that the crowd is a powder keg and if he wants to survive he'll have to KillEmAll if he hears even one gunshot.
18th Mar '16 12:17:51 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "School on Saturday", Madison High's students are in an angry protesting mob outside the school. They're angry because, you guessed it, they're being forced to go to school on Saturday. They even have plans to burn the principal, Mr. Conklin, in effigy. Mr. Conklin sends Miss Brooks outside to make a speech calm them down.

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "School on Saturday", Madison High's students are in an angry protesting mob outside the school. They're angry because, you guessed it, they're being forced to go to school on Saturday. They even have plans to burn the principal, Mr. Conklin, in effigy. Mr. Conklin sends Miss Brooks outside to make a speech to calm them down.
18th Mar '16 12:16:31 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "School on Saturday", Madison High's students are in an angry protesting mob outside the school. They're angry because, you guessed it, they're being forced to go to school on Saturday. They even have plans to burn the principal, Mr. Conklin, in effigy. Mr. Conklin sends Miss Brooks outside to make a speech calm them down.
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9th Mar '16 5:29:26 AM Goldfritha
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# Or, conversely, someone can [[VerbalJudo calm them, soothing them and sending them going]]. This can be ShamingTheMob, or it can be convincing them that things are being handled properly.\\

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\n# Or, #Or, conversely, someone can [[VerbalJudo calm them, soothing them and sending them going]]. This can be ShamingTheMob, or it can be convincing them that things are being handled properly.\\



#Fear can lead to their dispersing if VictoryThroughIntimidation is made clear.

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#Fear Fear can lead to their dispersing if VictoryThroughIntimidation is made clear.
clear.

Sometimes the RabbleRouser can convert them to TorchesAndPitchforks.
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