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11th Feb '17 3:28:09 PM mlsmithca
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* Nathanael West's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' climaxes with a Hollywood movie premiere at which the crowd of star-gawkers, whom the point-of-view character regards as having been disappointed and disillusioned by the life of leisure they thought they would find in Los Angeles after years of work back east - gets more and more restless and agitated, and finally explodes into a full-scale riot after a young child actor [[spoiler:gets stomped to death]]. It's disturbing enough in the book, but John Schlesinger's movie version takes it to the level of full-on NightmareFuel.

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* Nathanael West's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' climaxes with a Hollywood movie premiere at which the crowd of star-gawkers, whom the point-of-view character protagonist Tod Hackett regards as having been disappointed and disillusioned by the life of leisure they thought they would find in Los Angeles after years of work back east - east, gets more and more restless and agitated, and finally explodes into a full-scale riot after a young EnfantTerrible child actor Adore Loomis [[spoiler:gets stomped to death]]. It's disturbing enough in the book, but John Schlesinger's movie version takes it to the level of full-on NightmareFuel.
30th Jan '17 11:30:39 AM mlsmithca
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* Nathanael West's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' climaxes with a Hollywood movie premiere at which the crowd of star-gawkers gets more and more restless and agitated, and finally explodes into a full-scale riot after a young child actor [[spoiler:gets stomped to death]].
** It's disturbing enough in the book, but John Schlesinger's movie version takes it to the level of full-on NightmareFuel.

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* Nathanael West's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' climaxes with a Hollywood movie premiere at which the crowd of star-gawkers star-gawkers, whom the point-of-view character regards as having been disappointed and disillusioned by the life of leisure they thought they would find in Los Angeles after years of work back east - gets more and more restless and agitated, and finally explodes into a full-scale riot after a young child actor [[spoiler:gets stomped to death]].
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death]]. It's disturbing enough in the book, but John Schlesinger's movie version takes it to the level of full-on NightmareFuel.
29th Jan '17 7:02:57 PM jormis29
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* Nathanael West's ''The Day of the Locust'' climaxes with a Hollywood movie premiere at which the crowd of star-gawkers gets more and more restless and agitated, and finally explodes into a full-scale riot after a young child actor [[spoiler:gets stomped to death]].

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* Nathanael West's ''The Day of the Locust'' ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' climaxes with a Hollywood movie premiere at which the crowd of star-gawkers gets more and more restless and agitated, and finally explodes into a full-scale riot after a young child actor [[spoiler:gets stomped to death]].
17th Dec '16 9:54:56 PM AgentKyles
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* In ''Film/TheHungerGames'', a crowd in District 11 is shown watching the Hunger Games. When [[spoiler: Rue dies and Katniss salutes her]], an angry man in the crowd starts attacking the guards, provoking a full scale riot.

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* In ''Film/TheHungerGames'', a crowd in District 11 is shown watching the Hunger Games. When [[spoiler: Rue dies and Katniss salutes her]], an angry man in the crowd (implied to be [[spoiler:Rue's [[PapaWolf father]]]]) starts attacking the guards, provoking a full scale riot.
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]]".
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