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21st Jul '16 8:22:28 PM Goldfritha
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On occasion, however, they feature as the just outbreak of the people against an evil but legally untouchable character.


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** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02840.htm A more serious form of mob is invoked when a prisoner is told that his cell is to protect him from the public.]]
2nd Jul '16 1:49:11 PM FordPrefect
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* This effect is incorporated into ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'', which is "Frankenstein's Monster: The RPG." Humans recognize, on some visceral level, that Prometheans ''shouldn't be'', and suffer "Disquiet" in their presence that eventually turns to violence.

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* This effect is incorporated into ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'', which is "Frankenstein's Monster: The RPG." Humans recognize, on some visceral level, that Prometheans ''shouldn't be'', exist'', and suffer "Disquiet" in their presence that eventually turns to violence.
29th Jun '16 5:31:04 PM nombretomado
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** In one episode, Timmy has to jump through several books in pursuit of [[HuckleberryFinn Tom]] [[TheTrickster Sawyer]], who's stolen Cosmo's wand. At one point he and Tom end up in Frankenstein right at the "angry mob" scene, and sure enough there's a mob with torches and pitchforks who head straight for Timmy. To stop them, he alters the book's wording from "the villagers attack" to "the ill attack", and the mob's pitchforks are promptly replaced with IV drips.

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** In one episode, Timmy has to jump through several books in pursuit of [[HuckleberryFinn [[Literature/HuckleberryFinn Tom]] [[TheTrickster Sawyer]], who's stolen Cosmo's wand. At one point he and Tom end up in Frankenstein right at the "angry mob" scene, and sure enough there's a mob with torches and pitchforks who head straight for Timmy. To stop them, he alters the book's wording from "the villagers attack" to "the ill attack", and the mob's pitchforks are promptly replaced with IV drips.
29th Jun '16 5:30:29 PM nombretomado
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* Poor Jim faced one in the 1939 film, ''The Adventures of HuckleberryFinn''.

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* Poor Jim faced one in the 1939 film, ''The Adventures of HuckleberryFinn''.''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn''.
25th Jun '16 11:56:37 AM nombretomado
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* In ''TheBattleForWesnoth'', [[http://units.wesnoth.org/1.10/mainline/en_US/Peasant.html peasants]] (with only pitchforks, no torches) are the cheapest human unit and thus useful for a ZergRush. If they survive enough fights, they can be promoted to soldier units -- I guess ItGetsEasier.

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* In ''TheBattleForWesnoth'', ''VideoGame/TheBattleForWesnoth'', [[http://units.wesnoth.org/1.10/mainline/en_US/Peasant.html peasants]] (with only pitchforks, no torches) are the cheapest human unit and thus useful for a ZergRush. If they survive enough fights, they can be promoted to soldier units -- I guess ItGetsEasier.
18th Jun '16 12:44:58 PM nighttrainfm
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* Rob Schneider's ''Film/TheAnimal'' features a torches, pitchforks and shotgun-wielding mob, organized by Dr. Cox from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', starting at 1:40 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxhOzdXACNQ&feature=related here]]. Featuring Norm [=MacDonald=] as a guy asking stuff like "when do we get to light our torches" and other pesky questions:

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* Rob Schneider's ''Film/TheAnimal'' features a torches, pitchforks and shotgun-wielding mob, organized by Dr. Cox from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', starting at 1:40 [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxhOzdXACNQ&feature=related here]]. com/watch?v=Y2LgedbTGDk here.]] Featuring Norm [=MacDonald=] as a guy asking stuff like "when do we get to light our torches" and other pesky questions:
18th Jun '16 12:43:35 PM nighttrainfm
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** By ''Shrek Forever After'', it is apparently a regular occurrence for citizens to ask for signatures on their pitchforks.

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** By ''Shrek Forever After'', ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter'', it is apparently a regular occurrence for citizens to ask for signatures on their pitchforks.
29th May '16 8:28:07 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Parodied in ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood'', [[spoiler:when Hemlock [=McGee=] and the angry mob approach Guybrush and De Singe with torches and pitchforks to summon Guybrush to court. [[TheCakeIsALie And he has thought there would be ice cream cake, too.]]]]

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* Parodied in ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood'', [[spoiler:when Hemlock [=McGee=] and the angry mob approach Guybrush and De Singe with torches and pitchforks to summon Guybrush to court. [[TheCakeIsALie And he has thought there would be ice cream cake, too.]]]]
25th May '16 6:56:44 PM nombretomado
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* In [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/2/26/ this]] ''WebComic/PennyArcade'' strip, PS3 fanboys show up at Tycho and Gabe's place with the aforementioned implements.

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* In [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/2/26/ this]] ''WebComic/PennyArcade'' strip, PS3 [=PS3=] fanboys show up at Tycho and Gabe's place with the aforementioned implements.
8th May '16 1:59:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* ThreePartsDead: The protagonist is a necromancer. Her hometown is not so found of black magic.

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* ThreePartsDead: ''Literature/ThreePartsDead'': The protagonist is a necromancer. Her hometown is not so found of black magic.



* Creator/EstherFriesner's ''MajykByAccident'' has a town that stages these regularly to get around an inconvenient law against dealing with witches. Trying to ''kill'' the witch isn't illegal, after all, and if the witch turns out to be too powerful and has to be appeased with trade goods, that's not the mob's fault. And if they find useful herbal remedies of completely unknown origin placed near her cottage, well, it must be their lucky day.
* In the first book of ''TheSwordOfTruth'' series, a wizard's house is surrounded by the trope mob. Well, the wizard first points out they call him a witch - which is reserved for females, while males are warlocks. Then, he asks them what do they think a warlock can do. Then, after they list increasingly preposterous strengths that they believe him to have, he says that they must be very brave if they [[BullyingADragon go against someone with such powers]] with... well... you know. HilarityEnsues.
* The Russian embassy in Tehran is destroyed by an angry mob in the climax of ''TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar''. The mob was organized by Persian religious authorities when an eunuch - a slave and a part of the ruler's Sharia-guaranteed inviolable property - tries to escape to Russia thanks to a clause in a peace treaty signed by the main character. Though they don't really tell all that to the mob; the main character just so happens to be a widely-accepted scapegoat for most everything that goes bad in the country, which to be fair is not entirely divorced from truth, what with his attempts to extract sizable war reparations and all.

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* Creator/EstherFriesner's ''MajykByAccident'' ''Literature/MajykByAccident'' has a town that stages these regularly to get around an inconvenient law against dealing with witches. Trying to ''kill'' the witch isn't illegal, after all, and if the witch turns out to be too powerful and has to be appeased with trade goods, that's not the mob's fault. And if they find useful herbal remedies of completely unknown origin placed near her cottage, well, it must be their lucky day.
* In the first book of ''TheSwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' series, a wizard's house is surrounded by the trope mob. Well, the wizard first points out they call him a witch - which is reserved for females, while males are warlocks. Then, he asks them what do they think a warlock can do. Then, after they list increasingly preposterous strengths that they believe him to have, he says that they must be very brave if they [[BullyingADragon go against someone with such powers]] with... well... you know. HilarityEnsues.
* The Russian embassy in Tehran is destroyed by an angry mob in the climax of ''TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar''.''Literature/TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar''. The mob was organized by Persian religious authorities when an eunuch - a slave and a part of the ruler's Sharia-guaranteed inviolable property - tries to escape to Russia thanks to a clause in a peace treaty signed by the main character. Though they don't really tell all that to the mob; the main character just so happens to be a widely-accepted scapegoat for most everything that goes bad in the country, which to be fair is not entirely divorced from truth, what with his attempts to extract sizable war reparations and all.



* ''InDeath'': This trope is mentioned a few times. ''Survivor In Death'' has Eve encouraging Nadine to spin the story of the Swisher family's murders so that the murderers will look like the kind of monsters people chase with "torches and pitchforks". Considering that the murderers killed men, women, and children without a qualm, that assessment is not too far off. ''New York To Dallas'' has Commander Whitney tell the prison director to hand over files or he will have a media conference where he will give graphic details of Isaac [=McQueen=]'s murdering, torturing and raping, and that the prison staff will be lucky if people don't go after them with "torches and pitchforks". Isaac escaped this prison, and the prison staff actually tried to cover it up and withhold this information, so they would deserve this sort of treatment.
* Moiraine in the ''WheelOfTime'' talks down one of these mobs, after she saved their village from trollocs, healed their wounded. It helps that the mayor is on her side and has a lot of authority in the town.

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* ''InDeath'': ''Literature/InDeath'': This trope is mentioned a few times. ''Survivor In Death'' has Eve encouraging Nadine to spin the story of the Swisher family's murders so that the murderers will look like the kind of monsters people chase with "torches and pitchforks". Considering that the murderers killed men, women, and children without a qualm, that assessment is not too far off. ''New York To Dallas'' has Commander Whitney tell the prison director to hand over files or he will have a media conference where he will give graphic details of Isaac [=McQueen=]'s murdering, torturing and raping, and that the prison staff will be lucky if people don't go after them with "torches and pitchforks". Isaac escaped this prison, and the prison staff actually tried to cover it up and withhold this information, so they would deserve this sort of treatment.
* Moiraine in the ''WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' talks down one of these mobs, after she saved their village from trollocs, healed their wounded. It helps that the mayor is on her side and has a lot of authority in the town.
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