Created By: Doodler on June 10, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on September 2, 2015

Crowd Carry

A character is picked up by a crowd and carried.

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
Maybe the crowd is having a lot of fun and so decide to pass someone around on their hands or shoulders. Maybe they're cheering for him/her. Whatever reason, this is the trope in which a crowd picks someone up and carries him/her on top of them.This is also known as crowd surfing.

May actually be a Subverted Trope if the crowd just merely carries the character then drops him to the ground in anger.Do not confuse with Crowd Hockey.

Comic Books
  • A one-page Archie Comics story had this happen to Archie and Jughead, even in spite of their error in losing a baseball game. The crowd then carries them to the city dump...

Film
  • Alan Mayberry gets carried by the rock concert crowd onto the stage next to Josie in Josie and the Pussycats. Being a comedy movie, the crowd drops him at one point, but they pick him up and resume the process.
  • Subverted in School of Rock when Dewey attempts a stage dive and falls. Played straight later when he does the same thing after the School of Rock plays, and the crowd catches him.
  • Happens in the film version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire during the Yule Ball when Professor Flitwick falls onto the crowd of dancing students. They start passing him around.
  • In the climax of Crocodile Dundee Croc & Sue are separated by a packed New York subway crowd and he gets lifted above the crowd so they can carefully walk towards each other Meadow Run style.

Literature
  • Whenever the Gryffindors win in Harry Potter, this trope occurs to their MVP.

Live-Action TV
  • In the third season finale of Game of Thrones, Daenerys is carried this way by the former slaves of Yunkai.
  • One episode of 1000 Ways to Die features a boy band leader who tries to invoke this trope by leaping into the audience. Subverted when no one catches him

Western Animation
  • In Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, Shaggy and Scooby are carried by the Grimwood girls, in celebration of winning the big volleyball match against the Calloway cadets.
  • Subverted in the Spongebob Squarepants episode "The Chaperone" where Spongebob and Pearl were picked up by the prom attendees whilst in the midst of doing a dance called the Sponge, then dropped off out the door in anger. One attendee even says in Heffer's voice, "Go wreck someone else's prom, will ya?!?"
    • Also from Spongebob, the 'Pretty Patties' episode has Spongebob exchange his patty stand for the Krusty Krab. As he goes catatonic with joy, Mr. Krabs throws him to the crowd, which carries him to the restaurant.
  • Played straight in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame when the French crowd carries Esmeralda off the stage and away from Frollo's minions. Subverted hilariously when the minions attempt this, and the crowd parts to allow the mooks to bellyflop onto the cobblestones.
  • Cartoon Network Groovies Jabberjaw. After the female member of his musical group is kidnapped from a concert, Jabberjaw jumps onto the crowd and surfs along after her.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • June 10, 2013
    CaveCat
    May actually be a Subverted Trope if the crowd just merely carries the character then drops him to the ground in anger.

    Comic Books
    • A one-page Archie Comics story had this happen to Archie and Jughead, even in spite of their error in losing a baseball game. The crowd then carries them to the city dump...

    Western Animation
    • In Scooby Doo And The Ghoul School, Shaggy and Scooby are carried by the Grimwood girls, in celebration of winning the big volleyball match against the Calloway cadets.
    • Subverted in the Spongebob Squarepants episode "The Chaperone" where Spongebob and Pearl were picked up by the prom attendees whilst in the midst of doing a dance called the Sponge, then dropped off out the door in anger. One attendee even says in Heffer's voice, "Go wreck someone else's prom, will ya?!?"
  • June 10, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Played straight in Disney's The Hunchback Of Notre Dame when the French crowd carries Esmeralda off the stage and away from Frollo's minions. Subverted hilariously when the minions attempt this, and the crowd parts to allow the mooks to bellyflop onto the cobblestones.

    Film Live Action
    • Alan Mayberry gets carried by the rock concert crowd onto the stage next to Josie in Josie And The Pussycats. Being a comedy movie, the crowd drops him at one point, but they pick him up and resume the process.
  • June 10, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Also from Spongebob, the 'Pretty Patties' episode has Spongebob exchange his patty stand for the Krusty Krab. As he goes catatonic with joy, Mr. Krabs throws him to the crowd, which carries him to the restaurant.

  • June 11, 2013
    Arivne
    This is also known as crowd surfing.
  • June 11, 2013
    CaveCat
    I really thought that this trope is where a character is carried on the shoulders of other people that are walking when in celebration of something. Can we also expand this trope so that it also includes the character being carried on the shoulders instead of merely being just carried across by other people?
  • June 11, 2013
    Doodler
    Sure, I added that it could be hands or shoulders.
  • June 11, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In the climax of Crocodile Dundee Croc & Sue are separated by a packed New York subway crowd and he gets lifted above the crowd so they can carefully walk towards each other Meadow Run style.
  • June 12, 2013
    Chernoskill
    ^I was just thinking of this!
  • June 15, 2013
    chicagomel
    Do not confuse with Crowd Hockey.
  • June 16, 2013
    TyeDyeWildebeest
    • One episode of 1000WaysToDie features an arrogant, egotistical boy band leader who tries to invoke this trope by leaping into the audience. He suffers a fatal fall when nobody cares enough to catch him.
  • June 22, 2013
    Paradisesnake
  • June 29, 2013
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • Cartoon Network Groovies Jabberjaw. After the female member of his musical group is kidnapped from a concert, Jabberjaw jumps onto the crowd and surfs along after her.
  • January 29, 2014
    XFllo
    Bumping.
  • January 29, 2014
    Larkmarn
    Doesn't this happen in one of the Spider-Man movies? I think the one where he stops the speeding train and the people on the train carry him away.
  • January 29, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    It also happens in Hercules after he kills the Hydra. It also happens to Daniel in the The Karate Kid after he wins the tournament.
  • January 29, 2014
    randomsurfer
    We do have Crowd Surfing, but that's specifically for concertgoers.
  • January 29, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ What would be the difference, though?
  • February 15, 2014
    Doodler
    The Crowd Surfing page says just sports and concerts, and there are a couple examples that are neither. Maybe we could make this into a Super Trope since this is a general thing.
  • February 15, 2014
    Doodler
    Or else we could add all these examples to the Crowd Surfing page and change the definition a bit to be more general.
  • February 19, 2014
    randomsurfer
    The Incredible Hulk #322: After the combined Avengers knock the Hulk out it still takes all of them to carry him over to the Phlebotonium [sp] machine that will recombine him with Bruce Banner.
  • February 23, 2014
    XFllo
    Bumping
  • February 23, 2014
    Koveras
    • Near the end of Starship Troopers, a group of soldiers triumphantly carries Sergeant Zim, who has just captured a Brain Bug.
  • February 25, 2014
    Snicka
    In cartoons, Strong Ants tend to do this.

    Compare Tribal Carry.
  • September 1, 2015
    69BookWorM69
    @ Larkmarn You're right, that's in Spider-Man 2 from 2004. Spidey stops the train before it goes off the end of the track, then passes out from exhaustion. People standing directly behind him catch him, hoist him up, and pass him back into the rear of the car (assisted by the passengers standing behind them) before setting him down gently on the floor. Members of the crowd murmur and make comments (I think one guy says he's his son's age.) Spidey comes to and members of the crowd promise to keep his identity secret and one or two young boys give him back his mask.
  • September 2, 2015
    Berrenta
    Video Game example:

    • In Persona 4 this happens to Teddie during a concert the Investigation Team pulled together. Later, the main protagonist, Yosuke, and Kanji attempt, but the crowd moved out of the way instead, and they landed in various positions.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=siyr7h9vzr3xx3vjy0vog5ym