Created By: Nora on February 2, 2012 Last Edited By: Alucard on August 13, 2014
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Graffiti Of The Resistance

The resistance uses graffiti to undermine the dominant power.

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Crapsack worlds, especially Dystopian ones, tend to attract resistance movements, and sometimes they have to resort to crude methods to get the word out. Graffiti is one of those methods: it's easy to do, usually you can avoid getting caught doing it, and it's anonymous. Frequently uses the Icon of Rebellion.

Frequently Truth in Television.


Examples

Comic Books

Film
  • In Demolition Man, the Underground had automatic sprayers for painting the walls in seconds. The government had paint vaporizing devices which could undo the work just as fast.
  • In Mars Needs Moms, Ki rebels against Mars's society by spray-painting colorful murals over the skyscrapers.
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian with graffiti against the Roman occupation; one Roman soldier is more disturbed by the bad grammar than the content of the message.
  • The Wolverines from Red Dawn usually leave graffiti behind at the scenes of their ambushes. They also spray-painted the names of their dead on the side of a cliff (resistance Rock) as a memorial.
  • Shows up briefly in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, where the picture Caesar drew on his wall in the animal shelter to represent his window at home is seen spray-painted on a road sign following the apes' revolt.
  • In They Live!, Nada finds graffiti reading 'They Live, We Sleep', referring to the Resistance's knowledge of Aliens that rule over humanity.
  • Total Recall The phrase "Kuato Lives" graffitied around Mars, as a sign that the mysterious leader of La Résistance is still alive despite Cohaagen's attempts to kill him.
  • In the film Turk 182 the eponymous graffiti artist writes "Zimmerman Flew, Tyler Knew" plus his name all over town, in order to stir up trouble because his brother, a firefighter, got injured while assisting with a fire rescue while he was intoxicated and the department won't cover his medical bills. (He had been off-duty, but rushed to help anyway when he heard about a fire nearby.) Zimmerman was a Public Works Commisioner who had fled the city for an unspecified crime, and it is believed by some that Mayor Tyler knew about his crimes. Zimmerman doesn't actually have anything to do with Turk's grievance; it was already a graffiti meme when he started.
  • 12 Monkeys: The Army of the Twelve Monkeys is a terrorist organization blamed for spreading a deadly super-virus that caused the destruction of most of humanity. When James Cole is sent back in time to stop them, he uses the Army's graffiti depicting twelve monkeys in a ring to locate them. In the end this trope gets subverted, since the Army is actually just an animal rights group that had nothing to do with the virus.

Literature
  • In Trickster's Queen, the last novel of Daughter of the Lioness, there are sightings of the freedom movement's Icon of Rebellion various places in the city: wall graffiti, carved into shop windows, implied by the arrangement of merchandise in street stalls, etc. About halfway through, the protagonist notices that somebody has carved a pattern of the symbol into the belt of the Statue of Our Founder in the center of the city. Near the end of the book, just before the final clash between the freedom movement and the occupying rulers, it's mentioned that the pattern has grown to cover the entire statue.
  • In Discworld novel Reaper Man, zombie Reg Shoe paints pro-undead-rights graffiti on any handy wall in Ankh-Morpork. Subverted in that La Résistance, in this case, consists of one overenthusiastic zombie who's only a heroic resistance leader in his own mind.
  • In Little Brother, this is done particularly in the Mission, with the "Don't Trust Anyone Over 25" slogan.
  • In Magicians of Gor Tarl and Marcus scratch deltas in public places to make it look like there's a "Delta Brigade" going around causing trouble, in reference to a recent military loss in a delta. Then they start to find deltas scratched where they didn't do it...
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. The "Simon Jester" symbol (a matchstick drawing of a little horned devil with big grin and forked tail) was used in anti-Lunar Authority graffiti.

Live-Action TV
  • Babylon 5 has the phrase, "Free Byron" referring the leader of the Telepath Resistance.
    • After his death, it becomes "Byron Lives".
  • An example of this being used in a non-dystopian setting; the xenophobic Circle in the Season Two opening three-parter of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine express their distrust of the Federation and Provisional Government by tagging the station with a symbol based on the Bajoran crest.
  • V
    • In the original miniseries, the graffiti "V" stood for Victory for the resistance.
    • In the remake it was inverted: instead used by pro-visitor youth groups as a form of propaganda, undermining the resistance. Instead "John May Lives" was scrawled as graffiti by the Fifth Column resistance.

Music
  • The Dingees: The cover art of the album The Crucial Conspiracy features a propaganda poster in the Soviet style. Inside the liner notes, the poster is shown again defaced by anti-government slogans, and with a skull painted over the worker's face.

Religion

Video Games
  • In an Evil vs. Evil example, in Bioshock 2 Lamb's followers write anti-Andrew Ryan (the Big Bad of the previous game) graffiti all over the place (including in UV ink on the posters which came with the collecter's edition of the game). Despite being his ideological opposite, Lamb isn't any better (indeed, in some ways she's worse given Ryan couldn't kill his own son even though he was a Laser Guided Tyke Bomb sent to kill him, while Lamb was willing to use her daughter as a test subject).
  • The main character of de Blob paints on buildings to restore color to the city he lives in, which have been drained to grayscale by the INKT Corporation.
  • In Fable III, after the party at Reaver's mansion where he and his guests are unmasked as balverines, the loading screen may show a "Reaver is Industry" propaganda poster with "industry" crossed out and replaced with "a deviant".
  • A variant is used in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas; Finding graffitti done by rival gangs and spraypainting the Grove Street logo over it is a good way to build the Grove's respect early in the game.
  • In Half-Life 2, the Lambda logo can be seen spray-painted near supply caches and outposts operated by Black Mesa East.
  • Delsin in inFAMOUS: Second Son was a graffiti artist before getting his powers. He has a tagging mini-game that lets him screw with the DUP's propaganda by putting up his own art that usually depicts them in a less flattering light (usually something embarrassing in the heroic path and something violent in the infamous path). Sucker Punch art director Horia Dociu says the game's style was largely influenced by Banksy.
  • This is the premise in the Jet Set Radio games. Rokkaku and his corporation have bought practically all of Tokyo in the future; your player character is a gang leader who sticks his middle finger to Rokkaku by spraying graffiti all over the town.
  • The Last of Us: The symbol of the Fireflies and the phrase, "Look for the light" can be found graffitied around the game, even in the heavily military controlled Boston.
  • From the second act of Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure onwards, the plot is entirely about this.
  • The Runners and other anti-government activists in Mirror's Edge mark their caches with graffiti.
  • The graffiti in Portal is of this nature.
  • In Red Faction, "Eos Lives" can be seen spray-painted on walls throughout the game.
  • Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri: Apparent events of cinematics accompanying the completion of "Self-Aware Colony" secret project, include two people fleeing from a "We Must Dissent!" plain graffity, only for them to end up locked in a passage and have something horrible done to them. The almost finished writing is then shown to be removed without a trace within seconds by automatic mechanisms.
  • In Spec Ops: The Line, anti-US graffiti covers the walls of Dubai, where the local residents come into bitter conflict with the American troops imposing a military regime upon the city.

Western Animation
  • Some of the Terran Resistance fighters in Exosquad are often seen spraying graffiti onto walls, calling to resist the Neosapien rule.

Real Life:
  • The French Resistance in WW2 hit on the idea of using the single letter "V" (Victoire) as a defiant gesture against the German occupiers. Also the iconic four notes of Beethoven's Fifth spelt out "V" in morse code (three short notes, one long) and this was used as psychological warfare by both British and French.
  • A very unpopular and paranoid eighteenth century Pope was plagued by the mysterious graffiti "I.S.S.S.V" appearing all over Rome. It stood for In Settembre Sera Seda Vacante. ("By September the throne will be empty") The paranoid pope became even more paranoid and started to develop symptoms of insomnia and disturbed eating patterns. Sure enough, by the following September he was dead...
  • The famous "Lennon Wall" in Prague, Czech Republic. Under Communism, western music was banned in Czechoslovakia, but was still often smuggled in. After John Lennon's death, a wall in Prague was covered with graffiti relating to John Lennon. The next day, the wall was whitewashed over. The next night, the wall was covered in graffiti again. This cycle continued many times, and today the graffiti-covered wall is a symbol of youth resistance.
  • Countless of circled A's used by anarchists. these done during the 2008 riots in greece. On Haymarket Memorial Plaque in Chicago. on The Haymarket memorial in Forest Park, Illinois. Berlin Wall on November 6, 1989
  • The "may 68" french revolt: Mai 68 debut d'une lutte prolongee used as posters and stencil graffiti, and a number of slogans like "It is forbidden to forbid.", "Cela nous concerne tous"("This concerns everyone."), "Sous les pavés, la plage!" ("Under the cobblestones, the beach."), "Je suis Marxiste—tendance Groucho." ("I'm a Marxist—of the Groucho variety.").

Community Feedback Replies: 105
  • February 2, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    This is the premise in the Jet Set Radio games: Rokkaku and his corporation have bought practically all of Tokyo in the future; your player character is a gang leader who sticks his middle finger to Rokkaku by spraying graffiti all over the town.

    The main character of De Blob paints on buildings to restore color to the city he lives in, which have been drained to grayscale by the INKT Corporation. He doesn't spray any text though--would it count if it's a non-textual message against those in charge?
  • February 2, 2012
    Omeganian
    In Demolition Man, the Underground had automatic sprayers for painting the walls in seconds. The government had paint vaporizing devices which could undo the work just as fast.
  • February 2, 2012
    dalek955
  • February 2, 2012
    kyeo
  • February 3, 2012
    Chabal2
    V For Vendetta: the A-in-a-circle sign is used, along with the V.
  • February 3, 2012
    Arivne
    Nora/OP: I think you meant Icon Of Rebellion.

    From the Icon Of Rebellion page:

    Literature
    • The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. The "Simon Jester" symbol (a matchstick drawing of a little horned devil with big grin and forked tail) was used in anti-Lunar Authority graffiti.
  • February 3, 2012
    InSingularity
    • Twelve Monkeys. I cannot remember for the life of me what it says but it's in there. Google is my friend, will be back
  • February 3, 2012
    GuyIncog
    • The Wolverines from Red Dawn usually leave graffiti behind at the scenes of their ambushes. They also spraypainted the names of their dead on the side of a cliff (resistance Rock) as a memorial.
  • February 3, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    • In Red Faction, "Eos Lives" can be seen spray-painted on walls throughout the game.

    ^^^I think this would be a subtrope of Icon Of Rebellion, maybe.
  • February 4, 2012
    fulltimeD
    In the original miniseries V, the graffiti "V" stood for Victory for the resistance. In the remake it was instead used by pro-visitor youth groups as a form of propaganda, undermining the resistance.
  • February 4, 2012
    AFP
    In Half Life 2, the Lamba logo can be seen spraypainted near supply caches and outposts operated by Black Mesa East.
  • February 4, 2012
    GamesOfTheVideo
    In Mars Needs Moms, Ki rebels against Mars's society by spray-painting colorful murals over the skyscrapers.
  • February 4, 2012
    SKJAM
    Life Of Brian with graffiti against the Roman occupation; one Roman soldier is more disturbed by the bad grammar than the content of the message.
  • February 5, 2012
    GamesOfTheVideo
  • February 5, 2012
    DaibhidC
    An example of this being used in a non-dystopian setting; the xenophobic Circle in the Season Two opening three-parter of Star Trek Deep Space Nine express their distrust of the Federation and Provisional Government by tagging the station with a symbol based on the Bajoran crest.
  • February 5, 2012
    KevinKlawitter
    Shows up briefly in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, where the picture Caesar drew on his wall in the animal shelter to represent his window at home is seen spray-painted on a road sign following the apes' revolt.
  • February 8, 2012
    aurora369
    Truth In Television: you can often encounter graffiti cursing Putin and his United Russia Party in any Russian city.
  • February 8, 2012
    TomWalpertac2
  • February 8, 2012
    Shnakepup
    typo: Under the Half-Life example, it's "lambda", not "lamba".
  • February 8, 2012
    Koveras
    • Some of the Terran Resistance fighters in Exosquad are often seen spraying graffiti onto walls, calling to resist the Neosapien rule.
  • February 8, 2012
    randomsurfer
    I've seen many references to "Yankee/Gringo Go Home" graffiti but can't recall specific examples.
  • July 30, 2012
    BOFH
    Video Games
    • In Fable III, after the party at Reaver's mansion where he and his guests are unmasked as balverines, the loading screen may show a "Reaver is Industry" propaganda poster with "industry" crossed out and replaced with "a deviant".
  • July 30, 2012
    jatay3
    Truth In Television : "Long Live Haakon 7"(King of Norway) was the symbol of the Norweigian resistance during World War II.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H7_(monogram)

    The ubiquitous "V" was also a sign for resistance groups all over Europe.
  • August 1, 2012
    MrRuano
    Perhaps one of the purest example of this is Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. The entire game focuses around graffiti.
  • August 3, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Wasn't this the premise behind the movie Turk182? Firefighter helps out in a fire when he's off duty, gets injured but is denied disability payments (I think because he'd been drinking), and younger brother embarks on graffiti campaign to embarrass the heartless bureaucrats.
  • August 3, 2012
    nitrokitty
    Older Than Dirt is misused in the Christian fish example. The correct category would be Older Than Feudalism. I've taken the liberty of changing it.
  • August 3, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In an Evil Vs Evil example, in Bioshock 2 Lamb's followers write anti-Andrew Ryan (the Big Bad of the previous game) graffiti all over the place (including in UV ink on the posters which came with the collecter's edition of the game). Despite being his ideological opposite, Lamb isn't any better (indeed, in some ways she's worse given Ryan couldn't kill his own son even though he was a Laser Guided Tyke Bomb sent to kill him, while Lamb was willing to use her daughter as a test subject).
  • August 13, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I recall spies use graffiti to send messages to each other. For example making an simple X made with chalk on a wall at a certain spot on a certain day (or day of the week or whatever) could mean the intel has been placed in the pre arranged dead drop location. While what i saw was focusing on the Cold war powers, I see no reason the resistance could use this the same way.
  • August 13, 2012
    Astaroth
    A variant is used in Grand Theft Auto San Andreas; Finding graffitti done by rival gangs and spraypainting the Grove Street logo over it is a good way to build the Grove's respect early in the game.
  • April 30, 2013
    MonaNaito
  • May 1, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In the film Turk 182 the eponymous graffiti artist writes "Zimmerman Flew, Tyler Knew" plus his name all over town, in order to stir up trouble because his brother, a firefighter, got injured while assisting with a fire rescue while he was intoxicated and the department won't cover his medical bills. (He had been off-duty, but rushed to help anyway when he heard about a fire nearby.) Zimmerman was a Public Works Commisioner who had fled the city for an unspecified crime, and it is believed by some that Mayor Tyler knew about his crimes. Zimmerman doesn't actually have anything to do with Turk's grievance; it was already a graffiti meme when he started.

    That description could use some editing I guess.
  • May 1, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized all OP example work titles, divided examples into media categories.
  • May 1, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Also from the V-2009 reimagining, "John May Lives" was scrawled as graffiti by the Fifth Column resistance.
  • May 2, 2013
    dspeyer
    • Used in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, both inside and outside of Hogwarts
    • A variant in Thud: dwarves have traditions regarding protest graffiti
  • May 2, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Is this limited to cases where there's a singular organized/established resistance movement? Okay, I have no examples in mind where you just see individual people tagging the streets with "fight the power" mantras....
  • May 4, 2013
    AgProv
    Real Life: two examples.

    i) The French Resistance in WW 2 hit on the idea of using the single letter "V" (Victoire) as a defiant gesture against the German occupiers. Also the iconic four notes of Beethoven's Fifth spelt out "V" in morse code (three short notes, one long) and this was used as psychological warfare by both British and French.

    ii) A very unpopular and paranoid eighteenth century Pope was plagued by the mysterious graffiti "I.S.S.S.V" appearing all over Rome. It stood for In Settembre Sera Seda Vacante. ("By September the throne will be empty") The paranoid pope became even more paranoid and started to develop symptoms of insomnia and disturbed eating patterns. Sure enough, by the following September he was dead...

  • May 4, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In Magicians of Gor Tarl and Marcus scratch deltas in public places to make it look like there's a "Delta Brigade" going around causing trouble, in reference to a recent military loss in a delta. Then they start to find deltas scratched where they didn't do it...
  • May 5, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    Subverted in Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri. The Secret Project video for Self-Aware Colony depicts radicals vandalising the city with the slogan We Must Dissent. Then the colony AI seals the area, kills them off-screen, and cleans up the graffiti.
  • May 5, 2013
    Damr1990
    I know it happened on The Twelve Kingdoms, rigth now i don't remmember the whole context, but the sign they used could be read in two or two ways, one as an alternate name to shouko, the ruler of that provice who was opressing them, and other as the name of one of the previous rules who served them as inspiration, i don't remmember it propperly right now,

  • December 1, 2013
    jormis29
    • In Tron Uprising, some of the characters use functional graffiti that actually hacks into computers and destroys their ability to function.
  • December 2, 2013
    DAN004
    • In RWBY, there's the White Fang, the resistance and freedom movement for the Faunus race against the prejudice of humans. They were once civilized and limited themselves into peaceful protests, and had this logo. However, when the leader is changed into a new one, the group become violent and terrorizing the masses, and changed its logo into this.
  • March 20, 2014
    PaulA
    • In Trickster's Queen, the last novel of Daughter Of The Lioness, there are sightings of the freedom movement's Icon Of Rebellion various places in the city: wall graffiti, carved into shop windows, implied by the arrangement of merchandise in street stalls, etc. About halfway through, the protagonist notices that somebody has carved a pattern of the symbol into the belt of the Statue of Our Founder in the center of the city. Near the end of the book, just before the final clash between the freedom movement and the occupying rulers, it's mentioned that the pattern has grown to cover the entire statue.
  • March 20, 2014
    nitrokitty
    Real Life:
    • The famous "Lennon Wall" in Prague, Czech Republic. Under Communism, western music was banned in Czechoslovakia, but was still often smuggled in. After John Lennon's death, a wall in Prague was covered with graffiti relating to John Lennon. The next day, the wall was whitewashed over. The next night, the wall was covered in graffiti again. This cycle continued many times, and today the graffiti-covered wall is a symbol of youth resistance.
  • March 20, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Video Games
    • In Deadlight, the New Law puts up its symbol all over Seattle.
    • In Saints Row 2, the player can tag buildings with the Saints' logo.
  • March 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Add examples plz.
  • March 21, 2014
    woddor
    Used by the redheads not captured in the music video for M.I.A.'s "Born Free".
  • March 21, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Art Of The Resistance? based on the Ad Campaign of Nine Inch Nails, Art Is Resistance.
  • March 21, 2014
    Alucard
    Delsin in Infamous Second Son was a graffiti artist before getting his powers. He has a tagging minigame that lets him screw with the DUP`s propaganda. Sucker Punch art director Horia Dociu says the game's style was largely influenced by Banksy.
  • March 21, 2014
    jatay3
    Aside from the familiar V, the Norwegian's in World War II had a fancy for "Long live Haakon the Seventh(the Norwegian King who had declared for the Allies)"
  • March 24, 2014
    Prfnoff
    George Orwell describes doing this himself in Homage To Catalonia, writing "Visca P.O.U.M.!" on walls in Barcelona after the P.O.U.M.'s suppression.
  • March 25, 2014
    JonnyB
    Regarding the Half-Life 2 entry: There is a lot of other resistance graffiti seen throughout the game, besides the lambda symbol. Some of it is somewhat cryptic as to its meaning, but some of it references dystopian novels like Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty Four.
  • March 25, 2014
    SharleeD
    • In Reaper Man, zombie Reg Shoe paints pro-undead-rights graffiti on any handy wall in Ankh-Morpork. Subverted in that La Resistance, in this case, consists of one overenthusiastic zombie who's only a heroic resistance leader in his own mind.
  • March 25, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    Film
  • March 25, 2014
    DAN004
    Does the OP even do updates?
  • March 26, 2014
    Arivne
    ^ As shown here, the OP Nora hasn't edited a trope page since creating this YKTTW back in 2012. I'd say she's long gone.
  • March 26, 2014
    DAN004
    I guess that leaves Mr. Landfill.
  • May 19, 2014
    jormis29
    • The Last Of Us: The symbol of the Fireflies and the phrase, "Look for the light" can be found graffitied around the game, even in the heavily military controlled Boston.
  • May 20, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    • Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri: Apparent events of cinematics accompanying the completion of "Self-Aware Colony" secret project, include two people fleeing from a "We Must Dissent!" plain graffity, only for them to end up locked in a passage and have something horrible done to them. The almost finished writing is then shown to be removed without a trace within seconds by automatic mechanisms.
    Sorry, didn't pay attention to other replies.
  • May 20, 2014
    jormis29
    I think the book's called "iBoy" or something, but when the designated evil arson a youth centre, a Phoenix is graffitied on the remaining wall.
  • May 20, 2014
    Folamh3
    • From the second act of Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure onwards, the plot is entirely about this.
  • May 20, 2014
    DAN004
    Who wanna grab this?
  • May 21, 2014
    Koveras
    • The Runners and other anti-government activists in Mirrors Edge mark their caches with graffiti.
    • In Spec Ops The Line, anti-US graffiti covers the walls of Dubai, where the local residents come into bitter conflict with the American troops imposing a military regime upon the city.
  • May 21, 2014
    JonnyB
    Is anyone updating this?
  • May 25, 2014
    jormis29
    How about Graffiti Of The Rebellion ?

    Makes the trope a bit more board
  • May 25, 2014
    nitrokitty
    This trope looks pretty complete to me. Just Launch It Already.
  • May 30, 2014
    DAN004
    Removed RWBY example cuz it doesn't really fit.
  • May 30, 2014
    DAN004
    Not much else was done, really. Gonna wait for examples...
  • May 30, 2014
    Ominae
    Do we note that real life stuff is not allowed?
  • June 1, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ I guess so.
  • June 1, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^^&^ I don't see what makes this topic sensitive enough that you couldn't have real life examples.
  • June 1, 2014
    JonnyB
  • June 4, 2014
    DAN004
    Who wanna launch this?
  • June 5, 2014
    AgProv
    The real life examples are what make the trope? They are all historical ones from long-gone conflicts and provide the factual underpinning that informs the use of the trope for fictional purposes: they complement each other and explain why it is such a powerful tool in fiction.
  • June 5, 2014
    m8e
    I don't see why this needs to be No Real Life Examples.
  • June 5, 2014
    jormis29
    • In Liberal Crime Squad, one of the safer illegal activities on Nightmare Mode is spraying graffiti. On easier difficulties, or after laws have loosened, graffiti is still useful as a tool to train new recruits.
  • June 5, 2014
    zarpaulus
  • June 5, 2014
    JonnyB
    I also don't see why RL examples wouldn't be allowed.

    Added a hat.
  • June 5, 2014
    DAN004
    How could this lose 3 hats?
  • June 6, 2014
    m8e
    Well, I removed a hat because of the unwarranted NRLP. Add the real life examples to the draft and I give this a hat.

    ^^Adding a hat means that you think this can be launched at the current state...Without real life exampless...
  • June 6, 2014
    zarpaulus
    I think a still from the Alpha Centauri example, approximately here would work better as the page image.
  • June 6, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Or something like this one from V For Vendetta.
  • June 6, 2014
    DAN004
    Now, tell me why we can add RL examples.
  • June 6, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I'm pretty sure it's those who think the opposite who have to explain themselves.

    La Resistance is about rebels fighting against a government that is (or at least is seen by them) to be unjust. It's not a subjective trope (we can always separate between "the government" and "the rebels"), which is why it has plenty of Real Life examples, and "The resistance uses graffiti to undermine the dominant power" is even less so.
  • June 6, 2014
    jormis29
    Not to derail the conversation, but these examples have been given in the comments section and need to bee expanded before they are included.

    I don't know if the GTA and Saints Row examples are applicable, since they are more about gangs marking out their turf then resistance against anything.
  • June 6, 2014
    jormis29
    • In the Game Of Thrones episode, "Oathkeeper", when Dany takes the city of Meereen, "Kill the Masters" is written in blood on one of the walls.
  • June 6, 2014
    DAN004
    Now try listing RL examples...
  • June 6, 2014
    Bibliophile
    It should be noted in the Literature Trickster's Queen example that the symbol is an open shackle with a few links of chain; chosen because a central part of the rebellion is freeing the native raka slaves from their luarin masters.
  • June 11, 2014
    DAN004
    Well? Pretty sure I'm not the only one managing this.
  • June 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Waiting for someone else to grab this from me...
  • June 22, 2014
    lakingsif
    IMO think the description could use work, but I think it could launch like this. Trying to remember where an example I can think of is from, and the exact details of one from The Rise of Nine.
  • June 23, 2014
    kenshinta
    • The Hunger Games: In The Hunger Games Catching Fire, while the bullet train passes through a tunnel entering the heavily guarded District 11, Katniss glimpses a mockingjay graffitied on the inside tunnel wall based on her mockingjay pin. Again, somewhere between visiting District 3 and District 2, Katniss and Peeta read "The odds are never in our favor" on a wall, mocking the Arc Words "May the odds be ever in your favor."
  • June 24, 2014
    kenshinta
    London in the early 1970's saw a massive graffiti campaign to get a convicted robber called George Davis pardoned for a crime it was thought he did not commit. "Free George Davis!" and "George Davis is innocent!" appeared everywhere in London - including on the wicket at a Cricket test match that was to be televised worldwide. This was an unprecedented graffiti campaign and is thought to have spontaneously arisen in protest at the widespread London police habit of forcing confessions and fitting people up with crimes they hadn't committed. Davis was released early from prison and eventually received a full pardon. For story and photos go here.
  • June 25, 2014
    Valeson
    Coldplay's music video for "Hurts Like Heaven" has color splatter graffiti as literal resistance as no color is even allowed.
  • June 25, 2014
    tryrar
    Hmm, this has five hats. You going to launch this soon?
  • June 25, 2014
    Tiiba
    In Thud!, the phrase "Mr. Shine, him diamond!" (which is the current page quote) is troll graffiti foreshadowing the coming of the leader and symbol of hope for the trolls - Mr. Shine, a diamond troll.
  • June 25, 2014
    jatay3
    In Norway during World War II it was "Long Live H7(Haakon 7).
  • June 27, 2014
    Koveras
  • June 27, 2014
    AgProv
    agreed. Launch! BTW, why is my edit above (on George Davis) under the name of kenshinta? Did the system glitch or did Contributor/kenshinta edit my entry? (I don't mind as I'm prone to typos... but this does seem decidedly odd!)

    EDIT: Thanks, randomsurfer: makes sense, and as I say, I don't mind, I'm not possessive, and it all contributes to good troping! (And it's not as if every bit of the page is attributed to any individuals when it goes live - it's all nicely anonymous, as it should be).
  • June 29, 2014
    LordHerobrine
    In the movie Red Dawn, the resistance to the Korean (or the Russian) invasion frequently leaves "Wolverines" in places where they linger.
  • June 29, 2014
    randomsurfer
    ^^Is the text the same as the text you entered? kenshinta may have edited the reply, which overwrites the original author's name. Even if kenshinta didn't change the words, if s/he hit "enter changes" that still overwrites the author.
  • June 30, 2014
    nitrokitty
    • Also in Thud, the concept of "mine sign" is introduced. In a dwarven mine, where everyone lives in close quarters and dangerous conditions, tensions can easily run high. One outlet the dwarves use is to scrawl various symbols on the walls as a sort of emotional release; a way of letting everyone know how you feel without actually doing something dangerously disruptive.

    Also, again, Just Launch It Already. This has been kicking around YKTTW for going on two years now, and it's pretty much complete.
  • July 4, 2014
    AgProv
    two hats removed? Has to be a logic.
  • July 13, 2014
    Psychopompos007
    Comic Books
    • In The Smurfs album King Smurf, the resistance against the eponymous dictator initially begins with "down with the tyrant!" written during night on the Smurf village's walls.
  • August 8, 2014
    DAN004
    I kinda wanna stop takin over dis druft...

    Somebody wanna launch this?
  • August 13, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
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