A bunch of people are babbling or arguing all at once. This often happens in some sort of crisis situation, especially when most of the people involved are just civilians and they don't know how else to react. Unfortunately, all their noisy anger/panic/confusion etc. is preventing any real conversation or coordination. (Moreover, it's preventing the audience from actually listening to any particular line of dialogue.) Somebody needs to take charge and act like a leader. The leader may start by simply talking to people, but he finds that no one can really hear him. In any case, he decides to make a really loud noise to make everybody else shut up. This may involve a loud "SHUT UP!", or it may involve some other way of making noise, such as firing a gun into the air.

This is surprisingly effective. It's very rare for the babbling crowd to ignore the leader or tell ''him'' to shut up in return.

Related to BigShutUp, but differs because it only applies when the intention is to shut up a noisy crowd, and it may involve non-vocal ways of doing so. One version is ShutUpGunshot.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' episode 5: Between exams, the SSS argue about the methods they're using to sabotage Angel's exam results. [[RuleOfThree Three times this happens]], and three times this ends with Yuri screaming at them to shut up and slamming on her desk (followed by a hasty explanation from Otonashi to Angel about why they're being so loud).
* Germany does this to the other nations in the first ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' episode.

* Creator/CheechAndChong's "Sister Mary Elephant":
-->"Class ... class ... class ... '''SHUT UP!!!!!!!''' Thank you."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9364481/12/A-battle-of-subtelty-and-manipulation A Battle of Subtlety and Manipulation]]'' Viktor Krum's cousin yells a magically-enhanced "QUIET!" to shut up all of the people yelling about Harry being the unintended ''fourth'' entrant in the Triwizard Tournament.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', Jiminy Cricket tries to sleep in Gepetto's workshop and is kept awake by a cacophony of ticking clocks. When Jiminy yells "QUIET!!", the clocks immediately stop ticking.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'', the headmistress of the orphanage shouts "SILENCIO!!" to silence her young charges.
* Done near the end of ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'', when Oscar is trying to tell reporters and paparazzi something very important.
-->'''Oscar:''' [[spoiler: ''[[LiarRevealed I AM NOT A REAL SHARK-SLAYER!!!]]'']]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/KungFuHustle'' has an entire slum of hundreds of people air their grievances to the miserly, miserable old Landlady after she snaps at a resident who just saved them all from getting massacred by gangs. Her response is to calmly put out her cigarette and scream '''SHUT THE HELL UP!''', which lasts so long and so loud that it shatters glass. [[spoiler:It hints that she's not exactly an untrained civilian -- her power is based around [[MakeMeWannaShout shouting.]]]]
* In ''Film/GuiltyBySuspicion'' (a film about the RedScare), at the top of the film we're at a party with lots of people chattering, and one gets everyone's attention by saying "Ladies and gentlemen...Ladies and Gentlemen!....'''COMRADES!''' That got your attention, huh?" Note that it wasn't a communist meeting, just a get-together, but it was later cited as a communist meeting during the protagonist's trial.
* ''Film/KindergartenCop'' has Arnold Schwartzenegger's character do that to a kindergarten class. They shut up all right... [[RealityEnsues then they start crying]].
%%* Ginny does this in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''.
* ''Film/{{Clue}}'' had Mrs. White shatter her wineglass in the fireplace while screeching "Please!" when everyone argues over each other about what to do with Mr. Boddy's body.
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' has Quint shutting up a room of shark hunters by scratching a chalkboard so he can offer his proposal to hunt down the shark.
* In ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', President Camacho quiets down hecklers when he's addressing Congress by firing a large gun into the air.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride''
-->'''Inigo:''' ''[pushing his way through a crowd]'' Excuse me... Pardon me, please, it's important... Fezzik, please?\\
'''Fezzik:''' ''EVERYBODY '''MOVE!'''''\\
''[everybody falls silent and clears a path]''\\
'''Inigo:''' Thank you.


* Attempted and failed with Nicolae Carpathia in the Dramatic Audio version of the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book ''Glorious Appearing'' when Jesus just goes on and on speaking [[Literature/TheBible The Word Of God]] while the Unity Army troops die.
-->'''Nicolae Carpathia:''' And someone SHUT HIM UP!!!
* At the end of the third book of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the black brothers are in an uproar over something (Jon doesn't know what yet). Jon mentions the various things they're are doing to add to the commotion, including a few people shouting for silence, which, he notes, just makes it worse.
* In one ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' Book Leia gets the Senate to shut up by igniting Jacen's lightsaber in the middle of the Senate hall. She then shuts it down, hands it back and apologises to the Senate for the dramatics.
* Subverted by Lord Vetinari of the ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'': He can get a hubbub to clear [[TheDreaded just by asking for silence.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episodes "Midnight" and "Planet of the Dead", along with a ''bunch'' of other episodes.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', season 4 episode "Night Terrors". Thanks to being trapped in a NegativeSpaceWedgie that's causing sleep-deprivation, the entire crew is on edge, angry and paranoid. As the main cast attempt a last-ditch attempt to break free, a bunch of off-duty personnel gather in Ten-Forward (which had been thoroughly dismantled in an epic BarBrawl earlier) and one guy's nerves start getting the better of him and voices are raised. Refusing to have her bar trashed twice in one week, Guinnan pulls out a very large (and likely illegal) plasma cannon [[TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar from under the counter]] and shoots it at the ceiling, causing a small explosion and making everyone stare at her in shock.
-->'''Guinnan:''' "That was setting ''one''. Anybody want to see setting number two?" (Nobody does.)
* In a ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' episode, Rocky does one as Bulk and Skull bicker, and ends up hurting his throat.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** A scene plays out like the aforementioned one from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', with [[CheerfulChild Naomi Wildman]] as Inigo and [[MsFanservice Seven of Nine]] as Fezzik.
** In "Living Witness", Voyager has been given a HistoricalVillainUpgrade by an alien historian 700 years in the future, portraying them as squabbling thugs responsible for genocide. Annoyed when a ready room meeting breaks down into a fistfight, Evil Janeway pulls out a phaser and shoots an innocent computer screen to make them stop.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' isn't above enforcing this trope with hurled sharp objects. Examples can be seen in "Checkpoint" and "Potential".
-->'''Nigel:''' This is beyond insolence--\\
''[Buffy hurls a sword into the wall by his head]''\\
'''Buffy:''' I'm fairly certain I said no interruptions.
* Radar on ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is sometimes called upon to do this:
** From "As You Were":
--->'''Henry:''' ''[getting ready to give a lecture]'' Hey, guys, let's settle down, huh? Folks, I'd really like to get started. I'd really like to get... Radar?\\
'''Radar:''' ''QUIET!''\\
''[everyone stops talking]''\\
'''Henry:''' Thank you.
** From "Payday":
--->'''Hawkeye:''' ''[about the noisy crowd outside the Mess Tent]'' All right, can we have quiet? Can we have a little quiet out there, please? All right, everybody, hold it down a little, will you? ''[realizes this is futile]'' Silence these rowdies, will you Radar?\\
'''Radar:''' ''QUIET!''\\
''[all the noise stops]''
* ''Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond''. Commander Ian Fleming has just been made responsible for sorting out the chaotic Naval Intelligence headquarters at the start of [=WW2=]. He tries to introduce himself, but everyone is too busy to pay attention. So he starts cranking up a nearby air raid siren.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* An episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' has Kermit telling some Muppets backstage to quelm a group of squabbling pigs.
-->'''Kermit:''' Will somebody tell those pigs to knock it off?!\\
'''Hilda:''' Knock it off!\\
'''Zoot:''' Knock it off!\\
'''Wayne:''' Knock it off!\\
'''Kermit:''' Now, will we knock off the knocking-it-offs?!\\
'''Wayne:''' Knock off the knocking-it-offs!\\
'''Zoot:''' Knock off the knocking-it-offs!\\
'''Hilda:''' Knock off the--\\
'''Kermit:''' ''KNOCK IT OFF!''
* In ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', Kermit tries to call the meeting of him and the Happiness Hotel's gang to order with a loud, "QUIET!" upon which everyone stops talking... except for Janice. "...So I said, 'Look, mother, it's my life, okay? So if I want to live on the beach and walk around naked--Oh!" The second time is when everyone is making excuses to not go stop the crooks, Fozzie shouts them down so he can make a RousingSpeech.
* In ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'', Fozzie, as Fezziwig, tries to get everyone's attention at his Christmas party, Animal bellows, "QUIET!" After the noise stops, he mutters, "Thank you..."

* ''Radio/TheNavyLark'' a bickering meeting of MadBrass is brought to silence by the shout of "SHUT UP or I'll lock up the gin".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', Fuzzy Lumpkins yells this in response to the Mayor's noisy political campaign. The townspeople [[MistakenForProfound take this to be a genius campaign slogan]], and Fuzzy's promptly elected the new mayor.
* An interesting variation occurs in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. After Peppermint Butler gets a drop of VERY spicy serum in his eye, he's screaming loudly in pain. Lemongrab (who has NoIndoorVoice) screams at the top of his lungs: "STOP SCREAMING!!! WHY ARE YOU SCREAMING?!"
* Papa Smurf in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' does this on occasion to stop his little Smurfs from squabbling.
* Mike from ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'' sometimes yells "QUIET!" when she's surrounded by clamoring islanders.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** In ''The Night Watchman'', little Tommy Cat shouts a very loud "QUIET!!" to a group of mice causing a ruckus in the store he's supposed to be guarding.
** In ''The Draft Horse'', this happens when a doctor tells the titular horse to say "Aah" and instead gets a prolonged '''''"AAAAAAHHH!!!"'''''
-->'''Doctor:''' '''BE QUIET!''' '''''SHUT UP!!'''''
-->'''Horse:''' I thought you said to say "Aah."
-->'''Doctor:''' That I did. But I didn't tell you to say '''''"AAAAAAHHH!!!"'''''
** In ''What's Cookin' Doc?'', Bugs Bunny, furious that he didn't receive the Academy Award, yells "STOOOOOP!!" to silence the audience's applause.
* On ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle,'' whenever Natasha would lampshade one of Boris Badenov's failed schemes, Boris would say "SHARRAP YOU MOUTH!!"
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Terry shouts "SHUT UP!!" to a cheering audience in a ShoutOut to the Comedy/CheechAndChong routine mentioned above.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The word for "Shut up" in Japan (''urusai'') literally means "Noisy"[[note]]It can also mean "loud".[[/note]]. And, of course, it's usually (but not always) shouted.