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aka: United We Chant
DAN DEA-CON! DAN DEA-CON!
Robin: Make fun of the Great White North all you want, but Canada is the greatest country in the world.
Barney : Great... Social experiment.
Barney: [Chants] U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
Rest of the Bar: [Joining in] U-S-A! U-S-A!
Robin: What does that even prove? They'll chant at anything. Ca-na-da! Ca-na-da!
Rest of the Bar: ...
Robin: Ca-na... all right, so they won't chant at anything.
Barney: [Chants] Shrimp fried rice! Shrimp fried rice!
[rest of the bar joins in]
Ted: [Coming in] Shrimp fried rice, totally!
Why do the students sing, chant, dance, sway, chomp, and stomp so enthusiastically during the game? Showing support for their football team may help to motivate the players, but is that the function of these behaviors? Are they done in order to achieve victory? No. From a Durkheimian perspective these behaviors serve a very different function and it is the same one that Durkheim saw in most religious rituals: the creation of a community.
Johnathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind
If there comes a time in a work when the author wants to convey that the community has come together to celebrate an achievement or themselves as a society; or maybe you want to let the audience know the entire crowd backs up a competitor. That is when you'll see the crowd all chant the same word or phrase together over and over again.
Often, but not necessarily, it will consist of three syllables or portions of the word separated to the rhythm of two quarter notes and then a half note (or two quick beats and a slow beat)
. Note, however, that this trope refers to the crowd chanting together, and the number of beats or syllables does not matter.
In some ways similar to a crowd chanted repeated version of that often quoted "This Is Sparta"
, and is a cousin to the collective gasp.
Similar to the Slow Clap
. Related to Crowd Song
and Audience Participation Song
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- Being a pro wrestling story, A Ring Of Their Own has several.
- When Molly Holly squashed Lacey Von Erich in 7 seconds (a new record in-story for shortest match), the audience chanted "Seven Seconds!" at Lacey, prompting her to break down crying.
- When Jim Cornette told the audience that he turned down 83-year-old Mae Young's request to join the FWF, part of the crowd chanted "We Want Mae!"
- When Ivory returned to the broadcast booth after being out following being injured in a match against Michelle Mc Cool, the audience stood, applauded and chanted, "You're Still Here!"
- At the end of the story when Victoria announced her retirement, the crowd chanted "Please Don't Go!", much like they did in real life when Victoria left WWE.
- In the film Hook, the lost boys chanted together "Ru-Fi-O" during a fight between Rufio and Peter Pan to show their support for fellow Lost Boy Rufio.
- This then get reversed on Rufio when Peter is able to win over the Lost Boys and they start chanting his name instead. Rufio attempts to counter with his own name but gets drowned out.
- The Green Lantern movie: "We! Are! The corps!"
- Immortalized in The Mighty Ducks with the chant of "Quack! Quack! Quack!"
- Parodied in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, where the audience act like they're in a modern sports event. "All right, guys, let's give him the chop! Ooooh~ oooh oohhhhhhh~ Oh, oh, oohhhhh~"
- The Dark Knight Rises: "Deshi deshi! Basara basara!"
- Stephen Colbert often leads his audience in chants of "U.S.A!" or "I was right!" in this rhythm. And, of course, the show usually starts with enthusiastic chants of "Ste-phen!"
- Jerry Springer always opens with the audience chanting "Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!"
- The audience of Whose Line Is It Anyway? shouted "Jer-ry" when he appeared on the show. They'll often take the role of the cheering audience when the cast gives them cues.
- How I Met Your Mother: Barney proves to Robin that the United States is better than Canada by starting a "USA" chant in the bar. Robin tries to do it with Canada and gets blank stares.
- Battlestar Galactica: So Say We All!
- Doctor Who has the entire world all chanting "Doctor" at once.
- In the audition rounds of Americas Got Talent, the crowd will tell the judges to send fantastic acts to the Las Vegas rounds by chanting "Ve-gas! Ve-gas!" Horrible acts, on the other hand, just get booed.
- Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger features the crowd chanting along with the transformation sound of Gigant Bragi-Oh ("GII-GAN-TO GIGANTO!"), which helps break the curse that had weakened the Kyoryugers' powers, and later doing the same for the first appearance of Gigant Kyoryuzin.
- As to be expected this has always been a part of pro wrestling. It wouldn't be surprising if something to the effect of "Go Johnny Go" was being shouted during the very first match.
- The Rock was a master of crowd participation in his promos, the fans hanging on to every one of his catchphrases when he talked. The most common were his opener: "Finally, The Rock HAS COME BACK to (town the show is in)!" and his closer: "IF YOU SMELLLLLLLLL WHAT THE ROCK! IS! COOKING!"
- Back in the 80s, fans used to chant "Faggot" at Jim Cornette, manager and presumed butt buddy of The Midnight Express. This stopped in the 90s when fans began to associate Cornette more with Dairy Queen.
- ECW popularized several of their once signature chants at other shows:
- Chanting the name of the promotion: "E-C-DUB! E-C-DUB!"
- Upon a particularly awesome moment: "HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!"
- When cheering a badass wrestler: "He's/she's hardcore!"
- When jeering a WWE-style power wrestler without much talent: "YOU CAN'T WRESTLE!" If said wrestler does have some talent and tries to prove them wrong: "SAME OLD SHIT!" and if they do something different in response to this "YOU STILL SUCK!"
- "Die ___, Die!", if someone has done something truly heinous...or is just that intolerable.
- When jeering a bad match in general: "BO-RING! BO-RING!"
- Smarks pointing out mistakes are prone to telling wrestlers "YOU FUCKED UP! YOU FUCKED UP!"
- "We want tables", particularly if the Dudley Boys were around.
- Following the Falls Count Anywhere nature of ECW: "CAN'T SEE SHIT! CAN'T SEE SHIT!"
- CHIKARA fans, being from the same mold as ECW fans, bowdlerize many of the above chants. ("HOLY POOP!" "YOU SCREWED UP!")
- Goooooooold-Berrrrrg! Goooooooold-Berrrrrg!, which WCW actually piped in. Though DDP denies it, arguing WCW didn't have the know how to pipe anything in and the fans got to doing on their own regardless.
- In an ironic case, Championship Wrestling From Florida fans had a chant of "This Is Wrestling" partially to praise a good match and partially in protest to "Sports Entertainment" a phrase coined by the WWF in the 1980s. After its folding, CWF, which was also interchangeably called FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling, would see a couple attempted revivals, one of the most prominent being by WWE, who by then was "just WWE INC" instead of "World Wrestling Entertainment" making the chant all the more appropriate. (Though it showed up in NWA's CWF too)
- WWE has popularized a few:
- Ring of Honor is known for a popularizing few as well.
- "Please Don't Come Back!" typically directed at new comers who don't wrestle well but sometimes even at established talents the ROH bots are predisposed to dislike for various reasons. Of course they are likely to chant "Please Come Back!" if someone impresses.
- "Please Don't Die!" in witness of excessive violence or high spots, most famously chanted at Paul London.
- "You're Gonna Get Your Fucking Head Kicked In!" to taunt Bryan Danielson's opponents
- Also, "He Has Till Five!"
- During their early years they had a tendency to chant "You Got Herpes" at any woman or male wrestlers with an effeminate gimmick, sometime having variations such as Rhett Titus getting "Hepatitis" shouted at him. This had mostly died down around 2008, save for those reserved for certain individuals.
- "You Got Cock Blocked!" when unsuccessful relationship drama is made into wrestling story lines, started in response to an angle between Rhett Titus, Daizee Haze and Delirious.
- "Cry ___, Cry!", most famously at Jimmy Jacobs
- "We Love Wrestling"(self explanatory)
- Sports crowds, in general. Some popular ones:
- MVP! MVP! MVP!
- THESE REFS SUCK! THESE REFS SUCK! THESE REFS SUCK!
- LET'S GO, (TEAM!) LET'S GO, (TEAM!) LET'S GO, (TEAM!)
- Typically met with the other fans' counter-chant of "(TEAM) SUCKS!"
- DE-FENSE! DE-FENSE! DE-FENSE!
- "BULLSHIT! BULLSHIT!", which is usually directed at a referee after making a controversial call, or "ASSHOLE! ASSHOLE!", typically directed at an obnoxious opposing fan.
- Or their own fans if something truly devastating happens.
- New York Rangers fans used to chant "Potvin sucks!" to jeer Denis Potvin, who played for the Islanders.
- They still will, even in games not involving the Islanders and despite discouragement from team management - MSG no longer plays "Let's Go Band" because a bunch of fans will always follow it up with "Potvin sucks!" (doesn't stop fans in the crowd from whistling it once or twice a game anyway).
- The official unofficial crowd chant of the United States of America in any sporting event whatsoever is "U-S-A! U-S-A!" which got its start during the 1980 Olympics (and the Miracle on Ice in particular) and has since spread to basically everything, but still is most often heard during the Olympics.
- The original USA Dream Team made up of professional basketballers were showered with this during their dominance at 1992 Barcelona games.
- A typical crowd chant in Professional Wrestling with an All American Face.
- Showed up...everywhere really, at the news of Osama bin Laden's death.
- When the second suspect in the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing was arrested, it happened again.
- And again, when Team Liquid (United States) beat LGD (China) at The International, the world championships of Dota 2.
- During the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, local crowds took every chance to chant "CHI-NA! CHI-NA!" in English.
- Many college teams, especially those with long histories of success, develop their own chants as a way of cultivating school spirit.
- In Florida State University Seminoles's case, their Tomahawk chop and war cry chant got passed on to the pros via the Atlanta Braves. It's a somewhat sterotypical portrayal of Native American tribes, though at least in FSU's case they have been supported by the Seminole Tribes of Florida (the much larger tribes in Oklahoma are more ambivalent, but for the time being they're not actively opposed).
- Soccer crowds often do this.
- Australian Cricket crowds chant "You're going home in the back of a divvy van" when someone gets themselves escorted out of the ground by police.
- If your college basketball team is being bombarded with "N-I-T!", it means you've qualified for the infamous National Invitation Tournament, which consists of 32 teams who failed to reach the NCAA tournament. Being in this tournament (which used to be as prestigious as the NCAA tournament is today, but has devolved into March Madness filler for ESPN thanks to NCAA Executive Meddling) is a Fate Worse Than Death for a lot of teams, but some lower-profile teams don't view it as harshly.
- The "U-S-A!" chant appears after the final chess game in the Broadway production of Chess.
- ''Domain Tnemrot has numerous cases of the crowd cheering their enthusiasm for someone to deal a deathblow.
- OUENDAN!!! OUENDAN!!!
- Some installments of Super Smash Bros. will give you a bonus if you get the crowd to cheer for you. All versions have character-specific chants when the players playing them do well.
- In Skylanders: Giants, the crowd in the Arena will start chanting your Skylander's name if you do well.
- From The Simpsons: "Where's My Burrito?! Where's My Burrito?!" Not to mention a certain pachyderm.
- All but ubiquitous during crowd scenes in Recess.
- Parodied in an episode of Detentionaire, where it's ridiculously easy to get the crowd to chant what you want. Well, up to a point.
Chaz: You know what I say to that? Down with Prez!
Crowd: Down with Prez! Down with Prez!
Cam: People! I'll fix this, gimme a sec! No “down with Prez”... Up with Prez!
Crowd: Up with Prez! Up with Prez!
Crowd: We'll chant anything! We'll chant anything!
Yeah! Chaz is great! Chaz is g...
Chaz: Really? C'mon...
- During Barack Obama's U.S. presidential campaign, his supporters would often chant, "Yes We Can!"
- When Shigeru Miyamoto showed up at the Nintendo World Store in the autumn of 2005, from the outdoor crowd below, the chants included "Donk-ey Kong! Donk-ey Kong!", "Mar-i-O! Mar-i-O!" and "You are God! You are God!"