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Crowd Chant
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" from 300, and is a cousin to the collective gasp. Similar to the Slow Clap. Related to Audience Participation Song.


Examples:

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    Fan Fiction 
  • 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.

    Film 
  • 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.
  • 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~"
  • Rudy
  • The Dark Knight Rises: "Deshi deshi! Basara basara!"

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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 America's 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.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • A staple in wrestling, due to ECW popularizing their signature chants at other shows:
    • "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!"
      • And when said wrestler tries to prove them wrong and busts out actual talent: "SAME OLD SHIT!" or "YOU STILL SUCK!"
    • 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!"
    • 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.
  • WWE has popularized a few:
    • The dueling chants of "LET'S GO [WRESTLER]!"/"[WRESTLER] SUCKS!". John Cena has turned his into an Ascended Meme.
      I want all the ladies and kids to chant "Let's go Cena!", and all the dudes over 20 to chant "Cena sucks!"
    • You know your audience is unhappy when they chant "BOOOORING! BOOOOORING!"
    • When someone comes back from a long hiatus to wrestle, there are usually chants of "YOU STILL GOT IT" once they bust out a few manuevers.
    • During Vince McMahon's Boss character during the Attitude Era, fans were chanting "ASSHOLE! ASSHOLE!" every time he spoke.
    • At any time a recent face-turned-heel character is dominating in the ring, fans will chant "YOU SOLD OUT! YOU SOLD OUT!"
    • When Brock Lesnar tapped out to Kurt Angle after Summerslam in 2003, fans will chant "YOU TAPPED OUT! YOU TAPPED OUT!" This has become a staple to chant against heels who recently lost by submission.
    • One time, to protest a truly awful match, fans started chanting "T-N-A! T-N-A!", which seemed to shock Vince McMahon. There have been bad matches before, and there will be again, but nothing has ever been bad enough to get a WWE crowd to chant for TNA.
    • WWE made the terrible decision to hold their 1995 King of the Ring PPV in Philadelphia at a time when ECW was on fire. The terrible Mabel vs. Savio Vega tournament finalnote  bombed so completely that the Philly crowd started chanting "ECW! ECW! ECW!" in protest.
    • When a match has elevated to a certain level of awesomeness, expect fans to serenade the current in-ring competitors with a well-deserved "THIS IS AWESOME!" chant.
    • To that same effect, the "YES! YES! YES!" chants popularized by Daniel Bryan also means that something amazing is about to take place, has happened already, or having the character(s) accept an offer in response to the storyline.
    • Similar to the "YES!" chant, if the crowd wants to decline the offer, the crowd will respond with "NO!" Examples include a wrestler potentially turning heel or about to quit, and the crowd respond with a loud "NO!"

    Sports 
  • 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 both Florida and Oklahoma.
  • 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.
    • "Thursday Nights, Channel Five!"note 

    Theatre 
  • The "U-S-A!" chant appears after the final chess game in the Broadway production of Chess.

    Webcomics 
  • ''Domain Tnemrot has numerous cases of the crowd cheering their enthusiasm for someone to deal a deathblow.

    Video Games 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.

    Other 
  • 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!"

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