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Someone shoots, crowd panics. Someone says there's a bomb in the building, crowd panics. Usually found in comedy / cop movies.
No one in the crowd ever trips or gets stuck.
When someone besides the group of Living Prop
guys do it, it's a Mass "Oh, Crap!"
- In Artemis Fowl: the Lost Colony, after the first demon appears in the street, it disappears. The crowd "froze", but when it disappeared, the crowd "unfroze violently".
- The ending of the Twelfth book of A Series of Unfortunate Events implies this. Almost all the major characters throughout the entire series are trapped in a burning building, and other than the Baudelaires and Count Olaf, whether or not they survive is ultimately left up to the reader.
- In The Godfather: The Game, whenever you get seen with a gun... or someone starts shooting... or you crash your car into something... or some other stuff, the passersby quickly start running helter-skelter.
- In the entire Hitman series, the civilian NPCs panic and flee at anything vaguely violent or seeing someone with a gun in a non-military context. They'll also run if they find evidence of your handiwork, i.e. corpses or in some cases bloodstains.
- The Assassin's Creed series have this, normally when you kill someone in full view of them. Oddly, people will cheer you on when you fight with the guards, but flee in terror when you kill one.
- Prototype had this, though normally someone won't start panicking until you pick up cars, kill people, or use your offensive powers.
- The Getaway: People would freak out and run during the first half of the game if you were seen with a gun in public, and just like they would in real life, at least some of them call the cops. Less of an issue in the second half, as you're playing a plainclothes police officer and usually accompanied by some uniformed colleagues.
- In Thwaite, the villagers inside a house that's threatened by an incoming missile head for another house. Panic ensues in the faster levels where almost every house is threatened one after another.
- In The Matrix Path Of Neo during the 'Get me an Exit' mission, when the Agents fire at Neo the crowd freaks and some people start running around.
- Schlock Mercenary has it as part of a plot to blow up a building without any innocent casualties. They stand still on the initial command to evacuate, and thus need a little nudge.
Schlock: We have confirmed reports of a firefight in the building!
Random crowd member: If there's a fire, then where's the smoke?
- In El Goonish Shive when the Omega Goo attacks a blond girl calls for a crowd panic.
Ellen: Dammit, if the goo starts to eat people I hope whoever that was is the first to go...
- Waterworks: Less of a panic and more of a mass jaw drop, in answer to the protagonist's sudden rage attack.