Noisy Shut-Up

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 Big "SHUT UP!", 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 "Shut Up!" Gunshot.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Angel Beats! episode 5: Between exams, the SSS argue about the methods they're using to sabotage Angel's exam results. 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 Axis Powers Hetalia episode.

  • Cheech and Chong's "Sister Mary Elephant":
    "Class ... class ... class ... SHUT UP!!!!!!! Thank you."

    Fan Works 
  • In 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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Kung Fu Hustle 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. It hints that she's not exactly an untrained civilian — her power is based around shouting.
  • In Guilty By Suspicion (a film about the Red Scare), 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.
  • Kindergarten Cop has Arnold Schwartzenegger's character do that to a kindergarten class. They shut up all right... then they start crying.
  • Ginny does this in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 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 Idiocracy, President Camacho quiets down hecklers when he's addressing Congress by firing a large gun into the air.
  • The Princess Bride
    Inigo: [pushing his way through a crowd] Excuse me... Pardon me, please, it's important... Fezzik, please?
    [everybody falls silent and clears a path]
    Inigo: Thank you.

  • Attempted and failed with Nicolae Carpathia in the Dramatic Audio version of the Left Behind book Glorious Appearing when Jesus just goes on and on speaking 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 A Song of Ice and Fire, 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Doctor Who episodes "Midnight" and "Planet of the Dead", along with a bunch of other episodes.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation. Everyone in Ten-Forward is fighting and making all sorts of ruckus. Security is too overwhelmed to respond. So Guinnan pulls out a very large (and likely illegal) plasma cannon 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?
  • Star Trek: Voyager:
    • A scene plays out like the aforementioned one from The Princess Bride, with Naomi Wildman as Inigo and Seven of Nine as Fezzik.
    • In "Living Witness", Voyager has been given a Historical Villain Upgrade 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.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer 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 M*A*S*H 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.

    Puppet Shows 
  • An episode of The Muppet Show 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 The Great Muppet Caper, 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 Rousing Speech.
  • In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Fozzie, as Fezziwig, tries to get everyone's attention at his Christmas party, Animal bellows, "QUIET!" After the noise stops, he mutters, "Thank you..."

  • The Navy Lark a bickering meeting of Mad Brass is brought to silence by the shout of "SHUT UP or I'll lock up the gin".

    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, Fuzzy Lumpkins yells this... and gets elected mayor because of it.
  • An interesting variation occurs in Adventure Time. After Peppermint Butler gets a drop of VERY spicy serum in his eye, he's screaming loudly in pain. Lemongrab (who has No Indoor Voice) screams at the top of his lungs: "STOP SCREAMING!!! WHY ARE YOU SCREAMING?!"
  • Papa Smurf in The Smurfs does this on occasion to stop his little Smurfs from squabbling.

    Real Life 
  • The word for "Shut up" in Japan literally means "Noisy". And, of course, it's usually shouted.