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.



[[AC: {{Anime}} and {{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.

[[AC: {{Film}}]]
* ''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 ''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'' had Arnold Schwartzenegger's character do that to a kindergarten class. They shut up all right... then they start crying.
* Ginny does this in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' film.
* This happens several times in Muppet films.
** 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..."
* 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.

[[AC: {{Literature}}]]
* Attempted and failed with Nicolae Carpathia in the Dramatic Audio version of the 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.

[[AC: LiveActionTV]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episodes "Midnight" and "Planet of the Dead", along with a ''bunch'' of other episodes.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. 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?
* A scene from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' plays out like the aforementioned one from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', with [[CheerfulChild Naomi Wildman]] as Inigo and [[MsFanservice Seven of Nine]] as Fezzik.
* ''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.

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

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PowerpuffGirls'', Fuzzy Lumpkins yells this... and gets elected mayor because of it.
* 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.

[[AC: RealLife]]
* The word for "Shut up" in Japan literally means "Noisy". And, of course, it's usually shouted.