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->''"Wrestling/{{Beth|Phoenix}}, I love you more than anything in the world but right now I kinda need you to maybe '''shaddup your face'''!"''
-->-- '''Wrestling/SantinoMarella''', ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''

A powerful character needs to talk. He's important, so nothing else but '''"Silence!"''' will do to quell the unruly masses or to stop the plucky hero mid-sentence. It shows that he or she is in charge, and what those other people are saying is unimportant or foolish.

Do this with a crowd of mooks and impress your friends with how quiet they become. Use this to intimidate poor peasants begging for clemency.

You can say things like "Quiet!" or "Be still!", for a similar effect. However, the more vulgar "Shut up!" doesn't work as well, except when addressed to genteel types who would be stunned to hear such an improper outburst. Go ahead and hold up a hand, it helps with the image.

There are dozens of ways to parody this. A common one is for the villain to yell "Silence!" [[NotNowKiddo at a minion who's trying to reveal something important]], and later demand to know why he wasn't given the important information. Another is to shout "SILENCE!" when nobody is speaking to begin with. A third is for the character to yell "SILENCE!"... and be completely ignored.

Here is a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmA4fLVf9ZE compilation]] with a lot of examples.

See also ShutUpHannibal and TalkToTheFist. BigShutUp can sometimes overlap. Not to be confused with YouFool



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the latter half of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', a bizarrely drawn-out version of this trope (or rather its Japanese equivalent) is practically Master Asia's CatchPhrase.
* Brandon during the [[FillerArc Battle Frontier arc]] of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' ''loved'' to interject with, "NO!!!" At least it wasn't a BigNo...
** Well, he does like to tell challengers what they're doing wrong while they battle him.
* [[Creator/RieKugimiya Say it with us now:]] [[LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana URUSAI!]] [[LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero URUSAI!]] [[LightNovel/{{Toradora}} URUSAI!!]]
* Used/subverted hilariously in ''LightNovel/RentalMagica'' when Adelicia asks Honami to marry her. (For reference, both of them are {{Tsundere}}s, and have been covertly competing for the favor of Itsuki for most of the show.) Itsuki is completely stunned, and his attempts at asking what's going on are completely drowned out by the rest of the TrueCompanions merrily blabbering on about appropriate jewelery and the best date to set. Finally losing patience, he does his [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Hidden Badass Reveal]] spin, complete with EyepatchOfPower tear-off and shouts "[[LetsGetDangerous PRESIDENT'S ORDERS!]]" The entire group instantly shuts up and leaps into battle-ready positions... only for Itsuki to turn around, revealing his EyepatchOfPower still firmly in place. He just wanted to get their attention...
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Alucard gets to say this with a dash of RedEyesTakeWarning in the English dub of the OVA's second episode when he's getting lip from Luke Valentine. It's one of the few times the line is legitimately frightening.
-->'''Luke Valentine''': You're nothing but the Hellsing family toy! A dog for the Church of England, not even fit to call himself a vampire -- !
-->'''Alucard''': '''''SILENCE!''''' I'm a dog? [[PreMortemOneLiner Then you're dog food.]]
* In the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' episode, Little Miss Manners, Serena/Usagi says this to her teacher in her daydream while dozing off in class:
-->'''Teacher''': Serena, did you do your homework?
-->'''Serena/Usagi''': Silence! How dare you speak to a princess like that!
-->'''Teacher''': Oh, pardon me, you highness. Please forgive me!
* Komi says this to Touma in the dub version of ''Manga/SakuraDiaries'':
-->'''Touma''': Don't take that tone of voice with me.
-->'''Komi''': Silence, loser!
* In the five parter, 'Match of the Millennium - Yugi vs Pegasus', Yami says this to Pegasus with a blunt, 'Be silent!' after Yugi has lost consciousness in the Dark game (or 'Shadow Realm' in 4Kids logic) after his last move in the dub version of ''[[Anime/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh!]]''.
** Marik Ishtar frequently says this to his minions or allies. The [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Abridged Series]] version takes it UpToEleven.
-->'''Marik''': Good. Now, SILENCE!!!
-->'''Yami Bakura''': Marik, no one was talking.
-->'''Marik''': I know, it was a preemptive "silence"!
-->'''Yami Bakura''': So, you silenced the silence?... Good job.
-->'''Marik''': Yes, that silence didn't know what hit it!
** Melvin enjoys this trope as well and even lectures about it.
-->'''Melvin''': Do you have any idea what the word "silence" means?
-->'''Weevil''': Umm...no.
-->'''Melvin''': It means stop talking.
-->'''Weevil''': Ah...yeah, I knew that.
-->'''Melvin''': So when I say "SILENCE," you cease making noise or I will cease it for you.
* In the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OAV, Ayeka says one when torturing Ryoko:
-->'''Ayeka''': Siiiilence, criminal. How dare you.
* Ken, the [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Digimon Emperor]], says this in the dub when whipping Wormmon. After this, Wormmon gives a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to him:
-->'''Ken''': That's it. Get 'em, Chimeramon!
-->'''Wormmon''': You can do it, Magnamon!
-->'''Ken''': Silence! *whips Wormmon*
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6jCVRYcNws#t=3m26s Near the end]] of 'Shadow of the Moon, Sea of Shadow' arc of ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'', Youko says this when the Kei soliders arrived in the cave:
-->'''Kei Solider''': Stop what you're doing there, at once! How dare you kidnap a Taiho! That is a serious crime against the Heavens!
-->'''Youko''': You're all being decived by Joy! She's not the real queen! She's an impostor!
-->'''Kei Solider''': That's pure nonsense! The Kirin has chosen lady Joy and that is all the proof we need!
-->'''Youko''': *long pause* Silence! Do you think of Joy were the real queen of Kei? That she would have to chain the taiho against his will? Have any of you heard the Taiho speak? And why do you think he's remained in kirin form? It's because the Taiho serves me! And if you still have any doubts, whatsoever, then raise your sword against me!
* ''Anime/BlueSubmarineNo6'': Verg in the third episode 'Hearts' when he's impaitent with his father Zorndyke on whether to attack or not to attack the humans. The trope: 'Just shut up!' in the japanese; 'Silennnnce!' in the dub.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Martian king, Monarch Prime, in ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'': "Silence! It is ''I'' who will ask the questions, solid."
** The Immortal said much the same to Monarch Prime when they met many issues later.
* From ''[[ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet Infinity War]] #6,'' the conclusion of a Marvel CrisisCrossover:
-->'''Galactus:''' "Silence, fool! Mighty Galactus knows what must be done!"
-->'''Thanos:''' "Does mighty Galactus know that our chances of outrunning this disturbance are minimal?"
-->'''Galactus:''' "Does ''annoying Thanos'' have an alternative course of actions to suggest?"
-->'''Thanos:''' "...no."
-->'''Galactus:''' "Then let ''silence'' reign."
* ComicBook/DoctorDoom does this all the time to the point where it's almost a catchphrase, up there with [[ThirdPersonPerson "DOOM!"]] and [[SayMyName "RIIICHAAAARRRDDSS!!!"]]

* [[Film/AustinPowers Dr. Evil]] and his "Zip it"/"Shhh" {{Overly Long Gag}}s is close. He's also done it straight a few times when Number 2 was trying to be reasonable with him.
* Raiden does this in the first ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie, with the added intimidation of lightning special effects.
--> "Enough!"
* ''Film/{{Bananas}}'' (1971):
-->'''Esposito:''' "From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. ''Silence!'' In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old!"
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Freaked}}'', when Elijah C. Skuggs asks for his rowdy, brawling audience's attention, and every last one of them instantly stops fighting and politely sits facing forward.
* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in ''Film/KindergartenCop'': "SHUUUUUUT UUUUUUUUP!"
* Played straight by Creator/JeremyIrons as Tiberias in ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'': A hall full of knights, yelling at each other. The King holds up his hand. "SILENCE!" (deathly hush)
* In ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'', AFTER the Master's wives seem to have finished an argument, the Master yells, "SILENCE! SILENCE!" at them. While holding out his arms to display his big handprint cloak for maximum effect.
** In the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] version of ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E24ManosTheHandsOfFate Manos]]'', Joel and the Bots improve the Master's lines immensely. "SILENCE!" "IS GOLDEN!" "SILENCE!" "IS GOLDEN!"
* Not really shut up, but pretty much Creator/SamuelLJackson made it clear with this quote [[Film/SnakesOnAPlane "Enough is ENOUGH! I have HAD IT with these muthafucking snakes on this muthafucking plane!"]] that rather than discussing on how to clear the snakes from the cockpit, the passengers better shut up and strap in since he's about to open some fucking windows.
** Not to mention, [[Film/PulpFiction "I don't remember asking YOU a GODDAMN THING!"]]
** [[Film/DoTheRightThing Yo! Hold up! Time out! Time! Out! Y'all take a chill! You need to cool that shit out! And that's the double truth, Ruth!]]
* ''Film/HarryPotter''
** A dead straight example from ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''. After everyone is alerted to the troll in the dungeon and mass panic ensues, Dumbledore yells loud and clear, ''"Silence!"'' Everyone stops in their tracks and he gives out orders calmly.
** ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' has one too, but more drawn out and [[ChewingTheScenery hammy]]. "SILEEEEEEEEENNCCCCCEEEE!"
* In ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'', Fozziwig is shouting to get everybody to quiet down so he can deliver his Christmas speech. When everybody keeps ignoring him and carrying on, Animal walks in and yells, "QUIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEET!" Everybody shuts up, Animal quietly says, "Thank you" and walks off.
** Similar to ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'', where Ben Stiller is trying in vain to address the arguing exhibits. The Easter Island statue bellows "QUIIIIIIETTT!" Everybody shuts up. "My dum-dum is talking."
* Shredder says this trope in the original ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' film:
** '''Shredder''': Find her. Silence her.
*** Also, in sequel, The Secret of the Ooze:
---> '''Shredder''': This is not the reason I sent you to follow her.\\
'''Assessor''': No, master. But I thought--\\
'''Shredder''': Silence! This may be even better. Whatever caused this mutation may be useful to my enemies.
* ''Film/SupermanII'': General Zod says this by the end of the film to Lex Luthor while Lex talks to him about further world domination.
* The Creator/StevenSeagal film ''Urban Justice'' has the main antagonist say this trope to one of his henchmen, William Shatner style.
* ''Film/{{Twister}}''
-->'''Jonas''': If I want your opinion, I'll give it to you. Now keep your mouth shut, keep your foot on the gas, and stay on this heading.
* ''Film/EaglesGathered'': Silver tries this. Turns out, the underworld tends to take that sort of thing literally. It takes them a while to get sound working again.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** At the climax of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Lord Vetinari manages to silence a room full of excited people by saying "Silence" ''in relatively normal tones''.
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', Rincewind winds up speaking with the Emperor of [[{{Wutai}} Agatea]], but he is repeatedly interrupted in this manner by the court chamberlain. When Rincewind points out how impractical this arrangement is, the Emperor orders the chamberlain taken away and his lips cut off.
* In ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', the [[LargeHam wizard]] uses loud exclamations of "QUIET!", "SILENCE!", and "ENOUGH!"
* In the ''Literature/GarrettPI'' novels, ailing underworld boss Chodo Contague is too frail to shout "Silence!", yet his power and menace is such that he can simply ''lift his finger'' and instantly bring a halt to conversations. Only if he's hushing a crowd who can't all see him clearly does he have his lieutenants, Crask and Sadler, invoke this trope for him.
* In the 14th book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Mab shows up at the climax and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome stops the entire battle with one sentence.]]
--> '''Mab:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Cease. This rudeness. At once.]]
** In an earlier book, [[HornyDevils Lord Raith]] shuts up a cave full of arguing White Court vampires by shouting this so loudly that dust falls from the cave ceiling. Even Harry, who holds him in a combination of hatred and contempt, has to admire this.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A variation in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', their first episode in the MirrorUniverse: to quell an argument, the main villain simply ''whispers'' "Qui-et!"
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In the holodeck program "The Adventures of Captain Proton", EmperorScientist Dr Chaotica's CatchPhrase is a drawn out [="FooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!"=] Then again, he's a parody of a ''[[Film/FlashGordonSerial Flash Gordon]]'' villain, so [[WorldOfHam it's to be expected]].
* [[Series/LateNight Conan O'Brien]] does this every now and when when he does his "Judge O'Brien" skit
-->'''Conan''': I couldn't help but notice that the host [[SelfDeprecation looks pasty and white this evening]].
-->'''Make-Up Artist''': ...but that's the way you always look--
-->'''Conan''': QUIET! ''(bangs gavel)''
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Human Nature" has Jeremy Baines aka [[spoiler: Son of Mine]] shouting, in rapid fire succession, "SHUT UP! STOP TALKING! CEASE AND DESIST! THERE'S A GOOD GIRL!"
** In "Fear Her" the Doctor silences a group of squabbling people with the marvelous phrase "FINGERS ON LIPS!"
** "The Idiot's Lantern" has a truly unpleasant man repeatedly shout "I AM TALKING!" to silence anyone arguing with him. The Doctor cuts him off partway through the episode with "AND I'M NOT '''LISTENING!'''"
** "The Pandorica Opens":
-->Except, you lot, you're all whizzing about, it's really very distracting. Could you all just stay still a minute because '''''I am talking!'''''
* One of Creator/JeffDunham's puppets, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, has one of these as his signature line: "SILENCE! I KILL YOU!!"
** Walter is also fond of this. "Ahh, shut the hell up!"
* In ''Series/BritainsGotThePopFactor'', when Cat Deely walks onto the stage she tries to ask the audience to keep quiet. It doesn't work, so she yells "F*CKING SHUT UP!". Silence.
* Commonly used by a pissed-off Grimlord in ''Series/VRTroopers''.
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Meltdown" features a wax-droid replica of Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} shouting "Silence, Scum!" at The Cat, and slapping Lister in the face, several times.
* Various villains from PowerRangers, such as Lord Zedd, Goldar, and Rita Repulsa, say this trope a lot.
* In one RashomonStyle ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' episode, Uncle Phil (played by James Avery at his hammiest), says this trope in Will's recollection of events.
---> Will: Listen, Uncle Phil--
---> Uncle Phil: '''SILENCE!''' If I want your opinion, '''''I'll beat it out of you!'''''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ("Once More With Feeling").
-->'''Giles:''' Spike, if I want your opinion... ''(looks at him in contempt)'' I'll never want your opinion.
* The first spoken line by the Cybermen in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
-->[[AccentUponTheWrongSyllable SIIIIlenCE! AnyONNNNNNNNNNNNE who MOOOOOOOVES willbekilled inSTANTlyyyyyy!]]
* Parodied in Danish sketch show ''Live fra Bremen''. In a sketch, two aliens - a leader and a henchman - kidnap a human who reveals himself to be a rather oblivious member of a swinger club. The alien henchman is an annoying YesMan who is just as stupid as the human. This leads to the human and the henchman both saying lots of dumb things. In an attempt to interrogate the human, the alien leader several times tries to shut up his henchman's talking by saying "silence", but the henchman thinks it is directed at the human, so he eagerly follows up with "yeah, shut up".

* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', O'Malley would often try this. "Be quiet, you FOOL!" It never worked.

* Verse three of the Four Seasons' "Silence Is Golden":
-->How many times did she fall for his line?
-->Should I tell her or should I keep cool?
-->And if I tried, I know she'll say I lied
-->"Mind your business, don't hurt her, you fool."

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Used very often between wrestlers. Memorably Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter went on to say his goal was to get Wrestling/ChrisJericho off Raw so he'd never have to listen to him again.
* Wrestling/DamienSandow frequently requires "SILENCE" as he tried to educate crowds who paid to see wrestling matches and not necessarily to hear him talk.
* Also a standard heel action to get a lot of heat, telling the crowd to be silent while they trash the face or sing a [[ForeignWrestlingHeel foreign]] national anthem, ensuring that everyone in attendance makes as much noise as they can for the duration.

[[folder:Radio Theater]]
* [[Creator/CheechAndChong Good morning class....]] GOOD MORNING CLASS... '''CLASS'''... '''''SHUUUDDDUUPPPPPP!!!''''' ... [-"oh, wow man"-] Thank you.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Whenever Creator/JeffDunham brings out Achmed the Dead Terrorist, expect this line to come out once or twice:
-->'''Achmed:''' SILENCE! ''(beat)'' [[IllKillYou I KEEL YOU!]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Flavorfully speaking, the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=107284 Swift Silence]] is a magical version of this.

* The beleaguered Usher of the Court in ''Theatre/TrialByJury'' is constantly bellowing, in song, the words "Silence in court!" over the singing of the chorus of jurors and spectators.
* ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''. In the song "But Mr. Adams", John Adams vainly tries to convince each member of his committee to write the Declaration of Independence; each comes up with a reason to refuse; and each time the remaining members repeat the refusal in song -- except in the last two verses when Adams interrupts them with "QUIET!"

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
** In the former ''Theatre/GhostbustersSpooktacular'' show, Gozer yells this when the tour guide won't stop talking back to him.
** Both versions of ''Theatre/PoseidonsFury'' has the attraction's villain shouting this at one point to the attraction's guide.
** Lord Farquaad's very first line in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'' is a big "SILENCE!", directed at his fairy-tale prisoners.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''Rainbow Sprinkles'' trailer for ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'', Sarge hisses "Silence! This is supposed to be a stealth mission!" at Haggard and Sweetwater, to which they both just reply "Why?".
* Several ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' villains have been known to utter this, by the way. One that springs immediately to mind is Berial, the big fire demon from ''4'' who is first fought by Nero and then by Dante afterwards.
** Dante himself also utters this near the end of the first game to [[spoiler:Demon Emperor Mundus]] as a ShutUpHannibal.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Objection!
** HOLD IT!!
** Franziska von Karma takes it to a new level with her whipping. And her foolishly foolishness of foolishly saying fool to fools.
** ''' SILENCE!''' Enough jabbering, lest you wish to taste the cold steel of [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Prosecutor Simon Blackquill]]'s [[RazorSharpHand "blade"]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'':
--> '''Sanger Zonvolt''': SILENCE!! AND LISTEN!! [[InTheNameOfTheMoon My name is Sanger... Sanger Zonvolt! The Sword That Cleaves Evil!]]
* ''Series/SonicChronicles'':
** This trope is used to segue into a HeelFaceTurn. [[spoiler:After taking some heat from Sonic and company, Imperator Ix has stated that enough's enough and that he'll wipe the party clean before claiming the Master Emerald, with world domination soon to follow. Shade, who was raised and disciplined believing that Ix simply wanted to return the Nocturne to the world rather than take it over, was literally right next to him at this time, and was 'rewarded' for questioning authority with this line - followed by being blown off Angel Island (though Knuckles manages to grab her before she falls completely off).]]
** The German version translates "Silence" with the Latin word "Silencium!" instead of the German "Ruhe!" or "Schweig!".
* In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', Eggman apparently doesn't like taking lip from his own robots.
-->'''Eggman:''' A brilliant shift in perspective! An idea worthy of Doctor Eggman, super genius! ''[laughs]''\\
'''Robot:''' ''[applauds sarcastically]'' Your skill at self-aggrandizement is unparalleled.\\
'''Eggman:''' ''[continues laughing a little longer before looking at the robot menacingly]'' Silence! ''[slaps it]''
* Karai [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-onOua43bU says it]] in ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles 2: Battle Nexus'' when the Turtles are about to engage in a boss battle with Karai.
--> '''Karai''': Silence. It is my duty to serve him. Enough talk!
* Vexen from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' yells this in response to Axel and Larxene mocking him. Larxene comments that his response was so predictable and says he's boring.
* Even though she's not evil, Grolla says this twice in ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'': one in the main game to Tia in any of two versions of the confrontation with her just before the boss battle against her begins, and another in Grollschwert to Graf Sepperin when she confronts him.
* When using the Gentleman Cho'Gath skin, Cho'Gath from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' will yell out "Quiet!" when he uses his Feral Scream. This spell [[StandardStatusEffects silences]] enemies.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', this is prosecutor Simon Blackquill's favorite catchphrase to use for loony witnesses and meddling attorneys. In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', [[spoiler:he uses it on a certain arrogant prosecutor to announce his BigDamnHeroes moment]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' we have [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/daily.php?date=030408 this]]:
-->'''Drizz'l''': '''SILENCE!'''\\
'''Fighter''': Isn't it a bit ironic to yell 'silence'?
* Possessed Agatha in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100226 this]] ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' comic gives a classic villainous "Silence!"

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Mr. Administrator in ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'', startling Tom and Dana out of an explanation of that week's trope.
* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment "Silence you fool! Don't you know that character is trademarked?!"]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The robot elders in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Fear of a Bot Planet" used this all the time, though most of the time they were interrupting each other.
-->'''Elder #3:''' Silence! Come forward Bender. You will have the honor of executing the prisoners.
-->'''Elder #4:''' [[RunningGag Silence!]] I concur.
* [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness The Council of Thirteen]] in the season 3 premiere of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' tried to do this, and [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on the phrase's use.
* From ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': "Be still! Pharaoh speaks!" It's downright awesome because it's said by Patrick Stewart.
* Once on ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Omi said "Silence, please!" Raimundo kept talking anyway, and Omi freaked out a little.
-->"I told you to be silent! I even said 'please!'"
* Dr. Doom in the 60s ''Franchise/FantasticFour'' cartoon: "Silence! Silence, I say! All of you! Listen to ''me!''" And in ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', [[LargeHam he]] uses some variation of the line in just about every scene he has with his idiot minions, especially [[ThoseTwoGuys MODOK and Abomination]].
* Balactus did this when the White Shadow started bossing him around on ''WesternAnimation/{{Minoriteam}}''. "Silence. There are worlds to destroy."
* In ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'', Elmer's boil says this to him when he contemplates telling someone about it.
* Displayed in an unusual way in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' spinoff cartoon ''Droids''. During one scene, the local warlord is preparing to make a speech before his henchmen who will not stop talking. The warlord subtly gestures for silence but there's no change. He makes his movements more overt over the next minute or so. Eventually, he resorts to, "'''QUIIIIIEEEEEEEEETTTTTT!'''" and finally gets the result he wants.
* ''{{Transformers}}'':
** Megatron fame said this at least once an episode in the G1 cartoon. Usually to Starscream.
** An ideological argument between Megs and Prime in the IDW comics had Megatron interupting Prime's famous motto with "Oh ''shut up''!"
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Megatron says this many times as well.
* Mojo Jojo says this trope in a few ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episodes. As well as from the girls themselves (but it's '[[BigShutUp shut up]]' instead of 'silence').
* Sylvester's famous 'Ahhhhh, Shaddup!' line.
** Other ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes characters'', such as WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam and others, says this trope in many cartoons. However, in one Porky Pig cartoon, "The Wearing of the Grin", one of the Leprechauns says "Silence in the court!" and "Silence, me boyo!" twice to Porky Pig after Porky objects about stealing their pot of gold.
* The WesternAnimation/TinyToons episode, ' A Quack in the Quarks' has the Darth Vader-esque character say, "Siwence!" in [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome Elmer Fuddese]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has one from Ozai to Azula.
-->'''Ozai''': Azula, Silence youself.
* The ComicStrip/LittleLulu cartoon 'Musical Lulu' has one from the Judge:
-->'''Lulu''': He's a liar, awful liar!
-->'''Judge''': Silence is what I desire!
* The WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat cartoon, 'Neptune Nonsense' has one from Neptune himself.
-->'''Neptune''': So, you were going to cook him and eat him, eh?
-->'''Felix''': But I don't--
-->'''Neptune''': Silence! Silence!
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': In the episode, "Deep Freeze", Mr. Freeze say this twice to Batman.
* Skeletor in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'':
** '''Skeletor''': Silence, you furry fool!
* Susan Storm, while being brainwashed by Psycho-man, says this in the episode 'Worlds Within Worlds' from the 90's WesternAnimation/FantasticFour TV series.
* A minor cat-themed villain on ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' plans to steal enough yarn to conquer and rule the entire world, to which his kitten sidekick sensibly asks how he supposed to pull that off. His response: "''[[DidntThinkThisThrough I... Um... Uh...]] '''SILENCE!!'''''"
* Lord Dragaunus, from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' animated series, says this trope in a few episodes.
* The Queen of Hearts from classic 1950's Disney animated film, ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', says this trope.
* A few characters from ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' say this trope:
** Professor X from the Phoenix Saga arc, says this, when his mind is losing control causing him to attack {{Wolverine}}, Jubilee and Gambit, with a evil illusion of himself in his mind.
** One from D'Ken to Gladiator in the Phoenix Saga arc:
---> '''Gladiator''': My lord, he insults you!
---> '''D'Ken''': Silence!
** Brain Child in the "Reunion" two-parter episode:
---> '''Professor X''': You are the Master?
---> '''Brain Child''': Silence! You're not allowed to speak his name!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Happens in many episodes:
** One example near the end of the second act from the episode "Bart Sells His Soul":
-->'''Homer''': Bart, you didn't finish your spaghetti and Moe balls!
-->'''Homer's brain''': Silence, you fool. It can be ours!
-->'''Homer''': [eating] Run, boy! Run! Run for your life, boy!
** Also, Bart says one to Lisa after she teases him about Laura and Bart in the episode "The New Kid on the Block":
-->'''Bart''': Maybe Laura could watch us.
-->'''Lisa''': Oh, I get it. [seductively] Bart, the babysitter's here. Let me tuck you in. [making smacking noises]
-->'''Bart''': Silence!
** Again in "Skinner's Sense of Snow":
-->'''Skinner''': All right, that's it. I'm writing all your names on the detention list in my mind.
-->'''Bart''': Silence, Seymour. We're in charge now.
** And again in "Girly Edition":
-->'''Lisa''': Bart, get out of my anchorchair.
-->'''Bart''': Silence, Octopussy.
** And again in "Lisa the Skeptic" but from the so-called angel [[spoiler: when it's revealed that it's not an apocalypse but instead turns out to be an opening for the Heavenly Hills shopping mall in Springfield]]:
-->'''Lisa''': Well, there you go. I hope you all learned a valuable--
-->'''Angel''': Silence! Prepare for the end... [[spoiler: the end of high prices! Behold, the grand opening of the Heavenly Hills Mall.]]
** Also one from Mr. Burns in "Homer's Enemy", as well, when criticising Frank Grimes in his office.
** From "Sunday, Bloody Sunday":
-->'''Wally''': Well, I'm convinced. Tell you what, Mr. Murdoch. Let's just split the difference. The boys and I will just crouch here quietly, and take it easy on the snacks ...
-->'''[[UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch Murdoch]]''': Silence! [he throws something on the ground, and two puffs of smoke appear, revealing three policemen] Seize them!
*** The trope also appears in the Gracie Films logo sequence in this episode, as well.
** From "New Kids on the Bleech":
-->'''Skinner''': Are you adequately prepared to rock?
-->[The audience cheers wildly]
-->'''Skinner''': SILENCE!
** This trope also appeared in a few ''Treehouse of Horror'' episodes: TOH VII segment, "Citizen Kang", has Kang (or is it Kodos?) say this trope, TOH VIII segment, "The HΩmega Man", has Mutant Sideshow Mel saying this trope, TOH X has Maggie(in a different voice) say this to Lisa in the episode's couch gag, and near the end of the TOH XI first segment, "G-G-Ghost D-D-Dad", has the devil say "Silence, Sinner!" to ghost Homer.
* Dr. Robotnik gets several of these in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''. One particularly hilarious instance, in which Robotnik, tired of Scratch and Grounder's bickering, punches a hole in his dressing wall thingy, knocking out Grounder (not to mention looking [[YourSizeMayVary bigger than usual]]), and screams "SILENCE!!!!!!!" has undergone MemeticMutation.
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'':
-->'''Frollo''': "Silence!"
-->'''Esmeralda''': "JUSTICE!!!"
* In ''Challenge of the {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'', ComicBook/LexLuthor says this OnceAnEpisode in the Hall of Doom.
* [[WesternAnimation/DangerMouse "Penfold...shush."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'': Ruber says this that way in his first verse of his song:
-->'''Ruber''': Let's go back to war and violence! I was so bored with peace and ''[to a servant suddenly when he drops a cup in fear]'' '''SILENCE!!'''

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* Guards are known to occasionally use a variant at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
--> "It is requested that everyone maintains a level of ''silence'' and '''''respect'''''!"
** Said request is usually coupled with a DeathGlare. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It's very effective.]]