[[quoteright:350:[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ranma-thundering-mob1.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Just one of those days.]]

When a sufficiently large group of characters or extras in a comedy {{Anime}} or AnimatedSeries are pursuing someone angrily, they appear as a ThunderingHerd covered in a noisy budget-saving cloud of dust, optionally with torsos, heads, and arms sticking out. An alternate presentation, popular in [[JapaneseVisualArtsTropes anime and manga]], presents a five-story-tall cloud of people chasing the protagonist. Sufficiently wound up single characters can also appear as a one-person ThunderingHerd when pursuing or fleeing in panic.

Members of a [[HaremGenre Harem]] or LoveDodecahedron sometimes chase the object(s) of their romantic desire down the street in a ThunderingHerd. Multiply that if the character is dealing with a GroupieBrigade.

The ThunderingHerd is generally accompanied by loud sound effects (rumbling, crashing, shouting, the cries of bystanders), and frequently by the StarTrekShake. Sometimes it is visible only as a cloud of dust (or distinct geysers of dust) behind other scenery.

A SubTrope of EveryoneChasingYou.

Compare WheelOFeet, BigBallOfViolence.



[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', too many times to count. One such chase scene takes form under the opening credits for the first ''Ranma'' movie (called ''Big Trouble in Nekonron, China'' in North America) and lasts five minutes or more of screen time; it starts with a single person chasing Ranma, and slowly builds up until it seems that the entire city of Tokyo is on his heels. The Herd is also rife with [[TheCameo cameos]] from the television series and manga.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''
** Episode 1 introduces the male lead to his new staff as they charge in a cloud of squeals, aprons, and barely repressed [[LoliconAndShotacon shotacon]].
** In episode 12 all of the maids charge Taro to give him birthday presents.
** In ''La Verite'' episode 1 the maids charge Taro en masse in the (giant) bath room, while they and he are naked.
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' throws these in so regularly that you can almost set your watch by them -- not that this helps the poor YuppieCouple that invariably get run over by the mob.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Tomo, being the GenkiGirl on a continuous amphetamine high, is capable of creating a one-girl Thundering Herd.
* Sana from ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'' is also energetic enough to make one of these all by herself.
* ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'', episode 2.
* ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil''
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' sometimes flees as a single-person ThunderingHerd.
* More serious example: the Ohmu from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''. These are titanic, pillbug-like insects with nigh-indestructible carapaces, pincer-like legs at the front, and dozens of eyes. Even one rampaging Ohmu can devastate a city; an entire flood of them can level a valley. Worse: since they live in the poisonous forest called "the Sea of Corruption", their bodies carry spores that spread the reach of the forest, and even one single spore can threaten the existence of a village. Thus, not only are the inhabitants of the periphery extremely careful not to anger any of the forest's insects (their pain can carry through to the Ohmu), but certain kingdoms actually ''plot'' to enrage the Ohmu into flattening their enemies' lands.
* In ''Manga/UFOPrincessValkyrie'', the mob of catgirl maids form a ThunderingHerd when they go looking for Waru-chan. When they don't find her, Sanada makes one all by herself.
* ''NagasareteAriantou'' has one in the opening.
* What happens to the four {{Bishounen}} in ''Manga/TheWallflower'', but mostly to Kyouhei.
* In the early parts of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', main lead [[ChickMagnet Negi]] occasionally has to outrun his WackyHomeroom whenever some rumour about his ([[KidHero essentially non-existent]]) love-life comes up.

* Gauls attacking the Romans in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}},'' specially in the movies.
* In "What If Everyone Who Ever Had Been an Avenger Had Remained an Avenger?" (from ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' #34, an issue full of short takes spoofing the normal "SeriousBusiness" nature of most "What If" stories), the entire hundred-plus man superteam responds to a convenience store robbery... and exit Avengers Mansion in a Thundering Herd.

* The cover art, by Paul Kidby, of Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' depicts the Ankh-Morprok City Watch as [[http://www.lspace.org/ftp/images/bookcovers/uk/men-at-arms-2.jpg the classic Thundering Herd.]]
* In “ ‘Tiger! Tiger!’ ” in Literature/TheJungleBook, Kipling tells how Mowgli, with the help of Grey Brother and Akela, organises a stampede of the buffalo bulls down the ravine in which the tiger Shere Khan is hiding. ‘… the torrent of black horns, foaming muzzles, and staring eyes whirled down the ravine like boulders in flood-time; the weaker buffaloes being shouldered out to the sides of the ravine, where they tore through the creepers. They knew what the business was before them – the terrible charge of the buffalo-herd, against which no tiger can hope to stand.’ At the other end of the ravine, even more dangerously, are the buffalo cows with their calves.

[[folder:Live-Action Films]]
* A Thundering Herd of [[GroupieBrigade crazed groupies]] leads to the trampling death of Creator/GeneKelly's character in the black comedy ''Film/WhatAWayToGo''

* In the video game version of ''[[VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVSTheWorldTheGame Scott Pilgrim Vs The World]]'' in the third stage seconds after you enter the level a massive crowd of crazed fans stampedes from the left side creating a thundering herd chasing after the members of a band. This also happens in the intro to the second level with the level boss being chased by the thundering herd equivalent of LoonyFan.

* Happens several times in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''.
* Happens in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', when [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-10-16 students flee]] the Omega Goo.
* Occurs in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', comprised of many forest creatures who want Antimony's and Andrew's help for (mostly) [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1193 trivial reasons.]]

* Ur-example: the Roadrunner from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
* Another serious example occurs in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' with the wildebeest stampede. In fact, many viewers saw it as NightmareFuel.
* On ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends,'' Cheese was understandably freaked out when seeing a horde of imaginary friends of all shapes and sizes bearing down on him.