Playing With / Powder Keg Crowd

Basic Trope: A crowd is in danger of exploding into riot.
  • Straight: The subjects of Troperville gather around the castle hoping for word that the king will send aid to a disasterous fire caused by soldiers. An officious guard tries to order them off, and someone throws a rock. The crowd follows the lead, beating up the guards, smashing up the windows, and spreads out.
  • Exaggerated: The subjects gather to hear the king's speech, the princess, waiting, sneezes, and they erupt into a riot that spreads throughout the kingdom, resulting in its becoming a wasteland and killing all within.
  • Downplayed: The crowd listening to the king growls a little when he talks, but disburses afterwards.
  • Justified: The king has a long history of causing and not compensating for trouble.
  • Inverted: Ivan attempts to incite a rebellion among the poor - however the latest prince is too compassionate and the mob not only cheers but end up recruited!
  • Subverted: The crowd is angry and shouting but never break out into a riot.
  • Double Subverted: Until a glory seeking guard captain tries to break it up and shoots a pregnant woman. The crowd ensures that things end poorly for him.
  • Parodied: No one can even remember why they're doing this!
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The citizens of Troperville don't start a riot.
  • Enforced: The producers demanded that the movie adaptation be Darker and Edgier so the crowd of protesters that join the heroes end up rioting.
  • Lampshaded: "Mr. Lulz, there's a big unruly crowd here to see you."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Thieves use the rioting as a distraction and rob the palace.
  • Defied:
    • The mob's leader points out how stupid dealing with chaos by causing more chaos is.
    • The police does not even lets it become a riot. Their act of Police Brutality to gather the crowd is so lightning-fast and brutal than by the time handful of people that will survive catch on, all they can do is run.
  • Discussed: "Oh, look, another riot. Must be Monday."
  • Conversed: ???

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