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* In ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', David is captured, and about to be executed in the Flesh Fair. But since David has a sense of self-preservation, he cries out for help. When the crowd starts wondering if he's a real child or not, the circus master gives an impassioned speech about how the machines are starting to replace the children, and therefore, should be destroyed. He ends the speech with a calm "[[AsTheGoodBookSays Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone]]." A man stands up and throws a stone... at the circus master. The rest of the crowd [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome quickly follows suit.]]

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* In ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', David is captured, and about to be executed in the Flesh Fair. But since David has a sense of self-preservation, he cries out for help. When the crowd starts wondering if he's a real child or not, the circus master gives an impassioned speech about how the machines are starting to replace the children, and therefore, should be destroyed. He ends the speech with a calm "[[AsTheGoodBookSays Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone]]." A man stands up and throws a stone... at the circus master. The rest of the crowd [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome quickly follows suit.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has a second season episode show this prominently. The {{Muggles}} in a subway car spend most of the episode berating ComicBook/CaptainAmerica for betraying humanity (it was a Skrull) ''as [[UngratefulBastard he is leading them to safety]]''. However, by the end when he's about to fall to the Serpent Society (who've pretty much said they want to kill the muggles}) they [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments all pelt the villains]] and distract them enough with supportive cries to give Cap a chance.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has a second season episode show this prominently. The {{Muggles}} in a subway car spend most of the episode berating ComicBook/CaptainAmerica for betraying humanity (it was a Skrull) ''as [[UngratefulBastard he is leading them to safety]]''. However, by the end when he's about to fall to the Serpent Society (who've pretty much said they want to kill the muggles}) they [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments all pelt the villains]] villains and distract them enough with supportive cries to give Cap a chance.


* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', the heroes enter the town square of Palmacosta to find the oppressive Desians there, about to hang one of the townsfolk. After her "crimes" (refusing to sell them supplies on the basis that they're evil oppressors) are announced publicly, a little boy starts throwing stones at their leader. [[StupidEvil He orders the kid executed]], at which point the party steps in to save both townspeople and drive off the Desians.

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', the heroes enter the town square of Palmacosta to find the oppressive Desians there, about to hang one of the townsfolk. After her "crimes" (refusing to sell "sell" them supplies on the basis that they're evil oppressors) oppressors demanding them for much less than they're actually worth) are announced publicly, a little boy starts throwing stones at their leader. [[StupidEvil He orders the kid executed]], at which point the party steps in to save both townspeople and drive off the Desians.


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->'''Loki:''' Kneel before me. I said... KNEEL! ''[people in the crowd kneel]'' Is this not simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.\\

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->'''Loki:''' [[KneelBeforeZod Kneel before me.me]]. I said... KNEEL! ''[people in the crowd kneel]'' Is this not simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.\\



Despite the trope name stones aren't always used, sometimes it's trash or even ProducePelting. If even ''that'' is hard to come by, the (at this point) HeroicBystander may just use a well timed ShutUpHannibal, saying that they reject their rule, believe in the hero, and that even TheHero's defeat will only embolden them to fight for themselves. This may lead to the rock thrower getting killed, [[SparkOfTheRebellion a pro-hero riot starting]], the villain getting distracted (and the hero taking advantage) or the release of the hero to finish the battle. In some cases, the civilian has no rock and instead uses trash, or does something equally impressive like standing during a KneelBeforeZod exchange.

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Despite the trope name stones aren't always used, sometimes it's trash or even ProducePelting. If even ''that'' is hard to come by, the (at this point) HeroicBystander may just use a well timed well-timed ShutUpHannibal, saying that they reject their rule, believe in the hero, and that even TheHero's defeat will only embolden them to fight for themselves. This may lead to the rock thrower getting killed, [[SparkOfTheRebellion a pro-hero riot starting]], the villain getting distracted (and the hero taking advantage) or the release of the hero to finish the battle. In some cases, the civilian has no rock and instead uses trash, or does something equally impressive like standing during a KneelBeforeZod exchange.



* ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'' done by a little kid against a teenager with super powers fits the spirit of the trope, but its also done to show the teen's HiddenDepths.
* Happens in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' with a side order of ValuesDissonance: Rossiu is surrounded by armed guards telling a angry crowd to calm down, when a rock hits him in the head. We never see who threw it, but a shot in the next episode shows a man in a crowd with a BadassMustache doing the BicepPolishingGesture (the page image). The fandom thought he was giving Rossiu an "Up yours!" gesture, named him [[FanNickname Bruce]] [[AwesomeMcCoolname Ironstaunch]], and made it {{fanon}} that he threw the rock.

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* ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'' done by a little kid against a teenager with super powers superpowers fits the spirit of the trope, but its also done to show the teen's HiddenDepths.
* Happens in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' with a side order of ValuesDissonance: Rossiu is surrounded by armed guards telling a an angry crowd to calm down, down when a rock hits him in the head. We never see who threw it, but a shot in the next episode shows a man in a crowd with a BadassMustache doing the BicepPolishingGesture (the page image). The fandom thought he was giving Rossiu an "Up yours!" gesture, named him [[FanNickname Bruce]] [[AwesomeMcCoolname Ironstaunch]], and made it {{fanon}} that he threw the rock.



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* In ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', David is captured, and about to be executed in the Flesh Fair. But since David has a sense of self-preservation, he cries out for help. When the crowd starts wondering if he's a real child or not, the circus master gives an impassioned speech about how the machines are starting to replace the children, and therefore, should be destroyed. He ends the speech with a calm "[[AsTheGoodBookSays Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone]]." A man stands up, and throws a stone... at the circus master. The rest of the crowd [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome quickly follows suit.]]

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* In ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', David is captured, and about to be executed in the Flesh Fair. But since David has a sense of self-preservation, he cries out for help. When the crowd starts wondering if he's a real child or not, the circus master gives an impassioned speech about how the machines are starting to replace the children, and therefore, should be destroyed. He ends the speech with a calm "[[AsTheGoodBookSays Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone]]." A man stands up, up and throws a stone... at the circus master. The rest of the crowd [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome quickly follows suit.]]



* The angry mob unit in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' throws rocks and molotovs before being upgraded to wield AK-47s.
* In ''VideoGame/InFamous'', random passer's by will either do this to [[PlayerCharacter Cole]] (if he's evil, or in the begining when he's been framed for causing the accident which gave him his powers) or enemies (if you have a HundredPercentHeroismRating).

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* The angry mob unit in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' throws rocks and molotovs {{molotov cocktail}}s before being upgraded to wield AK-47s.
* In ''VideoGame/InFamous'', random passer's by passers-by will either do this to [[PlayerCharacter Cole]] (if he's evil, or in the begining beginning when he's been framed for causing the accident which gave him his powers) or enemies (if you have a HundredPercentHeroismRating).



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has this in the first season episode "Imprisoned". Earthbenders are being kept prisoner in an ocean rig / TailorMadePrison devoid of all stone and earth to keep them from [[DishingOutDirt Earthbending]]. After Aang and then Katara give an inspirational speech, no one acts because of their broken spirits. However Haru tosses the first stone in defiance and soon all the Earthbenders rise up to resist. And since Aang and co had previously supplied a huge pile of coal for them to Earthbend, [[{{Pun}} things got very dirty very fast]] for their captors.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has one second season episode show this prominently. The {{Muggles}} in a subway car spend most of the episode berating ComicBook/CaptainAmerica for betraying humanity (it was a Skrull) ''as [[UngratefulBastard he is leading them to safety]]''. However, by the end when he's about to fall to the Serpent Society (who've pretty much said they want to kill the muggles}) they [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments all pelt the villains]] and distract them enough with supportive cries to give Cap a chance.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has this in the first season episode "Imprisoned". Earthbenders are being kept prisoner in an ocean rig / TailorMadePrison devoid of all stone and earth to keep them from [[DishingOutDirt Earthbending]]. After Aang and then Katara give an inspirational speech, no one acts because of their broken spirits. However However, Haru tosses the first stone in defiance and soon all the Earthbenders rise up to resist. And since Aang and co had previously supplied a huge pile of coal for them to Earthbend, [[{{Pun}} things got very dirty very fast]] for their captors.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has one a second season episode show this prominently. The {{Muggles}} in a subway car spend most of the episode berating ComicBook/CaptainAmerica for betraying humanity (it was a Skrull) ''as [[UngratefulBastard he is leading them to safety]]''. However, by the end when he's about to fall to the Serpent Society (who've pretty much said they want to kill the muggles}) they [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments all pelt the villains]] and distract them enough with supportive cries to give Cap a chance.


* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'' game, there are beggar women that constantly move around in front of you while pleading for coins. Attempts to escape them by climbing a nearby wall causes them to pelt Altair with rocks until he either climbs out of view or falls to the ground again so they can resume pestering him.
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed2'' DLC Bonfire of the Vanities, Ezio can throw a stone at fundamentalist preacher (and [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Templar ally]] Savonarola while he's preaching in Florence.

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* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'' game, there are beggar women that constantly move around in front of you while pleading for coins. Attempts to escape them by climbing a nearby wall causes them to pelt Altair with rocks until he either climbs out of view or falls to the ground again so they can resume pestering him.
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed2'' DLC Bonfire of the Vanities, Ezio can throw a stone at fundamentalist preacher (and [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Templar ally]] Savonarola while he's preaching in Florence.



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** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed2'' DLC Bonfire of the Vanities, Ezio can throw a stone at fundamentalist preacher (and [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Templar ally]] Savonarola while he's preaching in Florence.


* In ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', David is captured, and about to be executed in the Flesh Fair. But since David has a sense of self-preservation, he cries out for help. When the crowd starts wondering if he's a real child or not, the circus master gives an impassioned speech about how the machines are starting to replace the children, and therefore, should be destroyed. He ends the speech with a calm "[[AsTheGoodBookSays Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone]]." A man stands up, and throws a stone... at the circus master. The rest of the crowd [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome quickly follows suit.]]

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* In ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', David is captured, and about to be executed in the Flesh Fair. But since David has a sense of self-preservation, he cries out for help. When the crowd starts wondering if he's a real child or not, the circus master gives an impassioned speech about how the machines are starting to replace the children, and therefore, should be destroyed. He ends the speech with a calm "[[AsTheGoodBookSays Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone]]." A man stands up, and throws a stone... at the circus master. The rest of the crowd [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome quickly follows suit.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has one second season episode show this prominently. The {{Muggles}} in a subway car spend most of the episode berating ComicBook/CaptainAmerica for betraying humanity (it was a Skrull) ''as [[UngratefulBastard he is leading them to safety]]''. However, by the end when he's about to fall to the Serpent Society (who've pretty much said they want to kill the muggles}) they [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming all pelt the villains]] and distract them enough with supportive cries to give Cap a chance.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has one second season episode show this prominently. The {{Muggles}} in a subway car spend most of the episode berating ComicBook/CaptainAmerica for betraying humanity (it was a Skrull) ''as [[UngratefulBastard he is leading them to safety]]''. However, by the end when he's about to fall to the Serpent Society (who've pretty much said they want to kill the muggles}) they [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments all pelt the villains]] and distract them enough with supportive cries to give Cap a chance.


* In ''ComicBook/{{Millennium}}'', a Manhunter is psyching out Hal Jordon Green Lantern during a fight at how his cause is worthless and the people he is defending are nothing but sheep to their "superiors." This gets to Jordon as his will begins to fade and thus also his ring's power until it almost goes out. However, one of the humans he is defending blindsides the Manhunter with a thrown snowball noting that she will defy him. From that outburst, Green Lantern's faith in his cause is restored and the ring's power shifts from fading out to blazing fury, [[CurbStompBattle curb stomping]] the Manhunter.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Millennium}}'', a Manhunter is psyching out Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordon Green Lantern Jordan during a fight at how his cause is worthless and the people he is defending are nothing but sheep to their "superiors." This gets to Jordon Jordan as his will begins to fade and thus also his ring's power until it almost goes out. However, one of the humans he is defending blindsides the Manhunter with a thrown snowball noting that she will defy him. From that outburst, Green Lantern's faith in his cause is restored and the ring's power shifts from fading out to blazing fury, [[CurbStompBattle curb stomping]] the Manhunter.



* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Typhoid Mary smacks down Louise first, knowing that its Alex who is the true threat. Mary then proceeds to put a serious hurt on Alex and completely ignoring the fact that Louise is even still in the room. This turns out to be a big, big mistake on Typhoid Mary's part.

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* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Typhoid Mary smacks down Louise first, knowing that its it's Alex who is the true threat. Mary then proceeds to put a serious hurt on Alex and completely ignoring the fact that Louise is even still in the room. This turns out to be a big, big mistake on Typhoid Mary's part.



* When the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo debuted in Wrestling/{{WCW}} fans (or [[{{Astroturfing}} employees disguised as fans]]) responded by throwing lots of trash into the ring.

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* When the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo debuted in Wrestling/{{WCW}} fans (or [[{{Astroturfing}} [[AstroTurf employees disguised as fans]]) responded by throwing lots of trash into the ring.


* ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' has an astonishing double bonus. Pre-teen girl Marlene tosses a Materia Orb at Yazoo to stop him from finishing off Tifa once he [=KOs=] her. It works, but only because the Materia is fully powered and what the setting's magic runs on.

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* ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' has an astonishing double bonus. Pre-teen girl Marlene tosses a Materia Orb at Yazoo to stop him from finishing off Tifa once he [=KOs=] her. It works, but only because he decides to take the Materia is fully powered and what the setting's magic runs on.instead.


->'''[[Characters/MCULoki Loki]]:''' Kneel before me. I said... KNEEL! ''[people in the crowd kneel]'' Is this not simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.\\

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->'''[[Characters/MCULoki Loki]]:''' ->'''Loki:''' Kneel before me. I said... KNEEL! ''[people in the crowd kneel]'' Is this not simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.\\


->'''[[Characters/MCULoki Loki]]:''' Kneel before me. I said... KNEEL! ''[people in the crowd kneel]'' Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.\\

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->'''[[Characters/MCULoki Loki]]:''' Kneel before me. I said... KNEEL! ''[people in the crowd kneel]'' Is not this not simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.\\


->'''Loki:''' Kneel before me. I said... KNEEL! ''[people in the crowd kneel]'' Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.\\

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->'''Loki:''' ->'''[[Characters/MCULoki Loki]]:''' Kneel before me. I said... KNEEL! ''[people in the crowd kneel]'' Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.\\


->'''Loki:''' [[KneelBeforeZod Kneel before me]]. I said... KNEEL! ''[people in the crowd kneel]'' Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. [[ServantRace You were made to be ruled]]. In the end, you will always kneel.\\

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->'''Loki:''' [[KneelBeforeZod Kneel before me]].me. I said... KNEEL! ''[people in the crowd kneel]'' Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. [[ServantRace You were made to be ruled]].ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.\\


->'''Loki:''' [[KneelBeforeZod Kneel before me]]. I said... KNEEL! (''people in the crowd kneel'') Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. [[ServantRace You were made to be ruled]]. In the end, you will always kneel.\\
'''German Old Man:''' (''stands'') Not to men like you. \\

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->'''Loki:''' [[KneelBeforeZod Kneel before me]]. I said... KNEEL! (''people ''[people in the crowd kneel'') kneel]'' Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. [[ServantRace You were made to be ruled]]. In the end, you will always kneel.\\
'''German Old Man:''' (''stands'') ''[stands]'' Not to men like you. \\


* In ''TheWitcher'' short story ''The Lesser Evil'', after Geralt kills Renfri in defense of the villagers of Blaviken, they, quite ironically, proceed to pelt him with stones, thinking him nothing more than a murderer. Geralt survives unscathed due to a timely [[DeflectorShields Quen Sign]], however, he is forced out of Blaviken and awarded with the epithet [[HeroWithBadPublicity "The Butcher of Blaviken"]].

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* In ''TheWitcher'' ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' short story ''The ''[[Literature/TheLastWish The Lesser Evil'', Evil]]'', after Geralt kills Renfri in defense of the villagers of Blaviken, they, quite ironically, proceed to pelt him with stones, thinking him nothing more than a murderer. Geralt survives unscathed due to a timely [[DeflectorShields Quen Sign]], however, he is forced out of Blaviken and awarded with the epithet [[HeroWithBadPublicity "The Butcher of Blaviken"]].

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