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A public square or park where all sorts of people (possibly including the SoapboxSadie) can be found making impassioned speeches about various subjects; usually political, but sometimes rather more bizarre. Crowds will gather to variously cheer or jeer. Generally, the quality of the speeches made won't be very high, and will be on such topics as outlandish [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]], [[NostalgiaFilter how things were better back in the old days]] and the verbal equivalent of the StronglyWordedLetter. In short, at a Soapbox Square you will see very few [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman well spoken gentleman]] but a heaping helping of [[TalkativeLoon babbling loons]].

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A public square or park where all sorts of people (possibly including the SoapboxSadie) can be found WavingSignsAround and making impassioned speeches about various subjects; usually political, but sometimes rather more bizarre. Crowds will gather to variously cheer or jeer. Generally, the quality of the speeches made won't be very high, and will be on such topics as outlandish [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]], [[NostalgiaFilter how things were better back in the old days]] and the verbal equivalent of the StronglyWordedLetter. In short, at a Soapbox Square you will see very few [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman well spoken gentleman]] but a heaping helping of [[TalkativeLoon babbling loons]].


* Blueberry Park in Creator/DanielPinkwater's story ''The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death'', where three speakers go on simultaneously about the virtues of vegetarianism, getting the British out of Kenya, and DemonicPossession. The protagonist then decides to make a speech himself and brave the hecklers.

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* Blueberry Park in Creator/DanielPinkwater's story ''The Snarkout Boys Literature/SnarkoutBoys and the Avocado of Death'', where three speakers go on simultaneously about the virtues of vegetarianism, getting the British out of Kenya, and DemonicPossession. The protagonist then decides to make a speech himself and brave the hecklers.


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* Washington Square Park in Chicago was nicknamed "Bughouse Square" in the 1890's through the 60's, where it was home to soapbox debates. Socialists and union organizers were particularly common. The tradition petered out, but soapbox debates are held at an annual commemorative event today.


* In the {{Literature/Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', Sator Square is described as generally holding several ranters, haranguers, and self-absorbed mumblers at any given time, all of which declaim at the top of their voices. The crowds generally cheer them no matter what they're actually saying, to egg them on. However, on this particular occasion, Commander Vimes notices with some disquiet that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness this time they're not]]: They're actually ''paying attention'', and nodding thoughtfully in agreement, while someone agitates for an all-out war with a neighbouring country.

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* In the {{Literature/Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', Sator Square is described as generally holding several ranters, haranguers, and self-absorbed mumblers at any given time, all of which declaim at the top of their voices. The crowds generally cheer them no matter what they're actually saying, to egg them on. However, on this particular occasion, Commander Vimes notices with some disquiet that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness this time they're not]]: They're actually ''paying attention'', and nodding thoughtfully in agreement, while someone agitates for an all-out war with a neighbouring country.
country. Fortunately, he deescalates the situation by repeatedly snarking at the speaker's claims until he realizes who's heckling him.


* In the {{Literature/Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', Sator Square is described as generally holding several ranters, haranguers, and self-absorbed mumblers at any given time, all of which declaim at the top of their voices. The crowds generally cheer them no matter what they're actually saying, to egg them on.

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* In the {{Literature/Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', Sator Square is described as generally holding several ranters, haranguers, and self-absorbed mumblers at any given time, all of which declaim at the top of their voices. The crowds generally cheer them no matter what they're actually saying, to egg them on.
on. However, on this particular occasion, Commander Vimes notices with some disquiet that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness this time they're not]]: They're actually ''paying attention'', and nodding thoughtfully in agreement, while someone agitates for an all-out war with a neighbouring country.


--->'''Mad Prophet:''' You, sir! You are a blight!

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--->'''Mad -->'''Mad Prophet:''' You, sir! You are a blight!



* In ''TheSimpsons'', a lot of big speeches seem to be made near the statue of Jebediah Springfield.

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* In ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', a lot of big speeches seem to be made near the statue of Jebediah Springfield.



* Some universities have a special area near the quad where campus speech codes are not enforced. Naturally, [[HilarityEnsues this brings the weirdoes out of the woodwork.]]

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* Some universities have a special area near the quad where campus speech codes are not enforced. Naturally, [[HilarityEnsues this brings the weirdoes weirdos out of the woodwork.]]


* [[{{Planescape}} Sigil]] has The Hall of Speakers. Anyone may come, check in and speak whatever they want when the podium isn't occupied by usual factions's bickering or (very rarely) some sane attempt at law-making. Just don't be surprised if a boring speech summons [[ProducePelting a rain of rotten tomatoes]]. From [[{{Hell}} Abyss]].

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* [[{{Planescape}} [[TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} Sigil]] has The Hall of Speakers. Anyone may come, check in and speak whatever they want when the podium isn't occupied by usual factions's bickering or (very rarely) some sane attempt at law-making. Just don't be surprised if a boring speech summons [[ProducePelting a rain of rotten tomatoes]]. From [[{{Hell}} Abyss]].


* ''BrokenSaints'' features one.

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* ''BrokenSaints'' ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' features one.


* In ''Let 'Em Eat Cake'', Union Square, Manhattan is where Kruger proclaims his anti-everything platform. Mary also happens to be selling her blue shirts there, and this is how they become the uniform of the revolution.

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* In ''Let 'Em Eat Cake'', Union Square, Manhattan is where plays host to a surprisingly well-mannered group of protesters, whose messages include "Schultz's Restaurant Is Unfair to Union Labor," "Union Labor Is Unfair to Schultz's Restaurant" and one addressing the workers of China in Yiddish. They are perturbed when the agitator Kruger proclaims energetically takes the stand with his anti-everything platform. Mary also happens to be selling her blue shirts there, and this is how they become the uniform of the revolution.


* In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', Brian hides out from the authorities in a plaza filled with speechifying mystics and prophets and starts spouting nonsense in order to blend in. Problem is the crowd thinks he's the [[IncrediblyLamePun First Coming]].

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* In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', Brian hides out from the authorities in a plaza filled with speechifying mystics and prophets and starts spouting nonsense in order to blend in. Problem is the crowd thinks he's the [[IncrediblyLamePun First Coming]].
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* Brian, the title character in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', hides out from the authorities in a plaza filled with speechifying mystics and prophets and starts spouting nonsense in order to blend in. Problem is the crowd thinks he's the [[IncrediblyLamePun First Coming]].

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* Brian, the title character in In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', Brian hides out from the authorities in a plaza filled with speechifying mystics and prophets and starts spouting nonsense in order to blend in. Problem is the crowd thinks he's the [[IncrediblyLamePun First Coming]].



* Blueberry Park in Creator/DanielPinkwater's story ''The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death'', where three speakers go on simultaneously about the virtues of vegetarianism, getting the British out of Kenya, and demonic possession. The protagonist then decides to make a speech himself and brave the hecklers.

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* Blueberry Park in Creator/DanielPinkwater's story ''The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death'', where three speakers go on simultaneously about the virtues of vegetarianism, getting the British out of Kenya, and demonic possession.DemonicPossession. The protagonist then decides to make a speech himself and brave the hecklers.



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--->'''Mad Prophet:''' You, sir! You are a blight!

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A public square or park where all sorts of people (possibly including the SoapboxSadie) can be found making impassioned speeches about various subjects; usually political, but sometimes rather more bizarre. Crowds will gather to variously cheer or jeer. Generally, the quality of the speeches made won't be very high, and will be on such topics as outlandish [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]], [[NostalgiaFilter how things were better back in the old days]] and the verbal equivalent of the StronglyWordedLetter. In short, at a Soapbox Square you will see very few [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman well spoken gentleman]] but a heaping helping of [[TalkativeLoons babbling loons]].

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A public square or park where all sorts of people (possibly including the SoapboxSadie) can be found making impassioned speeches about various subjects; usually political, but sometimes rather more bizarre. Crowds will gather to variously cheer or jeer. Generally, the quality of the speeches made won't be very high, and will be on such topics as outlandish [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]], [[NostalgiaFilter how things were better back in the old days]] and the verbal equivalent of the StronglyWordedLetter. In short, at a Soapbox Square you will see very few [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman well spoken gentleman]] but a heaping helping of [[TalkativeLoons [[TalkativeLoon babbling loons]].


A public square or park where all sorts of people (possibly including the SoapboxSadie) can be found making impassioned speeches about various subjects; usually political, but sometimes rather more bizarre. Crowds will gather to variously cheer or jeer. Generally, the quality of the speeches made won't be very high, and will be on such topics as outlandish[[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]], [[NostalgiaFilter how things were better back in the old days]] and the verbal equivalent of the StronglyWordedLetter. In short, at a Soapbox Square you will see very few [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman well spoken gentleman]] but a heaping helping of [[TalkativeLoons babbling loons]].

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A public square or park where all sorts of people (possibly including the SoapboxSadie) can be found making impassioned speeches about various subjects; usually political, but sometimes rather more bizarre. Crowds will gather to variously cheer or jeer. Generally, the quality of the speeches made won't be very high, and will be on such topics as outlandish[[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories outlandish [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]], [[NostalgiaFilter how things were better back in the old days]] and the verbal equivalent of the StronglyWordedLetter. In short, at a Soapbox Square you will see very few [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman well spoken gentleman]] but a heaping helping of [[TalkativeLoons babbling loons]].


A public square or park where all sorts of people (possibly including the SoapboxSadie) can be found making impassioned speeches about various subjects; usually political, but sometimes rather more bizarre. Crowds will gather to variously cheer or jeer. Generally, the quality of the speeches made won't be very high, and will be on such topics as outlandish[[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]], [[NostalgiaFilter how things were better back in the old days]] and the verbal equivalent of the StronglyWordedLetter. In short, at a Soapbox Square you will see very few [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman well spoken gentleman]] but a heaping helping of TalkativeLoon~s.

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A public square or park where all sorts of people (possibly including the SoapboxSadie) can be found making impassioned speeches about various subjects; usually political, but sometimes rather more bizarre. Crowds will gather to variously cheer or jeer. Generally, the quality of the speeches made won't be very high, and will be on such topics as outlandish[[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]], [[NostalgiaFilter how things were better back in the old days]] and the verbal equivalent of the StronglyWordedLetter. In short, at a Soapbox Square you will see very few [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman well spoken gentleman]] but a heaping helping of TalkativeLoon~s.[[TalkativeLoons babbling loons]].

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