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"What you lookin' at? You all a bunch of fuckin' assholes."
Tony Montana, Scarface (1983)

Some characters are known for their Death Glare. It is a defining characteristic for many individual characters, and a few character archetypes.

However, sometimes, someone has done something or said something so stupid or heinous that EVERYONE joins in the Death Glare. This is likely to even include all of the Pacifist charter types, from Actual Pacifist all the way through the gamut to Badass Pacifist.

When this happens, the object of everyone's attention has succeeded in irritating and enraging the whole group.

In some situations, this is played for comedy, particularly in such works as the Harem Genre or Romantic Comedy. However, it is just as likely to be played for deadly seriousness. A whole group is angry enough at someone that their death might now be a foreseeable outcome. Indeed, the character who can initiate this sort of response is often the Asshole Victim in many a murder mystery.

One of the common reactions that happen during the Overdramatic Dating Commotion, and a Green-Eyed Monster's signal that you should back off from their crush/idol. Or just a "Know your place, peasant!" kind of look.

Compare Collective Groan. Sub-Trope to Death Glare and Universal Group Reaction.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts: The FFF is the collective group of dateless Malevolent Masked Men from Class F who will don black hoods and perform an inquisition on any boy who so much as is even shown kindness by a girl. The moment they find that a boy has received any form of social interaction with a female student, they don the hoods and glare at them before going in for the kill.
  • Chihayafuru: In season 3, Taichi's Education Mama tracks him to a Karuta tournament, and intends to interrupt the match to drag him home. Sumire bars her path, and Mrs. Mashima makes several derogatory remarks about Karuta. Cue every seasoned player in earshot glaring at her with such intensity that the normally terrifying woman is, herself, terrified, and runs off, deciding to deal with her son at home.
  • Crayon Shin-chan has this as a Running Gag thanks to the titular character's frequent Open Mouth, Insert Foot moments. One episode has Futaba Kindergarten's teacher, Ume Matsuzaka being separated from her boyfriend Tokuro, due to the latter having a job posting in South Africa. Shin-Chan and his friends try cheering Ume up by striking up a conversation, but Shin-Chan who's first to talk immediately brings up a neighbor of his getting married a week ago and is going to New York to celebrate her honeymoon. Cue everyone throwing a sharp glare (with Cross-Popping Veins!) in Shin-Chan's direction.
  • The Dangers in My Heart: When Anna and Kyotaro’s group arrive at their work observation (a magazine office), their classmate Adachi notices a poster of a model on the wall. Anna mentions she's worked with her before, and Adachi begins rattling off details about her that make it obvious he's leering at said model and hoping to run into her (or other models) at the office. He only shuts up when he realises that not only are his classmates glaring at him but so are office workers who overheard him.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (2003): After Colonel Mustang and his crew find what they believe to be human remains they begin a search to perhaps identify the victim. Then they discover much to their dismay that the whole thing was just Riza's dog, Black Hayate, burying his bones. Cut to Riza entering their office with everyone looking dead beat followed by Black Hayate entering as well, leading to this trope, much to Riza's confusion.
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: Sousuke receives a canister in the mail that is decidedly not the scope he ordered. So, of course, he brings it to school, where, because it's that kind of show, one of his classmates opens it. Sousuke immediately confines everyone to the classroom and explains that it was a bioweapon and they're all infected. Cue death glares, complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom, from all parties in the room.
  • Monster Musume: In episode 6, four of the monster girls find themselves as interview subjects for a documentary being made by a strange director. Kimihito had reservations about the director at first but ultimately went along with the plan. Over the course of the episode, the girls get caught in progressively more compromising situations, until they finally discover that the director intended all along to sell the "documentary footage" as monster girl porn. The girls are less than pleased, and they all shoot collective daggers at the director.
  • In Naruto, on entering the Chuunin Exam chamber, Naruto and the rest of the three sets of rookie teams from Konoha all disturb the (many) gathered ninja from mentally preparing for the exam with their noise, earning their annoyance. However, when Naruto loudly declares that none of them will beat him at the exams, everyone in the room gives him a death glare and Kabuto observes that he's just made enemies with everyone present.
  • School Rumble: During the sports fest, as the men's relay is about to start, Tougo refers to the guys from class 2-C as "pansies obsessed with women". Their response is to give a collective Death Glare and pull a Let's Get Dangerous!.
  • Honoka from Witch Craft Works is a frequent target of such angry stares. Ayaka is almost a Class Princess (she isn't particularly nice to anyone aside from Honoka), worshipped by everyone at school, mostly girls. Even a small interaction between her and Honoka causes the atmosphere to get cold and scary and all the girls shoot daggers at him. This is lampshaded by him.
    Honoka: Their glares actually hurt...

    Comic Books 
  • Odilon Verjus: In one episode, Odilon and Laurent (two Catholic missionaries) attend Josephine Baker's show (which involves a lot of shaking around in a miniskirt made of bananas and not much else). She throws one of the bananas into the crowd, which is caught by Laurent, resulting in the entire audience throwing them a dirty look. Odilon hastily suggests Laurent eat the banana, as she uses it to invite men to her room after the show. Laurent asks what she invites them for, Odilon gives him a look.
    Odilon: I worry about you sometimes, you know that?

    Fan Works 
  • Burning Secret:
    • Luan’s siblings glare at her for joking about Lincoln being “the fire that lights up [their] house”.
    • In Lincoln’s fourth nightmare, his sisters all glare at him for starting the fire.
    • Everyone at the party glares at Chandler when they realise he was the arsonist.
  • The Contest (My Little Pony): When Fluttershy walks onto the stage to compete in The Quiet Game, Rarity starts cheering loudly, trailing off as the whole crowd turns to glare at her. A mortified Twilight turns to the pony sitting next to her and claims "I don't really know her."
  • Interdimensional Cartoon Discussion and Support Group: While watching the episode "Prison Break", Ivy has a panic attack at the sight of the herons. Yet the lone figure refuses to pause the episode or give her any chance to recover. After the episode ends, everyone glares at them in disgust, with Polly calling them a jerk under her breath.
  • Marinette Dupain-Cheng's Spite Playlist: In the Remix version, Ladybug's transformation timer is running low after a battle, so she doesn't have much time to spend dealing with the Media Scrum forming around her. Alya demands to know why she replaced Rena Rouge with Malin; after Ladybug answers and departs, the other reporters present all glare at Alya, frustrated that she wasted everyone's time with questions they don't care about.
  • Scarlet Lady: After Chloé's sabotage of Marinette's birthday gift to Mme. Bustier is discovered in "Zombizou", Bustier refuses to punish the Spoiled Brat; instead, she pulls Marinette out into the hallway to discuss her "overreaction". She asks Alya to "keep the class on track"; Alya agrees — but unlike the bully-coddling Bustier, her idea of keeping the class focused is everyone glaring daggers at Chloé, who can only nervously Sweat Drop.

    Films — Animated 
  • Jafar from Aladdin gets a triple Death Glare from Aladdin, Jasmine, and the Sultan when he's exposed as an Evil Chancellor who has been mind-controlling the Sultan.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: At one point, Milo, acting as The Navigator with the Shepherd's Journal, selects one route...that leads to the lair of a mechanical centipede. He then checks the journal again and sheepishly points the other way while the rest of the team glares at him.
  • Balto: after being defeated by Balto and thrown off a cliff, Steele returns to Nome claiming that the wolfdog made a Face–Heel Turn and left the sled dog team to die in the wilderness. When Balto returns home safe and sound with both Steele's squad and the medical supplies, Steele's lie immediately catches up to him and even one of his greatest admirers (a Spitz she-dog named Dixie) is horrified by his deceit. She slaps him in the face, knocking the bone bone off his mouth, which lands in front of the entrance of the city's main boiler room (= the main hub of Nome's dogs) and the very group of (understandably pissed off) dogs that used to admire Steele at the very beginning of the movie.
  • Goliath II: After Goliath is rescued after attempting to run away, he is met with hateful glares from the rest of his herd for what was tantamount to treason in their culture.
    Narrator: You see, according to the elephant law, deserting the herd is a major offense. And the deserter is branded a scoundrel, a rogue elephant, a traitor to that high and imperial order of pompous pachyderms.
  • The Simpsons Movie:
    • While the townspeople are silently praying in church, the Simpson family arrives late, with everyone hearing Homer ranting about having to be there. Of course, they're all met with daggers once they enter.
      Homer: Why can't I worship the Lord in my own way, like praying like hell on my deathbed?
      Marge: Homer, they can hear you inside!
      Homer: Relax, those pious morons are too busy talking to their phony-baloney God.
      (they enter, and Homer notices everyone angrily staring at him)
      Homer: (walking down the aisle) How you doing? Peace be with you. Praise Jebus.
    • A little later, after fleeing from Springfield, the rest of the family give angry glares to Homer because it was his fault that the town got sealed under a dome and all their friends now want to kill them.
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas: After Marina saves Sinbad and his crew from a siren attack, she jokingly asks him if he still believes that a ship is no place for a woman. To everyone's surprise, Sinbad doubles down and says that he still does, pointing to the damage she did to the ship while she was piloting it as to why. The entirety of Sinbad's crew glare at him for being an Ungrateful Bastard, but it isn't until his own dog joins in that he reluctantly thanks Marina for saving them all.
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011): One of the movie's plots is Owl misinterpreting Christopher Robin's note that he'll be "back soon" as him being taken by a monster called the Backson. When Christopher clears it up, the gang immediately glares at Owl, prompting him to skedaddle.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • A hilarious one in Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things: When Dirty Coward Alan throws his girlfriend Anya to the zombies to save himself, Anya and the zombies give him this.
  • Home Alone: After Kevin gets into a fight with his older brother Buzz, during which Buzz throws up and a bottle of Pepsi gets spilled on the table, nearly ruining the passports, the entire family glares at Kevin, with his mother Kate saying, "What is the matter with you?" and his uncle Frank saying, "Look what you did, you little jerk!"
  • Jonathan gets this in The Mummy Returns when he eyes up a display of shrunken heads in the middle of a haunted oasis and says, "You know, I'd love to know how they do that!" Evie, Rick, and Adet's expressions suggest they'd rather not find out.
  • Scarface (1983): Tony receives this from the other restaurant patrons after his wife Elvira throws a fit and leaves.
  • Snatch.: Tommy and Turkish visit a campsite of Irish Travellers to get their de facto leader Mickey to participate in an unlicensed boxing match, on the orders of Brick Top. Mickey, being a sneaky, manipulative businessman, immediately tries establishing his own terms and conditions for entering the fight: namely, in return, he wants a nice blue caravan for his mother. Turkish is incredulous that Mickey has the cheek to be asking them for a caravan, seeing as he's the reason they're in trouble with Brick Top in the first place,* and starts calling him out for it.
    Turkish: Mickey, you're lucky we aren't worm food after your last performance. Buying a tart's mobile palace is a little fucking rich.
    (Mickey's gang of Irish Travellers all glare at him)
    Turkish: I wasn't calling your mum a tart. I just meant...

  • Angela Nicely: At the end of "Blooming Gardens!", Mrs. Shrub, Mrs. Nettles, and Mrs. Nicely all glare at Angela for pushing Mrs. Shrub into the pond after mistaking her for Mrs. Nettles.
  • Gamers! (2015): Happens twice with Keita and Aguri.
    • When Keita splashes Aguri with water and the two get into a back-and-forth water-splashing game, their friends have to alert them of their presence while glaring at them with a very sinister purple aura surrounding their annoyed friends.
    • At some point, Aguri and Keita start having a very friendly chat excluding their other friends and totally forgetting the person they're each dating. Karen, Chiaki, and Tasuku all give them an evil-looking death glare, with Karen particularly saying, "you two are having fun, huh?"

    Video Games 
  • In Genshin Impact, the spirits of Vacher's victims all give him this before they strip him of his soul for murdering them.
  • In Portal 2, after successfully installing Wheatley as the AI in charge of the entire Aperture Science facility, he manages to convince himself that you are actually riding off of the coattails of his success (which comes after GLaDOS taunts him that you did all of it), and when he fully turns on you and decides to send you plummeting down to the depths of the facility, he makes the walls all give you a death glare.


    Web Original 
  • During the Happy Tree Friends episode Happy Trails Part 2, multiple characters give Flaky a death glare after their quills pop the raft they needed to survive. Cut to a tombstone being hammered into the ground.

    Web Video 
  • BuzzFeed Unsolved: Discussed in "The Strange Killing of Ken Rex McElroy." McElroy was shot and killed in front of several witnesses, none of whom ratted the killer out, because McElroy was truly Hated by All for terrorizing the community. When McElroy was shot, he was left to bleed out and die, and no one called the cops until after he was dead. When discussing the case, Ryan and Shane wonder what it was like in the immediate moments following the shooting, and speculate that someone would've offered to call for help... only to be met with everyone else glaring at them until they got the message.
    Shane: I'll call—ohhhhhhhhh.
  • Played for Laughs in the SMG4's Mario Bloopers episode "Mario Waits For Pizza" when everyone glares at SMG4 for ordering pineapple pizza (including Meggy).

    Western Animation 
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: In "Duchess of Wails", Terrence goes to the house to warn the friends that Mac and Bloo are going to bring Duchess back after she'd finally been adopted, but doesn't mention exactly why (that she was adopted by Mac's neighbors, and their mom wants to move to get away from her nonstop whining), just so he can watch the ensuing LOTR-inspired battle with relish. After the battle ends and Mac explains the situation, the army of friends shoots daggers at Terrence for his nasty trick, and he promptly bolts it.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In the episode "The Ticket Master", Twilight Sparkle receives two tickets to a very popular event, but can't choose between her five other friends that all want to go. After the five see how much pressure they've been putting on her to choose them, they all tell her that she doesn't have to pick them. All of them, except for Rainbow Dash, who then gloats that she's going to be the one that Twilight picks. Fluttershy, Applejack, and Spike all glare at her for it.
    • In "The Times They Are A-Changeling", Spike is given a whole round of angry glares from everyone in the Crystal Empire throne room when he announces Thorax the Changeling is his friend and sings to convince them to drop their hatred and not all Changelings are evil.
    • In the climax of "To Where and Back Again - Part 2" following the Changelings' Heel–Race Turn and the destruction of Queen Chrysalis' throne, the former Changeling queen is given a whole round of furious glares from EVERYPONY she captured — the princesses, the Mane Six, Spike, Shining Armor, the transformed Changelings, and the rescue party who came to save them (save for Starlight Glimmer, who tried to give her a chance at redemption). Even Baby Flurry Heart looks obviously ticked off at what Chrysalis did to her.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998): In the episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", Professor Utonium builds a giant robot for the girls to use, and after refusing multiple times, the professor forces them to by threatening to ground them. At the end, while the Dynamo defeats the Monster of the Week, it also destroys Townsville in the process, causing the Mayor and the citizens to berate the girls for it. Once the girls point out the Professor made them use the Dynamo, all the glares are on him.
  • Star Wars Rebels: In "Heroes of Mandalore", Ezra Bridger is on the receiving end of this from pretty much every Mandalorian in the room after he questions why don't they ditch their armor if the Dutchess is targeting it specifically.
  • Teen Titans (2003): In "Crash", Beast Boy accidentally infects Cyborg with a computer virus. All three of the other titans (Robin, Starfire, and Raven) glare threateningly at him every time he suggests ways to fix things.
  • Thomas & Friends: In "Thomas and the Billboard", Thomas accidentally ruins the billboard of the main cast, so the photographer tells him to tell everyone about the reshoot, despite them being busy. Thomas takes the opportunity to not tell Diesel, whom he thinks blocked him on the old photo on purpose. When Diesel finds out about the reshoot and says no one told him, everyone angrily looks at Thomas.


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What did he say?

When Turkish inadvertently insults Mickey's mum, he quickly realizes his mistake and takes it back, but for the rest of the scene, Mickey's speech isn't as clear as his body language. Fortunately for the viewer, the subtitle menu includes an option to caption Mickey's dialogue (some of it is still incomprehensible, even to the disc production staff).

How well does it match the trope?

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