A bunch of people are babbling or arguing all at once. This often happens in some sort of crisis situation, especially when most of the people involved are just civilians and they don't know how else to react. Unfortunately, all their noisy anger/panic/confusion etc. is preventing any real conversation or coordination. (Moreover, it's preventing the audience from actually listening to any particular line of dialogue.) Somebody needs to take charge and act like a leader. The leader may start by simply talking to people, but he finds that no one can really hear him. In any case, he decides to make a really loud noise to make everybody else shut up. This may involve a loud "SHUT UP!", or it may involve some other way of making noise, such as firing a gun into the air.
This is surprisingly effective. It's very rare for the babbling crowd to ignore the leader or tell him to shut up in return.
- Angel Beats! episode 5: Between exams, the SSS argue about the methods they're using to sabotage Angel's exam results. Three times this happens, and three times this ends with Yuri screaming at them to shut up and slamming on her desk (followed by a hasty explanation from Otonashi to Angel about why they're being so loud).
- Germany does this to the other nations in the first Axis Powers Hetalia episode.
- Cheech and Chong's "Sister Mary Elephant":
"Class ... class ... class ... SHUT UP!!!!!!! Thank you."
- In A Battle of Subtlety and Manipulation Viktor Krum's cousin yells a magically-enhanced "QUIET!" to shut up all of the people yelling about Harry being the unintended fourth entrant in the Triwizard Tournament.
- In Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket tries to sleep in Gepetto's workshop and is kept awake by a cacophony of ticking clocks. When Jiminy yells "QUIET!!", the clocks immediately stop ticking.
- In Puss in Boots, the headmistress of the orphanage shouts "SILENCIO!!" to silence her young charges.
- Done near the end of Shark Tale, when Oscar is trying to tell reporters and paparazzi something very important.
- Kung Fu Hustle has an entire slum of hundreds of people air their grievances to the miserly, miserable old Landlady after she snaps at a resident who just saved them all from getting massacred by gangs. Her response is to calmly put out her cigarette and scream SHUT THE HELL UP!, which lasts so long and so loud that it shatters glass. It hints that she's not exactly an untrained civilian — her power is based around shouting.
- In Guilty By Suspicion (a film about the Red Scare), at the top of the film we're at a party with lots of people chattering, and one gets everyone's attention by saying "Ladies and gentlemen...Ladies and Gentlemen!....COMRADES! That got your attention, huh?" Note that it wasn't a communist meeting, just a get-together, but it was later cited as a communist meeting during the protagonist's trial.
- Kindergarten Cop has Arnold Schwartzenegger's character do that to a kindergarten class. They shut up all right... then they start crying.
- Clue had Mrs. White shatter her wineglass in the fireplace while screeching "Please!" when everyone argues over each other about what to do with Mr. Boddy's body.
- Jaws has Quint shutting up a room of shark hunters by scratching a chalkboard so he can offer his proposal to hunt down the shark.
- In Idiocracy, President Camacho quiets down hecklers when he's addressing Congress by firing a large gun into the air.
- The Princess Bride
Inigo: [pushing his way through a crowd] Excuse me... Pardon me, please, it's important... Fezzik, please?
Fezzik: EVERYBODY MOVE!
[everybody falls silent and clears a path]
Inigo: Thank you.
- Attempted and failed with Nicolae Carpathia in the Dramatic Audio version of the Left Behind book Glorious Appearing when Jesus just goes on and on speaking The Word Of God while the Unity Army troops die.
Nicolae Carpathia: And someone SHUT HIM UP!!!
- At the end of the third book of A Song of Ice and Fire, the black brothers are in an uproar over something (Jon doesn't know what yet). Jon mentions the various things they're are doing to add to the commotion, including a few people shouting for silence, which, he notes, just makes it worse.
- In one New Jedi Order Book Leia gets the Senate to shut up by igniting Jacen's lightsaber in the middle of the Senate hall. She then shuts it down, hands it back and apologises to the Senate for the dramatics.
- Subverted by Lord Vetinari of the Discworld: He can get a hubbub to clear just by asking for silence.
- The Doctor Who episodes "Midnight" and "Planet of the Dead", along with a bunch of other episodes.
- In a Power Rangers Zeo episode, Rocky does one as Bulk and Skull bicker, and ends up hurting his throat.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 4 episode "Night Terrors". Thanks to being trapped in a Negative Space Wedgie that's causing sleep-deprivation, the entire crew is on edge, angry and paranoid. As the main cast attempt a last-ditch attempt to break free, a bunch of off-duty personnel gather in Ten-Forward (which had been thoroughly dismantled in an epic Bar Brawl earlier) and one guy's nerves start getting the better of him and voices are raised. Refusing to have her bar trashed twice in one week, Guinnan pulls out a very large (and likely illegal) plasma cannon from under the counter and shoots it at the ceiling, causing a small explosion and making everyone stare at her in shock.
Guinnan: "That was setting one. Anybody want to see setting number two?" (Nobody does.)
- Star Trek: Voyager:
- A scene plays out like the aforementioned one from The Princess Bride, with Naomi Wildman as Inigo and Seven of Nine as Fezzik.
- In "Living Witness", Voyager has been given a Historical Villain Upgrade by an alien historian 700 years in the future, portraying them as squabbling thugs responsible for genocide. Annoyed when a ready room meeting breaks down into a fistfight, Evil Janeway pulls out a phaser and shoots an innocent computer screen to make them stop.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn't above enforcing this trope with hurled sharp objects. Examples can be seen in "Checkpoint" and "Potential".
Nigel: This is beyond insolence—
[Buffy hurls a sword into the wall by his head]
Buffy: I'm fairly certain I said no interruptions.
- In "Choices", Willow has been captured and the Big Bad offers a Hostage for MacGuffin trade. However the McGuffin is essential for his plan to Take Over the World, so an argument breaks out that they should destroy the box and sacrifice Willow. Her boyfriend Oz, who has been quiet throughout, gets up and smashes the magical urn that could have been used to destroy the McGuffin. As Oz's laidback nature is a Running Gag, this out-of-character behaviour brings the talking to an immediate halt.
- Radar on M*A*S*H is sometimes called upon to do this:
- From "As You Were":
Henry: [getting ready to give a lecture] Hey, guys, let's settle down, huh? Folks, I'd really like to get started. I'd really like to get... Radar?
[everyone stops talking]
Henry: Thank you.
- From "Payday":
Hawkeye: [about the noisy crowd outside the Mess Tent] All right, can we have quiet? Can we have a little quiet out there, please? All right, everybody, hold it down a little, will you? [realizes this is futile] Silence these rowdies, will you Radar?
[all the noise stops]
- From "As You Were":
- Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond. Commander Ian Fleming has just been made responsible for sorting out the chaotic Naval Intelligence headquarters at the start of WW2. He tries to introduce himself, but everyone is too busy to pay attention. So he starts cranking up a nearby air raid siren.
- In an early episode of Harry's Law. Harry is mediating a sit-down between two gangs, and when it inevitably descends into a loud argument, Harry silences them by letting off an airhorn. Leads to an equally funny/awesome moment later on, when merely reaching for the airhorn is enough to silence them.
- An episode of The Muppet Show has Kermit telling some Muppets backstage to quelm a group of squabbling pigs.
Kermit: Will somebody tell those pigs to knock it off?!
Hilda: Knock it off!
Zoot: Knock it off!
Wayne: Knock it off!
Kermit: Now, will we knock off the knocking-it-offs?!
Wayne: Knock off the knocking-it-offs!
Zoot: Knock off the knocking-it-offs!
Hilda: Knock off the—
Kermit: KNOCK IT OFF!
- In The Great Muppet Caper, Kermit tries to call the meeting of him and the Happiness Hotel's gang to order with a loud, "QUIET!" upon which everyone stops talking... except for Janice. "...So I said, 'Look, mother, it's my life, okay? So if I want to live on the beach and walk around naked—' Oh!" The second time is when everyone is making excuses to not go stop the crooks, Fozzie shouts them down so he can make a Rousing Speech.
- In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Fozzie, as Fezziwig, tries to get everyone's attention at his Christmas party, Animal bellows, "QUIET!" After the noise stops, he mutters, "Thank you..."
- This was a reprise of a gag he did on the Diana Ross episode of The Muppet Show during Beaker's interpretation of "Feelings".
- In an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, Fuzzy Lumpkins yells this in response to the Mayor's noisy political campaign. The townspeople take this to be a genius campaign slogan, and Fuzzy's promptly elected the new mayor.
- An interesting variation occurs in Adventure Time. After Peppermint Butler gets a drop of VERY spicy serum in his eye, he's screaming loudly in pain. Lemongrab (who has No Indoor Voice) screams at the top of his lungs: "STOP SCREAMING!!! WHY ARE YOU SCREAMING?!"
- Papa Smurf in The Smurfs does this on occasion to stop his little Smurfs from squabbling.
- Mike from Mike, Lu & Og sometimes yells "QUIET!" when she's surrounded by clamoring islanders.
- Looney Tunes
Doctor: BE QUIET! SHUT UP!!Horse: I thought you said to say "Aah."Doctor: That I did. But I didn't tell you to say "AAAAAAHHH!!!"
- In The Night Watchman, little Tommy Cat shouts a very loud "QUIET!!" to a group of mice causing a ruckus in the store he's supposed to be guarding.
- In The Draft Horse, this happens when a doctor tells the titular horse to say "Aah" and instead gets a prolonged "AAAAAAHHH!!!"
- In What's Cookin' Doc?, Bugs Bunny, furious that he didn't receive the Academy Award, yells "STOOOOOP!!" to silence the audience's applause.
- On Rocky and Bullwinkle, whenever Natasha would lampshade one of Boris Badenov's failed schemes, Boris would say "SHARRAP YOU MOUTH!!"
- In an episode of American Dad!, Terry shouts "SHUT UP!!" to a cheering audience in a Shout-Out to the Cheech And Chong routine mentioned above.
- The word for "Shut up" in Japan (urusai) literally means "Noisy"note . And, of course, it's usually (but not always) shouted.