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"Burns, yer scurvy schemes will earn ye a one-way passage to the boneyard."

Some kinds of villains are so clearly undeserving of respect that the only appropriate response to them, after all that they have done, is for that cold stare and unforgiving tone they are so fond of using themselves to be directed back at them instead. Especially from a large group of characters all at the same time, since the dramatic impact of combining their hatred with the prior reason for it (at least to those who are familiar with the context) can create an especially epic feel, though in a darker and angrier way.

Sometimes the cold stare of the mob can be directed at good characters, whether they messed something up or are mistakenly believed to have done something they didn't.

Often overlaps with Shut Up, Hannibal!, because it's based on a similar theme. Also closely related to Humiliation Conga. The opposite of Shaming the Mob. Compare The Freelance Shame Squad, when a mob of onlookers laughs at a character's misfortune.



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  • The correct response given by Minami and her friends to Satoshi in the Lucky Star fic Stage One: Thwarted, when he comes to console her after having secretly killed her dog the previous night.
  • The Triptych Continuum provides an instance where the mob is purposefully assembled by the future victim of the shaming in the deliberate hope of having this trope happen to her. In Post Negative Comments Only, Cadance spends most of the story trying to get the crystal ponies to criticize her: the fear they felt towards Sombra is being transferred onto her, and she believes that if they see that they can speak honestly about her without retaliation, it'll help them heal. But after everything else backfires, her final move is to Decree that the residents of the capital assemble in front of the palace — because once it's all of them there, it'll be the strength of the herd. And with all of them there against her, somepony might find their voice. Ultimately, it works — but not quite as planned.
  • When Superman came to Bludhaven in Loxare Hinder, he thought everyone would be happy to be rid from the Red Hood who's kinda infamous for murdering every crook crossing his path. Needless to say, he was quite floored and dismayed when a bunch of children started to scream at him for hurting the resident Cool Big Bro and demand he leave Hood alone.
  • In Loved and Lost, an extended retelling of "A Canterlot Wedding", Prince Jewelius turns the entire city of Canterlot against the princesses as well as Twilight's brother and friends by revealing how they (unwittingly) let the Changeling invasion — which Twilight just stopped — take place. When Celestia is subdued by the Royal Guard, the wedding guests do nothing but shoot resentful glares at the once worshipped princess. Crushed by this, Celestia wonders if she's feeling the same way Twilight did when she was given the cold shoulder at the wedding rehearsal.

    Films — Animated 
  • In Balto This happened to Steele when it was revealed that he was lying about what happened to Balto and the expedition group trying to bring home the medicine to save the town. When the dogs were leaving an anonymous one even slammed the door behind!
    • One deleted scene shows that they would've taken things Up to Eleven in a very dark way. Once the crowd of dogs learn what Steele did, they attempt to lynch him and steal a "Golden Collar" from him and present it to Balto as punishment for betraying the expedition group. Steele's hubris however makes him fight back against the group, winding up with him getting his collar snagged on a lever and falling into a coal pit to his death.
  • The Lion King:
    • In The Lion King (1994), the lions shame Scar after Simba returns, the hyenas and Scar shame Simba after Scar returns to his piece of equivocation, then after Scar gets confronted by his backstabbed hyena minions, they shame him before tearing him apart.
    • In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, when Kovu is mistakenly believed to have been part of the plot to try to kill Simba, and a huge crowd is singing about their hatred for him.
  • In The Lorax When the town sings "Let It Grow'' O'Hare pretends to start supporting them but then goes on to mock the song by singing "Let It Die" and a little girl is the first to rebuke him.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games: At the climax, Abacus Cinch accuses Principal Celestia of using magic to cheat, but all her students turn against her for badgering Twilight into unleashing her stored magic and turning into Midnight Sparkle.
    Sugarcoat: At least they didn't manipulate Twilight into releasing all the stolen magic and turning into a power-crazed magical creature that tried to rip the world apart, just to win a game.
    Pinkie Pie: Wow, that's a lot to take in when you say it all at once.
    Abacus Cinch: That's ridiculous!
    Spike: Nope, that's pretty much what happened.
    Sour Sweet: (guilty) Actually, we're all to blame... (grumpily) but mostly it was her!

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Dangerous Liaisons: Marquise de Merteuil gets booed by members of the audience at an opera after letters detailing her scheming throughout the movie become circulated and cause a scandal.
  • In Hangmen Also Die!, Mascha decides to go to the Gestapo to inform on Dr. Svoboda in order to save her father. On her way there, she is intercepted by Resistance members. When she causes a scene by demanding to be allowed to go to the Gestapo, she attracts the attention of bystanders who do not take kindly to locals collaborating with the occupiers, and proceed to tear into her for it. By the time she gets to the Gestapo, she has changed her mind about turning Dr. Svoboda in.
  • Pan's Labyrinth, where even after Captain Vidal gave his son to the army waiting for him outside the maze, this was (understandably) not considered near enough to make up for his heinous evil deeds, nor even close enough to it to convince people to respect his last wish; he doesn't even get to finish expressing it.
  • In The Sixth Sense a bereaved father at his daughter's wake confronts his wife after seeing a video which proves that she poisoned the girl. He is backed up by a crowd of grim-faced people who watched the video with him.

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  • In The Sims 4 Vampire expansion pack, this is a consequence that a vampire faces for drinking someone's plasma without permission, especially while in public - non-vampire witnesses will stop what they're doing, react with alarm and disgust, and subsequently hate the vampire. Zig-zagged because the shame comes from having the Guilty Drinker trait, not whether or not the vampire got caught in the act.
  • In Secret Agent Clank a theoretical version of this is visually portrayed by Klunk if Ratchet's name is to never be cleared from him being framed by him.
  • Adverted in Mega Man Zero 4 were the Neo Arcadea refuges all tell off Zero and the Resistance for the war that ruined the planet. Zero gets fed up with them, and tells them that if they were so unhappy with the war then they shouldn't have left Neo Arcadea in the first place.

    Western Animation 
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: In the episode "Chill of the Night" Batman confronts, Joe Chill, the man who murdered his parents. Joe panics and runs to get help from the Gotham Rogues Gallary, and finds out too late that they aren't happy with how he basically create the man who makes their living hell.
  • Big City Greens: In the climax of "Feud Fight", Cricket finds himself pelted with tomatoes by Chip Whistler, who assumed he's throwing the match when really he tried to give a truce. This angers everyone at the Farmer's Market, who call him out for "decimating an unarmed child" and vowing never to shop at Wholesome Foods again; even most of the workers call him out and quit their job.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: "Accent You Hate" has a bully who specifically goes after kids with "funny accents" targeting Dexter, along with two one shot friends, a French boy and an Irish boy. After punching them down in the schoolyard, he's immediately set upon by a whole crowd of kids with funny accents who scold him for his bullying, distracting him enough that he walks right into the school statue face first, making his jaw swell up and screwing up his own way of talking.
  • "Goliath II" has the titular tiny elephant getting spanked by his mother for leaving the herd and getting disapproving glares from everyone, even by his parents. To the elephants, a deserter from the herd is branded a "scoundrel, a rogue elephant, a traitor to that high and imperial order of pompous pachyderms", and to make it worse, he had let his father down.
  • In Justice League Unlimited General Eiling injects himself with a super serum which transformed him into The General. He tries to get Superman to fight him by taking out the non-superpower JL members (who make up the Seven Soldiers of Victory). Then the mob of people the heroes were protecting calls him off, he states that all meta-humans are a threat to society, but they point out that he's the only meta-human around. The General admits that he has become what he hates, but he still think that he's right and leaves.
  • In King of the Hill in the episode "The Texas Panhandler" a gang of panhandlers starts degrading Bobby for having a job when his father Hank makes him quit panhandling with them and has him go back to working. Bobby turns the tables on them when he starts revealing all these things that prove what useless freeloaders they are (one has basic and premium cable, another takes tennis lessons). The crowd he told looks at them with scorn and disappointment.
  • Happens to Amon in The Legend of Korra after he's exposed as a waterbender to the Equalist crowd, people that had followed him hoping for equality between benders and nonbenders.
  • The page image is from The Simpsons, in the episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns, Part 1". There is a big meeting at the town hall about Burns's oil drilling operation. When Bart is showing everyone at the meeting how crippled his dog was as a result of Burns' drilling, Burns walks in at just that moment and says, "Oh, those wheels are squeaking a bit... perhaps I could sell him a little oil!" Bart shouts, "You twisted old monster!" and runs towards Burns, who in turn reveals that he brought a gun to protect himself. Then a large crowd of people gets up, staring especially angrily at Burns, and taking turns telling him off. In response, Burns ask "Who has the guts to stop me?" Everyone immediately backs off and looks down... except for Maggie, who just continues to glare at him.
  • A number of this happens in SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In the episode "Fools in April", Squidward plays a cruel prank on SpongeBob making him cry, which the other Bikini Bottomites express their disgust at the aforementioned, and they storm out of the Krusty Krab. All alone, Squidward looks at the damage his mean prank did and begins to express genuine remorse.
      Lloyd: Man, poor kid.
      Shubie: That guy has definitely got some issues to work out.
      (The customers glare at Squidward as they begin leaving)
      Tom: April fools...jerk!
      Squidward: Wait, don't go!
      Offscreen Voice: BOO! YOU STINK!
      Squidward: Wait! Wait! It was a joke! Uh-huh... (looks around at the damage his prank caused and winces and begins to feel ashamed of himself) Why is it whenever I'm having fun, it's wrong?
    • In "Stuck in the Wringer", SpongeBob yells at Patrick for ruining his life by gluing him in the wringer and making his situation worse after that. Because he drove Patrick to tears, the other fish were disgusted with SpongeBob and tell him that he deserved to be in the predicament he's in.
    • In "Little Yellow Book", the townspeople laugh at SpongeBob's expense as Squidward reads his diary and his embarrassing secrets, but when SpongeBob runs away crying when he finds out about this, they chastise Squidward for reading it, even though they were reading along with him just minutes ago.
  • In the Thomas the Tank Engine episode "Dirty Work/Diesel's Devious Deed", Duck is met with showers of steam blown by a hostile Gordon, James, and Henry, who accuse him of making cruel names about them to the troublesome trucks. In actuality, it was Diesel who had made those lies as a ruse to send Duck away just because he thinks Duck made a fool out of him in the previous episode.


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After pelting Cricket with tomatoes, Chip receives backlash from all the customers, resulting in them no longer wanting to come to Wholesome Foods.

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