Mob Mentality

Angry Student Ozians Pointing

We just want to tell you: we’re all on your side! We share your loathing, unadulterated loathing, for her face, her voice, her clothing. Let’s just say: We loathe it all!

The Wizard Standing in Front of the Wizard Head

Elphaba – when I first got here, there was discord and discontent. And where I come from, everyone knows: the best way to bring folks together, is to give them a really good enemy.


Mob Mentality:a large and disorderly crowd of people, especially one bent on riotous or destructive action

Recall three characters or moments in WICKED that display examples of “Mob Mentality.” What about these characters or moments makes them examples of “Mob Mentality” to you?

Identify a moment in your life where you may have witnessed an example of “Mob Mentality.” What thoughts or feelings arose in this moment for you? Thinking back on this moment now, do any new thoughts or feelings come up as you reflect?

Recall an instance when you encountered “Mob Mentality” within your community. What thoughts or feelings arise as you reflect on this moment? List three action steps you can take when you encounter “Mob Mentality” within your community, home, or personal life?

WICKED’s national partner BullyBust has resources for students, educators, and parents, as well as an Upstander Alliance page for learning more about being an upstander against bullying, a form of “Mob Mentality.”

Beyond Conflict’s “America’s Divided Mind,” “How to Avoid Thinking with the Herd, ” Hollaback!, and Learning For Justice have resources and tools for learning more about standing against “Mob Mentality.”

We encourage you to visit these sites and explore!

“The ‘Mob Mentality’ of the Ozians in their fear and pursuit of Elphaba’s demise is a perfect example of how just because a large amount of people believe something, doesn’t make it true, correct, or moral.”

– Alida Michal, WICKED Company Member

Ozians Waving Flags and Singing