Created By: GravelordNito on December 23, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on December 24, 2013

Rage Hero

You Wouldnt Like Me When Im Angry personified

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A common sub-trope of the Anti-Hero, the Rage Hero is a character that is fueled and driven by the endlessly smoldering rage burning inside of them. This rage usually stems from a particularly traumatic event in their Dark and Troubled Past. Often overlaps with Hurting Hero and/or Byronic Hero and is just about always an Action Hero. Also expect a "World of Cardboard" Speech every so often.


Anime and Manga
  • Guts from Berserk is a textbook example.
  • Eren Jaegar from Attack on Titan has a serious grudge against the Titans. So much so that he transforms the Rogue Titan, who actively attacks and kills other titans.

Comic Books
  • The classic example is The Incredible Hulk, the titular Hulk being one of the pioneers of this trope's usage in modern entertainment. Whenever Bruce Banner gets stressed out he changes to his Hulk form, gains Super Strength and becomes Nigh Invulnerable. The angrier the Hulk gets, the greater his power.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • December 23, 2013
    Asura from Asura'sWrath is this in spades.
  • December 23, 2013
    Compare The Berserker and on some occasions the Sociopathic Hero.
  • December 23, 2013
    Contrast the Actual Pacifist.
  • December 23, 2013
    Please don't let this be a parade of Zero Context Examples with Word Cruft attached.
  • December 23, 2013
    Eren Jaeger from Attack On Titan has a serious grudge against the Titans. So much so that he transforms the Rogue Titan, who actively attacks and kills other titans.

    There's enough context to count.
  • December 24, 2013
    • Overlaps with Barbarian Hero in the D 20 System and games based on it: the Barbarian class is built around the Rage ability and has little else to speak for them.
  • December 24, 2013
    Blue Linked and italicized work titles, added DRCEQ's extra context to the Attack On Titan example in the OP, added more context to the The Incredible Hulk example.
  • December 24, 2013
    His status as a hero is questionable.But Godzilla is capable of heroism.He also can and has destroyed entire cities in his rage.
  • December 24, 2013
    • Asura from Asuras Wrath, fittingly enough. He's one of the Eight Generals of a race of demigods, and each of them is assigned to one specific mantra that matched Seven Deadly Sins; Asura's is Wrath.
  • December 24, 2013
    No wicks in the laconic, please. The description implies someone angry all the time, but the examples point to someone who gets side effects when angry.. Why is this limited to only heroes?
  • December 24, 2013
    • Warhammer 40 K: On the good-guy side, we have the Blood Angels Death Company, Blood Angels who have succumbed to the Black Rage and are now only good for charging enemy lines before succumbing to their wounds, and Space Wolf Blood Claws, young initiates who have yet to learn caution in battle. On the bad-guy side, we have every single unit devoted to Khorne, especially his Berserkers, the most representative of which is Kharn the Betrayer, so called because he started slaughtering both his men and the enemy when both refused to fight in the extreme cold.
      • 40K fandom has created the Angry Marines chapter, whose motto is "ALWAYS ANGRY! ALL THE TIME!", and are basically in a constant state of Hangover Sensitivity, making them very fearsome in close combat.
    • Warcraft III: Grom Hellscream, possessed by bloodlust caused by drinking demon's blood that causes him to attack anything and everyone. Even Thrall's influence isn't enough to keep him from reactivating the demonic curse.
    • God Of War: Kratos is driven by permanent hatred towards the gods that took his family.
    • Redwall: Badger Lords are almost universally possessed by the Bloodwrath, a murderous rage that allows them to plow through entire armies focusing solely on their archenemy.
    • Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiyan transformations are usually triggered by intense rage.
    • Irish folk hero Cu Chulain turns into a terrifying monster in battle where he recognizes neither friend nor foe.
    • Real Life: Viking berserkers.

  • December 24, 2013
    Description too insufficient.

    it's basically an Anti Hero who's main trait is that he's always angry for some reason, which is kinda a given for any central character quirk.

    there's gotta be more to it than that. else it's not even a subtrope.
  • December 24, 2013