Created By: ginsengaddict on April 25, 2011 Last Edited By: ginsengaddict on July 31, 2014

Get Mad! Speech

Alice declares that she's no going to sit by and let herself be beaten down.

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You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!'
Howard Beale, Network

Someone who is not a Graceful Loser proudly declaring that they will not Face Death with Dignity. The massive screw you to those who would Kick Them While They Are Down.

May overlap with a "Reason You Suck" Speech, Shut Up, Hannibal!/Kirk and Is That the Best You Can Do?? Par for the course where the Determinator is concerned. May include "I Cant Take It Anymore," but not mandatory.

Examples:

Film
  • Network
    Howard Beale: I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta Get Mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"
  • Arguably, The Joker from The Dark Knight, during his interrogation by Batman. All he does is laugh and taunt and defiantly declare that there that there is nothing Batman can do to make him talk.
Literature
  • Quellcrist Falconer from Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon gives us this little gem:
    The personal, as everyone's so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, TAKE IT PERSONALLY. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here -- it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. GET YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference -- the only difference in their eyes -- between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it's just business, it's politics, it's the way of the world, it's a tough life and that IT'S NOTHING PERSONAL. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.
    From Things I Should Have Learnt By Now, Volume II
Music
  • Chumbawamba's Tubthumping:
    "I get knocked down! But I get up again! You ain't never gonna keep me down!"
Video Games
  • Cave Johnson from Portal 2's lemon rant.
    Alright, I've been thinking.. When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade, make life take the lemons back! Get Mad! I don't want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these?! Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man whose gonna BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN!! (beat) WITH THE LEMONS! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon, that BURNS YOUR HOUSE DOWN!!
Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • April 25, 2011
    Earnest
    A cornerstone step in Teach Him Anger.
  • April 25, 2011
    AGroupie
  • April 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • Network
      Howard Beale: I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"
  • April 25, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    Quellcrist Falconer from Richard K Morgan's Altered Carbon gives us this little gem:
    The personal, as everyone's so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, TAKE IT PERSONALLY. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here -- it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. GET YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference -- the only difference in their eyes -- between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it's just business, it's politics, it's the way of the world, it's a tough life and that IT'S NOTHING PERSONAL. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.
    -- From Things I Should Have Learnt By Now, Volume II
  • April 26, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    The Network example would be a perfect page quote.
  • April 26, 2011
    TBeholder
    and it differs from It's Personal in ..?
  • April 26, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Uhh, every way?

    Its Personal is a revenge trope. This trope has nothing to do with revenge.
  • April 26, 2011
    MetalKev
    This may also overlap with Dare To Be Badass, like in the Cave Johnson example.
  • April 27, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    ^ Maybe... Could just as easily overlap with a breakdown of some description. It's more or less similar to the Determinator, in that a character is basically saying "I will not be put down!" But it's different from that, because it's not saying "I will never give up!"

    Should have asked in the first place, Do We Have This already? I've never seen it before, but if it exists, I'd like to propose this as an alternate title, because it appears in two of the examples given, both of which are highly prominent quotes. It seems the phrase "get mad" is already closely associated with the concept of not letting yourself be kicked when you're down.
  • April 27, 2011
    Fearmonger
    Why are the Network and Portal 2 examples both marked as Trope Namer? I think Portal 2 is obviously it, anyway.
  • April 27, 2011
    Ryusui
    I'm looking at this, and I'm tempted to say that while you've got three incredible examples here, you're gathering them together into the wrong trope.

    Don't you see what you've got? This is the Get Angry Speech (or Get Mad Speech) - it's not a character reaction, it's one character telling another to fight back instead of meekly taking the blows. You've got three examples here of just that, and that's enough to make a distinct trope - something tangibly different from Its Personal or Dare To Be Badass or Determinator.
  • April 27, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    +1 for Get Mad Speech.

    ^^ That's what I thought. But Portal 2 cam out a week ago, whereas Network came out in the 70's. I think Network has the right to be the Trope Namer, since it uses the same phrase, albeit not as prominently as "mad as hell" which would also make a great name for the trope.
  • April 27, 2011
    Ryusui
    I think a snippet of the Network example should be the page quote, and the full version used in the actual example.
  • April 27, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    The Portal example is funnier. But the Network example is older and more mainstream. Ok, agreed.
  • April 27, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
  • April 27, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Technically, a more colloquially accurate title would be Get Up Speech. But "Get Mad" appears in the two most prominent examples, and in the same capacity (heck, I'm thinking the guys at Valve put it in as a Shout Out to Beale), so I'm still voting for Get Mad Speech.
  • April 27, 2011
    bluepenguin
    I'm with Ryusui on this one -- the description seems a bit tangential to what the three original examples actually are, and the more recently added examples don't quite fit in with them.

    Anyway, I'm for Get Mad Speech as a title.
  • April 28, 2011
    MorganWick
  • April 28, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    ^^ I'm putting it Up For Grabs then. I'm not really sure what you or Ryusui are getting at.
  • April 30, 2011
    MorganWick
    That's not the best approach, because we have two or three tropes here, and we need someone to narrow it down to one, and it might as well be whatever you originally intended.

    Is it:

    "I'm tired of being the universe's punching bag! I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore! I'm going to fight back until I die trying!"

    Or is it:

    "Give in to your anger, boy! Don't just stand there, fight back! You've got to say, 'I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to takr this anymore!'"

    I can certainly see how they could be conflated, unless I'm misunderstanding what Ryusui and bluepenguin are getting at.
  • May 3, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Or maybe Get Angry Speech, if only because Get Mad could be confused for being about insanity.
  • May 3, 2011
    MC42
  • January 21, 2013
    ginsengaddict
    Still any interest in this one?
  • January 21, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Considering 'mad as hell' COULD be about becoming insanely angry (emphasis on 'insane'-it's blind Unstoppable Rage in comparison to the anger the character may have shone before through out the movie/fanfic/series/book).

    It's about putting your foot down HARD. The universe wants you broken? It better prepare to want you dead-you're not getting 'broken' anymore.

    Yeah, there's still interest here. Needs more examples, though.
  • February 20, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Heck if I know, there's many speeches which have something like this as an element.

    ....been a while since I've seen it, but does that 'Grit those teeth!' moment from Gurren Lagann counts as a version of this?
  • July 14, 2014
    marcoasalazarm

    bump
  • July 15, 2014
    DAN004
    Often used to set up Beware The Nice Ones. Sometimes involves "No More Mr Nice Guy!"
  • July 15, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Welcome Back Kotter Horshack becomes a DJ on the school's radio station and turns into a madman over illiteracy, including inciting people to yell out their windows "I'm not gonna take it any more!"
  • July 15, 2014
    DAN004
    Contrast Ang Rish.
  • July 15, 2014
    arbiter099
  • July 15, 2014
    DAN004
    Maybe soft split this to "I get mad speech" and "you get mad speech". Note: differs from "u mad speech".
  • July 15, 2014
    marcoasalazarm
    Would Bluto's speech on Animal House count?
  • July 31, 2014
    marcoasalazarm
    Bump.
  • July 31, 2014
    DAN004
    Uh, I believe "I get mad speech" is That Makes Me Feel Angry.

    So this trope is only "you get mad speech".

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