Created By: neoYTPism on April 29, 2011 Last Edited By: MikaruKeiko on June 3, 2011
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Object-Throwing Fit

Characters get so enraged that they start throwing objects around.

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Do We Have This One?? Oh, and I'm open to title suggestions. That, and suggestions on how to better or more thoroughly describe this.

Basically, this is when enraged characters start throwing objects around to express their frustration.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

Film
  • The Shawshank Redemption, where Norton throwing rocks around during his "it's a conspiracy" rant made a hole in a poster on the wall, revealing Andy's escape from prison. The Family Guy parody of this scene provides the tentative page quotation.
  • From Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Anakin does this while ranting about how Obi-Wan's "holding him back."
  • There's a hilarious one in Megamind with Roxie hurling things at Metro Man, and since he's Made of Diamond he doesn't even blink as the stuff the throws keeps shattering against his face.
  • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,Harry begins throwing and smashing random objects in Dumbledore's office,wanting an explanation about everything thats been going on from Dumbledore,who realizes that he must finally tell Harry the Awful Truth.
  • Citizen Kane: Upon his wife leaving him, he goes in a room and smashes/throws everything he sees.

Literature
  • In a notable instance in Will Of the Empress from the Circle of Magic series, After Daja finds out her love interest isn't going to come with her when they leave Namorn, she locks herself up in her room, crying. Tris comes in to yell at her for tossing a fit and snapping at Zhegorz and Daja throws a dish at her, which Tris ducks away from. The next thing Daja throws, Tris bats away with her wind magic.

Live-Action TV
  • This is a stock gag in Last of the Summer Wine where crockery is the projectile of choice. Which is often Truth in Television since when domestic tensions boil over it is the closest thing to hand. Apparently, according to Worf, this is a stock feature in Kilngon Courtship.

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Community Feedback Replies: 48
  • April 29, 2011
    dalek955
    • There's a hilarious one in Megamind with Roxie hurling things at Metro Man, and since he's Made Of Diamond he doesn't even blink as the stuff the throws keeps shattering against his face.
  • April 30, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    a stock gag in Last Of The Summer Wine where crockery is the projectile of choice. Which is often Truth In Television since when domestic tensions boil over it is the closest thing to hand.

    Apparently, according to Worf, this is a stock feature in Kilngon Courtship.

  • April 30, 2011
    KTera
    In Dwarf Fortress, if a dwarf becomes depressed enough they might start smashing or throwing things.
  • April 30, 2011
    Artemis92
    IIRC, at one point in SOAP Butch got angry enough to rip off the refrigerator door and throw it out the window.

    I'm pretty sure either Corinn or Eunice did this once too, with smaller objects.
  • April 30, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Well, I'll probably wait until either you or someone else double-checks on that one before putting it up @ Artemis
  • April 30, 2011
    artofcheatery
    • Harry Potter - After the incident at the Department of Mysteries, Harry trashes Dumbledore's office. The next time he's there everything is completely back to normal.
  • April 30, 2011
    AndrewJ
    Durarara: Heiwajima Shizuo often throws impossibly heavy things when somebody makes him made. Vending machines are pretty popular with him.
  • May 1, 2011
    neoYTPism
    I assume you meant to say "when somebody makes him mad" not "made." @ Andrew J
  • May 1, 2011
    Scooter007
    ?? What does Worf have to do with Last Of The Summer Wine? Are those supposed to be two separate examples? Typo!

    Like I'm one to talk...
  • May 3, 2011
    Clevomon
  • May 4, 2011
    Pickly
    • Walk Hard: Standard event when Dewey experiences some life setback.
    • Sex And The City: Maria does one of these half deliberately towards the end of her relationship with Samantha
  • May 6, 2011
    MetaFour
    The Odd Couple (film version): Just as an argument is getting particularly heated, Oscar refers to Felix making spaghetti for dinner, and Felix starts laughing:
    Oscar: What's so funny?
    Felix: That's not spaghetti. It's linguine.
    [Wordlessly, Oscar grabs the plate of linguine and flings against the wall on the far side of the kitchen.]
    Oscar: Now, it's garbage.
  • May 6, 2011
    chihuahua0

  • May 6, 2011
    hevendor717
    Tossing a Tantrum for the name?
  • May 6, 2011
    CaveCat
    • Believe it or not, Tubby also does this in one episode of the Little Lulu anime as well too.
  • May 7, 2011
    OneMore
    • In Shuffle (the Visual Novel), when Rin walks on changing Primula, she starts throwing pillows at him. He mentally notes that if he doesn't leave, she will start throwing heavier things. And when she runs out of heavy things, she will start throwing magic.
  • May 8, 2011
    neoYTPism
    That might end up being taken too figuratively, hevendor...
  • May 15, 2011
    Aspie
    • In the Victorious episode "Tori Gets Stuck", Jade throws something at the wall when she finds out Tori got the lead role in the school play instead of her.

    Anyone know what she threw anyway? All I could tell was that it was breakable.
  • May 15, 2011
    neoYTPism
    It depends... would you happen to have a link to the video of that scene? I have not seen what you were referring to.
  • May 15, 2011
    Jimmmyman10
    Citizen Kane: Upon his wife leaving him, he goes in a room and smashes/throws everything he sees.
  • May 16, 2011
    Riddlewizard
    This is a Real Life trope as well, people just hate admitting they get that out of control.
  • May 16, 2011
    Sooku
    Index throws things at Touma a number of times in To Aru Majutsu No Index, often because of things that weren't really his fault to begin with.
  • May 16, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • In a notable instance in Will Of the Empress from the Circle Of Magic series, After Daja finds out her love interest isn't going to come with her when they leave Namorn, she locks herself up in her room, crying. Tris comes in to yell at her for tossing a fit and snapping at Zhegorz and Daja throws a dish at her, which Tris ducks away from. The next thing Daja throws, Tris bats away with her wind magic.
  • May 16, 2011
    neoYTPism
    I think Truth In Television is a better wording for that @ Riddlewizard
  • May 16, 2011
    Antigone3
    Polgara does this at least twice in the Belgariad/Mallorean/prequel novels, and I think Ce'Nedra does it once.
  • May 16, 2011
    c0ry
    Another Harry Potter example: in Goblet Of Fire, upon discovering that Fred and George have engorged Dudley's tongue, Uncle Vernon begins throwing things at the Weasleys and Harry, who flee the house via Floo Powder.
  • May 16, 2011
    neoYTPism
    You mean from Belgariad or something else? @ Antigone3
  • May 16, 2011
    Lightblade
    Defenestrate And Berate would be a subtrope of this, I think.
  • May 16, 2011
    Andygal
    Gustav Adolf does this in Sixteen Thirty Two, it's stated that he does this so often his quarters are deliberately stocked with cheap furniture.
  • May 17, 2011
    randomsurfer
    As Clevomon pointed out, we have Anger Montage. I'd expect this'd be a downplayed version, where the character just throws one or two things.

    In Happy Days something happend (I forget what) at the garage Fonzie works at to piss him off: he kicks a car, throws a towel, and then pulls himself together. It's in some versions of the opening credits.
  • May 17, 2011
    Chabal2
    A staple of angry married couples is to throw the dishes at each other. No, I don't know why.

  • May 17, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ^^ Not so much downplayed as a subtrope. This specifically refers to throwing things, rather than smashing up a room.
  • May 18, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
  • May 18, 2011
    AFP
    Would this include people angrily up-ending furniture or sweeping a bunch of things off the top of a table (such as a chess set or table settings), or is that a separate trope?
  • May 18, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    separate trope I think. Actually throwing multiple objects at a person (or specific object if it is the object that has caused the problem) is this trope. Usually played for laughs.
  • May 18, 2011
    Lightblade
    We also have an entry for Flipping The Table.
  • May 19, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ^^^ The idea right now is to limit it to specifically that which involves throwing things, but I could expand it later on if I have enough reason to.

    ^^ It's not necessarily at a person.
  • May 19, 2011
    Antigone3
    @ neoYTPism: The example that's in the front of my mind (because I just reread that book) is Polgara The Sorceress. Polgara almost managed to seduce Ontrose when he pulls himself together and leaves. Polgara then breaks all the dishes in her kitchen. I think there's a double Polgara/Ce'Nedra example in the fourth book of the Belgariad after Garion leaves a note telling them he's run off with his grandfather to kill Torak.
  • May 19, 2011
    ChimbleySweep
    Bridesmaids: Kristin Wiig has an epic one leading up to the wedding.
  • May 19, 2011
    neoYTPism
    That's not what I meant, Antigone3. Do you mean Polgara from Belgariad, or some other Polgara? Because we do not have a "Polgara The Sorceress" page here, and you did not pothole your example to anything in either comment.
  • May 28, 2011
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • Hanaukyo Maid Tai episode 13 (OVA). When Taro goes to talk to Grace, she asks what he wants. When he can't tell her immediately, she starts throwing things at him and tells him that if he doesn't want anything he should get out.
  • May 30, 2011
    Antigone3
    ^^ Polgara from Belgariad, sorry
  • May 30, 2011
    MikaruKeiko
    Anyone mind me organizing the Examples?
  • May 30, 2011
    SunnyV
    • Sue Sylvester from Glee has done this twice when she gets especially annoyed.
  • June 1, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ^^^ Got it, thanks.

    ^^ While I am glad in this case that they got organized, I would suggest that in the future, if you ask if anyone minds, wait for an answer before going ahead.

    Granted, I didn't respond, partly because I was avoiding the Internet for a few days. (Got a message days ago saying my usage for May was near its limit.)
  • June 1, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Spinnerette, when Sahira briefly gets spinnerette powers, complete with extra armsshe throws an object-throwing fit which culminates in accidentally defenestrating Spinnerette herself.
  • June 3, 2011
    OneMore
    Bumping for launch.
  • June 3, 2011
    CrypticMirror
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