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->''"Name's Cruise Control, nice to meet you ma'am! [...] Ugh... '''NO!''' [[MaamShock You just called her ma'am! That's like saying she's old!]] Didn't mom tell you 'NEVER ask a lady her age'!? '''That's just rude you bloody idiot!'''"''
-->-- '''Cruise Control''' overreacting to himself, ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm''

Comically reacting to things in an over-the-top manner. Whether it's anger, sadness, fear, joy, or other emotions, those will be played UpToEleven for RuleOfFunny.

The basis is that since a lot of comedy is exaggeration, it includes exaggerating how people feel and react to things.

But this isn't always easy to do. If done wrong, it can seem like yelling and mugging just for the sake of it. If done right, it can make a memorable performance.

One of the distinctions of {{Anime}}, {{Manga}}, and {{Animesque}} works is showing varying silly visual ways in which characters react, from [[DemonHead giant heads]] to FireballEyeballs. Similarly, some stand up comics work themselves into an angry state as part of the act. A CausticCritic can also act like the SuckinessIsPainful of a work has made them apoplectic.

This frequently overlaps with {{Gasp}}, FelonyMisdemeanor, FauxHorrific, BigNo, DramaQueen, SuckinessIsPainful, BerserkButton, and WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes.

A SubTrope of ChewingTheScenery.

A SuperTrope to ScreamingAtSquick and LostFoodGrievance.

A SisterTrope to TheComicallySerious (playing under reactions for laughs), {{Melodrama}} (overreacting for drama).

Compare MinorInjuryOverreaction, LargeHam, and SeriousBusiness.

Contrast DullSurprise and {{Narm}} (when reactions are funny unintentionally).



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LINXRMdbW1E This advert]] for www.thetrainline.com has an apocalyptic reaction to...finding out you could have got your ticket cheaper.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[DiscussedTrope This trope was the topic of discussion]] for a chapter of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', leading to the main character (and subsequently the entire class) mocking the concept of the trope by comically overreacting to [[MundaneMadeAwesome ordinary everyday things of no consequence]]. It only lasted until [[HeroicComedicSociopath Chiri]] got into the game.
* ''Manga/FutariEcchi'' has Makoto overreact ''terribly'' whenever Yura says she doesn't want to have sex tonight. It's so exaggerated, he looks like he's suffering a HeroicBSOD. Every single time it happens.
* Joseph Joestar from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 3, has a habit of going all out with his GratuitousEnglish when he exclaims. He's so loud people think he is a foreign begger who desperately wants attention and money, causing his comrades to fold in embarrassment.
* Akina of ''[[Manga/ShinozakisanKiWoOtaShikaNi Don't Become an Otaku, Shinozaki-san!]]'' is what you get when you combine this trope with GenkiGirl. OcularGushers and WingdingEyes often accompany her overreactions.
* Nate from ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' gets peeved when his ice cream cone only has ''three'' swirls instead of four like in the advertising photos. He insists it's a yokai's fault however Whisper disagrees, thinks he is overreacting, and insists it was a human error... It turns out it really is a yokai eating the ice cream though.
* This is the sort of thing that prompts most of the NightmareFace moments in ''Manga/JunjiItosCatDiaryYonAndMu'', which counts as SelfDeprecation as Creator/JunjiIto has made a career out of playing the former trope straight in his horror manga.

* Creator/LewisBlack acts like he's constantly in a state of rage over everything. He says he isn't really acting nor does he prepare for any of his shows. Just give him a political topic and he'll be going for the next hour.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' has several cases of this, from [[LargeHam Cruise Control's]] loud self-chastises for commiting petty mistakes (like not saying sorry with enough remorse), to [[DramaQueen Rarity's]] massive rant about the post office and its lack of pens, to the point making it look like any other BerserkButton.
* The 'Help Me, Dr. Hazama!' Fanfic 'Disaster-Piece Theatre' has this little gem after Kokenoe is forced to delete all her scores in her favorite game.
--> Kokenoe:"GLAMOUR GIRL!!! WHY-HY-HY-HY-HHYYYYYYY!!! WHY! WHY!!! I'M SO SORRY GLAMOUR GIRL!!!!!" (flails around uncontrollably)
* A [[http://asktheheiress.tumblr.com/post/10313076376/we-learn-ow-to-swim-long-before-we-learn-ow-to fan-comic]] shows Child![[Webcomic/HomeStuck Feferi]] going out of the ocean for the first time. Despite being ''perfectly capable of breathing air'', she clings desperately to Eridan and screams about how she's going to die.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1018777 Romance Points]]'', Chiaki describes taking condoms from the nurse's office as stealing loot from a video game boss.

* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, the Dursleys are very prone to this. If anything related to magic is mentioned within fifty feet of them ([[FelonyMisdemeanor such as Harry saying the phrase "the magic word", meaning "please"]]), Uncle Vernon will go into a yelling tirade, Aunt Petunia will scream or gasp, and Dudley will try to hide. Also, Aunt Petunia bursts into tears whenever she's proud of Dudley and let's just say he doesn't exactly have to work hard to make her proud.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Much of the cast of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' is prone to overreacting, but Jack is the most prone.
* Quite a lot of character... heck nearly ''all of them''... in ''Series/LeagueOfGentlemen''. If you wish to get out of Royston Vasey alive ''don't'' say the 'F' word (frog) in the Denton household, or ask if toads give you warts, call Pauline egregious or steal her pens, mention that you aren't local in the local shop and just... don't talk to Geoff (especially about your happy family life)
* This is a standard means of easy comical bits for a few incarnations of the Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'', especially the Second Doctor, the Fourth Doctor during the Romana era and the first couple of seasons of the Tenth Doctor. The Second Doctor has never had an expression he couldn't somehow do ''moreso'', and the Fourth and Tenth are all protruding teeth and googly eyes (one short ExpandedUniverse story suggested that the Fourth Doctor overreacts deliberately in order to amuse Romana). The Sixth was also prone to overreacting, but [[PlayedForDrama in his case it wasn't funny]] (though it is used for humour in the Big Finish universe). In the 2015 Christmas special the Twelfth Doctor took the chance to deliver how the standard shock to seeing the inside of the TARDIS should be done in this manner, this was at a time when River Song didn't know his identity and was borrowing the TARDIS.
* One of the funniest moments of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' addresses the Buffy/Angel romance where Cordelia and Wesley use this and imitate the pair.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the opening level of ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'', a plan of attack is drawn up on a white board. Duke can draw or write anything they like on said board, and no matter what he puts there, a nearby soldier is absolutely blown away.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', Kiawe provides you with a spot-the-differences test. They begin normal enough, but start getting increasingly absurd and obvious (such as the difference being an unfamiliar man staring at the camera five inches away from it). Regardless of how easy they are, Kiawe always reacts with astonishment and disbelief that you got them right. Later appearances establish this as his defining character trait: He is calm and serious under normal circumstances but is easily impressed and awed. He also freaks out over spicy food, ironic considering he specializes in the Fire-type.
* In ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRogue'', the first NPC you meet in the tutorial is so impressed by your ability to do things like open doors and use lockpicks on locked doors that he ''literally explodes.''

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'' is an inversion -- what makes it funny is not just the destruction Carl causes, but Paul's severe under-reaction. While Paul ''is'' shocked by the things Carl does, he reacts no worse to Carl sinking a cruise ship or stabbing a man 37 times than he does to Carl making muddy hoof-prints on the clean carpet.
* Alex from ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'' LOVES doing this, threatening to maim or kill his comrades for the most trivial of reasons.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* At one point in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Kat and Annie are in the ether attempt to free a spirit from imprisonment. Due to the differences in how the two perceive the ether, Annie sees a seemingly infinite maze filled with inscrutable machinery and guarded by a fiery wraith, while Kat simply sees the spirit in a small room wearing handcuffs. When they decide to try having Kat pick the lock on the handcuffs, Annie is amazed and can't even describe what she sees when Kat simply [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1763 inserts the picks into the lock]], before even attempting to pick it.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Early on, John believed his father to work as a clown for a living [=aId=] that his whole life revolved around cl-- ''[[InsistentTerminology harlequins]]''. When he [[TheReveal found out]] that he was just an ordinary businessman who only filled the house with harlequin images because he believed John was interested in them, John began to have a mental breakdown...[[SubvertedTrope only to stop]] because [[RunningGag THIS IS STUPID.]]
** Which was then DoubleSubverted when for his birthday he received one of his favorite snacks (Fruit Gushers) and found that they were made by [[DoesNotLikeSpam Betty Crocker]]. [[spoiler: Which then was subverted AGAIN, as it turns out Betty Crocker is led by [[ItMakesSenseInContext alien mermaid Hitler]]. [[RightForTheWrongReasons John doesn't know this, however.]]]] And he doesn't even hate Betty Crocker anymore...

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd does this, but usually in the form of [[ClusterFBomb cuss-filled rants]] about how bad a game is. Also invoked, albeit positively, after discovering that ''Spider-Man and Venom in VideoGame/MaximumCarnage'', a game he enjoyed, was developed by [[spoiler:[[ArchEnemy LJN]]]].
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is largely based on this trope, from his reaction to the credit card gag in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', to practically crying over a scene in ''Film/TheNeverendingStory III''.
* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': Spoony is prone to this as well, from ScreamsLikeALittleGirl to the cast of ''Film/WingCommander'', to a rant about his career turning into in him nearly going on a shooting rampage.
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow'': Angry Joe practically has this trope in his name, from an AtomicFBomb over the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films being redone in 3D, to fainting in joy over ''VideoGame/StarCraftII''.
* When Mr. Mendo of ''Website/TheAgonyBooth'' did [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video316_Antichrist_2009_Movie_Review_Lars_Von_Trier.aspx a review]] of ''Film/{{Antichrist}}'' with WebVideo/DiamandaHagan, both couldn't stop screaming at the various darks forms GroinAttack that happened at the climax.
* [[http://blip.tv/the-cinema-snob/midnight-screening-that-s-my-boy-6205981 In the]] ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'' of ''Film/ThatsMyBoy'', Jake admits that he plays up the "Angry Jake" mood for laughs. Although the movie in question left him so actually angry, he spent the first half of the video in TranquilFury mode until he calmed enough to play up the angry again.
* ''WebVideo/TheyMadeMeWatchThis'' will get practically enraged if he sees something really stupid and/or pointless happen.
* A good portion of the humor in ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' is listening to the best friends overreact to whatever game they're playing, Pat in particular has a very short fuse when it comes to Matt's stupidity. Turned UpToEleven in the ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' episode where they spend most of the video shouting excitedly as Ethan does mundane activities like drinking orange juice and playing with his kids.
* The real (only) reason that people tuned into ''Radio/TrueCapitalist'' was to listen to Ghost go absolutely batshit insane from all the troll callers.
* Ethan from ''{{WebVideo/H3h3productions}}'' is occasionally "triggered" by idiotic videos which causes him to seize hilariously in his chair.
* LetsPlay/AlChestBreach is known to do this, his emotions ranging from HeroicBSOD to finding random things, like traffic cones, supremely interesting. In reference to seeing a random traffic cone: {{GASP}}
* LetsPlay/ProtonJon of LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys lapsed into this a few times during their LP of ''VideoGame/MarioParty''. The highlight of these was a long chain of screaming ''"GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME!!"'' whenever something didn't go his way. See it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcGgA2OnsV0 here]].
* Let's Player LetsPlay/{{azuritereaction}} enjoys going on huge, exaggerated rages in his videos when he's losing a video game.
* In the ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' episode "Bummer In The City", when someone says "Have a nice day" to Rarity, she responds with "How ''dare'' you tell me how to live my life?!"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One of WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb's devices accidentally split Candace into two selves representing her two biggest obsessions: being in love with Jeremy, and needing to bust her brothers. Busting Candace was so shocked by the sight of Lovey-Dovey Candace leaving the mall with their mom Linda that she screamed and pointed in a ShoutOut to ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1978''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' does this a lot.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Squidward! WE'RE OUT OF NAPKINS! OH, OUT OF NAPKINS!
** In "The Algae's Always Greener", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POCdbcPxNfc this]] is his reaction to getting a customer the wrong-sized drink.
--->'''Spongebob:''' I've ''soiled'' the Krusty Krab name! Soiled it! [[OverlyLongGag Soiled it! Soiled it!]]
** Patchy the Pirate does this in "The Sponge Who Could Fly", where he reacts to the lost episode of ''[=SpongeBob=] [=SquarePants=]'' being a clip of walk cycles by angrily knocking over all of his [=SpongeBob=] merchandise and declaring that he will run away. As soon as the ''real'' lost episode starts playing and his parrot Potty informs him that there's more, the scene of Patchy's tantrum is humorously played in reverse.
* The whole shtick of the "Katie Kaboom" shorts on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' is that Katie hulks out and becomes a rampaging monster over something trivial. "I am ''not'' overreacting! I'M A TEENAGER!"
** Minerva Mink as well, this time mainly other characters reacting to Minerva's beauty.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "The Boy Who Knew Too Much," the following exchange occurs ''in open court'':
-->'''Defense Attorney:''' ...and, therefore, you would never lose your temper over something as trivial as the pronunciation of "chowder"?\\
'''Freddie Quimby:''' That's [[FunetikAksent chowDUH! ChowDUH!]] I'll kill you! I'll kill all of you! Especially those of you in the jury!
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Comical overreacting to little things is Rarity's stock in trade. Generally, just the little things, though. In "Lesson Zero", she loses a spool of ribbon she needs for her latest fashion project, and declares it [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "The! Worst! Possible! THING!"]]; she later in the episode says the same thing about forgetting to bring the plates to a picnic.
** However, Rarity is by no means the ''only'' one to do this. All of the Mane Cast have done this at least once, and Twilight Sparkle once spent [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero an entire episode]] basically coming unhinged ''because there was no problem.''
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the episode [=S04E05=] has Bender audition for a role on "All My Circuits", only to pronounce Spanish words as phonetic English (e.g. Chihuahua as "chee-hue-hueh"). Calculon responds by punching the desk and declaring it was so terrible it ''[[RefugeInAudacity probably gave him cancer.]]''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Blendin's Game", Mabel's reaction to a piece of candy getting stuck in a vending machine is to cry out "Everything is terrible forever!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Every Which Way But Lose", Stan [[DrivenToSuicide tries to hang himself]] because his peewee football team lost a game. Later, at a carnival, Steve tries to teach Stan that everyone loses some time by having him play a carnival game (which is, of course, rigged); when he fails, Stan ''immediately'' puts a knife to his own throat.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In "Gift of the Card", Marco has to use a Quest Buy gift card that Star gave him before it expires [[SeriousBusiness and kills him]]. He decides to buy a security wallet in plum, which he claims is his favorite color, but the clerk informs him the only wallet they have is in Prussian blue. As it turns out, that's Marco's real favorite color, and this revelation causes Marco to burst into tears of joy.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': [[{{Narcissist}} Mr. Cat's]] reaction to losing a whisker:
-->'''Mr. Cat''': AAAAAH! OH NO! I'M DEFORMED!
** Stumpy's reaction to anything not worth being scared, worried or shocked about. If there is something he should be reacting to, he calmly ignores it.