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->''"Name's Cruise Control, nice to meet you ma'am! [...] Ugh... '''NO!''' 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.

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, SeriousBusiness.

Contrast DullSurprise, {{Narm}} (when reactions are funny unintentionally).
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[[folder: Advertisements]]
* [[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.
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[[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.
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[[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![[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.
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[[folder: Let's Play]]
* 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 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.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* 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.
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[[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)
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[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy]]
* 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.
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Early in ''{{Homestuck}}'', John believed his father to work as a clown for a living and 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.]]
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd does this, but usually in the form of [[ClusterFBomb cuss-filled rants]] about how bad a game is.
* 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/{{StarCraft II}}.
* 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.
* In [[http://blip.tv/the-cinema-snob/midnight-screening-that-s-my-boy-6205981 this video]] of WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob series ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', 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.
--> '''Pat''': ''YEAH'' KIDS YOU READY FOR THESE 24 INCH ''PYTHONS''?!
--> '''Matt''': AHHHHH SUPER SAIYAN LEVEL 3!
* Alex from ''DSBTInsaniT'' LOVES doing this, threatening to maim or kill his comrades for the most trivial of reasons.
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[[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 the 1978 version of ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers''.
* WEsternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants does this a lot.
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]''': Squidward! WE'RE OUT OF NAPKINS! OH, OUT OF NAPKINS!
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POCdbcPxNfc this]] is his reaction to getting a customer the wrong sized drink.
---> Soiled it!
* 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!"
* ''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.
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