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[[caption-width-right:320:[[WellExcuseMePrincess "Well, excuuuuse me!" said the princess.]]]]

When angry or outraged, a cross- or Y-shaped intersection of veins never fails to appear on an anime character's forehead and/or fist.

Occasionally, if the character gets mad enough, extra popping veins will appear in the air around them. Of late, the veins have begun to turn into a symbol like the SweatDrop, and as seen in the illustration to the right, no longer appear to be part of the character's body. Also, there are absolutely no regulations when it comes to the size of it.

It's effective in demonstrating the character is angry despite what other emotion they may be displaying, showing the character is putting on a facade to hide their anger.

Usually limited to comedic anime, but some manga have started putting them in ''speech bubbles'', and they have also appeared in [[{{Animesque}} anime-influenced Western animation]].

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!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In one scene in the ''Anime/FruitsBasket'' anime Shigure claims [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry he's angry]], and when no one believes him he grabs one of these and places it on his head, and claims he's angry once more.
--> '''Shigure''': Well, don't we all look lovely?
-->'''Kyo''': I can't believe you're laughing.
-->'''Shigure''': [calmly] Oh, right. [reaches off screen, ''grabs'' a cross vein and sticks it to his head] Now I'm mad.
** Also used ''nearly'' straight in regards to Ritsu. Poor Ritsu, trying to be nice, brings a couple [[FridgeLogic fruit magazines]] to the Sohma house, which makes Shigure a tad frustrated. When Ritsu asks if something's wrong, Shigure turns to Ritsu and says "No, it's nothing," in a perfectly calm voice, with a nice genial smile. However, there's a Cross Popping Vein the size of his fist on his forehead. In the Anime version, a giant red arrow is featured, pointing to the vein. Ritsu starts running for dear life... [[TheWoobie as always.]]
* ''[[Anime/ShinChan Crayon Shin-chan]]'': Parodied in the GagDub, in the episode "Happiness Bunny's Revenge", when the [[PunnyName Milfers']] stuffed bunny comes to life to exact revenge on them for punching him.
-->'''Happiness Bunny:''' You've caused me so much pain, it's made an anger-and-despair mark over my head! ''Look at it''!
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' uses this frequently, especially with regards to Yukari-sensei and Tomo-chan.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': When the obsessively neat Chiri sports one, it appears in the exact center of her forehead in an utterly symmetrical way.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': Even robots get these, and they appear sometimes on the hair of human characters. Nagi gains a cross popping vein in the pool game episode and when leaving, it falls off her head. [[GagSeries ...?]]
** What about [[RuleOfFunny the time a plant got one of these?]] Sure the robot isn't living, but plants tend to be less animate.
* ''Anime/SoulEater'': Shinigami-sama seems to get these a lot, despite being a skeleton, and therefore [[FridgeLogic lacking veins]].
* ''Anime/MahouSenseiNegima'': This appears regularly on the series' various {{Tsundere}}. Most notably, Asakura gets one when faced with Kurt Godel...and it is ''scary''.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': This was lampshaded in a particular episode where Jessie began to rapidly fill the screen with floating Cross Popping Veins, some not even touching her head.
* Trigger from ''Manga/KuroganeCommunication'' is the grandmaster of these, despite being a ''robot''.
* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'': It's rare, but does occur in the manga once or twice. This appears more frequently in the anime adaptation.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': [[TheNapoleon Ed Elric]] has [[IncrediblyLamePun no shortage of these]].
** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny AARGH WHO ARE YOU CALLING A]] [[RunningGag TINY LITTLE SHRIMP SO SMALL YOU CAN'T SEE HIM WITHOUT A MICROSCOPE?!!?!]]
* In ''Manga/{{Nana}}'', Nana K actually draws these on the omelets she makes for Takumi in ketchup.
* ''Manga/{{Akumetsu}}'' has this show up from time to time as part of the MoodWhiplash.
* In ''LightNovel/LadiesVersusButlers''... You know you are screwed up if you see [[http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/8491/dokiladiesversusbutlers.png this.]]
* Sebastian from ''Manga/BlackButler'' gets a few when dealing with the incompetent servants of the Phantomhive household.
* Creator/RumikoTakahashi uses them everywhere in her work, especially if its comedic (except in serious fare like ''The MermaidSaga'' or her horror-oriented ''Rumik World'' one-shots, naturally.) They're even visible through an animal's fur, scales, or feathers, and sometimes a character visibly brushes them off to represent him or her cooling off and taking things in stride.
** In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga, this was the only way to know that [[{{YamatoNadeshiko}} Kasumi]] was angry, which only happened once.
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', Mimi's Cross Popping Vein actually makes a popping sound, it's funny.
* ''Anime/{{Durarara}}'' : Shizuo Heiwajima typically has one pop up on his forehead right before he [[HairTriggerTemper loses his temper]] and starts another [[UnstoppableRage rampage]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses these rather often, usually due to Luffy being exasperating, especially in the eyes of Zoro or Nami.
* In one particular scene in ''Manga/MaidSama'', Shizuko sits through a stressful situation looking out the window, completely ignoring everyone... and with a permanent cross popping vein stuck on top of her head.
* Ritsuko is prone to this on the anime version of ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]''. Haruka gets one too on the OVA.
* The Student Council Vice-President in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' has a ''constant'' one, as part of his FaceOfAThug image.
* In ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', Rei is the most prone to using them, despite being the meekest member of the cast. These show up sometimes on other characters as well. However, Umino restricts their usage to the more light-hearted and humorous moments; she lets the characters' facial expressions and body language convey their anger during dramatic scenes.
* Several characters in ''Manga/KotouraSan'' display these occasionally, usually Haruka or Yuriko.
* {{Subverted|trope}} by Touko of ''Manga/ServantXService''. She sports a permanent one below her right eye. Chapter 11 of the manga, however, clarifies that it's a stylized birthmark — Touko herself mentions that it's "like a mole".
* In Act 1 of ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'', a thick red set show up on angry, temporarily nonverbal cat {{familiar}} Luna as she [[HumanHummingbird rapidly scratches]] her human Usagi's face in retaliation for her [[{{Kissgusting}} upsetting]] apology kiss.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Characters in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFire 2'' have it. Look for it in Highfort... especially with the Princess of Highfort.
* Using the [[BerserkButton provoking move]], Swagger, in all ''Pokémon'' games starting from ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', causes this animation to appear briefly on the target if it works. Ditto for Rage. And Frustration (at least in Gen III).
** It also occurs in the Safari Zone when the player throws a rock or mud at the Pokémon, angering it.
** Primeape has this on its forehead.
** Mewtwo gains this whenever it launches most of its attacks in the ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium''[=/=]''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' games.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', when you reach the third phase of the fight with Bowser, his Koopa Clown Car has this expression while he attempts to flatten Mario with it.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' has this with the Arm Muscle minigame. When Bowser's muscle expands the second time, it gets a small Cross Popping Vein. When you max out the muscle (causing Bowser to suddenly heave the ball he was carrying [[spoiler:at Fawful Castle]], pull out the [[spoiler:Giga-Carrot]], etc.), it gets a huge one. The effect goes away after the minigame is over.
* In the ''Izuna'' games, an excite trap will cause this to appear above your head. Excite traps are actually beneficial, though: they raise your attack power by ''pissing you off''.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'': In the GoingThroughTheMotions sequences, characters sometimes have a picture of cross popping veins on a speech balloon (they do the same thing for TheSweatDrop).
* In ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'', Trestkon's default skin has one tattooed (apparently with [=MSPaint=]) on his cheek.
* In many of the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' titles, should you see one of these pop up in a speech bubble, it's an early indication that someone's pissed off.
* It appears a couple of times in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', inside a red circle that appears above an enemy's head.
** It's also lampshaded at one point. At the beginning of Chapter 4, Wess complains about how Tazmily Village changed, and Fassad replies by saying, "You know, if you keep making the veins on your forehead pop out like that, happiness will only escape you."
* The "angry" heart has this in ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach''.
* In ''VideoGame/HatsuneMikuProjectDIVA F'', when interacting with the Vocaloids in their respective diva rooms, they will show this when they get angry after certain undesirable actions by the player.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Peonie gets some in ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'', [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1961 here]].
* Used in ''Webcomic/{{Monsterful}}'', mostly by characters that get angry pretty easily, like Lily Osiris or Josh Dinora.
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'': Along with virtually every other {{animesque}} art device, these are absolutely loved by the strip.
* Happens in ''Webcomic/CornerAlley13'' [[http://corneralley.comicgenesis.com/d/20040823.html here.]]
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'':
-->[[http://www.eeriecuties.com/d/20090608.html Suck the darn blood, Nina, before I pop this vein on my forehead!]]
* ''Webcomic/MobTies'': Yojimbo "Jimbo" Chairobuto has a permanent case that's later resolved via surgery.
* This trope appears routinely in ''Webcomic/AptitudeTest''.
* It's done on the first two "Bus Tour" pages of ''Flying Sparks'': [[http://flyingsparkscomic.com/archive/flying-sparks-the-bus-tour/ #1]] and [[http://flyingsparkscomic.com/archive/flying-sparks-bus-tour-2/ #2]].
* ''Webcomic/TokiNoTanaka'': Pops up on [[http://www.tokinotanaka.com/comic/episode-1-page-11/ Satoru's teacher]] whilst he's yelling at him.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'': The Nerd has this in his logo.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', with Ling Ling, a parody of Pikachu.
* Also used in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', where Raimundo uses it, and it extends to cover his entire head.
* This is a common occurrence on ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StressedEric'': In a rare [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] example, Eric gets these several times an episode.
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[[folder:Real life]]
* In real life, bulging veins are usually a sign of physiological changes, such as aging or diseases. Strong emotion pumps blood faster, thus making it more protrudent. [[/folder]]
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