->''...this button-down, Oxford-cloth psycho might just snap, and then stalk from office to office with an Armalite AR-10 carbine gas-powered semi-automatic weapon, pumping round after round into colleagues and co-workers. This might be someone you've known for years. Someone very, very close to you. ''
-->-- '''Narrator''', ''Film/FightClub''

Some jobs are bad enough to knock a guy off his rocker. If ''one more person'' [[Film/OfficeSpace comes by and tells them to put the new TPS cover on the TPS report]], they will go on a murderous rampage.

RealLife has more premeditated mayhem. In TV Land, the worker snaps on the spot and becomes an ImprobableWeaponUser, wielding something work-related, like a boxcutter, letter opener or something hefty to bludgeon with.

Named after a series of incidents involving U.S. Postal Service workers going on killing sprees dating as far back as 1983, and occurring most infamously in Edmond, Oklahoma in 1986 that has henceforth become a part of popular culture.

While Going Postal is strictly a work-related massacre caused by a disgruntled employee, it may involve elements of a BerserkButton, a RantInducingSlight, BewareTheNiceOnes, SelectiveEnforcement or a combination of the four.

For the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel, see ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' (which does ''not'' contain any examples of this trope).

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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* ''JudgeDredd'': A lot of people suffer from this. It is known as Future Shock or ''Going Futsie.'' Interesting in that it is treated as a medical condition, rather than a crime.
* The comic ''{{Irredeemable}}'' is the story of the day a {{Superman}} CaptainErsatz goes entirely and globally postal.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* The ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' doujin ''"I'm working at a mahou shoujo recruitment company, but I think I may be at my limit"'' has [[spoiler:Kyubey]] going on one of these near the end, putting his workplace to the torch and killing everyone. [[spoiler:Being screwed out of good work by his only friend in the workplace (when he's already in danger of being fired) and then finding out that he's been doing the nasty with his wife on the side and that the kid she's carrying isn't his was just too much for our favorite StarfishAlien]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/DemonKnight''. Wally. He was going to blow up the post office for the hooker he loved.
* The main characters in ''Film/OfficeSpace'' joke about doing this early in the film, in order to establish just how terrible their jobs are. [[spoiler: One of the minor characters actually does.]]
* ''Film/FightClub'': The Narrator threatens his boss that this might be the consequence if he pushes too much when his boss discovers the photocopied "Rules of Fight Club".
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'': when Van Pelt goes to the gun shop, the salesman's reply is "You're not a postal worker, are you?"
* ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'' has Sinbad's character, who even had a spare homemade bombs package.
* Parodied in the third ''Film/TheNakedGun'' movie. While Frank is dealing with a number of threats (itself a parody of ''Film/TheUntouchables''), a woman screams "disgruntled postal workers!" and he sees a number of mailmen firing assault rifles.[[note]]"Disgruntled" was the media's preferred euphemism for going postal at the time.[[/note]]
* This trope led to people mocking advance trailers for ''Film/ThePostman'', so new trailers were made without any scenes of Creator/KevinCostner giving the TitleDrop.
* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in ''Film/FallingDown''. Granted, he doesn't exactly do it on the job, as he was fired a month before the plot kicks off, but the film is a story about [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname "D-Fens"]], a recently divorced and fired white-collar worker going through a nervous breakdown, letting out his feelings of anger and alienation against a cruel, feckless world, and the {{Jerkass}}es who inhabit it. He accumulates a number of weapons through chance and goes on a rampage of destruction through Los Angeles. His character is contrasted against the HeroAntagonist Prendergast, an aging police sergeant who faces the same problems on the job but deals with them with maturity and empathy. Eventually, D-Fens devolves into a SociopathicHero, [[spoiler:has a massive HeelRealisation after Prendergast easily cuts down his whining and justifications, and eventually commits SuicideByCop when he realizes the damage he's done]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' dealt with a workplace killer willing to do anything to avenge himself on the pharmaceutical company that (from his perspective) had abused him for years.
** The phrase is humorously discussed by Rossi in one episode. He tells Prentiss about a former brother-in-law of his who was a mailman and how he would deliver a mountain of mail all day, no matter what conditions, and the next day, he had to do the same thing all over again. According to Rossi, the phrase "going postal" made perfect sense to him.
* One of the group reaps in ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' involves this scenario. We don't see the actual shooting, and it (somewhat surprisingly, for this show) isn't played for laughs.
* [[SeinfeldianConversation Humorously discussed]] by the characters in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
--> '''George:''' Let me ask you something; what do you do for a living?
--> '''Newman:''' I'm a United States Postal worker.
--> '''George:''' Aren't those the guys that always go crazy and come back with a gun and shoot everybody?
--> '''Newman:''' ...Sometimes.
--> '''Seinfeld:''' Why is that?
--> '''Newman:''' [[MotiveRant Because the mail never stops. It just keeps coming and coming and coming. There's never a letup, it's relentless. Everyday it piles up more and more, but the more you get out, the more it keeps coming. And then the bar code reader breaks. And then it's Publisher's Clearinghouse day]]...
** Another episode mentions how Newman recently picked up [[SerialKiller Ted Bundy's]] old postal route - he'd never seen so many dogs on one route before.
* Parodied in the ''Series/MADtv'' sketch "Postal Workers Gone Postal". Two postal workers decide to have their murderous rampage on the same day, but of course they don't want to share. They argue about who gets to go on a killing spree, which has the more [[FreudianExcuse traumatic past]], and which person each of them gets to kill. Then a third guy who was planning the same thing walks in. When a fourth guy walks in, they ask him why he hates being a postman, but he turns out to be a robber. They use their guns to arrest him and are hailed as heroes, and the government makes firearms mandatory for all postal workers.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The song "The Night Santa Went Crazy", by Music/WeirdAlYankovic, pretty much [[BadSanta epitomizes this trope with a lovable childhood character.]]
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In the ''Pinball/JudgeDredd'' pinball, there's a MadBomber who is identified as a disgruntled postal worker.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/IlluminatiNewWorldOrder'' "Post Office" card has a heavily-armed postman blazing away with a machine-gun.
* ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' has the 'Consumer On The Brink' character type, for players who want to play one of these in an action-movie setting.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* DeadRising featured Carl Schliff, a proud member of the United States Post Service. Before the zombie apocalypse, he had a perfect record at his job. Once he learns who Chuck is, he goes into a homicidal rage, and starts throwing around bombs at him.
--> "Neither rain nor sleet nor hail, NOR ZOMBIES are going to keep me from my appointed rounds!" - Carl Schliff
* The videogame titled ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'', and its sequel. It's basically ''VideoGame/TheSims'' meets ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''. Or to be more precise, ''Music/AnalCunt'' in video game form.
* Boyd Cooper from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' both parodies and plays the trope straight, being a man who burns down the department store of his former security-guard job with molotov cocktails made out of milk bottles. His mental condition [[spoiler: is only cured when he burns down the mental institution for which he worked as a guard]].
* In ''Videogame/{{Afterlife}}'', one of the IronicHell punishments for Wrath is "The Post Office Game", which makes the damned do postal service in Hell, forcing them to put up with wrong addresses, weird smells, and the occasional explosion. This punishment also puts some damned with packages on endless lines, where the attendants close for lunch every time they can attend someone. Conveniently-placed rifles are found on both sides of the punishment.
* Destroyman from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' was a post office work for his civilian disguise, fittingly enough he's also by far the single most deranged assassin in the game (and possibly the series).
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''[[http://n-somniack.tumblr.com/post/28757030978/taras-jacobs-the-cause-of-the-great-2008-london#notes The Chronicles of Taras]]'' Gives a kind of this (The trigger being a [[DisproportionateRetribution malfunctioning Slurpee Machine]]) as the reason why Taras Jacobs [[FreudianExcuse went on a rampage]] and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge killed an entire SWAT Team]] before ''permanently disabling the negotiations officer and carving the word 'LIAR' into his chest'' after he tried to set her up for capture.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' has a postman revealing he was laid off and feeling disgruntled. The other passengers quickly vacate the car... only for him to swing around as he wanted space.
* An episode of "[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Justice Friends]]" briefly features a [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]]-like villain named Disgruntled Postman, who robs a post office to steal a single postage stamp to mail a bomb to the US President.
* Referenced in a 1999 episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' while on a field trip to a post office, Nelson asks a worker if they go on a shooting rampage. He replies those days are over. Skinner chimes he's glad he works in a school (which loses taste as a trend of students going ballistic in schools and aired just months before the Columbine Incident).
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