->''...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).



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Jagaaaaaan}}'': Jagasaki dreams of doing this because of how utterly boring he feels his life as a police officer is. But when he becomes a Fractured Human, he gets a full taste of what his wish entails.

* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': A lot of people suffer from this. Mega City One is an overcrowded hellhole and the majority of the population is unemployed because all the work is done by robots. 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 ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' is the story of the day a {{Superman}} CaptainErsatz goes [[OmnicidalManiac entirely and globally]] postal.

* The ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' [[{{Doujinshi}} 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]].

* ''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 after extreme abuse directed at him, albeit opting to burn down the building instead of the usual method]].
* ''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 says "You're not a postal worker, are you?" upon seeing a man in clothing from last century buying firearms.
* ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'' has Sinbad's character Myron Larabee, pretending to be one of these in order to try to strong-arm a radio announcer (and Arnie's character Howard Langston) into handing him the Turbo Man gift certificate (and later to scare off the police). The ''scarier'' part is that, while the first time he tried it he used a random package that contained a Christmas present, the second time he was unknowingly handling a ''real bomb package''.
--->'''After the bomb explodes''': That was a real bomb?!? ({{Beat}}) THIS IS A '''SICK''' WORLD WE LIVE IN!!! '''[[EveryoneHasStandards SICK!!]]'''
* Parodied in the third ''Film/TheNakedGun'' movie. While Frank is dealing with a number of threats (itself a parody of the staircase shootout scene in ''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 "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 [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain becomes the villain of his own story]], [[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]].
* ''Film/HeWasAQuietMan'': Maconel was planning to do this at the beginning. He's beaten to the punch by his co-worker, but ends up killing the co-worker with the gun he brought himself and is [[AccidentalHero unexpectedly hailed as a hero by his bosses]].
* "[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000TheMovie Sort this, deliver that, I'll make them all pay.]]"

[[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?\\
'''Newman:''' I'm a United States Postal worker.\\
'''George:''' ''[chuckling]'' Aren't those the guys that always go crazy and come back with a gun and shoot everybody?\\
'''Newman:''' ...Sometimes.\\
'''Jerry:''' 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, and more, and you gotta get it out! But the more you get out the more it keeps coming IN! AND THEN THE BARCODE READER BREAKS! AND IT'S PUBLISHER'S CLEARING HOUSE DAY--]]\\
'''Jerry:''' All right! All right!
** Another episode mentions how Newman had taken over David Berkowitz's old postal route - [[MailmanVsDog 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.
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' had an episode where a man went on a shooting spree in his office, killing three people and then himself. Fisher & Sons handles the funerals of the killer AND one of his victims, leading to tension between Federico and David.
* Similarly, ''The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting'' has an "office rampage" sketch with two guys (one intern with an assault rifle, one shotgunner who has been waiting for a promotion for ten years) going on a rampage in the same office and getting in a dispute. [[spoiler:They both end up being killed by a third party.]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles''. In "Blood", subliminal programming is making people go insane and attack those around them. The main VictimOfTheWeek, whose progress we follow throughout the episode, is of course a postal worker.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "Repo Man", a demon has possessed a postal worker and used his vessel to murder women. [[spoiler:We later find that the postal worker is a willing participant, as the demon makes a point of seeking out potential serial killers and acting as EvilMentor.]] Naturally this trope is lampshaded by Dean. "So you find postal workers and help them go postal?"
* Parodied in a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Weekend Update skit that mentioned a postal worker who had to deliver a baby.
--->'''Anchor''': The man promptly returned to work, where he shot and killed 15 people.

* The song "The Night Santa Went Crazy", by Music/WeirdAlYankovic, pretty much [[BadSanta epitomizes this trope with a lovable childhood character.]]

* In the ''Pinball/JudgeDredd'' pinball, there's a MadBomber who is identified as a disgruntled postal worker.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Used as the punchline to a Creator/DaneCook routine where he encourages the audience to be nice to the "weird guy" at your job in the hopes that [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe he'll spare you]] on the day he comes to work with a sawed-off shotgun.

[[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.

* ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' 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 and firing a shotgun at him.
--> "Neither rain nor sleet nor hail, NOR ZOMBIES are going to keep me from my appointed rounds!" - Carl Schliff
** In ''Off The Record'', he tries to kill Frank because he thinks Frank committed ''mail fraud''.
* 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).
* Essentially, the whole plot of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is effectively because [[PlayerCharacter The Courier]] had ''a really bad day'' at work.
* One storyline in ''VideoGame/FreeRealms'' [[InvertedTrope inverted]] it- instead of postal workers rampaging, there was a group of [[BombThrowingAnarchists semi-anarchists]] who desired to destroy Sacred Grove's postal system for reasons unknown (which also put them into the territory of TerroristsWithoutACause).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''[[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.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''WebVideo/TVTrash'''s review of ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer''. Rowdy says that he deplores the trope because he's had nothing but positive experiences with the US Postal Service, and most postal workers that he knows are nothing at all like the trope.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has the product of such an event in containment, and this being the SCP-verse it's an odd one. [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2262 SCP-2262]] is an anomalous letter "B" written on a scrap of paper created by a studio artist and typographer experiencing severe ArtistDisillusionment and the mother of all {{Creator Breakdown}}s. Viewing the strangely-scripted letter [[BrownNote incites murderous rage]] in anyone with knowledge of aesthetics, art, design, or typography. In a twist, the unveiling actually managed to invert the trope: [[spoiler: upon unleashing his creation upon his coworkers a riot quickly ensued, as apparently was intended. What may not have been planned, however, was the mob focusing its collective rage on the ''creator'' of the item and tearing him limb from limb.]]

[[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 [[ComicBook/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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Referenced in a 1999 episode. 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 in he's glad he works in a school (which became poor taste as it aired just months before the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} Incident).
** A quick joke in "Homer Loves Flanders" when Ned dreams of shooting bystanders from a bell tower à la Charles Whitman, a postal worker retaliates.
* An offhanded joke in ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Jay accidentally slips money under the door of a postal worker, who is happy that he can now go purchase that Uzi.
* Very nearly averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. After thinking Lana had sex with every man in the office [[note]]She actually had everyone pay her to ''say'' they had sex with her, but did not sleep with any of them, knowing nobody would be the first to admit he didn't sleep with Lana[[/note]], Cyril is seen in the bathroom loading a rifle á la ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', but was evidently stopped by someone who didn't realise the stall was occupied.
* ''Westernanimation/TwoStupidDogs'' had a mail-carrier who tries to explode the post office, before the Big Dog convinces her otherwise.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* [[OlderThanTheyThink Before the term was coined]], a crazed (former) postal worker named Richard Pavlick tried to assassinate UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy with a car bomb in late 1960 while he was president-elect. He didn't go through with it because [[EvenEvilHasStandards Kennedy's wife and children were nearby]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Berkowitz David Berkowitz]], the "Son of Sam" SerialKiller, was working as a letter sorter for the U.S. Postal Service at the time of his arrest.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_post_office_shooting Patrick Sherrill's rampage]] in 1986 is the TropeNamer.