[[caption-width-right:280:Let it out, buddy.]]
->'''Jane:''' Does he ever like to have a temper tantrum now and again? I mean, he's the CEO of a large company and that comes with a lot of pressure, so... maybe he likes to let off some steam, throw a vase around or something?\\
'''Grace:''' Are you suggesting that Mr. Rochester, your employer? -- makes sport of throwing decorative glassware? -- in the middle of the night? -- in his OWN HOUSE? -- where his DAUGHTER sleeps? -- because he needs to let off little STEAM -- every once in a while?
-->-- ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'', [[http://youtu.be/hbnXKlZQyl0 "Interrogation"]]

Sometimes you are just ''angry''. Angry enough that you decide to take it out on something or someone. [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption Physically]]. This violent behavior may target a simple inanimate object, an opponent in a boxing match, or other similar situation, or maybe some convenient villain who happens to be in the area. Anyway, the point is that you are resolving your anger in a violent, but still somewhat socially acceptable way.

The psychiatric term for doing this in a therapeutic context is "catharsis". At one time this was all the rage, but it has fallen into disfavor among psychotherapists in the last few decades, as evidence has emerged that all it does is reward violent outbursts.

Contrast GetAHoldOfYourselfMan, where the violence is meant to help calm the victim, and PercussiveMaintenance, when the violence is motivated (at least partially) by attempting to make something work. As a general rule of thumb, slapping your printer = Percussive Maintenance, while [[ApplianceDefenestration throwing it out of the window]] = Percussive Therapy.

Subtropes of violence against inanimate objects to relieve stress include AgitatedItemStomping, when the character is hopping mad, DartboardOfHate, where the character takes their frustrations out on an enemy's image, and PunchAWall or RageAgainstTheReflection, specifically attacking vertical surfaces. Can cross with PercussivePrevention if the person being prevented is getting on the preventer's nerves. Can cross with PercussiveShutdown in cases where a device [[WhyWontYouDie stubbornly]] [[ItWontTurnOff continues to function]].



* One Advertising/GetRidOfCable commercial had a father smack the armrest of his chair in frustration over his cable problems. This left an impression on his young daughter, who grew up to be a rebellious hellion who marries a bad boy. The commercial concludes that if this series of events happen when your cable's on the fritz, "you will get a grandson with a dog collar".

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/CrayonShinChan'': "The Happiness Bunny"--a Japanese woman and daughter who release anger over their abusive husband/father by beating up their stuffed rabbits.
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', Reinhard exhibited a tendency to smash wineglasses whenever some particularly bad news was delivered to him. {{Justified|Trope}} in that drinks (and thus glasses) are readily available in meetings where such news is often delivered.
* At the conclusion of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', Bright Noa allows Judau Ashta to punch him to relieve a bit of the frustration Judau felt toward the Earth Federation leadership, thus inverting the [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan/{{Gundam}} famous Bright Slap]].
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Akane is often seen [[BrickBreak breaking cinder blocks]] to blow off stress. She also does the wall-punching variation once... which injures her hand and leaves her with a handicap against a challenger to the dojo.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In one arc of ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'', Kate vents her current frustrations on a boxing bag until her knuckles start bleeding.
* ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'':
** After [[spoiler:Dick Grayson's]] death, Batman punches up a training dummy for hours until he tears holes in the knuckles of his suit.
** Midway through Year Five, Harley gets it in her head that the best way to sort out her emotional issues is to go "smoosh" Shazam for a while with her mallet.
* In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Franchise/{{Superman}}'s one-time villain Protector storms the Fortress of Solitude right when Superman is feeling confused and mad after an argument with Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}. Clark decides that punching Protector out may be a good way to vent.
-->'''Superman:''' In a way, I feel sorry for you, Protector! You picked the wrong moment to challenge me! I'm bewildered and I'm mad and I'm just aching to work off steam! Unfortunately, I'm going to work that steam off on you!
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'', after having an argument with a bullying co-worker, Linda shuts herself in her office and she is so angry that she punches -and cracks- a wall.
--->'''Linda:''' That lousy 'Nasty'! She's out to get me fired! That rotten, under-handed stupid w... I'd like punch... OOOPS!
** In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Supergirl Vol 5]]'' #33, Supergirl is severely distraught after failing to save a child. Then she runs into super-villain Clayface and decides he is exactly the punching bag she is looking for.
** After breaking up with her boyfriend in ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl1982 Supergirl Vol 2]]'', Linda changes clothes, dons her Supergirl's costume and starts her daily patrol, hoping to find someone or something she can legitimately hit.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* One ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' T-shirt had a picture of Dogbert walking away from a smashed computer with a baseball bat over his shoulder. It was captioned "The network is down, but I feel a ''lot'' better!"
** In another strip, Alice, frustrated with her computer, hurls it out of her cubicle following the angry cry of, "STUPID COMPUTER! Won't compile, eh?"
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' had Lucy demonstrating "the tortures of a memory of a lost love", by destroying Schroeder's Piano. (This scene was later animated.)
-->"You can't eat! You can't sleep! You'll want to smash things!"

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Ritsuko suggested to Rei that she should take her feelings towards Commander Ikari out on the Angel. Even Misato, who has [[ItsPersonal ample reason to hate Angels]], was a bit creeped out by the results.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AlongCamePolly'': There is a scene involving the malicious stabbing of the ex-girlfriend's throw pillows. Creator/BenStiller's character notes how good it feels.
* ''Film/AnalyzeThis'': Following a phone call that get Paul Vitti all riled up, his therapist suggests "hitting a pillow"--cue the emptying of a full clip into a pillow. He felt better.
* In the beginning of ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Steve Rogers is using said therapy to deal with the loss of his familiar world after waking 70 years later. He gets so into it he literally knocks a heavy punching bag off its stand. (No worries, he had six or seven lined up to replace it.) He even takes one home.
* ''Film/CitizenKane'': After Susan leaves him, Kane tears her room apart.
** In ''Film/TheRoom'' a very similar scene takes place, but it's very hard to take seriously, [[SoBadItsGood like the rest of the movie.]]
* ''Film/TheCrow'': Eric Draven plays an emotive guitar solo on the rooftop of his apartment building until the memories of his [[TheLostLenore murdered fiancée]] become too much and he smashes the guitar in grief and anger.
* ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': [[Colonel Tan-Sun Moon BigBad]] is introduced to the audience while beating on a punching bag to work out some frustrations--then the punching bag is unzipped, revealing that he'd stuffed his anger management therapist in there.
* ''Film/FightClub'': The premise of the film is a bunch of guys coming together to do this to ''each other''. Of particular note is the main character beating up the attractive blond guy so badly that his face is ruined. Why'd he do this? Because he "[[ForTheEvulz felt like destroying something beautiful]]".
* ''Film/TheWholeNineYards'': Matthew Perry hates his life. While driving to work, he stops every [[FridgeBrilliance nine yards or so]] to flail around madly and headbutt his horn three times.
* ''Film/HappyGilmore'': What did those golf clubs ever do to him? Was he just testing their ''durability''? And then just ''placed'' 'em in the woods because that's what they were made of!
** [[MemeticMutation YOU'RE GONNA DIE, CLOWN!]]
* In ''Film/HesJustNotThatIntoYou'', when the cool and calculating woman finds out her husband had slept with another, she tries to act rationally about it by suggesting that before they do anything hasty they should go into counselling. It's not until she finds cigarettes in her husband's things (something she had suspected him of having and that he denied to the point of making her feel guilty about asking) that she realizes she wants him out of her house. She smashes some porcelain in anger, and one would expect DefenestrateAndBerate trope, but she neatly packs up all his belongings and leaves them on the stairs with a note telling him she wants a divorce and that he better get lost.
* ''Film/LostInSpace'': At the climax of the film, Dr. Smith comes running into the bridge yelling "We're DOOOOMED!!!" -- Major West just knocks him out with a punch to the face, casually noting afterward how good it felt.
* ''Film/OfficeSpace'' has Peter, Michael and Samir take the printer into a field and smash it to pieces with their feet and a baseball bat. Michael really gets into it, having to be pulled away when he starts punching the printer parts. The whole sequence is set to [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic entirely appropriate music]].
* [[DarthVaderClone Kylo Ren]] from ''Franchise/StarWars Episode VII: Film/TheForceAwakens'' doesn't kill personnel willy-nilly like his predecessor did: Whenever he succumbs to anger, he instead whips out his lightsaber and vents his frustration on a nearby piece of hardware (console, etc.), slicing it to charred ribbons. The staff are apparently familiar with this, as two Stormtroopers can tell just from the sound that they should leave instead of investigating further.
* In the "One of My Turns" scene in ''Film/TheWall'', Pink goes nuts and breaks everything in his hotel room, his aggression focused seemingly more at objects around him like his TV and his guitars than against the groupie who just happens to be in the way.
* At the beginning of ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture'', Mulder can't get his drink out of a vending machine. At first he whacks it as if [[PercussiveMaintenance he might fix it]], but then he just shakes it angrily, PercussiveTherapy-style, mad that he lost his money. Moments later, he actually finds explosives inside the unplugged machine.
* The movie ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' show us how it's done in twice, first when Tallahassee trashes out a family van and then when the protagonists break every single little thing of a store with music in the background.

* ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'': ''The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'' has this to say on the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax]]:
-->"The Silastic Armorfiends were an insanely aggressive race who lived on the planet Striterax approximately twenty billion years ago 'when the universe was young'. They were extremely keen on fighting--one of the best ways to deal with a Silastic Armorfiend was to lock him in a room by himself, since he would beat himself up sooner or later. They wrecked the surface of their planet in constant wars, and the whole population lived within bunkers deep below the surface. ''In an attempt to deal with the problems their violent nature created, the Silastic Armorfiends passed a law that anybody who had to carry a weapon as part of their normal work ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking including policemen, security guards and primary school teachers]]) must spend a minimum of 45 minutes each day punching a sack of potatoes. It was hoped that this would allow them to work off their surplus aggression. This plan worked only until someone had the idea to simply shoot the potatoes, and the Silastic Armorfiends were excited about their 'first war for weeks'."
** [[UsefulNotes/TheModernDayRambo Note the initials "S.A.S."]]...
* In the book ''Film/ManOnFire'' by A. J. Quinell, one character named Benny gets in trouble with the law after trashing the office of an mayor who promised him a job and later acted like every politician will. Benny tried to pay off his frustration with him, but he escaped, so...
** They sent two dogs after him. The dogs reappeared 30 seconds later...[[DestinationDefenestration through the windows]]... with their necks broken.
* In ''[[{{Literature/Belgariad}} Polgara the Sorceress]]'', one scene has Polgara's first romantic interest, Ontrose, suggests in a heated moment that they take a moment to calm down and pick up the sexual tension again after an oncoming battle. Her reaction, once he's left, is to break some plates.
* Creator/SpiderRobinson's characters often resort to PercussiveTherapy. The central character in the short story "Antinomy" is seen punching a window, "shattering the shatterproof glass and two knuckles". One hero of ''Mindkiller'' deals with a stressful moment similarly:
-->"I went to the kitchen, mixed a pitcher of five-to-one martinis, frowned at it, dumped it down the sink, mixed a pitcher of six-to-one martinis, took it to the living room, and threw it through the television."
* In ''Foxglove Summer'', the fifth ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' book, Peter is goaded into attacking a tree to let out some of his frustrations that has piled up since the last book, frustrations that are only hinted at to the reader because of [[BeigeProse the style of the narration]]. Even during the actual event, [[{{Irony}} the narrative remains just as calmly objective as the rest of the series]], meaning that the actual catharsis happens entirely between the lines.
* One of Shaun's typical ways of expressing stress in ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}''. If his male coworkers are lucky and/or not the reason he's stressed, he punches walls. If they're not so lucky and/or the problem, he punches them. Female coworkers are safe, although he does cheerily threaten [[spoiler:Kelly Connolly]] with bodily harm on several occasions, when he thinks she's done something to deserve said harm. [[spoiler:He never actually acts on those threats.]]
* A very emotional Harry ([[spoiler:As Sirius just died]]) trashes Dumbledore's office at the latter's suggestion at the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Na'toth's rescue of G'kar from an assassination attempt combines this with PercussiveShutdown. She comes across G'kar helplessly [[RestrainingBolt restrained by]] "[[AgonyBeam pain-givers]]'' from dispatching the assassin on his own. After convincing the assassin she's been sent as back-up, she starts beating up G'kar. Moments later, G'kar is able to knock out the assassin unobstructed, where before the attempt would have killed him. Then he and Na'toth share words.
-->'''G'Kar''': ''That hurt.''
-->'''Na'Toth''': ''Ambassador, it was the [[PercussiveShutdown only way to disable the pain-givers]]. I had to hit them as ''hard'' as possible, as ''often'' as possible and still make it appear as though I were beating you into another incarnation.''
-->'''G'Kar''': ''And you didn't [[PercussiveTherapy enjoy it in the least?]]''
-->'''Na'Toth''': ''I didn't say that.''
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** Finn, still seething after the betrayal of his best friend's affair with and impregnation of his girlfriend, [[BigDamnHeroes gets to Sectionals with enough time]] to teach the group a few songs he printed off with the Cheerios printer. After he "trashed the thing."
** Mercedes had developed a crush on Kurt (unaware that he was gay). After he turned her down, but failed to mention he was gay, she smashed his windshield, then sang a song about it. Possibly the window smashing may not have been to make herself feel better, but to [[InvertedTrope make Kurt feel worse]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** "When She Was Bad": Buffy grinds TheMaster's bones "into talcum powder with a sledgehammer" to help her deal with the trauma from being killed by him and then being brought back to life to kill the Master in turn.
** Spike spends much season 7 with an intense case of BadassDecay, presumably due to the after-effects of him being given a soul and then tormented by the First Evil. After retrieving his BadassLongcoat, he tracks down the Monster of the Week and engages in a brutal brawl with the guy (this being the first time we see Spike enjoy himself all season) before snapping its neck. Afterwards, he tells the corpse that a good fight is "good for the soul". Note that, for Spike, as much therapy comes from [[CombatSadomasochist being percussed]] as it does from killing his opponent.
** "A New Man": Giles, after a HumiliationConga of events make him feel outdated and useless, comes across his old enemy Ethan Rayne and says, "You have no idea how much thrashing you is gonna improve my day."
** In "Ted", Buffy claims she's not angry over her [[ParentWithNewParamour mother getting a boyfriend]]. GilliganCut to Buffy whaling the crap out of a vampire with a dustbin lid while a nervous Giles stammers that she really should move on to the staking...
** After being dumped by Scott Hope, Buffy is shown making ''[[AxCrazy Faith]]'' of all people wince by pounding on the training pads she's holding, leading her to suggest that Buffy would make a better Slayer if she got dumped more often.
** Played for drama in "Dead Things" when Spike encourages Buffy to work off her issues by [[BastardGirlfriend beating him to a pulp]]. Buffy is shocked at the damage she inflicts on him.
** In "Shadow", Buffy is freaked at Glory and Dawn. She auditions for the UFC by ground 'n' pounding the snake demon to death.
** In "Killed By Death", Buffy is suffering the flu, implied to be a psychosomatic illness due to the whole [[FaceHeelTurn Angel-turning-evil]] thing.
-->'''Angel:''' Not feeling well, [[TermsOfEndangerment lover]]?\\
'''Buffy:''' ''[knocking him down]'' That helps.\\
'''Angel:''' You know, you being off your game's kinda takin' the fun out of all this. ''[punches Buffy in the face]'' Nope, still fun.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': When Angel sees his LoveInterest Cordelia having sex with his son, he kicks down the door to the stairwell, then we hear the sound of him doing the same to every other door he comes upon.
* Joe tends to do this a lot on ''Series/NewsRadio''.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "For the Uniform", Eddington is always one step ahead of Sisko, so Sisko pummels a punching bag. It works a little better than most since he also shares his feelings with Dax at the time.
** Also invoked (and then averted) in the episode "Take Me Out to the Holosuite," when Sisko is frustrated at his officers' general lack of baseball skills. Kasidy sarcastically invites him to smash something if it will make him feel better, since he looks like he wants to. He doesn't, but he does explain to her why it's so important to him to win a holodeck baseball game against a Vulcan arch-rival from his academy days.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Chain of Command II": Cardassian Gul Madred has been torturing Picard since the end of the previous episode. Part of the torture involves a remote-activated pain implant. At one point, Madred leaves Picard alone with the remote, so Picard smashes it against the table. Madred walks in and tells him it won't help; he has more remotes. Picard's response:
-->"Still...it ''felt'' good."
* ''Series/TheGoodies''. In "Lighthouse Loonies", Bill goes insane and ends up chasing Tim around the lighthouse wielding a pie. After eventually [[PieInTheFace copping Tim in the face with it]] Bill calmly says, "I feel better now."
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'':
-->'''Arthur:''' After Sophia left, I wanted to take my mind off her. So, I went for a hunt.\\
'''Morgana:''' And killing things mends a broken heart?\\
'''Arthur:''' No, but it's good fun.
* Something similar happens in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. War is likely to break out between House Lannister and House Stark, so King Robert leaves Ned Stark in charge and goes off hunting. When an incredulous Ned calls him on this, King Robert snaps back, "Killing things clears my head!"
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': It's definitely Agent Mulder's thing.
** Mulder gets very frustrated in "Bad Blood" and he gives full vent to his anger in kicking the hell out of a trash can. Why? He killed a teen by jamming a wooden stake in his chest and the FBI faces a lawsuit for $446 million dollars. However, said teen was a murderer and a vampire, and Mulder had been drugged anyway.
** In "Anasazi", Mulder thinks he received a fake tape with "gibberish" instead of top secret government files. He hits a pencil holder and smashes it against the wall. But the files are actually encrypted. Poor Mulder has been being drugged, which he doesn't know yet at that moment. He also ends up punching Assistant Director Skinner a moment later.
** "Wetwired": Mulder is on his way to identify a body which might be Scully. The messenger of his jerk of an informant follows him and insists that he keeps investigating the case, yet gives him only super vague leads. Utterly frustrated, Mulder kicks the door of [[TheAdjectivalMan Plain-Clothed Man]]'s car.
** "Sein Und Zeit": Mulder attacks his desk when Scully tells him that [[spoiler:his mother committed suicide]].
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'':
** "The Examination for Lieutenant": Sailor Bunting has a hard time dealing with Finch's death. When Matthews tries to sell Finch's stuff to raise money for his widow, angry Bunting buys it all, puts it in a bag and throws it overboard. It doesn't help him much with his grief, though.
** In "Duchess and the Devil", Midshipman Hunter, the surly seaman of the week, gets utterly furious when the Duchess brings them a basket of fruit. When Styles wants to take some, it pushes Hunter's BerserkButton and he starts trampling the fruit underfoot and then throws the battered fruit into an oubliette. Never mind that they're in Spanish prison and vitamins might come handy, because it is English beef he wants, and English beer! Scurvy or no scurvy...
* In the episode "Little Girl Lost" of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', a woman whose daughter was kidnapped smashes a lamp against her husband's painting when she feels he's not concerned enough.
* An episode of ''Series/BlueCollarTV'' had a fictitious show called ''Fix It or Feel Better''. If the host (played by Creator/JeffFoxworthy) proved unable to fix an appliance, he would recommend the owner get a baseball bat or similar implement, and beat the crap out of the offending machine.
-->"Hit it like it was your ex-husband!"
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E02EverybodyLovesAClown "Everybody Loves A Clown" (S02, E02)]], Dean deals with his father's death by smashing a window on a nearby car and then taking a crowbar to the trunk of [[CoolCar the]] [[CompanionCube Impala]].
* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' first season finale, "The Second David Job" Maggie, main character Nate's ex-wife, admits she went to therapy to help deal with the tragic death of their son and Nate's spiral into alcohol. After learning [[spoiler:Nate's former boss stalled paying an insurance premium that would help cover a treatment that could have saved their son, she helps take the man down]]. At the end, villain tries pleading with her. Maggie just punches him.
--> "Screw therapy. That felt really good."
* In ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Kramer spends the entire episode "The Serenity Now" bottling up his anger while repeating this mantra. He eventually explodes, destroying a bunch of computers that George had stored in his apartment.
* ''Series/SenseAndSensibility'' (2008)
** Elinor tells a maid who's been told by Fanny to beat an already-clean carpet that she, Elinor, will do it. Her own whack is quite forceful.
** Edward decides to chop some wood for the Dashwoods when he visits Barton because he's [[RuleOfSymbolism torn]] between his secret engagement to a girl he no longer cares for and his love for Elinor.

* Music/YoshikiHayashi playing drums. Just go look up his drum solos on Website/YouTube, especially the ones from ''before'' he threw out his neck drumming. He's admitted in interviews and in his official autobiography that he actually took up drumming as a way of expressing his feelings.
* Music/LimpBizkit's "Break Stuff" does a good job of describing this trope.
* Music/NickLowe's [[http://youtu.be/JhvjTcPRYy4 "I love The Sound of Breaking Glass."]]
-->''I need the noises of destruction''
-->''Deep into the night''

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''Kafer Sourcebook'' for ''TabletopGame/TwentyThreeHundredAD'' mentions that all devices built by the Kafers are constructed to be very sturdy, because the designers ''know'' that sooner or later the user will get frustrated with the item and try to make it work [[PercussiveMaintenance by hitting it with something]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In-universe: In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', keep hitting the stomp button for a while after killing a Necromorph, and eventually Isaac Clarke will start swearing a blue streak, apparently getting out all his frustrations on these horrible undead abominations that are making his life utter hell.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': Admiral Han'Gerrel, a bit of a GeneralRipper sort, fires on a geth warship the second you disable its kinetic barriers, even though you and up to three past or present members of your team are still aboard (counting [[spoiler:Legion]]) and wasting his only chance to get the fleet safely out of the system. With a Renegade Interrupt, you get to explain to him how angry this makes you by punching him in the stomach.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': After the mission at the Orlesian court in Val Royeaux, Sera can be found venting her frustration at [[AristocratsAreEvil everyone]] [[DecadentCourt involved]] by firing arrows into her own door. She imagines the last one being a GroinAttack on the BigBad himself.
* ''VideoGame/PacMan2TheNewAdventures'': There is a pail and oil drum in Pac-Man's yard that he plays like drums. If he is angry, he just slams his fists on them, making him feel a bit better. Subverted when tries this with a set of bass drums in the department store. He ends up breaking them and get chased out of the store by the angry clerk, without any changes to his own mood.
* The UsefulNotes/WiiWare game ''Stop Stress'' is all about this trope, as you take control of a guy going around smacking things with a hand held object. However, playing the game is about as likely to [[http://www.nintendolife.com/reviews/2009/12/stop_stress_a_day_of_fury induce stress as it will relieve it.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* One ''ComicStrip/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' strip features Finland beating the life out of his computer in rage and frustration with many screams of "'''[[PrecisionFStrike Perkele]]!'''" until his tech-savvy neighbor Sweden steps in and fixes it for him...
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Dr. Bowman has a "tantrum room" for this very purpose.
* During a fight with the Linear Guild, Nale (fighting his GoodTwin Elan) and Thog (fighting Roy) switch foes. Roy points out to Nale that this might not have been the best of moves... [[DartboardOfHate because Roy now has the opportunity to beat the crap out of someone]] who looks ''exactly'' like Elan.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'''s Tom feels better when he smashes inanimate objects.

[[folder:Web Video]]
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': There was an accident in Mr Rochester's house--crashing of glass rather violently, and Mr. Rochester got injured. He blames it on having a nightmare, knocking a vase over, and injuring himself with the broken pieces. Jane doesn't buy it, and thinks there is more to it, because he also asked her whether she had seen something. She speculates that Mr Rochester is under lots of stress. She asks Grace, his personal assistant, who gets furious and thinks that Jane should shut it and stop with these insinuations.
* ''{{WebVideo/Idiotsitter}}'': Epsiode 5, "Fight Day", revolves around the titular Russel family tradition--beating each other with therapy bats. Billie is the only one to realize how messed up this is, but eventually gets bribed into participating by Mr. Russel for $1,000.
-->'''Billie:''' We're gonna go in there and we're gonna tell them that this is over because it is a terrible and violent tradition.
-->'''Mr. Russel:''' Yes, it is. It is terribly cleansing and violently healing.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** The day before the eclipse, Aang is having serious mental health issues on account of feeling unprepared for the upcoming invasion. His friends try to help him in various way. One way they try is to have him scream into a pillow. [[SubvertedTrope It doesn't work]].
** Throughout the same episode, he attacks inanimate objects for training purposes. It ''still'' [[SubvertedTrope doesn't help]].
** Zuko deals with his anger in this fashion ''a lot''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': In one episode featuring Ultron, Thor flies headlong at Ultron and knock's the robots head clean off. When Hawkeye notes it was a "nice shot", Thor describes the experience as "satisfying, indeed."
* Ren in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' does it sometimes. A particularly good example is the beginning of the ''Adult Party Cartoon'' episode "Altruists", where he beats Stimpy up as if it's some kind of routine.
* When told she needs to stop working so excessively, Nicole of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' decides to start breaking household objects to relieve stress.
* Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' does this often, as he has anger management issues. It's lessened gradually, thanks to character development.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Fluttershy tries to do this once in the episode "Green Isn't Your Color", kicking a vase, but only managed to slightly rock it.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', sometimes Archer's elaborate voicemail pranks on Malory get her so mad she smashes her phone on her desk.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** In Episode 105, when Mr. Cat gets angry at Kaeloo, Stumpy and Quack Quack, he goes around kicking sheep and smashing trees [[GolfClubbing with golf clubs]] in order to calm himself down.
** When Stumpy suffers a misfortune due to a certain object, like losing a video game or his laptop not picking up the Wifi signal, his reaction is to smash the video game console or laptop into pieces in anger.