A character is fighting or screaming or deeply lamenting/angsting, sometimes in a rage that's frightening to behold. At the same time tears are streaming down their face.
Sometimes they cry with grief about what just happened that drove them into the rage. Others show their regret about the harm that they're doing. The trope requires a character more dangerous than a tantrum-throwing child, but the Psychopathic Manchild, Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, or a similar character may be extremely physically dangerous, while being the kind of emotionally immature person who cries while he throws a (possibly well-provoked) violent temper tantrum. Occasionally it's just the fear, physical pain and plain horror of battle. It's hard to tell.
Either way the fight often seems like a last resort to overcome the pain and lash out against this cruel world as a whole. It is usually followed by Heroic BSOD. In some cases, this can accompany a Villainous Breakdown.
Compare Roaring Rampage of Revenge, as that is huge motivation and invitation for this. Contrast Tranquil Fury and Dissonant Serenity. See also: Manly Tears and Broken Tears.
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Happens in Bitter Virgin to Daisuke. Later he berates himself for being "so uncool!"
In Dragon Ball Z, Gohan has a variant of this after breaking through the Super Saiyan 2 barrier. What makes it so powerful is the implication that Gohan understands the kind of line he just stepped over to go this far (that his childhood innocence is lost). The implication is backed up by the horrific brutality he attacks with in the next episode.
Also happens to Trunks in the Future timeline, who cries tears of rage at Future Gohan's death at the hands of the Androids as he finally breaks the Super Saiyan barrier.
In A's, when the Wolkenritter desperately fight Nanoha and Fate near the end of the season. As does Reinforce while trying to kill Nanoha and Fate.
Alita got these when she thought some thugs had killed Figure Four.
Guts from Berserk gets these during Griffith's horrific crossing of the Moral Event Horizon at the end of the anime. More specifically, after he chisels off his own arm with a broken sword in order to attack Griffith while he is brutally raping Casca as Femto. After this attempt to save her fails, Guts can only cry streams of blood and tears as he is Forced to Watch the horrific rape of his lover continue as he gets his right eye clawed out.
In the scene prior to this where Guts and the Hawks discover Griffith broken and tortured, Guts cries while holding him and then goes... well, berserk all over the Midland guards holding Griffith captive, killing them in great swaths.
After the horrible, horrible events during the Eclipse and Guts awakens days later, he goes through a monumental Freak Out! that consists of many tears, utter despair, bursts of rage, and finally an epic vow of revenge in the rain.
Tensa Zangetsu in chapter 420. After he stabs Ichigo with his sword during a battle with him he cries.
Hitsugaya himself is seen screaming and crying in utter rage and grief when he realizes that Aizen has used his powers to hypnotize him and others into stabbing Momo to almost death.
Although you can't see it until right after the rage is over, it's apparent that Keiichi from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni was crying in the first arc while beating Mion and Rena with his bat. Makes sense; he was scared crapless, and thus killed two of his best friends.
Oddly, he was doing it in self defense. Or at least he thought so. It later turns out that they were just going to marker his shirt as a goodbye present, but he hallucinated that they were trying to kill him.
Koko explains that the tears 'wash out' her emotions, her love for her family - hence, heartlessly trying to kill her sisters.
Koko: So when the fight is over, she stays pure as ever. I think its that weird innocence of hers... that scares me more than the darkness in her.
And Routier does this in chapter 47 of part 2 while attacking Yukari and Fong Fong.
Fong Fong does this in chapter 48 of part 2 while lamenting about how he couldn't protect Yukari from Xia-Long. He also does this as he attacks Xia-Long.
Pretty much any one of Go Nagai's heroes does this. Probably the originators of the trope in anime, actually.
In GaoGaiGar Final, Guy does this when he is sent into a rage at Mamoru's destroying ChoRyuJin, and is forced to use Hell And Heaven with all his might to essentially kill Mamoru, tears streaming down his face all the while. It later turns out not to be the real Mamoru, but that's beside the point.
Riza Hawkeye had a little moment when she thought Roy was dead, complete with spirit-draining finale.
Doctor Marcoh sheds tears while destroying the Philosopher's Stone inside Envy after being captured by him in his true form.
And from chapter 99 of the manga, Ling gets these in a truly epic (and terrifying) assault on Wrath after Wrath slices Fuu in half.
Winry does this while she is beating Al with a wrench for accusing Ed of fabricating his memories.
Russia from Axis Powers Hetalia does this in the Bloody Sunday strip, after a heartbreaking soliloquy and before opening fire on thousands of innocent civilians.
Also the "Cleaning Out the Storage" chapter, when America remembers how England helped raise him... only to nearly kill the rebellious America during The American Revolution and break down in tears when he can't bring himself to do so. ("You used to be... so big...".)
The protagonist of Lone Wolf and Cub does this a lot near the end of the manga, as he gets increasingly sick of having to kill scores of people who have never done anything to him, just so he can get at the Big Bad.
Matsuda in the last episode of Death Note when he shoots Light to stop him from writing Near's name, goes into a rage and shoots him some more.
Lucia, of all people, goes into one of these in the final battle in Rave Master
Fushigi Yuugi has an example of this as well, with—tadaaaaa!—Tamahome. Suboshi kills his family, so his powers elevate to a whole new level and he nearly kills the Seiryuu Seishi during his Heroic BSOD. About an hour or two later, Miaka finds him burying his family along with their gifts, and when he turns around, about six lines of tears were streaming down his face.
The REALLY sad part? Suboshi's twin, Amiboshi, wasn't even dead at that point, which was Suboshi's motive for going after Tamahome's family in the first place. Tamahome's family was killed for Amiboshi's death THAT DIDN'T EVEN HAPPEN.
As did Kagura in Ga-Rei Zero- when she killed a bunch of demons after she killed Yomi
Asuna in Mahou Sensei Negima! has these when she snaps temporarily during her fight with Setsuna due to Albireo picking at her brain and accidentally making her remember Gatou Vanderburg's death momentarily. It's only visible in one frame, though, because the rest of the time her face is highly shadowed.
A number of the characters in Claymore end up doing this as they get too close to (or surpass) the limit of their Yoma power, in the knowledge that doing so will turn them into monsters. Well, not all of the time. However, there are entirely different reasons that the Claymores do this during the Northern Campaign. Not everyone likes seeing all of their friends and allies go down to a forced Heroic Sacrifice because the Organization finds them inconvenient.
Jo from Innocent Venus has the more tranquil variety after piloting his Gladiator. It is said that a Gladiator pilot who doesn't show Berserker Tears, Freak Out!, or some sort of negative response after piloting a Gladiator is a monster because of the nature (Powered by a Forsaken Child) of the mecha. Presumably most of the pilots are not in on the secret, but the children's souls manifest as some psychological effect.
Given all the trauma the characters go through in Chrono Crusade, it's a wonder this doesn't show up more often in the series. That being said, it does show up a few times—most notably when Joshua attacks Chrono in a rage after he finds out about his contract with Rosette after witnessing her dying in his arms. After his burst of rage he falls onto his knees, sobbing.
Not to mention when Chrono attacks Aion in an attempt to save Mary, but ends up killing her. Or Rosette and Joshua's fight in the manga
Episode 10 shows another one: Timeline 3 Mami couldn't handle the revelation that magical girls were doomed to become witches after seeing Sayaka become Oktavia, and sought to Mercy Kill the others with tears streaming down her face. Madoka as well, though she was able to hold her tears back long enough to stop Mami's rampage by killing her before she too bawls her eyes out.
Taki from Hyakujitsu No Bara when he singlehandedly defeats a group of students harassing him in military academy
Mirai Nikki: Yukiteru when he goes crazy and shoots his friends after realizing he can't bring his dead parents back to life. And Yuno and Hinata in the climax of episode 9. Also, Yuno does this in the anime after Yukiteru calls her a "nut-case".
Occurs in Elfen Lied in episode 12 by Kouta when Lucy says they're friends so that's why she didn't kill him. Kouta's also crying as he tackles Lucy after she murdered his father and sister and he bangs her body repeatedly into the ground. Lucy gets so upset by seeing Kouta's tear streaked face that she starts crying too. And Kanae does this as she's laying dead on the ground from when Lucy cut her in half and she had been upset at her brother Kohta for saying that he hates her.
Daisuke in episode 13 of D.N.Angel as well as the final episode when he stops Satoshi from killing himself, yelling at him to live. Also, in the most recent cliffhanger of the manga, Satoshi breaks down in Daisuke's arms. Of course given the context of Satoshi begging Daisuke to turn into Dark so things can be over, followed by Satoshi putting a gun to his own temple when Daisuke rejects him it's also going into Tear Jerker territory.
Played for LaughsinSlam Dunk. When the Hot-Blooded protagonist Sakuragi Hanamichi is yelled at by the girl he likes (she thought he'd beaten up the guy she liked), he tried to jump off the roof of the building while crying Berserker Tears. Of course, his friends kept him from jumping and it was never mentioned again.
Hellsing: During her battle with Zorin Blitz in the 7th OVA, Seras weeps after she is Mind Raped. Happens again during the flashback of her childhood as she watches her mother's corpse being raped.
Rumi of Perfect Blue does this while watching Mima filming her rape scene and Mima does this during her Freak Out! moment in her apartment following filming the rape scene, and as she's running for her life from Rumi.
In the climax of Hearts and Minds of the Facing The Future Series, Danny and Sam are seriously ticked off while fighting Nocturne after he trapped them in a dream world where their memories of each other were sealed away.
He also had tears on his face right before murdering all the children at the temple.
And when he massacres the Sand People in Attack of the Clones. In fact, just about any time Anakin goes on a rampage he lets loose with the waterworks, to the point where the helmet may have been changed over in The Empire Strikes Back owing to rust.
In Revenge of the Sith's novelization, he spouts Bond One Liners as he kills the Seperatists. If he cries it's not mentioned, and this is generally interpreted as the book's Anakin enjoying the deed a lot more than in the movie. After all, he's wanted to do this for years.
In A Christmas Story Ralphie, unable to tolerate the torment of the vile neighborhood bully Scut Farkus any longer, is overcome with Unstoppable Rage and wails on him until both boys are a quivering, sobbing mess (though Ralphie clearly got the upper hand).
You can't actually see tears because of the mask, but in the film version of Watchmen Rorschach is audibly crying when he picks up the cleaver and splits Gerald Grice's head open for killing Blair Roche.
Happens to the Captain in 300 when he breaks rank to charge the enemy after his son Astinos is beheaded.
In the first Protector of the Small book, the page Seaver loses his cool and tries to attack the spiderlike monster of the same kind that killed his father. Kel, keeping her cool, trips him so he can't run into the spidren's weapons, and the creature snags him with its web. It's mentioned that he wept in rage while hacking the web off of him.
This happens to Beka Cooper at the end of the third Provost's Dog book when she is forced to fight and break the legs of her partner Tunstall after he betrays their king.
Used in Jasper Fforde's novel The Last Dragonslayer. This is what finally sets off the climax of The Plan that's been running through the whole book.
Szeth-son-son-Vallano in Brandon Sanderson's "The Way of Kings".
In the Swedish novel Röde Orm (Red Orm in English) the narrator notes that Orm's best friend Toke tended to start crying when he got drunk enough, and that this was a sign that he was about to get violent.
In A Dance With Dragons, Bowen Marsh cries as he and the other Night's Watchmen stab their commander Jon to death, as they believe he's going to destroy the Watch with his actions.
In one The Savannah Reid Mysteries book, Savannah's teaching a self-defense class, and she tells Margie to let her feelings out by pretending that the person volunteering to be the "attacker" is the guy that attempted to rape her. Margie attacks him ferociously, and it ends with her sobbing.
Live Action TV
In Smallville, Pariah, Clark does this when he attacks the guy who killed Alicia.
Piper in the Charmed episode Hell Hath No Fury, when she finally breaks down and reveals that she is furious with Prue for dying, and then starts to scream and cry and bang on Prue's headstone, until she finally just collapses and cries in Leo's arms. Such a well-acted scene that most viewers were able to overlook the flawed psychology of it all.
Farscape: The second season episode "The Way We Weren't" climaxes with Crichton and Aeryn making a full frontal charge on Pilot in order to regain control of Moya. Aeryn has a tear lingering on the very lip of her eyelid during the entire charge. Partially justified as this is one of Claudia Black's signature acting talents.
In the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, Ep22), Dean sits by Sam's body and tearfully discusses his failure to protect his brother. This ends with him yelling "What am I supposed to do?", standing up, and kicking furniture, while tears still fall from his eyes. He then gets into the Impala to make a deal with a crossroad demon.
The Wardog Squadron from Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, after Chopper is killed in combat during a surprise air attack. Keep in mind that the Wardog Squadron was so badass, the enemy had named them "The Razgriz", after a mythological demon that is said to rain down death when he reveals himself. When the Yuktobanians actually kill Chopper, one of them comments "They're no demons, we can take them!" But shortly afterward, when Wardog starts slaughtering the remaining air force (softly sobbing over the radio while doing it), the Yuktobanians start screaming phrases like "So this is what those demons are REALLY like!" and "Did the demons take them over?!" as they get swatted out of the sky.
In the pilot episode (the one with the other mayor, the first aired after being conceived as The Whoop-Ass Girls then renamed), Bubbles goes into this when Fuzzy Lumpkins scores a glancing blow with his Meat Gun (which turns everything into some sort of meat byproduct) and beats the everloving tar out of him (while Buttercup and Blossom watch on in shock).
In "The City Of Frownsville," a schlemiel named Lou Gubrious sends the entire city crying with a ray that is channeled from his own sadness.
In one particular episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang is so distraught about Appa being stolen that he goes into the Avatar State reflexively, creating a giant, destructive tornado from the desert sand - all while tears are streaming down his face.
Sokka also did this when Manipulative Bitch Azula taunted him with news of his imprisoned girlfriend Suki. He then proceeded to pin her against a wall with his sword at her throat.
Katara does this as well, while taking out a Fire Navy ship in "The Southern Raiders".
Big Shot from The Tick animated series, a parody of the Punisher. Sadly, future appearances concerned his psychiatric treatment, and eventual pacifism.
Big Shot: (breaking down, hugging Arthur) Why didn't you love me, mommy?
In The Transformers, Scourge gets his hands on the Matrix and becomes horribly mutated and insane, with actual tears falling during part of it.
In the Season 1 finale of Wakfu Yugo gets a pretty harsh case of these, since he has just sensed the death of one of his allies.HeartbreakinglyBad Ass.
Velma in episode 10 of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, after Shaggy formally tells her he'd rather be friends with Scooby than be her boyfriend. Velma's anger deteriorates into piteous crying.
In Family Guy, Peter Griffin is rather prone to this, one of the most notable examples being him repeatedly smashing the face of his daughter's tormentor, Connie D'Amico, into the glass of a fire extinguisher panel repeatedly.
Peter Griffin: Hey, you see that fire extinguisher over there?
Confederate guerrilla William 'Bloody Bill' Anderson reportedly went into battle alternately sobbing and laughing uncontrollably.