"Beware the fury of a patient man."
— John Dryden
Sometimes, trying to Break the Cutie
has consequences. Sometimes, the nicest person in the story gets pushed to the limit of what they can take
... and the results are not
The sweeter, gentler, more polite, more peaceful
, and overall nicer
a character is, the worse it will be for whomever is in the vicinity when they're subject to one round too many of Break the Cutie
, or Dude, Where's My Respect?
, a Rant Inducing Slight
, or hitting their Berserk Button
or Rage Breaking Point
. What was once a sweet and nice individual suddenly snaps
and becomes something far worse than the Big Bad
could have expected.
Think it's called Unstoppable Rage
Although any Nice One can make you wish you were never born, there are certain tropes which act as a sort of force multiplier. Check for any of the following tropes to see exactly how much trouble the person who set off the Nice One is in: Badass Adorable
, Death Glare
, Gentle Giant
, Mama Bear
(or Papa Wolf
, depending), The Quiet One
, Proud Warrior Race Guy
, The So-Called Coward
, Teach Him Anger
, Team Mom
, Technical Pacifist
, and Tranquil Fury
. Combine all at once and there may not be
a minimum safe distance to escape their wrath.
More Truth in Television
than you think - deferring gratification
with regards to expressing one's anger tends to lead to the end result being... less than pretty
. Also, it's generally more frightening when a more mellow person starts acting up because it's so unexpected.
Cultures that have a reputation of being polite, non-confrontational, and passive-aggressive usually have a history of being very warlike in the past; think Scandinavia (including Minnesota & neighboring Midwest States), or Japan. They developed this to keep from killing one another off; push them too far, however, and they can and will remember their heritage.
See also Good Is Not Soft
, when a normally nice character realizes that nice won't always get things done in a situation. They can coincide, if the realization and the outrage are triggered at the same time. An Actual Pacifist
subjected to the same stresses will turn into a Badass Pacifist
instead (unless this becomes a Wham Episode
in which pacifism is renounced.) The results are quite similar if they Madden Into Misanthropy
, the difference being the new misanthrope isn't so much a violent dynamo as a care free Jerkass
This is not to be confused with a character being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
(or even Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon
). While the latter trope's 'nice' image is usually just a facade for their genuinely callous personality, this trope involves a genuinely nice character submitting to a rare act of malice. Repeated subjection of a nice character to this trope, though, may result in Flanderizing
them to such a degree that it's impossible to tell the difference.
Can also result from being repeatedly subjected to the losing end of the Misery Poker
trope when their combined traumas far outweigh any single problem another character has because of feeling like a Butt Monkey
due to their very problems repeatedly being ignored.
In a Four-Temperament Ensemble
, this is most likely to be the case for the Phlegmatic; the Melancholic is never far behind.
The polar opposite of Is This What Anger Feels Like?
Subtropes include Let's Get Dangerous
; Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
; Minored In Ass Kicking
; The So-Called Coward
; and Who's Laughing Now?
, Cute and Psycho
, Mama Bear
, Papa Wolf
, Killer Rabbit
, Did You Think I Can't Feel?
, Badass Santa
, Rage Breaking Point
A This Means War!
declaration may be delivered as a result of it. For a common aftermath of this trope, see Cruel Mercy
Compare/contrast Knight Templar
. Compare Beware the Quiet Ones
if they are known for their silence more than their kindness. Compare Killer Rabbit
for when you need to beware the cute
ones. Compare Beware the Silly Ones
when they're known for clowning around. Compare Silk Hiding Steel
, for when you should beware the proper