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Beware the Nice Ones
You made me climb Mt. Fuji for this, AND YOU SAY IT'S TOO WARM FOR YOU?!

"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 pretty.

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 for nothing?

Things get worse if they're a Technical Pacifist, and worse still if they're an Actual Pacifist, since outright villains will only kill you. (Multiply at least a hundredfold for the Team Mom.) If a sweet, gentle soul snaps, all you can do is pray for a quick death.

This is also why pushing the Gentle Giant too far is generally a bad idea, why brushing off a Death Glare is an idiostuperific (read, idiotic) idea, and why Teaching Him Anger is a suicidal idea.

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.

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. 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?.

Compare Yandere, 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 ones.


Being WatchedHarbinger of AsskickingBeware the Quiet Ones
Beneath the MaskMore Than Meets the EyeBeware the Silly Ones
The BerserkerAnger TropesBull Seeing Red
Because You Were Nice to MeA Polite IndexBig Friendly Dog
Beware the Honest OnesCharacterization TropesBig Ego, Hidden Depths
Beat Them at Their Own GameBadassBeware the Quiet Ones
Badass PacifistSubmissive BadassBodyguarding a Badass
Being Tortured Makes You EvilHeel Face IndexBreak the Cutie
Berserk ButtonYou Wouldn't Like Me When I'm AngryCrouching Moron, Hidden Badass
Berserk ButtonJustForFun/Tropes of LegendBeyond the Impossible
Body HorrorOverdosed TropesEven Evil Has Standards
Token Good TeammateQuirky GoodExalted Torturer
Beware the Honest OnesCynicism TropesBeware the Superman
Adjusting Your GlassesImageSource/Anime And MangaConspicuous CG

alternative title(s): Beware Of The Nice Ones
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