"Well, there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invade."Since the 19th century, the boroughs of New York City, or the No Communities Were Harmed versions, have been characterized as having some of the toughest, angriest people you ever met. Perhaps it was all the immigrants clashing against each other. Perhaps it was all the gangs that sprouted in the poorer neighborhoods. Whatever the reason, anyone from The Big Rotten Apple is someone you don't want to mess with. The type of character can vary, often a badass with a Hair-Trigger Temper. Will sometimes be part of The Mafia, and also a stereotypical attitude a New York cab driver, at least in fiction. Even if he's one of the good guys, someone with a Brooklyn accent is bound to be tough nonetheless. Compare Violent Glaswegian, Southies (place your bets now!), The Big Rotten Apple (for the place itself). Contrast Minnesota Nice, Sweet Home Alabama.
— Rick Blaine, Casablanca
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Anime and Manga
- In Baccano!, a lot of the action takes place in the Big Applesauce, and a large chunk of the characters come from there. And they all can kick your ass.
- Liz and Patti from Soul Eater are from Brooklyn. Living Weapons and criminals, before they chose a very inappropriate target and their lives took a turn for the better.
- Although she never shows the accent, Revy from Black Lagoon is from New York (specifically she grew up on Mott Street ).
- The CLAT episodes of Patlabor, feature some heavily-armed and very trigger-happy New Yorkers.
- Joey Wheeler (the dub version of Katsuya Jonouchi) talks like this in dub Yu-Gi-Oh!, his accent and attitude the atypical Brooklyn type.
- The Captain from Nextwave was a random drunken thug from Brooklyn until Sufficiently Advanced Aliens decided he was The Chosen One and gave him superpowers. He's your hero!
"Hey, I'm from Brooklyn. I'm going to call myself Mr. Friendly? Hell, no. [My name was] Captain (Sound-Effect Bleep)."
- Comic Book legend Jack Kirby (who himself exemplified this trope in real life) created a lot of characters in this mold, including Benjamin J. "Thing" Grimm and Dan "Terrible" Turpin, who in Superman: The Animated Series responds to Darkseid's planet-wide Breaking Speech by insulting Darkseid to his face and proceeding to free Superman. Also "Brooklyn" of the Boy Commandos, later retconned as being a young Dan Turpin.
- The phenomenon apparently crosses species barriers, because Red Lantern Dex-Starr is from Brooklyn. He's a cat.
- The Avengers have the villain Taskmaster from the Bronx, and in some appearances he still has an accent. (Appearances without the accent are not an error, however; the character is a mimic and can alter his mannerisms as he pleases.)
- Captain America is from the Lower East Side (Brooklyn in the movies). He doesn't seem to have the "rage" (usually) because he's very disciplined. However, he definitely has the determination and adamant refusal to back down from fighting the bad guys that comes with this trope.
- In G.I. Joe, Cobra Alley Vipers, urban commandos, are confident in their ability to quickly take over any city without incident. Except maybe parts of New York.
- The Punisher. While some men might seek vengeance on those who killed their family, Frank Castle doesn't settle that low. He wants to kill every criminal. Every single one. In the Elseworld issue The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe, HE DOES.
- Tommy De Vito from Goodfellas, which takes place in Queens.
- Sonny Corleone in The Godfather.
- Reginald VelJohnson (who also does shows Brooklyn rage in Family Matters) does it somewhat in Ghostbusters (1984). He's not exactly angry, but not in the most pleasant of moods either. He's more in an arrogant, snarky mood
Cop (played by VelJohnson): Hey Ghostbusters. Mayor wants to see you guys. The whole island is going crazy. Let's go.
- Reginald VelJohnson does it again as Sergeant Al Powell in Die Hard — although he's more angry about the way the police department is handling the hostage crisis.
Sergeant Al Powell: The man is hurting! He is alone, tired, and he hasn't seen diddly-squat from anybody down here. Now you're gonna stand there and tell me that he's gonna give a damn about what you do to him, if he makes it out of there alive? Why don't you wake up and smell what you shoveling?
- Cotton Comes to Harlem, and Across 110th Street (both set in Harlem) — 2 classic 1970s movies with a lot of New York rage, overdo it with the accent, often to entertain others.
- My Cousin Vinny: Vinny is mocked by some local guys, and then they do it at the wrong time.
J.T.: Hey there little Yankee wuss! Look here, 'got your $200. You gonna kick the shit out of me now?
- Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy has a slight Brooklyn accent provided by actor Bradley Cooper. Watch out- Rocket's been known to shoot people when he's angry.
- For some historical roots to this trope, Scorsese's Gangs of New York explores the violent gang culture of lower-class mid 19th century New York. Ok, that sounds like a documentary: also has visceral brawls, sex scenes and Daniel Day-Lewis being scary as all get out.
- Spot Conlon from Newsies. He's the one in charge of every newspaper boy in Brooklyn.
- The Warriors portrays an elaborate culture of warring street gangs who take over New York City each night. The eponymous gang hails from Coney Island, which is technically in Brooklyn.
- The entire plot of Ghostbusters II is about an evil spirit channeling New Yorkers' negative emotions, rage obviously being one of them. Futhermore, the Mayor claims that: "Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker's God-given right." The film then plays on this trope when the Ghostbusters manage to weaponize New Yorker goodwill and patriotism by turning Lady Liberty into a Humongous Mecha.
- Buggin' Out from Do the Right Thing.
- Knockaround Guys gives us Taylor Reese, played by Vin Diesel. Witness his "World of Cardboard" Speech before beating the everliving shit out of the toughest man in a small Midwest town:
"500 fights. That's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are. You learn a lot of things on the way to 500. None more important than this." [headbutt]
- The Centipede in The Film of the Book for James and the Giant Peach announces to the enemies "Don't mess with me— I'm from Brooklyn!" (And he is very tough.)
- Lampshaded in Leningrad Cowboys Go America.
"I wonder when the violence starts. You always get murdered when you come to New York. I've seen it on television."
- The Blaxploitation classic Shaft focuses on a New York private eye who initiates a one-man battle against Da Mob in Harlem. The remake dials it Up to Eleven by casting Samuel L. Motherfu(shut your mouth!) Jackson as the detective.
- The wiseguy Irish private Reiben in Saving Private Ryan is from Brooklyn (he even wrote it on his jacket).
- In The French Connection, the French heroin ring is running all smooth and flawless, until a couple of NYPD narcs decide to wreck their shit.
- In Crocodile Dundee, Sue assures her editor that she's tough enough to handle the Australian Outback because she's a New Yorker. It's subverted in that she's pretty helpless without Mick, while in comparison, Mick is a lot tougher than the local New York riff-raff.
- In the Spider-Man Trilogy, there are scenes of simple New Yorkers standing up to the supervillains when Spider-Man is in trouble. This has a lot of subtext, especially in the first film, regarding the 9/11 attacks, showing New Yorkers as resilient and sticking together.
Civilian: You mess wid' one of us, you mess wid' all of us! (continues tossing trash at the Green Goblin)
- Sergeant Siegle in the 1955 film Conquest Of Space, produced by George Pal.
- In Spike Lee/Denzel Washington film Inside Man, a young boy is one of many hostages in a bank robbery. When the detectives talk to him afterward and ask if the multiple robbers waving AK-47s scared him, the boy responds that he wasn't scared, he's from Brooklyn.
- Saturday Night Fever, with Tony's friends from the Bay Ridge area versus "The Barracudas," from a primarily Puerto Rican neighborhood.
- Both the Sharks and the Jets from West Side Story.
- Harry Russo, the Villain Protagonist serial killer from the Schizophreniac movies is this combined with Cloud Cuckoolander to a (very dark) comical degree.
- Present in pretty much every character in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. Antonio and Diane are especially hot tempered. It's quite telling that the Only Sane Man is a boy who's just immigrated from Scotland. This is mostly in the teen years though. Most of them have mellowed out in adulthood.
- In the novel The Fall of a Nation by Thomas Dixon (author of The Klansman, aka The Birth of a Nation), the combined European armies (save neutral Britain) invade America. New York City turns out to be somewhat more difficult to take than anticipated, not just because the NYPD fights to the last man, but all the immigrant neighborhoods are adamantly opposed to the invaders. They left Europe for a reason.
- In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the last book: "You don't mess with New Yorkers."
- In Harry Harrison's The Technicolor Time Machine, Tex and Dallas, two very heavily stereotyped Italian-American (despite their names) assistants of the main hero the director, are your typical New Yorkers (again, despite their names) and generally on par with the angriest Horny Vikings available — when they aren't proverbial Italian momma's boys, that is.
- Any rap Artist born and raised in Brooklyn is guaranteed to exhibit signs of this trope.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wood's originally from New York City.
- Oscar the Grouch is probably the closest anyone on Sesame Street comes to this. Other than that, one could assume that this is the most peaceful neighborhood in all of Brooklyn.
- Scared Straight the original and Scared Straight 99, even way more, also exagerrated the black vehicular New York accent for purpose of being menacing The program is in Rahway State Prison, in Patterson, NJ, right across the Arthur Kill from Staten Island.
Inmate (in a nasty black ebonics-filled New York accent): "APOLOGIZE MOTHAFUCKA! For disrupting this mothafuckin tour... punk mothafucka! APOLOGIZE BITCH!"Program member: "Sorry for disrespecting the tour"Inmate: "Who the fuck you sorry to? You're sorry to me? You sorry to me? Or you sorry to everybody?''Program member: "I'm sorry to everybody"Inmate: "You sorry to every mothafuckin body! NOW TAKE YOUR PUNK ASS BACK IN THE LOT! AND I'M SPITTING IN YOUR MOTHAFUCKIN' FACE! AND I KNOW YOU DON'T LIKE NO NIGGA SPITTING IN YOUR MOTHAFUCKIN' FACE! But ain't a mothafucking thing you can do about it! Yeah whip the spit of your face, you faggot. And I know you don't like that!"
- Family Matters: for a show set in Chicago, Reginald Veljohnson (who's from Queens) channels his New York accent into his Carl Winslow character, often to the extent of being funny, and it often shows when he's boastful or angry. When Carls wants to hurt Urkel, he sometimes exaggerates the accent, and doesn't shy away from making it known.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000
- Referenced in the short Out of This World, in which an angel and a devil argue over a bread delivery guy. Said deliveryman tells of his wayward days of being a bad deliveryman, where it is riffed "I had a Brooklyn accent and a different poissenality!"
- In Quest of the Delta Knights, the skits portray Leonardi da Vinci like this.
- In-universe, many MSTies have noted that Crow T. Robot started getting a bit angrier once Brooklyn native Bill Corbett took over the character when the show moved to the Sci-Fi Channel in season 8.
- The Teutels of American Chopper.
- In Star Trek: Enterprise, when Archer finds himself in an alternate past wherein the Nazis have invaded the East Coast of the United States, he finds that several Mafia members have joined forces with the locals in Brooklyn to fend them off.
- Given that the 8th season of 24 is set in New York, its to be expected. Most notably Brain Hastings and few dodgey police officers.
- Also to be expected from time to time on CSI: NY which is set in New York. As far as main characters, Danny Messer can fit this at times. He's settled a little since becoming a family man, but he still has his short temper and liability to explode from time to time. He tries to restrain it at work, but not always successfully. And he'll take it Up to Eleven if you go after Lindsay and Lucy. Stella fell into it from time to time as well, and so did Aiden Burn. Another character is Sonny Sassone, who was a villain in two episodes.
- On Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Robert Goren, who is from Brooklyn (as is his actor), generally averts this trope. When he plays the bad cop, however, he turns his Brooklyn accent Up to Eleven, just to play into it.
- Many different characters on Boardwalk Empire, particularly Al Capone.
- Heroes: Sylar. Although his home is based in Queens, his clock shop where his Start of Darkness began is located in Brooklyn. Chandra and Mohinder's apartment is also located in Brooklyn and is the location of Peter and Sylar's first real altercation.
- Bones: Cam sometimes claims to have seen everything there is to see during her time as a New York coroner.
- Mocked in Charlie Brooker's 2012 Wipe, where Doug Stanhope says that New Yorkers spectacularly failed to live up to their "hard" reputation after Hurricane Sandy.
- While Max Black of 2 Broke Girls is generally armed with only her mouth, she's cutting enough to be intimidating.
- Lost has Michael Dawson (played by Brooklyn native Harold Perrineau), a Papa Wolf who'll do anything to protect his son Walt.
- One Dilbert strip involved the regular cast talking about a new employee—they're terrified of him because he's from New York. They all scatter upon hearing that he's walking their way. The final panel is the New Yorker, a tiny bald man, standing alone, saying "Well, I suppose I could hunt them down and kill them one by one." In the anniversary edition, Scott Adams explained that people from Los Angeles fear New Yorkers.
- The New Yorker resembles a slightly off-model Wally in appearance (but it was an early strip; everybody was a little off-model). It may be Wally, but if so, his laziness long ago overwhelmed his rage.
- The Brooklyn Brawler may be a Jobber, but at least he's got the attitude right.
- From the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York, Taz of ECW.
- TNA's Bully Ray.
- The infamous Vince Russo's on-camera persona embodies this, especially with his tenure in front of the camera in the dying days of WCW.
- Velvet Sky is billed from 'The Big Apple' and is known for either being a shrieking Beta Bitch, or else Good Is Not Nice.
- Carmella, the 'Princess of Staten Island' played this up more as a Heel - where she had a Hair-Trigger Temper and was frequently sniping at her boys. As a Face she's more of a Plucky Girl but the rage is still there if she's pissed off.
- Chris Rock says it best: "Everybody goes around telling me to be scared of Al Qaeda. I ain't scared of Al Qaeda. I'm from Brooklyn, I don't give a fuck about Al Qaeda."
- Most of the cast of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, and the supporting cast of Grand Theft Auto IV. Liberty City is a No Communities Were Harmed New York.
- Tommy Vercetti of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is from Liberty City.
- CJ from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas spent five years living in Liberty City before the events of the game and returns for one mission.
- Luis Lopez is from Northwood (Washington Heights) and definitely has a tendency towards homicidal rage.
- Many goblins in Warcraft have Brooklyn accents. In an ad for the cancelled Lord of the Clans, Gazlowe was even compared to a New York cab driver.
- Furio "The Tiger" Tigre from Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations is one frightening loan shark who, true to his nickname, roars his way around.
- Nick Jameson, who voices Max in Sam & Max Hit the Road, gives the lagomorph plenty of Brooklyn rage. Parodied by William Kastern in Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse, who doesn't generally use this when he voices Max, but uses a Brooklyn accent while playing an extra-aggressive version of Max in a Nostalgia Level.
- Super Mario Bros.
- Averted: Given how often the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom is getting kidnapped, it's a miracle that Mario hasn't yet flown off the handle in one of those. Of course, whether or not they're even from Brooklyn anymore is up for debate.
- Played straight with Kylie Koopa in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. She's got Brooklyn speech patterns and a fiery temper directed at the Shroobs. She's both an Intrepid Reporter and an Action Girl in a universe that predominantly features Distressed Damsels.
- Gamespy wonders what the Mario Bros. would be like if they took their Brooklyn Rage from Grand Theft Auto and put in on Sunshine. One imagines him curb stomping poor Goombas for their coins and mushrooms.
"It's-a me! *WHAP* Mario! *WHAP*"
- Pokémon Black and White has shades of this trope.
- In a nutshell, Unova region, much like Liberty City mentioned above in GTA example, is a No Communities Were Harmed New York, plus New Jersey.
- The player character has shades of this, especially if you pick the female character Hilda who is basically this. Their hometown, Nuvema Town, an Expy of parts of Brooklyn, can make them an indication.
- The biker gang in Tubeline Bridge is a "violent" variant of this, being based off American biker gangs.
- Roxie in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 is ostensibly one as well, though she's less than this trope, due to her being in Virbank City which is based off New Jersey's parts.
- Certain Team Plasma members can be this trope as well, if not all of them. N isn't violent much although he's a badass in his own right.
- Scout from Team Fortress 2 is actually a Southie, but mysteriously has a Brooklyn accent.
If you were from, where I was from, you'd be [bleep] dead!
- Guy and Cody from Final Fight and Street Fighter are from Capcom's fictional equivalent of New York City and Cody is given a stereotypical Brooklyn accent. However, Guy's voice seems more subdued yet still unmistakably a New Yorker. Street Fighter III's protagonist Alex is also a New Yorker. Rufus of Street Fighter IV has a Brooklyn accent as well.
- Labrys in the English dub of Persona 4: Arena has a Brooklyn accent, as an Accent Adaptation the Japanese version's Kansai accent. However, despite her gigantic axe she's actually rather even-tempered, even subdued and very much a Broken Bird.
- Punch-Out!!: Little Mac hails from the Bronx, and has the skill to defeat the toughest of boxers. Even Mike Tyson.
- Glove and Boots: Fafa's cousin, Johnny T, has all the qualities, from the accent to the attitude.
- New Yorker Nostalgia Chick is really rather scary when angry, as even her friends attest to.
- The Trope Namer Joey from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. He's not really much of an example, as he's neither very violent nor badass nor from Brooklyn but rather Japan. In fact, his friends tell him straight out not to make "Brooklyn rage!" a Catch-Phrase. This became Hilarious in Hindsight when Joey's English dub voice actor, Wayne Grayson, stated at convention appearances that "Brooklyn Rage" is his favorite quote from the show.
- Spooky the Ghost from the Casper the Friendly Ghost series. (Most obvious in his accent. "Poil is my goil.") He's certainly got the tough-guy attitude down.
- One of Mel Blanc's stock voices on The Jack Benny Program was an angry man with a Brooklyn accent who thinks Jack has slighted in some way. An even better example is Mel's Bugs Bunny voice, which he described as the voice of a tough, street-smart guy that was mixed together from Brooklyn and Bronx accents. Bugs only displays elements of this trope when somebody does something to earn his wrath.
- The Gashouse Gorillas from the Bugs Bunny short Baseball Bugs, even though they're a parody of the St. Louis Cardinals.
- The Mario Brothers, anyone? At least in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, anyway…
- The Simpsons: Homer met a lot of them in two different visits to New York in the episode: "Homer Simpson vs. The City of New York".
- In the Family Guy episode "Lethal Weapons," all of the New Yorkers are portrayed this way.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
- In the episode "Return of the Shredder". Shredder is sent to Earth from Dimension X and wonders aloud where on the Earth he has landed. Two thugs immediately approach him with knives and demand money. Shredder then answers, "Of course. The Big Apple."
- Raphael (aside from the '80s series): Though all the turtles live under New York, Raphael of the Hair-Trigger Temper is the only one who tends to get a New York accent.
- Casey Jones too.
- An episode of The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat featured a flood devastating New York. When the flood reaches Brooklyn, the residents, including Felix, beat it back.
- Russel Hobbs, drummer for the Gorillaz, may be a Gentle Giant, but don't piss him off. It will end badly.
- Babs Seed of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, a resident of Manhattan with a pronounced Brooklyn accent, initially conforms to this trope perfectly. The trope's subverted, however, when we find out why.
- The International Log vignette from Ren and Stimpy featured a Log that spoke 'New Yorkese.' Such examples of this fine language include "'Ey, can't you see I'm WALKIN' HEEYAH?'' and "I got ya' log right HEEYAH!"
- Captain Planet: Oh, Wheeler. Being the token American, and a bit of a Jerkass. He's the first of the bunch who is willing to make a direct strike, first of the bunch to charge into danger, and the first to tell the villain of the week where to stuff their stupid plan. Naturally, he's got the Fire ring.
- Meet Anthony Weiner, former Democratic Congressman from New York City, Brooklyn born and raised. Just look at this. Long story short, New Yorker = Large Ham + Brooklyn Rage, or at least that is Weiner's formula.
- Staying in the political arena, Congressman Michael Grimm, who represents all of Staten Island and some of Brooklyn, indulged an interview after the 2014 State of the Union address, cutting it off when the reporter tried to ask about campaign finance allegations (ostensibly for time to conduct other interviews). Upon hearing the reporter mention as much on-air as his sign-off, Grimm came back and said "Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this fucking balcony".
- Monica Keena, the cute and tiny blonde chick from Undeclared and Freddy vs. Jason, originally from Brooklyn, once almost got into a fist-fight with an L.A. stripper over a piece of birthday cake.
- Inverted with this bawling Giants fan, played straight by everyone else, from the girl that stands behind him signaling that he's a pussy, to the girl arguing with him to calm down and accept it, and especially with his friend that pops in during the last ten seconds.
- Al Capone, meet Brooklyn Rage. Brooklyn Rage, meet Al Capone. I think this is the start of a very scary friendship...
- Larry Merchant, longtime sportswriter and boxing analyst. In 2011 at age 80 he did a postfight interview with Floyd Mayweather about the controversial ending to a Mayweather fight where Mayweather twice sucker punched an opponent. Mayweather began cursing at Merchant and calling him a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, while Merchant merely responded by growling "I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass."
- Thankfully and touchingly averted in the immediate aftermath of September 11th, 2001. People helped one another. Also thankfully averted in the notorious blackout of '03. Many pessimists predicted rampant looting (as had actually happened in 1977, when New York was a truly Wretched Hive). Virtually none took place and people volunteered to help direct traffic without letting the resulting power go to their heads.
- Patrick Lynch, head of the Policemen's Benevolent Association. Badmouth the NYPD and its officers, and he will not take it sitting down.
- James Madio, who played Frank Perconte in Band of Brothers gets playfully ribbed for this by his fellow cast mates. He became a Memetic Badass for them after getting involved in a Bar Brawl while filming, and being something of a Boisterous Bruiser. Of course it's just him playing up the trope, and by all accounts he's a Nice Guy really.
- Mara Wilson jokingly referred to herself as a "cold hearted New Yorker", in her interview with Doug Walker. It's probably no coincidence that she plays this up when she guest stars on Channel Awesome - portraying herself as someone who wields demonic powers from "beyond our realm".