You okay, Vegeta? Vegeta:
Oh, nothing. Jus—Just an aneurysm out of sheer stupidity. Nappa:
Wow. Didn't realize you were that stupid, Vegeta. Vegeta:
Have you ever heard a remark so spectacularly dumb
that it just made you angry? Do you have a low tolerance for Cloudcuckoolanders
While some might respond with sarcasm, pity, or even despair, these characters just can't handle the dumbness around them. They seethe, they rant, they curse or even resort to violence.
When this trait kicks in it can be the last straw for a normally reasonable person or an intense enough irritation to be their Berserk Button
- especially for the Only Sane Man
or those Surrounded by Idiots
. Of course, this reaction is sometimes totally justified when the act of foolishness is or has put people in danger.
The results of becoming Enraged By Idiocy can vary from a Dope Slap
to a Cluster F-Bomb
to acts of violence. As with any loss of temper, this usually becomes a weak point or dangerous distraction for the angry party - making it a handy tactic for anyone merely playing dumb
Obviously a Sub-Trope
of Berserk Button
. Characters who are the Only Sane Man
or Surrounded by Idiots
tend to have this, but it is also one of the main Jerk Justifications
. You can expect the Tsundere
to have this characteristic, especially if she's around the Idiot Hero
Anime and Manga
- In One Piece, while Luffy's extreme stupidity is enough to make all of his friends lose their patience now and then, Nami is the only one to really flip out every time he says something really stupid (which is half of the time; the other half he just says something somewhat stupid). She gets equally angry at the other crew members when they act idiotic. Usopp is becoming similar to her though he seems more enraged by the inability to think normally than stupidity per se.
- In Sangatsu no Lion, Rei becomes incensed when Yasui doesn't learn from his mistakes both inside professional shogi (choosing not to learn from his losses) and outside (opting to once again drink his loss away instead of spending his last Christmas with his daughter as a family and initially pretending to forget about the presents he bought). Implicitly blaming Rei for the latter is what sets it off.
- Vegeta is this in Dragon Ball Z. He has spent most of his life dealing with Nappa, and gets extremely pissed at him for being an idiot in his fight against Kakarot (to the extent that he murders him in cold blood for being an embarrassment), and then constantly expresses anger at the perceived stupidity of most of the other Z Fighters (while ironically allowing the Android/Cell situation to escalate to a point where Cell manages to kill Goku). Also, when Goku says or does something stupid, Vegeta yells at him with the phrase "you idiot!"
- Deadpool—consciously or not—uses this to great effect on his opponents, distracting them with babble until they lose focus.
Live Action TV
- In the Pink Panther film series, Clouseau's constant bungling actually drives his superior, Chief Inspector Dreyfus, to try and outright murder him.
- George Carlin dedicated a lot of routines to stupid human behaviour.
- Lewis Black seems to constantly suffer from this trope.
- Wess from MOTHER 3. When his son Duster brought back the wrong artifact from Osohe Castle, Wess FLIPS OUT AND SMASHES IT ON THE GROUND, then comes with Duster to Osohe Castle to guide him so he gets the correct artifact this time. For the rest of the game, he refers to Duster as "Moron."
- Vegeta, Piccolo and Freeza of Dragon Ball Z Abridged, usually thanks to Goku or Nappa.
Vegeta: Oh, nothing. Just an aneurysm out of sheer stupidity.
Nappa: Wow. Didn't realise you were that stupid, Vegeta.
- Common among That Guy with the Glasses reviewers, especially The Nostalgia Critic and Spoony. Also, Oancitizen (especially as an actual intellectual among people who merely think they're the same) and Todd in the Shadows, because stupid pop music is his area.
- At the end of the Atop the Fourth Wall review of Marville #4, Linkara - instead of running down the worst aspects of the issue, as usual - is reduced to screaming.
- Many many commentators on Fundies Say the Darndest Things.
- Two Best Friends Play: Given that Matt is characterized as a moron and Pat is nearly perpetually angry, this trope forms a great deal of the humor in the series.
- The Most Popular Girls in School: Brittnay Matthews' reaction to CÚzanne-Marguerite's, how you say, Verbal Tic is largely this.
- Hank Hill on King of the Hill is this rather frequently. He even said as much on an episode where he had to go to anger management classes to end a restraining order filed on him by Dale, saying that he didn't have an anger problem, but an "idiot problem".
- Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, especially in Luna Eclipsed.
- Benson from Regular Show takes this trope to new levels whenever Mordecai & Rigby's antics create problems for the park.
- Ren and Stimpy: Ren simply cannot stand Stimpy's stupidity. There's a very good reason why his Catch Phrase is "You eeeeeediot!"
- Frank Grimes in the The Simpsons episode Homer's Enemy.
- Lisa is like this too sometimes.
Lisa: (to Homer) You, sir, are a baboon! BABOON, BABOON, BABOON!!!
- Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants. It doesn't help that his house is located smack dab in the middle of complete morons SpongeBob and Patrick's.
- For Squilvia, this is what makes her attracted to him.
- Col. Nozzaire to Lieutenant Gadget on Gadget and the Gadgetinis.
- From Ed Eddn Eddy, Eddy sometimes gets annoyed by other people's idiotic behavior around him, especially Ed's. On occasion, though, Eddy seems to be amused by Ed's idiotic antics (as long as they don't ruin one of his plans, obviously).