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Is This What Anger Feels Like?
Giselle: "No!" "No! "No!" Over and over again! Every word out of your mouth is "No!" It just makes me so... Oh, sometimes you make me so...
Robert: Make you so what?
Giselle: You make me so... so... angry! (laughs) I'm angry! (laughs)

When the all-too-innocent girl (it's usually a girl as an audience tends to read an adult male character with innocence as stupid and/or weak) who's always cheerful and sweet to everyone finally gets pushed too far, it's almost always played for laughs, and one of two things will happen. Either she'll go totally postal, or she'll vent her frustration in polite, often somewhat embarrassed words, without any rage whatsoever, which almost always comes across as "cute."

Two people arguing in this manner will usually take the form of Politeness Judo.

May overlap with That Makes Me Feel Angry, which is the practice of just saying what one feels without showing it, and is usually is due more to bad writing than the character simply lacking experience with the emotion.

Compare and contrast Beware the Nice Ones, Let's Get Dangerous, and Berserk Button.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 

    Film 
  • In Enchanted, when the militantly cheerful Giselle, frustrated by Robert's feet-firmly-planted-on-the-ground attitude, finally gets in a big fight with him, she eventually realizes what this strange new feeling inside her is:
    Giselle: "Sometimes you make me so... angry!" *laughs with surprise*
  • Invoked intentionally by Del Spooner in I Robot. Del Spooner is a human cop interrogating a robot accused of murder, a robot that is also supposed to have emotions.
    Del: "I think you murdered him because he was teaching you to simulate emotions and things got out of control.
    Sonny: "I did not murder him."
    Del: (in a mocking tone) "But emotions don't seem like a very useful simulation for a robot."
    Sonny: "I did not murder him."
    Del: "Hell, I don't want my toaster or vacuum cleaner to get emotional."
    Sonny: "I DID NOT MURDER HIM!" *slams hands on the desk so hard that the metal table buckles* *looks down in astonishment*
    Del: (back to a calm tone) "That one's called anger."
  • Happens to Arnold Schwarzenegger's character, Julius, in Twins, who spent the movie being an incredibly peaceful, zen and friendly guy.
    Julius:For the first time in my life, I'm... PISSED OFF!
  • Happens to Miss Bates in the film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, after the eponymous character throws her an unintentional insult. Of course, with the film being set in Georgian England, it makes the tension thick enough to absorb radiation.

    Literature 
  • Ekaterin in The Vorkosigan Saga isn't an all-too-innocent girl but a 30-year-old married woman possessed of such unfailing reserve that she refuses to show visible anger or frustration even after falling headfirst into a pond. After a little less than a year of associating with Miles, under admittedly extreme circumstances, she snaps out "If you die out here, I will not be grieved. I will be pissed." Miles himself remarks "I wouldn't dare die. There's this fierce Vor lady who swore she'd kill me if I did."
  • There's an interesting variant in C. S. Lewis's novel Perelandra. The hero, Ransom, has of course felt anger before during his life, but it's only when he's fighting the actual physical incarnation of Evil that he understands what anger is for.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Bob Backlund: When this wrestling superstar of the late 1970s and early 1980s returned to the World Wrestling Federation in 1993, it was as a veteran superstar that graciously was there to mentor the younger superstars and show goodwill toward his longtime fans. However, his "good-two-shoes" persona didn't exactly get over with the fans, and it wasn't long before he adopted the gimmick that of a crazed individual gone mad over unjustly losing his WWF World Heavyweight Championship 10 years earlier that he truly made his impact. His newfound anger found many targets, most notably his longtime friend and manager, Arnold Skaaland (the man who threw in the towel to cause Backlund to lose his title to The Iron Shiek) and Bret Hart, from whom he would eventually regain his beloved title. (Hart and Backlund had met earlier in 1994 in a rare "face vs. face" match, but when Hart came out on top, a discouraged Backlund snapped.)
    • Incidentally, during Backlund's original WWF championship run in the early 1980s, there were occasions where he did get angry ... but only once after "Superstar" Billy Graham tore apart his championship belt during a TV taping (incidentally, because Graham thought he was unjustly robbed of the belt, due to having his foot on the rope when Backlund scored his title-winning pinfall) did Backlund scream, rant and rave like a lunatic.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow Rosenberg. Which hilariously carried over to her vampire counterpart. "I don't like you!"
  • While far from sweet and innocent, when Jerry Seinfeld is told that no one's ever actually seen him angry he tries to prove that's not true by shouting at Kramer. Kramer thinks it's part of Jerry's comedy act and just laughs his ass off.
  • Father Mulcahy in Mash in several different episodes when he's getting screwed over in some way or another.
  • This happened to Dick the first time he felt anger on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Of course, it's due to him being an alien rather than being innocent or timid.
  • Doctor Who: In "A Good Man Goes to War" the Eleventh Doctor's enemies, rather than fight an unbeatable opponent, target the people he loves - and for the first time in this regeneration he loses control.
    "Oh, look I'm angry, that's new. I'm really not sure what's going to happen now."

    Theatre 
  • Wicked: What Is This Feeling? Loathing. Unadulterated loathing.

    Video Games 
  • In the Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion Mask of the Betrayer, you can gain a party member named Kaelyn the Dove. If you use voice commands and select "cuss," she'll sputter for a moment and end with "I don't know any profanity, how embarrassing." It is adorable.
  • Colette Brunel from Tales of Symphonia has a case of this every now and then. "I'M MAD NOW!!"
    Presea: This unsettling irritation...is this...anger?
  • In Planescape: Torment, Nenny Nine-Eyes, an NPC, does not know how to say bad things about people, even ones she doesn't like. You can coax her into experiencing anger so she can express how she really feels about others. At first, she can only give a feeble "I dislike her very, very much!", but if you keep egging her on and tell her to practice saying bad things at you, she goes into a full on tantrum, ranting about someone going out late at night and getting into fights and what are the children going to think? before laying into you with a whirlwind of weak, lady like punches.

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Happens to Minnie in the straight-to-DVD episode Mickey's House of Villains. When Jafar and the other villains take over the club, and Mickey and his sidekicks Donald and Goofy fail to extract them, Minnie tells the boys to step aside and charges right into the mass of villains to take care of the problem in her own special, naive way. Obviously, her delicate attempts are met with a complete lack of concern. Actually, Minnie seems to experience this a lot, be it in the classic cartoons of the past, or in more modern incarnations like "Runaway Brain" — only Mickey seems to cringe when she's angry. And when she is, Minnie has such trouble expressing it that she stomps her high-heeled foot in typical "feminine" fashion, and her words fail to damage anyone.
    Goofy: Gawrsh, I've never seen her so mad.
    Mickey: Oh, I have.
  • In the Disney version of The Reluctant Dragon, the very fey title character tries to get angry enough to be able to breathe fire. When he does (by being called a "punk poet") he reacts by cheerfully skipping and chirping "Ooh, I'm mad, I'm mad!"
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, be careful to not upset Fluttershy, or she might just scream.
  • In the first Treehouse of Horror segment "Bad Dream House", when the house rants about what will happen to the family if they don't leave, Marge blows her top and angrilly tells the house to get used to them. Afterwards, she feels afraid because she's never been this angry before.
    Homer: At least it's better than your eyeballs melting.
  • The Lego Movie, as Unikitty watches Cloud Cuckoo Land being destroyed, she feels something that she can only describe as "the opposite of happiness."


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