Is This What Anger Feels Like?
aka: I Feel Angry
Ekaterin Vorsoisson: Oh. Drat.
Lord Auditor Vorkosigan
: Madame Vorsoisson, has it ever occurred to you that you may be just a touch oversocialized?
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?
: 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
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- 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.
- The page quote from Komarr, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Although Ekaterin 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.
- She gets better. 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.
- 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.
- Wicked: What Is This Feeling? Loathing. Unadulterated loathing.