->''But Mr. Horrible says "I don't mind,\\
The thing that bothers me is\\
Someone keeps moving my chair"''
-->--'''Music/TheyMightBeGiants''', "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair"

Fundament of television comedy:

''Characters will not bat an eyelash at the absurdities of their daily life, but a relatively small slight or obstacle will completely unhinge them.''

Now, this might be because they live their lives so close to the edge that it only takes a small thing to break the camel's back, but it seems more likely that the writers just can't be expected to consistently come up with problems of the week which really compare to the absurdities they've written into the premise. Perhaps all the weird, outlandish, improbable dilemmas that occur every episode have just become routine by now as a result of living through them, but the more humdrum dilemmas only crop up when a specific subplot needs them, and thus seem more of a break from the norm, and thus cause for panic or irritation.

Small things for our characters to get bent out of shape about include:
* A perfectly respectable but still lower-than-their-usual grade (see TheBGrade)
* A tiny imperfection in a GirlOfTheWeek (see MinorFlawMajorBreakup)
* Being called "[[MaamShock Ma'am]]"
* [[RiseOfZitboy Getting a pimple]] (despite the fact that even ''with'' the blemish, they've still got better skin than you or anyone you knew at that age)
* [[SelectiveEnforcement Being punished for a minor crime relative to all the major crimes going unpunished around them]].
* A ForgottenBirthday
* A RantInducingSlight (see also MinorInjuryOverreaction) which can lead to DisproportionateRetribution.
* Getting a scratch in the car's paint when it's more likely to get the entire car totaled.

Sometimes leads to an EscalatingWar. Other times, it's the PretextForWar for two trigger happy nations.

Perhaps not actually more common with teenage characters, but less obtrusive, since we expect teenagers to act like that anyway.

The LawOfDisproportionateResponse may be a subset of FinaglesLaw. See also RantInducingSlight. Can go hand-in-hand with BerserkButton, where the cause is specific and predictable (even if the response is no less unreasonable). Occasionally goes the other way, with a DisproportionateReward for small favors. May result in NoSympathy.

Compare FelonyMisdemeanor. Not to be confused with DisproportionateRetribution, where the perceived slight may actually be legitimate, but the response is still way over the top.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' the titular wizard, who messes around with ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow and frequently fights demonic creatures and fleets of airships, goes completely batshit after he accidentally ''dyes his hair the wrong color''.
** Ditto with the book (minus the fighting fleets of airships and the like; at this point from the reader's perspective there's no evidence Howl is actually doing anything significant, so the trope applies less).
** Rule of Funny applies as this takes the form of a literal emotional ''melt-down''.
* Discussed in one chapter of ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. The sensei pointed out that some people often exaggerate small things, while talking about VERY IMPORTANT THINGS in a very casual manner.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' - "You spilled my egg. I needed that egg."
** What's impressive is that the reason the egg was such a big deal to him should have prevented him from being able to do what he did to the guys who spilled it.
** Specifically, he needed it for a hangover cure. Just in case you wanted to know.
** Think that's supposed to show how good Spike is at fighting, and fighting like that negated the need for the egg. He was just looking for a non-violent solution?
* In ''DeadmanWonderland'', Genkaku not batting an eye when a bunch of people (including his own soldiers) die, yet breaking down crying when Shiro destroys his electric guitar. He even goes as far as to say he'll have to hold a memorial service for it (yes, something he would never do for humans).
* In ''MedakaBox'', Kei Munakata is introduced by the other characters as a serial killer, but Munakata points out that they're making him sound like someone who kills for no good reason, and he always has a good reason for killing. He then rattles off reasons for killing, rather than just fighting, the main character. At first the reasons kind of make sense ("I don't have time to deal with you," "I don't want Kurokami-san as part of the 13 party"), but as he keeps going, he starts giving reasons like, "Because I had a good dream last night," and "Because my phone's battery is almost out of power," finally ending with "[[HypocriticalHumor And for no reason whatsoever, I'll kill you]]. The same way you guys think of those things as nothing, they all lead to killing for me, is all."
** His reason for killing the main characters, however, is that he was told ''not'' to kill them.
*** [[spoiler: Except it's revealed that he actually doesn't kill people, his ability to attack people ''without'' killing them is what earns him his abnormal status, and what he said before was a lie.]]
*** [[spoiler: Not precisely a lie, he ''does'' have an incredibly high urge to kill people, and all of his reasons (and lack thereof) for killing do in fact make him want to kill... however the reason he out and out states it is so that people will avoid him and he won't actually kill them. That said, if the people he fought were any less skilled/determined they would in fact be dead.]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' - Do '''not''' [[LostFoodGrievance mess with Erza's cake]].
* Death The Kid from ''SoulEater'', largely thanks to having SuperOCD, hates ''anything'' that isn't symmetrical. When he saw how the pharoh demon was assymetrical, he blasted it to smitherines.
* [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Edward Elric]] puts up with a real lot. And he does well, considering [[HairTriggerTemper his temper is even shorter]] [[TheNapoleon than he himself]]. He even stays relatively calm when you threaten his loved ones ([[TranquilFury though it is not a good calmness]]). However, call him small - [[BerserkButton KABOOM - you've got him in your face]].
* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Keima is TheStoic who never bats an eyelash at any oddities his current target might have, for he's truly someone who had seen it all in at least one DatingSim out of the [[{{Otaku}} unspecified thousands he ever played]]. But when his target turns out to be the GirlNextDoor classmate who [[PlayingAgainstType should be an unimportant secondary character with zero character development as per standard dating sim formulas]], he completely [[HeroicBSOD flies off the edge]] and repeatedly proclaims his task as impossible.
* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, MutekiKanbanMusume justifies LawOfDisproportionateResponse because the core cast is a bunch of [[SchoolYardBullyAllGrownUp Schoolyard Bullies All Grown Up]].
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* Christopher Titus's reason for this, in his act, ''Norman Rockwell is Bleeding'' is: Normal People. "See, screwed-up people have had a bunch of shit happen in their life. Normal people haven't had enough problems in life to know how to deal with one when it comes up. They just snap. *starts muttering and whimpering, imitating a "normal person"* Toilet's blocked up.... IS THERE NO GOD!??!! Oh, I'm getting a pickaxe, and I'm going to Burger King...
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This happens to ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' ''constantly''. He's pretty wacky. Johnny: [[RantInducingSlight WACKY!!? What the hell kind of word is that!!? I HATE that word!! Fewer words are so excruciatingly stupid!! And used in description of ME!!!]] [[UnusualEuphemism Fook!]]
** This is someone who considers being talked to by a dead bunny to be perfectly normal, and who doesn't bat an eyelash upon meeting God or the devil.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' - Dream of the Endless cast Nada into Hell because she didn't want to get into a MayflyDecemberRomance. There are undoubtedly other examples within the series, but that is the one that stands out the most. To be fair, he did let her out... ''after several thousand years, and being bugged about it by various people the whole time''.
* In some versions of {{Superman}}, SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor hates Superman so much because Superman accidentally caused Lex's baldness. Other versions have him being hated just because he ''exists''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'' police officer Nicholas Angel is convinced that the reason behind all the murders is a complex scheme to buy soon-to-be valuable land carried out by [[spoiler: Simon Skinner]]. But it turns out to be [[spoiler:a whole conspiracy by the entire Neighborhood Watch Alliance to kill the people who may make the town look bad for the Village of the Year Contest]]. The charges which led to the executions are exactly as follows: [[spoiler:Martin Blower: being an apalling actor; Eve Draper: having a very annoying laugh; George Merchant: having an awful house; Tim Messenger: editing the Sandford Citizen Newspaper, riddling it with tabloid journalism and persistent (spelling) errors; Leslie Tiller: being set on moving away and might give her green thumb skills to another town.]]
* ''Film/IAmLegend'' - "I was saving that bacon." Fully justified in this case, as GoMadFromTheIsolation has been in full effect for several years, he recently had to strangle his beloved dog after she got TheVirus, attempted suicide as a result, and wakes up to find two strangers in his house, eating his food. The bacon was just a snapping point in the middle of a generally extreme level of stress.
* Jason's speech to Kelly in ''MysteryTeam''. He tells the orphaned girl that life isn't fair because he got a car for Christmas instead of a new bike... this discussion taking place hours after they were kidnapped by a drug dealer.
* Clive Owen's character in ''ShootEmUp'' takes gun fights, leaping out of planes and women giving birth in his stride, but people who don't indicate when switching lanes, have unkempt fingernails or yell at their children in public can send him dangerously close to the edge.
--> '''Mr. Smith:''' You know what I really hate?
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'':
-->'''Princess Vespa''': My hair. He shot my hair. That ''son of a bitch''.
** (Not to mention her father [[spoiler: relinquished his planet's air supply, dooming billions]]. His reason? The aliens who captured his daughter threatened to [[spoiler: reverse her plastic surgery.]]
* ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'': "Sno-Balls? Sno-Balls?! Where's the fucking Twinkies?!"
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Vincent Vega tells his heroin dealer about how someone vandalized his car's paint job by scratching his car. The dealer more-or-less agrees how horrible this crime was unforgivable and deserved immediate execution. Vincent says he wishes he could have caught the guy, and in fact, it would have been worth getting the damage to his expensive paint job to be able to catch the guy. As Vincent's regular job is mob hit man, it isn't hard to figure out what he'd do to the guy who deliberately vandalized his car.
* Film/MommieDearest: Joan Crawford flies into a hysterical rage, because she discovers some wire hangers in her closet, which lead to the infamous yell: "No... wire hangers... ever!" Even more disturbing: this anecdote was taken directly from her daughter's autobiography about the famous actress!
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Vetinari in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. He is used to the absurdities of the Disc, Ankh-Morpork being Ankh-Morpork. But don't be a mime... or else. He does, however, prefer corrective measures against practitioners of that form of art. Rather than the ham-fisted "[[KillEmAll kill them all]]" approach of lesser patricians, Vetinari uses a scorpion pit on whose wall is painted the advice: "Learn The Words".
** Also in Discworld's ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', the History Monk Sato is a pacifist unless you touch his hair. If you do, like the BigBad of the story does, well, let's just say you probably won't be alive long enough to apologize.
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'':
** The Club had Andrew, who was pretending to be a monster, terrify the life out of one charge because she didn't want to wear a smock and paint.
** Jessi accused one kid of being racist because the kid didn't want to play.
* OlderThanSteam: Alexander Pope's ''TheRapeOfTheLock'' circles around this trope as surely as the Earth around the sun. In RealLife, the Fermor family (close friends of Pope's) got into a humongous uproar because [[TraumaticHaircut an aesthetically pleasing lock of Arabella Fermor's hair had been clipped without her permission]]. She was engaged to the man in question, and was so angry she actually ''broke off the engagement'' on account of a haircut. In ''TheRapeOfTheLock,'' then, Pope turns the incident into the subject of its own ''epic,'' complete with epic card games, a journey to the Underworld, and a DeusExMachina to crown it all. It's ''awesome.''
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm''
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'': Screech takes no issue with being a constant object of scorn and derision, but explodes over [[ForgottenBirthday a forgotten birthday]]. Jessie has a complete mental breakdown over TheBGrade. And caffeine pills. And everything else that happens to her, really.
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'': Winfred-Lauder is taken over by aliens, one of whom informs Drew he will spend the rest of his life in a dead-end job without chance of advance. Drew shrugs it off and asks how long he gets for lunch. On being told "Forty-five minutes", he attacks the alien. (Though the joke here is more that the working conditions the alien describes are exactly like his job anyways.)
* The nature of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' led to this quite a bit. Their hometown is attacked by monsters on a weekly basis, causing ungodly amounts of property damage, yet Billy still gets freaked out when he gets [[TheBGrade a "B" on a test]].
** Well, this one could be explained by it being DANGEROUS for the Rangers to legitimately [[FreakOut freak out]] over the assorted monsters and Billy freaking out over [[TheBGrade the "B"]] being a combination of it being in his nature (meaning he'd do it even if he lead a completely normal life) and stress relief since [[FreakOut freaking out]] over it isn't going to endanger anyone.
* ''Series/{{Newsradio}}'' episode "Security Door": Bill [=McNeal=] has a part in a blue jeans commercial that unexpectedly turns out to consist of dressing in a ridiculous "blue genie" outfit complete with blue body paint. He's outraged...not because of the genie outfit, but because there's no complimentary fruit basket in his dressing room as promised.
* ''Series/FullHouse'' - During the episode where the children move all the furniture in Danny Tanner's room two inches to the right to cover up a hole in the wall, leading him to the brink of madness convinced that everything is ''slightly off'' before the mishap is revealed. AlienGeometries is in HorrorTropes for a reason.
** The mishap ''wasn't'' revealed. He discovered that Kimmy moved a box of baking soda that was in his drawer, and decided that ''that'' was why everything felt slightly off, which is itself an instance of this trope.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Marshall points out that Barney has a tiny bit of marinara sauce on his tie. Barney considers this utterly humiliating and plots elaborate revenge.
* Every episode of ''{{My Super Sweet 16}}'' involves some rich girl throwing a fit about some minuscule detail. Another great example involves receiving a Lexus at the wrong time... nobody was watching to see how lucky she was, so she stormed off calling her mother words we will not repeat here.
* ''Brides Behaving Badly'' is another show in this vein.
* A brief incident involving his boss and a Moistmaker-equipped Thanksgiving leftover sandwich with a clearly marked limerick indicating rightful ownership resulted in Ross from ''{{Friends}}'' being given "indefinite leave" from his job and enough tranquillisers to calm a elephant.
** On the same show, the gang tends to take it ''very'' hard when cheated on by a lover, yet Joey's insane promiscuity is just treated like business as usual.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has this a couple of times, particularly one were Howard has an emotional breakdown and the rest of the crew that needs his help is in dismay..for they can't even open the tool box.
* [[TheLateLateShow Craig Ferguson]] has been known to every so often get derailed from his monologues by a small thing an audience member does.
-->'''Craig''': ...Of course, Paul Gauguin ended up with a terrible case of syphilis. [[TakeThat Like]] [[JerseyShore Snookie]]. ...That's a ridiculous thing to say- Did you just offer him a '''candy'''?? ''You're meant to be pretending to be watching this crap!''
* After years and years of calmly taking crap from his parents, [[EverybodyLovesRaymond Ray Barone]] finally [[RantInducingSlight flips]] because the replacement wallpaper on one wall of his living room isn't quite the same as the rest of the room's. Note that this is ''after'' they hit his house with their car, which is the reason the wallpaper had to be changed. The car wasn't quite the final straw, but the wallpaper...
* A sketch on ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' featured David Mitchell and Olivia Colman as a married couple. Olivia is slightly niggled by David's habit of sleeping with his secretary and the fact that he refuses to start a family...but this is only a front to cover up the heartrending distress she suffered when he left the fridge door open.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'', Jeff goes in for a physical and learns that he's in perfect physical condition except for slightly high cholesterol, and reacts as if he's been told he's dying. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when his horrified reaction causes the nurse to wonder if he's accidentally told someone they have AIDS [[NoodleIncident again]].
** Annie refuses to let anyone leave the library for ''hours'' because she's convinced her pen was stolen by someone in the group.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "It's the Little Things", a song by Music/AliceCooper: "You can poison my cat, baby I don't care, but if you talk in the movies I'll kill you right there."
* This is a frequent target of Music/WeirdAlYankovic's songs - both parody and original ("Don't Wear Those Shoes", "Close But No Cigar").
** An example from the latter: "She was gorgeous, she was charming/Yeah, she was perfect in every way/Except she was always using the word "infer"/When she obviously meant "imply"/And I know some guys would put up with that kind of thing/But frankly, I can't imagine why." He's got a point.
** In a mini-video filmed for [=MuchMusic=], Al recites ''Literature/GreenEggsAndHam'' to the tune of {{U2}}'s "Numb" while undergoing the same randomness that the Edge underwent in the original video. He doesn't complain until the moment "Bono" starts singing.
* [[ElvisPresley Famous example]]: "You can do anything, but lay off of my blue suede shoes."
* Arlo Guthrie's "Music/AlicesRestaurant": While registering for the military draft, the singer/narrator is placed on the "Group W Bench" with an assortment of criminals (mother rapers, father stabbers, father rapers, and so on). When one of the thugs asks what he was arrested for, Guthrie mentions his crime: littering. ("And they all moved away from me on the bench there...")
** "And creating a nuisance." And they all came back...
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* In Myth/GreekMythology a beautiful woman named Medusa was being raped by Poseidon in one of Athena's temples, Medusa pleaded to the goddess for help. The goddess of wisdom responded by turning her into a hideous gorgon.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* CyranoDeBergerac: This play deconstructs this law showing us the [[JerkAss kind of person]] who uses DisproportionateRetribution (like Cyrano, De Guiche and all the Gascon’s Cadets except Le Bret) and the [[SeriousBusiness kind of]] [[FanDumb personality that uses]] DisproportionateReward (like Cyrano and Roxane) and the consequences of this trope in RealLife. For the audience, the same thing that are very funny [[{{Deconstruction}} are very serious for the characters in the play]].
** At Act I Scene IV, Cyrano is bothered by a Bore. It seems completely innocent on his part. After all, he’s a Bore, and this is not worthy a real retribution. So, instead of simply ignoring the Bore, [[JerkAss Cyrano]] invokes DisproportionateRetribution so he has a good reason to kick the Bore’s ass.
** At Act III Scene V, Christian tries to talk to Roxane without Cyrano’s help. He cannot be eloquent, so a disappointed [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup Roxane cruelly rejects him and shuts her door in Christian's face yelling him that he cannot come back]] [[SeriousBusiness until he can get his eloquence back]].
* Also at play in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. Malvolio is tricked, publicly humiliated in front of his crush and lady, Olivia, kept imprisoned in a pitch-dark room and treated like an insane man for at least a ''day'', and all because he's a pompous stick-in-the-mud who hates parties. ValuesDissonance really kicks in...
* Another case in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's body of work is ''RomeoAndJuliet,'' another case of ValuesDissonance. Juliet is grieving deeply after the brutal murder of her cousin, and her father's solution is to marry her off to the richest guy in town. Juliet says no. Her father verbally abuses her and threatens to throw her on the streets if she disobeys him. Good gravy!\\
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Made into an even bigger head scratcher because earlier, Juliet's father had ''specifically asked'' aforementioned rich guy to wait to marry her because she was only thirteen...
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony''. Twilight Sparkle and Night Moon Mare both threaten to kill each other, and think nothing of it. Twilight then ups the ante with "I hope you get crabs!" NMM is so shocked, she can only answer, "Well, that's kind of a mean thing to say."
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/OutsideInterference'': Kate's response to Hollie grabbing her [[PettingZooPeople large, fluffy raccoon tail]] is a devastating right cross that is implied to have actually knocked her out.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' - You just made one mistake. You took my hat. I LIKE my hat.
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' - "What did I do?" "I think you took his parking space."
* ''Webcomic/TheOptimist'' - Did someone say [[http://the-opt.com/?p=48 NAPKINS?]] What is that [[http://the-opt.com/?p=2873 BEEPING?]] Did you say [[http://the-opt.com/?p=2780 PEPSI?]] I can't [[http://the-opt.com/?p=2242 HEAR YOU.]] This table is [[http://the-opt.com/?p=91 WOBBLY!]] You're using [[http://the-opt.com/?p=89 THE WRONG WORD.]]
* ''SpookyDoofus'' is (as of this writing) gearing up a storyline where Ed sues M&M's/Mars because some of his M&M's have W's on them instead.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' everyone who knows Bun-bun gets a rapid head start before he finds out his collection of Baywatch tapes have been erased by Alyee's EMP burst; they spend a season as fugitives from his murderous pursuit and his army of Black-Op elves.
* In one strip of ''VGCats'', Aeris's response to Leo making fun of her malfunctioning Xbox and then going off on a tangent consisting of YourMom jokes is to go back in time to shortly after he was conceived and ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice give his mother an abortion]]''.
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* To get a grudge against Polnareff, Cursed Devo proceeds to list off the ways Polnareff has "slighted" him in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo''
** Making Devo forget to put his cell phone on silent.
** Making Devo forget to record a TV drama.
** The fridge being too cold for Devo.
** Messing with Devo with his long hairstyle.
** Trying to run away from Devo.
** Causing Devo to fall off the Singapore hotel balcony.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''PowerpuffGirls'', "Impeach Fuzz": Local redneck, Fuzzy Lumpkins becomes the mayor after the Townsville residents get tired of The Mayor's constant rambling. Fuzzy degrades the mayor's office into a a pig farm, demeans Ms. Sara Bellum, and leaves The Mayor an apathetic hobo. The Mayor's response to Fuzzy Lumpkins becoming mayor and tarnishing his position: "I don't care." Mayor's response to Lumpkins wearing his hat: Challenging him to a wrestling match.
* Done a lot on ''TheRenAndStimpyShow''. For example, in "Space Madness", the first sign Ren's starting to go stir-crazy is that the sound of a bored Stimpy nervously drumming his finger causes Ren to yell "''Do you have to keep tapping like that?!'' You bloated sack of protoplasm!"
* The whole premise of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', a show where imaginary beings spring to life on a regular basis, most of the plot involves overreactions to very minor everyday things, such as getting lost or going to the mall.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Princess Bubblegum and Finn decide to play a harmless prank on the earl of Lemongrab-- they leave a sign beside his bed that says "YOU REALLY SMELL LIKE DOG BUNS." How does the earl react? He clenches his fists, starts shaking, and opens up his mouth wide to scream loudly in sheer outrage for several seconds. And how does he attempt to punish those responsible? Round up EVERYONE in the castle, to sentence them to seven years in the dungeon, no trials!
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', "Olga Comes Home", has Olga, Helga's sister and the stereotypical "perfect girl" in a highly dysfunctional family, becoming catatonically depressed when Helga tricked her into thinking she had gotten [[TheBGrade a B in one of her college classes]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', "Scott Tenorman Must Die": Cartman is cheated out of about $16 and swears revenge. After getting bamboozled through several failed attempts to get even, he eventually makes Scott ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice eat his own parents]]''.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when Chris gets a pimple. It makes Chris vandalize a wall and destroy Mort's pharmacy, assaults his brain then holds a dermatologist at gunpoint. Though this was a crazy, talking pimple.
** This is actually quite common in ''Family Guy,'' especially with Peter:
*** Peter acts casually after the death of Michael Eisner.
*** Sometimes Peter forgets Brian can talk, even though he's done it for the past 6 years. Once, he only understands Brian when he barks.
*** Lois thinks that Stewie's advanced weapon is a toy in ''Death Has A Shadow.''
*** In the Christmas episode, Lois stays calm throughout the disastrous shenanigans that have been going on. Peter gave the presents away? Another family benefits. House caught fire? At least no one got hurt. No turkey? We can work something out. ''No paper towels?'' Destroy Christmas!
-->'''Meg''': Oh, wait - ''here's'' the paper towels!
*** This:
--->'''Cleveland''': ''I hate Series/{{Bewitched}}!'' (flips couch over)
--->'''Stewie''': (under couch) Yeah, so that's an appropriate response.
* In one episode of KevinSpencer, Anastasia screams at her husband to answer the phone (which is ''right next to her.'') When she doesn't get a response (he wasn't even in the same province at the time. He just didn't tell her he left), she proceeds to destroy everything Percy would hold dear, culminating with the destruction of the house.
* ''TheSimpsons''
** In "Dog Of Death" Santa's Little Helper eats Marge's old quilt, which was a family tradition for centuries. She is understandably very upset and Homer tries to comfort her by telling her it's just a quilt. Then he discovers the dog also ate a cookie he wanted to eat, which sends him into a hysterically {{Narm}}y despair. This also turns to be the final draw for him to get rid of the dog.
** Homer goes as far as suing the owners of a seafood restaurant with an all-you-can-eat buffet because they threw him out after closing time, even though he hadn’t yet had “all he could eat”. Marge is dragged along through the whole proceeding against her will and much to her embarrassment.
** Homer caused similar trouble with the garbage men in 'Trash of the Titans', and with the bag boys union in "Simpson Safari".
** In a "Monkey's Paw" story, after the first wishes get the earth tyrannized by space aliens, Homer makes a determined wish for a turkey sandwich, making sure the wish has no unexpected horrible loopholes. The sandwich appears, he takes a bite or two, likes the bread, the mustard, but...the turkey is a little dry - he wails to the heavens.
** Homer was banned from Moe's Tavern for spilling salt in Moe's table as a prank, there were previous pranks involving Moe getting bitten by a Cobra which was considered to be funny.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', after losing his want-to-be girlfriend to a RomanticFalseLead, and having his favourite restaurant turned into a kiddie joint by a new owner, Ron finally goes insane (well, for a second time) after they replace the bendy straws with regular ones.
* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', Yzma gives Kronk a long TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. He's, at most, mildly upset. She insults his spinach puff. Kronk does a HeelFaceTurn and ''drops a chandelier on her''.
** Which gets HarsherInHindsight when we find out in the sequel that Kronk's dad had found him a disappointment for wanting to be a chef.
* In one episode of ''[[CareBears Adventures in Care-a-Lot]]'', Grizzle, disguised as [[DisguisedInDrag Busybody Bear]], is trying to break up a band that some of the bears started by spreading gossip about the members. "She" tells Harmony that Cheer said that she sounds like "a thunderwhale with a sore throat" when she sings, but Harmony just says Busybody must have misunderstood. So Busybody replies, "Oh, that's right, she just said that you're bossy," causing Harmony to gasp loudly in shock.
* A ''RobotChicken'' sketch has Sir Issac Newton being hit on the head by a falling apple and proceeds to ''uproot the entire tree.''
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* David Sedaris describes his sister as thus: "Tiffany is big on rules but allows a pretty wide margin when it comes to mortal sin. Rape, murder, the abandonment of children: these are taken on a case-by-case basis. What riles her are the small things, and in denouncing them, she tends towards proclamations, most beginning with the words 'A person doesn't". "A person doesn't just go around ''making'' things out of pinecones' or 'A person doesn't use the word ''weenie'' when talking about a hot dog. It isn't cute. It isn't funny. It isn't done'" Also a lot of humor in David Sedaris essays in general encompasses this trope.
* The example from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was possibly based on a true story where a man at an all-you-can-eat joint was asked to stop eating the oysters after having between 30 or 40 (his count) and 70 (restaurant's count) of the things, because other customers were complaining that there weren't any left. Yes, he did sue them, on the basis that he hadn't had "all he could eat", and the case was subsequently settled out of court. The restaurant holds no grudges, though, because the publicity was fantastic and they said that whenever he shows up they're going to present him with a big shovelful of oysters.
* Messing up a carefully-laid straight line of toys can tick '''some''' autistic children / people off.
** Certain people with ASD or Asperger's Syndrome have specific routines or requirements, and messing with these can get them '''very''' upset.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=127AjQpNHdI&feature=related Mom gets beaten by her son with a baseball bat]] when she doesn't share her Royal Farms french fries.
* A woman in Florida called 911 after [[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,504125,00.html her local [=McDonald=]'s ran out of chicken nuggets and refused to refund her order]].
* Sometimes seems to be true of teens in general, if books like ''Mortified'' and ''Cringe'' (both featuring excerpts from real teens' diaries) are any indication.
* Well, to be fair, we've all had our bad days, and we've all done this at some point or another. The trick is to catch ourselves doing it.
* Music/DavidLeeRoth and Brown M&Ms. Music/VanHalen's contract had a clause that there had to be a bowl of M&Ms in the dressing room, but the brown ones had to be removed. On one occasion, Roth found brown M&Ms and flipped out. What's not usually included in the telling of this rather well-known story is that the whole reason for the "no brown M&Ms" clause was to [[SecretTest test]] how closely the venue's responsible parties were [[http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/vanhalen.asp reading the contract.]] The band had fairly demanding requirements for power, weight, etc. for their equipment, and needed to know that they had been read and followed (otherwise the heavy stage could sink into the floor or worse).
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